Monday, February 29, 2016

Monet's Butterfly

Hello everyone, Spring is just around the corner and I cannot wait!  I have created a fun card using Monet's Butterfly from A Random Fan.  You can find this sweet rubber stamp in Noelle Martin's online shop at Quick Creations, along with a bunch of other Random Fan rubber stamps :)

I just love how this card turned out, and I can't wait for spring to get here!  HHhhhmmmm, the warm air, the birds chirping, and the smell of wet grass..........yes!

Don't forget to hop on over to the Quick Creations blog for our monthly challenges!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

A very Happy Birthday Inspiration for Crafty Ribbons :)

I created a fun watercolored card for you today using some awesome fun ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.

I used 35mm Satin Ribbon in Liberty, Ric Rac in Green, 10mm Grosgrain Ribbon in Skye and Handmade Ribbon in White.

I love to create simple watercolored backgrounds to match the fabulous ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.  And can you believe that background was done with watercolor brushed from the dollar store?  Look at the vibrant colors!

Come and visit the Crafty Ribbons challenge blog every two weeks for a new challenge, and enter for you chance to win some awesome ribbons from Crafty Ribbons!  You don't want to miss out!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

An Elegant Blue Birthday with Sweet Stamps LLC

I have created an elegant blue Birthday card for you today for Sweet Stamp LLC.

I had great fun with this card, and there are a few techniques in here :)

I created this card using the following products from Sweet Stamps LLC:

Splish Splash Stencil
Elegant Leaves Sweet Cuts die
Framed Handwritten Words stamp set
Flourish Medallion Sweet Cuts die
Shades Dye Ink in Aquamarine and Montego Bay

I really like how this card turned out :)  An elegant but fun birthday card, suited to just about anybody :)

You can find all of these products in the Sweet Stamps online store, and I have linked all the products for you.  And don;t forget to come and join us for the two monthly challenges over on the Sweet Stamps blog, you never know, you may win a prize!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Let that Light Shine with JoyClair Stamps!

The final release for February in Joyclair's Color by Faith series is called "Let That Light Shine."

This was actually the first journalling page for me.  And to be honest I had a hard time with it.  I have a nasty habit of being a literal person, and there aren't many grey areas lol.  So I have a hard time interpreting things if they aren't black and white.  Perhaps this new artistic venture will help me to get passed that.

I chose the verse from Matthew 5:16 to create this page for:  "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

It turned out to be a little easier than I thought, and after adding the stamps, I also decided to add my own image to the page.  It just needed something to finish it off, and I thing the words and the eye have completed this page perfectly :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Some Amber Love with Saturated Canary and Quick Creations :)

Squeal!  I have some Saturated Canary/Little Darlings cuteness for you today!  This is "Amber" and you can find her in Noelle Martin's online shop at Quick Creations :)  She is so stinking cute!

I colored her using my Copics and Prismacolor premiere pencils in the following colors:

Skin:  E00
PC927, 939, 1029
Hair:  Y21
PC1034, 943, 938
Clothes:  B00
PC919, 1101, 901, 938

I completed this card using Dear Lizzy "Serendipity" paper, a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush pen, Lala Land Hanging Hearts and Love Word die set, as well as some Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.

Noelle is out of commission for a few weeks after surgery at the beginning of the month, so there's no challenge this month, but for sure we will have that up and running again in no time I'm sure!

So come back back and visit the blog to see all the inspiration Noelle's team has been busy creating for her, you won't be disappointed!

Just Kitten Around :)

I have a cute kitty card for all you cat lovers out there :)

This is a new stamp set released by Joyclair, called Just Kitten Around.

Such a sweet little guy and I have colored him with my Copics and Prismacolor Markers in the following colors:
Y21, Y38, Yr24, R11, R22, R24, C1, C3, PB112, PB114, BG70, PB121, PB211

You can find this fun stamp set on the Joyclair website, along with the other new releases this month.  Can you believe there are 8 new releases??!

Check out the Joyclair blog to see new inspiration everyday!

You Crack Me UP!

Another new release for Joyclair!  And this one is super funny :)

This stamp set is called BFF (Breakfast Friends Forever!)

I created a tag for this one, I thought it would be a cute addition to a gift or card or maybe just something to make someone's day!

I'm still practicing with my Copics and Prismacolor Markers, lol, they are not my best medium, but...practice makes perfect right? my case, practice makes better anyways, lol.

I used the following colors for this project:
C1, C3, Y38, YR24, E15, PB99, PB172, BG70, PB121 (colorless blender)

Such a fun stamp set, you really have to have a play with this one ;)

You can find this on the Joyclair website along with many more, including the rest of the 8 new releases for February!

Monday, February 22, 2016

All Things are Possible with Joy Clair Stamps

This is the third stamp set released this month by Joy Clair in their Color by Faith series, it is called "All Things are Possible".

I created this page for the verse Mark 10:27:  'Jesus looked at them and said, "With man it is impossible, but not with God.  For all things are possible with God.'

Is this not the truest thing you've ever heard?  Without faith in what God has done and will do, we would not have the courage to do many of the things we aspire to do.  And if we do not have courage, we do nothing.

Short and sweet, because that's all there is to say.  This one is black and white for me.  There is no grey area.  It is what it is.  If we have faith, we have courage, and if we have courage, we can do anything.  My courage has waned as of late, because my faith has as well.  It is growing again and getting stronger.  I am on my way to doing anything :)

Grow in Faith with JoyClair Stamps

For my second Joyclair Color by Faith bible journalling page this month, I am creating with the "Grow in Faith" stamp set.

For this project I chose the verse from Luke 8:5:  "A sower went out to sow his seed.  And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it."

I pondered this one for a bit and came to realize that I believe this verse is essentially telling us to take care of even the smallest seeds, no matter where they land.  We have so much to teach and to show, and if we are not careful to nurture even the smallest morsel of knowledge, it will be lost.  And if we wish the future to be better and brighter with our knowledge, then we must take special care with that knowledge.  This does not mean we cannot sow the knowledge, but that we must continue to nourish it.

This is another new release for February, there's many new sets released every month!  Come back soon to see more ;)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sweet Stamps Anything but a Card Challenge :)

Hello everyone, I have a Happy Birthday ATC card to share with you today for the Sweet Stamps Anything but a Card challenge :)

I used the following supplies in this project, all of which can be found at!

sc009 Betty's Bloom Sweet Cuts die
sc006 Fancy Leaf Sweet Cuts die
LS4600 Banner Girl and Words stamp set
AF ATC Backgrounds #2 Artsy Fartsy
Shades Dye Ink in Palm Grove, Beach and Forest

I am a very logical person, and although I love the ATCs, I find there's not much practical use for them.  In that regard, I have created this ATC with a Happy Birthday sentiment so that it can be used as a tag or an add on for a card :)

Come back soon to see more Sweet Stamps inspiration, and don't forget to come and join in on the two monthly challenges found on the Sweet Stamps challenge blog!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Easter Eggs! With Joyclair!

It's coming soon!  Easter eggs will be scattered throughout your house (if you have young ones of course, lol) and yes, some will be forgotten behind couches lol, but such is the peril of having kids lol.

For my Joyclair project for this newly released stamp (Easter Eggs) set I have created a card in sweet soft colors:

I completed this card using Shades Dye Ink Spots from Sweet Stamps LLC in Latte, Deco Coral, Amaryllis, and Satin Rose, Crinkle Ribbon from Tim Holtz, and some adhesive pearls from my stash.

I really enjoyed creating this project and these fun stamps allowed me to create my own background paper.  Not much else was needed to complete this project; the stamps are perfect and speak for themselves!

You can find this stamp set, and the rest of the eight new releases on the Joyclair website.  Don't forget to come and join the blog hop over at the Joyclair blog for loads of inspiration!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Metals on Kraft Happy Birthday with Sweet Stamps!

HI!  I have a fun male-themed card for you today for Sweet Stamps LLC.  I have found that I do not make enough male-themed cards, so I have challenged myself to make at least one every month :)

I created this card with the Checker Flowers Stencil, the Elegant Leaves Sweet Cuts Die, Medieval Metals Fine Detail embossing powder, and the Framed Handwritten Words stamp set, as well as Shades Dye Ink in Brownie.

I even embossed the button!  And I love the elegant but masculine feel to this card.

You can find all the products that linked in the Sweet Stamps online store here.

Don't forge to come and join us for the two monthly challenges over on the Sweet Stamp challenge blog, you know you want to!

A new venture with Joy Clair Stamps :)

I am please to tell you that I have been accepted as a member of the Joy Clair Stamps Design Team!  And with this new venture, comes another:  Bible Journalling! I have started with February's new release for the Color By Faith stamp line by Joy Clair :)

This stamp set is called He Has Risen:

I really was intrigued by this new journalling medium.  Who would think that it's ok to write and draw and color in your bible!  Made me sweat a little bit, lol, but no worries, I purchased a journalling bible just for this reason.

I chose 1 Corinthians 15:12 for this project because it really resonates with me, the amount of unbelievers in the world.  And with the amount of ongoing tragedy seemingly based in 'religion', I find myself questioning my beliefs, and this is not who I want to be.  I believe that Jesus died for our sins, and that he rose from the dead.  And no amount of religious bullying will change that for me.  That's it, that's all.

1 Corinthians 15:12-14 states:  "Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection from the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead then not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain."

I choose to believe that Christ was raised from the dead, and that he died for my sins.  And if that is not the ultimate test of faith, then I don't know what is.

Thank you for reading this post, even though it may not mean the same things to you.  I have felt very 'ungrounded' lately and when this opportunity came up, I couldn't say no.  I felt that it was just what I needed to be 'grounded' again.  Thank you Christie and Amanda (Joy Clair) and thank you Jesus for what you have done for me.

Until next time, happy crafting :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Happy Easter with Joyclair Stamps!

Hello everyone, I have a super cute card for you today, featuring the Joyclair new release Happy Easter stamp set :)

I completed this fun card using my Copics, Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Premiere pencils in the following colors:

Basket:  PB201
PC914, 1084, 946, 948, 1082, 939, 1080
Eggs:  BV000, RV10, BG10
PC993, 1007, 905, 992, 938
Bunny:  PB99
PC1054, 938, 1080, 939
Grass:  YG61
PC1096, 1090, 908
Sky:  BG70, PB121(colorless)

I completed this card with paper from the Studio Calico Atlantic Collection (I love these colors ), the Large Stitched Circles die from Lawn Fawn and some adhesive pearls from my stash.

This is only one of the eight new stamp sets released for February, and there are several stamps in each set.  I couldn't resist this lazy little guy, sleeping in his basket of eggs.  So cute lol.

You can find this stamp set and many others over on the Joyclair website.  We also have a blog hop every month, so come and check us out!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Welcome to the Joyclair February Blog Hop!

Welcome to the very first Joyclair Blog Hop :)  We will be having one every month to introduce the new release stamp sets (there are 8 every month!!).  If you are just starting out in the hop, please go here and start, trust me, it makes things much easier for you if you start at the beginning.  Plus, the rules will be stated in that blog post, just in case I happen to miss some :)

I have created two bible journaling pages for you, using the "Grow in Faith" and "He Has Risen"  Color by Faith stamp sets.

Grow in Faith
I am still learning a lot about bible journalling, including the best mediums to use :)  But I have found the pencil crayons seem to work the best, and I use Prismacolor Premiere pencils.  I added some white gel pen accents to the image above, in order to give it a more artsy look.

He Has Risen
You will see again this week, that I have also created this page in another color scheme.  These stamps are so versatile, and even just a change of color can change the entire look and feel of the project.

In order to be eligible to win this entire release from Joyclair, you must follow these rules:

1.      Be a follower and leave a comment!
2.     Follow us on Facebook and share about the release with your friends!  (leave another comment)
3.     Follow Joy Clair on Twitter and tweet about our release, use @JoyClairStamps! (leave another comment)
4.     Follow Joy Clair on Instagram and repost about our release! Use #joyclairstamps and #jccolorbyfaith (leave another comment)
5.     Follow Joy Clair on Pinterest. Pin your favorite pin!

Below is the hop lineup, please start at the beginning if you haven't already :)

JC Blog  **Start Here**
Crystal T.
Crystal R.
Leah  **You are here**

You have until Friday, February 19th, at 12pm EST to leave your comment below for your chance to win the entire release.
February release stamp will be on sale 2/22-28.   All Feb Release stamps are  $11.24 or buy the bundle for 80.00

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Special Day with Paper Nest Dolls

Hello everyone, it's my turn for some Paper Nest Dolls inspiration today, and I have chosen to create a Father's Day (or birthday) card for you using Owen Fishing.  Isn't he just so cute?  I couldn't resist him.  Plus...he fits in my own personal challenge of creating at least one male-themed card every month :)

I used paper from Momenta, and a sentiment stamp from my fabulous Stamp of Approval Young at Heart collection.  This sentiment stamp is by Sugar Pea Designs.

I colored him using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere pencils in the following colors:

Skin:  E000
PC927, 939, 1081
Hair:  YR21
PC1034, 943, 944, 948
Clothes:  Y32, YG61, E11, E53, R24, B23
PC942, 1034, 943, 944, 997, 941, 947, 948, 1061, 1065, 938, 935, 922, 924, 937, 1067, 906, 901, 1089, 1096, 1090, 908

You can find him as well as all the other fabulous Paper Nest Dolls rubber stamps in the online store here.  Come and join us on the first Monday of every month for the monthly challenge over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift code for the online store!  You can't win if you don't enter, so get moving!  See you there!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Just Wanted to Say...with Crafty Ribbons

Wow, thank goodness, spring is hopefully coming soon.  I have had about enough of winter this year lol.  And on that note, I created a fun Hello card for Crafty Ribbons for you today.

I created this card using the Halftone Hello stamp and die set from Altenew, some sequins from my stash, and these gorgeous ribbons and lace from Crafty Ribbons:

35 mm Satin Ribbon in New Turquoise
9mm Music Notes, Grosgrain
Morlaix Cotton Lace in White

You can find these and many more ribbons and lace in the online store at Crafty Ribbons.  Don't forget to come and join us for the bi-weekly challenges over on the challenge blog for your chance to win some Crafty Ribbons goodness!  See you there!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Birthday in Red Fire for Sweet Stamps

I have created a fiery Happy Birthday card for you today for Sweet Stamps LLC, using some vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.

To create this card, I used the Shades ink spots in Dandelion, Rustic and Valentine, in the direct to paper method.  Then I taped down my paper and the AS66-011 Abstract Stencil.  I embossed the image with clear embossing powder and after it was dry, I took my Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the paper.  I wiped off the embossing with a damp cloth, and viola!  I added the Happy Birthday sentiment form the Framed Handwritten Words stamp set popped upon some die cuts.

Such a fun card to make and I love the outcome :)  You can find the products I have linked in the Sweet Stamps online shop here :)  And don't forget to come and join us for the two monthly challenges over on the Sweet Stamps Challenge blog!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From the Hollow "Hello" with Quick Creations

Hello everyone!  I have a sweet "Hello" card for you today, using "Serena", a Little Darlings/From the Hollow stamp.  Noelle Martin carries this stamp in her online store at Quick Creations, as well as many others :)

I colored up using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere pencils in the following colors:

Skin:  E00
PC 939, 927, 1029
Hair:  E31
PC1084, 941, 947
Wings:  G00
PC992, 905, 1027, 901
Clothes:  BV000, YG61
PC956, 1008, 932, 1089, 1090, 908

To complete this card, I used paper from the Prima "Princess" 6x6 pad, some adhesive ribbon from my stash, embellishments from my stash, and the Magnolia Doohickey Doily Flowers die set (substitute-Peony Petals).  I also used Distress Inks in the following colors on the paper, flower dies and wooden embellishments:  Antique Linen on the paper background, Peacock Feathers on the wooden embellishments and the flower die cuts, and Tattered Rose on the wooden embellishment.

Noelle will be out of commission this month, after having surgery last week, so please keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery.  I know she will be chomping at the bit to get back to her shop and DT duties!

On that note, there won't be a challenge this month for the same reason, I'm sure you understand :)  But you can keep checking on the blog, as Noelle and her team have worked really hard to have February's posts all ready to go for you!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ellie with Candle for Paper Nest Dolls

Hello everyone, I hope you are staying warm and healthy wherever you are in the world.  Here it is still cold, and with a snow storm thrown in every now and then for good measure lol.   I don't venture out into the cold unless I have to go to work or something lol, and in the time I stay inside, I like to create!  Of course you're saying, yes I know lol...duh.

I have created a Birthday card using Ellie with Candle for the Paper Nest Dolls this week for the creative design team.

I created this card using a Cheery Lynn die, and Magnolia Doohickey Lace Flowers die set, paper from the My Mind's Eye Unforgettable 6x6 paper pad.  I colored her using my Copics, Prismacolor markers and Prismacolor Premiere pencils in the following colors:

Skin:  E00
PC927, 939, 1029
Hair:  PB199
PC1082, 946, 948, 1068, 935
Clothes:  Y32
PC914, 942, 1034, 943
Candle:  R81, YR02
PC1032, 928, 1065, 1063, 938, KIN10, 14, 22
Barrette:  R81, BG10
PC905, 901

You can this and many more rubber stamp images in the Paper Nest Dolls online store here, and you should also come and join us for the monthly challenge over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge Blog here, the theme is always Anything Goes!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Animals Only Challenge over at Crafty Ribbons :)

Well, this was a fun challenge :)  The theme for this week's challenge at Crafty Ribbons is to create something using only animals, no humans.  For those of us that enjoy our usual creating with human character images, this was a bit of a challenge, but I think it turned out pretty good :)

I used the Animal Cuddles Digi Bunnies for this project.  I resized the image so that only the girl bunny was on my card panel, and colored her using my Copics and Prismacolor Premiere pencils, and topped the card with some Animal Cuddles - Bunnies Grosgrain Ribbon.  So cute!  I love it :)

This challenge starts right now so hurry up and enter for your chance to win some fabulous ribbon from Crafty Ribbons!

Happy Anniversary with Some Piccolos and Sweet Stamps!

Hello everyone, I have some fun inspiration for you today for Sweet Stamps:

I created this card using several different Piccolo sets:
A126 Flourish Accents
A103 Butterfly Flurry Flourishes
F102 French Oval Frame

And several different enamel powders:
Girl's Night Out
Shamrock Dreams
Aged White

As well as two stamp sets lol:
Framed Handwritten Words SS4406
Jasmine 4017J

And some Distress Ink:

I completed the Piccolo components for this card weeks ago, and just hadn't figured it all out in my head yet as to how it was going to come together, until today.  Right in the midst of another project I glanced at them and BINGO!  It came to me lol.  Sometimes that is just how the creative process works I guess.

You can find all of these products in the online shop at and and I have linked each product directly for you :)

Come back soon and see some more fun inspiration for Sweet Stamps LLC!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Baby Emma and a new challenge with the Paper Nest Dolls

It's challenge time again at the Paper Nest Dolls, and I have chosen to create a congratulations baby card using the new Baby Emma.  She is so darn cute!

I colored her using my Copics, Prismacolor markers and Prismacolor Premiere Pencils in the following colors:

Skin: E00
PC927, 939, 1029
Hair:  PB96
PC1083, 1072, 947
Clothes:  PB109, R81
PC1061, 1063, 1067, 1018, 930, 938
Teddy:  PB96
PC1083, 1072, 947
Blanket:  PB109
PC1061, 1063, 1067

I also recently created using the Baby Owen rubber stamp image, which you can in the shop here.  And if you would like more information about my project you can find it here, but I am including a photo for you :)

You can find this sweet image as well as many other in the Paper Nest Dolls online shop, and don't forget to come and join us for the monthly Anything Goes Challenge!  See you soon!