Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Gingersnap Creations has so many wonderful challenges, and I wish there was time to do all of them, but am not staying focused very well lately, have a ton of projects started and keep finding more to start, thus there are alot to complete. Made a list yesterday and hopefully this will help.

GC#70 challenge is to use punches, this is my finished card. The hydrangeas where made by using a piece of white cardstock 1" wide, then folded in half, you then punch out a heart to make the flowers. I then used a sponge and yellow ink to do the center of the flower, and pink ink to sponge the outside of the flower. It takes 2 hearts for each flower, the leaves are also a heart punch, a halft pearl was added to the center to complete the flower. The base of the card is pink card stock, then an embossing folder was used for the white mat. The oval and rectangle are from Spellbinders. The watercan is a stamp from a set that I purchased at Michaels.

This was such a simple technique that I was able to teach my niece how to do it, and also owed my Aunt. My Aunt is just getting into papercrafting and this was something that she would see the result immediately. She does wonderful dried flowers and gave me some that I will be using on my cards.

Am trying to get a few things together for a Boutique with my Aunt around the first of November, really have my work cut out, but am looking forward to giving it a try, will be able to spend some quality time with her, so it will be worth the time.

Thanks for stopping by, would love to hear your comments. Have a wonderful day.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


Have been working on some projects to show my Aunt Marion, she wants to start doing some papercrafts. Kay and I are going to spend the day with her tomorrow, so I wanted to show her some different projects that we could do.
Mojo Monday's sketch this week was perfect for an altered book. The sketches for the cards work so wonderfully for the layouts for altered books, they are such great inspiration.
Used some of my favorite papers by "Graphic 45," Had pearl trim in my stash and added a bow for double face satin. Think is would be such a great book for journaling about what I am grateful for.
Thanks for stopping by today, hope everyone is having a crafty day.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Was so excited to learn that a was a Gingersnap Gem, for the 3D challenge, it is such an honor, there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from, know the DT really has their work cut out for them to make the decisions on the gems for each challenge.

I've done it again, waited to the last moment to add my card to the Gingersnap Creations challenge to use red and black. Have had the card completed for a couple of days, but time flies when you're having fun.

Kaylene and I went to the scrapbooking show on the 10th of September, and there were alot of great items to choose from, but Heartfelt Creations had some new stamps and die cuts. If you are not familiar with her product you should really check them out.

Had to use the new stamps and die cuts for this challenge. Embossed the base of the card using a textured folder by Provo Craft. The sentiment was from the same set. Added bugle beads to the center of the flower to give more depth.

We have been making a few more cards with the same die cuts, and will post those in the near future.

Working on our patio for the fall season, it is my favorite, because of all the bright colors. Thanks for stopping by, if you have a moment, please leave a comment, it really brightens my day.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Boy have things changed. As you can see I've been missing in action. We have moved to Utah, and it seems that there just hasn't been time to do any papercrafting.

We have settled in, but have been doing a lot of sewing, making tote bags for my aunt, aprons, and working on quilts with my daughter. She has decided to make a few quilts for Christmas so that is where our focus has been.

Do check out Gingersnap Creations weekly and have been going to do a challenge, but nothing seemed to come together, until the 3D challenge. Years ago I had made an altered canvas of some of the memories of my mother and thought this was the perfect opportunity to get started blogging again. But instead of showing the canvas that was completed 3 years ago. I started all over, and this is the result.

The flowers are 3D, along with the collage of buttons, sewing machine, tassel, and miniature eyeglasses. Don't know if you can see them but also in the corners of the picture there are rhinestone earrings, these belong to my mother and she only wore them on special occasions. Also added a flower applique at the bottom of the picture, it was white, and so it was necessary to tea dye the applique to get the effect that I was trying to obtain. My sister and I found the printed papers at Ben Franklins in Kaysville, it is by "graphics 45 unique papercrafting" the Times Nouveau Collection. The papers brought back wonderful memories of my mother and it was such a joy to do this collage.

Kaylene and I will have the opportunity to attend a scrapbooking show this weekend, am so excited about seeing what is new out there, and get some fresh ideas.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Cant' believe it but I am a winner for the challenge at Crafty Creations. The challenge was black, white and splash of red, my number came up and thanks to Eat Cake Graphics, I'll receive a $10 gift certificate. They offer mounted, unmounted stamps, and also quilt patterns, know that making a choice will be hard.

The challenge this week at Crafty Creations is "Child Play," if you like challenges this is a great blog and they offer some great challenges.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Not a card this time. Sewing is another craft that I enjoy doing, and when my friend Sandy and I went shopping we found some great fabric, love the fabric but just didn't know what type of project I could do until seeing a great pattern for the tote. When home and the next day made the tote using this fun black and white print. I use the tote now and everyone asked where I got it, am so proud to say that I made it.

The fabric on the bottom was textured using "Magic Texture," it gives your fabric texture by using a steam iron. Crafty Creations has a challenge to use black, white and splash of red, just had to submit this fun tote.
If anyone interested in pattern information, or Magic Texture, just send an email, I'd be glad to pass on the information.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a crafty day.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Our Creative Corner has a wonderful challenge this past week to use black, white and texture. The base of the card is white, then embossed white card stock using a embossing folder from Provo Craft and my Big Shot. The design paper was purchased at Joanns, then made a smaller mat in black and then white embossed again. Love to use the folders and Big Shot, it is so easy to get a great texture.

The flower is chipboard, which I found quite sometime ago at Michaels add a button shape on top of the flower with white 1/8" ribbon. The small hearts are also chipboard. The double matted heart was stamped using Stampin Up ink. The hearts were punched using a punch from Creative Memories. By the way the hearts were added for the challenge at
The Shabby Tea Room.

Hope everyone had a great week and have great plans for the weekend.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Maybe a day late, but this is what I was working on for a couple of weeks. Frank and his new bride are expecting a baby boy, oh happy day! This is Marcela's first and she had never had any kind of shower, so her loving husband ask if I would help him with a couples baby shower. Couldn't resist, as it has been along time since my kids were born and over 12 years since my last grandchild made his presence.

The invitations were very simple as it needed to be less frilly since the shower was for couples. Did a very easy easel card and printed the invitations on the computer. Used some pastel paper for the mat and add a couple of baby die cuts. Each invitation was a little different, but Frank was thrilled with them, and couldn't thank me enough.

One of our fellow workers wasn't able to make it to the shower, so he asked me to pick up some diapers. Couldn't just give packages of diapers, so with the help of Billy we made a diaper cake. This was so much fun, it was even more fun with Billy's help, this was definitely a first for him. We sat around the table and rolled diapers and had a great laugh.

Added ribbon and a few other baby items to the cake to finish it off. The favors for the guests were baby booties. I started with pastel blue cardstock and stamped the paper with a stamp that I found at Ben Franklins in Reno, it was only a $1 (love the bargains). Was going to leave it pretty plain, but found myself coloring in the flowers with felt tip markers. Added a bow on top and filled them with mints.

Had a couple of booties that didn't fit on the tray, so I used one for the cake top and added one to the bottom layer of the cake. This was so much fun to do and Frank and Marcela loved everything, they were so impressed which made me feel good.

Am off to work, worked late last night as the computer went down and will be working an extra day next week, am sure I won't be doing much crafting. Hope everyone is having an awesome Holiday weekend.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Golden Butterflies

Haven't been around for awhile, have been working on an altered book, and also a baby shower. Will post the invitation, diaper cake and favors that I made for the shower tomorrow, but wanted to post this card for a couple of challenges. You know me I really enjoy doing challenges, but just haven't found the time.
It was my goal yesterday to make a new card, here it is. The sketch is from Our Creative Corner, thought this was a great sketch and they do give me a direction for the card. The picture isn't great, but the tiny butterfly on the left hand corner is dimensional. The paper is from the Mariposa Mat Stack by DCWV which was purchased at Joanns.
Gingersnap Creations just issued a new color challenge, to use burgundy, ivory and black. The center oval was created with my classic scallop die cut from Spellbinders, and then the inside oval, with my cutting system from Creative Memories. The gold butterfly is embossed to tie into the wonderful background paper. I also used VersaMark to stamp small butterflies on the background, unfortunately they don't show in the photo.
Crafty Creations challenge this week is to use your favorite stamp, well that is next to impossible, so a used one of my favorite stamp sets from K & Company. It is a set of clear stamps and has a great assortment of stamps, I should just leave it out all the time, it is used for a wide variety of cards.
Getting ready for work, will share some baby shower stuff tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and weekend.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Where has the time gone, was just comment a few days ago that it was already May, now it is the middle of May and things around my home have been a little on the crazy side. Can't believe that I have been a member of the Gingersnap Creations Group for a year, seems like only yesterday that I started to blog. This is such a wonderful group of creative ladies and they give me inspiration each and every day. The Design Team is so supportive and they share such great and new techniques. Haven't had the chance to really be creative because of everything that has been going on. Some have been good, and others not so good.

Grandson's birthday, spent time with my school buddy Sandy. Car in shop for two days, and spent Mother's Day in hospital, the doctor thought I had a blood clot. Don't know why my leg was black and blue and swollen, but no blood clot, thank goodness. Had to keep my leg up and so couldn't really spend much time doing anything creative.

Wanted to do something for the "kraft" challenge at Gingersnap Creations, and had made this mini photo and souvenir album. It is made from lunch bags, can't get anymore "kraft" than that. Used 4 lunch bags, folded in half, every other bag can be opened so that you can put ticket stubs, or brochures in the bag and they are right there.

The cover is bright and cheerful, sunflowers are one my favorite flowers and couldn't resist using them. The title was printed on designer paper. Base of the cover is bright yellow with some yellow polka dot paper to accent. Cheated on this one, the sunflowers are stickers. Had some buttons and added them to the center of the flowers. Each page is decorated differently so that you can add pictures and a little journaling as you go. Made one for my sister Kay, and our friend Barbara when we went on our vacation in the summer of 2007. Used binder rings to hold the bags together and then added lots of ribbon to the rings to give it a really fun look.

Another one of my favorite blogs is The Pink Elephant. This weeks challenge #TPE66 is from Ella's Kitchen which is a recipe to use yellow, design paper and buttons, thought this vacation album fit right in. They have also started a scrapbook challenge on Thursdays. You can meet the design team this week. Know that I will be participating in these challenges as my scrapbooks have been left behind for awhile. Miss doing it with my girls, the creative juices just don't flow when it is just me.

Time to get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


The last three days have been really great. Spent Monday with my best friend Sandy, she is here for a visit with her daughter. Sandy lives in Ohio and I haven't seem her in over 15 years. We really had a great time, doing what girls do the best "shop." Sandy is into quilting and it just so happens that I was working on a quilt. We went to a couple of quilt stores and found some great fabric, that I want to use on an altered book. The book is a work in progress, have lots of things in mind and will be working on that in the next few months.

Tuesday I finished the quilt top, and worked on a couple of cards. Gingersnap Creations has a new challenge for botanical. I used the stamp set from Stampin Up, Thoughts and Prayers. The base of the card is green cardstock and the mat is in cream color, stamped the cardstock using the branch stamp, and then embossed it using a new embossing folder from Provo Craft and my Big Shot.

The tree was stamped on a cream cardstock and then added a green mat. Used a $1 stamp that I found in Reno for the sentiment. Tried to keep the card pretty simple, but added the green rhinestones to each corner. Didn't show a picture of the inside, put stamped a small tree on cream cardstock and added that to the inside.

One of my favorite places to go for other challenges is Crafty Creations, the challenge this week is to make your own background. There are so many ways to do this, mine is probably is the simplest, but does qualify. If you would like to see some other ideas, check out their blog.

Hopefully Sandy and I will be able to spend some more time together next week. It's my Monday, so time for me to go to work. Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great day.

P. S. Almost forgot Week 16 challenge of trees or leaves is at Lots to Do blog.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


JJ aka Judy B (The Stamping Pad) had posted a few days ago cards that were faux silk, loved the look of the cards and had to give it a try. She was kind enough to give me the information and directed me to a video. The video is from Papertry Ink, this is wonderful video and gives you all the information for this wonderful technique.

The base of my card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2, cut the blue mat 4x5 1/4, and distressed the edges of the card with blue ink, and the blue mat was distressed with black ink. Stamped a piece of cream cardstock with butterflies from an Inkadinkado stamp set, the size is 3 3/4 x 5, colored in the butterflies with colored markers. Did the faux silk technique, and then stamped a single butterfly, colored it and also did the faux silk technique. The blue strip of paper was also stamped with a smaller butterfly using black ink. Used a paper punch this time for the blue scalloped mat behind the single butterfly. Wanted to keep the card pretty simple so just added the one word sentiment, "enjoy."

This is a great technique and I can't wait to try some different stamps, really "enjoyed" making the card, and hope you "enjoy" it also. Please let me know if you give this a try would love to see all of your wonderful projects.

This card also happen to meet a couple of challenges:

1. Crafty Creations ---distressing

2. Simon Says ---Wings

3. Our Creative Corner--Butterflies

Once again a special thanks to JJ for sharing this information, she is true inspiration.

Also I'd like to send a special shout out to my sister, Kay, she just had knee surgery and is on the road to recovery. She and my daughter and trying some new products out today with their electric Big Shot. Can't wait to see what they come up with.

Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty weekend.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Have been pretty busy on my days off, not only have I been working on a quilt, but took the time to complete a couple of cards. This card is for the challenge at Our Creative Corner, they have a different sketch each Thursday.

The card base if 5 x5, with 1 1/4" squares, the paper is from the "Once Upon a Time collection." Used the corner rounder on the center mat, and used my label die cut, from Spellbinders, to make the frame around the angel. The hardest part was the embellishment, didn't want to use ribbon, put after trying twine, beads, wire, and anything else I could find, the double faced picot ribbon was what ended up on the card.

A glue pen was brought out for the wings, and then glitter added to give some dimension. Also added a pink rhinestone to the center of the bow. Used colored pencils to color the angel. Will be sending this card to my sister, she just had knee surgery on Monday, she loves angels and fairies, know this will put a smile on her face.

The other card completed will be posted tomorrow, it is using the faux silk technique, this was really a fun technique and will be doing more with this technique.

Hope everyone is having a great day, time to work on some more projects. Talk with you soon.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Ton of things to accomplish today, so just going to put this card out there. You guessed it, is it a challenge for Crafty Creations. Thought this would be super simple today, but not the case. We were challenged to use only one designer paper, one image and one embellishment. Have gotten so used to jazzing cards up with all kinds of embellishments, it was hard to use just one of everything.
The stamp is from my stash, Hero Arts, and had an inch of dust on it. Colored pencils were used for the coloring. The paper was also in my stash, a few years old. Added the bow to the handle of the basket for the one embellishment.
That's it for today, am going to work on my grandson's quilt, ran out of thread yesterday and ran to Joann's. They had some new products from Provo Craft that I couldn't resist, can't wait to put them to use. Also found that they have added Spellbinder die cuts in the stores, now I won't have to wait until going to Utah to purchase them, or getting them on line, will now have instant gratification.
Hope everyone is having a great week, talk with you soon.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Got home from my trip to Reno, and everything was crazy at home. Didn't know it but Billy, my SO, had gone into the hospital on Monday night, I left that morning. He didn't tell me while I was gone, knew that I would turn right around and come home. Sunday night before leaving I had our new puppy delivered while at work, so that I could surprise Billy. When getting home I walked in and said "we're home" he knew something was up. Billy was excited about the puppy and immediately started spoiling him. Billy wasn't feeling well and went to the emergency room, and they wouldn't let him come home. His potassium level was extremely high, which can cause kidney damage.

When I returned home on Wednesday night upon calling Billy to tell him I'd be home shortly, he then told me he was in the hospital. Got home and took care of the dogs, and started my week at work and going to the hospital, trying to cope with a new puppy, which is like having a baby. Made it through my week by the skin of my teeth. Billy came home on Monday, and I was able to take sit down and relax a little.

Checked out some blogs and started a quilt yesterday, for my grandson, got the fabric while in Reno. Also wanted to check out some cards and it suddenly dawned on me that I had completed a project before leaving for Reno for the color challenge at Gingersnap Creations, which was to use the copper, ginger and rust.

Made roses that are made out of paper and then coated with UTEE, learned this technique from Hels at Ink on Your Fingers, check it out here. Hels has a wonderful tutorial for the flowers, and I can't get enough of them, they are so fun to make and there are so many different ways that you can use them. I had this picture of my mother and father on the wall, and thought that it would be great to add these dimensional roses to the frame, love the result.

The paper was from my stash, used my flower die cut from Spellbinders and add copper brads for the center of the flowers. These flowers remind me of wood flowers, that were popular back in the late 50's early 60's, am now telling my age, know that my mother would love these and want to make tons of them. It is because of her that my sister and I have such a love of crafts, she was our inspiration.

This photo shows more detail and you can see more of the colors for the challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope everyone is having a great week. Am going to be working on my crazy quilt and will try to get at least one new card made before going back to work tomorrow. Found some inexpensive clear stamps in Reno, and a few other little items that I can't wait to use.

Have a crafty day.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Getting ready for work, it's my Friday, get off at 2am and then get on the plane at 6:40 am for my trip to Reno. All of a sudden my plate became very full. Talked with my daughter, Jamie, today and we are just going to spend quality time together and hit a couple of craft stores and possibly a quilt shop in Reno. She is a teacher and on spring break, her youngest son is out of school also, but the oldest is not on break until next week. Am really looking forward to having some "girl time."
Earlier in the week I was extremely productive and got a few things completed, this is a tag that I did for the Tag Tuesday Challenge(better late than never). The challenge was to combine collage and stickers, I have a huge assortment of stickers so it was just of matter of find the paper and stickers that would go together. My papers and stickers have been purchased through the years, and it is usually a couple of papers rather than books of paper that co-ordinate. Buy paper that hits my fancy at the time, because of this fact, I spend valuable time going through papers for collages, but that to me is half the fun.

Found some vintage type paper, and then it was time to take on the stickers, you think they are organized until you try and find what you have in mind. The vintage lady and Eifel Tower werea sticker that I found in the clearance aisle at Michaels. Used a sentiment sticker also, can't begin to know where these came from. The tag is chipboard from Michaels $1 bins, found some other shapes the other day, they are suppose to be mini scrapbooks, but that is what is so fun about crafting, we all improvise.

Finshed the tag off by using a glue pen around the edge and sprinkled with gold glitter. Did use my cutting system to add to oval behind the vintage lady, and red picot ribbon for the tie. Am literally running out the door. Thanks for stopping by, last but not least I hope everyone has a Happy Easter.

Friday, April 2, 2010


Tell me it isn't so, it can't be April already. Do not know where the time goes. It is so true that the older you get the faster the time goes. On my days off this week I had a couple of perfect days and what able to make some fun cards.

The inspiration for this card was gained from two different challenges. Rosie Dees Challenge is to use the colors, green, yellow, and white. These are such fun colors and just add a smile to my face.

Used my scallop fun for the circle and then cut out the center with my cutting system. The stamp was another one of those treasures that I found at Michaels, just $1, it does pay to shop once in awhile. The sketch is the challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges, it was clean and simple, but I couldn't resist adding the butterflies on the corner. Used brush markers to fill in the stamps, kept the entire card simple.

Really enjoyed making the card, it just seemed to fall into place with very little effort. Have some great news from last night, am going to be getting a new puppy next week, have to wait until we get back from Reno. Billy does know anything about the puppy so this should be fun, am having a hard time keeping the secret.

Time for me to head of to work. Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Got really busy on my days off and completed a few cards. Need to get this one posted right away, as there are a couple of deadlines to meet. Our Creative Corner has a sketch this week, Lots to Do suggested that you use vintage, and The Shabby Tea Room wanted us to use some of our scraps, that we know we all have tons of little pieces sitting around.
I love to work with scraps of paper, and have them some what organized, I save every little piece, tell myself that there will be a time in the future that I will find a use for them. Ali gave use some ideas a while back on how to organize the scraps by color, I did this, but didn't get the prints separated by color. This is something that I really need to do, as it won't take as long to find those little treasurers.

Vintage is one of my favorite themes, so this was a piece of cake. This stamp set has come in very handy, use it for masculine cards all the time. The paper on the background looks handwritten, that is definitely vintage, we use the computer and typing for everything now days. Once the image was stamped on the polka dot background, it did emboss it with my Big Shot, and Cuttlebug folder, which has script writing. The sentiment is computer generated (Oh No!!) and a button tied with blue DMC floss to complete the picture.
Time for me to head off to work, thanks for stopping by today, and hope that you have a wonderful day.

Monday, March 29, 2010


Was really anxious to take this challenge to use only black and white on a tag. I have always loved black and white, think it is so striking. Took the time to check out all of the cards that have been submitted for the Tuesday Tag Challenge #44 and the tags are all amazing, think my tag maybe a little lame, oh, well, I really had fun trying to put this one together.

Found some great little stamps at Michaels and you can see that stamp it at the top of the tag. Used the stamp and put them together to make my own designer paper. The base if the card was a black and white print. Then a solid white with solid black on top of the print. Added my own designer paper that was stamped using colorbox ink. Grossgrain ribbon was attached to one side, paper lace design on the opposite side. Little hearts were made with a heart punch in both black and white. The sentiment was a sticker, as was the couple in black and white.

Wanted to make this into an actual luggage tag, as we are going to Reno next week. Will be spending a few days with my daughter, Jamie, grandsons, Mason and Kyle, and possibly a few quality minutes with Tim, my son-in-law, he works so hard and has extremely long days and nights.Decided to use Modpodge and put a couple of coats on the tag.

If you would like to see some of the other creative tags you can click
here. The next challenge to for myself is to do another tag and add a vintage picture of my father and add the reasons that we loved him so.

Hope everyone has a great week and take a few minutes a day to do something that your enjoy.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


It has been crazy around my place, started this posta few days ago, but never got back to it. Got ready for a yard sale, that was for Saturday and Sundy, but I couldn't do Sunday, was in too much pain from Saturday and slo the lack of sleep. Work nights and got up early Saturday for the sale. It worked out okay, but am in a lot of pain, also weeded the yard imbetween customers. When will I learn, that I'm not spring chicken.

I have had this tree stamp for years. It is one of favoriates, but for some reason I haven't used it in a long. time. Ran across it and thought that the sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant Challenge would work nicely. I stamped the tree with Stampin Up ink and then suing a glue pen added glitter to the leaves. Cut an oval mat and then added samller ovals. Trim on the side is ribbon. Then stamped "What A Day", had to go shopping to purchase a new stamp. Thought that it would be neat to add some siz zag stitching aound the edge, like it, but don't know if it really tied in with the rest of the card. The base of the card is 5x7, the tree stamp was to large.

This would be the card for me yesterday, got to work and "What a Day!" Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, mine starts tomorrow. I have half finished projects on my desk and ready want to get them completed tomorrow, but also need to deal with all the stuff I didn't sale. Oh well, just another day in the neighborhood.

Talked with my daughter yesterday and she and my sister were at a Scrapbooking Show in Salt Lae, so wished I had been there. They found some great new products, can't wait to get there to see what kind of projects we will be doing next.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a crafty one.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Personalized Frame

We often forget that our stamps can be used on different textures than paper. I had 5 x 7 acrylic frames in my stash and thought this would be a fun time to try and stamp on the frames. The first picture shows the flower stamp and my grandson's names, StazOn ink was used to stamp the designs.

Slid a piece of solid colored paper into the frame, to show what the stamps looked like. This shows that you can change the pictures of the kids anytime you would like. The next picture is the finished project with a picture of my grandsons, I added stars behind each of their names. Also distressed the edge of the paper, and did watercolor with my aquapainters on glossy paper and placed this so it was behind the flowers.

The picture is matted with white paper, and I used my cutting system from Creative Memories, to cut the oval picture and mat. The stars are a punch that was also purchased from Creative Memories. The metal shoes are brads and I punched a hole in the center of the yellow stars to place them. Used tacky glue to attach these stars to the frame, these are on the outside of the frame. Will be going to Reno to see the boys in April and will have to take a new picture.

This was so easy to do and want to do some for our family reunions, have the perfect picture that was taken in the 20's. There are unlimited stamps that you can use do this type of picture frame, your imagination can run wild. Oh, by the way the frames are available at Wal-Mart for $1. Scrappy Frogs challenge was stamp on something other than paper, think this qualifies.

Thanks for stopping by today, if you have time please leave a comment, love hearing from my fellow bloggers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

So glad spring is here, obviously the only thing to do is to make some great spring cards. Crazy 4 Challenge #29 has encouraged everyone to jump into spring with wonderful colors and blooming flowers. The colors are out of my comfort zone, by using purple and green together. The green card stock was plain and felt that it needed some kind of design, so the stems with tiny leaves were stamped with green Stampin' Up ink. No rhyme for reason to the placement, a no brainier.

The base of the card is purple polka dots (can't really see it, but it is there), next added plaid purple print and then the tag to the front of the card. One little strip of gold behind the tag. Warmest Wishes is a sticker, am I bad, kind of cheated on that one, but wanted this spring card to be generic.

Time to go outside and take in some sunlight, and maybe work on the yard, just a little. Yesteday I thought it was my day off and almost didn't make it to work. It is Monday isn't it?

Hope everyone has a wonderful week and can also do something crafty this week. Thanks for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments, it means alot to me that everyone takes the time to share your thoughts.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Yummy Cupcakes

Am on a diet, so this is as close as I can get to cupcakes. Gingersnap Creations gave the members a challenge to do something with cupcakes, this is the result.

I don't have any stamps that are cupcakes, so it was a matter of trying to use a different technique other than stamping. One of my favorite things to do is check out all the $1 items at Michaels and they had these wonderful napkins, had just tried the felting technique and like the result, so it was a must buy.

Used cardstock from Lasting Impressions for the base of the card and then felted the napkin to white cardstock and used other patterned papers to give a little more texture to the card. Stamped the Happy Birthday using Stampin Up ink and my Hero Art stamp that is almost as old as I am, and that is old, LOL. The card just didn't seem complete, so I cut out the cupcakes and adhered them to the card. This can be seen a little on this picture. Didn't use dimensionals, but punched a circle from cardstock and then cut in a spiral, and attached it to the card, this is the technique for making you items "pop."

If you are interested in learning the felted technique, Splitcoast Stampers as a tutorial that is excellent, it can be found the Resource section of their blog. Hope this gives everyone a little inspiration to try felted cards.

Time for me to get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by today, if you feel like leaving a comment would love to hear from you. Have a crafty weekend.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March Birthdays

Gingersnap Creations is celebrating their birthday this month and so is Billy (my significant other). He does give me encouragement when doing the cards so obviously I need to make a card for him. It is so hard to do a masculine card, as all my stamps are definitely on the girly side. That is why I turned to "Clearly Vintage" and found pictures of some classic cars.

Billy has been in the transportation industry (limousine driver) for over 20 years, and has a great love of vehicles, especially old classics, this car was perfect for the theme. Kept the card very simple with just a picture, a couple of mats, the sentiment is the definition of Birthday. Kept looking at the card and had to add blue rhinestones to the corners of the picture and also on the sentiment. Hope that he won't think there is too much bling on the card.

Challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges, happens to masculine. Love getting inspiration from all the challenges that are out there, they do give inspirations.

Happy Birthday Billy and Gingersnap Creations, also Shar you deserve the best.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ahh!! It's Spring

Spring is the air here in Las Vegas, the tree are in bloom and the weeds they are a growin'. It seems good to see all the beautiful colors and think about spring cleaning. It is suppose to be in the 80's next week, that might be a good time to address the weeds in my desert landscaping.

Don't want to do that so, here is a card that met a few challenges for this week. Spring is at Rosie Dees Challenge, and that brings to mind bright colored Easter eggs, that is the basis of this card. Added wavy strips with solid and plaid papers and then using versa ink added a little texture to the solid colors. Crazy 4 Challenges wanted to see some paper piercing, and that is what was done as a border of the wavy strips.

The flower was made with a Sizzix die cut flower. double layered in two shades of pink. The leaves are also a Sizzix die cut that is available at Stampin Up. Finished the card off with a little tag and blue 1/8" satin ribbon on the stem of the flower. To make your own flowers was the challenge at Crafty Creations, only made one flower, but am sure this still meets the criteria of the challenge. Added the butterfly just for fun. Hope this brightens up your day.

Thanks for coming by, please leave a comment, love hearing what everyone has to say.

Friday, March 5, 2010


Gingersnap Creations have given me the honor of being a Gingersnap Gem, this is such an honor. This group is so wonderful and they offer so many tutorials on a wide variety of techniques. That is how this particular tag came to be. Ink on Your Fingers by Hels has a wonderful tutorial on "faux flowers" and this really intrigued me. Didn't have any of the supplies but went out immediately and found UTEE and a melting pot.

Hels suggested stamping the flowers, but I didn't have a flower stamp that would work so I used my flower die cuts by Spellbinder and used patterned papers. It was really amazing how the paper kept its shape, was a little afraid that it would tear, but that wasn't the case, did learn that you do have to shape your flowers before dipping the paper in the UTEE. Once a couple of flowers were completed it was now necessary to decide how they would be used. Think they would be wonderful on gift boxes, photo boxes, or as a pin just to mention a few.

I found these chipboard tags at Michaels in their $1 bins and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself (Scrappy Frog Challenge) by doing a collage on the tag. It's a celebration (Gingersnap Creations) and used one color and shades of that color (Crafty Creations) and these wonderful papers from Lasting Impressions was yelling to be used. The color gold is really different from the bright colors that I usually use. Added different textures 3 dimensional flower, button, pearls, chipboard sentiments, ribbon and even some gold glitter on the leaves. Crazy 4 Challenges was requesting 3 textures, think that I may have gone a little overboard on this one, but love the results.

Hope you can see some of the detail, the mix of papers and all the different textures. Will be making doing some more of these wonderful flower very soon, want to try and use leaves and different shapes not just flowers. A special thanks to Hels for this wonderful tutorial, you have opened up a new technique for me and my mind going a mile a minute to try and come up with ways to use the technique.

Time to head off to work, hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 26, 2010


My sister, Kay, does porcelain dolls and she just posted some new ones she just completed. Most of her dolls are very vintage, thus when I was checking out Graphics Fairy, I am drawn to the art that is vintage and little girls.

I found the art work for my card and of course it reminds me of my little sister, you can check out her blog here to see some of her wonderful creations.

The challenge at Gingersnap Creations is lace and fiber, all the dolls that Kay dresses have lace and all types of fiber, beads, ribbons, flowers, buttons and all types of embellishment. When making the card I was thinking of my sister, that is why the sentiment is Thinking of You.

The card is Kay's favorite color pink, has lace on the border, a button, and fiber under the button, which is DMC floss. The base of the card is offwhite cardstock, a mat of pink and then a print with scrolls. I matted the focal point, the little girl with black so that she would pop

Talked with Kay and Kaylene today, and they were out trying to find some inspiration for some new craft projects. Can't wait to see them, so we can create together once again, miss my mojo that they both give to me.

Hope everyone is have a great weekend, have a crafty day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Cheers! Going to a dinner party and are taking a bottle of wine to the hostess, this card is the perfect companion. A few months ago I saw a tutorial for a felted card, and wanted to really give it a try.

Felted cards are made with napkins, plastic wrap, newsprint and an iron. Our Creative Corner has a challenge to try a new technique, so it was time to give this technique a try. The background is a napkin, that is ironed on to cardstock. There is a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers with all the detail and also a video. A cocktail napkin was used, found that one napkin could make 4 cards that our 5x5, this particular napkin would be great invitations for a dinner party. I have found myself in the party section of the stores to see if there are any unusual napkins that can be used as backgrounds.

Did not want to add a lot of embellishment to the card, but did add some stitching to the yellow strip to meet the a challenge at Crafty Creations. Love the colors on this card which just happens to be a challenge at Gingersnap Creations, to use 3 colors that you love. My favorite color is red, but I also love autumn colors and with this color scheme this was possible.

The base of the card is yellow, gold is the mat and also the oval, and the final color is the brown tones. The sentiment was computer generated, the ovals were made using my cutting system from Creative Memories.

This has been a good craftying day for me, the creative juices have been flowing, more challenges met, they will be posted in the very near future. Have a great day.

P. S. If you would like to see more videos from Angie Kennedy Juda (which was featured on my post yesterday) you can click here.

Monday, February 22, 2010


While surfing the web found a new techique for using my Big Shot, knew that you could cut fabric with it but had not tried it, but take a look at the results.

Last year I had up my old jeans to make a quilt and had cut 9 x 9 squares and couldn't part with other scraps so they were cut into 4 x 4 squares. Have seem alot of rag totes, and the light finally came onto make a tote using the smaller squares. Can't believe I actually had all the supplies to put this bag together, didn't have to go shopping.

The flowers were made using the flower die cut from Spellbinders. The die cut has three sizes, used all three. Each flower is three layers, fabric, batting and fabric once again. This was so easy as all three layers were cut at one time. I did use a glue stick to put the fabric together before putting through the Big Shot, it made it easier to do the stitching around the edges of the flower so they didn't slip. Built up the flower using all three sizes. The center of the flower is double face satin ribbon with a double knot.

The finishing touch was the leaves which are loops of ribbon. Hopefully your can see the detail of the centers and leaves with this photo. Also here is a video of how the flowers were made, they show sizzix diecuts, but you can also use Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by today, hope that this will be helpful if you want to make the flowers. Have a crafty day.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


It is my granddaughter, Katie's, birthday this month, 18 is the magic number this year. She is such a sweet girl and enjoys school, she plays the harp, is in the Debate Club, and wants to be an actress. Her favorite color is purple, so everything she gets is that color. Last year she received a paper purse and a purple shoe, for her birthday.

I had made this card in pink and wanted to make sure that this year Katie got one that is purple. The base of the dress is cardstock and then I have added strips of purple sheer ribbon to create the designer dress. I also added picot bows at the top and across the bottom. The corners were also rounded with a corner rounder and Spellbinder scalloped oval die cut for the sentiment on the front.

Ribbon happens to be the challenge at The Pink Elephant, there are some wonderful project featuring ribbon on the blog, and this is my finished project. Know that Katie will really love this card and wish I could see her face when she opens it, she is such a "drama queen."
The above picture was taken at Christmas, this was the reaction she had about all of her gifts.
Happy Birthday, Katie!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a crafty day.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Romance is in the Air

Once the Valentine cards were completed for my daughter's class, it was time to move on to a card for my Sweetheart. I had some ideas in the back of my mine, just finished the card a few minutes ago. Billy won't get it until tomorrow, as both of us work tonight, we will have our little romantic evening tomorrow with a candlelight dinner.

Last year I gave Billy a card and homemade brownies for Valentine's day, he was more impressed with the Valentine card, hope that he likes this one as much.

It just so happens that this card will be representing a few challenges also. Gingersnap Creations wanted a card to be romantic, that brings to mind, music, roses, hearts and of course hugs and kisses. The background paper was from Graphics Fairy, the roses were embossed, or should I say de-embossed using my Big Shot and the Textured Impressions Manhatton Flower. A brayer was used to color the flowers with Classic Red Ink from Stampin Up.

The love sentiment is from a wedding set, that was purchased at Joann's on clearance, got to love that. The ovals are from the scalloped oval die cuts from Spellbinders. The heart punch from Creative Memories was used to make the three matted hearts. Heart studs were added to the center of each of those hearts. This made for a "Mushy Gushy Valentine" which is the challenge for Pink Elephant, and "Have A Heart or Hearts" is the challenge at Daring Cardmakers.

Time for me to head off to work, hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day and you get hugs and kisses from your loved ones.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


These little mailboxes have been around for years, but I have never decorated one. It was a little harder than I thought it would be. Found this mailbox at Michaels, it was a Christmas mailbox, but changed it to hold love letters for Valentine's Day, this was a challenge at Scrappy Frog.

Used X's and O's paper from my stash, added ribbon around the middle. It was necessary to take off the arm, used brads to put it back on. The background for the letters was embossed using a Big Shot. The folder is from Provo Craft. Also used ribbon around the edge of the lid, also covered the front with a different heart paper.

The sentiment on the arm was stamped with red ink, and then colored in with colored pencils, the scalloped circles were made with Spellbinder die cuts. The flower on the corner of the sentiment is sheer ribbon, that are loops that are glued together and then added a heart stud in the center.

Maybe if I leave this out in the family room, Billy, will leave me a love note, for Valentine's Day, that would be a wonderful surprise.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a crafty one.


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