SC346: Home Sweet Home

hi all!

any fun plans for the weekend?¬† i will be taking it off from work and enjoying some family time ūüôā¬† quick post for you before i take off though!
have you had a chance to check out the amazing rubber stamps by Make It Crafty that are available at SCACD?¬† these are SO much fun!¬† today’s card uses Fairy Tree House:

the sketch is the current SCS sketch challenge.¬† I made the large background paper using a technique in a recent issue of Technique Junkies called Faux Washi paper.¬† the smaller flowered strip comes from a fantastic 6×6 bo bunny paper pad – Garden Girl.¬† **by the way, if you have not browsed SCACD’s 6×6 paper pad section recently i urge you to go check it out – AMAZING new papers are in including many for the holidays!**

i colored this amazing image with my colored pencils.  the flower embellie is done using First Impression molds and Viva Decor Crystal Gel.  i brushed on some copper perfect pearls powder to tie it in even better. i finished the card off with some dots of Turquoise Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

i hope you all have a great weekend!!!


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 Рgot to get the camper stocked up.  i am really hoping for some good sales on summer stuff like beach towels and dishes and such.


SC323: Just Chillin’

Hi all!

we are going to float away here in northern VA Рi know lots of other areas have had this storm over the last couple days including louisiana Рthey even had tornadoes which was UNHEARD OF when i was growing up down there.  YIKES!  it is supposed to get really bad here this afternoon Рand not only is hubby NOT here he is actually going to be attempting to drive home in it from PA EEK!

anyone else on Pinterest?¬† it is a neat little site – i am constantly wandering around on the internet and looking up things that interest me.¬† Pinterest allows me to put a virtual pin in something i see that i like and then i can refer back to it.¬† i can also look at other people’s pins and they can look at mine – cool.

I am back with another TIOT card for ya for Susana’s Custom Art & Card Design!

I started out by creating my own background paper – the idea is from Technique Junkies (Wet Stencil technique (TJNL, August 2009). I started with white paper. Next i chose a Crafter’s Workshop Stencil – Cosmic Swirl and some homemade Shimmering Mists using Perfect Pearls and reinkers. I wanted to make my own mists because i wanted lots of shimmer but i wanted the colors to be fairly light. i laid my stencil down and misted lightly with pale purple and yellow mists, then i picked up the stencil and laid it mist side down on the paper, pressed and lifted back off. very cool i think! the paper is from one of the DOZENS of 6×6 paper pads Susana carries – so perfect for cardmakers! i made the bow using my Bow Easy – can’t imagine being without it! and then added two Prima Cottage Blooms – have you seen the new stuff Prima has come out with this year? Check out the ones in the store already! I finished off the punched border with a few perfect little pearls done with the Lilac Pearl Pen.

Now my adorable image – Just chillin’ from the latest SCACD release by Victoria Case for SCACD – the Sweet Meets Sassy Collection. I colored her with Copics of course and added some glittering Spica details here and there. isn’t she just devine?!?!?!?

i hope y’all have a fabulous day!

Technique time with Pagoda

hi everyone!

did you have a good mother’s day – either as the mom or with your mom?!¬† i got the BEST gifts – my oldest son (19) has been out on his own for 6 months now and he SENT ME A GIFT!!!¬† the first season of desperate housewives – i never watched it so it will give me something to watch when i am up at 4am!¬† then when i got up this morning there was a note on my computer that said click play – it was a you tube video of a song by good charlotte about a singll mom and how the kid loves her and is thnakful for her – i could have cried!!¬† that was from trev – the 17 year old.¬† then i also had an email from drake saying happy mother’s day.¬† and they did all this all by themselves – we were always on our own so there was never really much in the way of any mother’s day stuff what with no other adult around to lead the way.¬† of course they would always make me something in school.¬† one year trev made me a card with a blue ribbon on the front.¬† inside the writing prompt was i have the best mother in the world because….and trev put she makes me chicken.¬† i was like WOW really?¬† all these years of sacrifice and all i had to do was make you chicken???¬† HAHHAHHAH!!

hubby gave me the best gift you can give a mother of a small child Рthe whole day to myself! of COURSE i spent it in my craft room!  i got alot of stuff done that was totally NOT on any to do list or part of any obligations. 

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One thing I did was to play with my Cricut Pagoda cartridge some more which i have been really wanting to do!  in addition i got this GREAT new book called Texure Effects for Rubber Stamping Рit ROCKS!!! it is SO ME!!  so here is a card set i created:

they are all very clean and simple – i just couldn’t cover up the neat backgrounds i made for three of them!¬† then i ran out of white glossy cardstock ūüėõ¬† so the fourth one is just a cuttlebug background with the KOI¬†from the Asian Bundle.¬† This Summer Provocraft will be releasing several more bundles designed to pair up with several cartridges – BRILLIANT!!!!¬† SO here are the cards up close:

i have to say i LOVE this cartridge and i LOVE this book!!!  i highly recommend both of them!  this cartridge is also excellent for those always difficult masculiine cards and stuff!

ok that’s all you’re gettin outta me!¬† tomorrow is hubby’s bday so pezzy and i will be building a cake and such!¬† hee heee!

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Artful INKables – think ink make-over


wow where did my day go???  when we were running errands pezzy found some gigantious pink glitter sunglasses she HAD to have.  so she walked around Kohls with them on asking folks if she looked gorgeous ACK!  kid is a trip!

i have been in a fantastic mood!¬† i am working with several new products right now and they just rock!¬† hoping for some extended play time for mothers day hee heee!¬† ok it’s late and i am way behind so onward!

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the current Think Ink challenge is to take an old card and re-do it. 

in addition to the Think Ink challenge my card also covers the following challenges:

Stamp Something – Sketch
Paper Play – Pretty Pastels
Frosted Designs – Aqua, Brown & Lime Green
Pile It On – Boyish colors

i had a REALLY hard time with this.  i am not one of those peeps who looks back at her original work and cringes Рi LIKE it all.  it was very different for sure but i like it!  but i settled on one:

i made this long before i started stamping.¬† i think it’s cute but i decided to do some stamping instead of the die cut:

i used this AMAZING set of stamps from artful INKables called Steampunk Sara.  I used the accent images to make the background piece.  First i used the Antiqued Glimmers technique from the Technique Junkies dec. 2009 issue.  then i stamped randomly with some of the stamps from the set.  i cut edges with one of the new tim holtz alterations dies and then distressed with my edge distresser.  the key is from the grungeboard minis.  i inked it with antique linen then lightly added a bit of copper cretive inspirations paint and inked the edges with walnut stain.

i am quite excited with myself over Sara herself – i watercolored her with distress inks!¬† i know for alot of people this would be no big deal and she doesn’t look nearly as good as some of the gals over in europe BUT it is definitely better than any i have tried so far AND the first one i felt ok with sharing!¬† the flowers are primas and the centers are the new Kiwi Viva Decor Pearl Pen.¬† and now i am off to bed – i have an early day as usual!

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An artful gift set

good morning!

we have had DREAM weather here in NoVA and that means we have been out in the gardens A LOT!  and we still have more to go.  especially when we get to the butterfly garden i want to put in on the side of the house below the deck.  (hubby is flinching as he reads this hee heeee) sorry honey! 

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The current Think Ink challenge is to use a book or CD album for inspiration – mine is one my mom gave me while i was down there visiting called Hello Cupcake (and the newest version is about to come out!):


i used the adorable little cupcake from Artful INKables’ Birthday Best set and then¬†i spent a good bit of the day Sunday with my latest issue of¬† Technique Junkies – simply a MUST HAVE newsletter subscription.¬† i learn SO much from Pat and her group!¬† She has a sketch challenge in it now so i decided to play along:

and i had so much fun i made a card AND a gift bag!  the four panels all use a different technique featured in the current newsletter.  The panels are from top left Glimmer Mist Watercolor, Washed Colors, Metallic Parchment, & Faux Velvet.  I love them all but i have to say the Metallic Parchment and Faux Velvet ROCK!!!!!  they are just heavenly in real life!

I colored the cupcake’s chocolate frosting and candle with copics and paper pieced the wrapper with some of the Glimmer Mist Watercolor paper I made.¬† Talk about lots of ideas for ways to use my Creative Inspirations Paints and shimmering mists – here i used Radiant Rain.

I finished each piece off with a few glittered skittles from my store.  i think this would make a great set for a guy!  we have an early morning run to walmart today so we can make it to open gym at Little Gym.

have a great day!

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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 Рdo 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  РWeekly 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 Рyou can see the shimmer at the top a bit in the pic Рin real life it is AWESOME! it is a bit of twist on an oldie but goodie Рwrinkle 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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