Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Twinery Caribbean blog hop

Hi ya'll welcome to The Twinery Blog hop. Today I thought I try something fun (I know I'm out of season but it's never to late for a snowman) . I braided the solid Caribbean twine from The Twinery into a long rope then cut it in 3 sections and braided them again.  I painted a face on a large white cloths pin and glued star buttons.  

You can get Caribbean in striped or solid.

Here is the list of hop sites.
The Twinery -

Tobi Crawford -
Stacey Schafer - Hahn - Connolly - 
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Since I'm last on the hop please stop by The Twinery store where you can nab some Caribbean twine.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Pillow Talk

After making a crazy about of dog ties and scarfs I found some really cute pillows on Pinterest and knew I just had to make my own. I bought some fusible webbing, fabric, lace and buttons and off I went.  
 Can you tell I just love yo-yo's??
The fusible webbing made it possible for me to draw an owl pattern and "glue" him onto the fabric.  I then hand stitched around the body and branch to make it look more homemade.

 I free handed the shape for the strawberry and next time I'm actually gonna make a pattern that I can reuse.
 hummm I think I need a few more pillows.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Caught the sewing bug.

I haven't sewn a thing in probably a year, I love to sew and missed it a lot.  The only thing stopping be was that I couldn't find the cord to my machine. My hubby put my sewing machine in my craft room and from there the cord got lost.  I've tried various times to find it and even thought I ought to clean my craft room and I'd find it.  Nah!!! Anyway I started a full time job sewing underwear for a factory and got so excited about it I'd come home and start looking for the stupid cord. No luck.  So I started to pout.  Hubby then looked for the cord, I told him he's wasting his time as he couldn't find his shoes even if he were wearing them. But he looked despite me. (I just didn't want him to be snooping in my craft room) and wouldn't you know he FOUND it!! Oh my goodness the sewing madness kicked into high gear and for the last two weeks I've been sewing (in addition to sewing for 8 hours a day at work)
Here's what I made...Dog Hanker-chiefs and neck ties that loop right on a collar. Aren't they just Posh??

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Twinery and CardMaker blog hop

Eeek! I'm so thrilled to be part of the Twinery and CardMaker blog hop today!! I was hoping to make something really special for the hop and was racking my brain trying to figure out what to do.  So I thought why not decorate a Mason Jar and use it as a gift jar.

The Twinery will be giving away 4 spools of twine - Solid Mandarin, Gold Shimmer, Copper Shimmer, and Solid Maraschino ($60 retail value).
CardMaker will not be offering a giveaway due to legalities.
Hoppers can visit the Twinery blog to ​find out how to enter to win the spools of twine.

CardMaker will not be offering a giveaway due to legalities.

You should have gotten here from Stacey Schafer's blog
Your next hop to onto Penny Ward's blog
Paint-Americana Decor: Lace and Rouge (mix to make pink) and black
Mason Jar
Twine-The Twinery
Bell-Mod Podge and glitter

Link to The Twinery Shop:

Link to the CardMaker Magazine website:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ruby Rock-It and The Twinery blog hop

Hello Ruby Rock-It Fans!  We are excited to be partnering up with our sweet friends over at The Twinery this month and we are having a blog hop with their fabulous team!
Have a look at our fabulous prize… it’s our gorgeous Essence Empire Bebe collection collection …
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… and your choice of 3 FULL rolls of twine from The Twinery.
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To be eligible for our lovely prize, simply start from the beginning and hop all the way through, leaving a comment on each designer’s blog over the 3 days and then come back here letting us know you have!
Comments close Monday, September 22nd at 11:59pm PST and we will announce our winner later in the week!

For my project I took and old frame and the Heritage collection from Ruby Rock-It and mod podged it. Added some of The Twinery natural twine and sequin bling.
Enjoy the hop!
Hop list for Saturday, September 20:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Treat bags and Taylored Expressions

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's my 3rd and final month to guest design for Taylored Expressions.  I sure am going to be sad when this month ends. 

 I LOVE working with TE  and the team.  
This month I got to play with:
I thought they'd be perfect for decorating treat bags using the mini bag die from A Jillian Vance Design Die.

Want more details and full views of the treat bags?  Visit the Taylored Expressions blog 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Think Happy Thoughts

How about a Taylored Expressions sneak peek of Little Bits balloons and Think Happy Thoughts??
It's Thursday and I on the list to show you the newest release from Taylored Expressions and lucky me I get to work with a word die "Happy".  I couldn't resist the tiny balloons and sequins either. hehe

 After I made a "boy" card I knew I had to make a "girl" card and it was pretty easy since the Double the fun paper pack had both colour groups. :)
Note: I don't have spray bottles of colours so I had to improvise to create the splatter background.  It was easy since I have a lot of stamp pads.  I just squished the cover of "Sweet leaf" ink pad till it left colour on the inside of the cover.  Then I added a few drops of water mixed it around with a Bristol brush (hard crunchy brush) and flicked the colour off the brush onto the white cardstock. :)

This petite stamp set includes a very “happy” coordinating die and will be FREE with orders over $50 beginning on September 11th – September 21st. One free set per customer, while supplies last at Taylored Expressions!

Paper-Double the fun: Taylored Expressions
Dies:Little Bits Balloons -Taylored Expressions
Sequins: Double the fun (Girl)-Taylored Expressions

Thanks for visiting, crafty friends! If you’d like to see more projects and new product information, please head over to the TE Blog for a complete blog roll of our participating designers! See all the details HERE

Monday, September 8, 2014

TE Birthday bash kick off

Hello crafty friends – I’m excited to start this week with some fun sneak peeks for the Taylored Expressions September Release. And this month’s release is extra special for the following reasons:

  • It’s TE’s sixth birthday!
  • To celebrate, along with new stamps and dies, we are releasing our very own line of patterned paper and coordinating cardstock, as well as our own Embossing Folders.
  • Visit the TE Blog for a fun sketch challenge with a $250 prize gift certificate. 

Are you wondering about this fantastic prize I mentioned earlier? For your chance to win a $250 Gift Certificate to the Taylored Expressions Store, you must complete ALL of the following: 
  1. Create a card using the sketch pictured. While we love to see them used, TE products are not required for participation.
  2. Take a photo of you holding your card (or have a friend take it for you.)
  3. Add your photo to the TE Blog using the InLinkz link-up on this post. If you would prefer to email us your photo, send it to with the Subject: Triple S Challenge
  4. Share some joy by giving or sending your card to someone! Leave a comment below telling us the name of the lucky recipient.Complete all steps by 11:59 pm PST on Sunday, September 14, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. Limit one entry per person.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sam E. Snowman

I have some really exciting news to share with you.  Tomorrow A Jillian Vance Design will be releasing my first ever die set!!! Eeeek.  I had some time to give it a test run and I couldn't be more please.  My new wood grain stamp is coming tomorrow as well, at first I was a little nervous about it but once I started stamping I fell in love.  It's not you typical skinny wood grain stamp this one is big and bold.  It definitely has a whimsical playful look to it.  I hope you like it as much as I do. :)

Here we go with Sam E. Snowman die set and my wood grain background

Now I've got some cards made by using the "empty" or negative space the die leaves.  I used clear card stock to behind the snowman so I could glue the scarf and buttons on, now everything looks like it's floating on the card.

Check out my other stamps here.
Sam E. Snowman die

Friday, August 22, 2014


I feel so lucky to be the Guest Designer for Taylored Expressions.  Not only do I get their adorable stamps to work with but I also get to use stamps and dies I wouldn't normally use.  Pushing my boundaries is a great way to kick start my mojo :)

 I added little gems (finger nail gems) to decorate the butterfly body. I die cut the image in white and coloured the butterfly yellow.  It looks like I missed some spots. :)

Dies-BeautyLies Within, Floral Eyelet border: Taylored Expressions
Paper-Project Life
Stickers-Project Life
Markers- YR21, Black 00

If you sticker isn't the right colour then colour over it with the colour you need.  Colour over the letters and allow to thoroughly dry,  then remove the excess paper.  To make applying the letters easier apply a strip of prepositional sticky tac over the word and apply in position