Monday, August 25, 2014


Good morning! I apologize for being absent so long. Our family flew out to Branson, MO to watch Cortney "walk" down the runway for Runway LOUD! It was a truly magical week and I will be sharing pictures very soon.

I have a symapathy card up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog. It is a 3-D Poppy card that I found on the Silhouette store. I used black foam tape to give it dimension. with sympathy
To shape the petals of the poppy I sprayed them with water and shaped them with a stylus.  I attached the petals with DODZ.  I used a sentiment  and silver doilies from SRM Stickers.

with sympathy close
I am keeping this post short and sweet since my hard drive crashed right before we left and I am working on a teeny old laptop.  ;)  I am hoping my computer can be fixed very soon!
Have a great day!!!

Monday, August 18, 2014


I have a fun summer project to share with you that would be great for a summer birthday party! How about some cute S'more cupcake toppers? I created the graham cracker with kraft cardstock and a bit of darker brown ink around the edges.  
I took a piece of dark brown card stock, scored it, and gave it a coating of glossy accents to emulate the look of chocolate. 

And of course no S'mores would be complete without the roasted marshmallows. I used my Cricut and the Outdoor Man cartridge to cut the marshmallow shape.  I covered it completely with liquid applique.  I heated it up and left it on until it started to burn the liquid applique. 
I added a little SRM sticker and a bit of twine.  I added it to a fun colored paper straw....perfect for sticking in a cupcake! 
We are headed out on a plane tomorrow to Branson, MO.  The day is approaching for Cort to "walk" the runway.  I am very nervous and excited for her.  
 Please wish us luck on this exciting journey we are about to embark on!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Total Craziness!

Right now I am the epitome of the expression, "Flying by the seat of your pants!"
My room at school is finished.  Today I am writing lesson plans for the first week.
Travel arrangements are still being made for next week's Runway LOUD event.
Packing has begun.
2 college visits with Kyle this week. 
Broken window in kitchen fixed.
Van taken in for low tire light. 
My life is total craziness right now. (In a good way)
So I am taking the next half an hour to enjoy a cup of coffee and write a blog post.
I feel like I've been a bit out of touch with you this week.

I created this card many moons ago when I was part of the Cricut Circle DT.
I used the Flower Shoppe cartridge, some dimensional foam squares for the basket and bit of white paint. 
A couple of week's ago my family went on a weekender to a resort in Wisconsin.  It was a much needed getaway.  We needed time away from life's stress and just reconnect with one another. 
Brian and Kyle took time to rent a wave runner and enjoy some "guy" time. 

Cortney and I watched from shore. :)

Have a great weekend my friends!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flurry of Activity!

I've decided that I must be crazy.
I am 2 weeks out from school, heading to Branson, MO, and have one million and one things to do.
So what do I do?  Drive 3 hours to Indiana yesterday with Cort for a photo shoot. 
As if I didn't have enough going on in my life! LOL!  
I will share pictures later this week. ;)

First, let me share a card I made using Crafty Secret's Love and Support set.  I printed it on cream card stock and colored it with my Prisma colored pencils.  
The polka dot paper is a digital paper available from Crafty Secrets as well. It is part of the Vintage Valentine kit.  I used various Spellbinder's dies to matte the image.  The flower was cut from my Silhouette and was saved from a previous project.  I added ribbon, string, book paper leaves, and a couple of stick pins. 
Two weeks ago a very sweet gal, Karie took pictures of Cortney at a local wildlife refuge.  
She was extremely patient and kind to Cort and was able to capture some great shots of her.  
She is located here in Illinois and her business name is, Smile Through the Rain Photography. 
You can find her HERE. Feel free to "like" her page.  I know she would appreciate it. :)
I have to get my head focused on school today.
My room has to be ready before we head out to Branson.
No pressure.  ;)
So that's where you will find me today. 
Knee deep in books, pencils, and teacher's manuals.
Have a great day!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Shaker Card

I am headed out the door in a bit to take photographs of 14 very special kids. 
I have been getting more and more photography opportunities and I couldn't be more thrilled!
Now if there were only more hours in the day, I would be a happy camper! ;)
Before I head out the door with Cort, I had to share my card that is up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog.  There is a step by step tutorial there.
I used the Keepsake Pouch to create the clear window and filled it with my favorite colored sequins. 
The colors do indeed make me smile. :D 
I bit of doily, a crocheted flower, silver glittery leaves, and a sentiment from SRM, and my card was complete.  
Yesterday my husband's side had a family reunion.  His gram is 94 and it was a great way for her to see all of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.
I took a lot of pictures....if you are interested in seeing more you can head over to my Facebook page. :)
3 generations. 

The whole clan!!

Wish me luck that I am able to capture great photos today!  I always get a bit nervous!
Happy Sunday!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I have always been a girl who loves images. I love photography and have been fascinated with it since I can remember.  I think that is why I love Pinterest so much.  Yes, I love the content that is there, but more importantly, I am interested in how things were staged and then photographed! From food, clothing, animals, whatever the subject is.  I think it has helped improve my photography skills.  So I have been practicing on anything that doesn't fight back.  My poor pups are defenseless against the Nikon.  (And a yummy dog treat!)  

Flowers are another obvious choice. My son and I took a bike ride recently with camera in tow.  He was very patient as I took pictures from every possible angle.  

In 2014, this is what teens do when their moms are busy taking photos of flowers.  ;)
He usually hates his picture being taken, but a little bribery and I was able to get one shot!

And by the way, I would love to follow you on Pinterest, if I don't already! Please leave your link below so I can do that!  And in case you want to follow me, here is mine.... Michele Kovack at Pinterest. 

Have a great day my friends! Off to take Cortney for her school physical and shots today! Woo to the hoo! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Day 4 of JustRite's August Release-Sympathy

Sympathy cards are not the cards you want to have to make, but we all know that they are necessary. I like to make them up ahead of time to have on hand.
I colored directly on the stamp using Tim Holtz Distress markers. I softened it a bit by brushing each flower and leaf with a water brush. I added glittery Stickles to the center of each flower. 
I used Spellbinder's Labels Eight to cut out the image.  I inked the inside a bit while the die was still in place. I used the new Spellbinder's die, Vintage Flourish One, designed by Amy Tedder. I covered it with glossy accents and sprinkled it with glitter.  I stamped the sentiment in Hawaiian Shores by Papertrey Ink and cut it out using a Spellbinder's die.  I layered it all and added ribbon, posies, and string.  As a final touch I added coordinating rhinestones.

Oh! And I almost forgot to mention, see the pretty scalloped card?  This is also available through JustRite to cut with your Silhouette! It is called, Elegant Stationary Elements. The pretty edge just ties the whole card together!
SVG Elegant Stationery Elements Cut File Digital Download

We are just two weeks away from the Runway Loud event in Branson, MO....which means it is time to get Cort's hair cut and highlighted. So that's where we will be spending part of today.  I can't believe that we are so close to the date now! We are getting really excited!