Friday, August 22, 2014

Nontraditional Holiday Card


I made a MIMI card for you all today. Filled with all my favorite things...die cuts, MIMI from Penny Black, embossing, and patterned paper!  Doesn't it look like she is reaching our to catch a snowflake. Sometimes I lose patience with coloring. Anybody got any tips for treating this?

I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge...Anything Goes!

I have so much going on that I don't know what I want to talk about! Here are 2 ideas off the top of my head:

1. My kids started school (well 3 of them), it's kinda nice to spend time with one kid. Funny one kid seemed overwhelming when I only had one kid, but now it's really easy and so much of a joy!

2. Living with my mom has caused me to gain weight dude, the food is amazing and I can't turn it down and she doesn't take no for an answer. There is tea time and sweets with the tea and well, it's showing up in places I don't want! Here is a sample conversation:

Mom: "Are you hungry?"
Me: "No thanks."
Mom: Are you sure?"
Me: "Yes."
Mom: "Here, I made you a gyro."

Monday, August 18, 2014

Reaaallllyy HUGE News, like REALLY...

I think it's no surprise to anyone that I think I make "weird" cards. On a good day, I like to call myself edgy and fresh, thank you Susan Opel for those adjectives.  That conclusion came after a long blogging journey of trying to self identify.

Who am I and what message am I sending out?

 I figured instead of trying to be clean and simple or layered and luscious, for which I adore both styles, I would instead focus on creating with a style instead of a category, so I try to keep those adjectives in mind when I create.  Many times I wanted to bail either because of disappointment or because of feeling like my designs didn't measure up to that of my peers, but I hung in there because I love it and because I adore the community and the friendships that have come from doing it. Those of you who blog understand what I am saying.

Slowly, I accepted the fact that my designs are not for everyone, but one that I am proud of. I am not sure if my style is distinct or exceptional, but they are made with love and lots of thought. I have appreciated you letting me sneak in thoughts about kids, and fashion, and funny things I have found in my internet parusings.

All throughout this journey, Hero Arts has been with me. And so it gives me great pleasure to announce that I have been asked to join the team.

ME. Me?

Yes! One of the biggest things I struggled with is worth. Am I worth this offering? Especially when I can name so many who are extraordinary in their creativity. But instead I will be thankful in the gift I was given and I hope you will be encouraging of my next journey with Hero Arts.

You can see the blog post HERE. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Henna Inspired Stenciling

I really love the look of Henna art. It's where they take a plant based dye that is in the form of a paste and tattoo the body with artwork that is temporary. The results can be stunning...look!

Image from HERE. 

I got this stencil from Penny Black called snow dance and thought instead if inking it or applying embossing paste, I would trace it with small strokes of a black pen. Then I took red and gold stickles and added drops around it to built it up like the henna tattoo.

I am going to enter this in Addicted to CAS challenge, geometric shapes!

The sentiment is from Beauty of the Season. The circle screen background is from a die called DOTS.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 15, 2014

CP Teacher Thanks

August is around the corner and it's time to start thinking about back to school. YIKES!! This year, I thought it might be nice to give the teacher a stack of simple THANK YOU cards that she can use throughout the year for whatever the occasion.

Come check out my TEACHER THANK YOU cards at the Crate Blog!

CP Teacher gift

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Case Study 4th Anniversary!

I am so happy to join in the 4th anniversary celebration for Case Study!  I use Pinterest a TON for inspiration and recently found this cutie pie image!

I got the new Mama Elephant stamp set called In My Heart and thought I would ink it up to keep in the theme of "CUTE." The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.

DSC_3721And why YES! that is my beloved chair in the back ground. I dug it out of storage because well, it's who I am and I didn't recognize my cards without it!

Cindy Lee
Kristii Lockart
Sarah Martina Parker
Maureen Merritt
Gayatri Murali
Donna Mikasa
Jaclyn Miller
Wida Miller  <----ME!
Jennifer McGuire 
Heather Pulvirenti
Maureen Plut
Kathy Racoosin
Windy Robinson

Below is a note from our sponsor about the PRIZES!! 

"Each blog hop will be open until midnight on the following Tuesday. We have a couple of sponsors lined up for each week and we will be posting the winners on our blog on Wednesdays. We will also invite our readers to join an accompanying challenge and share creations inspired by any project from the Blog Hop. In other words, we'll invite them to CASE you!"

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Haircut Revealed!

First my card...Penny Black Petal Power and the sentiment from Sunny Hello. It's my version of edgy rustic. I am TOTALLY making that up!


Ok, and by POPULAR demand (LOL)  here is my haircut...

trying it without bangs and a SERIOUS pose...

and it didn't work, so here is the cut with bangs. Uhhh, my eyes look wonky! What's up with that? 

They are small on purpose. It's kinda short. And well that's all my husband kept saying.

Me: Do you like it?
Lance: It's short.
Me: Yeah, I know, but do you like it?
Lance: It's short.

And that's the end of the conversation. 

I think it looks professional and it's pretty easy to do. And it's just hair, it will grow. My aunt put this product in my hair that makes it poofy! It smells like Abercrombie & Fitch too :) Here it is :

Yes, I know it's for men. It's still fabulous. 

I am entering this in the Runway Inspired Challenge. Really gorgeous inspiration photo this week and very exciting cards by the design team!

The yellows, reds, and the stripes in the shirt reminded me of the grid paper. Her hair reminds me of the bow on top. There is a hint of green on the walkway. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A TINY Card, CUFF Bracelets, and a hairCUT


I made a tiny tiny tiny card. Did you know lots of cool people make little cards? Debby Hughes, Pamela Ho to name a few. I was able to get 3 cards from a 8.5x11 sheet of paper! How's that for resourcefulness?!

The stamps and dies are from Penny Black. I love this set, called Petal Power. I stamped the background and then die cut a circle window. I used pop ups to adhere the stamped portion to the card base. then used pop ups to put the rose and leaves in the circle window. And I can't resist just a little patterned makes the card look more finished.


I am going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. I met Kelly Latevola this weekend and she won one of those challenges so I felt inspired to give it a go! She is pretty cool. I have also met Katie Gehring so Ohio is shaping up quite nicely!

Oh on another note, I decided I need a cuff bracelet. Do you guys have one? I think they are pretty edgy and I am tired of looking at my pinterest board and dreaming!

Lastly, I am waiting for my aunt Nafisa to come over so she can give me this haircut! She is a fabulous hairdresser and I am excited to change it up some more. I just keep cutting away! I think that means that is the end of my ponytail days, but that's ok. Getting up early in the morning means less time for hair and more time to learn!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Altenew Guest Designer


I am guesting on the Altenew blog today...I made 3 cards and honestly I am not sure how I ended up with the designs I will have to see them for yourself HERE.

I will show you one just for fun...


I bought these rose dies from MFT and I had to break them out. Of course for dramatic effect, I used some papers and embellishments from October Afternoon given to me as a gift from my friend Jocelyn Olsen.  She has great taste :)  I used the sentiment from Super Scripts 2 and I love its bold font!

Get your set HERE!!! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Altenew Blog Hop Winner and How to Write Like an Architect!

Lyndall Higgins! Congrats to you :) please contact me with your address!!

I hope you all are doing well...we are settling in here in Ohio. It's kind of insane with 2 new jobs both of which require travel, living with parents while our home is being built (a challenging process) and struggling to find a routine amidst all the madness. I am going to leave you with an initial draft of the home we are building. It is based on the HGTV dream home 2012, but you know, cheaper and smaller ;)

It's not quite right yet, but I think its fun to share drawing. I always wanted to write like an architect. If you want to give it a try...check out this video.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Crate Paper Layout Using Simple Layered Tags

You know what I love about the embellishments from Crate Paper? Besides the obvious fact that they are lovely, they make it easy to create a page without having to work too hard. Today I was inspired by Christine Middlecamp, our CP design team coordinator, who has this wonderful way of adding and layering and adding and layering to the point where her layouts have SO much to see and enjoy. I could spend hours looking at her layouts. I think they belong in a museum gallery.


To add a homemade touch to the page, I made some layered tags using the Oh Darling Collection. Check out the blog HERE for details and a tutorial on this Christine inspired layered explosion :)