Friday, February 17, 2017

A Year of Card Techniques- So Sketchy Blog Hop

Welcome to the Year of Card Techniques February: So Sketchy Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Theresa's blog (, but if you just stumbled across my blog please start back at the beginning with Theresa. This is the sketch all of us were given to follow.

Claudia  is our sponsor for this hop and is also participating with her blog in the hop.
This is the prize/stamp set she is offering to anyone who comments and becomes a follower of each blog on the hop.

Now on with the hop!

Here's what I chose to do with the above sketch. The card base is Recollections A2 Kraft. I added The Paper Studio Poteeka Butterflies 12 x 12" patterned paper trimmed down to fit the front of the card. The stamped image is Unity Stamp Company Itty Bitty Butterfly Birthday Cupcake. I stamped it with Versa Fine Black Onyx Pigment Ink on typing paper and then colored it in with Sharpie 80s Glam Jellie Pink Permanent Marker for the icing and accented the dots/lines/body of butterfly with Gelly Roll White Gel Pen; the butterfly and the cupcake liner is colored in with American Crafts Chromatix Dual Tip- Medium- Grape 2 Acid Free Alcohol Blending Marker; and the little flowers are colored in with Sharpie Pink Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker- but you can't really tell they're colored in since that pink is so light. The pink strip is from K&Company Amy Butler Belle 4 x 6" Mat Pad- and I honestly don't know the dimensions since I just cut the strip to fit the card and follow the sketch. The flowers are from a RAK from another swap from EyeLet Outlet & Brads Flower Purple- it comes with various sizes and shades of purple paper flowers. The lime green brad is from my stash. I found some new to me Ad Tech Gold Standard Archival Permanent Runner to glue everything down with- it's clear and doesn't leave any yellow marks. That's all I have for you today. You will be hopping to Kim ( next and I'm sure she will have a fabulous card to share with us! Thanks for hopping along with us!

Here's the line-up in case you get lost:

Friday, February 10, 2017

Get Well Soon Blog Hop

Welcome to the 
Get Well Soon Blog Hop
Being Sick is definitely not fun! Recovering from a surgery, accident, or severe illness is even worse. We are here to spread some sunshine and smiles and help inspire you to remember that sending even the simplest of cards to someone when they are feeling bad can help brighten their day.
You should have arrived from (VERONICA- ).

If you just happened upon this spectacular hop, Connie Can Crop is the first stop in this hop.
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your comments for all of these amazing crafters.
We have an awesome BRAND NEW sponsor for this month!
One lucky winner will win a super cute limited edition stamp set from FSJ!!

Be sure to visit her website HERE
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.
You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2/15/17
at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now on with my project:
I decided to make a card to be given to someone at a later date, I'm not sure who yet. The card base is Recollections A2 Kraft. I cut a sheet of 12 x 12" Basic Occasions Jewel Scrap Pack to fit the card and glued it down with Elmer's Craft Bond Permanent Tape Runner. The stamped image is from Unity Stamp Company Dragonflies and Fairies set. This image was given to me in a swap in Girls, Giggles, Glitter, and Glue on Facebook. I used my scalloped edge decorative scissors to cut it out of the sheet of white cardstock it was on with some other stamped images. I used Spectrum Noir Essentials Blended Professional Colored Pencils to color in the fairy and used the same Elmer's Craft Bond to glue it down. The sentiment- all you need is faith, trust, and a little Pixie Dust is also from Unity- it was in a grab bag I won from one of their Growing In Unity blog hops. I stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black Pigment Ink on typing paper and fussy cut around the image so it would fit on the card. I know the card doesn't say get well soon, but it fits. I left the inside blank so I can write a message in it before mailing it.
Up next is SHANNON H- and I'm sure she has something uplifting to share with us.
Here's our line up in case you get lost:
Shannon H-
Shannon M-

Monday, February 6, 2017

Valentine Easel

I made this card following this tutorial- Christmas Easel Card- after commenting on Kim's blog and saw that she made one. It looked easy and it was. The only difference with my card and the tutorial is I didn't follow the measurements exactly. I compared this card to A2 cards that I usually make and it's the same size. Mine is just a little smaller than the one in the tutorial. Anyway, I did use all Close To My Heart My Reflections La Vie En Rose paper packet except for the easel side is Basic Grey Vivienne Iris double sided patterned paper. The card base is My Reflections La Vie En Rose Ruby and I glued it together with Elmer's Craft Runner Tape.The sequins were a RAK that I can't remember who gave them to me right now. I used Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue to glue them down. The washi tape and You Are Loved sticker are from Recollections Valentine Washi/sticker set.  The Happy Valentine's Day is a Craft Smart stamp that I stamped with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink on CTMH Whisper White card stock and then I fussy cut the image out. I added a Recollections foam square to the back of the image as well as the sentiment- From Me to You- which is part of the strip at the top of the CTMH La Vie En Rose paper-  at the bottom of the easel. I didn't take a picture of the card folded flat, but the easel part will fold flat and fit in an A2 envelope to mail. I plan on mailing Valentine's out this year since I didn't mail out Christmas cards. I'll write a short note on the Whisper White side of the easel card before mailing. TFL!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stamping Fun

I decided to start a planner for 2017. I found a Mead Weekly/Monthly Planner at Walmart. The jar XOXO sticker is from Sticko Everyday Stickers Mason Jar Love. The Panda stamp is Craftin Desert Divas Panda Holidays and I used stamped it with Versa Fine Onyx Black Pigment Ink. This is New Year's Eve. The washi tape is Studio G.
two close-ups of February, the stamps are from Crafting Desert Divas Plan On It. The stickers are Sticko Hashtag Stickers and the hearts/cherries stickers are from Sticko Everyday Sticker book.

Valentine's Day Craftin Desert Divas Panda Holidays and the washi tape is Studio G

I decided to start a SMASHbook for Jason and I. This is SMASH Simple Style Binder. I found it at Ollie's. I used the Studio G Mason Jar Hearts washi tape again. The sticker is also from Sticko Everyday Sticker Book. The list stamp is from Craftin Desert Divas Plan On It and this picture was taken Thanksgiving Day so I used Panda Holidays and this panda looks like he's celebrating Thanksgiving. I wrote at the bottom that Jason went with me to Roy and Debbie's house to meet my dad's side of the family. This was our first Thanksgiving together! Jason made a squash casserole and I made brownies. We watched football while we ate  Jason had fun "talking" to Grace, Michele's baby girl. I had fun just being with my cousins, aunts, and uncles. 

 This picture was taken January 6, 2017 at Atlantic Beach, NC. I used some of the same stickers as before. I used SMASH Clear Arrows Washi Tape and SMASH Special Occasions journal page. I wrote on the journal sheet that Jason came at 6:15 am to get me and took me with him to run errands  all morning. We ate at Golden Corral in Jacksonville for breakfast, took Thomas to the dentist, we went to McDonald's for coffee for me and then went to the beach. I was back home by 11 am!
 This picture of me was taken Christmas Day with my selfie stick. The washi tape is Recollections. The stamp Celebrate the Everyday is from Unity Stamp Company Everyday Celebration and I used Versa Fine ink again to stamp it. The journaling tag is from Recollections Tag book. I wrote- Even though Grandmama died early Christmas morning, the day ended up being a good day. I took this picture with my selfie stick that Dustin gave me. I got up early yo watch A Christmas Story. We had a short worship service. We didn't have our Christmas meal until supper. The coffee cup stamp is from CDD Plan On It and the panda is from CDD Panda Holidays. I used some more of the same stickers.
 TFL! Have a great week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

 I made the following card using the sketch from Paper Play Sketches.
The card base is Recollections A2 Kraft. The main background paper is Studio Calico Seven Paper Elliot Double Sided Scrapbook Paper. The purple, pink, and green scraps are from Memory Shoppe Fancy Paper Scrap Pack. The sentiment stamp- Happy Valentine's Day is Craft Smart and the monkey stamp is Waffle Flower Claire Stamp Set. I printed both stamps with Versa Fine Black Onyx Pigment Ink and colored both with Crayola Colored Pencils. I'm probably going to send this to one of my friends for Valentine's Day. TFL!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Christmas 2016

I made this layout following the above sketch from Scrap Our Stash Challenge and all entries are due by January 29 at 11 PM PST so there's still time to join if you'd like. The challenge is to use the letters GOALS or items from your stash that start with those letters. I chose Green patterned paper from Recollections Bright and Jolly 12 x 12 in Paper Pad. O is for Unity Stamp Company  the owl stamp from Owl I Want October 2016 Release. I used Archival Ranger Jet Black Acid Free Ink to stamp the owl. L is for Letters from Basic Occasions Jewel Scrap Pack for "Nolan" my title of the layout. S is for the stickers- wild baby boy- that I used for the journaling from Momenta Baby Boy 105 pc stickers. I used Crayola Colored Pencils and Spectrum Noir Essentials Blending Colored Pencils to color in the owl stamp. The red tag under the banner paper is actually a Holiday Occasions gift tag that I decided to use since it goes along with the colors of my layout.

close-up of the owl stamp
I decided not to color the owl's face or body since I stamped it on Kraft paper. I used scalloped edged decorative scissors to cut out the stamped image.
close-up of the stickers 
Nolan is my cousin's little boy that is also pictured above sitting in the middle of the couch. The pictures were actually taken December 17 at my Grandmama Farrow's house. We were all there for our Christmas get together. TFL!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Happy Birthday

I made this birthday card for my dad's 65th birthday coming up next Monday. The card base is Recollections A2 Kraft. The patterned paper- the main mat and the mat behind the stamp- is from Colorbok 12 x 12 in Signature Double-Sided Homespun Paper. The stamped images- the sentiment, cake and the sentiment below- are all from Unity Stamp Company So Glad You Were Born February 2016 Sentiment Kit. I used Spectrum Noir Essentials Blending Colored Pencils to decorate the cake and the the cake plate. I chose this sheet to emphasize the number 65, but not make it to subtle.
close-up of the inside . I forgot to mention that I used decorative edged scissors on both the cake and the above sentiment images. I used VersaFine Black Onyx Fine Pigment Ink to stamp all 3 stamps. That's all I have for now. TFL!