Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I Heart Fall!!

Hi Everyone!! I have to admit that Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! I love when the weather starts to get crisp and the leaves on the trees start to change colors. Even though we didn't have very much of a Fall this year, my hubby and I were still able to enjoy some of our Fall Traditions.  One of the things we love doing is going to Avila Valley Barn in San Luis Obispo to buy apple crisp, apple cider and pumpkins to decorate our front porch!
For my shaker card, I cut the pumpkin shapes out of American Crafts Pumpkin Patch Design Paper using my Silhouette - 3 Thanksgiving Icons, #33067. I used Judikins Embossable Window Acetate to cover the opening of the pumpkin. The cute little fox along with the other images are from Lawn Fawn Into The Woods Stamp Set. I colored them with Copic Markers. 
Thank you for stopping by today!! Have a wonderful Fall day!!
Big Hugs,

Friday, November 13, 2015

Fall Is In The Air!!

Hi Everyone! Sorry I have been away for so long! It was such a hot Summer here in California! One of the hottest ones that I can remember!! Without central air, it was unbearable on some days. Needless to say, I didn't get very much crafting done. In the last couple of weeks, it has started to cool down, especially in the evenings. It is so nice!! Fall is finally here!

I would like to share a Fall card that I created using Lawn Fawn Happy Harvest Stamp and matching Die Set. I colored in all the images that I used with Copic Markers. I created the watercolor paper background using orange and yellow Liquid Acrylic Paints and Gold Pearl Ex Powder that I have had in my stash for years. You can find a wonderful tutorial on how to do this technique on Youtube from creativeyoungmama.  After the piece dried, I cut it out using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die. The orange gingham paper is from Lori Whitlock's Fall Fling Digital Paper Collection. For the final touch, I added a little bit of twine to the edge.

Thank you for stopping by today!! Happy Fall To You All!!

Big Hugs,

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Hi Everyone! Can you believe that it is July already! Where has the year gone! There is always a big celebration in my neighborhood for 4th of July. Everyone decorates the outside of their houses with American flags and red, white and blue buntings. There is also an annual neighborhood bike parade that my hubby and I participate in. We decorate our bike wheels with red, white and blue crepe paper. It is always a lot of fun. We live near the Los Alamitos Airbase, so they put on a air show and we get to see all sorts of planes overhead. My favorite part is when the paratroopers jump out of the planes. At night,  the sky becomes a frenzy of fireworks right above my house.  I look forward to it every year!

For my card, I used the very cute American Bow Tilda. I colored her using Alcohol Markers, Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. I added Hero Arts Ultrafine Prisma Glitter to white stripes of the bow and Wink of Stella to the stars. For the fireworks background paper, I used Echo Park 4th of July Digital Papers. The white crocheted trim is from JoAnn's and the star ribbon is from my stash. For the little red star, I used some red glitter tape from the Dollar Tree that I applied to some red cardstock and then punched out.  For the "Happy 4th of July," I used Stampendous SSC216 Holiday Words Clear Stamp Set.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! For those of you who live in the USA, I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July! For those of you who live outside of the USA, have a wonderful weekend!

Big Hugs,

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Tag

Hi Everyone,  Here is my April Tag that I created for the Tag Challenge that my friend Gunilla and I decided to do this year. The theme for this challenge is Spring, so I decided to use the Graphic 45 Secret Garden Design Papers and Embellishments again. They are beautiful and remind me so much of Spring.
For my tag, I added some Secret Garden Design Paper to the front and back of the tag. I cut out a piece from the Design Paper that had a bracket and the words Secret Garden on it and added it to the tag along with some dollies that I cut die using Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Tiny Doily #DL 234.  I love this little doily die and it cuts out the cutest little doilies to add to any project. I also die cut the Magnolia DooHickey Volume 3 Birdcage and Key out of some Antique Gold Cardstock that I found at the Paper Source and placed them in the pocket along with a ticket and the framed Spring with bird that were from the embellishments. I added some Wild Orchid Crafts Roses and All Natural Accents Daisies to the outside of the pocket. The crocheted lace at the bottom of the tag is from my stash. I added a little bit of white glue to the edges of the crocheted lace to help it from fraying.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope you like the tag that I created for the challenge. It's nice to try something different. I normally like to make things with pink papers and cute images. :)  Please hop on over to Gunilla's Blog to see the very cute tag that she has created.
Have a wonderful day!!
Big Hugs,

Thursday, April 2, 2015

March Tag

Hi Everyone, Here is my March Tag that I created for the Tag Challenge that my friend Gunilla and I decided to do this year.  We decided to use some beautiful Graphic 45 Secret Garden Collection Design Papers and Embellishments that I had found at Tuesday Morning awhile back.

For my tag, I die cut Poppystamps Vintage Bird Cage #802 out of some Antique Gold Cardstock that I found at the Paper Source. I fussy cut the bird and flowers out of one of the Design Papers and added them to the bird cage. I also added some tiny flowers that I punched out using a Recollections Flower Punch and added Hero Arts Pearls to the centers. I placed them on a tag from the Collection. I added some dollies behind the tag that I die cut using Cheery Lynn Designs French Pastry Tiny Doily #DL 234.  Then I added a chipboard butterfly that is also from the Collection. I went around all the edges of everything with Encore Gold Pigment Ink.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and I hope that you will hop on over to Gunilla's Blog to take a look at the beautiful tag that she has created.

Until next time, I hope you have a wonderful Spring!

Big Hugs,

Friday, February 27, 2015

Artist Trading Cards

Hi Everyone!! After my much loved dog, Woody, passed away, I started watching YouTube Videos to help me fall asleep on the nights that I just couldn't get to sleep! Not only have I been inspired by these sweet and talented crafters on YouTube, but they also helped me get through a difficult time in my life!  As I watched the videos, I realized that some of the crafters lived near me in Southern California and I have had the pleasure of meeting them!!  One of the channels that I love to watch on YouTube is craftyirina!! Irene creates such darling projects and is always sharing some of the wonderful techniques and products that she uses on them. Irene has reached 2000+ subscribers and is having a 2000+ Subbie Challenge where you have to create three ATC's. I have created these three ATC's for Irene's Challenge to celebrate her wonderful milestone! They are the very first ones I have ever made!!

Irene mentioned in her 2000+ Subbie Challenge video that she likes Marie Antoinette, so I decides to make this ATC using some images that I found on the internet. I cut the center out of the floral frame and placed the picture of Marie Antoinette in it.  I stamped the butterflies using #CS795 Kaisercraft Clear Botanical Stamp with Encore Gold Pigment Ink. I added some Recollections Pearls around the opening of the frame and a little piece of lace from my stash at the bottom of the card. I went around the edges of the card with the Encore Gold Pigment Ink.

For my second ATC card, I also found the frame, teacup and bluebird separately on the internet and put them together for this card! I backed the frame on some Paper Source Antique Gold Card Stock. I printed the teacup twice and cut them both out. One with just the roses and the very front of the teacup to layer on top of the other teacup to add a little bit of dimension. I edged the teacup and the little bluebird with the Encore Gold Pigment Ink. I stamped the "Seek Joy" using  LE5549M Hampton Art Carpe Diem Clear Stamp Set using Encore Gold Pigment Ink. I added three Hero Arts Heart Pearls and a little bit of lace from my stash at the bottom.

For the third ATC Card, I used a frame, butterfly and perfume label that I found on the internet. I die cut the perfume bottle using Magnolia Doohickey Club Volume 3 Perfume Bottle Die. I added some Wild Orchid Crafts Seam Binding that I ironed in half along with the perfume label to the perfume bottle. I  also added some  Recollections Rhinestones and Pearls to it. The Paris France postmark was stamped using an image that I found at a local stamp convention a few years ago. I added some little pieces of lace that I had in my stash. I also went around the edges of the card with the Encore Gold Pigment Ink.

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope that you like the ATC cards that I created and that you check out craftyirina's YouTube Channel.  You can find all the detail for her 2000+ Subbie Challenge here. Congratulations Irene and thank you so much for all the inspiration!! I had so much fun creating these ATC's for you!!

I have entered the Seek Joy ATC in the following Challenge:

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge #147 ~ Cute Creatures

Big Hugs,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Love With Owl My Heart!

Hi Everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day!! I've been trying to use my Silhouette Cameo that I received last July for my birthday!! It has been so much fun learning how to use it and creating some projects with it. I have two friends that had a birthday on the day after Valentine's Day, so I decided to use some of the cuts that I bought from the Silhouette Store to create this Owl Heart Pocket Birthday Card for them! I think it came out so cute!!

For the Heart Pocket, I cut Silhouette Heart Pocket #24583 by Alaa'K out of Pebbles Yours Truly ~ Heart Strings Design Paper. I added a ruffle of Melissa Frances Crepe Paper that I found at a local scrapbook store.  I gathered two strips of the Crepe Paper using a running stitch and then I glued them to the inside of the heart using some Fabritac.  I added some red seam binding and a ribbon flower that I made using some ribbon that I found at the Dollar Store. The resin heart in the center of the ribbon flower is from Wild Orchid Crafts!


For the Owl Card, I cut Silhouette Love Owl Treat Pocket #72430 by Pebbles In My Pocket from the same Pebbles Design Paper. I glittered the wings using  DecoArt Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint ~ Ice Crystal. I added a birthday hat that I stamped using Hampton Arts ~ Doddlebug Design Birthday Set #ICO163. The tiny buttons and "XOXO" are from my stash.

I also made a larger Heart Pocket to give for Valentine's Day that I cut using Silhouette Heart Pocket #24996 by Lori Whitlock  from the same Pebbles Design Papers.  I adjusted the design of the cut by deleting the holes that were at the top of the heart. The "XOXO" border is from Pebbles Yours Truly ~ First Kiss Design Papers. For the scalloped border, I used one of my favorite punches, EK Success Dotted Scallop Slim Edger Punch and for the border on the card, I used EK Success Arrow Slim Edger Punch. The red and white twine is from Offray that I found at Target.

I made these Candy Boxes as well using Silhouette 3D Heart Cracker Box #73228 by Lori Whitlock. For the acetate window, I used Judikins Embossable Window Plastic.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!! I hope you like all the projects I created!!
I have entered my card into the following challenge:

Have a wonderful day!!

Big Hugs,