Friday, February 23, 2018

Make it Monday #312

Hi there!

I have a card for this week's Make It Monday challenge today. The challenge this week was to frame a sentiment and I decided it was well past time to finally use my Cloche Quarters stamps and I love love love them! 

I used one of the bunnies and the grass border from the Simply Spring Borders set with my eggs and daffodils from the cloche quarters: spring fillers set to make my sweet little Easter arrangement and I think it turned out so cute! The centers of the daffodils show up a bit better in person, they look kind of washed out in the picture.

I'm so looking forward to this next week going by because we get to go back to Disney World next Friday night! It's one of my favorite times of year to go because the Flower and Garden festival at Epcot is so pretty and I'm longing for Spring. We've had a few daffodils open up here at home but that's it for new spring growth so far!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Cloche Quarters, Papertrey Ink Cloche Quarters: Spring Fillers, Papertrey Ink Simply Spring Borders, Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Farm & Barn
Ink: Versamark, Black Hero Arts Ink, Atenew Dye ink in: Citrus Burst, Warm Sunshine, Limestone, Evening Gray, Peach Perfect, Frosty Pink, Soft Lilac, Sea Glass, Parrot, Mountain Mist
Paper: Papertrey Ink White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Vellum, Papertrey Ink Clear Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Rustic White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Green Parakeet Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Soft Stone Cardstock
Dies: Papertrey Ink Cloche Quarters, Papertrey Ink Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical, Papertrey Ink Cloche Quarters: Spring Fillers, Papertrey Ink Fun Frames
Other: White Embossing Powder, Foam Adhesive, masking paper


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

bicycle built for two


I have another bright card today in celebration of this Spring weather we've got going on today 😍

That's me and Jeff! (even though me dressing in a purple polka dot dress and hopping on the back of a bicycle doesn't seem remotely likely in this lifetime) I'm super excited about how his hair turned out, I'm calling this my best attempt yet at coloring black hair!

It was warm enough today that Emma and I got to go to the zoo. without any jackets!

Jeff and I had entertained the idea of not taking the stroller with us when we go to Disney World at the end of next week but one hour at the zoo with Emma and no stroller definitely made me reconsider that idea. She just wants to sit down in the middle of the sidewalk all the time. She doesn't want to walk, doesn't want to be carried, she just wants to sit. So she can sit in the stroller and we'll just pack less stuff so it can all fit in the car :)

Lawn Fawn Bicycle Built For You Stamp and Die set, Lawn Fawn Let's BBQ Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Let's Roll Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Up Up & Away Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop, Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillside Borders, Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-up, Papertrey Ink Green Parakeet Cardstock, My Favorite Things Summer Splash Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Versamark, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Hero Arts White Pigment Ink, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Baker's Twine, Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

hello sunshine!


I have a card today that's been in progress for months! I colored and cut out this hello two 30 day coloring challenges ago and then put it aside and it's been staring at me every time i walk in my studio so I'm happy to finally have it on a card and put away :)

My green turned out too yellowish  but other than that I think it's a fun rainbow blend. I really like substituting pink for red and teal for blue sometimes in my rainbows ♥

I'm deep in my happy place of spring deep cleaning and organizing/purging right now. The only problem with that is that I'm already a pretty organized person so I really have to look for spaces to clean out and organize. Yesterday I went through all of Bree and Em's clothes, sold some of them, donated others, and then packed up anything that Em will eventually wear. Then I went through my charger cords bin, my files, washi tapes and sewing drawer. I could go through the cabinet in the bathroom and a shelf in the garage, and then I think I'm kind of out of places to organize. sigh.

Altenew Quilled Elegance, Altenew Wood Pallet Background, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, My Favorite Things Cement Gray Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Silver Stone Ink, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive,  Pretty Pink Posh 4mm sequins in: Lavender Moon, Sea Breeze, Mossy Green, Lemon Drop, Tangerine, Pink Peonies. Crystal Nuvo Drops in: Crushed Grape, Caribbean Ocean, Apple Green, Dandelion Yellow, Ripened Pumpkin, and Carnation Pink

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Bree had a nasty stomach bug this weekend and now I have it (of course). I’ve been sick for every single holiday since Halloween 😭
Anyways, I just wanted to say that I should be back next week. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

loving heart


I'm apparently on a floral kick right now! Today I have a card for the #90 Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge, the theme was love/hearts and I already had this stamp set out on my desk to use so I decided to make a heart out of flowers. ♥

I did so much masking on this sucker because I thought I wanted it to be one layer but then I decided it was boring so I ended up coloring and cutting out some extra flowers to pop up for dimension (so much cutting!).

Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers, Simon Says Stamp Loving Heart, Papertrey Ink Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6x6 Petite Paper Pack, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Permanent Black Ink, Copic Markers, Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

peekaboo valentine


I have a pretty but simple one layer valentine today with a fun little window into the inside!

I started off by making a card that opens in the middle by scoring a piece of kraft cardstock, cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8. Next I used the floral heart die and die cut the heart out of each side of the front of the card. I used my MISTI to stamp the image in the window (The first time I tried this I stamped first and then tried to cut and it didn't end up lining up as well) I colored the pretty florals with color pencils and added some white Nuvo Crystal drops on the berries and then stamped and embossed the sentiment in the middle of the heart. The outside felt a little plain so I had to tape everything the front of the card in place and mask off the floral frame to stamp the wood pallet background to finish everything off.

Neat & Tangled Floral Heart Stamp and Die set, Altenew Wood Pallet Background, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Altenew Rocky Shore Ink, Versamark, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder, Prismacolor Color Pencils, White Nuvo Crystal Drops

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

pretty flowers


I have to say, this card took fussy cutting to an extreme place even for me but I kind of love how it turned out!

I stamped the floral bouquet on a piece of Neenah cardstock and colored everything with Copics and then added some more details and shading with color pencils (I can't color a decent rose, I don't know what it is about that flower that stumps me but boo to roses.) Next I fussy cut out the top of the image (The cutting seriously took me longer than the coloring did. so. much. cutting.) I added the sentiment in the bottom corner and then cut up my foam tape in itty bitty pieces so I could pop up all of those flowers and leaves. I stamped my background in Espresso Ink on a dark brown cardstock (I've loving that wood pallet background ♥) and then adhered everything together and finished it off with some white nuvo drops.

Nothing super exciting is going on here, trying to figure out valentines for Bree's classmates (do i buy them or make them? stickers or candy?) and her teachers (i'm thinking the apple shaped pack of lindt truffles in the valentines section for her teachers with a nice card.) I don't like not really knowing what to expect, I don't know if the class has any other crafty parents so I don't know if other kids will make them or buy them. I'm kind of leaning towards just buying them, it's an early start/preschool class so they're a little young to care about homemade vs store bought.
anyways, have a great day!

Altenew Blooming Bouquet, Altenew Wood Pallet Background, Altenew Floral Frame, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Espresso Ink, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate Cardstock, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Color Pencils, White Nuvo Crystal Drops, Foam Adhesive

Monday, February 5, 2018

not feeling it


I'll be honest, i don't love this card, but it took a healthy chunk of time last evening and then i decided to call it a night afterwards so I don't have anything else ready to share so whatcha gonna do? :)

Mama Elephant Chance of Rain, Mama Elephant Rain or Shine, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Distress Oxide Ink in Iced Spruce, Faded Jeans, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain, Ink Blending Tool, Copic Markers

Friday, February 2, 2018

water color flowers!

Hello! I watercolored!

This sucker took me about 6 hours total to paint 😳
I stamped the flowers in Silver Stone ink on a watercolor paper and then painted everything with Distress Inks. I finished it off with a layered die cut and some glossy accents!

Happy Friday!

Altenew Blooming Bouquet, Altenew Happy Birthday Die, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper, My Favorite Things Steel Grey Cardstock, Altenew Silver Stone Ink, Glossy Accents, Clear Crystal Nuvo Drops, Distress Ink in: Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar, Peacock Feathers , Mowed Lawn, Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, Candied Apple, Shaded Lilac, Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral, Hickory Smoke, Lucky Clover, Blueprint Sketch, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Iced Spruce

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Make it Monday #311

It's been ages since I made something for a Papertrey Ink Make it Monday challenge but I really wanted to color these tulips for the 30 day coloring challenge and I decided to make it work for this week's Make it Monday Challenge too :)

I didn't have a ton of "other papers" to choose from, I used to have a couple books for ripping up, but I'm guessing they didn't make the cut last summer when we moved because I couldn't find them anywhere, so I used a coffee sleeve and a paper doily for my different papers. I stamped the jar and flowers with black memento ink on Neenah solar white cardstock and colored them with Copics (there are about 10 shades of pink on those flowers!) and fussy cut them out. I die cut the coffee sleeve with the Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets and then layered that, the doily, and the flower jar together. I stamped my background on Rustic Cream Cardstock and assembled everything. I finished it all off with some twine and a stamped sentiment before I adhered it to a Kraft Card base.

I'm deeply in the middle of fighting a losing battle with Bree's hair. She has really fine, kind of thin hair and she has a chunk of it that will. not. stay. out. of. her. face. It drives me crazy, she won't wear hair clips or headbands for long so I've been trying extreme hairstyles since she started school with the hope that at least one of them will keep that chunk of hair out of her face for the whole school day. no such luck. I've french braided pig tails, I've done two french higher french braids that meet the rest of her hair in the back for a pony tail, Today I did a french braid little crown but by the time we walked in to her classroom it was already coming out. I really don't want to cut her hair, It took a long time to come in and it's still not long or thick but it's maddening. 😏

Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar, Papertrey Ink Friendship Jar Spring Fillers, Papertrey Ink Background Basics: Farm & Barn, Papertrey Ink Market Street, Papertrey Ink Gathered Garden, Papertrey Ink Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets Die, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Limestone Ink, Rustic Cream Cardstock, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Rustic Button Twine, Coffee Sleeve, and a Paper Doily
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