Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautifully Simple 25th Anniversary Card









Today I'm sharing a 
special card I made for a long time email pen pal.

This is a large card and required extra postage. 
I mailed it an a bubble wrap envelope. 

I used a new to me 6" square embossing folder for the front.
It has so much dimension ! 

The elements on the front are various supplies from my stash:
- the "2 5" was die cut from a piece of card stock that I had a misprint
on from a previous project, so I flipped it over and cut from the clean side.
- the white lace border with touches of shimmer has been in my
sewing stash for years. It's fun to use neglected sewing supplies
on craft projects. I used low temp hot glue to adhere it to the card front. 
- the 5/8" wide organdy ribbon was bought way back when
Stampin' Up! used to sell such ribbon.
- the flower with rhinestone center was part of a layering kit of 
floral pieces that I bought years ago at a yard sale. 


The inside:
I had printed the sentiment I created on my computer
for a previous project, but it was the wrong size so I never used it.
I finally had the perfect project to put that misprint to use.
I embossed along the top and bottom edges
(don't look too closely, I ran it through the wrong way 
so it is actually debossed!).

Because the card front is so large, I had to piece together
two pieces of silver metallic card stock to create the base.

I think this card would be neat as the center of a 12"x 12"
scrapbook page surrounded by small photos of the couple
over the years. Even placed off center with a couple larger photos
from the anniversary celebration. It could be framed and hung on the wall !





I'm entering my card in the 
and


Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hawaiian Summer digi kit















Above are a card front, facebook timeline cover
and a scrap page I made with this colorful
new summery kit by JMC Designs, Hawaiian Summer.
It is on sale until July 28th, 2017




Hawaiian Summer kit includes:
6 Cardstock - 12X12 300ppi
24 Patterned Papers - 12X12 300ppi
70 Unique Elements - Coconut Drink, Flamingo, Hula Boy, Hula Girl, Lights, 2 Masks, Netting, Palm, Pineapple, 3 Surf Boards, Tiki Hut, Tiki Light, Turtle, 4 Leaves, 11 Flowers, 2 Hearts, 2 Sand, Aloha WA, 6 Buttons, 3 Starfish, Sand Dollar, Shell, Water Frame, Sunglasses, Watermelon slice, Sun, 6 Ribbons, Scatter, Stitching, 6 Strings, 3 Swirls, 2 Waves




Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple Scherenschnitte Unicorn Card





As I was cleaning and packing things to take up to my new craft room, 

I came across a simple Scherenschnitte kit I bought years and years ago.

When I was first married and started to get interested in crafting techniques,

I came across a small crafting magazine and subscribed to it. I don't recall the name,
but it was small in dimension, featuring traditional type crafts such as  paper quilling, 
tatting, knitting and the like.

This magazine also had lots and lots of ads to buy things (probably more 

advertisements than projects actually!). I fell for a few of them.
One of which was this very simple paper cutting, or Scherenschnitte, kit.
It sat in a box all of this time because I really didn't know what to do
with the paper cut silhouette images way back when and had since 
forgotten about having the kit until packing up stuff.

After getting everything set up in the new craft room, the first crafty thing

I did was cut out those silhouettes. Seriously. Just because. 

Fast forward a couple of weeks to my seeing the newest challenge at 

Retro Rubber, somewhere over the rainbow, and I knew what I wanted to make with the unicorn image. Problem was, there wasn't going to be any stamping on my card because I have no rainbow images. I originally thought about cutting paper strips to make a rainbow or even a starburst design. (which would have been a neat look I think, but I've not made one of those yet and wasn't feeling up to the challenge/time commitment today). In the end decided to keep it simple. I used this watercolor-y rainbow looking paper from DCWV and added a rubber stamped greeting from Itty Bitty Banners, Stampin' Up! (approximately 5 years old). 

The unicorn was run through a Xyron sticker maker. Remember those ?
Yes, I had to have one and I barely use it ;) It was still sticky !

It is attached to a tag that I hand cut with a paper trimmer.

A piece of rainbow colored organdy ribbon is hot glued to the top of the tag.

I hand colored portions of the rubber stamp with water based markers,
stamped it, cut it out then added additional colors with pencils. Teeny paper
punch circles of orange card stock are glued to the ends, brad like. 










Back side of the pattern, after trimming it out
and applying the Xyron sticker glue


Paper from the kit
showing the other images









Lastly, I decided to put a new nail hole in my recently
refinished/repainted walls of the new craft room. Eek !
My daughter bought this poster for me quite
some time ago. Now that I had a wall large enough
to hang it, I did . It is a 24"x 36"poster !
It filled in that corner of the room nicely. 



Thanks for looking =) 


I'm entering my card in the 
Retro Rubber.   RRCB67

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rainbow Colored Christmas Card








I wouldn't normally think to make such a card for Christmas, but I was inspired by two current challenges I follow to use rainbow colors. I like it, all bright and sparkly, reminiscent of Christmas lights !

Part of the Retro Rubber Challenge is to tell how old our stamps are (they must be over a year old).
I had to do some sleuthing for the "celebrate" stamp because there was no year on it. I do know I've had it well over a year (okay, I must fess up, more like a decade!) in my collection.

It says "D.O.T.S." on the side of it. I googled that and from what I could find, it was a rubber stamp company that became Close To My Heart in the year 2000. So I'd venture to say that stamp is at least 17 years old.  It was heat embossed in black on water color paper then I colored each letter in with markers and a bit of water. There were little dots around the word, so I added rhinestones to them. 

"the season" was created with Snap Stamps (Small Casual), individual letters that you snap into place to create your own words.  I really like those stamps and wish I had bought more styles of them than the two I have. There is a copyright on the package from 2005, so they are about 12 years old. Wow, doesn't seem like it was that long ago I bought them. Time flies.

The banner was hand cut then attached with a red eyelet. I should have used a rhinestone brad!

I ran Stickles Diamond glitter glue around the edge of the top panel. 


Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Doodles Birthday Card




Using up some scraps to create a fairly simple birthday card .
All stamp images from Stampin' Up! ,  Doodle This
I'm entering this card in the new challenge at Use Your Stuff, #272 Color Splash.

Thanks for visiting today :)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Digi Scrap Freebies





As an affiliate for My Memories ( STMMMS23251 ), I am able to offer you 
limited time freebies for your digital scrap booking. 

Two such freebies are available today until July 23rd, 2017.
Follow the links and sign up for a free account to download them.
No purchase necessary and you don't even need the software to use them!

















Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rolodex Special Days Reminder





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

This month I'm sharing an altered off brand "rolodex".

For some of you this is probably an old project idea,
but for myself and perhaps many others, 
it is a new idea to us project !
Something I've not seen before. 

I happened across this kit at a church yard sale earlier
this year. I had no idea what it was, but noticed all of 
the pieces of ribbon, paper and embellishments in it.
I decided to buy it to see what it was.
When I got it home and opened the package, 
I discovered that it was an entire kit with basic
instructions to alter a "rolodex" file. 

What fun it was to put together,
deciding which bits and pieces to
use with which papers! 
I did add a few of my own do-dads.

Yes, this was a time consuming project,
but I made it more so than it had to be.







This was the kit.






I made larger divider pages because I didn't like
the look of the month titles on the small dividers. 
Plus, I thought they were too flimsy.
I made my own pattern then cut them out of  
card stock I had in my stash.
I covered them with the decorative papers
that were in the kit.






Below are images of each of the dividers.






Another view of the finished project !


Thanks for looking =) 

Be sure to visit 
to see more inspiring ideas -
and to share your crafts with us !



I'm entering my project in the
Anything Goes Challenge for the week of July 11th
at Through The Craft Room Door
and
July Anything Goes at
Crafting By Designs
and lastly
 July Anything Goes at
Mix It Up Challenge Blog

Friday, July 14, 2017

Bird Retirement Card




Funny, in all of my paper crafting supplies 
I've no retirement images or sentiments ! 

I needed a retirement card for an Aunt of mine, 
so I came up with this simple card.

The image is an oldie from Stampin' Up!,
as is the background stamp.

I water colored the image in with inks from my classic
ink pads and an aqua painter. 

Because there is a bluebird on my card,
I'm entering it in the current Use Your Stuff Challenge,

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

New Craft Room





First off, let me say that I probably ought to change the name of my blog -
I'm officially an empty nester ! Of course the baby birds are always welcome
to fly back to the nest, but their rooms will not be as they left them ;)




I've been wrestling with the idea of making the second empty bedroom into another craft room of sorts for myself. The first empty bedroom will remain as a guest bedroom. This second empty bedroom was a perfectly good space that would be going to waste, there were no plans to use it for anything else. Well, other than the idea I had to scoot the old entertainment center turned into photographs /scrapbooks storage from the spare bedroom in there. I was also going to move my sewing machine and supplies in plus a small table that was being stored in the basement, unused. The table would have been useful for thumbing through photo albums or working on small sewing projects. So, I did have a little plan for that room................ but that plan soon snowballed !

While working on cleaning the bedroom and preparing for paint, I couldn't help but think about the other craft supplies left in the old, unfinished basement. Could I make room for some (most!) of them to fit in this room? It would, after all, be better to have them up out of the dingy craft dungeon without the threat of being flooded (I've dealt with that too many times over the years!). Plus, there have been numerous times I've needed something from down there while working on a project in the new upper level craft room.

I decided to just do it and have been slowly working on it the past month. Decluttering, deep cleaning, repairing damage to the walls, painting, etc and so on. Then lots of measurements and sketches, tossing around ideas of what to put where. This room doesn't have much wall space since there are three doors and three windows in it, so I utilized the center of the room as I did in the other craft room and craft dungeon.

Numerous plastic storage tubs were bought over the years to keep things in while in that old basement craft dungeon, so I reused them upstairs after giving them all a good wipe with disinfecting cloths. No fancy furniture or cute storage units in my craft rooms. I may hang some pieces on the walls, but after all the time I spent filling in existing holes and gouges, I'm not sure I want to put new holes in them ;)



So, here it is, still a bit of a work in progress.


Standing in the doorway looking in


Back against the photo storage unit (below)


Back against the double windows (above)


Looking towards the entry door


The light in this room is so much better than in the first craft room. Three windows that get better natural light plus a multi light ceiling fan (ahh, yes, a ceiling fan to help keep it cool, too!) in addition to the white walls make for a pretty well lit work space.

I'm using the existing blue roller shades and red curtains with the white walls for the time being. I do like patriotic colors anyway. Besides, the colors coordinate with part of my view :)













What's going on with that one section of the wall in the above photos, you ask ?
It is what is left, the closet doors yet to be painted,
from the custom paint I job I did for my young son
nearly 20 years ago. It coordinated with his Rugrats bedding/decor.
I made my own stamps from mouse pads and sponges 
and free hand painted the zig zag line.
Yes, it was difficult to paint over, requiring four coats of primer !


Two coats of primer ! Still showing !







A few closeup photos:

Solid wood kitchen table we no longer used.
It's not the neatest look having all of the storage tubs
stacked around it, but it is the only way I could fit them.
I decided I may as well get as much out of the basement as possible.
No more flood (or critter!) worries and now easily accessible.
Plus, better light (and air) to work with.





You'll notice how the paint tower is leaning
against the storage unit:
that is because the floors are sloping in this old house !
Drop something on the floor, and it rolls away.
My son thought it was neat when he was little
and his toy cars would roll on their own.
I'll put a scrap of wood under one side
as I've done to many other pieces in both craft rooms.


I'll eventually get all of the photos out of the ends and into
photo albums. The plan would to then put the paints in those
boxes I made myself in the ends of the cabinet. One year ! 
I also stacked large rolls of ribbon in the front of the side doors. 




This is the center section where a TV would normally sit.
 I made a simple curtain to hide scrapbooks.





Gotta have a radio for music, a clock and at least a couple of knick knacks
that were no longer being used in another room. 
The row of boxes on top are full of photographs.
Yes, I admit it, I have YEARS (ahem, make that decades)
 worth of photos not put in albums.
I must get them into even simple pocket photo albums......
Now that I have my rooms set up and everything on the same
level of the house, there is no excuse (other than finding time)
to get busy with that massive project. 











Lastly these two shelves hold all sorts of various 
crafty supplies and tools, 
as do the storage tubs that surround the table.

Oh, and the closet ? 
Several boxes of items for gift giving, fabric and
sewing supplies as well as mementos are stored in there. 

Other than my floral
and matting/framing supplies,
nearly all of my crafty hoard is now high and dry,
out of that dank old craft dungeon. 
Yippee !!!!!!    Happy Dance !!!!










Monday, July 10, 2017

Pool Party Digi Kit





I've another cute digital kit to share with you today!
This one is called Pool Party by JMC Designs
It is available at 
and is on sale for just $1 per pack
for a very limited time !

I created a facebook timeline cover 
and an invitation with the kits. 
It's fun creating digital projects other
than scrapbook pages with digital scrapbook kits. 










ELEMENTS PACK CONTENTS
50 Unique Elements – banner, 3 bows, 3 Boys, butterfly, 4 buttons, duck float, flip flops, 4 flowers, 3 girls, 3 leaves, pool, arrow, 3 frames, heart, 4 ribbon, 3 ricrac, scatter, splatter, staples, stitching, 2 Strings, 4 wordart, sun, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel









PAPER PACK CONTENTS
24 Patterned Papers
12X12
300ppi



CARD STOCK KIT CONTENTS
8 Cardstock
12X12
300ppi





ACCENTS KIT CONTENTS
35 Accents – One in each color of palette
arrows, butterflies, buttons, flowers, labels, stars, tags

Friday, July 7, 2017

Weed Em and Reap Digi Kit



What a cute kit -
and a cute name for a kit !
Weed 'Em and Reap 
is the newest digital scrapbook kit by
JMC Designs and is available for
50% off until July 14th
at both of her stores:




I created a facebook timeline cover, above, 
with elements from the kit.
Below are two cute business card ideas. 
I like to use digi scrap kits for things other than
digital scrapbook pages. 










Visit the blog for a freebie add on to the kit
and to see projects made by the design team !


Thanks for visiting today =)



KIT CONTENTS:

Full Alphabet 
7 Cardstock 12X12 300ppi 
24 Patterned Papers 12X12 300ppi 
64 Unique Elements - banner, basil leaf, bee, 4 bows, boy with blower, boy with mower, butterfly, 5 buttons, 6 garden charms, chive leaf, paperclip, dragonfly, fertilizer, 6 flowers, pitchfork, frame, garden boots, garden sign, girl planting, girl watering, dirt grunge, how, hose, ladybug, stitching, parsley leaf, rake, 4 ribbons, 2 ricrac, rosemary leaf, sage leaf, spade, shovel, staples, 5 strings, watering can, wheelbarrow, worm