Monday, April 24, 2017

Blog Hop with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Paper House Productions

Good morning friends!  I am excited to participate in the blog hop between Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Paper House Productions.  I merged the two product lines together by creating a shaker card! I used two paper lines from Paper House, as well as the Cherry Blossom snapshot you see in the background of the card.
Hello Shaker Card by Michele Kovack for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L/PHP BHop17
I created the shaker portion using a frame, Cherry Blossom’s snapshot, and acetate square from Paper House’s Let Freedom Ring Collection. I used Crafty Foam Tape between layers.

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I added a sticker sentiment, heart, and arrow border from the Discover USA Collection directly on top of the acetate.  The red and green patterned paper are from the same collection.  I adore these papers so much! They remind me of an all American picnic! I adhered all of the layers onto my white card stock using E-Z Squares.
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There are lots of prizes to be won, so be sure to head on over the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and the Paper House Productions Blog!  Thanks so much for popping in today!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stamping and Die Cuts!

Good morning!  How was your Easter?  
Mine was probably one of the best one's I've had in a very long time! The weather was gorgeous! My entire family made it and the food turned out perfect! 
Today I have a card that I shared on the SRM blog a few days ago. It uses their new Heaven and Earth stamp set.
The clouds were stamped and heat embossed in white.  I stamped the mountains on a separate piece of card stock and then colored them in using Water Color Twist Pencils. I used a white gel pen to add snow to the tops of the mountains. I also added "water" to the front of the mountains and the reflection of the sun.  I adhered it to the sky using crafty foam tape.  I glued a small felt circle for the sun and added rays with a Copic marker.  
I stamped the sentiment and added shadows with a gray Copic marker.  I tied a bit of Marigold Twine and a few sequins. The entire image was placed over a kraft die cut filigreed square from Spellbinders.  
Thank you so much for popping in today!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Shaker!

Just popping in today to wish you a happy Sunday and a blessed Easter!
Just a quick little shaker card from me today!

I hope the Easter Bunny is very good to you! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Stampin' Up! Happy Easter!

Good morning!
I need to get an assistant, I think, to help me get these blog posts up!  ;) 
But in any event, I got my booty on the computer and managed to squeak in this card!
I borrowed this cute Stampin' Up set from my Mother-in-law and colored it with Copic markers.  I added a bit of glimmer with a Wink of Stella pen.  
The cute plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn.  I added a bit of satin ribbon, a pink posie, and a few sequins.   
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rainbow Trees

Who doesn't love a good rainbow color scheme?  With glitter to top it off?
That's what I did here with SRM's new set called, Heaven and Earth.  I stamped the trees on white card stock in a rainbow pattern and then added clear Stickles for a bit of sparkle and dimension. 
I wanted to "ground" the trees so I added a bit of shadow under each one using a gray Copic marker.  I lined up my sentiment using my Mini Misti and added coordinating rhinestones.  I tore the top and mounted it on a piece of black card stock.  I tore the top of that one too.  
I tied Marigold twine vertically and adhered a purple rhinestone to the center. 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Chicks With Dimension!

Good morning and happy Monday to you!  
I will sharing a boat load of Easter cards this week with you!
This one is up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today. 
I borrowed this cute set from my Mother in law.  It is from Stampin' Up!
I colored it using Copic Markers and added glossy accents to the far right chick.
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I used lots and lots of Crafty Foam Tape between each layer.  Can you say obsessed with this stuff? It is definitely my go to adhesive!
I added a strip of Lawn Fawn plaid paper behind the image, a bit of twine, a vellum flower, and a few sequins to finish the card off. 
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I will be back each day this week with a new card, so please stop by for a quick visit!
Thanks so much!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Clear Treat Box Perfect for Easter!

Howdy and happy Thursday to you!  It is raining and storming here in Chicago like crazy! 
Trees are down, water in basements, siding blown's been going on for about 24 hours and it is making me crazy! (I hate storms because I am a huge scaredy cat!)
So what's a girl to do when she is nervously waiting for the storm to pass?
I created this clear triangular treat box for SRM. 
I adhered a doily to the edge as a base for my watercolored/glittered Quickutz eggs.  I am total old school with my Quickutz.  I remember back in the day when they were super popular, us crafty girls would compare which dies we had and squeal when we got a brand new one! (Or maybe that was just me?  Because I am kind of a dork that way?)
I adhered a spring sentiment on white paper and then a strip of black paper to make it pop.  I placed it on top of my eggs with foam tape.  For my final touch I tied a bow with charcoal twine and glued a rhinestone to the center. 
As soon as it gets light out here, I can assess the damage to my house and property. Fun times.
I am praying that there is minimal damage.
This weekend the forecast looks warm and I just need to get through today and then I am home free!
Have a wonderful day!
Thank you all for stopping by!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Water Color Vs. Prisma Pencils!

Good morning! I love this adorable stamp from Whipper Snapper called, Bow Wow Birthday!  I loved it so much I decided to make two cards with it.  The first card uses Zig Clean Color Markers.  I love water color,but due to my impatient personality, I sometimes mess up my images.  It is very wise to work on areas of the card that don't touch!  I've learned many times the hard way!
I added mini pom poms to their party hats, a few colorful sequins and a die cut sentiment. 
For my second card I used Prisma colored pencils.  Coloring with pencils is a bit more time consuming, but I do love the look it gives! I also felt like I had a bit more control with the pencils. I added highlights with a white gel pen.  

I used a plaid paper behind the image from Lawn Fawn, a sticker sentiment from SRM Stickers, and a few sequins.  
Here are the two cards side by side.  Which one do you like better?  What medium do you prefer?  Water colors or colored pencils?
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Small Stamps...Big Impact!

Good morning! I have a card for you today using a new stamp set from SRM Stickers called, Heaven & Earth.  I repeated the fish in a random pattern on a tag.  I added bubbles in between the fish using a Copic safe marker. Kind of gives a Zentangle vibe doesn't it? I colored the images with my Copic markers.  I used two colors on each fish to give a bit of shading.  Once everything was colored, I applied glossy accents for a bit of pop. 

 I matted the tag on black card stock and tied charcoal twine at the top.  I adhered that to kraft, black, and red card stock.  I stamped the sentiment in black for a final touch. 
I am enjoying my spring break with a bit of sleeping in, crafting, and catching up with my family a bit.  Yesterday I took Cort to see Beauty and the Beast, and tonight is dinner with Kyle.  
Enjoy your day today!
Thank you for popping by!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Embellished Egg Cartons!

Good morning and happy Friday to you!
I am off next week for spring break and couldn't be happier! A little time to catch up with family and sleep in for a few days! ;)
I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog today with these embellished egg cartons.  
Does anyone else have an obsession with Target's Dollar Spot?  Although they really should rename it to Target's Dollar(s) Spot!  Because let's be honest, is anything in that section really a dollar?
But nonetheless, I still love it and always seem to find something I have to have.  Like these gingham bunnies. 
Cute right?
And these egg cartons? Super duper cute!! My MIL bought me a set from Stampin Up! I added a bit of clear glitter to the sides. :)
I adhered the green polka dot paper using E-Z Squares.  The bunnies were self adhesive so they were just stuck right on top.  I used the Dual Tip Glue pen to adhere the gold trim and pink pom pom.  I cut a flower using a die from JustRite.  The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.  All of that was added using a Dodz-Medium.
Thank you all for stopping by! I love your visits so much!
Have a great day!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Combining Mediums...

Good morning! 
I hope you all had a great weekend! I was up on the SRM Blog last week with this card.  It is a stamp set by Altnew that I stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.  I colored it using Watercolor Twist Pencils.  I added shadows with Copics in various shades of grey.  I also added a bit of stippling around the flowers.  I thought it added a fun and interesting element to the card. 
I lost a bit of control of myself with the crazy amount of glitter I used here! The panel behind the colored image was completely covered in a chunky white glitter.  Then I adhered an SRM sticker and surrounded it with additional glitter.  Too much? Probably.  ;) 
But that's how I roll....
A few sequins finished it off which was better than me adding more glitter!  
Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Adhesive as a Design Element

 Good morning and happy hump day!  I have a card to share with you today that I created for Prime Publishing using products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  I wanted to do something with these dimensional foam squares besides just placing them behind a piece of paper.  I wanted to create some type of design element with them.  While the foam squares are on the sheet I cut them into 3x3 pieces.  I carefully peeled off the tops and placed my light blue paper on top of it.  Since they are sticky on both sides I was able to flip it, peel the tops off of that side and then sprinkle it with silver glitter.  
I swiped the edges of the blue paper with Versamark and sprinkled it with silver embossing powder.  I adhered that over a pink scalloped square with Crafty Foam Tape.  The sentiment was cut using Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam sheet.  I ran it through my die cut machine, peeled off the top and sprinkled a pale pink glitter over it.  I glued it to the silver squares.  
I felt like it needed a pop of color and little bit of somethin' somethin', so I took two leaves and coated them in a lime green glitter.  I also cut a small flower from the leftover Crafty Foam sheet and adhered that to the leaves.  I tied a bit of white string and placed it under the blue glittery flower.  I glued a pearl to the center for the last finishing touch. 
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I truly appreciate your visits!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dog-Gone Awesome!

Good morning!
Congrats to Margaret Rajca for taking advantage of Rodan + Field's bundle! She will receive the egg carton full of goodies! :)

Today I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives blog with another doggy card using this adorable Whipper Snapper image.  I have been on quite the coloring kick lately!  I did a bit of "stippling" on the grass. I used my Mini Misti to line up the sentiment.  (Otherwise mine were ALWAYS wonky!) 
I used Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape between layers for added dimension and Dodz-Mini to adhere the sequins and keep the bow in place. 
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I love this plaid paper from Lawn Fawn too! So bright and springy!
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I am really glad it is Friday.....and can't wait to kick back a bit this weekend!
Any plans for you?  Anything fun and exciting?

Monday, March 6, 2017

Egg Carton and Freebies!

Good morning my crafty friends! 
I have a giveaway for the next three days! I am giving away some sample skin care products from Rodan + Fields!
A little back story.......

I hated my skin.
I suffered from acne into my adulthood...then got wrinkles and large pores.  Oh! And a very irritated red chin on top of all that gloriousness I just mentioned! 
I spent tons and tons of money over the years and basically flushed hundreds....oh let's get real, it was probably thousands of dollars, down the toilet!
I decided to take a leap of faith last July when a friend of mine recommended Rodan + Fields.  
I was skeptical.
Very skeptical. 
But they offered a 60 day money back I figured what the heck! I might as well try this too! (At this point, I thought what do I have to lose? )
And guess what?
It worked!
I started to see clearer, acne free skin. Pores shrunk. Redness slowly disappeared from my chin. 
Wrinkles were softer, under eye bags disappeared!
THREE random strangers have commented over the past 6 months,  how beautiful my skin looks! 
Seriously! ME!? How crazy was that? 
So I did what any other smart gal would do.....I joined the business and became a consultant!
I am so excited to share this skin care with you!
Rodan + Fields has a crazy good sale until Wednesday, March 9th that combines a skin care regimen and their new product Lash Boost.  (Which is freaking awesome stuff! A swipe a night on each eye lid and you get longer, thicker, and darker lashes! See the "before and after" pics below)
If you sign up as a preferred customer, you will save an extra 10% (giving a total savings of 30%), free shipping, and THIS below! 
I have FOUR of these egg cartons to give away over the next 3 days for new customers!   Please e-mail me today for either more information, to be signed up as a preferred customer, or to join me in this wonderful, fast growing business!

Now this is really combining my two loves......crafting and skin care! ;)
Have a beautiful day my friends!

Copic Perfection

I've been crafting a fairly long time. And if you were to look in my craft room, you'd think I'd been doing it for 80 years!  (Think 100 lbs of crap in a 1 lb container!) But there are so many areas I keep trying to improve in.  Copic coloring is one. So I watch videos.  Like tons of them...because I think I have a "coloring video" addiction. 
I then run up to my craft room and practice what I just learned.  In this case it was the flicking motion to create fur on this Furry Friends stamp from Avery Elle. I used several shades of gray here for this cute little pup.  
Then there is this pesky light source issue I seem to be challenged with as well.  Never quite sure if I have the dark and light areas correct.
 Then I remember that this is supposed to be fun. And really, is the recipient going to be looking for where the light source was on my card? Or how great I "flicked?" 
Well maybe...if it's a fellow crafter.  So maybe that means I only send my cards to noncrafters.  LOL!
Anyway, I was pretty happy with my little card.  I still have tons more to learn...but I think that is the fun part of it.  Always getting better...always trying new things. 
Gotta run!
Time to watch another coloring video! ;)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Walk by Faith

Hi everyone!  I am sharing a card that I created for the SRM Blog using a brand new stamp set called, Walk by Faith.  I stamped the gym shoes in Versamark on water color paper.  I embossed it in white.  I added color using my Zig Clean Color Markers.  
I tied some charcoal twine vertically and added a pink felt star to the center.  The sentiment was stamped in black and given a few white highlights with SRM's Reminisce gel pen
My life has been busy (as usual) with Cort's one year meeting at Misericordia.  Brian and I were just asked to serve on the board.  Exciting...but a bit overwhelming. My life has been like a pendulum swinging all many changes this past year.  Sometimes I have to take a deep breath and remember it's all good.  But sometimes I long for the old routine and comfort. 
So I guess maybe I need to take my card's advice.......and walk by faith.... 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Love Notes

Good morning!  I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesive's Blog today with a collection of love notes.
When my kids were little I used to put them in their lunches as a reminder of how much I love them.  Now I have a son in college and a daughter living at Misericordia.  Which means I have to mail them...and when I mail one to my son, he immediately opens it looking for money! LOL!
Cortney just likes my pictures and coloring. :)
I have even been known to slip one in my husband's lunch too.
That's just how I roll.
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The stamp set is from Jane's Doodles and each image was stamped in black ink and colored with Copics.  I used a circle Tattered Angels die to cut the image.  I used a bit of black twine to thread it through.  I added a sweet little felt heart to the center of my bow from this cute Etsy shop. 
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The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed in white for each of the sentiments.  
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The background was given a a water color wash in shades of blue using my Zig markers. Once everything was dry, I used Crafty Foam Tape for each of the layers to make it dimensional.
The Dual Tip Glue Pen was used to adhere the sequins.
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The cards are small...just 3 x 3 in size.  But big enough to remind those around you how much you care about them!
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Cortney is coming home for the weekend.  It is hard to believe that she just celebrated her one year anniversary at Misericordia. It is truly bitter sweet. So she has a few doctors to see and we have her meeting on Monday.  (Similar to an IEP meeting)
I am so happy to spend a bit of time with her!
We have our fun fair at school tonight and she is super excited to go with me and see all of her favorite teachers!
Have a great weekend my friends!