Saturday, April 12, 2014


This card is for a darling friend who LOVES sushi!  Lawn Fawn stamps colored with copics, background stamp is Impression Obsession  Gradation stamped in Color Box grout gray which makes a soft lovely background.  I had some Japanese papers in my stash for ages and decided to use them here as just a trim.  I did have to cut my stamps up to get the sentiment I wanted and forgot to add the carat under "soy" before photographing.  A little bit of Wink of Stella clear on the bottle top and on the fish in the sushi. The green paper is from Lawn Fawn Into the Woods ( I think).

lawn fawn, sushi birthday card

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

I have a lot of birthday cards to make for April and May.  Grandson's is in the works and the card for hubby is finished.  I used Lawn Fawn Forest Critters but wanted a larger sized trailer which I found in the MFT Roughing It stamp set.  The two work very well together.  I stamped with Memento ink and colored with copics.  I used Mama Elephant Landscape Trio to cut some scrap paper for the green areas and used Simon Says Falling Star Stencil with Wendy Vecchi metallic silver embossing paste on a dark blue scrap for the sky.  There wasn't really any room for a sentiment so I used the Simon Says Happy Birthday die. Then it was just putting it all together with a silver mat and Bazzill shimmer pale blue cardstock for the card. 

Since I did the months backwards and this is for May, I really have to get shaking with the April cards. Yikes, I may be late again!

A  little underexposed so you can see the shine of the embossing paste of the stars and the silver embossing on the trailer.

Can't get enough of the Lawn Fawn Critters

Simon Says die, MFT sentiment from Roughing It stamp set

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog

I stamped with Brilliance ink with MFT Inspired by Butterflies on vellum, layered on transparent patterned paper (maybe from Studio Calico kit?) and then attached with  clear Kool tac onto shimmer Bazzill paper.  Added 3 clear sequins to finish off.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014




I used Simon Says Floating Hearts die on mirrored silver cardstock.  The patterned paper 
was all scrap paper.  I embossed the sentiment in Filigree Silver and tried the
stamping on embossing technique for the heart in the middle.  VERY hard to photograph especially with
my cell phone but it was the quickest.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Between travelling and having no time for inspiration to strike I opted to try a new technique.
Mostly I like to color with my copics but I love to watch Jennifer McGuire's videos and am always amazed at the different techniques she uses.  I have a love hate relationship with glitter but when she demonstrated her stencil and glitter technique I was hooked.  I had one stencil that more or less conformed to Valentine's usage and also as a background.  I followed ALL of her directions and was so happy with the way the background turned out.  Die cut with Die-Namics Lots of Love and layered onto gold card stock and added the bits back in.  And she is right, the glitter stays on the card!

glitter background, Valentine's card, stencil
hard to photograph with my phone and get all the glorious glitter

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Hi everyone,

I know I haven't posted since October but I really, really meant to.  Here were some of the things I planned.  Desk mess due to holiday cards, gifts etc.(explosion of product always fun to look at).  All the holiday cards, tags etc. that got created (hopefully, soon to follow).  New Years resolutions and plans and other fun things that I was sure you really wanted and needed to read.  You get the idea.  Well, that didn't happen but this AHA moment did and I wanted to share so that if any of you out there who have been hesitant to try Project Life may feel better about attempting it.  I have long admired all the Project Life projects shared by Ali Edwards, Nichol Magouirk and many, many others.  But their beautifully constructed albums were very intimidating for me.  I wanted to SIMPLIFY my scrapbooking, not have to double and triple mat photos, embellish everything and take 9 months to finish one travel album. I don't do any digital scrapping (other than to occasionally add text to photos) and it just wasn't an option that appealed to me.  I had purchased an album and some of the Becky Higgins kits and got a subscription to Studio Calico PL kits.  That was at least a year ago and yet, NOTHING done.  But (ta da) I watched the BECKY HIGGINS creativeLIVE workshop and it was truly eye-opening.  She showed examples of her own work and what a surprise it was to me that it was mostly unembellished.  This was truly liberating and the whole workshop was so well presented and organized that I was inspired to give it a go.
I took my photos of our trip to Ireland from Oct 2011 (OMG), organized them as best I could remember, stuck them in, put in the journaling card and in the space of TWO HOURS I was done. I really can't believe it was that easy and I can now sit and journal while watching TV and if I want to I can go back and embellish.  So, lesson learned here, GIVE IT A TRY, start simply and you can always get more detailed but it is a wonderful system with lots of options and choices.
And those core kits are really high value with just tons of cards in them.  

One note about my scrapbooking, it is all about travel.  My kids are grown so I don't scrap them and honestly at my age, daily life experiences are not that exciting.  What I'd like to do for my kids is to go back and take all their photos that I rescued from the old magnetic albums and make an album for each of them in the project life format.  That would be fun!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


What a crazy couple of weeks.On top of needing  two birthday cards and I got a card commission for two baby's first Thanksgiving and Hanukkah cards.  I knew I wanted to make two similar cards, not identical but easy to replicate and the Hanukkah cards I wanted to be identical. Since I love using Distress inks I started with a blended background, slightly different for each card.  I then stamped HA tiny stars on both, one got silver embossing and the other holographic.  I used Lawn Fawn and Simon Says for the stamps, Papertrey Ink for the words and Lawn Fawn and Papertrey Ink for the leaves

lawn fawn, papertrey ink, thanksgiving, Distress ink pads

Here is the Hanukkah card (I lifted the center medallion idea from Nichole Heady) using Papertrey Ink's Mazel Tov. I originally wanted to add an embossed border around the edges but decided on Hero Arts Paint Spots instead and Filigree silver embossing powder.The star was cut  (with offset) on my Cameo. Easy to make assembly line and I will use it as my Hanukkah card for this year.  There is a stamped and silver embossed sentiment inside.  As you can see with a 6 pointed star, it stands at a tilt. Paper is MFT Nightshft blue and I am still struggling with my white balance on my pics.

mazel tov, papertrey ink, hanukkah

mazel tov, papertrey ink, hanukkah