A Banner Welcome


Hi Folks! Happy All Saints Day! The younger set in our house is still in a sugar coma from last night. I hope your family is faring better! Welcome to a new Die Cut Challenge from Stuck on U Sketches. This time, we’re creating banners. Now I like banners, but I’m never sure where to put them. So for this challenge I decided to incorporate a little banner into a new autumn-flavored welcome wreath for the front door. Let’s take a look:


To make this wreath, I covered a styrofoam form in 2-inch wide burlap ribbon (from my local craft store) and then fashioned a large bow at the top from the same ribbon and copious amounts of hot glue. I accented the bow with Slate Polka Dot ribbon from Close To My Heart.  The patterned paper used in the flowers and banner are from Close To My Heart’s new Huntington Collection, which is perfect for celebrating autumn. The flowers, leaves and banners are all cut from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. The banner is cut at 1 1/4 inches with a 1-inch layer of Kraft Cardstock. “Welcome” is stamped in Barn Red Exclusive ink using the “You Are My Happy” alphabet stamp set, which is retired. Here’s a close up:


The flowers and leaves are cut in a variety of sizes. I inked around the edges of the flowers with Barn Red Exclusive ink and the edges of the leaves with Olive Exclusive ink to give them both extra definition. I then added Slate-colored pearls to the center of the flowers for a little extra bling. Here are a couple of close-ups:



Finally, I added some sparkle flourishes for a little extra…well…sparkle. I really like the juxtaposition of the burlap and gems.



I hope you enjoyed my little welcome banner! For more inspiration be sure to visit my amazingly talented co-designers at Stuck On U Sketches.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget to create something beautiful today!




Happy Autumn!

Hello All! Happy Autumn!

It’s time for another die cut challenge with Stuck On U Sketches. This go ’round it’s all about autumn goodness. I have to say, I’m so ready for fall. The weather here in DC is still a little balmy though. Oh well by February we’ll be wishing for balmy, so I’ll enjoy it while I can.

Here’s my autumn project:


I decided my door needed a new wreath so I dug through my stash of alterables (it’s a rather large stash, I have to say) and found this wreath form made from heavy chipboard. I wrapped it in jute ribbon by Close To My Heart, and went to work on making it autumn-esque.  The flower and all the leaves were cut using the Flower Shoppe Cricut cartridge. The flower is sized at 2 inches and the leaves range from 1 3/4  to 3 inches. Once they were cut, I drew veins on the leaves with my embossing tool and then inked around the edges and lightly inked in the centers.  I used Ruby, Barn Red, Olive and Honey cardstock from Close To My Heart. All of the leaves are inked with Chocolate Exclusive ink, and the Honey and  Olive leaves are additionally inked in Goldrush and Olive respectively. The flower is also inked in Goldrush.  The sentiments are from the CTMH Happy Autumn stamp set. I stamped them onto kraft cardstock using Barn Red Exclusive ink and mounted them on patterned paper from the Huntington Collection. I decided, in the end, that it needed a little extra pizzaz, so I spritzed the whole thing with Antique Gold shimmer mist.

Here are a few close-ups:





I wanted to hang it on my front door, but sadly, it covers up my “peep-hole.” So I had to come up with an alternate spot OR lengthen the jute hanger.


Here’s the alternate spot, for now–my kitchen window:


I hope this brings you a little autumn crafty inspiration! For more inspiration, hop on over to the Stuck On U Sketches site and see with my  talented co-designers have in store for you.

Meanwhile, have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to take time to create something beautiful!



It’s a Sign…

Hey Folks! So a couple of years ago, I was trying my hand at tile mosaics and I made a sign for our family. It was a welcome home gift for my husband who had been gone for a couple of weeks. The sign turned out pretty well and I proudly showed it to the DH. Here it is:


He looked at it for a minute and said, “That’s really cool, Honey, but we were married in 1992….” (Of course we were, I was just seeing if you remembered….) ARGH! I STILL can’t believe I put the wrong date on it!  And so this sign still sits in our kitchen waiting for me to chisel off the numbers and re-do it. (And I suspect the wait will continue for a good long while.)

Thus, when the brilliant minds at SOUS decided to do a Borders challenge, I knew this could be my opportunity to create another family sign and finally live down my numerical faux pas. 😉 I also had a few other things in mind when designing my sign: First, I wanted to see how close I could come to creating a stained glass look with paper. Second, I love the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and since we happened to be looking at a couple of Arts & Crafts bungalows that are for sale in our neck of the woods, I had those art periods stuck in my mind.  And finally, I wanted something that didn’t look anything like my mosaic. Here is what I came up with:


The base of the sign is an 11 x 17-inch canvas board, which I painted cream and spritzed with Antique Gold Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels. I masked off 1/2 inch around the edges and used Gold Leaf Rub & Buff to create a border for the sign. The paper border was created using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge. I cut it from Black, Smokey Plum, and Olive cardstocks. I adhered the Black to Colonial White cardstock and fussy cut around it. I then paper pieced the Olive and Smokey Plum into the Black and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas board. The letters and numbers are cut in various sizes using the Art Nouveau Cricut cartridge. I layered  “HILL” with Olive cardstock and then painted the middle with Gold Leaf Rub & Buff. I adhered the letters with Mod Podge. Once everything was dry, I used Glossy Accents on the Olive and Smokey Plum paper pieces to create a stained glass effect.

Here are some close-ups:




I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. It has the right date and everything. Now, just to figure out where to hang it….

Thanks for stopping by. For more inspiring die cut creations involving borders, hop on over to Stuck On U Sketches and check it out. Then go make something beautiful today!



A little sneak peek….

It’s time for another challenge over in the Rose Blossom Garden. Here’s a little sneak peek of the project I posted on Violets & Sunshine today:

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To see the rest, hop on over to Violets & Sunshine, or play along with the Rose Blossom Garden challenge.



A Fun & Fabulous New Challenge!

Hey folks! I’m sorry to be MIA for so long. No excuse but busy-ness I’m afraid. 😦

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I wanted to let you all know about a new challenge blog that’s up and running. It called Rose Blossom Garden and it’s all about the Cricut. I’m designing for it over the next few months (my designs will show the 15th through the end of the month each month), as is my ÜBER-talented friend, Lynn Darda (her designs show the 1st through 14th of each month).

I thought I’d show you what I created for the inaugural challenge:


The challenge was to create with the “Happy Birthday” key on the Artiste Cricut Cartridge by Close To My Heart. (If you don’t have this cartridge, I HIGHLY recommend it! You can get the collection–the cartridge and coordinating stamps and chipboard goodies–here.)

So let’s take a look at the project:


I used “fit to page” to cut out the hot air balloon. The size turns out to be 11 1/2 inches. I cut the base layer out of heavy cardstock from my stash and chipboard, and glued them together to make the layer more sturdy. I covered it with patterned paper from the Studio Calico Snippets line. The balloon and sun papers are from the theme set, and the clouds and banners are from the 6×6 paper pad. The clouds and sun are cut from chipboard at 3 1/2 inches using the “real dial size” button. I then cut the sun from patterned paper using the same setting. I could have cut the patterned paper for the clouds using the Cricut, too, but since I wanted the pattern to go a certain way, I glued the chipboard to the paper and cut around it with scissors. I attached the clouds to the back of the balloon using foam tape to give it dimension. I inked around the edges of the clouds with Twilight Exclusive Ink and around the balloon base using Ruby Exclusive Ink, both by Close To My Heart. I inked around the top layer of the balloon with Honey Exclusive Ink and popped it up with foam tape. The basket is connected to the main part of the balloon using hemp twine from my stash. The sun is also mounted behind the balloon with foam tape, and inked with Ruby Exclusive Ink. 

I created a hanger for the project using Color-Ready Seam Binding Ribbon by Close To My Heart. I punched two holes in the balloon using my Cr0p-a-dial and added some eyelets for extra security. I wanted it to have a little extra pizzaz so I added a couple of buttons from my stash over a hemp twine bow. (The top button is from CTHM. It’s a wooden badge from mini-medley accents that I inked up with a little Sunset Exclusive Ink.)

I then added a couple of pennants from the Snippets 6×6 paper pad (LOVE that rainbow look!), and stamped “hello” and “sunshine” in Sunset Exclusive Ink using the Patterned Pennants stamp set by Close To My Heart. (Lovin’ that font!) I lightly inked around the pennants with Twilight Exclusive Ink and added some twine and buttons for flair. I then popped them up with foam tape.

The “happy day” banner is made from papers from the 6×6 pad using the Pennant Builder Punch by Stampin’ Up. (If you have the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge, you can cut the banner from that. I was being a little lazy, so I used my punch!) I inked the edges with Ruby Exclusive Ink for a little extra pop and used foam tape for dimension. For the letters, I used the CTMH Glamour Lowercase Alphabet stamp set stamped in Ruby Exclusive Ink.

How about some close-ups:








When my daughter saw it she asked me if it should read: “happy day” “hello sunshine” or “hello! happy day, sunshine!” I hadn’t really thought about it until then. I think I like the latter!

So I hope you enjoyed this project. Don’t forget to go check out the blog and play along!









What to do on a rainy afternoon….

Thought I’d share a couple of rainy day projects I worked on yesterday.

My daughter got a cake-pop kit for her birthday, and has been chomping at the bit to use it. So we made the cake dough on Sunday, only to realize that we didn’t have the candy coating and chocolate (which is a staple around here) isn’t strong enough to support the cake on the stick. (Who knew that cake pops required an engineering degree?) Anyway, Safeway didn’t have the candy coating either, so we had to wait to finish them until I could run out to my local craft store and grab some. We dipped and decorated them today. Pretty cute, huh? As much as we’d like to consume all 35 of them (there was supposed to be 40, but ours came out a little bigger than they were supposed to), Mackenzie has decided to donate the majority for a bake sale to benefit Project Rescue. Awesome! (And oh so tasty!)

Speaking of awesome, I also spent the afternoon putting together a little something to celebrate my son. What do you think?

The frame is a 8x8x2 shadowbox. The paper is from the Simple Stories Aweso{ME} line. The 3 boxes are 4 5/8-inch squares, scored at 1-inch on each side. I cut the corners into tabs and glued them to the outside of the box so that they were hidden when it all came together. The paper is from the 6×6 stack. I left the glass out of the frame so that it had more of a shadowbox feel. Below is one I did for Mackenzie for her birthday using the Simple Stories Fab{U}lous line. (The bling is from my stash and colored with Sharpies.


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