Thursday, November 28, 2013

Let it Snow

Hey! Sorry I haven't been aroud for a few days, my hubby left for basic a little over a week ago and my heart just hasn't been in making cards, I've been so sad. I miss him so much but at the same time I'm super proud of him for his decision! I can't wait till he gets back home I could use a good cuddle in this weather here... Snow, in Texas, lol it's like a cosmic joke. I JUST posted about how it never snows here and then we get snow! Ah well such is life -_- . As a joke to myself I created another snow themed card to commemorate this day, it will also be used for the FFF challenge over at Splendid Stamping, Snow

Loli Anya

For this card I used Loli Anya colored with copics. I attempted to alter her little outfit to look more wintery by giving her long sleeves white stockings and cute little mittens, adorable right? The Swirls embossed paper with glitter reminded me of the swirling wind blowing snow around. A rub on sentiment, a few pearls and a snowflake in the corner finished off the card. I can't wait for cyber Monday you guys, see you then!

Friday, November 22, 2013

S'now Place Like Home

Hi guys I'm blogging from the comfort of my own couch for the first time in a long time and boy does it feel good, especially since the weather here is terrible! I woke up to my 3 and 4 year old firmly snuggled on either side of me in my bed, sound asleep as thunder so loud it sounded like my front yard was being bombed by kamikaze pilots! I'm not exaggerating either, it was so bad my floors were vibrating and I could hear my windows rattling! Sheesh! No wonder my girls were in my bed! As if the thunder wasn't bad enough there was a flash flood torrent of a storm along with guess what....SLEET! seriously I wanted to stay under the covers in my warm, toasty, at maximum capacity, bed. Well I decided to brave the freezing house to turn on the heat and while I was at it I swung by Splendid Stamping to see who the challenge winner was as well as get the new challenge for this week's FFF and whaddaya know, it was ME!!!!! I am so very excited especially since I rarely ever win challenges but to win one at Splendid Stamping was a major deal for me! Sorry for gushing it was just really good news when I really needed a pick me up so this felt awesome. Now for my card for this week's challenge:

Latte Anya
This was a winter treat for me, the theme of this week's FFF was Snow! How fun right? not that we ever actually get much snow here in Texas, and believe me I am NOT complaining! The fluffy wet white stuff is best on Christmas specials on ABC Family in my opinion, I disdain being cold or wet and I especially loathe being cold AND wet, yucky!!! Not my cup o tea but it is so beautiful to watch, and it makes everything look so serene, which is why I shall admire it from indoors, swaddled like a baby in a huge comforter sipping on salted caramel hot chocolate (found the recipe here!). The paper was from my stash, the Sentiment is from the DCWV Rub on sentiments cards stack, and the snowflakes are from a Sizzix Die This little lady will be my entry for the FFF challenge over at Splendid Stamping, so if crafting is your thing and you've got a passion for stamping, please join in I promise it'll be fun! See you guys next time,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Beach Boy

Have you ever colored up an image just because and didn't really have a specific purpose or project to use it on? I do that A LOT and they seem to pile up before I know it because coloring is a great stress reliever for me. I found this little guy and couldn't help but make a card out of him, even though his beachy look is a little warm for this time of year, everyone can always use a splash of color and warmth!

C.C. Noah
This was a simple and fun masculine card using C.C. Noah from the retired TGF Creepin Crew Set colored up with my copics. I found this set online and ordered the company's last one in stock! So exciting right? The sentiment is also part of the Creepin Kit set. Honestly if you were to ask me which of the darlings in that set were my fave I'd have a hard if not impossible time choosing! The Papers are from Echo Park, one of the DP packs I just HAD to have this past summer. However once I got them, the summer was ending and so I didn't get much of a chance to use them. This card was just for fun but the fussy cut C.C. Noah is perfect for this week's FFF challenge over at Splendid Stamping "Cut it Out". I have literally an entire stack of unused colored up images just begging to become part of a card or project so you'll definitely see more of my lovelies soon!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I've Got the Blues...and a Little Green too!

As you know I don't mean the sad kind of 'blues' or the music either, I mean the colors! Have you ever thought about how many shades of blue are out there? Hundreds? Who knows, who cares? All I know is that just about all the blues can be paired together with beautiful results, and when you add a splash of green as an accent? GORGEOUS! Today I bring you a good example of this (I hope) in a gift that I created for a friend of mine, who has always been there for me, in the form of a picture frame (the gift is the frame of course, not the friend ^.^).

Cheeky Geeky
I started with an unfinished balsa wood frame from my LCS (one of the things I mentioned a few posts back) and painted it with a really light green almost seafoam acrylic paint. once that was dry I got out my homemade mod podge and cutter and pieced a few different scrap pieces with similar color schemes to get this patchwork kind of look. Since I didn't have much DP in the shades I needed, I created the leopard print by running it through an embossing folder and inking it with pigment ink a few shades lighter. I did the same with the swirl pattern, embossing and inking in shades of blue to get the effect I was going for. I colored Ms Cheeky Geeky from The Greeting Farm with my copics and gave her a blue leopard print skirt with matching tie and headband and fussy cut her out. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart (CTMH) 'Friendship' set and the other embellishments are from my stash. I wish I could take credit for this lovely idea but I am actually CASEing this project from one of my personal favorite blogs, Rosemary's Creations, ( you can go and see her project here!). I plan to enter this in the following challenges; Splendid Stamping FFF, 'Cut it Out', Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, 'It's a Mystery', and 7 Kids Challenge, 'Anything Goes'. Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, November 18, 2013

What's Black and White and Read all over???

The answer is... A NEWSPAPER!!! Hmm that was funnier when I was six... Not as funny now, and especially not since you can see the spelling of 'read' rather than hearing it and assuming I mean the color RED. Ah well it was still clever of me at the time especially since it gave me a backstory to ramble about for this post lol! Now that I've gotten that out of the way, I can get to the relevance of that story to my post! My Hubby left for Army BCT yesterday and so I got the brilliant idea to keep a journal while he's gone so he won't miss a thing while he's gone. During my last trip to my LCS, I grabbed a few things to alter/decorate, mainly made of balsa wood, (you'll see projects with those things soon so stay tuned!!!) and I found the ugliest little monogramed journals for $2. I knew they would be perfect for this journal/ scrapbook I was planning on creating so I grabbed one and immediately headed home to start beautifying my awesome find. In about an hour (not including fussy cutting the image with an X-Acto knife) this masterpiece came together:

(Head: C.C. Friday Night/ Body: Anya Strolls)

Ok I know I say this a lot but seriously, I am IN LOVE with this alteration combo of C.C. Friday Night with Anya Strolls! Saturday I showed you guys a door hanger that I created with this same concept. It turned out so fabulous I just had to have it on something else and what better than a once ugly journal that was sitting on the shelf screaming "Take me home, Make me PRETTY!" I swear I heard it, I'm not crazy! Also it gave me a chance to use some of the washi tape I made out of a few stamps, some twinkling H2Os and a roll of inexpensive masking tape. This is so simple to do, I plan to go back and get a few more journals to alter and give as gifts. It comes together quickly and looks amazing and there are plenty of ways to personalize and customize to suit the crafter's taste. The hardest part was trying to fussy cut the image with an X-Acto knife to make sure I didn't have any empty white spaces. Its not really a necessary step but to me it looks more professional. I plan to enter this in the 7 kids challenge blog, Anything goes, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, It's a Mystery, and the FFF Challenge over at Splendid Stamping,  "Cut it Out" since this definitely took some time to cut out! Such a fun blog challenge, if you're feeling crafty you should definitely stop by and play along. Hope to see you there TTYL!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hanging Around

Back again and today we'll be bumming wifi from Mc Donalds, while my kids run themselves silly at the Play Place ^.^ ! I swear its starting to feel like a fun game, you never know where I'll blog from next hee hee! Anywho, the other day I was looking over on one of my favorite blogs,  Paper Drama and remembered a wonderful tutorial on rendering leopard print with copic markers. I've been meaning to try it out myself it really is a gorgeous technique requires only about 3 or 4 markers and is so easy to do. I've also been obsessed with how great the Anya Strolls body looks with  C.C. Friday Night's head so I keep playing around with the paper piecing long after the Alter Ego challenge over at Splendid Stamping has ended. I also noticed I've been doing a lot of cards so I decided to give a few other projects a chance, that being said, whipped out my Homemade Mod Podge and got to work. This is what I came up with:

Head: c.c. Friday Night Body: Anya Strolls

I started with a plain ol' balsa wood door hanger from my local CSS and covered it in black cardstock. I then cut out rectangles in various sizes from several different scraps from a DCWV stack and glued them down. Next came my Anya/ Friday combo with more Mod Podge and the sentiment from the Anya Strolls set stamped in no particular pattern, with red and black ink. A little candy cane stickles swirled here and there, a bow from my stash, and TA-DAAAA! Isn't it awesome? And you can bet this wont be the last project you see spots on, or my Anya/Friday combo! I plan to enter her in the latest awesome challenge over at Splendid Stamping, where the FFF challenge is "Cut it Out". So excited, wish me luck and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Cute as a Cupcake!

Hi! I'm back today with another quick post, actually my last preview of the So Sweet Collection but certainly not the last card or project you'll see on my blog created with these little darlings! Debuting today I give you Miss Sweet Cupcake!

This little digi damsel was colored in using copic markers and inked around the edges with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink. If you recall a few posts back I mentioned having trouble with the stickles causing the ink from my printed out digis to run, right? Well nothing will keep me from my sparkle so I found a glorious substitute for my crystal stickles glitter glue, DRY STICKLES!!!! who knew right? Since the liquid part of the stickles was causing the inky  mess, I eliminated the liquid! By using a precision glue stick and some dry Diamond Stickles I still got all the bling without the bleed! The cardstock and ribbon I used was from my stash and the DP was from DCWV. A few pink crystal brads finished off the look! Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen a lovely line up from a truly awesome company, I highly recommend these digis to anyone in the market to expand their collection, I love them! That's all for today my good bloggers see you again soon!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sugar Rush

Hi guys sorry I've been away for so long but I'm having technical difficulties and by technical difficulties I mean I technically no longer have access to the Internet ^.^ that being said, my posts may have to be few and far In between but certainly not by choice! I have actually been crafting almost every day so I have a few projects lined up but no way to blog... Unless I decide to stop being lazy and go to my nearest ihop or McDonalds and bum off the free wifi there (which now that I mention it doesn't sound like a bad idea...) while I wait for my oldest daughter to get out of school. Lol wow am I off subject! I really apologize, I ramble when I'm excited...or I've had coffee...or too much sugar...well you get the idea right? See rambling! Well all that being said I guess I can get to the point of today's post, a cutie pie that's definitely a sweet treat to introduce to you guys

This cutie is another digi from Pee Wee designs called Candy Rain, isn't she the cutest?! She is also part of the so sweet collection. Be sure to stop by and take a look and as always thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bubbling With Joy

To my girls, bubbles may be the single best most entertaining thing on earth, next to making an indoor pool in the bathroom during bath time :D Seriously though, who doesn't like bubbles?! I can't think of anyone so I figured what better image to put on a card for no other purpose than just because, than a beauty blowing bubbles (try saying that five times fast ;D ). Today I used another one of those adorable digis from peewee designs, a new website dedicated to digital stamps, to create a fun card just to say 'I Love You'

This little cutie is part of the same collection I mentioned yesterday, the So sweet Collection. I think these little digis are so precious and I ccan't wait to show off the rest of these cutie pies! See you next time and thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Little Somethin' Sweet

Hi guys! As you may have heard, splendid stamping has discontinued theirGarden Variety Tuesdays (GVT) which gave me more time to do projects mainly just for fun. Today I have the pleasure, the awesome opportunity to work with some adorable digis  from a newly launched  website dedicated to digital stamps. I was given a few to play with and OMG they are too stinkin cute! This is my first card using Sprinkles from the So Sweet Collection

Doesn't she just give you cavities? Too sweet!!!  Now personally I don't usually work with digis because of the type of printer I own (the ink smears and bleeds when I try to use stickles)But theses little darlings were just so much fun to color up! Honestly I just can't wait to make another card with these sweeties! You guys should stop by and take a look at little miss Sprinkles' buddies if you're in the market for some new digis! Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow