Saturday, August 30, 2014

BRAND NEW!! Club La-La Land Crafts September Product Kit

Have you heard that La-La Land Crafts now offers a monthly kit club? I signed up just in time to get the September kit. Here's a video all about it! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will post a video every time I receive a new kit.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves Canvas

I love a great find! I was milling around TJ Max and found a five pack of canvases on a random clearance table. I figured hey, this will come in handy some day! Well guess what? Today is the day! I'm dipping my toe into mixed media. I needed a daily reminder for my weight loss journey so I chose an appropriate quote and my fav stamp (that I own) by Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves.

To achieve this look, I stamped the image in the upper left hand corner with Stazon ink. Then I painted the entire canvas with gesso. When it dried there was a light outline of the stamp showing through the gesso. I used those guidelines to trace the stamped image with Stickles. After about a couple of hours drying time, I used brush stix (chisel and round tips) to add color to the leaves with Tim Holtz distress inks.

I then added the quote in my own handwriting and faux stitching around the edges using a Copic marker. Next, I sponged on distress inks to blend a two-color background. To activate the ink and leave a subtle spotted background, I sprayed on some sheer shimmer spritz by Imagine Crafts. The final touch was some bling of course!

  • Flat canvas 7 1/5 x 5 3/4"
  • Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves
  • Gesso
  • Stazon Ink - Forest Green
  • Copic Marker - 100 Black
  • Stickles - Pine
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Forest Moss, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
  • Recollections - clear bling
  • Imagine Crafts (Tsukineko) - Psst! Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle, Brush Stix
  • Nicole Heat tool

Here's a close up of the Heartfelt Creations - Bella Rose Leaves. I think it is a great focal point for my  daily reminder. This stamp is versatile. It can be used alone or with the Bella Rose stamp set and/or the Bella Rose Die set.

Thanks for taking a peek at my latest project. I'd love to hear your opinions on my work and Heartfelt  Creations.



Heartfelt Creations - Dutch Iris

Here's my latest creation - a thinking of you card stamp by Heartfelt Creations. I think this is a retired stamp but I'm glad I purchased it a while ago. It's a great ready to go card front. I used Copics to color it (which took quite a while), but I could see coloring it with watercolors, or wink of stella in the future. The possibilities are endless!


  • Heartfelt Creations - Dutch Iris (retired)
  • American Crafts - 5x7 card (green)
  • The Paper Cut - Mirricard (purple)
  • The Paper Studio - Yellow polka dot ribbon
  • Memento - Tuxedo Black
  • Wink of Stella - Clear
  • Tim Holtz - Grid Blocks
  • Copic X-press It Blending Card
  • Copic Markers - YG: 61, 63, 67  V: 12, 15, 17   Y: 00, 15    
Thanks for stopping by! Do you love Heartfelt Creations? Id love to hear about it. Please leave me a comment!



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tiny Hello Cards

When I give prizes I like to include a handmade card with a handwritten note inside. I just think it gives it a nice touch. For my last two giveaways I created these tiny cards. The tulip card is like 4 x 3" and the other is about 2.5 x 3" big.  I'm into coloring with Copics lately I figured I'd pick some cute stamps I always wanted to color and get to it!

 Both stamps are from Recollection and the sentiment is from The Stamps of Life. Here's the colors I used...

I hope you liked this quick post and I hope my winners ... both named Linda enjoy them too!


Monday, August 18, 2014

My Winner - Under the Big Top Hop

Thanks to all who hopped and left such nice comments on my lunchbox notes! I'm back to name a winner of my blog candy! It's a Heidi Grace shadow box frame kit and some SEI stickers to help embellish it!

Drumroll please.....

Love your lunchbox cards! I really want to try water coloring also--just need a paintbrush!
Following you on all 4. Pinterest Linda; Instagram 2 crafty sisters; YouTube Linda H; Facebook Linda Hohbein 
Congrats!! Please send me an email to Lavie_bordeperry at yahoo dot com with your contact info so I may snail mail you your prize!


"Blinged" Messenger Bag

What are you up to today? My 4th grader wanted a messenger bag (instead of a backpack) for school this year. We found the perfect one a Kmart but I decided to bling it up with pink crystals to give it just a little pizazz since the bag is dark black.

I added Glamour Glitz iron-on crystals using my Glitz 'n Go by Kandi tool. It works with batteries and it only takes several seconds for the adhesive to melt and fuse to the fabric.

I had a package of medium and one of the small size. I really like the look of the embroidery and the bling. My daughter loves it and if anyone else gets the same bag - there'll be no denying which one is hers!

Have you ever kicked something up a notch like I did with bling or in some other way? I'd love to hear about it. Leave me a comment and fill me in chile! 

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Under the Big Top Blog Hop

Welcome to the Under the Big Top Blog Hop!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, get ready for the Greatest Show on Earth!
You are about to be amazed by our many talents under the Big Top!
Connie Can Crop is the Ringmaster of our Circus and the first stop on this super fun Blog hop. 
This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of these talented friends who are here sharing their ideas and creations.

We have an awesome sponsor and giveaway for this hop!

You could win an awesome package of  Kiwi Lane Designer Templates. 

What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. Then stop by our sponsor's page at be sure to like her on facebook!!

You will have until 12:00 am Monday to finish the hop and leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

Additional blog candy from me for one lucky winner who follows me on social media. One extra entry for each follow. When you leave your message here on my blog please include your user names and where you followed me so I can verify all your entries.

  1. Pinterest
  2. Instagram
  3. YouTube
  4. Facebook

 OK!!! Grab your popcorn and your ticket! The show is about to begin!!


Elephants are a fav circus animal for my kids!  I've always wanted to send them to school with those cute and encouraging lunchbox notes. With school starting in a week I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to try water coloring since so many crafters have been doing it for a while. Both notes are flat, double-sided notes made from one sheet of watercolor paper. I started out on the smooth side and left the textured side for the sentiment and/or hand written note.

I didn't want these notes to be perfect or too fancy, just a quick show of affection for my kiddos. I started by cutting the watercolor paper to approximately the size of ATC cards, stamping in memento tuxedo black ink and wetting the surface with a water brush. I colored directly on the wet watercolor paper with Tim Holtz distress markers and blended with the water brush. On the back I scribbled with markers on the wet surface and blended for a tie die type of background. 

For the pink elephant I wanted a lighter color so I wet the surface but unscrewed the water reservoir so no more water could be released. I scrubbed with the markers on my Tim Holtz grid blocks and picked up the color with the water brush. I think I like this method better because it gave me more control. I opted to leave the back more open for a hand written sentiment matching what my child might be experiencing at the time.
  • Gray elephant - 
    • Inky Antics Balancing Act HoneyPOP stamps
    • Tim Holtz Distress Markers - picket fence, faded jeans, pumice stone, mowed lawn, tumbled glass, festive berries, stormy sky
  • Pink elephant - 
    • TPC Studio- Circus
    • Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry
  • Tim Holtz watercolor paper
  • Water brush
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink
Up next is Alicia!

Here is our complete line up in case you get lost along the way:

Good luck and thanks so much for joining us for such a fun day!


  • TBD

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zora's Awesome Coloring

I promised to share my 9 year old daughter's rendition of the Clear and Simple Stamps scene I used for the notebook. She used crayola markers. I think she did a great job! Don't you? We'd love to hear your comments!


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Winners! For the Boys Blog Hop

Ok, ok, I am really, really late. I've been traveling and enjoying the summer with my family. But I am surely holding up my end of the bargain and revealing the winner (WAIT FOR IT... WINNERS!!) of my blog candy from the hop!

First, have you checked to see if you are a winner over at the host's blog? If you click on the link it'll take you directly to the post where she does her reveal.

But right here I have two lucky winners of a Heidi Grace Designs Shadow Box Kit (1 chipboard shadowbox/acrylic window, 2 die cut papers, 2 punch out sheets - letters and flowers). In addition, one winner will receive a sheet of floral stickers from My Minds Eye - Mary Mary "Best Friends" and the other will receive 2-sided card stock quote cards from Cloud 9 Designs.

CONGRATS Linda Fillds (lindaplus3) and Craftie Jessie!! 

Please contact me within 2 weeks with your info so I may mail out your prize! Thanks to all who hopped and left such nice comments about my work.

And stay tuned for the next hop I'm participating in on August 16th...

You'll have another chance to win prizes from our generous sponsors and from me (and I'll be more timely with getting it posted... promise!)


Friday, August 1, 2014

Anything goes! August Challenge - Crafts Galore Encore

You're not going to want to miss this!! It's an anything goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore! Create a project any way you like and post up to 3 of your creations this month to win $12 gift certificate to Di's Digi Store, our August sponsor.

I recently became Copic certified on standard and intermediate levels so I put my new skills to work on this cute journal for my 9 year old daughter. School starts soon and I will give this to her on her first day of 4th grade. 

I am obsessed with the rag doll stamps and dies by Clear and Simple Stamps! Meet Chloe. I am an avid collector of these stamps but until I took the certifications, I was not comfortable creating scenes and coloring them. Well, I put pen to paper in this project in a big way! Here's how it all started...

I cut a panel of Neenah solar white approx. 6.5" x 4.25" and used 9 stamps, Memento inks and a mask of Chloe (made from an 'all over sticky' post it note) to create this scene. Only the cloud stamps is by Recollections. All others are by Clear and Simple Stamps. 

After coloring the scene I decided to use the panel to decorate a soft-cover journal from the dollar store. I found one the perfect size and framed it with American Crafts glitter ribbon to give the panel a matted look. To unify my project, I stamped Chloe inside the back cover. My daughter might choose to color her or leave her uncolored. We'll see...

The journal was striped and designed on the front and back. I left the back cover design there. Here's some close ups of Chole and the journal. My stamping was a little sparse on her eyes so I added some Uniball signo white pen to simulate eyeballs. Due to the masking, I also had to draw in a bit here and there (with .3 Copic Multiliner) for the swing surrounding Chloe. I rather like how it came out. Don't you????

Grass - YG61, 63, 67
Sky - B0000, 00, 02
Hello and clouds - C1
Dress - R81, 83, 85
Heart - RV09
Flower - R20, 29
Rag doll - E11,13,15
Tire swing - C1, 5, 7
Branch - E25, 29
Hair - E21, 35, 37, 79
0.3 black multiline
0 Colorless blender

Clear and simple stamps:
Rag doll Chloe: love
Rag doll scenes 1: grass, trees
Rag doll scenes 3: tire swing
Rag doll Carlie hello: hello, sunshine, sun
Little critters: tree branch

Mask created with all over sticky post it note for Chloe 
Uniball Signo white pen for the eyes
Memento ink - cottage ivy, Bahama blue, dandelion, rich cocoa, tuxedo black
Clouds - Recollections fun borders
Scotch ATG adhesive
American Crafts Glitter Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see your entries in this month's ATG challenge! My daughter asked for a panel just like this to color. Once she's completed it, I will post it on the blog as well. Stay tuned!!