Sunday, March 29, 2015

Butterfly Reflections Ink Guest designer: my friend




So, today wraps up my Guest Designer gig at Butterfly Reflections Ink.   I have thoroughly enjoyed myself....Vanessa is awesome and I'm so thankful for her.

Here's a project I literally whipped up before leaving for Japan.  Yup, the kids and I will be returning from a lovely trip to Japan today.



Isn't the Avery Elle Tea Time Stamp Set fun?!


Although I didn't use them in today's project, there are coordinating dies for the Tea Time set:



The sentiment is from Avery Elle's Red & Goldie set.

I colored in the tea cup using the new Ranger Pistachio color:


Check out the other Pistachio products HERE and there's Mermaid Lagoon too!

Did you see the thesaurus page that I used has the word tea on it?  I've been hoarding that white M $ spot frame {translation = I recently rediscovered it}.

A big shout out to Butterfly Reflections Ink for the Super Month!!!

Before you go, here's one of my favorite pictures of me and the kids.  It was taken at Osaka Castle {you can see it in the background}.  


We walked a lot, ate a lot and  have some super memories.  I have always told the kids we would go in 2015, the year the boy graduates from high school.  Speaking about the boy, he applied to 5 colleges and received 5 acceptances .   I'm excited to hear his final choice....

Luckily I have a couple days off before going back to work....need to rest up and get a bunch of crafting in.



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Take Four & Giveaway!






I'm back with Take Four.  I can't believe this is my final day as the Winnie & Walter March Guest Designer!  I wanted to give a BIG shout out for Julie & Shay for their kindness and generosity!  I have thoroughly enjoyed myself....Winnie & Walter products are FABulous♡

Today's theme:  this 'n that

Here on my blog, I'm sharing one of many projects...you'll want to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to see all the projects!

Let's get started...no surprises here, a coffee project.



I used a Behr paint chip (thanks michele for the inspiration)...I have several paint chips, more on that later.  I love to fussy cut To-Go cups...and I thought the green would be perfect.  It makes the, In a Word:  Love Cutaway, POP, don't you think?  It's been cut with white craft foam.  The overall design of the card looks Preppy 80's. 

Paint chips...I've got them.  I have them because I keep wanting to paint my design studio = craft room.   I consider myself fortunate that I have my room {which I've easily out grown} because in my previous home, I was in a hallway.  Do you remember that?  My poor boy knew how to step over projects that were  'lined up' on the floor in front of his bedroom door like a pro!  I had to sneak into his room to plug in my heat gun...LOL, those were the days.  It's crazy how much 'stuff' I have...so much of it is still in boxes from the move that I'm doing a massive purge in May.  I'm lucky that my community has bi-annual community garage sales...they put up signs and do advertising.  I advertise on Craigslist and put up a balloon at the end of the driveway and cross my fingers that I can move my stuff.  This year it is May 15 & 16th.  If you're a Washingtonian...you should come.  I have a couple other bloggers that are joining me so it'll be worth your time.




You'll want to head over to the Winnie & Walter blog because I have a ton of projects over there today...you know, this 'n that!  

Remember, I'm going to be giving away a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card {I'm matching Julie & Shay's!}.  It'll work the same way, leave comments on the Winnie & Walter Saturday posts here my personal blog for the month of March and I'll do a random draw for one lucky winner!

You'll want to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to check out all my projects and to leave a comment to be eligible for a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card (thanks Julie & Shay!) give-a-way!  I'm going to do a random draw on the comments that are left on the Saturday Leading Lady posts on the Winnie & Walter blog!

Thank YOU so much for all of your support this month...it's been so much fun AND much appreciated.


Friday, March 27, 2015

Chickaniddy Crafts: March Color Trend






I'm so excited to be able to share a Chickaniddy Crafts project today!  I'd love for you to join me over on the


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

neat & tangled: crafting is my jam




Hello!

I was up in the Neat & Tangled blog the other day but wanted to share my card over here.

Neat & Tangled and Cosmo Cricket recently did a collaboration.  We had the opportunity to use their new Just Add Watercolor paper.  It's pretty glorious, that's what is my background panel.


I fussy cut a to go cup and stamped it up with the newest Crafting is my Jam stamp set.

I added a couple strips of American Crafts glitter tape and some Neat & Tangled Powder Blue Sequins.


Can you see the delicate pattern in the base?

I used a gold pen to check off the sequins & glitter box.

Make sure to check out the March Release HERE.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Butterfly Reflections Ink: things that go together




I've been having so much fun being the March Guestie at Butterfly Reflections Ink!

I couldn't resist picking up the Avery Elle set:

We Go Together clear stamps



I teamed it up with the Pebbles 6x6 pad

We Go Together

Can you see the frosting on the donut?  I've added glossy accents to it.

The chunky Martha yarn is from my stash, love that stuff:)

Make sure you stop by the store and check out all the fun goodies!

I'm going to be pretty quiet this week...no worries though, it's all good.  More on the deets later♡




Saturday, March 21, 2015

curtain call - jelly bean: just a note






There's still time to join us


photo source: color.romanuke.com

I combined one of my favorite paper collections, Dear lizzy/Neapolitan with Reverse Confetti!

paper:  dear lizzy neapolitan  stamps:  reverse confetti/lots to say  ink:  memento tuxedo  other:  reverse confetti more than jelly beans/double banner garland confetti cuts, pink felt/impress, misc button, solid white divine twine

Pink Felt Bunny = Yes, Please!

The sentiments are from the Reverse Confetti Lots to Say.


So excited, there's going to be a baby in the family.  Darin's sister is going to be a GRANDMA!

lots to say
lots to say

more than jelly beans
more than jelly beans - confetti cuts

double banner
double banner garland - confetti cuts

Make sure you check out the Curtain Call blog for more inspiration.


Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Take Three & Giveaway!




...and I'm back with Take Three!

Let's get started, shall we?!

Today's theme:  One Sketch ● Three different Ways

I was thrilled to see Winnie & Walter sponsoring AND playing along with the



I'm a sketch junkie so I thought it would be fun to work on three different projects inspired by the same sketch....for a twist, I used the same 6x6 paper pad, Pink Paislee's Bella Rouge.  Each project has it's own different look!

I'll share one of my projects here, but you'll want to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to see all three projects!

I made a tag shaker that is filled with heart shaped wood veneer along with some of the 1st Birthday Bash Sequins Mix!


The happy has been stamped on vellum and the birthday on a tab of black cardstock.  They are both from The Big, the Bold and the Happy.

The polka dot panel base has been separated by one of the images from Scenery:  Stripes.  I'm loving the boldness of the black heat embossing.

You'll want to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to check out all my projects and to leave a comment to be eligible for a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card (thanks Julie & Shay!) give-a-way!  I'm going to do a random draw on the comments that are left on the Saturday Leading Lady posts on the Winnie & Walter blog!

Before you go, remember, I'm going to be giving away a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card {I'm matching Julie & Shay's!}.  It'll work the same way, leave comments on the Winnie & Walter Saturday posts here my personal blog for the month of March and I'll do a random draw for one lucky winner!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Uniko Studio Challenge Guest Designer: Birthday Wishes






I'm thrilled to be guesting over at Uniko Studio Challenge!  Make sure you pop over to the Uniko Studio Blog to check out how the design team and my guestie teamie, Emily, was inspired!

Challenge #19
Anything goes with optional sketch


Yes!  I love sketch challenges!

Here's how I was inspired:


I played with 



I love that there are several different sentiment/font choices!

-challenges will run for 2 weeks only and will begin on the 3rd Friday of each month

-you can use any stamps in the challenges

-you can enter as many times as you want and enter as many other challenges as you want combined with ours.

You have until April 3rd to link up!

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chickaniddy Crafts March Trends: Chevrons






I'm so excited to be able to share a Chickaniddy Crafts project today!  I'd love for you to join me over on the


neat & tangled: sequins & glitter





Hello!

I'm up on the Neat & Tangled blog today!

Here's a sneak peek at my supplies:

crafting is my jam
crafting is my jam

powder blue sequins
powder blue sequins
I'd love for you to pop by and say Hello!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

hello.



Hello!

Here's a fun everyday card:

cardstock:  stampin' up basic black, mft steel grey, recollections/110/white, american crafts glitter paper, cherry wood veneer paper  stamps:  reverse confetti/the tweet life  ink:  memento tuxedo, fresh ink charcoal copics  other:  reverse confetti/spring fling quick card panel, mme enamel dots, reverse confetti/love note, the tweet life, puppy love/confetti cuts

I'm so lovin' the new, The Tweet Life!!  So cute!  I cut a Quick Card Panel with the Love Note Confetti Cut.

Do you see that heart?  It's Cherry Wood Veneer...love that stuff and when I use Fresh Ink, it stamps wonderfully...no bleeding.  The hello is from The Tweet Life set.

I'm stockpiling cards to send to my friend and her daughter.  My friend is a single mom who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer as a non-smoker...super sad :(  I'm sure that this card will make her smile!

the tweet life
the tweet life

the tweet life - confetti cuts
the tweet life - confetti cuts

double banner barland - confetti cuts
double banner garland - confetti cuts

love note - confetti cuts
love note - confetti cuts

puppy love - confetti cuts
puppy love - confetti cuts

spring fling - quick card panel
spring fling - quick card panel

I was inspired by

retro sketches #156


Thanks so much for stoppin' by!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

happy no. 50




Hello Hello!

I'm thrilled to be guesting for Butterfly Reflections Ink!  I'm a fan of both their BLOG and their SHOP.  I've been super lucky since the shop has been filled with so many new & fun goodies this month!  Make sure you check it OUT!

I snuck into my office this morning and took a couple quick photo's of the birthday card I made Darin:

cardbase:  michael's value pack  cardstock:  recollections/110/white, stampin' up night of navy  stamps:  avery elle/fly by  ink:  memento tuxedo, fireworks bahama blue, various copics, stampin' up white embossing powder  other:  avery elle/fly by dies, craft foam red/white, lawn fawn stitched journal card

Oh yes, as soon as I saw the Avery Elle Fly By set, I knew that I needed to buy it!   The banner has been heat embossed in white on Stampin' up Night of Navy.  The airplane has been colored in various shades of copic grey.  I did the ink smooshing technique using Fireworks Bahama Blue.  The clouds, are cut from white craft foam.

Here's a shot of the interior:


I can't seem to get enough of the craft foam!

Isn't this a fun new set by Avery Elle?!



I was inspired by Avery Elle's AEI♥U challenge



I've not been very good about blog hopping lately.  There's been so much going on the last couple of weeks, my life has been super busy.  Darin's 50th birthday festivities will be wrapping up tomorrow when the remaining family members will be headed home.  We managed to put together 2 birthday parties and a breakfast gathering...whew!  The kids and I will be traveling soon, more on that later.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady Take Two & Giveaway!



I'm back with Winnie & Walter - Leading Lady Take Two!  I'll be up on the Winnie & Walter Blog every Saturday this month.  I'll be sharing some special projects and you have a chance to win a $30 card just by leaving a comment.  Aren't Julie & Shay awesome for letting me give away a gift card?  I'll do a random draw after March 28th and the winner will be posted on the W&W blog.   Guess what?  I decided to match their $30 Gift card and offer another one here on my blog.  Same rules apply, you leave comments on all my Leading Lady posts here on my blog for the month of March, every Saturday, and I'll draw a winner after March 28th.

I'm sneak peeking one of my projects on my blog, I have 2 additional projects on the Winnie & Walter blog!

Today's theme:  Crazy about Kraft

I started off with a kraft bag and layered, front and back:

cardstock:  strathmore watercolor  stamps:  winnie & walter/the party  ink: stampin' up white embossing powder, fresh ink/coral  other:  winnie & walter/in a word:  love cutaway, whisker graphics kraft bag, american crafts glitter cardstock, t$pot clipboard, recollections clothespin

The In a Word:  Love Cutaway was teamed up with glitter cardstock.   I did a messy wash with coral ink all over the white embossed blooms from The Party set.  

The clipboard?  I love the Target dollar spot!  







Remember, I'm going to be giving away a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card {I'm matching Julie & Shay's!}.  It'll work the same way, leave comments on the Winnie & Walter Saturday posts here my personal blog for the month of March and I'll do a random draw for one lucky winner!

You'll want to pop over to the Winnie & Walter blog to check out all my projects and to leave a comment to be eligible for a $30 Winnie & Walter Gift card (thanks Julie & Shay!) give-a-way!  I'm going to do a random draw on the comments that are left on the Saturday Leading Lady posts on the Winnie & Walter blog!