Thursday, May 26, 2016

Never Forgotten

Since Memorial Day is this Monday,  I decided to make a card honoring all those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. I made a cute little card to share with you using "Loving Memory Bears" from KaDoodleBug Designs. This file is a retiring Trina Clark file so you can get it for 90% off right now. There are a lot of adorable files that are being retired, so be sure to check them out. You can find this file here:  javascript:popupWindow('')



The card base is a pattern I found at Obsessed With Scrapbooking, here:

The patriotic papers I used are from "Americana" by COLORBOK.

The closed card measures 6 by 5 inches. I used a 1 1/4 by 12 inch strip of red paper for a closure. I glued the ends together in the front and glued the sentiment over the overlap. This band will slide off to open the card.

The sitting bear is 3 inches tall.

The cross is 3 1/4 inches tall.

The standing bear is 3 1/2 inches tall.

I used a combination of regular cardstock, glossy cardstock and glitter cardstock for my card.The paper piecings were attached with foam tape to give dimension to the card. I added small yellow gems to all the flowers. I punched out six small stars from red glossy cardstock to add to the small blue mats.

I hope you enjoyed my little Memorial Day project. Thanks for stopping by. ~ Shirley

Monday, May 23, 2016


Yesterday was my granddaughter's eighth birthday and since she is cat crazy I made her a cute kitty themed easel card. I used the KaDoodle Bug Designs pattern, "Happy Meow Day" which can be found here:

I used an easel card base from My Scrap Chick and enlarged the cake from the "Happy Meow Day" pattern for part of the card base. The card base is 10 inches tall and 5 1/8 inches wide. The cake section is 3 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. I made the cat 5 1/4 inches tall using a wavy orange paper. The mice are about 1 1/2 inches tall. The sentiment mat is 3 by 4 3/8 inches. The sentiments are from Cricut. All papers are just scraps from my stash.

I hope you liked my "HA-P Meow DAY" card. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by! ~ Shirley

Friday, May 20, 2016

You're Somebunny Special Card

Hi! Happy TGIF! Today I am sharing a cute little card I colored with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. I used " DS CC Spring Flowers Girl" and "DS Bunny in Flowers" from KaDoodleBug Designs. They can both be found here:


Cardstock: Solid blue and white from Recollections, patterned from my stash. Images printed on Spectrum Noir Cardstock from Crafter's Companion.
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Blue Paper Flowers: Micheals
9 inches of 3/8 inch wide sheer blue ribbon.
Super fine black pen
Glue, tape runner, glue dots.

The White card base is 5 by 7 inches. The mats are 4 7/8 by 6 7/8 inches and 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches. The ribbon was wrapped around the two mats one inch down from the top and attached with tape runner. The mats were then attached to the card base.

The images were printed and cut using the Print Then Cut feature on my Cricut Explore. The Flower Girl is 4 1/4 inches tall and the Bunny in Flowers is 2 1/4 inches tall. The "You're Some Bunny Special" sentiment is from Digital Delights By Louby Loo and the rest is using a system font and the Explore. The sentiment is 1 1/2 by 3 5/8 inches mounted on a 1 5/8 by 3 3/4 inch blue mat.

The colored images were attached with foam tape so they were evenly spaced across the card and 3/8 inches up from the bottom. The sentiment was attached above the bunny with glue and tape runner. Using glue dots, a flower was added to each bottom corner, then three flowers were added to the center between the two images.

Color Palette 

Skin: FS2, FS4, TN2, PP1
Hair: GB1, GB4, GB5, GB6
Bunny: EB1, EB2
Bunny Soles: PP1, PP2
Flowers: TB1, TB2, TB4, BT2, IB1, IB3
Eyelashes were added with the super fine tipped black pen.
Accents on flowers, eyes and necklace made with SN Sparkle Pens.

These cute little images were so much fun to color! I hope you liked my little card. Please leave a comment - I love to hear from you. ~ Shirley

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fishing You Joy Card

Hi! Today I am sharing my DT project for Digital Delights by Louby Loo. For my card I used the "Gone Fishing Set" and "Fishing You Joy" sentiment, both of which can be found here:

DD Stamps Used: Gone Fishing Coordinating Set, Fish Sentiment

Cardstock and Papers: Images printed on Spectrum Noir Cardstock by Crafter's Companion, colored cardstock by Reflections

Markers: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, silver gel pen

Acc./ Embellishments: Vest card pattern by SVG Cutting Files, fishing lures & worms by Cuddly      Cute Designs
Special Technique: None

The card base is 6 inches by 11 1/2 inches. Using Design Space, I attached the images to the interior pieces of the
 card. The man is 3 1/2 inches tall, the boy is 3 inches tall, the pail is 1 3/4 inches, the circles are 7/8 inches. The sentiment is 1 1/4 by 2 inches.

Using the SVG patterns, I made eight pockets, four for the front and four for the inside. I added various worms and lures in the pockets and added a green gem to the larger pockets.

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers Used

Skin: FS1, FS4, TN2, PP1
Hair: Dad: GB1, GB3, GB5
         Boy: TN1, EB1, EB2, TN3, BG5
Vest/Hats: CG2, DG4
Shirts: LG1, DG2
Boots: LG1, DG4, BG6
Pants: TB2, TB4,
Pail: GG1,GG3, GG5, silver gel pen
Fish: LG1, CG2, GB1, TN3, TN5
Patches/Sentiment: TB1, TB2, TB3, DR4, Blender

I love how this card turned out! I hope you enjoyed it as well. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.  Have a great day! ~ Shirley

Monday, May 16, 2016

Thanks 4 All U Do

If you have ever been in the hospital or had a loved one there you know how valuable the nursing staff is. Today I am sharing a Thank You card for a special nurse. I used the file, "CK Get Well Soon Mice" from KaDoodleBug Designs for my card. The card is 5 by 7 inches and the image is 4 1/2 inches tall.  The Thanks circle is from Bird's Cards and is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. The rest of the sentiment was made in Design Space.

I printed and cut the image using the Print Then Cut feature on my Explore.

Spectrum Noir Markers Used

Mouse: IG1, IG2, PP1, Blender
RX Bottle: GB2, OR1, OR2
Reds: DR2, DR5
Blues: TB1, TB2, TB4

Thanks for stopping by! Shirley

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Flower Skunk Spare Toilet Tissue Holder

   Hi! Today I'd like to share something a little different with you.

A cute little skunk toilet tissue holder!


For my tissue holder I used the following files:

CK Flower Skunk from KaDoodleBug Designs which can be found here:
Full Cup Treat Cup from My Scrap Chick

I made the holder and skunk bases from white heavy tagboard for stability. The mats on the holder base are Friendly Forest" from Doodlebug Design Inc. The cardstock is from my stash.

2 1/2 inch yellow daisies (source unknown)
5/8 inch black with white trim decorative ribbon by Waverly
3/8 inch black and white checked ribbon by Textured Trios
6 orange gems
 Glue, tape runner, foam tape
Ink for accents on paper piecings
White gel pen (Jelly Roll)

I started by using the tagboard to cut the Full Cup Treat Cup so the bottom diameter was 5 1/2 inches. I needed the longer mat for this. I glued it together so the handle was on the inside, then glued the handle flat against the inside. The mats on the cup were cut from the "Friendly Forest" so all the stripes matched. These were glued to the sides so the stripes match. The 5/8 inch black ribbon was wrapped around the middle of the holder and glued in the front. (This seam will be hidden by the skunk.) A yellow daisy was glued to the center of each side and an orange gem was added to the center of each flower. 

The skunk was cut at 5 inches. The base layer was cut from tagboard for extra strength. I inked the pieces with coordinating inks before putting it together. When the skunk was assembled I added accents with the white gel pen. The skunk was attached to the holder with lots of foam tape.

The toilet tissue was put in a clear plastic bag and tied with the 3/8 inch checked ribbon before being put in the holder. 

This would make a perfect spare toilet tissue holder for a cottage of camper. I hope you liked my project today. I would love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Shirley

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Seashell Narwhal Easel Card

DT Shirley here sharing a little easel card with you today using the super cute file, "Seashell Narwhal" which can be found here:


Shimmer Cardstock by Recollections in aqua and green
Glitter Cardstock by Core'dinations in red, dark pink, orange, teal, purple, yellow and tan.
Plain cardstock in gray, light blue and black.
Various sized white pearls.
Three orange gems (optional for flower accents).
Glue, tape runner, foam tape.
Inks and chalks for accents on paper piecings.

I created the base for my easel card in Design Space by welding the blue pieces of the shell together as seen here.

I created the base in this order: 

1. The smaller blue shell piece flipped horizontally.
2. The larger blue shell piece flipped horizontally.
3. The smaller blue shell piece flipped horizontally.
4. The smaller blue shell piece in original orientation.
5. Line the pieces up one over the other so they overlap slightly as seen in my screenshot, then weld them together.
6. Add fold lines at the halfway point and the mid point of the bottom section as shown.
7. Size this base piece to 8 1/2 inches tall.
8. I manipulated the pink so it would fit into the bottom section. It is 1 3/4 inches by 4 3/4 inches. This will be the piece where you will glue the sentiment.

The base was cut from aqua blue shimmer cardstock by Recollections.

I sized my paper piecings so they fit nicely on the card base. Mine is 6 1/8  inches tall by 6 1/2 inches wide. The sentiment is from Cricut and is 1 1/4 inches by 3 inches. The shell pieces, sand coral and sentiment are cut from glitter cardstock by Core'dinations. The base layer was cut from the aqua shimmer cardstock and the seaweed was cut from green shimmer cardstock by Recollections. The narwhal is cut from regular cardstock and attached with foam tape.

Side view

As a final touch I added five various sized pearls in a swirl starting about one inch above the sentiment. The large pearls are what will support the card when it is open. Three small orange gems were added to the flower.

I hope you enjoyed my project and thanks for stopping by. ~ Shirley

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Lizzy Ladybug

Today is new release day at Digital Delights by Louby Loo and I am sharing my project using "L Ladybug" from the Character Letters Part 1. She can be found here:


DD Stamps Used: L Ladybug from the Character Letters

Cardstock and Papers: Image printed on Spectrum Noir Cardstock, printed papers from "Hello Love" by Crate Paper, cardstock by Core'dinations

Markers: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

Acc./Embellishments: 3-d frame by My Scrap Chick, ladybug from Little Scraps of Heaven Designs

Special Techniques: The frame is 7 inches in diameter and is assembled with foam tape according to the directions included with the file. I used the dotted "Hello Love" paper for the bottom layer and the small floral print for the front, top layer. The verse was printed on a 2 5/8 inch dotted circle using Design Space. This was centered in the opening before the back layer was added. 

The L Ladybug is 4 1/8 inches tall and the little ladybug is about 3 inches. 

The verse in the center reads:

This cute little ladybug
Will not fly away home.
In fact she is yours
To keep for your own,
To always remind you
Of someone that's true.
I'm glad that I "spotted"
A good friend in you!

Color Palette

Skin: FS1, FS4, TN2, PP1
Head/wings: CR10, CR9, DR 4, DR 5, Dots: LG2, LG9
Letter: CT2, CT4, LG2, LG3, LG4
Skirt & Leggings: Red: CR10, CR9, Green: LG2, LG3, LG4, LG5
Flower: PP1, PP3, PP4
Antenna: LG2, LG9

I hope you liked my ladybug frame. She was so much fun to make! Please leave a comment. I love to hear from you! ~ Shirley

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Wreath

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! In honor of teachers, I am sharing a heart grapevine wreath that would make a great teacher gift. 


CK Smarty Owl pattern from KaDoodle Bug Designs found here:
12 inch heart shaped grapevine wreath
1 spool 7/8 inch wide school themed ribbon
1 spool each of 3 /16 inch ribbon in orange, green and purple (or any colors to match your other ribbon
3 one inch balloon buttons in primary colors
2  5/8 inch number buttons (optional)
Patterned paper is from  Value Pack by Debbie Munn
Cardstock in white, green, orange, blue, lt. blue, black, red and yellow.
Wire, hot glue gun

Holding the three colors of 3/16 inch ribbon together, wrap the ribbon around the wreath about nine times, then tie them together at the top. Attach your number buttons to the middle of the remaining ribbon and make a multi looped bow that is about 4 1/2 inches wide. Leave long end pieces, about 6 to 7 inches long, to dangle down. Set aside.

Using the wider ribbon make a multi looped bow that is about 7 1/4 inches wide with 8 inch tails. The bow was fastened together with wire. Attach this bow to the top of the wreath, then attach the smaller bow over the center of the big bow using hot glue. Glue the balloon buttons in the center of the bows.

I made my owl 3 3/4 inches tall and mounted it with foam tape to a 4 3/4 inch mat. I made this two sided so the wreath would look good from both sides if put in a window. When putting the layers together, I sandwiched a piece of the 3/8 inch ribbon between the layers so the mat would hang at the desired position.

Why not make a cute wreath for your child's favorite teacher! Thanks for stopping by and I'd love to hear from you! ~ Shirley