Thursday, March 5, 2015

Twinchies - eBrush challenge

Making a 2" x 2" project is a bit of a challenge but I love challenges. Here is my first Twinchie, I made it for a challenge over on the eBrush Facebook Page.

2" x 2" piece of chipboard
Acrylic paint
Spectrum Noir JG3 - green
Foam pads
I painted the background with acrylic paint then I went around the edges with my eBrush.
I cut the shamrocks with my Cricut, first using my Cricut Ink then cutting with the blade. Each shamrock is 1/4" smaller than the previous one. I also spritzed each shamrock with my Spectrum Noir JG3 green marker and stacked them using foam squares.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

The 12 Months of Christmas - Challenge #3

Hi and welcome to The 12 Months of Christmas Challenge #3.

Here is what I came up with for our theme of, "Snow".

Ever since our move to Arizona the memory of winter's wrath has faded. We do get some snow on occasion, over New Year's weekend we had 6" of the white stuff fall on us. We stayed home for 2 days, that's how long it took for the snow to melt.

I wanted to make a shaker card, this image was perfect for that. When I shake the card it snows inside the window.
I used this month's paper, I embossed that using my Cuttlebug and snow embossing folder.
The sentiment is from: DDDoodles_HH_WordArt\DDDoodles_HH_WordArt
I added a piece of rick rack on one side of the snow layer and rounded off the corners of the card face.
I used mini beads inside the shaker element.
Challenge #3 Summary:
  • Challenge Link Up:  March 1st – March 31st
  • Challenge START posts go live with the Sleigh Belles at 6:00 P.M. EDT (18:00 hours) on Sunday, March 1st
  • Challenge MIDWAY posts go live with the Merry Maidens at 6:00 P.M. EDT (18:00 hours) on Sunday, March 15th 
  • Guest Sponsor:  Scribbles Designs (
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  • Optional Theme for Participants:  Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
  • Description that will appear on main blog for participants:  The snow may be melting, but there are still signs of winter. Soon Spring will be upon us. Let's capture winter this month by including a little snow on our cards. So for a chance to win extra prizes, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow all over your cards!

    In order to have a chance to win the prize from our wonderful guest sponsor this month, make sure that your card has some snow in some form or other on it.  If you do follow the optional theme, be sure to add FT after your name so that we include you in the draw for the prize.

    Remember, you don't need to follow the theme to link up your cards and earn this month's free digital paper, and have your name thrown into the year end draw for some extra digital goodies.  You only need to follow the theme if you want a chance to win this month's sponsored prize of a $10.00 gift certificate from Scribbles Designs.


HIMCR #189 - Any Holiday

HIMCR #189 - Any Holiday!

The sponsor is Sami Stamps

The giveaway is $12 gift certificate to Sami Stamps!

Image from Sami Stamps
Cardstock - Green stripped from DCWV Spring Stack, blue from Bazzill Basics
Colored pencils
Alpaca yarn
Sentiment stamp
Print and color image, I cut the Bazzill Basics to be a 1/2" bigger than the image on all sides, the stripped card base measures 6" x 6". I tied a piece of alpaca yarn on the folded side. I inked the edges of my image and the Bazzill Basics.
Stamp sentiment, ink edges and adhere to a piece of coordinating paper, cut out and ink edges, adhere to card with foam pads.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dedicated to Kare, my tea time friend

The other day I ran across this challenge and just had to play along since my very favorite thing to do is sharing afternoon tea with my friend Kare. This is one of the very few things I miss about living in Michigan.


Cardstock - mine is from DCWV's Flower Shower Spring Stack
Cricut's Disney Classics cartridge - these icons are on the, "Mouse" key
Sequins, pearls
Chipboard - mine is an old cereal box
Clear Acetate
Foam Pads
Ribbon, flower, flower jewels, jewels
Heavy Duty Adhesive

I cut the design directly onto my card face, then cut the tea cups from scraps I have. Cut the chipboard to fit around the stacking cups, glue layers together and adhere to front of card using a very strong adhesive. After the layers have dried, add some sequins, beads, etc. to your shaker then adhere the clear adhesive to the top of the stack, layer piece with cutout onto the clear acetate using very strong adhesive. I also used some foam squares to help support it.
I added a flower and, "tea time" sentiment using items from my stash. I adhered them with foam pads.

Entering into this challenge:

Classy Cards n Such #73-Tea-Party

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ewe-N-Me Printables Shamrock Shaker Cards

I was in the mood to make some shaker cards and this file was perfect, click here to go to file:
You get 3 of each saying, 9 total on the page.

I did each one a bit different, if you have never made a shaker card before, click here for a you tube video.

For the first card I cut my card base to measure: 4 1/4" wide x 5 1/2" tall. I cut the green layer a 1/2" smaller all the way around and added a piece of washi tape.
My shaker element measures 2 3/4" wide x 3 1/4" high, this is the size the hang tags are when you cut them out. I used some shamrock confetti that I have had for several years inside the shaker. I added a piece of green and white twine to the fold.
My second card measures 5 1/2" wide x 6" tall, I cut 3 chevrons using 3 different green scraps and embossed them using a shamrock embossing folder I made myself, I also wrapped a piece of green ribbon around the chevrons. I added a piece of green and white twine to the fold.
Card 3 measures 5" wide x 6" tall, the lighter green layer measures 3 3/4" wide x 5" tall, I also embossed this with my shamrock embossing folder, added a piece of green ribbon and a few sequins.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quick Quotes Friday Challenge #48

I had a lot of fun with this red and white challenge. I combined some Craft Smith papers I had won the beginning of the year, papers my son and his wife had sent me from Japan, tissue paper from a Valentine gift I received this year, images from my son and his wife and some Quick Quotes products I had picked up at the Great Lakes Mega Meet in 2012.

Quick Quotes Products Used:
Red ring
Large white brad
Red and white polka dotted ribbon

Other Products Used:
Red stripped paper - Craft Smith
Other red and white paper - Kids in Japan
Flowers made from scraps in my stash
Pictures of my son and his wife, conversation heart picture are all from the kids in Japan.

Entering into this challenge: Quick Quotes - #48 - use red and white

Saturday, February 21, 2015

HIMCR #188 - Erasers!

 HIMCR #188 - Erasers!
Laurie found this cute technique on Splitcoast Stampers and thought it would be a fun challenge to do here on HIMCR! Here's the link to give you some ideas: Erasers!

The sponsor is Scrapper's Delights!

The giveaway is 3 images of winner's choice from Scrapper's Delights
Card 1


Card 2

Recipe for Card 1:
I used this image before, this little girl looks just like my  beautiful daughter-in-law, Miki.
Image from Scrapper's Delights
Colored pencils or whatever you like to color with
Ribbon, buttons, action wobble
Eraser and ink or acrylic paint
Corner chomper
I started out using ink to make my background but I didn't like the way it looked so I re-did it with acrylic paints. Dip your eraser into the paint then apply to your card face. Use as many or as few colors as you prefer.
After coloring my image I adhered it to a small piece of chipboard and did a fussy cut. I added an action wobble because Miki likes them, I will use this card for her, no sentiment yet because I haven't decided which occasion to use it for.
I added some ribbon and buttons to the folded side. I chomped the corners.
Card 2:
Image from Scrapper's Delights
Cardstock (my flowered paper is from Japan)
Colored pencils or whatever you prefer to color with.
Eraser and inks - I used blue, red and green
Foam pads
Spellbinder's scalloped circle dies
I colored my image and adhered it to a thin piece of chipboard and did a fussy cut. I cut the flowered paper with the largest Spellbinder's scalloped circle dies in the package. I also cut one of chipboard and glued the 2 pieces together.
I put my die on my card face to make it easier to do the eraser inking.
After the ink dried I added a piece of ribbon. I adhered the flowered layer and my image with foam pads.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Gift Bag and Card

St. Patrick's Day will be here soon and I have started making a few items to share with my friends. Today I worked with the Shamrock Seeds Feedsack Printable

You get 3 different sizes and it includes the reversed images to use for iron-ons. I haven't used an iron-on for many years and I had forgotten how easy they are to do.
I got out a lot of my crafty toys to make this including both my Serger and regular sewing machines.
I started with the gift bag, cutting out one of the reverse images and a piece of fabric from my sewing stash.
Using the instructions that come with your transfer sheets, print your image and iron it onto your fabric. Then I used my eBrush and one of my shamrock stencils to add some shamrocks to the gift bag. I Serged the seams and made a casing on the top for the ribbon to go through with my regular machine. Then I punched some holes into the casing and ran some green ribbon through it and added a couple pieces of the leprechaun's gold.
For my card I started by spraying my papers with 2 different shamrock masks and eBrush.
After spraying the papers I cut the card base to measure 5 1/4" wide x 5 1/2" tall, the solid green layer is 4 1/4" inches wide x 4 3/4" tall. The light olive green layer measures 3 1/2" wide x 4" tall and the Shamrock Seeds layer is 2 1/2" wide x 3 3/4" tall. I chomped all of the corners with my Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper using the Scalloped side.
On the inside I stamped a shamrock and added a vellum envelope full of, "shamrock seeds".
Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my project, please come again.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

HIMCR #187 - Super Scraps Saturday

HIMCR #187 - Super Scraps Saturday! And Blog Hop!!!

Just use Scraps and image from Little Miss Muffet Stamps!
The sponsor is Little Miss Muffet Stamps!

The giveaway is $6 Gift Certificate to Little Miss Muffet Stamps!


This week I tried a new technique, using acrylic paint with my embossing folder that I found here: YouTube  I watched this video a couple of times then sat down to give it a try myself. She suggests using watercolor paper, I don't have any so I went with plain cardstock. I found that I was adding either too much water to the paint or putting it on the folder too thick, it took a few tries to get it right. The less busy the folder is, the better your results.

Image from Little Miss Muffet Stamps
Colored pencils
Acrylic paints
Ribbon (my ribbon came from my Create and Craft TV blog hop prize, the ribbons were wrapped around my prizes)
Embossing folders (Cuttlebug Argyle, Darice Flower Frenzy and eBosser Delicate Dots)
Action Wobble
I used up 4 scraps this week, I need to use a up a whole lot more, they are taking over my craft room.
I colored my image with my colored pencils then sat down with my paints and Darice Flower Frenzy embossing folder. I painted the folder and inserted my white cardstock, pressing the paint onto the paper.
I used my Cuttlebug Argyle folder on the pink paper and the eBosser Delicate Dots folder on the blue card base.
I backed my image with a piece of chipboard (old Ritz cracker box) and added an Action Wobble to it.
No sentiment yet because I haven't decided what to use it for.
Here are all of the stops along the hop:
Kathy Up In the night with Kat.
Sue’s Paper Crafts - YOU ARE HERE
Designs By Sammy
LJ Creations


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Retro Valentines - Ewe-N-Me Printables

When I saw these adorable printables it took me back to my childhood in the late 1950's and early 1960's.
You get 4 different printable Valentines in each set Click here for Boys. 
I didn't want to make them all the same so I pulled out several scraps, trims, papers, bling, etc. and went to work.
For the first two cards I used the whole cocoa/treat envelope, I used some Glazed Dimensions to accent some of the silver on the kitten envelope, wrapped a piece of ribbon around the middle of the card and adhered the envelope to the card face.
For the little guy, I used a heart cut with my Sizzix Hearts Primitive Die, tied a piece of twine around the fold and added some sequins along the opening side.
The envelopes are the perfect size to slip in a treat, gift card or, "love" coupon.
For the next two cards, I did a fussy cut all the way around the images.

On the bunny card I added some silver Glazed Dimensions around the big hearts, some stickles on her flower, Accent Essentials on the nose and tiny heart on the bow then I added some red glitter to the heart. The layer under the bunny was done by brushing my embossing folder with acrylic paint.
You add your paint, then lay your paper facedown on the paint and close the folder, press down evenly but do not run through your machine, you just want the paint, no embossing. This process took a few tries to get it to come out right, I had to get the right combination of paint and water (you add a little water to the paint to thin it out just a bit).
When I was done I added a piece of alpaca yarn to the fold edge and tied a bow.
For the little hunter I inked my Darcie Stripped Background embossing folder with dark blue ink then ran it through my Cuttlebug. The stamp that runs up the open side is a border stamp from Close to My Heart. I also added a ribbon and a button with twine. I added some Accent Essentials to the small heart.
For these two cards I also started with a fussy cut, for the cowboy I used a leftover piece of paper that I had sprayed to add some color to a while back, it started out as white but I turned it blue with a bit of sparkle. I used another border stamp from the same Close to My Heart set on the opening side, a piece of ribbon near the fold and a few sequins. The pink paper the image is adhered to was stamped with a background stamp from My Creative Time.
On the little girl I used another border stamp from the same set, twine to the fold and a piece of embossed paper behind her. I also rounded the corners on the girl
Then moved on to a couple of shaker cards. The little cowgirl is on a piece of leftover paper I had sprayed with my eBrush and one of my own stencils. I added a piece of Washi tape up the side and my shaker. The hearts and cactus are stamped directly on the clear acetate using StazOn ink. I added a few jewels on the rounded corners.
For the rocket man I added some heart trim from Queen and Co. I also added some stars and hearts with StazOn ink, directly on the clear acetate.
The shaker cards were really hard to get really good pictures of. The shakers I put into both of them was a combination of my negative cuts from making stencils, sequins and tiny beads.
Thank you for stopping by to take a look.