Sunday, February 22, 2015

PCC week 87 and a lion :)

Hi Everyone! 
This week's PaperCrafter's Corner challenge was a fun one. 

I immediately knew what I wanted to make.

The paper is from Amy Tangerine. I used pop dots on some of the circles and the sentiment. It went together in less than 20 minutes. Did you know that Papercrafter's Corner has a post series on papercrafting in 20 minutes. Check it out here: (Notice the word giveaway?)

I also wanted to share the finished lion afghan

I figured out it took me about a month to complete. It's made with Lion Brand Jiffy yarn. The pattern comes from the book Vanna's Afghans A to Z and is done in Tunisian crochet.

Here are both afghans together. The dark lion is the one I made for my daughter over 10 years ago.

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

PCC #86

Hi Everyone! 
Hoping you're all keeping warm. Today it is a balmy 6 degrees. We won't discuss the wind chill.

This week's inspiration is another heart:

For my card I was trying to go with the vintage look but that didn't really work out.
 I still like the way it turned out. The image from The Greeting Farm is so cute! I colored it in using my daughter's Prismacolor pencils.

I haven't done very much paper crafting lately. I have a intercostal muscle strain from the cold that I had a couple weeks ago. I spent most of my time crocheting this lion afghan in Tunisian crochet. I'm working on the cross stitching now.
Several years ago I made this afghan for my daughter using the same colors as in the book. Someone very close to me really wanted me to make her one. At the time she was using drugs. I told her if she would quit for 4 years I would make one for her. It took some time but she has been clean for a little over 4 years! I am so extremely proud of her!! I'm hoping finish it this week.

Have an AWESOME week and KEEP WARM!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Challenge Time

Hi Everyone!

I hope you're all warm and not buried under a mountain of snow. We lucked out on this current storm...only in that we have rain in the mix. So not much snow. 

I have 3 cards to show today. 

And here's my card:

I bought a new sympathy stamp set from unity and had to ink up this heart. I stamped and embossed it in white. When I showed my niece she thought it needed color. So I took out my Spectrum Noirs and started coloring.  I added a Spellbinder's diecut word and the card was done. 
My second card was based on need. It was for my niece's baby shower.
I was still working on it when I got a phone call from the party hostess. The shower was cancelled because my niece was heading to the hospital to have the baby. He's a beautiful baby boy! 
The last card is for the CraftySteals third Thursday sketch.

 I had a bit of a hard time with this one. I don't know why. But I got it done. It's not what I would normally do but I like it.
I think I might try making a few more cards while the Super Bowl is on. I'm waiting for the return of Blacklist after the game. 
Have a great week and try to stay warm :)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Double inspiration. PCC#84

Hi Everyone!

Here is this week's inspiration at PaperCrafter's Corner:
Love the bright red hearts!
I had started a journal page a while back but never finished it.  Then I saw this week's inspiration and the videos from CHA (the Dyan Reaveley one) and finally finished it.
The quote is from Khalil Gibran and says "Beauty is not in the face Beauty is a light in the heart."

Have you seen the CHA videos? Or the 1200+ photos? You really need to go look! Follow the link....Papercrafter's Corner. Be prepared to be in AWE!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

PCC #83

Hi everyone!
I hope the new year is treating you well so far. Me....not so much.

It was COLD so I started out last week putting together a puzzle.
Then I started feeling like maybe I was coming down with something so I did another puzzle.

It's now the end of the week and the coughing showed itself. Ok.....I'm sick! Too sick to do much of anything. 
After a week, I'm finally feeling better. Well enough to make a card for the PaperCrafter's Corner Challenge. Here's the inspiration:
And here's my card:
I liked the look of the notebook. The paper is Pebbles 'Front Porch'. The "Happy Birthday" is Spellbinders. And the 'to you' are the Studio G alphabets. I love those little alphas. I have about 6 sets. They're the perfect size for cards and project life. 
I hope you decide to join in on these challenges. They're so much fun!

Friday, December 26, 2014


Hi everyone!
Since this is the last Friends with Flair of 2015 I just had to play along. Besides, I got some Spectrum Noir markers for Christmas.

I also gave away most of the cards I made so I have to replenish my supply. :)

Hope everyone has a FABULOUS NEW YEAR!!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas!

 Hi Everyone!

This week is number 81 for PaperCrafter's Corner! The inspiration piece is ADORABLE!

I tried several different things using this as my inspiration. 

The first card with a Unity stamp:
 I took the holly from the inspiration. I like it but I wanted to try something different. Then I created this card with a Momenta stamp:
I like this one better for the challenge. It has the diamond and the holly. Plus it has a more vintage feel. 
While I had everything out I notice an unfinished card. And so I made a third card:
Not for the challenge.....just for fun. And, speaking of fun....I won this stamp from Stampendous and just HAD to ink it up.
It's so CUTE!

We finally put our tree up. The only decorations on it are big white flowers. I wanted to see what our cat Jack would do. 
It didn't take any time at all for him to climb into the tree!
Since this is my last post before the holiday I want to wish everyone a 

Almost forgot Stephanie at PaperCrafter's Corner has started her 12 days of GIVEAWAYS! 
Go enter!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Week 80!

Hi Everyone!

Over at PaperCrafter's Corner is challenge number 80! I love this weeks inspiration:

The scene is so serene. Although I have to admit, I really don't like snow. Only pictures of it. :)
For my card I took the blues and the snow with a pop of red.

I used Gelatos in shades of blue and white for the background. Next I stamped a Crafter's Workshop stencil called Winter Wonderland using Clearsnap frost white. I used another TCW stencil for the 'joy' and a Faber Castell big brush pen. Lastly, I punched the snowflake and covered it with an iridescent glitter glue.

I've been noticing that many people have already put up their Christmas tree. Have you? There are 2 reasons why we haven't yet. We have a really big tree and a small house. Furniture has to be removed for the tree to fit. The other reason is we have Jack.

Although looking so sweet here he knocked down many ornaments by climbing through the tree last year....when he was smaller. This year he might just bring the tree down!

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas cards

Hi Everyone! 

I can hardly believe that Christmas is almost here. I am almost done shopping. I still haven't wrapped anything....or decorated. Next weekend is when I'll probably get the decorating done. :)

Anyway....This is week 79 for the PaperCrafter's Challenge:

With this image what else could I make but Christmas cards! Before I show the card I want to tell you where the paper came from. I received a Christmas card in the mail and the inside of the envelope had this awesome lining.  I couldn't just throw it out. Soooooo I made these cards:

Has anyone heard of Susan K. Weckesser? She is an artist and stamp designer for Unity Stamps. For the past 5 years she has hosted what is called the Christmas Love Campaign. This is year 6. The whole idea is to create things to give away. You can post your creation and story to her blog, Facebook, Instagram. There are even prizes. So these cards and more will be given away. I'm thinking of giving a whole box of cards to the local headstart program where my sister works. 
I hope you'll check it out and join in!

Friday, November 28, 2014

PCC #78

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Ours was very enjoyable. My son's friend (my 'adopted' son) and his girlfriend,  joined us for dinner. I wasn't going to go shopping last night but my daughter wanted a few things that were sure to sell out if we waited. In my defense, we didn't go out till after 10. So that means today is very quiet. Sooooo, I made a card. 

At first I couldn't think of anything. But I started with the blue background, then the boxes, then the title,.....

I hand drew the 'Thanks' and the butterflies are natural bark from Prima. 
You have till Sunday night to join in. It's always fun to play along!
Now I'm off to see what else I can make. :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mixed Media

Hi Everyone!

Have you ever made something unintentionally?
That's what happed with this little canvas.
I had this canvas all done up once but everything was falling off. So, I ripped everything off and put it aside. I have been cleaning up my scraping area when I came across a few sheets of paper that I used to show my sister the ink and alcohol technique. One of them fit the canvas so I glued it on. I didn't know what to do with it. 
So back to cleaning.I found a bin of old Making Memories paint. I was just about to throw it out. When I realized that it was about the thickness of modeling paste. Would it work like modeling paste? I grabbed a stencil and gave it a try. It WORKED!
I remembered the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and figured I could enter it. But the challenge was to use STAMPS. Good thing the Heidi Swapp stencil I used had 3 parts.I used the butterfly cutout as a mask and stamped the background with a Unity/Christy Tomlinson stamp. I did a little more distressing, added the stamped word and I now have a finished canvas.

Wishing everyone a

Sunday, November 23, 2014

PCC #77

Hi everyone! 

This week's inspiration at PaperCrafter's Corner challenge is this wonderful Walt Disney cover:

I couldn't figure out what to do since I have very little (if any) Disney. But I did like that red border.....and it is close to Christmas. 

I stamped the Santa image on watercolor paper and on cardstock. For the watercolor one I took out my Gelatos to color it. 

I really liked it for the challenge. But I still had the other stamped Santa.

So now I have two Christmas cards ready to go. :)
The stamp is from the Karen Meder Collection,  the Peddler's Pack.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Little Mixed Media

Hi Everyone!

I have been looking around the web this week at blogs, Pinterest, YouTube....
A few places made me want to get out my Gelatos. I wanted to use the new PaperCrafter's Corner as my main inspiration.

Here is what I created:

This little canvas was bought from the dollar bin at Michael's. It originally had fruit or something on it. I've painted it with gesso, white paint, black paint, grey paint, and back to gesso, and back to white. I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do. Until now.

I took from the inspiration the colors, the red title and the round globe. I began by adding the Gelatos around the edges then worked my way in to the center. I stamped and gold embossed the 'capture confident dreams' Unity stamp. I kept adding Gelatos and wiping it off to finally get it to where the image could be seen. The chipboard letters were painted white then I used red and black Gelatos to color them.

Because of the products I used this also fits with two more challenges..Bonus!
Design Memory Craft Take the Challenge with Mou
And, I'll be linking up tomorrow for Unity's Friends with Flair.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

PaperCrafter's Corner #75 & Moxie Fab World

Hi Everyone!
Wow! Seventy five challenges. I haven't done all of them....but, I've done a quite a few. Always GREAT Inspiration. 
And, here's this week's inspiration:

I love all the TREES!
There is a Stampin Up set called 'Lovely as a Tree" that will eventually (hopefully) become part of my collection. Until then I have in Inkadinkadoo stamp that also features trees. I used it and a Unity stamp to create my card.

I stamped the trees with StazOn then used watercolors for the background. Once dry I added color to the trees by dotting with Sharpies. I believe the technique is called pointillism.
I'm also entering this card for the  Tree-mendous Tree Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.
On the PCC blog Stephanie has a running series of posts about ORGANIZATION. Something we all need.I made an organizer a while ago from a cardboard box and patterned paper.
 It holds new washi, scissors, black ink, stickers, adhesives,all sorts of things. I have paper scraps with samples of the washi tape I keep stored in a box. I need to do something similar for my embossing folders.

Someone, I can't remember who, came up with the brilliant idea of using magnetic vent covers for holding metal dies. You can find them in Lowes & Home Depot. They're made by Frost King and sold in packs of 3-8x15 sheets.

I cut each sheet into 8x5 so one pack makes 9 sheets.

Hope to see your creations on  PCC soon!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

PCC #74 & FWF

Hi Everyone!

For those that celebrate Halloween I hope it was a good one! We only had about 50 kids this year. I think the rain kept them away. But, the ones we did get were ADORABLE! Especially one little boy. My sister handed out candy with me and she called one little boy Sunshine. He promptly told her she couldn't call him Sunshine because he wasn't Sunshine. I asked if I could call him Handsome. He said I could. :) Too CUTE!

Anyway.....Here's this week's magazine inspiration at Paper Crafter's Corner:

I just love black and green together.

I used Unity stamps (Donna Downey & Regal Greetings), photo corners, and a scrap of green paper.

And here are a couple more scrap cards....

Have a great week!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

PCC #73 and FWF

Hi Everyone!

When I saw this week's PaperCrafter's Corner challenge I knew exactly what stamps I wanted to use. 

I was definitely drawn to the moon. Here's what I created:

The stamps are from the January 2014 KOTM. I started with a royal blue paper and heat embossed the stamped images with WOW white embossing powder. I then used 3 shades of Colorbox blue inks with the lightest color in the center. It needed something else so I added two banners edged in the light blue. 
Stephanie, at PCC, has started a a new weekly feature called Papercrafting in Twenty! Every Tuesday she gives ideas for creating a project in 20 minutes or less. just for fun I timed myself on this card. I made it in 19 minutes.

I have a couple more cards to share. Using scraps and Unity. :)

Have a great week!