Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hello friends

Hi everyone!
I know... long time no see... but I'm popping in to let you know I'm still around. I have been MIA from the blog for quite a while and it's because I was working on my Master's degree (finally!) I just finished at the end of April and I couldn't be happier to have completed it! I've been on the apology tour with my family and friends for all the times I had to say "no" or "I can't" to things because I was so busy with the Master's program on top of my full-time teacher work. So I'm sorry for my absence, but I hope you understand and I thank those of you who reached out to me wondering where I was- all is well! 
I am back to a little more frequent card-making since that IS my therapy, but I'm posting on Instagram since it's a bit easier & more convenient for me to do. I have a link on the top right of my blog so you can check that out if you'd like and follow me there as well :) 

Here are a few pics to catch you up!
You know I had to bling up my mortarboard!😂
My baby graduated from High School. So now I'm an empty nester...

...Well, not quite. I have this girl with me...  and my tarantula (who is 17 yrs old by the way!) She's in her home behind Tigress. Do you see it? The tank with the turquoise lid. There she is!

Now, I'm enjoying the remaining days of my practice retirement aka Summer vacation!
I will be back to share a little more regularly but if you want to see what I'm up to, check out my Instagram page.

Thanks so much for peeking today.
Until next time.... Tootles!

Sunday, October 9, 2016


Hello friends,
I have two Halloween cards to share both using Lawn Fawn's Booyah stamp set that was released last year.
Here's the first:
 I have to say, I had SO. MUCH. FUN! playing with this set. It reminded me of the dress up paper dolls I played with when I was a little Karli *Ü* For this card, I used the Leafy Tree Backdrop die (Lawn Fawn) and the Iron Fence Punch (Martha Stewart) to set the scene. The background on both cards was created with the Black Brusho powder. I used the web from the Halloween Charms dies (MFT) and popped the spider on it. It seems Frankie isn't a fan of spiders *Ü*

Here's card #2:
I used my Copic markers to color all the images. The clouds are from La La Land Crafts cut out of vellum.

I didn't get a chance to play with this set when I bought it last year, but I'm so glad I pulled it out. It really was fun creating with this set *Ü*

On to some news... I will be moving to another place soon and will need to destash--- Sadly, I just can't take it all with me and I will need the $$$ to move :(  So I will be posting a video/pics of the craft goodies that need to find a new home. All the deets are to come soon. Thank you so much in advanced!

That's all for today. Thanks for popping in today!
Until next time...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Fall Y'All

Hello there friends,
I know it's been a while since we last met, but I'm back to share a card for My Favorite Things Card Design Superstar Contest.

I haven't had much time for lovely crafternoons lately, so in between grading and laundry, I sat down to create this card:

 Per the design contest rules, I've used all MFT stamps and dienamics which I will list below. I am ready for Fall to arrive here in California- which means 70 degree weather for us *Ü* That is what inspired my card. I grew sunflowers in my Grammy's yard when I was a little girl so I have a special place for these sunny, happy flowers. Plus the fact that we got to toast & eat the seeds makes it beautiful & yummy! I did some Distress Ink blending & spritzed it with water. The pinking edge panel and middles of the sunflowers look black, but it's a dark brown color.

Here's a peek of the innie:

I haven't sent my Grammy a card in a while, so it's only right I send this one to her since she's my biggest card fan *Ü*

One last peek...crossing my fingers!!!
It was so good for my crafty soul to get back to creating. It would be AMAZING to be one of the winners. Honestly, I'm not entering this contest for the fame--- just for the fortune! Hehehe *Ü*  $250 MFT money would definitely put a dent in my wish list! *Ü*

Supplies Used: 
Stamps: Birthday Sentiments (MFT), Because You (MFT)
Dienamics: Sunflower Dienamics (MFT), Royal Leaves Dienamics (MFT), Pinking Edge Rectangle STAX (MFT),  Hello There Dienamics (MFT), Blueprints 29 (MFT), Basic Stitch Lines (MFT)
Paper: Tiny Check 6x6 paper pack (MFT), Subtle Plaids 6x6 paper pack (MFT)

 Thanks for stopping by today. I have a big announcement coming....soon...

Until next time...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sympathy Cards

Hello friends,
Sadly, I have two sympathy cards to share today.
Here's the first:
I used the Peony Bouquet stamp set (Altenew) and water colored with Distress Inks (shaded lilac & wilted violet) I used a bit of mowed lawn on the leaves and pumice stone in in the background. The "with sympathy" die ( Lil Inkers) was cut with silver cardstock.

Here's a peek of the innie:
The sentiment comes from the "With Sympathy"stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It has really lovely sentiments and anytime I make these type of cards, I reach for this set.

Here's the second card:
I heat embossed the Antique Flowers & Butterflies stamp set (Hero Arts) with white embossing powder (Hero Arts). I then took the curved edge die from the Basic Stitched Edge dies (My Favorite Things) to die cut the bottom edge. I used the same edge die to die cut a silver piece of cardstock to layer below it. Then, with the remaining blue piece, I ran it through the chain embossing folder (lifestyle crafts) and adhered it underneath.

I don't think anyone likes to make sympathy cards, and I hope it's a long time until I have to make another...

Thanks for stopping by friends!
Until next time...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Hi friends,
I have a sympathy card I made for someone who recently lost her Dad.
Here it is:
 I used the Roses All Over background stamp (MFT) and stamped it in Manatee ink (Lawn Fawn) on the gray cardstock base. I die cut the main panel with the Cross Stitch Rectangle Stax dienamics (MFT) and adhered the "With Sympathy" die cut (Lil' Inker). Then I layered the banner strips. Last, I adhered a Calla Lily from my stash. Kept it simple.

I used this week's MFT Sketch #290
 and MFT Color Challenge #49

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Until next time...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Alone

Hi again friends,
If you've been to my blog, you know I'm a HUGE fan of My Favorite Things. Today I have created a special card for MFT's 10th Birthday Celebration Bonus Challenge.

I have enjoyed using MFT stamps and dienamics for many years, so I thought it would be appropriate to grab a couple of sets from the bat files to create for this challenge. Since this is MFT's 10th birthday, we are to include 10 of something. See if you can spot my 10 *Ü*

Here's my card:
This was a line called "Who's That Girl" and I really liked them because the girl could be anyone, any skin color.  This stamp set is called Catch Some Rays. Now, I must say this girl does NOT represent me. I don't wear a bikini! (Wink ;) but I have been know to enjoy one or two coconut lime mojitos from time to time. As in every time I go to eat at Lazy Dog *Ü* I colored her with Copics. I stamped the drinks 10 times (DING! DING! DING!) beside her lounge chair and in her hand. I colored them with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and then added Icicle Stickles because it has chunky glitter and that made it look more like ice cubes.
I die cut the "friends" die (Friendships are Forever- My Creative Time) from different colored cardstock from my scrap bin to create the background and so that ultimately the card would read, "Friends Don't Let Friends Drink Alone." I placed them all on my cardstock piece and when I was happy with where they were placed, I used a piece of Press 'n Seal and picked them all up at once, added adhesive to the backs in one swoop, and placed them all back down on the front of the cardstock. This trick is such a time saver- let me tell ya! To finish, I added a Stitched Rectangle Frame die-cut- MFT (left over from another project) and adhered the image panel with foam tape. I also added a few Sparkling Clear sequins (PPP). 

I still have all of the Who's That Girl stamp sets I purchased. ( I counted 14 sets!)  I just can't let them go. They're unique and fun to play with!

Again, Happy 10th Birthday to MFT!
Thanks so much for stopping by today *Ü*

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Birthday Candles

Hello friends,
I have a birthday card to share today.
I love making birthday cards! It's a totally happy experience for a happy reason. I pulled out some old supplies and mixed them with some new ones. I used the Candles #2 die (sizzix) to die cut the candles from white cardstock and from the Tranquil Textures Pattern Paper (MFT). I colored the flames with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter pens in Pink Champagne and Moonlight. These colors look really pastel soft on the packaging but they are not. The colors are quite bright and vibrant!

I die cut the "happy birthday" from white craft foam and then added Diamond Stickles to the top. I sprinkled on some Crystal sequins (Darice) as well as some holographic stars. For the background, I used the Big Balloons stencil (MFT) with Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn, and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks. I added some SN Clear Sparkle overlay pen to the top of the balloons. I mounted the whole panel to a Grout Gray cardstock base.

I used this week's MFT Sketch #289 for my card:

 Thanks so much for stopping by! I know I've been posting quite a bit lately, but I'll be back to school in a couple of weeks, so I'll be back to my less frequent posting... so I hope you don't mind a few extra cards from me in the meantime *Ü*

Have a great day!
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