Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pom Pom Monster & Welcome Baby Card

My grandsons spent the day with us today.  As always, Matthew wanted to make a craft.  He really wanted to make a batch of puffy slime.  Unfortunately, I did not have the ingredients.  (Broke my heart!)  His second choice was this Pom Pom Monster....
 Matt made the 3 pom poms using my Craft-Dee Bowz tool.  It's much easier than wrapping yarn around a piece of cardboard!
Cute little monster, don't you think? 
 I am going to enter it in the August Craft-Dee Bowz Challenge.

Matthew isn't the only creative young person in my life.

Two days before we left for vacation I received a priority envelope from my BFF's daughter.  Inside the envelope, were three sheets of paper with drawings her daughter, Layla, age 9, had done.  
(I think my grandson, Matthew, and my BFF's granddaughter, Layla, would make a perfect pair!
But, they are only 9 and 10.  So, I have lots of time to work on that project.)
 One was a stork carrying a baby; one was a dog; and one was a cat on a pillow.  There was no explanation in the envelope.  Just the drawings with small notations on each one: baby, Aunt Eileen, and G G Bday, respectively.   I had a feeling Layla wanted cards made.  I've used her drawings before.  So I got busy.  I scanned, cropped, and then saved the colored drawings as JPG files, creating 3 digis to make the 3 cards.  It was much more fun making cards for Layla than cleaning and packing for vacation.
Here is the center step baby card I made using Layla's stork: 

 We are all excited about this baby's expected arrival in September!

I am entering this card in the following challenges: 
Use Your Stuff Challenge #276 - New Beginnings 
Pile It On Challenge #133 - Recycle and/or For a Child 
Fussy and Fancy Challenge #194 - Things with Wings

I'll show you the other 2 cards I made with Layla's drawings another day.   

Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Red Hat Card Class 8/21/17

Seven gals from our Red Hat group gathered to make cards yesterday.  I always prepare 4 cards for the girls to make.

At our last class, a few girls had requested an engagement or wedding card.  We made this one first while everyone's hands were clean.  A few girls left off the silhouette and just made a basically white on white card, stamping the center of the flower with "Have a happy day!".
Die cuts are from DieVersion
I had also promised the girls a masculine card.
Colored digi is from Fred She Said
And we made a more feminine card. 
Stamps from CTMH; paper from SU; die cut from Spellbinders

The last card we made was a waterfall card, which everyone loved.

Stamps from SU
What an enjoyable morning we all had!

I am entering the first card in the following challenges:
Die Cut Divas August Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge #79 - Anything Goes 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #170 - Anything Goes
Scrapyland Challenge #72 - Anything Goes 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

HB to AL

Had a little vacation this past week to the Jersey shore.  
There's nothing like a few days of boardwalk food.

My brother-in-law has a birthday on Wednesday.
This card will be in the mailbox tomorrow.

 Today it will be entered in the following challenges:
Moving Along with the Times Challenge - Things beginning with the letter b:
Bull dog, Birthday, Brown, speech Bubble, Bling on collar
Craft Rocket Challenge #40 - Animal Kingdom 


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. 
Why not Follow my blog?  Then you won't miss it!

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!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #354 with My Grafico

where you can find a variety of clipart, graphics, printable templates, digital papers, stamps and much more,  
is sponsoring this week's theme challenge at

For the current Tuesday Throwdown challenge, 
we'd like to see projects that are Out of This World.

This sweet little astronaut is of the images from the Digital Stamp Set Space Art from My Grafico

  I hope you'll pop over to the Tuesday Throwdown blog to see what my very talented teammates have made for your inspiration.  Then be sure to join in the fun at Tuesday Throwdown this week.  We just love seeing your crafty cards and projects and visiting all your blogs.

Crafting from the Heart Challenge #170 - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie Challenge #113 - Here come the girls
Just Us Girls Challenge #404 - Wild Card Week : Something Old and/or New
  Everything is old and from my stash with the exception of the digi image, which is new.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Black & White & a pop of color

This morning I finished up a few more Christmas cards.  
Time to get back to some design team cards and a few requested projects.

I found this penguin, a retired stamp, skating about the table along with a little pile of Bugaboo sentiments.
 What a perfect opportunity to use this fun embossing folder.
The papers came from the scrap box, of course, 
Ooh-la-la Challenge #234 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends Challenge #63 - Christmas in July

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Simple Thank You

There's not much to say about this simple thank you card using CTMH paper, ribbon, sentiment stamps, and Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge; a few aqua skittles from Double Click; and my 'go to' embossing folder from Stampin' Up.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #168 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #209 - Happy Birthday or Thank You

It was nice of you to pop in.
I hope you liked today's card.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Fussy Friday

With a bridal shower to attend on Sunday, I thought I better get to work on a card to accompany my gift.  Did you ever have a day when you had a difficult time getting a special card just right?  Today was one of those days for me.  
I now have an unused assortment of shower umbrellas in various combinations and shades of pink, black and white, after finally deciding on which I liked best.
Ditto for the framed sentiment.
Here's the final card:

Cricut cuts are from CTMH Art Philsophy and Artistry  cartridges.
Papers, black shimmer tape, bling and sentiment stamp are also CTMH products.
Card design is a pleated skirt fold.

City Crafter Challenge Week 372 - Something beginning with an "s" (stamped sentiment)


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Boo boo making my Bugaboo card

Last Friday I was so eager to get my card made for the Christmas in July Challenge @ The Bug that I neglected to notice that it was a recipe challenge.  I had this card all but completed when I saw the recipe and this card didn't come even close to 
black, white or kraft with a pop of color and sparkle.  
It does have the Friday Freebie, however.

That's all for today.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Really Amazing

 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!
I was never one for playing with paper dolls.  Those little tabs that you had to cut around and fold back to keep the clothes on the doll were so difficult to cut around.  Well, yesterday I played with paper bears.  Dressing each in its own little outfit, a colored with markers, or watercolor pencils, and some are stamped on scraps and paper pieced.
 The scraps are from another little sandwich bag of Christmas scrap paper, which had one extra 12x12 sheet of striped patterned paper with it.  Here's what I created with the contents of baggie #2.
First I made two cards like this, 
using a digi from Bugaboo Digi Stamps.
(Challenges I am entering are at the bottom of this post.)
Then I pieced some of the scraps and used another Bugaboo Digi Stamp for these two cards.
There were still plenty of scraps in the little bag.  So I just started making card fronts.  At one point I was looking in the big scrap box for a small piece of cs and came across a few more scraps of the same paper I was working with.  Till I was finished, I had 11 card fronts and had to go back and make 2 more bears.  
This is a picture of the cards on my work table before everything was glued down.
 Three tape runners, and two foot of foam tape later, the cards were complete.
 Each bear is holding a tiny stamped candy cane.
They sure were fun to cut out!
All 15 cards are headed to the
 Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive. 
And I'm headed back to the paper stash 
to find another baggie of scraps.

Challenges for the dragon card at the top of the post:
Crafting by Designs Challenge - Get Ready for Christmas

Monday, July 24, 2017


As my regular visitors may recall, I have been busy going through 4 boxes of Christmas papers.  I have separated the full paper sheets and the partial sheets and scraps.  My intention is to make my Christmas cards this year using only the scraps.  Yesterday I began working with one small sandwich bag of coordinating scraps.  
It yielded ten cards!
 Wait, that's only 9!
Here's #10.
The papers are very old CTMH papers.
The tags are stick on complements that went with the paper.
The stamps are also CTMH.  The critters were in that little baggie, too.  I just did some fussy cutting.  That's silver foil tape down the sides.  The sentiment stamp actually says "Warm Winter Wishes", but I placed a piece of tape over the 'Warm' when I inked the stamp, removed the tape, and only stamped 'Winter Wishes'.
That's 10 more cards to send to 
Cards for Little Hearts.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge # 425- Christmas in July
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #52 - Christmas/Winter
A Gem of a Challenge #199 - Christmas in July 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - You've Got the Edge 

Are we having a thunderstorm 
and torrential rain!  
The weeds will be so happy!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Day # 7 of Christmas in July @ The Bug Blog

It's the last day of the 
Although, you'll be seeing a lot more cards on my blog using fun Bugaboo holiday digi images. I printed a bunch in anticipation of this week's event, and they are great for the cards I send to Send a Smile 4 Kids  and Cards for Little Hearts

is a Recipe Challenge using today's Friday Freebie, 
which is easily available to download at Bugaboo Stamps.
I printed the image twice and did some paper piecing, first time I ever gouged out the eyes and then decapitated a reindeer.

Additional challenges I am entering: 
Unicorn Challenge #23 - Christmas in July
City Crafter Challenge #371 - Kraft Crafting 
Cardz 4 Guys Challenge #174 -  Christmas in July
C. R. A. F. T. Challenge #425 - Christmas
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge #52 - Christmas/Winter 
Winter Wonderland Challenge - Use a Digi Image

Have a great weekend!