Cool You

Monday, August 29, 2016

Happy Monday!
Can you smell the pencils and paper yet?

All those kiddos are back to school! 

School started today here in Wake County, NC. 


Makes me kind of miss packing lunches and backpacks and buying school supplies for my boys.  One of them is still in school, but he doesn't need me packing his lunch anymore. He is, working on his Master's and also teaching his first college course in Oklahoma.  

Now with that, you'd think I have a teacher or school card, but nope ---- it's a food card! LOL  I guess it could be given to a cool teacher or student.  It's a little girlie for my son so I may just send it to my daughter-in-law who is in her senior year at college as well.


Stamps: Sentiment - Cool (Technique Tuesday). Dies: Popsicle - Reverse Confetti; Stitched oval (MFT); Scallop rectangle die (WPlus9); Banner (Verve Stamps). Paper: Soak Up The Sun (Carta Bella).

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Cool Blessings!





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Friendship Bunches

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Happy Sunday!

Hope you're having a great weekend!


I've been trying for two days to get a decent photo of this card.  Don't know why it's been a challenge, unless all the different areas that need in focus.  Took about 30 in my light box and in the end opted for natural light.

My card uses the stamp set "Vegtastic" from Paper Smooches and the papers Splendid Sunshine by Echo Park. The sentiment die is also Paper Smooches.  I colored the carrots with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers.


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Friendship Blessings!


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Monkey Birthday

Sunday, August 28, 2016


A very clean and simple card

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Sock Monkey Blessings!
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Hello Blend

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Happy Weekend!

I've been kind of busy in my craft room the last few days.  I can't really believe it still myself!  LOL


I blended Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Soft Sky and Old Olive inks together on cardstock.  Then I used a lattice background stamp from the current SOA box, Lovely Notes from Catherine Pooler, inked it up in Versamark and stamped it on the background.  Then, I embossed it in silver powder.  The "hello" die is Lil' Inkers Designs and cut from the same blended sheet and adhered to vellum.

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Stamping Blessings!


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Fabulous N' Pink

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Good Morning, Thursday!

So, I've been playing in my craft room still.  It's taking me a bit to get back in the groove but I'm enjoying every minute!



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Fabulous Blessings!


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Painted Hello

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I can't believe I almost forgot to post this.  Made a few more cards today and getting this in just in time for CAS Mix Up.

Spray Inks - Water Spray - Stamping - Stencil- Die Cuts - Coloring

I started off using a background sprayed with Dylusions London Blue Spray Ink.  Then I used the Ghosting Technique with a stencil from Stamplorations spraying over the stencil with water.  I stamped the flower (Stamplorations) in Versamark on watercolor paper, embossed it in white powder, and colored it with Sunshine and Meadow Spectrum Aqua pens and placed three die cut leaves (WPlus9).  I cut a stitched rectangle to place around the background.  For finishing touches, I flicked some Shabby Shutters and Peacock Feathers onto the background before stamping the sentiment (Stamplorations) in Versafine Onyx Black. The whole center piece is popped up.

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Stamplorations August Challenge - Sketch & Theme: Stamps/Markers



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Sand Dollar Prayers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Happy Hump Day!

I've finally managed to do a little crafting, even with one hand in a brace with tenosynovitis.  It's a good thing it's my left hand, since I'm right-handed, it's not too awkward or painful.

Where has the summer gone, not to mention the year? Mine has been crazy with family commitments and I'm now back home for a good long while, hopefully, and trying to get back in my craft room regularly.  I mean Christmas is just four months away almost to the day!   

So with that said, here is a card I did for CAS Mix Up Challenge. Finally getting another chance to play in it.  I have new summer stamps/dies I haven't had a chance to play with so I'm extending my summer and possibly a lot of my fall cards will have a summer flare to them as well! 

Stamping - Sprays - Die Cuts - Wet Embossing

I started by using a Spellbinders Impressabilities, Sea Scape plate as a stencil over watercolor paper.  I sprayed Heidi Swapp Color Shine Coral and Pink onto the stencil and soaked up the excess.  In doing so, I got flecks of a light green as well as the pink and coral colors.  I cut a sand dollar die (Reverse Confetti) from watercolor paper sprayed with the same colors then added a vellum cut sand dollar on top with a sequin on top of a piece of white cardstock cut with a Spellbinder decorative edge die. The sentiment is from Stamplorations and was stamped in Versa mark and embossed in gold powder to finish off the card.

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Stamping Blessings!
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Ben & Jersey Mike's...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016



Ellie says:
 "My Human, Ben Salkeld, 
one of the new General Managers 
at the new Jersey Mike's Subs 
in Chapel Hill NC, 
makes the best subs!

GRAND OPENING - AUGUST 17, 2016!
Jersey Mike's Subs
6118-C Farrington Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
Our Ben - General Manager

Had to post....Dave and I are super proud of Ben for working so hard part-time during his college education and over the past year since he graduated.  We are also very grateful that his bosses, Charlie & Clint, saw his potential, mentored him and have given him this opportunity to co-manage their new store in Chapel Hill, NC.  He has invested a lot of time, effort, elbow crease, dedication and love into helping get the store up and running and I know he will treat it like his own!  

Monday night was their Private Opening for family and friends.  It was exciting to see Ben "on the job" and to see so many people coming out to support all of the employees of the new store.  I know it's going to be a huge success!


Jersey Mike's Blessings!
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