Saturday, August 09, 2014

OCC Day 4: Back to School Cards

This is all I could muster for day 4, but I am including a process video which will be linked up on the sidebar to the right of this post The video is uploading at present and has been since last evening. Ugh! Hopefully, it will be live soon! 

Kraft and white cardstocks, Distress Inks: Frayed Burlap, Wid Honey, Fired Brick, Barn door, Peeled Paint, Simon Says Stamp Set ( Lunch Box Notes, Friendship Messages), Hero Arts Stamps (Journal Letters), Simon Says Stamp Dies ( Teacher, Tiny tags), Silhouette Cut (Apple Card 64361)

Just because I thought this would be funny! Not stamps were hurt in the dissecting of this sentiment. The red ink was simply from an old project that never got completely cleaned off. Cut up your sentiments! So easy to put them pack together again!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Life Got in the Way

So...I was planning on posting for Day 3 of the Online Card Classes - Stretch Your Stamps 2 today, but life got in the way. I have been working on and off all day on one card! I know there are many of you who know what I am talking about...just stuff to do!

Here are few is of a layout I completed a few days ago with products from my most recent Scraptastic Kit, my haircut and an iced latte (simple pleasures) from today and two blankets my family and I completed last weekend to donate to Project Linus. Also posted to the right is a You Tube video of my most recent haul.

Tune in tomorrow and I should have a few things to share! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

OCC Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 2

Here are a couple of my creations from day 2 of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2. There are a few other things I want to try from day 2 and will be posting them on an upcoming post. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2 - Day 1

The topic for day one was backgrounds! Here are a few cards that I created using background stamps. I have a few more things I am toying around with that may or may not make it to the public. lol! Looking forward today two!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Destash Update 6/27

Thank you so much for your support via You Tube, Facebook on the ScrapYard and 2 Peas! I truly appreciate it and hope to get a few more things out to folks soon. The more I can get out my door the better! I have the opportunity to sell some of my items at a crafty yard sale on Saturday and am planning on doing so. With that said, I have no idea what is going to be available in my "Destash Yard Sale Aftermath" video that will be posted next week. If there is anything that you are interested in, please feel free to ask me questions concerning pricing and availability. I am more than happy to work with you! Again, thanks for the support and stay tuned for a video update next week!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Destash #4 Mister Hueys Lot, Stamps, Cork

MME Stamps $5 plus shipping
Cork 6x6 Pads (2 available) $2.50 plus shipping
Mister Hueys Lot $24 plus shipping ( 12 bottles)
Just Rite Monogram Set Large $20 plus shipping

Just Rite Monogram Set Small $10 plus shipping

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Destash #3 PAPER!!! (Update 6/24)

Simples Stories Collection Packs $10 plus shipping
Summer Fresh (1 available)
Baby Steps (1 available)
Happy Days (1 available)
Destinations (1 available)
Aspen Frost SOLD
Jillibean Soup (1 available)
Graphic 45 Bird Song (1 available)

Photo Freedom Collections $6 plus shipping (2 available)
Lot of 10 6x6 paper pads $22 PENDING

Thank you so much!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Destash #2: Paper, Build a Bear Dies (Update 6/24)

Memento Markers - New (I just tested a few and they are nice and juicy!) $22 shipped SOLD
Tim Holtz Lot -  $30 shipped SOLD
Sew Easy Lot - $10 shipped SOLD
Twine Lot - $8 shipped SOLD
Build a Bear Die Lot - $20 shipped

If you are buying volume I would be more than happy to combine multiple items for a package deal!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Destash #1: Unity Stamp Co. KOTM (Update 9/9)

Unity Stamp Co. $5 each set. Red rubber foam mounted 18-24 stamps depending on set. Each kit is cut from a full 8.5 x 11 rubber sheet. The images are big. Willing to group items. One sheet of rubber weighs roughly 9 oz plus shipping envelope. Sets generally retail for $45 each. PayPal only. First come, first serve. Great deal! 

Email me at or leave a message on the You Tube video when it uploads. Thanks!!!

A Little Happy May 2010

A Pocket Full Of July 2009 SOLD

All Seasons September 2011

All Smiles June 2011

All You Need August 2010

Another Sweet Day May 2009 SOLD

Color of the Seasons August 2012

Filled with Love December 2011

Fly Free June 2010 (No butterfly tree)

Follow Your Own April 2012

Fresh Beginnings April 2009

Head to Soul March 2012

Happily Ever After August 2010

Go Ahead Wish September 2009

Heart & Soul January 2012

Just You March 2011

Love in an Instant May 2012 SOLD

Lucky to Have You February 2012

Nothing but Blue Skies February 2010

Ol’ Bag of Fun July 2012

Perfect in Every Way June 2009 SOLD

Picture Perfect November 2010

Rockin’ It Unity Style March 2010 SOLD

Savor the Journey January 2010

Simple Life March 2009

Simply Magical November 2009

Small Things Matter Most April 2011

Sweet Summer Love June 2012 SOLD

Take Time to Laugh October 2010

Take Your Time November 2011

The Best is yet to Be February 2011

Vintage Touch September 2012

Think Happy Thoughts May 2011

Monday, June 16, 2014

Massive Scrapbooking/Mixed Media/Cardmaking Destash

I need to downsize! I have way too much to know what I really have and effectively use. I will be uploading a video each day this week destashing TONS of stamps, paper collections and pads, mists, washi tapes, Cricut cartridges and much more.  Here is a video briefly explaining what I am destashing. Please share this with anyone who maybe interested in scoring some great quality scrapbooking/cardmaking/mixed media items. Subscribe to my channel and you will know exactly when I post. Thanks in advance! You have no idea how great it will make me feel to simplify my life! :)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Distress Ink Storage - Inexpensive Walmart Option

With the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer comes my need to reorganize and/or purge everything in the house. As a result of purging and prioritizing supplies in my craft nook, I realized that I didn't have a very good system for storing my distress ink pads. I use them a lot and would like them to be easily accessible. Formerly, they were in a iris cart drawer, which was only convenient BEFORE I attached foams to the back of the pad case (and accumulated more colors!) There is no room on my desk to put all of them. I checked on pinterest for ideas and saw a hanging jewelry storage bag that looked to perfectly fit the distress inks, so off I went to Walmart for milk and that particular storage bag. In the same aisle right below the hanging bags were these great plastic bins. I assume they are for organizing dresser drawers or some such thing. This one caught my eye because I looked the perfect size for distress pads. Each divider can hold up to 18 pads with foams attached. I printed off labels onto sticker paper from Kristina Werner's site, then cut, attached and made color swatches for each label. They are a wee bit crooked because the foams attached to the backs of each. I don't mind storing them vertically because Jennifer McGuire mentioned in her most recent ink storage video that manufacturers don't think that the storage position of the pad changes its effectiveness.  Big bonus for this storage container....if you have a Raskog cart from IKEA the container fits perfectly with space at the bottom of the tray for tools or paper.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Adventures in Watercoloring

So....I signed up for Online Card Classes Watercolor for Cardmakers when it started back at the beginning of May. Fast forward (if anyone remembers what that is!) to the past couple of days. My students' last day of school was yesterday. Mine was today. See reasons for progress? lol! 

I am hoping to have more to share soon, but here are a couple of cards that I made yesterday and are already out the door on their way to do what cards do...make people feel that someone cares. I used some new goodies from Simon Says Stamp & Altenew as well as some stuff that has been in my stash for awhile.

This was the beginning of the last card. It was a bit of a mess, but I put enough effort into it that someone was going get it!

Stamps: You are my Sunshine (SSS),  Ink: Black - Versafine, Dies: You are my Sunshine, Watercolors: Peerless, Paper: Distress Watercolor & Glitz - Gray Paper, Enamel Dot: MME 

Stamps: Magnolias for Her (Altenew), Friendship Messages (SSS), Ink: Versamark, Paper: Navy, Distress Watercolor, Accessories: Distress Markers, Perfect Pearls, Distress Ink Pad, White Embossing Powder, Platinum Embossing Powder

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Oh, Happy (Birth) Day!

Once again inspired by a die on Jennifer McGuire's channel....
I need a light box or something to take better photos that are true to color. Ugh! 
Have a Happy Wednesday!

Supplies: die (Memory Box), Stamps - Leaves (Wplus9), sentiment (Avery Elle), glossy accents (Ranger), Wink of Stella, watercolor markers (Tim Holtz), various cardstock, DIY black sparkle embossing powder (combination of holographic and black by Ranger), white embossing powder, liquid platinum embossing powder (Ranger), chipboard heart (Pink Paislee), dimensions 4.25"x5.75"

DIY black sparkle embossing powder (combination of holographic and black by Ranger) . Simon says Stamp stencil using Distress Inks and DIY mini round foam blending.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Mini Ink Blending Tool

I must admit I am a sucker for a few things...a good cup of coffee and crafting supplies. Likewise, I am hooked on Jennifer McGuire's YT channel. (Definitely a guilty pleasure during the day!) If I could afford it, I would be EVERYTHING she shows on her channel. After watching her initial video using Tim Holtz's new Mini Ink Blending Tools I wanted them! However, I was pretty bummed because I had just finished purchasing and attaching the old style blending foams to the bottom of every Distress Ink I own! I knew there had to be a simple way to get what I wanted without spending any extra $$. I searched You Tube and blogs no closer to a solution, so I decided to figure it out myself!

DIY Mini Ink Blending Tool

Monday, April 14, 2014

Playing Around with Distress Markers

I'm not really sure why, but I get really excited about a certain medium or product, get it and let it lie for about 6+ months. No joke! I did it with the Cricut DH got me for my birthday several years ago, the Cameo I gifted myself as a graduate school gift (lol!) and now these FABULOUS distress watercolor markers and (and distress inks)! (At present, my Fiskar's Fuse is in que!)

Thanks for visiting!

This was challenging. I created a template of the cross from the embossing folder and lightly traced the cross onto the cardstock, then used the watercolor markers to create the background. After drying the background, I lined up the embossing folder with the watercoloring and ran it through my Cuttlebug. For something a little extra, I dabbed the embossed portion with Versamark and dusted on perfect pearls.
Supplies:Embossing Folder (Darice), Watercolor Markers (Tim Holtz), Pearl Powders (Ranger), Versamark, Watercolor Paper

I created the balloons with stitching in my Silhouette software and cut from watercolor paper. I think the only supply that isn't pictured is Ranger embossing powder in liquid platinum. Simple to create several at a time! These were birthday "thank yous" from my son's birthday party.

Supplies: Watercolor paper, Watercolor Markers (Tim Holtz), stamp (Recollections), liquid platinum embossing powder (Ranger)

Supplies: die cuts (Silhouette - I added stitching.), Distress Inks (Tim Holtz), Glossy Accents, gold embossing powder (Ranger)

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Treats

Top O'the morning to you! I made some treats for friends, family and my son's classmates for St. Patrick's Day. Super simple and relatively quick and inexpensive. Chocolate covered mint oreos! 

I also found some great vintage-style green glass ball jars at Walmart and decided to decorate them and fill with rolos, oreos, Esso nail polish and Eos mint lip balm. The shamrock is a Silhouette cut on glitter paper that is adhered with glossy accents. Love these!

Have a blessed St. Paddy's Day!

Supplies for all three batches: Mint oreos (3 packages), melting chocolate/candy in green, dark mint chocolate and regular dark chocolate (1 of each bag) and Wilton's squeeze bottles (2).

Monday, January 27, 2014

January Crafting Snowstorm and Chat

January has been such crazy month in terms of weather, health, and...apparently crafting! Due to snow and polar vortex temperatures, I have been at work (and my son at school) for probably 8 days this entire month. We have rarely had a day without a 2 hour delay. In a way, it drives me absolutely crazy. My lesson plans are a wreck and I know I have tons that I need to cover and am unable to do it.

On the other hand, I have had a mystery illness (fatigue, coughing, tightness in my chest and rounded out with a sinus mess) since right after Christmas. After three rounds of antibiotics, steroids and lots of time off due to the weather, I am beginning to recover. So for that, I am thankful and that I have had a chance to craft and spend extra time with my children. 

Additionally, we recently lost a beloved teacher on our staff to cancer. She was a mentor, colleague, friend and fellow crafter. It seemed that we were all walking around in a fog this past week. I made a commitment to myself, in her memory, to not avoid what makes me happy in lieu of what I have to do, thus I have had a crafting storm of creations. All random and all very different. Sometimes I think we forget to thank God for what we have and appreciate the time that we can make to enjoy what we love. I was recently ready to give it all up because I "didn't have time" for it. How many times have you heard that from people who are non-crafters and think you have more hours in the day than they do or that you are absent in other areas of your life? 

I choose SIMPLICITY as a word to work towards this year, thus my  "shopping my stash" and "budget haul". (See the links to videos on the sidebar on my blog.) 

I have captioned each of the photos with a short description and supplies that I used. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will get back with you! :) Thanks for making it to the end. (If you haven't noticed my posts are usually fairly short. I promise to keep them that way in the future!)


A tray for my completed and "in-process" layouts. Made using a Studio Calico box, acrylic paint and extra wide washi from a Studio Calico kit.

Tray in action!

An inexpensive plate and candle stick holder that I put together to use as an embellishment tray.

A card that I put in my son's lunchbox. He was a little cheesed that he had to go to school. (We are in the midst of snow days galore and he was not pleased to be going back.) Stamps: Lawn Fawn - Making Frosty Friends, Bazzill kraft cardstock, all patterned paper is from Basic Grey Aspen Frost and Wink of Stella pens in clear, silver and gold on the snowflakes.

A day at the Glenbrook Mall in Ft Wayne, IN on the carousel. Collections used in this project: Pink Paislee - Color Wash, WRMK - Chalkboard, Heidi Swapp - Mint Alpha, Maggie Holmes - Frame, MME - Sequins

Large roughly 24" chalkboard tic tac toe board with bean bags. Supplies - Upcycled foam core board, chalkboard paint, felt, rice, tiny attacher, chalk and twine.

Almond sugar scrub - Supplies: Sugar, baby oil, coconut oil and almond extract (out of essential oil!).

Embroidery Hoop Art - Supplies: Spellbinders - Heart dies, Papertrey Ink - Peace, Love, Joy dies, various bamboo felt colors, various buttons, Studio Calico - wood veneer letters. (The ones with the names were decorated by my children. I stretched the felt onto the hoop for them, die cut the heart and added their names. They did all of the button work. :)

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Shopping my Stash Video Series: Winter Themed Kit

As promised, here is my first shopping my stash video for the winter-themed kit in the previous post! Please join in with your own video of shopping your stash and creating a kit or great projects made from your stash! I just got home and am spying my winter kit in its wooden tray. Dying to play. Feels like it is new all over again!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Scrapbooking/Cardmaking/Crafting my Stash Video Series

After months of organizing and re-organizing my crafting supplies and feeling overwhelmed by what I have, I have decided to do two things: start a monthly budget and "shop" my stash.

Winter-themed kit (I forgot my thickers!)
The video for individual products is uploading as I create this post. It will be on the sidebar of the blog. ;)

My goal is to upload three videos a month to keep me accountable.

  • Themed kit of products from my stash that I will be using for the month (winter, Valentine's Day, spring, etc.) I will definitely deviate from these items for some projects where I don't see them being used, but want to make it a goal use them as much as possible.
  • Scrapbook pages, cards, projects, etc. that I have made with the themed kit.
  • Haul video of what I purchased within my budget for the month. (My guess is that I will get better at it as I am more mindful of my purchases.)
My hope is that some of you play along. I would love to see video responses or photos of you shopping, creating from your stash and sharing what you purchased on a budget with your thoughts.

Links for some great stash inspiration that have been shared with me so far!
Counterfeit Kit Challenge
Stashbuster's Challenge

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