Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ready For Spring?

Are you as sick of winter as I am?
I can't remember this much snow and gloom in a long time.
I am sooooooo ready for spring!
I adore this new background stamp from Whimsy Stamps called, Spiral Roses.  I used Zig Clean Color markers to give it a vibrant pink and orange color. 
I cut the leaves from the Peony Flower Die set.  I spread glossy accents on the leaves and sprinkled them with Glamour Dust.  (My favorite glitter in the whole wide world!) ;)
I used the Friend Word and Shadow for the sentiment. I added more glossy accents and Glamour dust to increase the sparkle......because one can NEVER have enough sparkle!  
I added a teeny flower I had in my stash and a scattering of sequins to finish it off. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

*NEW Friend Word and Shadow Die Set*NEW Spiral Roses Background Rubber Cling StampPeony Flower DieGlossy AccentsDecoArt® Glamour Dust

Friday, February 8, 2019

Adopt Don't Shop Cats!

Good morning! The weekend is almost here! YAY!
I am going to a fundraising wine tasting party this Saturday.  Wine and raise money for a good cause?  I'm in!

I am excited to share a brand new stamp set by Whimsy Stamps called, Adopt, Don't Shop Cats! 
I just love their sweet little faces! 
I colored them with Copic markers and decided it would be fun to make the card into a shaker.
I used the new die, Peekaboo Window.   For the sentiment I combined the die, Friend Word and Shadow with a stamped sentiment.

I used Picked Raspberry Distress ink for the outside and added a satin polka dot ribbon to finish it off! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

*NEW Adopt Don't Shop CATS Clear Stamps*NEW Peekaboo Window 3 Die*NEW Friend Word and Shadow Die SetDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Picked RaspberryCopic Sketch - E47 Dark BrownCopic Sketch - E08 BrownCopic Sketch - C1 Cool GrayCopic Sketch - C3 Cool Gray

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Personal post....

Just an update on my sweet, sweet girl......
Do you see her sly little smile? For people that don't know Cortney, they don't always see her personality. She is shy, funny, demanding, loving, caring, talkative, and a beautiful soul inside and out. Most people don't see that in her. But Misericordia Home does. They "get" my daughter. They "see" her gifts and talents. They speak to her like they would any other 23 year old. She is respected. She is active and busy. She has a social life. She is happy and thriving. 3 years ago Cortney moved in to Misericordia. I cried more tears than I can express over it. I questioned myself. Was I making the right decision? It tore me apart for a long time. She is 23 but is still a young child. How do you trust others to take care of someone so vulnerable and innocent? I remember contacting my friend and telling her, "No one will love my child like me." Her reply was simply, "No, but they (Misericordia) will come pretty darn close."  She was right.
Fast forward 3 years. I have her staffing today. I get to hear from numerous people how much Cort is involved in. How much they love and adore her. How incredibly busy she is. And most importantly, how HAPPY she is. And the best part? I get to talk to her, see her, bring her home, whenever I want to. They have an open door policy. I don't need to announce my arrival, I just show up. This truly is the best of both worlds. Time sure does fly though! I still remember that first day like it was yesterday! Thank you Misericordia staff for loving my daughter as much as I do. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Whimsy Stamps & ThermOWeb Collaboration Day One!

This week Whimsy Stamps and ThermOWeb are partnering for a fabulous week of inspiration and prizes!  All week long designers from both teams will be sharing ways to add foils and more to your projects using products from ThermOWeb and Whimsy Stamps.  Read to the end of this post to find out how you can win!

I had so much fun using products from both ThermOWeb and Whimsy Stamps! I actually ended up making 3 sets of cards! My first set uses the Whale of a Time stamp set from Whimsy. I first cut the card stock with ThermOWeb's  (Gina K.) Nested Rectangle with Double Stitch Die. 
I love the stitching! It gives it just a bit of interest to a clean and simple card. I stamped both images in a light ink and used Copics to color it. I added a strip of vintage ribbon and a few clear droplets from the Coral Coast Sparkletz.

My second set of cards uses this adorable stamp set from Whimsy's, Angel Celeste.   I stamped the image and wanted to create a soft pink background around her.  So I used ThermOWeb's (Gina K) Masking Magic.  I stamped directly on it, cut it out, and placed it right over my image.  I was able to sponge Picked Raspberry ink around her with absolutely no lifting from the edges! 
While the mask was still in place, I spritzed it with a bit of water.
I colored each of the cards and decided to incorporate a large flower into each card.  I used the Peony die and sponged each of the flowers and leaves with Distress Ink.  I assembled them and glued them to the card, along with ribbon and a sentiment from the Your'e Too Kind stamp set

My last card I decided to make a shaker card.  I just think these are so fun and interactive! I stamped this adorable image, Dragon Party on water color paper.  I colored it with water colors and added a few more details with colored pencil, and a white gel pen. The shaker itself was created with ThermOWeb's Nested Rectangle Double Stitched Die.
I filled it with various sequins and Sparkletz I had in my stash.  I added a sweet little posy and ribbon to the candles.  And of course a few touches of glitter using Glamour Dust and Glossy Accents.

Would you like to win a $25 gift certificate to Whimsy Stamps?  To enter, leave comments on all of the collaboration posts on the Whimsy blog this week.  One winner will be randomly chosen from all of the blog posts, so the more posts you comment on, the better your chances are of winning!  You have until Monday, February 11th at midnight CST to comment.  The winner will be announced on the Whimsy blog on Tuesday, February 12th.

ThermOWeb is also offering a gift certificate, so be sure to visit their blog each day this week for more inspiration.  Leave comments on their blog for another chance to win!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

*NEW Whale of a Time Clear StampsSparkletz - Coral Coast*NEW Angel Celeste Rubber Cling Stamp*NEW You're Too Kind Clear StampsPeony Flower DieDragon Party Rubber Cling StampDecoArt® Glamour DustDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Picked RaspberryGlossy AccentsDistress Oxide Ink Pad - Cracked Pistachio

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Whimsy Stamp's February Release!

Good morning!  In case you were worried I did manage to survive the polar vortex here in Chicago! For two days we hunkered down and stayed indoors.  I got caught up with cleaning, laundry, and actually managed to cook a couple of homemade meals. :)

I am excited to share a bunch of new products just released from Whimsy Stamps! I used this gorgeous background stamp called, Spiral Roses .  It was stamped in a soft gray. I cut the rectangle and circle using the new Peekaboo Window die. 
I cut the sentiment out of a soft blue card stock using the new Smile Large Word die.  I stamped the happy birthday sentiment on black paper using the Adopt Don't Shop Cats stamp set! I then embossed it in white and cut it into a strip. I threaded it through the Smile die cut and adhered it to the circle using Crafty Foam tape.  
The leaves were cut using the Peony die set. I love the pop of green against all of the pastel colors. For my finishing touches I added a silk flower and threaded buttons in the center.  I added a few iridescent sequins and the card was finished!
You are going to love this month's release! Here are a few of the products I used today on my card!
Have a great weekend!
*NEW Spiral Roses Background Rubber Cling Stamp*NEW Peekaboo Window 3 Die*NEW Smile Large Word Die*NEW Adopt Don't Shop CATS Clear StampsPeony Flower Die
White Embossing Powder - BasicCrafty Foam Tape White