Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Leaves, leaves everywhere

My turn to share a project using dies from the Dies R Us store.  Since fall is upon us and leaves are filling up our yard I just knew I had to do a card using a leaf die.

Please check out the Dies R Us Blog to see how to create this card, it might surprise you.  

Don't forget to see all the wonderful dies at the Dies R Us store.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Winner from my Blog for the Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop

First off thank you for all the wonderful comments you made regarding my paintbrushes.  I hope you all had fun doing the hop, I know I got lots of ideas and inspiration to try to make more of them.

I drew one winner for my small paintbrush and that winner is REBECCA.  Congrats Rebecca, please email me with your mailing address so I can get your paintbrush mailed out to you. (

Again, thank you all for joining in the hop.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman’s Holiday Hop. Make the rounds and be inspired. The next stop is Roni Johnson--Ink Stains. Anytime you get lost a list of blogs is on D’s Paper Studio.

Now here is my paintbrush, well actually two of them.  I had so much fun creating that I couldn't stop.

I started by purchasing my paintbrushes at the Dollar Tree and since they came in a package of two I figured why not give them both a try.  I used a mixture that I made thanks to Pinterest and applied that to both brushes.

Once dry I dabbed white paint on top and while the paint was still wet I added some glitter on top.  While the brushes were drying I started working on my flowers.  I used my spellbinder dies to cut out the flowers from silver paper from DCWV Holiday Glitz paper collection.  I also punched out some snowflakes with the same paper.  I used Tim Holtz Thinlits flowers (661808) to cut out the little vines.

Now that the brush is dry it is time to start adding all the fun embellishments.  I used a piece of scrap netting to layer over the top of the brush and then using blue paper from the DCWV Holiday Glitz paper collection I cut out a big blue snowflake, put the flower on top, added the sprigs and other flowers and snowflakes.  Finishing touches were to add some pearls along the bottom and sequins, finishing with a bow and hanging ribbon.  

I hope you have learned something new and will try creating your own paintbrush.  Don't forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into the drawing.

Our “Be Inspired Giftaway” is featured at D’s Paper Studio. Check out Debby’s blog for details. Four winners will be chosen from comments on all the blog posts in the Handyman’s Holiday Hop.

Thanks to our generous sponsors:
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I will be giving one person the small paintbrush as a giveaway. So when you leave a comment for a chance at one of the big giveaways comment to let me know if you would like to enter mine as well.
Now onto  Roni Johnson--Ink Stains blog and continue getting more inspiration. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A fun pumpkin card just in time for Halloween

Here with my first project using dies that come from the Dies R Us store.

I love using dies on my cards and this Cinderella's pumpkin die by Cheery Lynn was just perfect for this card.  I also used the Elegant Scrollwork die by Memory Box.

Elegant Scrollwork

Cinderella's pumpkin

I first cut the pumpkin out using a dark orange that I had in my scrap pile and then cut a second pumpkin using a sparkly green paper that came from The Robin's Nest.

 I hand cut all the leaves and vines from the green and attached them onto the orange.  Once I had that done I glued it all down to another sparkly lighter orange piece of scrap paper.

Next I used a scrap piece of black paper for the backing on the card.

On top of the black is a piece of paper from Harvest Delight by Recollections.

Next I laid down the pumpkin and once I had all the scrolls where I wanted them then I glued everything in place.  I used a tag from Daisyd's Premium pad and cut it down to the size I wanted for the title.

Please don't forget to check out all the awesome dies available at the Dies R Us store.  

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1 and that means new challenges over at Creative Inspiration

I get to start out the month of October with a card sketch challenge over at Creative Inspiration.  Here is Bev Code's sketch.

and this is my take on the sketch:

Please come on over to our forum and join in on the fun.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween Wreath

I am so excited to share this Halloween wreath using products from Whisker Graphics.

As fast as the months are coming on us, it isn't too early to be thinking about Halloween. Today I will share with you how you can make a fast and easy wreath.

First I started with this stryofoam wreath and some black felt. I just used the 8.5 x 11 piece of black felt and cut them into strips. I used 3 piece of black felt for my wreath. Rather than using hot glue I used straight pins with black heads and started pinning the felt onto the wreath. 

This is the starting of wrapping the felt.

This is the wreath all wrapped with the felt.

Now you start wrapping the wreath with the twine. I used the Divine Twine Metallics and just started winding until I felt there was enough on the wreath.

Now comes the part where you make it your own. I added a spider from the Dollar Store and made the two smaller spiders using my Silhouette Cameo and a little paint. I also cut out the flower using my Silhouette Cameo and put them on the wreath and finally added a bow to finish off the wreath.

Please don't forget to check out all the wonderful products at the WhiskerGraphics store.   

Monday, September 18, 2017

Stick it Down Card Sketch

Today I get to share with you my fun card I made using the sketch from Stick it Down.  You have until the end of the month to use this sketch and create your own card and share it on Stick it Down.  Who knows you might be next month's Guest Designer or win the month's RAK.  Go on, give it a try.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Something fun coming your way

I love to alter items and that means pretty much anything. So when I was asked to participate in an altered art blog using paint brushes I said yes.  I participated in an altered paint brush swap once before and had so much fun that I couldn't wait to make another one.  So this is just the time to give it a try again.

Mark you calendar for "The Handyman's Holiday Blog Hop", October 5th through the 8th.  There are some great ladies involved in this hop so I know there will be lots of inspiration.  I hope you will join in the hop and get some inspiration and want to create your own altered paint brush.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How fun to make some Wish Bracelets

Today I am sharing with you a fun project you could make for yourself or make them with your children or grandchildren.

These are called Wish Bracelets and the saying goes you make a wish while making them and then you wear them and when they wear out, one of the beads will fall off and your wish will come true.

These are so very easy and fast to make, you will end up making a bunch of them.

You start with Divine Twine and in any color you want. Then make sure you pick out your beads with a big enough hole the twine will go through the hole.

Next you measure out your twine, I cut my three pieces at 15 inches each.

Put your three strands together and tie a knot at one end.

For the next step for me it was the easiest to tape down the end onto a firm surface.

Now you get to start braiding. Just braid the way you always do nothing special. Braid down about 2 inches.

Now it is time to start adding the beads. Start with the twine at the far right and add your first bead. Once you have the bead on cross it over the same way and continue braiding. This is your choice to do one bead right after the other or leave a little space in between the beads. I did it both ways. Make sure you ALWAYS add your bead on the right and cross it over.

This one was made with a space in between the beads.

Now you just tie the two knotted ends together. Test fit it around your hand and wrist to make sure it will fit. If you are making them with children or grandchildren you may have to adjust to make them smaller.

I hope you will give this a try and have fun making them with your children or grandchildren. Don't forget to check out all the beautiful colors of Divine Twine at Whisker Graphics store

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A little song for your birthday

What a fun card sketch to work with this month at Stick it Down.  I hope you will give this sketch a try and link it up over at the blog.  Below is the sketch and my take on the sketch.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

My turn to share a challenge over at the Creative Inspiration forum.  Why not come on over and check out my challenge as well as some of the other great challenges.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It's all about the Twine and the Wind

I am sharing a couple of projects using twine from Whisker Graphics.  I had so much fun winding and playing with the twine.

First I got out some different sizes of acrylic blocks used in stamping and some Divine Twine.  I next wrapped the Divine Twine around the blocks.

Then I took a cream colored piece of cardstock.  I inked the Divine Twine using my Tim Holtz inks.

After getting the Divine Twine inked I started putting the block on the cardstock.  The more you use the block the darker your ink will appear on the cardstock. Just keep adding as much or as little as you want to the cardstock.

Once I had what I wanted on the cardstock, I inked around the edges. Now you get to add your photos and embellishments. I used the Divine Twine that I had wrapped around the blocks and added that to the layout as well.

The 2nd project is using kind of the same technique but this time making a card.

I used one of the blocks that I used to ink the cardstock but this time I put modeling paste on the Divine Twine and stamped in on a black piece of cardstock.

This is what is looked like when it dried.

Very fun technique to try.  Of course, keep your Divine Twine and use it again on another project.

Thanking you for stopping by and I hope you give one or both the techniques a try.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Some fun and pretty easy birthday games

I have been making games for my grandson's 5th birthday coming soon.  They all are pretty quick and easy to make but oh so much fun to watch when the kids are playing them.

In case you can't tell he picked TMNT for the theme for his party.  This first game they punch through the tissue paper and there is a prize inside the cup.

This second game is just like Pin the Tail on the Donkey but this time you need to pin the mask on the turtle.

This game is to knock over all the turtles using tennis balls.  I made this game using old yogurt containers and painted them and then printed off the faces and glued them on.

These are the party favors the kids will take home.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the boxes.

I still have a few more things to make but happy with my progress so far.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.