Simple Pleasures

Not too long ago, Authentique sent me a few fun items to alter for a special trade show event they were doing with Sierra Pacific Crafts. SPC makes all sorts of very unique wooden items like frames, wall hangings, and notebooks. I was given a matching pair of little stands to alter. I’ve shared my patriotic Pride stand already. If you missed it, you can check it out here. And today, I get to share the second altered stand, this time a fun summery concoction dressed up with Authentique’s Seasons Summer collection.


These little stands are actually quite small, standing at only 3-4″ high, so once again I created a little extra height here. Inked wooden skewers attached to the side are an easy way to extend your project, and are a fun excuse to add a bit of twine and some banner flags. For some reason, this reminds me of a lifeguard stand at the beach, and that totally makes me smile. Perhaps I just have beach on the brain! 😉


Painted the base of the stand and covered the front and back sides with papers from the 6×6 Paper Bundle. The journaling card and sentiment banners are all cut from the Enhancements Sheet. I added a tab sticker and pretty trim and a couple of vintage buttons from my stash.


The sun was free cut from yellow 6×6 paper and then embossed with clear embossing powder and a distressed dots background stamp. Added it to my stand on pop dots for a bit of extra depth and dimension.


My two kiddos are going to the beach next week, the lucky ducks. I think that’s as close as I’m going to get this summer……

But a girl can dream!

Have you guys seen? Authentique has just released the first peek at their new Christmas collection Joyous! This is a full-line release and just one of five new collections being released at CHA next week. There’s lots and lots of details and photos on the blog, if you’d like to see more!


Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend, my friends!


Authentique Seasons: Summer Collection
6×6 bundle
Enhancements cut apart 12×12 paper
6×12 “components” sticker
Distressed Dots background stamp: Unity
Twine: The Twinery
Ink and Embossing Powder: Stampin’Up
Buttons: Vintage

You Make the World a Better Place

Hi everyone! Happy Monday to you! I sure hope you all had a wonderful weekend. And here’s to hoping we have a nice, quiet, and uneventful week ahead!


I am quite excited about this upcoming week here on the blog. Two of my favorite companies, Authentique and Therm O Web, are partnering up for a whole week of amazing inspiration, and of course there will be a few prizes, too! I’ve got all sorts of fun stuff to share, starting off the week with a masculine gift idea for all those fabulous men in our lives.


If your dad is anything like mine, then it’s sometimes tricky coming up with good Father’s Day gift ideas. But with the holiday coming up quickly, I wanted to make something very special for my very special dad to show him how much he means to us. So I crafted up a quick and easy accordion-fold frame for his office desk.


Since the frame is double-sided, there’s room for lots of photos of him with my two kiddos over the years, and I love that he can flip the frame around from time to time to switch things up. Perfect for the man who has everything.


The frame folds up into a compact little card when closed. But untie the bow, and you have a fun stand-up frame.


The Strong collection, with it’s masculine prints and sentiments, was just perfect for my Father’s Day project. Since my dad also happens to be a grandpa, I threw in a little Cherish, too. Paired up with Therm O Web’s amazing line of adhesives, this little project was a snap.


 Since my photos were taken at many different times and places, the colors did not go together in any cohesive way. By changing the photos to black and white, I was able to mix them together seamlessly.




For complete step-by-steps, stop by the Authentique blog. And be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win an amazing prize drawing. Then head on over to the Therm O Web blog to see what’s in store for you there. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!



Authentique Strong Collection: Handsome 12×12 Paper, 8×8 Bundle, Foundations Cut Apart Paper, Components Stickers, Stamp Blocks Die Cut Paper Accents, Titles & Phrases Die Cut Paper Accents, Hinges & Tabs Die Cut Paper Accents

Authentique Cherish Collection: Components Stickers

Therm O Web: Mini Tape Runner, Glitter Dust Black Photo Corners, 3D Adhesive Squares, Medium Zots Clear Adhesive Dots

Ink: SEI
Trim: American Crafts
Buttons: Foofala
Staples: Tim Holtz


Happy Howl-loween

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday to you! Is it just me, or does it seem like this week is slipping past so quickly? I think having a holiday on Monday has thrown me off schedule….feels like the beginning of the week to me, and here it is half over. But I won’t complain too much. That simply means the weekend will roll round that much sooner. 🙂

I have some projects to share with you today that I am super excited about. Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile know what a big fan I am off all things Halloween. So you can imagine how happy I was to see the latest release from Digital Doodles, called Happy Howl-loween.

This adorable set comes with 7 digital stamps, including 4 images and 3 phrases, that are just perfect for all your Halloween crafty projects. I think I’m in love!  This is right up my alley. Here are a few goodies I created with this set.

As you can see, I’m quite smitten with the little ghost. Used it as the main image on a fun framed project, as well as a holiday card.

This card just makes me smile! I adore the fun Halloween prints on this patterned paper from the BooVille collection by Little Yellow Bicycle. Used several sheets of paper from the 5×7 paper tablet here along with a circular journaling piece from their Journal Tablet for the focal point. I added a band of white crepe paper lightly dabbed with black ink across the center, layered with some lovely purple silk ribbon and a pair of buttons on the side.

The centerpiece is all about the layers. The journaling block, a pleated paper rosette, a scalloped circle, and the Boo image from the Happy Howl-loween set give this card a punch of fun. A little hand-cut ghost tucked into the center is the finishing touch.

The tri-fold frame also uses patterned papers from the Boo Ville collection along with some die-cuts from the 5×7 Paper Tablet and the haunted house from the Chipboard Shapes. I printed several ghosts in two different sizes on white cardstock to add as detail. I adore how simple this project was, yet how cute it turned out. Love it when things work out like that!

My goodness, but this set just makes me happy! If you would like to see more wonderful project using the Happy Howl-loween images, be sure to check out the Digital Doodles blog. The design team really out-did themselves this week. And if you like these, we’ve got a second dose of Halloween projects coming your way soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful day, my friends!

House & Home

Hello everyone! Wishing you a happy Wednesday from sunny California!  We are having such a fantastic time on our vacation here.  The last 4 days in a row have found me making road trips to Moraga, Sacramento and yesterday, to Santa Cruz to visit old stomping grounds and good friends. I’ve met up with college friends that I haven’t seen in 24 years and my oldest and bestest friend from back in 2nd grade. It’s been wonderful, and it’s been a whirlwind, and I think pretty soon, I’m going to need a vacation from my vacation.  Cause all this traveling around is wearing me out. 🙂

Today I have a fun project to share featuring the current challenge at The Shabby Tea Room.  This week’s challenge, House & Home, is to create a project inspired from this lovely photo.

I used the colors from the photo and the sweet house as inspiration for a framed project using a simple shadow box I picked up at my local big box craft store.

Our sponsor in the Tea Room this week is Jet Pens!
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I used the Marine Star and Silver Star pens from the Stardust Gelly Roll set to add sparkle and shine to the patterned papers in my design. The Silver Star adds a silver lining to the hand-cut clouds and accents the centers of the floral motifs in the roof paper.  Marine Star colors the leaves on the Life is Good rub-on, dots the “siding” of the house facade, and outlines the windows and doors. Once you start playing with these pens, it’s hard to stop! 🙂

Papers are Girls’  Paperie and Creative Imaginations IOD. I also used an old rub-on from Daisy D’s for the sentiment and trims from Webster’s Pages. The house shape itself is from a chipboard mini album from Maya Road, and I created the flowers from dictionary paper using 5 layers of paper punched with a flower punch. Also making an appearance is several vintage buttons from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by and paying me a visit! I so hope to get a chance to come visit YOU soon.  I’ve been missing you!

A Grandparent is a Beautiful Thing

Hi everyone!  As many of you already know, February is a very special month at Webster’s Pages community blog site, inspireME.  All month long, Webster’s is partnering with Tattered Angels to bring you fabulous projects and tons of inspiration showcasing these two product lines together.  I have so enjoyed working with the beautiful Tattered Angels goodies.  I do believe I’ve become quite addicted to the beautiful shine and shimmer of the Glimmer Mists.  On today’s project, I tried to use the mists in a different and unique way.

I made this hanging for my daughter’s room to remind her of the strong bond she shares with my mother.  Growing up, I only saw my grandparents a handful of times, so I want to let my kiddos know how truly lucky they are.  I love this simple photo I caught of the two of them together on the walk to school last year.  To me, the photo speaks a thousand words and shows the special relationship they share.

I started this project with a piece of corrugated cardboard that I sprayed with Coffee Shop Glimmer Mist.  I then layered on some Webster’s paper from the Home For The Holidays line, along with several of the gorgeous new journaling cards from Lullaby Lane.  LOVE those new journaling cards!  The Bingo card is from Tattered Angels, and here is where I tried a new technique with the mist.  Instead of spraying, I used Coffee Shop and Gold mists to paint the birds on the card.

Then I masked the birds and sprayed the Bingo card with both English Ivy and Blue Skies mists, going back in and adding some additional painting of English Ivy to the greenery areas.

Layered the piece with Spring Green Lattice Lace from the Elegant Trim Kit, another Bingo card misted with Gold, several new Prima blooms, and a Whimsy Thread and Silhouette from the Postcards From Paris and Nature’s Storybook collections.  Painted the relief of the Silhouette with more of the Gold Glimmer Mist.

I fancy cut the scrolled label from one of the Lullaby Lane journaling cards and layered it with my grandparent quote I printed on the computer.  Cutting apart elements from the journaling cards is one of my favorite techniques with them, as then I can get multiple uses from one little card.  I do love to be thrifty when I can. 😉

I so enjoyed making this project and had fun painting with the mists for something new.  It’s amazing some of the creative ideas the other design team girls are coming up with showcasing these fun products.  Hope you get a moment to check out the special forum on inspireME to see more great ideas.  Be sure to check out the Tattered Angels blog as well, and find out what their team is doing.  And if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to go here to enter to win some Tattered Angels and brand NEW Webster’s Pages goodies of your very own!

Good luck everyone!  Thanks once again for stopping by.  I always love to hear from you.

Heart of Love

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!  I always love Fridays, don’t you?  It’s so nice to know you can turn off that alarm clock for a few days and just relax.  And this weekend is particularly exciting with the Winter Olympics starting.  Cannot wait to watch the opening ceremony in just a few hours.

I’m also very excited to share with you a project I made for Webster’s Pages just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Throughout the month of February, the Webster’s girls are showcasing projects made in partnership with Tattered Angels.  If you have not popped over to inspireME to check out all the amazing offerings, you MUST do so!  Truly, you won’t want to miss out! Today I posted my little Heart of Love I made to brighten up my home for the holiday.

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile probably already know that I love to create things from old kraft shopping bags.  I love the rustic charm of the kraft paper, love recycling something old into something treasured, and especially love the large “canvas” a big shopping bag provides.

To begin this project,  I created my own heart template on some newsprint paper, using the old-fashioned method of folding the paper in half and drawing half a heart shape.  That is probably the ONLY way I could freehand a heart and get the two sides equal. 😉  Once you have your template, draw your heart shape two times onto the kraft shopping bag that you have cut open into one large piece.  Cut out your two hearts, leaving about a half an inch extra between your traced line and your cut.  Don’t worry about being perfect, as you will go back later and trim the edges once your heart is finished.

Next I created a patchwork of beautiful patterned paper from Webster’s Postcards From Paris line.  I was down to my very last scraps of paper, but that’s ok because this is a perfect project for using up those scraps.  To create your patchwork, lay your pieces front side down onto your workspace, joining your edges together.  Using regular scotch tape, tape your pieces together so that they will stay in place.  Make yourself a large enough piece so that you can trace your heart pattern onto the paper.  Cut out and adhere to one of the kraft hearts.  I then machine stitched a zig-zag line between each seam of patterned paper.

Now comes the fun part of decorating and embellishing!  I sprayed my heart with 3 colors of Glimmer Mists (Gold, Blue Skies, and Coffee Shop) in a very random and chaotic fashion.  So very fun to just go wild with this.  I love the beautiful shimmer it gives to the whole piece.

Sprayed some white tulle with the Coffee Shop mist to tie across the center of my heart, and then added a few of the gorgeous Webster’s trims to add detail. I used stamps from Tattered Angels’ In Flight Screen Prints Clear Stamps to create several flourishes and the large focal butterfly to place on top of the trims.  The butterfly was stamped in brown ink on Webster’s Paris Couture paper and then heavily misted with first Blue Skies then Gold Glimmer Mists, and cut out.

Used Tattered Angels’ Regal 3-in-1 Alpha Chips to spell the word love on my butterfly.  They are sprayed with Gold mist and outlined with brown pen.

I then had fun adding some beautiful beaded picks and Prima pearls and crystals and silver mesh flowers. LOVE those!

When I had the front finished, I edged the entire heart with some of the vintage lace I found at the antiques store recently and then stitched the two kraft hearts together on my sewing machine, leaving enough of an opening to insert some poly-fill fiber.  Once you’ve created a pleasing “pillow” effect, stitch the remaining opening closed.  Trim the edges with pinking shears or your regular scissors so that the edges are even.  I then used the original handles of the shopping bag, wrapped in some old white wire, as the hanger for the piece.

I had such a great time with this project!  It is just so fun to go crazy with the Glimmer Mists.  Think I sprayed pretty much everything on here, including all the papers, the butterfly, the tulle, the beaded picks, and even the center Prima pearl embellishment.  I haven’t found an item yet that won’t work with the mists. 🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I always love to hear your sweet comments!  I’ll see you all back here tomorrow.

Countdown to Christmas- Day 15

Don’t you just hate computer troubles?  Ugh……

Guess I managed to pick up some malware and I’ve been without my computer for the last two days.  So relieved to have it back up and running.  What a pain!  Thank goodness I have a computer tech brother who can fix things for me. I would be lost without you, Bro!

So my apologies for missing yesterday’s Countdown to Christmas post.  I suppose I should make today’s post extra fabulous and spectacular to make up for my lapse………but that’s too much pressure. 😉

So instead, I will share with you all one of my most favorite holiday crafty projects ever.  I made this guy several years ago, and he has held a spot of honor on my mantel every year since.

I created the base for my snowman out of two balloons that I partly filled with air and then tied together to form a basic bowling pin shape.  I then added many layers of torn patterned paper to the balloons with a mixture of 50/50 Modge Podge to water.  I added layers of paper until the snowman was strong enough to stand on its own and until I was no longer able to make a dent in his side when I pressed with my fingers.

The arms I created from wire.  I first made a forked outline and then wrapped wire around the forms until they were completely covered.  I made the hat from two felt pieces, one circle and one rectangle that I rolled into a long tube.  The nose is rolled orange card stock, the eyes are black mini brads, and the mouth was created from seed beads.  I gave him some ribbons and trims on his hat and neckline, buttons, a bit of blush, and lots of glitter for sparkle.

Hey Good Lookin’!  What you got cookin’?

Ah, he just makes me smile.

Hope he gave you a smile, too.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  See you all tomorrow.

Countdown to Christmas- Day 12

Hello everyone!  Two weeks to go until Christmas!  Are you all ready?  I know I’m not.  But I think I’ll break out the gift wrap this evening and get started on wrapping up a few presents.  Always love how a beautiful package looks under the tree.  I sometimes think the packaging is just as important as what’s inside, so I try to make each present look as pretty as can be.  Try being the operative word.

Here is a scrappy project I’ve recently made, altering a thrift store bi-fold frame into a Christmas keepsake.

That sweet little guy is my friend Kathy’s son when he was a wee babe.  She let me borrow him so I could show how the frame looks all finished.

Here’s where it started.

I painted the back and sides white and added patterned paper and trim to the front of the frame.  I added a fun tie to the side of the frame using some ribbon and trims, a wooden snowflake that I glittered, and a Making Memories Mistletoe felt poinsettia.  The snowflake has been embellished with black micro-buttons and that funky red mesh is recycled netting from a bag of tangerines.  I then had fun decorating each opening for the frame.

And on one final note tonight, I want to take a moment to honor my sweet little hedgehog buddy who passed away this morning.  Sonic was with us for 4 years and truly was a part of the family.   He will forever be missed.

Love you Sonic!

Peace Deer

Hey everyone!  What a beautiful Fall day it is here in NC.  The weather is just perfect, and to top off the day, I received the new Webster’s Pages trims and embellishments today.  I have been so excited about getting my hands on these little beauties, and they are every bit as fabulous and unique as I was expecting.  Haven’t had a chance to play with them yet, but I have to share anyway. 😉

Nature's silhouettesParis Silhouettes

These are the new Silhouettes.  They come in sets of 5 and are self-adhesive.  These truly are amazingly detailed cameo pieces.  I loved them so much I had to get two of each set!

I will share some of the other new goodies next time.  And as always, you can check out all the Webster’s Pages products here.

In other Webster’s news, don’t forget that there is just one day left to get your entries in for the September calendar challenge.  It’s not too late.  You can do it!  For more details, go here.

And lastly, today was my day to post on the Webster’s Pages Facebook page.  I posted this fun and simple holiday wall hanging.

Peace Deer Wall Hanging

The project began as an unfinished wooden hanging I found at Michael’s.  I painted and glittered the “peace” bottom part.   The deer piece I covered in both the front and back sides of the Snow Tips patterned paper from the Winter’s Wings Collection.  I then edged the hanging with a brown marker, and added a big bow.  The bow is layered with several ribbons, a sprig of holiday berries, an acrylic snowflake, a felt snowflake, and a pair of silver bells.

Peace Deer Wall Hangingdetail

Thanks so much for stopping by everyone!  Hope you are having a beautiful day, too!