Valentine's Day + 1 Month + 1 Day

Did you see the tags yesterday? Well, there was one more project I had made for Valentine's Day and failed to share - and HOW could I have done that as I absolutely LOVE these images! :( #gofigure

The images are from Stamping Bella, Valentine Chicks. The base card (A2 Vertical Scalloped) as well as the inside die cut with arrows are from Papertreyink - I just think the Mix and Mat Hearts die set is adorable!

I colored the images with Copics; the background is a smooshed background using Distress Oxide Inks with some black splatters thrown in.  I die cut the images, accented with glossy accents, glitter and a white gel pen, then stacked them up. Added the sentiment with MFT Extreme Black ink, some stamped hearts, flags from left over scraps of paper, and mounted with fun foam.

Thanks for going back in time and sharing love - the world ALWAYS needs more love! Have a great weekend!


Stamps: Valentine Chicks, (sentiment from Verve, no longer available)


Valentine's Day - 4 months late?

UGH - I found a couple projects I made for Valentine's Day and never posted, so here ya go - we're going back in time to Valentine's Day! :D

I made two identical tags for gifts; using the Roses for You from Simon Says Stamp - one was colored brighter than the other both with Zig Clean Color brushes after white embossing the image. Designer paper (back side) is from Queen and Co.
bright colors

Softer colors

I splattered on some paint and added a layer of vellum, stamped and embossed the sentiment before adhering the heart of flowers and the designer paper on the back side. Thank you for stopping by; have a great week! Gosh, 4 months later and I still love looking at these. :D


Stamps: SSS Roses for You


Hibiscus Bouquet

Another birthday has arrived and I am LOVING the new release from WPlus9! I used Distress Oxide Inks and smooshed color onto a pierced circle die; once I was happy with the colors, I stamped the image in MFT Extreme Black a couple times and then added shading with pencils.

I love how it turned out, the colors are so tropical IMO. I used a portion of the birthday die and cut it from some fun Altenew paper and backed it with black card stock. I then cut the 'birthday' from the circle, along with fun foam for some great dimension. The base paper is also from Altenew; the black/white triangle is from MFT's Black and White basic paper pad.

I also stamped the same image with Distress Oxide Ink in Salty Ocean in 3 of the corners; added some sequins, Nuvo drops and glossy accents to the birthday die to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a GREAT weekend!


Stamps: Altenew Hibiscus Burst
Inks: MFT Extreme BlackSalty Ocean and Squeezed Lemonade Oxide Inks
Papers: Canson water color paper, Altenew DP paper, PTI True Black
Accessories: WPlus9 Happy Birthday dies, colored pencils, fun foam, glossy accents, sharpie, Neat and Tangled Like Magic



Mailing Address?

I would love to randomly send handmade greeting cards to YOU or your friend, or your mom, or dad, or niece, or nephew, or grandmother, or grandfather, or a stranger. :D

If you would like to receive a handmade item (card, tag, gift bag - who knows); please complete this private form which gives me your mailing address, then watch your mailbox - you never know when a treat might appear!



Orange and Teal

Hi friends - hope you had a GREAT weekend! A friend requested a card in orange and teal; I love when I can pull out florals and use colors I don't normally reach for!

I stamped the WPlus9 image, Beautiful Bouquet Mums, on Ranger water color paper with MFT Extreme Black ink and colored with copics adding just a bit of colored pencil to the nooks and crannies as Kathy Rac teaches.

I added quite a bit of sponging with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade; I also used some designer paper below the main panel and added sponging to it also. I didn't get a picture of the inside but I love it, it's some really cool designer paper then I stamped a portion of the same image in Spiced Marmalade with Salty Ocean on the leaves; not caring if some of it overlapped on to the flowers - it looks cool!

I finished it off with some Neat and Tangled Like Magic sequins filled with English Mustard Nuvo Drops.

TFL; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet Mums, Verve Bloom and Grow
PapersRanger water color, PTI Orange Zest
AccessoriesNeat and Tangled Like Magic sequins, Nuvo drops, Copics, colored pencils, MFT Blueprints



All the dimension birthday card

Hi friends - I have taken a long break; I've been creating here and there but nothing to really show! BUT I have a dear friend celebrating a birthday this week so that means I wanted to make a super girly, 3D, throw everything on the creation birthday card! :D

I have some new papers from Prima, Amelia Rose - goodness gracious, the colors are soooo pretty! They were my jumping off point along with a pretty pink flower! I distressed all the paper, added some pearlescent texture to the rose, some Bo Bunny Tutu glitter paste and finally some gesso.

To the very bottom (black/floral layer), I painted on some gesso with my fingers (which is pretty much covered up - ha) and on the very top layer, I painted on some tattered rose distress crackle paint, again with my fingers - such fun! I cut some banners, stitched those on, added some washi tape (outside and inside), and lots of various stickers; some from Heidi Swapp (Word Jumbles Pink and Gold and Clear and Gold, Momenta Friendship Vellum Stickers and ...others from my stash!

I die cut several leaves from MFT's layered leaves and some from Altenew Wings of Hope and layered those behind the flowers and of course, carried the theme, colors and washi tape to the inside of the card too.

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: NONE
  Time Out Challenge #110


CELEBRATE - watercolor tea cup flowers

Hi friends!

I'm back with another card I finished several weeks ago - a water colored vintage tea cup filled with flowers. I absolutely love when Kelly does these types of cards; she makes amazing arrangements and she loves this tea cup! I enjoyed creating the arrangement, the flowers definitely came through darker than I was anticipating; I was also trying Kathy's recommendation of 'nooks and crannies' but definitely was a bit heavy handed. That's ok, it's all a learning process, right?

Once I finished coloring the tea cup; I used a Tim Holtz stencil and sponged on some Tattered Rose - it looks awesome IRL just hard to photograph. I also added some color to the background and allowed the colors from the leaves to run a bit. I used the MFT Radiating Sunshine stencil; layered the focal point with fun foam and added a strip of designer paper to the side.

TFL; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Altenew Blooming Bouquet and Vintage Teacup, RAH Script Greetings (inside)
Papers: Ranger water color, misc. designer paper
Accessories: washi tape, MFT Sunrise Radiating Stencil, PPP Marshmallow Confetti, Zig Clean Color Brushes, Tim Holtz, stencil, white gel pen




I have a dear friend whose daughter has had an extremely rough time lately with a significant medical issue; way too much hospital time, came home with tubes still in her, etc. BUT I am thrilled to report she is doing better and just recently had the last tube removed.

She has had such an incredibly positive attitude throughout the entire ordeal so I wanted to make her a 'just because' card with her fave colors (purple and teal). I made this AGES ago but wanted to make sure it had been received before I posted it all over social media. LOL

I included a gift card which can be used for food...or ice cream...yes, I think ice cream might be the best answer! I used the Sunrise Radiating stencil and swiped on some purple ink for a tone-on-tone look, then added Versamark ink, not caring if I covered every little inch, I love the imperfections and sprinkled on clear embossing powder. The heart was made with a recent tutorial from Jennifer McGuire, you can see her video HERE. The blessed is from Right at Home's Script Greetings dies. I layered several white die cuts over a polka dot vellum die cut and mounted on the heart. The polka dot cloud was cut from an Illustrated Faith acetate paper pad.

I added some fun paper and washi tape to the inside and the sentiment (from Penny Black):
FAITH does not make things easy
It makes them POSSIBLE

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great week!


Stamps: Penny Black Faith (inside)
Inks: MFT Eggplant, Versamark
Papers: Designer paper Elle's Studio, MFT Eggplant, PTI Hawaiian Shores, polka dot vellum (PTI, no longer in stock), Illustrated Faith acetate, Neenah 80 lb. white
Accessories: washi tape, MFT Sunrise Radiating Stencil, clear embossing powder, white paint, Hero Arts Infinity Heart Die, MFT Blueprints



Verve's April Release - FINAL DAY

Welcome back to Day 4 of Verve's April Release Spotlight Hops!  This month we're combining our release hop with our monthly Diva Inspirations Hop & Challenge. We're stamping with a yellow color scheme this month and would love to see what you create. Hop along to see our takes on the challenge, then get inky and show us your take!

And since this is our April release hop, there's new Verve in the store this morning with a fabulous prize along our hop! Three beautiful new sets and coordinating die sets just released and the entire April collection is up for grabs to one lucky commenter on our hop today!

Today's featured focus is designer's choice combined with our April inspiration, so you might just sneak a peek at a whole bunch of must-haves! Check out all the challenge details on the Verve blog today.


L@@K - shrinky dinks :D

And as always, we have...

Want to win some shiny new Verve? Today's prize is a BIG one. We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win our ENTIRE new release! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list and all the prize info and deadlines!
Risen SaviorSentimental Wishes
Hope LiftsLifted Hope Die Set
Lacey Frames Die SetLacey Frames Die Set

Day 3 Hop List
1. Julee5. Laurie
2. Michele (Guest)6. Marisa
3. Betty7. Maureen
4. Charmaine8. Teresa

Thanks for joining us for all the sneak peeks, it has been such fun creating with Julee's creations!


Stamps: Verve Hope Lifts and Sentimental Wishes
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Oxide: Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick
Papers: Ranger water color, Illustrated Faith Acetate Sheets, PTI Harvest Gold
Accessories: Copics, white enamel accents, misc. stickers, Heidi Swapp arrow (colored with oxide inks), Lifted Hope Die, MFT Blueprints

Stamps: Verve Hope Lifts
Inks: VersaFine, Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade
Papers Ranger water colorDP by Altenew
Accessories: white paint, Lifted Hope Dieshrink plastic, MFT Stitched Circle dies, fun foam, sequins, microbeads


Verve's April Release - Day 3

Welcome back to Day 3 of Verve's April Release Spotlight Hops!  The Verve Divas and special guest are back for another day of spotlighting our new release! Everything previewed this week will be available to order in the Verve online shop on Tuesday, April 10.

Verve Stamps April 2018 Spotlight Hops

Today we're sharing our first projects featuring the Sentimental Wishes stamp set. This set pairs beautifully with the new Lacey Frames and Lacey Trim Duo die sets.

Did you recently see on Julee's blog these Easter treats? Oh my stars... Yes, I recreated them! I used 4 Reese's PB eggs (and gave the rest away, PB is my kryptonite!!)! These were so easy to make but pack quite the punch; I kept mine super simple focusing on colorful designer paper with the Sentimental Wishes stamp set (literally a sentiment for EVERY occasion; I just love these little phrases - particularly the 'love ya mean it') and these gorgeous Lacey Frames.

My next creation is 4 little thank you cards; they are each quite simple but use all our new products: Sentimental WishesLacey Frames and Lacey Trim Duo. Added some distressing, sponging and they are all boxed up with matching envelopes, Quick and simple!

And don't forget, we have...

Want to win some shiny new Verve? We'll be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win today's featured products! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs below to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for the full hop list, a little more about our new products and all the prize info and deadlines!
Sentimental WishesLacey Frames Die Set
Lacey Frames Die Set 

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee5. Laurie
2. Michele (Guest)6. Marisa
3. Betty7. Maureen
4. Charmaine8. Teresa


Stamps: Verve Sentimental Wishes
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Distress Oxide: Picked Raspberry and Altenew Cosmic Berry
PapersDP by Altenew
AccessoriesLacey Frames dies, Nuvo clear drops, treat sacks from Walmat, misc. ribbon from the stash ;)

Stamps: Verve Sentimental Wishes
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, Old Paper Distress Ink
Papers: PTI Fine Linen and Classic Kraft, Prima Zella paper
AccessoriesLacey Frames dies, Lacey Trim Duo dies, Heidi Swapp distressor