cardmaking, Chit Chat

Happy 2020!

Well, it seems as if I let myself slip big time last year! All the *promises* I made myself to be a better blogger just did not happen. Perhaps the many things that went wrong with my house helped contribute to less time focusing on blogging. Or even the health scare I had in October. Regardless, I just did not follow through with any thing as I wanted. BUT, this is a new year- a new decade too! And time to make those changes!

I turn 50 this year, and want to really put more of an effort into my crafting. Hoping to add even more altered items into my stash, as well as paper crafting (Cards, mini albums, etc). I am trying to cut down on impulse buys, and use mainly what I alrady own, which is quite a bit! I look forward to what inspires me this month, and cannot wait to get back into my crafty space. 🙂
How about you? What most are you looking forward to this month?

Stay tuned for more to come…. I am hoping that my Christmas storage boxes are out of my craft room by Monday! 🙂 Until then….. happy crafting!

Chit Chat

Happy 2019!

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope that the last few weeks of 2018 have not been too hectic for you. I know I have been silent lately, and to be honest, not much crafting going on. I personally just have not had the time. And you know what? I am actually okay with that. I have enjoyed taking this time away from the pressure of feeling like I had to create, blog, post, etc to experience living again. In the past year, I have gone through a lot- and most I will never blog about here- but I also kept crafting. I often failed to remember that I too needed time to just be me. SO, I took ALL of December to do just that.

Went on a short cruise to the Bahamas with Mike and my cousin, Dave. Had a great time with the church family for our Living Nativity. Christmas was amazing. Scored terrific seats to the Russian Ballet’s  *The Nutcracker*. Yes, I once again started doing the things I have been putting on hold for a while now.

Now on to the real reason most come to my page- crafting. 🙂  I will start sharing creations again January 2019. So this week!  Are you ready? Stay tuned for more to come….

And HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.

Hugs and Blessings,



Will be back after the holidays

I am sorry that I have been silent for some time. Just have too much on my plate at the moment to keep up with all. I have decided to take a step back from crafting for the time being, and return once I have tackled some personal issues (Mom’s house, etc)

I may pop on before the new year, however at this time, I have no projects planned to share.

Hope you all have a fantastic holiday season ahead!



Halloween Cat Girl

Hello Everyone,

I almost forgot to share this cute card with you all. I was having a fun time last week coloring my Julie Nutting doll stamps. This one is for Halloween, and is a darling cat girl doll stamp. I actually used some pearl watercolor paints to color this image,as well as using some stash products to create this card. 43708944_10160913397790335_8180223745940520960_n

Hope you liked it. 🙂

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  Thanks.

Have an awesome night.

Hugs and Blessings,

cardmaking, Chit Chat

Wishing You Well During the Hurricane

Hello Crafty Friends,

Today was a day I shall not forget for some time to come. Hurricane Michael tore through a place that is very dear to me and to this day, I still have family and friends there. Hurricane Michael made landfall this afternoon near Mexico Beach, Florida as a Cat 4 storm just barely below Cat 5 strength. Panama City has never had such a devastating storm hit the area, and nothing like it in the last 100 years. The news has hit home today/ tonight as I watch live feeds of friends to those released by the many news sources to even the ones shared by those affected by this storm. Why is this area so dear to me? My mother, who I lost suddenly little over a year ago, was born and raised there. I have spent many, many visits to the quaint beach towns that dot this stunning coastline of the panhandle of Florida. As a child, we even lived in Fort Walton Beach when Daddy was stationed at an Air Force base there, and often we would travel to PC to see Mom’s family. How I loved those times. It was heart wrenching to see so many places I hold cherished memories of being damaged by nature’s wrath. I do know that with time, many will rebuild, replace, and move forward, and some will be a loss to us forever. I pray for all affected by Hurricane Michael. (Ironically, the storm would share a name with my husband, who Mom called her favorite/ least favorite son-in-law. Now he was her only son-in-law! lol) And the storm would make such an impact on her hometown. Ironic? Yes, it is. 

Anyhow, as I watched the news off and on this afternoon, as we only had rain and some wind here today, I pulled out my Julie Nutting doll stamps and picked out one that I have not used in some time. I needed a card for someone who recently fell and fractured her hip. Mike’s mom, or as I call her my monster in law, underwent surgery yesterday for this fracture, and last I knew, was doing as well as could be. She lives locally, as in less than 2 miles from us. (She did not in the beginning, which was wonderful. I miss her being 30-45 minutes away. Right down the road is not fun!!!) I may not like the lady, however I do not wish her harm. I created this card using some FSJ products mixed with whatever else I had in my stash. My goal is to try to use up some of my disposable supplies and replace after. 🙂 We shall see how well it goes.

I created the card as a Tall & Skinny card, and since I am mailing it, I kept it fairly *flat*. 


I also created a matching envelope using a business sized envelope I had on hand.




I stamped the *Nicki* doll on a Julie Nutting watercolor tag in Simon Says Stamp black, and then used my alcohol markers to color her. I then masked her and using Distressed Oxide inks, blended a cheerful background. ( Colors used: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Old Paper, and Twisted Citron). Before removing the mask, I used the preadolescent water-color white (Pearl) to splatter some paint over the tag. Adhered a retired print pattern from FSJ on to a base card in Haystack (FSJ). Before adhering the tag to panel, I added some Beach Ball twine (FSJ) and a Vellum panel wrapped around bottom. On the vellum, I used  the sentiment *Wishing You Well*, stamped in clear embossing ink, and heat embossed with Black embossing powder (FSJ). Placed tag on card base, and added some iridescent sequins I have in my stash. I then decided that I needed a little more shimmer, so I used my Clear AquaShimmer pen over her dress, headband, and shoes. Used a white gel pen to add some highlights to her hair and called it done. 

Hope you all liked this card. I must say I do like it, even if I have to send it to someone I am not fond over. May she find some cheerfulness in it, and may she have a smooth and quick recovery.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time…. happy crafting.

Hugs and Blessings,