Saturday, July 14, 2018

It’s Been A While…

Hey y’all … it’s been a while since I’ve posted.  I have no excuse other than the mojo took a little vacation.  The winter months are the hardest for me and this winter was a doozy.  We had ice storms and blizzards in April which is crazy.  But now I’m gearing up for summer with some time off work and I’m feeling a little craftier.

In June, my daughter asked me to make her a card for her piano student who was graduating.  I decided to go with black, grey, and white as the theme.

Congrats Grad-WM_ocm2018

I set off to my favorite place for free digital paper –
PixelScrapper – and found a really great striped paper to coordinate with a paper covered in “grad” text, and a diploma paper.  You can sign up for PixelScrapper for FREE which gets you 5 free downloads per day.  It’s awesome!

I used my Silhouette Cameo Designer Software to create the “Congrats Grad” embellishment.  Once I had it designed, I cut it several times on black paper and layered each one on top of the other.  I find the best way to adhere them together is to mount a Stick It Adhesive Sheet to my black cardstock before cutting.  Then I peel the backing off each die-cut piece and stick them together.  I layered them one on top of the other 4 times to get the thickness I desired. 

To finish the embellishment off, I tapped my Versamark Inkpad all over the top of it, covered it with clear embossing powder and heat-set it to give it a shine.  I did that a couple of times for added depth.

I didn’t take a picture of the inside but I adhered a piece of white cardstock matted with black cardstock to the inside and added a banner using the grad text paper.

I hope you enjoyed this card and I look forward to sharing more with you again very soon.  Please, if you like what you see here, share the blog to your friends in the craft world.  I’d love to meet them.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

She’s Not My Mother…

Let me explain what I mean by that.  One Mother’s Day, my children asked their father why he didn’t get me a Mother’s Day card.  He responded with “she’s not my mother” at which point they reminded him that I may not be his mother, but I AM the mother of his children.  Let’s just say that he learned his lesson and every year since, I have received a lovely card from him *grin*.

I’ve always made my husband a card on Father’s Day and this year was no different.  I made this card to thank him for being such a wonderful husband and a fabulous father to our children.  The image was a free digi from Designed 2 Delight.  Her webpage is no longer active so, unfortunately, I cannot provide a link.   The sentiment was created by me.

I kept it pretty simple.  My copics were used to color this card and I added some twine type ribbon to the bottom.  I hope he enjoys this cards as much as I enjoyed making it for him.

Fathers Day Sweetheart WM

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Can’t Have One Without The Other…

Last week I made a Mother’s Day card so this week I’ve created a Father’s Day card just to keep things fair, lol.  What I ended up with is not anything like I had pictured in my head but I am still very happy with the results.

For this card I used a free digital image from Sleikje’s Digi Stamps.  I’ve linked it HERE.  The sentiment was made by me.  I colored the stamp with Copic markers.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you like my card as much as I do.

Happy Fathers Day Wagon WM

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Something For Mom

With the way things have been going in this house, I thought I should get a jumpstart on my mom’s Mother’s Day card.  This technique is inspired by Theresa Momber (visit here blog HERE) and was featured on Stamp TV  at the end of March.  I loved it so much, I wanted to try it for myself.

TemplateThe first thing I did was cut a template out of white cardstock.  Then I used a sponge and started sponging on my inks starting at the bottom corner and working my way into the middle.

After the sponging was done and before I removed the template, I stamped the tall meadow stamp so that part of it hung over the bottom edge of the template to give it a crisp line across the bottom.  I used Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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Then I removed my template and completed the rest of the stamping in black ink.  First the “You=awesome Me=grateful sentiment, and then the butterflies.

I stamped the largest butterfly onto a second piece of white cardstock and used my Copic markers to color it.  Then I adhered that over the top of the stamped outline to add some depth.  I colored the smaller butterflies with Copic markers as well.  I typed the word Mother into Word using a fancy font.

I adhered that entire piece  to a folded grey base to complete the card.  I sure hope my mom likes this card.  Thank you for stopping by to take a look.

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Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Antique Linen & Tea Dye

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink - Wild Honey

Inkadinkado’s Meadow stamp set – Floral stamp

Stampendous Daisy Thanks stamp set – Large Butterfly stamp

MFT Adorable Elephants stamp set – Small Butterfly stamps

Paper Smooches Many Thanks stamp set – YOU=awesome ME=grateful

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hello There!

Wow, it’s been a little bit since I last posted.  A lot has gone on but I am back up and running again and looking forward to sharing my cards with you again.  But first, let me tell you a little bit of what’s been happening in my life.

My youngest daughter (25) had what was supposed to be “routine” gallbladder surgery on the morning of February 2nd.  The surgery went well and we brought her home that afternoon at around 3pm.  My oldest daughter is a youth leader at our Church and at 4pm. I drove her to the Church to meet up with the youth group as they were going away for the weekend. While I was driving home, I stopped at the drive-thru to grab my husband and I some dinner as we hadn’t eaten much all day.

While waiting at the drive-thru I got a call from my husband to let me know not to be alarmed when I arrived home and saw that there was an ambulance in front of our house. He said my daughter had a seizure and was bleeding quite heavily out of one of the incisions....enough to completely saturate the shirt she was wearing, the sheets on her bed, and the heating pad she had for her sore shoulder due to the gas they use to blow your abdomen up during surgery. Imagine hearing all this while being trapped in a drive-thru line with nowhere to go.

To make a very long story shorter, a blood vessel was nicked when removing the laproscopy instruments and, after several days of ups and downs (mostly downs), my daughter ended up needing a blood transfusion.  What was considered to be a routine day surgery ended up being a 5 day hospital stay and 6 weeks off work.  She finally went back to work full-time this past week.

March was spent with my entire family experiencing an extremely horrible stomach flu.  One would just get over it and the next one started.  Not fun!

I think things are pretty much back to normal and I look forward to getting back into my craft room.  I actually spent a day in there last weekend making a card and I will share that in the next post.

Thanks for sticking by me.  I’ll see you in the next post!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Learning To Color

Since I had some time off over Christmas and the New Year, I decided I would treat myself to some coloring lessons over at Kit and Clowder.   I’m loving it!  Owner and teacher, Alyce Keegan, is an amazing artist and teacher.  She puts so much of herself into her classes and is one of the most encouraging, motivating, and inspiring people I know.  

I have done 2 lessons so far and I wanted to share my finished pieces with you.  The first piece is not really my style but I’m learning that it’s ok to step outside of the box sometimes and it was fun to learn some techniques such as coloring eyes, hair, and skin just to name a few.  Isn’t she pretty?!

Finished Work

The second class focused on coloring fur.  There is a lot of room for improvement here but I’m super happy with how this piece turned out.   It was interesting to learn how to put texture on cookies to make them look more realistic.  Don’t they look scrumptious?!  I bet you are hungry now, lol.

Finished Work

The classes that I purchased were part of a monthly subscription, however, there are still some very good free resources to be found and even a free coloring lesson (Markers 101) that you can grab if you visit the site.  The Markers 101 lesson is a great source for learning techniques such as shading, highlighting, blending, etc. so I highly recommend having a look.  There are also individual classes if you don’t want an ongoing subscription (although you can opt out of the subscription at anytime).  [Sidenote: This is NOT a sponsored post. I just really like what’s offered there and wanted to share it with all of you].

After being home for the past 2 weeks, it's back to work for me tomorrow. I'm so grateful that I have a job that I love to go back to.  I hope you are all doing well and I appreciate you stopping by for a look at my work.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Winner–December Blog Hop

Once again, I’m late with the announcement for the winner of our December blog hop and I apologize.  If you would like to hop through too (just know the prize is no longer up for grabs), you can find it here.

And our winner is:

Alicia O’Bryant

Congratulations, Alicia!  You have won the CTMH stamp set, Short & Sweet, graciously offered by Claudia Henderson.  Since Claudia is away right now, you can contact me at with your mailing address (please put Winner AYOCT December Blog Hop in the subject line) so that I can let her know where to send your awesome prize!