the Sky’s the Limit…

Hello Everyone! The school year is over for my oldest (college) and just about over for my little one. She graduates Kindergarten next Wednesday! Imagine that! Seems like just yesterday she was a teeny tiny, less than 4lb baby! Anyway, my point… it seems that the weeks are just SO busy anymore. Between doctor’s appointments & birthday parties, there is always something. I do, however, find time to do some paper-crafting, most nights. Even if it’s just for a little bit.

The card I have for you today is a card I can admit to liking a WHOLE lot. The pictures don’t seem to do it justice. I wanted to do something different with the Lawn Fawn stamp set and I believe I have. I stamped the images on vellum with Versamark & then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I then colored them from the back with Copic markers, using the following markers: BG45, BG49, B02, Y28, R22. I adhered the images with small amounts of Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.



Well, that’s all for now!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Peace Out,


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OWH Sketch Challenge #174

Hello Everyone!!!!! It was so nice to have SO many visitors for the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop! I really had such a positive experience for my first ever blog hop!!! Everyone was so wonderful with their comments on my card that it almost makes me wanna do a blog hop EVERY weekend!!! Ok, not quite, but I am looking forward to the next one.

In the meantime, perhaps I’ll share with you a card I made for OWH Sketch Challenge #174.  Here is the sketch for the challenge:


And before I show you the card I made from this sketch, I need to tell you about a card that inspired me during the blog hop.  The technique was one I had not tried before, so I couldn’t wait to try it.  Check out Sharon’s card here, in which she features the faux verdigris technique.  You can learn more about this technique here.  Another good tutorial to check out is the Faux Patina Tutorial by Angie Leach on Splitcoast Stampers.  You won’t be disappointed.  Anyway, here is the card I made using this technique.



Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card!

Peace Out,


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Totally Inspired by Pretty Pink Posh!

Hello Everyone!  Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not much of a sleeper.  I usually go to sleep around midnight or later, ONLY to wake up at 5 am.  Now, I’m NOT a morning person and I think that in itself is the reason I get up so early.  I just need an hour OR more or quiet, by myself, doing nothing but what I want to, which is… drinking coffee… listening to the news in the background… and catching up on all my crafty friends by spending some time in BlogLovin!

This morning was no different, except for a card that really caught my eye… and a video to go along with it!  So much so that I couldn’t wait to get home and try it myself!  It was a shaker card made by Paulina of Pretty Pink Posh and the post is right here!  You really need to check it out.  It’s beautiful and well… So is Pretty Pink Posh!  😀  One of the sweetest crafters on the interweb I know!

So, here is my version of the Shaker Card, made for my Mom for Mother’s Day.  I’m sure she will love it!  Once again I used the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month – May 2013.  It really is a nice kit.



I hope you liked it!

Peace Out!


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You Brighten My Day – OWH Sketch Challenge #171

Hi Everyone.  I hope everyone had a great Monday.  Mine was okay as Monday’s can be.  LOL!  Actually, only had a half day of work as I went with J to some appointments, so it was nice that we got to spend some quiet time together.  Anyway, this post will be short and sweet as I vow not to stay up past midnight again tonight.  It makes for a very long day the next day.

So – A new Sketch Challenge from Operation Write Home! Yes!  Here is the sketch:


And here is my take on the sketch, using a stamp set from Simon Says Stamp & some yummy Hero Arts Ink!


At first I was fretting over the lack of coverage I got with the banner stamp, but I got passed it.  I still think it’s pretty.


See my supply list at the bottom of my post.

Here is another card I made using the sketch as well as some stamps from Unity Stamp Co.


I hope you enjoyed them!

Peace Out,


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What I’ve Been Up To…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I thought I would give you a little update on what I’ve been busy doing.  Perhaps even a card IF it’s finished by the time I decide to publish this post!

So, here is what’s been going on.  I’ve literally spent the last 4 straight days with Britta Swiderski!  I know, you’re jealous, aren’t you?  As well you should be!  Alright, so maybe I haven’t REALLY spent the last 4 days WITH the uber talented Britta, but… minor details, minor details.  And for her sake, as I’m old enough to be her mother, it’s probably for the best!  😀  So, truth be told, I’ve been taking her self-paced Inspiration University – Design Principles class! And LOVING it!  It’s perfect for someone like me.  My background is in CIS and I work for a chemical company as a Quality Analyst.  There is no art or design in any of that… really.  The only thing I could honestly say I had any knowledge in prior was color.  That being said, you should check it out too!


In other news, my quest to organize continues.  J and I had a laugh about it yesterday as I tried explaining how I’m really trying to organize and his response was… “Well, the guy in the brown truck and SOMETIMES the guy in the white truck seems to keep dropping off boxes!”  LOL!  😀  Yeah, ok, so he’s right.  Bleh.

Saturday I spent most of the morning organizing my stamps, with a little help from my friend Jennifer McGuire… or at least with some of her great ideas that you can read about here.  I organized and I organized, until I ran out of Avery Elle Stamp Storage Pockets!!!  And here is the final result… sorry about the quick Instagram photo.


So, I’m thinking that I need more stamps!  I clearly don’t have enough!  😀  Hey, the economy has really been in the tank lately and I’m proud to say that it hasn’t been because of me!  😀  In fact, I’d like to think that USPS had to rethink their elimination of the Saturday delivery because of me!  😀  You can thank me later!  😀

Finished the cards… or should I say card?  I actually created 2 cards with 1 stamp.  This stamp had been calling my name EVERY time I would go to the store.  I would pick it up, look at it, think about how I could use it and then, put it back down again.  Meh.  The very last time, it called my name in a big way – it was marked down.  So, I caved.

I’ll show you the first one I did, which I really don’t like all that much, simply as a lesson learned kinda thing.  It didn’t work.  I’m not sure how it would have looked had a chose a lighter patterned card stock.  Perhaps better, perhaps not.  I stamped the image on patterned paper with Momento Tuxedo black and colored with Copics… lots of them!  Now… don’t go clicking the little X at the top of this page to close my blog just yet!  I know this card is kinda eh and I really should have tossed it rather than spend time on it, but…. the 2nd card…. I like… in fact… I heart it very friggen much!  😀  So… here is the fail first card.


Here is the 2nd card.  More of a vintagy feel.  I embossed the pattern paper and then painted it with my distress inks!  A much nicer look and I hope you agree!




I left them both sentiment-less.  I just didn’t think they needed one.  So, that’s what I’ve been up to!

Peace Out!


Online Card Class – Pattern Play – Day 2!


Hello Everyone! I am just really loving Pattern Play!  I did some stamping on pattern paper today, which I’d never done previously.  I won’t bore you by carrying on today, I’ll just show you the cards I made.





I hope you enjoyed them!

Peace Out!


Clean & Simple 2 – Day 6! – Not so Much…

So, today was day 6 of the CAS2 Card Making class.  I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVEEEE, this class.  However, my card for today was not so CAS.  More like CAS gone awry!  LOL!  Anyway, the talented Kristina Werner had showcased a beautiful card today in which she used a great background stamp with white pigment ink on a taffy cardstock to create a great tone on tone.  Not wanting to copy it completely, I thought I would create my own tone on tone using a clear embossing powder on kraft cardstock. Eh. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t the “white space” I had envisioned.  It had too much umph if you know what I mean.  Perhaps if I had chose a less detailed, busy background stamp it may have been ok.  But no, I love chevrons, so chevrons it was.  ONLY… way too much chevron.  Anyway… here is my Clean & Simple – Not so Much card.  😀

Longest. Week. Ever!!!

Hi Everyone!  Happy Friday Eve!!!  I’m excited the weekend is FINALLY here!  Seemed like it would never get here.  Ohhhh and it’s a LONG weekend and… and… tomorrow, well, tomorrow is World Card Making Day!  I’m excited to celebrate it for the very first time!  I’ve told the kids AND the husband that I’m UNAVAILABLE!!! In fact I started celebrating tonight.  

I’m really excited about the card I made tonight.  I’ve been trying to use MOSTLY scraps on my cards because I have a TON of them and the pile just kept growing.  On this card, I made the card front from scraps adhered in a diagonal pattern.  The ribbons I had also pulled off of something else and had them in my drawer.

What I’m really excited about is the new stamp set that I just got this week from Unity Stamp Co.

I just love them!  Oh and they coordinate with Spellbinder’s Blossom Tags and Accents!  Love Love Love!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Let’s Try This Again!…

So after the glitter explosion and epic failure of the fall card I had in mind yesterday, I switched it up a bit and back to the drawing board I went!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  After a long HOT summer, the crisp cool air is very  welcome.  I also love the colors of fall and living in the Hudson Valley area, there isn’t much better. It amazes me that I’ve already seen trees starting to change.   WOW!  Anyway, that is the inspiration for this next card… The colors of the season.

I started with white card stock and a  Unity Stamp Company background stamp. I used a   Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad and Ranger’s Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder – Clear, followed by  a few Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany, Wild Honey & Vintage Photo to create the background, which I spritzed with a little water. 
The sentiment (Unity Stamp Co) was stamped on Vellum using STAZON Ink in Timber Brown.  
The adorable leaves (Unity Stamp Co) were stamped using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks noted above with the Ranger’s Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder – Clear on Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Heavy Base Weight Card Stock in Kraft (used as the base of the card as well).  
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Well, that’s all for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the card!  Have a Great Night!