Tuesday, March 29, 2011

getting grungy...on Tuesday!

so today I played along with the Grungy Monday Challenge (GM#01) over at Studio L3.  This week the challenge is inspired by the 12 Tags of Christmas, 2008, Tag 10 by Tim Holtz.  I had fun getting uber inky and making use of some of the fab idea-ology stash I have.  (and played with some art parts too!).  Here is my tag:

off to get some other stuff done!  catch ya later!

supplies: Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge; Distress Stains - Vintage Photo, Wild Honey; Perfect Pearls Mist - Turquoise, Perfect Copper; Adirondack color wash - Denim; Sepia Accents from Inkssentials; Art Parts - Dress Form, and watch piece (no idea the official name); Plaid background stamp - Studio490 by Wendy Vecchi; Grunge (Elements, Stripes: idea-ology)) - Wing and Crown; Perfect Pearls - Perfect Bronze and Green Patina; Masks - timeworks from idea-ology; trimmings from idea-ology; Fired Brick re-inker; Sentiment - Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous; "Photo" - Tim Holtz Paper Stash; Bottle cap and tag from my stash; Black Embossing Powder - Ranger; Adirondack Paint Dabber - Juniper; Ranger Archival ink - Black and Coffee

Monday, March 28, 2011


if one abandons ones craft room for a few weeks (ok...it's been 4...) does the room rebel?  does it feel lonely?  wonder why you haven't dropped in for even a visit?  does the room (and all the wonderful stamping and scrapping supplies) know you left it (even if only temporarily) for a sewing machine and fabric?  and if it does know...does the room randomly eat certain supplies so that when you return to it...you can't find ANYTHING????  oh wait...it's right there...never mind...guess the room isn't angry with me at all...I will watch for randomly falling objects as I approach the shelves though....

Friday, March 25, 2011

FF#72...Mix it up!

happy Friday everyone!  Hope your week has been as enjoyable as mine!  We enjoyed a great visit with my in-laws this week...and I got beat at Euchre multiple times by the team of father-in-law and husband...but we won't dwell on that...

anywho, just a quick post to let you know about this week's Fashionista Friday challenge at the Shoe (FF#72).  This week we have a recipe to play with...distress inks, clear bling, and flowers!  You definitely have to check out our fabby DT samples...definitely gets the mojo going! 

Have a wonderful day!

PS...I have started a new blog for myself to track my adventures in quilting...it's where all my quilting schtuff will appear, so check out Quilt-a-Daisy when you get a chance...not much there right now...but the first chapter in the great quilt (and first pics!) will be over there tonight!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

long time no post...

It's been awhile since I posted...and as I was prepping the Shoe blog for tomorrow's challenge...realized maybe I should drop by my own blog and say hi!

First, a quick update about the quilt...it's still a work in progress!  LOL!  But I do truly enjoy quilting, and have already purchased some material and have picked out a pattern for my next quilt!  I will say the one thing that is a bit difficult to get used to...is the sheer number of hours that go into creating just a small part of the quilt!  With cards...well...gratification comes a little sooner!  LOL!  But I am really having fun with the process and can't wait to share some pics with you!  (But that's for another post!).

Now...I honestly have no idea what to really say about the current tragedy in Japan.  The images have been heartbreaking...the stories of survivors are unbelievable...and for the thousands missing and lives lost...I can only pray.  I sincerely offer my heartfelt prayers and thoughts to all the people of Japan.

and now...now I must rant a little bit...it seems so shallow to do so in the light of current events...but in my heart I feel like I have to say something...if only for my own peace of mind.  The media coverage of the Nuclear crisis in Japan has been sickening.  I 100% understand the need to provide information to the public, and I would never want to stop that from happening.  But...there has been so much mis-information passed along by main stream media and many of our politicians.  PLEASE...PLEASE...if you don't know what you are talking about...SHUT UP!   I would not attempt to claim I am an expert...but I know enough to recognize the foolishness coming out of the mouths of so many proclaimed "experts".  I highly encourage all of you (well...anyone who actually reads this) who want to know what is happening in Japan, from truly educated sources,  I recommend the following websites:

and for general information about commercial nuclear plants in the United States, and the regulations governing the operation of those plants:

I apologize for such a grim posting...but it's what is in me right now.  I am very much looking forward to this weekend, and the opportunity to spend some time with my family.  Right now...that seems the most correct thing to do!

Monday, March 7, 2011

On a bit of a journey...

So..we have all faced burnout...or just an urge to try something new...either way it requires us to think outside of our box a bit...

Well...here I am on a bit of a journey...trying something new and seeing where it takes me...

On Friday evening I decided I wanted to make a quilt...not entirely sure where the urge came from...but once it came knocking...I had no choice but to answer. The sad part is...I can't really even sew! My darling hubby knows much more about the use of a sewing machine than I. I took home ec as a freshman in high school many many moons ago...but that doesn't really carry over long...at least for me.

Any who...I started Friday...picked out a pattern...purchased some yards of material...(which I have now learned was foolish! At least IMHO! There are fat quarters, charm packs and jelly rolls I could have purchased...and those are way more tasty sounding!). And most importantly...bought a beginner instruction book (the most important part!) and got started.

And I have found...I really enjoy it! I am so far from being "good" at this...but...lots to learn! I am actually feeling the same joy in the act of piecing together a quilt that I did when I first started stamping!

Never fear...lots of pictures and lots of funny stories to share...but once I get the quilt close (at least 75%) I'll do a grand post sharing pics of the journey! Just had to share a little bit about my step outside of the box...maybe it will encourage you to step a little outside of your own box!

Friday, March 4, 2011

FF#69...get INSPIRED!

Happy Friday!  I don't know about ya'll...but I'm so thrilled that Friday has finally arrived!  Quick post for ya...letting you know about the new fab inspiration challenge going on over at the Shoe!  This week is also sponsored by the oh so fantastic Digi Doodle Shop!  So drop on by, take a peek at the inspiration being offered, and throw your hat into the ring for a chance to win a $10 Gift Certificate for Digi Doodle Shop!  Here is the sample I created using the Lady Bug image:

Supplies: Image - DIgi Doodle Shop; Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; Ink - Copic; Nestabilities - Circles and Lacey Circles; Ribbon - BasicBasic from Michaels; Pearls - Queen&Co