November 28, 2012

Card Stitch Blog Hop ~

Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of "this is a first for me"! Our lovely hostess Ashley aka The Blog Hop Princess has challenged us once again to create a card using any kind of stitching whether it be faux, machine or stitched by hand. 
I was so excited because I have owned a sewing machine for 10 years or more and it MAY have 2 hours of run time on it. 1 of which was acquired by my husband who had to hem his own pants! (I sewww love that man!) Anyhoo, picked up some really cool colors of thread, rushed home to get started and guess what......I can't find the little pink box that contains my supplies along with my bobbins. Ok, don't fret I say...let's go on to plan B. 
My beautiful and talented mother owned The Status Thimble needlework shop for 11 or so years so I grew up around the hand made crafts. I figured with that experience....this will be a piece of cake!  Using the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool and Hearts attachment, I drew a line on white cardstock. You have to apply a good bit of pressure to get a nice piercing. You can tell my 1st attempt (at the bottom) is barely visible. I stitched the hearts using 6 strands of DMC #321 red floss and trimmed it to fit my card. I then colored the background with Spectrum Noir GB5 to give it a little shading.
 Twine would work great for this too! 
The adorable little image is from Dearie Dolls Digi Stamps and colored with Spectrum Noir markers. (Dearie Dolls also has a girl image to match this one) I used Spellbinders Label One dies and a little bit of Ranger Stickles on the falling hearts. The red brads are from my stash.
Oh my gosh...I did it again! The first time I have used faux stitching! Seems like I did some practicing a long while back but can't remember lol. I was nervous that I was going to really mess it up but figured you have to start SOMEtime or it will never happen! It's not perfect but hey....I did it! Yay me! I have seen faux stitching on lots of Ashley's projects and I think it's so very cute! 
Thanks for stopping by and hopping with us today! The Blog Hop Princess is giving away a $20.00 gift card to Joann's or Michael's (winner's choice) but you need to visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered to win! 

Ashley - <----------------HOSTESS
Michele ~ <-------------- YOU ARE HERE
Rebecca- <--------------------- YOUR NEXT STOP
'Tis the season to be thankful for our many blessings and the time for sharing! I have little surprise package ready to go for one lucky participant! Let's see....tell me what technique you have seen and put on your to-do list....but have yet to try???  Come back here....right here....on December 1st to see if you are a winner! Have a great and crafty day ~~~ 
Thanks to each and every one of you for stopping in and leaving such sweet comments! A big hug going out to my new followers! And the winner is #14 ~ Cathy!!!   Please send your address to
~ Merry Christmas everyone ~

November 17, 2012

OWH Valentine Challenge

In honor of Veteran's Day, Operation Write Home presented a challenge to create a Red, White and Blue Valentine. Do you know how hard it is not to use pink? lol  This is the beautiful card Sandy created
I used the Cricut Lacy Labels cartridge for the 2-1/5" sentiment. All other supplies are from my stash.
ok, so #1 priority for me this next week is to learn how to use my camera! I'm a firm believer that good photography is the key to a successful blog and showcasing your projects. Any hints or helpful websites would be most appreciated. 2nd priority to to sharpen my punches. Those edges are just not acceptable.  lol (yes, I am my own worst critic!) Have a crafty day everyone!! 

November 16, 2012

Operation Write Home - Sketch Challenge

OWH has tons of sketches for inspiration when you just can't decide which way to begin. I love how they include the measurements!! This week's challenge sketch is #146 ~ What would YOU do with it??
I love seeing different ideas using the same sketch or technique. There are 40 entries already submitted which you can see here. Below are a couple of designs from Katie using the same sketch. 

This is my take on it! The sentiment from Fiskars Lasting Love Quotes set is stamped with Hampton Art Studio G Pigment Ink - Red. Did you know that pigment ink provides better coverage but takes much longer to dry than dye inks? I knew this but thought I had waited long enough, ended up with a big ole thumbprint on it so I improvised and added pink shading to mask my mistake! The banner paper is The Paper Studio - Four Seasons and I used The Paper Studio square punch to create the "flag" on the end. The rose was a gift from my son (now 22) when he was about 5. Another one of my treasures :-)
The heart brads are by Colorbok. How many times have you added a row of brads, etc. only to realize they were crooked??? I found this amazing ruler at Wal-Mart that makes it perfect every time! Line up the Zero at the center of your project and check the left and right to be sure they match up on the same #! How smart is that?? So many uses for this little jewel. 
 There are also holes in the middle of the ruler that you can pierce through.
 I get so tickled at Sandy, president of OWH. She has a live webcast every Thursday and creates a card with random papers. She uses foam tape sometimes and calls it "my precious". I still haven't figured out where that name came from but I always picture that little guy on Lord of the Rings. Anywhoooo, if you have never seen any of her work, you can view all videos on YouTube by clicking here. Be sure to "subscribe" while you are there. I have learned sooooo much and she makes it look so easy! Ok back to the tape, I think I have chosen the correct thickness for use with OWH cards. We can't use thick pop dots or anything that makes the card too bulky otherwise, it's a real headache for our soldiers to get them mailed. 
 Yep, looks like it's time for a new blade on my paper trimmer. The edges look a little ragged. 
I hope you will take time to link up your project too! Would love to see what you would create with it! ~ Have a crafty day everyone ~ 

November 14, 2012

Cut it Up ~ Challenge #5

"Give thanks with a twist"
This card was made with Operation Write Home in mind as well as Cut it Up's 5th challenge! The die cut I used is from Cricut's Stand & Salute cartridge. I added white textured cardstock to the back of each dog tag to accent the images and adhered with star eyelets. The sentiment is from Hero Arts' Good Friends stamp set. I used white embossing powder so it would stand out on the navy background. Can't wait to see what the next challenge is ~ I hope you will join us!!

Birthday Card for Evila

Sharing a clean and simple birthday card I made for my sweet www friend Evila French. She never ceases to keep us entertained with whatever life throws at her. We have spoken a few times on the phone and she sent me this beautiful card she made.
For Evila's card, I used Fiskars Stamps - It's Your Day for the cupcake and The Scrapbooking Queen's Stamps - Princess Birthday for the sentiment. Stop in and see what else her majesty has in the Royal Castle Shoppe! She has some really cute Christmas stamps for those cards and gifts you are making!
I stamped the image with Stampabilities Pigment Ink - Lt Pink, cut it out with Spellbinders Labels Three die, colored in the wrapper and border with Spectrum Noir marker TB3. Using the same dies, I cut a white one and embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss Dots, then cut the larger blue one to complete the layers. This was my 1st project using Ranger's Glossy Accents which I applied to the cupcake frosting. It was so easy to use and creates such a great effect. 

 The sentiment was stamped with Close to My Heart Dye Ink - Dutch Blue and the ribbon, flowers and pearls are from my stash. Hope it brings a smile to her day! (Note to self: Do not take photos prior to 5am! I was trying new things with my camera and forgot to change it back to auto when I took these pictures lol ~ sorry for the poor quality)

November 9, 2012

Especially Made for You 600 Follower Giveaway ~~

I wanted to take a minute to let you in on this amazing giveaway from Ashley! As I write this she only needs 22 more followers to reach 600! Click on the button below to go to her site, see all the wonderful goodies and enter!
Here are a few of my favorite projects she created recently:

Good luck to you!!! 

November 7, 2012

Graphic 45 Challenge

I recently received an awesome prize package from the oh-so-talented Gloria at Scraps of Life. I want to share a card I made for the Graphic 45 November Challenge using some of these products.
This is the prize package aka Blog Candy I won!! 
 This is what Gloria made for the blog hop ~ Isn't she adorable?
And this is my Graphic 45 Thank you card made mostly with my goodies!
 The super sweet image was drawn my my awesome Mother-In-Law, Shelby Smith! I love how she "hid" her signature in the grass ~ very clever.
Supplies used (shown below):
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting (Enchanted Garden)
Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe (Butterfly Specifics)
The Paper Studio Affinity Textured Cardstock
SP&Co Stamps - Bold Sentiments I
Image - Shelby Smith
Spellbinders Die - Curved Rectangles
Prismacolor Pencils - Apple Green and Sienna Brown
Color Box Mix'd Media Inx - Vintage
Stampabilities Dye Ink - black 
Deadline for the November Challenge entry is November 28 so you have plenty of time to be "thankful" and create something fabulous! Let me know if you do....would love to see your project!
~~~Have a happy day~~~
This card will also be entered in the Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown challenge

November 2, 2012

Card for Operation Write Home - Dulemba

I wanted to tell you about this awesome site I found via Free Digital Stamps. I am subscribed to their email so I get 1 every day with direct links to free digital images from different blogs! It's a wonderful thing because you "stumble" across sites you never even knew existed and find yourself going back to see what they came up with next!
This card was created using one of the 100s of super cute images from Elizabeth Dulemba. You can access this particular image by clicking here.  Take a minute to look around! You will be glad you did!
I didn't add a sentiment since I am sending it to OWH. This way, they can use it for anything! I am still practicing with my Spectrum Noir markers but I am learning a little about shading with each video I watch. Sandy Allnock, President of Operation Write Home has some really informative videos. Hop on over to YouTube (click on her name) when you have a chance and subscribe. She is amazingly talented!
This book is one of my prize possessions. My grandmother gave it to me in 1973. 
If you DO create something awesome with Elizabeth's images, there is a gallery to link your project to! This would be a great place to get some inspiration regarding colors, design, etc.  
Thank you Elizabeth for sharing this wonderful talent you have with us! 

Challenge #32 ~ Ocean Life

Hello and welcome to challenge #32 showcasing ocean life! For this card, I used the adorable Fintastic Friends stamp set from Lawn Fa...