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Make it Monday- Papertrey Ink #304

I have so many things to do, I thought I would skip this week’s Make it Monday Challenge at Papertrey Ink, but when I saw the topic was photo ornaments, I had to participate.  I have a brand new grandson to show off ( November 15), so of course, he had to go on the photo ornament.


The ornament is nothing special, but this little guy is the star of the show.  I am thinking now that I need to go back through my photos and pick out a baby photo for each grandbaby and make an ornament for each.  The most difficult part is finding photos that will fit within the frames that I have.   Today, I used the scalloped oval die from Shakers and Sprinkles, but next time I will try using the Shaker Tree die if I can find photos that will work.


Just so you know…………….that is not baby spit up on my sweater.  I was in such a hurry to get to the hospital, I slopped toothpaste all over myself.  I dabbed it off, but unbeknownst to me, it dried back all white and gross looking again.

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Summer 2017 Day 4

All I can say is OMG!  This little project is the epitome of summer and coffee.  It was easy to make thanks to Papertrey Ink’s Market Street kit, and the paper and washi tape from Doodlebug was a match made in heaven.  The icing on the cake is the coffee bean hubcaps on the cart,  that are from Eyelet Outlet.

I filled the cart with loose coffee beans for the picture, but this would be a great  gift filled with a couple of Tassimo or Keurig cups as well.  This is my second post today as it is just too dang cute to wait until tomorrow.



Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Market Street kit,  Doodlebug Cream and Sugar patterned paper,  Doodlebug washi tape,  Stamploration Iced Coffee die, Eyelet Outlet coffee bean brads,  Neenah Desert Storm cardstock,  Recollections brads, Pico Wedding dress Embellisher and Scor tape

Fresh Pineapple, Ice Cream and Cockles and Mussels(alive, alive oh!)

Today I put together three different carts from Papertrey Ink’s Make it Market, Market Street kit.  I started with the brown woodgrain looking one, as I want to make a layout of my upcoming visit to Dublin, featuring the statue of Molly Malone selling/singing, “selling cockles and mussels alive, alive oh”.  You might wonder at my fascination with this song/theme/image, and even if you never wondered at all, I am going to tell you about it.  I heard this little ditti as a child, as my tone deaf mother  (and she sounds like Adele compared to me) would sing it while doing housework.  The problem was that as a landlocked little girl growing up in Saskatchewan, I had never heard of “Cockles and Mussels” and it all sounded bizarre and somewhat perverted to me.  The memory stuck with me for many years, until I was finally enlightened about cockles and mussels.


The lovely lady is pictured above. The picture is from Wikipedia Malone 073007.

First picture is my Molly Malone cart followed by the Fresh Pineapple and Ice Cream cart samples.  I may try to make some little baskets like in the statue picture when I make a flat version of the cart for the scrapbook layout.











More Torture……..Make it Monday #285 Felt Flowers

Imagine my surprise, when I read the Make it Monday email yesterday.  The challenge suggested that I use a hot glue gun to make some felt flowers  for a project.  If you read yesterday’s post you will know that I had my own shoot out at the Ok Corral with my hot glue gun and it was not me left standing when it was all over.  I had been wanting to use some of the lovely felt that I recently got from Papertrey Ink though, so I was willing to risk using that vicious gun one more time.  This time, I ended up with a burn upon a burn on one finger and another burn on the back of my hand.  I definitely need more practice with this weapon of mass destruction.

When I got the flowers finished, I quite liked them but thought they were too large and too dimensional for a regular sized card.  So then I decided to make a layout using them instead.  I think it turned out quite well, but it definitely took longer than making a card.

Take a look!

Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Friendly Flowers dies, Papertrey Ink What the Doodle  Butterflies dies, Papertrey Ink 2016 die, Papertrey Ink Sprigs and Spruce dies, Papertrey Ink Felt, Taylored Expressions felt, My Minds Eye patterned paper, Dylusions white spray, Nuvo drops,

Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop

Today I was thinking that I must try to fit in an entry to the Coffee Lovers Winter Bloghop  in spite of being busy preparing for Christmas when I realized that I made something today that is not only a gift I am giving but also a perfect entry into the bloghop! Duh!  The instructions came through my friend Jen, from Stampin Up Canada.



This gift is for a year end party of my Mahjong Club, thus the Mahjong tiles on the tag.  What? doesn’t every one have a Mahjong tile stamp??



November Blog Hop Papertrey Ink-Finished Project

Today is the day to post the finished project for Papertrey Ink’s November Blog Hop.  My fingers are all limbered up from the crazy number of Black Friday bargains that I have put into a cart.  I even followed through and ordered some of the things that I put in the cart.  The horrible current exchange rate caused me to abandon several other potential purchases though.

Back to the project at hand.  Here is the inspiration photo once again:


Here is my finished project:



25 Days of Christmas Tags – Day 8-13

Day 8: Uniko Studio

I am back with more tags to enter in the 25 days of Christmas Tags Challenge.  As I mentioned in the last post,  I ran into a snag on Day 8 in trying to use product from each sponsor of the challenge.  I did not have anything from Uniko Studio which appears to be a company from the UK.

The best I could do is use the inspiring tag from Jane and create something similar with what I had.

Jane’s tag:


My tag:




Stamps are from Papertrey Ink. Tag dies are Casual Fri-dies

Day 9:  Avery Elle

Day 9 went much easier.  I have a selection of Avery Elle stamps and dies and I particularly love the moose that Tracey used in her tag.

The Inspiration from Tracey:


My tag:



Stamp set and dies from Avery Elle.  Patterned paper from Reminisce.

Day 10: Sugar Pea Designs

I had trouble again on Day 10 as I have no product from Sugar Pea Designs.  I am happy to say there is a new die in the mail to me from Sugar Pea as we speak.  In the meantime  I drew inspiration from   Lisa’s  tag and made do with a similar stamp that I had.

The Inspiration:


My tag:



Day 11:  Technique Tuesday

I thought this day would be fairly easy but my stash of Technique Tuesday product was decidedly un-Christmasy!  Taking inspiration from Daniela’s tag with trees, I turned mine into a Christmas tree that lights up with help from a Technique Tuesday stamp set.  This one was a bit of a strrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrettttttttttttttttcccccccccchhhhhhhhhhh but I like the resulting tag.


The inspiration:


My tag:



Stamp set is from Technique Tuesday.  Patterned paper from Lawn Fawn and the dies from Papertrey Ink.

Day 12:  Serendipity Stamps

Sadly, I do not have anything from Serendipity Stamps, but I took inspiration from this tag and dug around to to see what I had:


My tag:


Stamp is Impression Obsession.

Day 13:  Lil’ Inker


Well if you thought Day 12 was a stretch, welcome to Day 13.  Thought about this one over night as it was really a challenge to make a Christmas Tag with what I have from Lil Inker.  I have a fantastic stitched rectangle set which I coulda maybe shoulda made into a tag and let it go at that……………but no……

The inspiration is Jen’s card:


Do you get it …………..bears and forest go together like the things in my tag:  Turns out I love this tag and if I have a spare two hours, I will recreate it.

My tag:



Stamp sets are Lil Inker and High Hopes Rubber Stamps,  Die is from Wplus9.  Christmas word is from Clearly Besotted.  Santa’s hat die came off the Ark I think….Stampin Up 1995.



25 Days of Christmas Tags

Somewhere in my morning ritual of following a number of crafting people, I came across someone who mentioned that they were going to also enter their tag into the 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2016 Challenge.  This intrigued me as I wanted to make a number of Christmas tags this year.  Following the link, I ended up on the blog of Tracey McNeely, named In my Creative Opinion.  It appears to be a Canadian Blog, so I was even more interested.  The problem is that the challenge started on November 1 and it was now November 21st!  That meant a lot of catching up to do.

I always feel a need to justify my huge stash, by making a concentrated effort to actually use everything I have bought.  It occurred to me that I could add to this challenge by challenging myself to make a tag using products from each of the 25 sponsors of the challenge.  So far, I have managed to do this, but there is a problem looming on Day 8.

The rules of the challenge include citing the source of the tag inspiration from the tags done by each sponsor’s design team.

Day 1: Casual Fridays

I was inspired by this tag from Kelly


My tag:


My tag is from Casual Fri-dies. Snowflake Simon Says Stamp and Sleigh image from Heartfelt Creations.

Day 2:  Poppy Stamps

Inspiration from Michelle:


My tag:


Oval pine die is from Poppy Stamps.  Tag is Casual Fri-dies, Woodgrain cardstock is Simon Says Stamp, Pinecone charm is Tim Holtz,

Day 3: Newton’s Nook

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My tag:


Cat image is Newton from Newton’s Nook.  Patterned paper Reminisce, ornament is rom Simon Says Stamp, Pine boughs from Poppy Stamps


Day 4: Simon Says Stamp

Inspiration from Tracey:


My tag:


Merry Christmas die is Simon Says Stamp. Tag is from Ranger, Star die and embossing powder is from Recollections.


Day 4: Simon Says Stamp

Inspiration by:


My tag:


Birch trees die is from Simon Says Stamp as is the woodgrain cardstock.  The dear is from Impression Obsession. Ribbon is from Recollections.

Day 5: Winnie and Walter

Inspiration from


My tag:


Decorations on the ornaments is from Winnie and Walter.  Ornament bases are from Papertrey Ink and the patterned paper is from Reminisce.

Day 6:   Open  No particular Sponsor



My tag:


Background is from Reverse Confetti.  Season’s Greetings die is from Simon Says stamp.  Sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh and Craft Medley.  Tag is from Elizabeth Crafts.


Day 7 :  Ellen Hutson




My tag:


Brown woodgrain cardstock and Totally/Fabulous dies are from Ellen Hutson.  Patterned paper from Photoplay.  Santa and Sleigh are from Papertrey Ink.






November Blog Hop – Papertrey Ink

The blog hop is on November 25th but Papertrey Ink has already posted the Inspiration Photo so I could get started on it.  Wasn’t that nice of them to do that specially for me! LOL.

Here is the photo:


I decided to use the colours as the inspiration and break out my new Tiny Town Gingerbread House from Papertrey Ink.   I had been talking with Sandra about how popular things that light up are these days, so my goal was also to have this light up.  Of course, that changes the engineering of the basic box to accommodate this and that means added time.

It is far from complete as I have some grandiose ideas for a base, trees, yard and fence that may or may not come to pass.  Here is what it looks like so far:



This is a project that looks much better in real life than it does in these photos.


I was in a hurry and didn’t use a tripod and it is a dull gray snowy day so the lighting is poor.  The accents are in foiled cardstock which never seems to translate well in photos either.

Oh well, I am hoping for a vast improvement in both the photography and the project by the blog hop on the 25th.





Post and Parcel Kit- Papertrey Ink

If you are looking for a way to chew up a lot of time, grab yourself the Post and Parcel Kit from Papertrey Ink.  It is one of those kits where you start out with one idea to make one thing and you end up with a hundred ideas and have a hundred things in various stages of production.  So much fun!  If I keep working, I may end up with enough tags and gift cards and envelopes to use for all my gifts in Christmas 2017.  Note I did not say for this Christmas as that is too short a deadline!

One thing, that happens to me consistently, is that the moment I decide to move a craft tool or item from my front and center storage, to a more out of the way storage due to dis-use,  I need that item.  That happened with this kit project.  I had several hot glue guns and glue sticks taking up room in my main tool drawer and they hadn’t been used for years.  Off they went to long term storage in the basement and, you guessed it, I needed that kind of glue to hold up the mail box post.  So, of course, back upstairs they came.

Here is a small selection of the fabu things I am working on:



I had the idea that I would make my own wrapping paper.  That way I could be sure that the paper and the tags match well.  The making of this little blue box covered in homemade paper, convinced me that I am hallucinating if I think I could eliminate commercial paper. I have now modified that idea considerably.

The bigger red mailbox can hold small gifts or gift cards and is decorated with texture paste using the stencils in the kit.  Isn’t that little padlock just the cutest.

The little mailbox is supposed to hold two little chocolates, but I wanted to show that it also holds one little bottle of Stickles, should any of my crafty friends be inclined to give me one of those for Xmas.  I had a issue gluing on the post to the mailbox (not in the center), and another issue with the thick embossing powder I used cracking, when I tried to roll it into the mailbox shape.  These two issues resulted in the misshapen mailbox you see here.  I am about to start over, thus my comment about chewing up time.


This one turned out very well.  The gift card slides under the bow on to the postage stamp shaped mat and the whole thing fits in the matching envelope.  The little envelope also pulls out and opens to another little postage stamp mat with the recipients name written on it. It seems I give more and more gift cards than presents with each passing Christmas so I am happy to have something with which I can personalize them.

Well it is back to the drawing board, to see if I can make a less lop sided mailbox.