Thursday, May 25, 2017

What What Wednesday - A Magical Birthday Card for my Dad

     Welcome to another Wednesday video and blog post. Things have still be crazy and this video will show how out of practice I am with doing voice overs and editing. But I had a lot of fun making not only this video but the card for my dad. There's a lot going on so I am going to just jump right in.
     As some of you know me, my husband and my kids are big Harry Potter fans. We watched all the movies just before we left back in Oct 2016 to Universal Studios. It was a birthday present to my oldest to go to Wizarding World. So when Sweet Stamp Shop came out with these two stamp sets I knew that I had to get them and they would be perfect for using in their scrapbooks. With my dads birthday coming up I was having a hard time coming up with a card for him. I then remembered these stamps and new right away what I was going to do. My dad is also a fan of the movies too.
I started out by stamping out all the images I was going to be coloring using my Misti tool and used Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. I then went through all my copic markers and pick out all the colors I would be using. There are a lot of colors.
     I wanted Fawkes like he did in the movie. So I started out with R37 as my darkest color on him and just went from there. So the colors I used in the starting from the out side in was R37, YR09, YR69, Y17, Y18, Y15, and YR07 for his feet and beak.

     For Dumbledore I started with his hair and used C1 & C3. For his hat I used C4, C6, R39, R59, Y19 & Y15. For his skin I used E31 & E33. For is dressing gown and robes I used C4, C2, R39, R59, Y19 & Y15. 
     Then there is Harry and Hermione. They had a lot of the same colors the only thing what was not was their hair. So let start with what was the same skin was E30 & E31, coats W8 & W9, shirts T3 & T1, pants T3 & T5, shoes W9 and scarfs are R39, R59, Y19 & Y15. For Harry's hair I used E47 & E49 and on Hermione I used E23 & E27. From The broom I used E37 all over and then some E59 for detail on the brush end and for the hat I used E57 all over and E59 for some detail. I then used my Brother Cut and Scan to cut out all the the images.
     For the background on the card which is top folding 4.25x4.25 size card I used Lawn Fawn Manatee ink and stamped out the wand that came in the set. I then took the sentiment and stamped it using Jet black ink. 
     For the inside I just glued sown Fawkes and Dumbledore and stamped out another sentiment with jet black ink. I left plenty of room to write a message for my dad. I love how this card turned out it is just so much fun and I hope that he liked it. Anyways thank you all for joining me and I hope you all have an amazing day.

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

What What Wednesday - Craftroom Tour 2017

     Hello all and welcome back. I am so excited to be getting back into making videos. I am getting back into it slowly but at least I am back at it right. Things have been crazy and they haven't really slowed down like I had hoped. But I finally finished cleaning/rearranging my craftroom. I wanted to share with you guys what I have changed and what had stayed the same. I filmed this quite a while ago and and have just not had the chance until now to upload the video. So sit back and enjoy.

Happy Crafting

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Valentine Series #7 - Scrapbook Layout/Picture Frame Layout

     Hello everyone and welcome to the last project in my Valentine Series. I am a little sad that this series is over but that just means its time to work on other amazing ideas. I have so much going on in the next few months that I am just not sure where to start.

     How about with today's project. As I was searching around on cricut design space's valentine images I came across a valentine themed scrapbook layout and thought this would be fun to make. I added it to my image bar and continued looking. Once I had a few ideas on marked I add them to my canvas and really started to play around with what I had but I keep going back the the scrapbook layout. I finally decide that this was going to be the project to end my series with but I could not figure out where it was going to go. I don't have any valentine pictures of myself as a kid or of my girls. But then I thought why not make it into a layout of a picture frame.
      I think this really makes a fun way to display your favorite Valentine picture and you can always change out the picture every year but keep the layout. I left the cut out from the center of the heart circle so I would have a template to trim my photos to so I knew they would fit. I add some clear wink of Stella to the lips for just a little pop of sparkle.
     With that this finishes my Valentine Series. I hope this helped you find some fun ideas for your Valentine. I had a blast making each and everyone of these projects and I want to thank you all for joining me. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day weather its with your loved one(s) or just doing what you love.

Happy Crafting

Friday, February 10, 2017

To die for Friday - Valentine Series #6 - Watercolor Hearts

     Hello everyone. It's Friday and that means its the end of the week and the weekend is coming. I am looking forward to getting a few things done this weekend. I hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend.

     Today's cards turned out to be a two for one. I am so happy with the way they turned out. I had only planned to make one card then I couldn't decide what color card base I wanted so I decided to do both. I was already going to have extras from the die cutting so why not right.

     For the first card I die cut out Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade die from some watercolor paper. I then took my Inktense pencils to color the inlay hearts as well as the outline. I tried to spread the shade of the colors out across the hearts and had the color fade down the hearts. I used Hot red (410) Scarlet Pink (320) Carmine Pink (520). I also used what was on the paint brush to color the outline of the hearts. I then die cut out the hearts again with some white cardstock to lay the hearts inside on this pink card base. This helps them stand out against the cardstock.

      For the this one I had plan to use the outline from the watercolor and then fill it in with the white hearts. Once I laid down the watercolor piece I really liked the look of it with out the hearts inside. And the color pops against the black cardstock beautifully. I then rounded the corners use the we r memory keepers corner chomper (cant remember which one). 

      Thank you for joining me and I hope you all have a great weekend. I will be back Monday with the last project in my Valentine Series. 

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What What Wednesday - Valentine Series #5 - An Unbelievable Love

     Happy Wednesday all. Not only is it the middle of the week but it is also time for another post. I hope everyone has had a good week so far? It seems to have gone by fast but that does not mean it wont the rest of the week right. Well lets get on to today's post. I once again started with a plan and the card turned out just as I imaged. I think this is my new favorite card this year. 

     I used several stamp set for this one card and yet it looks like everything goes together well. I started off my card by making a fun background. I used Lawn Fawn's Mermaid Ink and Paper and stamped out the bubble cluster and small heart from Octopi My Heart. I used BG15 and colored some scrap 110 lbs cardstock so I could have a little contrasting color between the mermaid and the light blue background. I then took one of the dies from Ocean Waves Borders and cut that out. I lined it up and the glued it in place and trimmed off any over hang.
     I used my Mini Misti to stamp out the Octopus as well as the bow and heart. I also stamped out the little ship from Lovable Legends (which you will see later down the post) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to some 110 lbs scrap cardstock. I did want to go with the traditional Valentine colors (you know reds and pinks). For the boy octopus I used B12 and B16 and for the girl I used BV01 and BV000. I used R24 for the heart and for the bow. I used the matching dies to cut everything out and then took my xacto knife and made a small slit in each tentacle so I could make them holding tentacles. Are they just not the cutest. I held that together with some Multi Medium Matte.

     For the ship I stamped the small heart on to one of the sails and used R24 for color that in. I used E15 for the boat, E17 for the masts and C00 for the sails. I was not worried about this having to much detail since I wanted the Octopuses (is that right or is it still octopus?) to be the main focus. Once I had the rest of my images glued in to place and on the light blue background I glued my ship down. I used Jessie's ABC's and the unbelievable sentiment to make my sentiment and stamped that out with mermaid ink.  My card is a 4.5 square top folding card using 110 lbs cardstock.

     For the inside i took the octopus and stamped it with the mermaid ink and stamped the small heart as well a couple of times and that finished off my card. Thank you all so much for joining me and I hope you all have a great rest of your week and I will see you next time.

Happy Crafting

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Valentine Series #4 - A Bouquet of Love

     Welcome to project #4 in my Valentine Series.  Do you have plans yet for Valentines Day? I still not sure what we are doing as of writing this post but I am sure it will be something fun with the whole family. I really liked this front panel which is from a card in the cricut design space software (can't remember if its a make it now or just one of the images). I really just wanted to make this more of a focal panel then the whole card. I played around with the colors before cutting everything out to make sure I liked the look of them first.

     This card has a lot of dimension to it and it looks amazing. The heart itself has some with just the layers of cardstock but then I added some foam squares on the the back of the heart to pop it up more. I think this is just a beautiful card. I almost don't want to give it away and just put it in a frame (which is something you could do if you wanted). 

     On the back I just added a little handmade with love sentiment from Lawn Fawns Just for You stamp set and use Wild Rose ink.

     Thank you so much for joining me for another project. I hope you all have enjoyed this series as much as I have enjoyed making these projects and cards. I will be back with project #5 and I hope to see you then. Have a great Monday.

Happy Crafting

To die for Friday - Valentine Series #3 - Simply Love

     Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a stress free week. Mine started out a little crazy as I was trying to get stuff done so we could head up to my parents for the weekend but now that I am up here things are going better. I know my video for this card is already up (I had to upload it before we left since I was not going to be bringing my laptop) but I wanted to make sure that this was up on the day I would normally post. I really love how this turned out so lets jump into project #3 in my Valentines Series.

     I have had the Love die from MFT for a while now and thought this year was going to be the year I used it. I also wanted simple card the fits for anyone you want to give this too. So I started out with some 110 lbs white cardstock (I get mine from Joanns) and use my Grand Calibur to die cut out the sentiment.

     I had seen so many card made using this die but I hadn't seen to many using vellum and I happen to come across with pretty vellum with small white hearts on it. I thought this was perfect for using this this die. It helps add just a little softness to the card without taking away from the die cut.

     For the inside I used the I took the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Paper Hug stamp set and stamped that using Doodlebugs Bubble Gum Ink. I just stamped that at the top so that there is plenty of room to write a little love note with out it showing through the front.

     That finished off my card. Thank you so much for joining me I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend I will be back here with Valentine #4 on Monday.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What What Wednesday - Valentine Series #2 - Fishy Love

     It's Wednesday and you know what that means time for another What What Wednesday post. This is project #2 in my Valentine Series. But before we get into the project how has your week been going? I hope so far so good. Mine is a short week the kids have no school Thursday or Friday and we are heading up to my parents for the 4 days. It will be nice to spend some time up there. We plan to see some friends that we don't always get to see because of other plans and time even though they all live close to my parents. We are even hoping hubby can make it up at some point too but wont know until he is heading our way.

     Anyways lets get into today's project. I thinks this turned our just so stinkin' cute. I went in with a plan (which I always try to do or at least a general idea of what I want) and for the first time everything worked out exactly the way I wanted it too. I made a few mistakes along the way and figured things out on the fly but the card turned out the way I had pictured it in my head.
   I started out by stamping everything with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink on to some copic paper. I used the Fintasic Friends stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I wanted to do something I had never tried before, reverse stamping. I first stamped out the fish tank, castle and the angel fish (well that what this fish reminds me of). I then used Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks stamp set to get the reverse image. How that works in case you don't know is you take a stamp that has a smooth flat space on it ink up the image you want to use then stamp that on the the flat stamp then take that and stamp out the image on to your paper. Now you may have to go over the lines with a marker/pen (I used a copic multi liner 0.5 to darken my lines) just make sure your marker/pen is compatible with the medium your coloring with, Copic multi liners are not good for water coloring with. 

     I also stamped out the fish food on to copic paper. I wanted to do some paper piecing so I used Doodlebug Lovebug pattern paper and stamped out the sand and the sandcastle. I then went on to coloring, I made masks for the things I did want to get any airbrushed copic maker on. I used BG01 for the water and my copic airbrush system. Once that was done I took off the masks and finished my coloring. I used E000, R29 and E25 for the fish food. For the fish I wanted them to match up a bit so for the fish on the left I used RV04 and RV06 for the main body and RV34 and RV55 for the stripe. for the one on the right I just reversed the colors RV34 and RV55 for the main body and RV04 and RV06 for the stripe. I used R29 for the heart and E29 for the base of the tank. I cut out everything and used a black marker to go around the edge of the paper. Once that was done I used some C1 for shading on the castle and the sand. I glued them into place with some multi medium matte and had the sand going over the castle so it looked like the castle was in the sand.
     I used 110 lbs card stock of my card base which is a A2 size side folding landscape card. The pattern paper is from Doodlebug Sweetheart 6x6 paper pad and the brown is some scrap cardstock from my stash and I am using that like a table top or shelf for the tank and food to sit on. I sentiment is a fun play on words I guess you could say and I used Harold's ABC's from Lawn Fawn (it a fun joke that my kids and husband like to to once in a while "What do you call a fish with no i's? A FSH. I also heard the song other other day "I only have eye's for you") I stamped that with Jet Black ink as well. I attached the paper to the card base using my ATG tape gun and then used a little foam tape for the food and thought I would use some on the tank but decided cover it with glossy accents. Now note if you are going to do that don't add it to your image after you have it on your card base, it was warp the card a bit.

     For the inside I just added the smaller angel fish and three hearts for bubbles using Memento Angel Pink ink, this finished off my card. Thank you all so much for joining me I hope you have a great rest of your day and week. I will be posting my To die for Friday video on Thursday but the blog wont be going up until Friday (only because I don't know how to schedule a video to post on YouTube).since I will not have my computer with me.

Happy Crafting


Monday, January 30, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Valentine Series #1 - Heart Shaped Box

     Hello all and welcome to the very first project in this years Valentine Series. I am so happy to share some of the amazing ideas I came up with for this series and I hope it gives you some great inspiration. 
     For today's project I thought it would be fun to make something that could easily be mass produced and used for sending out Valentines at your kids school or even to friends and family. I just love how cute these are and how simple it was to put together. I just wish I had some candy to add to it lol. I plan to give one to each of my kids filled with something they will love. 

     Thank you so much for joining me. I know Valentine's Day is just around the corner and will sneak up on us. Have an amazing day and I will see you next time for #2 in my Valentine Series.

Happy Crafting

Monday, January 23, 2017

Cut it out Monday - My Best Friends Birthday Card

     Good Morning all. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Hubby spent all day in Salem on Saturday coaching the kids and some of the adults from the gym. The kids and I just stayed home and we made homemade pizza and watched a few movies I enjoyed growing up.      
     Anyways today's card is the last birthday card for the month of January. I thought it would be fitting that I end the month of birthday cards with one for one of my very best friends. I will be back to making more birthday cards next month after my Valentine's Series (which will be starting next week). This was one of the Make it Now projects from the Cricut Design Space. I just changed the color of the flames and added some clear wink of Stella for a little sparkle. 
     Thanks so much for joining me and I will see you later. Oh one last thing I have Jury Duty on Wednesday so there may not be a What What Wednesday or To die for Friday video this week depending on how this goes.

Happy Crafting

Friday, January 20, 2017

To die for Friday - Birthday Card Series #1

     Happy Friday all. I hope you have some wonderful big plans for the weekend. I am planning on doing as little as possible this weekend. I am also hoping to get some crafting done too. The week has gone by fast but still busy with the kids going back to school and having to get back to the normal routine. Lets get on to today's card. I know I said in my update video I as going to be starting a birthday card series. This is going to be the first card in that series. I know I have posted a birthday card a;ready and I will have another one going up on Monday but since those where filmed before my decision they are not going to be part of this new series. I really love how this card turned out. I used my zig clean color real brush markers to color these images. 

     I first die cut out some Bristol Smooth paper using Lawn Fawns Stitched Rectangle die. I then used the Mini Misti and a template I made to stamp everything out. I stamped everything use Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink which works great with not only copics but water too.The presents are from Lawn Fawn's Toboggan Together and masked it off. I took the cake stand from Lawn Fawn's Baked with Love stamp set and used it as a table. I masked that off and stamped out Edward from The Greeting Farm. Once everything was stamped out I grabbed my zig markers to start coloring. I used 071 Flesh Colour for his skin, 2 layers of 067 Mustard for his hair, 030 Blue for his vest and some shadowing on his pants, 034 Dull Blue for his shirt and the rest of his pants, 094 Gray Brown for his shoes. For the presents and table I used 029 Geranium Red, 070 Orange, 048 Emerald Green, 050 Yellow, 030 Blue and 091 Light Gray for the shadows. To add some detail I used at first my white gelly roll pen but then used my white Signo Broad pen. 

     I pulled the colors I used for this from the pattern paper I got from Doodlebugs 6x6 paper pad Sugar Shoppe. I trimmed the blue background to fit an A2 size top folding 110 lbs cardstock card base. I wanted a few rows of dots showing to I used the image panel to size up the second panel. I used my atg to glue everything in place. I then took the Everyday Sentiment Banner dies by Lawn Fawn and some green scrap of cardstock and added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn Hats Off To You stamp set and stamped that with Jet Black ink.
     For the inside of the card I just used a few of the scraps left over from the pattern paper and cut a flag end and attached them to the inside to finish off the card. After looking at this card it almost looks like it is a birthday portrait. This was not my intention when I made this card but I love that it turned out that way. Thank you all for going me and I will see you in my next post.

Happy Crafting


Monday, January 16, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Birthday Card for Mom

     Hello everyone and happy Monday to you all. I hope you had a very relaxing weekend. I spend all day yesterday out and about with my family. It was so nice to get out of the house for a while after being stuck inside for a week. We still have tons of snow and my street is still covered in ice. Hubby took me to Benihana's for my birthday lunch/dinner. We also did some shopping while we where out. The air was nice and the sun was out and made everything look so pretty. Anyways on to today's project. 

     Now I know my mom has not gotten her card yet since we had so much snow we haven't had any mail pick up until Friday but I want to share it with you guys today anyways. I am thinking about starting a birthday card series using just the cricut. I will have to work that out first but I think it could be fun. Today's card was a make it now project and came with a envelope. I wanted this to be more of a pastel colored card since the weather here and where my mom lives has been to gray. I used some foam tape to give the banner some dimension.  
     I love how simple and easy this was to put together. It is just a beautiful card and I a hoping my mom loves it too. Thank you so much for joining me and have a great day.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What What Wednesday - First haul for 2017

     Happy Wednesday all. I hope you are all staying warm (if its cold where you are). We have once again had another snow day but this time it is a legit snow day not this some snow and then ice which is what we have been having over the last few weeks. We got about 10 of snow by lunch time. It then stop snowing for a while then started up again about an hour or so ago. the kids have been happily playing in it and its the kind of snow that makes great snowballs. This was taken at about 9:30 am and the snow was up to my youngest ankles and still coming down.
      Anyways today's post is a small haul. Just a few of the goodies have have gotten over the last week. I am hoping to start using more of what I have on had before buying anything else but I could not hold back for getting a few things (and when someone gives you a 50% off coupon for your birthday how do you  not buy your self a small gift). I hope you guys have a great rest of your Wednesday and I will see you back here Friday for another project.

Happy Crafting

Monday, January 9, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Thank You Card

     Happy Monday all, and welcome to the first Cut it out Monday project o the new year. I am so excited to be back at crafting and on my Birthday too. I am always getting thank you cards from my son and his adopted family. Each person adds a little note thanking us for the gifts they have gotten from us. I always plan to send one back thanking them for the gifts they have give to the girls but never seem to do it. So this time I thought that since I can't share the other birthday videos yet (have to wait until they get their cards) I would make a thank you card to send to them. 

     This was a simple card to make. All I did was search through the images for a fun thank you image when I came across this fun card. I did have to resize it a bit (it was a very small image) to make it more of a standard A2 size card. This card also came with an envelope. 
     After changing the size of the card and envelope I headed over to my cardstock and picked out the different shades of blue for the card. I know here in the picture the lighter color cardstock looks more gray but its more of a blue/gray color and I thought it went well with this darker blue. I picked a stone gray color for the envelope and it a nice thick cardstock so it should hold up well in the mail. Once everything was cut out it was just a matter of putting it all together. I did cut out a second square of the blue/gray cardstock for the inside so I would have some place to write and it be seen. Now all that left to do is have my kids add their little thank you notes to the inside and mail this off. 

     Thank you all for joining me and I hope you all have a great rest of your Monday and I will see you all back here for another project.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What What Wednesday - My Two Plum Paper Planners & How I Use Them

     Welcome back everyone.
     I hope you all had a safe and fun New Years. We didn't do much New Years Eve the kids where up at my parents. We did run a few errands that day but once we got home it was time for comfy clothes and a movie. We rang in the New Year playing Heads Up it was so much fun. New Years Day on the other hand was not fun. We headed up to Washington to meet my parents and get the kids but about 45 minutes away from where we where going to meet up we had a flat tire. The only thing that was bad about getting the flat (well in my opinion that day don't ask hubby how he felt about it) was that where we pulled over to check/change the tire it was snow and had been for a while. So getting on the ground was not an easy idea to want to do. But thankfully we had pulled over by a store and I slowly walked over (it was very slippery) to get hubby some gloves and a tarp to lay on or kneel on if needed. We also found out that we have a doughnut of a spare and not a full size tire which made the trip back home long and slow. I am really excited to be back to getting videos and projects made. It will be slow going as we get back into our school routine but still excited.
      Anyways on to today's post the first one in the new year. I thought it would be fun to share with you guys how I keep myself (for the most part) organized. I am a list maker and have found that as my days get busier with the kids school stuff, after school stuff and hubby's stuff, if I don't write something down I forget. So I found that a planner worked well for me in being able to just have everything written down for everyone. I have been using a Plum Paper Planner for 2 years now. I did have some struggles at first but once I found planner peace I knew I would be sticking with it. I have two planners one for everyday things (me. kids hubby house that sort of thing) and then I have just a monthly one that I use for my crafting. 

     I thought it would be easiest to make a video and share both planners then to try and put it all out on here. Under the video I will have links to where I got the planner as well as my favorite places to by the stamps that I use in them and places I get my stickers and other fun planner related items. I am sorry it is so long but I wanted to really give you guys a good look at the planners. 

Happy Crafting (or in this case Planning)

Links to everything

Plum Paper Design:
Sweet Stamp Shop:
Studio L2E:
Lawn Fawn:
Little Pixie Paperie Etsy shop:
This Very Craft Mama Etsy Shop:
Sassy Sticker Co: