Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Hodge Podge of winter delights....and some Christmas tags too!

Hello Friends,
Life is moving at a very fast pace these days!  So...I am going to try something a little bit different here on my blog.  Since I just do not seem to sit down and write posts as much as I should I am going to do a "summary" post of some of the crafty and "life" things that I have been up to lately.  A post in photos mainly from my Instagram page "Greenwdgirl" so some of you may have seen these before.....if not...grab a cup of something hot and sit back and enjoy!

 I decorated inside and out for Autumn and Tim and I carved pumpkins for Halloween! ( I promised some of you a picture showing the new paint color from this summer when my house went from beige to this lovely light shade of blue.)

I discovered the "Project Life" App via my friend Brandy at Brandywine Designs.....and began loving to scrapbook again!  So easy to have the pages printed at Persnickety or at home on your printer...etc..
I began to crochet as the weather got colder for a special "Christmas Shabby Vintage" Swap with my dear friend Alease who blogs at "Pretties Please Crafty Corner" and makes videos as "Leasy46" on YouTube.  She is such a fun lady!  Here are some of the things I made for her:

I crocheted around the edge of a Papertrey Ink Limitless Layers Heart Die Cut....and added a crocheted rolled rose....
 Some more crocheted roses....
 Some simple cream thread crochet flowers...these take about 5 minutes each in front of the TV when I have time in the evenings....
 Note:  Butterfly and Ribbon Cards are from digital files available at Iralamija Shop on ETSY!  More crocheted flowers....and some felt bows using a My Creative Time die from Emma's lovely store.
 I made this turquoise crocheted flower up while playing around one night and made 3 of them before the evening was over....They were Alease's favorite out of the items I sent! :)
 Just a few of the items I sent out all grouped together....

Here is a picture of the items I received from Alease:

Aren't those Magnolia Doohickey Santa Faces adorable!!!!!!  Plus that sweet card with the Penny Black image!  Etc. Etc. Etc.!!!!  I am set for Holiday Crafting! Thanks again Alease!!!!! You are so generous!

 She made these embellishments for me too and I placed them in this glittered birds nest from Michael's...

Next I prepped some areas of my craft room with all of my Christmas Crafting goodies.  I do this each year so I have everything right at hand for tag-making, crafty projects, and gift are some pictures:

I have a traditional section of red and green and white and cream items:

And a pastel vintage area too this year with lots of goodies from friends on YouTube:

Then I started some Christmas Tag making:
 Some pink candy canes using some lovely Tilda Papers....
 The "Little House" die from Magnolia and some more candy canes waiting for embellishments....
 The finished candy cane tags....Love those Lili of the Valley stamped tiny tags - I use them A LOT!
 I had to make some of these snow globe tags too:   Thanks PTI and Betsy Veldman!  The house and tree and reindeer are sitting on a quilted heart sent to me by my friend Rhonda Coleman.  Adorable!  Tiny snowflakes are from a Memory Box die.
 How about some stocking tags?  Also in a light pastel color scheme.....they look like sherbert ice cream to me....oops I must be getting hungry!
 And more of these lovely Waltzingmouse Stamps tags.....with some lovely fabric plaid bows....

And more little houses ready to be tied onto packages or anything fun!
 An entire village grew in my living room over this past weekend:
 And I also got started on a Christmas scarf for my family name draw gift....we are all making our presents this year!  What fun!

 Well did you make it to the end?  I bet your coffee cup was empty long ago!  Thanks for taking a peek at what I have been up to!  The most important and fun thing I have been up to is taking care of this sweet boy:

Love when he comes out of school with a smile this big from the fun he had in ART class!  He was so excited!  Love that grin!

Thanks for tuning in my friends! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!  My little one is out of school on break the whole week so we will be doing lots of fun things together for the hoilday!
Blessing to you all! Your friendship is a gift to me each day!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tag You're It! Challenge #9

Happy November Everyone! is officially the "Holiday" season and that means that I am making lots of Christmas tags and cards in my craft room!  I love the inspiration at the Tag You're It Challenge! Here is the graphic:

The lovely and talented Leigh Penner created these beauties!  I love the use of the word dies and the papers with the different size stripes.  Her tags inspired me to create these:

 I used my new Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday word dies; some crochet flowers that I made with pink thread and some little angel charms as tree toppers.  The paper is digital and from Iralamija Shop on ETSY.

I have to say that mine are probably not CAS so I am not sure if they fit with the challenge guidelines?!   But alas it is where the inspiration took me. 

Thanks for taking a look! 
Crafty Hugs,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Paper Sweeties November Inspiration Challenge #25 - 'Holiday Joy'

Hello Friends,
Today I get to join the incredible Paper Sweeties Design Team as a guest designer as we kick off the November Inspiration Challenge #25 - Holiday Joy!  Here is the lovely inspiration graphic:

Red, white and turquoise!  Such a pretty color combination and with such a pretty picture to inspire!

Here is what I came up with:

I used two of the October release sets to make my card and an older stamp set called "Naughty or Nice" for the sentiment "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas".

To create my banner I actually used an upside down Christmas Tree stamp from the "Trim the Tree" stamp set.  I used both the back and front of the stamp to create the banner.  I stamped the back side twice in red and once in aqua.  Then I flipped to the front side of the stamp and stamped the actual image on top of each colored banner piece. This is a quick way to add color to your stamped images without having to use markers.  I then hand-cut the entire piece out and used a stamped and die-cut word "JOY" from the Sweet Cuts "JOY" set to create the letters for my banner. A piece of vellum and a thin strip of turquoise card stock finish the bottom of the card along with the black-embossed sentiment and a twine bow.

 There are tons of beautiful projects using this inspiration on the design team's blogs.  Here is a list so you can visit them all:
Monthly Challenge Team Blog Hop List:

                                             November Guest Designer: Jill Norwood

Thanks for taking a look at my holiday card!  I hope you will join in this fun challenge.  There are free digital stamps on the Paper Sweeties blog under the "about" section if you do not yet own any of Debbie's incredible stamps!  And if you win the lovely prize of a $20.00 gift certificate you will be able to buy some of your own to love! :)
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Festive Friday Challenge #43 Ocotber 25 - Nov 5, 2014

Hello Friends,
Are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year?  I am trying to get ready hence I joined in the Festive Friday Challenge #43 today!  Here is the wonderful inspiration graphic:

I was inspired by the deep red and dark grey tones in the photo as well as the pops of white.

I used a new stamp and die set from Paper Sweeties called "Trim the Tree".  This tree actually stamps and die cuts all in one piece but from the first moment I saw this set I knew that I would be cutting the sections apart to make some cute "wonky" Christmas trees.  I actually made 3 cards today but will share the other two later on. 
I selectively inked the sentiment so that the word "wonderful" could be in red!  I love it!!!

Thanks for taking a look at my card!  So nice to be adding to my Christmas card stash!
Christmas Crafting is my FAVORITE!  Did I just sound like Will Ferrell in ELF or what?!  LOL!  Anyone ready for some spaghetti with maple syrup?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Christmas Cards.....with Purple Onion Designs Stamps...

Hello Friends,
I finally got a non-rainy morning to take some pictures of some Christmas cards that I made over the past few days for gift giving this year. These two cards use stamps from designer Stacey Yacula with Purple Onion Designs.  I also used my brand new snowglobe stamp and die from Taylored Expressions!  LOVE IT!!!!!  And a puffy "snow" pen for the winter sky in my snow globe.  You hit the snow dots with your heat gun and instant 3-dimensional snow in your snow globe!  Too fun!!!

 The sentiment "You're Snow Special" is from a Paper Sweeties stamp set. The stitched rounded corners diecut is from Lil Inkers.  :)

 The embossing folder and the snow-globe stamp/die are both from Taylored Expressions.  I glued 5 diecuts together to make the snow globe dimensional like chipboard...see next photo:
Thanks for peeking at my cards!
:) Jill

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waltzingmouse October 2014 PJ Party - Challenge #3: Old Pajamas

Hello Friends,
I am here today to join in with the "Old Pajamas" challenge #3 at Waltzingmouse Stamps October Pajama Party.  I have been working on some Christmas tags over the past few weeks and I created some using the "Very Vintage Christmas Stamp Set" as well as a sentiment from the "Compliments of the Season" Stamp set. The plaid bows on the vintage-style tags are made from fabric that I tore and frayed the edges of.   

 Thanks for taking a look!  Enjoy the pajama party!
:) Jill