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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hipster Bunnies Are Coming To Town!

Coffee of the Day - Dulce de Leche

I have some coolio news to share with all of you! last week I told you that I was the Guest Designer over at Sandra Caldwell's stamping Facebook group for the month of Feb., which was exciting enough all on it's own. :)  later that day they asked me to stay on as a permanent Design Team member! of course I said 'yes'!!! so every Monday I'll be sharing projects featuring Sandra's fun & whimsical images! I am so happy to be part of this VERY friendly team of crafters! :)

I do hope you will join us in the Facebook group. it's a lot of fun and everyone is so encouraging of one another. :)

I confess to you - I have 2 sons who are hipsters. one will deny to his dying day. the other embraces it. it's pretty funny actually. so I created this card because, well, I just couldn't resist. and Sandra was super sweet and modified the image so it had an empty speech bubble so I could add all of the fun sayings I wanted. :) wasn't that nice of her?  it's called 'Cool Peeps, #270' and just cracks me up!

papers are from the Authentique Springtime collection, banner die is from CC Designs, grass die is from MFT. sentiment die is Spellbinders, and lattice die behind banners using some clear packaging is an old one from SU!. yellow burlap string and green netting are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. the little enamel dots are some of my homemade ones. buttons are from my vintage stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :) enjoy your day!

Outlawz Mon Greeting - All About Spring
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - anything goes with patterned paper
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Pile it On - homemade embellishments (enamel dots)
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Lacy Sunshine Color 'n Craft - anything goes

Sunday, February 7, 2016

"14 Things I Love About You" Pocket Tags

Coffee of the Day - Butterscotch

Hello, everyone!

I am here to share a special project with all of you today and on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog. but there is a small catch - we have to keep this hush, hush quiet until Valentine's Day because my oldest son is giving this to his girlfriend! we don't want to ruin the surprise, now do we?! ;)

some of you might remember the Tag Advent Calendar I created for Christmas. this is similar, but the theme is "14 Things I Love About You!"  I took the photos before my son wrote on the tags. had to give the guy a BIT of privacy! grins!

you will see many ribbons and trims from the Really Reasonable Ribbon store. I'll share the complete list at the bottom of the post to make things easier.

to keep things as flat as possible, I only added flowers to the very first piece. doilies, washi tape, vintage buttons, die cuts from Sizzix, and various other little goodies decorate each pocket.

papers & some small tag elements are from the Authentique Crush collection, a few stickers are from SRM Stickers, number stickers are from Melissa Frances, digital numbers are from Miss Kate Cuttables, coffee cup die is from Simon Says Stamp. lots of stickles used! :) chipboard cupid is from Blue Fern and bark heart is from Live & Love Crafts. hard to see, but each tag is stamped with a beautiful cupid stamp by Deep Red Stamps. other various stamps used are by My Favorite Things and SU!

Ribbons and Trims:
Brenda white crochet lace
Sweetheart Stripe Grosgrain
Diamond Satin Mineral Ice
Lipstick Red Seam Binding
Sun Rose Seam Binding
Red Burlap String
Pink Burlap String

Mulberry Flowers:
Magnolia (watercolored just a bit to match pinks)
Aster Daisy
Open Roses

don't forget to play along in the new challenge over at RRR. it's a theme we all love - "Anything Goes with ribbons or trims."  thanks so much for stopping by!

Outlawz Sat Paper a la Mode - Tag, You're It
A Gem of a Challenge - Love is in the Air
Brown Sugar - Valentine/Love
Creative Corner - Valentine's Day/Love
Crop Stop - anything goes with a product from their store (Authentique, Sizzix)
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
WAW - anything goes
Dragonfly Journeys -Queen of Hearts
Corrosive Ch - love, love, love
Die Cut Divas -  Love, Marriage, & Anniversaries
Paper Creator's Crafts - Must Be Love
Pink and Main - Love
Double Click Skittles - use a heart

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lucky Me, Knowing YOU! RRR Challenge Time!

Coffee of the Day - Irish Creme

Hello all of my fellow ribbon lovers! It's time for a new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog today, and we have some exciting news to share!  not only do you have a chance to win ribbons from the RRR store, but some lucky person has a chance to win some beautiful digital collage sheets from Polly's Paper Studio, our sponsor for this challenge. :)

our theme for this fortnight is 'Anything Goes with ribbon or trims,' so have fun creating! I can't wait to see what you make! please be sure to stop by the RRR blog to see what some of my teamies have come up with. they really do make the most gorgeous things! :)

for my cards today, I have combined images from the St. Patrick's Bingo Collage Cards with ribbons from the new monthly club kit. green is my fave color, so this pack really made me swoon! :) btw - if you ever have questions about individual ribbons in the kit, please don't hesitate to ask me or any of the other DT members. we will always do what we can to help you out.

I matted each of the little cards and sprayed them with my SU! ink squirty tool. paper is from the Authentique Charmed collection. card bases are sprayed with glimmer mist for that extra bit of shine. you know how much I love the dies in the Tim Holtz Handwritten series. the 'lucky' seemed perfect to use for a St. Patrick's Day theme! the words were covered in rock candy distress stickles.

the white of the green gingham plaid was a bit too stark, so I ran the ribbon across my crumb cake ink pad to distress. it took the ink perfectly and gave it the vintage look I wanted. gold doilies, tags, and vintage buttons make the ideal embellishments. of course flowers were needed, so a few mulberry chrysanthemums, lillies, and open roses in shades of green add the finishing touches.

thank you so much for stopping by! I do hope you will play along in our new challenge! and I hope you will also stop by Polly's Paper Studio to see her gorgeous store! :)

enjoy your weekend!

TTCRD - anything goes
Eureka - add some sparkle (stickles, glimmer mist, gold doily)
DRS Designs - lucky charms
Morgan's Art World - add flowers

Monday, February 1, 2016

Follow Your Heart Sailor Pup

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Pecan

As we begin a new month, I am so excited to share with all of you the news that I have been asked to be a Guest Designer over at Sandra Caldwell Stamps' Facebook group for all of February! this is going to be so much fun!!!! if you aren't a member of the group yet, it's super easy to join. and everyone there is super nice and encouraging. there's also a neat progressive challenge going on that lasts for 3 months. do join us! :)

Every Monday, Sandra has been adding new images to her Etsy store. today she'll be adding this cutie I used on my card, 'Doggie Sailor, #254' in addition to several others. head on over to see what's new!

papers are from the Basic Grey Adrift collection. I hand cut the half circle for the sun, using my protractor as a guide. triangles were punched with a SU! punch.

the sentiment on the tag is a stamp is from My Favorite Things. main image die is Spellbinders and light house die is by Whimsy Stamps. flower is by Petaloo, sequins are from Lawn Fawn, and poppy red diamond satin ribbon & light blue burlap string are from Really Reasonable Ribbon. buttons are from my vintage stash. accent dots were made with a white gel pen.

I also added highlights to the main image with my wink of stella glitter pen & spica clear glitter pen.

thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Creative Fingers - anything goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - anything goes
The Stamping Boutique - punches (triangle & tag)/dies (light house & main image)
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes
Crafty Friends - animals or birds
Simon Says Stamp Mon Ch - ray of sunshine

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Merry Christmas Pup

Coffee of the Day - Nutty Fudge

It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra! the theme is always 'Anything Christmas Goes' so get a head start on those holiday cards and link them up! :)

I used the most adorable image from Bugaboo called 'Candy Cane Charlie.' he reminds me so much of Mick's dog, Brutus, so I am in love with this entire series of digis! :) I tried to color him to match Brutus a little bit, too. hubby thought I was nuts to make a card for Mick this early, but hey, why not? ;)

papers are from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection. are you as sad as I am that they are closing shop? I can hardly bear it!!! you know how much I use my beloved BG papers.... sigh.... moving on.... kinda.....

the sentiment die is by Tim Holtz. I love these dies so much! the whole 'Handwritten' series is so versatile. the plaid ribbon (yes, more of my little saved scraps!) & green burlap string are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, buttons & jingle bell are from my vintage stash, and burlap ribbon is by May Arts. stickles has been added to the Santa had and the clear spica get pen used on the ornament.

I do hope you will play along in our Christmas challenge!

thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with more to share! :)

Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas - B is for baubles (on his collar)
Christmas Card Ch - anything goes
Southern Girls - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - Holidays
Fab 'n Funky - Christmas

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Different Kind of Cupid for Valentine's Day

Coffee of the Day - Bourbon Pecan

When we think of Cupid we often think of the little nearly naked baby angel flittering through the air. but when I came across this wonderful digital image of a young boy dressed in a vintage style as Cupid, I knew I had to have him! in fact, hubby even stopped what he was doing when he saw the card on my computer to comment about how much he liked the vintage look.

and thanks to the Paper Temptress store, you can get the papers to make a card for YOUR sweetie, too! :) I started with a base of spirit red feltweave cs. a little banner was punched from black Basis cs and then a sentiment generated from my label maker added over the top. I tied a ribbon of the poppy red splitz ribbon to a fun red & white paper clip. this ribbon is cool because it is both satin and grosgrain all on one ribbon. the color was a little too bright orangey-red for my papers, so I dyed it to match by just adding some ink. super easy! :)

Boy Cupid image is by A Day for Daisies, papers are from the Basic Grey Bittersweet collection, die is Spellbinders, and buttons are vintage. I love how the one even has a bit of fabric still attached to it. :) I added some faux stitching to the decorative paper panels. paper clip is by K & Co., I believe.

I gave the little fella some cool stripes to his pants and painted his wings with my wink of stell pen. the hearts on his bow and hat were painted with shimmerz.

so glad you stopped by today! hello to my newest followers, too! :)

ADFD - all my love
Brown Sugar - anything goes
Crafting with Friends - anything goes
Polkadoodles - love and romance
Wags 'n Whiskers - with love
CRAFT - love/Valentine/Anniversary
DL Art - Valentine
Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes
Whimsy - with love
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes

Friday, January 29, 2016

Feel Better Fairy

Coffee of the Day - Amaretto

Just a quickie post this evening. it's been crazy around here with the flu and car troubles. yuck to both of those. hope like at your house is much more fun! :)

I wanted to play along in a neat challenge going on at both The Outlawz group as well as the Scrapper's Delight Facebook group. Outlawz had a sketch challenge and Scrapper's Delight had a freebie image challenge. I combined both on my card. :)

image is from Scrapper's Delight, papers are from the Basic Grey Typeset collection, sentiment stamp by My Favorite Things, butterfly die by Cat's Pajamas, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons & seam binding are vintage.

fairy wings are covered with a wink of stella clear glitter pen. butterflies have similar accents as well as dots made with a white gel pen.

I'll be back tomorrow with a post for Paper Temptress. see you then! :) until then, enjoy your weekend!

Outlawz Wed Sketch - sketch
Craft for the Craic - January Blues
Aud Sentiments - anything goes with a sentiment
Crafty Ribbons - Fabulous Flowers with ribbon
Through the Purple Haze - things with wings
Crafting By Designs - add a flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wed - anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - anything square or rect. goes with flower twist
Scrapper's Delight - anything goes
Creative Fingers - anything goes

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Valentine for My Hunny Bunny

Coffee of the Day - Chocolate Peppermint

So have you started thinking about making Valentine's for your sweeties yet? I am the only girlie in a house filled with men, so as much as I would LOVE to make frilly, fussy, lacy, gorgeous Valentine's covered in doilies and such, there just aren't that many people I can give them to. my guys kinda frown on receiving them. ;) they tend to also like to receive the most simple cards, which goes against my grain, so I do my best to keep embellies to a minimum when I craft for them. but I can't make a card without ribbons! just not happening!

that is when I pull out my natural fibers and trims for their cards. I'll still add a flower or two, because guys still like flowers, just usually not a whole card full of them.

it's time to get creative with your ribbon choices on those masculine cards!

plaids, stripes, and polka dots are always great picks. I went for the simple, but always fashionable 2 1/2" cotton ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon as a base for my trim across the bottom of the card.  love the frayed edges to it! :) this was topped with the gorgeous 1/2" red wrinkled ribbon that has such a fabulous texture. it looks wonderful against that natural cotton ribbon.

a pretty carnation makes a simple accent. flowers similar to this one can be found in the RRR store. in fact, a brand new shipment of Wild Orchid Craft mulberry flowers has just arrived, so have fun filling up your shopping cart! there are some I can't wait to get my crafty hands on! :) click on the 'new' tab at the top of the page to see all of the fun new goodies!

and by the way, since I first started my blog, I have called my hubby my 'hunny bunny.' when I came across this stamp from Unity, I had to grab it!

bunny image is from A Day for Daisies, paper is from the Basic Grey True Love collection, dies are both by Spellbinders, and buttons are vintage. a bit of faux stitching was added to the heart.

thanks so much for stopping by! :)

A Day for Daisies - stitch it up (faux stitching)
Choux Choux Paper Art - Valentine/Hearts linky party
WAW - anything encouraging goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Eureka - Love is in the Air/Valentine
Paper Girls - forest friends
Incy Wincy - tic tac toe (ribbon, red, button)
Double Click Skittles - anything goes
Ruby's Rainbow - animal magic
Outlawz Mon Greeting - anything goes
Scribbles Designs - have a heart

Friday, January 22, 2016

Show Me the Pink Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Coffee of the Day - Cinnamon Hazelnut

Happy Friday to all of you ribbon lovers! it's been quite the week here at our house.  so happy to see that it's Friday at last! how about you? ready for the weekend?

well let's get it started off right with a fun new challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog. it's all about pink with our theme of "Show Me the Pink!" adding ribbons and trims of course! :)

Our neighbor is expecting a new baby girl in the next few months, so it seemed the perfect time to make a card for her.

I used one of the pretty ribbons from this month's ribbon kit to make the big bow. I actually ordered more of this gorgeous  3/8" hot pink quatrefoil satin, and still only have a tiny smidge left after finishing this card. yep, time for another shopping trip! :)  vintage buttons were also added, with one being tied with pink burlap string.

the card is made with a fun template from Shape EZ, papers are from the Authentique Crush collection, and the adorable little baby card is a printable from Free Pretty Things for You.

When the gorgeous flowers don't quite matchy match the papers I'm using, it's super easy to watercolor them! I took one of the white magnolias and painted it several shades of pink. so very easy and lots of fun to do. a quick hit with the heat gun causes the flowers to dry super fast if you don't feel like waiting.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you play along in the challenge with all of us! :) and have a great weekend!

Outlawz Twisted Thurs - anything goes with baby/toddler twist
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes
Scrap & Craft - new beginnings
DRS Designs - color challenge
Crafty Gals Corner - new for you (new ribbons and papers!)
WAW - anything goes
Craftin' Desert Divas - shaped card
Crafty Boots - ribbon or lace
Crafty Cardmakers - new (this time I have it right!)
Crazy Ch - ribbons
Classy Cards 'n Such - buttons
Morgan's Art World - add ribbon
Crop Stop - anything goes with a product from their store (pink burlap string, Authentique)

Sunday, January 17, 2016


Coffee of the Day - (not sure, because when this posts I am actually off camping in the woods of Pennsylvania!)

Hey there all you ribbon lovers! we are going to have a bit of a lesson in Cardmaking 101. grins!

I'm here to show you how to use your purchases from Really Reasonable Ribbons to accent the designs on your cards. don't ever feel that you have to use big fluffy bows every single time you make a card. (although you most certainly CAN!) sometimes it's fun to use the smaller things you can find in the RRR store. you'll be surprised at how well they actually highlight your focal point, be it a stamped image or sentiment, or perhaps a vintage bit of clip art.

on the card I am showing here today, the digital image of the boots and flowers from A Day for Daisies is our focal point. the doily serves as a matting piece.

I used a die from Tim Holtz to cut the sentiment, but needed something to help draw the eye to it. that is where a little piece of the Judy crochet trim came in handy. yes, I do save every little snippet of ribbon and trim! :) by stapling the piece directly under the sentiment, it draws attention in that direction. a vintage button adds a bit more interest.

next we go directly below the image to the piece of polka dot decorative paper (all papers from the Basic Grey Lemonade collection.). while the border punch helps add some fun and the scallops are similar to the other shapes on the card, the addition of the pink burlap string helps give a bit of grounding to the main image. it also adds a nice texture with the great fibers and bow.

finally we make our way around to the flowers. the colors pick up those found on the digital image but also give a great texture to the card without overwhelming it. notice that the flowers accent what is there. that is the key. when using an image of any sort, your embellishments should never over power and draw all of the attention away from your focal point. (this is especially true in scrapbooking.) believe it or not, you can have a lot of embellishments on a project that all still bring attention to the focal point. several of the designers at RRR are fabulous at doing just that. :)

what I love about the Wild Orchid Crafts flowers is how easy they are to adapt to the colors of your project. the yellow of the  Cottage Rose didn't quite match the papers, so I watercolored it a bit. I LOVE the way they take the inks! :) if you don't want to wait for it to dry naturally, just give it a quick hit with your heat gun.

buttons are all vintage, and flowers on digi have all been accented with shimmerz paint.

thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Paper Creator's Crafts - anything goes
Sisters of Craft - anything goes
A Gem of a Challenge - female birthday
Crafting With Friends - anything goes
QKR - lots of layers
Cardz 4 Galz - something new ('celebrate' die and pink vintage button in upper right corner are new to me)
Southern Girls - one for the girls (made for a special friend's birthday)
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes
Double Click Skittles - flower, plant, or tree
Outlawz Paper a la Mode - birthday

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Miss U, Paris

Coffee of the Day - Spiced Pecan

There is no doubt in anyone's mind that my most fave item in the Paper Temptress store is the Desert Storm Kraft cs. I use it ALL the time! not only does it make the perfect card base, but today I'm showing you how you can use it for your digi images, too!

I am an oddball and watercolor my digis. I use stamping inks and watercolor brushes, so finding a cs that can take the inks well is not always easy. the Desert Storm Kraft is so fun for my needs. :) regular watercolor paper does not always go through MY printer with ease, plus I don't always want that particular look. sometimes it's just fun to mix things up every once in a while! you can see here how neat the watercoloring looks on the kraft cs.

 PT Black Basis cs was used for the Eiffel Tower die cut and itty bitty banner. a little snippet of 1/8" red & white polka dot ribbon & black ric rac were stapled to a denim belt loop in the upper left corner.

papers are from the Basic Grey Adrift collection, flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, buttons are vintage, and sentiment stamp & Eiffel Tower die are by MFT. image is by Sandra Caldwell.

Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Brown Sugar - movies madness (Midnight in Paris - I LOVE this movie!!!)
Simply Papercraft - anything goes
Crafting With an Attitude - anything goes
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
WAW - anything goes

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sending Warm Winter Wishes

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

I realize my post is late in the day, but it's actually going live over in Europe at the proper time. ;) and it's a two-fer, too! not only am I here with a reminder for Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra, but I was privileged to be asked as a Guest Designer over at Paradise of Stamps for their newest challenge.  because the themes coincided, I thought I would combine it all into one fun card for you! I hope you enjoy! :)

The theme at Paradise of Stamps is 'Winter', and what says winter here in northeast Ohio more than SNOW! while we didn't have much before Christmas, we have been making up for it this week. I wanted to add a sentiment on the outside, but just ran out of space. so I did add it to the inside and it reads, "Sending Warm Winter Wishes." this makes it perfect for any kind of a winter holiday card!

The cute bear image comes from Sandra Caldwell, papers are from the My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland collection, snowflake template is by Shape EZ, pale blue ribbon and burlap string are from Really Reasonable Ribbon, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are vintage. beautiful doily die for the iridescent vellum is by Prima and the pretty tree dies are by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. I added snow to the trees with acrylic paints and to the main image with stickles.

I hope you will play along in both challenges since you've seen how easy it is to combine them into one card! :) and just think - you'll be getting a head start on your holiday cards, too!

thanks so much for stopping by!

Crafty Time - make it sparkle (stickles on the snow & snowballs)
Creatalicious - snowflakes (template & paper)
Southern Ridge Trading - anything winter
Stempelgarten - Winter Wonderland
Creaine Ch - bingo: blue, flowers, glitter (stickles)
Craft for the Craic - January Blues
The Stamping Boutique - winter
Christmas at Sweet Stamping - bows

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Altered Vintage Valentine Bingo Card for RRR Blog Hop!

Coffee of the Day - Chocolate Peppermint

Hello to all of my fellow ribbon addicts! tee hee! I know there are secret (and not so secret!) ribbon hoarders out there who have a ribbon addiction like myself. well today is your day to swoon as the Really Reasonable Ribbon Design Team shares projects featuring the ribbon club kit for January on our monthly blog hop. :)

If you have come here by way of GINNY's gorgeous blog, then you are indeed in the right spot! grab a cuppa and settle in! :) if at any time you get lost during the blog hop, just head back over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog for the complete list of players.

Many of you know that I love to find vintage goodies for crafting while my hubby and I are out antiquing. we came across these fun old bingo cards a while back, and I knew immediately that they would make some neat projects.

wouldn't you know that I actually had an old bingo marker in my collection, too?! just had to add it on here. :) a beautiful old Valentine, dated 1921, steals the show. normally I would scan the vintage piece and then print out a copy rather than use the actual old card on a project - at least with something that old. but this project is being sent to someone very precious to me, so I was glad to put the real deal on here for her. :)  this has already been mailed to my dear cousin, so she will be quite surprised when she receives it in the mail. :)

papers are from the Authentique Crush collection, chipboard cupid is by Blue Fern and was brushed with gold ink & gold spica glitter gel pen, rose flair button is from Pink Paislee, flourish die is Sizzix, banner die is SU!, sentiment stamp on banner is by MFT, buttons and button card are vintage, and doily is from my stash. all ribbons are from the monthly club kit with the exception of the little piece of Judy crochet trim, which is dyed with glimmer mist. Wild Orchid Crafts flowers were used: sweetheart blossoms, baby pink aster daisies (these are my new fave flower!! I love these precious little sweeties!), 2 tone pink large rosebuds, as well as hip rosebuds and lilies.

your next stop on the blog hop is to AMBER's  lovely blog. please be sure to tell her hello! :)

thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Deep Ocean - something new (paper, chipboard cupid, little flower asters, ribbon)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - hearts
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
613 Avenue Create - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Inky Chicks - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - buttons and bows

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Quick & Easy Thank You Card Set

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

Hello, Everyone!

I hope your new year is off to a roaring start so far! how are those resolutions going? broken any of them yet? one or two? just a few? maybe all of them! grins!

I needed to make quite a few thank you notes, but I am a slow crafter since I spend so much time adding bits and bobs to each card. I decided it was time to just throw caution to the wind and try for a 30 minute challenge! pretty bold, don't ya think?!

I grabbed a few sheets of Paper Temptress Brown Bag Kraft cs, cut & scored to basic size for mailing, and then did some very simple layered stamping, using stamps by My Favorite Things. still needed a bit of 'zing,' but I was really wanting to keep the cards flat for mailing, so I grabbed my handy dandy glimmer mist. voila! just a few sprays added the exact amount of shine the cards needed while still allowing me to mail them with only 1 stamp.

I felt pretty happy and actually accomplished the challenge! wooo hooooo! granted, they aren't my usual style, but they get the job done. so I challenge each of you to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different. Paper Temptress has all of the card stock to help you with your projects, whatever style you are trying to make!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Valentine Tussie Mussie

Coffee of the Day - Highlander's Grog (Butterscotch & Hazelnut - one of hubby's faves!)

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!

Have you seen the pretty pinks in the new January Club Kit over at Really Reasonable Ribbon yet? oh gosh, I almost squealed in delight when this gorgeous pack was released! you know I am a pink lover from the word 'GO"! :)

I needed to get started right away with Valentine gifts, as this one was heading off to college with my son when he goes back for the new semester. Girlfriends (as well as friends, family, neighbors, etc.!) expect handmade presents from this mom, as any of you who craft can understand. grins! I asked my son what he wanted me to make her, and a tussie mussie was his request. no, not in those words exactly..... he IS a guy afterall!

I used several of the ribbons available in the monthly ribbon club assortment, as well as white Wild Orchid Crafts magnolias and several sizes & colors of their roses.

papers are from the Authentique Crush collection, velvet leaves are by Prima (and quite old. not sure if they still sell them or not.) lots of touches with stickles, too. pretty dies by Sizzix and SU!

btw - if you ever want to see any of my photos in more detail, just click on the desired piccy. it will take you to a new window with a larger photograph. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to stop back by the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog in just a few day for our newest challenge. :)

Glitter 'n Sparkle - anything goes
Crafting By Designs - anything goes
Simon Says Mon Ch - something new (papers, ribbons, & Sizzix heart dies)
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
TTCRD - anything goes
L'il Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Ooh La La - girly
Robin's Fetish - anything goes
Our Crafty Corner - anything goes

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Next Chapter, with Coffee of Course! ;)

Coffee of the Day - Caramel Nut Fudge

A most happy day to all of you!

I am quite the sucker for any and all book and coffee related images. so when I saw this cute digi over at Simply Betty's a while back, there was no resisting! the problem I have when drinking coffee or tea while reading is that I get so consumed with my book that the drink goes quite cold! ;) does that happen to any of you?

the wonderful sentiment I added comes from Create with TLC.  I really feel this way about 2016. I am trying to change attitudes and so many other things that need adjusting about myself. it's time for a new chapter! I am going to embrace the woman God created me to be. I am not going to let other people steal my joy. I am going to let bitterness and old resentments go. I am going to have confidence in who I am (or at least work on it! grins!) I am going to ignore the nay-sayers, but listen to constructive criticism in an effort to better myself. I will strive to LEARN so that I may grow ever stronger. I will treasure who I am and my unique-ness. :)

I just couldn't resist pairing these 2 digis together! I hope you like the results as much as I do. :)

paper is from the Basic Grey Herbs & Honey collection, flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, little dew drop skittles are by Double Click skittles, and gorgeous lace is vintage.

I'll see you tomorrow! have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Come and Get It - something new (sentiment digi, pink flowers, & skittles)
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Boots - something old (paper, SU! punch for sentiment, & lace), something new (sentiment digi, pink flowers, & skittles)
Love to Scrap - new beginnings
Sweet Stampin' - something new (sentiment digi, pink flowers, & skittles)
City Crafter - say hello, wave goodbye
WAW - anything encouraging goes

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Big Snowman Thank You

Coffee of the Day - Dulche de Leche

Today I am honored to be the Guest Designer over at My Sheri Crafts! thank you so much for having me! :) the theme for the new challenge is "Let's Build a Snowman."

I am always in need of thank you cards, but most especially at this time of year. I thought it would be fun to incorporate a winter theme with my thanks, and it's always fun to create a shaped card!

I started with a base of Paper Temptress  Desert Storm Kraft cs and cut out my Shape EZ snowflake template. other shapes were cut from Basic Grey Aspen Frost paper. edges were covered with either Prima chalk ink or white acrylic paint and stickles. the white pure elegance organza ribbon ties such pretty bows, and you can see how the iridescent stripes catch the light! just gorgeous!  the absolutely precious red satin with white polka dot 1/8" ribbon ties a few little twigs to the bow, mimicking the snow angel's arms stretched ever so wide. :)

cutey snowman angel image is by Sassy Cheryl, sentiment is from Create with TLC, flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, and cute little dew drops are from Double Click Skittles. I just received them in the mail as part of a prize package I had won. couldn't wait to put them to use! :) stickles on main image for snow and wink of stella pen on wings for some sparkle. he sits on a ticket and is surrounded by mini doilies from Etsy.

whew.... lots going on, but it turned out so nice, I think. :) perfect way to say thank you to someone for their kindness!

Double Click Skittles - something new (my skittles and new stamps from them!)
Di's Digi Designs - new to you (skittles and stamps on sentiment piece)
Allsorts - what's new (skittles and stamps on sentiment piece)
Card Mania - winter fun
Cute Card Thurs - anything goes
Pile it On - anything Christmas/Winter
Crafty Calendar - something new (skittles and stamps on sentiment piece)
Bastel-traum - winter
World Wide Open DT Ch - anything goes
Paper Sweeties - photo inspiration
As You Like It - anything goes
Star Stampz - Winter Wonderland
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Crafty Boots - snow and sparkle
Eureka - snowman or snowflakes

Friday, January 1, 2016

A Pirate Parrot's Adventure

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

Happy New Year to all of you!
yes, I just shared a card with you a short time ago and now have another! no, it's not going to be like this all year long in 2016, I promise!  just at the beginning of every month, so I hope you will bear with me. :)

Crafts Galore Encore is sponsored by Fabrika Fantasy Digi Stamps in January, and our theme for the challenge is 'Anything Goes.'

I have used the cutey Pirate Parrot 2 on my card. he just makes me smile and was such a joy to paint! :)  designer papers and anchor sticker are from the Basic Grey Adrift collection, little flower is by Petaloo, and enamel dots are some I made. Black burlap string is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. I used my SU! ink squirty tool on the main image. some day I'll figure out the name of that thing! ;) little banner punch is also by SU!  oh yes, I partially embossed the card base with the parquet embossing folder by Crafter's Companion.

Enjoy your day! I look forward to what 2016 has in store for all of us! :)

QKR - Feathers or Fur
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Paper Shelter - anything goes
Creative Card Crew - anything goes
Allsorts - anything but Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - anything goes
CRAFT - anything goes

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Peace, Joy, and Christmas Heels!

It probably seems a bit strange to be sharing a Christmas card this late in the day on New Year's Eve, but when this post goes live, it will actually be New Year's DAY in some parts of the world! oh the glories of technology! :)

and you see, I am posting this as a brand new member of the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra Design Team! :) I am so excited to be a part of this team, not the least because it's going to help me get my cards done in time this year! grins! :)

For the past few years, I made a few Christmas cards each month beginning in January and had a nice stash by December. 2015 was a big flop for my holiday card making. I was so far behind and didn't come close to having enough. no way am I going to let that happen again! I'm going to be ready with my jingle bells on come Christmas 2016! who's with me?!  the great thing is that there are several challenge blogs out in bloggyland, (such as Crafty Hazelnut's!), so you can win prizes as you build your stash! doesn't get much better than that folks!

I have used the fun Christmas Heels image by Bugaboo and a sentiment by Create with TLC for my card. papers are from the Basic Grey Evergreen collection, buttons & holly sprig are vintage, and glittered rose is from Michael's. little plaid ribbon snippet is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. the holly sprigs on the shoes are covered in distress stickles and accented with my spica clear glitter gel pen. I also used distress stickles around the edges of the main image, which is matted by a doily. the sentiment piece was sprayed with kraft glimmer mist.

thanks so much for stopping by! may your 2016 overflow with blessings! :)

TTCRD - anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Pile it On - Christmas/Winter
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes with winter or Christmas theme
Coloring in Scrapland - Christmas
Dream Valley - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - anything Christmas goes (hi, Ruth!!!)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Garage Pallet Grunge Art

Coffee of the Day - Bourbon Pecan

Well life is slowly but surely get back to normal as we recover from all of the craziness that led up to the holidays....

Today I want to share with you a fun gift I made for my husband. he loves wooden pallets and the neat things people make with them. one of  his favorite things to do is look at all of the clever ideas on Pinterest for projects made with reclaimed pallets.

when I saw that one of my favorite online craft stores was carrying miniature pallets, I immediately ordered several so that I could make a Christmas gift for my hubby! when we would visit the auto parts store, I would find little odds & ends in the parking lot and put them in my pocket. the same when we would go to the car wash. since I am always picking up little doo dads and putting them in my pocket, no one in my family ever questioned what I was doing! guess the pack rat tendencies finally paid off! :)

While most people don't tend to think of ribbons and flowers as masculine, plaids, like the blue/gold I used here, and burlap string are perfect for any project you make for a guy. neutral flowers also go well. most guys like flowers as long as you don't go overboard. a few can add a nice touch.

the pallets were painted with numerous coats of paint and then sanded. I used a stamp by Prima and their chalk ink along one edge of the large pallet. I filled in the pallets with Prima products along with the hardware goodies I found. flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, Michaels, and Petaloo.

I challenge you to make a masculine project (or several!) in the upcoming year. I promise we'll have some challenge themes over on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog that will work well. grab some plaid ribbon and get busy! especially while that amazing sale is going on! go check it out! :)

Crafty Creations - anything goes
Deep Ocean - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
L'il Patch of Crafty Friends - anything goes
The Stamping Boutique - anything goes

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe

Coffee of the Day - Maple Fudge

Good Morning, everyone! so sorry I am late posting this recipe. it's been crazy around here, as I am sure it is for many of you as we get ready for Christmas Day. :)

Hot Cocoa Mix

11 cups dry instant milk powder
2 cups powdered non dairy creamer (or 1-8 oz. container) flavors are fun to try!
2  1/2 cups powdered confectioners sugar
2-16 oz. containers instant chocolate drink mix (I used Nestle Quick)
2 tsp. cinnamon

mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. store in an airtight container or glass jars for gift giving.

to use, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of  mix to 1 cup of boiling water. stir well.

if you would like to make a coffee/mocha version, add 1 to 2 cups of instant coffee to the above mix. I put mine through the coffee grinder to make it a bit finer.

when gift giving, I include, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and mints for fun add ins. :)


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry & Bright

Coffee of the Day - Butterscotch

Happy Saturday to all of you!

It's the last weekend before Christmas.... are you ready? almost? not quite? not even close?
when hubby and I first met back in college, he notoriously saved ALL of his Christmas shopping for Christmas Eve. it was a tradition for the kids in his family. drove me absolute bonkers, but I do confess to the rush of trying to find the perfect gift in what was left in the stores before they closed.... thank goodness we are waaaaaaaaaay past those days now. ;)


 I needed a special card to send out to my MIL with her gifts, so of course I turned to Paper Temptress card stocks to get me started. my card base is Desert Storm Kraft (as most of my cards are...). She has a special fondness for cats, so this adorable image from Mo's Digital Pencil was perfect for her! :)  I added some stickles to their Santa hats.

decorative papers from the Basic Grey Aspen Frost collection, vintage buttons, and a doily sprayed with glimmer mist were added. Tim Holtz holiday script dies were used to cut words from olive Basis cs. I so love this color! ribbon scraps were stapled to the upper right corner and then jingle bells were tied to a bow made from 1/8" red satin ribbon with white polka dots. little rose is by Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! hugs to you all! :)

p.s. some of you have asked for my hot cocoa mix recipe. I'll post it later this weekend.

A Gem of a Challenge - anything Christmas goes
Di's Digi Designs - anything Christmas
Mo's Digital Ch - traditional or non-traditional Christmas with an image by Mo (guess it's more traditional)
Little Claire's - special Christmas card (for MIL)
Sweet Stampin' - Merry Christmas
QKR - Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz - Christmas
Crafty Ribbons - favorite thing at Christmas: singing Christmas carols and being with the ones I love :)
Little Miss Muffet - holiday cheer
MAWTT - to a special person at Christmas
Creative Moments - anything goes/traditional Christmas
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Paper Shelter - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wed Ch - die crazy (Tim Holtz and Spellbinders dies)
WAW - anything encouraging goes
Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wed - anything goes

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Another Hot Cocoa Gift Set

Coffee of the Day - Blueberry Coffee Cobbler

This year, thanks to Really Reasonable Ribbon, I made many of my Christmas gifts. Today I'm sharing a Hot Cocoa set we have given to a very special family. Please forgive me that I didn't get photos of the individual bottles, as they were also decorated. I was in a hurry to get the photos taken, since this gift was immediately being passed along. :)

I started with a Starbucks Frappucino drink pack that was spray pained white. Authentique Tidings papers and embellishments were added to decorate, and of course pretty ribbons from the RRR store! :)

the Frappucino bottles hold marshmallows, chocolate chips, and mints - everything you need to take your hot cocoa from yum to YUMMERS! :)

ribbons, flowers, and paper also decorate the large canister that holds the hot cocoa mix itself.

products used:
3/8" Plaid Christmas red/green ribbon
Delicate Stitched Satin Forest Green
1 1/2" Red Gingham Ribbon
Red Burlap String
Catherine White Crochet Lace
Shimmer Satin Red Ribbon
WOC Gardenias
WOC Open Roses Red

thank you so much for stopping by today! it means a lot to me! :)

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Holly Jolly Christmas Ch - anything Christmas goes
Choux Choux Paper Art - Visions of Sugar Plums Linky Party

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Holiday Mocha Hot Cocoa Gift Set

Coffee of the Day - Eggnog

I want to share with you one of the Hot Cocoa gift sets I've made. The one I'm showing you today is actually a coffee flavored hot cocoa, so more of a mocha theme. These are so much fun to make, and I think the people who receive them are happy. :)

I start with a drink holder of some kind. this one was already a lovely kraft paper, so all I did was ink the edges with white craft ink. the bottle are the large single Frappucino bottles you can find in any convenience store. (I happen to have been on a S'mores kick of late! so yum!)  the bottles were run through the industrial dishwasher out at Camp to be sure they were properly cleaned and disinfected before filling.

paper & sentiment sticker are from the Authentique Christmastime collection. flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts, and buttons are from my stash. ribbons are a mix of stash and Really Reasonable Ribbons.

I can't believe I didn't get a photo of one of the bottles out of the container, as they are also decorated. I also realized as I was taking the pix, that I hadn't printed out the directions for making the hot cocoa. so I added a tag with the instructions later.  sorry my head has been so wonky. I've been having so many seizures for the past month, it's hard to keep things straight. :/

anyhow, I so appreciate you stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with another of these. :)

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Crafting From the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Boots - Christmas
A Snowflake's Promise - anything goes Christmas/winter
TTCRD - anything goes
Glory of Christmas - anything Christmas goes
Pile it On - anything Christmas/winter
Choux Choux Paper Art - Visions of Sugar Plums Linky Party