Saturday, June 17, 2017

Card using Dies

Mini challenges are posted over at Creative Inspiration and my challenge was to use your dies and make multiple layers.

Here is my card I created for the challenge.

Come on over to the forum and have some fun with the challenges.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Happy Father's Day Card

 My turn to share a project over at Chattering Robin's Blog.  I used the beautiful products from The Robin Nest Store to create this Father's Day card.

I love the fact the paper is double sided so it works great to create the collar on the card.

 I used a pop dot behind the collar to make it stand out more.

Of course bow ties are so popular now that this card wouldn't be complete with out one.  Here are the 3 piece to the bow tie and it goes together so fast and easy.

Once your bow tie is finished just add it to your card along with some buttons on the shirt and you will be finished.  If you want you could add a pocket like I did or leave it off.  I used a die to cut out the pocket and put the saying on the front.

I hope you give this card a try.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A fun project that can be used in 3 different ways.

Colleen here with a new project for Whisker Graphics.

With the fact school will be ending soon, this first idea is something you could use with your children or grandchildren.

These are bookmarks that you can make and give as gifts to encourage the children to read.

I made a girly one with curls by winding the twine around toothpicks, spraying lightly with water and clipping them with binder clips and then left them to dry. One of the tan ones I tied knots in the hair. You can just let the children use their imagination on these bookmarks.

I started by picking some of the yummy twine from the Whisker Graphics store, so many choices to pick from. You can see the selection here.

Once you have your twine, you start by winding around your fingers.  The more fingers you use the bigger the hair will be.  I wound mine around 15 times.

Now you cut the twine off and hold it with one hand and push it through the opening of the paperclip.  I suggest you use the big colored paperclips.  

Once you the twine through the paperclip then you can cut the one end and you have your hair. You can then trim it as short as you would like.

Add wiggly eyes and your bookmark is done.

The next project was to use these bookmarks and make a card to send to your favorite book reader. You just add some of your favorite embellishments, add your bookmarks to the front of the card and it is ready to give to a special person.

The final project using the bookmark is for a scrapbook page.

I started the page by layering all the papers I decided to use, inked the edges and adhered them down.

I then added the photos and all the embellishments and the final touch was to add the bookmark for a little whimsy to the page.

 I hope you will take some time and make some of these with your children or grandchildren.  Once you start you want to keep making more and keep trying new ideas.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back again soon, I love to have visitors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lots of fun at the beach

My turn to share a page using products from The Robin's Nest Store.  These papers were so much fun to use.  These are my grandkids having their first experience with Lake Superior which they found out is a very cold lake.

Please check out the Chattering Robin's Blog to see how I created this page.  Don't forget to check out the other beautiful papers and embellishments at The Robin's Nest Store.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Some cards made this weekend

I had so much fun making some cards and layouts this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had some time to play around with your papers this weekend as well.

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's all about the letter

My turn to share something using the beautiful Robin's Nest products and today I picked this fun project of creating a letter for hanging on a wall.

I made this for my beautiful niece to hang in her bedroom.  Please check out the tutorial over at Chattering Robin's Blog.

I hope you will try creating a letter for you or someone special in your life.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to create a beautiful Bigger Bitty Bucket from Whisker Graphics

Colleen here with a pretty girly project. I saw this Bigger Bitty Bucket in the store and I could just see it turned into a sweet little girl gift.

Here is my finished project:

I started with my sizzix dies and cut out the flowers using material that I had. Once the flowers were cut out, I layered them in the order I wanted and then misted all the flowers very well. I twisted the flowers up and held them in place with a binder clip and left them to dry. I left mine overnight to make sure they were nice and dry.

While the flowers were drying. I cut out some vines using a sizzix die. I also cut out a doily using a Cherry Lynn Die and inked the edges with pink. I also used a Cherry Lynn die to cut out two butterflies. Since this is for a little girl I wanted to make sure it sparkled so I added some glitter to make sure you could see it sparkle. I added a few beads down the center for the body.

I adhered the doily to the top of the bucket and used a pop dot to make it stand up. Then I added the flower on top of the doily.

The next step is to finish decorating the bucket or if you desire you could leave it with just the flower on top.

I used the rest of my flowers to add to the front of the bucket and some ribbons on the handle.

One thing I love about these buckets is the key is hooked right to the handle which makes it so easy to open.

I had so much fun creating this little girl pretty bucket. You are so going to want to pick up a few buckets to create wonderful, easy and beautiful gifts. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Great family photo

My turn to share a project over at Chattering Robin's Blog.  Please check out the quick tutorial for how to create this page as well as the products used.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

I love moments like this

My turn to share a challenge over at Creative Inspiration and it is a scraplift challenge.  Here is my take on the sketch I picked (not going to show you the page I picked to lift you will have to check it out over at the forum :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fun, cute and quick bookmarks for Easter

My turn at Chattering Robin's Blog and I wanted to make something quick, easy and fun so I made a couple of bookmarks.  These bookmarks are so easy and fun to make you are going to want to make many different kind of animals.

Please check out the Chattering Robin's Blog to see my tutorial on how to make these.  I hope you will share what you make so I can see them.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A practical and easy Easter name place card you can make

With Easter fast approaching, it is time for me to get going on the Easter name place cards for each person.  This year Riley helped me decide on what we were going to make.  He picked a cute little lamb from the Silhouette store.  Riley and I will be putting these pillow boxes together.

I put one of our pillow boxes together so that Riley will have an example to follow and this is what they should look like when he is all done.  I hope you will make some pillow boxes and share them with me.  I can't wait to see what you create.

Also I am using this project for the Creative Inspiration Challenge Blog Hop for those that want to play along.  You can find the DETAILS HERE

1.  Bev
2.  Tracy 
3.  Phillis
4.  Deb P
5.  Colleen…/a-practical-an…    YOU ARE HERE
6.  Louise T

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Genuine Surefire Simple Wreath

My turn to share a project using the wonderful ScraPerfect products.  If you have never used The Best Glue Ever you really need to get some of this.

Please check out the ScraPerfect Blog to see how fast and easy this wreath is to make.
Thank you for stopping by and come back again soon.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My first project using products from Whiskers Graphics.  How cute, a little Easter Egg Basket you can make for your table decorations. How cute would these be sitting at each plate for Easter dinner and all the different colors you could create.

I started with one of my Nestability dies to cut the egg shape. I cut 2 shapes from cardboard, I used my cardboard from cereal boxes and then I cut 1 shape from felt.

Now that you have everything cut out you are going to glue them together. I glued the 2 pieces of cardboard together (if you cardboard is heavier than a cereal box you won't need to cut 2) and then glue the felt on top. Let this thoroughly dry.

The next step is to evenly put holes through the felt and cardboard. I found the easiest way to do this was to use a very small punch. I made my holes every ½ inch.

Now take plain everyday toothpicks and put them in the holes. Once you have them all in the holes standing up straight, add glue to each toothpick. Adding the glue will make sure they stay in place.

Once the glue has dried you will start weaving using some of the beautiful Diving Knots that you can get from the Whiskers Graphics Store ( This twine was so soft and easy to use. You weave just like a basket weave, over one toothpick around the other toothpick and just keep going until you have the basket as big as you want. If your toothpicks went through to the bottom of your egg, no problem just cut them off with your shears.

Once you have your basket as high as you want, just cut off the excess toothpicks. I added a little glue to hold the twine in place.

Now you could leave your egg basket plain and fill it with candy or you can decorate the outside and please remember if you are going to put any kind of food in the basket stay away from glitter.

I used a punch to punch out a border to cover the top of the basket. I put the border on both the inside and outside of the basket.

I wanted to cover the edges so you can either trim it up with shears or add something pretty. I decided to braid some of the beautiful twine and glue it along the edges.

To finish off my egg basket I added some dew drops (The Robin's Nest store) around the center and flowers to the front.

I hope you give this fun and easy Easter Egg Basket a try.