Friday, October 28, 2011


Time for a Halloween post from me!
Here is this years card form the Forge Family (although I only made 4).
This is the first version.

It was alot of fun and was made with the Cricut cartridge  Happy Hauntings. You may have seen this witch shoe around blogland in different forms. Here are the rest:

They are all pretty much the same. All have a 6 inch base which is orange. All have a solid layer and then a patterned layer. This is topped with a holiday doily in bright orange.

The shoe itself is 5 inches and I used mt Expression machine to cut it. There are about 3 layers to it.
But to me the best part is the ribbon lacing. All I did was fold a piece of long ribbon in half, put it thru the bottom lacing hole, and wind it around and up the shoe. The othe half of the ribbon is held by mt fingers in the back of the lacing part of the shoe. You only need that piece when you get ready to tie your bow.
The shoes are pretty as is, or you can add some ruffled ribbon to the top and bottom, and some decorative edging with the Martha Stewart doily punch.
The sentiment is something I have had around my art studio forever.

 The sentiments inside are from Close to My Heart.  The set was their featured set of the month called Wicked. Its got some great images.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Time For The Dentist!!!

No, it wasnt for me~ although I am also due to go, but for my Pomeranian Kody. He is six years old and has been perfectly healthy up to now. But as we parents of toy dogs know- they are prone to bad teeth. At his yearly checkup last week, his Vet and I discussed his smelly breath and one tooth that I pointed out which didnt look too good. Upon further inspection, she found another and booked an appointment for him to have dental surgery.
I took him in on Tuesday morning before 8am, and he wasnt ready to be picked up till 4 pm.
They called me after the surgery and said that a total of 4 teeth had to be pulled. My poor boy!!
He was quite groggy when I went to get him, walking around like he was drunk.
Today he is feeling better. taking antibiotics and painkillers and eating scrambles eggs for breakfast and dinner. I do that for all my sick furbabies.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Getting Ready For Holly Days!

When I first moved here, I looked for craft fairs so I could get a space in them for the next year. I thought it would be a good way to begin becoming part of my new community. It was a Christmas Fair called Holly Days that I met my wonderful friend Sharon- Oak Island Stamp Queen. I purchased some things from her that day, and thought she was very nice.
The next year I had a space in this fair, and who would be across the aisle form me?- but Sharon. Well, the rest is history.
Anyhow, that time is again drawing near, and I have been busy making things to sell. I have a sneak peak of one of them for you.

A table full of little Santa heads!
You may have seen something like this around blogland. These are made all from Stampin Up punches. They will sit on top of candy in a cellophane wrapper. Im not sure if I will use Twizzlers or M and Ms.

Here are the punches that I used to make them.

When I get further along in their production, I will post more photos.

I will leave you today with a photo of my sweet puppy Berklee. We have her 5 weeks already!
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Sunday, October 2, 2011


I made... a box???  Well, yes. I did make a box- but the box is for all the stamped images I use on my CARDS!
I found a dented old black index card box at a yard sale for maybe 50 cents. I took it home and thought long and hard about what I was going to do with this piece of junk. Why did I buy this when my garage is full of these yard sale finds, most of which my husband would love to throw out. Luckily for me, he just shakes his head and laughs when I come home all excited with more of the same.
But I was longing for some organization  when I start my cards. I had several piles of stamped images in different stages of completion~ and they were everywhere. So this box was perfect. I could store them in categories, telling me how far I got in completing each one. And the best part, they would all live together in my new box.
Now- to pretty it up!!
This is what I did to the top of the box. Everything can be made prettier with some seam binding in a great color.
A closeup to show you the pearl swirl. The paper is all Basic Grey  Capella collection.
Another view of the front. The stamp is from Magnolia of course.
Flowers are Prima. Colored with Copics.
The inside of the box with all the dividers in place.
I stamped a fairy from Red Lead stamps on each divider and used  theme related stamps from various companies to decorate each one.
Divider tab and coordinating stamp is from Taylored Expressions. Divider words are computer generated.
View of box with the lid open. Dont forget the little things like decorating all visible areas of your project.
Closeup of the bow... and distressing around the edges of the sentiment...
Side view, lace goes all the way around.
Back view. I used Mod Podge to adhere all the paper to the metal box. It worked great, no bubbling, and was super easy. I also inked all the edges of the paper with Chestnut Brown Chalk Ink- cats eye.
Detail closeup. I love how all the colors blend so well together.
Detail of one of the category dividers...
Oh, and by the way- this is what the metal box looked like when I bought it. Keep your eye out for these easily overpassed items next time you're out yardsaleing.
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