Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Spring Curio Box

Hello friends~ After getting 17" of snow dumped on us last week from a spring nor' easter and losing power for two days, I'm eagerly looking for any signs of spring in our neck of the woods.

I find solace and comfort and the hope of spring in my craft room amidst the beautiful paper flowers.

I made this spring bunny curio box using Mintay Papers Spring is Here Collection.  

The flowers and butterflies in the die cut pack are so colorful and pretty.  I layered two of the butterflies to add dimension, and a dose of WOS to add sparkle, which is slightly visible in the photo.  In real life it is very sparkly.

This little bunny and more layered flowers were just what my longing heart needed.

The box was made using Tim Holtz Curio Box.  

This picture shows pretty well, all the layers and beautiful papers.

I hope you're enjoying spring weather where ever you are.  As of today, most of the snow has melted and the spring bulbs that were buried under the snow have blossomed and bring joy and hope to my heart!  

I'll be adding this project to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Showers or Flowers
Simon Says Monday Challenge ~ Spring Flowers
Color Throwdown ~ Pink, Green and Yellow

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Cute Little Animals ~ Double D Challenge

It's the first Wednesday of the month so that means it's time for Double D Challenges to start a new challenge.  This challenge is near and dear to my heart!
The theme is "Cute Little Animals".  

You can't go wrong with cute little animals.  Am I right?  Recently I've found so many wonderful digital images on Etsy and this Retro Easter / Spring Digital Ephemera bundle from KB and Friends found it's way to my home printer.  Oh boy did I enjoy cranking up the printer, cutting and creating with these darling images! 

I also had so much fun finding printed papers from my stash, creating different background layouts using them, and then adding the darling die cuts and ephemera pieces I had printed.

These cards couldn't have come together any easier or quicker.

So much so, that I made six cards in a jiffy!

Each one just as cute as the next.

Please check out all that KB and Friends has to offer and then check out the Double D Challenge blog.  

Now it's your turn to make something cute.
Here's the inspiration photo to help you along:

And here's what you could win when you play along:

You'll find some amazing inspiration from my Double D team mates and the gallery is going to be full of cuteness for the next two weeks, so be sure to check in often!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Celebrate The Savior ~ Baby Update

Hello friends and Happy Easter!  

What a wonderful day it is to celebrate our risen Savior.

I made a few cards using a retired PTI set called Make It Market:  Garden Gate.

The stamped sentiments are also a retired PTI set called Easter Alleluiahs.

Our California kiddos arrived on Friday.  I'm feeling so grateful that our little family is together once again.  My grandbabies have finally met each other and their respective aunt & uncle for the first time.  

I'm thankful for laughter that fills our home when we're together and the joyful chaos that comes with having little ones.  

Today we are celebrating Easter and my husband and son-in-love's birthdays.  What a joy to be together!  

I have both of my little blessings on my lap.  Pure joy!!  My little "C" on the left and my sweet "P" on the right.

My son holding his daughter and his nephew.

My little loves.  Life doesn't get any sweeter than this.  My cup overflows.

May the miracle of Easter bring you renewed hope, faith, love and joy.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Little Bunny Treat Boxes

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail......

and right into my craft room!

I had been wanting to make some treat boxes and these little Assorted Bunnies from Frantic Stamper were jumping right out of my craft cabinet, waiting to be used.

I was able to use up lots of retired patterned paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs making these four little boxes.  

The Sizzix Gable Box made quick work for the boxes and the fun medallions adorning the fronts.

I made a belly band for each box using another retired but timeless die, a stitched scalloped edger.  Sorry, I don't know what company it's from as I've had them for ages on a magnetic board, so no packaging.  I also used up more of the sweet patterned paper to complete the band.

Each little bunny is striking a different pose.

Once the boxes are filled, I will tie them closed with this vintage lace seam binding I've hoarded for way too long.  The color matched perfectly!

I also cut a trio of tags in coordinating colors to personalize each box.

While it's fun to give treats at Easter time, I know the true miracle of Easter lies beyond the cross, beyond the grave, to the Risen Savior.  My Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ!

I'll be adding these boxes to the following challenges:
The Sisterhood of Crafters ~ Bunnies and/or Chicks
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 25, 2024

Spring Thyme ~ Poppystamps

Hello friends ~ I've got a card featuring some dies from the spring release over on the Poppystamps blog if you want to hop over for a peek.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Shamrocks, Clover and Leprechauns ~ Double D Challenges

Double D Challenges is starting a new challenge today and the theme is "Green / Clover / Shamrocks / Luck".  So have fun with it!!

I don't have any shamrock or leprechaun dies or stamps, except that I did find this little mouse from Cottage Cutz and he's holding a clover leaf.  Does that count?  And look at this free printable I found online.  "Clover Leaf Dairy".  I think I can make them work!

The cutie little mouse is colored with Copics and the flowers are leftovers from a previous project I found sitting in my die box.  Peony Fantasy from Pinkfresh Studio.  They're so pretty heat embossed in silver.  

It may not be everyone's style, but I had to make it work with what I had on hand.

Be sure to scamper on over to the Double D Challenge blog to see how my team mates were inspired.

Here's the inspiration board to help get you started.  There's always a prize up for grabs to one randomly selected winner from the U.S.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Vintage / Shabby Easter Cards

Hello friends~ Just thought I'd share a couple of cards I made for Easter.  

I pulled out all the supplies for these cards except for stamps.  There is no stamping on these cards. 

I bought a sweet set of 6x8 Mintay Papers called Spring Is Here.  It is filled with soft colors and patterns that play really well together.  

There are a few cut apart pages included in the pad with the most adorable spring images.  I had to fussy cut the images and if you know me, you know I hate fussy cutting.  Thankfully they weren't too difficult to fussy cut.  I sponged some walnut stain DOX ink around the edges of both images. 

I mounted a floral frame using foam tape to add dimension and added some Prima Flowers and string bows to each of the cards. 

If you look closely, you'll see that I added a paper doily in the color Swimming Pool from Doodlebug and some tea stained cheese cloth behind each focal point.  

That added to the vintage / shabby look.

These cards are too bulky to be mailed but I think these kinds of cards are best when hand delivered anyway.   

Here's a list of products I used:

I'll be adding one of these cards to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Cut It Up Challenge ~ Colors of Spring
Alphabet Challenge ~ Vintage / Retro
The Card Concept ~ Spring Has Sprung
I was inspired by the title "Spring Has Sprung".

Thanks for stopping by!