Thursday, November 20, 2014

When You Just Can't Throw It Away!

Graphic 45 paper is so detailed with beautiful art that even with the smallest pieces I just can't throw the "scraps" away.  Here is a good example of how you can use those scraps.

My Oldest Granddaughter
My college girl is the one of the bottom of the photo with the cream colored sweater at the Fall Festival. 
(Inspired by Melinda Spinks  at
(Name brushed out.)

Older Stash I Used
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland and Happy Haunting
Tim Holtz idea-ology ... Findings
My Minds Eye chipboard owl
Making Memories rub-on (memories)
K&Company pins
Prima, some of the flowers

I have several  lines of paper where the companies no longer exist.  I can't wait to see how I will use them.

Personal Note
Our family lost our beloved uncle this past Tuesday.  He was an incredibly talented man.  I will miss him.  Please remember Aunt Bammer and his children in your thoughts and prayers.
Leonard Dewayne Thomas

I have also been overwhelmed with crafty requests and Christmas presents.  It is so much fun but sort-of panicked to get it all done.  I can't wait to share it all.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sweet Anna Helping Use the Older Halloween Stash

Although Halloween is passed and we are in full swing for Christmas (somehow Thanksgiving has passed many by) I have two more grandgirls' layouts to share with you.

This is Little's Sister (LS) dressed as Anna from Frozen.  She is one little sweetheart.  There was no holding LS back at Boo at the zoo.

Reminder:  I am trying to use up older Halloween stash.

Note this layout was inspired by Debby Standard.

My somewhat older stash that I used...
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
Core'dinations (foundation)
Fancy Pants ribbon (small piece)
American Craft crochet ribbon
"happy" Making Memories
Prima (just a few are older)

Personal Note
This weekend has been full and fun.  I will start back posting my tags soon.  It is beautiful to have grandgirls.  I went to 4 soccer games, completed two and a half days of a blog hop that has over 100 handcrafted projects, went Christmas Tree shopping, and much more.  Then there was the...
Storybook Ball.
Mary Poppins and Rapunzel
 Have a Crafty Day!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

News! Are You Ready for a Handmade Holiday?

Starting tomorrow you will find me hopping around the crafty blog community.  It is the 4th annual Handmade Holidays blog hop.  It is happening from November 7th to the 9th.  There will be over 100 handmade gift ideas from your favorite designers and craft product manufacturers like Clearsnap, Sizzix, and ThemOWeb.

Several of my crafty friends will be creating wonderfully delightful gifts.  I can't wait to see the unveil.

Of course you can enter to win prizes every day of the hop.  Check it out starting Friday morning on the Clearsnap blog.
Give a shout out if you plan on attending. 

Be inspired to make this holiday handmade from you to yours.

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Daily Thanks Giving Tags with Prima and Tim Holtz

Do you know when you have so much to be grateful for it is sometimes hard to break it all down.  As I go through my list I find myself breaking down the larger "Family" to each individual that I include in my family.  But for Monday's Thanks Giving the combination of my whole family was in my heart.

hold family dear
This tag was so much fun!

Notables and Products
  • I started with a Craft Tag from Ranger.  
  • Section at a time I smoothed on Ranger's Glossy Accent with my finger.  Quickly, I laid out the Jump Rings from Tim Holtz idea-ology.  I set it aside to dry while I did my laundry.
  • I covered the whole tag with Martha Stewart's Gesso.
  • Once the gesso was dry I used Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to just dab circles on the tag. 
  • When dry I went over the tag with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to fill in any areas I did not cover but to also bring the whole look together. 
  • I spritzed the tag lightly with water making a few water spots.
  • I added Prima's flowers and wooden number buttons with Glossy Accent.
  • As a finishing touch I added Tim Holtz idea-ology products ... monocle, rings, ball chain, and chitchat words to use instead of a ribbon.
What are you grateful for today?

Have a Crafty Day!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Daily Thanks Giving ...A Challenge

If you have been around my blog back when it was named Debby's Dares you might remember my Gratitude List I did at the end of each of my blog posts.  I miss doing this.  So for the month of November I'm challenging myself and YOU to Give Thanks for those things you are grateful.

I am going to do my Thanks Giving in the form a tag book.  I am using two different size tags.  I am going to alternate creating one for each day of the month of November.  Once they are finished I will book them.

Gratitude Tag
Saturday November 1
I am grateful for all that God has created.  I was reminded of this on Saturday when we were hit with a surprise snow storm.  There was a beautiful blanket of white snow across my 2 acres of land.  God often surprises me with His creation and reminds me of how much more he loves even me.

Gratitude Tag
Sunday, November 2
Name tag brushed out
Sunday we celebrated Little's Sister (LS) 2nd birthday at the zoo.  I am so grateful and thankful for this tiniest member of our family.  She brings me joy with her expressive face.  She is my sweetheart.  

I challenge you to make a little something each day with your Thanks Giving.  As I create my tags I sit and think about those things I am grateful for and why they add to my life.  

If you decided to do a little something post a link in the comments and I would love to go look.  I might even like to share your project here on D's Paper Studio. 

I you would like to know any of the products I used let me know and I'll be glad to answer your question. 

Have a Crafty Day!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Week ... Is There a Mouse In The House?

My next to the youngest grandgirl dressed as her favorite character for Boo At The Zoo...Minnie Mouse!  Creating this layout was a challenge.  I have no Mickey Mouse or related materials.  I am determined to use as much of my past Halloween supplies as I can.

This is Graphic 45's Magic of Oz collection.  Using the second side of the paper allowed me to create the Minnie Mouse layout.

I made the tab's by using Graphic 45's chipboard, turning to the back using another piece of the Magic of Oz paper and made more related tabs.
  • Glue the paper onto the tab.  Let it dry.  
  • Cut the edges closely.  
  • Use an emery board.(I use Basic Grey's for pieces like this) sanding the edges.  
  • Ink the edges and you have it.

Licensed websites have Disney clipart.  This is the site I got mine from:  Disney Clipart Galore.  That is how I was able to make the little Minnie embellishments. 

The "heart" paper is actually raised a bit with a piece of felt quilt batting.  I sewed my design and you can see the slight puffiness of the paper.  It's a great effect.

Have a Fun and Safe day.  Make Memories!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Week Or Is It Christmas?

Have you seen any children dressed in a character from Disney epic movie Frozen this Halloween season?  My Little and her sister are no exceptions, except I think they make cute look really cute. 

Little (grandgirl) is our Elsa.  Mom strung snowflake lights over the wagon and we were set for a magical night at Boo at the Zoo.

Remember:  This week's goal is to use the old stash.
Frozen's Elsa
(title placed under the three flowers is brushed out...)
Graphic 45's Botanical Tea ... not from the old Halloween stash, but it matches so well.
Blue Fern Studios dangle chipboard

K&Co. Die Cut Paper snowflakes (old stash)
Prima Flowers and crystals
American Crafts Thickers (brushed out title and from older stash)
Golden's Glass Bead Gel
Momenta stencil
Ranger Paint Dabber Picket Fence, Frosted Stickles

Tim Holtz idea-ology Halloween charm (old stash),
Light blue acrylic paint

I love the crystal swirls, the elegant dangle and the flowers/snowflake mix.  It's like Elsa!

Have a Crafty Day!


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