Monday, November 5, 2012

Monochromatic Neutral

First let me say... Thank you, our mighty God and Father for another opportunity to get it right...Hold me up Holy Ghost!
Since I don't have to work today, I thought I would stay up and browse around for new techniques.  There is so much out there and one site leads to another and another and another.  I am easily off track (Cardmaker's ADD).  Today, this was not a bad thing because I found a challenge I could make a quick card for over at  Come and Get It Challenges.  The theme for the challenge is Monochrome.  My creation looks like a wedding card to me but I guess it could be for any occasion.  The paper is from an old DCWV 12 x12 paper pack I've had for as long as I've been scrapbooking and cardmaking and the plain CS is from my stash.   You know you have grown in your trade, when your imagination allows you to go back to your beginning supplies and create amazing paper crafts for today.  I often go through some of my older patterned papers and say to myself -what the heck was I thinking when I bought that paper?! And of course you always by 2 pcs of the CS/paper if it's 12 x 12 or 3 pcs of 8 x 11.  So, since I've been cardmaking for about 4 years, that should give you some idea of how much of that "what was I thinking paper" I've accumulated.  The other supplies I used were Die-namics dies Fancy Flourish and small rose; Stampin' UP! Framelits Labels; Quickutz Leaves die (one of my favorite dies); Kaisercraft pearls, and a pearl brad from Recollections (Michael's brand). I'm glad I was up for the challenge (lol).  Chat soon.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Vintage, Gesso, and Embossing

Howdy Everyone,
    I am back again with a really quick card I just finished.  In this card I used some Gesso.  I've seen it used all around and it really makes the cards and projects look really good.  The card stock I used is a really pale vanilla, so I'm not sure how well you'll be able to see the Gesso on the card.  I also used some embossing and a back ground stamp to make my pattern paper.  The roses where left overs from a previous project, the stems were made from a Magnolia die.  I used the Nestabilities Floral and Classic Ovals Lg, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink, Stampin' UP! Modern Label and Window punches, and the black ribbon and paper are from my stash.   I love trying new techniques and it's even better when I do a test card and it comes out good enough that I think it can be shared with all of you.  The picture is a apart of a gift picture collage sheet from Pion Design .  I named the little baby Merry, because she looks just like my friends baby girl Merry Isabel; what a little cutie.  I even tried my hand at making a little staging (yeah... that will be something I need to watch many tutorials about, lol). Before I go, I want to thank all of the challenge host/hostess.  Being on a DT, I have truly come to understand the tremendous amount of time and effort that you put into hosting the challenges, recruiting sponsors, coming up with themes and everything else that you do.  Please know that you are greatly appreciated.

Challenges 4 Everybody Challenge #6 Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu Challenge #4 It’s A Vintage Thing
Gingerloft Challenge GL51 No Coloring Allowed
Mema's Crafts November Anything Goes
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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Magic Card

Okay here is part two of today's post. This time I created a "Magic Card". The original card was done by Marianne Skjelstad. She has a written tutorial on her blog. However, if you are not one for following written tutorials, you can also see a video tutorial done by Tracy MacDonald. Both tutorials are very easy to follow.  Oh yeah, this was also my first attempt at using Tim Holtz Distress markers. I think I need more practice but it's okay for a first attempt (at least I think so).  I am not big on glitter but the glitter really brought out the wings.  The stamp I used is called Child of Healing from Crafts and Me . The rest of the supply list will follow after the pix.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my enchanted creation (lol).   Chat soon.

Patterned Paper/CS: The Paper Company-Ivory Parchment; Prima- Fairy Belle Collection (12 x 12 Aquarelle)
Dies: Nestabilities- Floral Ovals, Elegant Posts, Classic Ovals Lg; Sizzix-Bird #5,
Punches: Martha Stewart- Doily Lace and Rose Leaf
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress-Vintage Photo, Distress Markers, Copics
Flowers: WOC
Other: Stampin' UP! -Diamond Dust
Sentiment: The Holy Bible-Matthew 19:14 and Charles Dickens

My Time To Craft Challenge #195 Pink & Brown
Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge #36 Cream Plus Two
Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog All That Glitters
The Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge Challenge #122
Desert Islands Crafts Challenge  Challenge #41 Floppy Latte Designs; Pick 3 (My card has Vintage, Patterned Paper, and a sentiment)
Memas Crafts November Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper Anything Goes
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #164 Thankfulness or Prayer (Colossians 1:3-5)

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Lattice Box

Hello Mon Amis,
    I have some awesome news that I want to share with all my friends.  First, I got top 3 on Fashionable Stamping Challenges, thank you to everyone over at FSC. I also want to share with everyone that I did a 5K today!  I walked most of it but I was able to run in 3 little stints.  I think I could have run more, had not the Lactic Acid started building in my muscles and the oxygen exchange was greatly dimensioned in my lungs.

And the good news just keeps coming...
    I created two projects to share with you today.   I'll have to do this in two post otherwise this could go on for a while.  My first project is a lattice box that I created using a tutorial from one of the Magnolia Ink Magazines.  I believe the gal that made the box had a winter/christmas/it's cold outside type theme going.  I on the other hand had this beautiful Prima Paper called "Fairy Flora" (more summery/fall), it's from the Fairy Flora Collection ( #841720).  I ordered the paper from  If you do not have the Maggie Magazine, you can e-mail me for the dimensions.  The catch is that the dimensions are in centimeters.  Believe me, it is easier to do it in centimeters.  I have not found many cutters that have both inches and centimeters. I have been using Cutterpede cutters since I started scrapbooking and stamping about 5 years ago.  I like that they come with different blades and a smaller cutter (even though both are portable).  I will list the other supplies at the bottom of the post. I plan to enter this little lattice box in the Anything But A Card challenge and the challenge over at the Outlawz Paper Ala Mode Challenge .   

Side View

Patterned Paper/CS: Tim Holtz (Fire Brick Red), Prima Paper-Fairy Flora
Dies: Magnolia Old Swedish Lace; Cheery Lynn Designs A2 Frame; Cricut Cartridge (the eyelet cut around the box top and bottom, and Nestabilities Marvelous Squares.

Inks: Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
Flowers: WOC and Petaloo leaves



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Lady Bug Tilda

Hi My Folks!
    I thought I would drop in and say hello.  I have been busy doing all kinds of stuff from making cakes to trying to make covers for my crafting machinary (still working on that).  I'm also of course working full time and trying to maintain some kind of order in my home (not so successful there).  It's always so very nice when I am able to come in my crafting room and do a little something.  Today, I want to share a card that I made for one of my co-worker's b-day.  She is over the moon for Lady Bugs!  So this was a perfect opportunity for me to use my Magnolia Lady Bug Tilda from the 2010 Raising the Ceiling Collection.  Man...when I have time and I put my mind to it, I can whip out a card pretty quick. However, I create a serious mess in the frenzy.  It only took me 2hrs from start to finish for this card. I have included a close up of Lady Bug, showing the technique I used in one of my beginner videos (colouring skies and trees)  I hope you enjoy it.   Hope to be back a little sooner with some more creations.  Until then, keep crafting!
Lady Bug Tilda
Inside signed by our Team Mates

Close up showing sky technique

Paper: Neenah Classic #110, Dotted paper (download), black and white CS-JoAnn's
Inks: SU Bashful Blue, Copic Marker, Jelly Roll Silver Star and White (Opaque), Momento Tux Blk
Embellies: SU Basic Black grossgrain 1/4" ribbon
Dies: Nestabilities Floral Ovals and Grand Decorative Ovals One
Punch: SU Modern Label
Other: Greeting and sentiment author me and printed out from my computer
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Friday, October 26, 2012


Howdy folks!
     Hope all is well for everyone.  I wanted to share a card that I made for All Hallows Eve aka Halloween.  This sketch was from a challenge on Jackson's Digital Expressions a few weeks ago.

side view

Paper: Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's
Die cuts: made with Cricut Expression and Pazzles die cutting machinges.  Happy Hauntings Cart and an SVG file from Pazzles Craft Room
Card Base idea from: Magnolia Ink Magazine.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Door Hanger

Hi All,
    Just thought I would put out a quick post (or what I hope to be a quick post). Every week there is a new challenge over at Jackson's Digital Expressions .  This week's challenge is hosted by our very talented Altered Art team.  The theme is Altered Door Hanger.  You do not have to do a traditional door hanger, as you will see when you pop over there.  Our DT members have really brought forth their creative sides to bring inspire you to branch out.  The door hangers look grrrt!  I also made a door hanger.  I used a lot things I already had on hand.  Whenever I go to Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's or Michael's, I try to buy something to altered that I didn't already have.  I find my items in the dollar bins at JoAnn's as well as their wood works section.  At Michael's I go the wood works section. Hobby Lobby, has a spectacular assortment of things to alter and different sizes.  This is a wooden door hanger that I got at Hobby Lobby for .79 cents.  The paper is an old (2008) Debbie Mumm (for Jo-Ann) cardstock pack.  It is called "Harvest & Holiday". The paper pack has Fall, Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christimas (what a bargin for me)!   I used Modge Podge to adhere the cardstock to the door hanger, sanded the edges and the inner circle (front and back). I inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink, I used the Tim Holtz "Autumn Gatherings"  die to make the leaves and branches (I highly recommend this die).  I cut out a thin black circle (from stash cardstock) to randomly glue the leaves and branches in a circle. I added a couple 2-3 WOC Roses , I used pop dots to adhere the branch wreath to the door hanger (to give it some lift).  I cut out the pumpkins from another piece of cardstock in the same paper pack; and viola! you've got a door hanger.   Well, gotta run for now.  I will be back very soon with a very cute seasonal card I think you'll enjoy. 

Hugz from Me

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alter Something

Good Morning everyone,

      Today I'm sharing a box I altered for a friends 5th wedding anniversary.  His wife loves the book "The Hobbit", so he bought her the limited edition!  He asked me if I could do something to make it look pretty for her.  So, I came into my stamp lab and the wheels started turning.  I wanted to keep within the theme of Wizards, Warlocks, Magic, and all the other neat things that go on in the story.  I had to have little background about the story (I've never read the story nor have I seen the movies.  Appearantly, this is the beginning of the Lord of the Rings.   Okay, so I had this DCWV paper that I never used called "Once Upon A Time".  It was perfect for this occasion!  I used Tim Holtz Distress Stain to colour the box.  I was sweating bullet, because I had never used the stain before and wasn't sure how it would turn out.  Let me just say, it was gorgeous (if I do say so myself).  I used peel off gold stencil to trim the box.  Of course the flowers are from WOC (Wild Orchild Crafts) and Prima.  Most of the charms are from JoAnn's in the jewery section, the metal number "5" stencil is from Stamp Asylum (Plano, Tx), the ribbon is from the Crafty Scrapper (Waxahachie, Tx). I have had this ribbon in my stash for quite some time. It was so pretty, I kept thinking I don't know why I  need to buy this but something was telling me to get it.  I started gathering the things I needed to complete my project and that ribbon was exactly what I needed.   I used the DCWV cardstock mentioned above to partially cover the front, insides, and back panels.  I did some tearing and lots of inking  to make it look old and tattered.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper.  I used Glossy Accent to adhere all the flowers.  I stamped lines on a tag I created out of a torn piece of the DCWV cardstock and shapped it with a nest to make a journaling tag.  My BFF Lesia from Memas Crafts gave me some jute cloth a while ago and I used that to cover the book inside the box.  Because one of the main points of the book/movie revolved around a "ring" I found a really neat tricket pack at Michaels, that had something in it that really looked like a ring during those times.  I put it in a burlap sack (from Maya Road).  I used one of Tim Holtz's little potion glass bottles and filled it with flower soft (for the concoction-the love potion).   Believe it or not, it only took  me 6 (six) hours to complete the entire project.  My co-worker loves the box and I think Mrs. Co-Worker will too.   Here are some photos of the box before and after.  Oh, I also created a small box for another gift he bought for her ( a book light to clip on her book).  I used a paper mache' box I got from JoAnn's, covered it with Prima 6x6 "Romance Novel"- love, love, love this paper pack.  Stamped the lines on the journalling tag.  It is absolutely beautiful!!!!  The pearl lace is from Crafty Scrapper; Jute cord is from JoAnn's, the roses are WOC, and I inked the edges with distress ink from Tim Holtz.   I hope you enjoy the photos.  If you have any questions give me buzz ( I am entering my boxes in the Fashionable Stamping Challenge #31 Alter Something. Crazy Amigo Challenge Not A Card.  Creative Craft Chalenges 2 Anything Goes. Oldie But A Goodie challenge Show Us Your Ribbon. Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes.  Stampin' Sisters In Christ Create a project/card with something handmade on it.

Cornice and Paper Mache' Boxes from JoAnn's
the Cornice Box can also be found at Michaels

Here are some pictures of the little box and you also see the inside rt panel of the larger box
(oops! I think I exceed my loading space and could not get the rest of the last photo to come through)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Inks and Such Challenge #24 at Jackson Digital Expressions Breast Cancer Awareness or Pink

Hi all,
 Sorry for the long hiatus.  Blogger and I are having massive uploading issues.  Somedays it will upload photos without any problem and somedays (most days) NOT!  So, I will just tell you about my card that I did for the Inks and Such "Pink" challenge. This challenge is in support for Breast Cancer month and our never ending quest to find the cure.  For my card  I used Robert Jackson's  rose image. I merged the rose 3 times to make a cluster of roses. I coloured the image with Prisma Color Pencils and Mineral Spirit, I also used Copics on the leaves. I then copied the image in different ways to create the patterned paper (out of plain printer paper). I used Nesti labels 13 and the stacking technique on the outside of the card.   I used the double embossing technique to make the frame for the inside sentiment.  I made the sentiment up. The black CS is from my stash.  I stitch the design on the front of the card.  Well, thank you for stopping by.  Just as soon as Blogger and I can come to a firm understanding about this picture uploading problem; I will post more often. 
Please be sure to stop over at Jackson's Digital Expressions and join this weeks Inks and Such challenge #24, Breast Cancer Awareness or Pink.  For every entry into the challenge a .25 cent donation will be given to Breast Cancer Research.  You can also join the challenge at Mema's Crafts as she is also giving a donation toward Breast Cancer Research every entry in her October challenge. 

Hugz from Me



Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Spellbinder's Blog Hop Day One Winner!!!

OMGosh!  I was notified a while ago that I was a day one winner on the Spellbinders Blog Hop for the sneak peek of the new 2012 dies.  I was just over joyed! I just could not wait for my Spellbinders  dies to arrive.  Well folks, my gift arrived this weekend.  I got one of the best surprises I can remember in  quite sometime.  I won ALL the dies from day one! Hallelooyurrrr!  I was out doing yard work, when I saw the package.  Of course, everything came to a hault at that point.  I opened the box and could not believe my eyes.   I was so overwhelmed, I started to tear up like I won an Oscar.  After I gained my composure, I sat my goodies aside and finished my yard work. All the while thinking about the projects I wanted to try with my new dies. I was singing like the fat lady in the Opera. I think I finished the yard work in record time.   I have not had an opportunity to play with the new dies (life happens) but that is the definite plan this week (plus a 4 days weekend) .  I took a picture of the dies to show you all.  These are some beautiful dies and I know you will want to rush right out and purchase them.  For more photos and information on these and other Spellbinders products click on any of the hyperlinks.  The links will take you to the home page, be sure to check out the community tab.  There are some pretty amazing things going on at Spellbinders. Also, check out the gallery for some beautiful inspiring projects.

                                 A BIGG TEXAS THANK YOU TO SPELLBINDERS!!!!

Marvelous Squares (S4-383), Exquisite Circles (S4-384),
Grand Decorative Ovals One (LF-016), and Les Papillions (S4-371). 

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Closing the Games of the 30th Olympiad in London

Wow, that was the quickest 17 days that I can remember!  I can't believe the games are closed.  I didn't get to post as many Olympic projects as I had hoped.  However, I could not let the games close without posting just one more.  I coloured the "Olympic" stamp from Krista at Saturated Canary ( I named her Olympia).  And even though I did not make anything of her, I think she is just right to say good bye to the 2012 games.   I would also like to say, congratulations to ALL the athelets.  Although, everyone could not take home a medal, you are truly all winners and even better you are Olympians- the worlds best!!!   Thank you to Great Britian and well done on your 3rd hosting of the Olympic games, awesome job.   Well, I will keep this short, post my lil' Olympia and say good night to all. 

Hugz from Me

Monday, July 30, 2012

Citius Altius Fortius


Hello my friends! I am truly excited! The  London 2012 Summer Olympic Games have begun.  We are so very proud of all the amazing athelets from all 204 countries!!  As expected the Olympians have kept us on the edge of our seats.  Last night I watched the US Women's Gymnastic Team rock the house! We have two great young ladies going for the all around.  Swimming has as usual been insanely good!  Michael, Collin, Ryan, Rebecca, and all of the other swimmers have just been a joy to watch.  Currently I am watching the 4 Man Skulls, the US is leading- good googley moo, the bodies on those dudes (okay, I'm losing focus)... Let's just move on to the card portion of the presentation, shall we?

Okay, so on to the challenge update.  Unfortunately, my very first challenge was a total flop.  But it's okay with me, no sadness.  There are many challenges out there and if you don't advertise (which I had no intention on doing) it becomes a shot in the dark as to if folk (and yes I mean "folk") will find you.   With that being said, I have decided not to do the Olympic challenge (bummer drag).  I had some really fun stuff planned but it doesn't really seem practical if no one enters.   However, that does not in any way diminish my spirit of posting my Olympic cards and crafts.  

Today I am posting a card that represents my country the good ole' US of A!  And what better way to rep. my country than by posting one of the new specialty Magnolia Stamps.  This little lady is called Liberty Tilda.  I purchased her at our local craftstore the Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX for anyone local.  And of course you can always go to Magnolia-licious to find the newest and many older Magnolia stamps.   I hope you enjoy the card and get inspired to doing something representing your country or any country during these Olympic Games. 

Libby is still holding her tablet but she is such a talented babe, she's holding flowers as well.  You Go Libby!

Paper: Paula Deen (doesn't have name) I got it out of the Michael's $1.50 bins, you get 12 6x6 sheets of coordinating paper.  Poker-dot is an old My Minds Eye.
CS: Cream coloured based from my stash, dark brown from Hobby Lobby
Vellum: Michael's
Stamp: Liberty Magnolia, the "Liberty and Justice for all" is from Heartfelt Creations , the sentiment inside the card is something I made up and printed out on my computer. 
Inks/Markers: Momento Tux Blk and Rich Cocoa, COPICs from Rusty at Oozak
Dies: Magnolia Swedish Lace,  Spellbinders Nesti Labels Fourteen
Flowers: Roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts (WOC)  the other flowers are from the Wilton Cake decorating supplies and the blue flower is from the Crafty Scrapper.

Challenges :
My Mojo Monthly Your Style
Unique Crafters Challenge Blog Patriotic
The Outlawz Copic/Promarker Challenge Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges Anything Goes
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Count Down to the 2012 Summer Olympics Challenge

Hi everyone, 
Welcome to my first challenge! One lucky person will win a e-gift card to SATURATED CANARY  I'm keeping my fingers cross that it will go off without a hitch.
It's real simple, just make something DIRECTLY related to the 2012 Summer Olympics.  The entry can be a card, page, tag, box, altered art, etc.  You can represent any country, does not have to be your current home country or your native land.  Please say something about the country your project represents in your post and link the URL to your entry NOT your blog (this will make it easy for me to find your entry) in Mr. Linky (Inlinks).  Your entry must be a country that is participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics. For a list of participating countries click on this link Altius Directory . Only one (1) entry per person.  Your project can be no older than 7/17/12  There will be one (1) winner for the challenge.  Winners will be notified within five (5) days after the close of the challenge 7/26/12 at 11pm Texas CST time. You do not have to be a follower to enter the challenge.   I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

10 Days to Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics

OMG (TEN)10 days! to opening ceremonies...I am so excited; you would have thought I had a child or friend in the competitions!!!  I don't know why but I just get so excited.  I love, love, love the Olympics.  I love the Olympics some much that back in 1996 I made Christmas ornaments for each country that participated (I think it was 196 countries).  I still use the ornaments every Olympic year.  I'll try to dig out a photo on a future post. 
But now on to the opening ceremonies to my first ever challenge!   Next Friday 7/20/12 I will have the first challenge all about the Olympics, this one will end on 7/26/12.  Then the next challenge will run from 7/27/12 (Open ceremonies day) until midnight  Texas, US central time of closing ceremonies day.  The rules apply to both challenges: You can use any image or non-image, tag, bag, box, altered art, etc.; however, IT MUST BE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE OLYMPICS!  ONE (1) entry per person.  You may represent your native country or any country you want but they must be a participating country in the 2012 Olympics. For a complete list of participating countries you can go to the Altius Directory .  You can also find out other information related the  Olympics. You must give some information about the country you are representing, the Olympics, inspiration, etc. (no you do not have to use all of the examples, just choose one).  Your project date can be no older than today 7/17/12 Tuesday (nothing from before today's date).  I will be setting up Mr. Linky, so your beautiful works of art can be displayed.  For the Olympic Count Down challenge there will be ONE (1) winner.  For the Olympic challenge there will be 3 winners (Gold, Silver, and Bronze).  Winners must collect their prizes within (Five) 5 days of winning otherwise another name will be choosen. I reserve the right to modify the rules as necessary.   

Okay so here we go!  Remember the Olympic Count Down Challenge starts Friday 7/20/12 and runs until 7/26/12.    Here is a little inspiration to get y'all started.  I made a treat bag.  These are a different take on an old favorite.  They are extremely easy to make and very quick, just in case you have to do a mass order (LOL).   I will not do an image for every day of the count down or the Olympics; however, if someone wants to donate their project in the spirit of the games as a featured artist; please e-mail me at Who knows, there may be a little somethin' somethin' in it for the feature donation.   

Alright y'all let's get it crackin'
Hugz from Me

Monday, July 16, 2012

Double Graduated Wing'd Card

Good Monday Morning everybody,
      I have been one busy lil' bee in the stamp lab.  As usual for a Monday, I have plenty to do before leaving for work.  So, today I am posting my double graduated wing'd card, that was originally done by Marianne from  Pion DesignsWarning: this card was difficult to make and took me several days ( I think I got a little frustrated); however, I shall never be defeated by paper!! You can also see a version of this card on Lesia's site at Memas Crafts. Of course she is having a challenge...just thought I would give you a little incentive to hurry right on over there. She is always appreciative of the company and she gives awesome prizes too.   My inspiration for this card was that I love the vintage, antique look and you know anything lookin' like it has anything to do with France, is a sure win with me.  I found this awesome site thru Feline Playful  called La-De-Dah: My Mojo Monthly .  The young lady's name is Sarah, if you are  into altered art; you will love this site her work is hott! 

Paper: (turquoise and black) Hobby Lobby
CS: Stripped MME purchased at Hobby Lobby; black and white CS JoAnn's
Images: Mini Vintage collage sheet from Crafty Secrets
Flowers: Lg rose and small rose buds from WOC ; Multi coloured medium sized rose and lock from Prima The Crafty Scrapper
Punch: Martha Stewart
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Inks- Vintage Photo

Memas Crafts Anything Goes
My Mojo Monthly Your Style

COUNT DOWN TO THE SUMMER OLYMPICS BEGINS TOMORROW JULY 17, 2012!!! You'll want to come back, it's going to be a lot of fun!!!!!

Hugz from Me

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Great Find at Hobby Lobby

What's up my folks?!
Wrote a blog about it, wanna hear it, here it go!!  Over the past weekend my car died (can you say BUMMER DRAG?)!   Oooh, I was madder than a nanny goat in a pepper patch!  I mean I was steaming mad!  Trapped in my house like a rat in a maze over the weekend!!!  However, just prior (like litterally) the day before this tragic event I needed something to put my scrap/play card stock (SPCS) in.  My SPCS is some CS that a nice lady I use to work with gave me (cleaning out her scraproom).  A friend of hers works for a paper company.  The employees are given all this paper and CS for their personal use (cleaning out the company's scraproom (lol)).  Well, I think the fire marshall threatened to shut my friend's house down if she didn't get rid of some of that paper and CS; so she found a willing victim (that would be me) to give all this paper and CS to.  Y'all I have CS galore! All shades and different sizes, from matte to shimmery, texture, smooth, two-tone and so on.  I put it in colour family order and had it in a cardboard box.  Well, the box like my last vehicle bit the dust over the weekend.  So I went to Hobby Lobby looking for a nice inexpensive basket to put the paper and CS in.  Instead, I found this darlinged chest.  It kind of reminds me of Tim Holtz's Vagabond. Annnnnnnnd...wait for it... I found a cutesee little stand to put the chest on so I would not have to break my back, lock up my knees, and tumble over headfirst from cutting off the circulation to everything from the navel up!   I tried to take pictures that would show you the inside of the trunk, not sure how well you'll be able to see but it is dagg-nabbit cool! It works perfectly. Underneath are scraps of paper (also separated by colour family).  It so wonderful to be able to go to a specific spot to find the colour you need.  I use to exhaust myself looking through thousands of scraps, looking for that one specific colour of a scrap piece of paper or cardstock.  Although this is my play paper and CS, I do use this for some of my cards that I post.  Now, I'm off to find something larger to hold the scraps.  The trunk was $35 and the stand was $29, didn't even need a coupon (they were on sale).  The trunk has a clicking hinge and holds itself in place.  Oh my gosh what a find!  Hopefully next payday, I'll get to buy myself another little goody. 

Hugz from Me
p.s. I had to purchase another vehicle, that's a whole different story, but a good one in the end.  Chat soon.
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