Friday, December 13, 2019

The Twelve Crafts of Christmas - Day Two - Foiled Noel

So sometimes I like to make simpler cards and make a ton of them at once.  That's what I did with this one, and I really like how it came out.


Just a few challenges:



Thanks so much for looking and happy Christmas crafting.  Laters!!!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Twelve Crafts of Christmas - Day One - Mushroom Tags

On the first day of Christmas, I made Nintendo tags!!  I like to make Nintendo-themed stuff for my brother, and this year he asked me if I could make some tags for him to use.  I figured the mushrooms would be great because they're fun and universal, I didn't even think about him having paper that perfectly matched them.  But look!


How cute are they??

Just love how they turned out!!

Some challenges to kick off the month:


Thanks so much for looking and happy Christmas crafting.  Laters!!!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Christmas Coffee Joy

I know I've been absent for like a MONTH.  And I'm sorry.  I've been so busy with work and family and my art has really suffered.  I'm trying to get back now and share some new projects with you guys.  There's no better inspiration than the Fall and Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  There's so many amazing projects and soooooo many fabulous sponsors and prizes!!!  I hope this is my first of many entries into the hop!  Ya'all know how much I love coffee.

I've been experimenting with making things that AREN'T Christmasy, Christmasy.  I just love how this turned out.  I was thinking it would be fun to make cups in red and green prints, too.


Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Monday, September 30, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Thirty - Lookout for Wonder

Happy Monday!!  I cannot believe this month is over already!!!  It's been a whirlwind, that's for sure!  Lots of new stamps may or may not have come into my craft room over the past thirty days, and I've definitely gotten some great cards made.  I just love this time of year because it's fall which means Halloween and my birthday and CHRISTMAS!!  My favorite season lemme tell ya. Anyways, with this last farewell to warm weather I made--wait for it--a  mermaid card!


To make my mermaid card even more special, I used mermaid sequins!!!




Lots of challenges to end the month:




Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting. Laters!!!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Twenty-Nine - TAKE TWO - Life Begins AFTER COFFEE!!!

So between being sick so much and working so much I was really really lazy this STAMPtember and I figured, I'll do what I can, when I can and do better next year!!!  So I made two cards for today!





Just a few challenges:




Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping!  Laters!!!

STAMPtember - Day Twenty-Nine - Pumpkin Spice

HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!!!!  I know, I know, I don't drink coffee but I LOVE coffee so I always love to make coffee-themed cards.




Just a few challenges:




Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping!  Laters!!!!

Sunday, September 22, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Twenty-Two - It was 25 Years Ago Today.....

It's no secret that Friends is my favorite show of all time.  It's seriously the best thing ever created anywhere ever and if you didn't know that, well, you've clearly never seen it because OMG.  I laugh everytime I watch it and I've seen every episode a thousand times, easy.

ANYWAYS.  That show is TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!

So I of course made an amazing card to celebrate it today!


The six colors of coffee cups represent the six Friends (the center cup is blue, for Chandler, because he's my favorite), and the hearts are the same colors as the dots in the Friends opening sequence.  I'm so happy with how this turned out.  And I know it's hard to tell in the photos, but there are actually six colors of microbeads in the shaker, to represent the characters.

Just a few challenges:




Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping.  Laters!!!

Monday, September 16, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Sixteen - YOU Are Capable

Everyone of us has the ability in us to make stuff happen.  Some of can make amazing things like cleaning up the environment happen.

Me, I get a great deal on a stack of cardstock and that's my amazing for the week.

We all bring our own cards to the table, right?

My point is that there's nothing stopping any of us from doing what we want to do.  And there's nothing wrong with shopping being what you want to do!





Just a few challenges:



Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping.  Laters!!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Fourteen - A Blast From My Past

So I may have mentioned the ridiculous feat I'm attempting to overhaul and redo my entire crafting stash.  It's really not something I ever should've endeavored but whatever.  So I was going through a box of stickers, and I found a card I started in 2005!!  Do you even believe this?  It was unfinished and what I had assembled was coming apart because those were still the dark days when I used the (useless) Tombow tape runner.  So I carefully took the rest of it apart and reassembled it, adding embellies and dimension because it's a different crafting world now. I'm pretty happy with the turnout.


I'm actually kind of hoping I find other started cards in the melee, it might be fun to see what I can do with them.

Just a few challenges:



Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping.  Laters!!!

Friday, September 13, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Thirteen - Happy Birthday Bella

Ya'all know I'm a Twihard!!  Every year I make a birthday card for the lovely Mrs. Cullen, usually inspired by the books/movie in one way or another.  This one just sorta came together out of nowhere but I just LOVE it!!  I kind of feel like Nessie would've ordered it for her because it's HER style rather than Bella's, ya know??

And I thought the sentiment was hilarious considering she's a vampire :D




Just a few challenges:



Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping!  Laters!!

Monday, September 2, 2019

STAMPtember - Day Two - I Melt For You

Happy Monday!!!  Just because summer is "over" doesn't mean that a) it's not hot and b) I'm over ice cream. It's still hot and I just had a popsicle. But what I really want is what I created here.  A chocolate and caramel swirl cone.  Yummy.




Just a few challenges:





Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

**ANYTHING GOES** New Challenge with Angie's Digi Stamps!!!!

Hi everyone!  It's the first Sunday of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at Angie's Digi Stamps!!  Our theme is always Anything Goes and we don't have a twist this month!!



Just a few challenges:



Be sure to visit the blog to see what the rest of the DT created and to enter this month's challenge!  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting!  Laters!!

STAMPtember - Day One - Thank Heaven....

Happy STAMPtember!!!!!  I gotta admit that I'm not as ready to celebrate this year as I have been in years past.  I've taken a bit of a crafting hiatus this summer, as you may have noticed.   I needed some time to decompress and get myself back into an artsy mood.

Today I'm sharing a baby shower card that I made.  There's gonna be lots of baby stuff in the next few weeks, with my new niece on the way.


Lots of challenges to kick off the month:





Thanks so much for looking and happy stamping!  Laters!!!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

**ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES** New Challenge with A Inky Mess!!!

Hi everyone!!  It's the 25th and that means a new challenge at A Inky Mess!!  Our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes!  We don't have a sponsor and since it's so humid out I made a mermaid card!


Some challenges for this super fun card:



Be sure to visit the blog and see what the rest of the DT created  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Sunday, June 2, 2019

**ANYTHING GOES/Fun In The Sun** New Challenge with Angie's Digital Stamps!!

Hi everyone!  It's the first Sunday of the month and that means it's time for a new challenge at Angie's Digi Stamps!!  Our theme is always Anything Goes but we always have a twist as well!  This month it's Fun In The Sun!!!  I guess my card is more summer themed than Fun In The Sun, but I still love how it turned out.  I used the Soda Drink image to create this shaker card.


Just a few challenges:


Be sure to visit the blog to see what the rest of the DT created and to enter this month's challenge!  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting!  Laters!!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Are You A Mickey Or A Mario??

So I kept saying "I can make the photo props! I can make the photo props!"

And I could.

So I did.

And they were a blast. really.

BTW, I'm a Minnie.




 (I made two Mickeys because I figured it's all about the mouse!)



Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mom Deserves a BREAK!!!!

Hi everyone!!  I'm so excited about the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  I myself am a HUGE coffee lover (everything but drinking it lol!!) and so I'm jumping in and creating a few different projects.

This card is a combo for Mother's Day.  I know a LOT of moms run entirely on coffee.  I actually have a friend who gets a literal basket of coffee every year for Mother's Day.



Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting (and coffee drinking!!).  Laters!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

**ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES** New Challenge with A Inky Mess!!!

Hi everyone!!  It's the 25th and that means a new challenge at A Inky Mess!!  Our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes!  We don't have a sponsor this month and I made a set of ATCs!  It'd been a few years since I made any, and it was definitely fun to jump back in.



Just a few challenges:


Be sure to visit the blog and see what the rest of the DT created  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Friday, March 29, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Twenty-Nine - What's Your Spirit Animal?

FULL DISCLOSURE: This was gonna be one of my ridiculous, limited brand ambassador posts, but since the company whose other designers look like they created cards for five year olds with NO experience crafting whatsoever didn't want me, I don't want them.  I decided to share these cards anyways because, you know what, they're already made.  Whatever.


Just a few challenges:



Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Monday, March 25, 2019

**ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES** New Challenge with A Inky Mess!!

Hi everyone!!  It's the 25th and that means a new challenge at A Inky Mess!!  Our theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes!  I had a blast this month creating a layered oceanic card.



Just a few challenges:


Be sure to visit the blog and see what the rest of the DT created  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Twenty-Three - Coffee Makes Me Awesome

Happy Saturday!!  I should state a strange fact: I both LOVE and HATE coffee. I love coffee things--candy, ice cream, mugs, scarves--but I don't like drinking coffee.  I think it's awful.  Aren't I weird??  So when I say I love coffee people are always giving me the sideeye when I don't drink it.  But anyways, I really love making coffee-themed cards.  I had a blast making this one.


Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Twenty-One - Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Sometimes I like to make "sentiment only" cards. You know what I mean.  No images, no coloring.  I let the words do the talking on this one, literally.   Sure the background papers help, but this card is just me venting to the world.


We all feel this way, don't we???

(EDITED TO ADD: the monkeys have taken over in the Cook County ASA's office, no????)

Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Nineteen - Sequined Hello

Happy Tuesday!!  I'm running around like a crazy person today trying to organize a paint pour party for this weekend so this will be short and sweet.  I needed a quick card and I love how this came out.  I need to use sequins more often!!  They're not just for shakers ya'all!



Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Monday, March 18, 2019

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!!!!!

Updating this post to say that the giveaway is OFFICIALLY CLOSED and isn't happening.  Long story, not sure I feel like bitching about it here.  But I bitch a lot on Twitter so you may wanna check there.

This was so much fun.  I gathered a bunch of scraps from the Watercolor Paper Pad and created the patchwork backgrounds.  Then I added the Hello die cut sentiment, which I cut three times and glued together for dimension.



Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

So Sweet and Thoughtful - Brea Reese Brand Ambassador Post

Hi everyone!  I've got a new Brea Reese Brand Ambassador post for you today, with a watercolored fruit card.  I've been really into lemons this year, in my decor and of course in my crafting.  I wanted to play around with my new Watercolor Pencils so I picked this fun and fruity image to work with.  The pencils come in two color groups, Jewel and Classic.  I used colors from both for this card.  When using watercolor pencils, I like to color the outlines and scribble in the center, blend with a water brush, then layer darker colors.  For the sentiment strip, I scribbled the pencil all over but then got called away and didn't blend it right away.  The lines didn't blur as much once the pencil had some time to set, giving me some awesome texture that mimicked clouds.  I can tell I'm going to be using these pencils a lot.


And we have some exciting news to share!!  Brea Reese products are now being sold at Target!!  There are some fabulous gift sets and they're the perfect way to jump into Brea Reese if you haven't already!!

Be sure to check out the Classic Watercolor Pencils and all the other Brea Reese products!!  Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

Quite frankly I could share some choice reasons why, but I prefer to be more positive on my blog.  You might check my Twitter page though.

Today I made something for St. Patrick's Day that is still NOT a St. Patrick's Day card.



I used the Metallic Ink paper pad for my background.  Then I used the Hello Fetti dies for the sentiment.   The shamrock is left over from a card I made earlier this week.

Just a few challenges for this card:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Sixteen - Shattered Dreams

Happy Saturday!!!  The radio stations here are having an all-80s weekend which is my favorite kind of music.  A few of the songs I hadn't heard in awhile so I pulled out my old CDs and one in particular really stuck with me. Remember "Shattered Dreams"?  That was a great song. Anyways, I was playing that song on repeat and this card came together.  The background looks like shattered gems or rocks and I just love how it turned out. Plus it's PURPLE, which is my favorite color.  I hadn't made a mostly-purple card in a bit and they always make me happy.

I also kind of think it's Twilight-inspired.  The colors, the dreamcatcher, makes me wanna watch the movies.


(It looks WAY more purple than pink in person.  And the dream is actually silver but it kinda looks rose in this picture. It's REALLY gloomy today, makes for bad photos.)

Just a few challenges:


Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting!  Laters!!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

31 Days of Crafting - Day Fourteen - I Come In Peace!

I protect the gammaquadrant from the threat of invasion, I come in peace!!  Toy Story is one of the greatest movies ever made,  IMNSHO.  It's clever, cute, and who doesn't love toys??  Buzz Lightyear has always been my brother's favorite, so I made him this card for his birthday.


Yeah, yeah, the front is awesome, look inside!!



Just a few challenges:





Thanks so much for looking and happy crafting.  Laters!!