Happy New Year 2018!

What a year 2017 was for me!  I started a new career in mental health, I got a new sewing/quilt machine and a new Scan n’ Cut machine!  Other excitement in our family life includes welcoming our new grandson and my husband retired.  It seems like the year was just getting started when it ended.

I am really looking forward to a fantastic year and plan to incorporate more crafting in my life.  I am new to sewing and managed to sew seven stockings for Christmas gifts to our grown kids and grandson.  I was very pleased with my first sewing project to say the least!  Which one do you like the best?

I also created stocking themed themed cards to go with their stockings.  The kids were stunned when they realized I made them.

Since I was busy sewing, I did not make but a few handmade cards to send out.  Basically, I ran out of time.  Here are a few cards that I created.

For New Years my husband and I had dinner at a local winery.  It was very pleasant and I made some really neat New Year treats and cut outs.  Check these out!

IMG_0593.JPGToday my hubby got me these beautiful flowers to start the year off fresh!

IMG_0599.JPGI am going to make a Southern fried chicken dinner today and watch football with my sweetie!  I even made a homemade chocolate pie!

Have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!



We can all use a little bit of sunshine and a fun day at the beach.  My family and I spent a few weekends this summer at the beach and had a wonderful time.  To commemorate our trip I made this card for my son’s girlfriend as a token of fun!  I used My Favorite Thing stamps and dies to create this card.


Doesn’t this card just scream fun?

Have a beach, sunshiny day!


Altered Cigar Box

I so enjoy taking simple items and putting my own spin on them! I altered this cigar box into a treasure keeper for my son. I didn’t want to deviate too much from the integrity of the box itself. So, the only paper I added was in the very inside bottom.  I used a velvet paper as I thought it to be more appropriate and smoother.  The rest of the box I used several Tim Holtz and 7 Gypsy items I already had in my stash of goodies.  Take note of certain significant items I added. I chose the bingo chip of 84 to represent the year he was born. On the bottom of the box I added mini cards with “Jer” (nickname) and 25 for day he was born. Check out the feet that I added to the bottom of the box!  I hope he enjoys using this box as much as I enjoyed making it!  Also, need to mention that my husband actually helped put door handle on front of box. Needed a bit more help using some of his tools.


Hope I have inspired you to create something fun!


Elfie Selphie

i am catching up on my blog posts for this past summer. Check out this stinkin cute card I created for my son’s birthday in June.  Let me reiterate that my son is 33 but, he just loves the fun and quirky cards I make for him!  Just because he is grown doesn’t mean he can’t have fun!

Anyway, this card was created using Lawn Fawn’s Elfie Selfie images and dies. I added the embossing to the frames to give it some texture. I adore how all the animals appear to come to life on this card.


What type of card do you like to receive on your birthday?

Artfully yours,


Let’s Drink Wine & Talk……..

I just love this card that get’s right to the point!  I created this card using Unity stamps image.  I embossed the image to make it pop and used an embossed background to add texture.  This is one of those cards you give to your friends who enjoy relaxing with a little Piot!


This makes me want to head to the hot tub with my own glass grapes! Enjoy your day!



A Little Birdie!

Earlier this summer I created this card and tag using Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp and die set.  My husband was the lucky recipient of these since they went with the them of his gifts. He received a Droll Yankee bird feeder from me that keeps the squirrels out of the seeds. Our friends made him a bat house which is great for the environment.     He will enjoy these in our backyard that we have been changing into a bird and butterfly sanctuary.

Altered Stars

I have been busy this summer and created these altered stars using the Bo Bunny patriotic kit.  The stars are wooden and graduate in size.  These were a lot of fun to put together and will be displayed in our home proudly!


On the Moon

I am in love with this stamp kit from Hero Arts!  What better timing to create a card a day before the solar eclipse.  I adore this image of the child fishing sitting on the half moon.  I used Crafter’s Companion Luxury paper to cut the silver round edge die and stamped the moon image using my Misti for the background since the fishing pole and line were not part of the actual die. I then popped the moon image on top to give a more realistic effect.


I hope you enjoy your day and the solar eclipse tomorrow!


Another Altered Clock

This is another project that I created for my son’s girlfriend. I made this altered clock and card for her birthday. It has a Paris theme twist to it in remembrance of my son and her trip to France last fall.

IMG_0336IMG_0339IMG_0341I really like how the final clock turned out with the blue and green colors. I need to make myself one of these clocks some day.  Actually, I love giving them to other people. Makes me happy to see them smile!