Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A gaggle of turkeys

I'm making little turkeys to put at the place setting of each of my family members, at Thanksgiving dinner. I was inspired by this adorable pin on Pinterest. I absolutely love this SU! Day of Gratitude stamp set, and this is such a clever way to use it. 

Here's a close up of my very first one, in all his glory. I used SU! inks as you can see, and the third pad is Cajun Craze.

I created a Pazzles cut file so I wouldn't have to fussy cut all those turkeys tails by hand. I cut and then stamp while the paper is still on the mat. I feel like it helps me to line them up a bit better. I didn't want to put a York peppermint patty between the body and the tail as the original creator did. I'm hoping these turkeys hang around for a lil while, not just ripped open for their candy and discarded. *gasp* So I repurposed the centers of my used ATG tape refills. I covered them with a strip of coordinating card stock and put some SU! dimensionals on both sides, strategically placed over the spokes in the plastic tape refill piece, to give the dimensionals added support. Then I sandwiched them between body and tail.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of love and happiness.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

It's all about the wrap, gift exchange

This is quick and easy gift exchange present. A recycled jar covered in SU! Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper that I fussy cut around the roof lines before adhering it to the jar with scor-tape. I also wrapped some coordinating bakers twine around the top of the jar. I covered the IKEA tea lights with All Is Calm and Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape. And lastly I used a brown paper bag, trimmed down and embossed with Filigree Frame Textured Embossing Folder, as the wrapping. I stamped the Olive Green dots using the Wondrous Wreath on the bag and then stamped and die cut the wreath and adhered it over a banner or Real Red cardstock. Tie the package closed with Real Red ribbon and it is ready for the exchange party. 

Here is another close up photo of the gift set. I am excited to see what all of the other participants created. 

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Half granny square shawl

I made this. I am so excited. This is my first big crochet project completed. And I am thrilled with the finished shawl. Originally, this was my Pinspiration, I fell in love with the fall colors and soft lacy look of it. 

Sorry this is a terrible picture, but this is how I like to wear it. Draped around my neck and spilling down the front of me. I'm a show off like that. I can't help it, I am still so happy with every single thing about this shawl.

The pattern was very easy to follow and surprisingly quick and fun to work up. I used 2.5 skeins of Red Heart Super Saver yarn. Yes, I said Super Saver. When I finished I followed this tutorial for softening and blocking this shawl and it worked wonders. Washing and blocking improved the drape and softness immensely. I absolutely love wearing this, its so soft and comfortable.

Even though its huge, it's a very open stitch and so it wears very light and easy. Its not heavy and it just melts around my neck.

In homage to fall I made little clover shapes all along the outer edge. In homage to my recent Ireland trip I added one 4 leaf clover (see it there in the middle of the photo). I love this little hidden treat.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween cards

This is one of my new Scrapbook Expo finds. The Stamps of Life thanks2fall stamp set and coordinating dies. Super dee duper cute. I came home from my local expo and played with them all that weekend. 

The Halloween patterned paper is from Basic Grey Eerie paper pad.

Add some card stock layers, pop up the pumpkins and add a little Queen & Co. bling and I'd say these are too cute to spook!

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My first SU! Upline meeting.

I had a great evening meeting some of my SU! upline and peers. We created some very beautiful crafts also. 

First we created this card using the new Wonderous Wreath stamps and Framelits set. Also we used the amazing gold and silver foil papers. Really gorgeous stuff.

Here we have an adorable fall vignette using Holiday Home stamps and Framelits set. 

This sweet luminary was made using vellum paper and the Curvy Keepsakes Box Thinlits. We stamped and embossed with silver ink and powder. It turned out very elegant.

This was the final project of a very fun technique class. Bubble wrap stamping, and in this case we stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. Then we sponged over the embossing with 3 different inks. Super unique finished project. Loved it!

I learned so much in one evening, and I have been stamping and paper crafting for 20+ years. I am so excited for this fun new endeavor.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

My first card buffet class

My long time friend and instigator of my love of paper crafting, Tina and I cohosted our first SU! Card Buffet. Well, it was my first, she has done many. It was great fun.

The two cards above were inspired by this and this pins on Pinterest. 

These are also inspired by this and this wonderful cards found on Pinterest.

And my final creation also a Pinterest find, here. I am so thankful for Pinterest. I see so many beautiful projects that I might never have found on my own.

These beauties are Tina's designs.

Sweet Halloween cards, so cute.

And a beautiful Thanksgiving card too.

These little gifts for our attendees were inspired by this awesome Youtube video that I saved to Pinterest. So easy to save and categorize wonderful projects for future reference.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy birthday card

Oh my, I have fallen off the blog wagon. I am so distracted lately with crafting and traveling and family and fun, that blogging has been forgotten.

The above card was created as a project to share with friends. We got together for a day of crafting and fun, and each created at least one card to share. We brought all the supplies so everyone could make and take one. It was a fun day.

My card was inspired by this card I found on Pinterest. As you can see I didn't change much. I didn't have the shwoopy branch stamp that the original creator did, so I improvised. I like all the layers and textures going on.

Here are the rest of the creations from that fun day.

Some Kraft beauties.

A great hexagon birthday card.

And some adorable Halloween cards.

Find inspiration everywhere! Go... Create something fun & fabulous. Enjoy!
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