Autumnal Birthday

Good morning!  This post almost didn’t happen.  I had a terrible day Friday, everything I touched turned to poop!  I went to bed without a card, and laid awake until 3 am.  It really was THAT kind of day for me!

But I woke up this morning (and that is always a good thing, right?) at 6:45 am.  That’s 3.5 hours sleep, so you know the first thing I did was make coffee!  Then I went into my craft room, which is still a disaster because of the day yesterday.  I cleared off a 12×12 space on my work table, reached behind me, grabbed a stampset and was determined to make a card with whatever set I grabbed.

Hmmm Crackle Paint?!  I think this is my 2nd time using it.  Now what to do, what to do!  Wednesday I shared a sunflower card using the Daisy Punch.  I decided to make another card using the same punch but in a different way.


Since my new Medium Daisy Punch is due to arrive next week, I had to make do with the original.  First I punched 6 Daisies from Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Next I trimmed the tips of the petals of 2 of them.  Then I took 2 more and trimmed a bit further down.  Repeated with the 3rd pair.  I was working with scrap that had a crease or 2 from the envelope punch board but simply stacked them and ran them through my Big Shot.  Since my plates are well loved, the petals received a nice texture, and also the fibers were loosened up so it was easy to curve them just a bit.


But before that, I sponged Cajun Craze ink to give them even more texture.  I did stamp the center from the Daisy Delight set and punched using 1/2 inch punch.  I layered my flowers off setting them and the center used a dimensional.


Not having ribbon, I cut a sliver of Pumpkin Pie to give the illusion of ribbon.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and stamped onto Very Vanilla and cut using a stitched oval die.  I added 2 Shaded Spruce leaves cut using the leaf punch.  The card came together so quickly this morning, especially after yesterday.  I guess my MS brain needed a rest!


I have other crafty news.  This week I saw a really nice DollarTree video on YouTube and made my own version.  It’s the perfect gift for my niece, she should get it on Monday.  I love making things, but don’t always have a place for what I make, but this really is perfect for her!


I don’t want to get too wordy, this post took longer to write than the card was to make!  I hope you are inspired to use punches in other ways.  See you Wednesday, have a great weekend!


Need a Vase?

Hello crafty friends! It’s Wednesday and I used DSP for today’s card. But the real star of the show, in my humble opinion, is my “enamel wear” vase. Recognize it? Yes, that’s right it’s the Teapot from Tea Together! A little masking and fussy cutting is all it took. Thank goodness I have something to replace my Jars stamps!


I needed it for my sunflowers! I used the Daisy Punch and cut the petals to more of a point. I did use 2 retired scallop punches because I was too lazy to die cut lol. One flower IS smaller than the other because I cut them shorter. I don’t have the new smaller Daisy Punch….yet.


I used the Basic Black marker to “chip” my vase. The DSP is from the Neutrals DSP. I wanted my sunflowers to pop. Oh yes, the dimensionals also helped to make it pop (up off the paper that is lol)

I had no occasion in mind for the card, so I’ll put this in my stash and add a sentiment when I’m ready to send it.


I have no other crafty news to share because I hosted a sleepover for both my grandgirlies.

They wanted to sleep with Oma on the couch, that didn’t last long. But they did finally fall asleep in the princess tent with fairy lights!

That’s my card for today. Have a great week!


DollarTree Makeover

Happy Sunday! I have another makeover to share with you. I’ve been searching high and low for the letter boards. I FINALLY found one but it was definitely crooked in the frame. I’m crooked enough on my own so rather than mess with it, I cut it up and added them to the small shadow box and house boxes DollarTree also has!

I added scrapbook paper to the sides and backs.

I plan on using the house at Christmas but for now it’s sitting in my tiered tray in my kitchen.

The other one will be part of a grouping for Halloween. Although it would be perfect in the tiered tray in my living room. I just need to change what it says!

I snapped a few pics and put together a 2 minute video of my process if you are interested. You can see the video here —> Letter Board House Video

I hope you have a fabulous weekend! I’m recovering from our first ever double grandgirlies sleepover. This Oma will be napping this afternoon for certain! See you again Wednesday.

Tropical Chic Birthday

Happy Saturday! I’ve had quite a week! In fact all day yesterday (Friday) I thought it was Monday! One of the perks of being retired I guess lol. Today I have anothe r Tropical Chic Card to share with you.

I love the Flirty Flamingo/Basic Black combo, how about you?

It’s really a quick card to put together, which is why I made it. Hubby came to me and asked if I had made a card for his high school friend or should he just buy one. Buy one???????!!!! No way! Lol

Well that’s my card and post, short and sweet or quick and easy, either way another one done and mailed. Now to get ready for my first official grandgirlies sleepover at Oma’s house. They have each stayed at our house before but never together. This should be interesting. I’m going to set up the star lights in the princess tent and hope they fall asleep in the tent. I’ll share pics!

Bye for now!

DIY mini shutters

Hello my crafty DIY friends! I’m excited to show you my DIY mini shutters and some history how this all came about!

It all started when I decided it was time to transition from my seaside/lighthouse decor to more of a coastal farmhouse feel.

The first to go was my print that’s been hanging in my living room since 1996. I always felt it was a bit small for the wall space.

The first thing i did was cover the print with DollarTree white wrapping paper and made a wreath to hang in front of it.

I loved it at that point but still felt the wall needed more. So I let that stew in my head for awhile and moved on to my next project.

Above our slider I had a 12 x 36 inch print of 4 lighthouses. Well you know I had to cover that up, right? Out came the white DT paper again and this time I added a sentiment that I cut from cardstock and glued. That’s why it’s a little crooked lol.

So I rehung my frame and added the two small prints from Targets Dollar Spot. It was OK. I lived with it for awhile. Then I was at Hobby Lobby and found these unpainted shutters and thought they would be perfect for either side of my wreath/frame.

I knew I wanted to continue using my copper lanterns so researched how well galvanized and copper went together. Guess what? It’s a thing!!!! I brought them home and stained them. Painted my plant hangers black and am thrilled with my wall now!   I also removed the ribbon, this was clearly a case for less is more!

Now I knew I needed to fix my grouping over the slider. I love the Target Signs but wanted them to be a little bigger. I turned them into shutters!

Here were my supplies:

First I built a 3 sided frame with the blocks:

I’m in love with wood glue. Lol who knew? Next I used my as seen on TV knife that cuts everything that my hubby won for me at a carnival in the 70’s lol. It did a nice job slicing off the end of my paint sticks!

Using wood glue and binder clips (I’m a novice, binder clips is what I had!) I wood glued my paint sticks to my tower blocks. Then I stained it:

I also stained the Target Sign which apparently was not wood. But it darkened so I was happy!

Then using the tongue depressors from DollarTree I attacked my “pallet” to my sign. Vóila! I had 2 mini shutters!

Now for my “Family” sign. I took it down removed the glass and sentiment and stained it. While i had the phrase out I decided to redo it. I was tired of knowing it was crooked lol

I changed the font, and rather than the wrapping paper I turned the print over.  The “Family” is card stock, but I did use vinyl for the rest, that’s why its straight 😉  I like it so much better now!

Here is my new grouping:

I’m in love! It may appear crooked but when we were cat sitting the cat managed to pull down the curtain and the rod from the wall. It’s a project on hubby’s honey do list!

I may add small wreaths to the shutters depending on the season but for now I added farmhouse beads I made. They seem appropriate, right?

I can’t believe I devoted an entire post to my DIY today, but I felt it deserved its own space on my blog. I’ll be back tomorrow with another card. In the meantime, stay crafty!

Tropical Chic meets Dinoroar

Good morning and welcome to another DSP Wednesday!  When I saw the samples of Dinoroar in my paper share I really didn’t know how I’d use it.  But with most Stampin’ Up! DSP there is always a flip side that co-ordinates but more importantly does well on its own!


When I saw this side of the paper, it screamed “team me with Tropical Chic” and since I’m not one to ignore when inanimate objects speak to me, I did as I was told LOL


I stamped my images and sentiment with Lovely Lipstick and used the co-ordinating Tropical Dies to cut the flowers and leaves were Old Olive.


I made this card for a young couple going though a struggle.  What young couple doesn’t?  Even OLD couples struggle!  That’s what I love about this sentiment from Waterfront ❤

I have no crafty news to share because I spent the weekend binge watching The Handmaids Tale and Monday my daughter and I took my granddaughter to her first real movie in a theater!  Toy Story 4 (spoiler alert, don’t wear mascara when watching)  By the time you read this I hope to have my new AC installed and running!  It’s so brutally hot this summer, I think because we have been trying to make our old AC init last a bit longer, but we finally bit the bullet.  Anyway, here is a pic of Olivia with her popcorn!  Hey, it was her first time, go big or go home, right?

That’s all I have today, see you again Saturday!




Happy Saturday! I hope you had a fabulous 4th! Ours was quiet. My son and family were out of state on vacation and my daughter and family celebrated a birthday at a 4th of July cookout. So since it was just me and hubby and it was a zillion degrees out we let the King do our grilling. Burger King that is LOL.

Today’s card is probably the easiest card I’ve ever made but was actually inspired by an afterthought on a different card I’ll be sharing next Saturday!

I inked up a Set I’ve had since last year but really hadn’t used but for a sentiment once. 😱.   I’m just glad Tropical Chic carried over to the new annual catalog!

I started my card with 2 Leaves inked in Granny Apple Green. Then using Flirty Flamingo ink and the flower stamp i stamped off once, then moved my stamp a bit and stamped full strength and then stamped a 3rd time but three times. I did these groupings to fill the white space of my card.

My sentiment is from Healing Hugs and I used Stazon ink. This card was finished in under 15 minutes!

….and it was good that it went quickly because I needed time for other craftiness!

I had purchased this sign at Dollar General a few weeks ago:

There are two others in this trio, a sheep and a pig. I could only find the cow and sheep. Now mind you, they cost ONE DOLLAR each. But I decided to make a third one using my Cricut and hoarded cereal box cardboard.

It’s so much easier to just spend the buck on a finished product but desperation had me make my own version. It’s hard to tell which one is homemade, right?

I’m still going to be on the lookout for the pig but for now my DIY fits in nicely in my kitchen!

That’s all I have for you today. Please stop back again Wednesday for another DSP Card day!