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I love being the part of the community at Your Paper Pantry and decided to join the 75% Spring Challenge for February. This is how it works, the participants are given some paper and embellishments and are required to use 75% of those materials to make a project of your choice, using the theme of the month. This month the theme was Spring. The finished project is then sent to the Hostess of the challenge and we receive one of the other participant’s projects in return. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Yet for me it was fun yet quite intimidating at the same time.

75% challenge Spring - Banner

This is my first attempt at such an endeavor and it was truly a challenge for me. When I first received my packet with some 4″ x 4″ papers, a few short pieces of seam binding, washi tape (a must use item) and printed images, I worried what to make with these elements. After a lot of thought, and even one sleepless night, it dawned on me to make a Spring banner. Why that thought came to me is a mystery since I have never made a banner before. Given the fact that the papers were so small I wondered if the banner would be an acceptable project to send in, yet I marched forward and started cutting and gluing. I worried if I cut something wrong I wouldn’t have any excess to work with, but still my resolve to make my project along with my commitment to the group kept me going. I thought the end result turned out rather well. Then I had yet another dilemma, I still had some paper, albeit cut in odd shapes, a few images, a bit of the 3 colors of washi tape (less than 5″ in total) and a few tidbits of seam binding left over. Since we had to use 75% of the materials sent, I knew I needed to make another project. What to do with such odd shapes of paper and small bits and pieces caused me a bit of stress I must admit? Marching forward I decided to make a meandering mini album with tags. You guessed it, I never made a meandering mini tag album before, but I didn’t let that stop me, not at all. It was a huge challenge for me though as almost all of the leftover papers were cut in small triangles. It took 2 days of piecing everything together, including gluing and mitering edges of small pieces of paper on the front cover to make it look completely covered when in fact it wasn’t. I do like the end result of this mini album and tags and love the fact that I was able to use all but a few tidbits of the materials to make 2 projects. It was a creative challenge and a boatload of fun.

I didn’t take pictures of each decorated page due to time restraints in getting everything packaged and mailed to Shelley in time, but I did take a moment to shoot the front cover along with the tags and those pictures are below. I worry if my projects will measure up to challenge, but at this point they are on their way and I just have to hope they will be OK.

75% challenge Spring - Mini Tag Book

75% challenge Spring - Tags for mini book

If you haven’t checked out the wonderful folks over at YPP, I would highly recommend you taking a look. It is the most positive place I have found, the projects are exceptional and the people are second to none. I love having a place to exchange ideas and learn about paper crafting and I hope you do too.

Until next time, God Bless,


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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!


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I’ve been a busy gal lately as I’ve been working on 7 different Halloween treats and bags for our 7 grandchildren.  I still have one more go to, but that should be finished later today.  In the meantime, I thought I would share the projects that I’ve finished thus far.

Given the fact that they will all receive more than enough candy, I decided to make gifts that were non-food related.  In my search for ideas, I saw a video online that I used for inspiration, albeit the original design was for hot chocolate and a candy stir stick.  Using that as a jumping off spot, I made small covered notebooks along with a custom hang tag, a pencil and decorated folder.  As a side note, each focal point jiggles.  I made little “wiggly” elements that adhere to the back of each central image which gives movement and a little whimsy to them.  The “wiggly” elements are handmade using a 1″ circle punch, a bit of thin wire and Glossy Accents.  I really love how these turned out, as each one is unique and all are quite sparkly (even though that aspect doesn’t show up on my pics).  In addition, I made simple gift bags to present them to our special guys and gals.

So without further ado, here are the gifts I made for Halloween this year.

Halloween 6

Halloween 5

Halloween 1Halloween 4


Halloween 2


Halloween 3 Halloween 10


Halloween 9












I used a variety of supplies to make these gifts.  I’ll try to share that information below to the best of my recollection.


Black card stock – Stampin’ Up!
Papers were from Stampin’ Up!, dollar bin at Target & Hobby Lobby
Twine from Hobby Lobby
Stickles – Black & Diamond
Iridescent Fibers from Little Black Dress
Orange Glitter – Martha Sterwart
Seam binding was died with Stampin’ Up! reinkers
Purple lace – JoAnn’s
Stamps from Stampin’ Up!, Michael’s dollar bin & Hobby Lobby
Sequin trim from Wal Mart
#2 pencils – Wal Mart
Mechanical pencils – JoAnn’s
Twinkling H20’s
Stampin’ Up! markers
White craft ink – Stampin’ Up!
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tim Holtz Paper Distresser
Black Netting – Hobby Lobby
Shrink Plastic – Michael’s
Chain & jump rings – JoAnn’s
Liquid Mono Dual Glue (not sure that’s the name)
3M tape (1/4″ for tape guns)
Glue Dots
Glossy Accents
Corner Chomper
1″ circle punch – Stampin’ Up!

If you need any information on a specific product, feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to check on the exact product I used.

Until next time, have a great weekend and 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.


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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.


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It’s been hard to find the time needed to make 2 very important birthday cards due to schedules and the holidays.  I was finally able to sit down and take the time these 2 cards deserved.

The first card is for our Grandson’s 6th birthday and is called “All Star Birthday”.  I wanted the theme to be celebratory, festive and sparkly and I think this card accomplished just that.  I used my fabulous Silhouette Cameo to cut all of the elements for the card with the exception of the card base itself and the red rectangle shapes added on the steps.  This style of this card base is called the Side Step card.  You can find the specific dimensions for cutting and scoring the “Side Step Card” over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Just follow this link to the Side Step card tutorial.

This card was inspired by another similar card I found over at SCS by “Lizzieboone13”; her card can be seen here.  The All Star Birthday Card has all of the sparkle that I enjoy adding to my card creations.  I used sprinkles of red Stickles to highlight the red stars and yellow Stickles for the flames on the candles.  The Silhouette elements were all resized to fit perfectly.  It took a bit of time to get the sizes of each element correct, but I like the dimension the elements give to this.  The Star Border is designed by Samantha Walker  for Silhouette and the individual stars are from the Silhouette designers.  (all purchased at the Silhouette Online Store)

Second I’d like to share a card I made for our Granddaughter’s 11th birthday.  Even though her favorite color is blue, I couldn’t help but envision this card with lots of pink and sparkles with a lollipop theme.  My first step was to set out to find the perfect lollipop shape in the Silhouette online store.  I chose this particular shape which is from a set of 3 lollipops designed by Sarah Bailey for Silhouette.  Sarah’s blog can be found at Studio B Creations.  Other designs on the card are also from the Silhouette Store, the scalloped oval by Lori Whitlock and the Cute Hearts & Stars Labels by Loni Stevens.  Originally I tried the heart-shaped lollipop with pink stickles and highlighting the hearts, but that didn’t work at all.  So, I decided to choose the whimsical lollipop shape and add Diamond Dust to mimic the look of sugar to highlight the lollipop.  Success, it was perfect.  I’ve had the “Sweet” Matstack by DCWV for sometime now and that was the first choice that came to mind when I was thinking about this card.  I wanted to use this particular Matstack because of all the sparkly papers in the packet.  As is the case sometimes, I knew the paper I wanted to use and the fact that I wanted a lollipop shape on the card, but I just couldn’t come up with the right design.   SCS to the rescue.  I searched for lollipop cards and finally came across something that I wanted to use for inspiration.  Ironically, my inspiration card also used the same paper pack, but what drew me to Amy’s card was the lollipop.  Even though I used Amy’s card for inspiration, I changed it up to make it my own.  So without further ado, here is the Lollipop Birthday Card.

Supplies – All Star Birthday Card

White card stock – Papertrey Ink
Red, Blue, Yellow & Green card stock – SU
Red Classic Ink – SU
Red & Yellow Stickles – Ranger
Martha Stewart Scoring Board
Stars & Candle Shapes from Silhouette Online Store
Glue Dots
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents – Ranger
3M Tape for ATG Gun

Sweet Lollipop Birthday Card

Sweet Matstack – DCWV
White card stock – Papertrey Ink
Pink card stock – SU
Diamond Dust – purchased at Michael’s
Pink Classic Ink – SU
Happy Birthday Sentiment Stamp by EK Success (This is a really old stamp so I’m not sure if it can still be purchased)
Shapes from Silhouette Online Store
Glue Dots
Scor Tape
Glossy Accents – Ranger
3M Tape for ATG Gun

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This is a quick post, but I wanted to share these adorable gingerbread house gift boxes I made.  I purchased the image from the Silhouette Store and the designer is Lori Whitlock.  I love her designs and when I saw this project I knew I had to take time to make them for Christmas.  The assembly was quite easy with just a bit of gluing and running various color cardstock thru my Silhouette.   I added a bit of Stickles to the rooftop and Christmas wreath for a little sparkle, red and white ribbons and twine was added for a candy cane effect.

As a side note, Lori offers a nice tutorial on putting these boxes together.  I opted to add the door and embellishments prior to assembling the box and thought that was a bit easier for me, especially when trying to line things up straight.  Well, that’s it for today.  Thanks for visiting and Merry Christmas!!


Close to Cocoa, Real Red & Green cardstock from SU
White card stock from Walmart (good weight for this type of project)
Red Stickles – Ranger
Green Glitter Glue – Studio G
Red/White twine – SU
Red & White satin ribbon from Hobby Lobby
Gingerbread House Silhouette File – Lori Whitlock
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Lori recommended this glue for the project and I totally agree with her, it works perfect to hold everything together)

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