POM with a FREE digi!

hi all!

we are heading out to tour Oatlands Plantation this morning.  i LOVE plantations and even worked as a tour guide at one in south louisiana called oak alley – yep full hoop skirts and all!  it was so much fun!  if you ever saw interview with a vampire then you have seen oak alley. i was working there during filming – pretty interesting.  i have toured many plantations in louisiana and mississippi and i am curious if they will be similar or different here in northern va.

today kicks off a new challenge in the Prisma and Other Mediums group on The Outlawz – we had to use fabric on our projects.

in addition i am submitting this to the following challenges:

Pile It On: down on the farm
SFYTT: sketch
Stamp Something: Digi Image
Make It Monday: Anything Goes

i added a fabric yoyo layered with felt as my embellishment – topped off with a glittered skittle.  yoyos are SUPER easy to make with the Clover Yoyo Makers – you can find them at joanns. you can get the BEST felt in the BIGGEST selection of colors on etsy from Felt On The Fly – love shopping there!

***speaking of Joanns – they have the BEST selection of halloween fabrics in right now***

isn’t this image just the best???  it was done by my DT sister over on the Outlawz POM team – anne fenton.  best of all – it is FREEEEEEEEEEEE.  that’s right – just click on her name and it will take you over to the Outlawz thread where you can see this image and all of her other amazing stuff.  i colored it with derwent coloursoft colored pencils.

and now a little kitten update – josephine, the momma cat, was adopted this past weekend – YAY!!!!  i am so happy for her.  she is such a sweet sweet baby.  as for our own newly adopted little guy he is just AWESOME.  of course i spoil him silly all day long so he can’t stand it if he is not in the same room as me.  he is so cute and so playful but not in a destructive way.  here he is in the top of one of the cat trees with Pezza:

now i better go get my day going!  i hope you all can join us at the Outlawz for fun challenges and fab prizes!!!!


Flower Shoppe bags

hi everyone!

i don’t know about the rest of you but my summer is flying by!  i do not seem to get nearly enough crafty play time at all!  i’ll start with an update on the foster kittens.  Josie, the momma, has been at the vet for 3 days after a strange reaction to her vaccine.  but she will be coming home this afternoon when i pick pezza up from camp.  YEP she is in camp this week.  i love her to pieces but momma needed a break.  if i have to pretend i am a little pony or a cars character one more day i might fling myself off my deck!

now last week on thursday i got a call from lost dog and cat asking if i could take one little lone kitten in to play with my others.  his momma and siblings had been adopted and he needed friends.  so of course i said yes.  however i did not ask hubby because i was afraid he would say no.  so we pick up bandit and o my word is he cute!  and he is partially maine coon, which is what my other two cats are and i LOVE them.  they are a very unique breed with fun personality traits.  he is the most lovey dovey i need a human cat i have ever seen.  AND he fell IN LOVE with hubby.  saturday night instead of putting him to bed in the basement with the rest of the kittens i snuck him into my bed and hubby did not toss him out.  then sunday i was gathering everyone up to head into petsmart for adoption.  we were searching for bandits fave toy to bring with us and hubby said he wanted bandit to stay.  so he adopted bandit!  o i adore him!  and the other two – berlioz and gingersnap – got adopted too!  so we have ended up with a new kitten of our own after all.  bandit sleeps with kevin every night and i mean sleeps WITH him.  like the other night he was draped across kevin’s head!  so cute!  i’ll have a pic at the end of the new baby.


couple quick flashes for ya:

It is the last few days of my Cricut Expression 2 giveaway – it is simple – for every $5 donation to Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Organization you get a chance in the drawing.  the drawing is Aug 1.  CLICK HERE for details.

Be sure to check the SCACD post today for the next sneak peek of the upcoming new release


today i have gift bags!

my main focus was to play with my new Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge.  i chose 3 different designs and made them as the handbook suggested.  now of course you can layer them any way you want with as many layers as you want.  the nice thing is that these are designed to be 3 dimensional:

now i will start by saying i love the idea.  however, i also have to say i really struggled making these and getting them to look right.  it was even somewhat frustrating.  perhaps as i make more it will get easier but these are quite large.  i can’t imagine trying to make them small enough for card accents.  on the other hand the flat layers could easily be use to make lots of fun custom flower embellies.

One thing i really didn’t like about the layers the handbook had put together was the differing number of petals.  like one layer had 5 and one layer had 6 – huge pet peeve of mine!

The images i used are recent additions to the Make it Crafty images available at SCACD called the Mini Sprites and come as a set – are they just the cutest!  i colored them with colored pencils of course!

while i found the first run with this cartridge a bit frustrating i think it has awesome potential once i have more time to play around with it and experiment!


The Outlawz POM: winter glitter in July

hello everyone!

first let me say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Organization – you have all been so generous for such a great cause!  i still have a ways to go to reach my goal but i am hoping if more of you help spread the word i can make it!  just post a link to this post for folks to get all of the details OR just post THIS LINK to take them directly to the donations page!

Next up – Make it Crafty Winners!  we have 5 folks that will get the free digi image Zoe Going Wild and then 3 of those folks will also get 2 packs of laser cut chipboard embellies from Susana at SCACD.  i used one of these awesome pieces on my project today too.  so here they are:

Char52 – image & Chipboard
tanya j. – image & chipboard
sharon H. – image & chipboard
fiona powell – image
Helen – image

congrats ladies!  you can contact me for info on collecting your prize!


Join the challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door – We have another amazing challenge for you and it’s


I Ribbon, 2 Patterned Papers, 3 Buttons

 For this challenge we have Guylou’s Inimitability as our sponsor. Thank you Guylou!


Another awesome challenge to check out is the Prisma & Other Mediums (POM) challenge on The Outlawz.  this is a SUPER challenge for folks who don’t use copics as well as those who do but like to play around with other stuff too!  the challenge this week is a bit of Christmas in July – Winter Glitter.

i just opened my newest cricut cartridge – Sweet Tooth boxes.

this is a smaller content cartridge with a much smaller price tag!  there are a variety of really cute gift boxes and lids as well as inserts meant to hold cupcakes but i thought they would also be perfect for holding a glittered ornament.

the lid is cut using Best Creations Glitter Paper – fab in the cricut.

The image is a digi by meljen from whimsy stamps.  i colored with polychromos and prisma pencils.  creating the goldtone like the bell is one of the lessons in Colored Pencil 2 Class over on Color Me Creative.  the holly was hanging out on my table and i have no idea where it came from.  the flourish is a Make it Crafty laser cut chipboard piece from Flower Leaf Swirls painted with Viva Decor Precious Metal Paint.

I cut the box, lid and insert at the sizes suggested in the handbook – which is the largest i could go on 12×12 paper.  the ornament fit perfectly.  (Note to self:  on future boxes, check the BACK of paper since you will see it on the inside of the box…).

here it is empty:

i have so many ideas for embellishing all of these little boxes – i want to make them all!

and last but not least – a pic of the babies:

Lil' Gingersnap

does it get any cuter???

please remember to spread the word and share the link for my fundraiser and then head over to The Outlawz and Through the Craft Room Door to join in the challenges and win some prizes!


TIOT:some sass for you today!

hello all!

So sorry for being so quiet lately – i really do have SO much to share with you!  i was on a cruise last week to the bahamas!  yep – so so much fun.  then i came back to the power cord for my laptop no longer working.  ordered a new one, paid for expedited shipping, got it yesterday – they sent the wrong one *SCREECH*  so i STILL have no access to my computer and EVERYTHING i need to do my many jobs.  on top of that i came home super sick and am still feeling pretty awful.  needless to say i am having an incredibly difficult time getting back into the swing of things!


A new POM challenge kicks off today on The Outlawz – it is anything goes so please join in!!!  you could win a $50 gift certificate to Oozak plus 3 free digi images from Anne’s digital images.  That is a heck of a good prize package so please come join us!

Today is the last day for the current TTCRD challenge – Summer Time!  the design team has some fantastic projects up to inspire you AND you could win some free digi images from Glitterbabe’s!  then be sure to check in tomorrow for the next challenge!


i just love the most recent release from SCACD and wanted to share another one with you today – this is Femme Fatale from the Retro group:
I paired her with papers from the Kaisercraft English Rose paper pad.

She is colored with Polycolor colored pencils and i used the Derwent Blending Pecil for blending (this method keeps the colors vibrant).  then I used a Derwent Metallic pencil on her shoes and gloves. Her necklace, bracelet and the gems on her dress are done with Spica Glitter pens.

The embellishments are made using Viva Decor Transparent Crystal Gel and a silicone mold – both available at Susana’s. After the fowers were dry and i popped them out of the mold i took a bit of Pink Bubblegum Perfect Pearls powder with my fingertip and brushed it over the flowers lightly to catch the raised portions. it gives them a bit of shimmer and a hint of color. These embellishemnts are so cool and so easy to make! you can watch a couple videos on the Crystal Gel on you tube.
i will get some pics up of our cruise and tell y’all all about it as soon as i get my bearings back!  that’s what happens when you wait 4 years to take a vacation 😛  i also have an exciting giveaway coming up – all you cricut lovers will want to stay tuned…

POM at The Outlawz

hi everyone!

i am not sure how it can POSSIBLY be thursday – where on earth did my week go – i seriously feel like yesterday was the weekend…probably in part because i feel a bit like the walking dead lately.  i have been totally unable to fall asleep at night for a week – so i lay there awake wishing i could sleep instead BLECH!  might be time for a little tylenol PM i think!  the worst part – I STILL HAVE NOT BEGUN ON MY DOLLHOUSE!!!!  but perhaps today is the day…Pezza and I did pick up some expired wallpaper sample books while getting our paint and we went through them this morning – SUH-WEEEET stuff.  i LOVE wallpaper but i never really want it on my WALL.  we tore out LOADS of ones we like – some will go in the dollhouse but most will be showing up on future paper crafts and decoupage projects!

i HAVE been playing with the kittens of course and wow are they EVERYWHERE.  cutest pics EVER at the end of this post!


TTCRD Challenge – have you entered a project yet?  you could win a gift certificate to Crop Stop for your paper piecing project!  and while you are there – browse the TTCRD site too!

SCACD – today is usually my TIOT posting day but I will be posting tomorrow along with a few of my DT sisters to show you something FABULOUS Susana came up with!  In the meantime head over to the SCACD blog and check out the adorable Make It Crafty stamps she just got in – can’t wait to color a few of them up!  She also has a few new Epiphany items in.

CMC – want to learn to take your colored pencil coloring to new heights?  sticking with pencils because Copics are SO expensive?  head over to CMC and check out my Colored Pencil Classes – Class 1 and Class 2!  I also teach several Cricut Classes there too!  Coming soon – a card making/card theory class i know you guys will LOVE!


My card for today is for the POM (Prisma & Other Mediums) Challenge on The Outlawz.  It is Summer Party time at the Outlawz so there are some great prizes up for grabs – the prize for POM – one of my colored pencil classes FREE!

I am also entering it in the following challenges:

Pile It On – Summer Heaven
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes
Make It Monday – Anything Goes

i LOVE these bright colors!  i know the yellow is Bo Bunny but i am not sure about the blue…and NO my die cut is NOT Cricut (gasp).  i was recently sent a Sizzix eClips to review for Craft Critique and this little flower was my first cut.  How does it rate?  How is it compared to Cricut?  for that you will just have to wait for my review on Craft Critique.  if you do not already subscribe you should – i have been reading it for years and it is a wealth of straight forward crafty information!

My main image is Dressy Marci from Lala Land Crafts.  I just love their designs!  She is colored with colored pencils – nope not copics.

I used Derwent Coloursoft pencils and the Derwent blender pencil (no gamsol or other solvent).  Here’s one of the great things about colored pencil – i am working in completing my color collection of these a little at a time.  so I did not have a color that matched my blue paper.  no problem – i just layered two pencils so it matched perfectly.  So what’s different about these compared to the Prismas?

The leads are much softer than Prismas which makes them more blend-y.  i LOVEEEEEEE them so much!

and now of course – i have to include kitten cuteness:

Pezza's fave - Gingersnap


The 2 boys - Berlioz is SERIOUSLY larger than the other 2 kittens. Oliver is my baby. All he ever wants is for me to hold & cuddle him.


Berlioz sleeps ALOT. He fell asleep in pezza's lap.


yes, his mouth is totally hanging open.


i turn around and see this. she says MOM i am not READING to him. i am teaching him GEOGRAPHY. oh...excuse me.


be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what cool stuff i have been doing for SCACD!


TIOT: Callas

hi all!

everyone gearing up for the weekend? i know i am! I am hoping to venture out to a quilt show not too far from here and check it out.  hopefully our weather will be a little milder too.  This will be short and sweet because i have possibly the worst headache EVER!


Colored Pencil Class 2 is up and students are getting started!  the card i am featuring today is from lessons in the class!

Through the Craft Room Door magazine – new challenge is up – paper piecing!  i will have mine posted here tomorrow.  we hope you will all join in – there is a gift certificate to crop stop up for grabs!


today’s card:
Did you know that Susana sells LOADS of stamps in addition to the exclusives from Elisabeth Bell, Carmin Medlin and Victoria Case? well she does and today’s card uses one of them. i started with some dee-lish paper from my Basic Grey Sweet Threads 6×6 paper pad. i covered a chipboard swirl with Viva Decor Modeling Cream using a sponge dabber and grouped it with some Petaloo flowers.

the image is from I Brake for Stamps and is called Calla Lilly Corner. the coloring is prisma pencils and this is part of my second online colored pencil class!

enjoy your day!

i love colored pencils!

greetings from computer hell!  i am VERY excited because my Colored Pencil 2 Class is launching.  HOWEVER, the process of loading up the videos is enough to make me toss this computer right out the window!  it clearly wasn’t made for what i would like for it to do.  the slowness is pure agony!  i could very well die of old age before it finishes one video!  there is a dell i would looooooooovvveee to possess.  unfortunately a new one is not likely so i will just have to try some patience – patience is not one of MY virtues 😛

in the meantime i decided i should head over here and get a post up for today!


there are still items left in the store and it is ALL still 40% off!!!


i hope you all had a great 3 day weekend.  mine was spent working BUT hubby watched pezza for me and working WITHOUT a helper was bliss i tell ya!  love her to pieces but she is usually less than helpful when it comes to me getting work done.

the best part about the working – i love my work!!!  despite it being *WORK* which can be a little stress inducing no matter what you do because of the introduction of DEADLINES i do love it!  and this weekend it was all about colored pencils for the launch of my second pencil class on Color Me Creative – my buddy Suzanne’s online classroom site.  now everyone knows it is the BEST place to learn Copics but not everyone uses (or can even afford) copics.  so we thought colored pencil classes might be a good addition and the response so far to class 1 has been fantastic!  so what will class 2 have?

This class builds on what we learned in Class 1 covering additional, more advanced topics using Prisma Colored Pencils.  Topics include African American hair, white objects, metal, wood, grounding an object, using colored paper bases, using grays to accurately shade complicated patterned areas & more.  We will also go over other pencil brands and options.
 The following stamps will be used in the lessons:
  • Mo Manning – Baby Fairy Ayana, Bday Fairy Dee
  • Lala Land – Chef Marci, Dress Up Marci
  • SCACD  – IBFS Calla Lilly Corner
  • Whipper Snapper – Sophia
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Flower Cart, Making Lemonade
  • The Greeting Farm – Wild Sprout Ruby
  • Pixie Dust Studios – Making Lemonade, Flower Cart
  • Pink Cat Studio – Garden Plate 1, Tea & Coffee Plate
  • Free digis – Lilly & Cupcake
CLASS is video based with matching printable materials.  There will be homework/assignments (optional) and bi-monthly chats to discuss the class and techniques with Marti!

To sign up simply click here: Colored Pencil 2 Class.  as part of the class i will go over colored pencils OTHER than Prismas and I wanted to share a card today that uses Lyra Polycolor oil based pencils – these pencils are heavenly!  remember if you want to go shopping for some pencils (or anything else) head to dick blick via the link in the upper left hand corner – i will get credit for sending you over!

here are some charts to color in if anyone has been looking for some:


Derwent Coloursoft and Metallic


Prismacolor – i think i might re-do this one to look more like the others…

and here is my card:

I kept the card fairly simple – i think of this as being a CAS style card but according to folks on SCS it is not but – pretty simple none the less.  the lemonade paper is from K&Co i believe – love their pads!  Joanns had them all 40% awhile back so i got several!  the border punch is EK Success.

The image is from Pixie Dust Studios and it is a digi image printed on PTI stamper’s select paper.  I love this paper because i can use it for pencils OR copics.  The wooden stand is colored with Prismas and is one of the lessons in Class 2.  The rest is colored with the Polycolor pencils and oh how i love them!  being oil based instead of wax based means they are creamier and highly blendable.  i can’t wait to experiment more with them.  (Thanks susana for the wonderful birthday gift – a gift certificate to Dick Blick!)  i have NOT tried them with OMS yet so i can’t report on that!  stay tuned…

and of course what could be more perfect as an embellishment other than a lemon slice.  this i what i love about owning a cricut – custom embellies no matter WHAT my theme is!  this one is from the Preserves cartridge.  i inked all of the edges and then a couple are popped up with foam tape for dimension.  i finished by covering the little lemon segments with Scattered Straw distress stickles – regular stickles would have been a bit much in this particular case i think….

so what do you think???  aren’t pencils fabulous!!??!?!  and now off to check my video upload!  have a great monday!