Saturday, May 24, 2014

Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop 2014

Hello Everyone!!!

I'm so happy you stopped by for Operation Write Home Memorial Day Blog Hop!!!
You'll find a list of other participating blogs HERE!

What an awesome service Operation Write Home does for our service men and women!  If you haven't created cards for this fine cause, I hope you will consider doing so.  If you'd like to learn more about OWH, click HERE to go to their website.
I've created a very simple card to share today.....

.....with papers in dusty hues of red, white and blue.   The verse says "You are Awesome!". 
Happy Memorial Day weekend!!! 
  • Supplies:
  • Cosmo Cricket – Summer Love 8 x 8 pad
  • Cream Card Stock
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • Button
  • Fun Stampers Journey – Little Big Greetings
  • Versafine Onyx Black
  • Spellbinders® S4-092 Stars 5
  • Spellbinders® Grand Calibur® machine
  • Foam Tape

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mother's Day Box and Pendant on Spellbinders Blog

My gift box and pendant for Mother's Day are on Spellbinders Blog today. 

I recycled a brown grocery, a lighter Kraft shopping bag, a page from an old dictionary and a box from a specialty bar of soap for this project.  You can find all the directions and more photos by clicking this link:

View Blog Post | Spellbinders - Mother's Day Box and Pendant

Happy creating!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Burlap Flower Card on Spellbinders Blog

My Burlap Flower Card is on the Spellbinders blog today!  
Check out all the details and directions here:

Last week was CAS - Clean and Simple - cards week.  Lots of CAS cards for inspiration!

Happy Creating!


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spellbinders Springtime Shipping Frenzy – Day #1

Hello Blog Friends!!!! 
A warm welcome to everyone and especially to all you Spellbinders® fans coming to check out today’s Shipping Frenzy project!  Today, I’m excited to share a project that showcases some of the new A Gilded Life products.  If you aren’t familiar with Spellbinders A Gilded Life products, check them out on their  website HERE.   Good News!  This incredible line of products can be found in a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store near you the week of April 6th!
 I know you’re all scrolling down to see the project……so here it is!

This small handmade album has been decorated using A Gilded Life dies, bezels and texture plates.  The album is 5 ¾ x 7 ½ʺ with cardstock pages.  The supply list is after the directions.

Here are the directions....

Cut stiff chipboard covers: 2 - ⅞ x 7 ½ʺ; 2 – 5 x 7 ½ʺ
Align one of each piece with ⅛ʺ gap.  Place hinge tape over gap and cover pieces wrapping it to cover both sides.  Repeat for other cover.
Apply PVA glue to front of one cover.  Glue rice paper over cover.  Wrap to inside and glue mitering corners.  Use bone folder to press paper into gap.  (I used rice paper as a first layer because it’s strong and I wanted the cover to be durable.  This step could be eliminated.)  Repeat for other cover
Again use PVA glue to fasten mulberry paper to both covers.  Wrap to inside and glue.

Cut Kraft card stock a little smaller than cover for inside.  Align on cover and mark fold/gap.  Score cardstock.  Use Xyron to apply permanent adhesive to one side.  Fasten to inside of cover.  Repeat for other cover.
Ink French Script texture plate with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa and press against covers just as you would a stamp. 

Rub VersaMagic Pixie Dust direct to paper  over Kraft card stock

Cut with Grand Calibur® machine: Vintage Brocade rectangle.  Cut/emboss Rose Medallion and 2 – Quatrefoil Bands.

Use Wrought Iron texture plate to emboss rectangle.
Apply Metallic Lustre to all pieces starting with Champagne Ice.  Then add touches of Gold Rush.  Finally add just a touch of Iced Espresso.  I used that mostly on the Quatrefoil bands.   I rub the Metallic
Lustre on with my finger.  (The easiest way to clean it off your finger is to press against sticky side of tape)

Apply 2ʺ Scor-Tape to Kraft card stock.  Tape Petite Monarch die over Scor-Tape.  Cut using Junior Metal Shim, base plate and pink embossing plate.  The Scor-Tape backing is very tough to cut.  The metal shim makes it cut easier. 
Remove tape backing.  Sprinkle with Vintage Glass Glitter.  Press glitter into tape. 
Then sprinkle with Flax glitter and remove excess.  Because the Vintage Glass is quite coarse there are gaps between so the Flax glitter fills in those spaces.
Fasten Quatrefoil Bands to spine area of each cover with Scor-Tape.  I also used glue along the edges.
 Fasten embossed rectangle along right edge with craft glue.
Fasten Rose Medallion strip over rectangle using Scor-Tape and glue.  Place it about ¼ʺ from left edge of rectangle.

Glue glittered Petite Monarch piece along left edge of rectangle.  (I forgot a photo, see on album cover
 Glue gathered tulle along Rose Medallion with 3 in 1 Craft Glue. 
Thread gold cord through organdy trim. Glue it over edge of tulle trim.
Stitch rhinestone band to trim at top & bottom.
Cut organdy heart with Hearts die.  Use metal shim sandwich to cut it.
String pearls on thread.  (I used 26) Knot thread. Glue to edge of organdy.
Place glue around outer edges Hearts Bezel Small – Bronze.  Press organdy heart and pearls into bezel.
Make small tassel with pearl cotton.  Wrap wire around top. Fasten to bezel with pearl cotton.
Glue Rhinestone in gold spacer bead.  Glue in bezel.Tie bezel to trim on album front.  Add crystals and pearls along points of glittered Petite Monarch strip.

Cut pages 5 ¾ x 7 ¼ʺ from cream card stock. 

Cut 1 x 7¼ʺ strips to add to envelopes.  Fasten to bottom edge of envelope with Scor-Tape so they are same size as pages.  Emboss envelope flaps.
Punch two holes in edge of each cover.  Insert and set bronze eyelets.
Mark pages for holes.  Punch holes in all pages and envelopes

Stack covers and pages.  Thread ribbons through front eyelet, pages and back cover and back through back cover, pages and out front cover.  I used a piece of wire folded to slip over ribbon ends.  It works like a needle only easier to slip ribbon into it.  Tie in bow.

Voila!   A beautiful album!
I hope I've inspired you today!  Lots of exciting new products and maybe some new techniques for you! 
Happy Creating!
Here's the link to join in on the fun celebrating shipping of Spellbinders new products! You have a chance to win some of the new A Gilded Life products that I used on my album today!

Enter for a chance to win HERE!
For more chances to win, visit Becca Feeken’s blog, Amazing Paper Grace, for another inspiring Spellbinders’ project!
Official Contest Rules can be found HERE
Questions?  No entries will be accepted at this email address
 And more inspiration......

....a pendant created with Large Iron Cross  Bezel - Bronze.  More details soon!


Big post tomorrow...

...Spellbinders Shipping Frenzy blog posts start tomorrow!!!  

Lots of inspiration for all the new products shipping now, all those cool new things revealed in January at CHA. 

Becca Feeken and I will have projects to share tomorrow! I know Becca will have something awesome to show!!!  I think you'll love my project, too. It's really pretty!  So be sure to stop back here tomorrow.  Check out the Spellbinders blog for a list of all posts this week!  There's a giveaway, too!

Happy creating!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My project on Spellbinders blog!

I'm so excited to have a project on the Spellbinders blog today!!!

Here's a teaser...

See the the whole project and directions on Spellbinders blog......

Happy Creating!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sending love for Valentine's Day!
Here's some treat bags that I sent to my littlest Valentines!

The above two went to my granddaughters.

I made two of this style for my grandsons.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Special Birthday Wishes

Today, I have a card to share........ 

Wow!  It's been a long time since I sat down to make a card!  I've been using cards from my stash. 
I put this card together for my daughter.  Today is her birthday.   Happy birthday, Jenny! 

My card base is 5 x 7" cream card stock.  All patterned papers are by Melissa Frances including the rose sticker.  I used a new Spellbinders die, Romantic Rectangles Two, to cut the lacey edge rectangles.  The edges were inked with Distress Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. I also stamped faint script around the edges of the background paper.  I stamped "you are so special" on a narrow strip of sticker to add to the rose piece.  The embossed foil was cut and embossed with a new Spellbinders Gilded Life die, Petite Lace.  Love the lacey look!  The foil is gold.  I sanded it lightly to reveal some of the silver color.  Then I sponged Spa Blue paint over it and wiped off the paint on the embossed areas.  My card actually started with this piece!  It was an experimental piece that I really like so I found papers to go with it.  The seam binding was misted and crinkles to look old and tied into a loose bow.  I've tucked a small stick pin with a bead into the bow.

Happy creating!

Spellbinders S5-211 Romantic Rectangles Two
Spellbinders GLLD-004 Petite Lace
Spellbinders Gold Foil
Melissa Frances Papers
Cream Card Stock
JustRite Grand Sentiments
Seam Binding
Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
DecoArt Spa Blue Paint
3D Foam Squares
Stick Pin

Monday, January 6, 2014

Spellbinders Diamond Anniversary Sneak Peek!

Hey Everybody!!!!
Spellbinders is celebrating their Diamond Anniversary this year!  To honor the occasion, they have a Sneak Peek and Giveaway starting today!  Here's a chance to see some of the new Spellbinders products coming out at CHA!  And super awesome projects!!!!
Click HERE to see Day One!  Get ready to be inspired!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Card on the Quietfire Creations Blog

Today, I have a card posted on the Quietfire Creations Blog! 

Hop on over the Quietfire Creations to see all the details!
Happy Creating!