Nov 21, 2012

Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale....

All of the Big Box Stores are starting to advertise their Black Friday specials so guess I better hop on the bandwagon and let all of you know about my specials too!

In both of my shops, HandmadeBits4u and AndMorePaper, you will receive a 10% discount when you checkout with a special coupon anytime during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend.  And what is the coupon you ask.  It is FriMon10.

Here are few things that are currently available in my HandmadeBits4u shop.  Check back frequently though as I will be adding more!

All of my Pee Pee Tee Pees for Baby Boys are included in the sale...




As well as, my Toddler Bibs

In my AndMorePaper shop you'll find mini note cards and these Christmas Gift Card Holders.



Have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  And happy shopping this weekend too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Turkey, Stuffing, and everything else that makes up a Thanksgiving dinner
-Handmade
-Shopping from home
-Another mild November day
-Coffe and orange cranberry muffins

ps - As a bonus for those of you who have read the entire post, the FriMon10 coupon is already activated so feel free to start shopping early!

Nov 5, 2012

Ahead of Schedule

I'm ahead of schedule for a change!

The handmade holiday cards were finished a few weeks ago!

Tonight I designed and placed the order for the photo cards that I will include with them this year.  The photo card features 5 generations of mothers/daughters beginning with my granddaughter and going back to her great great grandmother.  Now all I need to do is to buy the stamps and get them mailed. Here's a sneak peak of what they will look like!!

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance 
-A lazy Sunday afternoon
-Very successful craft shows
-The anticipation of not having to listen to any more election ads in a couple of days
-Pumpkin Spice Coffee
-4 Legged Friends


Sep 24, 2012

Halloween Treat Bags with Hershey Miniatures

September is coming to a close which means pumpkins, goblins, and witches are just around the corner. It's time to start thinking in orange, purple, green, and black!

Here's a terrific treat bag for those extra special kids (both young and old).   Each has 4 Hershey Miniatures wrapped with a Halloween themed designer paper. They are placed in a cardstock tray and  slipped into a pretzel size cello bag.

The Halloween Tag is stamped with "Beware - Try Only ... if You Dare" on a scalloped circle, matted on a second, larger one, and then tied with a ribbon. A purple witch on a broom sticker finishes off this delightful treat bag.  The stamp is from the Bone Appetit Rubber Stamp Set available from Red Rubber Designs.  There is also a companion set called More Bone Appetit.  I made the Purple Witch stickers with a digital download from Gufobardo, an online shop specializing in paper art, paper dolls, and art Aceo deocrations.      

I can't take credit for coming up with this idea.  I saw a similar approach using Hershey Nuggets for Christmas Treat Bags.  I simply adapted it to Halloween!!

Happy Halloween

Thanks for stopping by....

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Halloween
-Orange, Green, Purple, and Black
-Hershey Minatures - actually, anything Hershey!
-Outdoor weddings
-Dessert bars

Sep 19, 2012

Photo Frame

I absolutely love this photo of my daughter and granddaughter!  It captures the essence of both of their personalities - happy, adventurous (it was a camping weekend), and beautiful (both inside and out)!  I knew I had to do something with it.




Since my son-in-law is the one who took this delightful photo, I thought it would be fitting to create a photo frame for his birthday.  I set out one afternoon with the photo, a wooden frame, scrapbook paper, paint, adhesives, and a few other things.  

I painted the frame. Cut and adhered the paper to the frame.  Made the "My Girls!" rectangles.  Found the sun rays in the paper collection, cut and matted them.  Added the coordinating polka dot paper on the left hand side of the frame.  And lastly punched some paper circles to mat the word washers - adventure, inspire, and journey.  All of these accents have been mounted with foam tape so there is a 3D effect to the frame.  


And here's a close up of both sides of the frame.
            
The frame has been delivered.  And it was indeed a hit!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Papercrafted Photo Frames
-Birthdays
-Fall weather
-Daughters and granddaughters (and son-in-laws too)
-Crafting time








Sep 11, 2012

Merry Wishes

We've had a summer filled with heat and humidity.  Now it is September.  While we have had a few nice days of more normal temperatures in the 70's and 80's the last few days, today our weather people are predicting it will get back up into the 90's.  If it does, it will be the 31st day of 90 degree or more temperatures.   This stretch of heat started way back in May making it a very, very, very long summer indeed!  By the way, the normal number of days we get above 90 is a mere 13.

So, I think it is only fitting to post something that will bring thoughts of cooler weather.  Yes, it is time to turn our attention from the summer heat wave to that of the winter holidays that will be upon us in no time at all.  I had the good fortune of finding some time to play with paper this past weekend.  As I was looking for paper and projects, I came across my drawer full of Merry Wishes designer paper - a fun and festive collection of pinks, reds, and greens with a holiday flavor.  I dug out a few tools and a stamp and some embellishments and ended up creating these delightful Christmas Gift Card Holders.

Here's the front of one of them.  The belly band with the Merry Christmas greeting keeps the gift holder closed so the gift card (or folded money) is safe and secure.  I used both scrappers floss and bakers twine to embellish the tag.


And here's the inside of the gift card holder.  The gift card (or folded money) is inserted into the tabs on the right and the left side can be used for a handwritten note.

This photo shows a stack of gift card holders that showcase the many different designs and colors in the Merry Wishes paper collection.

Stay cool today!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A good lunch with friends
-Papercrafting time
-Photos, photos, photos
-Sewing time
-Fall (and the hope of cooler weather and colorful fall leaves)


Sep 9, 2012

Puppy Dog Quilt

I do a lot of quilting.  Quilting is the process of selecting fabrics that look good together, followed by cut the fabric into bits and pieces, and then sewing them back together in a (hopefully) pleasing design!  Well, every once in awhile it does the quilter's soul good to do a quick and easy quilt rather than  selecting, designing, cutting, piecing, and quilting.  One of the ways to do this is to use pre-quilted fabric.

I serendipitously found this delightfully fun puppy dog pre-quilted fabric and couldn't resist it.  It has now been transformed into a quilt that any little boy would love to have!

This side features puppy dogs on blue and red.  It is bound with red fabric.  You'll find long dogs, short dogs, big dogs, small dogs, white dogs, brown dogs, dogs with spots, along with dog collars, bones, and dog houses!

 On this side you'll find much of the same on a blue background.

And here you can see more of the quilt.

These puppy dogs are so very cute.

The quilters soul is fulfilled today!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-A finished quilt
-A tired puppy dog of my own
-Blue skies, breezes, and temps in the 70s - my kind of weather
-A productive day
-A new blog post... finally



Jun 29, 2012

The Day Lilies

The day lilies are in full bloom!  Here are two new ones that I planted this spring.

I especially love this deep purple lily accented with yellow - although this photo just does not do the flower justice.  Can you see the yellow pollen on the petals?




And then there is light peach colored lily with the yellow and green center.



Remember to take time each day to smell the flowers!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
- Day Lilies of all colors
- Flowers of all kinds
- More wallpaper removed
- New product photographed and listed on Etsy
- I keep thinking it is Saturday but it is only Friday - that's goodness as I have more time to do more things!

Jun 28, 2012

Time for Another Card

I found time to make and photograph another card!  Yeah for me!

This monochromatic card features the "Sunny Side of Life" stamp set from a•muse studio.  The greeting is from the "Thoughts and Prayers" stamp set from the Angel Company which unfortunately is no longer in business - you can, though, find many of their stamps available at Red Rubber Designs.




I cut the top layer into thirds, wrapped each in Baker's Twine and then used foam tape to adhere to the card.  The brown middle layer frames each of the panels in the overall image!  


Thanks for stopping by.


Rita


Today's Abundance
- Time to play with paper, ink, and camera
- Baker's Twine (although Scrappers Floss is still my favorite)
- Monochromatic Cards
- A drop in humidity today
- A working mouse after Rusty thought he could use it as a chew toy

Jun 25, 2012

Pixie Love and Fairy Wishes

I am having so much fun making these 3 x 3 mini note cards!

The stamps are from a set called Fairy Wishes from The Angel Company which, unfortunately, is no longer in business.  The little girl with butterfly wings and a flower in her hand are oh so cute.  And the saying - Pixie Love and Fairy Wishes - well, that is simply superb.

I made a set using kraft cardstock and Burnt Umber Pallete ink.


And another set with Violet Palatte ink on Bazzill Smoothie cardstock.



These 3 x 3 mini note cards are such a great addition to gifts.  I also call them Lunch Bag Love Notes because you can easily write a short love note or a note of encouragement and tuck them in a lunch, briefcase, laptop bag, or tote for your family members - adults and kids alike - for a nice surprise during a hectic day!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Fairies
-Pixies
-Palette Ink
-Bazzill Smoothie Cardstock
-Time to update my blog

Jun 23, 2012

It's A Plane...

It's been awhile since I made a card and managed to take a picture of it before it went in the mail.  Supplies included kraft and red cardstock, baker's twine, and a stamped image colored with copics.  I used my pinking blade from my sewing tools to cut the layers.  This vintage airplane and the "Happy Travels" greeting is a favorite of mine.


Happy travels to you too as you enjoy your summer vacations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
- Card making time
- Daisies
- Freshly stained fence (well, at least half of it is done)
- A tired puppy
- Day lilies in full bloom


May 7, 2012

The Bees

Last spring I planted these beautiful lavender perennial flowers in one of my gardens.  I was delighted to see that all of the plants came back after the crazy winter and spring we had - cold, warm, cold, hot, little snow, etc.  They are thriving.  I have discovered over the last few days that the bees adore these plants too.  I usually hear them buzzing when I step outside.  Fortunately, they don't want anything to do with me but are certainly attracted to these beautiful, lavender flowers of mine.  Take a look for yourself...

A view of the bee looking down on its back.

 A side view.  And did you notice the wings in each of the photos?

And here, those wings are busily moving the bee from one floor stem to the next!

I wonder how long the bees will be around?  As long as the flowers?  We'll see!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Bees
-Beautiful lavender colored perennials - wish I could remember their name
-A freshly mowed lawn (but not the dandelions)
-Sunshine and blue sky with puffy white clouds
-Digital cameras

Apr 27, 2012

Wobbles

Wobbles.  Wobbles.  Wobbles.

I have got to get my hands on some of these!


The cutest cards can be made with these Wobbles.  Just check out the possibilities here - there's giveaway information too!

http://www.gettingcricky.com/2012/04/huge-giveaway-500-wobbles.html#comment-form

And here's a video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J9arjEPq6c

I'm off to find more Wobble Inspiration!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Wobbles and all of the possibilities
-Spring flowers - tulips, lavender, violets
-Decluttering progress
-Morning coffee
-My new coffee pot terrarium

Apr 6, 2012

Chocolate Bunnies

Sometimes life just gets turned upside down, routines get scattered to the winds, and regrouping takes more than awhile.  Creativity comes and goes but when it returns it is a treasure indeed!

Do you like chocolate bunnies?  I know I do and this time of year there a plenty to be had!  These two chocolate bunnies though will last for more than a few days at my house!

Both of these cards were made from the Easter 2010 Cricut Cartridge.  I used Bazzil Cardstock for the bunnies.  The background paper was originally from The Angel Company - you may be able to find some at Red Rubber Designs.  The grass is from the AMuse Studios line of Petite Polka Dot papers.

Did you notice that the eye of the bunny on the left is a gem?  And then, of course, there is the scrappers floss on the bows too.


And one more thing...  who ate the bunnies ear already?

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Grandchildren
-Children
-Pets
-Spring flowers and budding trees
-Blackberry Peach Pie

Feb 22, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Card

I made this St. Patrick's Day Card today using my Cricut.  I know it is a little early to be thinking of leprechauns, pots of gold, the blarney stone, and four leaf clovers.  However, St. Patty's Day will be here before we know it!


Thanks for stopping by

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Rusty is enjoying his furcut
-Snow - at least it looks like winter now
-Blooming Orchids - they brighten up an otherwise dreary winter landscape
-Green
-Leprechauns, The Blarney Stone, and Shamrocks

Feb 3, 2012

Thank You Tags

I've been paper crafting today.  So instead of playing with fabric, I played with paper and ink.  Both are so much fun!

Definition type stamps are always a favorite of mine and I acquired this new one from Hero Arts.  And, thus, these Thank You Tags were created!  I stamped the definition on white cardstock with black ink and then layered it on designer paper.  Punched a hole.  Added a ribbon.  And took some photos!!


What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Paper and Ink
-Beautiful blooming orchids
-Good customer service (which I didn't get today)
-French toast and coffee
-Stamping time

Jan 31, 2012

Blues and Oranges

This collection of blues and oranges was curated by ConcepturePaper is such a delight to the eye!  What a wonderful grouping of handmade creations!  Thanks!

Thanks for stopping by...

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Orange and Blue, of course
-Temperatures in the 40s - in the tundra during January
-Today's find - a "thrift store" of crafting supplies - found a bargain on oilcloth
-The mailman brought no bills today, yeah
-Caribou Coffe - oh so delicious

Jan 21, 2012

Another Easy Peasy BNS

It's time for another Easy Peasy BNS (Buy and Stay).  It will open for business on Sunday January 22 at 9:00 am CST.  Come join me and my wonderful UWIB team members for a fun day of snagging some fantastic, creative handmade products and gifts and secure your spot in next weeks Easy Peasy BNS!

Here's the link to the BNS so you can start browsing the shops!


Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Chalk Board Play Mats
-Doodling
-Sewing
-Reading
-Creating

Jan 18, 2012

Send Your Love Via Snail Mail

A big thank you to Tiffany'sDustyRose for including my 3D Floral Count Your Blessings Tag in her Send Your Love Via Snail Mail treasury!

Thanks Tiffany!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Papercrafting
-Note Cards
-Tags
-Hearts
-Flowers, especially roses

Jan 16, 2012

It's a Bird!

Today I played with a new (well, new to me) Sizzix Die Cut, Birds.

The bird is cut from kraft paper and then embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  Notice that I cut the wing separately and embossed it with a different folder.  A little distressing was added with brown Momento ink.  Add a strip of  designer paper and some ribbon and a bow and this is the result:



It will be a great all occasion card - all I need to do is to add a greeting inside!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Southwest Airlines
-Sunshine and outdoor photos
-Good friends
-Papercrafting of all kinds
-Creativity

Jan 15, 2012

3D Floral Tag

I'm having a grand time at our DuckAway retreat.  The creativity is flowing interrupted for food and a little sleep here and there.

This 3D Floral Tag is just so very scrumptious!  The 3D effect is achieved with the layers of flower petals plus being mounted with foam tape.  The blue flowers, light green leaves, and cream tag are all coordinating patterned cardstock.  The flowers are the Botanical Floral Collection from Heartfelt Creations matched with Spellbinders Rose Creations Shapeabilities.  The greeting is from Our Daily Bread designs - it is the Full of Grace Collection.

Use the tags on gifts, gift bags, or gift baskets.  Use it in a scrapbook layout or with altered art.  The possibilities are endless!



Thanks for stopping by!

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Stamps with matching dies
-Flowers in the middle of winter - real or paper
-Ducks and herons
-Breakfast casseroles, guacamole, beef roast with vegies, and homemade soup
-Milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate

Jan 14, 2012

Puppy Dogs and Kitty Cats

In another month we will be celebrating Saint Valentine's Day, the day that commemorates love and affection.

I have made some mini note cards that can be used for Valentine Card Exchanges.  They can be added to gifts.  Or even tuck them into lunches, gym bags, or briefcases to let your family members know how much you care.




Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by.

Rita

Today's Abundance
-Having Valentine Cards done a whole month before the event
-Sunshine and warmth
-Pink and Red
-Quality paper crafting time
-Paper, ink, die cuts, adhesive

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