What's one more post? SSS Wednesday Challenge!

Surprise!! It's me again! (So soon???)

Had to quickly make a card for Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge!!

This week, it's all about FUN IN THE SUN (even though I tend to turn LobsterRed(tm) during the summer)!! Yay for sunshine, rainbows, and, in my case, FLAMINGOS.

I mean, c'mon. Flamingos (or flamingoes; both are acceptable spellings of the same awesome pink bird) and they should be celebrated. Why not now?

I suddenly want shrimp....

Anywho, the majority of the products used came from SSS' July card kit and I thought the kit was perfect for this challenge. The only holdout was SSS hybrid ink in Hollyhock.

Products Used:
SSS July Card Kit (Sold Out) (Items can be purchased separately)
Hybrid Cube Set Spring Flowers (Hollyhock)

Until next time...


Today's Adventure: Watercolor!

Hi, everyone! Marie here with something really neat.

I figured I needed to seriously up my watercoloring game, so I signed up for the Simply Watercolor class at Online Card Classes that is hosted by Kristina Werner; I'm glad I did because she is really good at watercolor!

Anywho, today is Day 1 of the class and I have three examples of what I'm doing!

Card 1: A really nifty technique that had me try plaid (and my shaky attempt doesn't look too bad); I will definitely keep trying in the near future, because I love the look of plaid!

Card 3: Another geometric design, but using circles as an example. I can definitely see this used for bubbles on other cards or possibly glass orbs, if the wash and shading is right.

After finishing this first class, I can honestly say it was $20 well-spent. I've already learned a lot (and I really need to learn control on the brush) and I am pleased with my results.

Until next time...


Keep Smiling! A SSS Card Kit Card Tutorial!

Hi, everyone. Marie here!
Today features a card that I made using most of the materials coming from the Simon Says Stamp's card kit.

Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out:

The video is right here:

Products used:

Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6x6SSS 120# Cardstock in WhiteSSS Beautiful Day Stamp SetMemento Tuxedo Black Ink, Copic markers in G00 Jade GreenG02 Spectrum GreenG03 Meadow GreenBV000 Iridescent MauveBV00 Mauve Shadow, and BV01 ViolaMISTI Stamping Tool, and the Fiskars Paper Trimmer

So, do enjoy (and hopefully I'll figure out a new way to film)!

Until next time...


One Card Out of Twelve!

Hi everyone; Marie here!

Today, I'm bringing just one card out of twelve that I made for a charity to give out to kiddos who are sick and in hospital. Many of these youngins are fighting cancer and other diseases that are life-threatening; what tends to cheer up a kiddo is a bright and cheerful card!

I did have a helpful Bee to help with me; for my little one, color is always better. :D

That said, here is my "just because":

The cards were made from standard-sized A2 (4.25" x 5.5") and are a mix of top-folding and side-folding (with some as landscape). Bee was able to help put some of the parts together, while Mama taped/glued/stuck them together (We made a pretty good team, actually!).

Here's the best part: The only things I've used were the Doodlebug Fairy Tales 6x6 paper pad, some Michaels brand card stock I had in my stash, DoCrafts Stick It Foam SquaresTombow MONO Adhesive, and (not necessary but still cute) Tonic AQUA Shimmer Pen for small touches of…

New Content: First Impressions!

Hi, everyone; Marie here with a new review and new content for the YT channel.
Occasionally, I will try new things but I hardly see anyone post reviews or first impressions on the things I try. I will give a grade based on product claim and ease of use.
That said, here's my First Impression on the Tonic Easy Clean Mat (Warning: Glitter gets EVERYWHERE, I need stock in Swiffer cloths, and the mat does a good job.).

Ease of Use: A-. It does stick to the surface of the table and it's hard to reposition once it's "stuck". You can lift it up and reposition without issue.
Product Claim: B. While it is easy to clean using a microfiber or Swiffer cloth, you can't dump contents back into container by lifting mat up and funneling Messy Stuff into container. Just. Won't. Happen.
Overall: B+. As long as you position the mat next to the table's edge, it would be easy to wipe Messy Stuff into its original container. Would keep using.
Until next time...

Latest YT videos: A Couple of Hauls; Other Things!

First off, I'd like to apologize for not updating as much as I should! With getting into a new house, unpacking (Oh the joys!), and creating a new space for a craft room, I haven't been updating my blog! (EEK!) Anywho, I'm back and up for a challenge (or a few).

Second, I have been able to film a couple of haul videos from Simon Says Stamp, so I did manage to do something!
In fact, here's the first one of two that were done this week!

Filled with awesome goodies (I mean, Doodlebug pins!!! How precious are they!!!!) and one thing I haven't tried yet; I am planning on a First Impressions video about the Tonic Keep Clean Mat, so keep an eye out for it SOON.

I am also planning to put out a video or two using some of the newest goodies that have shown up at my doorstep.

Bear with me as this gets rolling!


Happy (belated) STAMPtember!

(I realize I'm running a bit behind, since it's October, but there is a good reason for it!)

A while back, I received Simon Says Stamp's September card kit in the mail; it was a really adorable mish-mash of birthday fabulousness (I'm a little partial to September birthdays; my daughter was born in September.) and I couldn't wait to play with it!

 (The card in question!)

While I did have the kit, it sold out pretty quickly, but you can purchase the items separately (I did receive the flower and jar shaker tags instead of the balloon shaker tags, but that was okay. I still managed to use them!).  The kit costs 24.99/month, but the individual items can run you up a bit more than that.

Check out the video on how I made this card; my favorite part happens to be the shaker tag. :D

Thank you to Simon Says Stamp for offering the card kits and thank you for coming by!