Monday, August 19, 2019


Today I'm sharing with you my card for our August Challenge, I can not believe we are already halfway through August and things have gotten busy for the family already.

For this months card I stuck pretty much with the sketch, my goal was to showcase some of the pretty bazzill cardstock with the gold accents... love how pretty this paper is. I created a tag and heat embossed the sentiment in gold. Before adhering the tag on my card I added some twine with gold in it and tied a bow. To finish the card I added some clear dropletz for a slight "flare".

Don't forget to check out the blog to play along and see what the card team did with the card for the sketch! Can't wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!


Thursday, August 1, 2019

MLC Aug- Winter Hats

Hello everyone! Can you believe it's August already!!! We are getting close to Christmas, I really need to get some more cards going. Speaking of I kept my card pretty clean and simple (one of my fave styles). I took an old set that I got at Michaels when I first start seriously stamping... (you know instead the occasional rendezvous) about 9 years ago, and stamped the hat image from it down the side of my card. I then colored them in using Copics. Once the coloring was done, I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts). I really love a CAS card especially to showcase coloring. 

Thank you for stopping by and make sure to check out the other projects and play along over at MLC blog! Hope you all have a wonderful day and month!


Monday, July 22, 2019

July SID- I'm a little DoorKey

Good morning everyone! I've been trying to get this post done for a few days and have a had a bit of technical difficulties, but finally got it to work!

So here is our sketch for Stick it Downs card challenge this month and my take on the card sketch is below. I love a good pun so had to use the new Photoplay collection when I saw it!

I used some of the paper from the collection for the banners. I stamped the image and colored it with copics, layered it on some vellum and added a bow. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom, before layering the card panel on my card base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, July 1, 2019

MLC #12- Jul

Hello everyone! Today is the first of July! We are halfway through the year and it's time for another card challenge with Merry Little Christmas! 

This month I used a stamp and die set from Hero Arts. I love that this set has a mix of sentiments with little images and the dies for both all in one. These are some of the best sets. For the card I die cut part of the sentiment and stamped the rest above it once it was adhered to the card. Then added the holly leaves to the side. Instead of using the berry stamp I added some bling, thought that felt a little more festive. Then to finish the card I adhered the cardstock, pattern paper and focal panel unto the card base.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great month! Hope to see you play along with us at MLC!!!

Monday, June 17, 2019

June SID- Thank you

Hello everyone! Here is the Stick It Down card sketch for June.

I turned the sketch so that the stripes were horizontal and the framed sentiment is at the top. I used the Everything is Rosy kit  that Stampin' Up had as a special back in May. To be honest I'm not in love with the way the card turned out, I feel its a little busy and I love the clean and simple look! Sometimes you have to try something out of your comfort zone right!?!

Don't forgot to play along and show us how you interpret the sketch, I can't wait to see what you come up with! Check out the blog here to see cards from the design team.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Saturday, June 1, 2019

MLC #11- season of Joy

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Hello all, I'm here with a card for the June Merry little Christmas challenge! As always it's anything goes! I decided to go clean and simple... with is one of  my favorite styles! I just use some distress oxide to create an area of color to layer my die cut on. I popped the die cut on the card base and added my sentiment just below. 

Be sure to check out what my teammates of created this month on the blog here and don't forget to play along with the challenge. We always love to see what you all create! 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ATSM #341- Anything Goes

Hello everyone! Here is a card I made for Mother's Day which was celebrated Sunday in the States. I used the newer dino set from Lawn Fawn called Rawrsome. Love the adorable dinos  and sentiments in this set!

I stamped the volcano and hearts directly on the cardbase, while the dinos we stamped on a scrap piece of paper and then fussy cut. To add color to the images I just used copics and outlined the images. Love the subtle look of color it gives the images. I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and embossed with white and cut them out to look like labels. I adhered the labels directly to the base and the dinos are popped up with foam tape. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


For my card today I used a Hero Arts set with the adorable cactus critters. I couldn't help myself I just had to make a card with this adorable kitty! I stamped and colored my image then added the sentiment below. Then just layered a few cardstock panels and called it done. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, April 22, 2019

SID Apr sketch - Pixie dust

Here is the April card sketch for Stick It Down! Don't forget to check out the blog to see the other creations, not to mention the sketches for scrapping!

I changed it up a little by keep the sentiment box a little smaller and using the background area for a bigger image. I was a little out of my comfort zone using so much pink and feel it may have thrown me off a bit. As an after thought I probably should have flipped the card around so that she was blowing the fairy dust off of the card... o'well. ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Mini Easter treat box with Joy Clair

 Here is a quick peek at my project today over on the Joy Clair blog. How cute is this box?!

Hop on over and take a look!


Friday, April 5, 2019

Easter blessing side step card with Joy Clair

Here is a look at my card today over at the Joy Clair blog! Love these adorable bunnies for the Easter Greetings set as well as the flowers in the set as well!

Hop on over to the blog to see all the details! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! 


Joy Clair- Easter Greetings

Cutting Cafe- Step Card

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

ATSM #335- Stuck on you

Here is a quick look of my card today following the inspiration photo. I used the greens with a little pop of red, the inspire my Cacti card! Love how it turned out. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful day! 

Hero Arts, Copics, cardstock

Monday, April 1, 2019

MLC- April card

It's time for the April Merry Little Christmas Challenge! This time I decided to use a Lawn Fawn set that my hubby got me for Christmas. Its so cute!!!

I used the greenry from the set to create a little decorative stip on the card base. Then I stamped the images and sentiment on a panel to color. I did add some sparkle to the wings... can't have a fairy Christmas card with out sparkle! ;-) 

Thanks for stopping by, can't wait to see what you share with us this month! Have a great week!

Fruitful journal page with Joy Clair

Today is a special post for Joy Clair as we are having a blog hop! We all are sharing projects using sets from Joy Clairs Color by Faith line. I chose to create another page for my faith art journal and I decided to use the set Fruit of the Spirit.

I started by stamping all the sentiment in the middle of my page before stamping the fruit. Once I was done I realized that I got a little to close with an orange to the sentiment, so I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper and rounded the corners.

Then I colored all of my fruit with Arteza watercolor markers. Once I was done coloring I added the sentiment panel to the page and lined with some gray and a thin line from a black pen. I then adhered my decorated panel to the page in the journal.

Giveaway info!!!
To celebrate the Color by Faith Blog Hop, Joy Clair Stamps is giving away a $25 Gift Card to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm ET 04-05-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on Joy Clair Blog on 04-30-2019

Here is the hop line up, so you can continue on or start back at the top if needed!
You Are Here
--->Monica Maier <---
Helen Gullet

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop and getting inspired. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 



Arteza watercolor markers

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A card and planner layout with Joy Clair

Today I'm over on the Joy Clair blog with not one but two projects. Here is a peek at the card...

And a look at the planner layout

Hop on over to the Joy Clair blog to see all the details of the card! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!


Distress Oxide inks- Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo
Recollections- White Cardstock
Colored pencils

Monday, March 18, 2019

SID March- a little note

Happy Monday or whatever day it is when you stop by! ;-) My boys on Spring Break and I wanted to join in on the fun with some butterflies on my card for Stick It Downs March card sketch!

I recently purchased the Butterfly Gala set from Stampin' Up. Was going to do all stamping on the butterflies since it's a layering set, but decided to use Stampin' Blends to add color to my butterflies.

To finish the card I added some "trails" for the butterflies with a thin marker and added my sentiment!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you create something using the card sketch or even one of the scrapbook layouts we have going on this month over at Stick It Down challenge blog!


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Rainbow in the clouds with Joy Clair

Here is quick peek at my card for the Joy Clair blog today. Hop on over the the blog here to see the whole card and get the details since this post is short and sweet! 

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!


Joy Clair- God's Promises
MFT- Black hybrid ink
VersaFine- embossing Ink
Embossing powder- 
Recollections- White and light blue cardstock

Friday, March 1, 2019

Cup of cheer with Merry Little Christmas!

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It's another month and time for Merry Little Christmas challenge # 8. I went for a clean and simple style card this month. I used Merry Cafe from Stampin' Up, I'm excited to finally use this set it's been setting in my stash unused for far to long.

I stamped the cup and lid, then drew on the lines for the band. I stamped the sentiment and smaller elements with Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow inks. Added a little shading for dimension and called the card done!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

March St. Pat's planner with Joy Clair

Hello and Happy first day of march! Today we are all sharing the set Lucky Charm and we used it for Joy Clair. I used the stamp set in Jan to make a birthday card which you can see here. Today I decided to use it and create a St. Patrick week layout in my planner.

I stamped various images from the set on my planner pages. I used VersaClair inks in greens and a gray to stamp the images. To color some of the images I used some glitter gel pens. I feel it helps to leave the spread from lookin to cluttered and I still have plenty area to write.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by and see everyone's project using the adorable Lucky Charm set from Joy Clair!


Sunday, February 24, 2019

ATSM #329- CAS

Today is I have a Clean and simple card to share with  you for Addicted to Stamps and More! Be sure to stop by the blog to see the other designers inspiration and to play along!

I used a succulent stamp from Hero arts as well as a sentiment to create simple card. I just love a pop of color on a mostly white card! I stamped my image and used the coordinating die to cut it out of my panel. Then I trimmed down the panel so that it wasn't as wide as the image and adhered it to the cardbase. I stamped my sentiment and popped my colored image in place with foam tape for added dimension.

I'm also adding this to CAS Mix It Up challenge

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Welcome Spring with Joy Clair

Hello all, I'm poppin' today with a quick look at my card for Joy Clair. Today I'm using Spring stroll, be sure to visit the Joy Clair blog to get all the info on my card!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave a comment or follow me for blog updates! Have a great day!


Joy Clair- Spring Stroll
Prismacolor pencils
Recollections - cardstock

Monday, February 18, 2019

Chalk couture projects

So I've started a new adventure recently with a company called Chalk Courture! I shared my first project with the Merry Little Christmas challenge here. I'm loving the product as they make decorating so easy and fun! I'm going to share a few images of some more of the projects I've done since I've started! 

The transfer used in this picture was part of a kit,a friend had a party where those that attended used the kit and got to try Chalk Couture for the first time. The kit used a little hexagon shaped board as a designer I didn't get the board, so I used an adorable heart shaped board from Target.

This Aiden board is one that I got in my starter kit, it's reusable and magnetic! How about that truck? I absolutely adore it! Its the vintage truck transfer and has 4 add on transfers to coordinate with the seasons. For this one I used theSpring add on, it has items to help add decor to make the truck springy!

My last sample for today is a wooden surface that I picked up from Tuesday Morning and I used the Ardently admire and love transfer with it. 

A few important things I would like to point out...
1. The transfers are reusable 8-12 times
2. The medium- Chalk Paste can be used on and cleaned off of nonporous surfaces
3. The medium- Couture ink can used and needs to be heat set to become permanent 

I used the paste on the projects I shared today, but have used ink as well. I will share those another day. I have some live videos and more projects on Facebook if you're interested, you can find me @Chalkymonkey on facebook! I also have my Chalk Couture Pinterest board or you can see my first and so far only vid on YouTube, hoping to get more done and better with them as time goes by! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

SID Feb sketch- Hello

Hello everyone! Can't believe we are over halfway through Feb already! Here in IL we've had some crazy variances in our weather... almost like it's spring time, but colder. For example... valentines day was a sunny and low 50's, the next day was cloudy and 20. Don't get me work I love winter for the snow, but if there isn't snow around there is no reason for the frigid temps! ;-) So with that in mind I decided to take the sketch and give my card a warmer spring time feel.

I masked off a ray shape and stamped multiple floral images inside. Removed the tape and then stamped my large sentiment in black ink. I felt I needed a little more detail on the edges so I took a pen and added dash lines along the stamped area. 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me today. I look forward to seeing your projects on the Stick It Down blog


Hero Arts- stamps
Catherine Pooler- Inks
Recollections- cardstock

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

ATSM #327- Make Your Mark

Today I have a mermaid card  for the Make Your Mark theme of Addicted to stamps and more challenge!  I plan on sending this to a friend of mine for Valentines... she's the reason I have these adorable MFT mermaids to color after all!

Just love these girls and they were a lot of fun to color with my Copics! Hope to see you play along with us for the Make Your Mark Challenge


MFT- BB Mermazing and blakc hybrid ink
Lawn Fawn- Mermaid for you (the seaweed image) and watercolor petite paper pack

Thinking of you with Joy Clair

Hello crafty friends! Today I have two cards using the Martha's Flowers stamp set from Joy Clair's recent release. Visit the Joy Clair blog here for my full post and all the details!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Joy Clair- Martha's Flowers
Various Copics
Cardstock- White, Black, and light blue

Monday, February 4, 2019

Joy Clair Mardi Gras hop

 Today we are showcasing some Mardi Gras projects over a Joy Clair! Everyone made anything but a card, be sure to stop by and check out the fun projects! I used the set Unashamed to create a fun little banner using the mask images.

I stamped and colored the images before fussy cutting them, since there was only 5 it didn't take long. I then tied them together and hung them between to shish kabob sticks. They would be super cute in a bigger flower pot or on top of a cake for decoration!


Have fun hopping along and have a great day!