Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Summer Picnic Time

Let me tell you....as a school teacher, there's no better time than Summer.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job.  It's just that Summer is a much-need and appreciated break from it all.  I've finally found my way back into my craft room and I'm ready to start making and posting some projects.  I haven't entered any challenges since April, and I really miss having the time to be creative.  Summer is here, and that means crafting, rest, picnics and fun.
I created this fun Summer tag, and I'm giving it to my niece so that she can paste a photo on the back to commemorate our big family picnic over the 4th of July.  She loves to read, and she uses most of the tags I make her as bookmarks.  This one is a little bit too thick to be used as a bookmark because of the thick felt watermelon, but I know she will still like it.
I cut the tag using a Sizzix Big Tag Die, a Maya Road kraft envelope, a Basic Grey felt watermelon, a Crate Paper watermelon sticker, and some cute green and pink gingham ribbons at the top of the tag.  Perhaps she will stuff this in a book and use it as a bookmark.  Who knows?
I had fun making this tag, and hope it screams SUMMER, fun and picnic. I know that I'm sure ready for Summer.  How about you?

Have a great week,

Cut It Up Challenge Blog:  Challenge #124 - PICNIC - The die-cut I used is a Sizzix Big Tag Die-Cut for the actual tag/base of my project.  This is one of my favorite dies.  As explained above, this tag was created as a family picnic keepsake for one of my (many) nieces.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - LET'S TAKE A VACATION - As I explained above, Summer is MY time for vacation, rest, picnics and fun.

Word Art Wednesdays:  Challenge #286-287: Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Chalkboard Tag

Well, as I said in my previous post when I shared my first attempt at the Chalkboard Technique, I'm not the most experienced artist.  But as I also mentioned in that post, I do love learning new techniques and giving them a try...and I really had fun with this adorable style.  The chalkboard technique is so adorable.  Maybe it's because I'm a teacher, or maybe it's because it reminds me of my childhood.  Whatever the reason, I really do love it.  So, when I found this adorable chalkboard image (digital) on the internet with all its gorgeous colors, I wanted to give it some chalkboard ink and make it into a tag.  I plan to use this tag to tuck inside the chalkboard card I shared on Wednesday using this same technique.
Once I printed out my image, I inked it all up with white chalky ink on its edges.  Then I cute a tag from black card stock and inked that up as well.  By inking up the edges of your black (or dark) paper with chalk ink, it gives the black paper a chalk board appearance and makes it look "chalky".  I guess that's the best way to explain it.
Again, I want to thank Barbara of Mod Squad Challenge Blog for her awesome tutorial.  If it weren't for her YouTube video, I wouldn't have ever given this technique a try, and wouldn't have fallen in love with this look.  I'm so glad I found it, and I know that I will be doing this technique a lot in the future.

Mod Squad Challenge Blog - Chalkboard Technique - I realize this is nothing special, but I sure do enjoy it.

Have a creative Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chalkboard Technique Card

Hello!  I'm really happy to have you stop by my blog.  I will admit that I am not an experienced, or super talented, card maker.  I do, however, love love love making cards.  I saw this challenge over at Mod Squad Challenge Blog, and fell in love with the chalkboard technique they shared on YouTube.  Seeing this video made me want to purchase chalk inks in several colors to improve on this technique; but for now, I used the only color of chalk ink I own....white!
I'm also not a very good photographer, so my photos don't do my cards justice (and believe me, they need all the help they can get...LOL).  I do my best, and I enjoy it.  So, I want to say thank you for this tutorial.  Even if I'm not the best stamper, I'm learning a lot and I'm having fun.  That's what really matters, right?  Well, and my family thinks my cards are awesome (because they love me).  I love giving hand-made cards to my friends and family members, and I know they really appreciate them.
I'm going to be playing along in these challenges listed below.  I'd also like to say that I would really appreciate having you follow my blog.  It would mean so much to me, and I'd be willing to follow your blog as well.  Thanks for visiting me.


Mod Squad Challenge - Chalkboard Technique - As I mentioned above, I appreciated this tutorial.  Thank you!

CropStop April Challenge - Linky Party #27 - Anything Goes - I used a few CropStop products including Tombow Adhesive and Ranger Ink.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Hip Hop - This definitely isn't an Easter card (hop), so I hope it's considered HIP!!!  I'm a hippy if that counts....LOL   I just love playing along.

Scrapy Land Blog - Challenge #63/Anything Goes - I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Frame die on my sentiment.  I cut it out and raised it with 3-D tape.

Dare2BArtzy - April Challenge: Anything Goes

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A Birthday As Sweet As You

This was a fun card for me to make.  I don't get to make and post nearly as many cards as I'd like; and I know that my cards aren't the best out there in blog land.....but I have so much fun making them and sharing them with the people in my life.  I made this card using a Papertrey Ink die-cut and stamp set that I haven't used in a very long time.  The sentiment is from the Sweet As Can Be Stamp Set and the ice cream cone was creating by cutting wool felt for the ice cream scoops and paper for the cone using the Sweet As Can Be Die-Cut.
I also added a piece of maroon chevron washi tape and some Rustic Cream Button Twine to my card.  The technique at Papertrey Ink this week is to stamp your image outside the box.  While I do have the stamp set for this set, I couldn't actually stamp the scoops because of using felt.  I did, however, stamp the ice cream cone which is part of the element "outside the box".  I hope that's okay.
I'm sharing my sweet birthday card in some challenges:

Nichole Heady - Capture The Moment: Papertrey Ink Challenge Blog - Make It Monday #280 Stamping Outside the Box - I used PTI's Sweet As Can Be Stamp SetSweet As Can Be Die-Cut and their Rustic Cream Button Twine.  I explained my technique above, and hope it is what they were looking for.

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #401 - Use Maroon, Coral and Lemon
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Celebrating their 8th Birthday - Happy Birthday!!  I love playing along in this challenge so much.

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Blog - March Linky Party #26 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink and May Arts Ivory Burlap String

Dare2BArtzy Blog - April Challenge/Anything Goes - I fell in love with Dare2BArtzy during the Coffee Blog Hop

That's all for today,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rise & Shine

This tag was a super quick one.  I used a sentiment from the Freebie at Verve, and the coffee cup is from V's Sweet Ideas Coffee Break stamp set from my stash.  I added some black burlap string and green seam binding.  Like I said, nothing fancy.  I'm just having fun playing in the Coffee Blog Hop.
Thanks for stopping by!


I Love You Latte!

It's always fun to pull out a stamp set you haven't used in a while.  I got this set quite some time ago when I was a Guest Designer at V's Sweet Ideas.  The stamp set is called Coffee Break.  It's been collecting dust in my stamp basket for far too long.
I stamped the latte cup image several times onto Authentique Homestead pattern papers, then cut and glued various patterns into place on the cup.  I stamped the sentiment on the same papers and cut a little flag to display it by "dirtying" the edges with my ink.  VERY simple....yes.

Thank you for visiting.  I'd love to have you follow my blog.  To me, that would be just as good as winning a prize.  Have a happy day!


Monday, March 27, 2017

In The (Tea) Bag

Hi, guys!  I'm back again today with the second tag I created yesterday.  As I mentioned in my last post, I made a whole bunch of these (I know if was over a dozen for sure).  I didn't want to type that many blog posts (cuz I just don't have time), and I also thought it would be wrong to have that many posts using such similar tags.  So to keep it short and sweet, I'm just sharing two of the tags I made using these cute little freebie images from Julee Tillman over on the Verve Blog.
I colored the images and added them to a tag.  I attached a seam binding bow, and as I mentioned before,  I plan to give these tags to several of my co-workers who love to read because tags make great bookmarks, and they're a sweet little gift to give when somebody needs a pick-me-up.  Well that, and a cup or two of coffee of course!

I'm going to play along in some challenges, too.

Verve Blog - Using Verve Freebies - I just love that tea cup image, and I know the sentiment really means "you got this in the (tea) bag" cuz that's where the caffeine is....and it keeps me going throughout the day.

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog - Spring Blog Hop

I'm so glad you visited my blog today.  I might not get around to commenting until Thursday night, or next weekend at the latest.  Please don't ever think that I don't appreciate your visits.  I SO do, but to be really honest, I just don't have enough hours in the day to do all I want to do.   I'll visit you back as soon as I can, and please know that I really am grateful to have you stop by.