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Hi there! Sorry I’m late with posting the winner! I have had the nasty stomach bug the last few days? Only bright side? My stomach seems to be a little flatter, lol!!!!

So, I’m here today to announce the winner from my Guest CLASSroom post over at Ellen Hutson! I still can’t believe I was a guest over there! Truly, I love them! They are a class act over there! And their customer service is amazing? And their shipping? Unbelievably fast! I placed an order at 9PM and my order shipping the next day! No joke… So, here is what Ellen put together for an amazing prize pack indeed!

Laurel Beard

Using Random.org, the winner is, drumroll please…..

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Kathy, congratulations! Please email me at laurelbeard at me dot com with your mailing address to claim your prize!

And Ellen and peeps, thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! Truly.

A Smile is the best thing you can wear

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I love that Crafters Companion has released their own line of dies! They are so much fun! In this card, I am using the Butterflies die. I did some dry embossing with the die by simply running them thru my die cutting machine with some tan embossing mats to act as a shim. See the sparkly paper? It’s the candy red shimmering cardstock! GORGEOUS!! And of course, I can’t forget about the sentiment! It’s from this fantastic stamp set, Sentimentals: Verses. I did manage to sneak in one die cut butterfly of course! Colored her up with some distress ink (peacock feathers and pumice stone).

HO HO HO – Lil Inkers


Yup! It’s Christmas in August! And the Lil’ Inker products made this card so super easy to pull together! And see that chevron panel? It’s the leftover from this card video. How awesome is that die? LOVING those stitched lines… Yup! Love this and easy to mass produce! And I adore coloring on black cardstock. Done and done. :) Supplies linked below to multiple sources!

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Have an amazing day! :)

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Lawnscaping Challenge: TEXTURE sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi there! And happy Monday! Not only is today the Lawnscaping Challenge, but also the day my son starts 3rd grade! I will be home, a mess. Crying! The only thing that will keep me sane today is my daughter…. Where does the time go I tell you…..

This week’s challenge is all about texture! I made the obvious choice and used some Wendy Vecchi Embossing paste and some of the new products from Lawn Fawn that will be available for purchase on August 28th!


All of the images from this set were colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils. I admit, this is not my most favorite project. I plan to redeem myself later in the week! BUT, the images are adorable as is the goodie bag! So this was all me! MOJO = TOILET. Hope it returns soon, lol!

The amazing Lawn Fawn is sponsoring the challenge! The winner will receive a free stamp set so please head over to the Lawnscaping blog and check out the rest of the amazing projects over there!


Goodies used (linked to multiple sources):

Back to School Teacher’s Gift

I’ve had a ton of emails asking what I am doing for the teachers this year.  First off, I have to say a big THANK YOU to Pinterest. They had a ton of ideas. I picked my top three and let Lucas choose which one he wanted to do!


This is super cute, super easy and super CHEAP! LOL!  I downloaded the tag template straight from the website I found it. She was kind enough to provide a free download.  She posted some great pictures over there of hers too! Mine is pretty simple as I had about 10 minutes to pull this together! The ONLY thing I did different was I added some Wink of Stella in Clear to the colored letters and then laminated it with my super cheap and fabulously awesome laminator.


So there you have it! Easy Peasy!

You are so Awesome Bookmark


Hi there everyone! I’m here today with another A Jillian Vance Design project! I decided to create a DIY bookmark for my son, who starts third grade on Monday! WAHHHHHHHH! Man, they just grow up way to fast!!!! I can’t stand it…. The sentiment from the Big and Bold stamp set is the focal point here! I did some watercoloring and some bokeh look with some white pigment ink. Then I ran it thru my laminator and voila, instant bookmark!


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Yes! The title of this point warranted an all caps because I am yelling with joy and excitement!! I’m a guest over at THE Ellen Hutson CLASSroom today featuring 3 fun Fall themed projects showcasing stamps, dies and Design Memory Craft Faber Castell mediums like Whipped Spackle and  Glass Bead Glitter Gel! I also show some fun ways to stretch your dies! There is also a giveaway to be won, so be sure to read the end of the post!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH ELLEN for having me!! What an honor!!!! YOU ROCK!

On to the projects!!! I’ve got three of them so please head on over to the CLASSroom and check it out! Here’s a sneakie of the projects you will find over there:

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And here are the goodies I used for these 3 projects, all found at Ellen Hutson!:


In celebrate of my exciting news, I made one other project using the same supplies, but a different theme!  I went bright, bold and sparkly on this one and filmed a video too!!!



You can watch the video here or over on my youtube channel in HD! If you like it be sure to give me a thumbs up. Apparently it does something for youtube, lol! If you don’t like it, well..  Keep it to yourself! BAHAHAHHA.



And the goodies used for this project all found at Ellen Hutson:


Now, what you have all been waiting for. GIVEAWAY TIME! Let’s take a look at what the amazingly kind and generous Ellen Hutson has put together to give to one of YOU! Look at all those goodies! My goodness! Looks like it is perfectly coordinated with the projects I made. Coincidence? NOPE! Ellen really put her whole heart into putting together the perfect prize package for you all! You can be eligible for the win by leaving me a comment between August 15th-August 19th! I will use random.org to choose the winner on August 2oth and will post it on my blog that day!

Laurel Beard

So there you have it!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT MY GUEST POST AT ELLEN HUTSON.   Have an amazingly wonderful day!

Bon Anniversaire with Crafters Companion


THIS STAMP SET by Crafters Companion is awesome! I adore it so. I only used a few of the images from the set for this card but I think it packs a punch, don’t you? I stamped the image with some Versamark ink  and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I colored in the images with some Spectrum Noir Blendable pencils in 1, 26, 31, 46). The pencils color beautifully on dark card stock! YUM! And finally, I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

A little different for me with the placement of the card stock, but it was fun, I like it and I’ll probably do it again! :) Thanks for stopping by today!

I thank my lucky stars.. Watercolored Galaxy card


HELLO there peeps! I have a very different style card to share with you today. The moment I saw this post/video by Dawn of Wplus9, I was so inspired! I just had to create something similar! She is an amazing artist. I am blown away by her talent. I followed her technique to a t, and just used different colors! I didn’t want to be a complete copy cat! LOL.  I first created the background by using my watercolors. I use the Kuretake Gansai watercolors (I have the 24 pack).  I used the new Lucky Stars stamp set with some white embossing powder! SO PRETTY! The sentiment? I did some double heat embossing. I first stamped the sentiment in Versamark and then heat set it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Then I did the same thing again, stamped it slightly offset and then heat set with Black Glitter embossing powder.


Different for me, but I LOVE IT!!! I am so into watercoloring these days! I have all the supplies linked below to multiple sources. I am in the process of moving my blog to a hosted site, so everything will look a whole lot cleaner soon (and without all that blasted text). Hopefully another week or two! Stay tuned for that because I am excited! Then I can use more of the amazing Inlinkz features!

All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH =Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ =Amazon).

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HOLA! I’ve been majorly under the weather! This morning is the first day I have opened my computer! Propped up on my lap with a blanket and hot cocoa…. Sinus infections STINK!!!   I thought I’d share this card I made ions ago! Did some masking and some water coloring here! Pretty straight forward I’d say! I hope everyone has a good week! My son goes back to school in a week, sniff sniff! I am so sad that I have a 3rd grader in the house.


All supplies are listed below from multiple sources…. (EH =Ellen Hutson, BM =BlueMoon Scrapbooking, SSS = Simon Says Stamp,   AZ =Amazon).

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