Good morning!  I can hardly believe that I posted one day and then turned around and the month is just about over.  When I posted my last project for the Quietfire/Walnut Hollow Blog Hop, I truly had all intentions of posting again within the next day or two.  In my mind,  I was going to create another project similar to the one for the hop  . . .  

I turned around and here it is a few weeks later, the middle of October and everything I had planned just didn’t come together!

I have a family reunion this weekend and one of the highlights is an auction to raise funds for cemetery maintenance/upkeep.  Last year was the first time I attended and didn’t know what to expect, so I didn’t take anything handmade.  This year  . . .  well it’s a little different!


Instead of recreating the wheel this early in the morning (another of those best laid plans), I’m going to point you to the Quietfire Creations Blog to see the step-outs I did for the Walnut Hollow Blog Hop.  


As with the other project, the wood sign is from Walnut Hollow.  It was painted, antiqued and then sanded with my palm sander.  Okay I’ll admit it . .  . I’m hooked on the palm sander to distress!  I’ve even gone around the house and sanded some shelves that I had previously painted that I felt needed more of a “worn” look.  We can thank Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper for that tip!  


I hope y’all have a fabulous day!





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Good Friday morning!  Wow it’s hard to believe that Friday is upon us once again and the week seems like it flew by.  Of course I have been rather busy this week . . . . Master Planning and all!  That’s going to be a post for another day as it seems the Master Plan has grown some what . . . uh huh  . . .  and not by me!  Raised beds . . . pavers . . . . black mulch . . . . 6’ tall trees . . .  yep, lots to tell!

Okay we already know that it’s Friday and of course, that means that it’s Just For Fun® Friday.  This week the colors are


We would love to have you play along with us!  You don’t have to use Just For Fun® stamps, especially if you don’t have any yet.  However, if you do play along, you might just be the lucky winner of a $50 shopping spree!   All you have to do is make a card/project using the above colors and post a direct link on the Just For Fun® Blog.

For further inspiration, you should also visit the blogs of the other Designers. They’ve got some awesome projects to share with you today.

Broni Holcombe
Sandy Sandrus
Starla Nelson
Terre Fry
Roni Johnson
Glenda Brooks
Beth Moore
Margarita Ybarra
JFF Blog

These colors remind me of fall and pumpkins.  Even though it’s hot and humid right now, I couldn’t help myself on this one.  I even made a scene . . . . I can’t remember the last time I did that . ..  oh wait I did make a scene on the 4th, but I’m not talking about that type of scene.  I actually combined two different stamps, did some masking and then colored with Copic Markers.


That’s it for today.  Tomorrow is my day in the big Spellbinders reveal.  I am so excited with my projects and just know you’re gonna love them!

Thanks for stopping by and by golly, life is short . . . do as you damn well please and enjoy the adventure.  I sure am!!!!!


Smiley from Good Monday morning!  I think I might be back on track and will be able to post more often than I have the last couple of weeks.  I have a special announcement today! 

A few years ago at Stampfest Orlando, I met the owner of Just For Fun Rubber Stamps, Debby.  She is the organizer of Stampfest Orlando and I’ve had the opportunity to talk with her both times I was there.  She also travels the show circuit, and Just For Fun is always at Stampaway in Cincinnati, giving me another opportunity to chat with Debby and her husband Rick.  Debby and I have talked over the past year and a half about how she wanted to start a design team, blog, etc., and where she needed to start.  Needless to say, with each of us having busy schedules, etc., the discussions never went any further.  This year after chatting very briefly with Debby at CHA and Stampaway Cincinnati, Debby asked if I would put together a design team for her and be the Coordinator.  This time, I said yes and here we are . . . Announcing the very first Just For Fun Design Team!

I am so excited to be working with this group of ladies, some new to the design team world, and a few you’ll immediately recognize as designers I’ve worked with before.  So without further adieu, and in no particular order, I give you the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps Design Team:


Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Watercolor

Heidi Blankenship – Embellished Dreams

Linda Duke – Linda’s Works for Heart

Sandy Sandrus – CleverIdeas

Starla Nelson – Exploring Creativity



Be sure to visit their blogs today, as each of them will be posting with images from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.  I for one can’t wait to see what they’ve created for us today!

Here’s what I’ve created for today . . . a little Thanksgiving nostalgia. Smiley from

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

The image was colored with Distress Re-Inkers and then the edges were sponged with Antique Linen.  When working with a cornucopia image, I always think of the song “Over the river and through the woods.”  If you are at least my age, you’ve got to remember it too!  It was one of those standards we always sung in grade school.  I found a copy of the words on the internet, printed them out, and gave them a little distressing with the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.  It was then tucked in behind the image.  I made some frames using Spellbinders™ Oval and Square Nesties, and tucked them around the image as well.   I always forget to tell you this, but after I sew the background paper to another panel, I go back and sponge the edges with distress ink.  It tones down the white thread I use so that it appears more aged.

  • Stamps:  G1624 Cornucopia from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; Prism Suede Brown Dark and Papaya Puree Medium; 7 Gypsies Market
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Coffee, Old Paper, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Walnut Stain, Dusty Concord, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-128 Classic Squares- Small, S4-126 Classic Squares – Large, S4-Petite Ovals – Small, and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Large; Watercolor Brushes; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Papertrey Vintage Button and Jute; Computer; Sewing Machine; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Ribbon

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

Smiley from

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