I have been married nearly 12 years to my amazing high school sweetheart and we have 3 beautiful kids together. My passion is coloring which is why earlier this year I launched Designed To Color, an all new craft magazine devoted to inspiring creativity through coloring! Put some fresh rubber in one hand and some Copics in the other and I am a happy girl but I am also branching out to mixed media & altered art. I've come across new stamp companies, new techniques, amazing products and love learning as well as sharing something new all the time. I have been blessed and honored to serve on several amazing design teams. I love every single minute and have met some truly amazing and talented crafters in the process. It's one of my favorite parts of this hobby to be able to meet so many unique people and develop friendships around the world. It is my hope thru my blog & now magazine to inspire others to keep learning, growing & creating but most of all just to have FUN while you do it!
As Valentine's Day quickly approaches we're getting ready for those valentines by challenging you to make 3x3 cards using the theme Love is in the Air! 7 kids college fund has the perfect envelopes for these cards so you don't have to make your own. These are the perfect size to make with your kids for all those school valentines. Be sure to check out the 7 kids college fund blog for more ideas from the DT!
I love it when a company opens up a blog hop for all it's fans! And when I saw Tiddly Inks released a new character line called Wryn & Friends - well, I KNEW I had to purchase 1 (or 5) and make a card for the special hop today. Be sure to check out the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog for a list of everyone participating.
I am a huge fan of Tiddly Inks but haven't had much time to create just for the sake of creating - this card I did just that. I used Wryn - Close to my Heart. I printed her on Copic Xpress It Cardstock and colored her with Copics. The paper is Basic Grey Out of Print and the lace & seam binder come from Creating is Fun. I JUST got this new rolled paper flower die by CC Designs and I'm having SO much fun with it. It makes the perfect rolled rose each and every time. I will be posting a video tutorial next week so be sure the check back or subscribe to my youtube channel so you won't miss it. :D
I actually used a new green combination for me, G14 & YG13 and I think I'm in love with it now. I also used a new RED combination as I just added 6 new colors to my R family this week, so for the heart I used R12, R14, R17 & R29. I have to be honest, I haven't loved an image like this in a long time. I have a feeling you will be seeing a LOT of Wryn & Friends on my blog!
Well, I want to keep it short & sweet as there is a VERY long list of blogs to hop through. I can't wait to get started myself. I'm bound to be inspired and learn a few things along the way.
Be sure to stop by the Helmar Blog each day this week for incredible inspiration using May Arts Ribbons!!
I loved this gorgeous sheer ribbon that has a wire built into it to help it keep its shape. It makes the most beautiful puffy bows! The perfect adhesive for sheer ribbon is Helmar 450 Quick Dry - b/c it's super thick and dries so fast, so clear, your ribbon is going to be the steal of your layout, not your adhesive! I used this super adorable WS-Matilda by The Greeting Farm. She is so much fun to color and I love the way her hair turned out - it was a new hair color I tried using C4, C6, C8 & RV66 all over. The paper is one of my favorites right now by Authentique. I love their 6x6 paper pads for making cards and small layouts like this. I used Helmar Tape Runner to adhere all the paper including the doily behind sweet Matilda which I got at Creating is Fun (which btw everything is currently 15% off). You can probably tell from the cut off calendar that this is a page in the Birthday Calendar I had been working on FOREVER - Finally finished it this past weekend and now I just have to figure out the Bind-it-All so I can finally give it to my mama!!!
Be sure to check out THIS POST for THREE chances to win 2 spools of ribbon from May Arts and the best adhesive to use with ribbon Helmar 450 Quick Dry!!!
Hi everyone! Most of you know my coloring medium of choice would be Copic Markers but every once in awhile I will venture out with something new. Today I colored my image using Faber-Castell colored pencils and I colored on canvas paper. Whoa, watch out! LOL I finally finished this birthday calendar project and I just need to figure out how to use the Bind-it-all machine I bought last year so I can put it together!
The image is from the Special Autumn set by The Greeting Farm available now at 7 Kids College Fund!! I think my favorite part of this image are her cute little boots!!! The papers and chipboard are all Bella Blvd. I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry to make sure the chipboard would stick as my mom will be using this calendar over and over. This is what I created for the month of December hence all the cute fall papers.
It's a new year and we are already on Challenge No. 8 for Saturated Canary!! Can you believe it - week after week you knock our socks off with your beautiful creations with Krista Smiths adorable images. This week, we're challenging you to a Clean & Simple card. As you can see, this is about as Clean and Simple as I can get and there are STILL 3 layers on here NOT counting the twine! *giggle* I adore this ragamuffin called Penelope & Posey. So adorable!! Reminds me of my daughter so much balancing that lil rabbit on her head. See, my daughter has a lovie that is a bunny that she takes with her EVERYWHERE!!! Well, she used to, now all loves must remain home b/c we had too many close calls when she was a baby leaving it at stores and such. LOL Funny how my girls have taken up lovies but my son is just content sucking his thumb - actually I think I AM his lovie. and I'd like to remain so for quite awhile!!!
Anyhoo, I hope you will join us at Saturated Canary Challenges and you will NOT want to miss a special announcement on Saturday.....just saying' it's gonna be good and a LOT of you will NOT WANT TO MISS OUT!!!
I am super excited to announce that I am part of 7 Kids College Fund DT for the next 6 months!!! They are one of my favorite places to purchase supplies online with amazing customer service & pricing.
I am kicking off my term with my project for Challenge #38 which is Try Something New! My something new is coloring on TRACING paper, yep, I remember this as an option when we I took my certification class and have never tried it until now. I picked up a cheap pad of tracing paper and stamped Blush Babette with memento tuxedo black. I actually colored on the opposite side of where I stamped so as not to have any issues with bleeding etc. It was fun and I'll definitely be trying it again!
You can check out the new DT announcement HERE and be sure to check out the 7 Kids Challenge blog to play along with us this week! I'm really excited for this new opportunity!!!
I am so excited to finally let the cat out of the bag that I will be designing for a good friend and incredibly talented lady, Martha Pineda who carries the most fabulous trims, embellishments and more at Creating is Fun. I literally HOARD her trims because they are so unique and gorgeous but I'm going to try to be better at USING them to inspire you from now on! *giggle* She has put together the most amazing team of unique crafters who are super sweet as I've gotten to know them over the past couple weeks since we've been working toward this very big day for Martha!
First things first, PLEASE go and LIKE Creating is Fun FB fan page for YOUR chance to win a $25 credit to the store once we hit 150 fans. I KNOW we can do this today and then YOU will have a chance at a shopping spree for yourself to get these amazing supplies!