Wednesday, July 31, 2019


It's hard to think winter with temperatures here in the 90's in the Carolina's but I think this little guy is so cute!!

Less is More - Small images
Addicted to Stamps and More - Make Your Mark

Stamp by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Life is better on the beach

I love this surfer dude from Bugaboo Images. I wasn't sure how I was going to do the background but I just kind of swiped at it with some a Catherine Pooler ink pad and got this background. I kinda liked it after I did it so I just kept it as is.

The Male Room - Surf's Up
Moving Along with the Times - Splish Splash
Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper
Crafty Catz - On the Beach

Image by Bugaboo
Sentiment by Catherine Pooler

Monday, July 29, 2019

Yappy Birthday

This card is called the Off-the-Edge Die Cut Card and I watched the video by Jennifer McGuire and love how it came out. It was really easy too once you watch her video. I colored them with Copic markers and I used a little dab of Ink on 3 Liquid Pixie Dust on 2 of them.

Little Red Wagon - Dog Days of Summer
Inspire.Create.Challenges - Birthday

Stamps by Mama Elephant
Colored with Copic markers

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Back to School

I can't believe school starts here August 8th. They're starting a new thing this year where they start in early August and then they will get out late May. I wonder how the kids like that?

For this card, I made a card with a stamped border. I don't remember ever trying this technique. I got out my newest stamp set by PhotoPlay called School Days. I made the little dots using my old handy dandy Stampin Up mat pack, who remembers that? I don't even know if Stampin Up still sells them. And I used my Tonic paper piercer and it worked great for making the tiny holes. You can see the stamped border technique here.

Stamps & Fun = Creativity - School
Simon Says Stamp - Back to School

Stamps by PhotoPlay
Colored with Tombow markers and water

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Shaker card

I white embossed this Happy Birthday sentiment onto vellum and made this shaker card.

TGIF Challenge - Shake it Up

Sentiment by Print Works

Santa tag

My first Christmas gift tag of the season. I was recently at Tuesday Morning buying some fat quarters of fabric and they had a whole ton of craft supplies too. I found this cute Santa set by Bo Bunny for $3 that I had to get. Isn't he cute? I watercolored him with Gina K ink.

Catch the Bug - Anything but a Card
Krafty Chicks - Tag or Bookmark

Stamp by Bo Bunny

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sending Happy Thoughts

Crafting Happiness - Challenge #6 Drinks

Digi designs by Gracielliedesigns

Thursday, July 25, 2019

You're in my thoughts today

Flowers by Concord & 9th
Sentiment by Unity Stamps

Daisy Chain Challenges - Flowers
Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper

For this card, I used this stencil by using Black Soot - Distress Oxide inks on it. Then I colored the flowers using my Koi watercolor paints, cut it out and placed it on top. 
I decided to make it into a sympathy card. I'm working on adding a few
different ones to add to my card stash for when I need them, I can just grab them right away.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Ho Ho Ho

Catch the Bug - Christmas in July Day 1 (Fave movie The Santa Clause Movie)

Santa die by Sizzix
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna

Off the Edge stamping over at Back to Basics and Beyond

Today over at Back to Basics and Beyond, we are stamping off the edge of our cards. I chose to try this technique called The Baby Wipe Technique. Here is the video I watched and followed. I only have 2 re-inkers so I used both my Stampin Up colors "Watermelon Wonder" and "Cucumber Crush". I embossed the sentiment in white WOW embossing powder so it would stand out on the black. I love this stamp set by Concord & 9th and use it a lot!! Would love to see your cards over at BBB.

Stamps by Concord & 9th
Sentiment by Fiskars

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Winter Buildings

Winter Wonderland - Winter Buildings

For the snow, I added texture by adding Snow-Tex. It goes on wet and dries in about 30 minutes. I found it at Hobby Lobby.

Stamps by Amuse Studio
Snowflake stamp by Unity Stamps
Background sponged on using Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass
Colored with Copic markers
Snow is Snow Tex

Monday, July 22, 2019

Enjoy your day

Just for Fun - At the Shoreline
The Dream Factory - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sweet Stampers - Summer
Challenge Up Your Life - Vitamin Sea
Do-Al(l) Creative - On the Wave

Stamps by Stampin Up
Sentiments by Lawn Fawn
Die by Lawn Fawn

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Lucky Me to have a Friend Like You

I just love this flower set by Concord & 9th. I watercolored it with Catherine Pooler's spring collection. I love Catherine Pooler inks because you can also watercolor with them. Sending this to a friend who's having a tough time right now and hoping it will cheer her up :).

The Flower Challenge - Pretty Pastels

Flowers by Concord & 9th
Sentiment by Reverse Confetti

Hey friend, I miss your face

Cute Card Thursday - Bright Colors
The House that Stamps Built - Challenge #J1719

I tried this popsicle tutorial watching this video and I think it came out pretty good :).

Popsicles hand drawn by me
Sentiment by Reverse Confetti

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Have a Fabulous Birthday

Little Red Wagon - Sew/Stitch It
Allsorts - Charms
Crafty Friends - Use 2 or more patterned papers

Stamp by Whipper Snapper
Sentiments by Unity Stamps

Charm found at Hobby Lobby

Friday, July 19, 2019

Wishing You a Happy Birthday

The Library Challenge - Five Weeks in a Balloon
Inkspirational - Challenge #191

Stamps by Concord & 9th

five weeks in a balloon book - Google Search

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Have you seen a cat in a bikini?

I got this stamp a long time ago and I cannot for the life of me remember who made it. She always makes me smile :).

Addicted to CAS - Heat

Cat stamp unknown
Sentiment by Amuse
Slash Stitch Rectangle Die by Gina Marie Designs
Colored with Catherine Pooler Inks and water

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Another Christmas card in July

Christmas Card Throwdown - Red/Green/Brown
Shopping Our Stash - Christmas in July

I picked this die up at Hobby Lobby in January, in the Christmas markdowns. It was originally $24.99 and I got it for $6.25. How could I pass that up? For the background, I tried Jennifer McGuire's paint dragging technique with acrylic paints and an old credit card. It's really very easy and you can get neat backgrounds. You can see her video here. I didn't have any brown cardstock so I had to make my own using Catherine Pooler's brown inks - Sand Castle and Icing On the Cake. I smeared it onto a ziplock bag, sprayed some water and put the watercolor cardstock into it. Let dry, then die cut out my piece. Easy peasy!! I do like this die better using black cardstock but since this one challenge called for red/green and brown, I am going with this. I have a pretty good head start on my holiday cards because of these challenges. How about you?

Sentiment by Flora & Fauna
Christmas Tree die by Spellbinders

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Christmas in July

Christmas Card Throwdown - Red-Green-Brown
Crafty Calendar - Christmas in July
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Send a Smile 4 Kids - Christmas
AAA Cards - Maxi white space + Christmas in July
Shopping Our Stash - Christmas in July

Bear stamp by Elizabeth Crafts
Sentiment by Hero Arts
Colored with Catherine Pooler inks

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Crafter's Cafe Animals and/or ATC

This week at The Crafter's Cafe, the challenge is Animals and/or ATC. I made an ATC using this adorable digi image. ATC's measure 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. I used to swap them many years ago and I still have binders FULL of them from all my fellow swappers. I just can't seem to part with any of them.

We're also teaming up with Double Trouble, see details below. We would love to see you play at The Crafter's Cafe and Double Trouble.

I would also like to enter this in the following challenges:

Double Trouble - Kids/Babies
Catch the Bug - Inspired by my favorite movie (Madagascar)
Simply Create Too - Patterned Paper

Digi image by Eureka
X-stitched oval die by Gina Marie Designs
Colored with Copics
Cardstock by Pebbles
Lace/ribbon by Hobby Lobby


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Wishing You a Merry Little Christmas

Catch the Bug - Favorite Movie (Frosty the Snowman)

Stamp by Elizabeth Crafts
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna

Rainbow cake, anyone?

I recently tried the Catherine Pooler inks and let me just say, THEY ARE A GAME CHANGER!!! You can ink your stamps directly onto the stamp pads and you get a clean, crisp image (the trick is to use light taps, do not press hard onto her ink pads). You can also use the same inks to watercolor!! Not since the Tim Holtz Oxide inks came out, have I been this excited about ink pads!! Right now I have about 12 ink pads but I think I must get the whole collection!! They are fantastic! Also, I ordered mine directly from Catherine Pooler and they came within 3 days! 3 days!!

I made this rainbow cake using Catherine Pooler inks and Oxide inks. Once again, I find myself reaching for this stamp set by Flora & Fauna. I love it and can't get enough of it!! LOL

Try it on Tuesday - Rainbow
Pattie's Creations - Food and/or Drinks
Creative with Stamps - Stripes

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Inks by Catherine Pooler and Distress Oxide

Saturday, July 13, 2019

May your holiday sparkle

How cute are these 2 decorating the Christmas tree? Another Christmas card for Christmas in July :).

Little Red Wagon - It's Beginning to Look A lot Like Christmas
Allsorts - CAS

Stamp by Elizabeth Craft Designs
Sentiment by Flora & Fauna
Sparkles by Ink on 3 Liquid Pixie Dust

Friday, July 12, 2019

Just Bee-Cause

I cannot get enough of these bees from Simon Says Stamp. I used a little glitter for their wings.

Use Your Stuff - Birds, Bees or Butterflies

Stamps by Simon says Stamp

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Eat Cake

Had to make this card all purple for my sister since she loves PURPLE :).

Fab 'n' Funky - Purple

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Inks by Catherine Pooler and Distress Oxide

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Thanks, my friend

Make My Monday - Thank You
Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS

Hand Drawn flower in pot

Back to basics and Beyond Photo Challenge

For this week's challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond, we are
to use this photo for inspiration. When I first saw the photo, 
I knew immediately I had to dig out this old stamp by Eat Cake Graphics
as I knew I had a chair or a couch stamp and sure enough,
there it was. I will admit I found my inspiration on
Pinterest as to what sentiment to add to it. I hand drew the rug
under it and added the blue diamond to the chair.

I would love to see your creation at BBB.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Happy Birthday

I got this stamp set from Flora & Fauna this week and I love it! It's called Brush Birthday Set and its one of their brand new summer 2019 stamp sets that just came out. This card was so fast and easy and I can see I will be using it lots for birthday cards in the upcoming months ahead.

Hand Stamped Sentiments - Challenge #318
Shopping Our Stash - One Layer Card

Stamps by Flora & Fauna
Inks by Catherine Pooler and Distress Oxide