Saturday, December 31, 2016

Faves of 2016

Hello! Here we are at the end of another year, I wanted to create a post of my FAVORITE cards from 2016. 

I started the year by painting Poppies and adding stamped images of this Bear from The Ton.
Click here for the Original post.

I joined the party at Virginia's View challenge being inspired by Marika using LACY SCROLLS stamp set and Zig markers. 
Original post here.

Colored up some more poppies from Deepti at STAMPlorations
Original post here.

Coloring  HAPPIEST of PEONIES and SENDING PEONIES with  BRUSHO Crystal Watercolors and Ziggys.
Original post here

Learning how to color with Distress inks and Ziggys on this one. Original post of Cuppa Posies

Was asked to participate at VERVE STAMPS for a new release. 

Did a LOT of coloring with Beautiful Bouquet: Dahlia stamp and the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring challenge with Kathy . 

Joined the HoneyBee Stamps design team for 6 months. 
Original IG post

Fell in head over heels with Concord and 9th stamps and found the owners, Angie and Greg to have a brilliant business plan and are very KIND to boot.

Continued working with No-line coloring and Ziggys. 
Original post here.

Used a Stencil from STAMPlorations and colored with Ziggys. Participated in the IG hop with #thedailymarker30daychallenge. 

Playing with Altenew and Essentials By Ellen. 

Mixing things up with HoneyBee and Essentials By Ellen. 
Original post here

Thinking of Joan, and missing her witty fiction How Stamping Destroyed My Life

Creating cards with STAMPlorations stamps and dies always seems to be a breeze.

I joined The Ton DT in July! LOVE this sentiment:)  
Original Post Here

More Inspired By:) 
Original post here

Inspired By and HoneyBee. 

Still find that I create most of my favorite cards for the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge:)) 

Altenew and inspired by Facebook LIVE 
Original post here

It's still a pleasure stamping and coloring FLOWERS thanks to the MISTI and Ziggys:))  Thank you for following and commenting throughout the year!
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2017!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Farewell card at Honeybee stamps.

Today is my last post over at HoneyBee Stamps blog as DT member. It has been a quick six months and my term is over.
Here is a sneak peek of the card:
Yes, there is a Bear and maybe some flowers๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰
Thanks for stopping by and commenting:))


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Year in Review with Altenew Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to a Year in Review with Altenew Blog Hop!
It's no secret that I've been crushing on the Multi-step floral stamp sets from Altenew since the inception of the company. I'm honored to be part of this Blog Hop!
With prizes too!
 There are two giveaways in this blog hop. 

  • 6 $30 gift certificates from Altenew
  • Handmade card from each designer.
If you are hopping along you should be arriving from Svitlana Shayevich's blog.

Hope you are in the mood for a parade, because I have a line-up of 12 Pretty Floral cards that are my Best/Favorite of 2016 :)

(Click the titles to go to the original blog posts for more details. The Altenew Stamp sets used on each one are listed and linked under each card as well.)


Original post Thank You Inspired by May Park
Oriental Orchid Stamp Set

Original post Sending Hugs Inspired by Sveta
Peony BouquetPainted ButterfliesBeautiful Day

Original post Let's Celebrate  inked with Crisp Inks
Painted Flowers Golden Garden Birthday Greetings 

Original post Thinking Of You colored with Distress Inks and Ziggys
 Floral Motifs Doodle BloomsPainted Butterflies

Original post For You Dad inked with Crisp Inks
Birch Land, Precious Moments

Original post Congratulations Coloring with Ziggys
Majestic Bloom, Best MomPrecious MomentsOriental Orchid

Original post Happy Birthday Inking and layering fussy cut blooms
Beautiful Day, Hennah Elements, Lacy Scrolls,
Birthday Greetings 

Original post  Hello Inspired by Marika
Lacy Scrolls, Birch Land, Label Love

 Original post Lotus with Video inspired by Therese

Original post Love You Coloring with inks and Ziggys
Dahlia Blossoms, Remember ThisPrecious MomentsLacy ScrollsLabel Love

Original post Smile Inspired after watching Altenew FBLIVE with Lydia
Vintage RosesVintage FlowersWatercolor Wonder, Smile

Original post Thank You Inspired after watching Altenew FBLIVE with Lilith.
Painted Rose 

There are Prizes:)
Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners - selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. You have until Wednesday, January 4th at 11:59 PM ET to enter, and the winners will be announced on the Altenew blog on Friday, January 6th.
And a Coupon:))
Altenew is running a special shipping promotion now through Friday. Make sure to enter the code at checkout to take advantage of this special deal!

Enjoy FREE U.S. shipping on all retail orders with code GOODBYE2016 at checkout and $7 OFF international shipping on orders over $17 with code WELCOME2017 at checkout. Offer ends Friday, December 30th at 11:59 pm EST. (Retail orders only. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other coupon codes.)

If you have made it to the end of this post, I thank you!! Leave a comment here on my blog telling me which card is your favorite. I will choose one commenter to send the SMILE card to and announce the winner on January 5th. 

Your next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird.

Have a blessed day!


Blog Hop Order:

Yana Smakula
Sveta Fotinia
Erum Tasneem
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park 
Virginia Lu
Hussena Cal
Laura Bassen
Svitlana Shayevich
Laura Jane  <<you are here

I'm on IG @mammacooksalot

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I'm over at The Ton Blog today with instructions on how I made these two cards.

Hope you day is a Blessed one!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

I Heart Thank You

Only a few more sleeps til Christmas!! My Kiddos are very excited about the many gatherings planned for the next several days. In the meantime I like to distract  busy them with making thank you cards:)

I'm over at HoneyBee Stamps today with a Heart shaped card. 
Thanks for stopping by!!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Watching and Creating with Altenew

After watching Lydia LIVE on FB I simply could not resist playing with my Altenew stamps. There is something about stamping and creating with others that is very inspiring!! If you have free time, watching the FBLIVE sessions with the Altenew gals is well worth it:)

Here is the full card using the Painted Rose Stamp set and Crisp Inks
Yes, I was also inspired by the papers from The new 
Reflection Scrapbook KitSanta Husband has this kit wrapped and under the tree for me:))) I am so excited to get my hands on all those goodies inside the LOVELY box!!!

I also wanted to enter the Year in Review Inspiration Challenge. The colors I used are from this Inspiration photo:

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 19, 2016

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop

Happy Monday! I'm hopping along again with the designers for the ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop!

FREE STENCIL on all orders!

For our stencil blog hop participants, place an order in the shop between today and December 31 and get a free ARTplorations stencil! Just add products to your cart, including the stencil you want for free, and when you're ready to check out, use coupon code STENCILHOP. The price of 1 standard size (5x7) stencil will be deducted from your total amount. Limit 1 free stencil per customer. Claim your free stencil here

 + 10% off on all stencils too!

All ARTplorations stencils are 10% off until December 31! Just add the stencils to your cart and the discounted price is automatically reflected -- no coupon needed 

Here is my card using Stained Glass stencil

  • I inked white CS with Distress Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch using stencil brushes over the Stained Glass stencil
  • Removed the stencil and brushed lightly over the top of the panel with Tumbled glass
  • Added lots of Dots with White Gel Pen
  • Ran a piece of Washi across 
  • Embellished with Warm Winter Wishes Phrase die cut from Silver GLitter paper.

There are Prizes!!
Simply leave a comment on this post and on the designers' blog hop posts between now and Friday, December 23, 11:55 p.m. Pacific for a chance to win. Only one comment per blog, please. We'll announce the winners in the December Challenges and Blog Hops post in January. Become a follower of our blog or follow us by email to receive updates when we post something here. How easy is that? Have fun!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tareerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza and HoneyBee Stamps

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door! 

Here is a bit of my my card for Day 18: Sponsor is HoneyBee Stamps

I kept this very simple by using Let It Snow stamp set and coloring with Ziggys:))

Hope you are enjoying the Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia! Remember to comment at Honeybee Stamps blog and Taheerah's for chances to win prizes.

Have a Blessed day!


I have turned off comments for this post:)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cookie Jar at Inspired By #37

There is a new challenge today at Inspired By All the Little Things.

This photo screams SHAKER to me:)
 Loved the Red and White ribbon along with the gingerbread houses.
I reached for Dog Life for the main puppy and Brushed Merry for teh embossed sentiment.  Santa's Sneezes and the tiny puppies from City Girls Retail Therapy  became my shaker elements.

Hope this inspired you to play along with us at Inspired By:))

Our Guest Artist this week is: Natalie Murdock

Be sure to check out the inspiration from the DT
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