Mar 25

Berry Basket Without The Die

When I heard you could make a berry basket without the die I knew I had to give it a try.  I love these cute little baskets, but the Big Shot Die to create them is still on my wishlist.  Creating this basket from scratch is really pretty simple and I love how it turned out.   All you need is some 8 1/2 X 11″ cardstock, a paper trimmer with a scoring blade, a stapler and some strong adhesive—I used Stampin’ Up’s Fast Fuse.  I also embellished mine with stamps and ink.  Here’s how it turned out…

Berry Basket without the Die

Isn’t that adorable?  I used flowers from the Botanicals For You stamp set to embellish it before I assembled the basket.  This little basket is perfect for some Easter treats, but I have lots of ideas running through my head for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gifts and lots of other holiday fun.  I am excited to make another one with a handle on it.


I was in a department store the other day and saw the cutest Easter grass in a package.  It was made of paper….not the plastic stuff, but they wanted $9.99 for a small bag!  I decided to create my own and save the money.  I used Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz cardstock for the “grass” in my Easter basket.  Here’s another look…

Berry Basket Without The Die

If you like this project and think others would too, please share this page.  I am working on a video for this project that should be published soon so watch for it!

Mar 22

Bunny from Framelits

A bunny from Framelits….how clever is that?!  I totally swiped this idea from another crafter because it is just too cute.  I had planned to have Easter crafts for you every day this week, but yesterday got away from me.  Five kids home for Spring Break and one car in the shop has pretty much destroyed my routine for the week.  Our college senior comes home later in the week and is bringing a friend with him.  It will be crazy, but I love it and can’t wait to see him!

Anyway, back to the bunny.  I saw where someone had put together some framelits to make a cute little rabbit and I wanted to mimic it, but I did not have the framelits they used.  I looked through my framelit collection to see if I had anything that might resemble a bunny ear.  Here’s how mine turned out…

Bunny from Framelits

Can you tell what  I used for that cute little bunny’s ears?  The person that I got the idea from had used a flower framelit, but I didn’t have a flower that would work.  Here are the ingredients that I used to create this cute little fella.

Bunny from Framelits

Circles Collection Framelits (130911) and the Handpicked Framelits (137361).  The tiny punch I used for the tail is a retired item.  You could easily use a small circle punch, I just wanted it to look “fluffy.”

I am just in love with this cute bunny from framelits!  Won’t he look so sweet on a baby card with pastel blue or pink Designer Series Paper behind him?  This has also challenged me to rethink my framelits.  What other animals or people or things can I create this way?  I hope it has got you to thinking too.  If you have some good ideas, please share them in the comments below!

Mar 08

A Tribute to Working Women

Today is International Working Women’s Day.  I am not really sure how to take that name.  Don’t all women work at something?  I graduated from Physical Therapy school just months before I got married.  I worked full time in that field for nearly 10 years.  Eventually I was promoted to a full time mom and later to a homeschooling mom.  Currently I work part time outside the home, run a home based business and am a foster mom to 5 boys.   By far, I have enjoyed my time working at home more than I did working outside the home.  But not because it was easier or any less work, just a different focus.

So my tribute today is for all women, whether your commute to work is across town, across country or across the hall.  Some are making life and death decisions daily and others are teaching little ones to tie their shoes and count to ten.  God has gifted each of us in unique ways and has blessed us with opportunities to serve others, either in our home or outside our home.

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Since we all work at something, we should also all have time to relax and enjoy ourselves.  I think our stamping classes are an excellent way to spend an evening with friends and enjoy some “me” time.  We have fun and yet are productive at the same time.  Its a win win situation.  I hope you will join us for one of our upcoming events.  You can check out our calendar here.


Mar 04

More Bible Journaling

I thought I would share more Bible Journaling with you today.  I just love this aspect of Bible study and worship.  Bringing my artistic side into the equation is so much fun!  The page I am sharing today was sketched out in my practice journal months before I ever put it on the actual Bible page.

More Bible Journaling

It is inspired, of course, by the song from Third Day titled “Soul on Fire.”  A while back I went through a spell where I listened to this song all the time.  That’s when I first designed the page.  As you can see, it just made it into the book of Jeremiah last week.  Here’s how the NLT words this verse…

“But if I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire.           It’s like a fire in my bones!  I am worn out trying to hold it in!  I can’t do it!”       Jeremiah 20:9

Don’t you want a soul on fire too?  I want my life to burn so brightly for Christ that there is NO WAY others will miss it when they look at me.  I want that fire to rage wildly so that it cannot be contained!

Sharing my Bible Journaling is just one way that I can burn for him.  Maybe my pages will ignite a  fire for the Lord in someone else too.  I will keep sharing this journey with  you.  Please share this page with others that you think might be interested.  I had a blast this week teaching others the first steps to Bible Journaling.  If you have questions about how to get started, I would love to answer them for you.  We will be having another class next month so if you want to join in let me know!

Mar 03

My Favorite Children’s Book

Yesterday was Dr. Seuss Day.  I didn’t realize that fact yesterday, but I did have a conversation with my friend about books we used to read to our kids when they were little.  Our daughter’s favorite book was “Watch Your Step Mr. Rabbit” by Richard Scarry.
Favorite Children's Book

I know we read that book hundreds of times.  We all had every line of every page memorized.  She still loves reading as much as she did when she was a little girl.

When I was a kid my favorite books were the Boxcar Children books and Nancy Drew mysteries.

Vintage 1942 Boxcar Children Book Nancy Drew Book

My mom took us to the public library all the time to find new books to read.  We would spend hours walking among those shelves of books choosing just the right one.

I am thankful that I have kids who still love to read and that I have a mom who helped instill a love of reading in me as well.  Reminiscing about all of this has given me an idea for Mother’s day.  I think I will begin now making a list of things like this that I am thankful that my Mom did for me and include it with her Mother’s Day card/gift this year.  Maybe I will even choose a small gift that relates to each of the items on my list.  Of course, my first gift is going to have to be a book… 🙂

Maybe you would like to join me in this gratitude list.  What a nice way to honor our Mom’s on Mother’s Day (or our Dad’s on Father’s Day).  If you have ideas of items you will include in your list, please share them in the comments section.  Your creative ideas may help spark creativity in someone else too!

Feb 27

Made From Scratch

Made from scratch cards are the best!  Occasionally I recreate card designs that I have seen on Pinterest or from someone else.  But I am most satisfied when the creations are all my own.  After all, I am created to create, right?

Sometimes my cards have to be slow cooked.  It might take several days to really finish it because I keep thinking of a different color to try or something to add or do differently. Then other days I put a card together quickly with very little forethought and when its done I can’t stop looking at it!  Those are my microwave cards and that’s what kind of made from scratch card I have for you today.

Made From Scratch

I have been working everyday to prepare for our Bible Journal Gathering next Tuesday and have not had much time to stamp.  Today, however, I took time to get some stamps inky for a card.  I used the Awesomely Artistic and A Dozen Thoughts stamp sets for this card.  I have neglected So Safron lately and I love how it looks with this Mossy Meadow card base.  The lighter green color is Pear Pizzazz.

Simple card designs like this one are pleasing to look at and come together quickly.  You do not have to fill every space of the card with details.  And, although layers can be fun, not many are needed for a simple elegant card.

Tell me what you think.  Do you prefer to create cards that are slow cooked or microwaved?  Or maybe you just like to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) cards that others have made?  I’d love to hear what the creative process looks like for you.



Feb 14

One Time Valentine Day Special

I am so excited about our One Time Valentine Day Special!  Since this holiday is all about LOVE, I wanted to share a special with you that involves something I love so very much.

As a young wife and mother I gave up my career as a Physical Therapist and was promoted to full time mom.  During this season a friend of mine invited me to a Beth Moore Bible study.  Now I had been involved in church all my life, saved as a young child and I was married to a pastor, but I had never experienced the Bible like I did during that study of David.  I fell so completely in love with God’s word and I have never gotten over it. Through the years this love affair with God’s word has taken on many different forms. Not only Bible study, but Scripture memorization, and Scripture art became my passions.

Fast forward to 2015 when I first became aware of Bible journaling from an art perspective. I was so completely taken by this idea from the beginning. It was like a culmination of things that I already loved so much. My sister and I traveled to St. Louis to attend a conference put on by Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith and it was there that I applied paint to my Bible for the very first time. You can read about that here.

I learned so much at that conference and since. I am excited to share what I have learned with you. Please join me for an evening of fun and fellowship as we explore Bible Journaling together. This is definitely the class for you if you are interested in Bible Journaling but have no idea how to get started! But it is also for you if you are already illustrating your faith and want to explore new things and share what you know with others. Maybe you aren’t a fan and you don’t want to paint in your Bible. Believe it or not, this class is also for you. There are so many options in illustrating your faith and I want to explore those with you too.

So, for our Valentine Day Special I am offering this gathering for FREE for only 24 hours. You can come, learn, create, explore. I will have plenty of supplies for everyone to play with. Don’t worry if you do not have a Journal Bible, I will help you figure out which one will be best for you. After today, I am going to charge a small supply fee for this class, but for TODAY it is free. All you have to do is respond TODAY to let me know you want to attend. Don’t forget, because after 24 hours it will cost you! 🙂

Valentine Day Special

Here are the details:

Our Bible Journal Gathering will be on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 6 p.m. at Southside Community Church in the conference center. Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested. I will need everyone to RSVP so I will have all the supplies we need. And, again, tomorrow you will have to pay a small supply fee to attend so RSVP today! I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

Feb 12

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine cookie treats for your sweetie?  These are so very cute!  I know, they aren’t really cookies, but animal crackers.  Still, they are hard to resist and make a sweet treat for any holiday.

Valentine Cookie Treats

Valentine Cookie Treats Supplies

Here’s my supply list for this project:

Stamp Sets:  Zoo Babies and Going Globoal

Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler & Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Project Life Corner Round Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Cellophane bag, white ribbon and, of course, animal crackers

I love the way the little monkey’s hand fits onto the heart.  This is easy to create by using a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  It allows you to position that perfectly every time.  If you don’t have this tool in your craft room, you need to get one.  I don’t use it all the time, but when I need it, it is a lifesaver!  I tried to just eyeball the little monkey and never got the right position.  Pull out my stamp-a-ma-jig and BINGO, it is right every time!

Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away and these little Valentine cookie treats will be a quick and cute gift for a child or an adult.  I hope it inspires you to get busy making something to share with others!

Now for an announcement, I have a special offer coming up on Valentines day that will be for ONE DAY ONLY!  Check back to take advantage of it!

Hope you have a blessed Friday!


Feb 08

Hershey Bar Valentine

A Hershey Bar Valentine is a great way to spread some love this Valentine’s day! These Valentine treats are easy to make, so if you need to do several it won’t take long. They are great to share with co-workers, classmates, teachers, friends, etc.

Hershey Bar Valentine!

One little note about working with chocolate – It is not recommended to attach anything directly to the wrapper using tape.  Some claim that this can affect the taste of the chocolate.  I have never had a problem with that, but thought I would pass the info on to you.  Using the technique shown in the video, it is easy to secure the paper wrapper without actually taping it to the chocolate bar.

Bonus Idea!

You can make mini versions of this using Hershey miniatures.  They look so cute wrapped in colorful Designer Series Paper!  Sit a bowl on your desk to share with clients or coworkers, or put them in little cellophane bags and pass them out to your kids’ teachers.  Chocolate is always a good gift, no matter the size!  The ONLY Hershey miniature I could find to illustrate this, happens to be a Kit Kat bar.  And since my Denver Broncos WON Super Bowl 50 last night, I decided to decorate it for Valentine’s day in Blue and Orange.

Hershey Bar Valentine

I love making little treats like this to share with others.  I’ll be sharing different Valentine ideas all week, so come back tomorrow and see what’s new.  I will tell you in advance that no animals were harmed in the making of tomorrow’s project! 🙂  If you liked this video please leave a comment and feel free to share the Hershey Bar Valentine video with your friends!

Feb 01

Stamping on Shoes

I know we usually stamp on paper, but the other day I switched things up by stamping on shoes.  I bought these shoes a long time ago.  I intended on embellishing them all this time, and never got around to it.

Stamping on Shoes

They’ve never even been worn.  I decided yesterday was the day for their transformation and I am very pleased with the way they turned out. 🙂

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on Shoes

Stamping on shoes was only slightly more difficult than stamping on paper.  I used Stazon Ink so it wouldn’t run or wash out.  The flower stamps are from the Stampin’ Up! set, Botanicals For You.

Stamping on Shoes

This experience has me wondering what other sort of non-traditional stamping I can do.  Let me know if there is something you would like to see stamped.  Not something ordinary, but totally out of the box.  I like a challenge and I promise not to wait as long to do it as I waited to finally stamp on shoes!  Leave a comment and let me know what you would like to see stamped on!