Monday, December 15, 2014

It's been SOC!

Greetings Fellow Crafters and Faithful Followers,

It's me again - twice in the same day!  LOL.

I just wanted to drop a little note here to let you know that there is a SCANDAL going on at Scraps of Color (SOC)!  Well, ok, it's not a real scandal, but a relay challenge hosted by the Robert Jackson Digi Group - featuring images/characters from the TV Show "Scandal".  We are currently working on Challenge #7!  Whew, what a relay this has been!  SMH and LOL!

Here are some of my completed projects...

Challenge # 6 - Olivia - use bling and flowers

Challenge # 5 - President Fitz - use red and a die cut

Challenge # 4 - Millie - include food/beverage

Challenge # 3 - Jake - use triangle(s)

Challenge # 2 - Huck - use dry embossing and double mat

Challenge # 1 - Cyrus Beene - add a heart
Thanks for visiting,again. 


Challenge #102 @ 613 Avenue Create

Happy Holiday Season,

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner... LITERALLY!!  I can't believe that this holiday season has found me so unprepared, yet again!!  SMH..

In spite of being unprepared for this holiday season, I have managed to carve out a little time to finish a quick DT project for 613 Avenue Create.  This week's challenge - hosted by Team B - is another "Anything Goes w/optional gift packaging twist"!  So appropriate for this season, don't you think?!  LOL.  One of our sponsors for this challenge is Bugaboo Stamps, so be sure to visit the website to see what new holiday images are available, to help you get in the holiday crafting mood!  Here's a little inspiration... using the Celebrate Tag from Bugaboo.

Everything, except the tag, was from my stash/scraps!  Now, that's recycling!!  LOL.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to leave me a little blog love, if you don't mind.  I'm thinking about doing a give away in the New Year, once I've reached 50 followers!  So, please spread the word.

Warm holiday hugs!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #98 - Anything Goes

Greetings Everyone,

This week 613 Avenue Create Team B is hosting the challenge - "Anything Goes w/optional say Hello Twist".  The challenge is to create a project that includes the word "hello" in any language.  We'd love to see what you come up with this week; so be sure to post your finished project over at 613 Avenue Create by Friday, Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm EST.

One of our sponsors this week is Flat Friends, so please be sure to stop by and browse their digital collections.  Here's a little inspiration...

Image:  Blowing Kisses

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Birthday Projects

It's me again - I know ... twice in the same week?!!  LOL.  I wanted to share a couple of projects that I completed, in celebration of DM's birthday this year.

Last year, my mom had mentioned that she needed a way to store or keep the different hand-made cards/gifts I've given her over the years.  That statement stuck with me for a while.  My first instinct was to get her some type of plastic storage/organizer.  But, as I was preparing for Cassie's Craft-cation in October, the idea hit me... alter a box!!  Well, that idea excited AND scared me, at the same time.  LOL.  This project was going to take me completely out of my comfort zone of paper, and force me into the world of wood!  Needless to say, I am pleased with how my first altered box project turned out.  I do need to learn how to tape off some of the fixtures to avoid getting paint on EVERYTHING!  Lesson learned...

Below is a small collage of the cards that I made for DM - one from the grands, and one from me.  What you don't see in this picture, is the funny...slightly smutty card that I made for her, that I placed inside the box!

Closer picture of the altered wooden box.
Paper:  Colorbok-Fashionista; DCWV
Flowers:  Recollections
Butterflies:  Jolee's

Thanks again for looking!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Challenge #96 - Anything Goes

Greetings Family, Friends, and Fellow Crafters,

It's Team B's week to host the challenge at 613 Avenue Create; and the theme is "Anything Goes", w/optional Holiday Thank you.  I had the pleasure of using an image from Aurora Wings for my DT project.  The image for my project is called "Holiday Poinsettia Sprite w/Present".  There are a few days left for you to join the challenge; so if you accept this challenge, be sure to post your project over at 613 Avenue Create by Saturday, Nov. 8. 

Here's a little inspiration... Sprite Anyone??  LOL.

Patterned Paper is from the Ultimate Stack (DCWV) - Christmas
TFV and be sure to leave me some blog love, if you don't mind. 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

613 Avenue Create Challenge #92 - Anything Goes!

Greetings Family, Friends & Faithful Followers,

My DT (Team B) is hosting this week's challenge over at 613 Avenue Create; and the theme for this week is "Anything Goes"!  No twist... just whatever you can create!  So, drop in at the Avenue and check out some of our DT projects - and hopefully you'll be inspired to join the challenge.  Please be sure to post your finished projects at by 8:00 pm EST on Friday.

One of our sponsors this week is Degosse's Dynamite Doodles; so I used some of their images to complete my project.  Trick or Treat General Elements was the set that I used; and in particular, I used the Lantern String, Suckers and Trick or Treat WordArt (all pre-colored).

The patterned paper is from an old DCWV Stack - Halloween theme.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to leave me some blog love - Crafters need love, too!



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Challenge # 90 - 613 Avenue Create

Greetings Family, Friends and Faithful followers,

613 Avenue Create is having another challenge, and this week my team is hosting.  The challenge is to "Create your own Challenge" using the table below.  If you choose to accept this challenge, please use at least 1 item from each column.  Please be sure to post your completed project over at

Here's a little inspiration:
 (Image, Sentiment, Solid Color Paper, Embossing, Buttons, Baker's Twine)

Image:  Lee's Digi Shop
Layout inspired by Mojo Monday #363

Thanks for visiting my little slice of crafty heaven!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

613 Avenue Create Facebook Contest

613 Avenue Create Facebook Contest Alert!!!!
Check out our official Facebook Feature Badge.  In celebration, we will award one lucky Commenter the chance to work with Graphic / Digital Designer Kathyrne Elizabeth and develop their personal watermark. Best of all...We are footing the bill.
  Visit our Facebook Page and leave a comment.
Here is our new FB Feature Badge.  It will be awarded only on our FB page.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Craft-cation Getaway in October!

Greetings Everyone,

Just wanted to pop in to make sure all of my crafty followers know that there is a fantastic Craft-cation Getaway on the horizon!! 
Cassie's Craft CafĂ© Presents: 

Craft-tober Fest 2014.  Join us for a 2, 3 or 4 day Craft Vacation!!

Package A:  $75 Craft from 3pm Thursday - 3pm Sunday
Package B:  $65 Craft from 9am Friday - 3pm Sunday
Package C:  $50 Craft from 8am Saturday - 3pm Sunday

2014 Craft-tober Fest Registration Form

All packages include:
- 24 hr access to our craft space w/your own 6 ft table
- Tshirt
- Goody bag and chances to win door prizes
- Snacks
- Participation in our “Trade Table” where you can exchange old or unwanted supplies with others and a Garage Sale Table where you are welcome to sale unwanted items.
- Make your own tshirt contest.  Heat Press machine on site.

The balance is due in full, upon registration.  Packages do not include hotel rooms.  Call the hotel directly, to book your room.  Please mention that you are attending Craft-tober Fest to book at a room rate of $69/night.
It's Columbus Day weekend... What better way to enjoy a day off (Monday for those who get it), finally getting some sleep, after a fun crafty weekend?

If you find that the Clarion is out of sleeping rooms, please try the following near-by hotels, which have similar room prices:

Comfort Inn - 920 Dual Hwy (301) 739-9050  (Across from the Clarion)
Best Western - 901 Dual Hwy (301) 733-0830 (less than a mile)

Hope to see you there!!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Challenge #88 - Avenue Create

Good Morning,

I know it's been a while since my last post, AND my last crafty project!  Life has turned up a notch or two, and I'm having a hard time keeping up!  SMH.  Nonetheless, there is a challenge going on at 613 Avenue Create, and we'd love to have you join in the fun.  The optional twist for this week is to create your own color challenge using the table below.  If you choose to accept this challenge, please be sure to post your projects over at the Avenue -, by Friday 9/12/14 @ 8:00 pm EST. 

Thanks for stopping by.



Monday, August 4, 2014

SOC: RJ - Sunday's Best Challenges

Good Evening Everyone,

I hope your weekend was great.  I had a busy weekend, but I'm happy that I was able to squeeze a little crafting time in, before heading back to work.  Over at Scraps of Color (SOC -, there's a relay challenge going on in the Robert Jackson Digi Group.  The theme is "Sunday's Best".

Challenge #1 was "Anything Goes".  Challenge #2's twist was to use splattered paint or mist AND some bling!  Now, I can do without the splattered paint or mist, but I just love, love, love some bling!  LOL. Here are my entries for the last two challenges, using RJ's Kim Burrell and Mary Mary images:

Thanks for stopping by.  Please be sure to leave a little blog love, if you're so inclined.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #82

Good Day,

It's Challenge time again at 613 Avenue Create.  This week, Team B has the honor of hosting Challenge #82.  Our sponsors for this week's challenge are The Paper Shelter -, Scrapper's Delight -, and Fitztown -  Be sure to visit the sponsors, and check out all of the wonderful digital images!

The challenge twist. if you choose to accept it, is to complete a project with a sentiment.  Simple, right?  Be sure to post your completed projects over at 613 Avenue Create at  Here's my DT project for this week:

Image:  Shopping Girl by The PaperShelter
Patterned Paper:  Core'dinations Bright Stack
Solid Paper:  DCWV (Bright) Metallic Stack
Stamp:  Inkadinkado All Occasions Inchie

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lady with Hat - Birthday Card

Good Afternoon,

I'm working on getting out here more often, so bare with me.  LOL.  Just wanted to drop off a quick card that I did for my Pastor's mom (really like another mom to me).  She's our church diva (at least that's what I call her - in love).  The sketch that I used is courtesy of Pinterest (I have fallen in love with this layout, too).  The digi is courtesy of Maruva DQ; and it was colored using Copic Markers.  The white patterned paper is from a DCWV stacks (White/Blanc).  The ribbon and bling are from my stash.

Thanks for visiting my crafty slice of Heaven.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saturday Night Steven

Greetings and Happy (post) 4th of July (Season)!

I tried to post this earlier, but didn't have all of my marker information.  At the time that I completed this project, I hadn't done much crafting.  I DID manage to crank out a quick card for my DT project for Challenge #78.  One of our sponsors for the challenge was Dr. Digis (  Please be sure to visit the site to see all of the wonderful digi stamps that are available.  This is "Saturday Night Steven".  I thought he was such a groovy dude... and with that, I created this card (and sent it to my cousin for his birthday - hope he liked it):

This digi was colored using Copic Markers:
Thanks, as always, for your support and blog love.  It's not easy juggling this great passion with "life", but I'm working towards a balance - no matter how long it takes!  LOL.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Challenge #80 - Anything Goes

It's me, Again!

Just sending out a quick post to encourage you to join us over at 613 Avenue Create for this week's "Anything Goes" challenge.  The optional twist this week is to make a shaped card (or project)!  Now, that's a challenge - LOL!  If you choose to accept this challenge, please be sure to post your creation(s) over at by Saturday, July 19th at 6:00 pm EST.  There's loads of inspiration at the Avenue; and I'll be posting my interpretation of the challenge real soon; so be sure to come back.



SOC Summer Swap

Greetings All,

The summer is practically flying by, and I have not made it to the beach yet!!  We took a short trip to Norfolk, but the beaches were not really safe, so we stayed in-land.  Had fun with the family - shopping, movies, and even did a little bowling.  No trip would be complete without a souvenir... so my souvenir was a swollen and bruised foot, after DS accidentally dropped an 11lb bowling ball on my foot!!  OOOOUUUUCCCHHH!!  Thank God NOTHING was broken, just deep contusions (bruises) on the top and bottom of my foot.  After 3 nights of ice/heat/ice/heat... I'm able to wear some sandals/flip flops, but closed shoes are still a little uncomfortable.

Over at SOC, I decided to participate in a "Summer Card" swap.  We had to make, and mail, 2 summer-themed cards for our partner (to be used at their discretion).  I received these cards from Cassie's Craft Cafe:

And I made these cards for my swap partner:

Now, crafty folks that know me know that it's hard for me to do masculine cards; but I have to admit, I like how this one turned out.  I need to make another one to add to my stash!  LOL. 

The pictures used for the cards are from the DCWV Summer Stack; and the patterned paper is from a Bright stack by Recollections.  Card layouts are courtesy of Mojo Monday and Pinterest card sketches.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's Been a While...

Good Morning Friends, Family and Faithful Followers,

Since my last post, DS has graduated from 8th grade and is heading to high school!! WTW?!! Right?!  LOL.  In celebration of this milestone, a few of us are getting together at one of my DS's favorite restaurants to celebrate his transition.  So, the crafter in me decided to force myself out of this slump I've been in, and make some invitations.  I wanted to do something a little different, so I went to Google and Youtube!  I struck gold with "How'd she DO that?" (Dawn O.).  Thanks to Dawn's tutorial on a graduation cap fun fold card, I was able to make some adorable invitations for the graduation celebration.

I followed the tutorial to the letter, EXCEPT for the tassels.  I decided to check out the Silhouette store (during the 40% off sale), and grabbed a couple of tassel files.  The first one didn't work out b/c I couldn't change the year tag in the file ($.59 down the drain - LOL!).  So, I used the second file, which included a shadow image... and voila, the tassel was born!  LMBO.  Anyway, I decided to attach each tassel with a brad (at this point, color didn't really matter).  Much to my surprise, though, this embellishment cost me an additional $.21/card to mail (not b/c of weight, but bulkiness - really??)!!  Now that did it!!

DS told me he had 2 teachers that he really enjoyed this school year; so he asked if I could make them something special.  Well, of course, I went back to the Silhouette Store to find some more files at 40% off!  I found a couple of teacher quotes that I could cut in vinyl and put on a canvas.  Due to time constraints and exhaustion, I was only able to complete one canvas for his homeroom/Science teacher (favorite, too).  Here's the finished project:

Well, now that we've caught up, thanks for visiting my little (slightly neglected) slice of paradise.



Monday, May 12, 2014

Weekend Excursions

Hello Faithful Followers,

Life has taken over, and has been kicking butt!!!  I know it's been a while since my last post; and it's been a while since I've crafted anything.  I recently attended Cassie's Craft Cafe "Craft-cation Getaway" in Hagerstown, MD.  That was 3 full days of paper, scissors, glue, and lots of fun!  I didn't finish all that I set out to do; but I was able to finish a few MD cards, 1.75 (yes, that's right) canvas projects, and complete 2/3 of the work needed for DS graduation celebration invitations.

I was able to go out and support my crafting sista (Cassie) this weekend, as she did her thang at Tracey Dowtin's "Pamper & Style Me" Epic Vendor Showcase.  See pics below...

Well, that's all for now.  As life settles down, I pray my crafting mojo kicks into overdrive!  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Brown Sugar Challenge #83

Good Evening,

Just dropping off a quick project that I did, in response to the current challenge over at Brown Sugar.  The challenge is a color challenge, using a range of blues and browns - one of my favorite color combinations.  Here's my entry, using an image that I got from The Stamping Chef - "AJ Playing on the Swing".  TFL.



Monday, March 3, 2014

Catching Up

Hello Family, Friends & Followers and Happy Snow Day!

Just posting a little something to get caught up on my blog, and to showcase some projects I completed over the last couple of weeks.  These projects were completed either as DT assignments or random challenges.  This year, I need to step up my crafting game; and although I may not make every challenge, my goal is to do more this year, and so on!  Thanks for stopping by my little slice of crafting paradise.  I appreciate your comments and blog love.

Entered in Outlawz Challenge:  GCC021714
Given as a birthday card to my Pastor, who loves anything safari

Entered in SOC Robert Jackson Wiz Relay Challenge #4.  Unfortunately, my relay ended with this image b/c I missed the submission deadline for Challenge #5!

My first card in a box (thanks to directions from Splitcoast Stampers)

TFL,  See you soon.


Monday, February 10, 2014

SOC - Wiz Relay Challenge #3

Greetings Family, Friends, and Followers,

In support of my 2014 Declaration to have a greater presence in the crafting world, I decided to take on a few more challenges this year!  As mentioned in previous posts, I'm taking part in a "relay" challenge over at Scraps of Color (SOC).  The image for Challenge #3 was the scarecrow (played by Michael Jackson) - and boy this was a challenge.  We had to include recycled or repurposed material and brick (wall) in our projects.  Well, the recycled/repurposed part was taken care of; but I was NOT prepared for the fight I endured with my Cameo's print & cut feature!!  Six scarecrows bit the dust, in order for at least 1 to survive!  I was almost ready to give up; but that inner voice urged me to give it one more try.  And the end result was a simple card, that met all the requirements! 

I reused the paper that stores use to wrap glass, and used it as "stuffing" for the scarecrow, and also for the quote.  The Einstein quote was from "brainy quotes".  I used my MS Scoreboard to make the "faux" brick wall, which is hard to see in this picture (sorry).  The image was provided by Robert Jackson; and was colored using Copic Sketch Markers.  The patterned paper is from my scrap stash (DCWV).

Thanks for visiting my blog, and letting me vent!  I hope you'll come back.  LOL.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Challenge #58 - Anything Goes or Create your Own Challenge

Good Morning Everyone,

Just dropping in to let you know that Team B @ 613 Avenue Create is hosting this week's challenge. The theme is "Anything Goes" with the option to "Create your Own Challenge".  If you choose to do the optional twist, see the chart below.  Be sure to use 1-3 items for each column.  Be sure to post your finished project over at "The Avenue" by 6:00 pm Saturday, February 15th.

Here's a little inspiration, using an image - Cupcake Kitten - from one of our sponsors, Aurora Wings.

Col 1 - Image, patterned paper, solid paper
Col 2 - sketch Mojo 322
Col 3 - Stickles
Col 4 - Buttons
Col 5 - Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Gotta Get some Courage

Hello Family, Friends, and Followers!

The Wiz Relay is going strong and SOC; and we just finished Challenge #2 - with the "Mean ol' Lion"! For this challenge, we had to include the word "Courage" on the project.  The twist to the challenge was to use either burlap, dry embossing or jute.  I had fun with this challenge; and I'm looking forward to the next one.  Thanks for visiting my blog, and looking at my entry!

Friday, January 31, 2014

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #56 "Anything Goes"


I have lost track of my days!  This week has been full of crazy deadlines and trying to meet everyone else's schedule!  The challenge at 613 Avenue C this week was Anything Goes w/the optional twist of doing a gift set.  I had the pleasure of using a lovely digi from Kenny K - "Simone" - to make a card and gift bag set.  I was told by a wise young lady (Cassie) to always create 2 of each project, so I'll always have 1 as a reference.  Well, I haven't quite mastered that concept, but I'm getting there.

I decided to do 2 versions of the gift set (same color scheme), so I could use one for my DT assignment and the other for the blog hop at VSDSS (previous post).

Here's my DT entry.  TFL.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Wiz Relay - Challenge #1

Hello there!

Most people make resolutions at the beginning of each new year.  According to Webster's Dictionary, a resolution is the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc.  I choose to make declarations, instead of resolutions.  LOL.  So, I declared that I would participate in more challenges this year, and get my name "out there".  With that said, I am dropping off a quick card I did for the Wiz Relay challenge on Scraps of Color - Robert Jackson Digi Group.  We had to use the "Tin Man" image created by Robert Jackson, along with either metal or silver embellishments, OTHER THAN glitter!  Darn it!  (I'm a Stickles fanatic!)  Let's ease on down... ease on down... LOL.  TFL.

Image provide by Robert Jackson, colored with Copic Markers
Foil and patterned paper by DCWV
Silver hearts and buttons painted using Liquid Pearls

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I can't wait to see what's coming for the next phase of this challenge.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

VSDSS Altered Gift Bag and January Blog Hop

Greetings Family, Friends and Faithful Followers,

The Village at Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack (VSDSS) is hosting its first blog of 2014; and yours truly has decided to participate.  This blog hop will actually carry on throughout the year, alternating months and themes.  I'm not a regular "hopper" or participant, so this is fairly new territory for me.  Nonetheless, the first hop challenge was to alter a gift bag, and create a matching card, for any occasion.  Here's my entry:

The patterned paper is from my stash
The blue trim is from Diva Cee as one of my goodies in a 6x6 paper swap
The glitter card is from a DCWV Card box
Digi stamp is "Simone" from Kenny K

You should have reached this blog via Diva Cee @
You are currently visiting
Once you leave here, your next stop should be Stampin Dymonz @

Blog Hop List:
Diva Cee
Lisa Taylor
Sumaiyah Dymonz
Frank Lee
Victoria Lee
Cassie J

Thanks for visiting; and be sure to come back for the next hop in March.  Since that's my birthday month, there may be a special surprise for you!!

Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Party Time!!

Hello and Happy Monday!

It's party time over at 613 Avenue Create!  We are celebrating our first year in the neighborhood!  We would love for you to join in the celebration and take part in our block party!  There are loads of great prizes waiting for you!  So, please join us as we celebrate our first (of many) year of success! 

This week's challenge is Anything Goes w/the Optional theme "Party/Celebrate".  Two of our sponsors are Heather Ellis and Lee's Digi Shop.  I've used their images to give you a little inspiration.  If you choose to accept the challenge, please be sure to post your finished projects on our front porch at 613 Avenue Create by Saturday, Jan 18 at 3:00 pm EST.

Thanks for visiting me!  Don't be a stranger.


Heather Ellis

Lee's Digi Shop