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!


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Smiley from Good evening!  How the heck are ya?  I don’t know what’s come over me, but I sleep for a few hours, then I’m up and wide awake raring to go, then I sleep for a few more hours.  hmmm I guess it’s just nature taking it’s course . . .  .

This morning which could have been anywhere from 2 am to 5 am or 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.  See I told ya  . . . weird hours.  Anyhoo, I got this idea to finish up a pyramid image that I had done some time back.  It’s the companion to this piece Into the Looking Glass.  That one was the negative pyramid.  While I was working on the negative, I also finished up the positive.  It has been sitting on a shelf gathering dust, and I decided to use it for this project.

I also threw in the requirements for Week 11 of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Linda Ledbetter’s blog, Studio 3L.  I wish I had had the book when she first started these challenges, but alas I didn’t.  I’ve really enjoyed taking part that last couple of weeks . . .  it’s been good for the mojo.Smiley from


I was really trying to make that pink on the tag match the pink in the image, but damn it all . . . it looks like it’s a far cry from matching.  Oh well . . . things happen sometime.  I had to make make the roses red, there just wasn’t any other choice!  Oh and I also HAD to hang a little heart somewhere!

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


Wow it’s Hump Day already!  Hard to believe that the first part of this week has gone to quickly.  Of course I’ve been running for two days non-stop it feels, so what should I expect.  I need to spend some serious time working in the studio today as I have a tutorial and video to write for Splitcoaststampers next week.  YES, you are going to LOVE it! 

I’ve got a project to show you today that was totally turned down.  I submitted it for a publication and as always . . . rejected! 

This is very cool because I used an image from and did an inverted pyramid.  I started to type card, but it’s not a card but a wall hanging using a page from the Grungeboard Bracket Book.


I covered it with papers from Webster’s Pages and added some fun elements.  The tattered pages behind the image and heart are the words to Bette Midler’s The Rose.  The rose is made from Webster’s Pages, the heart is Grungepaper and the leaves are Gungeboard.

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


Good morning!  Well, I really wanted to get this project posted yesterday, but in the middle of it all I decided to do a video tutorial.  Yes, you asked for it and here it is . . . a video tutorial on how to make those paper flowers using  Spellbinders™ Nestabilities!

Here’s the flower that I was working on yesterday when I decided to stop and make the video.


Here’s the video on how to make that flower.

and here’s my project using the flower. 


For some background on this project, the guys at contacted me right before they were going to upload the colored images of Alice.  They thought it would be really cool if I made a project using one of the images with the negative Pyramid (get it . . . . down into the rabbit hole).  I’ve been singing

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall

. . . . for weeks now!   I might have to dig out of the old Jefferson Airplane album (yes, I said album . . . and yes I still have a turntable in the basement just to play them on).

I made the positive and negative Pyramid images using Spellbinders™ Square Nestabilities.  After I had the layers made into the pyramid, I decided that the negative image needed more than a card.  I went digging through some supplies and found a Grunge Book from my last Tim Holtz class at CHA and used two of the pages from the book.  I glued them together and then glued a sheet of Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris on both front and back.  For an additional layer, I printed out a section of Alice in Wonderland from the net about the croquet game (because it matched this image), did a little Wrinkle Free Distress using Old Paper and Vintage photo, then distressed the hell of all the edges.

For some added fun I tore up a few old watches to get some parts that I added to the bottom left.  While doing that, I came up with another wonderful idea and have made note to get it done in the next few days.  In the image we have the Queen of Hearts so it wouldn’t do  . . . I had to add some hearts to the project.


To hang the project, I added some Tim Holtz idea-ology Swivel Clasps and link chain.  Thought that was pretty darn clever myself!

  • Images:  Alice in Wonderland from
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris; BasicGrey Wassail
  • Ink:  Ranger Vintage Photo and Old Paper Distress
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-232 Blossom Two and S4-126 Classic Squares – Large; Tim Holtz idea-ology Grunge Book pages, Swivel Clasps, Jump Rings, Trinket Pin and Link Chain; Ivory Twill; Ranger Matte Accents; Sponge Dauber

Well that’s all for today folks!  As if it wasn’t enough.  I’m off junking it with my sister today.  Hopefully I’ll find some great alterable junk!

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


Smiley from millan.netGood Monday morning!  Wow what a weekend!  On Friday my oldest, Kate, got married to her long-time boyfriend, Will.  They had a nice little ceremony at the courthouse and then we all went out for dinner.  We’ll eventually give them an open house reception so all the family and friends can celebrate. 

The Newlyweds

Smart kids . . . they just bought a home and Kate’s car is on its last miles, so they opted not to spend a small fortune on a big wedding.  It makes you wonder how many couples are taking the plunge at the county courthouses these days instead of big, elaborate weddings. 

I spent the rest of the weekend working on my project for the big JustRite Mega Blog Hop this week.  It starts on Tuesday and my day is Wednesday.  You will for sure want to check it out.  I believe it might be the biggest blog hop ever with 88 designers taking part.  There are many prizes to be given away daily!

Then Bad Bev and I finished up most of the invitations to the Sorority Luncheon Style Show.  We started when the Bristol race came on Sunday and ended when the checkered flag dropped.  Perfect timing!

After the race, I figured I had a little more time to spend in the studio and decided to make another Easter card.  Remember last week when I told you about all the cute little chick Smiley from images at  Well I had to go back and get one more!


Not much going on here, except a little sponging and sewing.  I did use the Lilac Avenue Collection from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store and put the image on illustration board.

Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures of the day!

Smiley from


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