Elves for Preschoolers

My Mom is a preschool teacher and I offered to make all of her students’ families cards. I thought these elves were the sweetest! It took me about three hours to create 16 cards (4 of each design) because I used a card making workshop from Close to My Heart.

Elf Cards

How to Color An Elf

There are several different ways to color in the sweet elves. I decided to use the Tri Blend Spectrum Noir Markers in Tan, Dark Red, Green, and Fair Skin Tone. I like these because they are matched perfectly for flawless shading. It is like getting three alcohol markers in one for a fraction of the price.

Here is a video tutorial on how to use them and color in the elves:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

OH SNAP! Thanksgiving Card

Do you struggle with making Thanksgiving cards? I always have until I found this stamp set from Joy Clair. It totally has changed my Thanksgiving Card game.

Not only were these cards fun to make, by utilizing the same sketch I was able to use up a lot of my handmade and pattern paper.

Here are close ups of each of them:

Paper Details

The handmade paper I used on some of these cards were made on a geli press. Here is a video on how to do it:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Vacation Layouts

Do you know what is frustrtating? Thinking that you are done with a series of pictures to scap and finding ONE more. I thought as I concluded with these last pages I was done, but nope. There is another photo that needs to be scrapped. It is an epic photo too! So, as much as I want to say I am done I can’t just yet. Regardless, here are three vacation layouts I want to share with you.

Very little journaling is needed on all my pages for vacation, so I keep it pretty simple!

To create more interest on this page I ran the stars I had die cut through with an embossing folder and ran an ink pad in the same color darker shade over the top. Gems were randomly placed to finish off the page.

This banner was so fun to make! I may have taken these pictures just so I could create this ice cream themed page.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

For this hop I have combined coffee and Christmas. I created two cards with Christmas Coffee and Ugly Sweater Background Builder Set. Confession: when I requested these stamps I did not realize how well they matched with each other. It was a happy surprise!

To create the base I stamped the background in different colors. I used a stamp platform on the mugs to for perfect alignment. I pop dotted them mugs on the card for dimension.

To finish off each card I added Nuvo Drops.

Hop List:

Now it is time to hop! Make sure you stop by all the blogs and leave them some love.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Lovely Legs

Have you heard of the Lovely Legs stamps? I saw them about a year ago and thought they were pretty cool. I hesitated purchasing any at that time because let’s face it, I need stamps like I need a hole in my head. A year later I see several sets that I just could not pass up. Here are two projects I made with two of those stamps.

Mama You’ve Got This

There is something beautiful about a woman breastfeeding that I adore. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Of course I could not get away from my bright colors and shaded it accordingly.

Our Differences Are Beautiful Art Journal Page

I thought I would use this stamp first on a card, but it ended up in my art journal. I used the 6 by 6 Dina Wakeley Art Journal. I gessoed the pages first, layered on paper, adhered collage paper, painted some more and white gessoed an area for my stamped image. Once the gesso dried I stamped my image and water colored it in. I used the pages to clean my brush and put the title in the opposite corner

I have two other Lovely Legs stamps that I purchased that I will share soon!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

K.I.S.S. Layouts

K.I.S.S. Layouts are some of my favorite to scrap for vacations. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. When working with a theme often a lot of journaling is not needed on every page. I truly believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. For these two layouts I wanted to document the great time we had in San Diego on the beach. I have the story of the trip documented elsewhere in the album. I used a Close to My heart paper pack, stickers and coordinating stamps to pull them together.

The yellow dress is one of my favorites to wear now after seeing this picture. I always thought I could not wear it, even though yellow is my favorite color. My daughter had to jump several times to get that perfect pose. I feel like I need to state that!

My boys had fun boogie boarding and looking for shells on the beach. Both of these pictures captured their moods perfectly.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!