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Monday, August 21, 2017

Disney - Animal Kingdom

Still working on my Disney pocket pages as well as my layouts. Slowly but surely I hope to get them all done

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Boo Day

This little puppy dog is from Simon Says stamp. I used a big ol honkin moon stamp from Papertrey Ink ad the circle die cut it. The graveyard silhouette die is from Impression Obsession.

The Happy letters are from MFTS and I didn't want the typical Happy Halloween sentiment so I mixed a couple of stamps together to give me the BOO Day sentiment.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Boo To You!

Well darn it all, I meant to post this this morning but plum forgot as busy as everything was this past weekend.

So another Halloween card. I have decided I really need some updated Halloween stamps. Still love my Kraftin Kimmie ones so I do continue to use those.

And really lovin this plaid paper that was in my 6x6 pebbles inc paper pad it was a perfect fit for my stamped card.

Also using a nice enamel clay kind of embellishment for the pumpkin. I am always hunting for clearance items after the seasonal period and just hang on to them until the following year. I figure eventually I'll need them.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Trick Or Treating

Well I know here it is barely August and I've gone and done a Halloween card. I couldn't help it, it's one of my favorite holidays and I have no idea why. I decided to indulge my passion and stamped a few images at the expo and colored them which makes throwing a card together afterwards pretty darn easy.

I opted to give Frank here a bit of  a graveyard scene with my Memorybox die. The stamp itself is a way old stamp I picked up at Michaels when scrapbooking and stamping were just amping up to their hey day. I then used my Tim Holtz inks to give a bit of a sunset feel to the background, using candied apple, ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin and some wild honey. My sentiment stamp is newly purchased from Stampendous along with my Pebbles Inc pp. And the stitched die is from My Favorite Things Stamp co.

So there you go one way too early Halloween card.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Disney Love

I finally got around to printing some of my Disney pictures and started scrapbooking them. This was the first one I've done so far.

Not much to say other than this was the trip I took with my hubby to WDW for my birthday. We had an absolutely great time.

I did pick up a bunch of those Paper Wizard titles and laser diecuts. I really love to use them in my pocket pages. This title was just a bit too big like a quarter of an inch and stuck out so I just decided to use it on a layout page.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Altered Rolodex

I was at Joann's one day and spied this Heidi Swapp Rolodex on clearance. Always looking for a bargain I picked it up, not quite sure what I would do with it. So there is sat until I thought it would make a cute gift for my dd and I would use pictures that I have taken this past year watching the boys.

I did have to order her punch so a little annoyed about that but I wanted to be able to add in my own papers.

Right now it's about half full, depending on how much you wanted to slant or lean your cards. My hope is to keep adding to it until her birthday which is in a couple of months.

And best thing about a project like this is for a hoarderlike me all those little bits and pieces I save were used on this project. I knew I was holding on to them for some reason.

Obviously there are a ton of cards and thought I'd share a few because if I did them all it would slow down people's connections trying to load all those images.

So another finished project. Love getting things done and crossed off my to do list.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Altered Frame

This week I will be sharing two altered projects. I have wanted to get a couple of projects done so I took the time at the expo to get a jump start on completing them. 

Up first, I take zero creativity for this frame since I basically was inspired by Shari Carrols's Mixed Media Love project. Hers is certainly beautiful enough to inspire anyone. Mixed Media

I just put my spin on this project because lets face it I didn't have all the same supplies and wasn't going to go purchase them so I did use up what I had. Although I did have to go purchase the overall frame and canvas pieces. Clever me bought a child's 5x7 canvas paint project and then just flipped it over to hold my 4x6 photo. 

I had all the flowers and even those swirls of pearls embellishments that I wrapped around my frame and also up the edge on one side. Although I didn't have nearly the variety that Shari used. But I made do. 

The Love die and butterfly I picked up at the expo, they're from Melissa Frances and had to paint the love die but left the butterfly as is.

And this was some old Making Memories pp that I deiced to use along with some other script paper sitting around in my stash. Two gone and about a 1000 left

I did feel that this pp was a bit more busier than Shari's but I think it worked. And I didn't have much in the way of stencils and do you know I couldn't find any at the expo, so went with what I brought which was a honeycomb design. 

And here it is framed and ready to hang on the wall. And the nice thing about no glass is if I decided to tweak it some more it's simple to do. and the photo I used is of my great grandparents.
Check this off as done, and now I am ready to move on to my other project for my dd.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I felt it had been far too long since I last did a shaker card so I set my sights on making one. Digging through my stash for a die I found this window from Memory Box and it just seemed appropriate. After that I wanted to go with some sort of wallpaper type feel to the background and found some old pp. Then I happened to have an extra wood grain stamped panel so grabbed that.

Definitely liked the feel of where it was going and decided to make it sort of monochrome I say sort of because I used orange both in my coloring and in some of the sequins. Any hoo I finished it off with a stitched banner die from MFTS and opted for the word Hoping because I have a bunch of different sentiments I can use inside, like Hoping this finds you well, Hoping you had a great birthday, Hoping you have a good vacation, etc.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Bird-day in the Jungle

I saw this cute card the other day that I really loved, but alas I didn't want to buy the products needed to actually recreate the card and figured I certainly had a plentiful enough stash to recreate my version of it.

I then scoured through my floral stamps to find a variety of leaves, stamped those around the edges in different inks and dabbed on a bit of color to resemble some water. I then stamped, colored and die cut my Avery Elle Flamingos and popped them up on my panel.

Love to find inspiration and then put my own twist on it.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Trying to cheer myself up I thought I would break out my Altenew stamps again, but I was kind of tired doing the typical watercolor floral card and opted to do something a little different.

Thus I stamped all the floral but the actual flowers and colored them with copics. Then I die cut them and layered them under my circle that was leftover from Monday's card.

The background stamp is from Stampin Up and the color is Slate from Simon Says Stamp, I was really liking where it was going, then added a few splashes of some orange liquid dye.

Then to finish it off I added some enamel dots and a bit of hemp string.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Maze

Well it's been difficult none the less, stepping back into my creativity side. I have the Expo coming up and there has bee a lot going on with the death of my FIL. But if anyone was going to help me to get back into my art room it would be my youngest grandson.

His birthday was coming up so I wanted to have a card for him. I had been also sitting on these fun maze shapes from MFTS that I had purchased for the boys because what little kid doesn't like to play with a ball and a maze. I just wish those little spheres were a bit bigger, they're so tiny.

I kept it pretty simple and choose blue because it's his favorite color and I would be a stick in the mud if I didn't make him a blue card

Monday, July 10, 2017

In Honor of my Father In Law

It is with a heavy heart that I must share with you the passing of my father in law right before the fourth of July. He was a very friendly and loving guy who adored the cards I made him. And truth be told it pains me to even go in my craft room to make a card because every time I sit down I am sadden that I am no longer able to make him the cards he enjoyed so much.

He always took pride in displaying my cards and reminding me every so often that his ultimate favorite card I ever made him was the one I am sharing today. He said it reminded him of him. Out mowing his fields in his baseball cap.

So in honor of my father in law I am sharing his favorite card from Rubbernecker Stamps.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Beach Birthday

Also found in my stamp collection these fun Penguins from Art Impressions. I love these guys and after the Madagascar movie they totally remind me of those fun penguins.

Using more scraps (gotta love that) and my trusty copics I was able to put together this card. I also pulled out my embossing folders and found one to use which I think help give a little texture to the card.

I think this will be a great card for someone with a summer birthday.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heaven's To Betsy!

Well fellow bloggers I am sharing today an old stamp from Judith. I always try to go through my stamps and use things that I haven't used in a long while. After all they all deserve a little love now and then.

I also took this opportunity to use up scraps so worked those into my card as well.

At first I tried to color the image with colored pencil but that turned out to be a bad idea so restamped and went with my trusty copics.

After coloring, I die cut using the MFTS double stitch die and popped up the panel using foam tape. I wanted to have a sentiment that was more than a straight forward Thank You , Happy Birthday, etc so I dug out my Papertrey Ink Glory Be sentiment stamps and found something I that I think works perfectly. Best thing is I can stamp whatever I want inside so a Thank You, Congrats, etc will still work. Kind of your generic card I guess.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Homemade Memory Game cards

I found myself with a bunch of white card stock scraps from a leftover project. Now this isn't your ordinary card stock; this stuff is uber thick. It's from Papertrey Ink and it's for making tags so its super stiff and heavy, not the kind you would use to make a card and die cuts would be ok but I decided that I had enough I would make a memory card game. Easy Peasy.

First I cut them to size, then rounded the corners and stamped matching images. At first I thought I would have to cover the backside because the ink would show through but it didn't then I thought what the heck I'll cover them anyway. I debated on whether to modge podge them but in the end I decided not to.

I was a bit apprehensive when I covered them with this chevron pp figuring it would be a tell tale sign but then I realized the ages I was making these for and realized they'll be just fine. Worse case I can just recover them.

After stamping them, all I had left to do was color them and then adhere the cover. I did sand the edges a bit to meld the pp with the card together and since I cut these out with a trimmer and not a die the edges weren't exact matches so some sanding took care of the extra bits.

All in all I think they came out pretty cute, I made 12 pairs which is probably enough for the grand-kid's ages and are now ready for the little ones to have some fun.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dog Gone Awesome

I really love these MFTS stamps and dies, they just have the cutest stamps. I think pretty much every die cut and stamp on here is from MFTS.

Tried to add some interest by using 2 different greens for the grass, popping some of it up and then finally adding tufts here and there.

This was a very stubborn card that would not smooth out after I water colored the background. Honestly I put this under something heavy then went out of town for almost a week, lets just say it's definitely flat now. I still have the pop effect from the foam tape but so glad that the warp was finally fixed.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Whole Lot of Pink

This card gave me free reign to make the entire card about as pink as a card can get. I am pretty sure this will be a card for my bff even though her birthday is won't be till next year. She loves pink and kitties so this will be one she'll love for sure. 

This was one of those cards that had to get flatten out even after I made the card.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Simply the Best

Here is another Father's Day card I made and actually decided to give it to my husband. I did a lot of water color backgrounds and then used those to make a bunch of cards. It does take some guess work out of deciding a background and are easy enough to do but the problem with watercolor panels is they tend to warp and I usually just set them under something heavy to flatten them out, but occasionally they give me trouble and won't flatten entirely, then I bring out the double stick tape and tape the entire panel down. That usually does the trick but sometimes that doesn't even work so then the whole card will go under something heavy and that usually works the kinks out. Fortunately this one cooperated and I opted to die cut it which really gave it a nice border of pp.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ham It Up

After completing the shirts for the boys I realized Father's Day was a whole lot closer than I realized. A bit of panicked set in because I really haven't given too much thought about it and knew I really needed some cards, especially something for my Father In Law.

I grabbed a bunch of stamps and plan to make several cards but the first one that struck me was the cute little piggies from MFTS, but the more I planned out this card I realized maybe its a little too cute for a Father's Day Card. I decided to only stamped the Ham It Up sentiment because I figured in a pinch it would be better than nothing and worse case I can use this card for almost any occasion so I felt good about finishing it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Jeep Shirts

Since I had broken out the sewing machine to make some zippered bags I figured it was high time I made the boys some new shirts. They are growing like crazy and have outgrown the last shirts I made. Plus if I wasn't careful they would grow too large and go up in a pattern size and its quite possible I wouldn't have enough fabric.

So it took a week of cutting, ironing, stitching, ripping out restitching and finally they were done.

I love this pattern it's so cute for boys.

I found a nice pattern to use in both shirts for the contrast collar and inside yoke. 

And the pocket matches almost perfectly.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sending Thanks times three

I seem to be into mass production lately, first it was the totes for the teachers, then it was the zipper bags for the aides and now it's Thank You cards for my friends.

We got together the other day for lunch to celebrate my birthday which is so sweet they still think of me even though I am not working with them any more (sigh miss the friends don't miss the work) so I wanted to send them a Thank You card.

For whatever reason I opted to watercolor and die cut some Amazing You flowers from Altenew and from there I liked the frame dies from Papertrey Ink so I mix and matched them a bit. Then I just needed to find some pp for it all to work with and viola a triple Thank You set.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Teacher Aides Gifts

So finally figured out what to make my daughter's teacher aides as gifts, these little zipper bags and I already had the perfect fabric, Dr. Seuss.

I only needed to pick up some zippers and something for the inside. I found this adorable red and white polka dot fabric and thought it would be perfect and little did I know till after I started sewing with it I realized it has some sort of water resistance to it, perfect!

Because I needed to make nine bags in all I just did a little assembly line which really works well until you make a mistake, then you make the same mistake nine times. Well frankly I actually made ten bags because you never know when another one will come in handy so that was ten mistakes and right off the bat too.

The first thing I did was sew the bags inside out thus by outside fabric was on the inside and vice versa. So my ten zippers all had to be ripped out..ugh. These were not off to a good start. Took me awhile but finally finished them and I think they look pretty darn cute.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Circle Stamp- Birthday card

I came across my Simon Says Stamp circle stamps and to be honest they were a bit difficult to use but sense I have acquired one of those stamp cling boards (no names mentioned) I figured it would be easy peasy to use it.

Thought the Papetrey Ink candles would look cute in the center and at first I was going to make 3 different patterned candles but what the heck don't you normally have the same type of candles just in different colors on your cake?

After getting the main part taken care of , I just needed to work in the rest of the details. Best thing about this card is that I can give it to pretty much anyone. Its nice to have spare cards laying around cause you never know when you'll forget someone and need something at the last minute.

Monday, May 22, 2017

End of the Year Teacher Gift

Well here we are almost at the end of May and the kids will soon be out of school. I teamed up with my dd to see what would make a good gift for the kids teachers and aides. I gasped when she told me 3 teachers and 9 aides, yikes.

I figured the teachers definitely should get the heart of the gift giving and the aides a smaller thank you gift. I looked around on pintrest and saw the usual stuff. I really wanted this to be something more special than the usual gift card, candy, etc type gifts. I really wanted them to have something they would use and enjoy . Then I spied a canvas bag that someone had used vinyl to apply an apple and the teachers name. Spring boarding off that I saw a engraved tag with a quote I really liked. Then not really wanting to do an apple but more heart related that made me do some image searching and finally after combining a bunch of ideas and then putting my twist on it I came up with these canvas bags.

I really love them, they are not ivory but rather a soft white. They are made really well, a nice stiff but flexible canvas, love that they have an inner pocket, a heft zip tab to zip the bag closed and not just handles to hand carry but also an adjustable handle to put over your shoulder, how clever is all that and there is a 3" box gusset at the bottom. They were about $10 ea, so the price was definitely worth it.

If you are interested in purchasing the bags I bought them here, Book Tote Bag

I am considering having the child who will be giving to their teacher leave his handprint on the inside pocket and then I can use vinyl for their names so it gives it even more of a personal touch.

If I have time I also want to make some cute zipper bags out of some type of school themed fabric.

Now I need to run to JoAnns because I need more vinyl to finish the other two bags, plus still not sure what the aides will be getting just yet.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trip down Memory Lane (Photo Heavy)

Looking back through my archives I was revisiting some of the cards from my past and thought they would be fun to share.

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

Greeting Farm


Well that's probably enough for now, I hope you enjoyed looking back at some of my cards from years past.