Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday School week 15

Hi friends,

Today our lesson is "SW" which stands for sweater.  It is still too warm here in Arizona for a sweater but the Sweater Season will be here before we know it and what could be more fun that an
Ugly Sweater Contest? 
My sweater for today is not too ugly so I invite you to come back on Tuesday September 26th when the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team is having an Ugly Sweater Contest Bog Hop.  I will have links to all the designers blogs so you can just click to see what we all made.

Hope to see you on Tuesday,

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spooktacular Challenge @ Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi my friends,

I always look forward to the third Tuesday of the month because it means it's time for another challenge for the design teams at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This month is especially fun because the challenge is one I love, Spooktacular!!


For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us

"What are some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?"

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the
 Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


I made this 6" X 6" card that needs no greeting on the front because there could be no mistake that it is Halloween.  Spooky tree, a graveyard & bats - nothing is creepier that that.

I made my background panel using Soft Finish Cardstock with blended Distress Oxide Inks for the color.  Part of the most recent release from Elizabeth Craft Designs are these fun Halloween dies from Joset Designs.  I cut the graveyard from gray paper and colored the grass with Copic Markers then edged the tops of the stones with a darker gray.  The rest were all cut from black paper.

Happy Haunting,


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday School week 14

The lesson for today is S is for Sun, something we have lots of here in Arizona.

See you next week,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BOO to you -

Hi my paper crafty friends -

I just finished this fun tag using some of the fun dies from Joset Designs @ Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Even though it is still hot here in Arizona, I'm in the Halloween mode with my cards and tags.
Enjoy and you can click the links at the end to shop for all these great products.

Do something crafty today,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Paper Pros Challenge - Halloween

Today I'm participating in the Paper Pros Halloween Challenge.  Our group is a no pressure kind of thing so it is always fun to make any card you like.

This month I combined several of the new dies just released by Karen Burniston.  The two dies that make this card work are the Katherine Label Pop-up and the House and Fence Pop-up Die Set even though I didn't use the house, just the floating floor from the set.

 The finished size of my card is 5" X 5".  I did start out with a larger card base and then cut it down once I had the pop-up and floating floor installed.

Cut 2 Trees from the Halloween Scene
Cut 3 graveyards from the Halloween Scene
Cut 1 bat from the Halloween Scene
Cut 2 ghosts from the Halloween Elements
Cut the BOO! from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut creepy hands from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut 1 crow from the Halloween Elements (not shown)
Cut 2 fences from the House and Fence die set
Cut floating floor and 4 tabs fro the House and Fence die set
Cut the Pop-up portion from the Katherine Label set
The moon was cut with a circle die using some Graphic 45 paper.

I have cut a floating floor from a light color cardstock so you can see the modification that is needed to accommodate the pop-up.   The dotted line is the original score line - I added a line that is 1/4" beyond the score line and then cut it all away.

Add the pop-up from the Katherine Label set to the fold of the card as close to the center as possible.  For instructions on how to cut, fold and add this pop-up simply click here.

Before adding the floating floor to the card, make two additional slots, I cut them by  hand.  Place floating floor in card, click here to see instructions.  Add the tabs to the slots.

You can now begin adding the rest of the embellishments.  I added two trees, I also added one complete graveyard and then cut another one apart to add to the extra tabs.  The two fence sections were glued together and added to the front of the floating floor.

For card front:

Since all the fun of this card is on the inside I kept the front very simple with a little lead in using some Graphic 45 paper.

See you soon and stay crafty,

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Saturday School Week 13

Hello Students,  "Can You Hear Me Now?"

Today's lesson is Combination Sounds like PH.  Today the PH sound is found in Telephone. This week I went way back to some old Movers and Shapers from Tim Holtz.  Reminds me of time spent at my Grandma's house.

See you next week,

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello Pumpkin

Here in Arizona it doesn't feel like Fall just yet but since it is September, I think it's Pumpkin Season anyway.  Hope you will join me at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today to see how I made this card.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Hi my friends,

Here we are smack dab in the middle of the week so I thought I would drop by with a card I recently made to CELEBRATE any occasion.

I started out with a black base and a white Soft Finish Cardstock front panel, added a piece of striped paper from my scrap bin across the bottom.  Using some great Elizabeth Craft Designs dies -  the word Celebrate was cut from the same black paper as the base but this time I added ECD Double Sided Adhesive to the back before die cutting, turning it into a sticker.  The Balloons, from the latest ECD release were colored using Distress Oxide Inks.  The finishing touch was a few dots of  Nuvo Drops.

I left the inside blank so I could simply add an insert when I'm ready to send it.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday School Week 12

OK Students - today's lesson is an easy one.

Z is for ZIPPER

I have yards of zipper material that has been on the top shelf of the closet for some time now.
I added the zipper to the card and then some metal rivet paper from the Through The Lens Paper Collection at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

See you soon,

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Altered Art for A Vintage Journey

Hi friends,

I am home from my summer travels and thought it would be fun to join the challenge over at
A Vintage Journey where we are asking for Altered Art.  I just finished this Steampunk Bird and wanted to share.  Enjoy - and if you care to stay tuned, there is a tutorial below on how I did it.

All products used are linked below

Let's get started -

I found this bird in a shop while we were visiting Washington this summer, he was on sale so couldn't pass up a bargain.  As you can see - he was very shinny and wouldn't work for steampumk.

I proceeded by covering him with gesso, painted the beak yellow.  Since I wanted dimension I cut some gears from Grunge Board and glued them on avoiding the wing section which I had other plans for.

Once everything was glued in place I gave him another gesso coat and then black paint.

 Some Measuring Tape was wrapped around  the body.  Next came some gears cut using the same dies and metallic paper.  I carefully placed each one on top of the Grunge Board making it stand out.

Next came an array of metal gears and two keys that I planned to use for the wings.  I assembled the wings using paper feathers and the key with the clock.

For the hat I used a clock for the brim and stacked three magnets on top of each other, then covered with a stripe of black paper.  I added some small feathers and a tiny gear on the side and then placed a larger gear on top.  I wasn't planning the gear on the top of the hat but it fit perfectly so how could I resist?

Mr. Steampunk was finished off by adding more metal gears all around and for the goggles. I found a rusty old washer in my stash so used it with a Wind Up Key on his back.  Many more feathers were cut and placed on the tail.  I had some jewelry findings that worked for extra feathers and color. The legs were painted and he was good to go.

He now sits next to my computer watching all that goes on around the web.  I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have.

Stop by the Vintage Journey blog to join the fun of Altered Art and to see what all the rest of the Creative Guides made.  You will love it.

This is just perfect for the Steampunk Challenge over at San Dee and amelie's.

Stay Creative,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Saturday School week 11

Hi friends,

It's time for another lesson but this week the teacher is tardy, sorry, the dog ate my homework.
This week we are taking a look at the letter C which is for, among other things, circle.

This lesson came together quickly thanks to the great dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  They have so many dies that are either circles or contain circles.  All the dies I used are linked below so you can check them out by clicking on them.

See you next week and I'll try to be to class on time,

Thursday, August 24, 2017


Hi Everyone,

I'm sure by now you've heard about the great new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The Halloween Collection is one of my favorites and I have a card to share with you today that features some of the fun dies from Joset Designs.

I began by cutting a standard size card (4.25" X 5.5") from black cardstock with a side fold.  After rounding the top portion I applied some Antique Linen Distress Oxide.   The ink on the black cardstock makes it appear to have clouds, just perfect for this card. Using the Stitched Circles I cut the moon and applied Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide Ink leaving a lighter spot for the Witch.  I attached the Witch and moon to the card. 

I cut out the Iron Fence and then placed it on the card.  I trimmed the fence off on the bottom only using the top portion.  After placing some yellow paper to the back of the windows on the Haunted House I applied it to the card using double sided foam tape.

This card was finished off with the "BOO" and some eyes.

If you would like to shop for any items used on this card, simply click on the link below.

Hope you have enjoyed,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Saturday School week 10

Hi Students,

Here we are  at week 10.  This week we are going to see some of the items just released from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It has been so hot this summer so let's have some snow in August.

I started with my phonics card - as usual - this time it is "sn" for snow.
After adding the Distress Oxide Ink on the background I simply added the snowflakes for a wintery scene..

See you again soon,

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Release from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Happy Halloween -

It's sooo hard to tell you "witch" one of these great dies is my favorite.  The pumpkins, the witch, the fence, the tag, the stamps, all so great. I hope you will stop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs website and see what has just arrived

I'll see you tomorrow for the ECD monthly challenge.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday School week 9

Hi Students,

Today's lesson is the double e sound.  As in Bee.

I made this weeks card using the fun dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The bees, honeycomb and hive are from Joset Designs.

See you next week when we are going to see a die from the new release from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Have a creative weekend,

Friday, August 11, 2017

King of the Road

Hi friends,-

I invite you to join me for a tutorial over at Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog where I will show each piece of the banner shown here and tell you how I made it.  See you there.

Ok, get that old Roger Miller song "King of the Road"  going in your head - - -
here are my new lyrics.
If you have ever been an RVer you will understand completely.

RV for sale or rent
No need for sleepin' in a tent
No phone, no pool, no pets
I aint got no internet.
It's an 8 X 12 with rooms that slide
Chairs that fold - so we can sit outside.
I'm a queen - by no means
He's the  -  King of the Road.

Happy Travels,


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday School week 8

Hello fellow students,

Today we are looking at the long a sound = A is for apron.  I used this cute die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs. From the Joset Designs collection, The Apron and Kitchen Tools, so much fun!!  

See you soon,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sending Hugs

This card is one that can be used for no reason at all.  What a great feeling.  If you are thinking of someone, send them a hug!

I made this card using some of the new dies released by Karen Burniston.  She had many requests for this die set and she came through with flying colors.  It's simply fun to make and a joy to receive.

I used the Twist Panel Pop-up to create this card and then used some items from Karen's other die sets to embellish it.  I used the flowers and leaves from the Flower Pot Pop-up along with the labels from the Katherine Label Pop-up.  Words are from Word Set 1 - Greetings.

I like using a belly band for these cards because they are a little thicker and with the band the surprise is not revealed until it is opened.  As you remove the band and start to open the card this is what you will see.  The twist panel begins to show its message.

I used HUGS here but, of course, you can put anything you like.  Before attaching the panel to the card base I cut a decorative edge using the Nature Edges.

To see a complete video tutorial on how to assemble this card, simply click here.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday School week 7

Well here we are students,

This week, G is for Goat - the Hipsters are back!  Enjoy-

Since this is the last weekend of July I thought a red, white and blue theme would work one more time.  
  See you next week,

Friday, July 28, 2017

Greeting Card Gift Box @ Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi Friends,

Hope to see you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today for a tutorial on how I made this lovely gift box containing hand made greeting cards.  To visit, simply click here.

See you there,

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday School week 6

Hi Students,

Today we are going with the letter "t" which is for turtle.  I used some fun dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs this time.  You can shop for the dies I used by clicking the links below

Keep on studying your phonics and I will see you next week.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hey There Cupcake!

I have a fun card to show you today.  I've been making some sample cards for my friend Maria who owns It's Cheaper Than  She is now carrying dies from Karen Burniston's new line of Pop-ups.  These are so much fun to make and even more fun to give.

For this card I used the Charm Accordion and then added a few items from some of the other die set all linked below.

Hope you have enjoyed this little visit and the card,