Friday, November 27, 2015

Walking Bonnet

We have a new challenge beginning this month on Facebook. It is the Crafty Addicts Facebook Group Design Team challenge. All members of this group have a chance to win a prize from the month's sponsor.

I chose this cute image called "Walking Bonnet" from our sponsor A Day For Daisies. Our challenge was to add flowers.  

The background paper is from Paper Studio's Floral Shoppe pad. I used Stampin' Up's sage green and pirouette pink card stock to mat the image. Regular colored pencils were used to color the image. I found the flowers in the bridal department at Pat Catan's and the sentiment is from Michael's $1.50 bin.

A Day for Daisies has some beautiful digis. Why not stop by and check them out. I am so excited to be a part of this team. These ladies are very talented.

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


Fairy Lili

For my project for the Crafty Addicts challenge this month I created this simple square box. The image "Fairy Lili With Snowglobe" is from Inky Impressions. I can't believe Christmas is only 7 weeks away. Thankfully, most of my shopping is done and I can concentrate on Thanksgiving (my favorite Holiday) and decorating for Christmas.

Now for my project:

Using SU's Always Artichoke card stock, I created the box top and bottom. The designer paper is from DCWB. Next I used the same green and red cardstock to create the mats for the image with my Nestibilities Label Five dies. The snowflakes were punched with the medium size Fiskars snowflake punch. Last I added red organdy ribbon and a bow. The snowflakes on the top of the box have crystal gem centers and the snowflakes are the sides of the box have pearl centers.

This is a very simple box to make. I started with a 8 inch square for the bottom of the box. Then scored at 2" on each side. The top is a 6 inch square, scored at 1" on each side.  On two opposite sides, cut to make flaps then glue together.

Now, I just have to decide who is going to get this as a gift at Christmas and what will go inside.

You can check out this fun monthly challenge at here. We would love to have you join us. You could be the winner of a fabulous prize from our sponsor Inky Impressions.

Have a wonderful day.



Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Thanks

My husband and I are having a quiet dinner at home and then heading to our older daughter's house to visit with her family and her in-laws. Our younger daughter and granddaughter will also be there. We are truly blessed.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

Our host for this week's challenge at the Sisterhood is Vicky. The theme is "In the Meadow We Will Build a Snowman. Create a card or project with a snowman as the focus. My friend, Darlene, let me use this cute snowman stamp for my card. I colored him with colored pencils. 

The background paper is Martha Stewart. Darlene was kind enough to die cut these fabulous trees and I used a Fiskars punch to make the snowflakes. The snow banks were created by fussy cutting white card stock and I made the sentiment panel by punching two scalloped circles and cutting off the tops and bottoms of the circles. I found the sentiment stamp in a dollar bin at Joan's Craft Store.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion -  Always Anything Goes 
Crafting From The Heart - Always Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes 
Would love to see a scene like this outside my window on Christmas morning. Then all the snow could melt away for the rest of the winter. Can you tell I am not a fan of winter? I love  how the snow sparkles, just don't like the cold or driving in it. My favorite time of year is Fall. Love the colors, smells and mild temperatures.

Okay, now it's your turn to share your creations. Hop on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my talented sistahs and enter your project.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Snowman Popcorn Pouch

Today I am working on more Christmas treats for friends and family. This is my version of the popcorn pouches seen on Pinterest.

The designer paper is from Creating Keepsakes and was cut to 6" x 12". Score at 3 3/4", 4", 8" and 8 1/4". The band is 2 1/2" x 9 1/2". Place sticky tape at one end of the 6 x 12 strip, wrap around popcorn and adhere. Next do the same with the band. I added a snowman sticker. I have had these stickers for so long, I don't remember where I purchased them. They may have been from the dollar store, because they don't have a company name on them. Last I threaded white organdy ribbon through the top of the band and tied in a bow.

They are so easy and quick to put together. I know I will be making lots of these. All my friends and family love popcorn. What a cute and inexpensive gift. They will go great with the hot cocoa pouches I am making.

Well, I am off to work on more challenge projects for my DT team challenges and other Christmas gifts. 
Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Snowmen Tea Lights

It's a beautiful day here in Northeast Ohio. Temps in the low 60's and lots of sun. Yesterday I began working on my version of the snowmen tea lights. They are so easy and quick to make. I found tea lights that change colors and decided they would make cute pins.

The face is a 1 3/8" circle with an "x" cut in the center to fit over the candle. I used red sticky strip to hold the face to the votive. I drew the mouth with a permanent marker and added pink to the cheeks with a colored pencil. Black pearls were used for the eyes. Next I cut 1 3/4" circles from designer paper and cut them in half for the hat. The window word punch created the bottom of the hat and 1/2" circle made the pop pom. Last I added a bow made from 5/8" burgandy organza ribbon. Now I just need to add the pin backs. These will be gifts for ladies in both my stamp group and euchre card clubs. 

My husband thought they would be too big for pins, but I tried one and I think they are perfect. I chose not to use Christmas colors so they will go through the winter. I have lots of ideas for gifts, so I better get busy.  Only 38 days left till Christmas and my first Christmas party is December 5th.

Guess I'd better start cookie baking and decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, my Christmas shopping is done - just have to wrap everything and get my Christmas cards ready. I mail very few, most are handed out.

Well, off to get lunch and work on more projects. Have a beautiful day.


Friday, November 13, 2015

Mittens and Snowflakes

I had the opportunity to visit with my friend, Darlene, today for some crafting. After helping me with some issues on my laptop, I finally had a chance to work on this card for the challenge at Classy Cards n Such. I used the following die cuts from Dar's dies: "Stacked Mittens" by Poppy Stamps, "Large Snowflake" from Impression Obsession and American Crafts Designer Paper "Hot Cocoa".

I chose the black and white snowflake paper first, then decided to brighten the card up by using the red with white dot paper. Then I placed the big snowflake that Darlene had cut for me and layered the mittens over top. Last I tied a bow with red "Let It Snow" ribbon and adhered that to the top of the mittens. 

Although I could use this as a Christmas card, I think I will save it for when the snow hits in January or February and use it to send "Warm Wishes" to someone. Maybe I could include a pack of hot cocoa. In fact, maybe I will fill a mug with Hersey Kisses and a peppermint stick for snowman soup as a gift to someone special.

Now I think I will sit back and have a cup of cocoa and try to get my head to stop spinning from all the things I learned from Darlene today.

Have a great day everyone.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

On Your Special Day

Hello everyone! What a week this has been already. Hubby had two days off and once again felt sick as his stomache. He thinks he had a virus, but I think he either ate something that didn't agree with him or he didn't want to work on some much need things around the house. Then my camera quit working so I had to get a new one and of course I needed to get a card reader in order to upload images to my blog.

Hopefully, everything is back to normal. Now I just need to get my photo box set up in my craft room so I can take better pictures of my project. I'm going to try to do that this weekend when I don't have to watch my granddaugher.

Okay, now on to my project for today. I decided to work on another card set from Anna Griffin. This time I chose the Anniversary set. 

I love the gold die cut behind the sentiment. It gives the card such an elegant look. It is so nice to have cards that can be put together so quickly for those last minute occasions.  I also love the vintage feel of these cards. The die cut and sentiment are popped up with dimensionals to give some extra definition. I am trying to decide if I should add ribbon or just leave as is. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thank you for visiting with me today. Before you go, just a reminder to visit the challenges at the following blogs:

Sisterhood of Crafters
The Crafty Addicts
Crafting With An Attitude
Crafting For All Seasons

Have a beautiful day!



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas Caroling

A new challenge begins today at the Sisterhood of Crafters with Darlene as our host. Get out those thinking caps and create a project around the theme "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas". 

The first thing I do after Thanksgiving is get out my Christmas cd's to play while I am decorating or baking cookies. So I decided to use this cute image of Christmas Carolers as my focus. 

I started with a base of white card stock, then added designer paper by DCWV. Next I cut the Madison Window, Window Box and Shutters from Poppystamps. The image was cut down to fit inside the window frame. Then I added the shutters and window box. Before adhering the window box, I cut a border of roses and holly leaves (K and Company) and adhered to the back of the window box.  Once the window box was in place I added this satin bow with pearl center. The holly spray at the top of the window is also K and Company. I fussy cut the snow from white card stock and added the pine trees. The sentiment was stamped with SU's Garden Green ink using a Stampabilities stamp.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:

Creative Moments - Always Anything Goes 
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Working on this card made me realize how close we are getting to Christmas. I try to get my house decorated the first weekend of Christmas, so I can focus on baking and gift wrapping. Try to have my shopping done by Thanksgiving to avoid the holiday rush. That's the easy part because I only have to shop for 4 adults and 4 granddchildren. 

I always look forward to spending Christmas Eve with my youngest daughter and granddaughter, then Christmas Day with my older daughter, son-law, their 3 children and my son-in-law's parents. Hoping my younger daughter will join us this year. Everyone brings side dish or dessert to share and my daughter bakes a ham. It is such a blessing to spend this time with them. Good food and good company. The best gift I could get.

Now, why not head on over to the Sisterhood to check out the awesome inspiration projects from my sistahs and enter your creation?

Happy Crafting!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Feel Better Soon

I love designs by Anna Griffin. So when I found some of her card sets marked down at Joann's Craft Store, I just had to purchase them. This card is from her "Get Well" set, which includes the cards, envelopes and embellishments.

 I was going to add pearls to the centers of the flowers, but realized I forgot to add them when I wrote the post. I will add them before mailing. Isn't this lavender and gold design beautiful? Now to get busy on the other sets. I purchased about 10 of these sets including: wedding, congratulations,  anniversary, Father's Day and Mother's Day.

They also make great projects for when I am watching my 3 year old granddaughter who demands a lot of attention. She always wants to help me, but I am afraid of her getting hurt because she wants to know how my die cutting machine, paper trimmer, punches and other materials work. When she is old enough I have a child's Cuttlebug and dies for her. I think she will make a great crafting buddy.

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


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mentos Snowmen

I have been searching for favor ideas to make for my friends this Christmas. While at the grocery store, I found a six pack of Mentos Mints to decorate. My next stop was the local dollar store to purchase inexpensive gloves. My finished project is these cute little snowmen.

First I cut a piece of white copy paper 5 3/8" by 3" and wrapped it around the roll of Mentos, then adhered the end with runner tape. I cut the fingers off of the gloves and rolled the ends up to make the hats. Next I used a black marker to make the eyes, mouth and buttons. An orange colored pencil was used to make the carrot nose. Now I just need to add a pompom to the top of each hat. I may add a small snowflake also.

That's all there is to this quick gift idea. Super easy. I have six made so far and need to make about 25 more. I also plan to make snowman soup packs to go along with them.

It is such a beautiful day here in Northeast Ohio. In fact, the weatherman is calling for mid-60 to low 70 temps all week. Time to get outside and get my plants ready for winter. Thank goodness I don't have to rake leaves. Hubby uses the lawn mower to chop them up.

I'm so glad you visit with me today. Have a beautiful day.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Bells and Holly

Now that Halloween is over, I can start concentrating on the upcoming Holiday season.  I try to have my Christmas cards made by Thanksgiving. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I address the envelopes and start decorating.

I found these beautiful papers on sale at Joann's awhile back, but just couldn't decide what to make with them. So I started looking on Pinterest for some vintage Christmas images and found these gorgeous bells.

The gray papers are from DCWV's Basic 6 x 6 Basic stack. The silver foil paper is DCWV's 12 x 12 Silver stack. Love the blue, purple and silver together and thought it matched the papers perfectly. I cut the black mat 1/8" larger than the image panel to set it apart from the background. Before I put this card in the mail, I will add ribbon and a sentiment.

There are so many gorgeous patterns in the Silver Stack that would be great for wedding, anniversary and guy cards. Some of this foil paper will be used to make an anniversary card and a valentine's gift for my husband.

There are some great challenges starting this week. On Wednesday, The Crafty Addicts challenge begins and Thursday starts the challenge at Crafting With An Attitude. Why not stop by and check out the inspiration by the Design Teams and enter for a chance at some fabulous prizes.




Thursday, October 29, 2015

New Design Team Position

I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as a member of the Design Team at Crafting For All Seasons. There are two challenges a month - the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The challenge beginning today is "All Dressed Up". Our sponsor All Dressed Up Stamps is offering a prize of 2 images to the winner. Challenge rules are posted on the left side of the blog for your convenience.

Although I won't officially start designing for challenges until November, I wanted to create a project with this sweet image. I used my Joann Craft colored pencils on the image and the background papers are from Recollections "Fashionably Chic" paper pad. The corner die cut was made using a Memory Box corner die. Last I added silk flowers to embellish. I will add a sentiment once I decide the occasion it best suits.

Now why not stop by the Crafting For All Seasons challenge blog and check out the inspiration projects from the other team members? I feel honored to be a part of this talented group.

Have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall Favorites

Darlene is our host for the challenge at the Sisterhood this week. Your challenge is to create a card or project that reminds you of fall. I love all the fall colors. All those beautiful yellow, green, red, orange and browns. So here is my project using some of those colors.

I wanted to keep the background muted so that my bow and leaf embellishment would stand out. The background was created on glossy card stock using SU Pumpkin Pie, Marigold Morning and Olive Green inks applied with a sponge. When the ink dried, I added leaves with Color Box White Chalk ink pad and heated with my heat gun for faster drying. Next, I used Close to My Heart Chocolate ink to stamp my leaves and dried with the heat gun. This panel was layered onto a metallic green mat, then onto a chocolate mat and the card front. The leaf was cut using my Cut n' Boss cutting machine and Impression Obsession leaf die. Last, I stamped the sentiment with the Chocolate ink and added the bow.

The card is prettier in person. Just couldn't get the right lighting to really show off the colors. I think the next time I will use darker colors to see if the chalk leaves show up better.

Now how about hopping over to the Sisterhood to check out the inspiration from my sisters and leave them a little love.  Then create a project to share with us. You could be one of our top winners.

Have a great day!


How Generous

This cute card is the last of my Fun Stampers Journey card kit. I love the glasses and bow tie. What a great idea for a guy card. I know I will be using this set of stamps for more masculine cards. Just a few simple elements make this card come to life.

I have lots of different paper clips and wiggle eyes, but never know how to use them on cards or other projects. These card kits from Fun Stampers Journey are getting me to think out of the box when I am creating. Now to just find the time for all the projects I want to create.

Thankfully, being part of five different challenge blog design teams, I will have a chance to incorporate some of these ideas into my projects. I am trying to schedule some work time in my craft room everyday. It isn't always easy when my husband is off or I have my 3 year old granddaughter. My husband was very understanding this morning when I told him I needed some uninterupted time in my craft room to work on blog and challenge projects.

Now it is time to get him some lunch and do some housework before my granddaughter gets here.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me. I hope you enjoyed viewing my project for today.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Dapper Birthday

I have been having so much fun with my new card kit from Fun Stampers Journey called "Dapper Birthday".  Today's project is a masculine birthday card.

Oatmeal Cookie card stock was used for the base. Next I adhered the River Stone and Denim Days panels. Close to My Heart Desert Sand ink was used to stamp the hair and beard onto the white card stock label. After stamping the sentiment onto white card stock with Stampin' Ups Midnight Muse ink, I fussy cut around the image and used dimensionals to adhere to the image panel. Last I stamped the bow tie in the Midnight Muse ink and fussy cut around it. After wrapping the twine around the card 3 times, I tied in a bow, then added the bow tie with dimensionals.

There are 36 luscious colors in the Fun Stampers Journey ink and papers. I try to buy a few colors with each order and hope to have all the colors by the first of the year. The ink pads are a combination of pigment and die inks. I love how beautiful these colors are and the ease of stamping with them.

Once I have all the inks, I want to start purchasing the matching papers. I also love their punches. The punches are a square shape that fit into a handle. Most of the punches range in size from 3/4" to 1 3/4". 

With over 700 items in the catalog, my wishlist gets longer and longer. Maybe I should sent this list to Santa.

Well, time to get back to the work. Thanks for visiting with me today.



Thursday, October 22, 2015

Birthday Stache

As promised on Monday, here is the second card I made using the "Dapper Birthday" kit. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the dark blue circle is Pearled Basics paper and is very shiny.

The base is Rock Candy card stock with Oatmeal Cookie and Denim Days card stock layered on top. The designer paper is from the "Going Places" paper pack.  The mustache was stamped onto Whip Cream card stock, fussy cut with scissors and then adhered to the Pearled circle with diemensionals. Twine was wrapped around one corner of the star and tied into a knot, then adhered with a clear drying craft glue. Last I added the silver sequins. All of these items can be found at Fun Stampers Journey.

My order for the "Snow Buddy" stamp & die set just arrived and I can't wait to begin some winter cards and treat holders. This stamp set includes the cutest snowman, snowflakes and sentiments. One of the sentiments will be perfect for cocoa treat packs.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a great day.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Snowman Hat Treat Holders

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I have a couple of parties to attend with friends. So I decided to start on some favors to give out along with our gift exchange. I love to recycle or upcycle items and this treat holder seemed like another great idea for toilet paper rolls.

I started by cutting the toilet paper rolls in half. Then I cut 2 1/2" x 6" strips of textured black card stock to wrap around the tp roll. The strip is adhered with red line tape. Next I punched 2 1/8" scalloped circles using my EK success punch. Tombow Multi Use Mono Glue adhered the circle to the bottom of the hat. Red organdy ribbon is the band around the hat and small silk pointsettia flowers and leaves were adhered with glue dots to finish the hats.

Once I purchase the candy, I will fill plastic treat bags and add them to the hat. I will also add a tag to the ribbon that will close the treat bag. Very easy and quick project to put together. 

Trying to decide what other treat holder I want to make. There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and I want to try them all. 

Thanks for visiting with me today. I love hearing from you, so if you have time, drop me a line.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

I Want My Mummy

Friday evening I had the chance to help my friend, Judy, make these adorable mummy candy holders for one of her club meetings. Isn't it amazing what you can do with toilet paper rolls and crepe paper?

First we taped the end of the crepe paper to the back of a tp roll. Then crossed over the bottom of the roll, added the candy and continued to wrap the tp roll twice and taped the end. Next, we added two wiggly eyes. Last, using a glue dot to adhere the end of a piece of crepe paper (folded in half) we wrapped it around the tp roll slightly covering one eye and used another glue dot to adhere the end. Since Judy had candy left over, we made three of these cute little guys for my grandchildren. You can find the original post here. The originals were created as mini pinatas. We just decided not to use the string.

Hope you enjoyed my project for today. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Keep It Handsome

This month's card kit from Fun Stampers Journey is called "Dapper Birthday". What a perfect stamp set for the guys. Along with the barber pole there are beards, mustaches, a bow tie, glasses and four sentiment stamps.

All the card stock, designer paper and embellishments were included in the kit, along with instruction sheets to make 4 cards. The barber pole was colored with regular colored pencils. The image and the sentiment were stamped with Fun Stampers Journey Black Licorice ink.

Masculine cards are always a challenge for me, but with this kit I know my cards will turn out great.   The papers and the ink pads come in such luscious colors. This kit also included a wooden star, silver sequins and natural twine to use on some of the cards. 

I will have another card to share with you on Thursday, so please stop by again.