Friday, June 15, 2018

TGIF; Thankful Friday #47

Friday, Friday...oh I am so happy to see you! It's been a hot summer week here in Central CA. The AC been cranking high and so is my utility bill.

This week I am thankful for the ICAD 2018 61 day challenge. It is such a fun challenge and really gets my creativity flowing. Read my past posts on the challenge by clicking on the ICAD label to the right. I just ended Week Two and have many weeks left.
I hope you all get a little inky and creative this weekend!

ICAD 2018 Week Two

Week Two of the ICAD challenge is to Week Three.  To learn more about the Daisy Yellow Art ICAD (Index Card A Day) challenge, click on over to her website.

Each day, you do something creative on an index card. The site offers daily prompts and themes but you don't necessarily need to follow them. But they are a great help if you catch creative block.

Here are mine for week two:
Truck stamp is from Stampin' Up!

Cactus stamps are from Fun Stampers Journey

That fun stamp was gifted from Rubber Paws

Sentiment from Rubber Paws

It's hard to tell, but I used a lot of FSJ color silk splashes!

Sentiment from Rubber Paws, Circles are my design with Bloom Art Stamps Elements

You'll notice I was gifted a lot of stamps and other supplies from Rubber Paws. That was so many years ago and read more about it HERE and HERE. I realized while creating my ICADs that I use her stamps more during this time than any other. I especially love all her snarky sentiments.

Bloom Art Stamps
Fun Stampers Journey (I am a Journey Coach if you want to order any supplies and need a coach, please add my name!)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

#1 Dad

I have a tough time with Father's Day. I can't believe it's been five years since my dad passed away. It's weird to think he didn't get a chance to meet my granddaughter or my two new daughter-in-laws. I am thankful that he visits me in my dreams and I get to see him when he was young & healthy.

I still make Father's Day cards since I give them to my husband, DS3, and brother-in-laws. Here's one that I made using the Create-a-Critter II cartridge. I love that cartridge and it seems to be my go-to whenever I need something cute.

The weekly challenge at Bitten By The Bug II is Father's Day so I'm entering this card on their challenge site.  And on the Die Cuttin Divas for their challenge. Click on over to see their DT projects. They are always so inspiring!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WOYWW #472

Happy Wednesday! I missed last week’s WOYWW, but am back for this one. I’ve been busy rearranging some things in the Command Center and will show off photos later, but for’s my work desk:
I was working in my planner last night. Wow, so far a pretty boring week, eh?

I’ve been busy making my index cards for the ICAD challenge at Click on over to read more about this 61 day challenge.

Be sure to click on over to the Stamping Ground site as well to check out the WOYWW linkage.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


LOTW or Letter Of The Word is so fun and I haven’t participated in one of these exchanges in a long time. My friend asked our group of crafters if anyone was interested in making these letters for her granddaughter - of course I said YES!

If you’ve every participated in one of these exchanges, usually you make multiples of the same letter and all participants are able to assemble the same word when all is said and done - this was a little different since we were making her granddaughter’s name. So she offered to make any letter we wanted. I chose a “D” since I collect them for the Command Center.

Here’s the “D” I received:
I love the colors and 3D effect with flowers, clothespin and twine!

And here’s the “K” I made for her:
She mentioned that she was hoping for a tropical theme. I felt like a flamingo was the perfect choice to embellish her letter.

So fun!

Monday, June 11, 2018

QQ Custom Gift Bag

Hi there, today I'm sharing how I made my own bag and card on the Quick Quotes blog.  I love making my own cards, why not make the bag to go with it or vice versa...a card to go with a bag. LOL Either way you say it, it’s an awesome project!

This bag started with 2 sheets of Spring Showers SG105 paper from Quick Quotes. One full 12x12 and the other cut down to 8x12. Keep the 4x12 left over strip for later.

Score the 12x12 piece at 3” on three sides and 1” on one side. Then score the 8x12 piece at 1” on three sides and 3” on one side. The 3” score should be on the 12” side. Crease three sides and fold over one of 1” side (for the 8x12 piece, the 1” is the one directly opposite the 3” score). See photo.
This project would not work well with an obvious directional paper and of course the sturdier the doublesided paper, the better.

I recommend using a strong adhesive to assemble the bag. On the bottom (3” tab) cut up at the score line to create tabs for the bag bottoms on both sheets. Add adhesive to hold the tabs to the bottom portion. Also put adhesive on the side tabs that will hold the bag together. The smaller (8x12 piece) slides right into the 12x12 piece perfectly. Once the bag is assembled and adhered together, I inked each edge with Key Largo PowderPuff Chalk Ink. That's it for the bag.

Now to decorate, we’re going to create a slot to hang the card. You’ll need a 5 1/2 x 2 1/4” piece of paper (I used a coordinating scrap piece from the Spring Showers collection.) Cut out a slot across the 5 1/2” side. I used a label punch for mine. I inked all the edges with Capri Blue PowderPuff Chalk Ink before adhering the top of this piece to the bag. Only adhere the top of this piece so the card can slip in.

Remember that 4x12 leftover strip? Fold it in half, decorate, then mount it on a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4” piece of cardstock. I used scraps from the Spring Showers collection, Island Orange and Capri Blue PowderPuff Chalk Inks, twine and a floral stamp from my collection to finish the card. To color in the floral stamp, I used Key Largo, Island Orange and Capri Blue with an acrylic block and waterbrush. Don't  you love how it all coordinates?

Viola! A gift bag and card in one! You won’t hear anyone say, the card’s missing in this bag! Can you imagine the possibilities with this!? So fun!

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Spring Showers Paper Collection
PowderPuff Chalk Inks Used: Key Largo, Capri Blue and Island Orange

Other Supplies Used:
Label Punch SU!
Archival Black Ink FSJ
Just for You Stamp FSJ

Friday, June 8, 2018

ICAD 2018 Week 1

It's that time again...the Index Card A Day (ICAD) challenge. The challenge is 61 consecutive days of art. It is meant to go from June 1 - July 31st, but you can start anytime - just remember to complete an index card for 61 consecutive days. Read more about the ICAD challenge by clicking over to the Daisy Yellow Art site. It is meant to be fun and stress-free and I love it! Give it a try!

View my video on card #1:

And the cards:

This was perfect since June 2nd was our Annual Apricot Fiesta Fireworks Night

So fun! I hope you decide to join in this 61 day challenge!