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!

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.


Rise and Shine

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I sure enjoyed mine.  I got some gardening done, spent a few hours with my niece (took her for ice cream), and I even got to spend some time in my craft room which I always enjoy.  I used a few more of the free images from Verve to create some tags.  I made about 13 of them, but I'm only going to share two of them because I don't want to make that many blog posts or take that many pictures (just being honest).
I colored the images and added them to a tag.  I attached a seam binding bow, and I plan to give these tags to several of my co-workers who love to read as much as I do.  Tags make great bookmarks and are a sweet little gift to give.

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

Verve Blog - Using Verve Freebies

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party  (Hurray!  I won there last week.  Come and play along for YOUR chance to win, everyone!!)

Have fun this week, and keep on crafting when you can.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

May Your Burdens Be Light...

Hello again, and welcome by my blog.  I'm enjoying my weekend and finally getting to spend some time at my craft table making some cards.  What a treat to find these cute images on the Verve Challenge Blog.  I started printing, cutting, coloring and creating right away.
I used some scraps of pattern paper, seam binding, a tiny wooden clothespin, stamps and Copics to put this card together.  I love that little cup with the tea bag over the edge.  Isn't it cute?  Here are the challenges where I'm going to link up my card.

Coffee Loving Card Makers - Spring Themed Coffee Blog Hop

Verve Stamps Blog - Spring 2017 Coffee and Tea Themed Challenge with Freebie

Little Scrap Pieces - Saturday Linky Party

CropStop Blog - Linky Party #26/March

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Layer It Up (I layered my patterned papers and then layered three colors of seam binding in my bow)

Thanks for visiting,

Friday, March 24, 2017

It's Coffee Time

As a very early riser, coffee is an integral part of my day.  In fact, I don't think I could start my day without it, or get through my day without several more cups.  It has essentially become my life-line.  So...when I saw this it's time for the Spring Blog Hop at the Coffee-Loving Card Makers Blog, I knew I had to play along to show my deep love for the most amazing beverage in the world.....COFFEE!!
I made my card with a piece of pattern paper, a doily that I ink stained, a die-cut sentiment from Verve, some baker's twine, and a die-cut coffee cup from Taylored Expressions.  It's a very simple card, but it gets my point across.  And my point is that I love coffee!
Here's where I am linking my card.  Thanks for stopping by.


Spring Coffee Loving Card Makers' Blog - Spring Blog Hop using coffee-themed project

Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Simon Says Use More Than One Punch/Die - I used a Verve sentiment die and a Taylored Expressions coffee cup die.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Thinking Of You

Hi there!!  It's been a month since I last blogged.  Sheesh! I guess I'm busier than I even realize.   I've been buried up to my eyeballs in essays and papers needing to be graded, reports to submit, etc.  My job keeps me super busy, but I still love doing it.  I just don't get a whole lot of time to spend in my craft room; and now that the weather is getting so nice, I don't want to be inside all that much - especially on my much needed weekends.  Nonetheless, I got some time today to make a couple of cards that I'll be able to post.

I made this card for a couple of challenges I saw that I wanted to play along in, and I'm hoping to find a couple more where it will fit as well.  I used some Crate Paper products on this one, and the stamped sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp from their Big U Words Stamp Set.  It's a pretty simple card, but that's about all I have time for these days.

I will be sharing this card in these challenges I love:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For A Special Lady/Girl - This card will go to a female co-worker who needs a little pick-me-up this week.

CropStop Linky Party #26 - March Challenge - I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber and Black Soot.

Word Art Wednesdays #272-273 - Anything Goes/Family Friendly

Dare 2 B Artzy - March Challenge/Lots of Layers - I have a patterned paper layer, a paper strip, a journaling card layer, tape, a 3-dimensional bow, and stamping on top...even embellishments.  I hope that's enough layering.  LOL

Thanks for the visit!

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!!