Coffee and Donuts

I had so much fun playing along with the Coffee Lovers Blog hop on Monday! National Coffee Day has come and gone, but I’ll always be having my coffee… This morning, I had a cup of coffee along with a donut so yup, had to whip up this card….

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All Lawn Fawn goodies!!!! The supply list is linked blow so be sure and check it out. I love the paper kit and all the designs and colors… I watercolored in the images with my Inktense watercolor pencils and the party banner die is perfect for the card shape.

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Mama Elephant and Me Challenge: Anything Goes

It’s a big month over at Mama Elephant! They are turning 2 years old! Lots of celebrating will go on this month so be sure to follow them if you don’t already! Today it’s all about the Mama Elephant and Me October Challenge. Wow! October! Since there is so much partying going on over there this month, we decided ANYTHING GOES would be the perfect theme! So bring it! I got inky for this challenge and have to say I love the results….. Isn’t that city scape gorgeous? Hello Central Park…. I so want to go back to NYC! Badly.. I like to visit, not live there because I’m too lazy to walk everywhere, but I sure love visiting……. The background was inked up with distress inks and then I went over the stencil with water. Just plain ole’ H2O.


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The die was cut several times…… Inked up with the same distress inks and then I put a coating of glossy accents over the top. Look at the cityscape against the background. How cool is that. Is this something you would like to see a video tutorial on? Let me know in the comments…

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You have ALL MONTH to play along in the Mama Elephant and Me challenge so no excuses!!! Be sure to head on over to the challenge blog, see the rest of the design team projects and all the deets on how you can play along and what prize is up for grabs!

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Hi there! Today’s post is a bit unusual because it is NOT crafty related, so if this is not your thing, my feelings won’t be hurt if you pass over reading this post, but I do hope you’ll give it a chance because I tried them and it worked for me and I just felt compelled to share my story in case you struggle.

I have headaches, a lot! Painful, nauseating, head pounding headaches/migraines. Lots of blood work and tests run and it’s just one of those things they say…. I have medication that I take, but I was so sick of taking pills all the time. Every single pill you take in some way or another has a side effect. It’s so aggravating. I have known about essential oils for a long time, but I was very skeptical in trying them for a few reasons. The first being THE PRICE! They aren’t cheap and if is something that doesn’t work, than there goes that money down the toilet. And two. Oils? Really? Whatever. Oils aren’t going to make my headaches go away or relax me.. Please… Sounds so granola. But at a low point, after a sleepless night of a head pounding headache, I caved and bought a starter kit. If you know me, I’m CHEAP! So you know I must have been feeling real lousy, lol!!!   I didn’t HAVE to buy a whole kit. I could have just bought an oil and a diffuser separately but after doing the math, I decided I might has well get the kit because buying separately was almost just as much and this way, I get a bunch of different oils to try.

Conclusion – WOW! Just wow…….. Applying peppermint to my forehead and temples worked. It really worked! When I felt a headache coming on, I’d apply some peppermint (and sometimes I’ll switch off to lavender) and about 5 minutes later, my headache was gone…..

Lavender.. Lavender…. Smells good. I read it relaxes. Hmm… I wonder if it will help my daughter sleep longer at night. Sure enough, she slept 13 hours the first night I diffused lavender…. And every night since she has slept anywhere from 12-13 hours a night!! When my son is moody or restless? Guess what! There’s an oil for that!! He jokes and says there is an oil for everything! Now if only they would make an oil that makes your kids obey! That would be awesome!

Last week my son woke up all congested and had a fever… I diffused Thieves (comes in the kit) all day and night and applied some direct to his feet several times during the day. The next day he woke up and felt so much better! Lily caught the bug so I diffused Thieves and Purification (another oil that comes in the kit that kills all airborne germs and just smells good) during the day and night. Since she is so little, I didn’t feel comfortable applying oils (even diluted) on her directly , but she started to feel better after a few days and I firmly believe it was because of the EO I diffused. Colds in this household usually last a minimum of a week..

The kit I purchased comes with 13 oils, a diffuser and some sample packs. There are other options, but this was the best bang for the buck. I wanted to try a bunch of different oils.   If you are interested at all about learning about essential oils, their uses and how to purchase (from me would be great, but I can refer you to other sources as well depending on your needs), please email me or leave me a comment. For information about this kit and other available kits, go here. You can sign up retail and buy individual items or sign up wholesale and save 24% with each order (free option). I can also share with you tips and tricks I’ve learned, where to buy extra diffusers, etc….

I love this company, They are 100% PURE OILS! Don’t do what I initially did and get on Amazon and try to buy your oils there, lol! 100% is KEY!  Here is a lookie into what all the oils that I use do (and these all come in one of the kits along with the diffuser)!

PS. Purification is awesome too. Stinky dog smell? Use it. Husband/kids got stinky shoes? Add a drop to a cotton ball and place in their shoe and voila, the smell is gone…. Dog poop in the house? Diffuse this into the air! Poopy smell gone… Add a drop to your baby’s diaper pale…..

I will NEVER EVER PROMOTE OR RECOMMEND ITEMS I DON”T BELIEVE IN! I just felt compelled to share my story!

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Super duper easy Goodie bag

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Alright folks. Here today with the easiest goody bag ever! Why? Because Lawn Fawn makes it so easy with THIS die and this paper pad… Minimal supplies and you can create a load of goody bags great for your kids classes, teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever!!!!! I simply ran the die thru the patterned paper from this paper pad, used one of my punches to create the focal panel on the front, used some flair from the  kit, assembled together and done! See? SOOOOO EASY! The paper is pad. It also comes in 6×6 and the flair can be purchased separately!

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Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

WOO HOO! I am here today as part of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you see me post various coffee cups! I love collecting unique coffee cups. My most favorite is my Harry Potter mug. Today is National Coffee day so a ton of us are getting together to hop along, and there are a billion prizes to be won provided by a ton of sponsors!!!! I have lots of coffee sets so I’ll have more coffee cards up later this week, but for today, I wanted to feature the Be A Barista set by Reverse Confetti and the Tagged Tote die to create this adorable treat bag… I filled it with some coffee grinds for the hubs.

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Because there are a lot of hop participants, I am keeping this post short and sweet. Be sure to head on over to the coffee lovers bloghop home page to see all the entries along with all the prizes! There are sponsor prizes and flash prizes every 3 hours today! SO MUCH FUN!

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Getting To Know You Creative Blog Hop

What is the Creative Blog Hop?

It is a never-ending blog hop which takes place on Mondays. Each blogger answers questions about themselves and afterwards they tag two to three (I tagged four, I’m a rule breaker) other creative bloggers. Isn’t that fun? I hope we keep it going for years and years!!

So, I’ve got some questions to answer here so I’ll get right to it!!!!!!

1. What projects are you currently working on?

Oh let’s see. I am ALWAYS working on some Lawnscaping projects. I work ahead so I can keep up!  Are you guys like that? I always have such a great feeling of accomplishment if I am ahead of the game!!!  I’ve also got some top secret projects I am working on that you will see here on the blog in less than a week (can you say World Card Making Day)….  Another hint. It’s for someone that has an amazing laugh and an addiction to tweezers.. Another hint. It’s for an online company that I ADORE and recently guested for… Ok enough hints……. AND, AND, AND!!!! There’s more….  I am working on the upcoming Reverse Confetti release that goes live on October 7th!  Two days of fun and then the amazing release will be available to all of you! Yup! I am loving the design teams I serve on. I am so honored to be serving along side such talent and working for such amazing companies! Humbled. Honored. Over the moon….

2.  What inspires your designs?

Honestly, YOU ALL! I see projects I like, pin them over the my Pinterest Page, and then take inspiration from them and create away… Also random Pinterest pins float my boat as well as things I see in magazines. Pottery Barn is a great catalog to get purely for the inspiration whether it be layouts, color schemes, etc….. And its so totally free!!!!!

3. If you had to define your design style, what would it be?

Clean and Simple. Rarely will you see a ton of embellishments on my designs… I just can’t pull it off. When I try it looks like embellishments threw up all over my projects, so I just stick to what I like and can do!  I like to incorporate techniques into my projects like using distress inks, embossing paste,  gelatos and watercolors (yes, watercolors is my new passion)…. I dabble in Copic and Spectrum Noir coloring, but I’m no expert there! I’m learning, but to me, I find watercoloring more forgiving!

4. What does your craft area look like?

A mess! HAHA! I am an organizing freak! I hate when stuff is out of place or doesn’t have a label. BUT, with that being said.. Enter Lily! She goes straight to my gelatos drawer and pulls them out and throws them around the room. She picks up my mini Claudine Multi Matte Medium glue and holds it to her ear and pretends she is talking on the phone…. Then she wanders over to where my markers are and thinls they are balls because of the color labels and says, ball, ball, ball…. THEN, she pulls the cards off my wall hanger so right now I have a rocking chair sitting in front of it… So to answer your question, its a mess! But I love my sweet Lily no matter how much of a tornado she can be!!! 🙂 Wouldn’t have it any other way. My kids are my life.

5. How does your writing/creative process work?

That’s funny! A process you say? Yea, don’t have one. I typically get out the stamps/dies I know I want to work with and go from there. No sketches. No pre organization or planning. I just roll with it. Sometimes, I google the stamp set and get ideas from other projects I see. Sometimes I go on pinterest, find a pin I like (could be of anything, not necessarily crafty related) and go from there! Not much of a process but I find that if I plan ahead, I get stressed out.. I am a roll with it type of crafter.

6.  What three crafty products can you not live without?

YIKES, thats tough. Aside from the staples such as stamps/dies/inks/cardstocks, I guess I would say my watercolors, distress inks (because of the techniques) and my vagabond. Push a button and it die cuts it all for you. BRILLIANT! But honestly, there are a ton more I couldn’t live with out….. I like techniques so embossing pastes and gelatos….. My Tim Holtz craft mat, because I hate cleaning and this is just wipe away with a wet wipe and you’re good to go. Oh, wet wipes, lol!!! But I’m cheating. It did ask for only 3.

Alright, so I get to tag some peeps! This was the fun part and no, I didn’t stick to the rules because I’ve got 4 people that inspire me so I had to ask them all! Their posts will be up exactly one week from today, and then they will tag other peeps… See? FUN! A never ending getting to know you hop! Love it.

  • Chrissie Tobas– A dear friend, an amazing crafter (I love how she works those mists and ink splatters) AND we both share a geeky love of Harry Potter. Speaking of, we will be meeting in person in a few weeks down at Universal Studios. Why you ask? Harry Potter world of course! DUH!!!!!!!
  • Wendy Vecchi – The inventor of my precious embossing pastes! Love them so…. I could eat them, sleep with them, but alas, I will stick to using them on my card designs! She is a brilliant designer and has released a slew of other products (inks, stamps, stencils)…….. I know, I know. Enabling but honestly, her brand is AMAZING, and so is she.
  • Vicky Papaioannou – MRS. INLINKZ! Love her. Met her a CHA a few years back and shoved peanut butter cookies down her and Aris’s throats! She is a universal crafter. What I mean by that is there is so many things she can do, I’m wondering if there is anything she can’t do. She rocks card kits and does amazing, I mean AMAZING art journaling pages….
  • Emily Leiphart – She is just brilliant. I love her style. She has great ideas. If I’m stuck, I shoot her a text and she helps me. I don’t think there has been one thing she has made that I haven’t loved or taken inspiration from! She also has great taste in fashion…. And purses…

Alrighty! That’s it from me! Thanks for popping by and I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a wee bit better!

Wreath of Hope: Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this stamp/die combo from A Jillian Vance Design is perfect… I have been very fortunate to not know anyone personally who has dealt with breast cancer thank the good Lord. BUT, with that being said, women! I think it is important you check yourself monthly! And get those mammograms… Ok, enough lecturing…. I stamped the wreath with some distress ink, spritzed the stamp with water a few times and stamped! Then I die cut out the wreath. I popped it up with some foam dimension and then stamped the breast cancer ribbon in the center…

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Subtle watercoloring, but I love the look. Thanks so much for popping by today!!!!

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