Santa’s Helpers Wine Charms

Hi all!  I’m not sure if any of you are sticking with me and my random absences.  If you are, say hi and let me know you are here! And, a big thank you from me!

I’m here today with a set of fun wine charms featuring the Santa’s Helpers set from Craftin’ Desert Divas.  I just loved that little llama when the set was released and finally added it to my collection recently.  I decided to make some wine glass charms with Shrinky Dinks.

Here are my sweet little helpers prior to shrinking.



Pre-shrinking (please disregard my really nasty toaster oven pan)


Post shrinking and also post reading the directions to see the recommendation to cover your pan with foil.

CDD Wine Charm Collage

And here they all are!  Aren’t they cute?  I created a wine bottle tag to go along with the set.  Each little helper is on a jump ring and strung onto a charm ring with some beads.  They really were quite easy to put together and came out really cute!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope to see you again soon (or in three weeks!)


Challenge Submissions:

Simon Says Stamps – Furry Friends

Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes Christmas


Sweet 16 of 2016

Hello!  Yes, it’s been a very long time!  I didn’t intend to take such a long absence, but it just kind of happened.  2016 was a big year for many reasons.  My family was finally able to put a plan to move into action and we moved back to my home state of Wisconsin.  It happened rather quick, even after trying to make it a reality for years.  No matter how you slice it, moving is always stressful, crazy and difficult!  We are renting an apartment so that we can take our time to find the right house in the right neighborhood.  I’ve lost my dedicated crafting space, which is a big reason you haven’t seen a lot from me.  {Four humans and a big dog in a 2 bedroom apartment can be interesting, to say the least!}  I can’t promise there will be an uptick in posts coming in 2017, but there just might be.  🙂

Before I get on to the Sweet 16, if you are looking for me and I’m not blogging, you are likely to find me more often on Instagram or my Facebook page for PRT.

Anyway, I wanted to end the year with my Sweet 16 for 2016.  Here we go, in chronological order:



I was thrilled with how this BIG burger turned out!  Coloring can be daunting sometimes!



This is counting as one of the sweet 16!  My kiddos have gerbils and these were little cards from the gerbils to their humans.  Unfortunately, we lost Sandy on Halloween.  Smokey is still with us and my daughter now has Dusty — a gerbil who looks almost the same as Sandy.

FTHS139 Hoppy Birthday take 3

My husband’s birthday card and again, I was thrilled with the coloring.

Sophisticated Script Hello

I absolutely adore the Concord & 9th Sophisticated Script alphabet set.  It is a brilliant concept and I used it a lot — I made over 100 name tags for students in the PTA Art Show with this alpha and they turned out really well.  This was such a super CAS & quick card in some of my favorite colors.


FTHS Knit Happens

Again, coloring and a Birdbrain.  Love the rich & warm colors.

FTHS142 Keep Calm

This was super fun as well!  Homemade enamel dots!


KG April Color Prayers

KG Hello Paris

A pair of watercolor cards for Kennedy Grace Creations.  Love the clean lines of the thoughts and prayers card and love the watercolor background for the Eiffel Tower.


MFTCC44 Ainsley Hello

This is a card of my daughter’s — she pulled it all together on her own and it’s a great card!

KGC Hydrangea Birthday

Purples are not my favorite, but this came out really spot on!


FTHS154 Hot Chick

Flossie the Flamingo {I felt the need to name her!}

FTHS158 Cold One

Love the monochromatic grays!  I finally gave my husband this card in November!


KGC Coral Rose Love tray up top

This was part of the staging of our house to sell it.  I put this little tray in our bedroom, pulling in the colors of the room.  It was quite love-ly.


These were tags for teacher thank you gifts and I love how they turned out.  They popped a punch and were quick & simple!


My niece was married in September and this was my card for the newlyweds.  It was also my entry to the MFT Card Design Superstar contest.


Orange is definitely not a favorite color of mine, but this turned out quite well.  Love the addition of the gold.

So there you have it!  My Sweet 16 of 2016!  I hope 2017 brings you prosperity, health, happiness and lots of crafty time!

HUGS ~~ Cammy

FTHS -Go Pack Go Birdbrains!

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  I’m back with some mid-week inspirations for From the Heart Stamps.  Of course, you know I’m a huge fan of the snowmen in the store.  This week, I’m switching it up a bit and featuring some Birdbrains.

If you’ve read my blog for anytime, you know that I’m a huge football fan, specifically the Green Bay Packers.  So today, I have a set of Birdbrain magnets. {Which were nearly impossible to photograph!}

So I used the super fun Birdbrain Football Fanatic set.  I love that they come with blank banners that can be filled in with the sentiments included in the set or something else.  First, I took the single banner waving birdbrain and mirrored him in Photoshop.  I wanted to have one going in each direction.  Then, I added in GO on the two singles and PACK on the larger banner.  After printing them, I cut them out with Zig Zag Stitched Squares and colored them with Copics.  Now, I have to admit that I just LOVE the PACK banner Birdbrain because it looks like he is wearing a cheesehead! HA!  Each one is popped up on some dimensionals and matted on a larger Zig Zag Square.  Finally, I just added some magnetic vent cover to the back to make them magnets.

Here they are on a magnetic board for my daughter’s mosaic building toy.  No matter where I put them, I  had a ton of glare – sorry about that! They will now take up residence on the refrigerator in our basement, which is the football zone!
Thanks for stopping by today and don’t forget to check out the blog to see what the other design team members have come up with!

Challenge Submissions

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Zombie Happy Meal

Hi all!  I’m here to sneak in one last Halloween project.  As I mentioned, I have been teaching a class at my kiddos’ school for the PTA enrichment program after school.  I based my class in paper crafting, obviously, and used the Envelope Punch Board as an additional basis.  This was a super fun project we made.  I found this awesome tutorial for a Happy Meal Box on youtube.

So I created my Happy Meal with some old Stampin’ Up paper. You’d want a decent weight paper to create a sturdy box.

After creating my box, I stamped a panel with Sweet Stamp Shop Zombies.  I kept the panel simple because it was going to be the inspiration for 9 year olds.  I colored my zombies with Copics and then sponged some Distress ink over the top to dirty them up.  My zombie girl has a spider on her head, which is quite fancy with a rhinestone body.

Inside the box, the zombie fingers and cracker fit quite nicely.  I had intended to put in a hamburger box with something, but it didn’t fit, amongst other issues (what to put in the box, box construction).

The “fries” are zombie fingers, which I cut with my Cameo.  I used different colors of Bazzill papers from Michaels for the fingers — they had the nice texture to them, which added to the fingers.

The fingers had a box to hold them up and we put a roll of Smarties in each finger.

Finally, the cracker was filled with Zombie Kisses.  I recently discovered Jaded Blossom stamps and absolutely love the candy stamps.  Super fun!

Challenge Submissions
Karleigh Sue Challenge Blog — #2 Halloween theme 
The Crafting Cafe — Not a Card

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Another HYCCT Project Trio!

Hi all!  WOW!  Yesterday was a blur for me!  I had to make a trip to Costco, which was a zoo, as you can imagine.  I did manage to get a few Christmas presents from there.  A few phone calls, putting things away finding hiding spots, swim lessons for the kids and it was a whirlwind.  Tis the season!

Today I have another 3 of my final HYCCT projects for you.  First up is an altered composition notebook.  The challenge was to alter a note pad/book.  I know how much info is thrown at you during treatment, so having a place to jot things down is definitely useful.

My kids use a ton of composition notebooks for school, so we always have extra around the house.  I used a pretty heart paper from the MAMBI Breast Cancer pad and kept it fairly simple.  To add a bit more, I put a pretty white bow with a trio of roses and a sentiment on a Fishtail Flag.

Next up is my first attempt at mixed media.  This was kind of a train wreck for  me! LOL!

 Here was my thought process — First I crumpled up a piece of white tissue paper and glued it to white card stock.  I used a LOT of glue and was impatient in waiting for it to dry.  LOL!  I went over the tissue paper with watercolor pencils, thinking this would show a night sky.  Then I added red sticky tape stars with glitter — of course, since I failed to wait long enough for my tissue paper/glue to dry, the glitter kind of blobbed together.  {Insert foot tapping, rolling eyes smiley!}  I still went with it and stamped a sentiment from the Irish Blessings set from Paper Pretties.  Unfortunately, due to my overuse of glue, once it dried, it curled up far too much and the card didn’t make the trip to UT MD Anderson.

Finally, my card for the subway art challenge.

For my card, I decided to create  my own subway graffiti wall.  I sponged my brick wall using the MFT Brick Wall stencil with Toile Pink Palette ink.  Then I stamped sentiments from the MFT Clearly Sentimental about Audrey set in varying shades of pink.  Finally, I added in a few splotches of paint from the Abstract Art set.

Challenge Submissions
Dream Valley Challenges — #70 CAS (subway art card)
Challenges 4 Everybody — #34 Anything Goes

HOPE composition notebook: MFT Cooper Alphabet; MAMBI breast cancer paper, Recollections card stock; ribbon, Prima roses, MFT Fishtail Flags die-namics, rhinestones, composition notebook

Mixed Irish Blessings: Paper Pretties Irish Blessings; Enchanted Evening; tissue paper, watercolor pencils, Martha Stewart glitter, red, sticky stars, ribbon, MFT Polka Dot Greetings die-namic; Memento Tuxedo Black

Pink Subway Art: MFT Clearly Sentimental about Audrey, MFT Abstract Art; MFT Brick Wall stencil; A*muse berry, blush, watermelon inks; Toile Pink Palette ink; Black Licorice (MFT), Raspberry Fizz (PTI)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy 40th!

Hi all!  Happy Sunday!  I’m a week post surgery and thankfully, the “you can’t lift your arms above your shoulders” restriction has been lifted.  I’m still rather restricted as to what I can and can’t do, but I feel pretty good and hopefully, will be getting back into the swing of things soon.

Today I finally have my husband’s 40th birthday card/book that I made him.  It’s only taken me two months to get it posted!  Shortly before his birthday, Whimsie Doodles had this hilarious Zombie Lover image — my husband is a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead – so I needed a way to incorporate a zombie into his birthday card.  I did a little shopping in the Whimsie Doodle shop and picked up some other images that allowed me to put together a little accordion fold book.

I had a stash of chipboard that I covered with some designer papers from Echo Park – A Boy’s Life.  I kept the front simple and added in a 40 cut with MFT High Rise Numbers.

I started off with the Super Dad image from Whimsie Doodles — the little tags were just printed on the computer.

Next came the Blogger Boy image — aka computer “geek” — and Mr. Fix It.

Finally was the Zombie Love — those dripping brains are just too much! LOL!

Here’s the book open.

Finally, for his gift, I opted to give him a basket of 40 of his favorite things.  To keep this cost effective,  there were lots of little treats — Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joy, beer, gum and some Walking Dead figurines.  He loved it!  His birthday was actually spent at a Mumford & Sons concert in Brooklyn, which was just downright awesome!

Challenge Submissions
Crafty Catz — #179 This One’s For The Boys
Aud Sentiments — #78 For a Guy

Happy 40th!
Stamps:  Whimsie Doodles Mr. Fix It, Super Dad, Zombie Love, Blogger Boy
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cyrogen, Echo Park A Boy’s Life
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Other Stuff:

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LOVEFEST2013G Dream Crews

Hi all!  Happy Thursday!  I have a sweet project for your today.  Yesterday’s MFT sponsored Love Fest challenge was to Make My Day.  To make a project for someone who’s been going through a rough time and tell the story behind it.

Here’s our story:

A difficulty in our house lately is getting our kids to sleep in their own beds and remain there for the night.  Our daughter is 7 and son is 5.  Our daughter is afraid of the dark.  She sleeps with multiple lamps on in her room and throws a fit if we ask to turn one off.  Occasionally, she goes to sleep in our bed and then my husband has to carry her in to her bed.  The other night, she actually woke up and asked him to turn on her light.   Often in the middle of the night, she ends up in our bed, sleeping across the foot of the bed. The reason she is at the foot is that our son crawls in between my husband and I.  He’s quite the sprawling sleeper, so he takes up a chunk of bed real estate.   Typically,  he kicks my husband out of our bed and he (my husband) sleeps the remainder of the night in our son’s bed.  My husband doesn’t complain too much about this as he finds his bed more comfortable than ours.  LOL!

When I saw this challenge, I thought of my uninked and retired MFT stamps of Night Night Ellie, Cuddle Up Carter and Hooga Booga.  I decided to create a “Dream Crew” for each of the kids.  

First up is our daughter’s.  I masked and stamped two of the monsters with Ellie.  I wanted it to appear like they were holding on to her or comforting her.  I did a lot of paper piecing with papers from Doodlebug Hello Spring.   The frame size is 5×7 and required a mat of sorts.  I created one with strips of the designer papers and then a squiggle border.  I needed to add a title of sorts and of course, thought of this after stamping my images.  Ainsley’s Dream Crew was printed and cut out with a Fishtail Flags STAX die-namic.  It is popped up on dimensionals and I added in a bunch of purple stars to give a bit more attention to it.  Under her Dream Crew title, it reads “Always present to keep monsters & bad dreams at bay.”

Next up is our son’s.  Now, he doesn’t know yet, but his stamp is named Carter, just like him.  Again, I did lots of paper piecing, using more Doodlebug papers from Snips & Snails.  After giving him his Dream Crew last night, he commented that he wished he had monkey pajamas and frog slippers.  He’s so stinkin’ cute!

We were not successful last night with Carter going to sleep in his bed or staying there.  He’s such a snuggle bug that I don’t complain too much — unless he starts kicking me.  All bets are off then!  Ainsley did go to sleep in her bed, with her dream crew in bed with her and lights on.  Although we didn’t cure all of our sleeping dysfunctions, the kids  love their dream crews and that is all that matters.  

Challenge Submissions
LOVEFEST2013G — Make My Day
Penny’s Paper Crafty — #115 Anything Goes
Melonheadz Friends — For a child
Glitter ‘n Sparkle — #20 Anything but a card

Dream Crews
Stamps: My Favorite Things Night Night Ellie, Cuddle Up Carter, Hooga Booga (all retired)
Paper: Cryogen, MFT cardstock, Doodlebug Snips & Snails, Hello Spring
Copics: B0000, Y11, E23, E00, E25, B06, B01, G00, G20, G24, RV11, R20, V15, RV13, RV10, V12, E35, E31, E21
Other Stuff: die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, Squiggle Border, rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by today!