March 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Happy St. Patty’s Day!  

What do you think about my new camera set up, for ipad2?  I think it’s so much better.  Still, not exactly what I want, but gets you guys a bit closer to what I’m doing.  You’d laugh at me if I showed you what it was because it’s very Hodge Podge!!  I’d rather spend my money on stamps and dies!  If I could just get my iphone 5S to record in landscape, we’d be golden, because it has a much better camera than ip2.    LOL  

This month’s tag uses the Simon Says Stamp  matching Stamp and Die set called, Stylish Simon (bundle).  The name tags are cut at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, for the Name Tags from Wal-mart Super Center, in white card stock.  I started with a little cloud mask made from the Fiskars medium cloud punch, to color in 2 clouds on the card first with Copic B0000 (this was almost too light).  

The abbreviation of March was stamped next, with Months of the Year Wood Stamp by the Paper Studio.  By masking off the “ch” with Post It Tape, and inking the “Mar” with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and stamped into the left corner. 

The little dog was die cut and stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Copics in the center ear area with R12, then outlined with the base body color E70. The main body was filled in the E70 too, then the inner ear area was outlined for detail with E35 and 3 swooshes upward to look like the hair that protects the inside of the ears.  Bic Mark It in Tiki Hut Tan was used as a shadow on the 2 short legs and the tail, and also for the eye brows and under the eyes.  Every little detail counts, no matter how subtle. ;)  

The shamrocks were cut from a Quickutz 2×2″ die # 1-1-0655 (they are 2 different shamrocks but both are 4 leaf clovers)  I then stamped over the leaves with a little $1 shamrock to give them definition and colored the base of the stem with Copic G07 to make it look like a fresh cut.

The dog’s mouth was cut open with scissors just under the upper lip all the way across, so I could tuck the clover into the mouth.  So fun!!  The clover was adhered to the dog with Fast Grab tacky glue.  Then the dog was glued to the card with tacky glue too.  

The grass was feathered in with Copic YG25 and the sentiment, St. Patrick’s Day, from Papertrey Ink’s, Year Round Happiness (holiday sentiments), was stamped in Ranger Archival jet black ink last.  

Enjoy!   I don’t know why WordPress quit letting me drop the video right into my posts, after their last update? or ipad’s last update?  If you know the answer, please share…

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 Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blog Hop, Topiary Tree & Bitty Birds

Hey Crafters!!  Happy Spring!!!  Happy Sunshine!!  My sweet friend Dorothy, took me to lunch today while dropping of my Stampin’UP! order and I’m joining in with PTI’s blog hop this month!!

Because…I have the perfect card, made from the goodies they sent me for winning a GC in Feb. ;)))  Thank You so much PTI, it was such a Blessing to win some fun goodies from my extensive wish list!!

(Thank You, iphone 5S for this gorgeous photo of my card!!)

The challenge is a Country Living photo of yellows, blues and greens.

My card base is cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and Scored @ 5 1/2″ for an A2 sized base.  I use The Paper Studio’s heavy weight white CS from Hobby Lobby.  Everything on this card is Papertrey except the leafy branch image from, PrintWorks called, Elegant Patterns Q027.

PTI products:

Picket Fence die:  Cut in water color paper (doodled on with Crayola Washable markers and diluted with an aqua brush) and cut down to 3 pickets each.

Topiary Trio (tallest tree) dies:   Cut in water color paper and stamped with SU’s Old Olive for the leaves, Lucky Limeade for the other greenery, Dusty Durango for the flower pots and Close to Coco for the tree trunks.

Itty Bitty Bird dies:  Colored with copics in Y13 for the body of the bird and Y18 for the belly, accents on the tail and tippy top o the head, E35 for the wings and undertone eye area, Bic Mark it Black to dot the eyes and beak, Sharpie Fine point black marker for the fine detail at the eye, wings, tail and belly areas. *(( this makes all of the difference in the world to die cut images and just brings them to life))*  I had not intended to use it, but the birds that didn’t have it while I was playing were lacking personality compared to the birds that had the fine line detailing on them!  

Click here to check out the Hop and Contest!  It ends tonight their time.  I’m slidding in this evening.

1st Simon Says Stamp Haul Dec 2014

Hey Crafters!!  This is my first Simon Haul and it was tough to squeeze what I wanted into the $50.00 Christmas gift I received from Mom and Dad, but I did the best I could with my growing wish list!  LOL

Simon Products:  Stylish Simon SSS09123 and matching dog die #51688, Village (houses and trees) dies SSSD111405.  Lawn Fawn Products:  Stitched Journaling Card LF578, Stitched Hillside Borders LF772, Scripty Hello LF610.  

Click here to watch the Video Haul

Simon Says Stamp sent my order super fast.  I ordered on 12-26-14 and recieved my order on 12-31-14.  Eeeeeee! (Happy Sound)…  And they included a $5.00 coupon that was good for 2 whole months.  

These Village dies. designed by Kristina Werner, are the most inovative idea I have seen in the die cutting industry! I could see 3 ways to use them and there are probably more.  LOL

Valentine’s Day 2015


Hey Crafters!! I made cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies. I thought it would be nice to split the rolls and cookies with the kids. I should have posted these on Feb. 14, but WP duplicated my post and lost the one I continued to work on Feb. 14th..   I was too tired to figure it out and I was participating in all of the PTI challenges for their 8th birthday and Feb. release (and won 1 of the $80 gift certificates, so it was worth it!!). And they are not perfect, but baked with love and were delicious!!  Video at the bottom sharing some of the gifts I bought for my girls  and my self at Target and Antique  shops.

Lips and Staches

Rose Buds



Valentine Decorations:  A second hand metal wall pocket for $3.00, that I spray painted pink! Added a ribbon bow and a tussie mussie to.

I found this adorable little metal Valnetine Angel (tea light) at the Antique Mall  for $4.00  and had to have it!

This cute Napkin Holder was $1.99 a the Antique Mall too.  I just love Napkin Holders for the Holidays…

I  wanted to put something cute over the stove in the kitchen.  This is a wood silverware tray turned on it’s side, I rummaged through some drawers and found some items to fill the spaces with.  The top is a couple of cookie cutters  from Wal-mart  from 2014’s gift giving  and a little trinket box, old beaters and some Easy Bake items, measuring spoons and a very large cake decorating tip!    I just love the pops of red, silver and pink!!!    A vintage chopper on the left and my MaMa’s  (pronounced Maw-Maw’s)  antique  toothpick holder on the right.

I also picked up this pretty flowerpot full of mini rose blooms for $3.00 at the antique shop too!  I really love it. 

A snapshot of the table and makeshift buffet.  Someday in the near future we will paint over my faux bricks  and I will move this sad potting table outside and bring the real buffet that matches that old wood dish cabnet back into  the house!  But my buffet needs some TLC and repair, I just don’t know how to do it.  


I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!  

Click here to watch the video

The video includes the goodies I got for my girls and a couple of tips for creating a football sugar cookie and a heart shaped cake, in case you don’t have those shapes in cutters or cake pans. The mini silicone heart pans are from Dollar Tree, large heart pans were second hand, the silicone scrapers were from Hobby Lobby. I used 2 of the floral cards from the PTI bday contests and the lady bug bag w/shaker tag as part of the girl’s gifts, but did not have time to make the girls a holiday decoration.  Also in this video, some cute mini mail boxes for Valentine’s day, carrot bubble necklaces, Hello Kitty metal mail box, Kid’s fork and spoon, storage bins ALL from Target and Valentine M&Ms from Wal-mart.  Plus, Sucker molds for the melting disc candies.

February 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Life has been hitting us hard, so my appologies for this late post.

February’s name tag was inspired by February’s Calendar page, on the calendars I make for family each year at Christmastime.  

The typewriter was stamped in StazOn black ink and a mask was made to cover the typewriter.  Then the envelope was stamped in SU’s Close to Coco ink once in full strength ink, and again a second time without reinking the stamp for a lighter colored envelope.  The little heart image was stamped in SU’s Pixie Pink to fill in the open heart of the envelope and again on the letter.  The month of February was masked and inked so that only the abbreviation of Feb could be stamped in the bottom left corner of the name tag in Ranger Archival jet black ink.  An American Crafts marker in tan? was used to enhance the letter in the typewriter.  On my Calendar, this was light blue and wish I’d follwed my inspiration, but I was trying to be vintage!  LOL  Which, is okay, the blue would have popped better.  

Click Here for Feb. 2015 Name Tag Video


Hampton Art – Creative Cafe set called, Hugs & Kisses SC0245 (the envelope image)

Papertrey Ink set called, Shutterbug Special #2546  (tiny heart image)

Single Wood mount stamp by Craftsmart, a typewriter with a letter that says, Be Mine, 125530.


Papertrey is 8, Lux Metallics, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! This challenge was to use *only Metallics & Neutrals. I knew exactly what my metallic would be! This is the simplest card I have made in the last 12 months and it will be the simplest in the next 12 months. LOL


I started with a white A2 sized card base in portrait and embossed the front of the card with a Darice folder called, Scrolls 1215-49. This gave me a great space in the center to stamp a cross from a $1.00 stamp set with sentiment, He is Risen. Both were stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold powder, then heat set with the Milwaukee heat tool the lovely Jennifer McGuire sent me from one of her Favorite Tools segments on her blog.

PTI’s Wonderful Words dies were cut in 4 different browns and layered together for a shadow effect. Peace, from Wonderful Words Holiday and blessed, from Counting My Blessings.

Papertrey’s 8th Bday, Blue Skies, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! I have so enjoyed PTI’s birthday! And playing in all of the challenges. I really should be cleaning house or doing something worthy, but I love these challenges because they stretch me to create something I had no idea to create.

This challenge was to use Blue Ombre, all shades of Blue, ombre background or ombre inking of a bold image. I was so deflated that we didn’t get to create a mini scene on the Petite Places day, that I merged a mini scene with my Ombre sky surrounding it.

PTI Stamps: Spring Hills, I nabbed a house that was already stamped in black ink on red card stock and doodled on it with a maroon Crayola washable marker and diluted that with water and an aqua brush.

For my Shaped card base, I chose SU/Sizzix Framelits – Ovals Collection. The Scalloped oval was cut twice to form my card, the back layer was scored at the top (Landscape mode) for the hinge of the card and adhered to the front panel. The largest smooth oval and the next one down were taped together and run with water color paper to make a frame. The largest oval was also cut in white and embossed with Tim Holtz embossing folder (sunrise) from Playing Games set. I inked the inside of the folder with SU Crushed Curry ink and ran it through the die machine. When it came out, I direct to paper over the high points of the image with Dusty Durango and it wasn’t quite what I expected, so I diluted the orange bits with water and then the yellow bits to and they melded a bit more to my liking.

I cut a landscape from a large oval in green card stock and a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border die for my grassy sloop. I direct to paper with SU’s Old Olive over my grassy slope, but it just didn’t make me happy. :0
I admire the cross cut grass on Base Ball fields and lawns, where people take the time to special cut it this way. It’s so pretty for grass! LOL So, I mimicked this with a couple of different green Crayola washable markers. And diluted the whole piece with a wet aqua painter. Eeeeeee! (happy sound)….pretty grass acomplished!

The sweet little trees are from Kristina Werner’s Village SSSD111405. I cut them on green CS and since the bases do not cut across the bottom, I used scissors to make long tree trunks and cut them to the lengths I wanted and adhered them.

Okay, I have to admit, I completely forgot about the whole Ombre Effect!! And had to add that to the perimeter of my card, which pilled up the paper quite a bit, but I rolled on. Well, because it’s jut how I roll! And I even got a bit of water color on the inside of my card, so I really wham-o’d it up with water color sky and some grassy slope too!


Papertrey Ink’s 8th Bday, Honoring Moms, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! How about an ALL Day card? Yep, this took me several hours to make!! That’s what happens to many cards in the making. They just take longer than your idea…hahaha!

This challenge is to Build a Bouquet on a card cover with more than 1 floral stamp. I started with a 9 x 12 inch piece of water color paper. I use Canson from Wal-mart. I scored this piece in half at 6 inches.

I started by sketching in my window front shop. I’ve adored multi-paned windows my entire life, which I may have shared here before, including Nanny’s shop called, Frontier Curio Shop in Ozark Acres, Hardy Ar. built in the 50’s. Of course, Nanny’s shop housed souvenirs not flowers. LOL

I pulled the Wheelbarrow & Flowers, Sizzix die 557688? or 557698, the extra sticker they put on this die is not clear. I cut all of the elements in water color paper and used everything except the large flowers. I did use their centers and the waste pieces from the wheels for itty bitty flowers too and stamped on them with PTI images from Iconic images set and Vintage Picnic set. (those round flowers are in the wheel barrow)


Papertrey Ink sets used: Garden Variety (the word Fleur on the wheel barrow sign) & Garden Variety 2 (the flower pots and greenery for them and the wheel barrow), The Sweet Life (small roses in flower pots in the urn and wheel barrow and on the Fleur sign). Vintage Picnic (2 small white daisies in the wheel barrow).
Stampin’UP! sets used: Vivid Vases, Sweet of You.
Wood Mounted stamps used: Stampabilities Watering Can Flowers G1120 & Urn ER1013. Rubber Stampede Greek Vessel A2212D.

Inks: StazOn and Stampin’UP! Old Olive, Dusty Durango, Pacific Point (flower pots and greenery).
Markers: Crayola Washable Markers (everything water colored to fill in stamped images was done with these, scribble on the images and dilute immediately with water. The flowers in the far right of the windows was stamped in Pacific point too with 1st and 2nd generation stamping.

Papertrey Ink’s 8th Bday, Quilted, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! Papertrey is turning 8 this month! I’m jumping ahead to the All things Spring day, because I was so inspired by Danielle’s White, Red and Green card! and I already knew what PTI product I was going to use for this challenge.

Use a stamp set that is brand new or hasn’t gotten enough use! I’ve used all of my PTI stamp sets, but this PTI Hexagon plate was just the ticket for a Quilt inspired project. The little sewing stamp set listed at the end of this post, used on the inside of the card has not seen ink. ;)

This is an A2 sized card base in white, the Hexagon Cover Plate cut in white too and all of the pieces glued back into place on the card base, except the ones for the Flower. They were temporarily glued to some scrap paper and colored with copics. The Red pieces were edged on 2 sides with R59 Cardinal and filled in with R29 Lipstick Red a couple of times to get that dark marker to blend. The center piece was colored with YG25 all over, then edged on 2 sides with G99 Olive and recolored with the lighter green to blend.

The stitch lines were stamped in SU Real Red, with Stitches, by The Paper Studio or Stampabilities? I’ve written both on my tag. :0

I really wanted to add these cute images from Stampabilities, called Sewing, but they just would not work on the outside of the card. They were stamped on white CS and colored with Copics and Bics in grays and reds, then cut out and glued to the inside of the card.


Papertrey 8th Bday, Gift Bag w/matching Tag, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! This challenge requires us to make a gift bag with matching tag. Enclosed: Flower was introduced with this post on their blog and I was quite taken with Laurie Willison’s shaker card.

I was inspired by an Ad with this Lady Bug, I was thinking Ovals, but immediately knew this Favor it Bag #6 from PTI would work perfectly and help me in this challenge. I’m combining these challenges with things I need for the Valentine holiday.

I cut 2 sides of the box in black card stock and 1 side in red and saved the waste piece of black CS from the handle for my Lady Bug Head. Split the red side up the middle with scissors and trimmed in a curve to make 2 wings. I used the first wing to cut the second wing, so they were the same size. The Mega Halloween Treats and Sweets die gave me legs for my little lady, I cut them 3 times for each side and glued the die cuts together for strength. The legs were adhered inside the box before assembly. I also cut 2 extra single legs for antennas in black.

I used the Sizzix Originals Hearts die 38-0157 to cut hearts in cream colored card stock, the 3rd largest heart proved perfect for the face of my Lady. I put the die cut heart into the PTI Favor It Box #6 and run the die to get the sweet heart shape for the top of the Face, that now fits the Head piece perfectly.

Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die set was used to get the tiny hearts for my Lady Bug’s spots, I used 4 hearts. Plus, 2 small hearts from a Sizzix Embosslit die, Fashionable Hearts, they were bigger than the tiny hearts.

My shaker card/tag was made with 2 nesting Standard Circles from Spellbinders, cut 2 frames in cream CS and adhered together, and 2 in pink fun foam glued these together, cut the larger circle in clear packaging for my window and cut 2 in white CS for the back and card part of the tag. Scored 1 white piece at 3/8″ for the hinge and glued the other to the back of the shaker tag. Used a pink/red mix of micro beads and red sequins.

Lawn Fawn Scripty Hello die was cut 2 times in cream CS and glued together, these were applied over the window of the shaker. Oh, how I wish I had a little stamp that said Little Lady! I also used the small heart from the SU Owl punch in cream CS, 3 times on the face of the shaker tag/card.

I have filled my little gift bag with some foam fabric stamps for my baby, she loves to stamp with Nana. LOL Enjoy!!