Tuesday, May 12, 2015


This past weekend my wonderful sister Rebecca and I went to the Scrapbook Mega Meet in Novi, MI.  Our cousin Candy from Candy Scraps lives there.  There was so much to see last year and we missed so much that we decided to go two days instead of one this year.

A big highlight of mine is always getting to see Tim Holtz demonstrate.  This year we watched him doing powders and paste.  I am new to mixed media and I'm enjoying it so much.  Here are some pics of the demo:

Tim made this and I asked if I could have it and he let me have it and even signed the back.
This is what I got from Tim.

We met a new artist that I had seen on line that I just loved.  His name is Ken Oliver.  He has a product called Color Burst.  It is powder that reacts to water much like the Bister line I have been using.  Only Ken's powders are bright and vibrant.  He was real fun to watch and I got some of his stuff too.  Here are some pics.

Here is the tag I got from Ken along with the paper and powders I bought.  He also let me have the paper you see him with after it was finished.  I would love to display it but I had to pinky swear not to as it contained some new powders that are still in trial form and cannot be displayed yet.

I'm so excited to get to use these.  There were so many wonderful people there and we met so many of the companies that I enter challenges in.

Two more wonderful companies are Sweet Stamps and Craft Fantastic.  I got these fabulous items from Sweet Stamps.

 The owner made that dragonfly and let me keep it.  I'm all about the dragonflies and butterflies.  I just love them.

Craft Fantastic makes jewelry and charms.  I made the two necklaces you are about to see and the next pic is the bounty I acquired there.

 I see some Christmas gifts in the making here.

Now the rest of the score I bought.

 This is from Our Daily Bread

Rebecca and I took a class from Heartfelt.  These are the cards we made and the stamp I got from them.

This was a door prize that I won.  I thought I would use it for my daughter's upcoming graduation from high school.

Here are new brads.  Of course they are butterflies and dragonflies.

 We had so much fun.  This has been the best Mother's Day I think I ever had.  Thank you Beck.  You are the best sister ever.

Monday, May 11, 2015


Many of you may know my sister Rebecca from Sydney's Sentiments.  Her birthday is coming up on May 25.  I won't share how old she is because she is my younger sister.  Recently she has been teaching me a lot of mixed media art.  She even bought me some Bister powders to play with.  I made this background with them.

I decided to do somewhat of a tutorial on this card.  So here goes:

 I started out with some watercolor paper, Bister powders and a small paintbrush.


 As you can see I only put a small amount of powder on the paper.

Then I spritzed with some water.  The more water you use the more diluted the color.  Then I dried it with a heat gun. 

 I wanted more color so added a bit more and some yellow. 

 My next step was to use this stencil I bought.  My sister loves her birds and I thought she would like this.  I did the top in black.

 Then I did the bottom in white.  The paper was smaller than the stencil so I moved the stencil to get more birds out of it.

 Here is my finished background.  I took this and mounted it my cardstock then added my Happy Birthday to it.  I used a die and cut it out five times in black and once in green.  I glued them all together and added some Glossy Accents to it.  

On the inside I used some Distress Ink and then stamped with a sentiment I had.  Green is her favorite color and I'm sure she is going to love this.  She and I are about to head to the Scrapbook Mega Meet tomorrow and I'll give it to her then.  We are leaving the families behind and going to have some sister/cousin time as we will be meeting our cousins Candy from Candy Scraps and her mom.  We had so much fun last year that we decided to make it an annual trip.

Well I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial.  Have a wonderful day!

Card recipe:

Paper - Canson & generic
Inks - Bister, Tim Holtz Distress, Momento & Brilliance
Stencil - The Craft Workshop
Die - Frantic Stamper
Sentiment Stamp - Stampendous
Glossy Accents

Challenges entered:

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Welcome to our newest challenge at

The challenge this fortnight is "One for the Kids" and we are being sponsored by

I've been given this wonderful image "Texting Friends".  It's so cute and reminds me so much of my daughter and her friend.  They are constantly on the phone texting each other...even when they should be studying.  It drives me absolutely nuts.  What is a parent to do.  

Here is the inside of the card.  When I saw this sentiment from from Create with TLC, I just had to have it for this image.  I thought it was so my daughter.  I also had some trouble trying to decide on a color for the shirts so these are paper pieced.  I really love how it looks with a pattern on the shirts.

When I was looking for a background for this card, I ran across some papers that my sister and I made when we were playing with her Dylusions sprays a few weeks ago.  I had never used them before and using watercolors was so new to me.  This paper is the first one I made.  I thought these colors looked so good together that I kept it.  I'm so happy I did.

I hope you will pop over to the CWWC blog and check out all the other fabulous creations by the DT members.  Don't forget to leave them some love.

Card Recipe:

Image - Texting Friends from KennyK
Coloring mediums - Copic and Prismacolor markers, Glossy Accents
Paper - World Win, Echo Park, Canson & generic
Flowers - Prima
Butterflies - Craft Fantastic
Sentiment - Create with TLC
Ribbon - Westwater
Dylusions sprays - Bubble Gum, Calypso Teal & Lemon Zest
Embossing folder - Darice
Stand Up die - Elizabeth Craft Designs

Challenges entered:

Monday, April 27, 2015


 A while back my sister asked me to create something just after reading a self help book that I had started.  It's helping me get through some things that need dealing with.  Anyway, after reading until I could not read anymore I turned to my art.

My wonderful sister just bought me some powders called Bister.  You put a little powder on the paper and spritz it with water.  I used the red, yellow and blue powders.  They have many different colors in them.  Becky also gave me a sunburst stencil and some modeling paste.  So I added a sunburst in the corner.  Then I added some red and yellow ink on top of it. This had to dry so I let it sit all night to dry.  

The next morning I added some stamps to the paper.  I have had this stamp set for years and never used the little dragonfly before.  I thought using it in white would bring some light into my card.  This is something I have never done before.  Becky said she really liked it so I made her this card to say thank you.  She is helping me go outside my comfort zone and create things very different than I have ever done before.

Becky, our cousin Candy and I have started to challenge each other to create projects.  They have each issued challenges and then it came to my turn.  So this was the challenge that I issued:

Create your own background and use a stencil.

So here is my card for this challenge.  I hope you like it.

Card recipe:

Bister powders
Studio 490 Sunburst
Liquitex modeling paste
Papers from Canson, Bazzill and generic
Thank you die from Elizabeth Crafts
Glossy Accents
Stampin' Up Garden Green Ink
Brilliance Moonlight White Ink
Foliage and dragonfly stamp I'm not sure where from as the package was lost

Challenges entered:

Sunday, April 26, 2015


Welcome to another fabulous challenge brought to you by

Our challenge is "For a Couple" and is being sponsored by

I have been given this cute stamp called "Bird House Spring Love".  I just love it.  You may know that my sister Rebecca has five parrots.  They are adorable and so funny.  They also have several bird feeders outside as she and her husband are such bird fans.  I saw this and just had to have it.  I modeled these birds after her bird Sydney.  Isn't she just gorgeous!!

This is a picture of her at Christmas a few years ago.  She has many more yellow feathers now and even some red on her tail.

Here's a Top Tip for you today - you can use your Copic (or any other alcohol markers) to color your clear gems the color you want them.  I used clear gems in the center of each flower and colored them yellow.
Here is the inside of the card.  I had intended to put this sentiment on the front but it was a bit too big so I opted to put it on the inside.

Please stop by the CWWC blog and check out all the wonderful projects the DT have created and then put on your crafting tiara and join us in the challenge.

Card recipe:

 Coloring mediums - Copic & Prismacolor markers, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella
Papers - Bazzill & generic
Gems - Darice
Pearls - Michael's
Embossing folder - Darice
Sentiment - Stampin' Up (outside) Our Daily Bread (inside)
Punch - Fiskars
Ribbon - from a candy win so I'm not sure

Challenges entered:

Sunday, April 19, 2015


 Each year my wonderful sister Rebecca designs a craft day with our nieces and another little girl who belongs to her best friend from childhood.  She designs a Mother's Day gift and the girls create it.  This year her bird Sydney helped as well.

Here are some pics of the girls making the craft.  They are working with mixed media and designing canvas art for their moms walls.  They had so much fun.

Check out their blog to see more pics and the completed work!

Each project will be posted separately.   Please leave them each some love.  They get so excited when someone leaves them a comment.

Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


 Has it been two weeks already!  That just means it's time for another fabulous fortnightly challenge at 

 The challenge is "Sing Me A Song".  Create a card based on the lyrics of a song.  Our sponsor this time is

I've been given this cute image called "Bella Bubble Fae".  She's so adorable and I just love that little dragon.  My daughter had given me the idea of using the song from a children's show we used to watch all the time.  It's called "Dragon Tales".  She used to sing the song to me all the time and can still recite the poem that would take the children to dragon land.  It was a really an adorable children's show.

I wanted to do a pink card but realized I had no plain pink paper.  I wanted to emboss it to go behind the image.  My sister said I should use an ink pad to color some white paper.  It worked out just great.

Please stop by the CWWC blog and see all the gorgeous creations from the DT.  I do hope you will join us in the challenge.

Card Recipe:

Coloring mediums - Copic & Whisper Strokes markers, Wink of Stella, glossy Accents
Papers - Core 'dinations, DCWV & generic
Embossing folder and die - Darice
 Ribbon - Basic Narrows
Flower - Petaloo
Pearl - Want 2 Scrap

Challenges Entered:

Thanks so much for your visit and have a blessed day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Hello my lovely sister and cousin.  It seems that it is my turn to issue a challenge.  For those of you not aware, my sister Rebecca of Sydney's Sentiments and my cousin Candy of Candy Scraps and I have been challenging each other to use new items or do things outside our comfort zones.  Both Rebecca and Candy have been crafting much longer than I have and have used many more items than I have.  Going outside my comfort zone probably won't be so uncomfortable for them.  
 In that spirit I would like to use things that Rebecca is just now teaching me to do.  The challenge I wish to issue is to make a card using a background that you created by using a stencil.  This is difficult for me so I am giving you three weeks to make this card.

If you so choose to accept please let me know.

Lots o' hugs!

Sunday, April 5, 2015


As I was sitting watching General Conference (It's a conference from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - see previous post) I was thinking of not only the resurrection of  Christ but also the birth.  I had this stamp set sitting near my computer and thought of the joyful news the angel brought on that glorious day.  I felt inspired to make this card.  

I have had this set since I started crafting and have done little with it.  I don't know why because I really love this set.  I used Distress Ink on the front using the crinkly stamp and music notes and to color the ribbon on the inside.  I could not find a ribbon that matched in color...even though I have so many ribbons.  I used two different embossing powders that I thought went well together.  I also punched out several snowflakes, glued them together and added some Glossy Accents to shine it up. 

Here is the inside.  I ran the ribbon through the edge punch to change it up a bit.


I hope you enjoyed your visit today and have a Happy Easter!

Card recipe:
 All Stamps - Stampers Anonymous from the Tim Holtz collection "Joyful Song CMS119"
Punches - Martha Stewart
Embossing powders - Stampendous Aged Gold & Whispers Gold
Distress Ink - Tim Holtz Antique Linen
Papers - Core 'dinations
Ribbon - Darice
Glossy Accents
  Challenges entered:

Scribble and Scrabble #41 - Always anything goes
Word Art Wednesday #177 - Always anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #115 - Things with wings
Winter Wonderland - Let it snow
  Crafty Calender April - Add a sentiment
Creatalicious #73 - Anything goes
  Sisters of Craft April - Anything goes
Simon Says Work it Wednesday - Use a stamp

Saturday, April 4, 2015


We have a dear young man in our church named Kenny who turned 14 this week.  He suffers from severe autism.  His father can be seen many a Sunday walking around with Kenny to keep him under control as he is prone to outbursts.  I saw his mother this week and she asked that I come to his birthday party.  I knew it would make Kenny very happy to see people on his day so I decided I would make him a card and go to his party.

Kenny greeted me on the porch with a big hug.  He has also discovered the Eskimo kiss of noses.  I don't think I have ever received so many Eskimo kisses at one time.  He enjoyed his card and put it in his pocket for safe keeping.

I got to use some new stuff for this card.  I forgot to take a pick of the inside where I used a new birthday sentiment stamp but on the front I used my new die from Frantic Stamper.  I cut this out five times and glued them all together for more of a chipboard feel.  It was then covered in Glossy Accents to make it shine.  Even on a boy card I can find a place for my Glossy Accents.  I just love it!

Thanks so much for visiting me today and have a 

Card recipe:

Image - Victory Kid by KennyK
Coloring mediums - Copic and Prismacolor
Paper - Bazzill and generic
Embossing folders - Darice
Dies - Spellbinders and Frantic Stamper
Misc - Glossy Accents

Challenges entered: