Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Craft's Meow: believe.

post 1 of 2 for today...check out my Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop post HERE

Did you hear the news?

Sadly, Lisa has decided to close The Craft's Meow.  Read all the deets on the store blog.  

She's put together a farewell blog hop.  You should have arrived from the wonderfully talented Clare's blog
Clare's Creations

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is The Craft's Meow Store Blog.

I started with The Craft's Meow in April 2011.  I was part of the original team and I was truly thankful for all the talent and friendships I made while being part of that DT.

In early 2012, I had the opportunity to meet Lisa.  She is an absolute doll...fabulously fun and a crack up!

So in honor of this hop, I put together a holiday card.  


Believe in the future.

Believe in change.

Believe in you.

Best wishes to you Lisa

I used:

Now hippety hop off to Sarah Martina Parker's blog!

peace & coffee.

So, hopefully I'm in mass production mode today...I need to whip out the Holiday cards.  Sunday is set aside for addressing the cards and getting them ready to be dropped off at the post office!

I did squeeze in time to make this card, although not in mass quantities, just one.  I actually had 4 failed attempts:

I covered a white panel with Mango Gelato.  Originally I was using water and a paintbrush to move the color around.  I ended up just using my fingers.  I did random hits of Gold Champagne Gelato to darken the color a smidge.  The Paper Smooches sentiment and coffee mug have been heat embossed (prior to the gelato'ing).  I did some dots by pen for coffee steam.

I was inspired by the Paper Smooches

I was inspired by 

the colors
the silhouettes

It's always a good day when I can create a java inspired card!

Friday, November 29, 2013

25 days of Christmas tags: 'tis the season

Hello and Happy Black Friday!



So, I'm here today featuring a tag:

My super sweet bloggie friend, Tracey, asked me to join in her tag fun:

If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I adore tags!  I had several ideas brewing but decided on one of my favorite techniques, chalkboard.

I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and then went back over them with WPlus9 white ink.  I also used a dry baby wipe and smeared white ink all over the place...the messier the better for me!

Isn't that an awesome snowflake?  I love the boldness of it!  I won it from Uniko Studio!

See that green felt round tag?  Yup, I HAD to incorporate that felt since I was on a mission to find mine, didn' I bought more at Impress and then didn't even use the stuff on the original project!

The sentiment is SRM.

Make sure you pop over to Tracey's blog to see her terrific tag!

A big shout out to Tracey for inviting me!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Case Study #168: warm wishes

Happy Thanksgiving Eve my US Friends!

I'm back with my last blog post as the Case Study Challenge November Guestie.  I have had such a FUN time this month.  I was super lucky to be able to be inspired by Keisha Campbell's work!  A big shout out to Chupa and her oh-so-lovely Design Team!

Here we go:

Isn't this awesome?!

So I was inspired by

text vs. images

Here's my version:

So I'm sure Keisha used the MFT Peek-a-Boo Squared die, I used my WPlus9 circle die...all the while I was eyeballing things.  I don't eyeball too good :)

I'm actually pretty pleased with the contrast using the red panel!  The paper is from the Artful Delight November Card kit.

The Brrr and warm wishes is ala SRM and the coffee images are Verve {trying to use what I have!} and I trimmed down the JB printed tag and attached it with Timeless Twine Natural twine.

Do you see that sweet heart veneer?

Big surprise that I went coffee themed?

I can't wait to check out what Keisha and the CASE Study Design Team whipped up!

Artful Delight: Baby, it's cold outside!

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Today starts my long holiday weekend!

I'm back with another project using the November Artful Delight Card kit!

 All the paper used on today's card is from the kit, the SRM sentiment is from my stash:

I love the bright colors and patterns, how about you?  It's going into my holiday stash pile!

I actually die cut a circle on the red panel and then backed it with the floral piece.

check out all the goodies in November's kit:

I'd love for you to pop over to the Artful Delight blog and leave me some bloggie love!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

STS#9: Friends Forever


We're back with a new challenge at

This one is mine, based on THIS card.

Sweet 'n Sassy is our Super Sponsor!

I'm having foodie fun again:

How cute is that image?

I used the set

Be sure to check out the Seize the Sketch blog to see how my teamies were inspired!  

There's a big announcement on the Seize the Sketch blog today too!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Timeless Twine: what's all the hoopla?


Today is my day over on the Timeless Twine blog!

I can't believe my time with them is coming to an end.  December is my last month as a Design Team member over at Timeless Twine.

I'm trying to think outside of the box for my last couple of projects, I have to tell you, today's project has to be the most expensive and time invested project that I've ever done.  More about that in a smidge, check out my project first:

I love all the hoop art out there!

The possibilities are endless!

I used my stash of Jolee's and Prima felt blooms.  

The "Love" has been hand stitched using Timeless Twine Natural.

I used an Amy Tangerine template as my guide.

Timeless Twine

I'm a flower girl, have tons of them BUT don't tend to use them on my projects.  So when I saw this beauty, I was inspired!  Then I saw this project and knew that I wanted to combine the inspirations!

I went to Ben Franklin to buy a small wreath that I could alter and add prima blooms and felt leaves.  Um, almost $100 later, I  came away with a wreath that expanded over 12 inches.  I thought, I can do it.  I have a skein of white yarn that one of the kids bought for a school project and used a couple inches.  

I basically quit winding the yarn around that ginormous wreath after 30 seconds (if even that long!)...yes, I'm a quitter.

So then I was on a mission to use felt blooms but make my own green felt leaves.

If you follow me on FB, it was a huge ordeal for me to look for my supply of felt and in the end, I ended up buying green felt at Impress.

So, in all honesty, after that massive hoopla about the green felt, I didn't even use it!


BUT, I can honestly say that I love how my project turned out.  Gray is my Favorite's a staple in my wardrobe.

If you made it all the way down to here, you are a rock star!  I'd love for you to pop over to the Timeless Twine blog and say Hello!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

you brighten my day


Are you all having a fabulous weekend?

I played with some new to me Lawn Fawn!

think: extreme sledding

I haven't inked up the Lawn Fawn Winter Bunny yet.  Her little cottontail has been colored with a sakura glitter pen so it sparkles!  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm.

The green Lawn Fawn panel I picked up at Ben Franklin.  The scarf has been paper pieced with Lawn Fawn's Dewey Decimal.  The black & white Lawn Fawn polka is from the November Artful Delight Card kit:

I was inspired by the Lawnscaping Challenge

I let the patterned paper do all the work!

Yahoo, another winter card to add to the holiday collection!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

peace love and happiness

I posted this on FB yesterday...I'm trying really hard to use what I have!

I'm super fortunate to work part-time so I have Friday's off.  They are the start to my crafty weekend.  Although I always tell myself I should do my 'chores' first...well, that isn't necessarily how things roll :)

I had fun with what I think are classic Paper Smooches:

I think Friendly Flowers and Pretty Phrases were some of my earliest Paper Smooches purchases!

I'm a huge fan of non-traditional Christmas cards and this will go into my sparse collection.  I definitely need to get in gear with mass production!

I used the Gelatos to color the blooms.

The ink splashes?  
Imagine Crafts/Fireworks/Bahama Blue  
(my new FAV ♥♥♥)

Isn't it wonderfully bright, vibrant and wow?!

The grid paper is ala A Muse.

Something that I find to be a challenge are color combos.  Do you notice that I don't tend to play along with those as much?  There are some AWESOME challenge blogs that sling out thee most delish color combos but it makes me f  r  e  a  k   o  u  t!

You may or may not remember that I was on the Play Date Cafe design team.  Such an awesome team but WHEW, that would always challenge my crafty side.  Basic Grey paper pads were my best friend.  Patting myself on the back that today's card was not the case.  I had fun!

So, yes, I am playing with the Paper Smooches Sparks

The Paper Smooches Sparks team is such an inspiration...

Along with the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge:

Love seeing how Design Teams tackle the same challenge so differently!  


Friday, November 22, 2013

happy birthday.

Happy Friday!

So I've been inspired by a lot of trends out there, can you spot them on today's card?

The first is the white on vellum heat embossing...One of my favorite feathers, from Reverse Confetti, Peacock Pretties.  I made this pretty early in the morning yesterday and had to time the heat gun with the home heating system since everybody was still snoozing :)

The other trend is the corner curl/fold...I'm not sure who started this trend (perhaps Laurie?) but most recently I spotted Stephanie's card and was inspired.

The main panel is Pink Paislee/House of Three..LOVE it.  I'm not typically a navy blue kind of gal but love that design.  I'm actually contemplating buying a lot of them...25 12x12 sheets...haha, that should satisfy that 'need' for a smidge.

Here's the funny thing, I don't typically mix different manufacturer paper collections but this one has 3 (Pink Paislee/Basic Grey & Amy Butler).

The Reverse Confetti sentiment has been stamped on the scrap gray cardstock in Fresh Ink Navy.  The twine is Timeless Twine Graphite Gray..something that has been sadly neglected!

I was inspired by Lisa's


I have a ton of crafting I get to do this weekend AND I'm Christmas decorating!

How about you?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Little Tangles #25: Giving Thanks.

This is post 2 of 2 for HERE for my CASE Study project!


We're back with a new challenge over at little tangles:

How does that inspire you?

Here's how I played along:

Thanksgiving = Turkey = Feathers

I tried to rock my inner Donna Mikasa.

She rocks the feathers and the ink.

I die cut the feathers from watercolor paper and inked them with my distress markers.  I then went over the ink with my Aqua Painter.  I finished them off with the Neat & Tangled ink heat embossed.

I was searching for my Embossing Buddy, never found him so I broke down and picked up another one.  Pretty sure that I'll find my original one with my vellum adhesive along with my Zing Embossing powders (sigh).

See that wood grain?  It's from the Neat & Tangled On the Strip 2.

I tied together the woodgrain and the feathers with the round heart wood veneer.

I managed to use 3 Neat & Tangled sets:

Make sure you check out the Little Tangles blog for more inspiration!

You'll love what my teamies have designed!

Stephanie Britt {Guestie!}

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Case Study #167: hello coffee

This is post 1 of 2, please click HERE for my Little Tangles project!

I'm back as the November Guestie over at 

I'm such a fan of Keisha Campbell, and truly love her style!

Here is how I "amy'ified" Keisha's gorgeous card:

I was inspired by the black/white panel.  I really need to invest in some awesome chevron paper but for my project I decided to use a Whisker Graphics diagonal striped bitty bag (thanks Ashley!).  It's a great starting point for my card. 

I used the Reverse Confetti Tag it die with cork and combined 2 Reverse Confetti sets

Be a Barista
I like you

I ended up going with a retro pink/blue color combo.

I couldn't decide what to use on the left side of my tag and original had some Pebbles glitter dots, didn't like the look so I grabbed that oh-so-fun hello veneer!

Hello Coffee.

Um, if  you didn't know:

I ♥♥♥ coffee

I can't wait to check out what Keisha and the CASE Study Design Team whipped up!

Thanks for stoppin' by!