Thursday, July 24, 2014


Finally, I have my Pail O'Fun Cover done and up for sale via digital download in my Etsy Shop!  I have absolutely not good excuse for while it took me so long or why I haven't posted in 3 weeks!

So, if you would like to purchase the pattern, you can find it here.  It costs only $3.00 and you can use  scraps of fabric to make this cover.  Get a jump start on your holiday gift giving with an awesome Pail O'Fun Cover!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pail O'Fun!

Hello everyone!  I've been spending a lot of time lately with my sewing machine.  I was thinking about making some more Buckets O'Fun.  So, Laura and I went over to the Home Depot so I could get an empty bucket to make the covers, but then we discovered this small metal pail.

It is called the Leaktite 2.5-qt. Metal Pail.  

You can find it on the Home Depot website here.

So, after much trial and error (a lot of error!), this is what I came up with:

It comes on and off the pail with ease, so you can change your cover when ever you please. 

Inside view

You can fit quite a bit in this pail.  There are eight pockets in total around the pail, perfect for holding small dies, buttons, glue sticks, or anything else you want at easy reach.

Here are some more that I made, and I will be posting them in my Etsy Shop today.

I am also working on pattern that will be for sale via an instant download.  I'm very excited as this is the first sewing pattern that I have designed.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Teacher Tiny Totes

I made these for one of my regular Etsy Shop customers.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Fruit Fusion Apple Set and Teacher's Apple
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Versafine, Memento
Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Bazzill, Recollections,  Echo Park
Misc:  Ribbon, baker's twine, My Favorite Things Scallop Edge Die-Namics,  Papertrey Ink Fruit Fusion Apple Die, mini clothespin, chipboard coaster, Copics, Stampin Up Slot Punch, tags, Tiny Totes

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Have A Wonderful Day!

I found this super cute layout/card on Betsy Veldman's blog.  Of course, I had to CASE it, but I made my own little changes:

Now, I don't have the Papertrey Ink Vertical Cuts Cover Plate:  Stripes Vertical Die, so I cheated and used my Cricut to make something similar.  I dusted off my Nestabilities, and made a chipboard frame that is dusted in shimmery glitter and the polka dotted scalloped rectangle.

Two stamps sets were used, both Papertrey Ink, Flower Fusion #1 and Polka Dot Parade #2.  I finished it off with some buttons, a tiny clothespin and some baker's twine.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Flower Fusion #1 and Polka Dot Parade #2
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  Papertrey Ink, Echo Park, Recollections
Misc:  Cricut Craft Room Basics, Nestabilities, glitter, baker's twine, pop up dots, paper punch, tiny clothespin, buttons, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade #2 Die

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You Spin Me Right Round...

Here are a few gifts that I made my Mom and Sister.  We love to craft, and we love to organize our craft stuff!  I bought some Lazy Susans at Ikea (love that place) for the bases, some spray paint at Home Depot, picked my trash for empty cans and went to work.

For this one, I actually spray painted the Lazy Susan as well.  Laura's sewing room is white and blue, and I wanted to it to match.  I couldn't find any paper that I really liked, so I used my favorite piece of fabric I have in my stash.  I used some Heat and Bond on the fabric to give it a little of stability and then Modge Podged it on to my cans.  With Mason Jars being so popular now, I decided that adding one would look nice.  The cans and jar are decorated with bits of lace, ribbon, and pom pom trim.  Then, I added some crochet flowers, decopaged clothes pins, and some felt leaves.

Laura actually surprised me and came over when I was making this, but I know she act completely surprised when I give this to her.  That is what an awesome sister I have!

So, this next one is for my Mom.  I left the Lazy Susan it's natural color.  This time I used some coordinating scrapbook paper.  

Paper:  Graphic 45, Carte Bella
Misc:  Lazy Susans, clothespins, lace, ribbon, pom pom trim, buttons, crochet flowers, felt, Modge Podge, fabric, Heat and Bond, felt heart trim, glue gun, Ball Canning Jar

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Friday, May 23, 2014

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

I just love the My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamps, I wish I could have them all!  Today, I used four of them to make this card.  I dug out some dies that I haven't used in a while and got to work.

The little girls are colored with Copics and their outfits are paper pieced.  Using my Nestabilities, I cut out the four squares and the scalloped frames.  The sentiment is from Great Impressions, it is definitely only of my favorite Beatles' songs.  Peter Frampton and the Bee Gee's did an awesome take on it in the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie.  That movie was so good, saw it in the theatre and even own it on DVD!  The sentiment is framed with the My Favorite Things Framed Greetings Die/Stamp set.

I embellished it with some rolled roses, paper punched butterflies and flowers.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Pure Innocence Holly Girl, Little Angel, Out On A Limb, Corn Maze Girl, Framed Greetings and Great Impressions-I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends
Ink:  Memento, Heidi Swapp
Paper:  Recollections, Echo Park, Dear Lizzy, Papertrey Ink, MME
Misc:  Pop up dots, My Favorite Things Die-Namics Rolled Roses, half pearls, Nestabilities, paper punches

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's Another Birthday Card

I couldn't come up with catchy title, so basically, this is another birthday card.  I, as usual, combined two of my favorite stamp companies, Papertrey Ink and My Favorite Things!  The flowers were made using my Cricut and I made some little flags with scraps and toothpicks.

This is one of those cards that looks better in person than in the photo.  The sun is shining, but its HOT outside, I think I'll stay inside!

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Big Greetings and Papertrey Ink- Fillable Frames #5
Ink:  Heidi Swapp
Paper:  MME, Bazill
Misc:  Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge, buttons, thin wire, toothpicks, paper punches, pop up dots, library card

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Celebrating 50!

So, my best friend in the whole world/sister celebrated her 50th birthday.  In our family, we are not embarrassed of our ages, and we will gladly tell you how we old are!  We are grateful for every year we have lived, no matter if they were great or not so great.

I got the sketch from Pinterest, as usual.  You can find the original blog post, here.  As you can see, I made only a few changes.  While I know I need that specific stamp, I substituted with another PI-Cause for Celebration.  Which I picked up at the My Favorite Things Store in Eustis, Florida.  They were having a holiday celebration last Christmas.  There were snacks, free make and takes, and the shop was open with awesome sales.  I got this little baby for only $2.25!!  Of course, Laura (my bff/sister) and I went and had a blast and spent too much money!  We could have spent more, but didn't.

Let's see, my birthday girl is colored with Copics and her dress/bow is paper pieced.  Lots of dies were used:  Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Numbers, My Favorite Things Scalloped Oval and Fish Tail Pennants.  Throw in a few paper punches, Diamond Glaze, ribbon, half pearls and some cat hair and it's done!  The cat hair was not intentional, when you have Diamond Glaze out and a rather large cat rolling on your table it's inevitable.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-PI Cause for Celebration
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Neenah, American Crafts, My Mind's Eye
Misc:  Paper punches, Nestabilities, Copics, Diamond Glaze, Fish Tail Pennants and Oval Scallop Die-Namics, Numbers Papertrey Ink Dies, pop up dots, half pearls

I hope you have a nice afternoon.  It's sunny and cool here in Central Florida.  I have the windows open, fresh air blowing, good music playing, my kitties, and my craft much better can it get.  My internet was down for a few days this week, so my cable company gave me credit for two free movies on demand, so I will watch some thing this evening.  I'm thinking Devil's Knot, I read the book, and I am interested to see how the movie portrays it.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mom's Big Day

Another card for my Mom!  I am very excited  because to make this card, I only used scraps of paper I had leftover.  I know that sounds bad, but I love it when I can use stuff up, then I can buy more!

So, for the details....I made a chipboard frame using some designer paper, Nestabilities, and a coaster.  The flowers were made using my Cricut and the leaves were paper punched.  I made my own letters using the Papertrey Ink alphabet die, more coasters, and some 3-D Crystal Lacquer.  My last doily (sad face inserted here) and some tiny  butterflies punched out of vellum completed my card.

Stamps:  My Favorite Things-Big Greetings
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Bazzill, Recollections, and I don't know!
Misc:  Paper punches, half pearls, pop up dots, coasters, 3-D Crystal Lacquer, doily, Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge, buttons, Papertrey Ink Modern Alphabet Upper Dies

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Quick...the sun is out, take the picture..

I made this card for my Mom last week, but the weather has been so dreary that the pictures didn't come out right.  It's still a little dark, but I think it's okay.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-CL498
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Recollections, Bazzill, Simple Stories
Misc:  Ribbon, buttons thread, Quickutz Doily Die, Sizzix Leaves Die, Papertrey Ink Flower Dies, pop up dots

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Happy Mother's Day with Graphic 45

Good Morning!  I hope this post finds everyone well.  I've been absent from my blog as of late, I have started a new job that I am pretty excited about!  Finally, a full time position with benefits.  My body is still getting used to my new schedule, so I haven't had a lot of energy for crafty time, but slowly I'm getting into the swing of things!

Here is a Mother's Day card that made last night while watching the Red Sox play, it was a great game.

Stamps:  Hero Arts-CL498
Paper:  Graphic 45, Recollections, October Afternoon, Bazzill
Misc:  Buttons, paper punches, thin wire, Martha Stewart Doily, Nestabilities, Papertrey Ink Flower Fusion #1 Die, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade #2 Die, My Favorite Things Scallop Border Die-Namics

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Wishes

I'm in a card making "kinda" mood today,  used a variety of tools to make this pretty pair.  The basket base was made using a cupcake bottom from the Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge and the handle was made using Nestabilities.  Lines were scored on basket bottom using my Scor-Pal.  The eggs were cut using the Papertrey Ink Egg Die and leaves I just paper punched, scored a middle line, and sponged with some ink.  

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar Spring Fillers.  I just stamped it onto a strip of light kraft cardstock.  It's matted on a matching piece of designer paper.  A simple paper punched butterfly and a half pearl finished the pair off.

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink:  Friendship Jar Spring Fillers
Ink:  Memento, Versafine
Paper:  American Crafts, Recollections
Misc:  Paper punches, Scor-Pal, pop up dots, half pearls, Papertrey Ink Egg Die, Nestabilities, Cricut Sweet Treats Cricut Cartridge

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Candy Cup Easter Baskets

Here are some quick and inexpensive little Easter baskets made with Dollar Store crepe paper streamers, nut cups, and pipe cleaners.

I just glued/ruffled some crepe paper around the nut cup.  Then, I just covered up the glue line with some flat lace.  The handle measures 8 1/2 inches and is hot glued inside the nut cup.  Some green paper shred, flowers, a pretty banner, and, of course, candy and then are done!

Oscar photo bombing....

Tedy has to do everything her brother does, so here she is photo bombing.....

All set and ready for the Easter Bunny!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1
Ink:  Versafine
Paper:  Echo Park
Misc:  Nut cups, pipe cleaners, ribbon, lace, tacky glue, hot glue gun, candy, paper shred, silk flowers, small plastic eggs, crepe paper streamers

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy Easter Gum Wraps

I bought some packages of Eclipse Gum at Target.  Using a bunch of scrap paper, I cut up some strips about  1/2 inch wide and adhered them to a piece of regular copy paper.  This way, I used up some scraps and made some unique designer paper.  Then, I used the packaging that the gum came in as a template.  I just embellished it with a Quickutz doily and one of my favorite stamps (that I haven't used in awhile!).  A little pom pom from my stash and they make a perfect basket stuffer!

Stamps:  Dandelion Designs-Bunny, Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1
Ink:  Memento
Misc:  Eclipse Gum, Quickutz Doily, pop up dots, pom poms, Copics

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Some Bunny Loves You Test Tube Cards With Two Tutorials

Warning:  This is a super long post with two tutorials and photograph heavy.  Grab your favorite beverage and get comfy!!!

I found this card on Nancy's blog, Artful Notions, and fell immediately in love.  While I love Papertrey Ink, it was this particular card that "forced" me to buy the Polka Dot Parade #1 set and the Polka Dot Parade #1 die set.  I must admit, I have little will power, and with stamp set that only costs $5.00 and die set only costs $3.00, how can you go wrong?!

So, I decided to use Nancy's card and some test tubes I had in my stash.  These particular test tubes are flat on the bottom and have a silver screw on top.  This is what I came up with:

Now, I generally like all of the stuff I make, but there is something about these that I really love.

Here is a quick tutorial to make the actual card.

Cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches.  Using a Scor-Pal, score at 3 1/2 inches, 4 1/4 inches and 5 inches.

Fold the card in half at the 4 1/4 inches.

On the folded edge, score at 3/4 inches, 1 1/2 inches, 4 inches, and 4 3/4 inches.

Cut out the center between the score lines all the way to the main score at 5 inches.

When you open the card up, it should look like this:

The test tube will just slide in the card.

I don't have a basket die, so I decided to improvise by using two oval Nestabilities dies.  I used the largest and next largest oval die, the tan embossing pad, and a scrap of paper.

First, cut a large oval out.

Now, put the large oval on the cutting platform on the die cutting machine.  Lay the embossing mat about half way down on the oval.  Then, layer the smaller oval die on top.

Run the oval through the machine.  It will stop when it hits the embossing mat.  Back it up and this is what you will get:

If just flipped it over and folded the part of the small oval that cut back and adhered it to the back of the basket.

Then, I just trimmed the bottom of the basket to give it a flat bottom.

You can decorate your card front and inside, fill it up with some jelly beans and viola you have a great Easter treat.  To make it even more special, you can just put a gift card in the inside pocket.  This was a great project to use up lots of little scraps of paper you may have saved for a rainy day.  

Special thanks to Nancy, for the wonderful inspirations for this project!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink-Polka Dot Parade #1
Ink:  Memento
Paper:  Echo Park, My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Recollections, Bazzill
Misc:  Test tubes, pop up dots, Polka Dot Parade #1 Die set, Nestabilities, paper punches, half pearls, paper shred, candy, Martha Stewart Doilies, Papertrey Ink Fillable Frames #5 Die, pom poms, Scor-Pal, Quickutz Doily Die, Papertrey Ink Mat Stack #3 Die, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

If you need the test tubes, I have some listed in my Etsy Shop, so just hop on over. If you use another type of tube, you will need to adjust the size of your score marks to accomodate the size of the tube.

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