Thursday, November 29, 2012

10 Minute Craft Dash - Holiday Cheer and some EXCITING NEWS!

Hello there!

**Woohoo this was a 10 Minute Craft Dash Favorite on 12/4/12 Thanks for the shout out!**

I have some exciting news to share.....but you will have to wait till the bottom to find out! :-)

I am going to share my 10 Minute Craft Dash card first! Paulina has another fabulous color palette and the Sponsor is DeNami Designs! Woot Woot!
I started by gathering my supplies first!
And then the mad craft dash began.

I started with a 5 x 5 card base using navy blue cardstock. I layered a C-Flute Corrugated Kraft Paper onto my base. I had this on my desk leftover from another project.  I then cut a piece of white cardstock to size to stamp my Pine Wreath from DeNami Designs.  Next I added a sentiment from DeNami Designs Holiday Greeting Set to the center of the pine wreath. The finishing touches were to add glitz and glam. Noting I had time to spare, I added some snowflakes for added shimmer!
Final time to complete: 9 Minutes and 2 seconds
It's a wonder every time how I make it under 10 because I am slow as can be but this challenge sure lights a fire under me! :-))) Just no fussy bows and all the layering I usually do.
Won't you join the fun! There's still time!

I also would like to join the fabulous challenge at Paper Issues - Happy Holidays, Stampin' For Pleasure - Final Rudolph Day Challenge

The Ribbon Reel 
 I have been asked to join the fabulous and talented Design Team at The Ribbon Reel! You can read the announcement here. What girl doesn't love to play with pretty ribbon and embellishments! 

Thank you for popping in and visiting! I appreciate you letting me share my joyous news too!  

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Lunch Bag Kraft Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial

I have a fun little project for The Kraft Journal to share making your very own paper Christmas Trees from Lunch Bag Kraft.

The supplies you need include:
Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock.
* Wooden Bobbin
* Dowel Rod
* Stamps to decorate
* Glitter
* Embellishments

To start, you will need to cut some circles from Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock in the following sizes.
  • 6.25 inches
  • 5 inches
  • 4 inches
  • 2.75 inches
  • 1.5 inches

I used my Cricut, but you can utilize those resources in your house such as trace around bowls and cups. 
At this point, I stamped my circles randomly with some snowflake Images from DeNami Designs for a decorative touch.

Next I folded my circle in half.
Fold in Half Again.
And Again!
And one more time! :-)
Next you will need to snip the tip off.
The Next step (not pictured...lost my photographer) is to now open up your folded circles and fold accordion style.  

You will now repeat the process for the other circles.
Next you will place your dowel rod into your wooden bobbin and stack the folded circles.  For a touch of glitz, you may want to add a touch of glitter to the edges before stacking them.

Nottinghill Seam binding was added to the top; tied off in a fussy bow embellished with some jingle bells. 
A star was die-cut from C-Flute Corrugated Kraft Cardstock and painted for a shabby vintage look. 

Here's the finished tree. Fun and cute and easy to make. 

Be sure to stop by The Kraft Outlet to check out the wonderful line of Kraft Paper products! I would love it if you dropped by The Kraft Journal and left me some love! 

I am also joining in at Paper Issues - Happy Holidays, and thanks to Benzi...Little Red Wagon - Trim the Tree!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Silver and Gold Recipe Swap with Catered Crop


*Yay! This card was selected as a Top 3 Winner at The Shabby Tea Room...Thank You Ladies*

How is your week starting off? My fellow American bloggy friends, I hope you are recovering from the Thanksgiving weekend. We are trying to play catch up after spending the weekend away. It was nice to get away, but all that catch-up work after is no fun especially with the holidays approaching and the house is array with tubs and totes everywhere.  

I had the distinct honor of having my shabby xoxo card chosen as one of the Winning Recipe cards at the Catered Crop, so I was asked if I would create a card in this weeks Quickfire recipe swap.  
So here is my quickfire card using Silver and Gold! :-)
I stepped outside my norm and created a 5x5 card base using Rustic Cream. I layered a textured white cardstock by DCWV which has been embossed with a damask pattern. 
I am trying to get a jump on making some Christmas Thank You cards to have ready for after the, this will be the first of many in the days ahead I am sure.  The So Sweet of You sentiment is from Paper Sweeties You make Me Smile

The glitzed and glammed die-cut tree was actually ready to go just waiting to be used on a project. I had cut this last year and never got around to using it and thought it was perfect for this challenge. Another reason to NEVER EVER TOSS anything out. :-) The only addition I added was some chunky snowflakes to the edges.

The gold and silver ribbons are from MayArts. 

Further inspiration for this card was found at:
The Shabby Tea Room - Just Neutrals

Paper Issues - Holiday Happy
Stampin' For Pleasure - Final Rudolph Day
Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your day with me. I know this is a busy time of year! It means the world to me!
Hugs and blessings!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Celebrate Your Day - All Things Grow With Love


I am still taking a little break from Holiday cardmaking at the moment. I am sure I will be back with more Holiday shares before the season is over. 

Today the weather is warm for this time of year and instead of feeling like fall, it feels more like spring although it is very apparent visually it is not Spring. It reminds me of what is to come. New beginnings. As we round the end of 2012 and start thinking forward to 2013, there are many new beginnings.  So in a round about way, my card is to new beginnings and fresh starts. Growing things with love! 
I started by piecing together my patterned papers and adding to my coral card base. I cut a paper doily in half adding some vintage buttons which have been embellished with twine. The die-cut was added to the center where three more vintage buttons with twine were added to the top. 
A crochet flower was placed at the lower left of the card front adding a beautiful paper yellow rose to the center.
A length of Crochet Trim was added to the top and a fussy seam binding bow was created adding a beautiful fabric button to the center. Last, but not least, a sentiment from Paper Sweeties; You Make Me Smile was added to the right side of the card front. 

Inspiration for my card comes from: The Ribbon Reel: Crochet
We were to create a card / project using CROCHET LACE or CROCHET FLOWER plus BUTTON & RIBBON/TWINE

That's all for me friends!  It will be quiet on the blog for the next few days! I look forward to posting again when I return and we get back in our routine. 

Many blessings and hugs!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A little Shabby xoxo

Hi there!

(Woohoo, I am excited and honored that this card was chosen as the Winning Recipe card at The Catered Crop on 11/25/12)

I decided to take a little break from holiday creations and create something shabby!
Started with a card base of Rustic Cream cardstock and placed my patterned paper on top.  I layered the center of the card with a tag I cut from a vintage rose image I had in my stash, a digital image from The House Across the Bay Etsy shop, and circular heart border die layered with a pretty pink patterned paper and a dainty teacup embellished with a beautiful paper rose.
Two little pennant flag banners are tucked in behind the tag.  A length of crochet trim was added to the top of the card.

A shabby bow was created with some vintage seam binding trim embellished with a vintage button and a cute little tag with a sentiment from Paper Sweeties - You Make Me Smile.
A final touch was adding a little butterfly which I have punched from Rustic Cream cardstock which has been embossed and embellished with a sweet rose. 

I am joining in the fun at Catered Crop - Rustic and Lace and Paper Playtime - Anything Goes

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my card! I hope you have a great Tuesday! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Kraft Journal - Holiday Cards

It's an Honor for me to add to note that this card is being featured over on the
Paper Issues Blog 11/29/12

Hi Everyone and Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Today is time for a new challenge at The Kraft Journal! This week's theme is Holiday Cards
I started with a base of Lunch Bag Kraft from the Kraft Outlet.  On top of that, I pieced together some patterned paper adding a panel of Buff Ivory cardstock where the papers met. Next I quadrupled some Natural Hemp Cord around the card front and tied off in a knot
The beautiful silhouette image is from Hero Arts Greatest Gift and was 
stamped on a die-cut made from Lunch Bag Kraft.  
Lastly some red buttons were added which 
have been laced with some Natural Hemp Cord. 

I hope you will play along with our Holiday Card Challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  All of our followers who participant in our challenges for the month of November have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

I am joining in at Crafty Sentiments - Christmas, Paper Issues - Holiday Happy, and Paper Playtime  - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Have a great week!


Saturday, November 17, 2012

It's Your Birthday - Do the Hula!

Good Morning!

Coming on real quick today! My son was invited to a Hula Birthday Party at a neighbors. So I pulled out my beloved retired stamps that saw much use when I lived in Hawaii. I also found some papers in my stash that was purchased at a LSS when we lived there as well. It was just scraps, so I put to good use today.  Times like these always proves why we hoard and not get rid of those things we rarely use! :-))))

 I didn't have a lot of spare time, so I pulled some inspiration from the Mojo Monday Sketch this week. So here is my fun little card which is making me miss those warm sunny days with the beautiful trade winds. 
I started with a bright and sunny yellow card base adding my layers of fun tropical prints. I created a tag and antiqued my edges and stamped my vintage Hula Girl in Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored her in with Prisma Pencils and Mineral Spirits. A length of pink ric-rac trim was added to the top for a decorative touch and some natural raffia ribbon was looped through and tied in a bow. 

The sentiment is from Dandelion Designs (a company based in Hawaii) and a Hono (Turtle) image was stamped in kraft ink. 

Hopefully our little Hula Birthday girl likes it! 

I hope you have wonderful things planned for the weekend. We will be taking the short stack to an Open House at a Baseball Academy for food, fun, and baseball drills. He love loves loves baseball right now, so he is pretty excited. 

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch I flipped. 
I am also joining Paper Issues - Stamp On It!
Pixie's Crafty Work Shop - Snippets and scraps! :-)

I have to give a shout out to my friend Colleen who helped me get a better understanding of a photo program I have but I didn't know how to utilize. Still so much to learn....just need more hours in the day! 

Hugs and Blessings!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dream, Wish, Believe

Happy Friday Ya'll!

Let me tell's been one of those weeks. I have a computer on the verge of crashing...ugg. So it took me forever to get these pics uploaded and I wasn't able to crop them to show the details like I wanted. So, I was happy just to get them on the blog period. So I apologize. The card looks prettier in person.

I started with a rustic cream card base adding an embossed Lunch Bag Kraft layer. I used the Letterpress technique.  
A poinsettia and leaves was die-cut from felt and layered on some beautiful lace trim which I have threaded with red satin ribbon. 

Embellishing touches include beautiful stick pins, a german glass glittered star, and a button laced with some Natural Hemp Cord
Finally a sentiment from Paper Sweeties You Make Me Smile was stamped on a banner in Real Red ink adding some Red Rhinestones for a touch of glitz. 

Inspiration for this card was found at the following:
The Ribbon Girl - Sparkle
 Catered Crop - Rustic & Lace
My Mum's Craft Shop - Winter Wonderland
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas

I am exited to share a colorful Rainbow card was the winner at The Ribbon Reel. So honored!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope things slow down soon and I can catch up with you all!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Joy - Pink, White, and Gold

Hello Crafty Friends!

There is a new challenge this week at Inspired By Stamping Inspirational Challenge.  It's a pretty one! Pink, White, and Gold using the photo as your inspiration.  

Here is what I have for you today! 
I used a total of 5 Inspired by Stamping stamps sets and stamped my little heart out. :-)

A length of Satin Ribbon was was wrapped around the card front and tied in a knot just above the Mason Jar filled with snowflakes and ornaments!
Here is the Inspiration photo for the week. 

I am adding this to Paper Issues - Stamp on it! {Lots of stamping going on here :-))))}
Hugs and Blessings!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Kraft Journal 96 - Turkey Time

Hello Sweet Crafty Friends!

Welcome to the The Kraft Journal Turkey Time Challenge! :-) Today the Design Team and I will be sharing inspiration with a "Turkey" theme. 

For today's card, I started with a base of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock from The Kraft Outlet which I lightly inked the edges with vintage tea stain dye. On top of that, I pieced together some patterned paper adding a ric rac trim of Lunch Bag Kraft where the papers met. A snippet of Savannah Seam Binding was tied into a fussy bow embellished with a button and Natural Hemp Cord.  A Chipboard Button embellished with a glittered maple leaf was added to the lower right of the Vintage Thanksgiving graphic. A final finishing touch was adding a length of ivory crochet trim to the top of my card.

I hope you will play along with our Turkey Time challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  All those that participate in our challenges for the month will have a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate from The Kraft Outlet....and you also get a chance to be considered for The Feature Me Friday artist post on The Kraft Journal blog!

I am adding this to Little Scrap Pieces - Happy Thanksgiving!
Paper Playtime - Autumn Colors

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

DeNami Designs Thank You Blog Hop

Welcome to the DeNami Designs Thoughtful Thank You Blog Hop!  
If your on track with the hop you should have arrived from
Wendy Elliot's  blog.  If not, no worries
just head on over to the DeNami Designs 
blog to start at the beginning
so you don't miss a thing!
Here is what I have for you today!
I started by die-cutting a heart on post-it paper to create 
a mask to stamp the leaves from the Autumn Stamp set 
around it and all over the panel. 
I then stamped the Small Scalloped Heart 
inside the masked out white space adding a button to the center.
At the top, I added a white panel and stamped the 
Thank You sentiment from the 
Assorted Greeting Set at the right side
then bringing a length of ribbon across
which has been anchored by a button.
The panel was then mounted on the card base 
with foam mounting tape to give some dimension.

Thanks for hopping along today! Remember to leave a comment 
along the way on each participant's blog to be eligible for
a mini shopping spree from DeNami Designs. 2 very lucky
commenters will win $20.00 gift certificates
You have until 
November 12, 2012, 11:59 PST to leave comments on all the
blogs to be eligible for the gift certificates. 
Your next stop is: 
Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Creative Paper Trade - Fall Sweeties


Burr,  fall is in full swing here in Northern Virginia! We still have a few leaves left on the trees.  But less and less. The theme at Creative Paper Trade is Fall Sweeties.
I started by adding a piece of textured blue patterned paper to my card base. A heart doily was misted  and inked to give it's custom color.   Sophie, from Paper Sweeties, was stamped in Tuxedo Black ink.  She was then colored in with Chalk and mineral spirits; hand-cut, and dressed in an outfit from Mahalo then adhered to the card front. 

A length of crochet trim was added to the lower portion of the card adding some beautiful blue buttons which have been laced with twine. And to finish my card, a sentiment from You Are Special was stamped onto a pennant banner and adhered to the upper left of the card front.

As mentioned, Inspiration for my card was found at Creative Paper Trade.

Well, that is it for me! Sorry so short. It's the short stack's birthday tomorrow, so I have quite a bit on my to do list. 

I am joining Paper Playtime - Autumn Colors

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Let Us Give Thanks - The Kraft Journal Happy Harvest Challenge

Today starts a new challenge at The Kraft Journal and this week it's Happy Harvest.  I began with a card base of Lunch Bag Kraft and used lots of layering which consisted of doilies, patterned papers, twine, and decorative tape.  
The image was die-cut and stamped using Wplus9 Pretty Patches: Pumpkins and mounted with foam adhesive on a Pinking Square. The sentiment was cut into fishtail banners onto Buff Ivory Cardstock. Last I finished off by adding some buttons by tying off using some Natural Hemp Cord

I am joining in at Pixie's Crafty Snippet Challenge - All leftovers from previous makes. 

I hope you will play along with our Happy Harvest challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  All those that participate in our challenges for the month will have a chance to win a $15.00 gift certificate from The Kraft Outlet....and you also get a chance to be considered for The Feature Me Friday artist post on The Kraft Journal blog!

WooHoo, Great News!

Guess who is in the November issue
of Country Living Magazine?
The Kraft Outlet Was!!!!
The Kraft Outlet is listed as one of the
"Websites We Love" and they
featured the vintage style Library cards!

Hope you have a blessed week!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hello Friday...

Hello Friday am I happy to see you after the week we have had! So much sadness on the news and my heart really goes out to those affected. I know I have said this a lot this week, but we felt the affects of this storm and I am counting my blessings. 

I created a Thanksgiving card today and I have a lot to be thankful for.  I have a mile long list to complete and you have lots of hopping to do, so I am going to go with the KISS method on this post.
I used The Paper Players Sketch as inspiration.  The papers coordinate so perfectly together it's hard to tell that the strip in the middle is not part of the pattern on the paper. :-) The stamps I used today are from DeNami Designs.
This is why pictures never do projects justice. I made the sentiment banner wavy, so I took a side angle to give a better visual. 

As mentioned, I found my inspiration from The Paper Players Sketch Challenge

Twisted Tuesday - Free for All
Have a wonderful and Blessed weekend!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Score - A Huge Thanks

Hi There!

I am taking one for the team on this one! :-) I had to put aside all my girly things for the day in preparation for the end of fall soccer. You all know me and my "dreaded man cards", so I have one to share with you today. 

My son's coach is a busy man as well as his assistant (his wife). They both work full time. He is a Chiropractor with a busy practice and had to shift his patient load around and his wife is an executive who works 45 minutes away from where we meet for practice, so she leaves work early to make the practices and runs the administrative end. We wanted to show our appreciation to them because they really stepped up to the plate.  So I hope a handmade card to go along with their gift shows how much we admire what they did for our boys!
As you can see in this picture, there is dimension and texture.

Realizing my son is a sports fanatic and I am going to be bouncing from sports event to sports event, I broke down and bought the Sports Mania Cricut Cartridge.  I had a little help with the Soccer Ball and the Font. However I do not claim to be an expert, and that machine intimates the heck out of me. I have owned it far too long to not know how to operate it properly. 
The sentiment is from Paper Smooches Surf and Turf and the Stars are from Paper Smooches Little Fella.

The Soccer Ball was placed on a Spellbinders Classic Standard Circle Die and mounted on a Label's 16 die-cut. 

Inspiration for my card was found:
Thank You Challenge at Paper Smooches!
Twisted Tuesday - Free For All

Thank you so much for visiting me again today!