Tuesday, September 27, 2011


you are special...and your birthday should be too.  Have a wonderful day!
Juicy, crisp, and satisfying.  I adore apples.  We have an orchard nearby where the trees are drooping from the weight of these pure and simple fruits.   This time we picked Jonagolds, and they are sunny yellow and scrumptious.  They make an audible crunch when you sink your teeth in and the juice drips down your chin.  We picked 20# of apples in about 5 minutes.  They are so scrumptious,  they inspired me to make some apple cards. 

so sweet...of you to think of me!  Thank you
learning is a treasure...that will follow its owner everywhere-Chinese proverb

World Card Making Day is October 1st.  You should also "hop" back here to visit on October 1st because I'm part of the Fiskateer 2nd Annual Orange Blog Hop.  It's an exciting day all around because my first issue as a Scrapstreet magazine writer comes out on October 1st too.  Are you a subscriber yet...did I mention it was free?  for FREE?  Head over there so that you get it right to your email box on Saturday.  Click on Scrapstreet to subscribe.  I think there might be some goodies being given away in honor of all of these exciting events!

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Where do you go when you've lost it?  The mojo that is.  Sometimes I just seem to move things around and re-arrange my crafty stuff so that I can trick myself into thinking that I haven't lost it.  The mojo that is. 

Last year I bought this Halloween banner kit from The Scrappy Gourmet.  Apparently it was just waiting for me to crack it open when I needed it the most.  Maybe I just don't want to admit that it's fall.  Fall is my FAVORITE season, but it also reminds me that we are headed toward winter (NOT my favorite season).  This kit is just what I needed to make me want to embrace this time.  While I was working on it, I started getting this feeling.  It was warm and fuzzy and kind of made my head hurt.  I think it was some mojo returning!  I started pulling out paper, making my fingers inky, and writing things down!  That's how fast the ideas were coming!  You might even see more than 1 blog post per week (maybe I shouldn't get carried away).

Back to this kit...it's called "The Witching Hour", by Sheila Rumney.  Since this is the first kit I've bought from The Scrappy Gourmet, I have nothing to compare it to, but this one was FULL of texture, graphics, ribbons, brads, and chipboard.  I had to paint, ink, punch, glitter, and sand.  There were so many steps, that this kept me busy for a few nights.  I give it two inky thumbs up!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Monster Love Notes

Once in a while,  I remember to stick a quick love note in my kids' lunches.  Once in a great while (like when the planets are aligned) I make a cute scrappy note to stick in their lunches.  Well, get ready for an eclipse, because today, lunch note love was high on my priority list.  And, I had promised some friends that I would show them how to make these cute cards that fold up like a box. 
Make a template (I used a cereal box) of a 4 1/2 diameter circle and a 4 1/2 inch square.  Fold the circle into exactly two equal parts.  Using these templates, trace them onto a sheet of patterned paper.  I traced with a black marker to show you, but you'll want to use light pencil lines.  Then, cut out your pattern, and crease on the pencil lines.
I stamped and cut out these adorable monsters from Close to My Heart to carry my lunch thoughts.  Fiskars scalloped squeeze punches (I used Cameo Appearance) make great "bites" out of a cookie.  Now it is time to creatively fold...
Bottoms up...

then fold the left flap over the bottom...
the top flap over the left...
and tuck the lower part of the right flap into the bottom. 

Seal up the top, write an address on the back, and you can mail without using an envelope!
So, my kids may like that they received a love note in their lunch.  They may not like that the monster ate their cookies!
Supplies: Paper: Reminisce, My Mind's Eye, Close to My Heart, The Paper Studio, Stamp: Close to My Heart, Tools: Squeeze Punch: Fiskars

This post is also my first as a Scrapstreet Magazine.com writer...
go take a walk on...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Scrapstreet Anniversary

My happy dance is slowing down now as I get ready for my projects as a new writer for
Scrapstreet Magazine.  In the meantime, it is Scrapstreet's 6th Anniversary, and there is a BIG prize.  Go check it out on the Scrapstreet Blog.  Then, come back here tomorrow to see my first blog for Scrapstreet!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

I'm "churning the butter"

"Churning the butter" is my happy dance.  Why am I doing a happy dance?  I'm so happy you asked.  I have EXCITING news.  I am now a writer for Scrapstreet.  Check out the announcement...  http://scrapstreet.blogspot.com/2011/09/welcome-to-our-new-writers.html

And a big announcement like that deserves a new blog design, don't you think?

I should have named her "Emmy"

At least one of my family members was willing to help me celebrate my achievement.  You see, I named one of the new Fiskars Limited Edition Fall Squeeze Punches...it's an oak leaf, that I named "Oakey Dokey".  Angela, Lead Fiskateer, encouraged us to share our news in a unique way.  The video below is actually a twist on a video that Lead Fiskateers Angela and Rebecca did.  Theirs was MUCH better, but we had a good time.  Me and my ONE family cheerleader.  What you can't see on the video is the rest of my family rolling their eyes at how goony we are.