Friday, August 31, 2012

Monster Mash Blog Hop

Welcome to the 3 Girl Jam and Jaded Blossom Monster Mash Blog Hop.
3 Girl Jam
I'm monstrously happy to be hopping with you today.  If you are hopping over from Abby, then you are in the right place.  If you just stopped by my blog today, you really should click here and start at the beginning with 3 Girl Jam.  You won't want to miss any of the stops.  There are some great prizes, but you have to go through the whole hop.  So let's get started.

Now before you start any project, you need to have supplies, so I have some fabulous ones to share with you.  Click on any of the names below to purchase any of these monstrously fun products:

From the Harvest Bundle I used "Harvest Orange"
From the Spooky Bundle I used "Goblin Green" and
From the Celebrations Bundle I used Tuxedo
The stamp set I used was Monster Mash from Jaded Blossom.

To start with, I altered a clipboard for my 13 year old son.  Of course if I'm giving a gift, I need a gift bag and card, right?  I will post a link in a little bit to a video tutorial on the clipboard and gift bag.  However, the little card can only be found here.  Keep scrolling down and I'll let you know what I did.

Additional supplies needed: clipboard, Tim Holtz Retro Grunge Paper pack, Googly eyes, Mod Podge, Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils, Gamsol and blending stumps, Paper Trey Ink Stamper's Select white cardstock, Ranger Archival black ink

Additional supplies used on the bag: Glossy Accents, Red Zig pen

To make the little card, I measured a rectangle from the Retro Grunge paperstash.  It measured 2 1/2" X 3 1/2".  I then cut a piece of black cardstock measuring 3 3/4" X 5 1/2" and scored it to form a little card.  I tied a piece of the Harvest Orange 3GJ crinkle ribbon with a simple knot around the rectangle and adhered it to the front of my card base.  I found a matching green scrap piece of paper and stamped my sentiment from the JB Monster Mash stamp set.  I then trimmed it out and cut a simple pennant, adhering with a piece of foam tape.  The inside of the card was finished off with another piece of paper from the Retro Grunge stack at  2 1/2" X 3 1/2".  The finishing touch was a Googly eye.  Here's the video on the clipboard and the gift bag.

So now that you've seen my projects, hop on over to Crystal .  If you get lost somewhere along the way, here's the complete lineup:

Prizes!?!  We can't forget the prizes!  3 Girl Jam and Jaded Blossom are both offering $25 gift certificates to their stores.  Wow!  You can't beat that.  To be eligible to enter the drawing for these monstrous prizes you must do the following:
1.  Be a follower to both the 3 Girl Jam and Jaded Blossom blogs.
2.  Comment on every blog in this hop.
3.  To earn an additional entry, LIKE 3 Girl Jam and Jaded Blossom on Facebook then go back to those two blogs and let them know you liked them on Facebook.

Also everything at 3 Girl Jam is on sale for 30% off through Monday (9/03/12).  Go to the 3 Girl Jam Store and use the code MONSTER30 to save some money!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Altered Chalk Board

Happy Thursday everyone.  I hope you are having a great day.  I have looked forward to today for awhile now.  Not only do I get the chance to share a fun new project using 3 Girl Jam products, but today is day 1 of 3 days off from work.  Woo Hoo for days off!

If school hasn't started where you live, it likely will soon.  How about a project to commemorate the new school year?   Today's project has a dual purpose.  The first one is that this is for 3 Girl Jam.  The other purpose is for a swap over at

The requirements for this swap were pretty simple.  You are to do a back to school project and you are supposed to include a Bingo card in that project.  I've never really played much Bingo (and never the gambling kind), but I thought this project sounded like fun.

I started my project using 3 Girl Jam Mistletoe and Holly Berry ribbon.  I added a few vintage buttons (also from 3 Girl Jam), some thread, and viola... have some pretty little flowers.  To make them, I sewed a simple basting stitch along one edge of the Holly Berry ribbon and then gathered the ribbon, sewing it in the back to form a flower.  I then tacked a piece of Mistletoe to the back of the flower to make a leaf and sewed a vintage button for the center of the flower.  This was a great start to my final project.  I learned how to make these flowers on a YouTube video.  I am posting the link at the bottom of today's project.

Other items that you might need include:
Bingo Cards from BMuse
Graphic 45 paper - An ABC Primer
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo and Black Soot
Basic Grey letter stickers
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo stickles
Mod Podge

Interested in the rest of the steps to make this fun project?  Watch the video below for more tips.  Be sure to stop by on Friday for the Monster Mash Blog Hop.  Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day.  See you soon.

Flower Tutorial link.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Peachy Yumminess and Updates

Hello everyone.  It's good to be back again.  I have something quite delicious to share with you.  Ready?

On my last day off from work, my daughter and I made one of our families' favorite things - peach butter!  This is a recipe we found several years ago in the Ball Blue Canning Book.  We have made it many times since.  It is so delicious.  Peach butter is much like apple butter - only far better.  You take fresh peaches, puree them, add sugar, and cook them down. You then can (or bottle) this ooey, gooey spread of deliciousness and you have summer peaches for months.  If you're interested in the recipe, just look for the Ball Blue Canning Book.

My goal today is to let you know that there is more out there than apple butter and jams and jellies.  Peach butter is so full of fruity deliciousness that you may never want jam or jelly again.  While we're at it, ever thought of strawberry butter?  Awe, but that's something for another post.

Now for the update:  I have a fun project coming up in a couple of days for 3 Girl Jam.  Think "Back to School".  Here's a little sneak peak -
Curious?  Check back bright and early on Thursday Morning.  But that's not all.  I have one more fun thing to announce for the weekend.  There's a fun weekend Blog Hop coming up.

3 Girl Jam

You can find more information on Facebook as well.Simply go here - 
The hop will go live at 12:00 am on August 31 Pacific Standard Time.  There will be some great prizes too.  See you soon.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How Do I... Choose Scissors and Paper Trimmers?

Today, In another "Blast from the Past" post, I will be discussing scissors and paper trimmers.  I posted the original video in October and it can be seen here:

Here is an updated video to show you what I have changed since the original posted.  The first video has a more complete explanation and the second one shows the updates.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Introducing... Nana Diane

Hello everyone.  Today I have a special post that has been in the works for over a month.  So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to:

Nana Diane

I have known Diane for years as a friend and co-laborer of Christ.  She has sent me many years worth of schoolbooks as her youngest child is one grade ahead of my oldest.  Diane's quirky sense of humor is sure to delight you.  I have personally seen some of her cards and they are fabulous.  Not only is Diane posting for the first time today, but she also won a Bow Maker over on the 3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog.  (I had nothing to do with this - promise.)  Woo Hoo Diane!  I really hope you will hop on over to her blog and see her first posted project.

Now on to her project.  I had originally planned on having her be a guest designer for this post.  However, now that her blog is up and running, I really want you to see this fabulous project on her blog.  Here's a little sneak peek.

Isn't it great?  Now hop on over to her blog - Morsels of Miscellany to find out how to make it.  Be sure to leave her a little bloggie love.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog Goes Live

3 Girl JAM Challenges
Hear ye! Hear ye!

Today is the day for 3 Girl Jam to go live with the brand new challenge blog. You really should go and check it out. There will be prizes (how does your choice of a ribbon bundle sound?).  You may even have the opportunity to be a guest designer. Head on over and see the projects made by the design team and have some fun crafting along.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vintage Truck Birthday Card

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  This card is very late, but I think the person I'm sending it to will like it anyway.  It was so fun to design and make.

With the exception of the Vintage Cream card stock from Paper Trey Ink, all the other paper is from my scrap stash.  Other items I used:
Close to My Heart - Make it Count stamp set
Hampton Art/ 7 Gypsies Stamp - "You're not old..."
Tim Holtz - Playful Journey
Tim Holtz - Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
Archival ink - black
White embossing powder
3 blue buttons
"Cappuccino" twine from the Twinery

If you watch the video, you will be able to see the inside of the card.  After the video, scroll to the bottom of the post to see how I altered the envelope.

To finish off the envelope, I inked around the edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I then inked the vintage truck with the same ink and stamped off the image onto a scratch piece of paper.  Without re-inking the stamp, I stamped the image in the corner of the envelope.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  See you soon.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 Girl Jam Challenge Blog

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to let you all know about a new challenge blog starting soon by 3 Girl Jam.  There are going to be some fun things going on.  You should really check it our.  Plus, if you go to the site, you can learn all about a fabulous giveaway going on too.

3 Girl JAM Challenges

Be sure to check back on August 25th for the very first challenge!

How Do I ... Make Epoxy Stickers?

Recently I have added dimension to projects using a very simple product.  I decided to turn this technique into a "How Do I...?" video.  Some of you may have tried this before.  Others may not have.  I hope you are inspired to try this after you see the video.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Game Time ATC's - MASH

MASH?  What in the world is MASH?  MASH is a game that my friends and I would play in high school and at slumber parties.  This ATC means a lot to me - not because of the game it features or because of the techniques used on the cards.  This ATC reminds me of good times with good friends.  These are the type of friends that you may not talk to for years, but the moment you see each other again, the bonds pull you back together.  After the video was complete and the photos taken, I went back and added glossy accents to the MASH stickers for some extra dimension.  If you're interested in the story behind this ATC, please watch the video.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  See you soon.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Altered Envelope

Hello everyone.  I am so happy to be sharing my very first 3 Girl Jam Design Team post with you today.  I needed to make some altered envelopes for a swap over at  I decided to use my favorite 3 Girl Jam ribbon - Witch's Brew - at the same time.  Now I have to admit that I used a lot of products on this one, but don't be intimidated.  Use what you have.  I didn't buy anything special for this project.  I went through my stash and used what I had.  Isn't that a great way to plan a project?  I thought so too.  However, if you don't have any 3 Girl Jam ribbon, you can try it by going to

Front of the Envelope

Here's what I used:
3 Girl Jam ribbon - Witch's Brew
Prima - flowers and bling
Tim Holtz Distress ink - Antique Linen, Tea Die
Tim Holtz stamps - Playful Journey
Homemade glitter spray - Perfect Pearls and Metallic Purple
Ranger Archival ink - black
Tim Holtz word bands
Nestabilities - Lattice Rectangles
French Doily - Owl and Thistle
PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream card stock
Serenity Soft paper pad - Provo Craft

Back of the envelope

Interested in the techniques used in this project?  Please check out the video.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a beautiful day.

I am linking this project to the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Game Time ATC's - Marbles

Hello everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  I had so much fun making ATC's for a swap over at   On this video, I walk you through the steps on how I made this.  I don't actually make the card.  I also tell the story about this special game.  Guess what, I even took a photograph and used that for the background paper.  I hope you really enjoy this video.  I had such a great time making these.

Thanks for watching and have a great day!
I am linking this to: Party Time Tuesday's - Garden Delights

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Baby Boy Altered Bag

I must admit that I have been busier crafting lately than what it appears when looking at DJ's Sundries.  Please be patient.  I have a post scheduled for later in the week that will be my first official 3 Girl Jam Design Team post.  I am so happy with that project and how it turned out.  I think you will like it as well.  I am also working on another ATC posting.  These are far more elaborate than the others that I have posted and are taking me a little time to get finished.  They will be worth the wait though.  Thanks for bearing with me on these.  Once again, I have a very busy work week ahead and then I hope it will slow down for a while.

Our little church has a new baby!  It is always exciting to see the Lord bless a church with new little ones.  I wanted to make a special gift bag for this little guy as well as a second one for a co-workers new son.  Here's what I came up with:

Teresa Collins Baby Boutique Cricut Imagine cartridge
Doodletype Cricut Cartridge
3 Girl Jam Ribbon - Tuxedo & Baby Boy
Black cardstock from my stash
Glitter Mist - Homemade Blue Metallic and Shimmerz mist
K. Andrew Design Stamps - All in the Family

Here's a video to walk you through the whole process:

Thanks for stopping by today and have a beautiful day.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Winner - 100 Follower Giveaway

Using the highly acclaimed Random.Heath (you know, the one where I put all the names in a hat and have my 13 year old draw one out), the winner of the 100 Follower Giveaway is ...

Indy Mermaid

Congratulations Lisa!  Just leave me a comment and I'll send out your package.  Since I approve all comments, your address won't be posted here.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Day of Announcements!

Hello everyone today I have 2 big announcements for you. The first one is an announcement that I have been waiting since Wednesday night to tell you about (and boy has it been hard to keep that secret!).  Ready?  I was invited to join the 3 Girl Jam Design Team.

3 Girl JAM
I am really excited to be a part of this team.  3 Girl Jam is a family owned business that makes and sells beautiful crinkle ribbon.  I have been using this ribbon for quite a while now and I love it.  They also have some other neat products.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work with this talented group of ladies. If you would like to see some of the items I have made with this fabulous ribbon, please look under the "3 Girl Jam" label on the sidebar.

The second announcement is that we passed 100 followers today.  Thanks so much for being such a wonderful group!  That also means that it's time for a GIVEAWAY!  Any follower can win and its so simple.  All you have to do is comment on this post and tell me 2 things:
1. State "I'm a follower"
2. In the same comment, let me know which DJ's Sundries blog post is your favorite.
Super easy.  All comments received by 11:59 on August 10, 2010 will be eligible for the giveaway.  I will plan to announce the winner on August 11.  1 follower/commenter will receive the WHOLE package.  Can't remember what's in the Giveaway?  Here's the original video I posted about it.  I've added a few things not seen in the video as well.

How Do I... Make and Use Glitter Mists?

Ready for a blast from the past?  I am going to be reviving and updating some past posts and going to import them into the "How Do I?" segments.  Today is the first on of these oldies.

Several months ago I posted a video showing you how to make Glitter Mists.  Before you watch the video, I want to change one thing.  In the video, I placed steel BB's inside to help mix the glitter and paint better.  DO NOT do this!  Even steel BB's rust and you have to discard it and start over (unless of course you're into that rusted look).

So once I have these little beauties made, what do I do with them?  There are so many little things you can do with Glitter Mists:

Splatter them in small amounts on cards and layouts to add sparkle to small areas
Add larger amounts to add sparkle to a whole card or layout
Change the color of an embellishment (like a flower)

What would you do with Glitter Mists?  There are so many things that I bet you could add, but why stop there?  You don't have to add sparkle and glitter.  Make your own "spray paint" using the same technique and leaving the glitter out.

I hope you enjoy the video.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My First 3 Girl Jam Design Team Package

Yesterday I received a wonderful little package of crafty yumminess that I wanted to share.  First of, don't forget to enter the current giveaway.  It ends in less than 24 hours.  Click here to find out how to enter and to see more.

This video shows you SOME of what I received in my very first 3 Girl Jam Design Team Package.  There will be more to come soon.  There were some items that I can't show you yet.  Don't you just love anticipation?  Thought so :-).  Thanks so much for watching and come back soon to see more projects, tips, and ideas.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

"What's Your Favorite Flavor?" Altered Popsicle Sticks

To enter the 100 Follower Giveaway, click here - "A Day of Announcements"

Here is a fun project that I made for a swap over at  I had so much fun creating this. You should really watch the video to learn how I made it.  I like this so much that I may make a bunch of these for my bits of ribbon and trim.  Wouldn't it be so pretty?  I think so.

Here's the video with a full explanation.  Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great day!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Ferris Wheel Birthday Card

Hello everyone.  It's time for a quick and easy tutorial for a card that I made.  Please see the video for a list of supplies and how I made this fun little card.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New ATC's and Ramblings

I have to say that there are some exciting things coming up in the next few days.  First of all, I only have 6 more followers to go until I reach 100.  Can you believe it?  Almost there.  I recently cleaned and organized my crafty space and I found a few more items to add to the give-away.  Be sure and tell your friends.  We're almost there!

While getting some things ready for a swap at Craft Happens (shh... that post will be coming soon), I realized that I didn't have enough ATC cards to send with the projects.  I decided to whip up a few more.  Here they are:

These are similar to my first set, but a bit simpler.  Just wait for some fancy ones coming sometime in the next few weeks!  I can't wait to share those too.  For these I used the following products:
Stamps - K. Andrew Designs "Crafty Friends"; Tim Holtz "Joyful Song"; MME "Princess Blush"
Paper - scraps from my stash
Inks - Ranger Archival Black; Distress inks - Frayed Burlap and Dusty Concord
Pens - Dusty Concord distress marker; Zig black marker
Green pearls - Want2Scrap

I am working a lot over the next few days, but here are some of the things to look forward to:

Altered Popsicle Stick Project
Altered Bingo Card Projects
Anniversary Cards
Birthday Cards
Altered Envelope Project
A big announcement :-)
I also hope to have another "How Do I?" segment as well.  I'm thinking a blast from the past may be in order for this one.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"You're Not Old" Birthday Card

Hello everyone.  Today I have a new card to show you.  I made this card for my mother-in-law's 80th birthday.  Now that I have the Forever Young Cricut cartridge, I knew it had to be used for this special card.  Paired up with the 7 Gypsies/ Hampton Art stamp set, the perfect vintage card was created.  MME's Stella and Rose collection (Mable papers) finishes this little card off with a real vintage feel.

 I also used a black jewel From Creative Charms for the center of the flower at her waist, flowers from Studio G held together with a brad from Fancy Pants, Vintage Cream card stock from Paper Trey Ink, and Wild Honey Distress ink.  The plaid paper was from my stash and "Happy Birthday" is from TPC Studio.

If you're interested in the little video:

Have a great day!  I'll see you soon with more fun projects.  There's a lot scheduled over the next few weeks.