Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's Cookin'

Oh em gee, the newest My Favorite Things set by Birdie Brown is the cutest ever!!! Seriously. Every new set she creates is cuter than the last. I can't even stand it!!

I recently got this adorable paper pad, before I even knew about this stamp release, and I knew immediately when I saw Chef Francois, of the Recipe for Happiness stamps and dies, that I would use this paper with the stamps. The sentiment is one I made myself and printed on the computer. There are, of course, several super cute sentiments in the set, but I had this one in mind and had to use it.

I colored Francois in shades to match back to the papers. I love him!

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Recipe for Happiness stamps and dies sets
My Favorite Things, Jumbo Fishtail Banner dies
My Favorite Things, Fishtail Stax dies
My Creative Time, Rectangle Frames dies
Carta Bella, Home Sweet Home 6x6 paper pad
Copic markers, Copic Xpress blending cardstock, computer generated sentiment

Monday, February 08, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year

Did you know that today is the Chinese New Year? And did you also know that this is the year of the Monkey?! I love monkeys. :) Except for sock monkeys...they are evil and don't even get me started. But I digress....

My card today is in honor of the Year of the Monkey. I used this adorable little guy from the Sweet Safari stamp set by My Favorite Things.

Isn't he the sweetest. :)

He sends you lots of wishes for a happy new year and some bananas. Can you see them among the sequins inside the shaker?

Fun shaker card to make, and the little monkey and these awesome jungle leaves are the sweetest accent.

Thanks for looking, and HAPPY YEAR OF THE MONKEY!

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Sweet Safari stamps and dies sets
My Favorite Things, Happy Trio dies
My Favorite Things, Wild Greenery dies
My Favorite Things, Wild Prints 6x6 paper pad
My Creative Time, Bunch of Fun circle dies and Rectangle frames
Echo Park, Love Story 6x6 paper pad (black/grey animal print paper)
Other: clear acetate, foam tape, sequins, gold cardstock

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Tags, trims, and banners, oh my!

Welcome to the studio! I hope you're ready to be inspired as I have been busy, busy, busy with Valentine's Day projects. I love adding trims to jars and containers, tags to goody bags, and putting together super fun banners. Here are a few of the goodies I've been working on.

These dipped pretzel rods are so easy to do, and FUN! I've tucked one into each of the kidlets' goodie bags, and the maillady gets one too. :) These awesome mug comes from Big Lots. It  just flew into my cart before I could blink an eye. I'm so glad it did as it's perfect for these Valentine pretzels.

Hearts and tag dies are by My Creative Time. Super cute treat bags from Walmart.

Fun trim idea using burlap ribbon and lace from the sewing department at Walmart. The doily heart is a die cut using a heart die by My Creative Time. Adds just enough pizzazz to this plain cylinder vase from the Dollar Tree.

And my banners. I love, love, love banners. If I had space for them, they'd be hanging all over my house! For these, I used a variety of crafty goodies in addition to an old falling apart dictionary I picked up at the thrift store for 25¢ and a couple of packs of doilies from Dollar Tree. The fishtail banner shapes are a die by My Favorite Things; hearts, love and tab are by My Creative Time, and paper flower and stick pin handmade by me. Jute twine, sheer polka dot ribbon, and hot glue hold them all together.

I hope you have as much fun as I do making stuff for holidays. Valentine's Day is my second fave, only behind Christmas, and even though the kids are no longer at home, I can still send them all the spoils through the mail so I'm a happy grama! :)  Thanks for coming by. If you'd like more specifics on any of the projects I've shared, please leave a comment and I'll provide links etc.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Melonheadz Love Challenge

Today's challenge is Love. I love love, don't you! For my project, I made Valentine cards for the grands. Have a look!





I hope you enjoyed these cute cards. Still not 100% but feeling way better so, crossing fingers it won't be too much longer and I'll be back in full swing. :) In addition to health issues, I'm also having major internet issues so it has taken me two days to get this post written! UGH Now hoping it will actually go live when it is supposed to! In the meantime, provided it does post as scheduled, if you have any questions or would like links to products I used this week, please leave a comment and I'll reply asap.
Happy Love Month, crafty friends. :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Melonheadz Cool Colors Challenge

I hope you are all staying warm in your respective winter places. We are still buried in snow but the temps have been rising little by little so we expect at some point (sooner than later, we hope) the snow will finally be gone. In the meantime, I've been fighting (what seems to be yearly of late) asthma. Thus, the reason for so few blog posts since the first of the year. Please don't be discouraged, I'm feeling a little better every day and can't wait to get back to my craft room on a daily basis once again. :)

Today's challenge is 'cool colors', purples/blues/greens. I love this combo for winter. I even found matching candies....can you stand it!?? 

We hope you'll join us on the Melonheadz Friends Design Team for this challenge. I used the Cold Winter Kidlettes digi set for my card today.

Thanks for coming by!

Products used:
Melonheadz Illustrating, Cold Weather Kidlettes
Sentiment and scallop border by My Favorite Th9ings
Foam tape, copic markers, baby buttons, various pattern paper scraps

Monday, January 04, 2016

Happy New Year! - Melonheadz friends Snow challenge

Happy new year, crafty friends. I hope you had a great holiday season and 2016 is good to you.

I'm here today with the first Melonheadz Friends challenge of the new year - snow/snowflakes. How perfect. I'm buried in the white stuff! It's truly beautiful, but I'm so glad it only comes in winter. LOL

So, as you can see, I have plenty of inspiration for this challenge!

I printed the background snowflake pattern first, then built my card around it.

The adorable little girl is from the Cold Weather Kidlets set, and the cut out snowflakes are from Season Winter. I created the sentiment using a couple of different stamp sets (see product list below).

Then, the snowflake challenge inspired me to get an early start on next year's Christmas and I made these using cheap glitter snowflake ornaments and handmade paper flowers.

For my second project - which I totally love! - I used this soft aqua and pink color combo. I think it turned out so pretty. Again, I printed the snowflake pattern onto my cardstock before doing any cutting. The snowflakes and the hat and mittens are from the Snow Day set.
You can see a little better in this closeup the sparkle of the Wink of Stella glitter pen I used on the pink.

Inside message: Sentiments and mug by My Creative Time.

Product List:
Melonheadz Illustrating, Christmas Stuff, Cold Weather Kidlets, Season Winter, Snow Day
My Creative Time, rolled flowers die, 3x4 journal card die, rectangle frames dies, You're So Cool stamp set
My Favorite Things, fishtail flag stax
Other: clear embossing powder, foam tape, wink of Stella glitter pen, copic markers, memento tuxedo black ink, Cracked Pistachio distress ink, Heidi Swapp 6x8 memory planner paper pad

Sunday, January 03, 2016

My Favorite Things, Sketch 261

Welcome to my first post of 2016. (sound the noisemakers!) Today I'm sharing this adorable Birdie Brown elephant set for the card challenge. This set by My Favorite Things is just about the cutest ever! It was hard to choose which sweet little ellie to use first, but any one of them would have been perfect.

The sentiment, balloon, and butterfly all come with the set. For this birthday card, I thought they would be the perfect combo to send a sweet birthday greeting. And it appears I was correct! ;)

I love making die cuts with pattern papers. Here I added just a bit of copic coloring to highlight his adorableness, and glossy accents to the balloon (though it isn't showing well in this shot). When I finished coloring, I decided I want a plush ellie in real life, just like this one!

My Favorite Things Card Challenge

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Adorable Elephants stamp set
My Favorite Things, Adorable Elephants die set
My Favorite Things, Grassy Fields die
My Creative Time, rectangle frames die
Jen Hadfield 6x6 DIY Home paper pad
Heidi Swapp 6x8 Memory Planner paper pad
Foam tape, glossy accents, copic markers, square die

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas to all

Every year I share the following letter that I sent to the local newspaper in 1997. It's my favorite Christmas memory; a memory that means so much to me and reminds me every year to be grateful and count my many blessings. (I don't live in the same area now and I'm a "little" older too. LOL) I will never forget that Christmas. It was truly the best Christmas ever. Please enjoy.

The Key Peninsula/Gig Harbor area has been home to me and my family for 34 of my 43 years. During those years, I have donated clothing, household items, and food to local food banks as much as I can throughout the year, never expecting, of course, that I would one day be in need myself.

Several years ago, my daughters and I fell on hard times and the holidays seemed bleak. By Thanksgiving, I still had not found employment. The girls had just entered high school, and though they had never asked much for Christmas even in good times, I felt despair in knowing I would not be able to give them much of anything that year. We did our best while I continued looking for work, but finally had to seek help from a local food bank to make ends meet. A short while later, we received a call from the food bank telling us a local family wished to “adopt” us for Christmas. About that same time, my job search finally paid off and my first day of work was to be December 20. That day, we woke to several inches of snow on the ground and no power. I had no way to get to my new job and no number to call them. We were not the only ones snowed in, however. The food bank was unable to deliver Christmas to many adopted families. Though the families and the adoptees generally remain anonymous to each other, our “family” decided that if it meant the difference between our having or not having a Christmas, they would make the delivery personally. Not only did our family bring gifts in abundance, they also delivered a van full of groceries, including laundry and cleaning supplies, and everything imaginable for Christmas dinner. As if that wasn’t enough, this wonderful man drove me to my new job and later called to find out what time I finished so he could drive me back home!

This true story of the spirit of Christmas always brings tears to my eyes. We never heard from our adoptive family again. We understand they left the area some time ago, but their gift of love and generosity will never be forgotten. That Christmas, which looked so dismal, remains one of our most cherished and treasured holiday memories.

Merry Christmas. May you be as blessed as I am!
Isaiah 58:7a ...Share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless into your house.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Melonheadz Friends, Christmas challenge!

Are you ready for the big day?! Well, I guess it's too bad if you aren't at this point, right?! LOL!!!

For my challenge project, I made these adorable little gift tags. These sweet images can be found on the Christmas Stuff and Christmas Bobbleheads digi sets in the Melonheadz Etsy store. There are so many cute things in this set, it's a must-have add-on for any of the Christmas sets you may already have. Then, come over to the Melonheadz Friends blog and join us for this super fun challenge!

To/From stamp and tag die by My Creative Time.

Wishing you and yours a happy, happy holiday season and a very merry Christmas. :)

Monday, December 07, 2015

Melonheadz Friends, Winter Holiday Challenge

Happy first Monday of December. Seriously, can you even believe how close we are to Christmas....and the end of 2015!!?? Crazy! But let's get to the new challenge, okay.

This week's challenge is Winter Holiday. I used the Christmas Stuff and Christmas Bobbleheads image sets. They are just too cute.

This little elf holds a hammer, but I replaced his with a candy cane! :) The stack of gifts is a stamp by My Favorite Things from the Santa's Elves set, and the sentiment is a stamp by Technique Tuesday.

Other products used:
My Creative Time Rectangle Frames, and Stitched Ovals dies
Tim Holtz Crazy Things candy cane
My Favorite Things, Santa's Elves stamps (stack of presents)
Foam tape, glossy accents, Wink of Stella glitter pen

Monday, November 23, 2015

Melonheadz Challenge - Use a digi

Digital scrapping has grown more popular over the past couple of years and, while I don't do digital pages myself, I do love adorable digi images. Such are those by Melonheadz Illustrating, which, of course,  I use on all my Melonheadz Friends projects! Check out these super cute digis:

This wreath is part of the Christmas Stuff image set. I use the print and cut option on my Cricut Explore to cut these and it saves so much time. Not to mention, you can cut them any size you wish. If you've been on the fence about digis, jump off and go look around in the etsy store. Nikki has so many super sweet, adorably cute images and you can get most of them in black and white so you can color them yourself, already colored, as these are that I used today, or even both sets.

For the wreath I heat embossed with clear powder and added some bling for the berries, and bam - done! The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday and is also heat embossed.

For my second project, I used the Christmas Bobbleheadz set. This little elf and frame couldn't be any more perfect for gift tags. I used a small alphabet stamp to add the kids' names, then heat embossed with clear powder, punched a hole with my crop-o-dile and added twine. I just love them!

If you have any questions, please ask in the comments or shoot me an email (see link, right sidebar). :)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day 11, One stamp five ways

Well, I couldn't decide which style to choose for today, so I did all five. For my one stamp, I chose one of the scribbly trees from Tim Holtz Scribbly Christmas set. Which is why my post is so late today. It was a really busy day in the studio today, so let's get started.

Clean & Simple
I used a color wash background and heat embossed the tree in green and the shadow in silver. Sentiment is also from the Scribbly Christmas set.

Classic & Elegant
Here I used the tree to make a subtle background. Because I wanted to use silver for the mat and embossing, I used a light gray shade of ink for the background trees. The ink, Grout Gray, and the sentiment are by My Favorite Things.

Cute & Whimsical
For this one I went with a non-traditional color scheme to create a whimsical feel. Stripe stamps are by Technique Tuesday; ink colors are Distress Picked Raspberry and My Favorite Things SnoCone, and embossing powder by Zing in aqua.

Shimmer & Shine
Simple card with gold cardstock, gold foiling, and black heat embossed sentiment by My Creative Time.

Soft & Subtle
White embossing powder for the tree and snow, inked over the top (I've forgotten the color I used, sorry), then gently wiped off the tree and snow. Sentiment again from the Scribbly Christmas set.

Hope you've enjoyed my class projects. I've had such a great time creating them, and discovered I have finished over half the number I need for my card list for this year so... BONUS! :)


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