Saturday, September 23, 2017

Think Simple with MarkerPOP

Hi!  I'm up today on the MarkerPOP Blog sharing why you should keep it simple this year with your Holiday cards, and three quick cards for examples...

And check out the awesome giveaway and new contest being held by MarkerPOP!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Crafters Companion HSN Oct. 3rd!!!

Hello!  I have some exciting news to share!!!  If you haven't heard already Crafters Companion will be back on HSN on October 3rd!!! YAY!!!!  And there are loads of fabulous new goodies that you will finally be able to get your hands on!  Today I'm popping in to share a really unique concept for card making called Collage-A-Card.  I am specifically sharing a project from the For Her set today.  When I first saw the kit, I wasn't exactly sure what to make of it, but the minute I started working on this beauty I was hooked!

These cards come together really quickly and you can dress them up, mix and match, really just do whatever you want to make them unique and personalized!  So many times cards get set off to the side or laid down somewhere, but not anymore!  These cards are meant to be on display and are sure to make a statement when given.

You will find more inspiration, fun and giveaways by joining our Facebook group.  You will also find updates on the Crafters Companion website.  Keep your eyes peeled for more peeks to come!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Interactive on the MarkerPOP Blog

Hello!!!  Today you will find me going interactive on the MarkerPOP Blog!  You don't want to miss this super cute and toad-ally fun card!

Plus find details on how to win a new MFT Fab-boolous stamp set by joining our current challenge and the blog giveaway!  SO MUCH GOODNESS IN ONE POST!

See ya there!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Encouragement with CAS-ual Fridays

Hi!  I find that sometimes Mondays can be a little hard for people to embrace so I thought I'd create a positive project to spread a little encouragement everyones way.  CAS-ual Fridays Stamps has lots of great encouragement sets, so I got straight down to business...

For this specific card I used the Casual Comfort and the BE Stamp Sets.  Since I knew that I wanted to watercolor my background I stamped all of my images first with Versafine Ink.  I then used a mix of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens to watercolor with.  I LOVE that I get bright bold colors with lots of shine from these pens.  After the panel was dry I added two strips of black cardstock behind it and adhered all of it to the front of the cardbase.  I loved the simplicity of this card and opted for no other embellishments, especially since the shine was already built into the background.

You can always check out the CAS-ual Fridays Blog for more inspiration, and if you need these stamp sets for yourself (which you totally do) then I have a great discount code for you to save 15% off your total purchase!

Happy Shopping and Crafting!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Cas-ual Fridays and Chibitronics Blog Hop

Woo hoo!  I'm so excited that the CAS-ual Friday girls get to hop with the Chibitronics team for a fun and inspirational hop!  I had been introduced to Chibitronics a year or so ago, and I was so excited when I got to work with their amazing products once again!  I LOVE how easy their starter kit is to work with.  Trust me, it looks way more complicated then it actually is.  Plus they have tons of videos that show you step by step how to use their products...

For my card I used the CAS-ual Fridays Set called Floating.    I love all of the details to this balloon in the set so I stamped it onto Bristol Cardstock and watercolored it with a mix of Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.  To create my sky I used a torn edge of a sticky note and Distress Oxide ink.  Once my front panel was done I started working on the lighting portion of the card.

First,  I made three small holes in the center of three flowers on the balloon.  This made it easy to mark my cardbase for where I needed the lights to go.  I then drew a negative line and a positive line with a pencil and a circle for where the battery would go.  I knew I wanted my card to be a push light up card, so I created a little panel for my battery to go in.  Next I added my copper tape along the lines I had drawn earlier making sure they connected to the right side of the battery.  Once I knew the battery panel and lights were working correctly I added my stamped panel with foam adhesive, and ta-da!

These type of interactive cards might just be my favorite.  I can't even stop playing with it myself! lol

And of course there will be a giveaway, so make sure you hop along to all of the stops for your chance to win a Gift Card to the CAS-ual Friday's Store and a starter kit from Chibitronics! Yay!!!

Full Blog Hop Order:

Chibitronics blog
Maureen Merritt
Tiffany Au
Lisa Lahiff  --- YOU ARE HERE
Kelly Griglione    --- GO HERE NEXT
Jeanne Jachna
Eiko Uchida…/chibitronics-and-cas-ual-f…
Kimberly Rendino
CAS-Fridays blog

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Magic Slider Card

Hi!  Today I'm sharing my first attempt at making a Magic Slider Card with some of the newer Newton Nook Designs Stamps over on the MarkerPOP Blog...

Stop by their blog for a full write up and more photos!
Happy Crafting!

Monday, September 11, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Christmas Super Special

Hello!!!  And woo hoo!!!  CAS-ual Fridays is celebrating Christmas a little bit early with some fun inspiration and specials!  You can check the blog from yesterday, today and tomorrow for fun ways to use the products that are all on sale.  And to top it off I have a coupon code that will save you an additional 15% off your total!!!

First, I want to share my card for today...

I decided to go with a vintage look while creating with the Sleigh Fri-dies, Funky Flakes Dies, and the Sleigh Ride Stamp Set.  I colored the bells in with Spectrum Noir Markers, and used patterned paper I've had in my stash for a long time.

Now head on over and check out the Super Special Sale Michele is hosting in the store on lots of these Christmas goodies!  And before you go here is my code to help you save an additional 15% your total...

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Shopping!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

MarkerPOP Challenge #129

Hello!  Today MarkerPOP is hosting a new challenge that will have you ready for fall and Halloween...

While I was at first inspired to create a witch scene, for some reason every time I pulled out certain stamp sets I just wasn't feeling it.  So when I went back to the picture a second time I was inspired by the pumpkins, and decided to go with it...

To create this card I started by stamping these beautiful multi step pumpkins from the Sunny Studio Stamps Set called Pretty Pumpkins.  For the first two layers I used a mix of inks, and for the top layer I added some shine with Gold Embossing Powder.  I colored the background of my scene with Spectrum Noir Markers.  The sentiment is from a fun mix of sentiments in a set by Impression Obsession called Holiday Words.  I then layered my stamped panel with Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper.

I hope you'll join us and be entered for a chance to win some pretty awesome goodies!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Christmas A Little Early

Hi!  Today I'm getting into the Christmas Spirit a little early.... ok a lot early, but the cuteness made me do it!!!  Check out how I've used the new Winter Woodland Wonders Set over on the MarkerPOP Blog...

Leave a comment over on their blog and you'll be entered into a $10 gc giveaway!
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Trick or Treating with Crafters Companion

Hiya!  Does time seem to be flying for you this year too?  I feel like I just can't keep up!  I can't believe that now we are into September and Halloween is just around the corner.  Speaking of Halloween... (See what I did there? hehehe!) I have a super cute Halloween card that I've created with the Crafters Companion Trick or Treating Stamp Set.  These little kiddos are too cute!

To color them and my night sky in I used a handful of Spectrum Noir Markers. (FS2, FS3, FS4, FS5, CR2, CT1, CT2, CT4, LG1, LG2, LG1, LG2, LG3, LV2, LV3, BP1, BP2, HB2, BG3, BG5, IG6, IG8, IG10, Tn5, TN7, TB4, TB5, TB6).  For my background I used a mix of Cardstocks: Shimmering Black Pearl, Ultra Smooth White, Luxury Cardstock in Silver.  Finally I added some sequin stars to the sky for a little more interest, and some shine, to my night scene.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I am linking this baby up to the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Bad Kitty...

Hiya!  Today I am over on the MarkerPOP Blog sharing a cute little spooky scene with the new Avery Elle Bad Kitty Set...

I hope you'll get a second to check the full card out!  Plus there are two giveaways going on!  Leave a comment on my post on the MarkerPOP Blog and you are entered to win a $10 gc, the other giveaway is a Nuvo Goody Pack by playing in our current challenge!

Happy Crafting and Good Luck!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Guest Designer for CardMaker Magazine

Ahhh!!!  I'm so excited, because today I am a Guest Designer on the CardMaker Magazine Blog! Woot Woot!  I LOVE their magazine and have been a subscriber for years.  I've also had the humbling pleasure to be published several times in various issues of their Magazine.  If you are a card maker I highly recommend subscribing to their publication as there are always so many tips, techniques, and inspiring projects for you to check out quarterly.  Here is a peek at what I'm sharing today on the blog, and it's all about thinking outside of your craft room...

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Envelope Fun

Hi!  Today I'm over on the MarkerPOP Blog sharing a set of envelopes this time with everyone!  I hope you will get to stop by and check them out...

And make sure you leave comments so you can be entered to win the $10 gc monthly drawing!  Every little bit can help with all of the new releases popping up everyday!

Happy Crafting!

PS :  Check out the new challenge too for your chance to win a Nuvo Prize Pack!!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cherry Green Now Available at CC

Hello!  Crafters Companion has launched a new stamp line and it is now available called Cherry Green!  I've created a clean and simple card with one of the new stamp sets to share with you for today...

For this card I used the peacock feathers from the Fancy Feathers set.  I love the whispy look of the feathers in this set, and they are quick to color in with Spectrum Noir Markers: BT4, BT5, BT9.  My background was created with a mix of Aqua Markers in Slate, Sepia, and Charcoal.  For a touch of shine I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Blue Topaz.  I also added a strip of Luxury Gold Cardstock down one side.  I hope you'll get a chance to check them all out on the Crafter's Companion Website!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hello Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers

Hi!  It's Monday, and so far it's been a rather productive day for me, so yay!  I hope your week is starting off well too!  Right now I'm popping in to share a quick and easy card that I've created with Spectrum Noir's Aqua Markers and Crafters Companion's Colorista Aqua Stamp Set: Best Wishes.

To create this card I started by stamping my images with Versafine Ink.  Next, I scribbled on a craft mat with my Aqua Marker in Prussian Blue.  To pick up the color I used my Crafters Companion Waterbrush Pens.  For the butterfly I used the fine nib side of my Aqua Markers and colored the wings in (Begonia, Rose Red, Red Violet, Navy, Teal, Jasmine, Sunflower, and Bud Green).  I used my Waterbrush Pens again to pull the colors out.  Finally, I layered my stamped and colored panel onto Crafters Companion Luxury Cardstock in Navy and Pale Dogwood. (Their luxury cardstock is seriously some of my favorite cardstock to work with!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you have an amazing rest of the day!
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

MarkerPOP Challenge #129

Hi friends!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far, we've had fun with soccer and cheerleading along with some nice weather.  Today I'm popping in with a little bit of crafty fun with the new MarkerPOP Challenge #129...

And here is what I've created based on this color palette...

To create this card I've used the new My Favorite Things More Monsters.  I LOVE the cute little faces on them! I then used the same colors as I used on my monsters in my galactic background with Gansai Tambi Watercolors and Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment, and created a "gold planet" for my little monsters to stand on.

I can't wait to see what you'll create for this new challenge!  Don't forget to check out the awesome prize up for grabs too!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Muse Studio Release Day!!!

It's here, it's here!!!  Yay!!!  Head over to the A Muse Studio Blog to see if you won any of the new sets, and then stop by the store to pick up the rest!  Here are a few more peeks at what I've made with the new sets...

Thanks so much for stopping by today, now head over to pick some of these goodies up!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Muse Studio Day 3 Sneak Peek

It's Day 3, which means only one more sleep until all of these new goodies are available for you to purchase in the A Muse Studio Store! Woot Woot!  Today's set is called Eat, Drink, and Be Thankful, and it consists of two large script sentiments that definitely make a sentiment.  You can also add some sweet fall images from the set to any project you are creating.  Here's a peek at something I've created with this set...

I love how this sentiment looks cut and in the center of my shaker.  For the inside of my shaker I used Orange Sequins and French Roast Glitter.  I stamped several of the leaf images with the Pigment Ink in Papaya, Orange, and French Roast.  I also added two toned stamping by stamping the image first with a light ink and went over part of it with a darker ink.
Stop by the A Muse Studio Blog for a chance to win this new set for yourself and for more peeks!
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Muse Studio Day 2: Fierce

Woo hoo!  It's Day #2 of the A Muse Studio Release and this set is Ah-MAZING!  I Love, love, love the sentiments in this set!  So fun, sassy, and or uplifting!  I decided to make myself a little desk reminder our of a paper frame, the Fierce Set and the Summer Blooms Set...

 Isn't it awesome?!  LOVE it!  I've used a fun mix of papers in Grape, Papaya, and Shell.  I also used white to stamp and color in the flowers.  I then added some clear sparkle.  My layers were die cut with Postage Stamps Dies.  There needed to be a little more sparkle so I busted out some of the Bubblegum Sequins and added them to the sides of the flowers on the frame.

Make sure you stop by the A Muse Studio Blog for more inspiration, peeks, and a giveaway!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Muse Studio Sneak Peek Day 1

Hi again!  I'm back today, and I get to share a sneak!!! YAY!  I love when I get to share new products with all of you, and A Muse Studio has such a fun release this month.  Today I'm sharing a card created with the Hello Pumpkin Stamp Set!

 This set has a fun mix of Halloween and Thanksgiving Pumpkin themed images/sentiments.  I love when you can get more out of one set!  For my card I've gone with the Halloween side of the set, and I've also used a fun mix of Halloween Washi that will be available this month to make a fun background.
Make sure you hop over to the A Muse Studio Blog for more inspiration, peeks and a giveaway!

Happy Crafting!

Other Supplies Used:
Tag Bundle Die

Flora And Fauna Card

Hiya!  Summer has finally come to an end this week as the kids have headed back to school today.  I'm surely going to miss them as I love having them home and being able to run to parks or splash pads whenever we want.  But I also know they are excited to get back to their friends, such is life!

Enough about me, though, and take a peek at this sweet card that I'm sharing over on the MarkerPOP Blog today...

This card features a set by Flora and Fauna, a young stamp company that I think is going places.  Check out their newer releases in the MarkerPOP store!  Plus, when you comment on my post on their blog you are entered for a $10 gc!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Make A Splash With CAS-ual Fridays!

Hello, hello!  Are you still swooning over the new release by CAS-ual Fridays? Cause I still am!  I LOVED all of the silhouette images!  And since it is my turn to share something on their blog today I'm playing with the super cute Mermaids Set.  Check it out...

 Isn't she so much fun?!  I just love the way the Mermaids are holding their hands so it is easy to mix and match what they are holding from the set.  To create my card I started with a stencil and some Nuvo Glimmer Pastes.  While that was drying I heat embossed this cutie and the starfish with Gold Embossing Powder.  I wanted there to be a look of what behind her so I went over her with Distress Ink in Salty Ocean.  She was then fussy cut and set to the side.  I went back to my stenciled panel and added distress ink in the same color.  Next, I stamped and heat embossed the bottom half of my sentiment, for added interested and applied the same distress ink for a third time.  Finally, I popped everything up with foam adhesive and adhered clear sequins as a finishing touch.

And if this card just has you seeing stars (or glitter in this case lol) make sure you head over to their store and pick this set up for yourself! Plus I have a coupon code you can use!!!

Happy Crafting/Shopping!

MarkerPOP: Watercoloring

Hi!  Today I'm popping in on the MarkerPOP Blog to share a sweet Get Well card made with Art Impressions Stamps, Mama Elephant, and some Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Here's a peek...

I hope you'll get a second to stop by and check it out!  Remember to leave comments on their blog too for a chance to win a $10 gc!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Crafters Companion on HSN Aug.16th!

Hello!!!  I hope you are having a nice weekend so far!  Did you know on Wednesday August 16th it's going to be another crafting party with Crafters Companion on HSN?! YAY!!!  And this time it is all about Christmas and Watercoloring... literally two of my most favorite things!  I thought I would pop in and share one of my projects using some of the new Christmas Create A Card Dies...  These things are genius!  You receive such a beautiful result by simply diecutting the front of your cards.  Check it out...

I just couldn't resist making a trio of cards with this Christmas Eve Create a Card Die and a mix of Crafters Companion Luxury Cardstocks.  For the edges I've used a Gold Gilding Wax, which will also be available on HSN!  I'm obsessed with the stuff I tell ya!

And make sure you join in the fun, inspiration and giveaways by checking out our Facebook Party!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 11, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays and CardMaker Blog Hop

Hello!!!  Happy hop day!!!  And this hop is sure to make you happy as it is all things floral!  Take a peek at my flowery project using one of the newest sets called Tutu.  (This set is sold out in the CAS-ual Fridays store, but you can still find some at SSS and 7KidsCollegeFund I believe)

To create my card I started by embossing my image and sentiment with gold embossing powder.  Next, I went over the sweet little tutu and floral hair with a white gel pen.  I layered this panel up with some floral patterned paper and another layer of polka dot patterned paper.  To finish the card off I used the CAS-ual Friday's Limited Edition Sistahood Sparkle sequins.

Thanks so much for visiting me today, and make sure you check out all of the stops on the hop for your chance to win a little something too!  Here is a complete list of participants...

Kelly Griglione:
Jen Shults:
Jeanne Jachna:
Savannah O’Gwynn:
Kimberly Rendino:
Teresa Kline:
Laurel Beard:
Clare Prezzia:
Lisa Lahiff:   --- YOU ARE HERE
Maureen Merritt: --- GO HERE NEXT
Gaylynn Martling:
Nora Noll:
Nicole Coursey:
Shona Chambers:
Diana Carr:
Vicki Dutcher:
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps:

And if you just have to have some of these goodies for yourself now then take this code to save a little money on the way...

Happy Hopping/Crafting/Shopping!

A Concord and 9th Hello

Hi!  Today I'm over on the MarkerPOP Blog sharing this bright hello with all of you...

I would love it if you had a moment to stop over there and see how this card came together!  While you are there make sure you check out the current challenges to find out how you can win some goodies!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 4, 2017

CASual Friday's Release Day!!!

The name of the set I get to share with you today just makes my day!  The Puffy Heart Love is as cute as it sounds... it is filled with nice large sentiments in a sweet swirling font.  Take a peek at what I've created with this set...

To create this card I started by trimming some patterned paper and adhering it to the front of the card.  I die cut a tag from the Tag Buddies Fri-Die Set and began stamping this sweet sentiment and hearts.  I used a gradient ink for added interest.  I then tied the tag off, adhered it with foam adhesive, and added a few wood veneers.

I hope you've enjoyed all of the peeks this week, and I'm so excited that you can now get these bad boys for yourself!  Head over to the CAS-ual Friday Store and use my code for 15% off your total purchase!

Happy Crafting/Shopping!