Thursday, August 29, 2013

Homer Hello!

Got to play in my craft room a couple of times during my vacation.  This card (although it is full sized), is based on a card set by Tammie E. at One Happy Stamper 
Her set is 3.5 X 3.5 and come in their own cute little box.  She really has the best crafting imagination when it comes to cards and 3D paper art!
and inside......
The Essentials:
The stamp is from Whipper Snappers
The embossing is a Darice Embossing folder
The edge punch is EK Success
The coloring is copics
The cloud stamp is from Memory Box Dies
Southern Girl's Challenge:  Warm Fuzzies
Crafter's CafĂ©:  Embossing
Inky Impressions:  Animal


Playing with FBD!

Playing with some stamps from Fresh Brewed Designs today.  Found a cute template on Split Coast Stampers for a handled box.  It's just big enough to hold one of those small packages of ground coffee from the store.  If you are ever in need of really adorable "coffee-based" stamps, FBD is the site to go to!  Heather has many other designs but is truly known for the caffeinated ones, LOL. 

All paper are from my stash.
The ribbon is from Stampin up.
Digis and sentiment stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs
Colored with copics.
Dragonfly die from Magnolia.
Handle cut out from SpellBinders.
Flowers are hand-made.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hello, I'm back!

Its been 13 months since I last blogged.  I have done a few necessary cards while I have been away but not many.  In the past year I completed my BSN (yeah! Western Governor's University).  Now that I have my life back, I find myself gravitating back to my craft room.  Although I have been back making cards for the last month, this is my favorite so far and my "hello" back to the paper craft blogging world.  ( It's also for a friend that moved all the way across the country last month :P  )


Close up of layering The layering is glued flat to the card on the right
and raised on pop dots for dimension on the left edge.
Pennants:  Spellbinders
Stash:  Seam binding (dyed with memento ink), papers, button
Coloring:  Copic markers, memento ink
Bling:  Basic grey 1/2 pearls
Sentiments:  Cover:  Taylored Expressions, PTI
                      Inside:  Our Craft Lounge
Crafting When We Can:  Punches and/or die cuts 
Lacy Sunshine Challenge:  Anything goes

Pile it On:  Stripes or plaid  Placed in the Pile it On top 3!
Robyn's Fetish:  Use a digi
That Craft Place Blog:  Punches and/or die cuts
Ribbon Girls:  Add a die cut
Card Makin Mamas:  Use some rubber (all the sentiments)
Glitter and Sparkle:  Starts with a 'B' (button, bow, boxes)
Catch the Bug Challenge:  Anything goes

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

FBD happy birthday tic-tac-toe

So I was late adding my card today but I wanted to post my card for the Tic Tac Toe challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs!  Heather has been so wonderful putting up with my absence since I restarted school!  I love this stamp, so pretty and delicate looking. What a great stamp!

and inside.....

I used the FBD image, ribbon and flowers from the Tic Tac Toe  board.  So easy to work with.

Image:  Fresh Brewed Designs
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders, Memory Box, Fiskar border punch
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Ranger distress inks
Sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Stash:  Papers, ribbon, brads.

Fresh Brewed Designs:  Tic Tac Toe
Crafting for all Seasons:  Homemade flowers
Paper Pretties:  Flowers
Penny's Challenges:  Happy Birthday
Whimsey Stamps:  Spots and Dots
Crafty Sentiments:  Spots or Stripes

Friday, April 27, 2012

Vintage Birthday

Well, I have finished my first class (back in school) and am well into my next one.  Goodness knows why I have to do an Art Appreciation class to get my BSN but I guess I do.  I never really paid much attention to old painting in the past, and now I know why.  Not even remotely interesting to me!  Would have thought with all the craft stuff that I do, it would be fun but, truthfully, it is really dry and boring.  Hopefully the literature and film part of it will be better!

Just been waiting for Our Craft Lounge to post a vintage challenge to get to play this card!  LOL
This is as close to vintage as I get.

and inside..........

Image:  Our Craft Lounge
Ink:  Memento and Ranger Distress
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Die cuts:  Spellbinders
Punch:  Martha Stewart butterflies
Stash:  Papers, half pearls, ribbon

Our Craft Lounge:  Vintage
Fussy and Fancy:  Punches and Dies

Friday, April 13, 2012


I officially turned in my first required assignment for school yesterday!  Hooray for me!
To celebrate, I got to play in my craft room for 1 hour today.  This is what I came up with.
Sunset is crummy but otherwise I love it!  LOL.  Wish we would get some sitting on the beach weather.  Really tired of the pouring rain........

See that DP in the background....?  Went all the way to Maui for that.  Maybe if I use it up I will have to go back to get some more!   Sounds like a great idea to me.

Images:  Our Craft Lounge
DP:  Island Inspirations (Maui), Shell DP unknown
Inks:  Memento
Coloring:  Copic markers
Stash:  ribbon, cardstock

Glitter Geeks:  Nautical
Aud Sentiments:  Spring or summer colors
My Mums Craft Shop:  Celebrate something
Paper Pretties:  2 or more DP
Celebrate the Occasion:  Just because and use pink

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Thank you.........

I will not be blogging much in the next little while as I am going back to college.  I am looking forward to the new challenge but definitely not to the homework!  LOL
This card is to my friends out there in blogger land....Thanks for visiting, commenting and supporting me these last couple of years. 
I have a few more cards done that I will be posting when I get a few free minutes.  I would guess I will be needing some 'down time' occassionally and hopefully will be able to get some crafting done then.

and inside......

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their spring (raining like mad here)!

Image and sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Sketch:  Stolen from Crafting the Web (if your mojo is gone, visit this blog...amazing art)
Inks:  Memento
Stash:  Papers, ribbon and brads

Phindy's Place:  Ribbon
Diva's by Design:  Stamp something
Little Darlings:  Outside
Ribbon Carousel:  Anything goes
For Your Inspiration:  Photo inspiration

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Spring is in the air....

Seems like everybody is posting challenges for 'Spring' or 'Spring Colors'.
So.......I decided that was what I was going to do!  LOL

I watched about 20 You Tube video's and decided to try a 'Magic Card'.
Love the plain looking front image and the colored 'magic' that appears when you pull the ribbon slide up!

and when you pull the slide up...... It's magically in color!

Pretty simple and really cute IRL.  If your mojo is lacking, I really can't tell you enough what a help  You Tube is.  Go on over, get into the crafting and just watch!  Amazing how-to videos wiith ideas that are never ending.

Images and sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders, Fiskar (grass), Marianne's (dragonflies)
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Stamping:  Memento ink, Staz-on ink
Bling:  Liquid pearls
Stash:  Ribbon, insect buttons, white gel ink pen, cardstock, acrylic piece

Our Craft Lounge:  Spring Things!
Two Sisters Challenge:  Spring is in the Air
Send a Smile 4 Kids:  Things with Wings
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards:  Fancy folds (hope this is appropriate)
Crafty Ann's Challenge:  Spring into Spring
Crafty Catz:  Spring is in the Air
Prairie Fairy Friday:  Spring Fling
Raise the Bar:  In the Garden
Charisma Cardz:  Pocket card
Inked Paws:  Spring......
Paper Pretties:  Use a new to you technique
Celebrate the Occasion:  Welcome Spring
Sassy Cheryl's:  Think Spring

Dudleys been at it again........

Dudley is one of my favorite characters and he is a special guest of Dustin Pike's creation.

The challenge over at Pike's Playground  today is to make a creation using Dudley.
With all the freebies that Dustin provides and all the wonderful images that are for sale at his store, this is just about the easiest challenge Dustin has posted in quite a while!

This is the card that I made for a friend who had an accident.  I used an artist's perrogative and turned Dudly into Dudette by coloring in pink!  LOL

and inside

Hopefully she will feel better soon!

Image:  Dustin Pike
Sentiment :  Dustin Pike
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Stamping:  Memento Inks
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders. Mariannes (dragonfly)
Border Cut:  Fiskar
Twine:  The Twinery
Bling:  Recollections (half pearls)
Stash:  All papers, ribbon, button

Pike's Playground:  Use Dudley
Mark's Finest Papers:  Shades of Pink
PanPastel:  Bright Colors
Opus-Gluei:  Animals
Patties Creations:  Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts:  Use Humor
Shopping our Stash:  Buttons and Bows
CMC Copic Challenge:  Anything Goes

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Some new rubbah to hop with!

Welcome to FBD's March Rubber Stamp release and blog hop! If you are getting here from Yolanda's blog then you are right on track! If not, please start off at our artist and designers blog Heather's Coffee Break.

All around the country, it may seem like our calendars are deceiving us. It is only March but there is the growing feeling that SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Here at Fresh Brewed Designs we are getting spring fever! We are itching to bring out our bicycles, picnic baskets, spring decor and walking shoes so we can fully enjoy the unseasonably warm weather. Our Rubber Stamp Release for March is celebrating all of this as well. We are getting ready for planting gardens, watching butterflies fluttering about, listening to bumblebees buzzing all around and hearing birds singing. We are celebrating all of the NEW things spring brings. Some of us like to decorate for spring holidays. Others will be welcoming someone to the neighborhood or welcoming home a new little one. Whatever it is you are celebrating this spring, Fresh Brewed Designs has a stamp to help you create for it!

The new releases this month include Gardening Granny, Come and Knock on my Door, and Wreath Girl. They are each unique and so versatile! Our lovely door can be decorated for any of your needs. New home, new baby, Christmas, Easter, Halloween... you name it! Same goes for our lovely Wreath Girl. Granny is so fun and can be used for anything from serious to humorous. I love her funky style don't you?

I chose to create with Gardening Granny for this release

Isn't she just the cutest granny on the block!

If you would like to see what I have done with another of the new release stamps (when it was only available in a digi) go to see 'Come Knock on my Door' HERE

Heather has another special deal for you this month. You can get this package deal during the hop for only $18!!!

The package includes all three just released stamps, one die cut and embossed piece of Papertrey Inc card stock, two 4x6 sheets of the double sided embossed i do Viburnums by American Craft paper , two 4x6 sheets of the double sided Heidi Grace Purple Houses paper, 10 clear dew drops, a variety of 6 buttons, 5 purple fabric flowers, and 4 feet of each color of twine. PLUS remember with each stamp you purchase you will get a bonus badge! Collect 5 bonus badges to earn a FREE STAMP!

Now, hop on over to Rhonda's blog to see what they have prepared for you!

Since we are talking about spring, we always know that there's always a chance for a spring shower
Just in case blogger decides to make mud puddles or cause us any trouble during your hopping enjoyment,
we are attaching the hop order so you are able to SPRING right on through

Image:  Fresh Brewed Designs:  Gardening Granny
Sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Coloring:  Copic markers
DP:  Heidi Grace, DCWV
Stash:  Ribbon, brads, CS, glossy accents

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Garden time

This week on Fresh Brewed Designs Heather is looking for some 'Plants / Outdoor screnery'.  She has all kinds of cute digis and stamps to make this a really easy one.
I am playing with two of the new digis for March. I just 'blended' them together for one card.

They are called 'Daniel in the garden' and 'Grace in the garden'  and they are really cute images!
Quite fun and easy to color!  I teamed it up with a sentiment from an OCL stamp set and
I thought it turned out pretty good!


Images:  Fresh Brewed Designs
Sentiment:  Our Craft Lounge
Coloring:  Copic markers
Embellishments:  The Twinery twine, Glossy Accents
Stash:  Buttons, paper scraps, charm, half pearls.


Fresh Brewed Designs:  Plants / Outdoor scenery (DT card)
Digistamps 4 Joy:  Mainly green
Little Darlings Challenge:  Colors of Spring
Digital Tuesday:  Think Spring
Sweet Stamps:  Think Spring
House of Gilli:  Colors of Spring

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photo inspiration

Once again blogger has failed me.  My apologies for this posting being late.

There is a wonderful photo inspiration challenge going on over at Fresh Brewed Designs!
It all starts today and the theme is caffeine.  Well, it is actually coffee mugs but since I don't drink coffee I chose to go straight to the "juice" and go with caffeine!  LOL

Here is the photo inspiration.......

Using Heather's coffee cup stack from the coffee shop digis and one of the new rubber stamp sentiments, I made this card......

Obviously, my inspiration was the stacks of cups!  Duh!


Image:  Fresh Brewed Designs (paper piecing)
Sentiment:  Fresh Brewed Designs
Inside image:  Our Craft Lounge
Dies:  Spellbinders
Embellies:  Twine from The Twinery, liquid pearls
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa (sentiment), Ranger distress ink, old paper (sponging)
Stash:  DP and all scraps
Layout:  I saw a card on line with this shape and layout.  As soon and I come across the
site again, I will post it with a link!

Fresh Brewed Designs:  Photo Inspiration
Paper and Such Design:  Paper Piecing
Stamp and Create:  Paper Piecing
So Artful:  Time for Tea
SSDS Challenges:  Use your stash (all those scraps of paper for piecing!)
Fairy Tale Challenge:  Paper Piecing
PolkaDoodle:  Polka Dots

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wishes to Spring......

I am sending my wishes to mother nature to bring on Spring!

Here is my card to her (LOL)

The image is called MotoDog.  Unfortunately, I have this image in my "summer" file and don't have the artists name listed (before I became artist conscious) 
Doesn't this scene just scream SPRING at you!  LOL

The sentiment came along with the image, thus I don't know who wrote it either.... :(

Image and sentiment:  Unknown artist
Coloring:  Copic Markers
Flower border:  Memory Box Die
Border Punch:  Fiskar border punch
Die Cut:  Spellbinders die
Dragon Fly Die:  Magnolia DooHickey
DP:  DCWV photo stack
Stuff:  Glossy Accents, Sakura white gel pen. misc. cardstock pieces

Crafty Catz Weekly:  Punches and dies
Fussy and Fancy:  More than words
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Dogs and Cats
Wags 'n Whiskers:  Spring break (travel or spring, I chose spring)
CCEE Stampers:  Create a spring scene
Do You Stack Up:  Things with wings
The SisterHood of Crafters:  Anything goes
Crazy Amigo Challenge:  Cartoon character
Creative Craft Challenge:  Boys will be Boys
Cup Cake Craft Challenge:  Boys and their toys
My Craft Spot:  Make us laugh
Paper Cupcakes:  Critters (use an animal)
The Crazy Challenge:  Anything goes
Kenny K's Krafty Girlz:  Spring Zing
The Craft Place:  Anything Goes

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Candy winner

So, Rhonda has nicely let me know that she already had this stamp and has requested that I draw a new name to receive the stamp and embellishment goodies.
Random draw tells me that the new winner is......................

MacKenzie Pearce  of Crafting with Doodle.


:)  Gale

Congratulations to Ronda from BumbleBee Creations!
You are the winner of my little blog candy.
You will recieve the Fresh Brewed Designs stamp
'Cutie Pie Mermaid' along with some embellishment goodies to play with!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments.

:  )    Gale

Saturday, February 25, 2012

FBD Blog Hopping (with candy)

The BIG MOMENT has arrived...
the one we have ALL BEEN WAITING for...
Fresh Brewed Designs FIRST Rubber Stamp Release for 2012!
And we are celebrating with a three day hop, so you will have until February 27th to get in on the fun!
If you are getting here from Stacy's blog, then you are right on track.
If not you will need to go back to the start of our hop at the blog of our very own Fresh Brewed Designs artist and designer, Heather.
She also has a lot of fun and useful information for you that you will NOT want to miss! So be sure to go back and start there.
We have been so excited about sharing these new stamps with you!
I chose to create with BOTH of our new stamps for my project!
First I used 'Crafty Girl' to may a birthday card for my best 'crafty' friend!
Happy Birthday Danna!

Inside I used this wonderful sentiment from Yolanda over at Just Yolie.  What a great way to say Happy Birthday to a friend who has the same paper addiction that I do!  LOL

Next I got out 'Work out Girl'.  Now, she is one tough chica! 

Her outfit is paper pieced with scraps.  Love to use those scraps!

Check out that flower DP.  If you buy both stamps, you will get some of this cardstock to play with!

One lucky person will win this rubber stamp!  (and a few little add-ons)
Cutie Pie Mermaid

This is one of the stamps from a Fresh Brewed Designs summer release.  I figure that since I am praying for warm weather and summer days, why not stamp for summer too!  LOL

To win this stamp. (I will mail anywhere the winner lives) is really easy.
Leave a comment here on this posting.
Follow this blog (but only if you want to!  LOL)
Have fun visiting all the blogs in our hop!  :)
I will pick a random winner on Tuesday.  Good Luck!
Heather is having a special deal on the NEW stamps and other goodies for this release.
You can get this special package for $20. That is a savings of $10!!!
You can only get this package for this price during the hop { last day is Feb. 27th}
Find out more about this deal in the shop HERE
It is now time for you to hop on over to the next hop stop at Yolanda's blog.
I am sure you are very eager and excited to see what she has created!
Thank you so much for stopping by today.
Have a very HAPPY day!
: )  Gale

Here is the hop list in full in case you get lost.
Images:  Rubber stamps from the February release for Fresh Brewed Designs
Sentiment:  From Yolanda at 'Just Yolie', Whimsey ticket stamps
Coloring:  Copic markers
DP:  American Craft Letterbox - Yours Ever
Die Cuts:  Spellbinders. Whimsey ticket die
Border Punch:  Fiskars
Stash:  Ribbon, brads, tickets, flowers and 1/2 pearls.  Crafty sparkles from OCL.

Card Makin' Mamas:  Happy Birthday (1st card)
Crafty Ann's Challenge:  Bold and bright (both cards)
Guylous's Inimitability:  Girly, girly (1st card)
Poodles Parlour:  Mothers day or for a female (both cards)
Delightful Challenges:  Patterned Paper (both cards)
MAWTT:  Lots of layers (card 2)
Paper Crafting Journey:  Make it Cute
SJ Paper Crafts:  Flower, bonus if it is red or pink (1st card)
Inky Impressions:  Bright colors, esp. yellow, pink and green (both, esp. card 2)
Crafty Sentiments:  Use 2 different DP (both cards )