Sunday, May 31, 2015

Oma's napkins

I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and expanding my craftiness. I have been wanting to make some cloth napkins for our home for ages, and I finally bought some fabric to do so last weekend. Although I have yet to make any for us, I did make some nice, thick double-sided napkins for my Mother-in-Law who had visited us last week. Her favorite color is Cobalt Blue and her kitchen is pretty much filled with it, so I continued on that path and added a bit of vivid color to the mix. I LOVE how they turned out. I almost didn't give them to her. Seriously. 

These photos are not a true-representation of the colors, they are even more rich and vibrant in person. While I don't have enough fabric left to make napkins for us (I bought a yard of each), I do have enough to make some coasters, which I plan to add to my mile-long list of things I want to make. Now that Oma has headed home, my goal is to try to get some of our own made later this week. I think for the most part I am going to make them single-sided which is more practical for our daily use, but I will make a few double-sided for those days I feel like adding a bit of elegance to our "fine" dining. 

I am also thinking I might make some to sell. What do y'all think would be a reasonable price to pay for a set like this?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Day {card and gift card holder}

***updated with blog hop winners***

Hi! Welcome to the 3 Girl JAM Colors of Summer Hop! 
This weekend we are featuring the 5 new, beautiful ribbon bundles
I used the Clover from the Sunny Meadows Bundle to create this birthday card and gift card holder for my mother who will be celebrating her birthday in a few days. 

This is a perfect time to take advantage of a great sale at the 3 Girl JAM store beginning today, 5/23 through Monday, 5/25. Use code: NEWHOP to save 30% off your entire order!

You might have arrived here from Marji's blog, but if not here is the line-up: 

You have a chance to win a $20.00 Gift Certificate to the 3GJ store so head on over there (if you haven't already)!

I am giving away two ribbon bundles- the Hot and Cold bundle or the Wine and Jewel Bundle. Just leave me a comment with your preferred bundle choice and I will randomly draw two winners (one for each bundle) on Tuesday, May 26th.

Your next stop along is the hop is the fabulous Julie O —

**** WINNERS of my blog candy are:

Amanda Rhodes



THANK YOU to each of you for your kind comments and stopping by! :)

Friday, May 22, 2015


It's time for another challenge on the Frosted Designs blog and this one might push you out of your comfort zone- but don;t let that stop you! 

The theme is String Art and the design team has created INCREDIBLE projects to share with you! You HAVE to see them. You have to!

Here's mine: 

To create this, I simply used Microsoft Word and printed out 'beautiful' in a font and size that would allow me to fill the space. 

Next, I cut around the word, then lightly taped to the space I wanted to work in. 

Using a paper piercer I poked around the printed word (I felt that this step was the longest and most tedious). 

Once I had the word poked/formed to my satisfaction, I began by stitching the outline of each letter until they were all complete. A tip- I did not remove the paper word template that I had used as an outline. There were so many holes and I was afraid I would make a mistake, so I basically peeled back the template paper letter by letter as I completed them. 

I then went back and randomly added the "string art" elements to each individual letter. This was the easiest part of the process, and the most fun. It's really cool to see the end result.

I do hope you will give this challenge a try!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Green Scissor Keeper

I made this felt scissor keeper for my mother for Mother's Day. Her favorite color is green and she loves the end result. She is impressed with my skills, lol. I have only the Papertrey Ink stitching dies to thank. *wink* 

dies: Papertrey Ink
felt: The Felt Pod and Papertrey Ink
seed beads, floss

Monday, May 18, 2015

coin purse

Hi! It's my day to share another project using some of the wonderful crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM. 

I made this cute little coin purse for a sweet five-year old girl. The ribbon adds a great finishing detail, and more importantly, adds a little extra assistance to the zipper for little hands (and yes, I did install the zipper backwards. lol).

I used some Dress White crinkle ribbon from the Navy Bundle and double tied it so it wouldn't come undone. 

Here is the front:

felt and dies: Papertrey Ink
felt rosette: the Curtsey Boutique
white crinkle ribbon: 3 Girl JAM

To see more fabulous projects featuring awesome products from 3 Girl JAM, you can go to the blog here. 

Don't forget that you can use code RB10 to receive 10% your entire purchase in the 3 Girl JAM Store  OR you can use the code MAY to add the Pink and White bundle to your order for just $1!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Summer is Happiness {album}

Hi! :) I am just sharing an album that I created for Creek Bank Creations. The owner contacted me and requested that I make a store sample for her after seeing this Summer Album
I think I prefer this one more, but it's long gone from my hands. I can only hope that others are enjoying it. :)

album: Clear Scraps
pp and die cuts: Kasiercraft
ribbon from Creek Bank Creations store
twine, sand and shells

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MOM {card}

Hi! I am sharing my first project as a member of the Epiphany Craft design team today! This card was featured on the EC blog on Sunday. You can click here to read all about it (if you'd like).

I had a lot of fun making this card. I stepped out of my comfort zone with the string art and I am excited to try this again. 

pp and die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs
sequins: Hazel & Ruby
Oval tool and oval epoxy sticker: Epiphany Crafts

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mother's Day frame set

It's all about Mom for the newest challenge on Frosted Designs! 

Since it is our daughter Kara's first Mother's Day, I wanted to create something special for her. I found this Sculpey clay frame kit at Michael's and decided that this would be perfect. 

It's difficult to see, but there is an imprint of Aubree's foot and hand, at least most of it. lol It's not 
easy trying to get an almost 4 month old to open her fist long enough to make an imprint, but aside from missing most of her index finger, it didn't turn out too shabby. :)

Here is the card I made to go along with it:

and here is the complete set:

I hope Kara likes it. I know she will be surprised and not expecting anything, which makes it all the more special. 

To enter the challenge, please click here

I would like to take this time to wish all you Mom's out there a very special Mother's Day. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

enjoy the everyday {card}

I am up on the 3 Girl JAM blog again today with a card featuring the London Blue crinkle ribbon from the Wine & Jewels bundle (the blue is quite similar to a teal color).

pp and die cuts: Fancy Pants Designs
crinkle ribbon: 3 Girl JAM
sequins: Hazel & Ruby
doily: the Curtsey Boutique
sticker: Echo Park

There have been some NEW crinkle ribbon colors added to the 3GJ store, so go check them out! Don't forget to use the code RB10 to receive 10% off your entire order


for the month of May you may use the code MAY and you can add the Pink and White bundle for just $1 with any regular price purchase!