Saturday, May 21, 2016


Hi Blog Friends!

Well, I have been busy here these last few days with two additional entries in the current Challenges going on over at SSS! 
First, the
SSS Monday Challenge Blog's Challenge:
"Felt That!"
Located here:
AND the 
SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog's Challenge:
"Fun With Felt!"
Located here:
Oh my goodness, it was SO FUN to work with this CUTE DIE!
The Plush Springtime Chicken!
From SSS
(When I first saw it, I KNEW I HAD TO HAVE IT!)
I made little ornaments, but they could have been turned into sachets just as well for the closet!
I made two different ones, so take a peak & tell me what you think?

This is the first one I made, reminds me of a little friend of mine.... ;)
I used some fabric & added a fabric stabilizer- Heat & Bond. 
I added it to the fabric first, then die cut my pieces.
I decorated both sides of my little chickie with felt flowers. 
Her little beak, comb & the flowers, the little heart, & leaves are all felt, except for one flower I was experimenting with the fabric...
See, I have other things in mind for this CUTIE! 

Here's the second little Springtime Chick I made:
This one is done in a French print fabric & coordinating fabrics.
The flowers, the comb, the heart & the beak are all done in felt, once again experimenting with the fabric & the leaves are done in fabric. I also used the extra hearts I cut, to tuck under the flowers point first for an extra pop of color on both chicks!
I embroidered the eyes on both with  French Knots, & straight stitching following the little stitch holes.
This one I also added some little seed beads to one of the flowers, just for something different.

I stuffed each with cotton batting & added ribbon & bows for hanging.
(Ooops! Looks like I forgot to pull the backing off of one of the leaves from the stabilizer! LOL Easily fixed!) ;)

Hope you like!

Cluck! Cluck!
(Hm, is that felt in my throat?) ;)
Supplies not mentioned above:
* Embroidery Thread

Thursday, May 19, 2016

SSS- Fun with Felt!

Hi Blog Friends!

Do you remember in my last post I talked about making sachets for my stationary box?
Well, I made some!

SSS is having a "Fun with Felt" Challenge over on their Wednesday Challenge Blog here: 
(Made with SSS-Spring Plush Release Products.)

AND SSS is having a "Felt That" Challenge on the Monday Challenge Blog here:
My project will be entered here also.

Growing up I always had stationary to write to people & would keep it in a box, along with a little sachet, to make my stationary smell nice.
It's a wonderful feminine touch that I adore.
I hope to make more felt pretties for this challenge, but here's what I have for now,

This is an old tin I used to keep my stationary in when I was a kid, with one of the sachets I made.
A close up. 
This one was super simple with just a bit of embroidery in the center.

Next, is a writing desk my husband got me years back.
It holds lots of pretty things for writing letters or cards.

A close up of this one.
(This one is my favorite.)

Just get yourself  a little box, tin or whatever you like, 
& put a sachet in it with your stationary or cards you've made. 
Just think of the surprise of the recipient, when they receive something smelling so nice in the mail!
(Ha! We could probably make the mail trucks & the post office smell nicer too, if we all scented our mail!) ;)

My inspiration is the sachet on the right.
The very sachet I had as a little girl.

Here's what I did:
Using the SSS- Plush Daisy Die, I used the center only.
Die Cut two in the color of your choice of felt.
Embroider one side without pulling the threads too tightly.
Using a cotton ball, (I had to cut mine down some, as I use  large cotton balls),
drop several drops of Essential Oils- (your choice, I used Lavender), on the cotton ball & sandwich between the two pieces of felt you die cut.
I then used embroidery thread & followed the stitching holes around the little sachet, until it was enclosed.
Next, I used some lace, (MS) & did a running stitch with needle & thread, 
 & pulled the lace to gather it. 
(Leaving the needle & thread attached in-case I needed  more gathered lace.) 
Line up your lace along the back of the sachet & stitch the gathered lace to the embroidered back threads along the edge of the sachet.
Finish sewing the lace until it is fully around the sachet.
There you have it, a pretty & nice smelling sachet!
For your stationary, or your drawers or anything else that you want to smell nice!

If you have one of the other Plush Flower Dies that have a circle in them, you could make the sachets even bigger if need be, for whatever your need. 
Make your  own designs!
We can make this world smell nicer together! ;)

"Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But the fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved & by those who are perishing." 
2 Corinthians 2:15

Enjoying the sweet smell of sachets here!

Hope you like!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Make It Market- Don't Forget To Write! =TOTALLY SMITTEN!!!!

Hi Blog Friends!

Long time no see, huh? 
I'm here because I have to tell you about the 
Make It Market Kit- Don't Forget To Write

Oh my goodness, I received the kit for Mother's Day from my hubby. 
Of course, I was NOT to touch or look at it,
 but I HAD TO! LOL
I just didn't "play" with it! ;)

When I get something new for stamping it takes me some time to actually play with them.....
I'm one of those who like to bask in the fact that I actually own them first, in quiet!
I just SAVOR having them, looking at them over & over again & thinking,
"How pretty!" LOL

So, when my dearest friend told me she was sick,
 I KNEW I had the right medicine!
A card from my new Don't Forget To Write kit!
I've only made one card, so you can be sure I'll be doing more later.
(Still savoring this kit!) ;)

I LOVE the dies & just EVERYTHING about this kit!
Looking at every one's work over at PTI just made me salivate when they first previewed this kit,
 & I watched & waited for the date of the release!
Betsy just outdid herself with this timeless kit!
It reminds me of stationary I'd see in the stores when I was a kid!
Betsy DID design this kit with her grandmother in mind...... ;)

The ONLY thing that I thought was missing from this kit
was a sachet to make the stationary smell nice! 
(I can remedy that later!)

PTI is NOW taking Pre-Orders for this kit since they sold out.
BE SURE to check out this kit here:
You won't be sorry!
There is a deadline, so get right on it!
(This is the first time I've purchased one of these kits & I think I'll be getting more in the future!)

Here's my card:
(This is only one of the possibilities for this kit too!)

 Look at the little scalloped edge of this card & the little stitches..... The GORGEOUS designer paper, die cuts..... (swooning!)

I used rolled dbl. stick tape for dimension on my frame die & Scotch Perm. Mounting tape for added dimension on the banner & the flowers.

I also used some of the little flowers in the kit that only needed to be die cut,
 SO NICE for quick cards!

Here you can see the dimension a little better.
The banner is from PTI- Tag Sale: Quilted Die.

A little ombre on the stamped word "Sending," & I also added Wink of Stella to the word.

I'm thinking my sick friend will like this just as much as I enjoyed making it, 
& it will help to make her feel better! ;)


Additional supplies used not mentioned above:
*Teflon Bone Folder

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Work in Progress-----

Hi Blog Friends!

How are you? 
I'm so glad the warmer weather is here.
 I've already ventured out this season & gotten poison oak/ivy in my feeble attempt to garden. LOL
(My first time ever to get the itchy rash!)
But, the warmer weather is wonderful to have & I am grateful for the sunshine!

I made our daughter a card for this week while she is still at college.
I rarely show you those, as I am quickly getting them off in the mail to her, 
so as not to be late in getting there.
She watches for my cards & lets me know when they are late. ;)

If you have college aged kids, do they ask you if you see the change in them?
That is one of the things our daughter has been asking. 
So, this card is to tell her,
This card is entitled: 
"A Work in Progress."
Really, it depicts the walk of a Christian.
We're ALL "a work in progress."

Getting to where we want to be in the Christian walk is "a work in progress" & it hurts!
Beauty hurts! 
Just like when you go to the salon/ do it at home, & wax to remove the unwanted hair,
 combing out tangles from your hurts!
Not only does beauty hurt physically when you do these things, 
but it hurts when you want to be beautiful spiritually too! 
Who wouldn't want to be beautiful before our maker? 
The God you love?
Beauty in the eyes of God requires us to change from our old nature to HIS NATURE! 
That takes admitting you are wrong, that you need him, that we need to change & that we will do what He wants in any given situation----
Rather than tell someone off that really deserves it, bow to God's will & let Him teach us to do the confrontation His way,
 IF confrontation is needed. 
(Sometimes, we actually don't always need to confront, other times it is critical.
For some reason, in our society everyone thinks that they have the obligation to set others straight about one thing or another, that it is their right.
 That attitude isn't Godly, but just the opposite!)
Becoming beautiful takes TIME too! 
Think of ALL the hours it takes you to perm your hair, straighten your hair, color your nails, apply make-up, pick out the right outfit....
Becoming beautiful before God takes time too & doesn't just happen overnight!
It takes deliberate action on your part----
Reading God's Word everyday & letting it soak in, dwelling on the Word,
being a sponge when devouring the things of God, 
never stop seeking HIM!
We will become perfect ONLY when He comes back for us!
Becoming beautiful before God means uncovering that ugly spiritual pimple that we cover up, 
that others would GASP at, if they knew!
And let God clean it up, heal & make you beautiful!
It's painful & MANY aren't willing to go there for one reason or another;
many times it's just pride. 
Even pride is an ugly thing before God.
Humility is what God requires.
(Just picture yourself, bowing before The King on His thrown....
What would happen if you refused to bow?
You would be showing The King how much you didn't respect Him or His rulings!
What would a King be required to do then?)

Seek to be beautiful before The King!

This card will be entered in the Artistic Outpost Challenge Blog here:
The challenge is:
Anything Goes

"He has made everything beautiful in His time."
Ecclesiastes 3:11

"A Work in Progress,"

Supplies used not mentioned above:
*AO-Hair is Important
*ODB- Inside Sentiment
*FC- Pastel Pencils
*Memento Ink
*Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist-Silver
*PTI- Modern Stencils
*Distress Ink-Vintage Photo
*Distress Tool
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Wink of Stella
*Dick Blick Modeling Paste
*FC- Palette Knife

I used the Sketch from SCS:
I made my adjustments... ;)


Monday, April 11, 2016

Happiest Birthday Wishes SSS!

Hi Blog Friends!

I HAD TO jump in on the SSS Wednesday Challenge Blog here: 

The challenge is:
"Happy Birthday!"

 Simon's SEVENTH Birthday.......

So in honor of Simon & to meet the challenge,
 I did a Birthday Card for Simon Says Stamp.
I decided to use a SSS set that I have:
SSS- Birthday Celebration.

I created a scene with this cute little elephant,
using a Spellbinder Die Classic Circle Die for the little hill, 
& a SU- Scalloped Punch for the clouds.

I colored this little cutie with Copics.
The balloon is from
SSS-Balloon Bouquet.
I just stamped it with the stars that came with the very same set of SSS stamps!
I used left-over pieces of the balloon that I stored in an envelope for the balloon
 & then used Diamond Glaze, 
after popping it up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.

I framed this little cutie with IO- All in One Squares Frames
also mounted on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape.
 Here you can see the pieces mounted or the dimension.

The base card is stamped with the stars around the edges for an added party feel.....

Just a little close-up for this cutie!

HOPE you have MANY MORE joyous birthdays!!!!

Don't eat too much cake now,
 remember you have to get in that summer bikini!

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*SU- Ink
*Multi-Medium Matte
*Wink of Stella

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

His Eye is On the Sparrow!

Hi Blog Friends!

I have a card that I am sending our daughter for you to see today. 
I usually make smaller cards, but got some new goodies & just HAD TO try them out!
I know you know, how that is! LOL
 I HOPE she likes it & I HOPE you do too.

Take a look:
Maybe, you recognize some of these goodies?
I used PTI goodies:
*Cover Plate- Scroll Frame
*Petite Places-Scene It (Clouds)
*Phrases & Praises- By the way, these are PERFECT for Bible Journaling! ;)
 His Eye is On the Sparrow,
is a hymn recorded the most often & the most influential hymn of the 20th Century.

Written by: Civilla Durfee Martin (1866-1948).
The hymn  was written in 1905;
Written after her husband & she asked a couple friend,
 how did they maintained such hopeful & happy dispositions?
You see the husband would take himself each day to work in a wheel chair
& his wife was bed-ridden for 20 years.
Their answer to that question?
"His eye is on the sparrow, & I know he watches me."

The hymn goes like this:
"Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart be lonely &
long for heaven & home?
When Jesus is my portion?
My constant friend is he;
His eye is on the sparrow & I know he watches me."


Hope you are blessed today, as His eye is on the sparrow, 

Additional Supplies used:
*Zig 2-Way Glue
* Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
*Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
*SU- Corner Punch
*SU- Paper Piercing Pack Essentials
*Wink of Stella

Monday, March 21, 2016

"Give us this day..."

Hi Blog Friends!

Thought I'd play along with
 ODB's Anniversary Challenge.
Did you know they are EIGHT years old now?
My how time FLIES when you're having fun! ;)
The challenge is:
"Scripture & Lace." 
The deadline to play along is by Sunday, April 3rd, at 8 p.m.
You can see all the details here:

Here is my creation:
I chose to use the image Barn from ODB's sister company, North Coast Creations. 
I stamped it on ODB's Designer Paper- Rustic Beauty Collection. 
For the Scripture part of the challenge, I chose the Scripture from the set Living Water from ODB.
Stamping it on a Spellbinders Classic Circle & mounting it on the ODB Doily Die.
 For the Lace part of the challenge, I deem the Doily Die as part lace & I added a strip of lace on top of the plaid strip from the ODB Rustic Beauty Collection.
I used a sketch from SCS:
And adjusted it for my card...

Country living reminds us of where our "daily bread" comes from.
I HOPE you like!
Country Blessings to you!


****This card was chosen "FAVORITES" on SCS for the week ending March 27****
*****This card was chosen as Customer Card of the Day at ODB*****

Additional Supplies not mentioned above:
*Memento Ink
*Distress Ink
*Copic & Prisma Markers
*MS- Lace
*IO- Rooster Die
*IO-Photo Corner Die
*Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape