Stamping and Scrapbooking: Black and White Photo Challenge

The Challenge YOUrself Scrapbook Challenge for this month is Black and White Photo.  Remember this challenge requires that YOU are in the photo! Honestly, I have so few photos with me in them.  I’m sure that my husband and kids have some, but my camera is full of other people and things.  I find this a true challenge… Read More »

Die Cutting Techniques: Inlaid Die Cutting

This week’s Technique-a-Week video will be focused on some die cutting techniques.  Die cutting is one way to take your cards to the next level. I did no stamping on this card.  It is created with two dies, artist markers, and some heat embossing. I’ve noticed over the last year or so that the price of dies has… Read More »

Create 2 Quick and Colorful Cards to Brighten Someone’s Day

I have 2 cards to share with you today that go along with a couple of the latest stamping trends that I used in my Technique-a-Week video: Rainbows and black outline stamps with no color. The first card I created quickly using some rainbow patterned paper from MFT Stamps.  I love shopping at MFT Stamps.  They always have… Read More »

A New Normal With Time For Creativity

Life has a new normal since I retired.  There is a nice cadence to the days.  Now that I’ve moved and settled in, I have time to do the things I’ve been putting off for the last 30 odd years or so. You know the stuff you put off: walks, bike rides, painting, needlepoint, DIY projects, scrapbooking, reading,… Read More »

Single Layer Card With a Color Challenge

I’ve been playing with watercoloring using my inks for the last two weeks. I just can’t get enough! Of course, I have nice watercolor paints that are actually sitting in my drawer while I play with my inks. I can get away with less craft supplies when I want to…but, why?! Today’s card was created using the Atlantic… Read More »

New! Technique-a-Week: Beyond the Basics Week 1

Finally!  I’m getting my Technique-a-Week video series going!  This video series will be a technique series for people who have the basics of stamping down and want to learn more and take their cards and scrapbook pages to the next level. I have a printable PDF that you can download to a digital file on your computer.  The… Read More »

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 »