Sunday, October 22, 2017

Destination Inspiration @ A Vintage Journey

Hi vintage travelers - today I have a complete tutorial on how I made this mixed media canvas at A Vintage Journey for our Destination Inspiration series.  I hope you will be inspired to stop over for a look.

See you there,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Designer Challenge - Christmas

Hi Friends,

Today is the Designers Challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) and all the team members have made something fun to share with you.  Our theme this time is Christmas.   For my card, I used the Snowglobe Scene die set with some of the  Dotted Scallop Squares.

I found the perfect size circles to cut the backing and holes using the Fitted Circles die from ECD.  Along with the dies I used the plastic snowglobe cup from jellibean soup to make the scene go together fast and easily.

ECD is giving away three $20.00 gift cards and all you have to do is go on over to their blog HERE and comment on the question provided.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday School week 17

Hi Students,

Don't you love it when you get to use something from your stash that hasn't seen the light of day for awhile?  I always loved the Karen Burniston Characters and this week I got to use Hoppy the Frog for todays lesson.  F, or in this case fr, is for Frog.

Enjoy your weekend,

Monday, October 9, 2017

Haunted Witch's Hat

Who loves Halloween?  ME!!  I hope you will come on over the
Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog by clicking here
 to find out how I made this Haunted Witch's Hat.  You will find all the details along with step by step photos and a list of supplies.

See you there,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

EYE "heart" YOU for Dies R Us

Welcome back friends,  I have a tutorial on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today with this fun Halloween Card, to see it simply click here.

Hope to see you there,

Saturday, October 7, 2017

It's World Cardmaking Day - So Let's Make A Card

Saturday School is on "Fall Break" but we'll be back next week.

OK - it's not like we need an excuse to make a card but it's nice to have a reason.

I'm not done with Halloween yet although the crafting world is moving toward Christmas.  I'm still holding out.

For the background on this card I was inspired by Vicky Papaioannou on her YouTube channel where she shared her Glowing Moon technique.  I used the same technique using Distress Oxide Inks that are blended together to make a night sky with a glowing moon.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs White Soft Finish Cardstock for my base.  The finished size of this card is 4.25" X  5.5".  Cut cardstock 4.25 X 11" then crease in the center.  Make a mask for the moon using some low tack tape or paper then blend inks over it.  When sky is done, remove mask and add just a little yellow for that spooky effect.

Cut treat bag and stamp with sentiment.  All dies and stamps on this card are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  To see all the products I used check out the links at the end.  Simply click on the link to shop.

Color the bag - I used Copic Markers but any markers will work. There are two crease lines on the bag die, fold on lines and edge bag with ink, Vintage Photo was used here.

Cover the back side of some black cardstock (about a half sheet of 8.5" X 11") with Clear Double Sided Adhesive, ECD was used here.  Die cut the fence, ground and witch from front side of cardstock, you will now have stickers that will be easy to add to the card.

Cut candy corn from white Soft Finish Cardstock and then color.

Add all elements to card.

Happy Haunting,

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Crazy for Autumn @ A Vintage Journey

Hi Friends,  it's one of my favorite times at A Vintage Journey, the start of a new challenge  We are celebrating Autumn with it's wonderful color pallet and thoughts of cool fall days.  The theme this month is "Crazy for Autumn Color" and the creative guides have a wonderful array of creative designs to share with you.  Come on by - simply click here.

I made this piece of home d├ęcor to celebrate the season.

I began with an ordinary embroidery hoop that was purchase at my local craft store.
Next I cut a piece of burlap that is a little bit larger than the hoop.

The burlap was sprayed with some Nemories Mist sprays.  I used orange, of course, and some dark brown.  Next the burlap was placed on the hoop and the edges were trimmed off in the back and glued down.

Using some semi opaque vellum, I cut several leaves and then colored them with alcohol inks.  When the ink was dry, which doesn't take long, I embossed some of the larger leave and then folded the others in half to give some dimension. 

I placed the leaves as desired on the hoop and held them in place with glue dots.  When all leaves were arranged as desired I added some acorns and some ribbon on the top.

I used chipboard that was covered with paper to cut my letters for the word "FALL".

Hope you have enjoyed my project and that you will stop by over at A Vintage Journey to see the wonderful creations.

See you there,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Haunting

Hi friends, today I thought I would share another Halloween tag with you since the crafting movement is heading toward Christmas and I'm not ready to go yet.  I love Halloween and the images and colors that are associated with it.  

I made the background with Oxide Inks and then added some fabulous die cuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The Halloween images are from Joset Designs and they are so fun to use.  You can click on the links below to shop.

Happy Haunting,

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Spooky Halloween Luminary for Dies R Us

Hi friends, if you would like to know how I made this Spooky Halloween Luminary just click on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.   It's my first project for them and I have all the directions along with photos and a list of dies I used.  Here is a little sneak peek but that's all you get for now.

See you there,

Saturday, September 30, 2017

It's Official Today --

Hi my friends, today I have an exciting announcement to make.  Beginning today (right this minute) I am officially a member of the Dies R Us Design Team.  If you are not familiar with this name, you are in for a treat.  Dies R Us carries all the major brand name dies at great prices.  I hope you will stop in at the Dies R Us Store by clicking here.  

 October 2, 2017 is my first post on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog where there is a new tutorial everyday. I'm looking forward to seeing you there where I will be sharing a fun project including photos and instructions.

It's a "Spooky Halloween Luminary". 
You won't want to miss it!!

If you like a challenge, and who doesn't?,  we have that too on our Challenge Blog. Simply click here.

Enjoy your day,

Saturday School Week 16

Hi students - todays lesson is the letter "W" which is for Web.

Halloween is such a fun time of year so I wanted to take another chance to create with some great colors and dies from Karen Burniston's new line.  They are linked below.

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tag Friday @ A Vintage Journey

Today is Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey, it is Friday already across the pond.  The Creative Guides get to make a tag using any theme and colors they want to for our Tag Fridays so I, of course, got a chance to use orange.  I love the colors of Fall and wanted to use these great pumpkins from Elizabeth Craft Designs. 

Hope you will stop by the Vintage Journey by clicking here to see all the tags, you are in for a treat!

Do something crafty this weekend,

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Winter Sweater Blog Hop

Hi friends,  the design team at Elizabeth Craft Designs has decided we want to do a Blog Hop and the theme is "Winter Sweater" or it could be an "Ugly Sweater".  In addition to the hop, ECD is offering customers 15% off the Winter Sweater die using the code  “BRRR” at checkout.  This offer will last until Sunday, October 1

The hop started on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blogso if you just happened to hop onto my blog you may want to head over there now so you can start at the beginning of the hop. You don't want to miss anything and there is lots to see!
Simply click on the links below to visit the blogs and don't forget to leave a comment as we all love to hear from you.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog
Karen Nofziger
Frances Byrne

My card -

This is a 5" X 7" finished card.  Cut card base 7" X 10" and score in the center. 
Cut a rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock that is 6.75" X 4.75" and add clouds.

 I used the Adventure edges to create the clouds in the background.  In the photo I used white cardstock so it is easier to see but I actually used acetate to create my mask.  I simply used some light blue ink and moved the mask around until I had the white background covered with clouds.

Next I created my sweaters, that was fun!  Everything you see here is in the Winter Sweater Die Set with the exception of the trees, for that I used the Snowglobe Scene Die Set.
Before adding the cloud panel to the card, add the clothesline using twine.

Click on the links below to shop for the items used here.

Be Merry,

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday School week 15

Hi friends,

Today our lesson is "SW" which stands for sweater.  It is still too warm here in Arizona for a sweater but the Sweater Season will be here before we know it and what could be more fun that an
Ugly Sweater Contest? 
My sweater for today is not too ugly so I invite you to come back on Tuesday September 26th when the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team is having an Ugly Sweater Contest Bog Hop.  I will have links to all the designers blogs so you can just click to see what we all made.

Hope to see you on Tuesday,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spooktacular Challenge @ Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi my friends,

I always look forward to the third Tuesday of the month because it means it's time for another challenge for the design teams at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This month is especially fun because the challenge is one I love, Spooktacular!!


For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us

"What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?"

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the
 Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


I made this 6" X 6" card that needs no greeting on the front because there could be no mistake that it is Halloween.  Spooky tree, a graveyard & bats - nothing is creepier that that.

I made my background panel using Soft Finish Cardstock with blended Distress Oxide Inks for the color.  Part of the most recent release from Elizabeth Craft Designs are these fun Halloween dies from Joset Designs.  I cut the graveyard from gray paper and colored the grass with Copic Markers then edged the tops of the stones with a darker gray.  The rest were all cut from black paper.

Happy Haunting,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday School week 14

The lesson for today is S is for Sun, something we have lots of here in Arizona.

See you next week,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BOO to you -

Hi my paper crafty friends -

I just finished this fun tag using some of the fun dies from Joset Designs @ Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Even though it is still hot here in Arizona, I'm in the Halloween mode with my cards and tags.
Enjoy and you can click the links at the end to shop for all these great products.

Do something crafty today,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paper Pros Challenge - Halloween

Today I'm participating in the Paper Pros Halloween Challenge.  Our group is a no pressure kind of thing so it is always fun to make any card you like.

This month I combined several of the new dies just released by Karen Burniston.  The two dies that make this card work are the Katherine Label Pop-up and the House and Fence Pop-up Die Set even though I didn't use the house, just the floating floor from the set.

 The finished size of my card is 5" X 5".  I did start out with a larger card base and then cut it down once I had the pop-up and floating floor installed.

Cut 2 Trees from the Halloween Scene
Cut 3 graveyards from the Halloween Scene
Cut 1 bat from the Halloween Scene
Cut 2 ghosts from the Halloween Elements
Cut the BOO! from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut creepy hands from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut 1 crow from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut 2 fences from the House and Fence die set
Cut floating floor and 4 tabs fro the House and Fence die set
Cut the Pop-up portion from the Katherine Label set
The moon was cut with a circle die using some Graphic 45 paper.

I have cut a floating floor from a light color cardstock so you can see the modification that is needed to accommodate the pop-up.   The dotted line is the original score line - I added a line that is 1/4" beyond the score line and then cut it all away.

Add the pop-up from the Katherine Label set to the fold of the card as close to the center as possible.  For instructions on how to cut, fold and add this pop-up simply click here.

Before adding the floating floor to the card, make two additional slots, I cut them by  hand.  Place floating floor in card, click here to see instructions.  Add the tabs to the slots.

You can now begin adding the rest of the embellishments.  I added two trees, I also added one complete graveyard and then cut another one apart to add to the extra tabs.  The two fence sections were glued together and added to the front of the floating floor.

For card front:

Since all the fun of this card is on the inside I kept the front very simple with a little lead in using some Graphic 45 paper.

See you soon and stay crafty,

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday School Week 13

Hello Students,  "Can You Hear Me Now?"

Today's lesson is Combination Sounds like PH.  Today the PH sound is found in Telephone. This week I went way back to some old Movers and Shapers from Tim Holtz.  Reminds me of time spent at my Grandma's house.

See you next week,