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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Missed you!

Hello everyone!  It has been such a crazy-long time since I have sat down to write for you - I haven't stopped creating, nor have I stopped taking photos of some of the creations - just haven't had time to sit and write!  I have certainly missed my besties from the Coloring Down the Lines blog hop, and thought that this was the best place and way to jump back in!  If you are stopping by from Robbie's blog, then welcome!  After viewing my project, just keep following the links - we make one big, happy circle!  Here were our inspiration photos this week:

For some reason, these colors seemed a little "country" to me.  Certainly not knocking it - I listen to country in the car  - Maybe more like country comfort to me.  Here's what I decided to do with them:

I made three completely different kinds of flowers here, with two different bigz dies!  Nothing is quite as fun as hot glue... except maybe hopping on to Helen, where I am sure to find something else inspiring.

I also wanted to tell you about a few other things going on around here - I have been holding a lot of different kinds of classes in the last few months - and if you are local, I would love to see you at the next few!!  If you click on my "classes" tab at the top, or right HERE, you will be able to see what is coming up!  Check your schedule and stop by soon!  Also, I have committed to posting at least three times in the next week, so stop back and check me out again soon!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Online Extravaganza starts TODAY!!

So fun and SUCH A GREAT DEAL!!  Many items are up to 50% off, and not just the "ugly sweater" stuff - the good stuff too!  Today only there are also some great doorbusters - to include buy 3 get one free Designer Series papers!! 

Click HERE to go straight to my online store and check out all of the sale items!  If your order is under $150, please use hostess code:  MSZ9TQTS  This is what helps me add little goodies to orders or hold drawings for prizes during classes!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Blocks of Color

Good morning, and happy Wednesday!  Today is a great day... why, you ask?  Well, because I get to hop with some of my best friends!  It has been awhile since I have been able to manage the Coloring Down the Lines hop!  So excited to be here.

Here are the inspiration photos and colors:

I completely loved this palate.  Such a wonderful fall statement!  I saw a card like this on Pinterest lately (I am sorry - I didn't pin it, so I can't find who did the original, so if it was you, YOU ARE A GENIUS!!), and I just knew I had to play with this for a fall card.  Here is what I did:

So, to make this card, I randomly colored on a clear block using my markers in all of the colors in the palate.  I was careful to make sure to go to each edge of the block.  I then spritzed the block with just a little bit of water to get the inks to blend.  (you can see over on the right, where I got less water, so the colors blended less...) I then dried the paper using my heat tool on low (It is important to move your heat tool around, and to dry from the front of the piece as well as the back.  Once dry, I was able to stamp over the design with my Sheltering Tree stamp, and add a little greeting.  I love this technique so much, that we will be playing with this exact thing in my Midweek Mingle class this morning!  Since every time you do this technique it looks different, I can't wait to see what the other ladies get from their drawing!!

I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope you will continue hopping with my friends.  If you started with Robbie, you we at the start, but if you began here, hop on to Helen, and just keep going - you will hop all the way around!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ICS Blog Hop - Giving Thanks

Welcome to this month's blog hop!  I am thankful you are here...  and that leads us to the reason for the hop this month - which is "giving Thanks".  One of the things I am truly blessed to be a part of, is a group that I am able to share the gift of creating with once a month.  This is the SEASPAR Eagles, which is a fabulous group of disabled adults, with whom I make cards each month.  I have been doing this for about 3 years now, and feel a little guilty about it, as I know I should just be "giving", but feel more like I am "getting" every time I am there.  They are so appreciative of every little thing - stamping is just a small part of what they do, and they are always so happy to see us when we show up to stamp!  They clap, hug, smile, and show their gratitude in so many wonderful ways - If you have a few minutes, hop on over to their site and see the amazing work they do!  This is a similar representation of what we made with them this week!
Although these cards are always simple, the Eagles love to look at what they create, and they are so excited to tell me about the person they will be sending their cards to each month.  So, thank you, Eagles, for teaching me a lesson about gratitude!!

Monday, October 19, 2015


You heard it!!  Stampin' Up! is having a 15% off sale on all of their stamps!  Beginning TODAY, Monday, October 19 and running through this Friday (October 23) ONLY, all stamp sets are on sale for 15% off.  Need that perfect sentiment?  We've got that... Or how about a fun stamp for your Christmas cards this year!  Yep, those are included!  

Want to see them all?  Click here and go straight to my online store.  If your order is under $150, please use the hostess code: V443X99N!  That allows me to run little specials and make extra bonus projects in classes!   Sorry this is such a quick post!  I just need to go shopping!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Liz's colors!

Good morning, and happy Wednesday!  Today we are hopping along with Liz's color and photo selections. If you started here, just be sure to keep hopping though the names.  You may have come from Robbie, and if you did, I am sure you loved her card.

Today I had fun "painting" with my aqua pen.  The colors Liz picked sounded like a sunset to me, and since I was just at the Art Institute of Chicago, and say Monet's fabulous haystacks, I thought I would do a birch tree in winter look! 

Here are the photo and color inspirations:

and here is my "Birch trees in winter" sunset card:

I just embossed the Vanilla card stock, then "painted" in the background using my ink pads and my aqua painter pen.

Be sure to hop on to Helen and see what she has for us today - I'm sure you will be glad you did!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Fall for All

Welcome to another month of the fabulous Inspire, Create, & Share blog hop!  We do this hop on the first Wednesday of each month to inspire you with tons of different ideas to get you motivated to create!  After checking out my project, if you click on the Next button below you will just keep on hopping to other wonderful creations!  Let's get this party started!!!

Today is actually a bonus day!  I am in a blog hop every Wednesday morning, called Coloring Down the Lines, and had to use a certain color combination.  I LOVED it - and it worked with the theme of this hop, which is Fall for All, so I thought I would make a second bonus project with the same colors.  If you scroll down below this post, you will see a whole different way to use not just these great colors, but the same stamp set too!!

Here's what I have for you today :
 For this card, I used Very Vanilla cardstock, stamped the leaf images with Versamark ink, used clear embossing powder, heat embossed, then used various sponges and inks to color the background - the embossed leaves work as a resist!  Never done this before?  Wow!  Well, bookmark my site, or follow me by email on the right, and stop back on Friday - I will have a quick video to show you exactly how it
works!!Prepare to be wowed!!

Here are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used in this card:

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Now be sure to hop along and see what everyone else has for you today!

Coloring Down the Lines - Fall colors!

WooHoo!!  Bonus day!  It has been awhile since I have posted here, and I am sorry about that!  I have been literally buried up to my ears in retired stamps, paper, and ribbon!  I dug my way out, and had a big sale, and hopefully will be able to get back on track now!

Today is a bonus day, because I will be posting twice in the same day - once right now, and again tonight at 9pm!!  Both of these fabulous reasons are hops with amazingly creative women!

This first card is for my Coloring Down the Lines folks.  I love this group - we've been doing this for many years now...  they are all much better at getting int he hop every week!  Here were our inspiration photos and colors for this week:

These colors were so perfect together for fall!!  Here is what I made:

I was able to grab my markers and really color these fabulous fall leaves!  Wanna color?  Check out the supplies below...

In the meantime, if you came from Robbie's blog, then you started at the beginning...but if you are starting here, go ahead and hop over to Helen - you can hop all the way around the horn!!  Stop back tonight, and see how I used only these colors for my evening project too, but how very different they are!

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Weekly Specials

The last two weeks have been great "Stock up" weeks for me with the weekly specials.  Some of my very favorite staples have made the list, and I have been planning ahead with all of my holiday cards.  Do you use a lot of pearls on your cards?  How about glimmer paper?  Well then, you are going to want to stock up this week too!  Check out these great deals!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Lighthearted Leaves

Good Morning!  Happy Wednesday!!  Are you off a day this week like I am?  Whenever we have a holiday on Mondays, I get myself turned around.  At least I am on time for this fabulous hop!  If you started with Robbie, then you are on the right track, but if you started right here, then that's fine too... we are one big happy circle, so you can just hop along!

Here are this week's inspiration photos:

I couldn't bring myself to making a flower this week...  It is very hot here, and I think I am really ready for fall, so I wanted to feel a little autumny - I know that isn't a word...

Be sure that you hop along to Helen, and stop back soon for more new catalog stuff.  The things I used to create this, are listed below!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Chock full of BUNDLES

The new Holiday Catalog is here, and I really couldn't be more excited!!  This catalog has one majorly fun thing in it that just makes me smile!!  BUNDLES!!   Stampin' Up! sometimes offers stamp sets and coordinating punches or coordinating Big Shot framelits for a discounted price (when you bundle them up and buy them together).  This savings is usually 15%, and who doesn't LOVE a discount??  Check out the Tons of Bundles in the Holiday Catalog!!  (If you need a new catalog of your very own, please EMAIL ME!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Introducing the Holiday Catalog

Hello!  It is time again for this great group of Demonstrators I know to share what we love from the very new Holiday Catalog!  I have only played with the great things a little bit, while I prepare for my classes - but here is something I just couldn't wait another minute to make!

Check this out!
 and here is a close-up of the very cute Halloween banner!

This is the Seasons to Seasons Wreath kit, and it has some great features!  In addition to super simple styling and very clear directions, it has three different little string banners that you can change to fit the season (hence the name), to include this one for Halloween, one for Halloween, and yet another one for Christmas!  This would be a great project to make with your kids - or you could skip ordering the stamps and inks for yourself, and just come to the upcoming classes I have scheduled and make your own here~~!  Friday, October 2 at 7pm or Saturday, October 3, at 10am at  You should jump on this great kit, because they are so adorable that I am sure they will go into backorder soon!!

You can see the new Holiday Catalog HERE, or, if you would like to get your hands on your very own copy, be sure to EMAIL ME HERE!    In the meantime, be sure to click on the box below to just to the next "hopper".

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Christmas Card club

Are you ready for the Holidays?  Of course not, not yet anyway, and why should you be?  It is only August afterall.  Well, I can answer that!  It is sneaky, that busy holiday season!  It will sneak right up on you, and all of those great intentions you have to make all of your own handmade cards will go right out the window again this year.  But they don't have to...

Welcome to the Christmas Card Club!

We will meet the third Tuesday night (or following day, Wednesday afternoon) of each month, for four months, August through November.  At each meeting we will make 12 handmade holiday cards - 4 each of 3 different designs.  By the end of the November meeting, you will have made 48 cards (4 each of 12 different styles) and be ready to put them in the mail ~ BEFORE THANKSGIVING.  You can spare one night a month, right?  If you would like more information about this club, click HERE.  Register right away!  You don't want to miss a single month!
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