Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May SOTM Celebrate Card

Whoo! Three days in a row - I'm on a streak. I did a little Facebook Live tour of my new tiny stamp space, and that was such a big leap for me. I really had a great time organizing my tiny storage space into a fully functional craft room just the right size for me! 
Today for my video I made this sweet celebration card using the new sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. Those balloons in the May Stamp of the Month are so pretty and easy to customize! I colored mine is with my Zig Clean Color Brush markers topped with CTMH shimmer brushes in Mint, Sugar Plum, and Clear. Then I added some white chalk pen touches to the shimmering balloons.
I used the nesting Circle and Stitched Circle dies, along with the stitch lines from the Decorative Borders die set to cut the embellishments on the card. The woodgrain is from the new Into the Wild papers, with a few touches of Sweet Girl mixed in. If any of y'all aren't loving this ombre wood grain business, feel free to send those sheets my way, lol. Finally I sprinkled on sequins from the new Crafty assortment, using my new FINE TIPPED Liquid Glass Applicator, and if you wanna hear me gush over that amazing bit of plastic while trying to use it one handed while also filming, you can watch that in my Facebook Live video from today!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Mojo Monday Butterfly Love Card

Did you guys know that Mojo Monday Sketches are back? Like I know I've been out of the loop, but Mojo Monday!! I'm so totally on board for this.
Today I broke into my Feels Like Home papers. I paired that with one last visit with my April Stamp of the Month. I wish I'd climbed back onto the crafting bandwagon sooner this month. My watercolor paints got to come out and play for the first time in months. I stamped the butterfly over the top of my painting in Charcoal ink, then flicked it all with Black shimmer brush and White watercolor paint.
I fussy cut the flowers out of the Feels Like Home B&T  - its' just so soft and pretty. Then I added black stickles and shimmer brush. Feels good to be home in my creative space again for sure!

Monday, April 29, 2019

I've missed all y'all so much!

Whew! I don't know about you crafty folks, but 2018 was quite literally like living in the last season of a long running soap opera where the writers don't care anymore so they will literally throw anything at you. Good? Bad? Who cares - lets' throw it all in and see what happens! I lost two of my close family members. We moved from a house to an apartment so our landlord could re-rent the house he broke our lease to sell within weeks of our moving. We road tripped to Las Vegas and back in our ancient the summer. We bought a house to combine households with my sweet in-laws. The previous owners would not leave, and it took a month of remodel work to turn it into a livable space. I decided to cap off the year with another 2 week road trip in the minivan, because once you start losing family members, it becomes so important to not just stay home.

2019 Came and I thought all right! We are FINALLY moving into the new place for reals...and then my hubby fell down the stairs of our apartment and broke his leg..and his ankle. I finished the move and unpacking while nursing the broken husband, tending the freaked out kids, and inhaling coffee as fast as I could. My in-laws moved in (yay!) on the same day I hosted a Launch event for CTMH. I have a TEENAGE boy living in my house now, people.  I haven't made hardly a thing EXCEPT for card kits or Craft with Heart Layouts because I could barely find glue. And while I do not in any way regret spending so much time and energy on FAMILY FIRST...I miss my inky paws and crafting therapy.
I was having brunch yesterday with a dear friend and I said again, for the umpteenth time, I'm sure I can start crafting again in May. Like next month will suddenly mean I'm completely unpacked and the boys are calmly, amazingly getting along, and the yard will be tidy, and am I serious? I went home and I thought no more waiting. Crafting is my therapy, peeps, and I am in serious need. So I sat down to look at all the things I've missed - almost two entire Seasonal Expressions, and this absolutely adorable Stamp of the Month. Ugh - two days left on this one and it practically has my NAME written all over it. (sob)  So today I went into my tidy and unused new stamp space and I MADE SOME THINGS. Like this card - using I Heart Us (which I bought extra of, even though its gone in two days because it is stinkin' fabulous!!) and that pretty April SOTM. I used a sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, because my tired brain needs to be given a direction, lol. It didn't take all day, and I've still managed to prep potatoes for the rest of the week, make a big pot of spaghetti sauce, and clear 1300 photos off my phone. 
I used the Mint and Black shimmer brushes  to flick speckles onto my stamped images. Do you HEART that arrow zip strip from I Heart Us?  I know I do! I can't promise to post every day (yet), but I am making a promise to myself that I will make time for the things that fill my cup in addition to all the stuff that HAS to get done. So if you missed me, I'm back. If you need to refill your cup, pop over to Atlantic Hearts and try on this sketch. Make time to do what you love, because you are so worth it, Stampin' Friends! ❤

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ugly Sweater Fa La La Card

This week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is such a cute Sketch! I don’t have access to my laptop right now, but I’ll come in an add the details on this post this afternoon. Thanks for your patience!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Snowflake Peace Card

Hi, Stampin' Friends! I didn't mean to take last month off, lol, but life is what it is. I feel like this year has been a big year of change for me. Without change, there cannot be butterflies, and I sure do love butterflies...I appreciate your patience with me, Stampin' Friends, as I work my way through this cocoon. Getting my paws inky again always feels so good!
This week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch is a cute one! I love working with sketches - it's like coloring with your supplies. Today I combined the new Boutique papers with the Winter Flurries Thin Cuts. I did the snowflake using the Sugarplum Glitter paper and it cut like buttah! Don't get me wrong - I LOVE my Cricut machine, but it sure was nice to just pop out an intricate snowflake with no fuss. I mounted it on a stitched circle cut and topped it with some silver thread, a button from my stash, and a Sugarplum Glitter Gem.
The silver embellishing thread add such a nice subtle touch of sparkle. I used the zip strip to pop a sentiment onto this card, topping it with a single word from the Christmas Bingo stamp set. I added just a couple dots of glitter gel to finish off the design and balance that large sparkly snowflake. This is a great sketch for using up scraps for sure! I hope you'll pop over to Atlantic Hearts to play along this week!


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