Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lots to report

Since my last post, I went on a fabulous vacation with loving hubby and then came home and had knee surgery.... I am in a bit of pain I would say, but itching to get creating... Maybe that will bring my "calm" back.  I have been sitting in bed for the past week with a monster brace on my leg and a machine that manually moves my leg to a bent position.... Have to say, not the biggest of fans of this machine.... They say most love it, find it relaxing as it breaks up the scar tissue already forming... Um, who thinks that is nice?  Definitely not me... AT ALL....  But I do it because I have to... Unless someone else wants to sneak over to my house and do it for me????  Lol

So no crafting done this week, but I am looking forward to testing the water come Monday when Matt is at work.... I am really enjoying all the you tube time I have, but I think I may have gotten to the end of the Internet.  In just one week!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Ok, so I am exaggerating.  But I am thankful to have friends with all different views give me people to look up and watch - there are so many creative people in the world.  Jeez!

So depending on when the Memory Box dies come in, I may get a jump start on designing Halloween or Christmas - suppose we will see how adventurous I am!  And how sleepy I get...

Till then,
Happy Crafting!

Friday, August 16, 2013


Hope everyone is having a Happy Friday!!!  I know I am busy getting ready for my class tomorrow!  I hope that if you are in the Mooresville area, you stop on over to Stamper's Alley and say hello, or sit down and make some cards!

And then, vacation is coming!  What to pack????  I have no idea but better get working on that fairly soon, or I will not be ready...... Pedicure scheduled for 4pm today!  Woo Hoo!!!  who can resist a pedicure.... I think I will get a nice tropical color to go with my destination!

This card really cheers me up when I look at it.... the MFT rainbow die works so well with any of the puffy clouds out there.... paired inside a homemade photo frame - cut a center out of your rectangle - and the thin Memory Box border cut multiple times and glued up from the bottom.  White on white is one of my favorite things to have on a card.
With the rain lately, this rainbow is what makes me smile.... even if it is a little cold and cloudy the sentiment rings true - Rainbows follow bad weather!
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Some new goals..... (masculine card samples are below,,, keep going)

This year has flown by so fast (it is well into August) that I don't feel like I have done anything... I mean, card making - yes, organizing craft studio - yes (well, always ongoing), work - of course, but not really PLAY....  don't you find that sometimes some introspection is worth while.... it is probably better when it is self instigated but I think when you are told to do it, maybe it is worth more....

So things I have learned -

Work is not my life, it does allow me to do the things I enjoy, but it is not what defines me.

School is important to me, but as everyone is telling me "B's get degrees" so why must I force additional stress on myself to get A's when it doesn't get me further than a B would.

Art is my personal escape.... I love working with the ink, paints, stamps, stencils and all the markers and pencils and gelatos (there is so much I love, huh? can you relate?) and I need to make it a priority in my daily activities - even if it is just an hour a day, or a specific time of the week - must come up with something that ensures my time is dedicated.

Must take time to enjoy life, family, friends.... down time is quite important and I need to embrace that.

More reading time!  I have missed my books... so many to read, so little time......

I would love to be on a design team again and enjoy some new things to play with and learn!
So, with all that said, I am going to start creating pieces that I can submit for DT calls... I know there is a spot for me somewhere!  I hope to see a lot of comments on the next couple of cards I post.... I have been taking time to play and it makes me so dang happy!

Happy Crafting,

Masculine Card Class samples....

Ok, I promised the pics of the class I am teaching August 17th at 1pm.... well, here they are!


My take on a card made by Julie Ebersole (I just love watching her videos)....

This is also a variation on one of Julie's fun cards!

And this is all me... used a sketch challenge and thought the new hexagons would work with some Kraft paper and dies!  I love Kraft paper these days and want to use it on almost every card.....

So, if you have nothing to do on Saturday the 17th, join me at Stampers Alley in Mooresville for this class that can be tailored to your liking.......

Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 5, 2013

I am back!

Ok I know it has been a very long time since my last post. I have been going through a lot of stuff - work, school, health, etc...
I have been struggling with the juggling!!  But I think things may start to get under control. I did find my mojo and have even made some new cards!  However, they are still stuck in the camera trying to escape. I hope to get at least one posted a day for the next however long. One caveat, vacation is coming. In 2 weeks I will be relaxing on a beach chair loving life. Heaven on Earth is where I will be. And the island does not appreciate any wireless technology so I will be disconnected the whole time. WooHoo!!!!

Couple other things, next Saturday at Stampers Alley, I will be teaching a masculine card class. 8/17 at 1pm. I will post those cards hopefully tonight. 

And last, AND least, I am having another surgery on 8/26.  It should be fine and I plan to be home later that day, so send prayers my way if you can spare some!

Chat soon and Happy Crafting!