Saturday, December 1, 2012


Another Mojo Monday and here is another one!

I'm not going to give an enabler's list this time.....It's way too early in the morning and I haven't been to bed yet and I'm taking my son to see Wreck It Ralph tomorrow (or later today!).  I've been thinking of this sketch all week and couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it, I had a problem with it and it came to me while watching MIB3 with the just do what I liked even if it didn't exactly follow the sketch.  I got this stamp from Micheal's last time I was there and was just itchin' to use it, I also got some foil CS (man, that stuff is pricey!) and just love gold and red together.  It still missing something but I will come back to it later when I'm not so tired and fix it!  Good night all and have a wonderful weekend!

Oh, wanted to add some cards I made for my Niece's girls who had birthdays last weekend so here they go....I played with my Cricut and used the Art Nouveau cart on the first.  I love the images on this cartridge! The other is using a Mojo Monday sketch from the archives....what a wonderful site Julee Tilman has, if you need a little motivation just visit the Mojo Monday archives or the gallery.
Not to mention she sells some awesome stamps too!

Well, the other card came up first!  Needed to keep them bright and cheery, Crystal had a Luau Theme, Emerald turned one and Spirit turned 4.  Changed my mind on Spirit's and did an underwater thing.

The Cricut Card


And inside

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Another Mojo Monday!  Yeah, I've actually managed to make one a week... at least.   I'm posting last weeks because I couldn't get it posted since I made it for my Cousin's Birthday and I didn't want anyone to see it until after she did....not that she even visits my blog, but you never know.  This weeks sketch was a little hard for me.  I looked at it and saw snowflakes.....but then a whole lot of other people saw the same thing.  I will save the sketch and make some snowflake cards for me but I wanted to do something other than  what everyone else did and got stumped.  I realized this morning that my daughter's friend is having his Birthday on Thanksgiving this year and had totally spaced it off...with that in mind I set out with Thanksgiving in mind...back to the fall colors!  This card is NOT what I had originally intended, the only thing that stayed was the turkey but I won't bore you with the details of my chaotic thought process.

The Turkey is cut with the Cricut "Thanksgiving" cartridge.  The patterned papers may have been a little much but I didn't want him to be boring.  The background is a tan CS that I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder from Sizzix on.  I roughed up the surface a little with a sanding block then ran my brayer through some Vintage Photo Distress Ink that was watered down just a little and ran it across a couple of times to bring out the wood grain.  I really liked the way it turned out.  I cut the leaves with Spellbinder's "Assorted Leaves" dies, stamped some veins on them and inked them up with Distress Inks...Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo.  I got a package of feathers a long time ago and I happened to spy them on my rummaging foray so I thought they would work well with the whole Turkey theme but they were shades of can color almost anything with Copic markers!  I added a button with hemp twine and there you go.  The patterned paper used on the Turkey is from the Fall Pack from DCWV, the twiggy stuff is from Basic Gray.  You can't see it here but I used a little stickles on the dots around the turkey....gotta have some sparkle.

A close up of the leaves and feathers.

Here's last week's card that I made with the #267.

I love to work with fall colors and paper.....can you tell?

Happy Thanksgiving to all, may God Bless you with abundance.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


My second Mojo card!   Just had to do a Shabby Chic with this sketch and I actually got it done in time to post!

The background paper is from the Luxury Stack from DCWV, the floral is unknown (a scrap), and the other 2 are from the Tres Chic Stack, also from DCWV.  The CS is Bazzil Basics..which I had to drive 45 miles one way to get (yes, I am a little crazy, or rather OCD) since I couldn't find the right color of green to match the floral paper.  All three matched but I couldn't decide which one to use so I used all three.  Easier than spending hours trying to make a decision.....that's why it takes me all day to make one card.  (Heavy sigh)  I will never be able to make a living at this!  Another dilemma.......not the right shade of green for the ribbon either but I didn't know that until AFTER I got back....the actual color is much closer to the mid-color green than what shows in the picture, I took some white organza ribbon and colored it with a Copic marker.  I wish I had the money to buy all the ribbon I think I need!  I also had a 50% off coupon so I used it to buy the Floral Ovals set from Spellbinders so I had to use it.....The little flowers and leaves are make with Fiskars punches, the sentiment is from Verve's Circular Sayings.  I was originally going to use the Birthday Wishes stamp from the same set but changed my mind because the words on the square piece lent itself more to the Thinking of you.  Welcome to my chaotic mind.  I finished off the bow with a small button and some hemp twine. Oh, there is some Diamond stickles in the flower centers, and I used Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I guess that about covers it all.  Hope you had a great weekend and a BIG Thank You to all the Veterans who have served for us!   I guess I will have to use tomorrow's sketch to make a Thank You card!!!!!  (Maybe) lol.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Another Mojo Monday!  Well......I actually started this on Tuesday and got pics today but who's keepin' track anyway?

I can't really give the low down on most of this.......the papers are scraps from last year, the Santa Image I downloaded and am really sorry to say that the name of the artist is nowhere to be found on the file....I really love this Santa and it's a fine piece of artwork and am really upset with myself for not jotting down the artist name somewhere so they can get credit.  Behind Santa (you can barely see it) is the round motiff from Spellbinder's Moroccan Motifs, the scroll is a Verve Stamp pared with the die to cut it out with, the word "believe" is from a set of sentiments by Fiskars.  The background is plain white CS that I overlaid with an Impressibility from Spellbinder and then sponged with gold ink from Encore.  The borders above and below the scroll are from K & Co.  The ribbon is from Offray.  Oh, and around Santa is sponged some Antique Linen Distress Ink from Ranger.  I haven't decided what to do with the inside will come to me eventually!  I want something that has to do with the magic of Christmas....Any ideas?  Anyway, good luck to all of us that post this week.....hope we win some of Verve's Gorgeous Stamps!  Holiday Blessings to All!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


This card is for my nephew's newest addition.

Kind of simple, but I really love the paper in the background, it's from Heidi Grace, and didn't want to cover it up much.  I added a motif from Spellbinders, a little lace and added a rattle cut from the "Stamping" cartridge from Cricut.  I added a little 3D by cutting out some circles, folding them in half and gluing them together back to back then fanning them out and gluing them down.  The inside has a pocket for a gift card and I made a matching box to put it in.  I hope she likes it.  The invite for the shower said that she was needing only diapers, wipes and formula.......bummer, I really like to shop for baby stuff so a gift card is, for me, the best option.

Fall Blessings for those who stop by and Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Bday

Here's my entry for this week....I did not exactly follow the sketch but it just wouldn't work with what I was thinking of and kind of evolved but I am submitting it anyway!

I love this tree stamp!  It's from Inkadinkado - "Fall Season".  I inked up a round with Ranger's Distress Inks...Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, and Peeled Paint for the Autumn Sky.  The frame is from Cricut's Elegant Edges.  I punched out a bunch of little leaves with a Fiskar's punch and colored them up with Distress inks....Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Wild Honey, and Vintage Photo.  It's a masculine Birthday so I stayed away from too much bling and ribbon but I had to have some leaves cascading out of the frame and highlighted with a little Diamond Stickles.  The Leaf Gems are from Studio18 that I found last year in the clearance bin.  The patterned papers are both from 2 separate Fall Stacks from DCWV.

Here it is opened up.  The Sentiment stamp is from TPC Studios "Autumn Harvest", the mat is another from the Elegant Edges cartridge cut just a little bigger than the front and I used another stamp from the Inkadinkado set to watermark the center circle (Antique linen Distress).  I really wish I had some photo equipment to take better pictures....the colors here are not as rich as the original and you can't see the detail in the rust patterned paper.....Oh well, don't do that much photography to warrant spending the money!  Autumn Blessings!

Sunday, September 9, 2012


My second entry for Mojo Monday #257!

I wanted sparkle, color and glitter!  I got but the old saying "All that glitters is not Gold" is absolutely true.  Alas it is not the card I saw in my head...I think I should have stayed with just 3 colors...perhaps the red, gold and a cream.  It's not perfect but I know someone who would love to have it anyway so it's not a wasted effort....won't win any awards though!  Not that I have ever won any.............

The red paper is Christmas Swirl Red from "Reminisce", the matted pattern paper is a double sided paper from "Little Yellow Bicycle" called 25 days...I used both sides!  The gold is Shiny Gold from "Express Yourself Creatively" and the green is from the Shimmer Pack from DCWV.

Stamps: Verve - Winter Wonder Remix
Ink: Distress Ink from Ranger - Tumbled glass
Accessories: Create-a-Flake 3 from Spellbinders, little snowflake punch from Fiskars, QuicKuts Nesting Flowers and glitter from I don't remember who :(, EK Success border punch.  Gotta beat the clock to get this linked in....Be Happy.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Here's my entry for Mojo Monday #257

I am not totally happy with it, I loved the background paper.....a picture of hydrangea so I decided to make some blooms to go on the card, but I think they may have been "Too Much"...too late now!  This card is for my Besty Brenda, she is having issues in her life and it's Birthday time for her, hence the double sentiment.

I used a lot of different stuff just making the little blossoms, cut petals out with my Cricut (Giant Flowers) using white copying paper (Staples) since I wanted them flexible.  then I used a leaf stamp from Inkadinkado to add the veins and colored them up with Copics.  I used a small sun punch that I got from a Scrapping show in Boise that has no Company name on it to make the centers, cut to the center...bunched with a scoring tool and rolled with tweezers.  Can't go into the entire process or no one will ever get through the reading!!!!

The stamps are from Verve, the cardstock is Bazzil's Basic (Spring Breeze and Wild Pansy) and some from The Paper Company (light Lavender and Black).  The Hydrangea paper is from off the rack at JoAnn's and I can't find the company name.

I used my new set of Spellbinder's dies, "Moroccon Accents" for the border and doily, and QuicKutz nesting flowers for scalloped circle.....and an embossing folder from Cuttlebug.  The ribbon that you can hardly see is from Offray.

Inks.....Ranger Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Black Soot, and Antique Linen.

And here's a little Advertising, I got the "hang in there" stamp for free from Verve.  They always put a little stamp in the order as a Thank You.....very classy of you Julee!  That's all for now...stay happy.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dani Pooh

It's been awhile since I've added anything, the last 3 years have really been trying.  For those of you who don't know September of 2009 I had a lung infection that wiped out all but 30% of my lungs and am now on disability and oxygen, then lost my Mom 2 months later to Pancreatic Cancer.  In March of 2010, I lost my daughter.  She was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 2 1/2 years and we fought with and for her until she was finally certified cured in 2003 (11 years).  Her cause of death is still unknown, general consensus was an electrolyte imbalance due to dehydration.  I used to think I could get some closure if I just knew for sure why she is no longer with me, but have come to the conclusion that I just am having a hard time with having that hole in my heart, no matter the whys or wherefores.  She was 3 months shy of her 21st Birthday.  This past June I lost my sister to a rare form of Brain Cancer.  Losing loved ones is a part of life and I have lost quite a few people that were dear to my heart and have managed to work through it, but I struggle everyday with the loss of my Daughter.
This one's for you Danielle.  

I saw a card on one of my midnight forays into the blogosphere, that was centered mainly on texture.  I really liked it so I thought I would try it myself.  I started out with plain black and white CS and hauled out the embossing folders and chose these three to use (all 3 are from Sizzix) and then sponged on Ranger's Distress Ink (Spun Sugar) to pop it out.  I used black CS for the Spellbinder's Floral Doily die, cut out the circle with my Cricut used some more Spun Sugar Ink.  The sentiment is from Verve's "Circular Sayings" set and the little black gems are from Studio G.  I put it together and thought it needed a little more and had found these little ribbon flowers in the sewing section of JoAnns, the little ribbon leaves are some scraps I had, I think it is from Offray.

I hadn't gotten anything posted for awhile because I had to tear down my little photo area and didn't get it back up until today.  I have crafted quite a few cards but didn't get them photographed and now they are gone but I managed to make some more and got pictures taken of them so I will be posting some more this week.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


For Emerald

I'm back, the Holidays were a little rough since this is the first Christmas without my youngest daughter but I made it through. My niece had a little girl after Thanksgiving, and by little I mean just a little over 4 lbs! We are going to the Shower tomorrow so I used the Mojo sketch to make her card. The picture just doesn't do it justice, Oh well....will submit it anyway since I don't have a lot of time here. I enjoyed making the little flowers,

Totally spaced getting this posted, and never got to post for Mojo Monday.   Sorry to have been absent but the holidays were really tough on me....and I am coming up on the Anniversary of my Daughter's passing and just can't seem to get into the creative mode.  If you have looked through the postings, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite card making holidays and I am usually pretty productive, but not this it is already and so far all I have done is get the basics for a couple of cards and thrown one together (which I didn't get a picture of ) for my youngest son.  Tomorrow I hope to get a some more done so my kids won't think I've forgotten them.....and they all know they will be late and are willing to wait for them.  Thank the Lord above that they are understanding, of course we are all feeling the loss.  Hope you all had lots of love from friends and family.  Thanks for dropping by.
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Recycling for V-Day

I wanted something for my friend for Valentine's Day that would hold some Chocolate hearts. Although I like
the pretty hearts, I just don't like paying all the money for just a few pieces of candy. I had gotten some
Almond Roca for Christmas (everyone knows I have a fondness for it!) and kept the cans for....whatever might come along so this is what I did with it. Just cut a strip of paper the height of the can.....12 inches was just a little short so I had to piece a little in the back .....oh well...and added a little bling on the top. Tied a ribbon in a bow and there you have it....

Top view....kinda,

Head on shot of the top, pardon the hand.

Hope she enjoys the candy!

Happy Valentine's Day to all!
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