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I am a stay-at-home mom. I have been married to my handsome and wonderful husband for over 14 years. Right now he's battling stomach/esophagus cancer. So I do my best to craft when I can. I have two wonderful boys. My oldest, Garett, is 24 and served 5 years in the Navy. He's been home since the beginning of the year (2014). We are very proud of him. My youngest, "DJ", is 13 and in the 8th grade. I have two Border Collie mix dogs (Koda and Rugu), one Calico cat (Hydie), one orange Tabby cat (Bosley), one Tea Cup Chihuahua (Gigi...I LOVE her sooo much), a Chiweinnie (Lily....sweetest dog ever), and a Jack Russell/Chihuahua (Connor....AAALL boy).

Saturday, August 1, 2015

National Coloring Day with Adornit

Howdy everyone.  Thanks for checking out my projects.  I'm going to make my introduction quick and simple.

My first card I made using Adornit's Art Play.  I watercolored the image and added sequins in the tree for some extra bling.

My second project I made is one of Adornit's Art Play 8x10 images to color.  I watercolored this a few months back for a friend of mine.  I needed the perfect frame for it so I went thrift store shopping, and I found it.  The perfect wood frame. I included a close up of part of it to show some of the elements I added to give it some "pop".  Liquid pearls in the "keep" and the center of the sunflower along with some gold Flower Soft in the center of the sunflower too.  I forgot to put a butterfly on this before I took the pic but there is a dimensional butterfly on it  too.

This card I made using Unity's stamp set "Naturally You".  And the "thanks" came from "Total Cuteness".  This was watercolored as well.  I love watercoloring because you have a lot of control of your blending of colors and fading. It's hard to tell but the green paper behind the image is actually glitter paper.  I couldn't get it to catch the sun.  Thanks again for stopping by.  Be sure to leave me some comments.  I really love reading them. :)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mountain Plains Crafters Summer Challenge with May Arts

Mountain Plains Crafters Summer Challenge with May Arts

Hey everyone....thanks for stopping by and checking out my projects I did using May Arts ribbon.  I have to say that May Arts Ribbon is the BEST ribbon ever.  Bright colors, awesome designs, beautiful lace, textures, flowers, etc.  Anything you want, they have.

But anyway...here are my cards I created...

This first one is a Birthday card for my stepmom.  Her birthday is July 1st...so close to Independence Day...so I kinda combined the two.  I used Graphic 45 paper from their French Country collection.  The Sunflowers are from Martha Stewart, the doily I bought off a facebook crafting site, the brad in the center is from Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep), and the stamp sentiment is from Penny Black.

All the ribbon (plaid hearts, blue satin, white flowers, green leafy, and red/blue and white stripe) is from May Arts.  I did have to cut the striped ribbon just a bit and I used some FabriTac glue on the edges to stop it from fraying.  Then I notched them out to create flags/banners.

This second card is a belated Father's Day card for my Father-in-law.  We ended up going to see him and I never made a card...and even though I knew he loved Lighthouses...he expressed it over and over that day, so I HAD to make him a card.

Starting off with using Graphic 45 paper from the same line.  The nautical ribbon and twine is from May Arts.  The anchor button is from October Afternoon.  The "keep life simple" embellie is from Memory Makers.  The stamped sentiment is from Unity's Itty Bitty Fathers Day set. The star and metal button, I don't remember where I got those but the fabric tag I believe one of my Design Team Members sent it to me :)

So that's it.  I hope you enjoyed my cards and it helped inspire you in some sort of way.  I would love it if you would leave a comment :)  Thank you so much and have a great rest of your June and AWESOME July.

For all the details on entering...visit our main page at Mountain Plains Crafters

Friday, May 15, 2015

Younger peeps wanting out

Here is another little card I made for my Aunt that requires frequents laughs.  Our family is down to only 4 people and she loves it when I call and make her laugh.  I guess I remind her of my mom.  My mom was always good at making her laugh.

This stamp set is gossip, hot-flashes, & crazy.  Such a great whimsy set that is retro as well.  I love the quirky sentiments.

Again, thank you for stopping by and visiting me.  Have a GREAT weekend.

Garden Tag

Happy Friday, everyone.  Today was a nice cool day...but I sure had a hard time staying awake.  Not sure why.

Anyway...here is a card I made using the garden (what-not} stamp set.  I just LOOOOVE this set.  I'm working on another card using a different tag from this set.

The dies I used were Spellbinders Majestic Labels Eight, Cottage Cutz Ivy, Die-Namics Roses, Impression Obsession Butterflies, Memory Box Tiny Village.

I inked the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Walnut Ink.

Thank you for stopping by and having a look.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Creating with Paper Pags at MPC

Wanna win a prize sponsored by Lawn Fawn, you get to choose a stamp set of your choice!  How "deer" is that?  Get it?  Deer?  Fawn?! Yeah, ok...I'm tired LOL!  So what do you have to do to get such a great prize?  First, make sure you "like" us on our Facebook page, then head over to Lawn Fawn on Facebook and tell them MPC sent you.  You don't have to, but they love to hear from you :)

Be sure and comment on one or all of our trivia questions throughout the weekend.  Only ONE comment per question, please. Each question you answer, earns you an entry!  Our design team has chosen the theme, "Creating with Paper Bags".  Yes, we're doing a little upcycling and making fun things with paper bags.  Be sure and visit their blogs and show a little love <3.
 Check in throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, answer the questions and we'll announce a winner on Monday.  The contest ends Sunday, May 3rd at midnight ET.   OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL

When I first learned about albums being made from paper bags, I admit, I was intrigued and of course, intimidated.  I love challenging projects but usually don't commit to lengthy ones.  But once I have everything planned out with papers, cardstock, embellishments, and theme...everything else after that seems to fall right into place.  But the best gratification of it all comes from two things:  taking paper bags that would have been bought as lunch bags and eventually thrown away and turning it into an album to cherish forever...AND, seeing the expressions on the recipients face when they page through it.  Or just hearing how they love it if I can't be there in person.  The following album was made for my nephew.  I used chipboard for the cover to give the album more of a rigid cover and something that will be durable throughout the years.

 Everything from the paper bag is used.  Even the bottom flaps of the bags become a page.

 The next group of photos are the "tags" or inserts that go inside the paper bags which open along the outer edges of the album.  These can be used for adding more photos, memorabilia, journaling, or whatever.

Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed my album.  Have a great weekend, Happy Scrapbooking, and good luck in the contest.  #nsd2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Appreciation Creation

We're having a challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters today, which is to create a Spring Floral card in Appreciation of someone and put it in the mail to that special someone this week!  Plus, an MPC fan will win a nifty little prize offered up by our co-founder Pam Stang, so check our FB link above or visit our blog below for details.  You have until Thursday, Apr. 24th at noon EST to link an Appreciation creation to our FB page to qualify for the prize winnings.

I love Spring for the pretty flowers and the nice weather.  I don't like Spring because it's telling me that summer is on the way and I HATE the heat...so I enjoy every moment of the cool springtime weather that I can.  And while I enjoy the weather, I enjoy making cards for people who I love and appreciate the most.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Unity Stamp Co. and FWF

Happy Friday Everyone.....

Are you an owl fan?  Have you been watching any of the streaming live videos of owls growing up?  I've been watching the OKC OwlCam for quite some time and just absolutely love it.  And the little owlets are adorable.  So to thank their hosts for allowing them to video stream them, I'm going to send them this Easter card.  You gotta check them out though.  The female owl has made her nest in planter boxes on their window balcony.  The owlets are getting ready to fledge but they are hilarious to watch.

Anyway...here is my easel card:
The stamp set I used for the mom and dad owls was Total Cuteness and the sentiment is Everything Easter.

The little owls I had tucked away in a drawer so I'm not sure where these diecuts are from...but I used foam behind them to allow them to pop up.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please leave me some love, if you will?  Thanks so much.  Have a GREAT WEEK.