I was thinking that I would be able to start blogging a bit more regularly now with maybe a post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But that didn’t pan out this week!  I am working on a few different projects but nothing that I can share yet as they just aren’t finished enough.  So here we are on Thursday again with a Throwback Card.  I don’t remember when I made this one but I’m pretty sure it was for a challenge and followed a sketch.  I stamped and fussy cut out the bird and butterfly or is that a moth? I think they are from a Tim Holtz set? Colored them a bit with Copic marker and matted them to the card and added Glossy Accent.  I then added the flowers to the branch.  I love the dimension that this card has.

So tomorrow is the big day!  Graphic 45 will make their announcement for their first round picks to continue to try out for their 2016 Design Team.  My expectations are low.  I really don’t expect to be picked to move on and I’m okay with that. I’ve had a look at some of the other entries on their blogs and all I can say is wow! There’s a lot of talent out there!! It is amazing what some of them think of and are able to do creatively with the gorgeous Graphic 45 papers! So much detail. I don’t think I could ever have the time to do that kind of work.  That and the fact that I don’t have a very big “social media” following.  Heck, I don’t even do some of the social media things and I don’t want to.  It takes away too much of my work and crafty time!  So I have no Twitter and no dedicated Facebook page or some of the other social sites out there.  The ones I do have I find myself participating only a bit or in spurts like my YouTube channel. And social media is one of the requirements for the design team.  So, yeah.  I don’t expect to get picked to move on. I’m pretty laid back about the whole thing–if I get picked I’ll be thrilled and surprised and if I don’t I’ll just keep on crafting anyway. Then why did I try out? Because I love Graphic 45 and I love to create with their beautiful papers and I wanted to put myself out there so to speak.  Anyway,  I hope to share some of my newer projects once I get them done in the next few weeks. So check back…

Happy Crafting,



It’s been a while since I’ve done much coloring with my Copic markers.  I’ve missed it and decided last night to spend a bit of time checking each marker and organizing them as smaller groups by color/blending families and then I colored a few images.  The one above is a work in progress and will be on a birthday card soon. I even put certain ones together that I use for shadows or “fairy wings.”   Below is a photo of my color chart to show me which ones go together and then I put them in a rotating Pampered Chef organizer so they are on my work desk and handy for coloring.  These are NOT all of my Copic markers but since I first began coloring with them, I’ve discovered that you don’t need them all or will never use them all. The extras are still in my main storage unit in case I need them for a different look one day.


You can see a couple of other images that I colored peeking out of the top of my color chart. These are for cards that I will be sharing in the next few weeks or so.  You’ll have to wait to see them.

So far, I’m liking this method of organizing.  Pinks are in one section, blue in another etc. and colors used for skin are separate as well as those colors for “fairy wings.”  This makes me want to go upstairs and color!  If you color with Copics and would like a copy of my color chart, just leave a comment and your email address or you can send me a message via Contact.  You may notice that the three Raspberry pinks listed have no “color” with them.  Oddly enough, I did not have those markers in my collection so guess I’ll need to buy them one day.

Happy Crafting,


Spring gives us so many reasons to be happy!  Today started out a bit cold but ended up being a wonderful Spring Easter day here in Texas.  This is a rare Sunday late afternoon blog post! I meant to schedule it for earlier but just didn’t get around to it.   Anyway, here’s a quick card I made from the Simon Says Stamp card kit I got a few weeks ago.  Since it has Easter eggs, I wanted to share it on or before Easter! It was a pre-printed image on water color paper (including the sentiment).  In the kit, I got a pink Tim Holtz Distress Crayon.  These are new and I’d never used one before and thought this was a good time to give it a try.  I rubbed a bit of the crayon on the background in different places and then used a baby wipe to blend it. The Easter egg balloons, bird, butterfly, flowers and lettering are colored with Copic markers as I didn’t feel like digging out the few watercolor markers that I have.  The jury (me) is still out on the crayon.  Of course I only have the one color.  Will have to watch a few videos for techniques on how to use it before I decide if I want any or not. One thing I do like is that once you “color” with it, as in the background of this card, it does not rub off.  I matted the image on pink cardstock and then to the white card base, and added a sheer pink ribbon & bow.  It’s a quite cheerful card and like Spring…it makes me happy!

Happy Crafting,

Yellow-and-Blue I’ve been slacking greatly on the blogging bit of my life.  Last post was Monday but in my defense, I’ve been busy playing catch-up here in the office because I was gone two work days last week.  I did get my personal stuff and clothes unpacked but the crafty stuff that I took with me, well….it is all still packed in totes and cases.  Hoping to get it all put up tomorrow.  Also hoping to go through my Copic marker collection, check them all for ink (I really intended to do this months ago), see if I need to order any ink refills and re-organize them by “most used.”    And since I’ve not crafted anything new this week (and what I did at the retreat I’m not ready to share just yet), I browsed through some of my past card creations and found this one that I love.  I don’t remember when I made it nor when I shared it on the blog but I know it was for some card challenge.  Love, love, love the cute chick with the flower.  Of course I colored the chick and the background layers with Copic markers and added some felt flowers from my stash.  The “Best Wishes” sentiment is from my standby clear stamps by Papertrey Ink.

“Best Wishes”  it’s a great card to share as a great-niece on my hubby’s side of the family is to be born today, perhaps real soon! Our niece, her hubby, twin sister (soon to be Auntie) and the future grandparents are all at the hospital as I type this.  So “Best Wishes” to all of you.  Can’t wait to meet little Liv!!

Happy Crafting!

CIE Just Purple 1

Well, Spring officially arrived yesterday!  So I decided to celebrate with this Spring like card for the new Cards in Envy  card challenge.  The theme this time is “Just Purple” which, of course, means your card should be mostly PURPLE!    I went with different shades of the color by using my Copic markers to color this cute stamped image which is from Heartfelt Creations Birds & Blooms Stamp & Die set.  I used white cardstock for the card base and no layers.  The image is stamped right on to the card base and the birds were punched out with dies after I colored them and attached to the branches with foam dots.  I cut a circle out of the card base front with a circle die and my Big Shot and stamped the sentiment on the inside of the card.  The sentiment is a clear stamp from Papertrey Ink’s Mixed Messages set and I used Memento Lilac Posies ink to stamp it.  I finished it off by painting the birds and a touch of the flowers and leaves with clear Wink of Stella brush pen.


So that’s my Just Purple card for the challenge!  I’d love for you to check out our challenge over on the blog at Cards in Envy and make a card to share.  We accept any size card and any shape as long as it fits in an envelope for mailing and this time it needs to be PURPLE!

Happy Crafting!