Thursday, August 25, 2016

Summers End Blog Hop

 

Hey everyone!  Welcome to the Blog Hops with Heart Summer's End Blog Hop!  If you came from the amazing Amie Kiger's Blog, you are in the right place.

I hope you had a great summer!  My summer has been the most interesting...of my life, lol!  My family and I have almost moved to Arizona, and South Carolina...and while we are still in California, my husband could get news of a new region to take over any day.  We have been so incredibly lucky to visit so many majestic beaches and National Parks all over California and a tiny bit in Oregon.  But, living in limbo has it's ups and downs for sure.  So, I'm choosing to focus on the wonderful memories we are making with our children!  If we have to live in limbo...living two hours from the pacific ocean or two hours from Lake Tahoe, has been the way to do it!

For this months hop, we are featuring anything about summer.  I have a few projects to share.  I hope you great some great inspiration!

For my first card, I combined the super cute stamp set Fiesta Gathering with the True Love stamp set.  Fiesta Gatherings is one of the great sets available only for consultants.  I colored the images with Copics, and then added Stickles to the Pinata and candy.  I used the Hit the Road stamp set for the #we'removing sentiment.  Think this will be good to send my mom, to tell her we are moving...again???



Of course I had to hang the pinata so it could swing!




For my next card I stamped the images for Swirly Seashells with gold pigment ink, then embossed them.  Then I played with the shells and my Kuratake Gansai Tambi watercolors.  The pearl sheen to these paints was perfect for the sea shells!   I used the Create Kindness-Beautiful stamp set for the sentiment.  I also loved how the woodgrain paper looked against the seashells!  The woodgrain paper is from the Rustic Home Fundamentals pack.  I wish we could get this piece in bulk!






Next on the hop, is the fabulous Wendy Coffman!  Thanks so much for joining me!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Seeing Stars~Blog Hops with Heart


 

Hey everyone!  If you came from Becca's fabulous blog, you are in the right place ( for our short, but sweet) Blog Hops with Heart this month!

We are featuring stars this month!  Funny story:  I had planned for months to make a fun shaker cards with my star dies.  Since we are still traveling, that meant a trip to our storage unit to hunt for my Cuttlebug or Big Shot.  I was so happy when I happened to find the box with my Cuttlebug!  Oh, I could have kissed it!  I had missed being able to use any of my dies...for months now!  I got all set up in the hotel room and found the perfect star dies with cute stitching and everything...only to realize I forgot to grab any of the cutting plates, and most importantly the spacing plate!  FYI, Michael's and Joann's don't carry those in stock.  Maybe, all this traveling is really starting to get the best of me?  Maybe I need to learn not to procrastinate?  Who knows...

So, with one day to spare, on to find a plan B!  I decided to try making a card with a galaxy background.  Haha, like most of my cards~I really didn't know what I was doing,  I just had to play around with it.  I colored watercolor paper with bright colored distress inks, very randomly.  Then I blended black soot distress ink to cover almost all of the background.  I splattered water around with a paint brush, and dried it gently with a microfiber cloth.  This brought back some of the colors, but also left lighter areas I was going for also.  Then I used the white and pearl colors from my Gansai Tambi watercolor set to flick stars everywhere.  Next time, I think I would add some Perfect Pearls to make it have more sparkle.  I used the super cute stamp set from CTMH Animal Greetings.  This set retires very soon, so if you want it you better grab it fast!  I was a bit too lazy to mirror image my stamp this time, so I just cut off the tail...and glued it on the other side to make the girl raccoon.  I colored the raccoons with Copics, and the cute sentiment stamp is Shooting Star from Mama Elephant.





Of course, once I started playing with that super cute stamp set...I couldn't put it down!   I made several more cards using those cute little critters.  I had to share one more card with you guys.  I paired the Animal Greetings with the Amusement Park stamp set.  I was actually tempted to use a new CTMH balloon stamp with it...but I'm not allowed to just yet.  So, since I'm a rule follower...I pouted a tiny bit and used Story Book from Avery Elle instead.  The sentiment stamp is from Avery Elle also, Be a Unicorn. The stars were from the Shooting Star stamp set, again from Mama Elephant.  I colored all the images with Copic markers, and cut them with my ScanNcut.  I stamped the roller coaster in Sapphire ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder, as well as the Ferris Wheel in the background.  I'm well aware there is no Ferris Wheel at Disneyland...but I couldn't resist using it in the background anyway. For the castle, I used Fairytale Birthday stamped in silver pigment ink on a white sheet of B&T paper from the Magical Paper Packet .  I have been so loving all of these stamps and paper packets that remind me of Disney, and I'm warning you now...you only have about a month to get them before they are gone for good, sadly. 



Well, that wraps up our Blog Hop this month!  Our hop runs in a circle.  If you started here, make sure and visit Kelly's awesome blog!  She always has the most jaw dropping, amazing scrapbook layouts to share!  Feel free to leave us any questions or comments along the way!

Thanks for joining me!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Like a Boss


 
Hey everyone!  If you came from Shelly's blog, you are in the right place!  Thanks so much for joining us for the Blog Hops with Heart Like a Boss!  This month we are showing how we use embossing in our artwork.  Honestly I don't use embossing too often.  I'm a bit too lazy, to get everything out that makes it turn out well.  But, this time I came up with a new way that I think might make me use my heat gun a bit more often.  I think it was worth the trouble, even though I am still crafting in my hotel room.

For my first card I started off playing with my new CTMH ink pads.  I realized now that I have my new MISTI...I will never have to buy colored embossing powder again!  You can stamp any color, then stamp again using the MISTI in VersaMark ink...and emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Then I used the waterbrush with the ink of the pads to color them in lightly.  I added a few sequins from the Magical line, just because I think they are cute.  Some of my images were not stamped perfectly...I tried using a Bounce sheet since I didn't pack an embossing buddy with me.  I can't say it helped much, lol.  But, seriously...if you don't have a MISTI yet, I think it is totally worth the money!








For my next card, you know I had to play with gold!  The pictures aren't doing it justice, but hotel lighting is not helping...But, I love all the glittery gold goodness:


This card was definitely my favorite!  I stamped all the images from the CTMH stamp set Ornate Blossoms, in Delicata gold pigment ink, then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  What I love most about embossing is it makes watercoloring so much easier.  It's a little more forgiving, (especially if you wait to start until you have fed your three children to start playing).  Lol.  I colored the images in with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then just played around with adding water with a waterbrush to get the colors to graduate as I liked.  I stamped each flower again in gold on the card base, and embossed them.  Having the full stamped image under my fussy cut image, made it easier for me to fussy cut the flowers (I chopped the circles off).  I might have been pouting a bit at this point...looking at the dies I bought that match this stamp set...But, all of my die cutting machines are still in storage.  This really is a beautiful stamp set, worth the fussy cutting~there, I said it.  ;)






Now Hop on over to the fabulous Wendy Coffman's Blog!  You won't want to miss it!  Thanks so much for joining me!

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Put it in a pocket






Hey everyone!  If you came from Shelly's fabulous blog, you are in the right place!  Thanks for joining us on this months Blog Hops with Heart!  This month we are showing how we use pockets in scrapbook layout, cards, and in my case...for my planner! 


If you have visited my blog before, you already know I love pocket pages.  I have been using CTMH Flip Flaps for shaker cards for quite some time.  (I have a YouTube video on those).  I also love using them for my planner!  I love using them as I make-shift bookmark to plan out our days.  It makes it so easy to get back to that page easily, after it is over also...to jot down memories I want to make sure and scrapbook.  Here is a few peeks at my latest pocket pages I made for my Filofax.  One is for our trip we recently took to Hawaii.  The next pocket page is for an upcoming trip to Disneyland.  I used mostly all new products from Close to my Heart, you have to check out the new catalog!















I used a Mickey punch from Joann's to punch out ears on CTMH black fundamental paper.  Love that stuff, wish I could get just black in bulk!  These were all super quick and easy, easy enough you can make them while staying at your mom's house, lol!  We are headed back to California now that my son has graduated~whoo-hoo!!! 

Thanks for joining me!  Next on the hop is Jayma!  You won't want to miss her amazing project!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

All Things Die Cut~Blog Hop


 



Hey everyone!  Welcome to my blog!  If you are hopping along from Becca's blog you are in the right place.  Thank you so much for joining us, this month we are sharing all things Die Cut!  I tend to go through phases with all of my crafty supplies.  When it came to dies, I started with a Big Shot.  I started collecting huge dies from Sizzix, though I can't say I used very many.  Then in 2012 I saw this crazy infomercial...and I bought a Cricut Expression off TV (which I had never done before, lol).  I really didn't use it much, until Close to my Heart released their first cartridge, then I was smitten!

Then I found my new love a little over two years ago...my ScanNcut!  I picked it up about the same time the Cricut Explore was released.  I have found the ScanNcut to be a stampers dream!  Maybe it is the perfectionist in me, but I have soooo many stamps from CTMH I wasn't using...for fear of not being able to cut them out *perfect*, and I loathe fussy cutting.  So, with the ScanNcut I can now use any stamp.  I simply stamp it out, and cut it out...in about 5 seconds.  I found the machine so easy to use, right out of the box...without reading any instructions.  I have a husband, three kids and a dog...so sometimes I just want to spend time creating.  Having a machine to use without a computer, with no new software to learn or update etc. is pretty sweet.  Now, I'm not going to say this machine will start doing your laundry or even save you so much money from not buying dies to match your stamps...I still love matching dies, BUT it is awesome when the dies are not offered.  I do love the Cricut Explore so much, I had to buy the Explore Air...well, maybe that was because it came in gold, lol!  But, I do love being able to cut from my iPhone...you can't beat that!  But, I have to say...I use my ScanNcut much more than my Explore.

Then, a little over a year ago, I was introduced to stitched dies, through a dear crafty friend.  Oh my goodness, I can't say I have fully recovered yet...I am still adding new dies to my wish list every month!  Picking my favorite machine, or die would be almost as hard as picking a favorite child.  Luckily dies all play well together, and they are all so much fun!  So, no matter what phase or crafty mood I'm in...dies of some sort are always in the mix of things.  

So here is my project for this blog hop...I used an assortment of stamps and dies from Mama Elephant.  Dies made this card super quick!  Ready to pop in the mail to a dear friend, who is now expecting her first child!  I stamped all the images with gold pigment ink, then heat set everything so I could watercolor with Tim Holz distress inks.  Super quick and easy...which is all I have time with, as we are still traveling! 




Thanks so much for joining me!  Next on the hop is Amy McVey!  You won't want to miss how she uses dies!     

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blog Hops with Heart~Foxy Valentine

 

Hey everyone!  Thank you for joining us for the Blog Hops with Heart, featuring products we love for Valentine's Day!  If you came from the fabulous Becca's blog, you are in the right place!

If you are a CTMH fan, you already know they have some fabulous Cricut cuts perfect for Valentine's Day.  Since I'm currently on the road (literally), I don't have any of my CTMH goodies, or my Cricut.  I have only been a hobbyist with CTMH, so I brought crafty things I thought would be quick and easy...and just for craft therapy!

If you follow me on Instagram, or YouTube...make sure and scroll down past the end of my post.  ;)

I love Valentine's Day, it's the day after my birthday.  So it's always a lot of fun at my house.  We give our kids gifts, and they never know if it's going to be a little Lego set, and new markers...or two Guinea Pigs!  This year, they are getting a trip to the beach...and some awesome Mexican food!

Here is how I used a few of my crafty Valentine favorite's, that I recently picked up from Lawn Fawn, and Mama Elephant!  I used Copic markers to color the fox, and then used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to attempt to watercolor my hearts...I just started playing with watercolors.  No judging, lol!  I love the gold paint sooo much, I splattered some on the large heart.  I really just want to slather it everywhere!




You have completed our super short hop today!  I hope you found some inspiration along the way!  If you jumped in the middle, be sure to circle back to super talented Amie's blog!

Thanks for joining us!!!



For those of you following me on Instagram, or YouTube...I just want to thank you so much for all the emails, messages and such!  You sure know how to make a girl feel loved!  Many of you seem a little worried, so I thought I would share a little it of an update on what I've bet up to.  We did make it safely to California...and we absolutely love it so far!  We are still in the process of getting settled in.   But, I will be taking a longer than expected break from YouTube.  I hope you understand!   I will still be posting pictures on Instagram.  I'm joining in on the The Daily Marker 30 day coloring Challenge, by fabulous Kathy Racoosin.  It is so fun, and exactly what I have time for now...crafty therapy and a quick photo on Instagram!  All of your sweet comments, messages, emails etc really do mean a lot to me!  I will be back, I promise!  <3

Big Hugs,
Stephanie

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Planner Theme Blog Hop~My love for Filofax

Hey everyone!  If you came from the talented Becca Whitham's blog, you are in the right place!  I'm joining in with these fabulous crafty ladies again this month, and we are sharing our planners!

I just jumped into the planner world last year. If you are new to the planner world...I will warn you, it is easy to become overwhelmed (and addicted, lol).  I started with the Erin Condren Life Planner, which I waited until she had a sale to pick it up half price.  I actually did love it, but I started joining Facebook planner groups, and discovered Filofax.  I love both planners now, for different reasons...but I am still so new to the planner world, I'm still learning everything!

For the Erin Condren Life Planner, I love that it comes completely done.  No accessories required, though the matching items are so tempting!  It is perfect to use at home for bills, and family info.  I love that is pretty, and I don't feel the need to decorate it (though lots of people do), and I love the overall layout. It's just too big to put in my purse...so I find myself not using it as much.  But, it's pretty pricey for to use for just one year.  But, I did find it to be high quality.

Then last June, I discovered Filofax...and the bargain hunter in me loves the Filofax much more.  The Filofax is a planner that comes from the UK.  They come in lots of styles, sizes, and colors.  My favorite is the Personal size that fits in my purse, without being too tiny to use for my planner/budget system.  I love that you can get buy it on Amazon, and depending which planner you choose...the prices are more affordable.  I love that it fits in my purse, which makes me use it much more...and helps me track our expenses to stay on budget.  Gail Vaz-Oxlade would be very proud of me, I think!  I've seen many use it as their wallet, but I'm not there yet, lol.  I love that you can decorate it as little, or as much as you want...which makes it even more fun to use.  Most of all, I love that you can use them year after year, and just switch out the inserts for a new year (for about $10).

My collection of Filofax's are all leather, and are real beauties!  I actually ordered a bunch at once from the UK Amazon, and saved over $150 that way...but if I had to do it over, I would have just started with one...if I could have picked just one, lol!  In case you are new to planners, you don't NEED more than one...but lots of us like to change them out every so often, like you do purses.  The planner that is my current fave, is the Filofax Malden Personal Organizer Ochre, which is a super soft leather.  Make sure you read the description, as not all Filofax's are leather (especially the super cheap ones).  ;)

So, here is my current collection:




The fun part of Filofax's is how much you can accessorize it.  I recently made some charms, that hold the place like a bookmark.  If you are a CTMH girl, the Base and Bling items would make awesome charms for your planner!  But, when I first started out...I just made a dashboard.  I don't know who named it dashboard...but, a dashboard is a decorative page you see first thing when you open your planner.  So here is the one I made:



For my dashboard, I was inspired by Kelly Latevola (<----amazing)!  I used the stamp set Watercolored Anemones, from Wplus9.  I second generation stamped the images, and then gave it my first try at No Line Copic coloring.  I loved it, and I'm so happy I finally tried it out!

For the inside I wanted to make shaker inserts to divide the pages, so of course I had to make mine with CTMH Flip Flaps!  Soooo easy, if you saw my Easiest Shaker Card~EVER YouTube video, this was pretty similar, and still no Fuse Tool required!  I used the Crop-a-dile Big Bite punch to place holes in the Flip Flaps after sealing.  The sequins are too big to fit through the holes, but glitter or seed beads won't work for this easy insert.



I hope you had fun peeking in my planner, and you can incorporate some ideas in your own planner!  No matter which planner you use or love...You have to love yet another way to use stamps and craft room stash!  Now on with the hop, to see what the fabulous Amy McVey has to share about her planner!

Thanks for joining me!!!