Michael’s + Craftin Desert Divas Haul + Fall Planner Layout

Hey everyone!

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend. The weather is beautiful here (if not a little hot for my taste in September) and we got to spend some time outdoors today. We went to the Naval Air Station Oceana’s Air Show and got to watch the Blue Angels fly in their demonstration. My youngest son (he’s 11 months) thought it was the coolest, and my older son (he’s 3) was excited, but the loud noise of it all really scared him. Overall, we had a great time, though!

Today, I’m sharing a combined haul from Michael’s and Craftin Desert Divas. I ordered a few dies to add to my stash from CDD and snagged a few things from Michael’s. After my first post with a planner layout, I’ll admit I got hooked and I was on the hunt for a new planner. Mine was about to ‘run out’ anyway, but I really just wanted a fresh slate to start planning and decorating!

Take a look at this video to see what I picked up in my haul!

From Craftin Desert Divas I picked up the Fancy Frame Dies, the Outdoor Landscape Dies, the Stitched In Circle Dies, and the Stitched Scallop Dies. I love them all so much and they cut like a dream! I also picked up 2 amazing sequin packs, Moonlit Kisses and Fairy Dust. They are both gorgeous!

Here you can see my 2nd ever planner layout! I went with a fall theme again, because I couldn’t resist this little fox from Craftin Desert Divas. He’s called ‘Java Fox‘ and you can snag him on their site for just $.99. Love him!

I hope you enjoyed the haul and the new layout. I’ll be sharing another new planner layout in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes peeled!

Big hugs and see you next time!



Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Sept 2017

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I’m sharing my card for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop. This adorable digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas is an awesome freebie during this blog hop, so be sure to hop along so you can snag a copy for yourself! (Link at the bottom of this post)IMG_1647

I started this card off by coloring in my sweet little owl in a pumpkin, sipping coffee of course! I used Copic Sketch markers to color it up and I added some details of my own to make it special. I gave the owl a Gryffindor scarf and added polka dots and a witch’s hat to the coffee mug (because when I think of fall, Harry Potter is one of the top things on my list. September 1st, Hogwarts Express anyone?).


After coloring the digital stamp, I used distress ink to add some color to my sentiment and trimmed it down to size. I also created the background using the Distress Oxide ‘Seedless Preserves’ and the ‘smooshing’ technique. After I dried the paper with my heat tool, I added some splatters with a paint brush and the same Distress Oxide color.



I tied some cute brown and white baker’s twine in a cute messy knot and adhered it to my card front. I used foam dots to pop up the owl on top, and for the sentiment as well. I then matted my card front with black cardstock and popped that whole panel up on foam tape before adhering it to my card base. And that’s a wrap!



I hope you love this fun fall card and that you’ll hop along to see all the other adorable creations featured in today’s blog hop.

From the CDD blog:  Happy Fall Digi Stamp is a freebie for everyone through 9-22-17. Use code: coffee in the CDD Shop to get this cutie for FREE HERE. 

Happy crafting!


CDD Digital DT #1 – Sept 2017

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Hey crafters!

I’m here today with a handmade card for the Craftin Desert Divas Digital Design Team. This card features two totally adorable digital stamps from CDD – ‘Fitness Elephant‘ and ‘Fitness Hippo Weights.’ I am so in love with all of the fitness digi stamps on CDD’s website. You guys, seriously- check them out. You’ll love them!

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This card is my take on a lighthearted apology card. I love to tie unexpected sentiment and stamp combos together. It makes my heart so happy!


To start this card off, I colored my two digital stamps using Copic Sketch markers. Then, I used my Cricut to cut out the sentiment ‘let’s work this out’ from white cardstock. I also punched two circles from the same piece of cardstock to create little windows for my adorable critters. Then I snagged two colors of Distress Oxides, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves, and used a paintbrush to add some color around the windows. I then used the same colors to add splatters throughout the cardstock.


I mounted my card front on foam tape and adhered it to some minty green cardstock, making sure my critters were placed so you could see them through the windows. Then I added a mat of textured coral cardstock. I used some cute purple and white twine and tied a knot to give it a fun look. Then I mounted my card front to a white card base measured at 4.25 x 5.5.


And that’s it for my card! If you’re interested in seeing how this card came together, check out my video below (or HERE on  YouTube).

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you loved today’s card. Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Big hugs and happy crafting!


Brrrr – First Winter Card of the year!

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Hey crafters!

I know it’s still summer, but can we just pretend it’s not for a minute? Don’t get me wrong, I am in NO hurry to get to the winter part of the year, but I do really (REALLY) love all of the beyond adorable winter themed crafting supplies. All things polar bears, igloos, reindeer, christmas lights- there is just something magical about it all. It gets me in the crafting mood like nobody’s business!

So, today I’m sharing my very first winter card of the year. This mostly flat card features the Ice Bear digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas. I colored him up with copic markers and set him aside so I could make him a background.


I masked off a circle on my card front using a full stick post it note. Then I used 3 colors of Distress Inks (Broken China, Stormy Sky, and Chipped SapphireChipped Sapphire) to blend a night sky background. I used my foam blending tool, moving in circular motions around the masked circle. This helped to give the moon the appearance of light glowing from it. I love the way it turned out! Next, I took some Lawn Fawn Yeti Pigment Ink and smooshed it on my craft mat. I used a paint brush to flick white specks all over the paper to look like snow. Then, I removed my mask. I just love the reveal of that crisp white space!


I cut the ‘snow bank’ by hand and then adhered my bear to it. I added a little shadow with a copic marker to help it blend in with the snow and then matted my card front on a piece of blue cardstock. Then I attached it to a white card base measuring 4.25 x 5.5. That finished off my card! I’ll add a sentiment to the inside soon. I’m thinking it’ll say ‘You warm my heart on cold days.’ I’ve been practicing some handlettering with the quote and I might use that if I can get it to turn out the way I want.

Thanks for stopping by and see you again on Saturday!

Big hugs,


Copic Coloring Adventures with Kit & Clowder

Happy Tuesday!

The long weekend is over and, I don’t know about you – but, I’m exhausted! So much for rest and relaxation. It seems like the long weekends are even less restorative than the normal ones. Bummer, huh? Ah well, I got a bunch of crafting in and that makes any weekend excellent!

Last night, I decided to take a swing at the free class that Kit & Clowder was offering on YouTube. I have never done any coloring classes and I wanted to see what I could learn from it. Here are some peaks of my process along the way. I followed along with the video as Alyce gave instructions on how to color this digital stamp from La La Land Crafts. So cute!

I have always wanted to improve my Copic coloring (because, let’s be honest, I am lacking in skill, even as beginners go lol!), so this was the perfect chance. The video was very informative and Alyce gave so much awesome information that I will carry with me into all of my coloring projects going forward. I am excited to take some of her coloring classes in the near future to keep adding to my coloring abilities.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your coloring or make your projects look more realistic, I would definitely suggest checking our her website and signing up for some online classes. You won’t be disappointed.

This was also my entry for day 4 of #thedailymarker30day challenge with Kathy. If you haven’t been a part of one of her color challenges in the past, check it out. I absolutely love when challenge month comes around!

Big hugs everyone!


BIG News + My First Planner Layout

You guys. My life just got SO much more interesting. Are you dying to know why? Well, I’m glad you asked. 🙂 (lol!)

I recently applied for a position on the Digital Design Team for a super cute company called Craftin Desert Divas (CDD). Heard of them? They have some of the most adorable clear stamps around, sequins, dies, AND as an added bonus, they have a GIANT library of insanely cute digital stamps to choose from. Anyhow, I applied for the position and, you guys, I MADE THE CUT! I am now officially a member of the Craftin Desert Divas Digital Design Team (Say that 5 times fast lol!) I am so incredibly excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity and I cannot wait to see what the future brings.

I was totally inspired to try my hand at a planner layout by another member of the CDD Digital Design Team (DT). Laura posted on her blog and the CDD Gallery yesterday with her cute planner pagecute planner page and I just had to try one for myself. I have actually never done a planner layout before, so this was all new territory for me.

With all that being said, I am sharing my very first Design Team project today. Check out the pictures below and stick around to watch the process video if you have time!


The first thing I did was use Copic Sketch Markers to color this adorable digital stamp, Raking Fall Fun. I am still learning to use my Copics, and I don’t have a huge collection of them yet, so it’s all a big experiment.

Next, I fussy cut the stamp out so I could place him on my layout. After my stamp was ready, I decided that my planner needed a little bit of color, so I used the color palette from the September Mood Board Challenge and went to town. I used 3 Distress Inks – Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, and Hickory Smoke. I masked off each little box using low tack tape and applied the distress inks using the small foam blending tool and replacement foam pads. Once all of my inking was done, I used a little strip of washi tape to make it look like my little critter was standing on grass. That’s what the green washi on Laura’s design reminded me of! Then I used Multi Medium Matte with a fine tip applicator to adhere the fox and leaves to my layout.


I also used a stencil I had on hand with the same colors or Distress Ink to apply a tone on tone patter in a few of the columns for some added interest.


I did a little bit of doodling and drew in a ‘weekend’ banner. I’ll be honest- I’m not thrilled with this part and I almost wish I’d left it out, but that’s okay. No success without risks, right? 🙂

I did a little bit of hand lettering down on the bottom right, too. We’ve been having some cool fall weather and it made me so happy to write ‘sweater weather’ on this layout! I added a few white gel pen accents and that finished off my layout!


Here’s a look at the whole week’s layout:

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If you’re interested in seeing the whole layout come together, check out the video below or HERE (on YouTube).

Thanks so much for joining me and if you’ve made it this far, HUGE hugs to you. ❤ I am so excited to be a part of this design team and I am thrilled to see where this road takes me!



Getting Back to Normal

Things are finally settling down around here! I feel like it’s been a million years since I’ve posted. So much has been keeping me busy. I am getting close to having my craft room completely unpacked and ready to go, but there’s still more to do. 

I did get a chance to sit down and make a card today, though, so I am sharing it with you here! I really love this stamp set from Craftin Desert Divas. The images are too stinkin’ cute. I just can’t get over it!

I stamped out the images using my Mini Misti, then used my COPIC markers to color them and the sky/grass background. I used my new set of Distress Oxides (Wild Honey) and a new honeycomb stencil I snagged at Tuesday Morning recently to create the background and then die cut it with the Fancy Scalloped Rectangles from Lawn Fawn. I heat embossed the sentiment in white and mounted the sentiment and stamped images on foam for dimension. I tied some baker’s twine up top for a bit of interest and voila! Card complete! ☺️

Let me know what you think!



Ellen Hutson Haul – New Concord & 9th + Lawn Fawn Exclusive!

Hey guys!

I’ve been neglecting my blog a bit lately, and I’m so sorry! Life has been crazy and I’ve barely been getting any time to craft, much less update here. Things are going to get more crazy around here before they calm down, but hopefully I’ll be able to be more regular with my posting.

We are getting ready to move from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, so I’ll be packing up my craft room over the next few weeks in preparation for the move. I don’t even know where to begin, so send positive thoughts my way haha! We officially move August 1st, so please forgive me if I don’t get the chance to update much until after we get settled into the new place.

Okay! SO – I made my first purchase in a while after getting an e-mail from Lawn Fawn about their new exclusive stamp and die set called ‘Love Ya Bunches.’ It’s a set made exclusively by Lawn Fawn and Essentials by Ellen and is available only through ellenhutson.com. So while I was ordering this set, I decided now was the time to snag the Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout stamp I’ve had my eye on for so long now. In my video, I go through all of the products I got and demonstrate (mostly I fail completely and should have read the instructions better/watched the plethora of videos available on how to use the stamp lol!) some of the products. Take a look below:

Let me know what you think of these new products below!

Big hugs,


Chipboard Mother’s Day Album


I’m sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted. My grandmother passed away last Tuesday and we had to jump up and travel from Virginia to Iowa for the services. It was nice to be with family, but 22+ hours in the car (each way) with a 2 year old and a 7 month old is not what I’d consider any sort of break or vacation, even if we’re ignoring the reason for the trip. I’m glad to be home and trying to get back into some sort of normal routine again.

Today I’m sharing a project I made for my Mother-In-Law this Mother’s Day. I have never made a chipboard album before, so this was a new experience for me. It definitly took WAY longer than I thought it was going to, so it ended up being much shorter than I intended. Oh well, I can always give her ‘add on pages’ later, right? 😉

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Let me know what you think of the album. Have you ever made one?


Big hugs,


Easel Card using Hero Arts + Honey Bee Stamps

I am absolutely in love with this card I made recently. It is honestly probably my favorite card I’ve made. Maybe ever. Seriously!

I made an easel card, so you can see the card on display but it still folds flat for mailing. Totally win-win. 

First, I stamped my sentiment using the Kindness stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps. I mixed and matched a few of the stamps to form the sentiment ‘thank god for kindness like yours.’ I really love this type of set. They’re so versatile!

Next, I masked off the bottom of my card at an angle using some post it tape. I taped my stencil from Hero Arts (Bold Floral) with washi tape and grabbed my distress oxides. I used an ink blending tool and applied worn lipstick, wilted violet, and Broken China over the stencil. After I was finished, I removed the stencil to reveal those beautiful, crisp white lines. It never gets old. The reveal is my favorite!

For more details on how I made the easel and the inside of the card, check out my video HERE or below:

I hope you like the card! I’m making a few extra of this card to give away to people in my community as a part of Jennifer McGuire’s #sharehandmadekindness campaign. I encourage you to check out her video on YouTube or her feed on Instagram for more details. ❤️ 

Bigs hugs to all!!