Tree Topper Thing-a-ma-bob

I made this cute little guy a few weeks ago.

I used the November Mega from Scrap Orchard for the backgrounds.

I also used my cute little Maggies and some fantastic beads to finish it off.

Orchard Girl and team call

It is my pleasure to announce that I'm now a template designer at Scrap Orchard!  I'm beyond thrilled.

You can visit my store here....   Hybrid by Samara
I'm running also running a creative team call.  I'd love for some traditional crafters to join my team as well.  

Thank You

7 Kids College Fund offered a challenge to create a thank you card.    Since completing my last challenge, I already had pink and yellow papers out.   I searched through my Magnolia stash and found this adorable little angel from the Fall Stamp Club.   She's absolutely precious!   I thought that she'd be a lot of fun paired with a "thank you" sentiment.



It feels good to stamp!

Maybe I should say, it feels good to color!

One of my co-workers is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and she gave me a TON of discontinued cardstock and some designer paper too!  I was using Gingerbread Tilda and wanted something more fall in theme.   I decided to use yellows and green and honestly, I couldn't be happier with the results.  I used Copics and some distress inks.

I have wanted this stamp for such a long time!  I finally had the opportunity to order it and when my order was lost, I cried!   Lucky for me, the seller reshipped my order and this lovely girl arrived safe in my hands!
I've been admiring the work of Angie Hunt and truly envy her ability to work with distress inks.  A few months ago, I won  a set of distress inks from her!   I still haven't mastered any of the techniques as of yet, but I'm working on creating deep shadows using the Walnut Stain distress ink.  I colored my image with Copics and then used the distress ink to really bring out the shadows.    As usual, I have no idea which papers I used.  I'm on a big mission to use my stash and didn't keep track of my papers.   (I really wish all paper companies would print their name on the back!)

Last but not least is this cutie.  She was in the same order of stamps that got lost.   I was so happy to finally get her!  I've had this pack of paper for a long time and honestly, I really don't like it.  But like I've said, I'm on a mission to use it up!    I think it looks great as a background for this image!

Santa and Hug Me

He's checking his list, he's checking it twice...

My adorable Fall kit arrived last month and this is the first chance I've had to use it! :)

First up is Edwin.

I reached far into my stash and found these Christmas papers.  I have no idea who makes them.  The ribbon is new, I found it at Michaels earlier this year.  I didn't keep track of my colors, please forgive me.

Next up is this cutie for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. The challenge was to create using pink and yellow.   This presented a little challenge for me as I didn't have any pink or yellow paper.  I'm really on a mission to use some of my personal stash before I run out and buy more paper!   For those of you that know me, you know that I've been stamping for nearly 20 years.   I have demonstrated for Stampin' Up, Close to My Heart, and a host of other companies.   I may have sold off many of the stamps, but I kept almost all the papers.   I went digging through my old Close to My Heart stash and found some adorable papers.  I have no idea what collection they are from or if they're still available (I'm guessing no).   I used some silk flowers and ribbon from Michaels.  The leaves are from Sizzix.  I also used some paper flowers from Prima.


I can't even believe it!!! 118 followers!!!! Woot!!!  I'm currently working on some BLOG candy.  I'll be posting it real soon with a small challenge!

I'm working on filling up a small box full of awesomeness!  I have some Prima Flowers, some bulldog clips, swirly clips, some stamped images, and..... MORE.   I'm going through my studio seeing what else I can stuff in the box! 

Strawberry Tilda Free Standing Pop-Up

Nothing like waiting until the last day!   When I saw the July challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites, I just knew I had to participate.  The challenge was to create a free-standing pop up card.  I had never made one, but knew I was up for the challenge.   Can you say, I'm in love?

"Sweet Wonderful You" - Magnolia Stamps
Strawberry Tilda - Magnolia Stamps
Beach Flower (Reg. & Small) -Magnolia Stamps
Flower with Ladybug - Magnolia Stamps
Papers are from Calliope by Tracie Stroud (digital)
Cardstock - Bazzill
Classic Scalloped Ovals Large Nestabilities - Spellbinders
Classic Ovals Large Nestabilities - Spellbinders
Colored with Copics

Nautical Tilda Scene

What a night it's been.  Yes, I'm aware it's morning, but I didn't really sleep last night.  I ended up making this card.  It's a frame card with multiple dimensions.  The scene is set in the back, while Tilda, the bird, and the sentiment are on the outer area of the card.  I made the flowers using coordinating scrap paper and my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.   This card was created for the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge.  I had an absolute blast making this card! :)

Vintage Cooking Tilda

I've been working on this card for a few days.   I really like how it came out.

Major Reorganization here in the studio

This summer I spent quite a bit of time working on various things to organize my supplies.

This first one is a copic swatch book.   I have a Copic Color chart that I've colored by hand, but I find when I'm looking to match colors to a particular pattern paper, it's very difficult as the color boxes just aren't big enough.  I was searching and searching for something else, when I came across Michelle's blog at Purple Onion Designs.  Off to work I went.  I started by opening a spreadsheet in Excel. The top line is the color code, under that the color name.    After printing and cutting out, I punched holes.  I then colored three lines, the top line is one layer, the second is two, and the bottom is three layers.  This provides a great representation of color.   I then punched a hole in the corner and put them on a binder ring.

Here is an example of how I used the ring. I knew I wanted to use this paper and wanted to color coordinate the image.
What I like best is I ended up blending colors that I would not have normally blended!  For example I used B93, B12, and B0000 together!!  

Next up is my scraps storage.
Scraps are so frustrating!   I have scraps everywhere.  I don't dare throw out a piece larger than 2x2 inches.  But what do you do with the extras?  I wanted something affordable.  Meaning if I could re purpose what I already had that would be the best option.  Next I wanted something that didn't require a lot of space.  Space is a premium in my studio.  Lastly I wanted something that would make it easy to locate a particular scrap.

I started out with a notebook that I purchased on sale at Staples a few weeks ago. I realize that I do need a bigger one though.  I then took page protectors that I already had and labeled them with a color name and type of paper.  For every color I have two page protectors, one for patterns and one for cardstock.   Next, I loaded them up!  I don't have a problem with the 12 inch papers sticking out of the top as this binder sits on my desk.

Lastly I had a mission to organize my collection of 105 Magnolia Stamps.  I wanted it to be portable, but I wanted to be able to see my stamps at a glance.  I previously had used CD cases, but when only 2-3 stamps fit in a case, I was quickly running out of room to store the cases.   I searched all over my office for something to use.  Finally I realized that I had a PSB from Crop in Style.  I've had this binder for YEARS and it's been sitting under my desk collecting dust.
First thing I did was dust it off! Heehee!  Next I cut paper to fit each of the sections in the PSB refill pages. I then stamped an image on the sheet, turned it over and slipped into the pocket complete with the stamp!  
Lastly, I always get asked about my Copic marker storage.  I found this metal silverware caddy at Target a few years back.  It has 6 sections.  It's worked fine for my complete collection of Caio markers with a few Sketch markers.  If I order even one more Sketch marker, I'll have to figure out something else to use!  I attached a small wooden dowel on the side of the caddy so that I can flip it down and have all my markers peeking out at my horizontally.  My scrap desk is pretty high and I can't have my markers vertical because I wouldn't be able to see them!

So there you have it!  My mission to organize was very successful and so easy for me to use too!
Follower Status....
I have ONE more until I reach 100!!! Woot!!! I'm still thinking about what I should do to celebrate. 

7 more!

I only need 7 more people to become followers of my blog and then I'll have 100!!!


How should I celebrate?

Dangling Tilda Easel Card

OMG!!!! I just love this card and how it turned out!

I'm so sorry, I forgot to take a picture of the colors I used.  The flowers are all created by me using Prima Hybrid flowers.  I cut and layered them all.

Captain Edwin

The summer Magnolia kit is so adorable!  I made this card using two of the stamps from the kit.   The paper is REALLY old and from my stash, it's Scenic Route. I distressed the edges and used Broken China Distress Ink on them.  I can't wait to play more with this kit.

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