Thursday, February 29, 2024

Easter Whimsy

Hippity hoppity, Easter is on its way!  I've been finding so many fun things in my craft room since I've started cleaning it.  I really should do it more often, but cleaning takes away from my creative time.  

Truth be told, I start to clean and then I find some marvelous treasure and I sit down and start making.  Such is the life for a creative, I guess.  I surrender!

I found these darling leftover snippets from a 12 Kits of Occasion from so long ago and set them on my desk.  I happily discovered that the colors matched the colors on this vintage lamb I had printed and cut a while ago.  

A match made in heaven!

Bring on card #2!  More of those snippets, hard at work.  

And the inside greeting for both cards:

Our temps have dipped back down so I guess I'm stuck inside.  I wonder what treasures I'll unearth today??

While I'm at it, I'll be entering one of these cards into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday ~ Anything Goes
Krafty Chicks Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Cheeky Monkey!

Hello friends!  I was playing around cleaning in my craft room one day and found this unopened packet of a-dorable die cuts from Pretty Little Studio and just had to make a card. 

Is this not the cutest little cheeky monkey you've ever seen? This card gave me the opportunity to find printed papers in my scrap box to use up.  I found this scrap of polka dotted paper that almost matched his little cap perfectly!

I've mounted this little guy onto a fun stitched Plaid Tag from Impression Obsession, from my days with DRU.  I don't know if it's still available, but it's a favorite of mine.  

I colored a piece of white seam binding and once dried, tied it up into a crinkly bow. I do love it when a card just falls together so easily.

I'll be entering this card into The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge, using polka dots and also Word Art Wednesday, where anything goes.  
I just discovered that Cut It Up Challenge is also dots & or stripes, so I'm entering this card into that challenge as well.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 26, 2024

Nordic Butterfly Wishes ~ Poppystamps

Hello friends ~  I'm bringing you some Joyful Nordic Wishes today using stamps & dies from Poppystamps.  I love the lacy background and how it's softened by the layer of vellum.

The Nordic Butterfly is beautiful layered and popped up on foam dots.  This is part of their spring release.  One you won't want to miss!

Feel free to stop over at Poppystamps for more details, if you wish.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 23, 2024

Cardmaking Star Search for Spellbinders

Good morning friends, just thought I'd pop in and share some exciting news.  Spellbinders is running a Cardmaking Super Start Contest and it's open to everyone! 

You could win a $300 shopping spree!!  

All you need to do is create a card, scrapbooking page, mini album or art journal project using Spellbinders products.  
You can find all the details at Spellbinders.
The contest ends on March 13th, so don't delay!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Hello Happiness ~ Double D Challenges

Good morning friends ~ Double D Challenges is starting up a new challenge and this one is one that I think everyone should enter.  

The theme is "Patterned Paper".  Now who doesn't have a pile of that sitting around???  I know I have plenty so I was happy to use some up for this challenge.

Not only did I use up some patterned paper but also this lovely preprinted die cut.  It came already glittered, so this card came together so quickly.

The floral paper I used on this is ages old but still so very pretty.

Dig out your scrapbook paper friends and join in on the fun. Here's a link to the Double D Challenge blog where you'll see more amazing inspiration from my talented team mates.  

Here's the inspiration board:

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

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

A Very Special Birthday

Hi friends.  Today's card was made for a very, very dear friend of mine to celebrate her special day.

I used Altenew's Flower Bunch Stencil Set in soft pastel colors to create the pretty bouquet.  

Once the stenciling was done, I ran it through my die cutting machine with an older, retired Sizzix music note embossing folder.

The sentiment is from Gina K Stamps and was gifted to me by my dear friend Marcia from Marcia's Stampin' Pad.  Thanks Marcia for the lovely stamps!  Happy Birthday Marcia!  I hope you enjoy your very special day today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Valentine Treat Boxes

Hello friends~ I've been counting down the days until Valentine's Day.  I don't think I've ever shared as many Valentine crafts on my blog as I've shared with you this year.   My craft room needs a day of cleaning and reorganizing. 

I made some cute favor boxes for my kids and their spouses, my hubby and his mom, using Heart Hugs Honey Cute Dies from Honey Bee Stamps.

The box die is an older die from Quickutz. 

Gladly using up some older design paper from my stash. 
 The girls get the foxes....

...and the guys get the bears.

Wishing you the very best day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 9, 2024

Pre-Historic Pal

Good morning friends~  Just thought I'd pop in and share a cutie little card and two heart shaped boxes that I made for my sweet little grands.  

First up is this pre-historic dinosaur from Marianne Designs. 

 I used a Tim Holtz embossing plate for the background.  It made me think of dinosaur scales.  I used Altenew's Alphabet dies for the letters.

This card paired perfectly with the little heart shaped box I made using Concord & 9th Heart Box Die.  The image is one that I found online and printed.  I didn't plan this, but once I put the two creations together, I realized how perfectly they went together.  

I added some green Stickles to the dinosaur.  Super cute!  Little Bam-Bam and his pet dinosaur Dino.  ;0)

The second box uses another free printable I found online.  My sweet P loves kitty cats so I thought she was just purr-fect!  

She's glitzed up with a generous dose of Silk Microfine Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Just look at that face!  💗💗💗

Both boxes are super simple but so sweet.  Now the question is what to put in them??  What would you put in for two little ones just over a year old?

I can't share the card I made for my Sweet P because it's coming up in a future post.  You'll have to stop back by soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

A Heartfelt Cup of Cocoa ~ Double D Challenges

Hello friends ~ Double D Challenges is starting a new challenge today and the theme is "Heartfelt".

I went clean and simple with my card for this challenge, using Mugs & Kisses dies from Honeybee Stamps.

I sugared up the whipped topping and marshmallows with a bit of glitter for added sweetness.  The sentiment is stamped using the Hug In A Mug stamp set.  

It's not very often that I go this CAS, but I like how it turned out.

Here's the fantastic mood board to help inspired you and you'll be further inspired when you visit the Double D Challenges blog to see more amazing designs from the fabulous design team.

Here's the prize that you could win when you play along:

Do you decorate for Valentine's day??  The colors on the inspiration board also inspired this little heart banner I made to put over my mantel this hear.  I just loved all the colors and patterns.

Here's a close up of the second banner I added to this arched frame.

Hope you'll play along.  Have a wonderful week!  

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 5, 2024

A Box Of Chocolates

Hello friends ~ I enjoyed a craft day with some friends last week and one of them brought us all a heart shaped box of chocolates. Oh, so thoughtful and sweet of her!

I haven't been given a box of chocolate for Valentine's Day in many, many years so this was a real treat for me, and  I couldn't wait to do some thing crafty with it.  

I started on my box that day with my friends, beginning with adding the crepe paper to the back side, ruffling it as I glued it on.  Pleat by pleat..... fold..... glue..... fold...... glue........ you get the idea.  ;0)  Then I cut around the crepe paper trim using pinking shears.  I added a lace heart shaped doily and traced out the top cover onto some vintage style scrapbook paper.  I also added some silver Stickles to the inside edge of the heart. I've had this darling Pierret printed and cut in my scrap box and it was time to use her.  She was the perfect size for the top of the box.  She also got a dose of glitter on her hat and pleats of her outfit, but it's hard to see in the photo's.

These stickers are ages old and I almost threw them away during one of my recent cleaning binges.  I'm so glad I didn't as the colors matched the background paper perfectly.  The button is an old button that I attached a button sticker to.  Part of the same sticker set.  Cleaning out is way over rated!

To finish it off, I added a trio of mulberry flowers from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  

Since this is heavy in the pink and red department, I'll be adding this to the following challenges:
Cupcake Challenges ~ Pink, Red & White

Color Hues ~ Red & Pink 

Just Us Girls ~ Red, Pink & Neutrals

Happy Valentine crafting my friends!

Thanks for stopping by!