I’m a little late in posting this but it wasn’t due to actually *being* late.  I had a dentist appointment today.. then afterward a guy rear-ended us.. and the baby is cutting 15 molars at once.. so let’s just say it has been a “fun” day.  The neat thing is while I was thinking about the tutorial today (which I couldn’t record yesterday due to the tree guys making a LOT of noise) an idea hit me!  What if I made stitching brushes out of CU stitching sets I already owned… and what if I added that realistic thread texture as a brush too?  What would happen?  EPICNESS IS WHAT HAPPENS!


Just watch!  I think you are going to LOVE this tutorial!

There needs to be some tweaking of the texture brush.  To achieve different effects I changed the color and blending modes.  For example in the example above the texture brush is duplicated 3 times.  Top is Overlay in Black, Middle is hard Light in White, Bottom is Overlay in Black and then the base is the solid color.  Play around with your layer blending modes and have a good time!

Products used in this tutorial:




I’m sure at times my partialness to pink just SHINES THROUGH on my website.  Is it any surprise that today’s color calling card has TWO shades of pink?  Of course not.

We are in the process of renovating the basement.  Part of this renovation means that I will have an “official” office area.  Due to this I have searched far and wide as I try to come up with some organizational ideas for a small space.  This image was one of the cute pins that I fell in love with.  The thing about pictures like this is we all know that they aren’t realistic.  Yes, it looks sweet.. but the reality is so different.  I imagine missing hangers, wrapping paper all over the floor, post it notes stuck everywhere.. including the back of the chair, tipped over button jars.. is this just me?  I can’t be the only one who has one idea of what would be nice.. and the reality of it is something completely different!

Perhaps one day my office will become a pinterest inspiration… and if it does we all secretly know that that image lasted for a complete .5 second length of time before it was completely DESTROYED.  Organized Artist? Oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one.



I am so super excited about Friday this week.  Why?  Well let me just say that by Tuesday it felt like it should have been Thursday.  I’m not sure if it was just stress or dreary weather or the fact that I had a wisdom tooth pulled but I was generally not in a great mood this week.  But Today.. Friday.. full of promise!  Promise of a weekend where I get to sleep in? Well not exactly because Savannah will wake me up at 5:30 to nurse but.. you know, at least I don’t have to get out of bed to get Caitlyn ready for school!  Anyway enough on that.

I created this new set of elements yesterday that I am really really excited about.  Why, you might ask?  Well I thought “Hey, I can create these as brushes.. but then maybe as birch elements and cork elements..” And then a CT member said “How about SVG files”  I initially was like “too much work..” But as I thought about it I figured it would be a good excuse to actually INSTALL my cameo. (Which we ended up not being able to find the cord for anyway) and try my hand at something new.


I honestly could not have done it without my CT member Juliette and also the talented Jaimee.  They are life savers!  So… the idea behind the accented series is to offer up basic elements in a variety of styles including cutting files for those of you who are into hybrid!  YAY!

Now on to the fun part.  I decided to create a tutorial showcasing how you can use the new accented series to create a myriad of effects using Mommyish Styles & Actions!

In the tutorial I played around with these styles:

Also – Starting Wednesday I will be having a daily freebie download through the month of October!  These downloads will turn into an awesome collection for your everyday use!  So be sure to bookmark Mommyish and keep your eyes open for those freebies!