Monday, January 26, 2015

Deer Creek, Always In My Heart

Out of all the places I have lived, I miss Deer Creek the most.

We moved in 2010 and I have not been able to go back. I tear up just thinking about it. The thought that the beautiful land belongs to someone else just breaks my heart. High gas prices forced us to move closer to work or we would definitely still be living there.

Deer Creek is part of me. I played there with my family when I was little. We had many memorable (and not so memorable, LOL) bonfires there as a teen. My children grew up with the creek right outside their front door. Some of my most favorite memories happened at Deer Creek. It is one place that will always be dear in my heart.

This layout was made using the new Here & Now digital kit by Marisa Lerin with Pixel Scrapper. I love the colors and versatility of this kit. No theme means the sky's the limit for what you can do with it. Check it out.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting,
Dana Desmond

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Birthday Wishes Digi Kit at Pixel Scrapper

Before I get into my layout share, I just want to apologize for being MIA. I have been sick for the last month and have not created anything at all (maybe that's why I was sick???).  This is the first week I have felt good since December 19th. I have a few mini albums I'm thinking about selling, so I want to video those over the next couple of weeks. We will see if that actually gets done.

So, my layout today uses the new Birthday Wishes digital kit by Sheila Reid at Pixel Scrapper. I very rarely use the kits as a themed kit and this time is no exception. I actually scrapped photos from our 2006 family vacation to Michigan. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to see the Mission Point Lighthouse and walk on the peninsula out into Lake Michigan. I walked as far as I could and never reached the end. When I got back, everyone was waiting for me at the car. Oops.

This layout took me about 20 minutes to make. If I had scrapped this traditionally, I'm not sure it would be done yet. I'm so afraid to cut into my papers and then regret it later, that I will ponder over my layout forever before making a commitment. Digi kits give me the freedom to just create.

I encourage you to head over to and try one of the free kits.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Winner of $25 Simon Says Stamp Giveaway Is.....

I hope everyone is having a great first day of 2015. I've been sick for the last couple of weeks, so I didn't feel like celebrating last night. Today, my husband decided to take a drive. I have been stuck in the house for the last few days, so it was a welcome escape. We stopped at Michael's on the way home, but it was a bit too much. I was ready to go after about 10 minutes. Yes, that's how bad I feel.

Now, for the winner of my 200,000 blog hit giveaway...DRUM ROLL Please.... chose:

My fondest holiday memory was always getting together will everyone at my grandma's house. Going with the uncles to cut the tree, helping grandma and the aunt's decorate it. Setting up the train so we could play with it under the tree and drive everyone nuts. The watching grandma play the organ and waiting for the whole family to show up. I miss those days and those people :)

I want to thank everyone who left a comment. There are very touching memories that I hope will bring you peace for a very long time.
I look forward to sharing more projects with you during 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finals Week, UGH! (Yeah!!!!)

I worked the entire weekend on my research papers, and case studies, and book assignments, and discussion assignments, OH MY! Needless to say, I was way too tired to craft.

This week is finals week and on top of studying, I have a ton of homework. So, I won't be crafting through the week, but wait for the weekend. I'm free until January (bring on the paper and ink!!!), then it's one more class and I'm done.

I'm planning to post next week. In the meantime...

~~Don't forget about my 200,000 blog hit giveaway, win a~~~
$25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card (See details here). 

Hope you have a wonderful day. Happy crafting.

Friday, December 12, 2014

2014 Christmas Card #7

~~Don't forget about my 200,000 blog hit giveaway, win a~~~
$25 Simon Says Stamp Gift Card (See details here). 

I know I said yesterday's card was my favorite, but this one is so adorable, I'm rethinking that statement. This card again uses the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit and Lawn Fawn's Sweet Christmas stamp set. I have made tons of cards with this kit and I have plenty of supplies left to make a few more. I haven't even started using the December Card Kit yet. I forgot how great a deal these kits are.

I stamped the all the images on Copic X-Press It cardstock in my new MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink and colored them with my Copics.

I have been using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink for my Copic coloring for years, but I had a hard time getting a true crisp black. The MFT Hybrid inks work very well with Copic and the images are solid, crisp black. I'm so glad I listed to Amy over at Prairie, Paper, and Ink. She made the switch and I could definitely see the difference in her videos.

I white heat embossed the snowflake from this set above the house and created a winter sky using Distress Ink in Broken Chine, Peacock Feather, and Evergreen Bough.

I cut a bunch of patterned paper rectangles and mattes. I rounded all the corners with my Corner Chomper and layered all the mattes to the background. I Heat embossed the sentiment on a piece of patterned paper and trimmed it out using the MFT Wavey Borders die on the bottom. Using my Corner Chomper, I rounded the top right corner of the sentiment strip.

I fussy cut all of the Gingerbread people and the tree. I adhered the images and the sentiment strip tot he card using foam adhesive. I added stitch lines using my Signo Uniball Gel pen. I first thought I would add a solid white frame, but with all of my images, it got lost. I don't really like the solid lines, but I wasn't wasting a piece of quality cardstock, so I went with it.

I add glossy accents to the buttons on the Ginger People and accented the card using more of the My Mind's Eye Jubilee enamel accents from the kit (I've used tons of these and I still have a bunch left).

I hope you enjoyed today's card. I had a lot of fun coloring these images. I'm on the lookout for fun, non Holiday, images to color. I think I've colored everything in my stash. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.