Saturday, February 25, 2017

It's Almost Spring!

Here in IL we've had a tease this past week....60-70 degree temps that have us all thinking Spring!  But today....cold, rainy/sleet, gray....I'm just thankful it's not snow!  But after a bout with the flu these past two weeks....I'm ready to turn the corner and think sunny thoughts....so I'm sharing a pretty spring card created using Just Imagine Kreaxions punch #901, and the new Spring Things collection from Doodlebug!




The sweet little doily with the butterflies and flowers goes perfectly with the Spring Things collection, and is super easy with these fun punches!  You use Just Imagine's star stencil octagon template:



....trace on paper (I used plain white cardstock) then just punch each "point" using the "A" guide you get with your punch.  There are several wonderful videos out there that show just how easy this is!

I layered the doily with some of the pretty glitter paper available from Just Imagine Crafts, and then popped a cute sentiment fussy cut from some of the Spring Things paper 6x6 pad in the center of the doily with some foam tape.  A few enamel dots, and it's a simple, but pretty springtime card.



Thanks for stoppin' by today!  If you get a chance, check out all the inspiration over at the Just Imagine Crafts blog.  You can find my post over there today!  While you're there check out the specials (the butterfly punch I used for one!) and the great projects from the entire team!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sweet Nothings

Today I've got a pretty Valentine to share....and it uses the new Sweet Nothings collection from Fancy Pants, and a delicate pretty Valentine perfect punch from Just Imagine Kreaxions.....punch #916.


The border strips are made with the punch, and so are the little tag sides.  I created them by punching the border and cutting pieces out like so:



The stamps and papers are from the Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings collection and the ink is Memento and the hearts are colored in with Copic markers.

This punch and several others are on sale.....and more inspiration too over at the Just Imagine Crafts blog.... check it out HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

New Year....New Crafting!

New Year, new beginnings, right?  I always have so many things I'd like to do....but don't like the whole "resolutions" thing.  Too much pressure?  I don't know....but I do like to push myself every year to improve. 

I've recently had the dubious honor of living with an auto-immune disease.  A huge part of treatment is healthy, clean eating, and after a year of doing amazing...last year I slipped a bit and by the end of the year....a lot.  So this year....back to better choices.

I've also decided to start a home detox....not only the products I use....which I've been working on, but also in just clutter.  So much clutter it's hard to stay organized.  That's a toxic, stressful situation!  I know this is a big movement now, but for me the driving force was helping a friend get her home ready to put on the market.  WOW the stuff we don't even realize when we just live in our home "the way it is" every day.  Now I realize there are many of you that are very organized, but that is not me.  It's always a struggle.  But I've decided to really DO THIS!  So every day I've decided to pick a project....might be large, might be small, but something, to de-clutter.  I've done drawers, closets, cabinets....all in these first few days of the year.  I'm looking forward to a de-cluttered home....even if it takes me a year to get there....I've got this!

Well, ramble ramble....haha!  I'm going to share a project today.....it's been an entire MONTH plus since I've shared....partially the holidays, partially the holidays and working in retail, and partially just feeling poorly because I haven't been taking care of myself.  But this is another on my list of to-do this year....get creating even more!  I've got a lot of fun projects to blog about already, but first up is a project using a Just Imagine Kreaxions #916 punch and a super cute start to some Valentine's crafting:
 

 


To create the borders on the sides, I used the punch with the "A" guide.  Super simple, but a pretty scroll design that makes me think of frilly Valentines.

I've also made a set of circles using the Just Imagine Kreaxions Circle Cutter....this thing ROCKS....such an easy and portable circle cutter....easy to adjust and easy to use.  I've also punched one of the circles around to create a doily effect lining it up like this:
 

It creates a doily effect like this: 


The other two sides are fun also, but no punches....love this Fancy Pants Sweet Nothings collection!




And the finished top with the doily, and some fluffy, glittery tulle:



I suggest getting the Circle Cutter the templates, and a punch or two and play, play, PLAY!!  So many fun and creative ways to use these!  A lot of great video tutorials online to check out too!

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  You can find the scroll punch #916 HERE and the Circle Cutter HERE.

And a quick thanks to Fancy Pants for the rockin' new Sweet Nothings collection!  I'm having a blast creating with this one!

Monday, December 5, 2016

In His Glory

Well, as you know if you frequent my blog....I do love my holiday crafting.  This year the JustRite stamps they released for Christmas/holiday are just stunning!  I paired them with some background stamps and a JustRite die set to create this card:


The background on the panel was created with the JustRite Confetti Trio stamp set.  I used full ink on the top portion and stamped off (or the stamp stamp if you're quick) for the bottom to give it the fade.  I used Distress Ink.  You can use Weathered Wood, or Stormy Sky....both look great!

The center oval is die cut from the JustRite Hello Decorative Oval Frame die set.  The scroll border die was cut in black cardstock, and then I cut out the oval in black cardstock....but went back and cut out the scallop border oval to create the reverse scallop border you see around the scene.

To create the scene in the oval, stamp the Retro Sparkle stamp in Versamark and emboss with clear embossing powder--die cut using oval from Hello die set.  Use a soft blue Distress Ink over to get the background to pop.  Stamp and emboss the town scene and sentiment from the Nativity Sentiments set using black embossing powder.   Place town scene on oval background and trim to fit:

 
Next fussy cut the town scene and then glue to the oval:


Then use the reverse scallop oval die cut earlier and glue to the oval as a border/frame:


Glue scroll frame die cut earlier to front of card, then foam tape town scene oval piece to the center. Add banner with sentiment, bow and pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Make sure to check out the JustRite site for these stamps and dies and so many more!

*****REMEMBER TO HOP.....the Just Imagine Kreaxions blog hop is still open for another couple of days....prizes to be had when you leave comments along the way!*****

Supplies:
Paper: AC cardstock--black, gray; GP white
Stamps and Dies:  JustRite
Embellishments/other: Recollection pearls, WOW embossing powder, AC ribbon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just Imagine....Christmas Inspiration Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Just Imagine/Kreaxions Blog Hop So glad you could join us! We’ve kept it short and sweet so hop along to each blog, leaving a comment along the way. One participant will be chosen from the comments for a $10 Just Imagine Crafts gift certificate. The designers have tips, tutorials, and/or prizes so don’t miss out!

Here is the order of the hop:
Just Imagine Crafts Blog (http://justimaginecrafts.typepad.com/...)
Joan Borgelt (http://thegovsplace.blogspot.com/)
Laura Cox (http://www.scrapaddict4life.blogspot.com/...) <<<< You Are Here!
Candy Spiegel (http://www.candyscraps.com/)
Charity Hotrum (http://menemenetekeluniversity.blogspot.com/...)

So if you've popped onto my blog today....make sure to start at the beginning and leave comments along the way to have the chance to win!  And make extra sure you leave a comment here on my blog....I'm sending a lucky someone a little holiday card making goodie bag!

So without further ado.....here's the card I'm sharing today:


I've used the Just Imagine Kreaxions 4 in 1 Snowflake punch (punch #312)....love this one....perfect for holiday cards or wintery scrapbook pages!  I punched this border without any of the guides, and then I trimmed off the bottom edge to leave the large scalloped snowflake.  You can see the trimmed off portion at the top of my card.

The Kreaxions Sparkle Duo glitter paper makes the punched out areas pop too....love that!

Remember, the other gals on the team have some great inspiration as well....so make sure to check them out!  There is that great prize too....so don't forget to comment!

Thanks for hopping along today!

Supplies:
Paper:  AC brown, kraft, Photo Play-Holiday Cheer, Kreaxions Sparkle Duo Glitter Paper 
Tools:  Kreaxions 4 in 1 Snowflake punch 
Embellishments:  Queen & Co pearls, AC hemp twine, jingle bells, Photo Play Holiday Cheer cardstock stickers

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Time for Christmas Cards!

Need some quick card inspiration?  If your like me....you really do....because those Christmas and holiday cards need to get done pretty quick!  I've got a quick and easy card to share today....using the ever inspiring Just Imagine Kreaxions punches....LOVE all the different ways you can use them!



This card was just simply punching the border and snipping of part of it to leave the large scalloped snowflake border....super cute!

Make sure to stop by the Just Imagine blog too and say hi!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:
Paper:  Photo Play; AC kraft
Embellishments:  Photo Play ephemera; AC hemp twine; Tim Holtz snowflake; Zva rhinestones
Tools:  Just Imagine Kreaxions punch #312

Monday, October 31, 2016

Thankfully Blessed

After a tough week around here....I really still have to remember that we are so very blessed.  Which is exactly what this card is a reminder of!


If you remember this card:



Here's the card I promised, where I used the stencil piece.  I cut it down, and added ink to completely cover it.  I also punched the border to frame out the sentiment.  Another great way to use this border punch from Just Imagine Kreaxions!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to check out all the inspiration today over at Just Imagine in THIS POST.

Supplies Used:
Tools:  Just Imagine Kreaxions punch #310
Paper:  AC kraft cardstock; Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice 6x6 pad
Ink:  Distress Ink-Gathered Twigs
Embellishments:  burlap, Recollections enamel dots