Lovely Days and The Like

I rather like the word 'Lovely'. There is just something about it.


 adjective \ˈləv-lē\
: attractive or beautiful especially in a graceful way
: very good or likable
: very pleasing

See. It has a certain appeal to it. A loveliness, if you will. Yes, I do believe the word 'lovely' is, in and of itself, lovely. Most certainly.

All of this being said, when Paper Smooches introduced the new Blossoming Buds set, I kind of sort of HAD to have it. I'm not usually a big on on florals, however, I do use them from time to time and the playful nature of these really caught my eye!

Have a Lovely Day

Isn't it just lovely? (he-he... See what I did there?) HAHAHAAA! I crack myself up, really and truly, I do. BUT, for reals, though, those flowers are so lovely and adorable, too. YAY for adorable! I added a bit of sparkle to the sentiment with the Wink of Stella clear. I love how I can brush that right on over things like loopy, fabulous words to make them shimmer! A white gel pen accents the flowers colored with Momento markers. Yup. I totally used the easy ones this time around. It was fun!

Have a Lovely Day (detail)

I am linking this fun card up to the Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes Challenge this week. I do so love my Paper Smooches!!!

You can find links to the products I used to create my card below.

Have a Happy!


Flamingos Probably Wouldn't Make Great Pets

Probably not. But it still SOUNDS like a great plan, if you ask me!!! Plus, I do believe that one of these would call the other 'pet' in that lovely dovey mushy gooey kind of way. I am playing along with the CAS-ology Challenge and the Curtain Call Challenge with this fun card. I used the brand new, and super adorable, mind you, flirty flamingos from Newton's Nook Designs.

Flirty Flamingos

I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder on watercolor paper. I then used watercolors to add a whole bunch o' pink to the design. I highlighted some areas and made some darker to create depth. I super duper love watercolor paints. I really and truly do. A Wink of Stella black glitter brush added a touch of sparkle to their beaks. YAY! for sparkle!!!

Flirty Flamingos (detail)

The sentiment is a perfectly simple font from Lil' Inker Designs, called Mom and Dad Sentiments, and I love how well it worked with these little flamingos! SO much fun!

You can find all of the supplies I used in the links below.

Have a Happy!


Catch A Wave! - Newton's Nook Blog Hop Time!

Hello, friends! I am super excited to be participating in the celebration of Newton's Nook Designs' first year! I was honored to be a part of the very first Newton's Nook Designs Design Team and I have truly loved watching the company grow! They have such cute designs and I just love their stamps! We have a FABULOUS blog hop for you today featuring some really great designers AND PRIZES!!! You can start right off with the Newton's Nook Blog!

I am excited to be playing with some of the BRAND NEW July release stamps for the hop today! I am loving these fun surfboards!

Catch A Wave

As you can see, I decided to stamp the board several times, colored them, and then cut out one of the surfboards to create a shaker! I stamped the image onto the acetate before adding it to the shaker box so the board details would still be there. So much fun!!!

Catch a Wave (detail)

I used some great Carta Bella papers from the Ahoy, There! Collection. I love how these papers worked so well with the stamps! Totally fun!

Your next stop on the hop is Emily Leiphart! Be sure to head on over to check out the inspiration and the great chance to win some prizes, too!

Celebrate with us and enter to win!Would you like to win a $10 coupon for Newton's Nook Designs online shop? We will be choosing TWO lucky winners! 

Here’s how to win:Comment on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! TWO winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, July 20th at 9 pm CDT to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Monday, July 21st. We are running a giveaway on our Facebook page too so make sure to enter here for another chance to win!!

Here is the full list in case you need it!

Have a Happy!!!


Sometimes You Just Need to Play!

And that, my friends, is how this card came to be. I recently bought this fabulous Surf's Up! Stamp set by Avery Elle. It was totally an impulse purchase. I didn't know why I needed it, but I NEEDED it. I know you've been there. You GET me.

BUT...that being the case, I realized that it was a little bit outside my usual style and kind of tricky for me. HOWEVER, I was not going to let that stop me, nosiree! So, I took it out, along with the Avery Elle Gift Tags stamp set and the coordinating tag dies and went to town! Or to the beach. (he-he... see what I did there?) Yeah, k... so moving on....


This was so much fun to create!!! I used a few different fun techniques. Firstly, I used a lighter color on the tag frames and then rolled the stamp edges in some darker ink to get a neat, beachy feel on those. The part I am most excited about is the wood grain on the van. I did that with several Spectrum Noir pens and I just love how it turned out! Even the sentiment found itself in technique-land, as I stamped it in a light blue color, wasn't thrilled with how it coordinated, so I went in with the Spectrum Noir pens and added some shading and blending to create a unique look. I kind of love it.

Mahalo (detail)

I am still new at this coloring thing, but I am really enjoying learning new techniques and trying out new things! This was definitely a fun one! Don't forget to PLAY sometimes. It's fun. I promise. (And I totes wouldn't lie about something like that, dude. This is serious stuff. For reals.)

I am entering this card in the Avery Elle AEI♥U Challenge: One Word.

You can find the complete list of the supplies I used in the links below.

Have a Happy!!!