Ahh Springtime. You are so wonderful.  Cool some nights but not too bad and definitely flip-flop shoes, capri pants weather during the day! Today for Throwback Thursday, I decided to share this spring card that I made in April 2013.  It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of April and that summer is getting even closer.  Anyway, I really like the design of this card and this is what I had to say on how I created it:

I had this Tim Holtz bird stamp that I really wanted to use.  As most of his stamps are, there’s not a lot of area that needs coloring. But I did use a few Copic markers to color the bird  and I used Y18+Y19.  Around the branches where I cut it out and where you could still see a bit of white, I colored with my E000+C0 Copic markers.  The butterfly is a Hero Arts stamp that comes with the die to cut it out.  I colored the butterfly with BG72 and only used the one marker as the areas to color were so small.  I used  some light blue cardstock from Stampin’ Up and punched out the shape with a die and then used an EK Success punch to make the notebook paper edge on the striped paper.  All the printed papers are from a 6×6 Designer Paper Pad by Pebbles called “Family Ties.”  I also lightly inked the edges of the blue paper with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Soot Black.  For the finishing touch, I applied Glossy Accents to the bird, branch and the butterfly and let them dry. This gave them some dimension without making them real thick.  Then I added three paper flowers by Bazzill.  The sentiment stamp is by Papertrey Ink. Lastly I decided to add the yellow and white Baker’s Twine bow.

Okay, I’m keeping it short today as I want to get upstairs to the craft room for the afternoon.  I’ve got several ideas jumping around in my head; and  if (that’s a BIG if)  I get one of them done, I will share a free tutorial class video for National Scrapbook Day.  And if  I do get it done, it will be here on my blog bright and early Saturday, May 2. Keep your fingers (and toes) crossed!

Happy Crafting,



This week I’m using the super fun Carta Bella “Homemade with Love” collection to create a recipe book/album.  So far, I’ve constructed the book out of chipboard and cardstock, added in all the pockets and flaps that I think I’ll need and gathered up embellishments and such that I may want to use on it as I’ll be working on this Saturday when I crop with a friend for National Scrapbook Day.  In the photo above, you are seeing the beginnings of the front cover of the book lying on top of some of the paper and recipe cards.  Below is one of the papers from the collection that will be going into the book.  {Swoon}!! I just LOVE those mixers on the paper. So stinking cute!!  Can’t wait to see how this turns out. If you love these papers too, you can buy the collection from Vicky at Flossie Scrapper in Burleson, Texas.    You need a cute recipe book, right?


I have not accomplished as much in the crafty world this week as I would have liked.  Too many errands (business and personal) and now just when I thought I’d have a couple of hours in the craft room–I’m off again on another errand.  Ugh.  Oh well, I look forward to Saturday and lots of time to craft!

Happy Crafting!


I love Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon.  It is my favorite ribbon.  I’ve bought it by the yard and some of my favorite colors I’ve bought by the roll.  A roll will last FOREVER.  Well, except for the white or beige because those colors can be stained or sprayed any color you desire.

Today I’m sharing this plastic container that hubby bought for me that PERFECTLY holds my Hug Snug Ribbon rolls.


It’s a Plano Line Spool Box (Clear, small)  Plano Leader Spool Box to hold spools of fishing lead line.  It was a little pricey ( I thought for a small storage case), but when I look at something at the fishing store, hubby usually buys it for me because he is so darn happy that I went with him and that I complain only a little about how long he has been in there.  He bought this case for me at Bass Pro Shop when we were in Houston.  I checked for it online and found it  at  (I originally linked to the wrong one! You want the one that has the holes on the bottom NOT on the lid. You can find it >HERE< on Amazon.) Oddly, the price for it at Bass Pro Shop was almost $5 cheaper.  Go figure. Anyway, a roll of the Hug Snug ribbon fits into the case and it holds 6 rolls and has the nifty pull holes on the front.  When you buy one of these cases, the holes have a black rubber insert for the smaller fishing line to feed through.  I just pulled those out and ta-da! My ribbon fed through. And now that I got a biege roll and a white roll AND a red roll of ribbon in, I guess I’ll need to get another case. Hmmm…I wonder if hubby wants to go to the fishing store?

Check back tomorrow, I may (maybe) share a sneak peek of something I’m working on and hope to finish on Saturday (National Scrapbook Day).  Speaking of NSD–what are your plans for this annual event?  I know there are lots of crops, retreats, online parties etc. going on.  I’ll be cropping with a friend.

Happy Crafting!


Well hello Monday!  And hello crafty peeps!  This afternoon I made a card for no other reason but  to play with the Chameleon alcohol ink pens again! Do I need a chick party card? No.  However, I love this image and since I had it printed up, I colored it!  I know it’s been a bit quiet here on the blog for the last few days.  I blame it on the rains and super storms we’ve been having!  Lucky for us here where we live (so far) we’ve not had high wind, nor hail, nor a tornado but we have had rain, lots and lots of rain and lightning (which means computer and internet shut down STAT!)  So yeah, I’m blaming my lack of blogging on the weather.  You should see our back yard.  There’s a river back there! Not complaining though as our lakes still need more rain to recover and get back up to normal levels.

So, I made this card in less than 5 minutes.  That’s not counting the coloring though it did not take very long either. A simple image and I used only a few colors.  The designer paper I used is from an Authentique 6×6 pad called “Carefree.”  How appropriate for this image!  Here’s a tidbit about my 6×6 paper pads:  I’ve had many of them for several years.  Back when I was making lots of cards for Operation Write Home I bought every pad I saw.  Even if I didn’t like it, because I might need it.  So now when I’m making a card I try to use papers from those many, many pads.  I only needed two sheets for this card.  Must do better and use more next time. Ha, ha.  I also added a bit of fun Washi tape to carry out the celebration theme going on in that image.  This is a digital image that I purchased at From the Heart Stamps.

And now a bit about what I did not blog about—on Friday I had hopes of working on my last and final Back to Basics Disney album for Finish It Friday.  It didn’t happen so no blog post about that.  I did spend the weekend crafting and I had hoped to do a Sneak Peek post on Sunday but didn’t take any photos. So here I am today with this card.  I like it.  Quick and Simple.  Tomorrow I’ve already got plans to share a tip on organizing your Hug Snug Ribbon Rolls (if you buy it by the roll)–make sure you check back in the morning!

Happy Crafting!


Okay, maybe it is a bit early to be thinking about Halloween projects, or is it?  I’m sharing this Photo Frame Memory Box that I created and shared in a blog post back in October 2013 for today’s Throwback Thursday. This box has a mini album inside.  I have no photos of the album which means it is probably not finished. Oh no! Another project to be put on the “Finish it Friday” list!!  This is created from a Kathy Orta Files Paper Phenomenon tutorial.  I purchased the tutorial and the teaching license so I could teach others how to make this fabulous project.  You can still purchase the tutorial from Kathy OR you can sign up to take a class from me at Flossie Scrapper in Burleson, Texas on May 30, 2015.  We will not be making a Halloween memory box BUT we will be making a BLANK box and album so you could make it Halloween if you wanted to. Or any occasion–Christmas, Baby, Wedding, Graduation, Heirloom, etc. In the class you will not be patterning or decorating your project. You will only assemble it.  All the pretty stuff you will do at home but there will be a decorating video by me for you to watch to inspire you. It will either be of a Graduation Memory Box or a Baby Memory Box. The jury (me) is still out on that! Ha, ha.

Here’s a bit of what I had to say about this project back in October of 2013:

I pretty much follow the basic way Kathy does this box and album except with a few minor changes and different techniques. Instead of a lunch box handle, I use a regular utility handle that you can buy at Home Depot.  I’ve also come up with a different way and a tool for cutting the chipboard for your magnets.



Okay, that’s it for this Thursday.  This afternoon I’m working on assembling one of these boxes in preparation of creating a decorating video so I’ve got to decide–graduation (which I will need soon) or baby (which I don’t need but the papers are oh so adorable).  Which do you think I should choose?  Check back tomorrow too as I hope to do at least another double page set on my Disney Back to Basic Album (Volume 3 and the last) for Finish it Friday!

Happy Crafting!