Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Am Thankful

I am thankful for there being such a thing as the internet.
I am thankful that someone had the bright idea to initiate a thing called a "blog".
I am especially thankful for the opportunity to be in the presence of such wonderfully talented and creative peeps.
Thank you. All of you. You are what makes this worthwhile.
That being said, I want to express a very deep and heartfelt thanks to Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge for allowing me the chance to be a Guest Designer this week! I'm so excited and honored.
Here is the card I made just for them. Please go to their blog and check out the beautiful work by all of the DT's, start working on your Easter card and enter Challenge # 76 - "Easter Stuff"!

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #9 Fancy Folds
Sentimental Sundays Challenge#95 Easter or Spring

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

B is for Baby

I have wonderful news! Justin & Amanda (my son and daughter-in-law) are expecting their second baby!!! Chandler, my 4 year old grandson is not qiute as thrilled. He has certainly enjoyed being the center of attention, but I think the idea will grow on him.
I made this card because I'm ready for a precious little grand-daughter that I can spoil as much as Chandler. Can you tell? We don't know if it's a boy or girl yet...I'm just casting my vote.
As long as he or she is healthy, I'll be happy (but I sure would like a girl)!
Supplies used:
Michael's: all cardstock, bow, rose, pop-up dots
Recollections: (for Michael's) Encreur ink pad
Zig: 2 way glue
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Scotch ATG700: tape gun
Letterpress: debossing plate
Cuddlebug: embossing machine
Spellbinders: Label Seventeen die cuts

This card will be entered in the following challenges, then it goes to Amanda!

Friday Mashup Challenge FM51: Quilted Technique
Lollipop Crafts Challenge: #73 March Anything Goes
Make My Monday: Week 42: New life or beginnings

Thought for the Day


"Peace has a great deal to do with warm-heartedness and respect for the lives of others, avoiding doing them harm and regarding their lives as being as precious as our own. If, on that basis, we can also be of help to others, so much the better."
The Dalai Lama
Let us be kind to one another. Our days are short and everyday can be an opportunity to spread kindness and joy.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dressing Screen Birthday Card

Oh my, I was so "inspired" by this photo inspiration on the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog!
They always have such fab pics and this has to be one of my favs!
Here's my interpretation....
I used Flower soft on the bodice and skirt. Paper glaze transformed my purse and shoes to patent leather.
You've got to scroll down to check out Fran's version. It's awesome! Occasionally we find something that we both want to do in our "own unique way", then share to see how different our projects turn out. It's so much fun!
Supplies used:
Colorbok: hot pink cardstock, black cardstock
Michael's: black ribbon, netting, rhinestones
Cricut: Expressions machine, Home Accents cartridge (swirls), New Arrivals cartridge (hanger)
MTC: I created the dressing room screen welding 3 rounded rectangles, adding rectangles to the bottom for legs, and applying a lattice technique
Flower Soft: Spring Mix
Internet image: shoes
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Scor-Tape: 1/8"
Scothch ATG 700: tape gun
Zig: 2 way glue
Aleene: Paper Glaze
Sentiment: Annabel Script
This card will be entered in these challenges:

Runway Inspired Challenge # 8 - McQ Fall 2012
The Crazy Challenge CCH # 112 - Add a Sentiment
Lollipop Crafts Challenge # 73 - Anything Goes
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC # 45 - The Bold and the Beautiful

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Bumble Bee is Serving Tea!

Oh boy! Oh boy! There's nothing like playing with a new toy and I just got this Spellbinders Teacup and couldn't wait to use it! I matched it to the teapot and.....after searching high and low I FINALLY found my little bumble bees! I bought them 3 or 4 years ago (yeah, I know, I should've thought of something before now) so today I got to use one. Yay! The Happy Easter sentiment is French Script - computer generated.

Supplies used:
Colorbok: green cardstock, purple cardstock
Micheal's: plaid paper, all ribbon, bumble bee, gems, pop-up dots
K&Co.: floral cardstock
Cricut: A Child's Year cartridge (teapot) and machine
Cuddlebug: Die Cut machine
Spellbinders die cuts: Nestabilities Label Seventeen, Nested Tea Cups
Martha Stewart: eyelet lace edge punch
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun
Scor-Tape: 1/8"
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Zig: 2 way glue

This sweet little bumble bee has been patiently waiting for his chance to buzz on over to:
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #90 - Spring Cleaning (use some old stash)
Cute Card Thursday Challenge # 209 - Anything Goes
Paperplay Challenge # 12 - Spring Colors
Sentimental Sundays Challenge # 95 - Easter or Spring
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Bingo (Gems, Flowers, and Die Cuts)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Give them a Coach bag!


Okay, I figured since I really can't afford to give my friends a Coach bag, I'll do the next best thing; a Coach gift bag! This way they get a "Coach Bag" AND a gift! This was such an exciting project which came from an idea to use plaid, which is this week's DYSU challenge.
Colorbok: white cardstock
Bazzill Basics Paper: Mocha Devine cardstock
Michael's: keychain, copper cardstock
Tonic: ticket corner punch
EK Success: buckle punch
Martha Stewart: scoring board
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun
I printed the plaid onto the white cardstock, then created the "C's on Make The Cut and printed over the plaid. The bag, tag, and straps are from the brown cardstock. The tag was printed in black.
I used copper cardstock to punch the buckles.
This very fashionable bag will be on display in the following challenges:
DYSU Challenge # 64 - Plaid
Tuesday Alchemy Challenge # 6 - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge # 111 - How Cute is That?
Unique Crafters Challenge March Challenge # 1 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Sometimes it seems the cards I make are a reflection of how my life is going. Recently it's been busy, busy, busy...ergo, busy cards! Today I'm slowing down and bit and today's card represents my day; clean and simple.
Supplies used:
Bazzill Papers: Patina and French Vanilla cardstocks
Colorbok: cherry red cardstock
Michael's: red embroidery thread and rick-rack
Cricut cartridges: Beyond Birthdays, Home Accents
Cuddlebug: machine and Swiss dots embossing folder
Martha Stewart: button punch, glitter
Make The Cut: basic shapes- triangle
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Zig: 2 way glue
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC #44 Easy as 1-2-3
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #208 - Happy Birthday
Made Especially for You Challenge: 3 buttons
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #75 3,2,1 recipe

Monday, March 19, 2012

You've Got a Friend

Before I get into the details involved with this card, I must tell you about my new friend. I've only been blogging for a few months, and I've truly enjoyed the opportunity to communicate with so many wonderful people who share similar interests.
Earlier today whlie working on this card, I decided to take a short break and check the blog. I was so surprised to read such a sweet comment from Amy at Scrap This, Save That. Check out her blog, she has the coolest ideas and projects! She was so kind, supportive, and genuine. We are all so blessed to have this venue that brings us together.
So, thank you, Amy, you've got a friend!
Supplies used:
Bazzill Papers: cardstock in Berry Blush
Michael's: beige, green stripe, and green brocade cardstocks, ribbon, pearl on flower
Cheerly Lyn Designs: oval lace die
Cuddlebug Die Cut Machine
Tonic: corner punch
Marvy: large petal flower punch
The Paper Studio: medium petal flower punch
Fiscars: paper trimmer
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun
Aleen: clear gel tacky glue
Dell computer and printer: sentiment

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #50 - "Song Title" I chose one of James Taylor's famous songs.
Just Us Girls Challenge #128 - "Color Challenge"
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #72 - "Sentimentally Yours"
Stampin' for the Weekend Challenge #5 - "Photo Inspiration"

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Fascination with Feathers Challenge


Cath at Paper Crafts Magazine has created a fun challenge inspired from the Moxie Fab column of the March/April issue. If you haven't been to her blog, Moxie Fab World, it's a must see! Her blog is always full of wonderfully inspired crafty ideas and challenges.
Make your project (card, tag, gift bag, layout, home decor item, mini book cover, etc.) and submit by April 2, 2012 for a chance to win a "I'm Moxie Fab" button and a "Fab" prize!
This is the card I will be entering.... Is it a fascination with feathers or a fetish for hats? maybe both.

Supplies for this project:
Colorbok: white cardstock
Bazzill Basics Paper: Mud Pie (brown cardstock)
Colormates: Deep Terrific Teal cardstock
Michael's Crafts: peacock feather, black ribbon, green jewel, pop-up dots
Staz-On: Jet Black ink pad ( edging around card and sentiment- I also used it to dye the white netting I recycled from an old Halloween costume!)
Cricut: Expression machine and Heritage cartridge (hat)
Cuddlebug: embossing machine
The Paper Studio: Script embossing folder
Fiskars: paper trimmer
ATG Scotch 700: tape gun
Dell computer and printer: sentiment fonts, Annabel and Arial Greek

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mum's the Word!


I'm one of those people who must get everything done...right now! So, when I noticed so many blogs using Mother's Day as their theme, I just had to jump on it. Now I have one more thing I can check off my list. Yes, I'm a lst maker, too! So, here's "Happy Mother's Day" to all of you very special and creative moms out there, just a little bit early!
Supplies used for this card:
Colorbok: white and pink cardstock
Michael's: doillies, large white rose, all pearls, ribbon
Wild Orchid: all other flowers
Make The Cut: lattice pattern cut 5"x7"
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Thermogrip: hot glue and gun
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun
Zig Memory System: 2 way glue

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Paper-Crafting Journey challenge #5 "Pretty Pastels"
Top Tip Tuesday "Mother's Day or crafty buddy"
Creative Inspirations #154 "Something for Mum"
Delightful challenge "Something Special"
Crafty Purple Frog "Pink and Girly"
DYSU challenge #63 "Favorite Color"
Make My Monday #40 "Mother's Day or Thank You"
Moving Along With the Times #140 "Special Lady"
Craft-Room challenge "Shabby Vintage"
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenges challenge #48 "Mum's the Word"
Crafts and Me Challenges challenge #75 "Let's See Circles"

Monday, March 12, 2012

Playing with Ribbon


I had so much fun playing today!
Did you know you can emboss/
deboss ribbon? On this card I used
double sided tape to adhere the
white ribbon to cardstock the same
width, leaving about an inch over-
lap of ribbon on each side. Then,
I ran it through my Cuddlebug
using the Swiss Dots embossing folder.

Since I "embossed" the blue background
cardstock, I decided to "deboss" the ribbon to
give it a slightly different look. I can't wait to play
with this idea again!

Ingredients for this card:
Colorbok: white, blue, and green cardstock
Michael's: all ribbon except the wide white
satin (recycled from valentine
flowers bow!)
American Greetings: baby boy and caterpillar
Cuddlebug: Swiss Dots embossing folder
The Paper Studio: 2 5/16" scalloped cicle
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Thermogrip: hot glue and gun
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenge #9 "Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon"
DYSU Challenge #62 "Go Green"
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #232
The Paper Shelter Challenge "Anything goes"
Sentimental Sundays Challenge #93 "Go green or Recycle"

My Easter Bonnet

When I think of Easter I immediatey think of Easter Bonnets! I guess it's my love for hats.
I went to a fairly new blog today, Tuesday Alchemy and got so excited about her challenge
this week that I just HAD to enter! So, Corrinne I'm sending this card your way!
Without the help of all this beautiful flowers from Wild Orchid, there would be no easter bonnet. Thank you Wild Orchid!

Colorbok: blue and purple cardstocks
Bazzill Basics: French Vanilla cardstock
Michael's Crafts: Pearls, ribbon, feathers, pearl pins
Wild Orchid: flowers
Martha Stewart: Doily lace edge punch
Fiskars: paper trimmer
Thermogrip: hot glue and gun
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun

This card will be entered in the following challenges:
Tuesday Alchemy week #4 "Feathers"
Wild Orchid week #44 "Get in Shape"

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Party Ensembles Week


To promote their new and exciting book, Party Ensembles, Paper Crafts Connection blog is hosting a very special contest! The crafter with the best handmade paper-crafted party ensemble will win a giant party package!
We have until 3-16-2012, so get those wheels turning in your crafty head and enter for a chance to win!http://papercraftsconnection.com/

I will be entering these items I made for a lingerie bridal shower. Wish me luck!

Items made for this project:
Initials wall hanging
Shower invitations
3 tier cake box
Quilt scored goody purses
Candy wrappers
Topiary 3-D heart and 3-D butterfly ornaments
Green flower candies
Jordan almond tulle goodies
Mini bundt cakes
Hershey bar wrappers

Supplies and tools for this project:
Colorbok: cardstock
Martha Stewart: scoring board, glitter, daisy lace edge punch
The Paper Studio: heart punch, butterfly punch
Joann's Crafts: large white flowers
Michael's Crafts: small white roses, pearls, white pearl and flower pick (top box), ribbon, pearl picks for topiary bow, tulle, Wilton green and yellow candy melts
Cardmaking Paradise: corset template
Liquid Pearls: on quilted scored purses
Scotch ATG 700: tape gun
Thermogrip: hot glue and gun
Wal-mart: jordan almonds
Cricut: Tie The Knot and Plantin SchoolBook cartidges
Cuttlebug: victoria embossing folder
Mel Stampz: purse template
Make The Cut program: I enlarged a rectangle (to fit the sides of the large and small tier boxes) and cut it out using the lattice option.
Font: Anabel Script

6501533355 e6a0b43347 Party Ensembles Week: The Grand Finale!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Neutrals ~ So Soft and Subtle


It's difficult for me to pick a particular
color that's my favorite for card making
and crafts. Brights, metallics, pastels -
they are all beautiful and occasion specific.
Sometimes I'm just in a mood to tone it
down a bit with subtle neutrals.

Michael's: all cardstock, ribbon
Wild Orchid: flowers
Cuttlebug: Victoria embossing folder
Make The Cut: lattice cut rectangle
Tonic: round and ticket punches
Fiskars: paper cutter
Thermogrip: hot glue gun
Audrey Hepburn: sentiment
This card will be entered in the following challenges

The Pink Elephant: TPE138 "Let's see those layers"
Less is More: Week # 57 "Neutrals"
The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge: SSS148
CES Challenge: # 75 "Flower Frenzy"
Sentimental Sundays Challenge: #92 "Words of Encouragement"

Monday, March 5, 2012

A Special Gift Deserves Special Wrapping!


As you know, I absolutely love giving cards and gifts, so today I'm sharing with you a "wedding cake" set of gift boxes for a freind who will wed in June! It was so difficult to decide what to give her...so I got 3 gifts! Then, I thought of wrapping them like a wedding cake. It was soooo much fun! I can't wait to give them to her. Of course, I'll make a matching card and as soon as I get it done I'll get it posted for you to see!
Colorbok- white cardstock
Joann's Crafts- large white flowers
Martha Stewart- Scoring board
Michael's Crafts- small white roses, pearls, white pearl and flower pick (top box)
Cuddlebug- Victoria embossing envelope (sides of middle box)
Make The Cut- I enlarged a rectangle (to fit the sides of the large & small boxes) and cut it out using the lattice option.
I'm entering these in:

The Blackberry Vine: Pretty Packages Party#13
Party Time Tuesdays Challenge Blog - PTT #57 "Anything Goes"
Lollipop Crafts Challenge #70 "Clean and Simple"
Unique Crafters Challenge March Challenge #1 "Anything Goes"
Make It Monday "Anything Goes"
This is a part of The Paper Crafts Creation, Party Ensemble Contest I will be entering in a few days!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge 229

Wow! This is a great sketch challenge! It opens the mind to move in so many creative directions!
I printed the picture, sliced it, then used the same picture for the center. What fun! Thanks Mojo Monday for coming up with such a wonderful idea. http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/ Pin It

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Birthdays Rock!

I just adore that we celebrate the
birth of one another! Creating
a special card and gift shows
how much you care.
I made this easel card with
a drawer for a friend and
plan to slip her gift in the
drawer.....and I always
make a matching bag!

Cricut: 12x24 pink pastel cardstock
Martha Stewart: scoring board
Craftwork cards: candy buttons
Fiskars: paper cutter
Thermogrip: glue gun
Versa Magic: pink, green ink pads
Marvy Punch: large scalloped oval
Michael's Crafts: flowers, lace, both
green cardstocks, pearls and netting
picks, pink pearl swirl, ribbon, knob,
green paint (for knob)
mygraphico: digital papers
This will be entered in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge #49 "Happy Birthday"
Flutter By Wednesday's Challenge#192 "Open"- must have butterfly, fairy, or angel
Paper Shelter Challenge #53 "Fancy Folds"
DYSU Challenge #61 "Things with Wings"
Pals Paper Arts PPA130- "A Color Challenge with a Twist" lucky limeade, always artichoke, and your choice
The Blackberry Vine "Pretty Package Party" #13
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge RCC42 "Anything Goes with Avocado Arts"