Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I created these little snowmen from scrap paper using mini-monograms and George basic shapes layering each snowball first then attaching the snowballs together to form the completed piece.   The eyes, nose, buttons, and stitching is done with MS markers.   I will be adding a heavy magnet on the back to these as well.

Each circle and scallop are cut at 1.5".   I did layer the colored scallop on top of a cereal box cut in the scallop at the same size to give the piece more stability.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Tree Table Scape

I created this Christmas Tree Table Scape yesterday after seeing them on Pink by Design blog, .   I used blues and whites for the colors instead of the traditional green and red.    I topped the tree off with a paper lace doily and red and white buttons on top.

The paper was cut into 3/4" by 4" stips and attached to the foam cones with straight pins.   I created three trees to give more depth and presence.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I'm back!

Wow it has been quite a year, in July I quit my "normal" job and moved from Helena MT back to Huxley IA.    You see back in 2000 my work transferred me from MT to IA, we ended up purchasing a home in a small town (Huxley) and living there for an additional 4 years.   Then at the spur of the moment we decided to move back to Helena back in 2006, my husband had the chance to purchase a small convenience we took the chance put our home on the market and moved back home to Helena.   Five years later and after loosing several thousand dollars on the store, we still owned the home in Huxley.   During these five years I had been working for a Greek company providing IT services to a specialized state agency (Lottery), even though I loved what I did and loved the people that I worked with (yes even the loud and boisterousness Greeks) I could not help being upset that we were renting a house in Helena when we owned a house in Huxley.   After five years we decided to pack it in, closed the store and moved back to our home.    I haven't worked since July (actually I tried to work at a large retail store and only ended up hurting my hand and wrist...what a disaster that was).    So now I get to stay home, at least until I find a new job, and take care of my family.   This means more time for paper-crafting, cooking, and photography.    Actually the photography will have to wait, my camera won't turn on...ugh but that is another story.

I can't wait to get back into the swing of things and enjoy my time away from the 9a-5p (actually more like the 3am-2am)....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

All Tied Up Over You! - PKS Let's Face it Friday X's and O's

This is a valentine card that I made for the Peachy Keen Stamps "Let's Face it Friday X's and O's" Challenge.

Starting with an A2 size card made from Michaels Reflection Gem paper in Red.  
Adding a 4"x5.25" cream mat.   
Stringing red with white polka-dot ribbon onto the mat, adhering it to the back with tape.  
Mounted the mat to the card.   
Cut one 2.75" heart from the Designer Calendar hiding the "Be Mine" text when cutting the heart.   
Stamped the face from my PKS Basic Doll set and colored in the tongue using my Martha Stewart Arts & Craft Marker Set.
Added cheeks to the face with chalk.   
Added the phrase to the top of the card and weaved the heart between the ribbons.   
Also added the XO sentiment at the bottom of the card after coloring the chipboard letters from Arts-licious.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Valentine Chocolate Tin, MPS Challenge

I created 4 Valentine Chocolate Tins for the MPS Design Challenge.   Robyn is choosing two new guest designers for her blog over at   For the challenge a new project must be created using the Cricut or Imagine and using Robyn's favorite colors of pink, green and brown.

Each tin will be lined with tissue paper then filled with hand dipped chocolates from The Parrot Confectionery in Helena MT ( and given to each of my kids for Valentines Day.    Just like each of my kids, each tin is different.   I used the same colors Pink, Green, Brown and White.

I started out with EK Success Lunch Boxes that measure 4.6" by 5.4".   For 3 of the boxes I used Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Watermelon and Citrus to color the base of the tins.   The 4th tin was left white.   Due to the nature of the Inks the two Watermelon tins each looks completely different, which is why this product is such a joy to work with.

I then used my Gypsy to cut two rounded rectangles from the Georges Cartridge for each tin.  I used DCWV Sweet and  Be Mine paper stacks.   Each rectangle is cut at 4.88" x 4".   This left a border around each side of the tin for a matted look.

I then used the following cartridges for three of the tins:   Smiley Cards (heart face),  Doodlecharms (Jar), Wild Card (heart), Accent Essentials (Flower).   Each of these embellishments was cut from scrap paper in pink, brown, green and white.   The flowers are layered with Pop-Dot between each one to give it a lift.

Each tin also includes a tag in shades of green with chalked edges in brown, the tags were embellished with a rub-on from American Crafts Mini Marks and 3 gems from I-ROCK.  The sides of the tins are punched 3 times using my large Crop-A-Dile, each hole is then secured with a large eyelet (green for the pink and white tins, pink for the green tin).   Through the holes I tied ribbon.   The handles of the tins were wrapped in ribbon.   Each tin sports 5 different ribbons.

One tin I created the words "Adore" and "Love" using Artsy-licious chipboard letters.  I also used around the block Tags on two of the tins, each tag secured to the tin by a ribbon tied to the handle then draped over the front of the tin.  One tin also sports a Vita Bella chipboard swirl by Yellow Bicycle, and a KI Softie butterfly clip.