Monday, January 25, 2016

Papertrey January 2016 Blog Hop Challenge

Hello! I had the chance to make a card for the Blog Hop this month. Nicole Heady shared a great picture for inspiration for the blog hop this month.
 This month is all about graphic designs and color. You can read all about the challenge here on Nicole's blog. I decided to use Bubble Talk to stamp different graphic elements on my card. I went with the colors in the picture, using Orange Zest and Hawaiian Shores. Here is my card - hope you enjoy hopping around today!
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Make It Monday #237: Matchbook Valentines

Hello! Just popping in today to share a Matchbook Valentine I made using a tutorial by Lexi Daily over on Nicole's blog. Lexi showed us how to make a Matchbook Valentine (or any other occasion) to fit just about any item you wanted to put inside. You can see the video here.
I decided to make a little coloring book for my grandson Will. I put some sheets of regular copy paper inside the matchbook, along with a crayon. I used the Write Stuff holder die to cut the holder for the crayon. When I was putting the matchbook together, I figured out that the crayon would block the matchbook from closing, so I modified it a bit and cut out the left side of the cover.
 I kind of like that you can see the crayon from the outside - gives you a peek of what's inside. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Pure poppy, Stampers Select white
Stamps: Out of this World, Tremendous Treats
Dies: The Write Stuff holder 

Monday, January 4, 2016

One Big Happy

Hello! I decided to make a few cards using Papertrey's One Big Happy Stamp set, which was free with a $100 order in December. This little stamp set (and matching dies!) packs a Big punch! As I was setting up my 2016 planner and writing down the year's birthdays, I realized that I need to start building up my birthday card stash. I like Jennifer McGuire's goal this year to make more than one of each card. This is especially easy with the Misti. By the way, I am so excited that My Sweet Petunia has come out with a smaller version of the Misti (mine is already on preorder!). Sometimes I find it difficult to clear off enough of my desk to accommodate the regular sized Misti opened. So this smaller size will make that easier.
Anyway, back to my birthday cards...
 I die cut happy out of the card center once I had stamped the flowers. I then diecut another happy out of whte cardstock and glued the two together. Then they are glued back into the diecut space on the card. This is one of my favorite techniques. It's one of those "how did she do that" techniques for non-cardmakers. :)

 Glittered up the word happy with my Wink of Stella clear pen.
 And made three in a row with my Misti! So much fun! Hope you enjoyed them!

Products used:
  stamp set: One Big Happy
  dies: One Big Happy
  ink: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise
  cardstock: Papertrey white and linen
  other: Wink of Stella pen, yellow stardust gel pen 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Stitching a Primitive Heart

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I have been stitching on a little heart sachet today and wanted to share it here with you.

 I used the Papertrey Primitive Stitched Hearts dies and cut two of the large hearts and one of the smaller hearts out of Papertrey Sweet Blush felt (LOVE!). I also cut out some small flowers and leaves with the Mini Blooms dies from Vintage Cream and Limeade Ice felt. I stitched the little flowers on the front of the small pink heart using just a french knot, and then stitched the leaves on with a single stitch. I made stems using a back stitch with green floss and then a bow in pink. I stitched the smaller heart onto one of the larger hearts using pink floss that is slightly darker than the Sweet Blush felt. 

I used a running stitch to sew them together. I then sewed the second larger heart onto the back of the first stitched large heart using the same pink floss and a blanket stitch. I wanted to use a more substantial stitch for the edge since I wanted to stuff the heart with a little fiberfill. I stuffed the heart once I was about 2/3 through stitching them together, and then stuffed a little more once I only had about an inch left to stitch. I then stitched a 1/8" ribbon through the center top to hang the heart.

I love how it turned out and plan to do several more in different PTI felt colors! I will probably spray these with perfume to scent them. Wouldn't they look pretty hanging from a peg? Hope you enjoyed them!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Ready for 2016!

Hello! Happy new year! I hope this year brings you joy and peace! I have been putting together my new 2016 Moments Inked planner by Papertrey to get ready for the new year. I already have a lot to do the first week, so I thought I better get moving with it. I have all the birthdays and anniversaries for the year put in the planner already and have done a little decorating on the first two weeks. I don't do alot of decorating on the individual pages - I feel like that takes up space where I could be writing things. I purchased the binder system this year with the gray cover. It was looking a little plain on the outside, so I decided to cut my life verse out of vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo and apply it to the cover. It looks more finished an personalized now (to me anyway). What do you think? The good thing about it is that the vinyl can be taken off easily if I change my mind, without leaving any residue. The verse is a cut file from the Silhouette Store.
I'm ready for a new year. This past year has brought so much unrest in our country and I am looking forward to electing a new President - hopefully one of God's choosing that will bring our people back to Him. Hope you have a blessed new year!