Abundant Blessings

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The holidays. In just a few short days we’ll be into them full swing. I’m determined to spend some time with my family this week reflecting on abundant blessings that have been ours this year. Our family has weathered some difficulty this year, so I think that it’s important to remember, reflect and appreciate.

I wish I had time this weekend to make and share a few dozen of these turkey cards. I just love him…I colored this one up this morning with Copic Marker, and I’m sticking it in the mail as soon as I hit publish on this post.

Mr. Turkey and the sentiment are from the Verve Stamps set Bountiful Blessings. The label die was a gift with purchase from Sizzix, so I’m not sure of the name. The little flag dies are retired MFT.

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While the 2015 Copic teaching schedule is totally and completely finished, there are CHA classes open for enrollment. I’ll be teaching some fun ones: Faces and Hair, Clothing and Accessories and Vintage Values and Monotones. We’ll also be offering both certification classes and a brand new FLOWERS class! Can’t wait to see what people think about that class. It’s been such a popular request over the past year or so! You can find all of the current class information HERE.

I’m off to mail my card and run into town for a few errands, then tonight my little family will enjoy a dinner, just the four of us and reflect on our abundant blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!

No Dry Time Easy Christmas Canvas


Twice a month I have the pleasure of participating in a mom’s program at my church, and once a month I plan a quick craft that the 20ish of us can share together. Today we made these 6″ x 8″ Christmas canvas decor pieces. It was fast, super simple and a real hit with my moms!


The thing that will take the longest is finding a silhouette image, and that’s fast and simple with a google search. Here I used a popular deer head design, and I say this part takes the longest because you will find a lot of fun ideas to try! I wish I had taken a photo of all of the finished canvas this morning because I had turkeys, a pilgrim head silhouette and a Christmas star to choose from. But, I didn’t. :(

There are a lot tutorials for this on the internet with different cutting and adhesive techniques for this canvas, but I wanted to focus on something my group could do together without a lot of expensive supplies. I also wanted the ladies to be able to take their craft home today without any glue drying time! Adhesive sheets from Imagination International worked GREAT!

So, for my rendition the complete supply list:


Unfortunately for this project, my laser printer  heat sets my ink, so I was not able to print directly on my adhesive sheets. The upside is that I wanted each mom to choose her own design, and having the images printed first on copy paper was a much more economical option. Cut out your desired image from the copy paper and trace onto the back of the adhesive sheet. The slick surface of the sheets won’t take ballpoint, felt tip or alcohol (Copic or Sharpie) very well, so we just used a ballpoint and applied pressure to trace a faint impression of our image. Worked just fine.


Trim the silhouette image from the adhesive sheet. Yes, you are trimming twice. You could save some time with an electronic cutter and appropriate files, but again, I needed easy and portability to do this away from my home.


Position the cut out adhesive on your canvas for proper placement.


Peel the labeled backing and apply the adhesive silhouette shape to the canvas. I found it easiest to work from one end and gently pull the backing away, sticking to the canvas as I go. This is pretty sticky, and unless your shape is really small, you won’t be successful with a complete peel and stick method.


Next, I put a piece of copy paper over the stuck image and rub gently over the design, making sure that I get the adhesive edges sealed really well to the surface of the canvas.


Then, pull the protective backing from the canvas, exposing the sticky surface of your cut shape.


Sprinkle with glitter. If you are doing this with a group, I cannot over emphasize the instruction “a little goes a long way”… :)


Tip: A small brush or sliver of paper to shift the glitter around will help you see where you might still need to cover exposed adhesive.


Use your plain piece of copy paper to burnish again, pressing the glitter into the adhesive design.


Tap the canvas on a piece of copy paper to catch excess glitter and clean off the non-sticky surface area. Right after this I sent everyone outside to give the backside of her canvas a good tap to shake off any glitter remnants. Tip: a little piece of contact paper or tape rolled around your hand backwards works great to pick up stray glitter pieces!


Cute glitter and canvas decor for your mantle, bookshelf or a gift.


Twenty ladies made these start to finish in about 20 minutes this morning! So quick and easy. If you make any of these canvas, let me know. I’d love to see a picture when you are finished!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Deer Tag and Blaze Orange



I was out of town over the weekend teaching my last set of Copic classes until after the New Year, but I wanted to share this card that I created this card for Dina’s final challenge of Hope You Can Cling To! It’s a layout that I’ve done before, but I had fun adding the hunter’s orange to the background. It’s deer season here, and everyone has his or her tags.  We are ready! (The deer stamp is Stampin’ Up! and the tag is Designer Mini Tags from Taylored Expressions.)


And my final card to share with you for Hope You Can Cling To was for my own challenge, and I wanted folks to incorporate roses. I used Rose Builder stencil from My Favorite Things and the Copic Airbrush System.

The airbrush is easy to use, and I love it with stencils. For this stencil, I use post-it notes to mask off the sections of the stencil that I don’t want to you and to protect around the edges of the stencil for overspray. These roses are large enough that you can concentrate ink in the center of your flower for depth! Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peaceful Scene in a Shaker

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I tried something new this week and created a Die Cut Shaker card for the Splitcoaststampers tutorial. We love to accompany those tutorials with a video, so it was I who braved the camera for this one. It was actually super easy to create, and I’m planning to make several more for Christmas package tags.

The snow splatters on the trees were created with Dr. Martins Hydrus Titanium White Watercolor – I love how easy this is to use. The sequin mix is so fun. It was new last week from Verve, and it’s called Frosted Snowfall – it comes with those little flakes! So cute!

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This is my finished sample for the video. (I hope my hair looked ok!)

The dies that I used are Pocket Page Winter Dies and Polar Bear Dies from Top Dog Dies. So fun… I think I covered all of the how-to in the video, so I’ll keep the babble short today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Good Work in You

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Finally Friday, and welcome to Verve’s October Release Retrospective! ! You may have arrived from Rosemary‘s blog. Welcome!

I am super excited to share two cards with you using the Good Work set before I shut it down for the weekend! :) I have something you’ll be excited about, as well!

Would you like to win some shiny new Verve? Julee will be picking a random commenter on one of the hop spots below to win a $50 gift voucher to Verve! So be sure to leave a little comment on all the blogs listed at the bottom of this post to increase your chances! Check out the Verve Blog today for a little more about the new products (all with a 20% discount!) and all the prize info and deadlines!

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About my cards… I mentioned earlier in the week how much I love that most of Verve’s sentiments can stand alone as a focal point? Here I’ve paired this sentiment from the set Good Work with a few simple embellishments. The feathers were cut from the packing tissue paper that always comes wrapped around a Verve order. It’s such a pretty Tiffany Blue with silver sparkles right in the paper. {love} The sequins around my oval sentiment panel are from a new little Verve sequin mix called Frosted Snowfall. Seriously cute with the little shiny snowflakes!

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My second card to share with you today features adorable flowers from the Good Work set. I’ve stamped them with my MISTI using grape, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Lost Lagoon ink on a panel cut with a retired Verve die, Notebook Paper.

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The flowers stamp so pretty! I love the detail work to them that looks beautiful stamped and colored or, as I’ve done here, simply stamped in a variety of different colors of ink. I used the Frosted Snowfall sequins again. So sparkly… I tried to get up close and personal so you could see the shimmer.

Thanks so much for hopping by today… I’ve loved participating in the Verve release with all of the Divas this week! (Hoping to stamp some more this weekend!) And, I can’t wait to see the other designers cards with these beauties. Don’t forget to comment on each of these blogs for your chance to win the $50 Verve Voucher.

Day 1 Hop List
1. Julee 8. Amber
2. Teresa 9. Andrea
3. Charmaine 10. Laurie
4. Marisa 11. Christyne
5. Amy {Guest} 12. Rosemary {Guest}
6. KellyJean {Guest) 13. Lori {Guest)
7. Maureen

Don’t forget that I also have that fun $30 Verve Voucher up for grabs on my Monday Verve blog post. Comment on this post before Sunday evening for another chance to win!

One last thing! Remember that Hope You Can Cling To cancer awareness campaign is still going strong at Splitcoast. There are a lot of prizes to be given away in the next few weeks (including four fabulous Verve prizes!)  I hope you have time to check it out and join us for the fun!

I think that about covers it! Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a wonderful weekend!

Coloring Faces and Hair

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Thank you all for the sweet comments on my Verve Guest Diva post from Monday. You know how to make a girl feel fabulous! Still time to peek and post a comment for a chance to win a Verve voucher here.

I’m finishing up some Copic coloring today, crafting and packing for my workshop classes (Faces & Hair, Vintage Values, and Clothing and Accessories)  in Southern California next week. (There are spaces left in my classes and in Debbie’s classes in Vancouver, Canada – if you are in the area and have time to join us!)

This is a card that I created for another Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers! The image is a fun Saturated Canary. I love to color these images. They are fun, and they are GREAT practice for facial shadows, bone structure and clothing. I think this cutie is called Dutch Girl (but I can’t find her in the shop – I’ve had her quite a while!). Her skin is colored with E51 and E21, then I personally use E000 like a magic brush in any places that I need to smooth out. Since the surface area of her skin is so small on this print out, I can get by with 3 skin colors. The larger the area that you are coloring, the more colors that you probably want to introduce to create depth. Her hair is colored with E31, E33 and E37.

Faces Hair BookBraids are another topic specifically tackled in in Copic’s book, Coloring Foundations: Faces and Hair. Easy to understand text with detailed step out photos. We get wonderful feedback on our classes, and there is nothing quite like hands-on instruction and one-on-one feedback, but these books (there is one on flowers, too!) are a great value for self-guided learning.

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This Saturated Canary digital image is called Traveling Colors. I printed it a little bit larger, so there are is room to work more color into her face – E51, E11, E21 and E000. Her hair braids are colored with E42, E44 and E47. She’s a little too big for a card front, so I’ll stick her in my sample image portfolio.

It’s time for me to clean up and clear off the crafty desk. I have had such fun crafting again the past few weeks, but I can’t make another single card until I do a little housekeeping… never a strong suit.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll be back tomorrow…

New Verve… O My Soul


Bless the Lord, O My Soul… A few weeks ago, I received an email from the incredibly talented, Julee Tilman asking me if I would be interested in a Guest Spotlight for Verve’s October release!? Of course, I barely could type yes fast enough when I read through her entire invitation and saw these words: there’s even a little wheat stalk image in the set!  Wheat! eep! Though, I’ve lived different places around the country… I am a born and bred Kansas girl… if you even murmur wheat or sunflowers, I’m all yours…


Isn’t that a classy Guest Spotlight graphic? Julee is one of the most talented graphic designers that I know! This is a fairly long post, but I’m just going to throw it out there: I *may* have a giveaway graphic and prize details mentioned below for those who stick with me to the end. 😉

So, speaking of wheat, it’s only fitting that I show you my favorite image from the newest Verve release first… The wheat and the Psalm 103:1 scripture shown on the card above both come from the new set, Good Work. Swoon.


I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and Ranger Distress Inks (Wild Honey and Scattered Straw) to create a focal point base using the Wrinkle Free Distress tutorial at Splitcoaststampers. (The key is to allow your ink to dry well between layers!)

When I had created the base layer, I used a chocolate pigment ink and clear embossing powder to add the sentiment. I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice since I wanted to be sure and have good, solid ink coverage. Amazing results. I’d actually been shying away from embossing the past few years because speckled spots of non-inked image bothered me so. Not anymore! (We produced a Product Focus review at Splitcoast for the MISTI last week, if you aren’t sure what that is!) The stalk of wheat was added with Brown Sugar ink (SU!).  This card also perfectly fits a fun Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.


Next, I used the set Breath… Just beautiful, in general, but oh-so-appropriate for October, and I used the fun boxing gloves to make another Hope You Can Cling To card for Jeanne’s awesome challenge! The boxing gloves were colored with Copic Markers (RV52 and RV55), and I think the sentiments are perfect.. Fighter. Inhale courage. Exhale fear.


After I had made the most beautiful creative mess on my desk using both of the new Verve release sets I showed off above, I pulled out this adorable text Psalm 150:6 Plain Jane and Baja Breeze ink.

It seems like I am often stamping in a short window of time for a specific card that I need for one friend or the other, and one of the things I appreciate about Verve stamps is that the design of the sentiments is always so well done. It’s totally appropriate to let beautiful scripture or sentiment stand alone as a focal point on my cards.  From the Heart and Pennant Trim dies finish this off.

For this card above and the two below, I paired my sentiment with remnants from a favored 6×6 patterned paper pad (Harvest Lane – Simple Stories).


Here I used Romans 12:12 and the Praise the Lord sentiment, both from Good Work, Gumdrop Green (MFT) and Pumpkin Pie (SU!) ink with fun journaling tags that were a part of my paper pack and a trio of enamel dots.


And, finally for this last card in this quick and easy series with the Good Work sentiment, I pulled out some twine and a button to use with a few enamel dots and a scrap of the pennant die as accents to another journaling card in my paper pad. As you can see, I’m also partial to the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Verve cards today. I’ve certainly enjoyed crafting with the new goodies. A special thanks to Julee and her team for including me with the release week fun!


If you are still reading, there is fun for you, too! Verve will be using random generator to select one of my readers who comments below to receive a $30 gift voucher to the Verve Store! How fun is that? So leave a little love before Sunday, November 1st, and the winner will be announced November 2nd on the Verve Blog!

And, I’m having so much fun with these stamps, I’ll have more to share later in the week! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be A Good One


I knew I wanted to make a sample for Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her at several events over the years, and she’s so sweet! Love that she helps us so much at Splitcoast, too!

I used watercolor paper and Stampin’ Up! ink refills to wash the background of the tag, and then paired it with a sentiment from the Sparkly Dreams set by Verve and a fun Dainty Flower from Paper Smooches.

I’ll be sharing the cards I’ve made so far for Hope You Can Cling To with the cancer center this week. (That’s the power of the entire project!) I know the patients who end up using these blank cards to send thanks, appreciation or special greetings to their own loved ones are grateful for these small gifts. These cards allow them to be a blessing to someone special in their own life…and I know for me, helping someone else always lifts my own spirit when I’m facing a dark time.


This was a quick card that I made for Misti’s challenge, Show Me Your Scars. The snowman is from Stampendous. I got it a few years ago… Such a cute little guy! He is colored with Copic Markers.

Still plenty of month left to participate with us in Hope You Can Cling To – thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs from our FABULOUS sponsors. Come stamp something and share HOPE!


Golden Serenity



Yesterday’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge was to bolster a piece of patterned paper. And, I had fun with it! This piece had been sitting in my ‘too pretty to cut’ pile for quite some time!



I loved the beautiful floral pattern on the paper, but to add some extra depth and dimension, I worked with a stencil from MFT and embossing paste that I brushed into the negative recesses of the stencil, wipe flat with a palette knife and let dry. I left the stencil in place, and I think it took about 15-20 minutes to dry and set up.


After the paste was dry and hard, I used a stipple brush and applied Viva Gold  over the textured areas. Keeping the stencil in place contains the gold and makes the application so easy. I love the shimmer and shine.

I stamped the Serenity Prayer sentiment from Verve Stamps’ Sparkly Dreams onto a watercolor paper tag that had been distressed with Ranger Distress Inks. The MISTI stamp positioner was invaluable to create this tag because the recesses of the watercolor paper required a few impressions of ink for complete coverage. With the MISTI, the text is stamped crisp and clean with no shaking or mis-stamped mistakes.


I’m planning to continue stamping over the weekend. The challenges have been so fun and inspiring. I know the cancer patients and their families will be blessed to receive these cards to use while they are in treatment.

Hope You Can Cling To is a fun event with lots of chatter, inspiration and prizes, but it is significant because it sends a little handmade hug of encouragement and support to people in their time of greatest need. I hope you find time to join us this month! An inspiring new challenge is posted every morning.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful weekend!

Scatter Sunshine




I thought I’d pass along a small sampling of my Hope You Can Cling To cards that I’m making for the largest cancer awareness event on the world wide web. I love crafting for the cause… I just wish I was eligible for any of the of fabulous $5,000 in sponsor prizes! BUT, you are eligible… check out our challenges and play along!

Scatter Sunshine was made for the TRASH cancer challenge. This was a fun inspiration. I won’t tell you how many attempts I made at this card (for a variety of reasons!), but I loved the end result…. The stamp set is Simply Stamped Sunflowers from Taylored Expressions. You know how I love my Kansas sunflowers, and I adore the sentiments in this one! My elements are: Taylored Expressions (stamp set) • Rectangle • Acrylic paint to frame the edges of my card • Sunflowers & Sunshine • Hemp twine


This was an entry this week for Teresa’s challenge called “Cancer Free“. This was a fun one, too. I pulled out a favorite stamp set called Mod Flowers from Inky Antics to complete this one. I paired it with a page from an old encyclopedia page on flowers and a monochromatic color scheme. Inks are black and Vintage Cream from Papertrey Ink.


Finally today, this is a card that I created for Kathy’s I am a Warrior challenge.

I used a set I’ve had for a while, Fanciful Feathers from Wplus9, and my MISTI stamp positioner. I am loving the MISTI, and the crisp lines that I can achieve and the perfectly lined up image and sentiment placements. I was really struggling with both of those things a few months ago. You can find helpful info on how to use the MISTI and FAQ in their Splitcoast forum. I used Stampin’ Up! inks for this card: Pool Party, Cantelope and So Saffron.

I wish I could stamp all day today, but I’m headed to a meeting and then lunch with my hubby and then more meetings. In honor of our beautiful upcoming fall forecast here in the midwest, I’ll leave you with this….

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne’s American Notebook (1842)

Have a beautiful Thursday!


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