Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Butterfly and Lace

The theme for the Sisterhood of Crafters challenge this week is: "Lace" and hosted by Anna.

I found an embellishment pack from K and Company that I have had for quite awhile and decided to use one of the background panels for this card.
Using red line tape, I added lace strips to a white card stock base, then added the K and Company die cut panel. Next I adhered the K and Company flower and butterfly. I cut 2 squares 2" x 2" and cut them in half to create the corner pieces, then added pearls.

I don't often use lace on my cards, so this was definitely a challenge for me. The next time I am at the craft store, I want to look for different colors, sizes and styles of lace. 

I have entered this card into the following challenges
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes 
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes

Now it's your turn to show us your creativity. My sistahs have some gorgeous inspiration projects to share with you, so why not head on over to the Sisterhood and enter the challenge? You have until 8pm (est), Sunday April 9th to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

To Celebrate You

Today we begin a new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters with Agata as our hostess and  the theme is "Celebrate Women". 

I was able to spend some time with my friend, Darlene, a couple of weeks ago gave me the opportunity to go through her Crafty Secrets collection and I chose this image of a vintage lady and cake. Who doesn't like to celebrate with cake?
She also shared a banner die and this beautiful Tutti Designs Shoe die. Isn't it gorgeous? Once I had these  pieces, my card came together rather quickly. I decide to use yellow for the banner and create a mat for the image to bring out the color of the mixer.  Then is glued on yellow an pink sequins for the centers of the flowers on the shoe. Last I added a paper daisy and my sentiment (Stampendous - Bouquet For You stamps).

I need to schedule another play date with Darlene to keep my mojo going. That and to use some of her other fabulous dies. I could spend the whole day just making die cuts. So many dieSu and too little time!

Well, I hope you like my project for today. Now head on over to the Sisterhood and check out the gorgeous inspiration projects by my sistah's and enter the challenge.

You have until 8pm Sunday, March 12th to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person.

Have a wonderful day.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Pink Paisley Onesie

My friend, Judy, is having a baby shower for her older daughter on March 12th. I have had instructions for creating a onesie baby card for quite awhile, but forgot about it. So over the weekend while trying to decide on the card I wanted to create, I found it.

The designer paper is from Paper Boutique's "Baby Girl" pad. I used my Fiskars Scallop punch to created the lace on the sleeves and my 1 1/2" SU scalloped punch to create the lace around the neck and leg openings. The white bow has a pearl in the center and has been in my stash forever. The sentiment on the inside of the card reads: "a baby is a wee bit of heaven, drifted down from above,
a handful of happiness, a heart full of love."

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this precious little girl. Judy's daughter was told she would never be able to have children, so this baby is extra special. A true gift from God.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Have a blessed day.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eleanorkin Troll & Pickles

It's my pleasure to announce the new challenge beginning today at Crafting With An Attitude. Our sponsor for this challenge is A Day For Daisies. The winner of this month-long challenge will receive 3 digi images of their choice.

I chose this adorable troll and frog image to use as my focal point. The background photo is was found on Pinterest.
I started with a piece of white card stock 7" by 10" folded in half to create a 5" x 7" card. the background paper is from DCWV. The image was colored with Spectrum Noire colored pencils. The photo panel was adhered using tape runner and after fussy cutting around the image I used pop dots to give it dimension. I found this daisy die cut in my stash. I have had it for so long, I don't remember what company I got it from. ( Maybe Jolie's?) The butterfly was cut from a piece of DCWV's Mariposa card stock and adhered with a pop dot.

Can't wait till Spring gets here. I am ready for warm temperatures and sunny days. It has been raining here in Northeast Ohio for the last 2 days. I don't think the lawn will ever dry out.

Okay, now it is time for you to head over to Crafting With An Attitude to check out the inpiration projects by my team and enter your creations. 

You have until 8pm Sunday March 28th to enter. Limit of 3 projects per person.

Have a great day of crafting!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fun in the Sun

Vickie is our hostess for the next challenge at the Sisterhood beginning today. The theme for this challenge is "Winter Blues - Let's Take A Vacation"! After 4 months of cold, cloudy days I am ready for a vacation somewhere warm. 

If I could go on a vacation now it would be to the beach. When I look at the picture I used as the focus of my creation, I can almost feel the warm breeze and the heat of the sand. It would be great to spend a day beside the water in a hammock reading.

The background paper looks like burlap and the stamps are from an Inkadoo stamp set called "Coastal". After stamping the images I fussy cut around them and used a glue runner to adhere them to the corners of the card front.

About 3 years ago, my husband and I visited my sister-in-law, her two daughters and their families for about 3 days. My younger niece is the night manager at a hotel right on Myrtle Beach and we had a room overlooking the ocean and swimming pool. It was wonderful going to sleep at night and waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves. I spend most of my time wading in and out of the water and finding sea shells. It was so relaxing.

Where would you like to vacation? Why not share your creations with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters?  You have until 8pm Sunday February 19th to enter. For more inspiration, check out the Sistah's projects. Remember there is a limit of 3 entries per person.

Hope to see you there. Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hearts for a Friend

The Sisterhood of Crafters begins a new challenge today with Darlene as our hostess. The theme for this challenge is the color "RED". Use the color red somewhere on your project using the photo below for inspiration.

While shopping at our local Pat Catan's craft store I found a beautiful piece of Core'dinations swirled red card stock and decided to use this for the background of my project.

To create the mat for the hearts, I layered a white strip of card stock onto a piece of the red and then onto a strip of black card stock. Once I had the layers together I adhered the piece to the front of the card overlapping the sides. I then trimmed the card stock at an angle. I used Stampin' Ups! "I (Heart) Hearts" stamp set and Fun Stamper's Journey "Candy Apple Red" ink pad to stamp the images on white card stock. Then I fussy cut around the hearts and used pop dots to add dimension. Last I added the pretty white daisy flowers to the top right and bottom left corners.

I have entered this creation into the following challenges:
Fabrika Fantasy - Add a Heart 
All Sorts Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers 
Just Us Girls - Hearts
Now it's your turn to show us your creativity. Just head on over to the Sisterhood's blog and enter the challenge. You have until 8pm Sunday February 19th to enter.

Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Baby Congratulations!

Today, I have another baby card I would like to share with you. I just love this set of stamps from Stampin' Up called "Something for Baby". 

Starting with a white card base 4 1/4" by 11", I used my Cuttlebug "Daisy" embossing folder to emboss 3/4 of the card front. Next I used an SU Pink Passion marker to color the centers of the daisies. Then I used my Fun Stampers Journey Watermelon Fusion ink to stamp the booties onto white card stock then punched them out with my 1 3/4" circle punch and matted with a 2" punched scalloped circle of Pink Passion card stock. I also used the same ink to stamp the sentiment at the top of the card. Before adhering the booties, I wrapped the striped ribbon around the card and adhered with glue dots on the front. Foam dots were used to adhere the booty panel over the ribbon ends and add dimension.

I haven't used my embossing folders very much and I decided to I needed to work with them more. They add such a nice touch to any card. 

Thank you for stopping by today. I really love to hear from my crafting buddies out there, so if you have time leave a comment.

Also want to remind you that I have a Design Team Call out for my new challenge blog "The Stinkin' Inkers".  If you are interested in applying, stop by the site for more information.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Brand New

The older daughter of one of my friends is expecting a baby in March, so I decided I better get started on some baby cards. I grabbed my Stampin' Up "Something For Baby" stamp set and got to work. For the card below I used the duck stamp and then chose the sentiment from the Fiskars "Precious Baby Quotes stamp set.

I used my Darice dots embossed folder to create the background. Next I stamped the duck onto white card stock using my Fun Stampers Journey "Lemon Drop" ink pad. Then used my SU 1 3/8" punch to punch it out. Next I used my 2" scallop punch to create the mat. The yellow satin ribbon is from the Darice "Basic Expressions" line. I wrapped the ribbon around the front of the card and tied a bow. Last, using my SU word window punch, I created the sentiment panel and adhered it with glue dots to the ribbon.

I am very happy with the way this card turned out. Now it's back to work to get those creative juices busy and make more. I need to make a lot of baby cards for craft shows and personal use.

Thanks for visiting with me today. 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Design Team Call

Hey fellow crafters! I am starting a new challenge blog "Stinkin' Inkers". The themed challenges will be 1 month long and there will be Top Three Winners  and one Top Award Winner chosen by the Design Team.

If you would like to be a part of my Design Team, check out the qualifications at "Stinkin' Inkers"

Since there are no sponsors, you are not limited to the type of images you use on your projects. Just follow the guidelines for each month's theme and have fun.

I would like to have my team in place by the first of March and begin the first challenge the first Tuesday in April. The winners of each challenge will be announced the day before the next challenge is posted. 

Have a great day and Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Simply Made

It is my turn once again to hostess the challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. My theme is "Simply Made". Create a single layer card without a lot of ribbon or embellishments.

For my project, I chose to use a Darice swirly frame embossing folder for the background and Stampin' Ups "Lotus Blossom" stamp set for the focal point. 

The lotus blossom and thank you were stamped using Stampin' Ups! Pale Plum ink pad. The ribbon is organdy edged with satin and gold tied in a bow.

I have entered this creation in the following challenges:
      Crafty Creations Challenges - Anything Goes 
      Creative Moments Challenges - Anything Goes

Single layer cards are always a big challenge for me, so I need all the inspiration I can get. Would you help me out by sharing your projects at the Sisterhood Challenge Blog?

You have until 8pm Sunday February 5th to enter. Limit of 3 entries per person. All of the rules for this challenge can be found on the Sisterhood of Crafters blog

Thanks for stopping by.


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.