Fancy Friday-Sketch Challenge

Hello everybody! Welcome back to another Fancy Friday! For this month's theme we are featuring a sketch challenge by the amazing Jen Timko! She is the sketch queen! I love the simplicity of her sketch, it leaves it open for many different interpretations! You can choose to go simple, or choose to go all out, and in my case I did both! (you'll get to see another card created with this sketch on my blog next month).

Check out the fun sketch:

and here is my take. . .
How funny, as I post them next to each other I realized I followed her color scheme too! Hahahah! Totally unintentional!

Love the foil on the card? ME TOO! I have been a foiling fool lately! I just can't get enough of it! Check out the video below to see how I used my Boho Chic embossing folder (available from Stampin' Up! June 2nd) to create the background for my card!

I must pause and put in a disclaimer so that I don't get in trouble by the compliance police. . .

*The above project and video below are not sponsored or promoted in any way by Stampin' Up!, American Crafts, or Heidi Swapp. I have NOT received compensation in any form including (but not limited to) monetary gain or free product. This is my own personal product usage and evaluation!

Okay, on with the show!

Fun, eh?!

Wanna participate with this month's sketch challenge? Leave a comment below with a link to your take so I can see what you come up with!

Now, let's head In The Cat Cave and see what the amazing Cathy came up with for the sketch, shall we?!

Don't forget, I am offering FREE card kits! And I have just 2 kits left! Visit this post {HERE} for all of the details! Sneak peaks of projects below!


Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop - Bohemian Style

Hello! Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog hop! Join us each week as artisans from around the world share our ideas using Stampin' Up! products with you!

This week I am featuring the Bohemian Suite that will soon be available for purchase in the upcoming catalog. I am in LOVE with everything in this suite! The Bohemian Borders stamp set is so versatile and offers many possibilities, the Bohemian DSP is so fun and bold, the washi tape is amazing, and the Boho Chic Textured Impression s Embossing Folder is my new fave! Somehow I managed to squeeze all 4 products onto my "junk" card! Check it out:

Although I am so sad that the Feathers Framelits Dies didn't make it into the new catty, I was so excited to figure out that I could make my own little feathers using the Bow Builder Punch! Be sure and watch the short how to video below. . .

As I was creating this week's project Gage came into my studio asking if he could craft with me. Although I love to craft with my little guy, and I try to encourage him to tap into his creative side, I usually only allow him to craft in my studio when I am not working on a blog hop project. But. . . I seemed to have wandered off my usual OCD path and was swept away with the bohemian mindset. . . I decided what the heck? Why not? My project isn't due for a couple of days, I can always take some time to stop and enjoy creating with my son without stressing, right? So away we. . . or HE went! I gave him free reign of my supplies (which I never do!) and let him create whatever he wanted! Sometime, somehow, he ended up making his way from his desk and taking over mine. . .

I think his project turned out wonderfully! But the best part was spending time with him, and seeing his HUGE smile as he stamped away busily! Moments like these are priceless!
Gage's project

Let's continue on our hop and see what Cindy has to share, shall we?!
Don't forget, I am offering FREE card kits! And I have just 3 kits left! Visit this post {HERE} for all of the details! Sneak peaks of projects below!


FREE card kits!

Hello everyone! I am still in the process of de-junking my studio, and I have some card kits I need to get rid of!

So here's the deal, when you order the Choose Happiness stamp set from me between now and June 1st, I will send you a card kit from my World Card Making Day class I held last fall for FREE. Already own the Choose Happiness set? No problem, just make a $20 product purchase from me and you can still earn the kit! The kit includes all paper pre-cut and scored, ribbon and embellishments for the finishing touches, as well as a PDF with supply list and project photos to create 5 cards using the Choose Happiness stamp set (1-Love You , 1-Thinking of You, 1-Happy Birthday, 1-Hello, and 1-Christmas). I only have just 5 kits to get rid of, so it will be first come first serve basis!

Other items you will need to complete the projects include: 
  • #131174 Baked Brown Sugar Ink Pad
  • #133644 Lost Lagoon Ink Pad
  • #126983 Calypso Coral Ink Pad
  • #131177 Pistachio Pudding Ink Pad
  • #126966 Cherry Cobbler Ink Pad
  • #104430 Stampin' Dimensionals
  • #129026 Fast Fuse Adhesive (or other adhesive)
  • #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • #103683 Glue Dots   
Items you may also want to order to complete the projects are listed below: (these items are not necessary, but will add to the overall look of the cards)
  • #102283 VersaMark Ink Pad
  • #101930 Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder
  • #127845 Silver Sparkle Dazzling Diamonds
  • #101610 Stampin' Sponges
  • #127562 Stampin' Distress Tool
  • #101049 Stamp-a-ma-jig
  • #129053 Heat Tool
Be sure and use hostess code: N6KRE3B9 and receive an extra free gift from me!
Here's a little sneak of some of the projects: (more sneaks of other cards are on my instagram)


Stampin' Up! Artisan Blog Hop-A Whole Lot of Lovely

Hello! Welcome back to another Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog hop! Join us each week as artisans from around the world share our ideas using Stampin' Up! products with you!

This week we are featuring in more detail our projects that were featured on Stampin' Up!s Facebook page. My project features A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set which will be a hostess set in the new catalog that will be launching June 2nd. What does that mean? It simply means that this fabulous set has been reserved exclusively for hostesses to earn for free! Simply get a group of friends together to create with me using Stampin' Up! products, learn new techniques, and have fun all while earning FREE products (based on your workshop sales)! Don't worry if you live out of town, you can still host a workshop! I am now offering Virtual Workshops and Classes! Contact me today to find out how you can host your own Virtual Workshop and start earning free products today!

Okay, let's check out the card now, shall we?!

This was a super simple and quick card to create! I used my new 2015-2017 In-Color Stampin' Write Markers to color the sentiment, and then without re-moistening the stamp, I stamped it on my cardstock. Because the marker was wetter in some areas than others, it gave it an uneven semi-watercolor look to it.

If you want a watercolor wash look to it, you can also either moisten the stamp with a spritz of water, or for more control you can use your Aqua Painter to go back over the image.

Supplies used: A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set; Watermelon Wonder and Delightful Dijon ink pads; Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, and Delightful Dijon Stampin' Write Markers; Aqua Painter; Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, and Watercolor cardstock; gold thread.

I am absolutely loving the new 2015-2017 In-Colors! They are so fun and vibrant! By now, you more than likely have seen the new colors, which is your favorite? 

Let's head over to Cindy's blog and check out the details on her Facebook project!


A new round of Stamps in the Mail begins today! Allison and I are now working with the very talented Susan Wong from New Zealand! We are busy preparing a round chuck full of ideas and projects using the Hello Darling stamp set! From beautiful to masculine, and everything in between, this is a round you definitely won't want to miss out on! Sign up today! Check out a few of the sneaks for May's projects. . .


Blog Candy Winner!

Okay, so I am totally lame and spaced posting the blog winner for the Moonlight DSP post last week! SO SORRY!!!! Hopefully you all won't stone me! So, without further ramblings of the crazy lady, here is the winner of the Moonlight DSP stack, Birthday Surprise stamp set, as well as some custom handmade project life pocket page cards created by me!

Oh, and I thought it would be fun to let Gage draw the winner. . . I think he was hoping his name was in there!

Yay! Congratulations! 
E-mail me your info and I will mail your goodies out to you ASAP!