Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ask Jo! It's talk time Tuesday~

Hello my sweet friends!
Welcome back to another Talk time Tuesday! I am hoping you all had a great weekend and hoping that the weather is starting to feel a bit more like Spring. It's a very sunny day here today with a high of 55.

So today's question comes from Adrianne who wants to know, " Have you ever worked with a gelli plate? I see more and more of this these days and wanted your opinion?"

  Hello Adrianne!
Gelli plates really seem to be the "in" thing right now and has been trending for quite awhile these past few months. I have heard about it on a few of the blogs I frequent and I have watched a few videos on this. I personally, have not used a gelli plate but I will admit, I would love to try it out. Dickblick has them for a reasonable price. And they also have a wonderful video showing how the gelli plate comes straight out of the package, how it is used and how to easily clean and store it. One of the blogs that I follow, Balzer Designs works with Gelli plates and she does a fantastic job! If you are sitting on the fence Adrianne about whether or not to get one, definitely watch the video and visit the Balzer Designs blog for some inspiration and guidance to help you with your decision. If you do decide to take the plunge, come back and let me know how you liked it and what you create! And thanks so much for taking the time to write in today! :)

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~

Hello friends!
This is just a quick post to let you all know that I am selling my Cricut Imagine and cartridges. This machine has only been used maybe 4 or 5 times at max. I originally had a buyer for this machine but the deal fell through on ebay awhile ago, so I am offering it here to you as well. The machine does not have its original box but it will be boxed up and packaged tightly and securely for shipping.

Here are the cartridges that I am putting together with the machine for sale:
Imagine More


Best Friends



Mystical Garden

Nursery Tails

Snow Angel

(1) NIB Color Ink

I am asking $325.00 +  half price shipping.  The retail value comes to a little over $740.00 so this is a great deal. If you are interested email me at joann6274 at gmail dot com. This will be on a first come basis and I will accept paypal payment only. As soon as I receive payment, I will ship out the next day.

Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~

Monday, March 30, 2015

Winners FFC #80 "Special Birthday" announced~

Hi there friends...
We have the Top 3's and winners from Fun~day Friday
challenge #80! Are you one of them lucky ones???

Our TOP 3 winners from  FFC #80
 "Special Birthday":

                              #5-----> Lucy Patrick
                             #16-----> Carol Cel
                             #44-----> Darlene Pavlick  

 And now our winner of the 7 pack of digis from:
Bugaboo Stamps

------> #3 Center step card with My Bestie Images

 And now our winner of the 4 pack of digis from:
 Little Blue Button Stamps

------> #36 D~DesignsbyDragonfly

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~

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:
  The winner will win 3 Fitztown digital stamps of their choice!!!!


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:


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!