Thursday, October 30, 2014

Give Thanks Always

Welcome to Practical Scrappers -"Scrapping our Stash" blog hop. You should have arrive here from Jennifer's fun Halloween layout. If you just stumbled on to this you might want to go back to the start at    so that you don't miss any of the great fall papercrafts.       I was so excited to do this month's blog hop. I love autumn and Thanksgiving...probably my favorite holiday. My inspiration began with finding this frame at a garage sale... not that I was looking for it but it just jumped out at me.  I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted to make for our home.
I had such fun making these flowers. Before I even cut them out, I did some tone on tone stamping. Afterwards, I did do some specific shading, giving the petals some extra depth. 
Corn meal and coffee grounds make great centers (sprayed before use with a spray lacquer I had on hand to prevent bugs). A real branch for the stem and butterfly body completed the floral accents.  You can also see where I scuffed up the  frame more. When I saw it at the garage sale, I loved the color, but it was damaged.  That made for a lower price  :-) and I loved the burnt orange color underneath, a perfect color accent.

I especially liked that I found background paper with the 23rd Psalm on it... a reminder for me that Jesus, our Good Shepherd is the giver of all good gifts.
In all things, give thanks! May you feel the blessings of the Lord during this special season and all year long.

Here's the shopping list!
Frame - your favorite garage sale
Paper - print - "Faith" by Paper Studio   solids - Recollections
Give thanks - Cricut "Home for the Holidays", fall and winter   cartridge
Flowers and leaves - Cricut  Doodlecharms and Designer's Calendar cartridges
Leaves - punch Marvy
Butterfly - punches  small- Paper Studio  large - Martha Stewart
Stamp pads for floral shading - Close to my heart
Here' where you are > Cheryl
Here's where you head next!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scrapping your Stash...Happy Birthday

Welcome to Scrappin' your Stash... the monthly bloghop of Practical Scrappers.
If you didn't start there, you may want to do that so you don't miss any of the great work of our very talented designers.

Birthday cards are needed all year long so decided to make up a few to have on hand. Pulled out the scrap bin and just. had. fun! These are simple cards, easy enough for everyone to make.

This card has a center opening for a change of pace. A bit of Stickles lights up the candle tops.  The cake cut is from Cricut. The sticky back ribbon on the bottom is by Forever in Time.
The "ribbon" swirling streamers are made of paper. Just cut a thin strip and pull across the scissor blade as you would with ribbon. Nice when you don't have the right ribbon on hand!

This manly card was fun and used up some stickers I won in a drawing.  I believe they were made by Jolee though I can't guarantee it as they've been in the stash for a while. The plaid ribbon had previously been purchased for a autumn wreath and here, it's a great addition, adding both color and texture.......

The final card was inspired by a card on . The stickers are from SRM and one set was placed on satin ribbon for a bit of fun.  The jewels are by EK Success.

I hope you're inspired to take a few minutes and make a card for someone you love.  Thanks for coming by and I know you'll enjoy the next spot to hop...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Winner!

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  1. This sweet patchwork pumpkin will be adorable for Fall! And you're so right about the burlap!! I am a new follower!

    Please email your address to me at and I will get your goodies in the mail! 

    Thank you all for joining our bloghop and we will see you again at the end of Sept!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Give Thanks... and Scrap your Stash!

     Welcome to the "Scrapping your Stash" blog hop. You should have started at Practical Scrappers and arrived here from Marcia's blog. I hope this will be a great break and and give your scrapping a boost this wonderful, long weekend.
     I love my daughter. That being said, I also admire her. She is a great artist and that is mostly self taught. About a 2 weeks ago she posted a decorative piece "Start each day with a grateful heart". It inspired me because I am primarily a quilter. She did a beautiful job with her pinwheel background and it's done in beautiful, bold colors I love. (You can find it here  and also on her Aug 17 post on that same blog). Therefore,  I "Give Thanks" for the inspiration and for the wonderful daughter (wife, mother, friend and designer) that she is.  And this is dedicated to her...     

That being said, this is how Christine inspired me.  I found the base pumpkin-shaped board at Hobby Lobby and went to work. The hexagons are punched (Fiskars - 1 5/8 in) and attached using Mod Podge (which you understand if you've ever had to attach many pieces) matte finish. All the papers were from my leftover bin. "Give Thanks" is cut from Cricut Songbird italic. Coordination orange paper, textured and inked edges. I attached the edge pieces, let them dry and then trimmed them.
Here's a close up it of the floral embellishment. All the flowers (Cricut Walk in my Garden)are made of plain cardstock and shaded with stamping ink. The leaves were dry embossed and inked. The butterfly is 2 punches, the base a brown and a gold top (Martha Stewart) and the branch is from Hobby Lobby (I admit it, it's not out of stash). The bakers twine is from the Twinery. (I added the bow later - burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby and no, it's not from my stash. No decor is complete without burlap this year!)
Here's another view. Again, I add the bow later but this shows the twine. I wrapped it around a pencil and thinner dowel, dipped it in liquid starch and let it dry.
This shows a bit better that the letters are raised with pop dots (actually the foam left over as I needed thin strips... that's practical scrapping) to stand off the base a bit, giving extra dimension.
I'm thankful you stopped by and I hope that this will bring you inspiration for the upcoming autumn and Thanksgiving season.  I'm so thankful, that I will offer a prize from those who leave a comment and are followers by Monday midnight PDT.  Sorry, USA only.  I'll post the winner next Tuesday. From here you hop on by and say hi to Cathy at

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July Practical Scrappers Blog Hop!

             Welcome to Practical Scrappers July Blog Hop  

                                                     Christmas in July  

     We are having Christmas in July to give you a little inspiration because we know, that as crafters, those cards and decorations we choose to create don't suddenly appear in December but take time and planning... that and that it is 103 degrees out today so we are trying to "think cool"!
     I chose to make a wall hanging. As its large, I had to improvise on the background papers, using wrapping paper and contact paper. "Jesus" is made from gold ribbon sheets (remains of ribbon when rolls are filled and prior to cutting). The snowflakes and chains are from tree trimming garland.  The rest is scraps from the stash... truly "practical" scrapping.

I hope you've gotten inspired to scrap for the holidays.  Here's the whole blog hop so you don't miss a thing!
Practical Scrappers
Kelly Jean    next stop!
Kristy http://
Wendy C  

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sewing Kits for Operation Christmas Child

Gifts for the older children are difficult to get so we decided to make sewing kits for the older girls. This should not only serve and a useful gift but may lead to skill development that could lead to a trade when they are older.
Here's the containers we started with. The baby food containers (on the left) come in 2 sizes. The round containers were from a body cream, about  1 3/4 inches high with a 4 inch diameter. As we only had one mint container we didn't decorate it today, saving for when we have multiples to work with.

For the round containers cut the fabric a 5 1/4 inch diameter circle. This will be the covering of the pin cushion top.

 The batting - we used 2-3 layers -  cut to 3 3/4.
The top of the container has a wide strip of heavy duty, double stick tape around the edge. Batting and fabric are applied and then another strip of tape.  This will hold the ribbon in place. Ribbon cut 14 inches long will give you plenty length plus a bit extra to work with.
A representation of our kits - 3 sizes (large and medium shown with supplies). We will be sure to add scissors to the box as well, perhaps even some fabric.

For the baby food containers we covered the top with a small piece of contact paper and decorated with stickers.
For more information about Operation Christmas Child, go to

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Welcome to Practical Scrappers June Blog Hop

Nothing says June like weddings so I am sharing 2 "sweet and simple" cards with you today!  The base is white cardstock, embossed with a Darice folder. The cross is Washi foil tape by Forever in Time, letters by Miss Elizabeth. Flower/bow is handmade.
A modern... yet fairy tale like... wedding card.  With the center opening, the bride and groom fold together and meet.  Below is the card interior, using the same glitter paper as the card base! All cuts are Cricut designs. Silver ribbon from Michaels.

Now if June says weddings, one year later, it  says "Happy Anniversary".
A plain ivory card with the "Happy Anniversary" greeting on it in gold metallic lettering is 
made beautiful by an ivory velum overlay (with rose floral inlays). Just a touch of lace, handmade ribbon rose and chestnut glitter stem finish off the card. Velum from Beverly's, lettering is Recollections.
Here's a close up of the handmade ribbon rose and lace. I didn't have to worry about the adhesive showing through the velum as the lace went over the top.

 And if you are blessed to know someone who is married for 50 years, they  deserve a great card at least!

 You should have arrived here from :
and now are here              Cheryl
Now head over to Laura

 Our home base is  and we're glad you came for a visit. I hope to see you hopping again next month.  As always, I value your comments and welcome followers!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Welcome to our May Blog Hop. Once again, we are clearing out our stashes, using up the "oldies but goodies"!  Enjoy.

Cameron... We are proud

Welcome to the May blog hop. While we are using up our "stashes", no one said the pictures had to be old! The last one is only a week old, the other 2 about 10 months. This framed piece will help to remind us to keep in prayer our nephew Cameron and his service to our nation. What a blessing to have him home for a visit this Memorial Day weekend.

Supplies were definitely from the stash.
Gold star paper - Karen Foster designs     All other paper - no identifier on the individual sheets
Star brads - Creative Imaginations
Burlap star - Little Yellow Bicycle
Script lettering - Miss Elizabeth (oh yeah, old stash!)  Other letters - Cricut, various cartridges

So glad you've joined us. Here's the "hop" list.  I hope that we have inspired you to dig in your stash and scrap away! And you know that I'd love to have you as a follower...

Hop List - May 30 - Final

Practical Scrappers
Cheryl    YOU ARE HERE

Krissy    Go here next
Wendi R
Wendy C

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Smile Big - Its your Birthday

A fun birthday card for kids of all ages!

 All the paper is from my stash scrap bag so I can't identify it.  The Butterfly is from Recollections and the "Smile" sticker from Creative Imaginations.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Super Simi Stitchers!

A very productive day and almost every one was there!  9 more of God's loved ones will be warm. Blessed in service and in knowing these Stichin' Sisters!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy National Scrapbook Day

I am so blessed with ladies of all ages who share a love for Christ with me. Time to make a page to salute them.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop

Welcome to our April Practical Scrappers "Scrapping Our Stash" blog hop! 

I hope you arrived here from :
Majken Pullin:
Cheryl Wegener Freet   you are here now
Laura Cox:      
is your next stop.  If you didn't start at  you may want to go back to the beginning... or not. You can just go forward from here and at the end, bounce back up to Practical Scrappers
Our challenge this month was simple... use only your stash and it may not have been introduced at the latest "CHA"  (Craft and Hobby Association) convention.  Oh yeah, I have a huge stash and I chose to go waaayyyy back and use some papers I love.  I've been into black and white lately, so here are 3 cards using the same papers but with different looks.

A modern fun card yet still simple with circles, flowers and the greeting.

This card design is close to my heart as my first crafting love is quilting.  That being said, quilts take a long time to complete and cards are MUCH faster and fulfill a need for creative expression quickly. I love hexagons as well and that I am able to use them in both paper crafts and quilting.  A shape very popular in the past and making a resurgence in modern paper crafting, especially with these fun papers.

My final card was inspired by my favorite cardmaker, Christine Meyer and one she has posted on pintrest.
Different backgrounds, different shapes, fun simple cards!

All my cards used the following elements:
Paper:  Recollections,  American Craft
Flowers: Colorbok   the circles and hexagons were self cut from the same Colorbok line.

The base paper (black and white circles) for the first card was by Luxe
Happy Birthday scrip - Creative Imaginations
Happy Birthday cut - Cricut Lyrical Letters
All other letters, buttons, brads, twine were from the stash and had lost their identity long ago ;-)

Enjoy your hop...see you next month. Here's where you go next 
Laura Cox:      

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Simple patchwork card with a "prize" hello...great for a man.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The story of Christ's redemption is simple, He did it all. 
It is finished.

This completes the story, He is risen.  The cross of nails show despair and hope and are on the front of the card. The beauty of a white filigree cross show the beauty and majesty of all He did for us and is the inside of the card. Kraft, black and white cardstock, stick on jewels and a little twine. 
Crosses are cut from New Testament cartridge/Cricut.