Monday, April 27, 2015

Birthday Balloon

       Good day everyone! Today I thought I would share with you a balloon card that I made for my son's birthday as well as give you some updates. In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I was not happy with all the things I have tried or made to help me capture excellent quality photos of my crafts. I also mentioned that I had come across a product called the Foldio which I have heard wonderful things about it, so when I found out the makers of the Foldio were coming out with a Foldio 2 that would be bigger and brighter I was thrilled, but I would have to get it from a Kickstarter Campaign. When I signed up for their Kickstarter Campaign it was looking like I might get the Foldio 2 earlier than expected but as it turns out they ended up having some production issues as well as some component issues which held up the making of the Foldio 2. Now the makers are saying I won't receive the Foldio 2 until at least June possibly later which means that for now the photos of my creations will not be as good as I would like :( As much as that stinks I couldn't be bummed for too long because I ordered myself and awesome birthday gift... I ordered the MISTI! Woo Hoo! I should be arriving soon so I am so super excited! In case you don't know what the MISTI is, it is a stamping tool that helps to give a more precise stamped image. There are many other great techniques that can be done with is as well. Once my MISTI arrives I will be back with my thoughts and reviews as well as show you some of the wonderful things your can do with this amazing product.
       Now onto my balloon card :) The balloon die set I used to make this card is from Simon Says. It is called Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies and I absolutely love this set! Out of this set I used the largest die which is 4.25" by 5.5" so it's the perfect size to make a card. I cut 2 balloons from Midnight Muse Stampin' Up Cardstock (I believe this color cardstock has since been retired). On one piece of the cardstock I horizontally scored the top of the balloon at about the 1/4" mark. I then attached some Sookwang adhesive to the 1/4" area and attached it to the other balloon piece, making the base of the card.       
       I wanted to add a pattern to the balloon so on the front of the card I made a plaid pattern using the My Favorite Things DC Plaid Background Builder clear stamp set. Most plaid patterns have multiple colors but for this I chose just to use the Stampin' Up Whisper White Craft Ink Pad. I personally really like this white as it provides a good coverage and is the only white that hasn't dried out on me. I actually have owned it for over a year and have yet to re-ink it.
       I then wanted a sentiment that popped on the front so I used the Simon Says Stamp Happy Birthday Craft Die and cut the sentiment 4 times out of plain white cardstock. I glued and layered them together using the Ranger Matte Medium Adhesive then glued it to the front center of the balloon, which gave it the perfect lift without the use of foam tape. If you didn't want to die cut the sentiment multiple times then you could cut the sentiment once from the cardstock and cut the sentiment again from a thin piece of craft foam then adhere the craft foam to the bottom of the cardstock sentiment. 
       For the inside of the card, using plain white cardstock, I cut out a slightly smaller balloon using the second largest balloon die from the Simon Says Stamp Balloon Craft Dies.This balloon die measures 3.5" by 4.65". I "tipped" the edges of the white balloon with the Stampin' Up Midnight Muse Ink Pad (I believe this color ink is now retired). Using the same color ink I stamped 2 sentiments. The Happy Birthday sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Balloons Set and the other sentiment came from the Simon Says Clear Stamp Birthday Messages Set. I didn't center it because I was going to stamp some confetti patterns to the right but my son came barging through the door right in the middle of my making the card so that abruptly ended my cardmaking, lol. I didn't even get to adhere the pretty balloon string I had picked out :( I guess it didn't really matter because all he really wanted was the money being put inside the card, lol!
       Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish you all a wonderful and blessed week! Without further a-do here is how the card turned out :)
Card Front

Card Inside

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


           It's Wacky Wednesday or so some say, lol! Around my house everyday is wacky ;) Today I wanted to share another super easy and quick card but before I do that I wanted to let all those who have Stampin' Up ink pads know that some more colors are being retired. The colors that I was told are retiring are the 2013/2015 In Colors: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush. Also something I didn't know was that the In Colors only stay around for 2 years. I guess I should have realized that's what the 2013/2015 meant, lol. So for anyone who is considering buying new inks, you might want to keep that in mind when deciding what brand and colors you purchase, especially if there are certain colors you love. If you purchase inks be sure to keep tabs on the colors, that way if there are colors that you want to keep around for a bit longer even after they have retired, then you can make sure to get the re-inkers before they are all gone. If you have any Stampin' Up questions, and don't currently have a representative, just let me know, as I have an amazing representative that I would be glad to have get in touch with you. Now onto my card :)

Front: The base of the card was made using plain white card stock. For the front of the card I used the bubblegum4me and moregum4me stamp sets from The Stamps of Life. I also used the largest die from the My Favorite Things Die-namics Horizontal Stitched Strips die set. Using the largest die I cut 3 different patterned papers. These dies are perfect to help use up some scrap pieces of paper or card stock that you have lying around. To achieve the banner I used the edge of a bowl to make the curves and then just cut the points on the end with a paid of scissors. The ink I used was the Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence Orchid.

Inside: I used the My Creative Time Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More set to cut my 2 rectangle pieces. I then stamped the My Creative Time Grainy Wood Background Stamp with the Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence Orchid ink to make my main background image. I took the same orchid ink I used on the front of the card and tipped the edges of the smaller rectangle. Using the orchid ink again I stamped the sentiment and image from the The Stamps of Life bubblegum4me and moregum4me stamp sets. Don't forget if you like the watermarked image you can get that from Michele R Designs. She also has some beautiful digi papers you can purchase too!
                                            Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Easy Peasy Card Creation!

     Hello all my Crafty Peeps! Today I just wanted to share 2 super quick cards with you. It literally took me less than 20 minutes to make both cards, which to be honest it could have been even quicker if I would have used a hot glue gun for the flowers rather than a clear liquid glue, but I didn't want to wait for the gun to heat up. How ironic that my impatience actually made something take longer, lol!
     You will also notice I got some new watermarks for my pictures. Woo Hoo! I am in love with them! They are so pretty and elegant. I purchased them from a very sweet lady named Michele from Michele R Designs. Not only does she sell custom watermarks but she also sells beautiful digital papers and recently has also started to make paper pads :)
      Now that I have some gorgeous watermarks, I just need to work on the watermark placement. If you have any suggestions on watermark placements I would love to hear them. I have always been told that you want to place them over your design so that they can't be erased or cropped out, but I find placing them over the design takes away from your design and image view. So that is something I will need to tool around with but overall my new custom watermark gives a whole new look that I am in love with!
      Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I wish everyone a wonderful, blessed, and warm weekend! I may be in Florida but it has been in the low 20's here and with the wind chill it's felt like the low teens, so this Florida gal is freezing her buns off, lol!
Outside:  For the base of the card I used the The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set and cut purple Recollections cardstock which came in a multi pack of colors, as well as some matching patterned paper that I had in my scrap paper stash. To cut the flower I used some frosted white vellum and cut it with the My Favorite Things Hybrid Camellia Flower Die-namics. For the bottom and middle layers of the flower I cut them out twice. The center I only cut once. To curl the edges of the flowers you can use your fingers, a rounded spoon handle, a smooth rounded pencil etc. but for me I like to use the Cricut Scoring Stylus Tool because I feel it gives the perfect curve and the paper glides nicely making for a smooth look. Now here is where the impatient part of me kicked in, because to hold the flower together, I used a clear liquid glue which is supposed to be for paper piecing and quilling since it dries completely clear with no gloss. However, because it's meant to give you time to move your paper that means it will take some time to set up. This is where I should have been presented with a "Here's your sign" by Bill Engvall, lol. So, if your wanting a fast set up then maybe you should use a hot glue gun.

Inside: The inside is basically just the center grouping of circles which I cut out using some of the other dies that came in The Stamps of Life Circle Flip Its 2 die set. I simply picked out the sizes and designs I liked, cut them, and layered them together. I used a very think foam pop dot and placed it behind the solid purple circle. I wanted a little lift but not to much because I felt the flower on the outside gave enough dimension. For thank you sentiment I used a Colorbox purple dye ink along with an amazing and generous stamp set that Stephanie Barnard gave to me for being her Stamps of Life Club Member. Just remember to stamp the sentiment before putting together all of your layers because it's no fun trying to stamp on top of foam dots, lol.
Here is a closer view of the flower.

Outside: This card was basically done in the exact same way as the card above other than I changed the papers and colors. The cardstock again was from Recollections and the patterned paper was from my scrap stash.

Inside: Again I used the same die set but I only used one of the scalloped circles and I used a sentiment from The Stamps of Life crazy4daisies stamp set. The sentiment was stamped with a StudioG dye ink stamp pad color.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sharing Some More Goodness

     Here are the other projects that I made. These are all Thank You's that I made for specific individuals and now that they have been photographed I will be popping them into the mail :) I will admit though that at first I struggled whether or not to post them before I mailed them because you never know who and when someone will read my blog, but I suppose it will still be a surprise to them because I'm not spilling the beans as to who is getting them, lol!
     I also wanted to let you know that I now have added links for my Facebook page, YouTube,Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest so I would love it if you would go check them out and while your there give them a like, follow, share, subscribe, etc. These links can be found on the right side of the home page on my blog. Please be patient with me as I am just getting started on them as far as trying to intertwine the crafty part of my life/blog with them.
     Something I forgot to mention in my last blog post is that I have not been thrilled with my watermark program, so I have been checking around and I have written to someone to see if they can make a couple for me as well as help me figure out the best way to apply them to the pictures. I want to protect my pictures and creations but at the same time I don't want to make them look gaudy, if you know what I mean. Until then please excuse the current watermarks on my pictures. If things work out with getting a new watermark I will share that information with you so you can check into getting personalized watermarks for your pictures ;) Many blessings for a wonderful week!
For this card I used the following products from My Creative Time Trio Stitched Banner DiesGrainy Wood Background Stamp, Celebrate Good Times, and Speech Bubble Sentiments Stamp Set. The card stock is from Recollections, the inks are Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence inks, miscellaneous touches were done with Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks, the multicolored background was done with my daughter's water color paints, I used Versa Mark with some sparkling embossing powder for the sprinkles on the ice cream scoops, and I also added a few rhinestones.

I used the following products from My Creative Time Trio Stitched Banner DiesGrainy Wood Background Stamp, Celebrate Good Times, Happy Thoughts Stamp Set, and Alpha Pack Stamp Set. The card stock is from Recollections, the white ink is from Stampin' Up and colored inks are Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence inks, miscellaneous touches were done with Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks, the multicolored icing on the cupcake was done with my daughter's water color paints.

A little something new I have been doing to all my cards is decorating the back to match the rest of the card, why should the back be neglected, right ;) So being that I was super blessed to have won a Personalized Stamp from Stephanie Barnard - The Stamps of Life, it really became the main focus on the back of my card. I get so many compliments on it too! The great thing about the personalized stamps from The Stamps of Life is that your able to create your own sentiment just as I have done. There are others that have borders and images you can add to them also. If you decide to get a funny personalized stamp, it's a good idea to also get a more serious one for times when you are making a sympathy card etc.

For this card I used the following products from My Creative Time Lost At Sea Stamp SetStitched Daisy Die, and Stitched Hexy Dies. From Paper Smooches I used Chilly Chums and Chilly Chums Icons Dies. To stamp him I used Stampin' Up ink pad and then to color him in I used Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The card stock is from Recollections.

For this card I used the following products from My Creative Time Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & MoreFamily Is Everything Stamp Set, and Happy Thoughts Stamp Set. From Paper Smooches I used Chilly Chums and Chilly Chums Icons Dies. To stamp him I used Stampin' Up ink pad and then to color him in I used Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. For the paint splatters and other areas I used Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence inks as well as Stampin' Up inks. The card stock is from Recollections.

On this card I used Peachy Keen Stamps to stamp the bunny, the striped background, and the sentiment. As I mentioned in my last blog post, Peachy Keen Stamps recently announced they were ceasing the manufacturing of their stamps :(To stamp the black outline I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink then I colored the bunny with Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. For the white lined stamping I used Stampin' Up ink and for the sentiment I used Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence ink. The flowers and ribbon were purchased from Michael's Crafts, The elegant swirls are from Sizzix/Stepahnie Barnard Swirl Framelits 5pk Die & Stamp Set. The tiny little bow and banner were made by hand. The white cardstock I used it from Walmart and the pink base is actually some pink printer paper that I purchased from Walmart too.

This is the inside of the card but it could have been used as the front decoration too. The mint and pink papers are colored copy paper that I stamped with a polka dotted background stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps. I used white ink from Stampin' Up. The mouse is from Peachy Keen Stamps as well and I used Momento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp his outline then colored him in using Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The banner I handmade, stamped with Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence ink, and the enamel dots are actually mini pony beads that I melted to make my own enamel dots.

The different colored dotted base of this card is a pre-made card from Stampin' Up. I cut a piece of Stampin' Up cardstock with the My Creative Time Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More and then ran it through a dotted embossing folder. For the thanks sentiment I used the Happy Thoughts Stamp Set from My Creative Time. I really wanted the thanks sentiment to stand out so I adhered Scrapbook Adhesive sheets to the Recollections cardstock and then cut the sentiment a total of 4 times. Using the adhesive sheets to stack the 4 layers together made it so much easier than trying to use glue.
For the inside of the card I wanted to tie in the dotted effect so I again used the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time, cardstock from Stampin' Up, and the same dotted embossing folder but I put it on the upper part of the card instead of the bottom. For the inside bottom I used Stampin' Up inks along with the My Creative Time Family Is Everything Stamp Set to create the background. For the center I used You Are Fabulous, Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time and moregum4me from The Stamps Of Life.

Here I decorated the back of the card again using my Personalized Stamp from The Stamps of Life and the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time.

I wish you could see this card in person. I used Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence inks for all my stamping on this card and which gives it the most beautiful effect when the light hits it. From The Stamps of Life I used strawberries2stamp and thanks4oneyear. For the background I used a stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps. The cardstock is from Recollections with the exception of the white cardstock, that came from Walmart.

For the inside I used Tsukineko Brilliance Pearlescence inks for all the stamping. From The Stamps of Life I used strawberries2stamp and thanks4oneyear. The stripes came from a Peachy Keen stamp set. The cardstock is from Recollections with the exception of the white cardstock, that came from Walmart.

Back of the card using my Personalized Stamp and strawberries2stamp from The Stamps of Life

For the front of this card I used Sweet as Candy-Sweet Images from Whimsy Stamps and Happy Thoughts Stamp Set from My Creative Time. On the candy jar I used vellum instead of acetate because I wanted to give the effect of frosted glass. The ink is from Studio G and the cardstock is from Recollections.

For the all the little candies I used the Sweet as Candy-Sweet Images from Whimsy Stamps along with Versa Mark. Once it dried it left that darker color making it appear as though I had used a color ink. I LOVE all the amazing techniques you can do with Versa Mark! I did used Studio G ink for the "being so sweet" sentiment. The cardstock is from Recollections. I as well used the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More and Chocolate Greetings Stamp Set from My Creative Time.

Backside of card is featuring my fabulous Personalized Stamp and strawberries2stamp from The Stamps of Life plus the Chocolate Greetings Stamp Set and Happy Thoughts Stamp Set from My Creative Time. The ink is from Studio G.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Here's To A New Year :)

      Happy New Year everyone, even if it is the beginning of February, lol! It's a new year which means a beautiful new beginning! I told you all that starting in 2015 I wanted to start becoming more involved with blogging on a regular basis so these past couple months I have been really working on things behind the scenes to get prepared for all the amazing adventures that are to come. I have been working on how to make videos, tutorials, new techniques, my photography skills, and so much more. I have been crafting like crazy! Some of the things I've made were a memorial scrapbook for a relative, tons of Christmas cards, thank you cards birthday cards, and coloring a ton of images for the scrapbooks I am going to make my daughter. I also have been working on my dad's case. It is going on a year that I have been working on it. I think because it is so special my mind keeps swaying with how I want to decorate it, I just want it to be perfect. I initially was going to put all of the barber equipment back into it but the more I work on the case the more I would love to display it. I am hoping that someday my hubby will close in our back porch so I that I have a craft room and I think I would get so much inspiration from this case if I was able to see it everyday. After all my dad was an artist himself so who better than him to get inspiration from.
     So as you can see these past couple months have really been put to good use. I am really wanting to take my blogging from something I was doing just for fun here and there to making it something wonderful for you and for me! I want my blog to be a positive, fun, and encouraging place where anyone from a beginner to a long time crafter can come to not only get ideas but share ideas too. If your wondering why I decided to make this change of blogging more, let's just say I had an eye opening experience ;) Which brings me to a very big THANK YOU that I want to say to a very special person who came into my life from guess what... a blog. Her name is Karen and lets just say that she helped me to see why the combination of blogging and crafting can be life changing. She will know what I mean and I hope that by my blogging and sharing my creations with you more regularly it will open up doors for you to be creative. Don't let someone make you feel that your crafting is not good enough, because art is about exploration, being creative and having fun in what ever way you see it. My creations might not be what someone else likes but to me they are amazing because I am growing, I am getting to make memories with my daughter, I am having the time of my life, and I am just being me. How I feel when I craft is how I hope each and everyone of you will feel.
     Before I wrap up my blog post for today I would like to share with you a couple of the projects I made. I ended up not being that impressed with the "homemade" photo booths, you will see a lighting difference in some of the pictures, which is the variations of the "homemade" photo booths and lighting techniques I tried. So because I wasn't completely happy I found out that the company who makes the Foldio is coming out with a bigger and brighter Foldio. They were running a Kickstarter program which I took part in. Since they met their goal it appears that I will be getting a Foldio 2 sometime in March but heard it could even be sooner. I'm praying for the sooner, lol. If they are as good as I have heard then my pictures should look A-MAZING, fingers crossed on that one too ;) As always if you have any questions about my projects just ask :) I will be back sometime this week to show you even more of the projects I made during my "break". Have a beautiful day!

Scrapbook I made in memory of my mother in law. I made it as a Christmas gift for her sister.

This was a Christmas card I made for my son. I used Boughs of Holly StampOh Deer Stamp Set and the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More. The deer came from Peachy Keen Stamps. Peachy Keen Stamps recently decided to retire from making stamp sets :( The coloring was done with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I also used Stampin' Up ink and card stock, with the exception of the gold berries that came from some metallic gold scrap card stock.
This is the inside of the card which I used holly4Christmas stamp set from The Stamps of Life as well as Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time. Inks are from Stampin' Up and I also used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color in the ornament.

Christmas card I made for my husband using Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time as well as Peachy Keen Stamps. Coloring was done with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I also used Stampin' Up ink and card stock.

This was the Christmas card I made and sent out to all my family and friends. The Card stock and ink were from Stampin' Up. For the Poinsettia and sentiment I used a stamp set from My Favorite Things which I believe has been discontinued. Then I also used the Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More from My Creative Time.
Inside of the card. I used holly4Christmas stamp set from The Stamps of Life. The Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More and You Are Fabulous from My Creative Time. The Card stock and ink were from Stampin' Up.

Christmas card I made for my mom and step dad. I used Boughs of Holly StampLoyal Friends Stamp Set, Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & MoreWinter Snowman Dies and the Alpha Pack Stamp Set to make my own wording. Cardstock and inks came from Stampin' Up with the exception of the dog, I used metallic gold scrap cardstock. (PS-When My Creative Time did the sneaks for the Winter Snowman Dies I instantly thought of this idea, however I apparently was not the only one. I have seen several people used a similar ideas using the dog and snowman dies but I assure you in no way did I copy from anyone. I always will give credit to a person or company should I get an idea from them)

Inside of card I used Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More, Boughs of Holly Stamp and You Are Fabulous from My Creative Time. Cardstock and inks are from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy Sunday :)

     Howdy everyone! I just wanted to give you all a quick little update and an apology for not posting in a while. My family and I have had quite an adventurous couple months. Due to my health issues I am limited on my wifely duties, which a lot of people say I am lucky because I get out of doing the laundry, dishes, and cleaning. So that means my husband is way more than just the bread winner of the household... he is in every way the man of the house. He is the most amazing man and husband a woman could ever ask for. He cooks, cleans, does laundry, does all the major physical activities with our kids like go to the gym, and he still manages to do the "manly" things of the house like trash, lawn care, fixing broken things etc. Like I said, he is AMAZING and because of so many more reasons beyond that, he is my hero!
     So just imagine how much our world came to a complete stop when he had a freak accident. If I told you the story of what happened it would gross you out but it would make you laugh at the same time. Only my crazy family can take a tragedy and turn it into a comedic event. I will save you the horrific details and just say that because of the accident I have had to step up big time. I have had to really push myself to do things that my body and health otherwise tell me I can't do. To say it has been an extreme challenge not only for me but for my family is an understatement.
     My husband has a long road of recovery yet to go but things so far are going good. To him this accident is a walk in the park compared to when he had cancer in his 20's. To be honest even though this was a terrible accident it could have been much worse, so we truly feel God was watching over him that day and is still is because everything has gone right despite all that could have gone wrong.
     So to sum all this up in a nut shell, because I have had to be more physically active it has caused me to also be in a lot more pain which is why I haven't been able to be my crafty-self lately. Now that things are beginning to calm down a bit and my husband is starting to do a little more on his own it won't be long before I am back to my crafty-time. I have a ton of "Thank You" cards I need to make so I will be sharing those with you once I get them made, plus I will be working on my Thanksgiving and Christmas cards too. Something else I am wanting to do is to blog on a more regular basis so after the holidays my 2015 goal is to blog regularly and I would really love your opinion on which you would prefer... Would you prefer me to blog a couple times a month showcasing several projects at once or would you prefer me to blog once a week showcasing 1 project (occasionally 2) every week? Would you prefer I mix up the blog posts by one time showcasing a project, the next a technique, and then other show products? Let me know what you think either by leaving a comment or sending me a message. I really would love to make it onto the Design Team of my favorite crafting products so I greatly appreciate all your support and feedback because you help me to continually grow :) I wish you all a wonderful week and I will 'blog at ya' soon ;)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some more creations for you :)

     Howdy everyone! Well it's been quite a busy couple weeks for me. I have a lot of health issues and a little over 2 months ago one of them decided to make an appearance and so I have been going to therapy several times a week. My daughter has been so wonderful in helping me since I basically have been stuck in a recliner for these past 2 months. She has been better than any nurse could have been and has even been helping me so that I could do my crafts in the recliner. Doing crafting from a recliner has been a challenge all in itself, lol!
     If that wasn't enough to deal with we lost 2 dear family friends and then my step dad was involved in a motorcycle accident. I am blessed to say that while we had some scary touch and go moments with my step dad he pulled through and was home in time for Father's Day. When they removed his ventilator he whispered to them that he wanted to go home. Well of course in the eyes of the doctors that was not going to happen, after all he was just on a ventilator. Knowing my step dad we knew exactly what he was going to do, he was going to prove them wrong, and he did just that. Being he fought and survived the Vietnam War, he was going to fight and survive this accident too. Not only did he do what doctors told him to do but he did even more and just 3 days after being on a ventilator he was released from the hospital. My step dad is one very stubborn man but his stubbornness in this case was a great thing to have :)
     The creations I share with you today reflect these events. The first 2 creations are two tags I made for my daughter to say a little thank you for all her help. Her big thank you came in the form of a increase in her allowance, lol! The third creation is a card that I made for our family friend. Her husband is one of our family friends that passed away. They had just celebrated their 50 year wedding anniversary and had renewed their vows. What a blessing it was that they were able to have that moment of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary before he passed. The fourth creation is a treat box that I made for my step dad. He LOVES nuts so I filled it with his two most favorite, cashews and peanuts. He certainly loved his treat box especially after being on an IV diet for days ;)
     Since being stuck laid up due to my health I have had lots of time to learn how to do things. So one of the things I learned was how to link up some of the products I use. So now on some of them you will be able to click the name and it will take you to where the product is sold. That way if you want to learn more about the product or purchase it, then it will be easier for you to do. I as well learned how to ad tabs/pages to the top of my blog which you may have already noticed. In addition to crafting I love doing photography but most of my photographs are outdoors, so I thought I would also take this time to learn more about indoor photography. I learned that I needed to build a "mini" photo booth for my creations that way the pictures will come out better and brighter. So as I learn more you will start seeing the changes being applied to my blog. I am hoping these changes will make my blog easier for you to navigate and view, as well as for me to be caught up with times, lol!
     Now that I have filled you in on everything it's time to show you my creations :) I wish you a wonderful and blessed day! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

This is the first tag I made for my daughter. I used Core'dinations cardstock for the big flower. The flower insert, smaller flowers, leaves, and tag base were plain inexpensive cardstock I found at Walmart. The butterfly was colored using Spectrum Noir markers. The stamping inks were from Stampin' Up. From the Stephanie Barnard - The Stamps of Life I used the hot4balloons matching dies to create the flower petals & flower center, the sandal die set to create the mini flowers, the bubblegum4me & moregum4me stamp sets were used for the bubbles & sentiment, and the crazy4daisies stamp set was used for the leaves as well as a couple of the bubble centers. For the butterfly I used the die set from My Creative Time called the Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies

This is the second tag. I used Core'dinations cardstock for the big flower. The flower insert, smaller flowers, leaves, and tag base were plain inexpensive cardstock I found at Walmart. The butterfly was colored using Spectrum Noir markers. The stamping inks were from Stampin' Up. The rhinestones are from Studio G. I used the Stepanie Barnard - The Stamps of Life I used the sandal die set to create the mini flowers, the bubblegum4me & moregum4me stamp sets were used for the bubbles & sentiment, and the crazy4daisies stamp set was used for the leaves as well as a couple of the bubble centers. From My Creative Time I made the flowers using the Flower Petal Dies and for the butterfly I used the Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies

  This is the card I made for our family friend who lost her husband. The digi image is from Some Odd Girl Some Odd Girl it's called Grand Dance. (The wings are not part of the digi) I colored the digi to match the way my friend and her husband on the day they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their wedding vows. For this digi I was not worried about doing proper coloring, such as using light sourcing and blending. I knew none of that would matter to my friend because it would be the overall concept that would matter to her the most. For the wings I drew them on a frosted white velum then colored them a light blue. I made a halo in the silver glitter cardstock but in the end I chose not to add that. All the coloring was done with Spectrum Noir markers. The accenting of the cardstock pieces such as the silver trim around the front edging of the card was done with Momento inks. The plain white cardstock, the silver glitter paper, and the already made black card were purchased from Michael's. The other cardstock I used came from Core'dinations. I happened to win my Core'dinations card stock but I believe you can find it at most craft stores. Although it's hard to see from the picture, I did used some foam dots on the couple and the sentiment to raise them up a bit. For the clouds and the sun I used Stephanie Barnard - The Stamps of Life hot4balloons matching dies.

 This is the inside of the card. The concept for the poem came from a song called Dancing In The Sky by Dani and Lizzy but I took that song and put my own spin on it by adding lyrics to it and changing it around a bit. So if you hear that song you will see some similarities but I tried to change the majority of it to make it apply more to my friend. Once I had the wording then I just simply typed it and printed it out. I inked the edges Momento ink. I used the same clouds from the front of the card to decorate the inside. I didn't use any foam pop dots on the inside because I thought the adhesive I was using already gave it a little bit of a lift that I liked.

 This treat box design is from My Scrap Chick. It is called the Healing Heart Trio (This is an svg file so you need to have an electronic cutting machine and compatible software) I used various paper and cardstock that I had purchased from Michael's and Stampin' Up. I added some glitter trim to the edge but the next time I make this box I think I will skip the glitter. Don't get me wrong it still looked good, in fact much better in person, but I ended up liking it better without because I think it looked more like a band-aid without it. (I apologize for the one picture of the box being a little blurry. I didn't take pictures before I gave the box to my step dad so I had to have my mom take the pictures and send them to me)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

THANK YOU Veterans & ALL Military!

         I know today is not Memorial Day but being from a military family myself, loosing a family member who was killed in Iraq and having many military friends, I just wanted to spread the word on how important it is that we honor our Veterans and Military everyday not just on Memorial Day. I've seen first hand how Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the daily military life can be and there are no words to describe what this is like for the those who have served, those currently serving, and even for their families.This Memorial Weekend and each day forward, please take the time to thank each and every member of the military you cross paths with. It's just a few seconds of your time to shake their hand and say thank you. After all they have given way more than a few seconds of their time for us.... They have given a life long sacrifice! 
         I want to send a HUGE THANK YOU FILLED WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE TO ALL THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN!!!! My family and I will never forget all you have done, currently do, and will continue to do for us!!! THANK YOU!!!
        While I am posting today about our military, I know a lot of my fellow crafters have been busy making cards for Operation Write Home this past week and I wanted to say thank you for participating in an awesome cause. I am still working on mine so sorry it's not ready to show, but in the mean time before I wrap up this post, I might as well share with you a couple other cards I have made earlier this week :) I wish you all a safe and blessed Memorial Day!

        This is a card I made for a close friend of mine who is expecting a baby. For several reasons this is seriously a huge event that we have been flipping out over, more than the usual expectant pregnancies would have. So I decided to make an "Oh Baby I'm Flippin' Out!" card. Do you see my concept ;) I paired up Stephanie Barnard's The Stamps of Life flipflops2stamp/sandals4summer, sandal dies, and sampler2love along with some baby themed stamps I purchased from the Oriental Trading Company. (Just a heads up that while I loved the images, I was not that impressed with the stamp set from Oriental Trade Company as it did not stamp well and took me many tries just to get a fairly clean image). The banner die is from My Favorite Things Die-Namics Banner Greetings. For the base of the card I wanted to make my own flip style card using my own dies so I used a tutorial from (if you would like to see the tutorial simply go to and type in the word flip card in the search box). Then I used 2 embossing folders from Sizzix - an alphabet and a dot pattern, Spectrum Noir markers to color in the bottle, duck, pacifier, and onesie. Stamp inks came from Stampin' Up, rhinestones Studio G, and the paper is out of the Simply Delightful scrapbooking pad from My Mind's Eye. I as well made a matching envelope.

Front of the card
Inside of the card

Card and Matching Envelope

It was my mothers birthday and I had yet to try out this stamp and die set from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard. It's the pb&j2enjoy stampset and pb&j dies. So being that my mom is a wonderful cook, baker and dessert baker, I thought peanut butter and jelly was perfect for her. I also wanted to add balloons so I grabbed my favorite balloon die set from My Creative Time called the Stitched Party Dies. I love these dies because they have the stitched edging and the long squiggly balloon. I used a happy birthday embossing folder from Cricut to emboss the back front panel. The paper was from the scrapbook pad Simply Delightful from My Mind's Eye which matched the card stock from Stampin' Up perfectly. I used colors Crisp Cantalope, Raspberry Ripple, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana along with standard black cardstock. The ink I used was Tuxedo Black Momento Ink. Then I used simple embossing thread for the balloon strings and a little holographic butterfly sticker from the dollar store. This was a simple, quick, and easy card that my mom loved!

Front of the card

Inside of the card

Friday, May 16, 2014

Guess Who's Back.... Back Again, LOL!

     Hello Everyone! I know it has been quite some time since my last post but things have been absolutely crazy!!! Since my last post we have had several holidays such as: April's Fools Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Firefighter/Nurse/Teacher Appreciation Day and quite a few other holidays - so I hope you all had wonderful, blessed, and fantastic ones! 
     I had fantastic holidays all the way around, plus celebrated a ton of birthdays including my own, but sadly I also had a couple of deaths as well as memorials to deal with, which despite the unbelievable amount death I've experienced in my life, it never becomes bearable. 
     I was very blessed for my birthday this year as my kids and hubby had several surprises planned for me. They took me to a Brett Eldredge and Michael Ray concert, which they had also set up a "meet & greet" for me with Michael Ray :)  Then, while we were waiting for the concert to start, our local radio station called my name for a "meet & greet" with Brett Eldredge. I tried to keep my cool, but I think the grin on my face from ear to ear gave away any coolness I had, lol! So I was pretty stoked, but that wasn't all they had planned for me. The next day they took me to a local "BikeFest" which happened to have some of my favorite people from the Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon, stunt performers Cory Dady and Joel Hickman, as well as Uncle Kracker. All of that alone blew me away not to mention made numerous things on my bucket list happen. Those types of things are a rare opportunity, so I am still in disbelief that I was blessed with so many all in one short weekend! 
      Since I have so many health issues, all of that awesomeness unfortunately caused me to be bed ridden for over a week, so for the day of my birthday party, "I was snug as a bug in a rug" tucked away in bed. So no birthday party took place in the end but I was perfectly o.k. with that, as I of course was not expecting anything else because after all, I had just been totally spoiled. Having such a wonderful husband and children, just when I thought they couldn't spoil me any more than they already had, the 3 of them come into my room carrying this huge box. Can you believe those little stinkers got me a Sizzix Eclips machine! I had already shed so many tears with all the surprises and blessings they had given to me that I thought my fountain was dry, but nope.... the fountain kicked on full force and the tears started streaming full force! 
      You just can't imagine what my heart felt receiving all those blessings! My birthday ends up getting treated like a normal day. Since I have so many medical bills, I usually make my husband and kids promise to not buy me anything because we spend more than enough on me as it is throughout the year with doctors appointments, tests, and medications so I usually just get a verbal "Happy Birthday". I can't imagine what I did to receive such wonderful and amazing blessings this year but I am savoring each one of them and thanking God every chance I get!!! 
       So, since my family got me this AMAZING cutting machine, I've been quite busy making all kinds of goodies, which I will be sharing some of them with you today :) This machine is literally so easy to use that I made these crafts right from my bed. How cool is that!!! 
      Another project I will be showing you today is I a storage unit for my ink pads. Making that was pretty intense and challenging to say the least. Just as I was feeling better from all the birthday craziness, the ink pad storage unit had other ideas and felt it should send me back to my bed... Apparently you can develop an allergy to cutting Styrofoam/foam board, so that came with a fun little reaction, just kidding! The allergy was actually quite awful! However, despite the allergy, I was pretty pleased with how the storage unit came out so I am thinking about building one for my markers. This time I am wearing goggles, a mask, and making it in a well ventilated area... outside ;) 
     Anyway, enough of my blabbing ;) Thank you so much for listening and letting me share my past couple months with you! Now, lets get on to showing you my creations. I hope you like them :) Have a blessed and wonderful weekend!!!!  P.S. A quick update on the Design Teams I applied for: Unfortunately, I was not picked this time, but I will try again upon the next open call. In the meantime I have been making creations with the intentions of entering them into certain challenges but then I am always a bit hesitant on entering once they are completed. So I ponder on it for a bit and then remember.... where's the fun in that :) So have decided to follow through... "go for the gusto".... and enter my Saturated Canary "Celebrate Your Day" card into the Spectrum Noir Challenge for May. Fingers crossed :)

For these 3 adorable bunny treat boxes I used the "Trio of Bunnies" - Bunny Box - svg file from My Scrap Chick. The "Trio of Bunnies" file actually comes with this bunny box, a card, and a tag but I only used the Bunny Box for this project. I cut them out using my Sizzix Eclips machine, to decorate them I added some sponging ink touches, pattern stamps, a bow on the girl from a My Creative Time die, and then before giving them to the kids, I filled them up with tons of Easter candy :)

I made this Easter card using the Framed Frills Easel Card svg file and the free Easter Cross file from My Scrap Chick. I cut the card, cross, and words using my Sizzix Eclips machine. I also found some cool stamps and ink to add a few little designs.

  My entry for the Spectrum Noir May Challange
The card above is the card I will be entering into the Spectrum Noir Challenge for May :) 
 I love this card!!! I made it for my mom for Mother's Day. For the base of the card I created a standup card by cutting pink cardstock 11" long by 5 1/2" wide, scored the length of the cardstock at 5 1/2, then folded (so at this point the card should be 5 1/2 by 5 1/2). Then on just the top portion of the card I scored it at 2 1/4 (this made the stand up portion). The beautiful girl is "Fancy"a digital stamp from Saturated Canary. I colored her with Spectrum Noir markers. I used Sizzix dies for the swirls, and the background shapes. I used some embossing folders to emboss the shapes, I made flowers out of pink, lavender, and Stampin Up coastal cabana cardstock. The larger flowers are the Die-namics Hybrid Camellia flower dies from My Favorite Things, the corners dies are the Die-namics Four Corners dies, and the small flowers are the Rolled Flower dies from My Creative Time and the banner is the Stitched Party Dies from My Creative Time as well. The sentiment came from the Celebrate Big stamps set from My Favorite Things. (The word mommy was just handwritten by me with a lavender sharp tipped marker). Lastly I blinged it out with the Stampin Up clear rhinestones and Studio G lavender rhinestones.

This is the ink pad holder I made using foam board. It cost me less than $5 to make this ink pad storage and I so much foam board left that I will be making marker storage. I purchased the foam board at Walmart as I found it was the least expensive price for the size. The size I got was about 4 feet by 4 feet (because some pieces were a little bigger than others), they were 1/4 inch thick at least and the cost was under $1 per piece. There are only a couple areas that needed to be secured which you could use a hot glue gun, liquid craft glue, contact paper or even tape.

Birthday card I made using the Cake Easel Card svg file from My Scrap Chick. I cut this file with my Sizzix Eclipse machine. This file included all the pieces I needed, the only thing I had to add was the name "Dylan" which I was able to cut with the letters provided on my Sizzix Eclips eCal Software.
Card closed 

This is one of the sympathy cards I made. To make this card I acutally used some left over paper I had. For the butterflies I used the Die-namics MPD Fancy Butterflies from My Favorite Things as well as used the Clearly Sentimental About Sympathy clear stamp set from My Favorite Things. (Outside of card - card closed)

(Inside Card)