Friday, April 3, 2015

Busy But Happy and Some Cards!

Hi there!

Long time, no see! It's hard for me to believe it's been almost a month since I've shared anything here on my blog. Life has been so busy with a whole lot of different things going on but it's all good! 

I've been getting crafty too and continue to make cards but I just never seem to have the time to sit down and share them here.

I'm hoping that changes because my hubby and I have been making plans for retiring at the end of this year. We are both so excited for this new chapter in our lives and are really looking forward to not working anymore! That means lots more time for crafting . . . . . and blogging too - YAY!

The house needs remodeling so we just starting that process by looking at what needs to be changed and what we can leave the way it is. We want to be able to sell it in the next couple of years. We are also starting to look into renting a place in Florida during the winter months each year, which we would start doing in the winter of 2016/2017. 

I've also been working hard running the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group. I love seeing the cards shared there and am really enjoying taking care of their challenges every other week. If you've never played in one before, I encourage you to join in! You can check out the latest one here. It just started today. It's a watercolor challenge and you have two weeks to play!

I was also recently at a crafty retreat in Ohio with some of the most amazing women! I made a few cards but mostly walked around in awe of all the talent. We had such a wonderful time! We laughed until we had tears running down our faces and our stomachs hurt! If you want to see some of my photos from that special weekend, you can check them out on my Instagram page

I do have a few cards to share with you too. The first three were created at the retreat. Copic markers were used on the first two and watercolors on the third.

And this last one was also made using watercolors. I wanted to create a fun, colorful, watercolor background and add some flowers, rain and a springtime sentiment. I'll be entering this into the Mixed Media Monthly challenge #11, which is, "April Showers."


The floral stamps/dies, sentiment and raindrops were all created using Simon Says Stamp products, which I've listed at the end of this post. The background was created using a mix of Distress Inks and water. I also used embossing paste for the raindrops. Hey! This would work well for the newest Flickr challenge! Lol! :)

Okay that's it for me today. I'm off to work. It'll be a busy two days with Easter coming up on Sunday. The floral department looks and smells amazing right now! I'll be spending Sunday with my family at my brother's house and am looking forward to seeing all my sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews!

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend! ♥

Simon Says Stamp: Abby's Spring Showers stamp set, Raindrops Stencil, Watercolor Flowers stamp and die set.
Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry 
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Copic Coloring

Hi there!

I've got a few cards to share with you today - all colored with Copic Markers. 

I'm sure many of you have already seen the new, Hop To It release from Simon Says Stamp. I was lucky enough to to receive some goodies to play with and they are so fun to color!

I created these cards awhile ago and am just now getting time to blog about them. I did share them on my Instagram page a week or so ago. It's so simple for me to take a photo with my phone and upload it to Instagram - very quick and easy. So, if you ever wonder what I've been working on, and haven't heard from me in awhile here on my blog, you can always check out my cards here.

One of the stamp sets in the Hop To It release was designed by Kristina Werner and it's called, Slumber Party. The images are adorable!

And then there's the stamp set designed by Shari Carroll. It's called, Abby's Spring Showers and it is the cutest set! Abby is the daughter of Heidi (owner of Simon Says Stamp) and this set was designed with her in mind - so fun!

Aren't those the cutest images! Love the bear, the bunny, her hat and the umbrella! 

I also want to remind you all that there is a new Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge going on. It's our 14th challenge and this week's theme is "CAS, One Layer." You have until March 19th to play along for a chance to win one of two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store! Stop by here and check out all the details!  

Thank so much for the visit! Have a great weekend! ♥


Saturday, February 21, 2015

So Excited About This!!!

Hi everyone!

 If you're looking for my Hero Arts blog hop post, click here.

I'm really excited to share some fun news with you! As many of you know, I'm the administrator for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and we have challenges over there every two weeks.

Our newest challenge just started yesterday and the theme is, "Get Crafty With Kraft" but the best part is that we've teamed up with Lawn Fawn's Flickr group for this one! Isn't that fun?!  

Lawn Fawn's group moderator is my sweet friend, Nancy Krueger and the two of us have been in cahoots, working hard to bring this fun challenge to life.

Here is the direct link to the challenge, where you'll find all the details, rules and guidelines. 
Co-Challenge on Flickr with Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp.

Both Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp are giving away two $25.00 gift cards to randomly chosen winners! That's FOUR winners - woo, hoo!

We hope you'll stop by and check out the challenge! We're looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with using kraft!

Thanks for stopping by! ♥

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spring 2015 Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to the last stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop!

My hostess sisters and I have been featuring fabulous stamps this week from the new 2015 release and we hope we've given you some fun ideas for using these awesome new stamps! If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from the awesome and talented Cheiron's blog, My Crafty Life!

  • Hero Arts will be giving away three prize packs containing an assortment of Hero Arts goodies (new 2015 Spring Catalog included!) For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!
  •  The commenting deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59pm PST.
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We were all sent some new stamps to play with and I couldn't wait to get started! I love the Tropical Background Cling stamp and I could not stop playing with it. You can get so many different looks from this one stamp.

This card took awhile to create but I love playing with ink so it was fun! , after white embossing the image, I added color with three different Distress Inks, a bit of water and a tiny paintbrush. And that fabulous sentiment is from a set called, Happy Stamp and Cut. It comes with the Happy die and a bunch of coordinating sentiments!

This next card was done by stamping the same image in black and clear embossing.

I love how it turned out! The colors were added using Distress Inks and a foam applicator. I have to thank my friend Kelly for giving me this fun idea!

And yes, I made one more card using this awesome stamp! This one is a bit more subtle.

This time, I inked up the stamp with a few different shades of blue ink, spritzed with just a little water, then stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper. I love that new sentiment stamp - it's a little wood stamp called, Thankful.

I DID play with another stamp set too. This one is called, Stamp Your Own Plant. It comes with a wonderful variety of leafy images. I used one of the leaf clusters from the set, stamping the image with a couple of different shades of green Distress Inks.

I added some splatters and inked the edges of my panel before stamping the sentiment. Love those mixed fonts!

And that's a rap! We hope you have all enjoyed the hop! If you've missed any of the stops along the way, please head over to the Hero Arts blog to find all the days and links of the hop.

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥ 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's Valentine's Week!

Hi there!

It's my crazy week at work and if I were being honest, I'd tell you I am NOT looking forward to it. It's a lot of hard work but it's also fun, so I'm trying to stay positive for all those men out there who need to buy roses for their honey's! 

I've got a quick post today - I'm glad to have this one day off so I can share something creative!

I wanted to make a Valentine's Day card with non-traditional colors.

I used lots of Simon Says Stamp products for this one. Their Sending and Wishing stamp and die set, the Combined Hearts die set, the Small Heart Doily die, and their Falling Hearts stencil. I love how it all came together!

Before I sign off, I want to remind you there is another fun challenge going on in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group! It's the 12th one and it's, "So Sparkly!" You can check out all the details here. I'd love it if you found some time to play along! You have until Thursday morning, February 19th to enter, and you could win one of two, $25.00 gift cards to the SSS store!

Thanks for the visit! I'll be back at the end of next week with something REALLY fun! ♥

Monday, February 2, 2015

Day 5 and 6 - Clean and Simple 4

I'm back again with more cards from the online card class, Clean and Simple 4.

I'm writing this late Sunday night and trying to get every last minute of my vacation squeezed in. Hate the thought of going back to work. Don't get me wrong, I do love working with flowers but as I get older, I want to work less and less. Lol!

Anyway, it's gonna be another quick post because I really should already be in bed by now, so let's get to the cards.

This first one is my take on Kristina's fun card! I tried a different color combo than I would normally use. Such a fun die-cutting technique too! The border stamps are from Simon Says Stamp -  all from different sets that I rarely use.

Laura shared an inking technique that was really fun too! I love the way this card turned out! The flower is from Simon Says Stamp's Friendly Flowers stamp and die set. 

 On day 6, there were some more awesome techniques but I only had time to try one of them.

Tasnim showed us a masking technique and I love how this one turned out too!

And that's it. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hopefully I'll be back soon with a card from day 7. ♥

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 4 - Clean and Simple 4


Today's cards are from playing with the fun techniques shown on day 4 of the online card class, Clean and Simple 4.

I first have to apologize because I am in a huge hurry today and will not be sharing any links to products, so if you have any questions, just ask in a comment below and I'll do my best to get an answer to you.

My first card uses the faux dry embossing technique shared by Yana. You use die-cuts to create the look. 

My next card is a fun one! I love using embossing paste and I really enjoyed trying to layer the paste using different stencils! This was inspired by Jocelyn Olson's beautiful card!

I didn't really love how this turned out so I wanted to try it again with two different stencils.

I sure am enjoying this class! 

I'm off to get some other, non-crafty things done around here! The house and chores have been neglected this week, to say the least!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by! ♥