Thursday, December 31, 2015

Vintage Travel & Luggage

Hi everyone, today is the start of a brand new challenge at A Vintage Journey.  I hope you will join the creative fun and post a project.  This month we are talking about Vintage Travel and Luggage and the Creative guides have made some amazing samples for you.  Hopefully you will be inspired to play along.

Mac and I are going on a big trip later this year so I made a fun little valise to store our tickets, photos and souvenirs.  The inside is filled with little pockets, tags and stamped images where we can tuck away those fond memories.

I started with a chipboard kit that I found at my local craft store from Pine Cone Press.  You will notice all kinds of Tim's goodies as well as some of my favorite Graphic 45 paper.
Below are some photos of the inside, I'm looking forward to putting this to use.


Get some ink on those fingers and make something vintage,

Monday, December 21, 2015

More fun than -----

Hi -

Today I'm working on some things for CHA and want to share one of my cards with you.   Elizabeth Craft Designs is showing their new release that will be available in January 2016. 
You can see it all right here.
 Karen Burniston has 2 new characters, Baker the Beaver, who I introduced to you to a few days ago, and  Jinks the Monkey.  Jinks is one of my favorites and I have made a few cards and tags with him. 
This card would work great for those guys in your life as well as kids.  Everyone wants to have fun on their birthday and what is more fun than A BARREL OF MONKEYS?

This card was so much fun to make and I used several of Karen's great dies, all listed below.  There is Jinks of course, The Barrel Basket Die and the new Pull Card Edges.  No party is complete without party favors from the Props 2 set and a balloon from the Spiral Circle Pull Card - "Celebrate" comes from the Flourish Gift Frame and the streamers from the Rectangle Pull Card.

Stay tuned for more fun with Jinks and the rest of this great new collection coming to
your local craft store soon.
Have a great week,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

On Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog Today

Hi friends, just a little tease to get you to come over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to see how I made a mixed media tag featuring the new Stage it Stencils from Karen Burniston.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Home for the Holidays

Hi everyone and welcome to day two of  Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge week.  I may be stretching the theme just a bit with this one but wanted to share two of Karen's new die sets that are just being rolled out today at Elizabeth Craft Designs.
One of the first things that come to mind when we think about home - is food.  During the holidays we all tend to bake and make all those goodies that remind us of home. I just couldn't resist using these two die sets that will be coming to your local stores in January 2016. 
Baker the Beaver (#1101) and the Props 8 set (#1100)
Who wouldn't love to bake up a batch of homemade cookies with Baker?
As you can see, Baker is all decked out in his chef hat and is showing off his skills with cake and cupcakes.
I hope you will stop on over at Elisabeth Craft Designs to see all the new things that are coming your way.  Just click on the COMING SOON button and get ready to make that wish list.
Have a great and creative week,

Monday, December 14, 2015

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Week

Hi Everyone -

Well, here it is the middle of the month and you know what that means?  Designer Challenge Week with Karen Burniston at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This month Karen has challenged the team with the theme:  Home for the Holidays. 
I live in the beautiful southwest and love that some people still call it the "Wild Wild West" so that is how I interpreted the theme.  I thought about Home on the Range for my card.

 I did the floating floor so I would have plenty of room for my little desert oasis.  To see how to make the floating floor simply click on the link below for Karen's video.

Here you can see the little bunkhouse all decorated for the holiday season.  Who wouldn't feel welcome here with the lights, wreath, and tree?
All the dies and stamps I used are linked below.  Just click on each one for more details.
Have an awesome week,

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Creative Guide 2015 Secret Santa Reveal

Hi everyone -

Today is an exciting day for the Creative Guides over at A Vintage Journey.  It is the day we finally get to reveal who our Secret Santa is and who we made a gift for.  We drew names in October to see who we were gifting.  I got the lovely & talented Julia Aston of Create with Me.  I sent Julia the Tim Holtz Folio I made in my class with Tammy Tutterow.  You can read all about it in my post by clicking here.  Here is my gift to her:

The postman brought my gift in November from the super creative Jennie Atkinson of  Live the Dream.  I couldn't wait to open it - so I didn't.  I had a lovely early Christmas card and gift of the beautiful folio shown below.  It has lots of tags for photos,  the colors are so soft, and one of Jennies trade mark flowers.  I just love it and plan to add our holiday photos of 2015.  This way I will have a wonderful reminder of Jennie each year when I look back at this treasure.

To see all the gifts, stop on over at A Vintage Journey here.  Brenda has graciously put together a post showing all the wonderful gifts and revealing the names of all Secret Santas.  
Have a fabulous and fun week,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

So Happy!

Hi all and welcome -
 Today I have some wonderful news to share with you.  I am so excited to let you know that I have been chosen to join the Design Team at Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD).  I couldn't be more happy or proud.  My official duties start January 2016 and I am ready to go!  You will be seeing my projects using Els van de Burgt Studio and Joset Designs here as well as on the ECD blog.
Pop It Ups found here
Speaking of the ECD blog, today is the beginning of the CHA Sneak Peeks.  Hop on over to see what's new by clicking here.  The designers have outdone themselves with fabulous new designs that I know will be on your wish list.
Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, December 6, 2015


Happy Hanukkah to all my friends who celebrate the season-

A card to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.   The Rectangle Accordion Die from Karen Burniston was used here.  I was a little stumped when it came to making the Menorah so looked through my dies and came up with, of all things, the moustache from the Props 1 set - also one of  Karen's designs.  I cut 9 moustaches and trimmed off the upper part from 8 of them and then used it upside down - leaving the 9th one whole for the center.  The flame is from the Candles Die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  For the Star of David, I turned to my e-cutter.
Have a joyful week,

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Vintage Christmas

Hi everyone and Happy Holidays.  Today is the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and we are celebrating the season with Vintage Christmas.
In October I was lucky enough to be able to take a class with Tammy Tutterow at one of our local stores and it was a blast.  She is a wonderful teacher, sharing her tips and tricks, and a lovely person as well.  We used the Tim Holtz Folio and decorated it with so much vintage goodness.  Here is the result of the class, hope you enjoy.

As you can see the front is packed with lots of Tim's vintage pieces and has many layers.

When the folio is first opened there are two tag books that are separate pieces.

When the tag books are removed, there are three more layers to explore - all with places to add a photo or a special gift tag.

Each layer folds forward to reveal the one behind.

This was great fun to make and the class was at night so had to stay up past my bedtime but it was worth it.
Don't forget to pop over the A Vintage Journey to see what the rest of the team has made. 
You can do that by clicking here.
Have a wonderful and creative weekend,