Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #191

Happy Holidays, Everyone!
Thank you for joining us at AHSC #191.  It is such a busy time of year for all of us and I needed a quick 'pick me up' card for a co-worker.  I hope these little birds can do the trick!

Please join us!  Atlantic Hearts Sketch #191

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #189

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch!  Please come and join us for sketch #189.

The three little blocks in this sketch just reminded me of little presents.  :)  It made me happy to start working on Christmas cards and got me in the mood to start making a few more!

I hope you'll join us for this sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #183

Welcome to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch!  I was having super fun playing with my gelli plate and some new acrylic paints I picked up.  The pinky reddish background was a result of the gelli plate and stencils.  I truly love working with this technique.

Once they were dry, I used embossing paste and glitter and a pumpkin patch stencil.  I colored the pumpkins with my spectrum noir markers and added a few embellishments.  

I hope you'll consider designing a card for the challenge this week!  Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's Technique Tuesday! Gelli Plate printing for card backgrounds!

I am just loving playing with my Gelli Plate.  It has been my go-to in the craft room lately.  I'm not sure if I like making a mess or the end results better!

This is the first Technique Tuesday video since my relocation to Georgia.  I'm still trying to figure out the lighting, sound, etc - so this was the first attempt.

I hope you enjoy this video!  If you love the Gelli Plate as much as I do, there are also more economical printing plates available on Amazon.  They are new to the market and people are seeing good results.  Enjoy!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #181

This stamp was too cute not to buy!!!  Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch!  Thank you so much for joining us this week.

This was a simple design because I really didn't want to take anything away from the sentiment.  I snuck this card into Sean's work bag while he was traveling for a few days.  I sure hope it brought a smile to his face when he saw it!

I hope you'll consider designing a card this week!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #179

It's time to 'Wine a Little!'  And... it's time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I picked up a new wine stamp set and was itching to play with it.  

Personally, I think there is a bit too much white space, so I'm contemplating embossing the background and giving it another try.

The wine glasses are colored in with Spectrum Noir Glitter Pens.

I hope you'll join us for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #179.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I used my Gelli Printing Plate and had fun making some crazy backgrounds!

I decided to turn the current challenge on its side and let the colors play and speak for themselves!  I used the new Lawn Fawn die 'Smile' and added some flowers to the corners.

I hope you'll join us this week for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #171

I'm having so much fun in my studio lately!  I committed to the Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge and each week I focused on a different designer.  This was one of the flower sets I colored from Penny Black.  I used Spectrum Noir Markers for the flowers and Spectrum Noir Glitter Pens for the leaves.  Each of the flowers was fussy cut and adhered to the oval background which was raised with pop dots.  I hope you'll join use this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch #171!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #169

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  This week I'm playing with another Penny Black stamp, my spectrum noir markers, and spectrum noir glitter pens.  I just absolutely love this stamp.  Penny Black has a super fun Italian series of stamps and I just love them all!  I hope you'll join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #169.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Week 1 of the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge (First Four Days)

A very special thank you to Kathy Racoosin for hosting, yet another, 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
This first five days were a bit scattered but I had to start with the Heartfelt Creations orchid stamp and die set.  I just fell in love with it.  

Here are the first couple of creations.   I laid it all out on the craft table and made a plan...The next seven days will focus on Penny Black Stamps, so stay tuned.  Then maybe some Newton's Nook... Winnie and Walter... and whatever comes up!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #167

It's time for another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
Please join us for Challenge #169.

The card is super shiny and a wee bit hard to photograph.   I needed a simple wedding card and found the striped paper in my scrap bin!  One must always keep scraps handy!
I hope you'll join us this week!

Monday, July 4, 2016

2016 Graduation Card

A dear friend asked me to make a graduation card for her niece.  I wanted to play with my lilac  flower die and had a ball!

The flowers are two shades of purple and then I dabbled some pan pastels in the centers.

Congratulations Class of 2016!

I decided to enter this into the 4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes Challenge, too!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #159

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!  I hope you will join us this week!
I used a Close to My Heart Stamp set this week and played with some metal flake and double sided tape to create the criss-cross lines. 

The peaches were stamped on watercolor paper  in Memento Tuxedo black ink and colored in with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers!  I really really like these new markers!

Thanks for dropping by!  Get your craft on!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #157

I am finally able to set time aside to play in my craft room... and I'm making it a priority to return to my normal busy creating self!  Also, I finally can work without my left index finger all bandaged up!
My division start-up goes live on May 2nd and there are just a few remaining items to tackle over the next week.  Then I hope it all runs on auto-pilot!

Please join us this week at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #157.  The minute I saw this cute sketch, I swore it was a camera!  The cheese stamps are from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you can join us!  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #153

Hi All!  I'm back!  I failed to cut my finger off when I was making baked brie and sliced my finger pretty badly, but we're healing and were able to design a card for Atlantic Hearts Sketch #153!

I embossed the 'congratulations' from Lawn Fawn and used mint wash tape as well as the silver designed washi tape.  For the silver lines, I used 1/4" double sided sticky tape and laid foil over it and burnished it.  I just love the look and love playing with foil!

Get your craft on!  Come and play this week!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #149

Welcome to Atlantic Hearts Sketch #149!  Beeeeee Yourself!!!
I used a honeycomb embossing folder and matching 1" embossing folder to create this card!  I embossed the larger pattern and then used multiple distress inks to create the bright colored background.

I hope you'll join us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch #149.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

4 Crafty Chicks - Gingham

I'm not going to lie... gingham was a tough challenge for me!  It took quite a bit of time to find gingham paper and then decide what to do with it!  I wanted to do a simple card with a plain background and finally decided to make some flowers!  I used the Heartfelt Creations Sunflower die and added a brad to the middle.  I stamped a few stems and leaves and used a pop up dot to secure the flowers.  The birthday sentiment is from Close to My Heart!  I hope you come and join us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!  It has been a great four weeks as their guest designer - I'm looking forward to see what the next guest designer comes up with!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

4 Crafty Chicks - Friendship

Welcome to another 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge: Friendship.

I just love this Penny Black 'Fe'line' Die.  It is very versatile and I've done a number of cards with it.

I used spectrum noir markers to color in the kittens and then used some distress inks to create the background.  I did die cut the kittens on white paper that was stuck to double sided tape - so essentially, the die became a sticker.  The paper is a pebble background and the stamp is from Ellen Hutson 'Amazing Women.'

I hope you come and join us!  Get your craft on!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #147

Welcome back to another Atlantic Hearts Sketch!  This is challenge #147.  I hope you will come and join us.

I decided instead of cutting paper, to create a retiform background and instead of ink, I decided to play with my Pan Pastels.  If you have never played with this type of medium, here is a video I have previously posted.

 Then I stamped a few sea shells and colored the shells with colored pencils and added some clear wink of Stella.

If you would like to more about retiform, use this link to see a previous video I created.

I hope you join us this week!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

4 Crafty Chicks - Bling

Welcome back to another 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge!  This is my second week of being a guest designer.  This week is all about the BLING!  I used a hero arts stamp that I embossed in silver and added a bunch of gems sporadically on the stems.  The sentiment is from the Ellen Hutson 'Amazing Women' stamp set which I have just fallen in love with.  The 4x5.5" panel was matted on a blue sparkle paper.  It's so hard to capture the bling!  I hope you come and join us this week for the challenge!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

4 Crafty Chicks - Love

I am so honored to have been selected to be a guest designer for 4 Crafty Chicks for the month of February!  The theme for this week is 'Love'!

I used Peerless watercolors to create the background.  Then I used the Winne & Walter 'Love' die.  The die cut is used on another card which I have shown below!  Always save your scraps!!!

The watercolor panel was die cut from a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die.
I embossed an 'I love you' sentiment and added a few punched hearts.

Thank you for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

Now, don't forget to get the die cut!  I used it to make one of these cards below.  You can, too!  Here is the video link on how both cards were made.  I always try to make a few cards when I'm crafting, so that I always have a few on reserve if I need to send one out or a friend wants one!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #145

When looking at the sketch - I kept seeing the Olympic Rings but I just wasn't feeling that!  So I started searching around the studio to see what was round and what I felt like working with!

Then I came across this new stamp from Simon Says Stamp and decided to switch up the circles a bit to create some balloons!  I typically follow things to the tee, but couldn't swing it this time!

Come and play!!!  We'd love to have you!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Welcome to Georgia! Welcome to my new studio!

So, it's finally time for me to invite you into my home!  I have been asked several times what my new studio looks like, so I took a few minutes to bring you in!  Even Luna made an appearance!

If you have any questions or would like to know more about certain products or how I organized things, please drop me a note!

Welcome to Georgia!  It's vastly different than my last space and missing many many dear friends - but the creativity is coming back and you can start expecting more posts and videos coming soon!

Right at Home - Happy Mail Swap & 4CC Challenge!

My Happy Mail from my Swap Partner
I have 'met' many many incredible women over the past few years because of my love of paper crafting. These women have dedicated their lives to paper crafting and also giving back. One such instance is Nicole, from Right At Home. She decided to host a happy mail swap and I was fortunate to be able to sign up! Below is the happy mail I'll be sending and what I received earlier this week! The task was to send something sweet, something you love, something you made, and something cute. I decided to make a K-Cup holder, add the coffee I love, a super cute kleenex box, and a bag of chocolate covered pomegranate bites! YUM! I hope she enjoys!
My Happy Mail for my Swap partner in Missouri

The K-Cup holder has also been submitted to the 4 Crafty Chicks - Anything But a Card Challenge!  Making these little gems is so much fun!  If you'd like the directions for how to make these fun little guys - including a 6 pack, an 8 pack, and a small box, please visit my page with the instructions!

Penny Black and More Challenge 'One for the Girls'

I was so excited when I came across this blog and say the 'One for the Girls' Challenge!  I just adore the Penny Black and More Blog!  What great inspiration and ideas!

This was created with the Feline Die.  The moment I saw this die, I knew I had to have it! 

The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson, Amazing Women.

Thank you for a great challenge and get your craft on!