Hello and Happy Friday!
Monday, July 13, 2015
I can't believe we are already half way through July! Why is the time passing so quickly? We have definitely tried to make the most of every passing day. Last month we took our BIG family vacation to Virginia Beach, VA. That's where my son, Gabriel was stationed. This was my second time here, I visited him May of 2014 by myself. I couldn't get over how beautiful it all was and vowed to bring the family back. It was the best vacation we've ever taken. Maybe because its the farthest from home we've ever been, approximately 1,700 miles. Although our trip to San Diego is a close 2nd (1,000 miles), we went there for Gabe's graduation from Marine Corps boot camp in December 2013. Both places were awesome and most importantly we were together as a family. Which is rare lately since Gabe is off doing cool Marine stuff.
We had a blast, we went to the beach and the hotel pool every single day. I'm not a water person at all and I enjoyed every minute of it. Abby, 9, enjoyed the water more than all of us put together though. I don't know where she gets it, but she is one fearless little girl. She has always had a thing about mermaids and I believe she was one in her previous life. She saw people body boarding and decided she wanted to buy one. It only took her a few tries, on her own, to figure it out. She was a pro! I was really proud of her and thankful that she doesn't have the fear of water that I do. But, at the same time, I was so nervous.
When we arrived Gabe and his girlfriend Lex met us at the hotel. This was our first time meeting her. She was instantly part of the family. She fit right in, acting just as crazy as the rest of us! She and Gabe met through her brother who is also in the Marine Corps. She spent a few days with us and also respected our family time together. Which I really appreciated. Points for Lex!
I can't complain about any of the food. We had a variety of dinners.... pizza, Mexican food, pizza, Chinese food and pizza, not just any pizza but NY style pizza. I sure wish I could get a slice or three of some right now!
|My baby boy and I before the concert|
Gabe surprised us with tickets to Farm Bureau Live to see Train! Matt Nathanson an The Fray were the opening acts. They all put on an awesome show!
|Gabe and Lex before the concert|
There are so many things to do up and down the boardwalk and Atlantic Ave. We walked miles and miles the first couple of days. Then we rented a family sized bicycle....which is more work than actually walking. Fun still though. Then we really got wise and bought shuttle passes for $2 each. The shuttle goes up and down Atlantic Ave. all day. There are tons of restaurants, souvenir shops, ice cream shops and fun things to do. We ventured into Norfolk one day to see the sights and eat at Johnny Rockets.
|Stella, Abby and I|
|Taking a break|
My plan was to take my tripod and get some really good family photos, we have never had real photos taken as a family. But, I forgot my tripod in all the excitement of packing. Thankfully though, there were these people walking up and down the beach offering to take family photos. Everyone else kept shooing them away, Gabe even tried to get rid of the guy when he asked us if we wanted our picture taken. I literally had to beg my family to let Finn (the very amateur photographer) take our picture. I was so happy when they finally gave in! $80 later we have lots of "official" family photos. My heart was happy!!
|Excuse the blurriness, its a photo of a photo, I love this picture soooo much!|
|The USS Wisconsin|
|Oceanside Mirror Maze|
|Stella's Henna tattoo|
|Stella, Lex and Abby our last night on the beach, we actually saw dolphins right after this, it was amazing!|
All in all we had a blast! We had perfect timing too, less than 2 weeks after we got home, Gabe deployed for his 2nd time. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to spend some time with him before he left. We'll see where we end up next Summer, although I wouldn't mind going back to this exact same spot!
|I can't wait to go back|
Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully I can get some free time soon so I can turn these pictures into layouts and Project Life pages.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Hi friends! I've got a short post today. I have a card that I made for my daughter's teacher since this past week was all about appreciating all they do for our children. I saw so many cute posts of homemade gifts, some really clever ones too. I have no excuse, I plain forgot. Usually the school sends home a note or reminder the week before but not this time. Not unless Abby forgot to give me the note, which is most likely what happened. Anyhow, I managed to make a card and we gave her teacher some Scentsy bars. And here is the card...
I used Orange Fizz Card Stock from MFT Stamps for the card base. Then, Sweet Tooth Card Stock that I die cut using the MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 13. I have played around with watercolors with no luck. I know in time I will come up with some sort of great masterpiece, but I'm pretty impatient. So, when I saw this MFT Abstract Art Stamp Set I was really excited! This is probably the closest I'll get to watercoloring, for now anyway. This is the first card that I made using my MISTI stamping tool. It is awesome!!! I ordered mine from Simon Says Stamp but I believe it is available at MFT and My Sweet Petunia. (The price has gone up a little on SSS since I purchased mine.) I used Memento Dew Drop Dye Ink from the "Gum Drop" set. I love the brightness of these inks! I used the MFT Die-Namics Many Thanks die, I received this die "free with $60 purchase" back in November, I love that about MFT!! I also cut the sentiment out of black fun foam to add some dimension. I plan on making a set of these to have on hand, ready to hand/mail out when needed. I have some other color combos in mind as well. Thanks a bunch for stopping by!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Hello all, I'm back! Today I have a card that I made a couple of weeks ago. I saw this Bear Hugs by Mama Elephant stamp and die set and I immediately thought of my baby boy, Gabriel. He actually turns 20 years old today. Happy Birthday!! I had been planning on purchasing the set but then, @mags_doodle, a very talented person that I follow on Instagram, did a giveaway, and I WON!! I was so excited! It was the first (and last, so far) time I had won a giveaway.
She sent it to me and it was perfect timing! My son, Gabriel, is a LCPL in the U.S. Marine Corps. I am one very proud mom! He hadn't been home in exactly 14 months. He had been stationed in Virginia and then deployed to Cuba early December and we didn't get to talk much, it was so hard. He came home for a week and my heart was happy. This stamp set arrived while he was here.
|Gabe and I, March 21, 2015|
Somewhere out there
Beneath the pale moonlight
Someone's thinking of me
And loving me tonight
As I look at the card now, it seems pretty simple. But, when I think about how I felt and all of the things I was thinking of as I made it, it's not simple at all. We had a really good time while he was here. We are planning a family trip to go see him this summer in Virginia Beach before he deploys again.
For the technical part... I colored the sweet bears with Prismacolor Pencils then covered them with Elmer's Rubber Cement. Next, I inked up the sky with Memento Paris Dusk and the grass with Memento Pear Tart and Cottage Ivy. I cut a piece of card stock and used it to mask off the sky/grass. I cut the moon with my Sizzix circle die, inked it up with Memento Dandelion and a tiny bit of Hero Arts Soft Granite. Then I added the sentiment from the Bear Hugs set with Memento Tuxedo Black. I lined it up and adhered it so that it would be on the inside of the card. No card is complete without glitter, so I threw a few stars on. See, simple but not. LOL
Well, thank you for stopping by and checking out my cards I really do appreciate it. Feel free to follow me on Instagram, the link is on the top left of the page. I post more things on there than I do here, although, I am trying to do better at posting here more often.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Wow!! It has been almost a month since I last posted. So many things have been going on lately I just haven't had much time for crafting. Sad, I know. I have been meaning to post a family update and just haven't had a chance. I will post it within the next couple of days for sure.
Anyhow, I did get a chance to get into my craft room and create a couple of things. As with all of the other holidays, I waited until the last minute to create festive goodies. I always say I'm not going to do anything, people just throw them away, it's too much work...bla, bla, bla. Then the night before I just can't resist. So I made some Easter treats. Well, the treat holder.
I made these little cuties for my kids and coworkers. I thought it was much better than just saying "here's a bunny". Other than the chocolate bunnies I had everything else on hand so that helped. They were really easy and I am posting directions just in case anyone else wants to make them. I know Easter is this weekend but they're so simple, it wouldn't take much to whip some up real quick. I started with the following...
I used some patterned card stock and cut it to 2 1/2" X 11" then scored at 5" and 6". I used my Sizzix circle die to cut the "window" out. Next, I cut 2 small pieces measuring 2" X 1", these will help it stand up. The scalloped circle is also a Sizzix die.
I lined up the edges of the card stock and used MFT's Blueprints 19 Die Namics set to get the tag edge. You could easily do one edge at a time but I wanted to make sure they lined up perfectly. I only stuck the very edge that I wanted to cut in between the cutting plates, then just snipped off the edges.
I then used just a regular hole punch to make the hole for the ribbon to go through. I also added the small reinforcement piece which I cut using MFT's Tag Builder Blueprints 2.
As for those small pieces of card stock, they are totally optional. I just couldn't get mine to stand without them. And I really needed them to stand. I scored them 1/2" from both sides and then adhered them to the front and back of the larger piece.
I intended to stamp the sentiment but I had a tag die from my Project Life die set that I wanted to use and the stamp was just too big. I found a font that I liked, made a sheet of labels using white card stock and then cut them all out with the die. I placed the cute bunny inside, tied a bow and BAM! I meant to embellish them more but it was getting late and I was pleased with them already. Besides, people are just gonna throw them away right?
I thought these were cute and pretty simple to make. Thank you for stopping by! Hopefully, I can get back to my regular schedule and get to crafting more than I have (or haven't) in the recent weeks.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Good evening! I am doing something a little different tonight. It is day #2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, you can find details here. The point is to "color" something, somehow everyday for 30 days. Even if it is just a 5 minute coloring session. I am a little under the weather and having a little bit of a hard time focusing. I am trying to keep up and so far so good. (It is only day 2 though!)
I really do enjoy coloring, I find it relaxing. A while back I bought some Prismacolor pencils and Odorless Mineral Spirits and tried a technique that I had seen on Pinterest. I'm not sure of the exact link but you can find an example here. I found the technique fairly simple and was hooked. So, for day 1 of the color challenge I decided to break out the pencils again and get to work. (I had bought Spectrum Noir markers and was having so much fun with them I had sort of forgotten how much I enjoyed pencil coloring.)
I used a digital image called "Hairy Situation" from Saturated Canary. Maybe I should've picked an image with just a little less hair, but I love this image so much!!
I colored the hair a couple of weeks ago using my Spectrum Noir Markers in TN1, EB1 and EB2. Then, yesterday I colored all of the rest of the image with my colored pencils and blended with Odorless Mineral Spirits and blending stumps. I have been wanting to make a video for a while and I decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I was basically playing around trying to figure out my lighting and setup. It was also my first time using iMovie - which I highly recommend! It's a short, simple video but it was fun to make.
I know, I need to play more and figure it out.
So that was day 1. For day 2 (today), I finally used my Somebunny Stamp Set from MFT Stamps. I stamped these little cuties with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some white cardstock. I colored them using the same technique as above. They are going to go on some cards that I plan on making this weekend.
I think these guys are super cute!!
Now I'm all caught up on my posts for the challenge! There are tons of inspiring photos on Instagram, check it out!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Hello all, I'm back with a card that I created for the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #217. Here is the sketch:
It's pretty simple and I kept my card simple as well.
The card itself is Black Licorice Card Stock and the top layer is Coral Crush Prestige Card Stock, both from MFT. I used the Die-namics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX (MFT) to decorate the edges. I really like this die set, the diagonal stitch line is so crisp and clean looking. The flags were cut from the Prima "Almanac" 6x6 paper pad. I really like this color combo.
I used the Sizzix "You & Me" die set for the "hello" on some pearl white paper. I added a few rhinestones and there you have it. I am actually planning to make a few more of these cards using this sketch to have on hand.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Good evening!! It has been a long week full of clouds, snow and ice. I felt this card was fitting, it's literally the only sun I've seen in the past few days.
I pieced the background together using paper from a paper pad that I bought at Hobby Lobby at least 4 years ago, maybe longer, and I have no idea what it is called. It is one of those thick pads with the rainbow of colors in different patterns in it, most likely Paper Studios brand. It's paper, not card stock. I started out by cutting rectangles out of the patterned paper using the following measurements:
- 4 Orange - 4 1/2" x 1"
- 2 Yellow Polka Dot - 4 1/2" x 1"
- 2 Yellow Diamond - 4 1/2" x 1 1/2"
I then cut them on the diagonal to get these rays. I inked up the edges with my Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed using this blending tool. Next, I adhered the "rays" to a regular piece of white paper measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (the size of the card). I knew where I wanted the sun so I used that as my guide. I placed the pieces all around, side by side. Then, I adhered the whole piece to the card front. I had quite a bit of paper hanging off of the edges which I later trimmed off.
For the cloud I used the Stitched Speech Bubble Edges Die-Namics from My Favorite Things, but now it's only available from Simon Says Stamp. It took some careful placement to get a cloud and not a speech bubble but I actually got it on my first try. I used MFT's Sweet Tooth Card Stock for the cloud and the card itself.
I used Bring the Sunshine stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp for this cute little sun. I stamped it with Hero Arts Orange Soda ink and then Heat embossed it with some Recollections Iridescent embossing powder. I wish we had some sunshine so I could take better photos of this card and capture the shimmer that this embossing powder has.
I have to say I am not a fan of the ice and snow but can't really complain when I see other places buried in snow. Plus, I took advantage of the snow day to catch up on some things I needed to get done around the house and some crafting.
Thank you for stopping by!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Hello all! After a 2 week break, I am back with a new card! I have been seeing donuts everywhere and I had to get in on the action. I am linking my card to the Curtain Call Challenge - Donut Delight.
|Don't they look delicious!|
I created a shaker card for this, I love shaker cards!! The first time I made a shaker, halfway through, I swore I would never do that again. It seemed like it took me forever to make it. But I was so happy with the end product, it was totally worth it. Now I make shakers any chance I get.
Die - Donut You Know from Reverse Confetti
Stamp - Laina Lamb's Donuts & Sprinkles also from MFT Stamps
Inks - Sentiment - Memento Tuxedo Black from JoAnn.com
Sprinkles - Summer Splash from MFT Stamps, Hero Arts Pale Tomato, Butter Bar and Orange Soda all from JoAnn.com
Sequins - 6mm Mixed Satin from Cartwrights
Thank you for stopping by! I must go find a donut now!
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
I have another Valentine's Day card as promised. I don't know how it happened but I actually had some free time this evening to create this card.
I have been wanting to do some sewing and I finally got it done. I love to sew, I consider myself good at it even. Sewing on paper is new to me though. I am very happy with how it came out. I started getting so many ideas but ran out of time. I'm crossing my fingers that I have some spare time tomorrow to create more cards using some stitching.
I die cut some hearts using the Die-namics Pierced Heart STAX from MFT Stamps. I just love the piercing on the edge of these hearts! Next, I used some blue painter's tape to hold everything in place and also as a guide to stitch a straight line down the middle. I folded the sides of the hearts up just a tad. I stamped the sentiment in Versa Mark with a stamp that I found in the $1bin at Michael's. Yes,$1!! I heat embossed it with gold embossing powder from Recollections. I added some brown pearl embellishments. All of this is on a Primitive White Card Stock from MFT Stamps.
I am linking this card up to the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #214.
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with another card. Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Hey! I'm back with my latest card. I have been working on my Valentine's Day cards and tags and this is one of them. I have so many ideas for cards and other crafts, other than hearts and love cards, but for now that's what I'm working on. I am afraid to start on anything else because if I do, my Valentine's projects will get set aside and then February 14th will get here and I'll either be 1) hustling to get stuff done at the last minute or 2) not have anything at all. Which may or may not have happened at Christmas time. So, for now, it's hearts and love.
I created this card using some MFT Stamps Cherry Crisp Card Stock on a Sweet Tooth base, also from MFT. I used the "Sending" die from Simon Says Stamp. The "LOVE" die was the "FREE with $60 purchase" last month. I really love this die! On the inside of the card I stamped some random hearts using MFT's Cherry Crisp Dye Ink ink along with some Pink Color Box Pigment ink. I feel the card is simple but not, if that makes sense. I am going to use my card for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "H is for..." in this case "H" is for hearts.
I will continue to work on my "love" themed cards and post them here as I go. Thank you for stopping by! See you next time!
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Hello all! I'm back with another card. I created this card for a special person who is turning 16 years old. (I should actually be getting ready for the party right now!) I decided that I wanted to make her a card but was at a loss, my mind went blank. Then, MFT posted their weekly sketch challenge and BAM, I could see it in my head and I got busy. Here is the sketch:
I broke down and used some paper from my Heidi Swapp Sugar Chic paper pad. This pad is from a couple of years ago and when I saw it, I fell in love with it. I bought it at Michael's. I bought the last 2 that they had because I loved it so much. I hardly ever use it because I am selfish and want to keep it for myself!! But, like I mentioned, this card is for someone special.
I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Cameo to create the turquoise frame and part of the sentiment. The "Sparkle" is from the Sparkle & Shine die set from Papertrey Ink. I cut it out of gold glitter paper also from Michael's, the Recollections Glitter Pad. The scalloped edge on the bottom was done with an edge punch also by Recollections. The stars were cut using the MFT Stamps Blueprints 11 set. The card base is Black Licorice Cardstock, also from MFT. I used metallic embroidery floss to wrap around the front layer.
I used the Die-Namics Gift Card Grooves from MFT to create a nifty money slot on the inside. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts "Year Round" stamp set. I stamped it with Versa Mark and then embossed it with some Recollections Gold embossing powder. The pink paper actually folds over the top and covers the back of the card as well, in order for the pocket to work. I was so proud of myself for remembering not to "glue" the money pocket shut.
I enjoyed making this card and I really hope she likes it!
Thank you for stopping by!
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I'm back to share a new card I just finished. I decided to do the MFT Stamps Sketch Challenge #211.
This is the first challenge I have done.
I decided to use one of the colored images I showed in a previous post. The image is from the Cute Critters stamp and die set from My Favorite Things. I used Cherry Crisp, Sweet Tooth and Chocolate Brown cardstock, also from MFT. I buy all of my sequins from Cartwright's Sequins, they have sequins of every size and color. The heart confetti is from Hobby Lobby. I embossed the brown strips and added some gold with my Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker.
I am excited to see next week's challenge and hopefully complete a card for it as well. Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, January 12, 2015
I have mentioned before that I enjoy coloring. I find it very relaxing and also rewarding because I can make an image look exactly how I want it to. I try to do some coloring on all of the cards that I make. I use Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, which I love, I have the whole set of 168. I do have a few Copic markers, and I wish I could afford more but I just can't justify spending that much on markers. Maybe when I win the Lotto. I have no complaints about the Spectrum Noir at all. There aren't near as many as there are Copics, but for the coloring that I do, the Spectrum Noir are perfect. I also like that they come in 6 packs by color family and also in 24 packs. I started out by getting four 6 packs online at JoAnn crafts. They were on sale for 8.99 a pack. Then I found the 24 packs on sale for 29.99 here at Consumer Crafts. They have amazing sales, I lucked out and got the remaining eight 6 packs for $5.00 on their Black Friday Sale!! I have also found that the Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock works best for coloring with these markers. (That took quite a bit of trial and error to figure out.)
This is how I store my markers....
My sweet husband cut some 2" PVC pipe into 6" sections for me. I used my hot glue gun to glue them together. They're not all glued together, just rows of 3 and 5, I didn't want it too permanent because I'm not sure how I want them stacked yet. This works for now.
Here are the images I am working on right now. These will go on my Valentine's cards and tags. This stamp and die set is the Cute Critters set from My Favorite Things. I am going to make some shaker cards, regular cards and gift tags. I like to prepare quite a few of the images and then just sit and color. Sometimes I sit in my craft room but most of the time I grab the colors I need and sit at the kitchen counter where I can see the t.v.
I have seen so many coloring tutorials on YouTube and so many different ways to color. I have tried to follow other people's instructions and it just didn't work out for me. I ended up just making up my own way and guess what...it changes every time I sit down to color. Sometimes I start from dark and go to light, sometimes it's the other way around. It's just one of those "go with the flow" things. These are the colors I used:
|Light areas :IG1, IG3, IG5|
Dark areas: IG4, IG7, IG10
|GB8, GB9, GB10|
Flower: Christmas Red Wink of Stella Brush Tip Glitter Marker
|Head/Body: TN2,TN3, TN4, TN6, TN9|
Eyes/Tail: EB2, TN2
I am nowhere near qualified to give a tutorial on coloring, however, sometimes I have a hard time finding the right color combinations so I thought this would be helpful. I will be back in a few days to share part 2 of my Valentine's Day cards with you.
Thanks for stopping by!