Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Love This Life.

Snapping photos of food is something I've done for years.  I used to share it on Facebook all the time and even had a "FOOD" folder where I was post them in.  After a few negative comments from friends and family, I decided to stop because I felt embarrassed.  Everyone eats, everyone cooks, so what's so special about food photos?
A couple of years later I discovered Instagram, where people shared billions of photos of their everyday food and I felt right at home.  I felt comfortable again to share how excited I was to eat a plain salad or a new recipe I had tried.  It was not only acceptable, but the comments were positive and nice.
It wasn't until last year that I realized those food photos could also be included in my scrapbooking.  So this year I vowed to add more of them to my project life and I am excited to share that these 2 meals were super delicious! 

I've learned that Everyday Life isn't just about your 9-5 job.
Laundry.  Kids' homework.  And paying bills.
It can also be about the things that THEY consider mundane, but that WE get excited about.
Like pairing sandals with a fancy dress,
or finding the perfect affordable paper for your printer,
or the new curry chicken with coconut milk rice dish you spontaneously created.

On another note:
Today is my last day with the COGC creative team and I will sadly miss them.  But I want to give a big Hug and Thanks to Nicole for having me on board and trusting me enough to create worthwhile projects that represent her shop.  I have loved working for her and wish her continued success in the future.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bon Voyage.

This week's Tiddly Inks challenge really had me stressing.  Because I don't consider myself a "Rich and Dark" colorist.  I like bright colors and sometimes CAS cards, so I was out of my element, but I was more than happy to take on the challenge and conquer my fear of deep/rich copic coloring.

I am happy with the results and even more happy that I was able to create a Paris-theme card.

I used 3 different Tiddly Inks digital images; one of which is a freebie and lots of different crafty supplies from my stash; which are listed below.

I really hope you will join the "Gothic" Challenge this week and

prove to yourself that you can do it.

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* Copic Markers
* X-press It cardstock
* Tiddly Inks Priscilla - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/priscilla/
* Tiddly Inks Madhatter - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/products/madhatter-boy-stamp
* Tiddly Inks Suitcases - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/suitcases-digital-stamps/
* Recollections flowers and leaves
* Eiffel tower die (i have so many and they're not labelled - sorry)
* Magnolia film die
* Scrap Happy Ohio doily die
* Spellbinders circles die
* Distress Inks: black soot, dusty concord & peeled paint
* Wild Rose Studio "Letters from Paris" 6x6 pattern paper
* Prima "Romance Novel" 6x6 pattern paper
* Prima "Nature Garden" 6x6 pattern paper
* Kaisercraft airplane wood veneer
* Tombow Mono multi glue
* Stampin' Up Dimentionals

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Friday, June 19, 2015

You're Cute [LO Challenge]

Happy Friday!  Whose excited about spending some time crafting this weekend?

Not me!  I'll be having some summer fun.  If you see me now you'd think I started tanning in March, but really it doesn't take much to get dark with this Florida sun.  But I have been doing lots of swimming lately though.  You should see my son!

This photo was taken in mid May and he's 4 shades darker now.  lol.

I loved this action shot of him and decided to create a 12x12 layout out of it.  I used the new Come On Get Crafty sketch to help me, along with the Pink Paislee "Hey Kid" (perfect title) paper collection, some Amy Tangerine thicker words, some Pink Paislee chipboard stickers and even some Silhouette diecuts.

This layout came together very quickly (as Gio watched his favorite show and ate lunch), so I didn't really miss out on any summer fun.

I get guilty in the summer if I spend too much time crafting, that's why you probably haven't seen much from me on Instagram or Facebook.  I'm a winter/spring/fall scrapper...hehe.

Anyway, I hope you join the COGC team with June's sketch challenge for your chance to win a $5 GC to the shop.

And don't forget your sunscreen!

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Hoot Hoot.

If you are an owl lover / fan, you NEED to get this new super cute Tiddly Inks digital stamp (link below).
It was super easy to color and almost looks lifelike.

I added my "famous" puffy cloud/sky background and made it into a very CAS card.

However, it wasn't that simple.
This "HELLO" stamp by Hero Arts didn't exactly give me the impression I wanted after black Memento Ink, so I grabbed my versamark ink pen and black embossing powder to go over the lines and heat set it. 

 Looks a lot better than the above photo.

Don't forget that every other Tuesday, Christy shares a new free stamp and lowers one stamp to $1.00 in the shop.  You can use them for the bimonthly challenges!

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* Copic markers
* Hero Arts "Hello Stamp and Cut" set
* Tiddly Inks "Owlways Love You Wryn"
* Black embossing power
* Versamark pen
* Embossing buddy
* Enamel dots
* Black cardstock
* X-Press It cardstock

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Sun.

This month Noelle (owner of Quick Creations), challenged me to use two stamps and create a summer theme'd card.  I was up for the challenge and LOVED making it.

I started out with two CC Design stamps (links below) and some pattern paper by Carta Bella.  I first stamped the girl, and masked her to stamp the tree swing in the background.  I colored both images with copic markers and used distress inks for the sky/clouds.

Some of the elements around the card, were fussy cut from the pattern paper and added the perfect "diecut" look to the card.

I really had a blast building this card and I hope you take the time to do some masking and coloring, because it really makes a beautiful scene!

Have a great weekend!

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* X-Press It Blending card
* Copic Markers
* Distress Inks
* Tombow Multi glue
* C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie "Summer Swing" stamp
* C.C. Designs “Popsicle Birgitta” stamp
* Carta Bella “Soak Up the Sun
* Dimentionals


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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Super Dad!

I thought it would be cute to create a Father's Day card with Tiddly Inks Super Power Challenge.

Some of what my husband does as a father and husband really far surpasses what I hear most men these days do.  He is so hardworking, playful, funny, loves to cook and help with chores and never complains about a thing.  I consider him my super husband and I know Giovanni considers him his "Super Dad".

I used a "My Batty Hero" digital stamp by Tiddly Inks, copic markers, a Lawn Fawn alpha die, October Afternoon Daily Flash "Deep Sea" Alpha stickers and "All Boy" stickers, and MME's "Moments" 6x6 paper pad to complete this CAS card.

I've been loving making CAS cards, you'd think they'd take less desk space to make, but NOPE... I still make huge messes.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I hope you take advantage of the freebies and $1.00 digis in the Tiddly Inks shop.

Be Blessed.

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Oh Hooray!

It's Fab Friday!!!

And that means the Tiddly Inks design team is up on the TI blog with tons of inspiration that'll last you all month!
(or at least 2 weeks until the next Fab Friday!  hehe)

Today I'm sharing a very fun, bright and cute card using "Dandy As Candy", (link below), from their 2015 Sweet Tooth collection.

I ABSOLUTELY love this image.  I was almost certain that I would not be able to pull of what I had in mind, but I am so glad that it came out exactly how I visioned.

I used Y00, Y11 and Y15 to create a blazing bright sun peeking from the behind the clouds.
As you know I love making background and cloud scenes, but this time I cheated using a pencil to draw in the clouds before I laid down any color.  Then went ahead and erased once my clouds were formed.  I used B0000 for the sky and C0, 01, and B60 for my clouds.

For the image itself I stuck with the V, BG and Y family.  And incorporated that into the lollipops.. which BTW came from another Tiddly Inks image (link below), called "Summer Sweet Wryn".  There is an extra lollipop attached to that file that you can use, so I did...hehe.. How adorable is that?  I was able to size them differently and create a cute little lollipop forest.

The best part is I can use this card for any occasion.  New Job.  New Car.  New Home.  Birthday.  The list is endless.

The sentiment was cut out of a Dear Lizzy pattern paper, and forms the perfect sentence.  hehe.

I left a list of supplies below, with links to the images I used.

I hope you will join me back on Tuesday for another Tiddly Inks Challenge.
Til then, have a FABULOUS weekend!

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* X-press it blending card
* Copic markers
* Tiddly Inks "Dandy As Candy" image
* Tiddly Inks "Summer Sweet Wryn" image
* Dear Lizzy 6x6 "Serendipity" pattern paper
* Black lace trim
* Black cardstock
* Copic Opaque white
* Martha Stewart doily border punch

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

Picture Perfect Breakfast.

I like to think I make the BEST breakfast in the world.
Well, because I really do make the BEST breakfast in the world.
I've been to iHOP, Dennys, Cracker Barrel (they are neck n neck with me - hehe), and countless other joints, but nothing compares to my taste.
I love adding fresh vegetables that give flavor and color to my omelettes.  
Or scrambles.  
Depending how you like them.
I love adding spices too.  
It's not just for meat!
I always make a hearty breakfast (unless I'm running late or have early appointments), and I decided to photograph this particular day because I just KNEW it was going to be delish!

I went out to the patio, took my Canon and got a shot.
I was right too, it was the best tasting breakfast I had all week.  
And I make it about 4-5 times a week.  hehe

It would be a dream to open a breakfast spot.  And create all these omelettes and egg dishes for hungry customers... but for now I'm happy feeding my 2 hungry boys.  
And sometimes my malti-poo Daizy.  
She likes hers scrambled with ham or turkey.

It was a simple, one-page layout.  
One photo did the trick, with lots of detailed journaling.
I used an old Project Life 3x4 card and 2 stickers by Pink Fresh Studio and 1 sticker by Crate Paper.
I love that the embellishments don't take center stage and fight for your visual attention.
I think I'll make more pocket pages like this.

Come visit the Come On Get Crafty shop for more Pink Fresh Studio goodies, along with tons more cute stickers and embellishments.

Til next time, I hope you have a great week and a great start to your Summer!

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Monday, June 01, 2015

Embrace Each Day.

If you are just joining me, after having a super fun and busy weekend outdoors (unlike myself), lol.... You will see (if you scroll down my blog), that I have been keeping myself busy completing some challenges in the Some Odd Girl Facebook Group.

I have loved the prompts and, to be honest, some of them really stumped me.
Which is why it's called a challenge, eh?

Today I'm sharing the 6th and final challenge.  One of my favs because it deals with having to create your own take on a "sketch".  There was no actual sketch provided (making the challenge a bit more difficult), but there was a sample of a card.  We had to "COPY CAT" that and this is what I did....

...I kinda cheated.  Because I had this "Sweet Thinkin' Mae" image colored for a couple of months now without a clue as to how I wanted to use her.  She was initially colored with St. Patrick's Day in mind, but I don't know anyone who celebrates it, #2 I don't have that much green pattern paper, and #3, I didn't want an all green card.  So I went to my stash and found the Amy Tangerine "Yes Please" paper pad, untouched (because I hoard pretty paper), and decided it was time.  hehehe...

I used several different dies by Spellbinders (Postage, Circles and Frames 5), Walnut distress ink, Martha S. butterfly punch, Platinum liquid pearls, Magnolia "New York" postage stamps, a tiny phrase sticker by Cosmo C., and some Recollections leaves, and a mint green flower that I had to alter with Mister Huey's to match her dress.

Initially I wanted to create a "Congrats On Your New Home" card or "Welcome Home" card, but I didn't have a stamp or sticker or anything that I could use, so I settled for a phrase, that can be said to someone who feels overwhelmed with just having moved.  (something I can relate to).

I like it.
And I like that there's not an ounce of green pattern paper, and yet everything blends.

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