Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Summertime Mini Canvas


Today's project is full of little things to enjoy - a canvas, kite, chevron, and sun.  I get so busy with life that I forget to enjoy these little things.  How about you?  When was the last time that you reveled in the feel of the sun on your face or watched a kite float through the sky?  If you're like me, it's been too long.  This tiny project was a lot of fun to make, despite being a bit challenging.  I recently participated in a Mini Canvas swap at Art & Sassy.  Though the concept was clear in my head, I had a difficult time translating that to canvas.  It all worked out and I must say that this Sunflower crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM truly finished it off.  It just didn't look right until I made the little sun.


Here's what I used to make my mini canvas:
3 Girl JAM - Sunflower crinkle ribbon
2"X4" Artist Loft canvas
Artist Loft  modeling paste
Gesso
October Afternoon "Kite Tails" stamp set
Shrinky Dink Kites (made from Shinky Dinks, Kite Tails, Stazon black ink, and Prisma Colored Pencils)
Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil
Broken China Distress Stain
Memento - London Fog
Versamark ink
Clear embossing powder
Yellow stickles
Michael's bling
Scor- Tape
E6000
5/8" circle punch


Don't forget Thursday is the last day for the 3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge.  Be sure to link up your project and to check back on Friday for a brand new challenge.  In the meantime...

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Revisiting Old Cricut Cartridges - Enjoy the Summer

I needed to pull out my Imagine and make some cuts to make sure that it was working correctly after a recent electrical problem at my house.  I thought this was the perfect time to feature an Imagine cartridge as we are featuring older cartridges right now.  I pulled out my "Best Friends" cartridge (which I don't believe had ever been used) and make a cute card.



Supplies Used:
Cricut Imagine "Best Friends" cartridge
Miscellaneous white cardstock from my stash
Crystal Stickles
K. Andrew Designs "Splashtastic Summer" stamp set
Memento "Tuxedo Black" ink
The Paper Studio - white cardstock from the Holiday pack
Blue "rhinestone" bling from Michaels
Scotch foam tape and ATG


Can you believe that the image as well as the color and patterned papers all come from the same cartridge?  Be sure to watch the video for full instructions.



Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember to takw some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Trees to Treasure Inc. - Wood Veneers

I found a fun new place to shop.  It's called Trees to Treasure Inc.  I really like these wood veneers and I hope to make some fun projects in the near future.  You can check out their photobucket site by clicking here



Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Crafty Fun with Aunt Cheri - Shrinky Dinks

Late once again... Sometimes that's just how my life runs.  Today, the plan was to make Shrinky Dink necklaces.  This did not come without some complications.  The first was the type of shrink material that I initially chose was clear and did not take the stamp well, even though I sanded it down first.  I then purchased some actual "Shrinky Dink" frosted material.  It turned out so much better.  I am really surprised how well the frosted material took the Prisma colored pencils.  Unfortunately, the pictures did not turn out well.  Be sure to watch the video to see the finished charms.  I will admit that I liked them so well that I decided to do a future project using them.  Keep an eye out.


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Do little things really matter?

Going to camp is a highlight of my kid's summers.  This is the first summer in the past several that my daughter hasn't spent several weeks on staff and one as a camper.  My son loves camp too.  They haven't missed a year since the 4th or 5th grade.  This morning they were off to camp again, my son as a camper and my daughter as a counselor.

As my son was getting the check for his camp fee, I let him know that I included a little extra for him to make sure he would have plenty to get him home.  He casually mentioned that's what Grandma did too.  I didn't have a clue what he was talking about until he reminded me that Grandma always gave him a little extra to take with him to camp.  It was a little thing, but it was something he remembered about his grandma and it almost brought tears to my eyes.

This reminds of something that Jesus said in Matthew 25:40.  He said, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to me."  Now there is a whole lot of context here and I hope you will go back and read this section of Scripture to find out the story.

It's so easy to get busy and forget to look around us to see the needs of others.  Sometimes these needs are more than we can handle and all we can do is offer encouragement and prayer.  Other times it is little things.  Things like a hug when someone is hurting, a listening ear to someone who knows they can trust you not to repeat their sorrows, a piece of candy to a sad toddler.  These are little things, but they are things that matter.

As you take some time to enjoy the little things today, what little thing can you do to encourage someone else?

OWH Sketch #182 Challenge Cards


As soon as I saw the current sketch at Operation Write Home, I knew that I had to use it to make some cards.  I needed to make a sympathy card as well as a thank you card.  However, by the time I stopped for the night, I had made 9 different cards with variations of this sketch.  Actually, the paper used for 2 of the cards didn't fit the sketch, so we will just call them bonus cards.  With the exception of the card bases, all the cards were made using scraps. Some sketches are just perfect for scraps.  Now on to the cards:


Supplies:
K&Company "ancestry.com" paper pack
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
K. Andrew Designs - Sympathetic Sayings stamp set



Supplies:
Scraps from my stash
Paper Trey Ink - Vintage Cream Cardstock
Barn Red - Distress Ink marker
Stampendous - "Happy Messages" stamp set
MME - Lime Twist twine - red/ white
Archival "Coffee" ink


Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink - White cardstock
Scraps from my Stash
Pink Sorbet twine from the Twinery
K. Andrew Designs - "Even More Food For Thought" stamp set
Archival "Jet Black" ink




Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink - White cardstock
Scraps from my Stash
Cappuccino twine from the Twinery
K. Andrew Designs - "Even More Food For Thought" stamp set
Versamark ink pad
White embossing powder


Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink - White cardstock
Scraps from my Stash
K. Andrew Designs - "Even More Food For Thought" stamp set
Archival "Jet Black" ink
2" Circle punch
Flower rub-ons from Royal Brush


Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink - White cardstock
Scraps from my Stash
Cappuccino twine from the Twinery
K. Andrew Designs - "Fashionable Friends" stamp set
Archival "Coffee" ink


Supplies:
Paper Trey Ink - White cardstock
Scraps from my Stash
Karen Foster "Butterfly garden" paper
Carribbean twine from the Twinery
K. Andrew Designs - "Even More Food For Thought" stamp set
Archival "Coffee" ink
Liquid Pearls - peacock color
Martha Stewart butterfly punch


I hope you enjoyed the card share.  I am joining the following challenges:
Operation Write Home - Sketch #182 Challenge
Operation Write Home/ ODBD - Stitching Challenge
Paper Playtime Challenge - Use Patterned Paper 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Vintage Altered Cigar Styled Box

Vintage styled altered crafts are so incredibly fun to make that I had to share one with you.  I am participating in an altered cigar style box swap.  I must admit that I had so much fun with this one that I plan to make more in the future.


I had some paper from the ancestry.com line by K&Company that was perfect for a vintage style box.  There are a few 3 Girl JAM ribbons that coordinate perfectly with these papers.  I decided to use Coral Crush from the Caribbean Splash bundle and Cream from the Coffee bundle to accent these great papers.


Of course there were a LOT of other supplies that I needed:
8X8 wooden box
Paint - Napa Red paint and Weathered Wood crackle medium by American and Warm White from Folk Art
J.W.'s Right Step clear varnish
Adhesives - Gorilla glue, hot glue, Glossy Accents
Spools from Laura's Crafts
K and Company metal art embellishements
Recollections leaves, clear plastic paper, wooded butterfly
Lace (from my stash)
Tiny mirror from Joann's
Creative Inspirations Paint - Tutu Pink and Coal
Prima - Say it in Crystals, Say it in peals and butterfly with flower


For the second part of the swap, I needed to fill the box.


 I really hope you enjoy the video.


Did you know that there is an "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge over on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog?   There are some fun prizes so be sure to link up your project below.

Have a great day and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vintage Card - Shaped Card with Ribbon Challenge

Good morning everyone.  If you hopped over from the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog, welcome.  If you are just stopping by my blog today, you should check out the great challenge going on right now.    I had fun making a shaped card and I hope you have fun too.  Be sure to link up your shaped card before time runs out.  There’s a great prize that’s up for grabs.


For today’s card, I pulled the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and modified the postage stamp card and another shape in the Cricut Craft Room.  Scrumptious 3 Girl JAM Coral and Cream crinkle ribbon provided the perfect combination to finish up the card.
Supplies used:
3 Girl JAM – Coral Crush ribbon from the Caribbean Splash bundle and Cream from the Coffee bundle
K & Company paper – co-branded by ancestory.com
Buttons and lace from my stash
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge (Pages 24 and 35 modified in the Cricut Craft Room)
Pearls from Want2Scrap
Vintage Photo and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks
K. Andrew Designs – Crafty Friends stamp set

The flowers were handmade using a circle made from a 1" circle punch, Scor Tape, and the ribbon and lace.  The buttons were glued to the center using Glossy Accents.


This card is actually part of a larger project that will be featured on the 3 Girl JAM blog on Saturday.  I think you will like it, so head back on Saturday to see this fun project.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Crafty Fun Watercoloring

Good Morning!  I trust you are having a great day.  Today's Crafty Fun with Aunt Cheri was from an idea I found on Pinterest.  You can see the original post by clicking here. Of course, there was some modifying from the original pin because I am doing this with my little (and not-so-little) people.

I started by cutting some 9X12 Canson watercolor paper to run through my printer.  I then found these cute images online.  You can find them by clicking here and here.


Other items used:
Crayola watercolors
White textured card stock from The Paper Studio
Designer paper from the 6X12 pad "Tags. Bags, Boxes, and More" by Provo Craft
Yellow ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon


After the video was over, I decided to use some of my favorite toys to make this a bit more grown up.  Even though the image is super simple, it made a charming little card.  I pulled the second image that I made for the little people and the following items:
Distress Markers - Black Soot, Forest Moss, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Weathered Wood
Distress ink - Dusty Concord
Want 2 Scrap purple pearls
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages (I used a tiny smiley face and flower on the inside from this set as well.)
Purple scrap (very old from my stash)
White textured cardstock from The Paper Studio
Water Brush


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Revisiting Old Cricut Cartridges - Happy 18th Birthday Tag

Everyone can use a tag, right?  I know that I can.  I have tags stuffed in a drawer, ready to be made into beautiful little pieces of art.  But did you know that there are lots of tags on Cricut cartridges?  In fact, if you go to MyCutSearch.com, there are 119 pages to go through to find the tag you want.  It's not just the new ones either.  Some of the cartridges have been around awhile.  I chose the Preserves cartridge for today's tag.


Supplies:
Watercolor Paper
Cricut Preserves Cartridge - pg 47 cut at 5.5 inches
Distress Inks- Broken China, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint
Perfect Pearls water mist (homemade)
Close To My Heart - dimensional elements and Birthday stamps from the Artiste bundle
Studio G glitter glue
Echo Park "Splash - Bella Road" letter and number stickers
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Blue, Green, White stripe
Hero Arts Stamp and Cut - "Balloons"


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Crafty Fun Door Hangers

I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to get this video up.  I have been sick and not feeling up to making videos or even doing much crafting.  Today's project was pretty simple and it was fun too.


I used:
Pre-made door hangers
Pre-made foam stickers (Both are available at Dollar stores, craft stores, Walmart, etc)
Studio G glitter glue in clear
Red Stickles

Here is a list of the Bible verses that we have been memorizing:
1. Proverbs 20:11
2. John 3:16
3. Romans 3:23

I really hope you are learning them.  ***Moms - If you think that one of the verses is too long, you are welcome to help your child learn a shorter part.***  Be sure to email me at djssundries@gmail.com if your child has said their verses so that I can keep track.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Announcement and a Haul

Hello everyone.  I'm a bit out of commission right now.  However, I wanted to post this video that I made before I got sick.  It contains an announcement as well as a tiny haul.


Have you heard about Blitsy?  I have purchased a few thing and am impressed with some of their prices.  If you would like to join in the fun, click here.  If you decide to order and get something, this link will give me a credit too.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Revisiting Old Cricut Cartridges - Bee Happy Card

Do you have Cricut cartridges sitting on the shelf that you haven't used in a long time?  I definitely do and that is very sad.  All of those cartridges up there should do something more than just collect dust.  I decided to set a goal and make at least one project per week with a cartridge that I haven't used in a long time.  I  Today I chose <insert drumroll>:
Just Because Cards

I believe that this is one of the earliest cartridges I purchased as a brand new Cricut user.  It is a good one for a new Cricut user because it has complete cards that you can basically just choose your papers and then just follow the layout in the book.  Easy peasy.  Unfortunately, I don't believe that it is still available.


I used the following:
Just Because Cards - button #33
White card stock - Georgia Pacific
DCWV - Neutrals and Lemon Flower matstacks
Lawn Fawn - "On the Mend"
Memento - Tuxedo Black ink pad
Vellum (unknown source)


 Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Speedy Recovery Card


I have a friend who recently had carpal tunnel surgery.  This wonderful little set of stamps from Lawn Fawn is perfect for get well cards.  I knew that I could make her a quick little card.  I started with the following supplies:
White cardstock - Georgia Pacific and Paper Trey Inc
"One Fine Day" 6X6 paper pad from Three Bugs in a Rug
Lawn Fawn - "On the Mend" stamp set
Fiskars "Scalloped Sentiment" and 2" round punches
Ranger Archival ink - Jet Black
Memento ink - Tuxedo Black
Spellbinders - Big Scalloped Circle die set
Prisma colored pencils
Pearls from Michaels



Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July Treat Baskets

Because the ER never closes, I am scheduled to work today.  I took some treats along to my co-workers.  To start out, I made a treat basket using Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2.  This first video gives some tips using this fun cartridge.  I used textured card stock from The Paper Studio to cut the basket.


I decided to then decorate the basket using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge.  I used scraps of red, white, and blue paper from my stash.  I also used some paper from K&Company's Americana 4X6 pad.  The basket was completed with shear white ribbon from my stash.  The centers of the flowers were finished off with bling from Meghan Elizabeth and a pearl from Michael's.


Of course, a treat basket needs to be filled with treats so I picked up some clear bags from Wilton and filled them with red, white, and blue M&M's.  I closed each bag with some blue ribbon from Ofray.  Leftover chipboard stars and heart that were cut using the Cricut Craftroom were painted with red and blue paint from Folk Art and white paint from DecoArt.  These were each stamped using Versamark ink and various sentiments from Sweet July by K. Andrew Designs.  The white shapes were embossed with red pearlized embossing powder by recollections.  White embossing powder from my stash finished off the blue and red shapes.

Please enjoy the video.


Have a safe 4th of July.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

I am linking this to the following challenges:
Cut It Up - New Nations Challenge #22
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Krafty Kre8tions - Independence Day
Simon Says Stamp - Patriotic 
Craft Your Passion - Red, White, and Blue
Party Time Tuesday - Patriotic
Scrappy Mom's Stamps - Red, White, and Blue
Paper Playtime - Red, White, and Blue

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Stickpins & Pinwheels

Happy 4th of July.  I am so thankful to live in this great country.  I trust that everyone will have a great and safe time celebrating our country's birthday.  I think that crafting for the 4th of July is so much fun and I wanted to share this little craft with you today.


I enjoy participating in swaps.  One of my favorite items to swap is stick pins because they are so pretty.  I recently participated in a red, white, and blue stick pin swap.  The stick pins have to be in a holder of some kind.  As I was playing on Pinterest recently, I ran across these pinwheel hair clips.  I decided that they would make a perfect holder for this month's stick pins once I modified them to fit my needs.  That's right - 2 fun gifts in 1.

You will need:
3Girl JAM Red, White, and Blue bundle found here
red, white and blue felt - cut into 4" squares
Buttons
Adhesive or thread to make pinwheels (I used E600 and thread)
Hair clips or barrettes
Stick Pins (if you want to use this as a dual purpose project) - red, white, blue beads and miscellaneous spacers



I swap over at Art & Sassy.  You can find out more by clicking here.
I am entering this in the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge - Anything Goes 
Simon Says Stamp - Patriotic
Craft Your Passion - Red, White, and Blue 
Party Time Tuesdays - Patriotic
Scrappy Mom's Stamps - Red, White, and Blue
Paper Playtime - Red, White, and Blue
Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Crafty Fun 4th of July Pins and Magnets

Welcome to week 2 of Crafty Time with Aunt Cheri.  I hope that everyone had a great time doing their project last week.  I also hope that you have said your memory verse - Proverbs 20:11.

This week's memory verse is from John 3:16.  It talks about how much God loves us.  You really should go and look it up.  Now on to the project:



You will need:
Chipboard stars and/or hearts
Red, white, and blue tissue paper
 White glue
Pin backs or magnet
Paint (optional)
Heart and star cookie cutters (or a die cutting system)

This was not an original idea with me.  I received my ideas while looking on Pinterest.  You can find the original posts here and here.



Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Remember to take some to enjoy the little things.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy July 4th Card

Typically, I don't spend much crafty time on projects for the 4th of July.  That is really a shame because there are so many fun things you can do to decorate and to celebrate.  I decided that this year I would do a mini series of blog posts and videos that celebrate Independence Day.  There will be 4 days worth of posts that will showcase a variety of items.


Kicking off day one will be this fun card for the 4th.  I typically don't send cards on July 4th.  I told my husband that I think that this was the first project that I have ever posted that wasn't intended for someone or something in particular.  I actually decided to give it to a sweet toddler in our church.  There were some other little goodies that I gave with it, including an altered mini composition book that took less than 5 minutes to make (and I didn't get a picture).

I used the following products:
Red, white, and blue crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM
Core'dinations - Tim Holtz Distress Paper (red)
Blue paper from my stash
Krafty cardstock from Core'dinations
Versamark ink with white embossing powder
Close to my Heart Outdoor Denim ink
Fireworks embossing folder (Darice)
Creative Inspirations - Winter White paint
Studio G glitter glue
Chipboard stars (left over from another project)
FolkArt blue paint



Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

I am entering this project in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes 
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes Challenge 
Craft Your Passion - Red, White, and Blue
Paper Playtime - Red, White, and Blue