Friday, August 18, 2017

Back to School!!

Good morning!  
I have been at school this past week getting my room ready for our open house on Monday of next week.  My students officially start next Thursday.  
It has been a great summer, but I think I am actually ready to get back to the art of teaching.
I miss my students and colleagues.  
The only thing I won't like is the getting up at 5:30 AM each day. 
I am definitely not an early riser! 

I was up on the SRM blog yesterday with a card that celebrates the start of a new school year.
It uses stamps from the Fall Plans Planner set. 
I repeated the apples in a row using my Mini Misti to prevent "wonky" apples! I colored them with Copics and gave them a coating of Crystal lacquer.  Once dry I added a highlight to each apple using the Reminisce White Gel pen. 
I added a few epoxy circles and black jute to finish off the card. 
Hubby and I are making the most of this weekend! We are heading to the golf course on Saturday and on Sunday we are heading downtown to see the air and water show!
What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rainbow Hearts!


Good morning!  I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog today with a fun rainbow heart card using a cute stamp set from Sizzix. I used my Mini Misti and masking to line up the hearts in a straightish row. I colored each heart in the colors of the rainbow.  Where the hearts overlapped I blended both colors of Copics.  I added a drop shadow to each to give it more depth.  I used my Misti to line up the sentiment and stamped it in black ink. 

I decided to coordinate the background with each heart so I cut 1" pieces of card stock and adhered them to black card stock using Scrapbook Adhesive's  E-Z Squares® Refillable Dispenser.  I adhered the rainbow hearts to the background and tied a white ribbon at the top.  I used  Adhesive Dots Micro  to attach the sequins.  

This card just makes me happy looking at it!  :)
Have a great day my friends!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Polka Dots and Linen!

I am starting to face the reality that summer is slowly winding down, and the impending school year is near.
Crap.
Why does summer have to  go so fast?
Soon I'll be waking up at 5:30. 
Too early people....I really like the 7:00 time a whole lot better!

Honestly, I really do love my job. The kids, my school, the creative side to it....all of it. But if it could start each day an hour later, that would be great! LOL!

I was up on the SRM blog yesterday with a project all ready for winter.  
I used these adorable new linen bags!  Who doesn't love polka dots?
I stamped little tags using the Fall Plans Stamp set.  I embossed in red and white. I had these silk flowers in my stash and thought they were perfect for the top of the bag.
A couple of lime green glittery leaves, gold string and the bags were complete!
Thank you to all of you who contacted me about the R + F special that was going on! The Hydration Serums have all been taken!  Those of you that ordered are going to LOVE them!  Your skin is going to feel softer, more hydrated, and give you more youthful skin! If you didn't take advantage of the deal that is okay!  I have 3 mini eye creams to give away if you order a full regimen! (And you can still purchase the Hydration Serum!) Woohoo!
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Have a wonderful day! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Here Fishy, Fishy!


The minute I see fish, I hear Ernie from Sesame Street say, "Here Fishy, Fishy!"  (I've watched ALOT of Sesame Street in my day! ;) 
When I am in the mood to color I pull out Suzy Plantamura's images! So sweet and fun!
I used Zig Clean Color Markers to bring them to life!
I added glossy accents to each of them because not only do I love the dimension, I love that intensifies the colors as well! 

Thank you for supporting my new venture with Rodan + Fields!  I wanted to let you know that there is a great special going on right now.  If you order a full skin care regimen, you would receive a FREE Hydration Serum! ($98 dollar value!) plus FREE shipping, 10% off, and a 60 day money back guarantee! Are you happy with your current skin care?
I mean really happy?
Or are you using it because it's what you've always used....and now it is just a habit.
Do you want to use something that actually reverses time? Makes you look younger? Brighter?
E-mail me if you are ready to make the change! 

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Have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

No Line Coloring

Good morning! Do you all go on kicks with crafting?  Find a technique and keep doing it over and over?  Please tell me that it isn't just me.
I've decided that I really LOVE the no line coloring look.  To me it looks like I really know what I am doing. HA! Like I am some sort of professional or something! ;)

I used this MFT stamp and stamped it in Tim Holtz Spun Sugar. After I stamped it, I masked it so I could create the background.  
The background was done using the negative space of a die cut circle from card stock.  I placed it down and sponged pink and green inks. Then I peeled my mask off and started the coloring of my mouse. 
After I was done coloring I stamped the sentiment and added some flower sequins. I added clear drops to the centers.  I tied satin ribbon to the top  and added a vintage button to its center.

Thank you all for your prayers regarding my daughter, Cortney.  She had the MRI and 24 hour EEG.  I am so happy to say that she did not have any seizures and is able to be weaned off of the Depakote!
The power of prayer is amazing!
Thank you so much my friends!! 
Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Using Negative Space With SRM Stickers!


Good morning!  I am up on the SRM Blog today with a card that was inspired by Jennifer McGuire.  She had a video HERE that showed how to use negative space from a die cut.  I loved it so much I decided to give it a try!  It took a little bit of time to cut the image 6 times and carefully stack them up to give them the dimension that makes them really stand out. 
I colored the top layer with Copics and gave them a coating of glossy accents.  I die cut a flower, colored it, and gave it the same layer of glossy accents. 
I die cut the circle and added SRM's Life is Good Sticker collection as the focal point.  I adhered the flowers around the sentiment and glued on a few pearls and rhinestones. 
In a bit, Cortney and I leave for the hospital.  Prayers are appreciated that it all goes well!!
Have a wonderful day my friends!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fun Shaker Card!

Good morning!  I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog with a fun shaker card! 
I borrowed this cute stamp from my Mother in Law.  I believe it is a Stampin' Up! set.  I colored it using Copic markers.  I added a few details with a white gel pen. 
I cut the image with two Spellbinder's rectangle dies.  I adhered my acetate to the back  and built it up using Crafty Foam tape. I added my sequins and adhered the main image behind it. The entire shaker was adhered to Lawn Fawn's plaid paper.  I tied satin string at the top and thought it would be fun to add 3 teeny pom poms to the center.  I used Dodz to adhere them. 
My sweet girl comes home for a week today.  Tomorrow she is having an MRI and a 24 hour EEG to check her seizure activity.  She has been on Depakote most of her life and unfortunately it is hard on the liver and detrimental to her bones.  (she already has osteopenia) So we are hoping that if her seizures have stopped (she hasn't had one in over 5 years) that we may be able to pull her off her medication.  We will be spending the night at the hospital.  Prayers are appreciated!

Friday, July 21, 2017

No Line Coloring!

Good morning and TGIF! 
I've seen a lot of no line coloring lately and decided to try my hand at it.  I scrounged around my craft desk and could NOT find my light grey ink, so I had to settle for a light brown instead.  Not ideal, but I think it worked okay.  
This cute penguin is from MFT's Penguin in Paradise set.  (Can you say addicted?) 
He was colored with Copic markers. 
I layered him over several die cuts (Spellbinders) and I added a bit of ribbon and sequins to finish the card off. I really enjoyed this technique and am creating a few more cards using it! 
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Thank you for stopping by today!! Have a great weekend!!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Birthday Box!

Good morning!  I am a day late (shocker, I know!) posting this.  I was up on the Scrapbook Adhesives Blog with this little number. My Silhouette was getting a bit dusty and I decided it was high time to dust it off and create with it again!

Who couldn't use a little birthday box?
I used Scrapbook Adhesives 1/2" double sided tape to add glitter underneath the birthday sentiment.  I also added a 1/2" strip and 1/4" strip along side the sentiment and sprinkled it with blue and clear glitter. I LOVE this stuff! So easy to use and adhere the glitter without the mess of glue. 
The flowers and leaves were cut using the Silhouette as well and were adhered using Dodz Medium Adhesive Dots
I also added a few sequins and rhinestones to finish off the box.  I used Dodz Micro Adhesive dots for those.

Now all I need is gift card or jewelry to go inside the box!
Thanks for stopping! 
Have a great day!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pencils on Kraft Paper

Good morning! I have a card up on the SRM Blog using the new Heaven & Earth stamp set.  I stamped the clouds, mountains, and sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed it in white.  I filled in the mountain tops using a Reminisce white gel pen.  With colored pencils I gave the clouds and mountains color. I LOVE the look of colored pencils on kraft paper.
I wanted the sun to peek out from under the clouds, so I drew my own in.  I adhered a gold together sticker. under the word rejoice.  I tied twine to the top and glued a small gold heart to its center.   
Thank you so much for popping by today!!
Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Left Over Penguin!

TGIF! I am heading out to Geneva, IL to shop and eat with my girlfriends. It has become a yearly tradition and one that I look forward to! As you know, I have been totally addicted to Suzy Plantamura's cute images! When I don't know what to create, I just pull one of these babies out and BAM! I have an instant card! I used Copics and a white gel pen. 


See that cute little penguin?  I had originally stamped him for yesterday's card, but then felt he was too big.  He was sitting on my desk while coloring this card, with his sad puppy dog penguin eyes, just begging to be used.  So I thought to myself, "Self, wouldn't he look cute sitting inside the sand bucket?"  And yes, indeed he does! ;) 









Thank you for stopping by today! I will be back with this weekend with another penguin card. ( I figured why stop, while I'm on a roll?) 
Have a great Friday my friends!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Penguin Needs Sunscreen!

This little guy needs to watch out! His belly is getting a bit pink! 
I adore this stamp set from My Favorite Things!  It is called Penguins in Paradise.  He does look like he's living it up, doesn't he? ;)
Everything was colored with copics.  The "sand" portion was done with a floral stencil I had and various shades of yellow, orange, and pink Tim Holtz inks. 
I usually do your "normal" sand but wanted to jazz it up a bit.  I think it worked pretty well! 
I lined up the sentiment using my Mini Misti and then added some seed beads and sequins to finish off the card.   
No sun here today.  Storms rolled in last night and apparently they are here to stay throughout the day.
*sigh* Guess that just means I'll have to craft...... ;)
Have a great day!!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Life is Better in Flip Flops!

Hey there my friends! How is your summer so far?
Mine has been spent catching up with family and friends who seem to get somewhat neglected during the colder months of the year.  I love seeing everyone and being outside every chance I can!
I have been taking some images outside and thoroughly enjoying the process of coloring. 
Suzy Plantamura's images are perfect for this! 
And life really is better in Flip Flops! Unless you have plantar fasciitis! Then you had better wear good supportive shoes! LOL!
I spent all last week with this gal! Lots of swimming and of course a bit of "modeling."   
And thank you all for your interest in Rodan + Fields skin care and Lash Boost.  I would never recommend a product I didn't believe in.  And I can honestly say, these products have been a game changer for me.  You have absolutely nothing to lose by trying them.  They ALL come with a 60 day money back guarantee! You can have beautiful radiant skin AND longer, thicker lashes! 
Email me for more info!
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Have a wonderful weekend my friends!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Love One Another....

Love One Another....
Sounds so simple.
Wouldn't it make the world a better place?  
I have to turn off the news lately.  It's sad and depressing. I hold my family a little tighter and try to be the light for other people.  Being kind costs nothing.

I am up on the SRM Blog today with a card that uses the "smooshing" technique and  a sentiment from SRM's Love One Another stamp set.  
I stamped the heart separately, colored it with Copics, fussy cut it, added glossy accents to it, and adhered it with foam tape.  I added enamel dots and pink twine to finish off the card. 
Have a wonderful day my friends!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Ice Cream!

Good morning!  I have been spending a bit of time in my craft room this past week.  My van is still in the shop, so I've been stranded at home.  (Which might be good, because it forces me NOT to spend money! LOL) 
I adore Suzy Plantamura's image! When I am in a creative funk, I take one of these babies out and just enjoy the process of coloring. 
For this image I colored everything with Copic markers.  
I added glossy accents and some chunky glitter to the ice cream.  When it was dry I flicked a bit of black water color for interest. I adhered it to red card stock. I kept the card simple since I wanted the coloring to take center stage.  
Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Good morning! I am excited to be participating in the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with TWO companies! SRM Stickers and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.  My first card uses a  brand new set by SRM called, Coffee Plans. I loved the images so much I decided to use ALL of them on my card! I cut the circles in various sizes, gave them a hint of color with Copics, added glossy accents and glitter.  I sponged a bit of ink around each one as well so it wasn't so stark looking.  





My second card uses the same set, but since I had a digital copy of it before it was released, I resized it.  I loved the larger size and colored it with Prisma colored pencils.  I added a bit of Stickles for some sparkle.  I adhered a little felt heart using Dodz-small and layered everything with Crafty Foam tape.  (My most favorite adhesive EVER!)

Coffee Break Card by Michele Kovack for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Summer17 Coffee Lovers BHop
My last card once again uses the same set.  I colored my cups with Copics and adhered them to a heart.  (because I love coffee so much! LOL!) I added another felt heart.  I layered everything with some patterned paper from Lawn Fawn.


Thank you for stopping by!  I LOVE your visits! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Other Passion!

Before you thrown something at your computer because of my lack of crafty posts today....hear me out.  ;) One year ago I started a skin care regimen with a wonderful company called Rodan + Fields.  I was so hooked that I became a consultant.  
I suffered from adult acne, redness, and of course the dreaded middle aged wrinkles! 
I had spent hundreds...heck probably thousands on skin care products over the years with no results.  This is the first skin care company I truly believe in and am passionate about. The just surpassed Clinique, Lancome, and Estee Lauder to become the number 1 Skin care line!  And for good reason!
They also offer a 60 day money back guarantee on all of their products! 

Here are my results after 11 months.  No make up in either picture! YIKES! 
I shared this once before.  The picture on the left is me at 35 and the one on the right is me at 45.  Acne gone! Redness gone! Wrinkles softer, skin tone 100% better!! (These are my school pictures BTW!)


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They also have a new product that came out in December called, Lash Boost.  It is friggin' AMAZING!  I am a natural blonde with thin, wimpy lashes.  Not anymore!! I've been asked many times, if my lashes were fake.  
And what's great?  Is they are your very own lashes!
Rodan + Fields is now offering Lash Boost with their skin care regimen at 20% off their retail price!  It's almost like getting Lash Boost for free! 
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And this picture seriously cracks me up!  Look at how Lash Boost worked on him!  (One eye only!) LOL!
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