Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Silver Bells

Sandi Lee is the host for this week's challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. This is a color challenge using aqua, red and silver. I pulled out my pad of Martha Stewart Christmas papers that just happened to be red and aqua.

Since I was at my friend, Darlene's, for a play date, she printed out this beautiful picture of silver bells and the corner dies for me. She also had these cute little snowflakes left over from a project she had been working on. Thanks Dar for helping me create this card. You are always an inspiration.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner - Anything Goes
Fresh Brewed - Anything Goes Christmas
Crafty Creations Challenges - Happy Holiday 

Okay, now it's your turn. Head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my talented team members, then enter your project.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Big Present

For today's challenge at Crafting With An Attitude, I chose this image "Big Present" by That Craft Place as the focus. 

I used colored pencils to color the image, then fussy cut and adhered to the die cut oval panel with dimensionals. The background paper is from DCWV. Next I wrapped red organdy ribbon around the base card like a package and added a red organdy double bow. Last I added the little red pointsettias and a large white silk flower. 

I'm sure there are lots of kids hoping for a big present like this from Santa. Do you have your letter for Santa written? Only 23 more days till Christmas and still so much to do. I wanted to get my tree up this weekend and start baking cookies, but I have my grandson's Chrismas program on Friday, a card class Saturday morning and a Christmas Party Saturday night. Hopefully I will have time to work on some of my projects after church on Sunday.

Now why not head on over to Crafting An Attitude and check out more inspiration from my Design Team, then share your projects with us. You could be one of our winners.

Hugs from Ohio,

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jolly Santa

A new challenge begins today at The Crafty Addicts with Anything Goes or alternate theme "Tis the Season". I chose this image of Santa by Robyn's Fetish.

I started with a base card of white card stock and added Christmas designer paper by DCWV. After coloring Santa with colored pencils, I fussy cut around him and ahered him to the designer paper. Next I die cut two Memory Box "Snowflake corners" and used mono glue to adhere to the card. Last I glued 2 different sizes of felt pointsettia petals together and added pearls to the center. The pointsettia was adhered using mono glue.

What a quick and easy card to put together. Now I just have to get all my Christmas cards together and get them ready for mailing. The time is certainly flying by quickly. 

Well that's all I have for today. I hope you have time to relax during this busy time of year.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christmas Pointsettia

Thanksgiving is over and we are officially in the Christmas holiday mood. Time to get out the Christmas music, decorate the tree and start baking cookies. Christmas shopping is done, but presents need to be wrapped, Christmas cards addressed and mailed.

But before I start on all of that, I wanted to share this card with you.
I used white card stock for the base then cut a mat from DCWV's Silver Lining Stack. Aren't those silver swirls gorgeous. Next I used my Spellbinders Pointsettia dies to create the flower and added silver glitter for the center. The sentiment was stamped with Brilliance "Moonlight White" ink onto a black strip and adhered the pointsettia. Last I added white organdy and black satin ribbon tied in a knot.

I like this card so much, I might just keep it for myself. Maybe I will put it in a silver frame to set out every Christmas.

Off to start on my decorating and baking. Hope you will stop by again soon.

Have a great day.


Monday, November 30, 2015

Warm Wishes

With two Christmas parties coming up fast, I decided to work on favors for all the girls. For my Euchre card group I made these cocoa packs. I found the snowman and cut image on Pinterest. Then I copied it into Publisher and added the "warm wishes" sentiment.
Since taking the picture, I have added a candy cane to each packet. The girls will also get a Hersey bar with a Christmas wrapper and one of my snowman tea light pins.

My stamping group will receive one of my popcorn pouches, hot spiced cider and a Hershey bar. My next project will to make something for my "Women of Faith" Sunday school class. Still trying to decide what that will be. Since I have plenty of cocoa packs let, I may make more of these cocoa pouches.

Don't forget to stop by the Sisterhood for the new challenge "In the Meadow We Will Build a Snowman." You have until 8pm Sunday December 6th to enter.


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.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Golden Anniversary

Hello everyone! I am excited to once again be the hostess for The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge. I have so many dies and punches, but don't use them very often. I guess I'm a little intimidated by them. So with that in mind I decided the theme for my challenge would be "Die-lirious and Punchy". I have difficulty creating a project using one or more of my dies and punches, so I am challenging myself.

My husband and I will celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary in November and that was my inspiration for the card I created.

The base card was embossed using my Craftwell Diamond embossing folder. I used my large eyelet die nested with an oval die to create the frame for the bridal couple (Cheery Lynn Designs die), both cut from pastel gold mirror board. The bridal couple die cut was too large for the oval mat, so I cut it down to fit inside the frame. A large oval die was used to cut the mat for the couple. Pop dots give the couple some dimension. After cutting the Memory Box Madera Corner die, I cut pieces to fit in the top corners and added the Memory Box Love Script. Last, I added some white daisies with pearl centers, white roses and an organdy bow. The stick pin was created with a corsage pin and beads.

I am very happy with the finished project and may make more using different colors of this gorgeous mirror board from Create and Craft

I have entered this card in the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine's Color Your World - Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes

Now it's your turn, so head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration and enter you project. You have until 8pm (EST), Sunday, October 20th to enter.


Monday, October 5, 2015

Fairhope Craft Show

This past Saturday I had a craft show at the Fairhope Methodist Church in a nearby city. Once again it was a cold, rainy day. I am pleased with the outcome. I made back my space rental and about $30 profit. Most of my sales came from $1-$2.50 items.My biggest sellers were my Minion Pixie stix holders, Christmas gift card holders and emery board holders.
I only took items that sold well from my last craft show. I really need to get to work on more cards. 

Hoping to get together with my friend, Darlene, this week or a play date. She is a great motivator, and that is what I need right now.

I do most of my crafting from Friday-Sunday when I don't have my granddaughter. She is a very lively 3 year old and wants Grandma to play with her every minute that she is here. I love every minute I spend with her. She is the mirror image of my daughter in looks and personallity. Wouldn't miss the time with her for anything in the world.

Okay, time to get busy. Hope you have a great day of crafting.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tiger Baby

My friend, Judy, just found out recently that both of her daughters are expecting babies about the same time in May. This will be here daughter Jen's first baby and Chrissy's second baby. I found some adorable animal baby clip art images on Pinterest, and new they would be perfect for baby cards.

 Starting with a piece of neon green card stock, I rounded the bottom corners and added a layer of designer paper by Paper Boutique. Next using two of my Nestibilities scalloped circle dies, I cut a mat from neon green and white. The tiger clip art was fussy cut and adhered to the white mat, then to the green mat. The banner is a 3/4" by 4" strip of white card stock with a "v" cut in the ends.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Ups "Express Yourself" stamp set.

Looks like I'd better working on lots of baby cards for family, friends and craft shows. So far I know of three babies that are due in Spring.

So glad you could stop by and visit with me today. Please stop buy again soon.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Christmas Gift Card Holders

Can you believe Christmas is only 2 1/2 months away? Time to get busy on those much needed gift card holders. I wanted to share a couple samples of the holders I have been working on. I can get three out of one sheet of 8 1/2" by 11" card stock and they go together so quickly. You can find the tutorial here.

I used black card stock for the base and the designer paper is from the Lewis Family Vacation pad by Paper Studio. The sentiments are chip board die cut that came with a card making magazine. The holiday stickers were found in a dollar bin at a local craft store. I used my 1 1/4" circle punch and my 1 3/4" scalloped circle punch for the tag. Velcro dots will be applied to keep the flap closed.

I usually cut a few of these out at a time and then I can work on decorating them while watching TV with my husband when he gets home from work.

So, now it is back to my craft room to work finish more of these for my craft show on Saturday. Have a beautiful day.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

From Our Patch to Yours

Diane is the hostess for our new challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters. To honor the arrival of Fall, Diane would like us to create a project using pumpkins as the focus. Since this is my favorite time of year, I was able to put this card together quickly.

I found all of the images on Pinterest, printed them from my computer, cut them out and pieced them together to make this cute scene for my card. The clouds were cut using my Darice Nested Rectangle dies and adhered to the front of the card with dimensionals.

The background designer papers are from DCWV. I typed the sentiment on my computer, then layered it onto the blue DCWV designer paper. The light moss satin ribbon is from the Darice Basic Expressions line.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
City Crafter Challenge - Fall Has Arrived
Creative Card Crew - Fall
Deep Ocean Challenge - Autumn
Through The Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes 

Aren't the Fall colors beautiful? My husband and I are hoping to get a day off to go out for a ride and get some pictures of the gorgeous trees before the snow comes. Last year the cold and snow came so early, we didn't have a chance to really enjoy the season. Of course, it didn't help that he had a broken foot and was laid up for about 6 weeks.

Now it is your turn to share your creations. Head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my sisters and enter your project. You have until 8pm Sunday, October 4th to enter.

Have a beautiful day everyone,


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Nature's Bouquet

My project for today is one of the cards I designed to teach at the Methodist Women's Retreat this Saturday. The theme for the retreat is centered around nature. I found this flower bouquet digi and thought the ladies would like to decide on the colors to use on their flowers. 

I cut panels from three different colors of dotted designer paper by DCWV and black mats. The image was colored with colored pencils. The ladies will also have a choice of ribbon to use on their finished project. I chose this beautiful red organdy ribbon to finish my card. I love how it sparkles.

Now I just have to punch or use my cameo to cut out the butterflies for the other card we will be making. I am really excited about teaching at this retreat. I love sharing my passion of paper crafting with others.

I hope you have enjoyed my project for today. Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Baby Boy Card

Hello everyone. I had such a wonderful weekend. Light rain overnight Friday and part of the day Saturday with temperatures in the 70's. On Sunday after the morning worship service at my church, we had a Fall Festival. I was so happy that my daughter, granddaughter and husband could be there. The church provided hot dogs, sno-cones, popcorn, chips, games and a petting zoo. My 3 year old granddaughter was so excited to get a pony ride on a shetland pony. The weather was perfect - lots of sun and 70 degrees.

After church (and a short nap), I finished cutting the pieces for two cards that I will be teaching at the Methodist Women's Retreat this coming Saturday. Also had time to work on this baby card.

I have had this paper from Paper Boutique for quite awhile. I found it when moving my craft room around. I also have a pad of baby girl paper by the same company. Guess I'd better get busy making some much needed baby cards for my next craft show. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "Itty Bitty Banner" stamp set. I found the image on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect with this sports themed paper. It is hard to tell from the picture, but I fussy cut around the image and used pop dots to give him dimension. To finish the project, I added a blue gingham bow.

Well, that's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Foiled Rose Birthday

My hubby finally got over his stomach virus by Wednesday, so we decided to make a trip to a favorite local bookstore. I purchased a British Papercraft Magazine that included some lovely papers and toppers called "Vintage Garden Party". It is hard to really see the shine of the foil in my photo, but hopefully, you will get an idea of how gorgeous these papers are.

 I used just a hint of white card stock to separate the card panels and used white organdy ribbon to make everything balanced. Pop dots were used to give the tag some dimension. This pack also had cake and cupcake toppers with cupcake and banner papers. Will definitely have to do more of these over the weekend.

With the temperatures in the mid to upper 80's this will be a great weekend to stay in the air conditioning and craft. (Of course, there is always a lot of cleaning to get done.)

That's it for today. Hope you stop by again soon.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nature's Pleasure

On Saturday, September 26th I will be teaching a card class at a Methodist Church Women's Retreat that will be held at a local nature center. Along with two cards that I have planned, the ladies asked if they could also make a bookmark during this 45 minute session. Here is what I have created.

The sentiment, butterfly and flower images were found on Pinterest. Once I found the images, I copied them into Publisher to resize them and decide on the layout.  I used Sargent colored pencils to color the images.

I hope the ladies will be pleased with my efforts. The ladies will be able to color the image on one of the cards and the bookmark as they choose. All of the pieces for the cards will be precut and I will take them step by step in creating their projects. I know we have at least 24 attendees so far and they are hoping for at least 30-35 participants.

I am so glad you stopped by to visit with me today. Please stop by again soon.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sweet Baby

My husband began a week of vacation yesterday and wouldn't you know he came down with a stomach virus. Thankfully he is feeling much better today. Because he was in bed most of the day yesterday, I didn't get much time in my craft room. I did get this one card done.

Using white card stock and Recollections designer paper, I created the base card and mats. The onesie is from Stampin' Up's "Something for Baby" stamp set and the sentiment is from SU's "Itty Bitty Banners" set. The image and sentiment were stamped with SU's "Pretty in Pink" ink pad. The bow is 3/4" white organdy ribbon.

Well, time to go check on my hubby and see if he can eat anything. Have a great day and Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 14, 2015

First Show of the Season

This past Saturday was the beginning of the Craft Shows for me. It was at a little church in Louisville, Ohio about 20 minutes from my house. The temperature was in the 60's with rain, so traffic was a little slow, but all in all I thought I did pretty well. After deducting the cost of my space, breakfast and lunch I had a profit of about $50. My items were priced at $5.00 or less.

The biggest sellers were Post-It-Note holders, Notepad with Pencil and Minion Pixie Stix holders. Will have to make more of each of these. Also need to make Christmas gift card holders and money holders.

I had another vendor approach me about doing a craft show at her church in the spring and a customer took one of my business cards and said she would contact me about doing a program for the ladies of her church.

Most of the crafts were knitted items, fleece items, homemade candles, floral arrangements, etc. I think I was the only paper crafter.  The crafters filled the halls of the upstairs, downstairs and fellowship hall. (Over 30 booths).

My next craft show will be Saturday, October 3rd at a church in downtown Louisville, Ohio. Hopefully, we will have more traffic. Time to get out the Craft Show booklet and see what other shows I can enter this Holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Celebrate and Go Shopping

I think this is probably my favorite card from the "Forever Friend" card kit. The color combination and bow are so pretty.

I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils to color the purse and background. The striped paper was adhered to light brown card stock. Then the larger purple tag was adhered to the strlped panel. Next I used pop dots to raise the second small purple tag at angle over the large tag. The image was stamped on to the white tag and colored with Prisma watercolor pencils. This panel was also raised over the purple tags using dimensionals. The twine was wrapped around the bow then threaded through the hole on the image panel and tied into a know. Last of all, I added three clear gems.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my projects from the past few days. If you like these images, you can check out all that is offered in the catalog at Fun Stampers Journey

Please stop by and visit again soon.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Thanks For Being By My Side

Here is card number three using the "Forever Friend" stamp set from Fun Stampers Journey". In my teen years, I carried a purse similar to the one used on this card. 

The purse was stamped onto the large banner panel and colored with my Spectrum Noire markers.. Then I adhered the orange chevron paper to the yellow card stock base and added the banner on top. I used my tape runner to glue the two feathers together, then wrapped the twine around them and tied it into a bow. Next, I clipped the clothespin to the feathers and adhered to the card with red line tape. 

It has been so much fun playing with all of these different shapes and embellishments. These cards go from simpel to beautiful with just the addition of the right embellishment. I never would have thought to use feathers or a clothespin for this layout.  These kits are definitely giving me a new view point for cards. This is just what I needed to get me thinking outside the box.

Thanks for visiting with me today. I have one more card to share with you tomorrow.

Have a great day!


A Day on the Lake

It's time for another challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters and this week, Lisa is our hostess. The challenge is to create a project using the picture below as your inspiration. I always have a hard time with this type of challenge, but I put on my thinking cap and here is my creation.

All of the designer papers are by DCWV and the stamps are from Stampscapes. The images were stamped and colored with Marvy Matchables Dye inks. The leaves and acorns are some embellishments I have had for years. Brown satin ribbon ties everything together.

I love the Stampscapes stamps, just don't get them out very often. Stamping the images is the easy part. It's the coloring that I is hard for me. One of these days when I have some extra time,  I will have to get out my box of stamps and inks and play.

Now why not head on over to the Sisterhood for more inspiration from my 'sistahs' and join in on the fun. You have until 8pm, Sunday, September 20th to enter.

Please stop by again soon.



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Enjoy the Journey

I'm back with the second of four cards made with my Fun Stampers Journey card kit. This time I chose the backpack stamp with this beautiful set of precut papers and embellishments.

 First I used a yellow marker to color one of my clear blocks. Then I spritzed with water and stamped onto the white circle. Next I stamped the sentiment onto the circle. After stamping the backpack onto an extra sheet of white card stock and used the clear block and yellow marker to stamp over the top. Once that was done, I adhered the striped panel to a white card stock base. The pierced lilac panel was adhered to the darker purple "x" panel. Twine was wrapped around this panel twice and tied into a bow. I used red line tape to adhere the clothespin to the circle after clipping it to the twine. Pop dots were used to add dimension to the chevron strips. Last I added these beautiful purple candy dots to the circle. 

Isn't this a beautiful color combination? I have two more cards to share with you this week, so be sure to stop by again.

Have a beautiful relaxing day and Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 7, 2015

Forever Friend

Sorry for the late post today. It has been a very busy 4 day weekend. My husband I have been switching my craft room and bedroom around. My friend, Judy, has been helping me sort and put things away. Still have a lot to sort through and put away, but thank goodness all of the heavy furniture has been moved and put into place. Once I have everything organized, I will share pictures of my craft room.

Over the weekend I received my newest card kit from Fun Stampers Journey. The set is called "Forever Friend".  They have such lucious colors and fun stamp sets. I could hardly wait to get my room set up enough that I could play with it, so I took a little time off from sorting and organizing to put the cards together. 

Today I want to share the first card with you. I adhered the orange panel to the white card stock base. Next, I stamped the sentiment onto the oval panel and then threaded the yellow ribbon around the panel, through the holes on the brown label and tied into a bow on the right side.  The purse was stamped onto a white card stock rectangle and fussy cut. I used pop dots to give the purse some dimension. The orange petals were stacked a clear gem was added for the center.

I love these kits. There are enough pieces and embellishments to make four cards. Each card is placed into its own bag along with the pieces and embellishments to finish that card. You also receive the stamp set. All you need to complete the kit is stamp pad and adhesive. The cards go together so quickly. 

Well, time for me to get back to work sorting and putting materials away. Stop by tomorrow for another card from this kit.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sunflower Smoochie

Today we begin Challenge 7 at Crafting With An Attitude. Our sponsor for this month is Lemon Shortbread and the prize is 3 images. Before I share my project with you, I have some sad news to share. The owner of the Crafting With An Attitude challenge blog, Erin Bentley has to step down for family reasons. The Design Team will miss her, but we hope everything will work out for her family and she will be back soon. We wish her all the best.

I have agreed to become the new owner of the challenge blog. This is a new venture for me and I will try my best to do a good job. My plans are to keep everything set up the same way as Erin. The Design Team are giving me lots of support and I can't put into words how much I appreciate all of them.

Okay, now that's out of the way, here is my project for this challenge.

I think this image shows how the weather is here in Northeast Ohio. The sunflowers are in full bloom, temps in the high 80's and low 90's with lots of humidity. It doesn't look like a change in the forecast for at least a week.

DCWV designer papers were used for the background and the mats. The image is called "Sunflower Smoochie" by Lemon Shortbread Designs. She was colored with Prisma color pencils and gamsol. The flowers, butterfly and fence are stickers I found in my stash. The grass and vines are die cuts and were adhered with glue dots around the fence for dimension. I love the white ribbon embroidered with flowers. I think it is perfect for the finishing touch.

Check out the inspiration by my Team members, then get busy on your creation to share with us. Remember, this is an Anything Goes challenge.  

Hope you have a beautiful relaxing day.

Hugs from Ohio,