Sunday, May 13, 2018

Wishing you all a very 

May it be filled with love and joy!

I know that for some, today is not a joyous occasion and you are filled with sorrow instead. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. May God envelope you in His love and comfort.


University Graduation

Good morning crating friends.
I would like to share with you one of the reasons I've been MIA the last couple of weeks.  This was one of the happy reasons ~ my son's graduation from the University of Houston.
I have to warn you that this is a long post, so if you have the time crab a cuppa and enjoy.

I can't believe how the years have flown by.

                        Pre School                       High School                        University
                        5 years old                       18 years old                       22 years old

It feels like it was only yesterday we were singing "I hope you Dance"
at his pre-School graduation and then we blinked and there he was graduating from university!
I can't begin to tell you all how very proud we are of this young man!

Of course being a crafting mommy, I had to make a few things for his graduation. So let me start by sharing the box card I made for him. I used elements from Silhouette cut files and from Simply Crafty SVG's files to put this card together. I also added a few die cuts and used the Swiss Dot embossing folder. Card stocks used are all from GinaK.

My mom also wanted a card for him so I made another box card.
This one was made using the Graduation "You Did It"  box card from Simply Crafty SVGs. If you remember, I made this same card for my son's girlfriend who is graduating next week, just with different colours and mascot elements. If you missed that post, you can see it here.

My son didn't want a party, just a nice dinner with his family.  So instead of making invitations, we decided that I would make graduation announcements. Since most of them were being mailed overseas, I had to keep it mail friendly.

I purchased a pack of linen textured card stock from Office Depot and started by printing the text.
Next I scored the cards and added the shiny red strip of textured card stock to the bottom 3rd section. Cutting and embossing the leaves, hat and diploma was very time consuming, but well worth it in the end, I think.  The grad hat and diploma are from Cheery Lynn Designs and the laurel leaves from Ali Express.  I made 32 of these 6" x 4.5" (when closed) trifold cards. I adhered a wallet size photo of Brian to the top fold on the inside.

To finish off this post I would like to share a wall decoration I made.
  I wish I had made the hat a little bigger, but to be honest with you, I could not find my 12" x 24" mat anywhere. I know it's hiding somewhere in my craft room, but I didn't have the time to search for it. So I used a full page of a 12" x 12" black card stock sheet instead. The logos were printed on glossy photo paper and all the lettering was cut out of black vinyl.

Well, friends I hope you enjoyed my post today. Like I told you, it was a long one but I had lots to share :-)

I will be back in a couple of days with a few more cards, so do come back a visit.

Till then,

Friday, May 11, 2018

Add a Flower Challenge

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
 A new challenge begins today at Crafty Girls Corner.

Challenge # 165 ~  Add a Flower

Our very generous sponsor this week is:

Prize ~ $10 Gift Certificate

I would like to introduce you to Gina Christmas Elf.
  Isn't she adorable and festive?

For the inside of my card, I used a Silhouette cut to make a
twist pop up card.

Card stocks - Bazzill, X-PressIt, GinaK
Frame - Self designed
Presents - Cottage Cutz dies
Flowers - Petaloo
Twist PopUp file - Silhouette - #208739
Bells - Marianne Design dies
Holly  - from Silhouette - #23041
Stamp - Great Impression Stamps
White flower soft for hat and dress trim
Copic markers used to colour image

I'm so glad you stopped by today. I hope that I have inspired you to make a project to link to our challenge #165, not only to play along with us but also for a chance to win our fabulous sponsored prize. You have until noon, CST, on Tuesday, 22 May 2018, to link your project to the  Crafty Gals Corner blog.
And while you there, take a few minutes to look at what my teamies made for your inspiration.

Crafty hugs,

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Anything Christmas Goes

Hello crafting friends. I have to apologise for the tardiness of this post. It was supposed to have gone up on the 1st.  I thought I had scheduled it, but I goofed, because it didn't upload when it was supposed to. 
It's May! Can you believe it?
 I'm so ready for summer and so happy that our temps are nice and warm already :-)
Our challenge this month at  CCAYR, hosted by the Gingerbread Gals, is an easy and fun one :-)

May Challenge ~ Anything Christmas Goes
Prize ~  please visit the CCAYR blog

Since I love stitching cards, this was the perfect opportunity for me to make one for this challenge. I got this kit a while back and couldn't wait to play with these cuties.

Aren't these images adorable?
 All the supplies for this card came with the Stitch and Do  66 kit.

On the inside, I stitched two of the corners and used a stamp by Great Impression Stamps for the sentiment.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit and will play along with us.  You have till the end of the month to link your Christmas project to the CCAYR blog.  Please take a few minutes and visit our blog to see all the wonderful projects made by The Gingerbread Gals.  And don't forget to come back on the 15th, when the Christmas Belles will post their projects for your mid-month inspiration.

Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Cute Snow Friends

Hello and welcome back crafting friends.
 A new challenge begins today at Crafty Girls Corner.

Challenge # 164 ~  Anything Goes

Our very generous sponsors this week are:

Prize ~ $15 Gift Certificate

Lemon Shortbread
Prize ~ 3 Digital images

OddBall Art
Prize ~ 3 Digital images

If you're a follower of my blog, then you know how much I love stitching on cards. So when an Anything Goes Challenge comes up, I'm happy to be able to use a stitched card.

Using the very sweet image called "Cute Snow Friends" from Polkadoodles, and my love of stitching, I created this card for our challenge.

Crafty Ingredients:
Card base - 5.5" x 5.5" - Paper Studio
Stitching pattern - Stitch & Do # 80
White and navy cardstocks - GinaK
Sentiment stamp - Great Impressions Stamps
Copic markers used for colouring
Sequins from my stash

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope that I have inspired you to make a project to link to our challenge #164 for your chance to win one of the fabulous sponsored prizes. You have until noon, CST, on Tuesday 8 May 2018, to link your project to the  Crafty Gals Corner blog.
And while you there, take a few minutes to look at what my teamies made for your inspiration.

Crafty hugs,

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hang in There

Hello and welcome back, crafting friends.
I have a Get Well/Hang in There card to share with you today. My SIL had carpal tunnel surgery and I sent her this card to let her know that we were thinking about her and wishing her a speedy recovery. So far, it's all going well with her, so I think the card helped :-)

This was card was so much fun to put together. I was going to make a whole flower garden around the message mat, but it had to be mailed overseas, so I had to keep the flowers pretty flat.
This very cute svg file was purchased from My Scrap Chick.
The card stocks used are all from GinaK. Love her cardstock, cuts like butter both on the Cricut Explore and on the Silhouette.

Thank you for stopping by today.
Till next time,
crafty hugs

Monday, April 16, 2018


Hello crafting friends.
Today is my turn to share a project using one of the many great svgs from

It's that time of the year when we have to start thinking "Graduation", so with that in mind I made this Graduation "You Did It" box card for my son's girlfriend.

Her university colours are white, blue, green and some black, and their mascot is a Hawk, so this is what I came up with

You can't tell from this pic, but there is green on the Haws' wings and on the tassel.
The card stocks I used are all from Bazzill.
I added some glassy accents to the little button on the hat and a gold gem to the diploma ribbon.

Here is a side view of the card. I added the Hawks to make it more personal.

I print and cut the University logo and put one on each side.

There is enough space on the back to write your personal message.

And best of all, it folds flat so it's easy to put into an envelope.

This svg file comes with the 2017 to 2020 years.
As you can see this card was very easy to put together.  Sandy has an instructional video on her files, so you can always go take a look if you get lost along the way when putting a card or box together.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today.  If you're looking for some beautiful cards, boxes or 3D decor items, please visit Simply Crafty SVGs. There you will find all the  wonderful files available for purchase and a few freebies too :-) While you there, take a few minutes to visit the blog and meet the rest of our wonderfully talented design team.  For your convenience, I have listed all the important links below:

Crafty hugs,

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Easter Cards - Day 3

Today, I'm sharing the last of the 2018 Easter cards I made this year for family.

Cut file ~ My Scrap Chick
Stamp ~ Michael's Dollar Bin
Embossing folder ~ Swiss Dots ~ Cuttlebug

Cut file ~ Silhouette Store
Stamp ~  Easter Punnies ~ Cardz TV

Cut file ~ Silhouette store
Stamped Greeting and Chicks ~ The Paper Co.
Embossing folder ~ Heart Scrolls - Crafter's Companion

Cut file ~ Silhouette Store
Happy Easter words dies ~ Cottage Cutz
Stamp ~ Easter Punnies  ~ Cardz TV

Please note that in most of these cards, I swapped and added elements from other designs to achieve the look I wanted.

I hope you enjoyed my 2018 Easter cards.
I hope to see you again soon.
Till next time,
crafty hugs.