ready for snow LO!

hi all!

yay friday!  i have really been making an effort to start taking weekends off to spend with my family and hubby is off today too!

i escaped for a lunch date with my buddy suzanne (love her to pieces and don’t see her nearly enough!)  i am plotting and scheming so i can be her driving buddy next weekend when she goes to ohio to teach.

as i was driving to lunch i noticed the first hints of fall color on the tops of the trees.  i am ALWAYS excited about that.  where i grew up (south louisiana) we did not have the whole fall color explosion – it was only something i heard about and thought didn’t really exist!  the first time i saw it when i moved to missouri i was AMAZED and it still amazes me now.  virginia is not quite the explosion of color missouri was but it is still quite beautiful.  if we ever plant trees in our yard  that is one of the main characteristics i will be looking for!  perhaps one of these days we will trek up north for fall foliage in the new england states…

i was anxious to get to work in my newly re-organized studio so i decided to make a scrapbook layout.  i am trying to re-focus and get away from cards (i don’t need another one) and get back to what i love to do and feel is more useful and that is layouts.  i had some snow themed card candy laying on my table and decided i wanted to use it finally.  i made it TWO years ago and you can see the post HERE – i had the blue and white snow flurry one out.  so i made a two page layout in preparation for the snowfall i am HOPING we get:

so i set to work – first obstacle – i did not have any patterned paper i wanted to use.  no problem!  i will just make my own the way i did back in the day before i got over involved in my color-a-stamp-make-a-card rut.  i decide i will mix up some Perfect Pearls shimmer mists and whip out some masks with my cricut and get spraying.  and this is where my crafty serenity ended.

cut masks with my cricut from the plastic mat covers – easy peasy – done it a million times.  however my cricuts have been somewhat neglected as well and are not as second nature to me as they used to be – especially since i just started using the E2.  BUT i am happy because i can use the Cricut Imagine Snow Angel cart in my E2 and use the snowflakes on it for my masks.  This cartridge is my fave of all the cricut cartridges ever released EVER.  EVER EVER EVER.  but i got it AFTER winter last year and have not used it yet.  so i set to work and here is what i ended up with:

SOOOOO much wasted space and notice at the bottom – it spread things out onto 2 pages! ok.  i kno whow to fix this.  i will get out of the cricut dark ages and lay it out in cricut craft room and cut.  i have not used CCR yet.  yes i know – something else that has fallen by the wayside that i intend to correct.  so i lay it all out and……..can’t cut.  i have to do updates.  ok.  so i get those done and………can’t cut.  need to install drivers.  ok so i get that done (after searching the cricut message board to figure out how) and………….can’t cut.  i spend the rest of the day plus a good bit of the next morning trying to figure out what the problem is.  i never do get it resolved.  instead i give up and go back to the 2 page layout and tweak it a little so i can get it on one page.  ok time to cut and…………my neglected mat is not sticky enough so it is a disaster.  ok – pull out my trusty painters tape, stick away spray and stick and spray and set to work fixing my mats back up to useable condition.  FINALLY i have some useable masks made – good GRIEF.

SO i set about making my paper – which WAS serenity thank goodness!  i am a mixed media girl.  it’s what makes me happy.  i mixed three shades of blue perfect pearl mist – light, medium and dark – using water, perfect pearl powder and reinker in mini misters.  then i just laid my masks on my white paper and misted away!  i started with a couple of the largest ones and my lightest mist.  then medium ones and medium mist (overlap is good) and finally smaller masks and the darkest mist.  then let it dry.  i did not put any sort of adhesive on the masks – it isn’t really necessary – just mist from a distance so you don’t move your mask and mist LIGHTLY so you don’t saturate your paper.

next i dug up some snowflake stamps – i am seriously lacking on snowflake stamps BTW.  not sure how that’s possible…..i also pulled out the stampendous frantage embossing enamels i am so enamored with lately.  i stamped a few random flakes and used shabby blue and aged silver.  then i added some of both to my corners and edges in a few spots and then sprinkled in some Art Institute Gala Glitz in white and teal along with some chunky silver glitter.  if you don’t have any Gala Glitz you NEED some – love the stuff!  it is a delicious mix of glitters, vintage glass shard glitters, & microbeads in different sizes:

yummy i say!  once i got everything in my pile i heated from BENEATH so i didn’t blow it all off.

Once my paper was done i set about creating my layout.  and serenity left again.  WOW am i out of practice.  i can make a card in my sleep but i really struggled over this lo.  luckily my most fave partner in crime and sister from another mister Cat was on hand on google talk for some moral support!  now you may notice i did not use my card candy pieces.  well that’s because when i was looking at the Snow Angel images while making my masks i just HAD to use some of the images and they did not quite match the color of the card candy – OH WELL!  this cartridge may very well be the one i use for all of my Christmas cards too!  here are some close ups for ya ending with one of my sweet baby kitten, Bubba:

Page 1

some of the handmade patterned paper and adorable cuts from Snow Angel.

the sparkly border is Best Creations glitter paper and a Martha Stewart deep edge border punch.

more cuts, more glitter paper – the white paper represents the picture and will be replaced.  also added a few snowflake skittles.

Page 2

i love my little snowman face skittles on the fabric yoyos – easy to make with a clover yoyo maker!

Pulled out my Studio G stamps for some mini stamping – i still LOVE them but i don’t like the newer ones as much as the older styles.

AND my little Bubba trying to stuff himself into one of Pezza’s puzzle boxes – look at that gorgeous Maine Coon tail!!!!

well that’s it from me!  i am looking forward to a fun family weekend!

do YOU love heat embossing or is it a dieing art so to speak?  are you like me and just mesmerized by the process of watching the powder melt like magic? wish you knew hot to do it but aren’t quite sure? anyone else excited about fall arriving?  do your leaves change color?  let me know what you’re thinking!



hiking anyone?

hi friends!

is everyone ready for a 3 day weekend?  i know we are – not so much for playtime for me but so i can get caught up on some work!  i want my upcoming cruise to be totally work free and stress free.  well it will be work free because i think the internet on board is a bit pricey….  Pezza home with me all the time since i took her out of school a couple months ago has been taking it’s toll!  i am also hoping for some good sales this weekend so i can go out and get myself and pezza some cruise outfits!  today we are heading off to pick strawberries at a farm nearby.  we picked 7 pounds last weekend – yes i said 7 – on saturday and they were gone by monday afternoon!


Have you checked out my Colored Pencil 2 class?  you can sign up now on Color Me Creative and class materials will go up on Tuesday (we decided it would be better to wait until after everyone is out for the weekend!)

Did you notice the new Dick Blick badge on the upper left?  if you are planning to order from them and you go to their website by clicking that button i will get credit for sending you over!

Have you entered the current Challenge at TTCRD?  only a few more days left to win that Paper Makeup gift certificate!  all you need is something with wings!


i have another layout for ya today from our camping trip last year.  these are pics from the hike we went on:

If you are tired of Bo Bunny Double Dot paper i apologize but i am obssessed at the moment.  i don’t remember where i got the tree paper because i have had it for a long time in hopes we would go camping and i would have pics!  i cut the yellow piece using the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge.  The boot, boot prints and tree are from the Camping solutions cartridge.  for the title i cute the base, frame and shadow using the Storybook cartridge and the lettering is from Base Camp (i think).

we camped near Cunningham Falls and for some reason we thought it would be a good idea to take pezza hiking to the falls after she spent the day swimming in the lake.  needless to say WE hiked and she rode – being carried by us!  perhaps if we go again we will do the hiking FIRST and THEN the swimming….

have a fantastic weekend folks!!!


i love mud…

hi all!

wow what a day i am having.  i have a kid who can’t poop and a cat who can’t stop.  momma kitty had to take a trip to the vet yesterday – fever and diarrhea.  she got an antibiotic shot and pills to help stop the diarrhea.  doc said kittens look great!  she has been quite the little explorer at night and i always go down to stuff knocked over 😛


my buddy Terri over at Stampsalive is having one heck of a good sale on copic sketch markers – buy 10 at $5.15 and get 4 FREE!!!!!!!!!!!  that’s only 3.68 per marker folks!!!!


while i was down there this morning i put together another LO using a Page Maps sketch (LOVE those!)

There’s no journaling because the pics are pretty self-explanatory!  This is pezza and her best buddy from next door.  that area is usually my vegie garden in the summer.

i used two of the newer Cricut Cartridges for this one – elegant edges and damask decor – both are extremely good cartridges!  The patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Pink Plum collection.  It paired up perfectly with some Bo Bunny Double Dot basics paper – Blush and Bashful.  i LOVE bo bunny dot paper and dream of having a pack of it in every color!!!  the back is solid so it’s perfect!

My scallop base piece and the circle piece are both from the Elegant Edges.  These cartridge has some great shapes and creative features BUT it does not do shadows.  i am a shadow girl.  i cannot go without so i cut my base pieces .2 larger.  however they don’t match up exactly when you do that so it is not perfect but better than nothing!  The three flourish-y pieces are from the Damask Decor cartridge.  FANTASTIC shapes and this one has shadows for everything – including the layers so you can use them alone if you want to.  i cut the title using the Ashlyn’s Alpha cartridge – it is such a good chunky font – too many are really skinny.  everything is edged with vintage photo distress ink.  i love the fact that for LESS than the cost of ONE of those large spellbinders dies i got a whole cartridge full of them PLUS frames and borders and other things – such a better bargain!

and now it’s time for another cup of coffee -n it has been a 3 cup kind of day here so far!  i hope you all have a wonderful weekend and happy mother’s day to all the other mommies out there!


campsite cricut LO

hi all!

happy birthday to ME!  yep today is my bday.  and no there is nothing special going on 😛  or gifts as hubby says my bernina sewing machine has to last for the next 18 months of holidays but that’s ok cuz i LOVE that thing!  i just wish there were more hours in the day so i could use it more!  Pezza has a class this afternoon so i will get a little peace to work!  i have an adorable little dress cut out and ready to sew for her plus some projects for hubby and i SO wanna make myself an apron or two.

kitten update pics are at the end!


y’all have been cleaning me out pretty good but i still have stuff left in the store at 40% off!  go take a look – it is a heck of a good deal!  and spread the word too!


i have another LO for you today:

These are pics of our campsite last year – Pezza’s first camping trip.  she loved it and i am really hoping we can do more this year.  We went to a place out by Catoctin Furnace and it was fantastic!  nice lake for swimming in, some hiking, including Cunningham Falls and not to far to drive.

I used my Camping Cricut cartridge for the embellishments.  rather than cropping down the camp site picture i did my journaling over it before printing out my picture.  this is really easy to do in Photoshop Elements.  it starts with a text path template (sometimes called word art depending on where you are shopping.)  if you have the full version of Photoshop you can make them yourself.  i just got mine but have not even opened it 😛

here’s a close up of the other cricut pieces.  i really like this cartridge.  i added some color to the fire with my ink blending foam tool for a bit more dimension.

and now it’s time for OMGOSH kitten cuteness pics!!!

here is one of them in hubby’s hand when we were weighing them last night.  i LOVE bitty kitten faces and their squished ears way down on the sides of their heads!

sweet momma

little pile of adorableness!

ahhhh momma…

and now i am off to go to birthday lunch with hubby – not sure where yet…


kittens & motorcycles

hi all!

as if i don’t have enough excitement around here guess what we did last night?  (if you read my facebook you already know.)  we volunteered to foster a pregnant momma kitty!  i will give you all the exciting details plus pics after my post for those who want to keep reading.


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Colored Pencil Class

I am working on Class 2 in my colored pencil online class series over at Color Me Creative!  In addition i will have two other fun classes opening up soon!  Want to get Colored Pencil Class 1 done before the others come out – sign up!  we would love to have you!


and now my project for today – i have really been missing my scrapbooking – i much prefer it over cardmaking but cardmaking has really seemed to take over for some reason.  i am finding it very difficult to get my scrapping mojo back 😛  here is a LO i did of some pics of hubby racing on one of his motorcycles:

pretty clean and simple!

the flags and letters are cut on my cricut.  i had trouble finding images i wanted to use and the ones i DID find were like the flag – no layers BLECH!  i am going to have hubby do the journaling and then i will add it.

and now the kitty!  we were in petsmart sunday and they had a cat adoption thing going on.  well of course pezza wanted to pet the kitties and was begging with all her might for her daddy to let her have one – which he said was an absolute no.  then while talking with the folks in charge we got on the subject of fostering cats and then she mentioned she had two pregnant moms needing a home.  so it occurred to me that it would be the best of everything – i would get to raise and play with kittens but then give them away before they become cats – perfect!  i have done 4 litters of my own cat’s kittens and loved it.  i always thought i wish i could do more but of course it is not very responsible to keep bringing more cats into the world.

so we beg and plead with hubby, pezza laid it on super thick and finally he agreed.  they said i could pick the momma up last night or this morning and i decided to get her right away to get her comfie before having those babies.  she came here on a truck FULL of dogs and cats from a kill shelter in GA.  the vet said he thought she was a year or more old and would have the kittens in a week or two.

so we get her home and take her down to the basement and let her out – she was SO skinny – other than the belly bulge.  and no way was she close to a year old.  and she is SO LOVEY DOVEY!  purrs SUPER loud too!  so we let her wander the basement and then i went down and worked on the LO above and she nestled herself way under my cricut table behind my paper bins and stacked boxes of ribbon.  when i was ready to go to bed i wanted to put her in the bathroom – well every time i tried she would go right back to the same spot.  so i gave up and cleared it out a bit and made her a bed.  then i was watching her and i kept thinking i really really think she is going into labor now.  but they did an ultrasound and all and said she wouldn’t….  i watched for a long time and finally gave up but told hubby to check her in a little while and wake me up if something happened.  i wasn’t in bed 20 minutes when he got me back up and said – you have a kitten!!!!

i ran down and sure enough there it was – she needed a little help with knowing what to do with her kitten at first but then the second one came and she was fine.  we went to bed.

of course when i got up this morning i ran straight down to check on her and saw THIS:

THREE babies!!! and all are doing fine!  momma is slightly annoyed and wants to go play and wants constant petting.  but she stays and takes care of them and if they peep she goes back immediately!  all three look good and strong and healthy and momma has been eating and drinking.  YAY!  keeping pezza out of them has been a bit trying but for the most part momma (josephine) likes pezza visits.  but i don’t want her fooling with the babies.  however, the momma is so relaxed with us that it will be super easy to socialize the kittens so they make great pets!

and now we are off to check on them!


rough day at school…literally

hi everyone!

whew what a day – seriously glad to see this one end!  you all know my adorable pezza…well she is a handful as you might imagine from my posts.  She has an incredibly HUGE personality and the strongest will i have ever seen in my life – most of the time making her quite entertaining but also often making her downright maddening.  today was such a day.  and not just at home – she apparently hauled off and hit a kid at school for absolutely no reason.  now she has not gotten along with this kid from day 1 so i was not surprised he was the recipient but you can’t very well haul off and hit people either SHEESH!  to make matters worse her teacher was very short and condescending with me over the whole thing and made it clear there would be no discussions on the matter.  to top it all off i am feeling completely out of sorts and it was one of those straw-that-broke-the-camels -back situations.  and now i have the monstrous headache that goes with these kinds of days!  thank goodness hubby is not only in town he is already at home YAY!


before moving onto my project i need to announce our Imagine This Friday winner of the Stick and Spray and Stick Away sprays!

TERESA D.!!!!!!!!!!!  congratulations!  remember there will be fun giveaways each week on Imagine This Friday!

your goodies will go out when i am back from CHA!  stay tuned here for more on that!  i LOVED how many folks stopped by and all of the fantastic comments you left.  many of you found it quite useful and i am so glad!  We will have another edition this Friday so don’t miss it!


i had already planned on sharing this LO before my day went so far south so the title fits both the layout and my day but in different ways.  the pics are from pezza’s first days of pre-school last year:

The embellies are cut using Spellbinders Dies and the gorgeous felt i get from Felt On the Fly over on etsy – it is so much prettier than the cheap stuff you find at Michaels and the colors are amazing.  you get nice clean cuts too!  i also included some of my FAVORITE glitter cardstock – Best Creations.  The glitter factor is stunning, it does NOT flake off and it cuts like a dream with both spellbinders and the Cricut.  I have also included some fabric yoyos, a hand crocheted flower and some glittered skittles.

i LOVE this one!  she-who-never-sleeps passed out cold from exhaustion – IN her chair with her banana sitting on her lap!

the fabric yoyos are SUPER easy to make – Clover makes these plastic yoyo templates that you can buy in the quilting section of joanns (or online).

and now i am heading for some tylenol!  i have lots to do before i will be ready to leave for CHA on thursday!!!

i hope you all have an amazing week!

Bliss layout

YAY the weekend!

anyone have anything exciting planned?  i will be heading to a sewing machine class – a freebie get to know your new machine type class.  i hope it is more than just the basic how to thread your machine – i want to know how to use all the crazy feet it came with!!!  while i am in that neck of the woods i am also going to hit the DC Big Flea – basically a big flea market at the Dulles Expo Center.  it’s been AGES since i got to stroll through some good flea market or antique shops.  not looking for anything just like to browse.  who knows what i might find or better yet what ideas i might come up with 🙂

Also on the agenda – start on pezza and i’s colossal winter cake with the cricut cake YIKES!  i want to see if 1. i can get better at using my cricut cake.  2. if i can make marshmallow fondant and it tastes good because fondant cakes are SO pretty and 3. can i make a cake with THREE FILLED tiers!  pezza has decided it will be blue and white with snowmen and snowflakes.  we have Luster Dust for shimmer, we have cans of colored spray mists – 2 different brands to try and we are ready to roll!!!!  ofc ourse it did cross my mind that after we do this we will have, well, THREE TIERS of cake – which i do not want to have to CONSUME.  so the goal is to have an open house help us eat cake  party next sunday and hop efolks show up!!!!  we will have one layer of french vanilla cake with peach filling, one layer of chocolate cake with white chocolate pudding filling and one layer of lemon cake with blueberry filling – again all pezza choices. YUM!


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ok onto my project for today!  i have been trying to do more scrapbook layouts – i am WAY behind!  these are pictures from my mom’s house when Pezza and i went for a visit in October for her buddy Brett’s birthday:

and a close up of each page:

i think the pictures are really cute of pezza helping my mom with yard work using her own little wheelbarrow.  i had this scalloped page from My Mind’s Eye and LOVED the pattern and the colors so i built the rest of my page around that.  in almost everything i design i start with my patterned paper first and match my colors from there.  i cut a part out of the middle so the scallops did not cover the entire 12″ of the page.  the polka dot paper is Bo Bunny – i SO wish i had some in EVERY SINGLE color! t he pink border is a martha stewart punch.

I dug these stamps out of my Staging area – that’s a collection of stamps i have not used yet but need to – i am pretty sure they are from Great Impressions…aren’t they the cutest!?!?   The title piece and little flower clusters are done with my Cricut and are from the Bloom cartridge.  this cartridge is a LITE cartridge and has LOADS of adorable things on it.  i accented the largest flower cluster and title with cute tiny buttons.

The thing i really love about the cricut as opposed to manual die cutters (like sizzix) is that i can cut each image ANY SIZE i want.   so i have the three matching flower clusters but each a different size 🙂  this adorable little image is by Sarah Kay – i just love her stuff and they have always reminded me of  pezza.  i have been trying out Cryogen paper at the urging of my buddy suzanne and tried to capture the subtle sparkle it has but the camera just couldn’t get it.  i think i do like it though!  again i used buttons to accent the little flowers on the fence.  i just love that fence cut!

and now i am off to get my day started!  i will be stopping at two Michaels on my way to sewing class to check for clearance carts for a friend in australia!

have a great weekend!