Christmas Gift - one frame, two inserts

Hi friends - long time, no talk, eh? Life...it gets in the way sometimes. :D

Hope you are wrapping up a GREAT 2014 and looking forward to an even BETTER 2015! This will be my last post for 2014; but I'll be back with lots of new creations in 2015. Anyone making New Year's Resolutions? Me? Meh...not so much, but I do hope to continue on with many solid habits developed in 2014.

Anywho, I have a very dear friend who loves my creations and is always asking me to create something she can frame and put in her office. She saw THIS card recently and wanted it for her office - the colors are a prefect match for her decor. So for Christmas, I FINALLY took the time to create Snowy but also created another piece with a quote about fears/dreams that she has loved for quite some time. This way once the winter season has passed, she can switch out the snowman for this GREAT fears/dreams quote (BTW, she's a marriage family therapist, so this quote is spot on)!!

The glass front pops right out and you can change the inserts. She was thrilled. Hope you like these too; thanks for stopping by.

Take care, see you next year!


Stamps: Penny Black Snowy, Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Fears/Dreams, PTI Tiny Tags, IndigoBlu Honeycomb Background
Papers: PTI Pure Poppy, True Black, Dark Chocolate, Copic XPress It, 
Ink: Distress Inks (Black Soot, Old Paper, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy), MFT Electric Red, VersaFine Black
Accessories: chocolate/cream bakers twine, PTI Tiny Tags Dies, MFT Blueprints 15, Mister Huey white mist for snow, clear embossing powder, Copics, clear Wink of Stella



Crafts 4 Eternity - Hot Chocolate

Hi friends - hope you are well! We are doing great - busy as usual but I think I may have finally recovered my mojo - boy, when that goes missing, I'm just lost. And you? Ever lose your mojo? Recommendations for finding it? :D

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, our recipe features chocolate - actual chocolate, hot chocolate or chocolate colors - you pick! One lucky participant will win 4 images from Sassy Studio Designs!

I went all out and actually created homemade french vanilla hot cocoa as part of the Christmas gifts for my coworkers - it is absolutely scrumptious. You can find the actual recipe HERE. I purchased these small Ball canning jars at Walmart and filled 7 of them to the brim!

I added a cute little picture of a cup of hot cocoa and candy canes to the lid and I'll tie red/white twine on each one...just haven't made it that far in the process! :D

Thanks for stopping by; we can't wait to see what YOU create! Happy holidays!


Stamps: NONE
Papers: Misc. white paper
Accessories: red/white bakers twine, ball canning jars, ingredients for homemade french vanilla hot cocoa (see above)



Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas

Hi friends - did you have a good week? Ours was another insanely busy one - I'm ready for a break. :D

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, we want to see any project with a Christmas theme - pretty simple as it IS that time of year! And one lucky person will win 3 free downloads from Stamping All Day.
From Millan.Net
I pulled out this super cute image from Penny Black called Snowy and colored it up keeping everything else pretty simple. I used CAS(E) Sketch #103, I didn't add a sentiment as I kept that to the inside but such a great layout!

I sponged the edge of the main panel with several distress inks: old paper, vintage photo, and tea dye. Image is colored with Copics with a heavy layer of Clear Wink of Stella added to the scarf and stocking cap.

See that cream strip on the inside? It's the 'end' of a 6x6 paper pad where it is attached at the top - HA! Worked out great with the color scheme!!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have time to join us, we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: Penny Black Snowy
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Copic XPress It, DP by MME
Ink: VersarMark, Old Paper, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo Distress Inks
Accessories: black embossing powder, clear wink of stella, Copics, MFT Blueprints 8 and 15


CAS(E) #103


2 Cute Ink - December Freebie

Have you joined 2 Cute Ink's newsletter? If not, it's soooo worth it as you get a FREE image each month and we all love a freebie, right? This image is Playtime Winter Penguin and it's adorable!!

I made a super simple card with some fun, cheery holiday paper; I added a strip of liquid platinum embossed paper to the far right and also made a snowflake from the same embossed paper - I am in love with the Hero Arts liquid platinum embossing powder - serious love!! On top of the embossed snowflake, I added a flat white snowflake. The image was colored with Copics and some clear rock Distress Glitter was added to the snowflake; a 3D cap and pom pom finish it off.


Thanks for stopping by - hope you are having a GREAT week! Take care!


Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Playtime Winter Penguin digital image
Papers: Neenah 110 lb. white, PTI Pure Poppy, DP by MME
Accessories: Clear Rock Distress Glitter, Hero Arts Liquid Platinum embossing powder, PTI Double Cuts Dies, misc. white snowflake



Crafts 4 Eternity - Buttons, Beads and Bling

Hi friends - long time, no talk...yes? I'm glad you stopped by!

I have a fun little shaker card using Crafts 4 Eternity recipe of buttons, beads and bling - I used rock crystal glitter, sequins, buttons and some rhinestone gems. Got it going on! :D And just for playing along this week, YOU could win 3 free images from Crafty Sentiments Designs.

I used Jennifer McGuire's newest video about shaker cards to make my card. I used some Wendy Vecchi embossing paste covered with liquid platinum embossing powder for the main panel - don't those gold dots look delightful - LOVE!!! I stamped my image on a piece of acetate and added 3 buttons (BTW, someone PLEASE tell me what ink works on acetate besides Stazon??? Over 24 hours later and the ink was still wet, so I embossed it - HA)!! Anywho, I also used Jennifer's recommendation to glue a few 'shaker' pieces in place so they don't all fall to the bottom.


I used the cut out circle from the main panel on the inside, cutting another circle within, adding a sentiment and one little ornament with an embossed bulb.

Fun - not necessarily a quick card, but definitely fun. Thanks for peeking in; hope you have a GREAT week. Take care!


Stamps: PTI Holiday Button Bits
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Kraft
Ink: VersaFine Black, MFT Hot Fudge
Accessories: black Sharpie, liquid platinum embossing powder, Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, polka dot stencil, MFT pierced circle dies, PTI buttons, Verve Visual Sequins, rock crystal glitter, misc. rhinestones




It's a Twofer - 2 Cute Ink - Fall in Love Kitties and Crafts 4 Eternity - Furry Friends

Hi there!

Welcome back - IT'S MONDAY! Are you ready to get this week started?

This week at 2 Cute Ink we're showing off an adorable design by Heidi that received tons of attention - FALL IN LOVE KITTIES and it just so happens to fit perfectly with our Crafts 4 Eternity Furry Friends recipe!

Just for joining the fun at Crafts 4 Eternity, you have the chance to win 4 free images from Sassy Studio Designs!

I printed the cats on Kraft card stock and colored with colored pencils without using gamsol...let me just say there is a HUGE difference in the 'types' of colored pencils on the market, some are much creamier than others and therefore cover the image much better. Meh...live and learn; I've had my pencils FOREVER but I now truly know the difference in how they work! LOL

I popped the heads of each cat up for some fun dimension, added glossy accents to the hearts and lots of doodling. The heat is cut twice, once from designer paper, once from Vellum and only glued down underneath the main focal point.

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

Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Fall in Love Kitties
Papers: PTI Rustic White, Raspberry Fizz, DP by Echo Park, vellum
Accessories: pink spica glitter pen, glossy accents, MFT pierced circle dies, Mama Elephant Femme Frames, colored pencils, white gel pen, Verve Visual Jotted Heart Die



Crafts 4 Eternity - Bright Colors

Hi friends! How are you?

We had snow Sunday, anyone else get snow? It was pretty, but super glad we didn't get too much.

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity, our recipe is bright colors. Everyone can join this challenge, can't wait to see your creations. AND just for playing along, one person will win 3 images from Stamping All Day. Be sure to stop by the blog to see if you were a winner from last week and to check out all the fan creations from the design team.

I made a fun little set of 4 cards using an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge - I loved this layout so much, I used it again over the weekend. I'll be back to show those later. :D

I'm using up some SUPER old paper from Stampin' Up; sentiment is from Verve Visual's Treasured Words stamped in MFT Razzleberry; the flag was stamped with MFT's Linen Background with VersaMark.

Thanks for popping in; hope you can find some time to join the fun this week. Take care!


Stamps: Verve Visual Treasured Words, MFT Linen Background
Papers: PTI Dark Hibiscus Burst and Simply Chaurtreuse, DP by Stampin' Up
Ink: MFT Razzleberry, VersaMark
Accessories: black Sharpie



2 Cute Ink - Color Challenge

Happy, happy Monday friends! Did you have a good weekend? Ours was very busy and very long, I have to return to work to get some rest. :D

Hope you'll take some time to join the fun at 2 Cute Ink, we have a fabulous fall challenge - we want to see your creations with orange, brown and yellow! AND be sure to follow Heidi's Facebook page and sign up for her newsletter - she's giving away free digital images and free is ALWAYS good!

For this challenge I'm using the adorable Happy Sunflower, just perfect for the color challenge. I colored the image with Copics and added some white dots as well as Copic dots to the center of the flower. The rest is totally CAS using Lil Inkers Stitches and Stripes cover up, some vellum, some glossy accents as embellies and MFT's Blueprints for the perfect scallop.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you can join the fun, we love seeing your creations!


Stamps: 2 Cute Ink Happy Sunflower
Papers: Misc. picture paper (super thin), PTI Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, and Orange Zest, vellum
Accessories: glossy accents, MFT Blueprints,Lil Inkers cover up die, white gel pen, Copics

  Cupcake Inspirations 286


Ribbon and Lace - Crafts 4 Eternity

Hello friends and HAPPY FRIDAY!!

This week at Crafts 4 Eternity our recipe is ribbon and/or lace - WHEW, glad there is an "OR" in there! :D Can you find my ribbon?

This week, one lucky participant will win 3 digital images from Crafts 4 Eternity - so go ahead, pull out that ribbon or lace or both and get to it!

I needed a masculine birthday card for my boss that everyone in the office could sign - this HOLY cow image is from Squigglefly and you gotta admit - it's pretty funny and incredibly 3D! Since I was going for masculine, I thought the simple addition of ribbon accented the card nicely and wasn't too girly - what do you think?

I cut the holes out with a craft knife, the rest is simple and straightforward. And yeah sorry...kinda looks like that sentiment was pooped out...yes? :(

Thanks for popping in - hope you have a GREAT weekend and don't forget to join the fun at Crafts 4 Eternity!


Stamps: Squigglefly Cow Pack Digital Images
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, DP by MME
Accessories: Janome Sew Mini, PTI Kraft ribbon, Copics



Prickly Pear Stamps

Hi friends-happy hump day!! How are you?

I'm back with my last guest post for Prickley Pear Stamps-what fun I have had with their images. You can see all their stamps HERE, they offer both clear, red rubber stamps and LOTS of matching dies. And for fun, I've added each of my guest creations down below-a quick review at a glance!!

This week I went back to the adorable Butterflies 2 stamp set and used this quirky little floral image-I just love it! For a change of pace, I stamped the image repeatedly on designer paper, adding some subtle butterflies too. I accented each flower with clear Wink of Stella and added glossy accents to the center (yes, look at my previous posts, I apparently have an obsession with glossy accents and clear Wink of Stella...is that bad? LOL)!

The layout is MOJO Monday 370 (MOJO370). I finished it off with some chocolate twine and a butterfly charm...oh yes and some random Copic B32 polka dots on each flower. AND if you look closely at the flag, I clear embossed a portion of the large polka dot butterfly. :D Fun finishing touch!

Thanks for popping in, hope you have a GREAT week!


Stamps: Prickley Pear Stamps Butterflies 2
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen and Aqua Mist, DP by MME
Ink: Versamark, MFT Hot Fudge and Sno Cone, Old Paper Distress Ink
Accessories: glossy accents, clear Wink of Stella,chocolate twine, butterfly charm, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, PTI polka dot border die, Heidi Swapp distressor



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