May 2015 Name Tags (Video)

Hey Crafters!! This month’s tag is done with Water Color pencils on Canson Water color paper from Wal-mart. Stamps used: Art Impressions Live-Laugh-Love AiCS15, The Paper Studio Sophie Alphas CS010 (mom), Close to my Heart Express Postage D1262 (May-2015). Inks: Stampin’UP! Crumb Cake (for the ladies), Ranger Archival Jet Black (for mom, May & 2015). Paint brushes #3 Round (for everything except the mouth), 000 fine liner (for the lipstick), Aqua Painter to dilute the ladies on each side of Mom. My name badges also came from Wal-mart and the water color paper was cut to 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ to fit them. Enjoy!!

I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day! Whether, you were spoiled or you did the spoiling. We are all a mom or mother figure to someone…


Thanks for hanging in there with me!  My dad comes from a big family.  We had 3 deaths in our family in the Spring during a 35 day stretch between February and March.  Two cousins and a favorite aunt.  Two unexpected and one long suffering.  The first cousin, Ryan, passed unexpectedly at home in front of his dad (my favorite Uncle Roy), he was very over weight and years younger than myself.  I missed that funeral due to my Nana duties, while my daughter was out of town.  Then my aunt Kayla died unexpectedly an evening after being rushed to the hospital the night before with dufficulty breathing, which I didn’t even know about.  Just so happens my favorite cousin, Lesa, had popped in to check on her when the news came that she was not going to make it and watched her pass, which was heart breaking for her, but I’m glad she and her husband were there for my Aunt, Uncle Bill and their son.  Aunt Kayla had 2 back surgeries just 3 years ago, one through the back and one through the front.  I’m wondering what they did to her.  I’d missed that funeral due to snow and ice and was somewhat relieved to not have to drive what takes a normal 3 hours to get to my parent’s.   I already knew it was going to be a stressful funeral for me.  I’ve spent a lifetime of major holidays with Aunt Kayla (46 years if I take my age and subtract the age of 5), even those in between holidays like Mother’s day and Father’s day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. when they came to our house, since Bill is dad’s little brother.  Kayla stole my Uncle Bill from me when I was 5, but spent the rest of her life making up for it.  That special Aunt that gets you a specific gift on your birthdays, that is perfect for you.  Then my favorite cousins that are sisters, lost their brother, Barry (also the son of my most favorite Aunt Wilma), passed a week after Aunt Kayla’s funeral, after a long battle with a lung infection.  He is the one I made the Horse card for in the Fall.  I spent so much time at his house growing up, since I’m so close with his sisters (we girls are each 1 year apart in age).  They just lost their dad 3 years ago and this loss was too soon.  I’d already had a major melt down with Uncle Bill the evening before at Barry’s visitation because I hadn’t seen nor spoken to him since Aunt Kayla’s passing.  I couldn’t!   He’s a Vietnam vet and I’ve had a very special relationship with him and uncle Roy since I was a year old, years before Royy became my uncle.  He’s dad’s best friend  from school and cotton pickiin’ days.  Bill and Kayla also checked on everyone and kept everyone in the loop if anyone was ill.  Bill has always paid special  attention to all of us kids growing up and even our own children too.

I completely lost it at Barry’s funeral, when the pastor started talking about another cousin, Brett (brother to Ryan) and some of Barry and Brett’s childhood memories and fun, which is my childhood.   All of my cousins and I bounced back and forth between Aunt Wilma’s house and Granny’s house during the holidays.  I was very close to Brett from babies to teens.  He passed on my birthday, the year I had lumbar surgery and lived several states away, so I had no closure there.   I was that unconsolable person, the one wailing terribly.   All of the deaths and the pain they caused my favorite people, plus my own greif and or gulit, was unbearable and soul crushing regardless of my Christian faith or beliefs.  

I’ve got tons to share, hauls and card making with the occasional craft tossed in there too.  I just have to edit or re-film some of my videos, which is tough without a proper editing program. LOL  I’ve got a new grandson, born just after Aunt Kayla’s passing and I’ve already started keeping him 1 day a week and have my grand daughter whose turning 3 in June, 2 days a week.  This past winter was the toughtest by far arthritically (is that even a word?).  We had to say goodbye to the sweetest little chihuahua soul ever on top of everything thing else!!  And were in such terrible shape over that, that our son went out and got us another little girl, who is the most mistreated  5 month old puppy we’ve ever seen!  Not potty trained and knew only of being hit and living in a crate full of pee.  Cleaning up accidents is about to drive me to drinking.  It’s taken her 3 weeks to learn how to be loved and accept that love.  She is a goober, who loves to sit in flower pots full of dirt and brings rocks and shrub limbs into the house, but we love her so much already.  We’ve had tons of RAIN,  which means Take 2 steps back and clean up some potty on the floor.   I need some good ole’ warm sunny days for playing outside.  

PTI MIM #209:  White on White w/Pop of Color

Hey Crafters!!  I’m busy working in Mother’s Day greeting card gifts, but I had to squeak in this MIM Challenge over at Papertrey Ink!  It’s a fun one and so easy to do.  White on White with a Pop of Color by Lexi Daly.

Papertrey products:  Flower Fusion #12, stem die and FF#12 Die set.

Stampin’UP! inks:  Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise.

Pretty Pink Posh:  throw away piece from a stitched border die cut that I will have to look up and edit to add later.  LOL

Sizzix:  quote die that I will have to look up and edit to add later.  LOL  Sorry, it’s 11pm and I should be sleeping, but this was just a MIM I could not pass up and since I’ve been making cards for days, I knew I could crank it out fairly quick (30 minutes). 

 Here is a link to the challenge w/Video of Lexi’s instructions  over at PTI.  Even if you don’t get to play in the challenge for a chance to win some PTI goodness, it’s a great one to tuck away for a Springy Rainy Day!  Happy Spring!

April 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!   Happy Easter!  This month’s name tag is a Spring theme.

Stamps are: Watering Can Flowers stamp by Stampabilities, a cute chick by 2009 Hot Fudge Studio for studiog, happy Easter sentiment from Stampin’UP!’s Well Scripted set, the Month of April from Months of the Year by the Paper Studio/Stampabilities, and a little butterfly from Mimi in Paris, by Penny Black.  All images stamped in Memento black ink.  Some quick Copic coloring inspired by the art work on the Watering Can stamp.  

My name tags are from Wal-mart Super Center.  Heavy weight white card stock by the Paper Studio, purchased at Hobby Lobby, cut @ 3 1/4″ x 2 1/2″.  

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Masculine Get Well Card, Horses

Hey Crafters!!  I’m playing catch up and hopefully will be back to posting on a regular basis. 

This is a card I made in the Fall for my cousin Barry, diagnosed with metal particles in his lungs from his job.  He’d had some serious surgery and the girls (his sisters) told me at our winter reunion,  he might not make it.  Wah!!  They had found new homes for his birds and dogs, so I didn’t want to put anything like that on this card,  but then I remembered the ponies…

When we would go to visit Ma-Ma (pronounced Maw-Maw, my paternal granny) my little brother and  I stayed next door at my favorite Aunt’s house (Aunt Wilma).  I’m very close to her girls, Lesa and Sheray, we are all 1 year apart in age. They had a couple of ponies in their back yard with a small barn.  We rode the ponies now and then, but I was always scared, which I think embarassed my dad (Wilma’s brother) and he would fuss at me.  I was afraid because they would cut short around a fence w/post that divided the grassy area down the center of the field and pinch my leg on that post, going back to the barn!  But, I know my cousins loved their ponies  and Barry even had some awesome toy horses too, that were GI Joe size with cowboys and indians.

I felt it imperative to be accurate as possible, to bring back those fun and adventerous memories.  Only, I couldn’t really remember the barn/stall structure, but it did have a coregated metal roof,  but you can see from my sketch, I just couldn’t work it out from my lack of drawing skills, so I had to go with  shingles  instead.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper thinking I would water color with my Crayola  washable markers, but I wanted quick and simple, which ended up being copic coloring. 

I started by drawing the barn roof and poles with pencil and then stamped the 2 horses  from Inkadinkado’s Horses set #995440 in Memento black ink (I love these horses, they are very realistic).  I drew the gate around the standing horse. I used the (tall grasses image) from Stampin’UP!  Wetlands clear  mount set #1126697  (for my weeds) and doodled in some extra grass and pebbly bits with a Black Sharpie fine point marker.   And colored everything in with Copic markers.

I’ve accidentally deleted the whole picture..

March 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Happy St. Patty’s Day!  

What do you think about my new camera set up, for ipad2?  I think it’s so much better.  Still, not exactly what I want, but gets you guys a bit closer to what I’m doing.  You’d laugh at me if I showed you what it was because it’s very Hodge Podge!!  I’d rather spend my money on stamps and dies!  If I could just get my iphone 5S to record in landscape, we’d be golden, because it has a much better camera than ip2.    LOL  

This month’s tag uses the Simon Says Stamp  matching Stamp and Die set called, Stylish Simon (bundle).  The name tags are cut at 2 1/2″ x 3 1/4″, for the Name Tags from Wal-mart Super Center, in white card stock.  I started with a little cloud mask made from the Fiskars medium cloud punch, to color in 2 clouds on the card first with Copic B0000 (this was almost too light).  

The abbreviation of March was stamped next, with Months of the Year Wood Stamp by the Paper Studio.  By masking off the “ch” with Post It Tape, and inking the “Mar” with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink and stamped into the left corner. 

The little dog was die cut and stamped in Memento black ink and colored with Copics in the center ear area with R12, then outlined with the base body color E70. The main body was filled in the E70 too, then the inner ear area was outlined for detail with E35 and 3 swooshes upward to look like the hair that protects the inside of the ears.  Bic Mark It in Tiki Hut Tan was used as a shadow on the 2 short legs and the tail, and also for the eye brows and under the eyes.  Every little detail counts, no matter how subtle. ;)  

The shamrocks were cut from a Quickutz 2×2″ die # 1-1-0655 (they are 2 different shamrocks but both are 4 leaf clovers)  I then stamped over the leaves with a little $1 shamrock to give them definition and colored the base of the stem with Copic G07 to make it look like a fresh cut.

The dog’s mouth was cut open with scissors just under the upper lip all the way across, so I could tuck the clover into the mouth.  So fun!!  The clover was adhered to the dog with Fast Grab tacky glue.  Then the dog was glued to the card with tacky glue too.  

The grass was feathered in with Copic YG25 and the sentiment, St. Patrick’s Day, from Papertrey Ink’s, Year Round Happiness (holiday sentiments), was stamped in Ranger Archival jet black ink last.  

Enjoy!   I don’t know why WordPress quit letting me drop the video right into my posts, after their last update? or ipad’s last update?  If you know the answer, please share…

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 Papertrey Ink March 2015 Blog Hop, Topiary Tree & Bitty Birds

Hey Crafters!!  Happy Spring!!!  Happy Sunshine!!  My sweet friend Dorothy, took me to lunch today while dropping of my Stampin’UP! order and I’m joining in with PTI’s blog hop this month!!

Because…I have the perfect card, made from the goodies they sent me for winning a GC in Feb. ;)))  Thank You so much PTI, it was such a Blessing to win some fun goodies from my extensive wish list!!

(Thank You, iphone 5S for this gorgeous photo of my card!!)

The challenge is a Country Living photo of yellows, blues and greens.

My card base is cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and Scored @ 5 1/2″ for an A2 sized base.  I use The Paper Studio’s heavy weight white CS from Hobby Lobby.  Everything on this card is Papertrey except the leafy branch image from, PrintWorks called, Elegant Patterns Q027.

PTI products:

Picket Fence die:  Cut in water color paper (doodled on with Crayola Washable markers and diluted with an aqua brush) and cut down to 3 pickets each.

Topiary Trio (tallest tree) dies:   Cut in water color paper and stamped with SU’s Old Olive for the leaves, Lucky Limeade for the other greenery, Dusty Durango for the flower pots and Close to Coco for the tree trunks.

Itty Bitty Bird dies:  Colored with copics in Y13 for the body of the bird and Y18 for the belly, accents on the tail and tippy top o the head, E35 for the wings and undertone eye area, Bic Mark it Black to dot the eyes and beak, Sharpie Fine point black marker for the fine detail at the eye, wings, tail and belly areas. *(( this makes all of the difference in the world to die cut images and just brings them to life))*  I had not intended to use it, but the birds that didn’t have it while I was playing were lacking personality compared to the birds that had the fine line detailing on them!  

Click here to check out the Hop and Contest!  It ends tonight their time.  I’m slidding in this evening.

1st Simon Says Stamp Haul Dec 2014

Hey Crafters!!  This is my first Simon Haul and it was tough to squeeze what I wanted into the $50.00 Christmas gift I received from Mom and Dad, but I did the best I could with my growing wish list!  LOL

Simon Products:  Stylish Simon SSS09123 and matching dog die #51688, Village (houses and trees) dies SSSD111405.  Lawn Fawn Products:  Stitched Journaling Card LF578, Stitched Hillside Borders LF772, Scripty Hello LF610.  

Click here to watch the Video Haul

Simon Says Stamp sent my order super fast.  I ordered on 12-26-14 and recieved my order on 12-31-14.  Eeeeeee! (Happy Sound)…  And they included a $5.00 coupon that was good for 2 whole months.  

These Village dies. designed by Kristina Werner, are the most inovative idea I have seen in the die cutting industry! I could see 3 ways to use them and there are probably more.  LOL

Valentine’s Day 2015


Hey Crafters!! I made cinnamon rolls and sugar cookies. I thought it would be nice to split the rolls and cookies with the kids. I should have posted these on Feb. 14, but WP duplicated my post and lost the one I continued to work on Feb. 14th..   I was too tired to figure it out and I was participating in all of the PTI challenges for their 8th birthday and Feb. release (and won 1 of the $80 gift certificates, so it was worth it!!). And they are not perfect, but baked with love and were delicious!!  Video at the bottom sharing some of the gifts I bought for my girls  and my self at Target and Antique  shops.

Lips and Staches

Rose Buds



Valentine Decorations:  A second hand metal wall pocket for $3.00, that I spray painted pink! Added a ribbon bow and a tussie mussie to.

I found this adorable little metal Valnetine Angel (tea light) at the Antique Mall  for $4.00  and had to have it!

This cute Napkin Holder was $1.99 a the Antique Mall too.  I just love Napkin Holders for the Holidays…

I  wanted to put something cute over the stove in the kitchen.  This is a wood silverware tray turned on it’s side, I rummaged through some drawers and found some items to fill the spaces with.  The top is a couple of cookie cutters  from Wal-mart  from 2014’s gift giving  and a little trinket box, old beaters and some Easy Bake items, measuring spoons and a very large cake decorating tip!    I just love the pops of red, silver and pink!!!    A vintage chopper on the left and my MaMa’s  (pronounced Maw-Maw’s)  antique  toothpick holder on the right.

I also picked up this pretty flowerpot full of mini rose blooms for $3.00 at the antique shop too!  I really love it. 

A snapshot of the table and makeshift buffet.  Someday in the near future we will paint over my faux bricks  and I will move this sad potting table outside and bring the real buffet that matches that old wood dish cabnet back into  the house!  But my buffet needs some TLC and repair, I just don’t know how to do it.  


I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day!  

Click here to watch the video

The video includes the goodies I got for my girls and a couple of tips for creating a football sugar cookie and a heart shaped cake, in case you don’t have those shapes in cutters or cake pans. The mini silicone heart pans are from Dollar Tree, large heart pans were second hand, the silicone scrapers were from Hobby Lobby. I used 2 of the floral cards from the PTI bday contests and the lady bug bag w/shaker tag as part of the girl’s gifts, but did not have time to make the girls a holiday decoration.  Also in this video, some cute mini mail boxes for Valentine’s day, carrot bubble necklaces, Hello Kitty metal mail box, Kid’s fork and spoon, storage bins ALL from Target and Valentine M&Ms from Wal-mart.  Plus, Sucker molds for the melting disc candies.

February 2015 Name Tags

Hey Crafters!!  Life has been hitting us hard, so my appologies for this late post.

February’s name tag was inspired by February’s Calendar page, on the calendars I make for family each year at Christmastime.  

The typewriter was stamped in StazOn black ink and a mask was made to cover the typewriter.  Then the envelope was stamped in SU’s Close to Coco ink once in full strength ink, and again a second time without reinking the stamp for a lighter colored envelope.  The little heart image was stamped in SU’s Pixie Pink to fill in the open heart of the envelope and again on the letter.  The month of February was masked and inked so that only the abbreviation of Feb could be stamped in the bottom left corner of the name tag in Ranger Archival jet black ink.  An American Crafts marker in tan? was used to enhance the letter in the typewriter.  On my Calendar, this was light blue and wish I’d follwed my inspiration, but I was trying to be vintage!  LOL  Which, is okay, the blue would have popped better.  

Click Here for Feb. 2015 Name Tag Video


Hampton Art – Creative Cafe set called, Hugs & Kisses SC0245 (the envelope image)

Papertrey Ink set called, Shutterbug Special #2546  (tiny heart image)

Single Wood mount stamp by Craftsmart, a typewriter with a letter that says, Be Mine, 125530.


Papertrey is 8, Lux Metallics, Feb. 2015

Hey Crafters!! This challenge was to use *only Metallics & Neutrals. I knew exactly what my metallic would be! This is the simplest card I have made in the last 12 months and it will be the simplest in the next 12 months. LOL


I started with a white A2 sized card base in portrait and embossed the front of the card with a Darice folder called, Scrolls 1215-49. This gave me a great space in the center to stamp a cross from a $1.00 stamp set with sentiment, He is Risen. Both were stamped in Versamark ink and embossed with Gold powder, then heat set with the Milwaukee heat tool the lovely Jennifer McGuire sent me from one of her Favorite Tools segments on her blog.

PTI’s Wonderful Words dies were cut in 4 different browns and layered together for a shadow effect. Peace, from Wonderful Words Holiday and blessed, from Counting My Blessings.