Checking in

Well. School was back again in full force. Only got one new student after the break, and he’s a cutie! I’m so thankful that the rest of my crazies are so welcoming and have already made their new classmate a part of the family. Makes a school-momma proud. Lol! 

I got a few new goodies in the mail this weekend, so I’ve tried to get a few projects done. Stamping and puppy love are the two things I miss while I’m at work. After two weeks at home, Lucy has had a hard time readjusting to mom being gone. Can we have a “Bring your dog to school” day?

This first card I am not going to show the card as a whole. I cased one of the MFT design team members for the ideas, and so even though I changed a few elements, I can’t take credit for this card. But I have to share the super cute new monkey! 

  
The next card I made today was based off of this monkey one but has a few other changes. This idea is pretty cute, and makes for a fun card. 

 

The last card I’ll share today is for the Retro Sketches sketch for this week. The sketch is #197. Here is the sketch. (Click the sketch to go to the Retro Sketches blog!)

  
I’m loving this plaid paper from MFT, and already had it out on my desk. So onto the card it went!

  
  
I originally had a different cat image pulled for this card, but the colors weren’t right after I chose the guava cardstock. But this little one was sitting in the stash, and it coordinated better! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week! 

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2016! I’m excited to be spending some of my day here in my scrapbook studio working on some cards. This is one blessed crafter! I have a couple of cards for you today. 🙂

The first is very similar to a card I made a few months ago. It uses the My Favorite Things Top Dog stamp set and the new Simon Says Stamp Cute Snowflakes from the January card kit. 

 
I used my copic markers to color the dogs and used some Simon Says Stamp Blue Jay ink to color the top of the scene. 

My next card is for the ColorQ challenge for this week. This is my first time to participate. The challenge this week is:

  

(Click on the image to be taken to the ColourQ challenge blog) 

I love Costal Cabana and absolutely dreaded the day when it retired. I have several things in the stash that are this color, so I was excited to play along this time. The inspiration piece is pretty festive, but I honestly don’t do much to celebrate the new year, so I thought what about just a fun, sparkly thank you card? 

  
I again used my copic markers to color in the cat, fish, and bowl. 

  

This little kitty made me think of my stray cat, (although I guess she isn’t stray anymore) Shadow. She has such pretty grey coloring. 

  I got a few pictures of her a few weeks ago and she was feeling playful and actually didn’t run when I held my phone up for a few minutes. We are still working on accepting touch, but she’s making a lot of progress. (This chair sits on my back porch right next to my back door.) 
 

I hope that you have a blessed New Year’s Day and that you enjoy your time with family and friends. 

Now I’m off to see one very jealous pup who is eager to play and snuggle. ❤️

    Change in the weather

    Well, as I crafted with the January Simon Says Stamp card kit, I mentioned that the weather here was nice and warm. Not so much anymore. We went from the upper 70’s down to the 30’s and 40’s in about a day. Too drastic of a change of you ask me! But, I’ve been able to make a few more cards with the kit that I wanted to share. Hope you enjoy!

       
    I thought that the little critters and characters would look cute in a little Polaroid frame, so I made one that would fit this smaller card size and let the penguin and walrus send a little hello.

     This fun card measures 6 1/4 x 3 1/4. I used my fuse tool to make little shaker pockets and filled with some of the patterned paper and a few star confettis that I had in my stash. 
       
    This image is from Papertrey Ink. The Praises and Phrases stamp set is just darling and I love the messages and scriptures included. I had randomly stamped this image (this set is new but got ignored by all the Christmas cardmaking and sewing) and it matched the card kit papers nicely. I absolutely love that plaid!

     

    My last card here uses a previous Mojo Monday sketch that I found on Pinterest. I look forward to catching up on some card challenges and sketches on the rest of my break. 

    One last card before I go today. This one is not wintery, but I enjoyed coloring the toucan. I also tried out a glitter embossing powder. Very fun and sparkly! I can’t wait to use it on some other projects! 

     
    Have a great Tuesday! 

    Hello :)

    hello! It has been a little while since I last blogged. It has been a bit busy around here. The last three weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind with research papers, finals, and then all the Christmas festivities that go along with teaching third graders. They had Christmas programs, parties, and in the midst of all the chaos, I taught them how to do some simple sewing. Whew.

    Needless to say, this past week was spent mostly with a dog in my lap and a sappy Christmas movie (or 11) on the t.v. Oh, and Christmas shopping a whole 5 days before the big day. I did good.

    So, last night I got my January Simon Says Stamp card kit. I love the colors and the products for this month. (Even though it has been unseasonably warm here in Texas.) I just knew I had to take some time to whip out a few cards. These are the ones that I’ve made so far!

    I used white embossing powder to emboss the snowflakes on watercolor paper and then used colors that matched the kit to make a fun snowy background!

    This next card uses the Retro Sketches #195 sketch with the SSS card kit elements. I turned the sketch on its side and went to town.

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    I hope that you enjoyed today’s cards. 🙂 Hopefully I will have more cards for you very soon!

    Thankful for you…

    well. This  week has been an interesting one. I celebrated my birthday for the very first time at school. That. Was. Different. I have always had  my birthday off, so celebrating it with coworkers and the little people was new. The kids guessed  that I was turning 51. They were a bit off. OK, quite a bit off. But they were sincere. I  can honestly say that I have never had the birthday song sung to me quite as much. Like, ever. I really wasn’t sure whether to be flattered or embarrassed. Lol!!

    I got a few crafty goodies for my birthday, which was very nice. I have those ready to go for an upcoming project. It was fun to make a wish list and then actually not be 100% sure of what I would be getting! I will be working to improve my coloring skills, that’s for sure!

    The holiday is fairly simple around here. Some of the family went on vacation out-of-state, we went out to eat with my mom’s family Wednesday, and then today Lucy and I went to my parents’.  I also had homework due today, so instead of getting the after Thanksgiving lunch nap, I had to read and write. I took a picture of everyone else napping while I studied. Not. Fair. I keep telling myself that in just two semesters I will be finished. And as my friend puts it, I’ll still be the crazy girl, but I’ll get some important letters after my name.

    As luck would have it, I also received my Simon says stamp December card kit this week! It is filled with some fun products this month. I’m sitting here working on a few clean and simple Christmas cards to go into my stash… I’m still calculating how many I will need for this year, and I would much rather have extras than not enough!!

    while making some simple cards I ran across the latest Sweet Sunday Sketch that I had scribbled on my grid paper. Perfect choice for a card this evening!

    Here is my card for the Sweet Sunday Sketch #296 🙂

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    I hope that you enjoy the card! Thanks for stopping by!

    MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

    Have I mentioned that I love sketches?

    This week I played along with the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge. You can find out more about the sketches and things {here}. This is what I made for sketch 255.

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    I used navy cardstock and stamped the hearts from the Top Dog set in gold brilliance ink. The center panel is Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock washed in distress inks (peacock feathers and evergreen bough). Then I did some splatters with gold mica ink and sewed the panel on to the navy piece with my sewing machine. The puppy was already colored and cut out on my desk. (Copics on Neenah 80lb.) I used a star punch and cut off the points to get the triangles for my little banner. I used scrap white cardstock and gold glitter cardstock. The banner pieces were pierced with my paper piercer and sewn together with a strand of embroidery floss. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment in navy ink onto white cardstock.

    Thanks so much for checking out my card today! Have a great weekend!

    My Monthly Hero

    This month I grabbed the November kit for Hero Art’s My Monthly Hero, simply because of the fabulous stamp set designed by Kathy! She has such talent and of course I had to support her! If you don’t visit her over at The Daily Marker – you should! Her coloring is simply inspirational!

    Of course, my new stamp set needed a few new copic markers. So… I made a trip to my local craft store. Shhhh! I just love adding to my copic collection.

    I got the optional set of dies that went along with the stamp set, and these were the first few images that I cut out. (Don’t you love my messy grid paper?)

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    I looked up several pictures of succulents online while I was coloring. I love the variety of the colors and so now I think I need a succulent garden.

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    I was not super excited with how this card turned out, but I did really like how the succulents turned out. I plan on fixing the card and will post it soon.

    This next card I used the latest Sweet Sunday Sketch. I just recently found the sketch challenges and I’m so thankful! Y’all! I l-o-v-e sketches! There are some talented women that are part of the design team – so you’ll have to check out that fun blog!

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    This is sketch #295. I used a variety of supplies that I had to finish the card. That fun background stamp is an o-l-d Stampin’ Up background. I’m talking 2005. I stamped the background in versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

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    I also had a lot of fun with this next card. I used an older Sweet Sunday Sketch that I found on their pinterest board.

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    I wasn’t quite sure how to get the look of the terrarium just right, but I used a bit of vellum so that it looked like the rocks, and some of the plants are inside of the glass.

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    Thanks so much for checking out my cards for this weekend. Check out my instagram for some of my other recent work.