Monday, December 23, 2013

Wishing you and yours......


I have to say...
I have a bit of a different perspective of this
holiday season this year....

Dealing with a life threatening disease,
(in a dear friend)
and abuse of authority....

I HAVE CHOSEN to not let these things down!!

....that Christmas isn't about 
....the tree
....the presents
.....the parties
...or the decorations
spending time with them,
creating memories that will last FOREVER...
because Christmas in the HEART!! hug 'em just a little bit longer
.....tell 'em you LOVE THEM just a little bit more
and SAVOR the moment!!!!!

We don't remember days......
we remember MOMENTS!!

Cesare Pavese

Friday, December 20, 2013

Last Minute Ideas ~ Die~Namites Dies Style

Thank you for joining us for our

If you have arrived her from Dunja's blog,
you are in the right place.
If not head on over to Die~Namites Dies Blog, to begin the hop!

I know it’s a very hectic time of year.....
the parties, the shopping, the decorating.... and the last minute gift for Aunt Betty.

We at Die~Namites Dies wanted to share with you
a few Last Minute Ideas.

Hi Die~Namites Fans!!!

This year, things are a bit on the tight side.
So, the kids and I are making gifts with
Saturday...we will be pulling out the Christmas Decorations
turning on the Christmas Music...
and making Christmas Goodies!
And I've decided....I'm not handing out Christmas Cards but will be
attaching Thank You tags to our goodies!

I had a bunch of already colored tags to use
(from previous coloring projects,
my friend/stalker Dee taught me this one.....

Do you see the FANTABULOUS
Die~Namites Dies on my tag??

Firstly, the newly released.....Winter Branch die

then the ohhhh so WONDERFUL Holly Branch die

I used Canvas Corp ~ Cardstock ~ Kraft
and E Flute ~ Kraft to die cut the images.
I then colored the images with
Luminarte ~ Silks Acrylic Glaze ~ Cinnamon Brown
and Twinkling H20~ Olive Vine
accented with German Glitter.

All accented with BEAUTIFUL Petaloo flowers,
Mini Pearl Daisies colored with Cinnamon Brown Silks
and Faux Dried Blooms accented with
Viva Colour ~ Precious Metal Effect Paint ~ Mother of Pearl!

Soooo.....this year
it's not about the gifts,
it's not about the decorations....
it's about being THANKFUL for the wonderful people
who are in my LIFE,'s from the HEART!

Thank you for joining us for our
Die~Namites Dies, Last Minute Christmas Ideas.

Don’t forget to check out our
 December Die~Namites Dies Sketch Challenge and Dare

you could be our next randomly chosen WINNER!!!

Now head on over to Taniesa's blog!!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I chose my 3 winners......

The winner of my completed stocking.....


The winner of the Kit and Online Class....


The winner of an Online Class......


to everyone who enter into this give~away!!!

Please email me at

Look forward to hearing from you!

Playing Along!!!

Had a WONDERFUL day Thursday....
HANGIN' with SCRAPPY friends!

I went to our "Play Date" knowing
I had two projects to do!
And impressed I am....

Here is one of those projects.........

Do you see it??? I used DT member, Lisa Tottle's ~ December Sketch Challenge and Dare.

...the Dare....use Paper Ribbon and or Twine.

Did you know Die~Namites just came out with a NEW LINE OF DIES!!??!?!
Well....I was able to get my hot little hands on a few...

I chose to I use....the Leafy Flowers die. Can I just say it's one of my top 10 faves!!

I began with a Canvas Corp ~ Skinny Card, a piece of E~Flute Kraft, some Burlap, Linen Paper and Jute!

Pulled out my handy dandy Distrezz it All...scuffed up the edges of the paper.

Then it was time to diecut, using a bit of Linen Paper, I cut the Leafy Flowers image.
I then colored the image with Luminarte ~ Silk Acrylic Glaze ~ Olive Vine.
I used that same color on the base Skinny Card.

I added highlights of Viva Colour ~ Precious Metal Effect Paint ~ Mother of Pearl
around the edges of the Flute Paper. I also painted the wooden embellie with the paint.

I topped off my card with a BEAUTIFUL Petaloo Velvet Poinsettia,
a bit of Vintage Lace and JUTE!

I ENCOURAGE you to take a moment from your BUSY DECEMBER schedule
and play along with us!

Every month a new sketch will be introduced....
the sketch can be interpreted as a card, layout or altered piece!
You need to use at least one Die~Namites Die in your creation.
You have until the last day of the month to post your creation on your blog, 
with mention of the Die~Namites Die used and a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog
Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.
A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants
for a $25 Gift Certificate to the Die~Namites Dies.

SSOOOO play along, you never know it could end up being your BLESSED DAY!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snow Wreath.....Canvas Corp and Petaloo!

Snow Wreath
Canvas Corp and Petaloo Crazy for Christmas Blog Hop!

When I opened my box filled with 
 Canvas Corp Canvases and Petaloo Flowers and Trims,
 the first thing that popped into my mind was Winter,
 all the beautiful hues of Teal and Purple. 
I had recently purchased some silver snowflakes
 from one of the big box stores and knew they would be the PERFECT
addition to my wreath. I then pulled out a Grapevine Wreath
 from my stash and let the creative process begin.
 I knew I wanted to create a half wreath, 
something a bit different from the norm.

I wrapped the canvases with pieces of
 Canvas Corp Burlap, Petaloo Fancy Trims and Vintage Lace
 tied with Canvas Corp Jute and accented them with various Petaloo Flowers,
Textured Blooms, Velvet Hydrangeas, and Chantilly Mixed Blooms.

I then stacked the decorated canvases on the wreath.

I then created a focal point on my wreath, being the Canvas Corp Burlap Flower, wrapped with Petaloo Fancy Trim and accented with Canvas Corp ~ Canvas Fringe loopy bow and a bit more Canvas Corp Jute.

I hope you enjoyed my "Snow Wreath" and that it has inspired you to think outside of the box 
when creating your holiday wreath to 
adorn your front door, mantle or wall.

Product Used:
Petaloo Chantilly Collection ~ Mixed Blooms ~ Blue/Green
Velvet Hydrangeas ~ Blue
Textured Elements ~ Mixed Textured Mini Blossoms
Ivory and Teal

Canvas Corp
2 x 2 Stretched Natural Canvas
2 x 2 Stretched Burlap Canvas
3 x 3 Stretched Natural Canvas
3 x 3 Stretched Burlap Canvas
Jute Rope
Burlap Flower
Canvas Trim

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Give~Away!!

I am so excited about my new endeavor

Limited Edition Mixed Media Kit and ONLINE class.

And with Christmas right around the corner....

I have 3 Prize Packages....

#1 The Christmas Stocking created
by Lynne Forsythe
(stocking size 11x17)

So.....PASS IT ON!!
You have until December 13th
to enter to WIN!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Home Made Gift Wrap

Are you looking for a Unique Gift 
to give this holiday season??

I have just the one for you!!
I LOVE making Home Made Gifts....
so this year I went looking for 
just that right gift!

I found it....

Can I tell you...
this is very dangerous 

Now, how to Gift Wrap them??
Because.....As you know...
it's ALL ABOUT the presentation!

I pulled out  a piece of Ivory ~  Canvas Corp Tissue Stock,
a couple Crafter's Workshop stencils,
A jug of gesso and
some Emperor's Gold ~ Silk Acrylic Glaze.
And let the fun begin!

I stenciled on the Tissue Stock.
When dry I pulled out a sheet of
Kraft ~ Canvas Corp Tissue Stock
to complete the Gift Wrap.

I tied the packages up 
using Red & Lime Green Hemp Cord
and a bit of Jute Rope
accented with some gold cording.

I created Gift Tags using 
Scallop Tags and Ties ~ Ivory
I diecut a Holly Branch
from a piece of Lime Green on White Paper,
finished off with a Mini Red Poinsettia.

Now WHO wouldn't want to 
receive one of these Little Ditties as a gift??

Here is the link to the
Pretzel Turtle Recipe

I also created a video sharing
how I created my Gift Wrap!

What a great creative project to make
with your children.
And a great time to teach that it is 
better to GIVE than RECEIVE!!

Other Products Used:
Petaloo ~ Mini Poinsettia
Splash of Color ~ Emperor's Gold ~ Silk Acrylic Glaze
Die~Namites Dies ~ Holly Branch

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Merry Christmas ~ Die~Namites Dies


I used DT member Dunja Dücker's
November's Sketch and Die~Namites Challenge!

you must use at least ONE Die~Namites Die!

Dunja's challenge ~ use BLING in your creation!
Here is the card I created using
the sketch as a basis!

I used the Holly Branch die

I die~cut many of the Holly Branches from
Coordinations ~ Distress Cardstock.

I, then, ran the Holly Branch
through an embossing folder.
Then, using Gold ~ Precious Metal Effect Paint,
I went around the edges of the holly leaves.

I hydrated a Chestnut Brown ~ Twinkling H20,
then I painted the "branches" of the die~cut.
On the "berries" I added a bit of
Red ~ Viva Colour ~ German Glitter.

I used the "Decked Out" Collection by Splash of Color
for the card base. My oval was created using
some wire wrapped with burlap strands.

I had using this sketch!!

You have until the last day of the month
to post your creation on your blog, 
with mention of the Die~Namites Die used and
a link back to the Die~Namites Dies blog. 
Link your blog post, using Inlinkz, to the Die~Namites Die blog.
A random winner will be chosen from eligible participants.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New Online Class.....

I am soooo excited about my new endeavor.....
I have partnered with


I will show you step by step, how to color handmade flowers made from Canvas Corp ~ Handmade Papers and Petaloo Flowers, for your “one of a kind” Vintage Christmas Stocking. The canvas stocking is 11” x 17” and a “real” stocking, perfect for hanging on your front door, adorning your mantle or where ever it will fit with your holiday decor.

Be sure to grab the Vintage Stocking Class Kit, which contains all the products that you'll need to create the stocking that I demonstrate in my video class.

Order the class kit and receive the video class for FREE!!! Please note that class kit supplies are limited; once they're gone, they're gone!

Once your kit order has been received,
you will receive an email with the access key for the video.

If you would like to know HOW I created the stocking.....
and you would prefer to use your own supplies
you can
for $9.99!

and enjoy!

Monday, November 18, 2013


Tomorrow is the BIG REVEAL.....
and I can hardly stand it!!!

I am soooo EXCITED....
I have partnered with eclectic Paperie....
for this endeavor!

Here is a SNEAK PEEK...

I SUGGEST you head on over to eclectic Paperie....
and sign up for their newsletter!
(on the righthand side bar)

As this is VERY LIMITED!!