Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CAS Ice Cream

  Hello Crafters!
While you are reading this I am sleeping. God willing. My schedule has been so bizarre lately. I'm working nights and then coming back 8 hours later for afternoons or working afternoons and coming back 8 hours later for day shift.
Gah. Shift work can really suck sometimes.
Anywho, amidst all the crazy I did manage to create a card which I am sharing over at the Create A Smile Blog today.
I felt like my distress inks were getting lonely and sad, not to mention dusty with all the copic cards I've been making lately. This adorable ice cream die was the perfect way to get them some game time.
I hope you'll stop by the blog to get all the details!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

CASEing Genius: Marika Rahtu

Hello Crafters!
Here we go again with another fabulous genius . . .ready  . . .set . . .

It's Marika Rahtu!!!
Did you ever start chatting with someone and then realize that in some other life where you didn't live on different continents you must have been sisters? That's how I feel about Marika. I first spotted one of her amazing cards in a challenge gallery and I went to go leave some love, you know how you do. I was completely blown away by her watercolor work. OMG! It's so amazing. You can see all her gorgeous creations and her blog Me and Minime Crafting.  I was sucked in by your talent but what kept me going back was her sweet disposition. She is sincerely beautiful inside and out.
Let's learn all about this lady!
1. Who are you and where do you live? My name is Marika Rahtu and I live in Oulu, Finland. 
2. How would you describe your style? I am still finding my "style" but I love clean and simple cards. I would say my current style is clean and simple with layers more or less. I love to colour and fussy cut flower and little critter images. 
3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now? Well, there are many things. If I just have to name one I would say watercolours. I just love to colour at the moment and watercolours really got me hooked.
4. What was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?  I think it was a stamp from Penny Black and Inktense Pencils. I don't think I would buy the stamp, but I would definitely buy Inktense Pencils. Love them and use them as often as watercolours. 
Fun Stuff:
5.What is your current favorite song? I really don't have just one favourite song at the moment. I love to listen to Finnish pop music but I also like old school English pop music.
6. Who would play you in a movie? I would say that I would love if it would be Joanne Froggatt. She plays Anna Bates in Downton Abbey, an English historical period drama television series. One of my favourite television shows at the moment. 

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?  I am 156cm (5' 2'') and once - a long long time ago - I have lifted 60kg (132lbs) in a bench press.
Holy wow. Tiny little power house!!
Want to see that beauty she creates with paper?

Absolutely loving this CAS cutie. Her distress ink background is the perfect platform for such an adorable flyby!

uh what? I'm sorry I was distracted by the fact that I have seen this stamp a hundred million times (it came out in 2010) and I have never seen it look this good. Ever.

Oh I'm a sucker for these cute little scenes. Her sky is so gorgeous! And that little bunny, so stinking cute!!

I knew I wasn't even going to attempt watercolors. Everyone has their strengths and mine lay in the land of copics. I embraced that. I was pretty taken with her adorable scene on the third card so I concentrated on that. The second card was right side heavy and I liked that too. Last both the first and third cards featured some distress ink background and cute critters.
I started by stamping and masked my foxes from Hero Arts Stamp and Cut the Fox Says. I also masked a circle for my sunrise and the horizon line. I used Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemonade and Ripe Persimmon to do the sky. Before when doing the area where the blue and yellow meet. Use a light hand or you'll end up with a green sky :/ I removed the circle mask and added a bit of yellow to the center. I flipped the horizon mask and added Mowed Lawn to the second half. This is a great cheat when doing a copic background. I didn't have to use my copic ink to cover the whole bottom panel because I already add a base color. I just started adding in my grass with the copics and it all blended in :)
I wanted it to look like the two foxes were cuddled up under a tree in the morning light but I didn't want all that green. I decided to make it a flower tree. I created it with the Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Succulents set. Everything was colored with copics. I added in a few flowers to my field with  pink, purple, and white soufflĂ© pens and called it done.
Thanks for visiting!
Don't forget to drop by Marika's blog and check out all her fantastic cards!

CASology: Wedding

  Hello Crafters!
How about a random middle of the night post?
Don't you love when you make cards for challenges but then you forget you made a card for said challenge because you are completely wrapped in the whirlwind that is the 2nd birthday of your child? Then you have to post cards at 1:38am to meet deadlines. Good times.
So this week at CASology the cue card is . . .
Here's what I came up with. . . .

Pretty simple eh?
I die cut a "ring" out of some gold foil paper with two circle dies. The diamond is actually a Christmas Ornament from Hero Arts flipped upside down :) I stamped it on glitter paper  but it was pretty faint so I used a copic multiliner to make it darker. The congrats is a Hero Arts die cut from black. A simple black line toes it all together!
Thanks for visiting!
Make sure you stop back later this morning for the next CASEing Genius!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

OWH Memorial Day Blog Hop

Hello Crafters!

Today is party today but I couldn't resist making a little something for the Operation Write Home Memorial day Blog Hop. 
If you would like to play along or visit the other participants head over to the Operation Write Home blog. 

Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!”

While I am sad to see it go I'm so happy the troops are coming home and I'm beyond excited for the next crafty chapter is Sandy's life. I know it's a long hop so I just quickly want to say a thank you to Sandy for all she's done over the years. You're a darling <3 

red, white, and blue here we go . . .

I used the butterfly from the Butterfly and Flower Stamp and Cut. I stamped and masked and then colored with my copics to get a red, white, and blue gradient. I LOVE how they came out. Unfortunately I was just coloring away and didn't really think about where I'd put my sentiment. Ooops. 
I decided to revisit a card I did a few months ago. It's like they're the same but different. :) 

Want a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to A2ZScrapbooking? 
I'm also hopping along with the same hop over at the A2ZScrapbooking Blog. If you'd like to see a red, white, and blue watercolor gradient with an emboss resist head over there to check it out. We'll be giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to one random commentor! While you're there if you decide to stop by the store don't forget to use  KELLYL15 at checkout. It will save you 15% off your purchase of $25.00 or more!

Thanks for visiting!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Color My World

 Hello Crafters! 

We're more than halfway through the week!! Almost made it, hang in there. 

Let's have a little update shall we?
I started my first day of training for the new job yesterday. Yikes. It's really interesting but very different. At my current job I can't leave the radio without leaving it in the loving hands of someone else. Consequently, I have to hunt, beg, plead,stalk, and bribe my fellow coworkers to do anything. Even pee. Imagine how fun that was when I was pregnant. 

In this new position I'm free. I can go where I want and do what I want whenever I want. I mean I still have to be a responsible adult and accomplish things but if I want to pee I can. WHENEVER I WANT. I feel like I'm straight out of Braveheart, horse mounted, riding down the hillside yelling freedom while rocking some fabulous face paint and waving a sword in people's general direction. So yeah that part is kind of awesome. 

My peanut butter is turning two tomorrow. Yes, I said two. Wait right here while I go cry in the corner. I am crying because my baby is a toddler (although forever my baby) and also because I have to clean my house for this party. Like for real clean it, not just move my piles of crap around to confuse my husband. Hopefully, I'll have some photos to share with you of the party but for now I'll share these two with you. 

2 hours old. 

Almost 2 years old. 

There are no words for the joy, laughter and love this kid brings me. Some days I wonder if I even existed before he did. God is good and I am grateful.

Now that I've shown you my heart how about I show you a card? Oh that's what you came for? You could have just said so ;) 

Today's card is super simple but so me. 
I'm an avid reader. Whenever I have free time If I'm not card making my nose is in a book. I'm currently reading the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon and loving it. What about you? I'm always looking for good books!

The East Wind is currently having a challenge and Book It is the theme.  I know everyone is probably going to use Lucy Loo Bookaholic but I don't care. Kristina used this image forever ago and I loved it so much I bought it right away. I've never used. I wasn't missing this opportunity :) 

It's a very simple one layer card. I printed the image and colored with copics. I love the way her hair turned out. You know I love anything rainbow but coloring my world is exactly what books do so it was perfect to "name" it that. Thankfully I had the Create A Smile set with that sentiment. I'm going to be sending this card to a friend of mine who loves the rainbows as much as I do. She colors my world too :) 

Thanks for visiting!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lia Stampz Floral Blog Hop

Hello Crafters!
Today is a twofer :)
Well the lovely Lia Stampz is coming out with the new digital Flower Set and is celebrating with a blog hop.  
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use these flowers, or any flowers really . . . but especially these flowers because they are gorgeous.
Are you new to Lia Stampz? It is a Etsy shop run by the fabulous Lia where she sells all her adorable digital stamps. I'm not saying go check it out but . . . okay, okay I AM saying go check it out. Her images are awesome.

Flower Set
Speaking of awesome do you want to know the best thing about these flowers right now? You can win one. :) Leave a comment telling me which flower in the set is your favorite: The Peony, Lily of the Valley, Poppies, Daffodils, or Tulips. I'll randomly draw a winner from the comments left before  June 2,2015 at midnight to win their favorite flower!
I decided to play with the tulips and watercolor for the hop :)
I used all three of the tulip images in the set to create a field of tulips. I made them all different sizes and flipped some of them for lots of variety. Before I printed I recolored them to be a very light gray outline so I could do a bit of no line coloring.  I printed directly to watercolor paper and used peerless watercolors. These babies are so vibrant, I just love them!!
the sentiment is from Hero Arts. I added just a bit of purple to it to break up all that black.
Thanks for stopping by!
I do hope you'll check out the rest of the girls projects. Each girl is giving away one favorite flower to one commenter so you have 5 chances to win!
  I've linked them below.
Thanks for Visiting!!

Hey Remember That Time Jennifer McGuire Blew Up My Blog?

 Hello Crafters!

I have received several messages from wonderful crafty friends about Jennifer McGuire listing my blog as one of her favorite things. Thank you! 
It doesn't seem like a simple thank you to her is enough, but I know Jennifer and for her it is. Why? Because she is kind and generous and a magical little ball of happy spreading joy wherever she goes. 
If you came from her blog you already know this. 
I'm still recovering from the shock of it as I almost died. For real yo, I stared at the screen, mouth open, no breathing for like 5 minutes. Not. Exaggerating. I could be dead. 

I've said it before and I will say it again. Crafters rock. They are the most wonderful kinds of people. I'm grateful to Jen, to my crafty friends who leave me love, and to you. Yes, you. No, it's not weird that we're strangers. You're new here, it's okay, we'll get to know each other. We'll be the best of friends in no time. Thank you all for being so supportive and spending your precious time to visit my little ole' blog where I share the things I love.

On that note . . .

It's Tuesday.

Besides being Captain Obvious it also means I'm over at the Create A Smile Blog sharing this card! :)

You can head over there to read all about it. 

Truly, you guys are amazing. 
Thanks for visiting!!