Twisted Thursday time!

hi all!

i have spent most of this week on my craft room re-organization.  WOW am i exhausted but it is really really nice!  not from a house beautiful perspective but from a functionality perspective – which is really what’s important and it is also a whole lot cheaper!  of course now i will have to get used to where i have put everything.  that usually takes me awhile 😛

i DID clear off a space to make a quick card in the middle of the mess for this week’s Twisted Thursday Challenge on The Outlawz challenge site.  This week is “fave technique” and i have so many it was tough to pick one.  BUT while cleaning up i came across a box i created awhile ago and knew what i wanted to do:

yes the card is super simple but with that background it still rocks!  i got it from the magazine Crafts ‘n Things – LOVE LOVE LOVE that mag!  and it is very simple to do.  simply smoosh your versamark pad onto your cardstock in a few random spots, cover with embossing powder and heat.  next, smoosh it a few more times in different spots and repeat with a different powder.  finally do it one more time in other areas with a third powder.  be sure to leave some of your cardstock uncovered.

i used powders from Stampendous’ Frantage collection which i recently reviewed for Craft Critique – these powders ROCK!  very unique!  i added a couple layers of felt from Felt On the Fly and a fall yoyo on some raffia and finished it off with a glittered skittle in the middle.  i will have a piece on the Clover yoyo makers and kanzashi flower makers on craft critique soon!

i hope you all have a fabulous weekend!



Time to twist your thursday!

hi everyone!

two days of school down and mostly successful!  her class is super small – only 6 kids – 2 of which were her faves last year.  Day 1 went perfectly.  day 2 had a hitch at the end though.  she kept asking to go wash her hands and after the third time the teacher told her no.  well she got hysterical  and the teacher had to call in some back up to remove her from the room until she calmed down.  i asked her why she kept having to wash her hands and she said she kept touching the bottom of her shoe on accident.  *sigh*  so i told her that when she washes her hands with antibacterial soap it will kill the germs on her hand for awhile afterward.  i don’t know if that’s true but i am hoping it cuts down on her freaking out-ness… of course i also told her to just not touch her shoes and then she would be ok…

i have been enjoying a bit of peaceful time in my craft room the last 2 days and today i have a card for the Twisted Thursday challenge over on The Outlawz – join in and you could win some really good prizes!  There is a new challenge every day!  The challenge today was to use punches or dies:

I started by cutting the card front (yellow bo bunny polka dot paper) using my damask decor cricut cartridge with the card  feature at 5.25″.  i LOVE the card fronts on this cartridge BUT i don’t use it to cut the card base because it is a waste of paper to do it that way.  But when you do the card front actually covers the whole card front – i wanted mine slightly smaller.  Next i cut two leaves and their shadows using the Layer 1 & 2 features – perfect and oh so easy matching embellies!  a little well placed Distressed Stickles dabbed on with my finger finished it up!

i think this image is so cute – Pezza found it in her toys when we were cleaning out 😛  i colored on a piece of iridescent cardstock in a variety pack from paper temptress – if you have not visited her you need to!  she has an amazing selection of papers!  I colored with colored pencils of course!

i hope y’all have a great day!

it’s twisted thursday time at the Outlawz!

hi everyone!

wow i have been AWFUL about blogging on a frequent basis like i used to BUT i have also been busier than usual at home with day to day home life.  crossing my fingers that will improve once pezza is back in preschool again.  you know i have been reading all the back to school posts on facebook and the folks who are so sad to see their kids going back to school and they will miss them…apparently their kids are not completely insane like mine is!  me?  i need the break.  SHE needs the break AND the change of scenery…and hubby and i will pray she keeps her teeth to herself this year.  we have been attending a weekly therapy playgroup this summer that focuses on children learning how to behave with one another.  of course she has been adorable and perfect in there and the therapists think i’m nuts.  *sigh*

now onto my project for the Twisted Thursday challenge over on The Outlawz Challenge site.

This weeks challenge is Anything Goes…with a optional twist.
The twist is to use one of the digi stamps that our very own Anne has drawn just for this challenge.  Thank you Anne!!  You can find these digis on the challenge thread – just click the link above in purple!

If you are new to our challenges, let us give you a quick explanation: We were originally POM which was short for Primsa’s and Other Mediums. Other Mediums can be anything from dye inks, distress inks, chalks, heat embossing, water colored pencils, crayons, etc. Basically anything except for alcohol ink markers such as Copics and Promarkers. Prisma’s can be ANY colored pencil, it doesn’t have to be the Prisma color brand. With the name change to Twisted Thursday, we added a twist to the challenge! You are allowed to have 50 percent alcohol inks on your images!! We are hoping this will make the challenge a little bit easier for you! Have fun! the prizes are fabulous so be sure to enter!

i used Anne’s Corner Leaves image along with my Cricut Thanksgiving cartridge:

i colored the leaves with colored pencils and then cut them out.  the leaves were fun to do – i sort of used them as a study and tried a couple different techniques and several different color combinations.

i have been working in overdrive on projects for the next issue of Through the Craft Room Door – we will be focusing on halloween and fall in general.  i am excited about the projects we will be featuring!  here is a little hint for ya – next time you are in target you will want to pick up a few of these – specifically the clear, orange, green and/or red:

and you may want to get a matching hand towel while you’re at it!  and now i am off to finish things up – the new issue will be hitting inboxes soon so if you are not already a subscriber now is the time!  you can catch this fun issue as well as our bonus holiday issue due out in mid october!

now off to dive into my to-do list!


SC346: Home Sweet Home

hi all!

any fun plans for the weekend?  i will be taking it off from work and enjoying some family time 🙂  quick post for you before i take off though!
have you had a chance to check out the amazing rubber stamps by Make It Crafty that are available at SCACD?  these are SO much fun!  today’s card uses Fairy Tree House:

the sketch is the current SCS sketch challenge.  I made the large background paper using a technique in a recent issue of Technique Junkies called Faux Washi paper.  the smaller flowered strip comes from a fantastic 6×6 bo bunny paper pad – Garden Girl.  **by the way, if you have not browsed SCACD’s 6×6 paper pad section recently i urge you to go check it out – AMAZING new papers are in including many for the holidays!**

i colored this amazing image with my colored pencils.  the flower embellie is done using First Impression molds and Viva Decor Crystal Gel.  i brushed on some copper perfect pearls powder to tie it in even better. i finished the card off with some dots of Turquoise Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

i hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Twisted Thursday Challenge

hi all!

i hope you are having a great week so far as summer winds down.  hard to believe – it has gone so fast.  i know there are lots of moms posting on facebook how they are so sad school is starting again – NOT ME!!!  pezza is ALOT of baby let me tell ya!  for example, let me tell you about taking a shower the other day.  i always throw her in the tub, scrub her, and then leave her to play while i jump in the shower.  well our new little baby kitten Bubba Cat (yes that’s his name) has the typical Maine Coon fascination with water and he has to be in there with us now RIGHT on the side of the tub.  so while i am showering Pezza takes the kitten and dips him in the tub.  he comes flying out and sits on my bath mat looking at me like a drowned rat.  i hurry and finish so i can get out, i am putting my hair up in a towel, meanwhile Bubba Cat has moved on to playing in the toilet and FALLS IN (not the first time) so now he is even wetter than before.  as i am trying to dry off i see him start digging in our pile of dirty clothes like he is going to go to the bathroom so i grab him and run downstairs to the litter box – still wet and naked – and throw him in the CLUMPING litter.  he goes potty and jumps out and now has litter in large clumps hanging off of him.  so i grab him and head BACK upstairs so i can put him BACK in the tub and clean him off.  this stuff goes on all day long here – it’s NUTS!  needless to say i will be welcoming the 4 afternoons of peace a week!

believe it or not i still manage to get some crafting done along the way.  today’s project is for the Twisted Thursday (formerly Prisma & Other Mediums) challenge on the Outlawz site.  This week we were challenged to use ONLY a sentiment:

I used the Lori’s Garden cartridge.  Like most others i am having trouble getting my Imagine to stay calibrated so the cutting matches the printing 😦

I printed the image as layers and then put them together using foam tape for some dimension.  Pezza found the little charm while i was working on the card because she was digging through my stuff (see what i mean about the break) and i thought it would be a cute addition.  the polka dot paper is bo bunny of course.

i hope you will all head over to The Outlawz and join in on some of the challenges – there is a new one every day AND the prizes are fantastic!  You could get $50 GC to Oozak, $25 GC to SCACD, a package from paper temptress, gilli stamps and some digis from anne fenton – what do you have to lose!??!?

i will be back tomorrow with a fab Make It Crafty image available at SCACD!


are crocheted embellies still in…???

hi everyone!

i have been one heckuva busy girl!  and i have ENTIRELY to many hobbies/interests/{obsessions} for one person.  i am clearly going to need to live to be about 150+ to cover all i want to cover and explore!  i am HAPPY to report we had a break in the oppressive heat and pez has been able to play outside the last few days – she NEEDS the outdoor activity to burn off energy!


have you checked out the latest submission calls for Through the Craft Room Door?  do you have a fun holiday project we can include in our special holiday bonus issue?  do you like to play with card sketches?  check out our submissions page and send us some stuff!!!!!


my card today is all about the embellie.  i made it a year ago (maybe more) and love it and wanted to use it so i designed the card around it instead of saving the embellie selecting until last!

i am entering it in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday – sketch
AI Factory – Anything Goes
Catch the Bug – Anything Goes
Your Next Stamp – Beautiful Borders
Fun with Shapes – twine

i love the design AND the colors of the little crocheted piece.  i got this pattern from one of my ALL time favorite crochet embellishment books – Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman.  i place it on a felt piece cut with a spellbinders nestie and then finished off with a glittered skittle in the center.  the border punch is from EK Success.  the three glittering squares are my own pezabling which you can order HERE.  while you are on my website be sure to look around – i am clearing everything out and all that i have left is 40% off – there are some really good deals on there!


for those that enjoyed my dollhouse posts i used to put up  here – be sure to go check out my latest post on Dotted Daisy Designs – we are nearing the completion of the exterior!  here’s a pic of my littlest helper while i was working yesterday:

this is Bubba Cat (formerly Bandit) the little kitten hubby and i fell in love with when we were fostering him for a few days.  i swear he is such a little dream baby!  We also have two new foster kittens until Sunday.  another Maine coon the color of our cat fluffy and a tuxedo cat.  i will have to get some pics later today!

i hope you all have a great weekend planned!


POM with a FREE digi!

hi all!

we are heading out to tour Oatlands Plantation this morning.  i LOVE plantations and even worked as a tour guide at one in south louisiana called oak alley – yep full hoop skirts and all!  it was so much fun!  if you ever saw interview with a vampire then you have seen oak alley. i was working there during filming – pretty interesting.  i have toured many plantations in louisiana and mississippi and i am curious if they will be similar or different here in northern va.

today kicks off a new challenge in the Prisma and Other Mediums group on The Outlawz – we had to use fabric on our projects.

in addition i am submitting this to the following challenges:

Pile It On: down on the farm
SFYTT: sketch
Stamp Something: Digi Image
Make It Monday: Anything Goes

i added a fabric yoyo layered with felt as my embellishment – topped off with a glittered skittle.  yoyos are SUPER easy to make with the Clover Yoyo Makers – you can find them at joanns. you can get the BEST felt in the BIGGEST selection of colors on etsy from Felt On The Fly – love shopping there!

***speaking of Joanns – they have the BEST selection of halloween fabrics in right now***

isn’t this image just the best???  it was done by my DT sister over on the Outlawz POM team – anne fenton.  best of all – it is FREEEEEEEEEEEE.  that’s right – just click on her name and it will take you over to the Outlawz thread where you can see this image and all of her other amazing stuff.  i colored it with derwent coloursoft colored pencils.

and now a little kitten update – josephine, the momma cat, was adopted this past weekend – YAY!!!!  i am so happy for her.  she is such a sweet sweet baby.  as for our own newly adopted little guy he is just AWESOME.  of course i spoil him silly all day long so he can’t stand it if he is not in the same room as me.  he is so cute and so playful but not in a destructive way.  here he is in the top of one of the cat trees with Pezza:

now i better go get my day going!  i hope you all can join us at the Outlawz for fun challenges and fab prizes!!!!