Mojo Monday Challenge

Mojo Monday 431

This was this weeks challenge:

This is my submission:


Then I made another ……


I really liked the layout, and could not decide which one I liked more. A fun way to use stamps I have had for a while.


Mojo Monday Challenge 429

Mojo Monday Challenge 429

So today I participated in a card challenge given by Mojo Monday’s blog.



Thanks to Terri @ (, I found out and in need of a birthday card for a friend I thought I would try.

Using Art Impression stamps, my Spellbinders dies, and bits of card stock I’ve had for ages. Here is my result…..


I didn’t add the inside, but it includes the back of that sweet lady holding a cake behind her back. The sentiment says, ” Well this cake isn’t going to eat itself”.

Cards ‘n Boxes

I started with this card for my friend Cathy, It’s her birthday this weekend and I wanted to make her a card. Thanks to my UK buddy Sarah I agreed to try to keep my resolution and try to do a card a week. This  card I used scraps (part of my UIU pledge) from the recipe book I made our daughter. The stamp is from Art Impressions and is part of their Girlfriend series. Inside it says “Dance like nobody’s watching….that can have you committed”. I had to make the card a tad larger as the stamp is quite long and better suited to an A7 card. So I made a matching envelope for it

Then there is this, my A2 box die (Accucut). I decorated the top and made 6 cards for the inside. I will be sending this to Cathy also. After she uses the cards inside, she can use the box to wrap a gift for someone else. Using some Sizzix dies I cut a heart out of chipboard, added a digital print from iralamijashop , some seam binding and lace trimmed ribbon, and Wild Orchid Flowers -thanks again Sarah as well as some leaves from Iamroses.

Inside there are some cards, a couple birthday, and the rest general so she can use them for “just because” reasons, when she needs one. Here a couple more of the Art Impression Girlfriend line, and the boxer one from Custer’s Last Stamp (a Michigan company).

Now I happened to have this Box No 13 (Accucut) cut out and sitting around. I thought why not do that up also? I painted it pink, added a frame using my nestabilities, Some WOC flowers, a seam binding bow, a sweet image from iralamijashop , and some tiny hearts I glittered with some “Martha”. I reduced the image, mounted it on white card stock, trimmed with my postal cut scissors to make a sweetheart gift box.

So here is this weeks installment. Next week, I will really have to try. I have orders for charms that have to happen….but two weeks in a row, and this week 7 cards and two boxes, maybe I should have spaced them out?

Cards for the New Year 2012

My friend in the UK, Sarah ( challenged me to use my collage sheets we purchased on Etsy from So here are the cards I made last night….

I used my nestabilitie dies, a Marth punch, seam binding, papers I printed from my Crafty Secrets CD and a Valentine image..

Here I used my new Jenny Bowlin (Fiskars) punch for the trim, a Marianne Die from (, seam binding, WOC flowers from Sarah (Thanks Sarah), Postage design scissors, and an Easter Image.

More paper printed from my Craft Secrets CD, a Martha punch, glittered hearts (small McGill punch w/Martha glitter), seam binding, and Stampin Up paper.

Paper from Craft Secrets CD, and Prima, Martha punch, Marianne die I purchased from(, Stampin Up oval punches, seam binding, Easter Image, and a bit of glittered whatnot from my stash…

Here they are.  As part of my New Year resolution(s) I want to make a card each week and start using all my lovely tools and papers. I am off to a good start, and nudges from my friends help 🙂

Thank You Sarah

Christmas Gift Making Fun

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My eldest came over to spend the day making some pretty ornaments and gift boxes for her husbands family and her friends. I helped cut and make the gift boxes. Then I worked on the Cookbook for our youngest away at college. We worked until 3am! It was nice though and lots of fun.


Steph had fun using my digi kits to alter some vintage photos. She made collages for the backs that turned out so cute. I helped make the gift boxes using my sizzix box die, some red paint, some DCWV Christmas paper, seam binding, and Wild Orchid Craft Poinsettias that Sarah sent me.


I finished the cookbook frame, now need to add recipes and decorate the cover! I was tired but it was nice having her her crafting and creating with me!

Accucut and Sizzix Boxes

My “Buy, Barter, or Swap Event was a success. What fun we all had sharing, swapping, or buying lovely handmade items form each other. I got some beautiful hand knitted mittens from Nancy for my daughter and her male-friend, a beautiful bracelet from Terri and a pair of earring for my eldest. I got a lovely vintage shelf from Linda and a Christmas decoration she made from a vintage glass and a bottle brush tree.

I served shrimp, hors d’oeuvres, dips, crackers and cheeses. I had a local baker make lovely cookies (see the one in the Accucut cookie box above). I served flavored coffees and wine.

My sister is already planning on making some of her lovely handmade bears for next year, and Terri brought and sold craft items at clearance rates (she is closing her supply business).  I traded some of my soldered charms and beaded chains, and gave anyone purchasing a Christmas charm one of the Accucut Icicle boxes to put it in.

My only regret was not having someone take pictures, there was some wonderful handmade goodness everywhere you looked!

A Gift of Cards….


Using my Accucut A7 box die I made a “gift” of Christmas Cards and decorated the lid. After you use the cards you have a pretty Christmas gift box to place a nice scarf, or other item to give away.