Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Blue!

Today, I finally found time to get this post up. I've been wanting to share this card that I created for my nephew Blake's first birthday party a few weeks ago. He invited all of us to his "farm" and my sister did a dynamite job decorating!

To go along with the theme, part of our gift was the "Little Blue Truck" duo of board books. Our two-year-old son is a big fan of these stories so we had to get Blake his own set. When I saw the Taylored Expressions Big Delivery stamp set, I couldn't resist making a coordinating card for the occasion. I used Deconstructed Sketch #149 as inspiration for my design.

Unfortunately, the card has a big crease down the middle... because I left the card out overnight and the bead board backdrop fell on it overnight. That's what I get for crafting late into the night. Here's a close-up of the truck and the gorgeous diamond satin ribbon in navy from Really Reasonable Ribbon's monthly club assortment. I tied the double bow with my Bow-It-All tool.

It's hard to see in the photo but the edge of the navy cardstock panel is pierced with my SU paper piercing essentials overlay. And of course, the image is colored with Copics.

Here are few more photos my Blake's big day...

Little Lamb Cupcakes

Flower Pots with Chalkboard Paint

Let's Eat!
Glass: BG-0000/10
Cupcake: R-37/39, BG-10/11/32, Y-11/13/15 

Stamp: Big Delivery (TE)
Ribbon: Diamond Satin Navy (RRR)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
CS: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy (SU), Cryogen White
Tools: Bow-It-All (RRR), white gel pen, paper piercing essentials (SU)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Dare to Dream

Today, I have a follow-up card to my Whimsical Light post. In the end, I actually created two cards for my husband's co-worker. She truly envisioned the couple sitting on the beach at sunset, dreaming of their new home. So this was the grand finale...

I created a step card with a sponged background using SU Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango inks. The sandpipers, seagrass, and sentiment are stamped in SU Soft Suede ink. The sentiment is from Verve's borderline stamp set. The chairs and the sun are from a beach-themed sticker set.

So which card do you prefer? Whimsical Light or Beach? I would love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by!!

CS: Cryogen White, Blue-Green Textured CS
Ink: SU Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede
Stamps: SU Wetlands; Verve Borderline
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs Step Card
Embellishments: Stickers

Friday, May 16, 2014

Whimsical Light

This week, I will be entering this card in MarkerPop's current Anything Goes Challenge #43. My husband's co-worker asked me to create a nautical themed "new home" card for a friend. When I saw this whimsical lighthouse digi by Tiddlyinks, I couldn't resist trying it out.

I colored the image with Copics and added Glossy Accents to the windows and to the top of the light. The sentiment on the card front is printed from my computer: 

A House is Built with Boards & Beams
A Home is Built with Love & Dreams

The Anything Goes MarkerPop challenge runs until May 25th. I hope you play along too!

Thanks for stopping by!!

E-50/53/55, 23/25/27
C-1/3, 3/5/7

Digi: Light My Life (Tiddlyinks)
CS: Cryogen White; Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso (SU)
Other: Copics; Glossy Accents

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Perfect Mother's Day for Strawberry Pickin'

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!  I'm a little late getting this post up because we had such a wonderful day today. My daughter (age 6) decided she was going to make me breakfast in bed this morning.  Those two slices of toast that she made all by herself were delicious! Both kids made me a few art projects. I also got an Origami Owl necklace and locket that had two personalized plates inside with the kids names on it.

We also decided to go strawberry picking at College Run Farms since the weather was absolutely beautiful for a ferry ride and to be outdoors. The crop was finally ready and we ended up picking (3) gallons.  My mom and Rich also joined us and we had lots of fun! My son (age 2) sure had his share of strawberries out in the field.  Can you tell by the evidence all over his face? We finished off the day with delicious homemade strawberry ice cream. So what did you all do for Mother's Day?

I do have two Mother's Day cards to share with you today. I found the inspiration for these cards on Pinterest. I used two different paper pads - Beautiful Life and Sweet Girl - from Echo Park for the floral backdrop.

If you like what you see, I hope you can take a minute to follow me on Pinterest or FacebookThanks for stopping by! 

CS: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, So Saffron (SU), Beautiful Life & Sweet Girl (EP)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride (SU)
Stamps: Dream Big, On Ocassion (Verve)
Dies: Dreamy Leaves (Verve), Banner Stacklets 1 (TE), Circles (Spellbinders)
Other: SP In Color Buttons (Flamingo Pink, Summer Sunset), SU Dimensionals 

Friday, May 9, 2014

DIY Enamel Dots Tutorial

Today I want to share a tutorial so you can make your own enamel dots to use for embellishments on cards, scrapbooking pages, Project Life layouts, you name it... they were really easy to do and turned out great!!

First, you need to purchase some Perler Beads which are designed to be melted. These can be found at your local craft store or online in the kids crafts section. I purchased a 4,000-count package of assorted colors that only cost me $6 after my 40% off coupon.


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and line up the beads in rows, spaced about 1/2-inch apart. You will stand them up vertically so they don't roll around.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes until they are completely melted. You will no longer see the tiny indent  in the middle of the dot. It took my batch 27 minutes.
  4. Allow the dots to cool completely.
  5. Slide the dots off the parchment paper into your storage container. They shouldn't stick. I used small ziplock bags that I had on hand, but a plastic divided bead container would also work really well.
  6. Use 3/16-inch glue dots to secure them to your project or layout.
After Baking

Left - Lined Up Before Baking
Right - Packaged After Baking
I discovered this tutorial on a post that I found on the Project Lifers Facebook page. These are extremely economical to do-it-yourself compared to purchasing brand name enamel dots online. Personally, I think they look great too!

Here are a few cards I made this week that are embellished with my DIY dots:

I encourage you to try these out for yourself. You'll be surprised at how easy they are to make!!

Small Perler Beads, Parchment Paper, Cookie Tray, Ziplock Bag or Storage Container

Teacher Appreciation Goodies

I am so thankful that my daughter has a great Kindergarten teacher! She's so nice, energetic, and my daughter seems to really enjoy school! It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over already! I found some free printables to use for our teacher appreciation goodies this week.

I also made these teacher appreciation cards using Verve's Teachers Count stamp set and matching Apple dies. These were really quick and easy to pull together... I think I made 8 cards in one night.

For the pre-school teachers, I thought the "Teachers Make Little Ones Count" sentiment from the same stamp set was appropriate.

We gave insulated mugs filled with candy to the lead teacher and her assistant, and then did small bags of candy for her resource teachers and for the teachers at my son's childcare center. All in all, we had 11 treat bags if you include the one we gave Grandma from the kids -- she's a middle school counselor and deserves to be recognized this week!

Insulated Mason Jar Mug from Wal-Mart
Filled with Candy

Treat Topper - Free Printable to Match Candy Wrappers

Custom Wrapped Hershey's Nuggets

A Special Treat Topper for the Librarian
"Hedgie with Books" from SP&Co

A Ceramic Paint Can for the Art Teacher
How Could I Resist?
BG-01/53/57, 72/75/78
E-13/15/18 (books), 50/53/55 (Hedgie)

Supply List:

SP&Co Stamp: Hedgie with Books
Bermuda Bay cardstock, Memento Black ink

Spellbinders Labels #8, Verve Flag It Dies
Colored with Copics

Printable Candy Labels
Verve: Teachers Count Stamps & Apple Dies
SU Ink: Real Red, Wasabi Green
Wilton Cellophane Treat Bags from Wal-Mart
Puzzle Satin Ribbon from Wal-Mart
Ceramic Paint Can from Michaels
Hershey's Assorted Chocolate Nuggets (XL Bag)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Diva Dare Creation: Petals & Wings

In preparation for Mother's Day this weekend, I have a card to share that includes both petals and wings for Verve's Diva Dare this month. The oversized butterfly from the newly released Die Sidekicks stamp set was my focal point for this emboss resist technique. I stamped the image in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The background of the butterfly is inked up with Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters and Pine Needles distress inks. I added two layered die cut flowers topped with white DIY enamel dots. The Mother's Day sentiment from the On Occasion stamp set is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink. Two deep turquoise DIY enamel dots finish off the card front.

Here's a close-up:

Do you have your cards done for Mother's Day yet?  I'm getting there...
Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles
SU Ink: Bermuda Bay, Versamark
SU CS: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
Verve Stamps: Die Sidekicks, On Occasion
TSOL Dies: Mini Flowers
Embellishments: DIY Enamel Dots
Others: Clear Embossing Powder

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nurse Appreciation Day

Did you know that today is Nurses Day?  Today's card introduces you to a sweet little nurse from Lili of the Valley.  I created this card back in March for my mother-in-law in Canada who had knee replacement surgery.  Fortunately, she made it through surgery just fine and is recovering quickly.  She's also a nurse so this sweet image was perfect!!

The sentiment says, "Sorry to Hear You're Under the Weather."  I love how the scalloped oval pops off of the Italian flourish doily.  Here's a close-up of the nurse taking care of the teddy bear.

If you know a nurse, take today to tell them how much you appreciate them!  They deserve it!

CS: Cryogen White (Curious Metallics), Rich Razzleberry (SU), Bermuda Bay (SU)
Stamp: Little Nurse (LOTV); Sentiment (My Creative Time)
Dies: Ovals and Scalloped Ovals (Spellbinders); Italian Flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs)

E-50/53/55 (Hair)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lots of Eye Candy

Hey!  I feel like I've been slacking lately on getting cards posted online to share with you guys!  I've been really busy and have made lots of cards over the last few weeks but I just haven't found the time until now to get them on the web.  Most of these cards will be included in a silent auction for my Dad's Corvette Club to benefit Wounded Warriors at the end of the month.

Today, I'm just going to share photos and a quick supply list for each card so I can give you lots and lots of ideas.

I hope you like them!!  If you want more details on how I created these cards, please leave me a comment below.

Stamps: SU Serene Silhouettes, Wetlands (sentiment)
Inks: Dafodill Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Memento Paris Dusk (sponging); Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Memento Paris Dusk (stamp image); Memento Paris Dusk (sentiment)

Inks: Wild Wasabi, Strawberry Slush
Embellishments: RRR Pink Diamond Satin, SP Button
Stamps: Verve Thankful Hearts, SU Flower Shop
Dies: SU Flower Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits
EF: SU Arrows

CS and Inks: SU Real Red, Night of Navy, Whisper White
EF: SU Stripes, Adorning Accents
Dies: SU Adorning Accents
Embellishment: SU Real Red Ribbon
Stamps: SP 5 Stars, Verve Thankful Hearts

Inks & CS: SU Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe; Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: TSOL Happy Birthday sentiment, SU Papillon Potpourri, Stampers Anonymous Ultimate Grunge
Dies & Punches: TE Banner Stacklets, SU Large & Small Butterfly Punches

Inks: SU Pool Party, Soft Sky, So Saffron
Stamps: SU Just Sayin', SP Just a Note
Embellishment: Lemon Twine
Dies: TSOL Wavy Dies, SU Word Bubbles (for masking)
EF: SU Honeycomb