Lawnscaping Challenge: Dots and/or Stripes sponsored by ELLEN HUTSON

Happy Monday folks! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The day I started feeling better is the day my son woke up with a fever! Surely after this, we will all be healthy and back to resuming regular life activities!!!! Today we’ve got a fun challenge for you! Think dots. Think stripes. Think both! Whatever your pleasure! Since I’ve had the crud for the past two weeks, I really didn’t have too much energy to get into the craft room. But, some new Lawn Fawn arrived in my mailbox and I knew I had to break into the Party Balloons dies stat! So cute! I colored some of the bunnies from the Snow Day stamp set and arranged them to appear as if they were holding the balloon strings…


So the stripes? See the subtle stripes in the background? I used some of the newly released Cracked Pistachio distress ink over the Simon Says Stamp Diagonal stencil. And the dots???   Those are the Pico IrRESISTible Pico Embellishers. I used Tuxedo Black and Wedding Dress. And to add some landscaping, I die cut some grass using the Grassy Border die.

I hope you will head on over to the Lawnscaping blog and take a look at what the rest of the design team made and PLAY ALONG! Our fabulous sponsor this challenge is the one and only ELLEN HUTSON!!!!!! The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the online store!


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Sparkle and Shine Challenge: Sponsored by Pretty Pink Posh

Howdy folks!! I don’t have any project to share with you today! I’ve been battling the crud for two weeks. Then Lily had it and now Lucas has it! The crud is just cruddy, let me tell ya!

I’m here to tell you all about a new challenge! Do you guys like sequins? Well guess what? The Sparkle and Shine challenge is right up your ally!!!! It’s a challenge for sequins lovers and their first challenge just went live TODAY! Pretty Pink Posh is sponsoring with a $25 gift certicate to the store! The design team from Pretty Pink Posh is guesting over there and the Sparkle and Shine design team has projects over there so loads of inspiration! So get your Pinterest up because if you are like me, you are going to “pin” everything!

I hope you will pop on over there and check it out! Me and sequins, we have a love/hate relationship but that doens’t stop me from using them! They are just too pretty….



One Layer Watercolored Card


I love to make one layer cards! Mostly because it is flat and runs thru the mail nicely…. I’m cheap like that, lol!!! In follow up to this week’s posts, I’ve got another card to share with you using products from the newest release from Ellen Hutson. To see my original post featuring three cards as well as a full reveal product video (plus the giveaway is still going on), go HERE! To see the gold sparkly heart, go HERE.

This card uses images from the same stamp set, Bold Blooms. This set also has some coordinating dies to go along with it. I’m not using them in todays card, but I have an idea I hope to get on film this weekend using them. I inked up the images directly with various colors of Tim Holtz distress inks, spritzed with some water and stamped. That’s really all there is to it. Using these gorgeous thick lined stamped images and the distress inks is a perfect combination to result in gorgeously watercolored florals with very little effort.


To add a bit of texture, I found a new product that I am in love with. In love. It’s this texture spray by IrRESISTible. I love it! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Not only does it provide you with mists of color, but as it dries, it leaves behind a subtle texture! It’s quite gorgeous in person…. To finish off the card, I went around the edges with some Vintage Photo distress ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

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Sparkly Heart of Gold


So are you enjoying the latest Essentials by Ellen release? Isn’t it just outta this world fantastic? 5 stamps, 6 dies of complete and utter awesomeness! Today I’ve got a card to share with you using 2 new products from the line. Folk Hearts and Fancy Thanks. I love the hearts die. They are cool and wonky and unique… I love the shapes. And the fonts in Fancy Thanks is GORGEOUS! So just adding some fun glitter paper and some striped backgrounds (I know, I can’t enough of the stripes.. I’m sorry), I was able to create this fun, sparkly card.


I hope you will check out the entire release and thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

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Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen RELEASE HOP plus GIVEAWAY and video


HELLO!  HELLO! I am so totally stoked to be here today!  Why? Because today is THE day!  Welcome to the Winter 2015 Essentials by Ellen Release Hop! You should have found me by way of the fab Teri Anderson! I’ll be showcasing several of the new stamp sets and dies on my blog today! There are a total of 5 stamps sets and 6 dies in this release and every single one of them is a show stopper, I kid you not! Let’s take a look at the projects I’ve prepared today for the hop! (The supply list at the end of the post will be updated after the product links go live in the shop).


I heat embossed one of the balloon images from the WISH Big stamp set, masked off the top area of the card panel and added some color with distress inks. The OH HAPPY DAY is from the Bold Blooms stamp set.  Isn’t it divine? The thick scripty font? NOM NOM! I stamped that in Versamark onto some Essentials by Ellen 43LB vellum (this stuff is AMAZEBALLS) and heat set it in white….


And while I had the Wish Big stamp set out, I thought I would create a fun peekaboo shaker card by pairing the Wish Big stamp set with the Mini Windows die set. That die set is AMAZING! Check out all the windows! The possibilities are ENDLESS!  I grabbed some fun striped patterned paper and found that the happy birthday sentiment (isn’t that fab? It’s doubles as a balloon string too) fit in between those stripes perfectly! I then ran one of the window dies thru my die cutting machine to create the window!


At this point, you could adhere this panel down flat or pop it up with some foam tape, add some clear accetate, pop in some sequins and glitter and create a shaker! I stamped the WISH BIG directly onto the clear acetate with Versamark, sprinkled on some Liquid Platinum Embossing powder and carefully heat set it to avoid warping the acetate.



And last but not least, I wanted to create a soft and delicate watercolored card for you all.  I die cut some images from the gorgeous Bold Blossoms stand alone die set, inked them up with some Versamark ink and heat set them in Liquid Platinum and Enchanted Gold embossing powder! I love the shine and dimension it leaves behind and I LOVE how intriquate yet sturdy these die cuts are!


I created a card base with some Distress Ink and added the Sparkle and Shine sentiment from the Hello Gorgeous stamp set!  That stamp truly is like, HELLO, you are goregeous. The sentiments, the bling! It’s fantastic! And if you look closely at that sentiment, I added a little bit of Enchanted Gold embossing powder as well as the Liquid Platinum embossing powder to create an ombre type look. Or at least, that is what I was going for!


Let’s talk giveaway time, because the kind folks at Ellen Hutson, LLC have generously given me an extra  WISH BIG stamp set to give away to one of you! All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on my blog and then let Rafflecopter know that you did (linked at the end of this post)! Easy peasy! 


There is also a Grand Giveaway in the CLASSroom!  To enter, be sure to leave a comment there and at every stop along the hop by March 2nd!  The winners will be announced March 4th!

It’s time to hop on over to Heather Campbell!


And here is an upclose look at the release!

And here’s the place to enter your name into the Rafflecopter! Just leave me a comment on my blog post and let Rafflecopter know you did! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winter Release products (click on the picture to be taken directly to the product):


Lawnscaping 100th Challenge Party Celebration

Hello everyone! Can you believe it! It’s Lawnscaping Challenges 100th Challenge! I can’t hardly believe it myself. It seems like just yesterday I reached out to Lynnette about the idea and now here we are! I am totally stoked that we have reached out 100th challenge and still going strong! WOOT WOOT!

Not only is it a celebration of Lawnscaping, but today my little girl, our little miracle baby, is 2! TWO YEARS OLD! She joins her 9 year old amazing big brother and we are the happiest and luckiest parents alive to have these bundles of joy.. You may remember all our heartache and struggles trying to have Lily. But we have her! She arrived 6 weeks early but looking at her, you would never know she was a premie! She keeps me on my toes always. She is into everything! EVERYTHING! I can only type my blog posts when she is sleeping.. Otherwise, she would be all up on my keyboard, lol! But I would not trade it for the world.

The challenge theme is Birthday Celebreation! So I’ve created a colorful card using some Lawn Fawn oldies and distress inks. I masked off the left and right of the card panel and stamped the music notes from Pa Ra Pa Pa Pum and then heat set it with white embossing powder! Then I grabbed my distress mini’s and applied them direct to the cardstock. Having the mini’s really made this easy. If you don’t have the mini’s, you can just grab an ink blending tool and blend the ink on…


I love all the scripty sentiments in Sophie’s Sentiment’s. I stamped the Happy Birthday stamp and the heart with  in white ink, heat set with that same white embossing powder and popped it up to the card base with some foam dimension. (THIS is the best price I have found for this giant roll of foam tape, like as big as your face.. It’s awesome).


I hope you will head on over to the Lawnscaping blog and check out the party! Each design team member invited a party peep to celebrate with us so there is a ton of projects over there that are sure to inspire you. I have TWO party guests over there that will absolutely knock your socks off!  Pinky swear!

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Thinking Back… Personal Post

Thinking back… 2 years ago today I was in the hospital, battling pre-eclampsia…. 3 years ago I was experiencing heartache afer heartache, loss after loss…. I looked up this post from August 14, 2013 and have tears of joy! Tears of joy! Tomorrow, my baby will be 2!  I have a 9 year old son and a soon to be 2 year old daugther. Tear of joy I tell you.


I rarely do personal posts here, but I felt on this subject I had to. There is such a story behind this dress…. I’ll try and be brief.

This dress was bought by my mother for my niece (her first grandchild) 12 years ago. I loved it at first sight. Watching my adorable niece (who will be turning 12 in a few months) in that dress just made me fell in love with it all the more…. It might have been passed down to my other niece (8), I’m not sure. All I know is I grabbed it when they no longer had a need for it. I put it in my closet. I think it was before I even had my son. I loved it that much.

Fast forward almost 8 years… Lucas arrives. My precious bundle of joy. My beautiful son. But of course, this dress wasn’t for him. I closeted it again….

Fast forward 4 years… We started to try and have another baby. As most of you know, this was quite a struggle filled with heartache and loss. 7 miscarriages, broken hearts, babies in heaven…. I sought medical treatment and did quite a few painful procedures…. Still no luck. During that time, I saw the dress hanging in the closet. There were a few times I thought this was never going to happen, maybe I just should get rid of it. But I didn’t…. I cried… I held it… But I kept it.

Finally, the good Lord blessed us with a viable pregnancy in 2012! Such a miracle. I just knew it was going to be a boy, but I still kept the dress. My husband has 4 uncles, they all had boys. His dad? 2 boys. There are no girls in the family.. So the odds were, this beautiful baby was going to be a boy, so no need for the dress. But I still kept it.

WRONG! We found out it was a girl! A Girl! A beautiful miracle twice over! The fact that I was pregnant and the fact it was a girl!!!! Yes! Yes! I can keep the dress!

Fast forward 7 months. There were a few early pregnancy tests that alluded there could be complications… And they were right. I was hospitalized around 31 weeks for high blood pressure. Extremely high blood pressure. I was on the road to eclampsia… My beautiful little girl, all healthy and perfect inside me and my body was giving out…. Thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and Jesus, she was ok…. As my blood pressure kept climbing, it was eminent that we would be meeting our precious daughter earlier than expected. And so it was. She was born at 33 weeks and 6 days…. She stayed in the NICU for 16 days and I stayed in the hospital another week until they found the right cocktail of meds to control my blood pressure….

Fast forward 6 months. We are here. Healthy. Happy. And blessed. And this dress finally has its place on MY daughter!




It Moose Be Love Shaker


Hi everyone! I will confess, I always, EVERY SINGLE TIME, struggle with shaker cards! That doesn’t keep me from trying to make them, but I always take forever to make them. The sequins fall out. The acetate gets dirty from my fingerprints… Did I mention the sequins fall out? Even though I have adhesive touching? HAHAH! I am just cursed… This time was no different…. I don’t know what it is. They truly aren’t that hard to make, lol!  But like I said, I keep on making them. I just know it will alwyas take me 5 times as long as it would take most of you to make!  LOL! Oh the sacrifices for a shaker….

I decided to make this cute moose shaker card for my son! The moose is from this stamp set and the polaroid is from this die set.… ALL the supplies will be linked at the end of this post to multiple shopping sources.


I decided to give the moose a little sweater and hat by hand drawing them on with a .03 Copic Multi Liner. It’s not perfect, but I don’t think my son will notice! :)  There is a reason why I don’t draw and stamp, he he!  The images were colored with Copics… And do you see that subtle stamped background on the card base? LOVE THIS background stamp set! It’s also 6×6 so it covers the entire standard size card base! I have loads of their background stamps!


As a finishing touch, I sprayed the background with a sparkle spray and loaded up the shaker with some Pretty Pink Posh products (linked below)… The sentiment was heat set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  And 4.5 hours later, done! Kidding, it didn’t take that long, but it felt like it! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

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Color the World: My second Art Journaling Page


Hello folks! Today I am sharing with you my second art journaling page! Before I get into it, please note that all the supplies used are linked below to a few different sources (EH: Ellen Huston, SSS: Simon Says Stamp)….   You may have seen my first, which I do love a lot more than this one. The dark background was actually created with he Design Memory Craft™ Chalkboard paint®! This stuff dries like in seconds… By the time I was finished coating the left page, the right was already dry! Then I took some Whipped Spackle® and applied it thru the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil in various parts of the pages. After it tried, I added some color with the Gelatos®.


See the bit of sparkle? Oh yea, that is some fun stuff. Glass Bead Glitter Gel® is amazing stuff. It’s a textury substance that has little bits of glitter inside! Super cool (and would make a super fun galaxy background wouldn’t it)…. As a finishing touch, I stamped the sentiment in different color pigment inks and adhered them down with Gel Medium®

And a huge should out to Vicky for constantly inspiring me with her Art Journaling.

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