Saturday, October 16, 2021

Case Me A Christmas Card With Michelle Lupton

 


 

 It's my favorite time of year!!

 

 FallWinterSnowHalloweenThanksgivingChristmas!!!

 

Well seriously... all of that wrapped into one here on my mountain is the BEST ever!! And today I'm joining the super talented Aussie Michelle Lupton for her series of Case Me A Christmas Card!! 

I am so so excited and honored to be part of this fabulous blog series of hers... and of course it's Christmas cards which makes it extra special!

Michelle has chosen a card of mine to Case (copy and share everything) and I've chosen one of hers. A design that is a little outside my normal comfort level and challenges me a bit. You can see the card I chose of hers to Case: HERE.

My card uses that basic layout and of course a Christmas theme....



I used the really cool Picket Fence Studios Autumn Field stamp and embossed it in white, then did a little distress oxide blending before cutting it into inchies. I had this little glittery sentiment and some tiny snowflake embellies! One more Christmas card made into my stash! 

Thank you Michelle for including me this year!! You are such an inspiration! Hugs from across the seas and over the mountains!! 


~ Have A Happy Day! ~

Friday, August 27, 2021

Crushing On Cardstock Day 1 Cards!!

 Happy Day!!


What a super busy month August has been ........... both in life and crafting!! I jumped in to the Crushing On Cardstock week of classes!! 

 

You can find that on Online Card Classes where I've taken several classes and love it so much!!


Day 1 started on Monday and here are the cards from that day.... we learned several techniques and although I have most of the cards done from each day I will blog each day separately to make it easier to post in the gallery there as well as keep track of what I posted! lol


Here are some cards made with the techniques of using paper strips....






Now for some damp embossing and paper tearing.....





Now for angled paper strips and paper weaving.......





Oh so many techniques with cardstock and this is just Day 1!!! Check them out if you like classes... I really enjoy these as you always have access to them and can go at your own pace!! Hope you all are having some wonderful crafty days!!


~ Live, Love, Create ~

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Challenges and Coloring and Techniques OH MY!

 Happy Day!!


So I admit... I definitely use Instagram far more than my blog... but occasionally I will post some cards!! I had fun with MFT Stamps and Camp Create this summer!! Here are some of my cards following those challenges! You can check them out on their My Favorite Things YouTube Channel!!

 

MFT YouTube Channel

MFT Blog

 


Emboss Resist




Background




Die Cuts


Hope you're having a FABULOUS summer!!! Me?? I'm ready for Autumn!!!!!


~ Live, Love, Create ~

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Creative Time is Priceless!

 Happy Day!!


Spending time everyday in my craft room is the best! Watching the seasonal flora and fauna and being creative is exactly what I need! It's been wonderful to find some crafty challenges and stamp with friends via Zoom and FaceTime!  Here are a few cards and challenges from this week.........


First is the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. I so love my mousies and this time the challenge is to make it small... so here's a little gift tag I had fun coloring while binge watching yet another favorite show - 911 Lonestar - and truly I am enjoying just slowing down when I color and embracing the process. Head on over to the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog and play along!





Next up some of My Favorite Things stamps which just happen to be some of my favorite things! The MFT Sketch Challenge this week is so cool and fit my rainbowy state of mind! Made a quick fun background with some acrylic paints and my gel press! Check out the challenge and play along!




Now a Simon Says Challenge with a patriotic twist......some red, white and blue flowers. I admit I can struggle with copic coloring reds... so this is a mix of mayhap 10 different reds and pinks. LOL Stop by and join in the fun too!





I hope you all have a fantastic week and find some creative and recharging time!! 


~ Live, Love, Create ~

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Matter of Love and Pride!!

 Happy Day!!


I just want to share some rainbow cards in honor of Pride Month and in support of many of my LGBTQI+ friends and family!! 

Most specifically my oldest who is a very talented non-binary artist and the brother of my heart who makes me laugh all the time!  

I am a Proud Mom and a fierce Mama Bear belonging to the MomHugs organization!!

I will always be a safe space for any who need me!  

Please know you are loved, you are seen, you are enough!!



Stamps: MFT - Many Bear Hugs Ahead

Dies: MFT Rainbow die; Lawn Fawn Sending Hugs die; Cloud dies

Paper: Watercolor patterned paper




Dies: Picket Fence Studios Love Ya die; Floral cover die

Alcohol Ink and Gel Press background



I hope you have all the love and support you deserve and could ever need! Sending you all such big HUGS and hoping for more kindness yet in this world!!

 


~ Live, Love, Create ~



Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Polkadoodles and Me!!!

 Happy Day!!!


Woohoo!!! I'm soooo excited I'm doing a big-time Happy Dance!!! I'm a brand new Design Team member on Polkadoodles!!!  I fell in love with the amazing CUTENESS factor of the Polkadoodles images and was just beyond honored and excited to be asked to join the Design Team!!! To see my creations head over to the Polkadoodles Choosday Crafting Challenge blog..................

 

Polkadoodles Digi Choosday

 

I hope you all play along and have fun with us!! 

And check out the shop full of amazingness!!!  Click below......

 


 

 

~ Live, Love, Create ~





Monday, May 31, 2021

Rainbow Sparkle..... and Wildlife!!

 Happy Day!!


We've been traveling to and around our beautiful Grand Tetons but still have had some creative time as well.... I am learning how to pack so that stamping in the RV is quite enjoyable!!  LOL


Here's a card for today's CAS challenge at Splitcoast.... I call it Rainbow Sparkle specifically because that would TOTALLY have been my hippie name!! I was born in the time of the hippies but sadly my childhood was not great to put it mildly.  So my imagination had me named Rainbow Sparkle and growing up in a fabulously nature-y and beautiful community of hippie moms and dads and siblings!! Yep... and inspired by THAT childhood.... today's card is a monochromatic rainbow.... using pinks and glitter!!!  The rainbow die is MFT and the hugs die is Lawn Fawn!



And then for my Friday Beyond the Blue challenge blog it was time to use a lovely and glitzy technique tutorial by my amazingly talented friend and DT member Holly Brown! Check it out here:  Beyond the Blue Challenge Blog


This mermaid is a beauty from Sweet Sentiment Stamps!




And now.......... just a taste of some of our wildlife adventures.......... you all KNOW how we adore seeing our mama grizzly bears and cubs every year!!! This year the famous Grizzly 399 had her quads.... well they're 1 year old toddlers now and sooooooo fun to watch!!!! As well as the other gorgeous creatures we're always so thrilled to see! Again.... see why I'm a hippie child with a love and passion for Mother Nature?!


399 and quads


399 and quads


Bison and newborn


Elk herd


Harlequin Ducks


Moose


Hope you enjoyed just the glimpse and get some creative time and relaxation!! Have a teeeriffic week!!


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Coloring, Challenges and Snowstorms... Oh My!

 Happy Spring!!! 

Yep... and Springtime in the Rockies means SNOW!!! Trust me... we WANT the snow so our wildfire season isn't quite as scary!! Plus... I mean... isn't my mountain just beautiful in the snow?!! Playing with some photography and turned this into a black and white still!  :)


Spring Snow!


Now some coloring and cards! Right now Kathy Racoosin is hosting a coloring challenge... apparently I'm late to the party as she's done lots of these! I'm playing along and really enjoying spending some time slowing down to enjoy coloring and working on my skillz! lol I post my daily coloring on Instagram but I also take a peek at Kathy's Blog - The Daily Marker! She's awesome!

Here's a mousie card for the House Mouse & Friends Challenge......the theme is currently Outdoors! This little cutie just fit the bill so perfectly!



Stamp: Flower Raft - Paper: White, Kraft, dp - Ink: Memento, Copics - Embellishments, Dies


Now a couple of cards and coloring using the amazing Jammie's Sweet Sentiment stamp sets!! Ohhhh how I'm addicted to this fabulous company already!! Not to mention Jammie is truly the sweet in Sweet Sentiment!!


Stamps: What's Up Dodo? - Paper: White - Ink: Memento, Copics - Embellishments



Stamps: Mourning Fairy - Paper: Black, White, watercolor dp - Ink: Memento, Copics - Embellishments


And then let's talk CAS!! The Splitcoast Monday CAS challenge is April Showers this week... I should know since I chose it! LOL Perfect for snow or rain showers!!   And this little Stampendous cutie was perfect!!



Stamps: Spring Sentiments - Paper: White, Teal, Lime - Ink: Memento, Copics - Embellishments


Hope you all have a FANTABULOUS Springy week!! 


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Cards ~ Cards ~ Cards!

 Happy Day!!


Wow time flies faster and faster! I intended to be posting a couple times a week at least and yet here we are.... I'm stamping and coloring and taking classes and BAM! Too much time zipped by without a post! Well here's some catching up! I'm enjoying lots of different techniques... tutorials... classes.. stamp companies... and stampy friends!!

 

First up a couple of recent CAS (clean and simple) cards for the Splitcoast CAS Monday challenge... 



Stamp: Creative Expressions - Columbine

Paper: Blue, Black, White

Extras: Copics



Stamp: MFT - Mermazing

Paper: White, Aqua

Extras: Bubbles EF, Gems, EP, Copics


Now a couple of  favorites from this past VSN on Splitcoast....



Stamps: WPlus9 - Kind Soul

Paper: White, Tangerine

Extras: Woodgrain technique, Copics, Pearls, Twine



Stamps: MFT - Magical Dragons

Paper: White, Tangerine, Black

Extras: EF, Pearls, EP, Copics


Now here's something different and cool!! Last weekend Lydia (Understandblue) had a workshop on making handmade journals!!  OMG I had sooo much fun!! Friends, crafting and learning.... what can be better?? I made 4 so far... many more in the works!! Some have watercolor pages, others have different types of paper. The journals are different sizes with various paper for so many creative uses and gifts!




I've got lots more going on!! Definitely keep an eye out for more!! LOL

And also watch the Beyond the Blue Challenge Blog with a new challenge each Friday!! 

Have a wonderful and amazing week!!!


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Monday, February 22, 2021

House Mousies!!!

 Happy Monday!!!


Last month my House Mouse card I made for hubby with the black and white theme was the House Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog winner!! EEEKS!! I was soooo surprised and happy!!  I do so love my House Mousies!!  

This is one of the stamps I chose... and I couldn't wait to make a bright and colorful card with these cuties!! 



Stamp: Mouse Tag

Paper: Reverse Confetti cardstock, Lawn Fawn dp

Ink: Memento, Copic markers

Other: Avery Elle stitched die, Twine, Pearls

 

I LOVE rainbows!!!  And I found a fabulous video on YouTube by Sandy Allnock that was beautiful and simple on how to add rainbows and I think my first attempt wasn't too shabby!! Check it out here if you'd like.  


3 Ways to Add Rainbows


So a huge THANK YOU to House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog and also to the official House Mouse Stamps sponsor!! You sure made me smile!!!



~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~


Friday, February 12, 2021

Beyond The Blue - Landscaping!!

 Happy Friday!!


Week 3 on the new challenge blog and I seriously had a LOT of fun with the technique!!  Check out the details here:


Beyond The Blue Challenge Blog


The technique uses the gel plate to make abstract landscapes! It's so cool! I made a ton of different backgrounds but chose this one to use to make a card... I had a beachy, mermaidy, peacefulish kind of scene in my head. 


 

Acrylic Paints

Lattice die cut, MFT Sweet Hello die cut

Cardstock: Black, White

Paper Flowers

 


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Friday, February 5, 2021

Beyond The Blue - More Fun with Gel Plates!

 Happy Friday!!


It's our second week on Beyond The Blue technique challenge blog! We are so excited! I am really getting to love experimenting with mixed media!  You can check out all the details on the blog and play along with us here:

 

Beyond The Blue

 

The technique had us making impressionism-like prints and then making them into a finished product! I made a card that is a little out of my usual.  Ok well there IS some sparkle and embellishing.... BUT it's on a double black background and I'm really liking that!

 

Hello

Stamp: Ink Road Stamps: Dayse Heart

Ink: Distress Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey

Die: MFT Sweet Hello

Embellishments: Ribbon, Twine, Button, Vellum, EF


Also playing in the Mixability Challenge on Splitcoast!


Hope you all have a supercalafragilistic weekend!!

 


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Flutterbying By...

 Happy Wednesday!!


I was in coloring mode and, as usual, had a true crime podcast, a fan, some music and some lovely essential oils turning my craft room into my escape! So out came the Copics and a bright and cheery encouragement card ready to pop in the mail! Hopefully it brings a smile!


You Are Not Alone


Stamps: Reverse Confetti

Paper: Reverse Confetti

Inks: Memento, Copics

Embellishments: Wink of Stella, Sequins


I'm so happily playing along with a couple of challenges!!

 

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash - February


Colour Crazy Craft Challenge


I hope you have a Wonderful Week! Stay tuned for Friday's next Beyond the Blue challenge! ;)


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday Stamping

Happy Sunday!!


Sunday is the CAS challenge day for Splitcoast that I co-coordinate with my fabulous friend Misti! Sometimes I make my card ahead of time and others I make right before challenge time! LOL That's just the way I create! 


So this Sunday the Splitcoast CAS challenge is to use a newsprint with an uplifting twist... and I also combined it with The Paper Players tic tac toe challenge. For that challenge I picked the diagonal of die cut, embossing and blue. 


Sending Hugs


Paper: Reverse Confetti, Paper Studio

Extras: Lawn Fawn die, Embossing Folder


I hope you all have had a lovely weekend and got some enjoyable downtime!! 


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~


Friday, January 29, 2021

A New Challenge Blog Launched!!!

Happy Friday!!

 

 I hope you'll join me and some very talented, crafty friends in our launch of a new challenge blog!!!  I'm so excited!!


Beyond The Blue


I am learning and growing outside my little craft box and enjoying the creative process, art, experimenting and smiles!! We will feature a technique/tutorial each Friday and then show how we made that into a finished product!! Often cards but really anything goes!! I hope you join us and play along too!!


Today we started with this video tutorial from one of my favorite mentors, Lydia Fiedler....

 

Gel Press Printing with Dye Reinkers


I created two backgrounds with different colors... a winter look and a spring look! Honestly you're only limited by your imagination! Let it run wild!!


Friends Warm the Soul

Stamps: MFT

Ink: Blue Reinkers, Memento

Paper: Reverse Confetti

Embellishments: Ribbon, Snowflakes, Die cut


Look on the Bright Side


Stamps: MFT

Ink: Blue, Green, Yellow Reinkers

Paper: Reverse Confetti

Embellishments: Ribbon, Roses, Butterfly, Embossing Folder, Clip, Die cut


 

~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Thursday, January 28, 2021

House Mousies!

 I do so love House Mouse stamps... and have quite a collection although there is always room for more!! lol

The House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge is a monochromatic theme (or always anything goes) and I thought I'd make a card for my amazing sweet hubby.  Not a Valentine card, but just a card to remind him how much he is my world!! 





Stamp: Under the Moon

Paper: Reverse Confetti, Paper Studio dp

Embellishments: Twine

 

Thank you to my faithful commenters/friends who totally surprised me with their AWESOME comments after waiting for years for my blog re-launch!!! lol  I LOVE you ladies!!!  :)

And... drum roll please.... tomorrow I'm unveiling a special project!!!  I'm super excited about it and can't wait to share!!!  



~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Friday, January 22, 2021

Coloring Time and Challenges!

Happy Friday! 

 

It's wonderful up here on the mountain! More snow and winter is gorgeous as always! Now let's hope we keep getting lots of snow so our fire danger is down this year!

And my craft room is newly organized!! Thanks in part to my amazing sister-in-law who is also a stamper so understands the particulars of craft organizing! And spending time now learning new crafting techniques, coloring lots of images and making cards to send out smiles! It's my happy place!

Now onto some cards!



Stamps: TSG - Zoopendous

Paper: Reverse Confetti 

Embellishments: Twine


This is a throwback stamp set from a company that isn't active any longer but I still use the stamps cuz I LOVE them so! There She Goes had such adorableness and I just can't resist cuteness!!  Coloring with my Copics is a continual learning process which I enjoy so much!  Usually I put on a true crime video or podcast and just color away!


 

Stamps: Pink & Main - Turtley Amazing

Paper: Reverse Confetti

Embellishments: Sequins


Now these adorable critters are from Pink and Main.... again... the cuteness!! This is where the free coloring time I enjoy ends up creating who knows what?!  lol  Sometimes it means several images get tossed, but other times I find cool color combinations! Now to get to the point where I remember to write those down! lol

 

So both of these cards are for these fun challenges:

2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge

 


~ Be Creative, Be Happy, Be You ~

Sunday, January 17, 2021

One Day or Day One.....A Journey Begins

 Well look at this! Years of neglect and then one day... with lots of art and dreams and books and journeys and many bumps and curves in life's road.... I'm back! So now I begin again....


With the help of my oldest, starting fresh on my blog was far less daunting! And combining a love of art, photography, stamping, and life's - well, everything - into one blog makes so much more sense! 


So with that... who knows what each post will hold... but maybe you'll find something fun or pretty or interesting from time to time!  :)

 

And always hold this close to your heart and mind: