Thursday, August 10, 2017

#10 for a WIN!

Hi there! Welcome to another ├╝ber fun Tic Tac Toe Challenge and this is Week 10 -- can you believe that? That means summer is almost over and we're pushing into autumn. But, I don't mind...I'm ready for the fall/winter holidays!

So, here's this week's inspiration board -- which line should I go for?

Ghouls and goblins (of the cute kind) have been on my mind AND I just got my hands on the brand new Authentique Tricky line, so I decided on the left row: metallic, anything but a card, and green.

I dig how the lighting in this photo came out -- like something magical is swirling about! I wish you could see how sparkly the clear Wink of Stella on this hauntingly handsome owl dude looks! I use Taylored Expressions Tagging Along die set for this "sweet" little treat bag, along with some nice, thick patterned paper from Tricky. The owl is from the brand new Peek A Boo Halloween stamp set from Taylored Expressions, and that wistfully wonderful web is from their new Skinny Mini Halloween Borders.

Wondering where the metallic is? No, it's not the shiny little Three Musketeers bar, but the gold foil star hole reinforcer and the gold metallic ribbon I used to attach the "Whoos Scared?" tag. I also added some googly eyes and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Sunlit Meadow.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to seeing your take on this week's inspiration board, so head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back To School

Welcome! So glad you dropped in. As an educator, I'm relishing this last week of summer vacation and thought I'd use that, along with this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge board, to create a sweet card for a teacher. It's my Team O's turn to inspire you and here's this week's inspiration board:

At first, I focused in on the doily, but then my mind whirled the back-to-school idea around, and I shuffled over to the left row: rectangle, circle (doily), and square.

I picked up a set of adorable mini pennant punches on my recent trip and really wanted to try them out. They were easy to use and I know I'll incorporate more teeny tiny banners in the near future!

Here's the inside of my card. Both sentiments came from a couple of my old Fresh Squeezed Stamps sets -- oldies but goodies!

Be sure to click on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see even more inspiration from my Team O pals. Link your card to this week's challenge and see if you become a Designer's Choice or Team Pick - then grab a badge!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Secret Agents Wanted...

What did the crafter say to her tape runner? Bond, just bond! Thank goodness my adhesives were checked and cleared for maximum security because I would't want this little cactus taking a tumble -- ouch!

I'm playing along in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge and it's week 7 -- TTTC007. Get the Bond reference above?! Seriously, I'm having so much fun using these inspiration boards to create a new card every week just for me. Well, someone else will eventually get it, but my joy comes from creating it. Here's the Tic Tac Toe board that inspired me and lots of others:

I love that after I pick a row and get my thoughts and ideas all sorted out, my supplies lined up in front of me, and start stamping, cutting, gluing, etc., I discover that my finished card incorporates several other elements from the inspiration board, as well. This week I used the center row across: washi tape, Distress Ink, and floral.

This was my first official use of Distress Oxide inks and I had a blast! Now this sample is very low-key and likely not very exciting to all you Tim Holtz fans, but I loved how buttery those inks moved on my paper! I spritzed a little water and then got all dramatic and tried some Perfect Pearls Mists in Sunflower Sparkle. This photo doesn't do justice to the pretty golden splotches, but trust me, it's cool.

I visited my hometown last week and stopped in at Paper Garden Boutique in Sacramento, where my girlfriend and I snatched up several rolls of washi tape. You just never know when you're going to need some washi tape with cactus on it, right? WEEELLLLL, here ya' go! What's that new storybook called, "If You Give a Girl Some Washi..."? A little is good, but more is better!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll step outside your comfort zone and give this Tic Tac Toe Challenge a try this week. Also, share the challenge with your crafty friends and neighbors, too! They're going to love having a fun, simple reason to create a handmade card this week :-)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

In The Mix for Week 6

Hi there -- I'm buzzing by to share my creation for this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I'm pleased as punch to be this week's featured designer!

Once again, the inspiration board offered SO many fun elements to try:

While I didn't include all the elements this week, somehow I managed to get several rows covered. Let's say the bottom row is likely the most obvious -- honey, plaid, woodgrain. However, I also captured the right row down with square, wrap, woodgrain. And, if we stretch it just a bit, I'd say I also hit the top row across with shadow, layers, square. Hold the phone! I also used the left row down with shadow, marker, honey -- whoo hoo!! If only I had something fuzzy...

The layout for this card was inspired by Sheri Gilson over at Verve Stamps. I've been itching to use the Build-a-Bee and Bee-you-tiful Sentiments stamp sets by Honey Bee Stamps, and this was the perfect opportunity!

I've been having a blast checking out everyone's entries in these weekly challenges. It really seems like folks are having fun with them. I hope you'll stretch your creativity and give it a try this week. I'll be looking for yours!

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

9 for 5

I'm playing along with this week's NEW Tic Tac Toe Challenge -- and you should too! Here's the inspiration board for Week 5:

I'm so enamored with Echo Park's Summer Bliss line that I had to use my leftovers to create this card because I was going for it -- ALL nine elements!

Mr. Balloon has a bit of sheer pink ribbon around his neck, all set for a summertime birthday party. I really enjoyed the challenge of using all nine elements, and it wasn't too difficult to accomplish.

I hope you'll skip on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge and give this one a try! Thanks for stopping by...

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Summer Vacay or Staycay?

Being off work for a bit each summer usually gives me just enough time to travel somewhere and rush to get done a few of those tasks I've put off the rest of the year. This year I didn't plan any vacations, so I'm really feeling like I have more time, which is a very strange feeling, indeed!

However, it's been wonderful for my creative spirit, as I've had lots of extra time in my craft room, as well as to pore over the loads of emails from manufacturers showcasing their new holiday goodies. I even got to pop into a LSS Friday evening and just hang out with other crafty folks, which was an inspiring treat!

I met a nice lady at The Stamp Addict. She's from Sacramento, but is working here in San Diego for a couple weeks. She was working on some cards using Graphic 45's Cafe Parisian and I was totally inspired. She fussy cut the designs just right for my taste and used some extra embellishments, but not too many. I'm starting to sound a little like Goldilocks here! I made five cards using Cafe Parisian and her inspiration -- here are a couple:

Would anyone else want to make these cards?! I hope so because I'm putting together a workshop very soon, so watch our CLASSES tab above for dates, times, and locations.

I also got a sneak peek at Simple Stories brand new Christmas line called Very MerryWhile I can't show you any photos of the line just yet, I'll describe it as rustic farmhouse meets hometown holidays with a touch of brush script thrown in for a modern touch. I'm creating a new Christmas pocket album workshop this fall using Very Merry and I'll keep you posted in the coming weeks.

Don't forget to join me over at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog. That's where I'll be for my weekly dose of outstanding inspiration!

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

June Bloom

Howdy! Here we are at another NEW Tic Tac Toe Challenge -- Week 4! It's true, time does fly when you're having fun and I'm having so much fun using the TTTC boards for inspiration.

Here's this week's challenge board:

So many different ways to be inspired and kick start your creativity!

The board's middle row gave inspiration for this card using patterned paper (or DSP) for the floral embellishment that sits atop the embossed background layer. I used Authentique's Sassy papers, which are filled with pretty, homey patterns along with vintage sassy gals. The die cut is by Stephanie Ackerman for Sizzix and it's layered with more Sassy paper and a chipboard cut to add dimension. This card's got some rustic, down-home charm!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Fourth of July holiday is a bLaSt! Be safe and be kind...

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Friday, June 23, 2017


It's time for another Tic Tac Toe Challenge and I'm all in! Here's this week's board and our inspiration:

I chose the left diagonal - blue, twine, rectangle - for my simple little card.

This little guy went through some morphs as I played with all the elements on the inspiration board. I bet you can see where this one might have gone the blue, one layer, yellow way, but I'd stamped on a panel and thought, "if I mount this onto a card front, will that mean it's not one layer?" So, I erred on the side of caution and simply added a light blue mat and a bit of twine. Voila!

Did you hear that TTTC has added another day to the challenge week? That's right - now you'll have a bit more time to design, create and link up YOUR awesome project. I can't wait to see what you come up with...

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Tic Tac WHOA!

Yay! It's Thursday and that means a brand new Tic Tac Toe Challenge is here! This week is Team O's turn to bring you some inspiration for creating your next AWEsome card

There are just so many possibilities when you consider these inspiration boards. Here's my take on the right row (wood, yellow, embellishment [Glossy Accents on each banner) and the left diagonal row (masculine, gray, embellishment):

This card is also inspired by my fellow TTTC design team member Jeanie Stark's joy fold card -- check hers out's SO adorable!

I broke out my Concord & 9th Birdie Banners clear stamp set, Copic markers, Bazzill cardstock and some patterned papers from Summer Bliss by Echo Park. You'll see more from that collection in our Paper Made Bakery June card making workshop/kit!

So, wanna give this week's challenge board a try?! Head on over to the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and see the entire Team O's projects and find the button to link up your own creation!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

We want YOU...

Get your inaugural project linked in this week's Tic Tac Toe Challenge...

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #1

Good morning and happy Thursday! I'm so excited to share this post today because it's the FIRST Tic Tac Toe Challenge and my buddies on Team X have put together a fantastic blast of inspiration.

If you've not heard of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge, click HERE for the details. In a nutshell, it's a weekly inspiration challenge with TWO design teams ready to inspire you. There's a Team X and a Team O (we make up the Tic Tac Toe team!) I'm on Team O, along with four other outstanding gals, and there are another five creative ladies on Team X. Each week a new Tic Tac Toe board is revealed with each square containing card making design elements to get your creative mojo hopping!

I'm personally inviting you to join us -- use the Tic Tac Toe Board for inspiration and create a card of your own. Then post it on the TTTC blog -- we'd LOVE to see your project!

So, here is my card for Challenge #1.

From the TTTC board this week I used the left row: Stripes, Vellum, Heat Embossing. Now, these Tic Tac Toe boards are SO inspiring, that I also used the bottom row: Heat Embossing, White, Baker's Twine. OK, to be honest, you can also see I used the left to right diagonal row: Stripes, FREE (button), Baker's Twine. Boy, this was fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by and I challenge you to get over to the TTTC blog and grab some inspiration for your next card!

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

KIT FOR PURCHASE - DIY Father's Day Cards

We have a kit available from our One Dapper Dude card making workshop! I've prepped the kit and it's ready to go...ready for you to make five masculine greeting cards (birthday, Father's Day, etc.) AND there's plenty of product included for you to make tons more on your own!

The One Dapper Dude kit contains: Authentique's Dapper 6x6 patterned paper pad, coordinating 12x12 sticker sheet, bottle of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Navy), and everything [including embellishments (may vary) and envelopes] you'll need to create the five cards using the step-by-step photo-illustrated instructions.

Here are samples of the cards you'll make with this kit:

Kit Price is $32.00
Postage to addresses in the continental United States is included.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hello! I've got some very exciting news to share with you all. A brand new challenge blog is coming and I'm thrilled to say I'm joining the design team. The new Tic Tac Toe Challenge is where all the fun begins on June 8, so go check it out!

The concept is awesome, brilliant even! Each Thursday a new Tic Tac Toe board is revealed with nine inspiration elements -- and you choose three to create an original card using a row of three. Just like the game Tic Tac Toe, it's all about three in a row (across, down, and diagonally). All the details and rules are can be found HERE.

So, stop by the Tic Tac Toe Challenge blog and meet the fabulous design team, too. I'm so looking forward to sharing in the fun and inspiring you to grab a row on the brand new Tic Tac Toe board every Thursday. It all begins June 8 -- see you there!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Guys & Dolls

Here's wishing all you mommas a Happy Mother's Day! Whether you have human or furry kids, you deserve a big hug and something pretty to enjoy today.

And since we're thinking about celebrating, we should probably start thinking about the guys in our lives, as Father's Day isn't far off. Or, you might have a masculine birthday coming up...or know a guy that just needs a smile put on his mug! With these occasions in mind, I'm sharing a few of our May Card Making Workshop projects coming to the San Diego area in the next couple weeks.

Below is one of my faves -- when I saw this new clear stamp set from Art Impressions at CHA, I knew I had to have it! How my fishermen do you have in your life?!

And here's one using the new Spring Grumplings set from Taylored Expressions that gave me a chuckle (and there are several different hilarious sentiments to choose from)...

Finally, I pulled out all the stops with Authentique's new manly line called Dapper to put together this one for all the dudes behind the wheel... 

 I'm still lovin' the Nuvo Crystal Drops, too! Remember, if you're in the San Diego area (or maybe coming for a visit), be sure to check our CLASSES tab in the menu above to see about joining us for an afternoon of crafty fun.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Create 365

While I was visiting southern Louisiana last week, I had the good fortune to cross paths with Amy Muffoletto, the owner of Create 365 in Lafayette, LA. She hosted our small group (and a sweet frequent flyer named Charlotte!) to a card making workshop in her awesome studio.

We had such a wonderful afternoon making adorable cards using Authentique's Saucy line -- I fell in love with the vintage patterns and sassy ladies!

This is an extra card Charlotte whipped up from her scraps!

We're a pretty SAUCY group o' gals waltzing through Lafayette on a gorgeous Tuesday morning...

Suzy, Steph, Shannon, Anne and Amy showing off our creations.

Did I mention how awesome the Create 365 studio is??

And before we skipped off for our food tour of Lafayette that afternoon, Amy invited us into her huge backyard for a fun photo op...

Thank you, Amy, for a fabulous experience! I hope our paths cross again soon!!

If you're interested in checking out Amy and her Create 365 business and studio, click here to check out her Facebook page.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017


OK, that's a play on acronyms, but I really would like to know what YOU would do with these brand new Distress Oxide Ink Pads!

Have you used them yourself, seen a cool blog post, or maybe even a video? If so, leave a note with a link to one of your favorite uses or projects using these new inks in the comment section below.

I'll give them a try and share my "findings". Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, creative day!

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Celebrate Good Times

March is a month to celebrate in my family, with 2/3 of us having birthdays! So, our "It's Party Time" theme seemed appropriate for our workshops this month.

Above is a not-so-good photo of the "tabletop banner" we're making. It was inspired by one I made with Jeanne Ciolli at her Stampin' Studio in Tustin. This CELEBRATE banner is made with Echo Park's Party Time collection kit and I just love the fun colors and patterns!

This is what the banner looks like when it's ready to be tucked away until the next time we need to celebrate. Nice and neat.

Inspired by Taylored Expressions

White cardstock base dressed up with kit's goodies - easy!

The collection kit has so many great 12x12 patterned papers and stickers we can easily create several cards with the banner leftovers. Above are just two we'll make in the workshop (or take home to finish if more time is needed!)

I hope you find something to celebrate before March is over. Look for a reason to party, people!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

What's NEW?

I just had to share a sneak peek of some of the NEW March release products from Taylored Expressions -- they have the cutest stuff, evah!

If you're interested in getting in on our pre-order (release is March 9), shoot me an email by using the CONTACT ME tab above. I'm lovin' me some Taylored Expressions products, for sure! How about you?

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sincerely Flattering...

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This Charles Colton quote gives inspiration to our card making workshops in 2017.

We all admire, Pin, and admit it, sometimes even drool over the fabulous handmade cards we see all over the internet. They're created by some of the most talented design team members for the purpose of snaring us wannabes into purchasing their manufacturers' products. We customers do so willingly, in hopes of creating our own versions of the awesome samples.

Well, let's use another famous quote: why reinvent the wheel?! We'll give credit and kudos where they're due, but we want to make those gorgeous! So, that's what we'll do.

February's card kit features Sugar Pea Designs' Countryside Charm paper pad and Best of Cluck stamp set, along with some navy blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. Below are samples of the cards we'll make. I took my inspiration from SPD's blog post introducing Countryside Charm: CLICK HERE

Combination of sets and companies makes for loads of fun!

You'll notice that I've used a couple of My Favorite Things' stamp sets by one of my favorite stamp illustrators Torico/Birdie Brown -- Green Pastures and The Whole Herd. They happen to look veeeerrry similar to sets at SPD, too. What was that quote above??

Lots of cranking for all those die cuts...but worth it!

Psst...don't mind the crumpled card bottom...that's not part of what you'll create!

Loved masking this one!

The 4.25" x 5.5" paper pad is perfect for an A2 card front...

Go ahead and keep lovin' those gorgeous cards by your favorite design team members! They inspire us to try new techniques and think outside our boxes. A BIG THANKS to all the illustrators, professional card makers, designers, and stamp manufacturers for a reason to get inky -- and motivated to stamp our he(art)s out!

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