Sunday, October 31, 2010


One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.
                                                              -Emily Dickinson

Enjoy Halloween!
Image from The Graphics Fairy.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

GCD Studios October Inspiration

Hi all! I'm here today to share my GCD Studio's Halloween and Fall tag projects for this month's inspiration over at the blog. Halloween is a favorite holiday in our house and I'm always looking for fun things to make... so here's a little decor project created from 3 tags fastened together by ribbon.
Patterned paper (Artsy Urban collection), Chip Art Chipboard Tags & Leaf #2 Stamps, Jack-o-lantern Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, Walnut Stain/Brick Distress Ink & Stickles by Ranger, Ghost Stickers by Making Memories, Pins by Maya Road and ribbon by Michaels Stores Inc

To create this I soaked each tag with glimmer mist and de-bossed leaf patterns around the edge with Leaves #2 stamps. I then distressed the tags with brick & walnut stain distress ink and added the letters & ghosts to the tags. Finally I laced it with black & white ribbon and embellished it with bows and stick pins.
I de-bossed my Fall themed tag in the same manner as the project above, inked it with only Walnut Stain ink and decked it out with twine and stickers.
Epoxy stickers and patterned paper (Artsy Urban collection), Chip Art Chipboard Tags & Leaf #2 Stamps, Leaf stickers by EK Success, Jack-o-lantern Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels, Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger, Twine by May Arts
Thanks for visiting today:) Hope you all have a fun Halloween tomorrow!

Friday, October 29, 2010

What's on My Desk... Fall favorites

Hello! I hope you all are doing well. After a long hot October here in the midwest, we are finally starting to feel the fall-like weather around here. Its a nice feeling. I've been busy with many, many things so I won't make any excuses for not blogging for a whole week... in all reality a week can escape in a fleeting moment... and to me, those are the weeks when I feel most productive, so I think that is a good thing:)

Here is a quick card that I squeezed in last night using a few fun things that were laying on my desk...
The patterned paper is Through the Woods from GCD Studio's Joyful Peace collection. It is just fall loving beautiful... and what a great name... Through the Woods! So fab... it totally puts me in the mood for some turkey & pumpkin pie! Yum!
The tulle is a shimmery gold color from the wedding aisle at Michaels... and the cabochons are from Making Memories... both are simply delightful. The stamp is from the Mega Mixed Messages Set by Papertrey Ink (I just bought this one and have to give it huge kuddos... I use it ALL of the time-- very versatile).

Tomorrow I'll be back with one last Halloween post for GCD Studios and on Monday I'll have a layout to share because I'll be guest designing for Scrap the Poetry... whoot:)

I hope you are enjoying your day. Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Thursday! I am so honored to have this card featured at Moxie Fab World today...
... to read more about it and see the piece from my home that inspired it, click HERE.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Spider

The Spider as an Artist
Has never been employed --
Though his surpassing Merit
Is freely certified

By every Broom and Bridget
Throughout a Christian Land --
Neglected Son of Genius
I take thee by the Hand --

Poem: The Spider as an Artist by Emily Dickinson

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Precocious Paper October Project

Happy Saturday! I'm here to share my first post as a Precocious Paper Design Team Member. I am so thrilled to be joining Tessa and her team and I'm super excited to be able to create with her unique handmade embellishments. I made this darling frame and matching gift tag using these darling Falling Leaves blooms in Tessa's shop. Check it out Precocious Paper you've never been, its a real treat!
To Create Frame and Tag:
1) apply mask to frame/tag
2) apply ink to frame/tag with foam blender 
3) adhere flower (tip: cut bottom layer off of flower to make it smaller so it will fit on tag)

Easy peasy! Thanks for stopping by:) 
This project was created for Precocious Papers.
Products: flowers (Falling Leaves blooms by Precocious Papers), frame ($1.00 frame from Michaels Stores Inc), ink (Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger), mask (Tim Holtz Tiny Florets), patterned paper (Independence by GCD Studios), tag (Office Max), other (brown & white bakers twine)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Doily Flowers

Hello! Its Windy here today with a technique for making flowers form doilies... I'm always inspired by all of the mums that are so beautiful during this time of the year and thought I'd try to make some mum-like flowers of my own...
Patterned paper, brads, button and border strips (Artsy Urban collection), word strips (Homespun Chic collection), doilies (My Little Yellow Bicycle), ribbon (Michaels Stores Inc), spray inks (Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels), kraft cardstock (ANW Crestwood)

To create these flowers:
1) start by cutting the center circle out of the doily
2) fold and pleat doily and adhere onto cardstock disc
3) add several layers
4) color with glimmer mist, dry and add brad as your flower center
And an idea for a second card...
Patterned paper (Christmas Sleigh collection); brads, button and border strips (Artsy Urban collection); word strips (Homespun Chic collection); doilies (My Little Yellow Bicycle); ribbon (Michaels Stores Inc); spray inks (Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels); kraft cardstock (ANW Crestwood)

Take care!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

If you love purple...

...these Halloween cards could be for you:) How is your week going? Just dropping in today with another post today for Glue Dots®. I'm on a roll with Halloween projects, so I kept with that theme... these guys are simple to make and have a few fun effects thanks to my Glue Dots®.
To Create Card:
1) make card from kraft cardstock
2) cut and adhere patterned paper to card
3) sew along edge of patterned paper
4) tie on ribbon and arrange bow with Mini Glue Dots®
5) adhere sentiment card with Pop Up Glue Dots®
6) adhere spider web with Mini Glue Dots® (tip: if you put a cluster of web over the Glue Dot®, it will not be visible on your project)

To Create Card:
1) make card from kraft cardstock
2) cut and adhere patterned paper to card
3) round bottom corners of card
4) tie on ribbon and arrange bow with Mini Glue Dots®
5) adhere spider with Mini Glue Dots®
6) make sentiment tag and adhere to card with Mini Glue Dots®
There are just 19 days until Halloween... who are you going to craft a special Halloween card for?

Products: adhesives (Glue Dot® Mini Glue Dots and Pop Up Glue Dots), cardstock (ANW Crestwood), patterned paper (Heebie Jeebies collection by We R Memory Keepers), ribbon (Michaels Stores Inc & Papertrey Ink), stamps (Happy Halloween Clear Design by Hero Arts), pearls and spider sticker (Michaels Stores Inc), other (decorative Halloween spider webs)

*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team*

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Tree

Even now this landscape is assembling.
The hills darken. The oxen
sleep in their blue yoke,
the fields having been
picked clean, the sheaves
bound evenly and piled at the roadside
among cinquefoil, as the toothed moon rises:

This is the barrenness
of harvest or pestilence.
And the wife leaning out the window
with her hand extended, as in payment,
and the seeds
distinct, gold, calling
Come here
Come here, little one

And the soul creeps out of the tree.

Poem: All Hallows by Louise Gl├╝ck

Products: patterned paper (Webster's Pages, Pink Paislee, and Basic Grey), pearls (Michaels Stores Inc.), Mini Halloween Bingo Cards (Jenni Bowlin Studios), kraft tree (Bank Creek Creations), Deco Pins (Making Memories)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Challenge

Hi everyone! Cosmo Cricket has up a new challenge this week that is super simple... link up a card, layout or 3-D project using Jolly by Golly or Mitten Weather. I'm excited to play along and enter these guys made from the Mitten Weather collection...
I just love that purple:) Well... that's all I have to share tonight so I'm off to bed. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 08, 2010

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, 
than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Henry David Thoreau 


Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Halloween Treat Tags

Hi all! I'm here today to share my first project that I created for Glue Dots®. As we get closer to Halloween, I'm always looking for fun ways to dress up all of the Halloween treats that we love to make but need to send to good homes... so I always keep a stack of treat tags on hand. Here are a couple of design ideas using Glue Dots® and office tags that you can pick up at your neighborhood office supply store.
Anyone see where I used Glue Dots®? I'll give you a hint... they are not at all hidden or concealed on these tags, but they play an integral part of my design.

To create tags:
1) stamp sentiment on tag and adhere Glue Dots®
2) apply glitter or fluff directly to adhesive

3) embellish with stickers and ribbon

Easy Peasy... right? Then go make some:)... happy crafting!
Products: Glue Dots® (Craft Dots, Mini Glue Dots & Continuous Line), Stamps (Clear Design: Happy Halloween by Hero Arts), ink (VersaFine Onyx Black), glitter (Beetle Black by Doodlebug Design & Pumpkin by PK Glitz), flock (Brown Sugar Sparkle Fluff by Our Craft Lounge), stickers (Layered Pumpkin Stickers by Martha Stewart Crafts), die cuts (Jolee's by You Candy Corn), other (tags, bakers twine & satin ribbon).
*I wrote this blog post while participating on the Glue Dots® Design Team*

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

World Card Making Day Blog Tour RAK Winner

Congratulations to Lynn who said:

Those are so amazing! I love all the details and ribbon and twine and snowflakes...and all of it!

for winning my WCMD Blog Tour RAK! Lynn, please email me ( with your mailing address & I'll put your goodies in the mail:)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Scrap that Poetry's 1st Anniversary Challenge

Hello & happy Monday! Scrap that Poetry is celebrating its 1st year anniversary with a wonderful poem and I'm excited to be able to squeeze in some scrap time and be able to play along. Here is the poem (such a wonderful one that was new to me-- thanks Jennifer for sharing it!):

The Rock Cries Out to Us Today 
by Maya Angelou

A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Mark the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.
But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.
I will give you no hiding place down here.
You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.
Your mouths spelling words
Armed for slaughter.
The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world,
A river sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more.
Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I
And the tree and stone were one.
Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow
And when you yet knew you still knew nothing.
The river sings and sings on.
There is a true yearning to respond to
The singing river and the wise rock.
So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew,
The African and Native American, the Sioux,
The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek,
The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,
The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,
The privileged, the homeless, the teacher.
They hear. They all hear
The speaking of the tree.
Today, the first and last of every tree
Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.
Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.
Each of you, descendant of some passed on
Traveller, has been paid for.
You, who gave me my first name,
You Pawnee, Apache and Seneca,
You Cherokee Nation, who rested with me,
Then forced on bloody feet,
Left me to the employment of other seekers--
Desperate for gain, starving for gold.
You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot...
You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru,
Bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmare
Praying for a dream.
Here, root yourselves beside me.
I am the tree planted by the river,
Which will not be moved.
I, the rock, I the river, I the tree
I am yours--your passages have been paid.
Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,
Need not be lived again.
Lift up your eyes upon
The day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands.
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Lift up your hearts.
Each new hour holds new chances
For new beginnings.
Do not be wedded forever
To fear, yoked eternally
To brutishness.
The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out upon me,
The rock, the river, the tree, your country.
No less to Midas than the mendicant.
No less to you now than the mastodon then.
Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes,
Into your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning.

Here is my page... I couldn't help but be inspired by all of thoughts of the new beginnings and the one thing that symbolizes that better than anything else in my mind is new baby.
And a card...

Thats all I have to share today. Thanks for visiting:)

Products: patterned paper (Bella Boulevard), letter stickers (Queen & Co.), felt & button (Papertrey Ink), ribbon (Bazzill Basics Paper), other (black pen, floss)