Friday, February 5, 2016

I Love You This Much

Happy Friday!

Love is in the air and getting closer to Valentine's Day! Its one of my favorite holidays having 5 daughters and I always make special treats for them and my Grand babies! I think I have decided on a type of treat bag I am doing, but I still have just a few days to get them together! I always seem to wait until the last minute :)
My card today is this adorable Changito Monkey! I love these little guys (changito cupid) and wish I would grow my collection of them but my budget always forces me into something else...Like milk and eggs and so on! Who needs food when you can make crafts right? 
My paper for this one is from a 6x6 pad "lovely" made by authentique. I have had it for a while but really haven't dug into it as much as I should have by now. The paper is just so sweet and perfect valentine patterns! Lucky for me, I have the time to use it up a little more! 

Have an amazing weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thank you/Tweet heart

Hello and Happy Thursday!!!
How about these cuties today! I try to mix things up a bit in my mind so I don't go extreme crazy! My favorite is when I can use the same leftover scraps to make two cards for my collection! 
A little water coloring for these two cards today...The first one with the goat is with a stamp from toodles and binks I have had in my collection for a few years...You know me, I start digging for one thing and out pops the ones in the back I haven't used in a while!
The second card I really can't be honest about the name. I am almost certain it's from Hero Arts, but my crazy self misplaced my backing I had on it! If I find it, I will be sure to come in and edit this for you!
Both cards are made with Stella Rose from my minds eye 6x6 stack.
Wishing everyone a wonderful day!
Thanks as always for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Happiness isn't always easy to come by especially when we are at our lowest points. Happiness is always in us somewhere and sometimes we just have to dig deep to find it and bring it to the top!
This is exactly why I love this phrase on this card. It comes from close to my hearts "treasured life" stamp set and its the perfect one to just wish happiness always shines through!
My card base is whisper white with pool party and pear pizzazz accents. My flowers are inked with pear pizzazz, wisteria and pool party pens and stamped. 
Hoping everyone has their happiness on the outside today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Hi there Crafty Friends!

Yup, more doodlebug scraps :) This one today is traditional red and white with some layering and a few punches. Stamp is from stampin up "hello life" and I added a bit of bakers twine to finish it off.! 
Enjoy, Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Toucan of my friendship

Hello Friends and Happy February!
Love love love is in the air and many hearts are flying out of my scrappy desk!
This cutie pie is from a looooong ago set from Stampin up called "toucan of my love"
This little guy is just the cutest little bird all ready to explode with love for everyone! 
I used some scraps around my desk and some basic black for layering. Added googly eyes because come on now..Who doesn't love googly eyes :)

I hope everyone is having a fabulous first day of February and thanks as always for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Sweet on you

Hello friends
Today was a bit of a valentine mood! I have been putting together a few little goodies to share! I love this little guy I made with the Owl Punch from Stampin up. I just used some of my coordinating scraps from doodlebug design. I had quite a few left from last Valentines Day and wanted to use them up. The balloons are also just a heart punch with some bakers twine.  My sentiment stamp is from taylored expressions. Short and sweet...on you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thinking of you

Happy Friday!!!!

Oh, how I love Fridays...Not because it is the weekend, I am a stay at home mom so my job never gets days off but I look forward to NOT packing lunches in the morning! It is honestly the simple things in life which keep this Mamma happy!

My card I'm sharing today has the help of a stamp set from Close to my Heart "Rustic Flowers"
First stamping the square off two times in pear pizazz then hello honey for the flower and fussy cutting it out. I've added a button and twine from my stash and the sentiment in night of navy at the bottom. I just layered the card on white card stock for some extra weight and called it done! 

This week has certainly been about the simple designs but that is okay by me because crafting keeps me sane and if I can only get a little done, it's least I am getting my fingers inky in the process! 

Hoping you've enjoyed my inspirations this week and have an amazing weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

All my Heart

Hello again crafty friends!

Just wanted to share another quick thank you card with you!

This was another quick one just using white and black card stock and the stampin up set "sketch it". The heart is stamped in SU real red and the phase is from close to my heart "curly sentiments" stamped in black.

Easy peasy and making me happy!

Thanks for stopping by,,,Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy Birthday

Happy Hump day Friends!

Oh, I must say how happy I am this day is here...It's the day it starts to actually warm up around this town! I am looking forward to the 30's! Looking even more forward to summer but I guess we have to wait just a little longer for that!

In the meantime, I made another creation to share with all of you. Using Hero Arts stamp" Antique writing" I stamped the background in Su "hello honey" ink. I then stamped just the butterfly section in black and colored it with copic markers. I also added a bit of sparkle to it with wink of stella, I fussy cut the butterfly and put it right on top of the original print in the background. 
I added the "happy birthday" sentiment from the Stampin Up set "create a cupcake" The edges of my night of navy papers are torn a bit to give an antiqued look. I kept the colors very simple in this one and actually love how it all came together when it was finished!

I hope you love it too..Thanks as always for stopping by for a peek!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

One Big Meaning

Good afternoon crafty friends!

Sometimes the simplest things turn out to be one of my favorite things! This quick card set is just one of those times. I was actually looking through my stamps for something in particular and came across this older set in my stash from Close to My Heart. It's called "Seashells by the Shore" and I was thinking I must just grab it and make something sunny and fresh on a cold winters day! 

I paired it with Stampin Ups "One Big Meaning" set and did some back to basics stamping. The seashell is done with calypso coral ink by stamping off twice then stamping on my single layer cards. May I add they are the vanilla cards/envelopes from recollections to make it even easier! For a little extra touch, I also stamped the seashell on the envelopes. That's it...just clean and simple design and a bit of a belly band and matching tag to group them together. 

I hope you enjoy them and find some inspiration of your own!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Love Note

Love Note

Hello everyone!
It is soooo cold here in Chicago land and this girl is meant to be on the beach. Right now it's about -20 wind chill and that is just too cold for me!
I spent a lot of the day crafting and drinking tea! Pretty much anything to stay warm!

My card I'm sharing with you today is a creation using one of my Taylored Expressions stamps. This one is a sweet valentine I snatched up a few years back. It's one of their single collection stamps and I just love it!

Using Stampin up "very vanilla" for my base and accents, I paired it with My Minds Eye "lost and found 3" 6x6 stack. I used some walnut stain for the antiquing and the sentiment comes from the Stampin up set "olive you". I also did a little paper piecing for the elephants with the pattern papers...I just couldn't resist those! They were so cute and the paper just jumped right out at me saying USE ME! USE ME! I added a little wink of stella to all of the hearts after coloring them with my copic markers to finish it off with a little sparkle! 

Well, if you are nice and warm where you are, I must say I'm super jealous right now...If you are freezing like me...I hope you find some fun crafty time and stay warm!

Thanks for stopping by as always!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A little Thanks

Scraps Scraps Scraps!!!!

I can't tell you how happy I was to make this project. Remember that Christmas advent tree I made a few months ago? I made three of them altogether for my girls and grand babies and I will tell you they left me with (75) 4 x 8 1/2 inch pieces of paper. I couldn't just throw them away, that would be a sin!

I finally was able to sit down and think of something I wanted to do with them. Somehow these 3x3 note cards with envelopes made their way into my heart. I used a simple heart punch with the "one big meaning" set from Stampin Up. 

The box probably took the most time seeing I had to think about measurements and its been a really long day and thinking was probably not one of my biggest priorities! Somehow, with ONLY one messed up piece of card stock I managed to get it right :)

Hopefully with a few more hours left in me for the evening I can maybe spice up another card or two. You never know considering I can easily spend two hours or more on a single card!!! I do have plenty more of these scraps so I am guessing another boxed set is in my future as well...Maybe I should keep my notes on the box this time so no more major  thinking is involved!!!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Nautical Happiness

Hello friends!

Winter can't keep me away from enjoying some nautical cards...I really wasn't sure where these were going when I started. I just picked up some colors and went from there. 

My sailboat card I just used a circle and a square punch with some fancy pants design paper "beach babe" to design my sailboat. Both cards use CC Designs "underwater sentiments" set and Stampin Up "work of art" set. The Fishy card used Penny Black set "Mermaids". 

More snow is blanketing our paths again but nothing will keep me away from enjoying summer fun in my craft room!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Money Can't Buy Happiness

Cupcakes Cupcakes Cupcakes!

Oh, how I love a good cupcake and lucky for me it's just a short drive to the city to grab some sprinkles cupcakes. It has been too long since I have had one and I'm thinking I may have to grab one of these daughters of mine and head downtown for some fun and treats!

Today's card was certainly inspired by those very same cupcakes! Money sure won't buy happiness but put a cupcake in almost anyone's hand and I promise a smile will be attached!

I used Stampin Up stamp "sprinkles of life and some paper from My Minds Eye "lost and found"
Added a few extra bling because...well why not! I put a few seed beads and some wink of stella on the cupcake topping itself for some extra fun. 

If you have set those new resolutions, I am sorry if I made you want some cupcakes, but hopefully I have inspired some crafty work along the way!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Little Things

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I can't believe another year has clocked itself in the books! I must say it wasn't one of the best years I have had but I can say that I am still alive and get a chance to try another one. I did have many blessings among the heartaches and I am grateful each and every day for that gift! Hello 2016...I have many plans for you!

As for creating, I feel so lucky I still get to inspire many with my work. It may not always be as involved as it was once upon a time but I do enjoy the clean and simple designs as well. I have a bit more time these days so I can really put my heart back into it!

Today I am sharing one of  those clean and simple designs. with just a punch and some clustering (I must say I love clustering) Splattered a bit of solar gold lumier pot and punched a heart. Made a tiny banner with a stamp set from "hello life" from stampin up. added a cute button for a pop of color and finished. The picture actually doesn't do this one justice, but I promise...It has that sparkle you have grown to know I love!!!

Wishing all of you good health and happiness in the new year!