Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Where's The Cake? Easel Card

Here is a card I made for a good friend.  We celebrated her 29th birthday, for the 7th time, lol.

I used some spare K&Co paper from I don't even remember which collection, but I fussy cut the butterflies out of the same collection.  The baby roses are IAmRoses and the larger flowers are from Prima's eline collection.  I used Glimmer Mist in coordinating colors to pretty them up.  The doily is from a pack of doilies I got from Michaels in the baking section, and the diecut piece is from a spellbinders nestability.  Soooo much fun making this little card.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


All my YouTube videos got deleted on accident.  I about fainted!  I know it's just YouTube, but a lot of work goes into each and every video :'( .  Please bear with me while I re-upload some vids.  I don't have them all backed up, but I do have some.  I'm so sad, I think I lost some vids I had of my daughter.  The vids won't be in chronological order any more either.  And if there is a video below that you want to watch, they won't work.  I will try to replace them with working videos, but until then, visit .  Thanks so much for your patience.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Artsy Addicts Technique Blog Hop! Using Kraft Glassine

Hi Hoppers! Welcome to the Artsy Addicts Technique Blog Hop.  If you made it here, you probably just came from the fabulous Darlene Carroll's blog. If not,  start at Angela's blog and see what all the talented Artsy Addicts have up there sleeves for you.

I'm so excited to share a new product from Tim Holtz.  It's called Kraft Glassine and it is a coated kraft paper that is semi-translucent.  The cool part about it is that the coating resists inks and colors.  When you crumple up or emboss the glassine, cracks are created in the coating and absorb color.  You've got to try it for yourself, it's hard to get how totally cool it is through explanations or on camera.  This is definitely a new fave of mine...I'm just sayin'.  Hope you enjoy the video :)

Want to win some Kraft Glassine?  Leave a comment below and I will use to pick a winner. Good luck!

Hop on over to Liz's blog and see what she has in store for you.  Have fun!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Some Cards (:

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

Here is a very easy card I made using my Cricut Home Decor Cartridge.  I have Create A Critter coming in and can't wait to make some cute animal cards!!  I ruffled the ribbon as I used my sewing machine to sew it onto the card base.  I love sewing on cards!!  This is a really simple to make card with very cute effects.  Perfect for that sweet little girl in your life :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

Thank you Jamie for this award!  I've always admired your blog and to receive this award from you is such an honor :)  You can visit Jamies blog, Jamie's Crazy Craft Life, "here".

To have the honor of receiving the Stylish Blogger Award you must always pay it forward to other bloggers who are fairly new to blogging or to bring more fans to those you enjoy following.  
With this award you are to share eight things about yourself.  Then pass the award to eight others

I'd like to pass the Stylish Blogger Award to:

3) LaShawnda "Stampin' with La'Diva"
4) Marie "Art of Marie"
6) Jo "Paper Drama"
7) Rina "Scrap Musubi"
8) Gisele "Supersnooks13"

Yikes!  Eight things about myself??  Here goes...:

1) Since I'm holding a cup of coffee right now, I'll start with the fact that I need my morning cup of java!! (or two)

2) I'm a work from home mom.  I work for two different web stores managing product input and social media sites (that's my excuse for always being on Facebook!)

3) I love roses.  Well, I love rose drawings and paintings and my daughters middle name is Rose.  I love rose colors (tattered rose, dusty rose...) but I don't really like the actual flower.  It may be that it's too cliche, but there you have it.

4) My favorite show growing up was The Carol Duvall Show.  I liked HGTV a lot better than MTV!  I'm such a dork, I know :) 

5) I'm a Navy brat.  My favorite place to live was Guam!  I love island life, and the fact that I could walk to a beautiful tropical beach in two minutes to snorkel on the reef was awesome.  I'm so happy I got to experience that.  Now to convince my husband that we need to move there...

6) For my 10th birthday, my dad quit smoking (cold turkey after smoking all of his teen and adult life) at my request.  Because of this, I have never and will never pick up a cigarette.  I also won $100 at bingo so that was a really good birthday :)

7) I'm afraid of aliens.  I do believe there are life forms on other planets and that they have the ability to visit Earth.  You know that story about the Bermuda Triangle and the big brightly lit object that comes out of the water and zooms across the night sky?  Did you know that the earliest recorded sighting of that particular light in what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle can be found in the log of Christopher Columbus?  True story.  

8) I love love love to read.  I loved the Twilight Series as well as The Host, also by Stephenie Meyer.  My favorite author is Jane Austen and my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice.  Other favorites include Little Women, Gone With The Wind, The Mysterious Journey of Edward Tulane (read that one with my son and loved it), Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, The Hidden Diary of Marie Antionette, Confessions of a Queen, Mary Queen of Scotts and the Isles, and many more.  I especially love books based in the past :)

Thanks again, Jamie.  I can't wait to read more random facts about some awesome bloggers :)  Have a great day, everyone <3

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Busy Life of a Scrappin' Mom

With an infant and a small child it's difficult to find a minute to craft!  I usually save my crafting for late at night, but I've been so tired lately since Jaidyn still isn't sleeping through the night.  I know I'll miss these sleepless nights when she's all grown up and asking to borrow the car, but for now I'm just trying to get some shut-eye whenever I find a quiet minute :)  In other words, I haven't been able to do too much scrappin'.  I have made a few cards, two altered canvas's for myself, and one as a birthday gift for my Daddy (pics coming soon).  I still haven't finished my 'You and Me' mini which I've shown on my youtube channel but it'll be done soon.  What have you all been up to?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mixed Media Painting For Sale On eBay!

Please let me know if you have any questions :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

January Swap Video

Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Swap

These ATC's will be Due March first. The sign up list is open, so hurry and sign up before all the spots are gone :) Only 4 more spots left. Please make 9+1

Sign Up List

  • Stephanie - Done
  • Mamou - Received
  • lvmeeyes
  • Kivara
  • EZMOMMY - Received
  • Kat Scrapz - Received
  • Nothing1309 - Received
  • sugarmamas - Not Participating
These are going out Saturday ladies :)  Ya'll are sooo talented!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

St Valentine's Swap!! Due Feb 1st :)

Let's do a Valentine's Day Swap!  10 spots available (make 9+ 1) Have fun :)
holding balloons
1) tattered rose - Done :)
2) lvmeeyes - recieved :)
3) aboutmygirls
4) RunzWithScissor
5) Nothing1309 - recieved :)
6) Mamou
7) Chick-N-Dee
8) Shabby Lilly
9) La'Diva
10) Cricket's Daughter

11) Kivara - recieved :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12 Days of Christmas ATC Sisterhood Blog Hop!

Hi everyone. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in Jamies Blog Hop for ATC Sisterhood! The theme was 12 Days of Christmas and I was lucky enough to get 'Six Geese A-Layin' (My favorite line from the song). This is the ATC I came up with.

 The card is, of course, 2.5"x3.5". I used a LOT of Glimmer Mist. The base is gold cardstock by Bazzill and the red paper is from Recollections. The red was too 'red' for me, so I vintaged it up by misting it with Wheatfields and a smidgeon of Pinecone Glimmer Mists. I cut an egg shape out of manilla paper and distressed it by crumpling it up and rubbing my Tea Dye Distress Ink by Tim Holtz over it. To make the ink smudge, rather than spraying the egg with water I sprayed it with Wheatfields Glimmer Mist. I inked the edge of the egg with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I couldn't find an image of geese that I liked, so I drew the geese you see! I used a black pen and cut the geese out (there are six of course!) I then sprayed that with Wheatfields ( I am so in love with this color! ). For the Prima two-tone roses (they started out pure white), I dipped a round brush right into my bottle of Candy Apple Red Glimmer Mist and touched the brush tip to the center of the rose. I let the mulberry do it's work and absorb the mist from the brush. Guess what else I sprayed it with?? Wheatfields of course. The red mini roses came like that and are from I added two eyelets in the corner and edged the whole thing with Frayed Burlap. Oh, I almost forgot. I added gold ribbon under the geese to act as sort of a nest. Whew, lots of work goes into these tiny cards! But this was so fun to make :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Holidays ATC Swap

Hi all. The new swap is due Jan 1st. Who's in?? The theme is "Happy Holidays". Let us know how you celebrate this time of year through your ATC. Make 11+1. Let me know if you want to participate and I'll send you the info. Have fun!

Sign Up Sheet

Stephanie (tattered rose)
Jerrica (shabby lilly)
Mamou - Recieved
lvmeeyes - Recieved
RunzWithScissor - Recieved
mjnmkmommy - Recieved
Nothing1309 - Recieved
browneyedmommy - Recieved

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Scrappin' a Card For My Sister

Hi everyone.  I made a card for my big sis.  I used K&Co paper.  For the flowers, I had some roses from the craft store (from the floral section, I got a whole bunch for 2 bucks at Joanns).  I ripped them apart and relayered them using hot glue.  I then added some bling in the center.  This card is very simple, using very few products, but I like the way it turned out. I posted a pic of a card I made the same way with the same papers, but here's how I did it.  Sorry about the poor editing, I did this at one in the morning, was having technical issues, and decided to just upload it as is.  Also, the end got cut off somehow so you don't get to see me finish the inside.  I had uploaded the vid to a Mac, my little sis accidentally deleted the vid off my Vado HD, we only have imovie 08 on the Mac (it can't speed videos up and this would have been a 48 min video without speeding it up), I couldn't get the video over to my PC properly was very frustrating :)  Oh well, enjoy, and thanks for watching.  Don't forget to sub to my Youtube,

Monday, October 11, 2010

"Cultural You" ATC Swap **Full-Due Dec 1**

Hello.  I'm doing this swap a lil different.  I'll open up one large swap (Group A) and if there is enough interest, I'll do smaller groups. 

Cultural You, you can interpret this theme any way you want.  Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you the info :)  Have fun!

1) The Shabby Lilly - recieved
2) RunzWithScissor - recieved
3) lvmeeyes - recieved
4) Nothing1309 - recieved
5) heidiwork - recieved
6) Mamou - recieved
7) kivara - recieved
8) just_jenn - recieved
9) La 'Diva - recieved
10) Stephanie Gradzki - recieved

Friday, October 8, 2010

Some Of My Latest Projects

I wish I had more time to make crafts, but here's some stuff I've been working on. I'll have more space to craft in less than a month! I'm getting a Scraft Room :) We have two kids and are moving from a 2 bedroom to a 4 bedroom to accomodate the new baby. Only one thing to do with that extra room :)

And here is my 4 year old sons Halloween project.  Love him!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Prima Baby Rose Inspired Lotus Flower Tutorial

You know those baby Prima Roses people are making? I used the same technique to make a Lotus Flower. Very pretty results...and something different :) Don't forget to subscribe for your chance to win a great stamp set. All subscribers will be entered into the drawing. Subscribe at . Thanks so much.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Next Tim Holtz

This young man is absolutely amazing.  If you haven't subscribed to his youtube channel, you can watch his videos at , or follow his blog at .  What's so amazing is that he is only 15 years old, and his art style is much more advanced than mine!  He's up there with the greats.  His tutorials are fantastic.  Thanks Drew, and keep on scrappin'!

Monday, September 27, 2010

ATC Challenges With A Twist (For ATC Sisterhood)

I made this ATC for the "ATC Challenges With a Twist" challenge for ATC Sisterhood. I used a looooot of Glimmer Mist, my new favorite! You can't really tell in pics but this is really sparkly. You also can't really tell unless you look closely, but I used black aluminum metal roses for the center of the flower and for the dots next to the cards greeting. I put black lace behind the first layer of the ATC, and tore slits (and curled the paper) to show off the lace. Supa Dupa Fun!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Giveaway Video and Link

To subscribe to my Youtube channel, click on this link :)

Give Away!!

Hi everyone, I need subscribers on my youtube channel! So I am offering a give away :) When I get 150 subscribers, I will use to select a winner from my subscribers. The prize? The prize will be a set of new wood-mounted stamps. I purchase my wood mounted stamps from A Small Cleverness in Orange Park, Fl. The store is filled with unique stamps and I love shopping there.

My channel is all about scrapbooking. I post tutorials as well as our videos on our ATC's.

So for a chance to win, subscribe to my youtube channel at ... spread the word, the faster I get to 150 subscribers, the faster one of you will get a stamp set :) Good luck!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Paint Stick Swap! (full) Due back to me November 15

I'm not going to do a theme for this one, let your imagination and creativity run wild!  Just go to your local paint store or Walmart or Home Depot/Lowes and ask for some paint sticks.  Make 4+1.  Paint your stick or cover it with paper and embellish it.  Leave a comment if you'd like to join with your contact info and I'll send you the information you need to join up :)

1) RunzWithScissor
2) Stephanie
3) Patricia
4) R_Kay
5) lvmeeyes

This is where I got the idea.  You can see how cool it looks!

Monday, September 20, 2010

September ATC-My Favorite Animal... a lion!  Well, one of 'em is.  I looove birds, but I loved this stamp from Tim Holtz.  I had so much fun creating this for ATC Sisterhood :)

ATC Swap- 'What's Your Name?' Due to me November 1st

Hello again.  I'm hosting a mini ATC swap.  The theme is 'What's Your Name?'. 

Create 6+1 (send me 6 and keep 1 for yourself) standard ATC's measuring 2.5x3.5 (inches) using your name as the theme.  Possibilities with this theme are endless! 

Please send your completed cards to me by November 1st.  You must include an envelope (if you'd like me to reuse yours please mark 'reuse' on the envelope and provide your address on a label) and the same amount of stamps you used to mail your envelope to me, plus an extra 44 cent stamp (if I don't use the extra stamp I'll send it back to you).  Message me or leave a comment saying you want to join, and I'll send you my address and info.  Thanks and have fun with this :)

I'm also inviting you to join my 'Boo!' swap.  Same rules apply (except you must make 9+1), and this is also due Nov 1st.

'What's Your Name"
1) Stephanie Gradzki
2) Jamie
3) lvmeeyes
5) Mamou
6) Nothing1309
7) RunzWithScissor

1) Stephanie
2) Jamie
3) Mamau
4) lvmeeyes
5) heidiwork
6) RunzWithSchissor
7) Nothing1309
8) Jerrica (The Shabby Lilly) Love ya Sis!!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Glitter Challenge for ATC Sisterhood

This is my ATC for the Glitter Challenge in ATC Sisterhood.  If you want to join her challenges, her blog is at

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Fairytale ATC Swap

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.  Send me a message or comment here with your contact info if you'd like to join in our next swap.  I'll send you all the information you need.  The theme of our next swap is 'Bling It Up'.  It's due October 1st.  Hope you join ;)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Member of Cafemom?

If your a member of Cafemom and love to scrapbook, join my ATC group.  It's called Three P's in a Pod.  It's the Three P's for me and my two sisters, we are the three Perkins girls, even though two of us are married and have changed our last names.  My older sis is still a P though, Parsons.  My older sister loooves to scrapbook like me, and my lil sis is just getting into it, and I think if she has kids she'll be just as hard core as me and big sis.  Anyway, at Three P's in a Pod, we trade artist trading cards (ATC's) every month.  I'll throw in some mini albums and greeting cards as well.  I like ATC's because they are small and it's easy to do a bunch.  You get to explore different techniques, use up some of that old scrap paper, and see what other artists are doing.  You get inspiration and learn new techniques by being able to hold another scrappers piece of work in your hand.  It keeps you up to date and gets you into your scrap room since you have to meet a deadline.  I've gotten more layouts done since I started this because I'm already at my table with all my tools out, I might as well work on the many albums I need to catch up on :)  Come join the fun at .  Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Won!

Oh My Gosh!  I'm in a group on Cafemom called Snazzy Swappers and Scraps and I signed up for a swap.  Apparantly they had a drawing for all the people who joined a swap and my name was drawn.  I've never won anything in my life and I wasn't even trying with this one.  I got a package yesterday and it contained paper and bling, two spools of Christmas themed ribbon, some Christmas chipboard lace, epoxy stickers, Halloween and Thanksgiving themed embellishments, and my most favorite thing, a blank journal with an alterable front.  I can not wait to get started!  I'm making my first art journal, where I can totally play around and try out new techniques and mediums.  I need to go get some Gesso and some more acrylic paint and start playing.  Looks like I'm shopping this weekend.  It's a good thing that Joanns and AC Moore are having sales :)