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. πŸ™‚ (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 MatteΒ 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? πŸ™‚

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 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? πŸ˜‰

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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!!


Star Wars Day Card + Giveaway!

Happy belated Star Wars Day, and may the fourth be with you! πŸ™‚

Yesterday, I made an adorable Chewbacca card and posted a video showing my process. Here’s the link, and you can watch the video below:

I’m going to be giving this card away! I posted a photo of the card on Instagram. To be entered in the giveaway, just follow me (, like the photo, and tag a friend who might want to win the card as well. Simple as that! The giveaway closes at 11:59EST on 5.7.17, so don’t miss out!



Altenew Haul – New Stamps!

Hey there! Sorry I’ve been MIA lately. We’re still dealing with my little guy’s medical issues, so things have still been crazy around here. It’s also a super busy time for the youth cheerleading league I participate in. I am the Cheer Director for their recreational and competition cheer programs, and right now is the time that all of the groundwork is laid for the upcoming fall season. Lots going on!

Anyway, I’m so excited to share my most recent haul of Altenew products. I was the VERY lucky winner of an Instagram giveaway from Altenew for a $20 gift card to their store. Of course, I hopped right on to their website and proceeded to jump off the deep end and buy a bunch of sets. Shhhhh, don’t tell my wallet!

Take a peek at what I got! Do you have or want any of these sets?


Here’s a video showing each item individually and a demo of one of the sets!

Big hugs incoming!


Card Walkthrough – Hero Arts Stamped Background

Hey guys!

It’s been a little hectic around here, so I’m happy to have a little time to sit down and write about a card I recently made. My youngest son (sweetest little 6 month old on the planet!) has lost over a pound since his 4 month checkup, so we’re on red alert and trying to figure out what in the world is going on. He’s the happiest thing on the planet, so we had no idea anything was even wrong until he got weighed. He’s had a bunch of tests and there are still more to come, but we’re hopeful that things will level out soon and he’ll be healthy and happy as can be. ❀

Anyhow, let’s talk card making! I sat down with one stamp set, determined to make a card. I’ve been hanging on to the ‘Stamp Your Own Fruit’ set from Hero Arts for a good long while, and I decided it was high time I used it! I started by stamping a background using the watermelon, cherry, and strawberry images on a piece of white cardstock. Then, I colored the images in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I used Peach Pink, Sugared Almond Pink, Pink, Emerald Green, Fluorescent Green, and Brown. I also used two reds for the cherries, Carmine Red and Wine Red.


I used a white gel pen to add some small accents to the strawberries. Then I cut the background down with a stitched border rectangle from Lawn Fawn. I cut a piece of black cardstock, heat embossed the sentiment ‘You’re pretty sweet’ with white embossing powder, and trimmed a mat. I used the Pink Clean Color brush to color the edges of the mat piece and then mounted the black piece on top.

I used green baker’s twine for a pop of color, and stamped an extra watermelon. I color the watermelon and fussy cut it, then added glossy accents for a bit of shine. I mounted the heat embossed black cardstock and mat on some craft foam and adhered it to my card front, which I matted with a piece of black cardstock. I adhered it all to my card base to complete my card front.

The final step was to use Mowed Lawn distress ink on a piece of white cardstock for the interior of the card. I love how this adds a pop of color and ties the front and interior together for a complete look!

Voila, here’s the finished card!


If you’re interested in the details, or seeing how I made this card step by step, be sure to check out the video below (or HERE on YouTube):

Thanks for sticking with me through this long post. I hope you like the card and that it inspires you to create something to celebrate the upcoming warm months!

Big hugs,



I entered this card into the A Blog Named Hero challenge for April – Anything Goes. Check out the blog HERE or by clicking the image:

Zig Clean Color Real Brush – Trying them Out

Hey y’all! It’s a dreary day here in Williamsburg, so I’m brightening things up by playing with my new set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I’m thrilled with this purchase! I went ahead and got the whole set of 80 (because I have a problem with completionism, okay?). Here’s a video I posted last night with my first thoughts on coloring with them!

I still have a ton to learn about these (especially on staying in the lines LOL!). Do you have these? Let me know what you think about them!



Clarity Stencil Brushes – Getting To Know Them

Hey there!

I posted a video a couple days ago with my introduction to the Clarity Stencil Brushes. I love them so far, so I hope you’ll give the video a watch!

Do you have these brushes? Let me know what you think of them or if you have any good tips or tricks for using them!

Big hugs,