Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fabric Tussie Mussie

Hi friends!  Just a little more than a week to go before Christmas.  Are you ready?  I know I will be making things right up to the big day!  I never allow enough time.  On the brighter side, we had three small snowstorms this past week which made me very happy.  However, a warmup is expected this coming week which makes me not so happy!

Today, I am sharing a fabric tussie mussie.  It came together quite easily and quickly.  These make wonderful gifts or decorations especially for the holidays.  I began with a potholder that I covered in a lacy fabric and then rolled into a cone shape.  No sewing required--I used Fabric Tac glue.  After I had the cone shape, I simply began covering it with various trims and appliques.  Here are some photos.




These can be filled with whatever you choose.  I elected to fill this one with some floral pieces from Michael's.



I apologize for the poor photo quality.  The lighting was bad the day I finished and I wanted to get it in the mail the same day. 

Well, that's it for me today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate all your kind comments.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  I will be back on Wednesday with a post for Secret Garden Crafts.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Merry Christmas Card for Secret Garden Crafts

If it's Wednesday, it must be inspiration post time at the Secret Garden Crafts blog.  Today, I have a Christmas card to share.


Using a white card for the base, I distressed and layered two sheets of paper from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics.  The sweet image is from Pion Design.  The fancy snowflakes are from Cheery Lynn.  How do you like the gorgeous flowers?  They can be found at Secret Garden Crafts; for example, Wild Roses and Sweetheart Blossoms.  The white Mulberry Paper Leaves are also found here.  I gave them all a coat of Faber Castell's Glass Bead Glitter Gel.  The white lace trim as well as other wonderful items can be found at Crafty City.


Please take some time to visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful creations the rest of the design team are sharing.  Also, remember that there is free shipping at Secret Garden Crafts for orders of $20 or more and free shipping at Crafty City on orders of $75 or more.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry Tag

Hi friends!  Well, finally, we got our first snowfall of the season yesterday.  While it did snow all day until midnight, we only got a couple of inches.  I'll take it, though.  Hopefully, more to come!

Today, I have a tag in a bit of a different style than I normally do.  I love Tim Holtz' style and products even though I don't work with them often.  However, I've been wanting to dabble a bit with his new Christmas line and here is what I made.


Using a premade Ranger tag, I covered both sides with Tim's holiday papers, inking and distressing the edges.  The little strip of red cardstock at the bottom is the same as what covers the back.  I adhered Tim's ric-rac and tinsel trims at the bottom as well.  Next, I diecut some Holiday Greens from Tim's Kraft-Core cardstock.  The word "Merry" is from the Holiday Words set and cut from Tim's Kraft-Core Metallic cardstock.  The paper dolls were attached next.  I gave them a touch of color with Distress Markers.  The little girl was attached with foam dots.  Tinsel trim was then tied to the top. 


Well, there you have it.  It was fun to create in a different vein.  I have Tim's tiny tags set that I am hoping to work with before Christmas. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I also want to welcome the new followers to my blog.  I hope you will enjoy visiting.  Please stop back on Wednesday to see my post for Secret Garden Crafts.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop

Hi friends!  I'm back for the third time this week with a special post for the Winter Coffee Lovers BloghopCrafty City is a proud super sponsor for this hop.  Two prizes will be given--Stamperia's "Roses, Laces & Wood" collection and Stamperia's "Wedding" collection.


Each of the design team girls were asked to create a card for the occasion, and this is what I made.


As you can see, my card has a tea theme.  At Coffee Lovers, you can use a coffee, tea or cocoa theme.  The papers used on the background are from Lemoncraft and can be found at Crafty City.  The fancy frame is from Spellbinders.  The sweet stamp and sentiment are from Stamping Bella.  The gorgeous flowers can be found at Secret Garden Crafts.


All you have to do is subscribe to the Secret Garden Crafts blog, leave a comment there and a comment on each of the design team blogs.

Please head over to see what ArchanaSabrina, Martha and Karen have come up with--just click on their names to be taken to their blogs.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Let It Snow Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi there!  I'm back today with a new post for Secret Garden Crafts.  Our theme this week is Christmas/Holiday/Winter and this is what I made.


The papers I used are from Stamperia's Sweet Christmas collection.  The edges were all distressed.  I used an Amy Design die called Ice Crystal Circle which can be found at Crafty City.  Isn't it gorgeous?  The My Besties image is called "Reindeer of Joy" and was colored with Copic markers.  The snowflake stickers are from Martha Stewart.  The flowers I used are Hip Rosebuds, Wild Roses, Tea Roses,  and Apple Blossoms which can be found at Secret Garden Crafts.  The leaves are Mulberry Paper Leaves.  A bit of lace, Stickles and twine bows finish off the card.

The pink bow at the top is actually a removable tag.


I love the soft colors of this paper collection.  It is so cheerful!


This card really helped put me in the Christmas crafting mood.  I hope you like it.  I am also sharing this card on the "Play Creative" Facebook page.  Please stop by there and join in the fun.  This is a monthly challenge group where the winner will receive a $15 prize to the Secret Garden Crafts shop.  The theme for the December challenge is Christmas/Holiday/Winter.  Please take some time to stop by the Secret Garden Craft blog and see the inspiring creations from my fellow design team girls. Also, remember that there is free shipping at Secret Garden Crafts for all orders $20 and over.  Stop by and see the gorgeous flowers and other items in the shop.

Have a wonderful crafty day!






Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Cheer

Hi there, everyone!  Here we are in December already.  Now, I have to do some serious crafting in order to be ready for Christmas.  Anyone else in the same position?

My card today uses the beautiful Maja Design paper collection "I Wish."  This card came together so quickly.  All the paper edges were inked and distressed.  Cardboard was placed below each layer for dimension.  An icicle edge was given at the top using Snow Writer.  The wooden snowflake is from Recollections and was also given a bit of the Snow Writer for some highlighting.  The sweet Christmas tree was cut from the papers with an EK Tool.  Snow Writer was applied to its branches.  A simple red ribbon, baker's twine and jingle bells were tied around the card.  The rhinestone stars are from Michael's.


I love the vintage look of the papers in this collection as well as the sweet images.  It makes cardmaking so easy!


Well, that's all for me today.  The house is halfway decorated for Christmas, so I plan on trying to finish up the rest today.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend.  Thanks so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  I will be back on Wednesday with a new post for Secret Garden Crafts.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cherish Every Day Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi everyone!  Can you believe November is almost over?  Time is flying much too quickly!  First, I want to share a look at the design team package I was sent a couple of weeks ago for Secret Garden Crafts.  Isn't everything beautiful?


I couldn't wait to use these pretty flowers so I thought I would make one more card for the Fall and here it is.


First, I used a stamp from Stamping Bella and colored it with Copic markers.  I then cut it out using a Nested Wacky Stitched Square frame from Cottage Cutz.  The image was then placed on pattern paper and a white card base.  Then, the fun began using these gorgeous flowers found at Secret Garden Crafts--English Roses, Cottage Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms and Mulberry Paper Lily Roses.  The sentiment was cut with word dies by Tim Holtz.  A couple of rhinestones, diecut leaves and twine add the finishing touches.


I hope you like this card and these beautiful flowers.  They and a wonderful assortment of other flowers can be found here at Secret Garden Crafts.  Please also take some time to stop by the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what amazing projects my fellow design team friends have come up with.  Also, shipping is free with any order of $20 or more.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  Enjoy the rest of the week!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Greetings

Hi everyone!  For those of us in the States who celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday, I hope you had a happy one and are recovering from all that turkey!!

Today, I am sharing a sweet tag made from Maja Design's Vintage Frost Basics 6x6 paper pad.  Oh, how I love this beautiful collection of papers.  Since I have a love of anything related to Winter, this collection is right up my alley!


Beginning with a premade tag, I covered the front and back with pattern paper and then cut a couple of other papers along with the sweet image to layer on top.  All papers were inked and distressed around the edges.  Cheesecloth and bits of laces were tucked here and there.  The flowers and wooden tree and snowflakes are from Recollections.  The sentiment was also cut from one of the papers.  A lace and twine bow with silver bells was tied at the top of the tag.  A couple of crystal rhinestones were added for some sparkle.


Well, that's it for me today.  I will be back again on Wednesday for my next post for Secret Garden Crafts.  Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winter Card

Hi friends!  It is a blustery, chilly day here today.  I love it!  Winter and Christmas are fast approaching so it is time for me to start making some cards for the holidays.  I always fall short and probably will again this year!  The card I'm sharing today, though, was actually made a couple of months ago.  I received some beautiful items in a swap and used them to create this card.




Beginning with a white cardstock base, I simply took some of the papers and trims I was given and layered them onto the card.  The only things I added were some cheesecloth, twine, diecut fern branches and the word "winter" which was diecut from silver cardstock.  I used some of the gingham ribbon I was sent to wrap around the tiny spool.  Silver Stickles was applied to the branches.




Well, there you have it--the first card I made for the season.  I do have several others lined up to share in the upcoming weeks so stay tuned!


This week brings the Thanksgiving holiday to those of up in the States so I am wishing everyone a wonderful day.  There are also many ways to help those who are not so fortunate so please remember them in whatever way you can. 


Thank you, friends, for stopping by and for the sweet comments you leave.  I am very grateful for each and every one of you whom I have met through this wonderful crafting community.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

For You Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Today is a new design team post at the Secret Garden Crafts blog and here is the card I made.


Oh my goodness, I love this new collection from Stamperia called "Sweet Christmas."  As you can see, though, this collection is versatile for any occasion.  I started with a white cardstock base and then layered two sheets of paper from the collection, inking and distressing.  Everything was attached to the papers with foam tape for dimension.  I tied a piece of white lace around the side of the papers.  Next, I cut an image from the papers of the little girl and placed a delicate die from Memory Box on top of it.  The "For You" sentiment was also cut from the papers.  I made a cluster of Cottage Roses, Tea Roses and Sweetheart Roses onto diecut flowers in the lower right corner.  I placed some Minature Sweetheart Blossoms in the girls hair and a Sweetheart Blossom in the lace bow.


Please stop by the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful creations my fellow design team members have made.  Also, please remember there is free shipping on any $20 or more purchase from the shop.  Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thank You Card for Play Creative

Hi friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  There is a new challenge page on Facebook called Play Creative.  It is a monthly challenge and the theme this month is a thank you card.  There is a $25 prize at Secret Garden Crafts/Crafty City for the winner.  Here is what I made.


The Lemoncraft papers and the Quinn Flourish die I used can be found at Crafty City and the flowers can be found at Secret Garden Crafts.  All other items used are from my stash.


If you would like to be added to the Play Creative page on Facebook, send me a PM or leave a comment here and I will be happy to add you to the group.

Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  Please stop back again on Wednesday to see my next project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Altered Paintbrush for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi friends!  Today, I have a different project than what I usually share.  My fellow design team members at Secret Garden Crafts and I were challenged to alter a paintbrush.  Here is my take on it.


For this project, I chose a small 1 inch size paintbrush.  I painted the handle in an off-white color.  A green leaf vine was wrapped around the handle and two lacey trims around the brush.  A pretty applique accented with a large pearl was placed on top the lace.  Next came the beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses and Blooming Buds.  Gesso was added for a shabby look.  Two satin butterflies were placed among the flowers as well as a strand of pearls.  A lovely pink seam binding bow was tied at the top.


This was quite an easy project to do.  Please take some time to visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful projects my fellow design team members created.  Also, please visit the Secret Garden Crafts shop to see all the gorgeous flowers available.  There is free shipping for all orders $20 and over.  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Fabric Post Card

Hi there, everyone!  Here we are already into the month of November.  It's hard to believe the holidays are fast approaching!

Today, I have another first for me to share--a fabric post card.  I was surprised how easily it came together.  No sewing required--just glue!


I began by cutting a piece of felt measuring 4x6 inches and then covered the front with a lacy fabric.  For the back, I cut a piece of muslin to size and then stamped the post card elements in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  The image of the lady was backed with batting and edged with ruffled lace and pearls.  Bridal appliques were placed next.  A fancy lace trim was glued across the bottom.  A pretty pink and white lace trim was added around the edges.  Then came the fabric flowers and the acrylic leaves.  A beautiful butterfly applique was placed at the top. 


On the back, I added some braided trim around the edges.

Well, that's it for me today.  Thank you so much for your kind comments and for taking the time to stop by.  Please come back again on Wednesday to see my next post for Secret Garden Crafts.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dear Friend Tag for Secret Garden Crafts

Hello friends!  I'm back today to share a tag I made for Secret Garden Crafts.  I love working with the beautiful assortment of flowers you can find there.  Here is what I made for this week.


For the background of the tag, I used papers from Prima's Princess collection and Craft & You White Days.  The edges were inked and distressed.  A journaling card from the Prima collection was placed on top.  I made a little frame edged in lace to showcase the White Days paper, a sentiment banner, and a butterfly made from the paper.  All layers have pieces of cardboard under them to add height.  I also tucked in pieces of lace and appliques under the papers.  Several layers of laces were placed across the bottom of the tag.  Next came all the wonderful assortment of flowers and leaves from Secret Garden Crafts--Bourbon Roses, Cottage Roses, Wild Rosebuds, Sweetheart Blossoms, Blooming Buds, Spiral Stamens, and two-tone Mulberry Paper Leaves.  A pretty jewel piece, flatback pearls and seam binding finish the tag.



I hope you like this tag and all those gorgeous flowers and products to be found at Secret Garden Crafts.  Just a reminder that there is free shipping on all orders $20 and over.  Please take some time to visit the blog to see what beautiful projects have been created by the rest of the design team.  Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Angel Canvas

Hi friends!  It's a rainy Sunday here today--perfect day to stay in and do some crafting!  I thought I shared this canvas already but, in checking my posts, I see that I haven't.  So here it is!


This is a small canvas measuring 5x7 inches.  I began by applying a coat of gesso to the canvas followed by a bit of stenciling with paste and stamping.  A couple of sprays were added for slight color.  Then, the fun began!  Lace, various flowers, diecut leaves, sentiment tiles, twine, feathers, satin butterflies and rhinestones were glued to the canvas.  Let us not forget the main focus--the pretty little angel!  There is also a sprinkline of microbeads here and there.


It was a joy to make this canvas!  It came together so quickly.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  Please check back again on Wednesday for my next project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Birthday Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hi friends!  Today, I have a birthday card to share that I made using some beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts.




Beginning with a base of green cardstock, I layered a sheet of Craft & You White Days paper.  Next came a diecut wreath.  Then, the fun began using all these gorgeous flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses, Bourbon Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms and Blooming Buds.   A bit of twine and lace trim were added to the flower clusters.  I then diecut some leaves to add to the wreath for more dimension.  A diecut sentiment added the finishing touch.


I hope you like my card.  You can find the flowers here and the papers here.  Thank you for stopping by.  Please take some time to stop by the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what beautiful projects my fellow design team member have created.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beautiful Butterflies Tag

Hi friends!  Fall has taken a backseat once again to summerlike weather here.  The leaves on the trees have hardly begun to turn yet.  The weatherman said this is the warmest October we've had since they began recording records back in the 1800s.  By midweek, we should begin to take a turn back to Fall again.

Today, I have a tag to share featuring a couple of pretty butterflies.  I have a special place in my heart for butterflies!


The papers I used are from K&Co and I have had them forever it seems!  I tucked some bits of lace here and there.  The flowers, butterflies and other accents are from Recollections.  The leaves were made with a Prima die.  A stained seam binding bow and twine bows were then added.  White paint splatters add the final detail.


Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love to read your comments and appreciate receiving them.  Please stop back on Wednesday to see my next design team project for Secret Garden Crafts.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Smile Card for Secret Garden Crafts

Hello, my friends!  I am so excited to share with you my second design team project for Secret Garden Crafts.  I hope you like it.




Using white cardstock as a base, I layered a sheet of pattern paper from Craft & You White Days collection.  I also made a tag from paper in this collection to add to the top.  Cheesecloth was placed under the tag as well as some diecuts.  The image and frame are from my stash.  I used these beautiful flowers from Secret Garden Crafts--Cottage Roses, Bourbon Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms, and Blooming Buds.  I did add a touch of gesso to the flowers for a shabby look.




I hope you will visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what my fellow design team girls have made.  Also, there is free shipping at the Secret Garden Crafts shop on any orders $20 or more.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

From Me to You Card

Hi friends!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my previous post regarding my selection for the Secret Garden Crafts design team.  I've never been on a design team before and I am very excited to create for them.


Today, I have a card I made awhile ago using a Sherri Baldy clear stamp and colored with Copic Markers.




The papers I used were from Graphic 45's Secret Garden collection (what a coincidence that I would be on a design team with that name!).  The butterfly and flowers are from Michael's and Recollections.  The leaves and swirly vine were made with Cheery Lynn dies.  The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs.





I am posting a day earlier because we are having computer issues.  We are having a problem with Google Chrome so I am using Internet Explorer to get this post up.  I hope our issues with Chrome get resolved soon because I find it easier to navigate there.  Anyway, thank you so much for taking time to stop by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  I will be back on Wednesday (barring computer problems) with my second project with Secret Garden Crafts.  I hope you will stop by again then.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Tag for Secret Garden Crafts

Today, I am so excited to share the news that I have been asked to be on the design team for a wonderful online store called Secret Garden Crafts operated by Archana Joshi.  They carry the most beautiful flowers, and I am honored to be able to create with them.  Here is a photo of my design team package.


And here is a tag I made with some of the items.


For this tag, I did some stenciling and distressing to the tag base.  The gorgeous flowers I used are Cottage Roses, Sweetheart Blossoms and pink and ivory rosebuds.  A bit of white lace trim was tucked under the torn edge of the paper and pink seam binding tied to the top (these items are also from Archana).  The papers are from Craft & You White Days and can be found here.   Everything else is from my stash.


I hope you'll take some time to visit Secret Garden Crafts.  Right now, there is free shipping on orders of $20 or more.


Please also visit the Secret Garden Crafts blog to see what the rest of the design team has created.  You will find wonderful inspiration there.