Saturday, February 28, 2015


I've used the pattern that Julia Stanton (thanks Julia!) provided in the last hop & cut a cup with my silhouette.
I did the base as a shaped card (per the pattern) but then cut another layer with DCWV paper that looked very springy & another lid to top it with.
Stamped it with PTI latte love & added a strip of 1/4" chevron twill in celery & then tied it with grape burlap string.

I think it looks very springy indeed!
Here in the PNW it has felt like spring for several weeks- it seems that winter missed us completely this year! Already mowing lawns & pulling weeds!!
Thanks to Amy & Chaitali for another amazing hop!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

PTI February 2015 Blog Hop

This month we had a photo inspiration (see below)- and I'm always such a literal girl!
I used the Spellbinders die with contact paper for a mask, colored with watercolor pencils & added water.

What do you think? Before I added the water I was thinking that I had chosen poorly, but as soon as the watercolor effect happened I was a bit smitten.
Vellum panel so that the sentiment (from botanical blocks) didn't cover much of the pattern- gold heat embossing.

Here's the inspiration pic. I should've done more blue, but was going mostly from memory...
The night pics really aren't doing it justice. boo.

Blog Hop Inspiration

Can't wait to see how others were inspired! 
Happy Hopping!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cuddle Blanket

I was up at May Arts yesterday- with this sweet cuddle blanket tutorial:
Head over to check it out!!

Monday, February 23, 2015

DIY Neck Wrap

I've got a fun post at May Arts with instructions to make this great neck wrap/heating pad!
Head over to check it out & tell me what you think! :)

If you have any questions about DoTerra oils let me know!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

MIM #201: Cover Plate Stencils & Embossing Paste

This week the challenge was to use PTI cover plates & embossing paste to create. How lucky am I that Erin sent me several that she'd cut out! I put the chevrons to work here, with gold embossing paste from Dreamweavers. 
Swoon. Seriously.
That gold is too much. When it was wet I wasn't sure how metallic it would look so I sprinkled some of the Dreamweaver f/x powder in a few places. Turns out it didn't need it, but added a cool texture.

I cut some tickets out of vellum, stamped with just the ticket & heat embossed with black powder.
A layer of 3/8" black metallic velvet ribbon anchors the base.
I put some rhinestones in the top corner- wish I had some gold sequins on hand!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

PTI Anniversary: Blue Ombre

Another PTI challenge entry! This one was to use blue ombre on our project.
My daughter was working on a school project with watercolors so I took advantage & colored a panel with blue myself- then sprinkled salt on top for the spotted effect (all those art docent lessons are giving me fun ideas!)

Die cut the birthday out of vellum & added some May Arts parrot green burlap string.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

PTI Heavy Metal Challenge

This PTI anniversary challenge was to use metallics & neutrals-
here's what I came up with:

Background basics polka dots in black topped with a spellbinders gold foil 'hello'.
This is all on a white pearl cardstock panel.
I am not going to lie. 
I LOVE this.

Thanks for taking a peek- hope you're enjoying the festivities!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

PTI Anniversary: Maile Belles Returns

I love Maile's style- and happy that she will be bringing us more PTI inspiration!
There is a challenge to create something inspired by a project found on her blog- I found this and
here is what I came up with:

Here is the original from Maile:

You can see I replicated her project in different colors- and used a different sentiment :)
I am enjoying the PTI anniversary party! Hope to create more from the inspiration (of course we've got a science fair project & valentines to contend with, so we'll see)!!
Thanks for stopping by!
Don't forget that May Arts is hopping all week with Faber-Castell!! Head over & leave a comment for your chance to win!

Monday, February 9, 2015

May Arts + Faber Castell

I had a crazy good time playing with the Faber Castell goodies I was working with!
May Arts + Faber Castell = BIG FUN!
Here's what I have to share:

I used 3 colors of gelatos from the red mix & match set & mixed it with the whipped spackle.
Gelatos Colors-Red
Whipped Spackle
Ombre fun? Yes, please!
I spread that over 2" webbed weave ribbon.
I tied a big 1.25" white silk bow & 1/4" pink silk tails

Another mix of gelato & spackle, this time spread over 7/8" adhesive fleur-de-lis scroll design.
I love having cards like this in my stash!

I can hardly contain my excitement for this project!!!
I've painted a bottle with a multi-surface paint on top & the bottom is Faber Castell's chalkboard paint!
Chalkboard Paint
I've tied 1/8" burlap cord in ivory at the color break- with a nautical knot in front.
Burlap string in ivory around the neck, with the tails holding navy satin cut-out anchors!

I used the Stamper's Big White pen to create my 'chalk' ahoy!

Stamper's Big White Pen

Have I mentioned that I'm excited about this?

Ok, you know there's a giveaway, and more inspiration to be had!

The giveaway - $50 prize pack of Faber Castell goodies and 3 rolls of May Arts Ribbon! 
Make sure you check out all the inspiration & leave a comment for your chance to win!
Here's the line-up for the week!!






Sunday, February 8, 2015

MIM #200: Layering Cover Plate Dies

This week the challenge at PTI was to layer cover plates. 
I put a Spellbinders die to work here- PTI white cardstock, red from my stash, & Tag-Its- #11, I believe.
I stamped the sentiment on May Arts 5/8" Cotton Stripe in black.

Are you ready for Valentine's Day? Hadley & I worked on hers this weekend- as well as her science fair project. I suppose that's the upside to no skiing- time to get that done over the weekend....

Excited about the fun challenges happening for PTI's anniversary- hoping to play in some this week!

I will be back tomorrow with a super fun May Arts Swap- hope you can stop back by!!

Friday, January 30, 2015

May Arts Valentine Hop

Welcome to day 2 of the May Arts Valentine Hop!
I've got a fun project to share!
I've used red burlap & hand embroidered it with 1.25" white silk!
I simply drew a heart with chalk on my burlap & stitched away.
I can't remember what this stitch is called- it's like a running stitch, but starts nearly in the middle of the last stitch- giving a rolled appearance.
I love the contrast of silk & burlap!
I used double-stick tape to attach it to a piece of foam core I had so that the burlap didn't pull when I hung it.

I used a needle with a large eye for my stitching. 
Like my fancy 'hoop'? Hahaha. In all honesty a hoop would've made this a much easier project!

Now don't forget to visit each blog & leave a comment- two lucky people will be chosen for a May Arts prize :)

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've been inspired!

Here's the lineup so you don't miss any stops!

·         Virginia Fynes
·         Tracy McLennon
·         Rhea Weigand
·         Mary Brockway
·         Mallika Kejriwal
·         Lalo IK
·         Karen Hanson

·         Karen Baker
·         Jennifer Davey
·         Jenifer Cowles
·         Jen Shears
·         Gini Williams Cagle
·         Emily Lanham
·         Charlene Driggs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Valentine Wreath

I'm up at May Arts today- head over to check it out :)
Simple Wreath Update for Valentine's Day

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 2015 PTI Blog Hop & MIM #198

The theme at PTI for the hop is hearts, and the MIM this week is 3 panel cards.
I've used some Authentique patterned paper on one of the panels & fab new May Arts 1" solid with red glitter stripe ribbon.
Stamped images are from Tag-Its #11.
I tied some red burlap string around the card for the bottom image as well :)

Wishing you all a happy hop!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hair Clips

I have a fun project at May Arts- head over to see how to make these cuties!
Imagine the possibilites!! :)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ribbon Repair

I have a repair project up at May Arts- head over to see how I used May Arts ribbon to fix a damaged top!

Friday, December 26, 2014

December 2014 PTI Blog Hop Take 3

 One last card for the hop- and playing along with MIM stamped borders!
Big Thanks center image stamped in smokey shadow & vintage borders stamped in gold & silver delicata.

Trying to capture the shimmer!

I like how the image from vintage labels matches the big thanks! A little more formal than I usually create, but would be a really pretty border for a wedding card!!
Happy Hopping!

December 2014 PTI Blog Hop- Take 2

Take 2 for the PTI blog hop!
I've used PTI white cardstock & some Artful Accents silver glitter dot garland to create a super CAS thank you card! Mail friendly too- LOVE that!
I used a spellbinder circle die to cut a PTI kraft circle to stamp on. Sentiment is from Trendy Trees. The ink is Delicata gold- so pretty in person- hard to photograph! 
I would've heat embossed but my heat gun died! WHAT? It is probably over 20 years old so I suppose it's understandable. I had a momentary thought of getting the iron ouy to heat emboss old-school- it passed!

I think I will make some more of these- I think they turned out so cute!!

Happy Hopping!

December 2014 PTI Blog Hop

PTI blog hop day! This month the theme is silver & gold!
I've used some gold foil DCWV paper to create a box. I've tied it up with May Arts 1/2" metallic silver ribbon and used gold metallic string to tie on a PTI tiny tag stamped with a sentiment from Trendy Trees using delicata ink.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!
Happy Hopping!