Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fun with floss...

Can you believe it's been so long since I last posted?  Life is hectic - the holidays, construction,...visits from the inlaws during the construction..., illness.  You all know how it goes.  Sorry I 've been too distracted to be present here these last 2 weeks.  I will have time in my craftin' spot this weekend, so you'll see more of me soon...I promise...

I am here this today for this week's Our Creative Corner challenge!  This weeks' challenge is hosted by the VERY talented Jennifer Rzasa at our Change of Heart.  You must go and check out her talent...amazing!...  This week she is challenging us to use embroidery floss!  I have to tell you, this holds a special place in my heart.  One of my first win overs at Moxie Fab was for the Fun with Floss challenge with this little card.  I always find it amazing the different things we come up with, all using the same thing!  This is my card for this week's challenge...

I love the colors of this, and am entering it in the CR84FN Color Challenge this week!  This is one of my FAVORITE color combinations, and have been helping plan an event in Denmark with these colors.   I stitched the floss around the polkadots on the paper I had with white old SU! DSP... and did french knots at the joints with the teal floss.  It was time consuming, but fairly easy.   The I just added some ribbon, a doily, my go to Trio Tags Spellbingers die and a FABULOUS dragonfly for some sparkle.  Check out all the other ladies inspirations - they are AMAZING!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

An oldie but a goodie!

It's time for another challenge at Our Creative Corner! This week the challenge is hosted by the very talented Vicki at . We are all challenged to make a 3D Easter Project. I've been making all kinds of 3D projects little ole' glue runner has been smokin'!... I decided to show you something I do every year for my daughter's baskets. Now here's the back story...*flashback*...

When we lived in Tennessee, it would often rain on Easter Sunday. Like many families, indoor egg hunts were the order of the day...the MOST challenging and fun in my opinion... When I was 5, we moved to Tulsa, where we rarely had indoor hunts...because rain was scarce... so my mom began to hide our baskets in the house to start our day! A little sign was posted at the bottom of the stairs with arrows and symbols for each child to find their basket.

I thought it was the MOST fun, so now I do the same with my daughters! Instead of signs, I leave these little guys out to create a bit of a trail for them to follow. Bunnies for Lily, and chicks for Elizabeth. These are filled with Hershey's Nugget candies and if you're familiar with Splitcoast Stampers, you've seen them. These particular ideas from Pam at creativechoicedesings on SCS. A few years back, she was sweet enough to give me the details on creating them.

Hey Chickie!.

  1. Cut a Yellow the body piece, 5"x 1 1/2", Using a corner rounder, round off all 4 corners on the body piece.
  2. Punch out 3 large yellow ovals. Cut the Yellow ovals to make the wings and tail. Attach the wings to the inside of the front piece.
  3. Punch out 2 - 1/4" circles out of brown cardstock. Use mini glue dots to attach the CC eyes to the front.
  4. Punch 2 large ovals and 1 small oval from orange cardstock. Fold the small orange oval to make the beak and attach to the front under the eyes. Using scallop scissors, cut the top 1/3 off the ends of each large OO oval and attach to the bottom of the body.
  5. Place a Hershey Nugget in the center of the body piece, fold up the sides of the body and punch a hole in the top and tie with ribbon. *Option* I frayed the ribbon so it looked like hair.
  6. Attach the tail last (makes it easier to tie the ribbon)
Bunny Hop

  1. Use the same dimensions for the body as done with the chicks using white cardstock. Punch out 2 large ovals, 4 hearts shapes, and 2 - 1/2" circles.
  2. Lightly rub all the edges with Distress ink in any color.
  3. Punch out 2 small ovals, and 1 - 1/4" circle from pink cardstock.
  4. Adhere a smaller pink oval to the center of a larger white oval. Repeat to make 2 ears
  5. Place a Hershey nugget in the center of the body piece. Line up the top front and the top back and punch a hole in the center. Separate and glue the ears to the inside of the front piece. Then tie with ribbon.
  6. Finally punch out 2 Chocolate Chip 1/4" circles. Using mini glue dots, place the nose and the eyes in the center of the body front.
  7. With Stampin' Dimensionals, attach the 2 1/2" circles to make the cheeks of the bunny. *option* put 3 small glue dots and attach wiskers to the cheeks (I used pieces of frayed grosgrain ribbon)
  8. Layer 2 of the hearts together to make the toes of the feet. Attach to the bottom of the body.

Monday, April 11, 2011

You're a Winner

What a weekend!  The comments on my Paper Crafts 350 Cards and Gifts blog hop post were wonderful and overwhelming!  So many of you touched my heart in ways you can never know.  I'm so honored to have been able to inspire you on this little...tiny...corner of the paper crafting world.  Amazingly, there were 191 comments...whoa... and each one has the chance to win this wonderful issue!  To everyone that left a comment, I tried to reply to each one that had a Blogger profile with a place to leave a you know I appreciate you...  If I wasn't able to leave you a personal one, please know I read...and LOVED...each and every comment.  Thank you again!

Now, I've tried...and get the image here, but I can't seem to make it work.  So here is the result my big winner for this issue:
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Min: 1
Max: 191
Result: 72
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hobbydiva said...

OMGOSH!!!! I love it. Wish I was your neighbor...hehehehehe

Congratulations Jada! Please e-mail me your address at so I can get this shipped to you soon!
For those of you that didn't win here - you more chances to win at the 11 other ladies left comments there too, right?... and over the Paper Crafts Connection, they have the fabulous blog hop prize to give away there too.  Other wise, if you haven't picked one up yet, DO IT.  I have been using it as a resource for some of my new creations for the last 2 weeks!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


I am humbled and flattered. I was honored to have been asked to be a part of the Paper Crafts 350 Cards & Gifts blog hop, but all the 100+ warm, sweet, acknowledging comments on my post, left me speechless. Thank you all...
Today is another Our Creative Corner Challenge! This week is hosted by Sharon again, and she is challenging us to create a project with a tea party theme! Since I was in the 3D mood, I decided to make another box like the ones I made for the blog hop yesterday. They are easy and really cute!  You can see the tutorial here...obviously I only made 1 for this project...

This is a simple little box to put something yummy in. Since I used all the cookies for my neighbors gift, this one is left empty until I find something good to go in it. I used the Faux Metal technique to make the tea pot with Ranger Silver Pearl EP. Isn't it sweet? ...It looks like fine china... Alright, go brew yourself up a cup and get your creative juices flowin!

Friday, April 8, 2011

350 Cards and Gifts Blog Hop!

I am SO excited to be a part of this blog hop celebrating the newest Paper Crafts Magazine issue, 350 Cards and Gifts!  I was so surprized and honored when I received an e-mail from P. Kelly Smith lettimg me know I was one of the 12 most published designers for this issue and asking me to participate today...WOW!...  All of the other ladies that are participating today are so amazing, this is a real honor.  Many of my creations were tags for this issue, but my favorite personal creation has to be the Homemade Bread Wrap on page 101.  It reminds me of collecting leaves with my father when I was kid.  The prettiest leaves were preserved between 2 sheets of wax paper, which was how I made the bread wrap there.  This is a project I have done many times with my daughters, both with leaves and to make food wraps for gifts.  It's nice to pass on this sweet little experience with them...and you...

Enough chit chat, let's get hoppin'!  In honor of the 350 Cards and Gifts issue, each of the 12 designers have created a project using a template based on an item from the pages of this great issue to inspire you all.  You can find all the templates we used at the Paper Crafts Connection Blog.  I was assigned this Popcorn Box made by Alicia Thelin...isn't it cute?...  She has even shared her Candied Popcorn Recipe there too...I'll have to try it...  Following Alicia's lead, I decided to make several of these and put them together for my own creation.

The great thing about this template, is that you can keep it Alicia did...or dress it up with papers and embellishments as I did here.  If you want to see the building process of this, check out my very first tutorial kind...  The paper is from the new DCWV collection, Lemon Flower.  The boxes are made from Basic Grey, a retired SU! color.  I love how it came out, soft and pretty.  We have a new neighbor that will be recieving this as a house warming and welcome.  I love giving baking gifts to neighbors, it's so warm and inviting...and well, neighborly!...

To make this blog hop even more fun, there are a couple giveaways for you to win!  First, I have a copy of 350 Cards & Gifts to give to one person leaving a comment does every designer on the hop, so visit them all...  Second, at Paper Crafts Connection today, they are giving away a FANTASTIC prize, check it has wonderful goodies every paper crafter wants...then leave a comment there to win!

I hope you had fun visiting my lil' ole' blog!  Be sure to visit ALL the ladies below participating in the blog hop.  Each of them are inspiring and have amazing talents, now go and give them all a little love!

Betsy Veldman

Kalyn Kepner
Kim Hughes
Chan Vuong
Teri Anderson
Vanessa Menhorn
• Kristin K. Tierney
 Lucy Abrams
Ashley C. Newell
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jessica Witty
Latisha Yoast

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

They love me...

They really love me!  Cath over at Moxie Fab picked this card as one of her Trigger Tuesday winners!  I'm so honored and amazed!  I had the opportunity to peruse the gallery this week, and there were SO many wonderful creations.  Thank you for this acknowledgement, I wish everyone had been picked!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Gettin my fix

Hot air balloon fix that is. This is another creation for the current challenge at Moxie Fab called In My Beautiful Ballon. I had this little feltie from American Crafts and wanted to use it on an October Afternoon tag I had and miss stamped...that makes me so mad...  So I recreated it into a 3x5 card. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, however the green is just a tad less vibrant. I think I'll have to give it to Lily in her lunch box this week. She has just started reading 'chapter books' on her own, maybe I'll make a book mark to match...I feel another balloon project coming on...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hot Air

Balloons...its all the rage.  You've seen them - everywhere - and I don't mean in the sky.  They are so hot and trendy right now.  I've always been obsessed with them, I mean who doesn't want to go for a ride in one?  Oh the opportunity will present itself...someday...and I will take full advantage of it.  Until then, I will have to live vicariously thru my paper crafting.

A special thanks to Cath a Moxie Fab for enabling my mild obsession.  Check out her current challenge, In My Beautiful Balloon.  I made this card for it.  Does the layout look familar?...remember the Paper Crafts Go-To-Sketches call?....  I've had this paper for a while and needed to put it to good use.  It's such a  graphic pattern, that I wanted to have a layout that showed it off without overwhelming the card.  I like the effect, and the added little addition on the bottom corner I just love!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Pullin' the Trigger

It's been a while since I've been able to play with Cath over at Moxie Fab...I've missed you...  I spent a few hours in my spot last night, and was able to get a few things done for her current challenges there.  Here's the first one I did for this week's Tuesday Trigger.

Isn't this dish towel fabulous?  I love the complementary color combo - orange and blue.  I wanted to do something that was graphic and simple...opposite of my go-to style...and pulled some great orange rub-ons from Studio Calico from my stash.

The turquoise letters are an old SU alphabet set...I guess there is a reason to keep those retired sets....  I wanted to add the typewriter, but it made the orange letters less inpactful, so I put it under a piece of vellum.  This was an easy card, it just took some time to cut out the letters.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Hi ladies!

This is a quick post, it's currently 2:12 a.m. here...*yawn*... Since I returned home from vacation, I haven't been able to get into my craftin' spot until 8:30 this evening. Lots of laundry to do....uggh....

Any-hoo - It's Our Creative Corner Challenge time again! This week our challenge is hosted by Sharon Wheet of Designs by Sharon. She is having us make girly things with ribbons, bling and home-made paper flowers....right up my alley.... I made a quick adorable card for a birthday party my daughter is going to this weekend, but alas - I ruined it. I wasn't paying attention, started cleaning up, and absentmindedly placed my stamp container on top of the slowly drying Stickles. Then hubby came home, we chatted and I cleaned up for bed so I wouldn't wake him later. When I returned to photograph hour later...I discovered a glittery mess. I was going to just re-make it, but my printer wouldn't work for my vintage digi. Then I was frustrated! So I gave up on that and started a project I'd been wanting to do for a while...a spring wreath for my front door... I changed the original fit in the challenge and ~ voila! Shabby, doily covered wreath!
excuse the photo quality - it's late and this doesn't fit in my light box!

I used MANY Spellbinders die sets for this, Large Oval & Large Scalloped Oval, Floral Doily Accents and Floral Doily Motifs...the latter 2 were gifts from Terre and Stacy - thanks again ladies!... The wreath is made up of individual flowers made from the doily dies.  A total of 28 flowers, so 168 die cuts to be Cuttlebug was smokin'!... Here's a close-up of what they look like. They are really easy to make, just time consuming.

Ok - enough! Off to bed!