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.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Embossing is one of my favorite things to do when stamping. Last year when I stared to stamp again and blogging, I wondered onto Patty's Stamping, she had some wonderful cards where she had done watercoloring and embossing. At the time I had none of the necessary supplies to try this technique, but knew that it was something that I wanted to try. In the coming months I purchased the Fifth Avenue Floral Set, Reinkers and Aquapainters all from Stampin Up, sounds like a commercial.

With everything going on once I had the supplies I just never got around to trying the technique, until now, almost a year later. The challenge at Gingersnap Creations is to using embossing, the rose is embossing with pearl white embossing powder. Patty suggested shimmer paper, but I used a heavy cardstock, which worked well. Patty has a wonderful tutorial on this technique and you can see it by going to her blog and clicking on April 2008, Watercolor Roses--Technique and Video Tutorial. This was my first attempt at watercoloring with ink, I am not an artist so this was definetly something that I would not have done with out all of Patty's excellent information, it is so easy and fun to do.

The basic card is paper from Lasting Impressions, the ink colors were red, orange and yellow. Happy Birthday stamp is from Hero Arts. Added a little satin ribbon and bow to finish off the card. Love how it turned, the card will be given to one of my co-workers along with some homemade brownies to celebrate her birthday.

When trying the technique I stamped a couple of other roses, and tried different colors. The rose was used as the focal point for the sketch from Mojo Monday, Week #124.

The background paper is from Creative Memories, and Lasting Impressions. The embossing powder is pearl white, and basic yellow and orange were used to get the watercolor effect. Instead of paper on the bottom paper where the rose is, ribbon was used.

Have a few other stamps in my stash that I want to try this technique with in the future.

It's my Monday, so it is time to get ready for work. Have a crafty day, and thanks for stopping by.


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