Saturday, December 3, 2016

"Clean the Coop!"

Hi Blog Friends!

Long time no hear from, huh?
Life has just gotten busy here, all good, but busy!
And now with Christmas on the way, you can believe it is even busier! LOL
Getting the house ready for Christmas & Friends coming over, you want EVERYTHING just right!

I'm popping in here to post for a few challenges at Simon Says Stamp!
I'll be entering my creations in the 
Work It! Wednesday Challenge for November 2016

I've finally made something that I've had on my mind for sometime,
Dish Washer Magnets!

If you have a dishwasher, then you know sometimes you open the door & wonder, 
"Are they clean? Or are they dirty?"
So, this idea came to me,  & I am tickled to show you....
I purchased these dies awhile back from the Spring Plush Release that Simon had a little while back.
Of course, you can use these dies in any other season too! Don't let the word, "Spring" throw you! ;)

Here they are:
I cut the large circle by hand from Poster Board, tracing the circle from an oatmeal container lid.

I also turned the paper for one chicken upside down when I ran it through my Big Shot,
 so the chicken would turn the opposite direction. 
I just chose printed papers that would match my kitchen.
And the words are done with stencils.
I also laminated the pieces & added magnets to the back.
I was so tickled with how they came out & thought you might like to see them too! 
ESPECIALLY, if you like chickens like we do!
Just maybe, it will give you an idea for a Christmas present for someone,
or you might like them for yourself!

When I run the dishwasher now, I just pull off the chicken that says, "The coop."  That way in the morning, I KNOW there are CLEAN dishes in the dishwasher! And the kids know too!
No more, "Are they clean? Or are they dirty?" ;)

Hope you like & hope you jump in on the challenges at SSS!

Tickled with these cute little chicks!

* Super Sticky Red Tape
* Magnets- just the calling card type businesses give you.
* Papers- My Mind's Eye
* Poster Board
* Laminate
* Stencils- PTI
* Sharpie


Sunday, July 10, 2016

True Love Begins..... Part 2!

Hi Blog Friends!

Finishing up the Baby Gift I told you about last post,
just the little touches.....

Thank goodness, I had a baby sweater set already made & packed away safely.
My little sweater set is a limey green, but I think it will be alright for a girl baby.

Take a peak at what I have:
I think this is a pretty lime color for a baby.
They used to have a light mint color for babies, but changed it to lime.
Personally, I like the mint, but you go with what's out there right? LOL

Here are the little bunnies I've been working on after finishing my card.
Mr. Bunny HAD TO HAVE a lime colored vest to match the sweater set!
I realized later, I had forgotten their little mouths, so you will see a bit later that I added them.

Here are the tags/"little touches" I've been working on for all these little gifts.

This is something  new I added to the set.
It is made with PTI- Button Card Die, Button Boutique, & SU- Hand Knit.
I just slipped it inside of the little sweater & of course, signed my name to the card under, 
"Hand Knit by:______________________."
The card says "Vintage" & the sweater pattern is Vintage to me. LOL
I got the pattern when I was a teen from Sears. 
(THAT tells you it probably is "Vintage!" ;) ) 
No, I won't tell you my age! LOL
(I also added the size for the baby sweater set--Birth to 9 months.)

A close up of the other tags--the fronts. 
I added extra yarn for repair, even though I doubt it is needed. 
(I know because I made several of these sets for our babies.)
It's just nice to have on hand for those meticulous mothers! ;)

The backsides, show the laundry care needed.
I used PTI- Handle with Care. 
All of the cards were made with PTI- Thread Card Dies & Hanging By A Thread,
 & the SU- Chocolate Bunny.
 There you have it, SMILING BUNNIES! ;)
Of course, they're smiling as they have the happy job of making baby smile! ;)

Here is the whole gift.
Baby Sweater Set & Bunnies with my card, all wrapped up in pink tissue paper & arranged in a gift bag. I did throw in some green tissue paper too for contrast. ;)
If you're new to my blog or didn't see the last post where I made this gift set, you can find it done in blue here:

Now, I'm off to make some food to take to the baby shower.....
How does  little Cucumber Sandwiches, Deviled Eggs & a Lemon Strawberry Cake Roll sound?

"Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!"

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Penny Black- Baby Pins- 3192B
* American Crafts- Bakers Twine
* SU- 1/8" Hand Held Hole Punch

Friday, July 8, 2016

True Love Begins....

Hi Blog Friends!
How are you?
It has been raining here cats & dogs! LOL
So, I've been keeping myself busy inside thinking bunnies, of course.....;)

I have been busy here preparing for a baby shower coming up at our church.
There is nothing sweeter than the beginning of a new life!
So, I've been busy creating one of my most favorite things here---- baby things....

Of course, I made a card.....
I've titled it
"True Love Begins...."

I have two cards to show you that were the inspiration for my card,
both are done by
 Melissa Phillips. 
You can find her blog here:

Here are Melissa's cards:
I LOVE the way Melissa created the ribbony pieces that extend from the star, so unique!

I just LOVE this layout & well, EVERYTHING else too! LOL 
Melissa's cards are just GORGEOUS to me! ;) 
So, take a peak at what I came up with with these two cards being my inspiration.

True Love Begins..... 
I LOOOOVE bunnies for babies!
So, I pulled out the old SU set-Serene Spring,
stamped with Stazon on Strathmore Water Color Paper-140 lb.
& water colored with  SU- Water Color Crayons.
I then die cut the image with my
 PTI- Tag Sale #4 Die. 

 The rainbow pastel swirls were done using SU inks
& were done by cutting a curved piece of card stock & using that to sponge on color.
 I did the same color all at once, so it wouldn't look "perfect!"
(Half the fun of doing this is this just going for it!)

I used MFT- Basic Stitch Lines around the edges.
(Also, around the edges of the inside piece. You can see a glimpse of it here)

I used the wonderful set, 
"Don't Forget To Write," by PTI for the flowers.

I used PTI- Bitty Button Stacks for the "button" on the ribbon.

Here's a close up of the bunny & her friend.... who is welcoming her to the world! ;)
I also added just a dab of Diamond Glaze to the bunny's eyes.

This is the inside, where I combined several
 SU sets- Sweet Thing & Congrats.

Today, I will be making my Baby Bunny Toys to go with my gift,
a Hand Knit Baby Sweater Set.
You can see an example of what I am talking about here if you haven't seen them before:

Hope you like!

Staying dry & thinking BUNNIES! ;)

**UPDATE: This card was chosen as a SCS Favorites for the week ending July 3rd, Post #174!**

Supplies not mentioned above:
* Score Buddy
* Teflon Bone Folder
* American Crafts- Bakers Twine
* Dental Flosser thingy ;)
* Paper Studio- Pearls
* Kaiser Kraft- Pearls
* Wink of Stella- Clear 
* Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape
* Glue Dots

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Our Daily Bread- ODBDSLC275 Pop It Up or Add Dimension!

Hi Blog Friends!
 I don't know about you, but I have been having a hard time sitting down here at the computer with all the warm weather & sunshine,
just enjoying the great outdoors here.... ;)
I wasn't late for Father's Day in making my card, just late in posting it for all of you.
And not late in posting it to the
Blog for their
Pop It Up or Add Dimension Challenge.
Found Here:
So, I hope you enjoy this post  as there are some things you can use on your cards if you are inclined! ;) Or jump in on the challenge over at ODB.
You have until July 3rd, at 8 p.m.

Here's what I did:
I made a Center Step Card! 
Using ODB's- Living Water & Keep Climbing Stamps Sets.

I always enjoy doing a different fold..... 
Directions are found at SCS here:
I just did a few adjustments to make the side panels a bit wider.

Here is a close-up of the center panel that I also popped up on Scotch Perm. Mounting Tape,
 the Living Water Stamp image.
I love this old looking grist mill. 
If you'll notice, I extended the image toward the bottom of the image & even widened it,
 using my Pitt Artist Pen.
 I also added mountains to the background by hand, drawing them in from the side panels.

 This is the left side of the stamp Keep Climbing.
You can see how I extended the image to the center panel here, along with the water that is extended from the Living Water Set.

This is the right side of the Keep Climbing Stamp Set. 
Again, you can see the extension of the image onto the center panel
 & the extension of the Living Water Set onto the right panel.

This is the inside of the card, using again the Living Water Image 
& the inside sentiment is from 
ODB's Father's Day Set.

Using my Misti, the sentiment on the front is from ODB's Father's Day Set.
HOPE YOU LIKE & that ALL of the fathers out there had a SUPER DAY provided by your loved ones! 
My hubby had a SUPER DAY!

He enjoyed this cake:
We all got a giggle out of this cake when we saw it! ;)

Jump in on the challenge & WOW us all!

***** UPDATE: This card was chosen for ODB's Customer Card of the Day!*****

Supplies not mentioned above:
*Linen Thread
*Paper-Strathmore Water color paper- 140 lb., SU & Paper Reflections
*Scotch perm. mounting tape
*Stazon Ink, SU & Memento
*American Crafts Galaxy Marker
*Teflon Bone Folder
*Fiskars Paper Cutter
*SU- Water Color Crayons
*Lawn Fawn- Stitched Hillside Borders
* MFT- Basic Stitch Lines 
*WPlus 9- "Happy"
*PTI- Button Stacks & Bitty Button Stacks.


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... ;)