Wednesday, November 22, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks #378 Outdoor Winter Activity

Welcome back to the 4 Crafty Chicks #378 Outdoor Winter Activity Challenge!  This was sorta an easy pick for me having been an ice skater for much of my life!  Ironically enough, the only ice skate I had in my collection was on a Cricut Cartridge!  I started with a piece of glossy paper and blotted Ranger Inks (blue and silver) all over the paper.  It really does shimmer in the light!  I added a few branch punches and the Penny Black 'Winter Wishes' die cut to finish this card off!
Thank you for visiting us this week at 4 Crafty Chicks!  I only have one more week as their guest designer... and then I get to return to entering the challenges!

Happy Crafting!

Creative Knockouts Challenge #221 Thankful Thoughts

I have to giggle.... 'Eat Mor Chikin' is the catch phrase for Chik Fil A... and I did a lot of research on trademark infringement!  Since I'm not profiting from this card and sending it to my fiancĂ© for Thanksgiving - I should be legally safe!  I embossed the ink drops with gold embossing powder and then added distress inks and water all over the background to create all the fall colors.  I printed the words and then used my Minc to add purple deco foil to it.  The turkey is colored in with Spectrum  Noir Markers and Sparkle Markers.  I did use the Lawn Fawn Stitched border when I cut out the sentiment and finished by adding some glitter gemstones.
This turkey is thankful for people to eat more chicken!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #239


Let is Snow!  Well.... I wish it would snow in Georgia!  I'll just remember with great fondness living in New England!  :)

I tried really hard to keep this card 'standing' up - but once I got all the snowflakes on it, I just had to spin it!  I made the snowflakes using glossy paper and blue and silver alcohol inks.  They sure do shimmer in person!  I'm such a fan of the color blue at Christmas!

Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #239!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks #377 Recipe


Welcome to the 4 Crafty Chicks Recipe Challenge!  This is my third week guest designing with this super fun group!  For this challenge you'll use the following:
1 Bow
2 Colors
3 Snowflakes


This was the creation I came up with!  The background was created with Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I used the Lawn Fawn snow stamp with white ink.  The snowflakes are from the new My Favorite Things monthly kit.  They are beautiful and provide for a lot of variation, techniques, and creations!  The stamp is an old but goody!  I just love 'Flakes make the best Friends' by Impression Obsession that I embossed with Ranger's White Embossing Powder.

Thanks for joining us this week!

If you give a crafter a cookie - Challenge #82

Welcome to Challenge #82 sponsored by Cute as a Button and Sasayaki Glitter! This is my first time designing for the 'If you Give a Crafter a Cookie' blog and I couldn't be more excited! I am a definite cookie girl.... it's really the way to my heart! I was so excited to be able to use this image from Sasayaki Glitter. This little guy is so adorable and I had the image stashed for a while!  So the inspiration from the cookie image below was a perfect match for this image!   

I used a technique recently shared by Kelly Tribout Latevola for Newton's Nook.  I just loved how masking the image allowed me to create a background so that the tea cup wasn't floating on the page. I printed the image on my laser jet printer and again on the masking paper. I fussy cut the image out and placed it over the tea cup mouse on my card stock. I then used my distress inks to create a background. Using the same sage ink, I also stamped a similar flower to create the appearance of wall paper. I think I've had this stamp since I was a child! LOL

I added two black lines to attempt at creating a table/edge. I colored in the image with my Spectrum Noir Markers and Sparkle Markers. This tea cup mouse is too adorable!

Thank you for joining us this week at 'If you Give a Crafter a Cookie'!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Newton's Nook - Inky Paws Challenge #59

'Tis the Season to be Jolly..... Fa la la la la la la la la!

I just love this little Newton... and this image is definitely what one of my cats would do with a real Christmas Tree in the house!  I used the Sunny Studio evergreen branch with three Stampin Up Inks and colored the branch in with a brown Spectrum Noir marker.
Then I used Versamark Ink and embossed the Lawn Fawn snow stamp with sparkle embossing powder all over the background.  I colored Newton with my Spectrum Noir markers and Sparkle markers.  The card was finished off with the Lawn Fawn Fa La La La die cut.
This card was created for the Inky Paws Challenge held by Newton's Nook.  Challenge #59 was to use four specific colors:  Holly red, Pinecone brown, Fir green, and Black.



Crafty SuppliesCrafty Places to Buy them
Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder

Lawn Fawn Fa la la la Die Cut

Lawn Fawn Snowy Backdrops

Newton's Nook Deck the Paws

Spectrum Noir Markers

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers
Stampin' Up Ink

Sunny Studio Stamps Holiday Style

Tsukineko Versamark Emboss Ink Pad Watermark

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #376 Give Thanks

I am in love with this cling stamp from The Ton Stamps!  Welcome back to 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #376 Give Thanks.  This is my 2nd week guest designing for this wonderful team!
I stamped the cherry blossom stamp on black paper with VersaMark ink and embossed in gold.  Then I used Gansai Tambi watercolors - the pearlescent colors and colored in each flower.  It's amazing this card looks blue when it's really white with pink and green flowers.  The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Co.  Thank you again for stopping by!  I hope you'll join us this week!

Creative Knockouts #219 Fav Color Combo & Broken Fairy Designs

HUGS!!!!  Thanks for joining us this week for the Creative Knockouts #219 Favorite Color Combo Challenge hosted by Broken Fairy Designs!


I printed this little guy with a laser jet printer and colored in with Spectrum Noir Markers.  I did print a second image that used to pop up for the mushroom.  I did use a white gel pen to create a few white spots on the top of the mushroom.  The Hugs Sentiment is from Winnie and Walter and I layered three of them together to add a little dimension.

Thank you for stopping by!  We can't wait to see your creations this week!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #237

Thanks so very much!  And thank you for stopping by for the next Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #237!  I fell in love with this Fun Stampers Journey flowers and thought they would be perfect for the challenge.  I stamped the flowers and die cut them.  I colored them with my Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers.  The sentiment is an old Hero Arts stamp that I can't find a link to.  The stripped background was made using a lined stencil, Versamark ink, and gold embossing powder.  It's a great technique to have in your arsenal... using a stencil to create an embossed background can really make a card pop!  I hope you'll join us this week!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks - Sketch #375 Challenge


I am so excited to be guest designing for 4 Crafty Chicks for the month of November!  I am also so excited with the results of this first card!  I was presented with Sketch Challenge #375, image below, and just knew what I wanted to create!
I recently took a class with Melanie April Cosmic Watercolor Class on creating planets.  I'm not sure why they popped into my mind when I first saw this sketch - but I just had to give the planet layout a shot... and I am so happy I did.

The planets are made with Gansai Tambi watercolors (including the gold metallic color).  The planets are made from the Simon Says Stamp Space Journey set.  The die cut in the middle of the page is also from Simon Says Stamp and I placed a piece of silver glitter paper behind the page.
The background was made with distress oxide inks.  I have no idea what type of paper I used - it was recommended when I bought the distress oxide inks - but it has a shimmer that looks like little twinkling stars when you have it in your hands.  You can see it in the image below.  I promise, I will find out what this paper is!

The sentiment is also from Simon Says Stamp You Matter set.

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

Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2 Crafty Critter Crazies November Challenge - Sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle

Happy November!  I'm so honored to be the guest designer for November here at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  This month is sponsored by Sparkle N Sprinkle - by far - my favorite adhesive supplier of all times! 
This image is Hummingbirds and Flowers.  This card is full of shine and shimmer and ACTION!  I separated the hummingbird from the flower and attached her to a penny so she could slide in and out.  This was a ton of fun to make and very easy!

I printed the image on my laser jet printer.  Once I separated the bird from the flower, I ran the bird through my Minc with blue Decofoil.  I used my gelatos on the hummingbird and blended with a baby wipe.  She is so shiny and wonderful!

I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers for the flowers and a Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker for the individual leaves.  The background is one of the Crafter's Companion 3D embossing folders and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #235 Fabulous!


Welcome to Sketch #235 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch!  We're so glad you have joined us.

This weeks card was inspired by a video from Jennifer McGuire a few months ago.  I used the Altenew Garden Treasure stamp set and for the first layer, I used VersaMark Ink and Perfect Pearls.  The second layer was plain VersaMark Ink, which pulled up some of the Perfect Pearls.  Then I stamped the final layer in Stamping' Up Ruby Red ink.  I did the same process with the leaves.  I added some white to the center of the flower with a white gel pen.

I cut the individual leaves out and then used the stitched rectangular dies to cut the card base out.  I added a border from Crafter's Companion on silver glitter paper and mated on white cardstock.  The sentiment is also from Crafter's Companion.  Added a few gemstones from Fun Stamper's Journey and waaaa laaaa!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, October 23, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks #373 Pattern Paper


How cute is this little Newton - looking all angelic before a night of Halloween festivities!

the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge this week was to use three different types of pattern paper!  I was so happy I bumped into this Halloween paper bundle!

I'm also so excited to join the Cat Lovers Blog Hop!!  I hope to do a second entry when I get back to Georgia.  Spending some time with family in Connecticut!  Happy Halloween!

Hocus Pocus! Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween!  Isn't this little gal adorable!  This image is from Digital Delights.

I printed her on white cardstock and colored in with my Spectrum Noir Markers.  I colored the stars on her hat with a Spectrum Noir Silver Glitter Pen.  Then..... I spent an hour flocking her hat!!!!!  It is so soft and fuzzy in person!  I added a few rhinestones to the cauldron and some clear sparkle to her cheeks and ears.  She's so wonderful!

I used Peerless watercolors to create the background and added some stars from Lawn Fawn.

I hope you enjoy and join us at Creative Knockouts this week for the Halloween Challenge!

I also entered this card in the Crafty Calendar October Challenge!



Monday, October 16, 2017

A Bosses' Day Big Thank You!


My staff surprised me for Bosses' Day and I remain speechless.  I am so incredibly honored to work with this group of women.  It is unusual to have a group of women who do work this well together without all that other 'stuff'.  We do have moments of it... we are women... we all have a common goal and do love the company we work for.  These cards are thank you notes I will have give them - once I can find the words to express my gratitude.

Happy Bosses Day!  I am grateful to those fantastic bosses I have had in the past who imparted their wisdom and taught me how I wanted to lead... and I am grateful to those nameless few that showed me exactly what not to do as a boss.

Happy Halloween - Kitty in the Moonlight

Happy Halloween!  This card was so quick and fun to make!  I did have to layered the die stamps so that the cat would remain once I cut the circle out - but that was the hardest part!  I loved blending the distress oxide inks to create that brilliant moon.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn.

I am entering this card in the Rubbernecker Halloween Challenge.  :)











Happy Fall! What a wonderful time of year...

Happy Fall, Everyone!

I was so excited when I came across this die from Amy Designs!  I die cut is several times and started layering the leaves, pumpkins, and the mushrooms - which I added a few white dots to.... because, I grew up with the Smurfs, and all red mushrooms have white spots!  Because I wanted to join in on the Newton's Nook Fall Challenge, I came across this little Newton, who was originally clinging to a birthday cake, and cut him out so it looked like he was using the frame as a scratching post.... or sniffing the leaves.  :)  I turn the frame into a window - and added a sentiment from Inkadinkado.
I entered this card in the 4 Crafty Chicks Fall Challenge and Newton's Nook Inky Paws Fall Challenge.  Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Halloween! Creative Knockouts Card Challenge #215


Happy Halloween!!!  Welcome back to another Creative Knockouts Card Challenge.

This week we are sponsored by Oddball Art.  You can find these images on Etsy.  The challenge this week was to keep it clean and simple.  I'm not sure I kept it simple - but I am so pleased with the results.

I took the digital image and had some fun placing them in all sorts of directions in a Microsoft Word document.  I printed that on black cardstock with  my laser jet printer and then used my Mini Minc to adhere Rose Gold Deco Foil to the paper.  I just love these shiny little candy corn monsters.  I also printed out one of the candy corn and colored him in with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.

The sentiment is from an older Little Yellow Bicycle stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #233 Challenge 'Trick or Treat'

Trick or Treat!  Thank you for visiting us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch this week!  I have been in a Fall mode and I'm so excited for the cooler weather to start in Georgia.  It's my third fall here and it can be just glorious!  It's hard to see, but the moon is made with distress oxide inks, which blend so beautifully!  The pumpkin is from Newton's Nook and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.
Thank you again for visiting!  Happy Crafting!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

4 Crafty Chicks - Easel Card

I can't take credit for the design... someone on the Newton's Nook Design Team created an easel card and I just had to make one for the 4 Crafty Chicks Easel card challenge.  I took the challenge literally this time!  :)
This is Newton, from the Newton Mischievous set, colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and added to a piece of chalkboard paper.  I even used chalkboard markers to start the alphabet!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Rubbernecker Card Challenge #18 Anything Goes


I felt like making a mess today and playing with metal flake again!  I fell in love with this Rubbernecker Stamp 'Flourish Tree.'  I stamped the image with flitter glu and then added the metal flake.  It makes such a mess but it so worth the final product.  It is hard to capture all of the colors in a single picture.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  The little accent key I bought at a flea market years ago.  When I was looking for what to place in that area, I came across the key and it seemed to be a perfect fit.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Creative Knockouts Challenge - Crafty Sentiment Designs & Lots of Layers!


Welcome back to another Creative Knockouts Card Challenge!  This week is 'Lots of Layers' sponsored by Crafty Sentiment Designs!  This little nugget of fun is 'Flopsy in the Rain'.  
I deconstructed the image, shown below, and created several layers on Flopsy.  I used white and pink flock on Flopsy and then cut out several pieces to color in the umbrella.  I outlined the umbrella with black stickles.  The background is a rain drop stencil that I used translucent embossing paste on and then sprinkled with Elizabeth Crafts cool diamond glitter for a little shine.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #231 Challenge 'Autumn'

Happy Fall!!!

This was a fun 'messy' card!  I used the Newton's Nook leaf set, used a sponge to use FlitterGlu on the stamp, and then I added gold leaf flakes.  Once die cut.... and the mess cleaned up... I arranged them down the side and added the autumn stamp sentiment from Impression Obsession to the bottom right side.

The leaves are so shiny and vibrant in person - it is so terribly hard to show that in pictures.

Wish y'all a Happy Fall!






Crafty SuppliesCrafty Places to Buy them
Cosmic Shimmer HARVEST MOON Gilding Flakes

Newton's Nook Beautiful Leaves

Newton's Nook Beautiful Leaves Die

Flitter Glu


Impression Obsession Seasons of Verse