Friday, February 28, 2014

Great Big Announcement...

WooHoo!!! I am super excited for today's announcement. I've been sitting on this one for a while now, and so glad today is the day to let it out of the bag. After submitting projects for consideration, I have been selected to be on the Design Team for My Scrap Chick! I am so thrilled! I have a large collection of their files from over the years and LOVE all the cuteness! I know we all get in ruts or are using the products of the DT we are currently on or using files from someone we just found, or a host of other reasons and neglect a lot of other stuff we have.  Well, that's me! I had forgotten just how much I love MSC files and how cute they are. So, I dusted off that file folder and am ready to have some fun. Below are a few projects from the past I wanted to share to celebrate today's announcement. And then on Saturday, I will have my first official DT post...come back to see that!
So, here you go...just a few projects using MSC files. Hope you like.

 don't want to overload this post, but that's just a few things from the past. I am really looking forward to another challenge and another group of amazing crafty ladies to get to know. Another chapter in my crafting life, another opportunity to share what I love to do....make things with paper! I hope along the way you will be inspired by the team's projects. I value your input, suggestions, and comments. You've been so supportive in everything thus far and know you will in this new venture. I love reading all your wonderful comments, it means so much. 

So....yea!!!!! Thank you My Scrap Chick for this great opportunity!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Here's a simple tag I whipped out this afternoon. Nothing super special, but love the new digi papers from Fleurette Bloom. Found a cute St. Patty's bear in the Silhouette store. It's perfect on this tag.

I used my tag die from My Creative Time and cut one in green and one is shamrock paper. Then I cut several....just the bottom two inches of the tag...and layered them going up from the bottom a bit. About 4 layers I'd say. Then curled them up a bit. I added my elements and some hemp cording. Added a few sequins and dots and called it finished. 

This could be tied on a gift, some candy, Irish beer, or even added to the front of a card.

Head over to Fleurette Bloom and check out these digital papers. Plus so many other cute things!
Happy Crafting!

Find Joy Every Day...

Here is a new project I made for Fleurette Bloom. I had this in my mind for some time, and couldn't get it to come together. I used paper and svg files from Fleurette bloom and the frame is from Lori Whitlock.

I knew I wanted to use birch paper for the background...I love that with cardinals! Found some in my Jessica Sprague stash. Then I filled the top frame layer with some digi paper from Fleurette Bloom. The frame is a Lori Whitlock file from Silhouette Studio. It's her shadow box, but all I did was cut the top 8 times to get a nice thick frame that feels like chipboard. Then I glued that down to the birch paper.

I cut the cardinal in two sizes and assembled. I cut one after flipping it to face the other direction. I cut the branches 3 times so it was thicker as well. I inked the edges a bit and added a gem for the eyes.

I found a flower I liked in the Japanese Garden collection. I sized them down a bit so they would fit my frame better. I used several patterns from all different papers I have. I didn't have enough of just one, so I set out to find all I had in these colors. They all blended really good. Then I took out some Distress Inks and applied ink to all the pieces. I then got out a script stamp I have from My Creative Time, and stamped that on all. I misted them with water and crinkled them all up. I used my hot glue to assemble and added a gem in the centers. Then I went back over just the edges with a bit more Distress Ink. I like how they came out.

For the sentiment, I found something in the Silhouette Store I liked. This is going to someone who might need this reminder when feeling down. I cut one in the same teal colored paper and one in gray. I used Distress Ink again on the teal and added some darker gray to the shadow piece. I just simply offset them a bit when gluing together. I added tiny seed pearls around for added interest.

Here's some pics for a better look at the flowers.

And here's the other one.

I'm really happy with the way the flowers look. I like the inking and the subtle script stamping. The crinkling adds to the distressed look and the pearl finished off the center. The leaves are from the same collection.

Well, that's about it. I have a ribbon that I hot glued to the back for her to hang if she'd like. Or it can easily just sit like this too. 

Here is where you can find what I used on this project.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday....

Made this simple card the other day and just now got to posting it. I love how clean it is! I used the "Happy" edge die from Simon Says Stamp and the Wrapped Mailing Label die from them as well. I constructed my element and put it on the the white card base. I LOVED how it looked...but was afraid it was too little on the front. So I cut down the size of the white cardstock and matted it with the aqua. Then that piece I added to the card base. I liked it better.  

I got out my jar of sequins and dots and picked out several that coordinated with the colors of the main element. I scattered them as though they were falling from the top left to the bottom right. I used my glossy accents to adhere them. I felt the corner of the sentiment looked a bit bare, so I cut a small strip of the chevron stripe paper, cut to a point, and used dimensionals to adhere. 

Here's a little closer up so you can see the element a bit better. I hope you like this clean look. I have fun making this card! Why not make an element of your own and then make a very clean and simple card of your own.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine Day Party....

I wanted to do something special for my grand babies for Valentines Day. I am going to have a really fun lunch with them....I care for them in my home every day. I thought it would be a fun time for them, so I set about to create a few things ahead. Everything they eat will be heart shaped or in Valentine color theme. I have pink pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast, heart shaped grilled cheese for lunch, and fun cookies, candies, and treats for throughout the day, and to send home with them. Will be fun!

Here's the table I have set up for them. It has been a real challenge to keep them out of all this while doing the photos. Many tears were shed...I know, I'm so! 

I also grabbed some shots of the individual items.

This is the silverware pocket for Miss Aleida.

Here is Mr Karson's. 

I made Fleurette Bloom's cute little box from a Christmas set but used Valentine papers and it came out really cute. Filled it with kisses and coins of chocolate. They've already had a taste of those, lol.

Cute cupcake wraps for a really good cupcake! Glad they are going home after all the sugar today. But hey, that's what NeNe's do!

This is the cup from the Valentine set, but I used hot glue to put the lid on the bottom instead of it being a lid. Made it a bit more stable for holding the candy tubes.Topped them off with the circles and hearts, and an airplane die I have...gotta give Karson something

Not everything is I got some pencils and cut the files to go along. These kiddos love writing and I know they will love having them. not write on your Mommy's wall again!

So, there it is. My Valentine Day party for my little kiddos. I know they will have lots of fun...and so will I. That's what crafting is all about...having fun!