Friday, December 27, 2013

Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month: Everyday

Oh my!  I did let this month get away from me in soooooo many ways!  Work swept me away from being on-line, and my poor blog is suffering!

My goal for 2014 (not resolution.....don't like that word.....too many bad memories of diets gone is to have a stash of cards at the ready for this coming year.  I'm going to have a huge card making party!  So in honor of starting that, here is my first:

I made this sweet card using goodies from Doodlebug and The Rubber Cafe'.  It's all included in the Creative Cafe' Kit of the Month over at The Rubber Cafe'.  You can find my post and all the details on how I created this card right HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' by today.....more coming soon!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Creative Cafe' and Big Wishes!

Hey everyone!  Have a quick post today....if you are still
very patiently waiting for the rest of my fall is coming,
even tho' it's now  But today, I'm up over at
The Rubber Cafe' with a break in the holiday action with this
cheerful birthday card:

If you'd like details (or to get your own awesome Creative Cafe' Kit!)
pop on over to The Rubber Cafe'!

Thanks for stoppin' by today! 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Easy Holiday Ornaments, and a Challenge!

Got your holiday list all ready?  Need some quick and
easy ornaments/gifts/tag ideas?  Here's a start:

This quick easy ornament is made using an inexpensive dollar
store snowflake, and misc items from my stash!  Want a few
more details?  You can find them HERE over at Practical Scrappers

And best of all.....share any ornaments you make over at Scrap It Girl
this month, and you are in the running for this awesome prize pack:

So what are ya waiting for?!!  Grab some of that stash,
and get crafting some holiday goodness! 

Thanks for stoppin' today!

Friday, November 29, 2013

HO-HO-HOLIDAY Snow Globe Shaker Card

Hey everyone!  Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving?
Still recovering?.....perfect day for crafting up some cards!

With Christmas oh so close, here's a shaker card that is
a fun idea if you need a few special cards:

Isn't the Santa Snow Globe card fun?  If you want every
detail on how to make it....pop over to The Rubber Cafe' can find the post HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  And I will get the rest of
that fall mini up got a little crazy here!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Popping in With Some Holly Jolly!

Hey all!  It's work, work, work for me....busy season at work
and in the crafting world!  Blogging takes a hit, so thanks for
your patience....the rest of my fall mini will be posted over the
next few days....but a very quick bit of Christmas inspiration
today for ya:

Want to see how to make this sweet little reindeer card? 
Pop over to The Rubber Cafe' blog HERE.

Thanks for droppin' by today!  Gotta go off to work....hope
you have a crafting fun weekend ahead!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Operation Tag - A Birthday Celebration!

Good Morning!!  Today I'm part of a fun "Happy Birthday" to
Janice!  She is mom, to Trendy Twine's Lesley!!  She asked if we
could all make a birthday themed tag and send it to her to wish
her mom a Happy Birthday!  Was so fun to play along with the
secret "Operation Tag"!

Make sure to pop over to the Trendy Twine blog HERE, to see
all the tags, and it would be extra nice for you to stop by all the
participants blog and leave a comment for them!

Here is my tag:

And a closer shot:

You can see some of the detail where I used Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge,
added water splashes, and inked the edges in Black Soot.  The "Happy,
Happy, Happy" was stamped using The Rubber Cafe' Remember the
Moments set and Scrap Happy Glue....which I then added You're So Fine
Glitter to.  The paper is from BoBunny and last but definitely not least....
YUMMO twine from Trendy Twine in Orangesicle.  Find all their twine HERE.

Here you can see how the bottom of the tag was punch with a zutter and
finished with a twine fringe:

Thanks for stoppin' by today.....and joining us in the birthday celebration!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bushels of Fun with Imaginisce

Fall is quickly fading.....but I've got this mini book to remember
some special family moments....I used the Imaginisce collection
Bushel o' Fall.....just love the colors and patterns in this one!

Front cover:

The journal cards and die cuts with this set are perfect for a mini album.
And all those banners peeking out....the cute border strip paper.  Love
that wood grain paper too....really on trend!

Insides?  That comes tomorrow!  Tune in then....same bat time, same bat
channel (ok, did I just date myself or WHAT?!!  Thanks for stoppin'!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cold Hands.....really?!!

Ugh....snow in the midwest....BEFORE Thanksgiving....did
I say UGH???!!!!  Well, in the interest of making the best of
it....I've been inspired to use Linnie Blooms canvas pieces,
and Reminisce's Chalkboard Christmas collection, to make
this easel project:

I painted the frame with Adirondack Red Pepper paint dauber, then
used a Crafter's Workshop stencil to add the aqua (also a paint dauber).

This project is a little inspiration for you to try the Stencil Challenge this
month over at Scrap It Girl!  Use a stencil on a it up....and
join in the fun!  You can find the challenge and link HERE.

Back to the project....the canvas was colored in various ways....snowman
and tree using Distress Stains....snowman got a nose I just cut from a piece
of orange paper, and his eyes/buttons are Want 2 Scrap pearls.  That is
also where the swirl came from.  The buttons are Recollections and the
twine from Trendy Twine.  Dear Lizzy Thickers spell out the saying around
the frame.

To color in the canvas hearts, I used gelatos, and a Faber-Castell big
brush pen in white to make the stitch marks, and then frayed the edges.
Here is a closer look:

All the snowflake paper from the Reminisce Chalkboard Christmas has a
little of the Clearsnap Cat's Eye chalk in white around the edges to give it
that extra snowy look.

Remember to link up your stencil work of art over at Scrap It Girl this month!

Thanks for stoppin' by and enjoying a warm cup of crafting cocoa on this cold
November morning!

Friday, November 8, 2013

T'was the Night to Sneak in a Little Holly Jolly

Well, I'm NOT ready for Christmas The Rubber Cafe'
is starting to get me there!  This month they have a new Creative Cafe' Kit
that is truly gorgeous!

It includes Echo Park's Tis' the Season, Queen & Co embellishments,
gorgeous ribbons, and best of all....The Rubber Cafe' stamps!

It's getting me inspired to make my Christmas cards, and here is the first:

I went with a clean and simple style on this one....great for
Christmas cards.....can make a lot quickly, but has the trendy
chalkboard look!

You can find the details over on The Rubber Cafe' blog today
right HERE.

Thanks for stoppin' by today!  Happy holiday crafting!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Time to Harvest....Fall LO's

We R Memory Keepers have a great way of coordinating their collections
making it easy to scrap or craft.  This new fall collection "Harvest" is a
perfect example:

The colors are perfect for fall....and perfect to scrap out annual football game!
I used the border strip paper for my title (the I love fall) and using the embossed
stickers, I layered them up using foam tape to make a "bouquet" next to the
"Colors of Autumn" sticker.  A little ribbon/burlap and bling and a kraft mini bag
from Maya Rd. finish this quick LO off!

I love fall crafting....don't you?

Friday, November 1, 2013

My Mind's Eye....Take 2!

I did promise a second MME page with their Happy Haunting

And these pages are stand alone, or make a good 2 page spread:

I really do love how easy the MME chipboard sets make a LO!

Thanks for stoppin'!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, Happy Fall!

More fall/Halloween inspiration today with this project....
a spooky scene on this frame:

Using the Reminisce "Halloween" collection and Linnie Blooms shapes
transformed using gelatos, Distress paint and stains.  Details are over at
Linnie Blooms in THIS POST.

Hope you have a spooktacularly fun and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's A Spooky Halloween with My Mind's Eye

Been having a little spooky fun with some Halloween projects....and
thought this is a perfect week to share, with Halloween coming up
this Thursday!

This LO was created using My Mind's Eye (MME) newest collection
for Halloween, called "Happy Haunting":

This is actually page one of a two'll see that tomorrow!  I used
the chipboard from the MME collection, every embellishment is from that
set, except the glassine envelope....I made a tag out of the paper, and then
added a piece of the chipboard to slip into the gives a ghostly
look to the chipboard piece inside.   I did also use a bit of Trendy Twine
(orange licorice) here and there.  And the circle under the "31" chipboard piece
was fussy cut from one of the Happy Haunting collection papers.  Love that little
bit of glitz and glitter!

Thanks for stopping by today!  More spooktacular goodies tomorrow!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Farmhouse Album Finished!

Here's day three and the final pages of the Farmhouse Paper Co.
recipe album.

Starting with pages 12 & 13:

Love these large gingham check papers.....some of my faves from this set!

Pages 14 & 15:

And behind the recipe card on 15:

Page 16 & 17:

Page 18 & 19:

Those cups are part of the chipboard set....gotta this chipboard!

And last but not least....Pages 20&21:

Excited to make this book a keepsake of family recipes and many
good times with good food at family get-togethers over the years!

Thanks for stopping by over the past few days....always cookin' up more crafting

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Farmhouse Paper Co. Album Take 2

As are the next pages of the album using the Farmhouse Paper Co.
Country Kitchen collection!

Page 4&5:

These recipe cards were cut out from a 12x12 paper that was printed with them,
also fussy cut out labels from another 12x12 sheet.

Page 6&7:

Using a bit of Trendy Twine on this page, and some of the stickers (they came
in the same package as the recipe tabs I put on the edge of the pages).

Here are 8&9:

The mini recipe card on this page is a sticker....more cut out labels here too.

And on to 10&11:

Love that ball jar chipboard sticker!  And the china plate paper really reminds me
of grandma's house.  I'm really excited to put the pics in this album!

Here is a peek under the recipe card on page 11:

I used a Martha Stewart punch on several of the pages....reminds me of an
old fashioned eyelet lace.  And if you notice.....I tried to coordinate the
recipes with my pages....this cherry/dessert page has the recipe for an
angel-cherry dessert when it's flipped over.

Whew....1/2 way there!  Will be posting the rest of the book tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Cookin' Up Memories with Farmhouse Paper

I've long wanted to do a recipe album that used some of our "family recipes"
along with pics of my mom, and both of my many good times
making these family recipes!

When the Farmhouse Paper Co. Country Kitchen collection came along....
yep, knew it was the perfect collection!

This weekend I'll be sharing pics of my album that I created for Hannah's
Home Accents, the LSS in Antioch, IL as a kit.....remember, you can get
this kit in person, or have Hannah's ship one to you! 

Here is the front cover:

And gotta was fun to see it over on the Farmhouse Paper Co. blog
a couple of days ago!  It was posted HERE.  Thanks Farmhouse for the shout
out for both Hannah's and my album!

And page the chipboard in this collection:

Page 2 & 3:

And what's hiding under that recipe card?

How's that for a start?  This is a mega will share more of the
pages tomorrow....pop back and say hi!  Let me know what your favorite
kitchen memory is!

And also.....for my fall/halloween contest.....CONGRATS Marge and Holly...
make sure to pop me an email with your addy--or leave me a comment with
your email and I'll contact you!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Giveaway Goodies and Ghostly Fun

I've got a nice little "stash" of some fun Halloween goodies I'd love to share. 
But you've got to do one thing....leave me a comment HERE or here on this
post today! 

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays....just love the paper crafting collections
that come out, and enjoy making cards, home decor and LOs! 

This card was made with spooky scraps from a few other card projects from the
Creative Cafe' Kit for September at The Rubber Cafe':
You can find all the details over at The Rubber Cafe' blog HERE.  

Do you love crafting for Halloween?  What have you been crafting lately?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Linnie Blooms Guest Designer: Bootiful Fall Decor

It's time for crisp air, falling leaves, and pumpkins galore!  Ahhhh Fall!

I've created this Halloween banner decoration for my Guest Designer
spot over at Linnie Blooms mom has already claimed it
her collection of holiday

You can find my post up at Linnie Blooms HERE.....and you can also find these
awesome canvas blanks over there in their shop!  They are not just canvas squares...
they have layers inside to make them more durable, and able to be die cut too!  Then
they are sewn together.....absolutely LOVE these! 

The "BOO" sentiment is chipboard letters that I covered with The Rubber Cafe' (TRC)
Scrap Happy Glue, and then used TRC Black Licorice You're So Fine Glitter.  The
canvas blanks were dyed using Dylusions spray ink, then while they were wet, I crumpled
them to give them a more distressed look like you see here:

Then I frayed the edges and brushed them with Adirondack Black Soot Paint Dauber.
I stamped each blank with Black Tuxedo Memento Ink using the Script Stamp from TRC.

Using my WRMK Crop-A-Dile, I set eyelets, then tied the banner together using
Trendy Twine in the Orange Licorice.  Queen & Co goosebumps finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by for some spooktacular crafting today....are you making any fun
holiday items right now?  Let me know.....I might send some goodies your way to help
you out! 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Got Wood? Time for a Scrap It Girl Challenge!

It's two, two, TWO challenges in one this month over at Scrap It Girl!
We have the rockin' Back2School challenge going....make sure to check
this post HERE and link up your back to school projects!  Inspire us!

And for our second's our "Got Wood"?
us a project using a wooden item....a sign, a block, or something like
this Genuinely Jane Studios wooden suitcase mini album:

Love these wooden mini albums!  You can find them HERE.  I also used
the gorgeous Carta Bella Well Traveled collection to create this mini.

Here are the pages:


Page #4:


Page #6:


And page #8....the back cover:

Love this mini....a great memento of our trip to DC!! 

Thanks for stopping today....

Remember to join in one or BOTH of the Scrap It Girl Challenges this month!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Rubber Cafe' Creative Cafe' Kits: Spooktacular Tags

Wow, just can't tell you how BLOWN AWAY I've been by all the goodies you
receive in the new Creative Cafe' Kits from The Rubber Cafe'!!

Here is a set of tags I created using the kit:

Like what you see?  You can be in on the next kit....check it out HERE.

And visit The Rubber Cafe' blog HERE to see all the details on how I created
this tag set!

Thanks for stoppin'.....a little mixed media fun tomorrow!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Simple Stories and a Challenge!

Oh how I've missed blogging!  Been a busy busy gal with a new job and lots of
design work I can't post!   But today I have a reminder to check out the site over
at Scrap It Girl!  September will have 2 yes, TWO challenges.  Check in mid-month
for the second one, but right now....are you doing that back to school crafting?  If so,
head on over and link up!

Here is my design team sample, a great little card using the adorable new Simple Stories
Smarty Pants collection:

A simply sweet card to welcome a favorite teacher (or student) back to school!!  I used
the Simple Stories Snap Cards from the Smarty Pants collection, and added a few
buttons (Recollections), a wooden ruler (7 Gypsies) and a bit of Trendy Twine.

Thanks for stoppin' today.....more fun up tomorrow from The Rubber Cafe' and don't forget
to link up over at Scrap It Girl HERE!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Authentique Summer Mini with Practical Scrappers

I love mini albums!  A great gift or a great way to remember special photos of a
great vacation!  Over at Practical Scrappers today....we have some minis up for
you to peek at.....pop on over and say hi!

I will share my pics with you here too.....

Beach fun with Authentique "Fresh" the pop of red on this!  Here are a few
of the pages:

Love the sweet stickers in this collection.....look at the shell border sticker on
this page:

And a last can see the sanded edges of the doing that
on my beach pics....frames them out perfectly....

So I'm off to the Scrapbook Expo in St. Charles, IL today.....and for the next
3 days....if you stop by, make sure to come and say hi.....I'm working in the
booth for The Rubber Cafe'!

Have a great creative weekend!