Saturday, October 14, 2017

Tick, tick, tick


I've got another easy Adornit project for you today. Who doesn't want a clock that compliments you every time you look at it? Lol. I chose a cute paper with lots of sayings like "Hello Gorgeous" that can't help but brighten your day.

I've outlined what I did below and, you know what? You could use this as a stepping stone for your creativity. You may want to run with it and add lots more embellishments. I say, go for it! (Just steer clear of the moving parts.) I kept mine plain and simple, so that the steps are a breeze to follow.

1. Choose your paper (mine is Adornit's Viva La Glam) and turn it upside down. Place your Adornit wooden shape (with a hole that you previously drilled through the center) on top and lightly trace around the shape with a pencil.

 2. Cut carefully around the traced image.
 3. Mark the hole, then remove the shape and snip through the paper where the hole is marked.
 4. Apply your favorite adhesive to the wooden shape and glue down your paper. (Next time, I'd choose a different adhesive because mine was so tacky, it dried lumpy! Learn from my mistake!)
5. I used a soft brown ink to add a little aging to the edges of the shapes.
 6. Decide on your numbers. They could be the little gold ones included in the clock set or stickers or cut from paper. I cut mine from a sheet of Adornit's Blender Basics paper pack and adhered them to the surface.
 7. I picked up a clock parts set from my local craft store. (Be sure to coordinate the size hole you need for your wooden shape with the size of the clock stem.)
 8. Add your clock parts according to the instructions and add a battery. Voila! Either put it on a wall or, as I did, perch it on an easel.

 I hope you try this out. So fun and so easy. Let me know!

VW Van Fun


The folks over at Flora Fauna Clear created this adorable VW van metal die and it couldn't be easier to use. I first created my standing box card (see earlier post for instructions) using road atlas papers for the background and a golf calendar page for the sky behind the van. I cut the van from white card stock and that cool grungy red paper from Adornit's Blender Basics pad. I was going to cut silver metallic headlights when I realized that I had rhinestones exactly the right size. Serendipity!

The card is for someone turning 66, hence the reference to Route 66! I love doing tongue-in-cheek references in my cards....

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Another AdornIt card


I used the same steps as outlined yesterday to create a standing box card for a birthday.

This time, I used two 3"x4" panels that I cut out of 12"x12" sheets of AdornIt Paintables called Birthday Surprise and Brave Paintable. The images are printed on heavy paper that takes all forms of coloring tools (I used watercolors). The festive paper you see just behind the floating images be found here on the AdornIt site and the paper used for the card base and envelope was from their Blender Basics pack. Lots of cool designs in multi colors.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're inspired to check out the AdornIt site!

Friday, October 6, 2017

I'm an AdornIt Ambassador!

Hello friends!

Did you think I was long lost? Sorry, I'm over at Instagram as @scrapcollectr and I've been doing lots of posting over there. But now I'm an AdornIt Ambassador so it's my job to show you some cool projects that I make using their products and I'll be doing that here and on Instagram. Cool?

Today, I have a standing box card that I made for my in-laws 73rd anniversary! Yes, you read that right. While AdornIt has great images on watercolor paper that you can paint yourself, I chose to use their "Cut Apart" patterned paper that has images that are colored and can be cut apart into 3 inch x 4 inch panels.

Here's what I did:

1. I chose a cute flamingo theme for the cut aparts and coordinating patterned paper as a background.
 2. I chose a soft green card stock and cut it down to 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". Then cut my patterned paper into 4 panels measuring 1-7/8" x 5-1/4" each.
 3. I cut mats from the green card stock measuring 3-1/4' x 4-1/4" for each of the two images I cut out for my card. I also cut a 1" x 5-1/4" panel from the green card stock, as well as four - 1" circles.
 4. I used my DYMO label maker to create a label reading "lovebirds" (to put on the front of my card.)
 5. I used my scoring tool to score a line through the center of the 1" strip and the center of each circle.
 6. Then I scored my card panel along the long side at the following measurements: 2-1/8", 4-1/4" and 6-3/8". This creates 4 equal sections on the card.
 7. Crease at all the score lines on the card, strip and circles.
 8. Adhere the images to their green mats, and add paper tape to both sides of center line on each circle and the strip. Add "lovebirds" label to image that will be on front of card.
 9. Adhere all patterned panels to each of the 4 sections of the card base.
 10. Expose adhesive on one side of strip and start to align it with one edge of decorated card base.
 11. Adhere the card base over the strip by making sure they meet precisely at the center of the strip.
 12. Fold that flap over so that the card base will meet in a gate fold.
 13. Expose the adhesive on the remaining paper tape.
 14. Gently press down the right side of the gate fold so that it adheres to the tape.
 15. Take two circles and expose the adhesive on one side of each center line.
 16. Fold the circles in half and adhere each circle's sticky side to the center of the card making sure that the half circle meets the center score line of the card precisely but does not cross over the score line! This is going to be how your image will float in front of box card.
 17. Expose the adhesive on the folded circles by removing the paper on the tape, being careful that they do not adhere to each other!
 18. Take your matted image panel....
 19. ...and gently press it down onto the sticky folded circles, making sure that you place your image in the center of the card.
 20. Repeat steps 15-19 to adhere your second image that will be on the back of your card.
 21. With a gentle squeeze of the card, you now have a standing box card. Here is the front.
 22. And here is the back.
 23. Don't forget to take another sheet of coordinating paper and make a pretty A2 envelope for your card (which folds flat for mailing!) I love my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Maker for times like this!
 24. After I was done, I added a little sparkle to the front image with my Kuretake Wink of Stella pen in clear.

I hope you liked this tour. Once you've done this type of card several times, it will be so easy to whip up for all your card needs!

Be sure to check out to see all the cute products they sell. You can find this flamingo line by clicking on "Papercraft" then "Paper Collections." Have fun shopping!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One of four hobbies today

I flit between about four hobbies most of the time, unless you count posting to Instagram and eating, then that would be six. Lol. They are crocheting, card making, filofax decorating and project life. Today its recounting the recent crocheting but I do have a lot of cards to make this month and I have to catch up on my filofax for the past two weeks so they are definitely in the wings.

Just some quick pics of my latest crochet projects.

We were in Las Vegas last week and had a blast (the highlight was tweeting David Copperfield that I enjoyed his show and him, not only tweeting me back his thanks, but he wound up following me back! Lol)

Anyway, on the trip there and back I was able to finish one of my latest creations: a filet crochet scarf that spells out "Happy Birthday" followed by the recipient's name. I use a cross-stitch type alphabet that I've adjusted to fit my stitches. Here's the one I finished.

Then I sat and finished a yellow bulky cowl/scarf during Winter Storm Marcus (that didn't affect NJ much.)

Then I finished a Bernat Blanket yarn scarf in a Bobble Leaves pattern (from a Love of Crochet magazine) that's been a work-in-progress for a couple of months. I'm sending it to my sister in a package tomorrow with some other goodies and a card (that I'll make) that says "Happy Galentine's Day!" I hear that's the trend this year. Sending Valentine cards to your gal friends.

I got my latest KnitCrate beginners kit the other day and I'm looking forward to working with the 600 yards of 100% Alpaca that came in it.

Lastly, just shoot me, but I'm intrigued by a Mystery Afghan Knit & Crochet Along event that the Crochet Crowd (on Facebook) is running every Tuesday from yesterday through to April. Sounds fun. Michaels has a 30% off entire regular price purchase coupon today from 4pm to closing so I can pick up the yarn I need for this event at a discount.

Gotta get to those cards and filofax now. Hope you're having a crafty day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Shake, shake, shake

I was inspired recently by the shaker card that MaryAnn Maldonado unveiled on her Lump, Bump and Clump blog and remembered that I had a new die from Simon Says Stamp called Balloon Bouquet that would work similarly with that card design.

I wound up using the die on a scrap of red metallic paper.

Pulled out some leftovers from a recent Stampin Up (SU) Paper Pumpkin kit to construct the shaker box and a little girl image from Mama Elephant's In My Heart stamp set.

I put all the balloon pieces through a Xyron sticker maker to have good coverage for placing them on the outside of the shaker box.

I put the Copic-colored little girl in the box with the confetti and sequins.

Stamped the SU greeting and matted it with more of that red paper.

The background is another scene from an old saved golf calendar.

I stamped an SU birthday greeting, circle punched it and matted it with more red paper and put it on the inside of the card.

I hope my friend gets a kick out of it. That's it. We're supposed to be traveling on Monday but another snow storm is coming our way. Wish me luck and have a crafty day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yarn and Never Ending Card Fun

Good morning,
We braced ourselves for the wrath of Winter Storm Juno but our forecasted 12-18 inches in Northern NJ turned into 4 inches. My heart goes out to those that the forecast was spot on up in Northern New England.
I sat by a fire and watched for the blizzard all while working on another spring-y cowl for my mom. I got through the entire skein of this super bulky Loops & Threads yarn with a Bobble Leaves pattern from Love of Crochet magazine. The yarn color was coincidentally was called Lightening (yes, it does have the "e" in it.) Unfortunately, another skein is needed to finish it, so shopping I must go.

As for the never ending card.... I've memorized the steps to make one from the directions over at  If you're interested, once at the site, go to Tutorials, then search for "never ending card." In fact, here is a link to shortcut that for you. Be patient. You'll see the dimensions repeating themselves and if you practice enough, you'll get used to making this type of card. It really lights up the face of the recipient. That's why I make so many of them! *smile*

This one is for a friend. I used K&Co papers, Once the card is complete, I usually go back with fun alpha stickers and add my greeting, the person's name and a handwritten note on the fourth panel. I try to keep that panel light colored and in this case with a lined pattern to make it easier to write on.

Here are the four sides of the card.

I hope you consider trying this cool card design. Let me know. I'd love to see your take on it!
Have a crafty day,