Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Beaded Ornament

Beaded Ornament Supplies
Original idea came from designs by  Susan Teare 
Best of the Holidays to everyone.

This is actually a very relaxing way to past the time, I just pored all the beads into a bowl, then plugged in the glue gun to heat it up. Turned on my favorite television show  and started stringing the beads.  I started with a dressmaker pin, a gold seed bead, a large 8mm cream bead, then either a pink or cream 6 mm bead.  Place a small amount of glue on the end of the pin to hold them in place and stick into Styrofoam ball at the top.  Next I used a gold seed bead, then either a pink or cream 8mm bead and and 6 mm bead.  Don't use more than 3 beads on the dressmaker pin because they will not stay in the Styrofoam. 

Just continue around the ball until completely filled in.  At the top I attached a chenille gold piece with my glue gun so I could hang it up when complete, you could use a nice ribbon also. Once done you can use a dressmaker pin and the smaller beads (five or so on the pin) and fill in any area that show the Styrofoam ball. 

You could use any colors and sizes I am planning on trying different size balls and colors next.

Glue Gun
Styrofoam Ball size
Box of Dressmaker Pins  Size 17 - 1 1/16
2 bags - Darice Glass Seed Beads 8/0 Gold
2 -3 bags Darice Asst Cream Pearl beads (36g) 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 4mm 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 8mm
2 strands Darice Ecru beads 6 mm 
2 strands Lt Pink Rose beads 6 mm

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Window

Thank you for visiting my blog and big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

Today's offering was created from left over die cut pieces I had but could not figure out what to do with them.  I sometimes start different designs and then find they just are not working and throw them out.  I thought is would be fun to try to use the Holly Holiday Frame which I am sure I have never used before.

Memory Box - Holly Holiday Frame Set & Frosted Christmas
Poppy Stamps - Small Madison Arched Window
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F
Viva Decor Paper Pens (tree decoration)
Spellbinders Wood Grain embossing folder
Week 5 Paperwhites they are really putting on the growth.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Cheer

Last year I made this design in all white but I thought it would be fun to update it and add just a little color.  The Grand Oak Tree is die cut in glitter card stock even though the picture may not show it very well.  I added gold bells to the Deer's antlers, a heart shaped saddle and some leftover silver circles for jingle bells around its neck and saddle.

Sadly my picture taking is really terrible.

Thank you for visiting my blog and big thanks for those who take the time to leave a comment or join as a follower.  I always try to hop over to those that have blogs to return the favor.

Memory Box Grand Oak Tree, Woodland Deer & Holiday Bells
Poppy Stamps Small Blooming Poinsettia
Spellbinders - Grand Nestabilities - Grand Labels Four (4-7/8" x 7-5/8" & 4-3/8" x 6-7/8)
Martha Stewart Cardinal, heart & aspen snowflake punch
Viva Decor Gold Pen

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ice Skating

Happy Holidays everyone, thanks for stopping by.  I can always find so many ways to use the Lady Dancing die. My  Pinterest page.

I re-positioned her arm so she could hold the large snowflake and coated the blue oval with Sakura 3D lacquer to give the pond some shine.  I die cut her outfit twice once in red and then the trim in green glitter card stock.  For the trees I used Sakura 3D lacquer and then coated them with Clear Rock Candy. The skates blades at just some pieces left over, I have not found a small ice skating die as yet.

Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Ovals Large
Impression Obsession- Fir Trees
Memory Box - Lady Dancing(retired) & Holiday Hats
Dee Distinctively - chickadee (used tail piece for brown hair)
Martha Stewart Snowflake punch
Sakura 3D lacquer
Tim Holtz Clear Rock Candy (trees)
Fiskers Deckle scissors (snowbank)
Paperwhites Week 4

Sprouted Paperwhites
Here is something interesting, I put these 6 bulbs in water for a week and they started growing roots. I then planted them in soil. They are already bigger than the original pot. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Down The Chimney

Hello to my newest followers and everyone that has time to stop for a visit. Thank you all for the lovely comments I really enjoy reading them, and visiting my Pinterest page.

I first made a template from the Puffy Cloud Border and then sponged a light blue ink for the background.  Basically when it comes to using inks that's the only skill I have.  For the Santa I die cut once in flesh card stock, then for the coat once in red card stock and then in glitter card stock for the coat trim.  I created the chimney using the square and then embossed it with a brick pattern, I added a glitter card stock icicle. I used a piece from the Santa hat for the collar on the deer, and deckle scissors for the snowdrift. The Santa sack was just a picture I found and cut out.

Memory Box -Woodland Deer, Holiday Hats & Gentleman Leaping
Poppy Stamps - Puffy Cloud Border
Impression Obsession - Icicle
Cheery Lynn Designs - Santa's Laundry
Spellbinders Matting Basics B  5 X 7
Spellbinders Classic Square Large ( 2" x 2″)
Spellbinders - Wood grain embossing folder
Fiskars - Deckle scissors

Week 3 - Paperwhites - Finally a little growth

Monday, December 1, 2014

Delivering Goodies

Yes the reindeer were on strike so Santa's trusty steed filled in to get the job done.

Poppy Stamps - Trotting Pony& Santa's Magic Sleigh
Elizabeth Craft - Season's Greetings
Dee's Distinctively - Border No 3
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Ovals (4¾ x 5⅞″ &  4¼ x 5⅝″)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ringing The Bells

Greeting everyone, thank you for stopping by.  Today's' design is certainly a glittery amount of goodness.  For the dress, hat, bells and snowdrift I used white, gold and green glitter card stock.

This design made me think of the elks we saw recently. We were over at the Oregon coast several weeks ago near Seaside, Oregon there was this huge herd of Roosevelt Elk just standing near the Highway 101.  Well, the males like to have moss, tree branches or whatever hanging from their antlers to make them look larger for the ladies.   You know the old saying the bigger the antlers, the bigger the .... you get the idea.

Memory Box Lady Dancing, Holiday Hats, Woodland Deer, Mini Holly Leaves & Holiday bells
Fiskars - Deckle scissors(snow drift)

Poinsettia Tree - Sea Port Village
Just got back from holiday in San Diego, CA  temperature was 89 degrees we stopped by Sea Port Village, where they made a display with stacks of potted Poinsettia plants into a tree.

Week 2 - Paperwhites     Not a lot of growth yet.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


While walking by a store at the shopping mall today I saw several dogs dressed in Christmas sweaters ready to get their picture taken.    So I thought I better dress my guy up so he did not feel left out.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season's Greetings
Poppy Stamps - Madison Park Bench & Labrador
Memory Box -Holiday Hats & Palace Oval Frame
Papertry Ink- In The Meadow die

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Big Blue Frosty Greeting

Pouring rain here, at least it is warmer, lots of wind and power outages.  Gives me plenty of time to sit in my craft room and try to come up with designs.

I thought a slightly blue holiday design would be fun.  The background is embossed with a snowflake pattern and I added some snow to the branch.  The tree is dotted with Viva Decor pens, which I use on a lot of my cards,  I love the stuff.  I just have been going through some of my dies and embossing folders that don't get used much.

Papertry Ink - In The Meadow Die
Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Poppy Stamps - Picket Fence & Pine Garland
Memory Box - Gingerbread Men & Woodland Branch
Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch
Viva Decor Gold & Red Paper Pens
Darice Snowflake embossing Folder

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Deliveries

A big hello to my newest followers and everyone that takes the time to stop by.  Still chilly here with a rain headed my way.

Today's design used some of my favorite holiday dies and a few stickers I happen to have.  I die cut the Leaping Deer 6 times and attached them in pairs, then used some leftover red tops from the Stocking Garland for the saddles.  I dotted the saddles with Viva Decor Gold pens for a little bling.   Then die cut the icicle using glitter card stock for the top of the card. I tucked a dimensional Santa sticker into the sleigh and a few nutcrackers.

Poppy Stamps-  Stocking Garland
Memory Box Leaping Deer
Impression Obsession Icicle
Matha Stewart Snowflake punch
Cottage Cutz - Elegant Sleigh
Elizabeth Craft - Season Greetings
Dimensional Santa sticker & nutcrackers

Today I planted a bowl of Paperwhite bulbs.   I was able to place six bulbs into the ceramic pot.  I will take pictures of the growth each week and see how long it takes for them to bloom.  Right now you can see little green sprouts on top of each bulb. Then the house will be filled with a fabulous scent. Week 1 picture.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Have A Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, a big special thanks to my new followers.  Wow has it been cold here in the Northwest.  Right after October it was like a switch was thrown, it went from being nice to bitter cold.  The mornings have been 26 and the highs around 40.

Today's design was really quick and easy, I just die cut the oval frames, embossed the white card stock and added the cute Frosty, hillside, a few rhinestones and the words and I was done.

Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die
Darice Snowflake embossing folder
Poppy Stamps Vintage Merry Christmas
Spellbinders Grand Ovals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Up Up And Away

Greetings everyone, a big hello to my latest followers and thank you for stopping by my blog.  I still think Dee's Distinctively Small Winter Cottage die is one of the cutest house designs.  I used glitter card stock for the roof, windows, door and top of chimney.  Then I added Viva Decor dots on top of the windows for Christmas lights.  I also dotted the trees for a festive glow.  I tucked some presents, gingerbread men and a train in the snowbank which was created using my Fiskars deckle scissors.

Dee's Distinctively Sm Winter Cottage
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Impression Obsession Fir Trees & Santa
Memory Box A Batch of Gingerbread & Train Set
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Viva Decor Red paper pen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poinsettia Garland

Greetings everyone, today's design was pretty fast.  I die cut the oval and the attached the Holly Vine. Next I coated the poinsettias with Sakara 3 D Lacquer for a little shine and each one is sitting on a white snowflake  I added some Via Decor red dots for berries and a few silver bells.

Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B & Floral Ovals
Poppy Stamps Giovanna Snowflake & Small Blooming Poinsettia
Memory Box Holly Vine & Holiday Bells
Sakara 3 D Lacquer
Via Decor Red & Gold paper pen

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Penguin Greeting

Its time again for the Penguins to come out and play.  I die cut them in black and then white card stock, to create the tummies I cut oval shapes.  I know you can not see it but I added a copper Viva Decor on the beaks.

I die cut the center circle using the Impression Obsession Circle Shaker Frame die and then added a deckle cut snow bank.  I used Glossy Accents and the Recollections Snow Glitter on the tree.  The raindrops are Viva Decor Glass Effects.  For the corners I used Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die.

Impression Obsession -  Circle Shaker Frame Die
Memory Box Playful Penguins
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season Greetings
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Recollections Snow Glitter
Fiskars Deckle scissors

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Waiting For My Folks

Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy today's design.  I know when I had pets they were always waiting for me as soon as they heard the car pull up.

I used Viva Decor pens on the stair case for the berries, and then again on the tree to create a variety of holiday ornaments. I tucked the cat at the top of the staircase and the dog waiting by the door.

Poppy Stamps Leafy Garland, Curious Cat, Dachshund & Elegant Stair Frame
Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree, Graceful Chandelier & Train Set
Viva Decor pens

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bringing Home The Trees

A big hello to my latest followers and everyone who stops by for a visit.  I finally got around to having my dental implant done and it was not as bad as I thought it would be.  Now I just have to wait for 4 months until the bone grows around it and then finally I can get a crown put on.

Today' s design was pretty quick, I used a green frame around the card and added some sponged clouds for the background.  I thought it would be fun to give it a vintage look with the horse pulling the wagon with a load of holiday trees.

Poppy Stamps Trotting Pony, Rustic Wagon & Vintage Merry Christmas
Impression Obsession Fir trees
Dee;s Distinctively Border No. 3
Taylored Expression Cloud Border Die
Martha Stewart Grass punch
Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oh Silent Night

It is that time again, I can't believe the holidays are coming up, where does the time go.  I used my cloud mask and sponged the background design then die cut the trees and used Glossy Effects to outline the edges and then sprinkled Recollections Snow glitter to give them a little dimension.  I added some Viva Decor glass effect gel to the windows of the house and also used different colors to add the decorations.  I used Glossy Effects to the truck even through you can't really tell.  I used my Fiskars Deckle scissors for the snow bank and added the carolers and a little Viva Decor for there hats and books.

Memory Box - Village House
Impression Obesssion - Fir Trees,  Carolers & Classic Truck
Taylored Expressions - Cloud Border Die
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 X 7
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel, various colored pens

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winters Delight

Greetings to everyone stopping by for a visit.  It is so hard to take a good picture of an all white design.   I just purchased the fun Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die what a delightful concept.  I think they add a lovely effect to the rolling hills which I die cut using glitter card stock.  I used Glossy Accents on the trees and then added a sprinkling of Michael's brand Recollections Extra Fine Snow Glitter.   For the rain drops I used Glass Effects and it really makes fun dots.

Memory Box Woodland Deer & Grand Oak Tree
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Impression Obsession - Fir Trees
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Glossy Accents
Recollections Extra Fin Snow Glitter
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 X 7

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gathering Nuts

Here in the Northwest the weather has been windy with lots of rain.  There are so many leaves on the ground now I have given up raking them.  My hope is that we will have a huge wind storm and they will blow in someone else's yard.

Today's card is a fun Autumn design, I inked the clouds, really I am not very good.  I added some leaves and apples to the tree then tucked some pumpkins into the grass and attached the fence and squirrels.

Memory Box - Grand Alder Tree, Perfect Pumpkins & Puffy Clouds
Poppy Stamps - Picket Fence
Impression Obsession - Oak Leaves & Rake, Bushel of Apples & Squirrel Set
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 x 7

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Greetings

Hello everyone, today's design was quick and easy to create.  I die cut the Grand Madison Door using a cream colored card stock and then created a wreath using the Spellbinders circles ( 1⅞″ & 1⅜″) together.  I then attached punched oak leaves and a few pumpkins.  The door knob is Viva Decor orange pen. The corners were Impression Obsession Brick House roof eves. The sentiment was printed off my computer.

It is that time of the year when taking a picture of my cards never turns out well.

Spellbinders Standard Circles Larges ( 1⅞″ & 1⅜″)
Impression Obsession Brick House
Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Door
Memory Box Perfect Pumpkins
Punch Bunch Oak Leaf

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Harvest

For better details click on picture.

Greetings everyone, today's design was made using leftover die cuts.  I tucked some pumpkins into the cornucopia, apples in the basket, a fence, rake and tree branch behind the gourds and added some fun leaves and flowers.

Punch Bunch Oak leaf punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals
Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder (pumpkin)
Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake, Wide Tree, Tiny Flowers, Bushel Of Apples, Cornucopia & Fence Trio Die Set
Martha Stewart Pumpkin punch
Memory Box Perfect Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Midnight Ride

Greetings Everyone,  Hello to my newest followers and those that stop by for a visit.  Today's design started with making a mask using the Cloud Border and several shades of blue ink.  After stamping I added the Icicle Edge under the top of frame and attached the Santa.  Then I used the Viva glitter pen and edged the trees and after they dried I attached them with the truck as shown  I finally purchased some deckle scissors and they really make a fun snowbank.

Impression Obsession - Classic Truck, Icicle Edger, Fir Trees, & Santa
Poppy Stamps Delicate Cloud Border
Fiskars Deckle scissors (snow bank)
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B (red frame)
Viva Glitter Pen (edges of trees)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas Carolers

I really like the new Impression Obsession Carolers and they are just the perfect size for my type of cards.  The Papertrey Ink In The meadow die set is my go to to create curved hills.  I gave it a crimped design to look like snow.  I glued some left over leaves around a circle to create the wreath for the lamp post.  I used Sakara 3D Crystal Lacquer on the lamp post lights for a little shine. I dabbed some Viva Decor dots in red and gold on the tree.  I then attached the Carolers and framed the design using the Spellbinders Matting Basics which are my go to for framing because I can not cut a straight line.

Update on the glasses, got my exam at the Optometrist and of course they want to sell you on their frames, lens etc.  After I received a quote somewhere between $400 - $700 for a new pair I drove over to Costco.  The vision center their quoted me $249.00 for the exact same items.  Of course I opted for Costco. It really does pay to shop around.  PS I did get a price from Walmart it was about $350.00.

Poppy Stamps Village Lamp Post, Small Madison Arched Window & Snow Flocked Tree
Impression Obsession Carolers
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B ( 4⅝ x 6⅝” & 4⅛ x 6⅛”)
Papertrey Ink In the Meadow die set 
Fiskars Paper Crimper
Viva Decor Red & Gold Paper Pens
Sakara 3d Crystal Lacquer  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stirring Up Treats

Hi there, I hope you’re well and having a productive week.  While cleaning my glasses the other day the end piece that connects to the temple snapped off.  Well of course they can’t be repaired so off to the Ophthalmologists for an exam and then some place to make a new pair. 

Today's card is using the new Impression Obsession Witch which I just find so cute.  I tucked in the Memory Box Graveyard and Alder Tree, punched a bat and added the cat. Then framed the design using the Spellbinders matting Basics.  Since I can't cut a straight edge these matting dies are great.

On another note the deer in my yard are busy, I was standing on a ladder picking apples and tossing them onto the grass below, when a doe and her fawn come right over and start eating the apples right under the ladder.   They would not go away so I had to get the Mister to stand guard until I was done. Below is a picture of several deer just laying in my flower beds without a care in the world.
Black Tailed Deer

Poppy Stamps Curious Cat
Memory Box Grand Alder Tree, Graveyard Landscape
Impression Obsession Witch Brewing
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Martha Stewart Bat Punch

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Squirrel Gathering

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well.  The squirrels in my yard have been busy ever since the weather got cooler.  They spend a lot of time up in the oak tree gathering acorns and occasionally stealing my tomatoes.  So I thought I would create a design around how busy these squirrels have become.

Martha Stewart grass punch
Impression Obsession Pumpkin Patch, Squirrel Set, Bushel of Apples, Oak Leaves and Rake
Memory Box Small Alder & Gold Finch
Poppy Stamps Leafy Sprig & Picket Fence
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics Basics B (4⅝ x 6⅝”) (Orange frame)
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