Friday, September 30, 2016

Sneaking in with a coffee card!

I love the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, but I have had such a busy week, I didn't think I'd find time to get something entered.

But this morning, I was up early and was able to go play while the house was quiet.


I did a little stamping, a little Copic coloring, a little fussy cutting, some minimal assembly, and I ended up with this card:


The stamps and papers used are from Gina K Designs.  It's an adorable stamp set called We Go Together.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Layered Pumpkins

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

I played with the fun Jack-o-layers set from Strawberry Jude Stamps last night.  I love how real it looks!

Made a set of five quick note cards for my mom.


I am so impressed with how easy it is to stamp FIVE layers of ink to make this!
I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.  I love those little $5 sentiment sets.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Some of my summer favorites

I said I would blog some of my favorites from my summer crafting over the weekend, but it was harder to choose favorites than I thought!  There are so many that I love; whether I was using old favorites, or brand new, or new-to-me companies.

I tried to narrow it down to just a few.

These layered strawberry stamps from Strawberry Jude Stamps were crazy amazingly fun to stamp.  I still can't get over how real they look!

These gorgeous daffodils from Gina K Designs?  They were so fun to color with Polychromos pencils over Copic marker.  Fussy cutting wasn't quite as much fun though.  I sure am thankful for my #15 PenBlade!

I had to watercolor these Spring Daisies from Altenew with my Dr. PH Martins.  I experimented with several colors of shading.  And learned a lot.  LOL

This one is still my absolute favorite:
These are The Ton's Honey Bears, colored with Copics.  I made this one for the boy and sent it to him at camp.  (And he actually saved it!)

My friend Lou got me hooked on Unity Stamps with this gift of Aleah Girl.  Painting faces on these faceless Angie Girls became a favorite challenge of mine in August.


I just giggle when I work on these Art Impressions stamps with Copics.  I picked this one up at the Rubber Stamp Expo earlier in the summer.

And this Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson....  I just love this stamp.  I've used it many times.  This one is embossed and water colored, and layered over a distress ink blended panel.

And finally,
This cake ...  My friend Emily shared her two favorite Zig Marker colors with me and gave me a pack of her custom mixed sequins.  I put them all to good use in this Concord & 9th cake shaker card.

Thanks for visiting and reminiscing with me! I'll be back soon with some more fun stuff soon.

Until next time!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Save the Date...

Welcome to The Ton's Fall 2016 Release Blog Hop!  
Hopefully you have arrived here from Eunji Jung's blog.  I'm so glad you stopped by to visit!

I am so thrilled to have been asked to participate as a guest designer for The Ton's wonderful new Fall 2016 release!  

This whole release is amazing.  The Ton has 23 new stamps for their Fall 2016 Release (18 clear stamps, 5 rubber cling) which include the Christmas Poinsettia set - which is bonus mini 2x3 stamp set which will be included with all orders over $100 (before shipping and taxes).  All new release products, (stamps, coordinating dies and gilding) are available now!  

Please be sure to hop all of the hop blogs and be sure to comment.  The Ton is giving away four $25 gift certificates to random commenters who have commented on all the hop participant blogs.  Make sure you get a chance to enter! 

Many of you know that I have a huge obsession with the Haute Wedding Dress stamp set. I just love to color that elegant gal! It's definitely been my most used stamp since it arrived in my mailbox last winter.  In fact, it is rarely not found on my desk.  And many of you know that I have been publicly lamenting the fact that Haute Wedding Dress gal had no "Haute Date".  Since January in fact.  That's a long time for a such a beautiful and lovely gal to have a gorgeous wedding dress ready with no groom!  LOL 

But finally, the talented Miss Effie has introduced a companion set.  Literally.  I now have a companion for the young lady.  Two companions, actually;  it's always good to have options.  *wink wink*. 

And I am thrilled. 

So on to my projects I'm excited to share with you... 

Save the Date!  You're invited to join me to celebrate with the new happy couple:  Haute Wedding Dress and Plus One!

Aren't they a stunning couple?  

For this card, I stamped the left-facing Plus One, (yes, there are two handsome gentlemen to choose from, so you have lots of options),  onto a 3 3/4" x 5" panel of Canson Montval watercolor paper and watercolored him with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, using a paintbrush to pick up my ink from a palette.  I added a shadowy wash of blue to ground him.  I also added the Congratulations sentiment from the Brushed Cheers set.

The girl is also stamped onto Strathmore Bristol smooth paper, as I wanted a smoother finish for her skin and hair.  I used my Zig markers to color her as well, and when dry, added a thin layer of Silver Bo Bunny Glitter Paste to the skirt of her dress, a heavier layer to the bodice.  When the glitter paste was fully dry, I carefully fussy cut her out, trimming just inside the ink lines of her dress to make the dress skirt look even more luminous, and added her to the groom panel.  I then used foam tape to adhere the painted panel to an accent panel of blue, and to a white A2 card base.

My second card is one that uses the new background cling stamp, Grand Stairway, and the Born Classy clear stamp set.  This background stamp is absolutely stunning with all its detail and is ridiculously fun to paint.

I stamped it in black, and again used my Zig markers for watercoloring.  The classy, sassy girl is stamped on a separate piece of Montval watercolor paper, with the accent detail added to just the shadowy area of her dress.  She is also painted with Zig markers and fussy cut and glued right to the background panel.  I heat embossed the Born Classy Happy Birthday sentiment in gold, then used the largest of the Double Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut the panel to fit my white A2 card base.

I did one more staircase card.  I was going for the Cinderella theme.

This one is stamped with Versamark onto on smooth hot press watercolor paper, and heat embossed in gold.  It is watercolored using distress inks.   I stamped one of the shoes from the Shoe Wardrobe Outline 2nd edition on a scrap of card stock with Memento Summer Sky ink, and used really pale Copics to make a "glass slipper".  The shoe was fussy cut and glued onto my watercolor panel.  The sentiment from Caffeine Crush Sentiments is embossed in gold and added as a strip.

And that's it from me!  Your next stop on the hop should be Vera Yates.

The entire order of hop participants is listed here for your convenience.  

  1. The Ton
  2. Amy Tsuruta
  3. Mayline Jung
  4. Emily Midgett
  5. Laura Sterckx
  6. Eunji Jung
  7. Chris Dayton - you are here!
  8. Vera Yates
  9. Lisa Harrolle
  10. LauraJane Head
  11. Carisa Wiley
  12. Jenny Lee Yamasaki
  13. Lydia Fiedler
  14. Janette Kausen
  15. Kymona Tracey
  16. Justine Hovey
  17. TaeEun Yoo
  18. Laurel Beard
Thanks so much for visiting!  Until next time!

Monday, September 26, 2016

So excited for tomorrow!

It's so hard to wait...


I'm really excited to share some fun stuff with you.  

Tune in tomorrow!

I'm guest designing this month and will be sharing my projects for The Ton's new Fall 2016 Release on my blog tomorrow.

Here's a little sneak peek.  


I'll show you the rest tomorrow!

But you don't have to wait to order.  Products are already available for purchase.
Go check out the new stamps, dies and gilding at The Ton Stamps now!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Hello. I've been MIA. And busy. (picture heavy post)

Hi everyone!  I thought I would try to get back to blogging now that my crazy summer is over and life is in a quieter routine.  I'm still crafting as much as time allows, but I haven't blogged all summer.  I'm going to try to do better.  Hold me to that, ok?

We have had a wonderful summer.  Truly.  After months of remodeling the main level of our house, a relaxing summer was needed.  But I'm not sure I got relaxing...   It sure was fun, though!  I'll give you a bit of a recap of why didn't find time for blogging.  LOL

My daycare gig went down to just one or two days a week in towards the end of May.  I love watching these boys grow.  They are so sweet.

Shortly after school dismissed for him in mid-June, Jayce spent a fantastic two weeks at Camp Lincoln Boys Camp as a first time summer camper.  He had a blast!

While he was at camp, my husband and I took a few days antiquing our way across Wisconsin.  I found lots of fun stuff for my collections.  
Best find of the weekend, though?

This book:  

It was a favorite of mine when I was little.  I read it to all of my kids.  And I'd been looking for a copy for the Bitty Boys for some time.  They love to be read to when they are with me for Nana Daycare.  

My husband flew home from Milwaukee and went back to work, and I was able to take another day or two to visit my friend Gina Krupsky (Gina K Designs).  I was so excited to see her and hang out with her at her new store, Village Paper and Ink.

We spent a quiet July 4th weekend at home assembling Ikea cabinets.  My husband rocks.  He helped me finally finish my office.  I LOVE it.

I went to my high school class reunion....  but I won't tell you which one.

In mid-July, I headed off to New Mexico.  

I had SO much fun with these crazy women at the So Suzy Stamps retreat in Bloomfield, NM.   I miss them!

I mean, how cute is Suzy's little shop!?!?

I came home to spend a few days with these cuties.  I swear they grew so much when I was gone.

In August, we celebrated my mother in law's 80th birthday with an almost-whole-family vacation to Riviera Maya, Mexico.  There were 13 of us there.  (the babies stayed home with their other grandparents).  It was great week, even though it was really hot and we had a slight brush with Hurricane Earl.  We only had about 14 hours of not terribly heavy rain,  but the high surf did cancel/alter some scuba diving plans for two days.  (ask my daughter about the fabulous ferry ride to dive Cozumel...  LOL)

A few days after I got home, I hosted a weekend with these amazing friends, my Stamp Junkie pals.

Marci had these fun mugs made for us.  (we chat every morning for coffee.)

We had a stamp party on Saturday, and the crafty group size increased for the day.  It was so much fun!

Summer was winding down.  My daughter started her senior year at Northern Michigan University.  And, like always, sent me a first day of school picture.

We spent Labor Day weekend celebrating my mom's 90th birthday.  

We made the annual last minute visit to the Minnesota state fair, and on Tuesday, September 6th,  sent Jayce off to sixth grade.

I turned 29 again that week.  My son took me out for lunch.

And my husband gave me a really fun gift when he came back from his business trip.  

September gets me back into a school routine of my own:  A couple days by myself.  A couple days with these ever-changing, ever-growing boys.  

This weekend I'll blog a few of my favorite cards that I made over the summer and at last weekend's craft convention.

I have some fun stuff to share.  But that's it for now.

Big slobbery kisses to ya. 
Love ya!