Sunday, October 31, 2010


My daughter doesn't go trick or treating any more, she's 17. But the last couple of years her honors society has gone trick or treating for canned goods for a local rescue mission here in town. Her and her friend made Rubik's cubes yesterday down in my craft room. I think they turned out pretty cute! Of course Maggie (our dog) had to get in on the action. Happy Halloween Everyone! Shari

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A couple of cards I made

Here are a couple of cards I made recently. The apron card I made for my wonderful niece Bekah, she sewed me a homemade apron and sent it to me from Georgia where she is stationed in the Army. Thanks so much Bekah, I love it, and I love you.

The owl card I made for Enfys I won some blog candy from her and used some of the supplies she sent me to make a thank-you card. If you've never been to Enfys blog, check it out, she lives part of the year in the UK and part in the States. She sent me some wonderful UK goodies. The roses are from a cuttlebug folder called roses, the papers she sent me are so pretty, the pictures don't do it justice. Thanks Enfys!

Happy Halloween fellow bloggers and followers! Shari

Monday, October 25, 2010

Grunge Purse Tutorial

I had some people asking questions on how I made my Grunge Paper Purse. I originally published it on my blog on July 27th post.( You can scroll down to that post for more details.)
I'm going to attempt to do a tutorial on how I made it. I've never done a tutorial before but I will attempt it.
I free handed this purse template after seeing purse patterns on cricut cartridges, they were all so tiny and I wanted something I could actually carry.

The purse dimensions assembled are 5 1/4" high, 10" wide and 2" deep.
I used 2 sheets of 12 x 12 Tim Holtz grunge paper.

Here is the template that I free handed: The over-all size of this piece is, 12x12 (picture on left)

Hopefully you can click on the pictures to make them larger to see the dimensions.

The next piece I cut is the lid of the purse:
This piece is, 9 1/8" x 9 3/4" overall.
(picture on right)
I used a punch and scalloped the flap of the purse.

For the sides, I cut 2
(picture on left)
After the purse was cut out of the gunge paper, I inked it with TH distress ink. (before putting it together.)

The next 2 pictures show how the purse is put together after it is folded.

Here the cover is laying on the purse.
(picture on left)

To assemble the purse I used a paper piercer to poke holes where I wanted the brads to go.
This picture shows what the sides look like folded. Before I put the side pieces over them, I slipped a round metal ring in the top flap of the side to hold the handle. Then I attached the sides down. For added durability I also used glue along with the brads.
Don't go by the holes on the pattern, I would suggest you put the purse together, then mark where you want the holes.

The next 3 pictures are of the finished purse.
The stamping was done with Stazon Ink before the purse was assembled.
I used a tape measure for the handle
I added lace on the front flap
For the flowers: I made them out of old books and my cricut. I inked them and
added glossy accents to each petal before assembling.
The clock face and tag were cut out of TH paper and topped with glossy accents.
The tag was cut with grunge paper and stamped and inked. Held on with TH swivel clasps.

I know I've made this more confusing than it really was, but it's hard for me to explain. I hope this answered some of your questions, don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. For those of you who are computer savey, feel free to make a gypsy file. I don't know how to open a file let alone make one.
If you happen to make a purse, I'd love to see it. Let me know. Shari

Friday, October 22, 2010

Huge giveaway at Wee Memories

Wee Memories is having a huge giveaway that ends tomorrow night. Hurry and Enter before it's too late.

Check out their Scrappy Saturday Challenge!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A few of my favorite things, PLAQUE

This is what I've been working on. I took a wood plaque that I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2. and painted it brown. The large dress form on the right is My Minds Eye paper (lost and found) Along the bottom I used a Tim Holtz measuring tape. The iron fence is a Halloween Martha Stewart punch I cut the little bats off of.
The other dress form is a stamp from Oxford Impressions (the dressmaker) I stamped it on canvas and frayed the edges and inked them to age it a little. I put lace along the top edge.
I cut the flowers from Tim Holtz tattered floral die and the leaves from his tattered leaves die. I cut them out of grunge paper. On one of them I stamped the text first then used Tim Holtz distress inks and colored them. I added old buttons in the center and a few feathers to top them off. I used Tim Holtz swivel clasps to hold some charms I made out of his fragments. The paper behind them are also Tim Holtz.

I've never entered any challenges before but I really like the way this turned out, I think I will enter it in a couple of challenges.
I think it will qualify for the Practical Scrappers challenge. Distressing.
If you know of any other challenges I can enter into, I'd appreciate you letting me know.
What do you think? I love your comments, Shari

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another card

Here is a card I made with one of my new stamps that I won from ead designs. This is Melody, paper makeup stamp. I'm not very good at the coloring of images, but I tried. I used copic markers and prisma colored pencils. The paper is Tim holtz. I didn't add a sentiment, I wasn't sure what I wanted it for, I'll add it when I decide to use it. Let me know what you think. Shari

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just want to share:

I just want to share a card I made this weekend for my brother in laws birthday. His nickname is Unk and he turned 70. I used some Tim Holtz papers, scrabble tiles, and a bingo number with a hole drilled in it.

We had a busy weekend with his birthday party and homecoming so I didn't get alot done. Shari

Wow, I won the mother load of all giveaways!

I recently entered into a drawing at . And guess what? I WON!!!! I received my package the other day and all I can say is WOW! Look at all the goodies. Thanks so much Emily, I can't wait to start crafting with all my new goodies.

Friday, October 8, 2010

I need help!

What did I do? When I go to blogger to read all the latest on the blogs I follow, it's only showing me the past 2 hrs. posts. I don't think I changed any settings, but I can't see anything over the past two hrs. I've always been able to check on hrs. and hrs. and days of posts. Is anyone else having this problem? Any help would be appreciated. Shari

Sunday, October 3, 2010


First of all Happy National Card Making day, a little late.
We spent the whole day today at UofM for Tech day. What a long day, lots of walking and cool wet weather. My daughter loves this place, I hope she's accepted or I think she'll be crushed. We had a nice dinner at Chili's and then went to IKEA. My feet are killing me! (It was worth it, I love this store) We left at 6am and got home after 9pm.
Okay, now on to my winner of my lace and flowers: And the winner is......... Marlene!! Congratulations, send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I'll get your package out to you on Monday. cricutrookie @ aol dot com
Have a great day everyone!!!Shari

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last Chance on my Blog Candy!

Last chance on my blog candy, I'll close the drawing in an hour and 39mins. Scroll down and sign up on my original post. Thanks, Shari