Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Think Pink!

Hello friends! The good thing about taking a crafting break, is that when you start back up....projects left undone don't seem as impossible to finish as they did from the beginning....

I started these treat bags about 4 years ago, and during that time, I collected crafting ideas on how to finish these up...I just never found the time. Well, this year, I really wanted to tackle these to the end and get several sent full of treats to my dearest customers and friends. In my chocolate world, we manufacture everything you see in the contents picture, except the cocoa. I didn't design and send these out in mind as a promotional item, as many of our customers order for that very purpose....

I sent these out because I wanted to remind some of my nearest and dearest customers and friends...that no matter how busy we are in our business lives (and yes we are smack dab in the middle of 4th quarter my friends....)...it's important to take care of ourselves too....

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month....remember to schedule your yearly checkups!

Take care!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Skies The Limit ....


It has been a LOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG time since I have felt the crafting energy ... I've *tried* *sigh* for a couple of years to get back in the groove...and then I really don't know WHAT sparked it ... but I finally found what I lost. Unfortunately, I refused to start one more project without finishing a few ... and boy oh boy ... I am REALLY enjoying finishing my projects. I really wish I hadn't lost my interest back when I started these projects ...

So, this is the result of one of the projects ....

I think I secretly know what made me want to finish ... First, the intended recipient of this card has now been long graduated from high school...going on 3? years...so, it's been awhile since I started these! This year, we were invited to a graduation picnic for the brother of my daughter's bff. And...I decided it was time to finish...What a remarkable young man this graduate has become. Very politely, he opened each gift and spent personal time with each one, thanking the person who gave him the gift. Since this was mostly family, I truly didn't expect such kind words when it came our turn. When he read the card ... he commented how true/how "deep" the sentiment was, and held tightly to the card....

I KNEW once I saw this stamp set, that it would be perfect for graduations, and how special it meant to hear this coming from an 18 year old graduate.

Thus... I got my spark back....

What I really liked about this card is that I used some very old supplies...some that many either don't have anymore, or you can find at a yard sale....

My SIZZIX!!! and Star Die
VERSAMARK PEN (I bought this about 16 years ago, and it still worked!)

I plan on not buying much in the future...but truly enjoying what I have...I can create for the next umpteen years...I may need to buy some adhesive every now and then...lol..oh...and add to my never ending supply of designer paper! (Which these cards did not use!) LOL!

Stand By....Project Number 2: is almost finished :) Just needing to add the final touch! It may be a few weeks before I post the final outcome though. I'm sending these out as gifts, it's for an October promo that I'm doing sending to a few of my special customers in my chocolate biz. Not that anyone will ever see them here on this blog...but, I'm funny about that!



Thursday, May 28, 2015


I didn't think I remembered my password to my blog....I have been on a crafting vacation for probably 2 years now, and I have a notion to finish a ton of craft projects on my desk! I have graduation cards sitting there that were intended for a graduate who will be a junior in college next year! I also have my breast cancer awareness projects, maybe a Christmas card project or 2....geesh...

Well, I do have a graduation party (or 2) to go to in the next week....I think I'll head down to the dungeon, clean off the cobwebs and finish...I may have to "accept" and not overthink...that is what caused me to quit in the first place!


Will go assess the project before I head off to the chocolate mines, my day job! :)



Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm back????!!??

Just for grins, I wondered if I even remembered my password and id name...which I surprisingly did! Is this a sign? A signal that I should start up posting designs again? Hmmmmm....

I won't go that far as I've been totally consumed by my kids, their sports, their lives, etc....and seeing it go by too fast. I decided not to be behind the camera for "that day" when I finally get caught up on scrapping it all...but actually enjoying and living each moment, scrapbooking it in my mind...

I will, one day, document what I remember, and I do keep things to keep me on target....but that's for future generations to enjoy, I'm in the moment....

I guess, life, taught me that...

That being said...that project I started 1-1/2 years ago, is getting finished right now...and I really do want to do some cards for Christmas!!! So, now that I remember my password/id name...I'll come back...you never know, I might really enjoy getting back at creating.....


Check back soon!


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Very Ancient Old Supplies

I will probably miss the event with this card...but that's okay...next year there will be another person(s) who can receive one of my new creations....

It's not close to being finished and unless I rally myself tonight, which I am not going to...it will probably not be finished by Saturday since I have obligations for the next couple of nights...

That being said...

I pulled out some very old supplies!


A little tip that was told to me YEARS ago...was to hit up a frame shop and ask to buy old frame scraps (chipboard). For a couple of dollars, I scored on a boatload of CHIPBOARD...perfect to use with my...DRUM ROLL...SIZZIX DIES! Yes, we are talking about my red sizzix....although, I have to admit, I did run the chipboard through my Big Shot, mainly because it was closest to me....

I used....what was color coded in the past...A YELLOW, medium-sized, die. I realize sizzix is still very big at large, but I don't see the color code system as much...or maybe it does still exist, although I have to say...this was probably one of the very first dies I ever purchased, about 11 years ago!

It also is one of my most used.....(sadly, some I have NEVER used....)

Next ancient supply: ACRYLIC PAINT....who knows WHY I felt I needed to load up on acrylics...but, for some odd reason, I did....about 7 years ago..maybe? Hard to say...I've been out of action for a couple, and I don't recall any projects I worked on before that...this had to be 6-7 years ago....anyhow...I have some fun old gold paint....and a little sponge paintbrush.....

FYI...my card...it probably isn't going to be bling bling and out of this world (that was a little hint, the world part)...it's more simple and sweet...I don't know where I'm going with it quite yet, so it will be a surprise for me too!~

Check back in a couple of days...and it may be uploaded by then!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A Child's Year

Before I go and buy any more cricut cartridges with silhouettes on them...I thought I better finally get around to using the one(s) that I already have. (I have a couple of others...the 60's one and a really fun one ... I can't recall the name of it...) I have had ideas with "A Child's Year" for quite some time, I even have oodles of specifically purchased designer paper for one of the images...


I'm more of a bling bling kind of person, so to be a little less bling ... that was hard. I never imagined that I would use THIS particular cut. In fact, it was the shell stamp set that I wanted to use...I sort of decided to scour over a couple of my cartridge handbooks...when I stumbled upon this cut....and then I pulled some very old Stampin' Up! sets of mine...like the first ones I think I ever bought and somehow put all the pieces together.

Yes, there are things I would do differently next time. I'd stamp the "girls" a little darker than what I did. I did NOT want to distract from the beautiful saying:

Memory is a child
walking along a seashore.
You never can tell what
small pebble it will pick
up and store away among
its treasured things.

-Pierce Harris

I suspect I will be playing with the cartridge a bit more now that I have used it once and liked the simplicity of a solid image. Although it is a tad bit different than my regular style...I felt good about the outcome. It may only be me who feels good about it, but from the saying to the sweet stamped images of the children, somehow some memories of my own unlocked...that are special and dear to me.

I am glad to find my way back into my craft room...just wish I hadn't waited so long!

Til next time!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Finished! Window or Door Card?

Well, I finally finished. It's called losing my inspiration and then finally finding it! I started these about 6 months ago, the BBTB2 team had a window card challenge...and I *thought* I could manage that in a week! Ha! I think that was last SEPTEMBER OR AUGUST! So, lookie here, it's all done...and my sister says...."THAT'S NOT A WINDOW!!! IT'S A DOOR!" Then...my sweet daughter reaffirmed that (gosh, she is so like her auntie, it's scary!)

In my mind, it's a WINDOW....and in my mind the lanterns were going to be hung on the front...more tedious labor for me...I just couldn't make that happen! After 6 months of deliberation, I let that idea go...and ran with whatever popped into my head first! I have to admit, the fan, never was an idea...but I thought it was a little fun thing in the end.

Next creation....is going to be EASY! If that is even possible for me. I tend to take my sweet time!

I think I'll grab some beachy type thing and run with it...I am so looking forward to this summer! My daughter started playing beach volleyball last summer, and I don't know who is more smitten by it...me or her! :)