Wednesday, February 13, 2019


Happy Wednesday!

It is a sloppy mess here in the PNW as we have rain on top of snow.  Puddles of slush.  I personally would have preferred the snow and a slow thaw myself, but alas.  So, I just put myself in more cheery mood with this sweet card. 

This card features Your Next Stamp Phoebie and Pets.  They are so cute and very fun.  I stamped and colored them using my Copics.  I watned to have the birdie tempting the turtle with the carrot, so I borrowed a fishing pole from a Lawn Fawn stamp set to make the combo.  Once I had the friends ready, I created the background by using distress inks and a Tim Holtz star stencil in a light pink.  I stamped the sentiment in bright blue (also a distress ink) to match Phoebie's dress.  Lastly, I wanted to create a stage of sorts for them to stand on, so I utilized this Crafter's Companion die to create various colored layers of scallops for that platform. 

Here is a close up shot.  

Entering this into- Your Next Stamp Challenge 107- Die Cuts.

Thank you for visiting, I am hoping this card adds a bright spot to your day.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Jelly it's your Birthday

Hi Friends!  

I am up on The Rabbit Hole Designs Blog today with my very first post as part of the team.  Here is a sneak peak of my project.    

For this project I used the Sofishticated stamp set.  it is so fun, I hope you will check it out.  


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Long live the 1980's

Do you remember the 1984 movie called Splash?  It was a soppy rom-com with Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks.  I was 5 when it came out and probably watched it a few years after.  I loved mermaids then and it was likely my dream to be Daryl Hannah in that movie with her long blond crimped hair and and orange tail. I mean who DIDN'T want to be a beautiful mermaid?! 

Alas, I may not have become a mermaid, but at least I can stamp and color them... and that movie is what inspired today's card.  Not sure when or how, but at some point, I got it in my head that these cute Lawn Fawn mermaids needed to be paired with this cute bathtub to make the scene.

To make this card I started with the background.  I used a Heffy Doodle Bubble Waves Stencil with some distress inks.  My background is a little blotchy (boo), but that will never happen again now that I have my Trinity Blendability Brushes!!!  Moving past that imperfection, I stamped my images from Lawn Fawn colored them with my Copics.  I like it when bubbles have that iridescent colored quality that they get when light strikes them, so I added a blue and peach.  I cut them out and then maneuvered them to make a set.  I had to cut the tail off and mount it seperately so it could hang over the end of the tub perfectly.  I stamped the sentiment, which is from a Craftin' Desert Diva's set.  I then mounted my bubbles and added some splashes around the scene.  I came back in with my white gel pen for some highlights.  Here is a close up.  

Despite a few imperfections, I think she is pretty darn cute.  Her spirit reminds me of a friend of mine, who is fun-loving, jolly and endures- which is why I gave it to her for her birthday. :)

While I can't say I am thrilled that certain 80's things are popular again... I can agree that they did, at least, have a few redeeming qualities... so thank you Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks.  :)

Thanks for stopping and happy crafting!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Trinity February Release

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend.  We are catching up with the rest of the US as we got a bit of snow over the weekend.  It wasn't enough to make us part of the Polar Vortex, but just enough to have a little fun.  

Meanwhile, as we welcome February, Trinity Stamps has a new release.  The release includes two mini stamps sets and some wonderful new embellishments. First is Snowflake Kisses, you should have seen this previously as it was a freebie giveaway around black Friday.  It is so cute and versatile.  Here is a shot of my previous card and you can see the full reveal here

The other set is Mr. Snailman.  I can tell you how cute it is, but you will see for yourself.... 

Isn't he adorable!  I love all the ways you can color him and he is perfect for card makers since we send snail mail. :)  He comes with a package on his back, but I removed it for this card, I just wanted to have him carry the letters.  I stamped him and colored him with my Copics.  I wanted it to appear like a rainbow on his shell.  I die cut the white using my Gina Marie Scalloped Rectangle die.  I mounted it over this Doodlebug paper because it has sweet ladybugs on it.  I added some pink twine, wrapping it around twice and tying it and mounting on white card stock.  Here is a close up.

Last but not least, here is a sneak peak of the some of the many new embellishments in the shop, including the Unicorn Party Pinata Loot Bag!  SOOO fun!!! 

Be sure to head to the Trinity blog, there are tons more projects and inspiration for you to feast your eyes on! 

Thanks for your visit!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Bouncing Baby Boy

Hello Crafty Friends!

I know I have been a bit absent this last few weeks.  My computer crapped out and I had to purchase a new one.  Transferring and saving all my stuff was a little harder then I hoped, but... I finally did it! YAY!

Today I am back sharing a sweet card using Trinity Stamps. This card is perfect for a baby shower.

Isn't it so cute!  I love those sweet bears from the Trinity Stamps Seasonal Sweetheart set. They may be my most favorite part of the set... besides the girl, because she is cute and the die cuts her arms out so they move!  Sorry, I get distracted.  So, I stamped the bears with my Versamark and then embossed them with Wow Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I came back in and colored them with my Copics.  Then I die cut them using my MFT Rounded Rectangle Die and set them aside. 

Next I cut my base using Kraft paper, cut, scored and folded.  After I die cut this Lawn Fawn DP using my Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Rectangle Die (this is definitely one of my go to dies).  I added this gold and white twine and then mounted my bears on top.  The last step was stamping and embossing the sentiment which came from the Trinity Stamps Decorate-a Cake Set. 

Aren't they just darling and perfect for a new baby and his/her parents?!  I think so.

Entering this into: 
Color Throwdown

Thanks for your visit!  See product list below. :)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Frankly my dear...

True story- my husband and I once planned a small event called Wienerfest.  It took place on national hot dog day in 2010.  It was an obstacle course event with about half a dozen contestants going head to head.  They had to ride tricycles, fill alternating shot glasses with ketchup and mustard, dig through buckets of relish for gherkin pickles, eat chili dogs upside down and more.  Among other things, we wore “official” T-shirts, feasted on hot dogs and hot dog candy, gave away hot dog BBQ packs (baskets, ketchup, mustard bottles, BBQ utensils and more) and the champion earned an adult sized hot dog costume. 

You are probably wondering why this is relevant.  Well, if only I had this stamp set back then, I would have done banners and ribbons for the winners and so much more!  But alas, at least I have it now… J

I created this card by first stamping and coloring the Neat and Tangled Hot Dog stamps.   Now we all know that some people are mustard people (my hubby) and others are ketchup people (me), frankly (pun intended) it was hard to choose which condiment to go with.  But seeing as my hubby and I balance each other out, I thought it would be important to have one of each represented.  I so I colored one of each, cut out the dogs, added some glossy accents to the condiment line and set them aside.  Did the same with the trophy, colored and set aside.

But the Ketchup mustard conundrum continued when I decided to use this Waffle Flower backdrop, but again, I found a win by alternating red and yellow.  I stamped the images on the base and popped out the cut out versions for dimension.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on black with Versa Mark and used Wow Embossing Powder- Flame.  It looks more metallic and less red, on black, but I liked the contrast and pop! 
Here is a close up that helps you see the glossy accents.

Well you learned a little something about me today.  I’d love to learn about you.  Tell me, are you a ketchup or mustard person?  And/or anything else you’d like to share about yourself.

Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Twinkle, Twinkle...Little Star

Today I have a quick post for you… yes, another belated Holiday card share.  But it is so darn cute, that hopefully you won’t mind.
Love the combo of colors and patterns on this card, may have been a lucky pick on my part… but it makes me happy. J 
My process included stamping the Mouse from Hello Bluebird and coloring.  When it was said and done, I knew he/she had to go into the stocking, so I colored one of those and made them a happy pair.  I added the lines to the stocking with a gel pen and the Holly is from a separate HB set.  The pink stickles made for perfect sparkly berries.
Next I die cut this shape, which is from Cas-ual Fridays. It typically has two rounded edges, but I cut one end off, added a hole and made it into a tag.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember who makes this particular piece of DP, I have had it for 3ish years.  I found it on sale at my local craft store and loved it so much I bought several sheets.  Whittling them down to the nothing now… Noooooo….  After I had this bit worked out, I wanted a base paper, I chose this retro holiday sheet and cut it with my fave Avery Elle Wonky Stitches die.  I loved the pale blue and silver and added a little layer of blue behind.  I added this fun sticker embellishment from Pinkfresh.  I wanted to pull the silver out a bit more, so the silver twine and the stars from Trinity Stamps were the right accompaniment.
What do you think?  Fun even though it is my 100-millionth Holiday card? ;)  Hope so!

Thanks for the visit today!