TTCRD02: glitter & wings…

woohoo monday!  NOT!

i am on my own this week with little miss make-my-momma-crazy EEK!  i hate when hubby is out of town.  totally throws me off and i can’t sleep so by the time he gets home i will be a walking zombie.  YAY can’t wait….Pezza doesn’t like it either.  she was NOT pleased last night when momma had to do bedtime with her 😛  not a night person = not a fun bed time person.  in addition it says rain for the next 6 days in the weather forecast so i can’t even kick her out back with the neighbor girl she adores.


Colored Pencil Class – I am hosting a live chat for my colored pencil class tonight on the main page of Color Me Creative from 7pm – 8pm eastern time.  this is a great opportunity for my students to get some real time help or just chat about ideas or struggles they might have.  it is also a great time for NON students to come and chat and find out more about the class.  so if you are curious come on over and join us!

Want to take the class for free???  my buddy susana is giving one away as blog candy along with a full sheet of her newest stamps – the Natural Beauty collection by Carmen Medlin for SCACD!!!  Just head over to the SCACD blog to check out the details.  Also make sure you stop by the super talented Lori’s blog to see sneak peek #2!


i had the joy of basking in oodles of Martha Stewart glitter all weekend for a review i was writing for Craft Critique (there’s a great white cardstock comparison up over there today BTW.)  i will admit that my first love in the glitter world is Art Institute BUT i have to admit Martha Stewart is equally fabulous (her AND her glitter!!!)  This card is also for our SECOND challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door – things with wings – we would love to have you join in for a chance to win a $15 gift Certificate to the wonderful Paper Makeup Stamps:

In addition today’s card uses the May Sketch For You To Try and is inspired by the following other challenges:

Papertake Weekly – Punches/die cuts
Paperplay – Anything Goes
Stamp Something – Anything Goes
Daring CardMakers – Bugs

I finally got a chance to pull out the Florals Embellished Cricut cartridge – oh my goodness is it fantastic!  Not only is my bird from the cartridge but also the matching circles the bird and butterfly are mounted on.

The patterned paper is from a couple of Martha Stewart paper pads and have some really pretty glittered accents on them.

Here is a better look at my glittering – I used two different glitter styles – fine on the butterfly and tinsel on the stripe.

Tinsel glitter is really cool stuff – instead of crushed specks of glitter it is in little slivers so you get a fuzzy textured effect when you use it – just like the traditional Christmas tinsel garland.  i just put a strip of Scor Tape on my card front:

Then just peel off the paper and sprinkle on the glitter:

see the fuzzy-ness?!  cool right?

I also glittered a chipboard butterfly from one of the Maya Roads Minis at SCACD.  I started by covering it with Glossy Accents and then sprinkling on a heavy dose of glitter and letting it dry.

Once dry and put another thick layer of Glossy Accents on top of the glitter.  this gives it a cool epoxy-like look while maintaining full glittery-ness!  You can see the difference above – the right side has the Glossy Accents on top.  It’s fitting to be using Jen’s sketch for this one since i got this idea from her blog!

now i am off to get us dressed for the day…and perhaps get more coffee…..



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!


a shimmer of distress for TIOT…

good morning!

despite some snow yesterday (yes i said more snow) it looks like pezzy will finally get to go back to school today!  she really misses her little friends.  they will be having their valentine’s day party that they missed last week so we made cupcakes and i will be scrambling to finish the cupcake holders as soon as i finish this post!  check in tomorrow for pics of those as well as my first foray into gumpaste as i prepare for that cricut cake machine heading my way in april!



you will want to be sure to hop on over to the SCACD store blog and check out the amazing blog candy Susana is offering – in anticipation of the THIRD Elisabeth Bell release you could win a FULL sheet of release #1, #2 AND #3 – thats alot of stamps!!!


Design Team Call

Creative Inspirations Paints is having a design team call – do you like to shimmer?  Get more info >>HERE<<


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For Try It Out Tuesday over on the SCACD store blog Suzanne challenged us to use 3 layers and 3 layers ONLY on our card.

In addition my card covers several other challenges as well:

SFYTT  – Weekly sketch challenge
Paperplay – Birthday
Frosted Designs – Star
Hand Full Of Stamps – Open Fun
Fussy & Fancy – Dazzle Us
OCCC – Something Old thats new (SB pendants)
Technique Junkies Technique – Antiqued Shimmers

 i have a fun card to show you today using an amazing but simple technique for your background:

Layer 1 – you can see the shimmer at the top a bit in the pic – in real life it is AWESOME! it is a bit of twist on an oldie but goodie – wrinkle free distress. to achieve it simply take two distress ink pads and smoosh them onto your craft sheet keeping the colors overlapping but not mixed into each other. next instead of misting with water you mist with smooch spritz in 2 colors until the ink begins to bead. Next simply lay your cardstock face down in the puddle and move around a bit to cover and pick up to dry. for this card i used shabby shutters and tumbled glass distress inks and vanilla and spun sugar smooch spritz. next i stamped randomly with this cute little lockhart three packages itty bitty.  

** i DID NOT come up with this idea on my own (though i can’t believe it never occurred to me to combine two of my fave things!)  NOPE i got it from the Technique Junkies newsletter.  this is an INVALUABLE resource for ideas and ways to really get the most out of your supplies.  Pat is AWESOME and this is the BEST subscription i get out of all of them – far surpasses my magazines to be quite honest**

Layer 2 – i used the large lattice pendant spellbinders die on the side and cut it in half.

Layer 3 – i used a bit of paper from the gorgeous Basic Grey Lily Kate collection.

Layers 1 & 3 are inked with peeled paint and vintage photo using  a foam ink blending tool and then i distressed the edges.

i finished it off with star cut out with the George cricut cart and a pretty little bronze button tied with brown scrappers floss. not difficult, not time consuming but loads of WOW factor!

now off to finish those cupcke holders!!


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PIO: the new colors of christmas

well we just got home from picking up hubby at the airport – thank goodness he’s home!  i really do much better with him here not away.  i know i CAN make it on my own since i did it for most of the boys’ lives but i would just rather NOT be on my own 🙂

did you remember to sign up to receive my blog posts in your email??  i will be picking several lucky folks from my subscriptions list to get some FREE FLOWER SOFT samplers!!!
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guess what was waiting on the doorstep for me when i opened the door to go to the airport???  Peppermint and snowflake skittles!!!!!!!!!!  FINALLY!!!!  These sold out almost immediately when i first released them, i am SO glad more finally arrived (they have a long journey overseas).  BE SURE TO GRAB THEM UP WHILE THEY ARE HERE!!!  >>CLICK HERE<<

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i am Piling It On again for this one!  i have included the following challenges:

SFYTT – sketch
Pile It On – Tinsel Town – use some glitz
SCS CC – Always Artichoke, Razzleberry, Barely Banana with velvet/flock as dessert
Bitten By The Bug (BBTB) – Ribbon Frame cut from JOTS
Practical Scrappers – anything Christmas

And here is my card:

I think this might be one of my fave cards this year!  purple & green are my fave color combo ANYTIME and JUST monday i had decided to get a few things at Ms for my mini tree and a wreath and decided to do the purple & green color combo they have out this year.  so when i read this color combo challenge the next day i jumped on it!  the dark green panel is actually a piece of SEI velvet paper – that stuff is awesome!  the ribbon frame has three layers – the shadow, the frame with leaves and then just the ribbon portion – using all three is what really gives the die cut it’s depth.  rather than use the paper berries that also get cut out with this i decided to do the berries with platinum liquid pearls (>>CLICK HERE<<) .  if you get peaks when you dot on your liquid pearls just thump the back of the paper and the peaks will fall.  the ornate spellbinders tag went perfectly with the theme of the card and the Dusty Lavender Pezabling (>>CLICK HERE<<) i brought in for Halloween is a really nice match for the Razzleberry paper!

my main image is from SCACD and is a Karen Lockhart from her window series – this one is Holiday Window.  i colored it with copics and then cut it to fit in my frame.  i accented the berries in the image with platinum liquid pearls too.  my sentiment is studio G as always! (>>GET THE NEW ONES HERE<<)

many of you have requested instructions on the card i did for fancy folding TIOT on tuesday – i have made the template and hope to get it finished up and have directions up tomorrow!

now i am off to bake early morning cookies with Pezza, i got a cookie press from Pampered Chef – been wanting one for AGES!

have a  FANTASTIC day!

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SFYTT: candlelit holly

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quickie post today as i have LOADS i am hoping to get done!  Be sure to check the other PDD DTs in the playgroup today and see what they have up for today too!

sfytt101009I used Jen’s SFYTT for today’s card.  she always has the greatest sketches!!  i have a Christmas one for you today – one of my brother’s digi images:




i paired it up with some great paper from graphic 45 and then made a little embellie with Joys of the Season on my cricut.  i finished off with some Pezabling acrylic squares from the Vintage Christmas mix.

SFYTT close up

i love the vintage-y feel of this image and the great depth of shading in it.  makes it super easy to color too!  i used copiccs here.

be sure and stop by the store for this great digi image, some pezabling or anything else stampy!


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Studio G challenge/ SFYTT/OCCC today!

hi everyone! 

Got Gs??
SGC blinkie

It’s that time again – a new studio G challenge – and an easy one – all you have to do is make a card (or any other project) using your studio G stamps and


and here is mine (on the front of a package):



I used Jen’s Sketch For You To Try for this week as well as the OCCC Triple Play embellie challenge – use 3 types of embellies – i have ribbon, buttons and stickles.  the stickles does not show well in the pick (overcast today) but i used it on the cupcakes, scallop edge AND to highlight bits of the pattern on the cupcake paper.

so come on over and join in the challenge and get those studio Gs out and use them!!!

the first round of pre-orders for the next few sets of studio Gs have already sold out so we are now on round 2 – be sure and get your order in if you are planning on getting any of the fun new stuff coming next month!!

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SFYTT: a girl & her kitty

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today i have a card for Jen’s SFYTT:

Sketch For You To Try

Sketch For You To Try


Basic with a nice big image panel – i LIKE it!!! 

though i DID change it up a bit!


Here is what i came up with:

SFYTT wagon girl

now how CUTE is SHE?????  so makes me think of pezzy and our cat tiger.  they totally have a love hate relationship – tiger has this insatiable need for attention and pez has this total lack of ability to be soft and gentle.  so despite the injuries (to both parties) they cannot stay away from each other.  they DO have some fun together though which is always very cute!

this little whipper snapper image was WAY fun to color and i am SO itchin’ for more………

my posting could get a little erratic over the next week.  my son is graduating from high school saturday so my mom will be here today and then inlaws in for the weekend and WAY too much stuff to do to prepare still! i am a proud mam though! one down and two to go!  altho it is the third one that’s gonna do me in! hahhahahah!

*!*!*!be sure and tune in tomorrow as i plan to have a digi freebie up *grin* but it will be a limited time download!*!*!*!

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Stamps: Whipper Snapper – Sofia
Paper: SU pretty in pink, ruby red; basic gray – porcelain
Ink: distress ink – vintage photo; memento – tuxedo black; copics – e15, e13, e11, e00, e21, e29, e35, e37, c9, c5, c7, yr24, yr21, y21, r17, r14, r12, yg09, yg06, yg03, colorless blender
Accessories: SEI button, scrappers floss, cuttlebug embossing folder, nesties, foam ink blending tool