Sunday, May 31, 2009

Garden Gift Bag

Today's project was made for Stampin Out Alzheimer's My Timeless Template (include clear element) and Stamp Simply's Spring Has Sprung Challenges. I had the pleasure of trying one of Lauren Meader's templates. I used the free Stocking Stuffer from Papertrey Ink. Instead of making a stocking I turned mine into a garden boot. I used Memory Box's DP for the boot. Then I simply traced around the stocking toe and bottom on white paper. I used my Fiskars trimmer and made a cut across the bottom and then from the toe made a straight vertical cut to meet the horizontal cut. This way I did not have to piece the toe and sole of the boot. The flowers were made from DCWV's textured card stock using the Large Daisey Sizzix Die. Clear buttons were sewn to the flower centers with embroidery floss. I usually use glue dots but didn't want the adhesive to show. The leaves were made with Family Treasure's punch. For those who are not familiar with this template there is a box behind the boot and another boot on the back. I thought this would make a great gift bag for a gardener with some seed packets or other small treasure. Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is filled with joy!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

So Cute

I made this for Grandma to give to her dear friend's daughter who is going to be having a baby girl. I used the Midnight Madness Sketch, SCS WT220, and Stampin Out Alzheimers' Button Button Who's Got the Button Challenges as a base to create this card. If you haven't had the chance to check out Stampin Out Alzheimers it's not to late to join in on the fun just click on the icon in the sidebar. This is a cause that is dear to my heart because as some of you know our Grandma who has come to live with us has dementia. Image is from Crafty Secrets Joys of Life Booklet and DP is Graphic45's Baby and Bride Collection. I created my own custom Nestie shape for my image by cutting a rectangle and then piecing it together. I cut a card stock square to mount my pieces on to get a tight fit- then mounted my image on my new Nestie shape. I used Blush Blossom and distressed DP paper with Antique Linen. I mounted the image with a double layer of foam tape to add some gradual layers in my card because of the bulkiness of the bow. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Homemade Goodies

Happy Memorial Day! Here is a quick gift bag for some homemade goodies. It is for the Stamp Simply #88 Red, White, and Blue and SCS Crafty Secrets Going in Circles Challenges. My images are from Crafty Secrets Cooking Cotton Scraps. I cut them with fabric scissors, peeled off the backing and mounted them with double sided tape. Thanks Darlene for your thoughts! The designer paper is from the Earthy and Radiant Crafty Secrets Pads. I colored my rolling pin handles with Copic R59. I used my Long Rectangle Nestabilities Die to make my scalloped edges. My cream jute is from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store. You may also purchase Cotton Scraps here. That's it nothing fancy! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

You're A Doll

This card is going to be for my big sis who called yesterday while she was stuck in traffic. We live about 4 hours away and she just wanted to check and see how I was doing. Recently grandma has come to live with us because she can no longer be on her own. It was one of those calls that came at just the right time. I guess I needed to talk and didn't even realize it! So I wanted to send this and tell her "You're a Doll... " The fun thing is this picture looks just like her when she was younger. The only difference is she would have rather been playing Cowboys and Indians - LOL!

This card was made using the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 2. You have the liberty to alter the sketch as long as it resembles the original. Instead of placing my two horizontal strips under my image, I put them above and below. I used the double sided DP from Crafty Secrets Classic Pad. One side of the paper I used for my horizontal borders and right panel. I used the floral border from the other side and cut around the flowers for my left panel.

Hope you get a chance to take some time and relax this weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Classic Pad, Little Dolls Images and Journal Notes - Crafty Secrets. Other: Prima Flowers, Half Pearls -K&Co, Fern - Punch Bunch, Rectangle Scallop - Nestabilities.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nursery Rhymes

Today's card was made from Splitcoaststampers Sketch SC229. The image is from Crafty Secrets Childhood Images and Journal Notes. Designer paper is Graphic 45's Baby and Bride Collection. I also used Prism Cream cardstock. I just received my silk ribbon from Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and I love it! I used the cream on this card and then adhered some buttons on top. Some layers were placed on foam tape to add dimension. Another easy card where the image and paper does all the work! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Happy Anniversary Honey!

I made this card for the Crafty Secret's Challenge on Paper Craft Planet. After it was done I thought who could I give this to?? Then the lights went on - it would make the perfect anniversary card for my husband. When we got married my hubby was getting ready to enter seminary and the proud owner of a Schwin bicycle - yet to be paid off. I was working as a nurse and paying off my "Vette" well that is Chevette. You know the kind of car where you need to get a running start to get up a hill. Early 80's version of the Smart Car.

Twenty-four years later things have changed somewhat. The bike is paid off and we now have a mini van that fits our family of seven - dad, mom, four kids, and grandma.

This is one of those cards where the stamp and papers do all the work! No coloring needed. The image was stamped on vanilla with Graphite Black and mounted with foam tape. All papers were distressed with Antique Linen. Background DP was sewn to card. Well that's it - thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets -Coffee and Tea Paper: Crafty Secrets - Earthy Pad, BASICGREY - Urban Prairie, SU! BlACK Ink: Graphite Black, Antique Linen Distress Other: Hemp, Sewing

Monday, May 18, 2009

It's No Secret...

Today's card is for the Midnight Madness Challenge. If you have a chance go and check it out! Thought this would make a great birthday or friendship card with a note inside that says "It's No Secret...." I used paper from Crafty Secrets Radiant Pad and the image is from their Girlfriends Images and Journal Notes. The background was embossed with the Swiss Dot folder. I used score tape to apply Onyx glitter border around the outer edge of diary page. Jewelry was embellished with half pearls. Fabric photo corners are from EK Success. Hard to see in photo but I added glitter to the flowers. Hope you Have a Wonderful Day and remember "It's no secret that I appreciate your support and encouragement! "

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saw The Smoke...

My neighbor is a retired firefighter and yesterday was his birthday. I made this card for him. This type of card could be used to honor a firefighter or for a birthday with a note like this - "I saw the smoke and almost called the fire dept. but then I realized it was your birthday!" I didn't have the heart to do the latter! I used K& Company's Firefighter Scrap Kit. Along with paper from Cosmo Cricket's Little Boy Collection. I wrapped the card with black twine and then mounted my image on foam tape. The edges were sanded and inked with Antique Linen and True Thyme. This card is also for Sharon Johnson's ssnotime87 "For the Guy's Challenge" where you had to add string, cord, rope, or knots. I love doing these challenges because it forces my hand in directions I might not go. Yesterday was the color combo and today the wrapped string. I always have admired the string wrapped cards but never made one so here it is! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 15, 2009

CTD42 Who Could Fill Your Flip Flops???

I made this card for a friend who has made a big impact on our children's lives. She is involved in the youth and music ministry at our church. It looks like she will be moving at the end of the summer because her husband will be atttending graduate school. We live 20 minutes from the beach and flip flops are in no matter how cold it is and it snows here! So I thought this would be a fun card to give her to show our appreciation - thus the title "Who Could Fill Your Flip Flops?"

It also qualifies for thr CTD42 and Splicoaststampers LSC220. I used BASICGREY'S Urban Prairie paper and the stamp is from A Muse. The flip flops are paper pieced and I added Hero Arts gems. Nestabilites and Circle Punch were used to make the circles. The ribbon is very rich in color and it is a faux suede.Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First Aid Tin

Today on Splitcoaststampers the Ways to Use It Challenge (WT218) is to decorate a tin. I thought this tin would make a great traveling first aid kit for the car, diaper bag, or for use at home. I used a hinged tin and covered it with paper from My Mind's Eye - Tres Jolee. The images are from Crafty Secrets feeling Feeling Yucky Set. They were stamped in Graphite Black and I heat set them before coloring with Copics. The band-aid and hearts were stamped an then cut out and adhered. Ovals were cut out with Nestabilities. Dimensional glaze was added to the tears. The ribbon is from American Crafts Green Classic selection. Thanks for stopping by and if you need a band aid....
Copics: C1, B21, E51. Y21, YR02,YR07

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Seeds of Kindness

Hello! It is a sunny balmy day here and I am loving it!! Today I made a thank you card. I never seem to have enough of these. The image is from Crafty Secrets Birds and Botanicals Images and Journal Notes. Designer paper is Graphic45's Baby and Bride Collection. I used Prismatic Cream Paper for my border panels. Edges were distressed with Antique Linen. I placed cardstock underneath my paper image to provide sturdiness because I was mounting it with foam tape . Flowers are Prima and pearl centers are from K & Co. Thanks for taking a look and I hope sunshine fills your day !

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Get Well Wishes

This is a quick and easy Get Well card I made for a friend
who has been in the hospital. I used Crafty Secrets
"Feeling Yucky" stamp set. I love this set! It has great images that do all the work for you. This cute nurse was stamped on vanilla with Graphite Black Brillance and heat set before coloring with Copics. I used Antique Linen ink to distress the edges of my paper. Designer paper is from K & Company's Classic Pad. Then added a few embellishments. Punch is from Martha Stewart. This card qualifies for SCS Crafty Secrets Challenge CSSC68 where you had to use a flower or flour. Come and join the fun it's a great group of stampers. Thanks for taking a look! Hope you have a great day!!

Copics used: E00, E11, E31, E33, E35, RV11, R20, C1, 0

Monday, May 11, 2009


Hello! For the first time I am entering the world of blogging! This will mainly be a journal of my creative journey. I am grateful to Darlene and Sharon for their encouragement and help in this endeavor. Today's post contains a card I made for Sharon Johnson's ssnotime86 challenge and Crafty Secrets Inspirational Challenge CSSC67. This flower was made from Crafty Secrets Radiant Paper using an oval punch. The petals were mounted on a piece of chipboard which was adhered to a pin back. The size of this blossom is 2 7/8" . I used my silent setter to place holes in the front panel to thread the pin back through. I made a double fold at the top of the card so the card would lay flat. Stamp sets used are Vintage Christmas and Bouquet of Joy from Crafty Secrets. The black velvet paper is old stash from Embossing Arts. Thanks for coming and taking a look!