Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank you

My son and his wife live in Tokyo, they send me some beautiful crafting papers (when they came to visit in 2013 they brought me some) and they have also bought me some great crafting toys, an eBosser and a Cinch. I made this little card to let them know how much I appreciate their wonderful gifts.

I used some of the paper they brought me for the printed layer of the butterflies. The bottom layer is from my stash, as well as the rest of the papers.
The butterflies are a Cuttlebug die and embossing folders, I did the cutting with the Cuttlebug (I don't want my eBosser plates getting etched/warped), I actually cut 4 of them (the Japanese paper was just big enough for 4), the bottom layer is the same die. I used the eBosser to emboss the printed layer of the butterflies (the little folders came with the die) with the eBosser. I also embossed the card base with the eBosser and the Craftwell Gracious Argyle embossing folder.
I cut the, "thank you" with my Cricut and the, "Beyond Birthdays" cartridge.
Assemble the butterflies and attach a few jewels down the center then fold the printer layer up. I also added a few jewels to the bottom right corner.

Ewe-N-Me Printables

Yesterday I played with a freebie from: Ewe-N-Me Printables Deena has a few freebies for you to choose from, I decided to use the Coco Envelope.
I downsized the coco envelope a little to make the prefect size for a gift card. I printed the image the size I wanted then I cut it out and assembled it. Not having any paper that looked good with the envelope I dusted off my Imagine and used my, "Enjoy the Seasons" cartridge to print all of the elements.
I added some Stickles to the snowman's scarf, Imaginisce jewel setter and a few of their jewels for the snowman's buttons and snowflake centers. I also added some stickles to the broom  and Glazed Dimensions for his eyes. I mounted the snowman's layers with foam pads and a length of alpaca yarn to the coco envelope.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Hockey season is right around the corner, I can't wait to watch the first game of the season. In 2010 we attended a Detroit Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena, I have been a Wing's fan since high school. I used the Wing's colors for all of the pages: red for home games, white for away games and black for practice jerseys.

Cricut Sports Mania cartridge
Cardstock: red, white and black
Using the background feature I cut out the backgrounds at 11.5", using the cut out backgrounds as a stencil, I attached the negative cuts to the opposite page, then I removed the background and adhered it to the page. (Does that make sense to you?). I had a couple of the Wing's, "winged wheels" logos that I had purchased several years ago I used to decorate a couple of the pages.
For my journaling I used my computer printer and red ink on white paper then I layered a piece of either red or black on the back and adhered with foam pads.
The pictures needed a little something to make them stand out on the white pages so I backed them with either red, black or both whatever made them stand out a little.
I cut the font with Cricut Craft Room Basics, I used black for the shadow, white for the font and red to make it pop a little more. The black is cut using the shadow feature, white using the font feature and the red using the font feature @ .10 of an inch smaller than the white layer. I adhered them to the page with foam pads to give them a little dimension.

I'm entering this into this challenge:

Red Carpet Studios 78 any-given-sunday


Saturday, September 13, 2014

HIMCR #165 - Super Scraps Saturday!

HIMCR #165 - Super Scraps Saturday!



The sponsor is Digi Digi Doodle

The giveaway is ?????

This image is so adorable, I had fun making this card. The image came pre-colored but I added a few of my own touches.


Image from Digi Digi Doodle
Core Impressions Cardstock
Yellow is a piece of embossed paper I had from playing with my eBosser and the Swirtangle folder
Cardstock for image and scalloped piece
Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies
Colored pencils
Heart confetti, adhesives
Print image on cream cardstock, add grass with colored pencils then layer on top of scalloped circle.
Trim yellow square to fit Core Impressions. I sanded my Core Impressions cardstock with my Imaginisce d-stress tool using the metal sanding tip, I just did around the edges.
Attach ribbon to yellow piece and adhere to card face. Add circles on top then adhere heart confetti around tree bottom.
I'm entering my card into this challenge:

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mojo Monday - 362

I'm playing along with this week's Mojo Monday this week's sketch is a lot of fun. This card is for my pen pal who lives in Montana, her birthday will be here before I know it.

Core Impressions cardstock, I distressed mine a bit on the edges
Burlap and assorted cardstock
Ribbon, flower (mine is from Queen & Co.)
Imaginisce jewels, stick pin
Sentiment is a very old stamp in my stash (can't read the maker)
Leaf punch

Core Impressions piece measures 5.5" wide x 6" tall, I made this a top fold .
I frayed the burlap to my liking then adhered to card base. Then I trimmed the polka dot and leaf papers to fit.
Add ribbon to top of the polka dot and leaf papers then adhere to burlap.
Stamp sentiment, add a background layer and adhere with foam pads.
Punch out a couple of leaves and adhere to ribbon, attach flower on top of the leaves, add a few Imaginisce jewels and twine to top.

I'm playing along with:
Mojo Monday - 362


Saturday, September 6, 2014

HIMCR #164 - Think Fall - Use Fall Colors

HIMCR #164 - Think Fall!
Use Fall colors!

The sponsor is DCWV!

The giveaway is a $100 in DCWV goodies!
And there will be 3 winners!!!

I scraped this 6" x 6" page using pictures from our trip to Tahquamenon Falls in Paradise, MI. Paradise is in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a very beautiful vacation spot. We rode up there on Labor Day weekend a few years ago. It was my first time there and I found it to be quite breathtaking. The water is brown due to the tannic acid in the pine needles that fall into the water. There are 2 waterfalls, the upper and lower, the upper falls are on the top of the layout, the bottom falls are underneath.


All papers are from DCWV: Burlap Paper Stack (6" x 6"), The flowers are all made using: Harvest Gathering Matstack ( 4.5" x 6.5"), the leaves are from some 12" x 12" DCWV solid papers and the Harvest Gathering stack. I trimmed the Harvest Gathering paper to round it out a bit before I attached it to the burlap.
I added button, stickles and pearls for the flower centers, a few sequins and a couple of semi precious stones, I used the Red Jasper on top of the 2 leaf cluster on the bottom of page.
All of the flowers and leaves were cut from Cricut's Mother's Day Bouquet @ 1.25", I shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossoms Craft Molding Mat and molding tools. I always cut and assemble well more flowers than I need for my projects that way if I'm in a hurry I hopefully have the correct size and color already assembled and ready to use. Ziploc bags are a staple in my craft room.
I did use 1 Melissa Frances wooden/flower button and I added floss to the buttons I used.
I am entering this into this challenge:



Friday, September 5, 2014

Falling Leaves - 2nd Post Today

I SHOULD have been doing laundry today but I've been having more fun playing in my craft room.

I guess that autumn is in the air in most places, it's still in the 90's here. I did my best to remember what autumn looks like and came up with this.

Card base: Kraft paper covered by layers of different autumn colors.
McGill Grape Leaf punch
Unity Stamps Greatful Hearts stamp set
Brads, sequins, adhesives, Versamark Ink and embossing powder
Mojo Monday Sketch for this week

Stamp leaves on your layers, using various colors of ink then adhere your layers to card front. Wrap ribbon as shown in sketch.
I embossed the sentiment onto a piece of vellum, layer onto a scrap of Kraft paper, attach leaf brads then adhere to front of card. Add some sequins for sparkle. I also added a couple of leaf brads and some punched leaves. I put a few more of the punched leaves inside.

I'm entering this card into these challanges:
Mountain Plains Crafters - Fall Card Challenge
Mojo Monday - 361

Image That - Sepetember Challange

My good friend, D from designsbydragonfly told me about this challenge and I am diving right in. This is a progressive challenge, not sure what that means yet but here goes.

You have to use an Imagine That image, Kris posts a couple of free digis for you to choose from and I decided that this little bear just had to have a card of his own.


Digi from: Imagine That
Pinwheel die from Your Next Stamp
Colored pencils
Adhesives, foam pads

The pumpkin cardstock measures 8 1/2" x 11", I ran it through my eBosser with the Dotted Elegance folder (these folders are so wonderful, not only do you get a beautiful design on the outside, you also get one on the inside), I used the Swirltangle folder on the yellow scrap. Actually the yellow piece is cut from a whole piece of 8 1/2" x 11 that I ran through the eBosser and cut out a section of to use for this card.
I colored the bear with my colored pencils, first I flipped the image, then I colored him and printed and cut him out twice. After a quick fussy cut I adhered 1 of the bears to the yellow card then assembled my pinwheels using brads for the centers and attached a piece of twine to. I adhered the pinwheels to the card with small foam pads and attached the other end of the string to the bear image. After attaching all of my pinwheels, I adhered the 2nd bear directly on top of the first bear with foam pads.
I printed the sentiments up on my computer printer then layered and adhered with foam pads.
The little bear is so cute I even used one on the inside, printed out a bit smaller than the ones on the front.

This card is for my son and his beautiful wife, they live in Tokyo and I am TERRIFIED of flying in a plane, maybe I would feel safer flying with the help of the pinwheels.

I am entering this into this challenge: Imagine That September Challenge

Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

I would like to thank my good friend, the very talented and artistic Alicia from ( for nominating me for this Creative Blog Hop. I met Alicia on a blog hop a few months back. At the time Alicia was having a 2 year blogiversary giveaway that I won. We have been following each other ever since then, Alicia is a very faithful follower and I love her work.

1. What am I working on? My project for next week's Hiding In My Craft Room design team so I can't give you a peek, it has to stay under wraps until it's posted on 9-6.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? I think my work is unique and is a good reflection of me, I have always been one to follow the beat of a different drummer and I tend to do my own thing, not what everyone else is doing. 

3. Why do I write/create what I do? Started scrapping back in 2006 after my Dad passed away. My sister and I had a stupid argument over family pictures and I wanted to make sure my own kids didn't run into that problem when my time comes so I made each of them their own scrapbooks. I swore that I would never make another one but you should see my craft room now, I spend all of my time in here playing with my crafting. It really helps to keep me focused and helps me to moviate myself to not sit around doing nothing all day long. I enjoy playing with the various items we are given to create with on the DT and I LOVE winning challanges and blog hops. I have made several projects for my son and daughter in law who live in Tokyo, I feel a little closer to them when I'm working on something for them. They send me some awesome crafting toys and enjoy seeing what I create with them.

4. How does your writing/creating process work? For most of my work I usually see a finished project in my head that I like, I start by coloring the digi or image (if one is being used) then I start picking out papers and other elements. At times this method comes to a screaching halt if I don't have the right color papers. So I will pick what colors I want to work with and color the image again. Then I start going through my other elements and through trial and error I assemble the final project.
Occasionally I will draw out an idea on paper and start from there. Sometimes I use Cricut Craft Room to design and cut my projects but seem to have gotten away from that recently when my desktop computer died, I find myself doing more and more things by hand now.
All of my online crafting pals are so busy with getting kids back to school, work , etc. that I haven't been able to find anyone to follow me. Please feel free to pick this up and continue it on your own.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

HIMCR #163 - Freestyle!

HIMCR #163 - Freestyle!



The sponsor is Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

The giveaway is 3 Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps digital images - winner's choice!

I was wondering what to do with this little airplane and the clouds, this is the, "Soar Above the Rest" digi from Sweet 'N Sassy Stamps, the first thing that came to my mind was the day my son left his home in Michigan to begin a brand new, unknown life in Kanazawa, Japan. The two of us in the top pic, him and his BFF on the bottom along with a shot of some of his Japanese friends from Michigan.
I'm very proud of my little guy (he's now 30), he spent his entire life working towards learning Japanese and visiting Japan, when he returned from his first visit in 2003, 9 months later he told me that he was going to finish his college education and return to Japan.
Before graduation he had himself set up with a job in Kanazawa through the J.E.T. Program, that is where he met his wife to be. After 2 years on the job, he left Kanazawa to pursue a job in Tokyo.
In October 2011 he brought his girl home for an American wedding which I had a whole lot to do with (planning, making decorations, invitations, the whole 9 yards) then they returned to Kanazawa for a Japanese wedding. They now reside in Tokyo. I have the best son and daughter in law in the whole world.


"Soar Above the Rest" Digi Image from Sweet 'N Sassy stamps
All papers from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection
Picture frames were made using the Spellbinder's scalloped circle dies I won from Paperie Blooms Blog Candy a few weeks back
Sentiment is from SEI June 2014 Kit of the Month that I won back in July
Tickets are from some festival or other I was at
Everything else except for the sequins, bling and pearls are from Basic Grey's Konnichiwa collection
Bling is from a blog hop win over at Zva Creative
Colored pencils
Adhesives, I attached almost everything with foam pads.

Entering into this challange: