Thursday, August 28, 2014

Double Dutch

There are so many fancy fold cards on Pinterest and I have been trying to get brave enough to make some. So today I want to share a double dutch card. It was so easy to make and I really like the way it turned out. Wish I had spotted this card before I did my project for the Sisterhood's challenge "Fancy Folds", which I am hosting.


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Cardstock: White, SU Soft Plum, Black
Ink: Soft Plum
Embossing Folder: Darice 
Dies: Nestibilities Ovals, Scalloped Ovals, Labels Five, Memory Box Butterfly
Punch: Martha Stewart Eyelet Scallop Punch
Embellishments: White Wedding Flowers

When I embossed my top fold, I didn't realize that I had the embossing folder turned the wrong way, so it is debossed. But I thought it looked kinda nice that way and left it. The frame for the sentiment panel was sponged with SU soft plum ink. I also sponged the flower with the soft plum. I found the image and the sentiment on Pinterest.

It is hard to tell from the picture, but the butterfly was cut from white and soft plum cardstock, then glued together for dimension. The body and antenna were cut from black cardstock. Now that I know how easy this card is to make, I will definitely be creating more.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and check out the new challenge "Fancy Fold" cards. The Sistahs have some fantastic projects for inspiration. 

Thanks for visiting with me today.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Open the Gate

I am so excited to be the hostess for the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge this week. I always forget about all the different ways to fold cards, so this will be a great challenge for me. I decided to make a gate fold card. (One of these days, I might get brave enough to try a step card.) Now for the details of my project.




Cardstock: Teal, White

Designer Paper: Colorbok Jewel Box

Dies: Labels One

Punches: Large and Small Tag Punches

Ink: Momento Black

Embellishments: Large rose and white lace

Okay, now it's your turn. Head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the "sistahs" and enter your creations. Who knows, you could be our next "Top Sister".


Monday, August 25, 2014

Make a Note

I have been fighting an ear infection all weekend and just didn't feel much like working on projects. When my hubby and I went to the grocery store I purchased some ear drops and that helped to get me into the mood for crafting. Darlene has a fabulous tutorial for these notepads and I just had to try them. They are super easy and will make wonderful gifts or craft show items. You can find the tutorial here.  Now for my creations:

For the note pad holder I used SU and Core'dinations cardstock as the base. The designer papers are from various companies also, such as DCWV, K & Company, etc. The embellishments are from Tim Holtz, Minds Eye and K & Company. The stamp was from a 3 pack of stamps purchased for $2.00 at Michaels.
I will package the note pads in a plastic bag along with a pencil or pen.

I need to get all of my craft items together and see how much I have to sell. I'm sure I will need to make more of everything, but want to concentrate on what I need the most.

That's it for today. I think I need to use my ear drops again and lay down for awhile. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood on Wednesday for our next challenge.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble

Still working on items for my craft show in October and wanted to share these gum pack covers with you. All of the images were made using the 1 3/8" scallop punch and wiggle eyes.


1. Cut cardstock 3" by 6 1/2". 
2. Score on the long side at 1 1/2", 2", 4 1/2" and 5".
3. Wrap cardstock around "Extra" bubble gum and secure with sticky tape.
4. Decorate as desired. 

Easy and quick craft for all those little monsters that show up at your door on Halloween. Unfortunately, we don't get trick or treaters on our street. There are only 5 houses on our street and the kids are all grown up. My grandchildren will get these in their Halloween treat baskets.

Okay, off to work on more craft show items. If you make any of these covers, I would love to see pictures of your creations.

As always, thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trick or Treat

Yesterday I started working on some Halloween treats for a craft show on October 4th. Normally, I don't do Halloween, but since this craft show is early I decided I should do a few items for the kids. Will also make some for my grandchildren. This Hershey bar slider is a very quick and simple project. My friend, Darlene, has a tutorial here

I used cardstock from various companies (Stampin' Up, DCWV, Coredinations) and the image stamps I picked up for $1.00 at a local scrapbooking store. 

I also need to work on more cards (of all types), Hersey bar sliders, gum pack wrappers, nugget boxes, travel kleenex boxes and other items for Christmas craft shows. As the saying goes "so much to do and so little time."

Thanks for visiting with me today and don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood for our "Favorite Color" challenge. You have until 8pm Sunday, August 24th to enter.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Nail It

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share a project that caught my eye on Pinterest. Thought this would make a great stocking stuffer or maybe a simple gift for a co-worker, hair dresser, etc. The tutorial for this box is by Heidi Baks and can be found here. A big thanks to Heidi for sharing this idea. This is an easy quick project. I think I will cut out a few boxes and put them together while watching TV with my husband. They should do well at craft shows, just need to decide on a price. Tomorrow I will have to purchase some small bottles of lotion and emery boards to put in them.

The box is cut from SU Marigold Morning cardstock and the designer paper is from DCWV's Floral Fair paper stack. Blue satin ribbon was tied around the bottle. I used the 3/4" circle punch from SU for the hole on the back panel. That's all there is to it.

Have I motivated you to give this project a try? Let me know what you think. I love receiving comments about my work.

Stop by again soon.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chipboard Coaster Post-It-Note Holder

When organizing my craft room, I found my chipboard coasters and decided to start making projects with them again. It has been 2 years since I used them. You know the old saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Time to start using some of those materials that had been packed away and are now neatly organized so I can find them. This project is soooo easy. Just need Mod Podge, brush, designer paper, 4" x 4" chipboard coasters (purchased my from ebay) and post-it-notes. 

I think I will make some of these as stocking stuffers for my family and give them as gifts to my friends. They will also be sold at craft shows. I added paper flowers with glue dots and tied the ribbon around a clip. The designer paper is by DCWV and has been in my stash forever.

Well, time to get ready for my stamp group meeting to night. Thanks for dropping by and visiting.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and join in our new challenge using your "Favorite Color". The sistah's have provided some wonderful projects for inspiration.

Have a great day.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Choose Your Color

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters is to use your "favorite color". My family and most of my friends know that blue is my favorite color. I found this tutorial by Diane Dimich on YouTube and decided to give it a try. The box is made using the Envelope Punch Board and SU's  Score Plate. Diane takes you through step by step and makes it so easy to create the matchbox. Depending on how you decorate your box, it could be used for birthday, wedding, anniversary, Halloween or baby shower favors. I will definitely be making more.

Here's the recipe:

Cardstock: SU Brights Collection double sided 
                        SU Turquois

Die: Memory Box Whimsy Circle

Flowers: Mikies Flower Favor Embellishments

Why not stop by the Sisterhood and play along? The "sistahs" have some beautiful creations to give you more inspiration.

Until next time...


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When Will It End

What a week this has been!! One of our dogs has been sick, so after a trip to the vet, two meds, change in diet and hoping that within a couple of weeks she is back to normal. Unfortunately, we have to keep her in the garage for now. Just thankful we are dealing with this now and not over the winter months. Then my hubby's car started having issues, so we decided to trade it in. The paper work for the new (used) car should be completed tomorrow. While starting to buy groceries yesterday, my younger daughter called and asked if I could pick her up and take her to my granddaughter's check up because just as she started to leave the house, it was a down pour. She doesn't drive and didn't have an umbrella. So grocery shopping will have to be done  sometime today along with a haircut. I am in withdrawal because I haven't been able to do any crafting. I am going to try to get some crafting done this afternoon and evening while hubby is at work. My order from Stampin' Up cardstock arrived yesterday and I can't wait to start using it. Hope to have some new projects to share with you tomorrow. 

Until then...


Friday, August 8, 2014

Step Up

Today I would like to share a card that I made for my oldest granddaughter's birthday. She will turn 7 on September 28th and she is becoming quite the young lady. I asked her what she wanted for her birthday and she replied, "Gragra, it's supposed to be a secret." After explaining I just needed to know if she likes to make crafts, read or play with something special, I got the following answer. "I like anything Barbie or Tinkerbell, books on a Level 1-2 and making crafts. Now on to the card:

The card base is white cardstock and the designer paper for the background and the flower panels is from DCWV's Flower Shower Spring Stack. The frame around the image was cut using a Nestibilities scalloped die from SU Old Olive cardstock. Both sentiments came from a free stamp set I received with a UK Papercrafts magazine. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the picket fence and the flowers are from Petaloo. Joann Craft Store colored pencils were used to color the image that was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

With the card done, now I just have to shop for her gifts.

Thanks for spending time with me today. Stop by again soon.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pirate Party

My grandson will be four years old at the end of this month and my daughter is planning a pirate party for him. He loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so of course I had to put pirates on his card. He is such a sweet little guy and still loves to sit on Grandma's lap. I treasure that time with him, because I know it won't be long before he will be too old for all that gushy stuff. Now for my creation:




Base: white cardstock

Designer Paper: Authentique Paper stack by

Jake and the Pirates: printed on my computer

Sentiments: Happy Birthday - Impression Obsession Die
                    "Swashbucklin" good time" printed on my computer

Embellishment: SU red twine

The "Happy Birthday" die cut and the striped designer paper looks blue, but both are really black. Off to work on more challenges and craft show projects.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Easel Post-It-Note Holder with Pen

Today I want to share the post-it-note holders I have been working on. These are based on the one I found here So easy to create with one sheet of cardstock and one sheet of designer paper. Wouldn't these make a wonderful gift? It's hard to tell from the picture, but I actually used two different colors of cardstock. One for the base card and one for the frame around the designer paper. A small piece of designer paper was used to wrap around the ink well inside the pen.


Cardstock: SU So Safron, Marigold Morning, Artichoke and Green Galore.

Designer Paper: DCWV

Flowers: Off white burlap flower on Yellow card
               Prima flowers on Green card

Pens: RSVP from Staples

The sentiments were found on Pinterest. The one on the yellow card says "The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts" and the one on the green card says "One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day."

 So keep positive thoughts and have a great day.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Babies, Babies and More Babies

It seems like every time I turn around a family member or friend's family just had a baby or found out they are expecting. My friend, Judy and her husband will be first time grandparents between Thanksgiving and Christmas. They already know it's a girl, so I made this card for them.


Cardstock: SU Pink Passion, Close to My Heart Lilac Mist

Designer Paper: Paper Boutique Baby Girl Paper Pack

Ink: SU Pink Passion, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Nestibilities Scalloped Square, SU Itty Bitty Banners framelits

Punches: SU 1 3/8" and 1 1/4" square punches

Stamps: Duck from SU "Something for Baby" stamp set
              Congratulations from "Itty Bitty Banners" stamp set

Embellishments: Pink Heart Button tied with Close to My Heart Pink Blush Waxed Thread

 I used velcro dots to close the card and I have to add the sentiment inside.

I cased this card from one I found on Pinterest. It is called the Fancy Flap Fold and can be found here.

Tomorrow my husband and I plan to take a day trip. We are hoping to take our younger daughter and granddaugher to the zoo and art museum in Cleveland,Ohio.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Die Cuts/ Punches

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters is to create a project using dies and/or punches. My middle granddaughter will be 2 on July 29th, so I made her a birthday card using some of her favorite characters from Sesame Street.


Cardstock: Core'dinations Pastels (card base)
                   Red, green, blue, orange and black

Embellishments: wiggle eyes, orange grosgrain ribbon

Punches: 1 3/4" scalloped circle, 1 3/8" circle, photo corner punch

Die: Memory Box "Happy Birthday"

Such an easy way to create cute cards for kids. I'm sure my granddaughter will love it.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and join in on this fabulous challenge. While there, be sure and check out the "Sistahs" beautfiful creations.
Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roaring 20's

As most of you know, I love anything vintage. I found this image on Pinterest awhile back and find myself using it quite often. I didn't add a sentiment yet, because I'm not sure how I am going to use this card. Could be used for "Thinking of You", "Birthday", "Just a Note", etc.

Ivory was used for the base of the card and the frame is from David Tutera's Layers pack. Then I used my oval Spellbinder's die to cut the photo to fit the frame. To add flair to the corners, I used the Poppystamps "Crochet Corner" die and embellished with Petaloo flowers.

I was a little intimidated to use dies, until my friend, Darlene, showed me how easy they were to use and the different ways to use them. Now I am addicted to them. Thanks, Dar.

Now I am off to prepare for an art class that I am teaching on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning for ages 5-13.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting. Until next time.......


Monday, July 21, 2014

Ahoy, Mateys!

I would love to near the water, but for now I will just have to settle for making cards about the beach. Found this beautiful paper pack and stamp set at our local Pat Catan's store on Saturday. Could hardly wait to use them. Here is my creation:

The paper is double sided, so I used the side with the anchors for the bottom and the other side with the map for the top. The red stripe paper is from the same pack and also has the map on the other side. Aren't these papers wonderful?

Now for the recipe:

Designer Paper: Authentique's Anchored Collection 6 x 6

Cardstock: White, Real Red

Ink: Marvy Navy Marker, Momento Black

Stamps: Lighthouse and Sea Gulls - Inkadinkado Coastal Stamp Set
              Happy Birthday -Stamping Sensations Perfectly Said Stamp Set

I think I will make more of these cards for my craft show stash. They would be great for a masculine card.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. As always, I love hearing from you, so if you have a chance please leave a comment.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cherish Today

It has been awhile since I tried to make any kind of fancy fold card. Today I decided to try an easel card. This card was fairly easy. You start off with a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock (you will get 3 cards from a 12" by 12" sheet of cardstock), then score at 4", 6" and 8". Once folded, you will have a 4" x 4" card. 



Cardstock: SU Marigold, Black, White

Designer Paper: Bo Bunny "Country Garden Collection"

Dies: Spellbinders Labels Five

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black

Stamp: Staming Sensations Everyday Horizontal Greetings "Just for You"

Sentiment: Found on Pinterest

Embellishments: K & Company Butterfly and Flower Die Cuts

Ribbon: Green Satin

I am very happy with the finished product. Will definitely be making more for my craft show stash. Now I need to make a matching envelope using my envelope punch board, my new favorite tool.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Happy Crafting!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Almost Done

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been very busy reorganizing my craft room. My friend, Judy, came over Monday and Wednesday to help me go through my stash and get everything put away. The west end of my room is done. Still have some organizing to do on the east end, but that won't take long. Now to get rid of all the empty bins and other items I no longer need. I want to share some pictures of what I have done so far. 

Art Work Table

 Cuttlebug Station, Punches

Paper Packs and Ink Storage

Cricut, Die and Embossing Folder Storage

 Pazzle Station and Other Material Storage

Stamp Table

Big Shot Station and Ribbon Storage

Heat Gun, Brayers, Embossing Powder, Outline Stickers

Computer Desk

More Ribbon Storage and Stamp Sets

Paper Racks

My craft room may not look like "House Beautiful", but it works for me. Now maybe I will feel more creative and actually put things back where they belong when I am finished.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Masculine Birthday

For the Sisterhood challenge this week, we are asking you to make a project for "Birthday". Since my hubby's birthday is coming up soon, I decided to make a masculine birthday card. I have had this car stamp for awhile, but never used it. Then I happened to find the car signs on Pinterest and thought that all the pieces would come together perfectly for a guy card. The cocoa cardstock was embossed with the Darice Tire Track embossing folder and the designer paper is K & Company. I rough cut around the car, then layered it onto cocoa paper and hand tore the frame.

Hope my hubby likes it. He loves vintage cars, especially cars from the early 1900's through the early 1960's. If you have a chance leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Now head over to the Sisterhood for inspiration for today's challenge, put on those thinking caps and get crafting. We would love to see your creations.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Have you had a chance to stop by the sisterhood for the new "Monochromatic" challenge? I really enjoyed working on this challenge. Most of my projects use accent colors, but I was lucky enough to find a background paper that worked perfectly with my base cardstock color. Once I found my cardstock and designer paper, everything came together rather quickly. The recipe follows my photo.


Cardstock: SU Sage

Designer Paper: DCWV

Embellishments: White Lace, Butterfly stickers

Sentiment: printed from computer (sentiment sheet found on pinterest)

Okay everyone. Time to hop over to the sisterhood for more inspiration and to enter your project to our challenge.

Have a great day!