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Missing: artist & paper crafter….

Wow, I am a dead beat! I don’t call or write….just living life. Unfortunately my life isn’t super exciting. There are a few changes happening and I am hoping more time to spend on myself. Recently D and I took off to celebrate our 50th birthdays. (Since they are only two days apart.)

I really wanted to make him a special card…and I thought I would use the Tiny Superheros sets and create him a pop up. (He loves all things Marvel.) As I was about to complete the final stages, my brain went off the rails and I re-vamped it.  Here’s what I did: On the left is the super hero stamps…and on the right is what I re worked into THE super heroes!!

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I personally loved how they all turned out! Next was to set the scene!

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He loved it! It took me for-ever to make but he was worth it! Be back soon….I hope!

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Wow! Three months slipped by so quickly. We had a lovely Christmas. January brought birthday festivities, both Adam & Brittany’s. They also moved. February was all about packing because we moved. Our Sara moved in March! So tired of seeing cardboard boxes! We are finally down to the wire of putting the last bits in place. Now yard work begins! Happy to see flowers slowly popping up.

I absolutely love my new studio….more space, more light! I streamlined it and only kept things I know I will use and donated the rest! Downsized my desk from a giant ‘L’ shaped one, to a much smaller one but I only work in a 12 x 12 patch anyway! LOL

Even though it took everything we had, and we’ve gone to bed aching, from all the hard work, for weeks….moving was the best thing….we reallllly love the new digs! Enough about all that. We went to our great-nephew’s 2nd birthday party last Saturday….so fun to watch how excited he got over the simplest of toys. The theme of his party was construction site. Here is the card I made for him.



I cut the trucks with the silhouette, and the mounts of dirt with Lawn Fawn hillside dies. I thought it turned out super cute. Hopefully now that the dust has settled around here, I can share more on this ole blog. Have a great week!


Happy Holidays!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours! May Santa bring you peace and happiness to last throughout the new year!

Love, Carol

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Simon Says Treat Bag/Box

I am squeeeeezing this in at the last possible moment! Over on SSS Monday challenge, it is all about bags/boxes for treats…I made a special box for Grace for some Halloween goodies!  She is dressing up as Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz. I found this witch on Silhouette Store.



I should have taken one of the box, oh well. Thanks for stopping by today! Looking forward to this week! Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays!

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Wild Card Day 4 project 2


Quote of the day-“The only thing more fun than a shaker card is a card with a surprise shaker inside!” Laurie Willison was the instructor today….who lives in my state!!



I love this set from Stamptember! Too cute! I really love this shaker…my best yet! Thanks for stopping by today!

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Wild Card Day 4


On day 4, its all about shakers! I struggle with them! Not gonna lie. I have tried several different ways to add the foam….watching some of the greats, via video. But I still struggle.Kristen taught about the smaller size windows in her first lesson of the day.

I try to make the idea of the lesson my own but her card was so cute, I pretty much copied it.


Her card had the sentiment cross the middle. I used my third window for my sentiment.

Thanks for coming by today…I hope you week ahead is a wonderful one.  🙂


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Wild Card Day 3 project 2

I really enjoy doing Online Card Classes.


I’ve taken about 20. I always learn something new. I am the kind of crafter that if I see something, I try it…so some things I have done before, but they always offer helpful tips. So so simple, I think….now why didn’t I consider that??? You will not be disappointed if you take 1 or 2.  Jennifer’s lesson is for unique pop up cards. This one took a bit of thought…almost had to scrap it once…



It is a bit on the small side, probably should have added at least 3 more flakes! I really liked Jennifer’s card so I will try this again with other shapes! So glad you came by….thanks!

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Wild Card Day 3

Sorry, life kinda got busy…but I am back with some more cards from class!


First stop on day 3, pop up cards! I  Did not have any dies to use so I did it old school!


I wanted to show the front….


cause the inside is so cute!  I probably should have added something to the ‘sky’. Seems a bit plain. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Wild Card Class Day 2 project #3

Oh, boy! Oh, boy!! Oh, boy!!! This project is fun one! The movement for #3 is a spinner.

This was another one I thought about most of the day…what stamp set to use, how was I gonna execute it! This wonderful card just kinda fell together for me and I adore it!


See the bottom? It’s a dial, I drew the castle, masked the hell out of it…then stenciled the brick with distress inks. Started with this little lady! Its me, I’m a Princess!


Every Princess needs her Knight in shining armor! My knight wears denim and a ball cap!


The knight needs to defend her against the mean ole dragon….right?! Look at this guy…maybe she needs a pet! That’s how I would roll! My dragon, my knight in denim, and I would eat s’mores….in my castle, all day!


Life with my knight is pretty magical…and we lived happily ever after…or at least until we ran out of chocolate! Thanks for hanging out today!


Wild Card Class Day 2 project #2

Kristina did a wonderful job of explaining how to make a ‘magic slider card’. You’re intrigued….I know, I was too! Then I watched the video like 7 times, and ventured out to made my very own ‘magic slider’!!! (Sorry it is late, while I type this, and I’m a bit slap happy!)


Because I know it is coming…full force…I am trying to be a bit pro active! (Love this WPlus9 set!

card-class-22-smMy paper warped a tiny…especially on the left side. But I still love how it turned out! I envy bloggers who smoothly transition to the end…I guess I’m just one of those who say bye, and wave for 15 minutes! I’m waving….have a great day!  Thanks for coming by…


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