Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry Mermaid

Hi! I have my Lawn Fawn mermaid card ready to post today!

I combined about 8 different Lawn Fawn stamp sets on this one, I love how well they all work together!

I had a hard time photographing it, but my ocean-y background has a really pretty shimmer to it! I started out by stamping all of my images on Neenah Solar White cardstock in black memento ink, with a lot of masking for all of the hats and Christmas accessories! I colored everything with Copics and then fussy cut it all out. I painted my background with watercolors and then cut it out with the outside in stitched scalloped rectangle die. I die cut some MFT natural cardstock with the hillside borders and the same rectangle die to make the sand. I stamped some seaweed directly on the water background and sentiment and holly leaves on the sand. The rest was basically just assembly, lots of stuff to glue down and embellish with thread, wink of stella shimmers, glossy accents, googly eyes, and crystal nuvo drops (so much fun! Rudolph the red nosed seahorse is probably my favorite part!)

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend. I was sick. again. I was also sick during Halloween, I'm going to be extremely annoyed if i get sick over Christmas (especially since i'll be at Disney World!)

We went out to eat with family so hooray for no dishes!

Have a great day!

Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You, Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together, Lawn Fawn Cheery Christmas, Lawn Fawn Baah Humbug, Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays, Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea, Lawn Fawn Life is Good, Lawn Fawn (SSS Stamptember) Happy Howlidays, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables Die, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die, Strathmore Bristol Watercolor Paper, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, My Favorite Things Natural Cardstock, Gansai Tabi Watercolors, Copics, Wink of Stella Shimmer, Glossy Accents, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Black Memento Ink, Lawn Fawn Jalapeno Ink, Thread, Googly Eyes, Shimmer Spritz

Thursday, November 16, 2017

gingerbread house!

Hi! I got a little distracted from my next mermaid card by this adorable gingerbread house and those teensy little Santas!

I stamped all of my images on Neenah solar white cardstock with Black Memento ink so I could color them with my Copics (I did a little masking to stack the Santas) and then fussy cut them out. I made my background sky with Distress Inks and some water splotches and then used double sided tape and glitter for my snow. I used a circle die for my card front and used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment around the curve of the circle. I assembled everything with foam adhesive and then went to town embellishing my candy! Lots and lots of wink of stella shimmer, glossy accents, distress stickles on the gumdrops, and Crystal Nuvo drops make it so fun and give it an awesome amount of texture in person! (also, I don't know what was going on with my brown marker I used for the gingerbread house! I've never had that kind of trouble getting an even coverage with my Copics before!) I finished the card off with some super sparkly sequins from Neat & Tangled. (partially to cover up an ink smudge that transferred from my desk when I was putting everything together!)

I bought a new Christmas tree this year and it's going to be delivered tomorrow! (then we'll start the countdown to see how long I can hold out before I put it up and decorate it, I doubt I can make it the full week!) Our last tree was originally a pre-lit tree but the lights gave up the fight years ago so I've just been putting lights on every year and I am so freaking excited that I won't have to wrestle with the lights and the tree branches this year! I always looked like I had lost a battle with a few cats from all of the scratches on my arms 😏

Bree's been full of some fun one-liners this last week. She wanted to wear a skirt the other day so we dug out some tights because it was cold and I helped her put them on and she gasped "ooh mama! It's pants-socks! I love it!!!" This morning she picked up one of my bras and said "Mama! Check it out! it's pretty boobs!" Today I called her a little girl and she said "no mama, I'm not a little girl. I'm a huge girl!"

Emma is walking around on her own like a champ and dancing to a Santa decoration we bought at Target last week, she's got some moves!

Mama Elephant A Cookie Christmas, Mama Elephant Little Santa Agenda, Mama Elephant Merry Christmas Wishes, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Circles Die, Black Memento Ink, Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch), Ink Blending Tool, Be Creative Tape, Glitter, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Crystal Nuvo Drops, Foam Adhesive, Neat & Tangled Like Magic Sequins

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rainbow Order Holiday Happiness ♥

Hi there! I have another Mermaid Christmas card today. I just love all of the colors on this one!

I'm excited to enter this card in this month's Little Tangles challenge!

I stamped all of the images on Neenah with black Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers before I fussy cut them out. I added some fun wink of stella shimmer to the fish and the mermaid's tail and then I had a bit of a conundrum. I really wanted the mermaid to be coming out of the water but I really didn't want to cover up her tail so I used some clear acetate with alcohol inks for the water and I love how it turned out! I stenciled some clouds for the background, added a sentiment, and then glued everything down. I hid my adhesive on the water under her hair and under the baker's twine.

We are officially not decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving here, but the girls and I seem to keep buying Christmas stuff everytime we go to Target (ahem. every day...) and then it seems like a shame to bring it home only to shove it in the garage, so we have a bunch of fun Christmas singing decorations around the house mixed in with all of our autumn pumpkin decorations. I think I'm also ready to break down and get our Christmas books out of the garage, we have so many good ones and I could really use a distraction from The Nightmare Before Christmas book that Bree wants me to read every night :)

I'm still on my Christmas mermaid kick so I should have my Lawn Fawn Merry Mermaids ready sometime in the next few days! Have a great day!

Neat & Tangled Mermazing, Neat & Tangled Merry Little Christmas, Neat & Tangled Santa's Wonderland, Neat & Tangled Beary Merry, My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Clear Acetate, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Alcohol Ink, White Staz-On Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Baker's Twine, Black Crystal Nuvo Drops

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christmas Fishes!

I have such a fun Christmas shaker card to share today!
I made a Christmas mermaid! 😍

I've been giving lots of my mermaids and fishes some Christmas cheer here in my studio and it's been so fun :)
I used six different Your Next Stamp stamp sets (and one from Papertrey Ink for the Merry Christmas sentiment) to put all of this together and as usual, there was much fussy cutting.

Have a great day!

Your Next Stamp Happy Days Mermaids, Your Next Stamp Sea Sentiments, Your Next Stamp Little Darling Winter, Your Next Stamp Merry Christmas Chickie, Your Next Stamp Winter Birds, Your Next Stamp Warm Christmas Wishes, Papertrey Ink In The Bag, Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles Dies, My Favorite Things Sno Cone Cardstock, Neenah Cardstock, Clear Acetate, Black Memento Ink, Lawn Fawn Lobster Ink, Altenew Mountain Mist Ink, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive, Googly Eyes, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Sparkling Clear Sequins, Shell Sequins, and Snowflake Sequins

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

'tis the season!


Here's my first Christmas card of the season! I'll probably mostly stick with Christmas cards for the rest of the year now, I have so many Christmas stamps (and so many that I haven't even inked up yet!) and so many ideas for them!

This one uses the adorable Neat & Tangled Holiday Baking set with some masking, copic coloring, and ink blending.

And here's an angled shot to share how yummy and shiny everything looks!

It's getting downright chilly in the mornings here, I had to dig out a hat out of the garage for my morning runs this week, I hate having cold ears when I run. I do about 20-25 miles a week before 6:30AM. brrrr. I'm really happy with my progress with my marathon training though, I'm only in week 4 of my training plan and my time and endurance has gotten so much better already, when I started on Oct 4 I had to take so many walk breaks on my first 3 mile run and now I'm running my 5 mile Wednesday runs without stopping at all and I'm doing the 5 miles in less time than the 3 miles took me! My marathon is the first week of January and I really want to not die. 😜

Have a great day!

Neat & Tangled Holiday Baking Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled Fairy Dust Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled Merry Little Christmas Stamp Set, Neat & Tangled May Your Holidays Be Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Candy Cane Christmas Stamp Set, Neenah Cardstock, My Favorite Things Wild Cherry Cardstock, Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Versamark Ink, Broken China Distress Oxide Ink, Ruby Red Altenew Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Copic Markers, Wow! Sparkling Snow Embossing Glitter, Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella, Baker's Twine, Foam Tape

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Hi there!

I've had this card in progress since September 😳

I really wanted it to fit in a shadow box or a box card but all of my elements ended up needing more space, so they eventually made their way onto a standard portrait card.

This is actually a pretty simple card even though it took forever. The images are all colored with Copics with some extra pencil shading on the wood stump. The leaves are watercolored, the sky was brushed with Distress Ink. The pumpkin spice sprinkles are embossed on acetate since the original version of this was going to be a bit more 3D, but I think it still looks kind of neat to have the sprinkles floating off of the background :)

I actually tasted a PSL for the very first time last month, It was tasty, but not anything I would want more than once or twice a year. My tummy has started having some serious issues with dairy in the last few years so I only consume dairy when I think the taste will be worth it, I suppose I need to try some of my starbucks drinks with non-dairy substitutes.

I have my first Christmas card of the season ready to share tomorrow using one of Neat and Tangled's adorable new sets! 😍
have a great day!

Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Mom + Me Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Forest Feast Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop, Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait, Neenah Cardstock, MFT Olive Cardstock, Lawn Fawn Knock On Wood Petite Patterned Paper, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, Heat Resistant Acetate, Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Lawn Fawn Doe Ink, Versamark Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, Copic Markers, Lawn Fawn Rose Gold Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Prismacolor Pencils, Ink Blending Brush, Foam Tape, Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors

Monday, October 23, 2017

welcome to the jungle

Hi there!
I have a nifty interactive slider card today using My Favorite Thing's Jungle Gym Stamp Set. (also - I made a gif image!)

This one was pretty simple all in all. I stamped the main image and cut it out with the coordinating die cut and then cut the tiger out separately so he could swing from the thread. I stamped the trees on the bottom with some masking and then filled in underneath them with the ferns. I colored all of my images with Copic markers and stenciled the clouds with the cloud edge stencil with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I die cut my slider channel and then inked the card base with the cloud stencil where it would show under the slider channel. Next I added the thread and assembled everything.

I caved today at Barnes and Noble and picked up a Christmas Cookie issue of Better Homes and Gardens and now I want to bake all the things. I would totally be down for just skipping November/Thanksgiving this year and moving straight to the Christmas season next Wednesday.
I'll be back tomorrow with a fun Pumpkin Spice Latte card!
have a fantastic day!

MFT Jungle Gym Stamp Set, MFT Desert Bouquet Stamp Set, MFT Tiki Party Stamp Set, MFT Surf and Turf Die-namics, MFT Jungle Gym Die-namics, Neenah Cardstock, Masking Paper, MFT Black Hybrid Ink, MFT Sour Apple Hybrid Ink, MFT Limelight Hybrid Ink, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, Copics, Nuvo Crystal Drops, MFT Cloud Stencil, MFT Mini Cloud Edges Stencil, Ink Blending Tool, Thread, Foam Tape

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Grateful for fall!

Hi there!

I have a couple of pretty fall cards today using Neat and Tangled's pretty Oak Leaf Die.
I love love love how pretty and delicate this leaf is. seriously, all the heart eyes.

For the cream lace one, I had this idea as soon as I ordered this die, I love partial die cutting and this card makes me so happy. I partially die cut the leaf out of the front of the card and then trimmed out the rectangle around the partial cut. I cut another leaf out of the wood veneer paper and glued that down on top.

I just love a card where the inside's just as pretty as the outside! For the inside I masked off the rectangle that would be visible from the front when it was closed and then did some ink blending with my new Distress Oxide inks (ohmygosh where have those been all of my life!?)  and then stamped the sentiment in black ink. I finished the whole thing off with some button twine and coordinating sequins.

 This one was definitely a labor of love and patience. It took me about a week to finish because the concept kept evolving on me! I started by watercoloring some pretty orange to purple colors and die cutting them with the Oak Leaf. I embossed the die onto my card front and then adhered the inside pieces of one of the watercolored leaves. All of those itty bitty pieces, tweezers, and glossy accents with the precision tip. It took hours :)
Then I finished and couldn't figure out what I wanted to do next!

I ended up adding the leaf "frame" from another leaf with the colors going the opposite way around the innards and I think it turned out really fun. I layered a bunch of kraft layers of the leaf with a wood veneer on top and added that on top of the watercolored leaf. I flicked some gold paint on top, stamped the sentiment, and finished everything off with a bow! ("There's always time for a bow!" - my daughter is currently obsessed with Arthur Christmas)

It's been kind of nuts here lately with Bree. She's still going to speech therapy twice a week, behavior therapy once a week, we're on the waiting list for the developmental pediatrician, and the school has decided to do a full assessment of her to get her into an early learning program. All of the professionals we've seen seem to expect the developmental doctor to diagnose her with autism. On top of all of that, potty training is not going well.
Emma's growing and thriving, she can take about six unassisted steps at a time now. I'm so excited to take them trick-or-treating. Bree picked out witch costumes for both of them and they're so stinking cute! I can't wait to see how the holidays go in our new neighborhood :)
Anyways, I've been busy in the studio lately and already have a few more posts ready to go for this week so pop back in and visit!

Lacy Leaf Card
Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Die, Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Stamp Set, Rustic Cream Cardstock, Cherry Wood Veneer, Masking Paper, Hero Arts Black Ink, Distress Oxide Inks, Neat & Tangled Sequins, Ink Blending Tool, Button Twine

Gold Flecked Watercolor Leaf Card
Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf Die, Neat & Tangled Into The Woods Stamp Set, Kraft Cardstock, Arches Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper, Cherry Wood Veneer, Hero Arts Black Ink, Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Finetec Mica Watercolors, Button Twine


Friday, September 15, 2017

shakey space!


I've got a cute circle shaker card today to share!

It's so pretty and sparkly in real life but I just couldn't get it to show up in a picture with the light hitting the acetate in the front, but just so you know, the shimmer's dreamy :)

I've got my astronaut taped to a loose piece of thread so she only shakes a little bit.

Anyways, gotta run and pick the baby up from her nap, making my supply list ate up most of nap time today!

have a great day!




Monday, July 31, 2017


I'm popping in with a quick update and a card today!

I used the Little Darling Archer set from Your Next Stamp on this card, Their Little Darling princesses are some of my favorite stamps ever, they make my disney loving heart go pitter-pat ♥

more happy fussy cutting!

On the home front, I'm all moved in and mostly unpacked! And I love love love my new house ♥

I'm waiting on two drawer units from the Container Store to be delivered and then I'll share some pictures of my new studio, other than that I don't have that much more to do to the house, I want to repaint my bedroom, the guest bathroom (it's bright yellow), and the playroom, but everything else in the house is already a nice light, neutral gray (yay!) We ordered a new dining room set - we had a little table that we bought when we moved in together almost 10 years ago and it was way too small for our new dining room. We also upgraded to a king size bed since we had the room for it, but the mattress won't be delivered for about two more weeks, so we're using a king size bed frame and box springs with our (16 year old!) queen size mattress on top, it's an interesting look :)
Anyways, hopefully I'll get back to stamping this week as we get a little more settled in, have a great day!





Friday, July 28, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge 69


I have my last guest project for Your Next Stamp today over at the Your Next Stamp Blog! I used the color challenge from Challenge 69 to make this sweet little princess card with the Little Darling Rapunzel stamp set. There's still a week to play along with the challenge!

I just finished three straight days of moving and i'm exhausted. *yawn* and also *ouch*
Now I get to start unpacking and figuring out where the heck everything will go! I can't wait to share pictures of the studio (i got new desks!!!!)
Have a great day!

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