Friday, May 31, 2013

Festive Friday Merry Christmas...

Hi all!

{This is my second post of the day, for my DeNami Designs Tutorial post click here.}

It's one day before June, and I am bringing to the ol blog my first Christmas Card of the year. Many of you have had a jump start on this, and I am late to the game. I would still be in good shape by December if I could keep up the rest of the year, but I am pretty sure that is not going to happen! :-) It's also hard to get in the Holiday mood when it's in the 90's. One week ago, I had to grab my winter coat, and now we have hit the hot and humid climate of summer! (I guess we skipped spring) Oh Mother Nature! :-)

Here is my Festive Christmas card to share!

I started with a Kraft Cover Weight base onto which I added my patterned papers from Authentique's Festive line. I took part of a doily and added to the bottom half of where the papers divide followed by adding a length of May Art's shear gold trim to the center.  

In gold, I stamped and embossed my Ornament from Waltzingmouse stamps onto red cardstock and then die-cut it with the coordinating Spellbinder die. I stamped Merry Christmas onto green cardstock in gold ink and heat embossed and added to my ornament after I hand-cut into a banner.  

A bow was tied from cream grosgrain ribbon trimming the ends with pinking shears. I die-cut some Holly Leaves which I scored down the centers for dimension adding to the center of the bow finishing off with a button and twine. Finishing touches include, crochet trim, a German Glass Glitter Star embellished with button and twine and pearls. 

Inspiration for this card was found at:
Festive Fridays- Color Challenge
3 Girl Jam - Anything Goes With Ribbon
Sunday {Fun}day - Linky Party
Craftin Desert Diva's - Anything Goes with Ribbon and Twine.
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!

DeNami Tutorial/Tip - Coloring Solid Stamped Images with Colored Pencils

It's my turn to do a little stamping tip over on the DeNami Designs Blog today...I hope you can stop by and see how I took this
 To make this:
Come by to check it out and see the rest of the card!
I sure would love it if you did! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

*** Bloom *** Inspire ***

Hello Friends!

{So stinkin' Excited that this card was chosen winner of TSTR on June 3rd...}

I have a sweet little card to share today! When I should be cleaning up...I end up playing! *grin*.  I pulled out my sweet little Paper Sweeties and got inky! I needed another stress reliever anyway! 

Here it is!
I started off with a white card base and I rounded the top corners. I followed by adding the yellow patterned paper to the card base after I rounded the top corners to match.  I stamped a banner from Paper Sweeties Fun Shapes and hung with some pretty Baker's twine in the upper left portion of the card.  I gave Abigail a dress from Jelly Bean Time and gave her a watering can to hold from May's release Live Love Grow
On some carnival tickets, I stamped the sentiments Bloom from Live Love Grow and Inspire from Beautiful.  Lastly I pleated some aqua satin ribbon from my stash embellishing with yellow buttons and twine.  I created a fluffy handmade flower from tissue paper to complete the look. 

I found inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room...
My watering can was inspired by the striped coffee mug.
and Papercraft Star - Handmade flowers, Craftin' Desert Diva's - Anything Goes With Ribbon and Twine, 3 Girl Jam - Anything Goes with Ribbon, D.L. Art Thankful Thursday - Anything Goes Linky Party, Sunday Fun{day} - Linky Party, Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes, Fab'n'Funky - Girly

I hope you have a Terrific Thursday!

Monday, May 27, 2013

The Kraft Journal #123 Use Any Sketch.

Good Morning!

{Woohoo, this card was selected as Top 3 at Craftin' Desert Diva's on 6/9/13...thank you I am honored}

For today's "Use Any Sketch" challenge at The Kraft Journal, I followed the sketch from The Paper Loft. I used a base of Brown Kraft Cover Weight onto which I layered a white embossed honeycomb panel. I distressed the edges for a shabby feel.  Next I used papers from the Kraft & Black Cardstock PadC-Flute Corrugated Kraft Paper which I painted white and distressed with the sander, and then I used the Old Newpaper Washi Tape  on the circles Before adding the circles to the embossed panel, I took a length of Black Twill Tying Tape and wrapped it around the card face horizontally and tied in a bow adding another bow made from Natural Hemp Cord embellished with a white paper rose. 
My final finishing touch was adding a handmade burlap rose and leaves which has a Memo Pin holding a Chipboard Flag Piece with coordinating Flag Banner Sticker for my stamped DeNami sentiment.

As mentioned, inspiration for this card comes from The Paper Loft May Sketch challenge. 
I am joining in at Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes. 3GirlJam - Anything Goes With Ribbon. My Craft Spot - Ribbon & Twine, Sunday {Fun}day - Linky Party, D.L. Art - Anything Goes Linky Party, Craftin Desert Diva's. - Anything Goes with Ribbon and Twine.

This is my last post for The Kraft Journal as a DT member for the time being. I look forward to returning with the team in September.

Thank you so much for visiting me today!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The Ribbon Reel #54 - Thanks

Hi and Good Evening!

Welcome to another bi-weekly challenge at The Ribbon Reel! It's Jeanne's turn to host and she ask us to use the colors in the inspiration photo - Violet and Green add ribbon and a flower. 

Here is my take:
The Ribbon Reel Supplies used:
I used a sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler inside of my chipboard frame that I cut using my Cricut from a recycled cereal box. I painted the frame with white acrylic paint which I sanded. A final touch to the frame was adding some chunky glitter and a button.

Below is the inspiration photo! I would love to have this cart in my yard! 

Please head over to The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog to see what the other talented ladies have created for you.  We hope you join us in the gallery over the next two weeks for your chance to win some Ribbon Reel goodness. 

I am just getting this in under the wire at My Craft Spot - Ribbon and Twine challenge. Sisterhood of Crafters - Say it Loud! D.L. Art - Anything Goes Linky Party. Sunday {Fun}day - Linky Party.

Thank you for visiting me!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paper Smooches Sparks - Celebrate

Hey there!

(Thank You Paper Smooches Sparks DT for the shout out! I am honored, Thank you to the My Craft Spot DT for Top 3 selection)

It's Memorial Day Weekend in the States, and it's time for us to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for freedom not only for the USA, but others. 

I have a little card to share. I was completely inspired by the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge this go around and this is what I came up with. 
I started with a Lunch Bag Kraft card base onto which I layered my white cardstock and patterned papers. I took a length of white seam binding and tied off in a fussy bow embellished with a button and twine. 

At this point, I started building the center focal image of layers! 

I paper-pieced the ice cream from Paper Smooches Sugar Rush adding to my oval die-cuts and embellished with some glittery stickles and a button. I added some ribbon snippets which I banner cut the ends and placed between my star and focal image finally layering on the red die-cut. 

Lastly, I stamped Celebrate onto a half decorative oval and placed at the top of my card. 

As mentioned, I found inspiration at Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge
I am also joining in at Sunday {Fun}day Linky Party, DL Art Thankful Thursday Anything Goes Linky Party, 3 Girl Jam - Anything goes with ribbon, Little Scrap Pieces - Red, White, and Blue. My Craft Spot - Ribbon and Twine

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I will be back tomorrow night for the new challenge at The Ribbon Reel!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Monster Size Birthday...

Good Friday Morning!

I am sorry I have been pretty absent making the rounds as of late! I've had a lot of extra "stuff" on my plate! I did a little de-stress card making to try and unwind before bed last night. Not sure it was the best idea to try and craft when I was up so late. I needed more kiddo birthday cards especially ones that are fit for a boy.  Clean and Simple is all that I could "monster" up! Eek, it's stupid early with little sleep and I am using corny puns! 

Here is my super simple card! I am also keeping this post super simple! :-)

I used Monster Fun from Hero Arts. I gave him a blue eye by using a dew drop. Some fun striped paper and a ric rac border. This is definitely not my typical card, but for kiddo birthdays I usually keep them simple.
I am joining in at A Blog Named Hero - Clean Up Your Act.
Paper Players - CAS Masculine
Thank you for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Graduation Set - DeNami Product Spotlight Blog Hop

Hi there!

I am back with some more Graduation Inspiration since my last post on Monday!  

Today DeNami Designs is spotlighting the Graduation Cling stamp set. You get a 10% savings for one week only! It's also a Design Team Blog Hop and I am your LAST STOP on the HOP! Hopefully you have hopped along the way and left a comment for your chance to win this stamp! If you are just wondering in, no problem, you can find the list below!
Starting with a Sky Blue card base (on sale), I added a piece of striped designer paper at the top and rounded the bottom corners. I then stamped out the various images from the Graduation Cling stamp set using Tuxedo Black, Satin Red Versafine, and Deep Lagoon Versafine inks.  I used a 3/4 and 1 inch circle punch for the images and arranged them along the middle around the die-cut star.  I stamped and colored the Graduation Owl inside the Demi Dot Circle Frame.  Finally I added the Small Congratulations sentiment in the lower right corner of the card. 

Now don't forget to leave a comment before you go! You could be the proud new owner of this stamp set!!!
All DeNami cardstock, ribbon, and glassine bags are on sale. It's a great time to stock up and save. 
Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Kraft Journal #122 Celebrations - Graduation Card

Good Monday Morning!

For today's "Celebrations" challenge at The Kraft Journal, I chose to make a graduation card.  It's that time of year for Grads and Dads. It sure seems like time is just flying right on by! I started with a Brown Kraft Cover Weight cardstock as the base onto which I added my pieced patterned papers from my stash of scraps. 

I added a gray die-cut trim to the left side of the card front next adding a doily to go underneath the Grungy Stained Hangtag which has a layer of Vintage Dictionary Pages and stamped images from DeNami Designs.  I used the Graduation Owl which has been colored with Copics and the Cling Graduation Set.  The sentiment Congrats is from the Thoughtful Greeting Stamp Set

I  further embellished the tag by adding some buttons and a paper bloom. My final finishing touch includes adding a length of Natural Twill Tape which I tied off in a bow embellished with a button and Natural Hemp Cord.
Please be sure to head over to the The Kraft Journal to check out the projects by the other gals.  We hope to see your Celebrations creations in the gallery this week for your chance to be featured on our "Feature me Friday" post as well as be entered to win a $15.00 gift voucher from The Kraft Outlet store.

I am joining in at The Ribbon Carousel - Celebrations, D.L. Art Thankful Thursday - Linky Party, Sunday {Fun}day - Linky Party

Have a magnificent Monday!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

DeNami Designs Fresh Florals Blog Hop

Hi and Welcome to DeNami Designs May Blog Hop!
If you are joining us today and following the blog hop order, you should have arrived from Linda Carpenter's Blog .  If you just wandered in, thanks for visiting me!!!!  You will want to be sure to start at the DeNami Design Blog, because you won't want to miss the wonderful inspiration AND you also don't want to miss out on YOUR chance to win a DeNami Designs Mini Shopping Spree.  2 very lucky commenters will win $20.00 gift certificates to DeNami Designs.  How fun is that!?!?! So show some love to all those talented crafters participating in today's hop and you could be a winner!
Starting with a cream card base, I added my distressed stamped patterned paper. I created this by bleach stamping using the Elegant Floral stamp and Mini Swirl Flourish stamp. Before applying to the card base, I distressed the edges for a shabby feel. I created two square focal panels and I used the Large Scallop Circle, Garden Bouquet which I have masked the stem and bow. From the Love Sentiments stamp set, I added the You're Special to the lower right in the circle.
I used the Elegant Floral Arch in the lower left panel. A row of DeNami Boutique Buttons was added which has been threaded with twine. A final embellishing touch was adding a pretty flower and leaves. 

Thanks for hopping along today! Remember to leave a comment along the way on each participant's blog for your chance to win a mini shopping spree from DeNami Designs. 2 very lucky commenters will win $20.00 gift certificates

You have until May 20, 2013, 11:59 PST to leave comments on all the blogs to be eligible for the gift certificates. Your next stop is: 
I am adding to Simon Says Stamp - Flower Power 
Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

10 Minute Craft Dash - Thinking of You!


{If you're looking for my Waltzingmouse Blog Hop post click here}

It's been awhile since I have participated in a challenge let alone the 10 Minute Craft Dash. I have not had a lot of crafty time lately. I intended to do some sorting and cleaning in my crafty space, but whenever I walk in I would rather...well...craft then sort or clean, so that is what I did. 

I love to layer, use multiple stamps, piece my backgrounds with patterned paper, but I have to let all that go when I take this challenge. I have not yet found the quick grove to add all those things under 10.  So, I started with a basic layout in my head and pulled my supplies for that. It's the only way I can remotely pull this challenge off each time. I am a slow crafter. 

So here are the supplies I started with:
Here is the finished work space: 
So here's the funny thing...I got a little cocky this time. I was so excited that I nearly finished my card in  7 minutes I just had to add "more", so I had to dig out my flowers and heat up the ol' glue gun.  The hysterical part was I had to cut the flowers off the wire, so wouldn't you know that it went flying behind the desk, and there I was on my hands and knees looking for this lost rosebud (which I am sure would not be a pretty sight anyone walking in my room about that time) and do you think I could find I cut another and darn if the same thing doesn't happen would think I learned my lesson from the first time. When it comes to my embellishments, I do not like any unaccounted for little pretties. :-)))) So that pushed my time with less than 1 minute to spare! Silly me! Another reason to have all possible supplies pulled!! :-))
I started with a lavender card base onto which I added my patterned paper. Next the doily was added to the center followed by adhering a strip of patterned paper to the center.  I then die-cut my label and stamped the frame and sentiment and added to the center.  After examining the buttons I pulled, I tried to find two as close in color and size as possible, but most crafters know that is nearly impossible. Since I was really good on time at this point, I decided to add some button twine before adhering them in place. 
Lastly, as I have explained enters the flowers. The stamps I used on this card is Waltzingmouse Stamps: Compact Sentiments and Vintage Labels 10.
Final time to completion was: 9:23
Here is the color graphic for the challenge.

Something else that I have been up to is making snack bags for baseball. Here is a close-up. It's not in me to handover a plain brown bag! :-)  
I used DeNami Designs: All Star Chickie Stamp Set, Sports Balls Stamp Set, and All Star Greeting Stamp Set.  The Glove was cut using my cricut. 

Thanks for letting me share my quick make with you. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Waltzingmouse Blog Party - May Teacher Appreciation

Hi all!  I am joining in for this months Waltzingmouse Blog Party! The theme this month is Teacher Appreciation.  

Here is what I have created for today's hop.
On a Buff Ivory card base, I layered my pieced patterned papers which are all from my scrap pile.  I die-cut a gingham apple using my Cricut which I have added to the center of  the stamped Labels 1 die using Very Vintage Labels 1.  I framed the apple focal image, using a die-cut from Decorative Labels 1.
I took a length of black satin ribbon and wrapped it around the left side of the card front and tied in a bow embellishing with a button and adding a triple twine bow. Lastly, I stamped my sentiment from Fancy Phrases to a banner and added to upper right of the card face. 
That's it for me today, I hope you are inspired to play along with the WMS Blog Party!
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I am also linking up to Sunday {Fun}day Linky Party, Shopping our Stash - Scrap Attack, D. L. Art Thankful Thursday Linky Party.

Thank you for popping by! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Paper Sweeties May Post Release and Rewind


So glad you stopped by for one more creation of the Paper Sweeties May Release!  Today's post will feature the new stamps along with an image from a previous release set. 

Now, Miss Emma is where I began this card as she has a brand new outfit from the new release "Live Love and Grow".  Her little table is from I'm Having a Tea Party. The potted flower and sweet sentiment is also from "Live Love and Grow"

Please be sure to stop by the Paper Sweeties Blog and the rest of this talented team to see one more Paper Sweeties creation!  

I am joining in at Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the new creations for Paper Sweeties the last few days! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Kraft Journal - Mini Twine Pompom tutorial


{This is my third post today, please click here for the DeNami Pinspired Post and Paper Sweeties Release click here.}

It's my turn to do a tutorial at The Kraft Journal.  This will be my last one for awhile as I am taking a few months off starting in June.  

I am going to share with you how to make pom pom's out of Baker's Twine that can be purchased from The Kraft Outlet.  

Let's get started shall we?

You only need a few supplies, but I am going to also give a supply list for the final card.

For the pompom's you will need
A Fork

Products for Final Card
Patterned Paper

To start, wrap the Baker's Twine around the fork tines several times. I am demonstrating mini pompoms here, so I only used two of the four fork tines. {Say that 10 times fast :-)))} Depending on how big you want the pompoms depends on how many to use. 
After you have wrapped it around multiple times, tie the twine in the middle and make sure it's tight. 
After you pull it off the fork, you want to double check and make sure it's good and secure by pulling on the ends. 
Next you will put your scissors through the loops at the end and cut. 
Repeat on the other side.
Now fluff your pompoms.
Below is a card I created using the pompoms. 
A close-Up!
I hope you feel inspired to make a few pompom's of your own. If you do, I would love for you to drop me a comment. I would love to see your fabulous work. 

I am joining in at Sunday {Fun}day #9 - Linky Party and D.L. Art Thankful Thursday - May Linky Party
Thank you for stopping by today!  Your visit makes my day!
Stamps:  Paper Sweeties: You are the most wonderful, So Proud of You
Paper: CS: The Kraft Journal, Patterned Paper: Recollections 
Ink: Momento: Tuxedo Black
Other: Crayons, Twine: The Kraft Outlet, Jenni Bowlin Memo Book: The Kraft Journal, Tim Holtz Journaling Ticket: The Kraft Journal, Button, DeNami Designs

DeNami May Pin-spired #2

Hello There....This is my second post of the day, for my Paper Sweeties Release Post please click here.

Are you enjoying the DeNami Pin-spired post?  I for one am really enjoying them both creating and seeing how the other talented ladies were inspired by the Pin-spired photos.

Here is what I created....

Here is the inspiration photo...
I started by creating some paper rosettes. Although, it's not showing up in the photograph, I stamped the  various cardstocks with images from Petite Fours: Heart Stamp Set and Mini Starlet stamp to create a tone on tone background. I used the same images for the center of the rosettes adding a Boutique Button and gem to the center of the stitched heart on the red rosette. 

I stamped the Large Scallop Circle on pink cardstock adding the Heart Flower Trio circle to the inside rounding the upper right corner. The Small Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped in a half circle that was tucked above the Heart Flower Trio.  

Be sure to check out a few of my teammates who have created something fabulous with this "Pin-spired" photo.
You won't want to miss their takes!