Monday, September 1, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

By now you have likely heard of The Creative Blog Hop and today I am here to share my story with you. Michele Ferguson (I Card Everyone) tagged me last week in her blog post HERE. I can't remember how I discovered Michele but I'm so glad that I'm a loyal follower.  She has a very fabulous style and wit about her that always starts my day off right.  We seem to have regular chats that revolve around crafting and food, doesn't get much better than that, does it?!

Truthfully, this is my second go at this.  I didn't do it correctly the first time and gasp, didn't post on a Monday.  In the meantime, I've been tagged a couple times.

The idea around The Creative Hop is to learn a bit about other creative bloggers by answering four questions, so here we go...

1) What am I working on right now?

Since I'm probably like most paper crafters, my design studio is a perpetual organizational project with a majority of the time, the space looks like a tornado has hit.  It's how I work...things are flying!  Recently, I converted my daughter's bedroom (she's in her first apartment now!) into a joint office space for me and my son.  We've been working on it together and I really love how it is shaping up.  It's been a challenge to separate my computer from the design studio but I feel like I accomplish more since I'm not as distracted with the computer in there.

I do a majority of my designing on the weekends.  I complete all of the coming week's projects from designing, photographing and blogging.  I'm constantly editing posts throughout the week.

2) How does my work differ from others in my different genre?

How does my work differ from other designers?

Good Question.

I started off as a stamper but LOVE to work with pattern paper!

Here's a card with simple stamping and masking:

I added the straw by clipping apart an alpha die cut.

I love making gifts and altering items, this project started with a magnetic cork square:

Simple stamping but I love the contrast between the cork and the red coffee cup!

I almost think that this is classic amy:

I'm no colorista but between that sweet beach girl and my love of paper...this card makes me a happy girl.

3) Why do I create what I do?

Even before I started this blog, I was on Splitcoaststampers.  I think I've been creative all my life, whether if it was coloring with crayons, making Christmas cards and birth announcements {did that for both of my kids!} or blogging.  I find it such a relaxing and gratifying hobby.  I love a great sketch or inspiration challenge!  

It's been an awesome way connecting with others.  Non-bloggers don't understand the connection part let alone the excitement of meeting up with each other.  Isn't it funny how we all feel like we know each other even if we haven't met in real life?

4) How does my creative process work?

I love color.

I love mixing color & patterns.

Sometimes I start a project with a collection I want to work with....sometimes I start with a challenge and seek out the perfect papers, stamps and embellishments.

I love Pinterest and go there for a ton of inspiration.

Recently it's been a challenge to keep up with all the Pinterest emails.  I love to follow people and try to take the time to view all their boards rather than just clicking follow all.

Feedly is my friend...most of the time.

I follow over 1500 blogs and if I skip a day on Feedly, it gets rough.  I don't like to feel pressured to read everything because that zaps the fun out of it.  I'm learning to hit the 'ole reset button, mark all as read, and start off fresh.

I'm truly inspired by others.

Well that is it for me.
Thank you for visiting and learning a little more about me.


The last part of the Creative Hop is to name and tag THREE more people!  There was a method to my madness of why I picked these special people.  They have inspired me in the way that they are following their creative dreams.

They will be posting next Monday, September 8th!

Joscelyne (Joscie, rhymes with bossy) Cutchens has been crafty for most of her life. She has dabbled in creating hand made papers, sewing, screen printing, book making and beading but her true passion is in photography, computers and paper crafts. Joscie says that Hybrid crafting is a great way to incorporate all of her passions in one hobby.

In June 2012, Joscie was named the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol 2012 through a vote based card making contest hosted by Paper Crafts Magazine. She is a has been published in various idea books and magazines for scrapbooking, card making, sewing and altered projects. She has worked with many design teams and is now focusing her attention on her business bossyJoscie. Joscie creates flair for use in crafty projects, wearing and use as magnets. Joscie also creates personalized rubber stamps and sentiment stamps for sale in her shop.

Joscie and her husband Troy were married in Honolulu, HI in 1996.  They have moved with the Navy through Hawaii, Alabama, Maine and back to Hawaii.  They are living with their sons Jalen (14) and Jordan (9) in Slapout, Alabama.

I'm Christine Drogt, 32 years, from Germany.

I've always had a passion for anything crafty and communication, that's why I studied cultural education and started working in a youth center with focus on creativity. One thing that I learned about myself is that I just can't stop. Whenever I reach one goal, I already have a new one to go for. I've always been looking for new challenges and things to learn and if I find something that makes me happy, I'm absolutely passionate about it. So I joined different design team, learned a lot and met the most beautiful, kind and inspiring people. I am a sucker or this crafty community and kind of manic about dreams that match my heart AND my skills... This feeling that I can do something!

That's why I started my own stamp company in July - when that idea first came to my mind I thought I'd take a year to plan, but I just couldn't think of anything else and I wanted to go for it so badly! In fact it only took 2-3 months until it all started - I am grateful my hero Michael and all my crafty friends support me and my passion so much. 

I still work at the youth center - and I enjoy that job a much, but Create A Smile is my second love - and I hope we'll go an long and successful way together.

I have always loved illustrating and though I did stop drawing sometime during high school and college (I was drawing mostly anatomy then… hardly fun.. haha), it came back to me naturally when I picked up my pencil again and it’s been a fun journey. I love to work with my hands and have been binding journals, custom wedding guestbooks and custom photo albums besides illustrating greeting cards, custom family portraits, calligraphy work and crafting for my store.
Time is very precious to me nowadays with my darling toddler demanding my attention and I find illustrating/crafting a place of rest for me. I have been a card maker since 2008, a scrapbooker since 2012, a Project Lifer since 2013 and an illustrator since forever :) I really do hope you love my illustrations that was released this month and will love my future illustrations as well.
You can find me mostly on my Instagram & Facebook. I hardly blog nowadays but I still update once in a while. And if you would like to get your own custom watercolor illustrations, you know where to find me :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #7: ...and away we go...

So excited to be a Guest Designer for

Virginia's View Challenge #7

I love pattern AND color....always have and always will.

I wanted to feature 2 cards that use paper from the same collection, Fancy Pants, Nautical collection.

This first one uses the printed paper as a focal point:

If you've been following me for a bit, you might know that I've picked up another hobby...flying!

Well, this is when I should add that I don't actually fly the plane, that's Darin's job.  He had me 'take the wheel' last time we went out but I wasn't diggin' that at.all.  I will have to eventually learn the basics of landing the plane, just in case.  That my friends will be a scary day as I will probably do it all the while screaming...

Next up is a shaped card...using the same collection along with Neat & Tangled's Sailmates set:

Virginia got me hooked on shaped cards!

Same paper collection...totally different looks, eh?

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by

☀☀ walking on sunshine ☀☀

Following in the lovely Chrissy Larson's footsteps, I had Walking on Sunshine on my mind while making this project:

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  recollections ikat background, butterfly reflections ink/head in the clouds/over the rainbow  ink:  hero arts hues, a muse/blackberry, hero arts dauber/butter cup  other:  paper accents vellum, whisker graphics black horizontal stripe middy bag, pebbles washi, misc clothes pin

 So, did you know that Butterfly Reflections Ink have their own line of stamps?  They do and They rock.

Click HERE.

I'm featuring them on today's project.

I made the altered bag for this card set (& envelopes) to go in:

cardstock:  pti stamps:  butterfly reflections ink/head in the clouds/over the rainbow ink:  impress/fresh ink/red currant/charcoal/mango/black tea

The beauty of the Shanna Noel's exclusive stamps for Butterfly Reflections Ink is the variety of images and sentiments.  There's bold heavy font, versus delicate fonts.

I did a smidge of masking on this one:

Yes, I do love this one:

Something about sunshine, right?!  It always makes you smile!

Love this saying:

So, what do you think?

Butterfly Reflections Ink is having a Labor Day Sale!  Everything, with the exclusion of the New Lawn Fawn, is 20% off, no coupon code needed!  So what you are waiting for?!!!

I was inspired by

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge

Here's the inspiration photo:

I was inspired by

black/cream geometric pattern

A big shout out to Darin as we celebrate our 6th anniversary!

circa 2011 - Space Needle

I feel so fortunate to have him in my life

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

so sweet of you.

Here's today's card:

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  stampin' up/hello there    ink:  hero arts hues  fresh ink refills/tangerine/pumpkin & lemonade  other:  label from stampin' up calypso coral celebration add on kit, embossing paste, memory box stencil

We have a friendly challenge toss, so to speak.  KimberlyTonya and I have been challenging each other to use our Stampin' Up supplies.  Kimberly picked Muse.


The Challenge card by:

I was inspired by

Ombre (embossing paste with fresh ink refills)
black panel
focus on sentiment

I'm also linking up to

I'm really getting a ton out of the calypso coral celebration add on kit.  I designed 15 cards earlier with one kit...still have leftovers and used a label in  my card above and I have this card that I made last weekend when I was crafting with Kate & Kimberly:

The sequins and upper band are from the August Paper Issues Swag Bag.  All other supplies are from Stampin' Up.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Crafty News!


I'm super thrilled to announce that I'm continuing on the
2014 -2015
I'm super grateful for the opportunity to play with Heidi's new collections!

Make sure you stop by the Chickaniddy Crafts blog to see the NEW Design Team!  I'm looking forward to working with the new girls and with the gals continuing into the new year.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

cool priority mail

Here's a quick card I whipped together while crafting with Kate & Kimberly last weekend:

I was smart to pack my neglected Simon Says Stamp kits...I didn't have to spend time picking out cardstock and pattern paper!

All supplies are from the July kit!

This fits perfectly with


and this week over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog it is

Anything Goes!

I don't generally post 2 cards within one post...but I didn't want to miss the deadline on my next card:

cardstock:  su night of navy, chickaniddy crafts goldie lox, cherry veneer, pti pure poppy  paper:  simon says stamp/july 2014 kit, studio calico yearbook  stamps:  reverse confetti/let's chill  ink:  gold embossing  other: reverse confetti/confetti cuts/let's chill, t$ spot twine, project life/americana

I finally broke down and bought the Reverse Confetti Let's Chill stamp & confetti cuts...why yes it is almost the end of summer but isn't it summer somewhere in this great big world of ours?

That twine is from the T$'s a little squirrely so I knew I had to make the side notches to help keep it in place.  The paper on the popsicle is Studio Calico...can you see the Chickaniddy Crafts Goldie Lox paper shining through?  The red/blue striped panel is Simon Says Stamp/July and the PL card is from the Americana set...I knew that I could alter the cards

Do you notice the glitter?  It's Melissa Frances' Glass that stuff and I'm trying hard to NOT hoard it.  See the popsicle stick?  It's been die cut from cherry veneer paper.

I was inspired by

and also

Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Create a Smile Guestie: sending sunshine

This is my last week of guesting at

This card is up on the Create a Smile blog today!

This is such a clean & simple card.  I love the mix of the card base, which is a Fabriano teamed up with silver glitter paper.  The contrast between the italian paper and the pizazz of the glitz makes me a happy crafter.

Absolutely no coloring on this card, just a square of pale yellow cardstock and some stamping with black ink.

Here's a bonus card using the same stamp set:

You can't really tell but the sunshine has been covered in glossy accents and is on a foam adhesive for some height. 

I'm linking up to Case this Sketch:

(thanks for the reminder Kimberly!)

Create a Smile stamps are so fun to play with!

I'd love for you to stop by the Create a Smile blog to say hello!

A big shout out to Christine and the Create a Smile Design Team for being so welcoming.  You gals are fabulous♡