Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Watercolor Deer

Here's another watercolor card I managed to put together.  I'm so behind on birthday cards.  This is going to be a month late, but I hope my dad still likes it.  My mom's birthday is coming up, so I'm hoping to just bundle a gift card for a dinner date and both their cards in one package.  Maybe I can be better for Mother's and Father's Days.  :)   Pretty simple card, green watercolors, deer cut out from Cameo, and a sentiment from Stampin' Up!

On Monday, eight of our butterflies eclosed from their chrylasides.  It was so exciting to see that process and release them.  We had one late one come out yesterday and we released her as well.  Laila loved the whole process. Now we are waiting on six more to eclose next week and we have a lot of caterpillars eating us out of house and home.  :)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shining Watercolor

Still alive!  lol  The weather has continued to be amazing, so I've been outside instead of stamping.  I'm also in a bit of a slump creativity wise, so gardening has been my choice of hobbies for April.  I have so many books and seed catalogs now.  I feel like I'm back in school with all this learning and studying.  Anyway, I did decided to try and make something. I have a board on Pinterest with card ideas that I like and browsed that to get some ideas.  I loved this card by Penny, so it became my inspiration.  I want to learn to watercolor so bad, but man it's hard!  I did try though. :)

We are caterpillar crazy at this point.  We have 11 chrysalides and a lot of caterpillars. We are going to need a lot of milkweed this spring!  lol  I just had more seeds germinate, so hopefully we can grow more instead of running to the nursery in a panic to have enough to feed them.  I can't wait to release our first butterflies this week.  This beautiful lady below left us quite a few eggs last week and we apparently had another visitor this week as I've found more eggs in the garden.  It's been a good project for us this spring.  Who doesn't love helping the Monarchs?

That's about it.  Gardening and Weight Watchers... maybe I can fit a bit more stamping in there.  :)  (Down 9 pounds so far by the way!)

I'm off to check the garden and go for a walk.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Taylored Expressions Birthday Grumplings

I couldn't get a good picture of this one, but I thought I'd post it anyway.  I love these grumpy guys. I have a few friends who they are just perfect for. :)  I wanted to use more than one of them, so I tried to come up with a layout/plan to do that.  I think it works okay.  Too many sequins, but I wanted it to look like a party.  A grumpy critter party.

So here's one reason why I haven't been posting much lately.  I haven't been stamping much because I've been working on the garden.  I added more plants and have been babying these caterpillars!  I decided to raise them inside this year so that more could make it through the stages successfully.  Right now I have about 8 that are this size, 1 small little guy, and three eggs.  I have three containers with them and have to keep them in fresh leaves. Man do they poop a lot!  Clean, clean, clean! It's been amazing to watch though.  Tonight we sat outside and watched a lot of different butterflies, bees, and birds visit the garden.  Our weather has been perfect for it.  I'm going to be sad when summer starts and it gets hot and gross.

 My other time consuming thing is Weight Watchers.  I decided to start back almost two weeks ago.  It's been a lot of work with grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking, and walking, but I feel great.  I haven't taken any depression or anxiety meds in a few weeks.  I don't know that I won't ever need them, but it's been nice to feel okay without them for a bit.  I am glad they worked and helped me get to the point where I can try to start taking better care of myself. Five pounds down so far!

Laila and I have also been busy going plant shopping, going to parks, and just hanging out. So that's what is going on with me.  I'll be back to stamping more once I get a better routine going.  :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

Me again!  I forgot about this card!  I made it for a sweet friend for her birthday and had put it under some heavy stuff to flatten it.  Her birthday is today, so oops!  She'll still like it I'm sure.  I used the new Distress Oxide inks for the background and then the Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams bundle for the rest.  The dragonfly has Wink of Stella and Crystal Accents on it, so it's shiny!  I cut a set of wings in vellum to put behind it too.  I love how it turned out!

Is it Friday yet?  This week has been so long!  I joined Weight Watchers this week so I've been trying to be more active.  Today, not so much.  I did do a bit of gardening and walking around plant shopping, so there was that at least.

I added a few plants inside as well.  We haven't had plants in like 14 years because of the cats.  I researched some that are safe for cats, so now we have some!  I love it.

I'm off to read a bit before I crash.  Another long day ahead tomorrow!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Spring Hop 2017

Hey strangers! It's been a bit. I've decided to take up gardening I guess, so I've been digging and planting.  We extended our butterfly garden and I've been potting plants that feed and attract them as well.  Fun, but work!  I did want to join in with the blog hop as I LOVE coffee.  I'm not even sure I'd survive the day without it.  

Have you tried the new Distress Oxide inks?  Oh man are they awesome.  I had a blast making my background.  They are so fun, so I'd recommend trying them out.  I thought these colors would be fun for spring.  I had to include a butterfly as well.  :)

Here's our garden. It's waiting on the plants to grown and bloom and the butterflies to come visit.  I have more seeds started, so we'll see if I can get more milkweed for my Monarchs.  

Have a happy week. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Baby Blog Hop for Lesley

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Who doesn't love a sweet new baby?  My friend Lesley, the creator of Freshly Made Sketches, is expecting a little girl very soon.  Some of her friends and fellow crafters are having a fun blog hop today to celebrate!  You can find them all over at Lori's blog.  I'm forever grateful to Lesley for giving me the chance to be on a team like Freshly Made Sketches.  It has really stretched my creativity, but more importantly, given me some amazing friends.  

I love this sweet image.  I don't know if it's for baby cards, but I think it fits. I know most people used pink, but as usual, I'm the odd ball.  

Congrats, Lesley and Corey! I know this was a big dream of  yours and Lesley, I know how hard you worked to make it happen.  Best of wishes to you guys and baby girl. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Green Birthday

I thought I'd do a quick share of the birthday card I made for my brother.  :)  I am not very confident in collage style cards, but I tried to do a simple version.  I think it turned out pretty fun.  I have to find more cute St. Patrick's Day stamps to use for him.  I only have one and I'm sure he'll get tired of seeing it every year,.  :)

I'm having a lazy day playing with my new Distress Oxide inks, so I'm headed back to do that.  I hope you are having a good week.

Our raining cloud experiment from yesterday.  :)  I put too much shaving cream in to start, so it took FOREVER for it to rain in our jar.  Lesson learned.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 279

Hey!  We've made it halfway through the week.  Whew.  The week after the time changes are always brutal for me.  I feel like a zombie, so I think more coffee and a nap might need to happen every day,.  :)  This week I am hosting our sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  I have been an awful member of the team lately, but they let me host.  :)  I picked a stamp set that I hadn't used yet and tried coloring it.  It's a cute one, so I'll have to try again soon.

Layers and banners!  Yes, please.  I hope you'll come play along!  Now I have to run before Laila destroys our kitchen.  I gave her a science kit and she's having a blast.  We have a lot of towels and clothes to wash, but hey, it's better than her watching TV.  She loves mixing and pouring.  

Friday, March 10, 2017

MFT Card Challenges 323

Happy Friday!  I woke up early, so I've had coffee and put this card together.  I colored this cute images yesterday for the 30 day coloring challenge and thought I'd use them for the current MFT Card Challenges sketch.  They seemed perfect for it.  Red and turquoise are another favorite color combination of mine, so it was fun to work on this one.

Now it's time to grab some breakfast and wait on Laila to wake up.  Jason has to take our car to the dealership today, so I am sure I'll get to watch Trolls again.  :)  Maybe if I do that he can play Pokemon with her once he's home.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Hey!  Happy Wednesday.  :) How's everyone's coloring going?  I've managed every day so far, but I still have today to do.  I've been busy cleaning, plus our car wouldn't start so no playgroup for Laila. I have been taking stuff to Starbucks and coloring while she's there, so I was sad to not get that little time today.  Anyway, here's one of my coloring attempts from this week.  I used a beautiful set from Simon Says Stamp, so I thought I'd enter it into their Wednesday challenge since it's for a special lady/girl.

I will try to come back and list the supplies, but I have to run and finish up dinner.  I've been trying some new recipes this week and so far so good.  I hope this one is as well.  Anyone else addicted to the Instant Pot?

Oh, someone asked about my Ebay store I think.  I honestly don't have much there as some of it sold and I'm behind on listing new stuff, but here it is.  I'm working on a few more card kits, so stay tuned.
If you have a stamp set or occasion you'd like to see in a kit, let me know.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea

Back with my coloring for yesterday.  I love coffee sets, so last month's card kit from Simon Says Stamp was perfect for me.  I am always drawn to red and kraft (aka Crumb Cake), so I used it. Why not, right?  :) I colored the cups with grays and browns, added an embossed piece, and that was pretty much it.

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Coffee and Tea
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Stampin; Up! Real Red and Crumb Cake, Neenah Solar White
Other: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles dies, Tim Holtz On the Go embossing folder

I'm working on a card with the SU Indescribable Gift set that is very different from my last one.  I'll try to post it later today, but Jason's working overtime... It may or may not happen.  Laila isn't the best at entertaining herself.

Speaking of Laila, I do have an update on her testing.. We finally got her reports back this week and they diagnosed her with ADHD, combined type and Oppositional Defiant Disorder.  The recommendations were a playgroup, which she's in already, and therapy for her and our family  I hope we can get that going and help get her prepared for kindergarten in the fall.  I'm so nervous about it.  Our experiences with school haven't been positive at all.  I am going to make an appointment soon with the principal so he knows us and can maybe help with placement  She will need a teacher with the patience of a saint!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Day 3 Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny

I had to use the new card kit from Simon Says Stamp this week.  I love eggs and bunnies so much.  This was my coloring for yesterday.  I was just too tired to post it last night and then got behind today.  So many people at the grocery store had on perfume or cologne this morning and I came home with groceries and a headache.  If I ever run for a political office, my platform will be banning all perfume and cologne forever.  lol  I joke about it, but it triggers bad headaches and sometimes migraines for me.

Anyway... I got way off track.  One of the techniques I struggle with is masking.  I don't know why, but it just seems so hard.  I tried it on this one and I think it turned out okay.  I guess that masking paper was worth it!  :)

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Neenah 110lb and 80lb solar white, misc scraps
Others:  Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Dies

Now I'm off to work on more organizing.  My friend Meg told me about tracking our stamps in Evernote today and I can already see it will be a life changer!  If you haven't heard of it, google Evernote and stamp organization.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Day 2: Stampin' Up! Indescribable Gift

Are you participating in the coloring challenge this month?  Don't know what I'm talking about?  Check it out here.  Today is day two, so you can still jump in!  I colored a cute cat yesterday, but I  haven't put it on a card yet.  Today I colored this beautiful image from Indescribable Gift by Stampin' Up!  This is such a fun image to color.  I couldn't figure out where to put my sentiment, so I decided to use a word die to add some interest.  I cut it out on my panel and again on fun foam and then stacked them.  It's fun to camouflage your sentiment sometimes.

Stamps:  Indescribable Gift
Dies:  My Favorite Things Friends die
Paper:  Stampin' Up! Early Espresso, Neenah Solar White, Authentique Classique Elegant
Copics: B0000, B00, B01, B02, E44, E47, E49, G21, G24, G28

Laila discovered that the shopping carts (we called them buggies back in Kentucky, but I guess in Texas they are carts) at Michael's were just the right size for her to push around. We walked all over the store that day.  :)  She cracks me up.

Happy Almost Friday.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Power Poppy Get Wool Soon

I didn't get a very good picture of this one, but I had already mailed it by the time I figured that out.  :)   One of my friends, Fran, is a knitter and also a weekend coffee buddy, so I thought this image from Power Poppy was perfect for her.  I was a little intimidated by it, but I think I did okay coloring it.  She send me a text yesterday that she loved it and her husband wanted to frame it, so that was nice to hear.

Laila and I went to the part yesterday and I did some cleaning, so no new cards so far this week.  I was worn out and went to bed early yesterday.  I did get my new card kit from Simon Says Stamp, so I'm hoping to ink up that tonight.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!  I'm off to clean out the 'fridge.  Such a glamorous life!  :)

Stamps:  Power Poppy Get Wool Soon digital stamp, Stampin' Up! Watercolor Trio (sentiment)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Caribbean Coast
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, 80 and 110 lb
Dies:  Avery Elle Wonky Stitched dies, MFT Stitched Mini Scallop Circles

Sunday, February 26, 2017

SSS Wednesday Challenge with Tim Holtz

One of my goals for the year is to finish up three of the classes from Online Card Classes that I've signed up for.  I thought I'd work on the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 a bit this week.  Again, EASTER!  lol  I had never inked up this particular stamp, so why not?  I used Distress Paint for the background.  I tried to match my Copics with the same colors when I did the egg.  I think I got pretty close.  :)   I'm entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

I'll try to get back to adding supply lists when I have time. Hopefully that will help with some of the questions I get and have no way to reply to the person asking.

Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Easter Blueprints, Stampin' Up! Indescribable Gift
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Archival Black
Paper: Neenah Solar White 110lb, Manilla Tag
Other:  Dreamweaver Embossing Paste, Heidi Swapp flower stencil, misc sequins, Stampin' Up! Island Indigo ribbon and twine
Colors:  Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio
Copics:  BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09, YG01, YG09, YG09

The butterfly center had an amazing display where you could watch as they came out of their pupa.  It was the coolest thing!  We've watched them in our backyard, but only 1 or 2 at a time.  They had so many!  It's just a really cool place.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Chocolate Bunny

Happy Friday!  It's beautiful weather here in Texas.  It's been a bit warm this week, but that's Texas for you. :)  For some reason, I keep thinking Easter is next month, so I made another Easter card yesterday.  I found my cute chocolate bunny stamp and felt like inking him up.  I wanted to try making up some card kits to sell on Ebay, so this may be the first one I try.  We'll see.  Sometimes selling and shipping is difficult with Miss Laila.  Don't you love the Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi together?  I haven't been a big fan of the plum even though purple is my favorite color. Not sure why, but I do love Elegant Eggplant and Concord Crush.

Yesterday we ventured out to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  It was so crowded with kids on field trips, so it was a little stressful.  We did find a sanctuary in the butterfly center though. It was nice and quite, not crowded, and there were butterflies everywhere!  They have to look you over before you leave to make sure you don't have any on you.  It was just amazing.  Laila loved it and so did I.  I didn't take my good camera, but I sure will next time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 276

I seem to be making a mess in my room more than cards lately, but I did mange to put together a card for Freshly Made Sketches. The very talented Amy is our hostess this week..  The team put togetther a wide range of styles and ideas, so I look forward to seeing the gallery this week.

I found my cute Simon Says Stamp set with the cute Peeps this week, so I had to use it.  My mom is such a fan of Peeps.  I'm undecided on how I feel about them, but they do make fun s'mores.  :)  And I think Concord Crush is still my favorite purple EVER.  It makes me happy.  I think I have a little stashed away.  :)

I'm worn out, so Amazon Video and Hannibal are calling my name.  I'm scheduling this and heading to bed.  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Papertrey Ink 2012

One more card to share for the Papertrey Ink Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future event.  I actually had a set from the 2012 day, Hello Sunshine!  I love sunshine (well, as long as it's not over 75 outside) and love stamps that feature it.  I did a wash with Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry and then used Crushed Curry to make the sun and rays.  It's a fun and cheery card and I can't wait to mail it out.


I hope everyone had a good weekend.  We didn't do much. Jason had to mow yesterday and I felt bad most of the day.  The pollen is just awful already.  I seem to have a lot of days that start with a headache that doesn't go away.  Yesterday's was bad, so I was lazy.  Now I have a lot of clothes to fold.  Ugh.  Folding clothes and emptying the dishwasher are my most dreaded chores.  It's also bathroom day, so man!  So much fun, right?  lol  It's raining, so I guess there's not much else to do anyway.  

Have a great week! 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Papertrey Ink Mum's the Word

I managed to make another card for the Papertrey Ink Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future challenges.  This card was inspired by the 2013 look back and a card made by Wanda.  I didn't have the stamps featured this time, but I used the colors of Wanda's card with a set I did have.  I added some vellum over my large panel to play on the vellum leaves of her card.  I have another panel I tried first and got a little too water happy, but I think I can use it with the vellum like this one.  It hides a bit.  :)

Papertrey Ink Hands of Time Stamp Set. Card by Wanda Guess. 10 Year Celebration of PTI

Hopefully you can see the inspiration.  

Now I have to go clean my desk AGAIN.  I'm the messiest crafter! 

Sketch Saturday with PTI

Papertrey Ink has a fun series going on right now.  Not only are they looking back at the history of the company, but they are hosting challenges as well.  Today they are looking back at 2014 and I was so inspired by the colors of so many of the cards, especially the one below that was made by Betsy Veldman.  I decided to use those along with the new sketch at Sketch Satruday to make a card.  :)

    Life Is Beautiful - Betsy
Isn't that die awesome?  I thought about my mom when I saw it, so I had to get it.  I am going to save this card for her birthday in April.  I think she will like it. It's so fun to find stamps and dies that remind you of people you make cards and projects for.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Stampin' Up! Barnyard Babies

Barnyard Babies is an adorable set from Stampn' Up! that I just loved when I saw it.  Now once I got it, I was clueless!  After reading Animal Farm this week, I was inspired to pull it out and try to make something.  My little animals are way cuter than some of them in the book.  :)  This wasn't a challenge card or anything like that, just playing around. It's nice to do that sometimes.

Now I'm off to rest.  I volunteered early this morning and it was a lot of lifting and moving boxes, so I'm worn out.  I did sneak in a nap this afternoon, so I should get a few episodes of my current Netflix show in.  Have you guys watched American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson?  I'm a true crime junkie, so I was excited when it was one of the new shows they added in February.  I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I acutally have a master's degree in forensic science.  I've always been interested in it, but I do wish I had went the criminilogy route instead of the science one.  I don't handle the sight of blood very well and get light-headed when I see it. That's probably a good thing to know before you pick a career.  Oops!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paper Craft Crew 231

I haven't played around with my distress inks and stencils for a bit, so this sketch from the Paper Craft Crew seemed perfect for that.  I don't know if it's too much brown, but I kinda like it.  Monochromatic cards can be fun sometimes.  The stencil and butterly are Tim Holtz stamps and the sentiment is from Neat & Tangled.  (On a side note, I used up my first reinker last month.  Early Espresso, of course.  It's my favorite Stampin' Up! color, so I need to get a new one! I love that color so much.)

Visit the Paper Craft Crew and play along with Card Sketch 231. #pcc2017 #cardsketch #papercraftcrew

Now I'm off to clean up my desk.  I made a huge mess making this one.  I changed my mind a million times on various things, so my desk is a pile of maybe, maybe nots.  :)   Have a great end to the week! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches 275

Happy Discounted Chocolate Day!  :)   I managed to get myself together this week to play along with my amazing ladies at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our Queen of Layers, Narelle, is the hostess this week.  Her card is awesome and layered, so be sure you go check it out.  :)   The rest of the team made some pretty amazing cards too.  I'm a bit in awe of their creativity this week!

Do you have some of those stamp sets that you got because it was cute, but then it was hard to use?  And you almost never used it?  Yeah, that was this set from Stampin' Up! called Crazy Mixed-Up Love for me. I challenged myself to use it this week and I did it!  Yay!  I managed to find a stamp and embossing folder that helped shed some light on things.  lol

Laila was so excited about Valentine's Day.  It's probably my second least favorite holiday, with Christmas being first, but I tried to make it fun for her today.  Jason worked, so I took Laila to dinner as my valentine.  She loved her little gifts and flowers, so it was a nice day for us both.  Jason got me roses and a fancy coffee grinder.  I love how yummy the coffee smells when it's freshly ground.  I hope your day was nice as well.