You Deserve a Treat

Hello my online friends,

Crafting is an extension of me – I make cards that reflect my state of mind. This time of the year for me is filled with family, reunions, food and party not just from the holiday celebrations but also with 3 birthdays thrown in as well (both my kids and my own). I’m totally exhausted at this time too needless to say. So when my family ask me what I want for my birthday in 3 weeks, I usually just want down time. My cards reflect that:

These 2 cuties are from Strawberry Kisses collection – Friends. Colored with my trusty Spectrum Noir markers – GB3, GB5, GB7 (dog); BG3, BG5, BG6 (cat) and PP3, PP4, IG4 (cushion). Sentiment is from the SWALK collection – Deserve a Treat stamp set. Ribbons are from May Arts and paper is from Basic Grey.

I hope you get a well deserved treat amidst this holiday season.


Flower Soft Autumn Blog Hop

Hello all,

I made something different today! I used a card topper but I didn’t make a card or a layout.  For my own sanity – I made a post it note holder for my purse. I’m usually one of those who throw a pad of Post-it Note in my purse and by the end of the day, all the stickiness is gone and the paper is stuck everywhere in my purse … aargghh. So I made a holder for it.

I used one of the new Flower Soft product – Multi-function Die Cut Cards to make the holder – scored it at 3.75″, 4″, 7.5″, 7.75″ from the bottom of the card. After folding it, I decorated the back panel with patterned paper from Basic Grey and airbrushed the front with my Copic markers and decorated it.

Here is what it looked like on the insides of the holder:

Hey, it’s got to look pretty too – I used the scenic window topper from the start kits and I like that it stands as well so I can admire it when it’s out of my purse and on my desk. I know – I have another pad on my desk but sometimes, I just want the writing on that one in my purse .  New Flower Soft color alert: Autumn.

See the post it on the other side. I had to take a top view so I could show some perspective – it looked odd to just see a front view of the post it note.

I had tons of fun creating something new from an older kit.



Fall into Fall with Flair

Welcome to the Zva Creative/Paper Craft Planet product parade.

All this week, we are showcasing beautiful and elegant bling from Zva Creative. As our weather turns cooler, our designers are using Fall color palettes and including them on our projects. We also also be having a i Heart papers/Zva Creative hop tomorrow with more Fall inspiration.

These rhinestones are so elegant and easy to use, I couldn’t stop at 1 card .. check out both my cards:

Stamp: Stampendous, Rhinestone: Zva Creative, Paper: Basic Grey

Zva Creative produces many beautiful color groupings of high quality pearls, flowers and crystal embellishments that can be used on scrapbooking, card making and mixed media projects. Visit Zva’s gallery or blog for great project ideas and to find a list of stores and online retailers that sell Zva click HERE.

Want to win some Zva Creative  goodies of your own?  You can win the product featured here by leaving a comment on this post and we will pick one lucky winner at the end of the week.


Wire Works Wednesday

Hello everyone!

We just returned from our monthly long Asian adventure. I’m jetlagging and up at some odd hours of the night. Tonight, I just realized I have not played with wires in a long while – Flower Soft wires that is. So I decided to make a good old fashion bouquet of Flowers with it.

It’s right there – stuck in the bicycle basket. But I wanted to direct your eye to the pots of other flowers you see – those are the new Flower Soft colors just released last week at CHA – specifically, Orange Blossom, Burgundy and Citrus Crush… oh so delicious! Papers are from Basic Grey, the garland is from Little Yellow Bicycle and the image is a Flower Soft card topper!

I’m off to see if I can get some sleep!


Hayride & Apples Layout

Hello my friends,

I’m sharing another Stampendous layout today – all full of newly minted stamps just seen at CHA last week!


& Apples

On the top layout, the kiddos on the wagon was colored using Copic Markers and I love that I had the perfect photos to match the stamp – what are the odds of that!! On the bottom layout, that Autumn text is just divine! I embossed it with various colors of Stampendous embossing powders (from opaque to clear colored powders) with the intent of having the colors fade to transparent as Fall approaches. This is the 1st time I’m using embossing on a layout – something I will keep for a longer time than a card and I wanted to make sure it’s archival safe. I discovered that Stampendous embossing powders are acid free and archival safe for your scrapbooks – here is where I found it and a whole host of other tips and techniques I never knew existed!

Have fun browsing and learning new things!

 Cardstock: Bazzill & crinkly paper from Laura
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Echo Park
Stamp: Stampendous Cling Hay Ride Kiddos & Cling Autumn Words
Embossing Powder: Stampendous Clear Lemon, Paprika and Honey
Ink: Tsukineki
Markers: Copic
Ribbon/Twine: Doodlebug Designs
Burlap: Canvas Corp
Mist: Tattered Angels
Banner: My Little Yellow Bicycle
Brads: American Crafts
Rub-on: My Mind’s Eye
Wooden Frame: Kaiser Craft
Wooden Banner: My Mind’s Eye
Chipboard Titles” Craft Supplies
Paper clip: American Craft
Apple: Momenta
Clothespin: Maya Road
Scalloped circle: Craft Supplies
Label/Label Maker: Dymo
Glossy Accents: Ranger
Adhesive: Scotch, Kuretake & ThermoWeb

June GRS Appetizer Set release

Hello everyone,

I’d like to introduce this month’s new Appetizer Sets from Gourmet Rubber Stamps! You are going to love it .. here they are:

King Pin

Sentiment Squared

What did I tell ‘ya! How trendy are these sets. The Sentiment Squared images are all separate 2″ stamps and they each also come in larger coverall size at 5.5″ squares. Here is the larger one on my card:

Check out what my other team mates have done with these fun appetizer sets – it’s simply inspirational galore:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kendra Wietstock

Kelli Palmer

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Taylor Usry



Weekly Recipe #34

Good morning everyone!

Today we have  Gourmet Rubber Stamp sketch challenge and it’s my turn to serve up a sketch for your inspiration. Take a peek:

Here is my card to share:

I made it for just in time for Father’s Day card using Daddy-O Appetizer Set. Papers are from Basic Grey and Authentique Paper.  I hope you get a chance to play along, please post your project to the Gourmet Rubber Stamps Facebook page, so everyone can see!

Don’t forget to check out my Gourmet Rubber Stamp teamies for inspiration.



Anything goes at Flower Soft

Welcome to another Flower Soft post!

This week the design team is creating any card they like! I mentioned in my earlier posts that I would share all the ingenious ways I learnt during my Flower Soft certification class … here is another one:

Use it as the “snow” in a shaker card! In this case, it’s grass for the little chick – an Easter or a new baby card.  To ensure that your Flower Soft is not a mess and stuck all over the adhesive of the shaker dome – make sure you put the Flower Soft in the middle of the image and apply the dome to the image (instead of putting it in the dome and applying the image to the dome). My color paper is from Basic Grey and the cute little picket fence is from Papertrey Ink. Wooden banner is from My Mind’s Eye.

Happy sprinkling!


May I have your support?

Good morning my friends,

This is my 2nd post for the day.

I have an exciting announcement today I can barely contain my glee! I’ve been selected as a semi-finalist on the Heartfelt Creations design team call … yeah yeah yeah!!

Frankly, I never actually thought I will get this far. So it certainly came as a VERY pleasant surprise.

I do need your help to get me to the final round

** Please go to the Heartfelt Creations blog (right here) and vote for me.**

Your input will be taken into account by the selection committee and in return, you will be entered to receive a $50 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate.

Wanna see the projects I submitted to get me here … here it is:


Happy Birthday CMC classroom!!

Hello hello!!

This week the Color Me Creative Classroom is celebrating its 2nd Birthday and we are celebrating in a BIG WAY with a week long bashThere will be fun challenges, games and some awesome prizes to win and EVERYONE is welcome to join in on the fun!

** Grand Prize this year will be a NEW SIZZIX VAGABOND!! **

Everyday there will be a new game/challenge that you can participate in for a chance at some great prizes!  Head over the CMC Classroom and find out more details—the Birthday Bash info can be found in the GROUPS tab, just click on the Birthday Bash Group to join in!

And today the CMC Challenge DT has a fun Birthday Themed Blog Hop to kick off all the fun!

Make sure to hop along and leave a comment, two lucky commenters (picked at random) will each win a $20 Gift Certificate to a crafty online store!!  So have fun and party, party, party!!

Here is my birthday card for CMC Classroom!


This little cutie is SWALK from Crafter’s Companion. She is colored using Copic Markers. I’m glad I found this polka dotted papers in my stash that matches one of the presents in the corner. Paper is from Basic Grey.

** Head on over to Anary’s blog to see what creativity she has in store for you! Her card is just the sweetest and her coloring – da’ bomb!! **

and in case you get lost, here is the order of the entire blog hop…

Steph (you’re here)













Suzy Q



Have fun hopping!! and don’t forget to head back to the CMC Classroom for more fun and games …


Cute little Anthony & Burt

Good morning/afternoon and evening my friends,

Today is the product launch for the cutest unlikeliest pair of friends – Anthony and Burt! A frog and his fly friend – a Crafter’s Companion newest release. I say this time and time again – they make the cutest stamps animal stamps EVER!

I’ve used Hoppy Birthday Anthony and Burt set for my card and here it is:

My card is fairly simple this week – I used Basic Grey papers throughout the card and added buttons and ribbons for embellishments. What I wanted to highlight today though is how I colored my image by just dotting the alcohol markers on and using the blender pen to give the froggy a molted look, as I would expected a frog’s skin to be.

Here is a close up:

I first colored the frog with my lightest color of green and I just dotted on my medium and darker greens. When all the alcohol inks are dry,  I dotted the frog randomly with my blended pen, making large and small spots on his skin to create the molted look. I also dotted on the sand he is standing on and just softened the dots with a lighter shady shade of alcohol marker. (no blending required as I wanted more texture).

Have a fun coloring day!


Miss you …

It’s such a whirlwind going to CHA, meeting old and new people, then coming home to more whirlwind with a 2 yr old that wouldn’t stop and doesn’t go to school yet (aka – no recovery time for me).

I made this card just before CHA but never got around to posting it – now is the opportune time cause I feel like I miss the fairytale of CHA, all my blogland friends that I got to meet, my leisurely meals without getting up 20 times to cater to the whims of my children, the fact that I can get food without having to cook it and clean up – I just miss my entire experience.

Thank you to my friends who embraced me with open arms and made my trip awesome. And a special thanks to Laura Mann Weed for everything you have done.

My card was made with Stampendous Vintage typewriter stamp set, Basic Grey Paper and Prima trims.



Wintry Frost is an understatement.

Hello everyone,

It’s freezing right now in MN – cold, icy, snowy – aarrggh. I’d rather these things be only on a card than outside my door as well.

Here is my icy cold and snowy card I made for this week’s challenge at CMC challenge.


The Theme this week is Wintry Frost – color icy, snowy, wet images to look wintry. Also use this photo as inspiration.

Lily of the Valley (LOTV) is our sponsor this week..yeah!! Absolutely adorable LOTV images!!

The papers I used this week is from Echo Park (grey circle background), Basic Grey (small brown dots) and Authentique Paper (blue medallion) – love to mix and match paper manufacturers, such a fun challenge. Ice was created using Stampendous Shaved Ice from the Frantage collection. Snowflakes on the focal image is done with Stickles. The diecut snowflakes are from Marianne Designs.

Don’t forget when you play along the entire month, you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.


All of us

Good morning my friends,

I’ve been cleaning up and catching up in my craftroom lately and one of the things I have been doing is going through my photos to see which ones to scrap and which ones to update our photo frames around our house etc. I noticed that the person scrapbooking (me) is usually never the person in the pictures. This is the 1st picture I found of all 4 of us – notice how old my youngest child is before this picture was taken (she was 10 months old)!

Papers were from Basic Grey, BoBunny and My Mind’s Eye. Those gorgeous eye catching stamps are from Stampendous – have I said this before, I CANNOT get enough of those jumbo clings. I used the Cling Jumbo Thinking of You medallion and the Perfectly Clear Stamps wedding corners for the flourish. My card is also showcased on the Stampendous Blog today! Yeah!

I actually made this as a 2 page layout – but since there was so few pictures of us 4 together, page 2 was full of pictures of us in pajamas. So I guess I wouldn’t be sharing that.

Have fun creating and taking your own family pictures!


You make me smile …

My dear Emma – I look at these photos of you laughing your lungs out and I have no idea what you were laughing about. It certainly doesn’t help that I’m only scrapping it now – 1.5 years after the photo was taken.

My dear readers – my point is: PLEASE write it down! I know – it IS easier to preach than to practice tho’ … I’ve been saying “write it down” to myself for years but when the time comes for me to write it down, I can’t find a pen/pencil and by the time I get around to finding a pen/pencil, I already forgot what I am supposed to be writing now… hmmm.

So my simplest 2012 resolution: have a pencil/pen with me all the time, behind my ear is a good place to keep it (nerd-alert!) … so anyhow, for now, I’m content with just smiling at her laughing picture and know that she is loved and happy.

My papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye and some from my stash. Those magnificant eye-catching stamps on the background are from Stampendous – Cling Jumbo Dahlia and Cling Jumbo Romantic Border. LOVE those Stampendous cling jumbo stamps! Those cutesy flowers are from Pebbles. And you may ask how I did those giant half circles – traced from my dinner plates and dotted with liquid pearls! Oh and I should mention that you can’t buy those Cling Jumbo Dahlias at the Stampendous website anymore but you can get them at the Michael’s store this spring.


Sunday with Crissy Guest Post

Hey everyone,

By now, you would have figured out that I am a huge fan of Crissy Armstrong’s images – they are so achingly adorable, I think. I am extremely proud to be guest designing for her today.

Her challenge this month is “anything goes” – make any card you like and go to her challenge blog, Sundays with Crissy, to play along.

I made 2 cards using her images:

Ain’t Rupert the cutest – I left the card without a sentiment so I could use it for any occasion as it crops up. DP is from Basic Grey (green) and I apologize I cannot remember the manufacturer of the yellow dot paper (it’s from my stash). The butterfly pin is from Jillibean Soup – I have the hardest time finding hat pins so if you know of a place to get them, let me know.

My 2nd card is below:

This little cutie (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) is one of Crissy’s newer releases … even the name is cute. I love that she has these pencil drawing too – make the whole images so much softer. DP is from October Afternoon (black menu) and Lily Bee Designs (yellow dots). Ribbon is from Fancy Pants Designs. Flower is from Kaiser Craft.

There is your dose of cuteness for the day. All of these Crissy’s images that I have used can be found at Whimsy Stamps.

Have a fun kind of day!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – inspired by kitchen (card #2)

Simon Says Stamp

Mark’s Finest – Fav embellie (why ribbon of course)


Mermaid inspired card

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone whereever you are,

This week’s challenge at Color Me Creative Classroom is Mermaid Inspired “Colors of the Sea & Sparkle”. Our sponsor is Michelle Perkett – she will be providing the prizes (a $10 gift certificate) and she has also kindly provided images for us to use. Incidentally, she is also have a 50% sale on her images for today only (until midnight PST) – you don’t want to miss this one!

Anyhow, this is my 1st mermaid that I have ever colored, so be kind to me:

I love this color combo and I found this patterned paper from Basic Grey Oxford collection that looks like what a mermaid’s tail would be like. I also add sparkles to her hair and the water and her scales are created using a glaze pen.

Don’t forget when you play along, you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.

Challenges entered:

2 Sisters Challenge

Polka Doodles

Crafty Catz Challenge