Friday, March 9, 2018


Hey y'all!  Getting caught up on the blog today.  Darn it, I hate falling behind.  

Anyways, I'm posting my Avery Elle card a few days late but better late than never, right! 

For today's post, I'm playing with the Mermaids stamp set.  I tell ya - this set just makes me happy!  I love these little mermaids and I especially love how the pair fantastically with the previously released Bubbles set.  

If you didn't see the video introducing this set, be certain to check it out here

To the card, shall we? Actually... I created TWO cards! 

For my first card, I created a distress paint background by simply circling the paint in the center of the cardstock.  I die cut it using the new Pierced Mat die. 

Then, I stamped, die cut and colored my mermaids.  The sentiment is stamped on a banner from Wonky Stitches . 

For my next card, I created a distress ink blended background with a custom stencil I created with just vellum and a die.  I love this technique!  Here I paired the mermaid and seahorse from Mermaids with a fish from Bubbles.

Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing part of your day with me.
Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ellen Hutson - S'whale hello

Hey all! Today we're hopping to celebrate Ellen Hutson's new 2018 design ambassador team.  I'm so excited to be returning to the Ellen Hutson team - such a special group and outstanding company to be affiliated with!  I pinch myself everyday that I'm so lucky!  

For the hop, we're celebrating the new team with a special get to know you post. 

So fun, right?!?!

Since this post is all about getting to know is - we thought some Q&A was in order! 
  1. Coffee or tea?  Coffee - but I actually only drink decaf!  A few years ago, I gave up caffeine as part of a cleanse.  It was amazing how it felt coming off caffeine - and I won't ever go back now!
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?  My blog name is actually both of my children's names!  Parker is now 10 and Molly is nearly 8. 
  3. Tell us one silly/random/interesting tidbit about yourself!  Hmmm.... there are lots of silly tidbits.  I LOVE PUGS.  I can sing all of the US presidents in order to the tune of Yankee Doodle.  I work full time as a Manufacturing Engineer for a very large, US based aerospace company.  
Alright, now to the card making stuff...  Even as a seasoned card maker, I enjoy learning tips & tricks from other crafters.  I learn so much when I go to other card makers blog about color combinations and different ways to use many of the supplies I already have.   
If I were to offer a tip to my readers when it comes to crafting - I would recommend people think of the rule of thirds.  I often will divide my projects into thirds or use three of something or have three main things going on.  

What's a hop without a project to share?!?!  We were asked to create whatever we wanted to represent our style.   

My signature style is definitely fun & cute.  Since I love love love critter stamps, I decided I wanted to create a card with an a Essentials by Ellen critter stamp.  The whales in S'whale just couldn't be any cuter - I adore them!!

To create my card I die cut my top layer and then ink blended a background behind it. I added some stamped details and then created a shaker with some sequins.  I stamped, colored and die cut the whale and added it to the front of my card.  Finally I heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock and added it to the front. 


Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me!  Have a great one and happy hopping! 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ellen Hutson - Catherine Pooler Designs Hop

Hey everyone!  
We're hopping today to celebrate Catherine Pooler designs now available at Ellen Hutson!  Woot!   Ack, I am SOOOO excited!  Two companies I love coming together - so fun!

You should have arrived here from Emily Midgett's blog.  If you are just starting out, head to the Classroom

For the hop, I played with the Catherine Pooler Designs inks - specifically the Zen Garden collection!  These inks are amazing.  Seriously, that squishy foam pad creates the best stamped impressions!  I'm absolutely in love and I know I'll be buying the rest to have the entire ink collection!  

I stamped the images from the Essentials by Ellen Rustic Botanicals and created a beautiful bouquet for the perfect backdrop for a pretty sentiment die.  The sentiment die is also from the Catherine Pooler Designs collection.

Your next stop on the hop is Julie Ebersole's blog.  Woot - have fun hoping'!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spring Bouquet

Hey everyone!  I'm back with a card using the new Spring Bouquet set.
I absolutely love this new set.  These lilies are gorgeous!
To create my card, I heat embossed the lilies on my card base and also on vellum.  I die cut the vellum lilies using the coordinating dies.  On my card base, I ink blended to add color.  On my lilies, I used Copics on the reverse side of the vellum (the non-stamped side) and added color to my lilies. 

I absolutely am obsessed with adding color to vellum stamped images using this technique - especially with flowers because it's so soft this way!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!