FTHS Wee Bit o’Luck

Hi all!  Happy Wednesday!  We are back in much more normal March weather this week.  Last week the kids had shorts out and were running around without jackets.  This week, it’s cooler, rainy & drizzly and everyone is battling allergies & colds.  Never mind, the time change! UGH!

I have a card today for the midweek inspiration post over at From the Heart Stamps.  St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays {love me some bag pipes!} and Wee Bit and Lots o Luck is such a sweet image from FTHS.


I colored up my jar of shamrocks with varying shades of green Copics and added a touch of Glossy Accents around the jar rim.  The image is cut with a Pierced Rectangle STAX die.  My dotted panel is Doodlebug paper, of course, cut with Blueprints 13.  I popped each layer up on Fun Foam to add some overall dimension.  The sentiment is included in the set and I cut it out with a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX die, doubling up to create the double flag.  To finish it off, I pulled out some OLD shamrock buttons and selected a nice, big glittery one.  I threaded the center with some twine and popped that up on dimensionals as well.  Finally some tiny rhinestones finished off the sentiment.

I wish you a wee bit o’luck for St. Patrick’s Day!  Make sure you stop by the FTHS blog to see what other fantastic projects my fellow design team members have created!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon!


Challenge Submissions

City Crafter Challenge — #303 Make it Green

Shopping Our Stash — #243 Oh Me Lucky Charms (stash items: shamrock button, twine & designer paper)

Get Creative Challenges — St. Patrick’s Day

Make My Monday — Lucky






My Favorite Things – 2012 Part 1

Good Morning! As we approach the New Year, I decided to pull up my favorites for 2012.  I must admit, my pickings weren’t as plentiful as I had in the past, but I think I still managed to find a few cute things.  🙂  Today I have January through June.

This was for the Bugaboo Stamps birthday celebration and it is one of my favorite Bugaboo images.  It is just perfect for kid birthday cards.
Not only do I love how this card turned out, but it had so much meaning behind it.  I had my bilateral mastectomy in February and found out later that month that the cancer was gone.  Definitely a HUGE happening in 2012 for me!

This was my first project following my surgery.  It was so great to be back in my room and crafting.  I also love all of the pinks and dots.  Plus, who doesn’t love Stella?

I have two for April — I just couldn’t pick.

First is this adorable card using a By Lori Designs image.  I just really love the colors in this card and the sweet image.

Second, is this great pencil vase I made for my daughter’s teacher.  This was an upcycled tin can with pencils glued around it.  It was such a great way to give her a gift of flowers.

Again, I have two.

First, was the card I made for my radiation crew.  I finished radiation in May, which was the end of my cancer treatments — active treatments, not the surgery road.  This was a sentiment from Create with TLC, which was just perfect for them.

Second was a trio of cards for the There She Goes Mother of All Blog Hops.  I really love the Blessings set, especially the sentiments.

Hands down, my favorite from June was my invitation for my 40th birthday party.  It was also one of the big events in 2012 for me.  We had a fabulous party with lots of sweets.  It was such a great day!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the second half of the year!

There She Goes MOABH

Welcome to the 3rd annual Mother of All Blog Hops sponsored by There She Goes Clears Stamps!   Yesterday and today, we (customers and trendsetters!) have been featuring some of our favorite There She Goes Clear Stamp sets!   Not only that, we’re going to give YOU a chance to win some fabulous prizes!
To find out how, please go to the There She Goes’ blog and read the simple instructions.

I’m very excited to be participating in this blog hop again!  One of my favorite TSG sets is Blessings.  I love the sentiments included with the set and decided to focus on them.  
I created a set of three cards — one regular size and 2 small 3×3 cards.  
The larger card uses the longest sentiment in the Blessings set.  It worked very nicely with the Labels 11 Nestability set.  Since the set has an Irish theme, I always lean toward greens.  Here I used Basic Grey Origins papers, along with cream accents of lace and flowers.
 One 3×3 just uses the Blessings sentiment, but as a mount, I created a background using one of the Celtic knot images.  I stamped it with Memento Bamboo Leaves, stamping off occasionally to create some changes in the background and allowing me to overlap the images.

Finally, the last card uses another sentiment with the same layout as the other 3×3.

Now, I’ll send you on your way to the next stop on the hop.  Please click on the InLinkz below and follow it to the next blog!

http://www.inlinkz.com/cs.php?id=152017Blessings Trio
Stamps: There She Goes Blessings
Paper: Vintage Cream, Pinefeather, Basic Grey Origins
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Bamboo Leaves
Other Stuff: lace, Prima flowers, Nesties Labels 11

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

A St. Patrick’s Day Claddagh

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is one of my favorite days and we have an absolutely gorgeous day. Being from Wisconsin originally, rarely was St. Patrick’s Day sunny and 60+ degrees.

One of my favorite images from the Flourishes Irish Blessings set is the claddagh. Long before my husband and I were married, we worked close to a small Irish gift shop in NYC. I forget the occasion, but I gave him a claddagh necklace one year and it has always been a favorite of ours. So I’m giving him a claddagh again today, in the form of a card.

I really love the easel cards and it worked out perfectly. I stamped the claddagh in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with my Copics. I then cut it out with Labels 11 and paired it with Chocolate Chip and River Rock. Using a gold gel pen, I accented the heart. My River Rock is embossed with the Floral & Stone Impressabilities. It was my first time using an Impressabilities and in my opinion, you don’t get nearly as deep of an embossing as you do with a Cuttlebug folder. However, I love the design of this particular one. I stamped two of the sentiments from the set and cut them out as well with my Labels 11.

On the lower piece, I added the larger sentiment as the easel stop and then did some paper piercing. I picked up this awesome paper piercing template from I {heart} Papers and there are perfect four leaf clovers in various sizes. I pierced two and added a tiny Basic Grey half pearl to each center.

A St. Patrick’s Day Claddagh
Stamps: Flourishes Irish Blessings
Paper: Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Select White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: E35, E55, E71, G85
Other Stuff: gold gelly pen, Labels 11, Impressabilities Floral & Stone, ribbon, Basic Grey half pearls, Ectasy paper piercing template

Thanks so much for stopping by today!