Sunday, January 29, 2012

Heart Shaped Box

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I made a decorative heart shaped box.

I used some old Anna Griffin paper that I stocked up on a while back. Along with colored cardstock and white cs that I inked. (Antique Linen and Fired Brick) Then I topped it of with one of my handmade open roses. (I have made a tutorial put I need to make a few changes and my body just has not cooperated with me this it is coming soon)

Check it out, I even stamped the inside. (notice I did not get a close up picture of the stamped areas. LOL

I added a decorative heart flourish to the side.

It will be perfect for sending some craft goodies to my "secret sweetie" swap group over at The Crafter's Cafe'.

The cut files, templates, and video will be available tomorrow.

I am entering this project in:

Papercrafting Journey - Florals

Whimsical Wednesday - love themed home decor

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart of Gold

My hubby got a bag of Godiva chocolate truffles to put in my stocking this past Christmas. (Yep, he did good) Of course, I shared the chocolates with him. Between the two of us, we finished it off a few days ago. (hey, one month is better than one week, right?) Well, the bag that they came in was so pretty that I just had to find something to craft with it.

It had beautiful foil pink and gold colors on it, but it also had a lot to writing all over it. I decided that    I could get several small paper punches out of it.

Here is a card I made using the punched hearts. (There are 4 pink hearts and 1 gold heart)

The inside reads, "You have a heart of gold." 
It is clean and simple, but I like it. :)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Just some cool news

Hello, I don't have any pictures or videos to share today. (Although I have a ton of things in the works :)

I just wanted to share some news and a little information.

First of all...Tim Holtz is coming out with DISTRESS INK PENS!!!!
I get a little dizzy just thinking of all the possibilities with these great pens. I have put off buying Copics. I will try Tim's new pens first. 

You can read more about the pens and all sorts of goodies coming up in his new lineup here...

...but let me warn you, looking at all his new stuff coming out in one sitting can be a little overwhelming. LOL

Also, I had a request from an anonymous person asking about the Calla Lilly files that I had on an old post. 
I made these files a while back and have updated them by including SCAL and MTC versions. If anyone wants these files, just email me and I will send them.

Last item for the day...
I have a lot of stuff planned out for the next few weeks. (I am pretty much at the mercy of  the weather and my body). Are there any crafts that you have been wanting to see or learn more about? Just leave a comment and I will see what I can do.

Speaking of comments... I changed an option in the "comments" settings so hopefully it will be easier to leave a comment. Please let me know if it helped.

Thanks and happy crafting!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Hello Blogger friends! It is time to announce the 2 winners of my paper flower giveaway.
(there are more flowers that are not pictured here)

First of all, I would like to take a second to say
to everyone for entering and for all the wonderful comments! I really do appreciate you ladies!

Moving right along...

                                Drumroll please....

The winners are 
#6 - Maida


#10 - Ardilla


I will email you to get your addresses.
You each get 70 flowers.
(Yep, that means I made a total of 140 over the past 2 weeks!)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Loose Rose Tutorial

Hello my blogger friends. The moment a lot of you have been waiting for is finally here. I made a couple of videos showing how to make my "loose" rose.

You can check them out here. 

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I have made so many of these flowers, but it was difficult to put it into words.

Also, I am pretty good at doing things upside down and backwards because as an elementary teacher I usually had to show students how to do something where they could see what I was showing them. However, making flowers while trying to hold the flower up the the camera was a whole other story. LOL bear with me :)

I also made a video showing some tips and techniques to making flowers even if you do not have the tools that I usually use.

The SVG cut files and PDF templates for the loose rose and these "cabbage" roses
will be available in my Etsy store along with the link to the video on how to make these flowers.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Hello my crafty friends. I made a few changes to the leaf files and it is ready to download. If you downloaded it several months ago and the calyx did not show up in MTC, I have finally figured out how to fix the problem. It should work now. I also added the dainty leafy branch. You will find three different sizes of the leaves and calyx in the PDF template.  

You can download the files here: Leaves PC  (the PC is for Paper Compulsions :)

As pictured in these photographs...

You can find the video tutorials on a tab under my blog header.


Pretty flower tutorial and leaf tutorial

Hello my crafty friends. I made a few more paper flower videos. Today I will share the "pretty flower" video and on that I made on "leaves" . They are both short and hopefully helpful.

"Pretty Flowers" 

Pictured here are the "pretty flowers" and leaves along with a tattered flower. 
(I now have video tutorials on all three.)

"Pretty Flowers"


You can download the cut files and templates here.

You can also find a picture tutorial here. for the flower.

Don't for get that I also have a paper flower giveaway going on until the 21st.
Click here for more info.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Well, between the holidays and all the different projects I have had going, I left out a card that I wanted to  share.

I made this for a "pink" winter card challenge but ended up not finishing in time. LOL
I stamped the snowflake background on white cardstock and used clear embossing powder. Then I use 3 different shades of blue Distress inks for the background. I glittered the edges of the mat behind the background as well as one of the snowflakes. (I used some of my snowflake cut files for those shapes) I dyed the seam binding ribbon by spritzing it with water and using Distress Stain in Victorian Velvet. The water helps the ribbon absorb the stain evenly.

Now for the part I had the most fun with... I used my much neglected I-Top brad maker to make the brad. First I cut a piece of lightweight cotton fabric then dyed it using water and Tumbled Glass Distress Stain. (I love the stains!) 

Then I let it dry and used my brad maker to cover the brad blank with the fabric. I intended to sew some fake pearls on bit that did not work too well. I opted to using self adhesive pearls. (much easier :) Since the brad is slightly curved, I went ahead and put a little glue behind the pearls to make sure they would stay on.

Very fun and I used things I already had. Instead of trying to find a brad that matched my card, the Distress Stain allowed me to customize it my self. (...And best of all, I had fun with a tool that I purchased last year and had only used twice before :)

Now I plan to go dig out more goodies that I bought but rarely used. LOL

If you would like more info on the brad maker, just leave a comment and I will post more about it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Uppsie Daisy Flower Tutorial

Wow! First of all, I have to say THANKS for all the wonderful blog comments during the blog hop. Y'all just made my day!

I was playing around with some extra petal shapes the other day and came up with a new flower. 

I am calling it an "uppsie daisy" because I found it by accident and because I turned the small petals UP in the center. (Yes, yes...I am easily entertained by puns and playing with words)

Here is a video tutorial on how to make it.

I will also add a tab under my blog header for videos for reference.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Celeste's Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Celeste's Birthday Blog Hop

I am sure you will join me in wishing her  very

Here is the line up:

I made a cute little cupcake card.
The ribbon is some ribbon that I won as blog candy from Celeste several months ago.
Love that ribbon!

The little stones and gems were from my Secret Santa over at Cutting Cafe.
I attached the little stones with "Crystal Lacquer". That stuff will hold anything. LOL

I also made a 3D cupcake that could be a cake topper or just a decoration.

I wrapped the candle in twine and added glitter to the top.
I added some hot ping rhinestones and a cute little felt ribbon.

You can download the svg cut files here

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Your next stop is

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year at Paper Cutz

Well this is a new year so I wanted to make my sister a desk calendar to look at while she is at work. She already has several of my cards on her desk. I thought this would be a perfect addition.

Since the challenge this week at Paper Cutz is about the new year, this calendar fits right in.

Purple is her favorite color. I have had those crystals for over a year now and finally decided to stop hoarding them and use them on a project. LOL My sister will love them as much as I did.

Each month is on a little card that fits in little slits at the top and bottom.

Look! Look! I even stamped!!!

There is a little holder on the back to keep the other monthly cards.

(Yep, I stamped there too...I was on a roll :)

I added an easel to the back after I took this picture.

Well, I know she will love it and think of me every time she looks at it. :)

Join us at Paper Cutz this week for the New Year challenge.

I also wanted to remind you about the blog hop coming up.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Handmade Paper Flower Giveaway

How would you like to win some of my handmade paper flowers?????

Well, I have been busy making flowers and thought I would share.

Take a look...

Plus many more that I just do not have room to picture.

I will pick two random numbers to receive these lovely flowers after noon on
Saturday, January 21st. (That is just a little over 2 weeks from now)

You can have up to three chances.

Here is what you need to do:

1) Be a follower of my blog and link up below. If you have a blog, please use it for the UIL. The UIL is not mandatory to enter.

2) Go to my You Tube channel and subscribe then link your name below. Leave the UIL space blank.

My You Tube Channel is

3) Post about the giveaway on your blog, copy the blog address to that post, and link up below. Paste the blog address that you copied in the UIL space.

That is it :)

Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tattered Flower Tutorial

Tattered Flowers

I have been making these "tattered flowers" for a while now. I have put them on everything from cards, scrapbook pages, and birdhouse boxes.

They are quick, easy, and pretty.

I did a picture tutorial earlier this year. (you can find it on one of the tabs under my blog header.)

It is only fitting that I make a video tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers.

Hope you enjoy this and THANKS for all the encouraging comments!

I will be posting a flower giveaway tomorrow :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Gerber Daisy Tutorial

I have not been feeling that great so I am just now getting around to posting and making another video.

I have a new flower to share with you today. I am calling it a Gerber Daisy.
It is just a cute little daisy that goes together quickly and easily.

You could also put pearls or stones in the center.

It would look great in all kinds of bright colors.

Here is a video on how to make this flower.
(It is short and to the point :)

You can download the SVG cut files and PDF templates for all of my daisies are available in my Etsy store.

Is anyone interested in pre-cut kits?  I am thinking about adding pre-cut flower kits and card kits. They would include all the paper pieces already cut out and ready to assemble. Leave me a comment and let me know what you would like.

I also made a short  3 minute video on coloring brads, pearls, 
and rhinestones to use in the center of your flowers.