Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Papercraft Star 77


Wow, are you as tired as I am ??

Now is the time to kick back, and have a cup of tea or coffee.  That is our theme at Papercraft Star this week !

Always, at Papercraft Star, you can use the picture if you chose.  

Personally, I am going to have some Chai Tea, wonder why ...
The teapot has been stamped and fussy cut from 177, Whimsical Turquoise, from our Sponsor, theHouseAcrosstheBay.

Teapot image paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Creative Imaginations
Stamp - Kaiser
Flowers & pearls - Recollections
Punch - ek success
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Doily - Stash

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Papercraft Star 76


Papercraft Star has a beautiful photo this week  ....

with a theme of a tag, or a gift card holder !

Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - Recollections
Brad - Bo Bunny
Cording & tulle - stash


Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas at home again


A little picture of my mantel
The lights are always on

and beneath, the snowman is reverse painted on a vintage window

Here are the invitations we used this year for our annual open house !

Very simple, but really quite nice I thought.

Submitted to:
Crimbo Crackers - Embossing

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Pearls & Rhinestone brad - Recollections
Seam Binding - Hug Snug
Bead and cording - stash


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

First snow


Here in Oregon's Willamette Valley, we don't get a lot of snow.  Ok, hardly any at all, ever.  Maybe a dust every couple of years.  We have mountains on either side of us, with lots of snow there !  Mostly I love to look at it from a long (long long) distance away.  After living 9 years in Minnesota, and 3 years in Ohio I have found snow is always better seen than driven upon.

Isn't that a wonderful digi image, a beautiful outdoor tree decorated with stars and snow.  I have had this image for a very long time, but never pulled it out to use.

Here are the challenges I am entering !

Scrap Creations - First Snow
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Winter Wonderland
Use it Tuesday - Hoarded supplies (digi image)

Digi image - Sabrina (etsy shop)
Everything else - Recollections


Papercraft Star 75


At Papercraft Star we have decided to go with a theme challenge each week, with a photo.  The photo part isn't a particular REQUIREMENT, it is only use if you choose.  This week our photo is ....

The theme is, a bell or an ornament.
I got all excited over the sparkle and colors, and then here is what I came up with ....  Barely a sparkle anywhere ...  lol

This was a difficult card to make too - I am totally rusty on my card skills as I haven't made but one or two in the past, oh, month maybe.

Pop over to Papercraft Star this week - such a simple challenge !  The tag is from theHouseAcrosstheBay, and is called Grunge Tags (048), not even a Christmas tag, but it sure looks that way to me !!

Tag - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Close to My Heart
Design Paper - Recollections, Bo Bunny
Holly "tape" - Anna Griffin
Scroll & Sentiment - Flower Soft
Flower - Petaloo
Ribbon - Hug Snug seam binding
Punch - Martha Stewart
Bells & gold cording - stash


Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Altered Alice


I did an Alice tree this year, and just by coincidence, found an Alice challenge, at The Altered Alice to enter !  What are the chances, wow.

Here is my entry !

The tree is red and purple, topped with a Mad Hatter hat.  I have used some red hearts, some "card" ornaments, watches and clocks, images stickled from both Graphic 45, and theHouseAcrosstheBay (which are also Copic colored), and lots of crazy sticky-outy things to make it look a little more surreal.
It was totally fun to do !!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Papercraft Star 74


Papercraft Star Challenge 74 opens today with this gorgeous photo as our inspiration !  The theme is "a tree."

Here is my "tree" contribution !!

I used some different papers here, but I always seem to want to do a Christmas card with kraft.  I dunno why ??

The red is a digital image from theHouseAcrosstheBay, our sponsor at Papercraft Star.  (#148, Inked Grunge.)  The stamp was heat embossed in black to make the silhouette details brighter.  The background is covered in stickles.

You probably have a card sitting on your craft table right now, with a tree on it.  We would love to see it at Papercraft Star !!!

Digital image - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Tim Holtz, Graphic 45
Stamp - TPC Studio
Bling - Recollections


Sunday, December 4, 2011


Sorry I have been absent for a few days.  Things have been just a little nuts here as we prepare for the holidays.  Both of us are in the throes of a bout of bronchitis, and we are awaiting news of Dom's impending surgery.  He has recently been diagnosed with Achalasia, a rare disorder that comes along as often as a lottery winner does - with those kind of odds he should have opted for the lottery instead !!  We will be traveling to Portland Oregon for his surgery in the next few weeks.

Meantime, here are some Christmas tree photos.
 Dining Room


Living Room
 Media Room
 Media Room
Media Room

Alice in Wonderland tree
Living Room 

I am not overly thrilled with the Alice tree pictures, and will take more on a brighter day.  The Alice images are from theHouseAcrosstheBay, I added color with Copics, some stickles, and they are attached to a weird little circle/bead ornament.  On this set it says "Eat", as in "eat me", the other one is "Drink", as in drink me, the both together conjure up -
Eat, Drink and be Merry

I will be back soon with some more cards !!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Papercraft Star 72


A happy Thanksgiving to all !
This week at Papercraft Star we are hosting anything goes !!

It seemed a good idea when I dreamed it up, thinking we all were getting prepared for the holiday, and not wanting to spread ourselves too thin on the creative end.  BUT, if this is like other anything goes challenges we have done in the past, our DT will have a whole lot of commenting to do !  Duh, didn't think of that....

This week I used a freebie we posted at Papercraft Star a couple of weeks ago, from our sponsor theHouseAcrosstheBay.  I colored it with copics, used some Spellbinders, ran it through the Cuttlebug, or at least Spencer did, and that was about all it took !

Holly Image - theHouseAcrosstheBay (this is a freebie)
Cardstock - Recollections, K & Co
Design Paper - K & Co
Ribbon - stash


Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Hope


This week always seems so busy every year !  Not only Thanksgiving, but we also are preparing our home for Christmas.  The big thorough clean, moving around the furniture, and setting up all the Christmas trees.  We won't light them until the dishes are washed on Thanksgiving Day, maybe they won't even be decorated yet, but they will all be in place !  

Thank goodness my son-in-law is always a good sport, and never says (aloud) how nutty that all really is.

Here is one of my first Christmas cards this season.  I have made a couple, and there are many more to come !!

The sketch is from Card Patterns...

Other challenges I am entering are:

Kraft Journal - Christmas Gifts
Paper Creations - Christmas Theme
Paper Sundaes - Beautiful bows

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Minds Eye, Graphic 45, the Paper Company
Ticket - Tim Holtz
Sentiment background - Making Memories
Rub ons - (holly & Sentiment )  K & Co
Button - Bo Bunny
Punches - Martha Stewart, ek success
Ribbon - Hug Snug (hand dyed) 
Twine - stash

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Quirky Crafts Challenges


This week I am the Guest Designer over at Quirky Crafts Challenges !  These lovely ladies selected my card as a winner a couple of weeks ago, and now have invited me to join them for this challenge.

A white challenge is always so much fun.  You think they will be easy, but nooooooo.  And for me, keeping something clean and simple is so difficult.  But in the end, they always look so classic and sharp.

The sentiment is a digi stamp from Digital Delights by Louby Lo0 - and it has a very cute cute pirate to go along with it !

If you haven't tried a white challenge, now is the time !!  

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Quirky Crafts Challenges for this week's opportunity to join in with them !!

Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - The Paper Company
Sizzix embossing folder
Gelly Roll pen
that is all it took !


Friday, November 18, 2011

Alice in Wonderland tree ?


Found this very very cute Bo Bunny paper at my LSS, Karen & Friends.  As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to turn it into a clock for a Christmas tree decoration.  As I was working on it, I thought more and more about making one of my trees an Alice in Wonderland tree.  I think I can do it pretty cheaply, less than $20, since I have so much Christmas stuff in my attic stash, purple and red maybe ?

Bo Bunny paper - $1.09
Chipboard - .69
Clock hands - $2.99

Everything else I had on hand.  

1) Sprayed all over with white marshmallow Tattered Angels mist.
2) Cut chipboard circle and used 3M spray adhesive to attach the paper. 
3) Stamped and embossed in gold the center, which is a Bo Bunny stamp. 
4) Added Liquid Pearls in dots around.
5) Added some cheap Michaels rhinestones to the scrolling.
6) Added gold Stickles to the circumference.

Of course, it never shows up as glittery and shiny as it looks InRealLife.  More Christmas Tree photos to follow !!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Papercraft Star 71


 We have had some gorgeous photos at Papercraft Star for our inspiration.  This week we are looking for a thank you card, and check out this gorgeous picture !

The photos we use at Papercraft Star are always Use If You Choose, so it doesn't HAVE to look like this, but doesn't it help to have a photo to begin ?

Ok, how very cute is that postcard from theHouseAcrosstheBay.... I have been wanting to use it for quite a while now, just didn't have the right opportunity.

Pop on over to Papercraft Star this week - our design team always has something wonderful !  This week we have the sparkling Ros Crawford as our Guest Designer, and she has really taken this picture to heart.

Postcard - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Prima, K & Co
Punch - ek success
Flower petals & brad - Recollections
Flower button - Bo Bunny
Jewelry cording and netting - stash
Ink - Ranger Distress


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Papercraft Star 70


Papercraft Star has a number challenge this week.  Here is our photo - we always have a gorgeous photo that you can use if you choose !

Maleah Matthews is a local photographer here in Eugene.  This is the third of her photos we have used at Papercraft Star as inspiration.

Also this week we have the talented Sylvia Nelson as our Guest Designer. 

The diary page is from theHouseAcrosstheBay, our sponsor. 

If you haven't tried using digitals yet, you are missing out.  Once you download them, just print them on your computer, and you have a wonderful image for life !  All that need to hoard the good stuff to "use later" is gone !  Use it now, use it again next week, yup.

Hope to see you this week at Papercraft Star !!

Digital Diary Page - theHouseAcrosstheBay etsy shop
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Prima, Creative Imaginations
Stamp - Bo Bunny
Brad, little envelope, key - K & Co
Ink - Ranger Distress
Flower - Recollections
Ribbon - Hug Snug



Tuesday, November 8, 2011

CCCB 82 - Thanks*giving


It seems like there is always something that keeps me from playing my most favorite challenges.  Right now it is those dust bunnies haunting me, they are hanging about beneath the dining room table, and they will NOT go away.  So I worry and fret over them, and put out traps that never seem to catch them ....

At City Crafter this week we have a Thanks*Giving challenge - a thank you card or a homemade gift.  I chose the thank you card, as my brain is just a little addled lately, and I would be likely to create something perfectly awful for someone I truly love, probably made from dust bunnies.  *sigh*

Here is my Thanksgiving tree this year !

And my Thank You card ......

Cardstock – Bazzill (Sage)
Design Paper – K & Co (flora & fauna ledger),
         7 Gypsies (Conservatory)
Border – K & Co.
Botanical frame –
Dragonfly brad – Recollections
Stamps – Tim Holtz (bird), Fiskars (gratitude)
White thread
Ink – Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo), Versamark (black)


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chilly Fall


I took down the Halloween things today, but the fall decorations remain until Thanksgiving.  Hope to get my fall tree up and decorated this week, I am just a little behind !

I have said so many times that this is my favorite time of year, so I was happy to make one more Fall Leaf themed card !  The ribbon was cream colored, and I dyed it with Tsukinek Walnut Ink.

I am entering this card in four challenges, all of them new to me !
Make My Monday - Autumn Leaves
The Pink Elephant - Distressing
UnstampaBelles - Autumn/stitching
Quirky Crafts -  Autumn leaves

Cardstock - Coredinations
Design Papers - Recollections
Rub on sentiment - MAMBI
Flower - Prima
Ink - Ranger Distress
Ribbon, twine, leaf brads - stash


Papercraft Star 69


Papercraft Star  
opens today, with this picture

Use a flourish !

This looks like November to me, brrr.

I made this manly card using theHouseAcrosstheBay's Vintage Ad Frames (#100), which I printed on vellum, and overlaid on top of the Holtz stamp.  Beneath the brad in the upper left corner is a washer.  Very simple card.

Here is my little man, he is turning 4 next week, hard to believe...

Hope to see you at Papercraft Star this week for this easy easy challenge. !!

Cardstock – Bazzill (Truffle)
Design Paper – Basic Grey (Archaic), Bo Bunny (etcetera), vellum
Frame Overlay – theHouseAcrosstheBay Etsy shop
Stamps – Tim Holtz, TPC
Brad – Making Memories
Ink – StazOn (black), Ranger Distress (Vintage Photo)
Punch – ek success
Washer, beads, jewelry cording – stash



Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Papercraft Star 68


This week at Papercraft Star we have this cool sketch from our Kim...

This is the last week we have Kim Duran with us at Papercraft Star, and I know I am going to miss her sooooo much.  What a great teamie, and a wonderful designer.  When she applied for our Design Team long ago, we had to add her, or she would have walked away with all our prizes week after week !!  How she will be missed....

Here is my card this week - not one of my greatest, but I feel pretty good about getting it done with an abscessed tooth, and Dom's medical issues too.   No way to fix my tooth, so it is coming out.   grrrr

The (secret)  handwriting digital is from Rilly at theHouseAcrosstheBay, called the Write Stuff, # 031.

Handwritten note - theHouseAcrosstheBay etsy shop
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye
Ribbon - s e i
Flowers - a gift from Tracy !
Doily - stash
Rub on - Mrs. Grossman


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Papercraft Star 67


Papercraft Star opens today - #67.  Our theme this week is Trick or Treat !

I dunno, is this card a trick or a treat ?  If someone sent it to me, I just might think it was a terrible trick.  That woman looks remarkably like me....

Very easy challenge this week - everyone has a Halloween card somewhere !
I free hand cut the hat and the dress.

Hat, dress, frame - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Sentiment - Reminisce
Ink - Ranger Distress
Face - Digital Designs
Arms & Legs - Cassie's Creations


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Card Patterns 137


Card Patterns sketch for this week ....

And, as usual, a little goofy and off on my part ....

I punched a circle, recycled some packaging, and embossed it, on top of cardstock done the same way, for more texture.  The frame is die cut from two different Spellbinder dies.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Design Paper - My Mind's Eye, Basic Gray
Flowers - Recollections
Happy Brad - K & Co
Punch - ek success
Jewelry cording
Bling & lace - stash
Recycled Packaging


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

City Crafter 78

Thank you ladies at CCCB for the Honorable Mention two weeks ago !

This week at City Crafter - black & cream !!

One of my favorite color combinations !

Script paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - Recollections
Design Paper - Creative Imaginations
Stamp - TPC
Bling - Recollections
Ink - Ranger Distress
Punch - Martha Stewart
Lace - stash


Papercraft Star 66


This week at Papercraft Star, we are looking for a leaf !  This is our inspiration picture.  The photo is actually from a local artist here in Eugene, and this is a very typical look of our fall.  Not overly colorful, as fall colors go, but we always have the beautiful green grass and bushes to soften every season.

My card is very very simple - I used one of Rilly's CardMaker Scroll series paper, theHouseAcrosstheBay Etsy shop, for the background.  Old architecture, surrounded by the brilliance of autumn.

Scroll Paper - theHouseAcrosstheBay
Cardstock - DCWV
Design Paper - Bo Bunny
Ink - Ranger Distress
Flower - Prima
Leaf - Recollections
Sticker - K&Co