Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thankfully Simple

Here is my second card for my application to the Design Team at My Time Made Easy. Go here to see my other entry.

I love MTME's images! And I love challenging myself to make the DT. It's so much fun to work toward a goal. My goal is to make it onto this team!

 This image is from their set called, Thankful. I had so much fun with it. For this card, I used Pretty Palette 67 and Pretty Patterns Sketch 67.

MTMEPPS67                             MTMEPPC67

I decided use a paper piecing technique. I printed the image on two different B&T papers from my "vintage" CTMH stash. I simply attached two pieces of the B&T to a sheet of computer paper, where the images would print. This is easy to do with removable adhesive. This way, you save your decorator paper. I also used a piece of CTMH paper for the decorative strip. I sewed it with my Singer. The striped cs is from Tres Jolie. The brads are from Michael's.

First I used my cloud stencil from CTMH to chalk a sky. I then colored the pumpkin with a Prismacolor marker in Spanish Orange. Next, I attached the pumpkin strips, using dimensional adhesive for the swirl pieces. Wire was curled around a paintbrush handle, and added through a small hole in the top of the pumpkin. I taped it in place on the back. The stem is colored with marker.


I love this technique for sentiments. I found it on Michelle Pearson's blog. She does it well. Great idea when using digital images. 

The layout is from My Time Made Easy. So is the color palette

This is the inside of the card. The stripes will help with the message writing.

I am also entering this card in some challenges:

My Time Made Easy - Pretty Palettes (colors)
My Time Made Easy - Pretty Patterns Sketch
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
Secret Crafter - Bright and Cheerful
Aud Sentiments - Tag It!
Digi Doodle Shop - Let's Get Stripey!
DL Art - Anything Thankful
My Heart Pieces - Use a square or circle
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Use Stitching
Do You Stack Up - For a Friend
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes

I hope you like what you see, and I REALLY hope the ladies at My Time Made Easy like what THEY see!
Wish me luck....

Designing to Delight

Yippee! I made it...I am a member of the awesome Digital Delights Design Team!

Wendy is the BEST. So patient...and kind...and helpful...and TALENTED!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Sew Serene

I love this image from, Digital 2 For Tuesday. Looks like such a quiet place to sew.  Huh...whenever I sew my cat has to come around and bug me...he's so curious!

Sewing done on my Singer...and the ribbon is from my ribbon stash. The paper is from Tres Jolie. The corner piece is the back side of the orange patterned paper. I used coredinations to mat the picture and the patterned paper. I distressed with my scissors blade and some sandpaper. I also used Vintage Photo distress inkpad by Ranger with a sponge on lots of the edges. One other thing I distressed with sandpaper was the little white brads. 

I used my Prismacolor Pencils and some Mineral Spirits to color the image. I added a bit of Distress Stickles also.I purposely bent the corner to add to the aging process.  Huh...I don't want to add anymore wrinkles to my aging process!

The mineral spirits really help blend the pencil...

I used Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die and my Vagabond to make the flowers. I used some two-sided paper. Pearls are from Hobby Lobby. I used some petals from one of the Florals to make the leaves.

I am entering this card, along with one more that I will make next,  to apply for the DT at 
My Time Made Easy. (I used PP60 and PPS 66).

I am also entering it in some challenges:

Aud Sentiments - Sentiment on a Tag
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Stitching
Cute Card Thursday - Distressing
Do You Stack Up? - For a friend
It's All About the Vintage - Anything Vintage Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lily Will Soon Be Two...

So I am going to give her this card.  She wears her hair in pigtails, and my daughter always dresses her so cutely. I think this little girl will do.

This image is called, Briley. She is one of the many friends you will meet at Digital Delights.  The sentiment is also my DD's. I used my Prismacolor pencils and markers to give Briley "life", and chalked the background and sentiment. There is a bit of Gelly Roll Pen in her hair (kids are always getting stuff stuck in their hair, aren't they?).

I sanded the blue cs, which is called, Outdoor Demim, by CTMH to make it look more like denim. The large  eyelets were used to add to the jean theme. These "jeans" are patched with more "vintage" CTMH paper, and stitched in place with my Singer. The lacy band is made with a Martha Stewart punch.

I went yard sale-ing with my husband this morning. I found an App for the trip. It made it so much easier! Wow...

Anyway, I found a leaf punch for 25 cents! Here it is, with a folded and sanded vein, I love them!

  I used some red twine that I found at the bottom of my ribbon box. I have a  ton of it, and didn't even know it...I'll bet we all find stuff that way...right?

Here you can really see the denim sanding, and the fine black frame I put around the circle background.

I also distressed all the edges of every piece of paper with my scissors blade.

There are two brads on either side of the sentiment. I heat embossed these with red embossing powder. I love doing that! You can even use two colors and make the brads so unusual...try it!

I am entering this card in several challenges:
Sketches By Carly - Sketch
Rubber Redneck - Color Round-up
Color Me Creative - Girly Twist
Hiding in My Craft Room - Layers
Totally Gorjuss - Leaf it In
ATC's and Card With Attitude - Anything Goes
Card Crafter's Circle - Children
Emergency Crafters - Circles
The Poodle's Parlour - Use a digital image
My Heart Pieces - Use a Circle or Square

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pass the Cheese, Please

I was looking for a sketch to use, when I came across this one, newly posted by Cardabilities:

It's a stretch, but I have seen lots and lots of "stretchier" samples in the past.

I used Crafty Secrets stamps again. I took the lace border from Kitchen Kids, and clipped it a bit, so it would bend. I used it to make the edge of the plate, which is paper pieced. The rooster paper is from Micheal's and the black cs is Core'dinations colorcore cs. The green is NE Ivy by CTMH...from my stash.

the spaghetti is "vintage" waxy flax by CTMH, and the silverware is heat embossed in black, on copper metallic cs , which I picked up a few years ago...not sure where I got it!

The napkin is made of CTMH gingham in NE Iny, I distressed everything with Distress Ink in Walnut Ink, by Ranger.  The gold eyelets are SU!. 

I am entering this card in several challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything goes
DL Art - Anything thankful
My Heart Pieces - Use a circle of square
Cardabilities - Sketch
Creative Card Crew - Black card stock
Perfect Sentiments - Anything goes, sentiment on front

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How Did She Get Up There?

My granddaughter is such a tomboy. She will love this "plaque" that I made for her room. It was going to be a card, but then I realized I can't make a card, because of the challenge A Day For Daisies is sponsoring, so I added some nice big flowers. I will put it in a shadow box. I am just not sure I want Molly climbing trees in her bare feet...but then I played with Barbies until I was thirteen! No tree climbing for me...unless it was to build a tree house for my dolls...

The image is from A Day For Daisies. I love their sweet. This image was provided free of charge. That's what they do for their challenges...isn't that neat?

This little pixie is gathering blossoms. I used my Letraset Aqua Markers and Prisma pencils. I also added some glitter to dress up the image. The background is done with my CTMH cloud stencil. The paper is also CTMH...very "vintage", as I have had it since the turn of the century!

The flowers were done with my Vagabond and Tattered Florals Die designed by Tim Holtz. I sanded the cs, and curled the edges of the flowers with my old wooden dry embossing stylus. The gems in the center are from Michael's. I used some organdy ribbon that I bought long ago at the Offray ribbon outlet in PA. I also sewed the purple and red with white thread on my machine.

The sentiment is from Crafty Secrets' Garden Girls Set, and the other stamped images are from Crafty Secrets' Hardware set. I think the sentiment is perfect for this card!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

A Day For Daisies - Anything but a card
The Craft Garden - Inspiration Photo
Sketch 'N Stash - Layout
Cupcake Craftroom - Lots of Layers
Lia Stampz - Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me Challenges - Ribbon and a Bow
Digi Stamps 4 Joy - Weather
Fab 'N Funky Challenges - Make Your Own Flowers
I Love Promarkers - Sparkle
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Please leave me a comment at the end of this entry...I'd love to know what you think!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thanks to Lynne

My friend Lynne gave me the cutest salt and pepper shakers the other I made her a card. She love blue, and is from New England, so I thought this combo would be great for her.

   I used a layout, an inspiration pic, and also entered this card in lots of challenges. The list follows this pictorial display.

I used my stash of CTMH once again. The ribbon, the sunflower yellow B&T paper, and the cardstock, as well as the cloud stencil are all CTMH.

The Hibiscus paper is Michael's. I used the blade from my blender to make the black frame for the pic, which I cut with my good 'ol coluzzle which I bought through SU! years ago. Am I the only one who doesn't own any nestabilities yet?

I always seem to distress different here. I used Walnut Ink Distress Ink from Ranger. I also used the blade of my scissors. The eyelets are from SU!

I did some paper piecing with the script paper and the gingham, as well as with some Clover Meadow CS from, you guessed it, CTMH. Isn't she cute? I used Prismacolor Markers to color the water and beach, and chalked the sky.

The lighthouse is also paper pieced...these stamps are from Crafty Secrets.

Here is the list of challenges I am entering this card into:

ATC's with Attitude - Anything Goes
Cardmadfairy's Digi Days - Summertime
Craftpunked - Summertime
Crafty Ann's - Paper Piecing
Delicious Doodles - Summer Holidays
Fat Pages with Attitude - Anything Goes
Patties Creations - Summertime
Simply Create Too - Summer/Vacation
Stampman - Summer Colors
Just Add Ink - Sketch

I hope Lynne likes her's hard to part with my "babies"!


Friday, July 13, 2012

A Mouse 'Round the House

I think this mouse is so cute! I love stamps about cups of whatever...and homey stuff. The mouse and the sentiment are both by Digital Delights. Being digi's, I can make them whatever size I want. I can even flip them as I did in my Bunny Sleepover card. What fun!

Check out Digital Delights. Their newest images are made especially for paper piecing!

I colored this card with Letraset Aqua Markers. I used a waterpen and made the shadows with my Prismacolor Markers. The striped vellum is from my stash. The yellow paper is "vintage" CTMH. The flowered paper is from Michael's 5 for $1. I dry embossed "floorboards" on the Cranberry CS, again CTMH. (I used to be a consultant, many moons and one marriage ago!)

I used black gem embellishments from Michael's in the corners of the sentiment. Also tried my hand at sewing again. My thread keeps breaking though...gotta find a good tutorial.
The cream in the cup is covered with glitter.

The flower brads were on sale at Michael's. I got 2 brads!

I am entering this card in some challenges:
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Circle Card or Tag
4 Crafty Chicks - Stripes
Pals Paper Arts - Color Challenge
I Love Promarkers - Circles, and must use Promarkers

   I hope you like what you see. Please stop by often. I enjoy sharing my work. Oh! And please leave a lets me know you were here!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pretty In Pink

The stamping world has evolved continually since my first stamped image way back in the 80's. So many companies now offer printed papers with images to use, as well as color digital images.

This is my first card made with a printed image. I usually stamp a picture, and there is a stamped image on this's just not the biggest image on the page.

    I used a sheet of 5 for $1 paper from Micheal's. It was divided into several card-sized designs. I used one of them with florals in the corner and a trellis design. I cut around some of the florals and added a piece of Carnation Pink cs from my CTMH "vintage" stash, which I dry embossed making a board design like the inspiration images I used, contained. The lace band is made with a Martha Stewart punch, in pink parchment paper by CTMH. The craft card is also CTMH.

The fairy image, as well as the column and the sentiment, are from Crafty Secrets. I used 3 different sets: Hardware, Fairy Wishes, and Card Sentiments.

The button stamp is from SeeDee's.

The eyelet is SU!'s copper from a metal asst.

  The ribbon is "vintage" Pink Carnation from CTMH. As almost always, I melted it with my heat tool. I made the heart myself! It's a piece of shrink plastic, embossed with SU!'s Iridescent Ice embossing powder, then covered in glitter.

The flower is made with my Vagabond and Tattered Florals Die by Tim Holtz. The leaves are made from petals of one of the flowers on the die, too. The tag is also made with a Sizzlet. The gem in the flower and the 3 on the column are from Walmart.

I am entering this card in several challenges:

The Shabby Tea Room - photo inspiration, using white or cream, plus pink, craft and lace.

The Ribbon Reel - photo inspiration, using a heart, sparkle and lace or ribbon.

VO Stamps - buttons and ribbon

Whoopsie Daisy - make your own embellishment

Pinspirational challenge - fairy inspirational image

I love having you visit. Please leave a comment, and take a moment to peruse my other offering in older posts. Just hit "older posts" at the bottom. Thank-you soooo much.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tea For Me

What a wonderful surprise...a gorgeous teacup and saucer from my dear daughter Sarah and her family: husband Jeff, and sons Noah and Jeffrey!

I was in my golf cart at the mailboxes in our community when I opened it. I called Sarah to tell her how much I loved the gift. George then stopped at the driving range to try out his new Taylor Made Driver, so I just sat in the cart admiring my new treasure.

I took the pics as soon as I got home!

I love the me! Vintage style with fruit, and gold trim. The spoon is also a gold tone.

The handle of the spoon is a rose...

and inside the cup were cookies and tea. 
This gift comes from an amazing place called, 

But the very BEST part of the gift was the note attached:

Thank-you, family! I love you, too!

~Mom (Gran) 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Elementary My Dear Kitten!

I absolutely love Crafty Secrets Stamps. This adorable kitten is from one of the newest sets called, Cutie Cats.

My granddaughter Molly is going to Kindergarten next Fall, and I think this cute card will be a keepsake for her.

The kitty is raised, and the fence is embossed with copper embossing powder.

I am entering this in some challenges, and one is Case Study Challenge;  here is the card by Kristii Lockart: 


To make this card I used paper, cs, and ribbon from CTMH. All old stuff... I used four stamp sets by Crafty Secrets: Cutie Cats, Hardware, Art Studio and Garden Girls. No! Make that 5 sets...I forgot that the little bird is from Fairy Wishes.

I added this crayon box at the last minute. The card was missing something. Love the colors of the a real crayon box. Perfect. The gingham ribbon is something I use alot.

I love this little bird. I use these little guys often to balance a design. Prismacolor Pens were used and the clouds are made with an old CTMH stencil and chalks.

My granddaughter Molly really is a "Smarty Cat" and will love this card. Oh yes, I can't forget the primary color eyelets in the corners!

Here are the challenges I am entering with this card:
Case Study - case a card (copy and steal everything)
Crafty Secrets -not really a challenge, but for the Linky Party!
Just leave a comment to enter the 3 set giveaway!
Great Impressions Stamps - color in the lines
Art Impressions Stamps - metal accent 
Crafty Bloggers Network - anything goes
Card Cupids - ribbon

Thanks for stopping by. Please come again.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Red Riding Hood Following Her Heart

This little lady is on a visit her granny! What does she have in that basket? I love this image from Digital Delights!

I am entering this into several challenges, and Loves Rubber Stamps asks for me to use this sketch...

Loves Rubber Stamps - Sketch
4 Crafty Chicks - Red & White
Crafty Ribbons - Photo Inspiration
Bizzy Bec's - Flower Power where I was in the top three in June!
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes
Crafty Card Makers - Make Your Own Flowers
Great Impressions Stamps - Color in the Lines

Crafty  Ribbon's Photo Inspiration is the reason for the baby blue and red: aren't the cupcakes cute?

To make this card I used CTMH b&t paper (background and texture), and sewed over the red. I used their cloud stencil (an oldie but goodie) to chalk the sky, and distressed the edges with Cranberry Ink (CTMH). I used Digital Delight's Dream Sentiment Set which I think goes perfectly with RRH.

The flowers are made with Tattered Florals Die by Tim Holtz. The leaves are made from  the biggest flower diecut. The ribbon is also CTMH, and I colored Red with Prismacolor Pencils 

Thanks for stopping by..."see" you again soon I hope!