Hobby Lobby Haul Mar 2014

Hi Crafters!! Stampabilites and The Paper Studio things were all 50% off, Gum Paste tweezers (perfect for heat embossing small pieces of card stock), mini wood clothes pins (to add designer papers to or paint with acrylic paints), washi tape, corner punch, Family Tree clear stamp set, Water can wood mount stamp, Tim Holtz Window and Window Box die (so cute!!). Enjoy!!


I have a foam stamp by Plaid that is so similar to this tree, and I love the foam stamps, but for card making a normal stamp is better. So, I can’t wait to use this over sized tree, I just think it will be so versatile and can be used for any Season or Holiday. The possibilities are endless and I love timeless things.

In the video I mention Nanny’s shop, the Frontier Curio Shop, where she sold her souvenirs, in Ozark Acres, Hardy Arkansas. Is anyone watching, Clash of the Ozarks, on Discovery channel 120, every Tuesday evening? I grew up there and I keep thinking I will do a separate post, but I don’t know if I want to share that much or be judged. Of course, there are lots of things I can’t or won’t be able to tell. LOL You know, bad karma and all, so I’ve drug my feet in posting about it. My parents, brother-his kids, estranged father in law and his wife, all live and worked in this community for years or a life time. My husband and I just laugh every Tuesday when it’s on. We met as teenagers, and know the land, history, families, etc. It’s so scripted and it’s way off base on several accounts (the way they loop film while people are driving through town because if you blink you might miss it or put Batesville right after Hoxie…really?), calling families “clans” and coming together in church for a cussing match for a parlay between clans?….Seriously??….that it’s probably not even worth mentioning. And I’m not a very good story teller, and I’ve to inject this and that, and I can’t find my favorite post card of the shop for my 2 seconds of fame, so really what is the point! Haha!

So, this haul matched 2 very happy places in my heart, with the Watering Can stamp by Stampabilities and the Window and Window Box die, that represent so much of my childhood spent at “the shop”. The Tim Holtz Window and Window Box die are SO CUTE!!!
The Video:

The shop was surrounded by multi-paned windows on two adjacent sides of the building and to say, I loved those windows is an understatement. One window was hinged to open to the outside and Nanny had one of each of the wind chimes, for sale, displayed in the window. One of my primary jobs, was to latch the window on the outside of the building to stay open. We listened to those chimes, with the breeze and I adored the magic melody created by all of the chimes ringing together. I literally, grew up in that building and even ran it by myself on some days when I was an older teen. From a young child, I used Nanny’s large galvanized watering can to water all of her flowers, from Devil’s Whiskars that grew on the ground right next to the porch, to Geraniums, Coleus and Begonias planted in some of the clay pots that lined the porch shelves.


PTI Make it Monday #158

Hi Crafters!! This weeks MIM challenge is Stamping with Water color Mediums. I chose Wildflower Meadow from Stampin’UP! and inked the surface of the stamp with SU Certainly Celery, then removed the ink on the flower petals with a facial wet wipe. I came in with my Crayola washable markers and added colors to the flowers and hummingbird, and some darker green to the leaves, then spritzed the stamp with water.

I carefully put the card face on the stamp and pressed it lightly with my fingers to get the impression. This works best if you let the card absorb the water a little bit longer than a regular stamping.

I used the coordinating embossing folder from SU over the stamped flowers. Added some normal stamping with the grassy image and garden tools from PTI Garden Variety.

I added a watering can from PTI Garden Variety, cut from some American Crafts POW glitter paper. It was really hard to cut, even with a metal shim and I did have to cut some areas with a craft knife to get the shape away from the paper ? or adhesive holding the backer to the glittered front. I did add another die cut water can to the back of the glitter paper for stability and elevated it with some double sided foam. I also added some shading on the watering can with a couple of Bic Mark it Markers.

See the original post @ PTI Here

You have until 7am April 7 to play in this challenge.


Masculine Birthday for Guitar Enthusiast and Photographer

Hi Crafters!! My lovely daughter Katie, requested a card for a man that plays guitar and enjoys photography. My initial thoughts were, to make 2 cards, one geared toward Guitars and the other toward Photography. I like choices and I think it’s more fun, if Katie can pick which she likes better.

I assumed this card was for a friend in Cody’s Band. I was wrong. LOL It was for a co-worker! And I didn’t leave much, if any room, for signatures and well wishes. Doh!!

The card became so involved, that it was the only one I made, since I ran out of time. When I get ready to create, I pull the products I have collected that relate to the theme, I jokingly call, “flavor”. I pulled the Photo Camera dies from AccuCut Craft, that were identical, but I altered one of them by removing that large hole in the middle and the peep rectangle, because they didn’t have an album builder die in this style camera. I usually score 1/2″ on the left side and glue my additional camera pages to the back of the Front one. This time, I decided to add 1/2″ with a fold just inside the cut line, for a hinge. I like this much better, it allows the whole camera to show. And I just folded the extra 1/2″ inch to the back side of the card and I don’t have a photo for that, sorry. So, lets get to it……

Here is the Front of the card (the “original” photo camera from the AccuCut die) cut in black. I have used 2 Spellbinders standard circle dies to make a frame for the lens opening, which barely fit it. The corner stamps is from Glitz afternoon muse stamp set, the vertical hand grip (from AccuCut Potholder and Spatula die) and the SU word window punch were all inked with Embossing ink and embossed with clear embossing powder and heat set. The guitar and stars are from Stampabilites Rock Star set, center sentiment from PTI Shutterbug Special and stamped in Ranger Archival jet black ink.


This is the inside of the front cover. I took the Spellbinders film strip die, which has 3 openings, and cut it into individual openings. I had originally stamped and assembled this with the 3 openings, with 2 different sets of images, for 2 strips. They just would not fit friendly enough on this camera panel, hence the trimming them down and adding some cream paper behind them to make them pop. And I LOVE how they turned out. To make them seem a bit more like negatives, I used Stampin’UP! Dusty Durango for a sepia tone. Images are from TH Stampers Anonymous City Central and Recollections Going Places.


When you open the Front of the camera (this page was cut with the “altered” photo camera die from AccuCut. I typically decorate each page with a circle frame around the center and prob. should have on this panel, but instead I reached for a camera die cut from Papertrey Ink’s Shutterbug Special, with it’s cute little pull out piece, and stamped a camera from Inkadinkado, make sure to capture the “say cheese” part, then doodled a little bit on both of these smaller cameras with a Crayola washable maker in the lightest blue. The (eye) and sentiment below it are from TH SA City Central. Capture the memories is from PTI SBS too. Happy Bday is from The Paper Studio, birthday cupcakes set.


Now for the big photos. LOL This got a bit out of hand, but so it goes! I started pulling masculine stamp sets like, Need for Speed, Zoo Review, A Light Unto My Path, all from SU for the vehicles-lighthouse-animals. Stampendous Rock Out for the drum set and American Crafts Sing Along for the radio and the music notes and word Music are from Stampabilities Rock Star set(again thinking this was for a friend in the band….) LOL I stamped random images around on this panel first. I was thinking surely I have some kind of “frame” die, but I don’t. So, I just doodled some frames with my handy Sharpie pen, using a piece of water color paper in a couple of different sizes (traced around them) and it seemed a bit messy. So, I added some squiggly lines over the straight lines and I really like how they turned out. I did have to do a little bit of masking for the photos behind, like the giraffes and I bobbled with one of the giraffe images, but I did not have time to start over!! And just hoped people wouldn’t notice. hmmm….

The word Travel is from Recollections Going Places. * Would you believe, I stamped it upside down!!! In my haste to hurry? So that it how the Travel and Music ended up on little panels with ink added to the edges from SU Close to Coco ink. The little stamps that say, Photo and Date are from PTI SBU set used throughout this project.



April 2014 Name Tags

Hi Crafters!! The crocus have bloomed and the daffodils are taking their turns now. I’m so thankful for warmer weather here in S.W. Missouri. I have had a nice long vacation from my day care duties and my hip continues to get better, very slowly. Well, I’ll take it!! LOL I’ve done basically nothing, other than sleeping in, watching daytime TV and shopping for crafty goodies.

I did manage some baths for the chis (aka poos) yesterday. Poor Bentley has been having an itchy problem for a long time. He spends more time outside than Mercedes, so I’m not sure what it is. He didn’t have any fleas, while Mercedes had 1 giant one. I’m going to have to start getting the Frontline again because Adam’s and Hartz flea spray doesn’t do much, but kill what’s on them the moment I spray it on, it does not linger or keep working. And if you wait a minute or two, they get up and hop away! Hartz in the packages similar to the Frontline product is kind of hit or miss, it’s not consistant, so I just don’t think it’s powerful enough to do the job. Anyhoo….


This month’s name tag is a water color. Water color paper is cut @ 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ and stamped with the lily image from Stampin’UP! Fifth Avenue Floral, in Crumb Cake ink, and filled in with SU reinkers diluted with water in an artist’s tray and applied with an aqua painter. Easter stamp set from Studio g, purchased at JoAnn’s this Spring. Enjoy!

Here is a link to Lindsey’s Magnolia tutorial, she inspired me to try this realistic water color. So, be sure to check out her blog and all of her lovely water coloring tutorials.

Simon Says Stamp Goodies Mar 2014

Hi Crafters!! Happy First Day of Spring! LOL It is finally kind of Springy in Missouri. I hope all of that cold and snow is behind us. I’m in my 3rd week of being off from my day care duties, so my hip can heal. Went to the Dr. on Friday and they said they didn’t think anything was broken, just sprained from twisting in and out of the Beetle to put our growing toddler in. Plus all of the lifting involved with a little one. I’ve had to lower her crib because she has got a little bit of monkey in her. LOL So, diaper changes there are tough too. I have moved the diaper changing station to the table in the sewing room and that is much easier.

I’ve got my little girl today, since Day Care’s child was sick last night with a flu bug. She was so happy to see me! Oh how I have missed her! We’ve had lots of snuggles and giggles already this morning and banana pancakes for breakfast.

Here are some stamping goodies I received from Simon Says Stamp Blog. I subscribe to their blog by email. They have grown a lot over the last 2 years. I first started lurking there because they carry the Memory Box dies and I have yet to order any. They have blossomed into their own line of clear stamps, dies and more recently inks and card stock. Be sure to visit their store and look at products from your favorite companies. They really carry a wide range of card making supplies.


Here is the video, I also discuss a bit about how I store my stamps. As my collection grows, I’m considering storing all thing related to a certain theme. I think that would keep me from forgetting what I have. What do you think? How do you store your things?

Stampin’UP! and Penny Black Feb 2014

Hi Crafters!! Google is playing with stuff again! If they would just play nice, I’d be golden. LOL They are trying to be FaceBook and connect everyone, which is kind of cool. But when they detached me from Google+ so I could upload my videos, there are things I can’t change without help, like the old email address that no longer works! But when I post videos, I’m not getting that message in the my in box with the link to my video. When I open YouTube, that old email is starring me down. I’ve messaged Google about it some time ago and no one has corrected it. I’ve changed my email address everywhere YouTube and Google will let me, but to no avail. I’m too old for this techie stuff and I just keep getting into trouble with it. I understand the problem, I just can’t find the solution, it must be embedded……Get it? Embedded. LOL

On to the fun stuff……The Stampin’UP! big catalog expires 5-31-14, so there are only a couple more times to order, if you order at a card class, like I do. The big mini catalog expires 6-1-14.
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Stampin’UP! stamps, Blessed Easter (I double mounted this for ease of use), Vivid Vases, both of these were from the big mini catalog that expires on June 1, 2014. En Francais large background stamp (wood mounted because I felt it might be too wimpy in clear mount) from the main catalog that expires on May 31, 2014, I was afraid it might not make the new catty, since it’s been in there for a few seasons. Some Razberry Ripple card stock and 2 reinkers, Coastal Cabana and Cherry Cobbler.

From JoAnn’s online, a few Penny Black stamps, Garden Assistant (with a weenie dog), Fluffy Passenger (with a poodle in the bicycle basket), and Micey Day (the mice in the tea cup cinched this set for me) and JoAnn’s had 1 penny shipping and all of these were on sale too! Enjoy!!

I’m having so much fun coloring these images with my Crayola Washable markers and aqua painter!!



St. Patty’s Day Wall Hanging

Hi Crafters!! This wall hanging was made using the following dies: Accucut Background Heart, Sizzix Pop Up Card Heart, Sizzix Lace Heart Frame (turned into a foam stamp), Sizzix 3D Tea Cup (1-Saucer, to attach the large hearts to as a base). The large hearts were cut in pizza box and dark green card stock, the bright green hearts were cut and stamped with the Lace Heart Frame in acrylic paint, the small shamrocks were stamped in the center of the bright hearts with black StazOn, the little boy die is from an unknown company via ebay years ago and cut in cream card stock, then colored with Bic Mark It alcohol markers. The dies the leprechaun is holding are from Cuttlebug and Quickutz. Enjoy!!




3 D Mounted Deer Head Card

Hi Crafters!! My husband had a birthday in February. He eats-breathes-dreams about hunting. LOL Our perfect DIL made a special dinner for him. I found a very cool bath rug at a Wal-mart in Springfield, with a nice buck on it and some boxed Movie candies, which are his favorite. Then I needed a card. I’ve seen this done before, at least a year ago in blog land and have never forgotten it.


I used the Sizzix Reindeer die, cut in many layers of water color paper. This reindeer has a little round nose, which I trimmed off of the 1st die cut and then used as a template of where to cut the others. I have no idea how many die cuts I ended up using, it was not enough, in my opinion, it needed twice as much. But I got tired of gluing them together and just gave up. LOL

The 3D deer head was sanded a little bit and painted with some brown craft paint, then mounted to 2 layers of a Spellbinder’s label 4 die cut. I painted the label 4 die cut in black craft paint and added a bit of brown on top.

The corner decorations are from a Quickutz 4 x 4 die that cuts 4 of these corners at one pass. It leaves a nice negative that would be great for another project. ;)

I didn’t leave room for a sentiment, so I stamped it on the inside. I love having a theme to base my card on, it takes all of the pressure off of having to come up with something out of thin air. Deer Hunter, Deer Rug…..Deer Card. Ha!


JoAnn’s Haul Feb. 2014

Hi Crafters!!

An unexpected visit to JoAnn’s: Studio g $1.00 stamps for St. Patty’s Day and Easter. Embossing Folders by Darice, Butterflies in Corner and Scrolls. Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz die, Fleur de Lis and Eiffel Tower. A sneek peek at the fabby casserole carrier and pot holders my girl stitched for me and a brief discussion about my St. Patty’s Day project for my girls, this year. Enjoy!!

You can visit This Post too see how to make any die a Free Standing table top decoration.