Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day 2014

Hi everyone! 

I thought I would be spending this Saturday doing laundry and making cards...but I spent the morning brainstorming some business ideas, so my first card did not get made until late afternoon. A second card quickly followed and now I am on a roll this evening. :D

WCMD2014 was a good opportunity to use my October 2014 Card Kit featuring the Simon Says Stamp "What's Brewing?" Here's a photo of the kit: 

Here is the first card I made today. Didn't come out as I had originally planned, but might be one of my favorite cards ever thanks to the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar 6x6 papers in the kit. I used Simon Says Stamp ink on the cups and Memento London Fog for the steam. I used Distress stickles in Tea Dye for the coffee in the cups. 

I made a process video of making this card but I do not think it will be posted on #worldcardmakingday 

My second card was also made using the Simon Says Stamp October card kit. I really wanted that whipped cream look on the cup of latte. 

Any other cards I am able to make tonight will be posted in a blog post tomorrow. Trying to post more often! ��

Happy Creating! :D

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Winner with flair...

Hi everyone! 

I tried to make a catchy title. LOL

I won an adorable flair set from Toni From Designs. 

I have followed Toni From on Instagram and been inspired by her creativity. Toni launched her new shop a week and a half ago. She had an Instagram giveaway and I won, along with my IG friend Marni who alerted me to the giveaway. Congrats Marni!!

I was so excited about the win because I had two photos that I knew would go perfectly with the flair and were part of my Project Life for September. 

Here are the PL cards I made using the flair:

The pineapple card belongs in Week 35 and the pumpkin toaster pastries in Week 38, neither of which have completed layouts.

I'll be featuring the completed layouts in YouTube videos...eventually. 
Click here for the YouTube video that gives more detail about the flair I won and showing some of my process for these two cards. 
Happy Creating! :D

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Miss You

Hello all!

It worked out perfectly to be the right sentiment for finally getting a new blog post up! ;-)
I do miss YOU!

I had actually made one of the embellishments for the card on Tuesday while playing around with the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit papers (by My Minds Eye and the polka dot vellum is by Doodlebug). It became the perfect inspiration for the rest of the challenge card. Simon Says Stamp is showcasing Paper Smooches and I had this really adorable PS Vogue Abode stamp set that seemed to fit quite well with the picture frame embellishment. I stamped one of the chairs and the hexagons from the stamp set onto two of the papers from the card kit that also happened to feature dots!

I hope you like it and leave me a note if you have time when you stop by!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Studio Calico SUGAR RUSH: Ray of Sunshine, Sun Ray, Here Comes the Sun...

Hello everyone!

The title of this post are the title options I have for a new 12 x 12 layout I finished today. 

I almost always have problems choosing a title. 
I think that I should start with the title really, but since I will be scrapping a lot of photos 
of Mount Lemmon throughout the year (Michael rides up there every weekend), and I don't want the title to always be "Mount Lemmon."

Although I should do a seasonal one with the same spot on Mount Lemmon during each season change. Hmm...better write that idea down somewhere so I can be sure to collect the pics or have him take them. ;-) 

I also bought all of the SUGAR RUSH add-onkits at Studio Calico last month and have barely played with any! Yikes!! The new OFFICE HOURS kits go on sale in about 3 hours! 

So I am challenging myself to try and use the older kits during the approximately 2-2.5 weeks I have before the next ones deliver. 

This layout is using only a tiny portion of the SUGAR RUSH Scrapbook kit.

I called it Sun Ray when I uploaded it to My Projects on but it really needed a bold
title on the layout itself. It might look a bit bare. Also, that is kind of my style. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Simon Says Stamp - Rainbow of Color

Hello everyone! 

My second post today...and maybe not my last! 

As usual, I am behind on blogging so trying to catch up with on my creative adventures recently. 

Yesterday I received the March 2014 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit.
It is called Rainbow of Color and is super, super cute! 

An awesome kit that I had an idea for right away.
Luckily I found some time last night to make a card that I needed to go in a package this week.

I encourage everyone to subscribe to these kits. 
I always have a lot of fun using the goodies each month, even when I have to be slow at it. 
This is a subscription I don't really want to have to give up, but a nice option is that you 
can skip months when you don't like the preview. 
I have never done that. LOL

Which of your weekly/monthly craft subscriptions are you most fond of? 


Unity SOTW - Well...Check you out

Hello everyone! 

I have a card to share today but I actually made this card last week and meant to post 
it several days ago. 

Like many of you, I am running out of storage room in my craft studio. 
So I have to make some tough decisions on purging, and stopping some subscriptions. 
Unity Stamp of the Week is one of the subscriptions I was going 
to stop, but never got around to it. 

I adore this SOTW, so I am really glad I didn't yet let go of my subscription. 
This one is by Tifany DeGough.

It is so super adorable! 

I used a real manila folder for the library card insert. The red heart doily is a leftover from a Doggie Bag Embellishment Kit available at (each one is different, so not sure you can still get the heart). The paper is from an a couple of older 6x6 pad from my stash, and some cardstock from a card kit. I do like that I am using from my stash, but I have such a bad memory and can't seem to find the pad for the green paper. So what I can tell you is that I used a Simple Stories Snap 6x6 pad for the yellow. ;-) 

How good is your memory when your stash leftovers get mixed up? 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Studio Calico Color Theory Ink Preview

I got lucky and caught the preorder for the new Studio Calico Color Theory Ink Bundle, which sold out fast! I had to wait several weeks to receive the inks so wondered if I should have just waited until I had seen more reviews. I am very pleased with these inks so far though!! I haven't had a lot of time to play with them so this is just a preview. They stamped true to color and I love that they dry so quick! There is a beautiful range of colors and it looks like we have another bundle to look forward to later this year. The color cards came free with my Studio Calico kit delivery. I also want to mention how much I love the Sugar Rush kits. I got all the add-ons! LOL 

Here are two photos of the Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Inks...including the stamp that I chose to stamp the ink onto their corresponding card. I am even considering the coordinating cardstock even though I have an over abundance of paper in this crowded craft studio. 

Did I forget to mention the ink pads were stackable! Love that feature even though it means the pads are a bit smaller than I would have liked. It so convenient to have one stack of so many colors taking up so little room. The Color Theory Inks are sold separately in the Studio Calico online shop. They are $4.99 per pad. The bundle was $54.99 (free shipping) for all 12 colors so that was a my opinion. I am not an ink expert, as that was one supply I was really sparse on when I first got into paper crafting but of the inks I have tried, these are at the top of my list of faves right now. 

Let me know if you have tried these inks or which ink is your favorite! 

P.S. The kitty stamp set is also from Studio Calico and was a Sneak Peak subscriber special offer that is no longer available. I don't have any kitties but the set was too adorable to pass up and I love cats.