Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello Coffee Lovers!  I am here on behalf of Paper Sweeties with a card for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2016!

Paper Sweeties has donated a $25 Gift Certificate for a SHOPPING SPREE to one lucky Coffee Lovers’ Fall Blog Hop participant … will it be YOU???  We hope you will link up a project to the hop so you have a chance to win! Info on when the prize drawings will take place can be found on the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop site!

The sweet coffee mug on my card along with the stamped steam image is from the "But First Coffee" stamp set.   I stamped the mug on some sweet striped paper and then die cut it with the coordinating sweet cuts die.  The "I 'heart' coffee" sentiment was made by combining sentiments from two different stamp sets. The "I Love You" stamp set and the "But First Coffee" stamp set. A very sweet and simple card that can be used for a variety of occasions.

Thanks for taking a peek at my card!  I hope you are enjoying all of the wonderful coffee projects that are part of this fabulous blog hop each quarter!  It is so fun to see all of the GORGEOUS inspiration!

:) Jill

Saturday, September 10, 2016

2 cards for the Serendipity Stamps Challenge #59: Leave it Bare!

Hello Friends,
I had some free minutes to play and dug into some of my lovely Serendipity Rubber Stamps!  I found inspiration by looking at all of the lovely cards over on the Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog. And decided to play along with their current challenge:

SSCB#59 Leave It Bare - Let your detailed stamp take center stage. No room for covering up this time - we want you to leave the stamped image bare! No markers, no pencils - nothing - nada! Our red rubber stamps make gorgeous detailed impressions - just ink and stamp! Just be sure to include at least one Serendipity Stamps image (stamp or die) on your design! 

I used the lovely "Christmas Chapel" stamp for my cards.  I love the look of this church covered in the snowy beauty of a Christmas Morning!  I had a wonderful "Winter Wonderland" sentiment sticker given to me for free from Serendipity and decided to use it on my red card below:
  I used a snowflake die from Heartfelt Creations to create a snowflake shaped window in my card base which I had already embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  I edged the aperture in white charcoal pencil and then added glitter glue and fine glitter to it.    I then layered a piece of music vellum into the window and placed the stamped image behind it gluing both pieces to the front of the card base.
   A sweet holly sticker to dot the "i" in Winter and some black and white twine complete this sweet card.

Then I decided to make a more CAS style card in earth-tones using Kraft cardstock and Mercury Glass Stickles around the snowflake aperture. 
 The sentiment I wanted to use was too big for the outside of this card so I just placed a sentiment on the inside only:

I love this sentiment "Let Heaven and Nature Sing"!  A favorite of mine!  
 Thanks for taking a look at my cards!  It is always fun to play with my Serendipity Stamps!  I need to add some more small sized sentiments to my stash I think!  I sure love the detailed beauty of their gorgeous images!  
Crafty Hugs!
:) Jill

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties Inspiration Challenge - September 2016

Hello and Welcome to the Paper Sweeties September Inspiration Challenge!  We have a wonderful color palette and inspiration photo for you this month!  I just love the bright colors and those mason jars!

I needed to send some hugs to someone special so I used the "I love you" stamp set to create this card:

I used the lovely "Abigail" and dressed her in the sweet nightgown which I paper pieced using my "Welcome Spring" paper pad from American Crafts. I added a touch of glitter to her bow and the collar and cuffs and slippers of her sweet coordinating pajama outfit!

  I also stamped and colored the sweet teddy bear so Abigail could hold it in her hand.  The sentiment fits so wonderfully with it! 
A few "Cupcake Sprinkles" sequins finish the card off nicely!  And I added a touch of black cardstock for some additional contrast which I felt the card needed.  This is an easy way to add contrast to a card if you feel it needs just a little something extra! 

If you are hopping along with our lovely Paper Sweeties Teamies this link list will help you on your way:

Beth Luetschwager  
Debbie Marcinkiewicz – Paper Sweeties
Nancy Penir
September Guest Designer:  Dawn Barwick

Thanks for taking a look at my card today!  I am back from my break from designing and excited to be playing with my Paper Sweeties stamps once again!  I hope you will play along with our challenge this month! We would love to see what you are creating!  Share your heART with us!
Crafty Hugs,

My annual Christmas Tag Post....

 Hello Friends,
If you have followed my blog for a while you know that every summer as time permits I start making Christmas tags to give as gifts to my family on Thanksgiving Day.  This summer I didn't get as many made as usual because of some health issues but I did get my tag designs started and I thought I would share with you what I have created so far...,.WARNING this is a LONG POST with tons of PHOTOS!

A tag design using the Tim Holtz Stocking Stuffer Bigz Die by Sissix:

The sweet Gingerbread Girl is from Paper Sweeties "Ho Ho Ho" stamp and sweet cuts sets. I colored her with Copics.  The pine fronds are from a die I have had for years not sure of the maker?  The snowflake is from Taylored Expressions I believe.  And the "warm winter wishes" tag sentiment is from Lili of the Valley stamps in the UK.  The "To and From" is from Papertrey Ink.

Next some lovely mitten tags from Waltzingmouse Stamps (now with Gina K Designs).  These are reverse stamps so I used my MISTI and two colors of ink (Pure Poppy and Cherry Cobbler) and stamped them 4x to get a great impression and add the second tone of ink around the edges of the mittens:
I love how this turned out!  I stamped the tags below on "Aqua Mist Cardstock" from Papertrey Ink.
 The "Holiday Hugs" sentiment is from the "Candy Jar Christmas Fillers" stamp set also from Waltzingmouse Designs.
 I love the two tones of ink and the red and aqua color combo!
And what are Christmas tags without jingle bells! :)

How about some snowmen tags?  Here is one I made for my son who LOVES everything Harry Potter:

 He is holding a wand made from a red/white piece of wire to look like a candy cane! :)  And the glasses I found at Hobby Lobby in their Paper Studio Gem section.

 These tags use the "Shape-Up" Series Snowman stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink.  The sentiment is from the "Candy Cane Christmas stamp set". 

I wanted a top hat for my snowmen.  This hat is from Paper Sweeties "Snow Friends Sweet Cuts" set.

This next tag was inspired by a tag that Debby Hughes created which I saw on Pinterest: HERE 
I was surfing Pinterest for tag ideas and also saw these ornaments where the deer's head was made with a heart-shaped button: HERE.  The heart shaped button along with Debby's tag inspired me to create these tags:

 I think next time I will draw in some eyelashes to highlight her green eyes!  The antlers are made with the Sissix Bigz Die called Snowflake 2.  The heart base is punched out from my lovely old heart scalloped punch.  Some buttons, bling and googly eyes along with a holly embellishment and these were done!  I am thinking about making more of these but possibly stamping a background on them or embossing them for more texture.  I love how quickly these can be made!  Punches are so fast!!!!

How about some more "punch" tags:

And some lovely stocking tags using a new Penny Black Die set called "Christmas Stockings" :
 I added some Stickles Diamond Glitter glue in the openings of the die cut for some sparkle!
 Here are some made with music paper!  Love this look...again inspired by Pinterest!
And if you know me then you know that I have to use red and green gingham papers to make my tags each year!  I love gingham for that homespun look!

Speaking of Gingham...I call these next tags my "Cup of Christmas Cheer" tags!  I posted a tutorial on YouTube for these and I have never gotten to 1000 views on a video that fast!  I am a very amateur video maker so if you go look please be aware that tutorials are not my strong suit! LOL!

 Hot Chocolate is a very big part of Christmas and winter in general at our house.  I set up a hot chocolate bar every year complete with marshmallows and mini candy canes plus special Christmas mugs to drink it out of.  Tim has a cup almost every day after school with LOTS of marshmallows on top!  Just like these tags:
These tags use two sets of the marshmallows from Papertrey Ink's "Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers" stamp set.
The teacups are die cut from the Tim Holtz "Tea Time" Bigz die by Sissix.  The small candy cane is a little bits die from Taylored Expressions.  I think these are my favorite so far this year and I will be making more of them!

Here is a smaller hot chocolate tag using the mug from "Candy Cane Christmas" from Papertrey Ink and the marshmallow stamp once again but trimmed down to fit in this smaller mug:
I made the "Hot Cocoa" heart tag on my computer.

I also made a set of snowman tags like this one below that were inspired by a Pinterest image which I can't find right now.....will try to add it later...

 These use a retired Stampin Up "Two Tags" Bigz Die.  The hat is from the Papertrey Ink Shape-Up Series Snowman Die set once again.

The scarves are torn pieces of flannel fabric.  Love the frayed edges!

And here are some "Believe" tags using a Heidi Swapp die:
The sentiment "A Gift for you" is from Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar Holiday Fillers once again!  (Linked above) The tiny tag dies are from Taylored Expressions.  The large tag was made by cutting a strip of kraft paper.  I left room at the top to wrap a strip of gingham paper from front to back to add interest. 

I started this long post with a stocking tag so I thought I would end with some stocking tags:

If you have made it this far....Wow!  This was a lot of pictures and a lot of tags!  I like to make this post each year as it is an easy way for me to look back at what tags I made the previous year.   I try not to make all of the same tags each year for my family members. I like to switch things up and keep it interesting since it is their Christmas gift from me!

Thanks for taking a look!
Happy Christmas Crafting!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A special birthday card stamped with "Who's That Girl Plays Golf" from MFT for MFTWSC294

Hello Friends,
Here with a snail-mail birthday card for my sweet Mother-in-law Prilla!  She golfs every Wednesday with her golf-club ladies and is celebrating a birthday next week.  I wanted to use my "Who's that Girl Plays Golf" stamp set from My Favorite Things to create her birthday card in honor of her love of golfing.  Here is what I came up with loosely based on this week's sketch for the MFT  Weekly Sketch Challenge:

 I kept the card very simple and flat for mailing using the horizontal rectangle in the sketch as my jumping off point.  I colored the image with my Copic markers to match the piece of patterned paper I wanted to use.  I used a low-profile foam tape under the image panel to raise it just slightly from the scalloped white rectangle panel. 

And to add just a wee touch of sparkle I added some 3-D Glitter Liner from Viva Decor to the golf bag opening.

I took the horizontal panel at the bottom of the sketch to the inside of my card:
 I used a border die to add some interest and a "wavy" line.
Thanks for taking a look at my card!