Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Finally Back

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't been around lately. This has been a terrible month for me. My hubby came down with a bad cold, was sick over his 2 scheduled days off from work and  missed 2 days of work before he started a week's vacation. By the time his vacation rolled around, I was sick with what started out as a bad cold, but I think I also had a touch of bronchitis. It has been three weeks and I am just now beginning to get my energy back.

While my hubby was on vacation, we changed the bedroom and my craft room around. We got all the furniture moved, but I am still trying to get my craft room organized, so I can get my work table set up and begin crafting. I hope to have everything done by next week.

I have really missed working on projects and I have a long list of things to accomplish. Please bear with me as I try to regain my strength and get back into the swing of things. I hope to be able to get some crafting done this weekend.

Lots of things planned for the next month. Beginning with Easter. Thankfully, I will be going to our older daughter and son-in-law's house for dinner. The next weekend is our youngest granddaughter's 2nd birthday party. The weekend of April 15th, a friend and I will be going to a women's craft retreat. Grandbaby number 5 (another girl) is due April 20th. On Sunday, April 24th I will be attending the Adventures in Stamping Convention in Akron, Ohio. And finally, on Saturday, April 30th we will be celebrating our older granddaughter's first communion.

Well, that's what has been happening around here. I am ready for some nice warm, sunny days and a little time to relax.

Hugs from Ohio,


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Stained Glass Dragonflies

Hello everyone! Today I will be sharing my last card from the Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. I think this might be my favorite kit so far. I can hardly wait to see what will be included in next month's kit.

I started with the Lemon Grass card stock and added the black/white paper to the base. Then using Pineapple Smoothie ink and the same technique from yesterday's card, I created the background. Pop dots were used to raise the background panel from the background. Next I stamped the sentiment onto a Whip Cream strip and then adhered to a Pineapple Smoothie strip. Once again pop dots were used to give added dimension. The loosely wrapped thread was adhered to the sentiment panel with glue runner. I fussy cut around the dragonflies and gave them dimension with pop dots. The dragonflies were colored with prisma color pencils.

Now on to other projects. I have a long list of projects and techniques I want to try. Where to begin?

I hope you have enjoyed my creations for the past few days. I would love to hear your comments.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stained Glass Butterfly

Welcome to Day Three of the Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Kit. For this card I chose the butterfly stamp for my focus. Once again the image was colored with my prisma color pencils.

The base card was made using FSJ's Sweet Berry card stock. To created the background I used a refill bottle and Sweet Berry ink pad to stamp circles randomly over the Whip Cream card stock. Using just one corner of the stamp pad I added streaks of color.  The black/white strip was adhered to the background panel with tape runner. The black thread was loosely wrapped and also adhered to the black/white strip with tape runner.  Next I stamped the sentiment on a strip of Whip Cream and added it by overlapping onto the bottom of black/white strip. A short piece of black satin ribbon was wrapped around and adhered to the back of the white panel. Then I wrapped a larger piece of black satin ribbon around the panel and tied it in a bow on the left side. A pop dot was added to the back of the bow, so I could attach the card pin and butterfly. Pop dots were added to the butterfly after sliding it into the card pin to give the butterfly some dimension.

I love working with these gorgeous colors from Fun Stampers Journey. Richard Garay, the founder of the company, always shares some amazing techniques with us. He will be coming to Ohio in the fall to the Scrapbook Expo to demo some of his products. I am already making plans to be there.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting today. I have one more card from this kit to share with you tomorrow. Until then, have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pink Rosebud

As promised, I have another card to share with you from the Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. This time I used the rose stamp and my prisma colored pencils to create a beautiful rose.
The card base is Lemon Grass card stock. Bubble Gum card stock was added to the base using pop dots. Next the Black dotted card stock and the black panel with the window was added to this layer with pop dots. Before added the window pattern, the pink satin ribbon was tied in a bow around the panel. The black thread was loosely wrapped and adhered to the back of the white circle with tape runner. Then I added the banner to the back of the circle with tape runner. Using pop dots the circle was added to the card. The decorative paper clip was place on the circle and after fussy cutting the rose and leaves I used pop dots to add them to the circle. The leaves were created by stamping the rose bud on white card stock, coloring the leaves and then fussy cutting just the leaves to add to the rosebud image.

I love working with this beautiful satin ribbon. It is so soft and comes in delicious colors. Once my hubby and I move my craft room (hopefully for the last time) I want to order more of this gorgeous ribbon. 

If you would like to see what other products Fun Stampers Journey has to offer,  just click on the badge on the right hand side of my blog. Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Rosebud Get Well

Hello everyone. This week I would like to share the cards I created from my Fun Stampers Journey February Bloom Kit. The stamp set is called "Glass Blooms" and can be colored to give a stained glass effect to the image. The kit contains five image stamps and 3 greetings.

For my first card I used my scholar prisma color pencils on the rosebud stamp. The base card was created with the Pineapple Smoothie card stock. The 3 flower stamp was stamped onto the Whip Cream card stock in a random pattern. Next I adhered the black striped vellum layer to the stamped panel and adhered to the base. The black circle was given added dimension with pop dots and the card pin/sentiment was pushed through one of the pop dots to attach to the card. Before adding the image, I loosely wrapped the black thread and adhered to the black circle with tape runner. Last, I fussy cut the image and added pop dots for dimension.

All of the papers and card stock are pre-cut and included in the kit along with the thread, card holders, and instruction booklet.

These kits are fabulous when you need to make a quick card. I love all the fun elements for decorating the cards.

Well, that's it for today. I will have another card to share with you tomorrow.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Butterfly Deco

My project for today is an 8" x 10" piece of wall art. I wanted to create a piece of art to hang in my craft room to add brighten it up a bit. I decided on this size because I don't have a lot of wall space in my craft room.

The image was colored with Prisma Scholar colored pencils. This pencils give a creamy soft look to the image. This panel was then adhered to a piece of copper metallic card stock. The striped and dotted background papers are from the "Tea Party" pack by Craft Smith found at Michael's. I added a mat of copper metallic card stock to separate the two designer papers. I am trying to decide whether to add some kind of sentiment or ribbon before I place it in a frame. Any suggestions?

Okay, that's my project for today. If you have a chance, stop by the Sisterhood and check out the challenge for this week.

Until next time...Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Warm Thoughts

Hello everyone! I am thrilled to be the hostess for the Sisterhood's challenge "Warm Thoughts". How do you stay warm during the cold winter months? I love to sit under a warm blanket and sip hot tea or cocoa while reading or watching a movie. When I have to go outside, I always make sure to wear gloves or mittens. My hands are always cold and this winter has been particularly hard on them.

For the focus of my project, I chose this mitten file for my Silhouette Cameo.

I started with a base of white card stock and adhered a panel of DCWV's snowflake paper. Using a Martha Stewart snowflake punch I made snowflakes from white and teal card stock. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Hugs and Wishes" stamp set (2007), stamped with black India Ink.

I am hoping for an early Spring. Do you think if I start working on Spring and Summer projects now that Spring will get here sooner?

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood to check out the inspiration projects by my 'sistahs'. We would love to see your projects.

Hugs from Ohio,

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Butterfly Garden

I have tried for the past couple of years to start a butterfly garden in my backyard. Unfortunately, it is hard to get some plants to grow due to the red clay base under the top soil. But I am not giving up. I keep adding top soil and plant fertilizer in the hopes that one day I will succeed. So for now I will settle for these beautiful butterfly and flower images.

For this card I used another sheet of designer paper from my "Tea Party" pad by Craft Smith found at Michael's. 

I colored the image with Prisma colored pencils and Faber Castell metallic pencils. I love the soft pink color of the flowers and I am very happy with the way my butterfly came out. The image panel is given dimension with pop dots and I used pink sating ribbon to finish my card. I didn't add a sentiment because I haven't decided how I will use this card. It could be used for almost any occasion, except a masculine card.

These toppers are a great way to make a card quickly. I never seem to have the right card on hand when I need one. I have lots of cards, but most of them are note cards. I am trying to get ahead on cards that I can just add a sentiment and get in the mail.

Just a reminder. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood tomorrow for the new challenge. My sistah's have created some fabulous inspiration projects.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you stop by again soon.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

On Friday I made a trip to a local Michael's to check out the 12" x 12" paper pads they had on sale for 70% off, then on to Pat Catan's for a couple of items I needed. While there, I found 2 pads of card toppers by Hot Off The Press that could be colored with markers or colored pencils. One is florals and one is butterflies. (Although both have floral and butterfly pages.)

The butterfly background paper is from one of the paper pads I purchased at Michaels called "Tea Party" by Craft Smith.
I colored the image with Prisma Color Scholar pencils and blended with a blender pencil. I love the creamy rich colors of these pencils. The border was colored with Faber Castell metalic pencils. I used pop dots to give the image panel some dimension and finished my card by adding violet organdy ribbon in a bow. I am trying to build a stash of cards that can be used for many different occasions, so I didn't add a sentiment.

I am having so much coloring these toppers. There are a total of 16 toppers in each pad with 4 different designs. This should keep me busy for awhile.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fairy Fae

Today begins a new challenge at the Crafting With An Attitude. Since we lost our sponsor for this month, this will be a "just for fun" challenge. The Design Team could use any image they chose and I think you will find lots of inspiration in their projects.

I chose to use this beautiful fairy by Teri Sherman at ArtiDoodles. She is called "Fae". I just love the butterflies and her long wavy hair.

I used designer paper from DCWV's "Painted Petals Stack" for the background. The mat around the image is from the same pack. The image is colored with Joann Crafts colored pencils. I found the butterfly stickers at our local dollar store. Aren't they gorgeous. I have had these brads for long, I don't remember where I bought them. (I'm sure they were in a clearance bin at one of the craft stores.) Last I added the lace strip and violet satin ribbon. The glare from the silver foil on the butterfly makes it look like part of the image wasn't colored. It is really hard to get a clear picture when using foiled stickers, but I think you get the idea.

I love working with Teri's images. She does gothic images for those of you who are into goth. Teri is a fabulous artist and she was so generous in sponsoring our challenge in January.

Now, why not head over to Crafting With An Attitude and join in the fun? We would love to see your creations. 

Have a great day!


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Squash It!

When I found the tutorial for this card on Pinterest, I just knew I had to give it a try. Just three simple folds and it's ready to decorate. The tutorial by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek can be found here: It takes an 8 1/2" square of card stock. The designer paper is cut into 4 sqares measuring 4" each. 

The base card was created using Stampin' Up's Thyme card stock. Designer paper by DCWV creates the inside and outside panels. I used Ivory card stock to create the sentiment panel and the image mats on the front. The butterfly die cut stickers are K & Company. The burlap flowers are from the Forever in Time Collection. I used a sentiment from Stampin' Up's (2006) "In My Thoughts" stamp set and stamped with black India ink. The green satin ribbon was added to the front of the card before adhering the image panel.

I hope you will give this card a try. It is really easy to make and fits into a regular size envelope. This year I want to try different fancy fold cards. I have always been a little intimidated by them. Now it's just a matter of building up my courage and stepping out of my comfort zone.

I also have a few new techniques that I want to try. I love the look of the alcohol inks and hand sanitizer backgrounds and I want to try making my own enamel dots. 

Thank you for visiting with me today. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hello everyone. Hope you are having a wonderful day. There is a new challenge beginning today at the Sisterhood of Crafters, hosted by Diane. The theme is "Love Letters". Your challenge is to use the word "Love" and/or a heart on your project.

I found some Valentine heart magnets at Pat Catan's and started thinking about the project I could create incorporating them. Then I found this wonderful tutorial on Pinterest to make an adorable candy treat box. I decided not to add the ribbon handles, so that I could create a panel for the magnets. 

I started with a double sided sheet of K & Company paper to make the box. Just a few score lines and cuts for the box bottom is all it takes. The flower was made using my Spellbinders Bloom One dies (S2-044). For the flower center is a pink gem. The flag tag was created with a strip of ivory card stock and 2 pieces of the K & Company paper. Pink organdy ribbon was tied in a bow around the cellophane bag of candy. Last I glued a piece of ivory card stock to cardboard to make the panel for the magnets. Magnets were adhered with double sided tape. I slid the panel down into the box behind the candy bag.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes 

This box is so easy and quick to put together, I plan to make more for stamping friends when we go to our annual craft weekend in April. I will add the ribbon handles along with a pack of gum and candies to enjoy while we are crafting.

Now that I have shared my project with you, why not head on over to the Sisterhood and check out the gorgeous inspiration projects created by my 'sistahs' and share your creations with us.

As always, Hugs from Ohio...

Thinking of You

My card for today was created with a paper kit I purchased from Create and Craft TV. I love the beautiful colors of these foiled papers and the matching toppers and sentiments. 
First I adhered the designer paper to the card stock base. Then using one of my larger Spellbinders scalloped oval dies, I cut an opening in the card front. Next I used a smaller scalloped oval to trim the topper down to fit inside the larger oval and adhered to the inside of the card with pop dots. I added bright pink satin ribbon to the top and bottom of the card. Using pop dots I placed the sentiment panel over the bottom pink ribbon and added a pink gem.

My husband and I have family living in New York City, South Carolina, Arizona and Virginia and I am trying to build up a stash of cards like this to send to them from time to time. With the noscost of travel being so expensive, we don't get to see them. We do keep in contact through email and facebook, but I think sending a note through the mail means so much more to the recipient.

Time to get back to work. Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting,

Hugs from Ohio,

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Special Day

Today I would like to share another card that I made over the weekend. The materials for this card were free with a cardmaking magazine. The paper pack is called "Downtown Abbey" Papercrafting Collection (Crafters Companion). It has 8 sheets of 8 x 8 designer paper and 4 sheets of foiled toppers. I think I will have to look on their website to see what other goodies they carry.

The base card is white card stock. Pop dots were used on the topper and sentiment tag for added dimension. Once again I used this gorgeous bright pink organdy ribbon for the bow. This card could be used for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card. I love the gold foil around the edges of the topper and sentiment panels.

Paper packs like this are wonderful when you need to put a card together quickly. They always turn out so pretty. There will be extra sentiment tags to use on other projects. I think I will save them for vintage cards.

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you like my creations. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Just a Note

Due to the cold temperatures over the weekend, I was able to spend a lot of time in my craft room.  It felt so good to be able to work on more than one project. I will be sharing these projects with you over the next few days.

The paper for the background came from a pack of paper that was free with a cardmaking magazine. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it is just a little lighter color than the bird. The cage and the bird were cut using my Memory Box dies on my Cut n Boss machine. The cage is cut from silver metallic card stock. I used foam dots to add dimension to the bird cage. I used silk flowers for the bouquet and added pink gems to the centers of the white flowers. Last I added a bright pink organza bow made from ribbon I found at the dollar store. The sentiment was stamped using black India ink.

I will have to add padding to mail this card, so the flowers and bow won't get damaged. I hope to put it in the mail this week for my sister-in-law who has been having some health issues. I think it would cheer her up.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Stop by tomorrow for another project.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunny, But Cold!

Yesterday we had a big weather change due to an Arctic airstream. The temperatures went from around 30F degrees Saturday night down to the teens by Sunday afternoon. This morning I woke up to single digit temp of 9 degrees. So after a hot breakfast and hot coffee, I headed to my craft room.

I am trying to create a stash of sympathy, get well and birthday cards because I never seem to have any on hand when I need them. Today I have a quick, easy card to share with you.
The designer paper, topper and sentiment are from the Vintage Garden kit that came free with a British card making magazine a few months ago. The base is cut from white card stock and I embellished with silk flowers purchased at Michaels.

I can hardly wait for Spring to arrive and working with these beautiful colors helps to keep the gloom of these cold, winter days at bay. I do have to admit that this has been a fairly mild winter for Northeast Ohio. From November through the first part of January our temperatures were above normal. Good news is we should be back up into the 30's by Wednesday or Thursday. As the old song goes we'll be having a "Heat Wave". 

Well, that's it for my neck of the woods. Hope you all have a great day. Stay warm and Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Precious Memory

Good morning! The Sisterhood of Crafters started a new challenge today with Lisa as our hostess. The theme is "Something Old, Something New". Lisa would like you to use something old from your stash and a new product to create your project. For my focal point I used a baby picture of my favorite aunt and used my Spellbinders eyelet and oval dies to make the frame. I was going to use my mom's baby picture, but I didn't get it loaded onto my computer.

The designer papers for the background and frame are from a free pack of 6" x 6" paper that came with a card making magazine. The green cardstock strip is SU's Always Artichoke. The silk flowers and butterfly sticker are my new products. 

I have traced my mom's family back to the 1600's in England. I would love to get together with one of my nieces in South Carolina and do some more research. She and her sister are really interested in family history. My brother (their dad) didn't know a lot of the family history and he passed away 3 years ago. I am trying to give them as much information as I can.

My mom was the 8th child of 10 children. She had 5 brothers and 3 sisters plus 1 step-sister. One of her brothers passed away when he was about 1 year old. I never knew my mom's parents. Her mother died when my mom was 3 years old and her father died after my mom was married, but long before I was born. They all were born in Kentucky, but moved to Ohio in the 1940's to work in the factory. 

I loved spending time with my aunt. She made me feel so special. Since I was the youngest of 5 children, I loved the individual attention I received from her.

Well, that's enough about me and my family.

Now, why not check out the inspiration my "sistah's" have created and then enter your project. You could be our next winner.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Muscle Spasms

Good morning everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much lately. I have been suffering from back spasms since last Thursday. Trying to heal through home remedies (ice, heat pad, aspiring and rest), but if it doesn't improve soon I will have to go to the doctor.

I woke up to a snowstorm this morning. Thankfully, the snow and high winds are supposed to die down by lunch time. Looks like we got about 2 inches of snow so far.  Great day to stay inside and work on craft projects and cleaning.

Also, wanted to give you a quick reminder about the new challenge for this month at Crafting With An Attitude. The Design Team  has created some amazing projects for your inspiration. Our sponsor this month is Deliciousl Doodles by Teri Sherman and the prize is 3 digi images.

I chose this cute image called "Snow Cuddles". I would love to have a cape like the one pictured. Looks like it would really keep you warm on these cold winter days.

Well, that's it for me today. Time to put my feet up and turn on the heating pad again.

Have a great day everyone. Stay warm!

Hugs from Ohio,

Friday, January 8, 2016

Snow Cuddles

Today I want to share the card I created for the new challenge at Crafting With An Attitude. I chose this cute image from Delicious Doodles called "Snow Cuddles". Teri Sherman is the artist and I love her work.

I colored the image using generic colored pencils, then fussy cut around the image. The background papers are from a paper pad I have had for years. (So long that I couldn't find the company name of the pack.) I then placed a paper doily heart at the top and adhered the image with dimensional dots. The lace at the bottom was purchased in the material department at Joann's and was adhered with red line tape. The sentiment panel was created with a stamp from "Fun Stampers Journey" and cut out with my EK Success Label punch. Last, I used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch to cut snowflakes from 2 different colors, layered them and added gem centers.

This is an Anything Goes challenge and my design team has created some gorgeous inspiration projects to share with you. We would love to see your creations, so why not head on over to the blog and enter your project?


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Silver Bells

Sandi Lee is the host for this week's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. This is a color challenge using aqua, red and silver. I pulled out my pad of Martha Stewart Christmas papers that just happened to be red and aqua.

Since I was at my friend, Darlene's, for a play date, she printed out this beautiful picture of silver bells and the corner dies for me. She also had these cute little snowflakes left over from a project she had been working on. Thanks Dar for helping me create this card. You are always an inspiration.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafty Creations Challenges - Happy Holiday 

Okay, now it's your turn. Head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my talented team members, then enter your project.