Friday, July 31, 2015

Kind Koala

Hey there. Yep, it's me again. You can't get rid of me that easily! I'm back from CONVENTION! Oh my gosh, pinch me! I met so many new friends, I got a ton of ideas, and most of all I'm reminded of all the reasons we're part of this company.


Yeah! Card making, card mailing, card writing - it's all so personal and wonderful all in single little envelope. It is an ACTION word! Do you realize, I was gone most of a week, and when I got home... I had bills and flyers. That's it. Oh, don't get me wrong - I had a lot of emails (a few personal ones, but mostly subscriptions) and a million Facebook posts. Let's face it. As timely and as heartfelt as they are, hugging a card just before bed simply doesn't compare.

Isn't this koala simply the cutest?? I'm serious. Where else can you mail a smile like that? Easy easy easy too, and excellent if you want to let your kids color and send it to their grandparents. How 'bout tucking that into Dad's suitcase when he leaves on a business trip? We all need love. We do!

All the supplies for this card are listed at the bottom. You simply click on an item and it takes you to my store. How cool is that! I'd love it if you'd take a moment to like the video and subscribe (and please do share!) so I'll know I have viewers. If there's something you'd like to see, let me know!

I heard this rumor. Well, ok, it's not a rumor. Sunday is World Friendship Day. Did you catch the irony? Sunday? No mail day? Ha! Surely that was selected by a man. No offense, but really? Let's make it out of this world! Let's pour on the cards so that every day next week is World Friendship Day Observed! Find someone whom you haven't connected with in awhile. Send them a card. Send them another. Send one to that other person you say hi to in passing but don't get to sit down with. Encourage them. Be witty, be nice, be sassy, but most of all, be generous!

Thank you so much for visiting today. I really get a kick out of knowing you spent a few moments with me. Have a great weekend!

Ta for now,

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Letting Go

Hey I'm still alive! Yes! I've been working on a lot of things lately, and wanted to share an art journal spread with you. It's the first video I've done in quite some time! (I'm a wee bit excited, too!)

I've been chatting with a bunch of friends, and they tell me art journaling is intimidating. For some reason, everyone has this idea that you have to invest a lot of money for 'fancy' supplies that you have no idea how to use. I decided to help my peeps out and give you doable projects each month with a supply list.

Would you like that? I'll sweeten the deal. What if I give you a video using that supply list? A video that shows you a project from start to finish. Would you be interested?

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I get all excited just thinking about it! So, here's the first project! SQUEEE! Do you love it? I had so much fun making this, and I got a video that shows you how I made it. At the end of this post, I listed everything I used. At first glance, it looks like a lot, but if you're a stamper, you likely have most of these supplies anyway. The quote reads "There is victory in letting go of expectations."

I'm always in favor of something that allows me to play more with toys I already have. Who needs all those unitaskers? I want mileage out of my money!

Let me know what you think. Would you be likely to give it a try? Does it look fun? Are you ready to grow your inner artist? Want something to keep the kids busy this summer? Jump in! Let's play!

Please note: The audio for this video came out very softly. Please turn up the audio on the player and on your machine. This is my first video with my computer, so I'm learning! Thanks so much for your understanding!

Other ingredients: Dylusions Mixed Media Journal (small size); Gesso; Embossing paste, Mod Podge, Mama Elephant stamps (bunny and umbrella), Copic and Pitt pens, stencils.

Other recommendations: If you prefer to work on flat pages, buy a Canson mixed media pad, remove the spiral binding or tear the page from the pad to work individually. You can rebind them later when you have several pages completed.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rainy Days at the Beach

Hello dear friends!

It's my week to host the Mix-Abilities challenge. This time, I picked a new technique to try. It's a variation on other things, but with all this rain from Tropical Storm Bill (and previous storms) I needed a mental break. The beach is calling me!

I placed a number of small stones collected from my travels on a piece of Mixed Media paper made by Canson. I really loved the texture this stone spray imparted. It feels just like granules of sand. 

After removing the stones, you have cool little empty spaces. I'm going to try this again with a different color of base cardstock. I added some vellum with iridescent flecks. I stamped the anchor and the sentiment with Archival ink using the Guy Greetings stamp set (SU!). I added some bakers twine and copper eyelets to secure the vellum.

I just got back from the most AWESOME stampers retreat. Lydia of Understand Blue hosted 20 or so of us at a ranch outside of Austin for a weekend. We had so much fun! You really should keep an eye out for the next one. Remember, what happens on retreat stays...

Ta for now!


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Light It Up Blue!

Hello friends! It's been ages since I blogged, but when I heard about this hop I just had to join. I am on the autism spectrum, but we didn't know until I was well into adulthood. I am continually amazed at these beautiful people who bring so much light to our world. So LIGHT IT UP BLUE!

People on the autism spectrum love to celebrate accomplishments. I wanted to share in someone's joy, so these cards will be shared with a local autism home for them to use.

Butterflies in blue - I just love all the diversity of textures in this project. A little ribbon, a little paper clip, embossed grids and a sponged-through stencil.

I love using my Copic markers to color. The activity calms me and makes a little nest of finished images to go to when I need something in a pinch.

I'm very grateful for the people who help me every day. Sometimes it's inclusion in an activity, and sometimes it's understanding when I cannot go and do at the last moment.

I hope you have a wonderful time on this hop, and THANK YOU for joining us! You can go back to the beginning of the hop at this link.

Ta for now,


Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!