Monday, January 16, 2017

Creating Ephemera Sets

Today I'm sharing a fun Ephemera Set I made
up for my sweet friend, Karen, as a thank
you for the blessing she's been to me in the past couple months!
These sets are perfect for gifting to anyone who enjoys:
~ scrap-booking
~ card-making
~ journal decorating
~ smash books
~ mixed media projects
~ altered art
When creating a set like this, 
it's helpful to use a theme such as:
Holidays (Christmas, Valentines, Easter, etc.)
Seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall)
Americana - July 4th - Patriotic
Vintage - Retro 
Victorian - Floral - Roses 
Masculine - Lodge - Hunting
Specific Color Scheme
Things to include when making your own ephemera set:
Washi Tape
Die Cuts
Journal Cards
Designer Papers 
Mini Envelopes 
If you don't have the resources to make one of your own, 
but would like to gift one to a
 fellow crafter, grandchild, niece/nephew etc. -- 
I currently have a Valentine themed one available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spring Hello

I know it's not spring yet, but I was in the 
mood for a change from winter cards and I wanted
to use one of my favorite stamp sets from Stampin' Up.
Supplies and Tools:
Eyelet lace punch (Martha Stewart), Vintage Lace, Sentiment die (Momento)
free library card printable,, paper clip, Choose Happiness (Stampin' Up) Distress Inks (Tim Holtz)

This post linked to:
(Anything Goes)
(Wings on Things)
(Anything Goes)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Mini Valentine Tutorial

I shared these mini Valentines on the CropStop blog today.
Here's a fun way to fold any heart shaped item
(doily, paper etc.) into a fun Valentine envelope!
You can glue the sides down to make an envelope or
leave them open to form make an opening heart shaped card!
Here's an open one with an elegant band 
around the middle holding it closed when shut.
This fun envelope is made from a large
 heart shaped paper doily and has a small note tucked inside.
This little envelope is made of white cardstock
 (using the same folding pattern as above) and has a matching card inside. 

Supplies and Tools:
Kraft/White/Red/Pink/Black Cardstock Petaloo Flowers, 
Large and Small Paper Doilies, Washi Tape, Petaloo Ribbon/Lace, 
Sizzix Tag Die, 3D Rose Die (Sizzix),
Madeline Ornaments Lace Dies (Couture Creations), Framelets 3D Flower drop-ins,
Petite Striplet – Jubilee die (Creative Expressions) 

This post linked to:
Mod Squad Challenge
(BLING  -- my extra sparkly gold washi tape)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Valentine Mitten

I'm in the mood for Valentine's cards, 
but I also wanted to do one last winter card using my knitted embossing folder, so....
Here's a card I made that's a cross between
winter and Valentine's Day...a Valentine Mitten Card!

Supplies and Tools:
Love Embossing Folder (Provo Craft), Tim Holtz distress inks, Mitten template,
faux snow, snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), Heart punch, baker's twine,
sentiment from Framelits 3D Flowers Drop-ins, Knitted embossing folder (Richard Garay)

This post linked to:


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mitten Pocket Cards

Today is the first challenge of 2017 over on the CropStop Blog!
 For this months inspiration, I created two little mitten pockets from paper bags.
After stamping the bags with a background stamp
 I sewed the two layers together and began to decorate!
I just love the Petaloo brand of flowers that 
Crop Stop sells in their store!
Inside each pocket is a little tag adorned with 
tiny flowers and pearls.
For a mini tutorial on creating banners with
square punches visit the CropStop Blog!
If you'd like to make your own mitten pocket -
Here's a FREE TEMPLATE for you.
Supplies and Tools:
Background Stamp (Inkadinkado), Paper Bags (Kraft/White),  
Sizzix tag die, Pearl, Square Punch, Sentiment (Momenta), burlap, twine

Stop by and check out both the blog and the store 
and then link your projects up for a chance to win
a fabulous prize from CropStop!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vintage Tart Tin Nests

Here are a couple little 
Vintage Tart Tins that I turned into
spring decor by making bird's nests to fit inside.
 These darling little nests feature
a bit of vintage doily tucked underneath and 
speckled egg inside.
 Perfect for adding to your Spring or Easter displays or
using along with your Cottage Chic, Rustic Farmhouse, or Primitive decor


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