April 15, 2015

Happy Birthday Shaker card

Hello- Happy hump day, it's Friday here for us, teacher conferences tomorrow and the next...4 day weekend! :)

I'm sharing a shaker card tutorial over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog today using their Keepsake Envelopes.

The envelopes are actually a great little thing for scrapbooking, and when you run out of acetate to make a shaker card...they work well there also!

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April 10, 2015

Thinking of you using @AveryElleStamps

 Back for more watercoloring practice with my SpectrumAquas.  :)

I finally picked up some various types of watercolor paper, cheaper stuff to play on, strathmore and ranger to use for projects.  This is just the cheaper kind, this was a test run on this little cutie, but I LOVED how he turned out.
I added a heart from the Red & Goldie set to my Furry Friend pup, and the sentiment is from the  Petals & Stems set, all form Avery Elle.

I added a few splatters of ink and popped up my panel before sticking this little guy in the mail.  Working on being better about actually mailing these things out- the piles of cards are getting out of hand.


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April 8, 2015

Hello card using @AveryElleStamps

Its Wednesday here, (I think...?) and we're halfway through spring break.  It's actually been pretty nice, we put the trampoline up a few weeks back and have had a revolving door of neighborhood kids in and out every day, and night.  ;)  I LOVE hearing them all play so happily and OUTDOORS no less.

anyways- onto my card.

I am sharing a quick card today- more watercolor practice with my spectrum aquas.  Lightly colored the adorable elephant, he's so darned cute!
I am not quite where I want to be with watercoloring yet, but I love all the ways you can use the Spectrum Aquas- they are SO fun!


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April 6, 2015

You're Dog-Gone Awesome using @AveryElleStamps

Im sharing a card over on the CardMaker blog today, so I thought I would share here as well. :)

The premise of the post is to use your scraps on a project.  So here, my ribbon, kraft, & white card stock is my scrap pieces.  I still had the Spectrum Aquas out from a previous project as well as all the embossing items.  (I'm obsessed with heat embossing again! ;)  For years I hated to heat emboss anything, now I cant stop.

I heat set the adorable doggie, colored him in with the Spectrum Aquas and popped my tag up with 3D Foam Squares.  The sentiment is also heat embossed and popped up.  I stamped a few paw prints, then covered them with glossy accents.  I love how this turned out, I am going to make a few more dog cards, I could use more practice with my coloring!


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March 18, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Morning!  Today over on the CardMaker blog I am sharing a technique I used to make this card- making stamps from your dies.

Pop on over to see how it's done!

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March 16, 2015

CardMaker Blog hop with Sakura

Welcome!  Today the CardMaker Blog team is hopping using Sakura of America's products.

My card today focuses on the Gelly Roll Classic White pen.  I created my background using the white pen and a ruler.  The pen writes really well onto colored card stock, better than any other white gel pen I have used.  I decided to leave it a bit off-kilter and not complete the whole background, and i like the end result!  I can see myself using this for more backgrounds in the future. ;)
I popped up my flowers and highlighted a few of the middle stamen pieces with the Clear Glaze pens to add a little detail and depth to them.

I am the LAST stop on the hop today, if you missed anyone, make sure to head back through and check out everyones projects!

* you are here* AJ Otto: http://thewillowgarden.blogspot.com/

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March 15, 2015

Hello card using Adhesive Sheets for die cutting


It's a cruddy rainy day here in the PNW.  We've been so blessed with such phenomenal weather these last few months that a few cruddy days are actually ok in my book!  Lots to get caught up on INSIDE the house!

I am sharing a quick tutorial over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Blog today using the Adhesive Sheets with your dies- Head over to check out just how easy they are to use!

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March 7, 2015

Every Girl card using @lilinkerdesigns


I just recently got a new set of the Spectrum Aqua markers, and have been playing around with them. Some days it's so fun to just color or play and not have a plan.  Which is sort of what happened here with this card...

And for some reason, I really just love how this turned out- which is SO odd considering my love for clean and white space.  :)

I was just trying colors out, playing amounts of color to water, and I ended up with a fun background piece and decided I could use it.  The stamp is from Lil' Inkers, and the gold splatter is from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's new Pigment Powders.  (Check out the "how to" here on the Pigment Powder.)

I stamped the sentiment and hearts and then embossed with white detail embossing powder, then finished it off with a little grey striped washi tape before popping it up on a card base.


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Thanks card using @lilinkerdesigns

Happy weekend!

I shared this over the CardMaker blog the other day, and am finally sharing here.  

This is a redo of an older card I had published with them from 2010.  It's quite interesting to see how your style evolves and changes.  The stamps are from Lil' Inkers, and the ink is from Avery Elle.
If you head over the CardMaker blog you can see the original.


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March 3, 2015

thank you card using @LawnFawn

Over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® blog this week we are hopping along with Lawn Fawn.

Head on over to check out the how to and enter to win a prize!

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February 23, 2015

rain rain go away!

Morning! Happy Monday

My card must have worked, no rain here this whole past weekend...just late putting it up on here to share.  ;)

I had a few minutes to play with the new Simon Says Stamp release from last Friday and love the cute images in the Abby's Spring Showers set.  New stamps always make me realize how much I miss being on a stamp design team.

I left the umbrella white, but colored it in with a wink of stella pen.   I am somehow managing to either put glitter or shimmer or metallics on everything I make lately...  ;)  Might need a 12 step program.

have a great one- enjoy!

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February 17, 2015

Gold Thank You using @Spellbinders dies


Sharing a thank you card today.  My goal is to build up my thank you and birthday card stash to have enough on hand to make it through the year.  You can never have enough of either!

In keeping with the gold trend, I decided to make another card using some older Cosmo Cricket glitter paper and my dies.
I got a few new colors of inks and thought I would try them with this stencil.  I think this color is hands down my fave ever.  (At least for today ;)

You can't see it well, but I sprayed the card base with Shimmer Spritz in Gold.  I love how subtle it is.

have a good one!
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February 15, 2015

Gold Foil!

I am sharing a project over on the 3L blog today using Clearsnap Designer Foils-

Head on over to see the whole project, and how I did it.  This is my favorite card in a LONG time.  LOVE how it turned out.

Have you been using foil lately?

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January 29, 2015

Always a friend card using @fancypantsd and @SBADHESIVESBY3L

Happy Thursday!

I am sharing a few card over on the Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L blog today using some of Fancy Pants True Friend line.

Here's just one of the trio of cards I made, hop on over the 3L blog to see the rest!

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January 28, 2015

U Inspire me using @AveryElleStamps

Good Morning~  Happy Hump day- it's our Friday here, short school week.  My favorite kind of weekend, 4 days!!

I have a card over on the CardMaker Blog today inspired by fashion!

Head on over to see the inspiration piece and full supply list.


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January 15, 2015

Hello card using @SBADHESIVESBY3L

Morning- I am sharing a fun new project over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today using some of their newly released products from CHA- Stop over and check it out, they are venturing beyond adhesives!!

You can find the full supply list and how to on their blog.

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January 6, 2015

A winner and some fun news!


I have a winner for the blog hop last week- Jenna E from SouthlakeScrapbooking.blogspot.com
Shoot me an email- it's at the right ------>
Blogger Jenna E said...
I totally understand the lack of time to post! You have a new subscriber for when you do post your beautiful cards :) Happy New Years!!

Also, I am joining the CardMaker Blog team again! This marks their 10th anniversary, and I am beyond thrilled to be working with both Tanya & Brooke again!  Make sure to stop by and check out the other amazing designers as well! 

I am off to CHA in the am, I will be in the Spellbinders booth most of the time, but hope to get a few minutes to walk the floor and see everything! 


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December 31, 2014

Seasons Giving hop year 3!

Welcome to year THREE of the Seasons Givings Hop!

I have to say, I haven't been the best at posting on here, but have been creating almost daily still!  Work keeps me pretty busy sometimes, and it can't always be shared on here.  My goal this year is to scrapbook more for me, something I can share.  Thanks for putting up with my lack of consistent posts.  :)

I have a $25 pottery barn gift card and some other crafty items to share as well- inks, embellishments, papers, etc.  I will post my winner on the 5th, along with some other crafty related news!

Here is the complete list of everyone who has something to offer up today- EVERY SINGLE one!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Lawn Fawn

Spellbinders Paper Arts

Reverse Confetti


Ice Resin

My Favorite Things

Technique Tuesday

Paper Smooches

Sweet & Sassy Stamps

Stamp Simply Ribbon Store

Avocado Arts

A Jillian Vance Design

Latina Crafter


Unity Stamp Company

Splitcoast Stampers

Verve Stamps

Latisha Yoast

AJ Otto

Vera Yates

Julia Stainton

Judy Hayes

Kim Watson

Yana Smakula

Chari Moss

Taheerah Atchia

Shemaine Smith

Emily Spahn

Kimberly Crawford

Lee Murphy

Lovely Linda

Laura Williams

Lori Tecler

Chaitali Narla

Darsie Bruno

Lydia Fiedler

Giovana Smith

Teri Anderson

Beth Pingry

Dina Kowal

Daniela Dobson

Lisa Adametz

Piali Biswas

Kelli Green

Keri Lee Sereika

Jocelyn Olson

Julee Tilman

Michelle Woerner

Lori McAree

Theresa Momber

Anita Autore

Melody Rupple

Sean Fetterman

Bunny Vance

Tricia Traxler

Lisa Arana

Lorena Cantó

Amy Tsuruta

Jodi Collins

Tenia Nelson

Kelly Klapstein

Jill Cornell

Emily Leiphart

Becky Williams

Margie Higuchi

Lee Ann Barrett

Lisa Hoel

Heather Campbell

Lisa Henke

Sheri Holt

Michele Kovack

Ashley Harris

Sharon Harnist

Lori Craig

Nicole Nowosad

Laurel Beard

Michele Boyer

Christiana Reuling

Laurie Schmidlin

Jennifer Priest

Stacey Schafer

Heidi Blankenship

Heather Pulvirenti

Anita Madden

Gloria Stengel

Sarah Gough

Rachel Kleinman

Natalie Dever

Lorine Mason

Loretta Lock

Meihsia Liu

Sarah Martina Parker

Angeline Choo

Christine Emberson

Karen Hightower

Sabrina Alery

Debbie Seyer

Dana Joy

Cat Tidwell

Deborah Saaranen

Ceal Pritchett

Lisa Lara

Colleen Schaan

Anabelle O'Malley

Megan Hoeppner

Monika Davis

Marisa Ritzen

Wanda Guess

Jenny Peterson

Annette Allen

Gracie Chavez

Christina Griffiths

Niki G.

Kristi Schurr

Jennifer Ingle

Karolyn Loncon

Camille Robinson

Lindsey M-P

Kathy Clement

Maria Levine

Savitri Wilder

Savannah O'Gwynn

Teresa Horner

Laurel Seabrook

Libby Hickson

Yvonne Van de Grijp

Alice Wertz

Leigh Penner

Lisa Lee

Tina McDonald

Nina Yang

Angel Johns

I don't usually re share cards, but here's a few of my faves from the year- it's throwback thursday right? ;)

I love this one for it's bright colors.   I miss being on a dt for a stamp company, I don't get enough stamping time in any more!!
using adhesives for glittered stripes, a fave technique of mine.
simple thank you's, can't have enough of them!
watercoloring, need to make more time for this!
I love the chevrons, and the colors on this one.
A fave holiday color combo!

This last one was on the cover of magazine this last summer that went out of business, and I forgot to share.  I so hope something comes back to replace all of the mags we have lost this year!

Here's to a HAPPY and (most importantly) HEALTHY New Year!
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