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.


Friday, April 24, 2015

Camp Carl Card Class

Hello everyone! Sorry I didn't get anything posted yesterday and I am posting late today. Our phone went out yesterday, so I had to go shopping for a new one. Now that my computer and phone are back up and running, I can begin posting again.

Today I would like to share the cards I made in a card class presented by one of the ladies in my SU stamp group, Kathy. She made each of us a card kit and showed us how to put them together.

 There were enough materials in the kit to make 2 of each card and envelope liners for matching envelopes. We did 1 of each card in class and took the others back to our tables to finish at camp or take home to work on.

Aren't they fabulous? Kathy makes card kits for each month and charges $!8 a kit without envelope liners or $21.00 with the liners. If she has to mail them to us, we add $5.00 for shipping.

I purchased 4 more of her kits at camp and finished one that I will be sharing with you next week. Also watch for my post on the Apron Recipe Card Holder that we learned to make at camp in a class taught by my SU upline, Sue.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood and join in on our "Monochromatic " challenge hosted by Darlene.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Prayer Journals

Today I have my prayer journals to share with you. The blue and pink journals were made using Colorblok designer paper and 3D Flowers for the main image. I used paper flowers for the corners. The centers of the blue journal are brads and the centers for the pink journal are pearls. The mats for the 3D flowers were cut using my Sizzix Eyelet die and the corners for the pink journal were cut with my Memory Box corner die.

The mats for the images, sentiment panel and corners were cut from Ivory cardstock. Using my SU Soft Suede, I inked the edges of the sentiment panel for a vintage look.

My friend, Judy, gave me the designer paper for this journal. When I first looked at it, I thought it was fancy owl images, but it is actually flower flourishes. I love the bright greens and pinks. Some of the flowers are glittered. The paper flowers in the top right corner were purchased from Michaels and the paper flowers in the lower left corner were layered petals and brads for the centers.

I love how the green ribbon bow matches the green in the paper perfectly.  The image by Stamper's Anonymous was stamped with SU soft suede ink on ivory cardstock. The image panel was then layered onto old olive cardstock, then an ivory panel. 

I am very happy with the end result. I hope my customer will like them.

I have so much more to show you, so please stop by and visit every day this week for more inspiration.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think. I can always use suggestions.

Have a beautiful relaxing day. See you tomorrow.



Happy Retirement

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood, hosted by Darlene, is to create a project using one main color.  One of my recent purchases from Stampin' Up was the "Traveler" stamp set that I intended to use for masculine cards. For this project I decided to use brown to create this retirement card.

I have had this K & Company "Old World Map" designer paper for quite awhile and couldn't come up with a design until now. I think it goes perfectly with the stamps. The images were stamped onto   Colonial White card stock with Chocolate Ink (both from Close to My Heart). Then I used Nestibilities Labels One to cut the image panel and brown mat. After layering and adhering these panels to the card, I fussy cut around the globe and used dimentionals to create depth. The sentiment is from SU "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set, then layered onto Reflections lt brown card stock. Darice brown satin ribbon was tied around card for the final touch.

Since I don't have any retirements coming up soon, this card will be added to my craft show stash.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Brown Sugar - Anything GoesSister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
{Pin}spirational - Anything Goes

If you would like to join our challenge, hop over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from the sisters and step-sisters, then get busy on your creation. You have until 8pm (est), Sunday, May 3rd to enter.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Crafting.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Craft Retreat

I'm back from my craft retreat and I will have lots to share with you. Still working on getting everything unpacked. As soon as I find my cord to hook my camera to my computer, I will share pictures of projects and participants. Judy and I had a wonderful time. We each had an 8ft table to ourselves and the tables were arranged with four in a group.

On Friday evening, Sue (my SU upline) and Kathy (former SU Demo) taught 2 classes. Kathy did a class to make 2 each of 5 cards. We made one set of five cards in class and took the other set of five back to our tables to work on later. Sue provided the materials to make an apron recipe box and dividers. Can't wait to show you the finished projects.

Judy was helping me to cut images on my Pazzle cutting machine, but my wifi internet card went out and I wasn't able to connect to the images. So I spent my time making extra card sets that I had purchased from Kathy and made 3 prayer journals that had been commissioned before I left for the retreat.

Once I get the titles on the journals, I can get them in the mail. Before I post them, I will post pictures of my creations.

Well, that's it for today. I am going to do some unpacking and then try to get pack to posting the pictures.

Have a great day.



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Easter Basket

Last Wednesday I volunteered to do a make and take for my SU stamp group. I decided to use SU designer paper to make this cute Easter basket. The ladies loved how quick and easy the basket was to put together. Instructions for this basket can be found here.

 Wouldn't this make a cute gift for Mother's Day, Get Well, Birthday, Baby or Wedding Shower? 

Once again I used the "Petal Potpourri" stamp set, co-ordinating punch and black India ink to make the flower embellishments. With a corner punch, I rounded the corners before adhering everything together.

I wonder if these would be good sellers at a craft show. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

Well, that's it for today. I am leaving at 2pm Friday for a Women's Craft Retreat and won't be home until sometime early Sunday evening. I will be babysitting my granddaughter this afternoon and will spend most of the day tomorrow packing for my retreat, so I won't get back into my craft room till next week. Hope to have lots to share with you when I return.

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always "Happy Crafting".



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bloomin' Birthday

Even though it's cloudy in Northeast Ohio, it is still a beautiful day with no rain and a high of 67. Since I had such a busy day yesterday, I decided I would get up early and start crafting. I pulled out my "Petal Potpourri" stamp set by Stampin' Up to create this card.

The flowers were stamped onto white card stock using SU's Mambo Mango ink and punched out with the coordinating punch. Background paper is from DCWV's Floral Stack pad. The sentiment is from SU's "Flower Patch" stamp set and the twine is a new product from SU. I used my 3/4" circle punch to make the flower centers.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes

I will be using this stamp set a lot. It is so versatile, as you will see on my project for tomorrow. So be sure to stop by again.

Enjoy this beautiful day!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Showers

After a long cold winter, I am ready for Spring. So, as hostess for this week's challenge at the Sisterhood, I am asking everyone to create a project using something to do with rain as your focal image (rain, rainbow, rain boots, umbrella, etc.). The photo and sentiment for my card were found on Pinterest. Isn't that little boy just the cutest? Reminds me of my childhood. I loved to go out in a nice, slow, warm rain and splash in the puddles. (I also liked making mud pies after the rain stopped.)

Now for my creation and the details.

I started with gray cardstock as the base of my card and embellished it with Darice "Dots" embossing folder.  Using my Nestibilities scalloped oval dies, I created the mats from black and lime green card stock, them used the smallest die to cut my image. The sentiment was cut using my Nestibilities Labels Six die and sponged black India ink around the edge to create a rain cloud. To create raindrops, I used crystal gems and added black satin ribbon for the finishing touch. 

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Mema's Challenge - Anything Goes

I am anxious to see your creations, so head on over to the Sisterhood for some inspiration, then join in on the fun. You just might be one of the Top Award Winners. 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Endless Love

When I found this adorable wedding dress and tuxedo embellishments, I knew I had to use them on a card. They came in packs of four and I found them in the wedding department of a local craft store.

I started with a white card stock base, then added a silver panel over a black mat. The sentiment is from a  DCWV 6 x 6 paper pack and the ribbon is from the wedding department of Pat Catan's and reads "We've tied the knot!".

I am very pleased with the way this turned out. Now to see what other designs I can create.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood tomorrow for another challenge that I will be hosting.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Catch Up Time

No project to share with you today. Had a very busy weekend. Friday and Saturday I was preparing for a card class. Then on Sunday after church, my friend Judy and I taught a card class from 2-6pm. Then back to church for a special program at 6:30pm followed by snacks and fellowship in the church hall. I will be sharing our class projects with you this week.
Have a beautiful day and Happy Crafting.

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.