Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I missed playing along with the gang from Julia's last Wednesday, but I did sneak in some time to visit a few of your desks. I am back today, but unfortunately, not much crafting is going on here. Only the remnants from a flower making session.

And my new storage stand from a lss closing. I think it was used to store Stickles, but I decided to use it hold my re-inkers and glitter bottles.

Lastly, this weeks card is, Hello Spring! I love the color combo of grey and yellow. It lends itself so well to spring projects.
Card #8
Well, that's it for this Wednesday. Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!


Hi Beautiful

I got a little late start on things this morning. My plans for having some me time didn't go, well, as planned yesterday. I ended up spending the better part of the morning at the doctor's office running tests and trying to figure out the sudden pain in my abdomen. Now, I am on medication for the discomfort and scheduled to see a specialist next week. Oh well, I did manage to work on one card sketch yesterday.

Starting with the sketches, I did have a couple of requests regarding sharing my sketches. I am not that technically savvy and even though I have some of the better quality software, I still do mine the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. I usually do this while watching tv with my hubby. I can try to see if I can figure something out and we will see what you think. So, let's get to the card.

I used some older, I think it was Little Yellow Bicycle, paper that I had won. The butterfly is an EK Success punch that I added glitter to. Once dry, I cut and wrapped a toothpick with Divine Twine to create the butterflies body. The banner was also part of the LYB collection that I cut down to the size needed for my card. I simply printed the sentiment on the strip of yellow paper. Once I glued it down, I realized that I should have put the saying further to the left, but oh well. You can still see it in person since the butterflies wings are raised.

Can you tell I am SOOOOOO ready for Spring?

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, February 27, 2012


I never intended for it to be a week since my last post, but I must say, it was a well needed break. My daughter and I enjoyed some shopping, pigging out, a lot of movies, and shopping some more. It was a fun week but I am ready to get back to the business of creating. The only thing I managed last week was drawing three card sketches. I hope to work on them today.

Since I was away from the computer, I forgot to post card challenge number 6. So without further ado, here it is.

Hi-ya, Sweets was created with Crate Paper's Emma collection. I used the stickers for the borders and sentiment and added a doily and pearls. Of course, some machine stitching was a must. I love having my machine out and ready to use, thanks to my hubby's handiwork.

Card #7
I hope you all have a wonderful week! I am looking froward to some me time.

Dani :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Quick Post

Well, we are off this week with Mardi Gras break, so that means no school. You would think that it would leave more time for crafting, but that is usually not the case when dd is not in school. She is already talking about going shopping and watching movies.

Here is a quick look at her birthday card from this weekend. She turned 18 on Saturday, and yes, I still have to keep her company when they are out of school. I guess it comes from being an only child and not knowing a lot of people in this town we moved to. Hard to have your senior year in a place where you hardly know anyone.

Anyhoo, I have been wanting to use these roses on a card and since this one didn't need to be mailed, I thought it was the perfect time to do so. I love that floral background paper and the pink rose matched perfectly. Three pearls was all of the embellishment I felt it needed. Simple and sweet.


Hopefully, I will have something to post later this week.

Thanks for visiting!


Friday, February 17, 2012

One Last V-Day Card

Just bear with me for one last one. I couldn't post my daughter's card before I gave it to her because she occasionally reads my blog. The card below is one of my most favorite ones that I did this heart season.

I stitched, pop dotted, and added trim all to add texture to the card. The sentiment was the perfect one for her. She is our only child, so we can safely say that she is our favorite. I love this Love Story collection by Fancy Pants. It is bright, colorful, and just the right amount of girly-ness.

This concludes this year's array of Valentine's cards. We now return to our regularly scheduled blog.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I would like to thank all of you for the super nice comments I have been receiving on my blog lately. I know that you have millions of other things to do on a daily basis, but just the fact that you take the time to visit my little corner of the world, much less comment, means so much to me. Each one of your visits are appreciated more than you know.

I am back at you today with another peek as to what's on my work desk. You can play along by going over to Julia's and finding out what it 's all about. Without further ado, my desk turned into a catch all after yesterday. It is filled with Valentine's day remnants, such as cards and gifts. (I ate all of the candy.)

I am working on card number 6 and a few others that I need for the upcoming week. Why do I start so many at one time? I will never know. I love those pink roses in that metal tin, but they are too bulky to mail. Since I can hand deliver the birthday card that I have started, I am trying to use at least one rose on it. I also have a few paper packs on my desk for the different things I am working on. Again, too much at one time.

Below, is the next card in my 52 card roundup. It is a simple card using a Hero Arts stamp set that I bought last week at 40% off. I love that it is a selection of little banners in different sizes and designs. I chose the Hello There banner, stamped it five times, cut it out and trimmed it to size. I machine stitched the banner together at top of the card and added two tiny bows. An apron border punch and a typed sentiment are all I needed to make this quick card complete.

Card #6
The pinks all do match. I just couldn't get it to show up correctly in the photo.

Happy Humpday!


Valentine's Day Post

To start the day, let me wish all of my fellow bloggers, followers, commenters, and readers a Happy Valentine's Day! To celebrate with my family, I am cooking an Italian dinner. Not sure on the dessert yet.

I did make these for my daughter's day care kids. The cupcakes are a really good vanilla cake recipe to have in your recipe box. I didn't use the rose water frosting because it was for kids. I made this marshmallow fluff frosting recipe instead. It is delicious!

1 stick softened butter
1 jar marshmallow fluff
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar
2 T milk

Beat butter and fluff together. Add vanilla. Add one cup of sugar at a time, beating well between each addition. Add milk and beat well on medium speed until fluffy. Spread or pipe onto cakes.

I made miniature ones. Seriously, how cute are they?

The card below was made for one of my goddaughters. I know, you are thinking that I sure have a lot of godchildren. Lol... I do. I have 3 girls, one boy, and one niece, and another one due in a couple of weeks. They all call me Nanny or Nanan and are treated all the same.

Back to the card. It was made for a 16 year old. I wanted it to be really girly with ribbons and lace. I love that MS heart doily border punch and lace heart punch. I added a few pins to the bow, along with a cupcake pick that I picked up last year. I really liked the vintage Valentine look.

Hope your day is filled with love!


Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Day Card

Wow! What a busy weekend! I finished all of my Valentine cards, made treat bags, did three photo shoots, along with all of the normal chores that come with running a home. And to top it off, I ended Sunday with a major migraine and had to take meds and call it an early night.

I created this card for my godson, who is 13. I always seem to have trouble making masculine cards. I don't know why, but I think it is because I feel I can't use any girly embellishments such as flowers, glitter, and bling.

For the card below, I simply used pattern paper and punch out cardstock shapes. I used a few sentiment stamps as my embellishments, along with a small, heart button. And Voila! My take on a masculine card.

Do you have difficulty creating masculine projects? If not, any tips?

Hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, February 7, 2012


So, it is that time of the week, where we get to sneak into people's homes and catch a glimpse at what they are working on. If you don't know what I am talking about, then head on over to Julia's and find out what it is all about.

Not much going on in here today. My desk is being used as a catchall for all of the goodies I have been buying the past couple of days. There is two kits from Scrapbook Circle that need to be put away. I found some Thickers on clearance at Michael's last night for $1.29 that I couldn't pass up. The candy is for some treat bags that I need to start working on. The glass ornaments from last week are still on my desk, along with a few extra things from my shopping trip last night. And the e-book that I printed yesterday is waiting for me to bind it. I need to clean it today and start those treat bags.

Below is the card from my self-imposed 52 card challenge. I am not sure if I like this one yet, but the more I look at it, the more that I think I do. I used some leftover paper by Echo Park from last week's layout to create the card and to stamp the sentiment on. I also punched the butterflies from another scrap. The flower is supposed to represent the sun against the cloudy background. The inside sentiment reads, "makes me smile".

Card #5

Hope you are having a good week!


Every Moment

I finally got around to finishing and photographing this layout from last week. I took these photos of the pups in sequence. I love how you can see her going around the ball and him fetching his little stick. I had spent a couple of hours playing with them and taking photos as they ran around. I selected the ones that were the best and printed them in a photo strip type print.

I cut the title on my Silhouette and placed it over a tag so that it was easier to read. I think it is from one of Kerri Bradford's cut files. The rest of the papers and embellishments are from Echo Park's For the Record collection. Except for the mini paper clips and the black flower.

Next, I included some photos of my room while I was working. On the thread,WOYWW from last week, people were asking to see more of my workspace. I will admit I started to clean up a bit before I remembered to take some pictures, but I think you can relate.

My workdesk once I was finished with my layout.

The drawer on the front of my desk that holds most of my tools and some washi tape and twine.


I love these cake stands not only because I can store stuff on top, but because my mess can slide under them and I don't lose precious desk space.

Overview of my room from the door. Those boxes on the floor are for my kit clubs to be put in, once I organize them.

Well, thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed the little tour.


Friday, February 3, 2012


I can't remember the last time that I created a two-pager. For some reason, I felt compelled to do so this week. I pulled out my Allison Davis sketch book, (thanks, Sue!) and found one that was close to the design that I knew I wanted to use.

I printed my photos in a collage, then cut it to spread across two pages. I followed the rest of the sketch kind of closely. I pop dotted most of my stickers for dimension and added twine bows for a whimsical feel. I can't believe how much fun I actually had creating this layout. Maybe I should try a sketch more often.

And with this post, my ready to blog folder is completely empty. I sure hope I can find some time this weekend to get some things done. What are your plans?