Wednesday, March 28, 2012


We have a fun challenge for you this week at The Pixie Cottage.
Our challenge is Cuddly Critters, now that is something you all can join in!
So be sure to hop on over. We also have a sketch you can use.
I water colored the very versatile image Best Hugs,
isn't it just the sweetest.

After stitching on the dp I cut out a
Spellbinder scalloped heart then punched it full of stars, next I embossed it
with a swiss dotted folder. I cut out the image and foam dotted onto the heart.The sentiment is mounted on a Spellbinder Fancy Tag.
The little stars are also cut with a Spellbinder and foam
dotted on.
I used the MS deep punch to add the eyelet border along the side.
I didnt have a button to match so I made one
out of several layers of paper and then embossed the center
to look more like a button. I used it to tie the bow
from the ribbon dyed to match.

Entering Challenges:
Make it Monday: Always Anything Goes
Totallly Stampalicous: Critters
Paper Pretties: Paper Piecing or Piercing

Second post if for Passionately Artistic...Always a great party with some lovely prizes so stop on over and join the fun.
I love love dress forms and vintage sewing things so I have used the Flourish image from the Feminine Charm Set.
After stamping the image I did some water coloring and added
a little stickles to some of it.
Lots of distressing for a more vintage look. The
hook and eye is from some of my vintage
collection of sewing goodies
, I also used some
old pattern papers to make the flower and attach with a
button. Some pretty lace edging and of
course what dress form would be complete without
plenty of stitching and a tape measure!

The buttons are also old...the middle one
actually has 5 holes so I made a knot and
attached it from the center hole although
its hard to tell. I used some old tea dyed buckram
instead of ribbon and attached with a beaded pin.

Entering Challenges:
Stamps & Fun=Creativity: Make your own flowers
Party Time Tuesdays: Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts: Shabby Chic/ Vintage
Made Especially for You: Distressed
Squigglefly: Anything Goes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Happy Tuesday to you all!! Our Sponsor today is Pixie Cottage Stamps
found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More and the
challenge is a technique...out of the box. If you are not familiar with it
you can find a helpful tutorial Here.

Using the pretty Pixie Cott
age image called Greetings
I stamped the image and then figured the parts that would
be outside and cut them out then used the Spellbinder #
to cut the image out and the lavender mat .I water colored the flower then dropped
white drops of paint at the end of the stamens.

I flipped
the mat then foam dotted both layers on.
The bg is My Minds Eye matted on the off white.
By the way,,,the bg does match much better in person.
The butterfly came from a friend so I do not know
the name of it. I added the ribbon and lace for
some embellies.

Be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown
and join in the fun. The team
has some great inspiration for you.

Entering Challenges:
The Pink Elephant: Butterflies
Oh La La Creations: Thank You
Lollipop Crafts: Anything Goes
Get Hippity with Ippity: Things with Wings
Kreative Stempelfreund: Spring

Monday, March 26, 2012

I'm so to excited announce I've been asked to join the
Speedy Tv Team at
Mark's Finest Papers & Stamps a Heinrich Co.
I dont officially start until next week but am joining their Easter Challenge today. Be sure
to stop by and check out their Great selection of stamp sets and
other paper crafting supplies. They had a new release this
week of 4 wonderful sets!

I have used the Spring Joy mini set for my Easter Tag.
I love this butterfly & egg image symbolic of new life...which is the
real reason we celebrated Easter!

I stamped the butterfly image a second time and cut out so I could pop it up!

Using some solid Bazzill and a scrap print I cut the layers for
the tag. Next some stitching and attaching the image. I used
a MS punch for the butterfly border. A couple cut out
flowers, jewel and flourish to embellish it a bit. The
Sentiment was stamped and attached to the
Spellbinder fancy label then foam dotted on.
Last a dyed ribbon and Voila done!!

A very talented team of Ladies have some beautiful
creations for you so be sure to stop by and visit them

Entering Challenges:
Make My Monday: New Life/Beginnings
Lexi's Creations: Easter
Paper Creations Ink: Things with wings
My Grafico: Easter/Spring
Incy Wincy Designs: Tags

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Please scroll down for my Pixie Cottage post.

Wednesday brings Passionately Artistic's new linking party. Hope you will hop on
over and join in the fun with your special creations.
I have made a wall hanging for a dear friend/ former co worker who had bleeding
around her heart and had emergency surgery.
I wanted to make something with pretty spring flowers and hope for new season of good health. After cutting out the base I stitched around it and antiqued..even though
it doesn't really show up to well.

Next I stamped the flourishes with the SU doodle set and then used a stencil for the dotted areas.
The bird is a Stampin' Up die embossed with a script folder and then

The sentiment is cut out with a Stampin' Up alphabet and attached to the
dotted Spellbinder fancy tag. A little handmade flower attached to the corner.

The Scripture Philippians 4:7 was printed torn out and edges scruffed up and antiqued.
The key in the birds mouth is cut out of a piece of antiqued copper screen.
Thought it was cool the way you can see through it.
The key is a Paper Trey Ink die. Point of this part is that Jesus is
the key to peace in our lives no matter what is going on.

I made several different sizes of flowers using the peach and rusty colors. Using
some dotted dp I cut out leaves and and attached.
Lastly I dyed ribbon to match. Making a big scrunched bow and
hanger with it.

Entering Challenges.
The Fashionable Stamping:, distressing & words
One Stop Craft: Handmade flowers
Paper Creations Ink: Things with Wings
Squigglefly: Handmade flowers

As we do each Wednesday we offer a choice of a sketch and/or theme.
The Theme is Easter.
This sweet little duck image is found at Michelle's Scrapbooking and More.
After water coloring I cut it out with a Spellbinder Scalloped oval. Then matted

on the Spellbinder Label #8 . The double punched edge was done
with a Fiskars eyelet punch. Some Stitching, a little punched flower
and the sentiment finish of my card.
Entering Challenges:
My Sheri Craft: Easter
Little Claire's Designs: Spring
Totally Gorjuss: Spring
Sweet Stamps: Easter

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Hope your week is starting off well. Our sponsor this week for the Tuesday Throwdown
Challenge is The Stamping Boutique and the theme is Spring Cleaning.
My sweet image is called Audrey Spring appropriate is that!

Little Audrey was water colored.
I am a hoarder of all papers used to create including the scraps~~ so I went
thru my scrap box and used all scraps to
create this card! The light aqua piece was embossed with a folder.
Used three different machine stitches plus faux. The bow was also a left
over scrap. The little scalloped border is a Stampin up die.The Spellbinder pennants
are attached with buttons from my treasured button box.Entering Challenges:
Shopping Our Stash: Buttons & Bows
The Craft Place: Anything goes
My Craft Spot: Spring Scallops
Crafty Calendar: Spring Cleaning
Scrappy Frogs: Seeing spots

Friday, March 16, 2012

Liebster Award

Its been a crazy week and Im a little late getting this posted but I wanted to thank
My sweet blog friend Shannon for the award she has given
me and pass it on to some deserving ladies.

I have been seeing this on some blogs, but didn't what it was. Well, if you're wondering, too, here's the scoop:

This award is for bloggers with less than 200 followers, to bring attention to your blog, and increase your following! So, in the spirit of good fun I am passing this award on to five worthy bloggers. Please stop by to visit them, and become a Follower.

Here are the Rules:
1. Show you're thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. Thank you SHANNON
2. Reveal your five picks for the award and let them know.
3. Post the award on your blog.
4. Bask in the love from the supportive people out there in Blog Land!
5. Finally and the best rule of all..........have fun and spread the love!
These are five of the blogs I visit regularly and have chosen for this award are listed below.
Be sure to hop over to their beautiful sites and look around,

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Pixie Cottage Challenge & Passionately Artistic Challenges

Happy Wednesday friends. Today I have two posts for you.

The Pixie Cottage has a sketch you can use or a theme. This week it is Pretty Pastels.

Now that makes me think of spring. The lovely pops of color starting,
well at least here in the desert!
I decided to make a little Easter pocket for my granddaughter. I embossed the back
then folded a 12X12 paper to make the pocket and punched a daisy on the tip. Next I embossed
two white triangle and attached.Water coloring the sweet
Everybody wants some bunny to love image I cut it out to attach on the pocket.
Some pretty daisy edging and buttons finish the pocket.

I made three tags and a tab for the bag of M&Ms. The candy tab layers were cut with a Spellbinder. Using the sweet image Buffy the Bunny & easter basket, I water colored, cut out and attached to the candy. A little sentiment and button finishes it.
The tag was cut with a Spellbinder and a vintage image, button and bow added.

For the gift tag I used the water colored Buffy the Bunny & little chick image. The top was cut with a Spellbinder, striped dp added and stitched. Made a little pocket with a punched top using the MS daisy punch. Decorated up with a couple little eggs and sentiment and the button.
The other tag was cut with a Spellbinder and dp, a vintage egg image, button and bow added.
Hope you will stop by to see all the lovely creations
from the team.

Entering Challenges:
Paper Creation Ink: Spring is in the air

A new week means a new linking party at PASSIONATELY ARTISTIC
Come join in the fun and share your creations with us.

My nephew just had his first son and t his is the card I made for them.
Clean and Simple with a few layers and sweet little giraffe.
Entering Challenges:
Creative Inspirations: Babies

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Are you all ready for our new Tuesday Throwdown Challenge? Our lovely images are from our sponsor Sweet n Sassy.Our theme is use some type of clip.I chose to use the Ocean Paradise. After printing twice I water colored and cut out the umbrella on the second image. It is popped up for a little dimension. This image brings you to such a peaceful place I love it. A scrap of plaid I had seemed perfect with a scrap of the burgandy seems to makes the image pop out. After making a tag I scruffed it up a bit and attached with the clip I made sewing a button to a colored paper clip. Now be sure to stop by and see my teammates great creations.

Jani if you happen to read this post will you
please leave me a link to your blog.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Good Morning sweet friends. Hope you day is going well. Here in the desert we
had a big wind last night with gusts up to 50 and it sure made a mess. Everything
is covered with a layer of dirt and anything loose was blown all around the yard,
even blew the top lid off the cooler and blew off the roof! But of course it was
nothing compared with the terrible devastation all those suffered from the
horrible tornadoes. Amazing stories of survival are emerging there. We
are praying for all those effected.

The Pixie Cottage challenge this week is things with wings.
I have used the Pixie Cottage rubber stamp, Edith the Butterfly
found at Michelle's Scrapbooking & More.

I have used some Basic Grey dp and stitched around it.
The ribbon was dyed to match and tied with the button.
The image was water colored and cut out with a Spellbinder #25.
I stamped the image a second time and cut out just the wings and popped
them up for some dimension.
Some faux stitching and then foam dotted on the base.

The border is a MS Butterfly with the bottom portion embossed with
a small dots folder. The sentiment is matted on a Spellbinder
Fancy tag foam dotted on.

Entering Challenges:
Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Things with wings...Psalm 91:4a Great insight Kris
Tip Top Tuesd
ay: Stitching real or faux
The Paper Players: Spring has Sprung

Passionately Artistic
Come join in the fun at the new Linking Party this week
A Clean & Simple card using and old
Stamps Happen Hibiscus image. After water coloring I chalked around
the image and attached to a punched corner frame. SU oval punch
used to punch the sentiment.

Entering Challenges:
Deep Ocean: Spring
Creative Mondays: Anything goes
Lets Ink It Up: Show us your flowers

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Our Challenge today at Tuesday Throwdown is New Life. Our lovely images
are from our sponsor Robyn's Fetish. Be sure to stop by their Store to see
their large selection of images.

After water coloring my image and cutting out
with the Spellbinder Scalloped Oval I attached to the blue mat. The
mat was cut with the Spellbinder Label #17 and embossed with the
dotted swiss folder. All was attached to the diamond spring card. A little lacy
border and some hand dyed ribbon for embellies. The dp is My Minds Eye
and the border is a MS dotted scallop punch.
The sentiment was punched and added to the punched scalloped circle.
We would be delighted if you would stop by and join our
challenge. My teammates have some great inspiration
for you as well.

Entering Challenges:
Hooked on Crafts: More than one fold
Stamps & Fun = Creativity: One bow
Craft You Passion: Anything Goes

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Using Mona's CR84FN Color challenge for this wall hanging.

I made it for one of the ladies in my Womens Ministry Group. I try to do something for each of their birthdays. She loves yellow so this was the perfect challenge. I gave it to her this morning and she was delighted with it.

Using a piece of fiber board I drilled holes to hang it and then painted it white working
in some yellows and greys for the background. Although it doesn't show well because some of it was rather light I stamped, painted, stenciled
and doodled all around. Added some grey splatters and the background was finished.
I had a perfect dp that is yellow with grey strips. Slathered some grey textured
medium onto the card board cut out and stitched on the dp.

I made some grey paper to stamp the scripture onto and cut out with the Spellbinder.

The flowers were die cut out of the kraft paper and a little yellow chalk on the edges. The little grey flowers were punched and layers then I cut some leaves to go with all the flowers. You can see a closer up of one of the flowers below. Those flowers definitely needed a butterfly to flit among them.

I didn't have anything grey to go around the hanger holes so dug in my husbands drawers and used a couple washers to go with the grey theme pulled the ribbon through and tied a bow to hang it by.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Entering Challenges: