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


FTHS May Blog Hop – CASEd ‘Tini

Hi all!  Lately, it seems I’m always apologizing for the long absences.  At the end of 2016, I mentioned how it was a big year for my family and that we had moved.  Well, we have moved again!  This time from the apartment (2 bedrooms, 2 adults, 2 children {boy & girl} entering tween years in the same room and a big dog who developed separation anxiety — can you say “the novelty has worn off?”) into our new home.  Since we always do things a little crazy, we closed at 4 PM on a Wednesday, had to be out of the apartment by noon on Friday and only my husband was off on Friday!  It was a little crazy, to say the least!  But, it’s a great house with a fantastic piece of property.  We are slowly getting settled and a new Pink Room is underway.  However, with all of the moving, 99% of my crafting supplies are still in boxes.  So things will likely still be quiet for a while around here.  

************************************************************************************Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. We have a “CASE it” theme this month. Each team member will be showcasing a card CASE-D (copy and share everything) from another teammate.

As you hop along, please leave a comment on each blog. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store.

We are also having a link up contest with this hop. We invite you to pick one of the FTHS DT members and “CASE” one of their cards and add it to linky collection, by Sunday May 7th. Everyone who enters will be entered into a random drawing. One lucky winner will win three images of choice from the store!

If you have arrived from Brenda, you are in the right place, if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog, so you don’t miss anything.

I am CASEing Doni and all of her fabulousness.  Doni’s coloring is awesome and I love how her style varies from CAS to lots of layers.  Doni uses lots of Birdbrain images and I opted to go with the Martini Chicks, which she used in the following two cards.

Tini Landscape

Given that most of my supplies are still packed, I was fortunate to have the Chicks colored up already.  {Their martini glasses are bone dry as well because my Glossy Accents are not yet found!} I was going to create a little mini-martini gift set, but I don’t like martinis.  Mike & Ike’s and Chewy Lemonheads to the rescue!  I used the One Martini… sentiment to create the progression — one little martini growing gradually to the third, which means the floor!

Tini Vertical

Now head over to Doni and see what she has created.

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Sunday May 7th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday May 9th.




KGC Thanks a Bunch

Hi all! Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend!  I’m here and on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today with a project I did back in JUNE!  *GASP!*  These were actually the thank you gifts for my kids’ teachers, the school nurse and my daughter’s aide.  Because we had four gifts to purchase, I had to keep it small and the grocery store florist came through big time.  They had these great little orchids for $5.  I picked out four, made up sweet tags for each gift bag and they were done!KGC Purple Orchid Tag

This was my favorite of the four tags.  I love the richness of the colors and it matched the orchid so well.  I used my MFT die-namics again to create the tags.  I stamped one of the floral images from Grace’s Happy Heart in VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder on each tag.  Then I used a variety of Distress Inks and other dye inks to blend each tag.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Grace’s Little Note in VersaFine Onyx and embossed that with clear embossing powder.

Simple, but packing that big punch of WOW!  Here are the other three tags I created.

KGC Periwinkle Orchid TagKGC Thanks a Bunch pink

KGC Peachy Pink Orchid Tag

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you liked my project!  See you again soon!



KGC – Sunflowers for You

Hi there!  I’m up on the Kennedy Grace Creations blog today.  Before we start peeking some new products from Kennedy Grace Creations, I wanted to share with you a quick one featuring the Beautiful Blooms – Sunflower  that was released last month.

When I was growing up, we had sunflowers in our backyard.  I remember sitting at the top of a step ladder to reach the tippy-top of the sunflowers.  They are such beautiful flowers — even if they aren’t all that cooperative showing their faces.
KGC Sunflowers for Jill & Amy.jpg
I wanted to do something unexpected for some friends recently and found bunches of sunflowers at the grocery store, which made this so easy.  I created a simple tag using MFT die-namics.  I stamped my sunflower in VersaMark on watercolor paper and heat embossed with Zing Chestnut embossing powder.  I love that it made the center that deep brown of the flower.  I then colored them up using Distress Inks (a mix of Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn for the leaves).  The sentiment was stamped in VersaFine Onyx and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then added the bow in brown gingham and finished it off with some sequins from Mocha Vanilla Latte.  They made sweet little bouquets!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my project!  See you again soon!

PTI SAF 2014 — Challenge #9 Card Corsage

I realize I didn’t get a very good picture of this one *sorry*!  For the 1940s card corsage, I loved the dies with this!  I had brought my Take Out box die from PTI along and we all opted to create a box instead of a card.  This was the perfect size.  I created my flowers, wrapped the stem in some washi tape and added in a Tiny Tag.

Challenge Submissions
PTI SAF 2014 — Challenge #9 Card Corsage

Supplies: PTI Tiny Take Out Box die, 1940’s SAF set & dies, Tiny Tags set & dies, Raspberry Fizz ink; ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

JJ Celebrates

Hi all!  A very quick post!  It’s been a LONG and HOT day!  I’m very much looking forward to Sunday when our high should only be 85 (instead of 98 and real feels of 100+)!

Today’s Catch the Bug challenge is Tag, You’re It!

I opted to make a wine bottle tag.  I used JJ again and combined her with the MFT wine bottle die.  I kept it simple with a black, read and polka dot theme.

Challenge Submissions
Catch the Bug – Christmas in July – Tag, You’re It
My Craft Spot — #104 Christmas in July

JJ Celebrates
Stamps: Bugaboo JJ Calendar Months – January; PTI Signature Christmas
Copics: C3, C5, C7, C9, R22, R24, R27, R20, E00, RV10, E25, E27, E29
Other Stuff:

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:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!