Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunflower Treat Holder

On September 8th, I will be hostess for our stamp group meeting. I thought sunflowers would be the perfect theme for this event. I found the tutorial for these cute treat holders here. I think I will put packs of sunflower seeds inside. I love sunflower seeds on salad or as a quick snack.

The base was cut from Recollections Cream card stock and the designer paper is by DCWV. Next, I used my 1 1/4" circle punch for the cream centers and one of my SU flower punches for the brown petals. The sunflower centers are stickers by Darice. Using my 1/8" hole punch I punched two holes through the top flap, front panel and back panel, then threaded 1/8" gingham ribbon through the holes and tied in a bow.

Now that these are completed, I want to make containers for candy and maybe a post-it-note holder for each of the ladies. I also have plans to make a sunflower floral arrangement for the main table. We will be having our meeting at a local Pizza Hut and I want to make the party room a little more inviting. 

I have so many ideas and so little time to get everything done. Still working on items for craft shows coming up, plus a church women's retreat and a journal making class. Thankfully, my daughter will be off work from Friday through next Monday for Labor Day. I plan on spending most of my time in my work room.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me. Don't forget, you still have time to enter a project in the Sisterhood challenge

Off to enjoy a little bit of sun on this beautiful 80 degree day here in Northeast Ohio.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

School Time

It's time for a new challenge at the Sisterhood, hosted by Agata. All the little kiddies are getting ready to go back to school, so your challenge is to create a project using anything related to school. 

I loved shopping for all the new school supplies. Do you remember the smell of new crayons or markers? It was so exciting to see all those friends you missed over the summer and make new friends.

Here is my creation for this challenge.

Alphabet designer paper by DCWV was used for the background. The chalkboard was created using black card stock and cutting a ruler sticker down to create the top and bottom boarders fo the chalkboard. I matted the "school days" sticker with black card stock and adhered to the top of the card. Then I adhered the A+ and reading, writing, arithmetic stickers with glue runner to the chalkboard. I used pop dots to add the crayons. The blue satin ribbon added the finishing touch.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
     Artistic Inspirations - AnythingGoes
     Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes 
     Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes

My oldest granddaughter begins 2nd grade this fall and my grandson will attend his second year of preschool, so I want to send this card to them to wish them good luck.
I think I will place some sticker sheets inside as an added surprise.

Do you have someone going back to school this fall? Why not create a special card or  gift for them and share it with the Sisterhood? Why not leave a little love for the sistahs after checking out the fabulous inspiration projects they have created for you?

Put on those thinking caps and get busy. Who knows, you might be one of our top winners?

Have a great day!

Hugs from Ohio,


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Essence of Kindness

I was asked by a local church group if I would teach a card class during their women's retreat on September 26th. There will be approximately 40 women attending and each session would be about 30 minutes. This is one idea I am considering:

I used white card stock to create the base then added a black mat. The blue designer paper layer is from DCWV. Next I stamped my image (Stampin' Up "Love is Kindness" stamp) onto white card stock and colored it in with Close to My Heart markers. This I adhered to another black mat and then layered that panel onto my blue designer paper. Blue organdy ribbon was tied into a knot and adhered to the image panel with a glue dot. The sentiment is also from Stampin' Up and stamped with black India ink.

I have a few other ideas, but haven't decided which one I will use for this group of ladies. Their only request was that it be centered around nature.

Okay, that's it for me today. Thanks for visiting with me.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Break's Over

Well, didn't get much done on my break last week. My husband had me helping him most of the time and then I had to help my younger daughter practice for her driving test. Thank goodness she passed and that will free up some of my time. No more taking her to the grocery store or running errands for her.

Along with working on projects for upcoming challenges, I have also been working on some note card sets. I have 5 sets done so far, but I know I will need a lot more. For this set of cards, I used DCWV designer paper, white card stock and my Stampin' Up "Warmest Regards" stamp set. The flower die is from Memory Box.

The profit from the sales of these note card sets will be donated to a local non-profit organization her in Alliance, Ohio called Anchor House. They are trying to purchase a closed nursing home to renovate for the use of a homeless men's shelter. If they can purchase the property there would be enough room for 100 beds. Anchor House also runs a second hand shop and prepares meals for the homeless.

This organization is run by volunteers, who sort clothing, price items for sale and serve meals. One of my nieces is a volunteer and I have asked her for a list of items that they can use. Like most homeless organizations they can always use toiletries and clothes. My niece informed me that there are over 100 homeless people in our city of around 23,000. 

I know I can't do much, but I will do what I can to help this wonderful organization.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Have a great day.


Monday, August 17, 2015

Taking A Short Break

Hello everyone! I will be taking this week off to start moving a couple of rooms around. Not actually moving rooms yet, but trying to pack up things I don't need right away so that my hubby and I can begin moving a few things around. I was hoping my husband could get a week's vacation between now and the end of September, but that didn't work out. He can't get any vacation until October and November. This will be a gradual moving around between bedroom and craft room. 

I am also preparing for two craft shows and a journal class that I will be teaching this fall. The sample journal is done and the class won't be until October. I think I will be okay as far as items for the September 12th craft show. Really need to get busy on items for the October 5th show.

I'll be back next Monday with more projects to share. 

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


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Over the Rainbow

Our hostess, Sandi Lee, has chose "Rainbows" as our challenge theme this week at the Sisterhood. In honor of the August 12th, 1939 premiere of "The Wizard of Oz, Sandi would like you to create a project using rainbows.

This was one of my favorite movies as a child. I hopped over to Pinterest to find images that would fit this challenge bring my project to life.

I found this paper with clouds in a stack of loose designer paper and used that for the base of my card. Next I matted the image of the Emerald city with black card stock and adhered it to the card. I copied the rainbow image from Pinterest and made it larger than my card. Then I cut the rainbow image down to fit the card front and added pop dots to give it dimension. The image of Shirley and the other characters were fussy cut and layered over the rainbow with dimensional. I printed the sentiment from my computer, then fussy cut the panel and mat, added die cut birds (Memory Box).

Inside the card I added the sentiment "Spread your wings and fly. Best wishes for the future."

I was thinking this would be great for a graduation or new job card.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Scrapper's Delights - Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafthing From the Heart - Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends - Movie Week

Now that this project is finished, I just might have to put on my "Wizard of Oz" dvd to relive those childhood memories. Hopefully, my grandchildren will love this movie as much as I do.

Okay, it's your turn to share your creativity with us. Just head over to the Sisterhood for some fabulous inspiring creations and join in on the fun.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Journal Divider 1

My project today is one of the dividers for the Prayer Journal I am designing for a group of ladies at a nearby church. All of the images were found on Pinterest and sized on my computer. I fell in love with this angel image the moment I saw it.

First I used Journey Glaze by Fun Stampers Journey to adhere glitter to the stars. You could also use SU's Crystal Effects or any glue that dries clear. You will find a list of other materials below the photo.


Card Stock: Kraft, Blue (not sure which company), Gold Foil

Embellishments: Silk Rose and leaves

Dies: swirls from Our Daily Bread "Grunge Cross" die set, Memory Box Love Script, and Memory Box
         Fabulous Phlox stem

Punch: SU Folder Tab

I have two more dividers in the works and maybe more. I am waiting to hear back from the prayer group leader to see how many dividers they will need.

This has definitely been a challenge. I have never made a journal from a 3 ring binder. I have always used composition notebooks. So far I am happy with the way this one is turning out. If I like the completed project, I may use the idea for a scrap book or a kid's school notebook.

Wll, I guess I'd better get busy. Lots to get done in the next couple of weeks. I have challenge cards to make and items to get done for a craft show on Saturday, September 12th.

Please stop by again soon. I love to read your comments on my work.

Have a great day!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Prayer Journal

I received a phone call this past week from one of my customers asking if I would be willing to teach a class on making prayer journals from a 3 ring binder. Of course, I said "yes". So I headed to Wal-Mart to purchase a binder and some dividers to see what I could create.

The binder has a clear cover so that a page can be inserted in the front, the back and on the binding. I finished the front cover and started on one of the divider pages over the weekend. I have decided not to used the purchased dividers and opted for 8 1/2" x 11" card stock with punched tabs for dividers.

First I cut a 12" x 12" sheet of Core'dinations brown card stock to 10" x 11". The image and prayer panels were found on Pinterest. I copied and pasted the images into Publisher so that I could resize them to fit where I needed them.

The corner pieces were cut from gold card stock using my Spellbinders "Fantastic Flourish Three" dies. The stars and crosses are stickers by EK Success.

The image and prayer panels are matted with Kraft card stock. I chose a medium blue binder and decided to use my one of my favorite color combos of brown and blue for the pages.

I am very happy with the end result of my cover page. Now on to the dividers.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me today.

Hugs from Ohio,


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Special Moments

Sending out a big THANK YOU to Darlene for sharing her tutorial to make these cute tea bag holders. They are so easy to make and go together so quick.  You will find her tutorial post here. There are so many tea pot, tea cup and tea sentiments on Pinterest to use.

I started with a green card stock base found in my stash, then cut a panel of designer paper from the NitWitCollection by Lili of the Valley. I cut a panel of the green card stock to mat my image and tied the holder closed with Moss Organdy/Satin ribbon.

The sentiment on the inside reads "A cup of tea, a prayer or two. Special moments shared with you."
I will be making quite a few of these for upcoming craft shows. One will be placed in a basket with a tea cup and other treats for a door prize at one of my craft shows.

Well, that's my project for today. Before I forget I want to invite you to The Crafty Addicts website for our first challenge. All who enter have a chance to win 3 digi images  from each of our two sponsors. My team members have some awesome inspiration to share with you.

 Thanks for visiting with me.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

May I Be Frank

Today we begin our first challenge at "The Crafty Addicts" and I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new challenge blog. This is a month long challenge and is posted the first Wednesday of each month. We have two sponsors for our first challenge: Inky Impressions and Robyn's Fetish. The winner of this challenge will win three images from each sponsor.

For my first project, I created this card using an image from Robyn's Fetish called "Frankie Frankenstein". I just couldn't resist that sweet little face. 

I started with a base of white card stock, then adhered a panel of DCWV designer paper. The mats around the image and sentiment were cut from Reflections black and cocoa card stock. Brown satin ribbon was laced through the button holes and tied in a knot, then adhered with glue dots. I colored the image with my Prisma color pencils and Gamsol. Last I tied brown satin dotted ribbon around the left side to finish the project.

I typed the sentiment for the front and inside of my card on the computer. The sentiment on the inside reads "You don't look a day older than last year".

I can hardly wait to see what images we will be working with for next month's challenge.. I know Erin, our team leader, has some wonderful sponsors lined up for these challenges. Please stop by check out our challenge blog and meet our Design Team.  Erin has posted introductions for each of the members and pictures of some of their work.

Please stop by and check out our challenge and meet the Team. I know you will be inspired by their creativity. 

Until next time,


Monday, August 3, 2015

Painted Petals Note Cards

Wow! Is it really Monday already? I had a very busy day on Saturday. My friend, Judy, and I went to a local bookstore and picked up some nice wooden shelves that the manager was going to throw in the trash. I just happened to be shopping in the store about a month and a half ago, when he mentioned to me that he was changing some of the shelves and wanted to know if I wanted to old ones. He said if I didn't take them he would have to put them in the trash because he didn't have any place to store them. Boy, did I jump at the chance. Unfortunately, I only had room for one book case, but my Judy needed two of them. They are a little beat up, but a couple of screws and a few nails and they will be perfect. Each book case has 6 nice shelves and are 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I am going to use this case in place of one of my smaller cases.

Okay, enough of that story. Now on to my project for today. I am working on some blank note card sets for a craft show I signed up for on Saturday, September 12th. Each set will have 6 cards and envelopes and are packaged in a plastic card box.

I started with a base of white card stock then added a panel cut from Stampin' Up's beautiful "Painted Petals" designer paper. The flower petals were put together and adhered to the panel with glue dots. A green pearl was placed in the center of each flower. 

Blue has always been my favorite color, so when I found this gorgeous blue floral paper, I had to use it on my note cards. I love how these silk flowers match the designer paper perfectly. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the centers of the some of the flowers, are a green that match the leaves on the paper.

These were came together so quickly, I should be able to get quite a few done for the craft show. This is one of those projects I can work on while watching TV with my husband. 

Okay, I am off to work on more cards. Thanks for visiting and stop by again soon.