November 8, 2014

Tag Happy

Christmas is just around the corner and just like many of you I am a busy mama!  I love making handmade decorations, giving beautiful cards and baking during this time of year so I thought I would get a head start by making quick and easy tags ready to adorn festive treats.

I put these together using fun Christmas and Holiday themed stamps and products from 

{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}

I made a stencil tag shape from regular cardstock and used it to trace and cut all my tags.  Once that was done the assembly line was ready for production!

1. Stamp tree image with Green Olive ink
2. Stamp sentiment with Cranberry Bliss ink 
3. Dot Journey Glaze for snow flakes and add to snow on the tree.
4.  Sprinkle Journey Sparkle Dust over Journey Glaze and allow to dry.
5.  Finishing by adhering red bling for ornaments

{Let it Snow Christmas Tree Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Winter Wonderland (SS-0093),
Ink: Green Olive (IP-0072), Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Adhesive red gems
{Snowman Tag}

For this tag I used Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight die template for the base.  I made 15 of these and cut the all the base tags out first so that stamping would be quick and easy.

1. Stamp snowflake background onto the tags using Linked Dots background stamp with Whip Cream ink.
2. Stamp Snowman onto Whip Cream cardstock, color with markers and fussy cut.
3.  Apply Journey glaze to the side of the snowman and sprinkle with Journey Sparkle Dust
4. Adhere snowman to tag with foam squares.

{Snowman Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040), Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023)
Stamp Set: Linked Dots (SS-0051), Frosty Fun (AT-0106)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002), Journey Sparkle Dust (AC-0013)

Other: Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight, Copic Markers

{Let it Snow Mini Tag}

These are so cute and so easy.  I thought they would make great little tags for homemade goodies, placement cards, even little drinkie-poo name tags ;)

1. Cut rectangular strips from cardstock and fold in half to form mini tag.
2. Stamp sentiment and snowflake images with Whip Cream ink.
3. Adhere mini gems to center of snowflakes
4. Run the edges of the tag sides with Whip Cream ink

{Let it Snow Mini Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Snow Burst (SS-0144)
Ink: Whip Cream (IP-0009)

Other: Mini adhesive gems

{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}

The base of this tag is another Spellbinders die called Labels Twenty-Nine.  After cutting all the tags with my Journey Grand machine I was able to do some quick stamping.

1. Stamp ornament onto Whip Cream cardstock with Cranberry Bliss Ink
2. Stamp sentiment alongside ornament with Lemon Grass Ink
3.  Apply Journey Glaze dots to some of the ornaments - allow to dry
4. Finishing by adding a bright green button to the top of the tag

{Merry & Bright Ornament Tag}

Cardstock: Whip Cream (CS-0040)
Stamp Set: Merry Bright (AT-0022),
Ink: Cranberry Bliss (IP-0049), Lemon Grass (IP-0022)
Accessories: Journey Glaze (AD-002)

Other: Button

Whew.  I think this is a great headstart :) Please stop by soon again because I will be adding to this collection of quick and easy tags for the Holidays as well as throwing in a mix of quick and easy cards too!


October 14, 2014

Today I Count My Blessings

Here is a great idea to dress up a Thanksgiving table or present something special as a Hostess gift.  Fun Stampers Journey has a bunch of beautiful stamps in their newly released catalog including beautifully designed stamp sets, crafty boxes and fabulous embellishments for your Thanksgiving festivities.

Stamps: Give Thanks Stamp Set (SS-0041), Autumn Days Stamp Set (SS-0006). Dies: Treat Box Die (DI-0006).  Ink: Cocoa Powder True Color Fusion Ink Pad (IP00016), 
Pumpkin Bread True Color Fusion Ink Pad (IP-0057).  Cardstock: Oatmeal Cookie (CS-0023), 
Whip Cream (CS-0040).  Accessories: Journey Twine Natural (AC-0005).  Other: Copic Markers

Just a few simple steps to create this darling project:  1. Stamp leaf images and label image and color with Copic markers.  Fussy cut leaves and label.  2.  Die-cut box shape and ink edges to distress.  3.  Adhere a strip of patterned paper around length of box.  4.  Wrap twine around box and secure in a bow.  Adhere leaves and label.

Thanks for joining me today.  Do let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the Fun Stampers Journey products.  


October 4, 2014

World Cardmaking Day with JustRite

World Card Making Day

Today marks the 9th anniversary of this super fun event!  Crafters around the world unite to create beautiful cards and the bonus - enter those cards into a contest to win fabby prizes!  Details here:

My card today features a Justrite Papercraft new release for the October collection of beautiful stamps.  

I colored the stamps using Copic markers and added detail with Spectrum Noir pencils.  The shape of the card was created using Spellbinders beautiful die template called Reflective Moments

The cards for this set are simply amazing.  Take a peek at what the team has created here:

Thanks for stopping by today.  It's a beautiful here in Colorado so we will be stepping out to enjoy the weather.  Hope some of you will be participating in World Card Making Day


October 3, 2014

Falling for Fall

Oh my goodness I just love, love, love this time of year.   Fall is by far my most favorite season.  The colors, the temperatures and of course the baking!   It's time to bring out the boots, warmer coats and enjoy the crisper temperatures.  It is these wonderful inspirations that make me happy to craft all day if I could!

You all know how much I love my goodie bags.  It's just as easy as making a card but of course there is room inside for a little gift.    When we are invited over to friends for dinner I love taking over a little hostess gift in a specially decorated bag.  There are 2 stamp sets that I used from JustRite Papercrafts October Release:

I purchase the brown craft bags at Bigbox craft stores or even at the Dollar store.  They usually come 5 in a pack and I simply stock up.  I colored the leaves in using Spectrum Noir markers and added detail with Spectrum Noir pencils

Design Team Inspiration

 Here is a little Colorado Fall inspiration for you all.  This picture was taken yesterday morning on my morning walk 

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have the opportunity to get creative as the weather in your neck of the woods changes too.


October 2, 2014

Too Cute to Spook Halloween Cupcake Toppers and Wrappers

It's almost that time of year when our neighborhood is filled with little "creatures" scurrying around at dusk to earn some treats.  We love celebrating Halloween - so much so that our girls have been planning their costumes since August.  We finally committed to the final one last week - which leaves me some time for the party planning preparations!

I created these spooky cute cupcake toppers using Fun Stampers Journey Stamps and Papers:


Trick or Treat Stamp Set (SS-0084)
Journey Circles Dies (DI-0039)
Zombie Nights Cardstock (PP-0006)
Journey Glaze (AD-0002)

{Shop Fun Stampers Journey: Catalog}

Other Supplies:

Spectrum Noir Markers and Pencils
Cupcake base template downloaded from the internet
Cupcakes (yup these are store bought)

I stamped my images twice onto white cardstock.  I cut the first image out using a pierced circle from the Journey Circle Dies. The second image I fussy cut and adhered it over the first image with a small adhesive foam square.  I stamped the sentiments onto white cardstock and colored them with markers.  After cutting them into little banner shapes I attached toothpicks to both the sentiment banner and the cupcake topper.  To make the Cupcake wrapper template I downloaded and printed a template from the internet.  I cut out the shape and traced it onto my paper.  After cutting it out I simply wrapped it around the cupcake base and secured it at the back with tape.

I have more up my sleeve (bwhaaahaha) for Halloween so don't forget to follow me here or on Pinterest.  


September 28, 2014

A feature in Somerset Memories Magazines

I received a beautiful copy of Somerset Memories magazine in my mailbox.  This is their Autumn 2014 Artistic Scrapbooking & More issue.  One of my projects is featured on page 76.  I created a mixed media canvas of Ashton at the Lake.  

After paging through this magazine, worthy of a "coffee table book" I am so inspired to create beautiful artistic keepsakes of our family - but the real bonus was discovering beautifully designed Artists Paper in the back! Wow - tear out sheets for me to use!  I am in love :)

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity Somerset Memories


September 16, 2014

Vote for these Bistro Chic Chairs

When Krylon issued a challenge to crafters to "Make it Yours with Krylon" I knew exactly what I wanted to create with my Krylon® spray paint. My Mom and I were shopping at garage sales a few years ago when we stumbled upon these metal folding chairs.  They are black with limey greeny vinyl seats.  Fabulous was not a word I would use to describe them but they were sturdy and definitely filled a purpose for overflow seating.  

With Krylon's Spray Paint the transformation from bleh to Gorgeous was super quick and easy.  The hardest part was deciding if I want to use one color on all the chairs or go for a fun assortment.  There was no way I could choose one so an assortment of colors it was!

This how they turned out after a splash of beautiful trendy colors.  Ashton, my oldest daughter, was so pleased them that she claimed these two for herself. Alexandra got to choose her own colors for her two chairs!


This is a contest amongst other crafters so I would love your vote if you love my little project.  Please  click on the link below to Vote and to see the other projects.  

Bistro Chic Chairs

I am so inspired to repurpose and create.  Hope you are too!!!

August 25, 2014

Published Tiara with a Book Giveaway!

Crafting gets in your blood and it's in mine :)  Those of you that follow my blog know that I love paper crafting but I also love mixed media, jewelry making, painting and baking.  I was very excited to have a hand-made jeweled tiara featured in the issue of Just Jewelry!

The issue is jam packed with step by step directions on how to make "Stunning Wearable Art" from mediums including clay, leather, fabric, metal, beading and more!  I made my tiara using dies from Spellbinders A Gilded Life collection (That's our little Princess Alexandra modeling the piece!)

{Win a copy of Just Jewelry!}

I have an issue of Just Jewelry that I would love to give away to one of you.  If you love to experiment with different mediums to make beautiful jewelry pieces or if you have considered diving into this popular craft activity but need a little inspiration to get motivated then enter to win!

Simply leave me a comment on this post telling me how you have incorporated jewelry in your crafting adventures.  I will do a random drawing next week Tuesday (Sept 2) and announce the lucky winner here!

Good luck!

August 7, 2014

Offering Sympathy with Grace

During times of sorrow many find comfort knowing that they are thought of.   For me, words of comfort are sometimes so hard to come by.  This beautiful sentiment sympathy stamp set has so many sayings of encouragement.  My hope that in presenting a handmade card from the heart will offer the recipient a tiny form of condolence during their time of grief.

I used several JustRite Papercraft products on this card.  

I stamped the background stamp in a deep dark purple onto a slight purple cardstock.  After coloring in the stamped design with a light purple Copic marker I added highlights with Spectrum Noir pencils.

The beautiful intricate label is a custom JustRite die template from Spellbinders.  I created the layers by adding adhesive foam squares to the outer label

There are beautiful samples using these products and others on the JustRite Team's blogs

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your day is filled with things that bring you joy.


August 6, 2014

Pretty in Pink Birthday Card

With two little girls in the house there is always a demand for pretty pink birthday cards.  Once I have my color palette established my cards come together quickly using beautiful stamps and embossing folders

Lets start with the tag die and stamp set.   These are all part of JustRite Papercraft's newest releases:

JustRite's custom die set were designed to perfectly coordinate with the stamps

The paper, embossing folder, ink and twine are all part of Spellbinders brand new Celebra'tions Line!

To make my card I inked up the embossing folder and adhered it to the front of my card base.  I stamped the flowers and leaves twice and colored them with Copic markers and used Spectrum Noir pencils to create depth and detail.  Each of the flowers and leaf sets were fussy cut and adhered to the die label.

The JustRite team have all put together a variety of samples using a combination of these products

I hear squeals of laughter outside, the girls have friends over.  I think I may just find a little time to spend creating something for tomorrow ;)  


August 5, 2014

Such a Fan & Giveaway

This gorgeous fan die set and matching stamp set is so much fun to work with - and so unique too!  I have always loved vintage style uncle use to give them to us as little girls when he traveled overseas so making a card with the paper craft version was right up my ally!

The die and stamp set are both new releases from JustRite Papercraft

I colored the images with Copic markers and added details with Spectrum Noir Pencils.  I made a shaped card base using Spellbinders Reflective Moments die set.

{It is Tuesday Tutorial Giveaway time too!}

Simply answer today's two giveaway questions on the JustRite blog post or on Darsie's Video.  How many Birthday Cards do you make each year? How many Christmas Cards do your make each year?
Remember that you can double your chances of winning by leaving comments on the JustRite Blog and on Darsie's Video. 

This is such a beautiful set with so many intricate stamping details.  Take a peek at the Design Team's projects - they are gorgeous!

I will have another project for you tomorrow.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Good luck with winning too!