Thursday, December 22, 2011

Penguin Santas

Here are some cute little felt pieces I found at JoAnn Fabrics (for $1!).  I paired these cute felt cutouts with some holiday paper to make these cute easy cards, perfect for little thank yous to my students this year.  Of course, everything looks better with glitter, so on the white circle background, I added a layer of Martha Stewart white glue and sprinkled with some chunky white glitter (also Martha Stewart).  I have gotten several messages asking me how I attach the glitter in my projects. Mostly I use a glue pen, but for chunky glass glitter, I use a white glue.  You could use Elmer's glue, but I use a brand called "Best Glue Ever" by Scraperfect.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Well, a few more Christmas posts and then I will be working on Valentine projects!  Time flies!  I have had this elf set for years and still love it.  The background paper is from the Recollections pack from Michaels I told you about in an earlier post. I think he made need some glitter though.  This would also make a cute thank you card for the holidays.  Stay in touch for a few more projects....

Thursday, December 8, 2011


This stamp is so elegant.  I stamped the reindeer and the sentiment in white and then embossed them.  I added some silver glitter on the antlers and mica flakes as the snow.  That's it! How easy is this!

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Some things have to be believed to be seen.  This is one of my favorite cards. I love anything with a Santa. The stamp is a Tim Holtz stamp.  The paper and the embellishment is from Melissa Frances.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up (Just Believe).  This card has a vintage flare to it. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Glitter Stockings

This card was made with the new stocking punch and glitter paper from Stampin' Up.  The background paper was from a big paper pack called "Bright and Jolly" by Recollections I found a Michael's.  It has the cutest holiday paper. I have used this paper for several holiday cards already.  This card will be available this week at my classes.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Patterned Pines

Here is another sample of a card that will be offered at my card classes this week.  This is a fun color combination for a Christmas card.  The base is kraft cardstock.  The trees are done in garden green and the snow hills are done with bashful blue, tempting turquoise and white.  All with dazzling diamond glitter added for sparkle.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Class

It's been a while since I have had a class, so I have schedule two classes coming up next week. I have been working on some cards and projects to offer next week, so over the next couple days, I will be showing  some of the projects.  To start off with, I have a gift card holder which is perfect for Starbuck's or other coffee cards because it is made from a recycled coffee cup wrapper.  Another project (that actually matches the above card) is a decorated gift bag,  ready to be filled with some homemade treats.  One class will be Wednesday night, November 30 (6pm - 9pm) and the other is Saturday, December 3 (10 am - 2 pm).  Check back often to see more projects and cards.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Purple Snowflakes

It seems I always make the traditional red and green Christmas cards or blue snowflakes, so I wanted to mix it up a bit and try a different color.  I found this purple patterned paper with snowflakes on it and that was my inspiration.  This silver snowflake die is called "Bianca" from Memory Box.  It is so delicate and I was wondering how well it would cut, but I was surprised, it cut quite well!  These are cut from shiny silver paper.  The purple snowflake behind the silver is punched with a Marvy punch.  I then added some Glimmermist to the purple snowflake for some added glitz.  The glittery pen (swirls around the edges) was from Gelly Roll.  The "holiday photos" was cut from my Cricut using the cartridge "Joys of the Season".

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Great Outdoors!

Look at this darling moose! I found this Cricut cartridge "Campin' Critters" and just had to have it! I made this moose into some cards, but I also made a few photo/journal albums.  He just seemed to be the perfect cover for these.  I used the Stampin' Up "On Board Journal" for this project. The paper is by "Happy Camper" by Imaginisce (found at my local Ludington craft store!)  The title "the great outdoors" was also part of this cartridge.  The senitment "smile" is Stampin' Up and the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" is from "Say Cheese, too" by LawnFawn.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Owl for You!

Here are a few owl cards I made or received  this past summer.  See all the different ways you can use this cute owl punch from Stampin' Up? All cards were made with the owl punch.  Most supplies and materials here are from Stampin' Up (except for the leaf punch border and some of the ribbon).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Glitter Leaves

Here is another Thanksgiving card I made using this new paper pack "Autumn Splendor".  The leaf is made with the stamp set and die "Leaf Prints" from Paper Trey Ink.  This time I used some distressing Stickles glitter glue (Ranger). 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Gobble! Gobble!

It's getting to be that time of year!  I have been making a ton of holiday cards.  Here are some Thanksgiving cards I just added to my spot at Changing Thymes. I made these cards using the stamp set and matching dies "Gobble Gobble" from Paper Trey Ink.  Again, the paper is from the paper pack "Autumn Splendor" (see previous post).  Of course, the googly eyes really make this card so cute.  Don't forget, if you are in mid-West Michigan, check out my booth (all the booths) at Changing Thymes on Chicago Dr. in Grandville, Michigan!  Awesome store, be prepared to spend some time there!  I will be adding my Christmas selection this week!  Check back to see some of my designs!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Felt Leaves

These cards are made using the stamp set Leaf Prints from Paper Trey Ink and the matching dies.  I cut the leaves from felt (also from Paper Trey) and then stamped the leaf veins.  I added some clear glitter glue to add some sparkle.  The scallop circle is cut using a Nestibilities set (Beaded Circle, I think).  The paper is from the paper pack Autumn Splendor from We R Memory Keepers.  I will be showing a lot of cards from this paper pack - I love the fall plaid in this card.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sparkle Leaf

November is right around the corner and this is a perfect November fall card. The card stock and ink colors I used are Soft Suede and Baja Breeze (both from Stampin' Up)  The pattern paper is from "First Edition Specialty" from Stampin'Up. The maple leaf is heat embossed using white embossing powder. I then sponged ink around the embossed leaf and added glitter glue (from Ranger).  I added wrinkled ribbon (seam binding) that I antiqued with Bronze glimmer mist (Tattered Angels). 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Best Witches

I made this "witch" card using the Cricut cartridge Mini Monsters. The background glitter paper is from a Halloween paper pack. The sentiment is from a retired Stampin' Up set. I stamped the sentiment and then punched it out using the label punch (Stampin' Up). The button is from DeNami Design (Boutique Buttons) in Halloween colors. The little google eyes finish this cute little witch. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

More Vintage Halloween

Again, here was another vintage Halloween picture I found. And again I distressed the edges with the ink Vintage Photo by Ranger. I matted it on Stampin' Up card stock and added some Stickles glitter glue. Very quick and simple.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Vintage Halloween

I'm not sure where I found this picture, but I knew I would want to make something with it. I cut the picture down a little and matted it on Pacific Point blue and then on Dusty Darango (all of the pieces were distressed. The card base was embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder from Stampin' Up. I added a little orange glitter glue (Stickles) on the pumpkin. I have another vintage halloween card to show next time! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Totally Tools

Here are a couple birthday cards I made using the set "Totally Tools" (Stampin' Up). I had a friend ask for some masculine birthday cards and thought this set would work. I colored the stamped tools with Copic markers, cut them out and attached them to the printed background paper. I found the brads shaped like "nails and screws" at Hobby Lobby. I thought they would look good on a card like this.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Greeting Card Kids

Here are a few samples I made with the set "Greeting Card Kids" (Stampin' Up). For the Halloween card, the image is colored in with Copic markers. I distressed the image a bit to make it look more vintage and also sprayed it with glimmermist to add some sparkle. The ribbon is wrinkled seam binding. The back to school card image is also colored with Copic markers. The alphabet background was created with the stamp "A to Z" (Stampin' Up). I also used the wrinkled seam binding ribbon on this card. The Christmas card image is colored with Stampin' Up markers. All materials on this card are Stampin' Up. Just wanted to show you what a cute set this was. I haven't used the Valentine image yet, but soon! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pencil Card

I got this pattern idea from a friend. She sent me a card similar to this last year for back to school time. I dug out her pattern and came up with this. I used the swiss dot embossing folder for the background. I used Stampin' Up red polka dot ribbon for the eraser part. The "thank you" stamp and the scallop circle punch are also Stampin' Up. I used an apple brad for the embellishment to finish off this card. Thanks, Kristi for the cute idea!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Apple Treat

This is a little birthday treat I made for one of my teacher friends. She teaches first grade and I thought this would be cute sitting on her desk this morning. I used the "kids" stamp from a retired Stampin' Up set, "Heart and Home". The cute apple paper is from Craft n Craftin' (Back 2 School set). The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. Some chocolate (wrapped in matching print paper) in an apple tin finishes off the gift. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

An Apple for the Teacher

I made these cards for back to school time. The punch I used is from Martha Stewart. It was quick and easy to punch some fun apples from different prints of pattern paper. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink. The lined paper is actually old school paper I found when our school closed a few years ago. Now that school has begun and we are getting settled in, I hope I will have more time to post my creations! Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Teacher Tag Album

Today was the first day of school and I thought this would be a good post to celebrate teachers. I made this album a few weeks ago. Actually, I painted the "toilet paper rolls" a while ago with the idea of making it into a teacher or school album - it just took me a few months to get around to putting it together. This album was made just like the one I posted last December (Things I Love Album). The pages are made from toilet paper rolls that have been flattened and painted. They are then bound at one end, making the other end an open pocket, perfect for pull-out tags. The cover is made using an old school pin I had. I removed the pin from the back making it flatter and easier to glue it on the front. The other pages were made with odds and ends I had laying around. The last picture shows how I packaged it up for sale. The first book I made took a lot of wear and tear at the store. Packaged up this way with a description on the back will protect it better. Thanks for looking!