Friday, April 21, 2017

Hoppy Birthday + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, it's Friday! Which means it's time for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog. Today I'm featuring the super versatile Hoppy Holidays set from Memory Box combined with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6. I hope you'll hop on over and check it out!

I've also got a process video to share. Click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Welcome Kanga Baby - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #3


Hey friends, happy Monday! It's time for our third Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Outstanding Occasions. Create your finest for those milestone moments in life -- wedding, anniversary, baby, or graduation. 

For my card, I was actually inspired by one of my followers, who commented that a card I made on Friday would make a great baby card. So I pulled out one of my favorite "baby" Lawn Fawn images,  the kangaroo from Critters Down Under and created a little scene around her, coloring my images with Copic markers.

Then I took my leftover scraps from Friday's card to create a new one (love getting two different cards out of the same supplies!) and die cut them using Large Stitched Rectangle StackablesStitched Party BannersLarge Stitched Circle Stackables, and Scalloped Circle Stackables. I layered them all together, popped my focal panel up with foam tape, and added some sequins for a little extra elegance.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog to check out the rest of the amazing projects from the design team, and don't forget to link up your own for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! I hope you all have an amazing day. Thanks for stopping by!




Friday, April 14, 2017

Bear Hugs + Friday Feature at BRI


Hi friends, happy Friday! Today I've got a super sweet card for my Friday Feature at Butterfly Reflections Ink. I'll give you just a sneak peek, but it combines the Reverse Confetti Bear Hugs with the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' paper pad. So lovely! I hope you'll hop over there and leave me some comment love. 

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch the video there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. It means so much! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Nuts For You + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's FRIDAY!!! Which mean it's time for another Friday Feature over at Butterfly Reflections Ink. Today I'm playing with MFT Harvest Buddies and some gorgeous Hero Arts Woodgrain Texture Vellum, which I tinted with Distress Inks. My images were watercolored with Zigs. All other info is over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog, and also listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube.

Click the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like and subscribe! It means so much. I hope you guys enjoy the video! Have an amazing weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Galaxy Spinner - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #2


Hey friends! It's time for our second Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This time we're calling for interactive cards, because they're just so super fun! I wanted to challenge myself to do something I've never done before, so I chose a spinner card, and to make things just a little bit more interesting, I decided to try a galaxy background for the first time as well!


I started out my coloring my images from Out of This World with Copic markers and die cutting them with the matching dies. Then I created my galaxy background using Distress Inks and also a moon using the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders. I cut my spinner track out with the Slide On Over Circles and gave everything a nice stitched edge with the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

There are two different ways to build your penny slider mechanism and I show you both in the video. I mounted my panel with a double layer of foam tape onto a card base of Narwhal cardstock and did some additional stamping on the inside with Hippo ink. As a finishing touch, I added a sprinkling of stars using Starry Skies and some Pretty Pink Posh Mini Iridescent Star Confetti.

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I really appreciate all your feedback and support.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team samples and don't forget to play along! I can't wait to see what you all create!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Meow You Doin'? - Kitty Collab with Kari


Hey friends! Today I'm super excited to be doing a special collaboration with my dear friend Kari of KWCardDesign on YouTube! We're both making cards featuring the adorable Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? stamp set, as well as the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 pad.


Ever since I saw the sneak peeks for Bicycle Built for You, I knew I wanted to take the small cat image and pair it with the kitties from Meow You Doin'? to make him look like a kitten. I think it totally works, don't you?

I colored my images with Copic markers and created a soft background using the MFT English Brick Stencil and some Distress Inks. All supplies are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube.

Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It really helps out, and I love reading your thoughts.



When you're done, you can check out Kari's video by clicking the link here or in the description bar over on YouTube. Her card is a surprise even to me, and I can't wait to see what she came up with!

Isn't it fun to see what unique designs people come up with using the same products? I always find it fascinating and I hope that you will too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ahoy Matey + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, I'm back with my second post of the day! For my Lawn Fawnatics Feature click here. Today happens to be a Double Feature Friday, as I'm also up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a fun pirate-themed card using the new Neat & Tangled Yo Ho Ho stamp set.

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the movie and TV series Treasure Island, so this set is full blown nostalgia for me. I ended up creating two cards, so I'm featuring the boy on my blog, and the girl version over at BRI.


These Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets ended up being the perfect accent for both cards. They look like little splashes of water, so they work great even for masculine cards. It's not easy to find embellishments that work well for both, but these definitely do.

I finished off the insides of the cards with some additional stamping and the leftover colored and die cut images.


For links to all the other supplies, please head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog and check out my feature. Here's a sneak peek of how the other card turned out. I can't decide which is my favorite!


Do you struggle with using patterned paper on your cards? In today's video tutorial, I go over a few tips on how to pull in different prints and also how to use the colors to inspire your coloring. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. I can't tell you how much your support means to me! Have a great weekend, everybody!


4th Friday Feature at Lawn Fawnatics



Happy Friday, friends! Today I've got a fun card to share over at the  new Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog for our very first challenge. I hope you'll head over and check it out, and don't forget to play along. Our first theme is Birthday, since Lawn Fawn is turning seven this month! You still have just over a week to create a new project and link it up. One winner will be randomly drawn to win a $25 gift certificate! Now that's worth playing for!



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Introducing Lawn Fawnatics!


Woohoo! Today is an exciting day! I finally get to let out this wonderful secret I've been teasing you all with on social media! Today I get to reveal that Lawn Fawn is starting their very own challenge blog, Lawn Fawnatics

I'm so thrilled and honored to be a part of the amazing design team, and today we're kicking off our first challenge! Since this month marks Lawn Fawn's 7th Birthday, we just had to go with a Happy Birthday theme.



I have hardly been able to contain myself with excitement, so I thought a Pop-Up Box Card would be the perfect project to make. It literally explodes with fun the second you open it. It's the card equivalent of a surprise party!


The best kind of party is one where all your friends are invited, new and old, so I combined as many stamp sets as I possibly could. I used Jump For JoyCheery ChristmasCritters In The ForestCritters In The 'BurbsParty AnimalYear Two, and Year Four. Whew!


Of course, I also used the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up  die, the Grassy Border, and pulled in a sentiment from Elphie Selfie. The Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 paper pad added in an extra splash of color.


For the front and side panels, since I wanted that fun and festive color on there as well, I just cut the patterned paper to mat the die cut rectangles.


I've made these pop-up box cards before, and let me tell you, the die makes it so much easier! No more measuring! The die takes all the guess work out of the equation. It makes it so easy, in fact, that I made TWO cards! Since I didn't catch the first one on camera, I decided to create a second so I could walk you through the steps.


For my second card, I wanted a whole new scene, so I used Elphie SelfieHang In ThereParty Animal, and Year Four, along with the same dies and patterned paper. I wanted to show you how versatile this Pop-Up Box Card is, so this one is just a bit simpler but just as cute! You really can decorate it as much or as little as you like.


And now for the video. Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!


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Please head over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the AMAZING design team's projects. I think you'll be delighted to see some familiar faces. :) I can't wait to see what you all create for our first challenge! The winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate to Lawn Fawn! Woohoo! Have a great day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Giraffes Gone Wild + Friday Feature at BRI



Hey friends! It's friday, which means it's time for another Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm featuring the sweet giraffes from Reverse Confetti's Lift Me Up and I hope you're going to love it! Feel free to leave me a comment here or there, or BOTH! Haha. Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 13, 2017

1 Set 4 Ways Episode 2: Sunday Stroll


Hey friends! Today I'm bringing you a brand-new series on my blog and YouTube channel. It's called 1 Set 4 Ways, and it's as simple as the name implies! I'll be taking images from just one stamp set and creating four cards, each unique, but cohesive enough to work as a set, by using similar supplies to tie them all together. I'm considering making this a monthly series, so I hope you guys are really going to like it! :)

I'm calling this one Episode 2, because I did this once before a few months back with the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set. At the time, I was just trying to use up images I'd colored during The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, so I thought it was just going to be a one-time thing. But I found myself in the same position again with lots of colored images just sitting in a bowl on my desk, and I liked how the first video had forced me to use up a whole bunch of them at once. So the idea for a series was born!


This episode features Mama Elephant's Sunday Stroll, a set that's filled with an adorable family and whole bunch of pets and bugs and little scene setters, which makes it perfect for this challenge. The possibilities are endless! On my first card, I didn't even use any of the people, creating a family of ducks instead.



The only thing the Sunday Stroll set is missing is sentiments, so I pulled those in from three other Mama Elephant sets, Sunday SentimentsCross My Heart, and In My Heart to suit each scene I was creating.


I used one sentiment on the outside of each card, and an additional sentiment on the inside of each card, along with some cute little images. I've just started finishing off the insides of my cards this year, and I find it really adds something extra special!



All other supplies used are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. To watch it there in HD, simply click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner of the video. Please let me know what you guys think of this new series! And if you have any suggestions for a stamp that I should feature next month, I'd love to hear your ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a great day!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Another Year Wiser + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's Friday, which means it's time for my next Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I've got a bright and cheery watercolor card using the adorable MFT's I'm Owl Yours stamp set, in combination with a few others. I hope you'll head over and check it out.

I've also got a process video for you that I hope you'll enjoy. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch in there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It means a lot. Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Elphie Selfie with Friends


Who says animals can't take selfies? The minute I got saw this super clever Elphie Selfie set from Lawn Fawn I knew I had to have it. It just makes me smile so big, and isn't that the best kind of card to make and send out? The kind that you just KNOW is going to make someone's day?

Of course, the more friends that crowd in, the more fun the selfie is to take, am I right? I was actually inspired by the PBS show Spy In The Wild to add in a tortoise from Year Two and my attempt at an egret from A Birdie Told Me along with my elephants and mouse. I colored my images with Copic markers and cut them out with the matching dies.

To create my scene I started with a light blue panel die cut with the largest Small Stitched Rectangles and added two layers of tall grass cut with the Meadow Borders. I grouped my animals together and finished the scene with two clouds from the Spring Showers dies. I layered the scene over some pretty paper from the Perfectly Plaid 6x6  die cut with the Scalloped Rectangle Stackables. I also did some fun stamping on the inside with Merman ink, but I'll save that for the video.

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. It means so much! Have a great day, everybody!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's Friday, which means it's time for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm sharing a cute masculine kitty card for my little guy's birthday. He LOVES cats, so I just had to make him a card with Lawn Fawn's Meow You Doin'?. I hope you'll head over and check it out!

Click on the YouTube icon to watch the video in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It means so much. :)
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cupcakes & Happiness


Hi friends! Today I'm here with a card so sweet you could almost eat it! ;) A cupcake bakery is opening up today right next to the pottery studio where I work, so I wanted to make a card for my co-workers to sign to welcome them to the neighborhood. I knew that Mama Elephant's Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers stamps and dies were going to be perfect for the look I was going for.

I colored my images with Copic markers to match the gorgeous Echo Park Party Time 6x6 papers, and stamped my sentiment with Lawn Fawn Merman ink. Then I die cut my focal panel with the Avery Elle Finished Frames. I layered everything up and popped my focal panel and cupcakes up with foam tape for added dimension, then dabbed a bit of Crystal Stickles glitter glue to make it sparkle like crystalized sugar. Yum!

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing day!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafty Christmas Collaboration with Jessica Frost-Ballas


Hey friends! Today I'm so excited to share a super fun collaboration with my friend Jessica Frost-Ballas. Last December, Jessica found herself with her Christmas card stash depleted. That last minute Christmas card hustle had her stressed and overwhelmed, feelings to which I can totally relate! She wanted to solve this problem by making cards all throughout the year, so come next December 1st, she'd be completely prepared, and could then relax and relish in the joys of the season.

Because it can be tough to stay inspired to make Christmas cards all year round, Jessica came up with the brilliant idea to make it fun by including her crafty friends in a monthly collaboration, and I'm thrilled to be her February guest!


Each of us put together a little packet of elements to create a card and sent it off to the other, then made an extra one for ourselves so we'd have the same supplies. Here's what I sent Jess. I noticed while poking around her blog that she didn't seem to have any Neat & Tangled Christmas sets, so I stamped and die cut several images from Elfs and their Shelf, since it was the one set on my list for my 2016 Christmas Card Series that I didn't end up getting to use. I also included a couple sentiments from that set, five double-sided patterned papers, since that's kind of my thing ;), and a few enamel dots.



And here's what Jess sent me. She realized I didn't have any Altenew (she was right!) and sent me some beautiful stamped and gold glitter embossed trees from their Sketched Evergreen set, and sentiments from Holiday Wishes. She also included a white card base, some black cardstock, and silky back and gold twine.



For the card I made with my own supplies, I colored my images with Copic markers, then incorporated all five patterned papers -- and actually added a sixth. A light sprinkling of enamel dots finished off the design.





I'll admit, the supplies Jessica sent had me a little stumped at first. The kit definitely lent itself to a more elegant style than I typically create, but I LOVE a good challenge! Since the trees were already embossed with that gorgeous gold sparkle detail, I thought adding even more sparkle couldn't hurt. The My Mind's Eye Comfort and Joy 6x6 was one of my favorites last Christmas because of the glitter detail on some of the patterns. I added this poinsettia strip, and found another pattern that worked perfectly for my sky background. I added a couple snowy hills, trimmed my sentiment to a flag end, and finished off the card with a black scalloped border and that gorgeous black and gold twine.



Please head over to Jess's blog to discover what she made with our supplies. Be sure to leave a comment at both our blogs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Neat & Tangled, AND you can link up your own cards all year long at Jess's blog for a chance to win a big grand prize in December!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed our collab!



Friday, February 24, 2017

A Flop Card Friday Feature for BRI


Hey friends! Happy Friday! It's time once again for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm creating a fun, interactive flop card using the MFT Sweet Forest Friends  stamps and dies and the MFT Flop Card Rectangle Die-namics. It also features a secret inside scene, but you'll have to hop on over to check that out. ;)

To really get the full effect of this card, you need to see it in action, so I've created a video tutorial. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to check it out there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. I so appreciate it! I hope you guys enjoy the video! Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Magical Day Fairy Tale Scene


Hey friends! Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today I'm sharing a dreamy, fairy tale card using the Avery Elle Be A Unicorn  stamp set. Isn't she a cutie? I brought her to life with Copic markers and created a fluffy land in the clouds scene for her to live in with the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders. Then I stamped a few little stars and hearts Lawn Fawn SunflowerMerman, and Plastic Flamingo inks to keep with that magical feel.

To see how this whole card came together, check out the video below, or click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD. And don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I'm hoping to get to 25K subscribers by the end of this year, and I know that might sound crazy, but I'm determined to dream big!

Thank you all for your wonderful support. I couldn't do it without you! Have an amazing day!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Novel Birthday + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, happy Friday! This week I happened to need TWO birthday cards for friends in my writer's group, and I knew that the MFT Our Story stamp set was going to be just perfect for both!

I'm sharing the masculine version here, and the feminine version for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. I did some paper-piecing with the stunningly gorgeous Flora 6x6 by Carta Bella in combination with Copic coloring, and I absolutely LOVED how it turned out, so you'll have to check it out. Here's a sneak peek to entice you over. ;) 


I didn't film a video this time because I created both of them simultaneously as I needed them quick and I knew there would be no way to edit that footage down to a reasonable length. But if you'd like a video on how I created either of these cards, let me know. Maybe I can do a separate video for each if there's interest.

I hope you all have an amazing day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Birthday Bunny - Copic Colored Cloudy Sky Background



Hi friends! Every year after I finish up my Valentine Card Series, I find myself in immediate need for birthday cards. This cute Lili of the Valley Balloon Bunny image is always a go-to for quick and easy (and adorable!) cards, but I wanted to step it up a notch by coloring in my own cloudy sky background with Copic markers. Of course, I had to film a video so I could share the technique with you all.

I die cut my focal panel with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die and added a sentiment using a tab from the MFT Blueprints 29 Die-namics, such a versatile die set!

All available products are also linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!


Speaking of valentines, my friend Winter posted a wonderful update on the Cards From the Heart Card Drive that you'll for sure want to check out! I was smiling all day today thinking of those kids who were blessed by the drive! Such a great cause.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Magical Princess Birthday + BRI feature


Hey friends, happy Friday! Today I've got a card using this sweet Once Upon A Time set by MFT and the stunning Posh 6x6 by Simple Stories. This has got to be my FAVORITE paper pad in a long time and as you'll see in my video, I'm down to just scraps, I've used it so much. I definitely need to order another!


I've also got an additional card up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today for my regular Friday Feature, including all the deeds on how these two cards came together, so I hope you'll pop over there and check it out and leave me a comment!

All supplies are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing day!

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Valentine Card Series #10 plus Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, it's Friday! Yippee! Which means it's time for my weekly Friday Feature at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm sharing a super sweet card featuring these adorable bunnies. I hope this sneak peek will entice you to hop on over and check out my card and leave me some comment love! <3 font="">

This is also Card 10 in my 2017 Valentine Series, so you can see the whole process of how this card came together. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! With all the changes YouTube has been making, it's more important than ever to support your favorite YouTubers so we don't get lost in the cracks. I sure appreciate it! You all have a wonderful day!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Valentine Card Series #9


Hey crafty friends! Today I have a sweet card to share with you for Day 10 of my 2017 Valentine Series. Aren't these mice just darling? This is the Moonbeam Meadow True Love set by Crafter's Companion, and I just happened to notice while grabbing the link, that this and ALL their EZ Mount Stamp Sets are now 75% off! That, my friends, works out to $2.49 per stamp set, which is CRAZY cheap! So if you love this image as much as I do, you may want to strike while the iron's hot. ;)

I watercolored my panel with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and all colors used are listed at the top left of the screen in the video. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! With all the changes YouTube has been making it's more important than ever. And I so appreciate it! Have a great day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Valentine Card Series #8 plus a feature at BRI!


Hey friends! It's Friday, which means it's time for my Friday Feature at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. I left you a sneaky peek to entice you over, but the full reveal and all supplies will be listed there. I'd love it if you leave me a comment there too!

This is also Card #8 in my 2017 Valentine Series benefitting the Cards From The Heart Card Drive and St. Jude's Children's Hospital and more. Unfortunately, if you haven't mailed your cards by now, it's probably too late (mine went out on Wednesday) unless you overnight it, as the deadline to be received was January 31st, but if you missed out, never fear! Start a stash for next year! The kids are so worth it, and each one is guaranteed to make them smile, so you can add to it all throughout the year if you want, and have a big ol' pile to send in next year. Just please visit Winter's blog for all the requirements before you begin, as the hospital has several restrictions to ensure the children's safety and happiness. 


I will be continuing this series through Valentine's Day and doing exactly that. I have a special box that is reserved for stockpiling for this Card Drive. :)

Please enjoy the video! Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! With all the changes YouTube has made in the last few months, it's more important than ever to show your support for your favorite YouTubers so we don't get lost in the shuffle. I sure do appreciate it! You all have a fabulous day! Thanks for stopping by.


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