Monday, March 24, 2014

Tag, You're It!

Well hello hello! Beautiful weather here starting a beautiful week as here in Texas we're heading into our warm season (FINALLY!). Unfortunately, that wont matter for too much longer for me and my family because its still snowing in NY o.O! Yeah this is going to be a HUGE adjustment for me and my little family and DH is growing increasingly grumpy about this as our PCS date draws nearer. As much as I love the warm sunshine and downright unnecessary heat waves of Texas, I'm actually very much looking forward to a change of scenery as my family moves into a new chapter of our lives together. I will enjoy the warmth and sunshine while I'm still here though and to celebrate the warmer weather I decided to ink up one of my absolute favorite stamps Cheeky Beach. I've wanted to own this darling diva since I first started stamping, but she, much like Birthday Anya II eluded me until this last haul and I just couldn't wait to use this beach babe! Enough of my rambling though, on to the project!

TGF Cheeky Beach

Today I have two tags for you, one on kraft and the other on plain white both featuring Cheeky Beach. I decided to make tags because they come together fairly quickly (and because my LCS had all their tags 50% off ^.^) Both lovelies were colored with copic markers with outfits, shos and accessories paper pieced in honor of the Paper Piecing Challenge for FFF over at The greeting farm. The Cheeky on the left has a pair of sunglasses paper pieced from the same DP used for her swimwear and flower. The sunglasses were created using a stamp I found a few years back at my LCS in the dollar bin, I bought it but never found a use for it until now! Who knew they were just the right size to adorn TGF's Cheeky Beach? AWESOMENESS! For the background I used my prismacolor colored pencils and a few Hibiscus flowers and sunburst stamp (also a stamp from the dollar bin!) A bit of stickles and a scrap of torn paper and I had a beautiful beach scene easy peasy.For the Cheeky on the right I used the no line technique again (not ideal when you're also trying to paper piece an outfit by the way!)  The clouds in the background were created by tearing strips of paper and using light upward strokes with copic markers B01 and BG000 and the hot air balloons were cut from a piece of Bo Bunny paper.  There you are, two totally different tags quick and simple without looking it, give it a try, you wont regret it! See you next time guys and gals


Thursday, March 20, 2014


First off I would just like to say thank you for all the encouraging supportive comments and compliments being left on my blog, they really make my day! Actions speak louder than words and cute cards speak even louder ^.^ Something about me, I absolutely ADORE cupcakes (edible and otherwise) so this stamp was a must have for a long time! This card isn't for any particular challenge, just my small way of saying thank you guys for stopping by and showing love I really appreciate it!

Birthday Anya II

I've had my eye on this stamp for over a year now but every time I had the money she was either out of stock or my hunny mentioned something silly about a budget and a spending limit or some nonsense... ^.^ Anyway, as you can see I finally got my hands on her and just had to color her up using the no line technique again (kinda like an unintended theme of the week for me I guess). Practice does make perfect and this is a technique I would love to perfect so that it doesn't take me almost an hour to color one image lol! Birthday Anya II was stamped once again in memento dessert sand, my absolute favorite color for no line coloring. She was colored with copic markers and I used dry stickles in the color diamond for the cupcake icing and waterfall stickles for the blue areas. The sentiment is from TGF's Anya Treats 4x6 set, available at The Greeting Farm, and the DP is from a recent haul from, a 6x6 pad by carta bella called cool summer and I believe its now discontinued (sorry!). I added a few pearls, a piece of ribbon from my stash and a cupcake border from EK Success and called this cutie complete! I just want to say again how grateful I am to have such kind words to inspire me to continue to create, and a special thank you to TGF for your awesome products and phenomenal customer service you guys truly are the frosting on an award winning cupcake! see you again soon!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Snips and Snails

Today is a beautiful warm day here and it's making me realize just how much I'm gonna miss Texas with its scorching heat and unpredictable, changeable, downright bipolar weather. I'm sad to be leaving but at the same time I'm super excited to have my family back under one roof again, even if it's not the roof we're used to! I digress, today I decided to use Oliver from my prize set, OA Surprise, since I used msAmelia yesterday. I think I'm slowly improving on my masculine cards but you be the judge, so without further ado, here you go

Oliver OA Surprise

I once again used the kraft green and white but with a little...hmmm...I'm not sure if this is teal, aqua, or simply blue green! Whatever the color, it looked awesome with the kraft green and white color scheme! Once again I stamped this little guy in desert sand memento ink to give that no line look. I inked the edges with Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink for definition. A bit of twine, a button and a couple of rhinestones and this little guy was complete in no time! I'm entering this adorable little man in TGF'S FFF Challenge Use Twine/Ribbon as well as this week's Retro Sketch Challenge. Hope u guys like it, see you again soon!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Lucky Me

Hi guys! Sorry I've been MIA but I had a good reason this time, scout's honor! As some of you may remember, DH joined the military and is now coming to the end of his AIT which means he has his orders. For a family born and raised in Texas heat, our first assignment is something out of a nightmare, the chilly climate of NY! Needless to say, Texas is a good distance from NY so I decided that I would spend some time with my family before the big move. Last week was spring break for my oldest DD so no school for a week was a perfect opportunity to head home...and get some crafting done ^.^ so home I went! Copics, DP, stickles, my TGF darlings of course, and my handy dandy atg gun in tow I was ready...until I realized I left my cardstock and pare trimmer o_O. If I hadn't been having such a good time with family, this would have been a depressing and I may have gone through  withdrawals lol! Anyway now I'm back at home and of course I had to sneak in a card ASAP to include in this week's FFF, Use Twine/Ribbon as well as The ABC Challenge H is for Hair. Lucky me, when I arrived at home I found my prize from a previous win and I just couldn't wait to ink this lil cutie up! I love the way that kraft cardstock looks great with almost any color sonic honor of St Patty's Day I decided to give green kraft and white a shot and here's how it turned out:

Amelia TGF's OA Surprise

This was soooo much fun to color! I do believe ms Amelia will be making her way onto the front of many more projects isn't she fabulous?! I wanted to do a no line technique so I stamped her in memento desert sand. The DP and ribbon are both something from my stash and the sentiment is part of TGF's Delicate Words die set (not sure if still available!). I gave the whole card a healthy stickling ( my signature!) and added a touch of bling for a lil somethin' extra! Hope you guys enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Journey Journal

Hi guys! Now that my entire household is back to feeling better I can get back to crafting! I'm still waiting for my prize from my win over at the greeting farm to finish the big project that I mentioned to you guys in my last post but still I cant wait to show you guys! In the mean time though, I do have something to show for my absence. I notice a lot of people getting into a  new (well new to me!) type of scrapbooking called project life. For the last few days I've been looking into it and Im liking what I see! Im now planning on starting a project life scrapbook for DH so he won't feel like he's missed anything since he left for BCT/AIT and boy do I have oodles of ideas!!! But before I get started on my own, I have a friend who travels A LOT and she recently decided to keep a travel journal. I volunteered to decorate one for her when I got the brilliant idea, why not get her a small project life book and some cards and things to fill the inside and decorate the outside in a travel-y theme?!  Here's what I came up with:

                                                             TGF Anya Lifts)

I used The Greeting Farm's Anya Lifts with the sentiment from Anya Strolls colored up with my trusty copics. the papers I used were part of open stock at my LCS inked up and aged with Tim Holtz distress inks antique linen and walnut stain. I stamped around with a vintage looking camera stamp also in walnut stain and used the Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork Flourish die for embellishment and a small section of Spellbinders Square fleur de Lis die by nesting the larges and second largest and cutting off a corner. I think it turned out awesome and can't wait to get started on my very own! I plan on entering this project in The Greeting Farm's FFF Challenge Use a Die Cut or Punch. I hope this Is just the first to come of future project life things for my blog! Thanks for stopping by,