Friday, 28 June 2013

A Picture Perfect Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge & DCWV Thank You Card

Welcome to today's post!  I have made here a lovely Thank You card using some of the FREE Digi stamps available at the Paper Smooches Blog site.  This will be my entry for the Picture Perfect Sparks Challenge.  

The background paper is from "The Once Upon a Time Stack" from DCWV.  I love the reds and browns in the print as well as the woodsy feel it has.  

I also used some glitter glue to highlight some of the flowers in the background.

Inside the card is the follow through caption "You're a Hoot from the free Paper Smooches Digi Stamps. I stamped an owl from another stamp set inside the card because I liked the owl waving and I wanted a different pose on the inside.  I colored my owls in with gel pens and alcohol markers.

Thank you Paper Smooches for having some free digi stamps available to make some simple and easy cards!

Thank you for dropping by! I love to hear from my fans. Please leave me a comment! I appreciate and read them all!!


Paper Smooches: June DT Blog Hop

Paper Smooches: June DT Blog Hop: It's Pep Rally week and we are here today to share a sampling of the Paper Smooches July stamp release with you!  FOUR new stamps and ...

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Contest! Contest! The Elements of Abundance Giveaway!!!

This contest is now over.  Thank you to all who followed the link over.  The winner was Lisa Wick.

A colleague of mine, Mary Malinski, a Life Coach, is having a fantastic contest/giveaway at her facebook site "Walks Within"!  Look for her post for "The Elements of Abundance". It's a 5 week teleclass on empowering yourself to reach for more abundance and prosperity in your life!  

I highly recommend that you take a look and enter her giveaway! I know I certainly could use more abundance in my life... in whatever form that takes. :)

Click on the links above to enter the contest and to read more about "The Elements of Abundance" at her website. 

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

I'm in the Top 10 Winners at May Arts Ribbon and Easter Cards

Good News ... I made it into the Top 10 projects from the May Arts Summer Nautical Challenge!!! Yay!  As a new blogger and new at entering crafting contests this is really exciting for me!  There was a Grand prize winner there and her project was fantastic! You can find the links to May Arts in my previous posting or just click the May Arts ribbon linky to the right >>>.

Since I love to celebrate I thought that I would sneak in a couple of Easter Cards I made this year.  I'm really playing "catch up" here so please excuse me if it seems out of context for this time of year.  They were from some of my earliest cards and they look pretty rough around the edges. But I love experimenting with making new things and the best way we learn is from trial and error!

EASTER CARDS..........................

This card above was something I was experimenting with. I tried to get in a little mixed media in it by using the feather, the moss and the free hand inking of the grass.  I used a wide variety of prints from scraps, cut eggs out using the Cricut Expression, and embossed some of those eggs with the a manual embossing machine.  The biggest thing I learned from this one was to ink my background first! I think that would give it a much better look.  The second thing I learned is that i'm not as good at stylized handwriting as I would like so I will stick to using stamps to ink in my sentiments.  It's still a cute card.  I think I will try this again next year and make a few improvements! :)

The second card here was also a mixed media experiment for Easter.  It's mainly made from Graphic 45 paper (Ye Old Curiosity Shop I think). I was going for a vintage card but was unhappy with the tiny red butterflies on the right.  I do however adore the large butterfly. I used black Coats cotton thread for the antennae!  I love the feel of the feathers and should have used them on the other side as well.  The key is out of place I think so I would eliminate that as well. And I think I would use a real ribbon bow instead of a chipboard bow. Otherwize.. I love this card. I embossed the outer corners with my Fiskars embossing corner punch and ink distressed the surface of the card in pine cone brown.  

I hope you liked them and can find something in them that speaks to you. Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Make an easy & fun Father's Day Card!

This Father's Day came so fast for me because the month of June is so busy for me with graduation, prom, ceremonies and outdoor BBQ's!  So this year my post is late but I think this card would make a great Birthday Card for anyone at any time! Especially for those who love gambling and lottery tickets! I know my Dad always loves getting scratch tickets so that's what was part of his gift card this year.  I also gave him that amazing Lighthouse I crafted in my previous post. He loved it!

This card was pretty simple and easy to make. Right now there are stickers available in my local dollar stores by American Crafts that are the Monopoly game symbols. I was quick to pick up a few packages as I love the game!  It occurred to me that my card could be focused on the "Chance" card from the game. So I fashioned it more towards that.

Inside I wrote my special sentiments to my father but hid them under the fan of lottery scratch tickets I stuck inside using double sided sticky tape from American Crafts!  It was pretty easy for him to remove the tickets as long as you just stick the backs of the tickets to a small corner so they don't tare off when removed.  Once the tickets were taken off then he got to see his special message!

In this second photo you can see that I used some washi tape on the bottom to just be sure they stayed on and it was easy to lift it off again to get to the tickets! A really handy use for washi tape!!!  I also used a thin line of glitter paper and a line of washi tape on the right front edge of the card... it made it look upscale, rich and classy!  It turned out to be a great gift card and Dad won a prize too!

So always be on the lookout for great craft and card ideas at your local dollar store.  You never know what kind of neat projects you can make and save a few dollars while you're at it too! This card was a Win/Win project!

Please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear what you think!!!

xx/oo Barbara

Monday, 17 June 2013

May Arts Ribbon Nautical Summer Craft Challenge!

Thank you for coming over to visit with me today!  Back in May, May Arts Ribbon put out a call for people who were interested in participating in a Nautical Summer Craft Challenge and I was pleased to be one of the people chosen to participate.  The summer challenge was a Nautical theme and I was sent 2 different types of ribbon and 1 type of cording to use in my project.  I had already wanted to make a lighthouse and this challenge was perfect for my project!!! 

I really had a lot of fun with this challenge and it really turned out great! The Canadian Flag does swivel in the wind as it is attached to one of the ropes (threads) that was used to make the flag pole.  It made taking pictures a challenge as the flag was always changing it's orientation! I took quite a few pictures of my lighthouse down at the beach front in Qualicum Beach, BC on June 12th and it was so hard to choose just one so I'm posting only a few of the best!

This lighthouse was originally made to be a birdhouse and it had two holes in the front panel but I covered them up.  I would think that one could convert this into a money bank by sawing a slot in the back prior to painting etc. because it's hollow and put a hole in the bottom covered with something so that one could get their money out one day!  I loved making this so much I plan to make quite a few more!  It was super fun!  I had so many compliments from passers by walking along the promenade at the beach!!!

May Arts is also taking fan votes for best project and they are having a giveaway too! Head on over to their Blog to vote and get in on your chance to win!

  1. I found a dollar store wooden lighthouse. 
  2. Sanded it with very fine wet/dry sandpaper (dry).
  3. Painted it with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint. (several coats)
  4. Used adhesive glitter sticker paper (gold) found at the dollar store for the light Pylons at the top. (two levels)
  5. Began wrapping ONE ply of the 3 ply burlap cord around the roof top and glued down to surface with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue only as needed (sparingly) and held down end bits myself by hand until dry.. didn't take too long. Shaved any unruly threads of burlap material to look neat.
  6. Wrapped cord around the railing pylons. Upper no pattern because that's a light post only... lower level is viewing deck likely so I made a crisscross pattern for more security. (logical) Same glue used to secure hidden knots and wrappings.
  7. Pre-measured appropriate lengths of Solid w/D.Stripes ribbon before cutting, then adhered to building using thin line of glue and pressing down at finished points until stuck down. precision of level lines corrected while glue still setting.
  8. Pre-measured lengths of Solid Stripes ribbon used on main body of the lighthouse I used American Crafts double sided sticky tape as the liquid glue would bleed through the thin ribbon. At the back of the lighthouse the tacky glue was used to make sure it did not come undone and dried opaque... not too unsightly but the AC 2x tape just wasn't a strong enough hold. Then the blue diagonal ribbon was over layered on top of that at each outer edge using only tacky glue.
  9. I glued on very small river stones from Michael's Crafts to the base.
  10. I placed dollar store Canada and BC Flag stickers on the main front walls.
  11. Made a Flag Pole with a small bamboo BBQ skewer, stuck on a bead at the top with glue, used Jewelry findings for flag pole rigging, thick black thread from Coats (cotton) for roping, printed off a paper Canadian Flag and used my 2.5" Xyron Create-a-Sticker to put the flag on the thread using two prints so it's double sided. (Flag can freely flutter in the wind!) Rigging does not move  That was way too complicated for me.
  12. Finished off with Embellishments stickers from Jolee's boutique... Dimensional Stickers (Bon Voyage 50-50085) and (Sunglasses 50-40051) where oddly I found the starfish!
  13. Fish netting was used from river rock bag!!!
  14. coiled rope  I used the burlap cord single ply.
  15. Front door cut from scrap of scrappy paper and glued on.
May Arts Ribbon Used
Solid Stripes 365-2-14; Burlap Cord SP10; Solid with Diagonal Stripes 424-18-03; 

Other Supplies Used:
  • dollar store wooden lighthouse
  • very fine wet/dry sandpaper
  • Craft Smart Acrylic Paint (white, holiday red, peacock blue and grass green)
  • adhesive glitter sticker paper (gold)
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • American Crafts double sided sticky tape
  • small river stones (pea size)
  • dollar store Canada and BC Flag stickers 
  • a small bamboo BBQ skewer
  • scissors, ruler, gold gel pen, black sharpie marker
  • a bead
  • Jewelry findings
  • pliers for jewelry, rounded and flat edge.
  • thick black thread from Coats 
  • 2.5" Xyron Create-a-Sticker
  • Jolee's boutique Dimensional Stickers (Bon Voyage 50-50085) and (Sunglasses 50-40051)
  • Fish netting was used from river rock bag
  • scrappy paper and flat edge paint brushes (medium weight)

Finally, I'd like to thank May Arts Ribbons for giving me this opportunity to showcase my project. Please visit them at their Facebook Page and tell them I said hello! ~~~Barbara Wagar

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Friday, 31 May 2013

I Made it to "May Stack-a-holic DCWV Card Challenge Top 10 !"

Today I am very excited to announce that I made it into the Top 10 list for the DCWV May Stack-a-holic Card Challenge!!

This was the May DCWV Challenge Sketch

This is the card I made using the 6x12 Summer Garden Stack by DCWV 

I used 2 white (3 holed) buttons from Buttons Galore for the pink flower centers, used a Fiskars punch for the white paper trim and layered it over generic pearlescent 1" wide lace I purchased from a fabric store. The flags were inked in pink on the edges to highlight and match the pinks in the print. I used a generic "Thanks" stamp I found at Michael's Crafts.  The outside edges of the card were ink distressed in chocolate brown.

I am so thrilled to make it to the Top 10 List!  It's been so busy lately as the month of May tends to be. This year is busier than ever! I have one child graduating from High School with Prom set for tomorrow and I'm registering both kids for College and University at the same time for this coming fall! This week I was set back by several days with an awful cold but Mom's job is never done. So after a few days of forced bed rest I'm just about better and fervently getting the last of the celebration preparations completed.  The most critical is completing the alteration of my daughter's red satin prom dress!!!  

This card was quite simple to make and fun to embellish any way you like or put any sentiment you like. With so many Grad presents coming along I will surely need to make quite a few!  I really appreciate your comments and look forward to hearing from you!  

Thanks for visiting my Blog today!


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mom's who work so hard each and every day to love and support their children through a lifetime!  Today is our day!  

For Mother's Day I decided to create a mixed media card. I really love using flowers and buttons and just about anything crafty I can get my hands onto! So this was no exception!

I started with a standard card made with regular card stock in an almond color. I wanted a softer effect rather than using plain white.  Then finding a lovely floral printed paper I cut out a nice piece that was about 1/4 inch smaller along the edges to create a reverse frame and creating the background to my card.

I next picked out a nice piece of white lace with a pale yellow trim along the edges and cut it to the desired length and I sewed it down to the card across the top edge of the lace using baker's twine in white/pink but only using 2 of the 4 strands. (I divided the cut piece of twine in two) This made it much easier to sew with rather than all 4 strands.

I picked out a nice tag I had in my box of misc. supplies and tied a nice bow through the top hole using leftover bits of pink/white and almond/gold baker's twine. A very pretty look and glued it down over the lace. To keep the tag raised at the bottom I used some foam tape under it.

At this point I really wanted to use some pretty silk flowers that I took off some floral crafting stems. I glued those down along the top using a clear liquid glue that dries fairly quickly and can't be seen once dry.  In the centers of the flowers I glued down some pretty aqua buttons to match the background color.

I wanted a butterfly to add to my card so I found two cut out butterflies that were the same in my box of cut outs and stuck them together along the body of the butterfly so that I could spread their wings apart on the card.  I glued it down only at the bottom body part so those wings would stand out.

I cut out a vase in contrasting color, cut a stem in teal, and glued them down. The roses were leftovers in my misc. box and I used foam tape to stick them onto the curly stem in the vase so they would create some more dimension and lift above the lace below them. 

I wanted to personalize the card to "mom" so I used white puffy letters from "Thickers" and put them on a ribbon banner cut from the teal paper which was outlined in black ink. To give it a little kick I painted on some glitter glue from Close To My Heart on the roses,  some on the inside edges of the silk flowers and gave the butterfly some sparkly dots on his wings! This finished the card off nicely!

I hope you like my Mother's Day card and that my instructions were helpful. If you have any comments or questions please drop me a note here in my comments section. I'd love to hear from you!


Mixed Media and Just a Little Sparkle

Today i'm featuring a scrapbook layout that is an example of using mixed media to create wonderful unique results.  On this page of blank white card stock paper I sprayed a shimmer ink in medium blue. But first I had the idea of space and I put odds and ends of shapes I had cut from punches scattered randomly on the paper. (no adhesive)  Then I just sprayed gently as moved my hand from left to right to create a spread of the spray along the page and not just in one spot.  I left the page for a few minutes to let it dry.

Once the paper was dry I shook the random bits of cut outs off the page and collected them for later.  Once I decided on what picture I was going to use it seemed to me that I wanted to create a fairy night scene.  So I began to stamp black ink using plain foam dabbing the ink all around the outside edges to frame the layout.  I then got out some regular white glue (*use sparingly as to not warp the paper) and dotted the sprayed bits of paper cut outs randomly around the page in areas that would not cover the negatives spaces that had already been created.

I wanted to create a very soft look to the grassy scene at the bottom of the page so I got out a black charcoal pencil and hand drew in the grasses and flowers that would reflect the nighttime silhouette as though the stars and perhaps a moon in the background lit them from behind.  I used a tape adhesive to put the pictures that I wanted onto the page.  Then I cut out some fairy shapes in silver glitter paper using a Cricut Expression machine and a Disney cartridge

I was really experimenting at this point with negatives... so I punched out the circles all around the perimeter of the page and glued a matching blue watery print of paper along the back of the page so that it could be seen through the holes.  They kind of look like little orbs to me and something fairy like.  The water pattern on the paper I used make them look misty inside. I thought it had a nice effect.  I also used the negative idea in the title of the page using black card stock behind the negative of the words. To finish it I just added a couple of colored butterflies and flowers with tiny gems on them to give it a bit of kick.

If you have any questions and would like to know more...please drop me a comment here and I shall do my best to get back to you!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

NSD Basic Grey Challenge #3

Create a project where the top half features all of your photos and embellishments and the bottom half is left alone to allow for white space.

This is my interpretation of Basic Grey's Challenge #3 for National Scrapbooking Day.  

NSD Basic Grey Challenge #1

I made this scrapbook layout for the National Scrapbooking Day Challenge #1 at Basic Grey.  The challenge was to create a layout that was laid out in a grid format.

It was pretty straight forward and I really enjoyed making it.  It was a challenge to judge what was the final right size for each square so they would all be uniform in appearance. I had to assess each photo for size of subjects, focal points and color scheme.  Once I decided on the measurements I went on to cut them all uniformly and added white back matts in a retro vintage scalloped edge as many photos in my time were cut square and had pretty scalloped edges.  It adds more fun to a basic grid layout.  Then I added embellishments to suit the subject of the pictures and background paper.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Very Valentine's Day Card

I was thinking about what I should post next and I realized that perhaps since I really only just started scrapbooking and making cards last November 2012 that I should post in a more chronological order. So I decided to continue with my Valentine's cards for the one's we love.  

My next card features my love for Echo Park paper products. The line of EP paper I chose was "Love Story".  I really loved the bright pinks, black and whites, and the patterns. I am especially a fan of pretty little polka dots!  

I started by finding a nice selection of coordinating cardstock colors in pinks from American Crafts cardstock to make the lower ombre half of the card. Each piece cut using a corner puncher along the length of the strip. I used a tiny hole punch on the inner point of each scallop to add more fun to the look.  

The upper half of the card I used the Echo Park paper as a base.  I added a cut out piece of paper from another Love Story print (animal print) to feature in the middle. Then I embellished it with the coordinating stickers from EP. The silver hearts were cut using a Cricut machine and generic glitter paper. 

Finally, I finished it with a few generic odds and ends in my old supply box. Overall, I think it's a very cute card. It was pretty easy to make and it required very few special tools (You don't need a Cricut machine to make pretty heart cut outs).  I think it would be great for any novice card maker looking for something fun to make and without having to make a huge investment in tools and supplies. 


Please drop me a note or post a comment. I'm always happy to hear from you and happy to answer any questions you have.

Until my next post, 

X/O  Barbara

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

My Very First Blog Post

Hello and Welcome to my blog!  I finally decided to start my very own blog to share my crafty creations with other like minded people like you.  I hope that you enjoy what you see here and that perhaps it inspires you to create your own unique projects!  

For my very first shared project I am showing a Valentine's Day card I made using Graphic 45 paper.  I used C0re'dinations Cardstock to show the embossing detail in the outer corners and the sanded outer edges.  The roses were fussy cut, painted with glitter, ink distressed and adhered with raised foam tape.  Two floral green gems were used on the front adornment.  The card was finished with white lace,  pink ribbon and green/white baker's twine.

This card only took a little time one evening in my spare time and was fun to create.  Graphic 45 has an amazing selection of scrapbooking paper and accessories. I highly recommend visiting their website if you love a fine vintage look to your projects.  The link to Graphic 45 can be found here:

I hope you liked my presentation and come back often to see what's new for more inspiring ideas!