Friday, August 31, 2012

Haunted Mushroom for My Time Made Easy

Haunted Mushroom?  Yep, you read that right!  I'm showcasing the new Mush-Room template for the September Release at My Time Made Easy.  I just love Halloween, so if I can turn something into a Halloween something, I'm probably going to do it!

This sweet haunted mushroom will hold a stem full of your favorite Halloween candy.  The top features one of the new Hauntingly Homemade papers (I just printed it really small).  And did you get a look at those sweet gnomes?

These little sweeties are a part of the new First Kiss stamp set.  The door and windows are part of another gnome set called Gretchen and Gregory.  So, now what do you think about a haunted mushroom?

You can find all the new September release in the New Products section at My Time Made Easy.  And you can see other great ideas for the Mush-Room and Apothecary templates at these wonderful blogs:


Anything Goes at Recycle, RePurpose & ReInvent

It's time for a new month long challenge at Recycle, RePurpose & ReInvent.   The theme is Anything Goes - just recycle something!

At work, we send lots of packages through UPS.  Our billing statement began including these great recycled envelopes.  We get more bills than we have to send checks and I've been keeping the envelopes, because I knew I would want them for something!  Well, the "something" finally came along...this little pocket book.

The cover includes this wonderful Nature Goddess image created by Chris at CS Designs

I cut the envelopes in half and then sewed them to create the pockets, which contain vintage seed packets or tags - all in keeping with the nature image and perfect for small photos and journaling.

I kept the embellishments very simple and are mostly made from leftover scraps. 

I hope you join us at Recycle, RePurpose & ReInvent - you've got a whole month to create a project with something recycled.  And you've got to check out the other projects! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Apothecary Possibilities for My Time Made Easy

If you are looking for the PaperHaus blog hop click here or scroll down two posts.

t's time to start showcasing the September goodies from My Time Made Easy!  Do you remember Mary Jane candies?  That's the direction I went with the brand new Apothecary Jar template. 

When I was a kid they had quit making Mary Janes and were making Bit O' Honeys.  But I love them no matter what they're called!  

I topped off the Apothecary Jar with a flower made from Mary Jane wrappers.

The tag is cut with the new Fabulous Frames cut file.  And I found that darling Mary Jane at a local antique store.  This is just one idea for the fun new Apothecary Jar - check out all the other ideas at these blogs:

Have fun!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Christmas Cracker for The Cutting Cafe

If you are looking for the PaperHaus Magazine Blog Hop click here or scroll down one post.

We are featuring party crackers this week at The Cutting Cafe.  I went with a Christmas cracker.  Regina designed these to work two different ways.  One will slide apart in the middle and one is just open on both ends.  I made this one to only open on the left by tying the right ribbons in a knot.

That way the ribbons on the left can be tied back after emptying the goodies and the recipient still has a darling, intact cracker. 

I also cut two black squares to insert in the ends, that way if I want to fill it with something tiny nothing will fall out!  (Only the square on the right is glued.)

The side is decorated with a horse and sleigh silhouette that is in keeping with the Jingle Bells sheet music. 

I took a picture of the back so you could more easily see the shape of the cracker treat box. I'm sure you'll find that this cute party cracker would work great for many occasions and the design team will have many ideas.  You can see them all on The Cutting Cafe Blog tomorrow.  See you there!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Introducing Paper Haus!

Do you know about PaperHaus?  It's a brand-new online magazine created by Frank GarciaPaperHaus is  for all of us:  scrappers, cardmakers, altered and mixed media artists - papercrafters of all kinds.  And, it's FREE!   PaperHaus will be available on September 1st.

Welcome to the launch party!


Did I mention prizes?  Different prizes are up for grabs for everyday of the launch party.  Prizes will be posted at PaperHaus and on each participants blog.  That's a  lot of prizes! 

I'm giving away a $20 Michaels gift card.  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post and mention that you would like to win the Michaels gift card and you're in the drawing.  The winners of the individual giveaways will be on September 2nd. 

The September 1st issue will be chock full of wonderful fall goodies - can't wait to see all the wonderful creations!  It will also include thank you cards.  In honor of the PaperHaus launch, I'm featuring a thank you card today.

The launch party is huge - be sure to start at  PaperHaus Magazine so you don't miss a thing.  Next on your party list is:  Diana Fisher!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Anniversary Card

We've had a couple of mile-stone anniversaries recently.  My mom and dad had their 50th in December.  Dennis and I had our 30th in June.   And Dennis's parents are getting close to 60 years.   While Dennis was in the hospital ,nurses kept asking how long we've been married.  They were all amazed at 30 years and said they rarely saw that anymore. 

This the card for my in-laws.  I challenged myself to use nothing but white.  I did allow silver for the sentiment.  All the dies and the sentiment, too, are from Papertrey Ink.  Oops, no - the hearts are from Spellbinders.  Have you had any mile-stone anniversaries recently?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hexagon Card for The Cutting Cafe

Hello!  Very nice to be back.  Oh, my - what a week!  Dennis was admitted to the hospital last Sunday with acute pancreatitis caused by gall stones.  At first, the doctor thought it might take weeks to get his pancreas normal enough to do gall bladder surgery - it was that serious.   But, it's been best case scenario all the way through.  He had gall stones removed on Thursday and then had gall bladder surgery on Friday.  We came home late Friday!   His recovery will take a little while longer than usual due to the pancreatitis.  He's so weak from not being able to eat.  But we are so grateful that everything went so well (and that he didn't have to spend weeks in the hospital).  We are exhausted, but I was able to do a little cardmaking today. 

This week it's all about the Hexagon card at The Cutting Cafe.  I used the Hexagon shaped card and the background from the Hexagon Shaped Card Set

The background is the open hexagon shapes, which I cut with my Silhouette.   Love that!  Regina will have more inspiration on The Cutting Cafe Blog on Wednesday.   Have a wonderful week (I'll hopefully be catching up on sleep!)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Loreley as a Pearl for AWNB

Here is another lovely Loreley.  Loreley is a feminine water spirit associated with the 120 high meter rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine in Germany.  The story goes that Loreley was accused of bewitching men and instead of accepting her sentence of being sent to a nunnery climbed the rock and plunged to her death.   Okay, enough of that - I really do not like depressing things! 

This Loreley is the creation of Chris from CS Designs.  I placed her inside a shell shaped card - she's the pearl, of course!  And not depressing, at all. 

A few spritzes of glimmer mist created a soft pretty shimmer for the inside of the shell.  Come join us at Art With No Boundaries.  The theme is always Anything Goes.  The bonus round this time is Rhythm of the Sea.  You still have a week to link up your projects!  So glad you came by...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Apple for the Teacher at The Cutting Cafe

It's apple time at The Cutting Cafe.  And there are lots of apple images and treat boxes to satisfy any apple urge!  Unlike watermelon that I talked about on an earlier post, I actually like to eat apples, as well as make cute things with them.  I can remember staying at my great aunt Sue's when I was little.  She had an apple tree in the back with the tiniest tartest green apples - I loved them!

This sweet set is made with the Apple Box (one of it's variations will actually hold an apple or or perhaps a carmel apple) and the circle sentiment from All About School.

I used the apple from the box to cut out the small apples for the banner - I just reduced it to 60%. 

On Wednesday, Regina will post all the School and Apple inspiration on The Cutting Cafe Blog.  Check it out for the giveaway, too!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Hello!  I'm just popping in to share a sweet little birthday card.  I understand this is going to a daughter who is just heading off to college.  The only request was to use a vintage image of a sweet little girl. 

This image actually includes a couple of darling lambs - I'll have to create something with them sometime!  It seems like Lauren just left home for college.  But, it's now been several years ago.  I'm always saying time goes by in a blink of an eye.

I guess that's why it's important to enjoy life - it does seem to fly by!  Hope you're enjoying your day.  So glad you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fun With Owls at The Cutting Cafe

Okay, this set is CUTE!  Love all the owls and the cute sentiments in the Fun With Owls set.   I went with an "Owloween" theme (I love Halloween), but Fun With Owls is very versatile.  You can find it at The Cutting Cafe.

The thing I like most about this card is how the two owls are looking sideways at the little 'boo' owl.  The image comes with an owl couple that are looking at each other.  I simply used two of the left side owl, so they could both look at the odd little owl. 

Regina will be posting other fun owl projects on Wednesday at The Cutting Cafe blog.  Join me there!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Loreley for AWNB

Wow!  This image is beautiful - it's by Chris at CS Designs.  I decided to design this card as if Loreley is looking into an aquarium. 

The glass affect was created with diamond glaze.  I brushed a couple of layers only on the face portion.  It's a little hard to see in the photos, but I think you can get the idea of what it looks like.  It's quite amazing that it looks so much as if she's looking through glass.  The rest of the image is cut out and then added back to the image.

The card turned out fairly simple, but I don't think she needs much.  She's striking all on her own.  It's time for a new challenge at Art With No Boundaries.  Be sure to check the blog for the wonderful creations and all the details on the new challenge, the rhythm of the sea.  Thanks for stopping by and  I hope to see you there!

Friday, August 3, 2012

An Apple a Day at My Time Made Easy

Here we are on the last day of the August Release for My Time Made Easy.  It's a mix of old and new.  The old is the sweet berry basket itself and the fun 3D apples.

I made a back to school basket.   Great gift for a teacher...

These apples could be filled with  candy or decorated clothespins.  They are so cute!

The new is the Apple A Day cut file for the apple shaped cards.  I made a set of these thank you cards for the basket.  I also used the new file for the tag attached to the front of the basket with a red office clip.

Be sure to check out the New Products section in the store for all the new items.  And to see lots more cool projects, here is a list of all the blogs to see:

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Orange You Glad for My Time Made Easy

I've said it before I like small boxes!  And I like a pun that makes me smile.  This is  a fun small box and funny pun!  All the new August goodies are out and ready for you to see at My Time Made Easy

This little cutie box is made with the All Buttoned Up Cut File.  I created an orange using circle cuts and the hearts from the Flag 'Em Down Cut File.  The paper is from Grammy's Pretty Patterns (I just made it orange).

I created a tiny pocket to showcase the pun.   The orange image and the pun are from the Tooty Fruity Stamp Set.

A few others are showing wonderful creations today that you'll want to see:

Thanks for stopping by!
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