Across the Bridge

All good things come to an end and so sadly this is my last post as a Little Darlings Design Team member. I had such a wonderful time that I decided to go all out and created this summer scene! I used several images to create this page in my journal:

I used two images from Love to Stamp, Little Darlings Croquet and Nice to Meet You. In the background I used Across the Bridge plus some chippies from Make it Crafty. The paper is Oliver from Basic Gray and the pearl brads are from Whiff of Joy.

I started coloring in the background then worked on the two kids – and if you can believe it, I picked my paper *after* I colored! I’m usually the other way around so this was a new adventure. However, because it was a scene with lots of natural colors, I figured I was pretty safe in doing so. ;D

Here’s a better view of the background before it started to blend into the background of the project. LOL One of the clouds I had colored in blue but then changed my mind and wanted to go with gray. At that point, everything else was colored so I printed out a second copy and paper pieced in a new cloud colored gray! Works every time!

This is the eight page in my project journal and I’m starting to think I need to make a statement with each page! Ha ha… I’ll save that for the next book. ;D For those who want to start your own book… I found this spiral bound journal with watercolor paper. The paper is thicker and provides a great base to start building on.

This was a fun summer time page and I like cool colors with a splash of yellow. It actually wasn’t planned that way but it turned out great – like a nice cool spring day. Hope you enjoyed this page and that you’re sufficiently inspired … for now! LOL

Wind Surfer

Today starts the 3rd challenge over at Little Darlings Challenges and this time the theme is to use “Buttons and Brads.” Now, don’t look too closely at my project because I totally messed this one up and used grommets, eyelets and dew drops instead – yikes! I had mixed up my challenges and did another “Summer” project which was the theme for Challenge #2. ;D

This is a second page in the scrap journal I have for this summer and my project uses Wind Surfer from Love to Stamp. I also had some postcard cut outs from K&Co (I think) which is where I got the beach tent and summer sentiment. I also used the Sunshine die from My Favorite Things – I love it in felt.

I’m going to have to start thinking about rebinding the journal because with four pages it’s already getting pretty bulky. However, I haven’t a clue where to start but I’ll keep going until something comes to mind. It’s been fun to flip through it and see each of the pages so I can’t wait to see it filled up! Hope you enjoyed the project! 😀

Catch a Falling Star

Is this song stuck in your head yet? All I had to do was look at the image and I’ve been singing “Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day” all week! LOL The image is “Little Darlings: Catch a Falling Star” sold by Love to Stamp and was a fun image to work with.

I created another one-layer card with inspiration from Jen on the borders. I also colored this one with Prismacolor Pencils on Kraft cardstock and it’s getting easier for me. Now I just need to get familiar with the colors so I know what I’m mixing together.

Have a great weekend!

Go Girl Go

It’s another challenge day at Little Darlings Challenges and this time we want to see you use your favorite colors. One of my favorite colors is pink so I had to have some of that on my card. I found some left over girlie Basic Gray paper that was perfect for the occasion.

The stamp I used was Go Girl Go and she is part of the second release of images from Love to Stamp. These care free spirited images are so much fun to color and can really be used various ways – I love using them with backgrounds but they’re also perfect to use on their own! ;D

I embellished it with a few traditional items and even dug out a forgotten ticket to use as the sentiment. I also used a few lasercut chipboards from Make it Crafty which I’m going to start calling Chippies. ;D Hope you enjoy the card and get a chance to “Play” this week!

DT Challenge: Little Darlings Challenge #2 (favorite colors)
Main Stamp:
Go Girl Go (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Olivia (BG)
Chipboard: Flower Leaves Swirls and Butterfly Leaves (MiC) partially covered Petal Pink Liquid Pearls
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21
-blues: BG10, BG11, BG70
-greens: G24, G28
-pinks: R21, R22, R24
-grays: T0, T2, T4, T6, T8

Did you know? Tornadoes have been observed on every continent except Antarctica. However, the vast majority of tornadoes in the world occur in the Tornado Alley region of the United States, although they can occur nearly anywhere in North America. They also occasionally occur in south-central and eastern Asia, the Philippines, northern and east-central South America, Southern Africa, northwestern and southeast Europe, western and southeastern Australia, and New Zealand. Tornadoes can be detected before or as they occur through the use of Pulse-Doppler radar by recognizing patterns in velocity and reflectivity data, such as hook echoes, as well as by the efforts of storm spotters.

Just Swinging

Welcome back for another preview of the Little Darlings stamps from Love to Stamp! Today I’m feature “Just Swinging” and had a lot of fun coloring her up. ;D You can check out all week long the sneak peaks at the Love to Stamp Store Blog and get all the details on the prize too.

I must say I love all the images I got to work with this week and this one is no exception. I kept this one simple because the image says it all. She looks like she just jumped in for the biggest swing ever – so much fun and brings back some childhood memories too.

From childhood to parenthood – I just have to say it amazes me how much us “Moms” take on! Right now I’m juggling this post, creating another card, answering my correspondence AND putting the kids to bed. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself ADD but rather I think we get used to the shuffle of daily life to the point we work best while our attention is divided. (Opps, I just cut my ribbon an inch too short – maybe I should focus a little more! LOL)

So back to this card – I used some of my favorite papers lately as I love the colors I can pull out of it. I’m all about colors as it’s the main thing that inspires me the most. ;D Sometimes it doesn’t all work out for the best but at least it gets my creative juices flowing! I also got to use some new lasercut chipboard embellishments from Make it Crafty which worked perfectly with some large gems I’ve been saving. Hope you enjoyed it and come along to play in our challenges this week. ;D

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Just Swinging (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Stella & Rose Hattie (MME)
Chipboard: Filigree Jewels (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E55, E57, E59
-yellows: YR23, YR21
-blues: BG72, BG78; C1, B0000
-pinks: R12, R22
-grays: N2, N4, N6, N8; 0, C1, C3

Did you know? The slide rule, also known colloquially as a slipstick, is a mechanical analog computer. The slide rule is used primarily for multiplication and division, and also for functions such as roots, logarithms and trigonometry, but is not normally used for addition or subtraction. William Oughtred and others developed the slide rule in the 17th century based on the emerging work on logarithms by John Napier. Before the advent of the pocket calculator, it was the most commonly used calculation tool in science and engineering.
[Slide Rule,]


Here’s my second preview for this week using a Little Darling stamp and one of my favorites from this release! You can check out all the previews this week at the Love to Stamp store blog. This one being showcased today is Jump …

I’ve pared this stamp with the background image from Make it Crafty called Hilly Lane. It took a lot of time to color all that grass but I like how it turned out! Here’s the background by itself…

Most of the card was colored so I didn’t go all out on embellishments but still included a few of my favorites. ;D The felt sun is a die cut from My Favorite Things and a I cut it to contour the horizon of the background. Then the corners are those fabulous laser cut embellishments from Make it Crafty that some how appear on all my cards. ;D I put a few drops of Liquid Pearls on them for fun.

Angie is giving away a grand prize to one lucky commenter this week so you can get your hands on a few of these new releases! Also don’t forget about the Little Darlings Challenge challenge where the rules were changed to include all images – the theme is all about summer

Lastly, the girl image was cut out and put on foam dots so she “jumps” off the background. Hope you enjoy the preview and that you liked my card. Happy Stamping this week!

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Jump (LTS)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E42, E43, E44, E47
-yellows: YR21, YR23, YR24, Y13
-greens: G20, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99; G21, G24, G28
-blues: B0000, B00, B01; B91, B95, B99
-grays: W2, W4, W6, W3, W5, W8, W10

Did you know? The Braille system is a method that is widely used by blind people to read and write, and was the first digital form of writing. Braille was devised in 1825 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman. Each Braille character, or cell, is made up of six dot positions, arranged in a rectangle containing two columns of three dots each. A dot may be raised at any of the six positions to form sixty-four (26) possible subsets, including the arrangement in which no dots are raised.

Slow and Steady

Welcome to a whole week of sneak peeks of all the new Little Darling stamps coming out! The team is previewing every day this week and you can check them all out at Love to Stamp store blog. One of the images being showcased today is Slow and Steady and here’s my card.

The Little Darlings Challenge theme this fortnight is all about summer which is perfect for these new images but the rules have changed to you can use any stamp to enter. Also, Angie is giving away 5 Little Darling Stamps of your choice to one lucky commenter this week too!

I made an all occasions card for a boy, kept it simple, and thought this image was perfect to tell a story on it’s own. ;D I loved coloring the turtle too – there were so many possibilities but in the end I went for a brown and green look. Hope you enjoy it and come back through the week for a few more sneak peeks. ;D

DT Preview: Love to Stamp Little Darlings Release II
Main Stamp:
Slow and Steady (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Lime Twist (MME)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21, E13
-browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-reds: R21, R22, R24, R29
-yellows: YR21, YR24
-greens: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99
-blues: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99
-grays: N2

Did you know? Turtles are reptiles characterized by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered. The largest turtles are aquatic.

Soooo Big

I’ve got some exciting news to share – today is the first challenge over at the Little Darlings Challenge Blog! You can use any stamp and we’re started off the challenges with a great theme… Summer!

I used the Little Darlings stamp called Soooo Big which is perfect to begin my summer with. ;D Now that the kids are out of school and the schedule it a little more relaxed it’s time to get the yard in shape the garage cleaned out!

I kept this card simple but used some of my favorite things … like the new Die-namics die Fresh Cut Grass and those laser cut embellishments from Make it Crafty! This is also one of my favorite color schemes, I just love greens and blues. Hope you like the card and come on over to play in our challenge!

DT Challenge: Little Darlings Challenge #1 (summer)
Main Stamp:
Soooo Big (LTS)
Patterned Paper: Marjolaine (BG)
Chipboard: Round Leaves (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One and My Favorite Things Die-namics Fresh Cut Grass

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E000, E00, E21
-browns: E21, E23, E25, E27
-reds: E15, E17, E18
-yellows: YR21, YR24
-greens: G20, G21, G24, G28
-blues: B91, B93, B95, B97
-grays: C1, C3

Did you know? The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure.
[Book of Kells,]


This card features the new image from Love to Stamp, called Shellphone, and another one from Make it Crafty, called Beach Hut by Sea. With so many summer backgrounds available it has been fun pairing up images and creating a scene. This one is inspired by the warm weather we’ve had lately and I wanted to use lots of warm-tone colors to represent a shining sun.

No clouds in sight but at least there is the ocean with a some cool-tone colors for a refreshing feel. The faux candy was an embellishment I had forgotten about which turnedto be a fun addition for this card. Afterall, what girl wouldn’t like a bit of Salt Water Taffy to chew on?! Yum!

Here’s the Beach Hut by Sea background before it was trimmed down. I tried a different technique on my sand using some tips I got from Elaine but clearly I need some more practice! She colored the most perfect sand texture on her card that I was trying to duplicate.

One of my staples of crafting essentials are foam dimensional dots! I seam to use them on every card don’t know what I would do without them. ;D I like how it changes the overall feel of the card by raising the main image and giving it focus. Yet the mind still takes in all the elements around them and see them as complimentary embellishments. Yep, they’re a must have in my crafting room! Hope you enjoy the card and have been inspired to make something or even to play outside in the sun today. ;D

Main Stamp: Shellphone (LTS), Beach Hut by Sea (MiC)
Patterned Paper:
Salt Air (CC)
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Inverted Scalloped Square

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper
-skin tone: E23, E33, E25, E27, E04, R22
-oranges: YR04, YR07, YR09
-yellows: YR30, YR31, YR21; E50, E51, E53
-greens: BG93, BG96, BG99
-pinks: R12
-grays: N4, N6, N8

Beach House by Sea:
-browns: E41, E42, E44, E47; E23, E39, E55, E51, E53; E33, E50, E51, E53
-reds: E09, E17, E18 E19
-greens: G40, G21, G24, G28, G29
-blues: B91, B93, B95; B0000, B000, B00

Did you know? The Johnstown Inclined Plane is an 896.5-foot (273.3 m) funicular railway in Johnstown, Cambria County, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The funicular is capable of carrying passengers and automobiles up or down a slope with a grade of 70.9 percent. The incline and its two stations connect the city of Johnstown, situated in a valley at the confluence of the Stonycreek and the Little Conemaugh Rivers, to the borough of Westmont on Yoder Hill. The travel time from one station to the other is 90 seconds.
[Johnstown Inclined Plane,]


All of my projects lately certainly show that summer is on it’s way and this one is no exception! Welcome to another scene at the beach. 😀 This one features a new image from Love to Stamp, called Shellphone, and two new images from Make it Crafty, Beach Chair and Beach Umbrella.

Finding a color scheme that works for the beach and is also inspiring to me has been a challenge. On this card, however, I scrapped the ideas that I had to use themed paper and went with a traditional floral, of all things. ;D But it had the colors I wanted and was covered up enough to look like interesting swirls. Yep, those are swirls… NOT flowers! He he he

I couldn’t help myself and added a few of my favorite embellishments… felt clouds and laser cut chipboard embellishments… but you may have already noticed! LOL I also added some of my new Baker’s Twine, which unfortunately, has been a rare occasion that a twine color will actually coordinate. I should have gotten more neutral colors to work with. :-,

As a final touch I added a bunch of glue at the bottom of the card and spilled out a container of mixed beads; I let it dry the tapped off the excess lose beads. It was an idea I have been seing lately with clear micropearls or even sand so I had to give it a go. Hope I’ve inspired you today!

Lastly, don’t forget about the blog candy and challenge going on over at the Little Darling Challenge Blog.

Main Stamp: Shellphone (LTS), Beach Umbrella and Beach Chair (MiC)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Chipboard: Swirly Corners (MiC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Octagon

Copic Markers colored on Copy Paper:
-skin tone: E00, E21, E11, E13, R11, R12, E04, R24
-browns: E40, E411, E31; E23, E57, E59; E50, E53, E55, N4, T6
-yellows: YR21, YR24
-greens: G40, G12, G82, G85
-blues: B91, B93, B97
-pinks: R11, R12
-grays: C1, C3

Did you know? A beachcomber is someone who “combs” (or searches) the beach, and the intertidal zone in general, looking for things of value, interest or utility. The first appearance of the word “beachcombers” in print was in Herman Melville’s Omoo (1847). It described a population of Europeans who lived in South Pacific islands, “combing” the beach and nearby water for flotsam, jetsam, or anything else they could use or trade. The vast majority of beachcombers however, were simply unemployed sailors like Herman Melville in Typee, or Harry Franck in the book Vagabonding Around the World.After enduring a voyage of danger and hardship, it was not uncommon for a few whalemen to desert a ship when it arrived in Tahiti or the Marquesas and reside, at least for a while, in the South Sea islands of Polynesia. If another beachcomber was ready to take his place in order to get home, the captain might let the disgruntled crewman go; otherwise, the captain would offer the natives a reward to find and return the deserter, and deduct the reward, plus interest, from the deserter’s pay.