Thursday, March 24, 2016


I love this time of year.  The air smells so good and the fresh snow is so wet and heavy.  It is full of moisture and new life for the earth to grow and renew!  I feel very energized and optimistic in the spring.  And, the knowledge that my family will be all together for a wonderful meal later this week (HAM!  my favorite!!) is an added bonus!  

I wish I had some of these cards in the mail already!  But there is a chance they will go out today.  We'll see how motivated I am after the tax work is done for the day. (NO!!  I'm not done yet.  :-(  )

Anyway, these are so cute!!  And, I am not someone who particularly likes to color images, but the WATER COLORING of these cards was fun and quick!  

 I did use the PENELOPE paper workshop for the design of these cards.  But replaced the paper, of course, with the KALEIDOSCOPE paper.  I couldn't make up my mind on some of them, which paper I wanted to use, so I used the front AND the back of the cut paper.  
 I think it worked rather well.  I love these cute little fox!  And I LOVE the WATERCOLOR splatter technique on the card.  

I should point out that I have not embellished these cards with any PLAYFUL PUFFIES or other embellishments.  I ran out of the PLAYFUL PUFFIES and didn't get enough to do a second set of cards!  Bad Connie!!  I am planning on going through my stash and adding a little something to all the cards later.  
 This frog may be my favorite out of the whole stamp set.  
Notice the MINI STAPLES in the banners.  Such a nice extra layer of detail! 
And using the SPRING CRITTER THIN CUTS made the cards super easy!  
The stamp set is #C1638  SPRING CRITTERS.  

As much as I thought I would teach this and then sell the thin cuts and stamp set, I believe I am going to keep it.  I like it way more than I thought I would.  

So, Spring has Sprung!  Now on to some creative time.  I hope you all get to play today!  Connie

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring is Here!

Well, Good Morning my friends.  Our little Spring storm hit last night and I woke up to snow.  Not that I am surprised, I do watch the news now and then, and this storm is all they've talked about for 2 days.  Panic about closing schools is big news you know.  I guess if I still had kids in school I would be more sympathetic, but for now, I think this is just a small spring storm.  I hope we get the big one we need for the moisture before summer hits.

On to scrap booking!  I am sorry I didn't get these pictures up quite as fast as I thought I would.  Light issues.  But, this morning I took all the pictures I hope you need.  Lets start with the CTMH kit, PENELOPE....
These are the ones you all printed your instructions for.  I didn't change anything from the exact CTMH design.  They are such fun and bright pages!  I can't wait to get some pictures of my grand daughter on them.  I think Somehow I got them out of order.  This one, with the blue base page is PAGE 2. 

This is PAGE 1.  I love that it is simple but so unique with the POCKET LIFE cards as decor and journaling spots.  

And PAGE 3.  
All the the little ephemora really make these pages pop! And the small details you don't notice right away add another layer of interest. The MINI STAPLES that hold down the clouds and the WASHI TAPE in the corners.  Too Fun!

And now on to the KALEIDOSCOPE paper pack!  It was very interesting to use the PENELOPE instructions and make the KALEIDOSCOPE paper work with it.  Not having the POCKET LIFE cards was one challenge.  I used the scraps I had left to make mine for this kit.  The other interesting thing was making the ephemera work, since the theme was totally different in the KALEIDOSCOPE kit.

So ... here you go.  My version of the KALEIDOSCOPE paper pack!  

 PAGE 1 . 
You'll notice that I made my POCKET LIFE card from the BOKA paper in the kit and the journaling spot is made with the PURPLE CROSS B&T paper.  The accent ephemera has a totally different feel, don't you think?  I think this page is more for an older child, teenager maybe, and the PENELOPE with it's bright colors for the little kiddos.  

 PAGE 2. 
 I really love the colors on these pages!  Personally, I'm not crazy about the GEM theme, but that is just me.  My sister went crazy for this theme!  LOL I may have to scrap about her on these pages!  

 Check out the PEACE SYMBOL.  From my era boys and girls!  I think it will be around forever!

I LOVE the new PIXIE card stock!  I think BRIGHT pink is the only bright color I really like!  Most of the colors I love are more muted.  But this one ... BAM!  Love it!

 The only thing I didn't have that I wish I would have was the SILVER FOIL TAPE. I forgot to order some for me.  I think it really would have added some punch to these pages and if you are finishing your pages, I suggest you use the SILVER FOIL TAPE with these pages instead of the WASHI TAPE that I did.  (Ewww ... pretty sure that is a grammatical error! ) 
So, it seems I have added enough images that my blog carrier is done for today!  LOL  I will add the cards tomorrow!

I hope you all have a great day and get a chance to play today!  Connie