Tuesday, December 31, 2013


HELLO my crafty friends,

I've decided to join in on this project at  It's all about journaling ..........for 5 years......!  Seems like a lot, but it really isn't.  Check Tiare's website with all the information and join in.

My Journal is ready to go:

 Thanks for stopping by.  Now get started by making your journal or just buy one if you like.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas is here!!!!!

Hello everyone,

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping and card making?  I have, and I am so relieved.  I've actually made over 35 Christmas cards in all for this year and I can proudly say they have all been mailed out.

I also found time to decorate 25 Mini Notebooks to give to my Senior Sunday School Class at my Church.  I found it pretty rewarding because I used up a lot of  scrap papers and left over embellishments.  I got on a roll and couldn't stop.  I think I'll do this again for next year if I get a good reception.
Here they are:

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 9, 2013

That's Entertainment

Hi ladies and gents,

Why don't you stop  over at Outlawzchallenges and join in with this weeks challenge.    The theme is "That's Entertainment."  We're making cards based on our favorite Movie, TV program or Book.  I can't wait to see what everyone is going to come up with. 

.  I'm a lover of Adventure, Futuristic, and Action Movies.  I chose "Blade Runner" as my all-time favorite movie.  It was made back in the 80's I think, but I still like to see it over and over.
Below is my inspirational DT card to get the creative juices going.

                                                      Tell me what you think!

Materials used:

DCWV - The Stardust Stack
Rubber stamp:  Sofa by Nina Brackett -Fine Furnishings
Acrylic stamp:  Ticket by The Stamps of Life
Wire: from stash
Blade Runner images:  Google
Digi image:  Oak Pond Creations -Traffic Light
Fiskar pennant punch
Archival black pigment ink

Sunday, December 1, 2013

613 Avenue Create Block Party

Hello, Crafty Peeples,

We are so close to 500 followers! 
 We would love to meet that milestone by JANUARY 12, 2014
We're having a BLOCK PARTY to celebrate our 1 Year Blogaversary!
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We have lined up some fabulous prizes for our BLOCK PARTY and more prizes are being added daily.  If you would like a chance to win here is a partial list of possible prizes:  WRMK - Envelope Punch Board;  Prima Mixed Media Dolls(We will be giving away two of these); A Ribbon Bundle from Really Reasonable Ribbons and the list goes on.   Eligibility is simple:

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Create Your Own Challenge

Hello my Friendly crafters,

I hope everyone is getting ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.  The Lord is truly good.  My Grandson Aaron (13) and I plan to participate in the Turkey Day Chicago Run 2013.  I no longer run but I can still walk! LOL  It's only 5K(3 miles).  It starts early in the morning so I will have time to rest afterwards and then head on over to my Son's girlfriends house and enjoy a meal with our combined families.

I will have a good reason to eat what ever I want that day and not feel guilty!   It's also for a good cause.  We will be supplying the Greater Chicago Food Depository by bringing 2 can good items with us when we run.  I'm really looking forward to this.

Our challenge this week at 613 Avenue Create was to Create Your Own challenge by using this pattern :

This is what I came up with:


Image:  Bugaboo- Stella calendar month Thanksgiving
DP: DCWV Fall Stack 2
Bazzill card stock
Brown organza ribbon purchased from JoAnns
Button: from my stash
Glossy accent added to the glasses and the turkey
Rubber stamps:  Inkadinkado and Paper Inspiration
Cricut cartridge:  Wild Cards
Copic Markers
Metal Apron brad: from my stash
Mesh: from stash

Thank you for taking the time out, to stop by!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Last of Autumn

Okay fellow crafters,

I think this is one of my last Autumn cards because it sure feels like WINTER  here in Illinois!
I really do love the Autumn/Fall colors.  They are so rich and vibrant. 

I made this Tri-Shutter card as inspiration, for our NO RUBBER STAMP THEME at Outlawz challenges.  You were only allowed to use a rubber stamp for the sentiment if you needed.


Papers:  Bazzill card stock for base
              DCWV The Fall Stack DP
Sentiment:  Hot Off The Press acrylic stamp
Quotation:  Tiny Tales
Sticker letters:  by Marjolaine mini mono self sticking letters
Flowers:  by Iamroses
Digital image: by I Brake For Stamps -Autumn gathering
Edge Punch by EK Success
Copic markers
Apple basket and Hen from button stash

Thank you all for stopping by.  Now lets get ready for Thanksgiving!                 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winter is in the Air!

Hello crafting folks,

Well winter is in the air.  We got our first snow yesterday here in Illinois.  It wasn't very much but I  think we're going to have a long cold winter this time.   So that means Illinoisans stock up on your craft supplies (like I have to tell you that.....LOL) and get ready for more crafting time!

I made this inspirational Winter scene card for the Monday Greeting card challenge at Outlawz challenges. 

Materials used:

Image: Oak Pond Digitals- Say What Snowman
Base card:  Step fold card using Navy and yellow Bazzill card stock
Designer papers:  from my stash
Glitter paper for tress:  The Metallic Glitter card stack by Provo craft
Sled die cut: from stash
Copic Markers
Studio G Glitter glue
Cricut Cartridges:  Paper Doll Dress Up, Gypsy Wandering

Thanks for dropping by.  Love to hear what you think.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Let's say Thank You!

Hi everybody,  I can never have too many Thank you cards.  Can You?  Someone is always doing something for me and I need to show appreciation. My best way of showing my appreciation is to send a Thank You card.  Come over to 613 Avenue Create and join in the fun.  Let's see what you got!  Here's mine:

Materials used
Image from Bugaloo: Theodore Christmas present
SEI Christmas Paper collection
Bazzill red, black card stock
Copic markers
Cricut Cartridge: Gypsy Wandering
Ribbon from my stash
Spellbinders Dies: Square die, Scallop square die
Sentiment: Stampcraft rubber stamp
Versafine: Archival Onyx black Ink Pad

 Thanks for stopping by.  I love comments!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Paper Piecing project

This is my DT card for our Paper piecing Theme challenge at 613 Avenue Create:

The dancers clothes were paper pieced.
Materials used:

My Minds Eye  6x6 Sunshine paper pad
Image: Squigglefly-Lets Cut a Rug Bessie
Flowers: Iamroses and Prima
Self adhesive bling: Say it with Bling
K&Company Fabric  Frame
Bazzill paper for Easel card base
Copic markers
EK Success Edge Punch

Paper piecing is fun!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Let it shine....Let it shine

I love shiny and blingy things, so the opportunity to make a card with shine as a theme was a joy for me.  Here is my Outlawzchallenge  DT inspiration card for that theme:

Material I used:

Black card stock paper from stash
AC Specialty Foil paper
MS Butterfly Punch
EK Success Dimensional stickers
Anita's Art stamps outline stickers

I think it's kind a pretty!  What do you think?  Always enjoy your comments.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I love pumpkins.  Here is my inspirational card for the Pumpkin theme at Outlawzchallenges.  I was inspired by a card I saw in Sept./Oct. 2010 Paper Crafts Magazine.  The designer was Ashley Newell:

The Materials I uses:

Core'dinations Color core cardstock paper
Cricut Cart:  Paper Doll Dress up
Paper Wishes sentiment stamp
Wooden shape from stash
Black sewing thread
Fabric leaves from stash

Fall is in the air!  Lets enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Hello all of you lovely people!

 The day is beautiful and the temperature is conducive for Crafting, so let me show you one of my cards I have completed.  This image reminds of my Disco Days with the large afro's and the psychedelic lights and music.  It was a fun time in my life.  I hope when you see will bring back fond memories.

The theme for 613 Avenue Create challenges this week was to create your own challenge using this chart:

I chose Paper shelters Disco Girl as my image for Column #1, several Die cuts for Column #2,  Lindy Stamp Gangs spray mist on the flower, and stickles for Column #3,  flowers and bling for Column #4, and from Column #5, I used a mesh fabric for my fibers.

  Products used:

DCWV: The Rustic Stack Designer Paper
Gold foil paper from AC Specialty Paper
White Petaloo paper flowers spray painted with Lindy Stamp Gangs: Starburst-Cocoa Bean copper & Cactus Gold Glitz spray
Happy birthday sentiment from Sizzix Die cut
Recollections adhesive back Glitter circles
Yellow Gold stickles
Copic markers
Cricut cartridges: Jasmine and Home Accents for the Die cuts.

Come on over and join the fun! 

Monday, September 23, 2013


Hi Friends,

Here's another Fall card I've made as inspiration for the Fall card theme at Outlawz challenges:

Materials used:

Bazzill card stock for card base
DCWV Fall Stack DP
Spellbinders Dies: Large Banner, Circle Die, Scallop Circle Die, Oval Die, Scallop Oval Die
Bling: Self adhesive rhinestone strips from Want 2 Scrap
Copic Markers
Bugaboo image- Bugaboo Brats Autumn Leaves
Paper Flowers by Kaiser Scrapbook
Small leave punch- from my stash
Grosgrain ribbon- Purchased at JoAnn's

Thanks for stopping by.  Comments are always welcome!

Monday, September 16, 2013


Hello lovely people,
Well Fall is here.  I woke up to a 56 degree temperature outside, here in Chicago.  I believe it's here to stay!  I love the fall colors  and the beautiful transitioning of colors in the leaves.  They are gorgeous.....though they haven't started turning yet!

The theme for this week at 613 Avenue Create is Happy Fall.  I can't wait to see all the beautiful fall cards that will be uploaded.  Come on over and join us.

Here's my inspirational DT card:

List of Products used:

Bazzill card stock for card base and matting
DP:  DCWV Fall Stack
Copic markers
Stamps:  Hot Off The Press - Four Seasons
Flowers:  Iamroses, Prima and Kaiser Scrapbook
Punches:  Banner by EK and small leaves punch is from my stash
Basket from Circuit Cartridge - Doodle Charms
Metal button from stash 


Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Greeting Card challenge at Outlawz Challenges

Hi crafting buddies,

My card was made for our challenge going on at

Our project was to include:  Kraft,  Burlap and Beads.  Below is my DT inspiration entry:

Materials used:
Card base made with Bazzill card stock papers
Kraft paper-can't remember were I got it from
Image:  by Bugaboo- Love Blocks-Love Conquers
Burlap fabric
Burlap flower by Little Yellow Bicycle
Pearl buttons from my stash
Lace from my stash
Metal Charm by Studio G
Prima Flowers
Yellow twine from my stash
Black mesh butterfly from my stash
Adhesive back Pearl strand from Spellbinders

Go check out the challenge and see what you can come up with.  See you later!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8/26/13 National Dog Day

Welcome, welcome, everyone and especially dog lovers .  I am a dog lover.  I have had many dogs in my life, since I married and while raising my kids.  My last precious little pet was a Lhasa Apso named Sushie. ( For some strange reason we named all our animals after foods.) She was my precious baby for about 14 years before she was hit by a car.  I was devastated...... it took me a while to get over her lose.  My husband bought her for me when I was going thru the "Empty Nest Syndrome."  Can you ladies relate?  My 2 sons were grown and out of the house, so I replaced that feeling with love for a gorgeous little bundle of fur!  It really worked!  Here's a photo of her fully grown:

I am a member of a Design Team at  I chose as my challenge theme for this week:  National Dog Day. 
To celebrate that day the challenge was to make a card or project including an image of a dog in the project.  So far, over at we are getting some cute response.  You dog loves out there should go over and submit an entry.  We'd love to see what yuh' got!

Here's my inspirational entry for this week.  I hope it inspires you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Latice Card

Hello fellow crafters,

I was just playing around on the computer yesterday and decided to watch some you tube videos.
What did I do that for?  No, but really, I enjoyed it.  I made a card that I have never tried before.  Everybody has probably seen it but me!

It's called the Latice Card by Valita.  Here is the You tube video;

I thought I did a pretty good job.  The 2 inner flowers were made by me. The 2 outer flowers are from Jolee's Boutique.  The larger leaves come from Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia dies.

Give me your opinion!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monochromatic card for Outlawz challenge

Afternoon everyone,  I am getting so lazy about posting on my Blog.  I need to get on the ball!  Right?  Some of my projects I make I'm not so pleased with, so I don't post them. I guess others feel that way too.  Well I made this card and I liked it at first but then my feelings changed.  Tell me what you think about.  Our challenge was to make a monochromatic card using one color in different tones.  Here's what I came up with:

We didn't have to include an image, just a sentiment.  I chose the tan-brown color tones.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Step Fold card with matching envelope

I made this card using Beansie Doodle image: Diner Girl Garna

Materials used:

Red, Yellow Bazzill card stock paper
Print paper from DCWV Hittin' the Books Stack
Karen Foster Design paper
Copic markers
EK Punch
Cherry shake and sentiment from runner stamp stash
Sizzix paper Rosette
We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch board maker

Will add this card in the following challenge:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Deborah Woods 1950-2013

I am saddened by the death of one of my younger sisters, Deborah, this weekend.  She made her transition on Sunday morning at 6a.m.  She died of Cancer.  We were so happy that she gave herself to the Lord before she died.

Thank you Lord for giving me the opportunity to let her know how much I loved her.

This disease took her so fast.  She was diagnosed in April of this year and died within 3 months.  Deborah was Ms. Personality.  She was the one with the vibrant bubbling personality that led to her having many long-time friends.  She was loved by many people and will surely be missed.   Our family (mother and 3 sisters) will never be the same.  There is an irreplaceable hole that is causing us a lot of grief.  But along with the grief is happiness knowing that she is presently with our Lord and Savior.
  It's going to take a while for us to get over the pain of loosing our sister.  We are counting on the mercy of the Lord and the strength he will provide, to help us get through this trying experience.

                                     I love you Deborah.  We will see you again one day!
Below is a video made by her nephew, Kael Beverly.  It is awesome.  It captures Deborah's personality and what she was all about.  Also included is a Gospel message that gives all an invitation to ask for Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to come into our life.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Cookie Theme of Outlawz challenge

Hi Guys,

Been away for awhile.  Enjoyed a Florida vacation with hubbie and grandson's.  Now I have to get back into my creative mode.

I made this card to submit as an Outlawz DT inspiration for the Cookie Theme:

Materials used:
Bugaboo -Kidz Cookie & Chocolate cookie
Bazzill cardstock
Blue and white acrylic paints for splattering on the background paper
Burlap fabric piece
Adhesive back metal sticker (Ice cream)
Bugaboo cookie sentiment
Flowers from Michaels
Sugar, Flour, and metal buttons are from my stash
Copic markers
Hope this card inspires you to make one or bake some cookies.  Check out the challenge at:

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stars and Stripes DT Card

Below is my DT inspiration card for 6/10  The image is from Bugaboo:  Fancy SB July USA.


Materials used:
Bazzill card stock paper
Karen Foster -Throughout The Year - Paper collection
Spellbinders Classic Oval, Scalloped Ovals dies
EK Success stickers
Pennant punch by EK
Flag from stash
Iamroses flowers
Spellbinders adhesive bling
Red flower strip purchased from JoAnn's
Thanking you in advance for your comments.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Congratulations (any occasion) DT card

Hello everyone,

What am I going to do with all these cards I'm making?   LOL   Some of them cost dollars to mail because of the embellishments on them.  They can get pretty expensive to mail, especially when you have flowers on them.......but I just love the flowers!

Anyway here is a DT card I made  for 613 Avenue create.  The challenge was to make a Congratulations card for any occasion.  I chose to make a Wedding card using  Bugaboo image- Stella/Gus Marriage Curables.

Love this card!  Now who can I send it to?

Materials used:

Card base:  Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations- Layered Elegant Swirl Die HCD 716
K& Company McKenna Collection for gatefold base
Jolee's Dimensional stickers
Iamroses flowers
Spellbinders self adhesive bling
Cake- K&Company adhesive stickers

I hope you enjoy looking at my creation.  I always enjoy your comments!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Design Team Wedding card for Outlawz challenge

 Morning everyone,

How was your weekend?  I pray that everything went well. 

For my DT Outlawz challenge this week, I made this inspirational Wedding card:

Materials I used:

Thick black card stock paper
Marco's Gold sticky back paper
Cream colored card stock
Spellbinders Borderabilities-Kaleidoscope Border
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Pendants- Fleur De Lis
Lace: from my stash
Studio 112 Adhesive Gems
Satin cream-colored 1/4 inch ribbon for bows
Cake: Jolee's Dimensional sticker

I'll be entering this card in other challenges at a later time.

Have a great creative week!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy 13th Birthday Aaron

Hello everyone,

Yesterday we celebrated our grandson, Aaron's 13th Birthday.  Boy, the years have really gone by.  I can remember the first time I saw him, it was LOVE at 1st site!  I did not want him out of my site.  Eventually we had the opportunity to get Guardianship of him . We've had our ups and downs but I have not regretted it.

He's had a birthday celebration every year of his life (we didn't when we were growing up).  So this will be the final big BD celebrations until he's 16.  We decided to rent out a Gym Room in the local Park District, for 3 hours.  I made invitations (tutorial to follow) and he passed them out to all his basketball friends.  Well they had a ball!  I mean we had to stop them from playing in order to eat and then they went right back to playing.  It tired me out by just looking at them.

I think this party was a success and he'll have fond memories.

Here are some pictures from the party and a tutorial on the BD invitations:

I used very thick black card stock and 12x12 Basketball card stock paper

I cut these shapes on my Cricut Expression using the Sports Mania cartridge.

I used Microsoft to print the party invitation info, then used Spellbinders circle Die to cut them into circles   

Here is everything ready to be assembled,

The inside of the invitations

I used Recollections chipboard stickers to embellish the invitations

I made a total of 16

Aren't they adorable?

I used my We R Memory keepers Envelope maker to make the envelopes.  If you don't have one'd better get one!  LUV IT!

Here is the Banner that I made

                                                               Aaron and his players

Gift candy bags for the boys

 A few of the boys stopping a few minutes to eat.  Aaron is the one standing.

Since he is a Miami Heats fan, we had cupcakes made with their colors and logo.

Here are some of them lined up for the "3 Point Shoot Out"

Birthday Boy -AARON-

Back at home after the party.  Nobody wanted to go home.  We had 4 to sleepover.
Porch Banner
So this is how we are celebrating our Memorial Day weekend.  Hope you have an enjoyable weekend.  Thanks for lookin' in! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PURPLELISHIOUS theme for Outlawz challenge

Morning wonderful people,

I slept really good last night thru the rainy storm.  Felt even better when I noticed no water leakage in the basement.  We've got a old house and we're constantly patching areas in the basement to prevent seepage of water when it rains heavily.  My husband and our finances believe it's best to, do it yourself,  if you can.  Our prayers go out to the families in Oklahoma that lost family members and their homes.  We are so blessed and don't even realized it.

The Outlawz challenge for the Monday Greeting cards challenge group is to make a card with purple colors and tones. I chose to use Bugaboo's digi image: Stella Nursing-It Won't Hurt Much.


Here are 2 views of my card.  I like both, but prefer the one with the black background.  I need a course in Photography  and a new Camera. LOL

Material used:

Bazzill card stock
Spellbinders Floral Ovals and Pennants
K & Company Dimensional Stickers
Copic markers
Webster Pages Bloomers
Cuttlebug Embossing folder

Thanks for stopping by and sharing some of your time with me!