Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'Thank You' card using paper bags

I created a 'Thank You' card from white paper bags using two bags, decorative papers, cricut cutouts, glitter, card stock and lots of white glue. Using only two paper bags made for an easy card to make. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube on how to make cards using paper bags. My cousins Nora Flores and Norma Jasso showed my how to create these!! I love it!!!!

Monday, November 14, 2011


I tried my hand at making a brown paper bag album this week. My wonderful cousin Norma W. Jasso gave me instructions on how to create one. Her sister Nora Flores, showed her how to make them. So thanks to my adorable sisters/cousins, I created one that I am really happy with.

This is the front cover.........

There are 5 pages, including the front and back cover, and 4 half pages. The full pages have side loading pockets as well. Love it!!! I can't believe this sweet album started out as plain old brown paper bags!!! I'm making lots more for gifts!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


A very good friend of mine gave me a huge bag full of wonderful colorful fabric yoyo's she bought at a yard sale recently. Wow!!! I can't wait to use them...........I'm thinking of all kinds of ways to use them in my crafts!!!
Thank you Elsie for this wonderful bag of sunshine you gave me!!!!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

CINDERELLA Themed Quinceañera

My sister-in-law Olga and my niece Stephanie, owners of "Weaver's Thoughts" (an event decorating business), did a beautiful job decorating for a Quinceañera recently. A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a young girl's coming of age - her 15th birthday.
The theme was CINDERELLA. In the photo there is a beautiful horse drawn carriage, upon which the honoree sits and her escort sits in the chair to her right. I love the clock which is almost striking midnight and the two Royal Knights standing guard. It all looks so beautiful!! I just had to share this on my blog!

Saturday, April 30, 2011


For the same wedding as those two floral arrangements in the previous post. Very large and a little heavy bouquet, but the flowers were beautiful! Had to really secure those heavy fresh sunflowers with wire so they won't slip out of the oasis bouquet holder.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Making two large fresh sunflower arrangements for a friend who is decorating for a wedding for tomorrow. These sunflowers are huge!! Using some leather leaf, baby's breath some ivy and these huge sunflowers. There arrangements are going to be placed on the altar at the church, then later at the reception.

Friday, April 8, 2011


I created this card for a cousin, who just got married recently. I didn't want to make it too frilly or fru-fru, so this is was the end result.

Materials used;
Dark blue card stock cut down to 81/2" x 11"
Cream colored card stock
Printed card stock (for heart cutouts)
Dark blue mulberry paper (ripped it by hand)
Decorative paper edger
Fine glitter and glue
Wide black Sharpie marker (outline card and hearts)
Spray adhesive (I love to use "acid free" spray adhesives)
I used my PC to type and print the wording on the cream card stock, then hand ripped it to fit on the card front.

On the inside I glued down a piece of cream card stock that I ripped by hand and two smaller heart cutouts.

I could sit here and design and make cards ALL DAY LONG!! I love it!! But, alas, there is always something around the house that needs to get done!!

Friday, April 1, 2011


Made this birthday card for one of my granddaughter'today. I decided a carousel horse (clip art) would be just perfect. I cut a 12"x12" decorated scrapbook card stock page down to 8 1/2"x11" and folded it in half to make a card. I used the carousel horse graphic and colored it in with Prismacolor pencils and embellished with lots of sparklie glitter, some shaped brads, and added a couple of silk flowers. On the inside, I just cut out a piece of the same colorful cardstock paper and layered a smaller piece of white cardstock over it and then glued it all down to the inside, then added a silk flower on the upper left hand corner. I love making special cards for the special people in my life!♥

Monday, February 21, 2011


A while back,one of my relatives asked me to make a wedding bouquet for her wedding day, she wanted fresh cream colored roses in a round shaped bouquet. This was the end result, and I was happy with it and she totally loved it! We took this picture the day she came to pick it up.
Fresh floral wedding bouquets are not my area of expertise, but I gave it my best shot. You don't know what you can do unless you try, right? Love, love, love creating!!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Gourd Art

I thought I would try my hand at creating art with something a little different, sketching in a design and do a little wood burning and applying some color on the surface of a dried gourd. I've had this one gourd for a while, it was fresh and green when I first got it and it had to be dried so I hung it up in the back corner of my patio away from rain and such, I left it there for about 4 months until it dried totally. I didn't like waiting such long time but what could I do, it takes a LONG time to dry. I asked my hubby to bore a hole in it for me because I thought it would make a really cute birdhouse and then I hung it in my craftroom. I stood back and looked at it then decided it needed to be altered with art!
So, the above picture is the finished project.

This was like a blank canvas.........
A Southwest design is what I had in mind and I sketched it, then burned it in with the wood burning tool. Those tools get really HOT! I accidentally gave my hand a minor burn! Ouch!

I used PRISMACOLOR Pencils, to add the color, they blend in so nicely.
Next, I'll be using a good spray sealer.
I need to get some more gourds to paint on!!!!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Making more yummy cards...

Made a birthday card for my BFF, her birthday is in February. She LOVES collecting faux cupcakes, so I thought I make a card with a huge cupcake on it for her. I used a paper crimper and my Cuttlebug. Hope she likes it.
I also made a card for any occasion, I used a rubber stamp dragonfly and rubber stamp flower on this one. I used Prismacolor pencils to color them, then used Glossy Accents to highlight some areas. I don't think I will ever use a store bought card again!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Fake Cake (Money Tree) #5

Another fake cake money tree for a Quincenera Celebration for this weekend.
This time the colors are Fuchsia, Black and White. I think that color combination is so pretty.
The ribbons are Grosgrain, nice vivid colors. I used glittery fuchsia tulle to make the skirt and hot glued it around the bottom of the cake, giving it a nice finished look. Made a large black bow for the cake topper. The cake is 25 inches tall, from the tip of the top feather to the bottom. It is 41 inches around the largest layer. It's pretty large and will accommodate lots and lots of birthday cards.

Complete instructions on how to make a money tree cake is in my blog archive dated October 21, 2009.

This is a close up view of the bottom layer.
This is a close up of the fuchsia tulle skirt that is hot glued from underneath the cake.
This the the top view, where you can see the slot for dropping in the well wishers cards.

Stepping back I realized that maybe it needed something more............perhaps some black feathers........hmmmm. I decided to add a few black feathers to the fuchsia ones and added feathers to the bow cake topper as well.
Okay, I think that did the trick. I'm happy with it now. Hope they like it!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Quick Wine Bottle gift wrap-up

If you have a bottle of Champagne or Wine you are going to present as a gift, this is a great way to wrap it up quickly and prettily. Using some mesh tulle glittery fabric, cut into a large square (making sure it will be more than about 8 or 10 inches bigger than enough to cover the bottle), lay the fabric on a table and place the bottle standing upright in the middle of it, then bring all four corners of the fabric together and gather it right on the neck of the bottle, underneath the top leaving the sealed top of the bottle above it. Tie a ribbon around it to secure it or use tape. Attach a pretty bow and some curly ribbon, add danglies or a gift tag. You can trim the top if it is too high over the bottle.
There you go, quick, easy and pretty wrapping. Leaving the top of the bottle free will allow it to be opened and used freely without tearing the wrapping off.