Dimensional Autumn Apples Card

RRR Blog hop 11Dimensional Autumn Apples Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  I have been impatiently waiting to share today’s fun card with you.  I’ve made a dimensional autumn apples card featuring Really Reasonable Ribbon and Bo Bunny Apple Cider Cardstock.  The thing that makes this card special is that I made the bushel basket of apples round!  Yes, I did!  Take a peek:

RRR Blog hop 08It’s not as hard to do as you might think.  I began by creating a 5×7 side fold card. I scored the card front at 2 1/2″ and then folded it in, toward the card center.  Glue down the top and bottom edge to form a pocket.

A layer of Apple Cider green swirl paper was glued down to the card front.  I then fussy cut the basket, apples and leaves, added gold brads to the bushel basket staves and layered the apples and leaves on with dimensional foam.  A double layer of foam dots was added to the center of the back of the fussy cut basket, then I wadded up some paper towels and stuck them to the foam tabs.   I curved the basket by pushing the cut edges toward the center. The edges were glued, and I held them down until the glue set.  Voila!  Curved basket!  How fun is that?

Then I just added my gorgeous Tangerine Satin Swirls Ribbon to the inside panel of the card, as well as above the bushel of apples.  Here’s the inside of the card.

RRR Blog hop 06I decorated this pocket and tag with chipboard pieces from the collection.

RRR Blog hop 07jpgThe tag was topped with apple green satin swiss dots ribbon and more of the tangerine swirl ribbon.  I found this cute little acorn in my stash of fall embellies and secured it to the tag using gold thread.

Because the card is so dimensional, I had to put it in a box instead of an envelope.  So, I made one from the matching paper in the collection.

RRR Blog hop 01Here’s the whole ensemble.

RRR Blog hop 03I think this would make a nice hostess gift for all those holiday parties that are headed our way!

Thanks for stopping by!



Creating with Vintage Illustrations

Autumnal Birthday CS 03Creating With Vintage Illustrations CD from Crafty Secrets

Hello, Friends!  When I was visiting my daughter in Baltimore last week, we found a wonderful walking trail at Gunpowder Falls State Park.  They have transformed an old rail line into a beautiful trail that is bounded on both sides by wildflowers, rock walls and a lazy, meandering stream.  Liz and I walked and chatted in this lovely spot each day of my visit.  It was a relaxing, soul filling, healthy way to spend time together.  We even happened upon 3 gentle does grazing one afternoon!  I also spied one of my favorite flowers….bittersweet, growing along the path.  My mother carried a bittersweet bouquet at her wedding back in the 1940’s so it has a special place in my heart.  I came home wanting to find an image of bittersweet, and was thrilled to find one on the Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD.  I also found a load of other wonderful images that I’ll be sharing with you here as the month goes on.  But for now, here’s the card I made with this gorgeous focal image.

Autumnal Birthday CS 01Now, I am not a botanist, so maybe this is not bittersweet, but it looks enough like it to satisfy me!  Any of you floral experts can set me straight if I have missed the boat here.  I re-sized this image in PaintShop Pro and then printed it out on 80# text paper.  After fussy cutting it, I embossed the edges with Stampendous aged gold embossing powder and backed it with DCWV glitter cardstock.  My background paper is also from Crafty Secrets.  It’s from the Creating with Vintage Patterns CD.  I altered the colors using PaintShop Pro and kind of roughed it up with some of the digital tools.  That’s the beauty of digital papers!

Autumnal Birthday CS 02The aged gold embossing powder has larger granules than most, so it leaves a lovely, heavy layer on the edges, but if you sprinkle it sparingly on the image you are embossing, it also leaves beautiful splotches of gold.  I stamped the sentiment using the Grand Greetings set that is in my stash.  I also “flicked” some ink onto the printed image to distress it and give it an “artsy” feel. I had some leftover ephemera in my stash that I’d printed from the Vintage Typography CD, so I tucked that around the edges of the printed image.Autumnal Birthday CS 03My flowers were made with the Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Die.  I didn’t stamp them first, as this glittery paper doesn’t take ink well.  I also used some vintage sheet music to make my flowers and added Mustard Seed Distress Glitter to the centers.

Autumnal Birthday CS 04I wanted to use a rustic sort of bow, so chose Center stitched burlap ribbon for its texture and soft colors.

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The inside is finished simply with another panel of my altered digital paper, a strip of sheet music, and a stamped sentiment on torn paper.  I love these rich autumnal colors.

And, here’s an enabler alert!  Sandy is having an amazing BLOWOUT SALE in the online store.  She’s clearing out her US warehouse.  There are 6 sale kits loaded with goodies.  Here’s a photo of the Christmas kit.


I also thought you might want to see  a couple of photos of the trail we walked on.  I haven’t felt that relaxed in a long time!  It is a completely level path that goes on for miles and miles.  One day, we’d gone 4 miles before we even realized it!  That’s how enjoyable it was!

torrey rail trailrail trailThanks for stopping by today!  I hope you get to go on a lovely walk soon!  Until next time,



PS:  Don’t forget the amazing


If Friends were Flowers…

HC I'd Pick You 5If Friends were Flowers, I’d Pick YOU!

Hello, again friends!  I have one more card to share with you this week using the gorgeous Classic Sunflower Collection from Heartfelt Creations. I used one of the pre-designed card fronts from the paper collection to make this “If Friends Were Flowers” card.  You’ll find a complete tutorial below the signature portion of this post.

HC I'd Pick You 01aThere’s so much that I love about this collection, I hardly know where to start, but the color palette has to be near the very top of the list. I love this dreamy combo of blue, yellow and brown!  The artwork in this collection is especially lovely, but then I’m partial to sunflowers anyway.  How about you?

HC I'd Pick You 02aI made a big old shabby bow with custom dyed seam binding and my distress inks.  This card is mostly done…just add a bow and a flower along with a couple little extra bits, and you’re done!

HC I'd Pick You 03aHC I'd Pick You 04I just added one of the border pieces to this fabby chicken wire background and that, as they say, is that!

Thanks for stopping by!




Classic Sunflower “I’d Pick You” card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Product Carried by HC:
Paper: Classic Sunflower Collection
Dies: HCD 753 Classic Sunflower Die, HCD 750 Cut, Mat, Create Die 1-B, HCD 752 Cut, Mat, Create Die 2-B
Stamps: HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, SMP001 Stamp Pad

Other Product: Paper: Pearlized White Cardstock, Green Glitter Cardstock, Pearlized blue cardstock, light blue cardstock (from DCWV Latte Cardstock collection); Ink: Warm Mustard Distress Ink,Faded Jeans Distress Ink, Clear Embossing Powder; Other:Seam Binding, button, stick pins, Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls, Cinnamon Stickles, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Mist, seed beads, copper brad

Create a 6″ x 6″ side fold card base from light blue cardstock. Cut Classic Sunflower paper to 5 3/4″ square. Ink the edges with Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Fold top left corner down and secure with brad. Mat with Pearlized blue paper. Stitch around the perimeter. Glue onto card base. Cut two lacy corners with HCD 752 and place one in the top left hand corner, and the other in the lower right hand corner of the card.
Use Warm Mustard Distress Ink to stamp Classic Sunflowers onto pearlized white cardstock. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut with Classic Sunflower Die. Shape with molding mat and tool kit. Stack two smaller blossoms together. Add white glue to the center of the flower and fill with seed beads. Spritz with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Die cut two vine from HCD 750 from green glitter cardstock. Place the flower in the top left hand corner of the card, as shown. Add vines on either side.
Cut 18″ of seam binding. Color with Warm Mustard Distress Ink and tie into a shabby bow. Glue down in the loer right hand corner of the card. Top with a blue button. Add stick pins. use a paint brush to apply Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls to the leaves of the printed sunflower. Spritz lightly with water to set. Use your index finger to tap Cinnamon Stickles to the center of the flowers and tap lightly onto the petals of the die cut sunflower.
Finish the interior of the card with another 5 3/4″ square panel of paper from the collection, a portion of the sentiment border and a ladybug.

Chick Retreat

Chick Haven 04aChick Retreat for Heartfelt Creations Wednesday

Hello, Friends!   You all know how much I love the new Classic Sunflower collection from Heartfelt Creations, and today, I have a stamped and watercolored card I made using the fabulous Chick Retreat and Summer’s Day stamp sets.

Chick Haven 01aThis was a FUN card to make, let me tell you!  I was cleaning up the kitchen and was about to throw away a mesh onion bag when suddenly, that little voice in my head (the one that is control of the Closet of Shame…you know…that one!) said, “Don’t throw that away!  It would make a great screen door on a card.”  Now, sometimes, that little voice gets me into trouble, bu this time, I’m really glad I listened!  Because this fabby card came to life as a result.  You’ll find a complete tutorial below the signature portion of this post so that you can make your own if you’ve a mind to!

Chick Haven 03The onion bag was originally yellow, but after a sponge “bath” with Copper Viva Decor Stamp Paint it was transformed into this wonderfully rustic screen door.  I added celery green plaid ribbon and natural jute ribbon along with lots of fancy stitching to add even more texture to the scene.

Chick Haven 02aI love the button center in the stamped and die cut Classic Sunflower.  I gave my rooster some dimension by pushing the ends of his roost toward the center and then holding it in place until the glue set…which only takes a second.

Chick Haven 04aThe inside of the card is stamped and then watercolored wtih Distress Markers.  I love the flowing script of this sentiment, don’t you?

So, that’s it for me today, folks.  I hope you enjoyed this little guided tour of my Chick Haven card.  Out of curiosity, have you ever saved anything as weird as an onion bag to use in your crafting? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!




Classic Sunflower Chick Retreat Card

Heartfelt Creations Products and Products Carried by HC:

Paper: HCDP1 247 Classic Sunflower Collection
Stamps: HCPC 3545 Open Leaf PreCut Set, HCPC 3626 Classic Sunflower PreCut Set, HCPC 3630 Summer’s Day PreCut Set, HCPC 3631 Chick Retreat PreCut Set
Dies: HCD 753 Classic Sunflower Die, HCD 736 Classic Leaf Die
Other: 452255 Grand Calibur, 159223 Paper Blossoms Molding Mat, 459222 Paper Blossoms Tool Kit, 119390436 Copper Viva Decor Stamp Paint

Other Products: Paper: Green Cardstock, Pearlized White Cardstock, White Cardstock; Ink: Ranger Sepia Archival Ink, Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Ranger Distress Ink Warm Mustard, Peeled Paint; Tools: Spellbinders Labels 18 Cutting Die; Coloring Medium: watercolor pencils and water brush; Ribbon: Burlap Ribbon, Green Plaid Ribbon, button, Stick Pins, Glue Gun, mesh from a garlic bag, sewing machine, cosmetic sponge, Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist, Washi tape, Scor-tape

Create a 5 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ card base from green cardstock. Trim the card front from the paper collection to 5″ x 7″ and stitch to the card base. Use the largest Spellbinder Label 18 cutting die to evacuate the white center from the card front. Back this with the mesh garlic bag. To do this, cut the top and bottom of the bag off, and then cut straight up one of the folded sides. Carefully open the mesh. Run Scor-tape around the inner edges of your card, about 3/4″ from the edge. Lay the open mesh against the Scor-tape border and press down to seal. Use washi tape to cover the raw edges of the mesh. Open the card face up onto a craft sheet and tap the mesh with a cosmetic sponge that you’ve dipped into Viva Decor Copper Stamp paint. You can tap a little over the edge to add extra highlights. Set aside to dry. Use Scor-Tape to attach the burlap ribbon to the base of the card front.

Stamp the Classic Sunflower Precut Set onto pearlized white cardstock using Warm Mustard Ink. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Die cut, shape and stack. Sponge with Warm Mustard Distress Ink. Tap petals and leaves with Viva Decor Stamp Paint and add the button to the center. Hot glue into the top left hand corner of the card, as shown. Stamp and die cut the 3 petal leaf onto pearlized white cardstock using Peeled Paint DI. Die cut and sponge with Peeled Paint. Tap lightly with Viva Decor paint. Snip and add to the sunflower.

Use Sepia Ranger Archival Ink to stamp the rooster onto white cardstock. Heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Use watercolor pencils and water brush to color the image. Spritz once with Sunflower Sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist. Fussy cut the image. Use your fingers to push the two ends of the rail fence toward the center so that the rooster bows outward, and then glue the ends of the rail fence onto the burlap, holding in place for a few seconds until the glue sets. The rooster should pop out above the mesh window you’ve created. Add the bow and the stick pins, and then finish the inside of the card.

For the inside of the card: Cut the card front from the paper collection. Use Ranger Sepia Archival Ink to stamp the Chick Retreat into the white space of the card front. Color in the background with watercolor pencils and a detail brush. Use Jet Black Archival Ink to stamp the sentiment at the base of the image.

Happy Birthday, Handsome!

Happy Birthday Handsome!

Hello, Friends!  I’m back today with a quick and cute masculine birthday card that I’m entering into a couple of challenges.  613 Avenue Create is having a fun “Anything Goes” challenge where the prize is a custom water mark for your blog.  Oooooh!  Yes, please!  And they have a “second chance” challenge on their Facebook Page so, I’m entering that as well.  Here’s the inspiration photo that led me to create this Happy Birthday, Handsome card.



I was drawn to the chocolate and cream colors in this photo, and put this card together.

Masculine RRR 01You’d have to be sure to clean off your mustache after enjoying that yummy treat, right? And the texture of the corrugated cardboard makes me think of the pirouline cookie.  The gold brads kind of mesh with the polka dots on the bowls, too.

Why not link up your own card to this challenge?  It’s a ton of fun, and the folks over at 613 Avenue create are sooo nice.  And, I’d love my own watermark, how about you?

Thanks for stopping by!





Altered File Folder

CHACB Challenge16 07Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #16: Altered File Folder

This is my second post for the day.  If you are looking for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge, please scroll down, or click HERE.

Hello, Friends! There’s a brand spankin’ new challenge up at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog, and it promises to be loads of fun.   Challenge #16 is all about using office and/or school supplies in your project, so I dug around in my studio and found an old file folder and some coin envelopes and proceeded to create today’s altered file folder as my inspiration piece.  Before I share all the photos with you, here are the official details for this challenge and a little bit about our wonderful sponsors.

The wonderful folks at Heartfelt Creations and the very generous Sandy Redburn of Crafty Secrets have both sponsored the design team again for this challenge.  Be sure to visit their online stores and blogs by clicking on the links above.  We have all thoroughly enjoyed working with their gorgeous products!

The prize sponsor for this challenge is Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

Lindys logo
About Lindy’s Stamp Gang
Lindy’s luscious luster is all uniquely two-toned! With vibrant shimmery sprays, flat sprays, vintage sprays, embossing powder and lots more!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang is the creative” baby” of Lindy Plakinger. She passed away in 2008 after bravely battling illness. She was a self-made cartoonist, loved drawing, crafting, designing new products, and creating her funny cartoon characters! One of her greatest joys was traveling to stamping and scrapbooking conventions across the US, demo-ing to her heart’s content with her sister, and giggle partner, Vicki!

Lindy’s Stamp Gang will continue, as was her hope, and dream. Her husband and daughter have taken over the company keeping her creativity alive. Tracey, (her daughter), has always been a “jar filler” in the background of Lindy’s Stamp Gang, but is now trying to fill some incredible shoes!

For more Lindy’s Stamp Gang please visit!

Website: http://www.lindystampgang.com
Blog: http://www.lindystampgang.org
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Altered File Folder for CHACB Challenge #16: Office Supplies

CHACB tute 01 I took a standard sized manila file folderand cut it down to measure just 4 3/4″ wide. The great thing about working with these folders is that they are very sturdy, and took all the abuse I heaped onto them. I played around with scoring and creasing until I had everything just the way I wanted it. Then I traced around the file folder and stitched my papers to the front.

CHACB cover 01I printed out Crafty Secrets gorgeous Gold Damask paper from the Digital Halloween Papers download and then stamped it using Ranger Sepia Archival Ink and Heartfelt Creations Classic Sunflower Background.  The flowers were cut with the matching Classic Sunflower Die and then shaped and stacked.  I brushed the tips with Fired Brick Distress Ink and then filled the centers with glass beads.

CHACB cover 02The Golden Damask paper is the perfect shade for sunflowers, don’ t you think?  The leaves were stamped with Crafty Secrets Journaling Stamp Set.  I tied a triple loop bow with  Ivory and Rust Gingham Ribbon  and ran Natural Jute String along the left hand side of the folder.

CHACB Challenge16 04I used velcro dots as my closure device.  Here you can see the placement, as well as how I folded the flap back on the left hand side of the folder.  The shaped flap on the right is one of the punch out pieces from the French Country paper collection. This was taken before the flowers were added.

CHACB Challenge16 06The folder opens out to reveal a collaged sunflower scene and three coin envelopes that I altered and filled with little tags.

CHACB Challenge16 08CHACB Challenge16 10CHACB Challenge16 11CHACB Challenge16 07Layering all these beautiful elements required some fussy cutting, but it sure was fun.  I love the metal crown in the lower right hand corner.

CHACB Challenge16 09This is the back side of the folder.  You can see my messy stitching.  My machine did NOT like stitching through heavy cardstock and a manila file folder, but with a little gently coaxing, it finished the job.

CHACB cover 03

I made a matching alligator clip for the folder, but I’m not sure I like it.  What do you think?

CHACB cover 04

Here are the links to the rest of my fellow hoarders blogs.  Be sure to visit them and leave them some love.  I know you will be inspired by their creations, and your wheels will start turning!

Amber ♥ Christy ♥ Debbie ♥ Donna ♥ Ginny ♥ Glenda ♥ Gloria (blog owner)
Jan Marie ♥ KarenPam

Now it’s YOUR turn!  Here are the details for this challenge:

Challenge #16 Who loves school and office supplies?

Most paper crafters also love school and office supplies. We love crayons, markers, shaped paper clips, notepads, folders and more! If you hoard school and office products, get them out! Use them up!  Use at least one item that is really a school or office supply item on your project.  Link it up on the Craft Hoarders anonymous blog before midnight on Sunday, September 28th.   I’ll be coming by to comment on your lovely projects, and one talented artist will be chosen to win a $30 gift certificate to Lindy’s Stamp Gang!


I’m linking this project up to the fabulous 613 Avenue Create challenge #89: Anything Goes.

I can’t wait to see what you create using office and school supplies. You are all so talented, and I’m always amazed to see your take on each challenge.  I’ll be popping by for a visit soon!  Thanks for stopping by!





Take Me out to the Ball Game!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game! Sports and Ribbon Challenge for RRR

Hello, Ribbon Lovers!  Is it really already the middle of September?  I feel like the days are just disappearing!  How about you?  I can’t believe it’s time for another great challenge over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.  Challenge #103 is all about Sports and ribbon, so I dug out my Graphic 45 Good Ole’ Sport papers and some beautiful ribbon from RRR to make my Take Me Out to the Ball Game birthday card.

Sports and Ribbon challenge 01I put down a layer of Navy Blue Sheer Organza with a Satin Center to anchor the base of my card.  Then I topped it with a second layer of Navy Blue Stars on White Grosgrain to go with the star images in the paper and embellishments.  I stamped the happy birthday directly onto the card front and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added just a touch of Natural Jute String beneath the baseball button on my rosette.  It’s a pretty simple card layout, and came together in about 20 minutes.  No kidding!

If you are wondering about the torn edge on the base of the card, I’ll tell you a little secret.  I was making this up at the last minute for a big family birthday party.  So I was in a hurry.  And I glued my card front UPSIDE DOWN onto my card base.  For a moment, I despaired…then I thought, just tear it, make another card base and put it on the right way.  So that is what I did, and I actually like the torn edge on the front of the card.  But shhhhh…don’t tell!  It’s just our little secret!

Link your Sports and Ribbon themed project up to the RRR BLOG before the end of September.  Can’t wait to see what you make for this great challenge!  Thanks for stopping by!




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