July 2011 archive

Bold Butterfly {Design Memory Craft}

Good Morning everyone!

I was actually up and at ’em this morning at 6 am! I hope everyone is having a Happy Hump Day- the week is almost over!

This card is similar to a card I designed for the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft booth at CHA Chicago 2011. I used the new Art Grip Colored Pencils on the Hero Arts Butterfly stamp to show how beautiful and vivid the pigments are! They also blend together flawlessly, so it’s great for people that are anti-odorless minerals and anti-blending stump 😉

I used Hero Arts Antique Engravings and Made with Love. I also used a Memory Box Stamp Leaf Canopy.

Here are the Design Memory Craft products I used:

Art Grip Colored Pencils, Stamper’s Big Brush Markers in Black and Cadmium Yellow

Enjoy your day and thanks for dropping by,


In Sequins

Hello again!

Liam is on Cloud 9! I keep reading everyone’s Birthday Wish comments and he’s thrilled to be receiving so much attention (true Leo, I tell ya)!

Here’s a fun card I’ve been planning every since Katrina, from Pugly Pixel, sent me some real vintage sequins! Now, she usually provides the best of the best in digital blog bling, but she actually sent me the real thing! I WAS THRILLED! Thank you Katrina :)

I used some cool woodgrain embossed cardstock from Gmund and added strips of scor-tape where before I added my sequins. This allowed me to see exactly where I would end up laying down the sequins. Then I added some sequins here and there using tiny glue dots! EASY PEASY! The Lawn Fawn sentiment is stamped in Fresh Ink (Impress Rubber Stamps Pigment Ink).

Thanks again for stopping by,


Happy Birthday Liam!

Four years ago, this little guy entered into our lives ever so quietly… I pushed twice and he was out. He didn’t ask for much and he wasn’t even hungry.

Then, we came home from the hospital and everything changed! There was no end to his eating! And as he grew he started getting into everything, which meant we had to childproof the entire house (something we never had to do with CJ, his older brother). Today, this little guy can eat! He can eat just as much as his Dad. Do you all remember the glitter monster mishap?

He loves to build things with tiddlywinks, legos, and lincoln logs as video games bore him. He’s fascinated with anything and everything that flies: helicopters, airplanes, space shuttles, butterflies, you name it! He’s sweet and cuddly.

He’s our Liam :)

Happy Birthday not-so-much-a Baby Boy!


Christmas in July {Hero Arts}

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my last post featuring the watercoloring technique! A video is most definitely in the works today :)

For today’s card, I used some stamps I received in some little goodie bags from the Hero Arts booth at CHA Chicago 2011! I just love that adorable tree and that oh-so-me sentiment! This card is a little techniquey for me, but I “kissed” the solid tree stamp with the envelope pattern background stamp (LOVE that stamp). For my custom background “frame”, I stamped the sentiment in various colors of inks and then inked up one of my acrylic block with a purple ink, misted it with a water/shimmerz mixture, and then stamped it off directly on top of the sentiment. I love the results!

I saw these colors all over the CHA floor for winter and Christmas. Purple and plum are HOT!

In other news, I started Ali Edwards’s, A Week in the Life. Because it’s Monday, I felt a getting out of bed shot was necessary 😉 My nausea has been bad ever since I got back from Chicago, but my guess is that it’s just jet lag. Cross your fingers it’ll pass soon!

Here are some shots from today. I’ll be using my hipstamatic app on my iPhone 4 for all the pictures as it’s the most handy!

Getting out of bed is tough…

2nd breakfast…for the baby!

CJ and Liam dressed themselves…

I swear by the chore charts! Stars are everything to these guys!

Thanks for dropping by,

Materials: Hero Arts Stamps (Holiday Tree, Merry and Bright, Envelope Pattern), CTMH inks, Clear and Simple Stamps cardstock, Bazzill cardstock, Neenah solar white cardstock, Prima pearls, divine twine, Helmar foam squares


Watercolor fun with Quinn’s ABCs!

Hello everyone!

I had the most splendid relaxing easy-going birthday ever! Thank you for all those birthday wishes!

For my card, I executed an idea that I’ve been mulling around in my brain for 2 months! Are any of you Studio Calico subscribers? Well, in the Lawn Party Kit, a cool overlapping number stamp was included! I knew instantly that I wanted to try making my own overlapping alphabet stamp with Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABCs! So, here are the results! To finish it off, I colored the outside of the letters with a gradient of Faber-Castell’s Art Grip Aquarelle pencils (watercolor pencils) and then took a fine wet paint brush to the pigments to spread the color.

Here are the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Products I used:

Altogether, I’m really happy with the results!

Thanks for dropping by,

Materials: Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s ABCs stamp set, American Crafts Enchanted paper (solid side), Bazzill Cardstock (peacock), Neenah solar white cardstock, Faber-Castell’s Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils, Stamper’s Big Brush Marker, and fine paintbrush.


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