CYCI#126 A die challenge

lol... I thought this would be a challenge to die for!

lol... so I used some dies!
and it turned out really, really, super cute!

Your Next Stamp, Cute Gnomies - was used on today's card! Along with Doodlebug twine!
SU Soft Sky for my background  and MFT Stamps Gumdrop Green card stock
Simon Says Stamp dies and LF dies as well!

We've got a really cool challenge, I hope you will join me and the rest of the design team!

Sorry, my post is short, lots of reading for my homework!

Until next time!

Happy Sales Retirement

I promised in today's live video that I would share the list of retiring items over at FSJ!

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CYCI#125 CYCI Colors Challenge

Okay, I pulled a fast one this week!
For this challenge, we are using CYCI colors which is red, gray, white and black!
I love it! 

Check it.. I went with fun and super cute!

A sweet gift card holder!
I started by using the Fun Stampers Journey Scalloped Pocket die.
I used wild cherry cardstock from MFT Stamps, which is a 100# cardstock which is perfect for die cuts! Next, I selected a stripe pattern from Richard Garay - make amazing prints pattern paper pack!
I ran it through my SB Platinum, I had to trim the bottom sides a bit, then used Tombow mono to adhere it to the wild cherry layer! I found a fun sentiment from my FJS stamp Feed Me!
I finished it off with a bit of Doodlebug Grey twine!
This makes the perfect gift card holder!

I hope you will join us!

Until next time

SIP #52 A year in the making

Just wanted to jump in really quick.. and share a card I made for the 1st anniversary of SIP challenge

I used the new Hero Arts kit for my card tonight!

and some of my SIP Store Hampton Ice sequins of course!

Have a wonderful evening all

Until next time!

CDD I love my kitty

This is for my girls...
Dea and Erii
and my grandfur babies!

I picked up some super awesomely cute digi's a bit ago, but with my classes, I don't have much time to crafty.. but I finished my assignments earlier today! Yeah crafty time!

I started with Crafting Desert Diva's love my kitty digi stamp and went to work!
I used a ton of the Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I also added some sparkle with a SN Sparkle pen!

I also got my new "Kitten Smitten" pattern paper form Doodlebug today, which is totally adorable!
I added some of their twine in Tangerine and some foam to lift my digi up!

I laid out my layers, and cut them together with the largest scallop die from CDD Fancy Frames!

Well that's it for today! Check back tomorrow for an exciting challenge at

Until next time

This digital stamp is a Craftin Desert Divas Digital Stamp. (c)Anita de Andrade.

Two Hearts FSJ

I had a little time last night and again this afternoon to work on this card, between chapters (okay pages) in my Marketing Class...  talk about dry reading!!!  Anywho, I wanted something a bit different than I normally do, so I did lots of lovely layers! 

I started by heat embossing the Sweet you flower stamps with white emboss powder, then sponged the following colors Bubble Gum, Orange Creamsicle, and Sweet Berry onto my cardstock.  I set it aside over night... until I had time to get back to the project.

Today, I finished the card, by adding my elements, layers, and cardbase! Much as I tried, I could not get the doily die to cut all the way through, so I used it to my advantage.. the uncut areas, left me space to adhere my foam to raise up the layer. I tapped the butterfly onto my ink pads, to give it a bit of color.  I added two different nests of twine and thread and finally I added the dots to cover any leftover adhesive foam and in a couple of extra spots! Oh.. yeah I added a layer of OC so that I could stamp my sentiment! That's about it!
 Fun Stampers Journey Products
Sweet You - Stamp set
Doily - Die 
Two Hearts - Stamp set 
Black Licorice - cardstock 
Whipped Cream - cardstock
Summer Wings - Accessory/embellishment
Orange Creamsicle - cardstock 
Black Licorice - Twine and Ink

Richard Garay Products
Amazing Dots 

 Other Products
White embossing powder (Stampendous)
Gold thread (Joann)

I hope you have a wonderful evening

Until next time...

June Bloom Box


This past sunday I took some time to out my June Bloom Box together. 
Each month there are four card designs, embellishments, along with a full stamp set in each release!  This month is all about Arizona succulents and earthy tones!  Here's what I did with mine!

First thing, is that it comes with a full booklet with instructions.
 Next they are all different, you're not stuck with just  one design.
Everything come precut and ready to go... just grab your inks.
Finally, they come with a exclusive stamp set that as a subscriber you get before anyone else!

The Bloom Box is a simple affordable way to create something new and exciting each month.

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It will take you to my FSJ shop!

Until next time

100th Birthday for Mary

Last week Andrea put out the call for cards for her grandmother who is turning 100... and that is not something you can turn down! So here is my card... it's from the sneak peek on Friday!

 here's the sneak peek I shared
I hope you like it... and I hope that Mary likes it as well!
I used my FSJ - Orange Creamsicle ink, along with some Ranger glossy Texture paste.
I the Ranger Large Flower stencil for the image, I love how wonderful it is...
For my die layers, I used my Fancy Frames, Flag Banners, and Wishful Thoughts Dies from Craftin Desert Divas, along with the Number die from MFT Stamps.

Also from Fun Stampers Journey is the amazing Natural Twine, which curls, so I love it even more and the beautiful cardstock for the 100 numbers which I also did in Orange Creamsicle.
My card base is Kraft from MFT Stamps, and the Vellum is from Stampin' Up!
The last item used on my card is the sequins... ah! The lovely Hampton's Ice 6mm sequins from Stamp, Ink, Paper Store... which at this rate, I'm gonna need to order some more and very soon!

Well, that's it for today... If you'd please click the follow button on the right, and start following me today! I promise it will never be boring :) well... lol.. sometimes!

Until next time,

CYCI#124 Watercolor Challenge!

Kept this week simple, and yet stunning!
 Started by using Ken Oliver's Color Burst on vellum, and add a bit of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold to it!
I added a layer of white cardstock under so you could enjoy the beautiful reds, oranges, and gold tones!  Next, I matted those layers onto a black and white layer, which I used Simon Says Stamp Rectangle Stitched dies on, then placed it on my cardbase.  I was going through my tags and whatnots and found the "hi: in a bag... lol! Which is now missing... (note to self: clear desk) Moving on I added some sequins from Doodlebug to finish off my card!

I hope that you will join us for this incredible challenge!

Until next time

One for the hubby

here is the card I'm going to give the hubby for Father's day!

I posted it on IG a bit ago, after I finished.... but wanted to share on the blog...

It's top secret so mums the word!
I started by creating what I wanted to say on my computer and printed it out on watercolor paper from Crafters Companion!

Up next I busted out the Ken Oliver Color Burst in various colors!
I let layer after layer of color dry, being very careful not to mess up my sentiment!

I threw in dashes (lots) of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Gold!

I layered the wc paper on chipboard to give it strength and added it to a cardbase (A2 size)!

Other than the color and twine, I tried to keep the card simple, and let the colors shine!

I hope he is gonna like it...

Until next time!

PDX Keeping Portland (Oregon) Weird!

So I was chatting with Justin the other day, and Hero Arts has these amazing city stamp sets by Clearly Kelly! Well, one thing led to another and bam! After I saw his card, I knew I had to case it! Most of you who know me, know that I don't case... except in rare occasions!
He's version was going to be posted on Friday, here we are...
I really loved how each of our cards has lots of wonderful on it!
There is a link near the end of my post to Justin's blog!
This is the craziest thing I've done all week... 

Okay on to the card...
Like I said before, the stamp set I am using today is Clearly Kelly from Hero Arts.
There is the Fremont Bridge, a bike lane stamp, of course, the super cool coffee and donut! The there is a food truck! Each summer the city of Portland has a ton of food trucks with the best in the NW has to offer!  Topped off with an awesome PNW (Pacific NorthWest) is best stamp! I also cased the stamp in the background (which you can hardly see now) and since I didn't have a stamp die or punch... I created my own, I cut a 2 1/4 square piece of woodgrain cardstock and marked a 1/4 from each edge, and used my hole punch to create a stamp like shape. :) I was very proud of it!lol
I've done the mix of cardstock, chipboard, and vellum for my stamped images.
This set is fantastic, and it has everything PDX'y folks love!
Here's what I used on my card today
Bridge and blue strip  Cardstock - MFT Samps
Coffee cup and Kraft piece - Recycled Chipboard
PNW - Stampin' Up - C. Coral
Black Ink - Stazon, Memento
Food Truck - Spectrum Noir BT2-BT5
Bike Tag - Diamond Press - Tag die
Twine - Fun Stampers Journey Natural
Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen
Signo - White Gel pen
Stampendous - White Emboss powder on vellum cardstock
Cardbase - Simon Says Stamp - 120# ultra thick white
and last but not least
Sequins - Stamp, Ink, Paper Store - Hampton Ice clear 6mm cupped sequins

here's a close up :)

Oh and here's that link I mentioned above!
--->  Justin's <---
which I have no doubt will be epic, he doesn't do less than epic!!!

That's it for today.. Until next time!

SIP Store NY and LF

Just a really quick post before bed tonight!
I wanted to share on of the many cards I've made recently.. just haven't found the time to blog

Today's card is featuring a few Lawn Fawn stamps and dies, that I ordered from Justin's store  Stamp, Ink, Paper which just happens to be located across the country in New York state (I'm near Portland Oregon).

I used cardstock from MFT Stamps, and used Simon Says Stamp Rectangle Stitched dies for my top layer and SSS #120 thick white for my base!

I used the Stinkin' Cute stamp set and matching die and Sun & Moon dies, Simple Puffy Clouds and the matching Frames set as well.

I used both my Journey Platinum and Crafters Companion - Diamon Press for cutting my pieces for this card!
I used a bunch of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, their new Sparkle pen in clear as well and a Signo White gel pen! The sequins used with from SIP (clear) and SSS (multi-colored). 

Until next time,

RG FSJ Missing You!

lol.. I made this card because my next class looks like a doozy!  So I might not be able to blog as often as I've been doing lately... sad I know.

This is my first totally all Fun Stampers Journey and Richard Garay card!
Yup, I finally have enough products to use all of the fabulous fun items to put a great card together!

I started with RG Stripe Pattern die, and Amazing Bloom stamp and matching die.

Along with my FSJ inks in Black Licorice, Beach Breeze, Bubble Gum and Sweet Pear!
I used Whipped Cream and Black Licorice cardstock.
The Stripe Pattern creates a beautiful background for the flowers and sentiment which is from the Every Day set. I finished off my card with Journey sequins in Pink World and Celebrations twine by RG.

Anywho... I've got to get on my classwork!

Until next time!

CYCI#123 Color Challenge - Challenging

This was one of those challenges... you know.. the know the ones that stump you! Ya, that kind!
Well, the colors were selected by Elizabeth this week, yup... I love her... and how she really made me work for it! Hugs!!  Anywho... on to the challenge!

So as I thought about the challenge, I was inspired by a friend who's been there since I started making beautiful cards and a few ugly ones too... One of my crafty friends who just happens to live all the way on the other side of the country!   Justin recently opened his own store called SIP (Stamp Ink Paper) in New York! I had to get some of the cool stuff's he has in stock! Check it out... here's what I got

Lots of goodies, and I also picked a few of his personal sequins mixes!

The Little Bitty Bag from YNS offered an opportunity to put something inside,
so I went with SIP's Hamptons Ice, which is a crystal clear 2mm sequins!
I mean who wouldn't love sparkly sequins? Right!!!

okay... so let's get to what I used in today's card!

Altenew - Label Love
Simon Says Stamp - Painted Thanks die, 120# thick white cardstock, Stitched Rectangle Dies
Stampin' Up! - White Twine, Real Red and Night of Navy reInkers
Doodlebug - Sprinkles
Richard Garay - Amazing Dots
You Next Stamp - White Kraft Little Bitty Bags
Pretty Pink Posh - Metalic Stars
Memento - Tux Black Ink

Featuring SIP - 4mm Clear Sequins

Well that's it
Until next time


Hero Arts Spring Hello THDC#01

Okay so I found a new challenge... just starting! So I thought I'd put a little something together!

I used my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor on wc paper. I started by selecting my Spring Hello stamp set from Hero Arts.  The colors from the challenge are so pretty, here take a look!
I used my gift card envelope die from May's HA kit.  I finsihed it off with 4mm dropplets from Pretty Pink Posh!

I also did a simple flower on the closure side of the mini envy!
AC has some wonferful twine, so I added a bit of that in blue!

Like I said.. super simple!

Until next time!