Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cupcake Love

Good morning! 
I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today with a Cupcake shaped card!
It just seemed like a perfect card for Valentine's Day. 
The cupcake was cut using my Silhouette.  The top portion of the icing was created using liquid applique and glitter. Because I am all about the realism.  ;)
Silhouette cupcake Valentine card

The layers were adhered to the cupcake base using 
E-Z Squares® Refillable. I added a sequin/rhinestone with the DODZ™ - Small To finish off my cupcake I added a satin ribbon, paper rose, twine, and a sentiment from SRM Stickers. The cupcake wrapper was scored with a Scor-Pal and attached with Crafty Foam Tape.

Silhouette cupcake Valentine card
I am having a date night with my husband tonight.  It is so needed after the crazy week we've both had.  I am looking forward to some time away and recharge the ole' batteries!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ombre Love

Good morning!
Love is in the air these days!
In my craft room at least. ;)
Actually I am fibbing a bit. This card was made last year for Northridge Magazine.  But let's pretend I just made it, okay? 
I used my Cricut and the Simple Holiday Cards cartridge.  Since I don't do "simple" very well, I was trying to figure out a way to spice it up, since it was basically a one layer card. 
Ombre Cricut card using Simple Holiday Cards for Valentine's Day.
Problem solved!
Ombre!
I cut the panel with white card stock and placed shades of red and pink card stock behind it.  
I tied a bit of hot pink string, a couple of posies, and a few sequins to add a little pizzazz! 
And I am all about pizzazz!  
Ombre Cricut card using Simple Holiday Cards for Valentine's Day.
So I am off with my little chica today for a doc appt.  
Long drive.
Waiting in a waiting room for hours.
X-rays.
AFO check.  (her leg braces)
Discussing Cort's possible hip surgery in the future. 
I know you are wishing you were me about now, right? ;) 
I lead a glamorous life! LOL!
Have a great day and weekend! 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cover Girl!


Oh yea! My girly girl is on a cover!
It is a wonderful on-line magazine (free) called, Parenting Special Needs. 
You can get a copy HERE!
And in case you didn't know, Cortney has her own FB page.  She would love it if you "liked" her page and followed her journey!
They included a bit about her in the inside too!
Have a great day!!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Water Color Tutorial

I really should just keep my camera in my craft room.  I often leave it downstairs while crafting, and I am too lazy to get up and get it.  So that is why I rarely have tutorials.
  Laziness. 
But I am going to try and change that this year and either keep the camera upstairs, or just stop being such a slug! Yesterday I had a very similar card in a blue/green/yellow color scheme. Today I was going for red, oranges, and pinks.  
peerless water color tutorial
I used a Dear Lizzy die cut and covered it with glossy black enamel.  The flower was cut using the Rose Creations Spellbinder's die.  The leaves are part of JustRite's Fall Applique stamp set. I added some string, pearls, and epoxy dots. 
peerless water color tutorial
Now let me preface this tutorial by saying that not only am I lazy, but I am often called the "Tornado Scrapper" or a "Bull in a China Shop."  I am often disorganized, sloppy, and often it is a miracle that I can produce anything that is remotely pretty. So if you are looking for pristine and professional, you have come to the wrong place!   For instance, I couldn't find my painter's tape so I pulled out my masking paper and ripped enough to cover 4 sides of a piece of watercolor paper. 
Do you see how neat I am?
You can use any watercolors, but I just bought Peerless watercolors and I am totally in love with them.  They remind me a bit of the paint by number books with the little paper paint palettes at the bottom of the page. The colors are so pretty and vibrant!
(Notice I cropped most of my desk out.  Organizational nightmare!)
Just dip your brush in a bit of water and pick up the color from the paper. 
When you are painting you can be pretty haphazard about it since the Masking paper is covering the area you want to remain white.
I used red, orange, and yellow here.  
While the paint was still a bit wet, I pulled off the making paper.  You are left with a really cool clean white edge. 
Here is the one I had created for yesterday's card. You can click HERE if you would like to see that card using this same technique.
Here is another look at my card.  You would never know that its creator is a total train wreck in the craft room.  ;)
peerless water color tutorial
I hope you would be so kind as to leave a comment.  This gal needs lots of encouragement! LOL!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I'm Gonna Make You Smile!

Well, that is my hope anyway! ;) First, with a bright cheery water colored card!  I created the background with my new Peerless watercolors.  I added a die cut from Dear Lizzy and gave it a coating of glossy black enamel.  The flower is Rose Creations from Spellbinders, and the leaves are from JustRite's Fall Applique.  So basically my card is a hodge podge of different companies.  ;)
Smile with Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders, JustRite, and Peerless Watercolors
I was water coloring everything......I think my dogs were glad they weren't in the craft room at the time! LOL! The leaves and flower were both water colored too. I added a few epoxy dots and pearls to finish off the card.  
Smile with Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders, JustRite, and Peerless Watercolors
Second, are some pictures from Cort's big game this past Saturday. She cheered along with the local high school cheerleaders for the half time show.  It is so much fun to see people of ALL abilities interact and have so much fun together! 

 I caught her mid-sentence saying "hi" to her boyfriend. :)

Cortney Kovack
These two. 
 I can't express enough how much these girls care for one another.  True BFF's.  They have such different abilities, but it doesn't matter. They accept one another unconditionally. 
They really do have a special bond.
Cortney Kovack
 And lastly.....her entire pep squad. 
 We are truly blessed to have crossed paths with so many great kids and their parents.  It is like having our very own support group.

Be sure to check back tomorrow! I will have a full step by step tutorial!  
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
And one last question....
Did I make you smile?
:)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Love is in the Air!

Good morning and happy Friday to you! I am up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today! I have a photo tutorial on how I put this little number together!  And yes, those are straws used for the main backdrop of the card.  ;)  I also  used some gorgeous new lace from Donna Salazar.  Totally in love.   

love you
And of course my card wouldn't be complete without a bucketful of glitter!  The sentiment is from SRM Stickers. 
love you close
Be sure to stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog for full instructions on how I put my card together.  :)

Cortney has a photo shoot today for a Chicago magazine.  She will have the honor of gracing their cover.  And even more special is that she will be the first teenager that they have ever had on their cover! We are crazy excited!  

Have a great day and wonderful weekend! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit me!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Let it Snow....and snow, and snow!

Good morning! 
 I have a card to share with you perfect for this cold, snowy month of January!
It was created last year for Northridge Magazine. It uses my Cricut and the Simple Holiday Cards cartridge.  I used loads of glitter, Papertrey Ink paper, string, and jingle bells.  The front of the card is completely cut out.  So it gives the illusion that the snowflake is suspended in air. (Not sure if the photograph shows that clearly) ;)

It might be more visible in the close up?
We are full swing into the cheer leading season with Cortney.  This weekend is her big game so the girls have been practicing really hard.  I have a short 40 second video of the girls.  It is guaranteed to make you smile!  I truly adore them!  (And Cort went crazy with her pom poms!) LOL!

Told ya it would make you smile! :)
Have a wonderful day my friends!