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Friday, December 18, 2009

Lifesaver Plant

Today I thought I'd share a unique plant I have called a Lifesaver Plant. Can you see why it's called that? Pretty cool huh?
This is about all that I'll write for now. I had surgery on my hand yesterday and now have a cast on it. Typing with only my left hand is a bit difficult.
chat later,

Friday, November 20, 2009


Gorgeous is the best word to describe this paper from graphic 45. Wholly smokes it is so beautiful. I had a hard time giving it a cut. The paper is from their Renaissance Faire Collection and I wish I could remember what company the purse is from. First I made a template to make sure I cut in the right places so the girls faces wouldn't be cut in half. As you can see, I was able to get the two larger images onto the front and the back of the purse.

I added some delicious Prima flowers centered by some cute buttons that I had picked up at JoAnn's. If you don't have a button shank remover, you don't know what you are missing!

I used some left over paper and more girls from the 'one' sheet of paper to cover the inside. I added plenty of ribbon and lace and now don't know if I want to part with this beauty. I had planned on bringing it to my next craft fair to sell, now I just may keep it.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Christmas Cards In the Pink, and Blue too

Today's card was created for the Pals Paper Arts In the Pink Challenge PPA14 to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Karol Harris, and her loving daughter (and PPA Design Team member), Kris Kilcoyne.

I'm also dedicating my post to my very dear friend, Betty, who is also fighting this battle. I have no doubt that she will win. She is one strong cookie!

The only requirement for this challenge was to use pink, so I made my first pink Christmas Card. I must confess, I did case someone out there in web land for the above card as well as the one below.

But I do hope that I've added some of my own touches to the cards so I can call them my own. I think it was achieved because my silver stickles just happen to be not put away and it was screaming at me to use it. Hence, the silver glitter on both cards that show much brighter in person, of course.
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Saturday, October 31, 2009


Isn't it amazing what you can do with a few letters, some paper and left over Christmas trims bought after Christmas.

I adhere the papers to the already white letters, using modge podge. After it was dry, I sponged the edges using Stampin' Up! chocolate chip. I put a coat of modge podge on top of the paper and surprised to see that the glitter on the paper still showed through.

Then went through my stash of stuff that I had bought last year after Christmas.

In my stash I found two pearls stuck together, well don't they look great with a tiny bow and a charm. It looks like one whole charm.

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Have a great weekend!

Prepare yourself to say "ah". These are the cutest little booties, and nothing to do with Stampin' Up! or cards or scrapping..Nothing at all! But I may be on my way to another addiction in these adorable booties.

Of course I know of nobody that will fit into them so I'll add them to my growing box of craft fair items. I'll also put them on my Etsy site if you are interested in purchasing a pair.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

In the Pink Watering Can

Here's an adorable watering can made with Stampin' Up! textured pink pirouette card stock. You can find the template here. Before putting it all together, I stamped the sides with versamark using my Baroque Boutiques stamp. The flowers were all cut with either my big shot or my Expression.

The butterfly was cut out using a die and emboss folder from Cuttlebug. I added lots of white gel pen and also added strips of paper punched out with the eyelet punch from Stampin' Up!

You can purchase this fun gift holder with matching flowers for $19 on my Etsy Shop or here with the Buy Now button.

Thanks for stopping in :-)

Monday, October 26, 2009

High Vista Craft Fair

Debbie and I had our second craft fair. This one was held at High Vista in Davenport. What a wonderful neighborhood, I want to move there! Everyone knew everyone and if they were new to the area, introductions were quickly made. The problem with all these niceties at a craft fair, is that everyone is visiting inside of buying. I made $23 and poor Debbie only made $2. It was a bit of a bust.

We did have a great time together, as always. Love ya Deb. We have a Saturday off then we go to Bartow for another fair. Hopefully we will fair better. :-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Craft Fair October 17

Well we had our Craft Fair on Saturday at the Polk Community College campus. It was huge! Last year they had over 10,000 people come through. Of course we didn't know that until the day before that it was such a huge deal. Paper products was not high on the buyers lists but we had a great time.

There were loads of women that stopped at our booth and oooo and ahh'd over our things. Told us how pretty everything was and how talented we were :-) , but they didn't buy. It was a nice boost to our ego's though.

My best sellers were some gum holders that sold for $1 each...I sold 5 of them. LOL I did sell a set of coasters made out of tumbled tiles for $15. That felt nice to hold in my hand.

We each made about $60 on our first craft fair. Would have liked more, but we'll settle for 60.
thanks for visiting,

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Colby and Erin 1992

This has got to be my favorite of all the costumes that Colby wore. Here he is with his best friend Erin getting ready for the start of the Halloween Parade through downtown Portsmouth. You can read how I created this digital page over on
  • Digital kits: The Invisible World (New Life Dreams), Matahati Designs, Scrapity-doo-dah, ScrapOutside the Box, Suzy-Q Scraps
  • Elements: Filmed Overlays (K Periet)
  • Font: Morpeus
  • Paper: Glossy photo paper
  • Software: Photoshop CS3 (Adobe)

More craftiness

I'm still in craft fair mode, so here's an adorable accordion file folder that I made this morning. I had been hunting all over the internet in search of a template for one. Go visit Val if you'd like to make one for yourself. It is actually quite easy. I am hoping to alter the template a bit and make the file more vertical than horziontal. Wish me luck.

I added some velcro to keep the folder closed.

Next time, I'll have to use non-safety envelopes.

Here's a set of Christmas cards. Of course the are more sparkly in real life and I could not believe how professional they look all boxed up purty.

Lastly, I just wanted to slip in a Christmas Card that I have been water coloring. Isn't it the cutest stamp?! :-)
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been super busy getting ready to do my first craft fair. I didn't realize how much work it would be. I have to stop once in a while and remind myself that this is supposed to be fun.

The first picture here shows a gift card holder. I used my Cricut (which I love!) to cut out the ornaments. All the sides were sponged to add the look of dimension. I then used my big shot to emboss one of the bulbs and added glitter to both of them. I topped them with an 18 kt. gold leaf pen, added some bows and string and glued them all together.

I used my swiss dots cuttlebug folder to add some texture on the inside. I used my 1 1/4 inch circle and tag punches to make the slot for the gift card to slip into. These came out very nice.

Next up are very simple. I cut the flowers so I had about an inch of stem, took the top off the pen and then glued the flower stem into the pens. They turned out gorgeous!!

I purchase some blank writing journals and then went to town covering them with designer paper, glitter and flowers.

Next up is another easy project called Magic Reindeer Food. The poem reads;
Sprinkle this reindeer food outside tonight.
The moonlight will make it sparkle bright.
As the reindeer fly and roam,
This will guide them to your home.

Lastly for today ~ Aren't these the cutest little gift bags?!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your day is fantastic!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Falling Behind

Happy weekend, woops it's almost over. I am so falling behind in my postings. This beauty is called a recessed window card. Here's the link for the directions. The papers are all Stampin' Up! The blue flowers were made using my Silhouette, I then sponged everything I could with Chocolate Chip and sprayed the flowers with some Glitter Mist.

Lots of layers with the flowers. I also curled in their petals using then end of a paintbrush.

I made this card for my friend Betty who loves butterflies.

Lots of gold embossing. She is gonna love it.

And the last card for the day is one of the cutest little cards I've made in awhile. Betty will probably want this one too. The stamp is from I stamped it on watercolor paper and used SU markers and an aqua pen to color her in. The other papers are from Stampin' Up! I did a bit of distressing and sponging around the edges.
I love the look of layering ribbon on top of the lace.

Isn't she a cutie.?

Next on my agenda, a little Stampin' Up! news
Most of you have heard me talk about Sherrill Graf before. She is the list mom for the LNS group. One of Sherrill's callings is to be lead at the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas, NV. Sherrill has asked us to post the following three links on our blogs to increase awareness of the RMHC and to hopefully drum up more interest and volunteers for this great organization. Please take a moment of your time to see what this great partnership between SU! and RMHC is all about.

Friday, August 07, 2009

tri-shutter card

Here's my take on the tutorial over on Splitcoasters for the tri-shutter card. You can find the directions here. I used the beautiful, retired Parisian Breeze Specialty paper from Stampin'-Up! The stamp is from the Baroque Motifs set, then added lots of flowers, half pearl backs some ribbon and a ribbon slide. Didn't it come out great?
I had made one of these a week ago, but ended up giving it to a total stranger who had admired it at CHA. She had admitted to be a newbie to the craft world and was totally overwhelmed by CHA. I'm so glad to have been able to help her along with a new craft. Who ever you are, I hope you are still smiling and enjoying your new hobby.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Catching up

Isn't she the cutest pup! She hasn't been feeling well lately. I brought her to the vet yesterday for $93 ~ thank you very much. She was given a shot and some pills and if she's not better tomorrow, to give them a call for possible blood tests and x-rays. uggg

This is one of the stamps that I bought myself at CHA.
It screamed for watercoloring and gold embossing.

I cased this card from one of the SU convention boards that was posted online.

A tri-fold card using a doily cut out using my QuicKutz Silhouette.
It cuts such fine details. Then I just had to add the little pearls.

Another bi-fold using all Stampin' Up products.

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