Thursday, April 22

Better late than

Congratulations to the two winners of the blog
candy!!! Sorry I was late getting this on here too....
I had a last minute getaway home to Indiana to
visit with family!!
Alright so Dennis and Brandy you get first pick of the
card box and 'T' you get the other one. Just shoot an
e-mail to me at
with your address and I will get these off in the mail.
Whatever you do have a great day!!!

Monday, April 12

A little help

So, I took this ordinary binder I got on clearance

at a computer store and turned it into this.

I just took a reagular binder smothered it with

Mod Podge

Picked some paper that I liked and stuck it on.

Then I used my Cricut for the flowers and the lettering....and I layered

them and played around a bit and came up with this.

.... I needed some help to get my

stamps somewhat organized. That is pretty hard

to do because we are in temporary living right now.

I saw this idea on someone else's blog and I thought

this is perfect for me right now....and it will help later too.

So obviously I can't fit my stamps inside here

but tomorrow I will show you the indside and explain

just how this little binder is going to be a huge help

and timesaver to me with all of my crafting.

Whatever you do have a great day!!!!

Tuesday, April 6

Bird on a Branch

I have had my eye on this set for some time now....
and I finally got it....oh man I am so EXCITED!!!!
This is the first card I made with it and it
definitely will not be the last....why do I love cards
with birds so much? Maybe I am crazy......
Is there something that you just lean
toward when you are crafting...or reading...
or doing any other hobbies?
Here's what I used:
  • Soft Suede card stock #115318
  • Close to Cocoa card stock #101341
  • Blush Blossom card stock # 103318
  • Very Vanilla card stock # 101650
  • Melon Mambo card stock #115320
  • Bird on a Branch stamp set #113266
  • Melon Mambo & Soft Suede marker #116329
  • Blush Blossom marker #100037
  • Creamy Caramel marker #100078
  • Soft Suede polka-dot ribbon #115612
  • corner rounder punch
  • SNAIL adhesive #104332
  • Scallop border punch #112091

I just want to throw it out there that the

occasions mini catalog will only be around until the

end of this you had better hurry and check it

out before it's to late and you have to say goodbye to some

really really nice things.....just click here to see the catalog.

Whatever you do have a great day!!!

Monday, April 5

My good friend Tiniel....this is her

Is going to be walking in a "Relay for Life"
to raise money for finding a cure for cancer.
Tiniel is an amazing woman, friend, mother and wife.
Not only does she want to raise money to find
a cure, but she wants to give something to
those who are willing to donate and help.....
Check out her story here.

Thursday, April 1

Kindness and Gratitude this flower on the the
same from the tutorial yesterday. Except for
on this flower I used plain card stock and stamped
an image using the Define Your Life stamp set.
I wanted you to be able to see some of the
definition inside the flower when you looked at it.
I also did some stenciling on the card using the
Stampin sponges, a stencil and a scallop circle punch.

And I am pretty happy with the results. I don't know how
I would mail this card because the flower does stick
up from the cards pretty far....but it would be great
to give to someone face to face.....I am sure you could
mail it would just need a bigger special envelope.
Here's what I used:
  • Very Vanilla card stock #101650
  • Cameo Coral card stock #100475
  • Chocolate Chip classic ink pad #100908
  • Cameo Coral classic ink pad #103035
  • Barely Banana classic ink pad #101170
  • Old Olive classic ink pad #102277
  • Define Your Life stamp set #114950
  • Lovely Letters Alphabet stamp set #115030
  • Mat Pack #105826
  • Paper Piercer #116631
  • Stampin Sponges #101610
  • Scallop circle punch
  • brad

Whatever you do have a great day!!!!

Paper Flowers

First you need 5 scallop circles
I use double sided paper....that way I know
they will look good together and it brings so much
more color to the flower.
You don't have to do this but I like to....
I sponge the edges....chocolate chip....but obviously
you can use any color you like or no color at all.
Here is the sponged edges with both sides
of the paper.....
Now you just crumple up all the scallops
really really really good!!! You can't mess this
up.... Just have fun with it.
Now you unfold them and stack them in the
order you would like them to be in.
Here I use my Mat Pack and paper piercer.
These tools make it so much easier to
place a hole and then a brad!!!!
So with all 5 stacked pierce a hole right
into the middle.
If you used the Mat Pack then you simply
pull out the paper piercer and the hole from it stays.
Then you can slide the brad right into it.
If not then....I used to jab a small pair of scissors
into the center or just stick the brad in piece by piece.
So now you get to crumple some more....YAY!!!!
Start with the top scallop and crinkle it to the middle...
then do the second layer....then the third layer
do you get where I am going?
So below I have 5 different flowers at each
crumple stage so you can see the progression.
Now that all layers are crumpled up nice and tight....
you can start uncrumpling....
gently tug out the bottom layer, but don't flatten it out
you want it to still be in the shape of....well....
kind of like a bowl, a wrinkly paper bowl.
Now do the next layer
Keep going with the next layer.....
and the next one....

And finally open the last layer just enough
so you can see the brad and the inside paper.
And you have created some very unique beautiful
flowers. Here are the 5 flowers that I made.
1 & 2
3 & 4

and the last 5th flower....
I hope you like these flowers...they are really very pretty
flowers!!! You can have so much fun mixing and matching
colors to go with anything. You can even leave some of
the inner layers crumpled to make it look more like a bud.
Just have fun with it....that's what crafting is all about.
(Sorry for my made up words.... ;) )
Whatever you do have a great day!!!