Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CBD - Anything Goes for Christmas

Anything Goes with a Twist - All Things Christmas!

Crafting by Designs has started their last Anything Goes Challenge for 2014.  
For this month they have added a twist. 

Anything Goes for Christmas
This month we have THREE wonderful sponsors 

Prize: $10 credit to Etsy store

Prize: winners choice of 2 digis from Etsy store

Prize: 12 voucher to store

I used a great design from Aurora Wings, to create a cute thank you card.  During the Holiday Season I come home to gifts left on the porch by friends that try to stop by when we are away from home.  When something like this happens, I like to send them a Thank You card to let them know that we have received the gift and very thankful of their kindness.  The Penguin with the Santa hat was just perfect for this. 

Here's the full card.  I wanted him to look like he was on an Iceberg or something.  Husband said it looks like a patch of grass. 

I used some CTMH Clear Sparkle glue for the ball and band on his hat.

I added a little extra sparkle to the candy cane with some clear Wink of Stella.  

Overall I'm pretty happy with how this quick thank you card has turned out. 

Be sure to stop by the Crafting by Designs blog to check out the rest of the  design teams creations and enter your own Christmas Creation. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CBD Give Thanks Challenge

Hi Everyone!  Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks
away here in the U.S. and this week's challenge on the Crafting by Designs Blog is to create a project  that shows something that you are thankful for. 

We have two awesome sponsors for the challenge, first up Sami Stamps and second Diane's Daydream Designs. Both are offering fabulous prizes.

And if you wouldn't mind, please share something or someone you are thankful for. For me, I'm extremely Thankful for my Family.  They have really been a rock for me this past year and I'm very lucky to have them.  

Prize - $12 credit to store

I used two images from Diane's Daydream Designs to create this quick Thanksgiving dinner invitation. 

I used the Jaded Blossom Ticket Book Die to create the base of the invitation and cut two of them.  I glued the stub ends together and then tied some twine around the end.  

Here's a look at the inside.  I will print the time and place information on a sheet of clear labels and stick on the inside of my invites. 

Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to enter your Thankful creation in this weeks Crafting By Designs Challenge.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quick Halloween Card

Happy Halloween to everyone.  I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday.  
I just had to have an awesome Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set.  Then after I purchased it I realized that I don't usually make Halloween cards.  Me and my terrible buying habits.  So I decided that I would use the stamp and send a card to my son.  I won't be seeing him on Halloween this year so I would just add it to his care package.  
I started with embossing the spiderweb on to the purple cardstock and then running some black ink over it so it would show up a little more.  I used the A Muse Studio Classic Tag die and Boo Stamp set for the sentiment.  The pattern paper and twine is from Doodlebug.  I stamped the images from the Lawn Fawn set and colored them in with Copics.  

Mike was happy with his card....and all the Reese's Peanutbutter Cups. 

Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Create - Craft - Share YouTube Hop October

Hello Everyone.

I'm glad you could stop by today and join us for the Create*Craft* Share YouTube Hop.  This month we are creating Halloween Decore` projects.  This month I created two separate banners. 

The first one I used my sewing machine.  I have it hung in my living room. 

The second  banner I created using material, iron-on pellon and fabric glue.  This banner was created with some pre-printed material  I just had to iron on the pellon, trim with pinking wheel and glue together. 

Thanks for stopping by today.  To take a look at all the stops in today's YouTube hop, here's a complete list of the YouTube Channels.


Rhonda M. Bewley Ratliff-

Tammy Smith -  (ME)
My Scrap Menagerie:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CBD - Getting Ready for Christmas Oct 2014

October 22, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas

Hello Everyone.  Today Crafting by Design is starting a new challenge.  Each month we create a Christmas card so when we reach December we already have a few of our cards done and don't stress out over creating a bunch of cards. 

This week we are being sponsored by Just a Few Lines digital stamps.  

I created a cute little card with the digital stamp Seeing Santa


I used the Penny Black Christmas Story background stamp to create the background on the white paper.  The tree is from the Amuse Studio Winter Stag set.  

Be sure to stop by the Crafting by Designs blog and check out the rest of the design teams creations and enter your own Christmas creation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cards Created at Heartfelt Crop

Hello Everyone, 
I attended the Heartfelt Escape and Create crop a few weekends ago.  While I was there I created a few cards.  
A close friend of our son's is getting married.  It totally amazes me how old these kids are getting.  Brad was such a fun kid to have around and now he's all grown up and ready to marry the love of his life.  So I needed to create a card for them.  The stamps I used are from Jaded Blossom.
The second card was for my brother-in-laws birthday.  Earlier this year he purchased a new motorcycle.  So there was nothing better than using the Paper Smooches Spiffy Scooter stamp set.  

My third card I created was for the My Mind's Eye challenge.  I just happen to have a stamp printed off by Eureka Stamps on hand.  So here's what I created.  

It's been fun sharing my few creations from the crop with you.  I will stop by again on Wednesday with a creations for the Crafting by Designs weekly challenge. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scrappin Madge Birthday Blog Hop

September 17, 2014
Hello Everyone.  I'm so excited to be a part of this great hop and helping Madge celebrate her birthday.   She has gathered a great group of friends to be apart of her birthday celebration.  So make sure you start at the beginning and giver her some Birthday Wishes. 
  I will be giving out my own form of a Birthday Gift to help the Celebration.  There will be a drawing with to pick a winner of a $10 gift certificate to Scrappin Madge's Close to My Heart store.   All you need to do is leave a comment below to be entered to win.
If you are already following the hop along, you should have just left the very talented Melissa at From The Heart blog. 
I have to start by saying that this month has the most birthdays for our family so I have been in mass production card making mode.  
I have to also admit that many nights I sit on the couch with my bag of Copic markers and a stack of random printed or stamped images.  So I took a look at some of the images I'd already colored and decided that I could make use of them to help along the card making.
 I went real old school on these two cards.  I used two Close to My Heart stamp sets.  The first one was Banner Wishes (B1438).  I stamped the banner, but I didn't really like how the happy birthday fit in it.  So I picked up a discontinued CTMH stamp set with a sentiment that I thought fit better. Then fussy cut out the banner.  Looking back I wish I would have stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them a real light yellow and pink.  

Now the fun was going to be finding paper to match my already randomly colored images.  Well, being a craft supply hoarder, it didn't take long to find some great pattern and solid paper and some matching enamel dots. 

I'm still thinking I need to add some ribbon or twine on them somewhere.

And the insides with a nice place to add my special messages.  


I hope you have enjoyed visiting with all of us today in Celebrating Scrappin Madge's Birthday.  Your next stop in our hop is  the very talented Jessica Kephart.  

 Remember to leave a comment below to be entered to win. A $10 CTMH Gift Certificate to Scrappin Madge's shop.  

I know how easy it is to get detracted with all the great projects so here's a complete hop list.  

Start: Scrappin Madge:
Rhonda M. Bewley Ratliff:
Jessica Douglass Wilson:
Jennifer Gallacher:
Tammy Smith:  <<<< You are here.>>>>
Jessica Kephart:  <<<Go Here Next>>>

Thursday, May 15, 2014

C&S Pocket Page Thursday - Graduation


 Pocket Page Thursday

Graduation Day

Hello Everyone.   Not so long ago I was at a crop with a friend and we started talking about her son graduating from high school this year.  I just so happen to be trying to think of what to do for this pocket post and paper and decided that I was going to create this layout and give it to her.  So I started asking about Senior pictures of her son.   She was at a complete loss as to what I was asking for.  She had no idea that many schools do a special session of pictures for senior.  

So I asked for just some pictures of her son that I could use and she handed me a couple of his senior prom pictures.  

So this is what I was able to design using Doodlebugs The Graduate paper line and the Paper Smooches Seeing Stars stamp set.  

So I have this idea that I could create some pockets to hold a few of the things that Seniors collect.  The first being the extra name cards that kids swap after all the invitations are sent out.  I used the tabs from the Frills sticker sheet to label the pockets.

The pockets are the perfect size for a mini-deploma that is offered in many of the graduation kits from Jostens.  

In the top corner I cut out some of the books in the paper and used it as corner holders for the picture.  In the bottom corner, I stamped some stars, backed them with black paper and only adhered the two corners.  So a picture can be slipped in and out.  

Down the center of the other page, I put boxes that will allow for Journling or wallet size pictures of friends.  The flag and books were off the sticker sheet.  I added 2014 in tiny gold foil numbers.

 The glittery cap and GRAD are leftover cupcake toppers from years ago. 

Here's a full view of the second layout.  The two fill in cards are from the Simply Put Album Inserts and then I created two larger photo mats.  

Thanks for check out our great Graduation Inspirations.  The products used in today's featured creations can be purchased in the Cuttin' and Stampin' Scrappy Supplies store.  
You can go to the Challenge blog site to enter your own creations.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

C&S Step by Step 1-22-14

January 22, 2014

I just love it when things come together and I can take care of two projects at once.  Today I will be creating a 3x4 card that can be attached to a card front or used as a pocket page filler card.  I'm follow another blog Project Life Card Swap, where we swap 3x4 and 4x6 cards.  I picket the Love theme this month which works really well with this weeks featured paper Love Notes from Crate Paper and the Paper Smooches Love Struck stamp set.  

I knew I needed to make 10 cards for trading so I started with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die and used it to cut two cards at a time.  This is actually the fist time I've cut more than one piece of paper at a time and I was really surprised how well it did.  I just folded my 8 1/2 x 11 paper in half and the die fit perfectly.  I was able to cut 6 from each sheet of paper. 

 I then took the Paper Smooches Love die and cut it out of the flying hearts paper.  I don't know what I was thinking, because you really can't see the hearts on it.  Then I took the die and traced the outline of it and cut it out with scissors.  I needed to create a shadow for my die cut and this is the easiest way I've found to do that.  

 I took the Love Struck stamp set and stamped and then used the metal die cut for the arrow.   I cut out the heart with the Spellbinders heat die and covered it with Glossy Accents.  After looking at it, the arrow seemed real plain so I colored it with some Wink of Stella silver and pink.

Then I did was something I don't normally recommend, but I have been know to do it a few times.  That is cut my stamp in half.  This way I can use the part of the stamp I need.  With the clear stamps it's very easy to place them back together and stamp with them as a whole unit later on. 

I used the Struck part of the stamp.  Using Versamark ink and white embossing powder really helps the word stand out.  I then took my Uni-ball white gel pen and traced along the outside of the stamp where the stitching marks from the die are. 

One down, nine more to go.  

The anything goes with an arrow challenge ends on Monday.  Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and get your creation entered.  We would love to see what you create. 

Until next time.