Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pumpkin Spice - YUM!

Pumpkins Spice - one of my favorite lattes.  I seriously want one every day from October through December but I am way too frugal to spend money on a latte everyday.  And besides, I don't get in the car every day. So.......I made my own pumpkin spice syrup and unlike most pumpkin spice coffee syrups, mine actually has pumpkin puree in it.
My daughter flipped when she had one of the lattes with this syrup so I made a jar for her.  What is a gift in a mason jar without decorating it?  Around the lid I put some SU washi tape.  In my publishing program I super imposed the latte coffee cup ( Doodle Pantry Biscotti)  on top the pumpkin (Doodle Pantry Fall Patterns).  After printing it onto a sheet of computer paper to make sure I liked it and it was the right size, I then put the tag onto the computer paper with temporary mono adhesive tape runner  making sure it was in the right place so I could print onto the tag.  I printed the leaf (Doodle Pantry Fall Patterns) off to the side on the paper so I could cut it out and glue it to the top of the tag.
Two colors of twine, the colors of the pumpkin, attach the tag to the jar.
Those are enough details - I'm off to make myself a latte.

Challenges:
My Craft Spot - Fall
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Wags and Whiskers - add leaves
Party Time Tuesday - anything
Through the Craft Room Door  - anything 








Monday, November 24, 2014

Leftovers BEFORE Thanksgiving

It has been several years since I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house.  This year I am fortunate enough to be the hostess.  It will be small (compared to other years) with 14 of us and I am looking forward to it.  One of the benefits of having it at my house is the leftovers.  I love them.
At the Kraft Journal, the challenge this week is leftovers, but we aren't really talking food.  Here is a card I made with leftovers.
I will be the first to admit I go over-board saving pieces of cardstock, designer paper, twine, ribbon, etc., etc.  This card is full of leftovers from previous projects and pieces of scraps.
The dinosaur was made a few months ago and has been sitting in the "pieces to be used" box. (Yes, I really do have one!)  The grass, which is really an icicle die, was cut out a while ago too.  The evergren tree is made with a scrap of forest green cardstock and a piece of Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock.  The foot print is Kraft and Brown Kraft.  The sky is a leftover piece of Doodle Pantry digital paper.
The card base is Brown Kraft .  The twine is my favorite Earthy Hemp Cord.
The words and sentiment are computer generated.
So do you have leftovers that need to be used/  We, at The Kraft Journal, would love to see what you do with them.

Challenges:
Di's Digis Challenge - for kids
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything



Friday, November 21, 2014

Bushels of Thanks

Here is another card I made with Diane's Daydream Designs sets, Bushel and a Peck, Give Thanks to the Lord, and Signs of Fall.

I love all these sets and I really enjoy working with pre-colored images. The colors in the verse are already done for me.  What a great idea and saves me the trouble of tweaking them in my publisher program.
The button is cut with a  MFT die and threaded with twine from the Kraft Outlet.
I considered putting a die cut cardstock frame around the verse but decided to just use the Spellbinders  die to emboss a frame.  I like the openness that it gives the card.
You can't see it in the photo but the pumpkin and leaves in front of it are popped up with a dimesional. 
If this is the last time you will be visiting my blog before Thanksgiving Day, let me take this time to wish you a wonderful one.  And remember to give thanks to Whom thanks is due.  God is the giver of all perfect gifts and He is good; His love does endure forever.

Challenges:

Sweet Stamps - anything
Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - Thanksgiving
Party Time Tuesday - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - Thanksgiving
Meljen - thanks
2 Cute - orange, brown, yellow
Great Impressions - Thankful thoughts
Words 2 Scrap By - gratitude






Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Hot Wednesday With Twill Tape

It is What's Hot Wednesday at the Kraft Journal.  What am I featuring?  Twill Ribbon.  I love using it and the Kraft Journal has several fun designs to choose from.   But I also used some other products found at the Kraft Outlet.

For this first card  I started with Buff Ivory Cardstock.  I put black cardstock behind Dictionary Page,  then I used a library card and pocket.  The words at the top are stickers but I wanted a message on the card so I printed out a sentiment from Ginger's House.
The alarm clock by Gina K Designs in the center is embossed with gold.  Don't you love the twill ribbon with the clock faces? 

Here is another card - this time using Vintage Key Twill Ribbon - so pretty.

For this card I used a piece of a Dictionary page, distressing the edges and adding a little copper embossing.  The heart lock is a GKD stamp.  The main panel is backed with Brown Kraft Cardstock.  The key, which is cut with a die, is tied on with some of my favorite Natural Hemp Cord.

I hope your liked these ideas of how to use twill ribbon.
BTW there are a few more days to play the sketch challenge at the Kraft Journal.  We would love to see your entries.

Through the Craft Room Door - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cards Galore - anything
Party Time Tuesday  - anything
Stamp and Create - ribbons or bows
Frosted Designs - white space



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joy At Christmastime

Sometimes during the Holiday Season, especially after shopping, I think I could collapse into a chair and drink a cup of cocoa this big.  Definitely could if it were peppermint flavored.

This cute image is by Bugaboo, the sponsor at Die Cut Divas this month.  He is colored with Prisma pencils.  The three circle layers are all cut out with Spellbinder dies and my Cuttlebug.  Those red and white dots are paper dots.  Really like them because they don't add much "bump" for mailing.
There are still almost 2 weeks left in the Die Cut Diva's Challenge - Any Holidays.  We would love to see your entries.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sister Act - anything
Craft 4 Eternity - bright colors
Crafty Sentiments - 2 or more papers
Stamp and Create - ribbon
Without Words - prepare for Christmas


Monday, November 17, 2014

Autumn Decorations


Last week I showed you one of the projects I made for the Craft Fair.  Here is another one.  It was fun making these, giving each a different look.  Here are two more that I took pics of before the fair.
For each of the banners that I made, I used Doodle Pantry Monogram letters.
Here are some close ups:

The original idea for these came from Sharron Johnson at JustRite.  Years ago she made these accordion decorations for Christmas.  I CASED the idea.  In fact I made a bunch of them for the Craft Fair.  But as I was making them, my daughter said I should make some for Thanksgiving.  I ended up selling more of those than the Christmas ones!  I will be showing some of the Christmas ones in a later post.

Challenges:
Party Time Tuesday - anything
Crafty Sentiments - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
V's Sweet Ideas - anything
Craft 4 Eternity - bright colors
Stampin Boutique - thankful
2 Cute - yellow, orange, brown
Di's Digi - fall colors
Great Impressions - special thanks
Paper Creators - anything
Wags and Whiskers - add some leaves




Friday, November 14, 2014

Who Is Ready For Christmas?

Well, not me but I am playing around with some of the winter/Christmas digital images and digital papers at Diane's Daydream Designs trying to get a jump on it.
I bought this clear ornament last time I was in a craft store, not knowing what I was going to do with it.  I have been playing around with canning jars, filling them with various items and wicks for lanterns so I gave it a go with the ornament,  stuffing some greenery in first and then adding the deer and blue flower (in the background).  The deer already looks like it has glitter on it when it is printed but I added Stickles all over to really make it sparkle.  If I make another one, I think I will go easy on myself and glue the deer to the outside instead of trying to fit him through the top.  Getting him flat again and just the right placement was a little difficult.
BTW, the paper in the background is also Diane's Daydream Design digital paper.   Love it.
Here is a pic of the set:
And one of the paper pack:



I used to paint tree ornaments.  After a serious cut to my index and third finger, I lost the feeling in my index finger.  That is when I stopped painting.  I keep telling myself to get back to it but I have so much fun with paper, I hate to give that time up for painting! Who knows, maybe someday.  But this is the new ornament that will go on my tree this year.


Challenges:
Pile It On - special occasions
Simon Monday - ornaments
Paper Takes - 2 or 4 legs
Party Time Tuesday - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday -anything
Paper Creators - anything goes
Stamp and Create - ribbon or bows
Sister Act -anything