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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A New Adventure

I know it's been awhile since I last posted and life frankly has gotten quite busy. I have spent the holidays visiting my mother multiple times, participated in an art walk selling my Alien Kaboodle merchandise, spent a lot of times with grand kids visiting Christmas lights, decorating gingerbread houses and of course shopping and entertaining.

Now that I would hope for life to settle back down into a normal routine I have found myself on a new journey. We have decided to sell our home and relocate to another state. During this year we will be building a home on my husbands childhood homestead. We decided to demolish a home that was built in the early 1900s and was in a sadden state of affairs. This we did last year in the summer. We had intentions of retiring and building the home but I think we both thought it would be another year later.

So as crazy as life has been it's about to get a whole lot crazier. I am going to document our journey on this blog so family and friends can see how things are progressing.

I do intend to keep up my sewing shop and after talking to a friend I am going to make some kits so I can still do some scrapping. In fact that is one the saddest and scariest parts of the move is packing up my art room. And when I can post cards and layouts I will.

I have begun packing my belongings that I do not need to see for awhile, rented a storage unit and filled that about 1/3 full. Going up this weekend to see about renting a house so I can begin to move furniture and what not so the realtors can stage the home (more on that later).

I don't want this to be an overly long post so going to leave you with a photo of the house plan we purchased. Our home won't look exactly like this but it'll be close to it.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Have a Cozy Christmas

Winding down on my Christmas cards. I still have one or two I think left in me but my mind is drifting towards getting prepared for a December Daily. I haven't done one in years so thought it would be nice to have one for this year, especially while the grandkids are so young.

Any hoo didn't want this guy to go without having some love. I think I bought him after Christmas last year or one of those last minute purchases. I have so many stamps that lately I'm thinking of purging and selling off the wooden ones. Now that most everything comes paired with dies and you can use a stamping tool with the unmounted stamps I'm feeling like I don't use them much anymore.

Sunday, November 17, 2019


I found the falalalala sentiment die when looking for some other things when  making Christmas cards so I pulled it out to make sure it was used. Then I thought it needed something bright and pretty and found these unloved Snowmen or Snowpeople I guess if I'm being politically correct and I never use them much so took the opportunity to color them with some copics and fussy cut them out.

I think it worked rather nicely.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

sneak peek

In case you're wondering how my sign is progressing I'd thought I'd share a photo so far. Mind you my ribbon, branch and bell combo is just stuck there so I'd have an idea where my lettering would fall, it's not permanent yet. Hopefully It'll all be done soon.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Merry Christmas

I've been spying my stamp set ever since I pulled it from it's storage space because I wanted to make a pine tree branch card. Finally I got around to doing it. I accidentally grabbed some stamping paper and was wowed by how crisp the image lifted off. I almost stamped the entire sentiment but at the last minute ended up die cutting some gold which I think it works really well here.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Joy To The World

Sorry it's been a few days but life calls and I have to answer. Unfortunately dr's appts, grocery shopping, house cleaning, all those pesky things that have to be dealt with have been keeping me from my craft room. Not to mention my sign which is coming along nicely.

After my last card which was so involved I opted for something quick and easy and sitting on my desk staring at me where some Doodlebug pops and enamel stickers so utilizing those items I threw together this card and just had to diecut a few things, easy enough.

Hopefully I'll be spending the rest of the day throwing some more cards and layouts together. Tomorrow I have dedicated to finishing things. I need to finish painting my kitchen, finish my sign, finish paint touch ups in my living room, well you get the idea.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Have A Holly Jolly Holiday

This card was a bit more involved than I intended.

The background was created by using distress oxide inks on distress stamping paper then using a stencil I applied a matte paste and sprinkled glitter on it while it was still wet.

I then die cut the center and then on copic friendly paper stamped, colored and die cut the snowman. I placed it inside the center then finished the card using  white embossing powder on a strip of red cardstock and popped it up.