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Herd You Had a Birthday

Howdy partner(s)!!!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Are you ready for another super fun theme this week at Always Fun Challenges???  If you’d like to see what I created for last week’s theme, which was One Layer, click here.  Now, for this weeks theme, this was totally out of my comfort zone, but I made it work.  The theme is Down On The Farm.

I didn’t even get this one completed until Saturday afternoon.  I had a heck of a time coming up with this one.  I’m so glad I did it though.  Like I said, this took me out of my little comfort bubble, but check out the result.


I used a never before used stamp set (AKA NBUS) called Lunar Animals by Mama Elephant.  I used a NBUS paper pad and a NBUS die from MFT.  Too bad Darnell wasn’t doing her NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge right now, this one would totally qualify!!  It may not be going on now, but you should check out her blog for the NBUS challenge that she does a couple times a year.  It’s a lot of fun.

This was another one that I completely winged it as I went.  I had no idea how this was going to turn out.  While this is not my normal style, I still think it turned out ok.  I think it would be perfect for a kid’s Birthday.  The inside reads, “Have a Moo-tiful Day!!”


Another out-of-my-element fun fact is that I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to color these cute little farm animals.  I’ve had these pens for awhile now, but I’ve been quite intimidated by them.  I tried them when I first got them and I just didn’t like them.  Or I should say I didn’t like my results.  But the more videos I’ve seen of people using them, the less intimidating they seem so I decided to give them another try.  I was actually pleasantly surprised.  I really like them!!  As long as I had a water brush right next to me at all times and a super fine paint brush, I felt comfortable.  I felt like I could handle it without holding my breath the entire time.


Anyway, I hope you’ll join us over at Always Fun Challenges this week by clicking here and linking your “Down on the Farm” creation.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush

Horse: Mustard 67 (body), Oatmeal 64(mane), flesh color 71 (nose), mid brown 65 (hooves), pale pink 28 (ears)
Pig: pale pink 28
Cow: black 10, light gray 91 (horns), pale pink 28 (ears, nose)
Chicken: Lemon Yellow 51, bright yellow 52, wine red 24, light brown 61 (beak)
Sheep: Blue gray 92, light gray 91, gray 90 (hooves and nose) cheeks pale pink

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Quick and Easy Monochrome

Hello crafters!!  Welcome back!!  Last weeks card had so much going on, that I’ve decided to keep it nice and simple this week.  (To see my card for last weeks’ theme, click here.)  Well, I didn’t really decide.  Amy at Always Fun Challenges decided because the theme this week is “Monochrome”.  Here’s my take on that.


I’ve never made a monochome card before.  I think I say that every week, but keep in mind I’ve only been making cards for 2 years now.  There’s a lot of things I haven’t done yet and a lot of stamp sets I’ve never used yet.  But don’t fret, all in due time, my friends.  Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been 2 years since I fell head over heals in love with this beautiful hobby.  And I don’t see myself growing tired of it any time soon.  Which is good, since I’m DEEPLY invested at this point.  I think my hubby would kill me…

Back to the card.  This was so easy and so quick to make that I plan on making several more in several different colors with several different sentiments.  Just to have some cards on hand.  I envy the people that have boxes of pre-made cards ready to go at a moments notice.


The measurements for the paper are:

Cardbase: 4.25″ x 5.5″, next layer (darkest purple) is 4″ x 5.25″ and the card front is 3.75″ x 5″.

If you’d like to join us at Always Fun Challenges, just follow this link and add your project!!  Simple as that.  I love seeing all the GORGEOUS entries each week.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you guys next week!!

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Back To School

Hi guys!!  Hope all you parents are getting back into the swing of a routine.  We started school last Wednesday and I think we’re finally getting our groove back.  It’s amazing how every year, we seem to forget how to cope with back to school!!! We struggle with the getting up early, getting lunches made, early bedtime routine, as if we didn’t just do it the year before!!  This year is particularly crazy because my husband is coaching football and I took over as the Vice President of the football league (first year even on the board so I have no idea what I’m doing).  I’m here to tell you, it’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be!!  That on top of everything else in our lives is making me a little crazy.  So school and football basically start at the same time.  We’ve had Jayden’s best friend, Bubby and his Mom staying with us for a couple of weeks now so it’s been nice having another Mom here to help us function.

Speaking of “Back to School”, that is the theme this week at Always Fun Challenges.  So bust out your back to school stamps and get crafty with them!!   I don’t really have any school/teacher related stamp sets so this was the closest I could get.  I absolutely LOVE these little birds from the Stacking Animals set from Simon Says Stamp.  They work for so many different occasions.


Look how CUTE they are!!!  And the glasses from the Geek is Chic die (by MFT) fit perfect on the biggest bird.  I just can’t get over how cute they are.  I added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the glasses and then topped them off with glossy accents.


This will go live after our hectic weekend, but right now  I’m desperately trying to get my house clean for Jayden’s Birthday sleepover that we’re having Saturday night (so when you see this, that would have been last night).  We just realized 2 days ago that we have to do it this weekend.  My son’s Birthday is next week but next weekend is Labor Day weekend and I’m doing a 2 day craft fair, then we have football games every Saturday night from now until November.  Our next home game isn’t until September 23rd.  And I just realized all of this 2 days ago…  Way to go, Misty!!  My hubby is at the high school football game right now with Jayden and 6 of his friends so I’m taking advantage of this childless moment to CLEAN!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  You guys always leave the sweetest messages for me.  I really appreciate it.  If you have time, head over to the Always Fun Challenges blog and check out last weeks participants.  We have some beautiful entries.  If you have some crafty time, I encourage you to join us this week for some Back to School fun!  As always, AFC is open to anyone and everyone who’d like to participate.  We have a fun, new theme each week.


Blue Bird:  BG10, BG11, BG13 Beak:  YR12, YR21

Orange Bird:  YR01, YR04, YR07 Beak:  YR21, Y32

If you’d like to see how I made this card, just click on the video below.  You’ll also find a list of all of the products I used below that.

Have a great week!!


Disclosure: Please note that links to merchants mentioned within this post might be using an affiliate link which means that – at zero cost to you – I might earn a commission if you buy something through that affiliate link. That said, I never recommend anything I don’t personally use and find to be a valuable asset to my business.  Any time you use an affiliate link, I greatly appreciate it.

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CAS – Peony Bouquet by Altenew

Well hello there my crafty friends!!!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  We are on week 3 at Always Fun Challenges and this weeks’ theme is Clean & Simple.  I must admit, I struggled with this one a little bit.  I don’t usually make CAS cards so I really had to make myself stop and think before I added something I couldn’t take back.  I used Peony Bouquet by Altenew.  This stamp set was so much fun to play with.  I actually just received another one of their lovely layered sets called Spring Daisy, along with a few other goodies.  I hope to have a haul video up on my YouTube channel in a couple of days.  Until then, you can check out my process video for this card by scrolling down to the bottom of this post or going to my YouTube channel by clicking here.  It’s a pretty short video, since these cards were so easy to make.


I decided to make this card for my son’s teacher who is really sick right now.  In the process of making this card, I realized I do not have ANY get well soon stamps.  At all.  I ended up using Sending and Wishing by SSS, but I definitely know what’s going on my Wishlist now.

I used the MISTI to stamp the flowers right where I wanted them.  Then I added the sentiment and I was done!!  I can’t believe how fast and easy this was to make.  I learned something very valuable while making this card…  I need to make more CAS cards!!!  I liked it so much that I made another one in another color.  Here’s the 2nd one.


Thank you so much for stopping by!  Be sure to check out the Always Fun Challenges blog to see all the inspiration from the other oh so talented Design Team members.  You can enter your own project here.  If you’re not able to playing along this week, I hope you will at least head over and check out all the beautiful entries.  I’m always amazed at the amount of talent there is.

Have a wonderful week!



Fawning Over You, w/Prisma Pencils

Hi there!!  Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.  Me, I have a house full of boys right now, but it’s not as exciting as it sounds.  J-man has 2 friends staying the night and they’re attempting to record another video for Jayden’s new YouTube channel.  One of his friend’s is actually pretty good at doing the introductions and keeping the crickets at bay, but then they all look at each other and they start cracking up laughing, so it’s on to the next take.  It’s pretty funny to listen to them as I sit in the next room at my computer, typing away on this post.

But back to the card.  I originally planned on this being a valentine’s day card, featuring these ADORABLE little deer in love, but then I chose my sentiment and realized that it could be used for other occasions as well.  The stamp sets I used are Fawning Over You by Memory Box and You Matter stamp and die set by Simon Says Stamp.  I also used the Stitched Banner from SSS.  After cutting out my card front with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle die by My Favorite Things, I used my Mini Misti to line up and stamp out all of the images.  I used the Neenah Desert Storm 100 lb. card stock for my card front and base.  Next it was time to color these adorable images!!

I knew I wanted to color this card with Prisma colored pencils, before I even knew what I was doing or what images I was going to use.  I’m so excited that just this week, I received my Faber & Castell Polychromos colored pencils.  I’ve been wanting these for quite some time now so I’m extremely happy to have these in my hot little hands.  But before I can play with them, I decided I wanted to use my Prisma colored pencils on the next card that I made.


For the deer I used Sienna Brown (945) for the main color and then I added some shading with the Dark Brown (946).  I also used the dark brown on their hooves.  Of course I had to add some color to her cheeks with the Peach (939) pencil.  For the area around the eye and down their chest, I used Ginger Root (1084).

I didn’t really like the spots on their back so I took my White Gel Pen and covered the entire spot in white.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Lobster ink to stamp the little heart above the deer.


I LOVE how this tree turned out!!  I used Apple Green (912) for the overall color and Grass Green (909) around the edges.  The tree trunk was colored with Dark Brown (946).


After I colored them, I added some Gamsol.  I really like how the Gamsol pulls the color out and brings it to the surface.  It gives the image an overall smoothness.  Gamsol works great on Prisma pencils because they are wax based.  The polychromos are oil based and while you can still use gamsol on oil based pencils, it pretty much already has that smoothness to it.


For the pennant, I used the white (938) around the edges and pink (929) and Magenta (930) alternately for each triangle.  Because I went over the lines with the white pencil, it made the black from the ink pad that I used to stamp the image, turn a waxy gray color so I just used a Copic Multi-liner pen to go over that black line again.

I’ve been doing some research on the differences between Prisma’s and Poly’s and it sounds like the two work really well together so instead of getting rid of my Prisma pencils (which is what I had originally planned on doing), I think I’m going to hold on to them and test them out to see how the work together.  Polychromos are more translucent and Prisma’s are more opaque so if you wanted to put a lighter color over a darker color, Prisma’s would be the way to do it.  It wouldn’t work out too well with the Poly’s.


I used the “You” die from Simon Says Stamp on a really pretty dark red card stock, but it came out of my scraps bin, so I have no idea where the paper came from.  For the rest of the sentiment, I used the matching “You Matter” stamp set from SSS.  I used a Stitched Banner die from SSS and heat embossed the “Make Me Smile” portion of the sentiment.  I used a white embossing powder on black card stock.  The black card stock is called Licorice Twist from Bazzill.  It’s my favorite black card stock.

I let the banner hang out over the edge of the card front and simply trimmed off the access.  Then using my Zig 2 Way Glue Pen, I glued down the sentiment.


And since I hadn’t added any dimension yet to my card, I decided to pop up the card front using some Craft Foam.  I always use the Be Creative (or Scor-Tape) to adhere my craft foam down because I know it ain’t going anywhere once I stick it on there.  It is awesome adhesive!!


To finish off my card, I added some much needed sparkle to the “You” and the little red heart above the deer.  I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear.  What a amazing pen that is!!  I LOVE my Wink of Stella and I always will, but the S.N. pen leaves such a beautiful layer of sparkle behind.  Lastly, I added some Glossy Accents to the heart and attached my card front to a matching red background.  Using my ATG, I attached all of that to a Neenah Desert Storm card base.

To finish off the inside of my card, I used this Scalloped Stitched die from Gina Marie Designs to add a white insert, since the card base is the color of kraft card stock.  img_0320i



And then my card was complete!!


So as I was finishing this card, I found out that my friend, Darnell was doing her awesome NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) challenge again right now and it just so happens that the first weeks theme was colored pencils and kraft card stock.  Well, unfortunately I was a day late entering for that particular theme, but fortunately for me, the challenge is still going on!!  She’s doing a 3 week challenge and each week has an optional theme.  Since I missed the theme for the first week, I didn’t bother entering, this particular card but it just dawned on me that the theme is optional!!!  So, since I did use NBUS, I’m going to go ahead and enter this in the final week of this oh so fun challenge.  I encourage you to check out her blog here.  She’s very entertaining and extremely talented.  I promise you you’ll have a blast if you join along in this challenge.  We’re in the final week, so go check it out right now!!!  If you miss it, don’t worry.  She does this challenge a couple times a year so be sure to follow her blog so you’ll be notified when the next one is happening.

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my post. I hope you guys are having a fabulous weekend!!




Sending Valentine’s Day Hugs

Hi there!!  I have this super easy, super quick Valentine’s Day card to share with ya.  I actually used my Silhouette Cameo on this one.  I used design #54494 by Lori Whitlock and a few other supplies.



This card was really easy to make.  The envelope, wavy card front and banner were all part of the Silhouette design.  All I had to do was put it all together!!  Hope  you like this.  I wanted an easier post.  I usually break down my card with lots of pictures and step by step instructions on what I did.  This time, I’m just going to list what products I used.  If you prefer the step by step version, just let me know.  I just want to do what people want to see and it seems like my step by step process goes on forever.  But if that’s what you’d rather see, that’s what I’ll do!!  I can do it either way.

Before I go, here’s a link to my YouTube channel where you can see me making this card.

And lastly, my 9 year old son has decided that he wants to make YouTube videos as well so he uploaded his very first video last night.  It’s a How to Change Your Skin in Minecraft video.  I can’t even tell you how giddy and excited he was.  I would LOVE it, if you guys would take a second to go “like” his video.  As soon as he opened his eyes this morning, he had to jump on the computer to see if anyone had “liked” his video yet or subscribed.  Sadly, it was only me….  So please, make a boy happy and click on that like button and if you have kids or grandkids that are as obsessed with watching YouTube as my son is, invite them to subscribe to his brand spanking new channel.

Supplies Used:

Silhouette Design #54494

SSS Sending Die

SSS Sending & Wishing Stamp set

Lawn Fawn Hearts die

Craft Foam

Glitter Cardstock from Martha Stewart Crafts

6×6 Patterned Paper from Echo Park – Blowing Kisses

40 lb. Vellum from Ellen Hutson

1/8″ Be Creative Double Sided Adhesive




Easy Distress Ink Watercoloring Featuring Birch

Hi guys!!  I’m back with another card featuring the ADORABLE Birch from Purple Onion Designs.  I think I’m in love..  with Birch, that is.  He’s just so stinkin cute.  I could make cards for days using him!!!

Well this card was super easy to make.  I used the same distress ink colors to color him as I did on my previous card, which were Antique Linen and  Vintage Photo. I also used Tattered Rose for his ears and cheeks.  I colored his beanie with Wilted Violet.  I stamped him on some Strathmore Ready Cut Watercolor Paper. The 3 images on the left I heat embossed with Wow Black Embossing Powder and the 3 images on the right I stamped using Archival Jet Black ink.


I’m still using one of my all time favorite paint brushes which is the Black Velvet Silver Script Liner 1.  It’s a really great brush for smaller images like this one.   After he was all colored and dried, I used a Sakura Silver Gel Pen to add some silver stripes to his purple beanie.  I really like this silver metallic gel pen.  It’s especially great on Christmas cards to add just that little bit of extra sparkle.


For my card front I used Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hillside Borders die.  I knew I wanted a portion of the card front to be removed so that some color could show through.  As always I’m using Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock for my card base and Neenah Solar White 80 lb. card stock for my card front.



I used my Clarity Brushes to brush on some of the Wilted Violet.  I was a little concerned because my brush was still wet from the previous card I had made.  I wasn’t sure what that was going to do to how much color came off the brush.  Usually, you get a really nice, light layer of color, but with it being a little wet, the color was a little more intense.  So I just brushed it on super light and super slow so that I didn’t end up with too much color and have to start all over again.


I really like these Clarity Brushes.  I love ink blending, but I always end up with one side (where my sponge first makes contact with the paper) being waaaay too dark.  That doesn’t happen with the Clarity Brushes.  You can start smack in the middle of your card and no one would ever know.  With ink blending you usually start off of the page and work your way on, but we don’t always want the color to come in from the side.  And no matter how hard I try, I always end up with a dark spot, where my sponge first touches the paper.  I’ve seen people start right on the card stock with the ink blending tool and have no problems.  No darks spots, no weird circles, just a nice even blend of color.  But then there’s some of us that just can’t do that.  This is the category that I fall into.  So I’m very pleased with the Clarity Brushes.

Once I had some color on my background, I kept using the card front as a guide to see how much color I wanted showing and how dark I wanted it.


I definitely wanted a light layer of color, almost pastel-like.  I planned on adding my sentiment to the bottom so I also had to pay attention to how far down my coloring was going.

Once I was happy with the amount of color I had down, I used my EK Success  Powder Tool across the bottom of the card where I wanted my sentiment to go.  It’s important to use an anti static tool, especially when you’ve already added color, so that the embossing powder doesn’t stick all over the place.  Sometimes your ink might not feel wet or look wet, but if it is, your embossing powder will stick all over that wet ink.  It’s best just to make sure the ink is completely dry before adding any embossing powder.


After I used the powder tool, I inked up my stamp with Versa Mark Ink and stamped my sentiment across the bottom of my card.  The sentiment I used is from a stamp set by Simon Says Stamp called Friendship Messages.  It has some really great basic sentiments that are perfect to have on hand.  I used Ranger Silver Embossing Powder which I think looks beautiful with the light purple.


Once I had the sentiment heat embossed, I basically just had to bring it all together.  I decided to add some craft foam to the back of the card front to give it a little dimension.


I just took a scrap piece of craft foam and using the same stitched hillside border, I cut the craft foam and added some Be Creative double sided adhesive to either side of it.


It felt like the top of the card was missing something so I added a bow using some white and silver twine.  It’s one of my go to twine’s, I really like it. It looks good with just about anything.  I purchased the twine from Target, but it’s no longer available.  You can find silver twine on Amazon or many other places though, I’m sure.  I added a Tiny Glue Dot to the back of the bow to keep it from moving.


So that cute little Birch didn’t look like he was floating in mid air, I added a little ground/shadow using my copic markers.  I used some warm grays W00, W0 and W1.


Once I had somewhere to place Birch, I used my Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue him in place.  That way I’d have a little wiggle room before he dried.  I love using Multi Matte simply because it dries clear.



And that’s all there is to it!!!  Wasn’t that easy?  I could use this little bunny every single day and never grow tired of him.  Well, I hope you liked my card.  If you have any questions or just wanna say hello, please leave me a comment below and as always if you’d like to see me making this card, please check out my YouTube video by clicking here.  Thank you so much ladies for your support.  I just love hearing from you.  Until next time…