Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve.....

As this year is winding down, I want to take a moment and tell you how very much you mean to me!  This has been a very hard year for me in a lot of ways, with lots of changes in my life.  But it has also been a good year too.  I have learned some good lessons along the way and feel that I have grown as a person.  We just never know what curve balls life is going to throw our way but I guess the key is to just keep moving.  I've always felt lthat a moving target is harder to hit!  My goal for the new year is to try and be more creative and to practice what I preach.  I'm always telling you to "Breathe" and this year I want to give that a try .

I appreciate each and every one of my followers and your faithful visits mean so much.  Your comments are so dear to me.  Thank you again for being there. 

Now I want to share a box I altered for a Christmas gift to my daughter.

 
I found this jewelry box on clearance with a big scratch along the back.  I loved the shape of the box and the fact there was a window top to it.  Other than the scratch, the box was perfect; so I just had to have it.  So I made flowers to cover the scratch and it made a wonderful gift for my daughter for Christmas. 
 
That's it for me this morning.  I'm still trying to get my house back in shape after the holiday rush. 
I hope you have wonderful New Year's Eve plans and that your holiday is a safe one.  Be sure and come back to visit on Wednesday as it will be Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Magnificent Spruce


Good morning everyone!  I'm here to share with you this morning another card I made for Heartfelt Creations .  I have always loved this stamp and use it quite a lot.  I hope you enjoy my card.  For all the products used and the instructions for my card, just hop over to the HC blog and have a look.  Everything is listed there.

I know this is short and sweet this morning, but I have lots to do today.  Enjoy the upcoming weekend and be safe.  And remember to take a moment just for you and "Breathe"!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!

It is the day after Christmas and we are all winding down trying to get back on track.  The packages are gone from under the tree and the house is quiet once again.  I woke to wind and rain as a cold front is moving through.  So many people all around us are having severe weather, and I feel very lucky to live where I do and to just have the rain....people to the South of me are experiencing severe storms and to the North of me, there is snow. 

So I'm here to share with you a card I have made for Heartfelt Creations

 
 

 
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3497 Script Aster Background PreCut Set
HCPC 3494 Delicate Asters PreCut Set
HCD 726 Delicate Asters Die
Other Supplies: Spellbinders dies (Floral Ovals, Romantic Rectangles, Fancy Lattice, Venetian Motifs), glue, glitter, clear acrylic spray, Paper Blossoms tool kit, Canson watercolor paper, Memento Ink, Paper Studios  Sticky Doos
Instructions:  Card Size 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
Make card base and then cut out the rectangle die and glue to the card base.  Next I stamped and cut out the leaves and swirls and also cut out the lattice; I applied glue to these items and then sprinkled glitter over them and allowed to dry.  When dry, I sprayed with the acrylic to keep the glitter from coming off my project.  Next I stamped and cut out the flower petals and shaped them the way I wanted them to look and glued them together.  Now I glue the lattice piece to my card base.  I stamped the sentiment and cut out using the ovals die and attached it with sticky doos over the lattice. Now comes the fun part; decide where you want the flowers and leaves and swirls to go and glue them down.  Your card is now finished.
Today there are some beautiful creations featured over on the Heartfelt Creations blog.  You should go have a little visit and look around.  And as always, you can visit each of the designer's blogs by clicking on their names on the right hand side of my blog.  We all love hearing from you so if you visit, leave us a comment!
Well that's it for me today; I hope your day is a good one and that you find a little joy in it!

 

WOYWW #186

Suddenly it is the day after Christmas and time once again for WOYWW!  If you don't know what I'm talking about just head over to Julia's blog and have a look around.  Those of us who participate take a picture of our work desk and post it to our blog then we link it over on Julia's blog so that we can visit each other and see what is going on all over the world.  So here is my desk....


I've been working on some cards and this is the left over mess.  My lighter seems to be always in the foreground as I use it to light candles and to burn off ends of edgings.  My glitter glue, a spray bottle with shimmer spray inside, some ink a glass of water I use to clean my brushes with when I color with distress inks.  Just the usual mix match of products lying about waiting to be put away so I can start my next session.  So there you have it.  Hope your day is a good one.  Now I'm off to visit the rest of the WOYWW group!

Monday, December 24, 2012

From My House to Yours.....Merry Christmas!

 
 
This is Abby one of my fur babies...Maggie was asleep in her brand new bed!
 

 
 
I have been missing in action a lot lately.  I've been nursing a smashed thumb and it has been so hard to create.  It is slowly beginning to come round but I'm slow in all I do.  This is a picture of one end of my living room with my tree. 
 
So from my house to yours, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas!  I hope you all have a joyous holiday and get to spend good times with family and friends!
 

 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Birthday Card.....

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new week.  We are getting very close to the Christmas Holiday and everyone is getting a little frantic.  I'm trying to finish everything as I have been out of commission for about a week.  I slammed my right thumb in the car door one day last week and I've been nursing it trying to get it back to some sort of normal motion and it is finally beginning to come around.  It is still very swollen and I can't do delicate work on my cards yet and I really needed to be able to finish my tags and things before the holiday.  Everything looks a little plain because I just can't shape flowers or tie bows.  I'm hoping that will come back soon.  So, that being said, here is a birthday card I needed for an upcoming birthday and to me it is just lacking a bow or some festive flowers, but it is what it is.

 
I  used some pretty Heartfelt Creations papers from the Delicate Asters Collection, some Spellbinders dies and a sentiment from Heartfelt Creations as well. 
 
Well that is it for me...I'm off to put my thumb on ice and try and get some swelling down.  Hope your day is good one and that you take a moment and "Breathe".
 


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday....

Good morning everyone and welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  I'm here to share another card I have made and hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed creating it. 

 



This is Your Day
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3505 Timeless Rosette PreCut Set
HCPC 3500 Open Vintage PreCut Set
HCPC 3502 Mini Vintage PreCut Set
HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die
HCDP1 728 Timeless Amour Paper Collection
HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut  Set
Other Supplies:  Spellbinders Labels Sixteen and Foliage dies, coordinating card stock, Krylon gold leafing pen, Ranger Distress Inks, glue, Scor-Tape, Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, Canson watercolor paper, Memento Ink,Studio G adhesive gens

Instructions:  Card Size 6” X 6”
Cut a piece of watercolor paper 6” X 12” and score at 6” and fold to make the card base.  Cut a piece of design paper 5 7/8” X 5 7/8” and glue to card base.  Stamp image and cut out using the labels die and then cut a piece of coordinating card stock to make a base for the image.  Color the image with distress inks and glue gems onto the image.  Next I adhered the image piece to the coordinating card stock piece and attached to the card base.  I stamped the flowers and leaves and used the coordinating dies to cut out the pieces.  I added color where I wanted it and then added some gold to the edges of the leaves and the flowers.  Shape and glue the petals for the flower and set them aside to dry.  Once dry place the flowers and leaves where you like and glue down onto the card base.
So there you have it!  Now go on over to the HC blog and be inspired!  There is a lot of creativity displayed there today!  As always you can visit the designer's individual blogs by clicking on the names in the right hand side bar.  Go visit them and leave a comment.  We love hearing from you!

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Everlasting Light

 
 
Good Morning fellow bloggers!  I hope you have had a good weekend and are ready to face the coming week!  As we continue the mad dash to Christmas, I'm here to share another tag I have made for the season.  I am actually sending some tags in the mail instead of Christmas cards.  This one is for a special friend just to let them know I'm thinking of them.  I love tags and they can be used in so many ways and this one will actually become a Christmas card. 
 
There is some bling on all the embossing and around the sentiment, but my photo just didn't pick up that.  Sometimes shine can be quite difficult to capture.  I added some glitter to clear embossing powder and then embossed the raised edges of the embossing and the edges of the sentiment.   My poinsettia and the sentiment are from Heartfelt Creations.  I used HCPC 3431 Nativity Scene PreCut Set for the sentiment and HCPC 3415 Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set for the flower. 
 
Well that does it for me this morning.  I hope you have a wonderful day and that you take a moment just for you and "Breathe"! 
 


Friday, December 7, 2012

The Wonder of the Season

Good Friday morning to everyone!  We have almost made it through another week.  It seems time is just flying by and before you know it, we will be heading into a new year.  We have been blessed with wonderful weather here in East Tennessee but a little snow would be welcomed by this old lady.  There is nothing like a White Christams.

This morning I'm here to share a tag I made for Heartfelt Creations. 




Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3415 Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set
HCPC 3421 Dove of Peace PreCut Set

HCDP1 225 Frosty Blanket Paper Collection
Other Supplies: tag, Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents, glue, lace, Memento Ink, seam binding, Scor-Tape, Canson watercolor paper, Gala Glitz

Instructions: Cut a piece of designer paper to fit the tag and glue it to the face of the tag.  Next I adhered a piece of lace to the bottom of the tag.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper and cut out using the die.  Next I glued this to the top of my tag.  Then I stamped and embossed the flower onto a piece of the designer paper.  I used gold embossing powder.  I glued  the petals together and then glued to the bottom of the tag, positioning it where I wanted it over the lace.    Next I added the Gala Glitz to the center of the flower.  Cut a piece of seam binding and thread it through the hole in the top of the tag and the tag is ready to be tucked down into a gift bag.
Well this does it for me this morning.  Have a wonderful day and try and take a moment just for you and "Breathe"!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday....

Good morning everyone and welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!  I hope you are having a wonderful week and everything is falling into place for you with your Christmas shopping and decorating.  I'm here this morning to share another card I made for the Heartfelt Creations design team.

 
I used lots of color, texture, layers and dies to make this card.  I hope you love it.  To see all the products used and to get the instructions for the card just visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.  While you are visiting the HC blog, take a moment and have a look around.  There is lots of beauty posted there this morning, and you are sure to be inspired!  Of course you can also visit each design team member's blog by clicking on their name on the right hand side bar of my blog.  Go visit and be sure to leave a comment.  We all love hearing from you!
 
Well That's it for me this morning.  I'm off to visit the design team members and have a look around.  And remember when you get caught up in all the Christmas flurry, to take a moment and "Breathe".
 


Friday, November 30, 2012

Good morning everyone!  I hope you have a good week.  I've been very busy here trying to get my Christmas decorating finished.  Our weather has been gorgeous so I finished the outside decorations.  So now my shopping begins.  Usually I'm finished by this time of the year...must be slowing down in my old age!
 
              
 
I just love the Timeless Amour collection; there are so many ways you can use all the products to make beautiful creations.  For the products used and the instructions for my card stop over at the Heartfelt Creations blog and have a look around.  You will not be disappointed; there is so much talent on the design team and I just know you will be inspired!
 
Well that is it for me this morning.  I hope you have a good day and a wonderful weekend!
 


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...

Good morning everyone and welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!

 
I have really enjoyed working with the Timeless Amour collection of stamps and dies and gorgeous papers.  The heart die is going to be one of my favorites and I can envision using it over and over again.  I love girly cards and this collection leans in that direction. 
 
If you would like to know more about my card, just go visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.  My creations are shown there, along with all the other beautiful creations from the rest of the design team.  All supplies and instructions are listed with the photos.  You can also visit each design team member's blog by clicking on their names in the right hand side bar of this blog.  Leave us a comment, we love hearing from you. 
 
I hope each and every one of you has a great day and no matter where you wind up or what you are doing, take a moment for yourself and "Breathe"!

WOYWW #182

Where in the world have you guys been?  I've missed you so much.....Just kidding.  I have been missing in action these last several weeks, but I have been productive.  Getting started with a new design team does take me some time.  I'm a slow creator and don't do a card in an hour....sometimes it takes me 3 or 4 hours and I will lay it aside and come back to it later and that 3 or 4 hours can span a couple of days.  Anyway I'm back and I have missed you guys so very much!  I'm hoping to be around more in the coming weeks as I still find I'm totally addicted to WOYWW!  Now if you are new to my blog and don't know what I'm talking about, each week those of us who participate, take a picture of our work desk and post it to our blog as I'm doing now and then link the post to Julia Dunnit's blog.  That way we can visit each other and see what is going on with us.  So go on over to Julia's blog and have a look around.  We might just get you addicted too!

 
Not too messy...right?  Well I have been working on a couple of projects for the design team that I couldn't show.  Sorry!  But, as you can see, I really don't have a large space, so I have to try and keep it tidy or I can't find anything.  And isn't this a big advertisement for Coke?  I just needed a shot of caffeine an grabbed the first thing I saw. 
 
Well that's it for me this morning.   Come back a little later and I will have a post for Heartfelt Creations to show you!  Now I'm off to visit as many people as I can and play catch up!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Timeless........

 
 
Good morning everyone!  I know it's Monday and many have to go back to work after a long holiday weekend, but chin up and an extra cup of coffee and let's face the world!  This morning I want to share another creation I made using the Heartfelt Creations stamps.  If you would like to find more information on this card you can visit the Heartfelt Creations blog.  This card and the instructions to make it are listed there, along with all the creations from the other HC designers.  Go take a look; there is so much talent on this team and I just know you will be inspired! 
My card is done on parchment paper and I stamped and embossed the image with embossing powder, and then embossed it with an embossing tool.
 
OK that's it for me this morning.  I have a lot going on today.  I'm mid-way putting up my tree and need to get moving or it will still be naked come tomorrow!  Have a wonderful day and no matter where you wind up or what you are doing, take a moment just for you and Breathe!
 
Let the Christmas season begin! 


Friday, November 23, 2012

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Black Friday Release of the Timeless Amour Collection


Good Morning everyone!  We are pleased to introduce the Timeless Amour Collection. Grab your cup of cocoa and snuggle up. This set is as warm and romantic as the days when the snow flies and the fireplaces pops. Typography of love, roses of delight, and patterns of mesmerizing drama are all included in the Timeless Amour Collection. There are 5 new PreCut Stamp Sets, one 12x12 Paper Collection, and one beautiful new exclusive Spellbinders die designed for Heartfelt Creations. Leave a comment on the HC blog by November 27th and you will be eligible to win the entire release valued at $134.93 .

 
I have been having so much fun working with these stamps and dies.  As always everything coordinates beautifully and the ideas are just racing through my head!  For all the Heartfelt Creations products used and the instructions for my card, hop over to the HC blog and have a look around.  All the designers creations are showcased there and you will be so inspired.  You can also visit each designers blog by clicking on their name on the right side bar of my blog.  If you visit, please leave us a comment; we love hearing from you.  And don't forget to go to the HC blog and leave a comment there to be entered in the give away! 
 
Now if you just feel that you really need to be out shopping in all this madness, get to it!  As for me, I will be staying home playing!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I just want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We all have so very much to be thankful for!  I will be spending the day with my daughter and her family.  It is the first time I have not had to cook in over 40 years.  It's a good thing!

I have been running around, checking my list over and over and I think I'm finally ready...but I didn't have time to create anything.  But I thought I would share one of the first cards I made using Heartfelt Creations stamps. 


Be sure and check back in tomorrow when Heartfelt Creations has their Black Friday Release...You are gonna love it!  Now go eat your Turkey!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Welcome Home.....


Good morning everyone!  Are you getting into the Holiday mode?  Most of us are frantically checking our list to make sure we have everything we need for our Thanksgiving dinner and running here and there trying to get ready for the big day.  Some of us have family that will be traveling to be with us for the holiday and this card this morning is with that in mind.    Did you notice my flowers?  They are made using HCPC 3500 Open Vintage Floret Precut Set from Heartfelt Creations.  There is also a die to go along with this set....HCD 727 Vintage Floret die.  You can find these stamps and dies at the Heartfelt Creations site if you would like to recreate these flowers.  Also I just received a couple of new Spellbinders dies from the Die D-lites collection.  I just love the topper and the fence!  You will be seeing a lot of these in the future! 

I will be back on Friday for the Black Friday Release with Heartfelt Creations.  Be sure and join us then for some wonderful stamps, papers and dies!  See you then and have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Delicate Asters Tag

 
Good morning everyone!  It's Friday!  I'm here this morning to share a tag with you that I made for Heartfelt Creations.  I just love these Aster flowers and how about that butterfly?  You can get all the details for this tag by visiting the Heartfelt Creations blog.  While you are there, take a moment and look around.  You will find so much inspiration while you are there.  You can also visit the design team members by clicking on their names  from the list on the right hand side of this blog.
 
Well this is it for me this morning.  I hope your day is a good one and that you have something wonderful planned for the weekend!  And remember no matter where you find yourself or what you are doing, take a moment and "Breathe"!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday!!

I think my title says it all!  This is my first post for my third term with the Heartfelt Creations design team and I am super excited to be back among friends!  As you know I love this company and believe in what they are doing.  Their stamps are top quality and such beautiful images and dies and the flowers stamps and dies are simply amazing.  Can you tell I'm  happy to be back?

That being said, here is my first card:

 
Faith Is:
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3500 Open Vintage Floret PreCut Set
HCPC 3502 Mini Vintage Floret PreCut Set
HCPC 3309 Faith Heb.11:1 PreCut Set
HCPC 3494 Delicate Asters PreCut Set
HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die
HCD 726 Delicate Asters die
HCDP1-226 Delicate Asters Collection Paper

Other Supplies: Canson watercolor paper, white card stock, Spellbinders dies (Std. Circles Large, Lacey Circles and Venetian Motifs) Ranger Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Forest Moss  and Victorian Velvet, glue, Shimmer Spray, Scor-Tape, Wooden Skewer, Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, piercing mat, Memento Ink in brown and black
Instructions: Card Size 6” X 6”
Make card base out of watercolor paper, I use this for added stability.  Next I cut a piece of the design paper in a 6” X 6” size.  I sprayed this with the shimmer spray and left to dry.  Once dry, I adhered it to the card base.  Next I stamped my sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper and cut out using the Lacey die.  I created a frame using two of the circle dies and a piece of the paper from the stack.  I edged the frame with distress ink. Glue this frame to the sentiment piece and then adhere it to the card base.  Now it is time to work on the flowers.  I stamped and cut out the flowers from white card stock; then I used the distress inks to color the petals.  I sprayed the petals with shimmer spray and wound them around a skewer and then I pinched the petals to give them a more natural look.  As the petals began to dry I added more of the darker color of ink to the edges of the petals because the spray caused the ink to run and blend a little and I wanted the darker tones.  When the petals are all dry I use the spongy piercing mat and the embossing tools to shape them a little more.  Glue them together and set aside to dry.  While your flowers are drying stamp the leaves and cut them out as well as the swirls.  Position the flowers and the leaves and swirls where you like them and glue down.  I think the papers and the flowers give this card a soft elegant feel.

You can head over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for more beautiful creations and loads of creative ideas.  Also you can click on the design team names to the right on my blog to visit each members blog.  Go visit and leave a comment...we love hearing from you.

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Quick and Easy Tag.....

 
 
Good morning everyone!  I'm here to share a quick and simple tag I have made to go along with a Christmas gift.  Tags are so wonderful, I think, as they can go along with a gift or be tucked down inside a gift bag or they can just be a gift all on their own.  I just added some Distress inks and spritzed the tag with shimmer spray.  Once it was dry I cut out some Spellbinders dies and stamped the sentiment and a little ribbon and it is ready to go.  How easy is that?
 
Well that's it for me this morning.  I will be back on Wednesday with my first official post with the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  Come back and visit, we'll do coffee!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Holiday Card.....

 
 
A few weeks ago, we were creating these wonderful creations using egg shells and Alcohol Inks and while I was playing with this technique I made two different colorings.  I posted one window and saved this one for later.  It laid here and I moved it here and there trying to keep it out of my way but not out of my sight.  I kept wondering if I would get the opportunity to use this piece or not.  Well Joan's Gardens challenge this week calls for you to use the colors White, Red and Green.  Now how cool is that?  This piece just fit right in.  I added the christmas papers and glued down my window and away we go. 
 
Now I know I usually post on Friday mornings and here it is late afternoon, but I have just been playing some today and before you know it, it was getting late and I knew if I was going to do this today I better get cracking. 
 
So this is it for me today.  I'm hoping to see you again on Monday morning.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, November 5, 2012


Good morning everyone!  This is my second post this morning but I really wanted to show you this card I made for Heartfelt Creations   This was one of the projects I submitted for the final round of competition for the design team. 


Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3468 Tattered Blossoms PreCut Set
HCD 722 Tattered Blossoms Die
HCPC 340l Bella Rose Scroll PreCut Set
HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set
October Paper Pack

Other Supplies Used: Spellbinders dies (Squares Large, Lace Doily Motifs) glitter, Memento Ink, shimmer sprays, Ranger Distress Inks, glue, Scor-Tape, Canson Watercolor Paper, dimensional tape, green card stock, white card stock, Paper Blossoms Tool Kit

Instructions:  Card Size 6” X 6”
I used watercolor paper for the card base for stability.  Cut a piece of design paper just a little smaller and adhere to the card base.  Next I cut out the motifs using watercolor paper and set aside.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of watercolor paper and cut out using one of the square dies.  Next I created a frame for the sentiment using two of the square dies.  I placed one inside the other and cut them out of watercolor paper.  I put some dimensional tape behind the frame and adhered it to the stamped piece and then glued that to the square motif.  Mount the square motif to the center of the card base and position the decorative pieces around the square and glue them down.  I then stamped and cut the leaves using the green card stock and some ink was added to the edges.  I sprayed these with the shimmer spray and while damp I used the tool kit to shape the leaves until I was happy with the look.  Next I stamped the flowers onto plain white card stock and used distress inks to color.  I used water to dampen the petals and shaped them and then laid them aside to dry.  Once dry I glued the layers together and added some glitter to the center of the flowers.  I positioned the flowers and leaves around the square motif until I was happy with the look and then I glued them down. 



Ornament.....


Good morning everyone and happy Monday!  This morning I have made an ornament for my
 tree and I wanted to share.  This is not a new technique and for the life of me I cannot remember where I saw this...it might have been Pinterest, but I'm not sure.  So sorry.  Anyway I cut out a shape and and ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder.  Actually I did two and glued them together so the front and back of the ornament are pretty.   Next you use a sponge and start laying down color, some blues and greens and then a brown until you achieve an antiqued look.  Mine really needed some more green, but I sort of liked the look of it anyway.  Once your color suites you, you rub an embossing pad over the raised edges and sprinkle some embossing powder over that just here and there.  Then emboss!  My photo, of course, does not show the pretty glittery gold embossing that I can see in person.  You can choose your own colors, use three or four and then just some pretty silver, gold, or bronze embossing powder.  Let your imagination just run all over the place.  Each year I try several ornaments and add one or two for my own tree and give a couple as gifts.  They make lovely keepsakes and are not expensive at all!

Well that's it for me this morning!  I hope your day is a good one and that you find some joy in it!  No matter where you are or what you are doing, try and take a moment to "Breathe"!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Little Sparkle.....


Good morning everyone!  We are slipping into another weekend and I'm here to share another card I made this week.  I just love this little image and think she will make a cute Christmas card to send or maybe she will be going to the nursing home patients.  I haven't decided just yet on this one.  I sparkled her little antlers and necklace but the sparkle just didn't show up in the picture.  Trust me it's there.  I love how you can take a little card stock, some inks, a few dies and lots of glitter and come up with a sweet holiday card.  Now how easy was that!

Well, that's it for me this morning.  Have a wonderful day and no matter where you are or what you are doing, I hope you can find a little time to "Breathe".  My wish for you today is that you can find a little joy in your day.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Some Wonderful News!

I have been selected to be a part of the Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  This will mark my third term with this company and I feel like "I have come home"!  It seems like their stamps and my style just fit together.  If it is possible, I think I'm more excited this time round than either of the other times.  Thank you so much all of you who voted for me!  I will try to do you proud!

As I'm sitting here typing this, I realize there are some who didn't make the team and I know you are disappointed, but don't give up.  When I visited each of your blogs, I was so impressed; there was so much beauty on display. 

For those that made the team....Congratulations!  I don't mind telling you I have been sweating bullets waiting to hear if I made it.  I look forward to serving on this team with you and getting to know you all!  Heartfelt Creations is such a wonderful company to work with and  their willingness to give help and support in order for us to be successful is just amazing!  My first official project posting for Heartfelt Creations will be November 10 so be sure and join me then.

Everyday I try to find a little joy; and today my joy is coming home to Heartfelt Creations!

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Sympathy Card.....

 
I usually try and keep a few sympathy cards on hand...we all need them now and then.  I love lots of white when I do one of these cards with just a tiny bit of color.  To me it is just a quiet elegance that you need for such an occasion.  I used an embossing folder for the card base and then Spellbinders dies for all the layers.  I found these flowers at a scrapbook store I visited in Pigeon Forge and I just don't remember who the maker is.  I think they are just the pop of color this card needed.  The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations.
 
Well people, it's Monday again and winter is visiting us here in the Tennessee Valley!  We are not scheduled for any of the snow, we scooted by again.  I understand the mountains here were scheduled to receive a foot of snow overnight!  I would love to see that!
 
Well that's all for me this morning!  Have a wonderful day and try and find time to be creative!
 
supplies:
White Card Stock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Dies
Heartfelt Creations stamps (HCPC 3377) Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WOYWW #177

Oh my goodness, it is already Wednesday and time for another dead run through as many work spaces as I can before nightfall!  No, I have not totally gone over the edge...if that had been the case, trust me, I would have taken a few of you with me.  If you don't know what I'm talking about head on over to Julia's blog: http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com  and have a little look around.  Crafters come from all over the world to link their blog posts to this little lady's blog and then we can peek into craft areas and see what we all have going on.  I have to say, I have been doing this for over a year and I'm quite taken with the concept.  I have made new friends along the way and have watched this grow and grow.  I would be lost if Julia decided to stop this madness!  So now on to my desk this week.

 
 
The window is going to be a focal point on a card that I have in mind.  This is what happened with the egg shells from last week.  I made two windows using this technique and I love how they both turned out.  You can scroll down a couple of  entries and see the card I did using the smaller window.  This technique would be beautiful if you have any kind of scroll work die or use any dies to make some kind of frame.  I have also been working on a little Magnolia image.  I stamped this one and then scanned it into my computer and printed onto my water color paper.  I wanted to change the size to fit this oval to work with a card I have in mind.  She doesn't show up very well in my picture, but I have only just begun to color her in.  I'm hoping she turns out well. 
 
Well I've gotten a little long winded but  I'm going to hush now and go check out some of the blogs this morning and see what you guys have been into this week.  Have a wonderful WOYWW Wednesday!

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm on a Roll....


Good morning everyone.  I'm here to share another holiday card I have made using a Mo Manning digital image.  I colored her with distress inks and brushes and I really love how she turned out.  Some pretty elements and some holiday paper and she is all set to go. 

Have you started your holiday cards yet?  I'm getting several made and of course some of mine will be sent to the nursing home.  I really like to hand deliver the ones I give away and that way I get a little visit too. 

I hope you have a great day planned today.  We are experiencing some gorgeous Fall weather here in East Tennessee.  The trees are beginning to turn and there are pops of color everywhere.  Have a great day and remember to "Breathe"!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Stained Glass Technique ....



Good morning everyone.  If you visited me on Wednesday and saw the egg shells lying on my desk, this is what happened to them.  You start by cracking the eggs, then soak in a solution of dish washing liquid and bleach.  This also loosens the membrane so you can peel it out.  Once you do that you lay the egg shells out to dry over night.  Next you take a piece of card stock and put down a layer of Mod Podge and place egg shell pieces on that and gently press down into the Mod Podge.  this cracks the piece of egg shell and you have little spaces in and around the egg shell.  This is OK...just keep working around until you have covered  your piece of card stock.  Set it aside to dry.  Take your time this needs to dry out.  Next I added another layer of Mod Podge over the egg shells and let that dry.  Once the piece is dry, I sprayed with shimmer spray and dropped Alcohol Ink into the mix.  When you have it where you want  it you spray again with shimmer spray.  I was afraid my piece looked muddied and was not happy with it.  I thought the colors were too bold so I added a layer of
Windsor and Newton Iridescent Medium.  When this was dry, I still was not happy so I added a thin coat of Metallic Pearl White paint and then wiped some of it back off the piece.  I still wasn't happy with it but let it dry and cut out my window and placed it over the piece and suddenly it came alive.  I really love it now.  So then I punched out some green ferns and tied a bow and then cut out a Spellbinders label and stamped my sentiment, glued it all together you you have a pretty Holiday card. 

I have two of these window dies, this one is the small one.  I also did a piece using the larger window and I will have a card coming soon.  I have to say the piece that was laid over the egg shells is what made it work for me.  So give this a try, it's not hard at all and the finished product can be quite beautiful. 

If you would like to see this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here is the link:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/eggshellmosaicbackground/

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WOYWW #176

I can hardly believe it is time once again for sharing my workspace with you.  If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, just head over to Julia Dunnit's blog and have a look around.  We take a picture of our space and blog about it then link our blog at Julia's blog.  Then we can all go have a look around and visit each other's desks!  I'm totally addicted!  So now here we go!

 
Now I know it looks like I'm having my breakfast here but the egg shells are for a technique I'm going to be working on.  I got the idea from http://selmasstampingcorner.blogspot.com/2012/10/eggshell-mosaic.html
When you are finshed you wind up with a stained glass look.  I can't wait to try this technique and hope to be showing you some pretty projects soon.
 
I had a morning of shopping with my sister "The Enabler" and the things I purchased are still lying on my desk.  Also a cute  Mo Manning image I'm painting for a Christmas project.  Then of course I have the usual stuff lying about waiting to be used or put away.
 
Well that does it for me this morning.  I'm off to visit as many of you as I can before my time gets away from me. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Load the Sleigh.....



As we begin another week, I want to share with you  my latest Christmas Card.  The image is from a couple of years ago and it is a Just Rite stamp, but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the set.  I colored the sleigh and packages with distress inks and then cut out using Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight.  I layered some pretty vintage looking papers and tied a green ribbon into a bow using my Bow Easy and it's all ready to go.  It was actually a pretty quick and easy card.  I just love these dies from Spellbinders.  I think they are so elegant and just make a gorgeous card.

Well that's it for me.  Short and sweet this morning.  I hope you find some joy in your day and take a moment and "Breathe"! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

White on White Holiday Card....



Good morning everyone.  Here we are with again ready to jump into the weekend and I for one am ready!  We have had a few days of rain and cooler temps and now we are warming back into the 70's...very nice!  I love this time of year! 

This morning I'm sharing another holiday card I made using the embossing paste and glitter and a brass stencil.  The glitter isn't showing that well, but it is there.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock and cut out the frame using a Spellbinders die.  A little white ribbon and it is finished.  This is much better in person.  Sometimes my camera just doesn't pick up everything the way I want it to.  It's not the camera...it's the camera operator I'm afraid.  My photography skills are greatly lacking.

Well I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned.  As for me, I plan to play as much as I can!  Most of my chores are done and I will have some quiet time just for me.  I think I'll "Breathe"!

supplies:
Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing paste, brass stencil, watercolor paper, white seam binding,
glitter, Spellbinders dies (Antique Frame and Accents) Ranger Distress Inks, glue

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WOYWW #175


Good morning everyone and welcome to WOYWW #175.  Fellow WOYWW participants all over the world gather on Wednesday and show you our work desks!  If you would like to become one of us just head over to Julia's blog and you can get all the details there.  Basically we all take a picture of our mess and post it to our blogs then we link that on Julia's blog, then we can visit each other.  I am totally addicted to this madness and when I have to miss a Wednesday, I feel a little lost. 

So just look at the mess on my desk this week.  Lots of left over supplies that are waiting to be put away, but looking pretty good.  I actually like to keep my space neat because I function better that way. 

So that's it for me this week.  Short and sweet and on to visit as many people as I can.  Have a great day and no  matter where you are or what you happen to be doing, take a moment for yourself and "Breathe"!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Winter Houses.....


Good morning everyone.  I'm here to share another card I made for my Holiday stash.  I have been trying to use some products that I have had for ages and this card uses some of those and an older technique.  I used Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste and a stencil to create these cute little houses on black card stock.  While the paste was still wet I sprinkled glitter over it.  The image was then matted onto gold card stock after everything was dry.  I really like the look of this and think it worked into a pretty holiday card. 

I have also been doing some of this on white card stock using the glitter.  It gives it an  icy feel and I think it is quite lovely.  Have you started  your holiday cards yet? 

Well that's it for me this morning.  I hope you have a good Monday and that you take a moment for yourself and "Breathe"!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A CAS Holiday Card to Share....



Good morning everyone...we almost have another week under our belts and we are quickly moving into the Fall season and suddenly it will be Christmas!  In keeping with that, I wanted to do a clean and simple card that could go easily into the mail.  You know me, I love 6 x 6 cards holding all I can get on them and then some.  But when it comes to mailing them, we have to be realistic and scale it back a little.  So a little color, a few dies, some pretty paper and a little bling and it is off to a special friend. 

I hope you have a great weekend planned.  As for me I plan to relax a little after the hectic week I have had.  Lots of chores that had to be done getting the outside ready for winter.  I'm going to put up my feet and play a little!  I hope you can do the same and have a little time just for you and remember to Breathe!



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WOYWW #174



Happy WOYWW everyone!  It's time for another picture of my little corner of the world and a tiny mess today.  Every Wednesday we post a picture of our work desk and then link it to Julia's Blog.
Then we can visit each other's desks and see what is going on.  I can visit desks all over the world and see what kind of crafts everyone is into!  It's a wonderful addiction and I'm hooked!

I was thinking I needed to do some cleaning and pick up off my desk as I have been working on a couple of projects and so I took my messy picture for WOYWW.  Well when I uploaded it and had a good look at it, it actually looks pretty neat.  I just need to put a few things away before I start on my next project.  My usual cup of coffee, my phone, some Ranger Distress Inks, glue, shimmer spray and a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder...and everything is stacked together so it won't take long!  I really need to start taking a picture of it when it is really bad and save it to post on Wednesday.  Is that cheating?
It just seems like this time of the week, I'm in between projects and it's hard to have a mess because I always put things away from one project before I start another.

Well that's it for me this morning...short and sweet.  Now I'm off to visit as many desks as I can while I have my morning coffee!  Have a great day and no matter where you are or what you are into, take a moment and "Breathe"!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1........

Where in the world has this year gone?  Suddenly I look up and it's the beginning of October and everything will be in a flurry before you know it! 

This morning I'm sharing a little image that has been made into a Christmas card.  We all need them and even though I no longer mail so many, I still need several.  This will go into my reserves and when the time grows nigh it will be sent to a family member or a friend.


So are you beginning to make your holiday cards?  What are your favorite colors to use?

That's it for me this morning.  Kinda short and sweet, but I have lots to do today and must get started.  I hope your Monday is a good one and that you take a moment to "Breathe"!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall Leaves....

Good morning everyone.  In case you forgot, it's Friday!  The weekend is just around the corner and all is right with my world!  This morning I'm here to share another card I have made.  I love making Fall cards and this little cutie is just perfect to grace the front of my card.

 
I colored her with Ranger distress inks and a brush and mounted her on a doily.  The rest is Spellbinders dies and designer paper.  The leaves began as plain white card stock from Wal Mart and I used the inks to color them.  Pretty easy once the image is colored.  This little cutie will be going to the nursing home so that patient can have a card to give when someone does them a kindness. 
 
Well I hope you have wonderful plans for the weekend.  This old broad will be hanging out close to home doing her thing.  We are expecting rain so I will be playing indoors!  Not a bad thing.  Whatever you wind up doing and no matter where you are, take a moment and "Breathe"!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Heartfelt Creations Design Team Semifinalist

I just received word that I've been chosen as a semifinalist for the Heart Creations Design Team!  I'm so excited I could just spit!  Those of you who know me, know I love this company and all their products.  So you can imagine how excited I really am. Below are the three projects I submitted to Heartfelt Creations.

I hope you enjoy these three projects and you can also see more of the projects I have created by clicking on the Heartfelt Creations Label on my right hand side bar. There are also many of my favorite projects listed on a page at the top of my blog. So have a look around and enjoy. Heartfelt Creations customers will be voting for the new design team, so it goes without saying, I would really appreciate your vote. Just go to the Heartfelt Creations Blog and submit your vote.



“Remembering Lisa”
Heartfelt Creations Products used:
HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
HCD 713 Lace Border Die
HCPC 3377 Sympathy Sentiment PreCut Set
Other Supplies: Canson water color paper, white cardstock, Ranger Distress Inks, Memento Ink, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Textile Texture), Spellbinders dies: Fancy Tags Two, Labels Four and Foliage, Score-Tape, Zip Dry Glue, pop dots
Card Size: 6” X 6”
Cut card base out of water color paper for stability.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 3 ½” X 6” and run it through embossing machine with folder.  Adhere to the top of card base.  Cut out the lace border and adhere it with glue over the top of the embossed piece to cover the rest of the card base.   Cut two different sizes of the labels dies and use pop dots to adhere them together then use glue to adhere to card base.  Next I stamped the sentiment and used the die to cut it out and then I slid the tag across the edge of my desk to make it bow a little.  I then glued it to the bottom of the labels dies.  Next I cut out the foliage dies and swirls and added color where needed.  Just a soft touch because I wanted this to be basically all white.  I stamped the rose onto white card stock and cut out using scissors because I needed the center to be solid so I could glue it.  Shape the edges of the petals and glue the layers together to form the rose.  Position the foliage elements and swirls under the rose and glue everything to the card base.
 
 

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3421
Other supplies:  Canson water color paper, designer paper, green and burgundy card stock, Ranger Distress Ink, Say it In Pearls adhesive swirls, Scor-Tape, Zip Dry Glue, Spellbinders dies: Classic Ovals Large and Small, Parisian Accents, Labels Twenty, 2010 Heirloom Ornament, and Floral Ovals .Gold leafing pen
Card Size: 6” X 6”
Cut base card and set aside.  Cut corresponding layering pieces and adhere to base card.  Next I cut out the border die and glued it behind the music sheet.  Cut fancy oval from watercolor paper and ink the edges to give it aged look.  Glue this to the card.  I cut the ornament out of burgundy cardstock and used a gold leafing pen to edge it.  Next I cut an oval of green cardstock and one from the music paper and glued them together.  I used the gold leaving pen on the green also.  I cut corner pieces out of the dies and hooked them over the ovals and glued them together.  I stamped the sentiment onto another piece of watercolor paper and edged it with distress ink also.  Attach this piece to the top of music paper.  Attach your ornament to the fancy oval and apply the bling and you are all set.
 


Card Size: 6” X 6”
Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
 HCPC 3451 Going to the Chapel Precut Set, HCPC 3450 Cross and Lilies PreCut Set
Other supplies:  Canson Watercolor Paper, Memento Ink, Zip Dry Glue, Scor-Tape, Lace, Spellbinders Floral Ovals Dies and Standard Ovals Large,  Ranger Distress Inks, Prima paper
Stamp image onto watercolor paper and cut out with large oval die.  Color image using distress inks and mount onto Floral Ovals die that has been edged with ink.  Stamp sentiment onto watercolor paper and ink the edges with distress inks.  Make your card base and mount designer paper using glue.  Next tape lace onto the bottom of the card and position the chapel image and sentiment where you want them and adhere with Zip Dry glue.

Well that's it for me this morning.  Congratulations to all the other semifinalists and good luck to you all!  And don't forget to cast your vote for your favorites!





Monday, September 24, 2012

September Morn


Good morning everyone!  I have had a busy weekend and didn't get to play in my craft room...at all!  It's OK, I got a lot of things finished and off my To-Do List and enjoyed some welcomed visitors on Sunday.  So this morning all I have to show you is part of the view from my back porch!  I love it when the temps start coming down and the fog lies in the hollows and everything has a quiet peaceful feel to it.  This was taken early one morning last week just after daybreak.  As you can see I live in a rural setting and barns are a regular sight.  The fence in the foreground is the back of my lot and the pile of wood is the way my escape artist gets out and chases varmits!  So we had to fence the fence to keep him in.  Hopefully this wood will be burned this winter!  But we have learned he will get out anyway..two weeks ago he chewed and clawed his way through the chain link between our yard and the neighbors yard.  What kind of dog chews chain link?  A very focused one! 

So there you have it for me this morning.  No card, but hopefully you enjoy this photo as much as I do.  This time of year just speaks to me and even though things are dying, the coolness and beauty just make it a very pleasant time for me. 

I hope you have a good day and remember take a moment and "Breathe"!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Clean and Simple.....

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to my little corner of the world!  Do you ever just want a simple little card to have in your stash just in case?  You know, just in case you need a thank you card, or a thinking of you card.  Well MoJo has taken a road trip and I'm just cooling my heels waiting for her and decided to do just a simple card. 


I used my Pro Markers to color this image and set it up on a white background with a Spellbinders die under that...then a simple purple layer and a white base card.  Next I took the purple marker that I used on the flowers and colored a piece of seam binding, tied a simple bow and that's it!  How easy is that?  I'm forever more needing little thinking of you cards and now I have one more that is all ready to go.  All I have to do is write inside and send it on it's way. 

That's it for me today...if you see MoJo out there, tell her it's time to come home!  Have a wonderful Friday and enjoy your weekend!  I hope you find time to be creative!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WOYWW #172

Each week Julia Dunnit hosts a party on her blog for crafters all over the world.  Just take a picture of your desk and post it to your blog, then you go to her blog Stamping Ground and link back to your blog.  The idea is you can visit all the blogs listed there and see what everyone is doing.  I have been doing this for some time now and have become quite addicted!  I love visiting as many blogs as I can each week to see what everyone has going on in their world.  There are crafters of every degree and every category so you are sure to find something that appeals to you.  So join us; become one of the addicted ones!


I have to tell you I'm pretty impressed at how neat my desk really is today.  I've been doing quite a bit of re-organizing and putting things away and yes.....cleaning.   There were so many dust bunnies running around in there that I was actually beginning to wheeze!

I'm coloring a cute little Magnolia stamp with my Distress re-inkers and I finally found a box to put my Pro-Markers in.  I really need a good storage idea for these markers.  This will do  in a rush, but is not quite what I had in mind.  I'm still learning to color with them so for now it's still my inks and a brush. 

Well that's about it for me this morning.  I'm off to visit as many of you as I can.  I'm afraid I just don't have time to make it to everyone.  I really wish I could manage to do this at least once before my poor fingers give out and my eyes no longer can see all the wonderful goodness you are posting!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Christmas Tag.....

Good morning everyone!  Welcome to a rainy Monday here in East Tennessee.  We welcome the rain because we are getting very dry.  This morning I'm here to share with you a Christmas tag I made using my Heartfelt Creations stamps.

 
Pretty neat, huh?  And below is a close up of the flower. If you look very close, you can see the stamping done on the flower.  When I sprayed it with shimmer spray, it sort of covered the stamping.
 

For this tag I used HCPC 3428 Script Christmas Tree PreCut Set and the HCPC 3415 Petite Poinsettia PreCut Set. 

I stamped the images and then cut out.  Once this was done, I shaped the petals and sprayed them with shimmer spray.  When it was dry I glued all the pieces together to make the beautiful flower.  A gold pearl to the center is just the finishing touch.  I cut out a Spellbinders die and ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss dots embossing folder.My ribbon is just some seam binding that I always have on hand.  This tag was  inspired by a tag made by Linda Duke.  I have followed Linda for years; in fact she is one of the first two artists I  began my blogging life with.  The other was Sherry Cheever.  Sherry has always inspired me to add a little grunge to my elegant!

So there you have it.  My new favorite Christmas tag and my two favorite artists.  I hope your Monday is a good one.  What's that old Song...Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down.


Saturday, September 15, 2012

My New Favorite Halloween Tag.....


Can you believe that Saturday has rolled around again.  It seems like the weeks are flying by and before you know it, the snow will be flying.  But before we get into the snow, I want to share a tag I made for Halloween.  I just love making tags; they are such little treasures!  There is almost as much  work in them as a card but they are just little works of art.  You can write a message on the back and slip them into a gift bag or they can be the gift itself.  So you see they are very useful!

I used some corner dies I had, painted black and then edged with Rub-N-Buff.  The birds are Tim Holtz and the little owls are from a piece of designer paper I have.  The clock is a Tim Holtz Stamp that I embossed in black and then cut out with a circle die.  Just layer a different color under the clock and it is ready to go.  The flower is some pre-made flowers I have that I spritzed with shimmer sprays.  How's that for quick and easy?

OK I am off to get my day started.  Have a great weekend!

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