Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Birthday Ribbons

Hello, everyone! Our hostess, Anna, has a new challenge for you over at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Your challenge is to create a project using ribbons.

I decided to use 2 bright colored striped ribbons and flowers on my creation. Both ribbons are from the American Crafts Elements line.
I cut 2 strips of the green and white striped ribbon measuring 3 1/2" and 2 1/2" and 3 strips of the multicolored ribbon measuring 4", 3" and 2" then cut them at an angle. Next I added the candy buttons using pop dots. Looking through my stash, I found the blue, orange and green flowers. (The bottom flower looks blue, but is actually a light green.) The butterfly was cut from a Memory Box die on my Cut 'n Boss machine from bright green and blue card stock, glued together and adhered with a glue dot. I added crystal gems for the body and fussy cut black card stock for antennae. (Unfortunately, I forgot to add them before taking this picture.)

The "Happy Birthday" greeting was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice Ink and on the inside I added the following verse:
 Flutter Flutter Glide
a butterfly at play,
bringing birthday wishes
on you very special day.

Since there are so many pearls and gems on this card, I will probably save it for a relative or friend's birthday. I wouldn't want it to get caught in the machine at the post office.

That's my project for today. Now hop on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration and enter your creation. Remember you have until 8pm (est), Sunday September 4th to enter.



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bright, Colorful Get Well

The card I am sharing with you today is "CASED" from the card found here. This is one of the cards my friend, Judy, and I used for our card class on Saturday, August 6th. We only had two ladies, but both are planning to come back next month and hope to bring friends with them.
I found this lime green card stock in my stash and then added the designer paper by DCWV. The flower is a silk daisy with a pearl added to the center. I used my Martha Stewart doily punch to create the border on the folded corner. The folded part is adhered with a glue runner. I used glue dots to adhere the flower, button and ribbon. As you can see, I forgot to add the sentiment before I took the picture. This would also make a beautiful birthday, thinking of you, Mother's Day or other card.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today. 

 Have a great day!


Love of Nature

Our hostess for the next Sisterhood of Crafter's challenge is Agata. She has chosen "Close to Nature" as her theme. My husband and I have always loved to take walks through the woods. My mother-in-law's house was on an acre and a half with a river running through it. It was so relaxing walking the trails and seeing the changes of the seasons. Since my mother-in-law has moved to Virginia with her daughter and son-in-law, we don't get a chance to take walks through the woods now.

For my project, I chose this beautiful picture found on Pinterest. I love all the bright colors of the flowers and leaves. 

The background paper is by Provo Craft. The mat and picture were cut with my Nestibilities dies and Cut 'n Boss cutting machine. The stem was cut with a Memory Box die from bright green card stock. I found the sentiment on Pinterest and typed it onto white card stock then cut it out and matted it with black card stock. Next I added the purple and yellow ribbon flowers and green paper flowers.  Last I wrapped black grosgrain ribbon around the front of the card and tied it in a knot.

Wouldn't this be a lovely spot to sit quietly and gather your thoughts? It looks so calm and serene.

Now, why not stop by the Sisterhood and enter your creation? You have until 8pm (est), Sunday, August 21st to enter.


Autumn Spray

For the new Sisterhood of Crafters challenge beginning today, the theme is "Close to Nature, hosted by Agata. I made this card using fall colored leaves cut on my Cameo Silhouette.

I started with a white card stock base and added this designer paper with a design so it would not detract from the leaves. Then I added a strip of Offray natural colored ribbon. After cutting the leaves on my Cameo, I glued them together and used sticky strip to adhere to the ribbon. Last I layered the beautiful gold ribbon onto the gold organdy ribbon and tied a bow. I used glue dots to adhere the bow to the top of the spray.

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the beautiful array of colors against the blue sky. Hopefully, my husband and I will be able to have a day off together this fall to take a walk and get some pictures before the cold weather sets in.

Now, why not hop on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my 'sistahs' and join in the fun? You have until 8pm Sunday August 21st to enter. You may enter up to 3 projects.

Have a fabulous day!



Thursday, August 4, 2016

Bee Happy

When I found this cute stamp set by Jillibean Soup stamps, I had to hurry home and create this card. I just love all the little bugs and sentiments that are in this set. The bugs include: butterfly, bee, worm and ladybug. The sentiments are: Love Bug, Don't Worry Bee Happy, Happy Bug Day & Bugs and Kisses. 

I started with a white card base 4 1/4" x 11" folded in half. The honey comb designer paper is from one of the Reflections packs sold at Michaels. Using my Nestibilities circle dies, I cut out the circle and adhered the panel to the white card stock base. Next, I stamped the bee images with Fun Stamper's Journey Black Licorice ink. I used FSJ's Lemon Drop ink to stamp the tiny hearts.
The sentiment was stamped with FSJ Black Licorice ink and layered on a strip of black cardstock. I found this cute bee button in my stash and added the black with white dot ribbon. The paper flowers were purchased from Michaels and I cut a 2 leaves with my Martha Stewart leaf punch.

This is my inspiration project for the challenge at Crafting With An Attitude that begins today.
Why not hop on over and check out my design team's inspiration projects and then enter your creation in this fun challenge? You have until 8pm Sunday, August 28th to enter.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Love Birds Wedding

Hello everyone! I am happy to announce that today begins a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Diane is the hostess of this "White on White" theme. Monochromatic cards have always been difficult for me, but I am very pleased with the way this card turn out.

I started with a white card stock base embossed with the swiss dot folder. Next I wrapped a piece of netting around the card and tied a bow around the center with satin ribbon. Using my SU Bird Punch, I made two birds and adhered them with glue dots on top of the ribbon.

This would also make a beautiful anniversary card. I think it would be beautiful in gold/white for a 50th anniversary or silver/white for a 25th.

If you like a great challenge why not head on over to the Sisterhood, check out my Sistah's inspiration projects and enter your creation? Remember you have until  8pm Sunday, August 7th to enter. Good Luck!


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Make My Day

Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a great day. The Sisterhood of Crafters is beginning a new challenge today. Our hostess, Vickie, is challenging you to create a project using an animal as your focus.

Normally, I would choose an image of a dog, cat, bird or butterfly. But this time I decided to use a picture of a more exotic animal, the snow leopard. I love to go to the zoo and see all of the animals, but the snow leopard is my favorite. The beautiful white coat with dark spots and those crystal blue eyes make mesmerize me.

Here is the card I created:
I found the picture on Pinterest and wanted to create a jungle theme. The background paper is from a Provo Craft Scrap pad. This was adhered to a strip of dark brown card stock and placed onto the left side of the card. The sentiment was typed on my computer and then matted with the same designer paper and brown card stock. Next I used my leaf sprig die to cut four pieces for the right hand corners from dark brown card stock. I then glued 2 flower petals together to create each of the flowers and added a pearl to the center.

I think I will save this card to give to my husband the next time he wakes me from a sound sleep at 1 am. This has happened more than once and the problem is I toss and turn the rest of the night trying to get back to sleep. I don't know about you, but I need a good 8 hours of un-interupted sleep to make it through the day.

If you want to participate in a fun challenge, head on over to the Sisterhood to see the inspiration projects by the 'sistahs', then enter your project. You have until 8pm Sunday, July 24th to enter.

Hope to see you there.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Petite Gift Boxes

Hello again! Yesterday I shared a photo of the necklaces I created for little girls. Today I would like to share the gift boxes I created for them. These little boxes were made using my Envelope Bunch Board. They are easy to make and and quick to put together.

The designer paper is from DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Girl Pack and is the thickness of a light weight card stock. I thought the delicate designs and colors would be perfect for these boxes. I found the paper flowers in the $1.50 bins at Michaels. Red line tape was used to put the boxes together. You can find the directions for these boxes here. Sam Hammond, the lady doing the tutorial, is from the UK, but she has the measurements in inches and centimeters.

Hopefully the necklace and gift box set will be good sellers. I still have to make a gift card or tag to go with them. That is on my list for tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Don't forget there is a new challenge beginning over at Crafting With An Attitude today. You have until 8pm Sunday, July 31st to enter. Be sure to stop by and see the beautiful inspiration projects my design team has created.

Have a wonderful day.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bugs 'n Owls

Over the weekend I found a pin for the cutest little bug magnets on Pinterest here. Since I don't use a lot of magnets, I decided to make some of these into cute little bug and owl necklaces for our little girl divas.

I purchased a bag of large clear pebble disks from our local dollar store. A 1 inch punch was used to punch out the owls and circles of designer paper. Next I used mod podge to adhere the circles to the back of the pebbles. When that dried, I added more mod podge to the designer paper and adhered 1 inch black card stock circles. I used a coat of mod podge to seal the black circles and let it dry. I found necklace bails at Joan Craft Store and the nylon cord was purchased from Pat Catan's. Using E6000 adhesive, I glued the bails to the back of the disk. The cord was cut to a length of 28 inches, strung through the bail and tied in a knot.

Now I am trying to decide how to package them. I thought about making a small box and adding a tag that says "Bugs and Kisses for Someone Special". Or I could attach the necklace to a card with "Bugs & Kisses" on the front and add "for a special girl" on the inside. Do you have any suggestions? Please let me know.

Time to close and get busy. Have a beautiful day!



Friday, June 24, 2016

Birthday Yacht

Hello, everyone! I think my brain took a short vacation this week. I completely forgot to tell you about the new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. It began Wednesday, with Darlene as our hostess. Her theme is "Create Your Own Background".

Now that summer has truly arrived in Northeast Ohio, I began to think of all the fun water activities. So I decided to go with a Nautical theme. 

To create the background, I used my Darice "Wheel and Anchor" embossing folder, then inked the embossing with Stampin' Up's "Bashful Blue" ink pad. The white wheels on red background paper is from the Authentique "Anchored" paper pad. I adhered the embossed panel with glue runner. The yacht and birds were cut from black card stock on my Silhouette Cameo. The yacht was attached using a glue runner and the birds were adhered with foam dots for dimension. The banner was created with the red wheels paper and white card stock. "Happy Birthday" was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice ink. I added natural twine through the button holes and tied in a knot, then adhered the button with a glue dot. Last I tied natural twine around the card 4 times and tied it in a knot.

My husbands birthday is in July, so this will be the perfect card for him. He loves anything related to the water, so I guess I will have to find him a new nautical decoration for his work room. He has so many now, it is getting harder to find something he doesn't have already.

I hope you all have had a chance to see the beautiful inspiration projects created by my 'sistahs'.

If not, why not check them out now, then enter your own project. Remember you have until 8pm, Sunday July 3rd to enter. Have fun and Good Luck!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Glowing Fairies

Today I want to share my version of the fairy jars found on Pinterest. I haven't decided if I am going to keep these lights or use them as gifts. They were so much fun to make and I do plan on making more.

After cutting the Silhouette fairy designs on my Silhouette Cameo, I applied Mod Podge to the inside of the jar and added the fairies. Once that was done, I applied Mod Podge to the outside of the jar and placed tissue paper over the top. Once it dried, I applied Mod Podge again and sprinkled Diamond Dust over it. When the Mod Podge dried, I added ivory lace around the top of the jar. Next I added a piece of ivory ribbon and a burlap flower. Last, I added a battery operated twinkling votive candle.

Now that we have our canopy up and our glass top table set up, I might use these when we sit outside at night. That just gave me another idea. Now to find some canning jars and some clear Christmas lights.

Thanks for stopping by visiting with me today.

Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Picnic Time

Hello, everyone! Sorry I have been gone so long. I had a few minor health issues, but I am now back into the swing of things.

I am so excited to be the hostess for the new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Our theme for this challenge is "Summertime". May was a very cold and wet month here in Northeast Ohio. Temperatures ranged from mid 30's to mid 50's most days accompanied by rain showers almost every day. Thankfully, the warm weather has finally reached us and I can hardly wait to have a picnic.

As you can see by the title of this post, the theme of my card is Picnic. I found these cute images on Pinterest. Isn't that the cutest little ant? I fussy cut his leg from black card stock. Oops! Just realized I forgot his antennae. Poor little guy, I will definitely have to fix that.
I started with a white card base and added this pretty red and white qingham designer paper by Recollections from Michaels. I made the sentiment panel on my computer and matted it with black card stock. I found the black with white dot grosgrain ribbon at a craft store that is now out of business. It was my favorite places to buy ribbon because I could get spools of ribbon measure 15 yds. -25 yds. and it wasn't very expensive. I may have to look on line to see if I can find anything similar.

That's all I have for today. You have until 7pm (est), Sunday, June 19th to enter your creations. Why not stop by the Sisterhood and check out the design team's inspiration? 

If you have a chance stop by the Crafting With An Attitude challenge blog for another fun challenge.

Until next time,


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Earth Laughs

Hello, everyone! I can't believe I haven't posted anything since March. Life just keeps getting in the way of my crafting. Hopefully, everything has settled down and I can get back to my regular routine.

My friend, Judy, and I have been very busy working on projects to put in her daughter, Jen's new store called "Starving Artist". Jen sells local artists works, upcycled furniture, unique lighting fixtures made by her finance and his brother, and anything that Judy and I make.

The card pictured is one cased from one found on Pinterest.

The card base is a coral color and is from a stationary set found at Hollo's Paper Store in Brunswick, Ohio.

I found the designer paper at Pat Catan's and it matched the card base perfectly. I cut the berry basket from the Silhouette Design Store on my Silhouette Cameo. Judy and I cut the four sides apart to make four baskets for the front of the cards. I typed the sentiment onto white card stock on my computer and cut strips to make the banner. The banner is adhered with a foam dot and the flower and pearl are adhered with glue dots. Last we wrapped hemp cord around the flower packet twice and tied in a bow.

This would make a wonderful gift for someone who likes gardening or for Mom on Mother's Day. 

Judy and I have lots of ideas for cards and other crafts to sell in Jen's store. I will try to post pictures of the finished projects. We made Graduation cards using the colors of local schools, unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of them. (I seem to be having more and more senior moments every day.)

That's the project for today. Stop by tomorrow and check out my fairy jars.

Have a great day.


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,