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Monday, July 24, 2017

Just Flying By

Hi Everyone!

The inspiration for today's card came from a card I saw on Pinterest.  Thank you to Clair Matthews for sharing your card. 

I have some mini envelope templates by Judikins.  I used the smallest one to create the mini envelope on my card.  Toni, I think you'd like the templates.  You just trace around the edges of the template and score in all slots.  Then you cut out along the traced lines and fold along the score lines.  I used 1/8" wide Scor-tape to adhere the flaps. 

The small butterflies were created from a Memory Box border die.  I used a paper punch to cut out the larger butterflies.  The sentiment was created with a wooden Inky Antics stamp. 

It's been a cold rainy day here today.  I am actually wearing a sweater!

Have a good night.



Friday, July 21, 2017

Happy Summer

Hi Everyone!

I just read my blog posts for the past few weeks and realized I have been posting lots of gift bags, wreaths, and pinwheels, but not nearly enough cards.  So today I'll post a few of them.

This is one of my favorite cards that I created back in June.  I made it to celebrate summer.

The layering paper was some K & Company that I had for years.  I remember loving that collection and wish I had more of it.  The pitcher of lemonade is a Lawn Fawn stamp that I fussy cut after I embossed and colored it.  I added some Wink of Stellar to it to make it sparkle.  I backed the image with foam tape to make it really stand out.  Notice the shadow effect I created for the "happy" sentiment.

I've been using this technique a lot lately.  I use different Spellbinder label dies to create frames on my cards.  When I study this picture I wish I had run the white frame through an embossing folder to add texture to it.  Next time.  But I do still love the card.

I love this card.  I used a Sizzix die to create the popsicle.  The popsicle is backed with a piece of fun foam.  The white paper behind the popsicle was run through an embossing folder. 

I used cans of frozen juice to make popsicles with my preschool students.  They were always so excited to make them and eat them.  There are a couple of cans of juice in my freezer.  I realized last night that I should use them up to make some popsicles for us.  They'd be perfect in this humidity.  Hmm, if I make some right now they'll be frozen by the time Robbie gets home from work...

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pineapple Pinwheel Wreath

Hi Everyone!

Marie is having so much fun decorating her new home.  Pineapples are one of the themes that she likes so last night I made her a pineapple pinwheel wreath.

The double sided patterned paper I used is so pretty.  There are pineapples and hearts on one side of it and white polka dots on a green background on the other side.  I added some dimensional pineapple stickers to the center of each pinwheel. 

After I cut the paper to make the pinwheels, I had some scraps leftover.  I used those scraps to create a small rosette wreath.

And a coordinating gift card.

Have a wonderful day and stay cool!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month?  Did you know that the 3rd Sunday in July each year is called National Ice Cream Day? 

On these hot summer days ice cream makes the perfect treat.  Even just opening the freezer to look for some ice cream, cools me off.  These days my favorite ice cream treats are Ben & Jerry's Pint Slices. 

You'll have to get your own ice cream, but I have some ice cream cards to inspire your creativity. 

I was happy to find some scraps of ice cream cone paper in my stash.  The cone was created with some Nestability dies.  I used an Amuse Artstamp to create the sentiment. 

I hope that you can see the glittery white paper I used to for the scoop of vanilla ice cream on this card.  The cone and ice cream scoop were created with some Nestablity dies.  I used some Lawn Fawn stamps to create the banner and the sentiment.  The cherry on tape is a brad from Eyelet Outlet. 
These ice cream cones were created from a paper punch.  I added some rhinestone cherries to the top of each scoop of ice cream.
Have a nice night!  It's a good night to have ice cream for dinner, right Marybeth?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rosette gift cards

Hi Everyone!

I haven't posted for a few days, but I have been busy crafting.  I now have a nice collection of gift bags, cards, and pinwheels for all occasions. 

I decided to make some gift cards with rosettes on them.  I have a couple of Tim Holtz rosette dies and I have been using the smallest one.  I hadn't made any in a long time and when I started making them last night it was a bit challenging.  But happily I now have the hang of it and I can make one pretty quickly.  I plan to make a variety of them for different occasions. 

Hope you'll enjoy this beautiful day!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Birthday Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

I've been busy organizing my paper punches today.  I store them in shoe pockets that hang on either side of the kitchen door.  I removed every punch, shook out the pockets and cut a sample of each punch.  Then I stapled the samples to the pockets and put the punches back in them.  Now I can easily find the punch that I need. 

I made a couple of birthday gift bags today too. 

I used a Nestability Ice Cream Cone die to cut the ice cream cone.  I put some foam under the scoop of ice cream to add dimension to the bag.  The cherry is a brad that was in my stash. 

This bag is a little more creative.  The cupcake wrapper was created from a Hero Arts tea cup cling stamp.  I cut off the handle of the tea cup.  I inked my stamp with VersaMark ink, stamped the tea cup, and then added green embossing powder to the image. 

The frosting on the cupcake was made with the top of a Sizzix ice cream sundae die.  I ran the die cut through a polka dots embossing folder.  Then I used Memento markers to add color to the dots.  The cherry is a honeycomb cupcake topper. 

Have a great night!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Fruity Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

On Friday I had no gift bags in my stash.  Now it's Sunday and I have 11 of them completely finished and ready to grab and go. 

Sometimes I just add die cuts to my bags, but I prefer to add dimensional elements.  Not sure why, but I have always been fascinated by honeycomb tissue paper.  I am guessing that when I was a little girl some of the centerpieces at my birthday party had honeycomb paper.   Anyway, when I saw some fruit honeycomb pieces I knew they'd be perfect for gift bags.

I used 5" x 8" bags this time.  They are a little smaller than standard bags, but were the perfect size for the fruit accents.  I added a piece of layering paper to each bag to help the fruits pop out.  I found some papers that have been in my stash for years that were just perfect for my project.  Now I wish I had more of some of those papers, but others will work for sure.

Here are the bags.

Which bag do you like best?  I like the ones with the purple grapes and the red apple. 
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

More Gift Bags

Hi Everyone!

I have 8 gift bags displayed on my desk right now.  It's safe to say that I am in gift bag mode.  I worked on some of them until after midnight and got up bright and early this morning to continue working on them. 

Sometimes I embellish store bought bags and other times I create and decorate gift bags from a template I saved on my computer.  The template is from PaperTrey Ink.   You will find it at this link.  Once you pay for the template they send you the download.  When you have downloaded it all you need to do is print 2 copies of the main template and one copy of the sides.  Then you cut everything out and assemble your bag.  I have to cut my patterned paper down to 8.5" x 11" to run it through my printer.  I use the leftover scraps to create the sides for my bags.

I wish I had a better photo of this bag, but you'll get the idea. 

I used some Memory Box stitched cloud dies to create the clouds.  Then I ran the clouds through an embossing folder to give them dimension.  I used a couple of different paper punches to cut the butterflies.  Each butterfly is actually 2 butterflies that are glued back to back.  I added some pearls to the butterflies and added additional pearls to create butterfly trails.  The butterflies are folded in the middle to give them dimension.

I used the same template to create this next bag.

I cut and created a pinwheel to add to the front of it. 

That's it for today!  Have a good one!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Pretty Poppies Gift Bag and Tag

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday.  As a crafter I try to keep a stash of handmade cards, gift tags, gift bags, and little gifts on hand that I can grab and go.  I have quite a few cards right now, but I have wiped out everything else.  When I went to Michaels the other day their "Spring Collection" of plain gift bags were on clearance for 70% off so I purchased several packages of them. 

I decorated one bag and created a coordinating tag today. I used Lawn Fawn's Pretty Poppies dies to cut some leaves and flowers.  I used Distress Inks to add colors to them. 

I used a Sizzix tags die to cut the tag.
Have a great night!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Button Cards

Hi Everyone! 

Yesterday I shared the pinwheel wreath I made for my front door.  Today I'm going to showcase a couple of the cards that I created with the scraps from my pinwheel project. 

I use a similar sketch for my cards again and again.  I like to post my message on the front of my cards. 

I used a stamp from Lawn Fawn's "Sew Lovely" clear stamp set to create the sentiment on this first card.  The buttons were paper punched with a Martha Stewart punch. 


The sentiment on the second card was created with "A Country Welcome" wooden stamp.  You probably can't tell by the photos, but I ran the layering paper on both cards through a Darice Buttons embossing folder.

Have a great day!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pinwheel Wreath

Hi Everyone!

It's time for a new wreath for the front door.  I looked around and decided to make a pinwheel one.  I chose some papers from Martha Stewart's 12" x 12"  Kids Double Sided Paper Pad.  I used my paper trimmer to cut sixteen 5" paper squares.  Then I used my We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board to punch and cut the paper into pinwheels.  When the papers were ready I created 8 double pinwheels.
I used a hot glue gun to adhere the pinwheels to a wooden wreath form. 

Here's my new wreath.

Instead of tossing my leftover scraps into a drawer I think I'll use them to create some cards.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bird Feeder

Happy 4th of July!

When I was visiting my sister I noticed a small birdhouse decoration sitting on a shelf in her greenhouse window.  A friend of hers had painted it and wood burned some flowers into it. 

I had seen birdhouses like that in JoAnn's and Michaels and decided I'd make some for my house. 

I painted a house with a couple of coats of apple green and white acrylic paints.  The paints dried very quickly.  I decided to use some of my papercrafting supplies to decorate the house.  I used a Fiskars grass border punch to cut some green tag grass.  I used a strip of 1/8" Scor-tape to adhere the grass to the base of the house. 

I cut off the prongs on some bird and musical note brads that I found in my stash.  I used glue dots to adhere the brads to the house.  I love the way it turned out. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"You're Sweet" pineapple card

Hi Everyone!

I was organizing my stamps last night when I spotted the pineapple stamp in my Hero Arts "Simply the Best" clear stamp set.  I decided to use it to make some cards.

I used a Sizzix tags die to cut some watercolor paper.  I inked the pineapple stamp with Versamark Ink and stamped it onto the tags I had cut.  I applied white embossing powder to the ink and used my heat gun to melt it. 

I used some of my Distress Ink pads to watercolor the pineapple images.  Then I applied a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen to the painted images to make them shimmer.  I used a Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pad to watercolor the remainder of the tag. 

The sentiment was created with an Impression Obsession wooden stamp. 

Here's one of the cards.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

You Color My World

Good Morning!

I am loving this sunny, but cool weather.  No humidity! Wish it would stay this way.

Lawn Fawn's mini clear stamp set "Color My World" is a favorite of mine.  It has 2 clear stamps-a crayon and a sentiment.  Here's one of the cards I made from it.

The "thanks" sentiment was created from a Lawn Fawn die.  I am a huge fan of the fonts she uses.  I layered 5 of the thanks die cuts on top of each other to create dimension on the card.  The yellow crayon has foam under it to add dimension to it. 

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Today is National Sunglasses Day

Hi Everyone!

Happy National Sunglasses Day!  I found a scrap of sunglasses paper in my stash and decided to turn it into a card.

I used a Taylored Expressions die to create the sun.  The center of the sun is backed with a thin piece of foam to add dimension to the card.  The sunglasses are a sticker.  The sentiment was created from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine" clear stamp set. 

Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Outdoor Pinwheels

Hi Everyone!

Many of you have seen the paper pinwheels I create to use as decorations and on gift bags and packages.  I use a We R Memory Keepers pinwheel maker to cut the paper for them.

My sister Paula asked me to create some outdoor pinwheels for her.  I knew that paper ones wouldn't last long outdoors.  I tried plastic scrapbook paper and that didn't work either.

I walked around Staples and found some heavy duty plastic file folders.  The blade in the pinwheel maker would not cut the plastic so I made some paper templates.  I traced them onto the plastic and cut the plastic by hand.  

It was raining so I quickly put one out on my deck.  It immediately started to spin around.  When I looked outside the next morning the pinwheel was still spinning and was still intact.

So I made these pinwheels for Paula.

Have a great day


Monday, June 19, 2017

A Gardening Collage

Good morning!

I am writing this post from Seattle.  I am typing it with one finger on my tablet so I will be brief.  I made this wall art for my sister Paula many years ago.

I added a variety of real objects and fussy cut stamped images to the frame. 

Have a great day!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Gift bag

Good Morning!

I found some pictures on my computer that I have never posted and plan to share them with you. 

Here are a couple of gift bags. 

These bags are so easy to make.  I paper punched the flowers and added a brad to the center of each of them.  I free cut the leaves and used some Martha Stewart fringe scissors to cut the grass.  The flower stems are paper straws.  I used different widths of Scor-tape to adhere each of the pieces to the bags.  

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Some Bunny is on the way

Hi Everyone!

My sister, Paula, asked me to create a congratulations card for a neighbor who is expecting her first baby. 

Here's the card.

The bunnies and sentiment were created from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Baby" clear stamp set.  I used a Lockhart wooden stamp to create the "Congratulations" message.  The cloud and grass were paper punched.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Hi Everyone!

Happy National Strawberry Shortcake Day!  Did you know that almost every day of the year is a "National _____ Day?"  Sometimes I use the theme of the day as an inspiration for my cards and dinner. 

Nothing says summer like the beautiful red ripe strawberries that are in the produce section of all of the grocery stores right now.  Last night I made us the yummiest salad for dinner.  It had Boston lettuce, strawberries, blue cheese crumbles, and vegetarian bacon.  I eat regular bacon, but Robbie doesn't so I chosen the vegetarian bacon so we both could eat it. 

It seems cooler today so I may make some of our favorite strawberry shortcakes using this recipe from King Arthur Flour.  I am thinking of making a variety of tea sandwiches for some company and may use this recipe. It's a favorite of mine because it is made in the microwave and doesn't heat up the kitchen.

Meanwhile, I made some strawberry themed "thinking of you" cards yesterday. 
I looked through my supplies and found strawberry stamps, paper, and brads. 

 The canning jar, sentiment, jar lid and jar cloth were created with stamps from PaperTrey Ink's "Friendship Jar" clear stamp set.  The strawberries in the jar are brads. 

I used the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" clear stamp set for this card along with another brad.

The frame on this card was created with a "Labels Eight" Speillbinder's die.   I stamped and fussy cut green and red strawberries from the Hero Arts "Simply Fresh" clear stamp set.  The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink's "Fruit Fusion" clear stamp set.  At the moment the "berry" sentiment stamp is some place on the patterned rug in my dining room. I dropped it and it bounced off my knee and so far I haven't had any luck finding it. 

This card turned out the way I had hoped it would.  I used a Lockhart wooden stamp to create the bowl of strawberries, the sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Summer" clear mini stamp set, and some strawberry brads for the images.  The frame was created with a "Classic Rectangles" Spellbinder's die. 

This card is my favorite.  I die cut the leaves and blue background.  The flowers were punched from a Fiskars paper punch.  I added a tiny yellow brad to the center of each flower.  I also used more strawberry brads.

And that's it for today!  Hope that you enjoy something "strawberry" today.  If you do please post a comment and tell us what you had.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oh Happy Day

Hi Everyone!

It's hard to believe that it has been almost 2 years since I have posted anything on this blog.  I have resigned from my job and am taking the summer off to regroup.  Hopefully, I will have more time to post some of my creations.

A friend told me that she likes to send "thinking of you" cards so that is what I have been working on for the last few days. 

The birds were stamped from an older set of Hero Arts wooden stamps, colored with Memento markers, and then I used a Wink of Stella glittery clear marker to make the birds sparkle.  I used the branch from Papertrey Ink's "Take a Bough" clear stamp set.  The sentiment was stamped with a clear stamp from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Sunshine" clear stamp set. 

Some of the "thinking of you" cards I have been creating have a summer theme.  This is one of my favorites.  I was trying to figure out what type of paper to use for the background and spotted this one in my stash.  It reminds me of the skin on a watermelon.  I used the watermelon from Hero Art's "Simply the Best" clear stamp set to create the watermelon.  First I stamped on the same tag as the background paper and then onto red tag.  I fussy cut both of the stamped images and then adhered the red image onto the green one.  I glued some thin fun foam to the back of the bottom watermelon slice to give it dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with a Dandelion Designs wooden stamp. 

Hope you have a happy day!