Monday, December 10, 2012

Postage Stamp Christmas Tree

Here is another one of my famous Recycled Greetings.

I cut out the Christmas tree and matted it on a gold scalloped die cut (Spellbinder's).  I raised it a little with pop dots and added it to the card.  The gold paper is even a piece of recycled Christmas card.

I was inspired by the color challenge over at Paper Secrets.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope this inspires you to recycle the Christmas cards you receive.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Advent Trees

I thought it would be fun to make some Advent Calendars this year.  
I found an online tutorial for making little boxes out of old greeting cards and I just happen to have plenty of those.  I really enjoyed making all of the little boxes.
I arranged the boxes into a tree shape and then cut a tree out of a large piece of cardboard.
Then I covered the cardboard and adhered the boxes on with foam tape.

This is the tree I made for Todd.  

And this is my tree (where Todd or the dogs put my little gifts).

These will be entered in the Go Fish Challenge #30.

Todd's idea was to start from the bottom and work our way up.  I'm glad I didn't number the boxes.

If you were one of the generous people that sent me your Christmas cards last year (or in past years), you might see some of your cards here.

These boxes are addicting to make, I could make a million more, but I don't know what I'd do with them.  Leave me a comment if you have any ideas for me.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree...

Here is another recycled greeting that I made.  I love recycling old greeting cards.

The trunk of the tree is a piece of American Crafts glitter tape that I just got.

This card is for the Third Thursday Challenge at the Crafty Steals blog.  This was a fun sketch.

I hope this inspires you to recycle some of your old Christmas cards.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Zero Calorie Gingerbread House

A dieter's delight!  Here is a Gingerbread House I made out of papers and craft supplies.  Sorry that it's not edible.  

The template is found here.  The roof isn't part of the template, but it measures 5.5 x 6.5 inches.  
I cut it out of chipboard (a cereal box) and covered it with brown Mulberry paper.  All of the candy embellishments are cut from paper as well.  

This was for Challenge #41 over at My Scrap Room.

It was so much fun to create.  I might just make a whole village...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sweet to the Core

Here I am with yet another card.  I have this set of stamps from Gel-a-tins that I just couldn't wait to use.  I love the idea of patterned fruit.  I might have to make more of these in different patterns.

This card is for the Go Fish Color Challenge #28.

I hope this inspires you to make something that is sweet to the core.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I've been on a roll making recycling old Christmas cards into new ones.  This is one of my favorite things to do for the holidays.  Many people save their cards for me after Christmas.  I have made too many to post on my blog, but here is one I did for a challenge:

This was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch 266.  I really love their sketches.

What do you do with your left over cards?  If you just throw them in the trash, please reconsider and recycle them into something new.  If that's not your thing, just put them all in a big envelope and send them to me, hahaha.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sending you Smiles

I'm sending you smiles across the miles!

Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted a card for a challenge.  I thought today would be a great day to pick that back up.

This card is for the Skipping Stones Design Sketch #153 challenge.

I used the Fabulous Flower Technique by Tesa featured on the Skipping Stones Blog.
This was fun and really easy to make.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Blue Butterfly

I've seen lots of butterflies in our yard so far this year.  They are really beautiful.
I caught one and put it on this card..,

I used one of their butterfly stamps and some twine for this card.

They have a great new set of stamps that were just released AND they're having a blog hop with the Twinery!  You don't wanna miss it, go check it out.

Welcome Summer Sun Flower

It's Memorial Day Weekend and summer has officially begun here in Ohio!
In honor of this, I made this Sun Flower card.

It features their Smiling Sun (5101) stamp.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yummy Gingerbread!

I love to recycle old Christmas cards and make them new again!
It's a great way to recycle stuff you'd normally throw in the trash.

This card was made for the Go Fish Challenge #17.
This was a color challenge to use browns.  I had fun with this one.

The card base is kraft card stock.  I lined the image with baker's twine and painted the frosting on with Tulip metallic and glitter paints.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Here is the TOSRV album I made for Todd.  

Cover Page.  I used the sign that Jodi and the kids made for him as the title.
Also, this is him starting the tour in Columbus, OH.
The tag is his luggage tag.

First stop was in Circleville and the second stop was 
for lunch in Chillicothe.

I didn't photograph the third stop in Waverly.
This is the end of Day 1 in Portsmouth, OH.

The beginning of Day 2 in Portsmouth.
It rained all day, but that didn't stop any of us.

The end of Day 2 in Columbus, OH.
Todd had quite the fanfare waiting for him.
The envelope holds the maps of the ride.

Todd pulling into the finish line!
He earned the certificate with the gold seal.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Hang in There!

I'm loving the pink and green combo today.

I really love their bra stamp sets.  They're so much fun!

PMS? Me? No way.

I made this card using a digital stamp from My Heart Pieces. 
This is the first time I've ever used a digital stamp.  
It was kind of fun and worked really well.

I love the pink and green combo.  I'm on a kick with it today.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day Mini

I loved making the Graduation Mini album so much, I decided to make one for my Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day.  I followed the same basic pattern.

Front Cover.

front and Back, wide open.

Eight pages pockets for tags.

Here are the eight Tags.  The bottom right tag is a joke from her son, Todd.
He says she always makes "chicken rolled in stuffing."  

This was entered in the Stampendous May Challenge.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Graduation Mini

Todd's sister, Kelly, graduated from Bible College last week.  Here is an inspirational mini-album I made for her as a gift.

As you can tell, I had fun using my Bind-It-All.
This was made with one sheet of 12x12 double-sided paper.
The paper and embellishments are from the Basic Grey Origins collection.

There are eight pockets, each holds a tag.

Here are the eight tags with cute quotes on them.

This was entered in the Stampendous May Challenge.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

It's coming up flowers!

I just love how this card turned out!  I cracked open a new set of flower stamps and I used a leftover butterfly from my stash.  This card was inspired by the Ginger Snap Scraps first challenge!

The stamps:  Hampton Art "Create Spring" by Janet Dunn.
The background paper is from the Everyday Flair collection; Six by Six by My Minds Eye.
I used a glitter pen to add sue sparkle to the flowers.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mojo Monday on Wednesday

This is my card for Mojo Monday Sketch #240.

I used paper scraps from the Slab IV (Provo Craft).  
I think I'm going to bring that slab back to life, I love the papers in it.

What do you have in your stash that you're bringing back to life?

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The Sky's the Limit!

I made this card for the Skippping Stones Sketch #127 Challenge.
I stamped the images onto patterned paper and then cut out.  
The stamp set is, of course, from Skipping Stones Design.
The paper is very old, from the Slab IV from Provo Craft - remember those?
The ribbon is some I won from The Ribbon Carousel.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Things are Shaping Up!

I decided to change things up a bit and not be so square... or rectangular...  I decided to be round instead.

I used some goodies that I had in my stash.
Purple is my favorite color, so I really enjoyed using these goodies.

What is your favorite color?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Will Ride for Pie

Todd and I rode our tandem bike on our first long ride yesterday, over 19 miles.  We rode from home into downtown Chillicothe to Carl's Townhouse to have a piece of pie.  Then we rode around a little and rode home.  

Todd drives the bike in the front and I take up the rear.  It's odd to have no control over steering or brakes.  I do have some control over speed because I just scream a bit and Todd slows down.  Our street is very hilly and our maximum speed was over 35 mph going downhill.  

I can't see much except for his backpack, so I tend to look from side to side and take in the sights that way.  The pedals are linked so we both have to pedal exactly the same.  I can't coast while he does all the work.  I tried taking my feet off the pedals once and I felt like I would fall off the bike, so I learned I can't even do that.

This is one of my side views, looking out over Paint Creek.

So, I just sit behind Todd and ride along, taking in the views.  I talk to myself, and sometimes Todd can hear me.  Like once, he heard me say to a dog that was chasing us, "don't bite my leg!"  I know when Todd can hear me because he starts laughing.

I ended up having a lot of fun!  The pie at Carl's Townhouse was especially delicious.  

Yesterday was National Scrapbooking Day, so I decided to scrapbook the event.

I used the Saturday Sketch over at Basic Grey for inspiration.
The papers and embellishments are from the Basic Grey Origins Collection.  

What did you do for National Scrapbook Day?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pink and Orange in 3D

I used the Gina K. Wild Flower stamps by Melanie Muenchinger.  
I colored them in pink and orange and used some Ribbon Carousel ribbon to top it off.
This was really a fun card to make.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Spring Brings Butterflies

Hello everybody and Happy Spring!  The weather is turning beautiful in Ohio and I'm happy to see the butterflies flying around.  So much so, that I have decided to make a couple of butterfly cards.

I love their sketches and had fun making this one.

I used paper from the My Mind's Eye Everyday Flair collection.
I stamped the butterfly on the same paper as the printed background.  
I used some purple lattice ribbon from my stash.
The stamps are, of course, from Skipping Stones Designs.

Well, I had a scrap of that patterned paper left over, so I had to make another card.  
I noticed that Skipping Stones was hosting the CPS challenge, and I thought, "how perfect!"
Here is my card for the CPS challenge #263.
Of course, I kept the theme similar and used Skipping Stones stamps.

I hope you enjoy these two cards.
I'd love to see your butterfly and spring creations, too.


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Sunday, April 22, 2012

More Purple

Because... you can never have enough purple.  Right?

Or stash... you can never have enough stash.  
They wanted us to use brads on our projects.  I happen to have lots of brads in my stash, so this one was no problem for me to do.  

The background paper and stickers are from K&Co's Brenda Walton Collection and it's one of my favorites.  I think a whole set of these cards would make a nice gift.
What do you think?

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pretty purple

I made this card for the Ribbon Carousel RCC48 sketch challenge.

I used some ribbon from their March Ribbon Kit.  I seems to match perfectly with my supplies.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Little Birdie Told Me.

A little Moxie Fab Birdie triggered my mojo!   Here is the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger:

I just love the Three Little Birds!  I love birds and was especially inspired by this. 
Here is a card I made using the trigger:

I hope you enjoy!

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Up up and away!

Check out this new card I made for the Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #123.

It was a fun sketch to work with using one of my favorite stamp sets.  I really love hot air balloons.  I colored it with a mixture of Bic markers, Sharpie markers, and colored pencils.  The fake ribbon strip at the bottom is actually a piece of scrap paper from my stash.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Welcome Spring Wildflowers.

Hello everyone!  Spring is here in Ohio.  The flowers are starting to poke through the ground already.  It's making me think of wildflowers.

The weather is so nice that Todd decided to go for a 45 mile bike ride today.  Too bad we had a thunderstorm while he was gone. He ended up getting drenched, but he was safe.  While he was gone I decided to make some cards.

I recently won the brand new Gina K. Designs Wildflowers stamps set by Melanie Muenchinger.  She even autographed the set for me.  How awesome is that?  It just so happens that Gina K's video this week features that very same stamp set, so I couldn't resist following along.
This was really a fun card to make.

The second card I made was for the Crafty Steals Third Thursday Sketch Challenge.
I used some scrap papers I found in my drawer. I also used up a scrap of transparency that I had.  I added some baker's twine, some bling, and a sentiment to finish it off.  I really love how this card showcases the background paper.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I'm Binding it All!

First, we'll start with Christmas Cards.  I decided to save all of the very special and handmade cards that were sent to us for Christmas.  I couldn't think of a better way to save them than by binding them together with the Bind-it-All that I got for Christmas.

Here is the front of the album.  I used a Christmas Card that I received in the past on the cover.

Inside are all the handmade and special cards.  
I was in a card swap and received a whole bunch of beautiful cards.  

Now on to our Anniversary (January 18th) and Valentine's Day.
Here's the cover of the book.

Inside are the cards that Todd and I exchanged and also all of the Valentine cards that I receive from a swap that I was in.  I will enjoy looking at this book for years to come.

Many of you know I love to make cards, so I was happy to get this free CardMaker Calendar.
It's a free download if you like their Facebook page.
There are card sketches for every month, plus a bunch of bonus card sketches.
I simply printed it on card stock and bound it with the Bind-it-All.
I'm going to hang it in my craft room.  Now I just have to get caught up on January and February.

One more thing... for a chance to win a Ribbon Carousel, go check out their Newsletter Giveaway.