Twinkling H2O's

This week, Laura challenges us to use Twinkling H2O's to color in our image.  I have never used them before, but let me tell you, they are really easy to use!  Laura has a tutorial over on the Flourishes Newsletter, so be sure to check it out to learn a few tricks you may not know.  You have to believe me when I say this looks 1000 times better in real life >"<.  The butterflies are actually shimmery & sparkly, not to mention this isn't the best photo.  I stamped the butterflies onto water color paper.  I'm told that once your ink dries you need to wet your paper to prime it, kind of like a wash, then go in with the color.  
"sparkly butterfly"

Be sure to visit the other designers to peek at their amazing creations!

I know this is not my best card I've ever made, however I made it at Jan's house and I was asking everyone (nancy and sharon) if Jan had kraft paper...no she didn't.  I really wanted to use kraft, but I improvised and used a really pretty green instead.  This is so much nicer in real life, than in this ugly picture.  I just had to write that LOL.

A card & Birthday Shout Out

This past weekend was the Stampers Dream Weekend hosted by Flourishes, in Pensacola.  Faith Hofrichter & Becca Feeken taught classes, in their beautiful and identifiable style on Saturday.  Then, on Sunday Jan Marie taught a class.  She asked if I would design a card for her class, using Signs of spring and no designer paper (I don't use it a lot anyhow).  Knowing that she was going to be teaching this card to a class, I wanted it to be a simple but yet still me.  I think this card is both of those things.
"For You"

Materials Used
Kraft & Vintage Cream card stock
May Arts Ribbon, button, twine, dimmensionals
Copic Markers
Spellbinder Labels 1 dies

On a different note, I would like to wish Jan Marie (one of the owners of Flourishes) a huge Happy Birthday!  So "Happy Birthday" my friend.  I'm so glad I got to spend time with you the last few days!  Being around paper crafters is the best medicine ever.

If you would also like to wish Jan Marie a Happy Birthday click here

its official

I took the class, it was fun, amazing and I learned so much.

Here are a few tips if you take the class:
Drink some coffee before the class starts, you will wish you did around 1-2pm
Bring your markers with you
Bring some stuff to airbrush, like Grunge board, Prima Flowers, any embellishment
ask questions
You only get 1 hour for lunch, so plan your lunch carefully
Class starts promptly at 9am, so get there early
Take notes, lots of them
Bring a sketch book, or something you doodle in
Get to know the people sitting next to you
Bring your favorite stamps, that are good for coloring/blending
If you are not getting a technique, say so, Marianne with show you up close how to do it
Have fun!!

I have to say "thank you" & "hello" to the ladies at my table, Sara, Becca, Jodie & Jill.  You made my day so enjoyable!

a few pictures

Here are some photos of the Copic class...I will be posting more on the Flourishes blog later.  I have a really slow internet connection, so I will post more when I get home.
Me and Asela Hopkins (she design's and illustrates for Gina-K)
Me & Faith Hofrichter (fellow design team member for Flourishes)
Me and Becca Feeken (the amazing Becca!! love her!)

Off to Pensacola

Well I'm off to Pensacola (I was too tired to drive yesterday) to take the Copic class Monday morning.  There is going to be some awesome stampers there, that I'm most excited about meeting.  I will be sure to take lots of photos, and remember the best Copic tips.

Photo Montage

Kendall is turning 13 in a few days, so I tend to get super sentimental around both of my children's birthdays.  Here is a little photo montage...enjoy!

Snow One like you

I know its no where near Christmas, but I just got a box full of stamps from Unity Stamp Co & I needed to ink up this cute little snowman, plus maybe this year my Christmas cards will be done early.  If I commit to making one holiday card a week, I think I can do it.   Isn't the snowman perfect!!  Lisa Hetrick artist extraordinaire illustrated this set, I have to say my favorite thing about this set is the sentiment "Snow one like you" does that not melt your heart or what!  
"Snow One"

materials used:
Unity Stamps
vintage cream card stock
Cosmo Cricket Oh Joy designer paper
gingham ribbon, poppy brilliance ink, button, twine
Spellbinders Curvy Rectangle die, long rectangle die
mini library clips from SU

Colored Daffodil

Every Friday on the Flourishes Newsletter blog, the Design Team will take turns showcasing their favorite tips and techniques!  This week, Julie Koerber steps up to the plate with one of her all time favorites - colored pencils.  Check out the Newsletter for her tutorial, but first here is my card.  I used the new Signs of Spring stamp set from Flourishes, and stamped up that beautiful Daffodil.  I have some Koh-i-noor Woodless Color Pencils, that I chose to color with.  I don't have any Gamsol or Odorless Mineral Spirits, so instead I used a PrismaColor Colorless Blender.  With this tool, you can blend, layer & soften edges of colored pencil artwork.
Before you all start making comments that my card is really bright and bold, well I know that it is, but let me explain.  It was almost 80 degrees yesterday, and I was driving across a bridge and the water, trees and sky were so beautiful, literally signs of spring were right before my eyes, so it put me in a bright bold mood >"<.   Spring is coming!  Sorry to my northern friends who have a little while longer still of winter...but thats why I live in Florida, winter and I don't play nice together.  If it was up to my son, we would be in Maine with his favorite Miss Chris, so that he could play in the snow with Brock and Quinn.  
"spring daffodil"

materials used:
Kraft, White, Kiwi Kiss (i think) card stock
Jenni Bowlin designer paper
Labels 1 Spellbinders die, Fiskars punch, Spellbinders tag die
button, twine, may arts ribbon
Koh-i-noor pencils, PrismaColor colorless blender

Be sure to visit these ladies to check out their beautifully colored in cards using Colored Pencils

Whats Cookin

Just a cute little card to show today.  I used Kazan's sketch #20 from 2sketches4you their sketches and DT are just amazing and so creative.  Its a square card (probably my favorite kind of card) the base is Kraft layered with some Basic Grey Urban Prairie paper, the white card stock cut out using a Labels 1 die from Spellbinders.  That little flourish in the corner is Grunge Board from Tim Holtz, that I distressed using his distress inks.  The image and sentiment are both from Unity Stamp Co, I colored in the bowl using Copic Markers.  Oh, on a side note, I'm going to the Copic Certification Class hosted by Flourishes this coming Monday!  Is anyone else going?  Marianne from Copic is teaching the class, she is the illustrator/designer for Our Craft Lounge stamps, so I'm most excited to meet her along with some pretty amazing stampers.  Have a wonderful day!!  Jess is gone, so that leaves me taking both kids to baseball/softball practice.  It wouldn't be so bad if I didn't have to leave during rush hour traffic, its going to take about an hour at least to get to the field.  Thats my only complaint about living here is that it takes forever to get anywhere.
"whats cookin"

Materials Used
kraft & stampers select cardstock
Basic Grey Urban Prairie designer paper
Unity Stamps
Tim Holtz grungeboard
buttons, twine, grosgrain ribbon, Copic Markers
Spellbinders Labels 1 die

thanks

I hope all of you had a great weekend!  Jess and I went to a seafood restaurant (our kids don't really do seafood) on Valentine's Day.  Jess even snapped a picture of me drinking a Vodka Cranberry (with two limes).  One of my presents was a Dymo label maker (they are really cool) so I used it today to make this card, no stamping involved.  The designer paper is new from Making Memories.  Jess is leaving...on a jet plane (for reals) and i have lot of errands to do, so see you tomorrow >"<
"thanks"



A few more cards and the stamps are available

For all my girlfriends who husbands are at work, deployed or on a detachment, I want to wish all of you a happy Valentines Day!  I can't count how many anniversary's, birthdays & Valentine's Days I have spent alone, but at the same time I wouldn't change anything, because Jess loves his job and serving his country.  This is where chocolate, alcohol and spending money come into play LOL.  Hey just being honest.  Here are a few cards that I had made with the  All Wrapped Up stamp set, which is now available at the Flourishes Web Boutique (the do ship internationally too).  Actually all three sets I previewed this week are available.  If I have made a project that inspires you buy something, please enter latishay in the promo code at checkout.  Go buy yourself something nice, you deserve it.  Tomorrow I will show you the Valentine's Day card Jess made for me (yes I said made lol).





Day 3 and a challenge

Day 3 of sneaks and today I'm showing you a few cards from the Signs of Spring stamp set.  The Flourishes Design Team are all showing cards that are water colored today.  Have you ever wondered how some get that beautiful water colored look in their stamped creations?  Wonder no more, today's Flourishes Focus is all about adding that gorgeous wash of colors.  For a tutorial from our own Christine Okken, go to the Flourishes Newsletter blog, she will walk you through her process.  I have to admit, I was scared when I found out this week we were to water color an image from this set.  Water coloring is all about trial an error, it does not come easy for me, but I tried and thats all that matters.  I hope you join us for this water color challenge, if I can do it, you can do it too!  While you are at the Flourishes blog be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this stamp set.
I stamped my image in a yellow toned ink, once the ink was dry I went into the flower image and took my brush with just water on it, to get a base coat down, for me its easier this way, it makes blending easier and you get a softer wash once you start adding color.  Patience is your friend when water coloring (for me anyhow lol).  Because I was using textured paper, I wanted a simple design and since I mail most of my cards, it needed to be post office friendly :)  
"Water Colored Daffodil"
materials used:
bazzill textured green paper, water color paper, true black card stock
Signs of Springs stamp set from Flourishes llc
sheer polka dotted May Arts ribbon, dimmensionals, Spellbinder dies
water color ink, paint brushes

~Be sure to visit the rest of the design team to see all of their water colored beauties~





This was the first card I made with the Signs of Spring stamp set, so I feel I must share it and do the artist Marcella Hawley justice (my water colored card isn't my best work).  I had some Making Memories Chloe's Closet paper that screamed to be used with this set, I love how things just come together in your mind and it actually turns out when you put it on paper.  I was going for a modern vintage feel if there is even such a thing, and I happen to love this card.  Those mini library clips and the button just pull everything together so nicely.  I distressed the edges of the paper with a Tim Holtz distress tool, then crumpled the paper a bit and then using a dauber, I inked up the edges and parts of the paper.  The daffodil is colored in using Copic markers.
"Vintage Daffodil"

Materials used:
vintage cream card stock, Making Memories Chloes Closet paper
Signs of Spring stamp set from Flourishes llc
satin ribbon, mm button, mini library clips from SU
Adirondack Espresso ink, Copic markers, Tim Holtz distress ink, Tim Holtz distressing tool, dauber

If you are not busy later be sure to join us in the Flourishes forum on SCS at 7pm est for the release party, I hear they are giving all three sets away!

Sneak Peak day 2~All Wrapped Up

Day 2 of sneak peeks, today I am showing you a card using the stamp set All Wrapped Up, which will be released tomorrow (friday).  I have 3 samples done with this set, and this is the one I settled on showing today.  Its a back to basics stamped card, some paper, stamp, ink pad and embellishments.  No button today...can you believe it lol.  I have not decided if I'm sending this for a Valentine's Day card or Birthday card...with a gift card inside.  Isn't it just perfect!
Make sure you visit the Flourishes Newsletter blog today, for your chance to win this stamp set, go visit now, its a one day only blog candy.  This stamp set is so fun and different than anything out there right now, I think you are really going to like it.
"All Wrapped Up"
materials used:
black & vintage cream card stock, MM Sabrina designer paper
Curvy Rectangle Spellbinder dies
All Wrapped Up stamp set from Flourishes llc
Brilliance Graphite Black ink
MM Sabrina ribbon, Kaiser gems, MM hat pin

Please take some time to check out the rest of the Design Team...they are amazing!


If you don't have any plans tomorrow night, join me and other Flourishes DT for a release party in the Flourishes forum over on SCS at 7pm
I have a funny game planned

Strut Your Stuff~Sneak Peak

Are you ready for another fabulous release this month from Flourishes!?!  Today I am showing you a sneak peek card of the stamp set Strut Your Stuff, which will be available on Friday.  For this card, I wanted a simple but classy feel.  So I took the large feather in the set, and at the bottom stamped the feather with a green ink, then towards the top I stamped the feather in a aqua ink.  Thats how I got it to look two toned.  Since peacock feathers are really colorful, I went back in with a blue copic marker, then with a pink shade to make the image pop a little.  I just happened to have matching pink satin May Arts ribbon (found here, 5yds for $2.25) to tie a pretty bow with.  A girl can never have too many buttons, so I added one with some twine...waalaa perfection.  A simple and perfect card to be sent in the mail to brighten someone's day.  Are any of you playing along with the Timeless Tuesdays, with the Friends of Flourishes blogger team this week?  This weeks challenge is to use a button.  So go check out the Flourishes blog for more details.  Anyone can play along, and they always choose a winner...no Flourishes stamps needed, use keyword FTTC2 on SCS, if you upload there.
"In Color"
materials used:
black card stock, textured cream paper
Strut your stuff stamp set from Flourishes llc
Brilliance Graphite Black ink, green and teal Palette inks
May Arts satin ribbon, twine, button, copic markers

For more sneak peaks make sure to take a blog hop through the fabulous Design Team

Today and today only, if you would like to win this stamp set be sure to visit the Flourishes Newsletter Blog and leave a comment to win.

a fun sketch

Okay, I couldn't help myself. You should go check out Nichole's blog.  Did you see the prize?  Oh my heck is that a lot of ribbon!!  You should go over and check it out.  My sentiment is from the Quilters Sampler stamp set.
"stitched together"
materials used
kraft & raspberry fizz card stock, Making Memories flower patch dp
white sating ribbon, Crafty Secrets white chipboard, buttons, twine

My hubby came home and kind of fixed the cable, internet, phone problem...Comcast is still coming in the morning.  He checked the cable box on the first floor, and someone pulled all of our connections out...we think someone is trying to get free cable in the building, fun times.

Color Challenge and prize

Its all about color today and the Flourishes design team wants to challenge you to look at everyday objects in a new way.  This week its the colorful beauty of a peacock feather.  So just look at the feather and get some inspiration from it and create a card or project, if you go to the Flourishes Newsletter blog, it will have all of the details.  Just to add, if you decide to play along there are prizes to be had, one of them being all three of the new stamp sets that are being released next week.  Once your card/project is done, just leave a comment on the Flourishes blog with your link or upload your project to SCS using the keyword FLLCFEB.  I hope you get a chance to play, you never know you just might be the winner of new stamps!
Here is my card that I made from the inspiration of the peacock feather.  I used the colors as my palette for my card, and I knew I wanted to use that little bird in the bird cage from the Love Nest stamp set (flourishes).  I don't know if you can tell, but I did a light blue water color wash, I did this before I stamped my image, I used water colored prisma pencils to color in the bird.  The scroll background stamp and sentiment are both from the Thank You set from Flourishes.  The card base is Kraft, and the other two colors I used were Pacific Point & Old olive card stock, the image is stamped on water color paper.  
Oh and to add, I used Kazan's sketch #19 from 2sketches4you you must pay that blog a visit they have the best sketches.
"thank you"
Materials used:
Kraft, Pacific Point & Old Olive card stock
Mini Library clip, twine, prima flowers, button, glue dots
Martha Stewart border punch
Old Olive grosgrain ribbon
Love Nest & Thank You stamp sets from Flourishes llc
Brilliance Graphite black ink, water color ink, Prisma water color pencils
curvy rectangles Nestabilitie dies

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team for more inspiration


ps
I have no internet, cable or phone right now, I'm at Panera Bread as we speak.  Comcast can't get a tech to my house until Sunday.  I'm having problems with blogger right now too, so this post is supposed to be for Friday, so I'm sorry that its on today's...I've been working on this for over and hour now and it won't let me schedule a post for midnight.
Anyhow, so I might be MIA for a few days.

All about me page

If you are anything like me, you are the one behind the camera, so there are few pictures of yourself alone in a picture.  Last weekend one of the challenges was to make a lay out all about yourself.  I really didn't want to do a page just about me, I have never done that before, so I felt out of my element.  But then because I was feeling uncomfortable about it, I decided I probably should do the challenge.  Its good to do things that are out of your "box", that is how you grow.  So I found 3 pictures of myself that I liked, and used my favorite paper of all time, Dutch Girl from Cosmo Cricket.  After all this is a page about me and I was not going to skimp on the things I love.  So since I'm going to be 33 this year, I wrote 33 facts about myself...I have a thing about three's...don't know why, I just do.  After I did my journaling in a black pen, I went over some important facts about me in red marker.  It also makes it a cool design element as well.  I think every scrap booker should do a page like this!  I think I'm going to get a copy made, and then I will put a copy of the page in each of my children's personal albums.
"All about me"


If you are not doing anything, I'm going to be in the Flourishes Group area on Paper Craft Planet chatting about techniques, style, favorite products etc... my hubby is gone, so if you are board and want to join me it will be at 9pm EST or 6pm PST (Thursday evening) If you are not a member to PCP, its free to join.

*Edited to add*
my son made me read all 33 facts to him.  He is upset I never told him that I changed my first favorite color green, to red.  He is a little upset about this, but he said its great, red is a good color.
Kids are the best >"<

pti swap

I was in a swap on SCS, and here is the card that is for the hostess....my swaps are similar  to this.  I used some kraft paper and Chloe closet paper from MM, the sentiment is from PaperTreyInk.  
"thanks"
its freezing here is Florida...it was 20 degrees this morning, what the heck

long birthday card

Its been rainy and dreary here today.  This really is much cuter in person >"<  I made a simple and easy 5-10 minute card.  The base is dark chocolate card stock, then a little vintage cream on top, then I paired it with some new Basic Grey Bittersweet designer paper.  I'm not really sure who makes the ribbon I got it at Michael's or AC Moore, but it makes really nice bows.  The cupcakes on the bottom are from the Birthday Celebrations set from Flourishes llc.  I stamped the cupcake three times and colored them in.  I am really enjoying the mini library clips from SU...I want to put them on all my cards, but I'm refraining lol.
"birthday"

Sr. Design team member

Did you see the Flourishes Newsletter today?  Leslie Miller came back to the team, Stacy Morgan is the new guest designer, and guess what!  Flourishes asked if I would stay and be apart of the Sr. Design Team!!!  I am over the moon excited.

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