Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bear in a Box

I'm playing along with the Your Next Stamp challenge following their sketch:

I've used the YNS stamp set called Box Full of Cuteness, and it really is cute! I've used the bear in the box and colored it with my Tombow markers, and fussy cut him out, then popped him up into the box.

The papers are from the YNS For the Boys paper pad, and I added some of their enamel gumdrops as well. I have some other ideas for this set, without using the box. Now to just find some more time to play.

Thank you you for visiting!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Neutrals Journal Page

Today's journal page was inspired by the Double D challenge this time, which is Neutrals with Texture:

Lots of layers were added to this page, crumpled paper, embossed paper, punched flowers, die cut butterflies, ribbon, raffia, buttons, and a mini paper clip. The butterflies are a Stampin' Up! framelit die, and I used vanilla card stock on them, and chose to sponge just one.

The sentiment/quote is from the Unity August kit of the month, and was die cut with a retired C.C. Designs die. I like how this turned out, and another page done in my personal journal(which is an old microwave cookbook).

Thank you so much for having a look!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Snoopy Punch Art

I saw this cute snoopy punch art on Pinterest quite awhile ago, and am just now getting around to making one. I haven't made any punch art for a long time, so I browsed my Pinterest board for inspiration.

Snoopy is very easy to make, just two oval and two circle punches, a scrap of white for his legs and a scrap of black for his collar. I drew on the eye, mouth and claws. All punches I used are from Stampin' Up!, some have been retired.

I used a grass border die from Your Next Stamp for the background. The dog house was made by embossing two pieces of red card with two different folders. I hand cut the roof angles, and punched a black circle for the door. It was fairly quick to put together, and perfect for any Peanuts or Snoopy fan.

Thanks so much for your visit!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Ice Cream

Ice Cream in Summer is the perfect treat, no matter which flavor you choose! These cute images are one stamp from a Unity kit of the month. Instead of coloring them all in, I went with a soft background for each using Distress Oxide ink.(which is becoming a favorite of mine!)

After the piece was all dry, I die cut it and the background layer with my C.C. Designs dies. The sentiment was a free gift with purchase stamp from Unity. It goes perfectly with these ice cream images. I punched it out with a Stampin' Up! tag punch and added a few enamel dots.

I made this card for a friend because she really is much cooler than me! :) 

Thank you for having a look!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Tags for a Friend

I'm joining the monthly challenge at Joy Clair, where they always have and Anything Goes theme. Their DT is sharing 'some of my favorites', so I'm using some of my favorite stamp sets from Joy Clair.

The sweet girl is from the Let's Celebrate set. It's a birthday themed set, with cute balloons, sentiments, and fun accent images. I only used the Girl on this card. I colored her with my Tombow markers onto Bristol 300 series paper. I chose some girly papers from C.C. Designs along with their tags dies. I just layered them up and stamped the sentiment from the Joy Clair Bandana Bits onto another small tag and added some pretty ribbon to it.

I also added a few enamel dots for accents. A perfect card to send to just say Hi. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Patterns and Color

Sharing a card I made for the Paper Smooches July challenge, which is Anything Goes.

I stamped and colored the flowers from the PS Best Buds set with various alcohol markers. I fussy cut them all out, and used the PS Crystal Clear 1 jar die to put them in. I chose this swirly paper for the jar, and it wasn't until I had everything put together that I thought it's kind of funky looking. Bright colors, and bold patterns in the paper and washi tapes at the bottom, just doesn't appeal to my style. But it is what it is!

I stamped the sentiment from the Lovely Thoughts set with Oxide ink, matching the flowers as closely as I could to try and tie it together.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pop of Color

The new challenge at Double D's is Black and White with a pop of color:

I decided to join in and use this retired paper from Stampin' Up! that I've been hoarding :) It's so pretty, and lends itself to be colored in or not. So, following the them, I colored the roses with my new Copic set. I also added just a few hints of green by just tracing the outline of the leaves and vines.

The sentiment is also retired from a Stampin' Up! stamp set, but goes perfectly with this card. No embellishments is needed, the roses are all the focus.

Thank you for having a look!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

For the Boys

I recently added some Boy images to my stamp collection. This is from C.C. Designs called, Four Seasons Boys. There is four different seasonal images that are in this set. I chose the Summer image, and colored him following the CAS on Friday challenge which the theme is Primary Colors.

He is colored with my Spectrum markers, and die cut with a C.C. Designs die. I added in a little more color with pattern papers, and the sentiment comes from a Paper Smooches set called Knick Knacks. One enamel dot on it's banner and done. I enjoyed coloring him up, but it was odd to not add pretty, Girly

Thank you so much for visiting!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Journal Page

Sharing a page I made for my journal. The kraft paper background was packing material in an order I got, it makes perfect background layers. I used my Unity kit of the month to stamp all the images.

These cute birds are water colored with my new Gamsi set. It's my first time using 'real' water colors, so they will take some getting used to. The birdies are up to your imagination to make them into whatever you like, I love that about stamps like this.

I added some washi tape borders to the page, and glued the birds down. I didn't want any other embellishments on this, just the stamped images. A cute page with another great encouraging sentiment.

Thanks for your visit!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Marker Coloring on Bristol Paper

I ordered a new paper pad for my marker coloring, and these are some samples I did. The paper is Bristol Smooth 300 Series in 100 lb. I am very happy with this new to me paper. I didn't get any bleeding from coloring, and the Tombow sample I did was quite wet, and the paper didn't pill either. So it's better than any other paper I've ever used.

I also finally broke down and bought a 6 pack of Copic markers in the Floral Favorites. And I have to say that I like them way more than my Spectrum markers! The brush tip is fantastic, and they seem to blend so much better. I started my alcohol marker coloring with Letraset years ago, then bought all of the Spectrum marker packs. The price of them is very inexpensive, but now that I've used the Copic one's, I think it's going to be hard to switch back! :) Now I need to get a flesh tones pack and see how I like coloring faces!

You can see in my samples that I got way more definition from the Copic markers. The Spectrum markers just gives more of a blended look. The bottom sample is colored with my Tombow dye ink markers. I love these better than any other dye marker I own. They really do blend well, I just don't have many colors of them(for now!) :)

The floral stamps I used are from Altenew, and are from the Garden Treasures set. This is a layering stamp set, but I only used the outline images. They have some beautiful stamp sets, and I'm sure I will be getting a few more.

So that's my take on this paper, and the different markers used. Hopefully this paper will be around for awhile and not get discontinued, or I'll have to start all over again!! Thanks so much for your visit!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Blog Hoppin' with Unity

I'm taking part in the Growing In Unity Blog Hop today. I've used the Unity Stamp Co kit called Girl Truly. It's one of their monthly sentiment kits. I inked the large flowers and leaves with Distress Oxide inks. The sentiment is inked with Black Versafine, and is popped up with foam tape. I added some washi and a few enamel dots for accents. A quick card to put together, and the flowers are so pretty, they really don't need colored in.

If you would like to follow along the hop, the previous stop is Sandra, and the next stop is Amy. Or, you can see the full list at the Unity blog.

Thanks for hopping with us!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CAS Flower

Finally getting around to playing with my Unity Stamp Co. June kit of the month. I stamped this large flower twice on two different pattern papers from C.C. Designs, and stamped the leaves onto some soft green paper from Your Next Stamp.

I fussy cut them all out, and decided to put the lavender one on top. I highlighted the stamens with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from the Unity kit Constance Girl. It's all glued down to a lavender card base.

I am entering this into the CAS on Friday challenge, with their theme of Flowers. Thank you for having a look!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Vacation Photos

I took lots of photos of our trip to Oscoda, Michigan, and I'll share a few of them. This is on our way out at 6:00 a.m. We stopped at Bob Evans for breakfast. Three quads in tow on our trailer, and the back of the truck is full of our camping gear. It's about a 6 hour drive up there, and we made good time despite all the weight we were hauling.

This is Lake Huron, very close to where we camped.

We did some sight seeing on our second day. This is high above the Ausable River. Then we went down below and saw lots of wildlife. Swans, turtles, frogs, and pretty dragonflies.

My Son and I took some time to play at the beach that was in the campground. The Ausable River is damed up in a few spots to create small lakes, and this one is called Foote Pond. The water is so much clearer here, my husband said it's because of the sand. There isn't any dirt to cause it to be brown. Lake Erie near where I live is not this clear.

The first photo is a hut that we came across about 6 miles from where we started. Obviously made for winter time riding. Some trails are for snow mobiles only, and this is a perfect spot to warm up. The second photo is a big sand hill that is fun to ride on. These are scattered throughout the miles and miles of trails in this area.

And our last night here, my Son and I walked to the very end of the campground where there are cabins and yurts to rent. I thought this was a pretty scene to take a photo of the river. We had a great time, and my husband can't wait to take another trip up here! The trail riding is great. You can ride all day, and never be on the same trail, and hardly see anyone else. There just isn't anything like this where we live.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hi there! Finally getting to share something on my blog, it's been a couple weeks! Just been busy doing Summer time things, vacation, and work. I have been able to do a little crafting in between :)

This card is made with some of the goodies I picked out from my winnings from the Your Next Stamp challenge. The stamp set is called Box Full of Cuteness, and has many adorable little animals to peek out of the box image, and sentiments to go along too. The paper I used for the box is called For the Boys and has fun plaids, BBQ images, and is perfect for any Summer project. I fussy cut out the box and puppy, which I colored with Prisma pencils.

The pawprints at the top is a new YNS die that I also got. Goes perfectly with this stamp set. It's a single paw, and I just moved it along and die cut it. The cardstock, ink and twine are all from Stampin Up.

I'll share some photos of our vacation later. We took our four wheelers to Michigan and rode their awesome trails up there. Miles and miles of trails! I have uploaded a couple videos on my Youtube channel if you'd like to have a look. There is a link to my channel at my sidebar.

Thanks for having a look!! 

Monday, June 12, 2017


Sharing a card I made for the current monthly Paper Smooches challenge which is Men this time.

My card isn't very 'Manly', but definitely for the Guys. I've used the Paper Smooches stamp set called Party Pose, and colored the cute turtle with my Spectrum markers and fussy cut him out. I've also used the PS birch tree dies, and for the grass under them the foliage dies, just cutting the tops off the leaves.

I used some retired SU papers for the background, and stamped the 'dude' from the PS Word Salad set, trimmed to a banner and added some dots to continue the sentiment into the inside.

These sentiments are all in the Party Pose set, and I added a funny strip of balloon paper. Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pastel Card Set

Sharing a card set I made following the current Joy Clair challenge.


I went with the pastel colors, and used the Joy Clair stamp set called Hugs & Smiles. I stamped the corner flower image with ink matching the cardstock color. Then I went over it again with white ink, and stamped it a little off from the original image to give a bit of a shadow look. All the cards are made this way, and I stamped different sentiments on each.

A quick card set to make, and a perfect little gift. Thanks so much for your visit!