Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fleece Scarf!

My friend Backy is giving away this beautiful fleece scarf on her blog
Go check it out!  She makes it look so easy to make!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Christmas Card

I thought it was appropriate to post this year's Christmas card:
Everything is Close To My Heart® :  Kraft Cardstock, Grosgrain Ribbon, Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge, and A1115 A Holly Stamp Set.
Sweet and simple!
I'm linking this to the Heart 2 Heart Challenge
Hope you had a great day!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas...

...from the Partidge in a Pear Tree - I mean the Giant Crow in the Palm Tree!!!
Yes, this is what we saw -  and heard -  from our patio today!

Wishing Everyone a Very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Ornament For the Kiddies!

This will be the last ornament I post for this holiday season.  I know, you're breathing a sigh of relief!!!!  This is another idea that I found on one of my tours around the internet.  The difference is that it is filled with strips of cardstock that I ran through the crimper.  The original used ribbon.
The belt and buckle are painted by hand with acrylic paints.  I added a little gold trim to the top to dress it up. 
Honestly, I can't imagine a child who wouldn't want to make one of these!

Keepin' it merry!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #8

The week before Christmas and we have a new sketch for you:
Many thanks to Diana for creating this beautiful sketch for us.

Here is my interpretation:
The poinsettia was made using the Art Philosophy Cricut® cartridge available exclusively from Close To My Heart®.  I just love that cartridge!

The prize for this challenge is from me:

Some chipboard sentiments and two stamp sets are included in the prize.  Be sure to visit Frosted Designs to see what the rest of the Design Team did with this sketch - they are amazing!
Be sure to play along!  I'd love to send this wonderful prize to your house!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Vintage Sheet Music Ornament

I can not take any credit for these ornaments.  Teresa Jaye posted this tutorial at Frosted Designs a few weeks ago, and I just had to give it a try!  I made a few different versions:

Now, one word of caution.  When you pull off the top, so you can put your finger in the glass ornament while you Mod Podge, BE CAREFUL!  One of my ornaments had some rough edges and, yes, you guessed it, I sliced up my finger!  Blood does NOT add anything to these ornaments.  Trust me!
Don't worry if you don't have any sheet music.  I searched on-line for Christmas sheet music, printed it, tore it in strips, and inked the edges.  It worked just fine!

Now head over to Frosted Designs to see Teresa's Tutorial.  You'll definitely want to make a few of these ornaments!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Ornament With Bonus Manicure!

Yes, you read it correctly.  There is a bonus manicure!  But first, let me show you the ornaments:
This technique is all over the internet.  I think I saw it on Pinterest (If you're interested in joining Pinterest, just send me your e-mail!) But, right now, I want to show you how to make these ornaments!
First, you need a small bowl, toothpicks, and some water.  I found room temperature worked best!

Choose your nailpolish colors and you're ready to get started!

Working quickly, add drops of nailpolish to the water:

With a toothpick, push and pull the polish into your desired design:

Dip your clear glass ornament into the bowl:

Pull it out, and voila! A very cool design has been left on the ornament!
Now, I must confess.  The design does not match from photo to photo.  I was trying to do this quickly and snap photos!  So, it took several tries to get all of the steps.  I also tried a pearl nailpolish in place of the white for some of the ornaments - just in case you were wondering!
This was a lot of fun.  Now, there were some that I just didn't like, so I took nailpolish remover to them and redid them! 
These make a great little gift for someone.  I hope you give it a try!
No, honestly, I didn't forget the manicure!  Now, don't be too critical.  It was my first try and the edges aren't the greatest!  But here ya' go:
The kiddos at school love them!
The technique is the same one used on the ornaments, but I have one trick to share. Dip a cotton swab in petroleum jelly and trace around your nail.  Spread it up to your joint, too.  That way, when you dip your nail in the bowl and your finger (as well as your nail) is covered with nailpolish, it cleans off easily by wiping it away with the dry end of the cotton swab! Pretty smart, huh?!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cupcake Christmas Ornament

I saw these as I was surfing the internet, but they were made with styrofoam balls. I really thought I could do better.
What do you think of my version?

Here's a little tutorial so you can make some in time for Christmas!

What you will need:
  • Glass ornaments - I chose pink
  • Aluminum cupcake liners
  • Baker's twine
  • White craft paint
  • Chunky glitter
  • red berries - mine were cut off of a pick from the craft store
  • Hot glue
First, run a bead of hot glue inside the cupcake liner:

Remove the hanger from the ornament and place the ornament in the liner with the stem tipped to the corner:

Cut a length of baker's twine and hot glue it with the berry to the top:

Next, paint the top to look like frosting:

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the chunky glitter on the ornament.

That's it!  You now have an adorable ornament to put on your tree or share with a friend.  I also made some using brown ornaments - chocolate, you know!  The trick with those was - 2 coats of white paint for coverage!

I think I hear a stampede headed toward the ornament aisle.  No pushing or shoving!  These things are glass!!!!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #7

Here is the new sketch at Frosted Designs:
Since I've been busy cutting out holly leaves for the tree, I decided to cut a few more to make a wreath.  A little more ink, some baker's twine, and some bling, and the card was created!  Now, you need to make one! Don't forget to post it at Frosted Designs.  There's a great prize!
Happy Card-Making!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Heart2Heart Challenge

This week Heart 2 Heart has a sketch challenge.  Here's my card:
Here's the sketch:

This was a quick and easy card.  I used the Dreamin' papers with C1461 Salutation Seals stamp set and a couple of punches - all from Close To My Heart®
 I wanted to get this card posteed, soooo....
If you're looking for the Holly Tree, click here.  But be sure to hop over to Heart 2 Heart to see the rest of the artwork!

A Holly Tree

I've been trying to fit in as much holiday crafting as I possibly can.  Christmas is my favorite time of the year and work? - well it just gets in the way of crafting time.  I can't wait for the holiday break!!!!
So, here's something I've been working on:
This little tree started out as a 9" styrofoam cone that you can buy at your local craft store. You will also need a lot of straight pins.  I cut about 80 large holly leaves and probably another 40-50 small holly leaves using the Cricut® Art Philosophy cartridge available exclusively through Close To My Heart® (let me know if you need one).  After they were cut, I stamped them using the A Holiday A1115  stamp set.  Then I started pinning.  Red sparkles were added and a bow finished the top.  Very easy. 
I hope you'll make one too!  Let me know if you do, I'd love to see it!
Be sure to stop back again soon, I've got more to share.
Have a great week!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Countdown Box

It's almost December, so it's about time I started sharing some Christmas projects.  The Christmas Countdown Box is a great way to start the season.
There are 24 cards, each containing a Holiday activity.

The basic Close To My Heart® materials you need are:
  • My Creations® Memory Box - it contains 24 cards
  • Believe Level 2 Paper Pack
  • Countdown stamp set
  • Designer Ribbon - Green Collection
In addition you'll need:
  • 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch
  • Holiday Red and Topiary ink
  • Sponge
  • Corner Rounder
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Adhesive
Start by inking the edges of the box and cards. 
Cut your paper for the box (all in inches):
Top:  3 1/8 x 3 1/2
Flap: 3 1/8 x 1 1/2
Front and Back :  3 1/8 x 3 1/8
Sides:  3 1/2 x 3 1/8

Glue to box and add pop-pom trim to the flap.  I also added a button.

Card Backgrounds:  2 7/8 x 2 7/8
Round the corners, if you like, and glue to cards.

Cut activities to 1 1/2 x 2"
Round the corners, if you like, and glue to cards.

If you'd like a copy of the 24 activites (they are in a Word document), send me an e-mail and I will send them to you - free of charge.  

Punch your circles and stamp your numbers 1-24.  Attach to cards.  And that's it!  You have a beautiful box of activites to share with your family as Christmas approaches.

A few of us are making these tomorrow.  Let me know if you'd like to make one too!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving...

...and I wanted to share my favorite Thanksgiving book:

If you're familiar with this story, you know that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving - including the turkeys!  They were very thankful. 

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #6

Back again with another beautiful card sketch and my interpretation of it.
This card was made with Dreamin' papers from Close To My Heart®, flourishes from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, and a retired sentiment that I've always loved!

Here's the sketch:

Jenny Evans did a fabulous job on this sketch, don't you think?
I hope you'll join us for this challenge - we have an amazing prize!  Here's a sneak peak:

Now head over to Frosted Designs for all the details.  It's time to get your craft on!
I'm also entering this at Heart 2 Heart.  Their challenge is "time" and the sentiment has the word time in it!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Now if you read my previous post that involved this:

It's time to show you the reason for this burn:
Isn't he adorable?  My friend Katie showed me how to make this turkey.  It involved Dreamin' papers from Close To My Heart®, circle punches, some ink, foamcore, and, of course, the evil hot glue gun!  I think he came out great!  I had only finished one row of feathers when I burned myself.  Finishing the rest was a bit of a challenge, since that finger throbbed for hours!
I'm going to enter him in this week's challenge over at Heart2Heart.  This week it's all about gratitude.  Who am I grateful for?  Our wonderful friends Judi and Rodger, who are hosting Thanksgiving this year. 
Thanks for stopping by to have a look!

Crafting Injury

I'm sure you all can relate.

I fought the glue gun.....
...and the glue gun won!

It feels like it's still "cooking".  This really put a damper on my crafting plans for today (and it makes it more difficult to type)!  I'll be back later to show you what I'm working on - you're gonna love it!!!  Nope, not gonna let a little glue gun burn end my plans! 
But, I must wonder - have I permanently altered my fingerprints?!?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Feeling the Christmas Spirit!

I got to spend a little time in my new craft room today and the result was "Christmassy"!
This card uses last year's Christmas Paper from Close To My Heart®  The sentiment is from A1110 A Timber, but the poinsettia, that is from the new Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge! 
It started out looking like this:
 I cut three flowers at 3", 2 1/2", and 2".  I scored them from point to point and then used my embossing stylus to score the veins in the petals.  After they were scored, I etched them a bit with one of my files, folded them bit, and inked them with Cranberry ink.  After making one more flower in Topiary, and adding some brads, I had my poinsettia:

Since the challenge at Heart To Heart is metal, I'm entering this card there.  Brads are metal, right?  I think I'll add it to Make It Monday, too.  I've been neglecting these blogs for too long!

Have a great week, everyone! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Have You Discovered....

Follow Me on Pinterest

If you've never heard of it, I'm sure you're asking, "What in the world is Pinterest?"  In one word?  FABULOUS!
Actually, it is a virtual pinboard.  It's a place to "pin" all of the wonderful things that you find while you are on the internet.  People use it for all different reasons - to plan an event, decorate, store recipes, craft ideas, etc.  The fun part is browsing through other pin boards created by people from all over the world.  Now, in all honesty, it can eat up a lot of time if you're not careful.  But there is so much good stuff out there!!!!
Now if I've convinced you that you need to check this out, send me an e-mail and I will invite you.  Once you get started, I'm sure you'll love it as much as I do.

Here's a quote that I found on Pinterest:
Pinned Image

Send me an e-mail.  Ask for an invite.  You'll know what I mean!
Have a fabulous Saturday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Frosted Designs Card Sketch #5

It's that time again!  There's a new card sketch and some incredible imspiration at Frosted Designs. 
Here's my card:

Based on this sketch:

Now, it's your turn.  Time to "get your craft on" and create a card to submit!  You have until Sunday, November 20th. 
I'll be looking for you!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

This year I'm giving out the candy that I don't eat.  That way, I'm not tempted to eat the leftovers!  What kind of candy are you giving out this year?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wanna See Something Scary????

Since it's almost Halloween, I couldn't resist this post title!  I've been busy with the move and the good news is that I now have a Craft Room!  The scary part?  This is what it looks like:
Yes I have some unpacking and organizing to do!

I have to give a huge "Shout-Out" to Barb for taking care of the Card Challenge for me at Frosted Designs.  I've been off-line for a few days and today the Top 3 and Winner were announced for Challenge #3.  Be sure to check out the new challenge tomorrow.  The Design Team did an amazing job!

Oh, and don't forget to stop by again to see my progress on the Craft Room!  I think I have my work cut out for me!
Have a great week!