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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It's Easter Week!

Here is my second project for the week.  I'm dedicating this week to Easter!  Before we know it, it will have come and gone, so I say ... let's ENJOY IT!

I created this card for the Little Scraps of Heaven Design team.


For this card, I used one paper piecing from the "Easter Quackers Collection"

Monday, March 28, 2011


I've been thinking about Easter lately.  It's a time for Spring, a time for cleaning, a time for renewal .. and a time for fun!   Today, my layout for my Little Scraps of Heaven Designs Design team contribution is all about the fun.  You can't help but smile when you look at the "Easter Quackers" set.  It really does remind me of the big 'ol mess that we make when we decorate Easter eggs at my house.  This year, my youngest is a bit older, and I can't wait to see how excited he is to dye eggs with us.  I'll have to at least make two dozen hard boiled eggs.... and hope that we eat them all!

Here is the two page layout that I made:

The full layout

Prima flowers with a hidden tag

I hope that you enjoyed my contribution.  I'll be listing it on eBay tomorrow evening, so be sure to check out my eBay listings when you get a moment.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday's Design team challenge

Little Scraps of Heaven Designs Design Team

This week, the design team for Little Scraps of Heaven had the following challenge:

- Create a card with the color pink, and utilize scallops.

And here is my entry:

I truly love how versatile the peeking bear is that is in the Christmas Bears collection at Little Scraps of Heaven.

I used some SEI papers in this card from the Chocolat collection.
The sentiment stamp is from Lilli of the Valley.  

Please come and join the Design team on this challenge.  You're entry can be placed HERE
Enter to win free patterns!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wondering what to do with those scraps?

Well, I have an idea ... make a bookmark!
What a great way to use up those little pieces and odds and ends.  If you are like me, ou hate to throw that stuff away, but soon your pile of 'extras' grows into a basket of items which then grows into a basket full of stuff that you dread going through because there is just so much there and you will probably spend as much time going through your 'stuff' as you will actually creating your masterpiece!

Ha!  Well, a little organizational tip ... when I finish a project, I try and keep all the extra 'stuff' together.  If I know there's not enough for a full blown layout or project, I throw it all (the matching stuff) into a ziplock bag .. you know, the big ones.  They work perfectly.   Then, when I need to throw a little something together, you can just grab a bag of the color scheme you want to work with and go.

And WALA .... you have my Little Scraps of Heaven Designs Design Team project for Wednesday!

For today, I've created a bookmark.
It's pretty simple to pull together.  Grab at least one patterned piece of cardstock, some solids, leftover ribbon, some bling (gotta have bling),  and a paper piecing or digi stamp.

I've chosen a digi stamp for my bookmark.  I was in the coloring mood, and can always use some practice shading.  I've chosen to use my Prisma colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits and blending stubs to color.

This is the end result:

The full view of the bookmark
And here is a close up of that colored image

The digi stamp that I used can be found HERE on the Little Scraps of Heaven Designs website.
The papers that I used are from a DCWV stack titled "The Whimsy Stack".

Stay tuned for another NEW project on Friday.
Remember that the Little Scraps of Heaven Design team has a challenge every Friday.  Enter to win free patterns.  Check out the blog for more details.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring Card to Welcome a new bundle of joy

Hello all,
I hope that Monday treated you well.  If not, it's almost over :)

As you know, Mondays are a day full of Little Scraps of Heaven's Design team inspirations.
Today, I decided to try a new technique for making a Spring Card.  I really loved this technique.  It was simple but has some SERIOUS impact!

If you are interested in trying this yourself, here is the link to the tutorial that I followed for this particular project HERE.

Now, for what you're really here for  ..... The card.

Similar looking to an easel card

A better view from the front

Close up of those adorable paper piecings

For the paper piecings, I used the Be My Babies Collection from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.
The patterned paper was some old stuff in my stash, and everything else was utilized from scraps or leftover embellishments that I had laying around.  Isn't that the best thing about card making?  Being able to use all your scraps and leftovers? .... Well, that's certainly my favorite part!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday's Little Scraps of Heaven Design team challenge

This week the Little Scraps of Heaven Design team challenge was:

- Create a recipe card and utilize at least one paper piecing.

SO ... IN honor of St. Patrick's Day, this is what I created ...

Front of recipe card

Back of recipe card

Close up of the happy Leprechaun

I used the new pattern titled "Happy Leprechaun Collection"
Now, I'm not Irish, but my husband is ... so I cooked all day ... made the corned beef, potatoes, and cabbage and some homemade Irish Soda Bread Muffins .... served it to him and the kids, and then went out for Girls night with my friends :)

I do enjoy this meal, but enjoyed getting out and chatting with friends MUCH MORE!  There's always next year.

Happy Friday everyone!

Head on over to Little Scraps of Heaven Design Team blog and enter your recipe card for a chance to win some blog candy!

Jennifer's Birthday Blog Hop Candy Winner


Congratulations to Lillian Child!  She is the lucky winner of the blog candy that I offered for Jennifer's Birthday Blog hop!  Congratulations Lillian!  You have won two paper pieced bears in PEEPS costumes!  Please send an email to with your choice of two colors and home address so I can get these out to you!   Thanks to all that hopped and I hope that you will come again soon!

Lillian Child said...

This card is just TOO CUTE!!!!! Love it!

And I just found your blog on this birthday hop and am now a follower - so very nice to meet you!

Hickory Dickory Dock

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I just wanted to take a moment to share with you something that I've been working on for my MOMz eBay design group.  As a group we decided to challenge ourselves to create something fabulous using a Childhood story or Nursery Rhyme.   I volunteered for the "Hickory Dickory Dock" Nursery Rhyme and here is what I created.   This layout is so different from my average layouts.  I'd say it's a little less 'cutesy'.  I hope that you like it ... I love to hear your thoughts, comments and critiques too!
The mouse pattern is from the SEW and SEW set from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs.  Can you tell that I REALLY like this pattern!  It's so versatile.  I have one more project up my sleeve for these little babies.  Hopefully you'll see that next week, so keep checking back ... or better yet, sign up for my email updates and NEVER miss a post!

Also, check out my other team member's great postings for this challenge HERE!

The full layout

Close up of the left page

Close up of the right page

The nursery rhyme (first verse)

Close up of some details

The clock and mouse


The mouse

Pretty flower

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Little Scraps of Heaven Design Team Wednesday Project

Hi all,
I hope that this week is treating you well.   I've been a bit under the weather lately, but struggling through.  It seems that the cold bug has bitten every one in my family.   Lots of vitamin C and water seem to be doing a pretty good job at fighting it.

Tonight all the Design Team's projects have been shared on the Little Scraps of Heaven Desgin Team blog.  I do hope that you will take a moment, stop by and follow the blog over there.  Not only will you get a glimpse of the fantastic the projects the team is sharing , you can enter challenges and be eligible for blog candy ... and who doesn't like that?

For my Wednesday project I decided to work with the "Sew and Sew" pattern set and make some tags.  Each tag measures approx. 4" x 6" and is a perfect addition to a scrapbook page, altered item, or card.
I'd love to hear what you think about them!

I decided to go with the color green since we will be celebrating St' Patrick's Day tomorrow.   Personally, I am not Irish, but my husband is, and therefore my sons are too :)  We will have our corned beef and cabbage and some Irish soda bread muffins.  I am sure my boys will love the muffins!  :)  Picky eaters that they are.

Below are pictures of the six tags that I made.  These have actually been submitted for the Little Scraps of Heaven Tag swap that just wrapped up.   

Do you like swaps?  Keep your eyes open on the Little Scraps of Heaven FaceBook page to join in on one or make suggestions on what you would like to swap.

Monday, March 14, 2011

My first project as a LSHD Design team member

If you are here for the last day of Jennifer's Blog Hop ... Please feel free to jump ahead HERE, or simply scroll down to the next post.  Please feel free to read on and see another card that I created.  It's not a birthday card, but still is cute :)


I'm so very excited to share with you my very first project as a Design Team member of Little Scraps of Heaven Designs!  I love, and have always love Tricia's patterns and am very happy to showcase her work.

For my Monday project I decided to do a card.  Cards really are not my forte ... rather, they are new to me.

At first I fooled myself into thinking cards would be faster, easier and less time consuming that my standard two page layouts.  WRONG!  They take me JUST as long ... are even MORE complex, and I can spend DAYS pondering over what to do with them.  So funny how our minds work, right?  Smaller item = easier. NOT!

BUT .. I am happy to say that I do like making the cards.  I WILL still do layouts (stay tuned later this weel for one of those) and I WILL also try other new and exciting things.  

Now, on to the card.
I really wanted to use the new "MAMA MIA Pizzaria" set that was recently released, so I did.  I also wanted to try a new technique of making a POP Up card, so I did that too!
I wanted to do a pretty standard sentiment, so I made it more of an every day kinda card.  I hope that you like it.

Here is the front of the card

A full view of the card while opened

A close up of the chef

A close up of the left side of the card, showing the dimension that the pop of card offers

A close up of the right side of the card, showing the dimension that the pop up card offers

As always, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for stopping by and I hope that you will join me later this week for more of my projects and inspiration.

Please visit the Little Scraps of Heaven Design Team Blog for more projects.

Take care,

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Welcome to Jennifer's Birthday Blog hop!

Please join me today in wishing Jennifer a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  To celebrate ... Jennifer is hosting a blog hop!  What a wonderful way to gain new ideas, inspiration and blog candy along the way!

If you are here from Monica's blog, you are in the right place .. otherwise, please head back to the beginning (The Crafty Card Gallery) and you will find your way here sooner or later :)

You can view the lineup below in case you get off track.  
It's a long hop .. but I hope that you'll stick with it to see all of the fabulous birthday cards that have been created.

8 Nicolette (Beyond Scrapin)
9 Ellen Jarvis (Cardmonkey)
10 Kellie (Crafty Baskets)
a last minute change removed Kellie from the hop ... please head on over to Miss Adri
28 Michelle (Scrappin with my Bug)
30 Dawn

 ** YOU ARE HERE ** 

33 Scraps to treasure

To make it worth your while, I am offering a bit of blog candy.  

To be eligible for the BLOG Candy:
(1) please become a follower of this blog, and
(2) become a follower of my FaceBook Fan page HERE
(3) Leave a comment on this blog on any day of the hop (March 12 - 15).  Please leave contact info. in your comment in case you are the blog candy winner.

The winner will be selected on Wednesday, March 16, so please check back to see if it's YOU!

I am offering you a completed paper piecing that I created with Little Scraps of Heaven Designs Patterns.  You will receive a set of two bears dressed up in Peeps costumes.  I will give you the choice of colors (pink, green, yellow, blue or purple).  Below is an example of the piecing's that you will receive (Background papers NOT included).

NOW ... on to my project for the hop.

I've created a Birthday Easel Card.

Above is a close up of that cute little bear

To create this card I used the following:

1. Little Scraps of Heaven Christmas Bears Paper Piecings which can be found HERE
2. SEI Paper from the "Such a Boy" collection.
3. Cat's eye chalking inks
4. American Crafts Pearl Brads
5. Hero Arts sentiment stamps

Your next stop is Shawnee's Blog.  Head on over there to see another fantastic project.

I hope that you enjoyed your stop .. and that you will come again to visit soon.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Birthday Blog Hop

Please mark your Calendars for Saturday March 12th and join me for Jennifer's Birthday Blog hop!

You are going to see lots of BEAUTIFUL Birthday Cards!

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