Journaling Board with Whipped Spackle and Big Brush Pens with Video

Hey there! I’ve got another post up on the Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® blog I realized I didn’t share here that showcases some Whipped Spackle and Stampers Big Brush Pens. …. I am so honored to be guesting with them…  I am a huge fan! The complete supply list is over on their blog, so I hope you will check it out. I’ve also got a video! :)


You can watch the video here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

I hope you all have a fantastic week! :)


Journaling Board with Gelatos® Mixed Media

Hi there everyone! I am over on the Faber Castell® Design Memory Craft® blog with a journaling board (there are actually 3 parts, today is part 1)… and I’ve got a video to go along with it. I’d love for you to head on over there and check it out!  There is also a complete supply list over there as well…. Here’s a look at the journaling board.


You can watch the video right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD. :)


Chicago Trip, Blitsy and vaca pics

Hey there everyone! I’ve kind of been on hiatus from the blog for the last week because I flew up to Chicago! Yup, this Floridian went up to chilly Chicago to do some filming for Blitsy!  This post is a personal one so if it isn’t your thing, then feel free to check back later this week for more crafty projects…

Ok. So filming.. Yes, I did some filming, ack….  My first on camera experience was QUITE nervewracking but hey….   I conquered a fear…. Very different from the type of filming I do here at the house for you all.  VERY DIFFERENT. S0 when you watch it, be kind. Be very kind, lol! Blitsy will be offering FREE classess soon and I was super honored they asked me to film a few lessons for them! They have been busy behind the scenes getting it all ready. Lots of different teachers, lots of different classes…. Be sure to check out their blog. Lots of inspiration goes up there daily! I fell in love with their offices. Exposed brick and piping.. Barn doors.  Exposed brick and piping, barn doors, lol.  I wish I took more photos. But here is a sneakie of a small part of their offices. (I want to put up a brick accent wall in my house… If only I knew how).

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See the straws in the background? Meghan made those and it’s up on the Blitsy Blog HERE!  So clever. I have a billion of those paper straws lying around my house… This would look so cute in my daugther’s room. Make a few, frame and hang? Oh yea…  Meghan is so awesome. She was in the midst of making an Infinity scarf, from like scratch. No buying in the store. She bought the fabric, did some stamping and was on the sewing step with I left. (sewing.. I can’t sew a button)… It turned out fab… You can see it HERE.  And she has two models showing it off. A human and canine kind.. So funny.

So, while I was in Chicago, Spring fell upon us. All the locals packed up their winter coats and jackets and started planting flowers. But ahh, not so fast. Because it snowed on Monday, he he he!! I think me and the family were the only ones in Chicago excited to see the snow. We were all at dinner with a dear friend of ours who lives downtown, and she was like, great.. it’s snowing.. Me and Lucas threw down our forks and ran outside…. Hardly any snow can be seen…. You can have to squint to see it. But it was there. By the next day, I couldn’t even see out the window it was coming down so hard…. I took a few videos clips. If you follow me on Instragram, you’ve already seen them…. No, we aren’t tourists or anything..  This was the first time Lily ever touched snow and first time Lucas and I ever saw falling snow.. It was soooo pretty.

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A few things to make note of that was foreign to me….  Bellmen… Here in Florida, they just grab our luggage and take it if, if we let them. Most of the time, we are cheap and want to do it ourselves. In Chicago, they haggle for rates. Hey, I’ll watch your car for you for $15 bucks. Sure, here’s my keys. Say what? You just gave your car keys to a complete stranger? Second. Uber..  What the heck is an Uber? It’s sounds like a dirty word.  LOL! You are just going to get in some stranger’s Camry and pray you get to your destination safely? Hey, it works I guess… And they have an app where you can book your Uber and watch the little car move around.  I took an Uber and a cab (oh, oh… I got to hail my very first cab, like ever….. It was thrilling, lol)… and got to my destinations safely…

Oh, let’s talk pizza… OMG. I am still thinking about this deep dish pizza we had with the Tobas Family.. Lou Malnati’s… SOOOOO good…. We had some leftovers and the first thing I did when I woke up was eat the leftovers. At like 730AM. DELICIOUS. I want more… SO much more….   DUDE, they ship nationwide. Be right back… :)

Ok……… Back…  Our view from the first hotel we stayed at out in the burbs… You all know I am A COCA COLA GIRL! HE HE!  What the heck is that Pepsi logo doing right there staring at me. Pft….  We stayed here for two nights and then moved  downtown for 3 nights…


Unfortunately, as I am scrolling thru our photos, we didn’t get one with all four of is in it… LOL! Where was my darn selfie stick when I needed it…..  The first thing we did on the way home from the airport was to get our dog, Sadie. She was staying with a friend who had a dog and they became the best of friends.

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When we got back and I slept… and slept… And slept. Apparently, I was quite tired. Then it seems like I did days of laundry… We are finally getting back into the swing of things….  I had a few crafty packages arrive so I can’t wait to get back in the craft room…

Notice I didn’t say much about how Lily did on the plane.. That should say all you need to know… But I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. To be able to go to Chicago and do what I love and be able to extend it into a family vacation was amazing. My family is my whole heart…… I couldn’t imagine them not being there with me….

Thanks for sticking with me if you made it to the end….. Off to grab some coffee while my house still lies silent… Oh, the sound of sleeping kids (and the snoring of our sleeping dog)…. :)


WOOT WOOT! The Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge

Hi everyone! I’m here today with a quick post letting you all know that today, Ellen Hutson has another challenge they have introduced!! You may have seen the first one earlier in the month! The second one is a little bit different theme, as it is an inspirational themed challenge! Like the Mix it Up Challenge, you have a chance to win $50 to the store! Seriously…. I know I always have a cart of wish list items…. This inspirational photo is one I adore…. It’s right up my ally so as soon as I saw it, I knew that had to be our debut inspiratational challenge badge. What is it? Head on over HERE to see it!



I have the honor of hosting these challenges for them so I do hope that I’ll see you play along! We have a lot of wonderful companies and designers lined up throughout this year so you will want to be sure to follow them! And play along! Did I say that already? ALL the entries will be pinned the the Ellen Hutson Pinterest board….

Things have been quiet here this week as I am preparing to head to Chicago tomorrow. One suitcase packed. 4 more to go. Layers. Lots of layers. Us Floridians don’t have a proper Winter wardrobe. Luckily for us, Spring has sprung in Chicago so it will be in the upper 30’s-50’s while we are there!

Oh, and I had to share with you the new mug I just got! You know me. Harry Potter geek over here! I got it from here, they have lots of funny mugs.



Lawnscaping Challenge: DISTRESS ADICTS: You’re Tea-Riffic


YEA! YEA! One my most favorite challenges is back! You guys know how I love my distress inks! This week’s challenge over at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog is all about DISTRESS ADICTS. There are other ways to add distress to your project. Edge distressing for one… That’s always fun to do and everyone has a steak knife, right? Seriously, that is the best edge distressing tool there is…  The serated edge of a steak knife. Anywho. I didn’t do any of that here! I just though I’d go off topic and mention it, lol!

For this card, I applied the distress ink pads direct to the card stock, flicked on some water with all too useful water flicking technique and then colored in the images from this stamp set with distress inks.


Are you surprised I made a tea themed card? I know. I am a coffee girl myself as you know… I’ve got an idea of who I am sending this one too. And she loves her some sweet tea.

Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping challenge and check out what the rest of the design team made. And play along, will ya???:)

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Hello! :)

Hello there!!!! I’m here today with a quick post… Coffee mugs… A special mod podge… Tissue paper… Clear stamps….. And you can make this.


If you want to know how I made it, head on over to my post on the Blitsy Blog.. You can go wild, like I did here or go subtle, which I did for a set of mugs I made for my mom. Speaking of Blitsy, there are some huge things going on over there! And I am going to Chicago next week to meet the Blitsy peeps and do a little bit of filming for them.  Ack! Yea, I’m nervous and excited….. If you are intrigued by some of the changes over there which may or may not include some openings on the creative team, watch their video. They share lots of secrets….

I normally don’t share personal photos of myself or my family here, but last night I attended a Change of Command ceremony with my husband and wanted to share our photo. He looks good, doesn’t he. Love a man in uniform.


Have an awesome rest of the weekend!


Peerless Watercolors meets Essentials By Ellen

Hi there! Today I’ve got a video to share with you all showcasing how I made this card using the Peerless Watercolors…. I’ve colored in the adorable images from Hello Gorgeous and used the MISTI stamping tool for placement.


All of the images were heat embossing using Liquid Platinum embossing powder.


You can watch the video here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD. I’d love it if you’d subscribe!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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Wedding Bells


A longtime friend of my husband’s got married this past weekend! Wedding bells were ringing across the country! We couldn’t attend but I did make this card for her.  I pulled out a stamp set from one of Lawn Fawn’s earlier releases called Happily Ever After and stamped the image onto a circle die cut from the Stitched Circles Stackable die set and colored the images with Copics. The banner strip is from the Bannerific die set. It’s a great universal die set that can be used with the sentiment sets you already have. They have a coordinating stamp set to go along with it, but I didn’t use it for this card as I used a sentiment in the Happily Ever After set.


I decided to stamp the background image with Versamark ink to get the tone on tone look. The silvery sparkle circle? I die cut the Stitched Circle Stackables circle with some glitter paper. I like this particular glitter paper because it doesn’t rub off. I despise glitter getting all over my hands, lol. And lastly, I sprayed the entire card base with some sparkle spray before adhering the other layers.


It’s Saturday! It’s the weekend! Tonight, me Husband and I are attending a fundraiser with college friends so it should be a good time for all! Looking forward to getting out for a few hours.. Which means, at some point I’ll need to get out of my PJs! :)

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Grateful card and some updates


Hi everyone! I love stamping on kraft cardstock! I love how the colors just pop off the page!! I don’t know why I don’t do it more…. With this card, I chose a few stamp sets from the lastest Essentials by Ellen release and combined them with some pigment and dye inks… All the exact supplies used will be linked at the end of this post.

To start, I stamped the images with Unicorn white pigment ink. The images are from Bold Blooms and the grateful sentiment is from Fancy  Thanks. The entire winter release is just fantastic. I encourage you to check it out. After the white ink dried, I slightly offset the images and stamped them with various color pigment inks. If you look closely, you will see the flowers were adhered to a woodgrain design card panel. SOOO pretty. For a sentiment, I stamped the grateful image and hand cut a leaf and popped it up with some dimensional tape… Done and done.


A few updates for you…

I’ve got a video up on the Blitsy Youtube Channel that showcases the Ranger Liquid Pearls that are available over at Blitsy right now at a huge discount.

Earlier in the week, I was showcased Tim Holtz distress minis and storage tin (they are sold out now but will be back soon). I’m sharing this with you in case you weren’t familiar with the minis and were intrigued….

Have you seen the 3o day color challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin? I’ve been playing along (we are on day 3 now) and this card is a result from day 2’s coloring… :) PLAY ALONG. It’s so much fun. You don’t have to make full projects… Just color something with whatever medium you have….

And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget about the Essentials by Ellen MIX IT UP CHALLENGE that launched yesterday! SO MUCH FUN!

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Yes, I typed my title in caps because I am so excited about this post!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right!  The fabulous folks over at Ellen Huston now have their own challenge! Allow me to introduce you to the Essentials by Ellen MIX IT UP Challenge! (Actually, there will be two challenges each month and the second challenge has a different theme but more on that in a few weeks). I have the distinct pleasure of managing the challenges for them! I am so honored to be a part of the Ellen Hutson family because they are such wonderful, classy, kind and just awesome peeps!

The Mix It Up challenge is where one invited manufacturer contributes a design that combines Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire the readers! AND YOU GET TO PLAY ALONG TOO!!! There is an Inlinkz at the end of the challenge post where you can submit you entries! Be sure to head on over to the challenge post to find out how to play along! And see the guest artist and manufacturer (can I just say there are SIX AMAZING PROJECTS over there)!!! Oh, for added incentive, a randomly selected participant will receive a $50 shopping spree to the store! HELLO! Awesomesauce!

50 Store Credit

HAVE FUN!!! :)