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Monday, May 23, 2016

Guest DT Scrapbook Stamp Society

What an honor to have been chosen as this month's Guest Design Team member as a challenge winner for Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog where "Have Faith" won. Today they have published a little feature on their My Besties Scrapbook Stamp Society Design Team blog, showcasing this project "Spot of Tea".

Of course, I began with a sweet image from Sherri Baldy, Img927
and colored her up to match Sherri's "Create With Sherri Baldy Designer Papers - A Spot of Tea". I also made a little corner bookmark to accompany my card.

I don't know about you, but I usually choose my image to color, then choose my paper, then color my image in complementing colors to my paper using my copics. The below photo shows the step-by-step Copic recipe. 

This project was no exception, all colored up and adorned with diecuts using my sizzix and LaLa Land dies and my cuttlebug. I hand cut the teapot from one of the papers in Sherri's pack, and added some complimentary ribbon
Until next time, I wish you Tea-riffic Day!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Thanks a "Melon"

The image of Sherri Baldy's img622 Watermelon Bestie digital stamp was just too cute not to turn into a Thanks a million Melon thank you card. I loved the image so much, I decided to make some paper to go with it.

I colored up the image with my copics, used my cuttlebug to cut my flowers and embellishments, added some bling from Bo Bunny, chalked the edges of my die cuts and overall had a really fun time with my card.
Copic Recipe for this card:
Skin-E0000, 000, 00, 11, 51, RV000, R0000, R21
Watermelons, underskirt, head scarf, butterfly- R21, 29, YG61, 63, 67
Dress/hat-E42, 43, 44 
Flowers/leaves/eyes-Y00, 17, 35, YR18, G82, 85, V12, 15
Shading/ground-W00, 1, 4, B0000

I am also very honored to have been invited to be the Guest DT member for the month of April over at My Besties Deutschland Challenge Blog. I invite you all to join in the fun challenges - stop by for a visit and see what the design team has come up with this month of April - the challenge is Anything Goes.

I hope you have enjoyed this post about my "Thanks a million Melon" thank you card. 
Have a GREAT week!

Full Steam Ahead

A few weeks ago I won a My Bestie challenge and this image was my choice from Sherri Baldy. You can shop this image with this link --->, img085 Steampunk Fluffy from Sherri's new Fluffy Bestie series. I LOVE HER! 

Boy was she ever fun to color up with my copics.
These are the colors I used for her skin tones.
And these are the colors I used for her leather and metals.
Lastly, these are the colors I used for her clothes and hat. To make sure her little tulle skirt showed up, I used only the lightest colors in the skirt area to make it more translucent.
And I got to stash dive through all of my embellishments that fit the steampunk theme - yes my workspace is always a hot mess (LOL). I couldn't find just the "right" paper to compliment this awesome image, so I made my own in photoshop! I printed out my main paper a few times and then worked the magic with my cuttlebug, Tim Holtz embossing folder and sizzix dies, lining the elements up to the foundation paper - I love that look. Found the perfect ribbon, metals and bling for the theme and cut out a bunch of circles and flowers with my nestabilites, chalking all the edges for definition when layering.

Challenges: My Besties Dutch Girls Challenge-AG with a My Besties Fluffy; My Besties France - Challenge 50 AG; My Bestie Spanish Challenge Blog - AG optional Tag;  My Besties UK Challenge Blog - AG/pink; My Bestie German Challenge Blog - AG/birthday

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Say a little prayer

I found the perfect image from Sherri Baldy, img871 Say A Little Prayer Girl from Sherri's My Bestie Series.
I colored her up with my copics using a different combination for her skin color - I love how it turned out. 
I also did a fancy fold for this card. As a special gift for this card, I made a little corner bookmark for the recipient to mark her scriptures, which she reads daily. I of course used my cuttlebug for my die cuts and some dotty, wordy and stripe papers. The lovely dotted organza ribbon bow holds the card shut, easily lifting the right side of the bow to open the card, revealing the corner bookmark.

Until next time, remember to play and craft daily!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Digital cardmaking

Digital cardmaking... Since hubs and I are living the full-time RV lifestyle (totally awesome!), I've had to pare down my supplies and go digital as much as possible. So with many yard sales and giving up my beloved diecutting machines, I not only needed to find cute images to color with my Copic markers, but the need to find printable paper and elements has become a necessity if I want to continue one of my favorite hobbies - cardmaking. When searching Google and Pinterest for my necessities, I was overwhelmed with the selection. I did keep my little HP 385 photo printer, enabling me to print 4x6 sizes - PERFECT for my needs.

Without further ado, let's chat about the greeting card I created today, shall we?!?

The ding-dang-darling image is img831 from Sherri Baldy just one of many in her My Besties series.
I knew I wanted to find some papers and embellishment elements with the sewing theme and I so love all things vintage and shabby chic; this awesome set fit the bill 100%!  Vintage Sewing printable papers from issue 147  free from PaperCraft Inspirations Magazine

Matching my Copic Marker colors to my paper - the image was so much fun to color!
Copic Recipe:
Skin - RV0000, 000, 00, E0000, 000
Hair - E41, 42, 43, 44
Shirt/buttons/thread (pink) - RV00, 13, 21
Pants/button/thread (green) - BG10, 13, 15, 23
Buttons/thread (peachy) - R000, 13, 20, 32
Buttons/thread (blue) - B0000, 00, 02, 04
Needle - C00, 02

I laid out my design, picked out my silk ribbon, using a circle punch, my Martha Stewart corner punch with the "sewing" holes to use on my inside insert corners, and used a pushpin and my tiny mouse pad to "sew" the edge of my image and then distressed it a bit with some small tears and edge rolling. I do have a pair of very sharp small scissors to cut out the elements - you could also use an X-Acto knife.

And here is my completed card - "Sew Glad We're Friends!"

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Have a spectacular "Sew Glad We're Friends" kinda Day!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Bestie Tales

I saw the cutest image from Sherri Baldy Img697 that I just HAD to have. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it, so I gathered my supplies and set to work.

Knowing I wanted to emulate a book with the front of my card, I found this great YouTube tutorial from Christina Griffiths-Faux Book Card. I also knew I wanted to make a corner bookmark and followed this tutorial from Jenny at Stamping Moments

I also love to 3d images on my card fronts and have followed the wonderful tutorial from

Adding my Tim Holtz weathered clock die cut, weathering it a bit with Tim's Distress Ink-black soot. The project required some fun stash diving for paper, buttons, ribbons, brads and a clock charm; all of which helped me pull it all together. I wrote a little "book sentiment" as the insert for my intended bestie recipient, which I think she'll get a kick out of.

Of course I colored the images with my beloved copics and added some Ranger liquid pearls and a few dabs of Zig's Wink of Stella.
Copic Recipe:
Skin - R0000, 000, 01, 20
Hair - C00, 2, 4, 6, 8
Pants/Bow - R81, 83, 85

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Giveaway from HodgePodge Crochet

HodgePodge Crochet is having a wonderful Giveaway for reaching 6,000 fans on Facebook! There are over 100 vendors participating with some really amazing prizes. Go to HodgePodge Crochet and click on the BLUE GIVEAWAY button - then like and enter any or all!

Here is my prize - Two winners will receive a $20.00 discount to my shops here and here. Like I said, there are over 100 vendors participating with all kinds of wonderful prizes! Come join in the fun, enter to win, like and share, share, share! :) Good luck to all!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Crochet Chef's Hat with Mustache!

Just off the hook! Whipped up this little Chef's Hat for Axton...he loves to play kitchen and cooks up some devilish delights. Don't you just LOVE the Mustache - I do!
Happy Hooking!

Cupcake Purse Crochet

Oh, my goodness... this was soooo fun to make for Miss B. A cupcake purse! The pattern is by Tapanga and is just the perfect size for a 5-1/2 year-old... 5" in diameter and 7.5" tall. I used little heart plastic beads, crocheted into the "frosting" for confetti. The project is hooked with Lily Sugar n' Cream cotton, in white, brown and their hot colors.
Wishing you a Cupcake Day!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A bit of Crochet and a tale

It's been a long time since I've posted! I have been overwhelmingly busy, to say the least. I've had a few opportunities to scrap and make some cards, but lately I've gotten the "hooker" ;) bug again. In October 2012, we became full-time RVr's and are loving our lifestyle. We traveled to Utah, Colorado and Arizona, before returning back to the NorCal area in mid-December, visiting family and dear friends.

In January the gkiddo baby boom began with the sweet arrival of baby Allison Lorraine, weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs! She is just as sweet as they come!

In February we welcomed our precious baby Jackson Charles, weighing in at 7.15 lbs, and blessed that he is "perfect" in every way!

Last, but not least, for the year in March is our dear baby Jonathan Thomas, weighing in at 9.15 lbs. He's just darling!
As I said, I've been hooking again. Both of my dear grandmother's, when I was a child, taught me the art of crochet. I had put it down for years, mainly scrapbooking and cardmaking. However, with the babies, I've returned to my old "habit" and am thoroughly enjoying it! Here's a couple of projects I've completed recently for the newest gkiddos.
For Jonathan, his mommy showed me a "cocoon", so decided I would make one for him, along with matching hat, blankie and booties. I learned a few new stitches with this set, and was thrilled with the outcome. Blanket, hat and cocoon were mods of many patterns and ultimately my own designs, but the Roll-Top botties pattern by Hayley Missingham can be found here
For baby Allison, I just finished this watermelon set. The little white dress pattern is by Sarah Cooper. The diaper cover pattern is by Elizabeth Alan. The flip-flops were a bit fiddly, but finally figured them out via posts on Pinterest. The headband is my version (watermelon) of Genevive Hunter's headband. I was inspired to make this set by Ellen at wilDaBoUtCoLoR  - she is soooo clever!
And the backside with "seeds" :)
Wishing you a wonderful Day!