Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Acrylic Post-It-Note Holders

This year I plan on doing some craft shows with my younger daughter, Tanya. She has an Etsy shop to sell her handmade fairy jars, Christmas ornaments and other items. My focus will be post-it-note holders, note pads and other 3D paper crafts and cards.

Today I would like to share the acrylic post-it-note holders I have been working on. I have been seeing a lot of these on Pinterest and loved the idea. I also want to make horizontal ones too.

The background is from DCWV's Botanical Pad. I used my 1 3/4" scallop punch for the sentiment panel, and a 2" scallop punch for the striped panel.
Moss Green grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the top and adhered to the back with glue dots.

The designer paper used for the holder below is from DCWV's Mariposa Pad.
Burlap ribbon was adhered to the top and I found the bird and flower stickers in my stash. They are from K and Company. 
I used a 1" x 3 3/4" strip of designer paper to wrap around the ink barrel and then replaced it in the pen.

This is the perfect size to sit on a desk and always have the pen and note pad handy. I need to keep one for myself. I am always losing my pen's and note pads.

I hope you like my project for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.

Have a wonderful day.

Hugs from Northeast Ohio,

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vintage Skater

It looks like Northeast Ohio will get a short break from the icy cold temperatures for the next few days. Going from 20 degrees and colder to 40 degrees with rain today and 50's through Thursday. Hopefully, I will have time to thaw out before the next Arctic Clipper hits.

Diane is our hostess for the first challenge of the New Year at the Sisterhood of Crafters. Your challenge is to use any of the themes/words mentioned below to create your project.
Growing up we would head to the nearest park to spend the day ice skating and sledding. Unfortunately, because of changes made to the lakes and ponds there isn't anywhere to skate now. 

For my project I chose this beautiful vintage picture of an ice skater for the focus.
DCWV snowflake designer paper was used fir the background. Next I cut a piece of red/white pine trees designer paper for one mat, then layered a piece of black card stock onto the red to mat the picture. The snowflake corner pieces were cut on my Silhouette Cameo and adhered with craft glue.
I found these beautiful blue snowflake gems at the local dollar store. Perfect for some added bling. Last I stamped the sentiment with Black India ink onto white card stock and matted with a strip of black. Pop dots were used to give dimension to the sentiment.

My talents for skating were limited to forward, backward and skating on one foot. Now being quite a few years older and a few pounds heavier, I doubt that I could even stand up on the ice in skates. I have a hard enough time standing upright in boots.

Why not head on over to the Sisterhood and check out the inspiration projects my sistahs have for you today? You have until 8pm Sunday, January 22nd to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person.

Have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by to visit with me.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Year, New Challenges

Happy New Year, everyone! I know I haven't posted since November, but the time around the holidays is always so hectic. I was lucky to get my challenge commitments finished on time. Hopefully, everything is back to normal. 

Today begins the first challenge of the new year at Crafting With An Attitude. The image I chose from Bugaboo Stamps is called "Happy New Year to Ewe" and can be found here

The vintage background paper is by DCWV. I started with a strip of black card stock 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" adhered to the left side. The confetti, ribbon on the hat, the lamb's hooves and the gold line around the inside of the clock were colored with glitter gel pens. I used my Spectrum Noire colored pencils to color the lamb's face and legs. The image was matted with a red piece of card stock, then glued to a piece of black, then placed on the front. The sentiment (also from Bugaboo Stamps) is matted onto a piece of black card stock then onto red and adhered to the bottom of the card. I found these cute little red and green buttons in my stash to use for embellishment.

The challenges at Crafting With An Attitude are always "Anything Goes". Why not hop on over and check out the inspiration projects from my design team? You have until 8pm, Sunday, January 29th to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person.

Also, welcome my three new Design Team members. They have some fabulous projects to share with you.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Vintage Bride

Our hostess for this week's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters is Agata. Your challenge is to use pearls somewhere on your project.

When I see pearls, I think of weddings. Most wedding gowns and veils have pearls included in the design. I found this beautiful photo of a 1920's bride on Pinterest

I started with a base card of white card stock and added a silver panel. Next I covered a piece of black card stock with netting enhanced with white glittered hearts, then adhered this to the silver panel. The image was matted with a black mat and then a silver mat. After stamping the sentiment onto white card stock, I added a black and a silver mat and adhered with glue runner to the card. Last I added the daisies with pearl centers.

So, now it is your turn. Head over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my 'sistahs' and enter you creation. You have until 8pm, Sunday December 4th to enter. There is a limit of 3 entries per person. Have fun and good luck!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christmas Sniffles?

I have been trying to build up my items for craft shows for next year, so I started making some cute tissue box covers. I have so much Christmas themed papers to use and this is a great way to get creative besides cards.

I started with a base of Recollections Holiday Red card stock. The stocking paper is from DCWV. I added the dp to the base of the box and die cut the hole using Nestibilities oval before putting the base and the lid together. Next I used the oval and scalloped ovals to created the decorative piece for the top of the box and added pearls.

You will find the instructions for the basic box here

Right now I am focusing on Christmas covers, but will also include spring, fall and generic patterns for the rest of the year. So far I have made 2 Christmas patterns and one with snowmen for winter. 

I have entered this project in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge "Magic of Christmas".

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Vickie is our hostess for the new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. The theme is "Up, Up and Away" (anything that flies). 

I chose to use an image of an airplane as my focal point. I was thrilled to find the perfect images on Pinterest.

I used the image of a newspaper clipping for the background, then matted the airplane picture with gray and black mats. I typed the sentiment on my computer and used the same colors to mat this panel. Pop dots were used to give dimension.

Wouldn't this make a great masculine retirement card? Could also be used for graduation or someone who just received a promotion.

I really enjoyed working with this theme. It can be interpreted in so many ways. Looking forward to seeing what you create.

I have entered this card in the following challenges.

Digi Choosday - Anything Goes 
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes
Now head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration and enter your project. You have until 8pm (est), Sunday November 20th to enter.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pumpkin Thief

Hello everyone! We have been enjoying some Summer temps over the last couple of days here in Northeast Ohio (in the 70's), but the forecast for starting today is fall temps in the 50-60 degree range. Today begins another challenge at Crafting With An Attitude and I have created a fall card using an image from our sponsor A Day For Daisies called "Pumpkin Patch Thief".
A panel of DCWV fall designer paper was layered onto a white card stock base for the background. The image was colored with prismacolor pencils and cut out by hand. The leaves were created using my Fiskars small leaf punch. Last I cut 2 fancy labels using my EK Success fancy label punch. The sentiment was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey "Dark Roast" ink onto Recollections yellow card stock then I cut the orange label in half and adhered to the back of the yellow for a shadow effect. The sentiment panel and image were adhered with foam dots for dimension. Green and white striped ribbon was tied in a bow and adhered to the sentiment panel with a glue dot.

I just love the face on the racoon. He looks so sweet and innocent. Too bad they aren't like that for real. A few years ago 2 baby racoons were caught in our garage and they can be mean. Had to call someone to get them out. Thankfully, he place a humane trap in the garage with some cat food to try to catch them and then release them into the woods. However, when he returned the next day, they had eaten all the food and went out the open door. The only mess they left was paw prints on the car and garage doors.

We would love to have you join in our challenge. Stop by Crafting With An Attitude to see my DT's inspiration projects and to get all the details. This is always "Anything Goes" challenge and you are permitted 3 entries. You have until 8pm Sunday, November 27th to enter. Our sponsor is offering 3 digi images to the winner.

Also watch for my Design Team Call announcement. I would like to add 5-6 more members to the team. Details will be available on the challenge blog Friday.  

Hope to see you there.



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pumpkin Flower Bouguet

Today's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters, hosted by Darlene, is "Pumpkins or the Color Orange". I decided to create a basket to hold flowers for the centerpiece of my dining table. There were so many fall silk flowers to choose from at the craft store, I had a hard time deciding on which ones to use. I finally decided on these yellow-orange, red and orange ones.

I found the template for this cute basket here. This was such a fun and easy project, I think I will make more for Halloween treats for the grandchildren.

The basket was printed on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Recollections card stock and cut out with scissors. The handle is a 1 1/4" x 11" strip of the same card stock adhered to the inside of each side of the basket with sticky strip. Easy peasy!

I have entered this basket in the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp - Autumn
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Robyn's Fetish - Anything But A Card

Okay, now it's time to head on over to the Sisterhood to check out the 'sistah's' inspiration projects and enter your creation. You have until 8pm (est), Sunday November 6th to enter. There is a limit of 3 entries per person. Have fun and Good Luck!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Pocket Money

Hello everyone! As I told you yesterday I needed to begin working on gift card holders. So today, I have three designs to share with you. The instructions can be found here.

These card holders were very easy and quick to put together.  Just a 3 1/4" x 10" piece of card stock scored at 4" and 8". The sleeve is a 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of card stock scored at 7" and 3 1/2".

I used DCWV Christmas designer paper for the sleeves. Before folding and gluing the flap for the gift card, I used Versamark and two different size snowflake stamps to stamp the inside and outside of the card. Secure the 2" flap with sticky strip to form the card pocket. To make the sleeve, fold on the score lines, add adhesive to the 1/2" flap and fold 4" side down to adhere to 2" flap. Decorate as desired.

I used my fancy label punch to make the sentiment tag. I used my brown and red ink pads to swipe color around the edges of the labels for the red and green card holders.

I hope you enjoyed my project or today. Now back to work on more Christmas projects.

Thanks for stopping by.


Beautiful Blooms

It is my turn once a gain to hostess The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge. Usually, I would have chosen some type of fall theme: such as pumpkins, scarecrows or Halloween. But this time I wanted to do something a little more creative. So, your challenge is to use gingham and flowers somewhere on your project.

I found this beautiful gingham paper in the Michael's Recollections "Home Basics" paper pad and the flower paper is BoBunny.
I started with a card base of Stampin' Up "Pink Pirouette" card stock. First I applied the pink gingham panel to the top card, then added a panel of the flower designer paper. To cover the joint of the two pieces of designer paper, I used this beautiful vintage lace that I purchased at a yard sale this summer. (It was in a storage gallon bag filled with different types of lace for $1.00.)
The pink on this lace looks like sleeveless dresses. The inside of the card was covered with the pink gingham paper. I then added a strip of the flower paper and adherred another piece of lace over that. Ivory satin ribbon was tied around both sections and tied in a bow. The image came from the pack of BoBunny paper and is layered on a Pink Pirouette mat and a Chocolate Brown mat. The pink paper flowers and white paper flowers are from Michaels.

I haven't added a sentiment yet, because I am not sure how I am going to use this card. It would be perfect for Birthday, Thinking of You, Mother's Day, etc.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes
Retarte - Anything Goes 
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes 
Great Impressions - Anything Goes 

Now that I have shared my project with you, why not stop by the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my 'sistahs'? You have until 8pm Sunday, October 23rd to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person and no back dating please.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gone Fishin"

Today I have another masculine card to share with you. My dad loved to fish and would often take the whole family out to the lake for a day of fishing. I am not a big fan of fishing, because I don't like putting worms on a hook or taking the fish off. Too slimy for me.

So in honor of my dad, I chose to use this beautiful image of fishing gear that I found on Pinterest.

The card base is tan with ivory dots. I used ivory and dark brown card stock to make mats for the image. Looking through my stash of buttons I came across the hat and basket. Last I stamped the sentiment onto ivory card stock with dark brown ink and layered that onto a strip of dark brown card stock. I made this into a birthday card, but I think it would also make a nice retirement card.

I think I am finally over my fear of making cards for the guys. I have a few more ideas, but need to stop and start working on Christmas cards and gift card holders. Can you believe Christmas is only 2 1/2 months away?

I don't have to send many Christmas cards, because I see most of my friends and family around the holidays. I know I will get orders for gift card holders, so guess I'd better put on my thinking cap and get busy.

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Your A Classic

Masculine cards have always been difficult for me to create. I have been working hard to do better with my designs. Today I want to share my card made with an image I found on Pinterest using an vintage car.

The card base is from a set of cards and envelopes I found on sale at Michaels. The blue on the image and my card base were a perfect match. Next I cut a mat from black card stock and one from silver and layered them onto my card base. The image was adhered onto the silver using a tape runner. The gears were cut from black card stock on my Silhouette Cameo. I am still trying to decide if I want to add ribbon and if so, what color to use - black or silver?

I am very happy with the way my card turned out. I am beginning to feel better about making cards for guys.

Well, that's all for today.


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sunflower Sprite

Today our new challenge at Crafting With An Attitude begins. As always, the challenges are "Anything Goes". Our sponsor for this challenge is:

Aurora Wings
I chose this cute "Sunflower Sprite" as the focal point of my card.

Prismacolor Scholar colored pencils were used to color the image. I fussy cut around the image then layered it onto a white scalloped circle, lime green scalloped circle and a paper doily with pop dots.

The background paper is by DCWV adhered to a white card base. The sentiment was stamped with brown ink onto a panel of yellow, then layered onto a strip of lime green and adhered onto the card with tape runner. The yellow foam rick rack has been in my stash forever, but didn't know what to use it for until now. Last I added the two daisy buttons with dots. Last I added the yellow grosgrain ribbon and tied it into a knot.

If you would like to enter this fun challenge, just head over to the Crafting With An Attitude Challenge Blog and check out my design team's inspiration projects and enter your creation. 

The challenge ends at 8pm (est) Sunday, October 29th to enter. No back dating please and a limit of 3 entries per person.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hello, Scarecrow

Hello everyone! Today begins a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters with Diane as our hostess. The theme is "Fall Harvest" - anything to do with a fall harvest, tractors, apples, corn, pumpkins, scarecrows, gourds, Indian corn, acorns, grapes, sunflowers... etc.

The focal point of my card is a scarecrow in the pumpkin patch that I found on Pinterest. Love all the beautiful fall colors in this image.
I started with a base of Ivory card stock and adhered the panel of DCWV plaid designer paper. The image is matted with dark brown and yellow card stock. I used my SU pansy punch to create the mat for the sentiment panel and my SU 1 1/4 circle punch for the sentiment. The image and sentiment panels are adhered with pop dots for dimension. The yellow daisy is from Mike's Favor Embellishments. Last I wrapped brown organdy ribbon around the front of the card and tied in a bow.

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Galz - Fall/Autumn Colors 
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes

Finished just in time, as it seems fall has finally arrived here in Northeast Ohio. Calling for temps in the high 60's and low 70's all week. I love this time of year with all the beautiful colors and it hopefully my allergies will get a break until next Spring.

I hope you like my project for today. Now why not head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration and enter your project. Limit of 3 entries per person and you have until 8pm, Sunday October 9th to enter. Hope to see you there.


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.