Monday, April 21, 2014

Splish Splash

I needed a card to mail to a friend and this friend LOVES mermaids so this is what I came up with! Although now I'm thinking I shouldn't post this as she'll see it, but I love how it turned out so I don't think I can wait to post it so maybe she'll just act surprised when she gets it..hehe!

This mermaid is by Elisabeth Bell for Sweet Pea Stamps and is named Splish Splash. I haven't "sparkled" anything in a few weeks so it was fun to go a bit crazy with the stickles! The sky background is done with shimmer chalks. 



The layout started with an older sketch from Lesley's blog~ HERE!

Have a wonderful day full of happiness and thanks for stopping by!!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Stamps~ Sweet Pea Stamps-Elisabeth Bell- Splish Splash
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock~ SU Elegant Eggplant, Copic Xpress it
Designer Paper~ Basic Gray Sugar Rush
Other Goodies~ copics, shimmer chalks, doily, SU banner punch, pearls, stickles, Smooch Illuminate,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cuddle Bunny

Finished up my card, finally! The adorable, sweet stamp-Cuddle Bunny- is by Crissy Armstrong and is available at Whimsy Stamps.

I felt really rusty making this card. Not sure I entirely {love} it but it did feel good to create!



I used the current sketch from Sketch Saturday~


I also have been playing around today with different backgrounds~

I tried using SU markers with a waterbrush, using my watercolor pencils and a waterbrush, ink pads with waterbrush, SU markers with blender pen, chalks with blender pen, prismacolors with blender pen and so on. What started this madness was this gorgeous tutorial by Alyce using watercolors. I didn't have watercolors so I wanted to see if I could achieve a similar effect without rushing out and buying watercolors. 

I think if I just play around and practice I will be happy with the results. Go me for using supplies I have!

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Stamps~ Crissy Armstrong-Whimsy Stamps-Cuddle Bunny
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock~ Copic Xpress it
Designer Paper~
Other Goodies~copics, Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients April 2011 Kit, stickles

Happy Easter!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Sunday!!

I haven't felt too hot this week so creating hasn't happened but I did start coloring a sweet image the other night so hopefully I'll have a creation soon!

Here's a little sneak peek!



Big Easter hugs to you all!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Giddy Up Cowgirl

My Belle is obsessed with horses these days and all things cowgirl so I had fun making her a little door hanger today.


Can't wait for her to get home from school and see it! Have a good rest of your day!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Stamps~ MFT- Western Backgrounds, MFT- PI Cowgirl, Peachy Keen Basic Paper Doll Faces
Ink~ SU Sahara Sand, CTMH Black
Cardstock~ misc cardstocks
Designer Paper~
Other Goodies~ Cricut Explore---using Paper Dolls Dress Up and an old SVG file, prismacolor pencils, copic multi-liner 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Latte Anya

Coloring just had to happen today! I have to balance out scrappin' with colorin'! LOL! Eventually I'm sure I'll have some coloring in my scrapbooks but for now I'm content with switching off every now and then.

I recently got this fun Latte Anya stamp and she was dying to be inked up. I was so tickled to find little heart buttons in my stash to match the one on her hat too!!



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a super crafty night/day!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Stamps~ The Greeting Farm-Latte Anya,  TAC-Coffee Talk
Ink~ Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Tangerine Tango
Cardstock~ misc white, SU Tangerine Tango, SU Crumb Cake
Designer Paper~ My Mind's Eye-Stella Rose-Gertie (it's almost gone!)
Other Goodies~ copics, heart buttons, scrappers floss, SU Pennant Punch

Hello!

Goodness, it's been a little bit since I posted! I hope that everyone is doing fab!!

The play was so amazing!! Seriously, if you have the chance to go to War Horse...just do it! I'm still in awe over the puppets they use and how realistic they are. You really forget that you're watching puppets. It was a fabulous evening and I am so thankful that Sam gave me the gift of being able to see it. I fell in love with him all over again this weekend. Here's a photo of us before we headed out Saturday night.


I haven't done any crafting since last week so I'm hopeful today and tomorrow will be filled with craftiness! I'm itching to make more layouts but also my copics are calling me so we'll see what I end up with!

Have a wonderful day and as always, thanks for stopping by!!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Two layouts for today!

I had hoped to get more pages done today but there was lots of excitement. First Sam and I bought our first ever theater tickets! We're going to see War Horse in Omaha this weekend for our fancy schmancy early anniversary date.

Next Sam got another interview with the railroad. He's had to turn down several others but he's going to this one. Crossing our fingers in a few weeks when he goes for it!

And then tomorrow night Matthew will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society! 

So many happy things!!

Here's my two layouts from today~




Have a super fabulous night full of smiles!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First layouts using my Cricut Explore

I must say, I am totally smitten with my new Cricut Explore! it cuts so nice, is quiet and the software is easy peasy to work with. I've been smiling all night while working on some layouts.

Continuing on with the zoo trip I started the other day. (Yes, I will have a zillion zoo layouts!) 



If you've owned a Cricut before you know how frustrating it was to get a good cut and you couldn't cut things very small. Well, they have fixed those issues by 200%!! The title on the More Desert Dome Animals was cut at 1 inch and on super thin, super old paper and it cut like a charm!

I also love that the software breaks down the layers for you on more complicated images like the cactus and monkey and separates them on the mats so you don't have to do all that tedious work yourself! here's a close up of those~



I am also loving the subscription they have as it has access to many (I think it's 120+) cartridges plus whatever ones you may have bought or will buy in the future. It will also cut SVG files. 

I also had an awesome customer service experience with Cricut as I had a cartridge that wouldn't link. They took care of it, got it linked and were super helpful.

Yup, I'm one lucky, spoiled, happy girl!! 

Have a wonderful night!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Explore!

I truly am spoiled and I know it! After much research and driving my friend, Kristie totally crazy with my indecision and questions, I finally decided and ordered my Easter/Annivesary/Mother's Day gift...it arrived today!!



I am super excited about this and can't wait to get to learning it!! (if my headache would just go away!!) 

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What a happy day!

For a while now I have felt like something has been missing from my crafting. There have been a few days when I felt happy and content but mostly, I just felt like I was going through the motions.

I put too much pressure on myself~~getting caught up in the whole blogging and social media side of crafting~~ feeling like I should blog every day, keep up with Facebook, yahoo groups, Facebook groups, Ning sites....it's exhausting.

I also find myself falling into the trap of comparing myself to others. Which I know not to do, but I have caught myself lately thinking that I don't color as well as others, or I don't put my cards together as well as others. Stupid, I know.

In my heart I've been longing to get back to my roots so to speak. Scrapbooking. I have so many photos to scrap and you know what, it makes me so happy when I look through my scrapbooks and my photos. But I always get overwhelmed and never know where to start.

So I decided this weekend, enough is enough. I need to do what makes ME happy. In my style, my time and no pressure. I know, this is something I should do all along but I find it so easy to get wrapped up in all the other stuff. So I told myself to just go upstairs, grab an envelope of photos that haven't been put away yet and scrap them.

I was thrilled that the envelope I grabbed had zoo photos! and I scrapped. and I smiled. and I felt the happiness in my heart like I haven't felt in quite a while. 

I used my stamps. I used my Cricut. I used punches. I used dies. I didn't try to find challenges. I didn't look at any sites for how I should make the perfect layout. I had fun.

Lesson learned or should I say re-learned...Do what makes YOURSELF happy!

There might not be as many posts on the blog....might not be as many cards...might be more layouts...maybe something else...but that's okay because it's my blog.

I do appreciate all the love and support from my blogging friends and I appreciate you all continuing to stop by when you have a chance! 

With all that said, here's the layouts I made today.





Have a fabulous night! I think I might start another layout!

If all else fails, add pink, sparkle and a butterfly!

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