Monday, November 20, 2017

merry and bright, inside and out

 It's Thanksgiving week in America,
but it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around our house :)

 My son pushed us to break with tradition of decorating on Friday,
and (sorry, Mum!) we gave in.

Fittingly enough, this is the card project that I shared this last week
with my awesome cardmaking group.
This card includes almost every one of my recent (er, okay, current) obsessions:
wood print

And, if you think of it as from the perspective of looking from inside a house,
then you can add:
(tiny) houses
and I've actually included EVERY ONE of my craft obsessions.

All of the supplies are from Stampin' Up! (big book and Holiday),
except for the window frame die (Tim Holtz but almost exact to the Stampin' Up! version)
and the felt (from Etsy shop, Felt on the Fly - gorgeous!). 

 I hope your day is merry and bright,
inside and out :)

quick wrap

 As you start thinking gift wrap,
here's a quick, fun idea.

These were made using an envelope punch board
and 12x12 patterned papers.

They can be finished with ribbons and hole-punch
or even staples :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

#TBT - pretty book covers

For ThrowBackThursday, I'm reposting my catalog book covers
for my Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends and visitors :)
My SU demo friend, Lea, let me know that my submitted idea was mentioned
in the demonstrator newsletter.  I thought it might be nice
 to see what the heck I was talking about - LOL!
(There's a short video with some of the steps, too.)
Even though I'm no longer a demo, it's still very fun.

Happy Thursday!

For this month's Creative Crew "Step It Up" Challenges, I created book covers for my catalogs using Designer Series Papers.

Remember how we used to fold paper bags to make our book covers for school? Well, I took that idea and adapted it for covering my catalogs. It's fun, cute, and a great way to show off the products when sharing catalogs :)

Saturday, October 14, 2017

{make it a hyggeligt nest}

 Boy, are the trees ever preparing for winter here this autumn!
I've never seen so many acorns.
This area's deciduous trees have been sadly hit by tar spots big-time,
so the typical fall colors are hit-or-miss.  Mostly brown dry leaves this year.
But it's still so awe-inspiring to observe nature preparing for the cold.
I'm preparing, too!
Preparing for a winter of nesting
 but intending to invite others in to share the comfort and coziness.
{Yup, hygge.}

Here are some hyggeligt craft ideas I'm happy to share.
Yes, it's early.  But I'm giving you time to plan and prepare.  Like the trees :)

Okay, there are many ideas here in this place setting.
First, the Christmas Tree Napkin fold inspired by Publix.
Awesome instructions (here).  Tons of variations on Pinterest.
Next, I used papercrafting supplies to decorate.
There are sequins and tiny trees, bells and mini-ornaments.
My recommendation is to pick a color scheme and see what's in your cabinet.
Tags, mini-boxes, doilies...
(The wool stocking table garland is actually an advent calendar.
Soft and fuzzy!)
A hostess gift or guest gift, or holiday decor.
This is another product of my ongoing making-with-clear-things obsession.
Oh, and my continuing tiny house obsession, too.  Still have that :)
The clear box was packaging from something else.
The mini-house is die-cut from felt and lit from within.
(I have so many ideas for these little LED lights!!) 
Acetate "Peace" piece (and stars) by Fancy Pants and stickied with my trusty Xyron sticker maker.
Pearl flourish by Prima, house die from Stampin' Up! by Sizzix.
The house and trees are stuck to the bottom of the box.
Very sweet little holiday package.

A festive, cozy, wintery way to decorate your slipper chairs.
This can be done with inexpensive scarves that you can find on amazon
(or stock up at the end of season clearance sales the year before).
Then tie a big ol' wired ribbon around.
Again, you're going to need a lot, so search until you find affordable but fabulous.
It's do-able :)
You could also do the mini-wreaths hanging on the back of each chair.
That just wasn't right for this setting.
And, lastly, an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy scarf to give or wear.
I love my Knifty-Knitter looms and still don't know how to properly knit because of them!
This is a basic stitch with chunky boucle yarn.
I recommend knocking out multiples of these while watching every single
Hallmark Channel movie that you can dvr.
It's a steep challenge, but, if I can do it, you can, too!!
And you'll end up with lovely gifts to share.  Win-win.

Okay, back to present moment gratitude for fall.
Let me know if you're preparing for winter, too :)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

haunted {house} card

celebrating World Card Making Day!

continuing with the haunted craft theme on my blog,
here's a Happy Halloween card,
complete with ghost and bat and cobwebs.

I have definitely been having fun with acetate this last year or so,
making clear elements (and sometimes entire projects!).

for this card, the acetate becomes the perfect surface
on which the ghost and cobweb float as the door is opened.

the porch light, the ghost, the cobweb, the bat
were each stamped on vellum and die-cut or fussy cut.

the doorway needs to be die-cut from both the printed paper
and the cardstock layer after being stamped on top.
(line them up carefully and practice opening it a couple of times before adhering together.  just to make sure you don't get any wrinkles when they're attached.)

the acetate "doorway" is sticky-stripped to the back, which does show through a bit.
if this bothers you (perfectionist!! lol),
 you could always cut one more cardstock layer that would sandwich that.
also, I adhered my vellum accents with mini glue dots.  again, if you don't want those to show,
you need to get creative with your xyron or something.

there were already so many elements going into this card,
and it was created for our stamp group night,
so I decided not to layer the papers further.  this left it way too flat.
that's where the edge lines come in.  just a ruler and journaling pen.
move the ruler as you draw multiple lines and you'll get a more freehand effect.

Happy Card Making Day!!
I hope it's boo-tiful! : )

Thursday, October 05, 2017

{library of old soul}

a tiny library with an old soul....

this is a little library inspired by Somerset Studio's Haunted by Miss Peregrine Challenge posted on Stampington's blog a while back.  (though this wasn't selected for publishing, I can't wait to see which ones were!)

and there's a story behind it, too.

our house is a hundred years old but renovated very much so before we bought it.
a little too much so - it felt like.

so we had our dining room converted into a dream-come-true library, complete with a bookcase that hides the servants' staircase.  it's all very harry potter :)  and it was done impeccably (by hand) by a master carpenter/contractor/extraordinaire.  really lovely.

but, during the construction, one weekend when work wasn't being done, there was a loud thunking-falling-dropping noise from that previously closed-up staircase.  and, kid you not, we were never able to find the cause.  and, the next week, the radiators in that room made such a high-pitched-crazy-loud-moaning-wail that radiators just don't usually make (and haven't since)....

so, this little library is in honor of our little library (which may or may not have a tiny old soul).
and a gift to the amazing painters that made our library look as if it's been there forever (and who happen to be a little twisted enough (in a good way) to truly appreciate this, I think)...

supplies:  stampin' up!, sizzix, inka stamps

(f.y.i.  she's stamped with staz-on ink onto acetate which is then sticky-stripped to the door frame - so she's pretty much doomed to haunt her library forever, poor sweet tiny one)

(p.s.  happy halloween - almost!)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

so... this happened : )

three cards in the autumn issue of the stampers' sampler

so pleased!!  thank you, stampington :)


Saturday, September 02, 2017

love, love, love, love, love, love fall

fall is here!
first day of fall was yesterday on the meteorological calendar.
yay!  i love love love fall :)

for august's group get-together
all stampin' up! supplies

and we welcomed two more card makers into our group!!
so fun and so valued.
i am so grateful for these women :)

polka dot christmas

there had to be at least one christmas in july card, right?
(posting late, but from july) :)

for july's group

all stampin' up! supplies
 (most of these are retired now, i think, but might be available in the sale section on