Thursday, March 26, 2015

No Clog Tips

Ever get frustrated because your bottles of glue clog up! Watch the following YouTube video from Jennifer McGuire and get some helpful hints on how to keep your bottles of glue from clogging up. Now go and burp that bottle of glue. TFL!

More Prima Doll Coloring

I am still trying to get the hang of coloring and shading. But my biggest concern is the black ink used for stamping my images. I have tried several....Stazon and Archiever's but it still seems to bleed when coloring over it. I have even heat set my ink and left it over night. Guess I will go to the ProMarker site and see what ink they recommend. In the meantime here are some dolls that I have played with.

 I also hate fussy cutting but am getting pretty good with my craft knife. I am also using my Brother Scan and Cut to cut.

Here are some finished dolls and you can see I still need lots of practice  but since they are just for me they are pretty good. the bottom left hand one was my first doll every to color. I cut her dress out of some pretty paper. Her shading was way off but I like her dress so she will go somewhere in my craft room.  TFL!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Prima Dolls and Altered Art

I was at a crop this past weekend and someone there was coloring these awesome dolls called Prima Dolls made by Julie Nutting. Aren't they the cutest thing ever! A new scrap friend had a bunch of them and she said I could borrow them and I stamped away. As soon as I pulled the stamp up from my paper I was hooked!
I also have discovered altered art and Gelli plates. OMG...a monster has been created. I had always wanted to try altered art. So I took the plunge and jumped in. All I can say is this is so much fun. 

I used a giant tag for my doll that I stamped onto a dictionary page that I bought at a thrift store. I used item I had laying around my craft room to make the tag. After searching on Pinterest for Prima doll tags this is my version. I cut her dress out twice to add some dimension and I cut a heart doily out for the ruffle on her hem of her sleeves and her dress. I then used the same dictionary page to make a rolled flower and added some lace to complete the tag. TFL!

Saturday, March 21, 2015


Happy Belated St. Patrick's Day! This month on the Use your Stash Blog hop we are featuring the Color Green. I also have the honor of being the leader this month. We have 12 fabulous ladies participating for the month of March, Each month of the year we have a specific theme that we focus on. Our players vary each month also. This is a fun way to use your stash and think about what we have just laying around waiting to be used. As a paper hoarder these bloghops have really helped me to focus and bring out the oldies but goodies. I love seeing what everyone comes up with each month on the Use your stash Bloghops.

Now remember the bloghop goes in a big GREEN circle so if you get lost along the way come back to my blog to see the complete list of players. And while you are visiting each blog leave a little loving at each one please.

Here is a list of all our players

                                                                    3. Paige Dolecki

This month for my hop I decided to make a spinner card for my two youngest grandsons who just celebrated matching birthdays. They were born two years apart but on the same day. The oldest is three and the youngest one turned one. I wish the stamp said "lucky me" and not "lucky you" because those two boys are so sweet and lovable. I wanted them to know that they are my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I would rather have these to boys in my life than  a pot full of gold.

I found a tutorial on YouTube under spinner cards. I love this card and I thought the boys would enjoy watching it spin and spin around. They are really easy to make.

I dug in to my stash of CTMH cardstock and pulled out a sheet of Key Lime CS (1235) and made an A2 card. I cut a piece of Glitter Paper from the Green assortment (Z1847). I used stamp set Lucky You (B1300) and stamp set Seasonal Thoughts (C1222). I stamped with Black Archival Ink (44751) and Clover Meadow Ink (Z2113). I colored my Leprechaun  and the pot of gold with ShinHan markers......Vivid Green (G46), Barely Beige (YR29), Pastel Green )Y49), Cerulean BlueLight (B262) and finally Peony Purple (P282) were the colors that I used.  I highlighted the gold coins with aa Gold Gelly Roll pen.

This was such a fun card to make and I hope that my Grandsons enjoy their St.Patrick's day card.

Now head on over to  Sheila Bennett's blog  and check out how green her blog is. Thank you every one for visiting my blog. Be sure to check out all the blogs and leave some love at each one,

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pocket Letter Pals

Wow have you seen the latest craze going on on Facebook and InstaGram? It is called Pocket Letter Pals. It all started when the creator  Janette Lane was trying to do Project Life on a budget. She found the baseball card inserts.. She then decided that this would be an awesome way to start saving PenPal letters for those folks that still wrote snail mail.  Here is her 1st video on how this came about.

Well I watched and I immediately wanted to be part of the new craze. What an awesome idea! And you only have 9 pockets for fill up. Of course you can go as elaborate as you want or take the simple route. It is up to you to decide how you want to present your pocket letter page. You then find someone who wants to exchange with you.hence the PenPal concept. So over on Facebook people will post their pocket letter and you request to do an exchange with them. There are also little holiday swaps you can join,. You can just get a group of your friends together and draw names and exchange Pocket letters like that. Just ask what do you like...birds, cats, dogs, what are your favorite colors? Or just make a surprise page. Now remember it is all about your creativity not about well look at hers mine is so plain. It is the thought that you put into it that counts. Sometimes the simplest things are the prettiest. I am so excited and I just want to make all kinds of Pocket Letters and have them ready to mail out.

What a great way to use up scraps of pretty paper. You cut your inserts to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 and then add quotes, flowers, brads, buttons, washi tape, tea bags, coffee,  lace, ribbons, pictures from magazines, then add a little note about yourself, the things that you can put in  a pocket are limitless, You don't have to go out and buy anything just look around we all have something that we can insert into to pockets. I kept opening boxes last night and saying OMG can't wait to make another page just so I can put this in there. I was amazed how much I had. Just remember the more you add the more it will cost to mail.

I used CTMH paper call Hopscotch for this pocket letter. I had some left over buttons, twine and stickers. I put a tea bag in the middle and added some bling to it. While making this I was looking at all my stash and boy was I amazed how much product I had left over. We all have that one little flower left over or that one cute saying or that one clip. Why not mail it off to a Pocket Pal?  Once your page is complete just fold it into thirds and insert it into a #10 envelope. Of course if you made a really fat one you may have to put it in a padded envelope.. Don't forget the heavier and bulkier it is the more it will cost to mail. Rates for overseas usually start at $3. If you do decide to exchange with someone set a time frame  so you each well know that you have certain about of days to mail out your letters. There is always that chance that someone will not mail you a Pocket Letter back. Don't get discouraged  just get another Pocket Letter Pal or only exchange with those that you know for sure are going to mail one back to you. Have fun!

What do you do with your pages once you receive them? Well you can put them all together in a binder or even use some of inserts on a layout or a card. You can do this with anyone. You don't have to be a scrapper or a card maker to do this. All you need is imagination and baseball card insert pages. You can get these at $Tree or Walmart or any type of store.

I am excited to be part of this new group and I can't wait until I get my first Pocket Letter. 
Thanks everyone for looking and off to make my next Pocket Letter and make a new friend.

front of my Pocket Letter

the back of my Pocket Letter

wrapped in pretty paper

Ready to mail out to my new friend.

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Welcome to the Heartfelt Sentiment CTMH Paper Focus Blog Hop Featuring Paper pack Hopscotch. This is such a cute paper pack. I loved working with it.

 If you are not familiar with bloghops they go in a big circle. We have a team leader that has the list of everyone doing the hop so if you get lost along the way go back to Melissa's  blog to see the whole list.While visiting each site leave some love to each of the talented ladies that participate each month bringing you awesome creations.

We have 8 ladies playing this month.  You should be coming from Judy Faye's page. As usual she has an awesome creation. 

I chose to do a layout out of the Magic Book (9040) $14.95
 found on page 190 of the 2014-2015 Annual Inspiration Catalog. The layout is called Mystify found on page 36. 
                                                            Hopscotch paper   works really well with this layout.

I changed the layout just a little bit from the book. I put horizontal photos instead of vertical and I used a    4 x 6 photo instead of a 5 x 7.  I still think it came out really cute.  These are photos that we took at the rehearsal dinner of my youngest son's wedding, My new daughter in law is an awesome girl and a perfect match for my son. The first photo is of me and her mom. The one's with the boy and girl are of my niece Laila and her nephew Jay. She is beautiful inside and out. It is my honor to have her as my daughter in law.

To complete my layout I used Flaxen CS (X5771) for my base pages and used assorted B&T's from the Hopscotch paper pack (X7194B). I also used Smoothie CS (X5763) and Glacier CS (X5770). I inked my edges with Dessert Sands Ink (Z2118) and inked the "SERIOUSLY"  arrow with Ponderosa Pine Ink (Z2145). Complements (X7194C), Hopscotch Assortment (Z3016), Flaxen extra thick  twine (Z3036) and Aqua Dots (Z1853) finish out  the layout. TFL!

Now head on over to see how Marianne Hancock focused on this month's Paper Pack featuring Hopscotch. Now remember to leave some loving at each and every blog if you have a moment to spare.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

February Use your Stash Bloghop

Boy do I have all kinds of stash throughout my apartment.....yarn, ribbon, mesh for wreaths, fabric, bling, ideas but mostly paper. Me and a whole lot of us have lots of paper stash. So every month we feature a Use your Stash Bloghop.  This month we are featuring my love affair with  paper.

It seems like all I do is buy, buy, buy and never use. Can you say border line hoarder. Sometimes when I buy paper I just hate to cut into it. I feel that once you cut a piece I feel like I am losing a best friend. My goal is to start opening boxes and folders and pulling out that paper and using it. That is why I am so glad I joined the wonderful group of ladies.

You should be coming from Shirley's blog wasn't her project fabulous? She is also the leader of the pack so if you get lost along the way just go back to her blog and she will put you on the right track.

For my project I pulled out my stash of Later Sk8r paper (X7167B), this is awesome paper for boys or young men or even that older man in your life. I used the following colors of card stock:
Outdoor Denim (1275), Pear (X5764), and Slate (X5930) and Kraft (Z1375). I inked the edges of my Kraft tags with Outdoor Denim Ink (Z2140). I added some Project My Life cards throughout my mini. I also added Epoxy Bubbles (Z1806) in the green and blue assortment and finally the Later Sk8r Assortment. The stamp set I used came from the Later Sk8r WOTG (C1545).

I love mini albums and I made one for this project. I have lots of pictures to put in here once I get them processed. Sorry for all the photos but I wanted to showcase the paper pack. I added a belly band to hold the book closed. I put zipstrips on top and bottom of the band.

I found my inspiration on YouTube on Scrapbook Maven's channel. Here is her tutorial.

Now head on over to  Katy Taylor's blog  and she will show you her love affair with paper. If you have a moment leave some loving at each blog. TFL!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


This month we are featuring "Wanderful" paper pack from CTMH. Isn't this paper just yummy! You should be coming from Judy Faye's blog Wow wasn't her project awesome? There are 7 of us participating this month from the Heartfelt Sentiments Team. If you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Melissa's blog she will get you back on the right track. Please leave some loving at each blog if you have a moment. 

Creating layouts are always the hardest thing for me to do. I can crank out cards like crazy but layouts always stump by creativity. My focus this year is to create more layouts and use my new awesome papers from CTMH. 

This paper makes me think of young people just leaving home and exploring the world. How awesome would it be to go back in time and take some really cool trips. But I am still "YOUNG ENOUGH" to go on some awesome trips.

My inspiration for the layout came from the Foundational How-To-Publications Scrapbooking Books. I used Reflections (9037) found on page 190.  I used the layout called Title Topper-Add Up found on page 20. I used the following papers to complete my color scheme: Black(1386), Crystal Blue (1292), Flaxen (X5771), Gypsy (X5757), Smoothie (X5763), Honey (X5668) and Canary (X5772). For my bling I used Artisan Studs (Z1816), Pink Glitter Gems (Z1807), Black and Grey Sparkle Gems (Z1754), and Clear Assortment (Z1752). The sticker came from the Journey Sheet (Z2054) on page 166. I used assorted Cricut cartridges to make the plane, train, boat and automobile. The font came from A Child's Year cartridge. I also inked all my edges with Dessert Sand Ink (Z2118).

Now head on over to Marianne's blog to see her awesome take on the Wanderful paper pack (X7191B) found on page 111 of the 2014/2015 Annual Inspiration Catalog.

If you love this paper pack visit me on my CTMH page to see all the other fabulous collections that we have to offer. TFL!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cheerleader Center Pieces

A friend of mine asked if I would make these for her Granddaughters that had just been promoted to a more advanced cheer squad. She wanted to give them to each of the coaches that had helped and encouraged her Granddaughters to become better cheerleaders. I used Paperdoll dress ups and the Sports Cricut cartridges. The coaches really liked them and I received a really sweet thank you note from the girls. TFL!

Monday, January 26, 2015

January Card Class

As usual Joy Mcharge our fearless team leader had some AWESOME cards and a sweet banner for us to make at this month's card class. 

This month we featured the Heartstrings paper pack. We also used some Project my Life cards. The banner was made with the new Cricut  Cartridge call Artfully Sent Everything came together really quick. Thank you Joy for another great class.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Ladies, welcome to 2015 and this year's first technique bloghop and boy has it started off with a bang. Wow we have a large group of super talented ladies playing this go round. I am amazed with the creativity and talent that we all possess. 
This hop goes in a huge circle so visit each site and leave a little love at each one. If you get lost along the way the go back to the beginning to our leader Sheila Bennett and she will get you back on the right track.

You should be coming from Belinda Mclane's blog wow she is one talented lady. Her project was awesome! CTMH offers awesome products that can be used in many different ways and Belinda used the Base and Bling in an awesome way.

I am a big YouTube follower and I found an awesome lady named   Gerriann Armstrong and she is a fellow CTMH consultant. Boy does she have some awesome videos and excellent tutorials. I always look forward to her next Ustream. 

So for my technique I decided to do one of her 8 page layouts. Once you use Gerriann's technique for cutting the layouts are very quick even for an 8 page one. For my project I used the Ariana Paper pack (X7179B) from the Spring/Summer 2014 catalog. I used the following pieces of card stock that were exclusive to the pack only: Ariana Coral and Ariana Grey. I also used White Daisy (1385) and Outdoor Denim (1275) and Kraft for my page bases (Z1375). This paper was so feminine but had a masculine flair in my opinion. I also used Shimmer Trim in Pink (Z1986), Seam binding ribbon (Z1732), the Black and Grey Epoxy Bubbles (Z1935), the Ariana Complements which are awesome (X7179C) and just one little green bow from the 
Ariana Assortment adhesive backed, fabric bows (Z3002). 

For our feature product I used the Faux Antique Gold Pendant (Z2025) with an image from the Base and Bling Journey Style Sheet (Z2054). Wow these colors matched perfectly with my layouts. Who would have thought that something made months before would match another item made months later. I think that CTMH is sneaky like that. 
I tried to make it look like a photo just hanging on the wall. I tied a cute little bow to complete the image. I really loved doing these layouts and it was a great way for me to use up some of my older paper packs that were just gathering dust. I will be making another set!
Sorry for such a long post. Now we still have lots of awesome ladies on this list so make sure that you visit all of them.
Now head on over to another super talented lady by the name of Tonya Whitehurst . Her project is just awesome!
Thanks ladies for looking and have a wonderful hop!!

Feature product: The Base and Bling Journey Sheet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chipboard-Use Your Stash October 2014

Wow time really flies when CTMH consultants decide it is time to do another bloghop. This month we are featuring "chipboard". If you have been hopping with us all year you know that we have some awesome talented ladies in the group.

We have a great team leader and we have lots of great players, You should be coming from Wendy Kessler's blog wow she really does know how to use her stash.

Ever since I heard the theme of this hop I knew what I wanted to make. I searched for all my chipboard and I was amazed how much I had. I wanted to do a Halloween theme. I used some  chipboard called Tags (Z1684) and Mixed Shapes (Z1683) and lastly the circle came from chipboard called Signage (Z1902).

I inked my chipboard with Sunset Ink Z2191 and Petal Z2161 I also used Archival Black Ink 44751. I used Liquid Glass Z679to accent the face and the small pumpkin. I used our new ShinHan markers to color in my images.  The stamped images are from the stamp of the month called What a Hoot S1408. This tag will go on a layout that I am working on for Halloween.
I may put a pinback on this tag and wear it for Halloween before I put it on my layout.
Now head on over to Katy Taylor's blog to see how she used her stash of chipboard. We all work hard to make these bloghops hop each month so leave some loving at each one please. TFL!

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Hello  again, it is that time of the month...use your stash. I don't know about you I have so much stash  that I could probably open a store. Okay so this months theme was RIBBON.  Who doesn't love ribbon? My favorite ribbon from CTMH is the Satin Polkadot Ribbon in slate color (Z1802). It is so soft and yummy. Before I show you my project you should be coming from Casandra's blog wasn't her project awesome? We have 6 ladies in the hop this month. please leave some love at each of the blogs. If you get lost along the way go back to the beginning to Shirley's blog to see the entire list.

I am a big YouTube watcher. I think I watch YouTube more than regular TV. Wow can we say AMAZING TALENT on YouTube. I found this great video from a lady named Yolanda and her channel is called socrafty100. She uses Recollection envelopes from Micheals. They are in the pack with the corrugated cards. Here is her link if you would like to go check it out.Socrafty100 . You are going to love it. It is so easy and the treat bags come out so cute.

Here is my version of her treat bag. I used our new paper  called Brushed (X7190B). This such pretty paper. I only used 5 inches off a 12x12 sheet of paper. I also used the following to complete my gift or treat bag. Satin Polkadot Ribbon (Z1802), Silver Shimmer Trim (Z1799), Chantiliy Assortment Glitter Gems (Z1814), Just Blooms Paper Shape Flutter (Z1463) Base and Bling Floral Accents (Z1883) medium flower, wooden clothespin from the Mini Melody Accents Collection in Ruby (Z1861), Black and Grey Sparkle Assortment (Z1754), Stampset D1529 Cricut Artiste Collection Birthday, inked with our new ink Pixie Z2644 and cut on the Cricut, I also inked all the edges with black ink Z2105. I used a tooth pick to make my little flag on the side. I also cut strips of paper and used my paper crimper to crimp it and inserted it in the bag as paper rafia. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make  this treat bag. Love it! Now head over to Katy's Blog and see what creative project she came up with her stash of ribbon. TFL!

These are the envelopes used.
Score 1 inch fold and glue flaps.
Nice and wide. Decorate!

Friday, September 5, 2014


I can remember back in High School when I used to be fit and play every sport offered to us girls back then. Wow they were not kidding when they said the pounds would creep up on you. I think I have gained at least 50 pound in 36 years. Not bad but not good either.

I have tried diets and diets. I have bought CDs on exercise, I have joined the gym.  I just can not seem to get the weight off. I am happy with my body but who doesn't want to lose the first 10 pounds.then 20 and so on.  No matter how much weight I lost someone includeing myself is always going to think I am fat.

So I have decided that the month of September is going to be my month to jump start my exercise program(lol).  I only live 4 tenths of a mile from my job and since the weather is trying to get cooler I have been walking to work. Monday was Labor Day so we were off of work. Tuesday and Wednesday I walked my little trek.....not to bad but that humidity almost did me in. Thursday and Friday I rode my bike. I was kind of scared but I made it. Up hill both ways.

I just wanted to post of picture of me on my bike so when I come back to my blog I can see myself and stay inspired. I am also running in my first minimarathon this weekend(09-06-2014). Will post photos next week. I am not looking to become a fashion model I just want to lose 10 pounds..........
WIll post pictures after the race next week. TFL!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

August Stamp of the Month

Don't forget you only have a few days left to order this cute Stamp of the Month for August. How cute will your Halloween cards be made with this set. Go to my CTMH site to place an order today As you can see this set can be used for many seasons not just Halloween.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Halloween Swap Card

I found this cute card on and it is called a box card. As usual I could not resist making one. I used the new CTMH paper pack called Scaredy Cat. I also used my Cricut to cut out the word Trick or Treat. I also used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut out the stamped images. Black shimmer trim was used behind the wording.  TFL!

Jacque's Prize giveaway

    There is an awesome prize give away at Jacque's blog head on over there to fulfill the requirements to win an awesome prize package.

   While there take a look at her awesome creations. Wow there are some talented women out in this big wide world of ours. She is giving away big prize so go check it out.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Stash is one thing I have plenty of. This month we are featuring "Mixed Media". This can mean many things to each and everyone of us. I thought about it all month and decided to make a witch hat.

I found this paper mache cone at Michael's on the clearance rack and I immediately thought hat. But before I go into the details of my project you should have come from Casandra's blog . Her mixed media creation was awesome. We only have 6 hoppers this month so leave plenty of love at each one. CTMH has some awesome consultants that participate in bloghops each month. They are all fantastic and month after month we all come up with some great projects.

Once I got started picking out my "mixed media" I almost didn't want to stop. This was a really fun project and being able to do a mixed media project is something that I have been wanting to attempt now I can scratch it off my crafting bucket list.

Here is a long list of items that I used on my hat:

Wow all that fit onto that one little hat. I cut a 5" circle for the bottom and mod podged torn pieces of paper all over the hat and then proceeded to add and add all my pieces. I hope I was able to live up to the use of "mixed media" Now that you have seen my project head over to Katy's blog and see what awesome project she made. Thank you all that come and visit our blogs. See you next month.
Front view
Right side view
Left side view
Back view
Now my hat will sit proudly on my mantle until I put out the rest of my Halloween decorations at the end of next month.  TFL!