Monday, February 19, 2018

3D Christmas Greetings!

Hi! I have a super quick post today using a decoupage kit to make Christmas cards.  I am so happy to see that storage box filling up with completed cards and I'm hoping they will be mostly completed by Thanksgiving this year! One can hope!!

I had mentioned a trip to my LSS during their big clearance sale and the goodies I had purchased.  One of those bargains was a Christmas A4 Decoupage Pack from docrafts Papermania.  This kit is called Pocket Full of Posies, and while it wasn't on the clearance tables, it was still a great deal.  I made four cards from the set and still have enough for 4 more!  Here is the complete set...

and closeups of each individual card...

The photo quality isn't the greatest since my camera didn't want to cooperate... but you get the idea!  While I like the 3D idea and the images are very pretty, I'm not completely sold on the whole kit thing.  I love being able to do my own thing and use whatever strikes my eye, but for quick, pretty cards the kits are perfect!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cowabunga!! Having a little birthday fun!

Duuuude! So awesome you are here! TOTALLY!!  Ok, I'm done now...  How else could I introduce today's cards?!  I mean...NINJA TURTLES...Hellooo!!!

A recent check of my card stash let me know I was in desperate need of some cards for kids birthdays.  Now we know I have more than enough stamps, but unfortunately the kiddos in my life range from itty bitty and cute to I'm too cool to get excited over a birthday card (but don't stop making them for me...).  Most of my stamps are perfect for itty bitty, girly, or adult male, but nothing in the range of "I'm too cool".  Fortunately, I don't mind going shopping for some new things, especially if I know I really need them!  I found a super cool and fun 12x12 paper featuring the TMNT and knew it would work for those guys...  I wasn't sure exactly how these would turn out because there was one larger focal image and the rest was similarly sized background.  I ended up making 5 cards from this one sheet of paper!  I really like how the focal image worked on the first card, but have to admit that the others turned out pretty awesome too!  My biggest challenge was finding words/sentiments to fit.  I have NONE in my stamp collection and had NO luck finding something at my local scrapbooking store... I finally resorted to my cricut and MDS to make the perfect additions.

I cut the word DUDE! on different colors of cardstock, matted them on black and then again on the coordinating color.  I used the cricket cartridge Jubilee and also dusted off my Xyron sticker maker for these. So glad I didn't have to attempt gluing those skinny letters on there!

I created a postcard design in MDS to make the inside sentiment for the cards.  I love MDS for creating multiple or similar projects.  After I made the first design, I simply added more pages, changed the font color on the word Awesome, and printed them out! Piece of cake! Or should that be pizza?

The best thing about these cards is that two of them are going to grown, adult men!  Two of my nephews were a part of the original TMNT crew and still enjoy them.  The oldest was so wrapped up in them when he was younger that he would stop and look in every storm sewer to see if they were there! The other is now sharing all of his memorabilia with his son.  Great memories and I know they'll enjoy this flashback!

I hope your day is Totally Awesome and thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipes: Paper- Sandy Lion TMNT designer paper, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, Basic Black, Whisper White, Accessories-MDS, Cricut cartridge Jubilee

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday-Winter Cleaning

Hello and welcome back for another Throwback Thursday! Today's card is a little bit of 'stash' and an upcycled card front.  I'm not sure how old the card front is since it was in a pile of goodies I unearthed during the move. The 'love' ticket came from a SU kit that I've had for a while.  Even the card base was in my stash.  I think it's SU cardstock, but I'm not positive since the color doesn't match the purples I have in my file.  It's a little frightening how many things I have saved over the years!  Good thing I've started 'winter cleaning' to put these things to good use!

Another quick and easy card to add to my completed stash.  So easy that I really don't have any extra tips to share!  I am slowly making a dent in my pile of things to use, and I'm thinking once that pile is gone, I'll start another! Who knows, this could be the year of using up all of those things that were set back for 'someday'!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lots of layers for a Merry Monday

Hello! I'm back with two more Christmas cards and I'm so happy that I've been able to make time to create my Christmas cards early!  Today's cards were completely inspired by a trip to a local paper crafting store!  They were recently having a HUGE clearance sale to make room for all of the goodies they ordered from their trip to CHA and I decided to see what treasures I couldn't live without.  Yes, I know I still have lots of supplies in boxes that haven't been unpacked... Yes, I know I'm on a mission to use up my older stash items so there will be room for the aforementioned boxes... Yes, I know I really didn't NEED anything... Thankfully, I also know that most creative people (including my sister who totally enabled me on this trip) will understand exactly why I needed to go!

I showed a lot of restraint and didn't buy a ton of things, but there were a few bargains that were too good to pass up.  One of these was a decoupage pack kit with two really sweet Christmas images.  I've seen others use these, but hadn't tried them myself.  I really liked the 3D effect of stacking the layers and these will make great cards for family members with younger children.  Because the pieces were so layered and detailed, I kept my base to a bare minimum of embossing with a folder.  Other than the time it took to put the layers together, these came together in literally minutes.

The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was the font for the word 'Joy', but I was quite limited by the size of the tag and only had one alphabet set that would work...  

I bought another Christmas set (not on clearance, but still a great deal) and will be playing with that next week.  This set has quite a few more designs and coordinating papers, so I'm looking forward to seeing where it will take me!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Card Recipe:  Paper-whisper white, card making kit (tossed the paper without thinking to get the name...), Stamp set-Designer Typeset(ret), Ink-memento tuxedo black, Accessories-Snowburst ef, Cuttlebug Star Blanket ef

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Valentines Banner(aka: I told you I would use that...)

Hi and welcome to my Throwback Thursday/Told You So post!! My DH is known for his eye rolling technique when I'm insisting that we shouldn't toss something because it can be used later.  I hate to admit that I probably save way more than I should, however, I do manage to use just enough to tell him 'I told you I would use that...'  Today I'm sharing a banner that not only uses more of those circular I 💓You pieces, but it also uses a worn out hair pony.  Yes, you read correctly... a hair pony! I regret to share that I didn't have a before picture of it. You probably would have questioned my sanity, but the 'after' is so pretty, I think you'll agree that I did ok! 

 My girls loved having pretty hair ponies to match every outfit and over the years I can't tell you how many were broken or worn out and tossed.  Except this really sweet pink sheer fabric had rhinestones on it... and it was just so darn cute... even if the elastic was severely stretched out and not functional any more...  So DH really almost rolled his eyeballs completely around when I put it in a container to save for 'later'.  I think there may have been an "Are you kidding me?" or a "You have lost your mind." but in the container it went-for several years...

When we moved, I rediscovered it, took it out of the container, and put it in a tiered basket stand so I would be more likely to use it.  When I decided to use the circles to make a Valentines banner for our mantle, I spotted the pony and KNEW this was what I was saving it for!

the paper part of the banner-layers of slightly grunged pretty paper

the finished project- just look at that pretty pink 'ribbon' separating the pieces!

This banner was truly a 'stash' project! The circles and the pony of course, but the twine that was used to string everything together came off of a Christmas gift.  Saving that was a no brainer, as it was a huge piece of fabulous twine!!  When I asked DH to help me hang the banner, he commented on how cute it was.  Then DD2 looked at it and asked "Is that my old pony on there?"  Cha! Ching! Score one for the hoarder thrifty crafter!  DH just laughed and said "I know... Now I'm not allowed to comment on you saving trash anymore...".  Of course, we all know he will and it will be complete with another wonderful eye roll.  But that's ok.  I'll just have to prove him wrong again!

Project Recipe: Paper-whisper white, pretty in pink, Patterns Love DSP (ret), Ink-real red, soft suede, crumb cake, Stamp Set-Sweet Centers (ret), Accessories-Banners and Hearts framelits, an old used up pony, twine, Very Vanilla lace trim

Monday, February 5, 2018

Another Merry Monday!

 Hello! Well, I've managed to get a few more Christmas cards created over the weekend and it is feeling pretty good to get the stash started this early! 

Today's addition to the pile was inspired by some super cute paper I bought a week ago.  DD#1 loves everything vintage and has recently fallen in love with older vehicles, especially the round fender trucks!  We didn't find paper with those (which probably would have been an easier delivery of the tree...), but Hobby Lobby did have these adorable cars hauling home their freshly cut trees. I'm wondering how sappy the windshield was by the time they arrived at their destinations! LOL! Anyway...I kept these pretty simple since the paper was too cute to cover up completely.  I also managed to use more ribbon that has been in my collection for a while.

I also had a bit of assistance on these.  Nessie decided she HAD to be a part of the action and pass her judgmental gaze over my work.  I'm not sure whether she approved or not, but she did seem content to watch the process.  If you notice, she is sitting on the notepads I keep on the table for inspiration and jotting down reminders.  She will not sit on the bare tabletop, but delights in perching on the printer, notepads, name it!  Such a silly cat!  Shadow however, is quite happy to curl up on his bed and take a nap while I work. Yes, he has his very own dog bed in my studio...spoiled, but definitely deserving of it!

I am so grateful that you stopped for a visit and hope you will come back again soon! Have a wonderful week!

Card Recipe: Paper-Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, pattern paper from Paper Studio, Ink-memento tuxedo black, Stamp Set-Wacky Wishes (ret), Accessories-circle and starburst framelits, riding hood red striped grosgrain ribbon (ret)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Throwback Thursday-More Valentines

Welcome!  I am so glad you are here to witness the using of some very neglected pieces of paper!!  Today's Throwbacks are Valentines and I am almost embarrassed to admit how long these things have been hanging around...  I don't even remember cutting the large pink heart, but it was stuck in a folder of Valentines stickers and papers.  The circle 'I 💓You' came from one of my kids school Valentine projects. These are old enough that I don't have a picture on my blog of the original, so it was sometime before 2011...yeah...  Anyway, there was a ziploc baggie full of these that were the punched out centers of  heart shaped candy holders.  They were almost in the trash can when I thought "I could make Valentines and use these up..."  I think I heard a collective sigh of relief from the bag as I set it on the 'make something' pile!  I am happy to report that there were only a few left when I finished making my cards! You can see what I did with those in a few more days!! So cute!!!!

A little Dazzling Details, a little embossing...

More embossing and Dazzling Details...

I love how the right embossing folder can take a card from 'eh' to 'WOW' with very little effort!  Of course, I had to add a little sparkle to give them some extra pizzazz!!  I now have all of my Valentines finished and there's still plenty of time to address and mail them! Woot! Woot! Add to that the fact that I've used up some older goodies and I'm having a pretty good week!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Card Recipes: Paper-whisper white, real red, pretty in pink, Patterns Love DSP (ret), Ink-real red, Stamp Set-Sweet Centers (ret), Accessories-Dazzling Details, Boho Chic ef, Happy Heart ef, and a Paper Studio embossing folder

Monday, January 29, 2018

Merry Monday-A 'Green' Christmas

Hello! I'm back again with something new(ish) that I'm hoping will keep me from panicking in December!  My dear stamping friend, Ann Marie starting making a set of Christmas cards each week.  I loved this idea and I'm hoping I can manage to keep up with this!!  Any extras that I can make before Christmas will be much better than last year!! Most of my cards were New Years instead of Christmas!

If you've been visiting my blog, you know that I've been attempting to set up my studio and get things organized.  One of the things I did accomplish was going through the Christmas cards we received this year.  The family photo cards, cards from very special people, and of course the handmade cards were saved.  I have a 'book' idea that I'm going to work on this summer to make these treasures easier to see!  There were some cards that got pitched (salespeople, business, etc.), but some were set back to have a new life!  Today's cards were made from one very pretty card that we received.  Two for one and it's even upcycling (hence the 'green' Christmas)! 

The first card was the front of the original card.  I just LOVE that glittery snow and the sweet house!  The second card was made from the back of the card and a piece of glittery snow cut off of the front.  Two super easy cards that will be mailed (again!) to someone special!

Thanks so much for visiting today and I hope you'll join me again next week! Maybe you can leave me a polite reminder if I don't make one each week! Ha!! Have a fabulous week!

Card Recipe: Paper-cherry cobbler, Accessories-used Christmas card

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Return of Throwback Thursday

Hello! I'm not sure, but I think I just might have my creative mojo back!  The cold weather and recent snow days allowed for some extra time to clean and reorganize my studio.  There is still a lot to be sorted, purged, and organized, but for now I can at least have a bit of room to make things!

A few years ago, when I posted more frequently, I started something called Throwback Thursday. These were creations using some of my 'forgotten' materials and techniques that hadn't been used in quite a while.  I hate to admit that in the past year, the majority of my supplies have been neglected and this has greatly increased my 'forgotten' stash.  So during my cleaning spree, I started a stack of things that I've had for a long time that needed to be moved to the front for use or for donation/disposal.  Anyone who knows me knows that disposal is the hardest thing for me! Luckily, my creativity kicked in and gave me a use for some of these mildly outdated items!

Today's cards are featuring some stickers (yes...these are from waaaaaay back...) that came in a kit.  I'm not positive, but they may have come from a QVC craft day marathon...  I also used two paper hearts that have been in a Valentines folder for who knows how long.  The stickers were part of a kit meant for scrapbooking, but I don't do much Valentines scrapbooking, so they were better suited to cards.  Luckily, the size of them made the card creation super speedy and now I have four Valentines ready to send!

The cards aren't anything fancy, but I think they turned out ok, and I'm sure the simple fact of receiving a Valentine in the mail will be more appreciated than the finished product!  I hope I've inspired you to dig into your neglected supplies and make something fun!  Maybe you'll join me in making and sending Valentines this year!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Card Recipe: Paper-Real Red, Accessories-really old stickers!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Oui Four-It's a series now...

Hello! Yes, I am back again!  We've had a worse than average wintery winter this year.  I know...not exactly correct in the grammar department, but it's pretty accurate! The temperatures for January have been extremely cold, and while we haven't had record snow/ice accumulation, it has managed to do it during one weekend!  This meant a little more time for me to do a little tidying in my studio.  It's still not anywhere near where I want it to be, but it's a little more organized and my table is once again cleaned off and awaiting creativity to strike.  What does all of this have to do with my creating another altered yogurt jar?  Well, when I use snow days to clean and organize, it makes it a lot easier to walk into the studio and randomly create, especially when it's freezing outside, and a co-worker gives you more jars...

She was thrilled with her Christmas set and informed me that she now needs a set for each season and holiday!  I didn't make a wintery one because I didn't have any extra jars, but I did get one made in time for Valentine's day.  I even wiped the dust off my Cricut and cut some letters for this one! Of course, after cutting the letters, I had to do something with the negative space that was left!  It was the perfect excuse to make a Valentine card to go with the jar!

Series #4 Valentines

super simple-red tissue paper, pink pirouette cardstock letters, 
and a bit of pretty white ribbon

the 'scraps' from the letters made a perfect piece to
 attach to a card front for a super simple Valentine

I hope you enjoyed my post for today and if you choose to join me in altering yogurt jars, please let me know! I would love to see what others can do with these cute little jars!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!