Thursday, December 27, 2012

MY FIRST CHRISTMAS CAKE BALLS

I made my very first cake balls this year for the Family Christmas Party.  It was SUPER FUN!!
The credit has to go to Emma of MCT who is always inspiring me with her a amazing project and ideas.  Her DT has much to do with that also,
 Decorating the cake balls with candy coating and all the yummy sprinkles is my favorite part!!!  I am sooo looking forward to making more, more, more!!!    


I was sooo happy everyone LOVED the cake balls!!!
   
I do not post as often as I'd like to, but hopefully that will change soon, because I absolutely love sharing my projects with family and friends, who are always very supportive.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment or ask any question and I will be sure to get back to you.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Design Honey: Guess Who is the Designer Behind Blue Fern Studios

Michelle of Design Honey is now the Principal Graphic Designer for Blue Fern Studios and is having a giveaway.  Just head on over to her blog http://design-honey.blogspot.com for the details and wish her the best in her ventures with Blue Fern Studios.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

 I made this card for a good friend, who is always so sweet and classy. 
 
 

This stamp image is made by Flonz and I love it.  

I really had a great time making this card. 
I used the following products to make this card:
  • Card - Craft Cardstock
  • Anna Griffin - Tiger Print foiled paper
  • DCWV - Glitzy Glitter Stack
  • Martha Stewart -  Color Pencils
  • Ranger - Stickles
  • Prima - Flowers and Pearls
  • Tim Holtz- Embossing Folder and Stamp  Pad (Black Soot)
  • Flonz - Sexy Lady Stamp
  • Want2Scrap - Black pearls (center of flowers)
  • Crafty Secrets - Happy Birthday stamp image and sentiment
  • Carts - Elegant Edges and Phrases
Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment or any questions.

Hugz
Taylor

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last week was my sister-in-law's birthday and she is super sweet, so I wanted to make her card very special.  I know she loves flowers and anything vintage, so I made her card with a vintage style.
 
She was so grateful and loved the card.  She especially loved that I made it like an easal, so she can display it easier.
 
To make her card I used  the products below:
  • Card - Craft cardstock
  • Prima - Embellishign jewel spray; Trim and Bling
  • Martha Stewart - Border Punch
  • DCWV - Madamoiselle Stack
  • Loralie Designs - Dressform stamp image
  • Brenda Walton - Vellum envelope w/ insert
  • Latraset Marker
  • Fiskars - All Year Greeting (Happy Birthday)
  • Fiskars -Scallop Circle Punch
  • Tim Holtz - Vintage Photo
  • Stash -  Buttons, Cameo, Fan Charm and Flowers
  • Carts - Elegant Edges
 This card was inspired by Arlene of  ButterflyKisswithLove.blogspot.com.  She is always a great inspiration!!!  Thank you sooo much Arlene!!!
 
 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Xavier's 50th Birthday Banner

   Hello everyone.  Last week my family celebrated my brother's 50th Birthday and gave him a surprise party.  The expression on his face when he walked in was absolutely priceless.  He was overjoyed and sooo grateful.  This was the first party my brother had ever had, as he became a dad quite young and his whole life became his kids, so being surrounded by family and friends was already the perfect way to spend his birthday.  It was a party full of joy, laughter, surprises, dancing and lots and lots of LOVE!!!  
    I sooo had a fant-a-bu-lous time making these banners for my brother's party.  
    First, I know I wanted to make the pennants nice and big because we were hanging the banners in the backyard.
   Tim Holtz paper stash was perfect for this occasion, because  I wanted the banners to be both masculine and fun.
    Also, Tim Holtz stamp sets had the perfect sentiments.
    To make these I used several carts, but I used my gypsy and everything came together very easily and it's always fun using the G, because you can create as many sheets as you want, no. of copies, change sizes and weld (words/images) all in one project.  Once your done, you just have to cut the images.
    Below I put a small clip of some close up pics of the banners.  

video

    I love, love, love the way they turned out.  My brother was very happy and grateful.  Nothing beats putting a smile on someone's face and bringing them joy.

   To make the banners, I used the following products:

Tim Holtz - Lost&Found paper stash, TH Grunge Board elements, TH stamps (Life's Possibilities, Regal Flourish and Lost & Found); TH stamp pads (Vintage Photo, Forest Moss, Faded Jean & Black Soot); and TH Die (Jalopy) 
DCWV - Tattered Time paper stack
Colorbok - Metallic paper (Gold, Silver and Black)
Crafty Secrets - Favorite Fellas
Carts
 (1) Phrases (Pennants)
 (2) Boys Will Be Boys (Letters)
 (3) Doodle Charms (Presents)
 (4) Cuttin Up (Party Hats)
 (5) Indie Art (Skulls, Spade)
 (6) Father's Day (Playing Cards, Cola Can, Pool Balls and Toolbox & Tools)
 (7) Everyday Pop-Up cards; (Mug and Mini Banners)
 (8) Bump in the Night (Mustaches); and
 (9) Accent Essentials (Accent Circles)
Embellishments - flat bottle caps, bingo chips (Jenny Bowlin), ghost clock (Heidi Swapp), ribbon (my stash), stickles and glossy accents.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my projects.  Please feel free to leave a comment and/or ask any questions.  I will do my best to answer them as soon as possible.
      Be safe, be happy and be inspired. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Altered Box - Treasure Box for Isabella

I made this altered box for Isabella Faith (my niece's baby) for her 1st Birthday.  She is an absolute joy and I wanted to make Treasure Box where her mom can store away special memories for her.  
 First, I painted the box with My Studio acrylic paint (Ivory), except for the rim of the lid, which I used (Bright Magenta).  Then I used wooden letters from my stash for "Isabella Faith" and painted them with Folk Art (Metallic Amethyst).  Lastly, on the letters I placed 2 or 3 gold flat back pearls on each letter (Queen&Co.).  Most of the flowers on the lid are from bunches I buy at a local Dollar Tree (I LOVE these flowers).  The butterflies are also from my local Dollar Tree store.  I stamped around the edges using Scrappy Cat swirly stamps with Stazon (Royal Purple) and several pearls as a extra touch on each stamp.  Finally, I used soft lilac tulle and tied like a bow and placed it just below the picture which is matted on a circle punch (EK Success - 2 3/4 ) and put on 1/2" dimensional pop squares.

The paper collections I used are Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection and DCWV Mariposa.  I punched out circles and flowers using EK Success circle 2 3/4" and flower 3".  I did some distressing Tim Holtz -Victorian Velvet (of course, distressing is almost always a must with my projects..lol).  In some of the circles I matted Little Darling paper and are some I punched out pictures of Isabella and her Mom.  I embellished this side with some more butterflies and pearl strands.  Lastly, I tore away at the upper right hand corner and distressed to get a little peak at the beautiful Mariposa paper underneath.
 On this side of the box I matted pictures of Isabella and her mom and with Fiskars 1" circle punch I punched out images from the Little Darlings paper and adhered to Epiphany Crafts bubble caps .  I embellished with just one butterfly and a dragonfly and beautiful ribbon from my stash I trimmed the bottom of the box.  Lastly, to really appreciate the Mariposa paper, I tore away and distressed on the right hand side of the box.
Finally, on the inside of the box I painted with Bright Magenta acrylic paint, tore and decoupaged Mariposa paper.  I then adhered a clear frame (Princess) over her photo and to the inside of the box.

Making this box for Isabella is more than just a gift to me.  It's a something she will always have that will remind her of me and how much I love her.  

Please feel free to leave a comment and any questions you may on any of the products I used I would be  more than happy to answer.  Thank you so much for stopping by.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I made the following three projects for two of my best friends for their birthday and had such a FABULOUS time.  

 To make this tag I used the following products and techniques: I die cut a tag with the cricut (forgot what cart I used, sorry!); fun fur through the top of the tag and lace ribbon at the bottom (used Tattered Angels mist spray on the lace),
 Crafty Secrets stamp set (Material Girl) and glossy accents on the needle and scissors, hemp around the spool and button from my stash, mini flower also from my stash and lastly I cut out the beautiful lady from DCWV Lady Couture paper stack (used liqua pearls on the dress to give a nice shiny touch).
To alter the Clothespin I used the following products and techniques: I painted the clothespin with metallic purple acrylic paint and distressed the edges with TH (Black Sooth), Prima pearls, Flonz Pinup Sexy Girl stamp set and colored in with ProMarkers and trimmed the dress with pink liqua-pearls.

Flowers and butterflies from my stash. 
  Satin flower (my stash) and Prima (white flower); vintage charms (my stash), fringe and fun fur ribbon (my stash).

 I could not believe how happy my friend was to receive this her altered clothespin.  It brings me such joy!!
Products and techniques I used to alter box:  I painted the box in metallic pink acrylic paint, then distressed it with TH (Black Soot), I used Graphic 45 Steampunk paper all around the edges and inside (sorry, I forgot to take pics of the inside of the box),
Flonz Pinup Sexy Girl stamp set (the lady and mannequin), painted with Promarkers and glossy accents for dimension, TH (ornate plate) , mini flowers (my stash).
 Pretty fringed ribbon (my stash) all around the box and Prima pearls and mini flowers also all around the box.
 Lastly, I used Prima flowers and vintage charms and buttons (my stash).
This gift was for my other friend and she was also so unbelievably happy to receive her gift.  Seeing their reactions and making them happy is absolutely my favorite part of crafting!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

To be crafty is to be HAPPY!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I made this mini chipboard album for my nephew who just had a Beautiful Baby Boy (Jeremiah James).  I chose to make him a book with animals in mind, as this is the decor he is using for the baby's room, so I thought he could put the book on the baby' dresser.  Also, I made it a small book, so he could put the baby's first pictures.  
 In this mini I used only DCWV Animal Crackers and Shimmer paper packs.
The 1st layout - On the left hand side I made a pocket page and on the right hand side a tree representing the new addition to his family tree.  For the tree I collected many different buttons (from my stash), stitched them and then just adhered them to the tree.  Then I die cut 3 tags, stamped baby images and tucked behind the tree for photos and/or journaling.
The 2nd layout - On the left hand side I made a envelope and put several mini tags inside and the left hand side I made a simple photo mat.
 The 3rd layout - On the left hand side is the opposite side of the photo mat and on the right hand side I adhered a ribbon strip so I can tuck in a multi-photo mat  (which holds up to 7 photos).
The 4th layout - On the left hand side I did same as previous page and made another multi-photo mat which opens up and holds up to 8 photos and on the right hand side I die cut a carriage and baby (New Arrival cart) and made two tags for photos and/or journaling.

For embellishing I used all Tim Holtz stamp pads and Fiskars and PeachyKeen stamps; American Crafts chipboard stickers; K&Co. Actopus to Zelephant chipboard pieces; Making Memories Animal Crackers epoxy shapes and buttons; Jolee's and Studio112 stickers; EK Success Adornment Ribbons and ribbons and buttons from my stash. Lastly, I used TH grungeboard on the cover and leaves I pulled off artificial flowers.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment and/or any questions.

To be crafty is to be happy!!
I altered this mini box as a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it.  I don't think these pictures give the box justice.  They could be much cleare.  I apologize. 
 It was fabulous fun making this box.  I will be making several different altered boxes in the next few weeks as gifts and cannot wait to get started on them.  They can be used as jewelry boxes, candy boxes or just about whatever you desire.
 I used the following products: Tim holtz Tattered Time paper stash and ideo-ology (key, sprocket gears, corners, acrylic fragments and film strip).  I used TH mini crown mask on the top of the box; a bronze metal star and wrote I LOVE YOU (I handwrote "I Love You" on the star), I then added glossy accents over it.  Lastly, I placed a picture between two TH fragment tiles and put on top of box.   
 When I gave him the box I looooved the expression on his face.  He is always so grateful of my handmade gifts.
Thank you so much for stopping by and please feel free to leave a comments.

To be Crafty is to be Happy...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I made an altered composition book for my niece.  She is starting new job and facing new adventures, so I thought making her a journal would be good for her to write down her thoughts and memories. 
Her new job is at a Beauty salon in NYC and she loooves glamour and fashion.  So, I wanted the book to have a nice old hollywood vintage look.  I used the following supplies: DCVW Ladies Couture on the front and back covers; Prima flowers; some vintage buttons, pearls strands and ribbons I have in my stash and lastly I used Tim Holtz stamp on the edges of the covers and pages and his movers and shakers Troquel die.


Thank you so much for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment and/or any questions.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My post is a little late, but really wanted to share my projects, as I had so much fun.  I was asked by my nephew's teacher to create some projects to make with her class.  Needless to say, I was so overjoyed and I could not wait to get started.  As you can see from the picture below, my nephew (Nicholas) is holding one of the projects we did with the class and the other was decorating a gift bag.  

The children had so much fun.   Before I left the class I took a picture of each child and the teacher then helped them to cut and paste them in the center of the heart.
To make the three hearts I used: (1)  Love Struck, Gypsy Wanderings; Indie Art carts and Mother's Day Bouquest for Flower Center frame; and (2) Peachykeen Everyday Faces.
For the gift bags, I prepped baggies with all the supplies for each child. First, I adhered a strip of pink ribbon from my stash to each bag and used the following supplies: (1) one pack Jolee's dimensional sticker flowers; (2) pipe cleaners (red, white and pink) I cut down to size (4 in each bag); (3) die cut coffee cup (5.22 x 3.24) from the Gypsy Wanderings cart; (4) paper - My Mind's Eye Lovenest paper pack; and last I put pop dots on the back edges of the cups to make easier for the children to adhere to bags and tuck in pipe cleaners.
 Also, I made a treat for the children and the teacher.  To make treats for the children I used: (1) MCT Stitched Lollipop Holder die; (2) Sizzlet heart die for the outside; and (3) buttons from my stash.  I cannot believe how easy and fun it was to make these.  I look forward to making much more using MCT Stitched Lollipop Holder die.
 For the teacher's gift I bought a plain heart shaped wooden box and used the following supplies:  I first painted the box with walnut stain paint, then sanded the edges.  I used My Mind's Eye Lovenest paper pack.   I then embossed the paper using a hearts design folder and then covered the front and back of the box.  I trimmed the front of the box with lace trim and pearl strands from my stash.  Then, I die cut a heart using Lovestruck cart (used my Gypsy and made card using this design); I then decorated the heart using dimensional Valentine's Day stickers and made a decorated pin, which I placed in center of stickers.  Lastly, I glittered the handles with Martha Stewart glitter (Carnelian) and stickles (Star Dust) on the edge of the heart and put pop dots.  Before I glued down to box I asked my nephew to write a nice note to his teacher.

Two more pictures below of the treats for the kids.  I know my bows are not soo good, but I did not have twine and used floss.  Hope to make them much neater next time, as I am ordering twine, which make much nicer bows..lol.  
I want send a thanks to Emma of MCT, as her and her DT have been a great inspiration.  I promise to practice and put better pictures also.  I finally, got my tripod and should be doing videos very soon.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  To be crafty is to be happy...