Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sizzix Tim Holtz Manor Houses

Wow!  This Manor top is a bit of a challenge, mainly where you have to curve the very top piece.  The rest is a cinch.  I made three in varying colors.

Papertrey Ink Gingerbread Miss & Mister

I bought this set of Gingerbread man and woman dies from Papertrey Ink.  I cut the bodies from kraft colored cardstock and added the other elements.  Since these are stitch dies, the holes showed so I cut a solid white piece to back the dies cuts.  It looks somewhat like stitching.

I will be making felt versions soon.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Papertrey Ink Tiny Town "Gingerbread House"

I Love my new Tiny Town Gingerbread House die set from Papertrey Ink!   It does have many tiny pieces, but they add such delightful details to the house.  The pink was my first and I improved on the front entrance with the blue.  I wish the camera picked up on some of the other elements, like the scalloped roof. 

I made these to be treat boxes.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Papertrey Ink Post and Parcel Make it Market kit - Creations

I love my new kit!  The best thing is it's functional for any season, reason or event!  Mailboxes, gift card holders, and greeting cards are just the beginning.  The stamps and dies are easy to use too.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sakura "Stardust" Gel Pens - Review

A little over a month ago I bought two sets of the Stardust gel pens.  I used them once and stored them.  Today I attempted to use them and all but one pen worked!  It's too late for me to get a refund, but please realize that these pens clog up easily and become useless within a few days..  Mine were stored in a cool place with tops on of course.  Check out my YouTube videos!  I also am Meriscrapper13 on YouTube.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Papertrey Ink Blog hop (Sep 15, 2016)

Today I'm joining in with Papertrey Ink's blog hop.  We were challenged to use green and darker, more natural colors shown on a project.

I wanted to make a winter season card for a male friend  The "Hello" is from PTI's "Swoosh" die and leaves are from PTI in a die set.   The tiny cardinal is from the Make it Market Christmas kit.  Additional dies are from Gina Marie Designs (lantern and candle). 

I made two versions:   dark red and light red

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge "From Black and White to Color" (9/5/16)

Today I'm joining in on the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge, "From Black and White to Color."  I used the Make it Market "Don't Forget to Write" small flowers and stems stamps.  The sentiment is from the "Tea Time" stamp set.    There's only a small amount of color, using reds and pinks, plus some green along the stems.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge, August 29, 2016

Today I'm joining in PTI's Challenge, "Ombre' Cluster Stamping."   I decided to make a humorous card using a cat and a sentiment from PTI's new "Superstition" stamp set.  All three lines of cats and the sentiment pieces are stamped with dark to light inks.

The sentiment:  "Something About You Seems Familiar."

Monday, August 22, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge

Today I'm joining the Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Cover Plate Die Challenge.  I made the tag using PTI's "Stitched Tag Die." .  I also used the "Deco Cover Plate die."  To decorate the tag I used four different colored card stock pieces and die cut in the corners.  Then I randomly placed the colors to make a Art Deco pattern

Monday, August 15, 2016

Papertrey Ink Create with Us, August Challenge

I'm joining the Papertrey Ink challenge with two "Appreciate You" cards.  In keeping with the Thanks theme on their August release.  The cards are cut with the Make it Market "Don't Forget to Write" card die.  The sentiment is from PTI's Boutique Borders Thanks Stamp and the die cut is from Boutique Borders Birthday die.

Other items used:
Delicata "Golden Glitz" stamp pad
Nestibilities die
Sizzix embossing folder

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flip Flops and Roses Design Shop....Scam Artist Alert!

I ordered five items from the owner of this shop.  Five days later I emailed her to ask when they might be mailed and that's the only time I learned that she didn't have them in stock!  Since I wanted the items I waited until the next week when she said they would be mailed.

She sent me a shipment email which indicated that the items had not been mailed.....and that was for four additional days!

When I finally got my order, four out of five items were wrong.

I ordered the gold tone pendants and she sent silver.  Even the receipt included shows the item number do not match.  The Spellbinders website had the silver for $3.99.  I paid her $9.99 each for gold.  I also ordered a gold tone heart locket.  I received the silver.  The fact that she took money for items she didn't have, then substituted them for cheaper items. 

Obviously, a bait and switch game.

Buyer Beware!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday Challenge

Today I'm joining in on the Papertrey Ink challenge to create something using sentiment strips.  I made "Love You" note cards using the Papertrey Ink Make It Market "Don't Forget to Write" note card frame and card dies.   I typed the sentiment on my computer, cutting the strip to fit in the corner.  The sentiment is grounded by  the bird and branch die cuts.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stamp-A-Faire Farewell

I loved looking and learning from all the designers on Papertrey Ink.   The Faire encouraged me to try my hand at newer things.  My favorite is the mini house tag from the Papertrey Ink's petite places stamp and die set.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Child's Card with Papertrey Ink's Stitch Dies and stamps

My latest creation using Papertrey Ink's stitch dies.  I love using these on felt but today I have  a card for a child.  The stitched pocket has a smaller tag with the stamped sentiment. "Always in my thoughts with Love"

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Papertrey Ink's July Challenge

Today I am joining in on the Papertrey Ink Challenge.  I am thrilled to see they added a "Sweet Shop" to the Tiny Town basic die.  It's one of my favorite sets!  You can see their new products on the Papertrey Ink blog link at

Sorry to say I gave away my recent creations,  so I can only use two  older photos.  But I am entering a Barn that I made using the Tiny Town basic. die set.  I used a dark red card stock, cut a larger white piece of card stock for the roof and embossed it to show lines and dots (like wood).  I cut a rectangle and strips of white to make the door.  The roof is tied on with twine and a heart wood button.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Papertrey Ink Wool Key Fobs

I'm joining the Papertrey Ink Release Challenge..   I love their stitching dies and look forward to seeing new releases like these for June 2016.  These projects are by Heather Nicholls.
Below are just a few of the items I made using their stitching dies.  I used the Papertrey Ink Key Fob die and the Medallion II die to make these.  They're all made with Papertrey Ink felt (100% wool).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"Happy Everything" and "Happy Life" Cards

I've joined the Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  My creations are below.

For my friends and family members whose exact birthday dates I can't remember, I'm sending "Happy Everything" cards.   I decided to make them with a subtle color palate.

I also made a "Happy Life" card using the same dies, inks and stamps.  However, I used the Papertrey Ink Phrase Play die, the word "Life."


Papertrey Ink "One Big Happy" stamp and die set
Papertrey Ink Notched Hearts Banner Die
Martha Stewart border punch
Papertrey Ink Phrase Play die (laurel only)
Papertrey Ink "Blush" ink
Tim Holtz green distress ink
Memory Box Stitched Scallop Circle Die

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Papertrey Ink Tiny Town "Village"

 I bought the Papertrey Ink Tiny Town basic die set, the church set and scallop roof.  I created the church, a barn, a gingerbread house and a Tudor house.  My video explains in more detail.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Crown Basket for baby showers, birthdays, and all special occasions.

I made this crown basket using a Burger King crown as a template.  This is an inexpensive, easy craft to do and can be used for baby showers, birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day and all occasions.  See my video below.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tilda Sewing House Kit "Sample"

I bought the Tilda Sewing House Kit recently and decided to make a sample before using the fabric.  I never quilted in my life and haven't used a sewing machine in over 35 years.  So I gave it a shot.  There were a few difficulties, but the biggest was the edging.  I did the best I could.

Mostly the short cuts I had to take were on the front cover.  I couldn't make the extremely narrow pieces for the window and edging for window and door.  I used a button instead of making the round fabric-covered disc for the flower bush.

The inside is pretty much like the pattern.  I didn't use the heart pattern but used a heart is made before.  Also, I forgot to make a strap to cover the scissors to hole them in.  The cute metal sewing machine is from Hobby Lobby's Paper Studio line and cost only $1.50 on sale.  This was my "Student" project.  
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