Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Halloween Color Challenge

Darlene is our hostess at The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenge that begins today. Your challenge is to use at least 2 of the following colors (or shades of these colors) on your project.

I chose to use 2 of my favorite Halloween colors: Lavender and Lime Green. I am not a big fan of Halloween, but I do love to see all the children dressed in their costumes for trick or treating. I usually create some kind of special treat holder to give my grandchildren and to use for challenges around Halloween, but this time I decided to make a "How are you?" card to send to my husband's aunt in Washington State near Seatle. She has been having some health issues and this will make the perfect card for keeping in touch.
         front                                                     inside
The base of the card is Stamin' Up's Lacy Lavender card stock and the lime green is just a piece I found in my stash. The backgound paper is by DCWV. It is hard to tell from the picture, but there is lime green mixed in with the lavender print. A Fiskars doily punch was used to create the border down both sides of the gate fold. The paper flowers on the front of the card were found in the dollar bins at Michaels. The flowers on the inside of the card are from the wedding department at Pat Catan's. Before adding the panels to the inside of the card, I adherred the lime green gingham ribbon. Using one of my EK Success label punches I created the sentiment panel by cutting a label from white and lavender. The senitment stamp "how are you?" was in the dollar bin at Pat Catan's.

The challenge ends 8pm Sunday September 25th. Limit of three entries per person and no back dating please.

For more inspiration, head on over to the Sisterhood and check out the projects created by my 'sistahs'.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Guy's Get Well

While looking through my collection of cards, I realized that I don't have a lot of get well cards to send to men. That was my goal for today. 

Looking through my stamp sets, I happened upon the "Walk in the Wild" set by Stampin' Up. I haven't used this set very much and decided that this little quail stamp would be perfect. Then I remembered the grass stamp from the Wetlands stamp set and my card design came together.

The quails were stamped on a cream card stock with Fun Stamper's Journey Dark Roast ink. Then I used the same ink to stamp the grass onto the bottom of the grass card stock. I created a mat from dark brown card stock and adhered the quail panel to it. Next I added this panel to the card base and added a brown organdy ribbon tied in a knot. The get well tag was created with my Stampin' Up word punch and adhered under the ribbon with glue dots.

I will definitely be using these stamp sets to create more masculine cards.

That's all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, September 12, 2016

Autumn Leaf

It is still summer here in Northeast Ohio. Temperatures in the 70's and 80's this week, but I am looking ahead to cooler days. I am beginning to work on some fall themed cards. I do make a few Halloween items, but my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love working with all the gorgeous fall colors.

My project for today is one that I "CASED" from Pinterest found here

I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" card base folded in half using SU's Really Rust card stock. Next I added a 5 1/4" x 4" panel of beige card stock. The image panel is matted with a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" Really Rust mat. The maple leaf from SU's "Autumn Leaf Prints" stamp set was stamped onto cream card stock (3 14/" x 4 1/2") with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Scattered Straw distressed ink was sponged over and around the leaf first. Next I sponged Shabby Shutters and last Wild Honey distressed inks. Brown organdy ribbon was wrapped around the panel and tied in a bow, then the panel was adhered to the base with glue runner.

This will be one of the cards for my card class in October. I still have to decide on a design for the second card and a 3D project.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Stay safe and Happy Crafting.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Blooms

I love all the beautiful fall flowers that are starting to appear. My favorites are sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias and chrysanthemums. My project for today was a very quick and easy card.
After printing this beautiful image from Pinterest, I cut it down and added mats of dark green and kraft. card stock. The card base is from a set I purchased at Joann's. I added a piece of burlap ribbon, then added the image panel on top. Next, I punched a fancy label from the kraft card stock and the green card stock. I cut the green label in half, then place glued each half to the ivory offsetting it enough to look like a shadow. The sentiment was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey "Dark Roast" ink. I also inked the edges of the tag with the same color. Last I added the bow made from white dotted burlap ribbon.

I am having so much fun working with the images I find on Pinterest. I've used most of what I had printed, so now it's off to find more.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sunflower Blooms

My project for today includes another fabulous image from Pinterest. Not only do I love the look and color of the sunflowers, but I love to add sunflower seeds to my salad for a little extra crunch. I just might have to try growing sunflowers sometime.

For this card I chose some designer paper ( I think it looks like burlap) from a paper pad that I have had forever. It is so old that the cover has fallen off. I think it might be DCWV paper. The mat for the image has a wood grain look and is from the same pad. The sentiment stamp is from Stampin Up. I found the brown buttons in one of my button jars. The bow was created using twine and ahered with glue dots.

I am really looking forward to cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors. It was a beautiful day today with temps in the mid-70's. By the end of next week, we are to have more days in the 90's. But I am not complaining, because before long we will begin to see that white stuff falling and freezing temperatures. I'm not ready for that.

I hope you are having a wonderful, relaxing day. 


Monday, September 5, 2016

Aqua Sympathy

Isn't this floral image from Pinterest gorgeous? I love the soft colors and thought it would be perfect to use on a sympathy card.
 Once again I chose a designer paper from one of Michael's Recollection pads. I used white to create the mat for the image. The senitment was stamped with black India ink and pop dots were used to create dimension.The border was created using one of my Fiskars border punches.
The butterfly was created by cutting two butterflies with a Memory Box die and layering one on top of the other. Then to finish off my card I added an aqua satin bow.

With all the beautiful images I am finding on Pinterest, I will have my stash of cards built up in no time. 

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.


Friday, September 2, 2016

Hello Blue Butterfly

Now that my 4 year old granddaughter is in preschool every afternoon until 3:45pm, I have time to work on some projects. I am trying to build my card stash with sympathy, get well and note cards.

I found some beautiful pictures of butterflies and flowers on Pinterest and wanted to use them as the focal point. I love the bright blue of this butterfly among the green and orange background.

The background paper is from Michael's Recollection paper adhered to a white card stock base. Next I added a heart doily. The mat for the image is cut from bright blue card stock and adhered to the doily. After adding the white organdy ribbon, I placed a white pearl in each corner of the image. Last I stamped the sentiment with black India ink.

I printed enough images to keep me busy for a while. Needed some ideas for quick and simple, yet elegant cards. I am very happy with the finished project.

Well, back to work. Hope to have lots more to share with you next week.

Thanks for dropping by and as always "Have a great day!"


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hello Autumn!

Here it is September, the kids are back in school and we are preparing for the beginning of fall. This is my favorite season. Love all the bright colored leaves, flowers and pumpkins. Our challenge sponsor is Robyn's Fetish and I could hardly wait to color this adorable little scarecrow and basket for our Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

I started with a white card stock base and adherred a panel of DCWV green gingham designer paper.  The picket fence was cut with my Silhouette cameo and adherred with tape runner. The image was colored using Prisma Scholar colored pencils and then I fussy cut around the image.
Next I attached the silk vine with white craft glue. Foam dots were used to apply the scarecrow and add dimension. Last I added these paper flowers that I found at Michaels and the sentiment was cut on my Cameo.

Now that I am in the fall mood, I will have to dig out my scarecrow,  buy some chrysanthemums and get the yard decorated. I have started walking around the lake at one of our local parks every day and hopefully I will get some great fall pictures to use in my projects.

Why not stop by the Crafting With An Attitude challenge blog and check out my design team's gorgeous inspiration projects? You have until 8pm Sunday September 25th to enter. 

Hope to see you there.


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 14th 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,