Friday, September 12, 2014

Artfully sent is now available

I am giving away a Artfully Sent cartridge and it could be you who wins it.

To qualify for this drawing, you must place an $100 (or cartridge) order.  For every $100 you spend, you get one entry.  You can earn extra entries by doing the following:
Like my Facebook page = one entry
Refer a friend who places qualifying order  = one entry (friend must email the referral)
Post this on your blog = one post (must email blog address to verify)
Sign up for workshop = one entry. (Details coming soon)

There will also be a free gift for everyone who orders, just to say thank you.

And to sweeten the deal, for every $500 in sales, I will add another cartridge.
 If you can't wait to get your Artfully Sent cartridge, you can pick the cartridge of you choice: Art Philosophy,  Artiste, or Artbooking.

Place your order under the Artfully Sent gathering at  Any orders not placed in this gathering will not qualify for the giveaway.  You must place your order by October 10 to be eligible.  Email your blog post of referral at
Drawing will take place on October 11 and will be shipped shortly after that.  Any questions, please feel free to email me.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#30yearsofhappy blog hop

Welcome to this special blog hop, featuring #30daysofhappy stamp set.  It includes 30 mini images and can be yours for free when you purchase $30 worth of stamps.

You should be arriving from {Casandra Bennett} blog.  Next in this hop is {Gina Brandstetter}.  This is a circle hop so keep visiting blogs until you come back to where you started.  If you get lost along the way, you can find a complete list of blogs {here}.

This stamp set works perfectly for 3 x 3 cards and tags, but i wanted to show you that you can use it for regular size cards as well.  
This card features our newest color Glacier,  with Lagoon heart and silver sequins.  It is a small image but this design is so simple, it draws you attention straight to that image.  Without that small strip of white, the image would be lost.

I didn't want to do a 3 x 3 image, but this design did not work well on a standard size card.
I made a mask of the stamps so the images would not overlap.  This features two more of our newest ink colors, Pixie and Thistle.

I hope you enjoyed this artwork.  Now hop along to see what {Gina Brandstetter} has in store for you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Family is forever stamp of the month blog hop

Welcome to this months blog hop.  You should be arriving from {Dawn Haight}.  Next in this hop is {Melissa Robinson}.  

Please hop on to the next in line,{Melissa Robinson}

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Annual Inspirations Blog Hop

Welcome to our brand new idea book from Close To My Heart.  We, over 50 consultants, are showing you all the new goodies featured in this 193 page idea book featuring over 250 new items.  This is a circle hop, so you can start anywhere and just keep hopping until you come back to where you started.  The blog ahead of me is {Casandra Bennett}.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.
If you get lost along the way, you can see the full lineup of blogs {here}.

I have a few goodies to show, so lets get started.

I wasn't able to join the sotm blog hop, so here is my version of the sotm.
Now, the sotm features owls for a halloween set.  But every time I saw the image, I saw a monster with a giant eyeball instead of owl.  So that is what I made.  Doesn't that make a great monster.  Color him green, Draw in an eyeball where the beak is and there you go.  Yes, I am weird and the only person who saw a monster, but hey, thats how my brain works.  

Now onto a simple bag.  This uses one of our brand new m sized stamps, a new ribbon and these button badges made for our my crush books. So simple to make and would look so cute on a plate filled with goodies for christmas.

I challenged myself to use scraps for the next set of projects.  Everything has been made using a 6 x 6 piece of pattern paper.  And yes, including the scrapbook page.

This page is using the new pathfinding paper pack.  The squares are 2 x 2, which were easily cut from the 6 x 6 paper.  But how did i make those strips that go across the page just using a 6 x 6 sheet?  Easy, they are two piece of 6 in strips.  on the top, the thankful is covering the seam and on the bottom, the picture is covering the seam.  Just look for patterns that use smaller pieces from all your leftover projects.

Now this is a 3 x 3 card set using every paper pack featured in the new idea book.  We have Scaredy Cat, Pathfinding, Chalk It Up, Seaside
Yuletide Carol, Confetti Wishes, Wanderful, Snowhaven and Brushed.
They feature the stamp sets Holiday Tags and Banner Wishes.

The next card is also a 3 x 3 featuring one of our hostess only stamp sets called Cuddly Salutations.  It's the perfect image to color in with our brand new ShinHan alcohol markers.  I use one color, Golden Yellow, with the colorless blender to get the shading.  The saying is not from the set, but from LOL, which has internet sayings.  The tweet is for twitter, but worked perfectly for this.  The papers come from two different paper packs, the blue from Wanderful and the leaf from Brushed.  The yellow is just the marker again with the colorless blender.

And for the last project  I made a very quick card from the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment, though you can do this with our Picture My Life kits too.  The christmas My Crush is a cool combo of pocket scrapbooking like Picture My Life mixed with the smash style books of My Crush.  Because of this, the assortment has some 4 x 6 cards and 3 x 4 cards with the other items in the assortment.  This is one of the 4 x 6 cards.  Just slap some Yuletide Carol paper and cardstock underneath, add a metal embellishment from the Yuletide Carol Assortment and there you go.

That's all I have for you today, but come back soon.  I have a lot more goodies to show.  Next in the lineup is {Pam Ellison}.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Free To Be Me Blog Hop

Welcome to this special blog hop featuring Free To Be Me paper packet.

You should be coming from {Michelle Stewart}.   Next in the hop is {Jen Patrick}.  

I just got my paper and I haven't had time to create with it yet.  But I will post as soon as I can.

Next in the hop is {Jen Patrick}.  

Friday, February 28, 2014

Sotm march. Happy place

Welcome to this months blog hop.  You should be coming from { Kathleen Androlewicz}.   Next in the hop is { Jean McNulty}

I completely forgot what day it was, so I will be coming back with details later.

Next in the hop is { Jean McNulty}

Friday, February 7, 2014

New product 2014 blog hop

The newest idea book is out and we are celebrating by doing what we do best, crafting with new products.  You should be coming from {Melinda Everitt}.  If not, don't worry.  It is a circle hop and you will come back around.  Next in this hop is  {Lalia Harris}.  If you are to get lost along the way, to can find a full list of blogs {here}.  And don't forget to check the new sotm {wild about love}

I am showcasing Ivy Lane paper packet and coordinating stamps.  

This layout is pattern 10 from Make It from Your Heart volume 1.  The stamps are from the Ivy Lane WOTG and Inspiration Flourishes. It is hard to tell, I can't get the pic any bigger without making it completely blurry, but I have three layers starting this layout.  First is the green B&T paper from the kit. Slightly smaller is Hollyhock cardstock, and then there is Colonial White which everything is stamped and placed on.  But that did mean i had to cut down the large paper and picture to make it fit.  I tried keeping it the same size, but it looked weird hanging off the edge.

This card is pattern 24 from the same book.  The stamp is from Inspiration Flourish.  I masked each section to get the multi colored image. The gold is washi tape.  I mounted it on white daisy cardstock and cut it to the size I needed.

This 3 x 3 card doesn't use a pattern.  There aren't many options when it comes to this size card.  I can't believe the quality of these photo. From my phone.  I can see the liquid glass that oozed a little past the zipper.

This is a repost, but since The Happy Couple is back in this idea book, I thought would reshow these.  As it sounds, this stamp is about marriage, but I wanted to show you how you can use a themed stamp outside the box.  These are the original photos.  If I knew where these got put during the move, I would have taken new photos.  They may contain old papers or stamps, but you can use new ones that also work with the theme.
Baby Card with Congratulations stamp used.

Christmas cards with wedding bells stamp used.

Valentine's card with you + me = us stamp used.

Mother's Day card with flower bouquet stamp used.

Birthday card with Cake stamps used.
To see the original post , go (here)

Thank you for checking out the new items.  To get your own new items to craft with or to get a copy of this new idea book, go to .
 Next in this hop is  {Lalia Harris}.

Pure Joy Layout:
Ivy Lane WOTG.  G1073
Inspiration Flourishes.  C1581
Colonial White Cardstock.  1388
Hollyhock Ink Pad.  Z2128
Blush Ink Pad.  Z2106
Topiary Ink Pad.  Z2155
Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles.  Z1935
Make It from Your Heart Volume 1.  9035

You Inspire Me Card:
Ivy Lane Paper Packet.  X7178B
Inspiration Flourishes.  C1581
Colonial White Cardstock.  1388
Blush Cardstock.   X5640
Slate Ink Pad.  Z2173
Topiary Ink Pad.  Z5155
Smokey Plum Ink Pad.  Z2147
Gold Polkadot Washi Tape.  Z1920

Hello Wonderful Card:
Ivy Lane Paper Packet.  X7178B
Hello Wonderful.  B1443
White Daisy Carstock.  1385
White Daisy Ink Pad.  Z2163
Hollyhock Zipper Lace.  Z1826
Liquid Glass.  Z679

Other cards:
The Happy Couple.  D1539
also features older and/or discontinued stamps, papers and  inks and embellishments and cricut cuts. email me at if you would like to know about what items that are available that can be used to substitute.