Friday, January 31, 2014


I Friday's!

I whipped this together...lots of  fun stuff:

I'm suppose to be on a spending freeze but you know how that goes.  The Paper Smooches Zoo Crew is a new to me set...Love that Giraffe!  I decided to put her on the Art Easel from I Heart Art.

I was inspired by the Paper Smooches Sparks

Lotsa excitement in these parts because of our Seattle Seahawks playing in the Superbowl.  Truthfully, I'm so not a sports fan...I hope that they win but I plan to craft all weekend:)

paper:  Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go, Crate Party Day
stamps:  Paper Smooches Zoo Crew/I Heart Art
ink:  Memento Tuxedo, various copics
other:  Reverse Confetti Sweet Treats Tent, Savvy Hello bubble die, Impress Navy Wool Felt, Freckled Fawn heart veneer

Thursday, January 30, 2014

thanks from the bottom of my ♥


I'm trying to channel my inner Laurie

Isn't that embossed panel fun?  More on that in a smidge.

I used another one of those furniture cork foot dealios again.  I die cut a red heart using Impress wool felt and a Reverse Confetti die.

The sentiment is one of my favorites from Paper Smooches.

Check out all these goodies I received from a super fantastic Curtain Call Teamie, Sheri Gilson!

Sorry, these are the pics that I took the evening I received the package and quite frankly, all the stuff wouldn't fit in my light tent

My goal was to use as much as possible on my card but then I became too overwhelmed...LOL.  So I managed to use the embossing folder and the paper.  You'll be seeing these goodies a ton, especially over the next couple of weeks!

Thanks so much Sheri!!!!

My card was inspired by

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Artful Delight: sweet.


Today is my day over on the Artful Delight blog!

I've been having so much fun with the January Card kit!

I was determined to use the Studio Calico envelopes that came in the kit.  They are constructed out of heavy duty kraft cardstock and I just love the pops of colors they have.

I'm a big fan of gift cards, I love to give them AND receive them!

I was going to originally pop the gift cards in, the traditional way, but then thought about slicing one of the sides off of the envelope with my pinking shears.

On my first card, I decided to replace the thread that bound the flaps together with twine that I had in my stash:

I used a die cut from the kit and BAM, it was done.

For card number 2, I kept the thread in place and rather than use a die cut, I stamped a sentiment from the Paper Smooches set, We Totally Click:

Super duper easy smeasy!

I was inspired by 

This is my last post using the January kit so I thought that I'd go ahead and post my other projects that I designed using this month's kit:

Such an awesome card kit:

In the market for a card kit?  I can highly recommend Artful Delight.  The kits are always chock full of awesome QUALITY products that are on trend!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

thank you

I've been receiving some really awesome comments lately...I really appreciate all the people that stop by my blog, seriously.  

I've been working hard to  s  t  r  e  t  c  h  myself.

Introducing today's card:

For all you challenge junkie's, I'm sure you know the challenge that inspired my card:

What's not to about Donna's card?

I wish I had that particular stamp that Donna used but I scoured my stamps for something that might work and I ended up with the polkas by Fresh Squeezed Stamps.  Do I get bonus points since that stamp is NOT a background stamps and I had to stamp that panel several times?

My stamped panel is watercolor paper.  I've been really enjoying using that stuff and bought another pad, 50% off, at Michael's last week so you'll be seeing the stuff, a lot.  I colored it using, yes, my Distress Stains.  Originally, I used my Distress Markers but I wasn't lovin' the combo and the lack of movement in the colors so I switched over to the Distress those things.

The thank you die cut is ala PTI.

Such a fun challenge!

I've noticed a change in my crafting lately...I've been really S  L  O  W.  It's something I'm trying to embrace, rather than be frustrated by it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

a breath of spring

I feel so bad for all of you that have been hit with the Arctic Blast....this card is for you:

When Kimberly was over the other day, she RAK'd me a ton of goodies, (Thanks again Kimberly), including the new Basic Grey Fresh Cuts 6x6.  I knew that I wanted to put together a springy card!

Definitely NOT postal friendly, but that Prima bloom was perfect for the papers I was working with.

I was going to stamp a sentiment but decided to use my "Glow in the Dark Thread" that I picked up at Restoration (on sale, love the neon) during the holiday's to suspend the Jillibean veneer.

Super love this 

I'm also linking up to

In keeping with my "Use what I have"....

My card base is one of those 5x7 cards that you buy in mondo packages
Need to quit hoarding those fun Jillibean sentiment veneers
Dehoarding Prima

Sunday, January 26, 2014

use what I have: wood mount stamps

Happy Sunday!

So I always seem to have this ideas to self challenge myself, but this year, I'm really trying to go forward with those challenges.  So far, I've been pretty good about using my distress inks...and loving them!  I broke out the modeling paste for yesterday's post...and loving that stuff too.

In my non-crafty life, I'm consistent in what I do.  I pretty much have the same thing for breakfast and lunch during the week....yogurt and fruit.  I generally order the same thing at my favorite restaurants.  I shop at the same stores and I wear the same type of outfits {jeans, sweaters and ballerina flats}.  Call it boring but I call it reliable (chuckling).

In paper crafting, I'm slow to jump on the techniques bandwagon {see earlier comment about distress inks and modeling paste), but that's because I don't consider myself a techie.  When it comes to paper collections, I do generally purchase what is "hot" and I typically buy the 6x6 and all of the other accessories.

So here's my new challenge:

I still have some of my classic Hero Arts stamps but really, the only shop that 'makes me buy' wood mount is Impress.   For those that haven't had the awesome opportunity to step into an Impress shop, it is literally hypnotic.   They have the best artists and the most wonderful card samples.

Here's a peek at my wood mount collection:

I'm like probably most stampers, I started off with Stampin' Up.  I had TONS of their stamps but don't have the room to store them.    My A Muse collection has been significantly reduced but the ones in that wire tired basket are the ones that I couldn't part with.  

Anywho's, my goal is to use at least 4 wood mount stamps a month.  I managed to use 2 on this card: 

That fabulous chunky jar is Impress and yes, I love the Hero Arts Japanese Dolls set, so glad that I kept the winter version, I almost sold that one but changed my mind.

Okay, who else has a ton of wood mount stamps that are sadly neglected?!

I was inspired by

and the wonderful ladies at

I was going to do a card with blooms but decided to use just the colors.  I couldn't find a perfect woodgrain paper so I used the distressed brick wall.

I was lucky enough to spend some time with 2 of the Fusion girls last week:

It's always a great day spending time with friends to craft & chat!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

papertrey ink Blog Hop: Pretty in Pink

I'm hopping along with papertrey ink!

My base is 

sweet blush

I was inspired by the photo in the lower right hand corner.

I'm definitely slow on the trend but I finally used the Modeling paste that I picked up from Paper Issues.  

The  Studio Calico triangle mask is from Vanessa at Butterfly Reflections Ink.

I stamped Latte Love in Delicata Gold onto the PTI Tag die.  The gold 'hi' is a Pebbles rub on that I put on a strip of vellum.  I topped everything off with Bubblegum Pink Timeless Twine.

I can't wait to hop around to see everybody's projects!

Today the kids & I are spending the day in and around Seattle!

Friday, January 24, 2014

take flight.

Have you seen the newest Reverse Confetti Release?

I'm slightly partial to the new Paper Cranes set:

Fun Fact:

My last name

Tsuru●ta = Crane field

I heat embossed the image and sentiment in Black Zing.  I used some Distress Stains to color it in.

Linking up to the Reverse Confetti

Orange:  Distress Stain/Spiced Marmalade
Yellow:  Distress Stain/Dried Marigold
Aqua:  Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores cardstock

I was also inspired by

Thursday, January 23, 2014


green pink

I'm continuing to enjoy experimenting with my Distress stains.  I swiped the Fabriano card base with 

Spun Sugar
Worn Lipstick

The hexagons (Sweet Stamp Shop) have been die cut using Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm.  You can't tell by the photo but the largest hexagon is really ombre, not solid.

The sentiment....pure CAS-ual of my favorite sets because I love that word, shenanigans.

I'm linking up to

(I decided to go with hexies!)


I love Thursday's...they are my Friday's.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Artful Delight: you brighten my day


I'm having fun with the Artful Delight January Card kit:

I'm seriously smitten by the papers and the Paper Smooches We Totally Click stamp set.

I was inspired by

(mine is definitely NOT CAS!)


Paper Smooches Sparks

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Curtain Call Reminder: nuts about you

This is post 3 of 3 for me today...Click HERE for Seize the Sketch and Click HERE for CAS-ology

I've had this Reverse Confetti Sweet Treat Tent die but never used it for treats, only as a different type of tag.

This has 2 of the panels adhered together with scor-tape.

I wanted to use the DeNami Design's Love Circle in this week's project.  It's inked up with Fresh Ink Red Currant and I teamed it up with the sentiment from the DeNami Design's Petit Four Nuts About You set.

I used a Jenni Bowlin tag, a sentiment from SRM and a skinnified Whisker Graphics Bitty Bag.

I was hoping the Snickers bars that I picked up would fit, they are too big, they are the regular size.  So for now, there is a Jif To Go that I popped into a glassine bag inside :)

Fun Fact:  I've never had a Snickers bar 
(not much for bumpy food, I've gotten better but I really don't 'need' to like another chocolate bar)

I hope you play along with us over at 

Curtain Call

Our Super Sponsor is

The LEAD of the Love Letter challenge will receive a $20 gift certificate from DeNami Design!

You'll  want to make sure to stop in at the DeNami Design Blog to see what BEAUTIFUL projects their team created for our Love Letter challenge!  Totally SWOONWORTHY!

CAS●ology: sweet

This is post 2 of 3 for me today..Click HERE for Curtain Call & Click HERE for Seize the Sketch

Super excited to announce that I'm this week's guest designer over at

Here's the new challenge:

What comes to your mind when  you hear the word contrast?

Oh boy, I struggled with it because I was so overwhelmed with the choices that floated around in my mind.

Here's how I was inspired:

The kraft base is 4x4, the watercolor panel 3.5x3.5.


contrast in fonts
skinny vs bold

contrast in color
distress stain broken china vs Mister Huey's Sherbet drops

I can't wait to see how CAS●ology inspires YOU!

I'm also linking up to

Seize the Sketch 12: Arr!

This is post 1 of 3 for me HERE for Curtain Call and HERE for CAS-ology


We're back with a new challenge over at Seize the Sketch:

Awesome sketch by the fabulous Stacey!

Here's how I was inspired:

That sentiment,!


This has gone postal to one of my former co-workers.  Actually I have several co-workers that cuss like pirates, but this particular one, is, well deserving of this card...LOL.

All the paper is from Studio Calico's Atlantic Collection.  Doncha love the veneer?

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

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

We also have new Design Team Members, big welcome girls!!!!