Monday, December 31, 2012

Friends of Speedy TV

Here we are closing out the year with one last FOSTV Challenge. 
Today we are looking for New Years Creations. Usually I think of 
New Years cards as mostly B&W but Im doing something
 more feminine for a friend. After coloring the Amaryllis image I 
cut it out and foam dotted onto the layers. 
 wonderful stamp sets and supplies for all your stamping needs!
  Some stitching a little embossing and a doily cut in half to create a background to show
 off the Amarylis.The sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinder Label # 20.

A New Year and opportunity for New Beginnings
. What is it you are wanting to change or accomplish this year?
 Something to ponder on as we enter 2013! 
 I want to thank all  my blogging friends for your wonderful encouragement 
thru out 2012 and Wishing you a Fabulous New Year!

Friday, December 28, 2012


Friday already, seems this week has sped by!! That means it's time for a new 

 Jane Chambers has a tutorial on a very quick and easy Gift Box. I was able to 
visit a little coffee specialty shop while in the city so bought a variety of beans. 
I have packed some Vanilla Carmel beans in this little package for  part of a
coffee loving friend's birthday. The new December Oh Beans Set was
perfect for making up this little gift box. All the new sets
We got a peak at the new January and February Sets,
they are Great! Be sure to stay tuned for the reveal!
 I stamped up my papers with the block of words and the beans
 images and cut out the window with the Spellbinder Star die
Next  put cellophane behind the window, cut out and assembled the box.
 Filled with the  yummy  beans and tied closed
 with a little bow. The tag was made by using the cup from the same 
set and cutting it out.

 I love how quick and versatile this
little box was.You really will want to 
check it out!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friends of Speedy TV

Today we at FOSTV we are challenging you to make something using the 
Cracked Glass Technique. Used one of the new images from the Big City
Set. Using some clear embossing power melted with  a heat gun and then 
put into the freezer. After you take it out you flex it and it will crakle
. The dp is from Lost & Found. The flourish is MFT with a little
 sparkled gear and black jewel. The sentiment is cut out with a
 Spellbinder penant. Stop  by to join us this week.

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

FOSTV Holiday Gifts

Happy Monday Friends, can you believe it is only one week until Christmas Eve!! 
Yes, it  is Monday and time for another Friends of Speedy TV Challenge. 
This weeks Challenge is Happy Holidays 

I need a few small gifts so I spent yesterday baking goodies. I made several
 different quick breads and some bars. I also made some Lemon  and Cranberry Curd
 to go along with the breads. Its always good to have some yummy curd 
to spread on bread for a quick desert or snack.

One of the great new December stamp sets is called Recipe Card Starter. I used two of the
 images from this set for the tags on the breads. I love these new images so perfect for
 all types of cooking themes. After coloring them they were cut out with a 
Spellbinder Label # 17 . Using two white lunch bags I also cut a window out with the
 Spellbinder Label #17 and added cellophane over the window.A
perfect quick wrapper for your treats.

To make covers for the jars of curd  I cut out two rounds of white fabric adding som 
faux stitching to the edges. Using the Lemon image from Pucker UP set I stamped and 
colored it on one circle. 

Since there was not a cranberry image I used the Cherry image from
 the Celebrate Big set. Masking and not using the stem I used it to
make a cluster of Cranberries.

For each jar of curd I made a tag cut from the Spellbinder Label # 13. Once again 
I used the Cherry image to make the Cranberries, colored them and cut them out
 to add to the Cranberry Curd tag.

  For the Lemon Curd I stamped and colored the
 Lemon Slices from the Celebrate Big Set and cut out to
add to the tag cut with the Spellbinder label #13.

All the stamp sets used can be found at
 We would love for you to stop by and join our Challenge this week.
The winner will receive this Stamp Set

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Project for FOSTV

This weekend was over in a blink wasn't it?? So that means itt's
Monday and a new Friends of Speedy TV challenge...A Christmas Project or card.
I decorated a vase for my sis who wants to fill it with Christmas greens.
I love this poinsettia image so  have used it again. Coloring and cutting
out and layering for dimension. I have also used the holly image and then added
some punched greens to go with it. A quick way to give the vase 
a Christmasy look. AND best of all is I attached it all
with zots so she can easily remove it after Christmas if she wants.

I also needed a card so I made this one using one of the beautiful
 Cardinal image. Colored and cut out then attached to
a little embossed square. I made a fishtail banner to go
under it. The Christmas plaid was stitched on to the red and a 
red ribbon and bow attached. A little tag with the sentiment
finishes off the card.
 All the images can be found here at Mark's Finest Papers a Heinrich Co.
 We also have the new release for December....Each day this week
the team will be featuring one of the sets. You will want to stop by 
and see all the new sets, you will love them!

The team has lots of fun ideas for you, check them out and then show us yours.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Celebrate at Tutorial Time

Happy Friday!!  Still no computer so
 a bit of a struggle to get this post done but here it is...
Luminaries are a great way to welcome friends and family to your home.I have created a How to Tutorial for three different types. Here in the desert Southwest luminaries are a common sight during the holidays.

The first one is made with a paperbag using the Snowman image from the Holly Jolly Greetings  found at Marks Finest Papers a Heinrich Co.White paperbags are pretty sheer and lots of light shows thru.  You can find the tutorial Here with more details for each one.
One thing I want to warn you about, even small breezes can cause paperbags to catch fire. To be safe I now put all my candles in a jar inside the bag to prevent that problem.

The Second one is made from a oatmeal container This one is different as the light does not show thru like the bag. Red felt covers the container for the background and star cut outs allow the light to show thru. The cute little Santa images are also from the Holly Jolly Greetings. 

Now I wanted to show you that luminaries are not just for the Christmas Holidays. 
I use them year round when I have guests. They are fun because they can be
 used with any theme. I like the festive air and how inviting they are.
I love to go and do as much as anyone, But I don't think we really take
 time to welcome people to our homes and spend quality time together these days.
 I love to entertain and I want people to know when they are invited to my home to
 break bread it is a special time.Nothing takes the place of fellowshipping with family
 and friends. You know just by just adding a few decorations you can really
 make your guests feel special. I  make a theme decorated menu board so the guests
 know what they will be eating. I have made luminaries for Thanksgiving,
 Christmas, New Years, Fourth of July, Mexican, Italian, Vintage Girly Tea Parties,
Friends night and even for a Garden Luncheon.
This one I created for an Italian Theme.
 Given a choice I always buy food in glass containers so I have lots of jars to use.
 First you will need to determine the diameter of your jar then you can
 make a jacket to fit over it to create the luminaria. As you can see this is a simple use
 of the Italian theme. You can  do elaborate or simple but remember if you are using it
at night the little details do not show as well. My cute little Chef comes from the 
Celebrate Big Set.

Hope this tutorial will inspire you to make some Luminarias to welcome you next dinner guests!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Lots of Snow....

Our Tuesday Throwdown Challenge is a White Christmas.
This weeks Sponsor is Robyn's Fetish.
 Now here in the desert Southwest we do not get snow.
 When my SIL was in Iran a few years ago I went to spend 
Thanksgiving with my daughter in Alaska.
 Living in the desert I have never experienced so much snow ice and cold! 
It was 10 degrees the first day and then plummeted to 40 degrees below zero 
a few days later. I was struck how in nature there is very little
 color just white with shades of greyish blue in sky, ground and all foliage.
 The dp I used was a grey blue with snowflakes on it.
 Using some paints I added the greyish trees and white snow.
 The base is torn strips run thru the dotted swiss folder and 
all is stitched around. I wanted the sweet little Rudolph
 to pop with all his bright color against the background.
 Very simple but I like the way it looks cold and wintery.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A Little Christmas Decor

My computer isnt fixed but I have a temporary loan.  
  Hard to believe December is already  here isnt't it!
Got out the lights but didn't have time to hang them this weekend.
Right now the weather in the desert is absolutely beautiful! 
I do not want to go to work I want to be out riding and gardening. Thought I would
share a pic of my pretty peach colored hibiscus blooming right now.

 Better get to our new challenge... Friends of Speedy TV is challenging
 you to make a Christmas Card or project. Who doesn't need some 
of those right now? I needed a little something Christmas to put in
 my bathroom. It is vintage all in off whites and creams, needs some Christmas color.

Did a little digging  in my craft bins and found these little wooden candle holders.
 I painted them  burgundy, then used some crackle medium followed
 with a coat of cream paint. Used the poinsettia and holly images to create 
some simple embellies for them. After stamping several of each I colored
 them and cut them all out. The poinsettias are layered and formed 
a little then attached onto the holder along with a little sheer ribbon.

 A quick and easy project to give a little pop of color.
 Be sure to stop by and see all the Great creations my 
talented teammates have to inspire you to join us.

The winner will take home this set....