December 18, 2016

A Sweet Christmas Blog Hop, featuring Elisabeth Bell's "Home Baked Christmas" Digi

Hello and Happy Happy Holidays!!!
Guess what?  
It's Blog Hop Day Today.
Yes, we are really beginning a blog hop on a Sunday.
We thought we'd give everyone a little extra time to hop
since Christmas is only a week away.  
I have been so excited for this blog hop, simply because this sweet little doll is now a Digi, and I couldn't wait to share her cuteness.
Not only that, but as I'm sure you've seen by now, you are not only getting some fun inspiration, but a yummy recipe to try too.

Also....Have you been visiting the Digi Bells Blog each day during the month of December?
Talk about some inspiration.  You won't want to miss a day....
AND ESPECIALLY each day during the last week of December on the Digi Bells Blog.

Anyway.... Shall we get on with the blog hop?
Hopefully, you have arrived here from Our darling Anet's Blog.
What did you think... She made an adorable recipe card, didn't she?

Now it's time for me to share my creation.
I absolutely LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this little doll.
I've colored her in traditional Christmas colors, using none other than my favorite.

Of course you want to see the recipe, right?  

Ohhhhh Look.... Elisabeth Bell's Christmas Bell.
It was this past week's Friday Freebie.
Of course I needed to include that adorable bell...

And maybe you'd like the recipe instructions?  lol

Nothing fancy here really, just some things I found in my stash.
However, I absolutely LOVE this paper.  Don't quote me, but I think it might have been part of a Christmas paper stack from DCWV.

My Poinsettia flower was cut from my favorite Cheery Lynn die.  I can't tell you how much time I spent a couple of years ago, searching for the perfect Poinsettia die.  When I found it, I HAD TO HAVE IT.  It is STILL one of my all time favorites!

Your next stop is our super sweet and talented Teamie Jennifer's Blog.
But, don't forget to leave a comment here, before you go, in order to be in the drawing to win this adorable Christmas Cutie.

Challenges I thought I would Enter:

November 18, 2016

Sweet Country Christmas goes Digital.....

Hello and Happy Friday!  
Guess what?  
It's Blog Hop Day with The Digi Bells.  
I have been so excited for this blog hop, simply because this sweet little doll is now a Digi, and I couldn't wait to share her cuteness.

But before I get to that, I'd like to let you all know about The Digi Bell's GDT Call.
You can find all the Details HERE
Or I could just be nice, and summarize it for you right here. LOL

We are looking for GDT's for a 3 month Term for the months of Jan. Feb. and March.
Do you want to play, and get creative?
We'd love to see what you can do with the theme of "Christmas"
and all you need is any Elisabeth Bell Stamp or Digi to enter.
If you don't have any of Elisabeth Bell's designs,
you can always grab a freebie.
She is so nice that she gives away a freebie once a week.
Get your Freebie Here.
I really hope to see some entries, I'm beginning to think I smell.
I have showered... I Promise!!! lol 

Anyway.... Shall we get on with the blog hop?
Hopefully, you have arrived here from Our Sensational Sebrina's Blog.
What did you think... She did an awesome job showing off Sweet Country Christmas, didn't she?

Now it's time for me to share my creation.
I absolutely LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this little doll.

I wish I could tell you what die I used for the card shape.  But.... No, it wasn't a die.
I found this fabby shape online, and decided to trace it and cut it out.
I guess you could say I went "Old School" on this one...
A die like that would be nice though...
*Santa... Santa... Can you hear me?
oh darn....he probably doesn't have time to read my blog.

I've used Copics to color the darling little girl.
and her dress is topped with gold glitter on the polkadots.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to do that or not, but I'm glad that I did.  I think it was just what she needed.

The Copic Colors I used are:
E00, E50, E53, E55, YR23
R29, R35, R37, R39, R59
G0000, G07, W0, W1, W3, W5
BG96, YG67,YG17

Your next stop is our super sweet and talented Teamie Linda's Blog.
Be prepared, this girl will WOW you with her creativity and coloring.
Don't forget to leave a comment before you go, in order to be in the drawing to win this adorable Christmas Cutie.

Challenges I'd like to enter:
I won at 

This card won Top 3 in these challenges....  
Thank you so Much!!!

October 25, 2016

September Rose for a delightful Autumn Card

Greetings Everyone.....  
I'm going to try and keep my post short and sweet today... 
It's time for me to share my creation for this months EBWorld Challenge.  Our theme is "Halloween or Autumn"  I've used
"September Rose" from Whimsy Stamps for my card today.
She is absolutely gorgeous, isn't she?

I really had a lot of fun coloring her.  These are not colors that i would normally choose, so it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.
The Copic Colors I used along with just 2 Prisma Colored Pencils are 
E00, PC943, PC926
Y0000, Y21, Y26, Y28
E07, E08, E09, E11, R59
YG03, YG17, YG67, BG96

The flower is from a Magnolia Doohickey Die, and I've used Memory Box "Lavish Corner" along with some sprigs punched from a Martha Stewart punch.
Challenges I am entering are:

October 23, 2016

A Little Gingerbread Love

Good Afternoon, Just a quick little post from me today.
I thought I would share a set of adorable little Christmas cards that I made last week.
I made a set of 10, with 5 of each image.
I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Gingerbread men.
So of course I would Love these cards.

These delicious little Gingerbread boys (and girls) can be found in my Etsy shop.

What a fun and easy Christmas card project this turned out to be.
The picture does not do it justice.
This really is a nice rich Christmas Red/Green/Gold color combination.
I have no clue why I couldn't get a true color no matter what way I attempted to take a picture.

All of my coloring was done with Copics (of course)
the backing paper was just smudged with 2 shades of Green ink pads, and then topped with a Silhouette design that I made.  I then added one of my Sentiment Banners, and some "Paper Peppermints" and topped with "Christmas Red" Stickles.
I wish the picture turned out a little bit better, so you could see how yummy they really look.
I've used the Red Stickles on the little Christmas trees and some Gold on the Star, and the jingle bells.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking a peek. =)
I hope that you enjoyed these adorable little guys.

Challenges I've decided to enter:


Truly Honored to have been chosen as a DT Favorite over at Artisic Inspirations
Thank you so much!!!

October 21, 2016

Introducing Elisabeth Bells Newest Digi...."Fall Errands"

My oh my, It's that time again.....
Blog Hop Days just make me smile.
I don't know, but I look forward to them each month. =)

For this months Digi Bell's Blog Hop, I kept things a little more simple than I did last month...but anyway... on with the hop...shall we? 

Hopefully, you are joining the Digi Bells for this months Blog Hop, and should have arrived here from Jennifer's Blog.  If not, please go back to the Digi Bell's Blog, and hop along with us.

I am sure you have enjoyed the hop so far, and this is the last stop.
This months newest Digi, "Fall Errands", was SUCH FUN to color.

I will not even begin to tell you my struggle.  For the life of me, I could not get my mind around a layout. After I decided I wanted a smaller rectangular card.
This goes to show that I tend to be a creature of habit, change something up just a tiny bit and suddenly I have brain block...

Suddenly the idea came to me, I had just finished making the most adorable set of Christmas cards, using this cut file as a background.  Why not use it for this one...
So the very eloquent yet simple design was born.  BUT... Not without some major oopsies along the way.
That red stickles in the top corner... NOOOOO.... that wasn't supposed to be there, but I accidently had it on my hand and touched there. What was I going to do now?  Well... I fixed it the best way I could...
There was no way to get it off, I ended up filling in a couple more areas so it at least looked even.  
Not happy about it all, (actually I'm quite irritated with myself)
but... Time was running out.

I'm just going to try not to stress about it.  But the next big boo boo comes when I go to photograph the card.  I can't not even begin to tell you how many pictures I took.  If there was a fly on the wall, he would surly think I was crazy.
A photo shoot for just one card. lol
I don't know why, but I could not get proper lighting to save my life. Not to mention any Adobe Photoshop fixes that I could think of were NOT helping.
I finally said... It is what it is...
Obviously I need to relax a little, and accept that sometimes, things are what they are. (but I hate that)

Now it's time to head back to the Digi Bells Blog, make sure to leave a comment there as well, and let us know what you love about the fabulous "Fall Errands".

Thanks so much for joining us!

Challenges I've Decided to Enter:

October 17, 2016

This is where Paper Crafting Meets Wood..... *Wink*

I thought that I might post my latest "Project" here on my blog.  Although, I usually post my paper crafts. Cards, and other Papery projects, but this time.... We are working with Paper and Wood.

I'm talking about a

The Story goes like this....
My daughter absolutely LOVES her pile of stuffed animals.
So much so, that she was quickly losing her bed and every night it became a big job just to find a place for her to sleep.  She insisted on keeping them with her.
We tried shelves, they always ended up back in her bed.
So the brain storming began...

I went to Pinterest and started searching for ideas for keeping the fluffy little creatures near by
but still out of the way so that the poor girl could actually have room for herself in her bed.

I came across the cutest idea, the "Animal Zoo"
I found a few different versions, all of which were not really done the way that I would have done them.
So I decided to take the general idea, and make it the way that I thought it best.

This was my Pinterest Inspiration and my "Starting Out" point.

The idea of this was fabulous, but I knew when I read the "instructions" for that particular storage zoo, I would definitely need to do some modifications.

Anything that goes into my daughters room absolutely MUST BE "Isabella Proof"
She is a 3 year old little monster, Smarter than her own good. I knew that this would be something
that she would most likely climb into, or attempt to climb up.  I needed something that was sturdy and safe.

Before ever starting the project, I put hours of time into creating just the right "Zoo" theme for my project when it was finished.
I created the most adorable zoo animals to be applied to the wood.
They can now be used as coloring pages for my daughter, or digital stamps for making cards etc.

I printed and then colored my images using Copic Markers.  Then carefully cut them out.
I thought, since I had spent all that time creating these adorable images, then why not make them available for anyone else who may want to use them.

You can find them individually, or the full set in my Etsy Shop.
Cut-it-Out Paper Crafts

With that part complete, I couldn't wait to get started.

I started by measuring the space that I would be placing this zoo.
I wanted a perfect fit for her small room.

I opted for a 6 foot tall zoo.
So the plans began....

First the supplies to build the frame.

I used boards that were 1" x 4" x 6'
I bought 9 of them.
(I cut them down the middle, Giving me 1"x2"x6' boards)
Why didn't I just buy the right size to begin with?  Price... The price for the 1"x4" was cheaper.  I saved myself about $10.00 in wood costs by cutting them down the middle lengthwise.

So now, I have a bunch of 1"x2"x6' boards - Let the measuring and cutting begin.

4 - Boards left at 6 feet long 
6 - pieces cut at 24" long
6 - pieces cut at 36" long

Once all of the pieces were cut, I sanded the wood making it nice and smooth.
Assemble the 3 rectangles, 
Using a bit of Wood Glue, and Wood Screws,

After I had all 3 rectangles put together, it was time to add the sides.
(The 4 pieces that were left long.)

Now it was time to paint.
I decided NOT to add a backing on this Zoo, and the addition of molding is optional as well.
I didn't want that either, since I wanted to keep this as light weight as possible.
My little monkey already is showing the big interest of needing to climb in there.
My plan was to keep it as simple, light weight, and safe as possible.

I painted this frame using what I had on hand.  A flat white ceiling paint.
(It took a few coats, but it worked)
The ideal paint for coverage probably would have been spray paint.
But I wasn't going to go buy anything that I didn't really need to buy.

I wasn't concerned about the flat finish of ceiling paint, because I knew that I would be applying Glossy Mod Podge over the top anyway.  You'll see why in just a moment.

While I waited for my paint to dry, I got to work on the decorative plaque for the front of the Zoo.

I had stopped at Lowes, and picked up a thin board that was already cut to size.
1/2 inch thick and measuring 4 inches tall, and 3 feet long.
I added a quick coat of basic white acrylic craft paint, and allowed it to dry.
(It didn't take long)
I then began placing my colored pictures, and figuring out what I wanted to do.
I went with what I know best, and that was using my Copic Markers.
(Can't live without them)
I proceeded to draw my grass, trees, and flowering vines, using several different shades for contrast. This gave it such a realistic effect.
I definitely could never have done it with paint.  Not to mention having to buy several different shades in each color, and then having to wait for each shade to dry a bit before adding another shade.  No, that's not for me.  I will stick with my Copic Markers.

Once that was done, I used a small foam paint roller, and put 2 even coats of Glossy Mod Podge over it, (allowing the coats to dry a bit in between)

Once completely dry, it was time to place the plaque on the front of the "Zoo"
I did NOT want to put nails or screws through my board, or the scene that I had created.
My husband insisted that I couldn't just glue it on.  He said it will never hold.
Well... He was wrong.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue.  Put it along the bottom edge of my plaque, and then on the back where it would be touching the frame.  I then used 4 clamps, and left it for about an hour.
It was really solid.  Who says you can't use only glue?

Next it was time to string the "Bars"
This is where my ideas and the original plans are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

The original plan that I was sort of following, said to use screws and washers to install the bungee cord.  First of all, the bungee cord that I bought was 1/4 inch thick (about the size of your average clothes line rope)
There was NO WAY that would easily and smoothly tuck under a washer and be tight enough and smooth enough not to come loose.

My brainstorming is wonderful sometimes.

I thought that using eye screws would be a better solution.

So this is what I used.

I had purchased a 100 foot roll of 1/4 inch shock cord (also called bungee cord)
and then went to Walmart and bought a couple of packages of the 1/4 inch eye screws that look like this.

I calculated that I would need 6 cords on each side, and 7 cords across the front.
Meaning I would then need a total of 57 of these eye screws.

Installing these was the most tedious part of the whole job.
Once I did that, my hands were tired, my knees were tired of being on the floor, and I called for back up.  LOL

I got my husband to install the cording.
Each piece of bungee was cut to 53.5 inches.

This size seemed short, was stretched to fit, still leaving some stretching room for taking stuffed animals in and out of the zoo.
(I did NOT need the full 100 feet of cord, I still have about 20 feet left over)

The reason for stretching to this size is because I wanted safety without losing the effect of the bungee stretch.  Knowing how my daughter is 
(yes, she uses Murphy's law to the maximum every day)
"If it will...It Will"
If there is a way to get hurt, she will find it for sure.  I didn't want any slack in the bungee cord that she could possibly get wrapped in, but still wanted enough to be able to stretch to pull toys out of.
This is actually just tight enough that you could play it like a guitar and hear sound. lol
bug there is no way you could possibly wrap it around anything, no matter how hard you try to stretch it.

Anyway.... so, a knot was tied at the top of each piece, and then threaded down through the eye screws.  Each piece going continuously from top to bottom, and then neatly tied off with another knot.

If you look closely, you can see on the middle frame, where the cording goes perfectly through the eye screws.  Yes, this was a much MUCH better idea than using screws and washers, and just tucking cording behind it.  All I could picture then is having to constantly fix the cord if it accidentally got pulled out. 

Doesn't this look nice and neat?
And definitely will withstand anything that my daughter could do to it. LOL

These cords were put on both sides, and the front.  It was time to stand it up, and take a look.
Ahhhhh, I LOVE how it turned out....

Now it was time to bring it into my daughters room, and see how we did.
I am so THANKFUL that this is such a light weight item.
and look at that. It Looks GREAT, and it is the absolute perfect fit for where I needed to place it in her room.

To think, that I thought she had SOOO many stuffed animals, that she would have it half full by now.
There is a ton of room in there.  It's a good thing too, especially since I know that Santa Clause is bringing some of Disneys Dory animals. haha....

My mother-in-law and I began placing bets on how long it would take my daughter to climb inside.
I said, "She will be in there before the day is over, I'm sure"
Yep....3 hours... that's all it took....

Caught you!!!
She seems to like it in there, although... I told her unless she is a stuffed animal, she is NOT to be inside the Zoo. So far she has listened.

Anyway.... this is one of those Pinterest projects that I made my own modifications to, and thought I would share.
And at last... One for the books, It won't get posted as a "Pinterest Fail"
Seriously, have you ever looked up Pinterest Fails?  LOL
I get a kick out of those photos.

Thanks for taking the time to read through all of my jibber jabber.


September 25, 2016

Elisabeth Bells World "Buttons and Bows"

Greetings Everyone.....  
I'm going to try and keep my post short and sweet today... 
It's time for me to share my creation for this months EBWorld Challenge.  Our theme is "Buttons and Bows"  Of course my mind has to always overthink things.  I really wanted Buttons... and LOTS of them.... So what better way, than to create my own paper, and then color each button.  With the help of my 3 year old telling me what colors I should color them. I REALLY did let her pick the colors.  Of course she watched intently as I colored each one.

I've used
"Sophie Sitting on a Timber Throne" from Elphine House Australia for my card today.

I obviously didn't use any DP's, just the buttons paper that I made, and decided that any accent paper (my blue border frame) had to be colored by me as well.
Copics Copics and more Copics are what I used for all of my coloring here. With the addition of just 3 Prisma Colored Pencils here and there.
The colors used are as follows.
{Skin} E00, PC943, PC926
{Hair} E50, Y0000, Y21, YR23, Y26
{Clothing} B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, C00, PC949
{Grass etc.} YG03, YG17, YG67, E25, E29, E33, YR04, Y02

My Buttons paper includes These Copic Colors:
B04, B000, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, RV19, RV04,
C05, C01, E25, E33, R05, YR02,  YG03, YG17, Y02, Y19.

I've decided to enter these challenges: