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Paonia, CO, United States
I have discovered that life is a roller coaster and I'm learning to enjoy the ride! I am a married mom of 4. I work part-time outside of the home and, of course, more that full time as a wife and mother! I do classes from my craft room in the basement...which is why we call it the "Craft Cave."

Friday, July 25, 2008

A little quickie...Open House Make&Take

Actually, no one got to enjoy this little card. The one person who did come to the Open House to get a catalog didn't have time to stay & craft a bit. Oh well!

This is just a very simple 4x4 card done with the new Linear Sentiments set from TAC. The ribbon was a Wally world discount deal. (You know how I love those!!) I also had one done up in Pink & Black, but I don't seem to have a photo of that one.

Sorry I haven't posted for a bit. I've been busy cuttin' rubba'!! I should have more next week.

Other news: One of my pals has decided to open a Scrap & Home decor store in Delta!!!

The Scrappy Moose will be opening on Main St. in early September!! YEA for everyone in Delta county! I'm sure the store will be great 'cause Carol is great and she has tons of great ideas!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Flower Coaster

A while back I showed some pics of some Hobby Lobby buys. I went on the hunt for the felt flip-flops Mischelle had turned into a mini scrapbook. I found those, and also some really cute pink flower coasters. They came in a pack of four, and so I sent a couple to my friend Julie, crafter extraordinaire, and challenged her, and myself, to see what we could do with these.

Now, obviously, they could be made into the front & back cover of a mini book, but, what else could we do? Well, great minds, or maybe just us eccentric paper-crafters, sort of think along the same lines..... You can see the FABULOUS little wall hangings Julie made with these here.

I thought it would make a cute frame for my own little flowers:

I used some paper from the Lilianna collection for the tags and also created a stand for the back. (Sorry forgot to get a pic of that. It's just a 3 x 8 strip, scored at 3, 3.5, 4, and 7, glued the 1" flap over & then the stand to the back of the coaster.)

How do you like that accent circle? That came from the packaging for that cute little green flower, a Target $1 spot special. Cool when you can use something like that, huh?

So, I ended up with a standing photo frame and Julie's was a wall-hanging.

But I still had another coaster left.....

so, I also created a little door hanger note holder for Rebecca:

There you have it! Pretty simple, huh?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Heather's Oz-some Sketch 32

Have you ever visited Heather's site? (If you haven't, shame on you!! I refer to her a lot!!) Every Monday she puts a new sketch up and challenges us to create something with the sketch and post it. Well, I finally did a sketch of hers on the Monday she posted!!

Heather's sketch and my card:

I've been trying to use up some scraps of ChaCha paper. I've used most of the package and just have a few snip-its left in the package. So, you see I had to use the oval tag instead of a circle, and a piece of the color dye strip on the right edge since my decorative paper wasn't quite 5 1/2 inches. I suppose I could have trimmed the cardstock 1/4 inch, but I think it gives it an interesting look. Do you like the knotted ribbon? It's nice how those knots fit just perfectly, huh? Okay, the big secret is it's actually 2 pieces of ribbon. I tied a knot in each ribbon scrap and then adhered to the back of the tag before putting the tag on the card.
Stamps: Ordinary Greetings, Salsa Flowers
Papers: ChaCha, ChaCha cardstock


Check this out! I was nominated for this Brilliant Weblog award by Percy, Carol, and Diana! It's so nice to get validation, isn't it?

Have you ever noticed how people shy away from compliments? Strange, isn't it? Perhaps we need to encourage and compliment others more often so we all get used to accepting the compliments and good qualities about ourselves!!

Anyway, I'm supposed to play along with the rules of this award too:

1. The winner can put the logo/award on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated.
Now, I nominate: (This is tough, a lot of my favorites have been nominated already!)

Heather, Julie, Vicki, Sarah, Laurie, Joani, and Seleise

All of these ladies have FANTABULOUS blogs! Be sure to check out each and every one of them by clicking on their names!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


... just another way to say "Thanks."

I hope you enjoyed all the catalog submissions.

Hope I see you at the Open House!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Stamping of decorative paper

Now I know you've all heard of that before...
For this card I tried stamping in all the little segments on the lower half of the card. Stamping without taking over the pattern of the paper. Can you see it? Perhaps I should have reinked my pad before stamping this. The Burnt Umber seems a bit light.
The ribbon is from the Mimi collection and the brown is a basic cardstock paired up with Pink 1 and Catelynne paper. It's a mix & match free-for-all!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hello Friend...again

More Tag Tidbits, more Genevieve paper, and of course, a sketch from the TAC catalog creation call. Have you found any of these cards in the new catalog yet?

Can you see how nice the papers in the collections blend together? And some of the tags are just too fun.

REMINDER: Open House this Saturday, July 12, from 2 - 6 in the cave!! Mark your calender and make plans to stop by & see me, check out the new catalog, make stuff with some *new* stamps!! Bring all your friends!!

Back from Yellowstone!!

I'm back!! I hope you all enjoyed the catalog submissions while I was gone. Something actually DID get into the catalog. Check it out! My name is in the back of the catalog! FINALLY I can say I am a published stamper.
Thanks to all of you who have left such fabulous messages on the posts while I've been gone. I will respond to you all in a bit.
I will be very busy sorting & printing photos of our vacation. Carl & I did over 700 photos plus 6 hours of video and the kids....well they all have over 200 photos each also!
I'm hoping tomorrow I'll have something new to post....this afternoon I'll be cutting the new stuff that arrived in my absence!
OH! A HUGE thanks to Julie who met me in Yellowstone with a signed catalog just for me!!!
I'm not sure I would have survived vacation without it!!

Local Ladies: Don't forget!! Open house THIS Saturday, July 12, 2-6!!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Hello Friend!

VERY minimal stamping here! Sometimes you just wanna show the pretty paper. I love the colors in the Genevieve collection and how well they compliment one another! And, of course, everything goes well with black.

The phrase is originally vertical. Now, you can either do selective inking or masking and stamp one word at a time, or maybe you are fortunate enough to have UNmounted stamps and can cut the words apart, line them up on your mount and stamp the perfect phrase just the way you want!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Circle Flourish

This card is definitely not my usual style. I still have not decided if I even like it.

I was inspired by the sketch and by the Genevieve paper to make a card with a fussy cut and see what I could do with it and still follow the sketch. So, what do you think? Personally, I think it came out a bit "busy" looking... Maybe I needed to put a raspberry background behind the "For You" circle tag to make it "pop" a bit more.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Pieced Nativity

Are you bored with this card sketch yet?

I flipped it & then turned it sideways here. So, do you get the concept of this card? 3 kings in the distance following the star to the manger. I know, how could you miss it.

Pretty simple card, eh? The gold embossing was supposed the help bring the eyes to the manger first, but I think the black stamped kings take the focal point. What do you think?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Amelia Joy

I was going through my scraps of Amelia paper and this card just fell out of the package. I used one of the tags from the Amelia paper pack as the focal point. Gold embossing always dresses up a card and makes it more elegant, don't you think? The Whimsical greeting set give you all kinds of elegant option for Christmas cards. This would definitely fall into the 10-minutes-or-less category. Probably an important feature when you think about sending out Christmas cards if you have a long list of recipients....or....you could come to the 3rd Annual Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on Nov. 22nd! Mark your calendars, it will be here before you know it, I'm tellin' ya!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Don't you love these little snowman squares from Winter Sparkles? They make me think of the saying, "Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil." This would be the latter!

The snowman square was stamped repeatedly and then cut into layers so he looks more like he's leaning in a window. Okay...well the picture doesn't do it justice. You'll just have to trust me when I say it turned out very nice.

The Amelia paper has always made me think of traditional Christmas. For this card, I had a piece of 8x4 background paper that was used to make the 4x4 card and a small piece fromt the decorative striped paper. I think it adds to the piece.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

TAC-nique Tuesday

Since we are not doing it today... I thought I would post the techniques and cards we did a couple months ago when my camera was on the fritz.

For these cards we used the Flourish set, an obvious favorite of mine. 'Course you can't really tell from the photo, but we actually did a variety of similar techniques: Kissing, Kiss with a twist, and thumping. (You can click on the photo for a larger view and see if you can tell which technique was used on which card!) I really like the multi-color look this gives to bold stamps. Some of them almost looked tie-dyed!