I am so sorry for the TERRIBLE layout of this blog! It was actually pretty nice but one day everything went all amuck ??? No clue what happened....and since I don't really post here anymore I haven't bothered to figure it out. SORRY!!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String....

Today I did a REALLY QUICK something for a challenge that was sent to me this morning from  {capture the moment} ... all about 

"Brown paper packages, tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things..."

Thankfully I already had my brown paper packages tied up with string!  A while back I wrapped some 4x4 canvases that I have sitting by my front door ready for a quick RAC.  They are all different because that was part of that play day.  

This one is wrapped with a brown paper bag that I then drew lines on with a sharpie and a white marker, quick and easy!  I already had the black ribbon but I added the b/w bakers twine today along with the label that I printed out on my PC.  It is a label design I made with CorelDraw to be ready for a Sizzix label die (Sizzix Framelits Die Set 6PK - Labels, Majestic #2)  I ordered earlier this week...but it isn't here yet, so I hand cut it.  None of the dies I have from Papertrey Ink would have worked with what I had so I had to go generic this time.  I LOVE Papertrey Ink products but I haven't gotten that many (ok, I've spent over $100 with them just since I started this madness)... they don't have sales so I have to shop carefully :-)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Cheery Lynn Designs - Quills & Ink Pot

Since I am having such a hard time forcing myself to be creative these days I have decided to start doing some online challenges... this one is HERE:

The die is Cheery Lynn Designs "Quills & Ink Pot"...however, I did a tiny bit of modifying because I tried cutting it out of some old glitter ribbon I had in my stash and that was a NOT!  It left an impression but didn't come close to cutting it out!  I cut them out by hand using the impression as a guide then cut a few chunks out to help it look more like feathers.  It cuts paper fine, but not that ribbon for sure!

I just used my PC to do the text (Billy Argel Font) and hand drew the frame because the card looked too plain without it.


Monday, December 23, 2013


I'm so sorry that I have gotten SO LAZY these past few months!  Not only am I not posting as often as I probably should but I am taking my pictures with my iPad now and it shows!  AWFUL colors!  But, it is what it is, you can get some idea of what they look like anyway.

I made this card because I wanted to do the Simon Says Challenge shown later. The challenge was "bling" and unfortunately the glitter doesn't show up in any of my pictures.  While it isn't a requirement that you use one of THEIR products I wanted to... problem is, I only have a couple of their exclusive products because they haven't had even one sale since I started buying dies and I promised myself to only buy things on sale while such great sales are going on on other sites. I do have a HUGE Simon Says "want" list growing though! Anyway, their product is the leaves.

These are really two separate dies, the black, and the white outline.  In order to get the glitter filling I cut label paper using the solid die, then covered the sticky side of the label leaves with red glitter.

I also used the die and stamp I used in my last post last time, I LOVE that stamp, because it makes it look like lots of layers while only being one.  I stamped it on kraft paper then used a red pin and a couple of darker browns for the outside brown.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Spellbinder Tags and Waltzing Mouse Holiday Labels No. 14

Well, I FINALLY got something made!!  I have been collecting dies  over the past couple of months and TODAY I finally made something with a few!!  And I'm pretty certain that the only reason I finished this card today is that TODAY was my friend's birthday and I HAD to have a card!

See, the thing I learned about myself a long time ago is that the fun I get from any new craft is in the collecting of the tools needed to do it, then once I have all there is I move onto the next thing.  I am not too sure what is up with me these days but I have had zero desire to be creative.  None.   But, I LOVE all the thin dies that are out, so now I sit here with hundreds (literally) of dies and I figure I had better do something with them!  I am ready for most any occasion for sure!

I actually found my inspiration for this card on Pinterest that linked to its creator, Claire Brennan HERE.  I LOVED the color scheme she used so I felt like I just had to have the stamp set she used (and designed herself).  The only place you can currently buy her stamps is from her ...in New Zealand! And I am here to tell ya the exchange rate hurts!!  I paid way too much money for a set just to get the one stamp I wanted! The good news is, she does have a distribution point here in the US so I got it very quickly!  ...And then, of course I had to buy the Spellbinders die set she designed the stamps especially for, right? She doesn't sell those and they weren't available anywhere locally so I ordered them from Amazon. And I used the BIC markers I ordered from Amazon to color the wooden house, the trees and red and green parts of the stamp (all non black areas). Unfortunately, I took the picture with my iPad as it was getting dark so I had to keep adjusting and tweaking the color so it could be seen.  There is actually a lime green border next to the checkered border, completely gone here! Sorry. It really was/is much nicer in person.

Anyway, here is most of what I used:

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