Monday, March 31, 2014

Poppy Sketches #1: friend

The day has finally arrived

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I colored the Miss Stella bunny with: 

Marvy P785
Copic RV11/R20/Y17/Y19/G40

All the paper is Studio Calico HeyDay.  I snuck in a sentiment by Paper Smooches.  The tulips are topped off with some May Arts twine.

Make sure you check out the Poppy Sketches blog

and my teamies

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Thanks to everyone that hopped with us or linked up for the EAD Designs Blog Hop for Emma!  If you missed the deets on the card drive that Kelly Bertram is having for a sweet girl named Emma, read about it HERE.  Kelly is collecting cards until mid-July so there is plenty of time to join in the project.  Kelly is also offering up prizes!

I wanted to post the winners of the EAD Blog Hop for Emma's card drive!

There are 3 winners that left comments on the hop blogs:

From Julie Smith's blog

From Kelly's blog

From Shannon's blog

There were a total of 16 cards that linked up!

We wanted to show our appreciation for the time that these ladies took to make cards for Emma and her family.  All the gals will be receiving a prize!

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Winners please contact me at my email listed on the right side bar!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

greetings from Seattle

Sunday, already?

I need a vaca from my vaca!

I haven't used that Impress Seattle skyline recently:

This skinny card (3.5 x 5.5) has a lot going on:

die cutting
watercoloring with distress inks (mowed lawn/salty ocean)
stenciling (donna downey/Prima) with distress ink (tumbled glass)
heat embossing with stamp-a-ma-jig

Here's a better shot of the skyline die:

I recently found my vellum tape and love how it works.  I used it in the lower right and left hand corner of the vellum panel.

Don't you love that Chickaniddy Crafts Silver Foil paper?  Looking to add some to your stash? has it in stock!

Gotta love Divine Twine's

I was originally inspired by

(my apologies, it became not so CAS with the stenciling so I'm not linking up but did want to recognize the fact that it was my inspiration)

and thanks to

Moxie Fab World

Saturday, March 29, 2014

golly gee golly

Hello and Happy Saturday!

My girl and I returned home late last night from a whirlwind trip to NY!  I'll share pics, hopefully tomorrow...the camera has been kidnapped by the girl and I don't dare try to find it in her room!

So that being said, today's pictures were taken with my iPhone so sorry in advance.

Break out those sunglasses, this is a bright one:

I wish that you could see the Hero Arts Lotus Pattern on the hot pink base panel....I smooshed ( < --- technical term) Morocco Memento Luxe onto it...I'm a HUGE fan of pink/orange.  That orange houndstooth journal card....I've been hoarding that American Crafts it.  The flip side is that awesome hot pink.  

Digging around in my stash, I found that American Crafts Bits tag...seriously, you gotta love that sentiment!  I made a faux vellum pocket on the houndstooth panel to house the tag.  Faux?  Truthfully, the bottom isn't secured down...the sides yes, via a flap and washi, but not the bottom....

I used Divine Twine's Solid Deep Pink on the tag...and the bloom.... BoBunny...I scored on a pack of 6 for $2.50!  

I'm hooked on Taheerah's challenges:

Always love Lisa's sketches

Yahoo for Teri getting me to use my stencil!

Moxie Fab World

wahoo!  3 challenges for a card that I whipped together this morning...bloggin' live!

Friday, March 28, 2014

chickaniddy crafts march pinspiration: hello love

Post 2 of 2 for me HERE for my CAS-ual Fridays post.

Hello, I'm up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog with some of my fabulous teamies!  Our assignment is called Pinspiration.  THIS is March's pins that we could pick from.

I used this fun photo as my inspiration:

I wanted to incorporate circles into my card design, along with the fun colors:

I am absolutely smitten with the Date Night Collection brads!  Aren't they fun embellishments?

TIP:  You can include household goods into crafting.  Those cork circles are for furniture feet so they don't scratch floors!  Bonus points since they are self-adhesive too!

Supplies:  Paper (DN14CP01; DN25OS12) Brads (DN14EB06)

In an effort to mirror the three cork circles, I added the mini cork bits.

TIP:  When I hole punched the cork circles for the brads, I kept the pop outs and added them to the journal card.

There's quite a bit of white space in the Pinspiration photo so I made sure that I had a border of white around the focus of my card.

So, what do you think?  I had so much fun putting together the paper and embellishments together!  The Date Night Collection has such a wonderful palette of colors, don't you agree?!

CAS-ual Fridays #130: Good Egg

Post 1 of 2 for me HERE for my Chickaniddy Crafts project!

It's time for a new CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

Thanks for all of the wonderful link ups to the Shades of Gray challenge!  You gals rock!

CFC130:  Good Egg
Theme: Ovals 

CFC130: March 28-April 18
We're super happy to have

as our sponsor!

Okay, this was quite the challenge for me.  I don't have any oval dies and I generally tend to shy away from ovals.

So I dug around and Ta-dah:

I picked up a package of scallop ovals from Paper Source and well, forgot about them :)

I heat embossed the sentiments in White Zing.  Love the Frankly set:

The die cut was screaming to be "chalked up".  I like them really messy.

May Arts ribbon compliments of Erin!

How are you inspired by the challenge?

Make sure you check out my teamies:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Top Dog Dies: Hello There!

Hello, I'm back again with a project that combines Top Dog Dies and Echo Park Splendid Sunshine:

I'm such a fan of doilies, aren't you?

I used the

I love how the intricate cuts let the pretty paper shine through.  All the patterned paper and stickers are ala Echo Park.  Big shout out to Echo Park for their generosity!

I wanted to share all the projects I made using the Echo Park Splendid Sunshine Collection:

You'll definitely be seeing more of the Echo Park/Top Dog Dies team up from me.  I still have so much of the Splendid Sunshine kit left!  I love it!

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

thinking of you


This card was giving me grief...I could not seem to photog it in my tent so I ran downstairs to take it in the living room.  I normally don't take pictures outside the tent because, well, we generally don't have much natural sunlight in Washington but we've been kind of lucky lately.

I'm using some of my new Reverse Confetti goodies:  

Petals 'n Posies Confetti Cuts
Beautiful Banners
sentiment flag from Tag Me Confetti Cuts

For the blooms, I used Distress Stain in mustard seed and Distress Ink in mowed lawn. 

The navy watercolor is Impress Navy refill.  I also used the navy to stamp the sentiment.

Can you see the vellum 'greenery'?

My colors are inspired by the 

I was also inspired by the latest

Hope you're having a great week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

papertrey ink blog hop: I'll always be grateful for you!

Today is the papertrey ink Monthly Blog Hop!

high gloss = silver foil paper

I've teamed up papertrey ink + Chickaniddy Crafts!

I'm absolutely in love with Chickaniddy's silver foil paper.  It's amazing diecut and I couldn't wait to use my papertrey ink Phrase Play #2!  All the patterned paper is from the Chickaniddy Date Night collection.

I heat embossed the sentiment with Zing Apricot.  You can't tell by the pic but I layered up the powder about 4 times...heat embossing inbetween and dumping the  powder onto the sentiment while it was still hot.  It is seriously glossy and embossy.

I fussy cut that bloom from a 12x12 sheet of paper and added the Paper Smooches vellum Loopy Leaf.

I can't wait to see how everyone is inspired by this month's theme!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 24, 2014


Happy Monday!

Today's card:

Truthfully, I generally don't swear...only when driving and perhaps playing video games.

I've been wanting to tackle my self-challenges:

One Layer Designs


Wood Mount Stamps

For such a clean and crisp card you probably wouldn't think about the masking for the SSS sentiment and that I did use a stamp-a-ma-jig with my wood mount (Impress Chevron Pattern).

I was inspired by

Sunday, March 23, 2014

let's celebrate: happy birthday maria!

I love birthday's, don't you?

I was super thrilled to be asked by the ever talented Shirley of Shirley Bee's Stamping Stuff, to join in the Birthday Festivities for the awesome Maria of rieslingmama.

This one is for you Maria:

You might not be able to tell from the photo, but I actually cut a window out of the front panel and positioned the slide over it.  I wanted to feature the lovely watercolored look on the acetate {love the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection!}.  Originally I was going to stamp a sentiment on the interior of the card but opted to go with the vellum banner.

cardstock:  neenah stamps:  reverse confetti beautiful banners ink:  zing black embossing powder other:  srm sentiment, chippies by Basic Grey Fresh cut, DCWV cork

I added the cork confetti {ala my Crop-a-dile}.

I'll be writing on the interior of the card in a circular pattern :)

Maria, I hope you have a wonderful birthday!  Thank you for filling our crafty lives with so much inspiration.  You are such a talented paper crafter!

Big shout out to Shirley for coordinating this virtual birthday linky party!

My card was inspired by