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Hi everyone! I am a veterinary technician living in NY who loves to pen pal and make cards in my spare time. I have never been good at crafts since I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler but I was determined to give it a go.  I love learning all the different techniques and ways to craft. Follow me on my journey as I grow as a card maker!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rope Nest Tutorial

Hi all!  I have a little tutorial to share with you today! This is my first one ever so please bear with me. My tutorial is also featured at Catch The Bug Challenge Blog. I would like to show you how to make adorable rope birds nests to go on your projects. I didn't have a few of the supplies I needed but I made do.  And so can you!



Supplies needed:
beads (bird eggs are normally white or blue but any color will do) ( I love the shine from glass beads)
rope or hemp twine
glue gun or some form of strong glue
clothespin
craft tweezers
scissors




  Start with your rope or twine and put a knot in the end.  This is where you will wrap the twine around itself.  The knot makes it easier to work with.  You can leave the twine attached to the roll or cut it in advance.  I made the knot farther up with this piece of twine since you don't want to use the frayed end.

Once you have the knot you start rolling the twine around the knot to form a circle.  The size depends on what type of project you are making and how big you want the nest.  I have found my favorite size to be  one inch in diameter.  Once you have the nest to the size you want you use your clothespin to hold it together.  I know this isn't a clothespin but I couldn't find mine. Basically, any tool that can hold it together will do.

Add  glue to the back of the nest to hold it together. I have found that more glue is best.  This little nests love to unravel without enough glue.  You can leave the clothepin for a few minutes to let the glue dry.

Here is what your little nest will look like at this point!

Using tweezers and your glue gun, attached a few beads to the inside of the nest.
How cute do they look all nestled in there? You can leave your nests to look like this or you can cut another piece of the twine a few inches in length to wrap around the top and bottom of the nest for the beads to be a bit more secure.  Although if you use enough glue, I don't think this step is needed if you prefer the nests to look like this. Your nests are done at this point and can be attached to your projects with glue dots or your glue gun!

End result of your rope nest!


I certainly hope you enjoyed my tutorial ( that it was informative enough) and that you try out some nests on your spring cards.  This card featured Spring- bird from Bugaboo stamps.  Colored with my promarkers.  The easter paper is from my stash. I added some pearls in the upper corner. I first saw the nests at Katie Skiff's blog and adapted it to work for me.  You can make all different types and colors of nests!

This is my last post as a guest designer for Catch the big! I have certainly enjoyed my time with the team

Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following projects:

scrappy mom - hippity hop
digi choosday - wings
patties creations - easter




Tuesday, April 29, 2014

CIO - Purple flowers

A new challenge is starting at Clear it Out Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Reminder that the link up will now close at 8 pm on Monday nights!

Sponsor: Lacy Sunshine
Theme: color purple
Stash: purple embellishments
 




My DT card:




I used this awesome image by Lacy Sunshine.  Colored with promarkers. All the papers are from a digital kit from Scrappiness Designs. I added purple gems, ribbon and flowers. Card layout inspired by sketch at Sketchy colors. Sentiment is from Create with tlc.

We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
use your stuff - flowers
fairy tale challenge - cute
simply create too - stack em up
sketchy colors - sketch


Vintage child - Fantastic

A new challenge is starting at Fan-Tastic Tuesday today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is florals.  Our sponsor is the generous Lunagirl Moonbeams








My DT project:





I used this precolored image from Luna girl Moonbeams. She is so cute!   I used paper and resin pieces from my stash. The sentiment is from Stampart by Kathryn. I am a bit out of my element with the vintage style of cards.  Need to start searching pinterest for some ideas.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
craftitiude - spring
 chocolate, coffee and cards - spring
jo's scrap shack - mom
delightful sketches - mom

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sassy Sarong - CFTH

A new challenge is starting at Crafting From The Heart. Our theme this week is ATG! 

 Sponsors
Offering a prize of 4 Digi Images
Sassy Studio Designs
Angie Digi Store
Offering a prize of 3 Digi Images




Angie's Digi Stamps



My DT card:



  I got to work with this super cute image by Sassy Studio Designs.  I colored it with my promarkers. All the papers are from  a digital kit called Over the rainbow by Scrappiness Designs I added buttons and a 3D stickers.  The sentiment is from Stampin up.



We would love to have you link up your projects today.

Hugs,

Erin

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Glitter @ Hobby Cutz

A new challenge is starting at Hobby Cutz Challenge blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is GLITTER.   Our sponsor is the generous  Sassy Studio Designs.





My DT card:




I used this awesome image from Sassy Studio designs.  Colored with my promarkers.  All the papers, flowers and gems are from my stash. A glitter gel pen added some sparkle to her jewelry.  I used glittery stickles on the butterfly from Hobby Cutz.  The sentiment is from Simply Betty.  

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!



Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
craftyhazelnuts pattern paper
tuesday throwdown
divas by design - movie - sex in the city
crafty girls - atg
the crafters cafe - glitter

GnS - Add some ribbon

A new challenge is starting at Glitter and Sparkle today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is add some ribbon.  Our sponsors are:

Ikes art 3 images from store

Stamping Chef 3 images

Flourish with a bling AUD$15 Gift Cert

Patties Creations 2 images

My DT card:





I used this awesome image from The Stamping Chef. Colored with promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash.  I added a flower, gems and ribbon. Glossy accents and stickles were used on the beer.  I hope it makes it look a bit more real. The sentiment is from a clear stamp set form Studio G.



We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
brown sugar - atg
crafty catz - atg
creative moemnts - spring
simon says stamp - cas
creative card crew - girly
artistic inspirations - cas
eureka stamps - cas
the stamping chef - atg

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Open Minded Crafting - Sport or activity

Hi all.    Open-Minded Crafting is having a new challenge starting today!  Our challenge this week is sport or activity.


Sponsors:  Please go visit our sponsors and thank them for their generosity, we couldn't offer up such amazing prizes without them!

Stitchy Bear




Art by miran



Kenny K




PholkartStudio









My DT card:







I used this adorable image from Pholkart Studios. How cute is she?  Colored with my promarkers.  All the papers are digital from Bugaboo Stamps.  I added gems and a die cut ornament.  The sentiment is from Stampin up as well as the punches. Card layout inspired by the sketch at Passion for promarkers.

We would love to have you link up your creations with us this challenge.  Head on over to check out other amazing DT work!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
craftyhazelnuts christmas
eureka stamps - cas
let's craft and create - punches and dies
simon says stamp - cas
i heart promarkers - hats
charisma cardz - purple and blue
passion for promarkers - sketch

Crafting at the Weekend April challenge

Hi all! I am here with my monthly project for  Crafting at the weekend. We are an anything goes papercrafting challenge

Theme Anything Goes

Sponsors
Cutting Cafe
Prize shop voucher

Ditzie Crafts
Prize 3 Images

All Dressed Up
Prize 2 images



My DT card:
I used this awesome image from Delicious Doodles that I colored with my promakers.  All the papers are form my stash.  I added some mesh ribbon, corner die cuts, and a butter fly from Kay's. I made this card for a special friend! It is my first every darker themed card and I really like it.  What do you think?


We would love to have you link up your projects today!

Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
scribble and scrap - atg
art by miran - atg
left of center - entering with a dark creation
brown sugar - atg
scrapping4funchallenge - use a digi
crafty girls atg
creativr card crew - girly
card mania - fairy
just keep on creating


Suzy Bee's last post

A new challenge is starting at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is wings. Our sponsor is the generous  sparkle n sprinkle. I am sad to say this is my last post as a DT member. I have enjoyed working on this team and hope to play with you all again soon.








My DT project:






I used this awesome image from Sparkle n sprinkle Colored with my promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash.I made a handmade envie to send to a pal.

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

CC- last post

Hey everyone! Did you play at Completely Christmas last week? I sure do hope so.  We would love to see your projects.  It's time for a new anything goes challenge.  It's all Christmas all the time.  This week our sponsor is Sparkle n Sprinkle.  I'm sad to say this is my last DT post for Completely Christmas.  I have had some personal things going on in my life that I am trying to deal with.  I have certainly enjoyed working on this team and will miss you all.  I hope to see you as a player and maybe even a GDT sometime. Thank you for having me!



My DT card:







I got to work with this adorable image from Sparkle n Sprinkle. Colored with promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash. I added some snowflake brads and lose glitter to to the image.  The sentiment and punches are from Stampin up. I added some snowflakes around the image from my clear stamp set from 3 twenty crafts!



We would love to have you link up your projects today.



Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following projects:
craftyhazelnuts christmas challenge
sparkle n sprinkle - glitter

Friday, April 25, 2014

Butterfly Princess @ Savvy Handmade Cards

Time for a new challenge at Savvy Handmade Cards.  This weeks challenge is a photo inspiration.





My DT card:




I used this adorable image called Butterfly Princess from Lacy Sunshine.Colored with promarkers. All the papers are form my stash.  I added some flowers with gem centers.  Stickles were used on the flowers for some added sparkle.  That awesome butterfly is from Kay's. Don't you love it? I need to get some more.  The sentiment and punches are from Stampin Up.

We would love to have you link up your projects today.


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
the crazy challenge - spring
crafty boots - sparkle
bearly mine - spring
creative card crew - girly
tuesday throwdown - sparkle on the gems, stickly, butterfly
crafting with dragonflies - special lady - good friend
creative moments - spring
crafting by designs - atg
lacy sunshine - feminine

Thursday, April 24, 2014

First Easel Card.

A new challenge is starting at Paper Crafting Journey today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is make an easel card.  Our sponsor is the generous Rick St Dennis.








My DT card:





I used this awesome image from Rick StDennis. Colored with promarkers. All the papers are form my stash.  I added some flowers and ribbon. I used a sizzix die for the sentiment. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. This is my first easel card.  I think it came out quite nice.  I can't wait to make more of them

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
chocolate coffee cards - spring
craftitiude - atg
all sorts - birds and feathers
the corrosive challenge - pretty pastels
the crazy challenge - spring is here
crafty sentiments - folds
loves rubberstamps - folds
i heart promarkers - hats

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Just Ducky

A new challenge is starting at Clear it Out Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Reminder that the link up will now close at 8 pm on Monday nights!

Sponsor: MelJen's
Theme: Animals (use a cute animal digi)
Stash: Stripped paper



My DT card:




I used this awesome image by MelJens.  Colored with promarkers. All the papers are from my stash.  I added lots of green gems.  Unfortunately I can't remember where I got the sentiment from!

We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:

Chirp you up

A new challenge is starting at Fan-Tastic Tuesday today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is pastels.  Our sponsor is the generous Sparkle n Sprinkle.








My DT project:






I used this image from Sparkle n Sprinkle.  Colored with promarkers.  I used paper from my stash.I added ribbon, buttons and a flower with a gem center.  The sentiment is also from Sparkle n Sprinkle.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
the crazy challenge - spring
artistic inspirations - cas
crafting desert divas - photo inspir
delightful challenges - bloom

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring friends easter

Hey everyone.  A new stella says sketch challenge is starting today at Catch The Bug Challenge Blog .Don't you love sketch challenges? I know I do. 


The Sketch:



My GDT project:



This card features spring friends from Bugaboo stamps. I colored it with my promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash. I used a flower, gem and egg sticker.  The sentiment is  from My Creative Time.I used my sizzix circle and scalloped circle dies for the sentiment.  I used my new Sweet 'n Sassy scalloped border die.  Love it!

Head on over to check out the other DT creations to inspire you this week. We would love to have you play along with us.


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
pattie's creations - easter
cupcake inspirations - challenge 257




that craft place - easter
eclectic ellapu - easter
craftitude - easter
creative corner - whats in a name e eggs, easter
crafty catz - b is for bunny
a creative romance - spring
the paper shelter - spring
simon says - animal antics
loves rubberstamps - easter
passion for promarkers - creatures
papertake weekly - easter
oldie but a goodie - easter
creative card crew - spring
eureka stamps - easter
papermakw up stamps - easter
craft your passion - bunny chick eggs
incy wincy designs - cas

GnS - Easter

A new challenge is starting at Glitter and Sparkle today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is Easter.  Our sponsors are:


Crafty Sentiments 3 images

Qkr stampede 5 images

Stamping Boutique 3 images or 4 if a stamping boutique image used.

Eureka 5 images

Sentimental Susan 5 images


My DT card:







I used this awesome image from Sentimental Susan. Colored with promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash.  I added buttons and a 3d egg. I used my sizzix dies for the circle and scalloped circles.  The  hoot sentiment is from Sparkle and Sprinkle. The happy easter sentiment is from Stampin up and punched with stampin up punches.



We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
papertake weekly - easter
loves rubberstamps - easter
passion for promarkers - creatures
let's craft and create punches/dies
moving along with the times - happy
creative knockouts - feather friends
craftyhands - atg

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Crafting at the Weekend Launching



  Crafting At The Weekend is a new challenge blog that will be starting on April 26th.  It is a monthly challenge blog with some awesome sponsors.  The theme is always anything goes with papercrafts.  We have some DT inspiration already posted. Head on over to check it out! We would love to have you play along with us each month.

Happy Easter bunny

Hi all! A new challenge is starting at  Catch the Bug.  The theme this week is a bingo.  Bugaboo Stamps have some awesome images.  Head on over to check them out. Here is the bingo board to choose from:


My GDT card:



This card features polkab sit,  from bugaboo stamps.  My bingo is polka dots, punches and bugaboo image. Colored with my promarkers.  All the papers are from Scrappiness Designs. I just love the digital papers there.  I added a 3d egg sticker.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up using stampin up punches.

Head on over to check out the other DT creations to inspire you this week.


Hugs,




Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
dream valley challenges - easter
that craft place - easter
craftitude challenge 63
creativecorner challenge - E for easter, egg
crafty catz - b is for bunny
chocoalte coffee cards - spring
pattie's creations - easter
milk coffee - easter
sassy studio designs - easter
papertake weekly - easter
loves rubberstamps - easter
creative card crew - spring
eureka stamps - easter
card mania challenge -easter
paper makeup stamps - easter
craft your passion - bunny, eggs
crazy challenge - spring
just for fun - easter

One day at a time....

A new challenge is starting at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is Frame It. Our sponsor is the generous Bugaboo Stamps







My DT project:





I used this awesome image from Bugaboo Stamps Colored with my promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash. I added some die cut gears using Sizzix dies.  I just love the sentiment on this image.  Life has been very stressful for me lately and this has reminded me to not worry about tomorrow and focus on today.

We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
Crafters Cafe - cas

CC - April Sketch

Hey everyone! Did you play at Completely Christmas last week? I sure do hope so.  We would love to see your projects.  It's time for a new anything goes challenge.  It's all Christmas all the time.  This week our sponsor is Di's Digi. This week we have a sketch theme for you to play with!









My DT card:






I got to work with this adorable image from Bugaboo Stamps.  Colored with promarkers.  All the papers are from my stash. I added some pearls and a flower.  The sentiment and punches are from Stampin up.


We would love to have you link up your projects today.



Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following projects:
digi choosday - 2 papers
craftyhazelnuts christmas challenge

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fan Tastic Tuesday - Pastel

A new challenge is starting at Fan-Tastic Tuesday today! Come play with us! Our theme this week is pastels.  Our sponsor is the generous Lacy Sunshine.







My DT project:





I used this image from Lacy Sunshine.  Colored with promarkers.  I used paper from my stash.I added glossy accents to the eyes, pastel bling and a flower button.  The sentiment is from Stampart by Kathryn.


We would love to have you link up  your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
aud sentiment - for a friend
rhedd and rosie - atg
creative knockouts - spring
the crafter's cafe - spring
crafty catz - animal
allsorts - spring blossoms
lacy sunshine - feminine

CIO Easter/brad

A new challenge is starting at Clear it Out Challenge Blog today! Come play with us! Reminder that the link up will now close at 8 pm on Monday nights!

Sponsor: http://linnie-whoopsiedaisy.blogspot.com/
Theme: Easter
Stash: Pastel brads (real or faux)
 




My DT card:



I used this awesome image by Whoopsi daisy.  Colored with promarkers. Glossy accents used on the glasses. All the papers are from my stash. I added many round brads and a 3d egg sticker. 

We would love to have you link up your projects today!


Hugs,

Erin

Entering in the following challenges:
moving along with the times - easter
cute daisy may - easter
that craft place - easter
dream valley challenge easter
digidesignchallenge - easter
jo's scrap shack - easter
crafts 4 eternity - easter
milk coffee challenge - easter
the paper shelter - easter
the pink elephant - easter

Monday, April 14, 2014

Creatalicious Thank you!

A new challenge is starting up at Creatalicious Challenges. The theme this month is thank you! Let's see all those grateful projects!

This challenge is sponsored by Kenny K.




My DT projects:

How adorable is this Kenny K image? I just love her.  Colored with promarkers.  The papers are from my stash.  I added a handmade bow and some pearl.The sentiment is from Stamping up also using stampin up punches.



We would love to have you link up your projects today.  To see more DT inspiration and link up head here.





hugs,


Erin

Entering in the following challenges:

Easter Envelope


Hi all! It's anything but a card Monday at Catch the Bug.





 I just love this kidz bunny image from Bugaboo Stamps.  How cute is he? Colored  with my promarkers.  The paper is from my stash.  I used an envelope punch to make the envelope. I can't wait to get a letter to my pen pal written so I can mail it off!I used my sizzix die to make the label for the address.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.


Hugs,



Erin


Entering in the following challenges:
digidesignchallenge - easter
my sheri crafts - humour
creative corner - hop
creative knockouts - spring
crafty sentiments - easter

Bunny in an egg - CFTH

A new challenge is starting at Crafting From The Heart. Our theme this week is Use Yellow.



Anything Goes/Use Yellow
Sponsors
Scribble & Scrap
Offering a £15 voucher
Eureka
Offering 5 digi images
Eureka Stamps
My DT card:

 I got to work with this super cute image by Eureka.  I colored it with my promarkers.All the papers are from my stash.  I added glossy accents to the eggs, buttons and a 3d egg sticker. 
We would love to have you link up your projects today.
Hugs,
Erin
Entering in the following challenges: