Happy Dancing

Happy Dancing

Friday, March 24, 2017

SAB Stampin' Up and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I finally had time to make up some thank you cards using my new Avant-Garden set from SU:

There were many pins to use for inspiration and these were the first cards I made with this set:


Inside View of Left Panel

When I was all done with the card above, I flipped it over to add my HOMMARK sticker on the back and the card touched the green ink pad by the green arrow - ARG!...so I had to turn this accident into a chance to use some creativity to cover it! An extra leaf would have thrown off the balance, but you can see what I ended up doing below. I was VERY happy how it all turned out!

The cut out flower gave the card an added embellishment!

...and one last card made:

Now here are the pins for this set:

Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

Friday, March 17, 2017

WOW! Cards and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

The inspiration for the card above was
this Pinterest Pin:

Pinterest Pin HERE

I discovered this jar of goodness at Costco
recently and added a tag to give this one as a gift:

Simply mix two heaping teaspoons into
hot water and enjoy!

Next up...through Pinterest, I discovered
a talented blogger named May May.
Visit her blog MayMayMadeIt HERE

This is one WOW! project I can't wait to
try with photos added inside:

Envelope Explosion Mini Album
(Uses the Envelope Punch Board)
Original Pin HERE

Here's another card I want to try:

Mini Envelope Tutorial

and lastly...
MayMay's 2017 Favorite Things Edition!
WARNING: Watch at your own risk - LOL -
because you will have to buy some new
toys after watching it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring Things and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

Love this cute St. Patty's Day paper craft that
I made thanks to this Pinterest pin:

Original Pin with Tutorials HERE

Here's a birthday card I made for a friend:
Inside View


Stamp Sets by SU:
Teeny Tiny Wishes
Balloon Adventures
Flowering Fields

Lace and Butterfly Punches by Martha Stewart

Nestibilities Classic Scallop Rectangles
SU Stitched Shapes Framelets

One thing I often do with stamp sets that require extensive coloring is scan my finished panel into the computer so I can print out card fronts/inside panels whenever I need them in a jiffy! This is what I did for the outside and inside flower panels for the card above. Even close up, you can't tell that they were scanned and oh!...the time it saves!

My coworker, Donna, is planning a Leprechaun Hunt for her young granddaughters this month. She bought gold chocolate coins to make a pathway to the shoe box traps that the little ones will decorate ahead of time. Donna will then make it look like the leprechauns have done some mischievous things in her house when they all go on the hunt: tilted lamp shades, St. Patty's socks on the floor, etc. Oh! What fun these kids will have! I gave Donna some ideas for the hunt from the days when Kevin's wonderful kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Brown, did a hunt for her students every year! Such happy memories :-) Check out these clever St. Patty's Day Leprechaun Hunt ideas HERE and crafts HERE.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Heart Boxes and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

First, I have some cards from my talented neighbor and friend:

Then my co-worker recently lost her 
beloved dog and I made this card for her:

From Stampin' Up:
Flourish Thinlets (Dies)
Simply Sketched (Saying)

Here are the Pinterest pins
that led me to create my pet sympathy card:
Original Pin HERE

Original Pin HERE

I also made these Valentine's Day heart boxes using a unique way to close the lid which were modified after I saw a pin and blog post from Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho fame:

My measurements for scoring:

My 3" square box holds 3 rows of 3 Hershey's Kisses in each row, while Becky's box is a smaller 2" version. The hole to fit the heart through on my version can easily be made with the Word Window punch from Stampin' Up, while Becky cut hers with a craft knife. Here is Becky's verion:

Original Pin HERE
(Becky also included measurements for her mini box!)

PLEASE NOTE: I'll be taking a break from blogging to enjoy a wedding in our family. I love weddings and especially this one because I'm becoming a mother-in-law for the first time!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Valentines and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed a quick Valentine's Day card to make this year as February will be a busy month with a wedding in the family. This lovely card below from Pinterest uses the HEARTS ENTWINE die online at Simon Says and was the perfect inspiration for a HOM-made valentine this year:

Original Pin HERE

My 2017 Valentine's Day Card:

I love this metallic gold paper. I found it squirreled away in my paper drawer...and it was so old that it was starting to bubble in places. I did a happy when I could finally put it to good use!

My sister loves shades of blue. This one's for her:

I also had a chance to make a matching purse and birthday card set:

Stamp Sets by Stampin' Up:
Butterfly Basics
Watercolor Wishes
Oh, So Lovely

By Art Gone Wild:
Birthday 3-D Simple Circles

I found this card design and tutorial
from this Pinterest pin:

 Original Pin HERE
View Instructions HERE

I also made this get well version:

Stamp Set by Stampin' Up:
Thoughts and Prayers

This type of card is called a tri shutter card. A search in Pinterest yielded a bunch of examples and variations HERE and HERE with many helpful tutorials in a PDF format.

For more Valentine's Day PIN IT FRIDAY FAVS picks, check out my board containing pins of cards that would be suitable for Valentine's Day, Weddings and Anniversaries HERE

Happy Valentine's Day and send a handmade paper greeting to those who make your heart happy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

More Birthday Projects and the
Very Best of Pinterest Pins

I needed more birthday cards for the month of January and here's a design that can be modified with various DSP and embossing folders for any occasion. I really need to have more versatile cards like this made ahead so I can send out a card without having to set a bomb go off in my craft room!

Recently, my co-worker cleaned out her craft room and bestowed upon me a plethora of paper crafting toys! To thank her for her generosity and for making me do a happy dance, I made a card and purse as a big thank you:

Cute by the Inch, Stampin' Up
Teeny Tiny Wishes, Stampin' Up
A Big Thank You, Papertrey, Ink


Pinterest Pin HERE
(Includes Directions HERE)

My Matching Purse:

This purse was created by the blog poster
to hold a set of cards and includes
a wonderful video tutorial!

Original Pin HERE
with Video HERE

This has been one of my most favorite projects to create. Give it a try and create a set of 4 cards with the same papers used to create the purse for a lovely color coordinated gift set just like this:

Original Pin HERE

Here are the pieces needed to make this purse:

For box base:
5" x 8" card stock
Score at 1" on all four sides

For handles:
1" x 11"
Score @ 1/2" along
the 1" side - Start and stop
at 1 1/2" from top and bottom

For sides:
4 1/2" x 12"
4 1/2" x 7"

Top border pieces:
2 each of
3/4" x 11"
3/4" x 8 1/2"

For an Easter basket version,
check out this video from

...and last, but not least...I made this birthday card for my husband's assistant and BIG Tim Burton fan - especially the Nightmare before Christmas:

I would have never thought of this card on my own had it not been for this version on Pinterest:

Original Pin HERE