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Thursday, June 28, 2012


I enjoy designing and crafting paper crafts:

  • They are fun to make and fun to give
  • I am on two design teams and  make:cards, altered objects,and other   paper crafts
  • People so love it when a homemade card or project is received
Since I am on two design teams and want to showcase their images and/or sentiments, I enter Blog Challenges. It is fun to see your project on other blogs. It is really wonderful when viewers leave a comment:) It is especially awesome when a prize is won, even if it is a random draw.
With that being said: I won at Dutch Dare this week. That entitles me to choose and receive 5 Robyn Fetish image...YEAH.  Only crafters now how exciting this can be!!!

Just felt that I had to share my good news!!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Splashin Fun

I want to thank all of you who participated in my Birthday Blog Candy, especially all my new followers...I am almost at 200!!!!I have met so many blogger friends in the past two years:) Thanks for your words of encouragement and for visiting often. 

I also want to thank all of you who participated in our Happy Birthday challenge at Lexi's Creations.There were so many beautiful entries. I am glad that I did not have to choose a winner!

Our challenge for the next two weeks will be At the Beach.  I chose to use the image: Splashin Fun Ollie Duck.
This is a lollipop holder!! 
What child,or adult, wouldn't love a lollipop after swimming???
Here is the side view.
Couldn't make just one!!

These lollipop holders were so easy to make and I had fun coloring the delightful images.I honestly don't remember where I got the idea from. I did alter the original. I will try and explain how to make one.
Lollipop Holder
cut a piece of CS 8 1/2 inches long and 2 1/4 inches wide
fold this rectangle in half and score
turn the rectangle horizontal
from the left side, score  at 2 inches
from the right side score at 2 1/2 inches
now fold the CS into a triangle (look at second picture)
You will need to punch a hole on the fold so that the lollipop will poke through
decorate the front with your image or sentiment

I hope that this makes sense to you. If not, please leave me a comment and I will try and help you.

Materials used:
CS: Close To My Heart
Image: Lexi's Creations
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Colored with Copic Markers
Glossy Accents used on the goggles

Thank you for taking the time to visit. I hope that I have inspired you to make a beach project, perhaps even a lollipop holder.When you have completed your beach inspired paper craft, just click HERE to enter our current challenge. Please feel free to leave a comment (I do read each one:) and/or follow this blog. I hope that you will find some time each day to do something fun and creative. Have a wonderful week. Hope to see you again soon.

I am sharing this lollipop holder with:
belli challenge: Anything but a card
the house that stamps built: Head for the beach
simon says stamps challenge: Anything but a card

artimpressionsstamps: Make us laugh
charisma cardz : summer
dutch dare-card challenges : Summer Fun
make it monday: Anything Goes
tammy scrapin corner: Anything Goes, an artist

Lucky Ladybug

I want to thank all of you who participated in my Birthday Blog Candy, especially all my new followers...I am almost at 200!!!!I have met so many blogger friends in the past two years:) Thanks for your words of encouragement and for visiting often. 

We have a great summer fun digi stamp kit to show off to you today.  It's called Summer Cuties stamps by Lil Ellaboudy Design.
Our theme for Challenge #131 is Bright Summer Colors!

So many wonderful choices. It was so difficult to decide! 
I know that a ladybug is a symbol of good luck and I made this shape card for a former student who just moved to a new state for her first career job. I know that she will appreciate receiving mail:)

I used tiny glass beads to add texture to the ladybug's spots.
The sentiment pulls from the bottom.
A close up of the sentiment.

Materials Used:
CS: Michael's
Microbeads: Recollections-Michael's

Thanks for stopping by this week. I hope that I have inspired you to create a summer paper craft. When you have created your Bright Summer Color project, You can click HERE to enter our current challenge. Please feel free to follow this blog and/or leave a comment. (I do read each comment:) I hope that you will find a few minutes, or more, each day to do something that you enjoy. Have a wonderful week.

I am sharing my ladybug card with:
crafts and me challenges: Anything Goes
word art wednesday: Use an encouraging or uplifting sentiment
craft your passion challenges: Things with Wings
fashionista challenge: Winged Things
incy wincy designs: Anything Goes
love to create challenge: Anything Goes
make it monday: Anything Goes
stamp and create blog : Bold and Bright
totally stamp a licious: Red and White and?
cute daisy may: things with wings
dream valley challenges: things with wings

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Birthday Blog Candy

A huge thank you to all who have visited this blog during the past 16 days
( and perhaps the past two years). I put all the names in a box and drew the following name late last night. 
June 20th was a special day...our 25th wedding anniversary! Twenty five years married to my best friend, time surely goes quickly when you are having fun:) 
I hope that you will continue to visit and that I inspire you to be creative. Hugs, Barbara

Announcement: The Lucky Winner of my:
 Birthday Blog Candy
Tammy Lee!!

Tammy, please E Mail me with your address so I can mail this wonderful package of crafting supplies.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Independence Day

.Are you ready for some true summer colors and fun?  If you said yes, you are going to be really excited about this weeks featured set, Fourth of July Party by Riefka Design! Day, a national holiday, is celebrated in the U.S. on July 4th. 

I decided to step "out of the box" and alter an easel. It was so easy with these images. Just size and print!

Using Word , I posted the sentiment on the image before printing.I added some Stickles to the stars, ribbon and gems... a nice table decoration for June-July:)
Our design team created some inspiring projects for you showing off this set. Just  click Here to see them.

Materials Used:
Easel: Michael's dollar bin
Images: My Grafico
Stickles, ribbon, gems: Michael's

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog. I do appreciate all the comments my blogging friends leave:) My follower are near the 200 mark!!! I am so excited. If you like what you see and don't want to miss any projects, please consider becoming a follower:) I hope that I have inspired you to create your own Independence Day project. I plan on making a card or two also,using this set. Remember that you don't need a machine that will cut SVG files. I cut them out with scissors. The nicest part is that these images are precolored so I can spend more time thinking about layouts and embellishments. 

Tomorrow, Summer officially begins,,,but today surely feel like summer with a 90 degree day and oppressive humidity. Who's complaining, most of our year we are cold!! Have a wonderful week. 

Remember,our current challenge at My Grafico is a graduation challenge that you can join in on!  Click HERE to link up your project.

I still have blog birthday candy available. Just scroll down and leave a comment. June 20, 2012 if the last day to leave a comment. Good luck!!

I am sharing this paper project with:
divas by design challenge: summer theme
my mums craft shop challenges : Clean and simple
paper pretties blog: Red, white, blue
delightful sketches: For the boys
do you stack up: For a man or boy
samuel taylors.blogspot: Red, white, blue
clear it out challenge: anything goes, with two or more ribbons
the poodles parlour: Red, white, blue
the secret crafter saturday challenge: Red, white, blue
robyns fetish challenge blog: anything Goes
the squirrel and the fox: Make it sparkle
make it monday: Anything Goes

Monday, June 11, 2012

Birthday Card

We want to thank everyone who participated in the last Lexi's Creation challenge. We had so many awesome entries. I am glad that I didn't have to choose a winner:) Are you ready for the next challenge? This is an easy one: Birthday~You can make a birthday paper craft for anyone you choose... easy...right?
Here is the card I chose to make using a sentiment from Lexi's store on the inside of this card:
This is quite a simple card, just many layers.
Here is a close up view of the front wreath:
Here is the inside with the sentiment from Lexi's store:

You can see that there are three patterened designer papers:
One is the green print triangle, the pink dotted paper and under the ribbon is a coordinating stripe of pink and green. I layered the ribbon over the striped paper. The wreath was stamped first then I added the pink flowers and the sentiment.  The corner rounder was used on two sides then the edges were distressed in a light green chalk before layering this, also on the pink dotted paper.You will see that some glitter was added on the edges of the green floral paper. Finally, vintage lace and pink rhinestones were added.

Materials Used:
Stamp: Close to My Heart, layering stamp
Inks: CTMH
DP, rhinestones, glitter: Michael's
Ribbon: a gift from a blog buddy
Lace: Vintage

I am so glad that you stopped for a quick visit. I hope that I have inspired you in some small way to be creative. I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know what you are thinking. I really do enjoy reading all the wonderful words from my blogging friends. Please feel free to follow this blog, if you like what you see. 

I have birthday blog candy! Just scroll down a few posts and leave a comment. This will close on June 20, 2012.

I am sharing this card with:
crafts and me challenges: Lace
the paper shelter: Go Dotty
truly scrumptious challenge: Flower Power
willow sketchie challenge: sketch 
pixie dust studio pixie challenge : Three or more patterned papers: pink dot, green floral, green and pink stripe
shellys images blog: Bling
craft punked: Birthday/celebration
all sorts challenge: ice cream colors
drunken stampers: What's your angle
hiding in my craft room: Super Scraps Saturday
robyns fetish challenge blog : Add some lace
ribbon girls : Use ribbon or lace (I used both!)
chalk n stock.blogspot: Use chalk somewhere on the card

Graduation Day

 Hello, My Grafico friends.Thank you for participating in our last challenge: Father's Day.  We are now ready for a new challenge: GRADUATION!!
It's  that time of the year for Graduations: college, high school, pre school etc. I have several on my list to make cards for too! The following My Grafico set might make it a little easier for you to complete your cards and/or scrapbook pages.

Challenge #130 is Graduation!
This is a fun set from Cupcake Cutiees 
Our Design Team has some marvelous paper projects to inspire you. Just click Here to check them out. 
This week I just had to try making a scrapbook page for a dear friend. I did have a little guidance but think that it looks just like I imagined it.
In the upper right is the sentiment from the featured set: "Graduation Day." The background paper is from the featured  My Grafico set from last week: 

I could have added more embellishment but I wanted this to be simple so that the picture was the focus element in this page design. Once I had the picture and the background paper, it was so simple to design the page. I just moved the elements around until they were pleasing to me. (I have to admit that I did have some anxiety  but a friend walked me through it. You might just see more scrapbook pages in the near future:)

Materials Used:
My Grafico: Sentiment & background script DP
Michael's: Cardstock, ribbon, polka dot DP, border embellishment
Computer Generated: 2012
Clip Art: Circle with RIT- copied from the RIT website
Jelly roll pen: orange tassel on top graduation hat

I am so glad that you stopped for a visit. I hope that I have inspired you to make a graduation card for someone special and/or a graduation scrapbook page. I hope that you will take a moment and leave a comment, I really do love reading your thoughts. Please feel free to follow this blog, if you like what you see.
I have Birthday Candy!!
Just scroll down and leave a comment. It will be available until June 20, 2012.

I am sharing this paper craft with:
scrap a licioususa: Graduation
moving along with the times: Anything but a card
scrap it with a song: Song: "My Wish" by Rascall Flatts
joyful stamper: Anything Goes

Monday, June 4, 2012

Birthday Blog Candy

It's my PARTY and I can SHINE if I want to!!  YES, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!! It is a milestone birthday and I am too vain to tell you how many years:) I began posting on this blog on April 11, 2010. I was so excited to have one person leave a comment!! Now I am so pleased that 191 crafters are now following me. WOW!! is time for me to treat all my loyal followers to some candy. I want to thank all of you for visiting regularly and commenting on my posts. I have been on several design teams so you might notice that my style has changed??? I feel I have grown as a crafter and you have been so kind to me throughout this creative process. I truly enjoy reading all your kind comments and visiting your blogs. I have learned so much from all of you. I hope that I have inspired you in some small way.

If you are reading this post and are not a follower:

  •  I would love for you to become one. However, please don't follow me and never return or comment, it just makes me sad:( 
  • I would love for you to repost on your blog, sidebar, facebook....However that also is not necessary. 
  • I just want to share some new crafting materials with you for being my loyal blogger friends.( I could not get all of this in one picture.)
Blog Candy:

Since I do not have a linky account, please leave a comment. The last day to enter for this candy is June 20, 2012-another important day for me. This will be a random drawing. Please check back on June 21, 2012 to see if you have won. Good Luck!!


Graduation money holder

Welcome My Grafico Friends. We have some awesome scrapbook and card papers to share with you this week. These papers are so perfect for this time of the year. I plan on using them for all my graduation cards and scrapbook pages.

I need several graduation cards this year. I decided to make a money holder for a recent college graduate.

To open, just slide off the band:

Yes, I will be putting more thatn $1 in the envelope!!

You can find the instructions for making this money holder at: Reasonable Ribbon Blogspot. The post was on May 31st. It too is a simple project.  RIT  is: Rochester Institute of Technology. A renown school in our area. 

Materials Used:
Cardstock, ribbon: Michael's
DP: My Grafico
RIT: Computer Clip Art
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Graduation Hat: My Grafico
Twine: is actually a piece of burlap string!

I plan on making several of these in the graduate's school colors. I have this great idea to use this template for a wedding shower too. Hmm...not a bad idea!! I hope you have enjoyed my paper project. Please feel free to leave a comment and/or follow this blog.

I am sharing this paper craft with:
make it monday: Anything Goes
crafting for all seasons: Many Layers
here come the boys blog challenge: For the men/boys
platypus creek digitals: For the boys
sj paper crafts : All about the boys, plus something from stash: black cardstock
joyful stamper: Anything Goes