Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bunny Card

This is a stamp I purchased years ago.  I colored it
the "old fashioned" way.  

Birthday Card

I love Martha Stewart's punch around the page punches!
The cake, the butterfly and the zig zag border are all Martha Stewart Punches.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

DID'r Lesson 3

My grandson Preston had his 3rd birthday in January and I loved the colorful papers from my lesson 3 class Digi In Deeper.  I thought it would make a fun layout.  Here it is!

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I have been working hard learning how to crochet. My Mom started when I was 8 or 9 but I didn't get it until now. The 'Needlers' at the RV park knit or crochet hats for the cancer patients at Cancer Center of America just down the road. We're told that chemo treatments make a person extremely cold so they love, love, love these hats. We do every color imaginable, except white, which reminds the patients of death. The pattern is so easy and 99.9% of it is a double crochet.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

4th of July Wreath

This is the 4th of July Wreath that I made and I will be teaching a class on it at our RV Rally this summer. I have made up 30 packets and hope they all sell.

Supply List: 1-12" Green Wire Wreath, 1 package 20 or 35 clear lights (Christmas Tree Lights), 16-18" pieces of Red Punchinello Ribbon, 16-18" pieces of White Punchinello Ribbon, 10-18" pieces of Blue Punchinello Ribbon, 22 pipe cleaners, & 3-5 stars cut out of craft foam. (Punchinello Ribbon may also be called Honeycomb Ribbon, and I bought it on line at I found that this type of ribbon is hard to find when you want to make something with may be more popular at Christmas time.

Take 2 pieces of the same color ribbon & weave pipe cleaner in & out of every other hole, longways, starting at one end, going to the opposite end.

Gather ribbon, bunching up to cover just the front side of the wreath frame.

Use the ends of the pipe cleaners to tie the ribbon to the frame on the back side. Repeat colors, 2 red, 2 white, etc for 3/4 of the wreath, repeat with the 10 pieces of blue ribbon for 1/4 part of the wreath.
Adorn with stars on blue ribbon by hot glueing them on.
Add lights if you desire, scattering around by poking between the ribbon from the back side of wreath, securing in place with a pipe cleaners that you already tied on with ribbon. (Start with cord hanging down from the bottom of the wreath, going around)

Monday, March 14, 2011


This is the last lesson in the Digi In Deeper Class...I almost didn't even scrapbook this one...I really do not care for the layout and its not just because I'm in it...I thought the circles were very hokey...but made myself do it for the learning value...which was actually just a review. I use my favorite DigiKit, Phoebe's Room by Chrystal Wilkerson...instead of the kit that came with the class.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Road Trip

This is Lesson 11 of Digi in was so much fun to do this Retro Layout...and brings back many fond memories of my 2 weeks visit as I flew up to Alaska to be with Larry before he flew back home from working there and we did a lot of exploring.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


This Christmas Card was suppose to be my last weeks posting for "A Card A Week"! Really fun to make, not an original idea...I seen it some where! It is made up using 3 Cuddle Bug Embossing Folders, Martha Steward border punch Pine Leaves, Reindeer and Christmas Trees from the Christmas Cheer Cricut Cartridge, Joy is a Cricut Cartridge, White satin w/silver thread ribbon, Diamond Stickles on the Reindeer's Antlers! I used chipboard behind the elements to help give depth.

Just to CUTE

This is my real Lesson 10 of the Digi In Deeper Class, the previous layout was an impostor! LOL! Really lesson 9...I got confused...anyway...this is a Whimsical layout, I think it has become one of my favorite styles...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fall Fun

This is Lesson 10 of the Digi In Deeper class I've been taking...can't wait till Sue and Kathy are posting their layouts! Only 2 lessons left and I'll be happy to have this class it is hard taking 2 classes at one time...along with all the other obligations I have!

Easter PinWheel Decoration

This is a fun and easy decoration that I made for Easter...I made 3 and gave 2 of them away! I am thinking that it will be easy to change by putting something different in the vase and making something different to put on the sticks to decorate for all occasions!

Click on the image below to enlarge Directions on how to make a pinwheel!
I bought a cheap vase at Hobby Lobby, wooden rods, double sided scrapbook paper, and Easter grass. My pinwheels are made of 5" x 5" square pieces of paper...and I used push pins instead of glue to attach them.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday

This birthday card is made using the Stampin Up cupcake punch and stamp set.


Thinking of You

Here is a card I recently made with Stampin Up products. I colored the stamp with markers then stamped the image.

Refurbished Nightstand

I had a nightstand in my guest room that needed to be painted. The room is painted a light yellow and it is decorated in shabby chic. I have a dresser that came from my great grandmother which I have promised not to paint a dressing table, a day bed, a white wicker chair and this night stand. Last year I had painted the top yellow and did some stamping on it but it was not working. Yesterday I sanded it down, painted and distressed it. On it is a cute vintage bedside lamp I purchased a couple of months ago at a shabby chic store called 'Not Too Shabby' in Cave Creek, Arizona. I love that store and I'm always able to find something that I don't really need but can't live without.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another Gift Bag

I think yellow is my favorite color..and I remembered I had this beautiful oriental paper in yellow stashed away.  I thought it would make a cute little bag like the one I posted the other day.  The oriental paper is a bit thicker and so I did not use two layers of paper as the tutorial suggests, but I did iron on pellon to make it a bit more sturdy.  I love the little pink rivets and the brown grossgrain ribbon.  The ribbon matches the branches in the yellow paper.  This little bag measures 5 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide x 3 inches deep. Click on the picture to enlarge for better viewing.

Friday, March 4, 2011

An inquisitive Moment

This is Lesson 8 from our Digi In Deeper Class...I am enjoying all the brush work that is coming with these classes!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Small Gift Bag

I have a program on my computer called Stumble Upon.  You can find it at . At this website, you sign up for a free account and choose from a list of subjects and then the program will search outwebsites that fit the criteria of what you have selected.  I selected things like crafts, photography, recipes etc. and when I click on the STUMBLE button, it takes me to places on the Internet.  I stumbled upon a tutorial for a small gift bag made from newspapers or printed ads that come in your newspaper. Here is a link to that tutorial.
and here is the bag that I made today.  I used a LAMPS PLUS ad from my newspaper.  You actually use 2 layers of paper to give the bag extra strength. Click to enlarge photos to better see the details.

Tutorial on how to make paper flowers

I found a tutorial somewhere on the Internet for this paper flower, but for the life of me I cannot find it again.  Sorry to whoever you are that orginally posted it....I would be happy to give you credit for it.  Anyway...the products used were the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, and the EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch. 

Cut a 1 and 1/2 inch strip of paper

Punch one edge with the EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch.

Now you will fold back and forth the paper kind of like an accordian. It doesn't have to be neat.

It will end up looking something like this.

Now take the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher, which has staples about 1/2 the width of a normal stapler..and rotate and staple to make the flower shape.

Next, I punch a circle smaller about 1/2 the size of the flower and glue it on the back of the flower to give it extra support.

You can if you want make a second flower and glue it on top of the first flower to make it more full.  I did not do that with this flower...but I do like the fullness when you do that.  I found a button with a loop on it, so I took a hole punch and punched a small hole right through the middle of the flower so that I can thread it through the hole to secure it.

Thread both ends of your ribbon through the hole in the paper flower.

Loop the ribbon around the back.

And tie a knot to secure.

And VOILA!  Your flower is finished!