Monday, September 1, 2014

Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge and Linky Party!

Did you miss me? 
 I have certainly missed all of you! 
Not only did our family have the adventure of a lifetime in Branson, MO, but my computer has been in the shop for the past two weeks!  I finally got it back Saturday, and am now trying to play, "catch up!" I have 550 pictures to edit from the last several weeks and I am trying to prioritize what's most important.  On top of that, school started, and now much of my time is spent writing lesson plans, and completing computer modules.  
But that is not why you are here.
You have stopped by, I am sure, to see something crafty, not to listen to me ramble about how busy life is!
Today is the start of a new month. (almost) Which means it is time for our fall challenge over at Crafty Secrets. 
I decided on a Halloween shaker card.  I used Crafty Secret's vintage cuts.  Just a few punches, some sequins, and a few embellishments and you can make a card fun and interactive! 
I have a full step by step tutorial below to show you the process I took to create this card. 
First grab an image from the Halloween Creative Scraps collection, a few circle punches, and punch various sized holes into your image. 
You will need some type of tacky glue.....
And a piece of acetate. 
I spread glue around the back of the tag.  (Yes, there is an image on this side as well....the beauty of the creative scraps!)  ;)
Place the acetate over the glue and use something to hold it in clothespins!
Take dimensional foam tape (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) and surround each of circles.  This prevents your sequins from leaking out.  As you can see, I am the furthest thing from OCD! HA! I am seriously the messiest crafter ever! No rhyme or reason...just surround those punched holes!
Drop a few sequins in each of the circles. 
Place black paper directly over the foam tape. 
 I wanted to leave a bit of a black border so I cute around the outside of the tag with my scalloped scissors. 
Grab some seam binding and tie it vertically around your card.  Take a bit more and tie a second bow and glue it on top of first bow. 
I had some fun black sprigs of leaves and berries from Michaels.  I used tacky glue to glue it in place. 
I added another leave at the top to balance it.  I glued a couple of orange berries to the center. 
As a final touch I added a couple of posies.  
Halloween is right around the corner...and now this gal will be prepared! 
Be sure to visit the other gals' blogs for their beautiful fall creations and tutorials!
Have a great day! So glad to be back!

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!