Thursday, March 30, 2017

Spring To Do List Notepad

This is a notepad that I recovered.

I used to decorate plain dollar store notepads 
to donate to the school bazaar years ago.
I forgot that I still have quite a stash of them 
I bought and put back for another year,
then they were no longer needed. 

 I used the sketch at 
prompt at Use Your Stuff.

The Stampin' Up! stamps are quite old:
Love Without End, 2003
Alphadots, 2004

Snap Stamps Sm. Formal, 2005

Even the stamped paper has been in my stash far too long.
 I'd totally forgotten about it ! 
It was one of several sheets I did as  
"double time"/ "one sheet wonder"  samples many years ago.

Whisper White, Rose Romance and Brocade Blue inks
and card stocks

hole punch

scrap of blue twill ribbon, unknown

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Paper Doily Mini Basket

Inspired by two challenges I recently came across and the fact that I needed to make
 a few little fun treat holders for Easter, I came up with these wee baskets.

They started as  6 1/2"wide paper doilies I've had in my stash for far too long. 
I made a scrap paper pattern first to see if I could make it work.

I "guesstimated" where to make the horizontal folds,
approximately in thirds for this size of doily. I then measured in 1 1/2"
from each end and trimmed the sides with scissors.
Happy with the way the scrap piece turned out, 
I made one from a doily. 
Note: you may want to pay attention to the scallops on your doily
to center them to your liking on each end.

The ends of the long sides are bent around then glued behind the short sides.
I didn't make crisp fold lines on them as I did on the bottom.

The handle is made from a strip of paper cut to the width and length
that I thought looked fine. I attached 7/8"wide satin ribbon to the top with
double sided tape. The ends are adhered inside the basket with double sided tape.

It looked sort of plain, unfinished, where the ribbon handle was visible
through the sides of the doily basket, so I hot glued on ribbon knots.

A rubber stamped egg image that I selectively colored with markers
to leave a portion off in order to have room to stamp "Happy Easter"
was stamped, trimmed and glued on top of the ribbon knot on one side.
The rubber stamp images are oldies from Stampin' Up!,
dated the year 2000 for the Easter Egg set and I'm not certain 
of the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set age as there is no date on it.
I'm guessing abut 10 years old. 

They are cute little baskets that I will add a bit of filling and
candy to, but not too much because they are quite flimsy.
They aren't very big anyway, so one marshmallow peep 
with a few jelly beans will fill it nicely :)

  Thanks for looking !

I'm entering my paper doily mini treat basket in the following challenges:

Use Your Stuff #256- Doilies
Edited To Add 3/26/2017: my mini basket was featured!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Friendship Card

Here is a sweet little (4 1/4"square) card I made recently.

The pink frame is a scrap that was leftover when I 
die cut the shape for another project. 
It worked well as a frame for the sentiment on this card.
It is attached with dimensionals/pop dots.

The white background of the card was run through
 a letterpress plate then overstamped with another
letterpress plate that I inked to use as a stamp.
Both plates were bought from Stampin' Up! years ago. 

The sentiment, stamped in black Memento ink,
is so old, but will never go out of style ;)
 It is dated 1994 !
It is part of an old stamp named Sayings and Such,
also by Stampin' Up! 

Blushing Bride ink and card stock,

Rhinestones and a paper punched heart
coated with crystal accents to finish it off. 

Because I used such an old stamp
and the letterpress plates on my card,
I am entering it into the following two challenges
that I recently came across :

I could easily participate in the retro challenge again as all of my stamps
are well over a year old . I wonder if there is a challenge for stamps
that are a decade or more older ? Ha ! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leprechaun Kisses digi kit

(word art is from

a new digi kit by JMC Designs

Don't let the name fool you,
there are so many wonderful elements in this kit,
you can create many different digital projects other
than things for St. Patrick's Day. See the designers blog 
for more inspiring ideas by the design team !

I'm entering my Irish Blessing printable in the final challenge at Digitally Sweet.
Edited To Add 3/28/2017:
My page was Top 3 !

Accents - Bows, Flowers, Small and Large Hearts, Labels, Metal Shamrocks, Stars and Tags - One in each color
Lowercase Alphabet
9 Cardstock
8 Journal Cards
24 Patterned Papers
78 Unique Elements - Arrow, 4 Buttons, 4 Lucky Charms, 2 Clips, 5 Clovers, 12 Flowers, 4 Frames, 
2 Grunge, Hat, Heart, Horseshoe, 3 Rainbows, 3 Ribbons, 4 RicRac, 2 Scatters, Staple, 3 Stars, 
2 Stitchings, 5 Strings, 2 Swirls, 3 WordArt and 7 WordBits

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Raindrops Digi Kit

A quick and cute card front that I created with elements from the digital kit
Raindrops by JMC Designs .
I added my own text.

I'm entering my digital card in the final challenge at

7 Cardstock
15 Patterned Papers
46 Unique Elements - Bookplate, Border, Bow, Boy, 3 Buttons, 2 Clouds, 5 Flowers, Frame
Frog, Galoshe, Girl, 3 Leaves, Lightning, Metal Cloud, Metal Drops, Metal Umbrella, Rainbow, 
2 Raincoats, 4 Ribbons, Stitching, 2 Strings, Sun, Swan, 2 Unbrellas, 5 WordArt

found at the JMC Designs blog

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Digital Challenge Blog DT Call

I'm excited to announce that I was invited to be the co-owner of a new
100% digital craft challenge blog !

The first anything goes digital art challenge goes live May 1st.

In the mean time, we have a design team call:

It's time to find our 2017 design team at Digitally Made!  
If you love 100% digital crafting and you have an active blog, 
 then YOU may be who we are looking for.  
The term will be three months starting in May.

What you will be required to do:

. Participate making one digital project every month and upload to our design team blog.  As long as your project is 100% digital, you can create anything you like, there are numerous possibilities. Digital scrapbook pages, journaling, social media covers and digital cards are but a few ideas. Please keep your projects family friendly.

. Post on your personal blog once a month advertising our challenges .

. Be active on our design team blog and check in at least once a week.

. Comment on assigned numbers.

. Vote for a winner at months end. 

If you think this is something that you would like to do, please email us at with the following information:

. Your name and a link to your blog.

. Three photos of your best digital work.

. Current and previous design team experience.  If you have never been on a design team before you are still encouraged to apply.

. The reason you would like to join the team.

.  We currently do not have sponsors for our challenges. You are free to use whatever digital components you wish in your creations (or make them yourself!). 

This call will run from March 13th until 9 a.m. GMT on March 31st   Please email any questions you may have before applying.  We look forward to hearing from you all.
Hugs and happy crafting,

Sonia and 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Surprise Snowfall

  A quick scrapbook page I put together with My Memories Suite software 
and components that came with version 5.

Check back tomorrow for details on a design team call
for the new 100 % digital craft challenge blog
that I will be co-owner of ! 

The above comic strip was spot on :

March 11

March 12

Followed by a deep freeze last night, the flowers are no more :( 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Layered Unicorn Wall Decor

The March Anything Goes crafting challenge
at the
Making Memories Crafting Challenge blog
is now live !

This month the theme is to add some layers.

Our generous sponsors for this challenge are

I used the 
image from A Day For Daisies for my piece. 

I printed the digital image at regular size 
onto white card stock.
It fits nicely into a 6 x 6 frame.

The eye was colored with a marker
and the background was water colored.

The horn has Stickles diamond glitter glue on it
and the ribbons were colored with a silver metallic marker.

I then printed the image two more times 
onto a shimmery white paper,
trimming out the mane portion of each.

The mane is attached with dimensionals and glue
to create dimension.

I made my own very tiny flowers.
The pink "roses" are made from pre-made
five petal paper flowers that I trimmed, scrunched
and glued into place to replicate a rose.
I used a darker color for the base,
lighter for the top layer. 

The tiny yellow flowers were made with paper punches
and have rhinestone accents.

I hand cut teeny little leaves from green card stock
and added detail with a green marker. 

All pieces were carefully glued together with a 
clear drying liquid tacky glue. 
I squeezed a small puddle of the glue onto scrap paper
then used a toothpick to dab very small amounts
of the glue onto each piece.

These flowers are no larger than the end of a pencil,
very small and tricky at times to create !

(instructions for the hand stamped clock can be found on this blog post: )

I was going to chalk / distress paint my frame , 
but decided in the end to keep it black,
thinking the image would pop more

Thanks for looking :)

I'm entering my wall art in the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes 
Double D Challenges - photo inspired: flowers and colors

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Monkey Business digi kit

Monkey Business is the newest
and oh so cute
set of Bits N Pieces kits 
created by JMC Designs 
and now available at
Each portion of the kit is on sale for just $1.00
 through March 8th. 

I'm entering my facebook cover in the final challenge
at Digitally Sweet this month.
It has been fun playing with this 100% digital challenge
the past year since I discovered it.


The color palette includes cream, yellow, red, peach, green, blue and black. 

60 Unique Elements - 4 Arrows, Banner, Bed, Bow, 5 Buttons, 2 Flair, 6 Flowers, 4 Hearts, 7 Monkeys, 3 Leaves, None Sign, 2 Paint, 4 Ribbons, 3 RicRac, 4 Stars, 2 Stitching, 3 Strings, 6 Tags, Tape

24 Patterned Papers

49 Accents - Arrows, Buttons, Flowers, Frame Label, Star, Tag - one in each color

cream, yellow, red, peach, green, blue and black 

7 Card stocks, one in each color
 cream, yellow, red, peach, green, blue and black. 

Mardi Gras Memory Frame

Today I'm sharing my project for the 
March Anything Goes Challenge.
Please read our simple rules first;
you have all month to play along. 

This is a memory frame I built myself from an old
Larson Juhl moulding kit I have had in my stash.
It is 15"square. 

It was easy to assemble,
using wood glue and the included clips.
Everything was precut, nice and clean edges
with mitered corners that matched up well. 

I had glass cut at a local hardware store
because it is cheaper than the glass from a frame shop.
It doesn't have the UV protection that the museum quality glass
from a frame shop has, 
but I don't care since it isn't something I will keep up forever. 

 I added spacers to give it enough depth for the beads 
we caught at a parade to fit.

Dabs of hot glue were used to attach the beads to a piece of mat board.

Photos and paper memorabilia are attached with double stick tape.

The entire piece is mounted into the solid wood  frame with a 
point gun I was given for my birthday. 

I really enjoyed working on this piece and am excited to
put the other two frame moulding kits I have to use soon!

Thanks for looking =)

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team members blogs

House of Cards March Challenge

Time for a new challenge at 
create a scene and/or use the colors.

I used paper punches, a little bit of rubber stamping
and sponging of ink to create a "field of clover"
St. Patrick's Day card.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!
Hearts and Clover stamp set
Kiss Me stamp set
Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight card stocks and inks
Starburst die
Heart trio punch
dimensional (behind the sun)
hand cut paper cloud stencil

Be sure to visit the rest of the design team blogs
for more inspiring ideas:

Chanya13 | Christi | Cohenna | Donna | Em | Heather | Jane | Judy 
Karen | Katarina | Leslie | Maria | Merethe
Michele | Mynn | Nancy |  Paula | Rocky | Rosi 
Shawna | Shirley | Sue N. | Susan 

Thanks for looking =) 

Our challenge lasts all month,
plenty of time to create a card to share !