Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Make A Difference!

Hi Blog Friends!

 I have a card for you today that I made for our daughter this summer!
She is away working with a small church on an Internship.
She is feeding the poor, working in a day camp, helping in a Laundromat-- helping pay for people's laundry, & learning skills that will help her in the future!
She wants to 
Just what my card is titled.
I sent my card to her in encouragement.
Take a look!
 I made her a Shaker Card!
Something FUN!

First, I found some paper that I could die cut with the right words. 
The Designer Paper is by: Recollections- Everyday Moments.

I used Studio Katia Dies-Dotted Balloons.
By the way, Studio Katia Dies are so much fun to work with & are PERFECT for shaker cards!
(If I had it to do over I wouldn't have cut off the edge of the balloon, but let it continue to the edge of the card base. Ooops!)

I created the background using Distress Oxide Inks.
(Yes, they blend like a DREAM! I'm SO HAPPY I bought them!)

Here is a close-up of the saying on the balloons. 
(I used some colored glitter inside, & if I did this again, I would not use the colored glitter either.
 Can you tell I don't make too many of these shaker cards? LOL) 
But, just think about the words on this card.....
"Make a Difference; How do you want to be remembered; Define Yourself; Leave a Legacy."

I used crochet thread for the strings of the balloons.

This is the inside of the card.
The verse is from: Poppy Stamps-Fairy Greetings 
& I hand wrote the word "for," &
the stamp "Jesus" is from ODB- Words of Faith.

Our daughter was VERY SURPRISED & enjoyed receiving this card. 
I think the encouragement came right when it was needed!
HOPE you like!

Remember, in WHATEVER you do to 

***I am entering my card in the 
SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog. 
The theme is ANYTHING GOES this week.***
You can find out more about this challenge here: 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Misti Protection!

Hi Blog Friends!

I haven't worked on any cards this week! GASP! LOL
Instead, I have been working on my 
Misti Protection!
I have a small area in which to craft, & we have kitties.....
I am always worried that the kitties will knock it over or scratch it....
My desk just isn't big enough with all I do to leave it out on my desk, 
although I do keep it close to my desk.
So, I decided to make my Misti some protection!
I've been thinking about this for sometime, & just plunged in this past week....

This protection is good too, if you take it out of the house, which I have done. 
I didn't create a strap for it though, as if it is over your shoulder & hanging, 
or hanging from your arm, it would have more chance of banging the corners....
I saw it more of a case to put my Misti in to pad & protect or store it in, not as a carrying case.
If I get a larger case (Scrapbook case/cart) to roll around, 
it would fit nicely in that for when I would go out with it.
Either way, whether I go out or stay in, it is padded & protected from harm.
(I know that Iliana came out with a case for the Mini Misti, but I haven't seen it on the market since I saw it on a CHA video, & right now I don't have the Mini Misti either, nor would my Original Misti fit in the Mini Case!)

I will be entering this project in the
June Challenge at
"Crafts Galore Encore" 
over at
 Sparkle & Sprinkle 

Here is my 
Misti Protection:
I started by cutting my material to the size I wanted, layering it up---- the print, two layers of batting, a cream muslin, & a final layer of white muslin for the lining.
I quilted all the pieces with my sewing machine, except the lining.
I created a bag for the inside with a zipper closure.
This is my Misti Protection finished. 
I had to add some buttons for decoration.
 Including buttons on the side. 
I used the buttons on the side to anchor the inside bag to, only stitching it in at the top,
 & letting the bag hang loose at the bottom.

I used Velcro for the closure.

This is a view of the inside, lots of space!

I used the quilted inside bag---only one layer of batting to it, 
to give added protection to the inside of the bag.
 On one side I have my Original Misti.

On the other side,
 I have extra grid paper for my Misti; 
I made the bag this way so I can add the Mini Misti eventually. ;)
There is still plenty of room to add pre-cut card stock, & or leave the grid paper in the bag too.
(I've been thinking of adding a small hard cardboard file to my Misti Protection for the Template inside of my Misti now & the acrylic grid--you can see the template in this photo, it's orange. That template is for the fairly new Triangles Turnabout Stamp from Concord & 9th.) ;) 

For the center bag, I have small bags made of muslin inside.
Can you guess what is inside?
 All of the Misti  Creative Corners!

For the double  Creative Corner pieces, I created a bag with two pockets....

This way, these two pieces are kept together.
Each bag has Velcro closures.

Each bag is made to fit each piece perfectly to cut down on bulk, &  to protect them from scratches
I didn't want the numbers/measurements to be scratched & unable to read them.....

They can be safely tucked into the center bag, 
along with other small items that Misti just might come out with next! 
You never know!!! ;)

So, what do you think?
Have you made your Misti a bag?
How did you do it?

I LOVE my Misti!

P.S. Taking care of our tools & keeping them clean, makes them last longer! ;)

Supplies used:
*About 1 yard of each Material- Print, Batting, Muslin's-Cream & White.
*2 pkg. Seam Binding- 2 colors-Black & White
*5 Buttons-1 1/2"
*2 Threads-Black & White
*Velcro-Black & White
*Sewing Machine
*Zipper-7"-9"/ 18-23cm.-Black
*Pins & Pin Cushion
*Scissors-Large & Small
*Cutting Board
*Seam Ripper
*Hand Sewing Needles

Friday, May 19, 2017

Simon Says: Home Sweet Home

Hi Blog Friends!

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I have something for you that I have been planning for awhile. 
Do you remember when Kathy Rocoosin had her Coloring Challenge over at 
The Daily Marker????
I was one of the winners one day & she sent me a package full of goodies!
(So yes, I have more things planned with those goodies!) ;)
One of the stamp sets she sent me was by Lawn Fawn, 
Gnome Sweet Gnome.
I've seen the cutest scenes with this set.
So, I ordered the dies to go with the stamp set, & I found THE PERFECT stamp to go with it when I ordered the dies! ;)

I have never seen myself as a "cutsy-tutsy" (that's what I call it) LOL type of card maker, but I have to say that when you win stamps that aren't what you think are your "style," GIVE IT A TRY! 
Seriously, when you win prizes that you might not think are your "style," it is a chance to work outside of the box 
you've put yourself in!

So, I want to tell Kathy, 
for helping me step out of the box I put myself in! ;)

I am entering this card in  the
SSS- Monday Challenge
Home Sweet Home
Found here: 

Now, here is what I made with the set Kathy sent me.

There's Gnome Place Like Home!
(This card is one of my all time favorites now!)
 I paired the Lawn Fawn Set up with Penny Black's Cottage Tree House.
I've seen this Penny Black stamp before & thought it looked like so much fun!
And this tree was so full of  imagination & just fun;
 it looked like the little house this gnome would live in!
Makes me think of a wonderful illustration from a child's book!

I used a full sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" Card Stock for this card,
 because of the size of the Penny Black Image. 
My card turned out to be 5 1/2" x 7 1/2".

I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Colors to color this Penny Black Image.
I had such a fun time water coloring this one evening!

I then stamped the little gnome & mushroom, by Lawn Fawn & colored them with Spectrum Noir & Copic markers & mounted them on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
I placed him off to the side of the walk-way, as if to invite you to his fantastical home!

I also mounted the whole illustration on Mounting Tape.

 I went back after creating my card & added the inside, just a touch of masking here....

 Another little touch that Kathy taught us, was to go over the illustration with a black marker after you've colored it.... 
I must say, it just made this pop even more!
I used a Faber Castell- Pitt Artist Pen for that.

I used the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Set & heat embossed it with 
Ranger Fine Black Embossing Powder. 

I'm not sure if the photo's give this justice or not. 
In real-life, the colors are vibrant & the tree looks 3-D! 
This card could be used for a "welcome to one's new home/neighborhood," 
or just a fun card to send someone, maybe even frame it for a child's nursery?

I think this little gnome is VERY HAPPY with his home!
He even has a pie on the window sill cooling if you want to come in & visit!

Hope you enjoyed my stepping out the box,

Supplies not mentioned above:
* SSS- Black Premium Dye Ink
* Misti
* Misti Corners
* Strathmore Water Color Paper- 140 lb.
* Faber Castell- Click-N-Go Pot
* Silver Black Velvet Water Color Brushes- 2, 4, 6.
* Uniball Signo White Pen
* Paper- SSS, Recollections, Recollections Paper Pad- Wild Flowers
(Which had a water color blue wash to it)
* Score-buddy
* Teflon Bone Folder
* Embossing Buddy
* Versa Mark
* SCS Sketch:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Casing Nichole!

Hi Blog Friends!

Today I am playing along with PTI's 
"Create Along with Us!"

The goal is to create a project utilizing inspiration you've seen during release week.
It must have at least one PTI product used,
and of course, it must be a new project!
We have until May 22nd, at 6 a.m. to submit our entries.

Check here for additional information:
So, I looked at what was presented & tried to think of what I had, & how I could do this....
That is how I came up with Nichole! LOL
I did like her card too! ;)
Here is where you can find Nichole's card that I cased:
And here is Nichole's card:
I LOVE the CAS of this card!
(Of which I am not that good at doing! LOL It IS NICE to learn from the experts, isn't it?)
The Herringbone background, from the new Mix & Mat Collection. 
(Of which I HAVE TO HAVE!)
The flower...
(It is a new flower done with lines, "Especially You," so we that like to color can color....;) )
And a Word die with a banner. 
So, here is what I did:
I used PTI- Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die for my base.

I also used PTI- Mix & Mat Scallops Die. 
Love this lacy piece!

For my flowers, I used the PTI- Make It Market- Don't Forget To Write.

My Word Die is from PTI- Make It Market- Don't Forget To Write Kit also, along with the little embossed sentiment on the banner.

The banner is from PTI- Tag Sale- Quilted Die & I snipped off the ends.

I lightly adhered the lacy panel, placed my floral sprig with Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape,
 & then attached my word sentiment & banner.

Lastly, I added my Paper Studio Rhinestones- in 3 mm & 4 mm.

ANNND, I added  sparkle with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen- Moonstone to the word die, & where I stamped blue & last of all, I splattered it on my card. ;)
Gotta have sparkle, right?

Hope you like & join in on PTI's release fun!

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Multi-medium Matte
*Ink- SU

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sending Prayers

Hi Blog Friends!

Today, my post is for a
 Paper Trey Ink Make It Monday Challenge-#284. 
Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps
You can find more information here:
Melissa gave us examples with her feminine touch
 using the new set Clouche Quarters & Clouche Spring Fillers. 
As always, Melissa created LOVELINESS for us!
I was playing around & planned to do two cards, but they melded into one. LOL
I hope you like!
I was in the mood to use blue & could only think of how lovely a light blue on lacy white would look..... I used the new Pen & Ink Sentiment Set for my background. 
This is a beautiful set! So many nice sentiments!

I also used PTI Dies- 
Make It Market Mini Kit- Lovely Lace- I adore this set,
Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical Die- a FABULOUS basic die set,
& Mix & Mat Scallops- a wonderful addition to the basic die sets. 
I ADORE the dies at PTI, as you know.
PTI  offers the basic dies that help you build your stash, without having to buy them all at once! 
They all coordinate wonderfully & they even have MORE coming out the release for this month! 
Here is a close-up of the sentiment background, & the Lovely Lace Die.
I also used the set Mini Blooms.
 I wanted them to have some dimension; not only did I use Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape on my Mix & Mat Scallops Die, but I also used my McGill Stylus Kit on the little blooms, & adhered them with Multi-Med. Matte, using my Pick-Me-Up tool.

I added centers to my flowers with  Ranger- Liquid Pearls.
I thought it needed just a bit more sparkle & added 28 Lilac Lane Sequins- Pastels.

Inside, I used the same sentiment that I used on the front,
 & a Mini Bloom to coordinate with the front.

I'll be sending this to a dear friend!

Sending Prayers, & I KNOW He is listening!
Supplies not mentioned above:
*SU- Inks
*DCWV- Pocket Blossom Paper Stack
*Paper Studio
*SU- Acrylic Blocks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Hi Blog Friends!

This past weekend we went to our son's graduation from Graduate School.
Our son now has his Master in Business, 
 an MBA! 
He has always been one who LOVES TO LEARN!
He does hope to one day earn his Doctorate in Business.
That alone tells you he LOVES LEARNING!
We really never stop learning.
It is WHAT YOU LEARN & WHAT YOU DO WITH IT,  that takes you places in life.
 So of course, I made a card for our son's graduation.

 I am putting my card in the
 Impression Obsession Challenge:
UNLAYERED- (Less than 3 layers- not counting the base.) 
You can find out more on the Impression Obsession blog here:

  I will be entering my card in the
Simon Says Stamp- Monday Challenge:
Simon Says: IT'S A FRAME UP.
You can find out more about this challenge on the SSS Monday Challenge Blog here:

Let me show you the "layers" first.
This is the card base- which isn't counted.
I made a
"Shadow Box 'Frame Card.' "
(You can find out how to make this style of card over at SCS.)

This is the "cover" for my shadow box. It has two layers, the red card stock & the designer paper.

This is the "insert" for the Shadow Box Frame Card.
It is one layer with the image & stars, & the whop-la is hand drawn. ;)
Even with adding this layer to the base, it is less than 3 layers.
I think that will work, do you think that will work?????  LOL
(At this point, I WISH I had one of those "wobblers" to use. Wouldn't this graduate look cute wobbling? I JUST ordered some, so I will add that to this card later for our son. Yep, even after I already gave him the card! He likes the interactive type of cards. ) ;)

This is my card all put together.

The inside with the insert in the base.

This is the back flap, where you can add your sentiment & sign your card.

Here you can see the dimension of the card.

The sentiment on the front was part of the designer paper & I popped it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I have to say, I LOVE this die- I.O.- Jumping Grads Dies- DIE295-R
(There are two of these jumping grads- a male & a female in the set!
 Quite a buy I thought, with another graduation near at hand! )

I made a tassel from Embroidery Floss & gold sewing thread.

Again, the inside, so you can see the sparkle of the stars. I foiled these with my Mini Minc Machine.
I mean really, it is a BIG DEAL to stick with schooling for 6 years, after High School.
There were times our son got tired of being in school, & that is the reason I thought this jumping grad was so fitting! ;)
"You DID IT, Son!"
Hope you like my card & give this cute Shadow Box Frame Card a try!


Supplies not mentioned above:
*Paper- Paper Studio, Best Occasions, Paper Studio Designer Paper
*Multi-Med. Matte
*Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
*Teflon Bone Folder
*12x 12 Score Board- MS
*Spellbinders- Classic Oval Dies
*Jolee's Boutique- Stickers
*Uni-ball Signo White Pen
*Pick-Me-Up Tool
*PTI- Star Gazer
*Terrifically Tacky Tape
*ODB- Corrie Ten Boom #C156 (Inside Sentiment)