Mojo Monday: a little note

good morning!!!

wow! has it really been a WEEK since i last posted???  i guess time flies when you’re having fun!  i have been working myself to death!  luckily i love my work!  i have all sorts of news to share with you today so grab a cuppa coffee and let’s go!


Our latest issue of Through the Craft Room Door is at the printers and soon on it’s way to mailboxes.  i LOVE this one – so much info, great projects and best of all a wee bit of a facelift.  no drastic changes but definitely some polish.  this involved me learning an entirely new, complicated bit of software at break neck speed but i am a serious software junkie so i loved every minute of it!  i can’t wait to hear what our readers think!  if you are NOT already a subscriber you can get all of that info on our website – TTCRD subscription.

We have also GREATLY expanded our website and boy do we have loads of fun planned!!!  we are quickly approaching our 1 year birthday and we think that calls for a PARTY!  and this party will be open to ALL – subscribers and non subscribers alike.  think games, challenges and a heap of goodies to give out to YOU!  a fun time will be had by all i assure you!

We will also be opening up a new challenge – every 2 weeks we will issue a challenge for anyone who wants to participate.  of course a challenge will need a design team so we will be posting a call for creative folks like YOU!

Current subscribers – Magazine content and all of the tutorials and videos that go along with a subscription is still only accessible to current subscribers.

In addition we now have a referral points system in place so be sure to check out the details of that HERE.  what do you get for points?  cold hard CASH or the equivalent in a gift certificate to your favorite crafting store!!!!  EVERYONE can earn points so be sure to read all about that and get started on your collection!  We have received SO MUCH support over the last year and we want to give something in return!

Get the details on all of this and more by checking in on our News & Events page!

Pezadoodle {digi} Designs

Yup i am going digital – not digi stamps mind you but designing digital elements for YOU!  i have been doing this for quite some time for myself and friends and just love it!  i hear alot of the folks who do this are seriously backed up so i thought i’d offer my services!  here is a price breakdown:

Banners (non-flashing) – $25

  • Blogs
  • Etsy stores


  • Non-flashing – $15
  • Flashing – $35

Watermark – $5

Siggy – $10

Advertisement Banners or Sidebars

  • Non flashing – $30
  • Flashing – $50

These are fully customized for you!  you dream it, i create it!  You can see samples on my digi page HERE.


One last tidbit before we get on to my project!  tomorrow is release day for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design.  we will be doing the usual blog hop fun!  i hope you will all join us!


hahhaha i felt like my project needed a title too 😛

i used the current Mojo Monday sketch for today’s cute card.  i decided to do the square version.  In addition I have entered it for the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Stamp Something: Flowers

My friend Elizabeth of Softpencil has been working very hard on loads of new things and has just released some new Easter digis – oh so cute in her adorable signature style.  i decided i needed to get some printed off from my collection and managed to get one colored up:

isn’t it cute!  i love love love the simplicity of the images – so relaxing to color.  i did this one using Prismas and Gamsol – i usually don’t use Gamsol but i give it a try every once in awhile!  The little tag is cut from the Christmas Cheer Cricut cartridge.

Elizabeth gave me an excellent tip about digis and colored pencils – i had some trouble with my black ink smearing.  She said give it a mist with Workable Fixative and the problem is solved.  Works brilliantly!  it comes in a spray can much like spray paint would and is available at most craft stores.

I am continuing to put the Colored Pencil class together as I know folks are anxious to enroll.  i have been getting lots of emails begging me to hurry up!

and what was pezza up to while i was typing away on this post?  torturing the poor cat of course.  the weirdest part – tiger has to be near pez no matter what stunts she is pulling with her!

i know what a mess right!
i hope you all have a great day!!!!!


LAST CALL – mag sketch!

hi all!!!!

happy valentine’s day!  i WILL have an awesome post up for you this afternoon for valentine’s day but that will have to wait (until i finish it ACK!)  we are about to head over to the little class valentine breakfast at Pezza’s school – and she says there will be singing 🙂  always so funny!

i had two things i wanted to note quickly this morning:

You have ONE MORE WEEK to get your submissions in for the sketch challenge for Through the Craft Room Door!  We want to see how it inspires YOU – cards, tags, layouts, any project you want using the sketch as your jumping off point!

this is a great one for those paunch around the page punches we have all been collecting…………………………..

second thing i have for you – the winner of the adhesive goodies from Imagine This Friday – Juli C.!  congrats girl!

now i am off to party 🙂


exciting news & a SFYTT pixie christmas

happy hump day!


i want to start by taking a moment to recognize the fact that today is Veteran’s Day.  not only to thank all the folks who have or are risking their lives but to also thanks the families of those folks that stay here and “hold down the fort” while the soldiers are away and pick up the pieces when their sodlier comes home gravely injured.  i truly cannot imagine the strength it must take….


now onto an exciting tidbit of news – i have been asked to be a member of the Just Buggin’ cricut challenge design team!!!!   i have to say i am really excited about it!!  i have been using my cricut alot more lately and love the challenges samantha gives over there so it’s a perfect fit for me!  i love my cricut and hope you will join in if you have a cricut too!

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now for my project – which has no cricut on it – AH HAHHAHAH!  but it does have cuttlebugging and a gigantic bow:


isn’t she sweet!!  she is also a pollycraft digi – i printed off a whole page of them 🙂  so you will see more!  i don’t think i have EVER doen the white core embossed cardstock thing and am not into core’dinations papers HOWEVER i do like how this turned out – makes me think rustic which goes well with a pixie/sprite i think!  and i used one of the new UK only cuttlebug embossing folders i won from the Cuttlebug Spot – i am SO SO happy with those folders!!

i covered a few challenges with this one:


i started with my friend Jen’s Sketch For You To Try which is always fantastic!

In addition i was further inspired by these:
Practical Scrappers: White Core Cardstock – WONDERFUL samples posted
Papertake Weekly: Digi Sparkle – this is also the name of the sponsor for the prize this week!
Stamp Something: Recipe – 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishments with a prize from Mo’s Digital Pencil (this one is a stretch but it IS what inspired how i made my card – i just used two ribbons for my bow without thinking…so i figure the red bow can be the 1 ribbon and the green bow, the button, & the pezabling can be my 3 embellies – whadda y’all think??)
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i colored her with Copics and added LOTS of sparkle with spica pens.  i am especially pleased with her wings.  dontcha love it when the *real life* version turns out just like you pictured in your head?  i gave her wings some very light shading in the green.  then i painted them with Pink Highlights Creative Inspirations shimmer paint – LOVE this stuff!  finally i traced over the swirls with a gold spica pen.  in real life they ahve just the right hints of green and pink along with loads of shimmery goodness!

well pezzy the wonder tot has been up since 5 am, i have done 2 loads of laundry and need to get my dishes washed and grocery list made so i better scoot!

a few reminders before i go:

get your studio G challenge entries in for a chance to win a full size clear stamp set from hampton arts

be sure to enter my random drawing for a fun glitter prize on the snowflake post

have a great day!

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Stamp: Pollycraft Digi – Christmas Pixies – Humble (this may have been a limited time digi because i can’t find it but there are loads of other great stamps!)

Ink: Copics, Spica glitter pens, brilliance pearlescent poppy red

Paper: Peppermint Forest Stack, Close To My Heart – red, PTI – whisper white

The Rest: Ribbon from Michaels, Button from stash, Pezabling acrylic squares – red fleck, nestie circles & scallop circles, CB embossing folder

SC245:Weathered Garden

So i am hobbling along on hubby’s loaner computer ACK!  no photoshop….none of my pics and files….ICK!  new cord was free but won’t be here til next tuesday………i am thinking i may need to look into getting a back up one too……

BUT i managed a post for you today anyway since it IS PDD FRIDAY!!

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I managed to squeeze in a bit of playtime for the SCS sketch challenge wednesday:


I LOVE this paper bu SU – one of those that you *save* {for what i don’t know} so i decided to pull it out for this one.  i did alot of edge distressing and inking with distress inks and a foam blendeing tool.  i finished off all the various corners with several of the new distress stickles – OH MAN ARE THESE NEW COLORS SWEET!  and the perfect match for this paper!  i finished off the border punched part with a few glittered skittles and then added this flower from my stash.


i just love this image.  my mom sketched it for me last time she was here – she did a set of three and i digitized them.  i colored with prismas and once done i realized how perfect they are for flower soft so i added that in too!

i am hoping i was able to catch the full effect of the distress stickles for you.  i definitely tend to use my distress stickles differently than my original stickles…..

well i am off to bed.  i am typing this up thursday night to be sure it is up for tomorrow.  my 18 YO dropped a bombshell on us and has us reeling a bit.  didn’t get alot done today – ahhh kids UGH!

 but now me n hubby’s loch ness monster sci fi ridiculousness is over – like a train wreck…i just couldn’t stop looking! so back at it tomorrow.  thank goodness i have my SU tech club tomorrow night – i need it!

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Stamps: Personal digi image
Paper: SU: bordering blue, chocolate chip, DSP?
Ink: Distress Ink – weathered wood, tattered rose, brushed corduroy
Accessories: Distress Stickles – weathered wood, tattered rose, shabby shutters, EK success edger punch, prismas, glittered skittles, flower from stash

Tuesday Morning Sketch

I am so excited to be the sponsor this week over on Tuesday Morning Sketches!  the prize up for grabs – a $15 gift certificate to my store!

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My Sketch 16

Here is Melissa’s Sketch.  you have until Sunday to link your sample over on the tuesday sketch blog to have your name in the drawing.  Several of the Playgroup girls will also have their samples posted today for PDD Tuesday!  be sure to check them out via their links to the left!



and now here’s my sample:

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I finally had a chance to really use one the newer Pezadoodle stamp sets to it’s fullest – these is the Picnicin Ladybug set.  This set includes the main image, the border on the left, the ice cream cone single stamp used to make the embellie on the bow AND the mini single ice cream cone used to make the background paper (the tiny flower are from the Sprinkled Backgrounds Set).  In addition i used the coordinating ice cream cone skittles that also come in the stamp set!  The border stamp is made so that the skittles and the smaller ice cream cone stamp fit perfectly in between the border images.  all sets can be mixed and matched in this way giving you a lot more options with your Pezadoodle sets!  the top embellie is cut with my cricut using the Stretch Your Imagination cart.


I colored my main image with prismas and gamsol.  i left the flower center in pencil only to give it a bit of a rough look like the flower center would really be.  After coloring i painted some Creative Inspirations shimmer paint on the leaf and flower petals to give them some zing which i hope you can see in my crazy moving picture – it’s so hard to give an adequate picture of the shimmery-ness of these paints.  i am just totally addicted!  i really love that the shading still shows through beautifully!  (oh and she is eating my fave ice cream – shwans lemon frozen yogurt!)


Well today is the first day of school here in northern VA – Trevor starts a new school – he had to transfer to loudoun county high so he could be in NJROTC.  luckily he is already mostly familiar with the school and has made some friends since he was doing football practice all summer and also two leadership special sessions with some of the ROTC students.  however he WILL have to drive in traffic to get there – poor kid!

Pezzy ALSO starts playschool today.  she is at this moment throwing herself on the floor in slow motion wailing because she just asked if she could go to school now and i told her it wasn’t time yet.  when she does her fake drama cry she actually SAYS waahhhhh haaah haaah – hilarious – but a little annoying when you do it every day…….she has been up since 4:30…..kid’s gonna be the death of me i tell ya – good thing she is way too cute for words!!!!!  Daddy got her some goldfish yesterday – she named them swimmer and fin – so funny listening to her talking to them!

well that’s enough from me!  i hope y’all have a FABULOUS day!

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Stamps: Pezadoodle Designs – Picnicin’ Ladybug, Sprinkled Backgrounds

Inks: Memento – Tuxedo Black, Ladybug; Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate

Paper: SU whisper white, real red, chocolate chip, caramel, barly banana

The Rest: Prisma colored pencils, gamsol, Cricut Stretch Your Imagination, Liquid pearls – ruby red; Creative Inspirations shimmer paints – Citrus, Mango; ribbon and beads from stash.

Featured Stamper :) & order updates


First up – biz-ness – i have some backorders and all outs to tell you about:

  • Skittle Ladybug & Bee beads – early October
  • Skittle Caterpillar 7 Butterfly Scallop stamps – late September
  • Rock Candy Distress Stickles & Crackle Paint – 9/7
  • Tim Holtz Ideology new releases – no date yet
  • Studio G series 37 – Christmas – COMPLETELY OUT – Hampton Art does not have any more to order at all so i will NOT get any more of these in
  • Studio G orders – I am still waiting on some items for the last few SG orders – i am really trying to be able to consolidate shipping but i KNOW y’all are tired of waiting so i might be sending them out in separate shipments.  I truly aappreciate your patience as the Studio G orders can be incredibly difficult to get straight and get them outta here!

NOW for the FUN stuff!

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i am so excited to be the feature stamper over at Tuesday Morning Sketches! 

My Sketch 13

Melissa has this fun sketch up for this week and as always – there is a prize up for grabs from Lindsay at Sassy Studio Designs!!


I had SO many ideas for this I may just have to make another one if I get time this week!

Here is mine:


This was SUCH a fun little card to do!  the patterned paper is one of my MOST favorite ones from SU.  I decided this was a perfect sketch to break out a just rite stamper set from my friend terri at Stampsalive – she always has great prices if you are looking for anything just rite, cuttlebug, cricut or spellbinders!  so on the top circle i used a border and a center sentiment piece.  then on the bottom circle i just used the border piece to frame my birds a bit.  i thought the side pieces would be great for little cricut border cuts – i edge my cuts with an ink blending foam tool – makes it quick and easy.  

tuesAM close upthe larger bird is grungepaper – cuts nicely in the Cricut with the deep cut blade!  i embossed the grungepaper, painted it with a paint dabber, sanded lightly, rubbed on distress ink – ink only sticks where the paints is rubbed off by the sanding.  i gave them a little flower soft *dirt* to stand in and finished off with a machine stitched edging (thanks to DH for fixing my machine for me – he’s awesome!) and a row of glittered skittles where melissa had brad – looking things on her sketch – i gotta say the skittles really MADE the card.  wish i had taken before and after pics!

i SO need to use my cricut more like i used to!!  much cheaper addiction than stamping!

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Stamps: Just Rite (not sure the name – can’t find it…)

Ink: Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap

Paper: SU – Bella Bleu DSP, Kraft, Whisper White, Ballet Blue 

The Rest: Glittered Skittles, Cricut – Storybook, Wild Card; Flower Soft – Nut Brown, Stickles – Black Diamond; Foam ink blending tool, Grungepaper, Paint Dabber – Cloudy Blue, Sanding block

SFYTT:vintage picnic

good morning!….a little late – SOOOO i nearly killed myself this morning…..last night hubby made a (possibly well-meaning) comment regardig the unwise-ness of my decision to go down and get some ice cream before going to bed as i blog hopped. so of course what i *HEARD* was you shouldn’t do that since you are already an unattractive fat cow and it bothers me so much i need to step in……and i decided ok, thats it, the doc adjusted my meds which were causing me to gain weight so now i need to finally do something to take the weight i gained back off. several weeks ago while getting some Wii games i came across the jillian michaels 30 day shred dvd which my buddy suzanne has been using all summer with great results. so i thought 20 minute work outs – i can find time for THAT – it’s just 20 minutes. how bad can it be….well i THOUGHT i was GOING to die!!!! no wonder 20 minutes is all it takes. and my adora-baby pezzy was doing her baby best to do the exercises right along with me – too CUTE! so i think in 20 minutes i managed to make sure every muscle i possess will hurt in the morning including all the ones i have never even used before!

but enough about that on to my fun for today:

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sfytt080809i used my friend Jen’s SFYTT this week.

i decided to do it long ways instead of tall ways so it would fit my image.




this image is one of the adorable Elisabeth Bell images exclusive to my friend Susana’s store.  i think EBs go perfectly with vinatge-style embellies so i crocheted a flower and matching border with thread for this one.  popped a glittered skittle in the flower center and a few pezabling glittering squares down one side and the additional border in Kraft which goes nicely with the ecru thread.

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i colored the image with copics and added lots of glittering highlights with my spica pens

as always with an elisabeth bell i was a bit intimidated at first but once i got going i was ok and i am happy with the end result!



we are taking it easy today and getting some things done around the house since we spent most of yesterday at the park, tomorrow will be a local pick your own farm with tons of fun play areas for the kids with my mom’s club group and then saturday off to six flags for the day!!  talk about going going going!!

anyone else with fun plans this weekend???

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Stamp: Dolly – elisabeth Bell for SCACD

Inks: Memento black, copics, spicas

Paper: SU orchid opulence, more mustard, kraft, PTI white

The rest: Glittered skittle, pezabling acrylic square, hand crocheted embellies, nestie petite borderability