Monday, May 22, 2017

Make it Marvelous in May!

Greetings Crafty People,

WARNING:  Long Post...

May is such a wonderful month, especially for crafting!  National Scrapbook Day was May 5th; Mother's Day was on May 14th; and Memorial Day is right around the corner.  May also marks the end of the school year, and the beginning of Summer break, for many students.   This month, I attended my first scrap house retreat - and it was wonderful!!  I am already looking forward to the next one!!  LOL.

While on this retreat, I had the daunting task of completing my very first Kathy (Orta) King project - The Everyday Life 8x8 album.  I made this album for my mom to showcase the pictures from her 80th birthday celebration last November.  My intentions were to have it done by last Christmas; but reality set in, and I targeted Mother's Day 2017 as the delivery date.  Now, anyone who has visited this blog knows that I tend to be a slow and steady crafter - and deadlines tend to drive me into a crafting frenzy!  LOL.  Nonetheless, I pulled it off (for the most part)!  Yay me!!  I had my sista' Cassie cheering and pushing me along.  The end result...

I was able to present the album to my mom on Mother's Day; and although I still have a few minor embellishments to add, she loved it!!  I'm so excited to have completed my first KK project!!  I used a couple of designer paper stacks to complete this project - Paper Studio "Black Tie Optional" and "So Glam".

Thanks for visiting and leaving a little love!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Mojo ---MIA!

Happy March, Crafty Peeps!

This is my favorite month of the year, because it's my birthday month!!  LOL.  I was hoping to have a few great projects to post today, but sadly, my mojo has taken a vacation, and left no forwarding address.  I will post a project that I missed in my last post, though.  I love this project because it incorporates to of my favorite things - paper and vinyl!

The card sketch was from Pinterest!  The Paper is from DCWV - Linen Closet stack.

Now, I'm challenging myself to get some cards done this weekend, and hoping to have something new to post early next week.  Until then - have a great weekend!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Mojo Monday #485

Greetings and Happy Saturday!

JCI to post a couple of birthday cards that I finished in celebration of DH's 50th birthday.  One card is from me, and the other is from the kids.  The card from the kids was made using the Mojo Monday sketch #485.  The great thing is that I was able to find a birthday verse that matched the theme of the card.

The other card that I gave DH was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.  I liked the idea of counting down the age change... and I love using vinyl on paper.

That's it, for now.  TFL.

Til next time.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Year, new opportunities!

Happy New Year!

It's been a while since my last post; and I've been busy fighting illnesses (whole house and work), handling life issues, and meeting project deadlines!

The scripture says, "A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men."  Prov 18:16.  In 2016, my Bishop commissioned me to make birthday cards for members' birthdays!  Well, that seems to have worked out well - so well, that I've been asked to do cards for 2017!!!  I shared this with a co-worker, who shared the information with her ministry; and now I've been commissioned to make cards for them!!!  I am so grateful for the opportunities to create handmade cards to be a blessing to others.

In addition to the cards, I am working on a special gift (belated and all) for my mom; and I can't wait to present it to her.  Hint:  It's one of Kathy King's "Everyday Life" projects (  Stay tuned!  Here's a sneak peek...

Here are a few of the cards that I've completed, thus far... (design inspirations/sketches via Pinterest).

And here are the special request candy jars that I did for a good friend...

Thank you for stopping by!  Feel free to leave a little blog love, too, please!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Quick Birthday Card w/Vinyl

Greetings Fellow Crafty Peeps and Followers,

The DMV is getting a good dose of cold weather this week, which is perfect weather for staying indoors and having lots of crafty fun!!!  My craftin' sista, Cassie, and I have been encouraging each other to do more projects - finding something that really excites us, and focusing our talents on completing those projects.  In response,  I've recently purchased some great "Black Friday" specials from Paper Phenomenon (Kathy King).  Please be sure to visit the shop at and take advantage of the 50% off sale now thru Dec 10th!

I've been wanting to do more challenges to help keep the creative juices/mojo flowing; and the Outlawz Challenges are always fun to follow.  The sketch challenge was my focus for this week, and it came in time for me to honor a birthday card request from my son for one of his favorite teachers (fav colors are pink & yellow).   One exciting thing to note about this particular project is that I used vinyl to make the image - something I learned while attending my sista's Craftoberfest Retreat last month (make n take taught by DaShawnna)!  I have a new-found love for vinyl... LOL!

Patterned Paper and Yellow Cardstock - DCWV
Card base - Recollections 5.5 x 5.5 Card pack
Image (vinyl) - Google

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Birthday Blessings

Happy Tuesday!

Just dropping off a few cards that I finally completed last weekend.  Most of the patterned paper for these cards comes from DCWV's Linen Closet stack.  I was asked by my church administrator to make sets of cards for various occasions - and the first set requested was for birthdays!  I am so grateful for the opportunity to use my gift for ministry, and for the support and trust from my Bishop!

In addition to these cards, I was blessed by my mother's request to make her birthday celebration invitations!  As some may remember from older posts, my mom wasn't really into the handmade stuff initially; but as time has passed, she has taken more of an interest in my craft!  That means so much to me.  Having my family's support/encouragement makes what I do so much easier and worthwhile.

Well, enough of that mushy stuff... LOL!!!  My mom is embarking upon a milestone birthday this year; so I wanted her to be able to have a memorable celebration!  Here are the invitations I made for her (simple, but nice - I think)!

Thanks for stopping by; and if you are so inclined, please feel free to leave a little blog love.  :-)


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rolling into Fall!

Greetings Family, Friends and Fellow Crafters!

I apologize for my absence, but life has been happening, and it keeps trying to leave me in the dust!! LOL!!  Nonetheless, the crafter in me is yearning to get out and celebrate the coming of Fall!  I don't know where to begin - craft space reorganization, projects that have been on hold, or new projects on the horizon!  I was able to make birthday cards for a set of twins who turned 8 earlier this month, and love to skate!  I was inspired by the birthday party Evite - and here's the end result.  I have to give a hearty thank you to my craftin' sista, Cassie, for her input.

PP:  DCWV Stack (?)

Thanks for looking!