AI digis!!! we have another one!

every one all hopped up on candy – YUMMY!!!  we took Pezza around last night of course – she was Lightening McQueen from the Cars movie and she was revving her engine the whole way.  She filled her little black cat treat bag to the brim and made friends at every door.  i swear you would have thought she was running for office.  she would strike up a conversation, hang out, we were constantly saying COME ON PEZZA!

sfytt103010my project uses the sketch from my friend jen’s Sketch For You To Try – she always has the BEST sketches – my top four fave sketches are jen, mojo monday, splitcoast and page maps.

Kristin over at Artful Inkables has decided to do some Digital Staps for the store and today we have a super cute one for november – this is my first snowglobe image!

i LOVE the sparkle of a good snowfall – especially early in the morning before anyone has been out to disturb it!  so i wanted my card to have LOADS of sparkle.  i achieved it with my newest favorite thing (i know how many times can i say that!) – glitter paper by Best Creations – *swoon* – i adore it and i used it on the card base – white sparkle and silver sparkle.  their patterned papers have loads of sparkle too!  i crocheted that little snowflake while at my mom’s to have ready for a card just like this!

i think this little snowglobe scene is very cute!  and i love that i can size it any way i want.  most stamps tend to be too big for my liking so digi’s are good for me!  i gave the snow a good covering of holographic Viva Decor Glitter Liner.  after the glitter dried i covered the whole globe area with a thick coating of Ranger Glossy Accents to give it a nice glassy coating.  i prefer glossy accents because it is thick so it doesn’t run everywhere.  it dries perfectly and completely clear!

The next stop on your hop is Patti!

my oldest will be here tonight for a visit – we haven’t seen him in a year!!!  so my blog might be neglected yet again!  OR he will be a good brother and entertain his little sis and let mom get some stuff done!



SC303: beauty of fall

hi all!

whew friday!  where did my week go????  i am planning a birthday party for Pezza and hit a bit of a disaster.  we booked a party for her at a local place with a bunch of those big blow up bouncy things.  wellllllll i got back from my mom’s and got an invitation for her at school – one of her friends is having a party at the same time.  well i called to see what times we could change hers too and we are now stuck with a party at 6:30 on a saturday night UGH!  i hate the whole kids bday circuit, it’s just wrought with peril!  i SO hope some kids will come…

ok on to my project for today!

i used this weeks sketch over on Splitcoast:

i used two images from Autumn’s Flowers – a mini set from Artful Inkables (and it’s ON SALE right now!)

the papers are from Basic Grey’s Indian Summer.  i inked the Nestibilities cut out before removing the die.  then i accented with pale yellow viva decor pearl pen.  i love these – i don’t have to worry about how many pearls i add because they last so much longer than the ready made self adhesive pearls!

i colored my images using copics.  i added some Autumn Flower Soft for a bit of dimension.

there are SO MANY fantastic stamp sets at Artful Inkables – if you have not checked them out you should! and rumo rhas it Kristin has something awesome up her sleeve for next month – i for one can’t wait!

now i am off to get dinner together!  i hope you have a fun weekend planned!


Artful Inkables challenge 31:buzzin’ through again

happy wednesday y’all!  i am havin’ lots of fun down at my mom’s.  she lives in south louisiana – and i mean SOUTH louisiana – you can’t get a whole lot more south without being in the gulf!  i LOVE it here – it’s where i grew up plus it’s just plain awesome.  the people are SO friendly, the culture is SO rich, the food, the landscape, the architecture – nothing compares.  i feel quite sure i will end up back here one day 🙂

so far the two highlights of my trip:

HOBBY LOBBY!!!!!  *squeal* i had no IDEA it was so incredible.  my momma took me on a huge shopping spree in there – she spoils me big time i have to admit – and i LOVE IT!!!)  i found lots of great stuff including alot of things i have been searching for, some for years, and never found anywhere else.  i also got some GREAT ideas for some projects i will be jumping into when i get home!  of course Pezza got a shopping spree too and she was thrilled.  then we had lunch at the Olive Garden – YUMMY!!!  THANKS MOMMA!!!

second highlight – bringing Pezza over for a little reunion with Brett next door and getting to see Gemi and the other kids again.  they live next door in the plantation house that my family built about 200+ years ago.  LOVE that place and love all the things she has done with it and the resoration and ways she has improved it.  her youngest son brett is just a few weeks older than hollyn and they ADORE each other.  gemi, my mom and i are already talking arranged marriage LMBO!  they play together so well and brett is so so sweet to her.  the grounds are heaven over there.  they have a portion in the back that operates as a wildlife preserve for injured or abandoned deer so there are 8 in there now and they run right up to the fence to see ya!  so pez was feeding them right out of her hand!  they have a baby goat that was hilarious too.  brett is so sweet with pez and helps her and takes care of her.  when they were giving us a ride back to my mom’s in the golf cart pez had her head in his lap and he had his arm around.  then after he told his momma he loves pez’s voice because it’s so adorable!  AWWWWW!!!

ok down to business here!!!

Today is Artful Inkables day!  The current challenge was given to us by one of the customers.  We were to use embossing of any type, flowers and had an option for lace.  here is what i came up with for this one:

i have been wanting to use this adorable bee cuttlebeg embossing folder since i got it and so it was my jumping off point here.  i got my colors from the strip of Close To My Heart patterned paper i had in my scrap heap.  i crocheted the flower myself and i do think it’s a bit lacy but that might be stretching it a bit!  i used one of my own printed skittles for the center and some sparkly blue pezabling for accent – both are available in my store!

The adorable little bee is from one of my fave AI sets – Spot On Summer – a bunch of cute little images with spaces for button accents like the yellow button here.  the wings got a quick coat of Pink Highlights Creative Inspirations Paint for some yummy sparkle.  now head on over to the Artful Inkables blog to see the challenge and join us!  you could win a 10% off coupon for AI AND host an upcoming challenge!  if you use an Artful Inkables stamp in the challenge you get TWO chances to win!!!

Hollyn will be heading over to Brett’s to play again today so i will get some down time – YAY!  now i am off to start on a super cute pumpkin hat i want to crochet for her real quick!  have a GREAT day!

an Artful ATC challenge

hi everyone!

OH what a day!  for starters i am MISERABLE with allergy/sinus crud and a WEE bit cranky 😛  then i take hollyn to school for her field trip and find out when i get there that i have to DRIVE her to the field trip and home and so basically go on the trip with her.  so there went my whole morning’s worth of work time 😦  but i thought hey i will run home, grab my camera and get some great pics of her with her class.  i come home to grab it real quick and can’t find it ANYWHERE even tho i had JUST used it to take pictures of trev in his toga for toga day today (yes i had already done a toga this morning.)  so we head off to the pumpkin farm field trip, get on the hay ride (which was one of the best i have been one) and i mention to the teacher how i can’t find my camera.  hollyn starts saying sorry sorry momma.  turns out she hid it in a box. a third of the way thru the hay ride hollyn gets stung badly by a bee on her hand.  so she is SCREAMING in pain for the rest of the way while i am feeling SO helpless and upset i can’t do anything for her.  we get back and get some mustard for it which fixes her right up thank goodness (always carry mustard packs in your purse folks).  i am happy to report the rest of the field trip went off without a hitch.  they had a fantastic corn maze and then we headed to the pumpkin patch – she decided she wanted the biggest pumpkin possible and how can you say no to a child recently traumatized by a bee, so she came home the proud new owner of a 34 pound pumpkin!

and just to make sure my day turned around there was 28 pounds of provo craft goodness waiting for me on my front porch – my imagine has finally arrived!  so now i have TWO fanTABulous gizmos begging for attention and no idea how i am going to squeeze out time for them before i leave for my mom’s on monday!  hhhmmmmm do i REALLY need to participate in that tag sale tomorrow???  i SO want to play!

I am working up something HUGE that will hit the blog mid-november – stay tuned because you will NOT want to miss this!

ALSO mark your calendars if you are a subscriber to Through the Craft Room Door.  we will be having a Live Chat / Scavenger Hunt with LOADS of prizes on Oct. 18th from 7:30 – 9:00 on the magazine website.  Holiday issues should be hitting your inboxes and mailboxes around the 15th!!!  now we are gearing up for the Nov issue coming right behind it!

The current challenge over on the Artful Inkables blog is ATCs.  I just got this super cute fall mini set called Autumn’s Flower (on sale right now):

i have to be honest i have not done too many ATCs (not sure if i have done any actually).  so i thought of this set immediately because it would work so well size-wise.


I picked this gorgeous SEI fall paper from my scrap basket along with a deep chocolate base.  i inked and then distressed the edges.  next i used Marvey markers directly on my stamp and then stamped it onto glossy paper – this really makes the image stand out.  as a finishing touch i added a strip of Earth Elements by Art Institute Glitter – love this stuff!!!  you can really see the natural texture it gives to your project.

and now i am off to make a quick dinner (thank you Dinner Diva Girls!) and we are heading to an Upper Loudoun Youth Football League game to see my friend Heather’s daughter (4 years old) cheer and see what pezza thinks about it.  then i hand her off to her dad and head to my friend Stacey’s house for an SU tech club get together!  fun fun!


Artful Inkables has big news!!!

hi everyone!!!

Quick post for ya today but it’s a good one!  (Seems the one i scheduled last night had some sort of fatal error :P)  Artful Inkables is back better than ever and has some BIG news – they are going digital!!!!  and to kick things off we’re having a hop!  Kristin created an adorable fall set of digi images to play with called Harvest Crow:

i LOVE stamps in sets so i can create coordinated projects easily.  the little basket of apples is ready to play with too – perhaps on top of a gift box to go with the card…???

these are fun and easy to color which i like!  Digis are so fun to work with too because i have total control over size.  i simply insert the images into a word document and then size them and print them out.  for the set i inserted it three times and then cropped each one so i had one of each image that i could re-size independently and i could put enough space between them to be sure i could cut them easily with my nesties.

and here is the adorable little crow.  who knew crows could be so cute?!!?!?

go grab him at the artful inkables shop!

your next stop on the hop is Patti!

and now i am off to call my doc and beg for them to see trevor asap.  he not only has mono (diagnosed monday) but he woke up this morning with the worst case of hives i think i have ever seen – and that was WITH benadryl last night….this will be the 5th doctor’s office visit i have done in like 8 days or something ridiculous!


monster get well wishes from Artful Inkables

hi all!!!

i am so excited – i FINALLY get to pick up my sewing machine today and i am SO hoping it is all fixed up and wonderful now that i am wanting to get back to sewing!  we were at webfabrics yesterday doing a little show n tell with the ladies there – the project is for the holiday issue of Through the Craft Room Door – and of COURSE hollyn needed to pick up some fabrics for herself.  well she spotted some brightly colored transportation fabrics called On the Go and HAD to have them – she wants me to make her a special placemat 😛  it will be really cute i think!

yesterday we had a playgroup over here so we could do a Dinner Divas meal exchange – SUCH a good deal – i made enough food for 6 meals and got 6 different meals in return – yep 6 nights of no cooking for me – freezer is all stocked up for emergencies.  it is also nice getting together with other moms and i should really do it more often for me AND pez!

You may remember i was on the Artful Inkables Design Team – well we all took a bit of a hiatus but things are back up and moving again with some great NEW stuff coming  you can keep an eye on the new goings on over on the AI blog!!  i just received two new stamp sets from Kristin at AI and i just HAD to use the Monster
Medical set – who knew GERMS could be so CUTE!  The current Think Ink challenge is a color combo – use complimentary colors.  i started out intending to use purple and yellow but ended up with purple and green somehow – ah well when the creativity is flowing you just have to go with it!  ayway since flu season is coming i thought i should get a get well gift set together:

my card uses Jen’s Sketch For You To Try.  i Cuttlebugged all of my green base pieces and then accented with some colorful stripey paper.  The Monster Medical set comes with lots of stamps so it makes it really easy to do a coordinated set of projects.  the tissue box was perfect to use as an embellishment.  my other embellishment is made by cutting felt (i get ALL of my felt from Felt on the Fly on etsy) with spellbinders dies.  a mini glittered skittle is PERFECT for the centers.

the purple mug has some Chicken Noodle Soup in a mug mix in it.  i made my tag and tag holder using Tags Bags Boxes and More on my Cricut.  The little tag slides out and has directions for making the soup – i LOVE these types of recipes and the BEST books for oodles of ideas for this kind of thing and WAY MORE are by CQ Products – i have been using their books for years and really love them – there are also some great scrapping idea books and awesome recipe books to give as gifts!

my little gift bag was also cut using the Tags Bags Boxes and More Cricut cartridge.  how CUTE are those little GERMIES!??!!?!  hahahha!

inside i have a little stash of helpful items – tissue, hand sanitizer and cough drops.

i got the mini hand sanitizer at bath and body works – i am always on the lookout for mini items to have on hand for gift sets.

i think this would cheer anyone up!  i might even put it up in my etsy store – it has been QUITE neglected lately!

well time to roll into the shower and get my day moving!!!

hugs all!

A cherry on top (and not the store!)

hi everyone!

wow so where did THIS day go?!?!?!  i usually do my posts first thing in the morning!  We spent a good bit of the day running errands BLECH!  none to anywhere real fun…you know like Joanns…

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but i DO have a fun post for ya today!  i got a chance to play with one of my fave new Artful INKables sets – Spot On Summer – this set uses little buttons as part of the images – i just LOVE that!  If you have not checked out the cute sets over at Artful Inkables head on over!!!

I used the following challenges for inspiration:

Mojo – Sketch
Splitcoast Stampers – Color Challenge – muted blue, red, kraft
Aly’s Sunday Challenge – Under/by the sea – i always think of eating ice cream on the beach!
Practical Scrappers – Summer themed
Papertake Weekly – something old, new, borrowed OR blue


And here is my card – simple and fun i think!

I used some paper from a K&Co paper pad and a couple of border punches.

I stamped and colored my ice cream cone and then added a bright red button in the place of the cherry tied with some embroidery floss.  The sentiment is also from this same set.

i finished it off with some sparkling red Pezabling square acrylic pieces and a glittering red skittle.

i have been working diligently on some great stuff for the upcoming issue of Through the Craft Room Door – will you be getting a copy???  don’t miss out!  you have 2 days to get your subscription in for this issue!!!  CLICK HERE

See ya back here tomorrow!!!

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