Monday, March 31, 2014

Road Trip

Since my husband has today and tomorrow off, we are going to take a couple of day trips. I know one of our trips will be to Amish country about a 45 minute drive from home. The second trip is still to be decided. We make about 2-3 trips a year to Amish country for cheese and lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. We also have to stop at one of the bakeries to get my husband a homemade custard pie and I want to visit the Christmas shop that is open year round. Hopefully, I will have some good pictures to share with you. The temperature for today is supposed to be around 48 and tomorrow the high of 67 is predicted.  (But this is Ohio and the weather can change quickly.)

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by to visit. Have a great day!


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Card Set 3

Today's set of cards were stamped with black India Ink. I don't remember what company made the stamp set, but I purchased it from Joann's Craft Store.

Since the top and bottom of the card are rounded, it is hard to get a ribbon tied so that it looks right. I may just make bows and add them the the flower stalks with a glue dot. I like to keep my one layer cards simple. Too much embellishment takes away from the image.

I hope you are enjoy looking at my simple cards. Only two more sets of these and then I have some vintage note cards to share.

Have a great day everyone!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Card Set 2

Are you ready for another set of one layer cards? The set of stamps used for these cards, I purchased at Archiver's a few years ago. They are one of my go-to stamp sets when I need a quick card for sympathy or thank you. The pre-made embossed cards are by Studio G and the ink is SU's Soft Suede. I think it is the perfect color for plant silhouette stamps. Sometimes black ink can be a little harsh and I wanted something with a softer tone.

I think I will add a little bird or butterfly to each of the cards. Have to go through my stash and see what stickers or dies I have. Then some can go to our church card ministry and the others for craft shows this fall.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me today. Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Layer Cards

Hello everyone! Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the cards I made at the Women's Craft Retreat this past weekend. It might have been snowing and cold outside, but inside it was warm and cozy with lots of snacks and friendly crafters. The first five sets of cards are one layer cards that will be used for sympathy, encouragement, thinking of you etc. Most of the cards do not have sentiments as yet. I want to divide them into groups and then pull what our church needs. The rest will be stamped and used for personal use or for craft shows this fall. 

I used Black India Ink and SU's Soft Suede for the silhouettes. Most of the stamp sets were also from SU. I can't remember the companies of the other stamps, however, if you would like to know what company any of the stamps were purchased from, just leave a comment and I will find out. I used Marvy Markers to stamp the colored flowers on this set. The bases were pre-made embossed cards from Studio G. I still want to add some ribbon and embellishments before mailing.

That's it for today. Stop by tomorrow for the next set of cards. Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood of Crafters for this week's challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wild About You

I am so happy to be hostess of this week's challenge at the Sisterhood. The focus for this challenge is to use an animal on your project. Since Easter is upon us, my mind went to all the fun treats the kids receive from the Easter Bunny. My project is a topper for a candy bag. I stared with the background cut with my Nestibilities Labels One die on beige cardstock. The monkey was made with my 2 inch circle punch for the head, 1 inch and 3/4 inch circles for the ears, mini flower punch cut in half for the hair, large oval punch for the mouth 1/2 inch punch and 1/4 punch for the eyes and free hand cut nose. I used 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 inch scalloped punches for the sentiment. The vine was cut with framelits from two shades of green (sorry, I don't remember the company who made the framelits). After filling the bag with candy, I stapled the base to the bag, then added the vines, monkey and sentiment. I hope my grandchildren will like their treat bags.

Now it's your turn to put on those thinking caps and start creating. For more inspiration stop by the sisterhood to see what my sistahs have created.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Camp Carl Retreat

So glad to be back with you today. My friend, Judy, and I had a wonderful time at our retreat. Over the next few days, I will be sharing some of the projects I worked on. Today I want to share some pictures from our weekend. Unfortunately, I only have 4 pictures because my camera batteries died on me. Even the extras I took didn't last. After a short phone call to my husband, I learned that my battery charger wasn't working.  These pictures were taken at the main lodge, where we worked on crafts and ate our meals. The cabin we were assigned to had room for 12 people with a community room for relaxing or cooking snacks. This camp was beautiful, the food was excellent and the staff were so generous and courteous. I am looking forward to next year's retreat, which will be in April. They will have horses at the camp if we want to go horseback riding. Now for the details.

The 8 foot tables were set in a squares of four, so everyone had plenty of room to work. Kathy (on the left) and Ronnie were our crafting partners. We all shared stamps, punches, snacks and stories.
They also had the room across from us in the cabin. 

Tara (in the gray sweatshirt) was the life of the party. She kept everyone laughing with her family stories and tormenting her friend, Trisha.


Trisha (in the red pants) brought a radio, so we also spent lots of time singing to the oldies.  Everyone in this group were scrapbookers.

We had 30 ladies at this retreat. Most of them did scrapbook, but we had about 8-10 who were cardmakers. 

This was at a church camp called "Camp Carl". They rent to the public during the off season. My friend Judy and I are hoping to plan a retreat here next year.

That's all I have for today. I am going to start downloading pictures of some of my projects. 

Thanks for visiting with me today. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sugar and Spice

I wanted to share one more project with you before leaving for my Ladies Craft Retreat this weekend. I made this tag to use for a piece of canvas artwork for my younger granddaughter's room. The sentiment will be "Sugar and spice and all things nice." Since I will be gone until late Sunday afternoon, I have to set everything aside and finish the project when I get back. Will post a picture of the finished project sometime next week.


Paper: DCWV Floral Fair Stack

Tag & Doll: Julie Nuttings Mixed Media

Flower & Butterfly: Mickie's Favor Embellishments

Key & Lock: Pixie Press

Ink: Black India

Have to make this short today, since I still have some laundry to wash and packing to finish. Enjoy your weekend. I'll be back Monday.

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

With Sympathy

While reorganizing my craft room, I found some stamp sets that have never been opened and decided now was the time to use them. This image of a cross could be used for sympathy, encouragement or Easter cards. The image was colored with Faber Castell artist colored pencils. Right now I am working on sympathy cards for craft shows and our church. Even though this design is simple, I think it looks elegant.


Image Stamp: Inky Antics

Sentiment: Stamping Sensations

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug

Designer Paper: DCWV

Ribbon: Royal Blue Organdy

Stop by tomorrow for one more project before I leave for my Ladies Craft Retreat this weekend. I will be back on Monday with more creations to share.

Thanks for visiting with me today.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Hang in There

 A couple of my friends have been going through some difficult issues lately, so I made this card for them. The inside of the card says, "I'm sure you'll get over the hump soon." This is exactly what I needed to get through the doldrums that the cold weather here in Ohio has brought on. Come on Spring! 

Isn't this little camel the cutest? He is from a stamp set by Inky Antics. Who couldn't fall in love with a face as precious as this? Image was colored with Faber Castell artist colored pencils.


Card Base: White Cardstock

Papers: DCWV Designer Papers

Stamps: Inky Antics

Ribbon: Brown Organdy

Flower: Burlap Daisy by Forever in Time

I hope this little card brought a smile to your face. Thanks for stopping today for a visit.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Shoe Box Swap

This weekend my friend, Judy and I will be attending a women's craft retreat at a church camp with 28 other women. Some of us wanted to take part in a shoe box swap. I decided to make a post-it-note holder and pen for my project. A video with instructions can be found at or written instructions and photos at For the Love of Paper Crafts by Kimberly Crawford.

Both ladies make the instructions very clear and easy to understand.


Paper, Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Adhesive: Sticky Tape, Regular Double-sided Tape

Ribbon: Silver Satin 1/4 inch wide


Punches: 1 3/8 Scalloped Circle, 1 1/4 inch Circle

Pen: Stapled Mini Pens 

Well, that's all I have for today. Thanks for visiting with me and don't forget to stop by the sisterhood
for another fun challenge.

Have a great St. Patrick's day!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Lovely Tulips

What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Temps in the 50's and I was able to spend most of the day with my younger daughter and my beautiful granddaughter. After shopping for my son-in-law's birthday, I took them to lunch. Of course grandma just had to buy something for her little pumpkin. When I got home, I headed straight for my craft room. Today I want to share a card I created with another Crafty Secrets Tag. The recipe can be found below.


Papers: White cardstock base, DCWV Floral Fair Stack

Ink: India Ink

Sentiments: SU Bloomin Beautiful and Express Yourself Phrases

Embellishments: Satin Ribbon, White Pearls

After being outside yesterday, I just felt all "springy" inside. Hope you like my design. Now off to fix supper for hubby.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the challenge over at the sisterhood. The sistahs have some great projects for inspiration.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Easter's On Its Way

I received my email subscription for Papercrafts Magazine and decided to check out their free downloads. I found a page of cute Easter tags and downloaded them for my spring projects. I just love these cute little chicks. The hardest part of this card was choosing the right papers. Once the papers were chosen, the card came together rather quickly. For once, it seems like I had all the perfect colors of flowers and ribbon for the finishing touches. The recipe follows the photo.


Paper: DCWV Floral Flair Stack, SU Pink Cardstock, White for the card base

Large Flower: Petaloo

Small Flowers: Offray Simple Styles 

Ribbon: Offray Spring Moss grosgrain

Does this card make you feel like Spring is in the air? If so, then I accomplished my goal. 

Now I am off to play with some more of the tags. Have a beautiful day!


Easter's On It

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Heartfelt Sympathy

After a busy day yesterday, I was finally able to get into my craft room for a little creative time. I never seem to have a sympathy card on hand when I need one, so that was my goal for today. I had purchased some Studio G premade cards and decided to use those for the base. The cards are only one layer, but I think they came out great. I used SU markers to color the images from the "Simply Sketched" stamp set. The pink ribbon is Darice satin ribbon.

I also need to make Thinking of You, Birthday, Anniversary, Retirement, Baby and Just a Note cards. I'm trying to prepare for some craft shows this fall and I need a lots of everything. If you have any suggestions for items that sell pretty good, let me know. 

Dont' for get to stop by the sisterhood and check out this weeks challenge.

That's it for today. Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!


Sentimental Journey

Hello friends! The sistahs and I would like you to join us on our Sentimenal Journey for this challenge. Do you have a favorite quote, verse or poem that inspires you? For my project, I decided to use an image and sentiment I found on Pinterest. (I don't know who the orginal pinner was, so if you recognize this image please let me know so I can give you credit.) They seemed to fit perfectly together, so I decided to create a canvas wall art piece.

Here is the recipe:

Paper: DCWV's Life's Journey Stack
             DCWV's AC 12 x 12  Stack
             SU Thyme cardstock

 Dies: Labels Five

Acrylic Paint: Hauser Medium Green
            Applied with bubble wrap and a bath scrunchie

Embellishments: Roses and beads
                                 Ivory Ribbon
                                 Hearts, Keys and Picture corners from Pixie Press Antique Charm Collection

For more inspiration, stop by the sisterhood and see other creations by the sistahs. Now get those crafty little fingers busy and share your creations with us.

Thanks for visiting with me today,

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My Crafting Buddy

Since my hubby has been plagued with bad vertigo attacks the last couple of days, I didn't have a chance to post any new projects. So, I would like to share a picture of my crafting buddy. She follows me to my craft room with a toy and lays beside me while I am creating. Her name is Avalanche and she is a german shepherd/golden lab mix. Originally, she was my younger daughter and son-in-law's dog, but when they moved into a rental they had to give her up. Rather than let a stranger have her, my hubby and I agreed to take her. Of course, we already had two dogs, but giving her up would be like giving up one of my kids or grandchildren. We are at our limit, so the shelter is now closed. LOL!

My hubby was able to go back to work today, so I can get back to crafting. Before I go, just a remimder to stop by the Sisterhood for the latest challenge.

Have a great day everyone!


Monday, March 10, 2014

For the Birthday Boy

I guess I should say to the "Birthday Man". I made this card for my older son-in-law who will celebrate his birthday on Saturday, March 15th. (The Ides of March - for those of you who know Julius Caesar.) Since I have to mail the card, I kept it simple. Now I just have to get a gift card to go with it.


Paper: K & Co. Designer Paper, Core'dinations brown paper

Embossing folder: Darice Tire Tracks

Stamp: Vintage Car by Stampendous

Ink: SU Sepia

Embellishments: Vintage Auto Signs from Pinterest

Let me know what you think of my masculine card. I love reading your comments and I am always open for suggestions on other ways to embellish.

Don't forget to stop by the sisterhood challenge blog and leave a little love.

Thanks for visiting with me to day. Happy Crafting!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Lazy Weekend

Thank goodness it's the weekend and my hubby is off. He only gets 1 weekend a month, so we try to spend as much time together as possible, but do spend alot of time in our separate craft rooms. My hubby does colored pencil art work and house drawings by commission. Now as promised, I want to share another note card I made yesterday. The recipe will be posted below the photo.

This image is from Pinterest. There are so many wonderful vintage images to choose from that I sometimes have a hard time deciding which one to use.  Love her hat and the look on her face.


Paper: White cardstock base, DCWV Heirloom Designer paper, Core'dinations Chocolate Lovers Stack

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa

Sentiment: Stamping Sensations

Small Flowers: Petaloo

Large Flower: Mulberry Street

Ivory Pearls

Tim Holtz Washi Tape

That's it for now. I will be back on Monday with more goodies to share. Have a relaxing weekend!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Beautiful Day

We have a beautiful day here in Northeastern Ohio. Blue skies, sunny and temp to go into the 40's.  Finally some warm weather. After working on some challenge projects for the Sisterhood, I decided to start working on some note cards. Never seem to have one on hand when I need it. I love the vintage look, so I'm starting with some vintage images I found on Pinterest. Here is one of the cards I made today and will share another one tomorrow.


Paper: White Cardstock base, DCWV Heirloom Designer Paper, Core'dinations Chocolate Lovers Pack
Sentiment: Stamping Sensations
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa
Embellishments: Ivory Roses, Ivory Ribbon, Ivory Pearls

If you have time, please leave a comment. I love to get feedback on my work. Stop by the Sisterhood and check out our challenge. Would love to see your creations.

Have a great day and as always "Happy Crafting."



Monday, March 3, 2014

Ready for Spring

Hello everyone! I am so ready for spring. Felt so good to get back into my craft room today. It has been so cold here in Northeastern Ohio that my poor heater in my attic craft room couldn't keep up. Thankfully, it is in the 20's today and I can get back to work. While shopping at a local craft store, I found these cute Sesame Street die cuts by EK Success and thought they would be perfect for kid cards.  There are approximately 40 pieces in the package. The cardstock is the Brights Patterned Stack by Core'dinations. These cards could be used for birthday, just a note, thinking of you, get well, etc, so I haven't added a sentiment.  Now I will always have a card on hand for that special child.

Well, that's it for today. Thanks for visiting and please stop back again soon.

Stay warm and Happy Crafting!