Friday, October 31, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: A Very Special Birthday

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Today, we at Chickaniddy Crafts have a super special post!

We're celebrating Heidi Sonboul's Birthday today!!!!

Heidi is the creative genius behind

I used the Scrumptious Collection and made a card that makes me think of Heidi

★★Super Fun★★

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/nutmeg, new harvest, corn on the cob  stickers:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious/alpha stickers, illustration stickers  stamps:  winnie & walter/the big, the bold & the happy  ink:  hero arts hues

I love the designs that Heidi comes up with. The mix of patterns and colors are always spot on for me!

Here's to a very

Happy Birthday

I hope you have a super magnificent day!

grateful for you

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Happy Halloween!!

So last Saturday my boy tells me he needs a thank you card for the next morning.  I'm a morning crafter and tend to not craft in the evening hours.  So the next morning, I whipped this together:

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious  stamps:  paper smooches/blossoming buds  ink:  zing white  other:  paper accents vellum, mme wood dots, circle die

Vellum makes me a happy crafter.  Throw in heat embossing and wood dots and I'm giddy with joy!

Seriously LOVE Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds!  I've teamed it up with Chickaniddy Crafts, Scrumptious!

The circle in the middle of the striped panel is actually die cut rather than the alpha panel being a circle...

I have strategically placed micro glue dots underneath the wood dots!

I was inspired by

Such a fun sketch:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chickaniddy Crafts: Fall Fun

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I'm up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today!

I did want to share some other Chickaniddy Crafts cards here, on my blog too!

These both use the Scrumptious Collection:

They both have the same card bases, Strathmore watercolor paper.  They also use the same papers, colors and Lawn Fawn dies but yet, they are different.  My boy picked these out and said they are his new favorites, or something like that.  Huge compliment from a super fussy boy.

 I'd love for you to pop over to the Chickaniddy Crafts blog to see my other card.

Here's a sneak peek!

A Jillian Vance Design: Baby, It's Cold Outside

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I'm super excited to share that I'm one of the November/December Guest Designers over at

Here's a peek at my project:

I used the

It's not a card...for all the deets pop over to the 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

life starts...

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It's no secret that Fall is my Favorite anything and everything Fall Inspired.

paper:  carta bella/a perfect autumn  other:  impress felt, american crafts glitter paper, carta bella sticker/chippie, paper smooches loopy leaf die

That super skinny strip of American Crafts glitter paper is a scrap.  I'm patting myself for using it!  It fit perfectly!

It is so NOT postal friendly but I popped it into a happy mail package to a sweet bloggie friend.

I was inspired by the sketch over at

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Your Next Stamp: home made (with love)

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Today is my last post as the October Guest Designer over at

It has been so much fun designing with them!

I wanted to do something a bit different (translation: non-coffee project) so I designed a wood veneer shaker:

paper:  carta bella/a perfect autumn  stamps:  your next stamp/mason jar  ink:  memento tuxedo, copics  other:  may arts twine, carta bella stickers/journal card and chippie

I love that scallop-y lid for the Mason Jar.

I die cut a circle, backed it with acetate and sprinkled in some veneer stars!

I went ahead and stamped on the interior also:

I wanted to do a big shout out to Your Next Stamps!  I had a terrific time being their October Guestie and wanted to do a quick run down on all my projects I designed using the Fabulous Your Next Stamps goodies:

There's definitely a coffee theme goin' on :)

Smarty Kids.

I made a couple altered Starbucks To Go cups for the kids' Halloween Goodie Bag:

paper:  chickaniddy crafts/scrumptious  other:  solid orange divine twine, gold thread

All the paper is from Chickaniddy Crafts Scrumptious Collection.

Since my girl lives across the street from a Starbucks, I'm hoping she remembers to bring her cup with her and save a smidge of $$....every bit counts!

I'm a huge fan of the T $ spot so when I spotted 4 packs of these coffee sleeves, I was a happy camper.  

I love that Smarty Cat and knew that I wanted to team him up with Orange Solid Divine Twine

Next up is the one that I made for my girl, gotta love smarty pants!  I dressed up the sticker leaf with gold stitching.

Truthfully, those coffee sleeves don't fit the cups.  Super bummed about that but the kids didn't seem to notice.  Inside the cups?  I bought 2 bags of Peanut M&M's and picked out all of the "Fall Colors". 

Guess what that left?

Seahawk Colors!

LOL, can you believe it?!  Perfect timing since it was Sunday that I made the projects and there was a Seahawks game that morning so Darin scored with Seahawk treats!

I wanted to share an earlier project I made for the Chickaniddy Crafts blog:

I super love the Scrumptious Collection!!!

Have a super day!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

appreciate everything.

I've been feeling super grateful these days.  It could be the time of year, fall seems to bring that out in a lot of people with Thanksgiving around the corner. 

There's been other things too...I carpool into work with Darin.  It's been nice for many reasons, chattin' time, not having to pay for parking {more importantly, not having to try to find a parking space!}, but the other thing is that I tend to look around more since I'm not the driver.  This has made me more aware/sensitive to all the homeless people in Seattle.  You can see the tents off of I-5...along with a new Homeless Encampment.

I truly appreciate our home:

paper:  strathmore  stamps:  sweet stamp shop, paper smooches/group hugs  ink:  peerless watercolors, m's watercolor tray, fresh ink black tea  other:  circle die, wooden hoop, freckled fawn heart woodchip

I can't begin to image what life must be like without a home....especially when there are children involved.

My base is a Strathmore circle that measures 3 inches in diameter.  I heat embossed the Sweet Stamp Shop home image in white.  I used a mixture of Peerless and my cheap watercolor tray that I picked up at M's.  The sentiment is Paper Smooches, Group Hugs.

I just had to place that sweet heart veneer on the front door.

I mounted the round panel onto a wood hoop...why yes, I do love them :)

I was inspired by CAS-ology's

Thanks for stoppin' by!!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stampin' Up Sunday: to a wonderful friend

Happy Sunday!

I need to do Stampin' Up Sunday's with all the SU stuff that I've been slowly accumulating.  

I'm like a lot of crafters, I started off with Stampin' Up around 2003'ish.  I jumped in, with both feet and probably should have signed up to be a demo then but didn't, but was always my then SU Demo's best customer.  After awhile, I started to notice other stamp companies and eventually stepped away from Stampin' Up.  

Fast forward to 2014, and I'm smitten with Stampin' Up again.  Their designs are fun & fresh and they have started to incorporate photopolymer.  That is key for me, I'm only buying the photopolymer sets.  

Check out one of their newest sets, 

Chuckling at my photo, my girl is home for the weekend and she was photobombing.  I always use the portrait lens but decided to post this one anyways, it makes me smile...Love having my girl home.

I adore the swoopy font of the wonderful and look how wide it is {my card is A2, 4.25 x 5.5}.  Such a gorgeous set and all is good in the world since I reinked my embossing pad...sheesh, what a huge difference that makes!

My card base is actually Stampin' Up Pink Pirouette.  I then layered the glorious Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil on top.

I added a Your Next Stamp Gold Nugget Gum Drop to the center of the largest bloom.  

(note:  the banners are attached to the 'wonderful'...I trimmed them off 
v  e  r  y    c  a  r  e  f  u  l  l  y)

I was inspired by


I decided to concentrate of the gold and pale pink!

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

a little coffee...

So, you all remember the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, right?  Well, I found some hidden treasures in that, one of them being this Hero Arts, A Little set:

Butterfly Reflections Ink gave it away as a Flash Sponsor.  

I stamped it on vellum and heat embossed it in Zing white.  The 'coffee' has been heat embossed with Zing white also on PTI kraft.  The green is Stampin' Up {sadly retired} Gumball Green.

Did you see Katie Brooks' card?  Check it out HERE...I told her that we were channeling the same'ish coffee card:

coffee + green = ♡♡♡

The new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is to feature Hero Arts and use Kraft.

I'm going to be standing in line at Impress this morning for their Open House!  I'm dragging Tonya & Kimberly too :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Neat & Tangled October New Release Final Day: Very Merry + Tiny Triangles

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Today wraps up the Neat & Tangled October Release week!

What are your favorites??

The October Release is now available in the shop!

Today we are featuring 

Very Merry 


Tiny Triangles Die

You're going to love today's sets!

bag:  whisker graphics  plain kraft bag  stamps:  neat & tangled very merry  ink:  hero arts hues, zing grapefruit, gold embossing powder  other:  doily, canvas corp laundry clip

I love dressing up the bags that are available in the Whisker Graphics shop.  Today, I used their plain kraft bag and did some stamping and heat embossing.  It makes for fun packaging, don't you think so too?!

I absolutely ADORE the new Very Merry set!

Next up is the

Tiny Triangle Die

Um, yeah, definitely need to add this to your 'must haves'!

paper:  basic grey persimmon, paper accents vellum  stamps:  neat & tangled turkey talk  ink:  fresh ink pumpkin  other:  neat & tangled tiny triangles die, stampin' up wood veneer

I love making the Tiny Triangles the star of the show!

The sentiment is from the Neat & Tangled Turkey Talk set.

It's a great size and design!

Remember to check out the Neat & Tangled blog for more inspiration, special guests & a giveaway!