Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hooray for 2018

Happy New Year!!

Wishing you love and good health for 2018

Join me over at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog to see how I made this fun card using the Charm Accordion die set from Karen Burniston.

Hope to see you there,

Friday, December 29, 2017

Warm Memories

Hi friends,

Today I have a card to share over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.  My card is about warm winter mittens and winter days playing outside in the snow.  I was inspired by my Vintage Journey teammate, Anne Redfern.  She did a post where she was talking about some fond memories of her and her brother ice skating.

To see all the details of my card, simply click here.

Hope to see you there,

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs - December Challenge

Hi my friends and happy Holidays!  With Christmas less than a week away I'm sure everyone is busy with those last minute details but hope you can take a few minutes to think about the new year.  We are having guests for New Year's Eve dinner so thought I would decorate for that occasion.  Our challenge this month for Elizabeth Craft Designs is backgrounds and I went a little crazy with the glitter for this one.  I used it for both layers of this banner on the stars.

As usual, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a gift card.

All you have to do to be in the random drawing is to leave a comment on the blog post here.
Here is the question for this month, good luck.  
 What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use to create a background on something you were creating?

Here are some details on how I made my banner

 Using the Stitched Stars, cut 4 of the largest size and 4 of the next size down using cardstock that has been covered with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

 Remove adhesive and cover with ECD Silk Microfine Glitter.  I used Bluebell for the larger ones and Brushed Pewter for the smaller ones.  Glue together.

For the numbers, I used some old chipboard number that I found in my stash.

To make the numbers red and shinny, I added some Clear Double Sided Adhesive to Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz.

I traced around the numbers with a ballpoint pen.  Make sure to trace with the numbers backwards so the front comes out reading the correct way.  The ink from the pen will not show on the release paper but it will make an impression that can be used to cut out the numbers my hand.  Peel release paper from numbers and add to chipboard.

Glue numbers on stars and then add a ribbon, twine or string.  I used some wired glittery trim and used hot glue to hold it in place.

Have a crafty week,

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Let's "Twist" - Paper Pros Challenge

Hi friends,  it's time for the Paper Pros challenge and the theme is Let's "Twist".  I used the Karen Buirniston's Twist Panel Pop Up die set.  I also used some pieces from Karen's other sets that are linked below,  just click to shop.

To see Karen's video on how to assemble the Twist Panel Pop Up, simply Click Here.

The fun of these cards is always on the inside so I was delighted to find a piece of paper in my stash that needed no additional embellishments. A Christmas Tree says it all.

Happy Holidays,

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fast, Easy & Elegant

Please join me for a tutorial on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog to see how to make a quick card for the holiday season using some fabulous dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

To see all the details, CLICK HERE.

Season's Greetings,

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Destination Inspiration for A Vintage Journey

Hi Friends,

Today we are arriving at Terminal 2 on our vintage journey where I am your guide. I hope you will stop by to see how I made this project using products from Aladine,   If that name is unfamiliar to you - you need to check out their wonderful products by CLICKING HERE

You can get complete instructions on this project by CLICKING HERE.

For this project I used Aladine Izink, Dye Inks, Stamps and Embossing powder.

See you over at A Vintage Journey,

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Pop-up Christimas Tree for Dies R Us

Hi Friends,

Today is my turn on the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog and this week I've done a fun Pop-up Christmas Tree designed by Karen Burniston.  So, so festive.

You will find complete instructions on how I made this card including a link to the instruction video from Karen.   Simply CLICK HERE.

Happy Holidays,

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Winter Wonderland

Hi friends and welcome to a new challenge at A Vintage Journey were I am the hostess this month.  My choice for the challenge is Winter Wonderland and the Creative Guides have certainly risen to the challenge with some fabulous makes.  Hope you will come by to see all of them by clicking on the link above.

For me, I used a piece of chipboard packaging that came in a new set of pots & pans to get me started.  Check it out below if you want to see how I did it.

We purchased some new pots & pans not too long ago and these chipboard rings were packed between the pieces.  Of course I saved them and now I'm happy that I did.
I picked the size I wanted and gave it a coat of gesso.
I used some Tim Holtz Knobs to make it stand up so punched the holes for that next.  It took a couple of tries to get it right but the extra holes will be covered so no worries.

I colored some White Soft Finish Cardstock with Broken China Oxide Ink fading the color from dark to lighter at the bottom.

The ring fit perfectly with largest Stitched Circle die from Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD) so cut out my insert.

I colored a narrow strip of paper for the inside top of the ring with the same color and then glued it in.

I used the die again to cut the backing for the ring.  Because I used chipboard the die did not cut all the way through but it left the perfect impression on the chipboard so I could finish it by hand. As a finishing touch I sanded the edges of the chipboard so it was smooth and looked seamless.


Assemble all the parts and add the legs (not shown)

Using the ECD Reindeer die set, cut all trees 2 times, the snowdrift 4 times and one deer.  All parts were layered using foam tape with the large trees added to the outside of the ring.
Before adding the deer, color using Vintage Photo and Antique Linen for the antlers.

Have a creative weekend,

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Warm Winter Thoughts

Hi Friends,

I hope you will join me at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog were I'm sharing all the details of how I made this fun easel card that holds a battery operated tea light, making the flames flicker.  I used some great dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

See you there,

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge - Pop Ups

Hi Friends,

It's time for the November challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.  Hope you will join the team where we have been challenged to use the General Pop Ups for our projects this month.

I'm still on my last hold out for Thanksgiving and fall before I get totally involved in Christmas. I made my card with pumpkins and it will be a Thank You to our lovely Thanksgiving Hostess this year.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use with the General Pop Ups die set if you were making a Pop Up Card?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, November 24th on the 

Wishing you and your loved ones much happiness and joy on this Thanksgiving Day-


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Paper Pro Challenge - Winter Birthday

Hi Friends,

A quick stop by today to share a card I made for the Paper Pro Challenge this month.  Winter Birthday is our theme so I made this cute Charm Accordion Card using dies from Karen Burniston's new collection, all linked below.  So fun!

 When the card is closed - it's small and compact for mailing but, just wait for it, when you open it up look what happens!!

To see a video on how to assemble the Charm Accordion die - CLICK HERE.

Lots of great elements to make this card a treat for anyone with a Winter Birthday, like me.

See you next time,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Snowflake Wreath

Greetings, the holiday season will be here before we know it and I have started on my cards so wanted to share a couple with you.  I have a complete tutorial on how I made these cards on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today. Yes, two for the price of one.

Hope to see you there,

Seeing Stars

Hi Friends and welcome, I have a great new generic card to share today.  This one can be used for congrats, birthday, thinking of you, etc.  I used dies, stamps and papers just released from Elizabeth Craft Designs and I know you are going to be as excited about them as I am when you see them.

I'm also showing my very first cardmaking video, I'm both excited and nervous about it but, as they say, nothing ventured - nothing gained.  If you care to take a look you can click on it below.  I am showing complete details on my "Seeing Stars" card.

All products used in the video are linked below so you can shop away.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 5, 2017

It's Gift Giving Season

Hi friends,

Hope you will join me over at Dies R Us Inspiration Blog today to see how I made this fun gift card holder for the coming holiday season.   I have featured Karen Burniston's Pop-up Sleigh along with other fun items from her new collection.

See you there,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mini Marvels @ A Vintage Journey

It's that time again, yes, a new challenge at A Vintage Journey where we are sharing Mini Marvels.
We were asked to make something that is no more than 4" tall so I made some gift tags for my Holiday giving.

Our generous sponsor this month is:

Be sure to enter your make for the challenge to be in the running for a $50.00 (CAN) shopping spree.

These mini gift tags are not too hard to put together, both of them were started using the Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags.

For the tag on the left - I began with a scrap of printed scrapbook paper.  After cutting out the tag a stencil was placed over the top and then a layer of translucent embossing paste was added.  When paste was completely dry, Candied Apple Oxide Ink was added over the entire tag.  Extra ink was added around the edge.  A 1/4" strip of white cardstock was cut and glittered for the candle.  The Holiday Words Script was used for the Noel and then greenery and flame were added using the Festive Glow die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The Tattered Poinsettia was used for the second tag.  Cutting two red and one green, emboss all three with the Poinsettia Embossing Folder and then shape.  
Once again I used a scrap for the tag, it had been colored with Oxide Inks and edged with Candied Apple.  Add a brad through the center of all three poinsettias and attach to tag. I used a little Nuvo Drops to cover the brad.

Finish both tags off with a little ribbon and you are ready.

These tags are fun and easy and a reason to use your scraps of paper that you have been saving.

Don't forget to hop on over to the Vintage Journey Blog to see what the talented Creative Guides have made to share with you.

Have a Creative Day,