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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Cutie KaToodles - Santa Ornament Bear

Have you got your tree up for Christmas yet?
We usually put ours up on Thanksgiving but this year 
we didn't get it up until last night. It still needs to 
be decorated. We will get it done soon.

This year I decided to use some of the cute files from
Kadoodle Bug Designs to help 
decorate our tree.
The first one I did was the Cutie KaToodles - Santa Ornament Bear.
I added stickles to add some sparkle, some
3D foam dots to create dimension,
some chalk for rosy cheeks,
inked the edges, and added white dots for shine in the nose and eyes.
I used a pattern paper from my stash of Christmas patterned
paper to jazz up the hat and ornament.


Thanks for stopping by and hope you
have a great holiday season. 
Add some holiday spirit with Christmas projects
from Kadoodle Bug Designs that you create this year.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mice Singing card

Koala T Crafts have cute digis.
Have you seen them?

I chose to make a Christmas card using a digi from the 
called Mice Singing.
I can just see in my mind cute little mice standing outside
my front door singing Christmas carols for cheese.

The base of the card is from Cricut Design Space. 
I added a couple of cute buttons from my
stash called Dress It Up Music from Jesse James & Co.
Stickles were placed on the stars on the border frame.
The background paper was some I had in my stash.
I used a 3D foam square to raise the mice a little
off the base paper.


Be sure to check out the cute digis from Koala T Crafts
for your fun projects.

Check out the Koala T Crafts blog for more ideas.

Fun project with 2 inch squares

This project is soooooo versatile. 
Just a few ideas on how to use it:
1. Scrapbook layouts
2. Memory game
3. Use larger squares and make pictures
4. Elements for cards

First, I have a video tutorial by Jen Evers on how she
makes and uses her twinchies.
(Twinchies in a word that means 2-inch squares.)


I have used many squares in the past to decorate layouts with.
Here are the twinchies that I used Koala T Crafts Monster digi bundle to make.






They make cute layout borders as well as using in different ways on the layouts.

The following are NOT part of the Koala T Craft digi lines but I wanted to give you more ideas on how these can be used. You can make them all sizes.


These are 1 inch (onsies) that are also shakers

The letters are 3 inch (thrinchies)

Hope you have fun with this type of element making.
Thanks for checking this out.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Remember our nut free friends

Nowadays peanut allergies seem to be blooming in
our friends left and right.

Kadoodle Bug Designs has two cute cut files for nut-free candy.

and

which I chose to make a sign to sit by some goodies
that are nut free so those who need them can make sure they
the get the nut-free candy.
I also added a digi stamp from Odd Ball art 
call Spooky Halloween Candy and Bone.




Sunday, November 26, 2017

Christmas Night Penguin

Now that we have all had our fill of turkey and other
delicious items, it is time for 
Christmas and wintery memories.

I hope we soon see some snow. It is 
66 degrees today in Utah.

Today I made you a cute Snowy Wonderland
layout to save your wintertime memories.

I used Christmas Night Penguin cut file.
I added Red Stickles to trim the tree and the garland.
The outside window scene was from a paper
in my stash that I cut so the house was in the cropped
square I glued to the window frame. 
I added 3D foam squares under the bottom of the tree 
branches and garland to give it some dimension.
The background paper is from DCWV.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Howdie Partner!

The theme for this week for Craftaholics R Us
is masculine.
I looked through my files and
found that I have very few masculine things.
This is strange because I have four sons and a husband.
I should have more right?

My husband is a cowboy (or tries to be).
He chose a cute digi from Some Odd Girl called


This is a 12 x 6 card that allows for 
all kinds of uses.
What can you think of to use it for?

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pilgrim Boy and Girl Turkeys

It's Turkey Time!

 A couple of cute turkeys wobbled across my
craft table and this is what I came up with. 

and 

Lots of layering and 3D fixing. These would make cute pictures or cards.



Friday, November 10, 2017

Shaker card tutorial from Koala T Crafts

Have you ever wondered how to make one of those fancy shaker cards?

Today I am going to show you a project I made into a shaker card and share with you a tutorial video by Jen Evers on how to ake shaker cards.

Shaker card tutorial

For my shaker card project I expanded on the techniques Jen 
taught in her tutorial,

I used a digi from Koala T Crafts new
Winter Whimsy release on November 10, 2017.
It is a snow globe.

I actually loaded the digis into Cricut Design Space and 
turned them into a SVG. Some I cut out of 
cardstock and the dolphin was a Print and Cut.
(Search YouTube to learn how to do this.)

I added Cricut Images to complete the sea scene with the dolphin.
The whole "Sea You Soon" is also available at a discount.



Koala T Craft's Novemeber Blog Challlenge with Winter Whimsy Christmas release

It is time for another blog challenge over on Koala T Crafts.

Koala T Crafts has a new release,
Winter Whimsy.

For my inspiration on Koala T Crafts Novemeber blog challenge from the Winter Whimsy bundle release,
I used the snow globe, rudolph and the elf digis.


The the coloring except the blue background was colored with
Prismacolor pencils. The background was colored with a
Spectrum Noir TB4 alochol marker.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Cutie KaToodles - Fall Season Crows

I love love love the Cutie KaToodle creations from Kadoodle Bug Designs.

Recently Melissa Duess created the cutest crow scene.
I made it in to a cute fall layout that could be used for those leaf raking memories. 

The file is


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Christmas Poinsettias by Graciellie Design

Poinsettias are such a lovely flower.
Do you know why it is the Christmas flower?
(Check out the information found out about Poinsettias
at the bottom of this post.)

Our wonderful sponsor, Graciellie Design,
has some beautiful Christmas digital products for us.

to design my Christmas card.


I added Red, Green, and White paper for added the elements.
I cut each of the colors in a scalloped oval to help
the Poinsettia stamp pop. I also put 3D foam dots behind the stamp
for even more dimension. The stamp is colored with
Prismacolor pencils.
I also used a Martha Stewart punch to punch out some eyelet to
top the card with.
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Here is some information I found on Poinsettias:

 Poinsettias at Christmas 
A Poinsettia flower
Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as 'Taxco del Alarcon' where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them 'cuetlaxochitl'. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)
The poinsettia was made widely known because of a man called Joel Roberts Poinsett (that's why we call them Poinsettia!). He was the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825. Poinsett had some greenhouses on his plantations in South Carolina, and while visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants. He immediately sent some of the plants back to South Carolina, where he began growing the plants and sending them to friends and botanical gardens.
One of the friends he sent plants to was John Bartram of Philadelphia. At the first Philadelphia flower show, Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania saw the flower and he was probably the first person to have sold the poinsettias under their botanical, or latin name, name 'Euphorbia pulcherrima' (it means, 'the most beautiful Euphorbia'). They were first sold as cut flowers. It was only in the early 1900s that they were sold as whole plants for landscaping and pot plants. The Ecke family from Southern California were one of, if not, the first to sell them as whole plant and they're still the main producer of the plants in the USA. It is thought that they became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.
There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together, it goes like this:
There was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.
'Pepita', he said "I'm sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy."
Pepita didn't know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.
The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.
 (JPC-DESIGN, whychristmas?com /. “Poinsettias at Christmas on whychristmas?Com.” Poinsettias -- Christmas Customs and Traditions -- whychristmas?Com, www.whychristmas.com/customs/poinsettia.shtml.) 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thanks to you!

This week on Craftaholics R Us
the theme is thank you.

Having a son in the military has brought an
even greater respect to our nations 
military than I had before.


My father also served in the military in the Korean War.

So proud!

I was excited about the theme of "Thank You" because
I knew right away what I was going to make.

I chose a file from Imagine That called 
It had everything in it that I needed to make my cards. It
had a digi stamp of a boy and girl military persons as well
as digital papers of all different colors of camo patterns.


The digi stamps are colored with
Prismacolor pencils.
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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Shoptastic Cuties - Wickedly Cute Pumpkin Cutie

Halloween is almost here.

Ready or not the little goblins and princesses will
be knocking at our doors
hoping for a treat and not a trick.

helped me make a darling page to save pictures of
those darling goblins and princesses.


The background paper was a page I found in my stash.
Glitter helped to add texture and shine
(although it can't be seen in the photo).
3D foam dots added dimension.

Happy spooking!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Aw Shocks I Get a Charge Out of You

What a fun loving couple!

In this triple easel card, I used the
I added them to the card base for a triple easel card using a tutorial I found on Splitcoast Stampers.
I added the writing and other die cuts from Cricut Design Studio (any
die cutting machine could be used).
I inked the edges and added a flower with a Wiggle eye to the base
just for fun.




Thanks for checking it out!
Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Batty Friends


What a couple of cute friends!
BatsFriends from Conie Fong is the cute
digi stamp that makes this card so cute.
The die cuts are all from Cricut Design Space.


The orange circle is a rosette from Ribbons and Rosettes from Cricut Design Space.
The bats are colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Penelope Pumpkin on a Memory Dex base

I brought two of my favorite Etsy shops together for this
cute project!

Penelope Pumpkin by Conie Fong

and October Memory Dex Set from Paper Crafting on a Dime.


The flowers are vellum with black embossing on them.

Paper Crafting on a Dime is a young company just starting out.
Michelle, the owner, is an awesome person to work with.
(So is Conie.)

Hope to see you creating some of the fun things from these 
two sites.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Craftaholics Are Us - Happy Halloween Banner

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween!
(Author unknown)

I have for you today, a cute Halloween banner using the
 Happy Halloween file from Kadoodle Bug Designs.

Glitter and 3D Foam dots added sparkles and dimension.
Brown ribbon from my stash was used
to attach al the pieces to make the banner.
All the pieces were in one file.









Hope you are getting all your things ready for Halloween!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Happy Halloween Banner

When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
The moon laughs and whispers,
'tis near Halloween!
(Author unknown)

I have for you today, a cute Halloween banner using the
 Happy Halloween file from Kadoodle Bug Designs.

Glitter and 3D Foam dots added sparkles and dimension.
Brown ribbon from my stash was used
to attach al the pieces to make the banner.
All the pieces were in one file.







Hope you are getting all your things ready for Halloween!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Koala T Crafts Blog Hop

I am so excited that you have chosen to check out our first 
and hope that you will participate by adding your project(s).

We have so much fun at Koala T Crafts.
The owner, Jen Evers, shares many
techniques with us every week.
You can watch live sessions of her tutorials or watch them
later as they are saved so everyone
can see them even if they can't attend the live sessions.
You can find them here.

Jen also has a line of crafting supplies and digital images in her 

For my blog hop inspiration, I chose the Squirrel and "This Thanksgiving I am Thankful for You" digis to make a card to share with
someone special.

I printed the images and coloured them with Prismacolored pencils. 
I grabbed some paper from my stash (Scraps are wonderful for card
making). Glued them on the papers and it was done.



Making a card can be as simple as that.
Jen shows many other card making techniques on her blog mentioned above.

Here is the line up for this awesome KoalaTCrafts blog hop


Below are the specifics about this blog and a
Coupon Code to use to save some money.
8am CST Oct 14 - Midnight Oct 19th for entries & Discount Coupon Code ~ OCTHOP Save 50% on ALL Digis in the shop www.KoalaTCrafts.com/Store Winners announced Oct 24th **See Blog Hop File for RULES and adult info**
Thanks for checking out my blog hop inspiration and we will
see your blog hop projects soon. I can't wait to see what you do and
we will be leaving comments on all of your posts.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fantasy Dragon Suspended Spinner Card

Today I created a Suspended Spinner Card.
I used the digi from the Fantasy Bundle at KoalaTCrafts
called Dragon.


To make the card, I used a tutorial by Jen Evers of KoalaTCrafts on YouTube. On Jen's YouTube channel you will find
a lot of tutorials to help you learn
new things.
Jen's blog is here. She has a schedule there so you can see
when she does live sessions.




Jen really does a good job showing and explaining as she 
makes the card.


Getting ready to let him spin.





I used embroidery floss for the string that the dragon spins on.
I coloured the dragon with Prismacolor pencils.
Glitter was added around the opening for some sparkle.


Hope you will take the time to try the tutorial and make
some fun Suspended Spinner Cards of your own.
Jen has many other video tutorials on YouTube as well.