Wednesday, December 31, 2014

To all my Family and Friends on New Year's Eve...
An Irish wish from the heart of a friend--"May good fortune be yours, May your joys never end."

"May your heart be light, Your cares be few, 
And may your wishes 
All come true" 

Sla'inte (Gailic for cheers for those who don't know).

Looking forward to creating more fun projects to share with you and try new techniques to make my projects even more fun, Thanks to all for following my blog!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dollypin (Small clothespin) Ornaments.

Here are some of my Clothespin dolls.  I started making them with the large ones, I wanted mine to look different so I learned how to whittle, at first I only made the ballerina feet, then as time got better I started doing arms and legs (more definition).  The challenge was when the smaller dollypins came out making the arms and hands even.. I dress them all, use the remainder of the woodchips for hair after painting the faces.  These are going to a new home with my son and grandson. The top ballerina's skirt is paper, makes a wonderful new pleated effect.

Entered in these challenges: php/2014/12/01/wrap-december-challenge/ (ribbon, bow, glitter see bottom picture for several)   Anything goes   Winter (ornaments go on Christmas trees..hope wintery enough)

G45 Mini Album (banner) Advent Calendar

Hi all!  When my son told me the other day that he remembered my Christmas crafts--especially the little clothespin doll ornaments (will post them next).  I decided that I would bring him some and also make an advent calendar.  When I saw the G45 challenge and I actually had the right paper (a miracle), I decided to do it.  Fortunately, DH bought me a Silhouette Cameo last Christmas, so I made all the tags, then followed the instruction given to cut the papers, OH SO EASY.  I started work on it about 4pm yesterday, and had it decorated and strung by midnight.  below are the sets (note some have two days!)..  I decorated them with a variety of decorations I had on hand.  some have the cutest ribbons I got from Joanne.  
Although the colors don't match the Papercrafter's Corner Challenge, the vintage look does and thinking of the Awe that this would inspire in that adorable little child's face, as hopefully it will with my grandson, when he sees it..
see blow for inspiration pic and other challenges entered.

Mixed Media Tic Tac Toe inspiration fits so may: Star, Patterned Paper, Ribbon; Bow, Glitter Ribbon..etc...
Simon Says Monday Anything below
Simon Says Wed Winter Inspiration 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Another G45 Card..

Here's another Graphics 45 "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Stack, I did this for a dear friend Suzi and gave it to her I thought I'd share it now..(Boy it was hard not to post it till today.)
I'm entering it in the Mixed Media Tic Tac Toe with the use of Stars, Patterned Paper, and Ribbon..

It is also entered in the following challenges:  (Vivid colors, patterned paper, ribbon)  (winter inspiration)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Penguin Snow globe

Here's one that I made for a co-worker of DH (who helped squeeze me in for several MRI's).. Wanted to make something special.  I also used inspiration from several places to make it, Papercrafter's Corner and Your Next Stamp.  When I first saw the inspiration picture from Papercrafter's corner, I thought of COLD and SNOW and the wisps of smoke how to keep warm, then I remembered that the penguins stamps I won from Val @ Val By Design and it  had everything I needed and  just the right sayings for this...ALSO, the penquin paper that I won from Lisa @ The Crafting Cave.  The color scheme from Your Next Stamp just fit in totally!!! YEAH...  Hope you like it, will fill in the details later, gotta make one more very special
card today...

Entered here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Papertrey and G45

Here's a card I made for Papertrey challenge:
it is also entered in: (see inside, postcards travel, so does

I used Graphics 45 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (8x8)  I used the Papertrey Beautiful Blooms stamp set and Background Basics: Art Deco.  I used Add a little Dazzle metallic red and stamped the Art Deco in white ink and then embossed in white (arches)and the dots were in black with Ranger Antique gold embossing (so it looks a little green).   For the flower I used Colorbox Red and Green and then for the outline silver with gold embossing.  I used my Spectrum Noir Pens to make the veins in the red and for the center and stamped it and embossed with Ranger Antique Gold and fussy cut it out.  I layered all together to make a poinsettia and placed on a heart that I embossed in gold and drew in the stitches (it slips slightly behind the metallic sheet for closure).   I Fussy cut out the Santa and clock and placed over a doily and inserted tulle and used glue dots to connect all.  I placed a ribbon abode  I took May Arts plaid ribbon and cut a fish tail on one side and gathered it and used a star brad and placed it on using glue dots.  For the inside I used DCWV Evergreen stack and then fussy cut out the Santa post card from G45 to finish it off...  Hope you like...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hot Coffee Lovers Blog hop

Today I'm playing along with the very fun Coffee Lovers blog hop.
There are going to be TONS of fun prizes too - 

You can head over to Amy Tsuruta's Blog for more details on how to play along! 

Here's what I created:

Thank You: Thanks a bunch, thanks a latte(inside)
Front: Snag’em Stamps “Thanks a bunch”,
Sentiment inside Fiskars Teresa Collins “Thank You” & KraftinKimmie “Kimmie’s Fun Sentiments”
Paper: DCWV “Free Spirit, Be Yourself”; Recollections  “cream”
Cuttlebug folder “Swiss Dots”
Dies: Sizzix Ovals, Silhouette (I created pink scalloped oval for this)
Flower coloring: CT1, CT2, CT3, BT1, BT2,BT4, PP3, PL1,BP2
Embellishment: Recollections “Iridescent Rhinestones”
Fiskars Fuse and adapter plates
EK tools 3D-Dots
Ad-tech glue runner “Multi-Mono Liquid Glue”
Tombow “Multi-Mono Liquid Glue”
Glue Dots Adhesives

To make this card I fussy cut the DCWV paper for the front (had problems getting markings to be read).  I use my Fiskars Fuse with adapter plates with the embossing folder and to cut the 2 ovals from day Sizzix ovals.  I made a cut file in the silhouette for the scalloped oval back to match the Sizzix “Ovals” die set after measuring them.  I used  ColorBox petals to ink the edge of the cream-colored oval and stamped it, and then colored them with the Spectrum Noir colors noted above.  I used a tape runner and dots to adhere the DCWV papers and placed the 3 different layers of Ovals on top of the DCWV paper the 1st layer used the tape runner, for the final layer I used foam dots. I then decorated the front of the card using the Recollections  rhinestones for the inside of the card I found this silhouette cut file “take out” style coffee cup and using the program colored papers printed them out and cut them in the silhouette. I then attached all pieces together using either tape or generic glue and then I used the tape runner on the back of the cup to attached to the cardstock. I stamped the sediment “thank you” using the Fiskars stamp and  the phrase “a latte” from the Kraftin’ Kimmy and attached it to the card using a tape runner. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Hello My Dear

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Scripty Sayings; Paper Smooches "Happy Camper"  I used a masking technique to put them together...
Coloring: Spectrum Noir pens, stitching ballpoint pen, Fiskars black ink stamp.  Glossy Accents was used on the eyes and noses to give a little sparkle...  Hope you enjoy, 

Embellishment: Generic sequins.  It's entered on Paper Smooches Sparks Anything goes:

Friday, December 5, 2014

All White Ornament

Here's an all white ornament for several challenges, its a shaker, but hard to tell with the foil background...I used LawnFawn stamp My Silly Valentine  and Forest border die.  The embossing folder was Couture Creations Powder puff.  to add dimension to the base I used several layers of foam dots.  The snowflakes in the globe also have glitter, they really show up better in person.
For the Mixed Media tic-tac-toe I used bow, glitter, & ribbon. 

Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday 79

The Papercrafter's Corner Magazine Monday made me think about using a black paper as the background, I finally found one with stars and thought, I can work with that, to simulate the ceiling I used a Spellbinders die and cut it in half.  The Reindeer was also Spellbinders, the scene was so colorful and I decided to pull out all the fun stickers I had gotten and do it up with wreath, packages, the gingerbread house gave the tan colors bottom from the center and the candies the other, the trees gave the greens.  This was so much fun,   Hope you like it.
Also entered in PDElinky Christmas: 
For the mixed Media there is die, glitter and stars...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

All Aboard the Christmas Train Shaker Card

Here's a Christmas card for several challenges:  The Train and portions of the sentiment were from Papertrey, the frame and other portions of the sentiment were from Lawnfawn #awesome.  The doilies and other diecuts were Spellbinders and Silhouette cut files.  The Snowflakes were Silhouette. The note background was from die'sire embossalicious  The Banner was Doodlebug Sizzix. The frame had silver glitter (a little difficult to see, the sentiment has white glitter.   Holidays

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Miss You My Deer

Here's a card step card for Papersmooches Sparks  Anything Goes:  I used Papersmooches  Happy Camper for the campfire,tent, signs, and bear and deer, the squirrel in the trees was from the free files...I used the cut files from Kadoodlebug Happy Campers for the boy and girl, apple tree from "what big eyes you have", the other tree and grass from "Wilderness Trail"  For the bear and deer I did a masking to have them together then fussy cut and used foam dots to attach to give more dimension.  I colored everything with Spectrum Noir pens, the background scene and used Glossy accents on the noses of the bear and deer, eyes, and apples.

submitted in :
Also submitted to:Tell your readers that you've created your project for the Tree-mendous Tree Challenge in the Moxie Fab World

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving multi-media card.

I used Treasured Times stamp "James and the Sled" and colored him with Spectrum Noir pens.  THe Sentiment was Wplus9 "Seasons of Thanks."I highlighted the sentiment with a Gellyroll white pen and used it to add the stitching. The Stickers were Authentique (Thanks to the Crafting Cave--Lisa).  The snowflakes and card were cut with my Silhouette.  The frames are MME Sleigh Bells Ring (Thanks to Treasured Times stamp)

I am entering this into:  at least 3 layers

Non-traditional Color Christmas Card

I'm doing this for Stamping Royalty challenge 255  and for Treasured Times Shapely Saturday.
I used Treasure times Little Girl Big Hat by Jehanne Silva Freimane!product/prd1/2039429435/little-girl-big-hat-clear-stamp, I also used Unity SNOW PLACE like home (#IB-610) I used a Silhouette Cut file I made for the card, the stamps were colored with Spectrum Noir.  I cut the paper so that it would continue from the top of the easel to the inside so that when it was open you could see the swirls continue throughout.

and:   At least Three layers 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mixed Media Candle

Hope I did this right, I decided to try something new, so, here is my mixed media candle.  I am entering this in several contests. I looked at them all and tried to decide how I could incorporated all the elements into one project.  For the Papercrafter's Corner I went with the colors, red, a little green, black writing, silver and gray for the hair color Dumbo and the light gives a golden hue shown in a few areas.  For the Unity November challenge it was similar colors.  And for the Mixed Media it was using stamps (Unity stamps were being featured) I did use a Heidi Swap stamp set of words  and left them on the acetate and stamped the whole set vellum and used black embossing powder and heat set it, however, the spotlight was on the Unity Stamp "Everything Christmas" which I stamped on vellum using silver ink I recently acquired and after it dried I  fussy cut it out, backed the frame portion with white paper so once it was wrapped around the words everywhere except the sentiment would.  My friend gave me the wire petals  a while ago and so I took 3 of them and tied them together to make the wreath and decorated it with Maya Road ribbon I won earlier this year and other various ones I had on hand and roses that I had tucked away for sometime that another friend gave me.   Hope you like it..

Unity November (color scheme)

Treasured times James Sled

here's another Treasured Time card.
This is James Sled stamp.  note there is a star at the top of the tree on this..
I am entering this into Simon Says Wed. Star Challenge

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

christmas card

I used spellbinders window and cut a window size in white and used a kitty stamp from Crafters' companion (Christmas set from last year) I added a little tree and colored them with Spectrum Noir pens and then attached the window.  I added embellishments
 and stamped the sentiment.

entered in:  Simon Says Wed challenge "Stars"

Also entered in Craftin Deseret Divas tag.

my homemade stencil----Home for the holidays

So I made my own design for the house and trees in Silhouette for this --the stars were done on a second stencil  (learned that the house and trees probably should have been separate also, but not bad for the first time.  I used the Craftwell ebrush for the sky and the base for the house and trees.  I then put the homemade embossing paste for snow on trees,, ground., and stars using the star stencil I made and colored them with watercolor paint, I highlighted the trees with it also to make them shimmer.  I used my spectrum noir pens to highlight the house also and then stamped my sentiment and added the embellishments.
This was designed for the Simon Says challenges:

As I used watercolors also I entered it in:

Friday, November 14, 2014

my messy countertop

I work on my kitchen counter, I'm working on Christmas cards now, I have bins and baskets etc that have what I need and bring them out as I need...

Layout, picture from Honeymoon in Ireleand...

Here's a Layout that fits a few entries, first, it was truly inspired by Week 76’s Papercrafting Inspiration: I don't usually do layouts, don't really have place to save them, but this was special.  Here's a picture of Joe and I in Ireland at a B&B we really loved.  When I saw the picture of travel, I immediately thought of our honeymoon...  A neighbor's daughter gave me all of her stickers when her mom passed and I knew there were ton's of travel ones.  The sentiments and papers were DCWV's Linen Closet and Timeless Stacks.  The flowers were from Petaloo "flora Doodles" Value pack. I also noticed the tags on the luggage, BINGO, I could also enter it in Crafting Desert Diva and Pause, Dream, Enjoy...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My universe

Here is my submission for Papersmooches picture perfect...  The inspiration piece was about love, and of course, my love is my universe and my home is where ever he is....., so I used the Space Cadet set for this submission.
also entered in :

Treasured times stamps, Shapely Saturday contest

I used Treasured Times Stamps: Thomas Love On The Road by Erica Nicomedi. and
Floral Fence By Tracey Malnofski.  I colored it with Spectrum Noir Pencils and Sharpie metallic pen...
The paper was Doodlebug and generic construction paper.  These were the digi stamps, so much fun to color!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Paper Smooches: October PS DT Blog Hop

Paper Smooches: October PS DT Blog Hop: It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the NEW  Paper Smooches  November release with you!  FOUR  new   stam...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Birthday Card for My Husband

This is a tribute to many of the things I won since early this year... Savannah O'Gwynn --Seasons of Giving--Momenta Metal (key and lock); Petaloo  & Core'denations --Back to School Hop--  Petaloo Premier "Spring Darjeeling foliage dark brown"; Quietfire Designs "You are Awesome"; Paper Crafter's Corner American Crafts Giveaway Winner! ----Crate Paper Notes and Things "88 Ephemeral pack".  Other items not won--Add A Little Dazzle "metal sheet"; Sizzix Textured Impressions "Clocks & Print Blocks Set"; Stampendous "Party Invite (happy birthday)"; DCWV "Timeless Texture Stack" and Heirloom Stack", Maya Road "Metal Vintage Trinket Love Hangars" & "Wood Bingo Motifs".

Xyron Creative Station was used to make stickers out of film strip, leaves, Xyron Runner to attach rest.  I used the Fiskars fuse with adapter plates with Metal Sheet for the clock.  I used my Spectrum Noir Pens to color in the tips of the leaves to make them pop.


I needed a masculine card and used the colors green and yellow (the picture doesn't do it justice, much closer in real life)  The filmstrip was the vertical element from the witch, and the bronze instead of black).  the clocks overlap like the o's in the work book, the leaves mimic the tree, and the star for the bat.