Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mother-in-law Card

When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago, my sister-in-law and her husband moved her to Virginia so they could take care of her. She has lost a lot of memory, but still remembers the her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Every day someone goes through family pictures to help her remember. She loves to get mail and my sister-in-law will read it to her often to help her have a good day. So, today I would like to share a card I made for her just to let her know we think of her everyday.

I found the images on Pinterest and layered them onto Stampin' Up's "Blue Ballet" card stock.  My background paper is from DCWV's Primrose stack. Last, I added three blue gems and the sentiment.

I think my mother-in-law will love this card. She used to collect vintage tea cups, so this fits the bill perfectly.

Time to fix lunch for my hubby so he can go to work and I want to get this in the mail as soon as possible.

Thanks for spending time with me today.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Come Fly With Me

Wow! Time for another challenge at the Sisterhood. Our hostess for this week is Diane challenging us to "Come Fly With Me". Use anything that flies as your focal point (airplane, insect, bird, etc.). I found this beautiful photo of hot air balloons on Pinterest and decided it would be perfect for this challenge. A list of materials used can be found below the picture.

Cardstock: SU Ballet Blue, Black, White
Ribbon: Darice So Trendy black and white organdy
Embossing Folder: Darice Curls
Punches: SU 1 1/4"  and 1 3/8" scalloped circles

I love to watch the launching of hot air balloons, but have never been tempted to ride in one. I have a terrible fear of heights and the thought of being in an open air basket is too scary for me. I'll take an airplane any day.

Okay, put on those thinking caps and start creating. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood for some fantastic inspiration by the sistahs.

Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Clean and Simple Greetings

Saturday, I went shopping at a local book store and picked up the latest copy of one of the UK's cardmaking magazines. Included was an embossing folder and stamp set that I used to create these cards.

I love this embossing so much that I didn't want to overwhelm it with too many embellishments. The flowers were stamped with black India ink onto white card stock, then colored with my Stampin' Up markers. Next, I used SU's Crystal Effects to give the flowers a nice glossy shine, cut out with scissors and adhered to the large embossed flower with dimensionals. Pink and blue pearls were added to the center of the other embossed flowers and tied with blue and pink satin ribbon.

These were such easy and quick cards, I plan to do more for my craft show stash. I think I may try a few without the cut out flower and just add the pearls.

I am so happy with the finished product. As many of you know, I mostly do clean and simple cards for mailing, but occasionally add more elegant details to my challenge projects.

Thanks for checking into today. Looks like spring weather is on it's way here in Northeast Ohio (even though they are predicting 30's at the end of the week).

Have a beautiful day! Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood tomorrow for a new challenge hosted by Diane.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Basic Butterfly Birthday

What a beautiful weekend we had here in Northeast Ohio. A bit chilly in the morning, but afternoons were in the high 30's - low 40's with sun. Last Thursday, I received my order from Stampin' Up that included the Basic Butterfly Stamp Set. I decided to use my Tim Holtz distressed inks and Memory Box stencils to create this card.

  I have entered this card in the following challenges:
  My Artistic Adventures - #6 Anything Goes
  Paradise of Stamps - #14 Anything Goes
  The Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes

 I chose Ivory card stock as the base. Next, I used Tim Holtz "squeezed lemonade" to go over the "Texture Tessatina" stencil in a circular motion. Then I used "shabby shutters' to go over the yellow. Once that was done, I used "shabby shutters" ink to stamp the fern onto the card 3 times. The sentiments were stamped with black India Ink. Using my fancy butterfly dies, I cut 1 of the small butterfly for the left hand side and 2 of the larger butterfly (layered one on top of the other) for the butterfly on the right hand side. Offray's willow green sating ribbon finishes the project.

I just love this stamp set, but was disappointed to learn the butterfly thinlets that match have been discontinued. Thank goodness, I had another set of dies that would work.

Well, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Just Saying Hello

The past few days have been very hectic. Celebrated by son-in-law's birthday and my youngest granddaughter's baptism over the weekend, babysitting, grocery shopping and much needed house cleaning. I was able to get into my craft room long enough to create this card.

The deer image and background designer paper came with a cardmaking magazine from the UK. The  paper is Stampin' Up Lovely Lace and the ribbon is organdy dotted swiss by Offray. I love how the images and background papers match perfectly. The sentiment is from a stamp set I have had for ages stamped with SU Lovely Lace ink.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I Won!

I can't believe it. I am the Top Winner of the One Stitch At A Time Challenge 231. The prize is the February Pack of digis. My winning entry was this birthday card created with Stampin' Up papers and stamps.

I had just finished this card and found the challenge on Paper Playful. Since this card fit the theme, I decided to enter the challenge. Never gave a thought to actually winning. What a wonderful surprise!
Check out the many challenges listed. You could be the winner of one of these fabulous challenges.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Ghiradelli Treat Purse

I have another project to share with you from the Stamping Pro. Next month my friend, Judy, and I are going on a Ladies Craft Weekend and I want to make these for the participants. They are made to hold Ghiradelli candy, but I think they might hold a pack of gum which would come in really handy for the weekend.

All the purses are made using K and Company two-sided designer paper. You can find the instruction sheet here. (There aren't any written instructions, but the diagram is pretty easy to follow.) I used satin ribbon the handles on these two purses and I made one with rick rack for the handle. Then I decorated them with silk or paper flowers. Red sticky tape was used to adhere the flaps of the boxes to make them sturdy.

That's all there is to it. Easy peasy!

Before I go, I want to remind you to check out the new challenge at the Sisterhood. Our hostess, Lisa, has a color combo challenge for us. You will be amazed at the projects our step-sisters and sistahs have created. Remember you have until 8pm(est), Sunday, March 22nd to enter. Good luck!


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Photo Color Combo

Hello friends! It is time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood hosted by Lisa. For this challenge, Lisa has selected a photo with some beautiful spring colors. Your challenge is to use all of these colors in your project. This was such a fun challenge and I was able to use my new Stampin' Up Designer Papers and Embellishments.

The designer paper, buttons and ribbon (Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana) are from the "Best Year Ever" Paper and Accessory Pack. Aren't the colors gorgeous? For the grass, I used the grass die from Impression Obsession and the flower stems were created using Memory Box "Lovely Tendril" die (grass and stems cut from Old Olive card stock). These were adhered to gray card stock and then layered onto Olive Green. The sentiment is stamped in Olive Green onto the Designer paper and then layered onto Olive Green card stock.

Now it's your turn. Visit the Sisterhood blog, check out the inspiration by the sisters and step-sisters and share your creations with us.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Daisy Best Wishes

I have noticed that this fold is very popular on Pinterest and just had to give it a try. I cased this card from the original found here. It is such a simple fold, but really makes the image stand out. The card stocks used for the base of the card and the scalloped circle are some that I have had in my stash for ages. I don't even remember where it came from. The designer paper is from the Recollections  Painted Fancy pad at Michaels. The gingham ribbon was purchased either from a garage sale or a clearance bin at at craft store many years ago.

I used Stampin' Up Pool Party and Old Olive markers to stamp the image using the two-stamp method with SU's "Reason to Smile" stamp set. The sentiment on the inside is hidden by the front panel and reads "Wishing you love and laughter forever after!". It is a stamp from SU's "Curly Verses" set.

This image makes me think of the beautiful summer flowers. I can hardly wait till I can get outside and start working on my flower beds. I am also hoping to start a fairy garden, which got put off last summer due to all the rain.

That's it for today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood tomorrow when we begin a new challenge tomorrow hosted by Lisa. The sistah's have created some beautiful projects for inspiration. So get busy with your creations and join in on the fun.

See you then.


Monday, March 9, 2015

Mini Note Card Carrier

My friend, Judy, and I worked on some note cards and purse she wanted to use as gifts. The instructions can be found here. I need to bookmark this site because there a lot of really nice project sheets to copy.

 Now for the set that I created. I used K and Company Designer Paper and white card stock to create the purse and flowers. The center of the flowers are black sticky dots. For the small flower center on the note card I ran the card stock through my Cuttlebug using the cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder. The box bottom for the purse is adhered with red line tape for durability. White satin ribbon was added to the handle to close the purse.

I used one 12" x 12" sheet of designer paper for the purse and flowers and 4 sheets of white card stock to create the flowers, purse bottom and note cards. This project is so simple I already have paper pulled out for 2-3 more sets. 

Hope you like my project for today. Thanks for visiting with me.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Lovely Lace Bird Cage

Have you seen the new craft show brought from the UK called "Create and Craft TV? It is a shopping network for crafting, but experts demonstrate how to use the products. You can also find this fantastic craft show on the internet here. I purchased the Lovely Lace bundle which included 124 pieces of paper, toppers, die cuts, etc. I also purchased 2 sets of cards (50 plain and 50 shaped cards).

This card was created using Lovely Lace papers, die cuts and cards. Aren't the colors and die cuts gorgeous? The silver ribbon is from the Darice Oh, So Trendy line. The possibilities for projects are endless.

When I first opened the package, I was overwhelmed with everything included in this bundle. My mind is still spinning with ideas. Now to settle down and begin crafting with this lovely set.

Why not drop by the Create and Craft website to see all that they have to offer? You will be amazed at all the new crafting materials and tools for cardmaking, jewelry, knitting, crochet, etc. Over the weekend they even have special deals.

Well, back to creating. Thanks for dropping by today.



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Whale Birthday

Using my Reflections Ocean Friends stamp set and Reflections paper pack from Michaels, I created this child birthday card. Don't these little creatures have the cutest faces? The images were colored with my Spectrum Noire markers and adhered with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Warmest Regards stamp set. Light blue gems create the bubbles on the whale and add a little detail to the sentiment panel. The blue ribbon is from the Darice Premium ribbon line.

This would make a perfect birthday card for my 2 year old granddaughter or my 4 year old grandson who have summer birthdays.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood for the new challenge hosted by Darlene.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Feel Better Soon

Today I have another decoupaged image and card to share with you. This time I chose to use this cute little dog and teacup. There were a few more parts to work with on this one. The dog's head, left paw, flower, left ear and nose were cut with fine tip scissors and adhered with dimensionals. Boy was that little nose difficult to cut out. (It was even harder to cut a dimensional to fit.) But, with a lot of patience I was able to succeed without losing any of the pieces.

White card stock was used for the base and embossed with Stamin' Up's new Spring Flowers embossing folder. SU Ballet Blue was cut for all mats and the dotted paper is from the paper included in the UK Cardmaker Magazine. The ribbon flower embellishments were found at Joann's in the ribbon department.

I am having so much fun with these decoupage images and paper. I have enough to make at least 10 projects. 

I hope you like my creation for today. Have a great day everyone and thanks for stoppingy by.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Birthday Bouquet

I recently purchased one of the UK's Cardmaking magazines and included in the pack were darling papers and decoupage images. Isn't this little girl just the cutest? It is hard to tell from the photo, but I used dimensionals to make the flower bouquet and daisy 3D.

I typed the sentiment on my computer using the "Harrington" font and printed on card stock. Nestibilities eyelet dies were used to make the mat from SU Wild Wasabi card stock and to cut out the sentiment panel. SU Rose Red was used to make the card base. The mats are cut from Wild Wasabi and Rose Red. The silk flowers are from the $1.50 bin at Michaels.

Wouldn't these decoupage images make a beautiful piece of framed art? I'm going to have to give that a try.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. I will have another decoupaged card for you tomorrow, so please stop by again.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Paper Piecing

Darlene is our host for the challenge at the Sisterhood this week. She is asking everyone to make a project using "Paper Piecing and/or Piercing". For my project, I chose to make a tag using one of the Prima Mixed Media Dolls.

First, I stamped the doll onto white card stock and colored her with SU markers. Then I stamped the image onto two different designer papers from DCWV's Floral Stack and cut out the head band and dress. I used flowered ribbon for the sash on the dress. Before adhering the doll to the tag, I used Tim Holtz Distressed Ink "Vintage Photo" to create an aged look to the tag. Once the doll was adhered, I used a sentiment from SU's "Fabulous Phrases" onto white card stock, punched it out with the small oval punch and layered it onto a larger oval punched from the designer paper. Daisiesand butterfly from K & Company were added to the corner and then the tag was finished off with SU Rose Red grosgrain ribbon.

If you love a good challenge head on over to the Sisterhood and join in the fun. Don't forget to check out all the wonderful inspiration by the sistahs and step-sistahs.

Until next time...


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seahorse Birthday

While going through my card stash, I realized I don't have many kids cards. So, this week that is going to be my focus (along with some challenge projects). I found a cute stamp set on sale at Michael's. Isn't this seahorse adorable? 

The background paper and stamp set is from the Recollections line. The black card stock is Core'dinations and the purple satin ribbon is Darice Premium ribbon. I used black India ink to stamp the images and colored them with Stampin' Up Delighful Daffodil, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder markers.
I used DecoArt Glamour Dust glitter on the bubbles, seahorse and starfish, but it hard to see in the photos. The sentiment panel is adhered with dimensionals.

Well, off to play with more of these stamps.  Have a beautiful day!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Celebrate With Cake

I was so excited to have time to play with some of my new Stampin' Up papers and stamp sets. This card features the "Big Day" stamp set and the "Best Year Every" designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration promotion. Aren't these colors just yummy?

I used SU's Delighful Daffodil and Soft Sky markers to color the images, then mounted them onto chocolate card stock. Then I tied a piece of Darice yellow organdy ribbon around the card and added the white beaded flower to tie everything together. What a quick and easy card. 

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

              613 Avenue Created - Anything Goes/Optional Twist - Birthday
              One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes - Birthday

SU's Sale-a-bration promotion ends March 31st, so contact an SU Demonstrator or go to the Stampin' Up website to order.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.


Friday, February 20, 2015

A Simple Hello

I have been thinking alot about friends and family the past few days. Maybe it's because of the cold, snowy weather and not being able to go out very much. So, today's project is a note card to send to a dear friend or family member I haven't seen or talked to in a while.

I started with an off white card stock base and added pink designer paper by DCWV. Next I added this beautiful Ivory ribbon, that reminds me of a trellis. The images can be found on Pinterest. The image mats were cut from Stampin' Up's "True Thyme" cardstock. I used a Stampin' Up corner punch to round the corners of the postcard image and the mat, then added dimensionals to give some height to the panel. The sentiment is from SU's "Four You" stamp set and was stamped with India black ink. The bow is chocolate satin ribbon and brown pearls were added in the corner. Using an SU punch for the stem and adding a pink ribbon flower finishes the project.

Don't forget to hop over to the Sisterhood and join in on the challenge. You have until 8pm (est), Sunday, February 22nd to enter.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jerrod's Birthday

Last fall, my son-in-law made two trips to South Africa for work. So what better way to celebrate his March 15th birthday, than with a card using Stampin' Ups "World Map" and "Word Traveler" stamp sets.

I started with a card base of burgundy, then added the World Map panel. Next I stamped the ship and added a black mat and adhered this layer to the map panel. Then I added the birds and waves using stamps by Stampscapes. The sentiment is from SU's "Feeling Sentimental" stamp set. Last, I added black gems and black woven ribbon for that final touch.

I hope Jerrod will like this card. Since he is a computer programmer, I think I will add a Best Buys gift card, so he can keep up with the computer world.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lovely Lady Birthday

Brrrrr! Will these frigid temps ever go away? Hibernating in my craft room this morning. Thank goodness for space heaters. 

I have another vintage card to share with you today. Found the frame background and image on Pinterest over the weekend and couldn't wait to use them.

Using a craft knife, I cut around the flowers, so I could insert the image into the corners. I added black card stock to the front of my card for the background. Stems were punched from Old Olive card stock and adhered to the back of pink wedding flowers. I used glue dots to add the flowers to the card. For extra embellishment, I added clear gems to the centers of the flat flowers and pink nylon ribbon.
The sentiment was stamped onto Colonial White card stock and matted onto a scalloped black circle. Materials used are listed below.

Card stock: Close to My Heart Colonial White, Core'dinations Black
Stamp: Paper Wishes (
Ribbon: Darice

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

                Inspiration Destination - Always Anything Goes
                Whimsy Inspiration - Use a Sentiment

That's all for today.