Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snow Friends Like Us

This month's challenge over at Scraptastical Kreations is "Anything Goes". Here is a layout I made to give you a bit of inspiration. Post any project with an SK file throughout the month of January for a chance to win $15 in files from the SK store. The more projects you post, the more chances to win. To post your project click here for the Scraptastical Kreations FB page.

Scraptastical Kreations - "Snow Friends Like Us", "Flourish Frenzy"
Paper DCWV
Various inks and chalks
Sakura white Gelly Roll Pen
Glitter foam snowflakes from AC Moore
A no name brand of purple glitter glue

I'm also entering this into:
Red Carpet Studio: RCS #20 - "Sparkle"

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I've inspired you in some way!

~there's always a story...
Nancy :)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Winter's In The Air Hop

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but these projects are so delightful!  

Welcome to the ‘Winter’s In The Air’ blog hop. 

We have all made projects to warm your heart, and potentially decorate your home, during these snowy months.

If you comment on everyone’s post you will be entered to win this from Melanie.  It includes paper, stickers, metal embellies, adhesive, mists, stencils, a journal and more.  Be sure to check back on Tuesday, Jan 22 to see who won. Following everyone's blog is not a requirement but we'd love it if you did!

Here is the Line-Up in case you get lost along the way:
Nancy **you are here**

Now onto my projects, Yes, projectS! First I have a fun 3D snowflake ornament. For this beauty I used a cutting file from Scraptastical Kreations. I made 9 cuts of the same snowflake on glittered paper, scored them down the middle, folded, in half, then glued them back to back and there you go. For even more sparkle I topped it off with a white glitter edge ribbon and added some crystals and pearl dangling from the bottom so it shines from every angle.

My next project is also my blog candy!! It's a pair of snowflake and crystal earrings. The snowflakes are a base metal with crystals and decorated with Swarovski crystals, white cat's eye beads, seed beads and sterling twisted tubes on a sterling lever back pierced earring. These are hand made by me (another one of my passions, making jewelry).

To be eligible to win these beautiful sparkly earrings:
1. Visit and "like" my FaceBook page.
2. Leave me a comment while you're there saying "Hi!" from the hop!

Super easy, right?! One lucky winner will be picked and announced on my FB page on Tuesday January 22.

Now it's on to the very talented Anita. I hope you have enjoyed our hop and that we've inspired you in some way today!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Sweet Holly Card

Sweet Holly is an adorable digi from Sherri Baldy, I happened to win her when Sherri picked the name I suggested (thank you!). I'm still practicing my coloring technique. For this cutie I used PrismaColor pencils. It's a lot of fun and I look forward to picking up some more of Sherri's designs to practice and perfect!!

I'm entering her into Besties Challenge #1

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story...
Nancy :)

A Little Love Bug

Here's a fun and cute Valentine's card. This sweet little bear is from Scraptastical Kreations file "Little Love Bug" (original artwork by Kristi W) with a Peachy Keen Stamps face. Doesn't she just make the sweetest little butterfly?

Other materials used were:
Papers - DCWV The Sweet Stack, The Paper Studio
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Glossy Accents
Assorted inks, chalks and bling from my stash

I'm entering this into these challenges:
Cameo Creations Challenge - Pink and Brown

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story...
Nancy :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

I Love You So

 This pretty layout is a Pinterest inspired design. I just love going to Pinterest when I'm stuck. Whether it be for design, dinner, or a fun treat for school there is always so much inspiration to be found. Have you found me yet on Pinterest? Just click the button to the right, you'll find me real easy that way!

For this page I used cutting files from Scraptastical Kreations. Peachy Keen Stamps for the cute little face on that flower. Ribbon from Really reasonable Ribbon. Various papers and bling. A white Gelly Roll pen and a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen for the doodling between the hearts and flowers. Cameo

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
Creative Cutting Challenge- Valentine's Not a Card
Pause Dream Enjoy CH#1 - Use Ribbon
Craft-Room Challenge - Valentines at Craft-Room Challenge

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Various Christmas projects

I'd like to share some various projects I made (some with a bit of help) throughout December.

This lovely shadowbox was a gift for my niece and her new husband. The picture in the frame is from their honeymoon. The words and flourishes are vinyl. I poured in some craft sand and shells which I think gives this a really neat look.

An ornament and matching card I made completely from paper with a touch of tulle (it's a little hard to see with the light background but trust me it's there ;)

Another ornament gift for a friend. Made with vinyl applied to the outside of the glass ball. I used some more of that swell sand and a couple of small shells to  fun it up some!

Here's another glass ball. This one has a picture on the inside and vinyl letting on the outside. For this one you cut a picture out roughly the size of the ornament, this one was 2 1/2" diameter. You roll the picture around a pencil, stick it through the hole then straighten it out, I used the end of a paintbrush to push it flat.

A snow measuring stick made with a large paint stirrer from Home Depot. We made this craft with my son's 5th grade class. They loved it! 

Another gift ornament I made. I painted the wooden oval gold and glued on the paper piecings. Yes, those flowers I made from paper, gorgeous aren't they? The cutting files are all from Scraptastical Kreations.

Lastly is this fun ornament my son and I made. Every year he and I make an ornament together for him to give family and friends. We try to incorporate a hand print or footprint to measure his growth. When he was 4 (2006) we made a snowman hand print ornament and we thought it would be fun to do it again this year to compare how his hand has grown. This is the result.

 The process, first coat your hands with non-toxic paint. He doesn't always look like such a lunatic I promise you.

Second, place ball in hand, third, wrap fingers around. Notice how that thumb is facing a funky way for a snowman??

After they dry, decorate them up! We used Sharpie Markers and Stickles. Some of the funky thumb prints became snowmen making funny faces, others were reindeer with antlers and some became polar bears.

A look at some of the fun and silly faces, hats and additions. Each one became a unique work of art. We made 12 all together. 

And here they are side-by-side made 6 years apart. We had so much fun doing this together. I miss spending time crafting with my fella and treasure the moments we still get to do it. Every year I hang these on my tree will always bring me back to these good times.

 Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I've inspired you in some way!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Cupcake Birthday

Here is a sweet little Pinterest inspired birthday card.  

The svg files are from Scraptastical Kreations. The cupcake is from Cherry Moose-mas (original artwork by Kristi W) and the pick is from Sophisticated Scallops.

Thanks for stopping by!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

Hurray, it's 2013! For my monthly board I've done a page to ring in the New Year! The wine glass and bottle are from Scraptastical Kreations, the type was all printed and cut with my Cameo. The board is a magnetic 8x8 hanging frame from Creative Memories.

I'm entering this into:

Thanks for stopping by today!

~there's always a story
Nancy :)