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

{inspired by pinterest MrsHooked}

a card for our June group
all Stampin' Up!
inspired by MrsHooked's pinterest post here (click)

{I miss you, Jan}
{thinking of you}

Monday, June 05, 2017

a gudrun sjoden paperdoll :)

 this was fun :)

gudrun sjoden is a super fantastic, fun, fabulous clothing line from sweden.
this is a paper doll art page inspired by their request for painting dots, stripes, gudrun(!), whatnot...

the main outfit is straight out of their summer catalog.
the other pieces and paper doll are julie nutting stamped images,
watercolor penciled and inked.
(the only parts of the page that I actually painted)  :)

the lovely striped rainbow cardstock is from altenew,
along with many of the embellishments on the page.
other pieces are from prima, queen and co., jenni bowlin, and project life.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

#tbt - scattered seeds : )

so, when I was creating the card with the Eastern Palace Suite (see post below), I remembered these flowers that came out so pretty way back when...

yes, I know they're totally different, but they still reminded me of them : )

from March 2007 for a very fun "traveling scrapbook" where a bunch of us all added pages...

#throwbackthursday #tbt

{hello, eastern palace}

with Stampin' Up!'s new release,
Eastern Palace Suite

 this is my project for the monthly get-together of Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends,
who have let me stay on with them even though I'm not a demonstrator any longer : )


for supply list and a couple of tips,
please see upload to my splitcoast stampers' gallery : )

Sunday, May 07, 2017

only 364 days until the next national scrapbook day!

Yesterday was so much fun!

I be-bopped around lots of blogs and websites.  So many companies and designers put so much effort into making great challenges and inspiration for National Scrapbook Day.  I loved all of it!!  Thank yous to everyone who went all out :)


I made this page using Scrapbook and Cards Today's National Scrapbook Day sketch inspiration from their blog.   I'm usually always up for a two-page layout, but I liked the way this one came together much better as just one page.  I used mostly their amazing, amazing, amazing Hello Beautiful scrapbook kit.  It all fits so nicely together and is just perfect for these favorite gnome photos!!


I have actually had that large "paintbrush" sticker embellishment (Rebecca Sower, I believe!) for probably more than 10 years!  I've almost donated it a few different times, but it finally found its forever home on this page.  So fun and perfect to go with Lil Monet's paintbrush behind his back :)


That "delight" word is in acrylic, and it's so fantastic!  I love it.  I want a hundred words like that : )


The three hearts are actually a pre-made embellishment from Crate Paper - also a part of the Hello Beautiful kit.  They looked like they needed full shaker hearts, so I took the lazy way and made them faux-shaker hearts by gluing sequins randomly : )  (A little tip from me that you can snag!)


The tags behind the hearts have journaling on the backsides.  The gnome was designed by Richard Chappini of Ohio and was a part of a "Gnome and Garden" exhibit in the Holden Arboretum back in 2011.

One more Happy National Scrapbooking Day (er... Weekend!) to everybody!!

Supply list:

from Scrapbook and Cards Today's Hello Beautiful scrapbook kit:
Bazzill Basics Lily White cardstock
Simple Stories:  Love and Adore - Hello Beautiful patterned paper
Simple Stories:  Love and Adore - Sealed with a Kiss patterned paper
PhotoPlay Paper:  Bloom Stickers
Crate Paper:  Maggie Holmes' Chasing Dreams Ephemera
Crate Paper:  Maggie Holmes' Chasing Dreams Vintage Buttons
Studio Calico Seven Paper:  Puffy Alphabet Stickers
Acrylic word
Simple Stories:  Love and Adore Enamel Dots

other supplies:
Prima Marketing Rossibelle Flower
Stampin' Up! Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Rebecca Sower Designs:  Nostalgiques Sticker


Saturday, May 06, 2017

{mixed media challenge on}

joining in on a mixed media challenge on for national scrapbooking day #nsd

got hands just somewhat messy with this one!
the grungeboard hinges are gesso-ed and then inked and spritzed.
the photo is painted with an acrylic dabber and stencil.
the edges of things are distressed with a paper-edger-thing. :)

and, yes, I am still stuck on birds and keys! : )

*extensive* supply list:

idea-ology Wallflower paper stash
idea-ology Grungeboard - Elements
stampers anonymous Layering Stencil - Speckles
Distress Inks - Vintage Photo and Tea Dye
Distress Paint Dauber - Picket Fence
from Prima:
Color Bloom spray mist - Tea Stain
Say It In Crystals
Whisper White cardstock 12x12
Hodgepodge Hardware
Kraft Rope Trim
Roller Date Stamp
Journaling Pen - black
White Gesso primer
Jawbreakers - Candy Shoppe enamel
Pure Luxury Cardstock - pure white 8.5x11
from various etsy shops:
Somitape washi tape (I think!)
styrofoam birds' eggs
bronze key

*gesso hands*

it's here! it's here! {National Scrapbook Day}

It's the most wonderful time of the year...  sing with me! :)

Mike's in charge today so that I can scrap my heart out, as he phrases it!

First up, a challenge on the Creative Memories facebook page.
Creative Memories is where it all started for me with scrapbooking and crafting 16 years ago
(thank you, Cristal G.!!), so I can't have National Scrapbook Day without it.  Just wouldn't be right!

 This was a sketch challenge.  I saw it with only 25 minutes before it was due.
So, took about 20 minutes to put together, start to finish, after printing the sketch out and grabbing the materials (new Woodland collection for boys).  What an adrenaline rush!!

Unfortunately, I missed the deadline by 2 minutes, so I went ahead and edited the photos and watermarked them before posting :)
But still so fun!!
I love Creative Memories.  Great people.  Great quality.  Love :)

Thursday, May 04, 2017

tbt: Happy National Scrapbooking Day (almost)!

#TBT - ("Throw Back Thursday" for those of you who, like me, might have to ask their tween what a fleek is...)
National Scrapbook Day (International now?!) is coming!!  This Saturday!  I have much cleaning and organizing to do if I'm going to be able to create anything this weekend.  So, here is an old post with a little paper love : )   Do you have any links to share to some of your National Scrapbook Day fun, old or new?

I'm so excited!
Ellie and I are on the home page of SplitCoastStampers!
My "rock star" layout is heading up the notice about National Scrapbook Day fun at SCS :)

How cool is that?! (and how cool is my little rock star?! LOL)

I love National Scrapbook Day, because, even if I don't have time to scrap that day, it's still a great time to reflect on the awesome friendships, support and inspiration that can be found in this amazing hobby! I hope you have a great one!!