Saturday, May 20, 2017

African Safari digi kit

A digi scrap page and
facebook timeline cover 
that I created with the newest 
digi kit released by JMC Designs,
African Safari. 
It is now available at Plain Digital Wrapper 
and With Love Studios.
It is on sale for 50% off through May 26, 2017.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Graduation Card - golden stars

Today I'm sharing a fairly simple graduation card. 

I chose to use a gold stars theme to coordinate with the saying
from the Great Grads stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The card is Whisper White.
I used metallic gold card stock for the
die cut star and the backer.

Miniature stars (Background Basics, Stampin' Up!)
were stamped with Encore Metallic Gold ink.

The sentiment strip was stamped with Versamark ink
then heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
I added gold metal eyelets on the ends.
It is attached with pop dots for dimension.

The die cut metallic gold star was dry embossed
with a Stars folder from Cuttlebug. 

Because I used metallic elements on it,
I am entering it in the current challenge at

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Love To Craft Challenge

The new Anything Crafty Goes challenge at
Love To Craft Challenge is now live !

This month I'm sharing a decorated
paper mache frame I made recently
as part of a gift set.

Click below to see the additional pieces:
Lovely recovered mini scrapbook 

Coordinating cards and a 100% digital scrapbook page 
with the same papers, that I digitized myself.

The papers, paper flower kit, stamps, punches
and corduroy brad were from Stampin' Up! (no longer available).

The paper flower kit consisted of precut flower pieces.
I lightly inked the edges then scrunched them up a bit.
I layered them, pierced a hole through the centers
then held them all together with the corduroy brad. 

The leaves were stamped then punched out with a 
coordinating paper punch.

The leafy branches were a made from a paper punch.

I looped a piece of twine and hot glued it into place.

The frame is something I've had in my stash for a while,
I don't remember where I bought it.

The easiest way I came up with to make the decorative paper
fit the front was to press a piece of lightweight scrap paper
inside the heart shaped opening. I ran my fingers along the
edges to give it more dimension. This created a pattern to cut
along with scissors. I cut it slightly larger than the creased heart shape
 I made so just a hint of the mache would show. 
It wasn't perfect, but the best I could do. 
Once I had my pattern made to my liking, I lined it up on a piece
of decorative paper cut to fit the front of the frame.
I traced then cut out the heart shaped opening with scissors. 

The word art was found via an online search.
Unfortunately I don't have the direct link to
give proper credit because it was linked to a page
with over 1500 images !
There is a small Cloud Mom logo in the corner.

Thanks for looking =)

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members blogs

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mr. Fix It digi kit

I adore this new digital kit by JMC Designs ! 

It released on May 12th at

It will be  on sale for 50% off until May 19th
at either of the stores.

Alphabet in 4 Colors
5 Card stock colors
24 Patterned Papers
67 Unique Elements – 2 arrows, Banner, 4 Mr Fix It Bears, Border, 4 bows, 3 Buttons, Chain Link, Drill, 3 Flair, 4 flowers, 3 frames, 3 gears, hammer, heart, hook, 2 Leaves, Nail scatter, nail, 2 ricrac, 3 screws, screwdriver, 3 splatters, staples,  star, star scatter, 3 strings, 6 tags, 2 washers, washer scatter, wooden brad, wrench

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Best Friends digi kit

BEST FRIENDS is a sweet new digi kit by JMC Designs and now available at 

It is sold in four separate  portions,
each of which is on sale for $1 through May 16, 2017.

51 Unique Element Pack – 4 Arrows, Bead Scatter, 4 Bows, 4 Buttons, Clip, 3 Flair, 5 Flowers, 3 Frames, 3 Friends, 3 Hearts, 3 Leaves, 4 Ribbons, 2 RicRac, Small Flower, Staples, Stitching, 3 Strings, 3 Tags, 2 WordArt

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Simple Prima Flowers Thank You Card

I like how this simple, cheery thank you card for the lady who gave me the gems turned out. My sisters mother-in-law had to downsize when she moved and wanted me to have her craft supplies. I kept a few items, we donated the rest.

The flowers were gifted to me by a long time pen pal.

The rubber stamp image is an oldie in a set from Stampin' Up! called Vogues Verses, dated 2001 . The dots around the word remind me of the April showers that bring May flowers (or in our area, flooding!) .

The floral panel is separate from the base and attached with dimensionals. It was free hand doodled along the edges with a fine point black Sharpie marker.

I'd like to enter this simple floral card into the new challenge at Retro Rubber, Flowers RRCB62.

Thanks for looking =)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Lovely Recovered Notepad

Time for the new craft challenge at

This month is an anything goes challenge;

just be sure to keep it family friendly, please.

My project started as an autograph book I bought years ago

at a dollar store. I thought it might make a good
mini scrapbook, notebook, journal, etc., someday
when I took the time to recover it.

First, I peeled the front cover off of the chipboard.

This particular notebook had a sort of laminated paper cover,

it was made of a slippery material that I didn't think glue would
stick well to. I started off sanding it with the plan to gesso then cover,
but after I saw how thick it was I decided to pick at one of the corners
to see if it would peel off. I was happy that it did, and all in one piece ! 
What a time saver.

I chose an old pack of decorative papers from Stampin' Up!,

all colors and images were designed to coordinate. 
They were cut to fit and glued in place with Mod Podge glue.

I had a large chipboard stencil letter that I did the same as the 

notebook to, peeling off a decorative covering then gluing on paper.
That one did not peel off as easily, taking more time than I planned !
Stickles diamond glitter glue, some sanding and a paper doily
 layered behind to finish off the "monogram".

The paper flower was made from a kit by Stampin' Up!

I also made die cut leaves (SU ! as well) 
and added a bit of twine.

Lots of ribbon scraps knotted to the spiral binding 

at the top of the book to finish it off. 

This notebook is part of a set of things I made as a gift. 
I'll share another part of it in several days as a project for 
the Love To Craft design team I am on.

See the coordinating card I made for  

for the House of Cards design team here:
Also a 100% digital project with the same papers, 

that I digitized myself, for the new Digitally Made Challenge here:

Our challenge lasts all month, plenty of time to create and share with us.
If you do, you will have a chance to win a prize by our generous sponsorsparkle n 

Be sure to see what the
rest of the design team has come up with !

Heather - you are here
Thanks for looking !

Monday, May 1, 2017

House Of Cards May Challenge

We have a fun color palette (and/or use sequins)
this month at the House of Cards Challenge blog:

Once again, depending on the computer I use to look at the inspiration photo,
my colors are not quite right on my finished project :(

I do not have sequins, so I used a rhinestone
to dot the "I" on the word friend.

This was a simple card made from preprinted decorative paper
layered over a dark brown base.
I added a die cut (Cuttlebug) sentiment and rhinestone.
It's a mail friendly card, too, not requiring extra postage.

Here are several more quick cards I made from scraps and pieces of designer papers
 that I used to make a couple of other projects with. They made up a gift set. 
They'll be posted here on my blog the 5th (I love how this recovered mini scrapbook turned out!)
and 15th (recovered/decorated paper mache frame) as other design team projects.
Check out the digital versions of these papers that I made
used on a digital scrapbook page I also posted today !

Thanks for looking =) 

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team
members blogs for more inspiring cards:

Chanya13 | Christi | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Karen | Katarina | Leslie | Maria | Merethe
Michele | Mynn | Nancy |  Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

Digitally Made May Challenge

Welcome to the very first challenge at 

We are a new 100 % digital craft blog.
That is, no printed digital images 
assembled into tangible, hand crafted projects.
We want to see your digital art,
be it scrapbook pages, cards, inspirational
quotes combined with photos, banners
made for social media, backgrounds
for your computer screen, digital paintings,
printables, etc and so on ! 

We will have monthly themes to challenge you.

Our theme this month is Anything Goes - 
so long as it is completely digital and family friendly !

Our challenge is just for fun and inspiration,
there are no prizes awarded. 
Our winner for the month will be offered
a guest designer spot in a future challenge. 

I created a digital scrapbook page for my project.
I'm hoping to get a decent photo of my Mom and I
on Mother's Day to add to the completed page :) 

Digital Papers : I created them myself by scanning papers
(Attic Boutique) bought from Stampin' Up! several years ago.

I used the actual papers on several other projects that you
can see in additional posts this month as part
of other design team projects I made.

The papers were 12" x 12", so I had to scan them in two sections
using my Canoscan. I then used Photoshop Elements
to piece the two sections together - yes, it was quite
tricky, on some more than others. There may be an easier way
to do it using some function in the program that I am not aware of.
Once I was happy with the way I got them lined up, I cropped them
to a 12" square and saved them at 300 dpi. Sure, it was a lot of work
to make my own digital papers this way, but now I have digital versions
of this particular paper should I ever want to print it out for another
handmade project or use it digitally on additional projects (more likely).

Digital elements : various elements purchased years ago
through Stampin' Up! for the My Digital Studio program
they offered. It has since been discontinued and content
is no longer available. I use My Memories Suite now.

Quote element : from   
(I altered it a bit by painting over the URL on the image)

Template : freebie from Miss Mel as part of the 
March 2017 For The Love of Templates Blog Train

Because I used a predesigned template for this project,
Photoshop Elements was the program of choice.
These types of files do not work in My Memories Suite.

Font : Playlist

National Scrapbook Day is May 6th !

Thanks for looking =) 

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members blogs
 for more inspiring digital projects:

Heather - you are here

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cute As A Button frame

As soon as I saw the current challenge at
I knew what I was going to make.

It may not quite fit what the design team expected,
but it is something I've been wanting to make
to have on hand for the next wee one that comes
into my large extended family.

(NOTE: the photo is an advertisement for a doll)

I started by stamping a button borders image
(I'm guessing it is from around 1997, by Stampin' Up!)
 onto four pieces of card stock that were cut to 1" x 5". 

I lined them up to create a frame,
adding double stick tape to the corners.
I cut them on a diagonal to create miters. 
Tip: take your time in placing the tape,
considering what portions will become scrap
once cut. You don't want the tape to be on the good
portion of the frame you want to use. 

After cutting the miters, I applied double stick tape
and adhered it to a chipboard piece I cut to fit.
I then cut strips of  thin advertising magnets
(great use for those junk mail magnets)
and glued them on the back so it would stick to metal.

My button is one I made from "paper clay"
and a mold that Stampin' Up! sold several years ago.
There is no date on the packaging, 
but I'm guessing it is at least 5 years old, maybe more.
Not that I don't have oodles of buttons in my stash as it is,
but I needed to get some more use out of this barely used kit.

Once the clay was dry, I painted it with glossy black
craft paint then carefully filled in the dashes around 
the edge with white paint using a toothpick.

The button was finished with scraps of ribbon tied into a knot.

The flags were cut by hand.
"Cute" is a portion of the "how cute is that" stamp that I inked
 from the old set Phase Starters by Stampin' Up!, dated 2003.

"as a button" was made by assembling Small Casual Snap Stamps 
into the phrase. They are dated 2005.

Supplies: Ivory Naturals (bought in 2000) card stock and black ink.

I am also entering my frame into the Anything Goes challenges at
and PDE Linky Party(optional wall banners) .

Thanks for looking =) 

EDITED TO ADD 5/7/2017:
My project  was a top pick at Retro Rubber Challenge !