Thursday, February 4, 2016

Heart Candy Bags

Hi everyone,

Today I have something sweet to share with you.  A while ago I purchased a bunch of Longaberger Hershey's Kisses Sweetheart fabric bags.  They were on clearance and you couldn't beat the price!


When they arrived my husband said to me, "What are you going to do with all those bags?"  Well, now he knows - each one was filled with Hershey Kisses & Hearts.  Isn't the fabric just adorable with the hearts and kisses?



I have already boxed some to mail to family & friends.  This basket will be brought to work for co-workers to enjoy.  A cute and simple way to show my appreciation.


  I didn't want to settle for a boring rectangular box and wanted to put a little bit more "heart" into Valentine's Day.  The leftover candy went to hubby so it was a win-win!

Thank you for dropping by to visit.  Have a sweet day!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Key Gift Tags

Hi blogging friends,

Wow, I can't believe another week is upon us.  January has just been flying by!  I hope you are keeping warm and cozy after the pile of snow some of you received.  I have a set of key tags to show you today using a Hero Arts stamp with matching die.


The images were stamped in StazOn Timber Brown onto a piece of Gilded Christmas paper (although the paper doesn't look Christmasy).  Sponging was done with Distress Antique Linen and Pink Pirouette.  They were cut out using the Hero Arts Rectangle Frame Cuts.


Mini clay roses were made using Stampin' Up clay with Pixie Pink ink.  These were a little tough to handle because they are so small.  I ended up putting the mold into the freezer for a few minutes before popping the roses out.  Once they set I sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Frost.


Cute antique brass keys were tied around organza ribbon with gold cording.


These tags would be great for either Valentine's Day or as Thank You tags.  It seems I am becoming a gift tag-a-holic.  I love making gift tags - so quick and easy!


Have a wonderful evening and thank you for stopping by.








Stamps:  Hero Arts Untitled Key
Paper:  Gilded Christmas paper by Miki Ferkul  
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown, Antique Distress Linen, Pink Pirouette
Accessories:  The Ribbon Boutique 1/8" Sheer Organza Ribbon, SU Gold Cording, 7gypsies Mini Antique Brass Keys, Stampin' Up Clay, Pixie Pink Ink, Tiny Rose Flower Mold, Sheer Shimmer Frost Spritz, Hero Arts Frame Cuts 
Technique:  Sponging
Tag Size:  1 7/8" x 3 3/4"

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tree Poem in Twilight

Hi there, I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!  My card today uses the pretty Stampendous Tree Poem stamp, which was designed by Lisa Hindsley who also wrote the poem.  


I first stamped the image in StazOn Stone Gray on Shimmery White paper, then created a mask for the moon using a circle punch and post-it note.  The background was sponged with Bordering Blue, Adirondack Aqua, Lavender Lace, Adirondack Purple Twilight and Adirondack Denim.  It's hard to believe I used that many colors to blend it!


Before mounting the focal piece I wrapped a piece of sheer blue ribbon and did my triple loop bow. A clear Stampin' Up circle rhinestone brad accents the center.  Everything was mounted to a cardbase called Fresh Air.


It has been a while since I created a scenic card - I think my Stampscapes stamps are calling me :-)  

They were predicting snow for the weekend, but I think that has since changed.  Cloudy and windy is my prediction.

Thank you for stopping by and I truly appreciate all your comments.   








Stamps:  Stampendous! Tree Poem
Paper:  Fresh Air, Buckaroo Blue, Shimmery White
Ink:  Stazon Stone Gray, Bordering Blue, Adirondack Aqua, Lavender Lace, Adirondack Purple Twilight and Adirondack Denim
Accessories:  Sheer Blue Organza Ribbon, SU Clear Circle Rhinestone Brad, SU 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Post-It Note, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sweet Birdie

Hello friends,

I hope you had a terrific Tuesday!  I'm back today with a sweet little birdie card.  This stamp is by Red Lead Paper Works.  I believe I purchased it early last year.  


I've used the Spellbinders Labels Eight and Decorative Labels Eight dies to cut some beautiful patterned paper by Manuela Zimmermann.  She has some of the most elegant designs.  


The bird and definition were stamped in StazOn Timber Brown.  Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol were used to color the bird. 


A tag was created with the Sing Sweet stamp and cut out by hand and popped up.  I added a Stampin' Up vintage button with linen thread.


Do you have any Red Lead stamps?  As I type this the snow is gently falling.  I'm hoping the ground will be covered in white by the morning.

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Stamps:  Bird Defined & Little Labels Butterfly Wishes by Red Lead Paper Works
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Manuela Zimmermann Sound of Music Collection, Very Vanilla
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown
Accessories:  SU Very Vintage Button, Linen Thread, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Spellbinders Labels Eight & Decorative Labels Eight Dies
Technique:  Colored Pencils
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Be Mine Valentine Tags

Winter is finally here ... brrr.  Yesterday I dug out my winter gloves and scarf (I know I should have done it sooner).  While my kitty slept by the fire, I took to my craft room to work on more Valentine's Day projects.  I just love handmade gifts for the different occasions.

I cut some beautiful rose patterned paper using a Spellbinders Nested Heart die.  While keeping the paper in the die I sponged Brilliance Platinum Planet ink over the embossing.  A smaller heart was cut with the Classic Hearts die.  Be Mine was stamped in Bravo Burgundy ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The edges were inked in Pink Pirouette.  The little heart was popped up to give dimension.



A pretty pink rose was adhered to the top with 1/4" satin white ribbon.  These were super quick and easy to create while dinner was in the oven.  Oh, and in case you are wondering Lasagna was on the menu.


I received the new Stampin' Up Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs (thank you so much Terry).  Well, I have to say I'm a little disappointed as SU is coming out with more and more photopolymer stamps.  These are my least favorite and not the best stamps for embossing or using StazOn inks.  Did anything special catch your eye?  I thought the Bloomin' Love set was adorable with the matching Heart Thinlits Die.  Just wish it was a rubber stamp set  :-(

Have a wonderful evening and to all my friends in the Northeast - keep warm!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hi blogging friends,

Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2016, let it bring you happiness, prosperity and peace.  Today starts a clean slate - anything can happen this year and I'll be ready and waiting for it!

"Each age has deemed the new-born year the fittest time for festal cheer." ~ Walter Scott

I'm jumping right into Valentine's Day and have some Shabby Chic tags to share with you.  


Happy Valentine's Day was stamped and embossed in Bravo Burgundy ink.  The little heart was colored in Pink Pirouette and accented with Crystal Effects.


Rose patterned paper, pastel rose flowers and seaming binding give these tags a Victorian feel - Ooh la la!


Here I was trying to capture the Iridescent Ice.  Can you see the shimmer?


I have so many things I want to accomplish this year, including adding more items to my Etsy shop and blogging more.

Thank you for your visits this past year, kind words and support.  I hope some of my projects will inspire you.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lovin Bottle Brush Trees

Hi blogging friends,

Are you getting ready for the holiday?  Is your shopping done and presents wrapped?  I've been busy creating some beautiful snow globes and ornaments from bottle brush trees.  You've probably seen these all over the Internet - it is not a new idea, but they are fun to make.


I ordered the bottle brush trees from Factory Direct Crafts.  They arrived in no time at all.  The mason jars I had.  The trees were glued to the Mason jar lids then I added a couple scoops of fluffy snow.  Tinsel trim and seam binding were wrapped around the lids to finish them off.  It was as simple as that.  I think I like the galvanized lids better than the shiny silver ones.



For my next project, I took a vintage Jell-O mold and glued three pink trees inside on top of the ridges using hot glue.  Snow was adhered all around the bottom to cover the wooden stems.  Using a drill I made a small hole in the top of the mold and added my ribbon for hanging.  I then decided to add a silver star above the trees and accent the piece with tinsel trim.


The last project also uses a Jell-O mold.  I cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit the inside of the mold and hot glued the trees on top.  Snow was adhered all around the bottom.  I then glued a piece of Stampin' Up Venetian crochet lace around the top of the mold.  A bow was made and accented with a clay rose.  I used Pink Pirouette ink to color the clay and then spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Frost.  This will make a cute accent piece on an end table.



Since I had an extra clay rose I decided to decorate a glass jelly jar to make a tea light holder.  I love the Shabby Chic design with the vintage seam binding.


So what do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  This weekend I have been making more Christmas cards.  

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