I am a SAHM mother of three...only one left home though. Paper crafting is my passion...I love creating things and saving memories. I also enjoy reading, baking, spending time with my friends and family, and walking my two furry children.
My goal on my blog is to share something a little crafty, something yummy, and something fun every week. Thank you for visiting & comments are appreciated :)
In between all the holiday craziness I have found a little time to work on some cards. First my card for the Simply Betty December Facebook Page Fan Challenge. We had three choice for images, all that were adorable, but I chose Jolly Corinne. for the Corinne image we had to add holly. All papers were from my scrap basket. I cut the holly from the December 25th Cricut cartridge. I cut the red circle form the CTMH Art Philosphy Cricut cartridge. I used a scalloped edge punch, added some red rhinestones, black ribbon and a little Crystal Effects to her boots. Smokin'!
Next, I made this one...another Simply Betty image, Candy Cane Betty. Again, all papers were from my scrap basket. The flourishes were a trade with a friend, believe they are a Memory Box die. I added a black bow, Jolee's poinsettia sticker, red and green rhinestones. Thank for looking! Hope your Christmas Eve is not too crazy!
So this has been a busy few days for us. Last Thursday, DH surprised us with tickets to ICE! It is a walk through display on theme completely made from ice. They bring in ice sculptors from around the world to create the entire display. When you go in they give you an overcoat to put on over your coat as the temperature inside it between 6 and 9 degrees. BRRRR! In this pictures the background is completely sculptured from ice. There is also an ice slide...fun :)
Yesterday we had our annual holiday open house...40+ people. No gingerbread house building this year, but still a fun night for all. I think a chocolate fountain is always a hit with the kids;)
Today I have a few presents to finish up, wrapping to do, and a little bit more cleaning up from yesterday; but before I go I want to share a card...
I love this image from Mo's Digital Pencil Too. As I started creating the card a song came to mind and had me giggling the whole time I was creating....Can you guess what song? I will tell you at the end :)
Here's the Details:
Image -Little Elf Fin for Mo's Digital Pencil; colored with Prisma pencils and accented with Polar White Flower soft on his fur bits, gold and holly red Stickles
Sentiment - CTMH Special Occasion mini stamps
Papers - Red & green glitter from my scrap basket, Reminisce Christmas Stripe
Extras - square crystal rhinestones, silver trimmed ribbon, scalloped edge punch, tag cut from CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge
Now...the song....Wrecking Ball by Miley. So, he is my Christmas wrecking ball.
Thanks for looking! Take time to slow down and enjoy a little!
When this image of Elsa the Snow queen from Disney's Frozen was offered as a freebie on Simply B Stamps Fan Page, I knew I HAD to have her! Isn't she lovely? This card is for a special friend. Here's the details: Image: Elsa the Snow queen; colored wit h Prisma pencils & accented with Stickles in Cotton Candy and Diamond Papers: Colorbok blue glitter, velvet flocked handmade paper from my stash Extras: Jolee's snowflake stickers, snowflake rhinestones in crystal and blue, rhinestones in crystal, chipboard glitter snowflake, silk flowers, and icicle strand I love how she turned out, and hopefully my BFF will too ;) Enjoy your day! Marie
Quick share...these were for a recent swap. I used my Close to my Heart, Art Philosophy cartridge for all the cuts. I have to say, I am LOVING that cartridge! I raided my scrap basket for all the papers and ribbons. The penguin is a little shaker sticker. These were so fun and easy to do! Happy Crafting! Marie
This is my card for a recent swap. I was not feeling very creative so I went to Pinterest to find some motivation. I really liked the look of the subway art. I decided to go with it! Here's the details: Art:Christmas subway art Papers: black card stock, printed from my scrap basket Extras: Lipstick Cats Eye chalk ink, Jolee's poinsettia stickers Just a note...the original piece of art I printed has a date on it, hence the strategically placed poinsettia. The link I have above is for a piece exactly the same EXCEPT no date, the work "hope" instead. :) Make it a crafty day! Marie
I have been so caught up in the holidays, dental appointments, helping DS with school that I have not blogged in awhile. So, to catch you up... Earlier this month, my baby turned 16!?! How crazy....it has definitely gone by too quickly! I am proud of the independent, caring and strong young man he is. He didn't want a party for his birthday, just a small family celebration and then a few friends over. For the family celebration I made him a chocolate cake with peanut butter cream frosting. That butter cream was soooo yummmy! He loved it. I decided to make him a silly card... I used a sticker I have had for quite some time, Animal from the Muppets. I wanted to frame him, but not anything conventional so....I cut a circle out and then rolled back the edges to form an opening in the paper for him to be coming through. I like the effect. Silly, but simple card. I hope that you are having a wonderful day!
I love this image by Karber Digital Images, and I have been saving her for just the right card. Well, my sister...who LOVES wine...birthday seemed perfect. I really enjoyed coloring her and can't wait to do a few other Karber Images.
Here's the Details: Image:Cocktel Denny from KDI; colored with pencils. I added Crystal Effects to her wine glass. Sentiment: printed on computer Papers: all from my scrap basket...black glitter, plum and white card stock, patterned papers Extras: Prima pink and purple roses, Recollections silver flower, ribbon, clear rhinestones, Memory box Riviera Corner, Spellbinders Labels 25. Hope you are enjoying your holiday. Thanks for looking! Marie
Getting in the mood for winter...this is the current Freebie from Gerda Steiner's Designs for her monthly challenge. I adore him and the little bird. Here's the details: Image - Cute Snowman, colored with pencils Sentiment - printed on computer Papers - Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas, FA-LA-LA-LA and Glad Tidings; black card stock Extras - Jolee's mini snowflake, snowflake jewels, glitter chipboard snowflakes, glitter tulle, Martha Stewart snowflake edge punch, Stampin Up Floral Framelits. Thanks for stopping by!
Not much crafting going on this past week...I was on a clean out mission! Since we moved into this house, a year ago, I feel the need to clean out. I guess it is the size...we down sized...considerably. Anyhow...I did manage a project or two and I want to show you...Take a peek... I made this card for a girlfriend's daughter. I knew I had to use this image as soon as I saw it...she has a cranky little Chihuahua. I even colored this one to look like hers! Here's the Details: Image & Sentiment:Meljen's Designs; I colored with pencils and added Crystal Effects to eyes, nose and peppers. I also added some Stickles...gotta have glitter! Extras: papers are from my scrap basket, ribbons were all from a swap. Adorable! I also want to show you my latest machine embroidery project... I made these two towels as a treat to go with the card. Brigitte, my girlfriend's daughter likes to bake...cupcakes especially. I thought these designs were perfect for her and her new apartment kitchen. I am really liking this embroidery machine...I have a list of projects I want to do. Best thing, I can color or craft while it is running...just have to change the thread now and then. Multi tasking at it's craftiest!
Hope your week is off to a wonderful start! Enjoy!
Just wanted to share the card I made for my Secret Pumpkin. We were given the image Kitty Boo from Simply B Stamps to use just for this swap. This image challenged me...I am not sure why, but I just had a hard time working with it. So, here is what I came up with. Here's the details: Image: Kitty Boo, colored with pencils and accented with Stickles and Crystal Effects Sentiment: came with image, added Black Stickles Papers: from my scrap basket Extras: Fibers, metal bat brad, Martha Stewart dripping goo punch, black Cats' Eye chalk ink Thanks for looking! Happy Crafting! Marie
A very dear friend of my husband's will be celebrating his 70th birthday this year. I wanted to make something fun for him. After digging through all my Cricut cartridges I knew I had to do this vulture from Life's a Party. Isn't he cute? All the cuts (card base, tombstone, coffin & vulture) are from the Life's a Party cartridge. I used lots of scraps, a silver pen to write "youth" on the coffin & to add some accents, a wiggle eye for fun, black Cat's Eye chalk ink to tone it all down. I think he will like it! Thanks for looking! Marie
Finally completed my card for the latest challenge for the Simply Betty Fan Page Challenge. You had two images to choose from and, since I know Corinne personally, I felt I just had to choose her. For her image you had to include stick pins in your project...easy since it was a voodoo image. Thanks for looking! Marie
Just a quick share...I haven't done too much crafting this week as I had a major OOOPS with my computer...my ENTIRE digital stamps file disappeared! For those that use digis you can imagine my horror! Fortunately, after running a recovery program I was able to find most of my images. Somehow my file was moved to the recycle bin, and I emptied my bin without realizing it was there. This is why I usually have a password on my computer...and it is back on now ;) Anyhow, this is the only card I have done all week. I just love "hedgies" and this one is so cute. Unfortunately, I do not know where the image is from (please let me know if you know). I am thinking he might have actually been a clip art or coloring page.
Here's the details: Image: ??? help me out if you know. Colored with pencils. Sentiment: Stampin' Up Papers: Bo Bunny scraps from my scrap basket Extras: ribbon, wood buttons, yellow rhinestones. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderfully crafty weekend :)
Quick card I put together for a swap. The theme was vintage/retro. I just received the dress maker thinlet by Stampin'Up, so.. Here is what I came up with.... Black patterned paper from my scrap basket, layered with a black doily. Cut the banner and dress form from craft card stock, stamped the sentiment. Finally, added a bit of ribbon and lace, and a Prima flower. Not bad for a "throw together", huh? Thanks for look. Marie
Things have been crazy busy the past month...some good, some not so good. On the good side, John celebrated his 50th birthday. We kept it low key due to some of the 'not so good" things going on. Nice dinner, presents and desserts. Soon after, Teri and her girls came for a visit. They wanted to see DC, unfortunately they came right after the shut down, so...we did manage to do some fun things and get them to see a few things in DC. I took the girls shopping...6 hours in a mall with 2 teenagers :P Then John took them into DC to the Crime Museum (open as it is privately funded) and to get a few pics by some of the monuments. They also went to Arlington Cemetery and rode the metro. We had a nice, but busy visit. Next one needs to be a little more relaxed. I have managed to get a few cards done and am now working on some layouts. I will share them over the next few days. Hope you are having a wonderful fall! Happy Crafting! Marie
This was a just for fun card I made for my girlfriends oldest daughter. She loves batman, so...I knew I had to make this one for her. I kept it simple... Here's the details: Image: Bat Girl Ali from Simply B Stamps; colored with pencils & gamsol, added Stickles to belt and emblem Sentiment: came with image Papers: from my scrap basket Extras: wobbler, small swirl & star punches, yellow & blue Stickles I like how the wobbler makes her "run" when you wiggle the card. Thanks for looking! Enjoy your day! Marie
Finally getting to use that wonderful embroidery machine my DH gave me for Christmas. His one request for his birthday, " personalized golf towels". So...that sounds easy, right? Ha! Well, the first one was a breeze. Simple monogram, no color changes. Then I began the red one...9 color changes, add initials to original design...still should be pretty easy. Well, 4 hours later it is done. Yes, I said 4 hours. It was one of those, anything that can go wrong will go wrong! Broken needle, knotted thread, thread stuck in needle housing, bobbin out of thread, towel stuck in bobbin housing...you name, it happened. It did turn out great though ;) I look at it this way, I am now prepared for anything...it was a great learning experience. Oh...he loved them...made it all worth it. Enjoy your day!
OK, so two deaths in one month is just A LOT to handle along with DS starting school, all this government shut down BS, and well...just life! I am finally starting to get back on track...a little crafting never hurt ;)
This is the card I made for my DH birthday this past week. Isn't she cute?
Here are the details:
Image: Betty Sweet Cake from Simply B Stamps. I colored her with my pencils & gamsol, added stickles for fun Sentiment: came with the image Papers: red & white card stock, Colorbok stripes Extras: red pearls, silver corners and lines from Flower Soft, balloon stickers, bracket edge punch I have to say, my husband got a chuckle from this card. Thanks for looking. Happy Crafting!
Quick share...this is the ATC I did for a recent swap on Paper Crafting Divas. The theme was, "It's a Girl Thing". Cinderella came to mind...finding a prince, so I went with it. I cut the shoe from 'Graphically Speaking' Cricut cartridge. The background is handmade paper with touches of metallic inks and a glitter punched border. I attached the crown with a rhinestone brad. Not quite how I envisioned it, but....
So, I have been away a little while...after reading this post you will understand... On August 23rd, my best friend lost her husband. He had been fighting cancer...he left behind three children. I have known Teri, David and their children for 13+ years. It all started with a MOMS club in Texas and a common background. Once we started talking we realized that we both grew up in the same area of Virginia Beach and had boys the same age. From there our friendship grew...Pizza Fridays, playing in the pool, David taking the boys fishing, etc. Our friendship has lasted because we have worked at it, keeping in touch through numerous moves, family issues, work issues and just life getting in the way. We haven't been able to see each other as often as we would like but we do the best we can. My heart is aching for her and the children. I wanted to do something special for the kids...so I made these cards...
They are easel cards with a quote I love and a special picture of them with their dad. Of course, each card had to have a butterfly...even Ethan's. I included a special note from DH and I as well. I thought these would be something they could display in their room...when they are ready. Here is the card I made for my BFF...it is a lift from Pinterest. The bird is punched from Stampin' Up and the butterfly is a cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge. I printed the quote on my computer. I love the all white instead of black for sympathy.
I know that this loss has rocked their worlds, I just pray that all the wonderful memories they have of their husband/father will comfort them and give them strength. Thanks for looking. Marie
So, it has been a bit since I have been here...Life! It has a way of getting in the way sometimes. My girlfriend's husband passed away, Jarek started school and my mother-in-law took a turn for the worse...all in 10 days! I am just now getting caught up on house stuff, bill stuff, school stuff...
I needed a break from the craziness of it all and did a quick layout...
Everything is from bits and pieces I had left over from other projects...and somehow they all managed to work together. I still have to add a picture in the frame at the top... I plan to put his pic of him with his permit in there.
Another card as guest designer for Gerda's Doodles. This week it is a cute pup on a scooter...I decorated the inside, too.
Here's the details:
Image - Cute Dog by Gerda's Doodles; I colored with pencils.
Sentiment - printed on computer
Papers - all from my scrap basket
Extras - Tim Holtz grunge board stars, inked with Tangerine and Denim inks; Spellbinder's scallop circles, EK Success border punch; and pre-cut letters for "HI!" inked with Denim ink.
I have enjoyed being a guest designer for Gerda this month. I have a few more images I am playing with of hers that I will share soon. If you have not checked our her store, please do so...there are so many cute images ;)
July's ATC Swap on Paper Crafting Divas had a theme of "A Christmas Carol"...however that inspired you. I was inspired to do one of my favorite Christmas songs..."Rudolph". I got to use one of my favorite Cricut Cuts, too!
Here are the details:
Papers - textured green velvet for the background, torn white mulberry and printed vellum.
Cut - deer from Cindy Loo cartridge
Extras - silver Flower Soft corners, small red pearl
Thanks for stopping! Hope you are having a wonderfully, crafty week!
Here'sthe Details: Image: Ice Cream Lilly, from Simply B Stamps. I colored her with pencils Sentiment: printed on computer Papers: Bo Bunny scraps from my scrap basket, lime, pink, and white card stock Extras: scallop edge punch, pink twine, flip flop charm I am entering her into the following challenges: Drunken Stampers - Thing: Twine, Challenge #137 Charisma Cardz - Challenge #132 - Ice Cream Thanks for looking! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
Third week as guest designer for Gerda's Doodles...This week was one of Gerda's picks, a cute kitty sitting on a package. For some reason I thought of Christmas when I saw this image so I went with it...I also used a sketch from Mojo Monday ( that I am planning on using for the September PCD challenge).
Here's the Details:
Image- Cute Catfrom Gerda's Doodles; I colored with pencils.
Papers - all from my scrap basket
Extras - Tickets were clip art printed on computer, buttons, twine, edge punch, black pen for faux stitching
I am in love with this card...and the inside.
Have you had a chance to get your FREEBIE from Gerda ? If not, check it out...he is adorable! Thanks for looking!
Just a quick share...I made this card the other day for a friend who recently moved to the area.
All of the cuts were from a swap...isn't that bird so cute? Unfortunately, I do not know where the cuts are from or who made them (Jeannette, maybe?) Well, since the cuts were already done, this card came together quickly. I just added some pretty papers, teal card stock and used my paper edge and scallop edge punches.
Thanks for stopping by...hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!
Second week as a guest designer for GerdasDoodles...another adorable image. This week I did one of Gerda's picks, Cute Puppy in Box. He looked like he was in a birthday box, so...here is what I came up with... I used a sketch from Paper Crafting Divas. I really like how this card came out. Here's the details: Image - Cute Puppy in Box; I colored the image with pencils then added Crystal Effects to the bow, nose, and eyes for dimension. I also colored a second box top, fussy cut it out, and pop-dotted onto the image for extra dimension. Sentiment - printed on computer Papers - Bo Bunny "It's My Party" stripe/words....love two sided papers! Black and white card stock. Extras - small bow and heart punches, red rhinestones, and open scallop edge punch. If you haven't checked out Gerda yet, you should. She has a challenge and adorable FREEBIE right now! Thanks for looking! Hope your weekend is off to a WONDERFUL start!
This month for the Simply Betty Stamps Facebook Fan Page Challenge the theme was "Good vs. Evil" and we were given our choice of two mermaids. I decided to go outside my box and do the evil one. Once I saw the image I had a vision of what I wanted...now, getting it all to work was a little more challenging. My end design is not exactly what was in my head, but I am very please with it. So, here she is, Spika the Evil Mermaid...
Here's the Details: Image - Spika the Evil Mermaid by Simply B Stamps, she is "mixed media"...I colored her body with pencils; her hair, eyes, and lips are colored with markers; and her tail is done with black marker covered with crystal effects (for the slick effect) and Stickles in black (had to have a little glitter). Sentiment - came with the stamp, I added some Stickles in black. Papers - black card stock for the base of the tent card, silver card stock - I added the grid marks with my score tool. Extras - for the background I used a image I found online, inked mulberry paper for rocks, crystal rhinestones, green fibers, black sheer ribbon, Jolee's skull dimensional sticker, and a small skeleton hand (thanks, Elisabete - it was perfect!). I really enjoyed going out of my box to create something not so glittery and sweet. Thanks for looking!
So, on a whim I applied to be a guest designer for a new digi stamp site I found, Gerda's Doodles...and I got it! I am a guest designer for the month of August. If you have not seen here images, check them out....they are adorable! So, without further ado, here is my first design...
Isn't this little mouse the cutest! I loved the simplicity of this image and I decided to keep the card the same...simple. Here are the details: Image -Mouse Phone Hallo by Gerda's Doodles; I colored the image with Prisma Color pencils and used a silver metallic pen on the can for detail Papers: all from my scrap bin...pink and aqua glitter, white embossed cardstock Extras: ribbon; I also used pop dots (dimensional tape) on the back of the image To find out more about Gerda and her designs check out her website: http://gerdasteinerdesigns.com/. She has a newsletter, freebies, and challenges. And don't forget to take a peek into her shop for some adorable images. Don't forget to come back next Friday to see another project made with one of her cute images. Thanks for stopping by...wishing you a WONDERFUL weekend!
Hopefully you checked out the blog hop yesterday and got to see all the great cards and treats. Here is a close up of the card I created for my swap partner. Here are the details... Image: I colored here and then added stickles to some of the ribbons. Papers: all from my scrap basket Extras: large glitter button, Silkie thread, purple rhinestones, ribbon scraps Thank for looking!
My partner was Elisabethe Balcavage! Look at all this WONDERFULribbons and trims she sent me! There are also some fun extras...ribbon flowers, felt ornaments, spooky skeleton hands...I can't wait to use them! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I also received this lovely card that she created using the Ribbons Betty that we were given for this swap. I love the colors she choose and the ribbon weaving on the side.. I so enjoy these swaps...I mean who doesn't like getting happy mail??? Your next stop is: Lisa Here is the complete list in case you get lost :)