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Loving You More Each Day

Hi!!! Happy Friday!!
Today is a great day!  It's the start of PAX Prime here in Seattle!!!!  It's been 4 years since we've been able to attend any sort of convention, and we are so excited to finally be back to an area that has some of the best conventions around!  And one of the best parts is Matthew's company has a very large booth set up for people to sit down and play their game!
I've had the opportunity to play the game twice, once being last night with a couple of my best friends.  It was So. Much. Fun!!!  If you happen to be going to PAX this weekend, seek out this desk and PLAY THIS GAME!  You won't regret it!

If you aren't at PAX, visit their site:  Gigantic
Beta will be opening up soon so get your name in for the chance to play!!  Woot!!

Since we were in downtown Seattle last night, the joy of being back to our home in Washington sort of re-flooded me today.  It's an overwhelming love for this state...something I can never find the right words to say.  But being here never gets old and I'm reminded each day that this is home, and it's only going to get better.

So of course, I had to make a card to reflect that :)
 And of course that card has to have a cat :)  The kitty stamp is from Newton's Antics.
Matthew bought me this amazing die cut of the space needle for my birthday last month and I'm finally getting the chance to sit down and play with it.  It's from Impress Stamps, and it cuts so beautifully!  I absolutely love it!

I did a bunch of distress ink blending on my card to keep it all soft and sweet.  Since everything on here was die cut, I decided to do no-lines coloring for my kitty.  This scared me a bit, but I think my little Stormie kitty turned out super cute!  I impressed myself!  Considering my time at my craft desk has been super limited lately...picking those markers up was intimidating, but inspiring :)

I added little bits of detail to the hills around the space needle and kitty.  It was looking a little flat without all those flowers.  Then stamped out my awesome sentiment and placed it over the space needle!  It felt so fitting for how I'm feeling right now :)

A little heart above the sentiment and everything was done!  Love this card so much!!!

I hope you are someplace that fills your heart with joy and love!  I am learning just how important that really is in life :)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Chocolate, Coffee, Cards #98-Use A Sentiment
    Craft Your Passion #276-Anything Goes
    Newton's Inky Paws Challenge #24-Sketch
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes
    Word Art Wednesday #198-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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I Bee-lieve In You!

Hi Everyone!
Happy Tuesday!  Chilly morning here in Washington, but the cooler temps are very welcome!  Just wishing they would help with the wild fires on the east side of the state.  Please keep everyone in your prayers as these fires have been brutal and unstoppable so far...and it's hard to watch my state go through something so difficult...

It is time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  This weeks challenge is "Just Because!"  I love sending these cards because they have no purpose other than to just say Hi :)
Our awesome sponsor is A Random Fan, and they have provided our team with some adorable images!
I've chosen to use Sweet Honey Bee.
I've been so busy the last few weeks with other projects that I completely forgot that it was my teams challenge week.  So this card was one of those last minute "oh-my-gosh-get-something-done" type of cards.  But I think it turned out super cute!

I colored in this cutie with my ShinHan markers and added touches of glitter brush for some fun sparkle.  The orange background paper was embossed with glitter embossing powder in a fun dot pattern, but most of that pattern got covered up...so now it's just sparkly :)

I added a quick sentiment and some hand drawn stitches and called it good on this quick and sweet card!
Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown and join in this super fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Believe in the Beauty of Your Dreams - Sami Stamps Re-Release!!

Hi Everyone and Happy Friday!!
We are finally back from our wonderful vacation in Hawaii!  What a magical place!  I loved everything about being there and can't wait to go back again some day!
This week has been super busy helping my best friend get ready for her wedding reception this weekend, so my time ran a little short to get anything created.  But I squeezed a little time in to get something done for our Sami Stamps re-release this week!

Sami is re-releasing her Back to School collections!  It's perfect for this time of year!
I got to work with the adorable My First Day image.
This card was created at my friends house, so I didn't have my usual craft supplies with me.  But she had some awesome stamps that fit perfect with this image!
I kept the coloring pretty simple and used my Spectrum Noir pencils.

While there isn't much detail to the card, I actually really love it!  The simplicity of it makes it that much cuter :)

So be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see these fun releases from the past!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Congrats on Your Little One!

Hi Everyone!
I'm currently enjoying the warm beaches of Hawaii!!!  I hope you are all doing well!

We're starting a fun new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown.  We want you to make a card for your favorite occasion!!

I have lots of favorites, so this was hard to choose.  But with my sister having a baby soon, and several other people I know being pregnant, right now my favorite occasion has to be babies!!  So I made up a sweet little card to go with that.
I adore this sweet little cuddle bunny from our sponsor - Digital Delights.  I tried to keep the card pretty soft, but I just loved this background paper so much I had to use it!  The bunny is colored in soft grey's with little touches of pink, and I added my little sentiment banner with a sweet little bow.

Pretty simple card, but full of sweetness!  Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see what occasion is the rest of the teams favorite, and then join in the fun!!

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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Hey There! - New Sami Stamps Release!!

Hi Everyone!
Sorry it's been super quiet around here.  We have been super busy preparing for a big vacation to Hawaii!!!  I am currently on the plane so this post is scheduled :)

We have a fun new release for your today from Sami Stamps - Beach Fun!  Such a perfect release for this time of year!  We are finally seeing a little bit of relief here in Washington from all the heat.  So the beach has been our friend this summer!

I've used the super cute image A Friend From the Sea!
Still working on getting my creative mojo back, so I kept this card pretty simple.  Our challenge starting today is to use 2 patterned papers.  So I pulled out this fun pack from Lawn Fawn and found a couple patterns that worked well together.  I also stamped out a few star fish from the So Jelly stamp set to add around my sentiment.

My image was colored in with pencils.  I used a border die around the outsides to get that fun x pattern.  It overlapped funny in the corners and cut a few off, but I still think it looks cool!

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this awesome release!  And don't forget to join in the fun new challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Thankful for Your Friendship! - Sami Stamps Release!

Happy Friday!
I hope everyone is ready for an awesome weekend!  The sun is shining, it's going to be nice and hot here in Seattle again!  We're going to pick some massive bucket loads of blueberries!  I'm excited!

I'm also excited because today we have another amazing Sami Stamps release for you!  This release is Shell Mermaids, and they are so precious!  You must check them out!
I decided to work with the Shell Mermaid 2 image for my card.
I'll be honest...I struggled coming up with a card idea for this sweet image.  My brain isn't quite back into the creative mode and I kept drawing blanks every time I tried to brainstorm.  I eventually ran out of time and knew I had to get something made.  So I used this fun Hero Arts woodgrain background stamp to try and mimic flowing water.  I misted it a bunch and dropped water all around the image to try and represent bubbles.  It turned out pretty cute, but I think the blues are little too dark...should have gone lighter.

For the image, I colored that in with some watercolor pencils and a shimmer brush.  It was going beautifully till I got to her sweet hair...and I stalled...I wanted there to be curls and swooshy waves in her hair and I just couldn't get it to work out right...guess I'll have to try again sometime.

Since I was drawing blank on a good design, I decided to just keep it simple and did some zig zag stitching around the edge with a simple sentiment and some white glitter enamel dots to finish it all off.

Now be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this release and the DT's jaw dropping creations!  While I struggled, they pulled out all the stops...their work is amazing!  You must see it!

And remember we have an Anything Goes challenge still running, so join in that as well!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend! <3

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Heart Sign Hello!

Hi Everyone!
Happy Tuesday!  Seems I just got back into this crafty world and I'm already running behind in it!  Sorry my post for today's new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is late, but at least it's here!!

We have an awesome new challenge with a fabulous new sponsor this week!  MilkCoffee has graciously provided our team with some wonderful images to go along with our Tic Tac Toe board!!!
And I just realized I didn't watermark my card image!  Ugh...need to pull it together :)

Anyhow, I have used the adorable Heart Sign with Butterflies image from MilkCoffee.  I decided to keep everything pretty light and pastel for this and I followed the "Image, Enamel Dots, Die Cuts" line from our board:
I used an awesome Mama Elephant border die to do my die cut edges, and a fun butterfly die cut from Simon Says stamp.  I cut those out of vellum since I again, wanted everything to be super light.  My image was colored up really simply with pencils and a little glitter brush, then cut out and framed in a scallop oval.  I stamped the simple "Hello" sentiment right on the image and finished it all off with some coordinating enamel dots in the centers of the butterflies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations at Tuesday Throwdown, and then join in our fun Tic Tac Toe challenge!!!  <3

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Hello Sweet Friend!!! - Sami Stamps Release!!!

Heellllooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!
Wow it's been a long time!  I've missed you guys so much!  But so much has happened at the same time!  My absence has been because we moved!

We were so fortunate when Matthew finally landed a job.  It had been a long, long journey for that to finally happen.  While we absolutely loved his job at Ubisoft, Montreal just wasn't working for us and we knew we needed to leave...

After several heartbreaking rejections, God finally opened a path for us to get home, and Matthew was offered a job at Motiga in Bellevue, WA.  So for the last 3 months, we have been getting everything settled back into our home here in Washington!!  I'm so happy to be here!  There is no place like home, and man...Washington is definitely home!  Our house was in pretty good condition, considering it had been rented for 4 years, but there was still a lot of work that needed to be done.  So that has occupied a lot of my time (a lot!).

It's taken me a bit longer to get back to work here on my blog, but I'm happy to finally be back at it!  My work desk is still a bit disorganized as we work to find storage shelves and what not.  But it's workable and I'm diving in!  (I'll share pics of our house later :) )

And I'm so happy that I get to return with a Sami Stamps card!!!!  There is nothing better than working with Sami's images!  This release is called Birds and Beauties...such a fitting title!  They are beautiful!  I've worked with Bird on my Knee:
Now, bear with me as I work on figuring out how I want to take my pictures.  I thought this super cute plant stand would be perfect for featuring my cards on...but the cream background doesn't work for me.  So my pictures will probably change over the course of these next few weeks as I work that all out :)

I kept this card really simple since it is my first one back and I'm dusting out the old cobwebs in my brain :)  Just some simple ink blending in the background through a triangle stencil from Winnie & Walter.  The colors I've used are the new Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber distress inks.  Oh My Gosh!  If you don't have these new colors...run and get them now!  I just got mine and this is my first card using them on, and I'm hooked!  They are amazing and I know they will not be leaving my desk for quite some time!

Oh, and the Hello die cut was colored with the Mermaid Lagoon distress ink...my heart melted when that ink hit the paper...it's so gorgeous!!

Anyhow, there is a little piece of scallop cut vellum behind the image but you can't really see it.  I did some light shading on the beauty (need to get coloring practice in again...) and then affixed her to look like she was sitting on the Hello die cut.  Surrounded her with some clear sequins and called it good!  I really do love this card!  First one in 3 months, and I'd say it turned out perfect :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and for sticking around while I was away!  I love you all and I'm so happy to be back sharing my passion with you!!! <3

Also, don't forget we have a new challenge starting at Sami Stamps and it's super easy!!  Anything Goes!!!  Whoohoo!  So run on over, check out the DT's amazing creations and then join in the fun!!! <3
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Special Delivery

Hi!!!
We're starting a new challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown!
I am currently on a little blogging/crafting break so this post is scheduled.
Hopefully it pops up correctly!

Our awesome new challenge is Up in the Air!  We want to see things that can fly on your projects!  This can be things with wings, or balloons, feathers...anything that flies through the air!
We have a fabulous new sponsor for this challenge - Lacy Sunshine!  They have provided the team with adorable images to use!  I chose to use Georgie Giraffe.
Isn't he the cutest!?  I started with a fun embossed silver star background that was in my pile of scraps.  I made it a long time ago as just an experiment, but loved it so much I couldn't get rid of it, even though I had no idea what to use it for.  Well, it worked perfect for this card!  I did a little ink blending over the stars to get a nice pink ombre color.

There is a little piece of vellum cut at the top but you can hardly see it!  I coordinated some fun pink ribbon with the background and tied it into a bow behind a white button.

The image was colored in with my markers and mounted up on a scallop cut oval.  I added a simple sentiment and the card was done!

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to see the amazing creations by the team!  And be sure to join in this fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Friendship Smiles

Hi Everyone!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!!
I am currently on a little blogging/crafting break for a few months, so this post is scheduled.  Hopefully it pops up correctly!

Our fun new challenge is Friendship!  I love making friend cards.  Never a lack of needing those!
Our awesome sponsor is MyGrafico and they have provided us with the cutest images to use!
This card was way too much fun to make!  I decided to try something a little different with my embossing paste..I added sand to it!!  I wanted the dino's to be walking on dirt but couldn't think of a good way to do it.  Browsing around my room I saw my containers of colored crafty sand from a previous project with my husband and the idea clicked!

I mixed a little bit of the embossing paste with a little bit of sand and then added a drop of brown ink to give it a little color.  Smeared that along my distressed sky and let it sit for a bit while I colored the dinos with my pencils.

Once the sand had dried a little, I pressed some glitter into it so that the sand sparkled, and stamped a few footprints.  So cool!!

To finish it all off, I printed off a sentiment onto vellum and clear heat embossed it.  And white embossed some stars in the sky.  Really love this card!!

Be sure to visit Tuesday Throwdown to join in this fun challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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God Loves You - Sami Stamps Easter Release!

Hi Everyone!
We have an awesome new release at Sami Stamps and we are starting a fun new challenge!
I am currently on a blogging/crafting break so this post is scheduled.
Hopefully it pops up correctly!!

This fun new release is all about Easter!
I have chosen to use the Tulip Easter Egg image for my card.
This was such a gorgeous image to work with, I knew I had to put a cross on the card somehow.  Little side placements didn't seem to fit the image well, so I figured why not just put the cross right through the middle.  I love how it looks!!

I also decided to do some simple watercoloring on the background in some pale yellows.  Over top of that I stamped some white circles and embossed those with some clear sparkly embossing powder.  It just helps to add a little texture and detail to the card, without too much distraction.

Since our new challenge is paper piecing, I did my best to stick with that for the tulip egg.  I printed the whole thing off onto some blue patterned paper and framed that with a piece of scallop cut vellum.

Then I set to work on the tulips. Those are printed onto some really cool watercolory type purple paper.  I added a little shading at the base of each petal and then cut them all apart so I could add little bits of dimension behind each individual petal.  It was lots of work, but it looks so amazing that it was totally worth it!!

I stamped the sentiment below the flowers, and then went back in later with some black embossing powder to help separate it a little from the image (something my wonderful husband pointed out to me.  Love it when his eye catches something mine doesn't :) ).

So be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see the rest of this amazing release and what the design team has done with it!!  And then join in our paper piecing challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3

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Pawesome Friend

Hi everyone!
I wanted to stop in real quick and share a fun card I've put together.  As you know, I love Newton's Nook.  Can't get enough of them.  So whenever a fun idea pops into my head to use their stamps on, I get really excited!

I had this idea pop while browsing some challenges and seeing a few sketches.  I knew I wanted to use the kitty, but wasn't sure what to put next to him.  Took me a day or so to figure that out, but when it clicked it all worked!
I love it!!!  I decided to use the "pawesome" die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Playful Pets set.  I did a little selective cutting so only the main parts of the word cut, and the very bottom stayed attached to the card.  It didn't entirely work...but oh well.  A little bit of fun foam behind it for stability and it all worked out in the end :)

To get that die cut to pop out a little, I covered it in some clear/silver glitter and then clear embossed it.  So much sparkle, I love it!

Then I colored in my little Storm from the Newton's Antics set.  After debating on a background for a day or so, I finally decided to just do some simple paw stamps in grey behind everything.

And to finish it off, I added the little friend stamp under the die cut.  It's such a sweet card.  I love how cute Storm is all tucked in sleeping.  Love my kitties!

This is also sort of a special post because it will be my last "live" post for a few months.  I have posts scheduled through April for my challenge teams that you will still get to see, but after April I'm not sure when I will be back.  Some awesome changes are happening right now and I'm thrilled with it all, but it does mean that I have to step away from crafting for a bit.  Thank you for understanding!!  I will see you all again in a few months!   <3

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Hi Friend! - Sami Stamps Flower and Kitties Release

Happy Friday!
I am so ready for spring to just get here...who's with me?  But wouldn't you know...it's snowing again this morning!  Grrr...Oh well.  It is still pretty to watch even if deep down I am despising it at the moment.

To help bring some spring into my day, I decided to use some fun pastel colors for my Sami Stamps card this week using the super sweet Whiskers and Petals image.
Yesterday was a very anxiety filled day for many reasons, so my progress on this card was quite slow.  By the time I finished, the sun had set and my room was quite dark, which made getting a decent picture of the card a little difficult.  But I think it turned out alright.

I started by pulling inspiration for the background from Kathy Racoosin's recent "starbucks inspired" card.  As you know, I love watercolors, so this background was super fun to put together.  I used distress inks in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, and Dusty Concord for the background and just swooshed them onto the paper.  I dabbed and swiped around to get it mostly the way I wanted and then set it aside.  As you know, watercolor always changes and gets better as it dries, which was totally the case with this background.  I love it!!

I decided to add some droplets of water to try and give it some texture and depth.  And it got a thousand times better!  I'm so in love!  I decided to use the same colors from the background to paint my image.  Using my wink of stella brush pen, I painted in the flowers.  Using the glitter brush made them super sparkly!

Since I usually do Cloud and Storm on my cards, I decided to change it up for this one and paint Ezio.  Never thought I'd be able to watercolor Ezio since he's so detailed as a tabby, but I absolutely love the result!  He's so sweet looking laying there in the flowers!

I finished the card off with a few watercolored butterflies that I stamped my simple little sentiment on and a couple coordinating flags off the side.

We still have our Add Green challenge running for a few more days over at Sami Stamps, so be sure to stop by and join in the fun for your chance to win some adorable images!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #137-Make Your Mark
    Crafty Cardmakers #135-Spring
    Creative Inspirations #306-Animals
    The Corrosive Challenge #220-Our Animal Friends
    The Paper Shelter #196-Blooming

Thanks for visiting! <3

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The Hope of Easter

This post is a really sad one for me to write...today we start our last challenge at Meljen's Designs.  I have loved this team from the moment I joined and it's so hard to see this wonderful business close.  But I know that whatever Melissa decides to do, she will smash it!  She's just an incredible woman and I'm so thankful that I had the chance to be a part of her team full of amazingly talented ladies!

Our theme this week is Easter.
I was asked by a very supportive family member to make up some Easter cards for her.  I don't normally do anything for this holiday because it can be a little tricky...and I get a little torn on what to make.  But I have had this Easter Cross image for so long and have been dying to put it on a card.  So I printed it off and set to work.

The background was inspired by a really cool background die that I saw from Taylored Expressions called the Ray of Sunshine.  I loved that it had divides between each section and wanted to replicate that for the background of this card.  So I went to my sunray cut file in my Silhouette Studio and tried a few things out.  I ended up just doing a little offset option which adds a frame around the cut lines, and did a lot of piecing together.  To make it easier on myself, I left everything on my cutting mat while I added the colors.  That way it was all stuck in place and I didn't get their placement mixed up when I went to assemble it all.

Since the background was so vibrant, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I cut the cross image out with an oval die cut and added a scallop frame behind it for some extra detail that wasn't distracting.  Printed off and die cut a fitting sentiment and it was all done!  I really love this card!  The background is so awesome and it's perfect matched with this sweet cross image!!

Be sure to stop by and join in this challenge!  And remember there is a 50% off sale going on at the shop until the end of March before the store closes.  So run on over and pick up all of Melissa's crazy adorable images!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Artistic Inspirations #128-Anything Goes/Easter
    Creative Fingers #72-Anything Goes
    Inky Impressions #202-Bold and Bright
    Our Daily Bread #231-Easter/Spring Religious Inspiration
    Simon Says Stamp-Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by! <3

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