Tuesday, September 16, 2014

a yawn is a silent scream for coffee.

I'm a happy girl when I buy new coffee stamps:

cardstock:  paper accents vellum, strathmore watercolor  paper:  pebbles homemade  stamps:  verve coffee/one cup  ink:  staz on black, fresh ink black tea, T's watercolor tray  other: hero arts gold shimmer spray, mme wood dots

Actually, those coffee mugs are from a tea set.

I wish you could see the shimmer from the Hero Arts metallic spray!




I'm playing along with the Diva Dare

3 mugs
3 wood dots

also linking up to

Viva La Verve

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Curtain Call Wishing Well: oh happy day

Post 2 of 2 for me today...click HERE for my International Design Team Announcement.

cardstock:  strathmore  stamps:  whimsy stamps/tea time additions  ink:  memento tuxedo  other:  whimsy stamps/tea time additions die set, we r memory keepers journal card, circle die, studio calico wood veneer, misc acetate

A shaker card!

There's a new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge:

We have a wonderful new sponsor, Clearly Whimsy Stamps, for the Curtain Call Inspiration: Wishing Well!  A randomly selected participant in the Wishing Well challenge will receive $25 store credit to Whimsy Stamps and the LEAD will be invited as Guest Designer of a our next challenge!

I had the pleasure of working with

Here's the interior of my card:

I was inspired by the colors of the card and incorporated the pink & peach colors.  

Make sure you visit each of the designers' blogs for more inspiration!

Wishing Well Designers

Before you go, I wanted to share the wonderful Happy Mail I received from Lisa Henke:

I was part of the Curtain Call Fall Fun Swap and Lisa got my name!  Here's a tall skinny card that I made with some of the supplies:

Everything is from my Happy Mail except for the sentiment...isn't that an awesome stencil?

Thanks soooo much Lisa!!!!

Stories of Stamps, Paper and...

Post 1 of 2 for me today...click HERE for the new Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.


I'm super excited to announce that I've been asked to join 

My first international Design Team!

The designers on this team are wonderful and I hope that you'll join in the monthly challenges!  

The current challenge is to use dies.  The next one will start on October 1st!

I'd love it if you'd leave me some bloggie love on the blog

Sunday, September 14, 2014

keep it real


Keepin' it real

cardstock:  pti white, stampin' up hello honey & bermuda bay  stamps:  stampin' up dotty angles & hello love  ink:  fresh ink pool/harvest  misc:  freckled fawn arrow

So Kimberly challenged Tonya and I to

I really LOVE this color combo.  I substituted coastal cabana with bermuda bay.

I used Stampin' Up

I was inspired by

I did a clean & simple version of the mojo sketch!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

love you

Happy Saturday!

So Friday's are really the start to my weekend.  Yesterday I may have rolled out of bed at 1:30 or 2:00 am...I know crazy!  I was super productive but this is when I also tell you that I have to take daily naps!

Here's one of the cards I made yesterday:

cardstock:  pti  paper:  pebbles homemade  stamps:  paper smooches/falling for you/denim & daisies  ink:  memento tuxedo, copics  other:  martha wool yarn, heart brad/impress

There's something about apples.  I love them, both in crafting and consuming. 
{Fuji's please & thank you!}

I'm a huge fruit-a-tarian.

Okay, enough about food.

All the paper on this card is from the Pebble Homemade collection.

All the stamps:  Paper Smooches


I was inspired by

yay for apples!

I manage to incorporate BOTH the sketch and the color challenge!

and last but not least

Today a bunch of lovely ladies are coming over to CRAFT!  Hopefully we'll remember to take pictures this time!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jingle Belles: September Sketch Challenge


I'm super excited to announce that I'm a guestie over at

I've had the pleasure of being long time bloggie friends with both Lauren & Stephanie....and I've had the utmost delight of being able to meet up with Lauren 3 times in the last year!  Call me lucky.

So I was asked to share a sketch:

The beauty of this sketch is that it can be interpreted in so many different ways and styles.

I wanted my paper to do the talking for me:

paper:  teresa collins  stamps:  impress seattle christmas  ink:  fresh ink charcoal  other:  studio calico star veneers, mme enamel dots

All the paper is from the Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company Collection.  It really is a gorgeous one...I added a sentiment from Impress' Seattle Christmas set.  

Pop some veneer and gold enamel dots and it's ready!

I can't wait to see how you're inspired!

Make sure you pop over to the Jingle Belles' blog to see how Lauren & Stephanie were inspired!

You have until 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, September 24th to link up for the sketch. Keyword for galleries or flickr is JB:14:19.

Fusion Challenge: good day sunshine

this is post 2 of 2 for me today...click HERE for my Whisker Graphics/Project Life post.


I'm thrilled to tell you that I'm back on the Fusion Design Team!  So happy to be surrounded by such talented designers!

Check out the new challenge:

I decided to go with the sketch:

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/back to school/6x6  other:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/illustration stickers

I'm playing with my new Chickaniddy Crafts Scrumptious Collection!

Here's the interior of the card, I love that sentiment by Chickaniddy Crafts:

interior:  cardstock:  pti  paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/corn on the cob  stamps:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/mini illustrated clear stamps

Make sure you visit the Fusion Challenge blog and my teamies:

Whisker Graphics: dream in color

Click HERE for my Fusion Challenge post.

Hello!  Today, I'm up on the Whisker Graphics Blog!

I gotta tell you, I really LOVE Whisker Graphics/Divine Twine products.  They are super versatile.  You've seen some of my altered Middy Bitty Bags that I use for Gift Card Sets...Here and Here.

Here's a Gold Horizontal Stripe Middy Bitty Bag used with Project Life, it houses some happy mail that I received:

stamps:  simon says stamp/sending happy thoughts  ink:  hero arts hues  other:  vintage doily, american crafts gold glitter cardstock, whisker graphics/gold horizontal stripe middy bitty bag

What?!  Another pocket scrapbooking project?!  I know, slowly jumping on the wagon and I'm not really fretting about the theme or time period but just designing stuff that makes me happy.

I layered a panel of gold glitter cardstock and a vintage doily on top.

I decided against adhering anything directly onto the Middy Bitty Bag, I love the look of layers that can be flipped.

Below the Middy Bitty Bag:

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/friends & family/pumpkin spice stamps:  reverse confetti/dream in color, verve/coffee ink:  zing/white, hero arts hues  other:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/illustration stickers/mini sticker sentiments, whisker graphics/plain white kraft bitty bag, divine twine bright white

I took a picture of Divine Twine Spools...aren't they pretty?  I heat embossed directly on the photo (the word Color) and decided to change it up with heat embossing the 'dream in' on vellum.

The upper right hand corner is a Plain White Kraft Bitty Bag.  I embellished it with a Chickaniddy Crafts sticker.  The lower right hand panel is Chickaniddy Crafts paper with the sentiment from Verve.

Here's a pic of the tag that was in the Plain White Kraft Bitty Bag:

The tag will be perfect to jot down some journaling.

The striped paper is Chickaniddy Crafts, along with the stickers.  I used Bright White Divine Twine.

Kind of a mix-n-match of things but I love the colors....and seriously, who doesn't love

happy mail

I'd love for you to pop over to the Whisker Graphics blog and say hello!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

two for me, one for you

Blogging live and late this morning!

On FB other day, I posted my recent haul from Ellen's.  

The beauty of this particular purchase is that I had a Gift Card from Taheerah that I used!  Bonus points that Ellen is about 10 minutes away from me!

Jennifer Rzasa challenged me to use all those in a card design.  I had all kinds of ideas...and then it hit me:

Can you spot everything?

Altenew/Super Script 2: me you me
Lawn Fawn/Stitched Leaves:  vellum
Avery Elle/Balloons:  gold 'bloom'
Lawn Fawn/Love you a Latte:  cups

I was chuckling to myself as I was putting this card together. Yes, I love coffee.

Three...why three?

I was inspired by CAS-ology

Talking about coffee...did you hear about the Mega Coffee Blog Hop?

Check it out HERE.

Food...my eyes are generally bigger than my stomach. 

You may have seen this picture floating around FB:

I begrudgingly shared this breakfast with Darin...LOL.  I couldn't even finish one pancake.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Neat & Tangled: Sparkle & Shine


I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog today!

Here is a peek at my supplies:

Pop on by the Neat & Tangled blog and say hi!

Monday, September 8, 2014

you can never have too much happy.

Hello & Happy Monday!

Here's an almost all Stampin' Up card:

cardstock:  stampin' up chocolate chip/crushed curry/bermuda bay & very vanilla  stamps:  stampin' up I like you/yippee skippee  ink:  memento rich cocoa, fresh ink chamomile  other:  pebbles glitter washi, stampin' up banners framelits, stampin' up modern mosaic embossing folders

One of my new favorite fall colors is Stampin' Up Crushed Curry.  Isn't it a wonderful color?

A close up shot of the banner shows the sweet Stampin' Up I Like You floral that I stamped with Fresh Ink Chamomile.

I can't seem to get enough of gold glitter and that Pebbles self adhesive scallop washi is my FAVE.

So I stumbled on a new Stampin' Up inspired challenge:

I challenged Tonya & Kimberly...make sure you pop over to their blogs to check out theirs!

 I tell you, the catty has so many fabulous designs, I picked this one:

Super fun challenge, I'll definitely be back!
(edited to add:  This is a SUO-Stampin' Up Only challenge which disqualifies today's card because of my washi and ink.  I'm happily still playing along but have ask the admin of the challenge to delete my link)