Maya Road & Epiphany Crafts

Hiya Sweetie Peas! Happy Wednesday! I hope your weeks are going well so far. We are still trying to adjust to being back on a school schedule, and I have to say that so far, I’m not doing too well. It’s extremely hard to get back to a strict routine after a lazy summer of being a slug-a-bug. Sigh…… I miss summer vacation already!

It’s Maya Road week on the Epiphany Crafts blog.  And talk about a fun match-up, right? Maya Road has so many awesome products to play with. Paired up with Epiphany’s great shapes and tools, there’s just no end to creative inspiration.

I,  in my attempts to beat the back-to-school blues, have made another Halloween card using lots of Maya Road goodies like their kraft envelopes, round kraft typography numbers, and scalloped chipboard. And of course I dressed it up with custom button and bubble caps made with the Round 14 and Round 25 Shape Studio Tools.

There’s nothing like a little Halloween to cheer me right up! 😉

For a complete supply list and full photo step-by-steps for creating this card, please visit the Epiphany Crafts blog. And if you’d like the chance to win a free seat in Cathy Zielske’s 10 Tips for Type! Class (Class starts September 6th!), be sure to leave a comment while you are there. The winner will be drawn and announced this Friday. Good luck everyone!

And before I go, I have one last photo to share with you. It’s my two munchies on their first day of school.

Love that Nik has her big brother to show her the ropes at high school. Love that they have this one last year together. Just love them both to pieces!


The Kraft Journal- St. Patty’s Day Green

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time for a new challenge at the Kraft Journal. This week, our theme is St. Patrick’s Day, or the color green. I hope you’ll come and play along.

For my project, I created a fun St. Patty’s Day card using LOTS of the color green and some of my very favorite goodies from the Kraft Outlet.

Embossed Lunch Bag Kraft cardstock and patterned paper form a backdrop for layers of tablet paper and die-cut shapes. A scalloped Nestabilities shape cut from Precut Chipboard frame a sweet vintage image edged with vintage lace and dressed with Brown Baker’s Twine and a pretty flower.

A computer printed Irish sentiment clipped with a mini paper clip and tied with more baker’s twine to the top of the card add the finishing touch.

I do hope you’ll join us at the Kraft Journal this week. One lucky winner will receive a $15 voucher to shop at the Kraft Outlet. The more you play, the better your chances to win. 🙂



Happy 4th of July!

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to make a quick stop at the old blog here today to wish all of my family and friends in the States and very happy and safe 4th of July! Whether you’re off to a big soiree, having a BBQ with the neighbors, or just spending a quiet day with the family, I hope you have an absolutely fabulous holiday. I’m heading out the door soon to join the festivities, and am looking forward to a day filled with good friends, good food, and good times! But before I go, I have a little share for you.

Here is a fun 4th of July project I made as a hostess gift for today.  I created this dimensional star from corrugated cardboard and several star templates I downloaded from the internet. Used adorable Report Card papers from October Afternoon for a perfect touch of Americana flair, and added a tag with a vintage holiday image from Crafty Secrets.

The Pink Paislee blog shared a tutorial for making these 3-D barn stars this week, and they are amazingly easy to do. Super fun and super fast, too. And great for so many projects. Think I’ll be making a ton of these come Christmas time.

Time to head out!  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Stars & Stripes

Morning everyone!  Ready to start a new week?  We are getting some much needed rain this morning.  Although it’s quite gloomy out, my grass is very thankful.  It’s only mid-May, and my yard is looking half-baked already. I think we’re in for a long, hot summer.

Today is a new challenge day over at The Shabby Tea Room, and this week we are inspiring you to create a project using red, white & blue and/or stars & stripes in honor of Memorial Day.

I was thrilled to find this Memorial Day vintage clip from Crafty Secrets in my stash and thought it was the perfect jumping off point for my card.  Paired it with some of my absolute favorite papers, Webster’s Pages Sweet As Cherry Pie 6×6 Petite Paper Pad.

I created a star out of chipboard using a template I downloaded from the internet, painted white and coated with Martha Stewart Crystal Clear glitter. Layered the star with a gorgeous red Bloomer by Webster’s Pages, some paper curls I made from the patterned paper, a hemp bow and fabric tie.

The trims are from Webster’s newer collections.  I used the Petite Berry Scallop along the side and the White Eyelet Edge across the center.  Trimmed off just the edging of the eyelet for the strip and used the fabric center remnant for the fabric tie on the star.  Can’t let anything go to waste, you know.

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the blog to see the other designer’s fabulous creations as well as this week’s guest designer, Linda Coughlin, The Funkie Junkie.  Our prize this week is sponsored by Rae Barthel from Simply Rae!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!

Christmas Countdown- Day 1

Hi everyone!  Can you all believe that it is December 1st already?  It won’t be long now before Christmas is upon us and a new year will begin.  I wish I could slow down the clock and savor every moment of the coming days and capture the sense of magic in the air.  I still so clearly remember the anticipation and excitement I felt as a child waiting for Santa to come down the chimney.  How great it is to see that same wonderment in the eyes of my daughter, who still chooses to believe in Santa Claus, and even in my son, who doesn’t, but who still loves the beauty of the holiday.  This is the good stuff of life.

If I was a super organized soul, I would have put together a December daily album to record all the little details of this whirlwind month……..but unfortunately, I’m not very organized.  And now I’ve run out of time.  So instead, I hope to document this month with a daily post on my blog as we count down the days until Christmas.  That way I can share some of my favorite recipes and decorations and photos and crafty projects from which I could perhaps put together a little album later.

Perhaps………..we shall see if I’m any better organized after Christmas.  Perchance I see a New Year’s resolution lurking in my future. 😉

For day 1 of my holiday countdown, I would like to share a card I made for Webster’s Pages using both of their new holiday lines.

The background is made from the Swan’s Lake paper from the Winter’s Wings  Collection and the Christmas Sky paper from Home for the Holidays.  I have been loving the look of ink misting lately, and so I misted both papers with walnut ink for an aged look.  Do know that this does cause some warping of the paper.  I placed both pieces under a heavy book and let them dry thoroughly before moving on.  Then I set my sewing machine to a wide and loose zig-zag stitch and stitched a border around the edge of the card.  Placed a strip of the Snow Tips music note paper across the card which I then covered with that gorgeous Gold Netting trim from the Winter Trim Collection.

Next, I had a little fun with the Fabric Fancies label by adding some color and a touch of sparkle.  If you have not played with these yet, you will be amazed at all the techniques you can do with these.

I used my watercolor pencils and blending pen to add color to the word Believe.  This is very easy to do and these heavy fabric labels take color beautifully.  I also used a thin paintbrush to add some gold Stickles to the branches of the tree and some of the surrounding flowers.  The glitter is a bit hard to capture on camera, although you can see touches of it here.  Looks wonderful in real life as you turn the card in the light.  Also added some pearl “ornaments” to the tree and some Storyteller Alpha Stickers to help complete my greeting.

The vintage angel is from Crafty Secrets and works perfectly with the Webster’s collections.  I added some gold Stickles to her wings and robe and tucked her under the Fabric Fancy label.  Finished the greeting with a holiday rub-on from Deja-Views, a piece of lace trim, and more Winter’s Wings Storyteller Alphas.  I cut a snowflake image from the Snowflakes and Feathers paper which I tucked behind the angel’s head and layered with a matching vellum snowflake from the Winter’s Wings Designer Vellum.  I lightly painted the vellum snowflake with Stickles, which gave it a very curly and dimensional quality.  Immediately upon application, the vellum will curl up on itself, but once it’s dried, you can manipulate the vellum to however you wish. I added adhesive to the very center and then let the arms of the snowflake pop up a bit.  Added a final pearl to the middle, and the card is complete.

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  I’ll see you all tomorrow!

The 31 Days of October- Day 13

Hello everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!  For today’s 31 days of October post, I would like to share my card for the current challenge at the Cardalicious blog.  They happen to go hand in hand perfectly, as I used this week’s challenge to make this fun Halloween card.

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This week’s challenge was, indeed, a bit of a challenge for me.  You are to make a card using only three items.  Period.   I usually like to pile it on a bit more.  😉

I started with a cute vintage pumpkin clip from Crafty Secrets that worked perfectly for this challenge as it contained both a greeting and a focal image.  The brown swirled card stock is my second item, which is from BoBunny’s new Christmas line.  My third product is a golden satin ribbon that I gathered and tucked around the vintage image as a frame. To make a gathered ribbon like this, figure you need about 3-4 times the amount of ribbon you would ordinarily use to go around your edge.  I started with about a yard of ribbon for this 2″x2″ image, and ran a loose gathering stitch along one edge of the ribbon, gathering the thread tight as I went along.  I left enough ribbon at the beginning and end of the gather to allow myself to tie a bow in the bottom corner.  I secured the ribbon in place with glue dots about every inch along the way.

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It’s fun the way a challenge can break you out of your mold every once in awhile and try something new.  What do you all think of a 3-item challenge?  Are you up to it?  I’d love to see what you do!