Using Your Crafting Skills For Home Decor Projects

Moving is exhausting.  You pack all your stuff up, move it, then unpack everything.  Plus you end up doing a lot of searching for home décor and furniture to fill the gaps of what you need to make your home feel like home. It’s also expensive to move.  The moving boxes and moving method  start off your ever… Read More »

Creating Cards With Crazy Layers

Tuesday is always the day that I work on my design team cards for the weekly challenges.  I started with this week’s layout for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. I’m not gonna lie…it has a crazy number of wonky layers. I’ve been on this design team for a little over a year and I have really been enjoying… Read More »

Artist Watercoloring 101: 2 Ways

Altenew has a new artist watercolor pan set that I have really been enjoying playing with.  I shared two of the other cards that I made from the Altenew Academy class called Artist Watercoloring 101. The two pieces I’m sharing today are from two other lessons.  I’m using a new stamp set that I got from Concord &… Read More »

Challenge YOUrself March Scrapbooking Challenge: Going Dotty!

The Challenge YOUrself March Scrapbook Challenge is all about POLKA DOTS! I have a ton of actual polka dot patterned paper in all colors, but I was really in the mood for a mixed media project and I just got some new 49th & Market scrapbook papers that are actually AMAZING!!  Plus, I got not 1, but 2… Read More »

Using Die Cuts As Your Focal Image

Two of the design teams that I participate in both have cards that are due on Tuesday.  Most of the time, I make different cards and do two blog posts.  Today, I’m combining them because they work so well together! The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week is a nice sketch challenge.  This is another one of those… Read More »

Two New Watercolor Techniques To Try

Have you had a chance to try watercoloring yet? There are so many different ways to watercolor and so many techniques to try.  I’m taking a class at Altenew Academy called Artist Watercolor 101 and I am loving it. The instructor is fantastic and she is sharing so many tips and tricks.  She keeps reinforcing little techniques as… Read More »

Welcome To My New Craft Room!

Welcome to my new craft room! I am working on a video with lots of details about each area, but I just couldn’t wait to share pictures and details of my new crafty space with you. My new craft room actually has several functions.  This room is my office, a spare bedroom, cleaning equipment storage, and my craft… Read More »

Hero Arts Color Layering Monarch Bundle

Do you remember the very first stamp that you purchased? I don’t remember mine, but I can tell you that I have all of my early stamps and my collection is filled with Hero Arts stamps. My card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge uses a new Hero Arts Bundle I just couldn’t resist buying! The… Read More »

Have You Notices How Metallic Elements Create Special Cards?

  My son and I used to browse the card isles of a couple local stores while we were waiting for my daughter during her afterschool sports practice.  We really enjoyed finding cards to make each other laugh.  I learned that we had very similar quirky humor as we laughed on those afternoons. I also noticed that the… Read More »

Challenge YOUrself February Inspiration Challenge

Selecting who my hero would be for this month’s Challenge Yourself Inspiration Challenge was easy.  Finding a picture of the two of us together in the midst of moving was a whole other story! Thank goodness for technology! This month’s Challenge YOUrself challenge is an inspiration challenge.  The inspiration is Mariah Carey’s song, “Hero”. This is a scrapbooking… Read More »

Use Your Patterned Paper Scraps For Fun Card Details

We all end up with those little strips of that pretty patterned paper we so carefully pick out and agonize over cutting. Those little strips really can add a pop of color to your card with a great layout. This week’s Paper Craft Crew Sketch is just such a layout! Isn’t that sentiment fantastic?  That is from Catherine… Read More »

Clean And Simple Monochromatic Card

This card is almost monochromatic! This week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge sketch felt like a great chance to do something very clean and simple with a couple of new things that I allowed myself to purchase on my little crafting budget. I’m still setting up my new little crafting space so it feels less relaxing than it usually… Read More »

A Little Bit Of Romance

Theme challenges pose more of a challenge for me than a sketch challenge. I decided to combine this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge, which is a theme challenge, with this week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. The theme is “Romance”. What stamps do you have that you might use for a romance theme?  I was thinking champagne glasses, hearts,… Read More »

Sunlit Flowers In New Altenew Ink Colors

Altenew released 12 new ink colors in December and of course I had to add them to my collection!  It was such a crazy month first with finishing up at work and retiring, then having a house full of wonderful company for two weeks for the holidays that I never had time to play with them until today!… Read More »

Clean And Simple Sketch Challenge

This week’s Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge is a clean and simple sketch and for a change, I decided to stick with that plan! I confess that I got a bit overly zealous with my splatters on this card, but alas…they are always unpredictable! I used Altenew’s Sunlit Butterflies die with two of their new ink colors swooshed onto… Read More »