Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Caught A Bug?

The latest Lockhart Stamp Company release is so full of fun images - they just make me smile! This one, the Caught a Bug? is so funny - and a surefire way to brighten someone's day.  The fact that it has a coordinating sentiment makes it a must-have! (As evidenced by the fact that it keeps selling out of Angela's Happy Stamper so quickly!)
I figured it was only appropriate to make this lil' sickie a bit green. I used Copic markers on this, mainly because I knew that I wanted to be able to give the glass a nice shaded look. (Not sure if it is showing up as well as I had hoped here, but it looks really cool in person!) I cut it out and placed it on the mat and added the sentiment. The patterned paper is from Making Memories (Noteworthy collection) and the cardstock and dies are from Papertrey Ink. I added quick accents of Stickles and machine stitching, but tried not to detract from my focal image too much.
I'm glad to have this card on hand to have on hand for my next friend who is under the weather. It's bound to bring a smile to their face!
Have a great day! Be well.

Friday, March 25, 2011



TGIF, blog friends! Thank you so much for the kind comments about the Make It Monday video. I've been branching out and trying to learn new skills lately, the video being one, and the above lil' goodie being another! I'm trying to learn how to solder! The pendant above is my first project (look at all the firsts you're seeing from me this week - guess I'm feeling pretty brave showing you it all!).
So I have a lot to learn with this technique, and this is really far bumpier than it should be, but I'm really happy with it. I was having a seriously TOUGH time trying to conquer this - I burnt my wrist when some hot solder flew backwards, I left a pretty bad burn mark in my desk (YIKES!) and I completely messed up my first tip on my soldering iron. I was determined not to let it get the better of me, though, and finished my project.
The image is from PTI's Friendship Jar Spring Fillers. I colored it with Copics, pretty straightfoward...it was stamped onto Stamper's Select and backed with Spring Rain.
I ordered my soldering supplies from my friend Ellen Hutson. This kit has all you need to get started - well, almost all! May I be a little bold and tell you that you can save yourself a very embarrassing spot on your work surface by stopping by the home improvement store for a 12x12 tile...trust me on this! ;)
Since I'm still such a novice on soldering, I will tell you that Ellen's blog and the Simply Swank website have some great tutorials. I hope to give it another shot this weekend, so who knows, maybe I'll have another one to show you soon.
Have a great weekend! Be well!
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Hi everyone! I have a little bit of a surprise today - I'm hosting the Make It Monday video this week! You can view it on Nichole's blog and post your interpretations of the challenge, as well. This is my very first  video EVAAHHHH, so I'm a little nervous and excited.  I hope you like it and find it inspiring.

Have a great day! Be well.

Friday, March 18, 2011


I had a hankering for some apples this morning - and here's what I came up with! Apples in a Chintz Bowl from Lockhart Stamp Company to the rescue. A vibrant, inviting color combination of blue and green is really speaking to me this gorgeous spring morning. (Cardstock colors are blueberry sky and simply chartreuse from Papertrey Ink.)

I just pulled out some of my Prismacolors to color it. I have a blue and white bowl like this, so it was the inspiration for the color choice. I really like the way it turned out - hope you do, too!

Have a wonderful weekend! Be well.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

You're Too Kind

Hi friends! Popping in with a card that I made a few weeks ago and just hadn't gotten around to posting yet. Lots of fun Papertrey Ink stuff layered on here. I started with a cardbase made from Fine Linen (*love*) and then added half the Parisian Lace Doily die cut from text weight paper. (This die came in and out of stock so quickly this week that my head is spinning!) The butterfly die looks so pretty in Sweet Blush cardstock, then I used the Sheet Music Impression plate on it, too. Top it off with a little pearl-y water (perfect pearls + water) and some Liquid Pearls and it look beautiful.

So what is that the butterfly is on? That's Mat Stack 1 die cut from one of PTI's new coasters, then stamped with Background Basics: Newsprint. Flank a couple of buttons cut from coasters (and covered with Liquid Pearls again), add a little ribbon and you have a great focal point. The sentiment is from Think Big Favorites #1 (another *love*).

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you have a great day. Be well.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tea Cups

Ready for spring? Me too! Thought I would help things along today with this bright & sunny card featuring one of the new Lockhart images. I love tea cups, so when I saw these, I was so excited! I have a sweet lil' collection of antique English tea cups that my grandmother left to me. She and my great-grandmother used to go over to Fort Erie, Ontario and pick out the most beautiful pieces.

This image is Roses In a Teacup and it is a quick and easy color! I chose to color this with Copics (the pinks are RV10, RV13 and RV14, the yellows are Y21 and YR24 and the greens are YG13 and YG17; shadow is probably C2 - I forgot to write it down!). Pair it with the Just Because sentiment and you have a great card to send for any reason whatsoever!

I wanted to give a little shout out to my sweet friend Maggie. Maggie is the daughter of my very good friend in Pittsburgh, and her mom told me over the weekend that Maggie had stumbled upon my blog recently. Miss you, Maggie! :)

Have a wonderful day - I hope spring is starting to show signs of arriving where you are. Be well.