Showing posts from September, 2012

Gift Bags

September 30 is the last day to enter my giveaway.  Click here to find out how to enter.

As mentioned in my last post, I had a great time paper crafting with my friend Pamela last Saturday.  These bags are not related (though they did go to 2 members of the same family), but I decided to post them together.  How many bags can one person see anyway?

The first bag held a little treat for my friend Kathy.  It coordinates perfectly with the card that I made for her and posted earlier.  I used the same papers.  (BTW - I found out that the swirly teal paper was from My Little Shoebox).

I started with the same papers used on the card.  I then added a black doily and a white one from the Owl and Thistle Etsy shop.  More Prima "Say it with pearls" bling added a special touch.  I then used the dress form stamp from the My Mind's Eye Lost and Found 2 "Blush" stamp set and stamped it in Ranger Archival black ink on PTI Vintage Cream card stock.  The finishing touch was the…

News and More News

News flash #1 Did you know that it's almost time to choose the winners of my current giveaway? Just a few more days.  Click here to find out more about that.

News flash #2 3 Girl JAM has introduced some new products with more to come soon.  The first one that I want to talk to you about is one that I've known about for awhile, but am just now able to let you know about.  You can now order your own blog "flair" buttons at 3 Girl Jam.  These little 1" buttons are the perfect way to advertise your blog.  I have a couple that Julie made using my blog button.  How cool is that?  You can find out more about them by clicking here.  Also be watching for a return of the Summer Sprinkles bundle.  The Halloween Harvest and Holiday Candy bundles will also be arriving soon.  The final new product that will be available on October 1 is burlap.  So head on over to the 3 Girl JAM store at for these new products.

News Flash #3 The current challenge is in full s…

ATC Library Drawer

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Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I am so excited to show you this project.  Why?  Because I waited for this ATC drawer for quite awhile.  It is made by 7 Gypsies and is beautiful.  In fact, if I hadn't seen a picture of the one altered on the cover, I would have left it plain.  Yes, it's that pretty.  However, once I saw how pretty the altered box on the package was, I knew I had to grab some 3 Girl Jam ribbon and get to work!

I used the following products: 7 Gypsies ATC Library Drawer 3 Girl Jam Crinkle Ribbon - Witch's Brew K & Company paper - Scraps from my stash Prima - flowers and charm

Here is a picture of the box with some of the ATC's I've made.  I can't wait to start filling it with other ATC's I receive.  For full details on how I altered this, please watch the video.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.  I really have to say that this project is one of …

Cropped Event - Cheri's Challenge

For my current giveaway, click here. Here is my card for the 3rd challenge at the Cropped Event.

  I'll come back later tonight and add all the details.  Check back soon.

So the challenge was to use the color teal and 7 circles.  This was one I could do.  I headed to the Mystery Box from the Cropped Event and found this gorgeous swirl paper as well as the teal paper.  I can't remember the name of the swirl paper (and I'm 4 hours away from home), but I know that it is double sided and said something about "My Fair Lady" on the other side with cameos.  I grabbed my circle punches and believe that I used the 5/8", 1/2", 1", and 2" one to cut my circles.  I then grabbed my favorite card base card stock - Vintage Cream from PaperTrey Inc. and we were ready.

Here's what all you need:
4 1/4" X 11" card base - Vintage Cream from PTI
teal mats X2 - 4 1/8" X 5 3/8"
teal swirly mats X2 - 4" X 5 1/4"
My Mind's Eye Lo…

Cropped Event - Pamela's Creations

Good morning everyone.  Today my friend Pamela and I are getting together for the Cropped Event by Above Rubies Studio.  This is where I will post her projects.  Keep checking back.

3 Girl JAM Challenge

Guess what everyone? It's time for another challenge over at 3 Girl JAM.  This week 3 Girl JAM is teaming up with Fresh Brewed Design for a coffee and ribbon challenge.  Click on the link above in the picture to see the fabulous things the Design Team has made.  Then go back and make a project of your own.  I'm sure you will have lots of fun.

Take time to enjoy the little things.

August Swaps at Craft Happens

I want to show you the fun things I received from last month's swaps over at  There are some fabulous things here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I have some fun projects coming soon.  I even have some projects made by a friend.  Have a great day.

Take time to enjoy the little things.

Autumn Card

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I am really excited to share today's project with you.  The inspiration for this card was from "123 Stamp" by Megan Elizabeth at Above Rubies Studio.  I am entering this card into challenge #1 for the upcoming Cropped Event.

What is the Cropped Event?  Click on the button above to learn all about it.  It looks like it will be a lot of fun.  The mystery boxes are all gone, but there's still time to get a ticket to the event.  Now let's move on to my project for challenge #1.

Here's what you need to get started:
Cream colored cardstock
Yellow scrap of paper
3 Girl Jam - Harvest Orange crinkle ribbon
Zig brown pen
Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge (leaf cut at 2.5")
Color Box pigment ink ( I chose 3 colors)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to check out to see if you can get a ticket to the Cropped Event.  I think this is going to be so fun!

I am linking to the following:
Cropped Even…

Today's Little Thing

I hope you're not tired of hearing about the little things I enjoy.  To find more about why I'm talking so much about little things, click here.   (Giveaway alert!)

I have an awesome little thing to share today.  I just heard the story "Ten Apples Up On Top".  Now before you call a crisis worker because you think I'm totally losing it, I should explain.

This story was read to me by my great nephew who lives in another state.  He's in the first grade and he read this to me via Skype.  (I think this is only my second or third Skype conversation ever.)  Woo Hoo for technology that allows us to:

Take time to enjoy the little things. I love you Rylan!

Blue Anniversary Card

For the current giveaway, click - Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things Welcome back everyone.  I have a great project to share with you today.  Not only am I planning to share it with you, but I'm also linking it up over on the 3 Girl Jam Challenge blog.  In the current challenge, we are supposed to link up a card with a handmade ribbon flower.  Every project that I've seen has been fabulous!  You should go and check them all out.  Then head to your crafty space and make your own card and link it up.

My sister recently celebrated her 1st anniversary.  (Yes, I'm running late again!)  I wanted to make a special card for her.  This is what I came up with.

I used the following items:
3 Girl Jam iced blue crinkle ribbon and vintage buttons
Tim Holtz - Papillion and Heartfelt stamp sets; word strip
Jenny Bowlin - Soap Powder ink
Prima - Say it in Pearls bling
Hero Arts - All Occasion Messages
Owl & Thistle - doilies

Take time to enjoy the little things.

When Little Things Become Big

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I have to admit this has been a rough week.  Not only did we pass the 11th anniversary of 9-11, but were also reminded that evil abounds by the tragic death of 4 Americans.  Perhaps you have had other things that have discouraged you.  I know that I have.  I've been angry and I've been sad.  All I could do was cry out to God and I know He heard me.  Do you know that He hears you?  He wants to give you hope.  If you missed it, you can learn about that hope by clicking here.

Sometimes I think we forget that God is not only great.  He also delights to remind us that He loves us.  Sometimes He shows that in big ways and others in the the little things.  That happened to me today.  I was discouraged and God sent me a gentle reminder of His love.  It was a little thing to Him and He used a very special lady.  How?

Today I opened my mailbox and there was a package from this sweet lady in it. Even when there are ev…

How Do I... Score my Cards, Boxes, & More?

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Hello everyone.  For today's "How Do I?" segment I am once again recycling an old post.  I want to re-introduce you to the Martha Stewart Scoreboard.  Next to my ATG gun and paper trimmer, this is my most used tool.  It can be found at many craft stores.  I used a coupon to purchase mine.  So sit back with a cuppa joe and enjoy this blast from the past.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

3 Girl Jam Ribbon Flower Challenge

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to remind you that the Ribbon Flower Challenge is still going on over at the 3 Girl Jam Challenge blog.  I am really hoping to get a flower card posted soon.  You don't have to wait for me though.  Hop on over and link up a project.  There's a great prize being offered by Joy's Life!

Grateful for All You Do

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Good morning.  I trust you having a great day.  Today I am showing you the alternate card that I made at the same time that I made the "Thankful for All You Do" card.  That posted on September 12, 2012.  To see that original post with a video tutorial, click here.

Since the inspiration to do this project came from Sandy Allnock, President of Operation Write Home and May Arts, I wanted to use her sketch.  The above sketch is from her.  I realize there are a lot of pieces to this sketch.  I added the "Grateful" over the top and moved the bling up into the corner.  This just worked better for me.

K & CO "Americana" matstack
Paper Trey Ink - Kraft cardstock
Scrap of blue distress cardstock by Coordinations
Want2Scrap - blue bling
The Paper Studio - red ribbon
Archival black ink
Paper Trey Ink - "Count Your Blessings" stamp set and dies

For the inside of…

Hello There Handsome - Tag and Gift Box

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Today I have a special treat box for you.  If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I enjoy giving little treats to my family.  When I do, I like to dress them up a bit.  It's one of the ways that I make the "little things" more special.  For today's treat I altered a (recycled) mushroom box and turned it into a treat box.  I then took a manilla tag and turned it into an extra special tag for my husband.  Of course, there had to be a bit of 3 Girl Jam ribbon in there too.

Today's ribbon came from the Hot and Cold Pack.  These ribbons are so beautiful and perfect for my masculine project.  If you are interested in purchasing this bundle, click here to go to the 3 Girl Jam store.  You should really check out the other bundles too. In the meanwhile, lets get started.

I used papers from my scrap stash to cover the box.  I did not have any tissue paper or shreds in the right colors …

Thankful For All You Do

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As I sit to type this, September 11, 2012 is drawing to a close.  I am so thankful for the country that I live in.  I am thankful for those men and women who risk their lives to strive to keep us safe and free.  I am thankful for their families who sacrifice their loved one as they serve around the world.  I am also thankful for the local public servants who are the first responders in my community.

As I was blog hopping this morning, I ran across Sandy Allnock's post on the May Arts blog.  She made a beautiful card and did a video tutorial.  In the video, she discussed how many people try to do a service for their local first responders.  I thought that was a fabulous idea and I wanted to join in on that challenge.

It is easy for me to appreciate my local first responders because I know many of them personally.  I work with them often as they come into the ER.  They are a huge blessing to me.  I decided t…


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I hope you enjoy seeing the fun things I've found over the last several weeks.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Come back late tomorrow night/ early Thursday morning to see a fun project I made for the 3 Girl Jam blog.  Until then...

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Take Time to Enjoy the Little Things

Good morning everyone.  It's hard to believe that I have been blogging for over a year and a half.  In that time, I have had a lot of people follow me.  I appreciate each of you and pray that in some way, God will use me to be a blessing to you and bring you closer to Him.

As has been evident over the last few weeks, I have a lot of things that I enjoy.  I love God, who has provided so many blessings in my life.  I love my amazing family.  My husband is my best friend, and I have 2 great kids. I love to read, but have actually spent more time in crafting pursuits since joining the blogging world.  I love spending time in my crafty space making fun little projects.

So for all of you who have been following me for awhile, but not since the beginning, you may be wondering where in the world I came up with a name like DJ's Sundries.  For the original post on this please click here- What's in a Name?.

Now over the past few weeks, I've been trying to come up with a catchy ph…

Back to School Treat Boxes

Now that we've learned how to appropriately use Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 (TBBM2), lets move on to a fun project.  If you live in the US and are on a traditional school schedule, your kids are back in school.  When we first began homeschooling our children, we started school at the same time as the schools in our area.  We also followed their holiday schedule as nearly as possible.  However, in the last few years, we have changed and waited until after Labor Day to start and have become a bit more flexible with our holiday scheduling as well.

Since we have been at this for so long, and the kids are in high school, we don't have to buy as many school supplies.  However, who doesn't love new pencils. (OK so maybe I'm a little weird, but one of the little things I enjoy is a new set of pens, to do lists, pretty notebooks...)  They're not too interested in color crayons though.  I decided that I needed a fun way to give them a few little things and these little boxe…

How Do I Use Tags, Bags, Boxes, and More 2

In this video, I show you some tips and tricks for using Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2.  The video is a bit long.  I had some frustrations with the cartridge originally and hope this will help you avoid the same problems.

Thanks for stopping by today.  See you soon.  In the meantime,

Take time to enjoy the little things.


Good morning everyone.  Today I don't have a crafty post for you, but I wanted to post something from deep within my heart.  I have been thinking and praying about this topic and I feel it is something vital that needs to be shared.  The subject is HOPE.

Do you ever have one of those days when everything feels hopeless?  Maybe there are more bills than money.  Maybe you have a rebellious child.  Maybe you or someone you love is having great health difficulties.  Perhaps you feel that no matter how hard you try, you just can't be good enough to please someone or most importantly to please God.  Your list goes on and on.  We live in a world where troubles abound.  The economy is bad and gas prices are rising.  Health care costs are huge.  Families are falling apart.  It just seems hopeless.

Over time, people choose different ways to either find hope or to drown out hopelessness.  Some turn to alcohol or drugs while others turn to sex.  The pursuit of riches is reached for and of…

Back to School Themed Card

Good morning everyone.  Today is the first day of school for my kids.  My daughter is starting her Senior year and my son his Freshman.  My babies are definitely growing up.  I wanted to make a simple card to send with the altered chalkboards that I made last week for a swap at Craft Happens.  If you missed these, you can click here (altered chalk board).

I used some of the paper left over from my project and added one of the nursery rhyme squares.  Easy!  The card base was cut at 4" X 8" and scored in the middle.  The black margin around the nursery rhyme square gives it a matted look.  Nothing else was required.

Since the paper is double sided, it really didn't take much to finish the inside.  I cut a piece of Kraft cardstock from Paper Trey Ink that I found in my scraps.  I believe it was cut into a 3 3/4" square.  It was adhered down and then some postage stamps and a flashcard from the paper pack (An ABC Primer) finished it off.  I don't think the whole car…

How Do I... Use Prismacolors?

Welcome to another "How Do I?" segment.  Today I have something special for you.  Quite a while back (maybe even a year ago), I searched Ebay and finally purchased my first set of Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils.  Once I got them, I really didn't know how to use them to their full potential.  Despite my interest, they have mostly set on the shelf, sharpened and ready to go.  However, I recently discussed them with my cousin Erin.  She was kicking around the idea of making a Prismacolor series and I encouraged her to do so.  I told her that if she did, I would love to link them to my blog and that I would send you over to her's.

Not only did she make the series, but she did it in several very well explained segments.  My original plan was to link one segment per week, but I have since decided to link them all in one place.  I am also going to go back and pick up an older video she made on coloring hair.  I know this is a lot of videos, but I think you will learn …