Thursday, January 28, 2016

Squash It!

When I found the tutorial for this card on Pinterest, I just knew I had to give it a try. Just three simple folds and it's ready to decorate. The tutorial by Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek can be found here: It takes an 8 1/2" square of card stock. The designer paper is cut into 4 sqares measuring 4" each. 

The base card was created using Stampin' Up's Thyme card stock. Designer paper by DCWV creates the inside and outside panels. I used Ivory card stock to create the sentiment panel and the image mats on the front. The butterfly die cut stickers are K & Company. The burlap flowers are from the Forever in Time Collection. I used a sentiment from Stampin' Up's (2006) "In My Thoughts" stamp set and stamped with black India ink. The green satin ribbon was added to the front of the card before adhering the image panel.

I hope you will give this card a try. It is really easy to make and fits into a regular size envelope. This year I want to try different fancy fold cards. I have always been a little intimidated by them. Now it's just a matter of building up my courage and stepping out of my comfort zone.

I also have a few new techniques that I want to try. I love the look of the alcohol inks and hand sanitizer backgrounds and I want to try making my own enamel dots. 

Thank you for visiting with me today. Have a wonderful day.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Hello everyone. Hope you are having a wonderful day. There is a new challenge beginning today at the Sisterhood of Crafters, hosted by Diane. The theme is "Love Letters". Your challenge is to use the word "Love" and/or a heart on your project.

I found some Valentine heart magnets at Pat Catan's and started thinking about the project I could create incorporating them. Then I found this wonderful tutorial on Pinterest to make an adorable candy treat box. I decided not to add the ribbon handles, so that I could create a panel for the magnets. 

I started with a double sided sheet of K & Company paper to make the box. Just a few score lines and cuts for the box bottom is all it takes. The flower was made using my Spellbinders Bloom One dies (S2-044). For the flower center is a pink gem. The flag tag was created with a strip of ivory card stock and 2 pieces of the K & Company paper. Pink organdy ribbon was tied in a bow around the cellophane bag of candy. Last I glued a piece of ivory card stock to cardboard to make the panel for the magnets. Magnets were adhered with double sided tape. I slid the panel down into the box behind the candy bag.

I am entering this creation in the following challenges:

Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes 

This box is so easy and quick to put together, I plan to make more for stamping friends when we go to our annual craft weekend in April. I will add the ribbon handles along with a pack of gum and candies to enjoy while we are crafting.

Now that I have shared my project with you, why not head on over to the Sisterhood and check out the gorgeous inspiration projects created by my 'sistahs' and share your creations with us.

As always, Hugs from Ohio...

Thinking of You

My card for today was created with a paper kit I purchased from Create and Craft TV. I love the beautiful colors of these foiled papers and the matching toppers and sentiments. 
First I adhered the designer paper to the card stock base. Then using one of my larger Spellbinders scalloped oval dies, I cut an opening in the card front. Next I used a smaller scalloped oval to trim the topper down to fit inside the larger oval and adhered to the inside of the card with pop dots. I added bright pink satin ribbon to the top and bottom of the card. Using pop dots I placed the sentiment panel over the bottom pink ribbon and added a pink gem.

My husband and I have family living in New York City, South Carolina, Arizona and Virginia and I am trying to build up a stash of cards like this to send to them from time to time. With the noscost of travel being so expensive, we don't get to see them. We do keep in contact through email and facebook, but I think sending a note through the mail means so much more to the recipient.

Time to get back to work. Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting,

Hugs from Ohio,

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Your Special Day

Today I would like to share another card that I made over the weekend. The materials for this card were free with a cardmaking magazine. The paper pack is called "Downtown Abbey" Papercrafting Collection (Crafters Companion). It has 8 sheets of 8 x 8 designer paper and 4 sheets of foiled toppers. I think I will have to look on their website to see what other goodies they carry.

The base card is white card stock. Pop dots were used on the topper and sentiment tag for added dimension. Once again I used this gorgeous bright pink organdy ribbon for the bow. This card could be used for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card. I love the gold foil around the edges of the topper and sentiment panels.

Paper packs like this are wonderful when you need to put a card together quickly. They always turn out so pretty. There will be extra sentiment tags to use on other projects. I think I will save them for vintage cards.

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you like my creations. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Just a Note

Due to the cold temperatures over the weekend, I was able to spend a lot of time in my craft room.  It felt so good to be able to work on more than one project. I will be sharing these projects with you over the next few days.

The paper for the background came from a pack of paper that was free with a cardmaking magazine. It is hard to tell from the picture, but it is just a little lighter color than the bird. The cage and the bird were cut using my Memory Box dies on my Cut n Boss machine. The cage is cut from silver metallic card stock. I used foam dots to add dimension to the bird cage. I used silk flowers for the bouquet and added pink gems to the centers of the white flowers. Last I added a bright pink organza bow made from ribbon I found at the dollar store. The sentiment was stamped using black India ink.

I will have to add padding to mail this card, so the flowers and bow won't get damaged. I hope to put it in the mail this week for my sister-in-law who has been having some health issues. I think it would cheer her up.

Thanks for visiting with me today. Stop by tomorrow for another project.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunny, But Cold!

Yesterday we had a big weather change due to an Arctic airstream. The temperatures went from around 30F degrees Saturday night down to the teens by Sunday afternoon. This morning I woke up to single digit temp of 9 degrees. So after a hot breakfast and hot coffee, I headed to my craft room.

I am trying to create a stash of sympathy, get well and birthday cards because I never seem to have any on hand when I need them. Today I have a quick, easy card to share with you.
The designer paper, topper and sentiment are from the Vintage Garden kit that came free with a British card making magazine a few months ago. The base is cut from white card stock and I embellished with silk flowers purchased at Michaels.

I can hardly wait for Spring to arrive and working with these beautiful colors helps to keep the gloom of these cold, winter days at bay. I do have to admit that this has been a fairly mild winter for Northeast Ohio. From November through the first part of January our temperatures were above normal. Good news is we should be back up into the 30's by Wednesday or Thursday. As the old song goes we'll be having a "Heat Wave". 

Well, that's it for my neck of the woods. Hope you all have a great day. Stay warm and Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Precious Memory

Good morning! The Sisterhood of Crafters started a new challenge today with Lisa as our hostess. The theme is "Something Old, Something New". Lisa would like you to use something old from your stash and a new product to create your project. For my focal point I used a baby picture of my favorite aunt and used my Spellbinders eyelet and oval dies to make the frame. I was going to use my mom's baby picture, but I didn't get it loaded onto my computer.

The designer papers for the background and frame are from a free pack of 6" x 6" paper that came with a card making magazine. The green cardstock strip is SU's Always Artichoke. The silk flowers and butterfly sticker are my new products. 

I have traced my mom's family back to the 1600's in England. I would love to get together with one of my nieces in South Carolina and do some more research. She and her sister are really interested in family history. My brother (their dad) didn't know a lot of the family history and he passed away 3 years ago. I am trying to give them as much information as I can.

My mom was the 8th child of 10 children. She had 5 brothers and 3 sisters plus 1 step-sister. One of her brothers passed away when he was about 1 year old. I never knew my mom's parents. Her mother died when my mom was 3 years old and her father died after my mom was married, but long before I was born. They all were born in Kentucky, but moved to Ohio in the 1940's to work in the factory. 

I loved spending time with my aunt. She made me feel so special. Since I was the youngest of 5 children, I loved the individual attention I received from her.

Well, that's enough about me and my family.

Now, why not check out the inspiration my "sistah's" have created and then enter your project. You could be our next winner.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Muscle Spasms

Good morning everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much lately. I have been suffering from back spasms since last Thursday. Trying to heal through home remedies (ice, heat pad, aspiring and rest), but if it doesn't improve soon I will have to go to the doctor.

I woke up to a snowstorm this morning. Thankfully, the snow and high winds are supposed to die down by lunch time. Looks like we got about 2 inches of snow so far.  Great day to stay inside and work on craft projects and cleaning.

Also, wanted to give you a quick reminder about the new challenge for this month at Crafting With An Attitude. The Design Team  has created some amazing projects for your inspiration. Our sponsor this month is Deliciousl Doodles by Teri Sherman and the prize is 3 digi images.

I chose this cute image called "Snow Cuddles". I would love to have a cape like the one pictured. Looks like it would really keep you warm on these cold winter days.

Well, that's it for me today. Time to put my feet up and turn on the heating pad again.

Have a great day everyone. Stay warm!

Hugs from Ohio,

Friday, January 8, 2016

Snow Cuddles

Today I want to share the card I created for the new challenge at Crafting With An Attitude. I chose this cute image from Delicious Doodles called "Snow Cuddles". Teri Sherman is the artist and I love her work.

I colored the image using generic colored pencils, then fussy cut around the image. The background papers are from a paper pad I have had for years. (So long that I couldn't find the company name of the pack.) I then placed a paper doily heart at the top and adhered the image with dimensional dots. The lace at the bottom was purchased in the material department at Joann's and was adhered with red line tape. The sentiment panel was created with a stamp from "Fun Stampers Journey" and cut out with my EK Success Label punch. Last, I used my Martha Stewart snowflake punch to cut snowflakes from 2 different colors, layered them and added gem centers.

This is an Anything Goes challenge and my design team has created some gorgeous inspiration projects to share with you. We would love to see your creations, so why not head on over to the blog and enter your project?