Monday, March 25, 2013

My Smilebox Membership

I really enjoy taking pictures of my family
and creating a Smilebox to share their story.
I have also printed out many of my Smilebox Creations
to use when creating scrapbooks, cards 
or even bulletin boards for work.
Smilebox has many formats to use that make it very easy to do.
 Here is one of my latest Smilebox's that I created for my grandson.
A Smilebox Membership is well worth the cost of $4.99 per month.
Check it out and let me know what you think.

Agawam Racing Fans were taken by surprise by two racers
who before today were virtually unknown!
Outa Control Connor & Get R Done Grampy
are two names this racing community
will certainly never forget!


Friday, March 22, 2013



My Potpourri Patch
Ideas & Inspiration 


Hand Crafted Cards
Gifts from the Heart


Paper Quilling ~ Paper Punches ~ Card Creations
Scrapbooking ~ Simple Sewing ~ Wreath Creations
Potpourri ~ Scented Candles ~ Jewelry
Flower Arrangements ~ Gardening Techniques


Welcome to My Potpourri Patch ~ Paper Quilling



Paper Quilling ~ Ashley's "ALOHA" Card


This is a very simple card to create.
I started by using my brightly colored paper quilling strips
 that I purchased from Quilled Creations. (see link)

 First I traced out the word "ALOHA" using foam letters that I purchased at Walmart.

 Then I outlined the letters with paper quilling strips, carefully cutting the pieces and attaching them with Elmers glue to a sheet of 8 x 10 white cardstock.
My cardstock paper was purchased at Michaels.

After  "ALOHA" was complete, I added paper swirls that I created using a
quilling tool that was included in my Quilling Beginners Kit that
I purchased at Quilled Creations, throughout my word at random.

Quilling is simply twirling strips of paper creating a shape then glued into place.
Once I was satisfied with my "Aloha" results, I carefully measured
and trimmed about 2 inches from the bottom & top of the white paper
so my design would fit nicely onto the front of two matching blue 8 x 10
sheets of cardstock that were attached with brightly colored paper fasteners
that were also purchased at Michaels. 

 I simply printed out the meaning of  "ALOHA" along with my Birthday Wish
onto another sheet of 8 x 10 white cardstock and glued it inside onto 
my second sheet of blue paper with rubber cement.
 I attach most of my photos and cards using any brand of "Rubber Cement"
to prevent my photos and specialty papers from rippling. 
I added this link to view an excellent video of Alli from Quilled Creations
demonstrating how to get started in quilling.