13 February 2020

Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle...

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Need last a last minute crafty gift idea for Valentine's Day? Get the Cricut Explore Air™ 2 plus the Essentials Bundle, including a selection of machine tools, mats, and more so you can hit the ground cutting for $229.00 (a $418 value!).

Bundled with: 
  • *Deep-Point Blade + Housing 
  • *Machine Mat Variety Pack, 12" x 12" (30.5 cm x 30.5 cm) -  
  •   3 ct
  • *Scoring Stylus 
  • *Basic Tool Set 
  • *Pen Set, Candy Shop 
  • *Window Cling, Black
  •  Materials in bundle may be substituted based on availability

Hurry!!!! This deal is good through February 18, 2020. 


01 January 2020


Happy New Year and welcome to the Seasons Giving Blog Hop! 

I am starting 2020 off right as this is my first year participating in this AWESOME hop hosted by the AMAZING Latisha YoastI am happy and honored to be a part of it because the Seasons Giving Blog Hop is all about you: the readers and supporters of
 our creative and crafty community! 

I truly appreciate that so many of you have come along with me on my crafty journey. I started with scrapbooking in 2008, but then fell in love with Copic Markers a few years later. I like that I can use the markers to add different skin tones, fashion statements and hairstyles to stamped and digital images. Many of you noted the various times I have taken creative license and added an Afro on images....

Our community is diverse and kind! That is what I love about it! Through social media, crops, challenges, Copic Boot Camp, Creativation and various conventions, I have met and continue to meet wonderful, talented men and women! 

The Seasons Giving Blog is to let you know how much we appreciate you all-by giving back! Each blog along the hop will have a prize! So be sure to leave a comment. The participating blogs are listed at the end of this post. 

UPDATE: 1.8.2020 WINNER!!!!

Thank you all so much for your sweet comment that you left during the hop! Though I did  not reply to all, I honestly read each and every one! Purple and blue seem to be a fave for various sentimental reasons. I appreciate that a few of you states you will attempt to place an afro or two on your images in the future! Thanks again for hopping along! Have a HAPPY & CRAFTY 2020! 

Congratulations to: 

I am giving away a Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform along with...
Oh! Gnome Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn
Winter Hugs Stamp Set by Simon Says Stamp 
Papillion Tim Holtz Cling Stamp Set by Stampers Anonymous
all in a Ranger Ink 90th Anniversary bag!!!! 

To be entered to win... All you have to do is......

...leave a comment letting me know what color makes you smile and why. Orange is my favorite color! (You may have even seen pictures of my hair dyed orange!) When I wear orange it always makes me smile! I feel orange is a reflection of my personality: bright and bubbly!  

Leave your comment by 11:59pm EST on January 6, 2020 and I will announce the winner's name here on my blog on January 8th! 
The winner will have 2 days to contact me, otherwise a new winner will be drawn.  

**The drawing is open to US & International***

Thanks again for all of your support! 

Next stop on the hop is: 



Pocono Pam <<YOU ARE HERE>>

09 December 2019

Car Ride With A Crafter

Take a peek at the first installment of Car Ride With a Crafter. This will be part of the Table Scraps Series. Ruckus and I wanted to change Table Scraps up a little bit to make it more interesting for our followers! So, along with us talking SCRAP....from time to time we will be taking a car ride or having coffee with a crafter. We figured this would be a fun way to get to know some of the crafters you follow in a more personal way. We will be asking crafters and makers about their favorite foods, movies and books. We will also ask questions their phobias and embarrassing moments. In this first segment of Car Ride With a Crafter, I am interviewing the talented card maker Dana Joy of Got Joy Creations! You never really know a person until you ask them who they would want as their neighbor if they lived on Sesame Street!

Leave any questions in the comments below the you would like answered in future interviews.

Thanks for taking a peek!

30 November 2019

Holiday Spirits

Day 30

Wow! How time flies! It is the last day of the 14th Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin. And once again, it has been a great time. I enjoyed watching videos and looking at social media posts. I picked up a lot of tips and tricks from other color enthusiasts like myself. Coloring makes me happy.

For today's post, I created a bridge card using the Holiday Spirits Stamp Set by Avery Elle! I enjoy making these cards now as they lay flat and can go through the mail. On this card however, I used foam pop dots, which make it difficult for mailing. Therefore, I will need to place this in a bubble envelope and pay the additional postage. I do not not mind- this is going to a great friend! 

This stamp set appeals to me as I love when my husband and friends make Egg Nog and Coquito for the holidays.  Coquito is a traditional Christmas drink which originated in Puerto Rico and means "Little Coconut" in Spanish. It is a coconut-based alcoholic beverage similar to eggnog. 

I am soooooo looking forward to Coquito this Christmas! Not sure what he does, but my husband has added his on twist to his recipe and I now feel his version of Coquito is the best! 

I purposely double stamped the sentiment Holiday Spirits a little bit off -as too much of my hubby's egg nog or Coquito can have that effect on you!  

I just color plucked a few Copic Markers out of my case without any thought. The only thing I did know prior to coloring was that I wanted one bottle to remain clear.

For the YouTube Vid Tutorial on how to make the card- CLICK HERE

Thanks sooo much for taking a peek! 

25 November 2019

Bows and an Afro! Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019 Card + Giveaway

Hola everyone! I am over at Dana Joy’s blog and Youtube channel today for the Got Joy Creations Holiday Series 2019. The series is full of holiday inspiration!  And what is an AWESOME series without AWESOME GIVEAWAYS and DISCOUNT CODES?!?!?!? 

Make sure you are following the series so you do not miss anything!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment on Dana’s blog to qualify for all the great giveaway goodies! If you check DAY ONE of the series, all of the GIVEAWAYS are listed. 

You definitely want to take a peek daily as throughout the series Dana will be sharing tutorials, cards and a few surprises that you will NOT want to miss!
I am giving away a $25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Certificate! So leaving comments here, and on my YouTube channel as well, will give you extra entries. The winners will be drawn on December 16, 2019. 

The Got Joy Holiday Series is a true reflection of Dana's love of creating cards to share with family and friends! I am soooo very excited and honored to be part of this series. 

I met Dana a few years ago and we quickly realized that outside of paper crafting we shared the same passion for our families, laughter, Bruno Mars, kindness, coffee, squirrels and spreading joy! 

Today’s holiday card is inspired by Dana! We initially met on Periscope when she was giggling and sharing the release of The Ton’s Holiday Bows Stamps set. I fell in love with the set and eventually gained a friend! Therefore, I wanted to use the stamp set that launched our friendship to create my card! 

I have a video on how I created the card. I also explain in full the story behind why the bows mean so much to me!

I was thinking of a glittery, glamorous holiday party when I created my card. I knew that along with Holidays Bows, the Wedding Haute Dress, also by The Ton, would make a stunning card. As you can see, my Holiday Bow set is well loved! 

I stamped several bows in 3 sizes onto Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using my MISTI. I used Ranger Archival Ink: Aqua as the base layer and Brutus Monroe Gradient Chalk Ink: Sea Glass for the top layer.

I added highlights and shadows to each bow with the following Copic Markers: BG10, BG32, BG13, BG15, N2 and C2. I was going to apply clear Wink of Stella to the bows but changed my mind. I used my Cricut Cuttlebug to cut out the bows. 

Next, I stamped out the image of the woman on Neenah Solar White 80lb paper using both Ink on 3 Fade Out No Line Coloring Detail Ink and Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink. I wanted to use my creative license and add an Afro to the image but needed to see how it would look with each ink medium. I decided to go with a combo of Fade Out ink on the top part of image and the Raven ink on the bottom. This way, I can add an Afro without a visible dark line underneath. 

I love the Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink as it takes on the color of the medium you are using. I added the Afro and colored the image using the following Copic Markers:
Afro: C0 C01 C03 C04 CO6
Skin: E000 E00 E01 
Dress: R24 R27 R29
The afro is consists of dots and small squiggly lines.

I fussy cut the image with my Tim Holtz Non Stick Serrated Snip Scissors. Placing her on top on one of the stamped images I did not use, I traced around the Afro. I then cut out the entire image with about a 1/8" border. This will be used as a background piece. I applied a generous amount of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter to the dress and Black Wink of Stella to the Afro and let it dry for a few minutes. I popped my Tonic Studios Script Merry Christmas die in my Cuttlebug with a scrap of shimmery paper and Bazzill Wax Lips paper- love that name for the color red- and cut out my sentiment. I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter and adhered it to the shadow. 

 Now dry, I used my Tonic Studios Crafty Tacky Glue to adhere the image to the background piece I traced earlier and set aside. 

I knew I wanted the bows to surround the image.  It took me about five minutes to decide on the arrangement I wanted. Once I did.....I took a few pics to recall bow placement and glued everything down to a Bazzill Wax Lips Red A7 (5X7) card base.  

I enjoyed creating this glamorous Dana card! I hope you will be inspired to use your markers, stamps and creative license to make a holiday card! 

Please note: The GJC Holiday Card Series runs from November 17 to December 14. Each day Dana will have a Guest Designer right here on the blog sharing their holiday card ideas just like I did here today. Hopefully you will find something to inspire you to create holiday cards for your family and friends this year. Follow along on her YouTube Channel and make sure you leave comments on each designer’s posts or videos for chances to win.

From my crafty space to yours.... I wish you and your loved ones a safe and crafty holiday season! 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

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23 November 2019

22 November 2019


day 22

Finished up Valentina from yesterday's post. I paper pierced her dress and added dimension with buy copic markers! Thanks for taking peek! 

21 November 2019

Work in Progress: Valentina

Day 21: 

Quick coloring of Valentina by Julie Nutting. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 

20 November 2019

Another Digital Image

Day 20: 

Quick start to another digital image: Kaida drawn by fellow crafty colorist Hellen (@lilgmat) and can be purchased in her etsy shop: HellensArtShop. Take a peek at Day 13 of this challenge to see how I colored her cute ballerina!

Thanks for taking a peek! 

18 November 2019

Kiss Me!

Day 18

I am a big Jade Dragonne fan! Her drawings are available at deviantart.com! I have many of her images on hand to practice hair and shading! 

Thanks for taking a peek!