Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hearts in spite of myself -My Religion is Kindness-RAK winners and more.......

DT sister Bad Sherry suggested I use my Chickenwire from MD Craft and Hobby in a frame.
 I've been pulling out piles and reorganizing and getting rid of a lot of stuff!

Materials and Supplies
  • Clean frame and remove backing.
  • Cover backing with embossed paper.
  • Cut chickenwire to size and place in frame opening overlapping the frame just a bit.
  • Replace backing.
  • Cut "kindness" from the Silhouette file
  • Glue in a few places on the chicken wire.
  • Admire!

WhenI make a new structure I like to make a sample first, out of whatever paper I have laying around.
Not so with digital cutting. Cameo requires quality paper.
This was bumming me out as I was wasting a lot of expensive paper on samples and design ideas and mess-ups!
My clean out uncovered lots of good paper that who knows how it got here, and I've never used it as I don't like it very much, and I now have a very respectable pile of paper for "dummies".
The down side is this could justify buying paper stacks with patterns that don't especially appeal to me!

I said I was sick of hearts and I am not saving the bits left from this cut!

The set and the back of the card, with double sided gold paper I have been saving for a dogs age!
 Front of the card
 The favor box and tag.
I couldn't decide about the heart embellishment
 2 hearts?
 or 4?
RAK! Leave me a comment and I'll send you the box.
(I'll pick one commenter)
 Stamp storage ideas!
A funny thing happened on the way to the stamps.
The box got full of stuff!
I need a label that says stuff!

Lots more on the files and mat shots at

RAK winners from last week are
Send me an email( in my google profile) with your mailing info, and which card you would like.

Comments and Questions Welcomed!

WOYWW 299 -Decisions, Decisions!

Anyone else feeling 299 pressure?
My brain is frozen!
It is not in my plan to live where it can be 0F
and white stuff is more than a fleeting photo op.

I remember standing in the Hardware Store in September and talking myself out of buying bulbs to force 
as I am cheap
as they were expensive.
Today...worth every penny and interest spent!

The desk is littered with this weeks new Quietfire Design cut files and frozen brain is having difficulty making choices.
Please come back on Thursday for the exciting conclusion!
winners of last weeks RAK( envies are peaking out far right) and this weeks RAK op!
( if you decide to leave a comment it could be you)
I'm in a RAK mood.

Still clearing out, and found an old tape dispenser with nothing in it and thought myself brill to fill it with a washi tape I use for random taping.

Brave Girl cards- make some- give some away! 
Be Brave!

An idea ahead of it's time?
Where has the month gone?
Post now or meditate on it for next month.
Oh decision, decisions.

I've decided to stop rambling on and hop around the world through desking!

Comments and Questions Always Welcomed!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

15 minute wonders- Spring Doily Cards- RAK Giveaway!

Set your timers!
Details on Quietfire Creations!
Leave a comment here and I'll send one of the cards to three random commenters.
All files available at


Are the screen shots helpful?
What do you want to know about using digital files and cutters?
Remember to leave a comment for a RAK!

 Comments and Questions always welcomed!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Thinking of you! Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn Crochet Bag

One of the highlights of CHA is the Prime Publishing event that brings together bloggers and suppliers, for food, drink, fellowship and SWAG!
This year the product packages were mailed to us.

I got one (count them 1) skein of
 Bernat Mega Bulky yarn.
Points for an informative label
I almost never use acrylic yarns.
I was bemoaning this to my DT sisters, who reminded  me, it's not
all about me!

Can you smell the wood burning?
Thinking cap on!
the hand feel and knitablility of the yarn was much more pleasing than I expected
and I still wouldn't want to wear, or suggest anyone knitting a thinking cap, or anything else to wear, out of it.
And remember, only 1 skein.

Hence, the bag!
Flowers by Little B- also from the Prime Event.

I found a  free pattern, online on the Yarnspirations site that called for 3 skeins, so I just left out a few rows.

Materials and Supplies

  • One skein Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn.
  • 15mm crochet hook, or hook that will give you the gauge .
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
  • Stitch marker
  • Little B flowers, lace, gemstone for embellishment -optional

 Size U.S. N/15 (10 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
Sp(s) = Space(s)
Approx = Approximately Ch = Chain(s)Rep = Repeat
Rnd(s) = Round(s) Sc = Single crochet Sl st = Slip stitch 
6 sc and 6 rows = 4” [10 cm].
Ch 2.
1st rnd: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 2 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc. 12 sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 18 sc.
4th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 24 sc.
5th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 3 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 30 sc.
6th rnd: Ch 1. *2 sc in next sc. 1 sc in each of next 4 sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc. 36 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. Working into both loops, 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Rep last rnd until work is the size you want,
. Do not fasten off.
Handles: 1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Ch 6. Skip next 6 sc.1 sc in each of next 18 (24-30) sc. Ch 6. Skip next 6 sc. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Join with sl st in first sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12- 15) sc. 10 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1 sc in each of next 18 (24-30) sc. 10 sc in next ch-6 sp. 1 sc in each of next 9 (12-15) sc. Join with sl st to first sc.
3rd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off. 56 (68-80) sc.

Add some Little B flowers or other embellishments by sewing them on with the thread yo use to create the flowers.
All you do to make the Little B flowers, is pull the thread!
I dyed these with ink on my craft sheet and added a piece of lace and a diamond.

Using a 15mm hook, I had this much left over.
Maybe I wouldn't use this bag, and yes, dear readers, this is for you!
This is an easy crochet project if you are comfortable with single crochet and increasing and decreasing.

I have another idea coming soon with another product I would "never" use- so please visit often.

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

WOYWW #298- Confetti Confession

Not much.
I'm sick of hearts, not the same as heart sick, so did a tidy.
Lovely swap envie!
I'm doing a weekly cuts post on Quietfire Creations and here are the makings of the newest files!
I love confetti!
These cards will be 15 minute wonders, so look for details on Thursday.

I love them!

Now you know what's on mine, so what's on yours?
Comments and Questions Welcomed?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Not Just for V-Day

I'm doing a new feature at Quietfire Creations
the designer blog for Quietfire Design
of all the new digital cutting files in
The file I fell in love with this week was the 
On the mat.
The pinwheel pizza box was a close second.
 No glue required and the folds are self-explanatory .
Insert a wooden ruler or straight edge for the one tricky double fold in the front.
Those hearts are everywhere!
Honestly, you can make this box in a half hour, not including the half hour I spent looking for the heart brads for the pinwheel.
( I didn't find them)
On the mat.

Following recipes exactly is not my strong point, and part of  my objective in these posts is to show you how quick and easy it is to use the files just as they come off the mat.
Sometimes inspiration wins.

That doily just jumped onto the card!
The corner hearts were sized down to fit.
On the mat.

Last and not at all least
The be my valentine heart border card.
Change the sentiment and this card could spread a little love around any day of the year.
On the mat.
The sentiment is print and cut.
It looks like Suzanne hand lettered it right on your card!

What will you do with these files?
Create without limits and post on the Quietfire Design FB page, or leave me a link in the comments.

Comments and questions always welcomed!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

WOYWW #297-Love is everywhere!

Can you feel it?
Love is everywhere- at least on my desk.
I remember the day, one of my sons said to me
"Mom, I am not your valentine"
DH was next.....
So I join swaps!
Above are some envies from the Flourish Forum, cards I've yet to send, stickers that might go back in to the V-day bin for next year and more
Make some- it will help you be brave!

Pretty please link up to my Poetry Journal Monthly.
I need more poetry in my life.
It doesn't have to be about love!

You can see I have not caught the WOYWW tidy virus, and I'm off to see how y'all are doing this fine Wednesday!

Comments and Questions welcomed!

Quietfire Design and Die Cut Divas-My Valentine

Quietfire is sponsoring a challenge over at
Words- Quotes-Sentiments

The Sentiment and frame are a print and cut file from Suzanne's Silhouette Store
On the Mat
I always add a jpg for reference.

You see how easy it is to get a layered look, cutting your frames from different papers.

The hand lettered sentiment, print and cut, looks like you lettered it yourself on to the card!

I went a little overboard stamping on the inside!

Click here to enter the Die Cut Divas Challenge

Comments and Questions Welcomed!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tropical Tuesday- It takes two to Mango!

It's freezing snowing and blowing in Prime Publishing land, so they invited us all to post our warmest tropical crafts and recipes.
Tho the weather here is mild, I've had a hankering for 
Tropical Fruit Salad.

1 can organic mango
left over cranberry sauce!
1 pint fresh organic Florida Strawberries
freshly grated coconut-a gift from Florida!
1 organic banana
3 chopped medjool dates

Of course you can add whatever you have.
Let it sit for awhile if you can to marry the flavors.
Adding a few Little Bee tropical flowers adds to the festivities!

The card is a
You will find lots of info and words of  kindness, truth and bravery to download at this link.
At the end of the day using what is left on my desk, I make at least one card and try to give one away to a Brave Girl everyday.
The act of giving to people I don't know, as well as ones I do has helped me to be Brave, and who knows how much Bravery has been born by this RAK.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you will take some time to scroll around and see what else is happening at Casa Rainbow.
I'd love you to join in my
There be prizes for comments!

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

Monday, February 9, 2015

T is for Tuesday- Fiber Arts Alliance- Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League

T is For Tuesday- Food and Drink and More around the World!

The monthly first Tuesday afternoon Gathering of Fiber Arts Alliance. We are rapt in attention during show and tell!
The theme was Baskets and bowls.
As you can see the drink of choice is water! in many forms and bottles.
Friday night, a different crowd, different quaff!
Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League gallery opening at the Red House.
The theme was red and black
Weight Watchers beware!

Thanks for visiting,  for even more food please hop over to

is alive and wanting you to link up and comment for prizes!

Comments and Questions Welcomed

Friday, February 6, 2015

Poetry Journal Monthly- February 2015-Glad Gold Hearts, Green Laughter

Poetry Journal Monthly 
is a place to share and enjoy poetry, poets, creative journaling and each other.
PJM has moved herself over to RainbowWeaves in honor of simplicity.
Guidelines are here.
Please join me in bringing more poetry, color, creativity and journaling into our world.
Give Mr Linky, below, some love and leave a comment for  a prize drawing of a
Quietfire Design rubber stamp.

The fallen leaves that jewel the ground.
They know the art of dying.
And leave with joy their glad gold hearts,
In the scarlet shadow's lying.

When hunger calls my foot steps home,
the morning follows after.
I swim the seas within my mind.
And the pine trees laugh green laughter

Verses from ,October Song, by Robin Williamson.
Poetry Journal page by June Etta Chenard.

June Etta is a long time spiritual sister and inkster!

I've fallen behind in PJ creating and posting so inspire me by linking up below!
Comments and Questions welcomed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WOYWW February 4-Full Moon, Mercury Retrograde

My new fav die cut.
So much running around, the holidays start in July and go to June with
 Christmas somewhere in between!
Today- don't ask. If I can't say something nice at least I can be quiet!

Scroll down a bit for more info and goings on at Casa RainbowWeaves!

Rubber inventory- not as much fun as stamping.
Must learn to read backwards!

Hand lettered valentines ready for the Flourish Forum swap!
Thanks for visiting and do leave your # so I can find you to return the favor!

Look Julia- no links!!!!

Poetry Journal Monthly coming soon-thanks for asking!

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Let's Stay Home!

We just had a 15 minute blizzard! and all my outside activities were canceled!
I love to stay home.
So much of V-day is going out to dinner, etc, I was excited to create love messages with this die cut.
The Box was left over from the Walnut Hollow blog hop. It holds cards, so I thought this quote was perfect to invite loved ones to come over and play!

I'm going to try to keep up with Suzanne's prolific weekly output of Silhouette Digital cutting files, with a weekly post on Quietfire Creations.
More on the below there.
The photo's are a bit below par as I had to take them without lights as the power went out!
New Cards
Just a tad of ribbon added and Diamond Glaze to the hearts.

On the mat the cards are 5x7 and I sized them to A2 and the elements fit perfectly.

I tend to be allergic to black, and these just called for it-good guy cards or unfussy gals.
Inside I mixed a hot pink and silver embossing powder to get a duo look.
 a set of eight stamps


Video over at Quietfire Creations 
and the files on the mats.

Enjoy these fab files, staying home and please share your creations on our FaceBook Page.
Comments and Questions welcomed !