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Our family will be celebrating our grandson’s First Communion in April. I wanted to get his card finished early since I still have to make his banner for church and his rosary. I will share both of those projects as they are completed, but in the meantime, here is the card I made for him.

I must admit I was concerned going into this project about what I would do for this card.  Carson’s favorite color is yellow so I wanted to use that color for sure.  Once I figured out the other colors to compliment the yellow, the design was the next obstacle.  I rented the Raisin Boat First Communion stamp set specifically for this card, so naturally that was the starting off spot.  I auditioned different configurations until I came up with this.  There are actually 3 ribbons that are layered behind the focal matte.  The bottom layer is a sparkly silver ribbon which I liked but felt it needed to be toned down just a bit.  The next layer of sheer silver organza ribbon did the trick but I felt it needed something more so I added the thin line of silver cord and adhered all of the layers down.  The matte is popped using dimensionals from Scrapbook Adhesives.  It took 4 tries to get the sentiment and chalice to emboss nicely, but the extra effort was well worth it since I think it turned out perfect.

First Communion Card

Supply list

Raisin Boat Stamp Set – First Communion
White cardstock – Papertrey Ink
Silver cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
Yellow embossed card stock – Club Scrap
Ribbon and cord – Stampin’ Up!
Sparkle ribbon – Michael’s
Silver embossing powder – Stampin’ Up!
Versamark
Matte cut from Silhouette Cameo – Image from Silhouette online store

Thank you for visiting.

God Bless,
Linda

 

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I have so many projects finished and ready to show you, but with Valentines Day approaching in a few weeks I decided to share a few cards I have made for the occasion.

The first 2 cards are quite similar as you can readily see below. Rather than go with traditional red/pink/white cards for these, I opted to do cards that would be appropriate for Valentines Day or even for an anniversary or wedding. The stamp set I used for both of these is called “Perfect Pears” and is from my favorite new stamp company, Raisin Boat. I may have mentioned this before but if so please bear with me. This company has a boatload:-) of wonderful stamps and offers the best of both worlds by offering the option of either purchasing the stamps or renting them. I highly recommend checking them out if you are either an avid stamper like myself, or just learning and want to get your feet wet, as there is something there for all levels of papercrafters with many, many stamp sets to choose from.

Perfect Pair Valentine 1

Perfect Pair Valentine 2

Just a little bit about these cards, I stamped the words “We go Together” along the ribbon with Timber Brown Staz On Ink, it doesn’t show well on these pictures but is quite visible in person. The natural twine, Vanilla and Not Quite Navy card stock are from Stampin’ Up! and the brocade paper is from individual sheets I purchased at Hobby Lobby several years ago. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the layered heart and inked the edges with Distress Ink, Linen I believe.

I really like how these cards turned out and hope you enjoying them as well.

Oh my, I almost forgot to mention that Raisin Boat offers a monthly challenge on their blog and I plan on entering these cards for that event this month. The prize for the winner is a stamp set of their choice.

Well that’s about it for now, I’ll be back to share many more projects in the next few days.

Until then, God Bless,
Linda

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Without spending a lot of time being verbose, I want to backtrack just a bit and share the cards I made for our grandchildren for Christmas this year.  In addition, we celebrated several birthdays during the month of December and one of those cards will also be included with this post (the other cards were posted previously for the other 2 birthdays)

Angel card resize

Angel stamp – Karen Lockhart
Sentiment stamp – Paper Wishes
Border punch – Martha Stewart
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils
Diamond Stickles
Versamark & Silver Embossing Powder
Papers from Paper Wishes
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!

 

 

Snowman Card resize

Snowman Stamp – Karen Lockhart
Paper – Paper Wishes
Cardstock – Stampin Up
Colored with Prismacolor Pencils & Gamsol
Silver matte is from a yogurt (washed of course)
Diamond Stickles

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas resize

 
Merry Christmas Tree stamp – Paper Wishes
Paper – Pinecone Press
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
Red & Silver Stickles
Versamark
Navy Embossing Powder – Stampin’ Up!
Image from Silhouette Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas stockings resizeStocking & Shelf Stamp from Raisin Boat
Sentiment Stamp – Paper Wishes
Wood grain embossing folder – Hobby Lobby
Cardstock – Stampin’ Up!
Red Stickles
Distress Ink
Brads – Stampin’ Up!
Paper Pieced stockings is paper pieced with fluffy stuff on cuff (can’t remember what the product is called)

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today.  Lots more to share soon.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,

Linda

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Along with the excitement of the Christmas season, we have a few other family celebrations in December as 3 of our 7 grandchildren have a birthday this month.  I don’t always post my cards and projects mostly because I am working on things at the last-minute and run out of time.  However, this year I made a concerted effort to have cards finished well ahead of time and to that end I have 2 of the birthday cards completed and the other on my crafting table in process.

Here are the first two cards that are finished thus far.

Kaitlins Birthday Card 2013

This card is for our oldest granddaughter who will be turning 13 this year.  She loves the color blue, as I do, so I wanted to make a special card commemorating this special birthday for her and chose her favorite color as a starting point.  I love the combination of burlap and lace, so I added those elements along with a removable handmade stick pin that includes a butterfly charm on a dangle.  The hand dyed seam binding along with the ivory pearl swirl added to the charm of this card I think.   It’s not noticeable on the picture I took, but I dyed some Diamond Dust a pale blue and added that along the ends of the rolled paper.  I was quite pleased with the outcome of this card and hope she will enjoy it too.

Her younger brother is also celebrating a birthday this month, his 8th, so I decided to use some car paper I purchased awhile back from a fine paper store (that I was hording) as the jumping off point for his card.  Since the flip cards are so popular of late, I thought that would be a fun project to work on as well as receive.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the flip card, starburst matte, birthday sentiment and number 8.  Glitter and shimmer are a signature element I use on most of the card creations, so adding a bit of red Stickles was a must.  The original flip card stopped at the edge of the car paper but I thought it looked unfinished, so I added the blue sides along with star eyelets to add some extra umpf to make the card look complete.  I’m told he enjoyed his card along with the gift we sent to celebrate his special day.

Koles Birthday Card 2013

Now I must regress just a bit to Thanksgiving and share some little treat bags I made to set on the table for our family celebration.  This year was special because our oldest daughter, her hubby and their 4 children drove from Colorado to be here for the holiday.  Our house was abuzz with children’s laughter and fun family time since all of our 7 grandchildren were here and 3 of our 4 children.  It would be a blessing to have all of our children here, but it so difficult given the fact that our oldest lives so far away.  We do count our blessings though and will cherish all the great memories of that day for a long time to come.

As far as the small treat bags are concerned, they are a simple design but something I wanted to do for everyone.  The small turkey stamp was the basis for the topper and everything else just fell into place.  I decided to “ghost stamp” the sentiment with white and then top it with copper for a different effect.  The seam binding was hand dyed and the turkey along with the scallop edge was heat embossed with copper.  I’m sure the kiddos didn’t need any additional sugar that day, but it was still fun making the bags and sharing them with all.

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Close Up View Thanksgiving Treat Bags

My last share of the day is a gift bag I made.  I used my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Board to make the bows and my Silhouette to cut out the snowflakes and star.  Diamond glitter was used to make the snowflakes sparkle and 2 layers of paper covered the bag to accent the tree.  I love the dimensional aspect of the bag and it was fun to use some Christmas paper I had in my stash and put it to good use.

Christmas Gift Bag

Well that’s it for today.  I’m sorry this post is long lengthy, but I wanted to get up to date with a few of my projects.  I do have several other gifts and cards I will share this month, some already completed and others in various stages, but I’ll say goodbye for now and get back to my craft room.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!

Linda

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After a long absence, I thought I would share a few cards that I’ve been working on recently.

Corny Friends

This was a fun card I made for a friend of mine using my Corny Friend Stamp of the Week from Unity Stamp Co.  I dyed the rayon seam binding with a reinker from Stampin’ Up! called Apricot Appeal (I think that’s the name).  The matching envelope was made with my We R Memory Keepers Punch Board.   The card stock is from Stampin’ Up! and the patterned paper is from my stash.  Since I don’t have Copic Markers in my supplies, I decided to try Sharpies to color in the candies and to my surprise those worked quite well.

Hello

My “hello” card was made using the “Snails2Mail” Stamp of the Month set from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard.  To achieve the polka dot effect on the body of the snail, I used the shell of the smaller snail in the set to remove the ink from the solid stamp prior to stamping it on the white card stock.  I love polka dots and thought it would be a fun look on this particular card.  The matting is from the Silhouette Online Store and I cut it out with my Cameo.

Halloween Card

The last card I’ll be sharing today is for Halloween.  The drippy edge at the top was created using a $1.00 stamp from Michaels which I purchased last year.  I stamped it across the top using VersaMark and then embossed with black EP from Stampin’ Up!  The haunted house image is also from the dollar bin at Michaels and is embossed just like the drippy edge at the top.  Martha Stewart punches were used for both the fence and the drippy goo edge at the bottom of the title.  I added diamond Stickles to the edges of the drips which made the vellum warp just a bit on the ends and I thought that was a fun look for this particular element of the card.  Three different Tim Holtz Distress Inks were used for the background effect on the card which started out as plain white card stock.  Stickles was added randomly on the sky as well as to the fence for added interest.

That’s it for today.  I hope to be posting more cards shortly.

God Bless!

 

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I thought I would share a variety of projects I’ve worked on lately.  First up are these fun clothespin magnets I made using dollar store clothespins, acrylic paint, a yoyo maker, Mod Podge, button, pearl beads and a glue gun.  The project went together lickity split and they are packaged in a way that would make a great gift for a teacher, friend or neighbor.  Notice the twisty tie is handmade also and matches the paper on the clothespins.

Clothespin magnets and gift bag with homemade twisty tie

Clothespin magnets with handmade twisty ties

Side view of clothespin magnet

Side view of clothespin magnet

I’ve seen a few decorated clothespins of late but wanted to put my own spin on them, so I took matters in my own hands and this is the result.  First I took the clothespins apart and painted the entire wood part with acrylic paint.  The top of the paper was first sealed with Mod Podge with just one layer to make it a bit more durable.  I adhered the clothespins to the paper with Mod Podge and then applied a thin coat over everything.  After the Mod Podge dried, I took a craft knife to trim away the excess paper.  I then put the clothespins back together and went onto making the fabric yoyo.  My yoyo’s were made with my Clover Yoyo Maker and a few scraps of fabric left over from my quilted tote bag.  My trusty glue gun was used to adhere the yoyo to the front of the clothespins (now turned refrigerator magnet).  A button and a few beads were added to the top for a little more pizzazz, and magnets were added to the back with my glue gun to finish the project.

Twisty ties are really easy to make.  I saw a tutorial by Leanne over at Organize and Decorate Everything recently and thought they were a great idea.  However, I thought the paper may rip when being twisted on the bag, so I added a layer of Mod Podge on the front of the paper to make it a bit more durable and set it aside to dry.  By adding that light layer of Mod Podge, the tie twisted without tears and I was very happy with the result.  Paper was cut into 1/4″ strips and about 5″-6″ long and red tape was used on the inside of one of the strips.  Next I placed a piece of wire down the center of the taped paper and added the second layer of paper and voila’, the twisty tie was complete.  Cute beyond words, wouldn’t you say?

Quilled Tulip Card

Next up is this pretty tulip card I made.  Inspiration for this card came from All Things Paper, and if you are a paper lover then you will absolutely, positively love this blog.  The creations and projects from Ann are beyond amazing.  So when I was looking for a card depicting Spring, I had to look no further than Ann’s blog for inspiration.  Ann’s card was made for Valentine’s Day, but I decided to make the tulips in a pastel color for my project.  Each tulip was made using a few quilling strips and a green strip was run through my crimping tool to add just a hint of dimension and to anchor the flowers.  My polka dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug was used on the white cardstock and I used a Fiskars border punch for the upper and bottom edges.  Two pearls were added on each side of the white embossed sentiment and the card was complete.  I really love how this card turned out, and my desire for a Spring-like card was achieved.  Inspiration from Ann’s card, but changed up to make it my own.  Thanks to Ann for her beautiful blog and inspiration.

Bunny basket

Bunny basket (view from the top)

Last but not least is this cute bunny Easter basket.  A shape I downloaded from the Silhouette store was used for the box and a very, very old template from Stampin’ Up! was traced and cut out for the bunny.  Several paper punches, Stickles, chalk, ink and ribbon were all used to give this bunny her cuteness and Martha Stewart fringe scissors was the perfect solution to make the grass.  I think this turned out quite nice.

Well that’s it for today.  Enjoy your day and God Bless.

Linda

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Yesterday got away from me and I didn’t even have a few minutes to add a post, so I thought I would share a few projects today.

First up is the “Dish Rug”.  This project is designed and shared by Connie over at her blog called “Quilting by the River“.  She has quite a few tutorials on her blog, but I chose this particular one because of its practicality, minimal supplies and ease in assembly.  Sometimes a quick and easy project is just the ticket to get that sewing machine humming along.

I love the idea of a “Dish Rug”.  I often sit a dish towel on the counter to air dry dishes that I’ve hand washed.  Light bulb moment here and a great idea from Connie….   Why not enjoy a quilt on the countertop that is both practical and pretty while doing the dishes?  I certainly have never thought to make a little quilt to air dry dishes, have you?  It’s quite clever and practical and one I just had to share with you today.

Next up are 2 cutting files for those who enjoy their Silhouettes and other cutting machines.  The talented artist behind these beautiful designs is Monica Bjork from “Monica’s Creative Room“.  Monica is certainly creative as her website says, but she is also an incredibly talented gal.  I just can’t seem to find the words to describe how amazing these paper creations are.  So, wordless as I am, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking and introduce you to Monica’s Creative Room.

A relatively short post today in words, but one that certainly packs a punch as far as creativity is concerned.  I want to thank both Monica and Connie for their wonderful blogs and for these amazing projects.

Until tomorrow, have a Blessed Day.

Linda

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Lots of projects to share on this beautiful sunny day in the Midwest.  In addition to my projects, I’ll also be sharing information on a new quilting tool and creative idea later in this post.

But first things first.  Here are the 7 Valentine cards I made for our grandchildren this week.  All of these cards were made using my Silhouette Cameo and all of those images were purchased at the Silhouette Online Store.  Not a lot of creativity on my part, since all of the cards were premade images.  All I did was download the designs, choose the appropriate papers, cut the pieces and put the cards together.  Still, they were made by me with love and care and at the end of the day, isn’t that what it’s all about?

The second project is a baby quilt I’ve been working on.  I received a fabulous array of Riley Blake Sugar & Spice fat quarters last May in a blog contest I won over at the The DIY Dish.   When our good friend’s daughter and hubby announced the birth of their daughter, I knew this Sugar & Spice fabric would be the crowning touch for a special baby quilt.  To my surprise, when I showed the fabric to several family members they didn’t think it would work for a baby girl’s quilt.  Without hesitation, I continued on the journey of making the quilt with this Riley Blake fabric because in my mind’s eye I thought it would be pretty.  My stash held a Charm Pack of  Bella White Solids by Moda  that was begging to be used with these colorful Sugar and Spice fabrics, so I paired the two up and got to work.  First I cut the fabric squares and pieced them all together.  Several borders were needed and Fabric.com came to the rescue since they were the only source where I could find the fabric I needed for the backing, border and binding.  However, my quest for fabric wasn’t over, so after a short jaunt to Blessings Quilt Shop I was able to purchase the Moda White Bella Solids for the border.  Now, I had everything on hand to finish the quilt.

Personalizing the quilt was definitely needed, so I pulled out my trusty Bernina embroidery module and added the pretty pink lettering that would adorn the top of the quilt.  After sewing on the borders, stippling and spending a few more hours adding the binding, the quilt was finished.  It is now ready to be wrapped and sent to Baby Kennedy tomorrow.

In the end I think the quilt turned out quite nice, and to my astonishment my family loves it too, bright colors and all.  Hopefully Kennedy and her proud parents will enjoy the quilt for many years to come.

Quick and Easy Baby Quilt:

Supplies:

18 – White 5″ squares (Charm pack or cut by hand)
18 – Variety of 5″ squares (great for charm pack or cut by hand)
2 1/2″ Border Strip (choose compatible color)
4 1/4″ Border Strip (white)
Backing Fabric
Binding Fabric (I used a double binding, but since it’s a small quilt I didn’t cut it on the bias.  However, I did sew the seams on a diagonal to avoid a bulky seam)
Batting
The Binding Tool (Love, love, love this tool for making the perfect binding)  I purchased mine at Missouri Star Quilt Company

Directions:

Sew 6 rows of 6 – 5″ blocks together to form a square (alternating white with the colored squares)
Sew the upper and lower 2 1/2 border strip first, then sew left and right side border strip
Sew the upper and lower 4 1/4″ border strip, then sew left and right border strip
Layer quilt
Quilt as you wish
Bind the quilt (I always use The Binding Tool to finish the binding on my quilt)

That’s it, easy peasy.

***As a side note, here is a tutorial from Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company using The Binding Tool.  I’m telling you, if you make quilts then you’re going to love this tool!

Now onto my Friday’s are for Sharing Segment.  I ran across a quick, easy and unbelievably cute and clever bookmark over at the Attic Window Quilt Shop (how is that for a few adjectives?).  After searching for the source of the tool used to make the bookmarks I not only found the manufacturer but also an informative tutorial to create this beautiful effect on fabric.  I couldn’t resist sharing this tutorial and one of the projects you can make using this tool.  So without further ado, here are some bookmarks that I’ve re-posted from the Attic Window Quilt Shop Blog that were made with the Double Diamond Ruler.

Well that’s about it for today.  A long post for sure, but it just seems I had a lot to chat about today.

Enjoy your weekend, be safe and God Bless!!!

Linda

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If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that my new favorite tool in my craft room is my Silhouette Cameo.  I must say there hasn’t been a day that I haven’t used my Cameo to make a project or two.  Of course, the fact that we have had Christmas and then Valentine’s Day made it easy to find a reason to make those projects.  Finding great images to cut has been a snap, first I subscribed to the Silhouette Online Store and have enjoyed making many projects using those designs.

In addition, if you are an owner of the Silhouette, you probably already know a free image is offered at the store each Tuesday.  Plus, a selection of images are available on clearance each week and most of those are a mere 50 cents.  Regular price of most images in the Silhouette store are only 99 cents which I think is also a bargain.

But wait, that’s not all.  If you are an owner of a cutting machine you probably know there are many, many talented designers that have individual websites and offer designs in a variety of formats to meet the specifications of most cutting machines.  Wow, talk about creativity unleashed.  At any rate, I recently ran across some amazing designs by an incredibly talented artist over at Shery K Designs.  Her shop’s offerings  are many and she generously shared one of those images for free on her blog.  The following set of tags is simply gorgeous so I just had to share this link with you today.

I want to thank Shery K for sharing her time and talents and hope that everyone reading this post will jump over to Shery K’s blog, peruse her shop, leave a thank you comment for her free download, and see what all my excitement is about.

I want to thank you for visiting and look forward to seeing you tomorrow.  Until then, Blessings to you and your family!

Linda

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Our daughter’s birthday is tomorrow.  For a change I wanted to be prepared and not work frantically at the last-minute to get a card finished for an occasion.

The first step in choosing a direction for this card was to find just the right paper.  For some reason green rang out loud and clear today, so after auditioning many options, I turned to two colors of solid green for the base and matte.  I knew in my mind’s eye that I wanted a floral theme.  I decided to use the 3D flower I had downloaded a few weeks ago from the Silhouette Online Store as the centerpiece.  A sheet of vellum-like paper I had in my stash cried out to be used on this card, so that was my choice for the flower.  My Silhouette cut out the 3 layers lickity split, then I sponged the petals with pink ink to add just the right amount of color.  After a few rhinestones were added the centerpiece was complete.

Still I couldn’t get the layout just right until I found inspiration from Linda’s Stampin Loft.  Linda is masterful at layout designs and I knew she would have a design that would help me on my quest.  I really liked the doily backdrop on her card, yet none of the doilies I had seemed to work.  My solution, I went to my trusted resource the Silhouette Online Store and found the perfect doily shape for my project.

Linda’s card was my inspiration, but I always want to use another’s card as inspiration and not entirely copy the card, so I chose to dry emboss the background, use a rhinestone swirl for the stem of the flower and omit the ribbon.  I can’t even believe I’m saying “omit the ribbon” since I’m such a ribbon lover, but nonetheless not a ribbon is to be found on my card.  I also chose to include one layer under the floral centerpiece rather than 2 as Linda’s card had.  The final result is what you see here.  I hope our daughter will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together for her.

Thanks to Linda for her inspiration and thanks to you for visiting.  I hope you have a very blessed day and I’ll see you tomorrow with a free cutting file.

Linda

Supplies Used

Card Stock from Stampin Up
Vellum – Club Scrap
Rhinestone swirl from Me and My Big Ideas
Rhinestones in the center of the flower – Hobby Lobby
Sentiment stamp from Stampin Up
Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug
3D Flower & Doily shapes from Silhouette Online Store
1 3/8″ circle punch from Stampin Up
Green Circle – Made the shape in my Silhouette Designer Series software
Regal Rose, Certainly Celery Classic Ink from Stampin Up
Dimensionals from Michael’s
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents to adhere rhinestone centers

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