A Change of Color

Yes, I was silent on most of my usual online places this week, but for a good reason! I was painting and reorganizing my craft room! As summer comes to an end this week, I've been feeling a need for some brighter colors in my house to prepare for the upcoming winter. I think the thing that bothers me the most in the wintertime is just the lack of color in my surroundings! I decided last week that even though I can't change that outside my house, I can certainly do something about it inside my house! Why not have a couple of walls the color of summertime orange sherbet to start?! That's exactly what I did. I used it in my craft room so my husband won't have to deal with orange walls everyday! LOL! Here's a peak into my creative space:

This was in the middle of my painting project when I remembered I'd better take a "before" picture! A tad bit cluttered, I'd say! The two walls you can see in this picture will remain cream colored. As much as I love the new orange, I couldn't bring myself to paint ALL the walls orange. The darker colors just seem to shrink a room too much for my liking! So...I compromised and painted half the room orange and left the other half the cream.

I moved my main work station to an orange wall and pushed the other brown desk to where my work station used to be. I love working by the bright orange wall and I really like facing the door when I'm working! :) I can now stamp and keep an eye on my little ones playing in the playroom! (until they decide to come "help" me stamp, that is...) LOL! The brown desk is now my cutting station for Sizzix, Cuttlebug, etc. Love it! Now I just need to find some bright, cheerful art to hang in front of my chair!

This storage cube I found at's now on sale this week, so I need to go get my money back! You buy the frame and then pick out whatever color cubes you want for the pull out boxes! How fun is that?!
Next up? Yellow! My dear hubby has agreed to let me paint the basement family room a creamy yellow! I'm excited! Fresh paint and then new white woodwork will soon be appearing to replace the old 70's brown! Yay!Continue Reading...

A Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Many days, I drive by one of our local pumpkin patches when going to or coming from town. We usually try to go visit them in October when the mornings are beginning to get downright crisp! I love orange pumpkins and they seem to summarize fall for me entirely!
I have a stash of C. C. Designs' new fall/halloween stamps and it's time to dig them out and play!

Stamps: C.C. Designs
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
Cardstock: SU Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, Paper Trey white
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Prima flowers, vintage brads, SU oval punch, SU Dusty Durango polka dot ribbon, foam squares, sponge
Coloring: Koh-i-noor pencils with Gamsol
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Copics Revisited

I've decided to try to give Copic markers a whole hearted try. I've had a little set of them on my shelf for a while, waiting for me to work up the courage and find the time to develop a serious relationship with them. Yesterday, I watched a couple of online videos about using Copics and printed off a chart from the Copic website to start keeping track of the colors I own. I found the chart is a great reference tool when trying to decide which colors to use together on an image!

Here are a few things I've learned so far about Copics:

1. Paper Trey white cardstock is great for using with the markers! (yay!)
2. Memento ink is good for stamping your images to begin (StazOn stains the marker tips!! Yikes!)
3. When coloring, you need to use small circular motions to avoid leaving the tell tale coloring marks all over.
4. It's good to have about 3 shades of a color that are fairly similar to give you good shading.
5. Copic's official site has a handy chart to print out (on Paper Trey's cardstock, of course) that is great for helping you to remember what colors you already own and for a quick visual when working on coloring an image.
6. Check out for some decent prices on the markers! I'm sure there are other sites out there with reasonable prices, but I've used this one. The markers aren't cheap. Hobby Lobby does have a few of the individual sketch markers, so you could possibly use one of their 40% off coupons on the markers one at a time if you are patient and persistent!

I have A LOT to learn yet and even more practicing to do, but I'm actually enjoying the whole learning process! I guess I'm a kid at heart, loving to color, color, color!Continue Reading...

Fall Flowers

I created this card for the Sketch and Color Challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers this week. I was happy to see some fall colors on the color challenge! What perfect timing and with fall on my brain, I didn't have to switch gears! Yay! I'm not sure just how satisfied I am with how it turned out, but it will have to do for this attempt as it's getting late and I will pay for it in the morning if I don't get my beauty rest soon!
Stamps: SU Garden Greetings
Cardstock: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, white
Ink: SU Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant
Embellishments: SU Elementary Ribbon Essentials, pearl
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Thinking of Fall

I can't help but think of fall kinds of things. All around me, there are signs of fall appearing. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn colors, the grass isn't growing quite as quickly and there are new fall flowers (or weeds to some people) appearing along the local trail. The nights are cool and the morning are just heavenly. I made my first fall card last night to celebrate. The new fall C.C. Designs stamps are so adorable! My DH asked me last night if Precious Moments was now making rubberstamps! LOL!
Stamps: C.C. Designs
Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Paper Trey white
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
Embellishments: paper flowers, yellow brads, SU Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, SU Chocolate Chip marker (for faux stitching)
Coloring: copic markers
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Couch Potato

I'm loving this newer set from Paper Trey! A polka dotted couch? How fun is that?! It seems like I've been thinking in purples lately. Probably because I'm seeing more purples and yellows showing up in the landscape as fall gets closer. I paired SU's yummy Rich Razzleberry ink with Melon Mambo ink for a girly look. Fall means getting together with good friends for warm drinks while catching up on the details of our crazy, gone-in-a-flash summers! Here's to friendship!
Stamps: On My Couch (Paper Trey)
Cardstock: SU Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Paper Trey white
Paper: SU Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: SU Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Embellishments: SU Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, pink gemstone brads, Prima flowers
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Just for the record, I did indeed stamp at least one card over the summer! I didn't realize how tricky it is to find Snoopy images and papers until I went looking for them for my son's birthday invitations. I did find some at the local craft store and online, but it took a little looking and I was looking for Joe Cool in particular. Guess that's what I get for being too specific in a search that's already a challenge. I gave up on finding any Peanuts paper, so went with some fun summer paper from Basic Grey. Here's the finished card:Supplies
Stamps: Stampabilities, Paper Trey sentiment
Cardstock: SU Only Orange, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey
Accessories: Nestabilities, CM cutting system (circle)
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Fall is in the Air

Fall is quickly approaching and I'm excited to soon be in my craft room more frequently! Summer is always a busy time and, by the time it winds down, I'm ready for fall! Bring on the hot chocolate, coffee, tea, ink, stamps, paper, etc! I'm ready! Here's looking forward to a wonderful stamping season ahead! Check back soon for more regular updates than what you've seen these past few months! :)Continue Reading...

I Heart Valentine’s Day

I think Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! Maybe it's all the girly colors and abundance of hearts? Oh, and I can't forget the mounds of chocolate that always seem to find me! Whatever the reason, I love making valentines! Here's one I made a while back. I'll try to remember to post more cards as I make them. Can't wait to get started!Stamps: Hanna Stamps, sentiment from another company
Coloring: Copics
Paper: SU
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Love is in the Air

It's been a few years since I've been to a wedding, so naturally, I'm pretty excited we get to attend a wedding next week! My DH's cousin is getting married. I don't have any idea what their wedding colors are, so used what I consider some classic colors: red, black and white!

Stamps: Elzybells, sentiment by Stampabilities
Paper: DP by the Paper Studio, SU Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White cardstocks
Ink: SU Whisper White, StazOn Black, Blush Blossom (for skin)
Coloring: watercolor pencils, blender pen
Accessories: Diamond Stickles (around sentiment), Hero Arts gemstone (on girl's hand), white gel pen, Sizzix Bigz Scallop Circle die, CM circle cutting system, red brads, 1 1/4" circle punch

Finished card is 5.25 x 5.25 inches
Red square is 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches
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Monkey Madness

The Changito monkey from Stampendous is a favorite of mine. Maybe it's because he kind of reminds me of my kids...full of energy, mischievous, happy-go-lucky, etc. You get the picture. Oh, to have that childlike outlook on life! I recently discovered there is a new clear set out of Changito in outer space! VERY cute! This card isn't made with that set, but I'll have to post a picture of a card soon that uses it! For now, here's a Changito that should make you smile:Stamps: Changito Banana by Stampendous, SU Warm Words
Paper: SU So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP
Ink: SU Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel marker
Accessories: Prima flowers, Glitter brads, SU Large Oval punch, Nestabilities
Coloring: SU Watercolor pencils, blender pens
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Quilted Card

I made this card a week or two ago. I found the idea in a recent issue of the Paper Crafts magazine. Since I enjoy quilting, I had to CASE the idea. I changed a few things, but the basic idea is the same.

Stamps: Close To My Heart Sensational Seals (I also use SU's Circle of Friendship on some)

Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White cardstock, SU DSP

Ink: SU Brocade Blue

Accessories: SU Brocade Blue marker for stitching, White Gel Pen, SU 1/2", 1", 1 1/4" Circle punches, SU Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" Square punch, Hero Arts Gemstone, Stampin' Dimensional

Finished Card: 5.25 x 5.25 inches
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