Go-to Gal Designer Challenge: Neat and Tangled

Hey all!

It’s time for another challenge with the Go-to Gals. This time, we challenged each other to make something with products from Neat and Tangled.

So what’s the scoop with these challenges? Well, every so often we challenge each  to make something (TOTALLY for the fun of it) with a specific manufacturer’s products. Sometimes, we all play. Sometimes, we all don’t. That’s OK because it’s all about having fun.

Neat and Tangled was an easy choice! Super cute + super fun products. Plus, Danielle, the owner of Neat and Tangled, is a gem! I’ve had the chance to hang out with her on more than one occasion and can tell you that she is 110% good people! (Hugs, Danielle!)

So enough blabber (… because I really could go on and on and on), here’s the card I made.


By the way, there’s a card I shared the other day, using the same watercolor technique but with N&T’s Favorite stamp.

Here’s how I did it for this card: I just cut a base card from watercolor paper and then scribbled a lot of color with watercolor pencils onto it and then randomly spread the color with water.

I stamped on top with Neat and Tangled’s Warm Wishes stamp. I love that stamp so much! It makes me giddy.


Oh, and if you look really close at my card, you’ll see I added a little bit of white color to the mug. I did that with a pencil. And then I added a little hand stitching with my needle and floss.

Can’t wait to see what rest of the Go-to-Gal crew has cooked up this time

Have a great day, all! Be back again soon.

MFT Creative Challenge: Christmas Cheer

Hi all!

Having some fun today with the My Favorite Things Design Team by taking part in November’s Creative Challenge.


The challenge this month? To do some holiday crafting. So yeah. Totally up for that so here we are! I made four (yep, four) Christmas-themed cards to share with you.


My personal goal when making these cards? To just plain have fun! And that I did.


I recently added the Suit & Tie Die-namics to my stash and had been anxiously awaiting that “right” project to use them for.  I thought this would be a fun one! Instead of going all traditional, I could use them to make a Christmas-themed suit card.


To make the buttons pop, I actually stitched them onto the card with real life floss. A fun touch.

The bow tie from the Suit and Tie Die-namics set showed up again on this card.


I wanted to make kind of a geeky card so that’s what I did here. ;)

The glasses are from the Geek is Chic Die-namics. I haven’t wiggle eyed much lately so I just had to (yes, had to) do it.


And do you get sentiment? Ho3 = Ho Ho Ho! ;)

The next two cards are bit more traditional.

A snowflake + a sentiment + traditional Christmas colors = both of them.



Still lots of fun!

Alright, so that is all I have got.

Here are the MFT supplies I used to make these cards:

Be sure to hit the MFT Blog to see who else from the design team took part in this month’s challenge.

I Hate Goodbyes

Today’s post is a special one. It’s for the editors over at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

(Hi guys!)


Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine is ceasing publication.

The news was announced over a week ago by their publishing company to the magazine contributors who had projects pending for some upcoming issues that will no longer be published. (The last digital issue will be the February issue, while the last printed special issue will be the upcoming photo pocket special issue.)

Obviously, contributors are bummed.

I am too. But I’m bummed mostly for the editors who have worked so hard to bring the magazine to all of us. They are losing their jobs, and that just bites.

I have had a pretty incredible ride as one of the magazine’s Go-to Gals and Contributing Editors, and I’ve gotten to know each of these folks (those who are there and those who moved on) quite well. Each of them are people I respect and admire… and consider to be friends. (Yeah, man. Holly, Stacy, Kerri, Susan and Jennifer, you are NEVER ever getting away. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I know where you live. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Just kidding, of course… or am I? But I digress.)

I will be forever thankful to each of you editors for the opportunity to be one of the Go-to Gals.

Being a Go-to Gal has been one of those most awesome things I never imagined myself doing. From designing for the magazine to developing classes to helping figure out features (and giving feedback about what did or didn’t work each issue) to teaching (and even putting together some dang videos), it has been great experience.  And, gosh, how about that cruise I got to teach on!!?! Yeah, that was cool.

Thank you, editors, for all of it. You have pushed, challenged and changed me.

I have often stepped back and thought to myself, “I really like these people and really enjoy working with them.”

And so I stayed with it all these years. So there you go.

The card above pretty much describes how I feel about each of you.

Thank you, guys.

And one more thing.

Jennifer, thank you for giving the Go-to Gals another year in our term.

You are right. Our team just clicked. It was the right mix. Laina completed us

While I am sad we won’t get to have another Ed. Board meeting, I’m happy that there were no sad memories to take with us from what was originally supposed to be our last Ed. Board meeting together.

(Hold on for a second. It’s 11 p.m. and I’m feeling a toast coming on.)

“Hooray! No Go-to Gal try-outs! We get to do it another year! YAY!” ;)

So even though that’s not happening now, it’s OK. There are only happy, smile-worthy memories!

By the way, be sure to check out the blogs of the rest of the team:

Until next time. (XO.)

25 Days of Christmas Tags

Hi all!

Happy to be contributing to my friend Tracey’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags event with a Paper Smooches tag.

25 Days of Christmas Tags

So here’s the tag I made for today’s festivities.


It’s doing double duty over on Tracey’s blog with a bunch of other fun tags today. Be sure to check them out.

I made a shaker tag by cutting three tags with Paper Smooches’ Gift Tags 2 dies. Two were from cardstock and one was from a transparency.

I cut a circle out of one of the cardstock tags and then cut a scalloped circle frame (from the Just for You Icons dies) to adhere to it. The transparency tag was adhered right to that first tag to create the window.

And both cardstock tags are held together with a LOT (… actually… more like… a monster lot) of foam tape.

The dove is from the A Blessed Christmas stamp set and the words are from the Joyful Greetings stamp set.


Be sure to check out Tracey’s blog. There are some great prizes up for grabs during her event.

And be sure to leave a comment on my post for a bonus chance at winning something from Tracey. You can read all the rules of contest here.

Be back later, gators.

ThingsCrafted Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Hi all!
Totally geeked out to blog hopping today with some of my favorite friends in honor of the opening of ThingsCrafted.
You should be arriving here from my buddy Kathy Racoosin’s blog. If you’re just joining us on the blog hop, you can head over here to the ThingsCrafted blog to start from the beginning!
A little background on ThingsCrafted: ThingsCrafted is a place where handmade design and customization come together to create a wonderful company who creates and encourages color, personality and community. ThingsCrafted was founded by Britta Swiderski, a designer with a background in the world of papercrafting and a history of working with awesome graphic design clients. ThingsCrafted provides custom products – starting with stamps – to suit your lifestyle all starting with handwritten designs. They all go from pencil to computer to your doorstep! We love to create stamps and designs for addresses, “made by”s for the projects you send to others, favorite phrases or shapes for project life and planner organization and so much more.
So I was lucky to get try out ThingsCrafted’s customized stamp. I decided to have a somewhat sassy stamp (medium rectangle sized) I could use on my pocket pages.
So here’s the stamp and a few journaling cards I made with it that I’ll eventually slide into the those pages.
Totally dig that mixture of different elements. Britta did such a good job bringing things together. This stamp is just plain fun and it’s a great size for my pocket pages!
 The other thing is I don’t feel like this is a “one stamping and done” stamp. I feel like it’s versatile enough that I’m going to be able to use it over and over. For a different look, I can change out how I color and/or highlight the words.
ThingsCrafted also offers some pre-designed stamps for those that want to try something new and handmade but don’t have a particular need for a custom stamp.
I used a couple of them to put this card together: Solid Banner and Happy.
While I used these on a card this time, I’ll use them on a scrapbook page in the future!
So thank you so very much for stopping by today. Before you go – make sure to leave a comment on this post and each one along the hop to enter to win a custom stamp! One will be given away at each stop along the hop. We’ll be getting in touch with you via email, so make sure you add your email to your comment! We’ll be drawing winners on Tuesday, the 25th of November, so be sure to leave a comment by then.
And wait! There’s also a special treat for everyone in the blog hop – 15% off your order until Tuesday, November 25th using the code GRAND15OFF as part of the Grand Opening event!
The next stop on the ThingsCrafted blog hop is sweet Jennifer McGuire.
Happy blog hopping, friends! Thanks for stopping by today!

MFT: Release Rewind

Hello again, friends!

Hope you’ve had a couple good days.


I’m back with a few additional projects created with My Favorite Things’ November release.

Please give it up for card #1.



And the crowd goes wild. Hee hee!

So I die-cut the spools, thimble, button and needle with the Stitched with Love Die-namics. I did some stamping on top with the coordinating Stitched with Love stamp set.  The words are from the set too.

Just to keep with the homespun feel of this card, I sponged on some brown ink on the die-cut elements and then added a little thread to the needle.

And this is card #2.


I’ve just not been able to put down the Jumbo Dot Cover-Up Die-namics. Such fan of polka dots I am. ;)

So I tried something different here, adding a rectangle behind the Cover-up and then filing in some of the spots with green pieces (leftover from another project) and a star (cut with the All-Star High Top Die-namics).


And here is card #3.


So I was just having some fun here! I stamped the background with the Swiss Dots Background stamp. And the words? Well, they are from the Cozy Greetings Stamp Set. The frame the snowflake is hanging on was created by mixing and matching together the Square Frames Die-namics and Pinking Edge Square STAX Die-namics.

And, finally, here is card #4.


I stamped the background with the Sweater Stitch Background. And, once again, I used the Cozy Greetings stamp set to stamp the sentiment.

Here’s a list of MFT supplies I used to make these cards:

And be sure to check out the MFT Blog to see who all is sharing projects today.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

As Seen Elsewhere…

Hi guys!

So I’ve been up to fun stuff lately, sharing a few posts in places other than here and Moxie Fab World.

Excited to be a guest and contribute a gift idea to Waffle Flower’s 12 Days of Gift Giving event.

Here’s a peek.


And here’s a hint: LIP BALM!

Great little gift for those office mates and neighbors you want to give something small to for Christmas to just let them know that you appreciate them.

Go here to see it.

And I’ve also got a post over on the blog for Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

Think Christmas but think thank you cards.

Here’s a peek.


Go here to see.  And by the way, there’s some Christmas-themed product swag up for grabs as part of that post. (Thanks, PC&S!)

Alright! So that is what I have. Be back later, gators.