Showing posts from May, 2014

Summer Fun with Ribbon - New 3 Girl JAM Challenge

Have you heard the news?  It's time for a brand new challenge over on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog - Summer Fun with Ribbon.  Head on over and see the fun projects the Design Team made and then link up your own project.  Be sure to check out the rules to be eligible for this month's prize.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things.
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Close to my Heart Thursday - Merci Beaucoup

Welcome to another Close to my Heart Thursday tutorial.  As the month of May comes to a close, time is running out on this month's specials.  Remember that any order placed by May 31st that reaches $50 prior to shipping and handling qualifies you to receive BOTH of the following items:

Free to be Me Paper Pack for $5
 "You've Got a Friend in Me" Stamp of the Month for $5
Simply click on either picture to be taken directly to my Close to my Heart site.  Once you have reached $50 in purchases, you will be alerted that you can purchase either of these items.  Simply choose one (or both) and add them to your cart.  I think you will be glad that you did.

I used both of these sets in today's card.  I also used the Cocoa Exclusive Ink Pad which you can get by clicking here.  Art Philosophy is my favorite Cricut cartridge and I used it as well.  Click here to find out all about this great bundle.  This was my favorite cartridge before I became a Close to my Heart Indepe…

Create*Craft* Share YouTube Hop - Calm #5


"Heartfelt" Watercolor Tag

I really hope that you are not all getting tired of watercolor projects because I am having so much fun making them.  You should see some variety soon.  As I was waiting on another project to dry a bit, I decided that I wanted to use watercolor techniques to create this little tag for my husband.  It was made from a piece of left over Strathmore Watercolor Paper (90#) and Distress Inks.  Of course 3 Girl JAM ribbon finished it off beautifully.  It took just a few minutes to make and was the perfect compliment for a little "I love you" gift.

Items used:
3 Girl JAM Aqua Splash and Dress White crinkle ribbons
Strathmore Watercolor paper (90#)
Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Heartfelt stamp set
Sequins from Mainstays (Walmart brand)
Tim Holtz tiny attatcher
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Don't forget that there is still time to enter the "Anything Goes with Ribbon" challenge at 3 Girl JAM.  You could win some delicious 3GJ Crinkle Ribbon for you…

Create*Craft*Share YouTube Blog Hop

Guess what?  It is almost time for another Create*Craft*Share YouTube hop.  The fun starts Tuesday, May 27th.  You don't want to miss out.  There will be some fabulous projects and some pretty great prizes.  Check back Tuesday to hop along.

Close to my Heart Thursday - "Wishing You..." Card

Today I am introducing a new feature to DJ's Sundries and I'm so happy that you chose to stop by.  I really am going to try to feature Close to my Heart projects on Thursdays.  I hope you will enjoy it and be be inspired to try some new things.  I will plan to link you directly to the products that I use so that you can go get them too.  Simply click on the link and you will be taken to the product.  Then all you need to do is create an account or log in and shop.  You are welcome to join any Gathering and help someone earn rewards.  You can even host your own Gathering.  Now let's get started on today's project.

I needed to make a quick card for a friend so I pulled out the Reflections idea book.  It is loaded with wonderful sketches as well as examples of every card.  It also contains full directions for making the cards.  I then started cutting my papers from the "Free to be Me" paper pack.  Now I can't link this pack because it is one of this month…

Watercolor Mini Cards of Encouragement #2

On Sunday, I shared a pretty set of mini cards that I created for a swap at Art & Sassy.  Today, I am going to share the second set.  I used the same color combinations and sentiments as in the previous set, but I used a very different technique and flower.  I decided to use masking and leave the flower white and paint the background with the watercolors.  Unfortunately, my mask wasn't quite dry enough or thick enough so the flowers ended up with a few water splashes.  I decided I liked the effect and decided to use them anyway.  I also decided that I wanted a little punch of color in the flower centers.

As in the last set, I used Hero Arts' "All Occasion Messages" and Scrappy Cat's "Sunny Days" stamp sets.

The Distress Ink pad and marker color combinations I used were:
Peacock Feathers & Salty Ocean
Picked Raspberry & Dusty Concord
Dusty Concord & Stormy Sky
Barn Door & Fired Brick
Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade

Other supplies…

Watercolor Mini Cards of Encouragement #1

One of the current swaps at Art & Sassy is mini cards.  The rules are that the cards must be about 2 1/2" square, have 4 different sentiments and that you need to make 2 sets.  I thought this sounded like a lot of fun, so I decided to join. It's not too late if you would like to join the fun.  Just click here.

My inspiration came from a watercolor class called "Watercolors for Cardmakers" that I recently took from  I highly recommend the classes from here.  This is the second one that I have taken and I have learned so much.

"Sunny Days" from Scrappy Cats
"All Occasion Messages" from Hero Arts

Distress Ink Pads and Marker Color Combinations
Peacock Feathers & Salty Ocean
Picked Raspberry & Dusty Concord
Dusty Concord & Stormy Sky
Barn Door & Fired Brick
Mustard Seed & Spiced Marmalade

Other Items:
Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper (90#)
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black In…

Close to my Heart - Workshops To Go and Gathering Information

Good morning everyone.  I am so excited to be starting this new Close to my Heart venture.  I would love to be YOUR Independent Close to my Heart Consultant.  I know that sounds crazy because you likely don't live near me.  However, I have developed a couple of plans to make it work so that you can not only host a Gathering and purchase products, but to also bring some of the experience of a Home Gathering to you and your friends.

How can I do that?  At this time I am offering a special to anyone who purchases a minimum of $25 from an Online Gathering.  I will send them a link to a video made exclusively for my Online Gatherings as well as the items to make the project AT NO EXTRA COST.  Can you believe it?  These would be the same types of projects that those attending my Home Gatherings receive.  They will be mailed out soon after the minimum order is placed.  You may even receive it before you receive your order.  This offer is included on ANY order that totals $25 before tax a…

"I Love You Berry Much"

Good morning.  I really hope you had a great Mother's Day.  Mine was berry good - even though I worked.  I wanted to share a sneak peak of the gift I made for my grandmother.  I know it looks like a card, and it is a card, but it is the card that goes with the large set of cards that I made to send to her.  I think it will be the perfect gift for a person who has nearly everything she really wants.  Have you ever though of using cards as gifts?  Think about it, nearly everyone sends cards or notes to their friends and families.  Cards can be quite expensive, so a package of ready made cards can really be helpful to an elderly person on a fixed income.  Of course, any card can be more special when you add some 3 Girl JAM crinkle ribbon.  I grabbed the pink ribbon from the brand new Tie Dye 2 bundle to make mine special.

Does special have to mean complicated or time consuming?  Absolutely not!  Though you can spend lots of time making something beautiful, sometimes you can whip it t…

Close to my Heart "Skylark" Mother's Day Card

I wanted to make a special Mother's Day card for my mom and I wanted to use the Skylark product line from Close to my Heart.  I don't have a Close to My Heart mother's stamp, but I was still able to create a great card using the Artiste Cricut cartridge bundle as well as some other great products.  I think she will love it because it is really her style.

Since the paper was double-sided, I didn't need to choose coordinating pattern papers.  I just pulled some Daisy White and Lagoon cardstock to pull it all together.  I even used the strip from the top of the page for some extra dimension.  Lagoon and Desert Sand Exclusive inks were the perfect colors to coordinate with the paper.  Not sure where to get started but want to start making cards?  The CTMH Originals Cardmaking Program book is a great place to start.  This card is actually from that book along with a slight modification.  It is so easy to use.

The video walks you through the card.  I hope you will find it he…

No Means No

**Warning - This post contains a candid look into a very sensitive topic.  It may not be appropriate for young audiences due to it's sexual theme.  However, it is something that I feel should be discussed.**

It's been quite a while since I wrote a reflections post, but feel prompted to do so today.  As many of you know, I am an Emergency Department nurse.  What you may not know is that I'm also a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner or SANE.  I am privileged to work on a talented team of nurse's trained to assist sexual assault and rape victims.  I also work with a multi-disciplinary team made of law enforcement agents, advocates, nurses, and prosecutors.  One of my team members recently received an award for her work in the field and as I was reflecting on the work she and the rest of the team does, I was prompted to write about this difficult and painful topic.

A Little Background My start into SANE was quite unexpected and goes back to 2008 when I was in my first year of n…

Altered Mini Frames

How about an altered art project?  I like learning new things and playing with new items, so I decided to grab some of those inexpensive frames you see at Michael's Crafts.  I picked up 2 of them and started playing.  You can find a complete description in the video below.  I will tell you that it took a bit of Gesso and paint smudged with a little ink to completely alter these little beauties.  They started out black and white.

Frames from Michaels
Stamps - "Everlasting Life", "Artiste" stamp bundle, and a mini perks stamp - Close To My Heart (CTMH)
Pink chiffon pearl paint from Folk Art
Apple Barrel Gloss paint - light blue
Goldrush, Indian Corn Blue, Slate ink from CTMH
Flowers - Recollections and purple flowers from unknown source
Lace pieces from my stash
Stick pin
Glass effects - CTMH
Georgia Pacific white cardstock

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

National Scrapbooking Day 2014 Announcements

Happy National Scrapbooking Day.  I hope you are having a great day.  I wanted to make a few announcements and show a new video before I have to head to work.

Announcement #1 I am now a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant What does that mean for my blog and YouTube channel?  It simply means that you will be seeing more posts that focus on Close To My Heart products and promotions.  I will still be doing other posts as well, so don't worry if you don't have a lot a lot of CTMH supplies.  You also don't have to worry that this will just become a site that focuses on selling you things.  Expect to continue to see great free content.

Announcement #2 New Facebook Page I now have a new Facebook page dedicated to all things crafty.  This page will bring in special CTMH promotions as well as other crafty news.  Be sure to go to DJ's Sundries by clicking here and like the new page.  You will be glad you did.

Announcement #3 National Scrapbooking Day Promotions In honor of Nati…

3 Girl JAM "Anything Goes With Ribbon Challenge" and New Release Day

Today is a very exciting day at 3 Girl JAM.  Not only is it the beginning of the new Challenge - Anything Goes With Ribbon.  It is also release day for some great new products.  I'm looking forward to seeing them in person very soon.  Want to see what they are?

 Aren't these new things so fun?  They are great for Spring and Summer Crafting.  The "Keep Calm" flair is so trendy and will make a smashing addition to your projects.  You can click on each picture to be taken directly to the 3 Girl JAM store.  Don't forget to use the code "CP10" at checkout to receive a discount on your order.

Now on to my project for the challenge.  I made a "Joy Fold" card.  I had never made these before but it was a project as part of a swap.  I found the pattern here.  You should really try this card!  I made six of them for the swap and they were quick and easy.  Of course 3 Girl JAM had the perfect color for me when I pulled out the Merlot from the Wine and Je…