Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Happy Halloween

To be perfectly honest, our family doesn't celebrate Halloween a whole lot.  However, there are a few of my nieces and nephews who are allowed to dress up in costumes and they do some fun activities at their church (and maybe knock on a few doors, such as family members and neighbors that they know well).  But there are so many Halloween challenges going on right now that I wanted to enter, so I decided to make a cute little tag to give one of my friends at work.  I figured she could put it on her desk, or maybe even use it as a bookmark.  It's nothing fancy.....just for fun.
I used a Primitive Shipping Tag, a Crafty Secrets image, some ribbon and orange pom pom trim, a button, and some black and orange baker's twine.  As I said earlier, not much to it.  I do want to play along in some of the great challenges going on right now.

Heartwarming Vintage/Crafty Secrets Challenge - October Linky Party/Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

V's Sweet Ideas - Challenge #39 - October/Spook-Tacular

The Kraft Journal - Challenge #245 - Pick Any Three - I used a tag, button, baker's twine, and pumpkins

CropStop Linky Party #9 - I used baker's twine and Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #205 - A Family Friendly/Anything Goes Challenge

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Enjoying My Weekend

Where do the weekends go?  They seem to disappear much too quickly, and that they take forever to get here.  Don't get me wrong, I'm super glad that it's Sunday; but I wish I could freeze it right here because I'm really NOT ready for it to be Monday morning and to have to head back to work.  I'm just going to savor every moment of today.  I want to sit here in my craft room all day, sip my coffee (several cups), and just enjoy the day.  If you have a "FREEZE BUTTON", please press it for me!  LOL
I made this card using some super old papers and embellishments from my stash, and I followed a cute sketch from Sketch Saturday to create it.  I inked all the edges and added some Ivory Burlap String and Red Baker's Twine to the side of my Santa button.  The sentiment is just a piece of punch-out paper from an old set.  It's very simple, but the sketch is cute and helped make it all come together nicely.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - CAS Christmas - I tried to keep it simple.  I really did!

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #382 - Sketch Challenge - This is Entry 2 of 3

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Barn Red, and Ivory Burlap String that you can purchase at CropStop.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I know that I will be enjoying mine!

Ticket to a Happy Birthday

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.....I love making hand-made cards for my family members.  Our extended family loves getting together, and we do it every chance we get. When my sweet little nieces and nephews have birthdays, we all get together for food and fun.  I look forward to doing this again this Thursday night as we celebrate another family birthday.  It's always a good time.
I made this card using some Party Day supplies that I still have left over from an album I made.  I've been trying to use it up by making some cards.  I just inked the edges, layered the papers, added some polka dot twill, and a ticket.  There's really not a lot to this card, but I know that my love went into making it.

I will be linking my card to some challenges, as follows:

Sketch Saturday - Challenge #382 - Sketch Challenge Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp - I like this sketch, and I'll be entering this challenge three times (the maximum allowed).  Thanks for having me!

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly - I always enjoy this challenge blog, and the encouragement they share with everyone.  It's so refreshing.

Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party - I play along in this challenge every week (at least when I can) and I would so love to win some of Karen's gorgeous seam binding.  Thanks for this fun challenge.

I hope you all are having a nice week, and that you are all staying nice and warm inside your craft rooms. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I'd really appreciate it if you would follow my blog, and I would be happy to follow yours in return.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Christmas is Coming

Christmas will be here before we know it.  Can you believe that it's only 75 days away?  I always promise myself that I will start earlier next year on making my Christmas cards and doing all my shopping so that I'm not overwhelmed in mid-December.  And yet, it never seems to happen.  I somehow never find a way to get it all done before then.  Well, at least I have a few Christmas cards ready to go.  I better keep working on them, AND get some shopping done.
As soon as I got home from the Apron Chicks Antique Sale, I made this card after work today using some really old pattern paper that I had in my scrap bin.  I added a sticker sentiment, some lace, beaded trim, a seam binding bow, some old Making Memories poinsettias with buttons in their centers, and half of a doily that I cut from cream card stock using a Cheery Lynn die-cut called French Pastry Doily.  This particular doily has been a favorite of mine for a long time and I tend to use it quite a bit.

I am happily, and very excitedly, linking my Christmas card in some challenges that I enjoy very much.

Scrapy Land Challenges - Challenge #27 - Anything Goes with a die-cut that is sold in the Scrapy Land store.  I used the Cheery Lynn Dies doily called French Pastry Doily, and you can find this super cute die-cut at Scrapy Land.

Classy Cards 'n Such - Challenge #105 - Happy Holly-Days - I used some older Making Memories poinsettias on my card

Word Art Wednesdays - Challenge #204 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

CropStop Challenge Blog - Linky Party #8 - Anything Goes (Use Something From CropStop).  I used some Tim Holtz Brick Red Distress Ink on the edges of my card.

That's all for now.  Have a lovely weekend.  I'm so happy it's Friday!

Monday, October 5, 2015

C'Mon, Get HAPPY

Well, this is a completely new technique for me.  And while this isn't the prettiest card I've ever created, I'm still proud of myself for giving it a try.  I followed the tutorial that Nichole Heady shared today over on the Papertrey Ink Blog so that I could play along in their challenge.
I stamped the stripes onto a piece of cream paper (similar to the way Nichole showed us in the video), and I also cut four sentiment images that I layered (just like Nichole showed in the tutorial).  I will definitely use that idea again because I like how it makes the thin sentiment stand out more.  I also added some little hearts that I die cut from another PTI die-cut favorite.  Like I said, not the prettiest card I've ever made, but definitely something different and fun.  I will use it for giing to one of my nieces as a special "pick-me-up".

I'm going to share my card in a few challenges, of course including the one for which it was created (the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink).  I hope you will all give this technique a try.  It's always fun to learn something new.

Nichole Heady's Papertrey Ink Blog - Make It Monday Challenge #226 - Creating With Stripes.  As I mentioned, it's not gorgeous; but I sure tried.  I used two Papertrey Ink die-cuts including the sentiment (happy) and the small heart from the set of three hearts at PTI.  I'm proud of myself for giving it a try!

Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #203 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

That's all for now.  Have a wonderful week, my creative peeps!

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Not that anyone has really missed me, but I haven't posted in quite a long while.  I have been so busy at work, and trying to get grades in for the quarter was a nightmare.  There's a lot of paperwork for teachers that most people don't even realize.  I'm not complaining.  I love my job.  It's just a lot of work, and I don't always get the time for making cards that I wish I had.  This weekend was the exception, and I got all my paperwork finished and had some spare time to create some cards.  I used some October Afternoon supplies that I got at last year's October Afternoon Warehouse Sale.  I can't wait for the sale again this year.  I got so many great bargains.
I can't even tell you what line these embellishments and papers are from, but they are all October Afternoon.  I know they're old because it actually says December 2013 on the top.  I covered the last part of the (13) year with the deer sticker which is on 3-D tape to raise it up a little bit.  I also added some cute little Papertrey Ink holly leaves using their holly die-cut, and added some little holly berries to the center.  I did some machine stitching, and added a few extra October Afternoon stickers.  It's fairly simple, but now I have one more Christmas card finished.  Hurray!
These are the challenges I've found this week where I can share this card, and I'm excited to play along because it's just been too long since I've had the chance to enter anything.

Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge #105 - "Holly Days" - I used some holly leaves and holly berries.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says Anything Goes this week.

I wish I knew about more challenges, but my time is very limited so I do tend to play along in the same challenges over and over again.  Not that there's anything wrong with that.  I love each of these challenges, and I enjoy playing along in them.  I'ts always fun.