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.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Two in One Tag

Hi friends!  Today, I am sharing a two tags in one post.  I was inspired by a you tube video; unfortunately, I do not remember whose video it was.

I created a fabric tag and attached it with a kilt pin and seam binding to a cardstock tag base.  Lots of various laces and trims were used.  The next photo shows the tag base.  The fabric tag is easily removed so there are can be two tags.  (Above the seam binding bow is the back of the fabric tag flipped over.)

I didn't want to add too much dimension to the base tag in order for the fabric tag to lie on top evenly.

Well, that's all for me today.  I will be back on Wednesday with a special post, so I hope you'll stop by and check it out.  Thank you so much for all your sweet comments.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fabric Brooch

Hello fellow bloggers!  Fall has made an appearance over the weekend and I am absolutely delighted!  Love that touch of crispness in the air.  However, it will be a bit short lived as warmer temperatures are expected again this week.  I just hope Fall returns for a much longer appearance soon!

Today, I am sharing something a bit different.  A friend and I decided to swap fabric brooches.  You Tube is filled with lots of tutorials and examples.  They are quite easy to make.  I began by cutting a strip of felt and covering it with a lacy fabric.  The sides were edged with lace trim and a piece of dangle lace was attached to the bottom.  A small applique was glued to the top.  Next, I took a fabric image and edged it with lace and pearls.  Some batting was placed under the image to give it dimension when attached to the backing.  Pretty little fabric roses, bling and a bow were used to dress it up.  If you look closely, you can see very small gold doilies under each rose.  A kilt pin was used to attach the brooch to whatever you wish.

This is what the back of the brooch looks like.  I added lace trim at the top and bottom of the back to give it a more finished look.  Best part of all?  No sewing required!  I used Fabric Tac to adhere everything.

This took no time at all to put together.  I don't think I would actually wear this but it may be used on a purse or hung up as a decoration.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  Your comments are much appreciated.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Smile Card

Hi friends!  Summer still has it's grip on my corner of the world.  How I long for cooler temperatures!  This card about sums up how I feel.

When I saw this My Besties stamp, Pouting Prudence, I just had to have it.  I colored it with Copic markers to match the Tim Holtz Correspondence papers I used.  Each layer was matted with dark blue cardstock.  The lace and trims are from my stash.  Flowers and other embellishments are from Recollections.

Well, that's it for me today.  I am looking forward to some quiet time today.  Thank you for all the sweet comments on my previous post.  One thing I want to mention is that the paper doll figure by Tim Holtz that I used on last week's card does not have any tulle added to it.  It is strictly a photo.  It is, however, so realistic that it does look 3-D. 

Enjoy the week ahead!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Hi there, friends!  I guess I spoke too soon.  In my last post, I mentioned we were having the most glorious fall weather.  Well, that was quickly replaced this past week with warm, humid weather.  Air conditioning is back on.  Hopefully, though, fall will return soon!

Today's card was made with pretty papers from Prima.  I believe they are from Nature's Garden.  Each layer was inked and distressed.  A piece of cheesecloth and cardboard was placed between the two layers.  Various trims were placed across the bottom of the card.  I wanted to showcase the sweet Tim Holtz paper doll ballerina so I placed her on a glittered frame with Prima and Recollections flowers as well as a wooden rose to the side.  I tucked an assortment of beads inside of the frame.  The "dance" bead was framed with flatback pink pearls.  A tulle bow, rhinestones, and splatters of gesso finish it off.

This card was so much fun to make.  I think I am in love with paint splatters now!  I thought the tulle on the card fit perfect with the ballerina's tulle skirt. 

Well, that's all for me today.  I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday and a wonderful week ahead.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Best Things in Life Just Happen

Hi there.  With the Fall season fast approaching, I thought I would share one last card I made this summer before I switch to more seasonal crafting.

This card was made for my parents' anniversary.  My mother prefers more simple cards, so she was really quite happy with this one.  The paper, sentiment card, flowers and stickers are from Recollections.  The pretty ornate frame, which I feel really makes this card, was a gift.  I don't know who makes this particular die but I would love to have it in my collection!

The sentiment card was framed with lace from my stash.  A satin bow was tucked into the flower cluster.

We have had the most wonderful weather this past week with crisp days and nights.  It makes me so happy to have a change from the heat and humidity of summer.

Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and also for your kind comments.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mixed Media Tag

Hi friends!  It's been a rainy couple of days here but, thank goodness, nothing like the poor people in Texas have been dealing with.  I, for one, am so happy that September is here!  That means we're close to the beautiful season of Fall and all that it brings--chilly days, scents of the season, comfort foods, nesting, etc.

The tag I'm sharing today is one of my favorites so far.  I began with a manila tag, a Tim Holtz stencil and modeling paste.  Next, I tore and distressed a couple of sheets of paper and adhered them with foam tape.  The perforations on the torn papers that mimic stitching were made with a quilting tool.  You will also notice a bit of Prima lace peeking out from under the papers.  The flowers are Prima with Prima diecut leaves.  A wooden tag is tucked into the flower cluster along with a couple of hemp bows.  The pretty dimensional butterfly is from Recollections.  A seam binding and lace tie with a vintage button was added to the top.  Using a mixture of gesso and water, I created some splatters on the tag as a finishing touch.

This tag was so easy and fun to make.  If you click on each photo, you can view a larger image.  I recently made another one using the same steps but different product which I will share another time.

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and also your kind comments.  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Celebrate Today Card

Hi everyone!  Another week has whipped by since I retired from my job at the end of June.  I cannot believe how quickly time is flying now that I am no longer employed.  There just does not seem to be enough hours in my day now.  When I was employed, it seemed like I could count every minute.  I guess it makes a difference when you like what you do.

Not too long ago, I shared a card using the color orange and remarked that it is not one of my favorite colors.  Today, I have another card using orange!  It also was made with a lot of older Prima products.

As you can see, I have a tendency to hold on to some things because I think a better idea might come along.  lol  For this card, I matched two pieces of pattern paper together and placed the floral lacy trim along the edge where they joined.  I stamped a Papertrey Ink sentiment onto the Prima sticker and added several flowers and a leaf below that.  A Martha Stewart butterfly punch was used to cut the butterflies from the darker print paper.  Rhinestones and gold beads were added for accent.

Even though I am not a fan of the color orange, I have to say I am pleased with how this card turned out.  I've had these Prima products for several years, so it feels good to finally put them to use!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  I appreciate them.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paris Flea Market Tag

Hi friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  The big excitement in my corner of the world is the total eclipse tomorrow.  We are supposed to be able to see 80% of it here, weather permitting.  Yes, we do have the special glasses needed to look at it.

Today, I am sharing a tag made with Pion Design's Paris Flea Market papers.  I just love their beautifully shabby chic papers and hesitate to cut into them.  I realize that I cannot save everything, so cut into them I did!

Beginning with a premade tag, I covered both sides with the paper, inked and distressed the edges.  Next began the layering of various laces, trims and appliques from my stash.  Smaller tags were cut from the papers and placed under the beautiful image of the lady.  A cluster of flowers and leaves were added at the bottom of the image.  A butterfly was cut from the paper and adhered to the top right corner.  Some rhinestones and pearls were added for accent and a seam binding bow tied to the top.

Making tags brings me such joy and pleasure.  With papers like Pion Design collections, this is so easily achieved.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate each of your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead and try to make some time for crafting!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Card

Hello friends!  I hope you are having an enjoyable Sunday.  I was lucky enough to receive some wonderful crafting supplies for my birthday and having so many ideas for them in my head.  Looking forward to some fun craft "therapy" time!

Today, I have a card to share using an older line from Graphic 45 called "Secret Garden."  This 8x8 paper pad goes a long way!

Using orange cardstock, I matted each piece of pattern paper as well as the image and adhered them to a card base using foam tape.  Love the pretty eyelet trim I placed through the center.  Prima flowers were accented by Cheery Lynn diecut leaves.  The sentiment is a die from Recollections.  Stickles were then added to the sentiment and the center of the flowers in the image for some highlights.

Orange isn't a favorite color of mine (except for the subdued tones in the fall) but I think it showcases the papers very well.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate each of your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Happy Birthday 2017

Hi everyone!  Here it is August already!  This past week, I celebrated my birthday.  It was a wonderful day spent with family, eating out, and visiting farm stands in Amish Country.  All in all, a good way to start a new month!  I was happy to receive some beautiful handmade cards from fellow crafting friends.

My card today was made for a fellow crafter's birthday, so I thought it would fit in for a birthday post.  Everything used has been in my stash for awhile.

The edges of the papers were inked and distressed.  I placed some foam strips between layers for depth.  Diecut doilies were also tucked in.  Under the crochet trim is a Memory Box Shrewsbury Stem diecut accented with tiny pearls.  A sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs was stamped onto an ODBD label and tucked into the flower cluster with a hemp bow.

That's it for me today.  Yesterday was another busy day spent with friends that I haven't seen in awhile.  My husband and I just returned from a nice lunch out today and I am quite filled!  I think I'll take it easy for the rest of the day!   Thank you so much for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  I appreciate each and every one.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Wonderful Tag

Hello friends.  I wasn't sure what to call this post.  I don't want anyone to think I'm saying this tag is wonderful by the blog post title.  I'm just going by the wooden word diecut used on the tag.  lol

Beginning with a tag shape cut from a cereal box, I covered both sides in pattern paper and then began to layer various lace shapes and trims.  A vintage image placed in a chipboard frame takes center stage.  It is surrounded by an assortment of flowers, leaves, and pink gem accents.  A wooden clock is also tucked into the mix.  You can see the "Wonderful" wooden piece at the bottom of the tag.  A seam binding bow is tied to the top.

I love making tags.  I think it is my most favorite crafty item to make.  My supply of tags, though, needs to be replenished!

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Today is one of those rare summer days that is a bit cooler and no humidity, so I need to take advantage of it and spend some time outdoors.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Delicate Heart Card

Hello everyone!  It's a hot and humid Sunday here.  I did a little yard work earlier but am so glad to be inside now in air conditioning!  Days like this remind me of why I prefer the Fall and Winter!

Today, I have a simple card to share that is somewhat flat for mailing.  Once again, everything I used is from Recollections except the pretty heart-shaped diecut that was a gift from a blogging friend.  I love the delicate look of the heart.

After adhering the muted cardstock to a premade card base, I simply attached the adhesive lace trim, diecut, flowers and butterfly stickers.  A stamped sentiment and hemp bow add the finishing touch.  This was super quick and easy to make.

Well, it's just a short post for me today.  We're going out to dinner with my parents in a bit.  Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

One more thing--I finally received the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform yesterday.  There was a delay in release time but I am so excited to get my hands on it!  Can't wait to do some stamping projects!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Playing with ATCs

Recently, I felt like trying a little something out of my comfort zone so decided to make some artist trading cards.  I have tried these small art projects before.  For my cards that I'm sharing today, I decided to make each one totally different.

First up is perhaps my favorite of the three I am sharing today.  I used paper from Prima for the background and lace trim from Tim Holtz.  I used two paper doll images also from Tim Holtz.  The tiny white flowers are Tim's as well.  The bottle cap was made by cutting a clock from the Prima paper and covering it with a clear epoxy sticker from Bead Landings.  A small metal bracket from my stash was placed in the lower right corner.

Next is a shabby chic inspired ATC using paper from Melissa Frances.  The flowers and butterfly are Recollections except for the tiny white Tim Holtz flowers on the right.  All other items are from my stash.  While shabby chic projects are my favorite thing to make, I struggled most with this ATC for some reason.

My last ATC was done on a stitched canvas-type fabric.  I placed some eyelet lace trim on the left side and layered some Petaloo flowers on top.  The tiny burlap flower, butterfly and leaves are from Recollections.

And there you have it--three different ATCs that were a lot of fun to make.  I really enjoyed the process.  Here you have the three ATCs side by side.  ATC information is stamped on the back of each but I forgot to take a picture of that.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!  I hope the week ahead is a wonderful one for all.  I'm having some car trouble so we'll see what happens there!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I am so happy to see your sweet comments as well.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wedding Card Keepsake

Hi friends.  My cousin's daughter recently got married and she (my cousin) asked me to make a special card for her to give to her daughter for the occasion.  She was using pieces of her own wedding gown for part of the bridal bouquet.  I asked her if she had any of the lace left over that I could use for the card.  She gave me one of the sleeves and this is what I created.

The base is a card measuring 5x7 inches.  I covered it with old-fashioned text cardstock and lace from the sleeve.  The ruffled trim is from the cuff on the sleeve.  I did add some lace trim from my stash for the edges of the card.  The flowers and leaves are an assortment from Prima and Recollections.  A Prima heart-shaped frame was tucked into the flowers and two resin birds placed in the opening.  The sentiment is printed on vellum.  I added some rhinestones for extra sparkle.

This was somewhat of a group effort!  My cousin wanted to include a note to her daughter inside.  I suggested she have that printed on vellum which a co-worker of her's was able to do.  I folded the vellum and glued it in place.  The left side of the page looked a little plain, so I cut a lace design from the sleeve and placed that at the top of the page.  If you click each photo, you can see the details better.

Everyone was happy and quite touched with the card, which was a relief to me!  I wasn't sure if they would like it.  It will be put in a display box in their new home.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your sweet comments.  I do appreciate hearing from you!  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

My Besties Card - Simple & Sweet

It's a very hot day today but that is expected this time of the year.  I am patiently waiting for the fall--can't come fast enough for me!

Today, I have a card to share using one of my favorite stamp collections--My Besties.  This sweet image is called "Little Sophia."

The image was colored using Copic markers and cut out with a stitched oval die by Tim Holtz.  This was placed on a diecut frame by Spellbinders.  The background paper is Recollections Spring Dream collection and adhered to a white cardstock base.  A strip of crochet lace was placed next and a strip of self-adhesive trim attached at the top.   The framed image was mounted with foam tape.  The flowers are from Recollections Spring Dream and Color Splash collections, and the diecut leaves are from Cheery Lynn.  The sentiment is from the same Recollections paper collection.  A white hemp bow adds a finishing touch.

I love the foil touches in this paper collection.  It adds that extra sparkle!  Plus, the color palette is so soft and sweet.

Using a leftover piece of the paper, I decided to dress up the envelope a bit with it and a matching flower and diecut leaf.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Large Lacy Tag/Wall Hanging

Hi everyone!  It's a very warm day here today and my energy feels zapped.  I am hoping to get my second wind soon!  A big change is coming to my life after this week which I feel is for the best.  With increasing problems at work, I have decided, after 21 years of employment there, to hand in my resignation.  I feel it is the best thing for me to do for myself.  Time will tell but I do believe that when one door closes, another one opens.

Today, I have a large tag to share.  I began with a cream felt base and covered it with a lacy fabric.  I had this pretty image printed on fabric that I wanted to showcase.  I placed it on top of the base and then began layering all the various trims.  An applique, fabric flowers, leaves and a beaded branch were placed in the lower right corner.  Pearls were added to the trim at the bottom.  A beaded trim was used as a hanger at the top.

This hanging came together very quickly.  No sewing required.  I used Fabric Tac to glue everything in place.  If you click on the photos, you can see the details better.

Well, that's it for today.  I did get a couple of cards made this week and am working on a tag.  I love my craft time!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate all your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Butterfly Card for Father's Day

Today, we celebrate Father's Day here in the States.  I decided to make a card for my Dad featuring some products from Tim Holtz.

Beginning with a white cardstock base, I inked the edges and then layered pattern paper from K&Co.  Using a sheet of cream cardstock, I began covering it in various shades of Distress Inks.  Once that was done, I used a Tim Holtz Thinlits die to cut out the background shape.  The butterfly is from a Tim Holtz stamp and die set.  I colored it also with Distress Inks.  A bit of cheesecloth was tucked under the butterfly.  The flowers were made with a die from La-La Land and the edges inked in Tea Dye and accented with Recollections rhinestones.  I used glittered stickers from Making Memories to spell out the word "Dad."

Wishing all the Dads and those taking the place of Dads a very happy Father's Day!  Today, we are having a turkey dinner with all the trimmings for my Dad and my husband.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Butterfly Tag

Summer is most definitely here with the beginning of a heat wave today.  Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 90s with rising humidity.  Since I do not like the heat, I am patiently waiting for Fall to arrive again!

Today, I have another tag to share featuring a Sizzix butterfly die.  I love butterflies, especially the delicate beauty of this one.

The tag base was covered with paper from Tim Holtz Wallflower collection.  I used an assortment of flowers from Prima, Petaloo and Recollections accented with diecut Prima leaves.  Delicate lace was attached to the bottom of the tag with a strip of Recollections pearls across the top of the lace.  The butterfly was cut twice--once from pattern paper and once from copper cardstock-- and layered together with a brown flatback pearl accent.  I placed the butterfly inside of a chipboard frame.  A piece of seam binding and a Tim Holtz button was placed at the top.

Well, that's it for me today.  I plan on staying indoors where it is nice and cool.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Have a wonderful week ahead!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hanging Heart

Hi everyone!  I'm a bit late getting my post up today but here it is.  I made this heart wall hanging awhile ago and forgot to share it.

The heart shape was cut from a cereal box and covered with patterned paper.  I forgot to write down what line I used.  Using a couple of types of ruffled trim and some beaded trim, I adhered those to the shape of the heart.  Various flowers from my stash were placed on the right side of the heart and towards the bottom of it.  A couple of trims were made into a bow and tucked under the flowers.  A frame surrounds the cute little resin birds.  A seam binding bow accented with rhinestone buttons was placed at the top for hanging.

This was a very easy project to make.  I think I may try making some more of them.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I appreciate your kind comments.  Best wishes for a wonderful week ahead!