Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fun in the Sun

Hi Everyone,
Well I know it's fall but I thought I'd share a card I made using a new set from Sparkle N Sprinkle that has a summer theme.I just received this set and I thought I'd use it for a card before it got so cold we'd all shiver just looking at the card. LOL

Stamp Set 473 Beach Babes

This is set 473 and is called Beach Babes and these are the cutest little girls.

This little cutie looks like she is having a blast!!!

Thanks for stopping in today, see you soon

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hop for a cause with Great Impressions

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the Ronald McDonald House Charity Hop sponsored by Great Impressions Stamps!  You should have arrived here from Erin's blog If not, you will want to start at the Great Impressions Stamps Blog  or check where you are on the list below.  We don't want you to miss a thing!  Remember, stamping prizes are secretly hiding in several of the blogs, so be sure to leave everyone a little comment love!  Winners will be announced on the Great Impressions Stamps blog on Tuesday, October 2nd.

I have made 2 designs for you today. 
 The first is using a great stamp that I love to use for a lot of different themes
G304 Sea Grasses 
and I paired that up with a great little sentiment

The second card is the perfect thank you card using:
and a perfect sentiment

Here is a list of all the designers in this hop in case you get lost.

 1. Great Impressions Stamps Blog   2.  Dawn   3.  Angi   

4.  Patti   5.  Mary   6. Teresa   7.  Mia   

8.  Jenny   9.  Mynnette   10.  Shanna

 11.  Ellen   12.  Katy   13.  Erin    

14.  Barbara (you are here)  15.  Peggy  

   16.  Sue   17.  Elizabeth   18.  Tamra  

 19.  Sue C.   20.  Caroline   21.  Great Impressions Stamps Blog

  Thanks for hopping by today to support The Ronald McDonald House. Up next on the hop is Peggy.  Please make sure to visit her blog to check out her creative project she is sharing with us today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another Cornish Heritage Farms card

Hi Everyone
I originally made this card for yesterdays post, however I felt it was too much like a post I had done about a month ago. So I made a different card for my CHF challenge and decided to show this one today.

For my card, I used SL3145 French Script and I stamped it on the checkered patterned paper. I also used a bicycle and sentiment stamp from set ATC-5008  Bicycle Life.

I love the blue and brown combo, it just looks great together, I think. And don't be afraid to use corrugated pieces from boxes. It just adds great visual interest to your project.

Thanks for stopping back today. See you all soon,


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CHF10 Twine

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping in today. It's time for the next Cornish Heritage Farms challenge. Holly is the hostess  for this challenge, and she challenged us to use twine on our creation.

I used stamps from ATC-5008  Bicycle Life set on this card.

Want to play along????

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you! AND - if you do, you could win a $10 Gift Certificate and a Winner's Badge to put on your Blog!

To play, create a card using CHF images. You can use either CHF digi or rubber stamps to create a card or project.... anything you like as long as the stamps are Cornish Heritage Farms. (Yes, they can be older stamps.) 

Once you have created your card/project, place a comment with a link to your card/project in the Cornish Heritage Farms blog so that we can see what you created. If you upload your card/project to SCS don't forget to include the keyword CHF10  We can't wait to see what you create! 

The next Cornish Heritage Farms Challenge will be October 9. We hope you will join us.

Don't forget to check out the Cornish Heritage Farms Design Team's card on their blogs. 

*  Anne  *  Barb  *  Barbara (You are HERE) * 
Cindy  *  *  Debbie  *  Deneen *  Dianne  *
Frances  *  Holly*  Jacqueline  *  Kris  * 
Kristine  *  Lisa  *  Michele  *  Steph  *  

Thanks so much for stopping by today. See you soon!!

Oh BTW, stop back in tomorrow to see the card I decided not to use for this challenge

Saturday, September 22, 2012

And the winners are...

I'm back......
with my second post for today
Scroll down to see my 1st post...
a tutorial for a witches broom

Time to announce the winners!!! 
for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog Hop
A huge thank you to all who participated in the blog hop!
Your comments are greatly appreciated.
Before announcing the group of winners - the next blog hop will be
held onNov 8-9-10-11  -
It's going to be the Winter Wonderland Hop and will feature the
ENTIRE Sparkle N Sprinkle Design Team!!!
It will be your chance to see the new additions to our team
for the first time during a hop.....prepare to be amazed!
It's going to be a long hop this time -
so to give everyone bunches of time to browse thru
the fabulous creations the team will have,
it will run for FOUR DAYS!!!
The Winter Wonderland hop will be the last for 2012.
The 2013 Blog Hop schedule will be a little different next year.
We're going to mix it up a bit - some short - some long -
some months may have TWO hops!
Who knows what we'll dream up.....
Okay - I know you're all waiting impatiently for the list of winners LOL
If you see your name on the list, please e-mail me at
as soon as possible with your full name, address, phone number and your prize selection.
Your choice of one Stamp Set on cling cushion
Your choice of one Stampette Set on cling cushion
Carol Jones
1st PLACE - from Brenda's Blog
Your choice of 2 Micro Fine Glitters
2nd PLACE - from Marie's Blog
Your choice of any 3 small embossing powders
Carol Drumwright
3rd PLACE   -  from Barbara's blog
Your choice of any 2 glitter tinesels or flockings
Susan Cavas Smith
Your choice of any 3 digital images
Kristi Daroci
Congratulations and thanks for hopping with us!!!

Scroll down to see my  tutorial to make a witches broom

The Witches Broom

Hi Everyone,

Fall is finally here and the weather here in the Greater Cincinnati region has cooled down quite a bit and that is welcome relief from the stifling heat we had this summer.

Yes it's true, fall, also known as the Autumnal Equinox, officially starts today at 10:49 EDT. Also at this time of the year, we usually see a Harvest Moon. That is the 1st full moon after the Autumnal Equinox and this year it occurs next Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29 and 30.Click here for more interesting information.  Along with fall, comes with the lore of witches flying on their brooms and the like.

Speaking of brooms, I hope that you had some time to participate in the blog hop Thursday and Friday. It was a fun hop and there were terrific ideas from all the Sparkle N Sprinkle designers. I received so many comments and I  want to thank you all for those kind words. It seems that a lot of you liked that little broom I made and added to  my 2nd card. So I decided to give you all a quick pictorial  tutorial.

The broom was the embellishment I made for this card.

Here is the easy way to make this broom.

Start out with a wooden skewer and black CS strip 1.5"X 7" and not pictured I used 1/4 tearific tape from Sparkle N Sprinkle

Next draw a line 1/2" from the top of the black strip

Using small detail scissors, cut fringe from bottom of strip up to the pencil line.

Fringe cut the whole strip.

Next add a tape band to skewer about 1" from tip. I went around 2-3 times to make the tape band.

Next I added tape in the area above the fringe cut.

Next, lay the tape band on the skewer, onto the edge of the taped area of the fringe strip.

Start to roll the skewer over the fringe strip. As you roll the skewer you will be making the broom larger.

Roll, til the strip is all rolled into the skewer. Now you have a broom!!!

Easy peasy!! and it takes no time at all!!
Have a great day, see you soon

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ghosts and Goblins Fall Frolic Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
SNS Ghosts & Goblins Fall Frolic

If you arrived here from the creative Shanna's blog, then you are in the right spot, however if you didn't,  then you may want to start at the beginning at the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog, to be eligible for some great prizes.

Sparkle N Sprinkle's September specials are all about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall along with Artist Diane Arthurs, and some embossing powders and coordinating glitters as well. They are all marked down 15%. Click here to see all of this months specials.

Today I am sharing with you 2 cards that I made using two new Halloween sets.

My first card uses stamps from set 470 Candy Corn Halloween.

Stamp Set 470 Candy Corn Halloween

This set is one of the 2 newest Halloween sets in the Sparkle N Sprinkle line. Love the witches in this set. There are 3 witches to choose from and I chose Candy the Sweet Halloween Witch. See that glittery black background, I made my own glitter paper and its so easy. Click here to go to the Tips and Techniques area on the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog to access the video that shows you how to make your own glitter paper.

Directions to make this card can be found here

For my last card, I used an image and a sentiment from Stampette set - 471 The Good Witch, the other newest Halloween set

Stamp Set 471S The Good Witch
Isn't she pretty!!

Directions to make this card can be found here.

Are you into using digital images??? I really like using them too, so click here to check out all the digital images now available, there's a wide selection to choose from.

Well, I hope you've had a great time on Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blog Hop and I hope you've received a lot of  great inspiration.

I am the last designer on the hop today and now it's time to go back to Sparkle N Sprinkle

Friday, September 14, 2012

Christmas Ornament Instructions

Hi Everyone

I am back today to show you how to make that cute little ornament that was in my post yesterday.(I am sorry for the quality of some of the photos, below. )

Here is the list of things you will need:
5 - 3.5"X3.5" squares to stamp the mail image onto. The size will depend on the size of your stamped image.
2 - 1.75"X1.75" squares. These become the front and back of the ornament closed.
1 - bead
tape or a tape runner
Bone folder
Symmetrical stamp for the front/back
Stamp for the other side of the ornament. Any small stamp works and this side will become the inside of ornament
Stamp for the front cover (I used a word stamp)
Stamp for back cover (I used an image)

Stamps that I used are from Sparkle N Sprinkle -
Flower Medallion 0643-182N
Snowflakes  3383-414A
Starry Corner 3559-439AA
Snowy Cheer 3563-439A

You will want to use a stamp that is symmetrical and not too big. This stamp fits on a 3.5"X3.5" square. Stamp all 5 of the large squares making sure the image is centered. I cut my CS first then stamped it. That works better for me.

Stamp the back of the CS with a complimentary stamp. I used snowflakes. Ink the edges on the front and back side.

Next, fold each of the large squares the same. Use your bone folder to get crisp clean folds. Fold in half. Open then fold in half the other way. (You will now see  4 smaller squares in the large square piece because of the folds. Your 2 smaller square pieces of CS you will be using for the front and back will be the same size as those squares.) Now fold diagonally from corner to corner, doing only one diagonal fold. I hope you can see the fold marks in this shot.

Stamp the smaller squares just on the front side of these.Ink the edges of these as well.

Working with the larger squares, after you've made your folds, pick it up as a triangle, as shown below, making sure the image you want to see on the outside of the ornament is on the outside of the triangle.

Next take one of the side corners of the triangle and push it in between the front and back top peak of the triangle.

Next do the same thing with the other side. It will look like this, below.

Here is a view from the top.

Now you should have a square with the ends tucked in. Make this same fold on all of the 5 large squares.

Now, it's time to start attaching. I used a tape runner and applied tape to all 4 edges of the front 1st square. You will be working with the square folded.

Now attach two of your folded squares together, making sure the open area of the square is at the top on all 5 squares.

When it's is opened it will look like this.Attach the rest of the squares together in the same fashion, one by one. 
Next,keeping the stack of squares closed, apply tape to the top square around the edges and down the center, diagonally. The center adhesive will hold the ribbon piece, 

and the adhesive around the edges will hold the small square that you've  stamped up for the front. Attach that small front square.

Now do the same thing to the back side, making sure you attach the ribbon, then attach the other small square.

Use the bead by threading the two pieces of ribbon thru the bead.

Knot the ribbons together on top.
Now its time to open the ornament. With the bead at the top of the ribbon, the ornament should open up. So place the front and the back pieces together and slide the bead down to keep the ornament open. 

This is the way it looks in the closed position.

Well I hope this made sense to you all.  The main thing to remember is that the CS pieces all need to be squares. The smaller square will be the size of one of the small squares in the fold of the larger square as I mentioned earlier.

Try this out..These are easy to make and I think they will be very pretty adorning your tree.

Thanks for stopping in today.

See you soon

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Christmas Ornament

Hi Everyone,

I am back today with a really cool ornament.We made this at club Tuesday nite. Thanks so much Pat!! I love this. I will show the ornament closed and then open. As soon as I get a stamp that works with this I will come back again with pictures and instructions.

Here is the ornament is, closed.

And here is the ornament opened up. This is hard to photograph and edit with this white background.

One more view.

OK I will be back tomorrow with another ornament and the instructions. See you then.