Friday, January 31, 2014

Techy Thursday and Friday Fun Day will be posted tomorrow

I just wanted to take a quick moment to post and let you know Techy Thursday and Friday FunDay will post tomorrow. My youngest son had back surgery yesterday. I'm taking care of, loving him and hugging him all that I can in hopes he'll feel better soon.


I've been chosen to be on the CardzTV design team!

I'm doin' the happy dance people! I've been chosen to be on Mary's CardzTV 3D design team! Oh my gosh I'm just so excited. I'll be creating 3D projects with her amazing, cute, awesome sentiment stamp sets. You have to go check them out! I also am looking forward to being on this team with a group of very creative and talented ladies. Thank you and let's all have fun!

I hope you're all having a sun shiny day (even if it's below freezing for some of you).


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tag You're It Tuesday & Just A Scrappin Weekly Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes Using Washi Tape

Here's a tag I've created for the "Tag You're It" Daily Motivational Projects AND Just-A-Scrappin weekly design team challenge "Anything goes using washi tape".

This is a tag/card..."tard", "carg", "cag"...I've made for my niece (in-law) who's having a birthday tomorrow. The colors are just so bright and cheerful. If you'd like to see how it was made join me on

Here's what I used to make it...
Manilla File folder cut at 5 1/2 inches with the CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge.
The Washi tape comes from Recollections
The balloons were cut at 2 1/2 inches from the Celebrate It Cricut cartridge using scraps.
The ribbon is all from American Crafts
I used a Spellbinders die (Banners) for the banner.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Sophies Sentiments.

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mixed Media Monday - Art Journal Cover (ICWIC)

For today's Daily Motivation Project it is Mixed Media Monday. For several weeks now, I've been wanting to cover my Art Journal I'll be using for the ICWIC group but I haven't had a moment to do it. Well, it's now done. This picture is the completed projected. I created a video showing how I put it together but after I was done it just looked like it needed more.

Here's what I used to create it:
8 1/2 x 11 Crescent Mixed Media Book
Celebrate It tissue paper
Tim Holtz tissue paper
Recollections Flowers
Graphic 45 Paper
Homemade Stencil
Liquitex Acrylic Paints
Tim Holt Acrylic Paint dobbers
Stampandous Embossing Powder
Crinkled cardboard

Thank you all for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Friday Fun Day- Make A Gift Bag

Here's the last Daily Motivational Project for the week. It's Friday Fun Day! Anything goes for these projects. Today, I've made a gift bag. It's fun, quick and easy. If you'd like to see how this was made stop by

For this one I did not add a sentiment. 

This is another design that I wanted to share with you. I added Best Wishes (Silhouette Cameo image)

Here's where I would describe how I create these gifts bags but it's just not possible to explain it so, just click on the link above and you'll be able to watch everything.

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day.


Techy Thursday - Make A Stencil

Hi and welcome to the Daily Motivational Project. Today is Techy Thursday. Now, there's only a portion of this video that is "techy" and that is how to create a design, using the Silhouette Cameo, that will then be a stencil. Here are a few photos of the process. To see how it was all put together go to

Just to test out the design, I first cut it out on black card stock. 

Then I cut it out on the stencil paper/plastic. 

Here's how it turned out. I used Tim Holtz distrees ink (orange marmalade, concord grape and yellow mustard). The result using a blending tool was that the colors were light. I then tried the finger dobber and was able to get the color a little brighter plus I was able to get into the nooks and crannies. I wanted to see what it would look like if I used the distress pen (yellow mustard) and colored it in. All in all, I liked the result and am looking forward to making more of my own designs of stencils.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Challenge - Anything Goes Using Layers

You can layer paper, ribbon, almost anything! For this card, I layered paper and ribbon AND used my new Janome Sew Mini. It's the first time I've used it so I wasn't really sure what setting to put it on. Next time, I'm going to do a bigger stitch. I created this card on At first, I had decided not to do the additional stick on the brown lace but went back and did it anyway. I like where I stitched it but am definitely changing the stitch design next time.

Here's what I used to create it:
Card Base: Recollections craft card stock (5 1/2 x 4)
Brown Layer: From my stash
Yellow Layer: From my stash
Brown Lace: From Beverly's
White Lace: From JoAnns
Sentiment: "Amazing" is a die cut off my Silhouette Cameo. I cut it out once in white and once in yellow.

Thanks "sew" much for stopping by (no pun Have a sun shiny day!


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tag You're It Tuesday #3

It's a card and tag so is it a carg? a cag? This design came to me at 4:00 a.m. yikes. It's crazy when that happens, right? This is especially made for my friend Joyce. She and her husband travel a lot so I wanted to make her a card with that in mind. You can watch how this was made on

Here's what I did to create this:
Tag: CTMH Artist Cricut cartridge. CCR measurements 5.097 x 5.25.
Card Base: Celebrations Cricut cartridge. CCR measurements 10.25 x 4.25.
Margarita: Traveler Cricut cartridge. Cut at 2.5 inches.
Sunglasses: Traveler Cricut cartridge. Cut at 2.5 inches.
Suitcase: Traveler Cricut cartridge. Cut at 2 inches.
Sunshine: Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge. Cut at 2.0 inches
Cake: Life's a Party Cricut cartridge. Cut at 2.5 inches.
Stamps: Random "Birthday" themed stamps
Ribbon: Ofray

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day.


Monday, January 20, 2014

Mixed Media Monday - For the Birthday Girl (ICWIC)

Here's the second project I've created for the Daily Inspirations Mixed Media Monday. I created this and posted a video on youtube but wasn't happy with it. I just felt like it needed more "stuff". So, here's a picture of the final creation.

Here's what I used to create this:
Liquitex Medium                                    EK Success small flower punch          Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Painter's masking tape                            Viva Pearl Pen brown                           Distress Stains (not shown)
Liquitex Acrylic Paints                            Quick Notes Vellum sheets                Glimmer Mist (not shown)
Studio G Stamps                                    Prima Vaneer flowers and leaves        Tim Holtz Crackle paint (not
Stampandeous Stamps                           Creative Imaginations Epoxy Stickers         shown)
Basic Grey Stamps                                 Glitz Epoxy Stickers




Thank you all for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Friday Fun Day - Sweet Tooth Treat Boxes

Everyday that you're crafting is a fun day, right? Well, these pie shaped treat boxes from the Sweet Tooth Treat Box Cricut cartridge are so adorable. If you like to see how I've created them just head on over to

I made two sizes. The little one is cut at 6 inches and fits 3 mini cupcakes or muffins..whatever you'd like. The big one is cut at 10 inches and fits 3 medium cupcakes. When you cut the insert, drop it down 1/4 inch in size or it'll be too big.
The paper is from Recollections.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Techy Thursday - Edge to Edge

Hi all and welcome to the first week of Techy Thursday. Now, I did a video on my you tube channel ( on how to do a few things on the Cricut Craft Room but focused on the cuts of the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge.
If you use the cartridge directly and are trying to cut an overlay for a card, for example a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, and you chose the 5 1/2 inch size it will cut the image (square) in a perfect 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch overlay. If you're wanting to alter the size to fit a card you'll need to do this on your Gypsy or Cricut Craft Room.
These images can be used in so many ways....a photo mat, a stencil, a card overlay, a layout overlay, etc...
If you create something from this cartridge I would love to see it! You can email me the picture to Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to check out the video on youtube.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Watercolor Wednesday- Watercolor Pencil Technique

Welcome to Watercolor Wednesday everyone. This week I've used watercolor pencils to create this card. To watch how hit was created visit

Here's what I used to create it:
Strathmore 140 lb watercolor cardstock 5 x 7
Kimberly watercolor pencils
Stampendous Daffodil stamp
Thinking of You stamp: from my Stash
Ranger Archival Ink

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Weekly Challenge - Tearing Technique

Hey all you blogin, crafty people! This week's challenge for the Just-A-Scrappin Design Team ( is "Anything goes using the tearing technique."
I haven't scrapbooked for months and really need/want to get my 2013 album back on track. I had a few pictures I'd taken of my family birthday dinner. The colors that popped out the most were red, black, grey and white. Not the usual colors I'd use for a layout but all-in-all it turned out ok. If you'd like to see how I put it all together visit

Here's what I used to create it:
Black card stock: Colorbok 12 x 12
White card stock: Bazzill Avalanche 11 x 11
Black and White glitter: Stash
White photo mat: Walmart white card stock
Grey photo mat: BoBunny
Buttons: Crafty Steals
Red: Stash paper approximately 10 x 10
Tools: Fiskars tearing ruling
          Fiskars "Lace" corner punch
Ribbon: Webster's Pages
Sentiment: Silhouette Cameo image

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a sun shiny day.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tag You're It Tuesday

Here is a tag I made for the Daily Motivation Projects. Today is "Tag You're It". If you have any projects you've done for today's daily motivation I'd love to see them (
There are so many ways to create tags. You can add flowers, bling, emboss it, distress it...the list goes on.
To watch how it was created go to

Here's what I used to create the tag:
Large Tag: Inksentials 6 1/4 x 3 1/8 #8
Small Tag: Inksentials 3 1/2 x 1 5/8
Ink: Black Arcyval for the sentiment and flower stamp
Distress Ink: Tim Holtz~Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Masking Film: Frisket
Stamp Set: Avocado Arts. "Wishes and Kind Thoughts", "Greateful Season", "Are We There Yet"
Copic Markers: E13 (brown), Y19 (yellow), YG67 (green), 0 (blending pen)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, January 13, 2014

Mixed Media Monday - Valentine's Day Cards and Projects Series #9 (ICWIC)

Whew! The title is a mouthful, right. Well, I'm killing 3 birds with one stone (that saying always makes me sad cause I'm a huge animal lover). This project is the first of the Daily Motivation Project, #9 of the Valentine's Day Cards and Projects Series and my Google + ICWIC (mixed media and art journaling).

I'm still a little out of my comfort zone with mixed media but am having a blast trying it. I wasn't able to finish the full project on video Here is a picture of the finished project.

Here's what I added:
~A piece of Colorbok black (torn) card stock with the letters L O V E (down in the bottom right corner) from
~A spritz of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Spray- Red Nose Reindeer
~An additional layer of textured hearts (down in the bottom left corner) using spackle.

Here's what I used to create it:
5 x 7 frameless Art District canvas
Liquitex Matte Medium
Mod Podge
Liquitex Acrylic Paint (light portrait pin, mars black, medium magenta)
Bubble Wrap
Recollections Script stamp
Recollections White Paper
Vellum paper
Ranger Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (black soot and fired brick)
DAP Fast n Final Light Weight Spackle
Tattered Angels Red Nose Reindeer
Art Minds Stencil

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a sun shiny day.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards and Projects #8 - Quill you be mine (Paper Smooches Design Team Call)

Papers Smooches ( has the most adorable stamps and how convenient that you can buy the die cuts that coordinate with them. They have put out a design team call which I thought, "Gosh, I'm up for the challenge." I had actually bought the "Love-Struck" stamp set a few days ago (and by the way I got it the next day) so I've made this card for the design team call and for the series I'm doing.
If you like to see how I've made this card visit

This will be my last blog entry until Monday. It's been a great week doing the Valentine's Cards and Projects Series Marathon. I've got a fun weekend planned with friends and family. So, see you all next week.

Here's how I created this:
Card Base: Recollections 5 1/2 x 4
Layer 1: Cream colored card stock cut slightly smaller than the case base.
Layer 2: Recollections 6 x 6 paper stack "Love". Cut slightly smaller than the layer 1. This layer has pop ups in the back to lift it a bit.
Punch: 2 1/2 inch EK Success circle punch.
Stamps: Paper Smooches "Love Struck". I used Copic markers to color the cute little Cupid and hand cut him out. On the inside I stamped the word Valentine on both the card and a piece of masking strip. I cut the word Valentine out toward the last few letters, placed it on the stamped word then stamped the target and lifted the mask up. I cut a strip of 3 x 3/4 and stamped "Quill You Be Mine." Using my mini score board and stylus I made an embossed edge around the words.
Quilling: I used The Paper Company paper strips to quill shape the hearts. I added each of them to a layer of cream card stock to give them more dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Valentine's Day Cards and Projects Series #7 - Tea Bag Holder

I've used my "Sweet Treat Sweetie" stamp set from Avocado Arts ( to create the tag for inside this really cute tea bag holder. There are so many different designs of tea bag holders out there. This one was a bit challenging for me in the beginning but it was worth it. Now, I did do a video on this ( but I gave the wrong score line instructions. So, see below for the correct information.

Card stock: You should use double sided card stock for this design.
   On the left is Stampin' Up card stock. I bought this from Janis (
   On the right is Martha Stewart Valentine's themed paper

Correction for the score lines:
On the 12 " side score at 1 1/4,  2 1/2,  5,  7,  9 1/2.
On the 8 1/2 side score it at 2 1/2 and 6.

Trying to explain the rest of the process in words is difficult so if you don't mind, go ahead and click on my link above to see how it's done.

Thanks and I hope you're having a sun shiny day.


Just-A-Scrappin Design Team Challenge and Valentine's Day Card and Project Series #3 - Be Mine

I decided to go through all my Cricut cartridges, from A to Z, to find Valentine's Day themed images and/or die cuts. Well, I got as far as the CTMH Artist and stopped. This cartridge has cards, cupcake wrappers, treat boxes and more! So, to start I've made this little box. Now as I mentioned it is also what I'm submitting this for the Just-A-Scrappin design team challenge this week (anything goes using Chevron).

You may notice that the box looks slightly different than the finished product on my video I didn't like how the bow turned out so I went ahead and tied it on the bow maker, pulled the tails through the back loosely knotted it. I also cut a new piece of Chevron for the very front panel since that one was cut too small and glued on crooked.

Here are the details ~
Cricut cartridge: CTMH Artiste. This box was cut at 5 1/4 (fit to page) using smooth white card stock.
Chevron paper: was from a paper pad (probably Recollections). I cut each panel to fit the
      front, sides and back of the box. Some adjustments may need to be made..front = 3 1/2 w x 3 h,    
      side(s)= 1 1/2 x 3 h and the back = 3 1/2 w x 4 h.
Sentiment: CTHM Artiste. I cut it out on shiny, smooth card stock at 1 1/2 inches.
Heart: CTHM Artiste. 2 1/4 "shadow" and 2 in. white.
Button: Recollections
Strip at the top: Martha Stewart punch 3 1/2" long.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a sun shiny day.


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Pause Dream Enjoy Linky Party

One of the fun things to do, as a blogger, is to join in on blog hops and especially Linky parties like Pause Dream Enjoy is having. This party wants us to submit cards and/or projects that include balloons.

So, here it is!

Here's how I made it:
Card Base: Lime Green card stock 65lb weight cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Layer: Balloon themed card stock cut at 5 1/4 x 4.
Balloon Die cuts: Celebrations Cricut cartridge and popped up on foam adhesives.
Embellishment: It's a Shrinky Dink!
The balloon strings are made from baker's twine.

A simply sweet card!

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day.


Valentine's Day Cards and Projects #6 - Love is Growing (Freshly Made Sketches #118)

I've been inspired again by the design team and their creativity at the Freshly Made Sketches Blog. You have got to check this blog out! Now, if you watched how it was made on you'll see that the finished card looks a bit different, right?

Card Base: Bazzill cut at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4
Layer: White Card Stock 65lb cut at 5 1/4 x 4.
Paper: Strip is Martha Stewart Valentine's Themed paper
Washi: Recollections
Stamp: Hearts ?
Stamp: Sentment is from Lawn Fawn
Copic Markers:
Notice on the "flower" I added glossy accents. Also, I stamped a heart on all four corners of the front and on the inside. It just needed something else.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day.


Valentine's Day Card and Project Series #5 - It's a Love Thing

Hi there. I was asked by one of my subscribers from youtube to do a shape card and a fold card. Here's a shape card I've created using the Spellbinders Hearts die cuts. To watch how I've made it pop on over to my youtube channel

Card Base: White Card Stock 65 lb
Die Cuts: Spellbinders Hearts. Card measures 4 1/2 w x 3 1/2 h (give or take).
Paper: Scraps of various designs
Punch: Martha Stewart
Stamp: ?

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!

ICWIC Mixed Media Tag #1 - Be My Valentine

Here I am venturing out a bit from card making and scrapbooking. I was invited to join a blog "ICWIC" which is all about mixed media and art journaling. I am a huge fan of mixed media and have dabbled in it a bit myself. I do have a lot to learn and will be inspired by the other artists on this blog.

Here's what I've created for my first project. If you'd like to see how I did it visit

Here's how I did it:
Tag: Inksentials 6 1/4 x 3.
Step 1: Heat embossed "Be My Valentine".
Step 2: Embossed it with Cuttblebug's heart folder.
Step 3: Using Heidi Swaps stencil I applied Gesso.
Step 4: Heat dried the Gesso then distressed with Tim Holtz tea bag, red brick and spun sugar.
Step 4: Used the Heart Spellbinders die cut to cut out the adhesive backed cork shaped hearts. Distressed inked the edges with Tim Holtz Red Brick distress ink.
Step 5: Applied the metal photo corners, heart lock and key with 450 adhevise glue
Step 6: Added two buttons
Step 7: Placed a Pink heart pin through the largest heart
Step 8: Sprayed the entire tag with Rudolph Red Nose Tattered Angels spray.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Female Birthday Card - Sweet Birthday Wishes

My mother-in-law's birthday this Friday. She's going to be 89! Awesome, right? Here's a card I've made her using the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge. If you'd like to see how I made it just drop into my youtube channel

Here's what I used to make this card ~

Yellow (65lb) card stock purchased at Staples in a reem.
Purple card stock is Coordinations
Cricut catridge: Edge to Edge. I used my Gypsy and sized it to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 (note: in the video I said 5 x 4 1/4.
Buttons: Studio G
Stamps: Close To My Heart Artiste matching stamp set

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Valentine's Day Card and Project Series #4 - Sweet Love Forever

I was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches blog ( to make this card and was going to submit it but I missed the January 6 deadline. Next time. I also made a video using my new camera but for the life of me I cannot figure out how to work the video mode...grrrr...So, I made one after the fact just describing all that I did (

Here's what I used to create this card ~
Card Base: Bazzill cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Layer: Pink Recollections 4 x 5 1/4
Die Cut: Spellbinders (I cannot find the original cover)
Ribbon and Lace (from top then left to right)
    White purchased from JoAnns
     Pink: Ofray
     White: Recollections
     Pink stripe: American Crafts
     White Glimmer: Recollections
Stamp: Doodlebug

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a sun shiny day.


Birthday Card - Movie Themed

My friend's daughter is turning 19 on Friday. She's currently attending film school so I wanted to make her a card with that theme in mind. If you'd like to see how I made this go to

Card Stock: DCWV. Cut at 4 x 7. I'll use my We R Memory Keepers Envelope maker to create an envelope for this.
Die Cuts: Silhouette Cameo Library. I searched "movie" and it showed a bunch of really cute images. 
               Movie Projecter: 2 1/2 H x 2 W
               Lights Camera Action: 2 H x 4 W
               Clap: 2 H x 2 W. I hand cut a piece of white card stock to go behind it.
Star Stamp: Red (radom) using Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler. Black using Momento.
Sentiment Stamp: "A very happy (un) birthday to you". I masked out the "un" word just cause I liked what everything else said.
Inside: Black (Colorbok) cut at 6 3/4 x 3. Yellow (Colorbok) cut at 6 1/2 x 2 3/4. White: Standard white card stock 6 1/4 x 2 1/2.
Punch: EK Success Film punch.

Thanks all and have a sun shiny day!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Valentine's Paper

I'm really having a hard time finding Valentine's Paper. I was surprised Michaels and JoAnns doesn't have much to chose from. Has anyone made their own paper before? Maybe using white, pink or red paper and stamps?


Friday, January 3, 2014

Note Cards Made From A Gift Bag

I got home from my birthday dinner and at the front door sat a beautiful gift bag from my friend. Nina. Inside was a cute coffee mug with a miniature schnauzer on it and a delicious piece of baklava. She's just so sweet. I had sent her a thank you card for the Christmas gift she gave me so I decided to do something different to thank her for this gift.

I made her note cards out of the gift bag. The design was so that it had 3 1/4 x 4 1/2  inch squares with a butterfly design in each one. I then used the rope that was on the bag to tie the note cards together.

The print was done from my Silhouette (I promise to do a tutorial soon). To see how I created these watch the video on

Thanks for stopping by and have a sun shiny day!