Happy Saturday!  I thought I would try and get one more Halloween card done before I started into Christmas, so last night I spent a few hours in the studio.  Well, in between needing to be upstairs some and after dinner at Kate’s.


All the images are from Crafty Secrets and the background paper is from Graphic45.  I decided to mount the game on illustration board and cut frames using Spellbinders Nestabilities.  Inside I stamped Happy Halloween.  I guess I better be getting some of these cards ready and in the mail soon!  I’m so bad about that.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Good Monday morning!  I’m saying good now, but we’ll see later in the day.  The first thing I need to tell you . . .  I’m having my morning coffee without cigarettes!  Yes, this is the start of day 2 for me going smoke-free!  I truly don’t have an option.  As much I like to smoke and haven’t wanted to give it up entirely, the time has come that I must for health reasons.  I have for years carried the nicotine gum with me when I was at places I could not smoke or were smoke free.  This time I have decided that I absolutely need to kick the nicotine (and trust me, I am totally addicted and I know it) and started on my first patch Sunday morning.   I have quit twice before for over 5 years both times; but now it’s a must . . . there’s no sneaking and there’s not starting up again!  My saving grace yesterday was a drinking straw.  I cut it into thirds and each time I felt the need to light a cigarette, I drew threw the straw instead.  This gave me the sensation of filling my lungs with the smoke, which for me is the hardest part of all of it right now.  I will periodically update you on my progress and don’t be surprised if I come yelling a loud HELP and ask for your support.

Okay enough of all that!  It’s time to move on and talk about something else.  How about Halloween?

I love Halloween!  I think it’s the time of year which leads me into the Holiday Season.  When  my girls were small, I decorated the house from top to bottom and would sit outside in my own costume when the kiddos came Trick or Treating.  I can’t remember when it all started, but I would put on a big pot of chili and both my girls would have their friends in for chili before going out on Halloween night.  It became quite the tradition and my daughters’ friends looked forward to it every year as much as I did.  Now I’m lucky if I put one pumpkin out . . .  with the girls gone and the neighborhood kids all grown up and gone . . . well, its just not the same for me.   Mallory will be home this coming weekend, and in my state of mind to keep busy so I won’t have the temptation to puff away, I’m going to crawl up in the attic and find the Halloween decorations.   Which brings me to today’s project!

On Friday while mom and I were out running around, one of our stops was Michaels.  I was browsing in the seasonal $1 area and saw little coffins, masks, etc., but deep in the back and almost hidden, was this . . .

Plain as Purchased

a headstone.  It’s hinged and even opens.

Painted Inside

I painted both the outside and inside black before I started doing anything else to the headstone.

Because I am so intriqued by old cemeteries and headstones, I wanted this one to look old.  I painted the outside with Milled Lavender Distress Crackle Paint, brushed on some Green Patina Perfect Pearls and then sponged on some Black Soot.  Unfortunately you can’t see the green patina in the photo, but trust me . . . it looks so cool in real life!

Finished Outside

To highlight the cross, I dabbed on some gold acrylic paint and then added some more Black Soot ink.  Just look at all those cracks . . .

When I first saw the headstone, I knew immediately that the Spellbinders Graveyard Scene would be perfect for this  . . . you know how I love the play on play thing!

Finished Inside3

I die cut the graveyard border and one extra headstone from GrungePaper, inked them with Pumice Stone and then stenciled with Black Soot.   There’s also a little Green Patina Perfect Pearls added on those pieces.  All the paper and images is from Crafty Secrets.  While at CHA Sandy gave me this sheet, Halloween Greetings, and it worked perfect for this project.  I had a couple of little miniature bottles in my stash.  One I filled with Tea Dye re-inker and Matte Accents, stirred it up, and it became “Brew.”  I filled a second one with gold and purple microbeads, topped it off Matte Accents, and stuck a memo pin in it.  I forgot to add anything to the outside, but quite frankly, I like that purple popping out in the photo.

I’ve debated the front over and over and finally decided not to add anything.  At first I thought it would be cool to add some dead flowers, but the more I looked at it . . . well here’s what I thought.  It looks rather plain and you don’t really expect anything on the inside . . . and then you open it and find a surprise!  This thought made me leave the front alone.

That’s all I have for today . . . I have my first therapy session for my wrist today, so I’m out the door.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, make each moment count and take advantage of the adventures that come your way today!


Oh my gosh . . . Smiley from millan.net Once again I find myself a little out of sync with how I would normally do my blog posts!  Of course, it didn’t help that I had an unannounced visitor knock on my door this afternoon  . . . an old friend that I haven’t seen for a few years.  I enjoyed just sitting and visiting for a few hours and catching up on what has been going on in our lives.  I know we all have them . . .  people you’ve been friends with for 30+ years that it’s okay if you don’t see or talk to each other every day, but you know that if you really needed them all you would have to do is call.  That was my visitor today!

I have been totally enjoying playing around and coloring some of the different images that I have.  I think it’s because I was trying to meet deadlines, etc., and never gave myself time to play.  Now I am and quite frankly . . . . I LOVE it!  That’s not to say that I won’t have some special projects or deadlines coming up, but right now . . . . it’s just down right fun to play when the mood hits!

For my birthday I gave myself a little treat and placed an order an eclectic Paperie for some new Studio 490 stamps and this one from Crafty Secrets that I’ve been waiting for since CHA.  I saw it in the booth then and knew deep down that it would eventually make it into my collection.   There is so much potential with this set and I’m only scratching the surface of what is yet to come.


The image is colored with Copic Markers and the paper, from Graphic45, is sewn to a base of cardstock.  I did, however, change up my normal layout.  I was in the mood for a change . . . go figure!  Oh and I used some new twine from The Twinery.  Oh my BADness . . . I LOVE it!

I did finish off the inside of the card with some of the same paper and stamped “Happy Birthday.”

Well, that’s all I have right now.  I hope you have a great day and remember . . .  life is short, enjoy the adventure . . . or as my new bracelet says . . .  embrace the journey!


Good Friday morning!  I’ve been somewhat of a slacker this week . . . got no mojo working apparently.  I just hate when that happens!  Anyhoo, I started this card a few days ago and finally finished it up last night while watching “Pirates.”

While at CHA I picked up a couple of the new Creative Scraps from the Crafty Secrets booth.  I’ve been waiting to make a project with them basically because I didn’t know when they were going to be released.  I checked their website a few days ago and saw them, so I figured it was safe.


Such a quick card actually, despite my slacking.  No stamping, no coloring . . . some die cutting and sewing . . . card done!

I suppose I should tell you that I’ve made a few creative changes this week.  I’ve stepped down from all my design teams except for Spellbinders.  You know how I tell you to take advantage of the adventures that come your way . . . . well, I did!  Stay tuned . . .  there’s a huge adventure coming our way!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, make each day count and live it to it’s fullest!


Smiley from millan.netGood morning. So sorry I didn’t get anything posted yesterday. Tuesday was a day for laundry and just being lazy and I never made it into the studio. Then I had a meeting Tuesday night and just barely made it home in time to see Dancing with the Stars. I totally missed American Idol, but did get to see it last night. I so wanted Crystal to win, but I know she is going to have a great career no matter what!

I went into the studio early yesterday because it was so warm and muggy here and with the air conditioner on the basement is cooler. I got lost in the creative process and only came out to eat dinner. As I was getting ready to walk the pups after dinner, I opened the garage door and there were my mother and uncle walking in. They had been to Wendy’s to get Frosties and decided to stop by. We had a great visit until my uncle got tired and it was time for them to move along.

Anyhoo, back to the creative process. I have to say that I got totally lost in today’s project. For me this was a project that when I had the final finishing touch on I just knew it. No need to add anything else or take something away . . . . it was complete. I even did something new!

Some years back I bought mom a Black and Decker Wizard which is much like a Dremel. I have never used it because I didn’t know what all the accessories were for and didn’t know what to do with them. I’ve looked at it, tried it a few times and kept throwing my hands up in confusion. You see, there were no instructions or manual with the Wizard, just a bunch of what I considered junk. I decided two weeks ago it was time to learn how to use the tool. Knowing that all rotary tools had to be similar, I ordered a DVD from Dremel and it came this week. I watched all the videos, downloaded charts and much to my surprise . . . . I was able to cut a coat hanger in half tonight with my Wizard.

You can see here why I wanted a coat hanger . . . it’s the hanger for the project!


It’s a little out of shape from my total manhandling, but I actually like it that way!

There’s lots of stuff going on with this project and really too much to try and explain. I’ll leave it to you to look over, find all the little elements and then if you have any questions I’ll gladly answer them.


Let me do say however, that the background paper is October Afternoon The Thrift Shop and all the images are from Crafty Secret’s Sew Nice Creative Scraps. The chipboard is also Crafty Secrets.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Remember, life is short . . . . make the most of each day and enjoy the adventures that come your way!


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