back to school…

hi all!

today was pezza’s first day back to school (and momma’s first day in ages of having her brain all to herself.)  she was SO excited to be back and SO happy to see two of her fave friends from last year in her class.  her teacher said she had a great day so i am relieved.  now she just has to keep it going!

so who is obsessed with Pinterest raise your hand {waves hand wildly in the air.}  a recent fave of mine is a wreath of crayons on a styrofoam base.  i just HAD to make one for Pezza’s teacher.  and she is a CTMH consultant and avid crafter like me so i knew she would appreciate it.

it was easy to put together – i started with a styrofoam wreath base from Michaels – the smallest one i believe.  i wrapped a ribbon around it and then i put a strip of scor tape all the way around where the crayons would be.

next i laid out the crayons on the table – two boxes of 24.  i organized them like a color wheel and then adjusted the size of the circle, using the wreath to measure (just don’t set it down with the scor tape side down until you are ready!)  once they were arranged i laid the wreath down to attacj the crayons to the scor tape.  then i used a hot glue gun to go around and quickly put a dab of hot glue on each crayon on the outside of the wreath and the inside to hold the crayons on.

and now the part i am most pleased with – the little felt flower grouping:

many of you have seen me use these felt die cuts before but this time i did some stitching!  i LOVE embroidered felt!  but i tried it a bit last year at christmas and got frustrated with it.  i decided to try again and i am glad i did!  i started with some felt pieces from Felt on the Fly – LOVE her!!!  i cut the shapes using spellbinders dies.  next the stitching.  not just straight stitches i wanted actual embroidery stitches.  i wanted french knots and lazy daisies.  i did a little googling and found lots of tutorials.  so i settled in after pezza was in bed and set to work.  i read the directions.  i did not understand.  i read them again.  nope.  and yes there were pictures.  i decided it might make sense if i did it WHILE reading.  nope.  nope 2.  nope 3.  nope 4.   GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

i needed a new tutorial.  did some more googling and found one from Sublime Stitching.  i looked it over.  and it made sense!!!  i tried it.  it WORKED.  and now i am ready to french knot anything i can!  hahahahhahah!  i am pretty sure you will be seeing more of this!

and now i am off to get dinner started.  have a great evening!



TIO…S? a switcheroo x 2

hi all!

how’s your weekend???  we are having a dreary rainy day here in VA which i hope means we will get back to that gorgeous cool fall weather we were having.  the last few days were hideously hot & humid BLECH!  need some good go-outside-and-get-some-energy-out weather!

my week is insanely full this week.  pez starts gymnastics, i am going to spend the afternoon with my CTMH girl and good friend cori to discuss the possibility of a Through the Craft Room Door retreat in spring (mark your calendars girls – it will be good!!!), then dinner with suzanne (which i always look forward too), and the very real possibility of a Color Me Creative road trip with suzanne up to Delaware for copic classes and to see our buddy anary (who just introduced the MOST adorable line of Gilli stamps!).

after a well deserved vacation susana will have the store cart back up and running today at Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design and she is kicking things off with some great blog candy!! and you know what that means – a new release is right around the corner and oh is it a good one!!  so instead of doin Try It Out Tuesday (TIOT) we have done a Try It Out Sunday!  you can see the rest of the awesome work over on the SCACD blog!

Our challenge this week was to use a NON fall/holiday stamp in a fall/holiday card – i always love this because it reminds me to look at my stamps with a more open mind!

i decided to use Sweet Slumbers from the recent Animapeeps release – does she look cozy or what??? i started off by making my own background paper with a stamp in another line Susana recently added to the store called Local King Rubber – there are some really awesome designs to choose from! I used an oldie but goodie technique for my background of falling leaves. Marvy Markers! these were the first markers i ever bought and they are WONDERFUL for coloring directly on your stamps. However, there is a bit of a twist here – did you know if you stamp onto glossy paper it makes the image pop right out at you??? if you don’t have the marvys or the glossy paper you can grab them right below the local king rubber stamps on the SCACD site!  I did the edges with my Zutter distress it all – thing still scares me a little bit…trying to love it….

My little embellishment was made using GORGEOUS felt from Felt On the Fly and my spellbinders for cutting.  i took some metallic gold thred, sewed on the PTI yellow button and then stitched around it to hold the bottom two pieces more securely (AND it looks cute) – so simple!  i used a yellow Viva Decor Gloss Gel Pen for the gorgeous bright yellow dots.

i stamped my image with memento tuxedo black and then i gave it a wash of color using Creative Inspirations shimmering paints in olive green and burnt sienna. you can easily control the intensity and transparency of color with how much water you use when painting them on BUT it does NOT lessen the amount of shimmer you get! next i added in my shadows with a prisma colored pencil to give some depth and dimension to the image. This also does not lessen the shimmer so it is an easy coloring technique to use.

Welcome home susana – now y’all can head on over to the store and get some shopping done!


SFYTT:super fun card to make!

hi all!

i have LOTS to tell you about today!  so i hope you’re up for it!  (this is what happens when i don’t get a chance to post all week :P)

we had a very busy weekend – despite us both having loads of work to do we decided to bite the bullet and get pez’s room switched around – we have been talking about it for months.  she was in our 4th bedroom which is really teeny (the builder calling it a bedroom is really a stretch.)  and she was in her crib converted to a toddler bed so it was really too small for her.  we completely packed up and cleaned out drake’s old room, moved all of pez’s stuff in there and then moved some of drake’s stuff into pez’s old room and turned that into an office for kevin.  pez loves her new big room and huge bed but when we put her to bed sunday night she just looked so teeny!  basically the side of her crib turns into a headboard for a full size bed so we just took drake’s headboard off and put hers on:

it took all day and both of us were exhausted and sick from dust allergies (i have a HIDEOUS sore throat now) but it was so worth it to finally get it done.  eventually i will paint the walls and then my mom and i will do some big murals like we did in her other room.  maybe when she comes for a visit this spring…and of course i need to get her some bed linens as she is using drake’s old ones.


my sale

wow things are FLYING out the door!  i am now out of a lot of stuff but i DO still have stuff that needs to go!  folks are especially ordering glittered skittles, printed skittles and pezabling.  i will be updating the sit eto take down things i am out of to decrease shopping frustration 😛


Club Ruby is HERE!!!

that’s right – my good friends megan and sean of Above rubies Studio have created an incredible new papercrafting community.  i am honored to be one of the master designers and just ADORE both of them to pieces!  they have been workign incredibly hard on this new venture and it is open for a LIMITED number of members as a first phase.  membership will gradually increase and will also eventually include members outside of the US too.  if you want all the details and want to get in on the ground floor so to speak head on over to the site and sign up!  there are two membership plans to choose from!  You will get a monthly kit plus access to all of the designs, tutorials and videos created by theprofessional design team and lots more!


New elisabeth bell for SCACD release

if you have not entered to win the EB blog candy head over to the store website

to see more sneak peeks of the super cute new images check out these girls:


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and now i have a SUPER fun card to share with y’all!

sfytt082110i used my friend Jen del Muro’s Sketch For You To Try BUT i turned it on it’s side.  in addition i used the following challenges for inspiration:

Creative Card Crew – Sparkle & Shine
Stamp Something – Digi Day


and here is my card:

purple & green is my fave color combination so of course i love this line by bo bunny – Jazmyne – AND IT HAS GLITTER!!!  i thought it would be fun to combine some swirls over the striped paper. 

so i whipped out one of my crafter’s workshop stencils (LOVE these things SO MUCH) and some champagne modeling cream by viva decor (love this stuff too!)  Check out how perfect and crisp this comes out!

here is the trick – work quickly – the more you mess and move and smoosh the more of a chance you will force some cream under your stencil.  be sure to wash your stencil right away so the cream does not dry to it.

my cute little girl is a digi from Pollycraft – i just love her stamps!  i colored her with Copics.  my gorgeous big flower is one of the new Primas and available at SCACD – the colors are so rich on these.  They are from the Roosevelt line and i want a pack in every color!  the little flower on the other side are PTI felt cut with a Spellbinders Die.  Then i put a big purple glittered skittle in the middle – pretty neat!  i have a thing with felt at the moment…i highly recommend getting your felt at either PTI or Felt On the Fly – the quality is a million times better than what you find at Michaels and Felt On the Fly has an AMAZING array of colors!  i just got some gorgeous fall and Christmas colors from Felt on the Fly and will hope to get started on some embellishment and holiday projects i have in mind….

what’s that crazy stuff under the felt embellies?  it is some fun new stuff i have been hoarding called Earth Elements from Art Institute Glitter.  it is a very organic mixture with lots of texture and it smells good too!  This one is called Petroglyph.  i adhered it with Scor tape here but i think the earth elements glue works alot better.  i have not tried it with my regular 3M glue yet.  me & suzanne both have some coming in today in other colors to get ready for some great fall projects!

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Challenge Blogs Blog Hop take 2

Good morning!  well we were hoping for some sun today so we could all take off to the farm or a park or something but no such luck – so instead we are heading into town and i convinced hubby we need to stop at Cold Stone Creamery for some ice cream cupcakes.  my neighbor has been telling me about them for weeks and says they are TO DIE FOR!!

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i have another project for the Challenge Blogs Blog Hop today!  This one incorporates 2 challenges:

1. Creative Twist – Down n Dirty: LO involving getting dirty

2. Practical Scrapper – Use diecuts: any die cuts, any type of machine.

I really got excited when i read the Down N Dirty challenge because i JUST took a bunch of pictures of Pezzy where she was a FILTHY FILTHY mess from head to toe:

down n dirty challenge LO

here they are 1 page at a time for a better look:

down n dirty challenge LO pg 1

down n dirty challenge LO pg 2

Daddy built her a playset which she ADORES.  She spent about a week covering it with chalk – WET chalk – because chalk works so much better wet.  Of course in the process she also ended up covering HERSELF in a nice coating of chalk with some dirt mixed in!

i used a Page Maps sketch (as always) and some adorable Prima papers i picked up at my LSS.  My die cuts are the lettering which i did on my cricut and the felt die cuts which i purchased at asecinc on Etsy (etsy is THE VERY best place to go for fun and unique embellies!)  now could i have made them myself – OF COURSE but frankly i run out of time and plus i love to help out a fellow crafter!  as a finishing touch i added several of my skittle bugs and then a row of bright green Pezabling acrylic squares across the bottom.  AGAIN pretty simplified but HEY at least i am gettin a LITTLE crafty!!!  here are some close ups of the cute little skittle bugs:

down n dirty challenge LO close ups

and now i am off for some ice cream!  i do hope y’all take some time to check out the Blogs on the Challenge Blog Hop – they are really wonderful  and all were new to me so maybe they are new to you too!

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Stamps: Pezadoodle Designs – Skittle bugs; Hampton Art – Alpha

Paper: SU and PTI (not sure of the color names); Prima

Ink: Memento – Rich Cocoa; Studio G – White

The Rest: Cricut – Alphalicious & George, Pezabling acrylic squares; Felt Die Cuts