Sunday, December 1, 2013

Days of December

So I have always wanted to do a days of December book and figured since I'm unable to make it to my craft room right now I will try to post each day my post here.

Here it goes...

December 1

I'm stuck in my bed resting since I had my knee surgery on Tuesday Nov. 26. I have been browsing Blitsy everyday trying to make a shopping list of craft supplies that I would love to have... I know Christmas is just around the corner but being unable to get to my crafty supplies is making my desire that much stronger.

I was gifted my new iPhone 5c from my husband so that is making my blogging so much easier. I love it!

So I'm also a part of a design team over on Down A Dirt Road Scrapbooking forum. I received a great kit for December that consisted of Bo Bunny Elf Magic and  Simple Stories 
I will let you see one of the great cards I created using the Simple Stories. I love how easy it was to create some great cards with this collection.
I added some jewels to this card front and Liquid Glass to the letters. I love how this card turned out. 

So here is my post for today until tomorow!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

{Catching Up.... Day 1}

Well I have been designing for the Down A Dirt Road Scrapbooking Creative Team for 7 months now.... I completed my 6 month term and was asked if I would like to continue on with the Team. I jumped to say yes as it was so nice to pour my creativity into such a great team and it is local-ish to!

I realize that I have neglected my blogging and will be trying to keep up once I get caught up. We have so many great challenges and kits that we work with each month that it is time I start to share those with you all!

So let's go back to the beginning and I will share with you some of the great projects that I worked on...

For April I received Bo Bunny Timepiece collection with many extras. I had some input into what paper collections I like this month and I had bought a mini album that was part of the Bo Bunny line so it was my first choice in the paper collections.

When I bought the mini album it was one that I wanted to use for a memory album for my grandfather. He passed away when I was 8 and I don't have a lot of keepsakes from our time together and his life in general so I decided that it was important to start to document the memories I have to keep those so my children may one day get a little insight into my life and his as well. This was a very personal project for me and in trying to copy the photos for this album I have not yet added them yet...but like the album it is a precious reminded that time is necessary and not to be rushed...

To see more of this album check out my May Arts DT Call post.

Throughoutt the month the team members and I would post challenges and I wanted to share a few of them and my projects for them.
Jackie posted a challenge to celebrate the Pony Express...
 To celebrate the Pony Express I would like to see you create a layout or card containing an envelope and a stamp. The stamp can be just a piece of cardstock cut with "stamp" scissors.

Tracy posted a Creative Title Challenge.
This months Creative Titles challenge is to get your title from a song lyrics or a song title.

 Next Alicia posted a great Mix and Match challenge.
My challenge this week is a simple one. I want you to mix and match patterned papers from a minimum of 2 different companies...

We have more challenges that you can check out on the forum and participate in the current ones. I had a lot of fun in the month of April and it was one that had the Easter Mini Challenge too! I hope to see you stop by and say Hi over at the Down A Dirt Road Scrapbooking Forum!

Friday, October 25, 2013

{Halloween Blog Hop}

Welcome back....

I know it has been a while but I have so much fun stuff to share with you all...but that will have to wait! Right now I want to welcome you to our little blog hop from over at Down A Dirt Road Scrapbooking Forum.
If you are hopping over from Alicia's Blog, then you are right on track. If you are just catching this from being a follower of mine, then here's the schedule.
Well now down to my projects...
I recently applied for the May Arts Halloween Challenge and was one lucky participant out of 21. I created a cool little Halloween Ribbon Tree.

I added some Halloween themed cardstock, black tulle ribbon, black wire and FIMO Clay to create a black bat, candy corns and glowing bones....and of course four amazing May Art Ribbons of my choice...(They are amazing!!!)

Next I created a quick door hanger that said Boo! I wanted to keep it really classy and simple. It may not scream Halloween but I think that it adds a little to the decor this season that is not a!

On to my next project of a Trio of Pumpkins...
I took some pressure treated 4x4's and distressed them. I painted it with a base coat of a taupe paint and top coat of an orange paint. I then took sandpaper and sanded and distressed the edges as desired. I then got my husband to cut some stems from a branch I had picked. Added them to the tops of the pumpkins and embellished with burlap and ribbon knots. I love how these turned out and even made a pair for a gift.

Finally, I created a few altered wooden frames. The first two I took some patterned paper and mod podeged them onto the frames. I inked the edges and added some sticker embellishments. A Glittery black raven and an epoxy sticker.

This last frame I created was one that I painted to look like a candy corn. I added some ribbon and burlap, a wooded button and a bow to finish it off...Love the look of this one!

Well I hope that this was inspirational and got you in the Halloween mood. Now hop on over to Tracy's blog and see what she has in store for you!

Come back tomorrow for a new post to see what I have been up to in my hiatus...You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

May Arts DT Call

I have been having so much fun being a part of a design team that I decided to try out for another one that I thought would be a nice fit with my style and also remain a challenge as well. May Arts is posting a call for a design team and I love ribbon s I was so excited when I finally decided that I would apply.

 I spent some time looking for my submission pieces and realized that I had some perfect projects for it.

Submission #1 ~ Time Piece Mini Album
I created this album after purchasing the album over 3 years ago. I finally got the project finished in April and will be sharing the actual project shortly on my blog.

Submission #2
This layout I loved and used the ribbon to reflect my dress and loved how it turned out.  To achieve this particular look...

Step one: Cut out a section of your cardstock that you wish to apply the ribbon lacing to.
Step two: Select your distance for your eyelets and start to punch your holes.
Step three: Start to add your eyelets.
Step four: Start to lace your ribbon from whichever direction you desire. I selected to start from the top as my wedding dress in the photo was laced the same way so I wanted it to mimic the lacing in the photo. When you get to the bottom or top you can tie it in a knot or a bow. I chose a bow to again mimic my dress.
Step five: Have fun with your project and play around until you get it to the desired look!

 Submission #3
This layout used some rosette ribbon and some black tulle ribbon. I love the consistency of the flow of colors and textures.
Submission #4
Here is a link to one of my favorite ribbon projects.
Love Tree

I hope that you all like the projects I have been busy creating and come check back for more projects I have been working on.

Thank you May Arts for consideration of my application.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Scrap Card #2 ~ Spring Stash Project #5

Back again with the second version of the Spring card using a 2" x 3" scrap of card...

Taking the same design I switched the color to match the reverse side of the Doodlebug Designs cardstock. I added buttons and stamped the inside of the card.

By changing the little details you can use the same design or concept and create very different cards...

Try to switch
  •  color of cardstock used
  • color of accessories
  • greeting
  • opening direction
  • paper designs
  • and so much more...
Products Used:
White Cardstock
Doodlebug Designs Cardstock
My Peeps Stamp Set
Yellow Ribbon (Michaels)
Ink - Archival Black
      - Sunny Yellow
Various Prismacolor Markers
Martha Stewart Corner Punch

Hope you get to put some of these options to work next time you are looking to add a little variation to your cards.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Happy Spring Card ~ Spring Stash #3

I have seen flowers created with ric rac and had always wanted to try to make them but never had...until now!

I took some pink ric rac and a 1 1/4" circle punch and cardstock. I punched the circle and used hot glue to adhere the ric rac to the circle. I figure that the product Glubers by Cosmo Cricket {available in circle and strips} would be perfect to use to create many varieties of flowers ~ without burning your fingers!

I used a die cut card and some Doodlebug Designs cardstock for my card. The yellow polka dot cardstock is from my own stash and my Close To My Heart Stamp set is one of my favorites. I stamped my greeting, the duck and the umbrella. I added Liquid Glass and Prisma Glitter to the umbrella. I added a jeweled brad and some pretty ribbon.

I am hoping to create a cute mini album out of this card but as of's a card.

Products Used:
CTMH Colonial White Die Cut Card
Doodlebug Designs Cardstock
CTMH "Dotty For You" Cardstock
CTMH Pink Ric Rac Ribbon
Springtime Stamp Set ~ D1415
Sweet Leaf Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon
Liquid Glass
Designer Rhinestone Brad
Prisma Glitter

Hope you check back to see what else I have been up to...