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Elegant Birthday Wishes

Here we are again, I'm really trying to tighten up my timeframe for posting, hopefully in time I'll be back to semi-weekly posts but for now, here's a new one! I'm 2 1/2 months out from surgery and I'm making progress each and every day. There are limitations that I'll have to accept but those seem so insignificant when I count my blessings thus far! After spending a great deal of time in the hospital before and after surgery, I've had the opportunity to see many others, young and old, who are experiencing challenges far worse than mine. I often lift up those in the hospital in prayer, I may not know them or what they're going through but I can certainly pray on their behalf.....we all FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Repurposed Jack Daniels….With Flowers!

May Arts Ribbon Spring Craft Challenge participants really brought their game with their creations! Be sure to stop over to May Arts Ribbon to see all the wonderful creations brought about by this challenge! I was provided an opportunity to participate in this challenge, although what I ended up creating wasn't my original plan! I had begun with the idea of an altered cigar box.....our grandson Adam decided to use my box as a seat and well....let's just say I had to change my idea as the cigar box didn't survive his excitement! lol! This bottle was a Jack Daniels bottle. Before you ask, No....I didn't not consume the Jack Daniels! My future son-in-law gave me the bottle and I just knew FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

“Art is life with wings”

  "Which came first....the quote or the canvas?" What began as a blank canvas, ended up as a mixed media piece that to me really speaks to the spirit of creating. It's not really about the finished piece, for me, it is about the journey one takes in order to arrive at the place that allows you to look at something and say "ok....this is what I wanted this to be". That, I believe, is the beauty of self expression and art! Lots of elements going on in this piece (would you expect otherwise? lol!) Mod podged paper and paint as the base, LOTS of additional paint and stamping, rolled paper that was inked and stamped and placed as a backdrop for the winged lady. This little winged lady FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Gifted card box with tutorial

   Hello blogger friends. After a few months of creating cards, writing up descriptions and settling on prices, I was able to get my Etsy Shop open this week! I'm so thankful that I am able to create and share my things with others, including, this tutorial for card boxes which I hope you enjoy and use! Many of my cards are larger squared creations that have a lot of elements on them. They can't be placed in envelopes as that would smash them or make them fall apart. I was perusing other Makers blogs a few weeks back and came across a beautiful card made by Becca Feekan at Amazing Paper Grace which came with a box. I loved the design idea she had but knew I needed boxes that allowed more FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Perfect Sentiments – Let it Snow!

This week our challenge at the Perfect Sentiments blog is to create a card with a sentiment for the occasion of your choice. Our "Twist" this week is to incorporate some form of snow on your card: die-cut or punched snowflakes, snowflake embossing folder, snowmen or women. Our sponsor this week is MelJen's Designs with a prize for one lucky winner of 4 free digi's! Now that's a prize to get exited about! I've been mad at work, preparing for an upcoming craft show and one thing I've been able to make plenty of are cards with snow on them! This is one of the cards I created: My dear friend Johnna gave me these card holders several years ago and I've not had the opportunity to FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

Bible Verses and Flowers Merged

  There are a few things that I especially love to use when crafting.  Spellbinders Dies Bible verse stamps Flower Images How fortunate for me that I was able to incorporate all three of these into some cards which go in the "For Sale" basket! I purchased the bible verse set at a recent craft show, they're from Our Daily Bread. The Spellbinders die is one of my favorite to use; I just love the shape of these and the different sizes. The flower images are two stamps that I purchased a few years ago but still pull down to use quite frequently. Just goes to show that "new" isn't always better! (The grass is from the set "Inspired by Nature" from StampinUp)   I did a mass production FULL STORY HERE....... Read more

We had a successful crop this weekend at Bay Life church in brandon Florida! This event was used to raise money for our youth and their upcoming missions trips. It was a fantastic day, the only down side is that it's going to take my feet, arches and back a week or two to recover!! I love teaching women who are excited to learn! Read more

And the Winner Is……

Hi everyone!! It's blog candy award day and we have a winner! Actually, we have a winner and a 2nd prize winner!!! I have some "extra's in my blog candy stash and decided to go ahead and award some more this weekend since it's such a big card making weekend!! My son was kind enough to assist with the drawing (You can imagine the bribing I had to do to get my 15 year old Read more

Blog Day Means Candy Day!!

It just wouldn't seem right for me to be sitting here all day updating my blog and not offering something for you patience would it?? I wouldn't be a good blog host without offering out a little something to my blog friends who visit my site and provide me with so much support so today's' your day!!   This is a WONDERFUL load of blog candy for someone!!! Here's a lit of everything you'll get: Read more

Letters To Ampy – Letter Two

Download Letters to Ampy_Letter Two Letter Two “We do not remember days, We remember moments.”                               Ceasare Pavese My Dearest Anthony,             You are one day old and I have yet to see you or hold you in my arms. After your delivery, I was taken to a recovery room to get some rest. I couldn’t sleep because you were somewhere in this big hospital, away from me and I was sure that you were Read more