Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Winter Scene

It's been a chilly week with a little snow and ice.  Personally, I'll take the snow over the ice anyday!  My poor hubby spent hours salting and chopping the ice off the driveway and sidewalk this week - no fun!  

In honor of the weather and My Time To Craft's Challenge this week, I created this card:
The challenge is 2 or More People.

This image reminds me of sleigh riding as a child.  Our dog always ran along with us as we slid down the hill.

Please join us in this challenge and visit My Time To Craft for more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

Stay warm, everyone!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love Is In The Air...

... since, at least, the day after Christmas!  Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so, how about a little inspiration for that special card?
A Heart Tree is the next best thing to a Money Tree, don't you think?  I distressed and inked the edges of this card after stamping a tree and adding the hearts. A simple, "I Love You" sentiment was the finishing touch.

Now head over to My Time To Craft for this challenge and to see what the rest of the Design Team has created.  Join us!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Stripes - a Great Way to Use Scraps!

Hello again!  I hope you are staying warm in your part of the world.  Here in the U.S. it seems that no place is safe from the cold.  As far as I'm concerned, this is "curl-up with a good book and a blanket" weather...unless, you're in your Craft Room!

This week, the My Time To Craft challenge is Stripes.  I interpreted this as a great way to use some of those scraps that are laying around!

I added a couple of die-cuts, a sentiment, and a sweet resin flower to finish it off.  Done - and I now have less scraps, which is always a good thing!

Be sure to visit My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the team has created, then, join us, won't you?

Have a great weekend - and stay warm!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

All Things New

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get started with some new challenges for the new year. 
 My Time To Craft is starting off the year with All Things New - anything new, house, car, baby, and, of course, new stash!  I chose a new stamp set:
I just love the sentiment.  Isn't that what life is all about?  I used bright colors to brighten up these winter days!  Now head over to My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for you and then, join us, won't you?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

O, Christmas Tree, O, Christmas Tree...

I can't believe Christmas is almost here.  We've been sick around here with a nasty headcold that really put me behind with all the holiday preparation.  Fortunately, we are feeling better and I have a great little gift idea for you!

My friend, Brenda, from Qbee's Quest, gave me permission to share this creation with you.  She developed it and I think it is awesome!
Adorable, right?  Perfect little gift for a co-worker, neighbor, stocking-stuffer...I could go on!  I made several and they took no time at all to finish.  I'm not posting the tutorial here, since Brenda has it on her blog.  Visit her here for directions to make your own.

You also need to visit the rest of the Design Team at My Time To Craft to see their beautiful Christmas Tree Creations.  This will be our last challenge for 2014.  We'll be back on January 3rd with something new!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Make a Scene!

Welcome back, Everyone.  I hope all is well in your part of the world.  I am STILL trying to get healthy.  I thought I had it beat at the beginning of the week, and then I just felt rotten all over again.  Hopefully, this is the end of it!
It's a good thing I "worked ahead" on my DT projects, otherwise, I'm not sure I would be ready for this week's challenge.  
Here is my scene:

I made the background by inking my acrylic block with 2 stamp pads, then I sprayed the block with water, stamped it on cardstock and I had an instant background!  I decided to go for more of a silhouette look using black ink.  The flowers were stamped in first and second generation.
Please stop over to My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the DT has created - they are such a talented group.  Then create something for us - we love visiting blogs!

Have a great weekend!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas ATC

It's December and I've finally started papercrafting again!  We made the big move and the Craft Room is finally unpacked!  I'm still working on finding where I put everything, but, at least everything is out of the boxes!

The DT at My Time To Craft is challenging you to make a Christmas ATC.  Here's mine:
 After distressing the edges, I put the cardstock under the faucet to get it good and wet.  Then I crumpled it up, crumpled it a few more times, smoothed it out, and set it aside to dry.  The background was stamped and the edges inked.  "Merry Christmas" was stamped, two holly leaves were cut out and inked, then a red sparkle waas added. Done!

If you don't know what an ATC is, let me help you out.  Artist Trading Cards are 2.5" X 3.5" in size and you choose the medium to express yourself.  Show your style and don't forget to put your information on the back.   ATC are made to be shared/traded, so people usually make lots.  Give it a try and share your ATC with us at My Time To Craft!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #65


I'm so glad I was able to leave so much negativity behind!  
Life is good!


On a sidenote, I am still craft-deprived.  We had to have some work done on our house that prevented me from setting up my Craft Space.  That work is done, so, with any luck, I get started on those boxes and start posting some new creations!

In the meantime, I have also created a new blog dedicated to our new home.  Please follow me at:  http://theapplestreetcottage.blogspot.com/.  It is filled with stories of the adventures of bringing this house back to life.  Join me, won't you?

Two blogs...I'm going to be busy! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #62

Such a great way to use them - I've always wanted to live in a castle!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just When You Thought It Would Never Happen...

I create something - I get crafty...FINALLY!!!!!!!

This week is my son's birthday and it really put the pressure on me to get myself in gear. He's turning 21, so I had to make something special!  
I saw many versions of this card all over Pinterest, but I decided to make my own version. The card started with a Kraft background run through my Cuttlebug.  The mug is a rectangle in Honey cardstock that was scored and sanded.  The "foam" came from 3 sizes of trees (with the trunks removed) from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and the handle was cut from a circle punch.  I stamped the 21.  
Pretty simple, huh?  Unless most of your stuff is in boxes!  It took me longer to find everything than it did to make the card.  But, have no fear, I will get there!  
The good news is that my Cricut Expression made the trip across the country just fine! Let me know if you ever need packing advice, I'm happy to help!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Autumn colors - beer is autumn colored!
Craft for the Craic - Circles - mine are just ruffled!
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Have a great week everyone, and stop back again soon, since there is now crafty hope for me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #60

We finally finished painting the basement and I can now begin unpacking my Craft Room!
(doing the Happy Dance!!!)

Now, I just need to find a place for everything, since a lot of my storage was tossed before the big move...I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now. :(

Wish me luck.  I really want to start being creative again!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make a Wreath for $3

Yes, you read that correctly!  $3 - that's it.  You know how I love a deal!  

Since there's always a story, here it is... The Craft Room is still packed.  Repainting the basement has begun, so, with a little luck, it may emerge soon!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?

I was really feeling the need to "get my craft on" and, while at the Dollar Store, spotted a small grapevine wreath.  Two flower springs and the wreath came home with me - total: $3.
I had already started shaping the flowers to fit the wreath when this pic was taken.

I needed 2 more items that I KNEW I had...somewhere...packed in a box...burlap ribbon and a hot glue gun.  The ribbon was found in the first box I searched - YES!  The hot glue gun was another story.  I searched through six boxes with no luck.  I knew it was there, but I was trying to avoid totally emptying the boxes because it was IMPOSSIBLE to get everything back in again.  (When I packed them for the cross-country move, it was like playing Tetra - every square inch was filled!)  Finally, the glue gun was found, snug in the bottom corner of a previously searched box!  Whew!

The bow was so easy to make.  Stay tuned for a tutorial for it.  You'll be an expert bow-maker in minutes - I promise!

It was time to assemble the wreath.  The flower stems were shaped, trimmed, and woven into the wreath with a few dabs of hot glue.  The bow was attached with some heavy-duty thread from my sewing box, and that was it.  The wreath was done! 

So there it is, the $3 Wreath!  If you decide to make one, let me know.  I'd love to see your version!

It's almost the weekend, and it's a long one.  Have a fun and safe Labor Day!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #58

This little quote is just for me.  I'm feeeling bummed that my Craft Room is still in boxes.  We need to paint the finished basement before I can get started on the unpacking... hopefully, tomorrow!
In the meantime, I bought a grapevine wreath and some flowers at the dollar store yesterday.  If I can find my ribbon in one of the boxes, I just might have something to share...FINALLY!!!!!!!

Feeling "Craft-Deprived", but, hopefully, not for long!!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #57

This was my e-mail signature at work - love this quote!

Stay tuned...I plan to be back soon.  I need to update you on everything that has been going on!