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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).

Friday, July 26, 2013

Showered with Love

Here is another card I created and finished last night.

Stamp used is called Lizzie Girl from Unity.  I colored in the image using Tim Holtz Distress Markers in watercolor style.  The raindrops are recycled from the punch-outs in the frame and covered in Waterfall Stickles.  The background stripes are embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folders.  Flowers are from Memory Box Petal Party, Flower Punches, and Martha Stewart punch branches.

Thank you for looking and have a great weekend.

With Sympathy


I can't believe how fast this week just FLEW by.  Last Friday I was informed that one of my 12-year-old's friends' mother was killed in a motorcycle accident a few days prior.  So I had to get on the ball and make a card.  The funeral was Monday.  It was a beautiful service...but very long.  I'd never been to a Catholic service before, so it was quite interesting.  I talked to him and told him if he ever needed anyone to talk to...he could give me a call.  I knew EXACTLY what he was going through.  I lost my mom when I was 14...5 days before I turned 15.  But he is doing well now and finding peace in his life.  But my heart still aches for him.

So here is my card:

The stamps used are from the February 2013 KOM.  Inside the card I used the "May the Memory of Your Mother" and then below that used "Surround Your Heart With Love and Bring You Strength"

Dies used are the Poppystamps Madison Park Bench, Memory Box Lavish Branch, Memory Box Fabulous Phlox, Poppystamps Nestled Bird, Impression Obsession Leafy Branch, Sizzix Branch, Flower Punches

Friday, July 19, 2013

Asian Friends

Asian Friends with Flair

Happy Friday! This weekend I get to dig through the garage and sort all my crafting items again that have been packed in boxes for over 4 years.  Most of it is going to get ready to be sold in a garage sale.  I just don't have room for all my stuff :(

Anyway...here is my card I made.


This was another challenge between me and my friend, Nicole.  The theme was Asian.  The set I used is Unity's Kokeshi Cuties.  The background was embossed with Cuttlebugs Asian embossing folder set.  The card was cut using Sizzix's Scallop Lace Circle Die.  And the images were colored in using water color paints.  The fan I used Shimmer Gel Pens.  I LOVE those pens.

Since Nicole is Vietnamese, I decided to do the card in yellow and red since that is the color of their flag.  I also placed a gold star on her clothing.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Flowers in a Frilly Vase

Ok...some of you might remember when I posted about my friend sending me ALL THOSE WONDERFUL GOODIES??  No reason...just wanted to send me some wonderful "toys".

Anyway...one of the items she sent me was the Spellbinders Filagree Vase.  She wanted to do a challenge using that die.  And here is my card...

 Stamp used is the Itty Bitty Charming Cone Flowers.  And don't forget...all the Itty Bitty's are on sale right now at 43% off.  I colored the flowers in with PrismaColor Colored Pencils.  The center flowers are embellished with Black Diamond Stickles.  Along with the flowers are cut pieces of the Leafy Branch by Impression Obsession and the Pine Branch Punch by Martha Stewart.  Little Dancing Butterflies by Memory Box flutter around the flowers while they are still nice and fresh in the vase tied with a cute gingham bow.  Finally...the corners of the card are punched using the Fiskars Sunflower Corner Punch/Embosser.  Thanks so much for looking. 

Below is another card I made using just dies.  I thought I would share it along with this card.  I really enjoyed making the card below.  It was a lot of detailed work...but it was fun :)

Sweetest Friend

Happy Friday!

Today I am posting two cards.  One of them I made isn't using any stamps but I wanted to share it along with my Unity card.

Here is my first card...

I always like to have cards for friends on hand...just in case.

Stamp used: Unity April 2013 KOM.

Dies:  Spellbinders (Frame), Sizzix (branch), Memory Box (Butterflies), Pearl Pen.

The next card is one that I made which was a challenge that a friend of mine and I made to each other.  The challenge was to color in a house.  So my igloo was colored in using Tim Holtz's distress markers (Broken China).  The trees were colored in using regular water color paint.  I'm going to send this card to my son since he loves penguins and pandas.  Right now, he's over near Iraq.  I just can't wait till he comes home.  I miss him so much.

The dies used were:  Penguins (Memory Box), Igloo (Savvy Dies), Trees and Icicles (Cottage Cutz), Embossing (Darice Embossing Folder)