Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Turtle Soup Birthday Bash Crop

I have finally found some time to play along with the challenges
July 9th - shaped card

July 3rd - a sketch challenge

July 13th - using numbers

Saturday, July 16, 2016

It' A Party

Today I have a Birthday Bash Crop challenge up at Turtle Soup. 
Charlene gave me this cute photo strip from a party they had gone to that had a photo booth set up (how fun!).  She wanted to know if I could use it for Vincent's scrapbook album ... why yes I can.  Especially since I have the Cricut Photo Booth Props cartridge. 
Check out the details for the challenge in the Turtle Soup forum.  Hope you can join the party!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hey You / Sweet Ride

Today at Turtle Soup there is a Design Team Sketch Reveal. 
Be sure to visit the forum and see what the rest of the Design Team did with the sketch. 
I find it amazing to see how many different ways people use the same sketch.
July's Sketch
 I completed this page for Elisha's album. 
Daring little boy with that scooter on top of the skate board. 
Boys and their toys lol!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Two Projects Today


My first project for today is for a challenge at Turtle Soup:

Today I have a challenge up for the Birthday Bash Crop at Turtle Soup. 
 My challenge for you is to create a shaped card.  Be creative and have fun! 
I created this "Make A Wish" card using my Cricut and the
Creative Cards cartridge.  Be sure to check out the forum and be inspired by
all the wonderful challenges from the design team this month.



My second project is  a  tutorial that I have up on
the Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog.  I was inspired by my husband Randy when he wore a bow tie to church last Sunday.  I remembered I had a Cricut cartridge (Brooklyn Iron-On) with some cuts on it that would be perfect for making a tag. He is an avid book worm ... I mean reader and this tag
will make a  perfect bookmark for him.


I've listed directions and photos of the steps but did not list photos of the tag in progress.  Two thoughts on this:  One: I did not want to give you a perceived idea as to what your tag should look like.  There is no right or wrong way to do this ... and Two: I totally forgot to take the photos in between the steps. 
I got to excited about making the tag!
1) I gathered all my supplies
that I thought I would need.
2) To create a mask area I adhered strips of torn
tissue tape and applied them to the tag.
3) I placed a stencil over the tag and applied some
texture paste.  I dried with a heat gun.
4) I applied several colors of distress stain to my
craft sheet and lightly misted the tag with water. 
I swiped the tag through the stains to
create random colored areas. 

 I filled in areas on the tag using distress stain directly
from the bottle and misted with water to blend. 
I dried the tag with a heat gun.

5)  I placed another stencil over the tag and inked with
distress ink using a blending tool.



6) I used various colors of distress paint to alter my
metal word embellishment.
7) I then started to add my embellishments.

8) Some of the embellishments were sewn on to the tag.

9) I then distressed the edges of the tag with a distressing
 tool and inked the edges of the tag.
I added the rest of the embellishments.

 The finished tag:


Saturday, July 2, 2016

4th of July

I'm sharing a Design Team project I made for the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Blog today.  I created this card to celebrate the 4th of July.  I used the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch # 912 to make my border strips.  I also used the Kreaxions Punch Mate ... LOVE this tool and I have no idea why it took me so long to try it?!  If you're doing a lot of punching this tool is a must have.  It makes punching a breeze.


Friday, July 1, 2016


June was a busy month for me ... spending 2 weeks in sunny FL with the grandkids and remodeling my craft room didn't leave me any time to work on scrappy projects.  But it's July first, a new month and I'm ready to get back into the swing of paper crafting. 
Today is the Design Team reveal at Off The Rails Scrapbooking. 
This month there are two inspiring mood boards to choose from.
Pastels Soft and Elegant
Rustic and Soft
I chose the Rustic and Soft and created this layout of my
grandson Joshua and his lizard friend. 
and see the rest of the Design Team's projects.

A big thank you to the sponsors this month:
Tania Ridgwell & Memory Maze


Friday, May 27, 2016

Do More Of What Makes You Happy

I have a Design Team card up on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog today.

A “Honeycomb” embossing folder, some black, white and yellow cardstock and some embellishments, along with the Kreaxions 4 in 1 punch #918 make a happy, little bee card.
… So I’m off to do more of what makes me happy … paper crafting.
  I used the Kreaxions punch with no insert to create those cute little border strips.



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Oh Happy Day

... and this is what I did with one of the die cut flowers I made. 

Hope you can join in the challenges for the Turtle Soup May Mini Crop.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Die Cut Flowers

I'm sharing a post for the Turtle Soup May Mini Crop.  My challenge is to make a die cut flower and use it on a project.  Be sure to check out the forum for the rest of the May Mini Crop Challenges.

If you purchase flowers to add to your layouts and cards it can get expensive. And chances are you never have the right ones to match your project. Making your own flowers is an option … but there are so many tutorials out there … oh the choices!

I love making die cut flowers and I’ll share with you how I make mine.

I use my Cricut and the Flower Shoppe cartridge to cut my die cut shapes. By using a burnishing tool, a toothpick or small round dowel stick, along with some ink and a pearl or brad I add form, shape and dimension to the die cuts.

You can go from this:

... to this

From this ...

To this ...
I cut shapes at 2", 1 1/2", 1" and 1/2".
I rolled the edges of each shape with a toothpick.
I then inked the edges and glued the die cut shapes on top of each
other, starting with the largest and working to the smallest.
I then added a pearl or brad in the center.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

So Delightful

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.

 Today I’m sharing a Design Team card on the Just Imagine Crafts/Kreaxions Punches Blog.
Be sure to check out the blog to see what the rest
of the Design Team has been up to this month.
I created this card using the B Stencil, the Circle Cutter, the Kreaxions 4 in 1 Punch #901 and Positioning Parts 6.8 (small).
The little butterflies are the negative pieces left over from punching the circle. I love how dainty they are. 
This is one of my favorite punches.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

OTR Blog Hop



Today Team B hosts the Off the Rails Design Team BLOG HOP. It runs Friday May 13 through Sunday May 15th. Please visit each blog and leave a comment as you're hopping along. 

Joan * you are here
and end here on the OTR BLOG:
Leave a comment on my blog and you will be entered into a drawing
for a RAK from me.  One random winner will be picked.

For my Blog Hop project I completed a layout of Gracelynn and Faith-Anna.
I used the butterflies that I  did the tutorial on previously.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Origami Butterfly - Off The Rails Scrapbooking Tutorial

I'm sharing this tutorial over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking today - there are many tutorials out there on how to make an origami butterfly, but I thought I would share a step by step tutorial on how I make mine. The nice thing about this butterfly is that it’s easy and you should have everything to make it right there in your stash.

 Supplies you will need:

~ Paper of your choice (nothing too thin or brittle)
~ Scissors
~ Ruler
~ Pencil
~ Ink pad (color of you choice)
~ Glue
~ Thin wire

For my butterfly I cut a 4 X 4 inch square. 
 The smaller the square the smaller the butterfly will be.

Fold your paper in half both ways.

Then fold your paper diagonally both ways.

It should look like this.

Now fold the center folds inwards to make a big triangle that is open at the bottom.

Next fold the top layers on each side upwards towards the top.

Turn your paper over.

Now fold the corner of the solid piece upwards over the edge.

Flatten the center only ~ not the edges.

Turn your paper back over.  Fold the little triangle forward and over and
glue it down with a dab of glue. Normally you wouldn't use glue
in origami but I it’s necessary because of the wire you will use for the feelers.

Ink the edges of the butterfly if you wish to do so.
Cut a small piece of thin wire and make the feelers. 
Attach the feelers with a glue dot.

Last step … with the little triangle facing inwards pinch
your butterfly together and flatten the crease.
Attach to your project.