Sunday, December 27, 2009

Some Photos from the Bahamas

This is Count Basey Square at Port Lucaya, Bahamas.

This is a picture of Golden Beach. The same beach where parts of The Pirates at the Caribbean parts 2 and 3 were filmed. When it is low tide most of this picture would be a rippled white sandy beach.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

As the Sunsets

This is a photo I took at twilight and had to alter it a bit with Photoshop Elements.

As the sunsets and my holiday organization and planning time dwindles I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you.

I have met so many wonderful crafters recently and I am so blessed for that. I appreciate all the inspiration that they provide me with.

I am not sure how many, if any posts, I will be getting in until after the holiday so I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy, Healthy New Year.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winners from the Create It Green blog hop

The winner of the Amy Butler pad of Specialty paper is Cheryl from She Stamps.

The winner of the two Stampin Up! stamp sets is Patricia May from The Whyte Paper.

Please e-mail me at with your address.

Congratulations!! And Thank you to everyone who made the Create It Green blog hop a big success.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Green Christmas ornaments

These ornaments are made from plastic fruit cups. When my children eat a fruit cup for a snack, I keep the plastic cups and wash them out.

For this project I painted them with silver paint. When dry I drilled a small hole in the top to insert a ribbon so that I could hang it on the tree. Then I embellish it with ribbon, punched out leaves, old fake berries and holly that my mom had saved and in one case crystal effects and glitter.

The final touch is to add a charm that hangs by a white thread.

Another option would be to drill the hole a bit bigger so that you could put a light from a strand of Christmas lights through it. Then you could have a strand of bells that light up.

The next ornament that I have been making is made from the tube of the paper towel. I flattened the tube and cut the tube into 1/2 inch strips. Then I took my gesso and painted all the circles to make them stronger. Once they were dry then I sewed on some beads. The final step is to use red sticky tape to attach the petals and add a thread to hang it by.

Please leave me a comment, for a chance to win a pad of Amy Butler's recycled specialty paper. I will draw the winner's name on Monday at 2pm EST.

How to create Coffee Filter Flowers

One of the Create It Green followers had asked for a tutorial on how to make these coffee filter flowers so I thought maybe others would like to know too.

You will start with a regular coffee filter. You can recycle the one that you used in your coffee maker, just through the grinds in the compost and rinse it off and dry it.

If you don't use a coffee maker on a regular basis, take a coffee filter and soak in either tea or coffee. The tea makes a lighter tan. Then let it dry.

Once the filter is dry cut out the middle like in this picture. Then take a needle and thread and do a whip stitch where I have made the lines with a marker. When all the way around pull the string tight and it will give you the petals. The outside part will make a flower like the pink one and the inside circle will make one like the dark purple one.

Tie your thread off. Then I just rubbed some ink on the edges to give it some color. The chalk inks work the best on this. Then the final touch is the button. You may either glue it on or use embroidery floss to sew it on.

The card below is an example of what you can do with it.

Please leave me a comment to win two Stampin Up! stamp sets, Organic Grace and God's Beauty.

Create It Green Christmas Blog Hop

Today is the big day. The design team and contributors from Create It Green are excited to bring you a "green" Christmas blog hop. It starts at 12:00 noon EST and will run until 10pm tonight with tutorials, green crafts and prizes.

We will start off showing you some small green projects and then starting at 1pm we will be showing your some tutorials.

This is the order of the hop for 12 noon today.
Christi (she has some awesome projects on her blog)

This first card is made with parts of the box that held candy canes. The scallops and the main image are from the candy cane box. I used vintage lace and a Christmas sticker that came with labels in the mail. I roughed up the edges a bit and added some brown ink to try to make it look old.
This next card was made using parts of vintage jewelry. I went to the antique store not long ago and they were selling bags of old costume jewelry and other little bits in the bag. So I bought some and took all the jewelry apart so that I could use them in different projects. I believe the plaid circle used to be a part of a button. The wreath was an earring. The image is a scrap piece of part with a sticker for the saying. The chipboard ornament is left over from last year. I painted the ornament with gesso ( which is what artists use to prepare a canvas before painting) and then added glitter before it dried.

Please come back here to visit me at 1:00pm EST and 4:00 pm EST to see some tutorials and win some prizes.

I hope you have fun today. Please bare with us since this is our very first blog hop.
Please go visit Cyndi now.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Give away- week 3

This is a stamp from Outline Stamps. This type of stamp is used to make jewelry.

Here is a link to what you can make.
What you have to do to win this product is as follows:

1. Post a Comment
2. Extra points will be given to:
a) followers of my blog
b) those whom post the give away on their own blog

I will draw a name on December 10th around 2pm EST.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Making Embellishments

These are some of the embellishments I have been making. The white one is even made from a used dryer sheet. The fabric is from Heather Bailey.

I have also used some of my scrap felt to make some of these embellishments. I used embroidery floss and beads to dress them up. My son even made me the heart.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Count down

Hi there,
I am sorry I have been so busy with planning for the Create It Green blog hop this coming Saturday that I have neglected my blog.

Our family is also starting to count down for our trip to the Bahamas soon.

So many things to do at this time of year.

I am so excited about the blog hop. It is Create It Green's first and I hope it will go smoothly, if we have a few bumps in the road, please be kind to us and consider the time of year.

I will get back to Friday Give- away this Friday.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Winner of Friday give away Week #2

The Happy Crafter from Reflections of a Happy Crafter won this week's Friday give away. Please e-mail me with your address so I can get it right out to you.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Planning Green Christmas blog hop

Over at Create It Green we are planning a "Green" Christmas blog hop for December 5th starting at 12 noon EST. If you have a blog and would like to participate please join the Yahoo group Create It Green.

Please feel free to use this banner and post it on your own web site.

We do not sell any products just enjoy trying to help save the planet by recycling, re-purposing and re-using products in our crafts. Many of these projects have things that can be found in your own home so they do not require expensive products.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Give away- week 2

This is another cuttlebug folder which was a HSN exclusive. It is a 5 X 7 inch folder.

Each Friday I will post a product that I will be giving away. What you have to do to win this product is as follows:

1. Post a Comment
2. Extra points will be given to:
a) followers of my blog
b) those whom post the give away on their own blog
c) members of the new Create It Green yahoo group

This week, I will draw the winner's name on Thanksgiving at 4pm EST.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Winner of Friday give away

And the winner is MiamiKel from Sandcastle Stamper. Please e-mail me your address and I will get it right out to you.

Check in tomorrow for another cuttlebug folder in the Friday give away.

A Little Birdie said...

Just a quick post today. This is a little bird I saw at the beach this summer. And this poem is what I say to all of you. I did not write this, the link below is where I got it from.

From 93.1 Wolf Country

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn’t feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I learned most of life’s lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn’t looking I looked at you and wanted to say, ‘Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking’

Sunday, November 15, 2009

First Friday Give Away

Good morning and Happy Friday the 13th. Today starts a new segment here at Sue Stampin Daly. Each Friday I will post a product that I will be giving away. What you have to do to win this product is as follows:

1. Post a Comment
2. Extra points will be given to:
a) followers of my blog
b) those whom post the give away on their own blog
c) members of the new Create It Green yahoo group

This is one of the new Cuttlebug holiday embossing plates. I purchased a package of six and this one was part of the pack. Though I like the image, I really don't see myself using it. You can probably find some projects using this embossing plate at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog.

The winner will be posted at 2pm EST on Thursday the 19th.
Good Luck!!

Please visit the Create It Green blog to see my latest card

Old card

Since I am off to Chapel Hill today to take my daughter to a softball hitting clinic, I thought I would leave you with something to look at. Here is a card I made for the holidays last year.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas bells

This is currently what I am working one. The stamp is from Holly Berry House. I need to get some red sticky tape to secure the edges better.

It was painted with Twinkling H2os.

So I am still trying to perfect this.

Blog award and more

Thank you to Jackie at Chic Scraps.

For this first award here are the rules.

1.Post it on your blog, along with the name and blog link to the person who sent it to you.
2.Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers that you've newly discovered.
3.Remember to contact the bloggers and let them know they have received this very cool award! Here are the people I have chosen to receive this award.... Unfortunately I haven't done alot of blog hopping these are the ladies I feel that deserve this award.Their blogs ROCK!
1. Cyndi
2. Tanisha
3. Tiffany
6. Holly
7. Kim
8. Allison
9. Wendy
10. Kristie
11. Chris
12. Jennifer
I honored all of my followers that had a blog and for those of you that don't have a blog, I honor you too.

It is a very rainy day today. The water is all over the place.

I will be having a new segment here on my blog. Every Friday will be a giveaway day. I have items that I do not use or want anymore and I will be raffling them off. I will start with acouple of cuttlebug folders that I received in a package order and did not want.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Provo craft card

This is a very simple card made with a new cuttlebug embossing plate and the word "Hope" cut from my cricut expression, Home Decor cartridge.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A challenge and so many new things

Yesterday was a nice rainy day which made a great day to recover from Halloween and a day to create.

I have gotten so many new things in this past month but have not had the time of desire to play with them. So yesterday was that day.

I have become a great admirer of Melissa Phillips at Lilybean's Paperie and Sherry Wright at Seasons of Change that I just had to purchase some of the products they use like Melissa Frances products and Cavallini Papers.

This first card is a combination of those products. The background paper is an unknown paper that I picked up at a scrapbook store. The birds are from Cavallini Papers. I took the negative part of chipboard and painted it with gesso and added some white glitter on top of the wet gesso. The flower in the corner is from a ribbon that I picked up at Walmart's fabric department. The leaves around it are made with a Martha Stewart punch and I punched the packaging that it came in.

The final touches are a resin rose from Melissa Frances, faux pearls and some prima roses.
This is the close up.

The next card was made using some recycled products. I made this card for Stamptacular Sunday's challenge. The image is from Whiff of Joy. The designer paper is recycled paper from K & Company's Carolyn Gavin. The rub on saying and the glittery apples are also from Carolyn Gavin's recycled products.

Either later today or tomorrow, I will show you some of the projects I have made with my new cricut expression.

Create It Green DT Call

Please spread the news that Deanne Burton is looking for a Design Team for Create It Green
Go to Create It Green to see all the details about how to be on the Create It Green Design Team.

Please also consider joining the new yahoo group Create It Green.
We will be planning a "green" Christmas blog hop.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Blog candy winner

Please help me congratulate, Susan from Susan's Day Off Creations, for winning my blog candy mystery box. I will be filling the box in the next couple days and mailing it on Wednesday.

I have a few important things to do on Monday and Tuesday. The main one is to get everything together to get our family passports.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2009

New website and Yahoo group

Hi there,
I have left the design team of Creatively-Green due some issues that I did not feel were ethical. So several of my former design team members and myself have created a blog to share green ideas as well as a Yahoo group to share files, templates, do swaps and blog hops. The blog is called Create It Green. And the Yahoo Group is also called Create It Green.

Please feel free to join us in this safe and friendly atmosphere.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Handmade felt flower

I recently discovered Heather Bailey's website and could not resist purchasing some of her felt, fabric and scrapbook supplies. The colors are so bright and vibrant.

I purchased her template on how to make the Felt flower and when I received it yesterday, I just had to make one.

I did add my own touch to it with some white tulle. The button is a vintage button that my mother had saved.

I think I will make one for each person I give a Christmas gift to. I can use this on a scrapbook page, as a hair clip or pin.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Help!! Blog candy incentive

Hi there,
I am in huge need of a yard sale. I think I will plan one for the weekend of October 24th. To help motivate me, I am offering a surprise box of blog candy. This contest will run until midnight EST on October 31st.

This is how you can participate:
1. Leave a comment telling me how you stay or try to stay organized. = 1 point

2. Become a follower of my blog = 2 points

3. Post a comment on your blog about this Blog Candy = 5 points

4. Refer two new people to my blog = 8 points

Some of the things in the surprise box will be : several copic markers, Stampin Up! stamp sets, scrapbook paper, ribbon, buttons and much more. The box will be at least the size of a shoe box if not bigger.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Soda can Background with Packing Peanut flower

This is a card that I made for Creatively-Green with a soda can and a packing peanut flower.
The soda can was cut up and embossed with the cuttlebug folder then colored with Generation Colorant. For future use I would add the colorant to the Generation Green paint because the colorant does come off on your hands when dry.

The packing peanuts are flatten on one side to make individual petals.

I really should have taken more time to punch more holes closer together so that the stitching looked a bit better.

Once again, I hope I have inspired you to look at things around you and use them in your crafts.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Soda can Embellishment with Generation Green Colorant

I made this card for 2 Sketches 4 You challenge #36. I also wanted to demonstrate a use for Creatively-Green product Generation Green Colorant, which is an earth friendly product.

My pumpkin, which is a piece of soda can, is cuttlebugged and then die cut. Then I took my yellow and red Generation Green colorant and combined them to make an orange color. I then sponged it on to the aluminium from the soda can and let it dry. I then combined the blue and yellow to make a green and painted the leaf. Once again I combined colors to create a brownish color for the stem. I scrapped off a bit of the green on the leaf to make it look aged.

The stitched background was created by using Angels Landing's pierced digital background. I poked the holes and used four different colors of embroidery floss.

I hope that you are inspired to try this.

A Little Halloween Witchyness

Jean Marie , a member of the Creatively-Green message board shared some fun Halloween labels with us. She recycled some CDs and made them into coasters.

So this is my attempt at using one of these labels. The image is a cameo from Sassy Studio Designs. The spider is a stamp from Inkadinkadoo stamps.
On the inside is a sticker that says " Happy Halloween."

If you decide to use these fun Halloween labels, please send me a link because I would love to see what you make with them.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Little Nutty

This is the way I feel sometimes with two children,two dogs, two chinchillas, two hamsters , one cat and one husband( whom is often like another child). This card is not my typical style so I guess you would say I am trying crafts out of my comfort zone.

The paper and chipboard came from Carolyn Gavin's K& Company paper. This line of paper is recycled. They even encourage you to reuse the package that it comes in. Nicole, the owner of Creatively-Green had mentioned that we will be carrying this product in the near future.

The image is a stamp called Forest Friends from The Greeting Farm. I colored the image with my Copic markers , air brushed and then sponged on the green.

Later this week, I will show you a project made using Generation Green Colorant and a soda can.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Pumpkin Patch

This is my next image from Digital Pencil Too. I colored this with Copic markers and air brushed. The saying is from an Inkadinkadoo set and the background circle is Basic Grey Indian Summer.

I really was not sure how to do the hair for this little fellow.

This could also be entered into the CCEE challenge like the one below it.

Let it Snow

This is another image from Mo Manning at Digital Pencil Too. The saying is from Stampin UP!

I colored this image in with Copic markers. Then I made a mask and air brushed the blue background on. The snow at the bottom is liquid applique. The final touch was to add some stickles, which I painted on with a brush.

I am entering this in the CCEE Stampers challenge this week.

This rainy weekend, I actually got some projects done. So there will be much more to see this week.

Nicole, the owner of Creatively-Green, has announced a very different type of paper crafting kit. Join the message board to get all the latest updates.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A scrapbook page

I do not consider myself to be the best scrapbooker. I find a large area of paper to be intimidating. So when I get a page done it is very exciting to me.

The Fastpitch embellishments were from a pair of pajamas that my daughter had cut the legs off to make into shorts. I cut out the image, ironed it and then added ribbon stiffener. Then they are sewn on with the sewing machine.

The little softball players are digital images from Instyle rubber stamps.

I colored the digital images in with Copic markers.

I will now need to work on a page of my son.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Repurposed scrapbook page

I am not an expert scrapbooker but I was excited about this page. The flowers are made of fabric that I cut out of a scarf that my dog got from the groomer. Of coarse I washed it, ironed and added ribbon stiffener to it. The fabric flowers were then sewn on to the paper with a sewing machine.

My daughter does not like this picture of herself but I don't think there has ever been a bad picture of her.

I was thinking that scrapbooking has gotten away from the scrap part of it.

Come to the Creatively-Green message board to see more interesting pages.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Green Halloween Treat Card

I am so excited about this project that I could not wait to show it to you. This card, though probably not my cutest, is made from a Del Monte fruit cup. I am even more excited because 1.) it did not cost me the $2.95 that Stampin Up! wants for it's sweet treat cups and 2.) I am recycling something that I would have put in the trash.

I started out by tracing around the cup to make a paper template. Then I got out my coluzzle and measured with my temple what size the very outside of the cup was. Then I moved in one line and cut our my circle. I used the fourth circle in on my coluzzle. Then I stamped the card with a stamp from Stampin UP!'s Baroque Motifs stamp set in old olive. I used a cuttlebug die-cut to make the stem of the pumpkin. The cup fits just perfectly in the hole so I did not need to glue it in but I did glue a piece of vellum over the top of the cup so my candy corn would not fall out.

I hope you like this project and that inspires you to use those empty fruit cups.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Eskimo holiday greetings

This is another image by Maurie J. Manning at Digital Pencil Too. This image is called Siku and Shiya.

Once again the image is colored in with Copic markers. I added some liquid applique on the bottom to appear as if they are standing in the snow. Then I rubbed some stickles around them to make it look like glittery snow coming down.

Then I added a few snowflakes that were die-cut using my sizzix die-cuts and the Big Shot.

Friday, September 11, 2009

An Award

I received this award from two ladies. I am just getting around to posting it.

I received it from Cyndi a follow DT member at Creatively-Green. And I also received it from Vicki at Bountiful Blessings.
In accepting this award, I must name 5 things that I enjoy and in no particular order.

1. I love to spend time with my family and watch then play sports.
2. I love animals which is why I have two dogs, a cat, two dwarf hamsters and two chinchillas.
3.I love a clean house but wish it would stay that way.
4. I love a nice sunny 70 degree day.
5. I love learning new techniques and using new products in crafting.

Five sites I enjoy are:
1. Popsicle Toes Card Creation
2. Quacking Creations
3. Hog Wild About Stamping
5. Mad Stamper

Thank you for the nomination!!


Christmas fairy

I have become very addicted to the digital images by Maurie J Manning. You can find this image at Digital Pencil Too.

My son has been sick recently which means I have had to do things downstairs, away from my craft room. So this and several other projects, which I will post soon, are what I have been doing while he watches cartoons.

The Christmas fairy is colored with Copic markers, and some shimmerz were added to make her sparkle.

I used crystal effects on the snow globe to make it look more realistic.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Recycled Drink Tray

Today I was stuck babysitting my dog Nikita because my other dog was at the groomer's. Nikita gets very upset when Princess goes to the vet/groomer. While babysitting, I decided to try to create something with a Drink Tray that was waiting to go to the recycling bin.

It started off looking like this:

Then progressed to this:

Then I decided to cut down the sides to create a flower. Once that was done, I painted the cardboard with acrylic paint. I would love to use that new product that Creatively-Green plans to sell soon called Generation Green Acrylic paint with colorants. But that will be used the next time.

While waiting for the paint to dry. I came up with the idea to try to create my own version of the Flower soft product. So I took a piece of the cardboard and added pigment( water-based ink) to it to make it the color I wanted. Then I scraped it with a knife to make tiny bits.

This is what I came up with:

And this is what my fingers looked like after.

So in the end, You finally get to see my finished project. I added brads to hold it together. And probably should have used one more color of paint to make some shading. I choose to keep the edges rough to make it appear more rustic.

Hope you like it.