Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Pretty Purple Gift Bag

For my regular followers, I know it has been a long time since I had a crafty post for you.  I may have fewer posts over the next few weeks, but hopefully life is slowing down enough to at least spend a little time crafting and posting.  By October, we should be back into the swing of things.  Perfect timing since I love Fall and Winter crafting.

Today is my day to post over at 3 Girl JAM.  If you are checking in from there, welcome.  Take a little look around and see if there is anything that you like.

A good friend recently celebrated her birthday and I wanted to give her a little something.  I decided to take some time and make a special gift bag for her.  Her favorite color is purple (that's not why we are friends), so I thought I could decorate a bag just to suit her.  She told me she loved it and that makes me very happy.  A little Sterling 3 Girl JAM ribbon was the perfect accent for the purple paint.


I also used the following products:
Kraft paper bag (a yard sale find)
Creative Inspirations paint - Plum
Heidi Swapp mask
"Made with love charm" (from my stash)
Recollections heart punch - to punch the holes in the top of the bag
Rose from The Paper Studio
Scor-Tape - 1/4"



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

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Just Checking In...

I wanted to let you all know that I am still here.  This month has been very busy with work stuff and there is a lot going on.  I never would have dreamed I would have gone so long without posting anything.  Please bear with me as I get through the next few weeks.  Life should slow down a bit after that.

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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crafty Fun With Aunt Cheri - Frames


It's hard to believe that today is the last day in the summer part of this series.  I have enjoyed it so much and I hope that you have too.  I hope to have another project sometime in September.  I used purchased foam frames.  I also purchased a package of foam and cut more out to decrease costs.  The foam stickers were from previous projects.  Gold colored stickles and white 3 Girl JAM ribbon finished everything off beautifully.



Be sure to check back in September for another Crafty Fun project.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Elegant Purple Card

Good morning.  I trust you are having a great day.  My neighbor recently celebrated her 86th birthday and knew that I wanted to make her a special card.


Here's what I used:
SEI's "Couture" 6X6 paper pad
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
CTMH (D1497) stamps set (that came either with the Artiste or Art Philosophy" cartridge
Purple paper (unknown from my stash)
Flower, purple oval and vellum oval (from a swap)
White embossing powder and Versamark ink.
Prima "Say it in Crystals"
Flower, purple oval, vellum oval (from a swap)



Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will enjoy the video.  I know that my neighbor liked the card.



Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Graphic 45 - 12 Days of Christmas

My package arrived from Graphic 45!  What package you say?  The one that I WON when Graphic 45 was giving sneak peeks of their new releases before CHA Summer.  I can't even begin to say how excited I am.  As much as I like "ABC Primer" and "Places in Time", this new collection has gone straight to the top of the list.  Come and take a look.


In the video, I go through the whole paper pad page by page and share it with you all.



Check back for projects featuring this gorgeous collection as we get closer to Christmas (or maybe a bit sooner).  Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, August 16, 2013

And The Winner Is....

To see today's 3 Girl JAM challenge blog post, click here.

I would like to thank all of you who participated in my 500 YouTube subscriber giveaway.  We didn't quite hit 200 on the blog, so that part of the prize will have to wait.

 With the help of Random.org,

"Oma's Crafts"

 was chosen from all the comments on YouTube and on the blog.  She stated:

"I am definitely a stalker."

Here is the video that shows most of her prize.


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

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Back to School ATC's

Welcome to my little part of the 3 Girl JAM "Back to School with Ribbon" challenge.  Have you checked out the new flair at 3 Girl JAM?  It is ready to use on those special back to school projects you want to make.

I know that you can find lots of paper with a school theme.  However, Graphic 45's "ABC Primer" is without a doubt my very favorite.  I love the vintage feel and knew that I needed to pull it out to make some back to school ATC's.  The Holly Berry ribbon paired with the flair created the perfect accent to finish them off.


Supplies:
3 Girl JAM - Back to School Flair and Holly Berry ribbon
Graphic 45 - ABC Primer
Adhesive - ATG and Glossy Accents
Studio G glitter glue
7 Gypsies alphabet paperclips
Chipboard
Sakura stardust clear pen
Scor-tape
Michael's bling
"Aunt Lydia's" crochet thread


The flair on these 2 ATC's are only a part of what you will receive if you purchase the package.  The smooth backing is easily adhered to the surface of the paper with Glossy Accents.


I made a set of 6 of these and each one is different.


After I was all done, I decided to make a holder like the ones that I posted yesterday.  This one is for one of the ATC's in the set that I am sending to someone along with a gift card.


For full instructions on how to make these, please see yesterday's post.



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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ATC Holder

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I recently have been posting quite a few ATC's, and I wanted to make a holder to carry them in my purse.  I designed this little holder that I think will be perfect.  I grabbed some 3 Girl JAM Witch's Brew and Baby Boy ribbon and went to work.


I also needed some adhesive and the perfect paper.  The 6X6 pattern pad and the 8X8 paper pad from Graphic 45's "Secret Garden" collection fit the bill exactly.


The measurements for this holder are discussed in my video.  I also show you where to score and tape the edges to form a little book.





As you can see, ATC's fit perfectly inside of the pockets.

Don't forget that there is still time to enter my current giveaway.  Just click on the link at the top of the post to enter.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Kraft & Blue Sympathy Card

The 3 Girl JAM "Kraft with Ribbon" challenge is almost over.  Have you entered your projects yet?  If not, grab a piece of kraft cardstock and go make something fabulous.


I had not planned to make this card, but I discovered that I needed a sympathy card and so I went to work.  I used the following items:
Kraft cardstock (possibly from Joann's, but not sure)
3 Girl JAM "Halloween Harvest" seasonal ribbon (Keep an eye out for this seasonal favorite to return to the 3GJ store)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
K. Andrew Designs - Sympathetic Sayings
Basic Grey - PB&J 6X6 paper pads
Corner Chomper - 1/8"
Adhesive - ATG and foam



I hope you enjoy the video.


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

Monday, August 12, 2013

Crafty Fun With Aunt Cheri - Bookmarks

Good morning everyone.  Today we have a simple and fun project to make on Crafty Fun with Aunt Cheri.  I recently cut these bookmarks using the Cricut Animal Cartridges.  Bookmarks are super for encouraging young readers to read.



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

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Revisiting Old Cricut Cartridges - A Baby Card Using "Kate's ABC's"

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Are you enjoying this series?  I really hoped it has inspired you to pull out some old Cricut cartridges and get crafting.  We have a new baby in our church and I wanted to make her a cute card.  Kate's ABC's is full of images that are perfect for little girls.


Here's what I used:
Kate's ABC's - Page 50
DCWV - Matstack 2 Neutrals
Carta Bella - Alphabet Junction Paper
Provo Craft "wheat" paper (skin tones)
Orange ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Inkadinkado - "Welcome Baby" stamp set (inside of the card)
ATG, foam tape, Zig 2 way glue
Sakura - Gelly Roll clear pen (for the centers of 2 of the flowers)

You will have to watch the video if you want to see the inside of the card.  I didn't grab a picture of that.



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

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Summertime ATC's

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I know that I recently posted a chunky ATC, but I really wanted to post these as well.  I have decided that I need to keep a small stash in my purse to be able to hand out like business cards.  I want to change them with the seasons and /or holidays so I am only making a few at a time.  They will also be enclosed with swaps as appropriate.

Despite the fact that I used a lot of supplies, these were really quite simple.  I used:
Stamps - "Kite Tails" from October Afternoon and "Sweet July" from K. Andrew Designs
Crystal stickles
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Up - Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango;  Wild Honey Distress Ink
Distress Markers: Stormy Sky, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade
Basic Grey - "What's Up?" 6X6 pad
Butterfly Washi Tape
ATC cards that were purchased on the internet around a year ago.


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

I am entering the following challenges:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Krafty Squares Quick & Easy Cards

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I was going through a small stash of cards that I have and I found some cards that I made back in May.  You can find out all about them by clicking here.  Though they are square and smaller than an A2 sized card, I think they are cute.  More importantly, they provided the perfect inspiration for today's cards.  I made 5 cards and they went together very quickly.


Here are the supplies and tools I used to get started:
Paper trimmer and Martha Stewart Scoreboard
Hero Arts "All Occasion Messages" stamp set
"Blossom Soup" 6X6 paper pad from Jillibean Soup
Kraft Cardstock (base)
Memnto Tuxedo Black ink
3 Girl JAM - Aqua Splash and Dress White
White - Sakura Gelly Roll pen
ATG

To begin: Cut an 8.5" X 11" piece of Kraft cardstock in half and score to form a 4.25" X 5.5" card base.  Cut 1.5" squares from several different papers.  Adhere them along the top and bottom of the card as shown above.


Using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink, stamp your sentiment in between the 2 rows of squares if desired.  You may also decide you would prefer to stamp your sentiment inside of the card instead.  Using your white pen, draw stitch marks around the outer edge of the card.


If desired, add a ribbon bow between the 2 rows.  I used 3 Girl JAM Aqua Splash and Dress White.  I secured the knot in the bow with a rolled glue dot to insure a secure placement.

I think this card would work well when you needed to mass produce a large number of cards quickly.  They are simple and yet remain pretty.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

I am entering this card in the 3 Girl JAM "Kraft with Ribbon" challenge. Come and play along.

Chunky ATC

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The very first ATC I saw on YouTube intrigued me so much that I knew I needed to learn more about them.  They weren't quite as popular then and there were fewer videos to watch about them, but I set out to learn all that I could.  I learned 3 basic things:
1. Size Matters - ATC's are 2.5" X 3.5" only
2. They should never be sold
3. The rest is up to you
I was hooked from the 1st one I ever made.  I altered a 7Gypsies ATC library drawer and began swapping as well as creating my own.


Recently, I was challenged to make a "Chunky ATC".  I jumped into the challenge with both feet and created this one-of-a-kind ATC.  It will be included in a swap that I have coming up.


Supplies:
Gameboard cut into an ATC
Garage Sale lace find (white)
3 Girl JAM white ribbon
Gold button - from my stash
Folk Art Metallic Amethyst Paint and homemade spray
Pale green paper from my stash
Scor-Tape and Glossy Accents
Vintage typewriter

You can find full details in the video below.


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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crafty Fun With Aunt Cheri - Clothespins

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Good morning.  I hope you are having a great day. Today we are going to dress up some clothespins.  I plan to put mine on the refrigerator to hold lists and things.  You could use them to hang your artwork or special papers to see.  You could even leave little notes for your mom on the refrigerator with them.  It is an easy project and I hope you have fun making it.


I used:
Clothespins from the dollar store
Folk Art Warm White acrylic paint
Scraps of paper from my stash
Scotch Quick Dry adhesive
Studio G Glitter Glue

Here's the video that I made for my little people, but you can watch it too.



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


Monday, August 5, 2013

Revisiting Old Cricut Cartridges - Scandinavian Christmas Cards

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I know that Christmas is still months away.  However, I DO NOT want to be finishing cards the week before Christmas this year.  I want to take time to enjoy the little things around the Christmas season and not be rushing to finish.  I want to spend time focusing on Jesus - the reason for the season.  I want to spend days with my family.  I want to make lots of candy and bake delicious treats.  I want to have a variety of cards and not just mass produce 100 or more cards that are the same.  Want to know a secret?  Last year I bought Christmas cards...shhh....

So, lets pull out those Cricut cartridges and get a kickstart to the Christmas season.  I personally don't plan to purchase new cartridges this year.  Though I may buy a few stamps (G45 has the new "12 Days of Christmas" set), I really want to use up my stash while revisiting some old Cricut cartridges.

I chose Scandinavian Christmas Cards for my first set of Christmas cards because it was a cartridge that I purchased for my mother-in-law a couple of years ago.  Her family was originally from Norway and each year we incorporate some Norwegian tradition in our celebrations.  Mom went home to Jesus in May and I wanted to share her cartridge with you.

I grabbed the following items from my stash:
Coordinations - Dark yellow paper
Recollections -  "Cabin Fever" (card base, green layer); Clear craft plastic; "Joyful Song" (tone on tone behind bells)
The Paper Studio - "Holiday" Red for bow
Yellow paper (no name printed on the paper) - from my stash
Distress Ink - Fired Brick
"Christmas Borders" stamp set (inside of the card - possibly from Recollections)
ATG and Zig 2-way glue pen



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


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Shepherd's Pie

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It's been awhile since I posted a recipe and even longer since I made this dish.  Many years ago, my brother-in-law taught me how to make Shepherd's Pie and it is a favorite with my family.  Isn't it funny how we forget those family favorites until something comes up to remind us?  This time the reminder came to my daughter when she tried a different type of Shepherd's Pie.  She came home and wanted this one so we made it.  The best part is that when you make 1, it's not that hard to make several so we made 2 more to freeze.

Ingredients:
1 pound of hamburger
1 small can of tomato soup
1 can of green beans (I prefer French cut, but only had regular cut on hand)
Mashed potatoes (this is the first time that we have used fresh potatoes.  I was taught to use instant potatoes)
Cheddar Cheese - 1.5-2 cups shredded
Optional - chopped onion (We used 1 onion to make 3 batches)


Instructions:
Brown hamburger and onion.  Drain and set aside.  Prepare mashed potatoes as you normally would.  I used 4 potatoes, but probably could have done with 3.  I believe that 4 servings of instant potatoes would be about right if you use instant.


Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Place your browned hamburger in the bottom of an 8"X8" square pan.  Open the tomato soup and pour it over the hamburger.  Drain the green beans and add them over the top of the tomato soup.  Spread prepared mashed potatoes as the next layer and top with the cheddar cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly (approximately 30-45 minutes).  You will also see some of the tomato soup surface through the mashed potatoes.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Doesn't that look yummy?  I really like it when the cheese on the edges gets all crunchy.  Delicious!



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

Saturday, August 3, 2013

YouTube 500 Subscriber Giveaway

Can you believe that I now have over 500 YouTube subscribers?  To show my appreciation, I am hosting a giveaway.  You will have 2 chances to get entries:

1. Be sure that you are a YouTube follower and comment on the "500 Subscriber Giveaway" video telling me that you are.
2. Follow the blog and leave a comment on this post telling me that you are one.


If we reach 200 blog followers by August 15, 2013, I will add something extra to the Giveaway stash.  Due to the weight of this box, I won't be able to send it internationally.  However, If an international subscriber it chosen, I will be happy to send some lace and other goodies.


Thanks so much for subscribing and following.  Have a supercalifragilisticexpealodocious day!

Don't forget to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Crafty Fun with Aunt Cheri - Let's Make Cards


I couldn't do a whole series and not focus at least one week on cards could I?  Nope.  Today's cards were made from cards that I purchased years ago from HSN or QVC.  They were made by Hot Off the Press and are a great way for beginner cardmakers to start.  I used the the "Blessings to You" and "You're Always in my Heart" stamp sets from Hero Arts.  I added a bit of scrap paper and an old Valentine and we had a couple of simple cards.  Perfect to make with little hands.



Here's a video that I hope you enjoy.


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

Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 Girl JAM Kraft with Ribbon Challenge - Kraft and Washi Birthday Balloons

Kraft card stock is so fun to work with and we are celebrating that with the current 3 Girl JAM challenge.  Are you ready to play along?  I know that I am.  Recently I found a fun tutorial on YouTube by Christina from Creations with Christina (here).  I knew immediately that I had to try it for this challenge.  I also knew that I needed some fun 3 Girl JAM ribbon so I grabbed Purple Passion and Dress White.


I used some other fun supplies as well:
Paper Trey Inc - Kraft cardstock
Washi tape from the Target office supply section
Hero Arts Cut and Stamp - Balloons
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages
Hampton Art white ink
Sakura Gelly Roll - white
Scrap of white waxed string
Foam squares


Be sure to link up your Kraft with Ribbon project over at 3 Girl JAM.  We always have great prizes.



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