Well hello there!  Here it is Tuesday afternoon and I’ve finally been able to sit down and write a blog post.  Yesterday was workout day and once I got home I started in on finishing up some class samples.  YES, I said class samples.  It was announced in The Queen’s Ink Newsletter that I’ll be there in June teaching some classes using Spellbinders™ Die Templates and Graphic 45 papers.  To be exact, I’ll be there the weekend of June 8, 9 and 10.  I’ll be teaching a Chunky Tag and an altered picture frame so far.  I have one more class planned but I’m waiting on product to arrive at my door step so I can finish up a sample.  I’ve got some samples to post in a few days so you can see what the fuss has been all about!

I’m pondering making enough samples for these classes that I’ll have some left over and then I can offer some classes for you local gals (Kentucky/Indiana area) as well.  What do you think about that?

The other day I mentioned that I had visited my friends from Our Daily Bread Designs at the stamp show last weekend.  One of my purchases that day was a poppy stamp from their booth.  Now I’ve searched their website every which way I can, and have only found the stamp in a set – Serve the Lord.   I purchased it as a single, Crocheted Poppy.  You know it’s hard for me to pass up a good flower stamp!

So anyho, here’s what I came up with . . . I started coloring it on Saturday evening when I got in.


The paper is some that I also picked up at the show, My Mind’s Eye Union Square – Rosy.  I just noticed that eclectic Paperie also has it, and it’s on sale!  (guess I should have waited to buy it)

I didn’t like the harshness of the border with the flower, so I went around it with a Stardust pen.  Hoping you can see the shimmer in the close-up.  If you can’t, click on the image to make it larger!


The seam binding is some extra that I had in the drawer (probably dyed with Antique Linen in varying shades) that I just grabbed and threw it together.

For those interested, here are the Copic Markers that I used.


When I was at the stamp show, Gary Burlin gave me one of his Copic Coloring Charts . . . boy is it easy to see what colors to use now!

I guess that’s all I have today . . . well at least my mind is telling me that!  Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . .  life is short, embrace the adventures that come your way today!


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WOW I can’t believe that I finally get to tell you this!  I’ve been keeping it a secret since CHA . . . I’m the April Guest Designer over at Inky Antics!

When I was at CHA, I was browsing through the Stampers Anonymous booth looking at al the new releases when I ran into Jackie Wamhoff, founder and creative director of Inky Antics Rubber Stamps.  I got to know Jackie while I was working the stamp show circuit, and always look forward to seeing her at CHA.  When she asked me if I would do a Guest Spot for Inky Antics, I was so excited I couldn’t say no.  So here it is April, and first card goes live today on the Inky Antics Rubber Stamps Blog.

I’m going to show you the card here, but please go over and show Jackie some love on the Inky Blog.  I promised her I would send my readers over, plus you get to read some of the interview I gave her!  You’ll also get to find out all about this card and why I chose the image . . . you don’t want to miss that!




That’s all for me today . . . oh wait!  I need to tell you about the show yesterday.  I got lots of goodies . . . some much needed Copic Markers and refills, some stamps from Our Daily Bread (and I got to see Kelly), got to even see Mary (Stacey Caron’s mom) which was a fabulous surprise!  I met of few of you, my readers, saw lots of my cards in the Rubbernecker booth (even though I’ve been banned/refused from the website since I left the company design team) – yelled hi to Mr. Rubbernecker just to see him squirm (Bad Bad Sherry), got to finally meet Nikki Sivils, and almost forgot . . . purchased some 6×6 paper pads I’ve been looking for!  All in all, it was a great day and I’m so glad I decided to go over!

Thanks for stopping by today, don’t forget to visit the Inky Antics Rubber Stamps Blog and take advantage of the adventures that come your way today!


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Happy Tuesday!  How y’all doing?  Wow it has been busy around here . . . lots of crafty time!  I’ve been super busy with monthly projects, tutorials and class projects.  Yes, you read correct class projects . . . we’ll cover that a little more later.

I’ve had a couple of sets of stamps sitting around the studio since November or December.  I can’t really remember when I got them, all I can remember is that I haven’t had time to get them inky.  This weekend I made a point to sit down and color up some images (some for some special projects and some for play).  After walking the little shihtz’ this morning (great weather here finally), I decided to put together a card or two with some of those images.

The one I have today is made with JustRite Stampers Botanical Butterflies.  The image was colored with Copic Markers and then die cut/embossed/layered with Spellbinders™ circles.


I don’t know why I’m in a white mood lately, but white paper is calling me.  Instead of building upon the white, I added some black and then dyed the seam binding to match the colors of the butterfly.


To get the seam binding to just the right color, I started with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  It was a little too red for my taste, so I kept adding Chipped Sapphire to be the right touch of blue with the purple.

The background was embossed with the new M-Bossabilities, Elite.  I couldn’t resist a little sponging, with Antique Linen, and some sewing.  The end flap on the card was die cut/embossed with Grand Labels Four.

That’s all I have for now.  Thanks for stopping by today!



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Hey y’all!  I hope you had a good start to your week . . . I took the pups to the groomer and spent the rest of the day working in the studio.  One good thing . . . I now have sweet smelling pups!

I want to share one more card made with Stately Flowers 2 with you today.  This time I colored the Hawthorne image with Copic Markers.


The paper is Graphic 45 Le’Romantique and the seam binding is dyed with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.

For this card, and you can see the overlapping black and pink cardstock on the front, the black is actually the back of the card.  The pink layer is slipped into a fold in the black.  I have plans on working up a tutorial of this one for you in a few days.  The bad thing is I decided to stitch the designer paper to the cardstock and then I had the stitching on the back.  I didn’t like seeing that when I opened the card, so I covered the stitching with another layer of the designer paper.  I don’t know that I like that either . . . so no tutorial today.  I want to work out the kinks first!

That’s all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way!


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