Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ladies of Faith Craft Show

Ladies of Faith Craft Show

I've been extremely busy the past few weeks getting ready for the fall season of craft shows.  Saturday was the first of 5 upcoming shows I have between now and the end of the year.  Check back for a schedule of events to be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Craft show display

I will be making several items for the future shows specifically designed for stocking stuffers and gift giving ideas for co-workers, friends and family alike.  Here's a sneak preview of what's to come.

One of the hottest sellers!

Looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming show!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Sympathy Card

I have had too many occasions recently where I have needed a sympathy card.  While it isn't some we like to think about, it is a natural part of life.

I put this quick card together using a couple of different stamp sets.  Sending a handmade card during a time of loss can bring great comfort to the recipient.  Take time to create some sympathy cards to have on hand before they are needed.
Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers, Close as a Memory (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Concord Crush, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Concord Crush, Old Olive
Accessories: Spica marker for a slight bit of sparkle

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Father's Day Card

Why is it so difficult to find a present for Father's Day.  What do you get the guy that has everything?   Well it looks like my father-in-law is going to be getting a shirt & tie for Father's Day . . . again!  LOL

I just couldn't resist making this cute card.   I wish I could take credit for the design, but I have to give credit where it is due.  Click here for the template and tutorial on how to make this adorable card.
Stamps:  Well Scripted (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy and Springtime Vintage DSP (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Buttons, brad and burgundy marker for Faux Stitch

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Layout

It's been awhile since I've had a chance to post as I've been extremely busy with my job that actually pays me.  I hope to begin posting again soon with more frequency.

I recently went to a 14 hour scrapbook crop in recognition of "National Scrapbook Day" and what fun I had.  This is just one of a few layouts I did so I thought I would share it with you all.  I saw the basic idea somewhere but I don't remember where so I can't give credit where credit is due. 

This layout uses the very cute cupcake from the "Doodlecharm" cartridge.  I also experimented with a new tool from We R Memory called the "Sew Easy".  This is a great paper piercing tool that has different design heads available for many different designs.  This is a must have tool for both scrapbookers and card makers.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter Paper Baskets

Spread a little love this Easter with these adorable paper baskets filled with chocolates.  All you need to get started is a designer paper, cardstock and punches of your choice.  And let's not forget the most important element, chocolate, of course.

It's so easy.  Just start with a 6" x 6" piece of designer paper.  Score at 2" and 4".  Rotate 90 degrees and score again at 2" and 4".  Cut at the 2" and 4" mark up to the first score on opposing sides. Fold and add handle.  Punch through all layers and add a brad to secure.
Stamps:  Well Scripted (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pink Piorouette and Basic Gray (Stampin' Up)
Ink:  Marina Mist and Rose Red (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Brad, Basic Black Stampin' Write Journaler, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and Dimensionals
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 2 x 1 3/8" Oval, Decorative Label,1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval, 1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval, 1/2" Circle and Paper Punch

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Thank You Card

What an interesting week.  We had a taste of spring earlier in the week which was the inspiration for this card but as I share this post, it seems we've reverted back to winter.

What or who do you have to be thankful for in your life?  I have so many people that have blessed me, that I just wanted to dedicate this card to them. (You know who you are!) I hope this card gives you some inspiration to drop a note to someone today, thanking them for just being them.

Stamps:  Bold Blossom (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Marina Mist and Purple Core'dinations ColorCore Cardstock®
Ink:  Concord Crush and Pear Pizzaz
Accessories: Brad, 1/4" Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals
Punches:  Scallop Edge Border
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Friday, March 18, 2011

A Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine cards have always been a bit of a challenge for me. I think the "To The Nines Specialty DP" is a perfect remedy for that! (too bad it's discontinued)   I stamped my image on white paper using Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip.  I then sponged the edge to make it look more vintage.

To assemble my card I layered a piece of the "To The Nines Specialty DP" onto a piece of Chocolate Chip CS along with a white layer that was punched with the Scallop Trim Border from Stampin' Up. I then took a piece of 1/4" grosgrain Chocolate Chip Ribbon, placed it around the matted DP, brought the ends of the ribbon around back and stuck them down to the back of the Chocolate Chip CS.  I then centered and mounted this piece to the Sahara Sand card front.  Lastly, I stamped the greeting in Sage Shadow. 

Stamps:  Thoughts & Prayers and Well Scripted (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, To The Nines DSP, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Sahara Sand
Ink:  Sage Shadow & Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Silver Brads, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Get Well Card

I spent a few days at the office this week and I never enjoy just sitting in the hotel room every evening.  I decided to make a trip to Walmart to see what Cricut cartridges they had in stock.  I've had my eyes on the Cricut Lite Cherry Limeade Cartridge for a while now but I couldn't find it at any of my local stores.  Wouldn't you know they had it so I just couldn't pass up purchasing it.  It has a great font and some cute images too.

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps:  Sincere Salutations (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Candy Lane DSP
Ink:  Regal Rose
Accessories:  Dimensionals
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border, Cherry Limeade Cartridge

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Let it Snow (Part II)

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a blessed weekend.  I know I did.  I was able to get together with several girlfriends and spend some quality time together catching up and scrapbooking.  This post is dedicated to both the "old and new".  I'm using up old papers to clean out my inventory and adding new techniques or embellishments.

Our get togethers are a great time to check out Cricut cartridges and other tools that we haven't had a chance to see first hand.  I used Cheerful Seasons Cartridge available exclusively at Creative Memories on this layout (Thanks Jan!).  This cartridge has several very cute cutouts along with two different fonts. This has been added to my "must have" list of cartridges.  Here is a closeup of the snowman.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mojo Monday - Sketch 178

I found a new blog yesterday that showcases weekly sketches which come out every Monday.(see link to the right) This is a good way to come up with a card layout when the creative juices just aren't flowing.  This week's sketch is a fabulous layout from Maria Gurnsey! I just love the look of it and can see myself using this simple design over and over. This sketch is so versatile. I created this simple card in about 10 minutes once I decided what colors to use.

Stamps: Upsy Daisy
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry & Cottage Wall DSP 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point 
Other: Big Shot, Scallop Nestabilities & 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

One Sheet Wonder #1

What is a One Sheet Wonder?   One Sheet Wonders (OSW) are basically one sheet of patterned paper (or stamped paper) that is cut up and used as the feature element to create a number of cards.  This is a quick & easy way to create several coordinated greeting cards without using an excess amount of your designer paper.

This template I created uses an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of patterned paper (in comparison to most templates I found which used a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper) and will yield 9 cards. This is great for those of us that like to hoard our paper. The sheet is evenly divided into 4 sections measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and then cut (or torn) as the measurements shown in the picture to the right.

All products were purchased through Stampin' Up.  The DSP paper is "Cottage Wall" (retired). Other papers used are Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Orchid Opulence (retired).  Other items used are Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Eylet Border Punch, Scalloped Square Punch, Rich Razzleberry Polka Dotted Grosgrain ribbon (retired) and a variety of different stamps.

To see each of the cards individually click here to go to my gallery displaying them all separately or view them via the slideshow below.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Treat Holder

These cute little treat holders are quick & easy to make and would make a great valentine's gift for children to take to school. The most time consuming part is cutting out the heart on the cricut.  I just love the Doodlecharms cartridge.  It has a lot of cute die-cuts that will add character to any card or paper-crafting project.

The base for the holder is cut to 4" x 11".  It is scored at 4 3/4" and 6 1/4".  Diecut the heart at 2 1/4" centered in the top portion of the holder.  (I used the Gypsy to lay out the positioning). The candy is placed in a 3" x 5" bag which can be found in any craft store.  This bag doesn't have a zipper closure, so you'll need to be careful what kind of candy you will be inserting.  I used Hershey miniatures.

To close the holder, center the bag so that it will show through the heart diecut. Use a crop-a-dile or other strong hole punch to cut through all layers of material.  Insert brads to hold it all together.  Add a decorative strip and ribbon at the top.  Round corners, if desired, to complete the look.  I hope you have fun making these.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Let it Snow

With the winter we've been having (in Ohio at least), most of us just want to stay inside curled up by the fire, with our blankets and our hot chocolate.  But for others, it's a time to get out and enjoy this fluffy stuff.  Taking romantic walks, making snowmen or snow angels, or sled riding is a lot of fun for some.  The next time it snows, grab that camera and get some shots.  Winter snows make a great scrapbook layout page.  This layout is made using the Doodle Charms cricut cartridge.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Love You Bunches of Hearts

With Valentines write around the corner, I decided to come up with a layout that could be used for more than just your significant other. Why not send a card to your other family members or friends?

The hearts were stamped with a glue pad and then glitter applied. After they dried, each heart was cut out then applied to the layered papers.

Here is the recipe:
  •      White: A2 base (5 1/2 x 4 1/4)
  •      Red layer: 5 1/4 x 4
  •      Large White Layer: 3 3/4" square
  •      Large Tan Layer: 3 5/8" square
  •      Small White Layer: 2 1/2" x 7/8"
  •      Small Tan Layer: 2 3/8" x 3/4"

Stamps: Short & Sweet (Stampin Up)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: Linen Thread, Glitter, Ribbon, Pearls

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