Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Roaring 20's

Hey bloggers, how are you holding up under all this pressure to be good? I think I'm am fine, as crafting is my passion anyway & I'm perfectly happy staying in and doing what I love! My little doggie is missing the neighbors though. I can tell she is really sick of looking at my pajamas! LOL
I worked on this card For a couple days as I would get distracted by phone, T.V., Facebook, etc. I finally finished it and I'm in love with it. The products I used are Crafters Companion.
I started out with a 5" X 7" card base to accommodate the printed image on the Roaring 20" paper. I used a double sided die called Sprigs and Blossoms for some of the twiggy looking elements on her headdress. The sparkle on her head band is Chloe Pink Champagne glitter. Never seen anything quite like this stuff. It's amazing. I'm thinking CC needs to make it in more colors! The rest of the card is made from different elements of the Natures Garden "Peony" collection. Even the large cabbage rose. The three sized petal stamps & dies were each cut two times, inked up with Fuchsia water re-active ink. I shaped them and formed into the rose! The "Hello" die is also from this collection. The papers are from CC also, Mirror, Glitter, & Essentials. Wonderful card stock. I hope you get a bit of inspiration from my card today.

Be safe and take extra precaution in these troubled times.
Big cyber hugs from me to you,

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sympathy cards

Much as I hate to make this type of card, I am very happy with the way these turned out.  I used the Crafter's Companion Double sided dies, Rose & Sprigs and Blossoms, which are fascinating to work with by the way. And one of the new Edge'ables dies, With Sympathy. The little rose corner die is from the CC magazine # 15. I also used some Centura Pearl card stock, and some of the 3" X 6" mat 220 gsm color coordinating paper pads. The rhinestones and ribbon are from my stash. The beauty of these cards is there is plenty of dimension but they still will fit in a 6" X 6" envelope. I struggle with that and have a boatload of envelopes that were never used as my cards normally require a box. I am so happy to have discovered, with the help of Crafter's Companion, a way to start using them up! I hope you enjoy the inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be cautious, safe, and healthy in these troubled times.
Hugs, Maureen

Friday, March 13, 2020

Hello, it's me!!

Hello bloggers, I've been away for what seems like forever. I've had a lot change in my life over the past little while. Sold my home that I lived in for over 25 years. Wow, was that ever an experience I care NOT to repeat! It took my sister and I a year sort, pack, and get the house ready to sell. I never knew I had sooooo much stuff. I moved into a mobile home less than half the size of my house. Talk about the mother of all downsizing! My house sold in ONE week, and for the first time in like forever, I was homeless! The buyer gave me 45 days to move, which I was ever so grateful for.......But the chase was on! When you live in Wisconsin, December is never a good time to move, much less when you are in the market for a mobile home. And to avoid having to move twice I had to find a place immediately. The only thing I found that was in my budget and livable was in Green Bay which is 160 miles from my old home, almost 200 from where I wanted to live. 
I am going to write a book on what to do, and NOT to do, when moving a mobile home for senior citizens. I will become rich!
On to the good stuff. I now, and finally have my craft room in working order, so I'm ready to once again join the living in the paper crafting world. I have applied for, and hope to be chosen for a spot on the Design Team for Crafter's Companion. They are a UK based company and sell all over the world. The also sell on the HSN home shopping network.They have stunning products and very high quality. I would be proud to promote their product.

Whether I am accepted on the DT or not, my intention is to get my Blog back up and running. Facebook is a wonderful way to stay in touch and promote, but I think the blogging is the ultimate way for instruction on projects. I REALLY need to learn how to YOU TUBE!
 I'm adding this 6" X 6" card to this post made with Crafter's Companion products. My first post in  a long time so I hope it meets all expectations!

All of the products used in this card are listed  as follows from the Peony Collection. Sara Davies, the company's founder has a line called Natures Garden. This  one of the series.
Peony 12"X 12" paper pad
Green Glitter Card Stock
"Hello" decorative die
Flourishing Vines die
Layered Peony Stamp & Die set
Primula die (Spring is in the Air Collection)
Beautiful Butterflies die (Spring is in the Air Collection)
Harmony Pink Tulip, Fuchsia. & Plum Jam, Water-Reactive Dye Inks
Midas Jade Green Metallic Pigment Ink
Various colored card stock, glues, rhinestones, stamens & flower centers from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping in and wish me luck! Big hugs to you all!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Saying So Long to Heartfelt

For those of you who don't know, I am stepping down from the Heartfelt Creations Design Team. I have loved every minute of my position, but I am at a time in my life where I need to make changes in it. I am getting older now and this big old house is way too much for me to keep up with. The maintenance, yard work, wood heat, just to name a few things, can at times be overwhelming. I am going to be getting my house ready to go on the market so I can downsize to something more manageable. I feel with all this looming I just wouldn't be able to give my HC designs the justice they deserve. So for now it is a sad so long.  I may not be very active on my blog for a while so I am going to apologize for it now. 
Maybe, after all this hoopla of house selling, packing, moving and so on, I may be able to re-apply to the design team in the future. So to make a long story short.......You've not seen the last of me!

I am showing my last two projects for Heartfelt today. A pop-up card and a 5" X 7" Flamingo card. Love those birds. Did you know they are born white? The turn that gorgeous peachy rose color because the iodine in the shrimp they love to eat reacts with their feathers to turn them that wonderful color. Too bad shrimp doesn't do that for us humans, self tanning products would no longer be needed!

The complete instructions for this project can be found HERE.

Now for these graceful Flamingos.

Here's a close-up of this lovely bird.

Thank you all for your faithful following of my blog. I hope to be back here soon, but only time will tell.

Much love and gratitude,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Aloha from Heartfelt Creations

Hi bloggers, here is another project from the newest release from Heartfelt Creations
The Tropical Paradise collection is one of my favorites this year. the birds are just stunning and this Zentanglesk (?) Toucan is a dream! I tried to use the colors of a true Toucan & work them into all the intricate swirls and lines of this stamp. I LOVE how he looks. I hope you do too!

Here's a close-up of this delightful happy bird!

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to head on over to the HC Blog for complete instructions on this project & tons of tropical inspiration from my teammates.

Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Release

Hello bloggers. Guess what day it is? It's Release day!! Heartfelt Creations new Tropical Paradise is fabulous! Here for your reading pleasure is a description written by our sweet Tracey, who always does such a great job.

Escape to an exotic paradise where the air is warm, lush rainforests are filled with the calls of outlandish birds of paradise, and the day begins and ends with the most spectacular array of colors!  Heartfelt Creations invites you to slip away to utopia with the new Tropical Paradise Collection!  Filled with bright and vibrant colors, the exquisitely designed paper collection will transport you to a tropical island with its fiery sunset reds, dazzling sunny yellows, deep ocean blues and rich leafy greens!  Discover the unique and breathtaking birds that call this exotic place home, from toucans to parrots, flamingos and cockatoos which have all been beautifully illustrated and assembled into three dynamic cling stamp sets and coordinating dies!  Further your equatorial escape with realistically shaped plumeria flowers most commonly known for their inclusion in traditional Hawaiian leis boasting blossoms in pinks, whites, reds and yellows amid their large, leafy foliage.  Join us as we walk the warm, sandy beaches and the glistening ocean laps at the shoreline and help us bid a warm Aloha to the new Tropical Paradise Collection! 

I have created a Lei for my opening project for this collection. I hope you enjoy it.

For complete instructions for this project and many other beautiful pieces of inspiration from my teammates head on over to the HC Blog.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Hugs, Maureen

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Monkey is having a special day!

Hi bloggers, how's your day going so far? This guy looks like he's having a great one, don't you think? This is the last week of all these monkey shines before our new release next week. I hope you can relax a little bit today, just like this fella right here. In a perfect world we would all have days like this!  Heartfelt Creations Monkeying Around Collection is loads of animated fun!

Be sure to stop over to see the mixed collection of inspiration from my teammates on the HC Blog today, we've got something for everyone!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hugs, Maureen