You’ve Held Onto My Hand For A While~

But now I’m all grown up. Just remember you will always hold on to my heart, forever.

Awww….isn’t that sweet?

It’s also perfect for the card I gave my Mom for Mother’s Day.

My card~

Held My Hand

I used the Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamp and Die Set and closely followed Nichol Magourik’s coloring technique from this video.

I wanted to use my card for Erika’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Ready, Set…Emboss Challenge to use any type of embossing on your project.

A close-up~

Held My Hand Close

I simply used one of my long forgotten and a bit dusty Cuttlebug folders on the background paper.

I love the look and dimension embossing gives papers, so I don’t know why I never think to actually do it.

So, a big thank you to Erika for challenge me.

Head over to her blog if you’d like to join in.

I used~

Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Cuttlebug Dots Folder, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Copics

Just Meow-zing!!~

I think I’ve mentioned once or twice that Hartly and I are now watching coloring videos at nap and bedtime.

Last week we just so happened to watch Jennifer McGuire’s Copic Dot Coloring video, so it was no surprise that later that evening we had to give it a try.

My card~

Kitty

I really like this technique of adding texture and blending colors, but I do think I need to work on my feathering out colors.

But, that will come with practice and in time.

Mimicking Jennifer’s cards, I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dies to create a stitched outline on my layers.

This also means I can use my card for Maria’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Leave You In Stitches Challenge to make a project having either real or faux stitching on it.

A close-up~

Kitty Close

Would you believe me if I told you Hartly made me order all those My Favorite Things stamps Jennifer used on her card?

She insisted. He he.

Our cards together~

Hartly Dot Cat Color

Want to join in the 2015 NSD Challenge: Leave You In Stitches? Grab your needle and thread and head to Maria’s blog.

I used~

Some Odd Girl Clever Kittys Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles and Squares Dies, Pebbles Jenn Hadfield Home Made Paper 6×6 Paper Pad, Copics

Not To Get Carried Away~

But you are kind of amazing.

Just sayin’.

Isn’t that just too cute?

And perfect for both a birthday card and Francine’s NSD 2015 Challenge: Show Your True Colors to make a project using the colors purple and teal.

I decided to break out my new Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens and give them a try.

Ella in process

Let me just start by saying these cute little Wplus9 elephants are my second attempt, since my first ended up in the trash can.

It seems I’m a bit impatient when it comes to letting paint dry.

I highly recommend watching Kristina Werner’s video here to learn the best way to use these pens.

My card~

Ella

There’s no shame in saying I think I watched her video more than once. He he.

A close-up~

Ella Close

But, it paid off.

I think I’m liking these Brush Pens a tad bit more than the Spectrum Aqua Pens.

For now.

Just sayin’.

Make sure you drop by Francine’s blog for a chance to win a FABULOUS prize!!

I used~

Wplus9 Unforgettable Stamp & Die Sets, Akashiya Sai Water Color Brush Pens, Watercolor Paper, Kraft Paper

Friends Make Everything So Much Better~

As soon as I saw Colleen’s 2015 NSD Challenge: Tag You’re It! challenge to use a tag as a featured element on a project I knew exactly what I was going to do.

See Hartly and I have been watching coloring and card making YouTube videos at night instead of reading a book at bedtime.

Seriously, both of our coloring skill have improved. He he.

So, it’s no surprise that my card is totally inspired by Nichol Magouirk’s Bunny Birthday card.

My Tag You’re It! card~

Bear Friends

Do I even need to mention that I’ve also been watching Water Coloring videos too?

A close-up~

Bear Friends Close Up

And that is why I bought the Spectrum Aqua Markers and have been playing around with them.

I’m not sure I’ve quite gotten the hang of them, but hey there still cute.

Want to join in our 2015 NSD Fun?

Head over the the Cricut Circle Message Board or straight to Colleen’s blog!!

Because, Tag You’re It!!

I used~

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Hand Made 6×6 Paper Stack, Mama Elephant Carnival Cupcakes Stamps, Ella & Friends Stamps, Tags A Lot Creative Cuts Dies, Spectrum Aqua Markers, Papertrey Ink Sequins, American Crafts Twine, Kraft and Vellum Paper

Marching By To Say Congratulations~

That’s exactly what my little elephant is doing. I needed a little something to go with the DCWV Insta Prize I was sending out.

My tag~

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I started by coloring the adorable Ella from the Mama Elephant Ella & Friends collection.

I knew I wanted to pair her with the bold black and white pattern from the Jen Hadfield Home Made collection, but I also wanted to use the blue from it as well.

It helped to tie in my use of the Recollections decorative straw that held a simple Congratulations sentiment also from the Home Made Paper Pad.

A close-up~

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Then I simple added ribbon and sent my little Ella off on her way.

I used~

Pebbles Jen Hadfield Home Made 6×6 Paper Pad, Recollection Straws, Ribbon, Enamel Dots, Copic Markers
Mama Elephant Ella & Friends Stamps & Dies, Mama Elephant Tags A Lot and Peek A Frame Creative Cuts Dies

A Little Love Tucked Away~

Over Spring Break Ashlyn and Holden left the rest of us behind to travel with their classmates to Amsterdam, Paris and London.

Nice, I know.

Originally I was supposed to go with them, but life happens and I had to cancel.

Making this even more difficult was this would be the first time they traveled without any family.

So the night before they left, Hartly and I quickly made little love notes and tucked them into their suitcases to find.

Our love notes~

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We used several Mama Elephant Bear Hugs stamps and dies with the prints from DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes.

I love how a good pattern paper makes quick work of using my favorite stamps.

A close-up~

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The hardest part of our little project was sneaking our notes into their suitcases.

I’m not sure if you know or not, but four year olds are not very quiet. Or covert. He he.

But, we pulled it off.

It was such a treat to get an email from Ashlyn letting us know she found hers and that she loved us too.

Awww…

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Bella Blvd McIntosh Enamel Dots, Ribbon

How Much I Love You~

Can you handle one more bear project from me?

I hope so.

A few weekends ago I spent the entire weekend having the best time with my scrapbooking friends at the Doodle Crew Retreat.

While I was gone my littlest, Hartly,  was extremely concerned she might forget what I looked like.

Thanks Dad!

It seems he tells her that all the time although he sees her several time a week.  Grandparents!

And since I didn’t let her keep the picture she snapped of me while I was in the shower that morning, I made her a card to show her how much I love and missed her.

My card~

Bear Card

I thought the bright colors and bold prints in the Fancy Pants Me-ology collection were perfect to pair with my Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps and Dies.

The inside~

Bear Card Inside

This was also perfect for the Cricut Circle Stashing Thru The Snow Challenge: Pick A Friend.

And my little friend was so happy to receive this card.

She even handed over her Leap Pad to let me make sure she had deleted those shower pictures. Shew!

I used~

Fancy Pants Me-ology Collection, Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Enamel Dots, Kraft Paper and Teresa Collins Ebosser

A Little Bear Love~

We have TWO big birthdays coming up in our house this week.

So, it was the perfect time to get the new DIY Project Stacks from DCWV.

To see all of them check out the new product reveal videos.

Luckily I got the DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, since I just happen to need two boxes to hold the perfect gift for two sixteen year olds….cash.

Did you think I was going to say car keys? Ha.

All of the DIY Project Stacks are filled with fabulous patterns, vibrant colors and even templates for various projects.

Since I have the cutting abilities of a four-year old, I used my Brother Scan & Cut to scan the Take Out Box Template.

Scan 1

I cut it out of several of the papers from the stack.

Scan 2

Then it was a simple matter of scoring, gluing and decorating them.

My boxes~

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A close-up~

Bear Box Close

Can you tell I just got a new stamp set from Mama Elephant?

And I’m crazy about the bears in the Bear Hugs set.

So I also made a coordinating card using the patterned papers from the DIY Project Stack Flowers.

My card~

Bear Card

The bright colors and fun patterns made it so easy to stamp and cut my images and quickly assemble my card.

A close-up~

Bear Card Close

I think that star patterned paper is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

All together~

Bear Box Set

Okay, I think all of these stacks are quickly becoming my favorites.

Did I mention most of the papers are double-sided? Squeal.

Make sure you check out the DCWV blog to see all of the new releases from JoAnn Stores and to see what the other designers come up with.

I used~

DCWV DIY Project Stack Favor Boxes, DIY Project Stack Flowers from JoAnn Stores
Mama Elephant Bear Hugs Stamps & Dies, Landscape Trio, Sew Fancy and Stitched Sky Dies
Teresa Collins Cut ‘n Boss, Brother Scan & Cut, EK Layered Heart Punch

Excuse Me…

This is Hartly.

It seems my Mommy has been quite busy lately with other less fun things like work, trying to keep up with me and those pesky teens and getting all her Fitbit steps in.

And since she left her new Mama Elephant Three Amigos stamped images just laying on her desk…

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He he.

I colored them.

I mean, I needed to make a Thank You Card anyway.

My card~

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I even used some of my own Disney Princess Stamps.

I added some extra letters just because I thought they’d look awesome.

And want to know what else I did?

I decorated the back of the card too!

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Personally, I think all cards should have a decorated front and back.

My handwritten sentiment~

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And since I thought it just needed a little something~

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I drew Olaf!!

Because it’s snowing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my post today.

I had lots of fun taking over my Mommy’s desk, supplies and iPhone.

Now I’ve got to run as I have to hide her ATG!!!

Hartly used~

Mama Elephant Three Amigos Stamps and Dies, TC Cut ‘n Boss (Actually, Mommy did that part.)
October Afternoon Sidewalks Paper
Crayola Crayons

You Are Absolutely Unforgettable~

I’m not sure if I’m referring to this past week filled with a crazy schedule of doctors appointments, meetings and a nasty cold or my Valentines.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ll choose my Valentines.

And there’s nothing like waiting till the last minute to make them a tiny token of my love and affection.

My Valentines~

Unforgettable

I’ll be totally honest with you and tell you I had these grand plans to use my Cricut Explore last night.

However, my computer had other plans.

Plans that involved taking forty-five minutes to simply turn off.

Luckily I had these adorable WPlus9 elephant stamps and dies sitting on my desk, so it was my Teresa Collins Cut ‘N Boss to the rescue. Yay!

This also means I used my new purchase making it okay with a little Stashing Thru The Snow group I’m part of.

A few close-ups~

Unforgettable Close 1

Unforgettable Close 2

Plus, I used an older Recollection collection that I’ve had for at least a year.

If you haven’t checked out WPlus9, you’re missing out.

Not only are their stamps really cute, but I love how they package the dies with a magnetic strip to help keep them in place.

Now it’s time to get those cards in the mini mailboxes.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I used~

Recollections Valentine Collection including 6×6 Paper Pad, Enamel Dots, Buttons and Brads
WPlus9 Unforgettable and Bubble Talk Stamp & Die Sets
Kraft Paper, Teresa Collins Cut & Boss