Saturday, August 30, 2014

Anything Goes Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my post for the
"Anything Goes Blog Hop"
This is a joint hop by the Eureka! Stamps and 
QKR Stampede Design Teams.
These are 2 sister companies and we are 
coordinating to have this fun and inspirational blog hop.
And there will be prizes, so be sure to comment on 
all the different blogs in the hop.
Someone is going to win, it might be you!
At this time I'm on the Eureka! Design Team, but have
been on the QKR team in the past.
If you are arriving from 
you are on the right path.
If you find a broken link along the way,
where you will find the entire line up.
Now on to my projects!
Today I've got a few projects to show you.
For my first one I've used 
"Life is Sweeter" (#9102) from
Here is the front of the card,
just pull on the ribbon at the top and....

you see the sentiment.
I must note that 
this sentiment is only part of the image
there is an adorable little girl image that goes with 
this sentiment

For my next card I used
"Celtic Background" (#31601) from
I stamped the Celtic Background onto different colored 
scraps of card stock, using Versa Mark Ink.  
I then punched out varied sizes of circles.
The "hello" was cut with my Silhouette Cameo
I cut the hello several times and glued them on top of each other
to form a sturdy embellishment.
I then cut one from yellow for the top layer.
I used Glossy Accents to finish off the sentiment.
Then it was just a matter of putting the card together.
I love this card, so happy!

My last project is a layout I made about my 
Godchild's Christening.
I stamped
"Lg Cross with Flowers" (#13403)  from 
onto water color paper and colored it
with water color crayons. 
I then fussy cut it for the layout.

I have covered the personal information on the layout with 
a piece of white card stock for this post.

All the mats were cut using my Perfect Layers Minis 
and my Perfect Cutting Mat from 
Every cut is precise and easy using these tools.
Now it's time to go on to 
where I'm sure you'll get some great inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll stop again soon.
In the mean time, pop over to 
and see what wonderful images these 2 companies have to offer.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

M is for Maynard

Today I wanted to share the piece I made for our home.
I cut this out of black vinyl with my Silhouette Cameo
and put it into a 9" x 9" floating frame.
The vinyl goes on a piece of glass,
another piece goes over the top of it.
The 2 sandwiched pieces go into the frame together and 
create a floating design.
I'm very happy with the results.
We haven't decided where we will hang it yet,
but it will be somewhere that people will see it.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you'll come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Drinks and Snacks

Hi everyone!
Boy have I been having fun with my 
Silhouette Cameo!
I've started using vinyl and boy am I addicted!
The other day I was invited to spend the day with my 
sister in law and 3 of my greats.
I don't see them a lot so I was happy to spend the day
at my brother's home with his 3 grand children.
I decided I wanted to take them a little gift so I made up these
cute bottles with snack cups .
Each one has their name and something that they like.
 Sami loves Sofia the First who is a 
 Princess in Training, so I put a crown on her name.

The boys like Jake and the Never Land Pirates.
Oliver got a pirate head bandanna

and Sebastian got a pirate boot.

Aren't these just adorable?!!?
Here you can see how they unscrew
and you can put little snacks in the cup.
Or if you wanted you could use it to drink from. 
They will be great for a trip to the park or 
even to take into the yard, which is 
exactly what we did.
The kids loved them and had to use them right away.
I was thrilled with how they turned out.
They were very inexpensive and easy to make with my 
I'll tell you, I'm loving that machine more every day!

Thanks for stopping by today,
I'm going to be taking a little
vacation from blogging for a couple weeks,
but watch for a fun 
Eureka! Stamps/QKR Stampede 
Blog Hop at the end of the month.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Add a button challenge

Hi All!
Time for another Eureka! Stamps Challenge.
This week the theme is
"Add A Button"
All the particulars for the challenge can be found at
I have used
"Best Ice Cream" (#20201) from
Eureka! Stamps
Summertime is ice cream time, so I made this
simple card with an ice cream theme and 
used buttons as the ice cream.
I scored some kraft card stock
cut it into cone shapes and sanded it a bit.
I simply adhered the button onto the cone with ATG tape
then used the same to stick it to the card.
A card like this would be cute for an invitation
to a party.  Ice cream is always fun.
Thanks for stopping by today,
come again soon.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Swimming Challenge

Hello!  I hope your summer is going great!
What says summer more than swimming?
And that is exactly what our theme is this week on 
For my swimming themed card, I have used
"Bubbles Background" (#58101) and
"Flying Girl Holder" (#21701) from
I stamped the Bubbles Background onto white card stock
and cut the top along one of the "waves"
I used the Flying Girl Holder to create a girl diving into the water.
Below is what the image actually looks like.
digi21701 Flying Girl Holder
As you can see, I modified it a bit.
I masked off the girls dress and stamped the rest onto white card stock.
I then used a black pen to draw in her bathing suit.
I colored and fussy cut the girl and posed her as a diver
on the card with foam tape.
I think this would be an adorable invitation to a pool party.
Too bad I don't have a pool, eh?
I love to find different ways to use my stamps, to stretch my supplies and
create something a little different than what was intended.
Thanks for coming by today,
I hope you have learned something and been inspired.
I also hope you'll join in the fun of our 
swimming challenge this week.
All the particulars about the challenge are on the 

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cameo fun for a shower

My nephew is getting married
 and my sis in law and I had a shower for 
Vicki and him.
I had a lot of fun creating things for the shower.
The first thing I made was the favors.
I created a branch with love birds on it, 
cut them out of black vinyl and applied
them to little jars.
The jars were filled with kisses.

I also filled one jar with red M&M candies to use for a game.
Everyone guessed the number of candies in the jar.
The person who guessed the closest won that jar as well as 
a "door prize"
My niece, Lauren, guessed 291 and there were 287 
in the jar, pretty darn close.
I also applied a love birds on a branch to a very large glass 
and used it as a vase.
I cut up lemons and added them to the water in the "vase" 
for a little something different.
I thought it looked very pretty.
I got this idea from my friends blog
I decided to make prizes for the shower too.
Here they are below.
All of them were created with vinyl and my 
Silhouette Cameo
This is a cutting board/trivet

Tasty Treats jar filled with candy.

Another cutting board/trivet
and a 
"wine to go" tumbler.

This little bowl says Rings and things.
I need to make one for myself to put in my kitchen 
for when I take off my rings and watch to wash dishes.
This prize below was the "door prize"
please excuse the poor picture,
I forgot to take another when it was all fixed up nice for the shower.

And my favorite thing I made, was Vicki's gift.
I put the love birds as well as their names on a cake taker.
Vicki and Patrick are both amazing cooks and bakers
and I know it will get a lot of use.
They both loved it.

I had so much fun creating these things!
Everyone seemed to like them and that makes 
me happy!

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've been creating.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monochromatic Challenge

Today I have 2 cards to show you.
The challenge for this week on the 
For my cards I used
"Sunflowers" (#35808) and
"Happy Birthday" (#36314) from 
sister company to Eureka! Stamps.
For both cards I used the same technique.
First I stamped the Sunflowers image onto water color paper
with VersaMark ink.
I then covered it with white embossing powder
and used my heat gun to melt the powder.
Using masking tape, I taped my paper down to a
cutting mat, this helps prevent warping from the water.
It also makes it easier to move the paper to different angles.
I wet the paper with a good amount of water
then used water color crayons and  a wet paint brush to 'drop' 
the color onto the card.
The embossed areas will resist the color.
I used the lightest of colors first and covered most of the image
with a light wash of color.
Then I went back with some darker colors to add more color
to the flowers.
I continued this until I was happy with the results.
For the sentiment on the purple card
I embossed the Happy Birthday with the same technique
on white card stock.
I used the water color crayons and a water brush once again to color the paper.
This was not water color paper and it takes the color much differently.
If the paper becomes too wet, it will begin to crumble, so you must be careful.
I just applied the color to the area around the sentiment, let it dry and cut it to size.

The sentiment for this 2nd card was stamped with 
a coordinating color of ink onto the same paper used for the card front.
Although I am usually more partial to purple than orange,
in this case I like the orange card better than the purple.
Which do you prefer?
I hope you have been inspired in some way, thanks for stopping by.
Please check out the particulars of our challenge on the 
and join in the fun.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!