Sunday, April 9, 2017

CTMH Artfully Sent Thank You

I recently won a Close to My Heart Artfully Sent Cartridge at It's Always Fabulous' Spring Crop.    At the crop I wanted to order another CTMH cartridge and Sue my hostess reminded me that I was so close to a hostess gift, that I should have a party.  So, now I have the CTMH Flower Market, some new ink pads, paper, stamps and some embellishments too.  This is a thank you to Sue for a beautiful day and many more that I can make with my CTMH supplies and tools.

The paper is also CTMH and I have had it in the stash for a while.  I just realized I forgot my "a."  Well the card is already in the mail.  Sigh.  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I Love You Card

I love this quick card I made for Valentine's Day and am just getting around to sharing it.  To make the "love" pop, I backed it with pink paper.  But, I think an I love you card is perfect for any time of year, and this one was so quick to make!  This is made with Everyday Simple Cards on my Cricut.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Another Paper Doll with Anna Griffin and BoBunny

I have been stalking Anna Griffin's Facebook Page this month to see all the beautiful projects and hopefully win a grab bag item.  Each day she asks her followers to share what they have been making with the theme of the day.  I really wanted to share on 3-24-17 when she asked us to share our most amazing paper project, but my project wasn't finished.  So, I was motivated to finish my latest paper doll project made with a Harumika Style Starter Set dress form, Bo Bunny Paper and Anna Griffins Paper Tricks Embossing Folders.  Anna's Paper Tricks embossing folders were inspired by dress maker details, so why not make a paper dress?  The Harumika Dress form has a seam in the back for tucking in fabric and I wanted to cover the seam, so I pulled out a butterfly from one of Anna's card kits, added a Dew Drop from The Robbin's Nest, and colored the butterfly with some markers to pull together the color scheme of blue, green and yellow.

I started with Bo Bunny's Secret Garden Trellis because my craft room is blue and white with touches of Cricut green.  I have been obsessed with blue and white since child hood and wanted this color combo in my craft room.  I used my Cricut to a circle for the skirt at 11 1/2" and then cut out a portion of the circle from 12 o'clock to 2:00 o'clock with a center circle to fit over the dolls waist.

I made the pleated hem with Anna's Fancy Folded Rosette embossing folder, and the blue jabot at the center back of the skirt was made with Anna's Fancy Folded Banner and Corner folder (just half).  I cut the bodice from the scraps of the circle, and embellished it with rolled roses from MFT, Anna's card kit butterfly, CTMH bling, The Robin's Nest Dew Drop and Eyelet Outlet Jewels.

I am entering this is the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blogs Anything Goes challenge #297.  I love using my Cricut for getting professional results in my cutting projects and this time I used it to cut a perfect circular skirt!  I am also entering the Cut It Up Challenge #118:  You've Got Me in Stitches.  I used a gathering stitch to help me evenly place my accordion folded ruffle around the them of the skirt.  My cutting die used was the MFT Rolled Roses Die.  

Bo Bunny 12" Secret Garden Trellis Paper
Anna Griffin Paper Secrets Embossing Folders
Anna Griffin Butterfly from AG card Kit
The Robbin's Nest Dew Drop
The Robbin's Nest Fleur Yellow Paper
CTMH 3/4" Sparkle Flourishes (colored green)
Eylet Outlet Sticky Back Jewels
Harumika Style Starter Set Dress Form
Blue Card Stock
MFT Rolled Rose Dies

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Anna Griffin Paper Dolls Please!

If I could ask Anna Griffin for one new product next year, I think I would ask for paper dolls.  I played with Betsy McCall as a child and every other paper doll I could get me hands on.  I still purchase paper dolls today.   This one is from a Tom Tierney book called, "Great Fashion Designs of the Forties:  Paper Dolls in Full Color." 

Anna Griffin  Regal Braid Embossing Folder
Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments Epoxy Stickers Maime
Tom Tierney Paper Doll from Great Fashion Designs of the Forties Paper Dolls
Stampin Up Rosette Die (scalloped edge in blue stripe)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Birthday Card with Anna Griffin

Every year I struggle to make a St. Patrick's Day birthday card for my brother who's birthday is the same as St. Patrick's.  There are not may paper crafting items available for the holiday and birthday on that holiday.  So, this year, I took a look at my newest Cricut cartridge:  Anna's Fantastic Flip Cards Cartridge and found an image perfect for the card!  I added the sentiment from Paper Lace 2, more Anna Griffin items and finished my card.  Be sure to check your HSN listings for Tuesday and Wednesday this week!    I often pre shop the event to avoid out of stock disappointments, so you can shop many new items now!

Anna's Fantastic Flips Cards Cartridge
Paper Lace 2 Cartridge
Anna Griffin  Regal Braid Embossing Folder
Anna Griffin For the Boys Die Cuts (Just for You and Punch's Whiskey)
AG card kit (gold shamrock)
AG Fancy Flips Card Kit (inside sentiment)
While Card Stock
Dark Green Card Stock
Lime Green Card Stock
Computer Printer
Pop Dots
Green Pearl
Ivory Pearls Want2Scrap

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Year a New Un Finished Object Done

So, I actually haven't made any New Year's Resolutions this year, but I do want to keep working on last years resolutions:  finish UFO's!  You may remember that back in June I hosted a Musical UFO challenge and posted my unfinished violin gift box.    Well, I finally finished the box, just in time for a our local Sycamore Music Booster Fundraiser:  A Note to Remember.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

What I Learned Hosting a Year of Challenges

This past year, I decided to host a weekly challenge all year long in an attempt to finish my UFO's or Un Finished Objects.  Every Sunday, except some December Sundays, I posted a Themed challenge inspired by traditional Wedding Anniversary gifts.  I had a few prizes and a few participants.  Here is what I learned from my year of challenges:

  1. Hosting a weekly challenge kept me accountable to others.  Knowing people were following my blog and Facebook group weekly, kept me working on my projects.
  2. Hosting the challenge helped me find a way to get it done.  I have had lots of things on my UFO and craft bucket list and the challenges helped me overcome road blocks.  For example, I have always wanted to make a quotes to live by album and started collecting quotes years ago.  It wasn't until this year that it occurred to me that I could make it part of my planner.  Now I have some of these quotes in an album format and I love my planner!
  3. Sometimes the best way to accomplish a goal is by helping others.  In my early years of being a stay at home Mom, I joined a Mom's group.  They had a speaker who shared that the best way to find a friend was to be a friend   I think this concept worked for getting my UFO's done too!   The best way to get my UFO's done was to help other's get their projects done.
  4. Put it on your calendar!  So, the weekly challenge kept me on task because I knew on Monday's I needed to figure out my next weeks theme and decide which project fit the theme.  I knew I had to start working on the project and write my posts by Friday.  I scheduled crops out of the house so I could get work done too.
  5. Creating and working on projects is more fun with friends!  The UFO challenge group on Facebook really helped to motivate me.  Thanks to everyone who participated and shared photos there!
  6. Better late than never!  Some of my posts were made after Sunday and that's ok because I kept working on the UFO's!
  7. It's OK if you don't finish them all.  Sometimes we don't have time for our projects.  They may be too large for our free time, or life may just be too busy.  I did not post for three Sundays in December, because I was just too busy with the holidays or was working on gifts.  I didn't want the recipients to see these gift photos on my FB or blog feeds.  And one of my biggest projects; a quilt did not get pulled out of the fabric closet at all.  
Posted above it my attempt to organize my craft supplies.  These ar all Anna Griffin sentiments for card making.  

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Fix Your Sizzix Big Short with a New Bearing

I have had several die cut machines and at some point, they have all broken.  I am not sure if it is just a function of age and use, or if I am making too big a sandwich.  My Sizzix machine is several years old and began cutting on one side only.  I found a couple of tutorials on how to fix your Sizzix online and asked my hubby to fix mine.  

So, he took the machine apart and found a broken bearing.  Upon looking for Sizzix parts online, I only found a site that looked Russian.  I was reluctant to purchase from such a site and took a look on Amazon for the same size bearing.  Here is the bearing perfect for the Sizzix Big Shot.  So, for $13.95 my Sizzix is working like it's brand new.  Thanks Amazon and VBX Bearing!
The first thing I cut with my repaired Sizzix?  A Spellbinders Tiered Multi loop bow.  


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