Wednesday, December 30, 2015

woyww #343

Good morning fellow deskers!  I'm so happy to have the time to play along this morning.  I have been busy trying to put away some decorations and get ready to face the new year.  It is definitely not as much fun as when I pulled it all out!

If you want to know about this little bit of madness, just head over to Julia's blog as she is the creator and have a look around.  You will find we are a friendly bunch of crafters and always willing to share what is going on in our world!

I'm making flowers and little butterflies for a new mini album I'm starting.  The colors I'm using are Ranger Distress Inks Bundled Sage, Victorian Velvet and Broken China. Of course there is a bit of glitter, some Gala Glitz and some Glossy Accents sprinkled all around .  I have quite a way to go before I will be ready but it all pays off in the end.  So far I have the mini-album and pages all made and ready for pretty pages with flowers and butterflies sprinkled throughout.  This books take a great deal of time and it will be a good project for January.

Well that's it for me this morning.  I'm off to have a good look around!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop

Good morning everyone and welcome to this month's Heartfelt Creations Alumni Design Team Blog Hop.  As most of you are aware, we lost Penny O'Dell this month and this blog hop is being dedicated to her memory.  We miss you Penny!

We all need sympathy cards at some point and I believe that a simple design with a mostly white background is classic.  I used watercolor paper for the base card and all the layers as well as the flowers are made with it.  It is a beautiful off white color and not too stark; just a warm look to provide a great background for my flowers. I stamped and cut out the flowers and leaves.  Once my flowers were shaped I sprayed some color spray right in the centers of the flowers and when the flowers dried I glued white seed beads in the center.   When I was doing the leaves I used a water brush and just ran the brush along the side of the ink pad and then onto the leaf.

There is a $25 gift certificate from Heartfelt Creations to be given away to one lucky person so you must visit as many of the participating designers as you can and leave a comment on each blog because we never know from which blog the winner will be chosen.

If you arrived here from:Amy Doria's blog you are right on track and your next stop will be: Vicki Dutcher's  blog.

You have until Midnight,  January 1st. to leave a comment on as many of our blogs as you can.  The winner of the $25 gift certificate will be announced on Saturday,  January 2nd.  Good luck to everyone!

Heartfelt Creations Products Used:
HCPC 3450 Cross & Lilies PreCut Set
HCPC 3651 Botanical Rose Cling Stamps
HCD 758 Botanical Wings Die

Participating Designers

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sending Christmas Wishes to All of You! WOYWW#342

Good morning everyone!  Bella and I are sending Christmas wishes to all of you from our house to yours.  How do you like Bella's Christmas dress?  My sister (the enabler) sent it to her.  She really loves wearing it but she was not happy about sitting on the table where I take my photos.  She didn't feel at all stable so we really had to hurry to get this shot.  We will be busy until the 29th. when I will be back to share the December Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop!

Now if you would like to participate in What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday; just head over to Julia's blog.  We would love to have among us; we are a pretty easy group of crafters  just sharing what is going on in our worlds.

Here in the Brooks household everything is ready to have family here for our traditional Christmas Eve celebration and then Bella and I will be spending a nice quiet Christmas day together watching old movies.  We snuggle down and stay in our pj's and do nothing all day long.

That does it for me!  I want to wish each and everyone of my blogger friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Now don't forget to come back for the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop on December 29th!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WOYWW #341.....

As the Christmas Holiday draws near, I find I'm a little better organized than I thought.  All the Christmas cards are in the mail and the Christmas fudge has been made and distributed and I can breathe for a bit!  I decided to clean my craft room so I didn't take a photo of my clean desk for today. Julia is the creator of this little bit of madness and she has all the details on her blog. I'm totally addicted to this weekly world wide blog hop and hope you will decide to follow along.

I have been working on videos of mini albums that I have done recently using the Heartfelt Creations Papers, stamps and dies.  I'm no longer on their design team but I have remained a Heartfelt Creations girl!

This mini  album is made using the Blazing Poppy paper and dies from Heartfelt Creations and I have to say, I love this one!  Below is the little video I did for YouTube so I hope you enjoy it.

Please be kind, I'm still learning about making videos and I have senior moments when I can't think of a certain product I have used so just bear with me.  I love making the mini albums and it is difficult to photograph one so a video is better. Have a Happy WOYWW!  I'm off to visit as many of you as I can.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Birds and Blooms Mini Album...

Good morning everyone.  I'm here this morning to share another mini album I have made.  It is using the Birds and Blooms papers from Heartfelt Creations. You know me, I'm a huge fan of Heartfelt Creations and still use their products on most everything I create.

Things are a little crazy for me right now and I haven't been making anything since I did my Christmas cards so I hope this will make you happy until I begin creating again.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WOYWW #340

Good morning friends.  Here we are again for another Wednesday and the wonderful world wide blog hop generated by our lovely leader Julia.  Just click on her name and you can go read all the details and while you are there you can join in the hop and see what everyone has going on.

I did sort of stage this and I took this photo yesterday afternoon.  I have been receiving a few supplies and some new goodies to play with too.  I purchased two dies with some store  credit I had and then the paper, hooks and magnets were purchased to use on a new mini album I will be working on.  It's been a little like Christmas around here with these new supplies arriving!

Not a lot going on in my world as I am getting my Christmas card list together and addressing envelopes for my cards.  I would much rather be playing and getting my fingers inky but that is a chore that has to happen.  I've already received one card so I sort of feel like I need to get in gear!

So I'm off to go look around and visit some of the blogs and say hello to everyone!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mad Hatter Ornament...

Good morning everyone and happy Monday!  I played a bit yesterday and made a little Mad Hatter ornament for my tree.  I used this pattern from this link.
When I tried to print mine it was a bit small for me so I put it into my Word program and enlarged it till it suited me.  Now remember this is my first one so it is a bit rustic.

The next one will have some pretty Christmas paper on it and maybe some holly and feathers.  There are a world of possibilities with this little hat.  I'm still trying to find what works best for me and gluing the top pieces together.  I'll get it figured out so that it looks neater or I will need to find something more to put on that part of the hat to hid my sloppy ways.  But once it sits on the branch of my tree, it is just adorable.  I will also make a loop for the top of the hat so it can hang from a hanger.  These could be a lot of fun and a quick ornament to give to a friend.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December Craft Hoarders Blog Hop

Good morning friends and welcome to our December monthly Craft Hoarders Hop.  Let's face it, we are all hoarders to some degree, just some of us are worse than others!  I've been at this for a few years and I have stuff  supplies crammed everywhere.  So much so, that I forget some of the pretty papers I have.  I've had this paper pad for awhile now and decided it was time to use it or lose it.  And suddenly a quick fold out mini appeared! The paper is from My Mind's Eye and it's signature CHRISTMAS Holiday Glitter Book- 2009.  It is a huge pad of paper and even after making this, there is a lot left to play with.

I made a quick white poinsettia with my Layered Poinsettia Die from Spellbinders.  It has a gold center and some pretty Martha Stewart punch branches.  then it is all tied up with a piece of white ribbon.  And thankfully, all my reindeer are leaping in the same direction!

I added a gold leaping reindeer and tied a red bow for his neck.  I used lots of lace and pretty die cuts to decorate the inside and then I made some tags to slip down inside the pockets.

Nothing like a few pearls to adorn the snowflakes and a few more tags.

And this is the back side all folded out for you to see!  I even added some bling here and there.  This will be going in the basket for my neighbor.  These little mini albums make wonderful gifts.

You should be coming here from Jacquie Southas  blog  After visiting me, hop over to Amber's blog next.  To start at the beginning of the hop, and for the full list of Bloggers, go to Gloria's Blog!  Please follow along the hop for lots of inspiration!  These ladies have been working hard to dazzle you!  See you in January!

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Blog Hop List:
Gloria Stengel
Debbie Seyer 
Ginny Nemchak
Pam Bray
Jacquie Southas
Glenda Brooks
Amber Milone
Donna Idlet
Bonnie Garby
Wendi Robinson
Teresa Horner
Kathy Clement
Barbara Rankin
Christy Houser 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

WOYWW #339

Good morning friends and welcome to a very rainy Wednesday here in East Tennessee!  We are so soggy in these parts and we are all so grateful it isn't snow!  I'm here this morning to share what's on my workdesk this morning.  If you would like to know more about this, head over to Julia's blog; she has all the details listed there.  Julia is the creator of this little bit of Wednesday happiness and we all welcome you!

I have been continuing to work on Christmas and these little ornaments have been so much fun.  They look so cute hanging among the branches of my tree.  I found this design online and printed it off and these are the finished pieces.  I just googled birdhouse templates and there are several you can choose from...the fun part is the decorating.

Well that's it for me....I'm off to visit as many of you as I can.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Dies R Us Challenge: Christmas Themed "White Christmas or Merry and Bright"

Good morning everyone and welcome to a brand new Dies R Us challenge! We have sailed through the Thanksgiving holiday and now we are making a mad dash to Christmas!  The theme of this challenge is "White Christmas or Merry and Bright".  That leaves the door wide open for everyone to create something for the holiday!

I have become a huge fan of Sue Wilson Dies and this poinsettia and those snowflakes are some of my favorites!  I also glittered the background and of course it makes it almost impossible to photograph.  Hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it!  A little glitter in your eyebrows just looks festive!

Now get busy and create a project for this challenge and link to the Dies R Us Challenge Blog!  You have until December 13 to play along.  I can't wait to see what you create!  

Here's a quick review of the rules:
  • MUST USE DIE CUTS on your creation.
  • DIRECT link to your creation, not your entire blog.
  • LINK BACK to our DRU Challenge Blog in your post.
  • NO BACKLINKING (no creation made prior to our challenge posting)
  • No limit to sharing with other challenges.

A Team Members

Theme:  Merry & Bright OR White Christmas

Supplies List:
Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Classic Poinsettia (CED 3008)
Sue Wilson Festive Collection - Snowflakes (CED3020)
Sue Wilson Configurations - Graceful Lace Trim (CED 6403)
Scrunched Seam Binding
Be Creative Tape Sheets