Friday, March 27, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday

Happy Farm Fresh Friday! I almost didn't realize today was Friday, this week went by sooo fast! Have you checked out the blog today? With Easter just around the corner, we are getting into the springy spirit and this week's Farm Fresh Friday challenge is Easter Time! Since my daughter's class is having an egg hunt inside the classroom, I thought goodie bags would be a neat treat for the kids to take home (and maybe share with their parents!). I also made a cute little post it note holder as a gift for the school nurse because I just couldn't help myself. She's such a sweet lady and those TGF stamps are just so darn cute!

Easter Anya (retired)

Easter Basket Anya and Ian digis

I honestly couldn't wait to use my Easter Anya stamp that I got during a TGF Farmer's market sale a while back, because honestly, how often do you get to use themed stamps other than the holidays they're meant for? I have a love hate relationship with them for that same reason. I love having the perfect stamp when that holiday rolls around but I hate not being able to use them through the rest of the year :D Now, as I mentioned, Easter Anya is retired, but Marie, being the genius she is, thought that you fellow farmers could use some adorable images for your Easter projects so she re released some adorable Easter digis in the store! I printed out a few pages of both the Ian and Anya Easter basket digis for the treat bags and colored them with my copics. I fussy cut each bunny out and adhered them to a stitched circle. I layered the stitched circle onto a lacy circle in the matching color and then attached the bunny tags to the front of the treat bags I made, 19 total. I won't go into detail today on my bunny bags because honestly, my wrist, fingers, and shoulder are still recovering from making them! If you guys haven't checked out the rest of the awesome projects from the DT, pop over to the blog for some gorgeous Easter inspiration so you can join in and wow us with your creations too!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday

TGIF peeps! Still under the weather here so I gotta keep this post short and get back to bed. One thing is for certain though, under the weather or not, the snow is melting the birds are back and spring is most definitely here. With the pretty blue sky returning, we just couldn't help ourselves over at The Greeting Farm so this week's challenge is Spring Colors! So even though the temperature is still below freezing, here's my fun bright card to welcome the change of season

I used Garden Anya paired with some flowery springy paper from Doodlebug designs called Hello Spring (go figure huh?) and a new climbing vine die from cottage cutz I got specifically for the spring season, isn't it adorable? I colored Ms Anya up on Cryogen white cardstock with my copic markers and some stickles glitter glue. The sentiment I used is part of the Delicate Words die set released by The Greeting Farm a few years back and its also been stickled like crazy. I used a scrap of purple ribbon from my stash and a flower that I recolored with my copics to match, for a little embellishment. Don't forget to stop by The Greeting Farm for more springtime fun colors and inspiration from the DT!


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fun with the Flu

Hi guys! I meant to get this post up yesterday but wasn't able to get out of bed. Remember those cooties I mentioned earlier this week? Well it turned out to be the flu and I woke up with a temperature of 103 and chills so I was quarantined to the bed all day, by order from the hubby who by the way did NOT appreciate my sneaky crafting Tuesday :D What can I say, I'm a bit stubborn! Today I have as promised (though a little later than planned) the fourth and final piece of my coaster set and the big reveal on which Dollie I chose, are you ready? Ta-daaaa!:

Dollie With Ice Cream

and a picture of the whole completed set together

Since I've already explained how I make these coasters, this post was mainly just to show you guys the last in the set and which Dollie I decided to use to complete it. If you missed out on the how to explanation you can read it here! I was very excited that I was finally able to get a good picture that shows the golden script in the background that I kept mentioning in my previous reveals but had never had much luck showing you guys. I hope you enjoyed these projects as much as I enjoyed making and showing them. If you are interested in getting any of the stamps I used, they are all available in the TGF store. Well guys I'm off to take some meds and get some rest so I can kick this flu's butt, see you guys tomorrow for a new Farm Fresh Friday challenge at The Greeting Farm


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Getting Green

Happy St Paddy's day all! I'm feeling a little under the weather thanks to some cooties going around at my hubby's job. He was considerate enough to bring home plenty for me, kind of him wasn't it? He succeeded in giving myself and both of our daughters his cold/flu so no outings for me. Since I'm inside for the day I figured I would do my favorite thing ever, get some crafting done! In honor of St. Patrick's day and this week's Farm Fresh Friday Challenge, Luck of the Irish, I made a card using green and white along with a darling digi you may recognize

I printed Dollie out on cryogen white cardstock and colored her up with my copic markers. OMG that wild hair of hers gave me the blues trying to color it but I love the way it came out in the end which is why patience is a virtue I suppose! I was a bit disappointed in how bright her dress came out. It's like highlighter green when I wanted more of a pale spring green like the DP I used but I couldn't get the right combo with my limited number of green copics. I really need to expand my greens, at the moment they, along with my YG range are the smallest sets I own, but green is seldom used by me so I never think about it until I need them :D I finished this card off with a bit of green and white twine and a few enamel dots for embellishment. The sentiment used is from Lawn Fawn, stamped in tuxedo black memento ink. This gal definitely won't be getting any pinches for not wearing green! What about you guys, did you remember your green today or will you be coming home sore? Enjoy your day I think I'll head back to bed while my youngest "nurses me back to health". Remember, if you haven't joined in, there's still time to play along with the FFF challenge, just make sure you get that green and white on there to participate!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Farm Fresh Friday

Happy Farm Fresh Friday my crafty pals! With St. Patrick's day right around the corner we over at The Greeting Farm wanted to show our St Paddy's day spirit with this week's challenge, Luck of the Irish! So go ahead and get green with us and if shamrocks and gold coins aren't your thing, don't worry its not necessary. The rules of this challenge are a color combo, all you have to do is use green and white to enter. I love the idea of getting to use my much neglected green copic marker combos so all that was left to do was decide which fabby TGF stamp I wanted for the challenge. I ended up not being able to decide, so I created two different cards using 2 different TGF stamps so you're in for a double treat!

Now I'm sure you probably noticed that these stamps don't look completely familiar and you're right. I love the versatility of TGF stamps because they can be tweaked to fit themes without changing the fabulousness of the stamp. To make Slumber fit the St. Patrick's day theme I wanted for my card, I wiped away the roses in her hair with a baby wipe and drew in a few clovers instead with a copic multiliner. For Dollie, I wiped away the cupcake on her plate and replaced it with a big foaming mug of beer... butterbeer! Haha no alcohol for my TGF cuties :D this big HP fan gave one of her fave Dollie darlings a big cold glass of butterbeer and a clover in her hair instead of the heart that was there originally. Doesn't she make an adorable waitress? Both images were colored up with my copic markers on Cryogen White cardstock. I added eucalyptus stickles here and there for some much needed sparkle. The sentiments are from Lawn Fawn and the dies used were a combination of LaLa Land Crafts (heart ribbon corner and stitched circles) and Poppy dies (banner). The shamrocks were created by taking the hearts left over from the heart ribbon corner die and arranging them in the shape of a clover and adding stickles. Don't forget to pop over to The Greeting Farm and see what my teamies have come up with to inspire you. Get your green on and join in on the Saint Paddy's day fun, can't wait to see what you come up with!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Cupcakes and Coasters

Hi guys, long time no see right? I've been super busy and its kinda making me sad that I can't get crafty and blog like I used to so my projects seem far in between. Great news though, I have another adorable coaster for the set for you guys. Today's coaster is featuring the first Dollie I had the pleasure of owning, Dollie with Cupcake!

As with the other two tiles, I started by stamping Dollie onto my tile with Timber brown stazon and again on a separate piece of scrap cardstock to be used later as a mask. I colored her using my prismacolor colored pencils and using a layering technique to give more depth and shadows as well as adding to the vibrancy of the way the colors show up. Once completely colored I stamped a sentiment and masked off both it and Dollie. To create the background, I stamped a repeating pattern with a small script stamp by Recollection, also in Timber brown stayzon. To make it appear faded, I sometimes stamped again without reinking my stamp so that the script would be lighter in some spots. While still masked off, I used the same stamp and an antique gold acrylic paint to add some character. It didn't show up very well in the picture, but in person to me, it adds that extra something special! Next I removed the masks and outlined Dollie and her accompanying sentiment using a white gel pen ( I use sakura). To finish off the overall distressed look of the tile, I inked the edges with TH walnut stain distress ink. I seriously love the way these tiles come out and I think that once I complete the set, they will make a wonderful gift to a girly friend. In other great news, I finally made a decision on which adorable Dollie cutie would complete my set and I'm just waiting for her to arrive in the mail. She should be here any day now, so be looking out for my last tile in this set sometime next week! Too far away? Well fear not, in the mean time you can pop over to The Greeting Farm and see the complete set so far. Be sure to check out our newest challenge tomorrow and link up for a chance to win a fabulous prize! So get crafting, you can't win if you don't join in. Besides, that should help take your mind off of the long wait right?


Friday, March 6, 2015

FFF and a Very Special Birthday

Happy Friday guys! To think I almost missed the chance to tell our talented and creative Marie, creator of The Greeting Farm stamps, Happy Birthday! To celebrate her special day our Farm Fresh Friday challenge theme is Birthdays and I have a card made especially for Marie using none other than Birthday Anya I

Birthday Anya I

I used one of my very first stamps I ever purchased by Marie, I thought this cheerful cutie would be perfect for the occasion. I colored her up using my copic markers on a piece on a sample of heavenly white cardstock sent by the paper temptress with my order of cryogen white cardstock. I loved the heavenly white so much I wish I could return the cryogen white for a pack of it instead! The texture was super smooth and the color was extremely white so my copic colors showed up really vibrant and bright. The papers I used are from doodlebug designs sugar shoppe collection (one of my favorites). I only wanted a little embellishment to let the image take center stage so I used a bit of baker's twine and a few enamel dots. I drew a banner with a copic multiliner and used a lawn fawn happy birthday sentiment inside it, fussy cut it out and mounted it to my card with foam dots. Be sure to stop by The Greeting Farm and link up your creations for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the TGF store. Leave Marie a birthday shout out and one lucky commenter has an extra chance to win a $15 gift certificate so hurry over and give her some love!
See you soon,


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Darling Dollies

Happy Tuesday farmers! The sun is shining, the temperature is no longer negative (still not above freezing yet :( ) , and best of all my hubby is finally back! My heart is so happy and full that I just knew Dollie with Hearts would be the perfect image image for my next coaster/tile project!

Just as with my Dollie with Kitty coaster, I started by stamping my Dollie onto a clean dry travertine tile with timber brown stazon. I also stamped Dollie onto a scrap piece of paper and cut her out to be used to mask the image later. Next I colored up my image using my prismacolor pencils adding layers of colors just as I would if I were coloring on kraft. Once I had Dollie all colored up, I chose a sentiment from another TGF stamp set, OA Lovey Dovey, that I thought went well with Dollie with Hearts as well. I messed this one up a bit because I accidentally grabbed my jet black stazon instead of the timber brown so the sentiment is a bit darker than it should have been. The next step was to outline both Dollie and the sentiments with a white gel pen to make them both pop against the soon to be distressed looking tile. After that comes the masking part I mentioned earlier with the pre stamped and cut out image and a bit of adhesive from my ATG. Once the image was masked off, I used a small recollections script background stamp I bought from Michael's craft store and repeatedly stamped in timber brown stazon to create a full background. To add a little more interest (which doesn't show up so great in photos) I stamped the same script randomly throughout the tile in gold acrylic paint for accent. Once the paint was dry, I peeled away the mask over Dollie and inked the edges in walnut stain distress ink to give it that aged antique-y look.For a final touch (and since I just can't seem to resist) I added some stickles to Dollie's dress and hearts in her apron. Not exactly water resistant, but hey, I never intended to actually USE my coasters, just show them off :D So two down and two to go, are you guys excited to see the next in the set? I hope so, I can't wait to share so see you soon!


Sunday, March 1, 2015


Happy Sunday Farmers!! Today is March 1st and you know what that means, right?!! The New Release for March has now hit the TGF Store!! These new stamps are amazing, and would make an awesome addition to your TGF Stamp collection!

As always, you have a chance to WIN the entire March release, which includes Frou Frou Royal, HG-Classy, and Dollie with Kitty. I think you’ll agree the DT cards you’ve seen this week have all showcased these stamps beautifully! You’re in for a real treat as you blog hop with us today.

One lucky winner who visits all of the DT’s blogs, comments, and comes back here letting us know they did will take home the ENTIRE March Release from The Greeting Farm. Here’s our Blog Hop line-up: 


My project for today's blog hop isn't a card, its an altered tile using Dollie with Kitty!

Isn't she darling? I stamped her onto a 4x4" travertine tile that I picked up at Home Depot (9 in a pack for about $4) using timber brown Stazon ink. Since I hadn't planned on using copics to color, I didn't need to bake it, so I dove right in coloring with my prisma color pencils. Since the pencils are wax based, there's not ,much chance of smudging or smearing when water is introduced to the surface so the image remains intact. Next I stamped the sentiment from Dollie With Hearts (available now) also in timber brown Stazon. I masked off both Dollie and the sentiment and used a script stamp to create a background, alternating timber brown Stazon with gold acrylic paint. Last to create a more aged look I inked around the edges with TH walnut stain distress ink. since distress ink is water based I decided to seal the edges a bit so that the color wouldn't run and ruin my Dollie. I wanted Dollie to stand out more so I used a white gel pen and outlined the entire image and sentiment. It was a subtle addition that made all the difference. I love how this project turned out so much that I'm working on a complete set of Dollie coasters and I can't wait to show you guys the progress as I complete them! I need one more Dollie stamp and I have my eye on Dollie with Ice Cream closely tied with Dollie with Bow next so stay tuned to see which one I end up getting/using!

Please stop by all the Designers’ blogs to leave them some love! Then, be sure to come back to The Greeting Farm Blog to let us know you completed the hop! You have until Monday, March 2nd 11:00pm CST to leave your comments. We’ll announce the winner on our Wow’d Me Wednesday post!!
Have an awesome day and a great time hopping!