May 31, 2015


Hello everyone!

I feel like it's been forever, since I made anything, just for fun.  With softball season starting and work being crazy, I haven't had much creative mojo.  Since the weather is gray and overcast, and I'm home alone today, I decided to make some stuff.  I turned off my cell phone (which was more difficult than I expected, and an eye opener), turned up the music, and just created lots of fun things.  Here is the first card I made today.

The colors in my photo are a bit washed out, but this was the best of the bunch.  In real life the colors are much more vibrant.  I clear embossed the flower onto some watercolor paper, and then used my distress inks to watercolor it.  I then used one of my green Copic markers on a piece of vellum, for the leaves.  I love how the leaves have a bit of striation from the marker.  I wish the photo would have been better, so you could see it.  I added my sentiment, not stamped in black for a change, and some sequins to finish it off.  I had to fight the urge to add more stuff, but decided that keeping it CAS would be best.  LOVE how it turned out!  I'm going to submit this for the following challenges.

Color Throwdown #344: Coral Pink, Pale Yellow & Spring Green (I got as close as I could)
Freshly Made Sketches #188: Sketch
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
The Paper Players #247: Tic Tac Toe (I used sequins, embossing & die cut)
Pile It On #71: Focus on Coloring (I colored with distress inks)

I'll be back soon, hopefully, with another something crafty.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

What's In It?
Paper: SU! Very Vanilla & Watercolor Cardstock
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Fancy Word Coordinates, Stampendous Zinnia
Ink: VersaMark, Tattered Rose, Picked Raspberry & Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, Copic: G43
Accessories: Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Memory Box Lorelai Leaf Outline Die, Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins

May 15, 2015

CASE-ing Christmas Challenge #20

Hello, hello!

How is everyone?  I hope you've all been busy crafting up a storm, and enjoying the weather we've all had.  Unfortunately, work has been chaos and I haven't had time to create much, or be outside much yet.  I'm hoping this weekend will be different. 

I have another CASE-ing Christmas card for you.  This week we are CASEing Anita.  Here is her lovely card.

And here is my card.

For my card this week, I chose to CASE the layout.  I liked the multiple layers and patterns.  I decided on an A2 card, instead of a square card though.  I loved the colors from the ColorQ challenge #288, and decided to use them on my card.  This is a pretty simple card, and should be easy to mail, as it's not bulky.

I do hope you'll take a minute to go check out what the other designers have created for you today.  As usual, they're pretty fantastic!  I'm off to work, and then taking my mom to the Minneapolis airport, to surprise her with a birthday trip to see my sister and brother in law in San Francisco.  I even spoke to her supervisor at work, so she could have the week off, without her knowing it.  I can't wait to see her face!!  

Stay crafty my friends!

May 10, 2015

You're The Bestest

Hello friends!

Happy Mother's Day!  After a chaotic week at work, I was blessed to be pampered by my lovely daughter, with a pedicure at our favorite spa.  She also cleaned the house all on her own, and made my mother and I breakfast this morning.  Sure do love my girl!  After weeks of long hours, and tons of weekend events, I was happy to finally get some time to be craft today.  Here is the card I made.

I really love the simplicity of this card, even with the layered flower piece.  The distressed cover up, and the ombre ink leaves are gorgeous.  I'm excited to finally use some of the goodies I'd accumulated, but hadn't had the opportunity to use.  If all goes well, I hope to have another something crafty for you this week.  We'll see how things go though.  I'm going to submit my card for the following challenges.

The Pink Elephant #297:  Appreciation/Thank You
City Crafter Challenge #260:  Mood Board/Inspiration Photo (I was inspired by the colors)
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Simon's Wednesday Challenge: Let's Get Sentimental
Can You Case It #69:  Sketch (my loose interpretation)
The Paper Players #244:  Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand & Pistachio Pudding (I tried to get as close as I could)

Stay crafty my friends!


What's In It?
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Desert Sand Cardstock, Becky Higgins Project Life Grid Journaling Cards
Stamps: Reverse Confetti Love Blooms & Fancy Word Coordinates
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink, Ranger Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon & Cracked Pistachio, Hero Arts Mint to Green Ombre Ink
Accessories: MFT Stripes Cover Up, Clearly Besotted Small Geometric Rose Die, Simple Stories Enamel Dots, DMC Silver Thread

May 1, 2015

CASE-ing Chrismas Challenge #18


I apologize for this post being so short, but I overslept, and am now running a bit behind.  I wanted to get my card posted though.

It's time for another CASE-ing Christmas challenge.  This week we are CASEing Mynn.  Here is her beautiful card.

And here is the card I made.

I kept the layout the same, but went for totally different colors.  This star background was done with embossing paste and a stencil.  I really wanted to use it, for added dimension.  I stamped the holly twice, once on patterned paper, and popped it up.  After this card was done, I didn't realize how much it looked more like a patriotic card than a Christmas card, but I just left it as is.

That's all for me today.  I hope you'll head over to see what the other ladies have posted for you today.  They're always pretty fabulous.

Have a great day!