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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cleaning up

Today is organizing and clean up day. I have wanted to re-organize my ink pads for a while and haven't. Now with some new stamps it is finally pushing me to get it done. Here's to clean up day!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

This week

This week there hasn't been much time to get much crafting done. Instead, I have been focusing on getting more of my craft boxes unpacked and organized which is proving to be a challenge. To make this task even more challenging try adding in a very high maintenance 2 year old that LOVES everything to do with crafts. I have gotten 3 big boxes unpacked this week and hope to actually dig into some ink pads, stamps, and cards tomorrow if all goes well. I have ordered the new Mini Misti and should get it this Friday. I am really excited about it. Check out the link to see what it is. I have dreams that this will speed up my stamping and creating time. We will see! So, for tonight that is it from this home. Happy crafting dreams, my friends.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lesson #5 Window Frame

Lesson number 5 is perfect for my summer card. The example that was used in class was cupcakes and since I didn't have that stamp set I substituted that one I DID have. I have had this one for almost or over a year and hadn't touched it, like so many stamps that I have. I had fun creating this one although it took most of the morning do complete due to 3 kids. Have a cupcake of a day!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Shaker Card Lesson #6

Yes, I am doing some skipping around on my homework. This is lesson #6 and is the shaker card for the class I am taking at Altenew Academy with Nichol Magouirk. Shaker items were really popular when I started scrapbooking a long time ago. I actually taught some classes on how to make shaker cards...LOL I think that is why this homework assignment was so easy for me. I used Close to My Heart stamps, because that is what I have the most of, combined with ink pads and water pen to color with. I used dollar store sequins for the inside of the shaker. I really like how this one turned out!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Scene Card Lesson #1

I am currently taking a stamping class at Altanew Academy  to learn how to utilize my stamps in a better way. Lord knows I need it with all of them that I have! The teacher is Nichol Magouirk and she is wonderful. I am learning a lot of new things. I have finally used this stamp set, which I have had for at least 2 years. I am still not 100% happy with my alcohol markers but it is getting there and that's what it is all about!


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Today's pages

I am still working away but here is a post for today. I have gotten 3 pages done, a lot of chatting, and some running around. It has been an enjoyable day.



Big weekend retreat

The big weekend is here! The yearly scrapbook retreat that I go to is finally here. I have a LOT to get scrapped and I had a good start last night. Here is the 2 pages that I got done. I can't wait to get started this morning. Here is to a beautiful day.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hopping into spring

Spring is on its way and with the way my crafting time has been, I decided I better get on it. I saw this idea years ago and always wanted to do it but never got to it. I saw the supplies at Dollar Tree and decided to just do it! Today the roofers were here so I had time to actually create this cute bunny wreath for $4.00. I still need to decorate him but at least he is put together (i don't like the ribbon nor is it long enough so it will be redone)!! The best part is the price!!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Grateful Blessings

The past few weeks have brought many sorrows for numerous neighbors and friends. 2016 doesn't seem to be starting off with the great expectations that they, or we, had anticipated. A young couple lost their first baby when born prematurely, another is fighting back from a stroke, another young premature baby is fighting for her life tonight. I bring this all up for the fact that I am truly blessed and grateful to have our family. Things have been frustrating me with not being able to unpack my crafting supplies and really get to crafting like I had imagined. Makayla is not cooperative in that and I have just about hit my last straw with her. Tonight I have stopped and reflected. She is a miracle baby. We fought through all the risks and a nasty emergency delivery to have her. She is the miracle that we never imagined could happen. She has required a lot more of my energy and time, as most toddlers do, but I have found myself having a hard time adjusting. After having over 8 years to do what I wanted with my day, it is a struggle to devote all my time again to a toddler. Add in 2 teenagers, one looking and taking college classes, another getting ready to enter high school and that leaves me reeling most days. Tonight I am trying to take time, relax, and truly be grateful for the stresses, challenges, and frustrations in my life because there are those that are fighting for life right now. My heart breaks for all of the struggles going on right now. With both babies, that could have been us but it wasn't. For that I am truly grateful. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families that are struggling. I hope that peace will find them and that the fighting spirit is within those that need it. I encourage all of you to reflect and be grateful for what you have.