The Big Wheel.

Today the Come On Get Crafty creative team is on the blog sharing a layout sketch challenge.  If you enter your sketch this month, you are entered to win a gift card to the COGC online shop.

I love the sketch that Danielle created.  I wanted to keep everything exact, with the exception of mirroring it.  Mainly because the Ferris Wheel is cut off on the left side, and I wanted to have the pattern paper take over, where the wheel ended.  Putting it on the other side would've looked weird and off.  Also to show you how you can flip a layout and it'll work just as well in any direction.

These "Aurora" diecut alphas were the perfect font/design for a whimsical/fun layout.
The fact that they are outlined in white help them blend into the background
and allow the quirky design to stand out.

Maggie Holmes has slowly become one of my newest favs.  
Here I used some sticker phrases and cut them into different funky "banners" 
to create a cluster of fun at the top corner of the page.  

And as always, there's a list of supplies I used at the end of this post.

I hope you have a great weekend and remember to bring your nice camera when you go out.  Even if it's to the grocery store.  You'll never know what great photo is waiting to be taken, that you'll want to capture and document.

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* Pink Fresh Studios "Up In The Clouds" puffies
* Basic Grey "Aurora" alpha diecuts
* Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes) stickers
* MME enamel dots
* Elle's Studio "Cienna" diecuts
* Elle's Studio "Salt Water" paper
* October Afternoon "Report Card" labels
* Sassafras Lass "Stitched" stamp set
* Staz-On black ink
* Sharpie black pen

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Valentine Wonder.

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a great week so far.

As for me, I am still working on getting settled in to living in a new place.  I have a "perfectionist" attitude about organizing and if something just doesn't "feel" right or isn't functional I get frustrated and think about it until I find a solution.
I do the same with my crafting.  
For this pocket page layout, I knew I wanted to use all these photos, but they didn't match up with each other as well as I had liked, so I decided to bring in several colors and different pieces from companies like Elle's Studio, Project Life, American Crafts and Freckled Fawn, to make my "idea" come to life.  I figured this was the perfect layout to use my very hoarded Amy Tangerine thicker words (scripted by Kal Barteski), because not only does it tie in all the black in the photos, but one of the photos shows another one of those scripted word thickers.  
It's time to take out your hoarded goodies and use them in your projects...
Before you stop loving them as much, and consider them old news.
And don't forget to visit the COGC Facebook Fan page for more inspiration and coupon codes (as they come out).  You can also shop at the Come On Get Crafty shop for the latest in scrapbooking goodies, here.
Be blessed,

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Pocket Letter Craze.

If you've been active on Instagram, Facebook groups or Youtube within the past month you would've heard the term "Pocket Letter" or "Pocket Letter Pals".  This new fun way to pen-pal is taking the craft community by storm.  I was very reluctant to join in the fun, because I didn't want to add another "to-do" to my list, but I couldn't resist those cute pockets being filled with goodies.

The concept was created by this super AWESOME lady here, and there's tons of videos and hashtags you can search to find inspiration.  It's a fun way to use your scraps or to use your new stuff to make something unique and pretty.
I decided to pull out the new yummy goodies that is currently being sold in the Come On Get Crafty shop to create a fun pocket letter; mostly product by Elle's Studio, Dear Lizzy, October Afternoon & Maggie Holmes.  I filled the pockets with gum, washi tape, enamel dots, stickers, prima flowers, a letter to my pen-pal, top 10 things about me, and some other goodies.  You can add anything you like, anything that you think your pen-pal will enjoy.
These are very addicting and really fun to play around with.
There are no rules, except to add a letter to your pen-pal.

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Easter Goodies.

Have you ever purchased something and thought how cute the packaging was and couldn't bring yourself to toss it out, but didn't exactly know what to do with it just yet?

I've been hoarding a couple of those wood veneer wood trays by Prima & Recollections that came our a year or two ago and thought I could create mini printer trays with them, but they are super tiny.

It wasn't until this week that I realized how great they would be to create a holding spot for Easter eggs, which then turned into creating an Easter basket.

I gathered some popsicle sticks from my stash and got the hot glue out.

This was tricky, trying to create a "fence" (as Giovanni put it), around the tray, but it worked out well.

I was able to create a cute basket, fill it with raffia, hot glue some trim and us an MFT Dienamics Bow die to complete the front decor.

I did not spend a dime.  Everything in this basket I already had on hand.

I created this lil gift for Giovanni's Godmother, who not only gives really great advice, but she is a true woman of God who loves God and people.  Her gentleness and humility are so inspiring and she is always getting us little gifts for any occasion she can think of.  It's not a basket of spa day coupons, but I know she will absolutely love the effort it took to create it and all the goodies inside.


This week's kid project involved creating some festive & fun
Easter decor.  I used Stampin Up & Fiskars punches for the egg banner,
I used washi tape to create the mosaic decorated eggs,
and used acrylic and watercolors on the actual egg.
I used free hand cutting to create the bunny face prop,
and taped it to the glass door so when he stands out there
he's instantly transformed into a cute bunny!
It was super easy to do and so fun to get Gio involved in crafting.

I also made a little time to cut these 
pink bunny lollipop covers.
Silhouette Cameo machine, twine, alpha roller stamp and black ink.

This morning for breakfast I attempted to make some Easter inspired pancakes.
I used Aunt Jemima complete mix and added neon food coloring.
They browned because of the butter in the pan, but they tasted yummy
and were so fun to look at... Gio loved them!

I also took my first stab at deviled eggs.
I used Hellman's mayo, cranberry/horseradish mustard
(from Target on clearance)
relish and paprika.
They came out so yummy both my husband and son ate most of them.
And let me just add my husband does NOT really LOVE eggs.
But he loved these.

Happy Easter!

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Make A Wish.

One of my favorite stamp companies out there for coloring with copic markers is The Greeting Farm.  Their images are not only super cute, but they really are easy to color.  I like to challenge myself and take it a step further with their stamps, which is why creating shapes in their hair and clothes is fun for me.  I started doing this to them 2 years ago and have enjoyed it since.  The image comes to life for me and I always get a kick out of giving them names and personalizing them for someone special.

"Birthday Anya 3" can be purchased at the Quick Creations Shop, and if you use code "DAMARIS10" at check out, you will save 10% on your total purchase.

Please also visit the Quick Creations Blog and Facebook Group for more inspiration and shop specials.

A list of supplies is below.

Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.

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* The Greeting Farm "Birthday Anya 3"
* Copic Markers
* Uni-ball Signo white gel pen
* X-Press It cardstock
* Heidi Swapp "Dreamy" 6x6 paper pad
* Lawn Fawn "Chit Chat" stamps set
* Recollections doily, flower and bling
* The Twinery twine


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Your Kindness Blows Me Away.

Today concludes Kathy's 30 Day Coloring Challenge over at The Daily Marker.  I had a little bit of anxiety in the last leg of this challenge due to very bad toothaches, allergy & asthma trouble, insomnia and countless day to day responsibilities (including church), so it was difficult to keep up, but I am happy and proud to say that I have completed 30 days of coloring.

Some days I gave myself a break from copic coloring and used watercolors.  I feel it's faster for me to paint with water than it is with markers.  My style of copic coloring has intensified during the last year and if I didn't have at least 30 minutes to dedicate to coloring, I was not going to leave something half way.  Because I'll never finish it.

I decided, for the last day of this challenge, to conquer a fear and take a stab at this gorgeous Stamping Bella stamp called "Bentley", which I purchased online at, and FYI, you can save 10% right now if you use coupon code "DAMARIS10" at check out.

 The reason I feared "Bentley", is because I struggle heavily with clothes and pleats.  Let me explain.  When I begin to color an image, I can immediately see (in my mind) the skin color.  Where the shadows are.  Where the elbow bends.  Where the calf muscle and ankles are.  I can see the streaks in the hair.  The sunlight hitting a particular portion of hair.  I can see splitting on the hair at the root.  I can easily visualize this.  It's almost second nature for me.  I can even see a background... with clouds and grass and ponds and leaves; which I think is harder than clothing...  But my constant and true struggle is with clothing.  I can't see the pleats.  I don't know where the sunlight hits.  I cannot create mountains and valleys with my markers on dresses or shirts, like I can with hair.  It's super difficult.  I get comments (especially on Instagram) about my pleats, but to be COMPLETELY honest with you, I get lucky a lot of times... lol.  Honestly!  Which is why I have decided that as much as I will try, I will never really "understand" it until I take a class.  Hopefully by the end of this year I would have taken a class to help me in this area.  Until then, I will continue to color and make my cards and enter challenges and grow as an artist.

Til then, I leave you with this card.  I love the design and simplicity of it.  The idea of the faux stitched clouds came after the card was completed.  I searched the Stamping Bella website and found a new challenge that I wanted to enter, so I immediately added the stitched lines using a Copic gray multiliner.  I like the look and I think I will do it again sometime...

(the original [non-stitched] design is below) 

...But as you can see I struggled badly with the pleats.  Normally I would not share such a catastrophe, but how can I call myself an artist and an inspiration, if I don't share those not-so-perfect moments of my creative process?  It's not for anyone to laugh at or stare strangely at.  It's to be comfortable with your imperfections, learn to love where you are now, and have the motivation and desire to improve.

I want to thank Kathy personally for her challenge.  I had a conversation with my husband about this and I'd like to share it with you all.  I didn't enter this 30 day challenge with any expectation of winning any prizes that Kathy has offered.  What I wanted out of this was growth.  I wanted to push deeper into my love of coloring.  I wanted to learn a new technique (watercoloring), and I wanted to complete 30 days of being crafty.

I believe I have reached that goal, and I appreciate EVERY SINGLE PERSON who has been supportive via facebook, my blog and especially instagram.  You all have made me feel so enthused about creating and inspiring you more.  Thank you for the encouraging words and love.

"Your Kindness Always Blows Me Away".

Be blessed and have a Happy Easter!

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* Stamping Bella - Stitch It Up

* Stamping Bella "Bentley"
* Copic Markers
* X-Press It Cardstock
* Copic .03 Gray multiliner
* Stickles
* Clear sequins
* Memento Rich Cocoa & Tuxedo Black ink
* Recollections Kraft card base

Turning 40.

I thought turning 40 was going to be different.  I had "plans" to take my (our) first trip to Paris for my birthday, and take loads of photos by the Eiffel Tower.  I wanted to drink coffee at pretty cafes and have some croissants, and definitely macarons.  Pistachio, Coconut and Raspberry macarons.  I was going to buy all the pretty post cards and send them to friends & family.  I was going to leave my (our) love lock on the bridge and try to find a stationery shop that sold wood stamps and pretty washi tape.

But, alas, I was not able to go.  Instead I spent my birthday cleaning my 4 year old's room and organizing his space.  Decluttering and downsizing.  It pleased me to do this for him.  It made me feel like a real mom.  Selfless and loving.
In the afternoon my husband surprised me with a super cute Hello Kitty cake (I LOVE HK!), and a lovely dinner out.  I was not in the mood to get dressed up to go out, but he kinda enforced the issue, and I was so glad he did.  Those wood-grilled lobsters were so amazing!

You can probably spot a few older products in this project life layout, like October Afternoon letters, and some diecuts, but there are also new things, like the Elle's Studio diecuts and journaling pieces, and that adorable wood veneer cake by Freckled Fawn.  I used my very old Doodlebug pink glitter to create frosting and copic markers to color in the candle and bottom.
I encourage you today to dig out your oldies, but goodies, and make something fun.  Hopefully you'll have a cool pic like GOOGLE wishing you a Happy Birthday, to document!
And if you're looking to find new goodies, just check the Come On Get Crafty shop here.
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Heartfelt Thanks.

One of the awesome things I've learned in my copic coloring practice is creating backgrounds.  Not only are we able to make these images come to life with shading and techniques, but we can also create scenes.

I had a little help from CC Designs and their "Puddle" stamp for the pond, rocks and grass.  This Tiddlyinks image is one of their newer sets and can be found here for a very good price.  And if you use my personal COUPON, you can save 10% every time you shop!  "DAMARIS10"

I used Dear Lizzy "Serendipity" 6x6 paper, netting trim, Kaisercraft dusty pink mini blooms, MFT flourish die, doily, Mr. Huey's "Buttercup", and Wild Orchid Crafts flowers to complete the card.

I hope you are inspired to make a thank you card for someone who has made you feel special or who is always there for you.  It would make them feel appreciated and cared for.

You can find all the products used in Noelle's shop Quick Creations.  And remember to check the Quick Creations Facebook page and Blog for updates on new products, different project shares and coupon codes.  

And don't forget you can save 10% right now with code "DAMARIS10".

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Home Sweet Home.

Seriously?, how old is that Pebbles & Simple Stories collection that I've been hoarding?
I decided to dust those off and give them a new home in my "Project Life" Kal Barteski scripted album by Studio Calico.
On this day we took a break from unpacking and organizing to sit in the park across the street from home and watch Gio enjoy the weather.
The inspiration for this color scheme came from the photos (as is customary for me to do), and was super excited about it because it was one I had never worked with before.  Even more exciting was the fact that I used several different companies to create this layout.
Pebbles, Simple Stories, October Afternoon, Freckled Fawn, American Crafts, Bella Blvd and Elle's Studio to name a few.  You can find these and other brands in the Come On Get Crafty shop.  Just click this link to take you straight there.
And don't forget to visit the COGC Facebook Fan page for more inspiration and coupon codes (as they come out).
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Coffee & Copics.

I recently found out that cleaning my copic markers will help substantially in preserving the longevity of their life.  If you color images on a consistent basis (like I do), you'd know how dirty and sticky they become over time.

So I decided to give my babies a bath and treat them to a SPA DAY... hehe.  
Incidentally, for this layout, I created 2 pages for 2 different days and yet they both have very similar color combinations.  So I decided to take a unified photo and make it one big layout.
I used some cards by My Mind's Eye, Project Life and Dear Lizzy; and embellished with Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Crate Paper, Kelly Purkey, Bella Blvd, October Afternoon and Pebbles.

A lot of these products can be found on the Come On Get Crafty Shop.
Just click here to find some of your favorites.

P.S.  Mint Green Peeps?  Thank you Target!

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