Friday, August 28, 2015


Hi: The Simon Says stamp blog Monday challenge I playing along this weeks theme is tickets. The first thing that came to mind was movies, then traffic, then concert. Well all week I've been working on a scrapbooking page for the concert that my husband Scott,daughter Nichole, and I attended last Friday. The concert was at Windstar casino which is only a couple of hours from our house so we left early to go checkout the casino, pool, and check into the room my husband had booked for us. You see the Keith Urban concert tickets and weekend was my birthday present from the two of them a few months back. We got there a little after lunch; checked in and went exploring. This was my daughters first experience at a casino. After a little while and I mean about an hour she and both of us decided it wasn't our way to have fun. Although for my daughters first experience she actually won money. A rare thing we told her. The pool at the resort attached to the casino was beautiful; one of those you walk into no steps. They had lounge chairs in the shallow end so you could sit in the water to get your tan. So thats were we spent the majority of the afternoon. Then it is time to go to the concert and I asked my daughter you have the tickets? Yes she says and pulls out 3 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper that our tickets were printed on. I remember when you got real tickets to go to concerts, sporting events, even the movies. Anyone else?? When I was a teen and in my early 20's I had a cigar box with them all in it. Sadly I didn't take them when I left and I'm sure my mother threw them out. Sad I know, but nothing I can do about it now. As I was making this scrapbook page I had to cut down the paper to get to the ticket. The interesting thing about this is you had to take the whole sheet to the concert the barcode they scanned was at the bottom of the page. Here's my scrapbook page.
We went to the gate where the checked our purses (backpacks), and climbed the bleachers to our seats and yes we had actual seats with backs and everything. The concert was amazing and I felt spoiled by my hubby and daughter!! I have to admit though I was thinking I love Keith Urban but, Come on an outdoor concert in August in southern Oklahoma I was expecting it to be hot right. Nope it was about 70 with a constant breeze. A more beautiful night I could't have asked for. Thanks so much Scott and Nichole (Colie)!!!! Love you both!!! Thanks always for looking!! Hope you like it.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Twisted Citron Thank You

Hey: If any of you out there are like us and have a few pets. Going out of town can be an issue. We are so blessed because we have neighbors who are Awesome . Chris, Taryn, and their 3 adorable girls take great care of our dogs when we are gone!!! So I made this little thank you card for them. Also as usual I'm miss last minute getting this in. This week Simon Says Stamp blogs Monday Challenge ( is to use Twisted Citron- Hope you like it!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

We have layers

Hi- This month The Tim Holtz tag is about layering!! This was totally fun, messy, and I learned a new technique . There are so many products that make our crafting more fun. Working with gesso and seeing what it does to inks and stains was really fun. for this tag I used thinlet label dies (660060) from Tim Holtz Alterations-Sizzix. I placed them in different areas on my tag. The bottom layer came from the Paper Stash (8x8) pad the page I chose had a bunch of cool advertising labels on it. I cut a little school boy from the found relatives stash. Then I just kept layering with idea-ology nibs, pin, gears,game spinner, and a spring I found. Seriously these challenges are fun and spark you creativity!! You should join!! . As usual thank for looking!

Steamboat Springs, Co. And a new favorite Artist discovery

Hey: We got back a few days ago from Steamboat Springs. It was Beautiful and Awesome because we spent it as a family. We went for my daughter Kasey's boyfriends mountain bike race. Wow These athletes have to be in awesome shape!! 6 hours of intense terrain in 90+ weather. It really special because getting all 3 of our children schedules to be open at the same time is almost impossible!! Being off season We found a cute cabin (reasonable) with amazing views!! . The one at the very top. We went sightseeing so I had to take the picture of the iconic barn thats in almost every Steamboat Springs ad. . I also caught this bird picture -. My favorite picture my husband purchased for me from Stone Heart Gallery in Evergreen on our way down the mountain. In June I had lunch with my oldest daughter Kasey in Evergreen at the Willow Creek Restaurant. There was a large version of this painting there. I messaged the restaurant for the artist name. I'm now a huge fan of Julianne Miller!! Heres the picture we bought It's called "Once in a blue moose". As always Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Birthday Planner

Hi All: This weeks Simon Says Stamp blogs Monday Challenge ( is all about planners. I had to really think because I am awful about using planners!! So I decided to make a Birthday planner. I allowed 5 pages per month when I altered this composition book. I used some Tim Holtz paper I had in my stash to make the monthly tabs and front cover. So bling, birthday stamps and distress ink.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Girlie Birthday Tag

Hi There: Do any of you hoard just certain things in your stash? For me I love my Mon Ami Gabby bling, any Marion Smith paper (this mainly because it's so hard to get a hold of!!), and my Maja Design paper!! I love it, but it's so expensive. So I regulate the MD paper to scrapbooking pages, and then I keep all the scraps. This is a kinda sad post because I posting my entry in the CC3C Grand Finale challenge. This is the last one :-( . I've totally enjoyed these challenges!! I've learned so much from all of the woman on this design team, and so looked forward to seeing how they've viewed the technique in Tim Holtz's book- A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. The last challenge is to use the Layering stencil Monoprint technique. Check it out ( . Of course I used my favorite stencil Flourish THS032. I have to tell you I blended Picked Raspberry and Blueprint Sketch Distress Inks I love the purple they make!! . Tell me what you think!! My new challenge for myself is I'm going to master the bow technique that used my Richele Christensen and Paula Cheney!! I tried on this tag. I also used some of my coveted Mon Ami Bling. Not that easy. Since this is for a friend, so I'll be brave. These challenges have been sponsored by Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi, also this one by ( Here are the products I used on this project.. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks

Monday, August 3, 2015

New Workstation

Hey There: For Christmas last year my husband gave me a future workstation. We started designing it on Christmas Eve and stated measuring just before the new year. Between work, corn hole games, traveling for work and just life; my project kinda got put on the way side. Once we (mostly he) started assembling the pieces it was the end of June. The pieces then sat just outside my craft area for about a month. And finally as of yesterday I have my new workstation up. I love it. Hope you do to!!. One of the questions he asked me was how much storage? Seriously you can't ask a crafter that. Then he goes well you don't need anymore dies right? I smiled at him and said of course I need more dies, and ink, and texture fades, etc.... The question I have now do I keep the bookcase that I used as a workstation or put it in another room?

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Birdy Bling

Happy Sunday: I really try every week to make something for the Simon Says Monday Challenge. ( Some weeks time is not my friend or I squeeze it in on Sunday. I'm squeezing it in again. This week it was time management that did me in. This week the challenge is to use something other then regular card stock in your project. In June we had a scrapbook expo in Arlington Texas. Mr Holtz was demoing this metal looking paper ( TH Kraft-Core Metallic Collection) Yep fell in love with the paper, glaze, some stamps, pens,etc.... you get the picture, the budget went out the window. I have to say though my favorite purchase this year has been the Crazy Bird Stamps and dies. Kinda weird for me because I really don't like cutesy. It turns out they are just fun!! You can dress them up, 3d them, or group them all together. For my tag this week I used a Manila tag (normal for me), watercolor paper,and a piece of metallic kraft- core card stock (bronze). All these items are available at Simon Says Stamps. Hope you like my tag!!