"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Taking Blog Break

Hello friends!
Just wanted to let you know in case you don't "see" me around very much that I am taking a break from blogging for a while.

There's nothing wrong, I just have many things going on right now and I know that I will not be having much time left over for blogging.  I don't know for how long it will be, but thank you so much for your support and stopping by to visit my posts!  Your comments have meant so much to me and I appreciate each and every one of them!

Until next time, keep on stamping those smiles! :)


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Warm Colors for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!
Swinging by to share a new challenge with you for
The challenge this week is to use "Warm Colors/Hues" on your creations
Spring is a great time to think about warm colors for sure!

Here's the card that I made for this challenge:
We are sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps this week and this is what I have used on my card today!  I saw that adorable Freebie image called "Spring Boot" and grabbed it before it was gone!  LOL!

I have printed it out and colored it in with my Copics.  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it out.  I tried as much as possible to stick to the red, orange and yellow hues for my design.  I was happy to have found some older papers in my stash to pull them out and use for my card too.   I have taken the sketch from a challenge (see below) and just popped in the yellow and reds to go with my image.  I used some kraft card stock for layers, punched out some photo corners in red card stock and die cut a stitched oval in red card stock for the layer under the image.  Lastly, I've added some matching yellow ribbon for an accent around the card front.  I've attached all of these layers onto a white top folding A2 sized card base.

Here's a closer look at the details:
Here on the image panel, I used a ink foam blending tool and sponged some kraft ink around the edges which really makes the white layer underneath show up.

I took some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and covered the orange dragonfly and flowers.  I've also used some glossy accents over the heart on the boot and the lady bug body.  I've also taken some clear glitter Stickles for the center of each flower and then I used the liquid pearls to add a few dimensional accent dots on the image.

Please stop on over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and hope you can join us this week!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


1.  Sketch Saturday 

2.  Sweet Stampers - Easter or Spring

3.  Come & Get It - Springtime

4.  Crafty Cardmakers - Spring into Spring

5.  Use Yours Stuff - Spring is in the Air

6.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Happy Birthday to You, Lawn Fawn!

Hello friends!
You know I couldn't miss the fun new challenge over at the
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog!

They have started up their very own challenge blog during the month of March in honor of their 7th birthday year!  So of course I had to play along...and I thought the special occasion deserved a little special creation too:
I thought this new Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die from Lawn Fawn was adorable!  What a fun way to send a Spring birthday wish too!  I thought it would be fun to attach the extra little banner in honor of Lawn Fawn's birthday as well!  LOL!

So for my design, I die cut the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die from some kraft card stock.  I used the Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper to cut out the stitched panels on each scalloped panel.  I've also sponged around the edges of the box with some brown distress ink.

For the inside of the box, I've used the new Fab Flowers with the coordinating dies to stamp and cut out my flowers with.  I have used several of the new inks from Lawn Fawn too!  I have used:  Ballet Slippers, Bubblegum, Minty Fresh, Grape Soda, Fake Tan, Sunflower, Mermaid, Fresh Lavender and Black Licorice.  I had to use some Stampin' Up! ink pads for the green colors.  I need to shop for some of those fun LF ink pads still! :)

Before attaching my flowers and stems to the inside of the box, I used the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die to line the inside of the of the box tabs.  I stamped the sentiment on the front panel from the LF Happy Happy Happy stamp set.  I also wrapped a piece of twine around that same flap and attached one of my butterflies.

For the Lawn Fawn banner, I used the LF Bannerific stamp set and coordinating dies.  I colored in the birds and the banner with my Copics and spelled out Lawn Fawn with the Smitty's ABC stamp set.  I attached the birds onto the banner to look as if they are holding it up in the air and then attached the banner onto a two strips of clear acetate.

Here's a closer look at some of the flowers:
I have taken my black gel pen to add some dot detail onto some of the flowers along with parts of the butterflies.  I love the soft Spring colors and look forward to seeing many more blooms popping up in my own yard!

I hope you've enjoyed my special birthday card today!
I'm going to hop on over to see some more inspiration over at the challenge....there are so many entries over there now!

Thanks so much for dropping by and I'll see you soon!


1.  Lawn Fawnatics - birthday themed project (Brand NEW! - 1st challenge!)

2.  4 Crafty Chicks (4CC343) - Punches or Dies (dies only)

3. {Cupcake Inspirations} 400th challenge celebration! - birthday theme with a past challenge

Here's the past challenge that I chose to use:

4.  Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

5.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Rain Dance

Hello friends!
Spring weather has started over my way and with Spring comes many rain days which is what is happening right now.  I was hoping that the warm weather would come sooner, but instead, I have used the weather to help inspire my art journal page that I'm sharing today!

**For those of you just following along:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

Of course as with some of my creations, it takes off in a totally different direction than what I have planned out in my mind!  If you have worked with some type of mixed media art, then you know there are SO many different types of media that you can use to create with.  If you're not careful with how you use them, they can have a negative outcome on your project that you were not intended to get!  I am still learning how to mix and what goes and what does NOT!  :)
Here's the latest take on my AJ page which I've called:  "RAIN DANCE"
(This page measures 9"x 6")
I started with some ripped up paper that I found in my stash with numbers on it.  I thought I could use these as clouds.  The numbers are actually black in color, but after I put them on my page (prepped with some gesso), I covered them with some blended ink which took on the color of the inks that I was putting down.  (I first used oxide inks for the background just to see if there was any difference than the distress inks.)  The inks "washed away" a bit when I added a layer of matte medium over it, but it was still faintly there, so I left it alone.  I then took some MFT Hybrid inks to stamp the tiny rain lines all over the background with the Nightshift Blue color.  I took the Ranger Jet Black ink to stamp the silhouette girl and the water drip images at the top of the page as well as the water droplets across the middle of the page.  I also stamped the umbrella on a separate piece of watercolor paper, fussy cut it out and used the matte medium to attach it to my page.  (The rain lines, silhouette girl and umbrella came from the Altenew stamp set Dancing in the Rain. The water drip and droplets are rubber stamps from Designs by Ryn.)

I then took a raindrop stencil and used some embossing paste over the page with it.  I waited for it to dry and then covered it with some blue Nuvo cream mousse.  I wanted to add a bit more sparkle to the raindrops, so I covered them with some Nuvo Glitter Drops.   (I added the glitter AFTER I did the following.....)

I thought I was going to have a clever idea of taking some distress stain sprays and making my own "drips" running down the page.  This didn't work out so well for me because it was too dark at the top and I had to keep rubbing it off!  I captured a few drips at the bottom here and there that you can see with the purple and blue colors.

Lastly, I took my Faber Castel Big Pitt markers to color in the umbrella, and around all of the images on the page including around the ripped cloud papers for extra dimension.  I also went around the edges of the page.  I took a white gel pen to add dots to the umbrella and highlights on the water drips and girl silhouette.  I took my Micron pen to add the sentiment and put a few highlights onto that as well.  (This is where I added the Nuvo Glitter drops.)  I then took my Micron pen after the glitter was dry and traced around those drops too.

Here's a closer view at some of the details:
I also took a Micron pen to go around all of the water drips and drops.  You can see some of the background details from the inks and sprays that it left.

I've learned that especially with a solid image, it is really hard to get a complete impression on a page no matter how many times you try to stamp it!  So that's where those Faber Castell Pitt Big Brush Markers come in handy to fill in any missing areas!  I've also used them to add a bit of blue shading to make it seem she's splashing around in the puddles.

Here's a closer look at the sentiment.  This is only the second time that I have used my hand writing on my art journal work.  As like the sentiment, I am learning to "dance" in the rain too! :)  Sometimes you just need to embrace something that you try to avoid....like the rain.

I know I still have much to learn with media and how they work or not together, but I have been having so much fun with this!  I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page this month!
Please hop on over to Asha's blog to see her latest page!  I know it will be amazing!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!
See you soon!


1.  Art Journal Journey - Out & About

Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - STAMPlorations Style!

Hello friends!
Spring is here and it also means that it's time again for the

For this blog hop, I'm excited to join along with
 one more time before my Guest Design spot ends this month and share some brand new coffee products with you!!  Yay!
Shery has recently released some brand new products especially for you coffee/tea lovers out there!
You can check out all of the products HERE!  She is also one of the Super Sponsors for this blog hop...so please be sure you stop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more fun stuff!!

**If you go shopping, don't forget to use this special code below for 20% off!!!**:
Shery of STAMPlorations is very generous and kind to not only myself, but to all of my blog readers as well!  She is offering a special discount code to all of you!  Since I am a guest designer through the end of March with her, she is offering a 20% discount for anything in her store including sale items!  So when you go shopping, be sure to use this code at checkout:
(this is not case sensitive & remember it cannot be combined with other discount codes.)
I will leave this discount code underneath the STAMPlorations DT badge at the sidebar of my blog in case you forget and need to grab it real quick while you are shopping.  ENJOY!! :)
***please note that this code will expire after March 31st!***

Here are the cards that I've created for this hop with the new STAMPlorations goodies:
When I think of Spring, I think about all of the pretty colors, flowers blooming and butterflies fluttering around.  So I wanted to try and capture all of this with my card design here.

I've also been trying to get out my new Ranger Oxide inks to play with, so I took them out to create this fun oxide background you see. I then wanted to play around the STAMPlorations Shower of Flutters stencil, so I took some Versamark ink and layered that over the stencil and then embossed it with white EP.  I then took some more distress ink to make the butterflies more prominent without going over too far on the embossing lines.  I like the way the embossing graduates out.

For the coffee, I took the STAMPlorations new stamp called Framed Coffee for One and stamped it with Oxide ink on a piece of vanilla card stock.  I used the same oxide ink color to darken around the edges of it for an oxide look.  I also stamped it again in black ink over white card stock as well as in black ink over this beautiful STAMPlorations FREEBIE image that you can check out HERE.  I also stamped it one more time with black ink over a kraft colored card stock.  I did a bit of "paper piecing" with all of these by fussy cutting out the cup in all of these:  bottom layer of the coffee cup is the floral pattern that I colored with Copics.  The white based image, I just cut out the lid and straw and glued that over top of my floral stamped image.  I then took the kraft based image and only cut out the "sleeve" on the cup.  I popped that out with some foam tape.  I layered all of this onto another kraft layer at a titled angle on my design.

For the banner hanging down, I have stamped the sentiment from the STAMPlorations Literary Caffeine-ations stamp set with both light and dark brown oxide inks.  I used these oxide inks to create the look around the edges of the banner.  I stamped the butterfly from the STAMPlorations Scribbly Splattery Grunge stamp set with oxide ink.  I had a punch in my stamp that I cut it out with.  I attached the butterfly and a piece of twine with a pink enamel dot on the banner and then popped that up with foam tape over my design.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
You can see the details of my paper piecing and that I've also added some shimmer to the flowers with my Spectrum Noir glitter pen.

Yes, I have yet ANOTHER card to share with you today!!
I felt like doing some coloring , so I took the gorgeous STAMPlorations FREEBIE image and printed it out smaller than I did on the above Framed Coffee Cup card.  I even cut off the edges so that it would fit on my A2 sized card base.  I colored it in with my Copics, cut it out to fit my card and layered it onto a piece of black card stock.

I took the new STAMPlorations Thanks a Latte die and cut it out in black card stock and attached it over the colored image.  I punched a tiny butterfly to add to the tail end of it.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I've used my metallic, black and white gel pens to add details to the image.

So that's it for me today!
I wanted to be sure to take the time to say thank you to Shery and her wonderful family for having me along as a guest designer for the last three months....it has been an absolutely pleasure!  Always fun to play with these lovely products and I know I will continue to do so!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you've enjoyed my creations!
See you soon!


1.  STAMPlorations Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge

2.  Coffee Loving Card Makers - Spring 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

3.  AAA Cards - CAS game #86 - die cuts (for second card)

4.  Simon Says Stamp Monday - Layer it Up (For first card)

5.  Fab 'n' Funky - Flowers

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It's Spring Fever Over at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
Are you ready for Spring?!  I sure am!  I'm ready for warmer weather!
Wanted to pop in and share the new challenge with you over at
This week's challenge is "Spring Fever"!  (I think we are all feeling it!)
We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Here's the card that I've created for this challenge:
I couldn't resist playing along with some new goodies that I got from Lawn Fawn! :)
This looks like my Mocca checking outside the window to see what's going on.  LOL!

To start with, I used a piece of gray A2 sized top folding card base for my design.  I took the My Favorite Things Small Brick Wall stencil and stenciled the brick background over my card base with some Pumice Stone distress ink.

I have used the LF Wonderful Window die to cut out a window for the front of my card!  For the flower box and flowers in front of it, I just cut those out in white and colored them in with my Copics and distress inks.  (I did the same for the flowers at the bottom in the grass.)  I also colored in the tiny heart from the negative of the die and popped that back into the window.  I thought it just added a something extra to the design.  For the background behind the window, I just cut out some paper to attach to it from the LF Watercolor Wishes paper.  (I really like how the windows open up and you can leave them open or shut...so I decided to close one and open the other on my design.)  For the curtain, I used the LF Fancy Scalloped Rectangle dies and cut it so that it would go behind my window at an angle.

You'll notice Mocca sitting in the window which I took from the LF Happy Howloween set and used the coordinating dies to cut her out with and attached her to the inside open window. (She was also colored with Copics.)  The flower box below the window was popped up with some foam tape.

For the bottom portion of my design, I used the LF Grassy Border die to from a strip of green card stock.  Before attaching it to the bottom of my card, I white heat embossed the sentiment from the LF How You Bean? stamp set and sponged some green distress ink along the bottom for shading.  As mentioned above, this is where I took the flower tops colored with Copics and glued them in random spots on the grass border.

Lastly, I took the raindrops from the LF Spring Showers die to die cut some raindrops out of the LF Watercolor Wishes paper again.  I glued them in random areas on the card front and then covered them with a glitter pen for a bit of shimmer.

Here's a closer view at some of the details:
Here you can better see the dimension on the window open as well as the flower box underneath the window.  You can also better see the shimmer on the raindrops.

I do love a nice warm Spring rain, don't you?  I'm just waiting for the warm part now! LOL!
Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and to enter the challenge with us!

Thanks for dropping by today and I'll see you soon! :)


1.  Creative Corner - For the Dogs

2.  Send a Smile 4 Kids - Animal Cards

3.  City Crafter - Through the Window

4.  Tuesday Throwdown (TT335) - Add dimension

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - More than 1 die or punch (I've used 5 dies!)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lucky Lil Birdie Bringing Good Luck!

Hello friends!
Wanted to play along with the From the Heart Monthly challenge and this cute image actually came at a great time because I needed a card for someone to wish luck on a couple of life events getting ready to happen.

Here's the card I cam up with using this cute image:
This image is called "Lucky Lil Birdie" at From the Heart Digital Stamps.  I just love that smile on his face!  I have also based my card on the current sketch at the FTH blog.  (see below).

To start out, I've printed him out twice from my computer.  I colored in the horseshoe he's holding as well as his hands and the green clovers he's holding with my Copics.  I've added some extra shimmer to the horseshoe with a clear Noir Spectrum glitter pen.  I then cut that portion of the image out with my scissors and went along the edges with a black marker to cover any white showing.  I colored the other image completely with Copics.  I used a cloud stencil that I made previously from a die cut and sponged some blue ink in the background for sky.  I then used some foam squares to pop up the horseshoe portion of the image over the whole image to give some dimension.

The rest is pretty simple as I followed the sketch and cut a piece of green plaid paper from the Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper, I've added a border of black card stock and also layered the main image with black card stock .  I added a portion of a sentiment that was included with the stamp set, which was also printed out on my computer.  I just cut out what I wanted and made my own banner that was popped up with foam squares at the bottom right portion of my card.

The card base is an A2 sized top folding white card stock piece.
Here's a closer look at the cute image:
Here you can better see the shimmer from the horseshoe he's holding as well as get a better view of the dimension from it being popped out with foam squares.

I hope it will bring a little bit of extra luck to the recipient or at least bring a smile! :)
Thanks so much for dropping by today!
I'll be seeing you soon!


1.  From the Heart - March Digital SOTM

2.  i {heart} Sketches - sketch with twist: easy does it

3.  Just Add Ink - Just Add "L" - Luky, Luck, Lime Green, Lil Birdie

4.  Alphabet Challenge - 'A' for Aything with Wings

5.  Come and Get It - Anything Goes

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