Sunday, February 25, 2018

Time to Design

When I began crafting, one of the things I loved most was the magic of the end product. Each step, every action required attention and was important  but I tended to  defer the satisfaction and craftmanship until the process was complete. I've been trying to encourage myself to slow down, to be more deliberate in the design and mindful of the process. I'm still not the perfect craftsman, probably won't be, yet I aspire to be. It isn't my nature to be disciplined but I'm trying to savor the natural gift of creating.

Here are three Easter cards.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Sweets for a Sweetheart

Make a loved one's day extra special with a sweet Strawberry & Chocolate Dessert Quesadilla:


        8 inch flour tortillas                             1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 TBL chocolate hazelnut spread               1 TBL spreadable butter
2 servings dairy whipped topping

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, place a tortilla on a flat surface and spread hazelnut spread on the tortilla to within
 one-half inch of the edge. Place strawberries on half of the tortilla; fold tortilla over strawberries. Brush both sides with butter. Place tortilla in  skillet. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp, turning once. Cut in half. Top each half with a serving of whipped topping. Enjoy! ©ReadyToEat

I like easy - this one is easy, love it.

The two cards I'd like to share today are my tribute to all the brave, strong women in my life. Those who came before me and have led the way and those who follow and to whom I hope I've shared hope for the future and strength to keep going no matter the circumstances. #YetShePersisted

The focal images are from a Hot Off the Press stamp set. I believe the name is Vintage Ladies. I stamped them with Black Archival ink on light blue cardstock and cut the shape with my Cricut. I wanted to keep the cards simple so very little embellishments were used. When I look at the top card I think of elegance and the bottom one just makes me think of the song "Easter Parade". 


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Every Kid in a Park

Go to and explore. This program lets 4th graders get a FREE pass to all National Parks and federal lands and waters. This plan allows he/she to take the whole family along. Just go to the website and click, "Get Your Pass".  Homeschoolers are eligible and teachers can get passes for their classes. The pass includes entrance for 4th graders and others in their vehicle. It's good until August of 2018, so you can plan some spring and summer adventures. Head out to explore national parks and millions of acres of other federal lands and waters - it's your country! 

Here are three birthday cards I created in the past weeks. Our large and ever growing family keeps me needing birthday cards all year long. We will be celebrating a very special 50th Birthday tomorrow! Happy Birthday Amy!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

January Blues


 And speaking of blues we are having our first blue moon of 2018. A "blue" moon is the second full moon in a month, this one will occur on January 31st.

I've worked on a variety of cards the last few weeks and also still trying to keep up the crafting goals with our little crafting group. This week we made bath bombs. The group consisted of my Mom, sister, daughter, grand-daughter and me. We made sweet orange, lavender and peppermint bombs for the bath. What fun.

The cards I worked on are below...

This card is an anniversary card for my daughter and son-in-law who we married on the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise - really, they were, at the Star Trek experience in Las Vegas.

Another Christmas greeting - I used a gift bag. It was to answer a challenge to use materials not intended for card making. I love upcycling.

A birthday greeting. The hot air balloons were cut using my Cricut machine. The birthday sentiment is Dazzles stickers and the background paper is from Hot Off the Press.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy National Popcorn Day

So what do you do on National Popcorn Day? With all the horror in the world and all the wierd stuff going on in politics, for a hour and a half you go watch a funny movie, eat some popcorn and laugh with your family and friends.

The next few weeks are going to be full of pink and red, hearts and chocolate, cupids and arrows. The signs of Valentine's are going to be everywhere.
Here is the last Valentine card I've made.

Just love the sock monkey! I used my Cricut machine to cut the image as a print then cut image for my focal and used a variety of stamps for the background. Added some heart sequins and red stickles glitter for bling.