July 25, 2016

Ohhh How Sweet It Is......


Happy Monday everyone!!!

I know.... Monday's usually aren't the greatest day to try and be happy.... But I have to try anyway, don't I?  Besides.....  Who wouldn't be happy seeing this bright and cheery card?

There is a brand new challenge today over on Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog.  You won't want to miss out on the fun this month.  Do you have an Elisabeth Bell Stamp or Digi? And do you love the Strawberry or Red color?  Well what are you waiting for?  It's time to get crafting, and join us for this months "Strawberries and Red" theme....

I truly do love the way this one turned out.  This darling Elisabeth Bell stamp was once released by Whiff of Joy.  I really have no idea if she ever had a name, because she was part of a stamp kit.  If she DOES have a name, I would love to know what it is...  She really is a beauty, isn't she?



The papers that I used are digital papers that I made.... If you are interested in them, you can find them on my Etsy page.  They are part of a 6 paper set called "Strawberry Fields"
My beautiful stamped image was colored with Copics.  The strawberry flowers were also designed by me, as well as the Large Strawberry, and then cut out using my Silhouette.  The sentiment, I thought, was a perfect addition.  This one is a rubber stamp from Magnolia..., Either way, it was the perfect accessory for this card.

There really isn't a whole lot left for me to tell you, about this card.  I think it speaks for itself.

The Challenges that I've decided to Enter:



July 22, 2016

A Little Something Different - Elisabeth Bell's July 2016 Digi Release



My oh my, it's been a crazy few weeks here for me.  Needless to say, I have really struggled in the Mojo department.  However, I managed to finish up just in time.

My "project" for this months Digi Bell's Blog Hop is a bit different, something I just had to attempt, and thankfully it worked.  LOL

Hopefully, you are joining the Digi Bells for this months Blog Hop, and you should have arrived here from Sebrina's Blog.  If not, please go back to the Digi Bell's Blog, and hop along with us.
You could be one of the 3 lucky winners of these two darling Digi's.


I have created a hand fan.  No, not that fancy accordion fold style fan. (I think that might be for the sophisticated people to use, I am definitely not that)  LOL


But living in the south, we have had some extremely hot temperatures over the past 2 weeks, and I couldn't help myself.  I just wanted a fan with a handle that I could pick up at any given moment, and use it....  So that's exactly what I set out to make....



This is quite durable, but what makes it even better is that it is SO STINKING CUTE....


On one side I've used BOTH of the Digi's that are being released today, They are just so perfect for using together.  However, photographing this project wasn't exactly the easiest.  But here goes.....

This adorable little sunshine is also a digi from Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.
He is called "Mister Sunshine"
The butterfly, however, is NOT an available digi, but is an accessory stamp also by E.B.
Once part of a kit that I had gotten from Whiff of Joy, I believe.

The tree was drawn in, and colored, 


A view from an angle, I wanted to show the 3D effect that I did for these two little dolls.
I thought it turned out pretty good.


and of course I didn't only decorate the front, The back matches as well,
Do you see that adorable vibrant beach ball?
Well the entire back is THAT ball, and colored the same way.


All of my coloring has been done with Copic markers, and my sky background was done with Stampin' Up Chalks.

In between the 2 circles, (inside the center of this fan) I've used a round cardboard cake board.
This gave this fan some durability.
I've coated a thin layer of Mod Podge over everything, just to seal and protect it from dirt or normal wear.
DO I INTEND ON ACTUALLY USING THIS FAN?

ABSOLUTELY......

As a matter of fact, I already have, and believe me....

When waving this it really creates quite a breeze.

A strange project maybe, but DEFINITELY worth every minute of my time.
It is both Useful, and Adorable to look at.

I hope you enjoyed my creation today.

Now it's time to hop on over to Andrea's Blog, Such a talent, she surely has some gorgeous inspiration to share with you as well.


Challenges I've Decided to Enter:


June 25, 2016

A Special pair of Boots.....



Today I have a little Holiday Inspiration for you.  I made this adorable Paper Mache Santa Boot for my daughter, but also for this months challenge over at Elisabeth Bells World.  The challenge this month over there is to create ANY HOLIDAY themed card or craft.  Of course I chose my favorite holiday to make things for, and that would be Christmas.  

Just wait until I tell you what actually went into this adorable little boot.







Alright, are you ready to find out all the little details?

First thing is first, I needed a mold!!!  What better mold, than an actual boot?
Sooooo, that's what I did.

(My daughters favorite rain boots)

So I decided I would try to create a paper mache replica... I didn't want to ruin the boot, so the very first thing I did was wrap it well with plastic wrap.

Now the fun began.
I went through my scrap papers, and started to rip and tear them into different sized pieces.
Mod Podge, Water, and a painting sponge, and let the layering begin.

I can not even begin to tell you how many layers of paper are on this boot.  I kind of lost track after a while.  I would let it dry a bit, and add more.  Once I felt that the shape was firm enough to stand on it's own, I used my trusty scissors, and cut between the boot and the paper, down the back all the way to the heel of the boot.  I was then able to pull the real boot out.  Now what?
I had a nice boot shape, but it was split down the middle in the back.
TAPE!!!!  - just enough masking tape over the split to hold it back in place, and then it was time for MORE layers of paper, and Mod Podge.

I left this boot to dry REALLY REALLY good for about a month.
Then began planning my decorating.
Another layer of paper, this time pre-soaked (in water) thick red cardstock.
And carefully placing the layers this time, because I knew that the this would be the outer shell.
How the pieces were placed, would obviously show.

Once I was happy with the paper placement, I let it dry completely.
Once dry, I used a black spray paint, and coated the entire boot, inside and out.
I used a hair dryer to speed up a quick drying process, and then added a layer or clear Gesso with a sponge dauber, using a pouncing motion.  

Once the Gesso was dry, I began using a dauber to paint the boot with acrylic "Holiday Red" paint.
The reason for the black underneath of the red, is so that the boot had a more realistic look with areas of black slightly showing through, (as if the Santa boot might have soot on it) PLUS, I wanted the inside of the boot to be black.

Details, Details, Details.....
I've used this darling Santa stamp.  He is just one of the 5 Santa's that Elisabeth Bell did for Whiff of Joy to release.  And yes, I have them all except for one of them.
They are absolutely adorable.
And what a perfect option for this boot.

My Flowers are Dies from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I've used Poinsettia Flowers, (The Centers are topped with some Gold Stickles)...and Pine Branches.
The rest of the things I've used for decorating were just odds and ends that I had in my stash. (including the candy cane, which might have been cut a while back when I used to have a Cricut) What fun this has been creating this little boot.

I will put some small Christmas goodies into this boot, and give it to my daughter for Christmas.
No time like the present to start a new tradition.
And it was made using HER rain boot.  So, it's not "Just Any Boot", it actually is hers.

Who knows, I may even enter this one into our County Fair crafting competition this year.
I haven't decided yet, but.... Maybe... You never know... LOL

To think,.........it all started with a simple pair of my daughters favorite rubber rain boots
that she has outgrown.
She used to be obsessed with them! ;)


Thanks so much for taking the time to read this all the way to the end.
What can I say? Apparently I was in the mood for explaining everything. LOL



Challenges that I am entering:


May 25, 2016

1, 2, 3...Tag You're It.......



Hello there!  Today I have a little cutie to share with you.  I've used Elisabeth Bell's "Pepper with Gift" for my very aged, and distressed looking creation.  =)
There is a new challenge over at Elisabeth Bell's World Challenge Blog Another Fun one for sure, with the theme being "1, 2, 3...Tag You're it" So I've used 1-Ribbon, 2-Flowers, 3-Papers, and a Tag. (The cupcake that you see, is actually a tag)

More about my creation.  I've colored this little doll with Copic Markers, (OF COURSE) *wink*
The Papers, Tag, and Flowers were created by me.  
I have the Digital papers and cut files, as well as many other Digital Crafty items available in my Etsy Shop if interested, OR.... You could get out your favorite Elisabeth Bell Stamp, and join us for our challenge.  You could win 2 paper sets, and their matching cut files.  =)


Soooo, what do you think?  Will you join us over at Elisabeth Bell's World this month?

Challenges I am entering:

The ABC Challenge - "H" is for Heavy
Artistic Imspirations - #157 Anything Goes/Twist of Flowers
Die Cuttin Divas - #267 Polkadots
Creative Inspirations - #252 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - #250 Make It Digital
Allsorts Challenge - #364 Happy Birthday
Really Reasonable Ribbon - #141 Vintage
Crafty Gals Corner - #73 Anything Goes
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #34 Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - #78 Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons - #127 Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - #16 Anything Goes/Bling it On
PDE Linky Party - #124 Anything Goes


May 20, 2016

Elisabeth Bell's May 2016 Digi Release and Blog Hop


Happy Friday!!!

I absolutely LOVE BLOG HOP DAY, Don't you???
If you are here for the Digi Bells blog hop, hopefully you've arrived from our Jennifer's Blog
If you haven't and you would like to join us on our quick little blog hop, then why not hop on over to The Digi Bells Blog and start the hop off from there?

We wouldn't want you to miss anything.
Today, we are featuring an oldie, but definitely a goodie.
I am soooo glad that Lissybee has brought little Em Jay back as a Digi.
She is just precious, isn't she?

She is so versatile.  I've decided I would use her for a card for my best friend who has just lost her Dad. (Who was also like a dad to me since I was a kid)
Not exactly the "fun" type of card we like to send.
But beautiful just the same.



I've used Copics for my coloring, and I've chosen the Red/Blue Combination of papers, because it represents my friends Dad's favorite holiday. (The 4th of July)
As a matter of fact, the very day that I made this card, would have been his birthday, and even though I couldn't be there when they celebrated his life on that day, (with his 4th of July theme) I was there in mind and spirit.

Sooo... Happy Birthday in Heaven Poppy...
You are loved, and greatly missed.

Well....that's all from me for today...
You have come to the end of the hop..
Make sure you leave a comment below, and thenhop back to The Digi Bells Blog and let us know what you thought. (Winners are chosen from those comments as well).
If you can't wait to see if you've won the darling "Em Jay", she is available for purchase right now in
Elisabeth Bell's Digital Collection.

Challenges I've Entered:



April 25, 2016

We're Making Our Own Flowers ... and I truly did!


Happy Monday!
I know, I know.... most people don't think Mondays are all that happy.  LOL
But I have to say it is, because I'm thrilled to be sharing this post today.
We have a brand new challenge over on the Elisabeth Bells World Challenge Blog.  Such a simple challenge, that I had to go to the extreme and take the theme very literal.  LOL

The challenge you ask?  Well, we are to make our own flowers.  Sooooo I did exactly that!!!  Not to mention, I put my crystal vase to good use.  At least these flowers won't die off anytime soon.


I've used the ever so pretty "Spring Leap" from Elisabeth Bell.  You may recall, she was a freebie in one of her recent Ebooks.  Don't you just love the surprise freebies??  This one is absolutely beautiful. Actually ALL of Lissybee's work is Absolutely Beautiful.  
Anyway... So this is what I came up with using the gorgeous "Spring Leap"




And a closer view!



I had a blast creating my "Paper Bouquet"
Yes, every single piece is made from paper.
I used a paper rose template that I found on DIY NETWORK BY Lia Griffith.
Printable templates, and full photo instructions for those of you who need those.

I rarely follow directions completely.  
I find that I always end up modifying things,
and this was no exception. haha
 
The greenery, (leaves, and ferns etc.) were cut on my Silhouette.
the little white flowers are just punched from a tiny flower paper punch, and then clued on a fern type of cut-out.

My darling image is colored with Copics.

My fingers are sore.  I think I've cracked or split my poor thumbs playing with all of that floral wire, hot glue, and floral tape.  I do hope my thumbs will forgive me, and decide to feel better.  BUT... It was worth it all.
This beautiful arrangement now sits in front of my window in my bedroom.
I have a permanent vase of roses now.

Challenges I am entering:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking a look. =)

April 22, 2016

Blog Hop Day is TODAY...RIGHT NOW... Featuring Elisabeth Bell's Birthday Muffin Angel




Happy Friday!!!
I'm so excited about the Digi Bell's Blog Hop today.
I absolutely LOVE BLOG HOP DAY!!!
If you are here for the Digi Bells blog hop, hopefully you've arrived from our Awesome Anet's Blog
If you haven't and you would like to join us on our quick little blog hop, then why not hop on over to The Digi Bells Blog and start the hop off from there?

We wouldn't want you to miss anything.
Today, we are featuring an oldie, but definitely a goodie.
I am soooo glad that Lissybee has brought this little Birthday Muffin Angel back as a Digi.
She is absolutely too cute for words.

What was a girl to do with such a cutie?
I just had to create a muffin or cupcake themed card.

Is it possible to say that was WAY too much fun? 
I've used Copics for my coloring (I can't live without them)
and have used my Silhouette to create the cupcake shaped card.
I truly love the papers I've chosen to use as well.
The floral paper is from The Paper Studio, called "Happy All Over - Floral", and the others were just your ordinary plain cardstock, one of which I colored and the other, a basic pink that I embossed a little bit.

Well....that's all from me for today...
Make sure you leave a comment below, before hopping on out of here and heading over to our Sensational Sebrina's Blog

Challenges I've Entered: