LDRS Creative Design Team INSPIRATIONS!!!

Check out the beautiful inspirational projects over at LDRS Creative Inspirations!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Exciting News!!!

Mindy Baxter is offering an awesome new copic class over at CMC Classroom: This and That Magnolia Class. It will officially open on or around January 7th at $45, but if you pre-register the price is only $40. You can Pre-Register HERE. Here's a list of techniques that you will also learn in the class...

-using Mini Tilda as a Large Tilda's reflection in water
-creating water, pond, puddles
-blades of grass around an image
-dotted background
- creating and coloring hardwood floors
-creating and coloring tile floors
-creating a corner room for indoor stamps
-creating a meadow
-rain drops
-snow scene

I hope you'll check out the class.  Mindy is a fantastic artist and I'm sure you can learn a lot from her.  I might just sign up for the class myself!

Happy New Year!


Friday, December 23, 2011


I just returned today, with my family, from Disney World.  We took our son to celebrate his 8th birthday.  What a magical place :-)  It was so wonderful to see it all decked out for the holidays and all of the characters dressed for Christmas.  To top it off, the temps were in the 80's and it was gorgeous!  I won't be surprised if we make it an annual thing.

I want to take a moment to thank each of you for your kind words and support this year.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

To all of my DT teamies, you are all so very talented and it has been an honor to share the stage with you all this year.  Merry Christmas and Happy New to you and your families as well.

My hubby and I are hosting our annual Christmas Eve Dinner at our house tomorrrow.  We will be joined by both family and friends to celebrate.  It promises to be a joyous occasion.  It always makes me reflect on the past year, remembering all that we bring to each other's lives.  I am so very grateful for everyone in my life and for all that I have been blessed with.

I wish you all the very best!

Love and Hugs,


Friday, December 16, 2011

Winner and Reminder...

Hi Everyone!

I've got two things to mention to you today.

First...the winner of my Little Darlings Giveaway is

#55 Calypso of Calypso's Crafts!!!


Please contact me at ajhunt{at}comcast{dot}net to claim your prize!

Second, I want to remind you that The Wrapped Up Holiday Challenge is still going on over at

You have until December 18th to enter for a chance to win some GREAT prizes!

This will be my last post until after the Christmas holiday. 

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!

Big Hugs,


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hi Everyone!  Well, Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and I still can't believe it.  Doesn't it seem as though the days between Halloween and Christmas go by in a flash?  It's the same with the days between the last and first days of school.  Then there's winter...Here in Michigan the months of January thru March seem to last forever.  It's so cold and snowy and feels like the temps are below zero every day.  I guess that why we appreciate Spring so much!

Anyhoo, I finally made it into my studio for a short bit this afternoon.  I've been working on year-end financials for our business, along with the usual month-end stuff.  That along with the holidays and birthdays has left me with no time to craft.  I managed to color a Christmas image in bits and pieces here and there.  I finally finished it with a simple background last night while my son was in the bath tub.

I know a lot of you are done with Christmas cards, but I feel like I've only just begun.  Probably cause I have 'only just begun'!  I will probably continue with Christmas and Winter cards through January and February because it'll be so cold and snowy here.  I'll be working in some Valentine projects as well.

Well, enough chit chat...here's my card :-)  I hope you like it!

Merry Christmas


This little sweetheart is #3092 Tucked Tilda from Magnolia's 'Sweet Christmas Dreams Collection'.  She's currently available at Magnolia-licious, along with the rest of the gorgeous collection.  I tell ya, I think Christmas and Winter stamps are my absolute favorite!  And this collection is tops.  I hope you'll check it out and get your order in quickly so you have time to make some Christmas cards and tags before the big day.  Magnolia-licious ships very quickly so you definitely still have time.  The cute little sentiment is from a local stamp show that I attended last summer.

The image was colored with Copic markers and cut out with a SB die.  All of the ribbon and lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  The green ribbon is from last years Christmas collection pack.  If you haven't checked out their monthly Ribbon Club you should.  You get a pack of ribbons monthly that are perfectly coordinated to the relevant holiday or season.  And it's very reasonably priced.  To top it off, you can cancel your subscription at any time so there really isn't any risk.  Check it out HERE!  This month they have a beautiful white collection pack that's perfect for New Year's projects.  Anyway, the silver corner pieces are from WOC and the bells are from Michael's.  The large sparkly white snowflake in the upper left corner is from KaiserCraft and is available in a set at Love To Stamp for only $3 per pack.  I just love these!  I covered this one in white crackle paint and then gave it a coat of stardust Stickles.  It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Don't forget to get in the running for my Little Darlings Giveaway!  It runs til the end of the day on 12/14.

That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for stoppng by!  I hope you'll leave me a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)

Have a Very Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Love and Hugs,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

New CardMaker Blog
Little Darlings Giveaway

Exciting News!!!

CardMaker is launching a new blog at http://www.cardmakermagazine.com/blog/ .  You have to check it out!  To top it off, today, they are featuring Little Darlings rubber stamps!!! 

 You can also find a Little Darlings feature spot in the "Our Favorite Products" section in the January issue of CardMaker, currently on sale.

This is all very exciting news!
I'm so thrilled and I've decided to share it with you...

I'm giving away some Little Darlings rubber stamps to one random commenter on this post.
That's right...all you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
The winner will be selected by random.org on December 15th. 

 I'm giving away 5 LD stamps, one from each of the first 5 releases.
Here are the names of the stamps:

Up, Up and Away
Catch A Falling Star
Art 101
Pumpkin Races
Every Stocking Counts

Be sure to leave your comment at the bottom of this post to be in the running for the


Monday, December 5, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree...

Hi Everyone!
  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend :-)  Ours was absolutely JAM PACKED WITH FUN!!!  For starters, I hosted my monthly card class on Saturday morning.  I'm hooked on mohito's since visiting Puerto Rico, so I served them around 11 a.m.  It was almost noon!  So that's ok...right!  LOL!!!  Afterwards, I had to make two pots of chili for a Christmas 'kick off' party that a friend of mine hosted Saturday night.  What fun we had!!!  And yes, I brought mohito's to the party too!  Our son spent the night at a friend's house so we were free to relax and enjoy ourselves.  On Sunday, hubby had a cyclocross race about 2 hours from our house and then planned on hanging out with the team afterwards.  I met my son and our friends that he stayed with for a late lunch, a Christmas parade, and a visit with Santa.  We all had a wonderful time :-)  But, it did feel good to get home and get into my jammies!

Today I want to show you the card that I made for my card class on Saturday.  I used a LOTV image, Bo Bunny papers, Prima flowers, WOC flowers, and some other stuff.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  It's actually a gate fold card and the entire front flap with the bow opens to reveal the the bifold gates.

Oh Christmas Tree
I'm short on time today, so I apologize for not getting all of the details to you.  But, I really do need to get going on work stuff.  It's what pays the bills afterall!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll leave a little comment to let me know that you were here :-)



Friday, December 2, 2011


La La Land Crafts
Inspirational Friday

It's Friday Everone!  That means it's time for more 'Inspiration' at La La Land Crafts.  We've got a really fun theme this week...'Black and White'.  I just loved working on this project!  I got a chance to demonstrate the differences between the Copic grey sets:  N=Neutral; W=Warm; C=Cool, T=Tone

If you don't know the difference, here's a breakdown:

N's, or 'Neutral' greys are the most genuine and versatile.  They can be used just about anywhere.  They're great for coloring things like tuxedos, tires, shoes, boots, etc., anything that you want to look truly black.  They are also great for adding shadows over just about any color.  They are the perfect choice for coloring black hair.

W's, or 'Warm' greys have brown undertones.  They are best used when working with earthtones and other warm color families, like reds, oranges and yellows.  They're also beautiful when creating a more old fashioned look to something like a tuxedo.  I like to use them to lightly shadow around some of the edges of images to bring them together with the background.

C's, or 'Cool' greys have blue undertones.  They are best used when working with cool color families, like blues, purples, and some greens.  They're gorgeous on things like snow, snowmen, penguins, etc.  They are also great for adding shadows to clouds.

T's, or 'Tones' are somewhere between N's and W's.  They have a little bit of a brown undertone, but not as much as the W's.  The difference between N's and T's is similar to the difference between the Black 100 and Special Black 110 Copic markers.  I actually do not own any of the T's.  I haven't had the need for them yet.  Maybe someday!

Snowboarding Marci

When I first read what the theme was, I thought "How can I make something Wintery with black and white?"  I started looking through the images and found 'Snowboarding Marci' and it all just clicked!  I paired her with part of the Little Village Scene Digi from MIC.  I just love how they look together.  The dp is from my stash of 12x12 sheets.  The black cs is Bazzill.  I cut them both with dies from Go Kreate using my SB Grand Calibur.  The final project measures rougly 8x8 inches.  The big snowflakes are ornaments from the local craft store.  The sweet black polka dotted ribbon is from RRR.  I grabbed the doily and clear snowflakes from my stash.

Here's a closeup so you can see the coloring better.  I used W's on Marci's face and added a little R20 and R30 to her cheeks and the heart.  I also used W's on the houses.  Marci's clothes, the trees, and the rooftop snow were colored with C's.  Her hair and snowboard were colored with N's.  The winter sky was colored with a combination of C's and N's.  All of the snow on the hill got a coating of glitter and it sparkles like crazy IRL!

Copic markers:

C00, C1, C3, N0, N1, N3, N5, W00, W1, W3, R20, R30

That's it for me today!  I hope you'll try using the greys to create your own beautiful project!  Hopefully I've inspired you :-)

Hugs to you all,


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Puerto Rico...

More Puerto Rico Photos

Well, I finally got a moment to get some more photos to you from my trip to Puerto Rico.

Ocean - rain was moving in.  I could handle rain with that view every day!

View from our hotel window.  We stayed at the Sheraton San Juan and it was absolutely beautiful.  I will definitely stay there if/when I travel to San Juan again.

Convention Center

Yes, that is the ocean in view.  It was a lot closer than it appears in these photos.

A cruise ship strolled in one morning.


Old San Juan

Me, Mindy and Yamille at breakfast.

Look at the blue in the pavers in the streets of Old San Juan!  Gorgeous!!!

That's it for today.  I hope you enjoyed my photos.  It was nice to look at them again and remember the trip.  I would love to go back there to teach again.  Or maybe just for a vacation!

Come back tomorrow for a little 'inspiration' from La La Land Crafts!



Monday, November 28, 2011


Little Darlings Winter 2011 Release

There are three new images available TODAY at

The are being offered at an introductory sale price of $6.50/each.

I'm so excited about these new Little Darlings images. They are absolutely adorable! They can be used all winter long, for both Christmas and general 'winter' projects.

Check out our Design Team's inspirational cards at the

You'll find an opportunity to win a prize there too!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Darlings Challenge

The challenge this week is to make a project with a 'Thank You' theme.  You can get all of the details of the challenge at Little Darlings Challenges.  You can enter the challenge with any rubber stamp, but the prize is doubled if you win using a Little Darlings rubber stamp.  I hope you'll play along!

Since I'm in the midst of making Christmas/Holiday and Winter items, I decided to make a holiday gift tag that can accompany any 'Thank You' gift around the holidays.  Here it is...

A Note of Thanks


I decided to use this little cutie, 'All For Me', by Little Darlings.  I think he looks like he could be bringing a bunch of gifts to someone too.  I paired him with dp's by Bo Bunny.  Cs is both SU and Bazzill.  The card shape was achieved using a SB Grand Nestie die.  The image was also cut using a SB Nestie and rubbed with a bit of Ranger DI in 'walnut stain' for age.  Check out those wooden snowflakes by KaiserCraft!  I JUST LOVE THEM!!!  They can be used in so many ways on your paper crafts and Love To Stamp has them right now.  The sentiment is from Whimsy and is from a set called Thank You Squared...also available at Love To Stamp.  The green ribbon is from SU.  The lace and twine are from RRR.  As a last little touch, I added the gold bell and now the tag makes a sweet little jingle sound when moved :-)

The image was colored using a combo of Copic markers and watercolor with Ranger DI's.  Here are the details...

Skin - E000, 00, 01, 11, 13, R20, 30
Hair - E50, 41, 42, 43, 44

DI's - walnut stain, black soot, antique linen, fired brick, weathered wood, rusty hinge, shabby shutters, tumbled glass

That's it for me today!  I hope you'll leave me a little note to let me know that you were here.  Thank you so very much for stopping by.

To those of you in the USA...HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Big Hugs,


Monday, November 21, 2011

Wrapped or Unwrapped???


Hey Folks!  It's time for another Magnolia-licious Blog Hop and we've got an extra special challenge for you this time!!!  The challenge is 'Anything but a card' and we had to use both 'Mini Wrapped Tilda' and 'Mini Unwrapped Tilda'.  Diana is offering special pricing on this set of 2 mini stamps and you can save $4.99 if you order yours right away.  That way you can play along with us too!  You can get all of the challenge and prize details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  Make sure to check it out cause there are some special things going on this time around :-)

Additionally, I've hidden some snowflakes, like the one below, in my photos.  In fact, we all have!  It's your task to go through the blog hop and find all of the hidden snowflakes.  Be careful, THEY MAY NOT BE THE SAME SIZE AS THE ONE PICTURED BELOW!!!  Tally them up and email the total number of snowflakes from the entire blog hop to Suzanne at sjdean@smartneighborhood.net .  A random winner will be selected from the entries and a special prize will be awarded.

So, if you've arrived here from Sharon's blog, then you're on the right track.  If not, then be sure to catch the beginning at Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog so you can see all of the gorgeous DT projects and find every last one of those snowflakes!

Here's my project...

Christmas Jewelry Box

I must admit, having to create something other than a card always gives me a bit of trouble.  Also, because of my trip to Puerto Rico and some misaligned rib heads along my spine, I only had a couple of days to work on this project.  I started on Friday by picking my papers from Magnolia's 'Sweet Christmas Dreams Paper Pack', which just happened to arrive while I was in PR.  This paper is soooooooooooo pretty and I was able to divide the patterns into several different combos.  Next, I rummaged through some drawers where I keep items that I may alter one day, and I found this adorable little wooden box.  The top is hinged in the back and has a magnetic closer in the front.

I used 4 different mini Magnolia stamps to make up this cute little Christmas scene:  'Mini Wrapped Tilda' and 'Mini Unwrapped Tilda', Mini Candy Cane, and Mini Christmas Tree.  The scene was cut using SB Nesties.  The blue backing was cut using a SB Shapeability Snowflake die.  I put a heart doily behind them both to set them apart from the poinsettia dp.

The poinsettia's, I believe, are from Prima.  I put them together with some berries in the middle from WOC.  The white flowery bunches are from Magnolia.  The beautiful red check ribbon is from my stash.  The little candy canes are from Michaels.  I was diggin' through one of my embellie drawers and found a part of a bracelet of pearls and clear beads that I had taken apart for another project.  I added another pearl bunch to the top of it and secured it to the box top with some very strong magnets (believe it or not!)


I think the metal piece surrounding the sentiment is from Tim Holtz.  The sentiment is from my collection but is no longer marked with the manufacturer's name.  The ribbons and lace are from my stash as well.

I'm sorry about all of the photos, but I really like this project and wanted to capture it from all angles.

Here is a closeup of the scene.  All images are colored with Copics.  I was in a hurry so I don't have a list of colors.  The background is colored in beige, but it doesn't show up in the photos.  I had originally intended on painting this scene with DI's, but I didn't have any wax paper left after PR.  I guess I need to go to the store tomorrow!

That's it for me today!  Next up is the uber talented Janiel!!!  I'm certain she has something spectacular to show you :-)

Don't forget to count all of the snowflakes that I've hidden!!!

Hugs to you all,


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Puerto Rico!!!

Hi Everyone!  Well, I'm back from Puerto Rico and I really miss being there.  I had the best time!  Yamille held the classes at her scrapbook store - Memory Box, in San Juan.  I can't possibly explain the energy that she exudes!  Yamille is super sweet, full of life, and was the most perfect hostess.  We very quickly became like sisters and had an awesome time together.  Thank you Yamille for inviting me to teach at your Event and for being so wonderful!!!

I've got a bunch of photos to show you.  Today, I've got photos from the Copic and DI classes. 

Here's a portion of the room where the classes were held.  I took this photo when we first arrived before anyone was in the room.  Yamille had a card/project kit and gift box for everyone.

This room is up the stairs from the store.  Here you can see Yamille and I looking out through the curtain at all of the ladies in the store that came to my classes.  You can see a bit of the store through the glass window between the two rooms.  There is actually a third room that you do not see in this photo that Yamille uses for parties and gatherings.  That is the room where our homemade fabulous lunches were served.  On Friday, Yamille's hubby, Juan Carlos, made two AWESOME lasagnas that would rival any authentic Italian dish.  There were also some yummy plantains that I just can't get off my mind.  On Saturday, we had another lunch with some Puerto Rican favorites.  I still can't believe the amount of food that I ate on this trip!  There wasn't anything that we ate that I didn't completely and absolutely love.

As I stated earlier, Yamille has a tremendous amount of energy about her.  She gave away prizes and got people dancing.

Here are some of the ladies in the class.

Dancing up to the front to claim her prize.

And the prize is.....a new Tim Holtz bag!  I took one home too :-)

Me, Yamille and Mindy posing for the camera at Memory Box.

This sign is my favorite thing in the store!  I've gotta find one of these for myself.

These are my Little Darlings rubber stamps hanging on the wall!!!  I had a special set designed just for the Puerto Rico event and you can see some of them in this photo.  I will be officially releasing them in 2012.

Another photo of my Little Darlings rubber stamps.

Mindy and I spent the better part of Sunday touring Old San Juan.  I'll have those photos for you soon.  The city is absolutely STUNNING!!!  On Monday, Yamille took us to the San Juan Mall for a little shopping.  Many of the stores were the same as we have here in Michigan.  But, Yamille saved the best store for last and took us to her favorite local boutique...Bliss.  And it was :-)  I spent a lot of money there!!!

I hope to be heading back to PR to teach more classes in the future.  I really had a wonderful time.

I'll have more photos soon...


Sunday, November 6, 2011


Hi Everyone!
I'm still having fun diving into Christmas cards. This one I made back in August actually. It was for an advertisement. Because it was for an ad, I didn't write down all of the details. But, I really love the card and wanted to show it to you here. I'll do my best to recall the products used.

The stamps are all by Magnolia and can be found at Magnolia-licious. Here are the details:

Mini Tilda in Winter Light - this link is for the larger sized image. The mini is probably on re-order.

Mini trees - I don't know the name of the trees off-hand and I don't see them in the store right now. I have the name listed upstairs in my studio, but my body is awfully sore right now from a yoga class and climbing the stairs seems like attempting Mt. Everest! I'll update this post with the info later.

Northpole sentiment - also by Magnolia but it's from a much earlier collection and I don't see it in the store.

The tag was cut using a Magnolia 'Scalloped Tag' DooHickey Tag die. Magnolia-licious has a HUGE assortment of DooHickey dies available all of the time. There's no better place to shop for your Magnolia products!!! The poinsettia is from my stash, but the rest of the flowers are from Magnolia...either directly from my visit to the shop in Boras, Sweden...or from my DT kits. Thank you Magnolia!!! The ribbons are from my stash.

These gorgeous dp's are from Magnolia's Christmas 2010 collection and they are my absolute FAVORITE papers that they have EVER come out with! The white heart doily is from my stash. The blue doily was cut using a Die-Namics die. The card shape was cut using a Go Kreate die, and then I folded it in half. Cs is by Bazzill, of course. Nearly everything on this card was rubbed with a bit of Ranger DI in 'Walnut Stain' to give it a bit of age.

That's it for today! I'm not sure if I'll make it back til after my trip to Puerto Rico. If I can, I'll post about my trip while I'm there.

Big Hugs to you all,


Wednesday, November 2, 2011



#72  Kathy Miller



Kathy, please email me at ajhunt{at}comcast.net within 48 hours to claim your prize

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Something For You...

Magnolia-licious DT Challenge!!!

Happy November Everyone!!!  My GOSH we're close to Christmas already!  After 43 years I'm still amazed at how fast time really does fly!  You know, you hear that all the time when you're a kid, but it doesn't mean a thing until you're old enough to realize that you're not young anymore.  I keep asking my son to stop growing up so fast.  He says he's trying not to, but he just can't help it!  He'll be eight next month and his skin is still as soft as it was when he was a baby.  It just makes my heart ache to remember him that tiny.  WELL....sorry about that.  My fingertips seem to have taken an unexpected turn down memory lane on my keyboard.  But, as always, the thought of Christmas always makes me reflect on my life and my family and friends.  I think that's why I enjoy making Christmas cards so much.  They always make me feel warm and happy inside.

I hosted this months challenge.  I was browsing the internet one day and for some reason ended up looking at Christmas and Winter photos.  I thought it would be fun to do a challenge with a photo inspiration.  Since I love both the warm rich reds, greens and browns of Christmas AND the cool, icy blues of Winter, I selected two photos and you can choose whichever one inspires you the most.

Here they are...

I selected these photos quite a while ago and I still love them both.  The DT gals have done an absolutely gorgeous job with their projects and I hope you'll stop by their blogs to get the details of each.  You can check out the challenge and prize details at the Magnolia-licious Highlites Challenge Blog.  I really hope you'll play along with the challenge.  We always love to see how you all interpret the theme.

I'm having sooooooo much fun with my new stamps from the Magnolia 'Sweet Christmas Dreams' collection.  All of the images are adorable, but I do have my faves!  The one I chose to use today is one of them.  I'm sure you all have you favorites and Magnolia-licious has them all in stock right now waiting for you to get yours.

How about a look at my project! 

Something For You 
This gorgeous girl is #3055 Something For You Tilda.  I love how precious she looks with that gift hidden behind her back.  I've paired her with #614 Welcome To A Sweet Christmas.  She looks like she's showing up for a Christmas party!  I initially chose the Winter photo as my inspiration, but with the addition of the red and green, it looks a little like the Christmas photo too.  I guess I ended up combining them!
I colored both images with Copic markers.  I used a ton of colors over several days so I wasn't really able to keep track.  It's a lot easier to keep track when I'm able to sit down for a longer amount of time to color the entire picture in one sitting.  But right now I have a TON of stuff going on so I have to keep popping in and out of my studio.  ANYWAY, the idea was that the house would be blue with a white door and white trim.  But, now that it's done, the house almost looks like it could be the night sky with an open door floating around in the middle of it!  In retrospect, I probably should have made the house a different color :-(  Live and learn I guess!

The dp's are from a collection of BoBunny from last year.  The blues are gorgeous and they have this really pretty plum color running through here and there.  I pulled that color out for Tilda's outfit.  I went a little dark on the hat by mistake, but there really isn't much you can do to fix the really dark colors once you've layed them down.

This photo is just me trying to be a bit 'artsy'.  I was hoping to show you some of the dimension of the card.  They always look so flat in straight on photos.  All of the embellies are from my 2010 Christmas stash.  I purchased most of them from Michael's.

Challenges entered:
Just Magnolia - Merry Christmas
Crafter's Companion - Let It Snow
Cupcake Craftroom - Sweet Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Christmas Theme

That's it for me today!  Thank you so very much for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you'll leave me a little note so that I know you were here. 

I hope you have a wonderful day :-)

Hugs to you all,


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