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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).

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The FIRST OFFICIAL Unity Stamp Company Facebook PROJECT contest


Started out as this:

This Christmas box was repurposed using The Laughing Cow cheese wedge box. This festive box will hold a set of Christmas Tags.

Items used:

*Stamps: Unity Stamp Company - Welcome Winter
*Sizzix Textured Impressions embossing folder - Christmas set
*Inks: Red Pigment ink, green marker, brown marker

~Clear acetate from empty packaging
~White cardstock
~Handmade glitter paper (green)
~Brown textured paper
~Red pearl paper
~White pearl paper
~Gold star
~Jute twine
~Red velvet ribbon
~Gold ribbon

Thank you for looking. I hope you are inspired by this project. Oh...and comments are appreciated :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Holidays Are Better

This is a card that I made using Unity stamps.  I really love their stamps.

I was trying to get this card finished in time for the November Sketch Challenge, but I didn't make it in time. So I thought I would go ahead and post it for the December KOM Sketch Challenge since it still falls into the sketch design.

The stamps used were all from the November KOM.

First I stamped a tag (from Tim Holtz Sizzix die cut) using the snowflake background stamp and embossed it with gold.

On white cardstock I stamped the two cardinals image and then colored the cardinals using Sakura Gelly Roll Starlight pens (Red). The holly berries I used red glitter glue. Then I cut everything out. 

I applied them to the bookplate I cut out on the same die cut that the tag was on. I put vellum paper behind the bookplate and applied the cardinals and holly.  I also used the branches punch from Martha Stewart. I stamped the sentiments on light tan paper and wrote over the words with the same Gelly Roll pen.  I used wavy decorative scissors to cut it out...then I inked the edges with liquid chalk stamp in Warm Red. 

The velvet ribbon trim was cut out using Sizzix Ribbon Trim die cut.

Other items used was a velvet poinsettia flower with a christmas brad for the center, a bracket cut out, and gifts cut out from patterned paper.

I hope you like my project.  I will be posting more Christmas cards all throughout December. Thank you for looking.  Comments are appreciated :)

Friday, November 25, 2011

November Kit-Of the-Month Sketch Challenge!

November Kit-Of the-Month Sketch Challenge!

This card was created using the Sizzix Tim Holtz tag and bookplate die cut. I embossed the tag using the Sizzix Texture Impression: Christmas set. The hot cocoa and sentiment stamps were from the Unity Stamp Company Nov '11 KOM and the Oct '10 KOM. The snowflakes were punched out with Martha Stewart and Marvy punches. The twine came from none other than The Twinery.

Friday, October 7, 2011


First...I thought I had saved my notice of who the winner was for the GROWING IN UNITY drawing and it was supposed to have posted later in the day but apparently it didn't happen. So I'm sorry about that. When I picked the winner I notified her by her email and let her know. But the winner was Neciebear. Thank you everyone for such sweet comments on all my projects and I hope I was able to inspire you to create something new and/or different.

Since this challenge, I am happy to announce that I have obtained a HUGE collection of Unity Stamps. They have become my favorite brand of stamps. :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

My Growing In Unity Projects Day 5 (Leave comment for a free stamp kit*)

Now THIS project was fun to do.  I stamped the heart images on to Shrinky Dink frosted plastic and colored in the areas I wanted color. I used colored pencils and Sakura Gelly Roll pens...including the Stardust pens to add glitter. Then I cut them out as close as I could, punched a hole, and then used my heat gun to shrink them.  I added jump rings, fish-hook earring posts, and VOILA! Cute earrings!

*During my week of Growing With Unity, I have been presenting a project each day for the last 5 days (August 8th thru the 12th). Today is the last day, so make sure you leave one comment after each project (and follow my blog so you can come back each day) because The Unity Stamp Company has graciously allowed ONE winner from all my posts to win a Unity Kit. So make sure you come back each day to check out my projects and leave a comment.  Good luck and ENJOY!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

My Growing In Unity Projects Day 4 (Leave comment for a free stamp kit*)

This project was fun.  I made a cute Summer Beach Theme tag. Thinking of friends or loved ones while you are sitting on a tropical beach...wishing they were or could be there with you. The phrases that come with these kits are great for almost any occasion. 

*During my week of Growing With Unity, I will be presenting a project each day for the next 2 days (August 8th thru the 12th).  Make sure you leave one comment after each project (and follow my blog so you can come back each day) because The Unity Stamp Company has graciously allowed ONE winner from all my posts to win a Unity Kit. So make sure you come back each day to check out my projects and leave a comment.  Good luck and ENJOY!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Growing In Unity Projects Day 3 (Leave comment for a free stamp kit*)

This project was made using handmade paper in the background to make it appear more softer and organic. Especially by tearing the edges. I punched out some mini flowers and attached them to wire "stems". Wrapped them up in mulberry paper and added some fern cut-outs.  Tied a bow to the front and placed it over the music.

*During my week of Growing With Unity, I will be presenting a project each day for the next 3 days (August 8th thru the 12th).  Make sure you leave one comment after each project (and follow my blog so you can come back each day) because The Unity Stamp Company has graciously allowed ONE winner from all my posts to win a Unity Kit. So make sure you come back each day to check out my projects and leave a comment.  Good luck and ENJOY!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My Growing In Unity Projects Day 2 (Leave comment for a free stamp kit*)

This card was actually made in support of George and Cindy Anthony in the Casey Anthony trial. It was made and sent BEFORE Cindy got up on the stand and started lying.  Part of the design of my card is not my idea...but I changed it up a bit and added my own things to make it my own.  Hope you like it.

*During my week of Growing With Unity, I will be presenting a project each day for the next 4 days (August 8th thru the 12th).  Make sure you leave one comment after each project (and follow my blog so you can come back each day) because The Unity Stamp Company has graciously allowed ONE winner from all my posts to win a Unity Kit. So make sure you come back each day to check out my projects and leave a comment.  Good luck and ENJOY!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Growing In Unity Projects Day 1 (Leave comment for a free stamp kit*)

Pretty much that's what I'm doing.  I am growing up in the Unity Stamp Company. I pretty much just discovered this company and I only own one kit.  But I LOVE it and I look forward to buying more in the future. So I will be presenting projects made from the "Music of my Heart" kit. The method I used for this card is "masking".  I love this method because it actually looks like the card is layered, when it actually is not.  I hope you like this card :)

*During my week of Growing With Unity, I will be presenting a project each day for the next 5 days (August 8th thru the 12th).  Make sure you leave one comment after each project (and follow my blog so you can come back each day) because The Unity Stamp Company has graciously allowed ONE winner from all my posts to win a Unity Kit. So make sure you come back each day to check out my projects and leave a comment.  Good luck and ENJOY!

Monday, July 11, 2011


Ever since the verdict was read, I have had a very hard time dealing with how a jury could be so senseless in their decision to let a murderer go.  I'm hoping that this petition that was started 4 days ago will generate enough signatures to get Casey Anthony back into a FEDERAL court and have her tried CORRECTLY.
While Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child, by the State of Florida, it is our belief that Casey Anthony should be found guilty of homicide and a variety of other Federal crimes, in a US Federal Court, under the Dual Sovereignty Doctrine. Please sign this petition if you would like the FBI to provide the US Attorney's Office with the evidence surrounding the Casey Anthony case. This petition will be forwarded to the US Attorney's Office at the Middle District of Florida, upon receiving an adequate number of electronic signatures of this petition. We will also be providing the US Attorney's Office at the Middle District of Florida with a completed copy of their Citizen Complaint Intake Form, so that they may forward this petition, along with their Citizen Complaint Intake Form to the FBI. This will, hopefully, play a role in having the FBI forward their evidence, surrounding the Casey Anthony case, to the US Attorney's Office at the Middle District of Florida. Please sign this petition today to help get justice for Caylee Marie Anthony in US Federal court.  Also, please share this with everyone you know!
Just one example, where it appears that Casey Anthony is committing a Federal crime, can be viewed in the following  video, where she lies to FBI agent, Nick Savage.  Beginning at 5 minutes and 25 seconds into this video, Casey Anthony begins to speak about how her goal is to find Caylee and how she believes her daughter is still alive: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WAKNI4b6x8 .  According to Casey Anthony's own defense, she already knew that her daughter was deceased by this point.
The above video does not show any of the lies that she was already convicted for, on the state level.
Please Share this petition on Facebook, Twitter, and with your email contacts.  Also, if you have an extra couple of minutes, you can also go to Facebook and conduct a search for Facebook pages that are related to this topic.  On most of those pages, you can "Like" the page and then you'll be able to post a link to this petition there.  Thank you to everyone who helps share this petition!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

XBox LIve is on a BANNING spree because of a hacker!

I must post this as I am extremely frustrated and PISSED off because XBOX permanently suspended my sons account because of a hacker.  My son was playing a War game and was invited into a room to play.  He noticed something really strange about the match that he was playing in.  When it was over, he left. Then when he logged back in to his game he was given a message that his account was PERMANENTLY SUSPENDED.  I called xbox to try and get this resolved and was told to go to the Forums and make the complaint there.  So I did.  The next morning there was a response telling me that my son was spreading malicious threats and viruses in his game. I tried to explain to them that he did not intentionally do anything wrong that he was invited into a game lobby to play.  The refused to reinstate the account and strongly encouraged me "not to post any more OR ELSE".

I checked on Google to see if there was anything about xbox banning people and apparently on the website for the game that my son was playing says:

"It seems that Microsoft is on a banning spree. It's being reported that Microsoft has banned up to one million players from Xbox Live, because they have been playing on modded Xbox 360 consoles."

My sons console is NOT modded and has NEVER even been opened.  For those 1 million people that were banned because of a hacker were not even given a refund.  And most everyone are Gold Members because instead of paying $9.99 per month, they only have to pay $59.99 per year. So now microsoft has aquired $60 million dollars of FREE money.  Granted, some of these people that were banned DID deserve to be banned...but when I looked on their forums...dozens and dozens and dozens of people were complaining of the SAME THING I did.

This is totally not fair and if anyone else has been going through the same thing...I would appreciate ANY feedback or advice.  It's not like I can shell out another $60 so my son can play.  I pretty much call this ROBBERY!!

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Happy Spring everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you are here from Erika's then you are on the right track.

The project that I created is a cute little picture/scrapbook album that will fit just right in an Easter basket!  And it's perfect for ANY age.

Now...I had an album all finished and each page was completely decorated and ready for photos to be added...but I cannot find it ANYWHERE and it's really frustrating me. So I quickly whipped up another one to use until I can find my original one.

Supplies used and basic instructions: The album cover and pages are from the original Sizzix. The album cover is from a thick chipboard.  The pages I used regular white cardstock.  I lightly inked the edges. Next I cut out the daisy flowers with my Sizzix Sizzlits. I also used the original Sizzix hinges die cut.  The album cover die places and score line towards the edge of the album, so what I did was cut down the line and then placed the hinges there so that the album can open better and flat (I won't be showing the pages from THIS album...lol...because they are blank, but hopefully I will find my original one). Next I placed a "best friends" sticker on plain cardstock, cut it out, then placed it on a vellum tag with foam tape to raise it up a little. I layered the flowers and I even used the negative of one of the flowers and cut really close. The flowers didn't have anything in the center so I used a couple of rhinestones for the centers. Then I adhered the flowers to the book. You can bind the album with ribbon, binding rings, brads, or even screw posts. The possibilities are endless and left only to the limits of your imagination.  Another great idea is to insert a lot of pages to be used as a sketch album, autograph book, or even recipes.

I have some blog candy for one lucky winner but it's going to be a surprise...but I'm sure you will really like it...
at least I hope you will :)

To win...you must first follow my blog.  Then leave me a comment and a way to contact you.

Since I'm the last one on the blog list....YOU'RE DONE!  I hope you had fun and got some great ideas.

But here is the list in case you got lost or jumped into the hop starting from me.  If that's the case, you will want to start at Joy's Blog which you will find at the top of the list.  Thanks again for looking and have a great day/weekend!

Sheryl - http://igottacraft.blogspot.com/  <~You Are Here

Monday, March 21, 2011

**WINNER** of the Bunny Hop Blog Hop **WINNER**

First of all...I wanted to express my sincere thanks to EVERYONE that came by to see my project...AND for all the wonderful comments left.  I read every single one of them :)

I had a lot of fun creating this tag and I had a lot of fun visiting other crafty blogs! Everyone did such a great job creating such cute Easter/Spring items.

Now...for the winner!  And the winner of my drawing for Blog Candy is (envelope please.......) #21...Suzy! Suzy said..."I'm loving the bunny projects!! What a fun hop. Thanks for the chance to win :)"

Congratulations Suzy! Speech!  Speech!!! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Bunny Hop blog hop!!

To start at the beginning...click HERE

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.  If you are here from Kimberly's Blog Site then you are on the right track.

My project that I created is a tag that you can attach to an Easter basket or gift...or wherever you think would need that PERFECT touch!

Supplies used and basic instructions: Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplates Die from Sizzix to cut out the tag, then I covered the tag with the print paper from Wilton (see picture below of paper). I sanded the edges and lightly sanded the center. Next I cut out a tag using the Cricut Tags, Bags, Boxes & More. I used my Gypsy to make the tag the right size to fit the stamp phrase. Then I used Cricut Simply Charmed for the chicks. I designed the chicks on my Gypsy so that they were 2 inches tall. I stamped my phrase on the tag using Joy's Life stamps (see picture below with a link to Joy's site). In the holes of the tag, I placed two flower brads. I cut out the "chick" letters from a sticker set and adhered them to chipboard and cut them out. I used foam tape to give the letters a lift. I assembled the chicks and adhered them in place with foam tape. One of the felt flowers didn't have anything in the center so I used a Twinkle Jewel for the center (see picture below for a link to web site). Then I adhered the flowers to the tag. I cut the bakers twine (that I got from The Twineryall the same size and threaded it through the hole of the tag. Before I tightened it up, I threaded bunched up tulle (lavender and yellow) through the twine.  I added a little scrap flower as a charm.

Crafter's Square
Flower & Lace Trim
from Dollar Tree
Wiltons Memories
of the Heart
Scrapbook Paper
Stamps used are
from Joys Life.
She has several styles.
The one I used is
 Yummy Pun Stamps
I used a Twinkle Jewel

And that's how my tag was made :)  Thank you for stopping by.  But before you leave, I have a nice little giveaway (!!!!!BLOG CANDY!!!!!).  To be eligible, you must first follow my blog and then leave me a message with a way to contact you.  I will announce the winner on Monday afternoonish.  The winner will receive everything that is in the pictures below, including the items needed to make the same tag (minus the word "Chick" because I don't have any of those stickers and different brads)!!
Die Cuts With A View Metallic Accents, 
Tag set, Brass tag lines from
Karen Foster - Summer theme

This is the tag set opened. You get
6 yards of bakers twine (total)!!! YAY!

After that, you will want to hop on over to 
Deborah's Blog.  Have fun and have a great weekend!!

Here is the list in case you get lost:
Michelle  - http://queenofmycraftroom.blogspot.com/
Susan - 
Carol - 
Mary - http://cardztv.blogspot.com/

Kimberly - http://hellocutiecrafts.blogspot.com/
Sheryl - 
http://igottacraft.blogspot.com/<--YOU ARE HERE
Deborah - 
http://www.scrappingmamma.net/<--Go here Next
Bonnie - 
Dianne - 
Cheryl - 

Lisa - http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/
Misty - http://abusyplace.blogspot.com/
Debbie - 
Linda - http://lindascreativity.blogspot.com

Patti - http://www.pattilynncreations.blogspot.com/
Nicolette - http://beyondscrapin.blogpot.com/
Martha -  http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Some Altered Items

 This was a NicoDerm Box. It had a front flap that was perfect as a "card" ON the gift box. (5 years smoke free...by the way :)

Some Quilled Creations

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Album bound with Cinch

The cover was made with the chipboard that was supplied with the Cinch machine.  I painted some wood letters to kinda match the blue in the paper.  The paper was part of a set that I got from The Dollar Tree. I glued the giraffe section of the paper to chipboard then cut out the giraffe.  The frame I purchased from The Dollar Tree as well.  They came in a package 6...PERFECT for scrapbooking, card making, albums, etc.  The edges of the album, I punched a hole matched up to a "tag brad" from Art Accentz Bradletz. 
  The inside cover was paper used from the same set as the giraffe.  I used the Martha Stewart Corner Punch to accent the corners for a cleaner look.

The animals and balloons were cut from Sizzix Sizzlits.  The scalloped edges of the pages were cut from Sizzix Decorative Strip Ribbons.


Embossing Folder used was Sizzix Textured Impressions Hello Kitty Spring set.  The phrase was from the Sizzix Textured Impressions Baby set. I used Offray sheer polka dot ribbon, buttons to match the theme, and I think the diaper pin accents are from Stand-Outs...but I'm not sure.


The paper and the accents are from a Boys set from All My Memories, Studio Collection Boys Theme.


The Underwater page is made from DCWV All About Boys set. The sun, some rocks, and seaweed was cut from Sizzix Sizzlits.

The duck was cut from Sizzix Big Shot, the bathtub from Sizzix Originals, the "splish splash", shampoo, and toy boat was cut from Cricut Cartridges.  For the towel, I just cut a piece from a scrap towel that I have.  The embossed paper was from Sizzix Textured Impression Winter set.


These pages were fun to make!  I used plain brown paper for the background.  The small animals were cut out with the Sizzix Sizzlits Stuffed Animals set. The big teddy bear was cut out using Sizzix Originals. I applied flocking to the teddy bear to give him a fuzzy feeling. I also tied a thin ribbon around his neck.  The cork stickers are the baby collection from Karen Foster. 


The cowboy page was created using DCWV All About Boys for the background paper.  The accents used were Sizzix Sizzlits Cowboy set.  For the race car page I used Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative strip City Scape and the race car set.  I made my own street with black paper and cut strips of yellow paper.   


AND finally...the last page was pretty fun to do.  Since this was a prehistoric theme....I had to do most of the page "prehistorically".  The mountains, palm trees, and rocks were created by tearing the papers and crinkling some up.  The ground (or gravel) was made from the residuals of a border punch that I used once. And lastly...the dinosaurs and sun were cut from the Sizzix Sizzlits.  

This entire album was made from using mostly Sizzix for a few reason:
1. Because I needed more desk space, so I had to move my Cricut machine.
2. Because I have more of a variety of "boy" things with my Sizzix than I do with my Cricut.
3. Because I haven't used my Sizzix in so long...it was time to show them I still love them and always will.

Now...for the album basics....

I measured the Album front and back cover to be 5 3/4 x 8 1/2. I used the sturdy chipboard that came with my Cinch Binding machine.  The pages I cut just a little smaller than the cover.  I set my Cinch according to the directions and cut and bounded the album.

*NOTE:  When creating individual pages, make sure you leave enough space on the end of your project for binding.  Thank you for looking :)