Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!!! *Giveaway Reminder*

Hello and Happy New Year!  I wish you all an amazing start to your new year, and I can not wait to share my crafty adventures with you in 2016!  Don't forget I have 3 giveaways going on, and I would love for you to enter!

Happy Crafting and Happy New Year!

*I also wanted to remind you that today is the last day to get some awesome deals at Butterfly Reflections Ink!  You have until the end of tonight to get 25% off your total purchase and be entered to win a $100 gc you just need to place a $50 order to go into the drawing! yay!!! Happy Shopping!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Giveaway Day! ( x 3! )

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/Holiday and experienced lots of love and laughter!  While there is some down time on my blog and the New Year is about to ring in I decided to do it in style, woot woot!!!  So I have not one, but 2 giveaways to share with you all today!!!

Giveaway blah blahs:
This giveaway is available only for those with US mailing address... so sorry!  If you are international however do not despair, read below!  These giveaways are open until January 3rd 2016 at midnight eastern standard time.

How to enter:
* leave me a comment telling me something you are hoping for/ wishing for in the New Year (1 entry)
* leave me a second comment if you are a follower or a new follower, but please don't follow just for the giveaway and then unfollow it breaks my heart a little (1 entry)
* I am now on Instagram so I would love if you would follow me there as well! Click Here then leave me a comment with your Instagram name (1 entry)

That's it!  Super simple!  And you have up to 3 entries... you can do any one of the above you want to do!  I will pick the winners and announce them on January 8th 2016. Please be sure to check back to see if you are a winner, I will give the drawn names one week to contact me or I will have to choose another winner.

And because I don't want my international friends to be completely left in the cold I have one more giveaway open for anyone anywhere (as long as they have an email address that is hehehe!)....

** Giveaway #3: Gift Card to Butterfly Reflections for $10... please follow my instructions for entering up above, but if you are international please let me know in your comment so I can make sure your name goes in for the right giveaway :) Thanks!

Thank you so much and Best of Luck!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!!!

Hello and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to you and yours!  I hope you will get to stop by tomorrow as I will be posting a giveaway to bring my blog into the New Year in style!

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2015


Me again! Hi! hehehe!  I'm popping in with another Christmas card this time using some WPlus9 Christmas Nutcracker Stamp Set.  I had bought this set a while ago, but then time flew by, the stamp set got jumbled in a pile with other things and then it was almost Christmas! yikes!  But never fear... I did get at least one card made with it, and it was inspired by the latest Throw Back Challenge...

I gained my inspiration from the quilt designs and incorporated it into my background :).  I then used various copics for coloring, and I just adore her!  Since we took my daughter to the Nutcracker for the first time this year I am saving this special card just for her as I know she will love it.  

I am also linking this up to the Sparkle and Shine Challenge (all of the triangles in the background paper and colors), and the Marker Pop: Anything Goes Challenge

Happy Crafting!

Another Deer Card for the Day :)

Hello!  I am back with another cute Lawn Fawn card to share today...

Isn't she soooo cute?!  LOVE her!

I used the Toboggan Together Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn for all of the images on here, except for the snow drifts which came from the Winter in the Park Stamp Set also by Lawn Fawn.  I then used various copics for coloring and some Lawn Fawn paper for matting and ta - da!  Oh and I almost forgot, I used a red gem for her bow and white gel pen for some sweet little dots. :)

I am entering this into the Lawnscaping Challenge: Merry Christmas, MarkerPop Challenge: Anything Goes, and Simon Says Stamp: Winter Wonderland.

Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

A Little Lawn Fawn Love

Hiya!  I'm popping in with another Christmas card for two challenges: Lawnscaping Challenge: Merry Christmas and CASology: Merry...

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Toboggan Together
Woodgrain Cardstock:
Various Copics
Distress Inks
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas

I am also linking this up to the Marker Pop Challenge: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Another Christmas Card... I just can't stop!

Hiya!  I know, I know... you've seen a billion Christmas cards already, but I just can't stop sharing!  Anywho, I will keep this short and sweet..

This card was created by coloring onto a Penny Black Tree Stamp with various Distress Markers and then spritzing with water before stamping.  I love the mix of colors and soft dreamy look this technique provides.  I then stamped my sentiment and added some stickles on the tree for glitter and shine!

I am linking this up to the CASology Challenge: Merry, Markers Pop: Anything Goes and Virginia's View Challenge: Glitter

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Merry & Bright CAS Style

Hello!  I'm popping in real quick a second time today to share a very clean and simple Christmas card I have created using The Ton Stamps ingenious Holiday Bows Stamp Set as well as a Sentiment from MFT Stamps...

I am linking this up to the CASology Challenge: Merry

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Joy & Peace ( a little shine too! )

Hello!  Today I am sharing a new tag I've created with one of the newest Alley Way Stamps Set called Happy Everything. (It's 40% off too!)  This set is a must have for all stampers as it has all of the sentiments we usually need!

See the fun foiling I did along the edges?  Isn't it so fun!  And so easy too!  I know lots of people have seen it done with a Ranger glue stick, but since I didn't have one of those but I did have a Xyron Glue Stick I gave it a whirl, and ta-da!  It worked!  ( The foil is by Therm-o-web )  I started this tag by stamping my sentiment with a light grey and then stamping over it slightly to the right for a shadow effect with a darker grey.  I then used the same light grey to stamp some snowflakes with generational stamping too.  Finally, I diecut the snowflakes from a Spellbinders die and layered them together.

I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Winter Wonderland
and the Addicted to Stamps Challenge: Winter

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cards Made with New Insta Fun Collection by DCWV

Today I am sharing some new cards on the DCWV Blog I've created with the newest additions to the DCWV's Insta Fun Collection, I would love to see you stop by their blog and check it all out!  You can't see the gold foil in this shot, so you really do need to head over there to see the prettiness in person, wink wink!

Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:

View blog post for supplies

Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Inspired Shaker Card

Hello!  Today I am sharing this shaker card I have created using the Metallic Stardream Cardstock from on the Blog.

For full details shots on how this card came together you can find them on the Blog.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Winter Wonderland
Simon Says Stamp: Die Crazy

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Stardream Metallic Cardstock from
Stamp: Stampendous
Ribbon: Silver Satin from
Sequins: V's Sweet Ideas and mix of Pretty Pink Posh
Foam Adhesive Strips
Silver Embossing Powder

Two Tags with One Set

Hello!  Today I am sharing these two tags that are both very different, but were made using the same images and sentiment.  To create such different looks I used stamping and coloring with matte colors on one tag.  I then used embossing and bright watercoloring on the other...

By using various color combos and coloring mediums you can really stretch your stamps.  Plus it's fun to try new things and see the results.
I am entering this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp: Winter Wonderland Challenge
Simon Says Stamp: Die Crazy

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps ( all stamps are now 40% off )
Die: MFT
Various Copics
Ink: Tsukineko
Watercolors: Gansai Tambi
Sequins: Mint Owl
Ribbons: May Arts
White Gel Pen

Friday, December 18, 2015

You're My Cup of Tea...

Hello!  Today I have a card I am sharing a card for The Coffee Lover's Winter/Holiday Blog Hop... with so much on my plate I wasn't sure if I'd get a chance to play along, but I'm so happy I did!  Here is my card...

To create this card I used the new Alley Way Stamps Set: Swee-tea (available now at 40% off fyi!), some DCWV papers, some heart dies and Copics.  I love how a little masking can really add fun dimension to a flat card :).

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Something Exciting to Share!!!

Hello!  I am so honored, thrilled, excited, and humbled to be working on a new Design Team for Stamplorations called the CAS DT! yay!  Exciting things are in store, find all of the details here at this link.
Thanks so much for stopping by, can't wait to start sharing new projects with you soon!

Monday, December 14, 2015

12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge

Hello!  Today you will find I'm sharing this new tag that I've created here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog.  This tag was totally inspired by the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Challenge Day 7, by the amazing Julie Ebersole's tag...

Here is what I created:

And here is her tag...

To create my tag I did things backwards to how I normally do them when I'm working with watercolors and heat embossing.  I started by watercoloring the background, then I heat embossed over top of that, and finally added some stamping just as Julie Ebersole showed in her video.  I then chose to flourish the top of my tag with a bow die cut.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Melt Your Heart Out (The Alley Way Stamps)
Watercolors: Gansi
Embossing: White (
Ink: Deep Sea (Lawn Fawn)
Dies: bow (Spellbinders) tag (MFT)

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Fun and Funky Tag...

Hello!  Today I have a fun tag I've created and am sharing here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog.  My inspiration has come from The 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist Day 6 by Kelly Purkey's Tag...

Here is my take first...

And here is what it was based on:

My biggest inspiration and love of this card was the white snowflakes mixed with the stripes.  Now to create my take on this technique I heat embossed the dots from the set Point of View with white first and then stamped over it with the Line Upon Line Stamp Set in red.  I then stamped my sentiment from the Happy Everything set in green, added it with a staple, some star embellishments by DCWV and a mini clothes pin.

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday

Hello!  Today I am here and on The Alley Way Stamps Blog sharing a fun Numbered Birthday Card that I've made using their new Happy Everything and Digits Stamp Sets mixed with an older set called Wish Big.

To create this card I started by stamping my sentiment and balloon image.  I then colored the balloon image and "th" in with Copics.  Next I stamped the 7 on the balloon and used stickles to "color" it in. Finally I added stickles all over the panel for a confetti look and backed it with two sheets of DCWV birthday patterned paper.

I am linking this up to the Virginia's View Challenge: All About Glitter

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great start to your week!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello!  I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing hop/extravaganza!!! Read on for full details on how this hop works, and possibly giveaway info. *wink wink*

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

Today I have created several Christmas cards using the same image and sentiment, but with various colors and patterned papers to keep things interesting.  If you are like me and you have lots of cards to make at Christmas time changing the colors can keep you from falling asleep in the middle of your work hehehe!

Both the little snow fairy and sentiment are by Penny Black, I used various Copics for coloring, Stickles on the wings, and Wink of Stella on her outfit.  The patterned paper comes from a mix of Fancy Pants and American Crafts.

Now don't leave just yet...

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by WOW! Embossing Powder, (woo hoo!) so you’ll definitely want to get your hands on it! Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to and leave a comment there too to double your chances! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 7am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments! 

Don’t forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

And Happy Crafting too!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Holiday Countdown Series, Day 3 with

Hello beautiful people!  It is the first Friday of the crazy month of December, ahhhh!  And today you will find me sharing a Shaker tag that doubles as an ornament on the Blog! woo hoo! I love two for one deals!  Anywho, I would be so honored if you had a moment to stop by their blog and check out the full details, photos, and how to make one for yourself!

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

You're My Cup of Tea...

Hello!  It's Wednesday and I feel like the business is never going to end, ahhhh!  Ok enough of my self pity party... because I have a card I made that I am so excited to share!  Sometimes cards just come together, and it makes me so happy when that happens and this was the case with this one.

I created this little beauty with the new Alley Way Stamp Sets called Sweet Tea and Point of View... both are available at discount right now too!  To create this card I started by stamping the arrows on the cardbase.  Then I stamped and colored my cup with Copics.  Next I diecut some aquamarine cardstock and added it over the arrows.  Finally I added some gold arrows washi tape, stamped the sentiment and steam.  And I just had to add some more gold dots with a pen near the steam.

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspiration:338

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

V's Sweet Ideas Challenge of the Month

Hello lovely crafters!  I am back with the December Challenge for the month with V's Sweet Ideas! woo hoo!!!  We are rocking it with non-traditional colors this time around...

To create this card I used a mix of Lawn Fawn Oh Snap and V's Sweet Ideas Life Recorded Set, as well as some Lawn Fawn Paper, ink and stitched dies.  Oh and V's Sweet Ideas sequins! :) yay! Sorry again about the photo lighting, those darn grey skies won't go away, grrr!

I am linking this guy up to:
The Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More: Holiday

Hope to see you play along this month and Happy Crafting!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last TAWS Blog Hop

Today we are hoping for the last time for The Alley Way Stamps.  Since this is the last hop there are no giveaways, but don't let that stop you from visiting and giving a little hello to all of the team, and for some inspiration on the newly released stamp sets!

I created my card using the new mini stamp set called Melt Your Heart Out...

This little guy is so cute... and the melted version is even cuter!  To Create this card I started by stamping and coloring the snowman in with various Copics.  I then diecut with a stitched circle die.  The sentiment was stamped on a banner and all of it was adhered to some DCWV patterned paper.

I am also linking this up to the following challenges:

Now here is the hopping order:
Lisa - You are here
Marina - Go here next

Thank you so much for stopping by and any time you may take to leave comments, it means so much!
Happy Crafting/Hoping!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sweet-Tea Sneak Peek for The Alley Way Stamps

Hello!  Sadly this is my last sneak peek for The Alley Way Stamps, as they will be officially closed at the end of this month.  I'm still so sad to think about it, but time to push those thoughts away as I have a sweet one layer card to share with you today using the new Sweet-Tea Stamp Set...

Sorry for the lighting in the photo we've had rain for several days making it hard to get a nice bright shot, grrrr!  But I still had fun creating this cutie!  I started by stamping my image and masking it.  Next I layered the masked image with a stencil and went over it with two purple distress ink colors.  I then removed the mask and Colored it in with various Copics.  I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner before adding the glitter washi tape, sequins and rounding one corner.

I am also linking this up to the Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Oh, and I would love if you clicked over to my earlier post from this morning!