Square 1 Adhesive Fabric

Hey y'all!
I want to tell you guys about an AWESOME new material that Megan from Above Rubies Studios has been talking about for a while & been an affiliate for and now I'm an affiliate for as well. Square 1 Adhesive Fabric...Yes, Adhesive Fabric!!! It's the end of the month, which means payday is around the corner & when it does come I'll be ordering my 1st bit of this to try out...I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.!!! Megan has talked about how awesome it is and how wonderful it cuts in the Cricut machine...YES!!! I am now an affiliate for Square 1, which means that if you go through my link & decide to buy some of their fabric I'll receive a 20% revenue on the ammount you spend on their website...So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go check out Square 1....and in full disclosure...I signed up through Megan's link, so in addition to me getting 20% from what you spend, Megan gets 5%...How AWESOME is that??? Megan & her Husband's full time job to raise their children is Above Rubies Studios...Of which I've signed up to be an affiliate as well....So make sure you visit their site too!

Master the Cricut!


Punkin Patch Stamps, Thanks to you, my followers, and more...

Hey y'all,
So I'm posting again to inform you of another company that I've had the opportunity to become an affiliate with. They are Punkin Patch Stamps. They have some ADORABLE stamps! If you click on the link in this post or the button to your left, it'll bring you to their webpage & I'll get credit if you decide to buy anything from them. I am loving that I've got these opportunities opening up to me as I'm building my blog. These opportunities are thanks to you, my followers...I would not have them if you all did not support me. I appreciate every last one of you and I LOVE your input on my creations, so PLEASE do not hesitate to comment on my past posts(or anything I post in the future)...I love creative criticism & thrive on others' ideas, so if you ever have an idea or concept you want to share with me, please feel free...I love to take on challenges, nothing(ok, almost nothing...I STILL haven't used my Cricut Cake Machine) intimidates me...I also will make things for people, upon request, sometimes a small fee(most likely for supplies) will be required, but that would be addressed on an individual basis. I love creating & I love a challenge. Thank you all for the time you take to look at my projects and read my ramblings. I do really appreciate it & I DO read all your comments even if I don't get to reply to all of them.


My Memories Scrapbooking Software

Hey y'all!

My Memories Suite has been kind enough to share their digital scrapbooking software with me to review. I just downloaded it a couple nights ago & haven't started learning it yet. I'm looking forward to putting a lot of my photos into digital layouts. with the My Memories Suite. They have also shared a couple other opportunities with me...First, they gave me a copy of the software to give away to one of you, my followers ....so keep your eyes peeled for my giveaway post! Second, by sharing the software with y'all, I have the opportunity to share a $10 discount with y'all AND be paid for everyone who purchases the software using my coupon code! How AWESOME is that??? SOOO you get a discount AND I get paid! The coupon code you need is: STMMMS6537 feel free to share it with friends and family!!! The more it's used, the more it helps me :D There is NO LIMIT to usage of the coupon code! In the next couple days you'll see some layouts that I do with the software & I'll reveal the details of my giveaway, so keep your eyes/ears peeled!.


Above Rubies Studio

I'm excited to share Above Rubies Studio with y'all! If you haven't heard of them, you need to go check them out! They make AMAZING DVD's, a Cricut Cutting Guide that I couldn't survive without and Megan Elizabeth has from Above Rubies has just recently started a wonderful line of paper called Paper Layerz. If you've never watched Megan's tutorials, you are missing out! She is wonderful, informative and spunky to boot! I love watching her! Anyway, I'm now an affiliate of Above Rubies, so if you decide you want to go check 'em out and you buy something, it is helping me out! Just click on one of the links in this post or on the Above Rubies Studio blinkie at the top right of my page. I am excited at this opportunity to be an affiliate for Megan Elizabeth & Above Rubies! Thanks a million y'all! :)


Perpetual Flower Garden

I did a quick highlight of this in a previous post, but I only posted 2 pictures. I am re-posting it because I want to feature the detail on it, especially the stamped images.

This is my perpetual flower garden...I used peat pots, painted them with plaid brands of acrylic paint. I then stamped my images on them. Inside, I used Styrofoam balls which I had also painted with complimentary color acrylic paints. The idea of these was to put jelly beans for Easter in. I never got around to putting the Jelly Beans IN the flower pots. LOL. The flowers(paper rosettes) are made by cutting strips of paper and then scoring them with my Martha Stewart Score Board. This was very time consuming and got frustrating at points however I love how it turned out. The images on the rosettes are cuts drawn and cut from my Cricut machine. I posted the specific details on those in my previous post. I love how these turned out and they are an item that I plan to re-create for future events.


Old Sifter reformed

I started this post MONTHS ago when I first started my blog & apparently blogger archived it & it never posted :( SO anyway, I DO want to share where I began my blog...so without further ado...

This is an antique sifter that I painted over and stenciled some designs on for my mom. She loves how it came out...I am a perfectionist and would like the images to have been cleaner. BUT it was my first foray into stenciling and painting in this manner...I'll get better with time...I am a perfectionist...LOL


Left Side


Right Side(Crank)

Top View Front

Top View Right

Top View Left
The stencils I used were self-stick made by Plaid. The paints were Plaid brands as well, Folk Art & Apple Barrel.


This is just some "doodlings" that I've been doing recently. Most of them aren't really completed projects however I've been playing with stamps and tags a lot and having fun...sooo here's some of the things I've been working on.

 These tags are inspired by a tutorial that Cassie over at Cassie's Craftspot did. I LOVE how she taught me how to make metallic tags! Thank you Cassie!

I used a leftover tag from another project that I had cut out of plain white cardstock made by Colorbok, then I covered it with metallic air conditioning duct tape similar to THIS, then I ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot with my Regal Flourishes Tim Holtz embossing folder. After embossing, I colored the tag...I used a variety of markers I had on hand, mostly Sharpie(Cassie recommends Copics or Sharpies as they dry better) then, after I was all done coloring my patterns and backgrounds, I used my Marvy heat gun to set the ink from the markers.

 This clocks card is the same basic technique from Cassie as above except that I used a recycled piece of cardboard in order to emboss a much larger area. Prior to embossing I used a copper/bronze color stamp ink over the entire front surface of the card then heat set this with my heat gun.  I then ran my aluminum duct tape covered, inked recycled cardboard through my Sizzix with yet another Tim Holtz folder(The Clocks one) to get the steampunk clocks look. Once that was complete, I used a black ink pad & rubbed it over the raised surfaces. This created an antiqued look. After I did this, I wiped off any excess ink and then heat-set it again. You can see in the pic on the right what the un-inked back side looks like, the pic on the left is the completed front side...This inks I used were pigment ink by Studio G and whereas I absolutely LOVE their stamp ink, it is not the best for aluminum tape because it does NOT dry fast, even WITH the heat...I believe per Cassie's instructions something like VersaMark or StazOn would work better. I did not own either when I made these.  I will try a quicker drying, more permanant ink next time. I still LOVE how these came out, especially since I was just experimenting.

Stamping Doodles

Full page of stamps, working primarily with Copic Markers, PrismaColor Pencils and Pebbles Chalks

 Russian Nesting Dolls Stamp by Studio G for Hampton Art

Tinkerbell Stamp by:All Night Media, Inc
Unicyclist Stamp by:Michael's 

  Baby Feet Stamp by: Studio G for Hampton Art

Victorian Lady Faces Stamp by: Inkadinkado for EK Success

Cherub Faces Stamp by: Inkadinkado for EK Success
  • Colored as follows: All skintones are Copic markers
  • Left hand image, no additional coloring
  • 2nd from left: PrismaColor pencils in hair
  • 2nd from Right: Copic markers in hair for shading
  • Right: PrismaColor pencils with Pebbles Chalk over hair

Sorry these two images are sideways...If ANYONE knows how to make blogger rotate pics, I'd be INCREDIBLY grateful for instructions!!! I know how to do it in my editing programs, but not once uploaded...

Summer Dresses Stamps by Pink by Design 

 This was made by recycling a Cricut cartridge package. I cut the acetate package down to the size of my Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes Sizzix folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot. Then I used my Marvy Uchida Le Plume II Markers to color the back side of the acetate.
For this piece I again recycled a cardboard box. I like recycling and/or re-purposing items and I use A LOT of cardboard in my daily life. I then sprayed it with a home-made glimmer paint. I found a tutorial for making this paint on You-Tube however unfortunately I do not remember the artist who's formula I based mine on...I will eventually go back and credit her. After the paint dried I then ran the painted cardboard through my Sizzix Big Shot using the Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder. I then used a variety of metallic and glitter Gel Pens to color in the vines and birds. All in all it came out very nice. 

I'm trying to decide exactly what I'm going to do with the the three embossed panels I've created. On one hand, they would be very nice in picture frames with small mats around them, but on the other they look so good by themselves I don't want to mask them with matting, especially the acetate one. The clocks one I'm seriously considering turning into a clock, I think it would be REALLY cool like that! Any ideas to make these into completed projects would be welcome. :)

Thank you for taking time to look at all my "doodles" I've got more to share soon...I've been having lots of fun creating little things lately. 


50 States Blog Hop Idaho

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but  are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through  a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our host Shawnee's journey across  the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The  United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit  and see.

If you've hopped along from Washington, then you are in the right place!! If you are just joining me from your dashboard or happened along from somewhere else, please be sure to CLICK HERE to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!  To be entered to win, please do the following:

So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

Welcome to Idaho! More Specifically Idaho Falls, Idaho. Today you get a quick glimpse at one of the pages I've created from a trip I made there a few years ago with my dad & sis when my uncle passed away. My uncle was a Viet Nam Vet & most appropriately passed away on Veteran's day. Thanks to him, albeit unfortunately for sad reasons, I got to see how beautiful Idaho Falls is & why he loved it so. Today I get to share a little bit of Idaho Falls with you. The Snake River is the river that flows through town and the falls come down. Please come back tomorrow to see more pictures and more pages. Thank you for hopping along & enjoy the hop!

Now you can hop to the Wyoming with Theresa  Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop