Thankful

Happy Tuesday blog readers! 
Today, I am sharing a little creation that puts pieces and parts from other cards.
The polka dots add a little graphic detail and fun while the flower adds a pop of color. I layered the die cut "thankful" in black on top of gold!! It turned out so well!
Stamps are Altenew, dies from PTI. 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Eva


Oh Pink, You Sure are Pretty!

Pink is not a color you will tend to see me use a lot. OK...almost never. I'm not sure why but I just don't typically lean to it.
But this stamp set from Altenew made me pull the red/pink color family out.
This card turned out so crisp and refreshing it makes my heart sing!
Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!
Eva 

A Challenge Card (ctd386)..Who Me???

I am having the best weekend I have had in a while! It was a three day for me with some not so fun but necessary things to do on Friday, but the rest has been a rare gem! Yesterday was a day of fishing with the family for the first time in way to many years. Today was crafting! It doesn't get much better!!! 
I saw this Color Throw Down challenge and decided to play along.

Below is my entry for the challenge...I was super excited to have colors that fit this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by the ole blog!
Have a super day!
Eva

Instagram MFT Card Round Up


I have realized that I have put a load of cards on Instagram and given the ole blog no love at all. So just on the off chance I have a few blog followers that are not on Instagram, I've decided to do some "dumps" from the IG to my blog.
The card above is one of my recent favs! Fresh , springy colors with the blue that makes it all pop!

Speaking of pop, I need to play with this soda pop set a little more. So little time, so many stamps.


And finally for today, this little bricked background beauty. One of my favorite color combos!
Thanks for stopping by, have a super day!





Sew...it's 2 am

And, I so can't sleep. Why not update my horrible outdated and overdue blog 😊. 
I tend to spend my time on Instagram these days which ends up leaving my blog a little neglected. I'll have to keep this blog when u can't sleep thing in mind! Today I am showing you some quilted burp rags I made. I started with a jelly roll and have to say the strips were so crooked they couldn't be straightened. I sewed them together anyway and realized the crooked mess could not leave my house! So I cut the baby quilt top down and it is way less noticeable this way! These were even gifted!

This is a top to a blanket that I need to have done in a week. Jelly roll strips in much better shape this time! It took 1.5 years to get my first blanket completed...I'm skeptical of completion after 3 short weeks. I'll post a peak when I'm done!! Thanks for stopping by today!

Hymnal Wreath Tutorial


3 years ago, at our annual fall craft day in little Mentor, one of the attendees brought a  Hymnal Wreath make and take for us to try. Yes, she brought enough of these cones for at least 5 people to create one of these large wreaths!! 

I have had so many compliments on the wreaths, I thought I'd share a tutorial. I believe the success is in the little tips she gave! So grab a cup of java and have a sitz, cause this may get long!


The first thing you need is a card board circle for the base of the wreath. I use cake rounds I buy from Walmart or Hobby Lobby. This is a 16 in round but you can use any size. You will want to find the center.


The last two photos show finding the center by drawing your horizontal and verticle mid lines.


Once you have the center you will need to draw two circles for the layer lines. Yep, thats a pencil, string and a straight pin, pretty high tech and not my favorite, but it works! Precision trammels can be put on a ruler or a yard stick for great results but I have not purchased those yet.


Once you have your two circles (do notice they are not perfect but its OK as long as you are close the cones will do some of the work for you!)

Now for the cones, any hymnal will work. Just pull out the pages and trim up the torn side. 
Making the cones takes a little practice but once you get it, you will be on your way.
Wrap those babies tight.
Below you see what I call a bad cone. Too loose and will not create the structured, professional look you want.


Now, below this text, is a good cone. All wrapped up tight as a bug!


You will need scotch tape to secure the very end of the cone. You should not need to tape at the top if you have the cone well wrapped.



Next, hold the cone in front of you with the top tip facing you just as you would like to see it on the wreath. Pinch the bottom if the cone 1/4 to 1/2 inch is good. Then you will staple the bottom. This will give you a flat piece to glue to the cardboard circle. You will need anywhere from 70-100 cones. depending on the size of your circle. It takes no time at all. Wrap them all, staple them all and on to the next step.


Now....put a hole in the cardboard and if you are really super organized and more decisive than I am, go ahead and put your ribbon that the wreath will be hung with through that hole. Nothing worse than getting all those delicate cones glued down, just to realize you have no way to hang the beauty! True story...and I actually forgot that step initially in the tutorial, good thing I reviewed.


You are ready to get the hot glue gun out and go to work. CAUTION hot glue is HOT!!! I had huge blisters the first year I made these things. You want something to use to be able to push the hot glued tip onto the cardboard. I have used a ruler end or a pencil eraser. Below you will see I used my cricut spatula.  Save your fingers people!!


Now for the glue. Work the outside circle first. I do this in quarter sections that you have after finding the center. I glue a cone on each side of the quarter section using my outer drawn line as a guide. 


I then eyeball the middle of the quarter section I am working on and add another cone. This creates two small sections.


By focusing on small sections the task is much less overwhelming and you will get a nice circle when you are completely finished. 


Cones will vary in width a tad. Working the small sections also allows you to try out the cones you want in each section before glueing them down, this helps to get the "full" look, no big gaps.


Once you finish the outside row, stand back and admire your work...because it is a little work!


Repeat the same process on the inside circle.


Yeah!! You are getting closer!


Now you can add the decorations! I find this part a lot more challenging than the cones. Those round ornaments don't like to sit still! I use glittered snow flakes (Walmart and Hobby Lobby carry them) on the outside around the ornaments.
Here is a look at the finished wreath.


Here a couple smaller wreaths done with 4 inch circles. They still turned out pretty good sized.


These are only one full layer with a few strategically placed to hide some gaps and a few to give added deminsion.


Hopefully this has been helpful! Happy wreath making and Merry Christmas.
Eva

OH Birdie, Birdie!

I host a craft day in the fall and winter here in little Mentorville. I was over the moon when I sat down and my friend who was sitting next to me had brought Tim Holtz's Bird Crazy stamps!!! Not only did I fall more in love with them, I think everyone had colored a bird by the end of the day! I colored and paper pieced some birds. This is one of the pieced birds.
Thank you for stopping by my blog!!
Happy stamping!
Evs

Refreshing!

Good Monday Morning! Everyone survived the Candy Coma Day aka Halloween and World Series all in one weekend!
Thought I'd share a card I put together with pieces I made at craft day. My hubs has worked for Coca Cola for over 20 years so I flipped when I saw the soda bottle dies from MFT...so cute!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! 
Have a great day!
Eva

Oh Baby!

It' another hot and humid day here in Kansas! Good news is that its a perfect opportunity to finish and package a baby shower gift. For as long as I have been stamping, baby cards have not been something I have done. No one was having babies so no need for them! Its a good thing I picked up one stamp set from a garage sale to have on hand!
I decided to do a little ink blending, one of my favorite things to do. Blended on the card base then placed the stencil over the top, used the same colors and blended some more.
I used my only baby set from PTI for the onsite and sentiment.
I recently finished my first quilt. It was a smaller quilt to make it manageable...perfect for a baby boy! I used one of the jelly roll strips and tied a bow around it.
Next comes the packaging. I love using Laurie Willison's card hanger die. It allows the card to become part of the packaging while leaving the inside sentiments private. So clever!
 Below is the finished bag. I do have to say, I'm still very challenged by the tissue paper thing, lol!
Thank you for stopping by my blog! 
Have a super DAY!
Eva


A Little Latte

I am finally going to update this blog! Yeah!
I made a little card for an MFT challenge and need to link it up so here it is!

I love this coffee cup die from MFT! I have had my eye on it for along time! The coffee marks were made with a stencil and chocolate chip ink.
Thanks for stopping by to look! 
Have a fabulous day!

Rainbow on a Snowy Day...

Sunday was a productive, cold and snowy crafting day here at my house.I woke up this morning and quickly helped my daughter finish up her 2 scrapbooks we were working on so she could head back to college. Then something strange happened....I has MOJO!! I knitted a little (which by the way I have now completely torn apart, LOL) and then started making cards. 

This little gem below is the product of having two cut pieces from the Lil' Inkers Chevron Cover Up plate setting on top of each other after cutting them.

 I ended up going with it. I simply put one on top of the other, going in opposite directions. I glued the two pieces together and them placed on top of a piece of card stock that I had blended ink on. 

I used the Lil'Inkers Seriously Die and cut it out of black and layered it on top of a white banner. Since it is a thinner word the solid white banner helped it to stand out. 
I added a few little sequins...and I love it!

   Thanks for stopping by my blog today!
Hope you have a wonderful week! 

Eva

Hello, Hello

I'm stopping in to share a bright and cherry little number with you!
I know black is not cheery but those flowers are!!
I used Hero arts ink and WPlus9 Pretty Peonies for the stamped piece. I layers a little piece of black ad white stamped cardstock to the edge and a yellow button with twine to finish it off. The Hello stamp is from Reverse Confetti.
Thanks for visiting my blog and until next time...stamp, stamp, and stamp s,more!
Eva

Change of Scenery...

I thought it might be time for a little change of scenery here on the blog. Seems as though I have forgot all about this blogging thing since right before Christmas. Time flies!!

This Valentine card was made with a PTI die and stamp set. 
I added a little bling and twine for texture and interest.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Have a great week.
Eva

NN Inky Paws Challenge #16 Christmas

As promised, I have one last Holiday Hounds Christmas card to share with you.
I will say that using the same stamp set on 8 different cards all at one time made me feel more creative!! Kept me focused!
If you click on the picture you will head over to Newton's Nook Blog post that features the challenge cards. 
This time, I decided to make my very FIRST shaker card!
I used my Spellbinders to make the shaker window and then added foam tape to the back.
I filled my little shaker window with beads and sequins....to be honest, I didn't want to use too many sequins. I have the fear that so many other crafter's have..."what if I run out and need one in the middle of the night"...so I have more beads in there.

I placed a layer of sparkly icicle at the bottom of the window and attached a sparkly snowflake and gold floral die cut to the top, tying it off with a little bit of red scrapper's floss.


I stamped the sentiment in brick red ink onto a strip of vellum and attached it to the card front.
I was not so sure about this card, but it has grown on me and it was my friend's favorite out of the 8 that I made.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Until next time make sure you Stamp S'More!
Eva


Newton's Nook #16 Christmas


Obsession?? No not me never!! LOL, those who know me well, know that is not exactly true.
However, in my defensive when it comes to the Holiday Hound set, I do have a co-worker that loves the little weiner dog and she requested some hand made Christmas cards to send to friends and family.Lucky for my blog readers, I made them all different :).
I'm entering this little guy (or gal) into the inky paws Christmas Challenge. Click on the picture to head over to the gallery. 
The blue and white piece was cut first with my Lil'Inkers stitched die. I then cut the snow drifts using my Lawn Fawn stitched border dies and layered them.
The Christmas trees are a little make shift---triangles from PTI.  
The music stamped on the background was done in Wild Wasabi and the stamp is from Hero Arts. I added a few little sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some green and white twine from The Twinery for accent.

I'll be back with what will most likely be my last Holiday Hounds card tomorrow. Then I'm headed to snowmen for a while :)
Have a fabulous day!

Eva

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