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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Art Journal Collaboration - My First Page! - Perfect

Hello friends!
First, I want to thank all of you for the wonderful birthday wishes you have sent my way!  I'm absolutely thrilled by your kind wishes and cards!  Today is actually THE day of my birthday! :)
I am getting pampered by hubby as he is making dinner for me tonight and he won't even tell me what he's making...so I look forward to seeing what it is! LOL!!  I will also be taking a fun trip this weekend somewhere that he won't tell me either!   He does like to give surprises!  LOL!
So I have something a bit different to share with you today:
I am super excited about this as this is my first time to attempt an Art Journal Page!  I had never really thought about doing an Art Journal until I started talking with a blog friend of mine that I'm sure you may know as well, Asha Martins from Sunny Summer Crafts.  She has already been doing a few Art Journal pages and as we kept discussing them, the more intrigued I became with the idea and looking at what she's already done, I was so impressed and ready to give it a try too!

We thought it would be fun to post our Art Journal adventure together and encourage each other, learn new ideas/techniques pertaining to Art Journaling and perhaps encourage others out there to give it a try too!  We will be posting our Art Journal pages about once a month together.  We're both excited and hope that you will enjoy this adventure right along with us! - so be sure to stop by her blog to see her Art Journal page too...which I'm sure is brilliant! :)

I am taking a leap here and posting my very first one....
So since I come from a long generation of crafters in my family, I thought this would be the best place to start for my first AJ page!  This is dedicated to my owl loving grandma that passed away several years ago.  I had to do this one for her!  Miss you grandma!

My grandma had SO many owl nick nacks in her house.  Everyone that knew her, knew she loved owls.  As a matter of fact, everyone knew she loved this particular scenario of owls where one of them is up-side-down with the saying:  "Nobody's Perfect!"   This image was actually engraved on her headstone.  I always smile whenever I see a silly looking owl as it reminds me of her.

There are so many things going on with my page here that it might not really seem like there, but I have a mix of so many different types of media going on!  LOL!  The holes you see on the side or top of all of my AJ pages are for where I will eventually bind all of my pages I created together to form a book that I will also be creating for myself.  Each of my pages will measure 5.5" x 8.5".

  First of all, the background base is a regular piece of brown card stock with the "perfect" definition stamped repeatedly with white ink and then I sponged around the edges of it with white ink. The paper with the owls is a piece of Canson 140# watercolor paper.  Having paper this thick will help to keep the buckling down from all the saturation with the media types.  I will also usually prepare the paper by painting with gesso before I add any media to it.

For the colors in my background, I decided to pull out some oil pastels and then I mixed them with different colors of acrylic paint.  I also took some paint and painted in the tree trunk and branch.  I used a liner pen to create dark lines for texture.  I stamped the "Perfect" definition stamp over the colored background after it was dry with craft ink.  I ripped the sides of the page and sponged ink along the edges of it.

I took a SSS Leaves Stencil and used some embossing paste to create a dimensional branch above the owls.  After it was somewhat dry, I brushed over it with some Pearl Ex pigment powder.  I have also sprayed some Lime green ink over the background and leaves.  The owl and leaf images on the tree branch were something that I found digitally over the Internet and don't remember where they came from.  But I have colored them in with my Copic markers and attached and covered them with some Ranger matte medium.

Here you can see how they were colored.  I thought it would be fun to put some glossy accents over their eyeballs.  I took a flower from the same digital image set, colored it and added some glitter to the center of that.  I stamped the words from the Dylusions stamp set called The Right Words and then stamped a couple of splatters around it with black archival ink.

I hope you have enjoyed my very first Art Journal page and were inspired in some way.
I look forward to creating more of them now!  I think I became addicted! :)

Now it's time to go check out Asha's Blog to her Art Journal inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week!


1.  Jo's Scrap Shack - Fun-Day Friday - Anything Goes

2.  Fantasy Stampers - "Watch the Birdie"

3.  My Time to Craft - Anything but a Card

4.  House of Cards - Bird and/or Colors

5.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

6.  ATG with Create with TLC Challenge

CAS coffee for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!
Happy National Coffee Day!!!  Pull up a chair and have a sip with me!

I'm back with another coffee card and a new challenge for
The challenge for this week is CAS (Clean & Simple)
We hope you will play along and can't wait to see what you come up with!

So as you know, I've joined in the fun over on the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - 2016 Fall edition and I thought it would be fun to incorporate that with the new challenge for Cute Card Thursday!  As I was hopping around on the hop Friday, I saw this lovely FREEBIE from STAMPlorations that I had to snatch up to make a card for National Coffee Day!! :)

I don't know about you, but this image certainly put me in the "Fall mood" with the leaves, pumpkin and coffee to go cups standing in line to drink up!!  Pumpkin Spice flavor, right?!!

I was trying to keep this as CAS as possible so all I did was color in the image with Copic markers.  I used the "dotting technique" to create some shadows and texture over the pumpkin.  I lightly inked the edges with distress ink which is what I did with the leaves on the right bottom corner of the image.  These leaves are cut out from the MFT Falling Leaves die-namics with kraft card stock and inked with distress inks.  I slightly curled the edges for a bit of dimension.  I have lightly inked around the edges of the entire card base too.

The sentiment comes from a STAMPloration set called Joyful from their Oct 2014 release.  It's actually a Christmas set, but I thought it would be perfect to make a sentiment with.  I stamped the sentiment with dark brown ink.

Here's a closer look at the details:
I wanted to photograph this at an angle so that you can see all of the shimmer and sparkle that is on this image after I colored it.  I used my Wink of Stella glitter pen to cover the coffee cups and leaves.  I used a white and gold gel pen to help me create the "dots" on the pumpkin.  As a finishing touch, I thought it would be fun to add a twine bow to the coffee cup.

I hope you've enjoyed my Pumpkin Spice flavored design today! :)
Thanks for dropping in and I hope you'll be joining me shortly for another post!


1.  Fall 2016 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

2.  STAMPlorations - anything goes

3.  Crafty Boots - Autumn is in the air!

4.  Crafting by Designs - Favorite Season - Fall of course! :)

5.  Mod Squad - Falling Leaves

Monday, September 26, 2016

Birthday Blog Candy WINNER!!!

Hello friends!
I'm just popping in here with a quick post this morning to let you know who the winner is of my birthday blog candy!

I used Random.org to pick a random number from the entries left with InLinkz.
There were 83 entries.
Here are the results:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2016-09-26 12:46:07 UTC

Number 14 entry was left by:

The winner has already been contacted via e-mail.
If there are any problems issuing the prize, I will draw another random number.

A very special thank you to each and every one of you for entering into my birthday blog candy and for all of the love and support you have given me through my blog.
I am very thankful for the wonderful friendships that I've created here!

Have a beautiful day and see you soon!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coffee Lovers FALL Bloghop - My Cup Runneth Over

Don't Forget about my Birthday Blog Candy!  There is still time left to enter!
CLICK HERE to enter!

Hello friends!
What could be better than Fall, but the Fall Season mixed with coffee of course! :)
Are you thinking about the Pumpkin Spice flavor too?!  YUM!
Today also starts another favorite of mine which is the

I just couldn't miss out on this event without making something:
I have decided to pull out my STAMPlorations Sketchy Coffee Cups stamp set and color them in with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  I just love how bright and vibrant the colors turned out on this.  I used my water-brush marker to extend out the color and help blend other colors together.  (I have taken the inspiration for my card from the CASE challenge listed below this post.)

So I took the small coffee cup image from the set and repeatedly stamped it with Ranger Jet Black archival ink over watercolor paper and then cut out a banner strip for my card.  After watercoloring, I covered the inside of the cups some wink of stella glitter pen.  Before attaching the banner to my card, I added some frayed burlap distress ink around the edges of the kraft card base.  I've also taken the MFT Die-namics Falling Leaves and die cut them out with some more Kraft card stock and also inked around the edges of those as well.

I used the STAMPlorations  Literary Caffeine-ations sentiment set to heat emboss with white EP over another piece of kraft card stock that I cut into a banner.  Burlap always makes me think of Fall, so I took a piece to add behind the sentiment and also cut that into a banner shape.  I also inked around the edges of the sentiment banner as well.

Here's a closer view of the card:
I have tucked the leaves behind the banner sentiment with the burlap that I've popped up with some foam tape and then lastly added some clear sparkling sequins for a bit of sparkle.

Here you can better see the Wink of Stella glitter over the coffee in the cups, the coloring and embossing details.

Hope you've enjoyed my creation today and have fun on the blog-hop!!
Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  Don't forget to enter for a chance to win my birthday blog candy!
It ends September 25th - so hurry and CLICK HERE to enter! :)


1.  STAMPlorations - September CASEplorations challenge :

2.  The Paper Players (PP313) - CAS "Taste of Fall"

3.  Crafty Cardmakers - Autumn

Thursday, September 22, 2016

It's Party Time at Cute Card Thursday!

Don't Forget about my Birthday Blog Candy!  There is still time left to enter!
CLICK HERE to enter!

Hello friends!  Yes, I'm still here and haven't fallen off the face of the earth just yet anyway!
I think after I did my last month's DT projects for the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen, my MOJO took a hard left turn and went on vacation!  I seem to be having a hard time re-joining blog life again! LOL!  So I will continue on and hopefully get back to being creative here!  :)

But today I'm swinging by to share with you a new challenge up over at
We would like to see your "Party Time" creations this week!
(As always feel free to interpret the challenge as you see it.)  We can't wait to see what you all come up with!  Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration on the blog as well!

Here's what I've come up with for the challenge:
Tee hee!  Isn't he just too cute?!  Do you remember this blast from the past stamp set by Paper Smooches during the STAMPtember event in 2014?  I fell in love with it and just had to grab it!  So in honor of  STAMPtember, I've brought out an older addition to play with for this "party time" theme going on! :)

I used a sketch and a color combo challenge to incorporate into my design here, so I was trying to stick to them in coming up with my card.  I've taken the dots from the stamp set and heat embossed them with clear EP over the larger white panel and then blended some yellow ink over it for the background with the party pup.  I popped up the pup that I've colored in with Copics with foam tape and did the same for the balloons that I've stamped and fussy cut.  I used some white twine to place some strings behind the balloons and pup to make it look like he's holding them down.  I added some yellow color to his red party hat and some glitter.  I also took a white gel pen to add dots to it.  The pup does not have dots on him, but I stamped some on him with an image from the set.

The smaller white panel was stamped on with the sentiment as well as the red confetti from the set.  It also came with the banner image that I've stamped in both red and yellow, fussy cut out and attached to the top of the white small panel.  I took some more of the white twine and added some bows with it to each end of the banners.  I finished it off by adding some faux stitch marks with a black marker.

I had some dotted papers in my stash from the SU! In the Wild DSP stack and attached the panels to that which I then placed over an A2 size black card base.

Here's a closer look at the party pup and embossed dots:
At first I thought this might look a bit busy, but then realized that it was supposed to be a fun party with confetti, balloons, banners and such...so I think it turned out pretty cute despite all of the dots! :)  I also thought that this would make a really great masculine style card which I will be needing a few for the upcoming couple of months with 4 masculine birthdays coming up in my family! :)

I hope you like it too and I hope you will stop by and join in the Cute Card Thursday challenge with us this week!!  Come on over and get your party on!! :)

Thanks so much for dropping in!  I'll see you soon!!


1.  Just Us Girls (JUGS361) - Color Combo

2.  Mojo Monday (MOJO466) - sketch

3.  Addicted to Stamps & More - Mark Your Mark

4.  Crafty Gals Corner - Critters

5.  Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday - Anything Goes

6.  Paper Smooches September Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Animals/Creatures for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
Hope that you are having a great week so far!
I'm just swinging by to share my creation with you for the new challenge over at
For this week's challenge, we would like to see those Animals/Creatures on your projects!
You're always welcome to interpret the challenges as you see it.  We can't wait to see what you all come up with for it! :)  Be sure to check out the other creations from the DT!

Here's my card using some new Lawn Fawn products:
So I couldn't help myself with the new release that came out, they come out with the most adorable stamps....like these dachshunds from the "Happy Howloween" set!!  I 've also used the leaf pile and rake from the Jump for Joy set.  For the tree, I've used this cool new die from them called Leafy Tree Backdrop:  Portrait.  It comes with some leaves which I've cut a bunch out for the tree.

I was looking to add some texture to my design, so I found some textured whitewash card stock in my stash and used that to die cut the tree and leaves with it.  I used some sand paper to sand over it which brings out the texture of the paper and also the color underneath the white wash.  I thought it would help after I glued the leaves down to bend the edges a little.  I've also taken my distress tool and went around the edges of the frame to add more dimension and texture with it.  (I've also went over the tree with some distress ink and that really helped bring out the texture as well.)  For the ground, I just used a negative piece left over from the die cut and glued it to the bottom.

For behind the frame and tree, I used distress inks to make the blended blue sky.  I also took a sentiment from the Jump for Joy stamp set and embossed it in the background with white embossing powder which also gives it more texture and dimension.

And now for the cute critters:  I colored them with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.  I could help but to think it was fun to add the one doxie in the pile of leaves and as he's popping up, he brings up the top of an acorn that looks like a hat he's wearing! :)  The pile of leaves are popped up with foam tape and I just glued the rest of the elements in place.

Here's a closer view of the design:
I have also added some Wink of Stella over his acorn hat and leaf pile which is really hard to see in the photo and hard to capture for me on camera this day.

It really makes me smile and I have a great place for this card to go! :)

I hope you've enjoyed my card today and I also hope you will join in the challenge with us this week!  CLICK HERE to go see the other creations on the challenge blog!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by friends!


Challenges I'd like to enter this card for:
1.  Lawnscaping Challenge - texture

2.  Everybody Art - Leaves

3.  Little Red Wagon - Pet themed Card

4.  Time Out - Inspired by this phrase:  "Love the tress until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Some Late Coloring Projects...

**If you haven't entered my early birthday blog candy - CLICK HERE**

Hello friends!
Hope this week finds you all doing well!  I think that the Labor Day Holiday weekend messed up my days because I thought it was the 6th today, but have discovered that it is in fact the 7th! LOL!!  So as I realize what the date actually is, I have missed a deadline for a challenge I wanted to enter...but I had fun with it anyway and wanted to share it with you all:
So over on the STAMPlorations Blog, there is a fun "Coloring Book" challenge that was going on and even included a special coloring book sampler page that was offered for free.  I thought it was very cool looking and wanted to play along with the fun, but of course I missed the deadline to enter my project.  sigh....But a special thank you to Shery for the page!

The actual printed out coloring page is shown in the above photo, well, what's left of it from the projects that I've made with it anyway.  I took the printed coloring page and decided to use different coloring methods to make my projects, the first one I made is this CAS card:
For this card, I cut out a portion of the coloring page with a cluster of three flowers together along with part of the background.  The background was actually my favorite part about the page as I think it looks Vintage.  I took my distress inks to distress some inks along the edges of the cut out panel and then layered it onto a black piece of card stock.

I used some Prima watercolor pencils and an aquapainter to color in my flowers and shade around them.  I don't hardly use them to color with and I really like the vibrant colors of the pencils.

I popped up the square panel over a top folding A2 white card base and then I took a sentiment from another STAMPlorations set that I've had, but I can't find it in the store at the moment, and stamped it with black ink underneath.  I took a corner chomper to round the bottom corners of the card.

Here's a closer look at the coloring details:
I also forgot to mention that I have used some Spectrum Noir Glitter pens to color in the center of the flowers as well.  I love the pretty sparkle it adds.

There are several challenges that I'd like to enter this pink Flower CAS card in:
1.  STAMPlorations CAS challenge - (Sept) Anything Goes CAS with optional twist: PINK

2.  STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch - (Sept) I used the sketch

3.  STAMPlorations Anything Goes Never-ending Challenge:


And here's the tag that I made with another portion of the coloring page:
So after cutting into the coloring page, I had another small portion left over from the previous square that I cut from it for my card.  I left dark black edge on the one side and used my Copic markers to color in the flowers on this one.

I used my Lawn Fawn tag die to cut a tag from white card stock.  I also cut an additional one with the polka dotted paper for the layer behind.  Since my coloring page portion didn't cover the entire tag, I took an additional strip of polka dotted paper to add to the side of it.  For the bottom portion of the tag, I added some gold washi tape and die cut a sentiment in black card stock and glued it just above the washi tape strip.  I also cut a circle tag enforcer for the top of my tag and then added some ribbon and gold thread to it. I think it turned out really pretty.

Here's some challenges that I'd like to enter this tag for:

1.  Tag, You're It! - CASE a tag:

2.  Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

3.  Come & Get It - Flowers

I hope you've enjoyed my coloring page projects today!
I will be back shortly with another new creation!  Thanks for stopping in!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

BEARLY My Birthday Give-Away! - I just Can't BEAR it Without You!

Hello friends!  Hope this finds you all doing well!
Believe it or not, I am completely flooded in my stamp room! Not literally flooded, but with so many crafty things going that my room is actually a complete mess!  LOL!  I had to stop and clean it up the other day just so I can find things that I was looking for!  That's pretty bad and I usually don't have this problem, but with projects needing to get done all at once, sometimes it does happen!  And can I post any of it for you to see?  No, really sorry about that!  I hope to be able to reveal it all someday though...then my blog will be completely FULL of projects for you to see! :)

Today, I feel really horrible about blog neglect AND I realized that it's about time for me to do my yearly blog candy too!  Yay!!  It's always a great way for me to celebrate my blog with you and I'm very thankful to have so many wonderful blog friends here!  I probably wouldn't have a blog if it weren't for the wonderful support I get from so many...so this is for YOU blog friends!!!


 I have a fun card to share with you today, which I will happily include with the prize:
I just fell in love with this adorable MFT set called Birthday Bears!  I have had a love of bears since childhood and they still pull at my heart strings.  :)

Although this card looks like it has lots of dimension on it, it really doesn't.  I used the MFT color combo (see below) to pull together this card along with the current MFT sketch challenge (see below) to make my design.  I used the Primitive White card stock for the main image panel and stamped the bear and the balloon with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink and then masked them off to create the background with the MFT Brick stencil using Pumice Stone distress ink.  I picked Copic colors that I thought matched up with the color combo challenge to color in the bear and the balloon.

I took some white detail EP to heat emboss the sentiment on the gray card stock and popped it up over the design with foam tape.  I cut my own fish tail on the end.  I added a few heart shaped confetti pieces to match up with the balloon color and then took a clear Spectrum Noir glitter pen to go over the balloon with.  I attached the main image panel onto some gray card stock that cut along the edges and then mounted onto an A2 sized top folding MFT Grout Gray card base.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
Here you can see how the card is mainly flat with the sentiment banner popped up.  You can also better see the sparkle on the balloon and confetti hearts.  I love the tiny pop of blue color on this card which really makes it stand out.

I think it turned out super cute and I hope you like it too! :)

Here are the challenges that I'd like to enter this card in:

1.  MFT Color Challenge:

2.  MFT Sketch Challenge (MFTWSC296)

3.  Tuesday Throwdown - CAS (Clean & Simple)

4.  Addicted to Stamps & More - CAS (Clean & Simple)

 5.  Crafting by Designs - September Anything Goes

6.  Little Red Wagon - Get Inky (I used ink for stenciling)

7.  Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes

8.  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

9.  Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Use stamps



Would you like to enter for a chance to win this stamp set by My Favorite Things called "Birthday Bears"?  (Click on name to see it in the store.)

Here's what you need to do to enter for a chance to win:
1.  Enter your name (no need to have a blog) with the InLinkz Tool below on or before September 25th, 2016 by midnight CST.  (Winner will be contacted -via email- and announced here on my blog by September 26th) - I will ship to anyone in the world!

2.  There is NO need to follow me to enter, but if you'd like to share the photo with a link and details about my give away, that would be great!  (It is not mandatory to enter though!)

That is it!  I'm just thankful for your visits and the time you spend on my blog!
This is my way of giving back for all of the support you've given me! :)

Thanks so much and GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!


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