12 Days of Holiday Cards and Crafts: Day 1 – Cardinal Card


Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a nice holiday. I had a great time. We stayed with my in-laws for 3 days and it was a lot of great food and fun. This morning we had a slow start back to school and I had to drive Nicholas’ lunch to school which I somehow forgot to pack in his bag!


So I thought it might be fun to have my very own 12 days of holiday cards and crafts for this blog.  So today is day one and I made his card using a Stampendous stamp that I have had for way too long without using it. I made a top-folding card and used Stampin Up Cardstock for the base and I cut a strip of glitter paper for more sparkle.  The flower is from the dollar bin at Michael’s.


I used a Flourishes stamp for the greeting inside.  I just love birds and Cardinals are one of my favorites. I just had to have this stamp when I saw it. I also love that the sheet music was part of the image too. Very cool. So I used a little Distress ink to age the paper a bit.

My props were super easy: Dollar store plate and some ornaments I use on my mini tree I put up in my craft room.

I hope you are all having a blessed day and keep on crafting!


Make a Card Monday #1:Happy Birthday Wish with Tiddly Inks digi


Hello and happy Monday! It’s cold outside here but the sun is shining bright so all is well.  I had a fun weekend. On Saturday, I spent the whole day, crafting with my girlfriends up in Groveland.  I loaded up a bunch of images to color for cards, cutfiles from my Silhouette to assemble and my Project Life album (you know I’m trying to catch up!). I brought my Beats Pill and we listened to Christmas music all day. Yes, you heard me correctly, Christmas music in November. I say this with my head held high!  I love this time of year and I enjoy the music and let’s face it, 25 days of Christmas music is hardly enough. We had great fun and I actually accomplished a lot.

Enough about my weekend, I just wanted to share with you a new card I made. It’s a birthday card. I created it with this cute Tiddly Inks digi. I of course colored her with my Copics and used Wink of Stella on her wings for that magical sparkle.  And I added sequins for even more sparkle.  Let’s face it, a girl has to have sparkle.


It coordinated nicely with some envelopes I bought from Paper Source so less work for me and more time to play.

Well I hope you had a great weekend and I look forward to a fun week.

Have a blessed day friends!


Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder…#1

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to share the first of my new series, “Confessions of a Scrapbook Kit Hoarder”. If you haven’t already, please read The Intervention so you can understand the inspiration for this craft project.

September 2013 Cocoa Daisy Kit

September 2013 Cocoa Daisy Kit

I subscribe to Cocoa Daisy’s monthly scrapbook kit club and have for several years now. I really like the papers, embellies and stamps they offer in the monthly kits.  I often receive products that I can’t find locally and just love them.

My goal for this series is to inspire you to use all of your goodies whether it’s from kits or just from your “collection” of craft supplies.  I will show you what I received in the monthly kit and then I will post a series of posts that show you what I made using all of the products.  I will share my process which I think is helpful to guide you in the direction of action for yourself.  Because after all it, it is my inaction or inability to free myself to use my supplies that put me  in this mess.  So let’s climb out together.  I will supplement my kits with other kit remains or my general stash but will be sure to let you know when I do.

I am using these posts to keep me honest and loyal to both the commitment and process since I will be accountable for creating posts of my work.  So keep on me if you think I am falling back into my old ways.

Kit: Cocoa Daisy’s September 2013 monthly kit

Challenge: To create various paper crafts using up most if not all of the products in the kit before the next kit arrives.

Process: I took everything out to see what colors and embellishments are included (see picture above).

Extras:  I then pulled out a coordinating 6×6 paper pad to supplement when making cards. For this kit I chose American Crafts ‘Everyday’ 6×6 paper pad that I purchased from Target.  I also pulled out coordinating inks for stamping and inking paper edges. The inks I have chosen:

  • Momento Lady Bug, Cantaloupe, Tuxedo Black, Bamboo Leaves
  • Prima chalk inks: Vintage Pink, Old Road, Coltsfoot Stemens, Teal Damask
Ink pads that will coordinate with the papers.

Ink pads that will coordinate with the papers.

From my stash:

  • wooden accents, Silhouette cuts, spellbinders dies

So the first thing I did was something easy to keep me motivated which was cut up all the Project Life type cards that were included in the kit.  I placed them in an empty wooden bin at arms reach ready for action.


I divided up the products into possible projects.

I divided up the products into possible projects.

I then pulled out some colored up digi images that I have been meaning to use on cards and paired them with coordinating color from the Kit’s cardstock and then found complimentary pattern paper from my AC paper pack.  I then cut up two 6×6 cards per sheet of cardstock for a total of six cards.  Then I pulled out a print out of cards I like from the internet for inspiration.

Looked for photos of stories I want to tell and that would go with the papers.

Looked for photos of stories I want to tell and that would go with the papers.

Then I looked at the remaining cardstock and looked on my computer to find photos and stories that would I wanted to tell that works well with the paper colors. I think I will be able to create at least two Layouts (LO) with this paper pack and still have enough to use in Project Life.

I will post my first project tomorrow so be sure to pop by to see.

Happy crafting and have a blessed day!




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