Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Where to Begin?

Since the start of the new year, my family has gotten a lot of things done, we started in the basement just getting rid of things, and cleaning things out, and while it still has a ways to go, it has begun to look more spacious, and now we have started on the garage, years ago when I was still in the single digits, we could easily fit 2 cars, but it soon became a storage area, and the cars remained outside, no matter the weather.  Now I'm excited to say we can now fit 1 car and pushing to get the other in before next winter, It's lookin' good!

Now I'm in the process of remodeling my small artspace/ bedroom, I finally purchased some shelving off Amazon that has sat in my cart for nearly 3 years, Yikes! I know right? I just didn't have the gumption to get a move on things, I'd share pictures, but in my excitement I have already rotated and moved furniture so I have no "before" pictures, but will definitely share when I have everything situated.

Honestly, I'm not sure there was a time when I was not busy so far this year, if I wasn't at home taking care of the chores and housework, I was off  babysitting, or working my Substitute teaching job, or taking care of my 3 boys I nanny part time, which I think has to be my favorite job, and a blessing to both me and the parents, I won't deny some days those boys can be hard to handle but through it all I gain experience, and when talking about them in public I refer to them as my Boys.

They Also make for good photography practice!
 left to right Colten, Luke, and Evan 

As to my Art and papercrafting, I haven't had a whole lot of time to do, and as I hope to make digital stamps of my own, I purchased an Intous drawing tablet, which puts my drawings straight to the computer.
Here is my first test drawing
I don't pretend to be a wonderful artist, but I was pretty impressed how this turned out.

 My card making has really slacked, I barely got this card done in time for Mothers Day, but I made it! phew!!

I made this card for Junes Challenge over at the Die Cut Diva's Blog, using the feather embossing folder from Kaisercraft who is our Sponsor for the month, and will be offering a prize worth $50 to the winner check it out here ------->

Well that's it for today, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1st already!

I can hardly believe it, Just 31 days till a new year begins! but lets not get ahead of ourselves, Being the first of a new month The Die Cut Diva's have begun a new challenge, although we are keeping November's theme, "Warm and Cozy"
I was asked to choose an image from our sponsor at and I chose a cute sledding marshmallow snowman, to which I was asked how I could pull off warm and cozy with a snowman.
My first thought was marshmallows in a cup of cocoa.

So I thought it would be funny to create a scene of him sledding into a hot cup, normally I would have never thought this possible till I discovered the beauty of PNG files, you can easily layer many images over each other, and resize them to fit, but you also have to have the right program, such as Adobe Photoshop, but as I don't really know how to use the program to it's full potential I have found the Microsoft Power point does an excellent job for a quick piece together and print, and of course I could have colored the images before printing  but that would have ruined the fun of coloring it myself with Copic Markers,
I hope you take a moment to check out our blog and maybe enter the challenge, there is 2 prizes up for grabs, for 2 lucky winners!

Material List
Bugaboo Marshmallow Snowman Sledding
Bugaboo Winter Goodies
Doodle Pantry Coffee and Biscotti
Hero Arts Cozy Moments
Spellbinders Labels 8
Copic Markers

Monday, November 30, 2015

Festivities Galore

I hope you haven't been looking to see if I've posted anything lately, Thanksgiving is a huge ordeal for my family and friends, it takes weeks to plan and cook and bake, or clean before and after guests.
and that is only the beginning of all the festivities, especially when you attend at least 3 Thanksgiving celebrations in 1 week! Yes! and there is still leftover's but it sure makes it easier to get prepared for the Christmas holiday, without having to stop and cook a lot.

Our Traditional Table Setting

I used to buy gifts barely a week before Christmas, and go out and shop, but since my Sister and Brother came along, I have found it more fun to order online and receive packages way in advance, and watch their faces as each one arrives and they start guessing what it is or who it's for, and then finally where I've hidden it in the house, sometimes I'll even wrap it by the first week of December and lay it out (mostly because I get tired of storing and hiding them) and they'll go stare at the growing pile shaking the gifts.   The worst part is that I've become the official "Wrapper" which I feel gets tedious after a while.
And of course as soon as December hits everyone waits to hear that snow is in the forecast, and speaking of which I have a card to share for Our Die Cut Diva's Challenge Blog, I can't believe it will already be December tomorrow.
Our theme is warm and cozy,
Here in Missouri you never know what to expect weather wise, but whatever we get,  we usually have plenty of Cocoa to keep up nice and toasty. And should we get a good snow the neighborhood streets will be lined with Snowman of all shapes and sizes, as well as an occasional snowball down your back or giving your face a whitewash, as someone rubs it all over you.
We are also very lucky to live right next to a park on a hill, for sledding purposes.

Materials for the Snowman Card
Stampendous SSC1184 Build a Snowman
Hero Arts Holiday Sayings
Copic Markers
Sizzix Snowflake embossing folder.