Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sunshiny Flynn -- Sunshine Week Part 2

This week when I heard it was a "sun shiny day" over @ the Friday Mashup I knew that I needed to bust out my stamp called, "Sunshiny Flynn" from Stamping Bella.

Her name says it all...
She is one bright and sunny little darling and I had a great time coloring her w/ my copics.
:) :) :) :)

So, I went to work...

I grabbed this sketch from Stamping Bella...

and used it loosely, (very loosely) to design my card. 

Sunshiny Flynn is much too tall for this sketch and she is one of the tallest stamps that I have!!
She barely fits on my 6x6 card!!  :) :) :)  So, I had to improvise a little bit...

I enjoyed making this card and it has all of my favorite things:
Some kind of teal/blue, bright colors, and spellbinders die cuts to frame my image!! 

This is a card for a very special birthday girl that is coming up soon!!

Thanks for looking & have a great SUNSHINY day!!!

Copics used:
skin:  E00, E11, R20
dress: B04
shoes: B05
sun: Y02, Y06, Y08, Y13, Y19
hair: E31, E35, E15, E18, E57
balloon: R22, R32

Doodlebug Flower Box
Card stock: Daffodil Delight (SU)
blue - recollections
ribbon retreat
grand nesties labels 4
Chalk edger: Prima
Embossing folder:
Anna Griffin

"The Sun'll Come Out..." -- Sunshine Week Part 1

Hi there!
This week I am sharing 2 cards that I made around the theme of "sunshine."
The Friday Mashup hostess this week, Amanda, said that the card should light up the face of the recipient, so I designed my cards with 2 different people in mind.
I had so many ideas, but decided to stop @ 2 because teacher appreciation week is next week and I need to get my crafting mojo into gear for that!!  ;) ;)
(check back this week for teacher appreciation gift ideas & goody bags)

The recipient of my first card has been having a hard time lately and needs a little "sunny" surprise in her mailbox.
She is also a HUGE fan of show tunes, so this card was a must.
Now I know that the colors aren't "sunny" and I personally only like super bright colors...
But, she prefers black and red...so I went to Michael's and picked up a new paper pad
from My Mind's Eye just for this card.
I used a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp on this card and so I am linking up w/ her challenge for the week which was to use a form of embossing.  I did just that w/ cherry cobbler embossing powder from stampin' up.  The music notes were hand drawn and then embossed with the cherry cobbler powder to go with the cherry cobbler card stock that I used as a card base.  Yum, yum, that 's a lot of cobbler!  ;)

She makes me smile & I don't even like red! LOL
Hopefully, you can see that her "sunny" personality overcomes any issues with the colors choices.
:) :) :)

Here is the inspiration pic:

I stamped Little Orphan Annie on Xpress It card and colored her up w/copics.
I fussy cut her out, popped her up on a dimensional, added embossed music notes and the sentiment that comes w/ the stamp to some very fun patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.
I added a little wood embellishment from CTMH and she was all set.
Off to the mailbox she goes...

Hopefully, the sun'll come out for my friend when she receives this card!!

Thanks for looking!!

Copics used:
Skin E00, E11, R20
Dress R46
Hair: YR12, YR15, YR68, Y38, R46, & E18
Shoes: 100

Monday, April 29, 2013

My Favorite Things -- Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge --MFTWSC121

Today's card is from last Wednesday when the challenge was posted for the Wed Stamp Club on the MFT blog.
I am just now getting to to post this card & I am giving it to my daughter's student teacher tomorrow!!  YAY!!!   :) :) :) 
She taught them a plants/seeds unit for her student teaching, so I thought this PI Little Gardener by MFT would be perfect for her.  She will be moving on to other classrooms & we are "rooting for her" to get a good job when she graduates! 

Here's the sketch from the Wednesday Stamp Club

I stamped PI little gardener onto Xpress blending card and colored her up with copics.
I added shading with General's pastel chalk pencils to add more depth.
I used patterned paper from: DCWV Sunday Afternoon &
My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing

Card stock: Hollyhock (CTMH)
Pool Party (SU!)

I used the Roses & Leaves die-namics from MFT to die cut a flower from my patterned paper. 
I added a yellow epoxy dot from teresa collins to the center for some added color.
I wrapped the card with some hemp cord and layered all of my pieces together.

At the bottom of the card, I used the wonky scallop border from MFT & for the sentiment I used a piece from die-namics Blueprints 2 w/ the cut & re-cut method until it was the length that I wanted.
The sentiment "rooting for you" comes with PI Little Gardener and I used kraft ink from MFT.

I was pretty happy with how it turned out, except for the hair.  I tried to make it a little darker here and there to be more like my daughter, but I get carried away & covered most of her highlights.
Ah, well ~~~ live & learn!! 

Thanks for looking!!
:) :) :) :) 
Have a great day!!

Copics used:
skin: E00, E11, R20
hair: E31, E35, E47, E57
 shirt: R22, R32, R43
plant: G43, YG06
overalls: BG10
boots: Y32
flower pot: E15 & E18
dirt: N5 & E47

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Sweetest Thing: Sweet Sunday Sketch 182

So... I was right in the middle of making an owl card for my younger daughter when she came in and said, "mom, watcha doing?"
I said, "I'm making you a cute owl card, but you can't see it yet."
And she said, "But, moooooooooooommm, I don't wanna owl card today.  I like that bee."
(She saw my new order from My Favorite Things)
So, guess what that means?
The owl materials are in a pile & I'm working on a bee card...LOL  :) :) :)
Here it is... "Sweet As Can Bee" by: My Favorite Things
& the first official favorite stamp of my 5 year old!

Here's the FABULOUS sketch that I LOVE and will come back to again & again for PI, doodle garden and most any little critters that I would like to showcase on the card.
I love working with these clean lines!

Here's what I did...

I stamped Sweet as Can Bee on Xpress It blending card w/tuxedo black 
and used pointillism to color her up w/copics.
I then used some General's pastel chalk pencils to add a little more shading here and there.
I fussy cut her out and cut off the wings, OUCH!  (sorry, baby bee!!)
I stamped her again on acetate w/stazon black and added a healthy dose of 
stickles to her wings to dry overnight. 
While that was drying and I should have been sleeping... I cut some of the shapes for the front of the card.  I ran 2 pieces through the big shot for texture.  The background hexagon and the background center trim piece.  The large hexagon embossing folder is from stampin' up and the smaller hexagon pattern border folder is from cuttlebug.  

Layering, layering, layering, was next.
The next day, when the wings were dry, I fussy cut them out of the acetate and left a connecting piece between the wings so that I would have something to stick my scor tape to and it wouldn't be noticeable from the front or the sides.  I used scor tape to affix the outline image of her wings and part of her trunk to her back.  I also pressed her wings slightly forward to help her seem to "jump off the page."  :) :) :) 

After all of the layering, I grabbed my open hexagon die-namics by MFT to die cut out 2 pieces of honeycomb where I wanted to put my sentiment.  I used scor tape on the back of the hexagons to keep the centers in place.
I used kraft ink by MFT to stamp, "hi, honey" which comes w/ sweet as can bee. 

I added a golden yellow jute bow and 2 tan enamel dots & called it a day!
There she is in all her sweet glory!!! 
Love that little BEE!!

Stamps: Sweet As Can Bee (MFT)
Ink: Kraft (MFT)
Die-namics: Open Hexagon Borders (MFT)
Card stock: Bazzill
Papers: My Mind's Eye
Enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
tuxedo black and stazon black
Xpress it blending card
General's pastel chalk pencils

Copics used:
E00, E11, R20
E31, E35, E57
Y08, Y26, Y28, Y35
W5 & 100

Thanks for looking & I hope that you have a GREAT day!!
:) :) :) :) 

Teacher Appreciation Week -- Part 1

Today's project is for my daughter's first grade student teacher. 
She is having her going away party today after being with the children in first grade this quarter. 
I made garden stakes to put in the potted plants that the class is giving her at her party. 
My friend & neighbor, Heather, was in charge of the potted plants & basket. 
(I had the super easy job!  Thanks, Heather!!)

(I need to apologize in advance for the pics today!)
When Heather popped by on her way to take the basket to school, I realized that I hadn't taken any pics!   That's so unlike me!  I usually take pics the entire time that I am working!
So... I had 3 minutes to set up, take pics, and get her back on her way to school w/the basket!
Not my best staging of a gift!   

We moved the signs around a bunch of times, but didn't get them exactly were we wanted them!
But, I can assure you, she told me that she would fix all of the cute little signs when she got to the school building, so that made me feel better!   
I also forgot to take close-ups of the little garden stakes in bright lighting which I really regret because I had added just a little bling and sparkle to them which I can't see in these pics...
Ah, c'est la vie!
Better luck next time, Nicole!! 

Here is a quick and easy way to jazz up a bouquet, add some sentiment w/ a sweet message or just make it more festive for a party.  

From start to finish it only took me an hour to make all 3!
I stamped, colored, die cut the shapes, applied the straws to the back w/scor-tape, added another die cut for the background, and added some sparkle to the front w/ gelly roll pen

This is a project that anyone could do @ home and get the kiddies to help!
They would LOVE to color those stamps for their teacher and it just gives it that personal touch. 
Nowadays it's all about the gift card (which I buy, too!!)
but, it's so nice to add something a little homemade to go with it.  
I hope that you enjoyed my project today!  


Stamps of your choice
Ink/markers to color
card stock (color to match flowers)
paper straws
foam squares or circles (the thick ones!)
scor-tape or sticky strip
mini glue dots
hemp cord 
big shot/die cutting machine

If you have any questions, you can ask them in the comments section
or feel free to email me.

There will be more posts about teacher appreciation coming soon...

Here's what I used today for my project:
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. (let love grow) & close to my heart (buzz and bumble)
Ink: memento tuxedo black
gumball green (SU!)
daffodil delight (SU!)
Card stock: daffodil delight (SU!)
Tools: spellbinders nesties 
big shot machine
super thick adhesive circles (recollections)
mini glue dots
hemp cord
paper straws are from Shop Sweet Lulu
copics to color the black stamped images

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PART 2 ~~ Friday Mashup "Mail It" Challenge #106

Hi Everyone!

Here's part 2 of my entries for the Friday Mashup! 
Just like last week, I am going to submit 2 cards.
Whenever I take the time to make a card 
& all of the materials are out...why not make one more?

So, here it is...

This card is for a very dear friend who will be receiving it in the mail 
as soon as I am done typing this post!  :) :) :) 
It features all of the same colors for the FRI Mashup challenge as the last post.
Sahara Sand, Wisteria Wonder & Perfect Plum

I used a stamp set from My Favorite Things called, "First Class Friend"
and the wonky scallop border from My Favorite Things along the bottom border.
I had a lot of fun making my own patterned paper with the postmark lines.  :) :) :)  
I used a foam dimensional to pop up the circle postmark in the upper-right corner.  
It says, "First Class Friend 24-7" 
:) :) :) :) :) 

White card stock base:  core'dinations
Sahara Sand card stock: Stampin' up
Wisteria Wonder DP: Stampin' up
Wonky scallop border: My Favorite Things
"First Class Friend" stamp set: My Favorite Things
First Class Friend die-namics:  MFT
Ink: Stampin' Up
Tan/white twine: Michael's
Foam dimensionals

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!

Comments & feedback are great!!
Thanks in advance for leaving a little blog note!!  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Friday Mashup "Mail It" Challenge #106

Hi there!
Today I have a card for a challenge featuring a color and a theme
from the FRIDAY MASHUP #106.
I wanted this to look like a post office package from back in the day w/ all of the fun stamps that would indicate how it was getting to its recipient: air mail, fragile, etc...

Hope you like my fun take on a package sent in the mail:

Here is the inspiration photo for the "mail it" part of the challenge. 

And here are the colors:

"Sahara Sand, Perfect Plum & Wisteria Wonder"

 Stamps sets that I used from Stampin' Up

& one from UNITY stamp co. 

It was a quick and fun card to create with just some ink & stamps. 
I didn't use any die cuts like I usually do for my projects w/ lots of layering, etc...
I wanted this to look like a post office package & those need to be flat.

Thanks for looking!!! 
:) :) :)  
Comments are welcome and make my day!!!
(especially today because I have a migraine)

stampin up stamp sets pictured
stampin up ink pictured
unity stamp co. happy mail stamp 
sahara sand cardstock
tan/white baker's twine (michael's)
2 pretty plum pearls (michael's)

Monday, April 22, 2013

"You Are My Sunshine" ~~ Color Throwdown #238 & Deconstructed #98

Hello Everyone!

Today I made a card for my older daughter who is a morning person (which I am not!) with her favorite color yellow.   It didn't take long for me to start calling her sunshine and my night owl daughter (who just happens to love owls!) moonlight because of their fave colors:
Sunshine loves yellow
& Moonlight loves blue.
Kind of funny, right?   

Here are a few of my new "sunshine" stamps!   
She hasn't seen any of these yet & I was excited to use one for this challenge!! 

This week the Color Throwdown was featuring a lovely color combo based off of a peacock shoe. (I won't even begin to tell you about my obsession with anything peacock and my peacock themed Christmas tree!)  No, I just won't do it!  ;)  

Back to the challenge:
I used this sketch from Deconstructing Jen

And so without further ado ~~ here is my card for my sunshine:

I absolutely LOVED this challenge!
I think that whenever I make something for one of my daughter's extra love
just somehow gets poured in!!  :) :) :) 
I tried not to use too much of the black because she is only 7 and I wanted to keep it young and perky!! :) :) :)  I even covered the black button with a yellow enamel dot just to keep the colors bright!  :) :)   I like how it turned out!   I will be trying more enamel dots in buttons from time to time!  It makes a great center to the flower!  :) :) :)   

Here's the inside:

& a close-up of the words:


Stamps ~~ Taylored Expressions: Happy Heart
Taylored Expressions: Simple Greetings
Dies ~~ Taylored Expressions: Simple Tabs
Spellbinders Labels Three
Inks ~~ Daffodil Delight (stampin' up) & mustard seed (distress ink)
Black (close to my heart)
Cardstock ~~ Daffodil Yellow (stampin' up)
Paper ~~ Fancy Pants Park Bench 6x6 and mat stack
Flower ~~ Fancy Pants
Yellow enamel dot in center of flower~~ My Mind's Eye for Studio Calico
Black pearls ~~ Queen & Co. (nightfall)
Black ribbon ~~ Taylored Expressions

Thank you so much for stopping by!! I am still celebrating my first week as a NEW BLOGGER!! 
Feel free to leave me a comment below...
It would make my day that much sweeter!!  

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rainy Day Fhiona ~~ YNS/Sweetest Thing/Pink Elephant Challenges

Hi there, crafty peeps!!!
I'm back with a SUPER YUMMY card and 3 challenges!!!

(There's even a surprise at the end!)

This week I have been baking, I mean stamping, in my craft room & I have a tasty treat for you!!
It's my "Rainy Day Fhiona" cookie!!  

My inspiration for this card came from the picture chosen by YNS for Tasty Tuesday.  The colors, the sweetness of the image, & of course, the cookie shape!   I needed a FAB sketch to go with my circle idea and I was lucky to find this amazing sketch from Karen @ The Sweetest Thing ~~Sweet Sunday #182.  What's the sweetest thing this Sunday, you ask?  Hopefully, it's my yummy cookie!!!   ;)

Pink Elephant #195 was showcasing paper piecing and I knew that I would be paper piecing her outfit & umbrella from some patterned paper.   It was a match made in HEAVEN, I mean my oven, I mean my craft room.   :) :) :)  

Can you see that I am excited about this?!!?   LOL
I love when all of the pieces fall into place ~~ paper pieces, that is!!  ;)

Fhiona reminds me so much of my younger daughter, I just love working with her image!   I could look at her all day long!!   :) :)  You can capture her cuteness right here:  YNS site

Isn't she just precious in her matchy-matchy Gymboree inspired ensemble??   I love aqua, icy blue & brown together so when I saw the tasty inspiration photo, I knew that I had to play along!!!

Colors, check!
Sweet image, check!
Great sketch, check!


These are the things that I paper pieced over the stamped image that was colored with copics.
Layer 1 ~~ Raincoat, boots, umbrella base, headband
Layer 2 ~~Umbrella handle, umbrella panels, & the star on headband,
pockets, collar,  & wrist patches on raincoat
Layer 3 ~~ her right hand over the umbrella handle! 

OMGeeee, that's a LOT of tiny!!

But, WAIT!!!

There's MORE!!  
I also decided to finish the inside of the card...
Are you ready to take a peek...?

You are about to ask yourself... Did she paper piece that mini Fhiona, too?!?
You can bet your bottom dollar that I did!!!  :) :) :)

Here are some pics:

Here are the layers:
Stamped image colored w/copics
Layer 1~~ Raincoat, boots, umbrella base, headband
Layer 2 ~~ Umbrella panels, the star on headband,
pockets & collar on raincoat.

Sentiment stamp:  Unity Stamp Co. 
Honey bee scissors, magnifying glass, tweezers, ottlite, copics, scotch glue runner, quickstik,
patterned paper: rainy day papers 12x12 from my scrapbooking stash, 
polka dot 12x12 dsp in pool party (stampin'up)
cardstock: chocolate lover's (core'dinations) & the sweet stack (DCWV)
cookie cutter: spellbinders nesties big scalloped circle
the 2 mini pearls are from the BON BON collection (doodlebug)
and what color ink?  HOT FUDGE, of course!  YUMMY! (MFT)

E00, E11, & R20 skin
E31, E35, & E57 hair

So...what do you think?  :) :) 
I just made the jump from scrapbooking to card making in January and it's been CRAZY FUN!!
(I got my Copics the first week in April and I am still learning, be kind on my coloring, pretty please :) :)
All comments are welcome & I thank you for your feedback!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

2nd time coloring w/copics ~~ Kraftin' Kimmie late night super speedy challenge!!!!!!!!


I'm back again tonight with another card!!
Woo hoo, what a day!!!

Here is my MARY POPPINS flying above the LONDON FOG!

Hope you like her!

It's my first "give it a go" @ coloring clothes.

I made her in a bit of a rush for a challenge deadline & I wanted to spend a LOT more time on her (forgive me for not embellishing the card)... but I think she still looks "pratically perfect in every way"!!   (My fave Mary Poppins quote!!!)
Meaning that she is regal & FAB!!
My coloring needs work...I'm still getting the hang of my new copics.

Thanks for popping by ~~~ cheerio!!!   LOL

I'm linking up here ~~~

Kraftin' Kimmie:  Mary Poppins
a-muse studio:  british invasion
Memento: tuxedo black
a-muse studio: slate

E000, 00, 11, 13, 31
E15, 18, 35, 47, 57
R20, 89

Paper Players & Sweet Stop Challenges (color & sketch)

Hi there!

Today will be a super quick post because I am trying to make a linky deadline for the Paper Players color challenge #141...!!!!  OH MY!!   Last night I saw this challenge & I LOVE COLOR challenges so it's no wonder that I decided to drop everything & get INKY!!  :) :)    I wanted to make lots of fun layers so I found this sketch challenge from The Sweet Stop and it was the PERFECT combination of elements that I wanted on my card!   HURRAH for great sketches!!!  I was able to use ALL NEW PRODUCTS in this challenge which made it even more fun for me!

I started with Island Indigo cardstock and made a 5x7 card base.  Then I added a Very Vanilla mat for some depth and then 1 more mat with the Island Indigo stripe which I added later after I was done making the fun 2 layer scalloped border!  

I had a SPIROGRAPH when I was a kid and these fun doilies remind me of making art on my Spirograph!!  :) :) :)   GOOD TIMES!!  :) :) :) 


I used Taylored Expressions "make it memorable" stamp set which is their stamp of the month for March.  I also used 2 different sets from Unity Stamp Co.  One was the doily background stamp called, "doodled doilies" and the other was a 3 piece set called, "Bella Doilies."   
All new rubber running around my craft room today!!

I used Crumb Cake (SU!) ink to stamp the background to the tag, then I die cut it w/ Taylored Expressions brand new Tag Stacklets 1 (the 2nd largest for the tag & largest for the island indigo mat).  I tied a bit of crumb cake/rich razzleberry twine (from Michael's) to the tag and made a bow.  

Next, I stamped the smallest doily from the "Bella Doilies" set (These are HUGE lovely doilies if you haven't see the set before!)  w/ Rich Razzleberry (SU!) ink and FUSSY cut (I just love that term!)  it out to layer with the other pieces.  I added a scalloped mat from Rich Razz cardstock that I used a spellbinders nestie to cut out on my big shot.
 Then I used, Baja Breeze (SU!) ink to stamp the doily from TE "make it memorable" and die cut it out w/ it's matching die!   
YAY for matching DIES!!!!!

The sentiment and the frame around it were stamps and they also have a MATCHING DIE!!!  Hurray!!!   I stamped in Island Indigo (SU!) for the frame and the sentiment and die cut w/ my big shot. 

The gorgeous butterfly was also stamped in Island Indigo and die cut with a die from the set. 
Love when things come together!!

I added some pearls from Kaiser.
Bliss (pale blue color) & Plum to the centers of the doily and on the sentiment frame.
They make me smile!  
I love a little extra shine on cute things, I mean who doesn't like shiny new things???!!  :) :) :)

Here is a close-up of the layers:
I used a TON of foam tape to bump up my pieces for some fun dimension!!!  :) :) :)  

After that I began to work on the border.   I die cut some RICH RAZZLE cardstock w/ the smallest die in a new set of 3 dies from My Favorite Things called, "Open Simply Scallops Trio"

After I cut out 2 of those and layered them to be long enough for my 5x7 card, I added some crumb cake colored scallop ribbon from Michael's to finish the border. 

Once the border was complete, I attached/layered all mats with ribbons, etc... to the base. 
I used scor-tape to attach my jumbo cute tag to the card. 

My 2 favorite parts to this card were:
1. Making my own pattern paper w/ crumb cake ink  (what a great neutral color!!)
2.  Layering all of the fun coordinating stamps from TE and mixing them in with a little Unity goodness.

OK>>>>>> That wasn't quick at all, was it???

So...What do you think?  
How did I do on this challenge?
:))  :))   
I am brand new to blogging my crafty goodies so any feedback would be lovely!

Thanks much 
& have a GREAT DAY!!!


Thanks for stopping by and I do hope that you leave a comment ~~ all thoughts, advice, and opinions are welcome!  I read them all & love the bloggy love notes!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Color Challenges!!!!!! How FUN!!!!

DAY 1 ~~ POST #2

I am completely new to blogging and to posting my crafty creations!  I really hope that I am doing this correctly!!!   :)   

Really, I am... 

Can anyone see this??   

Next up...
My other card for the 1st 2 challenges 
The Color Throwdown and 
The Play Date Cafe Nautical Breezes

I couldn't help myself with these totally cute papers... I just had to make 2!!  

SAME colors, SAME papers, SAME goodies from my previous post, but in a different layout so it cannot be in the birthday challenge.   

I just simply LOVED making this card!   

Most things were already cut, and it was just a matter of layering in a different way. 

I also used some We R Memory Keepers washi on this one.  The color is coral & I just LOVE the tile print on it!!  FAB!!!   

I made this one much more feminine for one of my girlfriends who helps to keep me sane!  
We all need friends like that, right?    :)

I hope she loves it!  

I'm going to enter it into these challenges:

So... that's it for me FABULOUS challenges this week with my FAVE colors of the BEACH SEASON!!!  Can you just feel my excitement!!!  

Here are a few pics to show that I am not joking about my LOVE for these colors:  

Our family aprons are from Anthropologie and they are navy, mint, & coral!  

& here is a quick peek at some of the beach clothes the girls will be taking this summer!  

YEP, I am HEAD over HEELS for the TRENDSETTER paper stack and CANNOT wait to SCRAP those PICS!!!   HAPPY MONDAY everyone!!!  

Thanks for stopping by!!!

This is my first blog & I'm very excited!!!

<<<<<<MORE TO COME>>>>>>