Friday, March 24, 2017

Thinking About You Card | DT

Hello Everybody!
I hope you're having a lovely day!
For todays project I used the Dreamin' Big collection from Close to My Heart. I don't know about you, but I love this color pallette!

Did you know you could die cut your watercolor paper? That's actually where I started this card. I cut out the layers for poppies using the watercolor paper and Flower Market Cricut cartridge from CTMH (I just love this cartridge!). I knew I wanted to watercolor them, so I got out all my stuff and got started. Not only does Close to My Heart have everything you need for watercoloring, they also have a color pallette recipe for their colors!

My colors ended up a little off because I'm a newbie at watercolors, but I still like how it turned out. I'm sure, with more practice, I'll have those colors and some good techniques down. Once I was happy with the poppies, I set them aside.

The card base is White Daisy cardstock from CTMH. Next, comes the gray woodgrain, patterned paper to cover the front. Leaving a 1/4" border, I distressed edges of the floral piece. Because the floral piece was quite busy, I added a smaller piece of White Daisy CS on top of that, it really helps frame the poppies. Once the basic design was done, I added the flowers and popped some of them up with 3D Foam Tape.
I used Archival Black ink, and the 'Thinking of You' stamp from the CTMH, Happy to Be Friends stampset, found in the current Annual Inspirations catalog.
I tried a few different cardstock colors behind the sentiment and finally decided on Slate and Canary, also from CTMH. Last was the Gray Enamel Gems and Bitty Sparkles!

Here's the product recipe for this card:
Dreamin' Big collection
Watercolor paper
Flower Market Cricut cartridge
White Daisy cardstock
3D Foam Tape
Archival Black ink
Happy to Be Friends stampset
Slate cardstock
Canary cardstock
Gray Enamel Gems
Bitty Sparkles

I hope you enjoyed this card and I'll be back next week with another project!
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Much needed mini vacation.

Steve and I went to Lincoln City on Thursday for his pool tournament at Chinook Winds.  It was such a beautiful day.  We even went on a walk on the beach.  Look how beautiful it was.

 We went to the city center D river, I think. 
Lots of rocks on the beach here.

Steve found an agate.

Someone had fun building a fort.

 Steve found some walking sticks.
 He wears flip flops on the beach and had to wash his feet off.  He said it was cold water. lol
 Friday his tournament started at 9am and they played till 12:30 am.  They returned again Saturday at 1pm to play their last match.  There were 1447 team members there this year. 
 A record number of players for this tournament.
 We had a 3 hour break and look who found us right after we had dinner at the 
All you can eat Seafood Buffet.  
For those who don't know who this is, it Steve's sister from Juneau, Alaska. lol
 Barbara and her friends Janet and Nancy were in Lincoln City for a Glass Fusion class and came to hear a band at the Casino. The band wasn't there after all, but she got to visit with us. lol
 Steve's idea of Salad with dinner. lol  
 This was Sunday.  It was another beautiful day and we went on another walk on the beach. This time we went down to Mo's and walked along that part of the beach.  There was a lot of debris all over from the storms and some activity in the water and along the edge too.

 Steve found another fort someone made.
 This seagull was trying to eat a lamprey, but couldn't quite get all of it down.   
 There were 3 harbor seals hanging out close to the shore.  We think they were feasting on Lampreys too.  It was fun to watch them.

 And another fort.  Steve did find a few nice sticks to make some walking sticks.

It was a short vacation, but a much needed one.  I really enjoyed the walks in the beautiful sunshine.  I am ready to have Spring and Summer visit us for sure now.

I took 5 lap quilts to tie while we were in our room and I was able to finish them Saturday night.
 These are blocks that our eldest VFW Auxiliary member made and asked me to put together.
She is on hospice and not expected to be with us much longer. I put them together like a sample quilt.
This one I made a few blocks to complete the quilt with all the same block pattern.  I love it.

There were so many different sizes, it was difficult to put them all together.

I will be taking them to the Portland VA Hospital on Wednesday.  We were told last week the hospital is out of lap quilts to hand out.  If you would like to help us make some more, just let me know and I'll give you the details.  503-708-6889 or

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Happy Scappin',


Monday, March 20, 2017


Save 25% on all Thin Cuts this month!

Just follow this link and see all the dies All Thin Cut Dies  .

If you have any questions please call me 503-708-6889

Happy Scrappin',


Friday, March 10, 2017

Heritage Scrapbook Layout | DT

Hello Everybody!
Today I'm sharing with you a heritage scrapbook layout I made using the Hello Lovely collection from CTMH...along with a few other things lol. This layout took me a few days to complete, but I love how it turned out!

This layout was inspired by a quilt block I saw on my Pinterest feed. I saw it and thought "Hmm, quilts kind of make me think 'vintage'.....maybe I could incorporate a block into my project." And so this layout was born. lol
Did you know CTMH offers Kraft cardstock? Yes, they do! And that's exactly what I used for my base layer. It always reminds me of vintage and that's what I was going for. I also used Whisper Thick Twine for the stitching and distressed the edges of each quilt block piece.

For the flowers, I used the Basic Hearts, Thin Cuts dies, Whisper Thick Twine, and some Liquid Glass. The photo mat and frame were cut from the CTMH, Artistry cartridge and the foliage was cut using the Flower Market cartridge. Once I had it all together, I had to finish it off with some Bitty Sparkles, and Gold Glitter Gems.

Heritage Layout Recipe
Hello Lovely Paper pack
Basic Hearts, Thin Cuts
Whisper Thick Twine
3-D Foam Tape
Liquid Glass
Artistry Cricut Cartridge
Flower Market Cricut Cartridge
Edge Distresser
Bitty Sparkles
Gold Glitter Gems
Bonding Memories™ Glue Pen
Memory Book Glue Dots™

I hope you've been inspired by this layout
and I can't wait to share another project with you next week!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 3, 2017

DT Sneak Peek!

Hey there, Everyone!
Did you know you can make flowers using the Basic Hearts-Thin Cuts dies from Close to My Heart? You sure can! And that’s just what I did today.
My DT project for next week includes flowers so I decided to get a headstart. After I'd made a few of them, I was so excited with how they turned out, I thought I’d share a sneak peek with you!

I hope you have a great and inspiring weekend!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

There's Nobunny Like You | DT

Hello All!
Yes, I am still in love with the Hello Lovely collection from Close to My Heart Lol so I couldn't help but use it again!
This card features both, the Tea-rrific and Easter Bunny stampsets which are both Stamp of the Months. Easter Bunny is the February SOTM and Tea-rrific will be available as the March SOTM. Both can only be purchased during their feature months. I thought the girly bunny would be perfect to pair with Tea-rrific so I decided to mix the two and see what I’d come up with.

I did a few practice runs with my watercolors…..okay, like 9 or 10 practice runs lol I’m not usually that patient, but I happened to be today, thankfully! I did find that playing helped me get better at using them, so if you feel overwhelmed by watercolors, just keep trying, every new skill takes practice! This is the first time I’ve used my CTMH Watercolor paper and it’s definitely not a high quality watercolor paper. BUT, for light water use or backgrounds, it works great. And I do love that it’s made in 12x12 size.
I stamped the girly bunny in StazOn, Timber Brown ink so the ink doesn’t run while watercoloring. I also dried her after each color so they didn’t mix together. I added just a touch of blue around the outer edge of her to help her stand out from the background. I also added a bit of sparkle on the dress using the Gold Shimmer pen. Once I had her all dry, I trimmed down the WC paper into the shape of a tag and adhered her to another tag made from the pink polka-dotted paper. I used my Cropodile to punch a hole and looped a length of Blush Shimmer Ribbon through. I also add a bit of 3-D Foam tape to the back to help the tag pop off the card.
For the base I decided on a top fold card in White Daisy cardstock. And I knew I wanted to use the ‘There’s nobunny like you’ sentiment in Desert Sand Ink, with the girly bunny across the background. I was kind of thinking about how each of our moms are unique and each stands out from the rest in our own hearts.
I cut another piece of the pink polka-dotted paper and used my Edge Distresser to roughen up the top and bottom edges. I also trimmed a piece of the linen patterned paper just a bit smaller than the pink polka-dotted paper, distressed, and hand stitched along the top and bottom edges using white thread and my CTMH stitch guide/ruler. Then, I adhered both pieces about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the card base.

After placing down the tag to the left side of the card, I used the Spellbinders, Labels Ten, Nestabilities die set to cut out the 'There's nobunny like you' sentiment. I adhered this with a bit of 3-D Foam tape just on the right side so that it lifted to the same height as the bunny tag. Last things for the front, were adding some Bitty Sparkles, a couple Gold Glitter Gems and a heart from the Hello Lovely Compliments pack.
For the inside, I stamped the 'Happy Mother's Day' cup in Desert Sand ink, covered it with a mask, and then stamped the flowers on either side of the cup using the Timber Brown, StazOn ink. Once I removed the mask, it looked like the flowers were behind the cup. I watercolored them using the same colors I had used on the bunny. I did add a bit of green as grass below the cup and flowers. Last thing is adding a touch of gold sparkle!

Here's the card recipe:
White Daisy Cardstock
CTMH Watercolor Paper
Hello Lovely Paper pack
Hello Lovely Compliments
Desert Sand Inkpad
Timber Brown StazOn inkpad
Easter Bunny stampset
Tea-rrific stampset (available this March)
White Twine
CTMH Ruler
Piercing tool
Edge Distresser
Watercolor Paints
Gold Glitter Gems
Bitty Sparkles
3-D Foam tape
Gold Shimmer pen
Blush Shimmer Ribbon
Spellbinders, Labels Ten die set

I hope this card inspires you to think out of the box with your stampsets. It's okay to mix them up a bit!
Have a great day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Having a little fun.

I know this isn't scrapbooking or card making, but it is crafting. lol  I love all kinds of craft projects and when someone asks me if I can make something, I love to try.

So last month I was asked to make 3 Princess Leia crochet hats and 1 unicorn hat.  Well I did and here are the results.
I made 2 brown and 1 black Princess Leia hats.

I didn't follow any specific unicorn, some make them look like My Little Pony characters.

 Miss Hailey saw the unicorn hat and asked me to make her one like Twilight, a My Little Pony.  So here are the results of that creation.  

I make the ties longer on this one and she loves it.  She wore it to school and got lots of compliments. 

Then a friend tagged me in a Facebook post about some frog slippers and so I had to try those too.  
These slippers are supposed to fit a 6-12 month old, but I think they are a little bigger.  
I need to barrow someone's little foot to see for sure. lol
I was just having so much fun.  I am taking orders if you see something you like, send me an email and I will get you a quote.  I will need a couple weeks notice due to other activities on my schedule.  

I'm not sure I can make these without a purchased pattern, but they sure are cute. 

Happy Crafting,


Happy Birthday!!!

The VFW Post 1324 turned 92 on Friday.  We celebrated with food, cake and beverages.

Mother Nature must have been celebrating with us, just look at the gift she gave us.  So beautiful.