Monday, August 30, 2021

Stampin' Up with a SheetLoad of Cards!

Hello, Friends! It has been a while since I've posted! My goodness! There has been a lot going on with me and it's just easier for me to post to Instagram. It's quicker and I can post on the go from my phone. But things are starting to settle a bit and I am hopeful that I will be able to pop in and share here a little more often. 

Today, I'm sharing another SheetLoad of cards. This one is for Crafty Al's SheetLoad Rewind, where she revisits an older sketch. I like it because sometimes she gives a fresh new take on the sketch. If you're not familiar with the whole SheetLoad concept, please click HERE to see her YouTube channel.

 Here are the cards I created...


The whole idea behind the SheetLoad sketches, is to create a lot of cards with minimal waste. It's really a GREAT concept and if you follow the cutting guides that Crafty Al shares, you will see that it works! This sketch yielded 6-8 cards and I used TWO sheets of 12x12 patterned paper. This is also a great way to use up your paper stash. Speaking of paper, isn't that patterned paper pretty?! It's from Stampin' Up! This was a fun and easy sketch to work with, the hardest part was selecting which papers I wanted to use!

I wanted to use this paper with the blue background. I love how blue and orange look together. I wanted to keep my cards fresh and light so I chose to use white card stock for the card base and matting. I am pleased with the way these turned out.

And here's a close up for you...

Sweet peaches! I love that paper! The greeting, including the Hello die is from GinaK Designs, the sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and the card stock is Sugar Cube from Taylored Expressions. Remember, if you shop at Taylored Expressions, if you shop through my LINK you'll receive $5 to spend!

That's all I have for you today. Thank you for stopping by! Be safe!


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Sharing a Sheet Load of Cards!

Hello, Friends! It's been a while since I posted here, my goodness! My last post was in April. Anywho...I thought I'd pop in today to share what I've been up to. Earlier this year I posted about Playing With Paper  well, I'm at it again! I had to take a break from coloring and posting for a bit because I was dealing with eye strain and carpel tunnel in both wrists. But, being a Creative, I needed to find another way to make the cards I love to create. THIS is where Sheet Load of Cards from Crafty Al comes in. I became a fan of Alicia years ago when she had her Sheet Load, e-zine. Loooooong time ago. Recently, I discovered her on YouTube and fell in love all over again. Her sketches are fun, easy to follow, they require little to no coloring, they allow me to use up my patterned paper AND they yield a lot of cards! It's also a super quick and easy way to build up a card stash. Alicia releases a new card sketch on the first of the month and the sketches are FREE for her YouTube subscribers. Then on the second day of the month, Alicia shares a process video where she shows how she used the sketch to create a Sheet Load of cards. So much fun! Let me show you what I've created so far. I'll start with the most recent and then work backwards.

I created these cards using the June 2021 Sheet Load sketch. Yield 8 cards!

Cute layout, right?! The patterned papers are from the Flower Garden Collection by Carta Bella that came in my Club Echo Park kit. The stamp set from Lawn Fawn is called, Magic Messages and I die cut the circle using the coordinating die set. The scalloped circle die is from Spellbinders and the scalloped rectangle die is from Honey Bee Stamps. The sentiment is embossed with WOW Clear Sparkle embossing powder.

Next up are cards I created with the May 2021 Sheet Load sketch. Yield 6 cards. 

Because these cards were being made for donation, I created two sets, one for girls and one for boys.

It was love at first sight when I saw the Let's Be Mermaids collection from Echo Park. It has lots of patterned papers with coordinating stickers and that made this card creating session a breeze! The sentiment is from the  Beautiful Mermaid stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment has a gorgeous blue sparkle from Mermaid Ultra Fine embossing powder, also from Simon Says Stamp.

Here is the set I created for the Birthday Boy...

I just love these little dudes! Patterned paper and stickers are from the Party Time collection from Doodlebug. The sentiment is stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder and it's from the Balloon Bouquet Additions from Taylored Expressions. Side note: Shop at Taylored Expressions using this link, HERE and get $5 shop with!

Here are the cards I created with the April 2021 Sheet Load sketch. Yield 10 cards!!😲

This sketch had us create mini slim line cards! I'll be honest, I'm not a fan of the slim line cards. But I think the mini slims are adorable! The patterned papers are from the Carta Bella Flower Garden collection, the sentiment is from the Just Miss You stamp set from Simon Says Stamp and it's stamped in Fallen Leaves VersaFine CLAIR ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  If you look closely, you can see a bit of sparkle on the sides of the vertical panels. Those are peel offs from Love from Lizi!  I also added some clear glitter dots from Elizabeth Crafts. Such subtle sparkle, such big impact.

Soooo that's a little peek into what I've been creating. I plan to keep on with these and I'll post as I go along. Let me know if you try out any of the Sheet Load sketches. There are many and they are all available for FREE when you subscribe to the Crafty Al YouTube channel

Thank you for stopping by I appreciate the visit.



Wednesday, April 14, 2021

10 Day Coloring Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

Hello, Friends!

My dear friend, Kathy Racoosin, creator of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge is hosting a "new" challenge with a shorter duration. This challenge will be for 10 days. VERY doable. If you are new to the challenges, please take a moment to visit Kathy's blog for all the details. This is a fun, STRESS free way to relax and improve your coloring skills. Visit Kathy she'll tell you all about it. 

If you want to take a peek at previous challenges that I participated in, just click HERE.


The TEN day challenge begins tomorrow, April 15 and ends April 24. I hope you can join us!




Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Hello, Friends!

Exciting news!! I'm up on the Hero Arts blog today as one of their Unity Collection Guests for April as they Celebrate Black Crafters! I hope you'll buzz on over to see what I created.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!



Sunday, March 28, 2021

Stamp Joy Cards!

Hello, Friends!

Happy Sunday! I hope you are enjoying your day. It's a beautiful one here in my neck of the woods. I spent a little time outside soaking up some good vitamin D!😁

Well, Stamp Joy is all over for now and I had a blast! The event was very well organized, the classes were perfectly paced, the instructors and special guests were engaging and I learned some new techniques that I know I will become steady staples in my card making tool box. I hear that there are more Taylored Expressions virtual events to come! You can count me in!

If you've never attended a virtual stamp event here's a bit more about my experience with Stamp Joy.

Most of the supplies, including all of the stamps, all of the card stock, stencils, specialty adhesive, even envelopes for the cards were included with our registration. For an additional fee, random supplies were bundled into very affordable packets; things like glitter, Karin markers and ink cubes. Those items were optional but recommended to achieve similar results with the techniques and cards being showcased. And we got a goodie bag! It was loaded with fun stuff too, including a cute rainbow wall hanging. If you look at my previous post, here, you can see it displayed on the wall of The Hive. The classes were on Facebook LIVE and then they are available later on to re-watch as many times as you want. That's what I did. I watched the LIVE, then when I was ready to make a particular card, I went back and watched the replay, where I could pause, fast forward or back up, if I wanted to. During the LIVE there is constant chatter in the comments section and the instructors are also interacting with the attendees. Chatting with other attendees, is optional, but it's really fun! There are also LOTS of prizes being given away all weekend long! It was fun, stress free learning zone and I am really liking this format. 

And now, here is a sampling of the cards I created this weekend...


Rainbows were the theme of the weekend! The four rainbow cards pictured here are from one class. We learned SEVERAL different ways to use this one stamp set. It was pretty cool, actually. I don't consider myself a 'stamper'. If you've seen my work, I color images and then design a card around that image. Stamping is different and doesn't really come easy for me so that is why I appreciate these type of events. I can learn at my own pace. And Honey, let me tell you, I am slooooooow!🐌LoL! But once I get it, I've got it and then I can run with it. These cards were super fun to make! And while they may look simple, they entail a lot of techniques; dry embossing with a stencil, glitter dipping, glitter glaze, watercoloring with Karin markers, masking, embossing, ink blending and more. Fun! Fun! Fun! And I still have other cards to make!😵

So, that's all I have to share today. I thank you for visiting. Wishing you all good things. Have an awesome week!



Friday, March 26, 2021

Stamp Joy! Crafting with Taylored Expressions

Hello, Friends! 

Happy Friday! Congratulations! We made it through another week. This past week has been a rough one. I had every intention of coming back and sharing some of the wonderful cards that I created during the Crop & Create Card Event but I had some issues come up and I was not able to do what I had planned. I will share soon, though!


But in the meantime...TODAY is the start of Stamp Joy with Taylored Expressions. I am soooo excited for this! I've done a reset in The Hive and it's all ready for another fun virtual card crafting event. I'll be honest...last weekend left me exhausted and overwhelmed! There were sooo many projects and sooo much information shared. It was a good thing, but I was wiped out by Sunday evening! This event runs two days and there aren't as many things going on so, I hope that I can handle things much better. LoL!'s a look at The Hive reset. Click on the image to enlarge it. Hey! Can any of you spot a card you sent me on my Card Board?😁 I keep each and every card that I receive and I swap them out seasonally. It was a rainy day yesterday when I snapped this photo. The Hive has two good sized windows and is usually flooded with sunlight.

Just want to bring to your attention, the little Taylored Expressions box in my sidebar. If you would like to shop with TE, click through to the website from that graphic and you'll save five bucks on your order. Pretty cool, huh?👍

That's it from me for now. I hope you all have a relaxing weekend. Until next time...





Friday, March 19, 2021

Crop and Create Delivered Cardmaking Event!

Hello, Friends! 

The Hive is all abuzz🐝 because...It's finally time for the Crop & Create Delivered Cardmaking Event! This is my first time attending a virtual crafting event and I am SO excited! I will be joining over 1,000 other card makers for a weekend jam-packed with card creating, shopping, learning and laughter. All of the cards I make this weekend will be donated to Cards for Kindness with
 I've been prepping The Hive for the last several days trying to get it back in crafting order. My daughter was blessed enough to be able to work from home for the last year during the height of the pandemic. Now her assignment is complete and she's moved her things out of my space. That's a bittersweet thing. Although, I love having our loft to myself, it was really nice having her in there with me. I didn't work in there very often because I didn't want to disturb her but, once or twice a week, I'd go in and piddle around. I had set up a temporary spot for crafting in my bedroom and that was working out just fine. But now, I'm slowly moving things back into The Hive! Here is a peek at where I'll be working this weekend...

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.