Thursday, February 21, 2019

IO Stamps Designer Challenge-Flowers for Friends

Monday, February 18, 2019

IO stamps Die Cut Obsession 3

Good Morning!!!!

Today I'm wishing lots of luck and love with this fun St. Patty's Day card!!!

This was just a matter of cutting a bunch of shamrocks, inking them up a bit to add dimension to the die cuts and assembling them around the sentiment! I added a wee gold clover just for good measure

Be sure to head on over to the IO Blog to see who's sharing today!!!

XX's and Oh's


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Happy Birthday Beautiful Lady aka Mom!

79 years ago, one of the most special ladies arrived in the world. A beautiful baby, destined to become a beautiful woman, inside and out!!!!

I always love to create a special card for Mom, because like her Mother, she appreciates the cards so much!

Here she is with her Aunt and Uncle, who will be celebrating 71 years of marriage this month!!!!
She is loving and caring with family~

Mom is a loyal friend who would do anything for those she cares about. She can be a little hard headed and isn't afraid to let her opinion be known, although it can be harsh; most that know her, realize her heart is in the right place and just like we all have some flaws, so does she. Beauty without some degree of imperfection seems synthetic. Mom is real in all that she is and all that she does!


Whether we're just having a little roadtrip, or exploring the world together, we are making memories that won't be forgotten. Even though we might spat a little or scare the crap out of each other in the middle of the night (Remember Grenada? lol) I fondly cherish each place we have explored together. 


Even in the rainy moments......

You are my sunshine!!!

You are my Joy

 My best friend

I am proud to have an incredible relationship with you
Blessed that you are my mother
and grateful for all you are and all you do

With Love,

XX's and Oh's


Monday, February 11, 2019

Impression Obsession- Old is new 2

Good Morning!!!! I've created today's card with a clear set and a cover a card stamp I haven't used in awhile.

I don't really care to make sympathy cards, but if we are to offer condolences, I like to make a hand made card. This one is for a family friend who has lost his Father. It is always sad to lose a loved one, but Mr. Slack was blessed to live 102 years. 102 years and one day to be exact. I would say he certainly has earned his wings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his Son Doug.

Visit the IO Blog to see who is sharing samples today!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

IO Designer Challenge-In the pink {with a little red ;) }

Good Morning!!!
Hope you're enjoying a fine day today!!!!

This week, we're featuring pink cards for our designer challenge!

Of course, I LOVE the way Hot Pink pairs with red, so I really couldn't resist!!!

For my card, I used the following stamps and dies

To make this card I cut the conversation hearts out in two colours: Red an Pink
I cut a negative heart space in the centre of the white cardstock
I mounted the white cardstock to a pink background with foam tape to give it dimension.
I stamped the sentiments onto the cardstock before cutting it out.
I selected the bunch of hearts I wanted to use on the card and glued them into the heart cavities I created in the white cardstock.....hmmmm that just makes me sound like a paper surgeon doesn't it? hehe!!!!

Lastly, I added a pink frame around the heart dies: I did that by cutting out the leftover space where I cut the pink hearts originally. There is a nice border on the stamp that allows you to line up the die accurately and cut a frame!!!

Lastly, I cut the love arrow die from some adhesive backed shimmery paper I found at the dollar store the other day?
Does anyone else go into the dollar store and come out many dollars poorer?

The card was easy peasy and cute I think!!!!!

Be sure to link your creations up on the IO Blog for a chance to win a Gift Certificate and to see who's sharing samples today!!!

XX's and Oh's


Monday, February 4, 2019

Die Cut Obsession 2- At the Beach

Good Morning!!!!!!

I am SOOOOO longing for the Beach, that I had to make a little accent photo for my Beach Themed room. 

I used the following dies:

The background was completed with Tim  Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and the following Stencils from A Colourful Life Designs:

Be sure to head over to the IO Blog to see who else is sharing today!!!

XX's and Oh's


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Venturing into Videos!!!
Videos seem to be all the rage today. With the exception of a couple of facebook live and quick videos on phone apps, I been a little nervous to do videos.
So, I took the plunge yesterday and made my first video.

Recording the process was the easy part. I had to clean off my space, but once that was done, I organized myself to have everything available to me.

I was sure that was going to be the most complicated thing, but NOPE...!!

Just a tip for you. If you plan to make a video for the first time, it's probably a good idea to make it with a project that you want to post well in advance of having to post it.
Do you think I could figure out how to edit the 25 minute video down to a reasonable chunk of time?
I spend quite a bit of time watching videos to see how to edit videos.

But even before THAT, I made a little boo on the card when I decided to go in and add a little more blue to the background. Rather than pause the video, I shut it off. Did I mention that I thought it would be a good idea to use my old iphone to make the video? 
Not so much, it didn't have enough memory and only captured the first five minutes. Anyway I"m jumping all over the place here. So I made a boo boo with this card and so I'll have to tell you how I fixed it later in the post!!!
So here goes!

I will say it really is quite a process and I think it's really not all that difficult; however give yourself some time to figure it all out!!!!

This video is FAR from perfect, but so am I.
I'm posting it not because it's wonderful, but it is complete and just shows my determination to get it done!!!! I know each video will show improvement and thus I will be able to track my progress!!!

So after I finished the video and had a little boo boo on the edge of the circle, I decided to come in with the Simple Mosaic Stencil

Here's the supplies I used

Technique Junkies Stamps

A Colorful Life Designs Stencils

you can use this code to save 10% off on your orders


Impression Obsession Stamps


Tim Holtz Distress ink - Vintage Photo


This was definitely a learning experience!!!!!

Be gentle with your feedback please

XX's and Oh's

Friday, February 1, 2019

Technique Junkies February Release Celebration

Good Morning!!!!

You will be delighted to see all the awesome images Pat is releasing today at Technique Junkies Stamps!

My first project features the Rose Frame Stamp!!!!

Isn't it Beautiful? I coloured it with Copic Markers and then used a Gold Nuvo Glitter Marker to create the frame. I intended to make a card, but then decided I loved the image and wanted to keep it for myself. So. I created a page to put on the inside cover of my day planner. I cut a piece of text patterned paper to size and used a couple of stencils on the background. 
I then stamped the image here and there on the page, avoiding the border portion of the stamp.

I finished the Page by adding splashes of Gold Acrylic Ink!

I LOVE this new Sentiment Just Dreams
Who does say our dreams have to just stay dreams. Are Dreams not goals when driven into action? 
It may require some effort, but one can bring their dreams into fruition with determination and effort. I'd chat more about that, but we have a stamp release to talk about!!!! So, before I get sidetracked again, let me share some details abotu this card.

Before stamping the Sentiment on the Panel, I created a soft backgroud with the

Isn't that shimmer soft, yet pretty?

I used the Peppermint Candy Stencil to create a soft background on the card
and Viola!!! , this clean and simple card is complete!!!! I LOVE it!!!!

There are 16 stamps in the Technique Junkies line! Be sure to check out the list below for some sweet inspiration from our Design Team! All of the February 2019 New Release stamps are 15% off through November 8th! We can all use a little bargain, right? No codes needed, just put them in your shopping cart and the discount will be applied at checkout.
Want an additional 10% off the new release?
Use code TJ10Vicki for 10% off! That's 25% off the February Release!

 Check out the projects the Design Team made for the new release!
Vicki Garrett- That's me!!!!

Enjoy the Beautiful Samples the team has created for you!

XX's and Oh's

Monday, January 28, 2019

IO stamps Old is New

Good Morning
They're not kidding when they say everything old becomes new again!

I am loving this new feature at IO stamps!!!!
It gives me the opportunity to revisit many of the stamps and sets I've stowed away!!!

On this blustery day, I was wishing for a cool spring day, the grass as green as the sweet frog peeking out from behind my card!!!

Can you see the wee bit of texture in the clouds?

I used the mesh Mesh Circles Cover a Card stamp with baby blue ink to create a little more texture
Next, I coloured the flowers, bunny and bicycle from the  Riding Pretty stamp set with my Copic Markers. I cut out the sweet little images with the accompanying  Bicycle Die Set.
I created the background for the card by softly sponging on the following ink

Then, I wanted some whispy grass, so I used the  Icicle Edger Die

The tree is from the Tree Frame Die, but I cut the frame part off!

I didn't want to add anything more to the front of the card, so I added the sentiment on top of a soft spring scene on the inside

I'm longing for a pretty spring day like this one!!! How about you?

Be sure to head over to the IO Blog to see who else is sharing today

XX's and Oh's

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Impression Obsession Thursday Designer Challenge- All about Love!

Good Morning!!!!!

This week, the IO DT is featuring LOVE cards, yep Love!!!!

What can be sweet then these two little Bees?

It's funny, the cards that I've been creating as of late have been evoking some pretty cool memories. 
As I'm blogging, this card made me think of my Father.
When I was a child, Sunday Drives were a regular occurrence. 
Who knew where we were going to venture to, but sometimes we would stop and have some lunch or dinner, depending on where our travels took us to.

At the restaurant, I was pretty consistent. It was usually Fish and Chips and Orange Pop (I'm not a huge fan of Fish and Chips anymore and Orange Pop? Well, that just makes me cringe.

Anyway, in case you're wondering where the Bee's come in, it was usually when we sat down at the table to peruse the menu, my Dad would ask me; "What are you having today Vic, an elephant's ear on a bun, or bee's knee's on toast. Of COURSE that would set of a fit of giggles with Dad insisting both options were quite tasty. I've yet to try either, but who knows, maybe bee's knees are a delicacy somewhere in the world? 

I combined old and new stamps to create my card. I coloured the Bee's in Comic and added some delicious glitter to their wings.

Have you tried the Stamper's Anonymous Glitter Duster yet?
It's my FAVORITE tool!!!!  

Here are the links for the stamps I used:

Peony Ink

Be sure to head on over to the IO Blog to see who else is sharing today AND to enter your project for a chance to win a Gift Certificate

XX's and Oh's
and I mean it

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cutie Kitties


I wanted to share my creation with Nola Chandlers Fun Felines

I'm pleased to introduce you to:

I LOVE that one of the Kittens is named Sadie. That is my Grandma's name. Sadly, she wasn't very fond of her name. Apparently, she was supposed to be named Sarah, after one of her Aunt's, but when her father registered her Birth Certificate he forgot which Aunt she was to be named after and chose Sadie!!! I LOVE her name. It has become increasingly popular over the years. When I was in the Hospital giving birth to Jonathon, there was a sweet baby girl named Sadie born the same day!

My Grandma couldn't seem to get over that!!! WHY would anyone call their girl Sadie, she said? 
Why? because it's an adorable name!!!!! I miss her dearly.

I coloured the Kittens with Copic in the CG series 1, 3 and 5

Lastly, I paired the card with the Live Life sentiment!!!!

I just think these images are PURRRRRlicious!!!!!

XX's and Oh's


Monday, January 21, 2019

Impression Obsession Die Cut Obsession

Good Morning!!!

I'm excited to share a new feature we will be presenting for IO Stamps~
We will be featuring Die Cuts!!!

I know Impression Obsession is loved for their vast array of images, but perhaps sometimes the die cuts get missed in the huge selection of stamps!!!

The Design Team will be showing you highlights of the many die cuts Impression Obsession has to offer.

My first card features the largest flower of three from the Geometric Flower set
I mounted the flower over a stencilled image using the Boho Glam stencil from a Colorful life Designs
Lastly, I added the Best Friend sentiment

This card was quick and easy featuring the Gift Border die and the Whole Year 

Be sure to head over to the IO Blog to get the links for today's players!

XX's and Oh's!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Hugs and Kisses AKA XX's and Oh's~!

Good Morning!!! 
I have the sweetest simple card to share with you today.
Honestly, I wish you could see the pretty gold embossing better, but it was a little difficult to catch with the lighting.

This card took me all of about 5 minutes to create.......SERIOUSLY!!!!

What did I use?

ADORED FRAME Stencil-A Colorful Life Designs
Orchid Ink-Impression Obsession
Hugs and Kisses Stamp -Technique Junkies Stamps

Super Easy Peasy

I have a couple of Coupon Codes for you to use for a little discount

if you want to save on Stencils, you can use the code 


Hope you like this sweet little card, I LOVEEEEEE it!!!!

XX's and Oh's

Monday, January 14, 2019

Impression Obsession-Old is New!

Good Morning!!!!

Impression Obsession has a HUGE inventory of stamps.
Sometimes it's easy to forget all the oldies but goodies, when there is so much new eye candy!!!!

These quick and easy cards feature the You Take the CAKE stamp set. 
Even Better? The stamp set is on sale!!!!!

This set is a perfect main staple set for clean and easy Birthday Cards!!!

All of the images you see in the cards can be found in this set!!!

I'll add the links to the dies as well!

 I added the Scribble Circle die to this one!

I like this one!!!  So simple but sweet!!

I'm so excited about this new feature we'll be bringing to you on a regular basis!
It's fun to look through and see what i'm going to show you next!!!!

XX's and Oh's


Friday, January 11, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration Day 5-Funny Bunnies

Today's the last day of our Spring Release Celebration.
I'm a little sad to see the end of it because there were just so many AMAZING projects to look at!

Today I'm featuring a few sweet bunny images

My first card features the following stamps and dies:

How about this pair?
I think Mr. Peppers has taken a shining to Bun bun!!! lol

Here's the stamps I used:

Be sure to leave your comments 'cause  I have a $25.00 Gift Certificate to give away

T LADY, I have been trying to contact you
please try my other email: and I will get your coupon code to you!

Ya'll be sure to hop on over to the IO Blog to get a list of today's participants

Hugs and Love, Bunny Love, that is~


Thursday, January 10, 2019

IO Stamps Spring Release Celebration Day 4- Something Fun and Funky!

How are you enjoying the celebration so far?
Oh my goodness!! The Artwork is amazing isn't it?

Today my card features stamps from one of my fave IO Artists-Seth Apter!
This was a super quick card. I started with one of my Gelli Printed backgrounds and then stamped Mislabled over the top. Then I simply stamped one of the images from Writer's Bloc and layered it onto some coordinating cardstock! Super easy!!!!

If you've been participating every day, you know the drill~

If not, be sure to visit the IO Blog to see who is showcasing projects today and comment on each blog for a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate

Have a Dandy Day!


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Spring Release Celebration-IO Stamps Day 3

Good Morning!

I hope you're enjoying the celebration so far.

Today I'm sharing another super cute stamp with you!

I coloured the birds with Copic Markers, all the while singing the Bob Marley tune "Don't Worry" lol......"three little birds, pitched by my doorstep. Singing sweet songs, a melody pure and true".
As I had finished up the birds and leaves and when I was colouring my beaks, I had a HuGE OOPS!!!
Yep! My Copic barfed out a big blob of Yellow Ink.....what to do, what to do? Well I thought I'll just put a bunch of ink blobs around my tweeting trio and Viola! A background fit for a bird, or three.

The sentiment can be found HERE

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog for a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate. We all have one to give away!!!! You can see who's playing on the IO Blog

Have a Dandy Day!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

IO Stamps Spring Release Celebration Day 2

Hello Again!!!

Here we are on Day two of the IO Stamps Spring release celebration.
I've gone from Fur to Foliage today, bringing you a couple more pretty samples!

For my first card, I coloured this pretty Beautiful Books Stamp with Prism Pencils.
I don't use them often, but I love the layers of colour you can get with them.
I wanted to have a base to ground the main image, so I used the new Lavender Grass Stamp
and Mint Ink. I cut the main image out and layered it over the Lavender Grass Stamp.

Make sure you head on over to the IO stamps Blog to see who is celebrating today.
Each one of us has a $25.00 Gift Certificate to give away from one lucky person who comments on our posts through the week!!!!!!

Ahhhh Top O' the Morning to you!!!!!

This Happy Clover is totally adorable.
I stamped the Shaded Clover image in MInt Ink and Lime Ink, using my Misti.
I added the Happy St. Patricks Die Sentiment and the sweet little shamrock from the Shamrock Die set

See you tomorrow with some new shares!!!!!

Have a WONDERFUL day!


Monday, January 7, 2019

Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration Day 1

Good Morning~

Welcome to the Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration!
The Impression Obsession Spring Release Celebration starts today and goes all week long (January 7th-11th). Every day you can find a list of participants on the Impression Obsession Blog (direct link the Impression Obsession blog) at 6am. Every single blog will have a $25 gift certificate to give away for the event - so the more you comment through the week the more chances to win! All comments for all of the event days will be open until Sunday January 13th at noon CT. All winner will be announced on Monday January 14th.

I wanted to showcase the most adorable image EVER!!!!
His name is Curious Guinea Pig!
I'll be back to add the link a little later!!!

I added the sentiment from the Birthday Top Edgers Set
Super Fun!
Be sure to visit the IO Blog to see who else is celebrating today!!!

Xx's and Oh's

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Impression Obsession Designer Challenge-New Beginnings

New Impression Obsession Challenge!
New Beginnings
Head on over to the  Impression Obsession blog to see all the challenge samples from the design team and to enter the challenge (all the details are there!). A random challenge project will be selected to showcase on the IO blog AND you can to enter to win a $25 gift certificate from IO just by playing!

My Project is my first Art Journalling Page of the Year
I Love this NAMASTE stamp . It's a wonderful message for the beginning of a New Year.
This year I plan to focus on opening myself to the Universe and honouring the blessings that are bestowed upon me daily. It's been a long journey back to myself since my health issues commenced back in 2014. I believe that was a wake up call to recognizing the unhealthy choices in my life with regard to relationships, habits and allowing energy vampires to sap me of not only my energy, but of my confidence and sense of self.  The journey has been slow, but not without great significance and many wonderful lessons along the way. I'm still far from my destination, but I intend to enjoy each moment, challenge, struggle and achievement along the way.
Namaste is significant in reminding myself of the universal connectedness we all share. No matter who we are. In understanding that, I remain mindful of the way in which I  treat others and in the way I look after and empower myself. It allows me to do my work without judgement and make choices that are in my best interest in a thoughtful manner. At times, being human we can stray from those principles. Therefore I intend to use Namaste as a way of bringing my thoughts and behaviours to a place where I honour the light in other's as it is also within me. 

In addition to the Namaste Stamp, I used the following supplies for my page.
Tim Holtz Distress ink in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock
I hope you enjoyed my share with you today


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