Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall ATC's

Hello everyone.  I trust you are having a great day.  I have had a very productive day doing laundry, fixing dinner, mailing packages, taking kids to voice, picking up around the house, and CRAFTING!  Woo hoo for the last one.  I even managed to kind of clean up my crafty space.  Are you interested in what I made today?  I really hope so because I worked on projects for 3 different posts.  Woo Hoo!  So on to project #1 - Fall ATC's.

Now if you have followed me for awhile, you might have seen that I have really come to enjoy making ATC's.  I guess they are some of the "little things" that I talk about.   Are you familiar with these?  ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards.  They are cards that you can trade with other people.  They are a standard size - 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" and they are never to be sold.  Other than that, there are very few rules (generally speaking).

The ATC's I made this time were actually for a swap at  There were a few rules for this swap:
1. Use at least 4 embellishments and you had to use at least 2 layers of paper.
2. One embellishment had to be ribbon or lace
3. Mail them by 10/31.

So this is what I came up with...


Here are the supplies I used:
Paper - Tim Holtz Distress Paper by Coordination, DCWV - Shimmer Stack, Tan paper from my Stash (I think it came from Hobby Lobby), DCWV - Autumn Melody Matstack
Flower and leaves - Recollections
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Tiger Lily
Want to Scrap - Black adhesive flat back pearls
Stick Pins (Click here for more information)
Tim Holtz Thankful Silhouettes stamp set
Versamark and clear embossing powder
Lace - from a swap

To see how I put them together, please watch the video.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pocket Happy Birthday Card

Hello everyone.  I wanted to share a card that I made for my little nephew's birthday, but first I have an advertisement.  OK it's not really an advertisement, but more of a find.  The Cricut Craft Room is having a sale on all digital content.  It is only good through October 31, 2012, but you can get any digital content for 31% off.  There was a digital only cartridge that I have wanted that I was able to pick up for less than $7.00.  So if you're looking for something, click here.

This was a pretty simple card to make.  Here's what you need:
"Rugged Dude" - Close to my Heart
Kraft and Vintage Cream cardstock - PaperTrey Ink
Life of the Party 6X6 paper - Basic Grey
Distress inks - Black Soot, Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain
Silver embossing powder
"Happy Birthday" - TPC Studio
Maraschino Twine - The Twinery
Versamark ink pad

To start, I cut a piece of card stock to 4 1/4" X 11" and scored at 5 1/2".  I then took a piece of barn paper from the Life of the Party stack and cut it at 4"X5 1/4".  The silver circles in the corners are rivets from the CTMH stamp set.  I inked them with Versamark and embossed them with silver embossing powder.  The pocket was stamped with the same stamp set using vintage cream cardstock and the faded jeans distress ink.  I then stamped the stitching with walnut stain distress ink.  I wanted it too look like something was hanging out of the back pocket, so I cut another piece of kraft cardstock and cut it down to fit "inside" the pocket.  I stamped happy birthday with walnut stain and adhered it to the pocket.  After adhering the finished pocket to the woodgrain paper, I wrapped some maraschino twine around the paper and adhered it all down to the card base.

 The inside was really easy to finish with the sentiment from the CTMH set and faded jeans distress ink.

Thanks for stopping by today and remember to take time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Grab Bag Swap - Coin Roll Holder

I hope you enjoy this video.  Be sure to go to www.crafthappens.ning. com to see some of these fun projects.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Fall Treat" Cards

Happy fall morning.  I have a really simple fall project for you today.  I attend a very small church and we currently have 3 kids who are away to college.  This is the time of year that college kids often start missing home and so we like to send a box of goodies to them in the Fall.  I really wanted to make them each a card, but I was running out of time.  I needed something that would be nice, but quick and easy.
This is probably the simplest Design Team post that I've done for 3 Girl JAM.  Guess what?  Simple can be beautiful - especially when you have gorgeous ribbon.  Today's gorgeous ribbon is Harvest Orange.  Now I'm not typically an "orange" girl, but I must say that I find the oranges of fall breathtaking.  Harvest Orange was perfect for these cards. 

Harvest Orange crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM
The Paper Company Cyprus collection
DCWV - Autumn Melody Matstack
Brown cardstock from my stash
Prima - Say it in Pearls (peach)
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Fall-O-Ween stamps from K. Andrew Designs

To start with I cut my paper.  The green was cut to form a 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" piece that was then scored at 4 1/4 " to form a standard A2 sized card (5 1/2" X 4 1/4").  The brown mat was cut at 4" X 5 1/4" and adhered to the front of the green card base.  I then took a yellow piece of cardstock and cut it at 3 3/4" X 4 3/4"  (oops!).  I then chose 3 scraps left over from other projects from the Autumn Melody matstack and cut them to 2" X 3 3/4".  After adhering the printed paper to the bottom of the yellow, I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink and added by sentiment.  I then brought a length of Harvest Orange ribbon from 3 Girl JAM from the back and tied the pretty bow.  This piece was adhered to the brown mat already on the card and it looked pretty good.  However, the pretty pearly flower from Prima gave me the perfect finishing touch.

 Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted the picture of the third card.  It is already packed in with some sweet treats.  Of course I couldn't leave the inside green so I cut a piece of brown cardstock to 4" X 5 1/4" followed by a yellow piece cut at 3 3/4" X 5".  This allowed for plenty of room for the ladies to leave a brief note on the easy-to-read yellow paper.

Sometimes simple works and think this was one of those times.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Have a great day and...

Take time to enjoy the little things.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Graphic 45 Happy Birthday Card

Graphic 45 has some of the prettiest paper you can imagine.  I love the vintage feel and colors of many of their paper pads.  They just reached 15,000 "likes" on Facebook, so they are hosting a challenge and I wanted to get in on it.  Unfortunately, the only G45 paper that I currently own is the "ABC Primer" 8X8 pad and I needed a birthday card.  With a little creativity, I was able to make it work.  Let's jump right in.

I made a 5 1/2" square card using this paper pad.  I love the way it turned out.  I think the person I made it for will love it too.

Of course, I had to finish off the inside as well.  More paper and cut-outs from the pack with a hint of black provided the perfect finishing touch.

Here's what I used:
Graphic 45 ABC Primer in 8X8
3 Girl JAM - Holly Berry
Paper Trey Ink Kraft cardstock
CTMH Cricut Artiste (banner p. 35 at 1.25") and Art Philosophy cartridges (butterfly p. 55 at 2")
CTMH Ruby ink
CTMH Artiste Birthday stamp set
Black Soot distress ink
Martha Stewart butterly punch
Fiskars upper crest punch
Foam mounting tape and squares
Owl and Thistle black foil doily
Crystal stickles
Black faux leather flowers

Please enjoy the video.

I am also linking this to the following challenges:
I think this is a very calm and peaceful scene.
I'd say that the butterfly is pretty glitzy.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to take time to enjoy the little things.

Bronco Gift Bag and Card

Yesterday, I posted the clipboards that I altered for 3 of my nephews.  Thanks for checking them out.  After they were altered and ready to go, they of course needed a little bag and card.  This is what I came up with.

This little 3X3 card was made from papers in my scrap stash.  I also used a sticker and mounted it on a blue piece of paper.  I stamped the inside with "Happy Birthday" from TPC Studio. I then used some orange and white twine from The Twinery.

The bag was trimmed to a smaller size.  It was then inked with Dusty Durango from Stampin' Up and Faded Jeans distress ink.  I cut a couple of holes in the top of the bag, ran my twine through the holes and tied the card on to the bag.  Doesn't that sound easy?  It really was.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to...
Take some time to enjoy the little things.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Altered Broncos Clipboard

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I count it a privilege and honor to have you checking in on me here.  Today's project features 3 altered clipboards for some of my nephews.  Two of them are already late for their birthdays, so I thought I should get them done and out of here.

Orange and Blue craft paints from Joann's
Bronco stickers
Orange and Blue paper from my scrap stash
Mod Podge
Stickers from Provo Craft

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking the time to watch the video.  Check back soon for more projects, tips, and ideas.

Take time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pumpkin With a Thankful Mini

Good morning everyone.  Don't you just love fall mornings?  I do.  Today I have a thankful project to show you that I designed especially for the current 3 Girl JAM challenge - fall favors with ribbon.  We are being co-sponsored by Scraptastical Kreations so be sure to link up your project for a chance to win some great prizes.

3 Girl JAM Challenges

I think this would be a lovely favor for your Thanksgiving guests.  You could either do them individually as place cards, or you could send them home with each family as a way to remember your time together.  Not staying home?  How about a cute hostess gift?  The possibilities are endless.

 Now I must admit that the inspiration for the pumpkin came from the October 2012 Cricut magazine.  I tweaked it a lot to form the base for the little Tag Mini from Scraptastical Kreations.  I used quite a few things to make this, so hang on to your hats.

3 Girl JAM - Halloween Harvest, Mistletoe, Witches Brew
Scraptastical Kreations - Tag Album
Create-a-Critter - Pumpkin cut at 4 3/4" using the "shift, shadow" feature - Cut 12
Cuttlebug embossing folders - Script, Retro Kitchen, Stylized Flowers, D'Vine Swirl, Victoria, Perfectly Paisley, Swiss Dots
Sizzix embossing folders - Tim Holtz Thankful Print, 4 Petal Flower
Paper Studio embossing folder - Zebra
Paper - Orange cardstock (from my stash), "My family " paper from Fancy Pants, Autumn Melody Matstack from DCWV
K & Company - Fall diecuts by Tim Coffey and Paper Clip from the Life's Little Occasion line
Distress Inks - Ripe Persimmon and Seedless Preserves
PC Alphabitties (in multiple colors)
Raffia from JoAnn'
Alphabet Stamps from Megan Elizabeth at Above Rubies Studio
I think my favorite part of this mini is that you can record 6 years work of things you are thankful for.  I believe it's a good reminder to look to the past to recall how good God has been.
I hope you take a few minutes to watch the video.  In it, I tell you how I curled my beautiful 3 Girl JAM ribbon as well as how I made the pumpkin.  Thanks for stopping by.

Besides the 3 Girl JAM challenge, I am also linking to the following challenges:

Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Books, Stamps, and a Scrappy Gift

I trust everyone is having a great day.  Before I get into this post, I would like to remind you that I am still hosting an online Close to My Heart party.  It is closing very soon, so if you are looking for something special for yourself  (like maybe the Art Philosophy Cricut bundle), or a little something for a friend, click here.  Be sure to click on my name at the bottom of the page to enter my party.  Thanks so much.

Now onto today's feature...

I have a few things to show you.  There are a couple of books.  I plan to use one of them for junk journals and other paper crafts.  I then show you a new to me stamp set.  The final things I show you are from Heather who is smARTSandCRAFTs on YouTube.  She mentioned to me that she will soon be selling some lace grab bags, so head on over to YouTube and subscribe to her videos.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Take time to enjoy the little things you come across today.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fall Stick Pins

Hello everyone.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I have a "Little Thing" project that turned out to be so fun and pretty.

The project was to make stick pins for a swap over at  Here are the rules:

Make a 2.5-3" stick pin
Use at least 4 different things on your pins
Choose any color
Make 3 sets of 3 pins
(They can be the same or different, but have to be in the same color scheme)

I made my holder from die cuts from the "Fall" Tim Coffey set by K and Company.  The little tag made by stamping the sentiment from the K. Andrew Designs "Fall-o-ween" stamp set in Black Soot distress ink.  I then inked around the edges of the sentiment box with Ripe Persimmon and Seedless Preserves distress inks.  Be sure to check out the video for a full tutorial on making the pins as well as the little holders.

I am linking this project to the following challenges:

Also, don't forget about the current "Anything Goes" challenge over at 3 Girl JAM.  You can link up a project for a chance to win some prizes.  Thanks for stopping by and remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rustic Red Tag

I needed a special gift recently and I didn't have much time to come up with one.  On Saturday, we found out that a family in our church is moving to a different state.  A going away fellowship was scheduled for Wednesday.  Most of the ladies in our church participate in a secret sister exchange.  My secret sister this year is the mom of the family that is leaving.  We are sad to see them move, but know that this is a good opportunity for them.

You may recall that earlier in the year I had given some little treats in some Pampered Chef containers.  I had the rest of the set to give as well as a cookbook.  That took care of the gift, now I just needed a card.  I decided instead to make a tag.  I must admit that I absolutely enjoyed making this and I love the way it turned out.

Tag Front

Here's what you need:
3 Girl JAM Ribbon (Sunflower and Holly Berry)
3 Girl JAM Burlap
Tim Holtz Ink - Fired Brick, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Embellishments (Key, Keyhole, Word Strip)
Rager #8 Tag
K. & CO Paper - Tim Coffey Designer Paper "Cottage Garden"
Holiday Inspirations Ribbon
Kraft Card Stock
Hemp Jewelry Cord
Scrap of Lace
Zig Pen - Red
ATG and Glossy Accents
Tag Back

After the tag was complete, I tied it to the packages that I had wrapped in Red/Kraft gingham tissue paper that I had picked up on clearance at JoAnn's quite a long time ago.  Lots of raffia also from the JoAnn's clearance section finished it off.

To see all the tips and tricks I used, please watch the video.

I will be linking this to the current 3 Girl Jam Challenge  - Anything Goes.  You should head on over and check it out.  Until then,
Take time to enjoy the little things.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Coin Wrap Treat Holder

Hello everyone.  I am really excited to show you this fun little treat holder made from a quarter roll wrapper.  What, a coin wrapper?  Absolutely!  It was really fun to make.  I even made my own stick pin.  Yes, there were a couple of new things I tried with this project and it was worth it.

Since these are for a swap over at, I needed to package them nicely.  I grabbed some cellophane bags and the new Autumn matstack from DCWV and included my information on the back of the topper.  I used the gorgeous Sunflower crinkle ribbon from 3 Girl JAM.  This is part of the harvest bundle and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

Other items used -
Tim Holtz - Fall Seasonal distress ink
Recollections flowers and leaves
Lace from my stash
"Fall-O-Ween" stamp set from K. Andrew Designs

Curious about what goodies I put in the inside?  Watch the video to find out all about it.

Thanks for stopping by today.  This was a fun "little things" project and I hope to make more in the future.

Did you know that there is an "Anything Goes" challenge going on over at 3 Girl JAM.  Be sure to check it out and link up a project.  The links are at the bottom of this post.

Take time to enjoy the little things!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Another Thrifty Haul

Here is a video that shows a few thrift store and surplus store finds.  Remember to think outside of the box and to look at thrift stores, yard sales, and other places away from your local scrapbooking stores for some neat stuff.  You never know when you will find that perfect storage item or scrappy item for little or free.

Be sure to check back soon.  I have a post scheduled to set late Wednesday night for 3 Girl JAM.  I am also in the process of uploading another project that should appear in the next few days.  Thanks for stopping by today.
Take time to enjoy the little things.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Card Makeover

Hello everyone.  I trust this finds you well.  I have been so crazy busy that I haven't really taken the time to craft lately.  That means that I'm really far behind.  My brother and sister-in-law's anniversary was last week and I didn't have time to make a card.  So this is what I did to still give them a little something special.

I started by going into my card stash and discovered that I didn't have any anniversary cards made up.  However, I found this adorable wedding card that my friend Crystal made. ** Last year we had a card exchange club where each month we would pick a different theme and make around 8 cards.  Then we would exchange them between us.  It was great.  Not only did we receive great inspiration from each other, but we increased our card stashes.  Those cards have saved my bacon on more than one occasion.**

The next step was to figure out how to turn this wedding card into an anniversary card.  I grabbed my "All in the Family" stamp set from K. Andrew Designs, my ATG, and a couple of brads from Basic Grey and went to work.  In just a few minutes, I had an anniversary card.  How great is that?  Be sure to watch the video to see the before of Crystal's cute wedding card as well as how I made it into an anniversary card.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.

New Challenge at 3 Girl JAM

3 Girl JAM Challenges
Hello everyone.  There is a new challenge going on over at the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.  This one is super easy.  It's an Anything Goes challenge and its being sponsored by the Saturated Canary.  You don't have to use items from 3 Girl JAM or Saturated Canary but we would love it if you do.  So head on over and link up a great project for a chance to win some great prizes.

Take time to enjoy the little things today.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sniffle, Sniffle, Sneeze, Sneeze, Cough, Cough

*Disclaimer- This post should not be considered to provide complete medical information.  It should not be considered as medical advice. Please see your physician with your concerns and to discuss your  health risks.*

Fall is in the air.  Don't you just love it?  I do, but what I don't love is all the sickness that inevitably comes as the temperature drops.  So what can you do to help protect yourself from all those icky germs that get passed around from person to person?  Everyone has their own ideas.  They might include:

Taking vitamins (Doing this)
Using essential oils
Getting your flu vaccination (Yep, this one's done too)
Making sure you have cough and cold medication on hand (Pretty sure I'm good here too)
Drinking lots of water (Uh oh... I definitely need work here)
Getting lots of rest (Ummm... well, I try)
Healthy eating (Refer to my comment on drinking water)
Staying away from people, especially the sick ones (Not practical in my line of work)
...and the list goes on....

Now these are all good things.  They are things to help us stay healthy, but I want to share with you what I believe to be the #1 way to protect yourself and your family from those nasty little bugs.  The first line of defense so to speak.
                     Are you sitting down, because it's a biggie?
                                                                                               Here goes....

Wash your hands!!!

Who would have thought that something our mommas taught us so long ago that we don't even remember being taught would be so valuable?  Unless you are a miser who never goes to see anyone or buy anything, you can not avoid those nasty germs.  They are everywhere... at church, at school, in the supermarket.  Good hand washing is so vital.  So what does good hand washing involve?

The first method is using good old fashioned soap and water.  If you are using soap and water a full 15-20 seconds is needed.  Have you ever thought of how long that is?  It is about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday".  Here's a little ditty I wrote to teach preschoolers how long to wash and it follows that tune.
Wash your hands everyday
While at home, school, and play.
Scrubbing for 20 seconds,
Helps to chase those germs away.

The other method is to use a hand sanitizer.  This is what I use most often at work and when I'm out in the community.  There are a couple of benefits to using sanitizer.  The first is that it's very portable.  You can buy a large bottle and several small ones to refill.  You can even buy some that are scented like your favorite lotion (umm.. Love Spell).  They fit in your purse, car, and some even come with clips.  The other benefit is that they often are gentler on your hands.  When you wash your hands as much as I do, this is HUGE!  Hand sanitizer should only be used when your hands aren't visibly dirty.  It just won't work if you've been playing in the dirt!

Now I know with all this hand washing going on, your hands are going to get dry.  This is especially true in the winter.  So while you're out re-stocking your hand sanitizer and soap, be sure to stock up on your favorite lotion.

I wish I could say that washing your hands will keep you and your family 100% healthy this winter, but you know I can't do that.  However, put up that first line of defense and maybe you will save yourself some of the sniffles, sneezes, and coughs.  Every little bit helps.

Take time to enjoy the little things today.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Close To My Heart Online Party

Good morning crafty friends.  I have been watching all the great projects out there using the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Artiste cartridge from Close To My Heart.  When my friend Diane had a party, I decided to host a party to see if I could work on earning one or both of these.  Would you be interested in ordering from my party?  It's the perfect time to be thinking of those on your list who would love to have some stamping yumminess for Christmas.  It's also a great time to get an early start on your own Christmas cards, projects, and layouts.

To order from my party, click here.  You will see my name at the bottom of the page to make sure you are ordering from my party.

What about those digital scrappers out there?  CTMH is thinking especially of you in October.  If you purchase 9 layouts, you will get 1 free.  Just put 10 layouts in your cart and you will get one of them free at checkout.  Click here for more information on this promo.

CTMH also also a "stamp of the month" and the one for October is super cute.  Click here to see how you can get this set for just $5.00.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and remember to...

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Blog Hop

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to let you know that there is a blog hop going on over at 3 Girl JAM and Pretty Paper Pretty Ribbons.  Not only is there a hop, but there is also a sale.

3 Girl JAM

So hop along and see all the projects created for this special hop.  While you hopping, don't forget to

Take time to enjoy the little things.

Look What God Gave Lucy

Hello everyone.  I'm finally back with another project.  Remember the gift bag I showed you a few days ago for Lucy?  Well, this is one of the things that I put inside.  I have to admit that this took a little time, but it was so worth it.  I think it's my favorite mini to date.  I used lots of 3 Girl JAM ribbon on the rings holding the book together as well as tiny charm.  The base paper and most of the accent paper is Paper Layerz from Above Rubies Studio.  I did lots of inking and even made a couple of tags.
For a full tutorial, be sure to watch the video.

I am linking to the following:
Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to...
Take time to enjoy the little things!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things - Winners

I'm so sorry that I nearly forgot to announce the winners.  As promised in the original post, I chose 2 winners.  So without further ado:

 #1 - What little things do you enjoy?
Naomi said that she enjoys the little achievements of her Autistic son.
Thanks so much for sharing your candid thoughts Naomi.  They were a blessing to me.

#2 - What little things do you enjoy doing for others?
Dodie said that she enjoys helping others with computers.
I'm sure they appreciate it greatly.  I'm one of those computer challenged folks who gets help from her kids.

So congratulations Naomi and Dodie.  Please send me a message through my profile and include your name and mailing address and I'll get a little thing sent out to you.  Thanks to all who commented.

Take some time to enjoy the little things today.