Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunrise, Sunset...

Hello again!  My school year is almost over and normally I would be counting the seconds until summer vacation officially begins.  This year will be a little different since DD1 is graduating.  Not only am I neck deep in party planning and getting photos ready for the big day, but I'm also trying to finally move into my crafting room.  DH was able to put the new hardwood in this week and now I'm scrambling around trying to unpack boxes, move furniture, and put things in some sort of order.  The only upside of this is it keeps me from focusing on the fact that my first born is approaching a major milestone and won't be around nearly as much as she is now...  I recently finished her softball photo board and could not believe how hard it was to look at those first years of softball pictures!

I have also been busy making invitations and thank you cards for her party.  Since we needed quite a few of these, I kept the design super simple and easy to assembly line.

When we had senior night for softball, we made cupcakes and arranged them in the shape of a softball.  Since we wanted the girls to each have their name on a 'softball', I came up with a banner for each girl.  Using die cuts made this super easy to put together.  I glued the banners to a cake pop stick and they looked pretty cute flying over the cupcakey goodness.

I'm sorry to say that my pictures of the girls with their cakes didn't turn out too well.  It was a hot muggy day and by the time the game was over and the girls could pose with their cakes, the icing was a bit melty... They tasted wonderful though!

I am hoping that within the next month or so, things will be settled and I'll be able to actually create again.  Assembly line crafts are great in a pinch, but I am really in need of some serious creative therapy!  Wish me luck!

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you'll come back soon!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Inspiration and Scrapbooking

Hello and welcome back!  I am so happy to be back on my lil' ol' blog and posting again! I'm still sharing things that I made during the time I was sans computer, but hopefully we will be finishing my crafting room soon and I can get back to making lots of new creations!   

I'm currently working on graduation invitations for DD1. It's a little hard to believe that I used to share photos of her grade school valentines and now I'm finishing up graduation cards... sniff! sniff!
As soon as they are finished, I'll try to remember to share a pic with you!

Today, I'm sharing a couple of pages I've added to my inspiration/quotes journal and a couple of scrapbook pages.

This was made completely from scraps from a 'green' project
I made long ago.  I love all of the different layers on this!
You can see the original project here.

This page was an effort to finish off a packet of dsp
that I've had forever and only had scraps left.  It's 
all gone now!! One down, 5,000 to go... 

This page also uses the last of the scraps. Notice those
teeny tiny tags? Yep, I used every possible piece!! I 
think the embossing folder added a nice 'quilted' touch 
to the patchwork of scraps.

Another 'use it up' page! The green, lacy trim has been in my
stash for a long time and the background page has as well.
I had a lot of fun journaling around the swirling vines!

Thanks so much for visiting again and I hope you were inspired to use up some of your bits and pieces as well! Have a fantastic day!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Back in the saddle again!

Helloooooo... I'm hoping there's not too much of an echo in here and that some of my following peeps are still around! I have finally bought a new computer, mostly finished renovating our new to us house, and partially moved in (still no scrappy room...) and had a few minutes to post something on my blog again!

The cards were actually created a while back, but without a computer, they were never shared on my blog.  Nothing too fancy and for the most part they were made with scraps of paper that I felt the need to use up!

I love how the petite blue flowers on the umbrella and 
the blue cloud tie together to make a not so cloudy and gray card.

This one is a bit unusual for me-a card full of sticker embellishments!
My mom loves peacocks and the girls thought these stickers were
perfect for her birthday card. I have to admit, the 3D feathers are
very pretty!

Well, this is all for now. I hope you will get a little inspiration from my cards and I promise not to wait so long before I post again! Have a great day and happy crafting!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Sorta kinda crafty

Hello and happy new year! We started 2017 continuing to remodel our new home.  There have been some unexpected issues like broken plumbing, but for the most part, it's just been  a lot of removal,  painting,  and elbow grease.
I have been so busy that I still haven't bought a new laptop,  which is killing me... However,  I am taking the time to post from my phone to share some pictures of a work in progress. Here's a sneak peek at my future craft room.

Original- not a great shot of the room,  but you can see the 80's era carpeting and the beige-ish wall.

Bye bye carpet...

Hello, new wall color! It is now Sweet As Honey! The paper is covering the wall cabinets that were already installed. Hopefully,  I will be sharing completed room photos soon.  Until then, wish me luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Hello! Depending on your age and music exposure, you could have a song by  Adele, Lionel Richie, The Cars, or Pink Floyd running through your head! Personally, I heard a hollow echo from my much neglected blog!

So many things happening; so  little blogging. I am still sans computer and it is killing me that I have a ton of photos and nowhere to place them... That is my primary excuse for not posting.  A second and much more exciting one is that we will be closing on a new to us home very soon. We had originally planned to build on our land in the country, but  came across a deal that was too good to pass and on our first viewing it just felt like home. So now we will be remodeling and moving for the next two months. I am also super excited that I will finally have my very own craft room!!!!!

I am going to try to make a few crafty posts from my phone before things get completely crazy.  I also hope to visit some blogs soon (fingers crossed that my new computer will be arriving soon. Until then, I hope you will bear with me!

Wishing everyone happy days!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Murphy's Law

Hello! Just in case you've been wondering, I am still here! I spent some time doing several uninteresting, yet important things around the house, and finally got a chance to get back in my crafty space. I've been working on my #1DD's scrapbooks and refilling my card stash, and it has been so wonderful to be creative again. I have all kinds of photos of my projects and was all ready to start blogging again. I turned on my laptop and everything lit up like it always does with one monitor.  So now I am without a way to properly post. Hopefully, I will be able to get it fixed! I used my phone for this post and it's not the best!

I did manage to get a photo uploaded (sorry for the shoddy pic) and thought I'd share it while I filled you in on the status of my blog.  This is one of my 'clean up' cards. I used bits and pieces of things I had in bags and boxes.

I don't have any steps to explain since it literally took minutes to put this together. I hope I will be back to proper blogging soon, and thanks for your patience!! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Live Simply

Hello! I am finally making a little time to update my blog today.  We are on break from school and I had hoped that I would have all kinds of crafty time this week, but other things took priority and left me with barely enough time to post!

I do have a card to share though!  A few weeks ago some young ladies from our church, my daughters, and I went to a youth retreat.  It was a wonderful time for me to get away from the busyness that normally takes over my days.  I always enjoy this retreat because I get to know the kids from our church and other churches  a little better and they never cease to amaze me with how wonderful they are.  This year, I made notecards before, and took some quiet time at the retreat to write a special note to each of the girls.  I think they were all appreciative and surprised to receive them.  Even my girls were excited about the cards!

I don't usually use the bigger pattern side of the pattern paper (love those smaller designs), but the large pretty designs are starting to grow on me.  They make it really easy to put a card together- fancy paper, framed sentiment, pearl dots, a little ribbon and a bow!  

I pulled out my buttercup liquid pearls and made lots of little dots to add a little pizzazz to the scallops.  I'm not sure when I used this last, but it wasn't the least little bit dried up! SCORE!

Well, tomorrow will be another busy day for me.  We are doing a massive clean out of our home in the hopes of preparing for a new home!  My kids cleaned out their room today and there is an enormous mountain of laundry now... This doesn't include the giant bag of trash they hauled out or the boxes of things to be donated...  It will get better, right??

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of the week.  Happy Easter to my fellow Christians and the secular celebraters out there!!

Card Recipe: Paper-daffodil delight, whisper white, rich razzleberry, Floral District dsp, Stamp Set-Trust God, Ink-Baja breeze, Accessories-Baja breeze seam binding, buttercup liquid pearls, oval framelits, scallop oval die

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Not crafty but creatively busy

Hi!  I'm sorry to say I don't have anything paper crafty to share today, but I did want to pop in and say that while I might not be on here as much for the next few months, I do love my followers and blog friends!!  I promise to be back in full swing by the end of May.

Between Solo and Ensemble state contests, Circle the State performances, Wizard of Oz musical performances, softball, tennis, and everyday activities, our life has been busy, to say the least!  I haven't even thought about making anything in over a week... well... I've thought about making lots of things, just don't have the time to make it a reality!  Things are going really well for us, though and I'm focusing on grabbing my happiness as it comes, no matter what form it takes.  I hope you will bear with me and my lack of posting for a few months.  I may even surprise myself and squeeze some creative time into my schedule!  If that happens, I promise to share!!

I will leave you with a photo of my fantastic DD in her role as a talking apple tree.  She took great joy in using her softball skills as she pelted apples at Dorothy and the scarecrow!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Is it spring yet?

Hi!  I don't know about you, but every year about this time I start wishing for spring.  Not the occasional sunny cool day, but REAL spring where I can put my winter coat away for long term storage!  It doesn't help that our winter weather started later than normal and seems intent on hanging around a bit more... So I decided that if I couldn't see spring flowers outdoors, I would make them indoors.

I made both of these on a chilly, wintry, snow day and I have to admit that it did make me feel a bit warmer!  Circle of Spring was one of those stamp sets that I couldn't wait to order, so I hate to admit that this is the first time I've actually used the wreath and bow images.  I also pulled out some really retired dsp called Tea Party.  As a matter of fact, I had to dig in my retired supplies to find the markers and base paper to match it!

I used patterned paper to make the brick wall.  I wanted to use something other than plain cardstock, and I think the subtle floral pattern made an interesting background.  The jury is still out on the polka dots...  

I hope that no matter what the weather (or season) you are having, you will be inspired to create something that makes you feel better too!  Have a wonderful week!

Card Recipe: Paper-Tea Party dsp (ret), pretty in pink (ret), whisper white, Stamp Set- Circle of Spring, Ink-memento tuxedo black, smoky slate, pretty in pink, certainly celery, almost amethyst, Accessories-brick wall embossing folder, wonderful wreath framelits, small scallop circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sending out Valentines

Hello! As many already know, I was just a little behind at Christmas time and didn't get many cards made, and had to resort to (gasp!) store bought cards.  While I'm not going to beat myself up over this, I did want to send out some sort of handmade cards to a few people who always enjoy receiving them from me.  Valentines seemed to be the perfect solution and who wouldn't like to get a sweet card in the mail just like you did when you were a kid?  I only made three different kinds of cards and most of them were like the first one shown.  

There is something so cozy and sweet about a card that mimics a quilt. I thought the papers from Love Blossoms dsp worked so well for this and my trusty square lattice embossing folder makes a great 'quilted' design.  We will not discuss how many little squares I cut or how long it took me to fiddle with the patterns until I got them where I wanted them...

This one was a special card made for my best friend's son, who is crazy about both of my girls.  This was especially for him from them.  We thought he would love the monsters and the manly colors on this one! And who doesn't love wiggle eyes???

I made a couple of this design using the super pretty blushing bride glimmer paper.  It is a very basic design, but the glittery hearts really dressed it up!

I hope you enjoyed my Valentines and I would like to suggest that you make a few special cards to brighten up someone's day.  It is a little gesture that can have a tremendous impact.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Card Recipes: Paper-Love Blossoms dsp stack, garden green, whisper white, crumb cake, rose red, blushing bride, blushing bride glimmer paper, Stamp Sets-Teeny Tiny Wishes, Make a Monster (ret), Gift Givers (ret), Ink-rose red, blushing bride, memento tuxedo black, Accessories-square lattice embossing folder, small scallop circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch, speech bubble punch, large heart punch, various wiggle eyes