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School has started!

20140821_130837Hi everybody! Well school has started. The first week is over, and this banner for my classroom is the only crafty thing I have been able to do lately.

I did create a birthday card for my uncle but unfortunately I mailed it off before I remembered to take a picture. My brain is definitely fried.

I used the Lawn Fawn banner set to create this US history banner and I also used the same set to create a name banner for my desk. I created the letters using the Alphalicious fon using my Cricut.

Over the long weekend I am hoping I can create more cards.

I have been checking Instagram to see what everyone else has been creating, and it has been making me itchy to get back to my craft desk.

I am hoping to get a better balance of creative time and work time as the month goes on.

Thanks for stopping by!




Watercolor “Thank you” Card



I was inspired by this post by Kristina Werner.  I don’t have all the colors of Distress Inks, but I worked with what I had. I have done lots of these watercolor backgrounds, but I borrowed her color palette to create this “Thank you”  card.

20140809_201248I just spread these three inks down on my craft sheet in stripes and then spritzed it with water. I used my  heat tool to dry out the paper (I used Strathmore 300 series) between layers. I laid down some more color on my craft sheet to get a darker color. In order to get the dots, I did what she suggested with a slight twist. I cupped my hand above where I wanted to be, and then I sprayed water in my hand one spray at a time until it just dropped a single drop down. I tried spritzing a bunch of water in my cupped hand a head of time but I had a bunch run out of my hand and I had to re-do a section of my watercolor background.  I then let it sit a bit and used a dry rag to blot up some color.

This is a picture of what it looked like before I used the water droplets.



At first I adhered the whole sheet down on a notecard, but wanted to break it up a bit and I liked the dramatic black background so I cut off  a little bit on either side and then left some of the black notecard show through. I cut out four thank you’s with my Circut (Alphalicious font 2 3/4″). I glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue and then glued them to the watercolor piece. I added some sequins and punched hearts to the left side for a little more texture and interest.

I liked the card, but felt I could up the interest a little bit more, so I took my Gelly Roll white pen and drew some little dots on various places on the letters and the black space in the middle to tie it together. I really like the effect. I had no rhyme or reason to how I did it, I just started placing dots.  I didn’t want to overdo it, so I would place a few dots and then let it sit a second and then come back to it. I waited to see where my eye would go on the card and notice any spaces that seemed to need those white dots.

I used the watercolor pieces that I cut off on the front to glue inside the card as well.

20140810_122708I love how this turned out. It is much more dramatic than my usual.

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Love u! SSS Monday Challenge

6.2014SSS Monday love uI was excited by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week because I love the idea of making use of all the great stash I have but haven’t used in a while. My product “I ought to use more of” is EYELETS.  Actually if I am being honest, patterned paper is another product I ought to use more of as well. I am a patterned paper hoarder and I just hate to use it up. I just love to look through my patterned paper because it is so pretty!

I created a simple card with some yummy soft muted colors. It reminded me of sherbet. Who doesn’t love that?  In my last post I used a  strawberry lemonade color scheme. The summer color palette is really  speaking to me lately. It is making me hungry!


I used a fun paper pad from Michael’s, my Making Memories eyelets, Ranger Glossy Accents, and the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die Set. I used a premade kraft note card. I cut out three of the smaller banner shapes and the heart die with the Stitched Party Banners set.I love this set. It is so versatile and the stitching adds just another textural element that adds interest to the card. I love the look of stitching on cards but hate to drag out my sewing machine, so I like that I can get that same effect SO easy. I only used half of the third banner and was able to cut out my heart shape with the other half. I  have to be frugal with my beloved patterned paper!

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I used the glossy accents on the heart and “u”. I cut out the “u” with my Cricut (1″ Cricut classic font). I added just a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Marker under the glossy accents. I love the dimension and shine that they give to this card.

It is a simple card,  but I just love the clean lines, and I enjoyed revisiting my eyelet stash. Don’t forget those oldies but goodies you have stashed. What’s old can be new again!






Embossed Happy Birthday card

6.2014 American arts bdayI was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week and made two cards. I chose the other card to submit, but loved the bright colors of this card  as well, so I figured I would share this creation as well.

20140627_151927I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper because at first I was going to do more blending and use more water, but as I stamped it out I liked the vibrant yellow color so all I did was take a Tim Holtz Waterbrush and fill in more yellow to fill in the blank spots in the flowers. I used Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade for the flower base.

QUICK TIP: Make sure to use your heat gun to dry the flower bases first before you emboss. I also recommend using a powder bag to make sure no embossing powder sticks. I had TONS of embossing powder stick my first time I stamped these, and so I used a broad stiff paintbrush and swiped ALL the embossing powder off the images. I then used my heat gun again and then restamped withVersamark in Frost and started all over.

I used the same My Favorite Things Sweet Roses Stamp set as the previous card.  I then stamped the outline in Versamark frost ink and heat embossed it with gorgeous American Crafts Embossing Powder in Grapefruit and it so reminded me of Strawberry Lemonade when I was done. It is such a fun summery color combination.

20140627_133559I cut out the sentiment using my Cricut ( 2 3/4″ Alphalicious font) and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue . I dry embossed the whole thing using  a Paper Studio Chevron Embossing Folder BEFORE I added the sentiment.  I glued the watercolor paper onto a premade notecard from Michael’s, and left a little room on the top and bottom for the black to peek out.  I added some black sequins  that I found clearanced out at Hobby Lobby using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

6.2014 American arts bdayThis card is so cheerful and I just love the color contrasts. It shows you can use black and still make the card look cheerful and fun! Now I am thirsty for some Strawberry Lemonade.  🙂