Good morning!  I hope y’all are doing well and staying warm . . . it’s a whopping high temperature of 26 degrees here today (I miss my shorts and bare feet)!  Let’s see, since I was last here my sister and I walked our first 5K.  I finished in 47 minutes, which I’ll take since I didn’t jog, run or trot at all . . . just walked.  I’m especially proud of my sister!  Two years ago she fell and broke her leg right below her knee.  She had 4 surgeries in the first week and has since had two more and a bone graft.  (okay I’m guessing at the number, I might be off one or two surgeries but I’m sure she’ll pipe in and let me know for sure)   For her to get up and start walking with a 5K is extraordinary  . . . I’ve been walking all summer long and get lots of exercise chasing Hadlee around the house everyday . . . but for my sister . . . WHOA Nellie!  She did fabulous and it made her believe that anything is possible now.  I’m so proud of her!!!!

Let me see what else?  I had a crafty Monday with my sister and we made ICE Resin pendants.  We haven’t finished them up quite yet, but I’m pretty darn close to having mine all complete . . . then I can show you what I did!  Honestly, I’m thinking I need to open up an online store and start selling some stuff off . . . anyone interested?

I’ve also been working on some gift boxes for an event my sorority is having and I’ve been gathering my thoughts to create a special 70th Anniversary gift . . . so much going on in this BAD mind of mine!

The other day I was cruising around Pinterest looking for some weight loss quotes (those Daily Inspirations on Facebook) and I happened across a shadowbox.  I loved it  . . . instantly . . . and pinned it for myself because I knew that I had to try my hand at it!

Yesterday I was finishing up in the studio after a Quietfire kind of day, and remembered that I had a small wood frame in my alterable stash.  It’s something I picked up at Hobby Lobby one day a few years ago, probably with an idea for it at the time . . . but it never came to light.  I decided to fill my afternoon with paint and stencils!

Here’s my finished project.


Here’s what the frame looked like before I started.


The frame was painted white, antiqued with a gray paint and then lightly sanded to add some texture to the frame.  I found one larger jingle bell buried deep in a drawer in the stash closet, which I took outside and spray painted with oil rubbed bronze, then hung it up to dry while I finished the frame.


Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design, recently created a Silhouette cutting file of her hand-calligraphy “Believe” which I knew was going to be the sentiment inside the frame.  The file with cut from vinyl so that I could make a stencil in order to paint the lettering inside the frame.


To finish the frame, embellishments were added to the jingle bell and it was hung from the inside top of the frame. Can I just say  . . . I’m loving this little frame and think I need to make a few more!

I guess that’s all I have for today . . . Believe it or not, I will be back tomorrow with another new project!  I know . . . don’t faint!

I hope y’all have a great day!




Project Supplies:

Good morning!  The other day I was planning what I wanted to do for my last few cards this month, and I realized that I haven’t been taking advantage of all the images available at my favorite site . . . Twisted Papers.  If you are new here and haven’t seen references to Twisted Papers before, you must check them out for top-quality downloadable vintage images at very reasonable prices.  Another plus, in my book, is that Russell and Stan who own the company, are so great to work with!

SO . . . a few nights ago I went shopping and downloaded three or four images that I thought I might use in some projects.  The first one is a fabulous Thomas Nast Santa!


Because the images are digital, you have the freedom after downloading to open them in photo software and change the size.  I worked with this one starting at 800, down to 600 and then again at 700 (which is where I settled out).  I like to resize, print them out and then determine what will fit in a specific die template that fits the image.  The Spellbinders® Rectangles were perfect for this image, I just needed to get the sizing correct.


The image was printed off onto white heavy cardstock, then die cut/embossed.  While the image was still in the die template, Antique Linen ink was sponged/stenciled onto the image leaving that beautiful white border around the outside.


The paper used is some old cardstock I had on hand and, I think, last year’s My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Christmas collection.  Don’t hold me to that one . . . but it is one of my favorite Christmas collections.  I wanted to add a little tag to the ribbon and found the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in a very old stamp set in my cabinet.  As a matter of fact, I think it might have been the very first Christmas set I ever purchased back in 1997, give or take.

I’ve got a few more ideas to share over the next few weeks so I hope you’ll stop back in and visit!


Project Supplies:

Hey y’all!  How’s your weekend going?  Like I had hoped, I’ve been in the studio all day but I haven’t gotten much done!  I have all these ideas and I’ve basically tried to organize myself to get them done.  You know, finding the right image, papers, etc.  I’m on my way after this morning.  I was looking for a picture of a fairy this morning and I thought I had remembered one in a book that I have.  Well, much to my dismay I didn’t find the fairy in that book, but I did find the image on today’s card.   I’ve always loved this image and since I’m in a Halloween mode, well I just couldn’t help myself.


The background paper is from 7 Gypsies Savannah that was stamped with flourishes.  All the edges of the papers were sponged with Papertrey Vintage Cream.  At first I had stamped a sentiment for the inside, then upon realizing that I misspelled hallows, I computer generated the sentiment, Have a Be-Witching Halloween!

  • Stamps/Images:  The Mountain by Brian Froud from Once Upon a Time – Some Contemporary Illustrators of Fantasy, A Peacock Press/Bantam Book, Edited by David Larkin; Priceless and Best Fiends
  • Paper:  7 Gypsies Savannah and Gypsy Market; Black and Vanilla
  • Ink:  Papertrey Vintage Cream and Ranger Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories:  Scalloped Lace Punch; Ribbon; Vintage Button; Oval Punch; Foam Tape; Computer; Sponge Dauber

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

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