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The Stamp of Life: Lemonade2Drink


Good Morning & Happy Monday!

I hope everyone’s weekends were spectacular! I came down with some sort of sinus infection Saturday and started running a fever that night and continued throughout the entire weekend- BOO!

During that time, The Stamp of Life released another FUN club set, Lemonade2Drink!

I kept my stamping simple for this summer set 🙂

Here’s another:


And, since I had Girls’ Bunco Night on the brain all last week…



I didn’t stop there! Here’s my Yahtzee Look-alike:



Definitely check out the Lemonade2Drink Gallery! I saw an alcohol ink creation to die for!

I hope I’ve inspired a little somethin’ somethin’ in those crafty bones of yours 😉

Talk to you soon,


Materials: 1st Card- The Paper Company Glitter Cardstock, Colorbox Ink for Stephanie Barnard (licorice, banana), Washi Tapes, Stampin Up notebook edge punch, Hero Arts Clothespin, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Regular White, E-Z  Squares Refillable Dispenser)

2nd Card- Colorbox Ink for Stephanie Barnard (banana), Fresh Ink (Slate), Dear Lizzy washi tape, The Paper Company Glitter Cardstock, Lawn Fawn (Pink Lemonade paper), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z  Squares Refillable Dispenser)

3rd Card- Bazzill Cardstock, Hambly Woodgrain Overlay, Washi Tape, Prima Adhesive Rhinestone/Pearls, Copic Marker (RV07), Memento Ink, Colorbox Ink for Stephanie Barnard (Guava), Sizzix Movers & Shapers L Die Flip-Its  Rectangle, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Regular WhiteE-Z  Squares Refillable Dispenser, E-Z Dots Repositionable Refillable Dispenser)

4th Card- Echo Park Patterned Paper, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Art Grip Colored Pencils (Reds), Memento Ink, The Paper Company Glitter Cardstock, Lily Bee Small Alphabet Stickers, Colorbox for Stephanie Barnard Ink (Strawberry), washi tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Regular WhiteE-Z  Squares Refillable Dispenser)


Video Tutorial: Rainbow Cards

_MG_8209Morning Blogosphere!

I have an awesome Video Tutorial up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog today!!!!

I’ll be showing you how to create these two cards using an encaustic technique and some fun banner making tips!

Of course, I’ll be using some Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products: MyStik Vellum Adhesive, E-Z Runner Strips Permanent Refillable Adhesive, Dodz Small.

Here’s the rest of the product line-up: Reverse Confetti Stamps (Dream in Color), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Paper Crafter Crayons, Stamper’s Big Brush Pen Black, Art Grip Colored Pencils), The Twinery Baker’s Twine

Please oh please go visit me over on the Crafty Power Blog 🙂

Thanks so much,


The Stamps of Life: More Phones!

_MG_8049Hello Blogosphere!

I had way too much fun using the Stamps of Life stamp sets, Phones2Decorate and Phone4You! I especially love the little telephone cord!

The card above shows how easy it is to paper-piece and you can add different phone middles and accents with the additional stamps!

Here are two cards in styles outside my comfort zone:


This beachy card would be a great college send-off, don’t ya think!? I don’t know HOW many times my mother begged for me to call her regularly my freshman year in college! LOL!


This one is for all you die-hard TSOL (The Stamps of Life) fans! Pink-CHECK. Black-doubleCHECK. Frill-tripleCHECK!!!

Thanks for stopping by today,


Materials: First card- TSOL (Phone4You), Pink Pasilee Paper (Portfolio), Colorbox for Stephanie Barnard (Licorice Ink), Kaisercraft Pearl, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Black, E-Z Dots Mini Permanent), Second Card- TSOL (Phones2Decorate, Swirls4Background), Recollections 120# White Cardstock, American Crafts Cardstock, Fresh Ink (pool, peach), My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Dots Mini Permanent), Third Card- TSOL (Phones2Decorate), Colorbox for Stephanie Barnard (Licorice & Guava Ink), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (E-Z Dots Mini Permanent, 3D Foam Squares Black), Heidi Swapp Color Magic Cardstock, craft feather, Kaisercraft Pearl

Video Tutorial & Giveaway: MIX15


Hello Blogosphere!

I’m hosting another Mix-Ability Challenge over at and I want YOU to join in! The Mix-Ability Challenge is here to show you that Mixed-Media is fun & easy!

The challenge is MIX15: Scene-It Scraps. I am challenging you to create a Scene Collage by using Gel Medium and Paper Scraps. You can read all about the challenge HERE!

I have a video tutorial for ya too:

Here are the cards:



As for the giveaway…

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft has kindly donated goodies for me to giveaway! Here are the goodies:


The prize package includes:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Mix & Match Deluxe Waterbrush (1)

Mix & Match Green Gelatos Pack (1)

Faber-Castell Collage Papers (from Germany x 3)

Hero Arts Stamps & Framelits Dies (Bold Butterfly x 1)

To win, simply play along, upload your card to the MIX15 Gallery over at, and leave a comment with a link to your creation! You have 2 weeks to play along, so the winner will be announced on May 24, 2013!

Hope you’ll play along!

Thanks for stopping by,


Blog Hop with Pink Paislee: Day 1

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Hello Blogosphere!

I have a fun card & Video Tutorial up on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog today!

Here’s the card using Pink Paislee Artisan Products:


Hope you’re able to stop by and leave me some love 😉 There’s some awesome giveaways to be had & a Video Tutorial!


Perfect Paper Crafting & Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Hop!

_MG_8071Hello Everyone!

Today is the start of the Perfect Paper Crafting & Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog Hop! I have a Springy Mixed-Media Card and Video Tutorial for ya:

I used the Perfect Layers Ruler (1/8″), the Wavy Perfect Tears Ruler, and the E-Z Squares Refillable Runner.


There are GIVEAWAYS:

Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment here on my blog, then visit theCrafty Power Blog and leave a comment there to enter to win a $50 prize package of Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® adhesives and then on to Perfect Paper Crafting‘s blog, shop with this discount code SA3L5% and enter to win a gift certificate! Comments on all the blogs count as entries. One comment per blog post per person please! Visit the Crafty Power Blog each day May 6-11 for a new project and another chance to win!

-All who choose to comment on my blog will be entered into a giveaway for a Perfect Paper Crafting Prize Package! You have until May 11th to comment. The winner will be chosen on May 12th & announced that day!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

You next stop is the Crafty Power Blog!


Materials: Papertrey Ink Stamps (Mini Blooms), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Tropicals Gelatos, Collapsible Water Cup, Premium Waterbrush), Bazzill Cardstock, Versamark Dazzle & Versafine Inks, Perfect Paper Crafting (Perfect Layers Deluxe 3 Tool Set, Perfect Tears 3 Tool Set), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Adhesives (E-Z Squares Refillable Runner)

Lawn Fawn Release Week: Blue Skies

tiffssunnyskiesHello Blogosphere!

It’s that time again, time for another Lawn Fawn Release! Today we’re showcasing Blue Skies Stamps and Lawn Cuts Dies!

For my layout, I doodled camo print using a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Pitt Pen (S) onto some of the elements and then colored them in with Art Grip Colored Pencils. I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares Regular & Thin to vary the dimension and depth of the embellishments!

The title uses Quinn’s ABCs stamps and then an hombre coloring technique using Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils! The banners and stars were also colored with the same medium.

This layout is EVER so meaningful to me! During this deployment, I was a Point-of-Contact for our Family Readiness Group and there was one mom in particular who was diligent in asking questions and finding out information. We kept in contact since day 1 and occasionally she would email me to say thank you for doing my duties. Unfortunately, she couldn’t be there upon her son’s return, so the kids and I made a welcome home sign for him and showered him with hugs! I’ll be sending this layout to his mom this week 🙂

Well, I hope you’ll check out the Lawn Fawn Blog post….the projects are ABOVE & BEYOND amazing! No joke! And, I hear there’s a giveaway a day 😉

Thanks for stopping by,


Materials: Lawn Fawn Stamps (Blue Skies Stamp Set & Lawn Cuts, Quinn’s ABCs, Lemon Single Cord, Stamp Blocks), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft (Art Grip Colored Pencils, Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils, PITT Artist Pen-S ), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D Foam Squares Regular White, 3D Foam Squares Thin White, 3D Foam Squares Small White, Dodz Small, EZ Runner ), Versafine Ink (Onyx Black), Washi Tape, Mics. Buttons, Bazzill Cardstock

Let’s be real…

_MG_8030Now, for your serious broadcast-

Everywhere I turn, I’m drawn to blog posts by other bloggers titled Instagram’s Envy Effect, Pressures of Social Media, and the like. There is a strange phenomenon happening. We are not only envious of the stars who show up on the glossy pages of the fashion magazines or the super models in the latest perfume ad, but we’re beginning to harbor strong resentment for our peers via social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Personally, I’ve grown jealous of friends who post pictures of their bikini ready bodies, their genius kids, and perfectly styled homes. Some people make doing an updo look as easy as 1,2, 3, pin. Then there are the wives posting about the awesomeness that is their cooking, cleaning, organized, considerate, hands-on, family man of a husband. We don’t see the full story that is their life because we’re only privy to the small blips they choose to share with us.

Just like I’ve experienced jealousy through the looking glass, I know of a couple friends who have unfollowed me or hidden my feeds from their FB because of the very same feelings of resentment.

So, I’m going to do a bit of sharing today. This may be TMI for most, but I want to keep it real.

Let’s be real.

At my heaviest non-pregnant self, I weighed a shocking 165 lbs.

My husband is rarely home during the week. Right now, he’s deployed, so he’s never home.

My 3 kids sometimes drive me crazy & we go to bed in a tizzy. No stories read, no tucking in, no kisses or hugs, just plain exhaustion.

I have terrible self-confidence in my appearance.

My marriage is far less than perfect. We have weeks where we constantly bicker. We’ve used the D word in our most heated moments.

As a designer, I’ve let down manufacturers and friends more times than I’d like to admit.

There was a whole year during my pregnancy and a little after, I couldn’t bring myself to create anything of worth.

I sometimes make meals my family would rather leave for the dog than eat a few bites of.

At my darkest hour, I don’t log-in to Facebook or any social media for fear of overly happy accomplished friends.

I hide friends from my FB wall who are constant braggers or downers. I like to see a human-like balance!

I rarely “get dressed”. I’m always in gym clothes.

I haven’t had a haircut since January.

I have a good life, my husband works hard for what we have, I am proud of my accomplishments, proud of my children, but I, like you, have my every day struggles.  I think the more self-confidence we have, the less we’ll allow ourselves to feel lesser than or not equal to our peers we connect with through social media.

Next time you see your friend’s rock hard abs or her perfect children, just remember that she has her own personal struggles she faces every day. Just be happy. Happy for your friend, thankful for your life- successes and failures alike.



Materials: Mama Elephant Stamps (Say What), Papertrey Ink (Watercolor Wonder), Studio Calico Mask (Burst), Colorbox Spray Ink & Dye Ink for Stephanie Barnard (Bubblebum), Crate by Maggie Holmes Die-cut Typewriter, Washi Tape, Papertrey Ink White Cardstock, My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots, Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Stamper’s Big Brush Pen (Black), Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L (3D foam squares black small)

Live Colorfully

tsolapril5Hello again!

No rants, promise! Just a fun card for the fun of it all 🙂

This card features a new alphabet from The Stamps of Life, Alpha4Fayleen. I had a lot of fun using my gelatos to create a fun background and then used my Memento Dew Drops to get the spectrum stamping for the letters.

This was a VERY messy card to create! After I created the background, I added some modeling paste through a Studio Calico Stencil! I looooooove modeling paste. It’s so much fun to play with and adds so much dimension and texture.

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Materials: The Stamps of Life (Alpha4Fayleen), Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos (red cherry, lemon, blueberry), Versamark Dazzle ink, Stampendous detail white embossing powder, Liquitex Modeling Paste, Studio Calico Stencil (Burst), Black Striped Washi, Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye), Strathmore Watercolor Paper

The Stamps of Life: Gelato Petals

ladybugs2love5Good Morning Blogosphere!

I have a fun & easy project you can create using two die-cut flowers, some die-cut leaves, your Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos, and the NEW The Stamps of Life LadyBugs2Love stamp set!

I created 3 different pink washes in a palette and then painted the color on starting with the lightest shade of pink. In the end, you get a cool dip-dyed look! I used my Sizzix eClips & Basic Shapes Cartridge to die-cut the shapes needed for this card.

You should definitely check out the LadyBugs2Love Gallery over at The Stamps of Life for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by,