Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A New Home for Chester

After much thought and consideration, I am rehoming our beloved Russian Box tortoise Chester.  He has been with our family for about 4 years, roaming freely underfoot in my craft space. He is quite a character, very curious and social.

This hasn't been an easy decision because he has been such a wonderful, and unique pet. 
You see, reptiles can carry Salmonella, something I just can't risk with having our sweet 
Melody around. 

I have found a home for him at an All Animal park specializing in reptiles about an hour away. He will roam around with others of his kind in a natural habitat and get attention from guests that visit. I feel confident that I've made the right choice for his placement with folks that truly know how to provide for his needs. 

Thanks everyone for all your comments about him over the years. He will be missed... and hey, you never know, he might find a Russian babe at the new crib!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Simon Says Stamp October Card Kit Blog Hop!

Welcome to my stop on the Simon Says Stamp 
October Card Kit Blog Hop! This kit is titled:

I love this kit as it starts to transition colors to fall, but with a girly twist. I'm not typically a pink kind of person, but the combination of colors in this kit has me inspired!

I've created a card using items from the kit and I took the colors from the papers to paint the gold embossed heart. 

I have to tell you though, this is not what I had in mind when I started out. I was going to watercolor my heart and cut it out, but once I had the overpainted stripes, I kinda liked it. So I trimmed the panel out to fit onto a smaller 4 bar card.

I love it when happy accidents happen or you get something unique during the process of creating.

Thanks for stopping by, your next stop on the hop is to the talented:

You can purchase the kits with no obligation for $29.95 HERE
Subscribers pay just $24.95 plus S&H for the kits.  Subscribe HERE
The kits are a "no obligation" subscription so you can subscribe and opt out for any month.  
They ship from 17th through 27th of each month.

Simon Says Stamp is going to select a random commentor at each stop along the hope to receive a $25 gift card to redeem at SSS. Be sure to comment!!

Supplies Used

Monday, September 07, 2015

STAMPtember stamp set winners!!

I've picked my 3 winners for a stamp set!! Whoooo hoooo!

A huge congratulations goes out to:

  • The Purple Place
  • Tracy M
  • Rose
Thanks everyone for your comments! I'll try to do this more often... and you never know when I might just choose a "just because" winner on a random day. 

Hope you all had a great long weekend. I did! I got to spend a bit of time with my boys getting them fitted for (their first) suits for my niece's upcoming wedding. I was gushing with pride to see them looking so handsome and mature. I can't wait to see them once alterations have been made. 

Afterwards we went to lunch. It's been a long time since we've hung out together, just mom and the boyz. It was bliss for me. Do moms ever get over the gushing part? I feel sorry for these

I'll see you soon!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember® Blog Hop!

The 7th STAMPtenber® is Here!! This is an amazing month long celebration from Simon Says Stampfor all you stampers! It's the best time to get inspiration from all your favorite companies and designers.

Today, we're having a blog hop featuring some of the best of the best designers!

I've made a couple cards for the hop using graphic style stamps. This first one uses the Christmas Graphics set. Talk about quick and easy cards to make for the holidays, and you can personalize your colors with the many Simon Says Stamp inks! I've used Willow and Catkin inks for a natural feel.

Spooky? I say NOT! Gotta love the eyeball in the darkness! This fun card uses the "Not So Spooky" stamp set from the release and a somewhat traditional Halloween colors Hydrangea inkGreen Apple and Slate card stock and a splash of orange. I used the Basic Stripe set with Fog ink on the white card base to give it a bit of a pattern, and die cut the Slate panel with the Notebook edge die for texture and dimension.

You can view the entire release HERE!

Your next stop on the hop is to my incredibly talented friend 

Shari Carroll
Kristina Werner
Jennifer McGuire 
Laura Bassen

Yoonsun Hur
Yana Smakula  

Oh and be sure to leave a comment on each stop of the hop for a chance to win a special STAMPtember® surprise!! 

Thanks for coming by, enjoy the hop!

Monday, August 31, 2015

STAMPtember® is HERE + GIVEAWAY and class discount!!!

You have no idea how rewarding it is to see your hard work pay off... for me it's seeing my designs come to life and the market! Sooo... STAMPtember® is here and I'm proud and excited to show you what we've been up to!!!

You can view the entire collection HERE, or check them out below where I've broken them down into categories. I hope you love everything as much as I do!

To start off, we Stamps, Stamps, and more Stamps!!!

Next up we have TONS of stand alone dies! It's almost like DIEcember!

We also came out with notecards in the most awesome 120# card stock! And 6 sets of Hybrid ink cubes! Finally, a nice Banner Stencil and adorable Emoji sticker set!

How about THAT for a release? All exclusive from Simon Says Stamp!


I have 3 stamp sets to giveaway to some lucky winners! Just leave a comment on this post by Sunday, Sept 6th at 11:59pm CST. I'll pick the lucky winner and will make the announcement on Monday, Sept 7th at noon!  I'd love to hear what you think about our release!!!


Have you seen my class on Craftsy yet? It's all about creating layers and introducing
multi mediums to your cards. How about $15 off?
Just follow THIS LINK!

Thanks for stopping by!