Monday, June 25, 2018

Beach Herd


This totally didn't start out this way, I swear.  I was picturing a couple or three critters but next thing you know I had filled nearly the entire card.  At least I left a little strip for the beach. LOL.

It was challenging to color all the different shades of gray for the ellies. All that gray was so very gray I'm glad for the pops of color with the accessories and purple hippos.  I had planned to do some punny sentiment with the herd of hippos and elephants which is why I left out the rhinos (a bunch of rhinos is a crash).  Of course, I didn't even use that idea!

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Beach Day, Your Next Stamp Aloha and Spectacular Phoebe and Friends, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Underwater Goodbye


Remember the other day I said people in my office are leaving for other opportunities?  Yep.  Another one.  This guy is outdoorsy so I created a bright, happy underwater scene, using the wheel sentiments to illustrate various goodbyes and thank yous.

As an FYI on the Reveal Wheel, I find it much easier to use a pinhole to exactly determine where the center of the mechanism should go.  In this case, the scuba diver covers it.  On my chihuahua card, the hole is just visible but doesn't bother me one whit.

Hmm, I must say I love the color palette of this card--so vibrant and yet a little different from my other underwater scenes with the purple and, of course, the yellow frame.

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #297 Make Your Mark, Simon Says Wednesday Bright and Cheerful, Fusion Primary Bookcase (photo colors), Watercooler Wednesday #175 Masculine Anything Goes


The Details: Lawn Fawn You Are Sublime, Reveal Wheel Sentiments, Reveal Wheel Die and Speech Bubble Add-on, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Underwater, Distress Oxides, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Taco Wednesday


I was inspired by a couple of CAS challenges last night to whip out this little number. What's jumpier than a chihuahua?  They're sooooo cute but I wish they weren't such in-your-face dogs. I suppose I should say in-your-ankles.  I would want a dog that's more of a coach potato.  LOL.

The dog is on a mini wobble, btw.  Even cuter!

I'm entering this in CASology #305 Jumpy and Addicted to CAS #138 Rainbow

The Details:  Hero Arts It’s Fiesta Time, Neat and Tangled Awesome, Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black, mystery washi

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CDD June Release Recap

My term with CDD ends this month and these are my last cards on the team.  You'll still see some of my cards using CDD products tho!  Btw, I'm doing a CDD giveaway on my IG if you'd like a chance to win some cute!



The Details:  CDD Mermanimals, Jawsome, Ocean Border Dies, Treat Bag Die and Mermaid Tail Dies, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Twisted Citron


The Details:  CDD Fintastic Friends, Merman Lagoon, Scenery Dies, Outdoor Landscape 1 Dies, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, and Squeezed Lemonade, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte


The Details:  CDD Fintastic Friends and Stitched In Circle Dies, Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, and Peacock Feathers, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Monday, June 18, 2018

CDD June Mood Board 2


I'm up on the CDD blog today sharing how I made two different cards using leftovers. That's what I'm talking about!


You have another couple of weeks to join us for the last CDD Moodboard Challenge (you can also tag #cddmonthly to play).

The Details:  CDD Mermaid Tail Dies, Hello Beautiful Dies, Bubblegum Sequins, Fall Harvest Sequins, Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade, Ranger Multi Medium Matte and Glossy Accents, Scor-Tape, Wink of Stella, Recollections Snow Glitter Cardstock






Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cards in Envy Feeling Blue and "Distressed"



We start a new Cards in Envy challenge late late tonight my time!  We'd like to see lots of blue Distress Ink/Oxide on your card although I bet we'd not notice if it was some other blue ink!  ;-)

I have had this card in my head for months and months. Seriously. I cut the MB Underwater Collage die out of scrap paper and used the negative as a stencil to create the pool using Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon. Then I colored up the sweet, sweet popsicle floatie image (maybe you guess my favorite fruit flavor is orange?) and plopped her right in the middle.  I few sequin water droplets and the sentiment and I've got the makings for a really cute make n take for my crafty girlfriends.  Woo hoo!

The Details:  Love Cynthia Girls Just Wanna Have Sun, MFT Polynesian Paradise (sentiment), Memory Box Underwater Collage die, Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon, Copics, Pretty Pink Posh Clear Sequins, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento Tuxedo Black

Saturday, June 16, 2018

SOSS #112 - Q is for Quote


This round at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #112 we'd like to see a quote on your card. Whatever you like. For my card I (mis)quoted my doctor. You know how you hear what you want to hear? Yeah, totally that! I love the juxtaposition of the calming yoga pose and background against the quote and spatters of blood. I dare you to tell me I'm not reducing stress! LOL.



The Details:  Simon Says Work Out, Riley and Co Funny Bones sentiment, Craftin Desert Divas stencil, Avery Elle Pierced Cloud dies, Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and Salty Ocean, Distress Ink Candied Apple, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Friday, June 15, 2018

CDD June Release Day 5

On the last day of the CDD June release sneaks, we're featuring my favorite of the bunch, the Fintastic Friends set. So flippin' cute! 


I created a slider for my first card.  I love how the submarine boop boop boops across the card.  Check my IG account for a video (I hope--the cat kept trying to head-bump me so I need to remove the cursing--LOL).

The Details:  CDD Fintastic Friends, Waving Hello, Mermaid Trolls, Merman Lagoon, Ocean Border Dies, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Broken China and Twisted Citron, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder and Multi Medium Matte, Copics


For my second card I created an underwater Christmas scene.  So cute!  I used the tree from the Scene Builder dies for the "tree."  And isn't scuba-diving troll Santa adorable?  I thought about adding a beard by using his hair (picture it--it would totally work!) and then his hair I would color red for his hat.  Ack, next time!

The Details:  CDD Fintastic Friends, Christmas Wishes, Scene Builder Dies, Star and Moon Dies, Party Dies, Beach Scene, Scenery Dies, Ranger Glossy Accents, Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder, Copics











Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stay Cool, Dude


Gosh, so many people are leaving our office lately.  I made this card for a young man who is leaving us to enter med school.  Stupid new opportunities. LOL.   This card is so him.  And so fun!

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #296 Anything Goes

The Details:  AALL and Create Positive Vibes, MFT Peek-a-Boo Polka Dots, Distress Oxides, Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CDD June Release Day 3

We are on day 3 of the CDD June release and featuring the CDD Mermanimal set. Lots of nautical goodness coming your way for sure!  Everything will be available this Friday, June 15, so best start your wish lists so you can grab your favorites before they're sold out.


My first card features a sentiment from the upcoming CDD Mermanimal set. I love that font and the splash marks which pair perfeclty with the Mermaid Tail Die.

The Details:  CDD Mermanimal, Mermaid Tail Dies, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, VersaFine Onyx Black, Ken Oliver Color Burst Splash 6x6 Paper


Next I was inspired to create a card featuring the siren monkey from the CDD Mermanimal set. Sirens were mythological creatures, often portrayed now as mermaids, that would sing and lure sailors to their deaths. Yeah, not exactly a fun idea but perfect for a cute card!  I took a sheet of music and sponged Distress Oxides right over the top then spattered with water. I then made some waves (ha!) and rocks for the siren to perch on as she sings. The sentiment is so punny to me in this case:  "hey there, cutie, come on over here and be my lunch."  LOL

The Details:  CDD Mermanimal, Friend in Me, Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies, Scenery Dies, Fancy Frames Dies, Ocean Border Dies, and Island Dies, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Super Fine White Embossing Powder, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, and Squeezed Lemonade, Copics



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hay There


Still in a farm mood after playing at CASology Farm.  I wanted to play around with moving the aperture of the LF Reveal Die--totally did it then screwed it up (did you know glue can be really sticky?).  Went back to the basics after that.

I'm entering this in The Paper Players #397 Colors, Fusion Floral Cupcakes,


The Details:  Hello Bluebird Farmyard Little Bits, Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Die and Sentiment Banner, MFT Rolling Hills Die, Mini Cloud Edges, and Tiny Check 6x6 Paper, Doodlebug Design Down on the Farm 6x6 Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics,

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Happy Summer


Even tho this weekend has been gloomy, there's still plenty of sunshine in my head.

I started with the ombre background that I then diecut with my new LF polka dot backdrop. I add Scor-tape and burnished glitter into the dots so it's all sorts of sparkly.  Next I stenciled yellow clouds onto a panel and diecut it with sun rays.  I love the effect.

I grounded the couple using sand and waves (I think this is the first time I've used this die which I got last year--eek). The boy is my stepson and his girlfriend. Aren't they cute together?  In real life too!  LOL.

I’m entering this in Just Add Ink 412 Spots, Splatters, Speckles

The Details:  Pretty Pink Posh Summer Friends, Lawn Fawn Itsy Bitsy Polka Dot Backdrop, Stitched Hillside Borders, and Spring Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper, SugarPea Designs Starburst Cover Plate, Impression Obsession Sea Birds, MFT Ocean Waves Dies and Mini Cloud Border Stencil, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Doodlebug Lily White Glitter, Scor-Tape

Friday, June 8, 2018

Farm Friendship


I saw over at CASology that the current challenge #303 cue is "farm." I'm a former farm girl so had to play along with my new Hello Bluebird Farmyard stamps.  I created an ombre farmyard with sun shining down on those cute friends.  And it's one layer.  Talk about mega-CAS!

The Details:  Hello Bluebird Farmyard Little Bits, Echo Park Diagonal Buffalo Plaid Stencil, MFT Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, and Squeezed Lemonade, Copics

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Cat's Birthday


I'll be posting a card next week that uses the negatives of this card front.  Can't let a perfectly good scrap go to waste, now can I.

My nephew's birthday is coming up and he's at the age where cute is still okay but not TOO cute.  You totally know what I mean.  I had the idea of having it appear that we're the fish looking at the cats looking at us in our aquarium. I particularly love the cat with the monocle peering in for a closer look. I think the coral I used is fantastic but visually busier than anticipated so I kept the sea creatures white.  Plus, I was tired of coloring.  Too many cats! Oh, yes, this cat lady said it!

I'm entering this in The Male Room #87 Little Boys 

The Details:  Mama Elephant Cat's Meow, Newton's Nook Shark Bites (sentiment), Lawn Fawn Porthole Frames, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Underwater, Memory Box Curious Octopi, Twisting Tentacle and Small Alder Tree, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Transparency Acetate, Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ay, Chihuahua!




I finally found a bit of time this weekend to play with some of my new goodies.  I have to say the LF Reveal Wheel set is brilliant. They have thought of everything to make it easy to use with a really helpful video to boot.  You'll definitely be seeing more of these in my future.

I'm entering this in Lawn Fawnatics #30 Cards for Guys, Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes, Paper Players #396 Animal Antics

The Details:  Hero Arts It's Fiesta Time, Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel, Reveal Wheel Sentiments, Extra Sentiment Banners, Grassy Border and Spring Perfectly Plaid 6x6 Paper, Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns, Ranger Glossy Accents, Scor-Tape, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Chihuahua: E50, E51, E11, E13, E15
Hat: E41, E42, E43
Hat Trim: YG05, YG09, Y11, Y15, BG01

Monday, June 4, 2018

CDD June Mood Board 1


There's still plenty of time to join us for the CDD June Moodboard.  You can enter by joining the event in the CDD Gallery or tagging #cddmonthly.

For my card I used the CDD Friendship set paired with a sentiment from Far Out. Super cute, right?! To create the focal point I used Outdoor Landscape 2 and Stitched In Circle Dies.  The card base is masked and sponged with Distress Oxide. Oh, so's the grass! I kept the flowers white so that the reds on the card would really pop out.  Not my original intention tho.  Stop by the CDD blog on Thursday, June 7, to read more about how I ended up with a red palette.


The Details:  CDD Friendship, Far Out (sentiment), Stitched In Circle Dies, Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxides, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Doodlebug Design Cream and Sugar 6x6 Paper Pad, Recollections Washi, Copics