Monday, August 31, 2015

Boy Wizard!

After a brief rest from my blogging/crafting, I decided that I wanted to make some scrapbook embellishments.  I've never really "scrap-booked" before, that is more my sister's domain.  I work with some ladies that just love Harry Potter, so I decided to make some Boy Wizard inspired embellishments.  

I used my Cricut and the Cricut Craft Room to make these little guys.  I decided to take it a step further, incorporate my love for paper punching and my trusty Sizzix Dies to make a few more items that I think would look great on a scrapbook page, or even a fun card for your favorite Wizard!

Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, Cricut Craft Room, Create A Friend Cricut Cartridge, Sizzix Bird Cage Die, pop up dots, glasses brads

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

There's No One Like Mom!

So, I've been AWOL for a while, even thought my New Year's Resolution was to be a better blogger!  But, it's been for a very good reason!  A new position (actually there were four) was created at work.  It would be a step up/promotion for me, and my immediate supervisor thought it would be a great opportunity for me.  It was a very popular job listing, and the competition was extremely fierce!  So, I spent many days/nights working and preparing for my interview.  I made handouts and even used some of my best "Beth-A-Palooza" crafty skills for some incentive prizes for different contests.  After much sweat, blood, and tears, my hard work paid off and I was offered one of the positions!  It truly was an honor to be picked, and now I am with a great team of "girls" (we all just happen to be female) that work great together.  I was definitely sad to leave my venue, it was a great place.  Since I was the official bulletin board/contest designer/prize maker and crafty person, I wanted to help get the bulletin boards together for the upcoming months.  I only had a week or so between the two positions, so I "Cricut-ed" my heart out and got most of it done!  I still have a few more things to do, but I got the bulk of it done, and I am confident that I can finish the rest of it up.  This is my first position in probably 15 years that I haven't had to wear a uniform, so I had to borrow some clothes from my sister to wear to work while I start slowly creating a business casual wardrobe.

On to my card, I made this one for guess what....Mother's Day!!  It's a rubber stamping, paper piecing, Copic coloring and die cutting conglomeration!  I usually use brown shades for the hair, so I decided to practice with blonde colors.  

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Freckles
Ink:  Versafine, Memento
Paper:  Wasau, Papertrey Ink, Crate Paper
Misc:  Copics, lace, pop up dots, Papertrey Ink Alphabet Dies,  My Favorite Things Scallop Oval and Banner Dies,  Diamond Glaze

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Laura!

This is the card I made for my sister for her birthday.

My Hello Cupcake Pure Innocence was stamped, colored with Copics, paper pieced, and popped up on to my card.  Diamond Glaze was applied to the sprinkles and her shoes.  I wanted to personalize my card, so I made a banner and stamped her name.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake and Big Greetings,  Jo-Ann-Alphabet
Ink:  Versafine and Memento
Paper:  Wasau, October Afternoon
Misc: Copics, Diamond Glaze, pop up dies, My Favorite Things Fish Tail Die and Scallop Border Die

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had a nice day and the Easter Bunny was good to them and left lots of candy.  Yesterday, my sister came over for a craft-a-palooza.  We were having so much fun that I went home with her and spent the night.  Today, we continued our crafting while watching  a Love Boat Marathon on tv.  March was a very busy month for her, she took her students to Washington DC, finished the yearbook for her school, sewed a million (actually 13 A Line dresses for a school play), ordered/paid for 350 tickets for Grad -Venture at Universal, not to mention still working and being a wife and mom.  We haven't been able to spend anytime together, so this was a well deserved weekend for us.  

Lately, I've been struggling with creativity.  Everything I make takes forever and just doesn't look good.  Believe it or not, this card took me two days to finish as I wasn't satisfied with the finished product, or should I say the 10 finished products as that is how many times I took it apart and re-worked it!  Finally, I am finished and satisfied.  On the East Coast, there is only 1 hour and 9 minutes left of Easter, so I made it just in time!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1 & #2
Ink:  Papertrey Ink & Heidi Swapp
Paper:  Recollections, Bazill, American Crafts
Misc:  Baker's twine, pom pom, buttons, Memory Box Small Scallop Border Die, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parad #1 & #2 Dies

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hershey Kiss Bouquet

I've been working on this project for literally the past two weeks!  In an attempt to make the perfect Hershey Kiss flower, my trash cans are over flowing, there is paper everywhere, and a lot of empty candy wrappers floating around!  

So, I had this idea in my head, but unfortunately it didn't translate well into the finished  product, hence why it took so long!

Using my Cricut, I cut out some flowers.  They are two different sizes and attached with a pop up dot in the middle.  Then, I hot glued a lollipop stick to the back.  Once that was dried, I attached the Hershey Kiss to the center of the flower.  I tied a piece of wired ribbon on to each of the sticks. 

Then, I made a box with my Scor-Pal.  Originally, I had wanted a small flower pot for my flowers.  I searched high and low for some small plastic flower pots, but I could only find the orange clay ones, and I was worried them breaking.  Also, I wasn't too sure that my flowers would match.  So, I just made my own.  I stuck a piece of floral foam in the box and covered it with some paper shred.  I stuck my flowers into the foam.

I made a pick for my floral arrangement with my favorite Dandelion Designs stamps.

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs - Easter Bunny & Sentiment
Paper:  Recollections, Simple Stories
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Misc:  Cricut Plantin School Book Cartridge, Scor-Pal, My Favorite Things Scallop Border and Bows Die-Namics, floral foam, paper shred, Hershey Kisses, wood skewer, pop up dots, wired ribbon, paper punches, Nestabilities, hot glue gun, lollipop sticks

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Chapstick Butterflies!

I had originally bought one Chapstick before Christmas to make one of these nifty gifts I found on Pinterest.  Make sure you check out Lori's blog, Mud Pie Studio, she has lots of neat ideas.

Needless to say, I didn't get to make those tags, so I decided to something a little "Eastery" and a little "Springy".  I used this one for my inspiration and went from there to make my own.

I recently bought the monthly subscription for the Cricut Image Library.  I have been having a blast with it,and cutting up a storm!  I would see all of these cute things I wanted to make, but I didn't have the cartridges or there would be only one thing on the cartridge that I wanted.  Not to mention, the cost of all of those cartridges, money is tight for a lot of us, so this is really a good option.  I decided to go with the monthly option at just $9.99 a month.  So far, I've made Mardi Gras decorations for work, cut a bazillion words and numbers because I have all of the fonts now (Whoo Hoo!) and these butterflies.

Using the Cricut Craft Room, I made a few adjustments to the butterfly cut.  It's from Create A Critter, which I have wanted for a very long time, and now I have it!  I added a middle layer of vellum.  I'm really into using up scraps these days, so this is the perfect project for just that.

Here you can see the vellum layer a little easier.  I just cut the butterflies out, layered them, and then sewed up the center so the layers would stay together better.  I punched holes with my Crop-A-Dile on either side of stitched line then thread some baker's twine through the holes.  Just so the Chapstick wouldn't slide around, I added a little snail adhesive on the stitched line and then tied the baker's twine into a pretty bow.  The layers were fluffed up a little and it was done.

These would look really cute in an Easter basket or as party favor.  They can stand up, I just didn't get a picture of it!  It's a nice non-candy treat that any age lady would enjoy!

Target has some special Chapsticks in with their Easter basket fillers section.  You could use any type of lip balm for this project.

Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections, MME
Misc:  Cricut, Create A Critter digital cartridge, baker's twine, Chapstick, sewing machine, Crop-A-Dile

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Sunday, March 15, 2015


Yes, I am still paper punching!  I thought I should make something for Easter that is not candy.  I had these cute little bottles of sanitizer from Bath & Body Works, so I decided to "trick" them up!

These are the same size as the bunnies that I used for my Bunny Clothespins.  I attached the head with some re-positional adhesive so they wouldn't rip if you wanted to remove it to open the top of the sanitizer.

For the back, I adhered a pom pom tail.  Then, I made a cute little tag with a complimentary tiny paper punch flower.

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Happy Easter!
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections, Bazzil
Misc:  Sanitizer, pom poms, paper punches, Tags Bags & More Cricut Cartridge, white gel pen, pink chalk, black Sharpie pen

I made up a few kits to make these and they are posted in my Etsy Shop.  The kits only contain the heads and tails.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cotton Tail Tags

Just some pretty tags to add a little cheer to your holiday!  These tags would be great to add to your Easter baskets, edible gifts, or even used as a card topper.  This also a great project to use up scraps of paper.

I used my Cricut to cut both tags (top and bottom).  Then, I die cut the rabbit out of the top tag and adhered another piece of coordinating paper to the back.  Stamp a sentiment, add a pom pom tail, and finish it off with some baker's twine and are done!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  American Crafts
Misc:  Cricut Pretty Pennants and Plantin School Book Cartridges,  Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics Bunny Die,  pom poms, baker's twine

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bunny Clothespins

I've been on a roll with my paper punches!  I decided to decoupage some polka dotted paper onto clothespins, and then adhered my bunny faces on with some pop up dots.  These would be perfect as place card holders for your Easter dinner table, clipped onto a basket/bag of goodies from the Easter Bunny, or even use for a banner/garland to decorate your home!

Paper:  MME, Simple Stories, American Crafts, Recollections
Misc:  Clothespins, pop up dots, white gel pen, pink chalk, Mama Elephant Bow Die, paper punches, Cricut, Modge Podge, black Sharpie pen

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Fuzzy Bumpy Chenille Bunnies

I've been admiring the vintage style chenille ornaments that I found on Pinterest.  I decided to try and make them, but with my own little style.  Since I absolutely love paper punch art, I thought I could incorporate that into my bunnies.  Using a variety of punches and my Cricut.  I made these sweet little faces.  Then, I hot glued them onto my bump bunny bodies.  Using scraps of paper, dyed seam binding, and a pom pom tail (which you can't see, sorry), I was able to create these little cuties.

Since Easter is coming, I make a little Easter basket with a colored egg, sparkly flower and a vellum butterfly.  For some reason, I still have some of my little favor tins (I thought I used them all up!).  I hot glued some paper shred on the top, then glued the bunny to the top of that and added a few more paper punched flowers.  The tin was decorated with a strip of paper and a matching die cut bow.  No Easter treat is complete with out some candy, so I added some pastel M&M's.

Like a good M&M, you can't have just I made a few more bunnies in different colors!

Paper:  American Crafts, Making Memories, Recollections, MME, Simple Stories
Ink:  Memento
Misc:  Paper punches, half pearls, Cricut, white bumpy chenille stems, pop up dots, seam binding, hot glue gun, pink chalk, seam binding, mini mint tin, Mama Elephant Bow Die, black Sharpie pen, paper shred, pom poms

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Warm Fuzzies

Happy March 1st!  Here is "springy" Easter card to hopefully brighten your day!  Another paper piecing, Copic coloring, die cutting, flower making, paper punching, pop up dotting creation!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence-Warm Fuzzies and Papertrey Ink-Tag-it's #1
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Wasau, Making Memories
Misc:  Copics, paper punches, buttons, half pearls, paper shred, Nestabilities, pop up dots, Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Doily Die, Papertrey Ink Mat Stack 3 Dies

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Scrambled Eggs

Another card for my Easter stash!  

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Scrambled Eggs
Ink:  Versafine and Memento
Paper:  Martha Stewart, American Crafts, The Paper Company
Misc:  button, paper punches, half pearls, crochet thread, pop up dots, Papertrey Ink Scrambled Eggs, Mat Stack, and Flowers Dies,  My Favorite Things Scallop Border Die, Copics

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hunny Bunny Easter Wishes!

It's time to start working on Easter goodies!  Yay, another holiday with candy, yay!  

I've been wanting this stamp since it came out, and during one of My Favorite Things awesome sales, I was able to snag it!  I colored her with Copics and then paper pieced her outfit.  I love her polka dot leggings.  She was fussy cut and popped up on the card.  This card has lots of layers, colors, and textures....some of my favorite things!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-DG Hunny Bunny and Dandelion Designs-Happy Easter!
Ink:   Versafine and Memento
Paper:  Bazzill, MME, American Crafts, Recollections, Wasau
Misc:  Papertrey Ink flower dies, pop up dots, Copics, buttons

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Gifts For Mom

My Mom really likes the Pure Innocence stamps.  She calls them the "big face girls"!  I have made her many cards for various occasions with them, and she proudly shows them off to her knitting group and keeps them all out for display all year round.

My Mom loves to knit, and I think secretly she likes to do the laundry.  It's just her and my stepfather, so it's not a lot of laundry to do.  My stepfather teases her and tells her that she loves to do the laundry!  I bought both of these stamp sets with Mom in mind.

I stamped them then colored with Copics.  Their dresses are paper pieced.  I cut some doilies out of vellum, and then placed them in these frames I bought from Ikea.  I wish I had taken the pictures before I put the glass in them.  I gave them to my Mom for her birthday and she just loved them.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things Pure Innocence-Loads of Love and Close Knit
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Wasau, Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, Recollections, and Unknown Designer Paper
Misc:  Copics, paper punches, frames

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hogs & Kisses

I had originally made this card as a Valentine, but I think it would be perfect for any day.  I made this during one of my Netflix marathons!  My niece, Jenny, got me hooked on American Horror Story.  I started watching it in season 3, as Stevie Nicks was to make guest appearances.  So, now I'm watching the first two seasons.

I used some of my favorite techniques on this card including stamping, paper punching, die cutting, sewing and flower making!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-On The Farm
Ink;  Versafine
Paper:  MME, Bazzill, Recollections
Misc:  Papertrey Ink On The Farm and Beautiful Blooms 2 dies, paper punches, My Favorite Things Fish Tail Die-Namics, sewing machine, pop up dots, crochet thread, buttons

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sending you lots of love today on Valentine's Day!  Hope you are having a sweet romantic day where all of your dreams come true!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Tag It's #1 and Heart-2-Heart #11
Paper:  The Paper Company, American Crafts
Ink:  Papertrey Ink
Misc:  paper punches, pop up dots, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Heart Border Die, Diamond Glaze

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