Friday, May 10, 2019

Tea Time Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for  
The Tea Time BLOG HOP



This is a blog hop featuring projects based on a hot cup of tea.
So grab a nice cup of tea and sip along while you hop!
Connie Can Crop , is the beginning of this hop! But you should have arrived from EK (https://ekgormandesigns.com)
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.


We have three awesome sponsors for this hop!!

 has graciously donated this beautiful Tea cup and saucer


AND



is giving away this gorgeous Set of 8 Ribbons!! WOW!

AND

is giving away 2 wonderful Stamp Sets from CTMH




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. Free Shipping to our USA friends but Worldwide will be asked to pay shipping if they win.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 5/15/19 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!


I decided to make a Mother's Day card for this hop. The card base is from an 8.5" x 11" piece of bright pink cardstock from The Stamps of Life. The gems are from a random act of kindness from Helen Gullett. The Mother's Day stamped sentiment is from Studio G I clear stamp and gems set and I used Catherine Pooler Designs Party Dress Premium Dye Ink Pad to stamp it on typing paper and then I fussy cut it out with decorative scissors. The mouse hanging over the tea cup stamped image is from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Cocoa's Cups Clear Stamp Set. I stamped it with Gina K Amalgam Jet Black ink pad on typing paper and I colored it in with Color In water color twist colored pencils. The floral patterned paper is a piece from Recollections Wood Planks Floral 12" x 12" Scrapbook Paper, well just the bottom corner. I loved the bird so much that I thought this sheet would be great for a Mother's Day card! I almost added paper behind Cocoa, but decided the paper would take away too much from the flowers so I decided to leave it as is. That's all I have to share today. Please stop by the other posts on my blog- Cherish, coffee, and National Scrapbook Day to see what I've been working on this past week. Happy Mother's Day to all mom's! I can't wait to give this card and Paparazzi necklace/earring set to my mom. If you don't know anything about Paparazzi, check them out! Ginger Miller is my consultant, but I just recently bought this set from Connie's party. I'm glad I was able to help you receive some free jewelry, Connie!

I'm the last stop on this hop and hope you have enjoyed it!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Be sure to join us next month for our
Love Sports Blog hop!


I can't thank you enough for checking out my blog today. It means the world to me and I hope you truly enjoyed it. May it inspire you to create something wonderful!   Scrappy Hugs!  


Cherish

 I made the following layout based on the sketch above from Let's Get Sketchy
I decided to switch up the corners, but stayed true to the rest of the sketch. The background paper is from Colorbok Holiday Extravaganza 12 x 12" Scrapbook Paper Pad. The purple bunny paper corners and the bottom layer until the picture is from an Easter swap. The green paper, that can barely be seen, is from Colorbok 12 x 12" Homemade Paper Plus, the next 2 layers are from Recollections Backyard Table 12 x 12" Paper Pad, as is the journaling square where I wrote Brian, Emily, & BG with Easter Bunny. The title- Cherish- and sequin stickers are from Heidi Swapp Memory Files Scrapbook Kit. The cupcake magazine cut-out is from the same Easter swap as are the chicks and Happy Easter sticker. The photo mat is from The Stamps of Life. My nephew will be a year old on May 21 and his birthday party is the 18th- I can't wait. Pictures of the party we most definitely be coming after! 
Please join me tomorrow for a Tea Time Blog Hop. You can find details in the side bar for the starting point. I'll be the last stop of the hop, but it will be worth the wait! TFL! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Happiness Is A Cup of Hot Coffee

I decided to join in on the coffee fun with Coffee Loving Cardmakers before the hop ends tomorrow.
I folded a hot pink 8.5 x 11" paper from The Stamps of Life in half and then folded the half and cut it in half to make this card. I then folded that half in half again to become the card. I embossed the front of my card using my Cuttlebug with Kaiser Craft Distressed Dots Embossing Folder, because it kinda looks like rings that coffee from a mug leaves on the table. The patterned/foil paper and beans fussy cut pieces are from Craft Smith Love U A Latte 12 x 12" scrapbook paper pad. I cut the edges of the patterned paper with decorative scissors so that the title- Happiness is a cup of hot coffee- is visible down the middle of the card. The floral button is from Amy Royce's shop that no longer exists. I cut the 3 coffee cups and coffee collars with Spellbinders Hipster 1 Cut Emboss Stencil set. The yellow and blue coffee cups/coffee collar are also from the same Stamps of Life paper pack. The floral coffee cup/ pink coffee collar is from Simple Stories I Am 6 x 8" paper pad. I drew over the lines on the cups and the tan coffee collar- paper from my stash- with Gelz glitter pens. I was gonna use some of my coffee stamps, but I decided to use this patterned paper instead. It's kind of a different style card for me, but it's growing on me. Please join me Saturday for a Tea Time Blog Hop. See the right side bar for more information and where to start. TFL!

National Scrapbooking Month

I've made the following cards and layouts starting National Scrapbook Day up until now. I have one more to share in a Tea Time Blog Hop on Saturday see the side bar for more information and the starting point.
I made this layout for a Random Word Challenge- RW31 with Soul Scrappers. The random word is water so I chose Pamlico River as my subject of the page. The title- Warm Tropical Sun- is from Authentique Utopia 12 x 12" Scrapbook and Sticker set. The background paper is from K& Company Que Sera Sera 12 x 12" Scrapbook Pad. I tore it too fast out of the pad, but that's what makes the layout unique! I typed the journaling out on my computer- Ducks and boats along the boardwalk downtown Washington along the Pamlico River The Christmas decorations were taken off the boat soon after I took the picture. These pictures were taken at the end of December 2018 so Christmas was over.

I used Simple Stories I AM 6 x 6" pad for the background on this card. I just folded 2 different sheets diagonally and cut them down to fit the front of this card. The card base is paper from The Stamps of Life. The stamped image is an Itty Bitty Love One Another from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped the image with Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink Pad and colored them in with Color In Water Twist colored pencils and matted it on paper from The Stamps of Life. The washi tape down the middle is from Studio G.

The paper for this card is from The Stamps of Life. I must admit I don't measure my cards, I just use another card to go by as my pattern. The blue green paper is from my stash. The sentiment, mermaid, and water stamped images are all from Spirit of A Mermaid also from Unity Stamp Company. The washi tape is Scotch washi tape that I found at Staples. I colored in the images again with the Color In watercolor pencils. The bling is from my stash.

The background paper is from Creative Memories Hockey 12 x 12" scrapbook pack. I know the layout has nothing to do with hockey, but I don't have many baby or masculine papers. All of the embellishments- the title- Toadally Cute, the love this kid frame, #cute sticker, and let them be little sticker are from Bella Blvd Tiny Tots except the you make me smile sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company Lil' Smartie Pants. The photo mats are from a swap- Elle Studio Family Fun 6 x 6 Loose Paper Pack. The pictures are of my nephew, BG, and me holding him- all taken the last few months of 2018. He will be 1 on May 21 and I'm helping with his birthday party- making cupcakes- on the 18th. He brings so much joy to me and my family!
The paper on this card base is from The Stamps of Life. The stamped images are from The Stamps of Life garden2stamp. I stamped them with Gina K Designs Amalgam Jet Black ink and colored them in with glitter ink pens from my stash. The patterned paper is from Simple Stories I Am 6 x 6" paper pad and the butterfly is from the same sheet it's just the back side. I decided to put it on an angle and only glued half of it down. I'll fold the butterfly down when I mail it or give it away. The twine on the side is Cherry Limeade from Trendy Twine. I distressed the floral patterned paper with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Tea Dye. I also forgot that I did cut the "water" out from another sheet of Simple Stories I Am. Please join me Saturday for a Tea Time Blog Hop to see my latest card and other Tea Time creations along the hop. I'll be the last stop on the hop, but my blog will be worth the wait! Have a great Thursday!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Sunshine In the Sky

I made this layout for the LM# 442- Look Up At The Sky Day Challenge with Lasting Memories Layout Challenges. The background paper and title- Sunshine In The Sky- are from Craft Smith Watercolor Paper Pad. The stamped images are from Unity Stamp Company A Girl & Her Adventures stamp set. I stamped them with VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink using my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamping Platform. The tag is from K&Company Abrianna Tag Pad. I wrote on the tag with an orange glitter pen that is part of a set that I bought from Five Below. I wrote that the pictures are of the sunrise on the way to the Grand Canyon, Arizona September 17, 2017. The twine is Cherry Limeade from Trendy Twine. I went to Arizona for a Scrap and Stamp Expo in Mesa, Arizona September 15 and 16 with my friend Laura and we visited her family as well as The Grand Canyon while we were in Arizona for about a week. We wanted to see the sunrise over the Grand Canyon, but got there just after the sunrise so these pics were taken on the highway on the way there.

A close-up of the tag

Friday, April 12, 2019

Rain Rain Go Away Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for  
the Rain Rain Go Away BLOG HOP


This is a blog hop featuring projects with rain, clouds, umbrellas, or rainbows!


You should have arrived from 
(Connie http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com), if not,
Connie Can Crop , is the beginning of this interactive hop! 
This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10pm to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.


We have four awesome sponsors for this hop!!

 has graciously donated a $20 gift certificate to shop her online store

AND

is giving away this gorgeous Easter kit by Simple Stories
AND
is giving away this awesome package containing a wreath kit, a stamp set, 2 rolls of twine, and 2 rolls of washi tape


AND

Liz with Love 
is donating an awesome envelope punch board, stickers, and a pen.

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. Free Shipping to our USA friends but Worldwide will be asked to pay shipping if they win.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. 
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4/17/19 at Connie Can Crop.
Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Now onto my cards. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and be prepared for a long post. I decided to make 2 cards for this hop. The first card is a stamp from Unity Stamp Company- Realize- the entire image is one stamp and I colored it in with Marvy Uchida Color In Watercolor Twist colored pencils and stamped it with VersaFine black onyx ink. The pink card base is from Recollections Dreamscape 8.5" x 11" Paper Collection. I stamped the image on typing paper and then added it to the Dreamscape paper. I know the image is a little off centered, but that's what makes it unique! I added Lincraft Crystal stickers to the lighthouse and the opposite corners to help the flow of the card. The yellow paper behind the sentiment- I don't think you realize how amazing you are- is from my stash.
 I thought the card above doesn't really have anything to do with rain, but does have a cloud in it so it kind of fits this hop. So, I decided to make the following card. The blue card base is also from Recollections Dreamscape collection. I didn't really measure either card, but the card above will come closer to fitting in an A2 envelope obviously. I trimmed the blue card stock against the size of the Harmony Girl stamped image also from Unity. I stamped Harmony Girl with Gina K Designs Amalgam ink and then colored in the image with the same Watercolor pencils as above on Canson Acrylic/Water Color Mix Media paper. I then added Tim Holtz Oxide Peeled Paint, Candy Apple, and Tea Dye inks with a Ranger sponge dauber. The watercolor pencils comes with a paint brush so I blended all the inks with water and some of the colored pencils. I made sure I didn't brush around her face or legs so the skin color wouldn't blend in. The circle patterned paper is from Colorbok Spring Morning Pattern Pack that I trimmed to fit on the card behind the watercolor image. I stamped the sentiment- don't wait for the storm to pass learn to dance in the rain with Tim Holtz Distress Twisted Citron ink on the same watercolor paper and fussy cut around it. I used the same crystal stickers as before. The pink corner piece is from Gemini by Crafter's Companion Cut and Emboss set from the same Dreamscape set. 

That's all I have for you today, but I did want to tell you about my friend, Laura. She's the one from Stampin' Up who's giving away the $20 gift certificate. She is at Stampin' Up OnStage this weekend in Charlotte, NC with her mom and sister and a bunch of other women. This is her second time at OnStage. She's a new demonstrator to Stampin' Up and  loves it. She has a group of ladies that meet with her on Saturdays at the library for a Stampin' Up workshop and she attends a stamping crop every Tuesday afternoon in the same library classroom. Her husband even helps her get ready for her workshops and helped her get ready for OnStage. I went to visit them last summer and was surprised to see him making cards. I just wanted to give a little plug for Laura so everyone would know more about her. We met here in NC back in 2012 and they now live in FL on a horse ranch and also have a cow, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 2 fish, and just started raising baby chickens. Laura is an animal lover and her husband takes care of the ranch with her help. She also works at a horse ranch away from home. 

Be sure to hop over to my friend Rebecca B (http://makinwithbacon.blogspot.com/) where I'm sure she has a great project to share!

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Thank You For Being A Friend


I made this card for Challenge #105 with Always Fun Challenges. The challenge is to use flowers on your project. I decided to use Allure border background from Unity Stamp Company and Lil Bunny Peeps for the sentiment- Thank You For Being A Friend, also from Unity. I used VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink on both stamps and colored the flowers in with Marvy Uchida ColorIn Watercolor Twist Colored Pencils. The paper is from Neenah Bright Creative Collection 8.5 x 11 Premium Cardstock that I trimmed down around the background and decided to fold it in half above the background. I saw I stamped it a little crooked on the paper, but it's not that bad. I was gonna add some twine, but I like it as is. I didn't color in all of the stamped background because of all the small details and my colored pencils are not fine tip. I have to admit I don't well with measurements, so I eyeball everything and just go with it. I love making it my own unique way! Thanks for looking. Please join me on Saturday, April 13, for a Rain, Rain Go Away Blog Hop that I'm participating in. You may actually get to win a $20 gift certificate to my friend's Stampin' Up website!