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! :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Card and a Tag

Hi there!

Once again, life has gotten in the way of blogging. I am having a hard time trying to balance everything going on right now. What is it about the autumn season that keeps things so busy? Trust me though, I'll get through it and it's going to be much easier once I'm back home from a trip I'm taking soon. Thinking about all I need to do before I leave is the most stressful!

Anyway, I have a card and a tag to share with you today. They are both inspirations for the third Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge. I hope you'll come and join the fun because you could win a $50.00 gift card to their online store! Yup! That's $50.00!!!

The challenge this time is Trendy Tags. Just create a tag or add a tag to your card or project. That's it. The only rule is to make sure you use one of Simon's own brand of stamps, stencils or dies. Then add your card to their Flickr group and tag it with SSSFlickrchallenge#3. So easy to do but if you need more info, you can find it here. You've got until Thursday, 9:00am EST, October 16, 2014 to play!



For this card, I added a couple of tags from the Simon Says Stamp, Medium Tags die set. The flowers were cut out from their Tall Flowers die and colored with Copics. The sentiment is their Small Hello die. Still love water coloring! I used a cheap set that I've had forever for the background and splatters.

And here's my tag.


I had to take the photo this way so you could see the shimmer. I used DCWV Glitter Paper (love this stuff!) to cut the SSS Brilliant Gifts die. Then I just cut them apart and placed them in different areas of my tag - so fun!

Oh! And one more thing - ya know how Simon's Wednesday challenge on their blog has over 800 entries most of the time? (Not very good odds for winning, right?) Well, their Flickr Challenge has A LOT less entries right now, so your odds of winning the $50.00 gift card are soooo much better! What are you waiting for? Get over there and check it out! I can't wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by - hope everyone is having a wonderful week! ♥
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Crazy, Busy but Still Making Cards

Hello!

I'm back today with a couple of cards just for fun. I've been so busy lately and it's been tough to find time to create but it's important to me - keeps me sane, if ya know what I mean. It's something that just feels so relaxing and, needless to say, fun!

Anyway, I received some of the new Tim Holtz, Distress Spray Stains and couldn't wait  to try them out!



I sprayed the watercolor panel with Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough and just a bit of Picket Fence Distress Spray Stains. I then used the Hero Arts, Star Tree stencil with some Texture Paste and added Judikins Sparkle Embossing Powder before the paste was dry. Here's a close-up:




Tough to get a photo of the sparkle, as always. 

My next card was suppose to be for Virginia's View challenge, using patterned paper but I missed the deadline - ARG!



The whole front panel of the card is patterned paper from a Prima, A4 pad called, Epiphany. All I did was add a Simon Says Stamp sentiment and some hearts with their Falling Hearts stencil and texture paste. Had to add sparkle to those too! :)
 


 I also distressed the edges with a few different Distress Inks - Old Paper, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

Okay, I'm off to bed. Hoping to be back soon with some of the things I've been working on for my homework in the Copic Markers For Card Makers online class. It's been a fun two days so far!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Tons of Hearts

Hi there!

I've got a sweet and simple card to share with you today. I used a stamp set from the STAMPtember release from Simon Says Stamp but it's a set you haven't seen much of. It's called, Tons of Hearts and I love it because the shapes of the hearts, in my opinion, are perfect - they're big, fat and puffy. Lol!



Both the solid and outline images come in the set and there are soooo many different sizes! 

I used a few of the new inks that SSS just released too. The three I used are, Maliblue, Cobblestone and Coral Reef - love them together! Added a bit of Wink of Stella on the smaller hearts and some pearls and enamel dots were scattered here and there. I tried different ways to add a sentiment but didn't like any of them so I added one on the inside instead.

Before I go I want to remind you that the second Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge is up and running. It's a fun, Tic-Tac-Toe challenge and I would love for you to come join in the fun! This week's prize is a $50.00 gift certificate to the SSS online store!
You have until
9:00am EST, Thursday, October 2nd to upload your cards to the SSS Flickr group. For more info and the rules of the challenge, you can read this discussion thread. I hope to see lots of you there!

Have a great week! Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pretty Poinsettia

Hi there!

Happy Tuesday! We're having some really beautiful, fall weather here this week - a bit chilly, but as long as the sun is shining and it's not snowing, I'm happy! 

Have you seen Hero Arts' 2014 Holiday Catalog? It's filled with some wonderful products and when I saw this Peace Poinsettias stamp set, I just had to have it!

I love water coloring so I used a Worn Lipstick Distress Marker to stamp the image, then I pulled the color out and around with water and a small brush. 


I added more color where I thought it was needed, then brushed on a bunch of Wink of Stella clear.


It's so hard to capture the sparkle in a photo but the shimmer is very pretty in real life. The sentiment is included in the set and I added a bit of the same ink color around the edges of the card base.

Okay, I'm heading outside to toss some of the old flowers in my pots and garden. Always makes me sad to do it - hate that summer is over! I'm hoping beyond all hope that this upcoming winter season is much easier than the last two years! I'd love to shovel less - A LOT less! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

STAMPtember Creations Plus Blog Hop Winner!

Hello!

I have two cards to share with you today, using some fun goodies from Simon Says Stamps' STAMPtember release. But before I get to my cards, the winners from the STAMPtember blog hop have all been announced over on the SSS blog here.

The winner from my blog is . . . . . . . . . .LESLIE GOOD!!! Congratulations, Leslie! Simon Says Stamp has sent you an email.

Okay, I've been having fun creating lots of cards lately but seem to have no time to blog about them. I hate when that happens! So, I figured it will save time to share two of them in one post. They are both Christmas cards and I must say, it sure is gonna be a delight making cards this year with all the wonderful products out there!

This first card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to make your own background. I used a new SSS stencil called, Swirls and Dots, adding the colors with two of their new inks - Cobblestone and Maliblue. Love them together!


The same inks were used to stamp the ornaments and the sentiment is from that same Ornaments set.

There is a wonderful, Wink of Stella sparkle on each ornament that is totally invisible in the above photo so here's a close-up.



I thought the MME Enamel Dots perfectly matched the inks!

My second card is a favorite because it uses the cutest die from the release! I absolutely love this die!

 

Seriously, isn't that adorable! So many possibilities with this cutie! It's called, Pile of Gifts. Before adhering the cut out panel to my card base, I first traced each little open spot lightly with a pencil. That way, I knew where I wanted each color to go. I used colored pencils, then carefully adhered the panel over the colored areas with dimensional adhesive. That die-cut sentiment is from the Deco Trees Die set.


Yup, more sparkle - can't put down that Wink of Stella pen!

Alrighty then, that's it for me - gotta run and get ready for work. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for the visit! ♥