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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!!!"

Monday, February 28, 2011

My Hero!!!!!

My hubs is truly my hero.

I have been soooo sick lately.  He has helped me tremendously in cleaning and taking care of me and everyone else.

Hambo Hoedown challenge was the inspiration for this card this week.  Meet 'Bird Hero'....another of Hambo's originals!!!!  Its a sketch challenge this week and I kinda-sorta missed the mark on that.  I had the image, but forgot about the sketch. But is you look at it, it sorta resembles the sketch, maybe????

Anywhoooooo, the way I was feeling this past week I barely made it under the deadline.

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

Friday, February 25, 2011

Calling in sick!!!!

I had all the intentions in the world today to get caught up on a lot of craft projects I have lined up. But, lunch time yesterday I started feeling really, really awful.  I was achy, feverish, etc.....  Even my eyelashes hurt.....Bwahahahahahahahahaha.  Sooooo, nothing will get done until I feel better!!!

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

Thursday, February 24, 2011


    I've been soooo busy....  crafting, of course.  Before you is the result of 1080 cuts; 180 top notes, 180 pieces of ribbon....then 180 labels 540 numbers with Cricut's help.  Sounds way more complicated that it was.  I just calculated all the numbers I needed of each and started cutting. I was ticking them off on a notebook that I had handy.  My expression was screaming for mercy after a few dozen.  
These are for a friend's daughter thats getting married in June.  June???  You can never be too early, right?   They are going to print the names on clear labels and then apply them to the label area on the place cards.  The cards will hang from white tree branches in the center of the tables.   
I used a texture cs for the blue.....   hint of green shadow behind the ivory numbers. My friend sent me fabric swatches and the cs matches perfectly.  I just know it will be a beautiful wedding; with or without my place cards!!!!

Until later, my "numbers" of friends......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!

Monday, February 21, 2011


             another craft idea ahead!!!!!

No, I didn't mispell any words!!!  This idea came from my hubs actually.  I was going to make him a t-shirt for Valentine's Day and the idea I had he really didn't like.  I was going to use the card decals cart. and make him one of the characters that I used on my car vinyl project here and then add "ROOD CREW" underneath them.  He thought it was too sissy to wear those funny characters, so he came up with this one. He works in the health and safety field and is on constructon jobs all the time.....so this one is manly enough for him to wear......bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

  Since our last name is ROOD (pronounced like rude) yes I know. 
 Most people don't want to say our last name....they think they are being rude......LOL
 But its a very noble name;  "ROOD" means crucifix (catholic), or a measure of land {1/4 acre} or the center point of a cross sectioned road (like the center of a 4-way stop) or a rudimentary meaning for "red head".  Since most surnames came from the profession, geographical area, how they looked, or town that our ancestors lived/or worked.  Well, I know his family isn't catholic so I believe that my hubs ancestors either lived near or at a cross section of road or they were red heads at one time {my hubs was never a red head}. 

 Heck, they could have been the red-headed family that lived on a quarter acre of land near the cross roads.  Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!! 

Wow, you didn't know this was going to become a 'his'-tory lesson did you???? 

Back to crafty reality now........ 
I know he is going to get a lot of looks from people wandering why its been mispelled, well the people that don't know our last name.  But he loves it and thats all that matters!!! 
I used many carts to create this little masterpiece; using my gypsy to merge, weld, and contour some things to make it work. I used heat transfer vinyl that I purchased online.  It soooo simple to use. The only thing is when cutting you have to flip your images vertically so if you use wording then it isnt backwards when you iron it on.  But then again maybe you want it backwards....your call!!!!!!  I will be doing a video tutorial soon of how to do the iron on vinyl and hopefully answer any questions that you may have.  But in the mean time you can contact me and I'll answer them asap!!!!!!

Until later, my crew-pys.......Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Welcome home.....Gnomies !!!

Boy, are they a colorful bunch !!! 

Generally speaking, I think a gnome is just a Christmas Elf on vacation.  Maybe that's why they have their hats pulled way down....to cover those pointy ears they have.....hmmmmmm!!!!
So, they don't get recognized and the papparazzi starts following them and asking them what's the next big thing is next Christmas. 
My Gnome couple are looking for your couple...wondering where they are.  Check out that sentiment!!!  You can still link your gnome creations here if you like, Simone and Gerome would like that a lot!!!

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

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Some 'beach'......!!!!

        Tired of the winter blahs.....want to feel the sand on you toes, need a tall, cool drink in your hand???  Me too!!!!!!
But........... this is as close as you're going to get today while visiting.  My "pelican" friend and I are planning a trip to Hambo Hoedown. Come along and join us for some beachy scenery.
That's the challenge this week...create something beachy. The pelican and the life saver are from Hambo stamps.  I {heart} Hambo!!!!!!!!!  I {heart} the cartoony feel of his work. 

FYI - I forget sometimes to give you the lowdown on the deets of my work......
so here goes.........

I colored the images with color pencils, OMS and a stump.
The sentiment is an oldie from a clear set (sorry, can't remember the name).
I embossed the kraft cs layer underneath the images with woodgrain folder and ran a white ink pad lightly across to look like the salty wood you find near the ocean. Stapled some orange paper ribbon for an added  embellie.......
and da da da da da da da da {<---my best attempt at the Jaws theme music)!!!!!

Until later, beach combers........Gotta swim split......TFL!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Broken hearted.....

           ME ??? Nope !!!!
(inside sentiment..... "a BROKEN heart?")
But the folks at Haunted Design House will be if you don't participate in the challenge {wink}.
This week it's all about lost love, love sucks, broken hearted........any creation that shows how "Love Bites" sometimes. With all the frou-frou business goings on lately, its nice to bring in the other side of Valentine's. You know you've been there, we all have.....so channel that dark side and remember when that boyfriend/hubby dumped you, cheated on you, or was just not very nice to you!!!!  Come on, take a stab at creating something......it will be a little like therapy without the couch or the bill afterwards.....Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Until later, my big hearted peeps.......Gotta split......TFL!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Home for gnomes

Click HERE to get the freebies and post how the gnomes are doing at their new home.

Monday, February 14, 2011

There's no place like gnome......

I have a couple of freebies for ya....... can I get a woop woop!!!!!!

In honor of my soon to be 100th follower and my milestone b'day coming up soon....I thought it was time for a freebie to help me celebrate. 

So, I'm introducing Gerome Gnome and his girlfriend Simone Gnome to you.  They would like to visit your neck of the woods.  Snag them and post what you create with them on the linky below(crossing my fingers that it worked),
 so I can see what a great time they are having.
I'll be back later to show you how they are doing at their happy gnome home here!!!
(Click on the digi's individual and then you can right click and save)

Sorry, freebies have been removed!!!
You will have 1 week to get your gnomes a home after that they will be removed.
Please don't share the freebie, direct others here to snag the gnomes.

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

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I want to wish my Sugarbear (aka Jeff, hubster, etc.) a very loving and Happy Valentine's Day. He is the best hubster, friend, daddy, fur-baby daddy, poppy (the grands call him Poppy...) that any one person could ever ask for.  He makes my life special most everyday. I always laugh at his silly jokes, his dry humor, his goofy faces and his general craziness.  He loves all of us so un-conditionally and doesn't expect a lot in return.  I could never tell him how much he means to me.
(A daddy not wanting his little girl to grow up !!!)

Until later, pieces of my heart.....Gotta split.......TFL!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's dance....

This is a pic of our 'future' star...well, future star for the rest of the world, she's already a star here at home.... !!!!!
She was dressed and ready to go to a local Valentine's Dance....she was so excited.

It's hard to believe that she's only 11 yrs. old.  Everyone thinks she's wayyyyy older. For us (her daddy and I) we still see the crazy, happy, silly little girl. But looking at this picture I can see why others think she's much older.   

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

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The 'eyes' have it!!!!!!!!!

eye eye eye eye eye eye .......reminds me of the seagulls from the Nemo movie.
I digress......Bwahahahahahahahahahaha..!!!!
Check out the seeing-eye love machine below.  Its a Hambo original.  I {heart} Hambo's creations.  Speaking of hearts, thats the challenge at Hambo Hoedown for this week.  You have to create something and have a heart on it somewhere. 

I see you and you and you and you and you and you!!!
I colored the image with color pencils, OMS and used a stump to blend.  My fave way to color!!!!
Don't just LOOK at the 'eye' candy on Hambo's Hoedown....join in the fun!!!!

Until later, eye candy..........Gotta split.....TFL!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Eat your ???? out......

"Blood is red and brains are yummy...
I love you 'cause I ain't no dummy."

Please stop me....  I could go on forevahhhhh!!!

Haunted Design House challenge for this week is eating at me......
"Flesh eating", that is...bwahahahahahahaha !!!

 (inside sentiment)

 (Close-up of yummy brains.....crystal effects)

Drag yourself over to drool over more flashy flesh eaters/eating goings on....

 FYI:  If we're being chased by zombies....
I'm totally tripping one of you!!! 

Until later, tasty niblets.............Gotta split......TFL!!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentines are red, but sometimes they're blue.....

...green and white also.  Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!
Cricut Cardz Challenge is to creat a valentine using blue, green and white ONLY!!!!

There's a latte of beautiful stuff over at Cricut Cardz Challenge.  Pour yourself into the challenge and drink in all the creative juices.  You'll have a latte fun!!!!  I used Just Because cards to create this steamy valentine. A white gel pen was used to make the heart-y steam!!!!

Until latte, sweet sugar cubes.........Gotta split........TFL!!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Super bowl....stupor bowl......

This would be a great game to watch....and check out that cheerleader!!! 
Rah Rah siss boom bah!!!!!!

Hambo is baccckkkkk!!!  A new challenge blog called Hambo Hoedown.  You'll have to perform a 'hail mary' 'cause today is the last day to get it across the field goal line.  I know you can do it.... !!!!

If you complete the goal you don't get any points, now wouldn't help ya any.....you get a freebie image from Hambo. 

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

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surprise, surprise, surprise.....

I have a friend that recently that took a trip of a lifetime.....her hubs surprised her with tickets to Paris, France.  I haven't seen this friend (from high school) in such a long time. She surprised me with an email asking me could she pick up a few things for Harlee while she was in Paris.  Wow, I would never have imagined that she would have even thought to do that.  I told her that I would pay her for anything she could pick up for Harlee, but she refused any money.....wow.....what a great, special, and caring individual.  There is a special place in my heart for her.  Thanks again, Sharron. You made a little girl very, very happy and in turn touched her Momma very deeply.  Below I made a quick video of Harlee opening her mail.  Sharron even printed an Eiffel Tower on the address label.....Harlee wouldn't let me throw the box away.....bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Had big plans but......

they got tossed to the side like my OLD oven.....Bwahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Hubs came home on Tuesday.  We have been super busy.  Now we are working on getting our wall-unit oven replaced.  My kitchen is a mess and hard to focus on being creative. Of course, they new ones never go back without major adjustments.

Until later, restless cuties......Gotta split....TFL!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gates of ??????

Not sure if this is the gate I was looking for. 
She's cute and all, but somethings not quite right.  I think I'll pick 'gate' no. 2.

Can't you just see her wiggling her little finger for you to come in.  
(inside sentiment)

Haunted Design House has a challenge up for something for both sides of the gate fence.....Angels and Demons.  Open the gate, go on, and see what's on the other side. You might be surprised to see that it isn't as bad as you thought.  But then again, Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Until later, my little horned devils......Gotta split.....TFL!!!! 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rustic Daisy Tour

Grab yourself a snack and something to drink and enjoy!!!!

I would give this film 2 ink-stained thumbs up!!!

Hope you enjoyed your tour......Exit to your right and please watch your step!!!! 
Don't forget to throw your trash in the receptacle.....Thank you!!!
Until later, film critics.....Gotta split....TFL!!!!