Monday, January 30, 2012

Crafty Dessy

Des is my 8 year old grand-daughter and my crafting buddy.  She has some unique design ideas.  I love the way she thinks outside the box.  Here is her take on Gramma's card.  This one is for her momma who is in the hospital right now.

Case Study Challenge #75

 Hi all!  Today I'm entering a challenge over at Case Study Challenge Blog  with another handmade greeting card.  This card was inspired by one created by Debbie Hughes, one of their design team members.  I was drawn to the colors she chose for her card, and I liked the way she used the ribbon.  I also loved the special edging she added to her sentiment.

For my card I chose a base of pink card stock,  I dry embossed a panel with flowers using my big shot and one of my cuttlebug folders.  To this panel I added mint satin ribbon strips, a pink fabric flower with an adhesive gem center and a bit of a bow in dark green ribbon.  A 'congratulations' sentiment printed from my computer in dark green on white card stock was layered onto a piece of pink to match the card base.  I affixed the sentiment with dimensional adhesive to the panel and then affixed the panel to the base once again using dimensional adhesive. The right inside of the card has a white paper liner for a personal message

Des, my grand-daughter and crafting buddy made her own version of this card.  Check out my next post to see what this crafty little 8 year old came up with. 

Happy crafting!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sammy's Blue Car

I finally finished Sammy's little car.  I doesn't look like I had envisioned it, but I think it does have a charm all it's own.  I tore out and re-did the headlights and eyes several time before I finally settled on some that satisfied.  I don't think it remotely resembles the blue VW, but I can't seem to get the look I want.  Don't ask me for the pattern cause I don't think I could ever repeat it.  I hope Sammy likes it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friendship Challenge PSC16

This card was created to compete in a challenge over at Perfect Sentiments.  It's the first challenge I've ever entered, and it was lots of fun coming up with this 'friendship' design.

I started with some pale blue/grey card stock which I cut to make a 5 and 1/2 inch square top-fold card. 

I embossed the front of the card using my sizzix polka dot embossing folder and my big-shot embossing/die cutting machine.

Next I cut a circle and 2 half circles of random pretty paper from my stash, using my scallop edge scissors since I don't have a scallop circle die to use.

I attached the circle and half circles together and added a pretty matching piece of ribbon across the diameter to cover the 'seam'. 

I then attached the circle to the front of the card.

I had these sweet pale blue flowers in my stash and decided they were the perfect shade to match my chosen color scheme of blue, green and lime.

A pale green adhesive jewel makes the perfect center in my opinion.

The line of flowers across the card left bare spaces above and below, so I used my Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly punch to add two butterflies in flight heading for the flowers.  These I punched out of lime patterned paper.

 The front still looked a bit off, so I used a border punch across the bottom of the front of the card and lined the inside with more of the lime patterned paper.  Sweet!

All that was left was to add the sentiment.  Not finding anything in my stamp collection that suited me, I came up with my own.   

I used my Print Artist program and printed out the sentiment on card stock to match the base of the card.  I inked the edges with blue Stampin Up ink and rounded the corners with my corner rounder punch.  A tiny adhesive jewel on the sentiment provides the finishing touch.  The sentiment is affixed with dimensional adhesive.  Voila!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Current Project

My grandson, Sammy, loves vehicles of all kinds. But I think his all time favorite is the vintage VW that his dad brings out of storage every summer. This Sammy refers to as the 'boo car' since 'blue' hasn't found it's way into his vocabulary yet.

My goal with this project is to create something that will, hopefully, resemble the 'boo car' for Sammy.

Here is what I have so far.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Some Things I Have Made

Here are a few greeting cards I have made.   I make my cards from card stock and pretty paper and use whatever embellishments suit me at the time.

I see many blog posts that list the paper designers, stamp names, ink type etc. I'm just really not into all that at this point. I generally get my supplies at places like Walmart or JoAnn's. I also love to shop at Pat Catans when I am in the Cleveland area.  Maybe someday I'll list all the details of my supplies, but for now I'm just having fun while I learn.

I took these pictures with my ipod and the quality is not great, but I think you can get the idea.  I really love using fabric flowers on my cards and experimenting with different materials and colors.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Check out My Little Somethings' Blog

I just happened upon a fantastic blog that is conducting an awesome blog give-away!  Go on over to my little somethings   and check it out.  This gal is a paper craft artist like I could only hope to be someday.  I think I will learn a lot from her excellent blog. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012


The only thing cuter than these handmade crocheted viking helmets are the adorable little vikings wearing them.  When I first saw one of these on Pinterest  I just knew I had to make some.

Every time I picked them up to  work on them I had to smile.  I could just envision my darling grandsons wearing them.
As you can see, they turned out well.

This helmet can be ordered at my Etsy shop,     RenysDesigns   Thanks to for the pattern.

Friday, January 20, 2012

I Love to Craft!

I love to craft.  And I love to blog.  So it just makes sense that I should have a blog devoted to crafts.  Pinterest has caused my mind to spin with so many new crafty ideas that I want to try, and in the process I hope to share ideas and results of a host of new projects with you, my readers.

This is not my first blog.  Go on over to Renys Place to see what all I have been up to and what my thoughts are on a variety of subjects.  I'll bet you'll find something there that interests you.  But this blog will be devoted exclusively to my crafty projects and attempts at projects.  As time goes on, I hope to  move crafty posts from Renys Place to this blog.

Check in often.  I hope to post here at least once a week.

Happy Crafting!