Positve. Patient. Persistent.

Lately I've been in between making CAS (clean and simple) cards, and making something more technical (if that's the right term to use...), where I add touches of mixed media to the mix.  I like to call it CAS Mixed cards.

This is one of them.  You'll see another one soon.

I colored up Georgia the Gymnist, by Tiddly Inks (which comes in a set of 3 stamps), and build a card on a white card base by first adding black Heidi Swapp colorshine spray, then using Martha Stewart medium with a brick stencil and embellishing with scraps from Elle's Studio and finishing off the card with a sentiment by Bella Blvd.  I like how clean it is and I like the message it portrays.

When you find yourself faced with an obstacle (in this case, a brick wall), you gotta "Be Positive, Patient and Persistent."

I hope you all have a Fabby Friday and don't forget to check out the Tiddly Inks site for great dollar deals.

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Starry Night.

When I first showed this card to my husband he said "It's Snowing!".  lol  I didn't realize how many white dots I put and I didn't realize how big I had made them.  They were intended to be stars.  I guess you can can see it either way, but for the idea behind the card, let's just say they are stars.

I picture this little boy staying up late, because he's too excited to go to sleep, because the next day is his birthday and he's having a bunch of friends over for an awesome pool party.  He went to his backyard and started to daydream about how yummy the cake would be and all the gifts he would get.  I see him swinging in the cool of the night, with his warm PJs on and thinking about his favorite watermelon fruit and how much fun it's going to be going down the new slide his dad installed in the pool.  Can you blame him for being out in his backyard excitedly watching his mom set the tables and chairs for the event to come?  I would do the same if I were 6 years old going on 7 and having a rockin' party!  lol

I was challenged by Noelle, owner of Quick Creations, to create a card using both the Summer Swing stamp and PJ Trevor stamps by CC Designs.  You can imagine my worry, fear and horror thinking about how I would achieve this idea being that he has PJs.  So I began brainstorming and came up with a night scene, which I had never done.  Which caused greater anxiety and mental anguish.  lol.  I decided to match the colors to the Lawn Fawn pattern paper and take it from there.  I included clouds and "stars" too.  lol.  I think it came out okay; it being my first time.  I hope to improve on this type of coloring and one day share my copic combo.

As always the list of supplies from the Quick Creations shop is below, so I hope you will take the time to visit the site and grab your favorites.  Don't forget to visit the QC Facebook Page for inspiration and info on upcoming challenges and sales.

Be sure to use coupon code: DAMARIS10 to save 10% off of your QC purchase.

Thanks for checking in and I hope you have an awesome weekend!

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* copic markers
* X-Press It cardstock
* Memento cocoa brown ink
* CC Designs PJ Trevor stamp
* CC Designs Summer Swing stamp
* Lawn Fawn "Beach Side" 6x6 paper
* Copic black .05 multiliner pen
* Stampin Up Dimentionals
* October Afternoon Daily Flash "All Boy" stickers
* Uniball signo white gel pen


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Summer Song - TI Challenge

Good Morning, and welcome to another Tiddly Inks Tuesday Challenge.

Today the design team is demonstrating how we incorporate the "Summer Song" theme into our creations and I've decided to use this adorable Tiddly Inks image called "Sweet Treat Wryn", which makes me think of the Wu Tang Clan song "Ice Cream".  hehe.

I did a little watercoloring on the card base, added an MFT Dienamics speech bubble diecut, used a Lawn Fawn "Hello" on scrap paper for my sentiment and colored her with copics.  It's a very clean and simple card because I wanted the focus to be on Wryn.

On the inside I added more pattern paper as my base,
and diecut some hot air balloons as a cute garnishment...hehe

I hope you take the time to enter this challenge.
As always, there will be a winner to win a nice prize from Tiddly Inks.

Take care and enjoy your summer!

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Oh La La.

It's Fabby Friday at Tiddly Inks and if this image looks familiar, it probably is!  hehehe...

I first colored Sweet Tooth's "Dandy As Candy" (and used on another card), a few weeks ago here, and I am using it again today to show you how different you can make each card.

That first card was a little more busy and detailed than this one.  In comparison, the images were colored exactly the same, but the amount of time it took to finish this card was half as long as the first card.

This proves how awesome Tiddly Inks stamps are!  They are very versatile to any level of crafting and to any style of crafting.

If you haven't already, you will love coloring these images.  There are tons to choose from on their website, and there is always a sale or coupon code floating around on their facebook page.  So be sure to join and follow along for great inspiration.

Take care and have a FABBY Weekend!

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* X-press it blending card
* Copic markers
* Tiddly Inks "Dandy As Candy" image
* Enamel dots
* Pop dots
* MFT speech bubbles die
* Avery Elle "Bonjour" stamp set
* Memento Tuxedo black ink

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Miss You.

Today's Quick Creations card was inspired by Summer.

As a kid/youth, I was sent to camp each year (for at least 10 years), lasting 7 days, so writing home was not on the agenda being that it was such a short period of time and we were so busy with fun activities and making new friends.

But I can image those that are gone for a month or longer.  How they miss their families and friends back home.  This A Random Fan image called "Love Messenger" makes me think about those kids who are at sleep-away camp and write home.  She looks like she's having fun, but she's missing her family and wants to share her experiences.

A list of supplies is listed below (including links) and a coupon code for 10% off your purchase.

I hope you are having a Fabulous Summer so far.  I've been trying to enjoy the pool at least 2x a week, (which is why my tan is so nice), hehe... but mostly working on getting Gio ready to start school and myself adjusted to having an empty nest.

Thanks for stopping by today and please remember to use code: DAMARIS10 at check out to save 10% on your purchase at Quick Creations.

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* Copic Markers
* Cocoa Memento Ink
* X-Press It cardstock
* Dear Lizzy "Daydreamer" 6x6 paper
* A Random Fan "Love Messenger" rubber stamp
* Tombow Mono multi glue
* Lawn Fawn "Chit Chat" stamp set
* Spellbinders Classic Circles die


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Tiddly Inks Challenge & 40% off!

Today's Tiddly Inks Challenge is "Anything Goes" and I decided to use one of their new stamps "Magical Friendship" (which comes in digital or acrylic form), together with the "Wryn's Tree" $1 digital stamp to create a soft shabby card

I used copic markers, Dear Lizzy paper, Wild Orchid Crafts flowers, Lawn Fawn die, Spellbinders die and distress ink to build my card.  I also used my silhouette machine to cut out circles and that super cute hexagon stencil-type background.  I need to cut more of that. I love that it gives it a "fishy" feel since it looks like netting.

I hope you will join us in this fun challenge.

There are a couple of new stamps in the Tiddly Inks shop and also a few freebies you can download.  And even some $1.00 super cute digital stamps scattered throughout the shop.  Not all of them are in the bargain bin, so go dig!

And before I go I want to let you know that Christy, the owner and artist of Tiddly Inks has announced a 40% off Store Wide Sale!  I don't know when it ends, but I suggest you take advantage of that great promotion.

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It's Fourth of July weekend and I wanted to use "Patriotic Wryn" on a festive card.  I don't normally make cards for holidays like these, but I couldn't pass up how adorable she is. 

And I believe she happens to come free when you purchase the new "Wryn the BBQ Queen" digital stamp. 



I used an old Amy Tangerine 6x6 paper pad, it might her first one because there is no title.  I used copic markers to color Wryn, X-Press It cardstock, Studio Calico wood veneers to look like fireworks, which I colored with Y13 and then later added a layer of Wink of Stella "GOLD".  Very sparkly.  The sentiment is by Stampin Up which I inked up with Memento Tuxedo Black. and finished off the card with a Fiskars scallop border punch.

I love how quickly the coloring and card came together and hope to create more of these quickies.

I want to take this time to wish you and your family a Happy 4th of July and I hope you have fun and stay safe!

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Love This Life.

Snapping photos of food is something I've done for years.  I used to share it on Facebook all the time and even had a "FOOD" folder where I was post them in.  After a few negative comments from friends and family, I decided to stop because I felt embarrassed.  Everyone eats, everyone cooks, so what's so special about food photos?
A couple of years later I discovered Instagram, where people shared billions of photos of their everyday food and I felt right at home.  I felt comfortable again to share how excited I was to eat a plain salad or a new recipe I had tried.  It was not only acceptable, but the comments were positive and nice.
It wasn't until last year that I realized those food photos could also be included in my scrapbooking.  So this year I vowed to add more of them to my project life and I am excited to share that these 2 meals were super delicious! 

I've learned that Everyday Life isn't just about your 9-5 job.
Laundry.  Kids' homework.  And paying bills.
It can also be about the things that THEY consider mundane, but that WE get excited about.
Like pairing sandals with a fancy dress,
or finding the perfect affordable paper for your printer,
or the new curry chicken with coconut milk rice dish you spontaneously created.

On another note:
Today is my last day with the COGC creative team and I will sadly miss them.  But I want to give a big Hug and Thanks to Nicole for having me on board and trusting me enough to create worthwhile projects that represent her shop.  I have loved working for her and wish her continued success in the future.

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Bon Voyage.

This week's Tiddly Inks challenge really had me stressing.  Because I don't consider myself a "Rich and Dark" colorist.  I like bright colors and sometimes CAS cards, so I was out of my element, but I was more than happy to take on the challenge and conquer my fear of deep/rich copic coloring.

I am happy with the results and even more happy that I was able to create a Paris-theme card.

I used 3 different Tiddly Inks digital images; one of which is a freebie and lots of different crafty supplies from my stash; which are listed below.

I really hope you will join the "Gothic" Challenge this week and

prove to yourself that you can do it.

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* Copic Markers
* X-press It cardstock
* Tiddly Inks Priscilla - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/priscilla/
* Tiddly Inks Madhatter - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/products/madhatter-boy-stamp
* Tiddly Inks Suitcases - http://www.tiddlyinks.com/suitcases-digital-stamps/
* Recollections flowers and leaves
* Eiffel tower die (i have so many and they're not labelled - sorry)
* Magnolia film die
* Scrap Happy Ohio doily die
* Spellbinders circles die
* Distress Inks: black soot, dusty concord & peeled paint
* Wild Rose Studio "Letters from Paris" 6x6 pattern paper
* Prima "Romance Novel" 6x6 pattern paper
* Prima "Nature Garden" 6x6 pattern paper
* Kaisercraft airplane wood veneer
* Tombow Mono multi glue
* Stampin' Up Dimentionals

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You're Cute [LO Challenge]

Happy Friday!  Whose excited about spending some time crafting this weekend?

Not me!  I'll be having some summer fun.  If you see me now you'd think I started tanning in March, but really it doesn't take much to get dark with this Florida sun.  But I have been doing lots of swimming lately though.  You should see my son!

This photo was taken in mid May and he's 4 shades darker now.  lol.

I loved this action shot of him and decided to create a 12x12 layout out of it.  I used the new Come On Get Crafty sketch to help me, along with the Pink Paislee "Hey Kid" (perfect title) paper collection, some Amy Tangerine thicker words, some Pink Paislee chipboard stickers and even some Silhouette diecuts.

This layout came together very quickly (as Gio watched his favorite show and ate lunch), so I didn't really miss out on any summer fun.

I get guilty in the summer if I spend too much time crafting, that's why you probably haven't seen much from me on Instagram or Facebook.  I'm a winter/spring/fall scrapper...hehe.

Anyway, I hope you join the COGC team with June's sketch challenge for your chance to win a $5 GC to the shop.

And don't forget your sunscreen!

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