Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler May Issue ~ Wooden It Be Lovely

Panels, planks, pallets.  What do they all have in common?  They're all made of wood.
Wood, be it recycled pallets, old fences or barnyards, has evolved into home d├ęcor and arts and crafts.  It's the later of the two in which the design team was given a challenge to create projects with a wood theme.
The May issue, "Wooden It Be Lovely" offers project ideas using stamps and textures resembling wood.  We've really come through with an array of ideas, each unique.
Keeping in theme with the wooden theme, the template of the month is a Garden Bench with a sweet Hardwood background stamp.

Sneak Peek at what I contributed!!!

Stop by and pick up the latest issue for just $12.99. You won't be disappointed!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

 Mother's Day is this weekend. What??? I realized this this morning. So... since I work best under pressure, I whipped these up. Yes, I totally rolled my eyes as I typed "whipped" because these two cards took me most (and I mean like 7 hours) of the day to create. Life would be so much easier if I set out with a plan. Instead, I sit and ponder about colors, stamps and fancy embellishments. I am far too indecisive of a person to just make a quick decision and stick to it.

~ For my Mother-in-Law ~
This first card is for my mother-in-law. She is such an amazing person. I honestly do not know what I would do without her help and guidance. She is my farm mom. She is simple and happy and a generally "sunny" person. I think this card is totally fitting for her. Plus, she loves Hello Honey.

*I cased this card from Janeybell Designs.

Cardstock ~ Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
DSP ~ Birthday Bash
Ink ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Hello Honey, Strawberry Slush, Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ Delightful Dozen (retired), Kinda Eclectic, *misc. script background stamp
Embellishments ~ Natural Chevron Ribbon, Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels, Tea Lace Paper Doilies (colored using Brayer tool).

~ For my Mama ~
This card is for my own mama. She is in love with flowers and gardens and Crisp Cantaloupe. I absolutely have fallen in LOVE with this stamp set. I love any stamp that can have dimension added to it. I was able to add three layers to the large flowers. THREE! The photos truly do not show off the happiness of these layers.

Cardstock ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Specialty Paper ~ Gold Foil Sheet
DSP ~ this paper is retired. I'm so sad :(
Ink ~ Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Sets ~ Chalk Talk, Indescribable Gift
Embellishments ~ Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Thick Baker's Twine

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler ~ March Issue!

Yay! It's time for another issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler! March is a really fun one with Lots of ideas and projects for a Silhouette look. Simple, classy and still BREATH TAKING! So, hop on over {here} and purchase your issue for only $12.99 today!

Here is a sneak peek of what I contributed to this month's issue!

Friday, February 13, 2015


Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Whisper White
DSP ~ Confetti Celebration (133692)
Ink ~ Melon Mambo
Stamp Set ~ You Plus Me
Tools ~ paper trimmer, paper snips, adhesives, dimensionals, Label Card Thinlits (133479), staples
Embellishments ~ 1/8" silver ribbon (132137)

Hey Valentine ~ You're a Treasure

Cardstock ~ Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Black StazOn, Basic Black, Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey
Stamp Set ~ Hey, Valentine, You Plus Me
Tools/Embellishments ~ Fry Box Bigz L, Label Card Thinlits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), paper snips, adhesive, staples, cellophane bags, filler, glitter heart wand, gold glimmer paper

Hey, Valentine ~ You're My #1

Cardstock ~ Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Cajun Craze, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Black StazOn
Stamp Set ~ Hey, Valentine, You Plus Me
Tools/Embellishments ~ Fry Box Bigz L, Label Card Thinlits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), Chalk Talk Framelits, paper snips, adhesive, staples, cellophane bags, filler, glitter heart want, twine, Silver Glimmer paper

Hey, Valentine ~ Glad You're in my School

Cardstock ~ Real Red, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana Blendabilities, Black StazOn, Real Red
Stamp Set ~ Hey, Valentine, You Plus Me
Tools/Embellishments ~ Fry Box Bigz L, Label Card Thinlits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (heart), paper snips, adhesive, staples, cellophane bags, filler, glitter heart want, googly eyes, ribbon

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Chalk It Up!

I am excited to announce the arrival of the Paper Crafters Sampler February issue. This month features projects that are centered around one of  my favorite subjects... the chalkboard!

The PCS design team has put together some AMAZING projects for you this month. Inside you'll find some oh-so-clever ideas for using faux chalkboard with your artwork.  To coincide with this month's theme, your exclusive template of the month is a Chalkboard Washboard. 

Here is a sneak peek of what is in store...

Stop by the Paper Crafters Sampler today and get your own copy!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What Matters

I saw this quote today and it instantly inspired me. I've been working at my "swirly swoopy thingys" for a while, they're still off... but I'm keepin' at it!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Good {Point}

I'm totally loving this quote stuff! I got a chance to doodle today while I waited for a doctor appointment. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

From the Sketchbook

I didn't get any Stampin' Up! time over the weekend, but I did get a little chance to doodle in the sketchbook AND I even figured out how to use my scanner. Win! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler: February 2014

Click {here} for the February 2014 Issue

Purchase each month for $12.99 or save and get the entire year for only $99. That is a steal for what you get out of it! Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Here is what I contributed!

This was a really challenging project, but I love being pushed out of my comfort zone. Stop by The Paper Crafters Sampler and pick up the 2014 February issue. There are so many wonderful projects to get your hands on!!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Under the Sheltering Tree

Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but I am really happy with the way this one turned out. It actually turned out EXACTLY like what I had pictured in my head!

I really like the Sheltering Tree stamp set. It's a photopolymer, which is quickly becoming my favorite type to work with. They CLING very well to the stamping blocks!

The background was one big experiment. I started off by sponging on the colors, then I splattered water on it, then I covered the wet surface with salt and let it dry. I really like how it turned out. It almost has a Bokeh look to it.

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Black StazOn
Stamp Set ~ Sheltering Tree
Also used ~ white embossing powder, dimensionals, window punch
Embellishments ~ Silver Sequins (from the holiday catalog), 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get Well

Someone near and dear to me is going in for heart surgery next week. It is a relatively safe procedure, but it is still something a little scary to face and I want to send a little heart-warming card (pun intended). While scouring my supplies, this red string caught my eye and an idea developed...

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Perfectly Penned (retired)
Ink ~ Basic Black
Tools ~ polka dot embossing folder, heart punch, glue, dimensionals, round edge punch
Embellishments ~ Red string (not SU)

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Birthday ~ From the Herd

I always feel like we live on the Funny Farm. Between kids, the husband, chickens, donkeys and horses (plus the usual dogs and cats), I feel like I manage a zoo. When I saw this stamp set, I HAD to get my hands on it. How perfect is it for this crazy family?

Cardstock ~ Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral
DSP ~ Stacked with Love
Ink ~ Black StazOn, White Stazon, Craft White, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Marina Mist
Stamp Set ~ From the Herd
Embellishments ~ Chevron Ribbon (Calypso Coral), Gold Sequin Trim

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Just for You

I am totally luvin' this new chalkboard paper. At first, I wondered why it would be better than good ole' basic black with the chalkboard technique, but BOY is it better! The texture is amazing. Hey, it's kinda like a chalkboard...

This stamp set caught my eye instantly. Another chalkboard-inspired design. I just can't get enough of it! The paper {Confetti Celebration} is beyond fabulous and screams party, so I had to play around smash em' together.

Cardstock ~ Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, Melon Mambo
DSP ~ Confetti Celebration
Ink ~ StazOn White, Craft White, Melon Mambo
Stamp Sets ~ Birthday Bash
Accessories/Tools ~ chalkboard paper, paper snips, paper trimmer, rounded corner punch, dimensionals, liquid adhesive, sponge, banner punch
Embellishments ~ rhinestones, 1/2" seam binding ribbon in pear pizzazz

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler ~ A look back

I can't believe it's been a whole year that I have been a design team member with Paper Crafters Sampler. It has absolutely flown by. I have been so inspired by the fabulously talented ladies that I get to create and share with.

Feel like you've missed out? You can still join, create, and be inspired. Each month we introduce new projects. Each month you get to be blown away. We share step by step tutorials. You even get several 3D projects!

Purchase montly for $12.99, or save and get the entire year for only $99. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Here is just a look at what I created for January 2014, which by the way you can still purchase!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Do More of What Makes You Happy

I fell in love with this quote the moment I set eyes on it and I was beyond thrilled when Stampin' Up! came out with it. It totally fits me. In fact, now I use it as an excuse to my hubby when I want to slip away to my woman cave. Happy wife, happy life right?

I am also in LOVE with the new {Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack} from the 2015 Occasions catalog. The colors are so rich and gorgeous! Since my real job is Chalkboard design, I decided to combine two of my favorite things in one card.


Cardstock ~ Basic Black
DSP ~ Stacked with Love DSP Stack
Specialty ~ Chalkboard Paper
Stamp Sets ~ Hello Life
Ink ~ Black StazOn, White StazOn
Tools/Accessories ~ Project Life Corner Punch, Banner Punch, Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive, Glue Dots, Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen
Embellishments ~ 1/8" Mini Brads, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, 1/8" Silver Ribbon

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I ♥ U

I have recently fallen in love with gold. I'm not entirely sure where I've been all this time, but I'm finally in the "here and now"... For now.

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, I decided to play around with this fabulous color combo and create a not-so-girly card. I really REALLY love how classy this looks!

cardstock ~ basic black
designer series paper ~ typset
stamp sets ~ four feathers
ink ~ basic black
tools and accessories ~ paper trimmer, paper snips, liquid adhesive, glue dots, bigshot, circle card thinlit, label card thinlit, feathers framelits, sponges, perfect polka dots embossing folder, 
embellishments ~ gold basic metal buttons, venetian crochet trim

Saturday, January 10, 2015

♥ Lovable You ♥

Its here! The very first issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler for 2015! It is going to be a rockin' year. There are a few new design team members, so you will see a lot of brand new talent and diversity in the upcoming issues.

This month's theme is centered on ♥ Love ♥

Go to the Paper Crafters Sampler and pick up your issue ASAP! Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!!!

In this issue, you will find an array of beautiful cards in several different styles. PLUS there are a few (really cute) 3D projects as well. All supplies are exclusively Stampin' Up!

Sneak Peek 

Just a little something to look forward to...

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!

It's time to ring in the New Year with the Early Bird Special for Paper Crafters Sampler! Sign up for the FULL year and receive $10 off the regular price! This is a SMASHIN' deal!!!

Hurry because this special only lasts for 3 days!!!

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Sweet Color Combination

I'm still on a "Thankful" kick and needed some variety. I saw a card on Pinterest (can't find the link) with this layout and a similar color scheme and I fell in love with it. I've been wanting to put Bermuda Bay and Gold Foil together for some time now. This was a perfect reason! 

Cardstock ~ Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey. Crisp Cantelope
DSP ~ Lullaby
Stamp Sets ~ Hello There, Let Your Hair Down
Accessories ~ VersaMark, White Embossing Powder, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Gold Foil Sheet, Stapler/Staples, Glue Dots, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch
Embellishments ~ Gold Sequin Trim, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine

Just Wanted To Say...

Now that Christmas is over and we've successfully rung in the New Year, it's time to get those Thank You cards out! Does the Cobbler ever have any shoes? Nope. So, I locked myself in my office and went to work. I was obviously still in the sparkly-star mood because I found myself making nearly the SAME card as last time. I do love this color combo. Black and Very Vanilla with a little Gold sparkle. Perfect!

Cardstock ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla
DSP ~ Typset, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Basic Black, Black StazOn
Stamp Sets ~ Let Your Hair Down
Accessories ~ Paper Trimmer, Stars Thinlets, Dimensionals, Adhesive, Glue Dots, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Sponges
Embellishments ~ Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim
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