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Quilling for Christmas!

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Hello friends! Thanks for stopping by today! I have a few quilled cards to share with you today. I had the pleasure of teaching another class at my local AC Moore store and these were the cards I showed them today. I can't share the specific details of how these were made as there was a fee for the class (and that wouldn't be fair to those who paid for it). I can give you some tips though when trying to make these at home :). For this one, the best piece of advice I have for you is to design your flowers first before glueing the pieces down. This will ensure that the flowers lay down how you want them to rather than be "stuck" and then out of shape (thus causing you to hate your project).

For this one, be patient and practice, practice, practice! To get the bells "even", try various sizes of paper and pick your favorite size. Make notes as to what sizes your using as you go along so that when you find "the perfect fit", you'll know exactly what …

Black, White and Red Frenzy

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Hello again!! Back at ya today with yet another black, white and red project. I've been on this color combo kick for a while now (in case you haven't noticed lol). This is an older project that I just found in my picture archives and realized that I never shared it :). This was a really simple card to make. All of the cardstock is smooth cardstock from Stampin' Up. The bling is by Bazzill. The flowers came plain white (by Prima) and I simply stamped over them with a script stamp using red ink (the picture makes them look off white but they're really white). There's also some twine stuck in the back of the flower to give it a little umph. The white cardstock was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. On the black cardstock, I used a Fiskars border punch. Put it all together and the card is done! Easy peasy right?! Just a quick project for ya - thanks for stopping by! Do something crafty today :).

Christmas in July

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Hello again! Yes, I realize it's no longer July :) .... I still wanted to share this card that I made for the Christmas in July Card Swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. I can't wait for Christmas!! I think it's wintertime that I'm ultimately longing for lol. The years that I'm actually put together enough to send out Christmas cards, I send out handmade cards. Some of my friends suggested we start our cards early this year and I jumped at the chance. I found the triple layer stamping technique on Split Coast Stampers and knew I had to try it out! Once I had my idea, I needed some design inspiration. What better place to turn than Pinterest (can you tell I'm addicted)?! I have been on a kick lately of using black, red and white. However, I knew I didn't want to use black on this Christmas Card but liked the idea of sticking with the red and white. I found this gorgeous card on the PartiCraft blog (from Pinterest). She didn't provide directions but since I found …

Diaper Wreaths

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Hey y'all! So I have 3 coworkers that are having babies. Of course, I had to figure out something handmade to make! Someone else was already doing a diaper cake so I knew I had to go a different route. So, off to Pinterest I went! I searched for general "diaper" projects and came across several ideas for diaper wreaths and decided to give it a try. It was much easier than I thought it would have been and was able to get all three done in just one evening. The supplies were pretty minimal: a wire wreath form for the base, diapers (how many depends on your wreath size and diaper size), ribbon to match the color scheme you're going for and decorations/embellishments. I used an 18" wire wreath form. If I choose to do this project again, I'll use something smaller, probably a 13" wreath. I think it would look better. Also, I might try using a straw wreath form to allow the diapers to be fuller and not quite as flat around the wreath. Once you have that worked o…

Butterfly Love

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Hey y'all! I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. Tomorrow is hump day! (are you say "hump day" like they say in the commercial? LOL). I have a quick project to share with you today. I made these for an acetate swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. They were really quite simple! I don't have all the paper details as I used stuff from my stash (it was basic cardstock and I have no idea about the designer paper - sorry!). I'm in love with these butterflies!!
I think it's the sparkly nature that has me dazzled lol. To make these pretties, I took a piece of Shimmer Sheetz by Elizabeth Craft Designs and embossed it with my Cuttlebug folder. I used my new Stampin Up! butterfly punch and punched out a bunch of these. The layers of paper on the front and inside were made using Spellbinders (those things are so convenient!). As much as I love my Cricut, sometimes I don't feel like dragging it out just to cut out some squares. The stamped image on front was also by …

Fancy Folding!

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Hello again! I have a fun project to share with you today. This card was for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters and the theme was "fancy folded cards". I scrap lifted the idea from this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I just love the tutorials they have over there! However, for mine, I wanted it to fit in a standard size envelope as I didn't feel like making my own. So, I altered the tutorial to make my finished card the standard A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). This card is called a Center Step Card since it has a small step in the center. So, without further ado, here's what I came up with:
Want to know how I did it? It is really quite simple if you just take your time and get everything planned out. Here's a list of the product I used: - Bazzill Cardstock: Juicy Pear - Papertrey Ink Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz - Generic Brown Cardstock - Generic White Cardstock - American Crafts Designer Paper: Amplified-Rock Opera - Stampin Up Ink: Melon Mambo - Stampin Up Markers: Me…

No More Bare Frames!

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I had the pleasure of doing a demonstration today at AC Moore working with Vinyl Transfers and Wooden Frames. To do this project, here's what you'll need:
- Wooden Frame
- Vinyl Transfers of your choosing
- Acrylic Paint of your choosing
- Paint Brush
- Something for you to put paint on (like a paper plate or plastic tray)
- Popsicle Stick, Bone Folder or other item to rub your vinyl on your project
- Scissor or Xacto Knife for trimming

I forgot to take pictures of the roll before I used it but will do my best to describe it. The vinyl transfer sheets come on a roll about 12" x 18". The Nicole Crafts vinyl comes with the vinyl pattern and the transfer sheet all in one package (made it super easy to use!!). Here's what the frames look with nothing done to them:

The frames come with "thingies" (yes, that is what they're called when I don't know the official name lol) on the back where you can hang them up on the wall with ease. After you unwrap the frames,…

Crafting for Moms

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Hello again! I wanted to share with you a special project I did for a demo at AC Moore recently. The demo was showcasing the Gallery Glass paints by Plaid Online. This was definitely outside of my comfort zone as I have had no experience with this product. Fortunately, I was given great directions by the corporate office so I had very little trouble putting this together :). I started out with a template underneath a blank Leading Page. You can snag templates off of the internet as virtually any image can be traced. I simply traced the template with the Leading Paint and ended up with this. If you have trouble keeping the bottle squeezed while you trace, try using both hands (this also helps if you're shaky):
Move it out of the way so that it doesn't get touched while drying. Once that dried (give it at least 24 hours), I took my other paint colors and filled in each section.


It's important to make sure the paint touches the edges of the leading paint. If it doesn't touc…

Animal Card Cuteness

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Hello! Want to see something super cute? Well, you've stopped at the right blog today. This little card was made for a swap at Fancy Paper Crafters. The theme was "Animal Cards" and when I ran across this cute little stamp, I knew I had to use it!

Here's what ya need to complete this card (it's really quite simple):

Supplies: - Cardstock (my patterned paper was from Basic Grey) - Embossing Folder (I used a daisy one from Darice) - Stamped Image (I believe this little guy was by Stampendous) - Copic Markers (love!!) - Embellishments (ribbon and bling on a roll) Once you have all your supplies gathered, it's really just a matter of putting everything together. I used my Copic Markers to color in my image (no shading really due to the small stamp). One little trick I do for my layers is to measure everything. So, if my card base is measured 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (it's the standard A2 card size), then I cut my first layer on my card an 1/8 of an inch smaller and then my sec…

Quilling Madness

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Howdy folks! Back at ya today with some of my recent quilled cards. These are also inspired by things I found online (http://pinterest.com/angelasprouse/quilling/). I am thrilled that this art has come back around. I started many years ago and tucked everything away and went a different direction. About two years ago, it made a reappearance so I pulled everything back out and started working on it again. So, here's what I've come up with recently (these were made for another class at AC Moore):


My crafty friends will tell you that I've been on a black/white/red kick lately. I think it's going on 6 months now and I don't really see an end in site lol. The one on the bottom was a new technique for me (I think it's called husking but am not certain). Admittedly, it was much harder to get the feel of than regular quilling. I probably tried 5 or 6 different sizes and techniques before it finally clicked and I got it. Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world tod…

Taggin' It!

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Hello again my friends! I don't know what has gotten in to me! For those of you that know me, know I have a thing about getting messy. This is one of the reasons I will very rarely ever use glitter or "alter" anything. I just can't do it! Well, I got this hair brained idea that I should teach a Tim Holtz inspired tag class at my local AC Moore store (5/11/13 @ 1:00). I seriously have no idea what came over me when those words came out of my mouth LOL! So, as I sat in my craft room trying to come up with ideas, I am not ashamed to admit that I had a little bit of anxiety ;). Like any wise crafter would do now a days, I turned to pinterest to see if I could find any good ideas. I started my own "tag" board if you're at all interested in what I found: http://pinterest.com/angelasprouse/tag-youre-it/. Without further ado, I'm pleased to share with you my very first Tim Holtz inspired tags (please be kind lol).




Unfortunately, I can't share with you how…

April 2013 Sketch Blog Challenge

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Howdy folks! I hope you all had a very Happy Easter! Do you have a favorite Easter tradition? Growing up, the Easter Bunny always visited our house and gave us a small basket of goodies. My parents had a tradition of building small nests in the yard (out of grass) and putting a few plastic Easter eggs in the nest. The Easter Bunny would fill them up with goodies (or money!) every year. Building those nests in the yard will be a tradition that we will pass down to our kids for sure. Isn't funny how you remember the little things like that? Anyway, I'm back at ya today with a little card I created for Shannon White's sketch blog challenge for this month. Show her some blogging love and visit her site here: http://scraplady324.blogspot.com/. She's had some really great sketches for us to play with and I've really enjoyed challenging myself to follow them. She allows us to vary from the sketch but I'm more of a "rule follower" and like to stick with what I…

Happy Easter!

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Hello folks! Easter wouldn't be complete without a little craftiness :). My mom needed a new wreath for her door to celebrate Easter/Spring. Since Deco Mesh has become so wildly popular, I suggested we make one using springy colors. So, to come up with an idea, I naturally turned to Pinterest (don't ya just LOVE Pinterest?!). I found this fabulous blog post on how to make a Curly/Spiral Deco Mesh Wreath. This is what we came up with:

Isn't it pretty?! She picked out 5 different colors to use in her wreath. Head on over to the blog link above for specific directions on how to make it. The only thing we changed was that we used a grapevine wreath instead of the wire form (we couldn't find the wire form in stock). It didn't take very long to make at all. It turns out to be about 3 feet all around so it's a pretty big wreath but looks great on your front door. And, since it's made out of mesh, it'll last several years! Well, that's it for today's litt…

Fun with Rinchies!

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Hey y'all! Bringing you a little project today that I worked on at PMS Night (stands for Pizza, Munchies, Stamping/Scrapping) about a week ago. These little rinchies (which are round inchies) were made for the March swaps over at the Fancy Paper Crafters online craft group. If you've never participated in swaps before, check out the group as we do monthly swaps and have some really great gals participating. Anyway, here are my rinchies for this swap this month:

For this project, all supplies came from Stampin Up!. If you need a rep, contact Mary Anne Magliaro (http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinmaryanne/). She is one awesome lady and has shared many fabulous projects with us. These stamps and punches are one of my newest purchases. I was hesitant at first due to their tiny size but they really worked out fabulous for this project. I had to make 9 sets of these little boogers which took FOREVER! I wanted to make two that were more feminine and two more masculine. I thin…

Mission Organization: Tool Bag

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Hello again!! Thanks for stopping by my little crafty world :). I bring you my first post in what is going to be a series of posts about organizing my craft room. It is honestly a disaster zone and I have no idea how long this is going to take me. At the same time, I will be moving to a bigger room that I will be outfitting with some nifty storage solutions. Stay tuned for more on the progress of that project ... So, today's post is about my tool bag. Unfortunately, I got the notion to blog about this AFTER I had already emptied out my whole bag. So, here's my tool bag empty (it has been loved for many years so it looks a little beat up lol). It has a little drawer on the bottom that you can't see from this view. So this bag doesn't really look all that big but boy does it hold a TON of stuff!! Believe it or not, everything showing in this picture was in this one bag!! I found stuff that I hadn't used/seen in years so it was kind of like Christmas morning LOL (I know…

Wonderful Waterfall Cards

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Hello again! Welcome back to my little piece of crafty goodness. Today I'm sharing with you a waterfall card that I made for the January swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters. This is one of the projects I completed at the Polar Express Retreat in January sponsored by Creative Memories. The swaps for this month had to have some type of "action" to them (like a moving part or pop up). When I started searching for ideas, I ran across one of these that I did several years ago and thought it'd be perfect for this project. I started out with the following supplies (measurements are in inches): - Red Cardbase - Cut 4 1/4 x 11 (scored at 5 1/2) - Vanilla Cardstock - Cut 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 (this is the first layer on the card) - Designer Paper - Cut 4 x 5 1/4 (this is the second layer on the card) - Red Cardstock for Moving Strip - Cut 2 x 8 1/2 (scored at 1 3/4, 2 3/4, and 3 3/4) - Vanilla Cardstock to go on the Moving Strip to write your message - Cut 4 5/8 x 1 7/8 - Small Scrap to use as yo…

Another Little Thank You Note

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Howdy y'all! Back at ya today with one of my recent crafty projects. I made this card for the February swaps at Fancy Paper Crafters.


As much as I would like to say this was my own original idea, this time around, I found this on Pinterest. The original link it tied back to was bad but I did end up finding it on It's A Stamp Thing blog. I love "lifting" ideas from other crafters, especially when I'm in a slump and can't seem to come up with anything I'm happy with. One important thing when lifting someone's idea is to always give them credit! It may be a common knowledge idea but it's always best to link back to where you found it :).
Now, let me hop off my soapbox and get to telling you about this card! It's really quite simple. The cardstock was from AC Moore and came in a value pack of black and white. Since, black, white and red is one of my favorite color combinations, I knew I had to have the value pack. The background was done using a cut…