Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Die Cuts/ Punches

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters is to create a project using dies and/or punches. My middle granddaughter will be 2 on July 29th, so I made her a birthday card using some of her favorite characters from Sesame Street.


Cardstock: Core'dinations Pastels (card base)
                   Red, green, blue, orange and black

Embellishments: wiggle eyes, orange grosgrain ribbon

Punches: 1 3/4" scalloped circle, 1 3/8" circle, photo corner punch

Die: Memory Box "Happy Birthday"

Such an easy way to create cute cards for kids. I'm sure my granddaughter will love it.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and join in on this fabulous challenge. While there, be sure and check out the "Sistahs" beautfiful creations.
Have a wonderful day! Thanks for visiting.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Roaring 20's

As most of you know, I love anything vintage. I found this image on Pinterest awhile back and find myself using it quite often. I didn't add a sentiment yet, because I'm not sure how I am going to use this card. Could be used for "Thinking of You", "Birthday", "Just a Note", etc.

Ivory was used for the base of the card and the frame is from David Tutera's Layers pack. Then I used my oval Spellbinder's die to cut the photo to fit the frame. To add flair to the corners, I used the Poppystamps "Crochet Corner" die and embellished with Petaloo flowers.

I was a little intimidated to use dies, until my friend, Darlene, showed me how easy they were to use and the different ways to use them. Now I am addicted to them. Thanks, Dar.

Now I am off to prepare for an art class that I am teaching on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning for ages 5-13.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting. Until next time.......


Monday, July 21, 2014

Ahoy, Mateys!

I would love to near the water, but for now I will just have to settle for making cards about the beach. Found this beautiful paper pack and stamp set at our local Pat Catan's store on Saturday. Could hardly wait to use them. Here is my creation:

The paper is double sided, so I used the side with the anchors for the bottom and the other side with the map for the top. The red stripe paper is from the same pack and also has the map on the other side. Aren't these papers wonderful?

Now for the recipe:

Designer Paper: Authentique's Anchored Collection 6 x 6

Cardstock: White, Real Red

Ink: Marvy Navy Marker, Momento Black

Stamps: Lighthouse and Sea Gulls - Inkadinkado Coastal Stamp Set
              Happy Birthday -Stamping Sensations Perfectly Said Stamp Set

I think I will make more of these cards for my craft show stash. They would be great for a masculine card.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. As always, I love hearing from you, so if you have a chance please leave a comment.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cherish Today

It has been awhile since I tried to make any kind of fancy fold card. Today I decided to try an easel card. This card was fairly easy. You start off with a 4" x 12" piece of cardstock (you will get 3 cards from a 12" by 12" sheet of cardstock), then score at 4", 6" and 8". Once folded, you will have a 4" x 4" card. 



Cardstock: SU Marigold, Black, White

Designer Paper: Bo Bunny "Country Garden Collection"

Dies: Spellbinders Labels Five

Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black

Stamp: Staming Sensations Everyday Horizontal Greetings "Just for You"

Sentiment: Found on Pinterest

Embellishments: K & Company Butterfly and Flower Die Cuts

Ribbon: Green Satin

I am very happy with the finished product. Will definitely be making more for my craft show stash. Now I need to make a matching envelope using my envelope punch board, my new favorite tool.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Happy Crafting!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Almost Done

Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I have been very busy reorganizing my craft room. My friend, Judy, came over Monday and Wednesday to help me go through my stash and get everything put away. The west end of my room is done. Still have some organizing to do on the east end, but that won't take long. Now to get rid of all the empty bins and other items I no longer need. I want to share some pictures of what I have done so far. 

Art Work Table

 Cuttlebug Station, Punches

Paper Packs and Ink Storage

Cricut, Die and Embossing Folder Storage

 Pazzle Station and Other Material Storage

Stamp Table

Big Shot Station and Ribbon Storage

Heat Gun, Brayers, Embossing Powder, Outline Stickers

Computer Desk

More Ribbon Storage and Stamp Sets

Paper Racks

My craft room may not look like "House Beautiful", but it works for me. Now maybe I will feel more creative and actually put things back where they belong when I am finished.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Masculine Birthday

For the Sisterhood challenge this week, we are asking you to make a project for "Birthday". Since my hubby's birthday is coming up soon, I decided to make a masculine birthday card. I have had this car stamp for awhile, but never used it. Then I happened to find the car signs on Pinterest and thought that all the pieces would come together perfectly for a guy card. The cocoa cardstock was embossed with the Darice Tire Track embossing folder and the designer paper is K & Company. I rough cut around the car, then layered it onto cocoa paper and hand tore the frame.

Hope my hubby likes it. He loves vintage cars, especially cars from the early 1900's through the early 1960's. If you have a chance leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Now head over to the Sisterhood for inspiration for today's challenge, put on those thinking caps and get crafting. We would love to see your creations.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

Have you had a chance to stop by the sisterhood for the new "Monochromatic" challenge? I really enjoyed working on this challenge. Most of my projects use accent colors, but I was lucky enough to find a background paper that worked perfectly with my base cardstock color. Once I found my cardstock and designer paper, everything came together rather quickly. The recipe follows my photo.


Cardstock: SU Sage

Designer Paper: DCWV

Embellishments: White Lace, Butterfly stickers

Sentiment: printed from computer (sentiment sheet found on pinterest)

Okay everyone. Time to hop over to the sisterhood for more inspiration and to enter your project to our challenge.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Lotus Flower

The new challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such is to create a project using stickers. I chose this black outlined lotus flower colored with Spectrum Noire markers on glittered paper. My friend, Darlene, made the paper using double sided sticky sheets, then covered paper with glitz ultra fine glitter. What a fun and beautiful technique. Will definitely use this techniqe again.


Papers: DCWV Green Foiled Cardstock, DP by Kay, White cardstock

Image: Lotus Flower Sticker

Rub On: Dream Quotes by Royal & Langnickel Brush Mfg.

Embellishment: White Lace

Dies: Spellbinders scalloped oval and decorative oval frame.

I love the foiled cardstock by DCWV. I purchased a 6 x 6 pack of this cardstock. It has 24 sheets of the 
most beautiful colors including blue, gold, silver and copper. 

The sentiment is by Mark Twain and says "Always do right, this will gratify some people and astonish the rest." I used pop dots to add depth to the sentiment panel then layered on top of the flower panel.

Well, that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge Winner

Doing the "happy dance". Just found out I am the winner of the Classy Cards 'n Such challenge #36. The challenge was to "Make Your Own Background." My friend Dar showed me how to use stencils and let me borrow her beautiful butterfly stencil to make this card. As the winner, I will receive the beautiful Memory Box Butterfly Vines stencil. I am so excited and can't wait to make more backgrounds.

The butterfly and frame look black, but in reality are cocoa brown. I had thought about adding brown organdy ribbon on the left side, but now I'm not sure. What do you think? Ribbon or no ribbon? Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Butterfly Get Well

I have another card to share with you today. This card was made using one of my friend, Darlene's stencils. Isn't this a beautiful background? It was created using the Memory Box Butterfly Vines stencil and Tim Holtz distressed ink. This card will be entered into the Classy Cards n' Such "Make Your Own Background Challenge". The winner of this challenge will receive the Butterfy Vines Stencil. Why not stop by the Classy Cards n' Such Challenge blog and enter your creation?

Thank you for dropping by today. Happy Crafting!


Friendly Play Date

Yesterday I was lucky to have a play date with my dear friend, Darlene. We decided to work on cards for the challenges. It was so much fun sharing stencils, dies, embossing folders, paper, inks and stamps. Using the Memory Box Bubbles Stencil, I made this beach themed card. I really like the way it turned out.


Using Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pads, I sponged a light blue over the bubbles, then created the shadows using a berry pink. The flip flop strip and the larger flip flops were die cuts and the sentiment and sun were stamped with black ink.

I am entering this card in the Classy Cards n' Such challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. Hop on over and take a look. You might want to play along.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June Bride

Good morning everyone! Are you ready for a new and fun challenge over at the Sisterhood? I am thrilled to be the host for the next challenge "Wedding." As most of you know, I love the vintage look (thanks to my friend, Darlene) so I chose this vintage photo from Pinterest as a starting point. From there, it just seemed to come together quickly. One of my favorites places to find embellishments is in the wedding department at a local craft store. I can usually find a nice selection of pearls (such as the pearl spray on this card), flowers, etc. Since I don't have any upcoming weddings, this card will go in my stash for craft shows.


Papers: DCWV Linen and Lace, White cardstock for card base

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa

Flowers: Petaloo

Ribbon: Sheer Pink Dot Organdy

Sentiment: SU Fancy Flexible Phrases

When I found this beautiful brocade inspired background paper, I knew I had to make another wedding card. It is hard to tell from this picture, but the paper has silver threads and leaves woven throughout. I have listed the other materials after the photo. 


Card Base: White cardstock
Dies: Memory Box Vivienne Butterfly, Caserta Bloom
Punches: SU 1 3/8 scalloped punch, 1 1/4 circle punch
Sentiment: from Pinterest
Embellishments: White Satin Ribbon, White Pearls

Please leave a comment, I love hearing from you. Before you go, don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and leave a little love for the sistahs. Check out their projects for inspiration and play along. 

Have a great day!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tag You're It

Once again I am excited to tell you about the new challenge at the Sisterhood.  As you can see by the title of this post, our challenge is to make a tag, which could be used on any project. For my creation, I chose this vintage photo from Pinterest. I haven't made many tags, so I am very happy with the way this one turned out. The tag and sentiment were aged using a dauber and SU Sepia ink. Also added some to the image to give it an aged look.

I am trying to decide whether to keep this tag and use it on a gift or make a piece of framed art. The sentiment is from Hellen Keller "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." 

 And now for the recipe:

Tag: Julie Nutting Prima Tags

Frame for sentiment: DCWV Heirloom Collection, White cardstock for sentiment

Ink: SU Sepia, Memories Black

Embellishments: Charms by Pixie Press, Ivory Sheer Satin Ribbon

Stickers: Special Moments Scrapbooking 

Why not join in the fun this week at the Sisterhood Challenge blog? You will find lots of inspiration from the sistahs' and the other players.

Thanks for stopping by today and please come again soon.


Friday, May 16, 2014

More Flowers

Today I have another stamp set that I purchased at the "Adventures in Stamping" convention in Akron, Ohio last month. This stamp set by Rubbernecker stamps is simply called "Layered Flowers". The petals were stamped and misted with water before stamping. Then the detail stamp was inked with black and stamped over the petals. The background was stamped with the "Branch Shadow" background stamp (using SU Mellow Moss ink) also by Rubbernecker stamps. This is another very versatile stamp set. The recipe is listed below the photo.

Card Base: SU Mellow Moss, SU Always Artichoke
Ink: SU Summer Sunshine, Mellow Moss, Black India 
Embellishments: Butterfly and Flower Stickers purchased at the local dollar store

I love stamp sets that can be used for so many occasions. Now I just need to stamp some to put away for future use.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope to see you again soon.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

May Flowers

About 2 weeks ago, my friend Judy and I attended a stamp/scrapbooking convention Akron, Ohio. This is a two-day event held at the John Knight convention center. There are always over 100 vendors at this event selling stamps, dies, paper, punches, etc. I purchased some new stamps and dies that I am excited to share with you. The card below was created using the "Flowers in the Breeze" stamp set by Rubbernecker stamps. I used markers to color the flowers and larger stems and leaves, misted with water and stamped on white cardstock. Next, I used a darker green marker to color the thin detail stems and stamped over the flowers and leaves. The recipe follows the picture.


Card Base: white cardstock, SU Always Artichoke
Designer Paper: Marcella by Kay
Markers: Marvy
Ink: SU Mellow Moss
Ribbon: 1/2" Pink Gingham

I love how misting the stamp before gives the image a watercolor effect. I'm going to stamp more of this image in different colors and save them for future use. The possibilities for this set is endless. Could be used for "Thinking of You", "Mother's Day", "Birthday", "Get Well" and "Sympathy".

Thanks for visiting with me today. Stop by again soon.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Welcome Baby!

This week's challenge at the Sisterhood hosted by Lisa is to create a project for "Baby". Maybe a baby card, gift box or other gift. I just purchased this Memory Box Carriage die to start making baby cards for craft shows. Isn't it precious? The background paper is from a baby paper pack, just can't remember the name of the company. I'll have to go back through my stash and find it. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the baby carriage is cut from glittered cardstock and I put purple gems on the wheel centers. I added lace to divide the top and bottom of the card and added these cute paper roses.

Now, how about heading over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the "Sistahs", then share your creation with us? Remember you have until 8pm Sunday, May 25th to enter.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hurray for Sunshine

What a busy week this has been. Between doctor appointments, dark rainy days and my husband's car breaking down, I haven't had any time to get into my craft room. Thankfully, appointments are done, the car is fixed and it is a beautiful sunny day. Today I want to share a 3D project with you. I purchased some acrylic photo frames and decided to make desk post-it-note holders. Each holder will have a pen, but I forgot to add the pen when I took the photo. (Yet another senior moment.)


Cardstock: SU Sunburst, Mellow Moss, White
Designer Paper: Prima Sun Kist Paper Collection
Sentiment: JustRite Nature's Nested Sentiments
Dies: Spellbinders Labels 6
Flower: Pinwheels Florettes

I purchased the flower at a Stamp Sale and Swap this past weekend. The flower collection is from Webster's Pages. I checked this website out and they still have these flowers. They come in a pack of four and each has a different color in the center.

Off to do some housework, then hopefully back to crafting later this afternoon. Have a great day eveiryone. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wings n' Things

It's time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. For this challenge, we are asking you to use birds, butterflies, bees (anything with wings) for the focus on your project. I chose this image of birds from Pinterest. I love all the colors in the image and was able to find designer paper that fit perfectly.


Base: White cardstock, Black cardstock for mat
Designer Paper: DCWV
Sentiment: Matthew 6:26
Embellishments: Light green gems, SU Mellow Moss Ribbon

Now, why not head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the sisters and enter your creations?

Thanks for stopping by to visit.


Friday, April 18, 2014

Fairy Blessed

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Pinterest, so it will come as no suprise to you when you learn that is where I found these images. There were so many to choose from, so I pinned them to my board for future use. These cards will be used for blank note cards, such as "Hello", "Just a Note" and "Thinking of You". I am going to put them in sets of 6 cards and envelopes.

The base of each card is SU cardstock and the designer papers are just some loose pieces from my stash. Just have to add the sentiments and they will be ready to package for craft shows.

Well, that's it for today. Please stop by and visit again. I love to receive comments about my creations.
Happy Easter!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Old World Map Cards

After finding these Old World Map tags on pinterest, I decided to use them for cards. The tags were too big for my card size, so I cut them down to fit. I never seem to have enough masculine cards and these would be perfect for birthday, Father's Day and Retirement. I used SU Ballet Blue cardstock for the base, basic black for the mat and embossed the card with Darice's Swirl embossing folder. All that is left to add are the sentiments and maybe some Hemp cord.

Tomorrow, I have some note cards to share with you. I am taking the weekend off to prepare for Easter with my daughters and their families.

Have a great day everyone!