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I would classify myself as an artist. It took me a while to finally accept that monicker, but that's what I am; AN ARTIST!!! I have a wonderful hubs that supports my "talents" in most all avenues, except maybe when the credit card bill comes in the mail...LOL And I have 4 great kids and 5 beautiful grandchildren that I love to pieces. Come on by and sit a spell and "STAMP 'TIL YA CRAMP!!! & "CROP 'TIL YA DROP!!!"

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I love you.....

Anyway you say it....
it still means a lot!!!!

I purchased these pencils from Hobby Lobby last year in the 
Valentine's clearance.
I always peruse the clearance rack to see what I can use.
I have those large plastic tubs for every holiday and just insert the 
items into the tubs until 
the next year and open and see what I can give out to the grands.

OK, back to the project.....

I inserted the pencils into these 2" X 8" cello bags (from Stampin' Up!)
I wanted a tag for the top.

I cut a dark pink base at 3-1/4" X 4-1/4" 
Scored one inch to make the base an even square of 3-1/4"

Cut the hands from My Community Cricut cart
and the hearts are from George and Basic Shapes Cricut cart.

Adhered the heart in the palm and folded the two fingers down to 
create the 
I LOVE YOU sign language symbol.
Then adhered the hands to the base layer.

Adhered them to the cello bags with tiny glue dots. 

Aren't they adorable.....love 'em.

Until later, lovlies.......Gotta split......TFL!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some beach.....

......some where!!!

I had fun creating this card. 
BBTB2's challenge was to make something 'beach' inspired.

I think this one works well!!!!

Card deets:

Basic folded card stock base of a light blue.
Kraft card stock torn to mimic sand.
Used Suburbia cartridge to cut the woman silhouette image; once with black card stock and once with a patterned yellow DSP. 
I cut away most of the image to leave just a swimsuit to layer on top. 
I then cut out the chair and umbrella from Life's a Beach cart. and made them large enough to layer the woman onto them. It was very easy using my Gypsy. 
I had this clear stamp set that is for different types of flower petal, but to me they looked like surfboards.  After stamping them with black staz-on I colored them using my Bic markers.
Then sentiment is from another stamp set. 
Used a few dimensionals for some texture.

All in all....
I think it turned out quite brilliantly!!!!

Love it!!!

Until later, beach dwellers......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

How sweet it is.........

....fresh strawberries in the summer time.

My hubs planted some strawberry plants this year and we have picked a few already.
I saved enough to make him some homemade strawberry ice cream....
it is sweeeti-licious!!!!

I created this card for two different challenges.

One is @ Cardz TV blog....its called "Love in a Jar"
the second one is @ BBTB2...its called "Summer Foods"

I think this card works for both of them really well.

I used Kate's ABC's for the jar cut and then adhered it to some acetate for the illusion of real glass and I then fussy cut around the edges. 
I used a heart punch for the strawberries and Boho blossom punch for the green hulls and a MS leaf punch to fill some empty space. 
The "SWEET" sentiment is from Michael's dollar spot. 
The background is embossed with a folder from my Oriental Weave set of folders.
I thought it looked a little like a basket weave. 

Until later, sweetsies.......Gotta split......TFL!!!!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Again!!!!! Yep.....again!!!

I just can't leave well enough alone.  
The backs of the ladder back chairs in the dining room looked like 
they needed something.

So.....they got SOMETHING!!!

I made some monogrammed banners to hang on each chair.

Each person has their initial of their first name on their chair.

This is Jeff's



and finally...a "G" for a guest that might happen to eat with us.

I started with a cardboard box that I received some crafting supplies in from Cricut.com....woop woop!!!!  
Love my Cricut....just sayin'
Ok, back to the deets of this project. As I was saying,  I started with a cardboard box. 
I ripped it open and cut 4 triangles for the banners.
I distressed the triangles by ripping some of the smooth paper off to reveal the corrugated paper underneath. 
 I then used white gesso and scrumbled some on hap-hazardly. Let it dry and meanwhile I used my Expression and the Old West cartridge and cut out the letters.
Black shadow and patterened DSP was cut at 4-1/4"
Used some dimensionals and placed them on the center of the triangles.
I torn a piece of a patterned velum and adhered it with clear glue. Glued down a white button and also a small white clothes pin.  
Then using a border punch and white card stock I made the scallop edges. 
Then using a hot glue gun I adhered some pearl strings around the edges and left long tails at the bottom.
Then I ripped some fabric strips and used some white and black seam binding and tied it around the tails of the pearls to make a faux tassel. 
Added some more torn fabric to the top corners for hanging.

Tied them to the chairs and stepped back and clapped for joy. 

I absolutely love them!!!!

Until later, sit a spellers.......Gotta sit split.....TFL!!!!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


 {putting my hands on my lovelies that aren't up to par right now}

I have a great nephew and a niece that are both under the weather right now.  Both pretty serious.  I won't get into the details, but they are on the mend...Thank goodness!!!

I love ALL my family dearly and it hurts me to the core to see any of them not their normal selves.

With that said.....I made a get well card for the both of them. 
I forgot to take a picture of the first one I sent out to my g-nephew, but below is the one I just finished for my niece.

I love making cute, funny cards that will {hopefully} 
bring a smile to their faces.

Regular A2 card base.
A couple of scraps, one with a border punch on the top and bottom...see the hearts <3 font="">
Then a rectangular peachy color was rounded on the corners and swiss dots embossed using the Sizzix Texture Boutique.  
{I love love love my Sizzix Texture Boutique!!!!!}
Then a square of the same color.  Inked around both pieces 
with Cameo coral ink from SU!
Used a dimensional on the smaller square to give it
 a little sumpin' sumpin'
Then I punch out a heart with a punch from CM and used only the center piece and glittered it up. 
Also added a dimensional to the back of it. 
Stamped the sentiment using Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from SU!.

I think my niece will like it!!!!

Until later, nurse maids.........Gotta split.......TFL!!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Take a load off......

 I recently moved our kitchen table out into the front room. It was originally my hubs office. But I moved our offices together. 

This is part of the redecorating process.

I made a bench from our daughters old twin bed frame and it needed a seat cushion.

I went to Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon and purchased the roll of 1" foam (pictured below).  I will make chair pads for the dining room chairs with the remaining foam. The fabric was purchased at a local drapery warehouse that has some incredible deals. 

I created an envelope style fold-over flap for the bottom of the cushion.  That way I don't have to sew in a zipper and removing the cover to wash is super simple. 

This is the finished bench after distressing and making pillow covers in the same manner as I made the seat cushion (with the flap part in the back). 

More decor pieces.  I wanted a pop of color as you can tell its the coral color.  An old boot that I no longer wear, I painted and added some sheer fabric and flowers inside.
The picture frame I painted (yes the bird and the leaves were painted by me) and made a paper flower and hot glued to the front. 

I painted this little end table like piece and distressed it to match the bench.
The lamp was from a local thrift store and I purchased the shade at HL and covered it using some fabric.  I found those books at the thrift store as well just for the colors.  Love the coral one. 

Hope you like the small tour of my creating madness......
I love creating things from nothing (or something) and making it my own. 

Until later, admirers.........Gotta split........TFL!!!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Model figure.....

When I see a cage type dress form it reminds me of a skeleton. 
So I created my own.

Haunted Design House has a challenge called Skeletal Remains.
Just as the title suggests....
you are to use something to do with skeletal remains, bones, etc....

I stamped the dress form with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I sprinkled some red embossing powder on the piece after embossing the white and heated it from the bottom as to not blow it around.  Kinda looks like blood splatters.
Using my Cricut I cut the skull and arms using October 31st cartridge.  
Punched out the flowers for her hair head.  
Inked the edges of the skeletal remains.  
Layered onto a card base and added a white border punch along the edge.
Hand cut a flag and wrote the word "DIVA".

This is probably what most models would look like if they ate one less meal....

Until later, designers.......Gotta split......TFL!!!!