it’s a tough act to follow!

Smiley from Happy Thursday morning!  I know I’ve been somewhat of a slacker this week, well slacking in work that I can show you . . . but not slacking in other work, or errands, or phone calls . . . . I’ve been busy but with what, I don’t know!

My project today is another one that I’ve had in mind for some time, just haven’t taken the time to put it to ink.  I’m still not convinced that this will be the final version of this . . . I’ve ordered some supplies (little trinkets and such) that I’m waiting on.

Some 15 or 20 years ago, I ordered a sweatshirt from Virginia Slims.  That’s when you could save the sides of your cigarette packs, send them in and receive free merchandise.   This is it in its well worn and loved state.


Not only do I love it because it’s worn, soft, stained and a little holey, but I LOVE the sentiment on the front.  That’s the type of sentiment that belongs on a card, wall hanging, anything you can think of!

I also have to say that I LOVE the new Spellbinders™ Grand Nestabilities™.  I also received a Grand Calibur™ last week and trust me . . . . fabulous, especially for cutting GrungePaper with the Grand Nesties!  NOW I can die cut my own backs for wall hanging, plaques, etc.  I used the Grand Squares for today’s project, cutting the GrungePaper right at 6”.  Oh and if you are like me . . . . that little white flip switch on the front of the Grand Calibur . . . that’s to enable the base suction so you aren’t trying to hold the thing in place with your still sore, freshly healed broken wrist, so that it doesn’t walk across your work surface!

The base and frame for the words, be yourself, are made by die cutting with #4 and #5 of the Mega Ovals placed together with a space between the two.

If you are wondering, all the GrungePaper has been covered with CosmoCricket Wanted, well all except the leaves and swirly things.

I couldn’t resist adding the image of the cowgirl doing her ACT on horseback, and a cowgirl wouldn’t be a cowgirl unless there were boots involved.  Which reminds me of a sign my sister saw the other night at a local restaurant . . . . “No dancing on the table with spurs on.”  Okay . . . that’s gonna be something one day!

The remainder of the sentiment . . . . it’s a tough act to follow . . .  was generated on the computer and then die cut using Tags 5.

I think that’s all for right now!  I’ve so lost track of my thoughts . . . major brain fart! Smiley from

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . . life is short, make of the most of today’s adventure!


Happy Tuesday!  Either I’m a little late with my post or very early . . . take your pick.  I had a brain storm (yes, it hurt!) this morning for a card and got started in the studio during The View.

Before I start with my card, I have to tell you . . .  I went to the orthopedic doctor yesterday and the x-rays show that my wrist has healed.  He told me I could go without the wristlet unless I was doing something where my wrist felt weak.  I start PT next Monday!  It feels so weird to finally have everything off my wrist.

Now  . . .  the cowgirl image I’ve used today is one I bought from Artful Illusions at StampAway recently.  The sentiment, which is computer generated, is something I found in an advertisement from on of the magazines my uncle gave me.  He loves all the western magazines and newspapers, so I get them pretty regularly, once he’s done with them.  Especially if it is something he thinks I can draw inspiration from he will have them set out for me when I stop by.


I tore this place apart looking for rhinestones and apparently, I don’t have any.  I will definitely remedy that situation!  So instead, for some added adornment I added some pearls around the scallops on the circles.  Other than that . . .  I think the sentiment pretty much sums up everything!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, take advantage of the adventures that come your way today!


Y’all know how I’ve been wanting some images of cowgirls, right?  Well, I found some!!  When I went to StampAway a couple of weekends ago, the first booth I went into was Artful Illusions.  It’s my favorite booth and I spend most of my time there.  For those of you who attend the show . . . you know the one I’m talking about  . . . first floor, first booth when you walk in the door!

Friday night before the show, I was browsing the vendors who were going to be there and decided to check out some websites.  Surprisingly enough, Artful Illusions finally started a site and I was able to download the stamp catalog.  There, in the catalog, was a section  . . . Cowgirls . . . . oh my BADness, I was drooling!  Needless to say, my first stop I spent half my shopping funds and I purchased a few cowgirl images . . . along with some other things.

I found myself yesterday with no pressing time frames or deadlines . . . highly unusual actually!  It was a perfect time to break out some of my new rubber and have some fun . . . just for myself stamping!  It’s always the best creating process in my opinion.

Here’s what I came up with . . . a new wall hanging for my studio!


OH and what inspired this wall hanging along with the cowgirl images . . . Cosmo Cricket Wanted in 6×6 Mini Pads!  YES, you read correctly!!!!!!  Cosmo Cricket was brought back the Wanted paper and it’s in 6×6 pads.  I no longer need to hoard my Wanted paper . . . . so guess what?  I used it for the wall hanging.  You can bet your booty that I will be ordering a few pads of this paper from eclectic Paperie!

You can see my two new cowgirl images on the left.  They were stamped and embossed in black Distress Embossing Powder for that aged look.  The sentiment on the tag is a new set by Wendy Vecchi and Studio 490 that my friend Daisy brought me at CHA.  I added some Spiced Marmalade Distress Stickles to the flowers just for the heck of it and to add a little shimmer to the project.


I’m rather tickled with the whole project and love how it turned out!  Isn’t it great to do some FUN stamping!

That’s all for today . . . thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, take advantage of the adventures that come your way!


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