Friday, November 21, 2014

Merry Christmas 'Summer'!

Hi there my crafty peeps. Today I have a card to share using the 'Summer' Stamp and ironically I made a Christmas Card using her. That's just how versatile these gorgeous stamps are!
While at Michaels last week I found these berries and poinsettias and they are a little big but I knew they would be PERFECT with this image! I LOVE the way this card came out. The Sentiment is by Lili of the Valley, 'Christmas Wishes'.
If you haven't gotten this gorgeous image yet we have a list of stores you can buy from HERE.
Have you seen the Bloom Girl Video Library? Tons of Bloom Girl Projects to check out.
Hope you all have a wonderful Day!
 Prima - 12 Days of Christmas

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lili of the Valley Blog Hop and new Coloring Video!

Hello everyone.
 Lili of the Valley has done it again with another gorgeous "I have to have collection"!
These new stamps will be available in the Lili of the Valley Shop on Saturday the 22nd. They will be available online on Monday the 24th.
There's 10 new fabulous stamps and 3 new paper pads in this release.
Check out the sneak peeks from the designers.
As always, Lili of the Valley is so generous a random comment will be chosen from one of our blogs and you will win a set of goodies from this release!
Here's my card I chose to use this cutie, "Afternoon Stroll". I also have a video on coloring this image and creating a scene. I created clouds by coloring negative space. I normally create grass all around the image but this time I decided to make grass only behind her as if she was walking along a path.. taking an 'Afternoon Stroll'.
The papers I used are Lili of the Valley's Up, Up and Away paper pad.
Here's the video. Sorry for the bad lighting. It was cloudy when I was recording.
I hope you enjoy the video and the hop!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mixed Media Christmas Tree Card!

Hello there my lovely crafty peeps!
Today my design team post is up over on the super talented Limor Webber's Blog.
I have made a fun Christmas Mixed Media Card. Check out the Limor Webber Designs Blog for more photos I also have a video up. So go check it out!
Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Glass Christmas Ornaments

I can't believe Christmas is like.. RIGHT THERE! WOW, where does the year go, seriously!?
I've been on Pinterest a lot over the last few weeks and I've gotten some great Christmas project ideas. This was one of them. Decorating Glass Ornaments. We will actually be making these at my Class over at This n That Scrapbooking in Chino Hills on December 3rd. You can find more information on the class over on the This n that Website.

I think I will do a YouTube video on decorating them. I just love this first one. I actually used Spellbinders Dies to create my border! :)
Visit me next month for a tutorial!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'm SO GLAD it's almost over!
'Monday" is my Friday! :)
Simon Says Stamp - Ornaments
RRR- Christmas with Ribbon


Friday, November 14, 2014

Christmas Canvas at Jollene's Paperie in Banning, Ca!

Hey there friends!
I have been edit, edit, editing these past 2 days! Video tutorials and photos for blog posts. Hopefully I'll be caught up soon. While watching one of my videos I have discovered how ugly my hands are! I never really liked them, but as I'm getting older EW-- my hands are GROSS! So, for that I apologize!
I know that probably sounds really funny... and random. LOL! 
Here's a canvas we are doing at my class next week over at Jollene's Paperie. If you are in the Southern California area and interested in signing up.. you still have time.
You can find the details HERE!
Crafty Catz - Christmas is Coming
Just Add Ink - Texture
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Décor
Creative Card Crew - Christmas Joy
Scrap-Creations - Make it Sparkle


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lili of the Valley Sneak Peek!

Hi there crafty friends!
Lili of the Valley has done it again. Just look at this adorable stamp! It feels like it's been so long since I've really made a card like I used to. I just adore these colors and this little Elephant is simply the CUTEST!
Check out the LOTV Blog for other cards made with the new images from our ever so talented Design Team. The new stamps will be available soon.
Have a wonderful day!
Papertake Weekly - 2 or 4 legs
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Fun Simple Birthday Cards!

Hi there lovelies!
Here's the birthday card set we made at Jollene's Paperie last Wednesday. --Told you I was behind on posting. We are getting there, though.
I used this adorable Julie Nutting mini Birthday Stamp Set. I just love these stamps. For not being very detailed these are pretty darn cute. I wanted to show people how quick you can put together some fun Birthday cards -- that you know you wont hoard! LOL! Like so many of us do.
Have a great day crafty  peeps!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas - BLOG HOP

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

I decided to make a home decor' wooden accent for my home as my Gift Idea for the blog hop.
I have taken the 'Simple Christmas' set from Neat and Tangled and decorate my wooden plaque.
First thing I did was paint the wood in some white acrylic paint. Then I took some random sticker alphabets and added my quote and stamped my stamp in Clearsnaps 'Night' crafters ink. Then heat set the stamped image.
I painted over my letters again with the acrylic paint and then traced them with a charcoal pencil.

 I then used the little leaves from Neat and Tangled 'Simple Christmas Set' and made some grass and bushes around the house. I drew my own little flowers.
After that I took my Colorbox Chalk: Cat's Eye® Olive color ink pad and stamped the inkpad itself onto the sides of the wooden plaque. It's perfect since it has the shape of a leaf! Heat set!
Then I just traced the ink using my pencil and I made extra little doodles and veins in the leaves.

Then I rolled up some canvas scraps and used a hot glue gun to keep the shape and glued them to the edges of the wooden plaque. They are the cutest little shabby chic rosebuds!

That's it. I hope you enjoyed my little project.
Here's some photos of my finished project.


 Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
Ellison Educational Equipment
Walnut Hollow 
Graphic 45 
Neat and Tangled 
Therm O Web
Elizabeth Craft Designs 
Pink and Main 
The Buckle Boutique
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Rowland Technologies 
ICE Resin 
Hydrangea Hippo 
Clearsnap - Suzanne Austin
Stencil1 - Ed Roth 
Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa 
Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry 
Cupcakes and Crinoline - Mary Beth Sharkey 
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Frances Byrne
Lazy Mom’s - Joanna Grzeszczak
Homemade Ginger - Megan Kapple
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Asia King 
Ellison Educational Equipment - Anna-Karin Evaldsson
One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta
Therm O Web - Alice G0lden 
Lovely Etc - Carrie Spalding
ICE Resin - Clare Horner
Pink and Main - Yolie Burke
The Buckle Boutique - Stephanie Nericcio
Modern Surrealist - Marisa Pawelko 
A Little Craft In Your Day - Tanner Bell 
Artsy Findings - Cheryl Waters
Stampin Mindy - Mindy Baxter
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Lili of the Valley Christmas Gift Set.

Hi there crafty peeps!
Here's on of 2 of the project gift sets we will be creating at my class at Custom Impressions this Friday! Isn't it super cute!
 This image from Lili of the Valley and is called Shine a Light. I love the rich BG color of this Copic Combo. I used BG72, BG75, BG78 and N7. GORGEOUS! The card is simple, The base is actually an envelope, perfect for a gift card or money for a friend, co-worker teacher etc. I have also made a matching Candle. I really wanted to focus on the pleats in her coat and again show everyone how adding a little 'N7' really makes a huge difference in depth when coloring. My students know it as my 'make it pop'. :o)
If you are interested in this class please Contact Custom Impressions.
Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mixed Media Card Class at This n That!

Hi everyone!

I have gotten a tiny bit behind on posting and well everything since my trip to Puerto Rico.
I hope after this weekend I'll be caught up. Since coming back I have had only 2 days (in 2 weeks) and trying to prepare for 3 local classes, it was my sons Birthday and we had a surprise party oh yeah and Halloween! So it's been a little hectic. I will bounce back. Promise!

Here's a card using a Julie Nutting Stamp that I made for my Class at This n That. That class is THIS Wednesday and it's just about full! So it will be a lot of fun. I can't wait to see my regular girlies and some new faces, too! This class we going to be coloring using Copics and also creating this gorgeous Mixed Media background. The photo really doesn't do it justice!

I'll be posting some photos from my trip soon, too.

 Craft Your Passion - Bright and Sparkly
Dream Valley Challenges - Christmas
Without Words - Christmas Prep
The Ribbon Girls - Christmas Card
Copic Marker Spain - Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bloom Girl Sharon Book Box for Puerto Rico Class.. I'm leaving TONIGHT!

 Hey crafty peeps!
It's my turn to post over on the Bloom Girl DT Blog.
I have used my Bloom Girl Sharon Stamp. Which I just LOVE! I colored her in using my Copics. The flowers and papers are by Prima. This collection is so super cute, it's called Coffee Break.

Tomorrow I'll be heading out to Puerto Rico and this is actually one of the projects we are making this Saturday at Scrapbooking Gallery PR. I've been pretty busy this month I haven't had any time to do any You Tube Videos.. which makes me sad. I come home from Puerto Rico on Sunday evening, I work Monday, Tuesday teach on Wednesday and back to work Thursday - Monday.. then the following week I have 2 more classes. Will things ever slow down? I'll tell ya my bags under my eyes are sure going to weigh me down!

Oh, plus Halloween, and on the 30th my son is turning 16!! My baby boy!! :o(



Don't forget we have our Challenge for this month. If you'd like to win this amazing goodie package from Jamie Dougherty play along and use your favorite Bloom Girl to enter!
Have a great week everyone!
Look for photos of my Trip to Puerto Rico on Facebook and Instagram!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bloom Girl and Westcott Blog Hop!

We are SO excited to present you a STRONG and BLOOMING collaboration between the Bloom Girl line by Jamie Dougherty and Westcott! All the designers have been playing with amazing products from Westcott and we were thrilled to base our projects on the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign that is always held during October.
To celebrate this awesome opportunity, both Jamie and Westcott are doing giveaways* to one lucky winner. Nice, right?! To enter the giveaways, you must comment on each blog listed below and make sure to thank our dear Jamie on the Bloom Girls Creative group on Facebook and Westcott on their Facebook page. You can find their products HERE on the Prima website and HERE on the Westcott

*The Westcott giveaway is open to US residents only from Oct. 17th 2014 10am PT to Oct. 20th 2014 12am PT. The Bloom Girl giveaway is open worldwide from Oct. 17th 2014 10am PT to Oct. 20th 2014 12am PT.

Bloom Girl Design Team Blog
Jamie Dougherty
Janine Koczwara
Jeannie DeGruccio
Lisa Adametz
Louise Nelson
Mindy Baxter
Stéphanie Beauchemin
Westcott Blog

Now let's get inspired and start hoppin'

Here's my project. I used 3 of my favorite Bloom Girl Stamps, Summer, Gardenia and Jing. I stamped them on kraft cardstock and then I used my Faber-Castell Water Colored Pencils for the pops of pink in the stamped flowers. I really love the way this came out. I had seen a collage of inspirational words on a canvas and I loved the way it looked so I sort of interpreted that in my own way with this card. Then I stamped a matching candle. Such a cute little gift set, don't you think?
I hope you enjoy our hop! Good Luck with the give-a-way!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fun Stampers Journey!

Hello all!
Today I have a fun little project to share. I've recently joined Fun Stampers Journey. I'll be honest, I saw the amazing starter kit and couldn't resist! Spellbinders is a partner with FSJ so you get a Journey Grand (Exclusive Grey Grand Calibur) in your kit, rolling tote, stamps, exclusive Spellbinders Dies and coordinating stamps.. and your website is FREE!!!! Since my Big Shot died last month I thought what the heck! Plus the quarterly minimum is only $150! Easy Peasy! :) Then the more I looked into it and after receiving my kit, I thought what an amazing opportunity to be at the start of this company. A year ago I had the privilege to meet Richard and his wife, they came to one of my Copic Classes. It's really wonderful to see how much Fun Stampers Journey has grown since then. The first 500 Coaches will be the 'Founding Journey Coaches', oh, and the FIRST Stampers Journey Convention will be in Arizona next June! So we shall see what my new 'Journey' will bring me! I'm a little excited. :o)
This Birthday card was made using Birthday Sketch, which is in my kit. I've also used the Pennants Die set which is out of stock. I stamped my cupcake in Memento Desert Sand and used my Copics to Color. Then I took the Journey Glaze and along the outline of the cupcake's frosting I added the glaze and sprinkled with some Journey Sparkle Dust.

I hope you all have a great day!

A Gem of a Challenge - Clean and Simple
My Sheri Cards - Banners
Southern Girl Challenge - Girly/Shabby Chic
Crafty By Designs - Anything Goes

Friday, October 3, 2014

Limor Webber Designs FIRST DT post!

Hello everyone!!
Today is a very exciting day! It's my first post on Limor Webber's Design Team! I couldn't be more happier to be apart of this! :o)
I decided to make a canvas for my first project. I took the colors out of my daughters' comforters and then matched them to my Gelatos®.
First I laid a coat of white Gesso, then I created a rainbow using my Gelatos®  and at first it was very bold and the color was a little too bold compared to my girls' room. So I added more water and blotted the canvas until it lightened. Once it was dry I took my Gelatos® Double Scoop® Color – Black Licorice and went around the entire canvas, I used my finger and pulled some of the black into the rainbow in the same direction. I used the Prima “Bubbles” Stencil  and added bubbles with some molding paste. I shaved off some of all of the Gelatos® and added just a little bit of water over each of the shavings. Then I used my heat tool over them and it was such a cool effect! It bubbled and expanded and left some great texture to the canvas!
 I added my quote in some sticker letters and then decided to add some Tim Holtz Rub Ons, Crystal Circles. Then I got out this amazing stamp, IndigoBlu Bubbles Background and stamped all around the canvas and also on the wooden butterflies. I was just about finished and I wanted my bubbles to pop out a little more so I took my Water-colored pencils and traced some of the larger bubbles to define them a little.
One more thing I just HAD to add -- Glass Bead Glitter Gel.. just a little on the bubbles!
I really LOVE this and so do my girls. I hope you all like it!
Have a wonderful day!