Thursday, October 30, 2014


Good morning!  I have had such a busy, busy week and didn't want you to think I had fallen off the face of the Earth! ;)  I am popping in for a quick post before I head off to school.  
Last year, when I was still creating for Northridge Magazine, my assignment was to create a Halloween onesie. So I used my Cricut and orange and black felt.
I hand stitched the orange circle onto the black felt.  I cut around it with fabric scalloped scissors.  Which is why my scallops are a bit wonky.
I stitched the letters with white thread so they would stand out a bit more. I added a little bit of lace to help "ground" the letters and some googly eyes. (adhered with fabric glue) I am finally handing this little cutie to a friend of mine who's baby girl is celebrating her first Halloween. :)
Today is 60's day at I've got my A-line skirt, Mary Janes, and headband all ready to go. 
Then tonight I have a Halloween dance at my school.
So busy, busy! 
Have a great day friends!
If you haven't checked out Cortney's FB page yet, you can find her here!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

J'Adore Paris

Okay, I have to admit, I've never actually been to Paris.  But it is definitely on my bucket list of things to do!
 I designed this card awhile back using Cricut's France Digital set.   I love the little wine bottle, cheese, and French bread. They were begging to be glittered!
I used the shadow cut to cut the black paper.  I think it makes the title pop a bit! I added a bit of twine and a few pearls as a finishing touch. 
It is a totally nutty week in my house! Kyle is spending an overnight at the college he wants to attend next fall.  *sniff sniff,* Cort starts cheerleading tonight, my school is hosting a Halloween party on Thursday, and of course Friday is Halloween.  And on top of all of that, I am seeing the Dancing With the Stars show on Sunday! 
Lots of good stuff heading our way. :)
Have a great day my friends!!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tropical Snowflake Card! (Oxymoron at its Best!)

I am thrilled to be up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today! Why you ask? Because we are having a blog hop with  WOW! Embossing Powders.  Their embossing powders are absolutely stunning!  
If you want all of the details on this little tropical number, you will have to head on over to the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog. 
Who says wintry snowflake cards have to blue or white? I love breaking the rules once in awhile! 
Be sure to stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives blog for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

And last but not least, I decided after much thinking, to start a FB page for Cortney and her modeling journey.  I would love if you became a fan.  She needs all of the love and support she can get! (And her mama too!)  Click HERE if you would like to become a fan! And thank you in advance if you do! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Happy Day!

It is most certainly a happy day! I love getting e-mails telling me that some of my creative projects are getting published!  I received one from Woman's World Magazine about a tutorial I had on my blog recently that they want to publish in their December issue.  I am so honored to be recognized by a magazine that has been around as long as they have! At the end of my post I included two links to two E-books I was published in as well.  The books are free, so be sure to grab a copy!

I have a card today to share that was on the SRM blog a couple of months ago.  So if you missed it over there, you get a second chance here.  ;)
I created the flower with my Spellbinder's Rose die.  I used SRM's punched shapes and added a variety of alcohol ink splotches to create a cool background. 
I added a sentiment from SRM's Stickers by the Dozen collection, a few sequins, ribbon, string, and a few leaves I had leftover from a previous project using my Silhouette.  

Here are the links to the e-books if you are interested.  Remember they are FREE! ;)

18 Free Printable Christmas Cards and Homemade Christmas Card Ideas

Have a happy day!!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Vintage Crow...

Good morning!  It's the start of a brand new week! (Okay that was me trying to convince myself that I am happy it is Monday.) ;)
I had a little bit of time to create this weekend. I am still in Halloween mode so I created this little number. Not quite your typical Halloween color scheme. ;)
The image is from Crafty Secrets.  It is part of the Halloween Labels set. It was given a bit of color with my Inktense pencils.  The perimeter was given a thick coat of black, sparkly Stickles.  All of the patterned paper is from Crafty Secrets
I added sequins, ribbon, and a glittery black spider. 
That's it for me today....gotta run and mold young minds! ;)
Happy Monday! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014


Shorter days. Cold nights. Holidays approaching.
Pumpkin craziness.
I go into a total nesting craze. (and I'm not even pregnant! LOL!)
Cleaning, organizing, and making the house cozy. 
I guess because somewhere in the back of my mind I am buckling down for another brutal Chicago winter.  (Fingers crossed that Farmer's Almanac is wrong!)
This has always been my favorite time of the year. 
I have a card to share that was published awhile back in Northridge's Cricut magazine.  I honestly can't remember which Cricut cartridges I used.  
I am a total slacker that way.
I do remember the assignment being a creative use for ribbon. So I created layers with my "negative space leaves."  This allowed the ribbon underneath to take center stage. 
I think the ribbon gives the card a bit of visual interest and texture. :) 
Kyle and I were both off on Monday, so we had the opportunity to spend the day together.  (A rarity these days).  I took him to breakfast and we chatted about school and his plans for college.  (He was accepted to a university of his choosing)  Part of me was feeling a bit sad....knowing that the days are becoming more and more fleeting.
So I captured this momentous year......his senior pics. 
Kyle is not a dress up kind of casual was the route we took.
This last picture is so him. 
But sensitive and kind.
My boy. 
My only son who is growing and maturing faster than this mama can handle. 
I am so proud of this young man.  He has overcome many obstacles. Life hasn't always been easy for him.  He has persevered.
I love this kid.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Halloween Tart Tins

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend!
I am in Halloween mode, full force! Everything I see, do, even eat (think things all pumpkin!) have gotten me in the fall spirit!  I had a couple of silver tart tins I had picked up from Bed, Bath, and Beyond last year and decided to make some ornaments for my Halloween tree.
I sprayed them with chalkboard paint.
I used this cute little ghost from SRM Stickers. I added glue to the perimeter and sprinkled it with German Glass Glitter. I used a purple scalloped circle behind him and popped him up in the tart tin with dimensional foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. I added some purple jingle bells, silver cording, and a sentiment from SRM Stickers by the Dozen.  I threaded a bit of ribbon through a hole I had punched, so I could easily hang it on my tree.  
It is a bit gloomy here, but I am off of work so I am a happy camper.  ;)  The plan is to craft a bit and take Kyle's senior pictures if the rain holds off.  Otherwise I will just have to craft more.  LOL! 
Have a great day my friends!