Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunflower Treat Holder

On September 8th, I will be hostess for our stamp group meeting. I thought sunflowers would be the perfect theme for this event. I found the tutorial for these cute treat holders here. I think I will put packs of sunflower seeds inside. I love sunflower seeds on salad or as a quick snack.

The base was cut from Recollections Cream card stock and the designer paper is by DCWV. Next, I used my 1 1/4" circle punch for the cream centers and one of my SU flower punches for the brown petals. The sunflower centers are stickers by Darice. Using my 1/8" hole punch I punched two holes through the top flap, front panel and back panel, then threaded 1/8" gingham ribbon through the holes and tied in a bow.

Now that these are completed, I want to make containers for candy and maybe a post-it-note holder for each of the ladies. I also have plans to make a sunflower floral arrangement for the main table. We will be having our meeting at a local Pizza Hut and I want to make the party room a little more inviting. 

I have so many ideas and so little time to get everything done. Still working on items for craft shows coming up, plus a church women's retreat and a journal making class. Thankfully, my daughter will be off work from Friday through next Monday for Labor Day. I plan on spending most of my time in my work room.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Don't forget, you still have time to enter a project in the Sisterhood challenge

Off to enjoy a little bit of sun on this beautiful 80 degree day here in Northeast Ohio.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

School Time

It's time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood, hosted by Agata. All the little kiddies are getting ready to go back to school, so your challenge is to create a project using anything related to school. 

I loved shopping for all the new school supplies. Do you remember the smell of new crayons or markers? It was so exciting to see all those friends you missed over the summer and make new friends.

Here is my creation for this challenge.

Alphabet designer paper by DCWV was used for the background. The chalkboard was created using black card stock and cutting a ruler sticker down to create the top and bottom boarders fo the chalkboard. I matted the "school days" sticker with black card stock and adhered to the top of the card. Then I adhered the A+ and reading, writing, arithmetic stickers with glue runner to the chalkboard. I used pop dots to add the crayons. The blue satin ribbon added the finishing touch.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
     Artistic Inspirations - AnythingGoes
     Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes 
     Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

My oldest granddaughter begins 2nd grade this fall and my grandson will attend his second year of preschool, so I want to send this card to them to wish them good luck.
I think I will place some sticker sheets inside as an added surprise.

Do you have someone going back to school this fall? Why not create a special card or  gift for them and share it with the Sisterhood? Why not leave a little love for the sistahs after checking out the fabulous inspiration projects they have created for you?

Put on those thinking caps and get busy. Who knows, you might be one of our top winners?

Have a great day!

Hugs from Ohio,


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Essence of Kindness

I was asked by a local church group if I would teach a card class during their women's retreat on September 26th. There will be approximately 40 women attending and each session would be about 30 minutes. This is one idea I am considering:

I used white card stock to create the base then added a black mat. The blue designer paper layer is from DCWV. Next I stamped my image (Stampin' Up "Love is Kindness" stamp) onto white card stock and colored it in with Close to My Heart markers. This I adhered to another black mat and then layered that panel onto my blue designer paper. Blue organdy ribbon was tied into a knot and adhered to the image panel with a glue dot. The sentiment is also from Stampin' Up and stamped with black India ink.

I have a few other ideas, but haven't decided which one I will use for this group of ladies. Their only request was that it be centered around nature.

Okay, that's it for me today. Thanks for visiting with me.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Break's Over

Well, didn't get much done on my break last week. My husband had me helping him most of the time and then I had to help my younger daughter practice for her driving test. Thank goodness she passed and that will free up some of my time. No more taking her to the grocery store or running errands for her.

Along with working on projects for upcoming challenges, I have also been working on some note card sets. I have 5 sets done so far, but I know I will need a lot more. For this set of cards, I used DCWV designer paper, white card stock and my Stampin' Up "Warmest Regards" stamp set. The flower die is from Memory Box.

The profit from the sales of these note card sets will be donated to a local non-profit organization her in Alliance, Ohio called Anchor House. They are trying to purchase a closed nursing home to renovate for the use of a homeless men's shelter. If they can purchase the property there would be enough room for 100 beds. Anchor House also runs a second hand shop and prepares meals for the homeless.

This organization is run by volunteers, who sort clothing, price items for sale and serve meals. One of my nieces is a volunteer and I have asked her for a list of items that they can use. Like most homeless organizations they can always use toiletries and clothes. My niece informed me that there are over 100 homeless people in our city of around 23,000. 

I know I can't do much, but I will do what I can to help this wonderful organization.

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


Monday, August 17, 2015

Taking A Short Break

Hello everyone! I will be taking this week off to start moving a couple of rooms around. Not actually moving rooms yet, but trying to pack up things I don't need right away so that my hubby and I can begin moving a few things around. I was hoping my husband could get a week's vacation between now and the end of September, but that didn't work out. He can't get any vacation until October and November. This will be a gradual moving around between bedroom and craft room. 

I am also preparing for two craft shows and a journal class that I will be teaching this fall. The sample journal is done and the class won't be until October. I think I will be okay as far as items for the September 12th craft show. Really need to get busy on items for the October 5th show.

I'll be back next Monday with more projects to share. 

Have a great week and as always "Happy Crafting".


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Over the Rainbow

Our hostess, Sandi Lee, has chose "Rainbows" as our challenge theme this week at the Sisterhood. In honor of the August 12th, 1939 premiere of "The Wizard of Oz, Sandi would like you to create a project using rainbows.

This was one of my favorite movies as a child. I hopped over to Pinterest to find images that would fit this challenge bring my project to life.

I found this paper with clouds in a stack of loose designer paper and used that for the base of my card. Next I matted the image of the Emerald city with black card stock and adhered it to the card. I copied the rainbow image from Pinterest and made it larger than my card. Then I cut the rainbow image down to fit the card front and added pop dots to give it dimension. The image of Shirley and the other characters were fussy cut and layered over the rainbow with dimensional. I printed the sentiment from my computer, then fussy cut the panel and mat, added die cut birds (Memory Box).

Inside the card I added the sentiment "Spread your wings and fly. Best wishes for the future."

I was thinking this would be great for a graduation or new job card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Scrapper's Delights - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafthing From the Heart - Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends - Movie Week

Now that this project is finished, I just might have to put on my "Wizard of Oz" dvd to relive those childhood memories. Hopefully, my grandchildren will love this movie as much as I do.

Okay, it's your turn to share your creativity with us. Just head over to the Sisterhood for some fabulous inspiring creations and join in on the fun.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Journal Divider 1

My project today is one of the dividers for the Prayer Journal I am designing for a group of ladies at a nearby church. All of the images were found on Pinterest and sized on my computer. I fell in love with this angel image the moment I saw it.

First I used Journey Glaze by Fun Stampers Journey to adhere glitter to the stars. You could also use SU's Crystal Effects or any glue that dries clear. You will find a list of other materials below the photo.


Card Stock: Kraft, Blue (not sure which company), Gold Foil

Embellishments: Silk Rose and leaves

Dies: swirls from Our Daily Bread "Grunge Cross" die set, Memory Box Love Script, and Memory Box
         Fabulous Phlox stem

Punch: SU Folder Tab

I have two more dividers in the works and maybe more. I am waiting to hear back from the prayer group leader to see how many dividers they will need.

This has definitely been a challenge. I have never made a journal from a 3 ring binder. I have always used composition notebooks. So far I am happy with the way this one is turning out. If I like the completed project, I may use the idea for a scrap book or a kid's school notebook.

Wll, I guess I'd better get busy. Lots to get done in the next couple of weeks. I have challenge cards to make and items to get done for a craft show on Saturday, September 12th.

Please stop by again soon. I love to read your comments on my work.

Have a great day!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Prayer Journal

I received a phone call this past week from one of my customers asking if I would be willing to teach a class on making prayer journals from a 3 ring binder. Of course, I said "yes". So I headed to Wal-Mart to purchase a binder and some dividers to see what I could create.

The binder has a clear cover so that a page can be inserted in the front, the back and on the binding. I finished the front cover and started on one of the divider pages over the weekend. I have decided not to used the purchased dividers and opted for 8 1/2" x 11" card stock with punched tabs for dividers.

First I cut a 12" x 12" sheet of Core'dinations brown card stock to 10" x 11". The image and prayer panels were found on Pinterest. I copied and pasted the images into Publisher so that I could resize them to fit where I needed them.

The corner pieces were cut from gold card stock using my Spellbinders "Fantastic Flourish Three" dies. The stars and crosses are stickers by EK Success.

The image and prayer panels are matted with Kraft card stock. I chose a medium blue binder and decided to use my one of my favorite color combos of brown and blue for the pages.

I am very happy with the end result of my cover page. Now on to the dividers.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today.

Hugs from Ohio,


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Special Moments

Sending out a big THANK YOU to Darlene for sharing her tutorial to make these cute tea bag holders. They are so easy to make and go together so quick.  You will find her tutorial post here. There are so many tea pot, tea cup and tea sentiments on Pinterest to use.

I started with a green card stock base found in my stash, then cut a panel of designer paper from the NitWitCollection by Lili of the Valley. I cut a panel of the green card stock to mat my image and tied the holder closed with Moss Organdy/Satin ribbon.

The sentiment on the inside reads "A cup of tea, a prayer or two. Special moments shared with you."
I will be making quite a few of these for upcoming craft shows. One will be placed in a basket with a tea cup and other treats for a door prize at one of my craft shows.

Well, that's my project for today. Before I forget I want to invite you to The Crafty Addicts website for our first challenge. All who enter have a chance to win 3 digi images  from each of our two sponsors. My team members have some awesome inspiration to share with you.

 Thanks for visiting with me.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

May I Be Frank

Today we begin our first challenge at "The Crafty Addicts" and I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new challenge blog. This is a month long challenge and is posted the first Wednesday of each month. We have two sponsors for our first challenge: Inky Impressions and Robyn's Fetish. The winner of this challenge will win three images from each sponsor.

For my first project, I created this card using an image from Robyn's Fetish called "Frankie Frankenstein". I just couldn't resist that sweet little face. 

I started with a base of white card stock, then adhered a panel of DCWV designer paper. The mats around the image and sentiment were cut from Reflections black and cocoa card stock. Brown satin ribbon was laced through the button holes and tied in a knot, then adhered with glue dots. I colored the image with my Prisma color pencils and Gamsol. Last I tied brown satin dotted ribbon around the left side to finish the project.

I typed the sentiment for the front and inside of my card on the computer. The sentiment on the inside reads "You don't look a day older than last year".

I can hardly wait to see what images we will be working with for next month's challenge.. I know Erin, our team leader, has some wonderful sponsors lined up for these challenges. Please stop by check out our challenge blog and meet our Design Team.  Erin has posted introductions for each of the members and pictures of some of their work.

Please stop by and check out our challenge and meet the Team. I know you will be inspired by their creativity. 

Until next time,


Monday, August 3, 2015

Painted Petals Note Cards

Wow! Is it really Monday already? I had a very busy day on Saturday. My friend, Judy, and I went to a local bookstore and picked up some nice wooden shelves that the manager was going to throw in the trash. I just happened to be shopping in the store about a month and a half ago, when he mentioned to me that he was changing some of the shelves and wanted to know if I wanted to old ones. He said if I didn't take them he would have to put them in the trash because he didn't have any place to store them. Boy, did I jump at the chance. Unfortunately, I only had room for one book case, but my Judy needed two of them. They are a little beat up, but a couple of screws and a few nails and they will be perfect. Each book case has 6 nice shelves and are 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I am going to use this case in place of one of my smaller cases.

Okay, enough of that story. Now on to my project for today. I am working on some blank note card sets for a craft show I signed up for on Saturday, September 12th. Each set will have 6 cards and envelopes and are packaged in a plastic card box.

I started with a base of white card stock then added a panel cut from Stampin' Up's beautiful "Painted Petals" designer paper. The flower petals were put together and adhered to the panel with glue dots. A green pearl was placed in the center of each flower. 

Blue has always been my favorite color, so when I found this gorgeous blue floral paper, I had to use it on my note cards. I love how these silk flowers match the designer paper perfectly. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the centers of the some of the flowers, are a green that match the leaves on the paper.

These were came together so quickly, I should be able to get quite a few done for the craft show. This is one of those projects I can work on while watching TV with my husband. 

Okay, I am off to work on more cards. Thanks for visiting and stop by again soon.





Thursday, July 30, 2015

Big Catch

The card I have to share with you today was made using an image I purchased with a gift certificate from a challenge I won about a month ago. The stamp is called "Bob Hooked a Big One" by High Hopes Rubber Stamps.

The image was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey "Black Licorice" ink and colored using Stampin Up and Close to My Heart markers. The plaid designer paper is DCWV and the kraft card stock is from Recollections. Brown and white gingham ribbon was added before adhering the image panel. The hat and fish are buttons and the oar is a scrapbook embellishment. These three items have been in my stash forever, just never had the right project on which to use them. The eyeglass lenses were covered with Fun Stampers Journey "Journey Glaze" (similar to SU's Crystal Effects). 

I didn't add a sentiment, because I haven't decided how I am going to use this card. It would work for a man's retirement or birthday. Will just have to see which occasion arises first.

Well, it's supposed to be another beautiful, hot day here in Northeast Ohio, so I think I will grab some lunch before picking up my granddaughter, then spend some quality time outside with her today. We had so much rain in June, we didn't think it would ever get nice. Have to enjoy as many of these nice days as we can before fall and winter start to set in.

Have a great day everyone and please stop by again soon.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tatty Twinkles Snack Size Hershey Pouch

It felt so good to be able to spend quite a bit of time in my craft room over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon my hubby and I went to our granddaughter's 3rd birthday party and on Sunday he was able to go to church with me. That doesn't happen very often, because he usually works weekends. Thankfully he had the weekend off. So after partying and church I had time to work on a few projects.

This little pouch by Diane is so easy to put together and you will find her detailed instructions here. Take a look around her site, she has some fabulous cards and other 3 D projects. 

Now for my creation. 
I used a colored image and sentiment from my Tatty Twinkles CD for the focal point. The pink dotted paper was a scrap I found on my work table. I used my oval punches to create the sentiment panel and mat. The opening for the candy bar was made using my Stampin' Up "Word Window" punch. Offray pink organdy ribbon with white dots, tied in a double bow, added the final touch.  

Since I didn't have a snack size candy bar to put in the slit, I used a piece of card stock to show how it works.

As you can see by the picture, once the candy bar is inserted the pouch opens about 1/4". 
Wouldn't this pouch make a nice favor for a bridal or baby shower?

They would also make great stocking stuffers and you could add a gift card in with the candy bar.

Now I am getting so many ideas for craft shows, I don't know if I will get them all done. That time of year is coming up fast. I am actually thinking of doing my church craft show on September 7th and 8th and another church craft show on September 12th.

So much to do and so little time. Guess I'd better get off my computer and get to work.

I'm so glad you stopped by and visited with me today. Please stop by again soon.

Have a beautiful day!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Birthday Sliding Pop-Up Card

Today's project is one that I have always been a little intimidated to try. I found these simple instructions by Diane on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. I can't believe how quickly this card came together.

I started with a medium green card stock for the base. Designer paper  is from the Wild Rose Studio Blackberry Lane paper pack. The dotted grosgrain ribbon is American Craft and the stamp set is Popcorn's Pals by Crafter's Companion.

I used my Tombow and Close to My Heart  markers to color the image. The sentiments were stamped with Black Licorice ink from Fun Stampers Journey.

This stamp set was purchased along with 3 others when I used a gift certificate from a challenge I won a month ago. Aren't the mouse and kitty adorable?

This side view shows how the mechanism works. (Sorry it's a little dark.) The image panel is adhered between the 1/2" base panels on the bottom.

The card folds up nicely for mailing. Now I just have to decide who I will be sending it to. I have lots of family and friends birthdays coming up.
I want to make some of the bases and have them set aside for future use. My mind is spinning with all the possibilities of images to use. This would make a great masculine card with the right image and embellishments.

Wow, the morning has just flown by. Time to get lunch and then pick up my granddaughter.

I hope you enjoyed my project for today. 

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and check out the new challenge. You have until 8 pm (EST), Sunday, Aug. 9th  to enter.

My sistahs have some fabulous projects for your inspiration.

Have a great day!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Say "Bello"

While spending some time on Pinterest looking for inspiration, I found the instructions for this cute little minion here: I wanted my minion a little taller so I changed the dimensions to 4" x 5", scored at 1 1/2" and 3 1/2" on the long side. The black band is 3/4" by 5" and adhered before I closed the pouch. For the eyes I used my 1 1/4" circle punch for the white, 1" circle punch for the blue and 3/4" circle punch for the black. The mouths were fussy cut from a 1 1/4" circle punch. That's it. So easy, but so cute.

Since the new movie is out and minions are so popular, I thought I should make some of these for craft shows this fall. Maybe I will make them different colors for Halloween treats.

Has anyone seen the movie yet? My 3 year old granddaughter loves the minions, but I'm not sure she could sit through the whole movie. On the days that I babysit her, she always wants me to put on one of our dvd's with minion mini movies. Some of them she likes to watch three or four times. Guess it's a good thing I like them too.

Okay, that's my share for today. I have a few other ideas on my work table and time to get busy on more challenge projects.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.


Thursday, July 23, 2015


When I found this image on Pinterest, I know it would be the perfect focus for a summer card. This is my idea of relaxing during the summer. A nice cool breeze, a cold beverage and a comfortable place to read.

I started with a bright yellow cardstock for the base, then added this beautiful background paper from the NitWit Collections pack by Mary Fran of Lili of the Valley.  SU's "Passion Pink" card stock was used for the mat behind the image and the sentiment. 

Using my new Tattered Lace "Ornate Leaves" dies, I cut two stems  from lime green and garden green for embellishments. Green satin ribbon and Flower Soft add dimension.

The lawn has been mowed, the screened canopy is set up and there is a cool breeze calling my name. I think I will grab a cool drink, a good book and head outside to enjoy this beautiful day before heading back to my craft room.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Please stop by again soon and leave a little love if you have time.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Beat the Heat

Have you had a chance to check out the new challenge at the Sisterhood hosted by Vickie? The theme is "Summer Heat". What comes to mind when you hear that phrase?  

Unfortunately, here in Northeast Ohio the temperatures have been more like lukewarm and wet, so this was a real challenge for me. When I found these Jolee stickers my creative brain cells started working and here is my project.

The base was created with white card stock. Then I added these beautiful designer papers by Recollections. The striped paper was folded down 1/4" and then adhered to the top of my card. When the card is standing it looks like a cabana on the beach. Using my 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" oval punches I created the mat for my sentiment. I used pop dots to give the panel dimension and Jolee's stickers were used to create the beach scene.

As much as I love working in my craft room, I could really go for some relaxing time on the beach with a good book and a cold beverage. But for now I will have to settle for a chair in the back yard and pretend I am on the beach.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
       Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
       Card Mania - Anything Goes
       Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
       Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

We would love to see your take on this theme, so why not head on over to the Sisterhood to check out the projects my sistahs have created for inspiration and join in on the fun?

Have a beautiful creative day!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pot of Tea

This is my first attempt making a Triangle Trifold card. I used Stampin' Up's Blue Brocade card stock for the base and had a little trouble getting the folds to line up right. (The card stock may have been a little heavy.) But I am pleased with the end result. I found the instructions here:

The image is one of many that I found on Pinterest. I think the colors in this image work well with the colors of my base card stock and SU designer paper. I used SU's Olive Green and Blue Brocade to mat the image that was printed on Ivory card stock.



For the inside of the card I stamped the sentiment and the spoon from my new set of Fun Journey Stamps "Tea Time" with Black Licorice ink from the same company. To close the card I tied a bow with Ivory sating ribbon.

Since the finished size of the card is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", I will have to make an envelope for mailing. I may try changing the dimensions for a larger card.

I made this card late last night after celebrating my husband's birthday. Since I spent the morning having a stress test and ultrasound of the carotid arteries, we got a late start on his birthday celebration. We went out lunch and stopped for ice cream on the way home. Then part of the evening was spent at our younger daughter's house.

Off to work on some more projects. Thanks for visiting with me today.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Tea Time

Hello everyone! I was thrilled to be able to spend a lot of time in my craft room over the weekend. No babysitting, doctor's appointments or grocery shopping. While searching through Pinterest for more card inspiration I came across this cute tea bag holder which goes together quickly. You can find the instructions by Catherine Cote here.

For the yellow one, I used SU's Marigold Morning card stock for the base and Best Year Every designer paper for the background. The image, found on Pinterest, was matted using Recollections chocolate card stock. SU's Garden Green was used for the base of the other one. I matted the image with Recollections chocolate card stock and DCWV Green dotted designer paper. I used the same designer papers on the inside to create the pockets. (Each holds 2 tea bags.) White Satin ribbon was adhered to the front under the mats and wrapped around the back, then tied in a bow to hold closed.

I want to make more of these for craft shows this fall. I think I will package them with a tea cup and cookies. I think they would make nice gifts for teachers, co-workers, friends, etc.

Aren't the tea pot and tea cup images adorable? I did a search on Pinterest using "tea pot and tea cup clip art" and found so many cute images. The hardest part of this project was deciding what colors of card stock and designer papers to use.

Before I work on more of these, I need to work on some challenge projects and more cards for selling. I may cut some of these out and put them together while watching TV with my hubby at night. Then I can finish decorating them later.

Hope you like my project for today. Stop by again soon.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Birthday Blog Hop

We wanted to wish
Darlene a  very HAPPBIRTHDAY today in a special way! 
Hope you will join in the fun and get some amazing birthday card ideas along the way.  
We also hope you will stop over to Darlene's blog and wish her a 
Happy Birthday !
Let the party begin!!!!

Darlene....our birthday girl! 
Darlene is one of my best friends and since she only lives a half hour away from me, we get together whenever possible to create and craft. I love picking her brain for ideas. She is such an inspiration and so talented. So before I share my creation with you I want to say "Happy Birthday Dar!"

Now here's my card... 

For the base I used Stampin' Up's "Perfect Plum" card stock and embossed it with a vine embossing folder from Darice. Next I cut a panel from SU's "Pale Plum" and one from "Perfect Plum"  to mat my image. This image and sentiment were printed from My Craft Studio's "Tatty Twinkles" cd.  The sentiment panel was punched from white card stock with a mat of "Perfect Plum" using my oval punches. The beautiful lavender and white dotted ribbon was purchased from Pat Catan's and has been waiting for on my ribbon shelf for just the right project. I think this the perfect addition to my card.

So Darlene, are you feeling the love from your 'sistah's"? Hope your birthday turns out to be as wonderful as you are.

Your  next stop is Vickie....or you can start all over!!! And don't forget to stop by Dar's blog and leave a little birthday love.

Have a beautiful day!