Sharing Love - Valentine's Day Blog Hop

It's a Valentine's Day Blog Hop with TONS of inspiration; hope you'll check out all the amazing creations!

BUT before we get to the creation; I WILL have a prize (or maybe two), just didn't have time to photograph before leaving on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!! Whoop, whoop - leave a comment and tell me the best gift you have given or received for Valentine's Day for your chance to win!

I decided to get adventurous and create gifts for all our employees so this is just a tiny sampling of what I created, what is inside each bag and then an appreciation page for each employee.

The first thing I did was create an 8 1/2 x 11 page for each employee with a cute Valentine border and then lines on the page for writing; each week, we took 5-6 employees and everyone else wrote notes of appreciation about that employee; seriously WHO does not love to hear good things about themselves, particularly when it comes to their co-workers, #amiright?

Then I worked on creating these gift sacks filled with candy, hot chocolate and a cute little straw; the envelope you see will also be tucked in to the bag for each employee. I hope they love these as much as I did in creating them!

The bags and straws came from Etsy (Shop Cherry Sprinkles); the tags on the bag are Reverse Confetti and the hearts are Lawn Fawn and Papertreyink; a few of the bags have doilies, just a hodge podge of fun!! I stamped some of the hearts with various stamps (I will link below); thinking employees can take their treats out and use the sacks for another gift or even re-gift what they received; I wouldn't mind.

Thanks for joining our Valentine's Day Blog Hop; hope you enjoy all the inspiration! And don't forget to leave me a note (as mentioned above) for your chance to win...pretty confident there will be MORE than one gift. ;)


Stamps: RAH Grid Background, Cover Up Grid Stamp, MFT Watercolor Stripes
Inks: I don't even remember - YIKES, too many to recap


Rubber Band Stamping

What a fun Mix It Up Challenge this month - stamping with rubber bands! I have always used a brayer when using rubber bands but I knew I didn't want to do that this time; I wanted to try something different...AND I needed a birthday card for our son, a boy that LOVES orange!! Just look at this photo; talk about orange, that is NOT red hair, it was ORANGE; he's grown up and I just love everything about him!!

OK; back to my creation! I masked off a heart in the middle of the orange die cut; wrapped some rubber bands around an acrylic block and inked with VersaMark; once I had the entire panel stamped, I removed the mask and sprinkled on Hero Arts white embossing powder melting with my heat gun. I then stamped Happy Birthday on a white die cut heart and embossed with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I sponged on Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade distress oxide inks; spritzed with water and lifted with a dry paper towel. I then adhered the heart with fun foam and layered on to a white die cut also sponged with Spiced Marmalade and finally an orange card base. 

I have to admit, I really love the design of the rubber band stamping! Once I had the card put together, I decided some twine would be a nice touch for a masculine card. 

Thanks for stopping by; hope you'll join us this month - we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: MFT BB Adorable Elephants
Inks: Oxide Inks: Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey, VersaMark
Papers: PTI Orange Zest, Neenah 80 lb. and 110 lb. white
Accessories: PTI You Have My Heart die, MFT blueprints, rubber bands, acrylic block, twine, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Ranger liquid platinum embossing powder, fun foam


Happy Birthday - Another Mix It Up!

Hi there! I've been working on a top secret project so I haven't had much time to create extra things but my boss had a birthday - just turned 88 and comes to the office most days. Talk about inspiration!!!

And think how delighted I was when I realized my card fit the Mix It Up challenge this month (sentiment as main focus) - totally unintentional!

Ultimately, I'm not sure I'm thrilled with how the card turned out but I'm all about rolling with it and not being quite so self critical - we can all use more self love, #amiright?

I used distress oxide inks which aren't quite as vibrant as regular distress inks and I think that's my issue but I still think he'll like it! The outside and inside sentiment come from Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes (inside says: to a person that is charming, talented and witty, and reminds me a lot of myself. HILARIOUS!). I added a balloon from PTI's Birthday Balloons; everything on the cover was embossed in white before the colors were added. I also dropped on white ink, peacock feathers and twisted citron.

And of course, I decorated the envelope to match too; that might be my favorite part - HA!

The base panel was also created with watercolor paper and a couple different size paintbrushes just dipped in water, peacock feathers and twisted citron. I thought it would be fun to add some black accents to the thicker lines and then lines to the sentiment. I didn't worry too much about which lines were going which way on the sentiment, just thought it tied it all together nicely. Might need to click on the image to really see those details.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you're having a great week...AND January is half over, *GASP*, seriously, how does that happen!?!


Stamps: Mama Elephant Birthday Wishes, PTI Birthday Balloons


HELLO Mix It Up Challenge!

I am super excited to be joining the Mix It Up design team; boy, do they have some fun twists planned this year! I hope you'll pop over and check it out and if you have time, join the fun - you have the entire month of January to join the challenge; it's anything goes but the twist is to make a sentiment the focal point. I sure hope you'll join us!

It's been so long since I've been able to create (see previous post - UGH); but I'm so glad I'm feeling better and able to venture to the craft cave! AND...just because I couldn't create didn't mean I wasn't shopping and things jumped in my cart - #amiright? That happen to you too? LOL

I purchased this insanely adorable HI die from The Stamp Market and couldn't wait to play with it, it clearly takes center stage! Add then this adorable scalloped die (they come in 3 different sizes) from Papertreyink, some fun new Christmas paper from Reverse Confetti (stretching that paper for year-round crafting, it's perfect) and alas, a card was born!

Peek into the inside!

Envelope with more patterned paper and super cute HELLO washi from Heidi Swapp
I promise, it's not quite as neon in color as these photos make it look - LOL!

I added some two-way glue to the bottom portion of the HI and added gold foiling, then I got the crazy idea to coat the entire HI in glossy accents...but I couldn't stop there, I sprinkled on distress glitter which I LOVED...but when I went to finish the card I was trying to flatten the HI a bit and created some cracks...should have stopped there but alas I added another layer of glossy accents. That's okay! I loved adding the little rub-on 'missing you' at the bottom. The middle part of the scalloped die was stamped with THIS background stamp in Sweet Blush.

Thanks for stopping by; I hope you'll check out the challenge and join the fun - we love seeing what others create!


Stamps: PTI Grid Background


HI...I'm functioning!

Hi friends - I really have missed blogging and sharing cards; I've mainly been sharing anything I have created on Instagram; definitely my favorite way to share...but sometimes details are important to some.

But first, let's go backwards in time! I had some dental work done in August and have NEVER experienced pain as bad as that (and I've had 7 bodily surgeries, so I have some room for comparison)...and it never ever stopped. Nothing over the counter worked; switched to opioids, developed a reaction to those which actually intensified the pain - TRUTH! After 5 weeks, I reached out to the #1 pain specialist where we live and they were able to provide some immediate medication for relief. For the next several weeks, we continued to tweak medication to try to bring me additional relief; I would go to my son's football games and not remember ANYTHING. He's a senior, NOT how I wanted to live this season of my life. I would go to work with zero makeup on, didn't care; just tried to survive, couldn't do anything at home, felt like a nightmare! Oh...I failed to mention, I had a total of 3 oral surgeries in about a month timeframe - yep, tis true.

Anyway, I won't take you through the entire nightmare but at the 11 or 13 week mark (I can't remember and don't want to scroll through all the notes in my phone about this situation...), I was granted an appointment with an orofacial pain dentist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. I was ultimately diagnosed with Central Mediate Pain...basically mixed wiring of my central nervous system; sending pain messages that are inaccurate. The doctor was pleased with the medication being used to treat this and recommended we find a dosage that allowed me to live my life at the same level I was before this occurred; which to me meant attending my kid's activities and remembering them (duh, slight detail), functioning at home, exercising, crafting, etc. After 6 months and thousands of doctor's bills (oh, I forgot to mention I saw 7 different specialists where we live before going to Mayo - none had a clue), we have finally found a level of pain medication that allows me to pretty much enjoy life. Lack of sleep and increased stress exacerbates the pain, but I'm doing all I can to manage those two items.

We are wrapping up 2018 with a 6-day hospital stay for our youngest daughter which began Thanksgiving Day; then last week my hubby and our son both had surgery. WHEE; I don't mean to wish away time, but I'm ready to say 'see ya later 2018, don't let the door hit you in the you know what' and here's hoping 2019 is a GREAT year!!

So let's move on to why you actually stopped by!! I created an entire card - HA! I have lots of semi-finished projects going but was delighted to have a real reason to finish a card. This is one of Suzy's Snowmen Prints colored with Copics and colored pencils. I cut the panel with this SSS die; layered the focal point on fun foam, used a piece of Reverse Confetti designer paper (Winter Solstice) - which was the inspiration for the colors - and then I added these insanely adorable bulbs from Honey Bee FA LA LA die set. I cut the bulb from vellum so it wouldn't hide any of the image or words and the base from MFT silver shine card stock. The base card is Aqua Mist from PTI.

And sorry; but for now I'm not able to take pictures where I normally do, so the quality isn't quite as good!!

Thanks for stopping by; here's hoping I can get back to some regular creating and posting! Have a great day!


Stamps: None
Inks: None
Papers: PTI Aqua Mist, Reverse Confetti Winter Solstice, MFT Silver Shine, vellum
Accessories: Honey Bee FA LA LA die, Copics, Colored Pencils, SSS This is the Life die, fun foam, white gel pen, washi tape, twine



Long-term Hiatus

Unfortunately, I have undergone some extremely 'routine' dental procedures with extremely unique/unusual results. This has led to extensive interruption to my quality of life; and the list of doctors I have seen for help is pretty extensive.

We are now pursuing appointments as Cleveland Clinic & Mayo Clinic; I will be unable to create, exercise, or just do any of my normal activities until we find some resolution to the never-ending, extensive pain.

Hope to be back in the future...literally no idea when that might be! Until then - praying for healing and direction.



Make it Monday Card #3

Remember THIS and THIS card earlier this week? Here's take #3...just zoom back to the other posts to get all the deets.

The stamping on this one is identical; however, for the grid background, I used vintage cream ink - I probably should have used white as the vintage cream almost completely disappears. I layered the main panel onto a Hibiscus Burst panel stamped with IO Sketched Roses in Versarmark ink. And added some fun colorful paper to the inside and stamped a few more two-tone images.

Thanks for stopping by again!!


Stamps: WPlus9 Fabulous, PTI Farmer's Market, RAH Background Grid, IO Sketched Roses
  The Flower Challenge #24 - Anything Goes


Make it Monday - Card #2

Remember THIS card earlier this week? Here's take #2...just zoom back to the other post to get all the deets.

The stamping on this one is identical; however, for the grid background, I used fog ink - I think this one might be my favorite! Kept the rest very simple!

Inside peek!

 Thanks for stopping by again!!


Stamps: WPlus9 Fabulous, PTI Farmer's Market, RAH Background Grid, Penny Black Birthday Love
Papers: PTI Hawaiian ShoresNeenah 110 lb. white, misc. black/white paper, SSS Fog
Accessories: MFT BlueprintsPTI A2 Scalloped Vertical Dies, Neat and Tangled Sequins Like Magic 



Make It Monday Inspiration

Recently Dawn McVey did a Make it Monday video for Papertreyink and I just LOVED the cards she made! It really inspired me to grab some stamps and create a few cards all at once pretty much following her foot steps! I highly recommend you check out the video linked multiple places throughout this post!

Of course, it took me a week to finish them due to continued complications from oral surgery, a full-time job and school being back in session; my craft time is a wee bit limited - but hey, I got 'em done!

I thought I'd break them up over the next few days as once the main panel was finished, I completed each card a bit differently. All the floral images are from PTI's Farmer's Market stamp set; I used various Altenew inks and stamped everything in each corner of the main panel using the Misti; turn the card stock, stamp again and then insert the next main panel making 3 overall. Once the panels were finished; I used the RAH Grid Background stamp on each - one with PTI Vintage Cream, one with SSS Fog and one with PTI Hibiscus Burst. The Hibiscus Burst is very vibrant, the Fog is subtle - I REALLY like it and the Vintage Cream just got lost. :-/ I should have tried white!

I then spritzed each panel with shimmer mist and once dry, stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 in VersaFine black ink. Then we got down to making each card a wee bit different! This first one is all about dimension; I cut out the word FABULOUS and mounted with fun foam, added a layer of gold card stock, a dry embossed polka dot panel and some gold splatters for the final card.

I always decorate the inside of my cards (and envelopes) but this time decided to include photos of the inside. More of the same stamps, same inks, just playing and having fun!!

Stay tuned; two more cards coming up!

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


Stamps: WPlus9 Fabulous, PTI Farmer's Market, RAH Background Grid


Purple Flowers

Another short post; I think I am turning the corner from the oral surgery I had just over two weeks ago - it has been a long journey; I still have some steps to go, but praying this nightmare is almost over!!

A couple days ago I shared this card in YELLOW, you can see it HERE. This time I colored the flowers in purple, once again going for significant contrast including some extreme shadows - FOR ME AT LEAST. LOL

The sentiment is from Right at Home; I used the same background stamp; just switched up my colors. Simple, yet striking I believe.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you have a great weekend ahead!


Stamps: Art Impressions, SSS Emma Background, Right at Home Script Greetings
Inks: MFT Extreme Black, SSS Fog
Papers: SSS Fog, PTI Royal Velvet, misc. black/white striped paper
Accessories: Copics, MFT Blueprints, PTI A2 Scalloped Vertical Die, shimmer mist