Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Finally a Couple of Cards!

Hi there!

Time sure sneaks by when life gets busy, doesn't it? It's been nine days since I last shared a card here on my blog and it felt so good to sit down and create! I had the day off today and enjoyed it to the MAX!

My first card was created using the Summer Garden stamp and die set made by Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp. 

I first wanted to play with some watercoloring to practice for the upcoming online card class, Watercolor For Card Makers. In a pre-class video, Jennifer encouraged us to "just play with and get to know" your watercolors. So, I layed down some water onto a piece of Tim Holtz, Distress Watercolor Cardstock, then added some colors and let the water do the work. I didn't especially love the way it turned out and was going to toss it but remembered Jennifer's suggestion to use it for die-cutting.

After stamping and white embossing the die-cuts with their coordinating stamps, this was the result:

I realized I had stamped the sentiment a bit too far over to the right and I was so mad at myself until I came up with a solution by adding the die-cut circle around the flowers. Now it looks much more balanced - yay! Frosted Lace Stickles were added to the centers of the flowers for a little shimmer.

As I was cleaning up, I noticed the Tall Flowers Die from Simon Says Stamp was still sitting on my desk and I wanted to play with it again. This time I used really soft colors and added a shadow effect by die-cutting them a second time with black cardstock. I thought the soft peach shades went well against a kraft background.

After a busy week at work, then having my family here for Easter dinner, (there were 20 of us) it felt wonderful to sit down and play!

And in other news, have ya seen the brand new Simon Says Stamp website? Oh, my gosh, it is wonderful! They've made it so easy to find the products you're looking for now! I love what they've done and really appreciate all the hard work it must have taken! Go and check it out - it really is fabulous!

Thanks so much for your visit! I hope you find some crafty time this week too! ♥

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I Have the Best Job!

Hi there!

I wanted to share a few photos of my favorite time of year where I work. In case you don't know, I manage the floral department of small grocery store. When spring comes each year, we receive the most awesome plants! 

I think part of the reason I love this time of year so much at work is because by now I am tired of the darker colors, with reds and greens during Christmas, then more red for Valentine's Day. I get so tired of red!

I didn't have a whole lot of time to take pictures but did shoot a few of my faves. So here they are - enjoy!

 This is a pink, Angel's Parasol Hydrangea and I just love it!!

Same plant only in a very soft purple shade - love this one even more!

 Isn't that the brightest, yellow, Gerbera Daisy you've ever seen?!

Hands down - Hyacinth are the best smelling flowers EVER!!! (Well, I do love the smell of Peonies too.)

Believe it or not, this is just one Hydrangea. One plant. It is so huge and so gorgeous! I got six of them in last Friday and when I got to work on Sunday, they were all sold! Isn't it amazing?!

We've got lots of pink plants. This pic shows a Hyacinth, a Cyclamen, a Tulip and a Primrose.

And one last photo. This is a box with a bunch of bouquets inside. I actually smiled when I opened this one. Such a wonderful bouquet - filled with springtime colors!

Hope you enjoyed a peek into what it's like where I work. Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rainbow of Butterflies

Hi there!

I'm quickly sharing a couple of cards I recently created using some new Simon Says Stamp goodies. I haven't had a whole lot of time to create and am heading off to work soon but wanted to get these two cards posted.

The first one uses the new SSS Butterfly Drift Die.

I cut out the butterflies with regular, white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers. I used the inlay die-cutting technique, added a bit of Wink of Stella and white pearls on the three larger butterflies. So easy and quick! That sentiment is from the new Butterflies clear stamp set. 

The same techniques were used for my next card.

I love the new Tall Flowers Die! So fun to play with! The sentiments are from two different, new sets. "Just for you" is from the Summer Garden set by Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp and the "just because" is again from the Butterflies set.

Okay, gotta run! Busy, busy week at work. I am loving all the beautiful spring plants and bouquets coming in. My department is so full of wonderful color and fragrance! If I have time, I'll try to take some photos to share.

Thanks, as always, for your visit. I so appreciate it! Have a great week, and an early Happy Easter to all! ♥

Friday, April 4, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #2

Hi there!

I wanted to sit down and make something pretty and spring-like, after getting 8 inches of SNOW last night! Yikes - will it ever end? You can check out a photo I took this morning here.  There is some good news though - we're suppose to get past 60 degrees by next week - you have no idea how awesome that's going to feel!

So, after seeing that Virginia's View Challenge #2 was to use stencils, I pulled out a memory box one that I have never used. It's called, Butterfly Vine and it's so pretty! I used it with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, then added a bit of Mint ink from Simon Says Stamp.

I also used two Memory Box Butterfly Dies - the Darla Butterfly, which was cut with vellum, and the Vivienne Butterfly, which was cut with white cardstock and shaded in with Copics to match my design. I had to add a bit of shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear Pen. I love how these butterfly dies were made to go with the stencil! The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called Flower Friend.

I'm hoping my Hello Spring card keeps the snow away for a very long time!

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have an awesome weekend! ♥


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Big You

Hi there!

It sure feels good to be writing a blog post again. I hate when I can't find the time to create or post.

It's getting close to a very busy time in the floral department with Easter and Mother's Day both coming up soon. I've been ordering up a storm for the store - lots of pretty pastel colors. It's my favorite time of year at work but a crazy time too, so I won't be around as much as usual for awhile. I will definitely be trying to squeeze in some play time here and there though, otherwise I'll go crazy. I know you can all relate to that!

I do have a couple of cards to share with you using the Big You Die from Simon Says Stamp. I love this die! My first card is a colorful one, created with Gelatos.

 After the Background was dry, I added some black and white splatters. The Big You was cut twice to create a shadow effect. I did the same thing with the little punched hearts. The rest of the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp, Hello You clear set, which I white embossed on a piece of vellum. 

I've sent this card to my dear friend, Marcy. She's going through a rough time right now and many of her friends over in the Hero Arts Flickr group decided to send her some cards to cheer her up. Love you, Marce! ♥

My second card is a bit more clean and simple.

I used the same little punched hearts and the same technique, die and sentiment set, but this time with some woodgrain and aqua colored cardstock. I also used the A2 Card Curved Edge Die. I love aqua paired with silver so I added a touch of it with one of the curved edge die-cuts and with the silver stamped sentiment.

We are waiting (impatiently, I might add) for warmer weather to arrive. It has only been in the high teens to low 20's the past few days. Feels more like January than the end of March. They are telling us that we should be in the mid 50's by Sunday and I cannot wait to feel those warmer temps! Come on spring - get here, would ya please!?

I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week! Thank you so much for your visit! ♥

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Hi there!

I'm hoping to write a really quick post tonight. Been a very long day and I'm trying hard to keep up with my homework for Clean and Simple 3 class. 

It was my favorite day so far. Fabulous cards and ideas were shared and I really loved Stephanie's fun, glittery technique!

Today's lesson was all about textural effects. Stephanie showed us a different way of using glitter on stamped images and it is so cool looking! Here's my card, which is an almost total CASE of her's.

At first glance you see a bright, fun card but the cool part is on the balloons. Check out this close-up:

Isn't that so neat looking?! It's a technique where you capture the glitter underneath some clear embossing powder. The glitter stays put but still has it's shimmer - so fun! (I used Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.)

The images and sentiment are all from Simon Says Stamp. Sorry, I'm too tired to share the links. If you want to know, just shoot me an email.

Okay, I'm off to bed - gotta work again tomorrow and I want to be up early enough to at least read through day 10's lesson.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by! ♥

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More Creative Coloring

Hi there!

In day 8 of Clean and Simple 3 we were given more inspiration for creative coloring. I absolutely loved Donna's beautiful card! She took a few Copic Markers and drew some soft, pretty flowers! Here's my take:

 I need more practice doing this, especially on my leaves, but it was so fun trying! 

Both sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp. "Thankful" is from their Thanks set and "for your kindness" is from their Thinking of You set.

Thank you for stopping by! Hope your week is going well and you're finding some time to be creative! ♥

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