Friday, October 19, 2018


Now that you officially have the Adele song in your head! 
I am in love with the Peony dies from Whimsy Stamps.
I used gold Stampin' Up! paper for the petals and Papertrey Ink for the leaves.  I took a gold Sharpie and outlined the edges of the leaves for a bit more drama.

The background was created with a stencil, texture paste, and kraft card stock.  
The black and white portion was a piece left over from another stamping project.  I layered everything with crafty foam tape for added dimension
I used die cut letters to spell Hello and colored them with an Cadmium Orange and Red R27. (You can find a similar alphabet stamp at Whimsy Stamps called Bold ABC's.) Once it was dry I adhered them to the front of the card.  I scattered a few gold sequins and rhinestones to finish it off.  
So glad you stopped by today! 

Peony Flower DieBold ABC Die SetOpaque Matte Finish Texture PasteCrafty Foam Tape White

Sunday, October 14, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween!

I am so excited to be a guest designer for Whimsy Stamps, 31 Nights of Halloween, that I made THREE projects! I used the same set for all 3.  It is called, Halloweeners Clear Stamps!  I stamped my mummy and Miss Dracula using black Memento ink.  I masked them off and then die cut a circle out of masking paper and placed it on the kraft card stock.  I inked around it in a dark brown and black ink.  I then used the negative space and inked the moon using white ink.  

I colored the images with Copic markers and added glossy accents for a bit of dimension.  I stamped the sentiment in black ink, tied red twine, and added a few plastic spiders for good measure!
This card is as spooky as I get!  ;)

For my next card I stamped the images in a pale grey Memento ink and water colored the images.  I added dots in between the images using an orange and black Copic Marker.  I stamped the image on to black card stock with Versamark Ink.  I embossed it in white and used a tag punch. I tied purple and white twine vertically, added the tag, and glued a few sequins to finish off the card. 
My last project I created to cover the large LifeSaver Gummy candies.  These are my absolute favorites!I could eat this babies until my teeth fall out!
I used the squares from the Peekaboo Window Die.
I stamped the images with black Memento ink and colored them with Copic markers.  I inked up the backgrounds and added glossy accents to the main image.  Once it was dry I spattered a bit of coordinating water colors over the image. 
I stamped the sentiments on black card stock and Versamark.  I embossed it in white.  I added a few sequins and the tag to the front of my image.  I tied a little bow with white string. 
I so appreciate you stopping by!
Thanks so much!

Supplies Used!
Halloweeners Clear StampsPeekaboo Window 1 DieImage result for image copic markersMemento Full-Size Ink Pad - Tuxedo BlackMemento Full-Size Ink Pad - London FogVersaMark Full-Size Ink Pad - Original (Clear)White Embossing Powder - Basic

Glossy Accents

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bathroom Remodel and a Painted Ceiling?

Have you ever started a project that was supposed to be easy? And then it turned into a huge beast of a job?  Are all home improvement tasks like this?
We have a powder room for guests that looked like this.....after we took the chair rail down.
Yes, I chair rail.
Who puts a chair rail in the bathroom? 
Were they expecting a huge crowd?
Chair rail down....huge holes in the wall. Lots of spackling, sanding, spackling, sanding, and more spackling. 
We had these Hollywood lights and this mirror. And a vanity that stood 31 inches tall. 35 inches in standard.  I stand a whopping 5 ft, 3 inches tall and fell huge next to the vanity!  
This became a problem then with the mirror.
Because most mirrors are glued on.
So if taking down the chair rail left holes in the drywall, the mirror was going to be crater sized holes.
What do we do?   
We took the mirror down.
And yes it left 4 large holes in the drywall.
So back to spackling, sanding, spackling, sanding....
you get the idea. 
The project from start to finish took about 6 weeks.
There were quite a few snags that derailed us.
(2 containers of spackle, R35 to seal the wall from moisture...don't ask how I found out that NOT sealing it was a problem, and lots of sanding!)
Lately I've had a love affair with the color orange. 
It makes me happy.
When I told my family and friends I wanted to paint a wall AND the ceiling orange, they all thought I had gone off the deep end.
I started doubting myself. ;)

New vanity (a normal height now of 35 inches!), new lights, and new mirror!
AND.....can you see the ceiling?  
The other 3 walls are a clean white to give the eye a place to rest. 
I love color, but I am not totally crazy people.
(Well maybe a little) 
I bought these water color prints at an art fair over the summer and it became my inspiration for the bathroom. 
So what do you think?  
Am I nuts?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chef Penguin Take Two!

Good morning!
I have a second card using the Penguin Baker stamp set from Whimsy Stamps!
You can see the first card HERE.

I stamped the image with a pale grey ink and water colored it using Altenew water colors.  I  stamped the sentiment from the Penguin Gardener set on black paper and Versamark ink.  I embossed it in white. 
I added some coordinating sequins and a pretty silk ribbon. 

I added a button tied with string and few dots of yellow Nuvo drops.
Penguin Baker Rubber Cling StampPenguin Gardener Clear Stamps

Thursday, October 4, 2018

31 Nights of Halloween!

I am so excited to be a part of the 31 Nights of Halloween Blog Celebration with Whimsy Stamps!
I love Halloween!
I LOVE Whimsy Stamps!
Let me just say though that I am not into the scary, spooky Halloween.....nope. This girl likes cute.  Cute pumpkins, adorable witches, and an occasional sweet Penguin? 
I used Whimsy Stamp's Penguin Pumpkin Patch stamp.  I colored it using Copic markers. 
I fussy cut the image out.  I used my Silhouette to cut the candy wrappers.  I love giving my co-teachers a little treat now and then! I adhered the penguin image right to the front of the candy wrapper, and added polka dot ribbon. 
My next project uses the Penguin Trick or Treaters stamp set.  Their little faces just make me smile! I again colored the image with Copic markers.  I masked the penguins and added Tim Holtz Distress ink to the background.  I spritzed it with a bit of water and blotted it dry.  
I wanted a bold title, so I used alphabet dies to spell out Trick or Treat.  I added glossy accents and sprinkled the letters with glitter.  I used a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to make the pumpkin sparkly! (A girl can NEVER ever have enough sparkle!)
I added a few rhinestones to balance the card and called it finished!  
Here are some of the supplies I used! 
Thank you so much for stopping by!!
Penguin Pumpkin Patch Rubber Cling Stamp
Penguin Trick or Treaters Rubber Cling Stamp

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Chef Penguin!

Good morning!
I have another card to share with you using this adorable stamp called, Penguin Baker!

I stamped him on water color paper and water colored him using my Zig Clean Brush Markers. 
I used an older Spellbinder's die and mounted it on red card stock. 
I adhered the image to a kraft base and added a brown gingham ribbon tied with rustic twine.  I glued a few sequins on to finish off the card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Supplies used:
Penguin Baker Rubber Cling Stamp

Monday, September 17, 2018

No Line Gardening Penguins!

Hope you all had a great weekend! I am back with a trio of cards using this super cute set from Whimsy Stamps.  The set is appropriately called, Penguin Gardener.  I stamped it in a light grey ink and used my Copic markers to color them.  I love the look of no line coloring, as to me it gives a story book look. 
I love the look of round cards for a change of pace!  I used various Spellbinders dies, circle, pinking shear, and scalloped.   

Each sentiment was stamped in a slightly different way.  For the card below I took the sentiment and shaped it on the acrylic block to give it a curve.  This is one of the many reasons I love working with clear stamps! It is easier to manipulate the stamps!
A few sequins, a little flower, and the cards were complete!

Penguin Gardener Clear Stamps