Molotow Masking Pen in action coffee style


Howdy ho everyone! As promised, I’ve got a review up on the Molotow Masking Pen! Verdict? LOVE! LOVE LOVE! It is insanely easy to use and makes liquid masking a breeze! It comes in two different sizes and also has a refill that can be purchased separately, so this stuff will last you a lifetime. Its a pen format so makes application effortless. I’ve used both sizes in my video that showcases this card! :) These babies are hard to find. I’ve linked to a few sources I recommend at the end of this post.


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

You can also purchase the Molotow Masking Pens at the follow recommend online sources (Blitsy will also be having them on a daily deal soon – sign up for their newsletter):

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Masked Heat Embossed Sentiment sponsored by Ellen Hutson


Hi there! Happy Monday and welcome to another Lawnscaping Challenge! Today’s challenge is all about sentiments, so I thought it would be fun to heat emboss various chat bubbles from the Chit Chat stamp set in different colors.. After stamping the speech bubbles in Versamark ink, I used Zing Embossing powders (all the colors used are linked below in the supply list). I decided to contain all the bubbles inside a circle so I used one of the Circle Stackable dies on masking paper and ran it thru my die cutting machine. I used the negative space and adhered it down to my card front and did all my embossing and inking inside that circle! If you don’t have that masking paper, you can use some thin paper like copy/typing paper or even a large post it note.


I stamped out the circle letters from Owen’s ABCS and used the coordinating dies to cut them out, popped them up on a sentiment strip and applied a ton of Glossy Accents over the top (you can see I am impatient when I took the photo as it still hasn’t all dried, lol). As a final touch, I flicked on some black texture spray (I love this stuff as you can tell as I use it everywhere, he he he).. I used a hot pink card base.. I thought that pop of pink when you open it up would be fun!!! I don’t know why I don’t use more colored cardstock. I have a ton of it, sigh!

Would love to have you join us for this challenge. Just hop on over to the Lawnscaping blog and check out all the details and all the amazing inspiration from the design team and guest designer!

The amazing, kind and generous Ellen Hutson is sponsoring this challenge! The winner will receive a $25 shopping spree to the store!


EHLLC 25 Store Credit

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Happy Birthday Peony

Good morning friends! This week has been a bit of a blur! On Monday, I woke up to the flu! Really? The flu? And on my birthday to boot! LOL! It is what it is.. I am still slowly recovering but did manage to squeeze in a Periscope on Thursday as part of my Periscope weekly collaboration with The Ton! If you didn’t catch me live, you can see watch it over on Katch! The purple background? That was one of the backgrounds I made live on Periscope! It’s funny because I was sneaking sips of Gingerale and bites of crackers during that scope. I hope no one noticed, lol!


I made this card for my dear friend Chrissie, who celebrated her birthday yesterday!!! Chrissie is someone I met thru this industry and I am forever grateful! She just rocks! I met up with her and her family a few weeks ago when she was vacationing at Disney World! Crowed and hot, but worth the trip to see them! They are awesome and I wish they didn’t live to blasted far away from me. I’m in Florida. They are in Chicago. Pft.


The tiny text background and the gorgeous Peony (and the sentiment come to think of it) are all from The Ton (all linked below in the supply list)! I love The Ton stamps and dies! They have sequins too! They were the first sequins company (that I know of) to make such gorgeous sequin mixes… They also have a challenge going on with lots of prizes celebrating World Cardmaking Day 2015! Click HERE for the details!

The background image was stamped in versamark, heat set with clear embossing powder and then I applied the Wilted Violet (gorgeous purple) distress ink over the top!  Oh, and the iron! The iron I never use for clothes??? I pulled it out again to do the Iron Off Embossing technique to remove that embossing powder after the distress ink had dried!

The beautiful peony? Since I absolutely SUCK at fussy cutting, I ran this thru my Dobby (you know, my Brother ScanNCut I named Dobby) and it cut it out beautifully! The same machine I got from HSN on sale is now available on Amazon (Note: in lieu of the online activation card, you will receive a Rhinestone kit) for the same price! Prime Members? Free shipping!  I colored the Peony in with some Copics and popped it up on the background panel! Voila… I hope she likes purple, lol!

A few pictures from our recent Disney excursion… In case you may be wondering, my daughter didn’t come with us on this trip because my husband was out of town and I couldn’t let her first trip to Disney be without him. Don’t worry! We are going back next month to make up for it.

She likes Dr. Who. I like Harry Potter! So this was our compromise! LOL

She likes Dr. Who. I like Harry Potter! So this was our compromise! LOL



Part of the Tobas family for this pic, lol!



After we made it thru the back check line (which seemed to take an hour, Pat had this ride waiting for us to whiz us over the castle. That’s how royalty travels, lol!



Pat and Ryan (their son) live to photo bomb people. So I had to jump at this chance….

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World CardMaking Day 2015 with GIVEAWAY

Happy Friday friends!  I am here today to quickly share you the fun that is going on over at StampNation this weekend to celebrate World Cardmaking Day 2015!!!  This year we are celebrating all weekend long so that wherever you are in the World you can participate with us.  There will be lots of challenges and prizes!

We will be visiting 10 countries that are represented within our community and using patterns that originated in these countries to inspire our creations!  Here is a sneak at some of the DT projects and all the sponsors! Can you guess which card is mine???
See? It’s time to party!   Not only are there prizes from all of these amazing sponsors but some of the sponsors are even giving StampNation members only, a discount shopping code.  WOOT!!!
GIVEAWAY: Catherine has generously offered up a free one month’s subscription to the StampNation! Just leave a comment below and I will choose a winner next week! Please make sure you leave a way to contact you whether its leaving your email in the comments or ensuring the “no reply” feature is turned off so I can reply to your comment!
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Video: Masked Pumpkins and Peerless Watercolors

Hi there! I am recovering from the flu. Yes, the stinking flu. I woke up to it on my birthday! B ut luckily I didn’t get it full on so there is the light at the end of the tunnel! Today I have a video/card I made a while back to share with you today. I have been waiting for the Peerless Watercolors to come back in stock before sharing. Today’s card features liquid masking and peerless watercolors.. I also make a huge boo boo and show you how I just cover that right up, lol!


Note: I have another video featuring the super popular Molotow Masking Pen coming up this week as well (and yes, I love it and yes, Ellen Hutson has it is stock right now)

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

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Embrace the….


Lately, I have been wearing a ton of  tee-shirts from HERE that I just love love love! I love the sayings and the fit… People stop me dead in my tracks and we laugh about my shirts.. My favorite from there is THIS ONE! It’s fantastic, and so true! Can I get a woot woot? Seriously. I just can’t adult. I just can’t… Like ever.

I thought of a saying that I have been longing for and I’ve googled and searched high and low and couldn’t find it. So, I made my own. Click HERE to grab one for yourself…. I thought I would share it with you. After all, we all love muffins… :)




Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

YUP! YUP! It’s that time again!!!! I look forward to these Coffee Lovers Blog hops because you know how I love me some coffee! LOL!  You can head here for all the information on the hop and the links to all the participants projects… You can link up your fall coffee themed projects now  thru the end of the day on October 2nd! All the supplies I used are linked at the end of this post.


It’s no wonder I used the Coffee Splotch stencil and this super fun coffee cup image is it??? The details on the cup just make me happy! The “cool whip” and the shine from the plastic lid? And how about that gold sparkly embossing powder? Oh yea! The background was created with distress inks and water (exact colors linked below)… And I THINK I colored the coffee image with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, lol!


HAPPY HOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Remember, go HERE for all the deets of the hop! And anyone is welcome to play along!

SIDENOTE! The highly sought after Molotow Masking Pen is finally available at Ellen Hutson! Click HERE and grab one up before they are gone!

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Heat Embossing and Gansai Watercolors

Hi there everyone! I am thrilled to be back with my third project for Create a Smiles! If you missed my previous two projects, click HERE and HERE (both have videos)…. Today I took a background I made live on one of my Periscopes and created this card using the adorable stamp set, Poppin’ Over. How cute are those little critters.. Seriously.


I thought a touch of black/white polka dots would complete this card and luckily, I had a roll of washi tape in my desk, lol! The critters were colored with Copics and I popped them up with some foam dimension….. This set is seriously adorable! I love the Gansai watercolors! The blend beautifully together! Be sure to check out my GD post at Create a Smile! And I’ll be back next week for my final guest project! See you then!


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Meet Dobby! My Brother Scan N Cut

Hi there! I’ve had my eye on the Brother Scan N Cut for quite some time and I finally took the plunge and ordered it and it arrived last week. Let me preface this post by stating I am technically challenged when it comes to devices such as these, hence my initial hesitation in order (and the price tag)…. But I am thrilled with it. Thrilled I say! I have only practiced on the basic functions of the machine so far. Direct Cutting and Scan to cut! Meaning, I am stamping my images out onto my cardstock and Dobby is cutting them out for me! What attracted me to this is the ease of being able to cut out multiple images at one time and no longer having to spend money on the coordinating dies that go along with the stamp sets (and yes, I have a lot of those and yes, it all adds up because dies are expensive to manufacture, hence the price tag on the coordinating die sets)…. From my limited use, here are some bullet points worth saying…

  • The Brother Scan N Cut 2nd model (the one I have) has WIFI! SO NO PLUGGING IN YOUR COMPUTER!!!!!!! I’m lazy, which is why I never used the Silhouette to its potential.
  • It cuts
  • It draws
  • I wonder if it sings too, lol
  • Similar to the Silhouette Studio (online store for the Silhouette), the Brother Scan N Cut has Canvas, an online studio where you can purchase/create designs (online activation card required to use this feature)
  • This is a great resource of information including demo videos, etc.

I’ve been playing around with Dobby on Periscope! Dobby! You know, from Harry Potter! The hero that sacrificed himself for poor Harry? LOL! While the machine was cutting, I chatted with those that were watching my scope live and all sorts of name options were thrown out there! Since I have a love of Harry Pottery, when someone mentioned Dobby I was like yes! Dobby! I dub thee Scan N Cut Dobby!!! :)


Any… Who…… I am saving some of my scopes onto my youtube channel so I can share them with you here as well….. Today, I’ve got a video showing you the basic direct scan feature and you can see from the video just how easy this machine is to use… And how accurate and smooth the cuts are…. I’ve also tried coloring some of the images and running in thru my Dobby and it recognizes those as well! Some troubleshooting tips I have found along the way:

  • Make sure your stamped image is even. No gaps in the inking
  • If you have any open areas, the Scan N Cut won’t recognize it. A work around is to fill in those areas with a pencil line, run it thru the machine and then erase the pencil lines afterwards (thanks Payel and Nicole)….
  • It does recognize colored inked images as long as the color of ink you choose is a dark one. No light pinks/blues, etc….

In today’s video, two images didn’t cut and I am going to troubleshoot and find out why! I just got Dobby last week so I have lots of learning to do.  Onwards to the video! You can watch it here or over on my youtube channel in HD!

Let’s talk price! This retails for $399. I, along with many others, took advantage of the HSN deal a few weeks back where it was on sale for $299 with free shipping (sign up for newsletter and you get 15% coupon you can apply towards your purchase)! Yes, it’s pricy! Which is why I hesitated. But with the sale price, free shipping and overall savings I will incur by NOT buying the coordinating dies, I bought it. Plus, my birthday is coming up in a week! LOL

  • The HSN sale is over but the same product I got is over on HSN right now for $330 (remember to use that welcome coupon if you haven’t already).
  • You can also preorder the same model at Amazon for $299. Click HERE to check out that deal. It ships out the first of October! Note: you don’t get charged until item ships and if you preorder you more than likely will get it a few days before the sale goes live. Now, it is worth noting, with this sale… You get the same model as I got, but you get a rhinestone kit in lieu of the online activation card! I am told that can be purchased separately if you desire. What is the online activation card? It allows you to purchase designs from their online store Canvas. I have yet to use this feature. I mainly purchased this to die cut my stamped images!

Alrighty! That’s all for today! I am driving to Disney today so I will catch you guys in a few days!