Thursday, November 29, 2012


Hello, Cardies,

Just sharing a wonderful project that comes from Deb Felts over at PaperCraft Planet.
This was a really quick project and the real beauty is that you can make two of these with one 6x6 sheet of design paper.  I already have three more in the works.  I did not use a belly band on this one, but plan to use a band on some of the ones I'm working on now.  You can find Deb's tutorial HERE
I used this as my entry in the Creative Freebies Challenge at The Outlawz.   
Have fun!  Thanks for stopping by!

Entered in these challenges:
Little Miss Muffet
Simply Create
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge
Chocolate Coffee & Cards
Avadares Challenge
Clearly iStamp: Clearly Inspired
Inspire Me Fridays
Sweet Pea Stampers

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Hello, Cardies,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Usually, I use a lot of color in my projects, but for this challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu, I wanted to try my hand at using Elaine's technique using duct tape and an embossing folder to created the look of aged metal.   The photography on this project is not so good and I apologize for that, but the person who received this Key Chain Mini Tag Album found it hard to believe that I made it with:

An empty Orbitz chewing gum box
Three Strips of Duct Brand Tape
Couture Creations Diamond Trellis Embossing Folder
Black Acrylic Ink

This was my first attempt and although it actually turned out okay,  to see how fantastic this technique looks when done by an expert, you should check out Elaine's blog!  Her work is fabulous and she has done some outstanding pieces.  I plan to give it another try and I am going to try spraying on additional colors after the black ink has dried.  I could have cut this shape out on my silhouette, but it was more fun using the gum box.

I plan to enter this into a few challenges.  I will come back and list them.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A FIREMAN - Stamp-N-Doodle Challenge

Hi, Cardies,

Okay, so I have gone Mini Album Crazy.  Sorta like middle aged crazy, but this is a good thing.  I enjoy it so much that I will have a surprise for you at the end of the month.
For now, this was my DT project for the Stamp-n-Doodle Challenge.  We are spotlighting the work of artist Lauren Curtis.  I used her delightful image on a album for my oldest grandson, Joshua.  Hopefully, today he and I will be able to complete the tags.
Enjoy and I would love to see your projects in our challenge.


I just love vintage images in this K&Co. Paper Pak!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Magic Make A Wish - Key Chain Tag Mini- Made from Chewing Gum Box

Good Morning!  Today is my birthday and I plan to celebrate by not touching my computer or coming into my studio!  I have a quick post for our challenge over at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  This wonderful project was the brain child or Laura over at Following The Paper Trail.  She comes up with the neatest ideas.  Anyway, here is my take on her Key Chain Tag Mini!

The Candy and Nut Digi is by The Stamping Boutique!
I recieved this beautiful Key Chain as a gift from a Rabbi visitng from Israel.
I tried to pull the colors out of the Medallion and incorporate them into the design.

Originally, I used magnets to close my holder, but they were too big and kept pulling away, so I had to resort to velcro!  The tag holder is an altered Orbit Chewing Gum Box.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!

Challenges Entered:
LEJ Designs Challenge - Alter It
Papelito's Stamps - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything But A Card
Make It Monday - Always Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
My Grafico - Anything Goes
Pin and Tack: Spark Your Creativity - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello, Cardies,  

I have another mini album to share with you today.  I made these little minis to give as gifts to my female guests on Thanksgiving.  They really look pretty on the table.  I had to set the table to make sure everything would work...and it does    I hope the ladies will like them.

This week, over at the Outlawz, Our Monday Greetings Challenge is "Make a Thanksgiving card that does not include, pilgrims, turkeys, or cornucopia.  The team came up with some really stunning designs; you should check them out!

We have three fabulous sponsors this month:  Jackson's Digital Expressions, Eureka, and SquiggleFly.  Hope to see you there!


This is the appetizer recipe mini.  There is one for Entrees and Desserts

Some recipe tags were hand written with embossing pins.

There are six pocket sections to hold the recipients own holiday recipes!

Even though the bulk of the recipes are appetizers, I included one entree and one dessert!

Additional recipes can be added to all the pockets.  There are top loading pockets on all the panel!
Each book has these journal pages in case there is recipe swapping after dinner.

Entered In These Challenges:
Forever Friends Challenge - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Vintage Thanksgiving - Through The Craft Room Door

Hello, Peeps!

Well, I'm back with another mini-album.  This week I am one of the Guest Designers at Through The Craft Room Door and this album was created for that challenge.  I am working on a tutorial and hope to get it up soon.  I am making Thanksgiving and Chanukah Minis and they take a long time (for me anyway because I am such a slow designer).  I hope you like this latest offering.

Image by SquiggleFly

I will have to photograph this book when the pages have been embellished.  The K&Company Papers used here are so rich and elegant looking.  I want to take the time to find just the right embellishments.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have two more minis that I made for challenges this week and they will be posted here.   One is a recipe mini and the other is a mini for a teenage girl.  


Monday, November 12, 2012

Just Chill! - Outlawz Greetings and Creative Freebies Chjallenge

Hello, Cardies,

Well, I am in my Mini Album Stage, so you will be seeing a lot of mini albums.  I am trying to step out of my element and try something different and new.   I love my cards and they will always be my staple, but I think Mini Albums have just stolen my heart.  
The image was provided by Sandi Huggett in the Outlawz Creative Freebies Challenge.  This cute little snowman and the Scrap Your Trash theme of the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge, inspired my paper choices. 
I used Echo Park's Winter Park  6x 6 Pad  I thought the cool colors were perfect for my "Chill" book!
The cover is Neenah Havalind Blue and  Smoke Grey (The grey paper 32 years old) ! 

Unfortunately this shot does not show the accordion fold.
The book was made alternating Grey, White and Blue #10 Business Envelopes.

I am working on three more mini albums.  There are so many ways to bind these cute little books, and so many materials that can be used to make them.  Hopefully, I will get a couple of tutorials posted this week.    Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  I hope you will join in The Outlawz Challenges.  We have Eight fun and exciting challenges and the friendliest member in all of Cyberland!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Vintage Love - Eclectic Ellapu - Cream and Pink Challenge

Hello, Cardies!  We have a wonderful challenge for you today over at Eclectic Ellapu!  Our hostess this week is Berni and she has asked us to create designs using Cream and Pink.  My teammates have crafted some truly fabulous projects.   I know you will be inspired!   As you can see, I have become addicted to mini albums.  They are so much fun and so easy to do.  You will probably see a few more of these!  I tried to keep the inside true to the Cream and Pink theme.

Envelope Mini Album
The envelopes used are regular #10 Business Envelopes that have bee cut down to  7.0" and scored at 2.5 "

I try to keep my embellishments to a minimum so that the is room for the recipient to add pictures and journal entries!

I found this cute little post it notepad at the Dollar Tree!  The tag pocket on the right was made using a scrap .

Adding the chipboard covers to the mini allowed me to make it more elegant.  I couldn't find my wire combs when I was working on this project.  Now that I have found them, I plan to switch out the back spine for a wire one.


Thursday, November 8, 2012


Good Morning, Cardies,

Our challenge this week at Stamp-N-Doodle is "Use A Digi" which is almost equivalent to Anything Goes!  I have found that I enjoy working with Digital Images because of the flexibility in sizing.    Also, all of my Design Teams, save one "The Outlawz" use digitals simply because it is easier and cheaper to get the digi stamps delivered to the designers.

I am still addicted to Unity Stamps, Sarah Kay and Elizabeth Bell stamps.  There are quite a few more that I really, really like, but my budget dictates that I should like $3.00 digis and not $31.00 rubber stamps.  But, as my DH pointed out.  After I buy 10 Digitals, I've paid for the Rubbers that usually have about 10 stamps per kit.  I guess I should count myself lucky that he doesn't think I should let cost interfere with the enjoyment of my craft!

My fellow designers over at Stamp-N-Doodle have done some amazing work.  I hope to see you in our challenge.

I'll be back later with another post!

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012


 Okay, I know that crafting blogs are supposed to be non-political, but I can't help it!  This is a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who voted for my Guy, President Obama!  And a big "THANK YOU" to everyone who voted.  I am a child of the sixties and I marched for the right to vote, to sit down at the counter in Woolworths, to attend the college of my choice!  At the end of all the marching, change was effected through the vote.   So Thanks, Thanks, and Thanks!

This "Candyland" image is really a winter scene, but when I was working on the image, I kept thinking,  "No one is ever cold in Candy Land.  What would be the fun in that?"  I love this image, though and maybe next time I will put snow on the ground instead of grass.  If you want to see more wonderful "Candyland" images, go on over to The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog and check out the marvelous designs by my fellow designers!

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Image by Robert Jackson

It simply seems like years since I posted anything!  It really has been a while.  But, I am back on track,  I believe.  Good, Good, Fantabulois news!!  I am RETIRED!  No more Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to Work I Go!  I am so tickled, I just don't know what to do with myself.  Anyway, over at the Outlawz, The Greetings Challenge this week honors National Aviation History Week.  I chose this cute Lil Airplane image by Robert Jackson to say goodbye to my co-workers.

This was my first time using Spectrum Noir Markers...not too bad!  I also found a site that has the Six Marker Spectrum Noir Sets for 8.97 instead of $11.00, so I have the complete Basic Set.  I am missing the  I need four more sets (24 markers each @$39.00 each) and I will have the entire set.  It will be a long time before I collect all the Sketch Marker.  The feel of the markers is very different and it took so time to adjust, but the result is pretty good.  With more practice, I think I will be just fine.

I hope to see you at the Outlawz!
Mighty Big Hugz!


I'm off to bed now!  Not because I have to get up at 5:00 am, but because I don't (Heh, Heh)  Also, because my Hubby is very, very, quiet downstairs.  That means the Falcons must be on the way to losing their first game!  :(