Peekers are here!

hi everyone!

today is the day!  All of the new Peekers by Elisabeth Bell for SCACD are now available!  and every one of them is just as sweet as can be!  if you stumbled into our release hop by accident and want to start at the beginning so you can see them all then head on over to Elaine’s blog!

Today I have Fence Peeker for you:

I have to say this is one of my most fave projects i have done in awhile!  i used the Mojo Monday sketch on this one.  in addition this card is for the following challenges:

Stamp Something – Embellishments
Paperplay – In the Garden
Make It Monday – Anything Goes

The paper is from the 6×6 Basic Grey Sweet Threads paper pack.  The scrollies are Make It Crafty chipboard painted with perfect pearls.

My image is colored with Lyra Polycolor pencils.  i had a number of folks comment yesterday they wish they could color like this with pencils – YOU CAN!  just take my classes at color Me Creative online!

now head on over to the next stop on the hop – none other than the amazing susana boyd of papercraft planet!

and now i am off to sew halloween aprons 🙂


Peeker peek for SCACD!

hi everyone!

anyone else feeling a bit tired of summer?  as bad as july has been i can’t even IMAGINE what august will be like YUCK!  you know it’s bad when it’s too hot to go swimming…pezza and i are going to try and go blackberry picking tomorrow but i think we will have to be thee when the farm opens so we can pick and get out!

i had dinner with my buddy Suzanne last night – always a good time.  she filled me on on her CHA antics and we hammered out the next couple issues of Through the Craft Room Door – halloween, thanksgiving and christmas!!!!  hard to think about in this weather!  do YOU have some projects for the holidays?  we would LOVE to see them to possibly include in the magazine – CLICK HERE to submit them!  as usual i stayed out entirely to late and came home thoroughly wiped out.

I am so excited to show you my project today – SCACD will be releasing the second set of the wildly popular Peekers by Elisabeth Bell – available ONLY at SCACD.  introducing Tushy Peeker:

i just love her!  the patterned paper is from the Echo Park Springtime paper pad – beautiful colors in that pad!  i made the flowers using Pardo Clay and the First Impressions molds – they make it so easy!  i like that i can make more than one of each shape all at once.  the scrolls are make it crafty chipboard painted with perfect pearls.  i also brushed the clay flowers with a bit of perfect pearls before baking them.  i embossed the border with the Cuttlebug All In One folder and border – i love this concept.

i colored little missy with Lyra Polycolor pencils.  she is so much fun to color up!

you will get to see ALL of the new Peekers AND order them tomorrow!!!  meanwhile be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this stamp right here!

have a fabulous day everyone and i will see you back here tomorrow!


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!


SCACD previews & blog candy!

hi all – quick post for ya!

BLOG CANDY (with a twist)
July 24th thru the 28th
How Can You Enter? So what is the TWIST???

There is no official hop but everyday starting with the 24th one or two SCACD Designers will feature one of the stamps being released. Two of the stamps will remain a secret until release day on July 29th :o)

To have a chance at the Blog Candy you need to leave a comment on the previewing Designers’ “individual” blog posts for their day. If there is one Designer that day then you have 1 chance to leave a comment (likewise if there are two Designers then you have 2 chances to leave a comment on each previewing Designer’s blog).

Do NOT leave a comment at the Store Blog as it will NOT count. Your comment has to be on the Designers’ blog posts by July 28th 10pm EST.(PLEASE – 1 comment Per Designer).

***You need to come back to the Store Blog to see if you have won on the 28th by 11:00pm eastern time.***

WHAT do you get to win???

There will be only One winner who will be chosen randomly from comments left on the Peeking Designers’ Blogs. That one person will get the stamp that the Designer is previewing!!! That means each day one person will win the one stamp being previewed – all 5 winners will be announced on July 28th after 11:00pm EST at the Store Blog!!!!


Check out the preview list at the store blog every day thru the 28th to see who is previewing a Peeker

On the 29th we will have the Official Release day of wonderful SCACD Design Team inspiration that will also include the following guests: Fabulous Susanna Boyd, Amazing Janiel Corley & the Wonderful Lorraine N. This is not a Blog hop so bounce thru and visit whomever you want on the 29th.


you can’t do THIS with Copics!

hi everyone!

while you are reading this i will be at the Cancer Center having surgery but don’t freak out!  i was diagnosed recently with skin cancer however if you have to have cancer, skin cancer is the least serious and especially the kind i have.  so i will be getting it removed today.  fun stuff NOT.  i think the worst part is that it is only local anesthesia and i SO don’t do well with ANY sort of anything having to do with injuries and such.  just the biopsy was enough to make me queasy and swoony.  it’s all in my head 😛  but then we will be off for a weekend in our new camper this weekend so i am looking forward to that!


in case you missed them i wanted to call your attention to several posts with giveaways:

Cricut Expression 2 Anniversary Edition – For every $5 you donate to the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue your name will be entered in the drawing!  this wonderful organization rescues animals ALL OVER the US and they are the ones we got our adorable kittens we are fostering.

Make It Crafty and SCACD are giving away prizes to FIVE commenters on the MiC post – be sure to get your comments in!

TTCRD Magazine Challenge – $10 gift certificate to Michelle Perkett digi stamps for one lucky winner in the current challenge – fairytale theme.  This challenge ends on the 14th!

The Outlawz POM challenge – Make a bag & tag set – today is the last day for this challenge – a new one starts tomorrow.  Th eprize for this challenge is really good – $50 gift certificate to Oozak AND a $25 gift certificate to SCACD!


susana and i were talking and she mentioned that she thought the perfume bottles in the recent vault release would look amazing colored on black.  i took her up on her idea and boy was she right!

I colored this with Lyra Polycolor pencils on black cardstock.  The trick is to stamp with white, shade with white and then add your color.  this works with any brand of pencil but i noticed the polycolors were more vibrant – probably because they are oil based not wax.

I love the way the black mats add to the drama of the bag.  my great big flower is made by me too!  it is super easy!  first i picked out a cool ribbon – this particular one was sheer and gathered into tufts plus it had pearls too.  next I took some Wonder Tape by Ranger in the full sheet and i cut out a circle the size i wanted my flower to be.  it does not have to be a perfect circle.  Peel off one side of the backing to expose the stickiness.  Press the end of your ribbon down in the center and then just wind it around in a circle, sticking it down as you go. DONE!  that easy!  now when you’re ready to use it just peel the backing off of the other side (not covered by ribbon) and stick it on!  way cool or what.  even better – susana has another option for you.  you can get pre-cut sticky circles too!  Glubers from Cosmo Cricket.  so have fun!



Outlawz POM: Bag & Tag challenge

yay monday…not!

i hope everyone had a good weekend.  ours was super busy!  we bought a toy hauler camper trailer last weekend and kevin went to pick it up saturday.  then we went over it to get to know it and list out what we needed & wanted to get it all set up for camping next weekend.  then sunday i got a 3 hour break and was home ALL ALONE!  forgot how much i can get done when i am all alone!  i did a bunch of work on our dollhouse (after  pulling a bunch apart – you can keep up with dollhouse stuff on my new blog Dotted Daisy Designs).  i also got some projects done that are due this week – yay for being ahead!  then we took our trailer out to west VA where it will be stored (not allowed to keep it in our neighborhood).  After that i went straight to petsmart with Josephine (Momma Cat) & Berlioz for the Sunday kitten adoption event.  we thought we had a family for Berlioz BUT i did not know they won’t allow a cat under 6 months to be adopted by itself – they have to go in pairs.  which is a great rule because it is better for the cats AND the owners that way.  perhaps in 2 weeks i will be able to bring little Gingersnap in too and they will get to stay together.  her stitches have to heal first.  anyway, no one was adopted so we still have all three.


TTCRD Magazine Challenge – We kicked off a new challengeon July 1 – Fairy tale theme projects and the prize is a $10 gift certificate to Michelle Perkett studios!

SCACD has all of her 6×6 paper pads on sale until the end of today so hurry over there if you want to stock up at a great price!


And today’s project is for the POM challenge on The Outlawz.  The challenge starts every Thursday and this week we were challenged to make a bag and tag set.  you saw my tag yesterday – here is the rest!

my image is from SCACD and it is a Crafty Individuals stamp called lilys.  I used a Technique Junkies technique called Non-Stick Color and i LOVE the effect! the crafty individuals stamps are perfect for this technique.  the embellie a is Make It Crafty Die Cut flourish with Viva Decor Crystal Gel molded flower. The tag is cut using the Preserves Cricut cartridge.

and now i am off to get some errands done – got to get the camper stocked up.  i am really hoping for some good sales on summer stuff like beach towels and dishes and such.


Make it Crafty challenge & FIVE prizes!

hi everyone!

I am very excited to share that SCACD has just recently began selling the Make it Crafty line of products (including the latest adorable little fairies & sprites) and today we are joining Make it Crafty in their special 1 year anniversary celebrations – A BIG CHALLENGE!

There are FIVE categories that you can play along with and a winner for each category! There will also be random winners chosen throughout the month! All the details can be found at the challenge blog ‘Make it Colourful’.

***As a little special EXTRA, Zoe the owner of Make it Crafty has told me that I can choose FIVE very lucky commenter’s to win this special ‘Zoe All Excited’ digi stamp. Just leave your comments below and I will choose the winners on July 17th!***

***In addition Susana from SCACD is throwing in 2 packages of the fantastic laser cut chipboard pieces for THREE of the winners!***

The categories I have created my projects for are:

  • Create a project using ONLY Make it Crafty Laser cut embellishments. NO IMAGES!

This is a quick little tag I created (you will see the rest of the project tomorrow)

I cut the tag using the Preserves Cricut cartridge for both layers.  then i took a piece of Make It Crafty chipbooard and covered it with Lumiere gold paint.  Next i smooshed it into my versamark pad and then brushed on some perfect pearls powder – heirloom gold, green patina and biscotti.  I finished it off with a flower made using Viva Decor Crystal Gel & a first impressions mold with a bit of biscotti perfect pearls rubbed on top with my finger.

  • create a project with Make it Crafty images and coloured with Blue, Mustard/Yellow and Brown (Make it Crafty Logo colours!)

The image is Make It Crafty – Summer Dreams.  She is colored with Lyra Polycolor pencils.  The paper is from the 6×6 paper pad My Minds Eye Stella Rose – Hattie.  i made a double loop bow with the help of my bow easy and then added a few yellow roses.

We hope you will join us in the celebrations!!!

have a great sunday everyone!