Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thank you cards for my neighbors

My brother passed away the end of November after a long battle with cancer. He had lived with us the last year of his life. Our neighbors gave us a beautiful plant and took turns taking care of our dogs while we had to go out of town to the funeral.

I am way late on the thank you cards. But, here is what I made today. These are the first cards I have made in what seems like forever. I hope they like them.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!

Things have been crazy for sometime now. Everything is starting to get back to normal. Watch for fun and great posts in 2009.

Merry Christmas!!!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Weight Update

Wow... where has the time gone? There has been lots going on lately in my life. I hope to grab a hold and get everything back on track. My weight loss has been constant. It actually has been nice having something I can control. I have lost a total of 40 pounds.... I can't believe it.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Curly or straight?

This is a two in one post.... one because I HAVE LOST 30 POUNDS!!!! YEAH!!!
The second is I wanted to show my new dooooo.... Whatcha think?

My hair is naturally curly but when I get it cut/colored I have my hair dresser straighten.... because I don't want to take the time. I highlighted my hair at the beginning of the summer and kept it this time.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.


Saturday, August 30, 2008

Football - I love football.

I am so excited for fall. High school football had their first games of the year last night. My DS coached in his first varsity game. He is a junior in college but got an assistant coaching job (offensive and defensive line). He played one year college ball and coached at the middle school the last two years. I am so excited for him to get the opportunity to coach varsity while still in college.
Of course, DH and I drive an hour and a half to watch DS coach. Well worth it. Here is a pic of the coach in action.

Oh, yes for those of you that don't know... I love football... high school, college and pro. I love it all.

Take care -

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cards from Scraps

Sometimes scraps make the cutest cards. Both of these cards are made from scraps. The one is an odd shape with a wrap made from paper. I like how it turned out.



Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Where has the time gone?

I don't know about you guys but I can't find time to keep up with anything. Sorry it has been so loooong since I posted. Here is a cute card I made for my DD. Enjoy - Traci

Thursday, July 31, 2008

WOW..... Ipod and Nike Sports Kit

We all of you know I am not the most technical person. Well, Sissy (DD) came home for a couple days. I went shopping with her of course. While looking for exercise shoes she convenience me to get Nike Ipod compatible shoes. The shoes were a little higher and the sports kit was $30. But, wow is it worth it.

You put this thing in your shoe and it transmits and stores info. It tells your how far, calories, etc. This by far is the coolest thing ever. I am soooo excited. You can transmit and chart your progress online.

We spent all afternoon loading songs to my IPOD which I got from work as an anniversary gift....YEAH.... cool gift huh?

I even downloaded a YOGA sunrise salutation series and beginner set. It will be a miracle if I can watch the itty bitty screen and keep my balance. One of the yoga downloads is a lady just talking you through a routine. I can probably manage that.

I have been much better practicing YOGA. I still need to spend more time exercising. But, it is coming.

I hope everything is going well for you. Sissy (DD) leaves tomorrow so I will be down in the dumps. I hope to craft some Saturday.

Happy life to you....


Monday, July 28, 2008


Sorry it has been forever since I posted. The month of July has flown by. Here is a simple card I made... I stamped the background on both pieces of paper. I really like stamped backgrounds. I hope with practice they will get better.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be posting bunches this week.... so come back.

Happy Crafting -


Sunday, July 6, 2008

Blueberry Muffins

YUMMY!!! Today is my birthday..... wooooooo-hooooooo. Yes, I still love having my birthday. Instead of cake I have blueberry muffins. Yummy. This is actually a cooking light recipe. They are really pretty good. The mega size muffins end up being 6 WW points. Standard size muffins are 4 WW points.

Thanks for stopping by....

Have a great day!!!


Wednesday, July 2, 2008

WW Update - 25 Pounds Gone

WOW......... I reached 10 percent weight loss today. WOO-HOO. I have lost a total of 25 pounds. Sorry.... I don't have a pic for this post. Just wanted to share my good news.

Thanks -


Monday, June 30, 2008

Summer Cards

Here are a couple summer cards. TFL - Traci

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Green Greetings (Go Green)

This card is made almost entirely from recycled materials; a ritz box, newspaper, paper from a shoebox. The only thing new is the brad and the scrap of paper inside the card.



Friday, June 27, 2008

I am home....

WOW..... we had a wonderful time in Vegas. I did not win enough for the sewing machine or copics. But we had a great time. The rest of tonight I am chilling out in my PJs. I have chores tomorrow but as soon as they are complete I plan on spending the day crafting. Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Take care all,


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

On a much needed vacation

I left yesterday..... that was Monday right....? For Vegas. Having a great time.... thought I would take a break end chill out at Krispy Kreme ..... enjoying a diet pepsi.... I have refrained from the doughnuts thus far.... not sure how long I can last though... LOL...

I'll be back Friday.....

wish me luck.... I want to buy copic markers and a new sewing machine.... with my winnings.... which I don't have yet..


Monday, June 23, 2008

Big Bag - Dallas Cowboys

I made this bag for my friend Janis's sister. I hope she likes it.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


This is a variation on the card I posted yesterday. I needed to make birthday card and I liked the other one so well I tried to recreate it. I did hand dot all the white dots with a pen.... crazy huh? I wish I would have had another chipboard button..... oh well.



Saturday, June 21, 2008

Big Blossom - Painted Card

A fellow papercrafter posted a teal and red challenge on the PCMB... this is my card. The picture does not show how deep teal the flower is. I really like how this card turned out.

SU Big Blossom
Hampton Arts Friends stamp
Red chipboard button
scrap ribbon


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Morning Glory Stamped Image Card

My friend Janis purchased this morning glory stamp at my BFF Tracy's used stamp sale..... How did I miss it....? I love the stamp. Thank goodness Janis let me stamp off a few. You can't see it well but the image is mounted on black card stock. I added glitter to a few flowers.... kinda reminds me of the morning dew.



Monday, June 16, 2008

WW Update - 20 Pounds Gone

I am so excited. Today I reached the 20 pound mark. Woooooooo-Hooooooooo. Because I am doing a life style change I elected not to weigh weekly. Since I am doing WW online this option works for me. In the past, I have gotten discouraged when the weigh didn't come off.... so not weighing weekly has really worked for me.

Take care all,


Saturday, June 14, 2008


I made these cards with leftover paper from a card I made my DD. TFL - Traci

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Simple Card

I made this card from leftovers. The little baggie includes stamped flowers. I thought it would be a cute little set to send to a papercrafting friend.

TFL - Traci

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Card - DP

Another square card with flowers.... I really like this card sketch. TFL - Traci

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I made this card to send to my daughter. Orange is my favorite color so I had to buy this DP. I added snaps for the 3D effect.

I like how it turned out.



Monday, June 2, 2008

Stamped Card - Papertrey Stamps

The stamps are from Papertrey Ink. I could not resist orange my favorite color.
Here is the link to the original card created by Nichole Heady:



Friday, May 30, 2008

WW Update

The WW plan has not been that hard to follow. I have successfully lost 15 pounds since I started. It is now a habit to drink my H2O. This month I am going to focus on getting in my exercise.
Since I am in this for the long haul I have decided to take a picture with each weight loss update. YUCK.... I hate my pic taken.



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Stamped Background Card

Sorry I have been missing in action. I hope to catch up on some posts. This is just a simple stamped background card.



Monday, April 28, 2008

Pink, Black & White Card

The background is white cardstock stamped with black ink. The flowers I punched out. TFL - Traci

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Look what I bought........

I love vintage.... On our way home we drove by this house and they had this awesome outdoor furniture set. I had to buy it... what a bargain for $125. I already had the white end tables... I can't wait to fancy up the back patio. Isn't this the best ever....?



Monday, April 14, 2008

I joined WW today.....

Well, I went to the doctor today. Oh my gosh.... I weigh more than I ever have. In the past two years, I have gained almost 50pounds........... I can't believe it. I never was really thin...... but oh my. I know I have family stress but I can't use that as an excuse. My thyroid is still not producing enough so my medication has been changed yet again. I hope this will help kick start the metabolism. I don't know.

I joined WW online. My sign on is myw8is250. I hope this clever sign on will help me keep focused and be more accountable for my choices.

Don't worry this won't turn into a weight loss blog.

Thanks for your support.


Sunday, April 13, 2008

Non assembled Card Storage

I thought I would share with you how I store non assembled cards. Once I have decided on a card if making multiples I cut all the pieces together. Place them in a somewhat order in a pencil box. I bought several pencil boxes in the fall when on sale for 15 cents.... This process has worked really well when preparing for swaps or mass production. I also place a sketch or completed card in the pencil box so I don't forget what I had in mind.



Monday, March 31, 2008

PCMB Challenge

Some ladies on the paper crafts message board posted a card a day challenge... This is my first contribution. I really like the brown and green. WOW... do I ever love the marvy flower punches. I have three punches now and use them all the time.
Sorry about the blurry pics.... I am still getting a hang of it.



Purse - Amy Butler Fabric

I thought I would share a couple of purses.... The rectangle multi fabric purse is my old one I had been carrying around for awhile. I decided to change it out for the spring floral pattern purse. I originally made it for my daughter but she said it was to small. I love how I can just pitch everything in it. The best thing is it washes well in the machine.

The spring floral is an Amy Butler pattern. The multi fabric purse is my own pattern. It is a perfect size and now that I have made enough of them it is quick and easy.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bag; large purse

I original made this bag to carry file folders. I have adopted it for my papercrafts. TFL - Traci

Baylee's Book

I made this 6x6 book for my BFF daughter, Baylee. She is an amazing writer. I love the pink and black pirates. You may not see the sentiment is attached with pink rhinestones. Super Cute...

OOOOOOOPPS! Sorry not sure how to flip the picture. I am still new to most of this.

TFL - Traci


I found 2 sets of off-white cards... this is what I did with them. Now I have 16 generic cards to use. These were quick and easy. I love the flowers. TFL - Traci


With my new organized space I am going to try to use up current supplies on projects. Here are a couple of cards I had left from the misc pile of pattern paper. TFL - Traci

Friday, March 21, 2008

March Madness.... Basketball

Wow... I love March Madness. Tomorrow is going to be the best. I plan on sitting in my craft room watching basketball all day...... Well at least until 5:00. Then I have to go to a wedding. Enjoy your weekend.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Journal Stamp Card

My BFF, Tracy gave me the journal stamp. I used it with several other stamps. I love how the card turned out. No patterned paper just stamps. The flower was punched with red scraps.
This card was inspired by a card I saw in January 2008 (Volumne 3 Issue 1) of Cards magazine... page 143. The original designer is Diane DiTullio.
TFL - Traci

Paper Crafts Message Board Challenge

I love the paper crafts magazine gallery and message board. There are so many creative ladies over there. I created this today for the pink and green challenge.



Saturday, March 15, 2008

My Craft Room

It is official.... I have a craft space. The concrete floor is perfect.... messes sweep up and my dogs can craft with me.
I don't have the curtains done yet. The fabric is in the wash. I spent most my budget... so I plan on using fabric I purchased previously for something. Who knows what...
DH made the counter top space with the sewing machine, the cabinet, and the awesome workstation. The table the computer sits on is a table we had and I swiped.
Because of a tight budget the construction is mostly plywood and 2x4s. It works well for me because then I won't be afraid to mess it up.
The workstation is perfect for cutting fabric. I have a bar stool I sit on while using it. It is on casters so I can pull it out to get to all sides.
I'll try to post once I get the curtains finished. Hopefully, this afternoon.

Full Cabinet

Here is my cabinet full of goodies.

TFL - Traci