I am a work-at-home mum to two children, and I've been married to my very busy, dear hubby for more than 18 years.
We share our home with a mini-lop bunny named Scooter, two pet rats named Hazelnut & Pistachio, and a "labradorable" black lab mix named Plinker.
My heart belongs to Christ. When I get the time to craft, I like to bless and encourage people through my creations.
Last month I was fortunate enough to have won a Gypsy courtesy of Provo Craft and Michele Kovack's wonderful blog. Michele is a consummate papercrafter, and her designs and attention to detail are always inspiring.
I really have enjoyed getting to know my Gypsy over the past few weeks, planning projects while waiting at parent pick up at school, and exploring the features on my cartridges. A few of the functions I like best about the Gypsy is the ability to work with several cartridges at once on the same project, the ability to search for images in the cartridge library (even ones you don't own), and the ability to see the exact measurements (height and width) of the images you are using.
This week, I am hosting the Crafty Secrets member forum at Splitcoast Stampers. We are playing with shapes this week - die cuts, punches, templates, stencils, etc. For my Let It Snow sample card, I cut various snowflakes on my Cricut Expression using the Winter Woodland cartridge.
Details: Main Image - Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes booklet Stamps - See D's - Flurries set Ink - Memories Direct - Ink Dauber - Orchid Cardstock - Bazzill & Core'dinations Patterned Paper - K&Company Snowflakes - Cricut Expression & Winter Woodland cartridge Accessories - trim - Wrights; half pearls - unknown
I designed the card below on my Gypsy while waiting at parent pick up at my kids' school. I made several of these for my daughter as birthday thank yous for relatives. I love the simple, bold design on this with the bright colors and sweet little hedgie - as my dh said, "It's so very 'Shannon!'"
Details: Hedgehog - Cricut Create a Critter cartridge Sentiment - Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge Cardstock - Bazzill (pink & blues); DCWV (red); Gina K. Designs (white) Patterned paper - K&Company (Berry Sweet) Accessories - brads - Making Memories; Pop Dots; pearlescent chalk - Pebbles Inc.
I stopped chasing dust bunnies at my house long enough to play with this sweet, little mouse from Crafty Secrets' Mouse Party set. This week on the Crafty Secrets member forum on Splitcoast Stampers, Darlene challenged us to use lace on our projects. My daughter, Shannon, suggested I flip the lace with the scallops up, so that the mouse looks like he's sitting in the snow.
Details: Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Mouse Party Cricut cartridge - Christmas (tree) Patterned paper - DCWV - Berry Street Farmer's Market Cardstock - Core'dinations; Gina K. Designs (natural) Ink - Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo & Tea Dye; SU! - Cherry Cobbler Accessories - lace; Pop Dots; markers - Copic Sketch; paper fastener; tinsel glitter - Martha Stewart
Although I don't want to skip Thanksgiving crafting altogether, I do know I need to start my handmade Christmas items sooner rather than later. So I've been squeezing in a few Christmas projects here and there in the midst of this beautiful autumn weather.
Here are a couple of projects I did this weekend:
Details: Main Image: Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes Stamps: Crafty Secrets - Snowbunnies set (snowflake); Anna Griffin (sentiment) Ink: Stampin' Up! - Cherry Cobbler & River Rock Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up! - Deck the Halls Cardstock: Core'dinations Accessories: edge distresser - Tonic; branch punch - Martha Stewart; glitter glue - Stickles (Stardust & Burgundy)
A lunch bag gift card holder:
Details: Main Image: Crafty Secrets - Seasonal Images booklet Stamps: Stampin' Up! - Too Terrific Tags set Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo Patterned Paper: SU! - Deck the Halls; DCWV - Rustic Stack Cardstock: Core'dinations Accessories: ribbon, brad, & eyelet - Making Memories
I am just so tickled with this project that I couldn't wait to share it with you!
I definitely needed some crafting therapy this week, and this project just makes me smile. It was so much fun to make - one of those rare flurry-of-activity crafting moments when I can't get the supplies in my hands fast enough. (I'm usually a very slow, methodical crafter.)
Details: Santa on a Scooter image - Crafty Secrets - Christmas Images & Journal Notes booklet Kids with Tree image - Crafty Secrets - Calendar Creative Scraps Stamps - Crafty Secrets - Snowbunnies (snowflake); See D's - Nightingale (flourishes) Vintage flash cards (courtesy of my antique dealer dad - Thanks, Dad!) Ink - SU! True Thyme & River Rock; Ranger Distress Ink - Fired Brick Accessories - glitter glue - Stickles (Stardust); ribbon - Michaels; eyelets (Making Memories)