Less than 1 Week Away!!! – Eek, Shriek & Be Scary!!!

Wow – It’s less than 1 week away!!!  What am I talking about???  FALL!!!  Fall is really my favorite season.  I have grown less and less tolerant of the humid summers of the North East.  But, the end is in sight!  I just hope it lasts a good long while before Old Man Winter rains  snows on my parade!

So I’m headed to a weekend crop in October and I’ve designed a 2-page Layout to teach at the crop using Close to My Heart’s Nevermore Paper Packet & Embellishments.  It was a fun layout to put together and I love the way it turned out.  It features Shimmer Trim & Glitter Paper as well as Cricut Cuts from the Close to My Hearts Artistry & Artbooking cartridges!  I hope you enjoy it!  Check out my store here!

Peace Out!


Nevermore – 2 Page Layout
20150916-Left Side
Left Side
Cricut Cut featuring Black Glitter Paper
20150912-Right Side
Right Side

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A Girl & Her Pop-Pop – CTMH Seaside

Hello Everyone!

I won’t even tell you it’s been awhile because you already know.  Life just seems to be getting in the way these days, but I’m glad to say that I took some time today and crafted!

I’ve been wanting to use the Seaside Paper Pack for awhile now.  I knew I had the perfect picture, so it was just a matter of time and yes, time was today.  I really like the way it came out and it’s probably one of my favorites.  Not because it’s incredibly good or anything, but it has pictures of TWO of my favorite people!  My daughter Izabella and Pop-Pop.

Pop-Pop has always been an incredibly special person to me… and my girls.  My dad died at the very young age of 50 and my Uncle Frank (aka Pop-Pop) took over that father / grandfather figure roll.  Who better to fill that roll?  My Dad and him were best buddies.  We were always together… always.  In fact, he walked me down the aisle when Jack and I married.  The nicest man you would ever meet.  Kind, generous… loving.  Anyway, I hope my girls always remember how special he is and how much he loves them.  So… onto the layout!

As you know, I’m a Close to My Heart distributor and have been for the last several months.  I really love their products… their paper… their card stock… their embellishments.  If you are paper crafter, card maker, scrapbooker, check out my Close to My Heart Store.  Oh and a new catalog is coming out soon, so if you see anything in the current one, better grab it fast.  Here we go!





I hope you enjoyed it!

Peace Out!


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So, I was chit-chatting with a friend the other day who had asked me to accompany her craft shopping.  She was contemplating buying a Cricut, but I had to admit to her that I wasn’t the one to ask about the latest and greatest Cricut.  I have a Silhouette Cameo and as much as I might like to, right now I really can’t justify the expense of another digital cutter. My husband would kill me… dead.  😀

Anyway, I had sent her some links to a couple of the Meetup Groups I’m in for scrapbooking, trying to encourage her to join me, but said friend told me she wasn’t very creative.  <gasp>  Now granted, you have to have SOME creativity for scrapbooking, but now a day’s the companies make it so easy.  Close to My Heart, for example… they offer Workshops on the Go for both scrapbooking and card-making.  These kits have everything you need – patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments AND an instructional guide to create layouts if you choose to use theirs.  What I also noticed, just the other day in fact, is that on the zip strip  of each patterned paper it lists the colors of ink and cardstock that would go with the patterned paper.  It doesn’t get much simpler than that!  Love it!

So, tonight… I pulled out a Workshop on the Go and headed to Pinterest for a sketch.  Here’s the one I settled on:


And this is what I’ve come up with:



So my friend (who shall remain nameless.. ahem.. Karen)… I DO think you can do this.  In fact, I know you can!  Looking forward to you joining me!

Peace Out!  Ohhhh and check out my CTMH page!!!


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I Wonder If My Husband Misses Me

So, I’ve spent the entire weekend thus far in my craft area. So much so that my bottom hurts from sitting in this chair! BINGO BUTT!!  I’ve crafted, I’ve messed with my new computer, external hard drives, etc. I feel somewhat accomplished. 🙂 Oh… and I also spent some time on Bloglovin, looking at blogs I used to follow religiously. Ran across some challenge blogs I’ve enjoyed in the past, so… I thought it would be a good idea to enter some.


This challenge is from ablognamedhero.  Ah, the One-Layer card!  I have to say… one-layer cards are NOT my favorite!  Why?  Well, if you make a mistake, it’s a lot harder to fix.  So, I attempted it anyway.  It took two tries though.  The first card I made I used Post-It tape to mask it off and well, the ink bled through right to the cardstock.  🙁  I won’t be using that for masking anymore.  I used the stamp set that was with the Simon Says Stamp – June 2o14 – Kit of the Month. The kit doesn’t appear to be available any longer, but I will link up the stamp set. Anyway, here is the card I made for the challenge!


I *REALLY* love this card!  I love the stamps, I love the  bright colors & the crisp edge.  I had thought about using a black marker to define the edge, but opted against it.  Have a fabulous Sunday everyone!!!

Peace Out!


Summer Camp!!! Summer Card Camp that is! – Day 1


Hi Everyone!  Well, I’m excited today because Summer Card Camp 2 has started!  Unfortunately I didn’t participate in Card Camp 1, but I know I won’t be disappointed as I have LOVED every onlinecardclass that I have EVER taken.  I’ve tried others, but I just love the way this one is set up and so, if it’s not broke, you don’t fix it!

Anyway, I’m still a bit under the weather, but I was able to watch the entire class AND make a card as well.  I had high hopes of making more than one, but well… there’s this thing that gets in the way, it’s call … WORK.  We haven’t won the LOTTO, so off I must go.  I really enjoyed the class as usual.  Unfortunately I can’t share too many details with you other than my card itself, but, I highly recommend you check the class out.  Go… go right now!!!  Wait… check out my card first and THEN go check it out by clicking right here.

Here is the color palette I used for my card:


And here is the card that I made.  Have I told you yet how much I adore this stamp set by My Favorite Things?  Oh right.. yeah.. I have!  😀



I hope you enjoyed my card today!  I’ll catch you again tomorrow!

Peace Out!


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Can’t help it… I love it!

Hi Everyone!  If you look on over to the right hand side of my blog and down a bit, you’ll see a new badge – “10 Minute Craft Dash – FAVORITE”!!!  Woohoo!  Yes, I’m excited to say that I earned the “favorite” badge from and I couldn’t be happier.  I often question how I’m doing as a paper crafter.  I only have a small handful of followers (which I’m thankful for), so comments are few and far between which causes one to wonder… Is it me?? LOL  😀  Anyway, I’ve gotten a lot of feed back on the card I submitted for the 10 Minute Craft Dash #20 and I’m thankful for it.

I have to tell you.  I just love that stamp set by My Favorite Things.  So much so that I had to use it again for my next card, which I’ll be entering in the Moxie Fab World – Tuesday Trigger: Scene in Tangerine!  This is my first challenge on this site and I’m pretty excited about it.  Here is the Tuesday Trigger which inspired the card:

Scene in Tangerine

I have to admit, the inspiration for me was the colors.  Very summery & bright.  So here is what I created with my inspiration:



Aren’t those roses just gorgeous?  It’s really a great stamp set!  And the Technique Tuesday – Loving Words sentiments are perfect!

I’d like to be a little cheesy here, if I may… 😀  and dedicate this card to all the wonderful paper crafter’s that have come in to my life the last couple of years, some of which have become good friends (you know who you are).  I am thankful for each and every one of you!  I hope you enjoyed my card.

Peace Out!


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OWH Sketch Challenge #178

Hello Everyone!  Well, I’ve been out of commission the last few days or so, but everything is now A-OK!  We like that!  No, in fact… we love that!  I wanted to share a card I made with you last Sunday for Operation Write Home’s Sketch Challenge #178.  Here is the sketch:


I wanted to have a different take on the sketch.  I didn’t want it EXACTLY like the sketch, but I didn’t want to stray to far either.  So my idea was to take the 1.5 X 3.25 section and actually make it a window.  I didn’t want to use a die to cut it though because I knew I would never be able to line them all up, so I pulled out my trusty Bosskut Gazelle and cut the shapes that way.  Worked like a charm!  It worked so well I made 2 cards.  Both cards are using paper from the Simon Says Stamp June 2013 Card Kit.





I hope you enjoyed them!

Peace Out!


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Gelatos Anyone?

Wow… it’s been almost 2 weeks since I posted!  I apologize, life is just getting in the way right now.  It’s not as if I’m not creating, because I am.  I just haven’t had much time to spend on a card that I consider “blog-worthy”.  Anyway, I made these cards a couple months ago, just never posted them.  So, today… is the day!

Gelatos? Well, the last I knew you could get a Gelato in Little Italy.


… a truly yummy treat, however… in the paper-crafting world, Faber Castell has taken “Gelatos” to a whole new level.  Hmm… how to describe them?  They’re like paint in a chapstick container!  They are so smooth and go on so easily.  You can use them “as is” or use them with water!  The colors are so intense and they blend so nicely!


My first attempt was to take the colors and color directly on the stamp.  Then I took a mini-mister filled with water, sprayed my stamp and then stamped the paper!  Not bad!  Simple and so pretty!



My 2nd attempt was to use another product that I hadn’t used before.  Gesso!  I didn’t even know HOW to use it, so I set off to do some research.  I decided in the end to just put some down haphazardly onto my card-stock that I had already misted with Dylusions Spray Ink.  I smoothed it out, somewhat and then I applied Versamark to the background stamp and stamped the Gesso, giving it a lot of texture.  Then I impatiently waited for it to dry.  I’m not good at waiting, so I ended up using my heat gun to help speed up the process.  Then I just started coloring on the color, taking my finger and blending them out.  A very cool and “new for me” technique.



So… take a minute and comment below.  Tell me what you think.  I’d like to know if you have used Gelatos before and perhaps what different techniques you have tried.  Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Peace Out!


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Love Blooms Here…

Hello Everyone!  I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I know for myself, yeah, it was pretty spectacular.  We attended the wedding of a very special person.  I had known her all her life.  Baby-sat for her when she was first born.  Needless to say, I was feeling like “my baby” got married!  It was a beautiful ceremony and long overdue.  They’d been together 15 years, but… some things are worth the wait and one of those things is… LOVE! <3  I just LOVE happy endings… and new beginnings!

All of this leads me to this card.  I just love the digital stamp selection at Whimsy Stamps! This one happens to be the Pretty Petals 2 Collection from StampArt Design by Kathryne©. I just love the cute little flowers, colored in copics!


That’s all for now!  Enjoy your week & Happy Monday!

Peace Out,


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