Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Salty Kisses and Sandy Toes digi kit

I love the colors in this new kit by JMC Designs,
Salty Kisses and Sandy Toes. 
I've used the kit to create a facebook timeline cover,
a printable card front and a digi scrap page.
It is available at
Now through August 1st, 2017, you can pick up 
each portion of the kit for just $1.00 each ! 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautifully Simple 25th Anniversary Card

Today I'm sharing a 
special card I made for a long time email pen pal.

This is a large card and required extra postage. 
I mailed it an a bubble wrap envelope. 

I used a new to me 6" square embossing folder for the front.
It has so much dimension ! 

The elements on the front are various supplies from my stash:
- the "2 5" was die cut from a piece of card stock that I had a misprint
on from a previous project, so I flipped it over and cut from the clean side.
- the white lace border with touches of shimmer has been in my
sewing stash for years. It's fun to use neglected sewing supplies
on craft projects. I used low temp hot glue to adhere it to the card front. 
- the 5/8" wide organdy ribbon was bought way back when
Stampin' Up! used to sell such ribbon.
- the flower with rhinestone center was part of a layering kit of 
floral pieces that I bought years ago at a yard sale. 

The inside:
I had printed the sentiment I created on my computer
for a previous project, but it was the wrong size so I never used it.
I finally had the perfect project to put that misprint to use.
I embossed along the top and bottom edges
(don't look too closely, I ran it through the wrong way 
so it is actually debossed!).

Because the card front is so large, I had to piece together
two pieces of silver metallic card stock to create the base.

I think this card would be neat as the center of a 12"x 12"
scrapbook page surrounded by small photos of the couple
over the years. Even placed off center with a couple larger photos
from the anniversary celebration. It could be framed and hung on the wall !

I'm entering my card in the 

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hawaiian Summer digi kit

Above are a card front, facebook timeline cover
and a scrap page I made with this colorful
new summery kit by JMC Designs, Hawaiian Summer.
It is on sale until July 28th, 2017

Hawaiian Summer kit includes:
6 Cardstock - 12X12 300ppi
24 Patterned Papers - 12X12 300ppi
70 Unique Elements - Coconut Drink, Flamingo, Hula Boy, Hula Girl, Lights, 2 Masks, Netting, Palm, Pineapple, 3 Surf Boards, Tiki Hut, Tiki Light, Turtle, 4 Leaves, 11 Flowers, 2 Hearts, 2 Sand, Aloha WA, 6 Buttons, 3 Starfish, Sand Dollar, Shell, Water Frame, Sunglasses, Watermelon slice, Sun, 6 Ribbons, Scatter, Stitching, 6 Strings, 3 Swirls, 2 Waves

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Simple Scherenschnitte Unicorn Card

As I was cleaning and packing things to take up to my new craft room, 

I came across a simple Scherenschnitte kit I bought years and years ago.

When I was first married and started to get interested in crafting techniques,

I came across a small crafting magazine and subscribed to it. I don't recall the name,
but it was small in dimension, featuring traditional type crafts such as  paper quilling, 
tatting, knitting and the like.

This magazine also had lots and lots of ads to buy things (probably more 

advertisements than projects actually!). I fell for a few of them.
One of which was this very simple paper cutting, or Scherenschnitte, kit.
It sat in a box all of this time because I really didn't know what to do
with the paper cut silhouette images way back when and had since 
forgotten about having the kit until packing up stuff.

After getting everything set up in the new craft room, the first crafty thing

I did was cut out those silhouettes. Seriously. Just because. 

Fast forward a couple of weeks to my seeing the newest challenge at 

Retro Rubber, somewhere over the rainbow, and I knew what I wanted to make with the unicorn image. Problem was, there wasn't going to be any stamping on my card because I have no rainbow images. I originally thought about cutting paper strips to make a rainbow or even a starburst design. (which would have been a neat look I think, but I've not made one of those yet and wasn't feeling up to the challenge/time commitment today). In the end decided to keep it simple. I used this watercolor-y rainbow looking paper from DCWV and added a rubber stamped greeting from Itty Bitty Banners, Stampin' Up! (approximately 5 years old). 

The unicorn was run through a Xyron sticker maker. Remember those ?
Yes, I had to have one and I barely use it ;) It was still sticky !

It is attached to a tag that I hand cut with a paper trimmer.

A piece of rainbow colored organdy ribbon is hot glued to the top of the tag.

I hand colored portions of the rubber stamp with water based markers,
stamped it, cut it out then added additional colors with pencils. Teeny paper
punch circles of orange card stock are glued to the ends, brad like. 

Back side of the pattern, after trimming it out
and applying the Xyron sticker glue

Paper from the kit
showing the other images

Lastly, I decided to put a new nail hole in my recently
refinished/repainted walls of the new craft room. Eek !
My daughter bought this poster for me quite
some time ago. Now that I had a wall large enough
to hang it, I did . It is a 24"x 36"poster !
It filled in that corner of the room nicely. 

Thanks for looking =) 

I'm entering my card in the 
Retro Rubber.   RRCB67

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Rainbow Colored Christmas Card

I wouldn't normally think to make such a card for Christmas, but I was inspired by two current challenges I follow to use rainbow colors. I like it, all bright and sparkly, reminiscent of Christmas lights !

Part of the Retro Rubber Challenge is to tell how old our stamps are (they must be over a year old).
I had to do some sleuthing for the "celebrate" stamp because there was no year on it. I do know I've had it well over a year (okay, I must fess up, more like a decade!) in my collection.

It says "D.O.T.S." on the side of it. I googled that and from what I could find, it was a rubber stamp company that became Close To My Heart in the year 2000. So I'd venture to say that stamp is at least 17 years old.  It was heat embossed in black on water color paper then I colored each letter in with markers and a bit of water. There were little dots around the word, so I added rhinestones to them. 

"the season" was created with Snap Stamps (Small Casual), individual letters that you snap into place to create your own words.  I really like those stamps and wish I had bought more styles of them than the two I have. There is a copyright on the package from 2005, so they are about 12 years old. Wow, doesn't seem like it was that long ago I bought them. Time flies.

The banner was hand cut then attached with a red eyelet. I should have used a rhinestone brad!

I ran Stickles Diamond glitter glue around the edge of the top panel. 

Thanks for looking =)