Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ugly Sweater Season

Sharing a fun card I made using some of My Favorite Things stamps. 
Love making dog-theme cards for a friend of mine and I was inspired when she told me she had been shopping for an ugly sweater for her dog.  This just came together so easily.

I hand cut a little sweater from a retired (I think) Hand Knit stamp set from Stampin' Up! It fit the little dog in the MFT set so well.  

Hope everyone is having a fun, crafty season. 
Merry Christmas, everyone.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tis the Season...for Star Wars gifts!


Long time, no post, but had to share my latest Christmas craft for this holiday.
My brother gave me some terrific candy molds for my birthday.  I used my Marvel Comics and Dr. Who theme molds earlier this year, but my Star Wars molds had been neglected, until now!

Since the latest Star Wars movie is set to open this week, my husband specifically requested I make some candy for his friends for Christmas using my molds.  The detail on the Millenium Falcon turned out great in white chocolate... check it out:



I used my variety of molds to create a little 6-piece gift set.  I decorated a few of them for some more detail.  Not perfect, but I really enjoyed decorating these.  Tempering dark chocolate was a challenge, but thanks to the internet and some quality Guittard melting wafers, these turned out better than I had hoped.

May the force be with you this Christmas!
Happy Holiday Crafting everyone!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Some Like it Hot

I've been in more of Christmas card mode this weekend, but hopping around some blogs for inspiration, I found the latest Summer School Lesson from My Favorite Things, Color Temperatures.
Since my Cozy Greetings stamp set was on my craft table, I took a break from my winter crafting and went in the opposite direction to make this warm card. Perfect timing as I realize I have a late summer birthday card to make.  With some sweltering heat outside, this sunny card makes me think of the heat... yeah, way past warm.  Me, I am not a fan of the heat, but I know some like it hot.

No matter the temperature where you are, have fun summer or holiday crafting!
Now, back to cooler thoughts for me...

Christmas Sparkle in August

Excited to participate in the Happy Little Stampers challenge this week as I have had Christmas cards on my mind...  Now in the heat of August, deep in the dog days of summer, it feels refreshing to pull out the snowflakes and winter themed craft supplies.  Here's my creation for the challenge:

It is very difficult to try and capture the sparkle I sprayed with a mister on my card, but I tried photographing from several angles to try to demonstrate.  Here's the best view I was able to take showing the bits of sparkle on my card:

I used Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies and Winter Wonderland stamp set for this card, a snowflake die from My Favorite Things, and wavy stitched border die from Avery Elle.  

Hope you are enjoying some Christmas crafting during this summer weekend, too.
Happy stamping everyone!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Bummed Out on Aging - Friends with Flair Day

Last week got the confirmation I suspected was coming... It's time for me to start wearing reading glasses.  When you cannot read the back of your cosmetics and hair care products, you know it's time.  Tiny print is just not meant for aging eyes...  

Today's card features Unity's Gossip, Hot-Flashes & Crazy, my go-to set when I'm feeling bummed about aging... Happy crafting everyone!

UPDATE:  Yippee!  I was randomly selected as a winner from Unity!  
Great way to cheer up a Monday!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A Swedish Thank You! and MFTWSC 238

This post is for my dear friend, Patty...
There are people in our lives we meet and instantly become friends forever.  
Patty, you are that friend to me, and I'm forever grateful that we are able to maintain that friendship while oceans may still keep us living far apart.  

I hope you have a wonderful upcoming birthday, but in the mean time I made this card for you as a thank you for the wonderful surprise package you sent me.  I am so impressed that you packed the gifts and took the extra time to send it my way, even though I know you are very busy enjoying your travels and visiting your family.

I cannot take all the credit for this card, as I used this week's MFT sketch challenge to inspire me.  So happy to find a sketch I really like and happy it turned out as bright and colorful as the lovely gardens my friend has at her home in Sweden.  This card was the perfect excuse for me to use my much neglected MFT Prima Donna Petals dies.  

Enjoy a wonderful summer time weekend.
Happy crafting to all!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

MFT Summer School - Complementary Colors

My favorite complementary color duo has to be orange and blue.  It is such a cheerful combination. 


 In playing with my cards this weekend I have found a color that I must restock - MFT's Tangy Orange.  That color seems to combine so well with a nice navy blue. 

I feel I must explain the context of my card a little bit... I made this for a friend who told me the tales of her dog's love of chasing (and catching) rabbits.  She tried to rescue one not too long ago, but... well... it wasn't such a happy ending for the bunny.  So sad, except for the fun her dog had that is...

Some details about the stamps I used on my card - the dog is from MFT's You Make My Tail Wag and the bunny is from Lawn Fawn.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Time for an Upgrade

If you are a Doctor Who fan, then you may like this card I made for brother's birthday this year.  

Last year I made him a Doctor Who card that was inspired from one I saw on Pinterest.  
It was a simple card with the Tardis pictured on the front and the sentiment, "at least you're not as old as the Doctor!"    He LOVED the card so much, he requested from that moment on, if I'm to make him a card it needs to be a Doctor Who card.  So for Valentines Day I sent him my own Doctor Who theme creation with the old school K-9 robot dog on it with a cheesy saying..."Is it Valentine's Day already?" - K9 replies "Affirmative."  That card turned out to be a dud.  His reaction to my creation was simply, "I liked my birthday card better."... boo.  Oh well, older brothers can be hard to impress.

Anyway, his reaction to my Valentine made me try a little bit harder for this year's birthday.  Essentially I knew that my next card had to be better- upgraded to to speak.  Inspiration strikes- a Cyberman likes to do nothing but UPGRADE us humans!!!

I give credit to the internet for the images, but the sayings were my own.  Here is the interior sentiment I put on the card:

I am happy to report that this card did get a passing "hooray" from my brother, but he said he'll pass on the chance for an upgrade!  

MFT Summer School - Monochromatic


Monochromatic is the theme for Lesson #10 in MFT Summer School.
Monochromatic colors are very soothing in my opinion, so I felt it was a great time to prepare a get well card to have on hand.  I love the colors on Karolyn Loncon and Julia Stainton's cards featured on the lesson plan.  Cool blue-green tones make me think of a beautiful tropical beach... ah to dream...Surely those colors would help anyone feel better if they are under the weather.  

If you wanted to know some of the details for my card, I used some Stampin' Up! and MFT products.  I'll point out that I layered a bit of vellum on top of the blue green oval behind my sentiment banner which allowed me to create another soft shade of my favorite color on the card.

MFT banner from Blueprints 16, stitched square MFT dies and a sentiment from a retired Pure Innocence stamp set are the MFT products I used here.

Image result for die namics stitched square dies

Have a beautiful weekend. Happy crafting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

MFT Summer School - Primary Colors


I'm still playing catch up on the My Favorite Things Blog Summer School.  Tonight I am sharing my card I created for Summer School lesson #8 - Primary Colors.

A well planned color scheme really helps me decide what colors to apply to the sweet features of the Pure Innocence girl. There are some times when I am stumped about what colors she may look "best dressed" in depending on how well I achieved the color of skin or hair I created.  Blue t-shirt is what I'm wearing tonight while I worked on this card, so voila! Perfect for the red, blue & yellow card.

Craft on everybody!  Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MFT Summer School - 10 Second Microwave Card

I am really enjoying My Favorite Things Summer School project.  


I hope to get a chance to play more this weekend, but some scraps on my craft room table were calling to me tonight, insisting I at least pull one of the lessons out and give it a try.  Secondary colors were the theme on this post from MFT

Color theory is a terrific topic and one that I really need help with, but tonight's card was a chance for me to  learn another little card lesson.  This is where my microwave reference comes into the picture...

  I learned from my fellow craft bloggers about a terrific trick and I had to use it tonight.  Working with only scraps to achieve my green and orange color scheme meant limited supplies on hand. It is very important to get your layers adhered right when you only have a certain amount of a color you want to use available.  Well, in my haste, I totally goofed and had my papers lined up on the WRONG side of my card front.  OH no!  I didn't want to ruin the only bit of orange and lime green papers I had to work with... what do you do???

Answer:  Pop the card in the microwave for about 10 seconds.  The adhesive runner tape I used then became flexible enough that I could carefully peel off the layers, remove any sticky residue, then re-adhere correctly.  Whew! Card saved!

See you later for another lesson this weekend. Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Time to Create!

Hello fellow Unity Stamp Company fans! 
I haven't had much time to play along with Unity's Friends with Flair for some time.  Thankfully a long holiday weekend gave me a chance to craft.  Ah... amazing what a little craft time can do for the psyche... 

Today I wanted to share what I made to decorate my craft room using this terrific Unity Stamp Decor Decal.   If you have not tried to use one of these before, let me tell you that they are really easy to adhere. I carefully measured to center the saying on my painted surface, then found it very easy to place, smooth, & release the backing for a flawless finish.  

Just so you know, my simple decorated board is just a prepared blank wooden board that I painted with some interior latex paint then added acrylic paint accents with the help of some painters tape.  I die cut some chipboard and cardstock for the added "cogs" (dies are from Tim Holtz Gears and Gadgets) that I adhered with some foam adhesive to stand out a bit.

I think these decals are a great addition to the wonderful selection of products at Unity.

Have a terrific weekend, and by all means, take some time to create something just for yourself.  You'll feel oh so much better for it!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Long time, no post... how sad.

What's up, bloggers?  

I'm sad to report it's been hard to find much time for crafting, so it's been a while since I've posted anything.  Just too darn busy with day job and chores, darn it.  Finally I had some time on a day off to make some things to ramp up my birthday card stash.  Yippee!  

Of course having spent some effort on some birthday cards using some fun new toys, like this set from Lawn Fawn, I realize I missed my opportunity to send out some Independence Day cards...oops.  I know most card makers love to find any occasion to make cards, but I don't expect many people think about receiving cards for July 4th.  Still I have enjoyed making them and missed my chance this year... I guess today I'll prepare a few so I don't miss next year!

Have a wonderful holiday.  
Happy Independence Day Crafting!

Some other card details you may like to know: 
Water patterned paper comes from Stampin' Up! DSP, Adventure Bound, 
SU! Netting background stamp (retired) and Spellbinders dies used for shapes.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mama bears out there!
I've had such little time to do much crafting lately, but an important occasion like this cannot be missed, no matter how busy I am.  It was easy to come up with some special cards using this stamp set, Bear Hugs from Mama Elephant.  The set has so many sweet images...

Hope every mama bear out there is having a beautiful day.
Happy crafting, everyone!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Comfort in Crafting

So little time, so many crafty things to do...

I have neglected sharing my creativity here as my attention has been required elsewhere, but that doesn't mean I don't find time to make a card for a special occasion.   Card making still puts me in a happy place.  In my craft space, calm and comfort returns when everything else seems so hectic.  

When I heard news of someone's retirement and knew about their passion for quilting, coming up with this card was a no-brainer.  Putting the little pieces together, in the colors and patterned paper I thought looked best, THAT was the hard part.  

Stampin' Up! Lattice die and square lattice embossing folder combined make a striking card quilt.  The SU!  seam binding ribbon, sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, and bits of pieces of retired DSP and card stock to match complete the rest.   I cannot wait to share this with my Stampin' Up! consultant,  I think she'd be proud of me!

Now back to simply dreaming of a day when I can spend more time in the craft room.  At least now I know there is one friend getting a chance to enjoy her hobbies more.  Oh, so jealous! 

 Happy crafting, friends.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lawnscaping Birthday & A Man Card

Lawnscaping Challenge blog is celebrating birthdays for their 100th Challenge!
Perfect timing for this Lawn Fawn fan as I officially break from Valentine mode into Birthday mode!

For my project, I challenged myself to make a masculine birthday card with my Lawn Fawn products.  I know a macho style can be a challenge in itself , but I wanted to showcase how even your cute Lawn Fawn stamps can be used for a special guy in your life.  Check it out...

I decided to remove the smiley face from the cake stamp from Year Three and add HAPPY using Milo ABC's above birthday.  I kept everything simply layered with subtle patterned paper from Hello Sunshine and Sweater Weather, coordinating everything in a manly brown and blue color scheme.

year three

Hope you are staying warm and enjoying some indoor crafting time if you've got icy or snowy conditions that seem to have hit most of the United States this weekend.  Stay warm and happy crafting, everyone!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart FELT Greetings

OH how I love FELT!
I have not used my supply of quality wool felt nearly enough this season.  I love to create felt embellishments.  They are fun to touch while making the project then after the project is complete, I find myself petting my little creation like a fuzzy little kitten... yeah. I'm goofy that way.

For today's project I used My Favorite Things felt and word and circle die, and Mama Elephant stamp, arrow die and Femme Frames dies.  Patterned paper is from BoBunny.

This card was part of my Valentine Extravaganza for the office charity sale, but I don't know that it was properly featured in a post before, so I must add it here.  

Hope you will be enjoying some quality time with your loved ones this weekend.  Happy crafting and have a very Happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Only One For Me

Yes, my man is the only one for me, but alas this card was not the ONLY Valentine I created.  
I have finished my barrage of 36+ Valentine greetings.  That's more cards than I made for Christmas.  I took a card making break last Christmas since I was busy knitting gifts.  A knitting break after Christmas then meant time to pull out the card making supplies again.  I always have to keep busy in the Craft-a-torium.  Can't stand to let my supplies sit idle - too easily they could end up in the box for a garage sale or something while the husband is in his household cleaning binge... EEEK!

On Friday I have a Valentine Gallery Extravaganza over at my new blog, Live. Craft. Repeat.  Check that site out for a few other card ideas.

For the main details on the card featured today, I used stamps from My Favorite Things and dies from Stampin' Up! and Spellbinders.  Patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn.

Happy stamping everyone!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feminine and Floral

And now for something entirely different.  Last post was a manly-man card, so time to switch gears.

There is quite a blog party going on over at Papertrey Ink.  Lots of contests and inspiring projects.  The latest contest is a bit out of my comfort zone, but while I'm in the swing of love theme cards, I knew my set could not be complete without something flowery... so here it goes...

The lovely single rose was stamped using both stamp sets for PTI's Rosie Posie, the main image and coordinating detail stamp sets.  This was my first time using the Rosie Posie Step 2 set.  NBUS's Darnell should be so proud of me! With two contrasting colors, you can create a lovely flower.   I found it easiest to stamp the darker detail image first, then layer the lighter color solid flower image on top of that.  Stamping in that order gave me the best results.
The rest of my leafy bouquet was stamped using a lovely image from PTI's With Sympathy.  The sentiment is from another PTI stamp set, Heart Prints Sentiments.

This feminine floral card, with the light pink and green is not my usual style, so this was a really good contest to challenge my card making skills.  Just a few other deets...the stitched dies I used came from Lawn Fawn (circle) and Mama Elephant, Femme Frames.  I punched out a few extra leaves for added detail using the bird punch from Stampin' Up!

If you get a chance, stop by my other blog to tell me what style of cards and what style of blog you may prefer.  I started thinking it's time to refresh the look in the Craft-a-torium, so that goes for the blog, too!

Have a lovely evening, everyone!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Manly Man Valentine

Happy to see it's a Valentine challenge over at The Male Room.
Perfect for me, as I didn't forget the dudes during my Valentine craze these past few weeks. I really enjoy making cards my husband will like, so I try to keep a nice supply of guy friendly greetings on hand. I think it helps him embrace my addiction  healthy hobby a little better!

I will probably post a couple man'tines as I just cannot decide which one I like best.  My first one shown here features stamps from The Alley Way Stamps set Lighter than Air.  I am so excited to share this with the TAWS site, too!  The little wrench is from a die cut from My Favorite Things.  It fit so well with the TAWS nuts and bolts, isn't that cool?  The measuring tape stamp is from Stampin' Up!

Until next time, happy stamping everyone!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Love is in the Air

And now, back to our regularly scheduled Valentines...

I took a break from Valentines over the weekend to enter a new challenge, but I made sure to schedule posts displaying more of my Valentines for you this week.  Hope you'll enjoy checking them out.

Unity Stamp Co.'s Plenty of Pandas stamp is back!  
This sweet little bear is accompanied by some simple die cuts and layers.  Carefully placed twine was secured with the tiniest amount of glue.  This keeps the little curve of the string in place so you can imagine his little heart balloon really floating in air on the water colored sky. 

Other tidbits of crafty info you may like to know:
Sentiment stamp from The Alley Way Stamps, Lighter Than Air
Dies from Mama Elephant Creative Cuts Femme Frames
Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Spring Showers (clouds)

Check closely and you'll notice little dots on the heart balloon. Those are from an an Avery Elle  die set, Dotted Borders.  The set includes a couple of these fun little bits that simply deboss little dots where you set them.  I'm finding this a fun set to use.  You should know I have no actual sponsors, I just like to share products that I think you may like, too!

Dotted Borders Dies

Happy crafting everyone!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tangled in the Lasso of Truth

NEWS FLASH:  Aging Superhero Caught in Her Own Lasso of Truth!

 Although I'm usually more of a Marvel Comics fan, I just cannot resist this terrific stamp set, Diana Girl, from Unity Stamp Co. with that striking resemblance to the iconic DC Comics heroine.  Combined with a sentiment from USC's Gossip, Hot Flashes & Crazy, it makes a perfectly snarky card that I just MUST add to this fun challenge over at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, SOSS 26.

I just discovered the sisterhood from browsing Unity's Friends with Flair projects this week.  They are a funny group of craftistas who proudly strut their snarky stuff.  Thank you blogsters and commenters for leading me to find their blog.  I laughed out loud at so many of the posts and projects, I immediately set to join in their latest challenge.

It's Snarker's Choice, so I selected Challenge #18 from 2014, I is for Iconic, as my main theme.  

 When I was inspired to add her Lasso of Truth with some carefully placed gold string, a teeny tiny, gold star on her costume, and the comic strip style lightning bolt, I also thought it fits in nicely with the Embellishment Challenge, too.


I have so many ideas for other cards to share with the sisterhood.  I cannot wait to make more!
Enjoyed this break from my Valentine extravaganza.

Have a SUPER weekend!

Other card details if you'd like to know...
Stamp sets from Unity Stamp Co (aforementioned sets, see above)
Papertrey Ink Zappy Birthday die and EK success speech bubble die 
Cardstock, various
Papertrey Ink Comic Strip Patterned Paper (a must have for your comic strip inspired crafts!)

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Magic of Love

Hi, Unity Stamp Co. Friends with Flair and all my other crafty companions!
It's still Valentine-o-rama here in the Craft-a-torium.  

For the past three or four years I've made it a personal goal to create a large variety of Valentines to offer in my office's February charity sale.  I only have a couple short weeks to have them ready now, but many are already done.  I'm happy to share this card with Friends with Flair at Unity Stamp Co.  this week.  All the stamps are from Unity and two of the three I used are from a prize package I once won for FWF!  

I tried to find the original sets that the sentiment and hearts stamps were from, but searching "love" theme was daunting at USC... they have so many stamps! I know the little star cluster stamp is from Plenty of Pandas. Thought I would point that out as you'd never guess without seeing one of the little pandas (I'm letting them rest tonight, they've been used a lot).

I've made cute cards, boy themed cards, cards with doilies, cards with flowers, cards with puns... there are just so many types of Valentines to make it's one new idea after the other!  My office place will be getting the best selection of cards to choose for their family than I've ever provided before.  

Have a lovely, magical weekend.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ARrggh... Matey... I Love Ya!

The little men in our lives appreciate crafty things, too, so I'm happy to share a boy-themed, love inspired card with the Shopping our Stash Love Theme challenge, SOS 186.   I have been on a Valentine binge all week. This one will go in that stash of cards because I think it's still sweet to say "love ya" without doilies, glitter, hearts or other mushy stuff. 

Grab Our Badge!

Darnell over at NBUS inspired me this year to showcase Never Before Used Schtuff and Shopping our Stash reminds me that I have lots of crafty things that need attention.  It's a Pirate's Life stamp set from My Favorite Things is unfortunately retired now.  I caught it in clearance sale quite some time ago, and it sat neglected in its unopened packaging far too long.  

Also very stash worthy, is shopping my kitchen drawers for embellishments!  Kitchen twine and toothpicks came in handy for this card.  I especially love to show off the little toothpick plank... check it...

The close up gives you a better look of the little sick pirate on the right.  He is intentionally colored a little green... My sister and I are slowly developing our coloring skills so I hope she has a chance to see my latest creation.  I used a variety of Copics (will regret not writing down which ones) and a wave die from MFT to complete my seafaring crew's scenery.

I'm sensing that once I'm satisfied with something I've made, I feel that calming, warm feeling that gets me in a relaxed and happy mood, so I think my insomnia inspired work will be laid to rest tonight as I do catch some Zzzz's... 

Happy Crafting and Sweet Pirate Dreams!

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!