Wednesday, July 31, 2013



Just stopping by to post the winner of my blog giveaway.

First I wanted to say that you all are REALLY observant. I should have reviewed the post thoroughly before it went live because you all caught a lot of mistakes. Because of the date/time error, I went ahead and accepted all the entries :)

The error in the post was that I did not make the third card. Claudia Shadler did. The clue was that there was no watermark on that card. But sheesh, you guys picked up on some seriously smart stuff like that there WERE hearts on all 3 cards and so much more.

Thanks for playing along!

AMY KOLLING! you win. I will be contacting you to get your address and send you your prize courtesy of Claudia herself!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Mission Ignition #5 and a Goodbye

For my very last Mission Ignition, I thought I would make a VIDEO showing how the twine technique I used to make this card (some of you asked about it and I couldn't go without doing it):

Here is a close up of one of the cards I made for A Blog Named Hero.

I want to thank Mary Dawn and Linda for a great term. I had so much fun exploring color with you all. I am going on vacation to Florida tomorrow. I will see you all when I return in a week or so :)

Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect July

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge time again :)

using a Shadows and  little lovin' stamp set by Paper Smooches. 
I also used the matching dies.  The word bubbles are from Penny Black. 

I like to get my stash at i {heart} papers. They are having a case you were wanting to get some deals!

Here is the photo. Can you see my inspiration? the yellow circle and the black shadow underneath? It's not rogue is it?? I really thought I was being NORMAL this time!

And the marvelous design team contributions..


The deadline for this challenge is: Sunday, July 28st at 10:59pm EST.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sketchbook Saturday Guest Designer and Being Awesome

My blogging friend Chupa has a sketch posted live every Saturday and you can play along. This time she invited me to join her. Did anyone tell her I kind of stink at sketches? They scare me, but the fear comes from the unknown of it. So my goal for 2013 is to do more sketches and conquer the fear! 

Here is the sketch:

Funny, I kind of designed a card that looks like the sketch HERE, but I didn't know it was a sketch at the time! (Maybe I am a sketch person after all?) So anyway, I had to come up with a new design...

I used a scrap piece left over from a card to make the vellum overlay. You can see the card and a video I did to create this HERE.

Stamps: Amuse Grunge Sunrays, Stampin Up! 5th Avenue Floral
Dies: PTI Headline alphabet, Penny Black Butterfly
Ink: Distress Ink Barndoor Red, 
Other: zing white embossing powder , versa mark, gold gems, gold polka dot paper

If you want to play along with the sketch, check out her blog!

So it's been a while since we talked about the blogging handbook. This is where I discuss my blogging journey with you as there is no handbook. So how are you all doing out there? Are you feeling good about the art you are creating? the recognition you are or are not getting?

Me? Well blogging is a bit like life really.  It feels like a roller coaster. Sometimes a bunch of great opportunities happen and I feel like a rockstar. And then there are times NOTHING happens and I feel like no one likes me (or my work) and a total LOSER! There are weeks that I am so busy, lots going on and the social calender is full. I think, wow, I am just awesome. And then someone cancels or one of my kids has a bad day and I feel so NOT AWESOME.

In those times, I try to remember this:

Cuz I am a glass half full kind of gal :) there is always AWESOME ahead, just got to keep marching forward.

Ok pep talk over. Go make a card, call a friend, kiss your kids and be awesome!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Textured Fun Blog Hop & Giveaway

for a chance at my other giveaway, click HERE

A group of talented ladies are going to flex their creative muscles and show you some works of art using TEXTURED TILES, a design by Nina Yang for Avery Elle. I like to get my stuff at i {heart} papers ;) just sayin'...HERE

Nina Yang
Danielle Walls
Taheerah Atchia
Suzanne Dahlberg
Wida Miller <---ME!
Natasha Kara
Amanda Coleman
Pamela Ho
Joni Andaya
Laurie Willison

The Prize:

If you would like to win, leave a comment. There will be three random winners (one for each stamp/die listed) drawn from comments left on all of our blogs. The winner will be announced on Nina's Blog on the 22nd.

If you feel inspired by these products, create and post HERE.

I am going to enter this card in the Casual Fridays Challenge, polka dots! 

paper is by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper...IT"S INCREDIBLE. 
balloon stamp is by Dear Lizzy
sequins are from Avery Elle, a gift from my friend Yuki
die cut clouds are PTI
and the stamps are all the Texture Tiles set!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Kate

To play my game for a chance at a giveaway, click HERE

I have had the incredible pleasure of being chosen to be on the i {heart} papers design team and today is the owner Kate's birthday!! To celebrate, we are making birthday cards for her. Here is my tiny card.

I couldn't decide which card is better, so you get both. How about a vote? Which do you like better?

well of COURSE, I used products found at i {heart} papers!! Including THIS FABULOUS set by Wplus9 and a DELIGHTFUL sentiment set  and tag die from Avery Elle.

Wida  <----ME!

I am going to enter this in the Moxi Fab World Birthday card challenge! This card was pretty simple and easy to mass produce.

Guess What's Wrong With This Post For a PRIZE...RIC #40

This weekend I got to hang out with my blogging buddy Claudia Shadler. We ate Mexican, shared conversation and crafted to our hearts content. Good times were had by all! While together I made some cards for the RIC challenge and came up with these finalists...

If you look at the dress really close, you can see that the heart has some kind of beading on it. So I zoomed in on that!

But then I felt like the heart was too big...

And then the heart was too small...

And with no heart at all...

Running out of time, I settled for card #2. The design team always has me second guessing myself. If you feel inspired and want to win a $25 prize by sponsor, Ellen Hutson, join in!

you MUST check out the DT this's jaw dropping good...AND the guest designer this week is THE Kristina Werner!!!

Aga (on maternity leave)
Jennifer  (card will be coming later this week)

*****Now there is something wrong with this post. If you are a follower of my blog and want to give it a guess, leave a comment and I will draw a winner. You do NOT have to have the correct answer to win, but please do try ;)*****

Here is what I am offering up:

Some Mr. Hewey's misters and Hero Arts Inks thanks to Claudia!!

contest ends Tuesday July 22th 2013 at midnight MST. It's open to any follower from anywhere :)
**Edited to correct the date, thank you keen followers for picking that error up***

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Color Throwdown and a Question by Christine Duffy!

The Color Throwdown challenge blog will be celebrating its 5th anniversary with its 250th challenge on Wednesday, July 10 and IHP will be donating a $25 gift certificate. Since I am on the i {heart} papers design team, I thought I would participate too!

Colors are equivalents of SU's Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Kraft, and So Saffron. SU! colors aren't required even though those are the color names that get used for challenges--just use what you have that's close to the challenge colors. 

Here's what I "threw down"

I used some Lifestyle Crafts Quickutz cutting dies to create the ocean waves. the kraft represents sand and well the rest is self explanatory!

Come join the fun at the Color Throwdown and win a GC to i {heart} papers

I am also entering this card in the July Paper Crafts July Gallery Challenge. The theme is nautical.

**Lastly: I got this comment on my blog and wanted to answer, but Christine Duffy, you didn't leave your email so I could write you back!! So hopefully you will read this!

"I just started following and so excited to see the wonderful things you do, please tell me what is the ink you used in stamping winterberries on PBB?"

Answer: I used Colorbox chalk ink in Chestnut Roan! Thanks for your kind words :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

PSS Designer Drafts July

Trying to accomplish cute but still keep my personal style, I came up with this card for the Paper Smooches Sparks Designer Draft Challenge

I used the negative of a cloud die and then used some of the smaller images of the knick knacks set from Paper Smooches to create the inside of the clouds. And in case you didn't get that they were clouds, I put some blue die cut clouds popped up on there too.

and here it is slid out...I got the tutorial on how to do this HERE.

The card is based on the sketch below. Getting the hang of sketches but still went rogue with the side out.  :)

Check out the amazing design team :)

You have a week to create and join us!

Supplies: (
Paper Smooches Knick Knack and Word Up stamp set
Papertrey Ink cloud dies
Copics BG10, RG 24, RG29, R20 and color pencils
Green Scallop Border-GCD Studios
Fresh Inks

Saturday, July 6, 2013


I am EXTREMELY excited to say that today I am having a guest feature on the Penny Black blog!

Here is the sneak peeks of the cards you will get to see today!

I enjoy using Penny Black very much. You can see other cards using their products HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE,  and HERE!

Friday, July 5, 2013

You're follow my blog

Hi everyone,

Hope you had a great July 4th! We went to 2 parties and it was lots of fun playing games and watching movies in the back this (found on PINTEREST). So cool right?

I brought my famous Chicken Curry Salad. Want to know why it's famous? Because it's a Pampered Chef Recipe! HA! I am not so creative to have my own recipes. No fireworks for Colorado folks  :(

I am entering the Moxi Fab Tuesday Trigger this week "Scene in Tangerine". Here is the inspiration photo.

I call the card: You're Invited.

And where are you invited to? Well to join my blog of course! With the demise of google reader I wanted to make sure you still wanted to hang out here soooo here are the links which can also be found on my sidebar too.

Follow Me With Bloglovin HERE (the icon with the heart on the sidebar)

Follow Me With Feedly HERE 

Follow Me With Email or other web based readers HERE (its the icon that looks like a rainbow)

Stamp Penny Black balloon parade
Silhouette file 
orange glitter paper
copic marker #BG10
paperclip a handmade gift from my friend Marcy :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

RIC #39

This is my second post of the day. For my I Heart Papers Blog Hop Post, scroll down, or click HERE.

Ok this one was tough! My inspiration for the latest RIC came from her belt buckle...but I did take some liberties. I turned the buckle verticle and made the black image oversized because I thought it worked well for the design. But Tasnim asked if the butterfly represented her hair and well I didn't even think of that, but I am gonna pretend I did and go with that idea! HA!

the butterfly is from Penny Black. 

Aga (on maternity leave)

the winner gets a GC to Simon Says Stamp!

So I am leaving you with a recipe today. I made Roasted Beef Tenderloin from Giada Delaurentis and it's DELICOUS! You can find the recipe HERE.

Happy Crafting and Happy Cooking :)

Monday, July 1, 2013


I am so excited to announce I am part of the I {HEART} PAPERS Design Team!! The 6 new ladies are really fantastic. We will be bringing you creations every week from lovelies found in the store. 

We are also welcoming our incredible new July/August guest designer today, Jessica Fick. To help celebrate we will be offering 6 - $10 gift certificates. Winners will be selected from all of the blog comments you leave as you congratulate and help welcome them to the team so be sure to hop along and comment! Comments close Friday July 5 at noon EST and winners will be announced on the IHP blog the following week. (You must visit the blog to see if you've won. You will not be contacted.) 

Blog hop list:
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Supplies for "I Miss You" card
Stamps: WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals
Embossing folder: Lifestyle Crafts Woven
Twine: Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings
Gems: Kaiser Craft Miss Nelly Jewels
Die: Paper Smooches Notebook Basic Die