Monday, December 30, 2013

YPP New Swap

Hi There, Your Paper Pantry is having a new Art Trading Card Swap. The theme is Postage Stamps. I used some beautiful postcards and stamps I found when cleaning out my in-laws house. They are very old and at first it was hard to cut but I have a lot and they are too cool to have shoved in the back of a closet. So I cut three, added some Glossy Accents and very old canceled stamps. They were so pretty I really couldn't do much to them.
This is the front.
Here is what the backs look like.

And a video telling what I did to make these ATC.

Thanks for stopping and taking a look.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

January WPP Ticket Swap

Hello Again,
It is time to start another fun year of swapping tickets over at Your Paper Pantry. This year I am going to make some changes in the swap. I am asking the swapper to just make 5 tickets. The tickets should be at least 2X3.  This first month the theme is Valentines.
Here are some tickets to get you started.
Each ticket should be packaged individually with the name of the artist on each ticket or on the package. You need to be a member of Your Paper Pantry to join the swaps. It is only $12 a year and so worth it. YPP is my favorite place to play.
Here is a video telling more about the swap and the tickets I created.

Sign up start December 25 and is open until January 5th.
I hope to see you over at Your Paper Pantry!

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!


Merry Christmas and A New Challenge.

Hi Everyone, 
Merry Christmas!

Today I am kicking off  a new Challenge at Your Paper Pantry.  This challenge will get you ready for next Christmas.  This year, 2013, I ran out of hand made Christmas cards and was frantic making last minute cards. Well I am not going to let that happen next year, 2014. I figure if I make 5 Christmas cards each month I should have 55 to 60 cards ready by next Christmas. That is just about right for me. If you need more, make more, or use your extras for gifts or to sell at a craft sale.

Here is how this challenge will work. Each month I will made a suggestion for your five cards and share what I make. You will then make 5 cards and share yours at YPP in the discussion. You will need to be a member. It is only $12 a year and worth every cent. The cards do not have to be like the example. They can all be the same or something different. Some people like all their cards to be the same. The whole idea is to have all the homemade cards you need next December. Now to keep you motivated. I will be putting the names, of everyone who shares a picture of the 5 cards each month, into a hat for a prize next December 2014.  There may be some surprise drawing along the way.

Here are the cards I made for the first challenge.

Five down 50 to go. LOL
Here is my video telling all about the challenge.
I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Money Gift Card

I have been busy making cards for money gifts. It was fun using some beautiful Christmas scrap book paper.
Here is a video showing what I did.

Christmas Day I will be sharing a new Challenge over at Your Paper Pantry. I hope you will come back and check it out. Until then I hope you are ready for the big day and find some time to breath and enjoy the wonder of the season. For me I am getting ready for a big snowstorm to hit.

Thanks for stopping,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Raisin Boat Challenge #18

Hello, It is time for the next Raisin Boat Challenge. This month the challenge is called, Something New.   You can do so much with this challenge. Your creations could be a Happy New Years card or scrapbook page. You could do a page of a new baby, new home, new job or a new gifts from Santa. You could even do a new calendar.
I did a New Years card.
The front was created by using Raisin Boat sets; Christmas Time, Days Till Christmas,  Goes with Madison Avenue Gals, and Checkered Tablecloth

The Raisin Boat stamps I used for the inside are Strokes of WisdomDays Till Christmas, Goes with Madison Avenue Gals, and Alpha Bold

The cardstock was BoatHouse Collection Bear Cub, and Brighton Beach White.  The ink was Memento Rhubarb Stalk and Tuxedo Black

I hope you will join us this month for Challenge # 18.  I look forward to seeing what you create.

Here is my video about the card.

Thanks for stopping,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Some Books I Made

I made some books for a local gift shop. I hope they find there way under someones tree.
I had fun using my Scrabble letters on the covers of these.

This next one is a birthday or card book for my Aunt Pat. She just turned 92. The book has cards, stamps and address labels. I should make one for me. LOL I did add more to the cover but sent it before I updated the pictures.

 Here is the video I made while I was working.

Thanks for stopping,

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Did you forget?

I know your are making lots of Christmas stuff. Did you forget about the Challenge at the Raisin Boat Blog?  We only have 8 people. I would love to see what you are creating.
I made a couple more cards.
For this card I used

I used my newest rental Deck the Halls and the background stamp Brick. The toys are bards. AND They are having a sale on brads right now.

This is from the news letter I got today.
When you buy any 4 packages of brads, choose any 1 package of brads for FREE! But hurry -- this "Add a Brad" special offer expires on Tuesday, December 10, 2013!
How to get the "Add a Brad" deal:
  • Go to
  • Add at least 4 packages of brads of your choice to your shopping cart (you can add other products, too, if you wish)
  • Tell us which FREE package of brads you want in the "Comments" box during checkout!
Here is a video on how I made the wreath card.
I hope to see your creations in the challenge at the Raisin Boat Blog.

I hope you have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Thanks for stopping,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

More Raisin Boat Christmas

Hello There,
Boy have I been busy! Thanksgiving was wonderful. Three of our 4 sons and there girlfriends came for  dinner. I was exhausted. It has taken me a week to recover. LOL
Well I did get another card and tag made. I used Raisin Boat Stamps and had fun creating them.
The tag was made from Sealed With a Kiss and North Pole Toymakers.  The card was made using Elves Are Watching and Crunch Time.
Here is a video for you.
I hope you will join the challenge.  There still is time to link your creation. Remember you do not have to use Raisin Boat stamps.

Thanks for stopping,

Monday, November 25, 2013

Raisin Boat Christmas Card

This is the cards we made at the Raisin Boat Free Make and Take on Sunday. I had to make a couple for myself today. They are so much fun and I love that birch tree.

We used a new set called Merry Nature.

Merry Nature

Here a video of how I made my card.

You still have time to join the Christmas Challenge at the Raisin Boat Blog.  Only four people so far. You have until the 12 of December and you don't have to use  Raisin Boat stamps.  Come on what are you waiting for. Get those cards linked up today.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Fun Time at One of a Kind

Hi Everyone,
I had a great day helping out Kim and Bobbie with the Raisin Boat make and take at the One of a Kind Stamp show in Madison, WI today. There were so many wonderful people who stopped by to join in the free make and take. I wish I would have take some pictures but I was very busy. LOL

Here is a picture I took of some cards on the display using a couple of their new sets. I think they have like 6 new ones. If you get the newsletter you will see them as they are released.  The newsletters only come out maybe once a month. They are way to busy to bombard you with email.
The top card is made from a new set called Deck the Halls. Bobbie has created some amazing cards from this set. I think she is doing a video soon showing how she used the piece of wood that come with this set. She is so creative and has 5 cards in the gallery already that feature the wood stamp from this set.

Deck the Halls

See the cute little pop corn in the second card? That is from a new set called Crunch Time. The candy canes are brads, and the elf is from Elves are Watching. Crunch Time is so new they don't have it on the web sight yet. If you get the news letter you will see it very soon. The card we did for the make and take was from the set called Merry Nature. It is a wonderful set with a beautiful birch tree and one of the sentiments says "Winter is a birch," I love that!
Don't for get about the Challenge this month it is called Christmas and you may get an extra present if you enter the challenge and win.

Oh, I and I should share a little excitement. Just as I was getting ready to set up the make and take, guess who walked in the door. Mr Tim Holtz himself. I looked up and said Hello Mr. Tim Holtz and could I please have a picture with you. He was so nice and said yes.
It looks like we are old friends but really the poor man must think I am some kind of nut.
Then later on the way to back from lunch I quick got a couple of things from the booth were he was doing his demo and the person who checked me out was Mario so I took a quick selfie of us.
Not so good of me but Oh Well. It was all a lot of fun. I was so impressed when the show was over and Tim was over there working hard taking everything down with the rest of the crew. He have a very long weekend. And I am sure a lot of people were tickled to get to watch is demo and see him in action first hand.
I would have love to have taken his class but I really had a lot of fun teaching the card we were making.
This was a fun day after a very long week. My MIL was in the hospital for 5 day and is now home with us. It is going to be a slow and long recovery.  She hates to take pills and came home with 19. Please keep her in your prayers.

Have a wonderful week,

Monday, November 18, 2013

Raisin Boat Challenge 17

Wow the months seem to go so fast. It is already time for another fun challenge at the Raisin Boat Blog. This month the challenge is "Christmas." So get out those Christmas stamps and get busy. What, you don't have any Christmas stamps? Well you can rent your Christmas stamps for Raisin Boat. They have some of the best Christmas stamps around. The best part is you don't have to keep them if you don't want. You can rent them and send them back. They even have some brand new sets for you.

I started working on my gift tags.
Here is the video I made while making them.

I hope you will share your Christmas cards, packages, tags, decoration any Christmas creation you make, that you use a stamp on, will count. You don't have to use a Raisin Boat stamp but if you do, you get an extra chance to win a free set.

I look forward to seeing all of your creations in the Raisin Boat Challenge.

Thanks for stopping,

Thursday, November 14, 2013

November Pin Swap YPP

Hello, I have been working on my pin swap for YPP.  This month we were to make a Christmas card and add a pin.
This is what I made.
Here is the video.
I am trying to use my Silhouette and now buy every die I want. The story is still out on do I need a snowflake die or is the one I have for the Silhouette good enough. LOL I am thinking the one I have on the Silhouette is all that I need. Well for now anyway.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend!

Thanks for stopping,

Monday, November 11, 2013

LESSology Challenge #31 Toy Story

It is time for another fun challenge at LESSology. This month the challenge is called, "Toy Story." I dug out a cute little troll doll, a mint tin and some other little goodies.
 I put it all together and this is how it turned out.
Here is the video showing what I did.

We have a wonderful sponsor this month. Marion Smith Designs is giving the winner the Mad Tea Party pack. Check Marion Smith Designs and her blog A Piece of Craft.

I hope you will join us at LESSology this month for this fun challenge.

Thanks for stopping,

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bingo Banner for YPP

The Bingo Banner theme this month was Christmas and I did a winter theme. I hope it is OK. I used the new skate die from Tim Holtz.  I am having a lot of fun with that die.
Here is what I made.
Here is the video telling about what I did.

Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sachets for gifts

Hi There, I am working on some little thank you and Christmas gifts. I decided to make some sachets using some lace I got from a thrift sale and my Young Living oils.

Here is what they look like.
Here is the video that tells how I made them.
I hope it gives you a gift  idea that you can use.

If you would like to order some wonderful oil just let me know. I would love to help you out.

Thanks for stopping,

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

A Pocket for Your Thoughts

Another fun swap at YPP is called A Pocket for Your Thoughts. The swap is to make a pocket made with burlap, lace and quotes.

Here is my pocket.

Here is the video that tells all about it. 

You still have time to join. Sign ups are open until November 5, 2013.

Thanks for stopping, 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Baubles Bangles & Beads for YPP

There are so many wonderful swaps at YPP this month. You have until the 5th of November to sign up. Stephie "littleredwagonstudio" on YT has a great bead swap this month. The swap is Baubles Bangles and Beads Icicle Ornies. Stephie also comes up with some fun names. LOL
This is what I made today for the swap.
Here is the video telling all about my "Icicle Ornies."
You have until November 5th to sign up.
Thanks for stopping,