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March 2010

OCL friday design team sketch challenge #6

happy friday! time to play along with the sketch challenge on the OCL blog! grab any OCL stamp set and get creating!


this was the sketch...lots of lovely layers!  here's my take...


that bunny is so cute, i want to bite him!!! hop on over (hehe) to the OCL blog and get busy...prizes people, prizes!

happy creating!


Our Craft Lounge 'hippity hoppity' stamp set

dear lizzy (american crafts) 'spring' papers, spellbinders dies, vintage photo distress ink, memento tuxedo black ink, atyou spica clear

copics: blender, W1, E41, R11, R14, R20, R22, YG11, YG45, YG63, YG67, Y11, Y21, B21, B23 


dream come true

when i started this blog on February 13, 2008 i had a few goals...

-to inspire others

-to stay motivated to create...follow my bliss

-to document and share significant events in my life

-to be myself and have fun

-to get onto a design team

all of these goals have officially been met!!! i have been invited to join the Our Craft Lounge design team...and i am giddy...


the AMAZING women at OCL have spotted something they like in my creations...and i am flattered and grateful...oh happy day indeed!!!!

to my students: thank you for believing in me, supporting me, and following me!!!! plans are in the works for classes, i assure you they will be up and running before you know it!!! i appreciate your patience...look for an email soon with class dates and location!!! i can't wait to create with you again!!!


Our Craft Lounge 'sunshine cheer'

Chatterbox 'happy stroll' paper, spellbinders circle dies, quickutz scallop border die,  vintage photo distress ink, memento tuxedo black ink pad, atyou spicas: lemon & orange

Copics: C1, Y11, Y21, YR02, YR04, YR09, YG41, YG17


are you one of those crazy people that are playing farmville on facebook???? it is unbelievable how many people are seriously addicted to this game!!! seriously.

there are posts about getting fuel, mastering crops, mystery eggs, baby animals for adoption, fertilizer...seriously? fertilizer????

there are status updates like...i told my screaming 4 year old that was just pinched by her two year old brother, "hold on sweetie, mommy has to harvest!"

okay, i made that one up...

however, it IS pretty close to reality!!!

oh, those farmers...which i may or may not be one of...


i will say this...i had to have this stamp set from Our Craft Lounge (the barnyard) as soon as i saw it! adorable!!! are you kidding me with that cow?? 

so, to all my fellow crazy farmers, i dedicate this card...moo-chas gracias for fertilizing my crops and sending me mystery gifts...and for the fun, cause we all need a little silly distraction from time to time!


Our Craft Lounge stamp set 'the barnyard'

October Afternoon 'farm fresh' papers, walnut distress ink, black bazzill cs, white cs for base, memento tuxedo black ink pad,  copic airbrush system, uni-ball white gel pen

copics: blender, W1, W2, W3, T6, T9, E53, E55, E57, YR21, YR23, YR04, YG03, YG13, YG67, BG000, BG11, BG13, R20, R22, R24, R32, R29, R59

i heart our craft lounge

hello there peeps!

those of you that have taken my copic classes lately may have noticed i have used Our Craft Lounge stamps a lot lately...they have been 'speaking to me'...and, the more i use them, the more i love them!!!


a little birdie told me that they have a weekly, off to their blog i went...and inked up my 'garden thoughts' set...just love this set!!!  i really liked the layout of this card! the best part of doing challenges is putting something together in a way that you may never have come up with, and end up loving!

so, run (but not with your scissors) over to the blog and get creative!!! did i mention there are prizes at stake people???!!!!

i had so much fun, i may have to go back and do the last few challenges...just so i can say i did them all and have an excuse to play with more of my OCL stamps!!!

happy stamping!!!


Our Craft Lounge 'garden thoughts' stamp set

Graphic 45 'on the boardwalk' papers, SU! punch, walnut distress ink

copics: blender, W1, W2, W4, W6, BG0000, BG11, BG15, BG09, E41, E43, E11, E13, E 15, E29, E07, R46, Y91, Y95, Y99, G82, G85, G29, YG17, YG63, YG67 

babies, babies, and more babies...

is it just me or are there a whole lotta babies being born lately?? this, by the way, is wonderful...given this post, i am super excited that people actually listened when i begged...


i love these vintage images i used in this baby card class...just so sweet...


...and colorful...they go perfectly with my hoarded collection of daisy d's papers...


is that chenille and crocheted ricrac not stinkin' cute??? and that pearl buckle? such wonderful finds!


i love the softness that the die cut felt adds to the cards...i think i need to make a few more, they make me cards are my favorite to make!

papers are all daisy d's (no longer being manufactured, so if you love them like i do...snatch it all up when you see it!!!!), SU!, spellbinders, and sizzix dies, SU! and MS punches, SU! sentiments, misc embellishments

thanks for stopping in on your busy day!!!


hippity hoppity fun

copic cafe at the table last night...laughter, coloring, italian cookie eating, coffee drinking...and case i haven't mentioned, my students are awesome!  they lifted me up so much last night, it was wonderful and validating...


we played with images from our craft lounge 'hippity hoppity' stamp set...adorable!

basic grey 'two scoops' paper, spellbinder scallop circle die, corner rounder, silhouette egg image, tiny attacher

copics:  blender, W1, E31, E35, Y13, Y21, R20, R22, BG11, BG13, BG18, YG41, YG45, YG63, BGOOOO, BV02, BV04


i love the bright colors and crepe paper stems on this card kit i had for them to purchase...and, it was a blast to color! 

october afternoon 'farm fresh' papers, spellbinder rectangle die, SU! scallop edge punch, walnut distress ink

copics: blender, Coo, C1, BG0000, BG11, BG13, YG0000, YG13, G09, Y13, Y17, YR14, YR15, R22, R24, R27, BV02, BV04


and, this little guy...oh my...i would kiss him and i already have my prince! we learned about making your images and colors 'POP' just by adding a little line of dark shading once you are done blending...a little detail with HUGE impact!

october afternoon 'farm fresh' paper, spellbinder scallop square & tag dies, SU! scallop edge punch, walnut distress ink, dk brown grosgrain ribbon

copics: blender, C00, C1, E53, E55, E59, Y13, Y21, YG0000, YG17, YG63, YG99, BG0000, BG11, BG13, R20, R22, BV02, BV04

last night was the last copic cafe at the table (looks like the doors close in just two days...i am so sad!)...tonight i have a baby card class and then i say goodbye to a sweet store with a soul of it's own...

i forget which chapter i am on now, but the next will begin soon...i will keep you posted of my new adventures!


she was 16 going on 17

how did 17 years go by so freaking fast??? seriously, fast!

i remember the 23 hours of labor like it was yesterday...and the sweet little pigtails that i loved to see bopping around while she cooked in her pretend kitchen...and the first time she stepped onto a volleyball court...and, her first day of high school...and then POOF...this...

017 - Copy (4) 

 seriously? 17...i'm going to need therapy to get me through this next year...

here is her sweet and simple card...


bright and silly...just like my chicka!

happy birthday to my favorite 17 year old in the world!!!