This is a photo I took at the Arlington National Cemetery in the fall of 2014.   The air was cool and the trees had begun to turn on that October morning.  I was honored to be there and quietly took photos of the headstones of so many who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for our country.  I am so incredibly thankful to each one that lies here and in other cemeteries across our nation and in foreign countries.  To them we owe so much and to their families as well. Today, I am humbled as I take a moment and make this post to honor them.

Thank you,








Birthday Gift Bag Album 1

Well, as I continued to clean and re-organize the craft room on Sunday evening, I came across several unfinished projects.  This was one of them.  It was SO CLOSE to being finished that I just had to stop and get it done.  This is a mini album made out of six gift bags.  It uses two of the Echo Park Birthday Wishes 12×12 paper collections.  I used both the boy and girl set to make this project for either or.  If it ends up being for a boy, you just cut away the pink ribbons.


I also used two packages of Me & My Big Ideas sticker packs, and the Element stickers (Boy & Girl) that came with the Echo Park collection.




I had lots of stickers leftover so I put them in a plastic sleeve and used my Fuse tool to seal it shut and inserted the packet into one of the pockets.  Those can be used to customize photo mats and photos that will go into the album by the recipient.


In spite of me finding unfinished things to do, the craft room is almost clean or close enough.

Happy Crafting,



Yep.  Those of us who make crafts don’t care what the date on the calendar is, if we feel like crafting for a certain holiday or season, we just do it! This project came about on Sunday afternoon.  I was continuing my cleaning, re-organization of my craft room and came across my box of Halloween papers that were left over from other projects.  Many where scraps but rather than throw them away, I decided to put them to use and create a quick little mini album.  Do you ever get distracted when cleaning and end up crafting instead?

So here’s this little album.  I created it out of one sheet of 12×12 cardstock that I scored and folded just right to make the cover and the pages.  I then added patterned paper and created a paper belly band closure using magnets.  Below is what it looks like when you take the belly band closure off…



And inside are the pages with a waterfall set made out of various sizes of scrap paper.

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And that’s my project share for today.  Hope you have a Happy Halloween…oh wait, that’s not for a few months. Ha, ha. Guess I’ll put this away for now.

Happy Crafting!


Several years ago I bought this drawer/storage piece at the local antique mall.   It was homemade and possibly was used on a counter in a hardware store.  It had wood drawer pulls and I put it on my sewing table in my quilt room to store sewing stuff. I only had things in about three of the drawers. I had replaced the wood drawer pulls with an assortment of pretty pulls I found at different stores. I’ve always loved it and wanted to utilize it more.  So on Sunday I relocated it to my craft room!  It sits on one of the counters and gives me so much storage for odd and end craft things like magnets, foam tape, just lots of things I needed a place for.  The few sewing things that were in it? They fit nicely in a sewing basket that sits by my sewing machine.

And that’s what I have to share with you this rainy Wednesday.  I’ll be in my craft room all day getting ready for my class on Saturday at Flossie Scrapper!

Happy Crafting!


So you might think making a card for a color challenge wouldn’t be hard.  But then….what if the color is DEEP BLUE?? At first I thought it was a really hard challenge but once I found my paper, it was surprisingly easy.  After going through my 6×6 paper pad stash, I found this beautiful Authentique collection called “Something for All Seasons.”  It just so happened that the deep blue colors I needed were of the winter season. So I’ve made a winter card in May.  I did not add a sentiment as I want to leave the card ready for any winter occasion.  I do love how it turned out.

My “recipe” for this card was the Authentique 6×6 papers, Pretty Pink Posh Scallop Oval Dies, Irridescent Sequins and Deep Blue Hug Snug Ribbon.  Quick and easy to create!

This card challenge over on Cards in Envy runs through Sunday, June 5th.  So there’s lots of time for you to create a card or two or three and share it with us!  Hope to see you there!!

Happy Crafting,