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,

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...