Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Free E-Books Available Today

If anyone is interested, there are 63 titles of FREE e-books available today on Christianbooks.com ... 14 of them are Beth Moore books! You do not need the CBD Reader to read them .. any kind of tablet or e-book reader will work.  I believe this awesome deal is only for today but not 100% sure about that so I wouldn’t wait to check it out.   Here's the link:


If you do not have Adobe Digital Editions downloaded you can always opt to open it and read it right from your Christianbooks.com account.

Happy reading :-)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Altered IPad Case

Santa gave my daughter an IPad Air for Christmas but because it’s fairly new on the market, finding a cute case was virtually impossible (unless she purchased one online for $$$ plus shipping).  So, I suggested she get a plain one and I would alter it for her using the Square 1 Printable Inkjet Paper.  For $25.00 and a few cents for a sheet of Square 1 this is what I came up with…

BEFORE (front and back):


IPad Case Original Front_apieceofheartblog IPad Case Original Back_apieceofheartblog


AFTER (front and back):


IPad Case Altered Front_apieceofheartblog

IPad Case Altered Back_apieceofheartblog


I love Square 1 Printable.  You can do so much with it.  And the great thing about using it on this case is that it can be changed out for another pattern any time she gets bored and wants a new pattern.  Cool!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Craft Room Mess!!

Uggh, now that my Christmas card making is over I really need to go down to my craft dungeon and clean, clean, clean!  I managed to create an unorganized mess that definitely needs tending to.  On the bright side (no pun intended), my daughters gave me an Ott light for Christmas so maybe it won’t be quite so “dungeon-ee” anymore.

Just as a reminder, the Friday Freebies will resume on January 10th.  I’m giving myself a little break over the holidays :-)

Stay tuned for some great things to come in the New Year!

Robin Lane’s Birthday Blog Hop

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Hey friends!  Today we are celebrating Robin Lane’s birthday by having a blog hop.  Happy Birthday, Robin!  If you are following along, you should have arrived here from Janet Royer’s blog.  If you just happened to stop by you will want to go back to the beginning and visit Robin’s blog -- she’s offering some great candy to one luck blog hopper (http://create-a-latte.blogspot.ca/)!


It's a smash book kit that has everything in it that you need to get started, perfect for the new year.

My contribution to this hop is a simple birthday card made with some really pretty designer paper and a few buttons on the side.  I used my square scalloped punch to stamp my sentiment on.


Happy Birthday Becca_apieceofheartblog


Robin, I really hope you have a great day celebrating your birthday!  I’m so glad I could be a part of this hop (my first hop ever .. but definitely not my last!) to help you celebrate.

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Just as a sidenote .. I give away digital sentiments every Friday so if you’re interested in following me, you’ll be notified every week once they’ve gone live and if you have this feed set up in your email, you will get them delivered right to your inbox :-)

You’re next stop is Connie Can Crop (http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com).  If you get sidetracked along the way, here's the complete hop line up…

1. Robin Lane - http://create-a-latte.blogspot.com

2. Lori Apgar - http://scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com

3. Lissa Marie - www.somanycrafts.com

4. Alicia O'Bryant - http://goldengoddessdesigns.blogspot.com

5. Janet Royer  - http://janetscreativeworld.blogspot.com

6. Sharon - A Piece Of Heart - http://piece-ofheart.blogspot.com *you are here*

7. Connie Can Crop - http://conniecancrop.blogspot.com

8. Tammy Smith -http://lifeupdownandsideways.blogspot.com/

9.  Kim Ryden - http://rydenkim.blogspot.com/

This is a one day blog hop and we appreciate your leaving a comment for all of the crafty gals sharing their ideas and creations.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Card…

Well, since Church was cancelled today due to an ice storm, I will take this opportunity to post another Christmas card.

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The Christmas tree made by threading ribbon through my cardstock to form the tree.  I embossed the cardstock with a cuddlebug folder and added a bow to the top of the tree.   If I were to change one thing,  I would sponge the edges of the sentiment with burgundy ink instead of black.  All in all, it’s not a bad card I suppose.

Going to head back down to my craft dungeon and see what I can create today!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Clear It Out Challenge–Warm Fuzzies

Christmas always gives me the warm fuzzies and it’s so hard to believe that it’s only one week from today.    Yoiks!!   This card was made for the Clear It Out Challenge (details below).  The image is a QKR image that I colored with copics.  I added some washy tape, a snowflake sticker and some pretty, sparkly, ribbon as the texture to complete it.


CIO_Santa Bag1_QKR_apieceofheartblog

Theme: Warm Fuzzies

Stash: Use something textured on your card

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Digi Darla (5 digital images)

QKR Stampede (5 digital images)

Stitchy Bear Outlet

This challenge will run until Jan 6th at which time we will become a weekly challenge blog.

I’ve truly enjoyed my time as a Clear It Out Challenge Blog DT member.  I want to thank Laura, blog and challenge owner, for allowing me to be a part of her terrific team.  I wish her and all the other team members the best as they continue to share their talent.  I will miss you all!

Don’t forget to check the blog on Friday Freebie day.  This will be the last one until the new year!  Don’t miss it!!

Who Wants To Win A Cameo??!!

I’ll be back in a little while to share some more of my Christmas cards but, in the meantime, check out this AWESOME GIVEAWAY!! 

You’ve seen some of the cards I’ve made with my Cameo and you know how much I love it!  Well, this year during the Twelve Days of Christmas celebration, SVG Cuts is giving away FIVE Silhouette CAMEO personal electronic cutting machines! Click the picture for your chance to win one.   You really do not want to miss out on this!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chevron Christmas Card

Just stopping by to share another one of my Christmas cards with you tonight.  I love the Chevron pattern so I decided to use it on some of my Christmas cards this year.  Here’s one of them.

Chevron Christmas and Tree With Bow 1_apieceofheartblog

I really like how this one turned out.  See you again tomorrow when I share another Christmas card with you.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Clear It Out Challenge–Put A Snowflake On It

It’s time for the mid-challenge inspiration over at Clear It Out and I’ve done something a little different for this challenge.  Can you tell what it is?

CIO_Christmas Boo_Lacy Sunshine_apieceofheartblog


My card for this challenge is not your traditional type of card .. it’s digital.  I created this card using my graphic software (Paint Shop Pro). 

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I colored the little girl in with my PSP as well.  She’s a cutie and she was so much fun to color.

The bow, circular frame, and brads were all digital elements purchased online in a kit by Aleah’s Mommy.  I don’t think she’s on the interwebz any longer so I can’t point you in her direction, sorry.

And, of course, I added some snowflakes to keep with the theme. 

Head on over to the Clear It Out Challenge blog to see more inspiration from the DT and, as an added bonus this round if you play along, Laura is giving away a $10 Gift certificate to one lucky person. This is in addition to our 3 fabulous sponsors this challenge. The G.C. will be your choice from one of our many challenge sponsors :)

See you next week for our last challenge of the year and my last challenge as a DT member for the Clear It Out Challenge Blog!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Little Joy For You

Today’s card is made with a new product that I’ve just recently come across.   It’s called Square 1 Inkjet Printable with adhesive backing.  These sheets are awesome.  They come in 8.5 x 11-inch sheets and they are made from a woven fabric that does not contain any PVC.  Why does that matter?

  • PVC is Polyvinylchloride, a type of plastic. There are more and more reports about plastics being harmful to children in toys, baby bottles, "tupperware" type containers, and furniture. Chemicals are leaked out and babies put everything in their mouths.
  • If you can, it is best to avoid exposure to these toxins by using natural materials like cotton, wool, and wood on toys and wood, metal or glass or ceramic for dishes.
  • PVC is (polyvinyl chloride) plastic, commonly referred to as vinyl. "When produced or burned, PVC plastic releases dioxins, a group of the most potent synthetic chemicals ever tested, which can cause cancer and harm the immune and reproductive systems."  PVC is often used in conjunction with metals, including lead.
  • It’s environmentally friendly!

The little girl and the Joy wordart are graphics that I purchased from Whimsey a few years ago. I printed them both on the Square 1 Inkjet Printable and just adhered them to the front of this card.  I added a little washy tape as well.

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Angel Joy Close-up_apieceofheartblog

Here is a closer look at the Square 1 product.  If you look closely (especially at her face) you can see the texture of the Square 1 fabric.


Warm Winter Wishes Snowman Glass Block




The Square 1 inkjet printable can be used in so many different ways.  I used it to make a new light box decoration for Christmas.  










Warm Winter Wishes Snowman Glass Block dark





It’s beautiful at night when the lights are twinkling.










So that’s it for me, tonight.  If you want to know more about the Square 1 Inkjet Printable, please send me an email. 


Inketjet Printable

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A White Christmas

Christmas is only just over two weeks away (:O) and so I’ve been busy making cards to give out to family and friends.  Over the next few days I will be sharing what I’ve made.

Today’s card is made up of triangular Christmas trees cut from patterned cardstock and popped up on white cardstock that I embossed with a cuddlebug folder.  I added a black and white ribbon to the bottom.

Triangle Trees Christmas_apieceofheartblog

I’ll be sharing another card tomorrow.  Enjoy your evening.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CIO Challenge–Anything Goes … with a present

Theme:  Anything goes (we know you're busy!)

Stash:  Anything goes (gotta make room for your Christmas presents!)

Our fabulous sponsors


CIO_Bugaboo_Merry Christmas Girl with Gifts_apieceofheartblogFor this challenge I used a Bugaboo Stamp.  It’s fairly simple, really.

I printed the tree and the Merry Christmas directly onto the cardstock.  I cut the Bugaboo stamp out as well as a bench for her to sit on (bench is a miscellaneous freebie).  I cut around them with my Cameo leaving a small white border and popped them up with some pop dots.  

I colored the tree and the Bugaboo stamp in using my digital software (Paint Shop Pro) and I used a Bic Mark-It to color in the bench).  And that’s all there was to it.  Fast, easy, and fun!

So now it’s your turn.  Go grab your stash and join us, the challenge runs until Dec 16th!  We look forward to seeing your 'Anything Goes' creations.

Happy Holidays :)