Make It a Double

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! I am back today with a super yummy treat to share.  Anybody up for a little bit of ice cream?

If you love ice cream as much as I do, then you are going to adore the new Make It a Double digital stamp just released from Digital Doodles. This fun stamp is the perfect image for party invitations, summer-themed scrapbook pages, or birthday cards and tags, like mine here. I think this little sweetie could be used for SO many different things. What about you?? What would YOU use it for?

I created the tag by layering a die-cut journaling pad and die-cut shape from Creative Imaginations’ Loolah collection. I trimmed the journaling pad paper to tag size and shape, leaving the lovely scalloped edging across the bottom as is. There is Girls’ Paperie and Loolah papers on both the paper-pieced ice-cream cone and the gift bag itself. Rub-on from Imaginisce. The ribbons are from Digital Doodles creator Kathy’s Card-Blanc Etsy. Kathy has the most gorgeous hand made treasures in her shop, as well as fabulous trims, ribbons, and unique scrapbooking supplies. I so recommend giving her a peek.

I love the sprinkles! Think I might like to make mine a triple! Or maybe even more!  If you stop by the Digital Doodles blog, you can see Gina’s fabulous mile-high confection.  I think she definitely has the right idea. 🙂

And in other scrappy news, I hope you will join us over at inspireME this evening for our super special, super fabulous live CHA chat! Come cha-cha-CHAT it up with us!  We’ll be previewing the new lines and giving away some prizes, of course.  And hopefully we will get the full CHA scoop from Brandin and Dena. So mark you calendars for tonight 6 pm PST/ 9 pm EST. Here is a handy time converter to see what time the chat will be in your neck of the woods.

Hope to see you all there!  And thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a wonderful day.


A Beautiful Day Beach Parasol

Hi everyone! Greetings from sunny California! We are settling in and having a wonderful time here at one of my favorite places on earth…..home.  I feel so lucky that I can still go home to the very house I grew up in.  It is such a fabulous feeling of  comfort to return and have things be the same as always.

Look at this peaceful setting. I have been spending quite a bit of time just kicking back on the chaise lounge soaking in this view. I’ve been hanging out with some of the locals, too.

My old college mascot, the banana slug.  It wouldn’t be home without a few of these guys around. 🙂

Besides just hanging out, it’s been game time here at the ol’ homestead. Dominoes and the new favorite, poker. I have never played poker before and must admit to being a bit slow at picking up the game, but I will say that I was the big winner last night.

Go me!

And for some scrappy news, I do have a card to share today that features the latest digital stamp from Digital Doodles called Beach Parasol. This adorable image lends itself to so many uses including baby or wedding showers, under the weather get well greetings, or summery beach theme projects like mine.

Isn’t that umbrella adorable? And so easy to use!  I simply printed the image as-is onto cream cardstock, cut it out, and added color and pattern with a bit of simple paper piecing.

I created my card with October Afternoon Fly a Kit patterned papers and a die-cut journaling card. Love this bright and summery collection. All I added was a computer printed sentiment banner and a couple of antique buttons from my stash.

Beach Parasol is available exclusively through 2Peasinabucket and retails for a mere 99 cents! What an amazing deal! If you’re looking for more inspiration using this fun digi-stamp, be sure to check out the Digital Doodles blog to see the amazing projects the rest of the team dreamed up.

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting me today! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Banner Bird Meets Home Sweet Home

Good Friday evening everyone! Are you all ready for the start of another weekend? I know I am. Even though we are on full summer mode here, there’s still something magical about the thought of a couple of days with no schedule, no special wake-up time, and no routine. That’s my kind of living! In order to fully enjoy these next few days off, I’ve been super productive today.  I figure that way, I can relax tomorrow.  Sounds good to me! 🙂

I have been a busy little bee in my scrap room, working on some projects that I can’t quite show you yet, but that I’m very excited about.  I can hint and tell you that some of it is for a special event we have coming up for Webster’s Pages. This month, the Webster’s Pages Design Team will be featured guests at the online scrapbook store A Cherry on Top. You can join us on Wednesday, July 14 at 6pmPST/9pmEST as we chat and share loads of inspiring layouts. Shhh, word has it, that there might be a sneak peek to be seen floating about as well! Here’s just a small look at what I’ve been working on.

I do have a fun project to share with you today that I created using two digital stamp images from Digital Doodles. This is Banner Bird meets Home Sweet Home.

I have been loving the kraft cardstock this week! Guess that’s not too surprising considering that brown is my favorite color. I know a lot of people don’t particularly care for it, but brown makes me think of comfort, like a hot cup of coffee or dark chocolate.  It makes me think of trees and the great outdoors and Mother Nature, more of my favorite things. And it also happens to be the color I see when I look into my children’s eyes. 🙂

I printed my Banner Bird onto kraft cardstock and stamped a little welcome greeting on the banner.  I love that this area is blank, making it perfectly adaptable to all kinds of sentiments. I added a small touch of color to the bird using chalk pastels, cut the image out, and adhered it with pop dots over a pair of freehand clouds.

I also printed the Home Sweet Home images onto kraft cardstock. Cut them out and layered them on some of my favorite patterned papers from Jillibean Soup. Kept the design rather monochromatic except for the pops of bright red on the strip of paper and button.  The touch of coloring on the Banner Bird image pulls all the red together.

I hope you all get a chance to stop by the Digital Doodles blog and see the fabulous creations the team came up with this week using other combinations of Digital Doodle images. Once you start combining these little cuties, you’ll quickly see that the possibilities are endless.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Tweet Retreat

Good morning everyone! Once again we have made it to mid-week, and I am wondering where the time has gone.  How can the days slip by so quickly?  Especially as the end of the school year approaches, I think time speeds up….although I’m sure my kiddos would disagree with me on that one.

Yesterday was a very special day at my house.  My mother celebrated her 71st birthday, and I feel extremely blessed to have been able to spend the day with her.  Living on the other side of the country, we don’t often get to spend birthdays together.  We took a little trip to Selma for a day of strolling the antiques stores.  Selma is a sleepy little town in rural NC that has undergone a revitalization in their downtown area.  Several years ago, their town manager offered one year of free rent to anyone willing to sell antiques, resulting in a rustic and charming area to shop.

Afterward, we had presents to open and dinner out.  It had to be, by far, one of my most favorite days in quite some time.

Today I have a project to share featuring this week’s Digital Doodles release from 2Peasinabucket called Tweet Retreat.

This sweet digital stamp image is perfect for so many uses from new home announcements to birthday greetings and from scrapbook pages to card making.  And what a fabulous deal it is for only 99 cents!

I began my card by printing the Tweet Retreat stamp onto kraft cardstock and adding spots of color to the birdhouses using a combination of paper piecing and water-coloring.

Hand cut the branch image out and layered it over an older MME journaling card and some of my favorite patterned papers from Jillibean Soup.  Added   rustic twine bows and a pop of color with orange adhesive gems and a button from Jenni Bowlin.

Gave the card some textural interest by cutting along the zig-zags of the patterned paper and adding machine-stitched edging. Trim is Green Lattice Lace from Webster’s Pages.  The sentiment was printed from my computer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing part of your day with me!  Hope you have a great one!

Field Flowers

Good morning everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  Here we are, mid-week already.  My, but time flies by so quickly. I haven’t even begun to tackle all those items on my To-Do list for the week.  At the rate I’m going, the week will be over before I can even begin. 😉

Today I have a fun project to share featuring this week’s Digital Doodles release called Field Flowers.

One neat aspect of working with digital images is being able to modify them to suit your whims, like I did with today’s stamp. By enlarging the image and hand-cutting the elements, I was able to change the stamp’s format by using 4 flowers instead of the original 5, and placing the bumblebee in a different orientation. Love the versatility you can get from a single image.

I used a combination of coloring techniques on these adorable flowers.  The leaves were colored with chalk pastels while the flower heads were paper pieced with patterned paper.  I really like how the two work together to create a unique look.

I added adhesive pearls to the flower centers and placed the flowers against a background of Jillibean Soup papers to create the feeling of a true “field” of flowers.

A wide strip of antique lace and pleated velvet anchor the base of the flowers.  The sentiment was printed on my computer, punched it out with the window slot punch from Stampin’Up and secured to the card with an antique button and a simple twine bow.  The manila tags at the top help balance the weight of the ribbon treatment.

Hope you take a moment to check out the Digital Doodles blog to see all the wonderful creations the other designers have come up with.  And then hop on over to 2Peas to pick up your Field Flowers digi-stamp for only 99 cents.  What a deal!

Thanks so much for sharing part of your day with me!  Hope you have a great one!

Meowy Messenger

Good morning everyone!  Is it just me, or is this week zooming by more quickly than usual?  I had to stop and think was it truly Wednesday today,or only Tuesday?  Somehow, I feel like I’ve lost a day somewhere. 🙂

Hope you don’t mind if I take a moment to share some fun news with you all.  I’ve had a few projects picked up for the May issue of ScrapStreet Magazine, a wonderful online publication featuring lots of cool articles.  You can find me here, here, and here.  Thank you, thank you, ScrapStreet!

And today I have a fun card featuring this week’s Digital Doodles stamp release over at 2Peas called Meowy Messenger.

This adorable digital stamp is the perfect framework for greeting card sentiments or journaling blocks on scrapbook layouts.

I printed Meowy Messenger onto white patterned paper and using my craft blade, cut away the inside of the frame image.  I colored the cat and bird with my watercolor pencils and used my blending pen to add spots to kitty.  Layered the frame on yellow paper, added a double row of scallops, and machine stitched the panel in place.

Papers are from Basic Grey’s new Max & Whiskers line, which I thought were a perfect match for this fun stamp.  Finished the project with a bit of tight zig-zag stitching in the corners, gold adhesive pearls on the frame scrolls, vintage seam binding and a Prima Cameo Rose.  The sentiment is a combination of rub-ons from a Creative Cafe SwatchBook.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope your weeks are going well!

Home Sweet Home

Hello everyone!  Happy Wednesday.  Hope your weeks are going fabulously so far. We’ve been having such beautiful warm days here, it’s been a joy to just sit out on my back deck whenever possible to drink in the view.

Today I have a card to share that features this week’s new Digital Doodle release called Home Sweet Home. I really love this sweet image.  It’s perfect for so many uses like moving announcements and open house invites. And it’s an absolute steal at only 99 cents!

I started my project by enlarging the Digital Doodle image in my Photoshop program.  I then printed the image onto kraft cardstock and cut the individual houses out.

I printed the image out a second time onto some Jillibean Soup Cabbage Soup paper and paper pieced the rooftops and the small heart in the center house.  Gave the houses a bit of dimension with some foam dots and popped them onto a “hill” I created with the Jillibean paper.  Added some machine stitching to the hill and around the kraft cardstock panel for detail.

The greeting was created from a rub-on from Creative Cafe and my tiny alpha stamps from Hero Arts that I stamped on the small tag and added to my bow.  The ribbon is vintage seam binding that I spritzed with English Ivy Glimmer Mist. Then I added a Prima blossom and a stick pin as a final detail.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  You can check out the rest of the design team creations using the Home Sweet Home stamp here.

Have a wonderful day everyone!