Saturday, April 30, 2011

from eggs to ribbon

I no longer have little kids. While most kids and their moms were dying Easter eggs, I was dying ribbon.
Oh what fun!

I just tried small strips of ribbon at first, but trust me, you will want to make LOTS of this.
I started out with a neutral colored seam binding from Zipper Stop.
I got 100 yards for 11 dollars and change. (that was with tax and shipping)

 I used Glimmer Mists on some of them. Then I dipped some in rubbing alcohol with several drops of alcohol ink . They turned out so cool. This is what people are using for the vintage crinkle ribbon.
Lisa from What A Beautiful Mess did a tutorial on it you can find here.

Look at some of the colors . (although my lighting washes the color out some)

 I used more ink for the depper colors.
Since I still had my stamps out from working with the decorative tape...

(picture was blurry :(

Here is a scrapbook LO I used it on:

I can't wait to use it on more stuff!

Decroative tape

I have been seeing pretty designs on tape lately, so when I came across some old cloth tape I had left over after a surgery, I got an idea.
I cut off a piece of tape and placed it on my non-stick craft mat.
Then I inked it.

Next I stamped on top of it with a border stamp using Stazon ink.

I also trimmed the edges by placing the tape on my paper cutter and trimming. (because I stamped the image crooked... :)
... And if you give a crafter a new toy to play with...

...She keeps playing!

You can find this tape in the health isle at Wal-Mart or at any drug store. I think it is called cloth tape. It is in the bandages section.

Hope you enjoyed this.

cut files for pink flower card

Here are the cut file for this card:
Please see previous link for more info.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pink flowers

Been busy making cards for my church's hospitality ministry. They visit and/or send cards to our church members who are sick or in the hospital. If you ever wonder what you should do with cards you make for challenges, consider giving them to a church group, hospital, rest home, or Operation Write Home. I really enjoy seeing them used and appreciated. Since I can no longer do much physically, I like being able to still be able to do something that makes other people happy. 

I have usually make several cards in the designs that I come up with for challenges. You have seen most of them, but here is one I don't think I have shown yet. (although you may recognize some of the materials :)
I cut the loopy mat, flowers, and leaves from white card stock and inked them with TH Distress Ink: Victorian Velvet. There are pearls in the center of the flowers and 3 on the right top edge.
When I make them for this ministry, I usually do not add sentiments. That way they can be used for whatever the need is.

I can honestly say that this ministry blesses me as much as it blesses the people who receive the cards!

My 4 Shared file sharing site is having trouble tonight. I will load the cut files later.
If you look on the right side bar or look through the older posts, you can find the tattered flowers file and the branch with leaves (large) cut files that I used on this card.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bunny bottoms

How stinking cute is this! I don't even remember what made me think of this. Those are rolled flower rosettes for the tails.
An easel holds the bunnies up.

I had a little trouble getting the rosette in a cut file that I liked. You could always just cut or punch a circle and cut a spiral shape out of the middle. (There are videos on You Tube that show how to make them)

bunny backside cut files:  SVG   SCAL

To assemble this bunny:

Cut out shapes. (There is a full bunny body that is a little smaller than your bunny head and body pieces to make the finished bunny sturdier.)
 Ink bunny head and body if desired.
Fold long side of easel about 1/4 inch and glue folded side to the back of the full bunny cut out.
(I recommend gluing the easel on while the bunny part is standing up so you can adjust it easily and see how you want it to stand.)
Glue bunny body part to full bunny cut out. Next glue the head on top of that.
Make rolled flower and glue onto tail area)

Enjoy your little bunnies!

Just me and my peeps

Here is another Easter scrapbook layout.

I used Melin's file for the PEEPS and my files for the rest.

There are still a couple of days to play along with us at Paper Crafting World!
Hop on over and join our Easter die cut challenge!

Cut files:

Just me and my peeps: SVG   Scal

Looped edge mat: SVG    SCAL

Flowers: SVG     SCAL

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

little lambs

Here are a couple of cards I made for Easter. I used Melin's lamb file from Paper Crafting World. I love this little lamb!
Melin also has a tutorial on how to make the faces on her little critters. Ineed more practice, but it is very fun:)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paper lace

Hello again. I wanted to show you more projects I did using Melin's file from Paper Crafting World.
This is a scrapbook pageand card I did using the scalloped circle paper lace file. 

These flowers were cut in white cardstock and inked with Stream alcohol ink and water. (I just add a drop of alcohol ink and spray a little water on my non-stick mat and use my foam applicator tool to ink them.)
Then I put Perfect Pearls on them to make them very shimmery. I also used my leaves on branch file and inked it with TH distress ink; Antique Linen.

Here are some of the cut files:
branch: SVG   SCAL  

Flowers: SVG   SCAL  PDF

Spring caption: SVG   SCAL  
This is a top fold card where I rounded the two bottom corners. The patterned paper is DCWV Old World Stack. I used part of Melin's paper lace file. For the flower I cut several shapes from my basic daisy shape at 1/4 increments (ex. 2, 1 3/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/4, 1, 3/4). I ink them, shaped the petals,  and stack the shapes, staggering the petals. 

Basic diasy shape: SVG  SCAL  PDF

If you need another type of file just email me at

If you like these projects, come visit Paper Crafting World to see more and join in on the challenge.

double looped mat

Here is the SVG for the double looped mat I showed on the post before this.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Paper Crafting World Challenge #1

Good news for everyone that likes to use cut files! If you are like me, you have noticed that challenge blogs usually cater to Cricut or stamping. Well Melin from Cooking With Cricut has started a new challenge blog just for cut files and digital stamps. I am honored to be on the design team for this new site called Paper Crafting World. Starting today there will be a cut file challenge every two weeks and a digi stamp challenge every other week. Come on over and join us for a challenge designed just for us paper cut file gals.

Here is my first project for this Easter challenge.

It was difficult to get both pages of the LO in one picture.
So here is a better view.

Aren't those little chicks adorable! I used one of Melin's cut files for the chicks, fence, grass, and stems. You can find Melin's link to her cut file store on the Paper Crafting World site.

The flowers are mine as well as the caption and mats.

Just us chicks: SVG   SCAL
(Svg is a little different than the one pictured. I took it and did shadow, blackout, rounded in SCAL) 

Double looped mats:   SCAL
Will get svg for looped mats later.

Flowers: blue tattered flowers SVG SCAL
Red & yellow  SVG    SCAL

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shades of purple

Hello this week's Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge is to use shades of purple and/or wood.
The scripture:  
MAIN VERSE: Mark 15:17 "They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him." CONTEXT PASSAGE: Mark 15: 16-20

This passage in Mark is telling us about the crucifixion of Christ. The soldiers mocked Christ and jeered that if He was "the King of the Jews" he should have a purple robe and forced him to wear a crown of thorns. When we read about all the pain that Christ endured, it would be easy to wonder why Christ who was fully God and fully man would endure such torture. I know from personal experience what constant physical pain can do to your body and mindset. When the pain gets bad enough for long enough, you would do almost anything to make it stop. So why would Christ willingly agree to suffer pain? After all, He had the power to put an end to it or even avoid it all together. Isaiah chapter 53 tells us that he was despised and rejected for us. He bore our sorrows and our griefs. He was wounded for our transgressions and was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we were healed.
So why did He do this for us?
"All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6
At some point in life we have all sinned and sought our own will above God's will. That creates a separation between us and God. The ONLY way to restore our relationship with God was for Christ who knew no sin to sacrifice himself to pay for our sins. We don't even have to do anything to earn this salvation. It is a free gift. Just because God loves us so much.

This Easter when you see pictures of Christ hanging on a cross, know that He did it all for YOU. Also realize that the story did not end with His death. He conquered sin and death and rose again. So that everyone that receives Him can have eternal life.

May your sorrows be eclipsed by His glory.

Back to the card:
I used alcohol inks to color my pain patch paper and  used a stamp resist technique with my pain patches like the card I described here for the focus panel.
Next I added handmade flowers. I used my "pretty flowers" cut file on white paper and sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. I added rhinestones to the centers.  I also cut 2 of the larger flowers from my "tattered flowers" file, inked the edges with silver ink, shaped the petals, and added silver seed beads to the center.

Stamps used: Inkadinkado script, TPC Studios Secret Garden, and TPC Studios Classic Border.
TH Adirondack alcohol inks: Stream, Purple Twilight, Eggplant, Cranberry.

Cut Files
Tattered flowers: SVG
Pretty flowers: SVG

Thursday, April 14, 2011

City Crafter Challenge #52:PPA 89

I recently found a wonderful challenge blog called City Crafter Challenge. They have some amazing projects and inspirtation. They are celebrating their first birthday this week. This challenge is to make a birthday card by casing elements from Sylvia Nelson's card. Her card was shaped like a 3 tiered cake and had several little paper flowers and some bling. Well you know me and paper flowers....I just had to join in.

I am also entering this card in Pals Paper Art Challenge #89 and Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #150.

The card below is Sylvia's.

The cake tiers made me think of a step card. The paper I chose had pink roses on it so of coarse I had to make lots of little paper roses.

I used Penny Duncan's rose file again. I cut each flower a little smaller and did not use all of the pieces for the rose buds. I added the leaves and calyx (that little green thing around the rose bud in the picture above) Then I used my simple daisy shape flower and cut 2 at around a half inch for each of the little pearl centered flowers.

Are you ready for the BEST part???
All of the paper on this card except the rose patterned paper started off as white card stock!
No kidding! I inked all of it with TH Distress inks!
(Spun Sugar, Crushed Velvet, Bundled Sage, and Forest Moss)
It took a long time but I really love the effect.

Well, I have given most of these cut files out before, but here are the SVGs again. (except for Penny's rose file which you can get here...THANKS PENNY!!!)
I am also including the branch with leaves that I have used of several of my recent projects. (It is still not perfect but it works.)

If you need a different type of file you can look through my "files" list or email me at

(this file only makes sense when you put it on a step card)

click here to link to the step card instructions

Happy crafting and please leave a comment :)

Happy Birthday City Crafters Challenge Blog.

Dino bones

I make a lot of birthday cards for friends and family that never make it onto the blog. (Usually because I don't finish them until the last minute :) I just had to show this one. It is for my nephew.

I got this pattern and the instructions from the Easy Cut Pop-up site. I have bought and made a lot of projects from that site  I bought this file (here) but  Robert Sabuda has several projects and instructions for free. (here) I have used a lot of his files before and I am always amazed with the results.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wedding invitations

I thought I would show some of the sample wedding invitations I made. The colors are going to be Midnight blue and white chocolate.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Here is another sample for the Luau invitations. These are my versions of Plumeria. They are often used in Hawaiian leis. I cut them from white cardstock and inked them with TH Distress Ink: Barn Door. It is hard to tell in the picture, but there are red rhinestones in the center of the flowers.

Another Hibiscus invitation

Refer to this post for a link to the cut files/
Here is another Hibiscus invitation. For this sample invitation I cut the flowers out of red paper and dyed the stamen yellow. The leaves were cut out of white paper and inked with TH Distress Inks: Bundled Sage and Forest Moss.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Bib card

The Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge this week is to make a card for a child.
It is supposed to be a bib with a puppy on it. I used circles, scalloped circles, and the dog from the Cricut Doodlecharms Cartridge. I had trouble with the svg file for the card. I need to reinstall Inkscape. If you would lie the SCAL file, click here.

The scripture reference this week is:
Scripture: Luke 18:17 "Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it."

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bird Of Paradise and Hibiscus

Well, my cousin finally looked at all the invitation so I can show them now. This is my favorite. She is having a luau for the reception. (This is separate from the actual wedding invitations.)

I got the cut files from Penny Duncan. I cut them out of white cardstock and used TH Distress Ink. The center of the Hibiscus (on invitation) is a pearl stamen that come in white. I colored it with alcohol ink. ( the stamen on the response card is cut from paper so it is flat)

You can go to Penny Duncan's site to get the Bird of Paradise and Hibiscus files. She also has some videos on making them.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Oh happy day!

O happy, happy day! Crafting Misfit gave me a blog award that just made my day!

The rules of this award are:
1. Post about it on your blog with a link to the sender.
2. Pass it on to  those who visit your blog and leave comments regularly.
I have a lot of wonderful followers.  I am very thankful for all of you. Being home bound, this is just about my only social interaction some days. (don't mean to sound needy, just thankful) I love your comments!
Some of you ladies don't have blogs of your own yet. I am just going to list 4 in ABC order.
( LOL I guess you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but never the teacher out of the person) 

Becky from A Diamond in the rough
Linda S. from My Creative Playground
Martha from the Card Boutique
Yolie from Just Yolie, Just Create

These ladies always have a kind word. Drop by their blogs and show them some love.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Green girly card

Just in time! I had two minutes before the submission deadline and I barely made it. Wow, I did not know if I would be able to add it.

This feminine card is for the Creative Sisters Monday Challenge #4

Linda and Patti are two sisters who have a cool challenge. For this card, the challenge was to use paper punches and add a handmade flower. I have been using Cricut and Scal for so long that I sometimes neglect to use my much loved paper punches. The one I used for the lace effect is an old Fiskars scalloped border punch. I added more of my tattered flowers. (I know I have been using them a lot lately but I really like them) I used a beige paper and lightly inked them with TH Antique Linen. I really liked them way it turned out. Very soft and girly. I added pearl beads and a pearl flourish.

I also used a leaf cut file I made several months ago. I need to simplify it some and then I will share it,

birthday bear

OK, I started thinking I should do another card for the paper piecing challange at Stampin Sisiters in Christ.
OOPS! Is that worrying???
Well, I had to make a birthday card for a little one anyway.
Look at his little basket.
OK...I'll admit I got a little obsessive with the cutting...LOL!

That scripture again was.
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

The word of God never gets old!