Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Just Bloom

This past Saturday, my friend Judy and I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Akron, Ohio. This was the first time, the expo had come to Ohio. One booth had free make n takes scheduled for the day. I made the card below sponsored by Fun Stampers Journey.

We received the four piece stamp set used to make this card for free. Pigment/dye inks are combined into one pad for quick drying, non-smearing stamping. River Stone, Cool Pool and Cranberry Crush inks were used to create this card.

While at the booth I signed up as a demonstrator for this fairly new company. My kit included the following items: 

Tote on Wheels
Shoulder Tote
Customer Order Forms
Hostess Order Forms
8 Catalogs
4 Stamp Sets and 1 Individual Stamp
1 Die Set
4 Ink Pads
Stamp Cleaner
Journey Glaze
Dazzling Glitter Dust
Die Cutting Machine and plates

I am so excited to begin my new career with this wonderful company founded by Richard Garay and his wife Gabby.

You may know Richard from his TV appearances on Create and Craft TV. It was wonderful to meet him and be welcomed into the company. I look forward to many years of inspiration from Richard's creativity.

If you have a chance, stop by my Journey web page here and see what this company has to offer. You can look through the catalog and purchase items. I can also be reached by email from this site.

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


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Exciting News to Announce

Hello everyone. Hope you are having a beautiful day. I have some exciting news to share with you. I have just been chosen to become a member of two design teams. They are:

Crafty Addicts 

Crafting With An Attitude

Challenges for both blogs are on Thursday and are posted for one month. I will be participating in the Crafty Addicts  first challenge on August 5th.

Please stop by and check out both of these challenge blogs. I know you will be inspired by the work of these ladies.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

June Bride

Darlene is our hostess for the new challenge "Weddings" at the Sisterhood today.  After finding this beautiful vintage bride image on Pinterest, I used my Nestibilities scalloped ovals to cut out the image and mat. I was thrilled to find designer papers, ribbon, butterfly and flowers that matched perfectly. The details can be found below the photo.

The designer papers are from a pack of Reflections paper found at Michael's. (The butterfly and border trim wwere also found at Michael's in the $1.50 bin.) I adhered 2 pieces of the trim side by side to the left of the image and added white pearls down the center. The flowers are from Pat Catan's wedding department and the satin ribbon is Darice Premium line.

Once all the elements were chosen, this card came together quickly. Off to do more crafting. Don't forget to drop by the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the sisters and step-sisters and join in on the fun.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes

Until next time, have a great day!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rest In Peace

No project post today. We had to have our beloved Savanna put down. We adopted her from a local humane society four years ago and she was such a blessing. 

During that time she suffered from many issues including blindness from cataracts, bladder infections and skin infection. Some how she always managed to get through the worst and bring us much joy.

She would have been 13 years old in August. Although we are sad for her loss, we didn't want to see her suffer any longer.

Rest in peace, sweet Savanna. We will never forget your beautiful face and spirit.


Takin' a Spin

I am not a fan of Ferris Wheels or Roller Coasters, but I fell in love with this pack of Festival Papers and Decoupage images which were free with one of my UK paper craft magazines. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the paper and images have glitter on them. Aren't the animals adorable?

I used lime green card stock for the mat. I think this would make a great card for a child's birthday or maybe a get well card. Haven't decided yet, so I didn't add a sentiment.

Let me know how you would use this card. I love getting suggestions from my craft friends.

Now, if you have time, why not stop by the Sisterhood and enter our challenge "Goin' Buggy". You have until 8pm Sunday, June 20th to add your creation.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Note cards and Tote

My friend, Judy, gave me the directions to make this cute tote and note card set. I used one sheet of 12 x 12 designer paper to create the tote and middle flower petal and one sheet of ivory card stock to create the 3 x 3 note cards. Used scraps to finish the flower on the front of the tote and the flower center of the note cards. I added ivory pearls to the center of the flowers on the note cards. Was going to add one to the flower on the tote, but I ran out. Guess I'd better get to the craft store and stock up on pearls.

This tote and cards was so easy to put together that I am planning on making more of these sets for craft shows and gifts. Just have to remember where I put the instruction sheet to make them.

I also want to add this to my list of ideas for card and technique classes. 

Thanks for stopping by today. Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Goin' Buggy

Hello everyone! Once again it is my turn to host the challenge at the Sisterhood. My friends probably think the title of my blog suggests, that I am loosing my mind. However, that is not the case. I chose this as my challenge because I have Stampin' Up's "Bugs and Kisses" stamp set that I rarely use. Hopefully, this will force me to go through my stamp sets and use some of the ones I purchased because I loved them so much, then put them away never to be seen again.

The card base was made using Stampin' Up' Marigold Morning card stock. The designer paper is from a 6" x 6" pack by Reflections sold at Michaels.

Core'dinations black card stock was used to make the mats. The ribbon is Darice Black Satin.

The inside sentiment says "sending you worm wishes on your bug day".

I think this would make a perfect birthday card for a little boy or girl who love bugs.

I am thrilled with the finished product. Will definitely have to make more of these.

Now to pull out other stamps that I haven't used for a while.

Okay, it's your turn. Stop by the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my step-sisters and sisters, then share your creations with us. You have until 8pm(Est), Sunday, June 21st to enter.

Have a great day.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Road Trip

After the week I've had, I could really use a vacation away from home. Once I got my computer fixed, I started having problems with my printer. Now that I have the new printer and the bugs are all worked out, I hope to post more often. 

While going through my Crafty Secrets packs, I found these images on journaling cards and decided they would be perfect for my next project.

White card stock was used for the base. Using one of my cuttlebug folders I embossed silver card stock to look like the grill of a car. The maps and tires were found on Pinterest. All the images, except the sentiment and tires, were mounted on black mats. I used pop dots to give the tires some dimension.

I think this would make a great masculine card for birthday or retirement.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to take your time driving and stopping whenever you wanted? I would love to take a month off and take a road trip out west. But will have to do that in my dreams.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Grad Gift Card Holder

I wasn't sure if I would make it into my craft room yesterday or not. My hubby was off Monday and Tuesday, so it was hard to get anything done as far as crafting. Every time I headed for my work room, he would ask me to help him with something else. But I finally had enough time to put together this card holder.

The original idea was found on a video here:

Black card stock was used for the base. Then I cut gold metallic paper and DCWV's designer paper for the mats. I cut a gold scallop circle with my 2 1/2" punch, a black circle with a 2" scallop punch and a white circle with my 1 1/2" scallop punch. The image was found on Pinterest.

For the tag, I used my corner punch to round the corners of both panels and my modern label punch for the sentiment. I used my SU punch to make the slilts to hold the gift card and sentiment panel. I used 1/2" gold metallic ribbon and 1/8" silver metallic ribbon for the tag pull.

I plan to make more of these gift card holders for other celebrations.

That's all for today. Don't forget to check out the new challenge at the Sisterhood. Diane is our hostess and the sistah's have some fabulous projects for inspiration.

Have a beautiful day!


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pink and Lavender

Hello everyone! I think my brain is on a permanent vacation. Just realized I forgot to post about today's challenge at the Sisterhood. Diane is our hostess for this "Pink and Lavender" photo inspiration challenge. The sistah's have some wonderful inspiration projects to share with you.

I created this card with some background papers I got free with a card making magazine.

The flower stickers are by Jolee's Designs. I used my Nestibilities scalloped ovals to create the mats. Once the pink mat was cut, I used a sponge and brown ink to distress the edge. The sentiment is from Stampin' Ups "Warmest Requards" stamp set. Purple satin ribbon was tied in a bow to finish the project.

Now, why not head on over to the Sisterhood and join in on the fun. You could be one of our winners.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today.


Monday, May 25, 2015

Anniversary or Wedding?

I fell in love with this set of stamps and dies by Heartfelt Creations. The stamp set is called "Romantique Swans" and the die set is "Romantique Garden". I decided to use the flourish dies without the stamps, then stamped the swans using black India ink and cut them out with the matching dies.

The designer paper is from DCWV's Floral Foliage stack tied with blue organdy ribbon. The heart has the word love in the center and was found in the wedding department at Pat Catan's craft store along with the flowers.

I haven't done anything with the inside because I haven't decided whether to use this as a wedding card or anniversary card. It would work well for either. Guess I will have to see which occasion comes around first.

Now to get busy on some much needed graduation cards. 

Have a beautiful day everyone!


Friday, May 22, 2015

Catch Up Delay

Although my hubby and I got a lot done on his vacation, we didn't get all the things we wanted to finished. My husband spent a lot of his time trying to unplug the drain from the laundry utility tub to the outside drain. After a few days, he pulled the washer out and noticed that the "T" between the kitchen sink and utility tub had been put on upside down. This was causing any water running from the kitchen sink to rush back up the pipe and clogging everything up. (We have lived in this house for 35 years and just discovered the mistake.) Haven't been able to get into my craft room because he wasn't able to get my air conditioner in the window yet. Hopefully this will be taken care of this weekend. Then I had to have a steroid injection in my knee due to arthritis. Doctor told me to stay off my feet and ice the knee after the injection. He also told me to ice my knee and do as little as possible for a couple of days. I am hoping to get into my craft room over the weekend and get back to creating. I tried to get on my computer to give you an update only to find that I didn't have internet. I went to call my husband at work and discovered that the landline was out. Thank goodness for cell phones.  Called him at work and found out he had shut his computer and the internet modem down because his computer was dying and he was getting alot of annoying noise from the computer. Thankfully, he restored the modem so I could get this post ready.

I am hoping our tax return gets here soon, so we can get him a new computer. Then maybe everything will be back on track.

Looking forward to sharing more projects with you soon. Have a great day.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrate Mom

Lisa is our hostess for the challenge this week at the Sisterhood. The theme is "Celebrate Mom" and your challenge is to make a card of gift item for a special Mom. My mother passed away in 2011 and I miss her terribly, so I made this project with her in mind. Her birthday is August 18th and she would have been 100 years old this year. She was 85 when she passed from thyroid cancer in March 2001.

Now for my creation. I found this cute "Hat Treat Box" on Pinterest and knew this would be perfect for craft shows. You can find the original post here.

I found four ounce clear treat cups at Hollo's Paper store in Brunswick, Ohio. The top and brim of the hat were cut with two different sizes of my Sizzix scalloped circle dies from DCWV designer paper and adhered with Tombow's Mono Liquid Glue. Then embossed them with my Cuttlebug "Baby's Breath" embossing folder. Pink satin ribbon was adhered with glue dots then tied into a bow. The small rose and bow I found in the wedding department at Pat Catan's Craft store.

Just by changing the papers and embellishments, they could be used as gifts Mother's Day, Easter, Christmas, etc.

I have entered this project into the following challenges:

All Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Mema's Challenge - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes

 Be sure to stop by the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the sistah's and join in the fun.

Thanks for spending part of your day with me.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Cheerful Get Well

When I'm not feeling well, it is always nice to get a bright, cheerful get well card. So today, I decided to use Stampin' Up's "Marigold Morning" cardstock and my Silhouette to create this card. This butterfly flourish is one of my favorite designs and it was so easy to cut on my Cameo.

The designer paper is by DCWV. I used three SU scalloped circle punches to create the get well tag and adhered it to the card with dimensionals. I still have to add the verse on the inside of the card. Just haven't decided which one I want to use.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing the cards I have created for my first card kit. Please leave me a comment with any ideas for future kits.

My husband is taking vacation next week, so I will be taking a week of to get some much needed cleaning done around the house inside and out. We need to get rid of all the clutter and this will be the last chance for my daughters to take anything they left behind before it gets thrown away.

I will be back for the new challenge at the Sisterhood on Wednesday, so be sure to stop by and say hello.

Have a great day everyone!



Celebrate A Special Guy

Here it is, Day 4, of my card kit reveal. I always have a hard time coming up with ideas for guy cards. So here is my attempt at a birthday card for a special guy. Those of you who visit my blog regularly know that I love vintage images. This "Feeling Sentimental" stamp set from Stampin' Up is one of my favorites for masculine cards.

I started with a base of Kraft cardstock, then embossed a piece of Core'dinations chocolate cardstock for the background. The image and sentiment were stamped onto ivory cardstock using Chocolate ink, layered onto gold cardstock, then black. I tied gold organdy ribbon into a knot to tie everything together.

Only one more card to go and my kit will be complete. Tomorrow's card will be a gate fold "Get Well" card.

Until then, Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In The Pink

I am so excited to share this feminine birthday card with you. Stampin' Up's "Pink Passion" cardstock has always been one of my favorite colors. It gives me such a bright, happy feeling. So what better choice to use with the flowers from SU's "Indescribable Gift" stamp set.

Although I am a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I do use cardstock and products from other companies when I see something that I think will add special details to my creations. For instance, I used a Fiskars lace edge punch for the right side of the card. The butterflies were cut using a Fiskars small punch. The image was stamped with black India ink and colored with SU markers. 

When I get the kits ready, the image will not be colored in. I want to give customers the option to use markers or colored pencils. After posting this picture, I realized I didn't add any ribbon. I would appreciate your help. Should I add ribbon or leave as is? If I use ribbon, what color do you think would work?

Tomorrow I have a masculine birthday card to share with you. See you then.



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Thankful Silhouette

My card for today uses another stamp from Stampin' Up's "Stem Silhouette" set.

The base card is SU's "Always Artichoke" cardstock. The green dotted swiss designer paper is DCWV and ivory cardstock was used for the mat and sentiment. Then I added green organdy ribbon as the only embellishment.

The mat is a cutting file from the Silhouette design store and was cut on my Silhouette machine. I used my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" SU tag punches for the sentiment.

Tomorrow I have a feminine birthday card to share with you. See you then.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Sharing in Your Sorrow

Last week I started working on cards for a kit that will include 10 cards (2 cards each of five designs) with all the directions, envelopes, frames, dimensionals, ribbon, and embellishments included. Cost of each kit is $20 plus $5.00 for shipping. I also plan to use some of these kits for card classes.

The first card is a sympathy card using a stamp from Stampin' Up's "Stem Silhouettes" set (2007). I decided to keep this clean and simple.

Each day this week I will share a photo of another card in this kit. I will start getting all the pieces/parts together this weekend and packing them next week. If you are interested in purchasing this kit after you have seen all the samples, please send me an email. Hoping to get an idea of how many kits to put together. If I make more kits than I sell, I will use the extras for craft shows this fall.

That's it for today. Hope you stop by again tomorrow.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kathy's June 2014 Card Kit

I have another set of cards designed by Kathy to share with you. I worked on this set of cards the last day of my retreat. Kathy is so creative with her designs. Her cards are always clean and simple and that is how I work. Now on to the pictures.

I think these cards are so elegant. Maybe I will try my hand at making my own card kits to sell. The hardest part will be coming up with the designs. 

Kathy really inspires me to get more creative with my punches and die cuts. If I could just grow a few more creative brain cells, I would be all set.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my projects from my crafting retreat.  Until next time...


Monday, April 27, 2015

Apron Recipe Card Holder

My project to share today is this adorable recipe card holder. This was the second class I took at my Camp Carl retreat. Although it takes a lot of cutting by hand, it is very easy to put together. 

I wish I had pictures of the other ladies' finished project. We had a lot of pretty papers to choose from, but I really love this dotted paper.  Now to go through my papers and see what other combinations I can come up with.

I have been looking for some new and unique projects to add to my collection. I think I will make some of these for my craft shows this fall.

That's all I have for today. I will be back tomorrow with more cards from Kathy's card kits.

Until then, have a great day.