Saturday, April 19, 2014

Up, Up, and Away!

Spring is here!  I hope the weather is warming up in your part of the world - warmer here, we're even flirting with the 90s!!

This week at My Time To Craft, we challenge you to create something that is up in the air:  airplanes, helicopters, birds, butterflies, but they must be the main focus!

I chose the butterfly and gave a 3-D effect.  The embossed background is a new folder from Close To My Heart.  I just love the Quatrefoil!

Are you ready to get started?  Head over to My Time To Craft for some more inspiration and then create something of your own.  We can't wait to see it!    

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vixen Lacquers

Happy Friday, Readers!  Today I have a real treat for you - especially if you are a gal who loves manicures!  My daughter has just started her own line of Indie Polishes - Vixen Lacquers.  

These lacquers are "5 free".  That means no camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate(DBP), or formaldehyde resins.  You know, all that "bad stuff".  She uses cosmetic grade pigments and has glitter!  You know how we crafters love glitter...;)


"Fabulous"

This one's called "Reckless".

Don't you just love those colors?  This polish reminds me of gel polish, but without all the hassles of needing a UV light to dry it.  It is also very easy to remove.  Just what I like, nothing complicated!  You can read a full review of her product here at Begin Nails.
I hope you'll visit her website:  Vixen Lacquers and use the free shipping code for this weekend:  OPENINGWKND.  I know you'll want to use that!

It's the weekend - time to shop for some new nail lacquer!  Enjoy!



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

By the Sea...

Since Spring is finally here, Summer can't be far behind!  This week at My Time To Craft we'd like you to create something that is related to the sea.  I decided to picture myself by the sea:
I think the only thing missing is a nice iced drink!

I am on Spring Break and planning on a relaxing week...how about you?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Wildlife

As I thought about this challenge and began looking through my "stuff" in my craft room, I came to the realization that I don't have much for wildlfe.  Considering the amount of "stuff" I actually have, this was shocking!  So, I put on my thinking cap and got creative:
Last time I checked, frogs live in the wild, right? This card was created with a retired stamp set embellished with some Kraft border, Baker's Twine, and some metal studs Welcome to the pond!

I hope you'll head over to My Time To Craft to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the Design Team.  Even more, I hope you'll create something of your own to share with us!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beary Nice!

This week just flew by - I can't believe it's time for another challenge at My Time To Craft!  Beary Nice is the theme, you have to have a bear on your creation.  I got out my Cricut again and created this:
I'm pretty sure I know someone who is having a baby girl!

Now, how about you?  Are you ready to share your bear?  We'd love to see it at My Time To Craft.  Be sure to stop by to see what the rest of the Design Team has created to inspire you!

I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend - I'm hoping for some quality time in my craft room!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mother's Day

This week's challenge at My Time To Craft is Mother's Day.  I decided to step away from making a card this time.  

I got out my Cricut Artiste cartridge and made this little purse to hold a gift card.  After stamping it tone-on tone with a background stamp, I embellished it with a few flowers and some Baker's Twine.  The tag was attached with a little more Baker's Twine - and it was done!

Be sure to stop by the My Time To Craft blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created. We hope you'll be inspired to create something of your own!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Charming!

I can't believe it's been a week and we are on to a new challenge!  I went back to work this week and it was challenging.  My first day back I had to sub in a kindergarten classroom - not how I envisioned my first day back.  Needless to say,  my knee was talking to me after that day!  The second day, I was assigned luch duty - during my lunch/prep.  I had a serious conversation about being compensated for it - prep time added on.  Since I'm an interventionist, there was some flexibility!

But enough about me - Let's take a look at this week's challenge at My Time To Craft:

Be sure to add a charm to your project - and be sure to share it with us!  Those are the requirements!  LOL

Have I mentioned that I'm REALLY happy the weekend is here????

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Frame It!


That's it, plain and simple.  Be sure to use a frame.  This is a good time to get out those die cuts or chipboard!
I used a chipboard frame and covered it with paper.  The rest of the card was made with the Laughing Lola (X7170B) papers and one of the new stamp sets, Funky Blossoms (B1452), both from Close To My Heart.

I just sent this card to a friend who was recently in the hospital.  I thought the bright colors would cheer her up!  

Be sure to take a look at the My Time To Craft site to see what the rest of the Design Team has created.  We'd love it if you joined us this week!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #36

In honor of Reading Week...

What are you reading?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

This Warms My Heart

This post is LONG overdue!  My apologies to Charity and boys ministry group.  Here is their story...

Last October, a very sweet lady named Charity contacted me.  She explained that she was in charge of a boys ministry group.  The boys from her church were working on a missionary project for a family in Yugoslavia and were looking for things to create and sell at a craft fair to benefit this family.  They came across my blog and saw some cupcake ornaments that I had made for Christmas.  

The boys asked her to contact me for permission to use my project. (Do you feel your heart swelling?)  Of course I said, "Yes"!  I then asked her if I could tell their story in a blog post.  She agreed and promised to send me some photos. 

Fast forward to January.  Charity contacted me again informing me that the boys had a successful craft fair.  The cupcake ornaments were a hit and they raised $225.  

I have never met these boys and I am so proud of them!  Here are some photos of their ornaments:


Aren't they FABULOUS??????

I always knew the internet is a very powerful resource.  I guess I didn't realize how my little corner of the blogging world can have such an effect on people so far away.  I am inspired by these boys and am proud to have given them a little inspiration to do so much good.  

I hope this story warmed your heart as much as it did mine.
Have a great week!


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cats & Dogs

It's hard to believe March is already here, and from what I can tell, it's coming in like a lion!  I hope you're staying warm and cozy in your part of the world.
This week at My Time To Craft the challenge is Cats and/or Dogs.  Believe it or not, I had nothing in my stash for this challenge.  Fortunately, Cricut did so I made a card for a little girl.
It reminds me of Hello Kitty!
Be sure to hop on over to My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the Design Team has created for you.  We'll be looking for your creation.

Have a great weekend!



Thursday, February 27, 2014

A New Craft - Finger Knitting

Welcome back, everyone!  As you may already know, I am still at home recovering from knee surgery.  With that comes the opportunity to sit - A LOT!!  While perusing Pinterest, I came across finger knitting.  I decided to give it a try and let me tell you, it is quick and easy.  The perfect craft for anyone who needs instant gratification or simply doesn't have a lot of patience!
Take a look at what I created:

The amazing part is I created this is under an hour!  I probably could have finished it sooner, but I was watching HGTV - nuff said!

Here is another one made with fluffier yarn:
This is just one long strand in a circle - like a strand of pearls - and that's how you wear it!
I'm thinking this could be my new "cottage industry".  What do you think?  Let me know if you want one!

Thanks for stopping by - I'm always happy to see you!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #35

This is just FUNNY!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow - I have a new project to share!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

New...

Baby, House, Job, but not stash! 


I used some scraps from a retired paper pack and a piece of white embossed cardstock. The stamped image is from, yes, you guessed it, a retired stamp set!
  
So, now it's your turn.  Let's see what "new" you can come up with.  Check out the My Time To Craft blog for some inspiration.  We can't wait to see your creation!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #35

I forgot to post last week's Wednesday Wisdom!  Apparantly being at home recovering from knee surgery is having it's effect on me!
Happily, I am recovering. I ended up with a nasty rash on my leg - an allergic reaction to the antiseptic they use during surgery.   I still can't do stairs, take a walk, crouch, or kneel, sooooo....I spend a lot of time sitting - which results in a sore butt!  Sorry if that's TMI!  Enogh about me...here is this week's wisdom:

Let's hear it for back-up plans!
Have a great week, everyone. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sympathy Card

It's one of those cards that we will all need at one time or another.  This one was made with leftover goodies living in my craft room:

Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft and see what the rest of the Design Team has created We certainly hope you'll join us in this challenge!

Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Buttons and Ribbons

Specifically, at least 3 buttons and 1 ribbon - you've got this one!
Fortunately, I got this one done before my knee surgery.  Those pain pills are knocking me out - I've been doing nothing but sleeping and going to physical therapy.  I'm hoping to be done with them soon.
Make sure to stop over at My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the team created.

Here's hoping I can stay awake long enough to get back in my craft room this week!  

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #34


Except now, I'm setting it for pain pills!  The surgery went well and I am working hard at physical therapy.  Can't wait to be done with the pills - hate that tired/loopy feeling!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #33

Happy Wednesday, Everyone!  Today's post is not a quote, but just a little news.  I'm scheduled for knee surgery tomorrow and I've been sick since Saturday with a nasty head cold.  I need to check-in with the doctor today to see if I'm well-enough to go ahead with the surgery.  Keep your fingers crossed, I want to get it over with!

Wish me luck!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Two Images

Welcome back!  It's time for a new challenge at My Time To Craft and this time we want you to use 2 images on the same project.  Since Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, I used this opportunity to get started on my cards.
Everything on this card is from my stash of goodies. I used some foam tape to make the hearts pop a bit.  Please stop by My Time To Craft and see the creations from the rest of the Design Team.



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #32


I've made the decision to be drama-free, so, I'm  not creating it, inviting it, or associating with those people!
Feels good!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

All About the Love

I know it's still January, but Valentine's Day will be here before you know it!  Because we want you to be prepared, My Time To Craft has the perfect challenge for you - All About the Love. 


I love the look of Kraft and white cardstock together.  The hearts were cut on my Cricut and mounted with foam tape for a little dimension.  The sentiment was stamped.  

Please join us at My Time To Craft.  The rest of the Design Team has created so much to inspire you!

Enjoy your weekend - I have a 3-day one that I need desperately!  It was a rough week!
As always, thank you for stopping by...



Linking to Make It Monday.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #31

This one makes me giggle!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Twisted Easel Card

The Easel Card is the challenge this week at My Time To Craft.  I thought I'd change it (or twist it) up a bit!  Here is my Twisted Easel Card:

I used the Chantilly papers and a couple of stamp sets from Close To My Heart.  You'll notice that this card doesn't look "straight" when it's opened.  That's the 'twisted' part! Here's a little "How-To" so you can make one of your own:

Start with an 8.5" X 11" piece of cardstock that is cut into 2 pieces:
You only need one piece - save the other one for your next card!

Begin by scoring your piece of cardstock at 5.5" and then score it again diagonally:


Now fold your cardstock along the first score line to make it look like a card.  Then fold along the diagonal score line.  It should look like this:
Do you see the base of the card starting to take shape?

You will need another piece of cardstock that is cut to 5.5" by 4 and 1/4".  It is pictured here:

Add adhesive to the one triangular section: 

and attach your cardstock piece:
This is the front view.

Here's a look from the back:

The only thing left to do is to embellish!  

Here are a couple of more pics of my actual card from different angles:
The back

The side

Helpful hint:  I added a pearl to help keep the card propped open:

I hope you'll give this technique a try.  It's quite simple and makes a beautiful card for a friend to display!

Be sure to make yours and then share it with us at My Time To Craft...we'll be looking for you!


Linking to: Make It Monday
                Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Something New.  In this case, this is a new card                          technique for me!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #30


This is my New Year Motto.
I think it's better than a resolution!
;)