Monday, January 30, 2012

Basically you rock and blog hop winner

Today I have a simple birthday card to share with you, and also I'd like to announce the winner of my candy for the Valentine's Day blog hop.

Thank you everyone for all the nice comments!! I am glad that I turned some new people on to Wordle, I hope you have fun with it.

 I used to pick the winner. And drumroll please.....

The winner is #15: Creative Diva said... 15 cute cute cute idea! I love the image. Glad to be on the hop with you. Hugs, Patty Congratulations Patty, send me your address and I'll get your box of chocolates out to you!!

 And now to my card:

Supplies used: cardstock - black, red, yellow; patterned paper - High School Musical by Sandylion; cassette tape stamp - We R Memory Keepers; Happy Birthday stamp - Declassified; button and twine - my stash; sewing machine.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Valentine's Decor

Today I have a fun project to share with you and it's part of the Valentine's Day Blog Hop!
If you've happened upon my blog, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop: Bella Scrapbook Designs. If you've come here from Mommy's Crafty Creations you're on track. Here is the line up if you get lost:

Sandy S. -
Pam L.

And here is my project:

I started with an inexpensive frame from Walmart. I used the glass as a template and cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside and a piece of patterned paper to cover the cardboard. Then I went to Wordle. If you've never been to Wordle, you've got to go try it out as it is loads of fun. You type in lots of words in the subject of your choice and it randomly scrambles the words. You can change the colors, the font and the way it is scrambled. If you want a word larger than the others you simply type it more times. I typed Valentine's Day 3 times and love, heart and kiss twice. If you want two words together you type it with ~ in the middle and no spaces. For example: Valentine's~Day.

When I had my wordle ready I wanted to print it on fabric, so I followed the tutorial at instructables, it was so easy and worked perfectly!!!! Then I sewed the fabric to my sheet of patterned paper and frayed the edges just a bit by pulling out some threads. I added a few hearts and a cute button with twine and it was ready to place in the frame!

Supplies used: frame - Walmart; patterned paper - Sweetheart in With love by Pebbles; fabric - JoAnn's; hearts - Je t'adore by Making Memories; button, twine - my stash; sewing machine.

Hope you enjoyed my project! Now what's a blog hop without a little candy? I put together a scrapbookers version of a box of chocolates, with some fun little Valentine's Day embellishments. For a chance to win you simply must be a follower and make a comment on this post. I'll pick a winner on Monday. Good Luck!

Now you're off to see what Chris has to show you at Scrappin' With Chris & Lou!!

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Friday, January 27, 2012

I Love Being Loved By You

Today I took the sketch from Mojo Monday and used it to create a very clean and simple Valentine's Day card. As very busy women, we don't always have time to make elaborate cards, but clean and simple can pack a punch too! I am entering it in their challenge.

Supplies used: cardstock - 2 shades of pink; patterned papers - Royal Garden and Blushing Princess from Ever After by Pebbles; heart button - Pebbles; rub on - Memory Rub Ons - Provo Craft; floss my stash.

Please come back tomorrow for a Valentine's Day blog hop!!!

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

45 Lessons Life Taught Me.

My friend Donna of GG's Creative Corner received this from a friend.

Today, rather than a craft, I'd like to share it with you:

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all throw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blue Flower Birthday

Just a quick post today to share a simple birthday card I made. Got the inspirations for it from my Paper Crafts magazine.

Supplies used: cardstock - cream, navy, green; patterned papers - Depot Park and County Library from Hometown by October Afternoon; blue eyelet - my stash; ribbon - Michaels; flower punch, border punch - EK Success; corner rounder - Fiskars; stamp - Hero Arts; metal adhesive accents - Heidi Grace; sewing machine

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wanted Happy Birthday

Time flies so fast! We've rolled around to another Tuesday and a new challenge for you at Celebrate The Occasion!! This week the challenge is masculine birthday. The design team has some great projects to inspire you, so please hop over to the blog and check them out!! We'd love to see you link up your project too!

I had some leather fabric I bought at a thrift store and thought it would make a neat western themed card, so I put it to good use!

Supplies used: cardstock - 2 shades of brown; patterned papers - Slim Jim and Slue Foot Sue from Wanted by Cosmo Cricket; die cut from die cut sheet in Wanted by Cosmo Cricket; embossing folder - Croc Texture by The Paper Studio; ink - brown by Inkadinkado;  leather fabric, metal star - my stash; font - Rosewood Std Regular; sewing machine.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentine's Day Banner

Hope everyone is having a great start to their week and enjoyed their weekend.

Today I would like to share with you a banner I made for my mantel.
Really pretty easy peasy!

I took 3 sheets of 12 X 12 patterned paper and 3 sheets of pink cardstock and cut them all in 2" strips. I left 2 of each pattern and 2 of each color 12", took 2 of each pattern and color and cut the strips to 10" and 2 of each pattern and color and cut the strips to 8".

I took a border punch and punched each side lengthwise. I then scored the middle of each strip.

I took one strip of each length and put them one on top of the other, smallest to largest and staple them about 1/2" from the fold. Then fold each strip down until they all meet and staple again.

I attached the hearts to one another with tacky tape, alternating patterned paper with cardstock. Finished off the ends by hole punching and attaching a ribbon to hang it with.

I'm happy with the results :)

Supplies used: cardstock - 3 shades of pink; patterned papers - Butterfly kisses, Pucker up and Sweet Nothings from Kissing Booth by Basic Grey; border punch - Martha Stewart; Tacky Tape; stapler and pink staples - Making Memories; ribbon - Michaels

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

You must allow me.....

Today I wanted to share with you the quote I put above my stove for Valentine's Day. It is from one of my all time favorite authors and one of my favorite movies. Can you guess?

Supplies used: vinyl - red, black; Silhouette Studio cut file for heart; font - Apple Chancery

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smile, Sparkle, Shine!

We've reached the middle of the week and we have a new challenge for you over at Twisted Sketches!
The twist this week is Sparkle and you'll have to hop over to the blog to pick up the sketch.
I hope you'll join us and play along!!!

Supplies used: cardstock - white; patterned paper from Lovebirds by SEI; cut files from Silhouette Studio; chipboard letters - Lax by American Crafts; rhinestones - Kaiser craft

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love Is All You Need!

Hi everyone and happy Tuesday.

We have a new challenge for you over at Celebrate The Occasion. This week anything goes, use polka dots.
I made a Valentine's Day decor item.

The frame was a very inexpensive one from Wlamart, which I sanded and painted red, then sanded again for a distressed look. I printed the sheet music on cream cardstock. I cut the Love, banner, the two smaller flowers and the letters out with my Silhouette, The large flower was made with an EK Success punch.

Supplies used: frame - Walmart; sandpaper - Home Depot; acrylic paint - Folk Art Deep Tomato Red by Plaid; cardstock - cream, glitter black, black; Modge Podge; "All You Need Is Love" sheet music digital download -; patterned papers from Je t'adore by Making Memories and Be Mine by Echo Park; border punches - Martha Stewart and EK Success; flower punch - EK Success; cut files - Silhouette Studio; twine - Papertrey Inc.; ribbon - Michaels.

Come on over to CTO's blog and check out the other great projects by the design team and link up your polka dot project!!!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Project Life

I decided this year to take on Project Life or some call it Project 365. For one year (365 days), the mission is to take a photo every day. Becky Higgins has a kit which makes documenting these photo's so much simpler.

I'd like to share my opening page and the first two weeks of pics.

Opening Page:

First week in pics:

Second week in pics:

Well, I'm off to a good start! Stay tuned for more.....

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Love Light Box for Valentine's Day

My sister saw a cute Light Box on Pinterest and asked me if I could make one for her. Of course I said yes. I made it similar to the one she saw, but used a different "Love" and added some hearts, I hope she likes it.

I ran around Reno trying to find a small set of the mini white lights to put in it, but everywhere I tried were out of them, so in my pics it is not lit up. I guess I will have to order some on-line.

The front is red vinyl cut using my Silhouette with a file from Silhouette Studio. I modge podged a piece of pink tissue paper to the back. Finished it of with a couple different wire edged ribbons tied around the sides.

I'm feeling like it still needs something more on top, but haven't figured out what yet.
Anyone have any suggestions?

Supplies used - Glass Block - KraftyBlok; pink tissue paper - drug store; red vinyl - Oh My Crafts; wire edged ribbon - Michaels; Modge Podge - Michaels

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Elegant Birthday

I wanted to share a card I made this weekend with you. I really need to get some more birthday cards made as my stash is getting low. I was inspired by my new Paper Crafts magazine called, of all things, Get Inspired. I used a gorgeous border cut file from Silhouette Studio and a pretty antique button which was in a gift basket from my sister.

Supplies used: cardstock - white, black; patterned paper - Vintage Linen from For The Record by Echo Park Paper Co.; die cut file - Silhouette Studio; black ribbon - Michaels; copper charm, resin rose - Making Memories; antique button - my sister; brad - my stash; sentiment stamp - my stash.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Valentine's Day Top & Blog Candy Winner!

Happy Monday all, hope you are having a great start to your week!!

First I'd like to announce the winner of the bog candy from the El dia de Reyes blog hop. I used and the number chosen is.........

#8 - Beebeebabs!

Beebeebabs said...
Beautiful work thanks for sharing!

Congratulations Beebeebabs, send me your address and I will get your prize mailed to you.

I'd also like to share a top I made for my granddaughter for Valentines day. It was made similar to the top I did for her at Christmas which you can view here.

Here is my princess wearing her new top:

Supplies used: White t-shirt - Walmart; ribbon - my stash; Fabric-Tac glue - Walmart

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Friday, January 6, 2012

El dia de Reyes

Welcome to the El dia de Reyes blog hop! The El dia de Reyes, also known as the Epiphany celebrates the three Magi's (Wise Men) visit to the Christ child. It also culminates the 12 days of Christmas which begins December 25th.

Gaby of Gaby Creates is the host of the hop and you want to start at her blog. We are also celebrating her only daughters birthday, which also happens to be on this special day!

Here is the line up if you get lost:

Gaby -
Donna -
Esther -
Martha C -
Martha G -
Melin -
Ruthie -
Yolie -

For my project I chose to make a light box:

Supplies used: Kraft Block - Hobby Lobby; black vinyl - local craft store; ribbon, floral spray - Michael's; cut files - Silhouette Studio; white mini lights - Walmart.

I would like to thank Gaby for inviting me to share this special day with her!

I will also have a blog prize. All you have to do to qualify is to be a follower of my blog and leave a comment below. I will pick a winner Sunday evening and announce the winner on Monday.
Thanks for stopping by.

Your next stop on the hop is Martha at Crafty Dreams.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jewelry Display

I wanted to share another Christmas gift project with you. My husband and I worked on this together. We made one for each of my daughters and one for me too! :). I found this idea on Pinterest and knew right away I wanted to make it. There is a wonderful tutorial at Design Sponge. We followed the tutorial almost to the letter.

They were a huge hit, my daughters loved theirs and I am thrilled with mine!!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Home Sweet Home

I wanted to share with you the gift I made for my brother for Christmas. I had seen something similar on Pinterest in which they had used maps of important places and a family tree. It gave me the inspiration for this idea.

For the first frame I cut a heart around the portion of a map of California which had the town we grew up in - Livermore. I punched a heart from red cardstock and glued it where the mark for Livermore was on the map. I stitched the map heart to the background paper (on which I had printed "Sweet Memories") with red floss.

For the second frame I did the same thing but with a portion of a map of the city of Livermore which had the street our home was on - El Caminito. I tried to place the red heart where our house was on the street. For the caption, this time, I put "Home Sweet Home".

For the last frame I made a collage of pictures in Photo Shop of my brothers, sister, Mom, Dad and I.

It was fun to make and I think it brings back wonderful memories!

Supplies used: frame - Michael's; patterned paper - my stash; sentiment printed on computer; photo collage done in Photo Shop

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