Monday, November 24, 2014

Guesting at A Blog Named Hero

Hi there!

I'm celebrating the month long Christmas event over at A Blog Named Hero today!

Here's the card I created.

I used one of my favorite stamps from Hero Arts called, Happy Holiday Trees.

A big huge thank you to Mary Dawn and Linda for inviting me to help celebrate with them!

Head on over to ABNH to check out more details about my card and leave me some love! ♥

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Tags!

Hi there!

I'm excited to be sharing a Christmas tag today over on Tracey McNeely's blog, In My Creative Opinion. She's having a month-long event, featuring tags from many wonderful, crafty designers and I am thrilled to be included! Thank you, Tracey! ♥

I created a fun shaker tag using the Tri-Square Die from Simon Says Stamp, along with the adorable Winter Friends Stamp and Die Set, created by Clearly Besotted for SSS.


I colored these sweet images with Copics and added a bit of sparkle with a Wink of Stella clear pen.

You can win prizes from the following, fabulous companies by heading over to Tracey's blog and checking out the details:


For your chance to win one of these awesome prizes just leave a comment on Tracey's blog for each one of the days (plus the main prize drawing *here*) and you'll be entered to win. You have until 11:59pm EST on November 27th to enter.

You will also get an extra chance to win by commenting on this post! You have until 11:59 EST, Wednesday, November 26th to comment. I'll randomly choose one commenter and pass their name onto Tracey so she can include that name in the drawing! Winners will be announced on November 28th on Tracey's blog.

Thanks for stopping by and a big thank you to Tracey!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cards For Day 4 - Holiday Card Workshop

Hi there!

I've got a quick post for you tonight. I need to get to bed earlier because I'm trying to fight off a cold and cough I feel coming on - yuk! We are also bracing for a big winter storm headed our way. We're suppose to get more than a foot of snow Monday and Tuesday - bigger YUK! Unfortunately, I also have to drive to work and back at the heaviest times of the storm on Monday. Not looking forward to that AT ALL!

I do have a couple of cards to share. They were both created for day 4 of the online card class, Holiday Card Workshop.

This first one is a take on Jennifer McGuire's fun, partial die-cutting technique.

Such a fun card to make! Here's a close-up.

And my second card is a take on Laura Bassen's beautiful card, using lots of masking.

Sorry for not sharing links to products used. I'm too tired, so if you have any questions, please ask in a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

I'm hoping to be back in a couple days with a card or two from days 5 and 6 of class. That is, if I feel well enough to create and if I make it through all that snow! Lol!

Thanks for the visit! ♥

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Days 2 and 3 - Holiday Card Workshop

Hi there!

I'm really enjoying the Holiday Card Workshop! Day two was all about interactive cards. I was excited because I just received a new stamp set from Art Impressions called, Snowman Shaker. It comes with an action wobbler and it was so fun to play with!

He is such a cute snowman! I colored him with Copics and stamped the extra, middle portion to attached it with the action wobbler. Here's a close-up of the wobbling.

Hee, hee! Makes me happy! I used the Stitched Slopes and Hills die set for the snowbanks and also the Falling Snow Stencil with embossing paste, both from Simon Says Stamp.

Day 3 of class was about watercolor cards. The designers' cards were all fabulous but my favorite was by Dawn from WPlus9! She is an AMAZING artist with so much talent! She created a woodgrain background with watercolors and a wreath too. Here is my take.

I can't tell you how gratifying it was to actually create something like this! Although, without Dawn's guidance and video, I would never have been able to do it. She is so inspiring! I used Distress inks and markers along with the Woodland Wreaths set from WPlus9.

That's it for me. Once again, I am up very late so I can share a blog post. I never seem to find time to do it earlier in the day or evening. Thank you for stopping by - I'm so glad you did! ♥

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Day 1 Holiday Card Workshop

Hi there!

I've got a card to share with you today, created for day 1 of the newest Online Card Class called Holiday Card Workshop.

Just like many of you, one of my favorite card designers is Shari Carroll. She is soooo talented and her cards are always so gorgeous! Here is my take on her card from day 1 of class.

I love how effortlessly Shari is able to layer her elements! Without her examples of this technique, I would never be able to do it!

I used lots of Simon Says Stamp goodies, listed below.

Here's a close-up.

I'm looking forward to the rest of this fabulous class!

Simon says stamp products: 
Bundle of Stitched Shapes 
Holiday Frames 
Flower Pattern Stencil
Rylynn Snowflake Die
Shades of Gray Cardstock 
Moonshine Sequins  

There is a new Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge going on too! This card is a good example for the embossing challenge (dry, wet or paste) because it not only uses Simon's own brand of products but it uses embossing (paste) as well. You can see all the details here. Come join the fun! You could win an awesome surprise  gift pack of embossing products such as, stencil, paste, powder, ink, etc!!!

Hope you're all enjoying the start of the week! Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Crafty Weekend I'll Never Forget!

Hi everyone!

I'm back from a wonderful, crafty retreat in Ohio, where I met some of the most amazing women! We laughed, we cried, we got creative and I was so inspired by them all! Oh! And we hugged . . . . . A LOT! 

I thought I would feel a bit intimidated when I first arrived but everyone made me feel so welcomed and like I belonged there.

Before sharing some photos, I have to tell you how blessed I felt being there. I was so grateful to be a part of it all! I must have said, "I'm in heaven right now!" a gazillion times. Today, I'm home, the house is so quiet and I'm feeling lonely, missing them all so much!

I tried hard to make some cards and did get a guest design team assignment finished, which I'll be sharing in December. Other than that, I created a few more cards, which I'll share at the end of the post. 

It was just too much fun talking with, and getting to know all the ladies, to get more card making done! I really enjoyed walking around the room a few times a day, stopping at each of their tables to see what brilliance they were working on. Such inspiration!

Warning - the rest of the post is photo heavy. I took most of them in one day. Here we go!

Just to give you an idea of all the crafty goodies everyone brings along, here is one of three, long tables in the room. Dawn from WPlus9 and Kim from Paper Smooches are both so beautiful!

Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner working together. Brilliant, talented women!

Ginger working hard - I lost count at how many scrapbook layouts she finished - it was amazing! You can see Windy and Ren-Yi behind her and if you look over to the left, that's Sarah Moerman.

I love my Judy! ♥♥♥ I was lucky enough to sit right next to her! We did a lot of laughing and she was a card making machine! I think the last count was 15!! 

Can you say, FUN? Oh, my goodness! Kelly and Dawn became fast friends! The laughter we all had together? Well, Let's just say we made some wonderful memories! Love these girls!

Here's Candy and Sandi! Such kindness from both! Two more amazing ladies! ♥

If you don't know this lady, you should! Sandy Allnock, of Operation Write Home is the hardest working woman I have ever met! She cares so much about others, is very selfless and giving, not to mention her talent - wow! I admire her so much!

Jana and Jennifer - it's mind boggling to think of all that goes into planning this amazing event! Jana works so hard for months getting the details ironed out and planning it all so we can have fun. And Jennifer brings just a TON of her crafty goodies for all of us to use! I am soooo thankful to them both!

Photo Bomb! I can't even explain how much fun Tina is! Oh, did that lady ever have me laughing! She is such a joy and I am lucky to now call her friend!

I couldn't wait to see Kathy, Linda and Judy! We have all met before at past Scrapfests and what a treat it was to see them all again! And some new friends here too! Bottom left is Joy and Heather. Joy was another one of those card making machines! Heather has amazing talent, but I have a feeling you all know that already. In the middle is Ren-Yi. One of the sweetest gals ever! She has such a kind heart and a gentle soul - love her! And then there's Tina again. I seriously wish she lived next door to me!

It was so cool sitting next to Kristina Werner and watching her color! She's funny, kind and oh, so talented!

"Squeal!!!" Just looking at Julie Ebersole makes me smile! She is even cuter in person, I'm not kidding! And it sure was fun to hear that adorable laugh in person!

Getting goofy with Kathy Racoosin. This women is not only filled with talent, she is so beautiful, inside and out! ♥

And look who surprised everyone and showed up on Saturday! Yup, Shari Carroll! No one thought she could come, so when she walked into the room - oh, the happiness! Absolutely LOVE her!

Had to share one more with Jennifer! Kind, giving, beautiful, generous, talented . . . . I could go on and on!

There are a few ladies I did not get a photo with and I regret that. But they all know how much I enjoyed their company and the fun we had!

Here are the cards I created. Not much explaining or any links - this post is too long already!

 Love this die from Simon Says Stamp!

I had the idea of a first snowfall coming soon here to Minnesota. Not looking forward to it but it's fun on a card.

I was able to get in a bit of practice with my Copic markers too.

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me for this long post. I'm walking around the house today, feeling a little sad and lost, missing each of these awesome ladies! But I am also feeling blessed, loved, very lucky and so grateful!

It's back to reality for me tomorrow. I never like the first day back at work, especially after such an awesome weekend! I hope you all have a good week! ♥

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Hi there!

I'm heading out of town on Thursday to Ohio for a crafty retreat with some amazing ladies and I am so excited! But before I leave, I wanted to finally share some cards I created with all the different images I've colored, using Copic Markers, for the most recent online card class.

It was such a fun class and even though I've used Copics quite a bit in the past, I learned a lot from the awesome lessons and videos! Plus, it felt really good to get out those markers again and color.

I'll just share each card here, one after the other. The last one is for Day 13, the last day of class, which was a play day and titled, "Having Fun." 

I still need to work on certain areas of shading, like shadows and skin. Practice makes perfect, right? And it's lots of fun to practice with Copics! My favorite day of class was when we were taught to color hair!

Most of the images on the cards were from downloads we received in class for practicing. For the last card, I used a new Simon Says Stamp set called, Cups and Succulents. I love this set - it's so fun to color! And there's a die set to go with it too.

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a wonderful week! ♥ 

I know I will! :)