"We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." ~Mother Teresa

Friday, October 28, 2016

Here for You - End Domestic Violence

Hello friends!
I'm swinging in this afternoon because
I wanted to share a special card that I made for a very special cause:
Click on badge for the post details

This is subject close to my heart and one that I think more people should take very seriously and know what to look for in a relationship weather you are in one yourself or know of someone who is.  I think this is a great way to raise awareness.  Thank you to Becca for putting this together and sharing your courage with others.  (Her story is actually how I became to know her as a fellow blog and paper craft friend.)

I thought this was also a great way to support the cause by sending cards to a special charity that is thrilled to receive them.  I will be having some more to send along, but this is just one that is going:
So I was excited to have received a fun parcel from STAMPlorations with lots of goodies in there and couldn't wait to start creating with stuff! :)  The stamp set that I've used for this card is called Bloom Sketches.  There are so many gorgeous flowers in this set and I love all of the sentiments that come with it!

It's really easy for me to use the color purple (which is also the color for National Domestic Violence Awareness month) because it's my favorite color!  So what I've done is take one of the blooms from the stamp set and heat emboss it with clear EP and then I took some Wilted Violet distress ink and blended the color over it which reveals the image underneath.  (Emboss Resist technique)

Because I'm also playing along in a few challenges, I followed a cool sketch (see below) and I also needed to use some black on my card, so I took my spritzer tool and black marker to make a light splatter effect in the background.  I stamped the sentiment from the set with black pigment ink and embossed that with clear EP too.  I then added a few black enamel dots and to finish it off, I slightly tilted the white panel over a black A2 sized top folding card base and just cut off the edges that may have been sticking out.  I thought this just added a bit more interest to the design.

Here's a closer look at some of the details:
Here you can better see the light splatters in the background along with the heat embossing.  I also took my Wink of Stella glitter pen to add a bit of shimmer in the center of each flower.

I really like how this turned out and look forward to making more purple creations this weekend to send off to this great cause!

If you are inspired to create too, please see the details on Becca's post by CLICKING HERE.
There are several prizes by many different companies involved too!
Thank you for any support in any way you can in raising awareness about Domestic Violence.

Tomorrow I will be celebrating 17 years with the love of my life.  We have been through so many joys, tears and fears in our lives together and I couldn't think of a better person to have shared all of these events with.  I'm so lucky to have him in my life and couldn't imagine him not being there.  Thank you my love for ALWAYS being right there for me and for us.
I love you with all my heart.

Thank you friends for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

1.  STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch - Stamps & Sponging + sketch

2.  STAMPlorations CAS card challenge - Anything Goes + black

3.  STAMPlorations Anything Goes

4.  Inkspirational - Black + 1 other

5.  Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Monthly Art Journal Collaboration - Fall for Change

Hello friends!
So with the weather changing to cooler temperatures for the Fall season, which is actually my favorite time of the year, I was inspired to create with some pretty Fall colors and leaves for this month's Art Journal Collaboration.  Of course this "collaboration" wouldn't be complete without my wonderful and talented blog friend - Asha Martins from Sunny Summer Crafts!
So please be sure and stop by her blog to check out what she has done with her Art Journal project...I know it will knock our socks off! :)  (You may have saw our posts from last month, where we have joined together as fellow blog friends and decided to inspire each other as well as our other blog friends by coming up with an Art Journal project each month together.  Hope you enjoy this new adventure right along with us!)

Here's my Art Journal page for this month:
Since I am still somewhat "new" to Art Journaling, I am really learning quite a bit as I go because you start to figure out how some mediums work together while others don't work at all...or least not how you think it will work anyway!  LOL!  I am finding this Art Journaling process not only educational, but satisfying and rewarding as well, so I'm so glad we are doing this Asha!! :)

For my page...it actually turned out COMPLETELY different than what I had envisioned in my head and what actually happened on this paper! LOL!!  I was going to do nothing but paint a scene, but then decided that's not the way I wanted to go at all.  Looking through my never-ending stash I found these skeleton leaves in packages that I've had forever...so I decided I wanted to incorporate them in my design.

But FIRST, I had to prep my paper with a layer of gesso, then I took a crackle stamp (which you totally can't see at all because of my "experimenting" with mediums, it sort of disappeared! LOL!)  Then I took a Fall sentiment image and heat embossed it with clear EP. (You can sort of see it in the background and close up photos below.)

I've added some layers of paint with some yellow and red violet paints over top of everything that I've applied with baby wipes.  I wanted some orange in there, but I didn't have any orange color paint.  So I mixed up some colors and come up with a rich and pretty orange tone to add to it.  I've also taken a brown color to go around the edges of the page.  I then loaded a wet brush with gold paint and made some splatters over it.

Now this is where the skeletons leaves came into play.  Before adding them to my page, I used some ink sprays to spray them in different colors, then I attached them to my colored page with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  After it dried, I rubbed some Inka Gold over the texture of the leaves.

Lastly, I've taken an old stencil from my stash and added some texture paste to the corners of the page.  I had some very pretty chipboard letters with the glitter and everything already on them, I had to improvise on the letters as I didn't have exactly what I needed, so I made my own letters basically.  I rubbed some more Inka Gold around the edges of them before I glued them down.  I've also added some more splatter with brown and gold paints and then finished it off with the distressed inked die cut leaves which I covered with Wink of Stella.  I took my label maker to make the rest of the sentiment and then outlined the edges with my gold Zig Paint pen.  I also took some gold Stickles to add a few more sparkle drops to the page.

Here's a closer look at different angles so you can see the sparkle and shine in it:
So here you can better see the texture with the leaves and embossing I've done as well as see where I've placed the drops of Gold Stickles.  :)

Here's a look from a different angle:
I think in this photo, you can better see the shimmer on the leaves and the touches of gold rubbed over top of the the leaves.  I have also taken the Inka Gold and rubbed it around the edges of the entire page as well.  You can sort of see it along the edge where my binding holes are.

I hope you've enjoyed my Art Journal page today and were inspired in some way! :)
Now it's time to stop on over to Asha's blog to see what she's done...I can't wait to see it too!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!


Simon Says Stamp Monday - Autumn

Stamps and Stencils - Elements of Nature

Eclectic Ellapu - Purple team:  Autumnal

Creative Artiste - Anything Mixed Media Goes

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's Howl-O-Ween Time at Cute Card Thursday!

Good morning friends!
Today starts a brand new challenge over at
For this week's challenge, we'd like to see your Halloween creations!
We can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Here's what I've made for the challenge:
You KNOW that I wasn't going to let this Halloween go by without playing with some of fave stamps especially with a sweet little doxie included in it! :)  I think he has stopped to howl at the moon and cry because he can't find his bone which is further down his path.  LOL!  I just love that little mummy outfit too!  When my little Mocca was a pup, I dressed her up in a Frankenstein outfit.  She didn't know how to feel about the little shoes that came with it, so when she walked she really looked like a Frankenstein walking around! LOL!!  My boys still talk about how funny she looked after all of these years! :)  I can't believe she's 11 years old already! - sorry, I don't even have photos of her with it on...can you believe it?!  :(

I just couldn't wait to break out my Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween set!!  I especially have favored this cute little dog howling with the boooooo! LOL!!  I really love all of the extras in the set like the stars, moon, paw print, bone and so many different costumes!  They have literally killed me with this set...and of course the STAMPtember "Howliday" set was icing on the cake!! :)  So happy they came out with these doxie sets!!  (It was something that I had suggested a while back when they were asking customers for requests.)  And we all know I'm a happy customer! LOL!

So my scheme for this design was based on limiting myself to a certain color palette that was issued in the Lawnscaping challenge to use Black, Purple + 1 color of choice.  I didn't know if neutrals were included as a "free" color, but I added white as my choice color anyway.  I colored the doxie with black and gray tone Copics and also kept the moon and bone colored with a light gray color.  The stars and booooo were stamped in black and the sentiment at the bottom was heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

For the sky background, I have used some watercolor card stock and used some purple and black Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolors and then sprayed with some Wilted Violet ink spray.  For the shimmer splatters, I have loaded a wet tooth brush with Frost White Fantastix ink.  (It has a pretty shimmer with it.)  I then cut out this panel with the LF Small Dotted Rectangle Stackables.  For the scene, I have also used the LF Stitched Tree Borders cut out of black card stock and attached to the purple watercolor piece.  I have also used the LF grassy hillside borders cut out of black card stock and popped that out with foam tape to create some depth to my scene.  Before I added the foam tape, I heat embossed the sentiment with white EP as well as the paw print next to it.  After attaching all of my images, I stamped the "booooo" sentiment with black ink next to the doxie.  I then attached my scene onto a piece of white glitter paper and then onto a black A2 sized side folding card.

Here's a closer look at the shimmer and sparkle:
Here you can better see the white shimmer splatters that I added with a tooth brush over my purple sky as well as the shimmer over the moon brushed on with my Spectrum Noir clear glimmer pen.

This post was actually a bit more wordy than I had intended it to be!  :)
I do hope you will stop by the Cute Card Challenge blog to see the other creations from the DT and play along with us!

Thanks for dropping by today!


1.  Lawnscaping Challenges - color combo:

2.  Simply Create Too - Halloween

3.  Crafty Card Makers - Things That Go BUMP in the Night!

4.  Inky Chicks - Too Cute to Spook

5.  Crafty Boots - Halloween

6.  Shopping Our Stash - Halloween

7.  Crafting by Designs - Halloween

8.  Inkspirational Challenge - Black + one color

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Falliday Fest - Not Everything is What it Seems....

Hello friends!
Hope you are having a wonderful week so far!

Falliday Fest at Splitocaststampers is still in full swing with more fun challenges to get your creative juices flowing!  There will still be fun challenges & tutorials the rest of this week and next week will be a final wrap-up to give everyone time to finish up their projects.  I hope you've enjoyed what I've shared during this event and of course there is still plenty of time to join in the fun with us too!  Hope to see you there!

Today Joyce (aka Ashjoy) has challenged everyone to make a creation using your crafty supplies to come up with a different project than what it was originally intended for.  For example:  Use a Christmas set for a birthday themed design, Female themed images for masculine projects or Spring related items for a Christmas project, etc.  You get it right?...just think outside the box on this.  I was honored to help make a sample for her challenge.  CLICK HERE to join the chat forum for her challenge on SCS.

Now, I do not know how creative this one is, but here's what I've come up with using a flower from a Stampin' Up! stamp set from my stash called "Crazy About You":
I thought the flower image from this set sort of looked like a poinsettia flower, so I thought I would go for that look and make a Christmas card with it!  I've used a fun little technique with this as well to give it sort of a 3-D look to it by stamping the flower first with white ink over the kraft card stock and then stamping over it again with some Raspberry Ripple ink, but off-setting it slightly.  (It always seems when I'm TRYING to stamp crooked, it ends up straight and then when I want it straight, it is crooked! LOL!!  Why is that?!)  I did manage a few of them off-set though.  :)

I also had an older sentiment set from Stampin' Up! called "Lots of Thoughts" that had a Christmas greeting, so I stamped that with the Raspberry Ripple ink over some kraft card stock and punched it out with a circle punch.  I took some natural twine to make a "nest" behind the circle sentiment and used some foam tape to pop it up over my design.

Before attaching the circle sentiment, I put a strip of Raspberry Ripple card stock along with a strip of wood-grain design paper along with a cut piece of white doily.  I thought this gave the "poinsettia flowers" a nice country charm feel.  I then just finished it off with some clear sparkling sequins and added some nuvo clear glitter crystal drops in the center of each one.  The kraft card front panel was mounted onto a Raspberry Ripple A2 top folding card base.

Here's another look at my design:

It actually feels good to get a Christmas card done and I feel like I'm far behind on this!  So hopefully I will be adding a few here and there as we approach the up-coming Season! :)

Thanks so much for dropping by today and I'll see you again soon!


1.  Addicted to Stamps & More - anything goes

2.  Fab 'n Funky - Fabulous Flowers

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Falliday Fest - Shaker Money Holders! - TUTORIAL and VIDEO!

Hello friends! :)
I'm back today to share another fun project AND tutorial that I've made!  If you have been following along with me on my blog for a while, then you may already remember this fun little project that I made for some last minute gift giving ideas along with a tutorial for it last year! If you happened to miss it last year, I have made a similar tutorial to share for this year's Falliday Fest at Splitcoaststampers!

CLICK HERE to go to the challenge forum where everything is happening and join in the fun with us!  If you would like to participate and learn more about the tutorials during Falliday Fest - CLICK HERE.   There is also a special "chat thread" just for this tutorial where you can share your version of this project:  CLICK HERE.  Hope to see your creations there!

So check out my fun Shaker Money Holder:
I always seem to give out cash for Christmas every year and these are such a cute and fun way to present a gift like that!  Not only is it fun for the recipient to shake around the holder, but it can also be re-used for that person to use and pass on to someone else!  You could also make one for any occasion where you would give out cash....not just Christmas.

CLICK HERE to see my step-by-step tutorial on SCS and
CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the video!

In my tutorial I have some "special tools" that I used to make these,  like a fuse tool and xyron machine.  You certainly don't *need* those tools in order to create one like this!  In place of the fuse tool, you could use some red line or similar strong tape (like I mention in my video), or you could use a sewing machine or even hand stitch if you prefer to do that.  I haven't tried this project out with just a clear envelope, but this is another option you could try out if you don't have a plastic storage sleeve like I've used on my creation.  I've also used a xyron machine which turns my cut out images into "stickers" so that I can attach them to the plastic pocket.  Again, you could just use red line/score tape to attach your decorations to the front of it.

For this particular Shaker Money Holder, I have used mainly products from My Favorite Things.  This is where the Clear Pocket Storage Sleeves came from for my project.  That adorable elf is from the Santa's Elves set along with the coordinating dies.  I also used the MFT Jumbo Fishtail Banner STAX die-namics for the sentiment banner that I have embossed with white EP.  The gift box is also from that same stamp set that I've colored with Copics and used a foam square to pop it up over the banner.  I have used some red line tape to attach the metallic red ribbon and then made a bow and attached it to the front with some glue dots.  The sequins that I used is from MFT  4MM Classic Christmas mix as well as some clear seed beads and a few other random sequins I had in my stash.

Here are some other versions that I've made:
I hope you've enjoyed my project today and will give the tutorial a try and join in the Falliday Fest fun with us!  I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

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


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Falliday Fest - Monogrammed Post-It Note Cover Gift Idea

Hello friends!
I'm here to share with you another project that I've made for the
Falliday Fest event at Splitcoaststampers!

Jacqueline has challenged us to make something monogrammed that you could give as a gift or keep for yourself.  I was honored to make a sample project for her challenge and so here's what I've come up with for it:
There are so many people that I know who would find this very handy including myself! :)
I thought it would be fun to make a Post-It Note Holder and personalize it with a monogrammed cover!  I think this would make for a great gift for Christmas, any time of the year, or many different other occasions as well.

  I know there are tons of different versions of a Post-It Note cover, but this style happens to be my favorite and I've made them for years.  I've had many people in the past ask me how to make one, so in case you've missed my step-by-step tutorial on it, CLICK HERE to see it.

I've used Melon Mambo card stock to make this design.  I had bought several packages of those mini pen sets at Walmart a few years back and had one still in my stash to match up with this color.  I have stamped a border at the top and bottom front cover in white ink with a Stampin' Up! set called Chalk Lines.  I also used the SU! Chalk Talk set to stamp over white card stock, the open circle design, with Melon Mambo ink and then used the Labels Collections Framelits that coordinate with this set to cut it out.  I popped it up over the cover with some foam tape and added a pearl accent to each end.  For the monogram inside the circle opening, I took an older die set from SU! called Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits to cut out the 'P' with Melon Mambo card stock and then glued it to the circle opening.

I have a huge collection of older Stampin' Up! products, so it's always great when I can find a way to bring them back out to use for something like this project.  :)

If you're feeling in the crafty mood and want to join in the Falliday Fest fun, then I hope you'll stop by and say hello and perhaps join in with a challenge or two while you're there!  There are not only challenges, but tutorials, recipes, gift giving tips and ideas as well as chances to win prizes from some very generous sponsors!

P.S.  If you happen to be a Fan Club Member at Splitcoaststampers, this Saturday also marks the 15th of the month when us "Dirty Dozen" design team girls share a themed inspirational gallery!  I can't tell you too much, but it will be full of some cool inspiration that just might keep you up at night! :)  Just sayin'! - This is my 5th month as a "Dirty Girl" already and I only have one more month left for my final farewell on the team...hope you'll stop by!

Thanks so much for checking in with me today!
See you soon!



1..  Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies

2.  Crafty Creations - Not a Card

3.  Mod Squad - Anything But a Card

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Falliday Fest - Twist Gate Fold with Snowflakes

Hello friends!
Wanted to pop in to share another creation I made for the
FALLIDAY FEST event at Splitcoaststampers.

They have released another tutorial today called:
Twist Gate Fold -
CLICK HERE to see the tutorial
CLICK HERE for details on uploading your creation to the challenge forum.

I have made a sample for this tutorial and here's my version of it:
Here's what the card design looks like closed.  This is somewhat of an odd shaped design, but when you angle it around, it will fit nicely inside an A2 sized envelope for mailing which is very nice for Christmas card sending! :)

I haven't had a chance yet to pull out this stunning card kit from MFT, so I thought I would use it for this card design.  I have fallen in love with these gorgeous snowflakes from the Simply Snowflakes stamp set!   The green sparkle papers were included with the kit along with the ink colors I've used, but the plaid papers are from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid petite paper pack.  I thought they just went nicely with the color scheme from this kit. I like the non-traditional color scheme.  The snowflakes were cut with the coordinating dies from the kit and then I punched out a small scallop circle with some more of that green sparkle paper to place in the center of the largest snowflake.  I then added a rhinestone to the center of each of the outside snowflakes.

Here's what it looks like on the inside of my card design:
I've used more images from the MFT Simply Snowflakes set to cover the inside design.  I guess I couldn't help it...I think I wanted to use all of the images in the set! LOL!  The ink colors I've used were the ones included within the card kit.

For the inside sentiment, I had to pull out my MISTI tool to selectively stamp the wording so that it would fit inside the narrow space inside.  So keep that in mind when making one of these that a narrow style sentiment would be easiest to use.

I thought this was a super fun and unique style of card design that I will certainly be using again in the future!  I hope you will stop by and join in the "Falliday Fest" fun with us! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon!


1.  Crafty Catz - Anything Goes with a Twist:  More than 1 fold

2.  My Time to Craft - Fancy Folds

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Falliday Fest Kick Off - Punch Board Pumpkin tutorial

Hello friends!
I'm just popping in here today to share with you that the
Splitcoaststampers "Falliday Fest" has officially begun today!  Woot!
Click on the photo for information and to participate!
CLICK HERE to be taken straight to the challenge forum!  GO HAVE FUN!
This event is open to ALL crafters - no fan club membership is needed!  There are prizes, recipes, gift giving tips, challenges and tutorials for the next two weeks!!  So be sure to come check it out! - You can even sign up for e-mail updates for the tutorials!
Find out how YOU can become a "Challenge Yeti"!! - CLICK HERE

Today starts the beginning for the Falliday Fest tutorials and I have made a sample to be included in the gallery for this cute little project for Falliday Fest tutorial #1 :
I never thought to create a box design and make a pumpkin with it!  I think this was such a cute idea and so fun to decorate for the Fall season!
(If you would like to learn how to make one for yourself - CLICK HERE)
If you do make one of these, I hope you will load it up to splitcoaststampers and share it with us!

I've changed up my version by making it a Jack-o-lantern style by adding the pumpkin face and spider to the front panel.  The pumpkin face comes from an older Stampin' Up! set that I had in my stash.  The spider is actually a rub-on that I added to it.  I took the orange panels and stamped them with the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp.  I rounded the corners with my corner chomper and then used a black pen to add some stitching details around each panel as well.

Because of the name of the tutorial, I'm sure you've guessed that I've used the SU! Punch Board to make my box.  I made it with some Crumb Cake card stock and then sponged around the edges.  I also used the same card stock to make the curly vines by wrapping it around a paint brush.  For the stem I used burlap ribbon and followed the tutorial on putting it together.

For the leaves, I didn't have the same as the tutorial showed, so I used my MFT Falling Leaves Die-namics and cut them out in Crumb Cake and Garden Green card stock.  I sponged around the edges of them all with different colors of distress inks.  I just glued them on top of the box in layers and curled them up slightly for dimension.  I also covered the top of the leaves with a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  They look so shimmery and pretty which you can see at the top.

Hope you like my Punch Board Pumpkin project today and I hope you will stop by and check out some of the fun going on during Falliday Fest too!  (I will have more projects to share as it goes, so stay tuned in for that!) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Enjoy what's left of your weekend!


1.  Get Creative Challenges - Must include Stitching (faux or real)

2.  Crafting by Designs - October anything goes

3.  Double D - Pumpkin Time

4.  Stampin' Royalty - Anything Goes

5.  Crafty Gals Corner - Die Cuts/Punches

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
Hope you are all having a great week so far!
(I had a wonderful surprise weekend and I'll share a little later with that, but for now...)
I'm a little late in posting my creation here for the new challenge over at
It's a nice easy peasy theme of anything goes!
So just make whatever your heart desires with paper-crafting and share it with us!

With the weather changing over my way into the Fall season, I was inspired to make this:
I have used only one single leaf image to create the background which is also the same leaf image that is gold embossed on my design here.  It comes from a very old Stampin' Up! set that I had in my stash.  The set is dated from 2004 called "Natural Beauty".  The sentiment comes from last year's STAMPtember collaboration with My Favorite Things.

The background was created with the "Ghosting Technique".  This is not really a new to me technique, but I haven't done it in years.  I saw it on a challenge and thought it would be fun to play along with it. (See challenges below for details about the technique.)  I also used some water over the background and then sprinkled some gold embossing powder over it to heat set that in as well.  I used part of my ink blended background that was left over and heat embossed the same leaf image with gold embossing powder over it and fussy cut it out.  I also heat embossed the sentiment with gold EP over a strip of vellum.

I used my Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables to cut out my background and then attached the vellum strip to as well as the leaf image and then used some foam tape to pop up this background panel over an A2 sized Soft Suede card stock base.  I finished it off with some clear sparkling sequins and added some clear Stickles to the centers.

Here's a closer look at the gold embossing:
Here you can also see a better look at the "Ghosting Technique" in addition to the extra splatters of water that I've added to the background.  I ended up drying that and then sprinkled it with more water droplets and added the gold embossing powder to that.

It was pretty simple, but I just love the effect and how it all came together!

Fall is my favorite time of year with all of the pretty colors.  We currently have an event in my area going on that happens every year called the Knox County Scenic Drive, so I hope to get out this weekend and enjoy the Fall while it's still here! :)

Now be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see more inspiration!
Hope you've enjoyed my Fall creation and thanks for dropping in!


1.  CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - I used fussy cutting and splattering for my choice
(click on blog link for videos on the "Ghosting Technique"!)

2.  CAS Watercolor - Autumn

3.  Just Us Girls - Word Week:  Leaves

4.  Happy Little Stampers CAS - embossing on Vellum

5.  CAS on Sunday - heat embossing

6.  Tuesday Throwdown (TT314) - leaves
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