Monthly Archives: April 2011

Wedding Wishes {post-Royal Wedding joy}

Good Morning!

How many of you watching Prince William marry Kate Middleton!!!? I DID! In fact, I took 2 naps and had a pot of coffee going all of Thursday to keep me going through the wee hours of Friday morning…THIS morning! LOL! The music, the cathedral, the gown, the joy…everything was divine! This is the stuff fairy tales are made of!

So, in the spirit of wedded bliss and of dreams coming true, here’s a classy chic wedding card for you! I simply pulled up my Cityscape Dingbat font from in PSE9, layered the images, formed a grey gradient, printed it off, added the stamped sentiment and the frou-frou stuff, and voila!


Materials: Lawn Fawn Stamps (Sophie’s Sentiments), Cityscape Dingbat font (, antique seam binding, Tim Holtz button, Darice pin, Stampendous white embossing powder, Versamark Ink, Prima Pearls, Neenah cardstock

Congratulations and Best Wishes to The Duke of Cambridge and his stunning new-bride, The Duchess of Cambridge!

Thanks for dropping by!


Quick & Cute Thank You Notes

Hello again!

Are you in need of a quick thank you note? I saw this idea two years ago on someone’s blog and then again this year on Amy Heller’s blog on Valentine’s Day! Amy chose to take more close-up shots of her children versus my way of having more background in the shot!

All I did was add some white text, cut two slits around CJ’s hands with an Xacto knife, and then adhere the photo to a white cardstock base of the same size. Then you just slip in the lollipop!

Here’s the original photo:

I used CK’s Chloe font and Pea Panda’s Doodles for the text, cropped up the photo a bit, and enhanced in PSE9!


Have a great day!


Good morning everyone!!!

Does everyone have their DVRs set to record the Royal Wedding? I admit, I’ve been caught up in the hype and can’t wait to see the big day! I can’t believe that in this world of high gas prices, natural disasters, and the spread of democracy that things like this still happen… It seems so unreal, doesn’t it? So, I’m going to enjoy the incessant coverage of something as superfluous as the Royal Wedding 😉 LOL!

Here are some link that iheart big time:

Amy shares news of her Grandma along with an awesome layout!

Nicole shows us how she makes her own graffiti paper

Lisa’s Make It-Mail It challenge

Kelly-Marie of Lawn Fawn uses my sketch to make this SUPER pretty card! 

Kimberly WOWs me again

Laura shows us a foxy card with 3 different mediums used side-by-side

Laurel’s card is perfect for that special mommy friend in your life!

Maile…need I say more?

Another “this’ll only take a minute” video from my girl MD!

THIS girl has been hot all over twopeas lately! You should check her out 🙂

Kami Biggler of No Biggie ROCKS! I recently won her Elmer’s Craft and Tell Party giveaway!

Well, that’s all folks! Do you have a link you’d like to share!?

It’s almost Friday!!!!!

Ahoy Matey!

Hello there!

Please excuse the 3-day blog sabbatical! Have you seen all the submission calls out there? They are BACK-TO-BACK I tell ya!

Here’s a small list of some of them:

Northridge Media calls (Cards, Create, Scrapbook Trends, etc.-mostly due May 1st and 5th)

Paper Crafts Magazine November/December 2011

Paper Crafts Magazine A Card  A Day

So, here’s my card for today! I just love the new Basic Grey Lauderdale 6×6 papers! They remind me of somewhere warmer and sunnier than WA state…lol! They remind me of home in good ‘ole FL! I paired the papers with a printed sentiment, a cool Impress stamp, and some fun stitching!

Here’s a close-up:

I used my Art Grip Aquarelle watercolor pencils to color in the little details! I love the imperfectness of the watercoloring!

Materials: Impress Sailboat Combo Stamp, Basic Grey Lauderdale Papers, Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle watercolor pencils (Reds, blues), Staz-on Ink (jet black), Neenah Cardstock (solar white), green DMC Floss, printed sentiment (print clearly dashed font)

Thanks for dropping by!

Sketchy Sunday {TG017}

Happy Easter! Here’s this week’s sketch!

How have your weekends been? Yesterday, we went to Pike’s Place Market for the first time! I was overwhelmed by everything- the colors, the people, street performers, musicians, flowers, produce, CLEAR blue skies with no clouds in sight, the smells, EVERYTHING! I was so overwhelmed I got teary eyed. It was like my senses were dull from so many grey dreary days here in the PNW. Yesterday, was the first continuously sunny day since I’ve been here! I was truly inspired by this photo for my card this week:

Just so you know, I will be choosing my favorites at the end of April to be highlighted! AND, I will randomly choose one participant to win a gift certificate to one of our favorite crafty stores! Other than that, feel free to link up your creations any time because there are no deadlines!

If you play along, use the sketch however you see fit~It’s okay to make changes! Also, please use keyword TG017 if you upload to an online gallery. Please link to me if you use the sketch~I comment on all the cards!

My card:

This card is in its 4th and final stage 😉 I had TOO many ideas for the new Sweet Threads Spirals background stamp that I couldn’t come up with a focused card. That ever happen to you? Well, I spent hours hand-stitching the first version, but then the card was too much for me. So I trimmed up the hand sewn part, but the colors were all wrong. And it goes on and on! You get the drift 😉

Materials: Basic Grey Stamps (Sweet Threads Spirals, Sweet Threads Labels, Stitched Frame, Envelope Pattern), Neenah and PTI cardstock, Memento Inks (lulu lavender, pear tart, new sprout, rose bud), Pink Dotted Washi Tape, Pink/white divine twine

I hope you’re inspired!


CupCards To Go {Cupcake Stand}

Good morning!

How has your weekend been so far? Today, I have a very frivilous project to share with you! It’s not every day that I create a cupcake stand simply to create one! And, it’s not every day that I make Red Velvet cupcakes for the sake of a photo shoot 😉 (Please excuse the aluminum foil wrapper- I always forget something). Anyways, here’s something fun you can do with your CupCards To Go kits!

Materials needed: Free Cupcake Stand Template, printer, scrap cardstock, 2 sheets of coordinating patterned paper, toothpick/candy stick, scrap piece of the white card base, Adhesive, Hot Glue Gun, Sticker Sentiment, Scissors, pencil for tracing, CupCards To Go April Kit {Spring’s Awakening}

Step 1: Cut out the template and trace onto desired patterned paper.

Step 2: Cut out each traced drawing using scissors and/or dies, piece together the stand at the cut portions, and adhere the circles one on top of the other.

Step 3: Add a bit of hot glue at the top of the stand and join the two pieces of each shape together.

Step 4: To make paper cupcake flag, cut out a portion of a scrap piece of card base, adhere the sentiment, then adhere around the stick.

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Earth Day {tulip bulb gift}

Good morning everyone and Happy Earth Day!

Are you doing anything to commemorate today? For today, I made a fun little tulip bulb gift that could also be used as a favor. I used 2 new Lifestyle Crafts/Quikutz Dies, Paper Bag and Globe, as well as some fun Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos (blues and greens) to jazz up the Globe die! I applied a fun texture on the plain circle die by pressing it against some foam while it was still damp!

What do you think? Pretty neat, huh?

Here’s a close-up of that fun texture:

Materials: Lifestyle Crafts/Quikutz Dies (Globe, Paper Bag), Lawn Fawn Stamps (Jessie’s ABCs), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos (Greens, Blues), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big Brush Marker (Blue), Neenah Cardstock (kraft), Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Making Memories Chipboard heart, machine stitching


Thanks for dropping by 🙂


Upcycled Packaging!

Good Morning folks!

Last year, American Crafts challenge their members of their Design Team and fans to reuse their packaging in a fun and unique way! I was intrigued! I love the idea of repurposing and upcycling products that would otherwise be thrown away. So, I took a chipboard accent package from American Crafts and transformed it using various Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products, some fun stamps, and cool stickers!

Here’s how I did it:

1. Take various Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens with brush tips and color a gradient pattern directly onto a large background stamp. Stamp on trimmed piece of white cardstock that will fit inside the packaging and stamp the 2nd generation on the backside.

2. Ink additional stamps with the Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Marker in black and stamp over the background gradient image.

3. Add a fun butterfly trail (if you so choose) with a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen in black (fine-tipped).

4. Did you know Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Markers stamp beautifully on vellum? Ink up your butterfly image with the Stamper’s Big Brush Marker in black and stamp onto some vellum! Weeeeeeee 🙂

5. Did you know that the Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils color beautifully on vellum as well!!!? Go ahead, try it and then use a fine-tipped wet paintbrush to blend the color! WOO-HOO!

6. Add some fun stickers to the plastic packaging!

7. Now add your candies are whatever you feel like adding and adhere your butterfly on top!

Do you have a fun way to upcycle???!

Design Memory Craft is challenging everyone to do this very same thing and there’s prizes up for grabs! Check it out here on their Facebook Page!

Hope you’ll join us!

Materials: Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft PITT Artist Markers (133, 153, 125, 264, 127, black), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big Brush Marker (Black), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils (143, 147, 153, 123), Impress Stamps (Honeycomb Background), Memory Box Stamps (Fritillary Butterfly), Hero Arts Stamps (Made with Love), Hambly Doily Stickers, Papertrey Ink Vellum, Neenah Cardstock, packaging

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Would you like to see a video with more fun Art Grip Aquarelle Pencil Techniques???! I just might have 1 or 2 in store 😉

Plant Me

Good Morning Blogosphere!

In honor of Earth Day on Friday, my community and our home has pretty much been honoring our Mother Earth all month long! The boys’ Pre-school has been teaching all about recycling and I wanted to carry on with the festivities through my crafts! We even planted some seed paper in flower pots at my son’s party last weekend 🙂

Today, I have a cool Plantable Paper Card. I used all sorts of mediums on this card to demonstrate that you can color the paper! I’ve even misted it at gotten some cool results. For my card I used Copics for the frame, Copic Spica markers for some of the little details, Faber-Castell Aquarelle Art Grip Pencils to color in the flowers, Pigment Ink for the flowers and sentiment, and a Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush marker in Black for the outline of the fame! Easy Peasy!

Materials: Faber-Castell Aquarelle Art Grip Pencils, Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Marker (black), Copic and Copic Spica Markers, Fresh Pigment Ink, Lawn Fawn Stamps (Fanciful Frames, Petite Florals, Jessie’s ABCs), Botanical Paperworks Plantable Paper, Memory Box Patterned Paper

Thanks for dropping by! I’ll have an upcycled project tomorrow!