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Welcome! This is the place where I share my artsy and crafty projects. I am an evolving artist these days ... finding myself enjoying less of the cards and mini albums that I have made for years, and turning to art journaling and more artistic endeavors. I have always enjoyed some craft or other, and some of my earliest memories of my mother helping me make paper dolls and other crafts. I am now in my 60's and finding myself more passionately enjoying creating beautiful things and learning new skills and techniques and products.

While you are here I hope you will find inspiration and ideas for making your own projects, however any images or projects you find here are my personal property and should not be used for your own monetary gain, or for contests or challenges. Thank You!


2S4U - Laura's Sketch 57

So, I've had a busy day, but this morning I had a bit of free time, and decided I "needed" to make a card.  I mean, I needed to do that which brings me joy, and peace, and gets my mind off of things, and playing with paper and such is what does that for me!  Also, I was meeting a friend for lunch and she wanted a wedding card for her nephew, so I thought I would turn Laura's sketch into a pretty wedding card.  Here is her sketch . . .

And here is my card based on her sketch . . .

And here are all the details . . .

  • Base card stock (cream) is Die Cuts With a View
  • Black rectangle of card stock is Bazzill Basics
  • Patterned paper is both sides of Websters pages "life's portrait . . . love yourself"  The black on cream is the back side and the text on the top butterfly is the front side
  • Stick pins are Jenni Bowlin 'Superior Stick Pins' - Pewter
  • Shimmery organza ribbon is from my stash

Other Info:
  • Card base cut on Cricut using Walk in my Garden cartridge, card2 set at 5"
  • Patterned background cut on Cricut using Walk in my Garden cartridge, card1 set on 4 3/4"
  • Butterflies cut on Cricut using Serenade cartridge, butrfly3 set at 1 3/4" and 2"
  • Butterflies were separated for dimension using foam squares, then popped off the page using more foam squares

And that's my card!  It was very simple and came together in no time.  I like it when things happen that way!  And I actually have already sold the card to my friend, but she thought she might keep it for herself rather than send it to her nephew.  I told her the choice was hers!  (Love you, Gladys!)  Come back again soon!  Becky


Cute Card Thursday, Card for Deb, and more Jenni Bowlin goodies!

I'm really loving using my new stash of Jenni Bowlin goodies that I won on the Moxie Fab World blog.  The colors are so crisp and have a retro feel that I just love!  I also love that they go so well with the images from Crafty Secrets "Heartwarming Vintage' line.  I needed to make a Thank You card for my blogging friend, Deb, who was the hostess AND my partner in a Teacup Swap, so once again I went looking for a challenge inspiration and found what I was looking for at Cute Card Thursday's Challenge #122.  Here is the sketch . . .

and here is my card based on the sketch . . .

And here is the 'scoop' . . .

  • Base card stock is Die Cuts With a View
  • Patterned papers are Jenni Bowlin 'Homespun' line
  • Textured cardstock is from Jenni Bowlin 'Brights' by core'dinations
  • Large flower paper and small red and white 'banner' are journaling cards from Jenni Bowlin 'Homespun' line
  • Image is from Crafty Secrets, Heartwarming Vintage line 'Domestic Goddess' sheet
  • Gems on butterfly are from Prima e Line
  • Stickles 'Diamond'
  • VersaMark ink
  • Ranger 'Pine Green' embossing powder
  • Vintage buttons and cotton twine from my stash

  • Card was cut on Cricut 'Walk in my Garden' cartridge using 'card2'
  • Butterfly was cut on Cricut 'Serenade' cartridge using 'Butrfly3'
  • Scalloped circle was cut on Cuttlebug using Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Scalloped Circles Small'
  • Textured cardstock in scalloped circle was sanded lightly with an emery board to bring out lighter color.
  • Sticklse on flower, bow, pie, etc. for a bit of sparkle
  • Image was backed on green DCWV card stock and popped up on foam squares

As I said above, I am really loving how well these Jenni Bowlin papers are working with the Crafty Secrets images - they really make for sweet cards with a retro feel.  Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you again soon!  Becky


Card Patterns 74 and Jenni Bowlin Freebies!

Hi Folks!  Yes, I am back!  Things have been very busy around here for the last few weeks, with the busy-ness culminating in our camping vacation to the North Carolina High Country!  We actually came back a day early so I could help out at the Georgia Farmgirls flea market yesterday.

A little while after I got home - tired and hot - someone knocked on the front door, and there it was . . . THE box . . . the box from Jenni Bowlin!!!  A few weeks ago I won a giveaway from Cath at Moxie Fab World and it was just full of goodies from Jenni Bowlin's 'Homespun' line.  You can see pics of everything I won by clicking on the link above. 

Anyway, they came and I ripped open the box and just fell in love with these papers and embellishments.  Of all the things in the box, I love the pad of core'dinations card stocks most - they are so gorgeous!!!  Anyway, first chance I had today I got online and looked for a sketch challenge for inspiration, and I love this sketch from Card Patterns . . .

I also loved the challenge on Daring Card Makers to 'Layer It Up', so I thought this one would work for them as well.  You all know I love it when I can work two challenges out of one card!!!

And here is the sweet card I made with my new JB goodies, based on the sketch and DCM's 'dare' to add and extra layer. . .

And here are the details . . .

  • Base card stock is Die Cuts With a View
  • Red patterned paper (including butterfly) is Jenni Bowlin 'Homespun' Tiny Tulips
  • Yellow  patterned paper is Jenni Bowlin 'Homespun' Geo Flower
  • Green patterned paper is from Jenni Bowlin 'Homespun' Journaling Cards
  • Textured cardstock is from Core Impressions "Jenni Bowlin Brights Collection" by core'dinations
  • Colored bling is from Prima e line
  • Silver bling is from Basic Grey 'bling it'

  • Butterfly was cut using Cricut Serenade cartridge, "Butrfly3" set at 1 3/4 inches
  • Journaling card was matted with cardstock for weight and popped up using foam squares
  • Embossed cardstock was torn with aid of a Plaid decorative edged ruler

I love these new Jenni Bowlin goodies, and can't wait to have time to play with them more.  Please come back soon and see what I'm up to in my studio at Camellia Cottage!!!


CPS #174 and Mama's Birthday

Well, I didn't really have time to make a card, but I had no choice as my mother's 80th birthday draws closer and closer and I didn't have one made for her yet.  So last night I sat down and looked to see what sketch challenges were out there, and loved the simple sketch from Card Positioning Systems (CPS) this week.  I did flip it because I wanted the bow on the right, but otherwise the sketch was perfect for what I had in mind!

This week's sketch is sponsored by Gina K. Designs, a great source for paper crafting supplies.

Here is the sketch  . . .

And here is my card . . .

And here is all the info . . .
  • Card stock is all Die Cuts With a View (DCWV)
  • Ribbon is from Hobby Lobby 'by the roll'
  • Image is from Crafty Secrets 'Heartwarming Vintage' Garden
  • Just a touch or two of Stickles 'Star Dust' on the flowers
  • Button from my stash
  • Card base cut using Cricut 'Walk in my Garden' cartridge, card 2 set at 5 inches
  • Frame cut using Cricut 'Mothers Day' cartridge, frame 3.  There is a hole in center of the frame, but I matted the image on dark green card stock and placed it over the opening.

And that is it!  A very simple card in colors and the vintage feel my mother loves.  And I hope you like the card as well!

The next two to three weeks will be pretty busy, so I doubt I'll get much crafting done, but after that things should calm down a bit around here and I should have a chance to play in my studio for a while. 

OH!  And I've won two batches of goodies in the last couple of weeks, and they should be arriving any day, so I'll tell you all about those as soon as I can.  One was from a blog hop for Daring Card Makers with a stash of Nikki Sivils stuff, and the other was a wonderful bunch of Jenni Bowlin goodies from Cath at Moxie Fab World.  (I am so excited!)  Until then, have a great day!  Becky


Hello everyone!  I'm sorry it's been so long between posts, but things have been kind of busy around here.  I have been crafting, but just haven't had a chance to sit down and do a post.  Today I want to share with you three tags that I have made recently. 

This first tag was made for LAST week's Daring Card Makers challenge to make something with an Ice and Snow theme.  Well, I didn't get it made in time to post for the dare, but I wanted to share it with you anyway.  You see, it was very hard for me to come up with an ice and snow theme when we were in our 15t h- 20th straight days of temps over 90 degrees (F) and heat index over 100 degrees.  In other words, it's been very hot for a long time!  Here is what I came up with . . .

A tag with the message "Just a reminder . . . it won't be this hot forever!"  I cut the circles on my Cricut using Plantin Schoolbook, circle, set at 5 1/2 inches for the base and 5 inches for the patterned paper.  The card stock and patterned paper are from Die Cuts with a view.  The ribbon was a gift from a friend, the brads from my stash, and the snowflake, also from my stash, was purchased a couple of years ago at Dollar Tree.  The sentiment was printed on my ink jet printer.

The next two tags were made for my friends, and while I don't think they read this blog, just in case I won't call them by name.  First up . . .

I cut the tag base on my Cricut using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge, round top set at 6" with the 'hole option'.  The card stock is DCWV, the image is from the Friendship and Flowers cuts sheet from Heartwarming Vintage by Crafty Secrets.  I trimmed around it and then touched it up with Stickles 'Frosted Lace'. 

The buttons, chipboard frame and charms are from my stash.  The pin is a quilting pin that I dipped into bit of glue, then dipped into white German glass glitter.  There is a bead beneath the pinhead, also from my stash.  The ribbon is French seam binding from Bluebird Lane shop on Etsy.

The sentiment was stamped onto a chipboard slide from the 'Sweet Chips' assortment by Crafty Secrets.  The sentiment was a 'Stampin Up' stamp I borrowed from a friend.

The next one is also for a good friend, and my favorite of the three.  These are definitely her colors, and I hope she likes it!  The tag was cut using my Cricut and the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge using the 'scroll top' tag with the hole option, set at 5 1/2 inches.  The card stock is Bazzill 'burlap' texture.

The patterned paper is a tag from the K&Company Wild Saffron tag pad.  The image is from the Friendship and Flowers cuts sheet from Heartwarming Vintage by Crafty Secrets.  I glued it to some chip board, framed it in a cotton twine, and added just a touch of Stickles 'Platinum' to each corner.  The very old button is from my stash, as is the twine I used to 'thread' it.

I added a heart charm tied with some brown bakers twine, a rub-on by Melissa Frances, and some ivory satin ribbon from my stash.  The gem and pearl are from Prima e-line.

So that's it!  The tree tags I made this week.  I also have a couple of cards almost ready to post, and hope to have them on here some time this weekend. 

For those in the US, I hope you are having a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day, and if there are any of you with friends or relatives who are spending their day in service to our country, THANK YOU!!! 

Blessings, Becky