Mixed Media


It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything but I hope to get back into the swing of things.  I hope everyone has well and creative I sure have!  I’ve been taking up some new interests lately such as bible journaling, drawing and ATC cards.  I’ll share all of this in the coming weeks but today I wanted to share the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry class I’m taking over at Onlinecardclasses.com.  My plan was to register  for Creative Chemistry 103 which starts in August because although I never took 101 & 102, I’ve been using distress products for a while and feel quite comfortable with them.   Unfortunately there is a pre-requisite; to register, you have to have taken 101 & 102.  Since the prices are very reasonable and I’m a huge Tim Holtz fan, I just went for it.  The class has been great, and you’ll see by my first attempts that I really needed Creative Chemistry 101!  I’ll post my progress and hopefully we’ll see some progress.  Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll do my best to not make it so long between posts!

Creative Chemistry 101



Ok, so I realized my problem with promising a technique every Thursday is that I don’t have my video set up ready to go just yet!  I wanted to be able to show the technique myself, but until I get set up, I will still post techniques that I find across the web.

I’ve always liked the emboss resist technique for the texture it brings to a card.  Lisa Brown of Ink And Inspirations created a wonderful snowy scene using different embossing powders and inks.  I’ll give this a try myself before the weekend is out and let you all see how it turns out.  Enjoy Lisa’s video below and give this technique a try!



The holidays should always open our hearts to others who may not have love or family in their lives.  With this in mind, my card club besties and I have committed to donating our card creations to a local assisted living facility.  We’re starting with making sure that each resident receives a holiday card to brighten their spirits.  We’ll be sending along a number of get well, thinking of you, etc… cards so that whenever needed the staff can make sure a resident receives a card when needed.  Enjoy the below pictorial of my contribution for the Holiday cards.  Majority of the stamps, cardstock and dies are from Stampin’ Up! Although the sentiment labels were cut from my Silhouette.

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Here’s a cute card I whipped up today last minute.  My SIL’s nephew is a Marine who happens to be stationed here in Norfolk.  He’s become a wonderful addition to our family times together and it’s so nice to be able to love on him since he’s away from his immediate family in New York.  I just found out his birthday is tomorrow and we’re gathering for our ritual cake, ice cream and “What Happened On This Day in History”.  The latter is thanks to my sister who insists on finding the most obscure historical facts to add to the person’s birthday celebration :-).  I’m always excited when I think of a male card.  Enjoy!

Aces WM

I started with the Cas-ual Fridays In the Cards stamp and Shuffle Fri-Dies Die Set.  I used Stampin’ Up! cardstocks Basic Gray, Basic Black and Real Red along with Neenah Solar White for toppers and the inside.  Insta used are Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin’ Up! Real Red.  Rounding some of the corners just seemed to fit.  Check out the inside of the card below.  I thought adding a playing card inside was a nice touch!

Aces WM Inside


Cards, Techniques


When you’re relatively new to this crazy wonderful card making and paper crafts world like I am, you find yourself always looking for exciting techniques in card making, organization, art journalling and sewing.  So in honor of spending hours perusing sites for interesting techniques, I’m declaring Thursday “That’s How It’s Done Thursday”.  As I find interesting techniques, I’ll share them here so that we can all try them out and maybe learn something new along the way.

This first post is more about a wonderful blog I tripped across by way of Pinterest.  The Flowerbug Shop is a card making technique class based site run by LeeAnn Greff a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  What impressed me so much about her site was all the work she has put into offering low cost ($4-$12) card making techniques complete with great photos and PDF instructions that you can keep in a binder so that you always have them on hand.  I was also quite impressed with this way she has found to bring sales to her blog.  Go LeeAnn!.

She also offers a bundle which includes 36 months of techniques made with Stampin’ Up! products which is a great deal at $40.00.  It’s like having a huge arsenal of card ideas!  In the bundle she also includes these PDF technique cards so that you can keep a small version of the technique on a ring binder.  I think it’s genius! Below I’ve included pics of a great card box gift set that I will be doing shortly and will share my cards once done as well as a picture of the technique cards mentioned above.  Please head over to LeeAnn’s Flowerbugshop.com and check out her offerings!  And please visit me on Thursdays for more That’s How It’s Done!


I love the idea of giving a multi purpose box of cards that loved ones can then attached whatever sentiment matches their occassion!



Technique class sample cards (1)

Do you see how awesome the ring of techniques would be to have on hand!

Cards, Supplies, Techniques


Quite a bit to say huh? Well that’s why it’s simply called MISTI.  MISTI is the brain child of Iliana Myska of My Sweet Petunia.  A crafter since 2001 Iliana grew frustrated with inconsistent stamp impressions.  After some trial and error she came up with the MISTI.  MISTI is a stamp tool that will help you to perfectly align and stamp your images with no worry of the ink not fully making contact with you cardstock.  MISTI is made so that the stamp stays positioned in the same place so repeated inking to get a clear image is never a worry.  At $60.00 this is certainly an investment tool, but one that will pay for itself quickly when you see how much you will use it and how less stressful your craft time will be.  MISTI has become a major part of my craft studio and I wouldn’t want to be without it!



I’m sharing these cards and this story today in honor of Sara Jones and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I never met Sara, but about a month ago my DBIL Dave asked my help in creating breast cancer related cards for him to give as a gift to Old Dominion University coach Karen Barefoot who was a very close friend and co-worker. Sara was her assistant coach of the Lady Monarchs.  Sara was a firefighter, asst. coach, awesome aunt and friend too so many.  I prepared to make these cards by first reading about Sara.  This woman rocked!  She was an amazing blessing to the ODU team and is greatly missed.  It was an honor and a pleasure to make these cards in her memory.  Please read more about Sara here, you will be inspired!  Dave,  Thanks for involving me, I truly enjoyed getting to know Sara! Butterfly Ribbon

Inside Butterfly Ribbon

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Saturday was our annual Christmas card & tag swap with my Bestie Nation.   Thank you to Ruby who is always a wonderful hostess.  To have an ultra relaxed day, we all arrived in pajamas, although I thought we were supposed to wear holiday pajamas.  Facials, yummy cocktails and food were on the menu along with a really good time of just a bunch of friends enjoying each other’s company and encouraging each other’s unique way of expressing our craft.  So to Ruby, Denise, Ingrid, Kathy, Beth, Julia, Lindy, Kelly, Lisa B.  and Tami, thanks for a good time with good friends!

Enjoy the view everyone!


Here’s my card made with Paper smooches A Blessed Christmas stamp set and die.  All yardstick was inked with Distress inks and the three wisemen are embossed on top of the cityscape.


My tag was made with MFT stitched tags dies and 1 1/2″, 3/4″, 1/2″ circle punches.


Besties Nation All decked out in PJs.  The cards below are made by the besties.  I learn so much from them all.

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There are so many companies out there enticing us with their latest offerings of stamps, inks, papers and embellishments.  Oh if we could only buy it all!  One way to avoid going completely broke is to check out your favorite online stores to see if they offer monthly card kits.  I’ve enjoyed buying kits at times because it gives you a supply of current coordinated products to make a nice number of cards.  Any that I have purchased will also come with an inspiration sheet or index cards showing card ideas made with everything in the kit.  How awesome!  give me all the paper, stamps and embolus and inspiration!?  Who could ask for more!

Check out your favorite online stores for their card, die or scrapbooking kits and give it a try.  Also read carefully kit membership information.  Some stores require  6 month commitment to the membership.  Most I’ve been a part of run from around $25-$30 per kit.  I’ve made a decision to try a card kit for the 6 month commitment and then try another, and another…  That way I can see what’s out there and always go back to the stores who offered kits that I especially liked creating cards with.  I’m currently receiving monthly kits from Simon Says Stamp.  Since Simon Says Stamp is an online store with their own signature products as well as all major craft companies, their kits are chuck full of offerings from all of our favorite manufacturers.  From their kits I’ve been introduced to paper companies I didn’t even know existed so that’s another plus!

I hope you enjoy the cards I’ve made so far with my Simon Says Stamp October card kit! Check out SSS video with Shari Carroll below introducing the kit as well.  Until next time…


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