Friday, November 28, 2014

Guest Designing today for My Craft Spot

Hi There!

Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving? How many of you folks braved or braving the Black Friday Crowds?  Not this way! However, SALE ALERT at the end of this post!!!! You can shop in the comfort of your own home!

I am so glad you stopped by today because I am sure excited to share that I am guest designing at My Craft Spot today!

I have three different projects to share with you so let's get started:

Ornate Labels - Christmas: I stamped the Winter Wonderland sentiment inside an oval die-cut. I added the snowflake flourish to the top and bottom to complete the focal image.
Ornate Labels - Christmas and Ornate Label Die: I stamped the frame and sentiment then I used the Label die to cut it out. I took the entire collection of snowflakes that come in the Ornate Labels - Christmas set and added to my acrylic block. I then randomly stamped the snowflakes to the kraft panels which I adhered to the treat box before it was assembled.
The file for the treat box was one I have had and have been meaning to create a project with. I really like how it turned out.
 I used my Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge to cut the images for the other panels of the treat box.
I finished the treat box by embellishing with ribbon, a button and some jingle bells.
Jar Full of Flowers and Ornate Label Die: Switching gears from the holidays, I wanted to share a clean and simple Sympathy card using the Ornate Label Die. 
I layered the flowers both on the card base and the die-cut adding a pearl to the center for a finishing touch.
I really hope you enjoyed what I have shared today! I would like to thank Kimberly for having me as her guest designer. I love her products and I am thrilled I got to spotlight a few of them today!

**Kimberly is having a BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!! 10% off everything including sale items!**

I would also like to share at Decorate To Celebrate - Anything Goes.

Have a GREAT day!
Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving - with Trendy Twine

Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!

I hope you are able to spend the day with those that you love, and if you are away from your family, I hope that you can celebrate with friends!

A few of us Design Team gals over at Trendy Twine decided to do a group post sharing Thanksgiving projects, so please stop by the Trendy Twine Blog to see what the other talented ladies shared with you today. You will never be disappointed. 

I filled a festive drinking glasses up with some chocolate treats and packaged them in a celo bag. I created a tag using products from Jaded Blossom and added it to the brown bow using the most awesome Orange Truffle Trendy Twine!!!!

New to Trendy Twine??? Check out the other places where  You can be Trendy Twine Inspired! .....
Trendy Twine Blog~ HERE
and the
Trendy Twine Facebook page~ HERE
Don't forget to visit the 
the fabulous store Annie's Paper Boutique: 
                               Home of Trendy Twine~ HERE

Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine - Orange & Brown
I am also sharing at: Jo's Scrap Shack - Happy Thanksgiving, My Craft Spot, My Craft Spot - Thanksgiving and Fall, Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to Give Thanks for the blessings in your life!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving card!

Hello Friends~

I have a quick card to share with you! I never got a chance to make as many Thanksgiving cards as I wanted this year with so much going on. This will be the last one, and hopefully on it's way by the time this is posted.  I know the lighting isn't of those late night crafting sessions, and one of my light bulbs blew out, so that didn't help. :-(
I used My Creative Time A Thankful Heart stamps and dies. The Pumpkin is from a Sizzix die I have had for ages. The frame around the sentiment is from Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More also from My Creative Time.
Inspiration was found at: My Creative Time's current Designer challenge
I am also sharing at Jo's Scrap Shack- Happy Thanksgiving

I think I am most happy that I used up more scraps. Although the piles never seem to thin. :)

I hope you have a GREAT day!

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Kraft Journal #199 Leftovers

Hi Friends!

We have a new challenge this week at The Kraft Journal and it's called "leftovers". Many of you will be having plenty of those in your kitchen at the end of the week. :-)

I had a dear friend in mind when I sat down to create my card today. My heart is heavy for her as she lost her fur baby. 

I started by looking at what was on my desk for a starting point. I had a die-cut border laying there. I don't want to think about how long it's been on my desk because the rest of it I used over a year ago or longer.  I found a piece of patterned paper in my scrap pile to add to the top of the card and the rest fell into place very quickly and easily. 
I started with a Brown Kraft Cover Weight card base onto which I added a panel of patterned paper from my scrap pile to the top of the card. As mentioned, I had a die-cut border left over from a previous make that I attached to the red-floral patterned paper. Next I wrapped a remnant of Black Twill Tape tying in a bow which I embellished further with Red Baker's Twine and a cream button. Lastly I took scraps of Blackboard Stock Paper and Buff Ivory Cardstock to die-cut a paw to add to the center. On my desk just waiting to be used was a banner cut from Light Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock that I added to the upper right corner of the card. All that was left was to stamp the sentiment on the front. I used stamps from My Pink Stamper Everyday Life.
Please be sure to head over to the The Kraft Journal to check out the projects by the other talented ladies.  We hope to see your "Leftovers" 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.

Have a Fantastic week!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankful For You


Good Saturday Morning to you!  I shared a sneak about a week back of this Thanksgiving card I created using some Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine for the Trendy Twine Blog. In case you missed it, I am sharing the full view here! :)
I really love the colors in the Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine.  It's just perfect for this time of year.  I used stamps from My Creative Time - Piles of Smiles.
You still have a few days to join in our Trendy Twine Challenge Fall Foliage! We love to see all your fabulous projects in our gallery.
Deadline is:  11:59 pm, Monday, Nov. 24th.
Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine - Orange & Brown

I am also sharing at Sisterhood of Crafters - Thankful, Fun Day Friday Challenge - Thanksgiving
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Believe - Santa Treat Bag

Hello there!

{I am honored and excited to note this made Top 3 at My Craft Spot on 11/26/14}

I have a little Santa treat bag to share with you! It's perfect to slip a gift card in as well as some yummy chocolates.
I've added a sentiment from My Craft Spot Ornate Labels - Christmas to the bottom. We all must believe in the magic of Santa! I added some chunky glitter to his hat for a bit of texture and the snowflake ribbon is what keeps the sack closed.

I am going to share at My Craft Spot - 3D Christmas challenge, Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes, Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for peeking in on me today! I hope you like it! 
Have a Fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thank you~


Well, I have been deep in mass producing Thank You cards for my son. His birthday was on the 10th and he had a birthday party on Sunday with his travel ball teammates as well as a few others he has met through other baseball teams he has been on.  So it only seemed appropriate to make a simple baseball thank you card.  It's pretty much all the boy talks and reads about even in the off season.

The key to mass producing is quick and simple in design. I was also determined to use up some scraps. Other than the card base, everything else was from my leftover pile. Yay...still no dent was made. Boo!

Here is one of many and the rest are still in "production" as I type this.
 I started with a Blackboard Card base, and added my patterned paper onto a panel of Brown Kraft Cardstock.  I used the same Kraft to cut out the Thank You from My Creative Time.  The baseball is one that is in my files from the Silhouette Store. 
It's a work in progress that I hope is complete by the time this goes live! :-)
Nice and flat for mailing! 

This is the month for giving thanks, my son has a lot to be grateful for...friends and family that are far who could not be here yet showered him with gifts, a wonderful baseball team that makes him feel like family, and the opportunity do what he loves 9 months out of the year!

I know you see a lot of baseball cards on here, but it's our love!  I love that I have the opportunity to make something special for all those in our son's life that share the same passion. It's why we do what we do. Right now we are missing it! If you missed yesterday's post, click here. I actually share some "personal" photos. My son got to meet  a Pro baseball player.  A day we will always remember!

Thank you for letting me share what I am working on!  Many of you know I have been struggling with balance lately! Still working on that and finding my mojo!

I am sharing at: Simply Create Too: Thank You, The Sisterhood of Crafters: Thank-ful, Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Have a Terrific Tuesday~

Monday, November 17, 2014

TKJ#198 Sketch Challenge

Hello Friends,

Today we have a sketch for you at The Kraft Journal. I kept it pretty simple and followed it pretty closely.  A little over a month ago we had the privilege of meeting Miami Marlins Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia when they were in town playing our beloved Washington Nationals.  Mr. Saltalamacchi actually arranged for our tickets through a friend of ours even though we are HUGE Nats fans. He is a class act. He invited us to come to their dugout and meet him. He knows my husband is in the military and wanted to thank him for his service. What an honor! We love baseball, and there is enough baseball love to go around!!!

I made a card to show him our appreciation, and my husband also gave him a military coin. He was so appreciative and so down to earth and he spent a lot of time with us visiting and encouraging my son to always be positive in the game and to remember it was about having fun. He really took an interest in our family and did not seem put out or rushed to get back to the clubhouse.

It was a day we will always remember!  
I started with a base made from Blackboard Stock Paper.  I layered my card with patterned paper from DCWV Citrus Stack and bright yellow cardstock to coordinate with the Maimi Marlins focal image. Following the sketch, I added a blue banner down the center.  I then wrapped the card with Orange Baker's Twine several times and finished it in a bow. Lastly I added the oval focal image to the center to complete the card. 

Here is the sketch
Please be sure to head over to the The Kraft Journal to check out the projects by the other talented ladies.  We hope to see your Sketch 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.

Here are some pictures from our special day!

 He signed my son's catchers mitt!
As if that was exciting enough to meet son met the local sports newscaster.
We are missing baseball right now. Both playing and going to National games. Come on Spring!

Have a GREAT week!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fall Treats Gift Basket {Trendy Twine}

Good Saturday Morning! 

I have a little Fall gift basket to share with you this morning that I made for the Trendy Twine Blog featuring some awesome Orange Truffle Trendy Twine.

I put together a little gift basket that has some yummy apple butter that I picked up at a local pumpkin patch. I added a piece of fall patterned paper to the top to dress it up and wrapped a piece of Orange Truffle Trendy Twine before placing it in my basket surrounded by yummy Hershey Kisses and Rolos. I also added a cute orange pumpkin scrubby behind the jar. 
For the bag topper, I die-cut a large label using one of my Spellbinders dies from patterned paper.  The turkey is from a file in the Silhouette Store. I gave Mr. Turkey a little twine bow. :-) Rather than use the face that came with the file, I used a face from Peachy Keen Stamps Critter Faces. Sometimes it's just faster to stamp a face than paper piece. :-)
The pumpkins, Sign and Sentiment are all from Jaded Blossom. As you can see, that sign is just adorbs trimmed in that awesome Orange Truffle Trendy Twine.

Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine - Orange & Brown

Why don't you check out our current Fall Foliage Challenge and play along with us. You can read about it here.  It's an awesome way to win some more Trendy Twine! Yay! Now who doesn't want that???

Check out the other places where we share our projects .....

Trendy Twine Blog- HERE

and the
Trendy Twine Facebook page- HERE
Don't forget to visit the
Store - HERE

I am also sharing at Die Cuttin' Divas - Let's Talk Turkey, Allsorts Challenge - Anything But A Card, Jaded Blossom - Thankful, Decorate to Celebrate - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you have enjoyed my project and have a Super Fall  Saturday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Candy Cane Chickie Christmas Treat Packaging {DeNami Design}

Good Friday Morning!

I have a Sweet Treat to share with you using one of DeNami Design New Release stamps Candy Cane Chickie. I think it's a about you?

Here is my project:
 I used the CB400 Clear Boutique Boxes that come 10 to a pack that DeNami sells. I filled them with Red and Silver Hershey Kisses!  I added a length of red grosgrain ribbon around the box vertically and secured with hot glue.  Next I used a Tim Holtz snowflake Rosette die to create my focal point for the treats.
The real treat is our new friend Candy Cane Chickie which I stamped inside a snowflake. After I colored him in with Copics, I used the Quickie Glue Pen to add Blue Ice Glitter to his hat and the edges of the snowflake to give it some winter shimmer. Once dry he was secured to the center of the rosette and added to the treats. 

 There you have it....ready for gift giving this season. They are inexpensive to create...and easy to mass produce. 

Be sure to check out the new releaseHERE
Be sure to follow and like DeNami Facebook Page HERE!
Find DeNami Design on Flickr HERE!
More inspiration on Pinterest HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Watch Us Wednesday-Chipboard {The Kraft Journal}

Hello Friends,

I am over on The Kraft Journal blog doing a product spotlight on Chipboard.

I made two different cards for you showing two different uses, but the possibilities are endless. These are just two examples.

Here is a Christmas card I made where I used the chipboard to die-cut the tree, and then I cut the tree again from patterned paper.
I started by using a piece of the Small Precut Chipboard The Kraft Outlet sells and running it through my die-cutting machine using a Sizzix Tree die.  

 Next I printed some green gingham checked paper using the Buff Ivory cardstock. I waited a few minutes to make sure it was dry and I cut a piece to run through my die-cutting machine using the same die once more.  Next I adhered the patterned paper to the top of the chipboard piece.  This is a great way to create your own chipboard images. To give a vintage look, I inked the edges of the tree using Vintage Photo distress ink. 
I repeated the same process for the snowflakes, and I layered them on top of the other adding a brown button laced with Natural Hemp Cord.  I then stamped a greeting from My Pink Stamper Christmas Wishes onto a Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag.  I added patterned paper to the Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock base adding some vintage crochet lace trim to the top. Lastly, all I had to do was add the Chipboard tree image to the center adding the snowflakes and Scalloped Grungy Prim Tag to the middle of the card.
For my next card, I took another piece of the Small Precut Chipboard and placed it inside an embossing folder to create a sturdy background. I took the embossed piece and ran it through a stitched rectangle die to give it a nice finishing touch. 
All that was left was to layer and assemble the card. I just used pieces from my scrap pile to complete this baseball birthday card. For the baseball, I used a file I had already purchased from the Silhouette Store. 

I hope I have given you a few ideas for using chipboard in your projects.  It's also a good base to create good and sturdy tags which is perfect with the upcoming holidays. 
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Slugger

Good Morning!

Happy Birthday to my little slugger...the one you have heard me refer to as short stack. If you are a Mother, you can relate that birthdays have a way of making you wish you could make time stand still. In my case, in a blink of an eye I went from a diaper bag to a baseball seriously seems like it happened overnight. 

Well, as I stated in my post on Friday, I've been struggling to find a new balance in my life, and I didn't think I was going to get a card made for my son, but I did. He really pulled at my heart strings when he signed his friends card and said..."I really love that baseball player you used" after he went to bed, I sat at my desk and found a sketch and made the boy a card! Laundry, reports, and what the heck I am making for the bake sale will just have to wait...

The ribbon he picked out on one of the many craft store trips he has been dragged to and asked if I would make him a card one day using it. I didn't buy it that day, but I got it on another trip. So I hope he remembers and is surprised. 
The sentiment is from Jaded Blossom Go Team.
The Glove and Ball is from PTI 7th Inning Stretch
Player - Silhouette Store

I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration.
Here is an action shot of the birthday boy.
I hope you have a GREAT day!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Card {Trendy Twine sneak peek}

Good Morning Friends!

I hope you are staying warm and toasty this fall day!  Here is my sneak peek, but please head over to the Trendy Twine Blog to see my full card.
 Here is a look at the awesome Orange Truffle I used today.

Thanksgiving Orange Truffle Trendy Twine - Orange & Brown
Hope you have a Super Saturday!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Wanna Sketch All Star Birthday

Hello Friends~

Well, my little guy needed a birthday card for a friend...his poor mama is seriously struggling creatively.  Not sure I am happy with the end result.  Normally, paper crafting is my therapy, but right now, I am just in a place where that isn't even helping, but I know I'll get there....just need some time. 

I feel sad for my little man. His birthday is Monday, and I am not sure his own mama will be able to get a chance to make him a card. Pretty sad. Actually, he doesn't really care as long as his friends have cards. 

Now, I know you didn't come here for this gloom and doom, but it explains my lack of posting and blog hopping lately. I am not normally in a funk, but I have good reason, and a lot on my plate on top of it all, but it all works out and will all fall into place. Just have to find my new balance. :-)

Here is my card...I had some input from the short stack. He requested three different shades of blue for the stamped numbers. I used Chipped Sapphire distress ink for the Navy, and I wasn't happy at first, but I think it's growing on me.

I started with a Brown Kraft Cardstock onto which I added my patterned paper.  I took a strip of navy cardstock and added to the lower  portion of the card front topping with a star die-cut border.  Next I added the stamped background adding a die-cut baseball player which was cut using my cameo from a file purchased in the Silhouette store. To add dimension, I cut the image first using chipboard and then cardstock and layered them together. I added a star to the player's helmet using leftovers from the border.
I stamped the sentiment from PTI - 7th Inning Stretch onto a banner, and added it to the upper right corner of the focal piece. Lastly a few sequins and a leftover star was added to complete the card.

Inspiration was found at: Wanna Sketch #21.

Thanks for putting up with me today and stopping by! :-)