Friday, February 26, 2010


I absolutely love this video. I don't know how many people I've heard say they aren't the creative type, and I wondered was that possible? I grew up thinking I wasn't creative, or good at that kind of thing. But I liked doing it and just always kept it very simple. And a few years later I realized, "wow, I'm kinda good at this." Truthfully I believe that anyone can be creative, especially once they find a medium they enjoy. And start simple. Then keep adding to that. Following that pattern I believe there is nothing you can't accomplish. So the next time someone says, "I'm not any good at that creative stuff," just tell them to keep trying, and keep it simple. As long as they enjoy it, the rest will follow.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

morphic bugs

Sounds gross doesn't it. Bugs is a difficult word to work with. Whenever I hear the word "bug" I think of my least favorite bug, a cockroach. Makes me squeamish just thinking about it. But hopefully this card will not have that affect on you.

The stamp set for the butterfly is from inkadinkadoo called morphic bugs. And the background behind the butterflies is done with post-it notes to make the rectangle. Then using a sponge I brushed summer sun on first, then cameo coral, and finally real red. When sponging it's always best to start with your lightest colors first and progressively get darker. Finally I removed the post-it notes and stamped the butterflies stamp. I even went as far as to decorate the inside, something I rarely do, but the scraps were just sitting there waiting to be used.
Sorry the pic is a little blurry. Anyway it was a fun card to make and thanks for stopping by, have a great day!

Friday, February 19, 2010

A journal...

It all started for a friend. I love making a gift with someone in mind. Unfortunately I lost my nerve to give this to her. You know how you can stare at a project for too long and the longer you stare the more you hate it. So I didn't give it to her. And now weeks's actually kinda cute. Moral of the story, don't stare at your work too long, but if you do remember you are your worst critic. Same thing happened again today, I was really antsy to give it, and sure enough I had nothing to worry about, she loved it.

Here is the journal:

Here is the gift I gave today:

The paper of the box I did myself, you can learn how using this fun technique. It's called the shaving cream technique and it is so fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Desiree, the Secret Keeper

I have been keeping a secret for way too long. And it wasn't an easy secret to keep. I was allowed to share it with a very few people, or I would have gone crazy, but now....

I can tell the world.

Are you ready?????

I won!!!!!
It was the best news I've ever received in an email. If you get a chance pick up the latest Papercrafts mag. You'll be floored by the many talented ladies out there. I was stunned to see my work (pg 87) among them. I've had this goal for a while to be published, and this wasn't the first time I've tried. I thought after doing it once I wouldn't feel the need or desire to do it again. But I have to say, it was way too much fun not to try again and again and again....

But enough of that I 'd like to share a card I did yesterday. For those of you who craft on a regular basis every once in a while there is a magical crafting experience. Where everything just comes together, with very little thought or effort, it just flows. I love it when that happens. Yesterday was like that. Unfortunately, I've really built up this card now, it's actually very simple. Almost plain in it's simplicity, but it works. It would be a great way to encourage a friend through a difficult time in her life.

So thanks for stopping by and sharing in my exciting news! Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oldie but goodie

I made this card, sometime last year an never took the time to upload it so I'm sharing it with you today. The sketch, I got from somewhere, I wish I could remember. Sketches are not my thing so often I go to Splitcoast stampers sketch challenges or mojo monday challenges or magazines I have. All great places to look for one you like. The designer paper is from SU, called night and day, a great collection to have works for everything from holidays to thank-you notes. Anyway, I hope it inspires you to make one yourself, thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

2 quick ones

I'm in shock, I completed two cards in one evening! For some that's not a big deal, but for me, wow. The reason is because I kept it very simple, and also used a sketch for my inspiration.
This sketch came from my last issue of PaperCrafts. And the cake sticker is a jolee's boutique, I believe. It's sorta nice when your focal image is already done for you, certainly saves time.
This one I just really wanted to make that little flower. So fun and easy, here's a great tutorial on how to make these. Anyway, two fun little cards, thanks for stopping by!