Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ruffled Ribbon

Finally got around to trying some of that neat ruffled ribbon.....tutorial here.  As you can see fall cards are making their way onto my blog --- I'm ready for it! I've had that image colored for a year, just never got around to using it.  It looks like a nice hot pot of soup on a chilly fall night... YUM!
Supplies used:
  • Clip art from Leaves of Time
  • Circle Nestabilities (cut image out with)
  • Markers and Pencils (colored image with)
  • Scallop Circle Nestabilities
  • Singer Pixie sewing machine (to make ruffled ribbon, zig zag around card and stitching on tag)
  • Dictionary page (background)
  • Leaf Die Cuts (Provo Craft)
  • Swirls Embossing Folder (Prove Craft) - on leaves
  • Brown ink (inked embossed leaves and around tag)
  • Red Button (on tag)
  • Studio G sentiment (on tag)
  • Red ribbon (ruffled)
  • Cream vintage lace (under ruffles)
Entering this card over at Speedy The Cat's Friends Challenge --- To make a friendship card
While I was at it I decided to try and make a hair bow with that ruffled ribbon.   Here's the results:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Vintage Victorian

A Vintage/Victorian Birthday card for a friend.
Supplies used:
  • Image from here
  • Sizzix Frame Decorative Rectangle #2
  • Creative Stamping Backgrounds and Beyond - Script stamp (stamped on frame)
  • Vintage Lace
  • Homemade lace (out of paper - overtop the cream lace)
  • Singer Pixie sewing maching (zig-zag stitch around card)
  • DP - More Ephemera Background Pages (Hot off the Press)
  • Rolled Roses
  • Dew Drops
  • Metallic Pearl White Paint (colored dew drops with) 
  • MS Leaf Punch
  • MS Branch Punch

Friday, August 27, 2010

More Furniture

My daughter has been playing Little House on the Prairie in her log cabin dollhouse this week.  (It may have something to do with us reading that book together right now!) Anyway, she needed another bed for "Laura and Mary to sleep in......" so Mommy got the job.
I decided to make it "earth tones" this time -- maybe fit in that log cabin she's playing with a little better!  I also made it smaller than the first bed (this post) since it's for the little girls to sleep in.
Here you can see I made the sheet of muslin this time instead of the white handkerchief.  It went with the earth tones better. Also, made two pillows for sleeping instead of the one last time.
Got the idea for this from a book called Tiny Treasures (American Girl) -- but I didn't exactly follow their directions -- just sort of used it as a guide.
Here's a parting shot of the bed in the dollhouse with the little rug and nightstand I made to match it....
The rug was made by braiding yard and then hot gluing it to a piece of felt.
The nightstand (not in the book -- just something I made up) used a round piece of cardboard glued to the top of an empty wooden spool. Then I cut a circle of fabric and glued the lace around the edge.  I glued the tablecloth to the piece of cardboard and wa-la - a nightstand!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Minatures

My daughter wanted to make something miniature from the Tiny Treasures (American Girl) book. The above school supplies were what she chose. (To see the previous post on the bed we made go here.)
We ended up with two backpacks (one is empty the other full in the picture above) - two notebooks, two pencils, three erasers, two lunch bags, and three folders (full of mini paper).  I put  a penny in the picture so you would have a size comparison.
Here's a closer view of the notebook, pencil, and eraser.  I didn't exactly follow the directions on the notebook -- I used masking tape (colored black) to make the binding.  Also -- if you happen to want to make one that opens and is usable......I held the pages together with the front and back cover and put a strip of hot glue down the spine.  This keeps all the pages in place and still allows you to open the book at the same time.
A  closer view of the lunch bags, folder and backpack (my daughter had some mini fruit she added to this picture).  The backpack in the book was too big for what she wanted it for (dollhouse people) so I cut it down.  It is still a little big, but any smaller and the school supplies would not have fit inside!
Here's a shot of two of the dollhouse children all ready for the start of school with their new backpacks and school supplies!  These sets turned out pretty cute - don't you think?!?
Supplies used:
  • Toothpick
  • Felt
  • Ribbon
  • Eraser
  • Notebook cover
  • Masking Tape
  • Bic Markers
  • Hot Glue
  • Tacky Glue
  • Misc. Paper scraps
  • Paper bag
  • Decorative Scissors

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Apples for you

Received a thank you card the other day that became the inspiration for this harvest apple card.  I noticed the apple shapes were somewhat heart shaped and decided to try a paper piecing of my own.
I started out to make a tent card, but I didn't care for how it turned out so I altered the inside to look like this:
Here's a close up of that fabric rose on the front -- I made it using the "Tattered Fabric Rose" tutorial on the side of this blog
Here's a close up of the sentiment so you can see the details
Supplies used on this card were:
  • DP - Classics (K & Company)
  • Circle Nestabilities (to cut the window in the front of the card)
  • Scallop Circle Nestabilites (to make the fame for around the window)
  • Fabric (for rose and bow)
  • Felt (leaves under rose)
  • MS branch punch (under leaves)
  • Harvest Expressions Stamp (Inkadinkadoo)
  • Copper Embossing Powder (Zing) 
  • Threading Water Border Punch (Fiskars)
  • Brown/Yellow/White cardstock (apple pieces)
  • Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (provo craft) on white apple piece
  • MS Leaf Punch (apple leaves)
Here's the card that inspired that apple...
I'm entering this card over at Speedy The Cat's Challenge  for this week --- to make a Harvest Card

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Victorian Cards

Two Victorian cards today.....using ribbons, lace, roses, and my fancy frame!
Supplies used on these cards:
  • DP -Classics (K & Company)
  • Vintage lace (I recently got a whole big bag of it at a thrift store for a little bit of nothing!)
  • Strip of pearls (included with my thrift store stash)
  • Green Polk-a-dot ribbon
  • Thin strip of pink ribbon (2cd card only)
  • Rolled roses using 2 inch circle punch
  • Homemade dew drops (tutorial link on the side of this blog)
  • Metallic Pearl White Paint (colored dew drops with)
  • Two vintage images from here
  • Sizzix Frame Decorative Rectangle #2
  • Scrip Background Stamp (Creative Stamping Backgrounds and Beyond)
  • Brown ink (stamped the script stamp on the frame of the 1st card in this color)
  • Green ink (stamped the script stamp on the frame of the 2cd card in this color)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Masculine Birthday

Here's a masculine birthday card I created recently.  Hope the buttons and raffia don't make it look too "girly."  It's difficult finding embellishments to use on masculine cards!
Supplies used:
  • Tim Holtz The Journey Stamp set
  • Copper Embossing Powder (Zing)
  • Chocolate Brown Ink
  • Three buttons
  • Three eyelets
  • Thin strip of raffia
  • Brown ribbon
  • Threading Water Border punch (Fiskars)
  • Studio G Alphabet set
  • DP - Classics (K & Company)
  • Misc. Paper scraps

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I have this "Tea For Two" tray sitting on my kitchen counter.  When my s-i-l was here a few weeks back she was experimenting with handkerchiefs and came up with those dainty little doilies under the tea cups (on the saucer).
Here's another view:

She used a Spellbinders Pendant Set (I think) to cut them out and I stamped the monogram on them with an Inkadinkadoo stamp set.  I thought they turned out so pretty.  You could monogram a little "doily" for your guest - to use under their cup and then take home with them when they left!
Here's another view -- little closer up this time:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


My friend got a stack of these little cream colored squares somewhere. She gave me two to play around with, and this is what I came up with.  Two hanging bird decorations for my living room.
Supplies used:
  • MS Bird stamps
  • Tim Holtz Flights of Fancy Clear Stamp set
  • Studio G small alphabet stamps
  • Brown/Blue ink
  • MS Daisy Dot Border punch (delicate border around the one on the left)
  • MS Branch punch (border around the one on the right.)
  • Blue Brown Fiber
Here's a photo of how I finished off the back so you don't see where I glued the border on.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Eiffel Tower

This card was so much fun to make -- love using black and white with a touch of another color (this time red).
Supplies used:
  • Sizzix Eiffel Tower die
  • Backgrounds and Beyond Script stamp (Creative Stamping -- -stamped it in black on the red Eiffel Tower, in cranberry on the frame and embossed it in white on the black background)
  • Script Embossing Folder (embossed the red Eiffel Tower with it)
  • Tim Holtz  - French Market Stamp Set
  • Sizzix Decorative Rectangle #2 (cut out and framed the stamped Eiffel Tower)
  • Red/White/Black Cardstock
  • Handmade Rolled Roses (using the Mini Rolled Roses tutorial on the side - I used circles instead of squares though)
  • Scallop/Circle Nestabilities (used to cut out the circle for the red rolled roses)
  • Two in. circle punch (used to cut out the circles for the white rolled roses)
  • Scallop Scissors (cut the spiral for the white roses with)
  • MS Branch Punch
  • Handmade dew drops (tutorial on side)
  • White Embossing Power (embossed script on black cardstock)
  • Sizzix Endless Love Alphabet set
  • Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray (sprayed this whole card with it)
Entering this in Speedy the Cat's Challenge to use flowers here

    Friday, August 13, 2010

    Easy Spiral Roses

    I put a new tutorial on the side links called "Mini Rolled Roses."  I used that tutorial as a basis for making the roses on this card.  I did change a few things: 1. I cut 2 in circles with a circle punch instead of the square 2. I didn't draw the lines - just eyeballed it and cut my circle into spirals 3.I crumpled my regular cardstock up and rolled it between my fingers till I broke the fibers --then separated it into two pieces (instead of using mulberry paper) 4. I used my quilling tool to hold my rose as it was a bit easier than doing it "by hand."  Once you make one and get the hang of it, these whip up pretty fast!
    Here's a closer view of them so you can see details:
    I dabbed a little bit of my pearl paint on the top of the roses just for added dimension. 
    Supplies used on this card were:
    • DP Home (My Mind's Eye)
    • Pink/White/Green Cardstock
    • MS Leaf punch
    • MS Branch Punch
    • Dew Drops (tutorial link on side)
    • Metallic Pearl Paint (Folk Art)
    • My Friend Stamp (Studio G)
    • Teapot Stamp (Mary Engelbreit)
    • Organic Flourish Border Embossing Folder
    • Flourish Accent Shapeabilities

    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    Another Journal Jar

    A friend gave my daughter a very nice gift last week...so I wanted to do a little something in return.  Decided to do her up a journal jar in a Victorian theme.  I had found three  square jars at the thrift store for 49 cents each ....so I used one of them to make this jar.
    Here's a close up of those flowers so you can see the details...
    A close up of that mini fan....
    A close up of the flower on top...
    This time I put the "recipe" on the back of the jar

    I made the jar to match this notebook - turned journal (with a recycled calendar image for the front)
     Supplies used on this project:
    • Jar (from thrift store!)
    • Clip art on front of jar from this site (somewhere)
    • Sizzix Frame, Decorative Rectangle #2 die
    • Sizzix, Build a Lilac die (the flowers in the top right corner --- made using the "mini roses" tutorial on the side of this blog)
    • Hot Glue
    • MS Leaf Punch
    • MS Branch Punch
    • Dew Drops (made using the "Homemade Dew Drops" tutorial on the side)
    • Folk Art Metallic Pearl White Paint (painted dew drops)
    • DP - Classics (K & Company)
    • Cream Ribbon (on mini fan)
    • Blossom II Nestabilities (flower on top of jar -- used the same "mini roses" tutorial as above)
    • MS Leaf Stamp (leaves on top flower)
    • Cream Eyelet Lace (around jar lid)
    • Notebook (15 cents at Wal-mart)
    • Vintage Calendar image (covered notebook with)
    Here's the
    "Recipe For My Life History"
    Combine a generous slice of
    your life history,
    a dash of nostalgia,
    several cups of facts and
    feelings and 130
    deliciously interesting
    Draw one slip of paper
    Take a few minutes to 
    enjoy the memories.
    Paste or write the question
    at the top of a blank page.
    Fill in your answer.
    Don't worry about your handwriting
    or spelling - just tell your story.
    This product was prepared
    to preserve your life as a message.
    Enjoy the scrumptious,
    home-made memories
    that celebrate something
    very important -- You!

    Since this project has LOTS of flowers - I'm entering it over at Speedy the Cat's Challenge to use flowers -- here

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    Recipe Holder

    A fun project from Creative Stamping....I didn't waste any time getting this project made up (although I made mine completely different from their color scheme/pattern).  I further altered the board by making it reversible...when I get tired of one side I simply flip it over OR I could clip a recipe to each side when making more than one thing at once.
    Supplies used:
    • DP - Hannah Scrap Pad (K and Company) - most of the paper and the buckles as well
    • Sizzix Rooster Die
    • Backgrounds and Beyond Linen background stamp (Creative Stamping ----background of rooster)
    • Backgrounds and beyond Plate/Fork/Knife/Spoon stamp (Creative Stamping)
    • Black embossing powder
    • Ribbon
    • Alphabet Set 
    • Brown/Red/Green Stamp pad 
    Here's a parting shot of my new recipe holder sitting on my kitchen counter...recipe attached

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Sweet Teddy Bear

    Another card using that cute little bear stamp.  This time a blue and yellow "summery" looking one.
    Supplies used:
    • Bear Stamp (Stamp City)
    • Crayola Markers (colored image with)
    • White Cardstock
    • Houndstooth Embossing folder (Provo Craft)
    • Blue/Yellow Cardtsock
    • Premade card (the blue polka dotted paper is part of an already made card)
    • Yellow DP - Classics (K & Company)
    • Diamond Border punch (Fiskars)
    • MS Branch punch
    • MS Leaf punch
    • Silver Rhinestones
    • Build a lilac Sizzix die (made those flowers using the lilac petals --- using the mini rose tutorial on the side of this blog)
    • Tulip Fabric Glitter Spray (one of my good deals a while back -- got it for 99 cents --- I sprayed this whole card with it)
    Here's a close up of those flowers -- maybe you can see the glitter and little rhinestones better here...

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    Candy Gift

    I made this little food gift for a man at church who had a birthday this week.  It's made from a recycled strawberry carton that I saved from this spring......tied up with a fabric ribbon (My s-i-l gets the credit for this great idea --- she tore strips of fabric and used them as bows on her card).
    Here's a view of the top without the ribbon --- I used Tim Hotlz's stamp set "The Journey" on it.  I stamped the ticket in light brown ink -- then stamped the truck/corners with versa mark and embossed with copper embossing powder.  The sentiment is stamped with dark brown ink.
    The gift ---- Homemade (Melt-in-your-mouth) Peanut Butter Fudge with some chocolate tools on top! I picked up the tool candy mold in Amish Country intending to use it for masculine gifts.....like how they turned out.  I put saran wrap inside of brown tissue paper to keep the fudge fresh and the container decorative!
    In case your interested here's the recipe for the
    Peanut Butter Fudge
    2 cups sugar
    1/2 cup milk
    1 1/3 cup peanut butter
    1 jar (8 oz.) marshmallow creme
    Boil sugar and milk in a pan for 3 minutes
    Add p. butter and marshmallow creme - mix well.
    Pour into a buttered 8 in. pan
    Chill till set
    Slice and ENJOY!

    Friday, August 6, 2010

    Baby Girl

    Here's a baby card I did for a friend who just had a baby girl.  I had a hard time getting a good picture of it as any light wanted to glare off the sparkly paper!  This picture really doesn't do it justice --- it's  a lot "softer" in real life....oh well.
    While I don't always decorate the inside of the card....I had a cute little bear sticker I wanted to use so...here's a view of the inside of the card...
    Supplies used:
    • DP - Home (My Mind's Eye)
    • Cream/White/Pink/Green/Brown cardstock
    • "Mini Roses" tutorial on the side of this blog
    • MS Heart Border Punch
    • Five petal flower punch (roses)
    • Leaf punch (roses)
    • Bear stamp (Stamp City) 
    • Crayola Markers (to color image)
    • Baby Girl clear stamp
    • Black embossing powder (sentiment)
    • Bear sticker

    Thursday, August 5, 2010

    Fall Card - Stamping on Muslin

    So I'm one of those people who doesn't like to see Christmas cards in July and fall things before summer is over......BUT this card practically made itself - so you'll forgive me for posting it "early."
    This is the last of the card projects I did while my s-i-l was here (two weeks ago).  It was an experiment with stamping on muslin.  I really like how it turned out -- especially like the feel of it --- using cloth adds "character" to your projects.
    Supplies used:
    • Muslin
    • Brown Ink
    • Live, Love, Laugh, Learn Stamp (The Attic Collection - EK Success)
    • Leaf Die (Provo Craft)
    • Scrip Embossing Folder (on leaves)
    • Singer (Pixie) Sewing Machine (orange thread)
    • 3 buttons
    • Raffia (tied around card - through buttons)
    • Vintage Button
    • DP - My Mind's Eye "Home"

    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    Vintage Nostalgia Card

    I'm still featuring projects from when my sister-in-law was here two weeks ago!  We only scrapped together one evening for a few hours --- but managed to turn out quite a few cards.
    This is the last card featuring that cheap burlap
    Supplies used on this card are:
    • Post card DP (??? on the company made by)
    • Classics DP (K &Company)
    • Burlap
    • Live, Love, Laugh, Learn  Stamp (The Attic Collection - EK Success)
    • Singer (Pixie) Sewing Machine
    • Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Nestabilities Flower tutorial on the side of this blog)
    • MS Branch Punch
    • MS Leaf Punch
    • Brown/Blue Cardstock

    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Stamping on Burlap

    Another take on that cheap burlap I got at the thrift store two weeks ago.  This time I decided to try stamping on it -- as you can see it worked!
    Supplies used:
    • Piece of Burlap -- fray edges
    • Coastal/Maritime Stamp set (Inkadinkadoo)
    • Build a Lilac Sizzix die -(flowers in corner)
    • Dew drops (link under tutorials "homemade dew drops")
    • Glitter glue (on the bottom to make you think of sand)
    • Brown/Red/Blue/White cardstock
    • Dimensionals (to pop the sea shells up)

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    Not mine

    Thought I'd share two cards that are not my own today.  I mentioned last week that my (card-making) s-i-l was here over a week-end.  These are two of her creations....
    This first one was made by stamping on fabric.....a man's handkerchief to be exact!  Since I didn't make it I'm not totally sure on the supply list but here's a stab at it...
    • Scallop Oval Nestabilties
    • Shapeabilities - Flourish Accent
    • Lanters Stamp set (inkadinkadoo)
    • Purple/Yellow Chalks (LOVE how she made the lantern glow!)
    • Mini pearls
    • ??? embossing folder

    This next one is my favorite --- love the "cool" blue/yellow combination and LOVE what she did with the fabric we purchased.....tore it in strips and used it as ribbon around her card.
     My best shot on the supply list would be...
    • Scallop Circle/ Circle Nestabilites
    • Handkerchief (stamped image on)
    • Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
    • Fabric strip
    • Yellow Cardstock
    • White Button
    • Blue embroidery floss (through button holes)
    • Utopiary Stamp Set (Inkadinkadoo)
    Wish she could come back again this week-end and scrap with me!

    Sunday, August 1, 2010

    August Bulletin Board

    Here's my bulletin board decoration for the month of August.
    Supplies used:
    • Green/Cream Cardstock
    • DP - Classics (K & Company)
    • Paper Crimper
    • Computer (for printing verse)
    • Blossom II Nestabilities
    • Sunflower stamp (Heartfelt Creations)
    • Brown ink
    • MS leaf punch
    • MS branch punch
    • Brown beads (center of sunflowers)
    • Spellbinders Shapeabilities Flourish Accent
    • Sizzix Bracket Die
    • Green Ribbon