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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Just a short note..

Just stopping by with this short note in case you were wondering where I am.
I am not feeling well and I think I will be down for a few days, please excuse me.
Hopefully I will be back next week!

Thanks for your support!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Flashback Friday - This Land is My Land - Zooming Closer In!

Hello friends!
I really cannot believe that we've ended another week in July already!  Time is flying by me quickly, so I hope to be able to just relax this weekend and enjoy it being Summer! :)  I do have many things I'm working on and I promise I will share it with you soon!

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*
(To see all of my Flashback Friday posts - Click here!)
Shall we continue with the July creations?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So last week you saw the earth and the U.S.  Now I will narrow it down even further:
To see the original upload on SCS - Click here (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on my upload post:
For the "This Land is My Land" theme, I have found out many things about my home state that I didn't know about! For instance, I didn't know that the Cardinal is our state bird. This makes sense to me as I see them all year long, not just in the winter time. But if you look outside my back yard window, you would probably see an image like this on my card because we have a wooden privacy fence with pine trees all around us. The cardinals are always flying around as they love to nest in the pine trees. If you look closely at the song music the bird is singing, you will be able to see what state I am from. (I found this sheet music by looking up information about my state. I printed it off on a piece of vellum and then sprinkled some clear EP over it since it was still wet after it printed out.) I love how this card turned out! There is so much texture and dimension on this. July is ALWAYS a good time to think about making some Christmas cards since it's so hot where I'm at right now! LOL!

I made my own fence by using a Wood-grain background stamp from Stampin' Up! and then made the "pickets" by notching the wood-grain strip with a square punch.  I used my ruler to mark where to make the cuts.  The bird was made my transforming a bird punch by SU! and then I've popped it up over the fence that was covered with some modeling paste.  I've also used some Lumiere paint to splatter some white drops on the background for snow.  I then used some liquid pearls in other various places for more dimension with the snow fall.

The sentiment is also from a SU! stamp set that I had which was embossed with clear EP using some pigment black ink.  This sentiment is one of my faves to pull out for Christmas!


Something else that I thought was pretty cool learning about my home state was our state insect:
To see the original upload on SCS - click here! (fan club members only)

Here's what I said about this card on the original upload:
I have continued from my state bird (Cardinal Christmas card) to my state insect which is the Monarch butterfly. Our state is also nick-named "The Prairie State" because of the vast flat grass fields everywhere. There are not many hills around us and there is probably a ton of prairie grass growing in many places. I see these butterflies all the time every Spring. They're so pretty indeed! I wish you could actually SEE the shimmer that I've got on this butterfly. He is covered with embossing powder and the vibrant colors are covered with lots of shimmer.

I would also like to mention that this butterfly was fussy cut out and attached to the card only in the center so that the wings lift away from it.  I wanted this card to be just as bright and beautiful as if you were sitting with me in my back yard and came across this butterfly landing on a flower...they are stunning to see for sure.  The tall grass stamped in the background is from an older Stampin' Up! stamp set.  The ribbon and card stock colors are also SU!

The really cool thing about this card is that when you open it, it looks like this:
This was a hard photo to capture, but if you can see, this is one of those "Tunnel Cards".  The middle section folds towards you and the inside of it folds it closed so that when you open it up, you get the sentiment inside that oval "tunnel" design.

I have used the same SU! stamp set that I've used on the front of this card and continued with it on the inside as well.  I've also stamped the silhouette cone flowers from the set which is also another wild flower that grows in our state.  I have purple ones planted in my backyard and love them!

If you would like to learn more about how to make a "Tunnel Card", you can check out the tutorial on SCS and you do NOT have to be a fan club member to see it! - CLICK HERE!

I hope you've enjoyed the "Flashback" for today!
Be sure to tune in next Friday where I will show you more creations from where I live!
Thanks for stopping in and enjoy your weekend! :)

(I will not enter these in any challenges since they were previously made creations.)


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cute Card Thursday is Ribbons & Bows - Oh My!

Happy Thursday my friends!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!  I have had a crazy week coming and going which is not really fun when it's so hot!  I hope to be able to sit in the air and just relax a bit for a few days!
I wanted to share a new challenge with you over at
This week we are looking for "Ribbons/Bows" on your creations!  I hope you'll join us!

Here's the card that I made using one of the images from this week's sponsor:
I couldn't resist to snatch up this cutie from the All Dressed Up Stamps freebie section on their challenge blog!  You can check it out here - CLICK HERE!

I've got her colored up with my Copics in some red and blue colors!  I think this is such a fun color combo and works for many ocassions too!  I didn't want the red to be a real bright red, so I found an older Stampin' Up! color that I still have stock in and used it for the base of the card as well as the image layer and sentiment panel.  I wanted to use the same color in ribbon and didn't have any, so I took some of my white ribbon and dyed it with an ink refill.  I think this is probably one of my favorite retired colors and was sad to see it go! (Ridinghood Red)

For the background, I had some pretty birthday themed papers to go with my blue colors, so I took a strip of some really old lace ribbon that has been in my stash for such a long time...I NEVER used it until now, I can't believe it, but glad I have stopped hoarding it.  I couldn't stop running my fingers over it...it's so pretty!  :)  I also took a strip of my dyed ribbon and attached that over top of the lace before I mounted the image panel over it with some foam tape.

I white heat embossed the sentiment over the red cardstock banner that came from My Favorite Things called Essential Sentiments.  The die that I used to cut the image from is by Lawn Fawn called Small Cross-Stitched Stackables dies.  For the corners, I have an old photo corner punch and I just punched some out with some of that red card stock.  I added some pearls to them as well.

Here's a closer look at the image:
For a few last minute touches, I decided to take a black gel pen to add to her eyes as well as a white gel pen for highlights on her checks and to make some dots on the balloon.  I've also taken a Spectrum Noir clear glitter brush to add some shimmer to her dress...not sure if you can pick that up in the photos or not.  The finished size of my card is 5" x 5".

Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see the other wonderful inspiration from our design team and hope to see your creation in the gallery too!

Thank you so much for checking in today!  I hope you've enjoyed my card!
Have a beautiful day!


1.  All Dressed Up Challenge - Anything Goes (Must use their images)

2.  Sketch Saturday - #471

3.  Seize the Birthday - Red, White & YOU! (I picked blue)

4.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Red, White & Blue

5.  The Cutie Pie Challenge - Here Come the Girls

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monthly Art Journal - Summer Sunshine

Hello friends!
I'm so excited to be back making my art journal pages again!  I didn't realize how much I had missed playing with my neglected stash and creating from a blank canvas and mixing media!  I am happy to be collaborating with my long time blog buddy once again too!! :)

**If you are new to my blog or missed my previous AJ posts:  I have joined together with my talented blog friend Asha from Sunny Summer Crafts to inspire each other through our Art Journal Pages and share them on our blogs on a monthly basis with you to maybe inspire our other crafty friends.  Perhaps you will be inspired to give AJ pages a try!  We just want to share our love of crafting through this wonderful mixed media art form.  If you would like to see my past AJ pages, you can CLICK HERE to have a look at them all.**

We are in the middle of Summer where I live and during our Summer months, it gets extremely hot hot hot!  Although it is hot, I have to say that I just love all of the sunshine...not so much for bringing the heat, which it does, but also for what it does for your spirit, the growing of our flowers and plants as well as making us get a nice tan color on our skin and getting to pull out our stylish shades!  I especially love the the sparkle it gives the water dancing across the ripples along with providing us a spectacular sun set with a stunning color show right before it says good night.

These good feelings are what helped inspire my AJ page for today:
I am starting with a 6x9 Canson #140 coldpress watercolor, prepped with gesso that was punched at the top for a ring binding book I'm making.

I wanted the sun to be in the background, but to also be so large that it takes up most of the page because it is actually the entire reason for this idea.  I did not have any die or template for a circle, so I just went in my kitchen and pulled out one of my plates to create the large orange circle.  My plate wasn't a perfect circle as it had "ripples" in it, but I thought it looked pretty cool, so I just went with it.  I had some old orange colored patterned paper from my stash that I used for this, but I decided it wasn't quite the right orange color, so I painted over it.  Once dry, I embossed the background image from Designs By Ryn with some gold embossing powder.  I went around the edges of it and over it in various places with some copper Nuvo mousse.

I then took the circle and placed it where I thought I wanted it on my page without attaching it and traced where it was with a pencil and then set it aside.  I took my outline to measure where I would be putting down my painter's tape to create the "sun rays".  Before placing the painter's tape down, I covered the background area with a mixture of yellow and neon yellow paints and let dry.  After it dried, I placed my painter's tape where I wanted for my first color and painted some marigold for one set of rays, removed the tape and then repeated the process for another set of sun rays that I painted in a canary yellow color and removed the tape to let dry.  I then decided to add some gold embossing with the triangle border stamp for more interest along some of the sun rays.  I've also taken more of that copper mousse and rubbed it over various places in the background.

Here's a closer look at the top of the page:
After I heat embossed the triangle borders, I went ahead and attached the orange sun cirle over my traced outline for it.  I then took some black gesso and made some splatters over the background.  I used this same black gesso to paint over the "summer" chipboard letters as they were not the color I wanted them to be.  After they were dry, I went over them with some more of that copper mousse and attached them above the orange sun circle.  I took my Pitt Brush marker to go along the edge of the orange circle for a bit of dimension.  I also took a white gel pen to add highlights on the letters.

Moving further on down the page:
I actually have used a few items from a couple of older card kits for the elements on this page.
For the "sunshine" lettering, I took a word die from an older card kit and die cut it out several times in black card stock.  I also cut one out with some gold glitter paper.  I stacked out 4 of the black together and then offset the glitter one on top so that the black slightly shows behind it giving it a dimensional look.  I did the same with the die cut heart above the "i" letter.  I replaced the dot in the die with a heart.  Below the "sunshine" word, I cut out a banner with a quote I made from my computer and then outlined it with my black Pitt Marker.

Moving to the bottom of the page:
Again, I have used some elements from an older card kit which is where the sailboat came from.  I stamped it and colored it with my Copic markers and attached it to the page.

To achieve the "water" at the bottom, I took some embossing paste and mixed it with a blue colored Peal Ex powder.  Unfortunately, it looses some of that pretty shimmer that Pearl Ex powder has, so while it was still wet, I added some blue glitter to the mix and I just love all of the sparkle it has on it!  I simply mixed it all together with a palette knife and spread it out over the bottom of my page and tried to swirl it around so it resembles some sparkling water.

While it was still somewhat wet, I took some puffy fish stickers from an older card kit and pushed them into the "water" paste and let it dry.  Lastly, I finished out the page with some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added some gold Stickles in the center of each one.

I love all of the sparkle on this and I have it setting on my desk right now.

I hope you've enjoyed my AJ page and got inspired!  Be sure to hop on over to Asha's blog and take a look at what inspiration she has with her Art Journal Page too!

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine today!


1.  Art Journal Journey - Summertime Love

2.  Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (Mixed Media/altered items)

3.  Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

4.  Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Embossing (heat/dry)

5.  Happy Little Stampers - Mixed Media - Texture

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flashback Friday - This Land is My Land

Hello friends!
Welcome to another "Flashback Friday" post!  It is really hot hot hot outside! Wow! I think it's a great day to stay in the cool air to craft a bit! :)

*As I mentioned last month starting my "Flashback Friday" posts, that although these are previously made creations, I have never posted them on my blog up until now.  The only way you may have seen them before is if you are apart of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, as I made these last year during my time as a Dirty Dozen DT member and only SCS fan club members would've been able to see them.  I am posting them here for you as a "Flashback Friday" post so that those of you who are not fan club members are still able to see what I created for it.  I was not allowed to post them anywhere else at that time until 6 months had passed...so now I'm sharing them a year later with you as they were shown on SCS.  I hope you enjoy these creations clear up until the end of November!*

Shall we start with July?  The theme for the month was:  "This Land is My Land"
The plan for my uploads for this month was to take the fan club reader on a "journey" into "my world" and narrow it down to where I live.  So the best place I thought to start was the earth:
To view the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I used this die from My Favorite Things that I think is no longer available any more.  The background was made using a blue watercolor piece that I flickered with white paint and die cut a banner with it.  I took parts of the earth globe to die cut the land pieces and the "world" sentiment in gold glitter card stock.  I used my computer to generate the rest of the sentiment and die cut that panel out with a stitched rectangle die and mounted to a white A2 sized card base.  Lastly I added some twine at the top of the watercolor banner with a wooden heart in the center of the bow.

It seemed very emotional for me when I created this one and it ended up being my favorited one for this month.  Here are the words that I put in my upload:

For the "This Land is My Land" theme, I thought there was no better place to start than with the earth itself. It is such a stunning world and I have not even begun to see all that it has to offer and probably will never get to see it all. With so many things going on in the world and even in our own lives, it's easy to forget to step back and take a moment at how thankful and blessed we all are. I am reminded by this very old song sung by Louis Armstrong in 1967 which really grabs my soul even now.  I shared a link to the video and you can watch it below:

For my second card, I zoom in closer to my nation:
(It almost seems appropriate during this month with the July 4th Independence Day!)
To view the original upload on SCS - CLICK HERE (fan club members only)

I had actually found this really cool cutting file with my Cricut machine and cut it out with blue card stock.  I took some red foil paper to place behind it and popped it up over my card front which was made with white die cut stars that I placed all over the background.  I again used my computer to create the sentiment at the top and then made an A2 sized card with it.

I took the "love" sentiment die from Lawn Fawn and cut a few of them to glue together for dimension and strength and attached that to my popped up U.S.   I then cut out a heart from some white glitter paper and added a bow with some patriotic twine over it and placed that on the U.S.  I also rouned the corners of the card with my corner chomper.

Be sure to stay tuned in for next Friday where I will zoom in even closer as to where I live!
Thanks so much for dropping in today and I hope you've enjoyed my creations!
Have a wonderful weekend...I'll see you soon!

(I will not enter these in any challenges as they were previously made creations.)


Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Football Spinner for Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!
I hope that all of my American friends had a fantastic July 4th Holiday!
It was so hot over my way and those bugs seemed to want to bite...so I went inside the cool air!

Just swinging by to share a new challenge starting today over at
The challenge for this week is to make a sports/games themed creation!  We can't wait to see what you'll come up with!

I have mostly men in my family and a couple of them are big sports fans, so it's always a great idea to make these type of cards for them whenever I get a chance to do one. So here's my card:
This is how my card looks closed.
I've used a couple of different sports related stamp sets that I've had for a really long time in my stash and I know that I won't ever part with them because I know I will just keep going back to use them again each time I need a sports card for a male! (Some are old Stampin' Up! and another is an older MFT set)

Since it's a masculine style card, I've kept it simple and I've used the colors (Chicago Bears) of a favorite sports team in my family.  I've used the MFT Stitched Oval Dies to cut through the card stock in the middle and thought that the oval shape would be a good shape to use for the football shape.  I stamped two of the footballs and attached them back to back with a string in the middle for the spinner design.  I stamped some stars in the background and the sentiment banner was cut with a fishtail banner die.  I've also sponged some white ink around the navy colored panel.

And so when the recipient opens up the card, they will see that the football in the center of the card starts to spin around!  It's so fun to watch and I think it's best to send these type of cards in the mail as a fun surprise!

And here you can see what the inside of the card looks like.
In the top photo, you can see the letters in the background behind the football...so when the card is opened, it reveals what those letters are inside.  The sentiment set that I've used for the inside of the card is from Lawn Fawn called Happy Happy Happy.

I hope you've enoyed my card today and please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog to see what the other design team has come up with!  I hope you will play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for dropping by!


1.  Allsorts - a question of sport

2.  Crafty Friends - Man/Boy

3.  Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes

4.  Pammie's Inky Pinkies (PIP1727) - Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Baby You're a Firework! - Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day to all of my American friends!
I hope you all have some fun things going on today no matter what you're doing!
I plan on spending some time with loved ones and enjoying the holiday.

There's always so many different things going on in the crafty world and sometimes it's so hard to keep up with everything, but I wanted to let you know that I have so many different things going on in the works behind the scenes here, so it will just take time to get it all put together, but I will get there, I promise! :)  In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy what I'm sharing with you!

Today, In honor of this special holiday, I have this card to share with you:
I had so much fun making the background on this card!
I wanted to be sure to use some watercolor on my creation because I have heard somewhere that this is actually World Watercolor Month!  (CLICK HERE for further details!)

I have started with a watered down piece of watercolor paper and then added some blue and purple colors from my Zig Kuretake Gansi Tambi watercolor palette.  I let it dry and then repeated the process again to get a darker look.  After letting it dry the second time, I took some Frost White Fantastix Ink and loaded my paint brush with it to create some splatters for the stars in the background.  After that was dry, I removed the painters tape around the edge and then took some Black Soot Distress Ink to sponge around the edges for an even darker appearance.

After completing my background, I took the Lawn Fawn Stitched Fireworks die and die cut them out in the places I wanted my fireworks on the background panel.  I used some shimmer chalks to create the red and blue firework colors.  For the smaller one on the left I took some Platinum Inka-Gold and rubbed some of that with my finger tool over it.  All of the sparkle came from the coordinating colors of Stickles glitter glue I had in my stash.

I've also cut a black border panel with the LF Forest Border die and then I also cut a green piece with the LF Grassy Hillside Borders.  (I just turned the border panels at an angle I wanted them to appear on my card.)  I layered my watercolor panel over a piece of glitter paper and also cut out the sentiment at the bottom with the same paper using the LF Fancy Box die set.  I attached the layered panel onto a piece of A2 sized top folding black card base.  I took the grassy hill border strip and glued it across the entire bottom portion of the card.

Lastly, I stamped, colored with my Copic markers and cut out the cute furry critters from the LF Upon a Star stamp set and dies.  I tucked them in behind the grassy hill border and glued them down along with the glittery sentiment at the bottom.

Here's a closer view of all the sparkle:
You can really see the glitter and shine from the fireworks, but you can also see the shimmer coming from the splattered stars as well as the glittery paper border and sentiment.
This was such a fun card to make and I know I'll be using this set again!  I don't normally send out any July 4th cards, so with the sentiment being "yay", I thought this could work for different ocassions other than that which I like too!

I hope you've enjoyed my creation today!
Thanks so much for dropping in and hope you have a safe and fun July 4th Holiday.

I know this may be a little cliche, but I have always loved this song and thought it went well with my card and the celebration of today, so if you'd like some music...enjoy this video!


1.  Lawn Fawnatics - Summertime Fun (What could be more fun than watching fireworks!?)

2.  {Cupcake Inspirations} CIC412 - Fireworks

3.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes + animal

4.  Glitter 'N' Sparkle - Freedom

5.  The Crazy Challenge - Animals

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