Friday, January 27, 2012

Love you Beary Much

Hello!!!! I am super excited because I am getting ready to head to CHA tomorrow morning!  I am very excited to see my stampy friends and to see all the new things that will be introduced at the show:)

Before I go, I have a cute little card to share... love this little fella from The Cat's Pajamas:

Stamps:  Honey Bear (The Cat's Pajamas)
Sentiment sticker- Fancy Sticker Sentiment- Love (SRM Stickers)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Patterned paper- Times & Seasons (Echo Park); Authentique
Copic Markers
Mini clothespin
Fibers- Baker's twine- Cappuccino (The Twinery)
Corner rounder punch (Making Memories)

Have a great week! Meet you back here for some fun-tabulous blog candy next week!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Blog Famous...and schtuffs!

Happy 40th Birthday to my OLDER sister Jeanne! 
Every year her one wish is to be BLOG FAMOUS! So.....there. Done. Happy Birthday!
This picture is of us from her "surprise" birthday trip to Atlantic City two weeks ago:

It was such a great weekend, even though I ended up making a sizable donation to The Donald.

In other news....I am crazy busy getting ready for CHA this weekend.  I just finished the last of my projects for the show and now I am working on some other commitments so I don't have anything to share with you today....but hopefully soon!  I know....a mess, right?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Colors at The Twinery!

Well, the time has come....The Twinery has added four new spectacular colors to their inventory.  Today, you can purchase the newest colors---Shore, Orchid, Cantaloupe and Flax!

These colors are fabulous.  I whipped up this card to show you a few of the colors in action.  I used Orchid, Shore and Flax on this...altering some buttons to create fun centers for the hearts:

Supplies used:
Cardstock- Kraft, white (Gina K Designs)
Patterned paper- Springtime-Whimsy Scallops (Echo Park)
Sticker- Fancy Sticker sentiments- Thinking of You #55008 (SRM stickers)
Baker's Twine- Orchid, Shore, Flax (The Twinery)
clothespin- (Canvas Corp)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thought I "wood" share.....

Hello!  Just wanted to share this little project I made for my daughter, Lauren.  I purchased some wood from Lowe's and made a bed for her American girl doll.   I made the pillow (Laura Ashley fabric) and used an old lace pillowcase to create a sheet for it.   Just thought I "wood" share :P
 And yes, my paper crafting supplies came in handy even when making this wood crafting project.  After I made the bed, I used some Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere some lace along the edge of the bed.  Just thought it added a little "pretty, dainty" to the bed.  Lauren loves it.  She could hardly wait for me to finish taking the picture so she could steal it away. Success!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Yipeee! Fun news and a giveaway!

Hello!  I JUST got back from a weekend trip to Atlantic City to celebrate my sister's 40th birthday! What a fun time!!!   I quickly wanted to add this post because I am so very excited to announce that I am a part of the 2012 SRM Stickers Design team.  I use SRM stickers a LOT! A lot  a lot!  So I am so excited to be representing them.

Susan and Jenyfur announced the wonderful new team on the SRM blog today.  Go check it out---they are giving away the new SRM sticker collection that will be released at CHA!  Leave a comment on their blog to win.

Also, they will be showing off all the new product on the blog this week so you can get a sneak peek at all the awesomeness and enter to win some each day!

I used a Magic Wand tube (38008) to create a treat dispenser for Valentine's Day.  The lid can be removed to get the candy and it can be refilled and used over and over!
I trimmed down the top of the tube to make it a bit shorter and then cut the bear shape from fleece.  The back of the bear is on the back of the tube and I stitched it into place, adding a bit of stuffing in the arms, ears and legs.  I cut a heart from cardstock and added a SRM sticker on it --Fancy Sticker Sentiments- LOVE (55003).  A bit of The Twinery pink sorbet baker's twine wrapped around the lid is the finishing touch:

 Here is a close up of the bear:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Don't forget to enter to win the new release on the SRM blog

Friday, January 13, 2012

CardMaker Blog Team Hop: Sweets for Your Sweet

Hello! Happy Friday! Welcome to the Cardmaker Blog team hop: Valentine's Day--Sweets for Your Sweet.  We had to create a card featuring chocolates, cupcakes, candies, etc.

Here is what I came up with:

I was looking at some chipboard circles I had in my stash and I thought that the circles would make cute lollipops :)

To make the lollipop:
1.  Take the chipboard circle and adhere the stick to the back. 
2.  Trim the stick to the size you want.
3.  Cover the "lollipop" with a ziplock bag. Trim the bag on one side so there isn't a lot of excess.
4.  Tie some baker's twine around the base of the lollipop.
5.  Trim bottom of ziplock.

Of course, you could use a real lollipop, but if you want a card that won't be disassembled, this is a great alternative :)

White cardstock (Gina K Designs)
stickers-We've Got Your Stickers Plus- Strawberry
Chipboard circle- Chipboard shapes Glitter accents (Little Yellow Bicycle)
Patterned paper- Sweet Summertime: Summertime Stripe (Little Yellow Bicycle)
wooden stick
fibers- Baker's Twine- Pink Sorbet, Lemondrop (The Twinery)
Corner rounder punch

Head on over to these blogs to see the SWEET creations they whipped up for today:
Tami Mayberry
Trudy Sjolander
Colleen Schaan
Kimberly Crawford

And don't forget to head on over to the Cardmaker blog too!!!

Have a SWEET weekend.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I Can Finally Share......

Hello!  Today I can share some EXTRA TWINERIFFIC news!  I am officially a member of The Twinery 2012 design team!  I can hardly believe it.  For anyone who is familiar with my work---you already know I adore baker's twine.  I use it on almost every project.  I am very excited to begin this adventure. 

The Twinery is announcing the first half of the team today and the second half tomorrow on their blog.

Here is the first half of the team. So excited to be designing with these super talented ladies:

Carolyn King
Angelica Suarez- Senior Designer
Monika Wright- Senior Designer
Julie Ranae- Design Team Coordinator

Here are two tags featuring The Twinery baker's twine that I whipped up for today:
The first tag is features a computer generated sentiment to go with the bee I made using a clothespin, baker's twine and some heart punches.  I covered the bee's body with Lemondrop baker's twine and then created a little trail using Caribbean baker's twine.

The second tag features a heart made with  Pink Sorbet baker's twine. I used a SRM sticker for the sentiment. 

Thank you for sharing my excitement.  I am looking forward to sharing more of my projects with you.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cardmaker Tutorial

Hello! Today I have a post up on the CardMaker blog which features a picture tutorial on how to create an accordion fold card.  I would love if you would go check it out :)

To save space, I did not post all the detail photos of the project on the Cardmaker blog---so I added them on here in case you wanted to see more detail.

Inside front:

Close up of  Inside front pages:

Inside back:

Close up of inside back pages:

Don't forget to check out the tutorial on the Cardmaker blog-----> HERE!
Cardstock-black (Gina K Designs)
Patterned paper and element stickers- Yours Truly (Echo Park Paper)
Sentiment sticker- Fancy Sticker Sentiments, Love (SRM stickers)
Baker’s twine- Pink Sorbet (The Twinery)
Ribbon- Seam Binding
Adhesive pearls and rhinestones- Recollections (Michael’s)

Monday, January 9, 2012


Hello! Today I have another Lori Whitlock design team project for you! Since Valentine's Day is a month away, I figured I would make a wall hanging that I could put in my home since I am still kind of sad about all the Christmas decorations coming down :(
I painted a thin piece of wood with black paint and got to work creating this:I used several of Lori's silhouette files to help in my design:
Bird on Branch (in Silhouette Store)
I used the banner to spell out the word and then used the fun hearts to suspend down from the banner using jump rings. The hearts just dangle :)
You can check out more of Lori's designs on her website HERE.
Supply list:
Black acrylic paint
Patterned paper- For the Record (Echo Park Paper)
fibers- Baker's Twine- (The Twinery)
heart pin (Maya Road)
jump rings
Mini clothespins (Hero Arts)
ribbon- gingham (Stampin' Up!); unknown
Digital cut files for Silhouette-- Love banner, 9 hearts, bird on branch (Lori Whitlock)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hi there! Happy Friday! Today I have a card to share featuring Our Craft Lounge crafty cling single Spilling Over:

Such a cute stamp! The original has hearts spilling over the sides of the balloon but because I chose to pop the balloon and basket up using Helmar Zapdots, I opted to leave the little ones off.

Stamps- Spilling Over (Our Craft Lounge)
Ink--Memento tuxedo black ink, Ranger Tea Dye distress ink
Baker's twine- The Twinery
Ribbon- seam binding
Tim Holtz mini attacher
Patterned paper- Echo Park
Stickles- crystal
Helmar Quick-Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zapdots

Ready to be challenged? Head on over to the OCL blog for a great color challenge. You could win a OCL gift certificate just for playing along:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

{Be Mine} Birdhouse

Hello! Happy Wednesday! I am officially freezing now. The temperatures here have suddenly taken a turn towards deep winter and I cannot seem to keep my hands warm! (But the kids are loving it!)

I was at home the other day and decided to play around with Echo Park's Valentine release called "Yours Truly." I truly love this collection. Since I was kind of looking to alter something---I want looking in my stash and found a wooden birdhouse I picked up a few years ago.

I took the little dowel out of it and decided to make it a cute Valentine decoration--to bring me out of the winter doldrums :)

Here is what I ended up with:

I painted the birdhouse with white acrylic paint and then after that dried, I covered the sides of the house and the roof with Helmar Premium Craft Glue and added the patterned paper. (I sponged the edges of all the patterned paper with Ranger Antique linen distress ink before gluing!)

I wanted to suspend the little clear heart from the top shingle over the love birds so I used my paper piercing tool (yep, I got a new one as my other one broke when i jammed into a locked bathroom door :) to make a hole up under the shingle. Then, I inserted a finding into it and the heart charm hooked onto the end.

I used some Maya Road felt birds to add the the Echo Park Yours Truly heart sticker. I also added some tiny rhinestones all along the outside part of the heart to dress it up a bit.
The bottom of the house is lined with some Twinery baker's twine. I used some Helmar 450 Quick Dry glue to adhere the buttons along the front of the house and to attach the lace to the roof. After adding the lace, I put a small row of pearls on the top edge of the lace.
The final touch was the little {Be Mine} tag courtesy of a SRM sticker.
Feminine and simple. Definitely helped to lift my mood a bit.

Supply list:
Wooden house (Hobby Lobby or craft store)
White Acrylic paint
Helmar Acid Free Glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Ink-Antique linen distress (Ranger)
Baker's twine- (The Twinery)
Patterned paper and stickers- Yours Truly collection (Echo Park Paper)
Sticker- {Be Mine} (SRM stickers)
MicroFelt birds - (Maya Road)
Rhinestones/pearls - Recollections, Michael's
Buttons- (Papertrey Ink)
Heart jewel
Paper piercing tool
Pink glitter- Doodlebug
Lace ribbon - Michael's

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CardMaker Kit-of-the-Month Club Review

Hi there! Today I have been asked to review the CardMaker Kit-of-the-Month Club. If you are not familiar with it....keep reading!

CardMaker has a wonderful kit of the month club:
- When members join, their first kit is over 1/2 off the usual price-- $7.99 (plus postage & handling)
- Members will receive 5 free gifts along with their first kit--a zippered carrying pouch, a bone folder, embossing and piercing tool, a "created by" stamp, and an acrylic block.
- Kits will be sent about every month at the cost of $16.99 (plus postage & handling) (This is a great deal when you think of what you pay for one card in the store---and you can make 8-10 with the kit!)
- There is NO minimum purchase and members can cancel at ANY time.
- They offer a 100% guarantee of satisfaction.

Each kit includes exclusive materials to make 8-10 cards such as: Quality card blanks and envelopes, printed papers, die-cut sheets, decorative stickers or rub-ons, clear acrylic or self-cling rubber stamps, color-coordinated ribbons and embellishments like brads, buttons, glitter, pearls, rhinestones and more, a full-color, step by step instructions.

The picture above shows the first kit you get when you join the club. Here is a card I created with that kit:

This kit focuses on techniques like sanding, stamping, pop ups and glitter accents. I love that each kit comes with a set of stamps (which you can use over and over again even after your supplies are done--definitely makes the kit a steal!)

Another kit features masculine colors/themes and fun flap fold designs:

Here is a card I created with this kit:

I love the fun fold ideas in this kit and the neat masculine embellishments:

Some other things to remember:

- None of the kits are sold in retail--they are exclusive to the members of the CardMaker kit club!

-Each kit features an occasion like birthdays, thank-you cards, friendship, etc.

-Each kit teaches a fun technique like embossing, stenciling, quilling, iris folding, specialty card folds and layering techniques.

- There is also an instructional video for the first kit and or using the free gifts.

- To view a gallery of kits, go HERE.

- To join or learn more, just go to

The CardMaker Kit of the Month Club would be an excellent gift idea for someone just getting into cardmaking or even for someone who already loves to make cards. There are lots of great ideas and tutorials in the beautiful instruction books. I would definitely recommend this kit club, it is a great price for all the materials you receive.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Piggy Bank!

Hello and Happy New Year!! I had such a wonderful holiday week traveling to visit my family and friends. It was so much fun. We are expecting some snow today so that will be another fun adventure for my Texas-raised kiddos!

Today I have a cute idea for a birthday gift, especially for those times that you have no idea what to get the birthday child.

Just fill up a SRM mini tube with quarters (it holds a lot, had to borrow the ones from the kid's piggy banks to fill er up!) Then, transform the tube into a piggy bank by adding a pig topper. I used a file I found in the Silhouette library (Silhouette.)

I added a little Twinery baker's twine on his tail and some black pearls for his eyes. I added the SRM sticker sentiment from Sticker Sentiments-Birthday on the pig and the Big number 1 from We've Got Your Number- XL white directly on the tube.

Finished. Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!