Just Playing

30 04 2017

I got out the kraft paper and played. I’m trying to figure out colors and how they work on the different surface. I LOVE how my lighter colored pencils look on it. I also need to figure out if copics are worth using on it. Over all, it turned out okay.

I took a picture of the process from beginning to end. It was fun to see where this project would lead. I didn’t have a plan when I started out. I just wanted to color ๐Ÿ™‚

I started out by stamping the images on kraft paper in brown ink. I used one of my brown copic markers to add shading in before I started using colors.


After I finished with the markers, I went in and added details – light and dark – with my pencils.


Close up of the roses after adding pencils on top of copics.


Close up of the hydrangeas one finished off with the white pencils, the other has the darker colors of pencils added but is still waiting on the white.


Whole sheet after going over the copics with pencils.


After I had everything colored, I used the coordinating dies and cut the pieces out and put them together in a way that made me happy ๐Ÿ™‚ After that, I put them on my pixscan mat and used that feature to load the images into my Silhouette work space. I can’t get my pixscan mat to actually work for cutting things out, but I CAN use it to make mats for stamped images, which is what I did ๐Ÿ™‚


Once in the Silhouette workspace, I created the card sizes I liked for each arrangement and added a pattern/digital paper I bought from the Silhouette Design Store the other day while taking advantage of their 50% off sale ๐Ÿ™‚ From there, I did a print & cut for the card front, cut out the black mats for the floral arrangements and assembled the cards. Then I stamped the sentiments on the front.


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***floral arrangement stamps with coordinating dies are by Stampendous. The sentiment stamps are from a set by Fiskars.






When You Need Another Sympathy Card

28 04 2017

Something simple, but it feels like the right way to go with this one.

The flowers are an embossing folder called Large Daisy by Darice. The sentiment is from an old Anna Griffin set.

Glad you stopped by.

Praying for Good Things to Come

27 04 2017

As you may know, we do not have a traditionally built family. Our family was put together biologically and through adoption.

As you may also know, last May we received a call telling us that the children we’d adopted a couple years back had a brand new baby brother. In 9 hours, we jumped through hoops and rearranged our lives so that we could go to the hospital and meet this sweet baby boy. He’s almost 1 now and we’ve never regretted the decision to drop everything and bring him home. In fact, our lives have been so richly and miraculously blessed because he’s a part of it.

Next week we have a court hearing that will discuss permanency for this little one.

We’re asking for prayers on our family’s behalf, that on May 4th, the judge will make the right call, the one that will keep this precious boy where he is safe and ALL of his needs are being met. The one that allows him to stay with his biological siblings and the only family he’s ever known.

If you could join us,ย  and add your voices to ours, we would be eternally grateful.


Keepin’ It Simple Still

24 04 2017

I wanted to focus on coloring, so I’ve tried to buy stamps and things that facilitate this ๐Ÿ™‚ So, the next time I need a birthday card, I’m ready ๐Ÿ™‚

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Xoxo xoxo

***the stamps are by Sizzex

A Little Birdie Stopped by My Blog ;)

22 04 2017

I’m pleased with how this turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been working on a technique a fellow Copic user shared. She colored the image with her markers first, then went back and enhanced the image using colored pencils. I’ve been trying this out for a couple of months now and just recently started being happy with my results. I have a ways to go, but as long as I’m heading in the right direction, it’s okay ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check out this technique by visiting Amy‘s YouTube channel ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!


*stamp and coordinating die set are by Stampendous*

I Found a Magic Button on My Silhouette!

20 04 2017

So, there’s this Repeat Job (see pic) option that shows up after you load your material into the machine. I never paid much attention to it. I figured I could repeat the job using the software all easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Well, mostly wrong. I can do it, but tonight I have three things to cut out, 100 of each. 

Instead of waking up my computer and putting in my password then navigating to the cut menu to push start, I just select the Repeat Job option. 

I can’t believe it took me two years to realize the magic of this button ๐Ÿ˜‰

Something Simple

19 04 2017

I needed something simple after all the wonderful Mad Hatter Tea Set work.

The stamp and die sets are from Stampendous ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

Mad Hatter Tea Party Set

19 04 2017

I’ve been a little busyย  – but with paper! This is a project I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now. About a year, really. I used a bunch of different kits and files to complete the set. I used it for a center piece last night, and soon, it’s going to a friend of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the kit as a whole (minus the pedestal – I’m keeping that).

And the individual pieces.

From SVG Cuts:

The Vase is part of the Boho Butterfly Kit


From Silhouette Design Store:

Mourner’s 3D Top Hat, you can find it here.ย  The Drink Me words and the peacock feather .




From SVG Cuts:

cakeย  from B is for Birthday, plate from Tea for You and Me (resized), White Rabbit from Bunny Hop Kit

From Silhouette Design Store:

Eat Me words, Fork, Pocket Watch


From SVG Cuts:

Tea Cups, Saucers, and Spoons from Tea For You and Me, Tea Pot from Honey Bee Tea , Pedestal (not part of the MHTP Set, but it came in handy for pics) from Mr. and Mrs.

From Silhouette Store:

Bunny feet & Mouse


Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s Way

9 04 2017

Got to play with this today ๐Ÿ™‚

Bag and box card are from SVG Cuts. Used copics and prismacolor pencils on the tulips and the bow in the front and just copics on the hatchling ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s for a friend. I hope she likes it ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for stopping by!


I Made a Card Using All of the Things

6 04 2017

img_1331I’ve been working on a pretty big project this week, but still found a moment to play a little and make a card.

I LOVE it when I can use all of the art things I’ve spent the last couple of decades collecting ๐Ÿ™‚

The card has a nice simple look and was so fun to do.

I stamped the images separately then used my Copic markersย and Prismacolor pencils to color them.

Next, I used the coordinating die set I bought with the stamps and cut out the three flowers, two leaves, one butterfly, and one bowl of water.

I layered these on the paper how I wanted them using repositionable adhesive so they could be easily moved without damaging the images.

Afterย transferring the three images (butterfly, water bowl, and floral arrangement) to my pixscan mat, ย I used my Silhouette studio software to auto trace the three images which I then used to create and cut out black mats for the three pieces. I finished off the edges of the top layer of paper by sponging ink around the edges and finally grounding the picture a little.

See? I used all of the things to make this card ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!