Monday, December 5, 2016

A Tag / Christmas Tree Ornament?

My goodness, I made this tag some years ago. It can't be denied that at first I had a little bit of a hard time giving it away but last year I really meant to attach it to gift, but guess what? At the end of the Christmas season I realized that I forgot to use it and so this year out it came of my box of seasonal goodies and I really hope that this little little tag finds a new home this Christmas season... and yes, this cute tag can totally double as a Christmas Tree ornament.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Day my American friends, I hope that you are having a blessed day among those you love and sherish. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Rhinestones Christmas Tree

Hi! Can you believe that I am not yet an owner of a Christmas tree stamp? is just crazy.
Some years ago I purchased a 100 pack of these self adhesive rhinestones and for one reason or another I had not found use for them until now. Thank goodness that they are green :) but I think it would be fun to make this design in other color rhinestones too, like pink would be so pretty. 

I started by, with a pencil drawing a tree shape and then filled in the shape with the rhinestones. starting at the tree corners with the smallest rhinestones, then worked around the edge at times alternating the size of the rhinestones and then finished up by filling in the middle using the size rhinestones that seemed to fill the space best. I then layered a few star dies to get some thickness, I cut a little part of a snow flake die for the bottom of the tree and finished the card by stamping the sentiment and applying foam tape to the panel and adhering it onto a card base. 

Call me crazy but I actually don't do just one design of Christmas cards to send to my family and friends. So I hope that you come back and to check out the Christmas cards that I am working on. 
As always thanks so much for stopping by! 

The stamped sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (signature Christmas)

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Simple Christmas Card

Hi! friends,

I am popping in to quickly share this simple card that I just made. I have a huge mess on my desk as a working on few different Christmas cards designs. This one was the first one done. Yay! I hope that you like it and inspires you to create something with your stamps.

I first stamp this bells image onto a red card stock with red die ink. I then spritz the panel with sparkle sheer shimmer that stuff. I then cut and scored a white piece of cards stock to use as my base and stamped the sentiment with the same ink that I stamped the bells image and then stamped over the sentiment again with versamark to heat emboss it with clear embossing powder. I then moved on to assemble the card by first cutting my red panel, apply foam tape and adhere it onto my card base. That was it. I love how this card turned out. Not too bad for warming back up into paper crafting and hand making Christmas cards : )

Thanks for stopping by I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Stamps used are from Wplus9 Design Studio ( Silver Bells)

Friday, October 28, 2016

You Are Cherished

Yay! a little something that I came up with today after some inpiration from a couple of challenges going on. Make It Monday #265: Layered Dry Brushing.  and CAS(E) this Sketch # 196.

I really enjoyed creating this card.Using Fine Tec Arabic Gold in this way was really fun, plus is so pretty and sparkly in person. You can barely see it. but I also dry brushed the front panel with satin acrylic paint that I mixed with a bit of gel food coloring to create a teal color. I originally had not planned to have the sentiment peeking through the twine and metallic thread but it seemed like a fun idea and I decided to go with it.

I am so happy that it's Friday and that I got to play along in these challenges, I hope that you can play too and if not...enjoy your weekend and have a happy Halloween!

As always thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Granola?!!

Why didn't I think of this before? I have been making granola for my family for years. This weekend it occurred to me to in addition to cinnamon I added a little bit of ground cloves, for a little bit of that fall flavor. It smelled amazing! as it baked, my kids thought that I was baking pumpkin pie!
I have enjoyed this recipe since I first tried it after seeing it in the Family Fun magazine back in 2010. I am sharing the recipe just as it was printed but the photo is from my own granola this weekednd : )

Crunchy Granola 

Around the holidays, even the sweetest tooth can get a little overwhelmed by all the treats. This nutty granola, presented in a glass jar with a handwritten label, makes a welcome — and incredibly tasty — alternative.
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • (6-ounce) package dried sweetened cranberries or other dried fruits, such as cherries, raisins, pineapple, or papaya

  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon. Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the oil and honey. Toss the mixture until it is well combined then spread it evenly on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake the granola until lightly browned, about 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the mixture from sticking. Let it cool completely, then stir in the cranberries or dried fruit. Makes about 7 cups.
Wendy's Tips: 
  • For a little Fall or Holiday flavor I added 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves. 
  • The granola will get crunchy as it cools, so don't panic that is not crunchy right out of the oven. 
  • Sometimes we enjoy stretching out our granola with Bran Flakes Cereal. 
  • You can save yourself some clean up time by lining your pan with parchment paper.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Like Cotton Candy

This card makes me think of cotton candy.  This card was inspired by Diamonds, the Theme of the week over at Less is More Challenge #294 I went with element of sparkle that a diamond creates.

I used pearlecent Pigment ink to stamp the sentiment and created the somewhat ombre effect by inking one half of the stamp with one ink and the other half with another color. This little dew drop ink set of colors is just so pretty, I added a picture of the set that I used at the bottom of the post.

I was going to stop there but I just didn't look finished so I ended up using a the ink blending tool to apply a little bit of the same ink to the top and bottom of the card and finished it off by tying a little bow with metallic thread.
The photos do not do justice to how pretty this card sparkles. Also this pigment ink with this stamp the way Papertrey made it, it created this slightly raised image, which I just love. I am going to play a little more with these inks and stamp : ) Click on the photo for a closer look.

Thanks for stopping by my crafting friends.