Saturday, March 28, 2015

March's Guest Designer, a tutorial & Lots of inspiration!!!

Hi everyone and happy Saturday!! This is Lisa from A Mermaid's Crafts and I'm so excited to be guest designing on my sweet friend Jo's blog today!! I was so honored when she asked me and couldn't wait to create a project to share with you. Last week marked the first day of spring - yay!! So I've created a couple of easel box cards to celebrate the new season :)


There are tons of tutorials on how to make these, but I just kind of winged it and created my own. I took a few pictures and threw together a quick tutorial. I wanted my card to be 5x5 and the depth of the box at 1", so using those measurements, you will need:

Box Base
  • 1 - 5 x 11 cardstock
  • 1 - 5 x 5 cardstock
  • 1 - 7 x 7 cardstock
  • 2 - 1 x 6 strips of patterned paper
  • 2 - 1 x 5 strips of patterned paper
  • 1 - 5 x 5 piece of patterned paper for inside of box (may have to trim slightly)

1) Start by scoring the 5 x 11 cardstock at 1 7/8", 3", 8" and 9 1/8". I added an eighth of an inch to each side so that the box would slide easily. Also, the reason I used 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock is because I have it in heavyweight...I don't have any 12 x 12 that I thought would be heavy enough to use as the base. I used Neenah Solar White Cardstock in 110lb. weight.


2) Fold at the score lines. It will look like the picture above. Apply glue and adhere the 5 x 5 piece of cardstock to the base.


3) It will look like this when you are done. This will be the sleeve for the box.


4) Score the 7 x  cardstock at 1" on all four sides.


5) Fold the score lines. Cut the lines pictured above. I always make the cuts a slight triangle so that the sides match up better when glued together.


6) Fold the end pieces up and adhere glue.


7) Glue the end pieces so that it forms a box.


8) The box will now slide easily into the sleeve.


9) To decorate the inside box, I used two pieces of 1 x 6 patterned paper and 2 of 1 x 5.


10) I scored the 1 x 6 pieces at 1/2" from each end and then wrapped them around each end of the box to add a little more strength to the corners of the box. I then adhered the 1 x 5 pieces on the other two sides. I did the same thing on the inside and then added the 5 x 5 patterned paper to the bottom.


Easel Card
  • 1 5 x 5 cardstock
  • 1 5 x 10 cardstock
  • Embellishments


1) Score the 5 x 10 cardstock at 2 1/2" and 5".


2) Fold as shown with a mountain fold at 2 1/2" and valley fold at 5".


3) Adhere the 5" end to the top of the box. On the 2 1/2" end, apply adhesive and adhere the 5 x 5 cardstock.


4) Your easel box will now look like this. Time to decorate!!


The papers for both of my boxes are from Prima. The edged were distressed with a Zutter DIA. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


I used heavy-duty burlap for the handle, and several dies for each box.


They are now ready to fill and give as gifts!! I want to sincerely thank Jo for having me guest design today!! Have a wonderful weekend :)


******Thank you so much Lisa for being March's guest designer and for showing us a fantastic project with awesome instructions! It has been an honor to have you as March's GD! Have a wonderful weekend my friend!!!!! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

FFC #81 "Happy Easter" & a special Guest designer!


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"Happy Easter"

Create a card, layout or project using this week's theme!


Our Sponsors this week are:
Fitztown
  The winner will win 3 Fitztown digital stamps of their choice!!!!

and

Di's Digis
The winner will win a $12 gift voucher to the Di's Digi Stamp Store!!!! 
  

 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, March 27th  12:00AM
Ends:   Friday, April 3rd 6:00PM
(Eastern time)


Today we have a Guest Designer Lisa from Fitztown's DT and from the blog, Crafty Train and she had created this cute card using this sweet Fitztown bunny! Please stop over at her blog for all the details on how she created this adorable project! Thanks for being with us today Lisa! We love having you play with us!



And now
Here is what I created for this challenge:

My cardstock is Papertrey Ink, patterned papers are MME.  I used Fitztown's Easter 6 image and colored it in with copics. I used a little bit of wink of stella on all the flowers. The sentiment on the outside is the Wishing You stamp from My Creative Time and the sentiment on the inside is from the stamp set Easter Punnies from Cardz TV Stamps. I added the cute little bow to the front and that is the Medium stitched scalloped bow die, also from My Creative Time. Well that is it for my card, hope you like!

Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce





 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until April 3rd by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of April 6th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Winners FFC #79 announced~


Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #79! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #79
 "Lucky Clover":

     
                             #3-----> Anita M.
                             #12-----> Kitty
                             #20-----> Red Obsession  

 And now our winner of the 3 pack of digis from:

Limited Runs Digis



------> #2 Paper Whims

All Winners & Top 3's Please email me at:
Joann6274 at gmail dot com!
You will have 2 weeks to claim your prizes!

  
Well my friends that is all I have for today. I hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~
  


Friday, March 20, 2015

FFC #80 " Special Birthday"


Hello sweet friends!
Welcome to another Fun~day Friday Challenge!!

 This week's Challenge:
"Special Birthday"
Create a card, layout or project using this week's theme!


Our Sponsors this week are:
Bugaboo Stamps
  The winner will win 7 digital stamps of their choice!!!!
 AND
Little Blue Button Stamps
  The winner will win 4 digital stamps of their choice!!!!
 So make sure to play along this week~

  Starts: Friday, March 20th  12:00AM
Ends:   Friday, March 27th 6:00PM
(Eastern time)

Today is a very sad day for me. Today would have been my grandfather's 82nd birthday, he passed away 6 years ago come this May 1st. This day was a very special birthday every year and I would celebrate his birthday each  year with him. I miss him more then words can convey. He was my rock, my father (he raised me), my grandfather and my best friend. So in honor of his birthday, today's challenge is A special birthday. Here is what I created.
 I decided to create a birthday tag. I used Best Wishes from Little Blue Button Stamps. I just LOVE this sweet girl. I colored her in using copic markers and added texture to her dress using copic dotting and my white glaze pen. I also added some clear wink of stella to her hair bow, lipstick, cupcake and bottom of her leggings.
She's mounted on foam tape onto a kraft inks essentials tag that I altered and got messy with. I used a Heidi Swapp circle/dot stencil and dabbed it with tea rose distress paint. Used a black sharpie to go around them. I also used the Stargaze stencil by My Favorite Things and dabbed them with peacock feathers distress paint.  Used my PITT artist brush in white to add accents in between the stencils. Kinda like my own doodling. The sentiment is also from the 'Best wishes' digital stamp set and I inked around it with some antique linen distress ink and it is also on foam tape.  To finish off the tag, I added a few flat back pearls and a cute yellow/white arrow sticker from MME. It still looked like it needed something else so I added that little flower that I had in my stash inked with some antique linen ink and then created a cute bow and a tag topper from some twine that I had. Hope you like it as much as I do. I really do like how this turned out. I'm going to add this tag to my art journal that I will be starting soon. :)

Now let's see what the FFC Design Team has created for this Challenge:

  Joyce




 
What do you need to do to enter?
Challenge Rules

1. Please post a direct link to your card/project post that includes your challenge,
using the linky tool below.

2. Be sure to include a link back to our challenge

3. THREE entries per person and you must post a separate blog post for each entry.

4. All entries must be NEW and created for the current challenge.

5. You may combine with other challenges as long as you link back to us in your post.

 * All entries that do not meet the challenge requirements
Will not be eligible for top 3 or random wins (optional from sponsors prizes)
Any random wins will only be mailed within the US and Canada only.
You have until March 27th by 6:00PM (eastern) time to link up.
All winners will be announced during the week of March 30th.
Have fun and we look forward to seeing what you create!
Until next time, enjoy life's blessings~
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ask Jo! It's Talk Time Tuesday~



Hello my sweet friends!
Image result for saint patrick's day

Have any of you gone to any St. Patty day parades over the weekend? Do you celebrate this holiday? If so, what do you do? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below!!

This past week has been rough for me. I have been extremely ill and not feeling all too well. Doing my best to recover and get my energy back up there. Still struggling with a cold too. 

Okay so before I get to today's question, I would really love to say THANK YOU to three of my sweet and loyal blog readers...Dorothy, Margaret & Lillian! These three ladies have sent me some gorgeous cards and boy did they put a huge smile on my face! Thank you ladies so much. It really made my week!!! I wish I could have posted pictures of the cards they sent because they are gorgeous but my I was not feeling well and in bed most of the weekend. I will try to post pics next week! Again, thank you ladies!! 

Okay on to today's question..... 
 Today's question comes from Marisol V. who wants to know, " Do you use social media sites and if you do use them do you use them as a way to display your projects?"

  Hello Marisol!
These days social media seems to be the main way anyone seems to socialize, at least in my opinion. I do think it's a bit too much but to answer you, Yes I do use social media sometimes but not to display my creative projects, no. I use Facebook to keep in touch with family, friends and some of my close bloggy friends. I do have a Twitter account but rarely ever go on there. I only joined Twitter so that I could keep up with my favorite businesses and celebrities but I really don't have the desire or the time to keep up with it. And about six months ago or so, I created an Instagram account but for the life of me, cannot figure out how to really use it so I just don't bother with it either. I really believe that people spend way too much time on social media and that it has gotten to the point where people think they will literally "die" if they cannot access it. I mean its pretty sad when you have a family sitting around a dinner table, not communicating or saying a word to one another because as they eat dinner, they are on their phones texting or browsing. I see this happening all the time and I hear about it way too often. In my house, no electronics of any kind are allowed at the dinner table. That is the only time these days where our family comes together all at once to have family time while sharing a nice meal. No interruptions, no social media, no phones. I like it that way. :)
Well I appreciate your writing in Marisol and great question too! I hope to hear from you again soon!!!! 

Before I go, I wanted to share a little St. Patrick's day treat with you all that I think you and the family would enjoy. A delicious mint Shamrock Shake!
courtesy of The Browneyed Baker

Ingredients:

3 cups of your favorite vanilla ice cream
1½ cups whole milk
½ teaspoon mint extract
Green food coloring (enough to get the shade of green you want)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth and blended. Divide between two glasses, top with whipped cream and enjoy!



Well friends, that is it for today. Please write in with questions you want answered or topics you would like to see talked about during our Tuesdays together :) 

 Thanks for stopping by and until next time.... Enjoy life's blessings~