Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tracey's Twenty-five Days of Tags

I am participating in Tracey McNeely's 4th annual 25 days of Christmas tags this year! She has dedicated a pinterest board to all the previous guest designers HERE, HERE, and HERE. Lots of inspiration :)

I made this simple tag.


There are great prizes available from (pretty fabulous eh?):

  • Reverse Confetti
  • Clearly Besotted
  • CAS-ual Fridays
  • Neat and Tangled
  • Paper Smooches
  • Lawn Fawn
You have a chance to win by leaving a comment on this post by Nov 27th. Winners will be announced November 28th!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mixed Emboss Holiday Card

I am on the Hero Arts Blog today HERE showing you how to make a mixed metallic holiday card using the new Hero Arts stamp called MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. It is such a pretty stamp!

This card is perfect for the challenge going on right now at Hero Arts called MAD ABOUT METALLICS! There are other categories all holiday focused also so if you want to enter check it out!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Masculine Card

You know what there is NOT a lot of out there? Masculine cards! There are a THOUSAND flower cards, but try to Pinterest search a guy card and it's limited at best. So a PERSONAL challenge to self to make a card for a doc I work with (and there are a LOT of them, which is why this problem came to mind lately). Here is what I made:


I think the BEST cards come when you are not restricted in supplies and make stuff using your goodies.  And to not panic when the stamping isn't perfect, but just keep going and see what happens. Kinda like life, you know?

Gonna enter this is Virginia's View challenge this month: METALLICS! The entries there are really pretty!

Emphemera: Crate Paper Boys Rule
Star: Fancy Pants
Star stamps: Paper Smooches Space Cadet
Gold Trianges: Mama Elephant
Twine: Maya Road
Tim Holz Tiny Attacher
Ink: Hero Arts Black
Gold Embossing powder: Hero Arts


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I am ALSO on the A Blog Named Hero Blog

I am sharing a cherished Christmas memory today on A Blog Named Hero! There is a Hero Arts gift card up for grabs if you would like to leave a comment on my fabulous card!!! Hehe...

I don't know why it is that I have NOTHING going on on the ol' blog and then when I do, it's 2 posts on one day. WHY does that always happen? Then all that work will not gets its full ability to shine :(


On the Crate Blog!

I have made a darling (if I can say so myself) photo album for my daughter Sophia which is on the Crate blog today. Here is the cover...

Please stop by the blog for details and what it looks like inside HERE!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I am on the Hero Arts blog showing you the inspiration behind this card and how I made it! Would appreciate it if you stopped by HERE!  (Sometimes when I take photos, my kids like to have fun with me. This is Anya surprising me with a photo bomb!)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Inspired by Bloggers and Handwriting analysis


OK one of my favorite, is being inspired by people's who's blogs I visit. This is my attempt to make a card a la Jocelyn Olson. I tried to make it kinda random by using patterned papers that were randomly placed. I stamped  Hero Arts Decorate a Tree paired with Bird and Branch Christmas. I love the way Hero Arts inks stamp, the yellowish looking one is NEON CHARTREUSE. Chartreuse is my favorite color :)

I am going to enter this in the latest Hero Arts Challenge: Holiday using white space, metallics, Tags, or in my case...HOLIDAYS anything goes!

And for a fun addition to the post, I will leave you with THIS article on handwriting analysis which was pretty dead on for me. let me know if it was for you too!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

New Stuff Old Stuff

I made this card while hanging out with the girls in Virginia. The thanks die is JJ Bolton's. She has all the latest greatest stuff. Kinda feel bad for my sad craft room after visiting her space. I think we have the same taste in things because I would have bought all the same things she had :)


I bought these watercolor roses and postage stamp die a while back and am finally able to use them. What a happy feeling! I feel bad when stamps just sit around. I am entering this in Runway Inspired Challenge this week. Here is the image:

Have you heard about MISTI? Well thanks to Vicki Dutchner, I finally got one. (They sell out quickly) They work great! HERE is a video showing how MISTI works. Been using it to make my mother in laws Christmas cards and it makes the process so simple. 

Stamp: Altenew Painted flowers
Dies: MFT postage stamp die, Serendipity thanks die, Wplus9 leaf die
Ink: Fresh Inks

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winner, and Entering a New Challenge

Hello! I have come to announce the winner of my giveaway! I hope to have more giveaways here on my blog as a way to thank you all for visiting....after all, I DO have LOTS of other burning questions! It's the least I can do ;) Sometimes, an RAK too.

To sum it up, people DO like to know how things are made AND what the products are :) Now I know!

Ceal! It's you! I will email you shortly.

I am also entering a challenge today which I am so excited to say because I have wanted to enter this challenge forever but finally got to do it after having a craft night with my blog pals in Virginia. I am entering the Waffleflower challenge which was this image or white space.

I used the Waffleflower flower  circle die to create this card:


The leaf is from HERO ARTS called Scattering Leaves, it sparkles because I put some diamond stickles on it after stamping it in Green Hills Ink by Hero Arts. The banner is a similar banner stamp called Happy Thanksgiving stamped in Brown Bark ink. The font on the sentiment is so trendy!! The tine wood veneer heart is by Studio Calico...

Ok later friends!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mama Elephant October Anniversary Stampede!

For the second anniversary of Mama Elephant, I made a card "collection"...blame Project Runway...I have been watching too many episodes!

To create this card set, I used:

  • 2 sheets of 6x6 Christmas paper from Crate Paper
  • 1 Walzingmouse die
  • 1 type of twine
  • and the fabulous stamp set from Mama Elephant called Alpine Carolers


Nothing says happy like Christmas lights! I colored these with copics and put them on 2 pieces of the the patterned paper. Pretty easy and timeless layout. 


For this card, I used the die cuts on patterned paper. I colored this mini cutie with copics and stamped part of the sentiment for a banner.

Here is a close up of the little guy!

I kept the same color scheme on each card. For this one, I *cough**Jocelyn Olson*cough**colored the purse.  She reminds me of a girl who loves a little retail therapy!


Join in the fun by leaving a comment for a chance to win!

* There will be a 10% discount code active for the 3 day blog hop (HAPPY2ME)
* Purchases over $100 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set free.
* Purchases over $150 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set and HAPPY SCRIPT die free.

* We are giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the Stampede, 9 winners total. 
* Exclusive prize giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, 3 winners total.
* Winners will be chosen and announced by us Monday, October 20th on the ME blog. 

Laura Bassen 
Lisa Spangler 
Lorraine Marasigan 
Iwona Palamountain 
Heather Campbell 
Wida Miller 
Paulina Nakamura