Thursday, April 17, 2014

Old World Map Cards

After finding these Old World Map tags on pinterest, I decided to use them for cards. The tags were too big for my card size, so I cut them down to fit. I never seem to have enough masculine cards and these would be perfect for birthday, Father's Day and Retirement. I used SU Ballet Blue cardstock for the base, basic black for the mat and embossed the card with Darice's Swirl embossing folder. All that is left to add are the sentiments and maybe some Hemp cord.

Tomorrow, I have some note cards to share with you. I am taking the weekend off to prepare for Easter with my daughters and their families.

Have a great day everyone!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sailing Ship Cards

I found a pack of Nautical die cuts at our local craft store and thought they would be perfect for masculine cards. These four ships and the compass really stood out, so here is how my design turned out. These cards could be used for birthday, retirement or Father's Day. I may have to go and buy another pack, since I like the way my project came together.

Here is the Recipe:

Base: White Cardstock

Paper: Old World Map (?)

Ships & Large Compasses: K & Co. Die Cuts

Small Compasses: found on Pinterest

Embellishment: Hemp cord

It is hard to tell from the picture, but 2 of the ships have glitter on them.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood for the "White on White" challenge that ends Sunday, April 20th at 8pm.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Gift Card Holders

This week I have been working on more projects for some craft shows this fall. Yesterday I began creating these gift card holders which are very easy to put together. Just 1 piece of cardstock for the base and 4 pieces of designer paper for decoration. You will find the directions posted after the picture.

Over the weekend I want to get all the base pieces cut, then I can work on the panels for each card as I put them together.


1. Cut base 4 1/2" x 7 3/4". Score at 2 1/2" and 6".

2. Place 1 piece of sticky tape on each side of small panel and fold up to create pocket for gift card.

3. Top panel (scored at 2") folds down. Corners may be rounded off with corner punch if you prefer.

4. The 2 panels measuring 2 1/4" by 4 1/4" will be glued to the front and back of top fold.

5. Glue (or tape) the 1 1/2" by 4 1/4" panel to bottom inside panel.

6. Glue (or tape) the 3 1/4" by 4 1/4" to back panel.

7. Use the 1" x 4 1/4" panel to make the belly band by bending strip around holder and glueing (or

 I used the 1 1/4" circle punch and the 1 1/2 scalloped punch to make the decoration for the belly


That's all there is to it.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Now, how about hopping over to the sisterhood to check out the new challenge "White on White" hosted by Micki? The sistahs have created some fabulous projects for your inspiration.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

White on White

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters was a true challenge for me. I have never been very creative at using one color for a card. When I found this Memory Box die of the poppies, I decided to give it a try. The butterflies are also a die, but unfortunately I don't remember what company they are from. I know they are called "Fancy Butterflies." The recipe for this card can be found below.


Card Base: White Cardstock

Embossing Folders: Dotted Swiss, (forgot the name of the other folder)
Embellishments: White embroidered ribbon
Dies: Memory Box Poppies, Fancy Butterflies

Okay ladies! Now it's your turn. Head over to the Sisterhood blog for more inspiration and share your creations with us.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Monday, April 7, 2014

New Granddaughter

No pictures to share with you today, but I do have exciting news. Our third granddaughter was born Saturday night at 9:16pm. She weighs 6lbs 5 oz, is 18 inches long and her name is Mikayla Hadley. Hubby and I went to the hospital after church yesterday to see my daughter and her family. The baby is beautiful. She looks just like her mommy and has her hair color (reddish brown). Unfortunately, we didn't get to spend time with her older brother and sister because they were just leaving to spend the day with their other grandparents. Mom and baby get to go home today around noon. Our son-in-law has the week off to help her get settled in.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Have a great day!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Time to Play

I am so glad to be back with you today. My husband and I went to Amish country on Monday and the weather was beautiful. Unfortunately, we both forgot to take our cameras. We did a little shopping and had lunch before starting home. On Tuesday, we went to dinner at our favorite A & W root beer stand, then stopped and looked around at a bookstore on the way home. That evening a friend of my husband's who married and moved to France stopped by. He was in the states on business and wanted to spend some time with us before heading back to France. He brought his Ipad and showed us some gorgeous photos of the Black Forest in Germany, Austria and France. Hadn't seen him in quite a few years, so it was great catching up.

Today I had lots of time to play in my craft room. One of the projects I have been working on is "Gum Package Covers." After the photo you will find the directions for making these cute covers.


Cut designer paper into a 3" by 6 1/2" strip. Score along 6" side at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 3/4 and 5 1/4.

Fold all score lines. Place sticky tape on short end, wrap around gum pack and seal to long piece. Decorate as you wish.

I used K & Co Life's Occasion designer paper to make cover, then layered 1 1/4" circle onto a 1 1/2" scalloped circle punched from SU papers. (Sentiments were printed from my computer, then punched with SU punches.)

I used foam dots to place circles on covers. The birds and butterflies are from K & Co.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Don't forget you have until Sunday 8pm to join in on the sisterhood challenge. 

Until next time,


Monday, March 31, 2014

Road Trip

Since my husband has today and tomorrow off, we are going to take a couple of day trips. I know one of our trips will be to Amish country about a 45 minute drive from home. The second trip is still to be decided. We make about 2-3 trips a year to Amish country for cheese and lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. We also have to stop at one of the bakeries to get my husband a homemade custard pie and I want to visit the Christmas shop that is open year round. Hopefully, I will have some good pictures to share with you. The temperature for today is supposed to be around 48 and tomorrow the high of 67 is predicted.  (But this is Ohio and the weather can change quickly.)

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Have a great day!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Card Set 3

Today's set of cards were stamped with black India Ink. I don't remember what company made the stamp set, but I purchased it from Joann's Craft Store.

Since the top and bottom of the card are rounded, it is hard to get a ribbon tied so that it looks right. I may just make bows and add them the the flower stalks with a glue dot. I like to keep my one layer cards simple. Too much embellishment takes away from the image.

I hope you are enjoy looking at my simple cards. Only two more sets of these and then I have some vintage note cards to share.

Have a great day everyone!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Card Set 2

Are you ready for another set of one layer cards? The set of stamps used for these cards, I purchased at Archiver's a few years ago. They are one of my go-to stamp sets when I need a quick card for sympathy or thank you. The pre-made embossed cards are by Studio G and the ink is SU's Soft Suede. I think it is the perfect color for plant silhouette stamps. Sometimes black ink can be a little harsh and I wanted something with a softer tone.

I think I will add a little bird or butterfly to each of the cards. Have to go through my stash and see what stickers or dies I have. Then some can go to our church card ministry and the others for craft shows this fall.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Layer Cards

Hello everyone! Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the cards I made at the Women's Craft Retreat this past weekend. It might have been snowing and cold outside, but inside it was warm and cozy with lots of snacks and friendly crafters. The first five sets of cards are one layer cards that will be used for sympathy, encouragement, thinking of you etc. Most of the cards do not have sentiments as yet. I want to divide them into groups and then pull what our church needs. The rest will be stamped and used for personal use or for craft shows this fall. 

I used Black India Ink and SU's Soft Suede for the silhouettes. Most of the stamp sets were also from SU. I can't remember the companies of the other stamps, however, if you would like to know what company any of the stamps were purchased from, just leave a comment and I will find out. I used Marvy Markers to stamp the colored flowers on this set. The bases were pre-made embossed cards from Studio G. I still want to add some ribbon and embellishments before mailing.

That's it for today. Stop by tomorrow for the next set of cards. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood of Crafters for this week's challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wild About You

I am so happy to be hostess of this week's challenge at the Sisterhood. The focus for this challenge is to use an animal on your project. Since Easter is upon us, my mind went to all the fun treats the kids receive from the Easter Bunny. My project is a topper for a candy bag. I stared with the background cut with my Nestibilities Labels One die on beige cardstock. The monkey was made with my 2 inch circle punch for the head, 1 inch and 3/4 inch circles for the ears, mini flower punch cut in half for the hair, large oval punch for the mouth 1/2 inch punch and 1/4 punch for the eyes and free hand cut nose. I used 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch scalloped punches for the sentiment. The vine was cut with framelits from two shades of green (sorry, I don't remember the company who made the framelits). After filling the bag with candy, I stapled the base to the bag, then added the vines, monkey and sentiment. I hope my grandchildren will like their treat bags.

Now it's your turn to put on those thinking caps and start creating. For more inspiration stop by the sisterhood to see what my sistahs have created.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Camp Carl Retreat

So glad to be back with you today. My friend, Judy, and I had a wonderful time at our retreat. Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the projects I worked on. Today I want to share some pictures from our weekend. Unfortunately, I only have 4 pictures because my camera batteries died on me. Even the extras I took didn't last. After a short phone call to my husband, I learned that my battery charger wasn't working.  These pictures were taken at the main lodge, where we worked on crafts and ate our meals. The cabin we were assigned to had room for 12 people with a community room for relaxing or cooking snacks. This camp was beautiful, the food was excellent and the staff were so generous and courteous. I am looking forward to next year's retreat, which will be in April. They will have horses at the camp if we want to go horseback riding. Now for the details.

The 8 foot tables were set in a squares of four, so everyone had plenty of room to work. Kathy (on the left) and Ronnie were our crafting partners. We all shared stamps, punches, snacks and stories.
They also had the room across from us in the cabin. 

Tara (in the gray sweatshirt) was the life of the party. She kept everyone laughing with her family stories and tormenting her friend, Trisha.


Trisha (in the red pants) brought a radio, so we also spent lots of time singing to the oldies.  Everyone in this group were scrapbookers.

We had 30 ladies at this retreat. Most of them did scrapbook, but we had about 8-10 who were cardmakers. 

This was at a church camp called "Camp Carl". They rent to the public during the off season. My friend Judy and I are hoping to plan a retreat here next year.

That's all I have for today. I am going to start downloading pictures of some of my projects. 

Thanks for visiting with me today. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sugar and Spice

I wanted to share one more project with you before leaving for my Ladies Craft Retreat this weekend. I made this tag to use for a piece of canvas artwork for my younger granddaughter's room. The sentiment will be "Sugar and spice and all things nice." Since I will be gone until late Sunday afternoon, I have to set everything aside and finish the project when I get back. Will post a picture of the finished project sometime next week.


Paper: DCWV Floral Fair Stack

Tag & Doll: Julie Nuttings Mixed Media

Flower & Butterfly: Mickie's Favor Embellishments

Key & Lock: Pixie Press

Ink: Black India

Have to make this short today, since I still have some laundry to wash and packing to finish. Enjoy your weekend. I'll be back Monday.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

With Sympathy

While reorganizing my craft room, I found some stamp sets that have never been opened and decided now was the time to use them. This image of a cross could be used for sympathy, encouragement or Easter cards. The image was colored with Faber Castell artist colored pencils. Right now I am working on sympathy cards for craft shows and our church. Even though this design is simple, I think it looks elegant.


Image Stamp: Inky Antics

Sentiment: Stamping Sensations

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug

Designer Paper: DCWV

Ribbon: Royal Blue Organdy

Stop by tomorrow for one more project before I leave for my Ladies Craft Retreat this weekend. I will be back on Monday with more creations to share.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hang in There

 A couple of my friends have been going through some difficult issues lately, so I made this card for them. The inside of the card says, "I'm sure you'll get over the hump soon." This is exactly what I needed to get through the doldrums that the cold weather here in Ohio has brought on. Come on Spring! 

Isn't this little camel the cutest? He is from a stamp set by Inky Antics. Who couldn't fall in love with a face as precious as this? Image was colored with Faber Castell artist colored pencils.


Card Base: White Cardstock

Papers: DCWV Designer Papers

Stamps: Inky Antics

Ribbon: Brown Organdy

Flower: Burlap Daisy by Forever in Time

I hope this little card brought a smile to your face. Thanks for stopping today for a visit.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Shoe Box Swap

This weekend my friend, Judy and I will be attending a women's craft retreat at a church camp with 28 other women. Some of us wanted to take part in a shoe box swap. I decided to make a post-it-note holder and pen for my project. A video with instructions can be found at or written instructions and photos at For the Love of Paper Crafts by Kimberly Crawford.

Both ladies make the instructions very clear and easy to understand.


Paper, Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Sticky Tape, Regular Double-sided Tape

Ribbon: Silver Satin 1/4 inch wide


Punches: 1 3/8 Scalloped Circle, 1 1/4 inch Circle

Pen: Stapled Mini Pens 

Well, that's all I have for today. Thanks for visiting with me and don't forget to stop by the sisterhood
for another fun challenge.

Have a great St. Patrick's day!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lovely Tulips

What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Temps in the 50's and I was able to spend most of the day with my younger daughter and my beautiful granddaughter. After shopping for my son-in-law's birthday, I took them to lunch. Of course grandma just had to buy something for her little pumpkin. When I got home, I headed straight for my craft room. Today I want to share a card I created with another Crafty Secrets Tag. The recipe can be found below.


Papers: White cardstock base, DCWV Floral Fair Stack

Ink: India Ink

Sentiments: SU Bloomin Beautiful and Express Yourself Phrases

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, White Pearls

After being outside yesterday, I just felt all "springy" inside. Hope you like my design. Now off to fix supper for hubby.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the challenge over at the sisterhood. The sistahs have some great projects for inspiration.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Easter's On Its Way

I received my email subscription for Papercrafts Magazine and decided to check out their free downloads. I found a page of cute Easter tags and downloaded them for my spring projects. I just love these cute little chicks. The hardest part of this card was choosing the right papers. Once the papers were chosen, the card came together rather quickly. For once, it seems like I had all the perfect colors of flowers and ribbon for the finishing touches. The recipe follows the photo.


Paper: DCWV Floral Flair Stack, SU Pink Cardstock, White for the card base

Large Flower: Petaloo

Small Flowers: Offray Simple Styles 

Ribbon: Offray Spring Moss grosgrain

Does this card make you feel like Spring is in the air? If so, then I accomplished my goal. 

Now I am off to play with some more of the tags. Have a beautiful day!


Easter's On It

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Heartfelt Sympathy

After a busy day yesterday, I was finally able to get into my craft room for a little creative time. I never seem to have a sympathy card on hand when I need one, so that was my goal for today. I had purchased some Studio G premade cards and decided to use those for the base. The cards are only one layer, but I think they came out great. I used SU markers to color the images from the "Simply Sketched" stamp set. The pink ribbon is Darice satin ribbon.

I also need to make Thinking of You, Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Baby and Just a Note cards. I'm trying to prepare for some craft shows this fall and I need a lots of everything. If you have any suggestions for items that sell pretty good, let me know. 

Dont' for get to stop by the sisterhood and check out this weeks challenge.

That's it for today. Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!