Saturday, December 20, 2014

O, Christmas Tree, O, Christmas Tree...

I can't believe Christmas is almost here.  We've been sick around here with a nasty headcold that really put me behind with all the holiday preparation.  Fortunately, we are feeling better and I have a great little gift idea for you!

My friend, Brenda, from Qbee's Quest, gave me permission to share this creation with you.  She developed it and I think it is awesome!
Adorable, right?  Perfect little gift for a co-worker, neighbor, stocking-stuffer...I could go on!  I made several and they took no time at all to finish.  I'm not posting the tutorial here, since Brenda has it on her blog.  Visit her here for directions to make your own.

You also need to visit the rest of the Design Team at My Time To Craft to see their beautiful Christmas Tree Creations.  This will be our last challenge for 2014.  We'll be back on January 3rd with something new!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Make a Scene!

Welcome back, Everyone.  I hope all is well in your part of the world.  I am STILL trying to get healthy.  I thought I had it beat at the beginning of the week, and then I just felt rotten all over again.  Hopefully, this is the end of it!
It's a good thing I "worked ahead" on my DT projects, otherwise, I'm not sure I would be ready for this week's challenge.  
Here is my scene:

I made the background by inking my acrylic block with 2 stamp pads, then I sprayed the block with water, stamped it on cardstock and I had an instant background!  I decided to go for more of a silhouette look using black ink.  The flowers were stamped in first and second generation.
Please stop over to My Time To Craft to see what the rest of the DT has created - they are such a talented group.  Then create something for us - we love visiting blogs!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas ATC

It's December and I've finally started papercrafting again!  We made the big move and the Craft Room is finally unpacked!  I'm still working on finding where I put everything, but, at least everything is out of the boxes!

The DT at My Time To Craft is challenging you to make a Christmas ATC.  Here's mine:
 After distressing the edges, I put the cardstock under the faucet to get it good and wet.  Then I crumpled it up, crumpled it a few more times, smoothed it out, and set it aside to dry.  The background was stamped and the edges inked.  "Merry Christmas" was stamped, two holly leaves were cut out and inked, then a red sparkle waas added. Done!

If you don't know what an ATC is, let me help you out.  Artist Trading Cards are 2.5" X 3.5" in size and you choose the medium to express yourself.  Show your style and don't forget to put your information on the back.   ATC are made to be shared/traded, so people usually make lots.  Give it a try and share your ATC with us at My Time To Craft!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #65

I'm so glad I was able to leave so much negativity behind!  
Life is good!

On a sidenote, I am still craft-deprived.  We had to have some work done on our house that prevented me from setting up my Craft Space.  That work is done, so, with any luck, I get started on those boxes and start posting some new creations!

In the meantime, I have also created a new blog dedicated to our new home.  Please follow me at:  It is filled with stories of the adventures of bringing this house back to life.  Join me, won't you?

Two blogs...I'm going to be busy! 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #62

Such a great way to use them - I've always wanted to live in a castle!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just When You Thought It Would Never Happen...

I create something - I get crafty...FINALLY!!!!!!!

This week is my son's birthday and it really put the pressure on me to get myself in gear. He's turning 21, so I had to make something special!  
I saw many versions of this card all over Pinterest, but I decided to make my own version. The card started with a Kraft background run through my Cuttlebug.  The mug is a rectangle in Honey cardstock that was scored and sanded.  The "foam" came from 3 sizes of trees (with the trunks removed) from the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge, and the handle was cut from a circle punch.  I stamped the 21.  
Pretty simple, huh?  Unless most of your stuff is in boxes!  It took me longer to find everything than it did to make the card.  But, have no fear, I will get there!  
The good news is that my Cricut Expression made the trip across the country just fine! Let me know if you ever need packing advice, I'm happy to help!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Fantasy Stampers Challenge - Autumn colors - beer is autumn colored!
Craft for the Craic - Circles - mine are just ruffled!
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Have a great week everyone, and stop back again soon, since there is now crafty hope for me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #60

We finally finished painting the basement and I can now begin unpacking my Craft Room!
(doing the Happy Dance!!!)

Now, I just need to find a place for everything, since a lot of my storage was tossed before the big move...I'm feeling a little overwhelmed right now. :(

Wish me luck.  I really want to start being creative again!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make a Wreath for $3

Yes, you read that correctly!  $3 - that's it.  You know how I love a deal!  

Since there's always a story, here it is... The Craft Room is still packed.  Repainting the basement has begun, so, with a little luck, it may emerge soon!  Keep your fingers crossed for me, OK?

I was really feeling the need to "get my craft on" and, while at the Dollar Store, spotted a small grapevine wreath.  Two flower springs and the wreath came home with me - total: $3.
I had already started shaping the flowers to fit the wreath when this pic was taken.

I needed 2 more items that I KNEW I had...somewhere...packed in a box...burlap ribbon and a hot glue gun.  The ribbon was found in the first box I searched - YES!  The hot glue gun was another story.  I searched through six boxes with no luck.  I knew it was there, but I was trying to avoid totally emptying the boxes because it was IMPOSSIBLE to get everything back in again.  (When I packed them for the cross-country move, it was like playing Tetra - every square inch was filled!)  Finally, the glue gun was found, snug in the bottom corner of a previously searched box!  Whew!

The bow was so easy to make.  Stay tuned for a tutorial for it.  You'll be an expert bow-maker in minutes - I promise!

It was time to assemble the wreath.  The flower stems were shaped, trimmed, and woven into the wreath with a few dabs of hot glue.  The bow was attached with some heavy-duty thread from my sewing box, and that was it.  The wreath was done! 

So there it is, the $3 Wreath!  If you decide to make one, let me know.  I'd love to see your version!

It's almost the weekend, and it's a long one.  Have a fun and safe Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #58

This little quote is just for me.  I'm feeeling bummed that my Craft Room is still in boxes.  We need to paint the finished basement before I can get started on the unpacking... hopefully, tomorrow!
In the meantime, I bought a grapevine wreath and some flowers at the dollar store yesterday.  If I can find my ribbon in one of the boxes, I just might have something to share...FINALLY!!!!!!!

Feeling "Craft-Deprived", but, hopefully, not for long!!!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #57

This was my e-mail signature at work - love this quote!

Stay tuned...I plan to be back soon.  I need to update you on everything that has been going on!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #56

We left a month ago...and it seems so long ago.
Still cleaning, painting,etc...but, couldn't be happier!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #53

We are on the road...forgive me for ignoring my blog.  I'll be back soon.  
I promise!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Adventure Begins...

I am sitting in a hotel in Cedar City, Utah.  The movers arrived yesterday morning, packed-up all our worldly possessions, and left mid-afternoon.  We returned our cable equipment, cleaned up the house, and hit the road.  

We were exhausted, but wanted to get a "jump" on our long journey.

Bob, our driver, along with Craig and Clem.

They were amazing.  Everything was pack with such care, we were truly impressed.  When Clem saw how hot I was (AC off due to all the doors being open), he set-up 2 fans so they would blow directly at me!  Remember, triple-digit heat...and, as you know, I AM the Queen of the Hot Flash!!!

We could feel the air cool as we headed into Utah...AHHHHHHH!!!!  THe best part was the beautiful rainbow.  I tried to get a quick pic:

Now, we are headed toward Denver...stay tuned for the next installment!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Whoooo's Having a Birthday???

Nope, it's not me - it's my daughter!  She loves owls and I found an adorable owl cake at Better Homes and Gardens.  I decided I HAD to make it for her, but there were a few glitches...

As you may remember, we are in "full packing mode" around here and after I bought everything I needed, I remembered that the mixer was packed!  Did I let that stop me?  No way, you CAN mix a cake by hand and that's exactly what I did!
Isn't he a hoot?  Yes, pun intended!

I made a few changes from the original instructions.  The area where the almond slices are was supposed to be yellow frosting and, you guessed it, the food coloring is packed!  I also used Rolos for the eyes.  The instructions suggested malted milk balls, but I thought he needed a little glitz!  Instead of making frosting from scratch, I used canned - packing, you know!

Here's a pic of the Birthday Girl and her cake:
I think she liked it!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Pretty It Up! Upcycled Planner

Welcome back everyone!  Here's a quick project I finished right before my Craft Room was packed.  
I always get these sample planners in the mail.  They list your organization's name and all the possibilities you could have printed on the inside flaps.  I liked the planner, but not the cover or inside flaps.  So, what's a girl to do?  Cover it!
I started with this:

I covered it with cardstock - both inside and outside.
For some reason, this photo flipped itself. Technology is wonderful, isn't it?!

Then, I stamped a chicken wire background stamp all over it to give it some texture.  Papers from Graphics 45 were added and the planner was transformed!
Sorry about the flash - I was having camera issues and really needed to be packing!

I added the 3 bronze studs in the lower-right corner and a ribbon along the left seam -which actuall serves a purpose:
No more searching for the correct page!

And that's it.  A simple transformation and I didn't have to toss a perfectly good planner because I couldn't use any of the information contained on the cover or inside flaps!

So, the next time you get one of those samples in the mail - Pretty It Up!

Ann - who's going back to her packing now!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #50

This one reminds me of my Dad.  
His version was...the wheel slowly turns...
Something to think about!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #49

Wise words.

Mirror, Mirror...

Welcome Back, Everyone!  The packing is in full-swing now that school is out (see here for the moving info) and I am retired.  Retired...hasn't really hit me yet.  I think it will when August comes around and I'm NOT getting ready for a new school year!  Stay tuned for that post!

I wanted to share this beautiful mirror make-over with all of you before it gets packed in its box!  I found this beauty at an Estate Sale for $20.  I really didn't like the finish, but knew I could easily change that!
I fell in love with the details on it, though!

This was the easiest transformation ever...add one can of spray paint...and get this:
Here's another angle:
All ready to be boxed-up for the big move!

Amazing what a can of spray paint can do, isn't it?  I'm sure this wil be one of many transformations once we are moved.  

Be sure to stop by again soon.  I still have a thing or two saved for this transition time..aka, moving across the country!  
Have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday Wisdom #48

Today is the last day of school for students.
Tomorrow is my last day!

Monday, June 2, 2014

War Brides - Book Review

Amazingly, with all the "hustle-bustle" of getting ready to move, I've still carved out some time for reading and I absolutely LOVED this book!

As WWII begins five young women become fast friends.  Their lives intertwine and their stories unfold. The sacrifices they made reminded me of stories that my own mother told me about WWII.  The struggles and pain of war are perfectly depicted in this novel. 

Put this book on your Summer Reading List.  You won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Goodby Tension...

...Hello Pension!
It's official, after 28 years, I'm retiring.  If you've been following my posts I've been hinting at "things to come".  Well, I had to get all the details in order and submit the paperwork.  Now that's done and I can share the news!

BUT, there's a Part 2...

We are moving back east!  If you've read my posts carefully, I've mentioned a few of my DIY projects needing to live in a vintage house.  That dream is coming true.  Take a peek:

I can't wait to get there!  School is out in a couple of weeks and then it's time to pack.  We've been busy cleaning, sorting, and tossing.  My garage sale was a success - boy, did those teachers get some deals!

This should explain those "being busy" comments and the need to take time off from the Design Team.  Please stay tuned.  I will be keeping you up-to-date on all of the details. I'd love to have you follow our journey across the country!

Thanks for stopping by...
Ann - who is very excited!