Sunday, August 31, 2014

Inspired by Mojo Monday and Featuring Newton's Nook

Okay, so I'm not really a fan of a skinny card, but I liked the sketch and I thought it was the perfect way to combine one of my newest dies from Simon Says Stamp with a Newton's Nook image I colored a week ago.

I gave away my last baby card the other day, so this seemed like the perfect way to start to replenish my supply.  I used the Echo Park 6x6 paper pad from the Everyday Eclectic line, which has some adorable prints that were perfect for a paper card.  I colored the cute little penguins from the Newton's Nook Wild Child set then cut them out with a die from the Frames set from Simon Says Stamp.  I added the sentiment from the stamp set to a banner cut with the die from American Crafts/Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Styleboard dies.  I found a button in my stash and added some baker's twine from Hemptique to finish it off. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Where's the Mojo?

I've been home the last two days and yet really haven't had the mojo to get some serious crafting done.  Yesterday, I chalked it up to being tired from the whirlwind trip to Seattle.  I did some playing, but not a whole lot.  I expected today to be a marathon day in the craft room and, yet, I didn't really get much done.  I finished up a card and then decided I needed to clean my craft room a bit.  Hubby was home today so I mentioned a shelf I would like built for my craft room and we talked through a bit of a move around.  Well that, of course, meant a trip to Lowe's.  While there, I got the call that my intern died over the weekend.  I was shocked.  He had the flu last week and I sent him home to rest (and keep the rest of us from being exposed).  We emailed every day but it didn't seem like it was anything out of the usual for a flu and now he's just gone.  It seems a bit unreal.

So needless to say, I'm not feeling very crafty right now.  I've finished cleaning my craft room and I think that's all that's going to get done today.  But at least I have this card I finished up to share with you.  I posted the background I was working on it back on Instagram on Sunday.  It's a background stamp I bought at Impress while I was there for Sandy's copic class.  I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder. I sponged on three colors of Distress Ink in overlapping stripes (I just love those new mini round applicators - I get much nicer results).  Then I added some watered down Distress Ink over the flourishes but then toweled it off after a minute or so.

I cut the completed panel down with the smallest frame from Mama Elephant's Femme Frames.  I practiced my copic coloring on images from Lawn Fawn's Home Sweet Home set then cut them out (fussy cutting for the birds and leaves and dies for the branch, banner and house).  I stamped the banner in Smoke ink from Simon Says Stamp, but the rest were the standard Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   Once it was all cut out, it was just a manner of gluing them in place and adding some pop dots on the sentiment. Then because I'm obsessed with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents lately, I added Wink of Stella to the banner and Glossy Accents to the bird, the leaves and the heart on the bird house.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fun with Sandy Allnock at Impress

I'm a big believer in education.  As people close to me know, I spent a long time in school and I really loved it.  Even though I've been out of school for nearly 20 years (so hard to believe it's been that long already), I've never really stopped learning.  I've taken community college classes on everything from landscape maintenance to stained glass.  It's not been any different since getting into scrapbooking, Project Life and card making, I've watched a lot of You Tube videos by talented artists and have taken a number of classes, mostly online since there's not a lot of live offerings near us.

I've been following Sandy Allnock for quite some time.  Her talent to make beautiful things with copic markers is amazing.  I found out a few months ago that she teaches classes at a rubber stamp store called Impress in Tukwila, Washington and I really wanted to take a class.  It's about a four to five hour drive from here (depending on traffic) so the time and day of the week of the class became a very important consideration.  Then I saw that she was teaching an introductory class to copics using Lawn Fawn images and it was on a Saturday morning!  Well, it was time to bite the bullet, but what people who know me might be surprised about is that I actually get a little nervous about doing things like going someplace I've never been before and don't know anyone.  I'll do it, but it's not my first choice.  So I was delighted when my mom and sister agreed to go with me.

We turned into it a great overnight girls' trip by driving up Friday afternoon after Mom got back from her casino trip and I finished up a conference call at work.  We picked up Michele and spent a lot time in traffic (when did it get that bad) heading up to the big city.  After a wrong turn and night with horrible Wi-Fi, we packed off to class. 

Oh my goodness, it was so much fun. Sandy is as much fun in person as she is on her YouTube videos!  If you don't already watch her, go check out her channel here (or  You won't regret it. 

So there was an extra special surprise during the class.  Sandy got a text from none other than the amazing Jennifer McGuire (another of my absolute favorite people to watch).  See her videos here (or  Sandy took a picture of us and sent it to Jennifer who sent back a picture of her waving to back to us.  What an absolutely surprising extra!

Also it was so much fun because Sandy got to share with us the next class subject (but they still have many classes available at a work at your own pace right now).  Now, I already knew what it was going to be because I took Stretch Your Stamps 2 and they announced it as a surprise at the end of the class, so if you took that class too, you already know, but what you might not know is how absolutely excited Sandy is for it.  It was so neat to see how excited she is.  I just love her positive, cheery personality. 

I also got the opportunity to talk briefly with a couple of the other women in the class.  They were really nice and I'm even following a couple of them on Instagram so I can see what beautiful work they do.  It made me comfortable that I could even go by myself if I had to next time.

I had a fabulous time and, even though it's a really long drive, I know I'm going to do it again and hopefully soon.  If you get the opportunity to take a class with Sandy or at Impress, do it.  You can find Sandy's online and in-person class schedule here (or So go get your class on!

Friday, August 22, 2014


Yesterday I found out that a friend is engaged!  So, of course, I needed to make a card and yesterday I blogged about my failed attempt.  Of course you know I was in a hurry because I needed to pack for a quick trip to Seattle to take a class by the amazing Sandy Allnock.  In fact, as this post goes live, I'll be on my way with my mom and sister for the girls' trip. 

But, I still needed a card.  I inked up the Hero Arts Antique Flower Background again and this time, changed the order of the inks and got exactly what I was meaning to have in the first card.  I found a cut for Congrats for my Cameo and cut four to layer together.  I adhered them together and then to the background and then to my card base.  I added some Wink of Stella and some Glossy Accents to finish it off.  Fun and fast!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sometimes a Failure is a Success

I was working on quick card tonight, but the idea I had didn't quite turn out.  I was trying to do a nice color background with Distress Ink over the Hero Arts Antique Flower Background stamp to make a quick congratulations card, when it turned out a bit grey and not at all the cheery look I was going for with this one.  Boo.  But the more I looked it, the more I thought it would work for something just a little different. 

I looked around my craft desk and saw the banner from the Dotted dies from Avery Elle and the many thanks sentiment from the Hero Arts Sending Smiles set and a new idea was born.  I made a quick banner stamped with Slate ink from Simon Says Stamp and added a little wood veneer heart (with Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents, of course) and, all of the sudden, that failed background was perfect. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

You Are the Apple of My Eye Take Two

I had another apple floating around on my craft table and I had this idea to make my own background paper so I thought "why not use that apple.  So I pulled out my Simon Says Stamp Apple Green ink and the apple image from the Stampendous Fresh Fruit set and started making my own background.  I stamped rows of apples, added in some seeds using another stamp from the set and some Espresso Truffle Memento ink.  I added a stems to the apples and then added my colored apple to the free space I left in stamping. I finished it off with a stem. I then realized I didn't really have any place for my sentiment that would work other than on top of the apple.  It worked out perfectly and placed it on top of a red card base from my stash, but it still needed something.  So I added some Glossy Accents and called that good.
Oh, and this came was what I was working on when I let this sneak peek go out on Instagram: