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,


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,

Chit Chat

Life Lately…

Hello Everyone,

Although life has had it many ups and downs lately, I have kept looking forward. A lot of people have made many negative comments have been stated since the news broke regarding FSJ. I refuse to get drawn into that drama. I have my own emotions about it, and instead of allowing them to bring me down, I am eagerly looking forward to the future. Plus it’s healthier to be positive than negative.

Speaking of health, since that monthly call’s news, I have had more time to work on me, which also includes some, no, a lot of, extra weight I have put on since my parents’ passing and my husband’s back injury. I am happy to report that in these two weeks, I am down ten pounds.  I know I will slow down some soon, but it’s a start. Not to mention I did not put it all on over night, but took roughly six to seven years to do so. Then a couple of years before that I had added a little extra weight but nothing like these days! And I finally have Mike on board and he too is down ten or so pounds.  So even in the darkness, light still shines. 🙂  Now to work in more activity again as soon as this Achilles tendon is healed up. Yay! I can’t wait.

I did go to my craft house the other day and played with some products I have that I have not had time to create with. Just played. My son was there and put in his two cents on a couple of the cards. I did not take photos of those creations as we were just having fun. To be honest, I was trying to find my creative mojo again. Seems to have left me for the moment. 😦

Anyhow that is basically where I am at this point. I have not made a forma decision about FSJ/Spellbinders yet. I need to wait to see how it will be once they grant us access to our part of the site. That won’t be until mid-month. so until then, I am just taking it day by day.

Hope you are all having a delightful Friday!   I am off to clean some and then see what else I can get into for the day. It is still quite hot out so an afternoon at the park may not happen today.

Hugs and Blessings,

Chit Chat, FSJ, Fun Stampers Journey, Papercrafting, card making, crafts, DIY

Not Only Seasons Change

Today is the second morning after the news we received Thursday night during FSJ’s monthly web meeting. So much to take in. So much to think over. And so many emotions from not only myself but also those I have come to admire and call friends. Let me start from the beginning…

Thursday evening instead of our usual meeting, our CEO, Greg Tipscord led the meeting with some shocking news to many. FSJ will NO longer be a Direct Sales Marketing Company effective 1 November 2018, but will convert to a Hybrid Retail model. The company has partnered with Spellbinders (who shares the same investor group RAF) and will soon have a combined online site etc. I am still processing some of the information, and do not wish to put out inaccurate news, so I am not revealing everything until I fully understand my stance on this current situation.

What I can say is that effective 1 November 2018, my shop links WILL NO LONGER be live. Effective 1 November 2018, the current catalog we have will STILL be active, with some changes. The printed copy will be used still,  yet there will be information in it that is no longer current (Such as Bloom Benefits, Bloom Box, Start Up Kits, etc).

However, on a happier note, effective 1 November 2018, I will have creative freedom to combine and promote ANY product other than FSJ, as my contract with them will no longer be valid. I joined FSJ before the company launched officially in 2014, and have watched it grow and seen many changes, as most companies experience. Some I’ve liked and others not so much. Just like with other companies, you adapt as needed to move forward. I was considered a Founding Coach, and have loved my time with FSJ, and hoped to see the company go further. Now I have a huge decision weighing on my shoulders as where do I go from here. I do know I will always create, and in a lot of ways, I am looking forward to the new freedom in front of me. I LOVE FSJ products! I truly do, however I also enjoy crafting with other brands etc. ( I believe many of us are that way too)

On this note, the next few weeks, I may not be blogging as I had hoped. I have a lot to sort through, as well as redesign some company branding images. I am proud to have been (And still am as of this posting) a Fun Stampers Journey Independent Coach. I am honored to have been part of this awesome company. Tonight I will leave it in God’s hands and see where my path takes me. Who knows, now may be my time to venture out on my own and make a name for myself. 🙂

Thanks for being understanding as I go through some changes in my crafting life- and too think the seasons just changed too- from summer to fall/autumn. Seasons not only change, but we do too. As well as so much around us. It helps us grow; if we let it.

Have a great weekend, and I will be back next week with an update of what is going on.

Hugs and Blessings,

It’s not just ink on paper; it’s the passion too!