Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Lia Stampz - Challenge #64 - Anything But A Card

* If you missed the layout I posted earlier, please scroll down and take a peek! *

Hello, my friends!

There's a really fun new challenge starting over at Lia Stampz...it's "Anything But A Card" :o)

I decided I wanted to try something a little bit different. I started with picking out this fun image called "Christmas Cookies", which you can find at Whimsy Stamps HERE

The project I made was inspired by this fun image. She's holding a plate of cookies, and what goes better with cookies then a glass of milk? So I put together this fun milk carton! Wouldn't this make a lovely gift if it was full of cookies? I looked at a few milk carton projects online but none of them were the right size for my image. I decided to make up my own. If any of you would be interested in a template for one this size just let me know. I will make one up and post it on my new "Free Stuff" page. 

Here is my milk carton:

Here is a close-up of the fun image. I cut it out and backed it with a pretty red doily. 
Then I added a triple bow. 


Here is the back side of the project. I stamped "YUM" all over the carton using blue and red ink. 
I added a band of red polka dot Washi tape around the bottom of the carton.


Here is a closer look at the top of the carton.
There is another band of narrow Washi tape above the first fold. The carton is held shut with a red binder clip. I stamped a tag that says "a little Yummy for your tummy" and tied it onto the clip with a ribbon bow.


Materials Used:
Papers: Colorbok - Tesxtured Cardstock;
Image: Lia Stampz - Christmas Cookies,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Fourteen;
Punch: Fiskars - Tag Corner;
Ink: CTMH - Cranberry, Moonstruck;
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Pretty Petites, Name Unknown;
Ribbon: Offray;
Doily, Eyelet, and Binder Clip: My Stash.

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Come on over to Lia Stampz and join in the fun!
You could win an image or be chosen as our Featured Artist!


You can find all of Lia's great stamps in the Whimsy Shop HERE.

Spring Has Sprung!

Hello, my friends!

Yes, Spring has finally sprung in my neck of the woods!
Yesterday morning it was snowing, and today it's sunny and 16! :o)

It's just the right day to finish this fun layout I've been working on. I've used a combination of birthday treats and stash goodies. I sure hope you can tell how much fun I had putting this together.

I received a very generous stack of Pion Design paper for my birthday, and couldn't wait to play with it! The background paper is from K & Company, but the rest is from Pion's A Day in May Collection. Isn't it lovely? Such a soft and pretty green...looks like Spring! I cut, punched, trimmed and snipped...and then I distressed and inked all the edges.Then it was just a matter of layering and gluing! :o)


Here's the big cluster in the bottom left corner. I made the two big white flowers, the ribbon flowers were in my stash, and the rest were gifted from a dear friend. I love to make charms and use them on my projects. These great Ring Fasteners from Tim Holtz make it so easy to add charms anywhere! 
All the flowers have been misted and have a beautiful shimmer to them.
(That dark dot on the paper next to the charm is not permanent. It just showed up for the photo.)


I finally got ahold of some Our Daily Bread Designs stamps.
 I thought this Scripture verse was the perfect addition to my Spring layout. 


Here's the cluster in the top right corner. 
These flowers were also gifts, and I misted them too. 
The metal piece is from my stash, and I cut it in half. 
One half is added here, and the other is beside the image.


Materials Used:
Papers: Pion Design - A Day in May, Recollections - Kraft,
K & Company - Tim Coffey - Cottage Garden;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Stampin' Up - Soft Suede;
Stamp: Our Daily Bread Designs - Tulips Tag Set;
Slice Design Card: Home Sweet Home;
Punch: EK Success - Circles and Flowers;
Mist: Perfect Pearls - Biscotti, Glimmer Mist - Partridge In A Pear Tree;
Flowers: Gift from Joy, Stash, The Nickel Nook;
Charms: The Nickel Nook;
Metal: Tim Holtz - Ring Fasteners, Stash - Mini Frame, Medallion;
Pearls: Queen & Co - Chocolate Delight;

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I do hope you enjoy my layout!
Since I've figured out how to make cards, I don't make as many layouts. 
This project has inspired me to do more!
I wish you all Spring days of joy and the beauty of the Lord! :o)

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Linking Up To:




Friday, 25 April 2014

Jellypark Friends Challenge - One For the Boys

Hello again, my friends!

Wow...another post from me! That makes four this week...is that a record? ;o)

Today is the beginning of another fun new challenge over at Jellypark Friends
You have two weeks to make a project that is "One For the Boys" and link it up. 
Claire has so many super sweet boy images in the Jellypark Store
I used this adorable digi image called "Boy Playing With Train Set" that you can find right HERE!

Here is my card:


Materials Used:
Papers: Crate Paper - Toy Box Collection,
Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Jellypark - Boy Playing With Train Set,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Scalloped Circles (LG).

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Please pop on over to Jellypark Friends Challenge 
and check out what my fellow DT members have created!
Then make your pretty cards and link them up!

You might be lucky enough to win some fabulous Jellypark Images! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Hello, my friends!

Lia Stampz is sponsoring a fun "April Showers Bring May Flowers" challenge over at Crafting By Designs. Several of us on the Lia Stampz DT have joined in the challenge using the Lia Stampz image called "Lucy Spring"...which can be found right HERE at Whimsy Stamps

The name of this challenge is just right for today, as we are experiencing a beautiful rainy week. 
I can't wait to see all those May flowers

Here's my card:


Materials Used:
Papers: Prima - Sun Kiss, Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Lia Stampz - Lucy Spring,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Punches: Martha Stewart - Branch,
EK Success - Butterfly Chain Edger Punch;
Ink: Distress Ink - Walnut Stain;
Flowers: Gift from Joy;
Stickles: Scattered Straw, Stardust.

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I'll be back again tomorrow with ANOTHER new post!
Hope you don't get tired of visiting me! :o)




Tuesday, 22 April 2014

You Brighten My Day - A Sushi Doll Card For All of You!

Hello, my dear friends!

I am back! Did you notice I was away for Easter? I will be back around to visit you all very soon! :o)

  I was in desperate need of some craft therapy today, so I decided to play with a Sushi Doll that makes me smile. Those of you that visit my humble blog also make me smile, and this card is for each one of you because you brighten my day! :o)

This fun image is called "Loopy Girly" and you can find it over at Sushi DollsI had an entirely different plan for this card when I was colouring her but it evolved into this design as I started playing. 
It's very simple and doesn't really need any explanation!

Thank you all very much for continuing to stop by and leave such lovely encouragement! I appreciate you! 



Materials Used:
Papers: Studio Calico - Take Note Collection,
Recollections - Cardstock;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Stamp: Simon Says Stamp - Watt's Up?;
(from my April SSS Card Kit)
Ink: Top Boss - Embossing Stamp Pad;
Embossing Poweder: Martha Stewart - Cerulean Blue;
Twine: Hemptique - Baker's Twine;
Bling: Cloud 9 Design - Teardrop Rain Dots - Sunshine.

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Perhaps you're in need of some crafty therapy of your own.
Head on over to Sushi Dolls Blog and check out all the sweet Sushi Dolls. 
Also, check out Sushi Dolls Facebook Page.


Sunday, 20 April 2014

All Dressed Up - New Image Inspiration


Hello, my friends!

It's time for another All Dressed Up Inspiration post using an image from the new release. 
There are four new images for you to enjoy!

Easter Bunny

Just So Cool

Little Flower Girl 


On My Farm


Aren't they fabulous? To purchase any of the images please head on over to the Shop.
For my DT project  I made a card using "Little Flower Girl".


The papers are all so glittery and lovely, as you can see better in this second photo! 
I added some stickles to the flowers so they would fit in, and a pretty shiny bow. 


Materials Used:
Papers: My Mind's Eye - Pink Home Glitter Pack,
Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: All Dressed Up Image - Little Flower Girl,
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Die: Sizzix Framelits - Frame, Fancy Oval;
Ribbon: Celebrate It;
Stickles: Frosted Lace;
Flowers: Gifts from Sylvia and Steff.

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The current All Dressed Up Challenge theme is "Spring"
and these images would be perfect for it. 
If you link up your project using an All Dressed Up image, 
you have a chance of winning 3 images of your choice!
Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to share your All Dressed Up creations 
and to chat with  fellow crafters.
Also, keep an eye out for more inspiration from 
the rest of The Dressy Girls throughout the month. 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Follow Your Bliss #3

Hello, friends!

I didn't want to keep you waiting any longer to find out what's in the decorated box I showed you in my last post! :o) If you missed that post then just scroll down to see it.

This is what it looks like when the lid is removed:



This is what it looks like pulled out of the box:


It's a set of 6 notecards and 6 envelopes. 
I made the envelopes out of good quality copy paper using my WRMK Envelope Punch Board.


I made each card the same way. 
The card base is made from black cardstock and measures 5" square. 
Each card front is a lovely image from the Follow Your Bliss Digital Journal Kit. You might recognize them from the mini album I made. The corners were already rounded on a few of the images so I rounded all of them, as well as the card bases. Here is a closeup of one of the cards:


This is half of them:


This is the other half:


Having the base of the card black makes it a little bit hard to write a note inside, 
so I have added one of the great journaling spots from the kit to the inside of each card. 
There were many to choose from, and I picked one that coordinated nicely with the front of the card. 
They are pictured all together here:


You may have noticed this little goodie under the tied ribbon. 
I used one of the kit petal pockets and turned it into an envelope pocket. 
I punched out two "stamps", adhered them together and then stamped it with a postmark.
This would be the perfect spot to keep postage stamps for mailing the cards.


Since I'm completely out of postage stamps right now, look what I put in my little envelpe. 
It's some of the lovely extras from the kit. 
They can be added to the inside of the card, or even to the envelope. 
Each bit coordinates beautifully!


Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Follow Your Bliss Digital Journal Kit;
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock, White Copy Paper;
Stamp: Pink Paislee - London Market;
Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot, Vintage Photo;
Punch: EK Success - Postage Stamp;
Ribbon: Offray - Black Picot.

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This kit has been super fun to play with! As you can see it's very versatile, and can be used over and over again for a variety of projects. For my next DT project I will have another fabulous kit to share with you! 

 In the meantime, head over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden 
and pick up the Follow Your Bliss Kit.
You'll be so happy you did! 

Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Ephemera's Vintage Garden - Follow Your Bliss #2

Happy Saturday, friends!

Have you noticed a few changes to my blog? I've been playing around a little bit and was very happy to figure out how to add the page tabs. I think it tidies my sidebar and cleans things up a bit. I'm still playing around with the contents of the pages too. What do you think? :o)

Today's project is my second one using the fabulous "Follow Your Bliss" Journal Kit from Ephemera's Vintage GardenLast time I shared a mini album. Today I have a box to show you. This paper mache box was decorated using only two sheets printed from the kit, along with a couple of leftovers from the mini album. To begin, I inked all the edges of the box, and then did a quick inking of the edges of the paper just to cover the white. The pages are all beautifully distressed already, so they didn't need anything else. The box measures 5 7/8" square and the journal kit page measures 5 1/2". It was a perfect fit! For the sides of the box and lid I used the one page that is meant for a cover. I cut the black and green apart. The green, cut in quarters, fit the box sides just right. I then punched strips from the black part. Since the lid is a little bit bigger then the box, the punched pieces were just a wee bit short. I punched out 4 circles from a yellow scrap to wrap around the corner. Now nobody knows the black strips are too short! ;o)


 Here is a view of the top of the box. Isn't it a pretty design? The colours are so lovely! 
All I did here was punch out various flowers and leaves from the kit papers. 
The pretty striped "washi" and the stamped looking image are already part of the design. 
Such a quick and easy project that anyone can do with a minimum of supplies.


Materials Used:
Ephemera's Vintage Garden Printable Journal Kit - Follow Your Bliss;
Paper Mache Box from My Stash;
Ink: Ranger Distress Ink: Walnut Stain;
Punches: Fiskars - Mini Flower Punch, 1" Circle,
 Recollections - Various Flower Punches,
Martha Stewart - Branch, Rose Leaf, Doily Lace Trim;
Pearls: Ranger Liquid Pearls - Buttercup, Petal Pink.

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What am I putting in this pretty box?
You'll have to come back soon to find out!


In the meantime, head over to Ephemera's Vintage Garden 
and pick up the Follow Your Bliss Kit.
You'll be so happy you did! 

Oh, and don't forget to go to Debbie's blog HERE to sign up for her newsletter. 
Debbie is very generous with her gorgeous freebies! :o)

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Happy News for All of Us!! :o)

Oh, happy day! 
Guess what, my friends? Sushi Dolls is back in business!! Woohoo!! That's the fun news for you! The fun news for me is that Susi wanted me back on the Design Team! You all know how much I like to play with Sushi Dolls! :o)

This card is made using an April release image called "One & Owl" and you can find it at the Sushi Dolls Blog, along with all the other sweet images. 


Materials Used:
Papers: Prima - Alla Collection, Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: Sushi Doll - One & Owl;
Prismacolor Pencils and OMS;
Stamp: Stampin' Up - Pretty Petites;
Ink: Color Box - Celadon;
Punches: Stampin' Up - Petite Curly Label,
EK Success - Border Frame;
Budding Sprig: Gift from Joy.

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There are a number of other adorable animals included in the new release. Head on over to Sushi Dolls Blog and check out all the sweet Sushi Dolls. Also, check out Sushi Dolls Facebook Page.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Scripture Lessons and Lyrics #5 - Let Them See You

A very happy day to you, my friends!

I've been very busy working on fun new projects but not posting any of them. Now I will begin to bombard you with new projects! :o)


Today I have a new Scripture page to share with you. I have gotten a little bit behind on this challenge, so I hope to have another page soon and be all caught up again!

I am continuing with my Snap pocket page album and my Simon Says Stamp Card Kits. This time my pocket page was a full 8" X 6" which was fun to use. 

The song "Let Them See You" is seriously one of my very favorite contemporary Christians songs. In fact, this song is my prayer for my life. I am posting a video that includes the lyrics but I have also added them below for you to read. My prayer is that each one of you that visit my blog will find a bit of encouragement or inspiration...no matter the subject...and that you will get a glimpse of my Heavenly Father through the things that I share. He is my joy and my salvation! :o)

I understand that many of you don't consider yourself "religious" and that some of you even try to avoid these posts.  It shows in the number of comments left in comparison to my other posts! lol However, the Scripture Challenge was the reason I started this blog in the first place. I know that it's really snowballed since then but this is still a main focus for me...and who I am! :o)

The top of my page contains the title. I used the pink letter stickers but then went around them in black so they would stand out. Under that I included the words in the chorus of the song. My Scripture verse is found in Matthew 5:16:


"Let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds 
and praise your Father in heaven."

Being a "light" is the theme of this page so I brought that to the design in several ways. I added diecut stars, twinkling sequins, and a sun shapes spot for the verse. One background paper says "Hello Sunshine" and the other is covered with pretty little stars. A little bit of twine and some pearls, and it was finished. 



Materials Used:
Simon Says Stamp - March Card Kit;
Dies: Shapez - Frame 5,
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Pagemaps Pot Pourri,
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Standard Circles (LG);
Twine: From a Previous SSS Card Kit;
Pearls: My Stash.

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Linking Up To:



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Here's the beautiful song.
It was written by JJ Weeks but I've chosen a video performed by Colton Dixon...a former American Idol contestant.
Enjoy! 



                                                                "Let Them See You"

Take away the melodies
Take away the songs I sing
Take away all the lights
And all the songs You let me write
Does the man I am today
Say the words You need to say

Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You
Let them see You
In me

Who am I without Your grace
Another smile, another face
Another breath, a grain of sand
Passing quickly through Your hand
I'd give my life, an offering
Take it all, take everything

Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You
Let them see You
In me

With every breath I breathe
I sing a simple melody
But I pray they'll hear more than a song
In me, in me

Let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You

Oh, let them see You
In me
Let them hear You
When I speak
Let them feel You
When I sing
Let them see You
Just let them see You in me
Let them see You

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

All Dressed Up - Challenge #12 - MONOCHROME

Hello, my friends!

I'm back again with another new post for you!

Today begins a new challenge at All Dressed Up.
Our theme for this challenge is *Monochrome.*
For my card for this challenge I used the image called "A Little Me Time", 
which you can find in the All Dressed Up Shop right HERE.


Can you tell I had lots of fun playing with this one?
Using my Cricut I created a little scene card. 
Taking a cue from the little sign on the table that reads "tea & cakes" I added some little cupcakes and a teapot to the shop window. The little cupcake in the image has a sweet butterfly treat on the top, so I also added butterflies to my cupcakes.
The cupcakes are frosted with stickles, and the teapot is covered with a coat of Glossy Accents to look like pretty china. 
Then I gave that sweet puppy his very own cupcake to enjoy!
I think I'll have to include a Tim Horton's gift card for the recipient of this card!


Materials Used:
Papers: Recollections - Cardstock;
Image: All Dressed Up - A Little Me Time;
Dies: Cricut Cartridge - Love You a Latte;
Punches: Fiskars - 1" Circle, Martha Stewart - Branch,
Recollections - Mini Flower Punch,
EK Success - 1 1/4" Circle, Mini Cupcake Punch Set;
Stampin' Up Embosslit - Beautiful Wings;
Pearls: Liquid Pearls - Platinum Pearl;
Stickles: Antique Linen Distress Stickles;
Ribbon: Offray;
Glossy Accents.

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This fun monochrome challenge will run until April 15th, 
so you have lots of time to participate! 

Head on over to All Dressed Up Blog to check out the rest of the teams creations, 
and link up a project of your own!
 **Please note** 
To enter our challenges you MUST use an All Dressed Up Image or paper.
Don't forget to stop by our Facebook Group to keep up to date with all the latest All Dressed Up news, and chat with fellow crafters.