Friday, September 21, 2018

My Whirlwind of a year so far...

Hello everyone.  It has been so long since I have sat here at my old pc and actually blogged.  It's actually been some time since I even really felt the craft groove kick in.  But my trusty old friends at Splitcoast Stampers had one of the yearly events, Dare to Get Dirty, and it helped pull me out of my saturation.  Now what could I possible be saturated it if it isn't all the beautiful colors of inks, pencils, markers and water colors in my craft room? Well let me catch you up a bit.  First we moved across country from PA to TX, kinda old new as it's been 10 months.  But 10 months flew by in a whirlwind! Our daughter joined us here a few months ago, we visited home, my husband jumped right into work even before we officially moved, I designed and hired a custom builder to build my craft room, that is still a work in progress. I had to take the summer off from exercising as I just couldn't do it in the TX heat. We managed a much needed vacation to Jamaica last month.  I visited my best girls in VA. All while getting what became weekly iron infusions because they stopped working, and I was exhausted! And now trying to get acclaimed to my new normal, in my new place.  Feeling the need to start over.  So here I am. Making the plans to start over. 

I went to the PinnersTX conference last weekend and listened to a lovely young lady who spoke about  blogging.  Shout out to KariAnn @ Thistlewood Farms. She was super cute! And so on point it just made me want a redo!  After listening to her speak, I asked one question, that question was "when do you go from a blogspot, free blog, to a .com" Her answer was short and to the point, she said "as soon as you think about it!" So with that, the finishing touches will be put on my craft room, I will come up with a name, another tip from KariAnn, "something that can be googled" and will launch my new blog.  Give it a lot more attention, share all the things I love, and reconnect with the world of blogging friends I have made over the years.  So stay tuned for that!

Yesterday I was inspired to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Bling it on.  I pulled out my new Impression Obsession inks and started by making this colorful background.  I just used a die cut, left the die cut pieces in place and inked using an ink blending tool.  Then I stamped the image from Impression Obsession Floral Heart Set and used the inks I used in the background as water colors.  Then I added clear and gold wink of stella for the bling.  I finished with an Impression Obsession Pink and Ink hummingbird and sentiment from the Hummingbird set. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you find what inspires you today!

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Impression Obsession Ink
Impression Obsession Floral Heart Set
Impression Obsession Hummingbird Set 
Wink of Stella 



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #312

This weeks make it Monday challenge is to frame your sentiment.  
If you would like to watch the video and play along visit the PTI blog here.  

My aunt is in the hospital with the flu so I made a card to send to her. 
I hope she is feeling much better until this arrives.  

Hope you are having a great week! 
Thanks for visiting, 

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All products used area PTI 


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge, use stripes.

Hello everyone! 
It's feeling like spring today here in TX! 
I'm so excited to finally not need to wear a coat out for our morning walk. I'm sure before long I will have to get up before the sun to enjoy that same walk, but for now I'll enjoy the temps hitting 70 for the next few days.  

Today is the PTI release day, and also their one and only anniversary sale.  I'm busy making my list and checking, well, several times I'm sure.  I always use the sale to stock up on consumables that I love.  This year is a bit different, it's hard to know exactly what I need with so much of my stuff still in boxes.  So some things will be just a guess, but it's not like it won't get used.  

I can't wait to get this years anniversary set, Mixed Boquet.
It's so pretty, and I just love all the flowers in today's release.  

Now on to my challenge card.  
The challenge was to use stripes.  I pulled a sheet of striped paper I had from one of the PTI kit's, I'm not sure what kit.  Sorry, I tend to mix up my papers when I'm using them.  
The flower is from Floral Sketches, and the stems I had stamped from previous cards.  I believe they are from Gran's Garden. I finished by adding the die cut sentiment and a few sequins.  

You can find the challenge post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Have a great day!

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All products PTI.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Papertey Ink Anniversary Challenge, Use a retired stamp set

Hello my friends, hope your having a wonderful Monday! It's a bit cool here, but I"m still going to bundle up and go out for a walk.  Somehow in my mind that makes eating a half of a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies OK.  Gotta support the girls!

So today, while I was deep in thought over the PTI challenges someone knocked on my door.  Weird, as just moving to TX I know no one that would come to the door.  So I took a deep breath and answered.  Of course I was having a sweat pants, hair up in a messy bun kinda day, I wasn't planning on answering the door or leaving the house.  It was a young man, all dressed nice in a business suit.  We exchanged greeting, I stepped out onto the porch as I was not inviting a stranger in.  My little girl immediately attacked his leg kissing him as much as she could, then the boy dog who does not like men managed to get the door open, no idea how as he is only 9 pounds and 6 inches off the ground, but he is my protector.  And was not happy with this man talking to his momma.  I wrangled them back in the house, listened the the speal on financial planning, refused to give my or my husbands phone number, took his business card and wished him a good day.  And I hope that is the most excited that will occur to me today.

Then I texted the husband how we will immediately get a no soliciting sign.  This is something I didn't have to worry about in PA. We lived on a dirt road, and most people would drive up our dirt road and get that feeling of hearing weird banjos playing in their head until they reached civilization again.  Now mind you, this all happens on a mile road and only 5 minutes from WalMart.  But dang, I liked my privacy.

Now that the last thin mint is gone, lets get on to what you are really here for.  Today's PTI challenge is to make a card using a set from the retired stamp list posted on the blog.  If you would like to see the blog post and comment to win an awesome price click HERE!

I chose the Make It Market Mini Kit, Color Pop Butterflies. It's a super sweet little kit and I love the price point.  If you are considering getting the kit get it soon as once it is retired it is gone.  I really wanted to use the kit to it's full potential today.  It made this card very easy as the patterned paper was printed with the design.  I just cut them out, stamped and added the sentiment and there you have this super sweet little card.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Stay warm! 
And go buy some Girl Scout Cookies!

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Papertrey Ink MIM Color Pop Butterflies

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Papertrey Ink Floral Challenge.

Today is yet another day at of celebrating the Papertrey Ink Anniversary.  Today is Day 4 of the event, and today's challenge is a Floral Challenge.  If you haven't seen the PTI blog post today need to stop by.  The floral cards and inspiration is amazing!  
I was inspired to stamp some of the Gran's Garden stamp set.  I pulled out all the shades of PTI purple/lavender inks and stamps a beautiful pile of flowers.  Then I assembled these cards. 
For this card I used a die cut to make the base.  I love the white on white look in the background, and this die set sets of the white perfectly.  I added a humming bird I stamped yesterday from 
Humming Along.  I love the pop of blue.  The details in the humming birds is amazing.  

Next I'm sending some Birthday Cheer, once again from my favorite PTI kit Don't Forget to Write added the sentiment to these pretty cluster of flowers.  

I swear this sentiment does not look crooked irl! 
But this may need a do over so it doesn't drive me crazy. 
And those are my floral cards for today's challenge.  
I hope I have helped to inspire you and you play along with the challenge as well.  
You can find today's challenge by clicking HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Papertrey Ink Stamps, paper and ink. 
Other- sequins

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Papertrey Ink Anniversary Celebration Challenge.

Hello everyone, I know it's been a long time! My last post was the month we decided to sell everything and move across country to Texas! It has been a whirl wind of selling everything in our PA home of 16 years, buying a new home that we only saw via a face-time showing, and then making the drive across country with our two puppies and just enough to get us by as we wait for our delivery of personal belongings.  We moved in the day before Thanksgiving, and are still getting settled.  I'm crating on a plastic table and most of my stuff is still in totes.  My craft room is being designed as we speak, the builder was here this morning to take measurements.  I can't wait for it to be finished. But no time like the present to get back to what I love, and that is making lots and lots crafts!

Today I played along with the Papertrey Ink Anniversary Challenge.  They are having an awesome week of challenges and prizes so be sure to go to the enter to win. Click here to see this challenge post and for your chance to win stamps for a year!


The challenge is to take a card you have made in the past and transform it some way.  I used this card, you can see my original blog post here. 


I started by pulling out 4 different colors of paper for the background. I figured this was an easy change. And will use up some of those pieces of paper falling out of the paper rack. 
Now, I am not a mass production card maker. I never make the same card twice, I just don't like doing that.  So I do what makes me happy.  And that is make lots of different cards, and enjoy the art of it.  
Then I chose 4 different embossing folders.  I wanted to use some cover plates, but my embossing tan mat thing is among the move missing.  So embossing folders it is.  Once I had the first layer I assembled the embossed layer to the patterned paper.  

Next was the fun part.  I stamped a ton of images, yestereday was all about the humming birds.  I love having images on hand.  It's so nice to just grab my box of stamped stuff and see what I like.  This is my box of stuff.  I'm so glad I have the DFTW words cut because I lost the SENDIND die, and I use it all the time! So sad! 

Now, it's likely that I will have to stamp the correct color, but at least you can see if the size will work and some days even I get lucky!

Today, I feel pretty good about the cards I made.  Do you have a favorite?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Papertrey Ink 

Embossing Folders


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 3 Challenge

Today's day at camp was definitely a challenge for me.  
Shaker cards are just not my thing. 
I never seem to get all the stuff lined up nicely and put all together will.  
But I managed to pull this one together and earn today's badge! 

I love these little dragons! 
Just make me want to color them up all day long! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Enablers List
MFT Magical Dragons
alcohol markers (copic and Altenew)
white embossing powder
white cardstock
fun foam
recycled acetate 


Monday, June 19, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 1

Hello everyone, 
I was finally able to finish my day one project.  
I took an exceptional long time to leave the watercolor to dry naturally;) 

I decided to use my Pretty Poppies as here in PA they are in full bloom.
I'm not sure why everyone has poppies but me, but I can never seem to find Poppies when I'm garden shopping.

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Watercolor paper
MFT cardstock
MFT Pretty Poppies
Distress Ink 
white embossing powerder


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

MFT Camp Create Day 2

Hello everyone! 
I'm so excited to be at camp again this year! 
So many things to see and do and my camp is even air conditioned! 
Thankfully, because otherwise I'm sure I would have melted by now! 

Today is a technique challenge.  
You can learn more about the challenge and find an awesome video by visiting the MFT blog.

For today's card I wanted to make a card for my dear stamping friend Karen. 
Last week Karen was riding her bike and was hit by a truck. 
She has a broken arm and 3 broken vertebrae, but remains so very strong and still has a beautiful smile.  So, Karen, if you see today's post this card is on it's way to you! 
And of course I wish you a full and speedy recovery! 
Karen is still crafting but doesn't post to her blog as much as she used to, but I know she would be thrilled if you stop by her blog and say hello and wish her well.  

I didn't have a wood grain background stamp but I wanted to keep the feel of the wood grain, so I used an embossing folder.  Then embossed over the top of the design by swiping my versamark over the raised image.  I love that is still has the white washed look.  

I also loved the idea of putting the pearless water color sheets in a little book so I completed that task today as well.  I'm getting so much done at camp this year! 

I've earned this lovely badge today! 
Yay Me! 

See you all tomorrow!

Enablers List

MFT cardstock
MFT Succulents Stamps
Darice embossing folder
Pearless Watercolor 
White embossing powder
Momento Ink
Copic Markers


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #283

Hello everyone, 
Just popping in to share with you a few projects I made for this weeks 
Papertrey Ink MIM challenge.  This weeks challenge is to use a water color wash background.  
I made several water color backgrounds and let them dry over night.  
For these projects I decided to die cut my water colored paper for the backgrounds.  
Then I used both the negative and positive of the die cut to make my cards.  

Eek! I just love how this card turned out! So pretty. And of course the beautiful cluster of flowers matched the background colors almost perfectly.  Love everything about this one.  
Don't you just love when that happens!?

For this card, it's really quite clean and simple.  
I just used a little spray adhesive in the center of the die cut then stuck the negatives to cardstock and pulled off the positive that I used on the card above.  

To play along with this weeks challenge visit the PTI blog here. 

All products used are Papertey Ink with the exception of the water colors.  
You can find the products in the PTI store here.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy NSD! 


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PTI April 2017 Blog Hop

What a beautiful spring here in PA.  
It was so nice over the weekend we were able to get all our flower gardens weeded and mulched, 
the fresh mulch and new plants are looking so pretty.  Spring time greens are some of my favorite colors! Along with all the gorgeous spring blooms of course! 

Today's PTI challenge is an inspiration piece.  
You can find the inspiration details and the challenge on the PTI Blog.

April Inspiration

This just looks like vintage fabric I wish I could find for my patio furniture pillows.  

This is the card I made using the colors similar to those in the photo. 

I am making a conscious effort to use more patterned paper in the design of my cards. 
I'm pretty sure I have a never ending supply at this point.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you enjoy the hop, 
and good luck if you play along! 

Happy Spring! 

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All Products Papertrey Ink