Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Blooms & Homemade Samoas Bars



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Dawn of Dawn's Blog,  Margot of Hand Made by Margaretha, Sarah of Syriandertje & Chantal of Chantals Crea Blog

Materials: 
Obsession Impression -  Boy with Flowers
Memory Box - Lovely Lady Bugs
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig & Large Garden Cart
Martha Stewart - Doily Lace Punch Around the Page

Please find below a recipe I found on the the Baking Bites Website for delicious bar cookies.   I have made these twice and my husband can't stop sneaking in the kitchen to eat them.


Homemade Samoas Bars (These are so good)

Homemade Samoas Bars
Cookie Base:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
First, make the crust.
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan, or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly, like wet sand. The dough does not need to come together. Pour crumbly dough into prepared pan and press into an even layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until base is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack before topping.
Topping
3 cups shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
12-oz good-quality chewy caramels (use Werther's Original Chewy Caramels)
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp milk
10 oz. dark or semisweet chocolate (chocolate chips are ok)

Preheat oven to 300. Spread coconut evenly on a parchment-lined baking sheet (preferably one with sides) and toast 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until coconut is golden. Cool on baking sheet, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
Unwrap the caramels and place in a large microwave-safe bowl with milk and salt. Cook on high for 3-4 minutes, stopping to stir a few times to help the caramel melt. When smooth, fold in toasted coconut with a spatula.
Put dollops of the topping all over the shortbread base. Using the spatula, spread topping into an even layer. Let topping set until cooled.
When cooled, cut into 30 bars with a large knife or a pizza cutter (it’s easy to get it through the topping).
Once bars are cut, melt chocolate in a small bowl. Heat on high in the microwave in 45 second intervals, stirring thoroughly to prevent scorching. Dip the base of each bar into the chocolate and place on a clean piece of parchment or wax paper. Transfer all remaining chocolate (or melt a bit of additional chocolate, if necessary) into a piping bag or a ziploc bag with the corner snipped off and drizzle bars with chocolate to finish.
Let chocolate set completely before storing in an airtight container.
Makes 30 bar cookies.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Easter Pastel Peeps & Chocolate Bunnies


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Niki of  Pawsitively Creative Crafts, Regina of Die Kreative Ecke & Donna of Crafty Colonel

Today's design started out with the idea of making baskets filled with those yummy sugar coated Pastel Peeps you see everywhere now.  I used glitter card stock in pastel colors to die cut the baby chicks and the small Springtime Bunnies.  I then added the punched grass to the baskets and attached the chicks and bunnies.  For the purple basket I added the punched grass and I coated the brown bunnies with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to create a nice shine.  I dotted the eyes using the Viva Decor Black Pen.

For the center basket I looped it over the Garden Trellis then tucked them slightly under the rolling stitched hillside.   I used the Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit inspired by Susan Tienery Cockburn to form the flowers on the trees and dotted the center with Viva Decor Gold.  This is the same kit used every time I make flowers, it comes with two pads, tools and you can watch videos on how to create things using the kit. 

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Baby Chicks, Grand Alder Tree, Woven Basket & Springtime Bunnies
Poppy Stamps - Country Baskets & Garden Trellis
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
Viva Decor Gold Pen & Black
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Sizzix Accessory - Tool Kit Inspired by Susan Tierney Cockburn






Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter Cottage




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Gracie of One Saylors Log Angelique of Annigide blog & Dortesjs of Fasters Korthus blog

I first die cut the yellow oval for the house and added the windows, curtains, door and scalloped white top.  I then attached the chimney on the back of oval.  After die cutting the Chocolate Bunny I attached the fun pink hat using the top part of the donut die.  To the small country basket I added some grass and glitter eggs from the Delicate Nest set.  I die cut the stitched hillside border and added a layer of punched grass behind it.  Then cut the fence piece to fit on both sides of the card.  I added three baby chicks and colored their beaks and dotted the eyes and door knob with Viva Decor Black pen.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Ovals4¼ x 5⅝”) House
Taylored Expression - Little Bits Donut (top part for hat)
Impression Obsession - Fence & Square House (just chimney)
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border
Memory Box - Baby Chicks & Delicate Nest (just the eggs)
Poppy Stamps Chocolate Bunny, Country Baskets, Madison House & Plush Curtains
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch
Viva Decor Black Pen













Thursday, March 12, 2015

Up Up And Away



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Nancy of Nancy's Arts & Crafts & Diane of Diana Evans Illustrations & Designs

Today's silly design was inspired from a birthday card I saw. The Easter bunny is getting very creative in how he gets those goodies to all the houses on time.  As you can see he has some helpers waiting below to help out.

I used the Martha Stewart balloon punch and then coated them with the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer for a little shine.  I attached them to the straight part from the Crisp Bows.  I used the fun Stitched Hillside Border die and added the flowers, bunnies and house.  

Materials:
Martha Stewart Balloon punch
Poppy Stamps Leafy Sprig & Chocolate bunny
Memory Box Springtime Bunnies, Crisp Bows, Village House, Woven Basket & Delicate Nest
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Viva Decor Pens

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tea Time With A Friend



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What goes better with tea than nice warm donuts with a friend.  For those that have pets you know what I mean.  They have a sixth sense about food and usually show up just as you are sitting down to sneak a snack.  

After die cutting the donuts, I coated the top pieces with the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer which gives them a little shine.  On the top one I dotted it with several colored Viva Decor pens for fun.   This is such a simple and quick design to create.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Squares (4.75" x 4.75")
Poppy Stamps - Dainty Tea Set, Frenchy & Aston Side Table
Taylored Expression Donut
Viva Decor Pens
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Making Deliveries


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Martha of Martha's Favorites , Ka of Stamping Smiles Design, Debbie of Debbie Kreed Blog & Jenelle of Blue Lily Sentiments
I know the Easter Bunny has many modes of transportation, you probably have seen cards with him a riding a cart, driving a train or sailing in a hot air balloon.  He has to get those goodies delivered before Easter so I hope he is pedaling fast. Maybe I should have added jet packs to the bike?

So today's card was designed with that in mind, it  was quick and easy.  I created the pink frame using the Grand Labels Four 4⅜ x 6⅞" &  3⅞ x 6" dies together. I then die cut the bunny, basket, bicycle, eggs & chick and attached to center.

I formed the flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached the tiny daisies on the wheels and basket and then dotted them with a little gold Viva Decor Pen.  

Materials:
Memory Box - Baby chicks, Vintage Bicycle & Delicate Nest
Poppy Stamps - Chocolate Bunny & Bushel Basket
E.K. Success Small Daisy punch
Spellbinders - Grand Labels Four (4⅜ x 6⅞" &  3⅞ x 6") To create pink frame
Viva Decor Gold pen
Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit - Inspired by Susan Tierney Cockburn (This kit is a must for shaping flowers)



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Basket Of Chicks

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment I try really hard to return the favor. 

Today's design was so easy I just die cut Pink card stock and the Grand Labels Twenty-Three piece (5" x 4") then lined up the (3 x 4" from regular set)  onto the (5" x 4") and die cut it again.  That way it creates a wider frame to work with and makes adding the mounting tape easier on the backside.  

I cut a piece of white card stock 6" X 5" and added mounting tape then attached the pink frame to it.  I then added the punched grass, basket, little chicks, bow and butterflies to create the fun scene.  

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Three & Spellbinders  Labels Twenty-Three - standard set - (5" x 4" from Grand set,  3" x 4" from regular set)
Memory Box - Baby Chicks & Woven Basket
Martha Stewart Grass & Bow punch
E.K. Success small Butterfly punch
Scotch Mounting Tape
Viva Decor Black Pen


Second card Idea Panorama Scene


Panorama Scene Folded Flat
Panorama Scene Open
Not sure if you can see the details very well in the picture or not but I thought it would be fun to try something different. I took a 12" X 12" piece of double sided card stock and laid out two different Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, one fairly low on the paper and the other set higher on the paper and then die cut them out and scored the paper at  4"  & 8". 

That way you get a perfect fold when done.  I then added on the back of the white card stock just the tree from the Snowy Tree Landscape and the two bunnies.  On the reverse brown paper on the backside I attached the deer and Frosted Christmas tree.  Then on the last fold in back I attached another Frosted Christmas Tree.  

Materials:
Memory Box Snow Tree Landscape, Frosted Christmas Tree &  Deer Trio
Poppy Stamps - Fluffy Bunny & Fuzz Bunnies
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Border

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Painting Eggs


Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment I try really hard to return the favor. 

If you join as a follower please let me know I like to give a shout out so others can stop by your blog and say hello. 

I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers. 

Lucy of Little Lucy's Handmade Cards,  Natalia of Natalias Craft,  Lainie of Greetings by Lainie,  Anesha of Crafting Queen & Sylvia of Sylvia Hobby Cards.   Welcome, thank you for joining and I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.

Wow can you believe March is almost here, where does the time go.

I thought it would be fun to create a scene with the Easter Bunny painting eggs.  I die cut the Spellbinder oval in white and yellow card stock.  I then cut the yellow card stock in half and punched it using Drippy Goo (yes the Drippy Goo is not just for Halloween).  Next I coated the yellow piece with the Sakura 3D Crystal lacquer and when dry attached to top of white egg, I thought it looked like running paint.  

To create the ladder (if you have a ladder die use that) I die cut the Grand Chalet Window twice and cut out the inside, then cut the second outside frame in pieces that would fit across the opening.  Voila a ladder was created.

I used the Birthday candles to create the paint brushes and coated the tips with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.

To complete the design I added the punched grass and the rest of the die cut flowers, chicks, eggs, basket, bird, clouds and Meridian Border.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Drippy Goo & Grass Punch
Memory Box - Springtime Bunnies, Puffy Clouds, Forest Hummingbirds, Meridian Border (retired), Baby Chicks & Delicate Nest
Spellbinders - Classic Ovals Large (3-3/4: X 2-3/4")
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Viva Decor Copper Pen





Friday, February 20, 2015

Finding Eggs



Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower.  Please let me know you stopped by, so I can be sure and return the favor. 

I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers:
Murielle of Les Cartes de Scrapmumur, Michelle of The Messy barn, Pia of Pias Papir og Perler, Tracy of Tracy's Treasures & Lisa M(I don't see you have a blog).   Welcome, thank you for joining and I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.

Today's design started with die cutting the Alder tree and coating it with the crystal lacquer and then sprinkling clear rock candy glitter.  It makes the tree really sparkle and also adds a little texture to it. (Too bad the picture does not show this)   I then die cut the girl and boy and coated them with the crystal lacquer and let dry.  I added glitter card stock eggs to the baskets and die cut the stitched hills.  I then just attached everything to the card frame. 

Materials:
Impression Obsession -  Girl with Easter Basket & Boy with Easter Basket
Memory Box - Grand Alder Tree
Lawn Cuts- Stitched Hillside Border
Spellbinder Matting Basics B (Purple Frame)
Assorted Colored Glitter Card stock
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Range Ink Distress Glitter Clear Rock Candy





Saturday, February 14, 2015

2nd Panorama Egg Card With More Bling


Good morning everyone, well today my new carpet is being installed and I am hiding in my craft room so I am out of the installers way.  I can't not believe how sandy the old carpet/pad was when I was ripping it up. I swept, vacuumed and still there was sand. 

For today's design I thought I would try one more design with just a little more detail.   I formed the flowers with my stylus and molding pad and attached the tiny daisies on the outside of the first oval and then dotted them with a little orange Viva Decor Pen (I absolutely love those pens). 

I once again used mounting tape under the first two ovals to give it a little dimension. Next, I attached the grass in front, bunny and chicks.  On the third oval in the back I added the basket, bunnies, bird and flower stem.  Really you could make these Panorama egg designs smaller I just wanted to be able to get as much detail as possible in them. 

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower.  Please let me know you stopped by, so I can be sure and return the favor. 

I am tickled pink to introduce you to my new friends and followers.
Danni's dreams , Cherri (stampnboomer) & Jackie (I don't see a blog for you).  Thank you for joining and I look forward to seeing all your lovely creations.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Ovals 
Memory Box - Baby chicks, Bountiful Basket, Evershan Branch, Forest Hummingbirds & Delicate Nest
Poppy Stamps - Chocolate Bunny & Fuzzy Bunnies 
Martha Stewart Grass Punch
Viva Decor Orange Pen
Scott Mounting Tape
EK Success daisy punch
Sizzix Accessory Tool Kit - Inspired by Susan Tierney Cockburn (This kit is a must for shaping flowers)



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Delivering Eggs (All White Design)


When I started this design I really was not sure where I was going with it.  I wanted something in all white, but they are really hard for me to photograph and get the pieces to stand out.  I propped up the Spellbinders Grand Labels Four with mounting tape to add dimension.  I started with adding the Grand Alder tree in the center and then the two Evershan Branches on each side.  If you own the Evershan die make sure you emboss it after cutting to get the raised pattern to show up.  I glued the Hummingbird at the top.  For the Chocolate Bunny I coated it with Sakara 3D Crystal Lacquer and Clear Rock Candy Glitter, that gave the bunny a textured appearance.  I then coated the eggs in the basket the same way and added a Delicate Nest before attaching it to the basket. 

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower.  Please let me know you stopped by, so I can be sure and return the favor. 

Materials:
Memory Box - Woven Basket, Evershan Branch, Delicate Nest, Grand Alder Tree & Forest Hummingbirds
Poppy Stamps - Chocolate Bunny
Spellbinders Grand Labels Four ( 4 x 6" & 3 x 6")
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Ranger Ink - Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Mounting Tape

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Panorama Easter Card


Greetings everyone, I have always loved the sugar panorama eggs I used to have as a kid.  So I thought why not try to create a card with they same type of shape.  I used mounting tape under the first two ovals to give it a little dimension.  I added some grass under the first oval and a few chicks. Then I attached the bunny and more grass under the second oval.  In the back I added the blue card stock background, flowers and the fun Easter basket.

Thank you for coming by to visit my blog and a big thanks to you if you have the time to leave a comment and/or join as a follower.  Please let me know you stopped by, so I can be sure and return the favor. 

Materials:
Memory Box Delicate Nest, Woven Basket & Baby Chicks
Poppy Stamps - Chocolate Bunny & Leafy Sprig
Spellbinders Grand Ovals (4¾ x 5⅞”, 4¼ x 5⅝” & 3¾ x 5”)
EK Success Daisy Punch
Martha Stewart Grass & Bow Punch
Viva Decor Orange Pen (flower centers)
Viva Decor Black Pen (chick eyes)
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer (Bunny)
Mounting Tape

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Easter House


Wow, I can't believe how quickly January is just breezing by.  I would like to welcome my latest follower Carol's Crafty Corner.  I hope you can stop over at her blog and she what fun things she has to offer.

Today' design started with the Cute Cottage in yellow card stock, then trimmed in white glitter card stock.  I added a couple of red Bushel Baskets and some glitter eggs from the Delicate Nest dies, then attached the white Picket Fence behind the house, added the brown Arboreal Tree with some eggs and to finish I attached the chicks and Chocolate Bunny.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Cute Cottage, Bushel Basket, Chocolate Bunny & Picket Fence
Memory Box - Arboreal Tree, Delicate Nest & Baby Chicks
Viva Decor Black pen for eggs on chicks

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hiding Eggs

Good morning everyone, today is a chilly 30 degrees.  No rain or wind just frost on the ground. Hello to my latest follower Faith A, thank you for joining. I hope you can stop by her blog and see what lovely creations she has to offer.

Those that have stopped by in the past know that I love to make cards that tell a story.

I framed the design using the Spellbinders Grand labels Twenty-three and then placed mounting tape on the back for some dimension. I tucked the tree under the frame and added some eggs and the birdhouse.  Next I attached the Evershan Branch on the right side and added the hummingbird, some chicks, bunnies and the fun little cart.

Materials:
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities - Grand Labels Twenty-Three ( 6 x 5" & 5 x 4")
Memory Box - Forest Hummingbirds, Grand Alder Tree, Evershan Branch, Birdhouse Village & Baby chicks
Poppy Stamps - Mini Garden Cart, Fuzzy Bunnies & Fluffy Bunny
Martha Stewart - Grass and Easter Basket Punch
Mounting Tape

Friday, January 23, 2015

Easter Silhouette


Greetings everyone, thank you for stopping by, and for those that have time to leave a comment I appreciate the encouragement.

I have been busy tearing up the old carpet and linoleum in the two bathrooms getting ready to have them tiled.  You know things never go as planned I found that the bathroom toilet seal has been leaking, who know how long that has been going on.  We will be replacing that anyway, then discovered the new shower enclosure has been leaking and I had to postpone the tile installation until I can get that fixed. You know the saying when it rains it pours.

I thought is would be fun to design a silhouette style today, very easy to do I punched out the grass and attached it at the bottom then die cut the trees.  Flip one tree over to create a mirror image and attach, next add the bunnies the same way and then the basket with the colored eggs.   I added a touch of Sakura 3D lacquer to the eggs for  a bit of shine.

Materials:
Poppy Stamps - Bushel Basket & Fuzzy Bunnies
Impression Obsession - Wide Tree
Martha Stewart - Grass Punch & Basket Egg Punch (just the eggs)
Sakura  3D Lacquer (eggs)
Spellbinder - Matting Basics B 5 X 7

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Easter Lattice Design


Very simple to create I embossed the white card stock and then die the oval using the (3 x 2¼”).  I die cut and added the Lattice background and then dotted the center part of lattice with Viva Decor Glitter Liner Silver,  I added the vines on each side and the fun Hydrangea blooms and then doted the centers with a Gold Viva Pen and framed the design with a pink card stock.

Materials:
Spellbinders Basic Lattice
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large
Cuttlebug Tiffany Embossing Folder
Poppy Stamps Trailing Cine, Climbing Vine & Small Hydrangea Blooms
Viva Decor Glitter Liner Silver and Gold Pen

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cupid silhouette


Hello fellow crafter's,  welcome to my blog, thank you for paying me a visit.  If you have time to leave a comment  that is always wonderful I always enjoy reading them.  I hope today's design inspires you to get out the craft paper and make your own special creation.  I went for a simple silhouette style using only 3 dies. I die cut the corner pieces, then the center heart and cupid.  Next, I used a nice cream color for the background and framed it with the card stock.

Materials:
Impression Obsession - Cupids
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Heart
Cheery Lynn - Deco F Corner die

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine Bear Hugs (Punch Art)



A little fun punch art design today, just die cut all the pieces and then assemble as shown on completed bear.  For the arms cut the Journal Plate & Bracket punched piece in half so it is attached behind the bear to hold the heart.

Materials:
EK Success Journal Plate & Bracket (brown arms)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (brown body  2¾″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (cream tummy 2⅜″ )
Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large (brown head 2¼ x 1¾″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (cream nose ⅞″)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large  (brown ears ⅞″)
Spellbinders Classic Hearts (red center heart between arms 1¼ x 1⅜″)
McGill 13/16" punch (circle cream ear pieces)
Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch (feet, nose pieces)
Fiskars 1/4" circle punch (cream feet circles)
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch Around the Page
Poppy Stamps Heart Lattice Background
Cuttlebug Texile Embossing Folder


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I Only Have Eyes For You Valentine


Today's design is on the silly side, just a friendly little monster. This card really should fall into the never used dies since most of these have sat around my craft room for years.
Thank you for stopping for a visit, and a big thanks for those that take the time to leave a comment.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Punch Around The Page Cherish
Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Punch (top of antennas)
Poppy Stamps Meso Background die
Dee's Distinctively Border No 3 (antennas)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles (3" Head) (1" cheeks/feet)
EK Success Paper Shaper 1/2" circle (nose/mouth)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Vellum Decorations

Cupid
Impression Obsession Cupids
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Punch
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Vellum paper

Easter Bunny
Memory Box Puffy Clouds
Poppy Stamps Bunny Buddies, Bushel Basket
Impression Obsession Fir Trees. Tiny Flowers
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Via Decor Gold Pen
Martha Stewart Easter Basket Punch
Ranger Ink Clear Rock Candy Glitter
Sakuar 3D lacquer
Vellum paper

Easter Chicks
Martha Stewart grass punch
Impression Obsession Wide Tree & Tiny Flowers
Spellbinders Standard Circles Large (3¾” & 3¼”)
Viva Decor Gold Pen
Martha Stewart Easter Basket & Chicks in the grass punch
Poppy Stamps Bubble Ornament (just the hook)
Vellum paper

While staying at my in-laws for the holidays my mother-in-law had theses vellum die cut ornaments on her tree.  I really liked them and thought maybe I could make something similar.  (If anyone knows the company or name of artist that does these let me know, I think they might be European)

First take the two biggest dies from the Spellbinders Standard Circle Large  (3¾” & 3¼”) place the smaller one in the center of larger die.  Run through machine to create the white circle.  You will need two of these, then die cut two Bubble Ornament hooks.   You will need one 3¾” vellum circle for each design. Place glue on backside of circle, add vellum then attach the other circle.  Add the hook at the top to both sides.

Whatever design you create you need a mirror image for the backside.  I just laid out the designs and created the front then used a mirror image to attach to the backside. That way you have the extact design lined up with each other.    

Have fun being creative,

Diane







Thursday, January 8, 2015

Valentine Dream House


Greetings everyone, thank you for stopping bye and for those that join and leave comments a special hello to you.  I hope you are well, staying warm and making lots of creative crafts.

As you can see I am onto Valentines because really it comes upon you so fast.  I die cut the Cute Cottage in pink card stock and all the red door & windows, then used glitter card stock for the roof and trim pieces.  I created the flower basket using the bushel baskets, tiny flowers and a dot of Viva Decor red pens.  I lined the wrought iron fence with the hearts from the Confetti punch and also the Wide tree.

Materials:
Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch
Impression Obsession Wide Tree & Tiny Flowers
Memory Box Wrought Iron Fence
Poppy Stamps Bushel Basket, Cute Cottage & Frosted Roof & Ledges
Viva Decor Red paper pen
Viva Decor Glass Effects

Vacations Pictures

Pictures taken over the holidays our first vacation in a very long time.

Longwood Gardens 
 (1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348)

http://longwoodgardens.org/

Longwood Gardens Poinsettia Tree Display

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum - Satellite 
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum - Discovery Shuttle
Smithsonian National Natural History Museum
10th. St. & Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington, D.C. 20560

Smithsonian National Natural History Museum

9/11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007
Empire State Building (buy Express pass for no waiting in lines)
350 Fifth Avenue  New York, NY 10118

St Patrick's Cathedral
14 East 51st Street  New York, NY 10022
 The Statue Of Liberty









Sunday, January 4, 2015

I'm Head over Heals for you Valentine (Vintage Style)


Happy New Years everyone hope this year brings happiness and many great surprises.

Another Vintage style Valentine, you know how I love the Gentleman Leaping & Lady Dancing dies.

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Before die cutting the heart I ran the card stock through the printer to create the text then die cut and added some Tiny flowers around the top.  I repositioned the arms on the Gentleman Leaping and also on the Lady Dancing.

Materials:
Memory Box Lady Dancing (retired) & Gentleman Leaping (retired)
Poppy Stamps Woodland Fawn (just the scarf)(retired)
Papertry Ink In The Meadows die
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Heart ( 4¼ x 3⅞″)
Impression Obsession Tiny Flowers
Viva Decor Gold Pen

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I'm Cuckoo For You Valentine (Vintage Style)


Today's offering is a fun vintage style Valentine design that was pretty easy to create.

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I started by die cutting the Brick House with brown card stock, adding a red roof trim, two maple leaves, a blue bird and the fun heart lock & key.  The clock face is just and image I downloaded off the web. To create the scalloped design under the clock I used the EK Success Real Estate punch.  For the weights I took the Acorn  die and cut the piece in half and then just shaped two acorn designs and added some Viva Decor gold to them.  To create the hearts I used the two smallest pieces from each set and die cut with glitter card stock then layered them.  For the Fancy Tag I ran red card stock through the printer to create the text and then die cut.

Materials
Impressive Obsessive Brick House & Small Leaf Set
Memory Box Gold Finch, Nutty Acorn( discontinued)  & Holiday Bells
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags Two
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Heart & Classic Heart (Use the two smallest from each set)
Viva Decor Gold Paper Pen
Martha Stewart Heart Lock & Key punch
EK Success - Real Estate Punch

Week 6 Paperwhites finally starting to bloom

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Beaded Ornament



Beaded Ornament Supplies
Original idea came from designs by  Susan Teare 
Best of the Holidays to everyone.

This is actually a very relaxing way to past the time, I just pored all the beads into a bowl, then plugged in the glue gun to heat it up. Turned on my favorite television show  and started stringing the beads.  I started with a dressmaker pin, a gold seed bead, a large 8mm cream bead, then either a pink or cream 6 mm bead.  Place a small amount of glue on the end of the pin to hold them in place and stick into Styrofoam ball at the top.  Next I used a gold seed bead, then either a pink or cream 8mm bead and and 6 mm bead.  Don't use more than 3 beads on the dressmaker pin because they will not stay in the Styrofoam. 

Just continue around the ball until completely filled in.  At the top I attached a chenille gold piece with my glue gun so I could hang it up when complete, you could use a nice ribbon also. Once done you can use a dressmaker pin and the smaller beads (five or so on the pin) and fill in any area that show the Styrofoam ball. 

You could use any colors and sizes I am planning on trying different size balls and colors next.

Materials:
Glue Gun
Styrofoam Ball size
Box of Dressmaker Pins  Size 17 - 1 1/16
2 bags - Darice Glass Seed Beads 8/0 Gold
2 -3 bags Darice Asst Cream Pearl beads (36g) 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 4mm 
2 strands Darice Lt Pink Rose beads 8mm
2 strands Darice Ecru beads 6 mm 
2 strands Lt Pink Rose beads 6 mm



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