Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Hi friends,
 After my CAS card casualties (from my last post), I decided to get help for my problem. I admitted to having a problem (creating CAS cards) - the first step, so the next step was to do something about it. So as they say, "Those who can't... take a class from those who can!" I signed up for a CAS class online :) Hopefully, that will help some.
Since I had my Maggies out as well as my Prisma pencils, I decided to make another card.
Here it is:

 and a closer peek:
 I played along with this week's sketch at the Sweet Stop:

Of course as soon as I saw this sketch, I thought ---> envelope. So I had to do that too *Ü*

It's 1/2" deep since I can't keep it CAS! ;) I made the envelope from pink vellum as are the Royal roses (MFT).
ETA: I usually create my eveloboxes on the Crafter's Companion board or the Martha Stewart Score board. Here are the measurements for an A2 size at 1/2" depth:
Paper: 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Score: 2 5/8" & 3 1/8" & on the opposite side
turn & score remaining 2 sides: 3 1/4" & 3 3/4"

Well, that's it for now.
Thanks for peeking today :)

Monday, January 28, 2013


Hi ya friends,
Hope you're weathering the weather in your neck of the woods. It's been rainy here in Socal but it's finally looking like we're gonna catch a break. I know... I know, it rains for two days in Southern California & we're taking out the tire chains! Ha!

Anyhoo, as a crafter, I sometimes try to do things that take me out of my comfort zone. My biggest discomfort zone is ---> CAS cards. Yes, I call that my Kraft Kryptonite. But I was really drawn to a CAS sketch & thought I'd give it a go.
So here's my card:

 Oh! & here's the sketch: CAS Colours & Sketches

 I triiiiiieeeeed, but somehow I had to add a little more of this & a little more of that.... sigh...ugh.
It's not that I don't like how it came out, but I wouldn't call this a CAS...exactly...but I did stick to the sketch pretty much *Ü*

Here's a closer peek at them:
They're colored with Prisma pencils & Gamsol. They are 2 separate images but I nestled them together. That's Edwin with Tie & Tilda with Big Ribbon--->luv!

Here's a peek at the innies:
I tried to keep that CAS too *Ü*

So I felt like this card was an epic fail, & I heard the voice of wisdom speak to me..."Try again you must" ---> Star Wars was on tv ;) so as Yoda instructed, try again I did.

Here's take 2:
Better??? I made a heart pocket I added to the heart Nestie die cut.

In the pocket I tucked in:
a few lip smooches I stamped onto vellum hearts. No, those are not mine... they come from stamps *Ü*

And did you see that preeetty bloom?!?!
I luv how soft & romantic it looks. It's the Mini-hybrid Heirloom Rose from MFT. I almost didn't get it cuz I need another flower die as much as... well...I need yet another flower die, but I'm SO glad I did cuz it's beautiful, especially out of pink vellum. Ahhh...happy sigh...

Here's a peek at the innies:
That's pretty CAS, right?

So if you've made it through this far, I thank you! I used my newest, favorest paper called In Bloom from MME. The colors are pure luxe, I tell ya! Soft pinks, peaches, grays, saffron---> I *heart* it!

While I don't think I've come close to capturing the CAS style, I do think I have a managed to make a couple of sweet cards, eh?

I'm going to play along with the following challenges & hope to have better luck with those:
Marvelous Magnolia: Tilda & Edwin on the same card
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Anything Goes
Dutch Magnolia Lovers: Bingo: Distress, Die, Embossing
Magnolia-licious Highlites: Love
The Pink Elephant: Hearts

Oh, if you want to know how to make this super easy heart pocket, I have a video tute I created a while back on this post ---> HERE. (Scroll down to the bottom for the tute.)

Thanks so much for peeking!
Gotta Go!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rock the Bump!

Hi friends,
The pregnancy parade continues, as I have a card I made for a teacher at my school who is expecting her first baby *Ü*!
Here it is:
 This stamp is an oldie but goodie called She's Having a Baby from MFT. I luv this stamp cuz it's easy to color & paper piece. (I did have to mask the frame & baby things that are all around the image.) I added a few pearls with my Viva pen. I colored her with my Prisma pencils & Gamsol.

Here's a peek of the innies:
I added 2 embossed buttons Ü. The sentiments come from a different stamp called Baby Bump (also from MFT). It has several witty pregnancy ones! 

I used this week's sketch:
Thanks again for popping in!
Gotta Go!

The 411 
Stamps: She's Having a Baby, Baby Bump- MFT
Paper: Howdy Doody- MME, CU cs
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Creamy Brown
Tools: Oval Nesties, MS embossed button punch
Other: ribbon, button, twine, Viva Decor Pen

Oh Baby!

Hi ya friends,
Spring has sprung with some of my friends. Many are planning for babies, waiting on arrivals, & just boarding the 9 month voyage to motherhood! While my baby days are way in my rear view mirror, my friends are just getting started! It's not that I started super early, but they're in their 30's so it's about time! Well, the great news for me is that means I get to make some of my fav things to make- baby cards *Ü* One that I have to share today that's going to a friend who is having her first baby boy!
Here's my card:
  I HAD to use a sweet baby Edwin, of course! He's colored with Prisma pencils and Gamsol. I love coloring baby images with my Prismas cuz it gives it a soft, angelic look, don't ya think?! I used my fav baby papers from Graphic 45---> happy sigh... and then made a little garland of sorts with MS punches- a little sheep, teddy bear, bow, button, elephant, heart, & safety pin. I also used the Beaded Circles Nesties because it reminded me of baby beads Ü. The strip going across are embossed buttons.

Here's a closer look at this cutie:
I used Stardust Stickles on the stars though it's hard to tell...

I recently came across a new (to me) Magnolia challenge blog called Marvelous Magnolia & I was so tickled cuz so many Magnolia blogs have closed :( so I'm playing along with their current challenge: New Beginnings.

I also used this sketch from Sunday Sketch & Stamp:
I'll also be playing along in the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's Monthly Challenge: Anything Goes
Created with Love: Anything Goes
Dutch Magnolia Lovers: Bingo: Distress+Die+ Embossing
Totally Papercrafts: Embossing

Thanks for stopping by today!
Gotta go!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Hello friends,
I wish I could tell you I've been a busy little crafter, but I didn't spend my weekend crafting. I offer an excuse a reason: my cable company offered free Showtime for the weekend, so I had to catch up with my favorite serial killer---> Dexter! I don't have Showtime this year (in my attempt to save some $$$) so this was the first season I didn't watch & I really missed it :( Anyhoo, that's what I did for 13 hours on Saturday! and man, was it a good season! Thanks cable gods!

 I have a card to share today that I made for one of my students. For Christmas, she gave me a cocoa set from Starbucks---> so sweet *Ü*
Here's the card I made:
 I embossed the white panel with the peppermint swirls EF. The papers are from the Springtime collection from Echo Park (from last year). I have been dying to make those little lollypops ever since I saw them at a LSS. They were so fun & easy to make! Just punch out a circle, run it through your Xyron sticker maker & roll the twine around & around to cover the circle. Then, coat it with Glossy Accents for that plastic wrapped look. I added a toothpick (cut in half) for the stick. Easy peasy!

Here's a peek of the innies:
 I punched a few candy swirls (MS punch) to embellish. Both sentiments come from Signature Greetings from PTI.

I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch, but not in time for the challenge :(

But I'm right on time for the following challenges:
Corrosive Challenge: Out with the old
Allsorts: Dies / Punches
Card Makin Mamas: Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend: Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey: Anything Goes

Well, that's it for now. Hope you have a great week!

The 411
Stamps: Signature Greetings- PTI
Ink: Raspberry Fizz
Paper: Springtime- EP, Bazzill cs
Tools: Circle Nesties, Peppermint swirls MS punch, Viva Decor pens

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tags of 2013- January

Hello friends,
I'm back to share my tag for:
I was so excited to see his new tag & even more excited that I actually HAD most of the supplies he used! (for once!) With T!m's tags, I usually have to make my own version because I usually don't have everything he uses. So I had fun "being like T!m."

Above is T!m's tag & here's mine:
I didn't have the pointing stamp, so I used a ticket stamp instead. But hey, lookie here:

It DOES have a pointing finger on it so I guess it counts, right Ü

Well, some habits are hard to break, so I had to make a version "If I didn't have T!m things" but keeping with the same techniques & layout.

Here's Version 2:
 I decided to go wintery & instead of gears, add snowflakes. I used the same techniques for the background but used different colors. I also used the filmstrip & added snow cap paint to remove some of the dark patina. The foliage that holds the sentiment also got a coat of snow cap paint as did the mini-clip that holds the ticket & post card oval.

Here's a peek at the sentiment:
 It got a coat of crackle accents to give it the look of frost or ice. This is a sentiment from T!m's line & it happens to be one of my favorites Ü

Here are my January tags of 2013!
I hope I'm better about completing T!m's tags in 2013 than I was in 2012 (since I only got 3 months done :(  It's fun!

Thanks so much for peeking!
Have a goodie!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Best Things in Life

Hi there friends,
As the 7 dwarfs sang, "I owe, I owe, so off to work I go!" I'm singing the same tune cuz I'm back to work tomorrow. Since we had 2 lovely weeks off for Winter break, I know I'm going to arrive to see sleepy heads still half asleep, grumbling, & whining---> then, the students arrive! Hehehe kidding Ü

Well, I know it's been a little quiet on the western front, but I've been working on organizing "Studio K", a.k.a my craft room. I get many peeps asking to see how I organize my little craft space, so maybe that might be happening... sometime... in the near future...just sayin'...

But for today, I have a card to share.
Here it is:
I used my old favorite paper- Moonrise by SEI and my new favorite embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Decorative Tile set- this 4 pack of folders is a winner! The beautiful sentiment comes from the Vertical Greetings II from MFT which I heat embossed in gold. I added a Rolled Rose to the seam binding bow.

Here's another peek at it:
I used this week's MFT sketch:
 I'll be playing along in the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges: Ribbons & Bows
Crafty Catz: Anything Goes
Stampin' for the Weekend: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations: Anything Goes

Now, I've gotta get ready for tomorrow...
Gotta go!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tilda with Many Hearts

Hi friends,
It's been so great having so much extra crafty time during Winter break. I sure will miss it :( so I thought I'd get a jump start on my Valentine cards.
Here's the first:
 I feel like it's been forever since I inked up a Maggie! She's Tilda with Many Hearts colored with Copics. I paper pieced her dress & her little UGGs  Ü  All those hearts she's carrying were Stickled in different shades of pinks & reds.
Here's a closer peek at that:

Here's a quick peek of the innies:

I used this week's awesome sketch at The Sweet Stop:

Tilda is going to play nicely with others in the following challenges:
Divas by Design: Anything Goes
MDUC: Anything Goes
Magnolia-licious Highlites: Jan Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Have a goodie!

 The 411 
Stamps: Tilda with Many Hearts, Short & Sweet -SU
Paper: Crazy Love- BoBunny, Close to Cocoa, Pink, Cream
Tools: lace heart border punch- MS, copics, Stickles, Ribbon Banners dies, Conversation Hearts CBEF

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year blog friends!
I meant to post this much earlier today, but I woke up late. Hmmm... wonder why? ;)
Here's my new card for the new year:
 I used this cutie New Year's Anya that the good peeps at the Greeting Farm gave as a freebie a couple of years ago. She's colored with Copics. Her dress has a lovely coat of gold Stickles for high sparkle :) I decided to go metallic & use gold, bronze, & silver only.  I used T!m's Weathered clock in the background & the gold panel is embossed with the pocket watches EF.

I played along with this week's Mojo Monday Sketch:
I'll also be playing along in the following challenges:
ABC Challenge: E is for Embossing
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
JUGS: New Year's Sparkle

Thanks for ringing in the new year here. Hope you had a great night!
Time to go!
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