Getting back to crafting, and a tag....

I've done a little crafting here and there the past year, but only usually for a specific project.  I've really missed the outlet of just playing around without the pressure for my project to come out right-or even look decent!
I spent some time creating over this past long weekend and plan on sharing some things here.  I'm not sure if anyone still reads here as I'm so inconsistent at posting.  Sorry about that for any of you who still hang around!
Starting off simple to get back into things, here's a little tag:
Cardstock, button, stamps(Mini Blooms), bakers twine, and tag die: PTI
Ribbon and ink: SU!


I'm finally getting around to scrapping my birthday trip from last year.  My best friend and I headed to Reno for  the weekend to see Third Eye Blind.  I took a lot of photos of Stephan Jenkins, as you could probably tell from the few above!
I also added in the photo of the cows since it was one of our favorite memories from the trip.  We really had no idea where we were due to the snow and a detour taken....somewhere.  We hadn't seen any cars or people for miles and miles when we came up to this stampede of cattle heading towards us.  We stopped right there in the road and they went around us, but of course we had to take a photo!


Sparkle and Shine Shaker

I'm having a lot of fun so far with these PTI Sparkle and Shine dies!


Haul Video

Okay, so I love watching haul videos - especially of products I'm looking at buying because it's nice to see the actual product in someone's hands to get a better feel for size, texture, etc.
My birthday passed by recently and I did a little shopping.  I made my first YouTube video of some of my goodies. 
Please remember, it's my first video so it's not perfect ;)  I'm hoping to find some type of editing app for Android so I can spiff up any future videos.  I've tried a few so far and haven't liked them.  Either they have a watermark over them or the  video output quality is poor.  Does anyone have any apps they use and like?

Here's a fun little bag of confetti and sparkly die cuts! Hoping to get these in some shaker cards soon!


Free Color Pop Lightroom Preset

Hello!  I've been having a lot of fun making Adobe Lightroom presets for my photos lately and I thought I would share one of the recent presets I used just a few posts back.
Here is an example of the preset in action with only one click:

free lightroom preset color pop


Free Silhouette Cameo Cut Files

Hello!  Just a quick post to share some cut files I recently made. 
I'd love to see a photo of your project if you use these.  Thanks!

(updated to add link to studio file)
free cameo cut files




There is a building I drive by every morning and it mostly goes overlooked.  I've wondered about this place for a few years now.  Wondered what it was, what it is now.  Time has worn it down quite a bit in just the last few years. 
Yesterday I stopped to take some photos before it's gone.
 Most mornings I see an older woman stopping by here to leave food out for the cats.
All the windows were boarded up and the doors were padlocked, so I was unable to see inside.

The front door used to read, "No one under 21 allowed".  The paint has been chipped away and you can barely read the words anymore.
This old truck sits out front.


Happy 2014!

A mantra for this year:

Wishing everyone the best for a happy 2014.


Project Life on Pinterest

Ok, so it's that time of year when everyone is starting to think about New Years Resolutions and projects for the upcoming year.  I prefer to keep my resolutions to myself so I'm the only one who knows about what I did and didn't do ;)  Horrible, I know.
As far as scrapping into the new year, it seems everyone is talking about Project Life for 2014.  A great resource for ideas is, of course, Pinterest.  I'd love to see your links to Project Life ideas on Pinterest so leave them in the comments if you'd like to share and I will link them in an upcoming post!
Here's mine: Project Life on Pinterest


Photography Reboot

I love photography.  I cannot remember a time in my life I didn't love it and I couldn't imagine a day of my life without it.
I've been finding myself in a slump lately and have been having a hard time getting inspired and picking up my camera.  I've made a recent decision that shooting for money is not really for me.  The pressure of having to complete a finished product for someone else just kinda' takes the fun out of it, you know?
I've been browsing around on-line the last couple of days looking at inspiring photography and came across this.  It has pretty much reaffirmed what it is that I truly love about photography.

The website is here: Humans of New York

I just thought I'd share for those of you who haven't yet seen this amazing site.


I'm now using Bloglovin to be able to keep up with all my favorite blogs out there.  You can find me there, too!

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3eb Bound!

Just a few more weeks until....
This guy!
Ahhhhh, Stephan Jenkins.
Those chin dimples get me every time.
 I will be headed to Reno with my best girl friend to see this handsome devil in person for a Third Eye Blind concert.
I can hardly contain my excitement!!!

Stephan Jenkins Third Eye Blind
Stephan Jenkins


What does the fox say?

Well, according to the song, he says a lot of things!
The kiddos have been loving this song lately and I have to say it's stuck on me, too :)
I thought it would make a cute part in our Project Life album so I created this little 3x4 card for it.
Feel free to right click and save it to your computer and use it for yourself!

And just in case you haven't seen what started the fox mania in the first place, here you go!


Happy Halloween!

Halloween is done and over by a few days now.  Every day it really does sneak up on me thought I'm not sure why since it falls on the same day every year.
Here are some quick treat bags I whipped up by using die cuts for the bags and the green glittered embellishment.  I then stuck some cute stickers on top to give them a little personality.
I hope everyone had  great Halloween!



Hello? Is anyone still out there?  It's been forever since I've posted here and I've been missing this little creative outlet quite a bit.  Life has been pretty busy since last year and I just haven't been too productive in the crafty world.
We have now entered the world of  having both kiddos in school, with field trips, helping in the classroom, activities, and all the busy time that comes with school.
Mr. Paperaddict was part of a show for the Discovery Channel with a camera crew following him around for four months.  Add that on top of 80+ hour work weeks, and I really missed him!
We are now back to Fall, my favorite time of year.  It seems to be the time of year when I get my crafty mojo back, too.  And here is a little card just to say hello!

Stamps: SU
Cardstock: SU Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze
Other: SU Chocolate Chip ribbon, Provocraft embossing folder, Martha Stewart edge punch


Stamper's First Aid

Hey y'all! I just wanted to share a little something from Papertrey's Stamp-A-Faire.  The fabulous Jessica Witty chose one of my past cards to give a little stampers first aid to. 

Here's a photo showing my card and her great re-make of it:
I love all the changes she made! 
Be sure to head on over to her blog to see her process here.


Free Printable 3x4 Chevron Journaling Cards

I have been absent from my blog for quite some time!  This time of year, with Summer coming along, I get sidetracked with a million different things and seem to have a hard time focusing on anything in particular.  Does anyone else have that problem?
Anyhow, I thought I would share a fun little printable I made to use in Project Life, mini albums, or whatever you can think up.  Here is a sheet of FREE printable 3x4 chevron patterned journaling cards for you to enjoy.  I hope you like them!



CTD183 and FM50

I had a little bit more time this week to play with a couple more of my favorite challenges!
This time I mixed two different challenges together:

I'm really loving that Really Rust color right now!

I was really excited to try these colors out together and they looked even better than I imagined.  I definitely see myself trying out this color combo a lot more.
I had some Really Rust cardstock, which I used to cut the heart border, but I didn't have matching ink.  So with a little playing around I discovered if I inked my stamp in red, then in Pumpkin Pie, it's a perfect match!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



I hope everyone had a great St. Patrick's Day weekend!  After my fill of one of my most favorite foods ever, corned beef, I had plenty of energy to get a bit crafty.

The ladies over at Freshly Made Sketches have yet another fun sketch to try out this week.  Here is the sketch:

And here is my go at it:

I've never been terribly good at following rules, so that is why I really enjoy a lot of the sketch challenges out there.  You don't have to re-create the sketch exactly, but just create something based on your interpretation of it.  I didn't change this sketch up too much but I was having a difficult time with the strip across the top so I opted to shorten the strip a bit and move it down toward the center.  Not too bad, eh?

Stamps: PTI Rosie Posie, Text Style, Mat Stack 1(sentiment)
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, So Saffron
Paper: SU! Soft Sky, Very Vanilla.  PTI white, fine linen.


FSM23 and PDCC 120

When I'm out of mojo, I love to combine a sketch challenge with a color challenge to make the planning of a project so much easier.  With all the colors and layout picked for me, I just get to do the fun part and get inky!

This week I worked with Freshly Made Sketches #23:

And here is my take on the two challenges:

I used a cute little $5 set from PTI to bring together a really quick and easy card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!