Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentine's Tree Decoration

February is almost here and I wanted to get this decoration made so I can put it up in my house.  I made a Valentine's tree decoration to show you.

This is a very simple project using the following a twig tree, silk roses, painted wooden hearts in red and white, valentine's ribbon, red bows, and tin hearts in red and white.  (Floral wire, wire cutters and hot glue gun not shown here).

I wound the ribbon around the tree and hot glued it in place.  Using floral wire, I tied on the red ribbons and silk roses (that were cut from the bunch using wire cutters).  The wooden painted hearts were hot glued on to the tree.  The tin hearts were hung on the tree because they came with hangers.  The finished project is shown above.  Easy quick valentine's decoration.

This project was featured on Joyful Stamper's Inspire Me Fridays!  See post here.

Inspire me fridays - anything goes

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Queen's Royal Digi Challenge

The Queen is having another challenge and the theme of this challenge is Valentine's/Love!  We have a lot of prizes to give out so you'll want to enter for your chance to win!

Here is my DT card for this challenge:

I used a Pink Cat Studio image called Itty Bitty Betty Pulling Heart Wagon

Image - Pink Cat Studio - Itty Bitty Betty pulling heart wagon
Smash Pad - Favorite person
Lifestyle crafts - flourish
heart brad
heart punches
paper - my mind's eye

Prize - 4 digital images

Prize - 7 digital images

Prize - 5 digital images

Prize: 3 digital images
Plus Guest Designer Spot
{which give 4 more Images} 

 Prize - 5 digital images

Prize - 5 single images

Head over to The Queen's Royal Challenge and enter you card today!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Animal Love

I found this little beaver at Karen's Doodles and just had to get him.  He makes for an adorable Valentine's Day card, don't you think?

You can find this adorable image here.  Have you started making your Valentine's cards yet?  I just have a few more to go.  Hopefully, I remember to send them out to everyone.   LOL

Recipe for this card:
Image - Karen's Doodles "Beaver Valentine"
Martha Stewart - butterfly punch
papers - my mind's eye
Lifestyle Crafts - scalloped circle and circle die
2 EK Success punches

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Stitch it Challenge

Hey Everyone!  Happy Saturday to ya!

We are having another challenge at One Stop Craft Challenge today with the theme of Stitching faux or real!

We have a wonderful sponsor for you today:

Prize:  Set of the latest stamp plates worth £40 - check out the OSCC blog to see the lovely stamps you will be getting if you win this challenge.  

Here is my DT card for this challenge:

I just got this stamp from Bugaboo and I so love it!  I had asked Jodie for more Deacon stamps and boy did she deliver.  She added quite a few for Valentine's Day that I loved so much I bought them all.  Check out the new Deacon stamps here.

Recipe for this card is:
Image - Bugaboo Deacon Cupid
Hero Arts - Old French writing stamp
MFT die-namics - say what?
MFT die-namics - notebook edge
Lifestyle crafts - nesting eyelet ovals
Martha Stewart - heart punch

So head over to One Stop Craft Challenge and enter your card for a chance to win the wonderful prize.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Yo Yo Table Runner

Are you into home made table runners?  Well, do I have a project for you.  This project is using linked fabric yo yo's to make a table runner.  This is something I have been making for years and years so I have a lot of different designs.

First,  you need to get at least three yards of your favorite cotton fabric.  The fabrics that work the best are ones that have a  design with a small print.  That way the images will be clearly shown on the small face of the yo yo.  This is the fabric I chose for this project.  

To start, wash and iron your fabric.  Then, turn the fabric to the wrong side and using a bowl, small plate, or cup trace circles onto the fabric.  You are going to need a lot of circles.  The smaller the item you use to trace your circles the smaller your yo yo's and the more you will need to complete your project.

Once all your circles are traced onto the fabric, you can start cutting them all out.

Ok.  Now that you have a pile of circles and the next step is to stitch them closed.  Fold over the edge of the circle so that the fold is on the wrong side of the fabric and then sew on the fold like in the photo above.

Pull the strings tight then tie the ends together to close the circle. Right side out.

Flatten the circle, then sew them together on four sides like shown above.

When you have enough circles sewn together to fit the size you want you are finished.  Turn the circles over to hide all the stitching and decorate as you wish.  These can be really fun and add a great look to your table for any holiday.

Take care!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Love is in the air!  Well almost.  Yes, we are still in the month of January but we are getting close to the month of LOVE.  LOL.  This is a card for a new love or love in the new year.

This image is called "mailed my heart" and she is a freebie from Whimsie Doodles.  You can find her here.

Image - whimsie doodles "mailed my heart"
Paper - my mind's eye
Lifestyle crafts - nesting eyelet circles

Whimsie Doodles - what's new challenge

Blue and White Challenge

It is time for a blue and white color challenge at Crafting for all Seasons!

We have three wonderful sponsors for this challenge:

 who are providing a $10 gift card for one lucky winner

who are providing 5 digital images for our second winner


who are providing a prize of 2 digital images

I made my DT card using " Hot Cocoa, A (Chilly) Ragamuffin" from Saturated Canary

Head over to Crafting for all Seasons for more inspiration and to join in on the challenge!

Monday, January 23, 2012

My blog, she will be changing!

Thank you to my friend Rene', my blog will be changing.  :)  I will be adding posts about sewing, painting and family projects as well as my paper crafting.

So please stay tuned!  Fun things are coming.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

the crystal ball knows...

My sister is starting a new job, one that she is very excited about.  So I wanted to send her a card to congratulate her on the new start and wish her all the best with her new job.

I used an image from Whimsie Doodles called "Gypsie Leah".  You can find this image here.  I paper pieced the table cloth on her little table and glittered up her amazing crystal ball.  The paper I used is from My Mind's Eye called meadowlark.

Whimsie Doodles - what's new
bling it on - new beginnings
by the cute and girly - new beginnings

Monday, January 16, 2012

Fishing buddies

I made the masculine card today.  My stash of cards definitely needs more masculine cards added to it.

The men in my life are definitely into fishing so this image adds the perfect touch to a card for one of them.  This image is from Some Odd Girl called "Fishin Tobie".  You can find this image here.

I am entering this card into the Some Odd Girl "Bling it up" challenge.

Boys cards can definitely pull off the bling too.  LOL

Oh my gosh,  I am so honored that this card was picked as a Some Odd Girl Favorite!!
Winning post here!

Smash pad favorite person
Sizzix corner die
Quickutz reuse die and trout die
Spellbinders rectangle die

Have a great day!

cards for men - boys and their toys
some odd girl - bling it up
crafty cardmakers - no floral embellishments
crazy challenge - ribbon, image, gems

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Do you see spots?

One Stop Craft Challenge is having another challenge and this time we want to see your spots and a bit of ribbon...

We have two wonderful sponsors for this challenge:

Bugaboo Stamps is giving away a prize of seven digital images of the winner's choice!

The Ribbon Girl is giving away a prize of 5 voucher!

The card I made for this challenge is:

Image - Bugaboo Deacon baseball  
Paper - My Mind's Eye - so sophie
Lifestyle Crafts - Tiki alphabet
Tim Holtz - Adage tickets

Now put your spots here:  One Stop Craft Challenge

Bugaboo Birthday Challenge

Bugaboo is having a birthday challenge and I am happy to be able to be part of it as a Guest Designer.

I created this card using another of my favorite characters from Jodie at Bugaboo.  Dottie definitely has attitude.  Love it!

Bugaboo image: Dottie Cupcake
Cupcake die cut:  Buggy Designs by Emma
Balloon Die cut:  Sizzix
Divine Twine - red and green
Red crystals

To get in on the birthday challenge head over to Catch the Bug Challenge and join in on the fun!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Friends are the Flowers of Life - Tiddly Inks Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog everyone!  I created a card for a sick friend today.

I think this card will cheer her up and let her know I am thinking of her.  :)

Using this sketch I created this card:



This is my first try at coloring in redheaded hair and I love the way it turned out!  Now I will send you back over to the Tiddly Inks blog so you can hop on over to the next blog.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Tiddly Inks image - Whatcha doing?
paper - My Mind's Eye - fine and dandy
MFT die - mini pennant die
McGill punch - Petite Petals

Thursday, January 12, 2012

All That Scraps Preview of the new image - Blowing Kisses

Today at All That Scraps we are previewing a very special image.  The image is called Blowing Kisses from C. C. Designs.  Such a sweet image that I had to make a very feminine card to go with it.

C.C. Designs image - blowing kisses
Silhouette - Heart flourish and heart ticket
EK Success - Leaf branch
Recollections - pink flowers
MS punch - lavender flowers
EK Success - flower punch
McGill - Starburst punch
Red pearls


All That Scrap Preview of the new image - Balloon Lucy

All That Scraps is previewing a new digital image called Balloon Lucy.  Another sweet image from C. C. Designs!  This little girl is celebrating a birthday.  She is carrying a balloon to give to the birthday girl.  (I added a few more balloons)

Here is my card using this sweet image:

C. C. Designs - Balloon Lucy
Paper - My Mind's Eye - fine and dandy
C. C. Designs - birthday logo sentiments
Flower punch - McGill


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

CFAS Ch#18 - Snowman or Snowflakes

Crafting for all Seasons is having a really fun challenge this round.  The theme for this challenge is "snowman or snowflake".  

We have three fabulous sponsors for this challenge:

You can see all the fabulous images here www.bugaboostamps.com
PRIZE:  7 digital images of the winner's choice

View their gorgoeus images here at www.someoddgirl.com 
PRIZE: 3 digi images of the winner's choice

and their fabulous images can be found here at www.thestampingboutique.com
PRIZE: 3 digital images or 1 digital paper pack of winner's choice

For this challenge I have created the following cards:

Stamp - Snowman Bring it on! from The Stamping Boutique
Icicle border - MFT
Paper - DCWV Linen Closet
Liquid Applique

I wanted to try something different for this challenge.  I do so love snowman and snowflakes.  I used the Cricut cartridge - winter lace to make the large snowflake on this card.  I used the snowflake embossing folder from Cuttlebug and the image is from Hambo Stamps called Snowman sled. I have been waiting for just the right challenge to use this image and, of course, a little white glitter from Martha Stewart for the snow.

Instead of blues I just had to try purples.  I love the result.

So please show us your snowman/snowflake card at www.craftingforallseasons.blogspot.com


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Quick and Easy Knitting

Hello Everyone,

It is early in the morning here and I just wanted to pull out some of my winter projects that I did not finish from last winter.  Shh.. Don't tell anyone but yes I have a ton of unfinished project not just winter ones.  I am just happy to be finishing the two I pulled out of my collection.

The first one is a slim scarf I was making for one of my kids.  They just love the lightweight slim ones.

It is almost done and still on the knifty knitter from Provo Craft.  I have quite a few of these knifty knitters in different sizes and shapes.  I don't really know how to knit in the traditional sense.  I would love to learn but wouldn't know where to start.  So I have opted for the easy way.

My second project is a knitted belt for my daughter.  She loves to have weird and different belts and this seems to work for her.

Yes, this one is also still on the knifty knitter but just needs to be taken off the device.  Then it will be done.

Check these knifty knitters out.  You can make all kinds of quick projects with these lovely products.  I used something like the pink knifty knitter above as a kid so that should tell you how easy they are to use.

Will post pictures when they are all done.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Newt Year!

And no it is not a misspelling.  LOL

Just a new way to write Happy New Year using a cute Newt!  Ha Ha Ha :)

My card tonight is made following two challenges.  The First Challenge is the Hammmboooo Hoooeeedooownn.

The name just seem to echo through my mind like that.  LOL.  This weeks challenge is to make a card using this adorable Reptile digi from Hambo Stamps. and something new.

I also used the My Favorite Things "Wednesday Sketch Challenge #53.

This is the card a came up with following both of the above challenges:

The new item on my card is the lime green floss used in the stitching.

This card won Best in Show at the Hambo Hoedown here.


Monday, January 2, 2012

MFT January Guest Designer Contest

I am a huge fan of My Favorite Things dies and stamps.  So when I saw that they were having this fun contest to win a big prize and a chance to be a guest designer I had to enter.

The theme for this contest is "paper piecing"!

Here are my two entries for this contest:

This card uses the image "Pure Innocence Letter" as well as several MFT Die-namics dies. On the image the dress, shoes and heart clip in her hair are paper pieced.

This card uses the image "Pure Innocence Heart" as well as two dies from MFT die-namics. On the image the heart, dress, shoes, and heart clip in her hair are paper pieced.

Here are most of the products used on my cards:  
(two products are not shown:  DCWV Summer Dream matstack and ek success heart gems)