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Hello friends! I wanted to share some photos on items I've been working on...a little bit of everything....stamping, vinyl art, mini books, sewing, domino art, etc:

Thanks for dropping by and visiting me.  God's richest blessings to you!!


Faux White Resin Embellishments

Hello paper artists!  In one of my classes we made these faux White Resin embellishments.  Inspired by those costly ones they sell at the scrapbooking stores, we decided to make our own!  What do you think?

Thanks for visiting today!


Spooktacular Goodies!

Hello all!  Sorry for my absence....lots of living life to take care of. 

I wanted to share some of the things I've been working on for Fall shows.  I'm not really into Halloween....the most I use is pumpkins, cats and spiders!  But I know we always have to incorporate goodies for the kiddos at these shows, right?

Also wanted to let you know I will be selling these on my Etsy shop and also locally at River City Shoppes  in Copley.   I'll tell you more about that later.   I wanted to share some of what I've been working on:

Candy-filled pails

Gift-ready pencils

"Boo to you" Banner for decorating

Vintage-inspired  Welcome Sign

Hope you enjoyed these....will be posting more as I get my camera to cooperate with me!!  Thanks for dropping by.  Have a most delightful and blessed day!


Snow in July?

From 4th of July to snow?  I know, I know, it's crazy!  But I wanted to share a card I made with my Penny Black stampset called Mimi's christmas:

Tip:  for the snow, I punched out white circles with an 1/8" hole punch and adhered them with one of those blue Zig glue pen.  This adds quick texture and dimension around the Mimi image. Used copic markers to color in.  And used Papertrey stamp for the "love" tag at the bottom.

Sorry the photos aren't that great...night time is NOT the time to take pictures, right?
Talk to you later!

Blessed is the nation

Hello everyone!  The new living bible translation says in Psalms 33:12 "What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,  whose people he has chosen as his inheritance."  Is that not an awesome promise to claim?  May you have a wonderful 4th of July being blessed by God's great goodness on our lives, THE ones HE has chosen!  Let's enjoy all our freedoms today and always!  Thanks for visiting~


4th of July Party Planning

Hello Everyone!  I've been so inspired to papercraft  all things AMERICANA lately.  I guess because as Independence Day is just around the corner,  I get even more thankful & blessed to live here in our wonderful USA!!  Here are more of the patriotic papercrafting items that I've been having a blast making.  These are all geared toward dressing up your party table for the 4th of July!  Hope you like them.  You can find them at my Paper Blessings Etsy Shop.

It was wonderful having you visit.  Thank you!


God Bless America card

Welcome back!  You will see that I'm in the patriotic projects mode.  In my last class we made some patriotic scenes and from that project I've been so inspired to make other patriotic papercrating. 

I wanted to use a different shade of blue instead of the regular navy blue so I used this marine blue from Core'dinations to make this card: 

Here's how I made this:
-fold 4-1/4x11" marine blue cs in half.  This card will open from bottom up.
-on 4x5-1/4" white cs I stamped the row of stars on top and bottom.  Then I stamped the statue of liberty image &  the God bless America with fired red Distress Inkpad.
-to finish, stamped the splattered ink image with Tumbled Glass inkpad all over the stamped white cs.
-with my Mother's Day Cricut cartridge I cut the banner:  key 44, 1-1/4".  Isn't it cute?
-with my Graphically Speaking Cricut I cut the stars: key 16, shift, icon blackout.
-adhere stars to banner.  Adhere thread to banner then pop dot it at an angle to right the side of card.
-inside the card you will adhere 3-1/4 x 5" white cs panel and
 stamp a red star to bottom as per photo.

Tomorrow I will show you some different  patriotic banners and other goodies that I've been working on. 

May you be inspired to make your own red, white and blue goodness.  I'd like to see what you came up with.  Thanks for dropping by and God bless America!!

Patriotic Table Tent Card

My friend Meighen over at Scrappin' 3rdeeschick asked me to be her guest designer on her blog and the Table Tent Card below is what I shared.  Drop over to her blog and say hello!  She has a Beach Blog Hop going on right now you'll enjoy.

Here's how I made it:
-Fold 8-1/2" x 11" red cs in half, lengthwise. Set aside.
-Cut your white cs at 3-1/2" x 10". You'll stamp on this.
-Stamp your background image "We the people" with red inkpad.
  I had to stamp it 3 times to fill up the white cs. See close up
  on photo#2.
-Ink all the edges of white cs with sand beige inkpad.
-With Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, cut  "freedom"on
  navy  blue cs: key 16, type, 1-1/2".
-With A Child's Year Cricut cartridge, cut "kids/flag" on navy
  blue cs: key 18, shift, 3".
-With pop dots, adhere the "kids" to left side of cs as per photo.
-With tape runner, adhere the words "freedom" to the right side
  of the kids.
-Now we will adhere the stamped white cs to the red cs.
-With red inkpad, stamp the "star" image on a metal-rimmed tag.
  Thread twine thru hole and adhere just under the letter "M".
  See photo #3.
Photo #2
Photo #3

Here's what I used to make this:
Stamps:  Various patriotic stamps. Email me if you want to know
              the company name on any of these.
Ink:  Memento paris blue; Distress Inks - fired brick and  old
        paper;  Versacolor Sand Beige
Cricut Cartridges:  Graphically Speaking; A Child's Year

BACK SIDE Patriotic Table Tent Card:

This side is just as easy and fun to make! 
Here's how I made this:
-With Old Paper brown ink, stamp "We the people" image at an
  angle to fill the  3-1/2 x 10" white cs.  See close-up photo #2.
-On top of this you will stamp with blue inkpad the flag, the bell,
  the eagle,  statue of liberty and fireworks as per photo.
-With sand beige inkpad, ink all the edges of the white cs.
-With Graphically Speaking Cricut cartridge, cut the 3 red "stars":
  key 16, icon blackout, 1-1/2" .
-Pop-dot stars and place on white cs as per photo.
-With same Cricut cartridge, cut "usa" : key 16, 1-1/4".
-Pop-dot usa and place it in betweenthe bell and statue of liberty.-Adhere completed stamped white cs to red cardfront.
-Wrap twine around the card a few times to the  top of card and tie small bow. 
Photo # 2

Photo #3

Here's what I used to make this:
Stamps:  Various patriotic stamps. Email me if you want to know
              the company name on any of these.
Ink:  Memento paris blue; Distress Inks - fired brick; old
        paper; Versacolor sand beige.
Cricut Cartridge:  Graphically Speaking

That's it!  Your two-sided Patriotic Table Tent card is now ready to be used. If you wanted to dress it up more, you could add stars to the top of the tent card similar to these that are on this altered paint can:

Well, thanks for your time.  I am believing you enjoyed this post.  Any questions, email me.  You can find other patriotic things at my Paper Blessings Etsy shop.  I will be posting some other patriotic fun projects later this week.
Thanks again.  Remember to enjoy every single minute of your day!

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