Tuesday, July 26, 2016

'Maters and Makes

Although I've been working on a few projects lately, they aren't anything I can share just yet ;)
I'm now on three design teams, all of which post monthly challenges/projects on the 1st of the month. I'll have four crafty posts on August 1st for those of you that follow my blog :
a repurposed item for the debut of the new Love To Craft Challenge Blog, a card for House of Cards Challenge Blog and digital projects with two new digi kits for JMC Designs.

In the mean time, above are photos of my three heirloom tomato plants this year. This is the best luck I've had growing tomatoes in years, despite adverse weather conditions and critters getting to them at times. I have about a dozen nearly ready to pick, woo hoo !!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Love Is Everything digi kit

Three projects I made as part of the design team

facebook timeline cover

card front

 scrapbook page

What a beautiful new vintage kit at
Love Is Everything !


12 Cardstock - 12X12 300dpi
5 Antique Frames
18 Distressed Patterned Papers - 12X12 300dpi
60 Unique Elements
Antique Metal Flower Pin
Bead Scatter
5 Buttons
Heart Charm
3 Ephemera 
6 Flowers
3 Frames
Glitter Scatter
7 Greenery
2 Grunge
2 Hearts
Key Hole
5 Leaves
Metal Heart
Metal Leaf
Pocket Watch
7 Ribbons
Safety Pin
Sequin String
2 Tags
Word Bit

Friday, July 15, 2016

Frosty Blue Christmas Card

The challenge at 

The idea that immediately comes to mind with that color palette
is snow. I wanted to do something different though. 
I decided to make a silver Christmas tree,
reminiscent of the old aluminum Christmas trees! 

I used silver embossing powder on a pine branch image that was stamped with Versamark ink.

The ornament image was stamped with a an old Frost color Kaleidoscope ink pad (there are three shades of blue on it, difficult to tell in the photo) onto glossy white card stock. I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and punched it out with a coordinating paper punch. It is mounted on a pop dot / dimensional.

I carefully added thin lines of diamond Stickles on the swirls of the ornament.

Light blue ink was used on the background stamp. NOTE:  The background stamp was an afterthought because I thought it looked too empty, too much white and "off balance" to me otherwise. I should have stamped the background first rather than after embossing the branches. The branches would have been lined up better with the main sentiment on the background stamp.

The stamped piece is layered onto silver metallic and medium blue card stock then adhered to a pale blue textured card stock base.

Silver edged white organdy ribbon and narrow polka dot light blue ribbon are tied into a knot then hot glued to the top of the ornament to finish it off.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm also entering my card in the July Challenge at Christmas Cards All Year Round

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra July anything goes

Anything Goes at Through The Craft Room Door

7/22/2016   EDITED TO ADD:
My card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown !

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Crafting Challenge Blog Coming Soon !

I am thrilled to announce that I am part of the design team for a new all crafts challenge blog debuting August 1st , Love To Craft Challenge Blog !!! Stop by to meet the design team and to sign up to follow us.

Below is some information as posted on the blog home page:

 Love To Craft Challenge Blog is a new all-crafts challenge blog launching on August 1st! We're the sister blog to Love To Scrap Challenge Blog! We're low key and laid-back, and we're playing just for the shear FUN of it! We want to inspire and be inspired! We want everyone to join in and have an opportunity to show off what you're working on, no matter what it is!

We welcome any and all kinds of family friendly handmade creations - from cards, tags, ATCs and scrapbook layouts  - to 3-D projects, mixed media canvases and altered projects - and even knitting, crocheting, quilting and jewelry-making! Whatever you're working on, we want to see it! :)

Our challenges will go live at 6:00 AM EST on the 1st day of every month and run until 6:00 PM EST on the last day of the month. Winners and Top Picks will be chosen by our design team and announced on the 15th of the month following the close of each challenge. 

You may enter our challenges up to five times (as long as each project is different) and you may combine our challenges with as many other challenges as you'd like! The more the merrier! :)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Triangle Santa Christmas Card In July

Seeing all of the holiday movies being played on 
a certain TV channel got me to thinking that I ought to 
check out a couple Christmas card challenge blogs
that I participated in last year. 
Although I don't send out very many,
it's a perfect time to start working on Christmas cards :) 

52 Christmas Card Throwdown, I knew what I wanted to make.
I finally got around to making it. 

 I lightly blushed the cheeks with chalks / pastels.

Eyes were made with a marker.

Hat pom pom is a 1/4"circle punch. A tiny pom pom or jingle bell would be fun to use!

Die cut circle has real stitching and the edges are distressed.

Embossing folders from Cuttlebug:
Divine Swirls
Christmas Countdown (I think that's the name)

The edges of the kraft card base are lightly sponged with brown ink.

Pattern I drew on scrap paper to start.
I cut it apart and traced onto card stock scraps.
The pieces were hand cut with scissors then pieced together
onto a larger scrap of card stock. I trimmed around it
 then adhered it to my card front with dimensionals / pop dots. 

I was inspired by this image I saved long ago.
At the time I thought I'd use the idea to make ornaments
out of fabric scraps to give as gifts.
I never got around to it.......

Thanks for looking =)

I'm also entering my card in the following challenges:

Christmas Cards All Year Round - July Anything Goes

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - vintage or anything goes

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

EDITED JULY 15, 2016:
My card was chosen as an honorable mention !

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Digital Card for a Boy

 Printable all digital card front

 matching printable all digital inside of card

I'm excited to share today's project, 
a 100% printable card I created !

Why I am I excited about sharing it ?
I won the image by participating in a recent challenge!
I then challenged myself to color it in digitally.
A challenge it was since the image was 
just a flat jpg image, ready to print.
I wanted to color it in digitally so I could
enter the card in the newest challenge at
This may not fit the true "travel"theme
the challenge coordinators were thinking, though.

This is the jpg image I won from
AJ's Race Car.

(I altered it slightly, not intentionally,
just happened with my trying to color it digitally)

Although I am getting decent enough at making digital 
projects with digital kits and My Memories software,
I want to learn how to use Photoshop Elements.

Using Photoshop Elements 14,
I managed to muddle my way through making a copy of the
jpg into a transparent png to use for my colored image.
Yes. that was time consuming and it is not an exact 
copy of the image, but it worked well enough. 

I used the jpg image as bought as my background layer.
I then colored it in on a couple of other layers 
(this is all new to me, trial and error!!!).
I was pretty proud of myself for figuring out
how to lightly blush his cheeks, too.

Once I was happy enough with the coloring,
I put the transparent png image on top to
get the details back in to the image. 

It was then saved as a jpg and imported into the
My Memories Suite software along with elements
to create the card. 
Aharoni font was used for the sentiments,
italicized on the front.

They were then saved as a jpg to share here.

I do have a lot to learn about digital coloring,
but overall am pretty proud of how this turned out :)

In addition to entering this 100% digital card in the 
I'm entering it into the following challenges:

Thanks for looking !


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Through The Craft Room Door Magazine July

I've had a secret for a couple of weeks now:
My faux black and white photo technique for rubber stamping
was published as a tutorial in the July/August issue of 

AND I just received notification that the baby Alice name frame
I shared in the TTCRD gallery is a featured project :) 

The magazine is now available for subscribers:

Let Freedom Ring digi kit

facebook timeline cover

card front

Three projects I made with the wonderful new
 digital kit by JMC Designs .
It is now available at
and is on sale for a very limited time 
for just $3.00 !

This large kit contains:
9 Cardstock
8 Extra Papers
18 Glitter Papers
8 Journal Cards
38 Word Bits
62 Unique Elements
2 Arrows
2 Badges
3 Bows
3 Buttons
5 Fireworks
Wooden Flag
6 Flowers
4 Frames
2 Grunge
4 Leaves
Metal Star
6 Ribbon
2 RicRac
2 Rockets
2 Stars
Star Clip
Star Frame
3 Strings
4 Tags
2 USA Flair

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sunshine Everywhere digi kits

facebook timeline cover 

card front

Sunshine Everywhere is a cheery sweet new 
set of Bits N' Pieces kits
by JMC Designs at Scraps-N-Pieces.com.
Each portion of the kit is on sale for $1.00
until July 7th. 

July Challenge at House Of Cards

Wow, this year is just flying by, isn't it ? 
Half over already !

July 1st and it's time for a new challenge at
This month is an inspiration photo
using the colors and/or use a fruit image. 

My card posted above uses similar colors.
I used white water color paper, Barely Banana grosgrain ribbon,
Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze color card stocks. The
Sun Ripened image was stamped with black Stazon ink then
water colored in with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz,
Wild Wasabi and Baja Breeze inks.

The home made background paper isn't an exact match
since I used crayons and I don't have any colors
like those in the palette. Perhaps there are crayons 
nowadays that are similar, but I was using crayons
that are 20 year old leftovers from my kids' coloring days!
Keep reading to see how I made the background as well as see
a sample made with the same technique, 
but on glossy card stock for a different look. 

Closeup of the bottom portion of the card. 
I stamped script over the home made background paper
with black Stazon ink.

Closeup to show the dimension I made on the leaves 
by cutting around portions of them with an Xacto knife
then carefully lifting and bending them.
I also pushed out the pear from the backside of the 
card stock using a stylus. That did not photograph well.

Melted Crayon Background How To:

protected work surface
card stock
smooth bottom iron (I used aluminum foil on mine)
assorted colors of crayons
crafty cat helper, optional, but not recommended when iron is in use ;)

My (Grandmas's) old iron gets plenty warm on the lowest setting
 to easily melt the crayons onto the aluminum foil cover.
Be sure to remove the paper wrappers of the crayons
before you start !

Smear the melted crayons the card stock. 
Depending on the type of card stock you use,
you will see different results. 
Plain matte card stock absorbs the melted crayon
while the wax remains on the top of glossy card stock. 
Sample of each below:
Glossy is on the left and matte is on the right.
Both used the same colors of crayons.

Play around with different types of card stock and colors
of crayons, using more or less melted crayon,
smooshing around more or less, experiment away !

This is a finished card made with the glossy card stock
that I melted crayon onto. The greens really popped
on the glossy card stock ! I used the exact same crayons
as I did on the pear card made with matte card stock. 

Be sure to visit the rest of the House of Cards design team
bloggers to see their wonderful creations ! 

Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Karen | Katarina | Katy | Leslie | Linda | Merethe
Michele | Mynn | Paula | Rocky | Rosi | Ruza
Shawna | Shirley | Steph | Sue N. | Susan | Tina | Toni

I'm entering my card in the following challenges:

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes