Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge # 356 with DRS Designs

DRS Designs is the sponsor for the new
 Anything Goes Challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  
It was so nice of  DRS Designs  to give each member of the Tuesday Throwdown Design Team B a digital image.
Thank you.
I chose to use this beautiful Autumn Flower Spray.  
It will be perfect for a friend who is having a late September birthday.

You may notice that there are no black lines on the digi image.  The image does not come that way.  Actually, I had just changed the blue ink in my printer and this was the first thing I printed.  Instead of a black and white image, I got a brown and white image.  For several days I was cleaning and recleaning the heads on the ink cartridges.  I finally did a print alignment and noticed I only had lines in red, yellow, and black.  Ah ha!  There was something wrong with that new blue cartridge.   I removed it, shook it, and could hear it was full of ink.  Then I spotted the problem!  I never removed that little bitty piece of paper that covers the ink opening.  Duh!  Once again I could print in black and white.  But in this case, I kind of liked the brown outline on the image.

I hope you'll stop by the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog to see what my teamies made, check out their blogs and leave them some love.  And don't forget to enter a project in the challenge for a chance to win a prize from

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Playing with Popsicle Sticks

What a wonderful day I had with my two grandsons while my daughter-in-law attended a teachers' seminar and spent some time getting her classroom ready.  The boys assured me they had new shoes and all the pens, pencils and notebooks they would need for the new school year. 

They arrived early with a box of donuts.  Once all the sugar kicked in, we played a fun game of Kerfuffle, similar to Quirkle only you might have to whistle while you take your turn or do the Chicken Dance if you can't make a move.  Next we headed to the local arboretum and spent an hour or so hiking the trails and being bitten by bugs.  (Forgot the bug spray.  Duh!)
After lunch it was time to craft.  I had just picked up 2 bags of popsicle sticks on Tuesday and Matt is very familiar with Pinterest when it comes to finding a project.
Here's project #1:
A miniature bow, using a toothpick for the arrow.
The bow is a small popsicle stick with half of a hair clip hot glued to each end, washi tape to reinforce the middle, and baker's twine stretched end to end.  The darn thing works pretty well, too.
Break time for a game of croquet.  And my DH got home from golfing just in time to join us. 
Project #2 was a bit more involved - a pencil holder for Mom's classroom,
 with a little spot for paper clips at the top and a place for a pad of post it notes on the side.  We were just placing the last popsicle stick when my daughter-in-law arrived to pick up my two charges.
The plan was to spray paint this teal when they got home, to match the classroom color scheme.
No cards to show you today.   But one post down you'll find two fun folds I made for the CTMH Joyful Stars August Blog Hop.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Joyful Stars CTMH August Blog Hop

Welcome to the August

Close to My Heart Joyful Stars Blog Hop.  

Have some fun hopping between the blogs of this group of talented Close to My Heart consultants, and me, where we share creative projects using CTMH products.

Today I am sharing two cards.  
First, I've made a T-slide birthday card using papers from the CTMH Jack Workshop on the Go.
The fun party hat is a cricut cut on the CTMH Flower Market cartridge.

The T-slide card tutorial can be found at Beccy's Place along with many more easy to follow tutorials.

My second card, using the same paper, is a Christmas card.  The cricut cuts are from the CTMH Artistry, Artbooking, and Flower Market  cartridges.

I followed a tutorial for this two way fun fold card, but converted the design to use CTMH products and added a few touches of my own.
 Remember, the Jack papers and other products in the Seasonal Expressions catalog are only available until the end of August.

Now, since this is a blog hop, you might have arrived here from Tracey Pierce's blog.

Your next stop is  Joyce Houck's blog.   
The hop is circular. So if you are just starting here, simply continue hopping until you find your way back, making the full circle.  If you get lost, the complete list of participants is on Joyce's blog

While you are here at my blog, see if you can figure out what the mystery paper is that I used for Tuesday's card, two posts down.  It's from Close to My Heart.

Penguin Fun + CTMH Card Class 8/8/2017

Found a couple penguins playing on my table.....

 Cute, aren't they?  
I've sent them off to the

There's still time for you to send some, too.

12 Months of Christmas Challenge #32 - Anything Goes; optional Traditional Christmas Colors 
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Week of August 8th - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #71 - Anything Goes (I used Spellbinders Nestabilities scalloped oval dies.)
Here are the cards we made yesterday at Joyce's CTMH card class. 
We got to play with a lot of new products!

Come back tomorrow for the August
and 2 different fun fold cards. 

See you then!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mystery Paper

Alright Close to My Heart users, who recognizes this paper?
 When I first put this card together, it did not have the little jar.
It sat on my table for the longest time because it was just too bare for my taste.  Then I remembered I had a stamp from Sparkle n Sprinkle for this little jar.  I'm happy with it now.

Here's another card using the same paper and a colored digi stamp from Beccy's Place.  Have you figured out where I got the paper?

 I'm off to Joyce's CTMH class.
The origin of the paper will remain a mystery for now.

Beccy's Place August Challenge - Anything Goes with a Beccy's Place image 
A Gem of a Challenge #200 - Birthday Wishes 
Pile It On Challenge #133 - Recycle (The patterned paper is recycled.)

Friday, August 4, 2017


While having a wonderful meal Wednesday at Nancy Zook's with my Red Hat cronies, I noticed Betty wearing a cute shirt with 3 cute chickens wearing Red Hats.  It gave me a fabulous idea for a card.  I spent yesterday designing and cutting kits for a dozen waterfall cards for out Red Hat card class in 2 weeks. 
Although I was super thrilled to have one of the cards ready, I still had 6 small strips of patterned paper left over and I was neither saving it nor throwing it away.
Instead, I made these 2 fun cards.

The stamps are from SU; chickens are colored with watercolor pencils and blended with clear Wink of Stella; the dialog bubble is a cut from the CTMH Artistry cricut cartridge; the frame is a die cut; ribbon is from CTMH; the embossing folder is from Darice; and I added a few Skittles from Double Click.
 I hope you weren't expecting to see the waterfall cards.
They'll be shared after the class. 
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Crafty Animals Challenge #5 - Anything Goes 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #5 - Anything with a Critter Goes
Mod Squad Challenge - The Wing's the Thing
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #169 - Anything Goes with Ribbon

I can't believe there are only 7 entries, so far, in this week's Tuesday Throwdown Out of The World Challenge!  As a design team member, I'll have fewer comments to leave.  But, I really do enjoy visiting different blogs.  You must have something space related in your stash!  What about a cow jumping over the moon? 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wandering About Today

Here's a card I made on Monday that is on it's was to Christina Hor for the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive.  They are also having a blog hop that you might want to check out.

 The colored digi image is from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.
Papers are from the Christmas scraps I have been collecting for several years.  Stamped sentiment and gold foil tape are from CTMH.

Dream Valley Challenge #160 - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Food and/or Drink (Candy Canes)
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Use a Digi Image 
Pattie's Creations Challenge #136 - Something Sweet (Candy Canes) 
Bugaboo Crafty Challenge #7 - Anything Goes using a Bugaboo Stamp

Today The Royal Scarlett Flock of Red Hatters is headed near Churchtown, PA to enjoy a meal in a traditional Amish home. 
No crafting for me today, but lots of good eating!