Monday, September 11

A Challenge to Spark My Creativity

So, I just blew the dust off my blog. It's been WAY TOO LONG since I posted!! I hope I remember how to do this LOL!! Here's why I've been away for awhile.
I've been focused on getting my butt in shape and eating better. Then the summer came and I was outdoors as much as possible! I started working with a personal trainer a few months ago and he's been helping me get stronger! Our summer in New England is too short so I wanted to embrace as much of it as possible. Now that the days are a bit shorter it's time to return to my studio and get crafting! 
I have been creating cards and mixed media projects for the cutest local shop called Reverie and Merchant Maker located in Foxboro, Ma. If you are local, please stop by. They have adorable children's clothes, jewelry, soaps, handmade signs, and lots of other items created by local artisans. I now have some Fall items in the store if you'd like to visit. 
Recently a friend and I got together to get crafty and we decided to participate in a bi-monthly challenge over on the Lawn Fawnatics blog. The current challenge is to "Create a Scene". Lawn Fawn makes lots of great scene building die sets along with stamp sets that are perfect for putting together happy little vignettes on cards and crafts! I decided to make a scene with one of Lawn Fawn's newest die sets "Shadow Box Card" die. This set creates a super cute 3D card that folds and fits perfectly into an A2 envelope. Then the recipient has a nice surprise when they open up the card and see all the dimension! I used some Lawn Fawn Halloween stamps and dies to help create my scene. Here's my card: 
Here's a side view of the shadowbox card including a peek at the fun new Cute Cobweb die which includes an "adorable" spider.
Another view looking into the shadowbox to see all the dimension.
This was fun to create and so easy with the Shadow Box Card die. I will definitely use this die over and over for seasonal cards. 
Please stop by the Lawn Fawnatics blog to see all the creative cuteness from this challenge and I hope to be back on my blog soon before the dust settles again!! 
Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome day. 


Supplies Used:

      Lawn Fawn:   
  • Shadow Box Card Die
  • Bannertastic Stamps and Dies
  • Cute Cobweb Die
  • Spooktacular Stamps and Dies 
  • Water Wishes Petite Paper Pack
  • Black Licorice Ink
  • Stamp Shammy


      Other:
  • Misti Stamping Tool
  • Copic Markers
  • Wink of Stella Brush Pen
  • Black Cardstock
  • Green Paper from my stash



Friday, March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! Hello Crop on the Cape 2017!!

Hello! Time to dust off my blog and bring it back to life!
I'm so excited to be spending the weekend with a great group of crafty friends. This is our annual Crop on the Cape and it's a wonderful time to reconnect - good for the heart and soul!! I'm hoping to be somewhat productive - we'll see how that goes.
Since today is St. Patrick's Day I'm sharing a few cards I made awhile ago with Lawn Fawn's adorable "My Lucky Charm" stamps and dies. I used my Copics to color in the cute cat and four leaf clovers. Here's my first card. (The pics were taken at night and at work with my iphone so not the best quality)
I used some vellum to add a soft feel to the card. The title is white embossed. It was fun to use my Copic markers again.
Here's my second card.
I used darker greys for this cat and added some stars from the stamp set. Here's a close up.
Thanks for stopping by and I'm hoping it won't be another month without a blog post.
Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Weekend!!

Tuesday, February 14

A Crazy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! I've been working on a little Valentine's surprise treat for my coworkers. Most of my coworkers have a dog or cat or both so I thought it would be fun to create some ATC's using Tim Holtz Sizzix "Mini Crazy Cats and Dogs" Cling Stamps and Framelits Die Set. The mini set is a "purrfect" size for ATC's and the coordinating framelits made creating 13 of these much easier! I started with a watercolor background using different shades of red and pink distress inks. I then stamped the dogs and cats with the Misti Stamping Tool. I colored the critters with Copic Markers. I stamped a quick sentiment and added some small hearts punched from the water colored paper. I colored the small hearts with a Wink of Stella brush to add an extra pop of glitter.  Each ATC looks different - that's one of the many reasons I LOVE watercoloring!! Here's a peek of them together followed by close ups of each ATC. 
I have to admit, creating 13 of these: 10 for my coworkers, 2 for friends and 1 for me, was fun!! Having the coordinating framelits and the Misti Stamping Tool made it so much faster. I'm still working on my Copic Skills so this was GREAT practice. 
Here's some close ups of the crazy critters.
I love the grey and pink combo - I used Picked Raspberry for a few of the backgrounds. 
Here's the crazy doggies.
I made a few ATC's with the dog below coloring him in different color combinations. 
Here's a lighter version of him.
I love how goofy this guy is - he's the party dog!
Here's the last pup.
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a crazy, fun Valentine's Day!!

Friday, January 27

Valentine's Day Cards with Valentina by Bella Blvd.

Howdy Peeps! Happy Friday!
I've been working on Valentine's Day Cards and this past week I created a few more using Bella Blvd's "Valentina" collection. These papers are so bright and happy! I used Lawn Fawn's Crossed-Stitch Dies to create pretty borders for my cards. Here's my first card followed by a close up.

I added an extra small heart and colored it with stickles to add some sparkle to my card.
My second card is super simple but a perfect card for a sweetie.
I again added a little heart and colored with it stickles for some glitter.
These cards were easy to make and will make a perfect homemade treat for the special Valentines in your life!!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week and I'll see you soon!

Thursday, January 19

Craft Room Happenings

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday. 
I've been busy in the studio this week creating cards, just in time for Valentine's Day. I started with a trio of cute cards using Lawn Fawn's "Stinkin Cute" Stamps and Dies and Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Watercolor Cardstock.  I water colored swatches of Distress Inks on watercolor cardstock. Once dry, I grabbed my heart punch and punched out a bunch of hearts. They became the base for my cards. Then, using the Misti Stamp Tool  I stamped several ADORABLE little skunks from the Lawn Fawn "Stinkin Cute" stamp set. I colored the skunks with my Copics and then die cut them with the coordinating Lawn Fawn Dies. Here are my cards.
I created an ombre effect with the hearts on one card and kept the hearts on another card more monochromatic.
The hearts that the cute skunks are holding have Stickles on them to add a punch of sparkle. 
I "loved" creating these cards and it's so easy with Lawn Fawns Stamps and Dies! 
I'll be back with more Valentine's Cards next week using Bella Blvd. "Valentina" collection. 
Enjoy the rest of the week and especially the weekend!! 
Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, January 11

A New Journey ....

Well Hello Everyone! Welcome 2017! I took a bit of a blog break after the Holidays and enjoyed some family time and some down time as well. For the first time in a LONG time I'm not on a design team. It's kind of an empty feeling if that makes sense, but also a liberating feeling. My time is mine now to do whatever I want. If a design team opportunity opens up, I'm all over it but in the meantime, it's time to focus on me ... my health especially! 
Since my Birthday in October of 2016 I embarked on a new nutrition journey. I thought, sure I'll try this one - we'll see what happens. Now, 3 months later, I'm 20 lbs, lighter, have more energy, sleep better and feel sooooo good!!! My digestive issues are resolved, my arthritis is better and I feel happier! Several of my co-workers are on this journey with me which is great and we have each other's support. This is a journey I'm beyond glad I took and will continue to take to stay healthy. It's amazing how much nutrition plays a role in our health.
Eating healthy is the best medicine for you body. You have more energy, sleep better, are more focused and perform better.
My diet is now a plant based program that detoxes my body and replenishes it with healthy nutrition. It's easy, delicious AND it works. Yes, I have an occasional adult beverage, dessert and over indulge once in awhile. Then I jump right back into the program and I'm back on track in no time.
The other benefit to my weight loss is clothes! Clothes look so much better on me now. I have more options, I have more confidence in what I look like and nothing feels better that that!! I'm trying a new clothing subscription. I have done a ton of research and thought I would give this one a try. It's called Stitch Fix. I received my first Fix this week and was pleasantly surprised!! You can try on and keep what you like in the comfort of your own home, and send back what doesn't work in a prepaid mailer - easy peasy. The clothing is unique and trendy and so comfortable. Give it a try!! Here's a referral code if you'd like to save some $$ on your first order. 
I will still be crafting - in fact I'm working on my third commissioned canvas for a friend. I'm creating cards and playing in my planner. I'm sure I'll continue with project life, just not as often. 
So thanks for listening and if you are interested in more information on either my nutrition program or on Stitch Fix, please let me know - I'll be happy to answer any questions!!
Happy 2017!!

Tuesday, December 27

Holiday Treats

Hello!! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. I had a lovely day with my family and ate a bit too much. Luckily I have a GREAT nutrition program so I can get right back on track!! 
I'm on the Nole Mignon Blog today with my final layout. Noel's kits are amazing and I will definitely miss working with them each week!! Here's my page.
I have close ups and info on the latest challenge over on the blog. Stop by and say hello!!!
I'm looking forward to new adventures in my crafting on 2017! 
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous New Year!!