Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Coffee & Friends

Most always, I don't make cards during the work week.  However, I really wanted to participate in the Fall Coffee Hop, so I made this card late last night.  I used a Stampin' Up stamp set and a scalloped border die from Sweet 'N Sassy.  I also added some seam binding and sequins to my card.
I'm excited to link up to these challenges......

Fall Coffee Blog Hop - Share a Coffee, Tea or Cocoa project.  I always love playing along in this challenge, and I'm glad I found the time to participate before it's over!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Shimmer and Shine - so I added some sequins to make my card shimmer a bit!

Just Keep On Creating - This is a fun Anything Goes challenge.  Come by and link up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Warm Autumn Wishes

I hope you all had as nice and productive a weekend as I had.  Not only did I get all my (real) work done, but I also had time to do some of my "fun" work such as shopping, gardening, card-making, and such.  I had my Pumpkin Patch Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink out on my work desk already, so I decided to use it again to make this card for the new challenge over at Papertrey Ink.  I love using this particular stamp set.  But then again, I love using all my stamp sets.
I used a kraft cardstock base, white card stock for my stamping and background, lots of Tim Holtz ink (Marmalade, Brick, Peeled Paint and Black Soot), my Tombow Adhesive, and some orange striped ribbon.  It's really pretty simple, but with my busy schedule, that's about all I ever have time for anyway.  I'm happy to be able to play along in some challenges that I love:

Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge Blog is Stamp It to celebrate STAMPtember

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #171- This is Anything Goes With Ribbon

CropStop Link Party #31 - Anything Goes with CropStop products (mentioned above)

That's all for today, but I hope to have a few more cards next weekend.  Until then, I wish you well.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Turkey Time

I don't know about you, but I'm excited for Thanksgiving.  I can almost smell that turkey in the oven now. Thanksgiving is always a wonderful holiday for me.  First, I get a nice long weekend.  Second, I get to spend time with my extended family (parents, siblings, aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents); and third, all that amazing food!  My Grandma Leona makes the best pumpkin pie in the world, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into a piece of it.
I got the inspiration for this card on Pinterest here:  Turkey Card.  Of course, mine isn't exactly like the one I saw because I had to use the papers and ribbons I had on hand; and I also had to make the body and face of my turkey on my own.  I just cut two circles, used my hole punch for the eyeballs, and drew the pecker and gobbler by hand.  Let's face it, friends.....I teach English; not Art!  LOL!

I'm excited to link up my card in these fun challenges that I love:

Simon Says Stamp - On the Wednesday Challenge Blog it's Anything Goes

Really Reasonable Ribbon - Their challenge #171 is Anything Goes With Ribbon

CropStop - Their Link Party #31 is Anything Goes with items from CropStop Store.  I used Black Soot Tim Holtz Ink to stamp my sentiment, Tea Dye Tim Holtz Ink on its edges, and Tombow Adhesive to hold all my ribbons on my turkey.

Crafty Hazelnut's September Patterned Paper Challenge - Use pattern papers on your project.

Word Art Wednesdays - Their challenge #298-299 is Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - August/September Work it Wednesday Challenge - They want you to use some of your favorite stamps, so I did that with my sentiment.  This is a Fall favorite of mine.

Joy Clair September Challenge - This challenge is Anything Goes with an inspiration photo.  When I saw the feathers in the inspiration photo, I knew that I wanted to create my own "feathers" by using ribbons.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I would absolutely LOVE and appreciate having you FOLLOW my blog.  I'd be more than happy to do the same for you.  I also love your comments and input.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dried Toads and Witches

Yikes!  I haven't made a blog post since July.  Well, I'm here now and sharing a card that I made today and I want to share it in a few challenges.  I love making cards, posting them, and entering challenges, and I just never seem to have enough time in the day to do it all.  Needless to say, I'm excited to share.
I made my card with a striped pattern paper.  I also added a little JilliBean Soup Halloween card that says Dried Toads, a paper spider web, a fun ribbon bow, and a Jolee's witch medallion.
It's really not a complicated card, but it was fun to make.  I'm really excited to get to link up at this fun challenge blog.  Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my card, and please know that if you leave me a comment, I'm VERY thankful.


Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #419 - Sponsored by Frantic Stamper.  There's a fun witches and warlocks inspiration photo that got my creativity flowing.  Take a look!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Amazing Grace

Hello!  I feel like I haven't posted in forever.  It has been quite some time, but I'm happy to be able to share a quick card today.  To me, it doesn't matter whether it's a fancy card or a quick card.  I'm just glad when I have time to create and share.  I made this card early this morning using some plaid pattern paper that I had on hand.  I added piece of white card stock and I stamped a Jenni Bowlin silhouette image, and added a Verve sentiment.
Like I said, it is a very simple card.  I want to share it in some challenges.  Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look.  I would love to have you follow my blog; and if you do, I will come by and follow yours.  Happy crafting!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Use Plaid

Mod Squad Challenge - Make Sentiment Focal Point

Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes

Crop Stop Challenge #30 - Anything Goes (Used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot and Concord Grape)

Joy Clair July Challenge - Anything Goes


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It's Summer Picnic Time

Let me tell 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!