Friday, February 10, 2017

LOVE Makes the Word a Better Place

Can you believe it?  Two posts in a row (two days in a row, that is) and the weekend is just getting started.  I might even get to post another....who knows?  I made this card using a free printable from Verve Stamps, a doily, some seam binding and flowers.  It's very simply for sure.
Here's where I'd like to link up:

Dare 2 B Artzy - February Challenge/All You Need Is Love

Verve Stamps Blog - Love From Me (Free Printable) Challenge - I used one of the sweet sentiments from the free printable.  SO cute!

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

My Sweet Valentine

Well, as some of you know about me...I don't have a "valentine" yet.  SO....I make Valentine's Day cards for just about EVERY I know and love.  From my nieces and nephews, to aunts, grandmas, Mom and Dad, and a few co-workers....they all get a little bit of love on Valentine's Day.  I made several cards, but I'm just sharing this one today.
I created my card using some paper scraps, walnut stained seam binding, a crepe paper Valentines embellishment, a Tim Holtz Adage Ticket, and a plastic heart.  Everything is grungy and stained.

Here's where I will be linking up this time:

CropStop Challenge Blog - February Challenge/Linky Party #25 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Tim Holtz Adage Ticket, Tombow Adhesive, and Tim Holtz Walnut Spray Stain on this card.

Dare 2 B Artzy - All You Need Is Love Challenge - I didn't use any Dare 2B Artzy Stamps this time, but I sure would LOVE to get some.

Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge Weeks #268-269 - Anything Goes

DL ART Thankful Thursday #198 - Pink And/Or Red 

Have a great day, and thank you for visiting my blog.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Coffee, Anyone?

Today I was lucky enough to get some craft time.  I made a couple of birthday cards that I need for co-workers, and I also got a lot of organizing done in my craft room.  I'm sharing this sweet tag and gift card holder.  These tiny little kraft bags are so cute for tucking in a gift card.  They make perfect little gifts for my co-workers.
I used an old stamp set I had in my stash, and then I die-cut the scalloped border edges, die-cut a coffee cup stamped on kraft colored paper, tied some green baker's twine, seam binding, jute, and added a Maya Road wooden heart accent.
On the back side of the kraft envelope, you can see that I stamped and die-cut the coffee cup image again.  You can also see the Starbucks gift card peeking out from inside the envelope.  What a perfect gift, right?  Well, at least I know that it's a gift that I would enjoy!!

Cut It Up Challenge Blog - Challenge #114 - A Hot Drink - I used a matching stamp and die-cut set for my coffee cup.  I also used a Sweet 'N Sassy scalloped border edge die-cut on the front on my bag.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I would be incredibly grateful to have you become my new blog follower.  As you can see, I don't have many blog followers, and I'd be happy to follow your blog in return.  Let's be blog friends!!


Sunday, December 11, 2016

Ice Covered Trees

There's something that's just SO magical about seeing the pine trees in Minnesota when they are covered with snow and/or ice.  It makes them sparkle and look almost majestic.  It's a beautiful sight, and if you don't live in the North land where it snows, you're really missing out on a lovely site.  When I created this card, that's exactly the look I was trying to recreate.  I cut my pine trees from vellum and colored them green, then I added some clear glue and ultra-fine glitter to make them look snow-kissed so that they would glisten.  I really like how it turned out because it really does look so much like the real thing, if you can use your imagination to envision it.
I added a sticker for my sentiment as well as a double bow tied with a narrow green plaid ribbon.  I inked the edges of two different pattern papers, and that is absolutely ALL I did to this card.  And yet, it gave my card SO much shimmer and fun that I just can't help but love it because it represents a typical Minnesota Winter....the world in which I live.
Since I don't have much time lately to play along in many challenges, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to play along in some of the challenges I love so much.  Here's where I'm linking.  And please know that I would absolutely LOVE to hear your thoughts about my creation.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says "Ice Inspiration" - Can you see the glittery ice on my vellum trees?

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #260-261 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #56 - Vellum - I used vellum to die-cut my trees, and then I frosted them with glitter to represent ice.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #22 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint (Green) to ink and distress the edges of my card.  CropStop carries every gorgeous color of Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I want to thank you for stopping by today. Your visits and comments mean so very much to me.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

With school in full swing, and Christmas break not coming soon enough; I'm still struggling to find any time to make cards (or get much of anything else done besides lesson plans and grading papers).  It's only on the occasional weekend that I am able to squeeze in a card here and there.  I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card for my Grandma and I'm really glad I found the time to get it finished.  I followed the sketch over at Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog.
I used some older pattern papers from Simple Stories and pieced them together following the sketch.  I added a sticker for the focal point, a rub-on sentiment, and some sweet dots in gold on the right (as shown on the sketch).  Here's what I came up with for my Grandma:
I will be entering some challenges for fun this week, and hoping for the best.  I don't get to play along very often, so I'm pretty excited when I do find the time to enter these fun challenges.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #22 - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Thank you very much for visiting me.  I hope that all of you are having a fun weekend creating cards and enjoy Autumn.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Celebrate Autumn

Hello today blog friends!  I was lucky enough to find some time last night to create a card.  I was inspired by some of the bold, beautiful Autumn colors I love to celebrate at this time of the year; and it was fun to be able to incorporate several of those favorite colors into my card.  I hope it captures the essence of the season.
I used a piece of pattern paper for my background, and  I used a Spellbinders background die-cut as the focal point to stand my sentiment.  I added some Petaloo flowers and felt leaves around the sentiment, and I tied blue string and burgundy seam binding around my card and tied them in big bows.  I placed a tiny chipboard heart in the center of the bow.

I was happy to find these challenges where I can link my card and play along in their challenges:
Joy Clair - October Color Inspiration/Photo Challenge - I loved incorporating these amazing Autumn colors

Scrapy Land - Challenge #52 - I do more Harvest rather than a whole lot of Halloween.  I hope that's alright in this challenge.  I was inspired more by the season and colors of Halloween/Harvest Time, and less with an actual occasion per say.

CropStop Challenge - Linky Party #21 - I used blue burlap string, Petaloo flowers, and Tim Holtz Distress Inks

I'm grateful for your visit today, and greatly appreciate your comments.  I hope you are also enjoying this beautiful time of the year.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Peace On Earth

I'm so excited to start making Christmas cards.  It may seem a little bit early to some of you, but with my extra large family, I need to get started in order to have any chance of being able to make a hand-made card for everyone.  This is my first of the season, and I designed it following this sweet sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog this week:
I used pattern papers from my stash, and instead of a rectangle in the center, I used a round doily; but I really did follow the sketch and it helped me with my layout concept.  I hope to make a couple more cards using this sketch, and I'm sure each will be a bit different.  That's the beautiful thing about art...there's SO much in the interpretation of our creations.  It was even fun to see how each DT Member made their cards so differently from one another.
I added a K & Co. sticker as the focal point, and this was a SUPER STASH item from many years ago; but I thought it looked nice in the center of the doily.  I added some red seam binding, baker's twine, and some jingle bells for the finishing touch.  I am linking my card to these fun challenges where I'm super excited to be playing along this week:

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #250-251

CropStop Challenge Blog - Challenge #20

That's all for today.  Thank you for visiting me.  Please remember that if you will kindly become my new blog follower, I will be sure to do the same for you.  I'm (slowly but surely) trying to grow my blog, and appreciate you for visiting.