Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I finally finished a project!

I've been a very bad blogger, I have not posted since Nov. 25th. If I have any followers left, I would like to show you a project I finally finished. (I hate it when life gets in the way of scrapping. Ha!)

This is my Tick Tock Clock Mini Album. I ordered the pattern from Laura Dennison of If you've never been to Laura's blog you must check out her u-stream classes, she's awesome.

I used chipboard, graphic 45 and Tim Holtz paper. It's a steam punk clock and mini. The mini book slides in the side of the clock. Here are some pictures, let me know what you think (that is if your still following me) Have a great day, Shari

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hi everyone, Happy Thanksgiving (what's left of it) I hope you all had a good day and had lots to be thankful for. I have so much to be thankful for this year.
But right now I'm thankful that the musical is over. YES!! It was a lot of work clothing all those kids, but it was well worth all the time we put into it. It turned out Wonderful! It was called Hairspray, here's a picture of the whole group and one of my daughter in one part of the play called the Big Doll House. She was the matron in the prison and did a fabulous job. I'm so proud of her. You can click on the pictures to make them larger. Since it's all over I actually had time to make a layout, I need your help with a title. I can't think of one. This summer we went on vacation and stopped at Cumberland Falls. We always take the kids pictures in this cool hollow tree. My daughter and her cousins love going there and posing for pictures. I like the way the layout turned out, but cannot think of a title. Help!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If you're wondering where I've been:

I haven't posted anything in a long time! I volunteered to help with costumes in a musical play at my daughters high school. I thought I'd have to spend a few days shopping, wrong! It ended up being me and another lady, clothing 75 kids. YIKES! I'm getting to know all the second hand stores very well.
The play is Hairspray the musical, and my daughter plays the matron in the Big Doll House. The play takes place in the 60's it's going to be really cute. My daughter is a senior and hasn't tried out for a play since grade school. She was thrilled to get this part, I'm happy for her. It's been a lot of work, but fun also. I'm taking the day off and going to an all day scrap Saturday so I'll post something then. I'm still checking out all the blogs I'm following daily. Have a great day, Shari

Thursday, November 4, 2010

TiddleyInks blog candy

TiddleyInks has some great blog candy up for grabs! Hurry and enter, it ends tonight at midnight.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


My daughter doesn't go trick or treating any more, she's 17. But the last couple of years her honors society has gone trick or treating for canned goods for a local rescue mission here in town. Her and her friend made Rubik's cubes yesterday down in my craft room. I think they turned out pretty cute! Of course Maggie (our dog) had to get in on the action. Happy Halloween Everyone! Shari

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A couple of cards I made

Here are a couple of cards I made recently. The apron card I made for my wonderful niece Bekah, she sewed me a homemade apron and sent it to me from Georgia where she is stationed in the Army. Thanks so much Bekah, I love it, and I love you.

The owl card I made for Enfys I won some blog candy from her and used some of the supplies she sent me to make a thank-you card. If you've never been to Enfys blog, check it out, she lives part of the year in the UK and part in the States. She sent me some wonderful UK goodies. The roses are from a cuttlebug folder called roses, the papers she sent me are so pretty, the pictures don't do it justice. Thanks Enfys!

Happy Halloween fellow bloggers and followers! Shari

Monday, October 25, 2010

Grunge Purse Tutorial

I had some people asking questions on how I made my Grunge Paper Purse. I originally published it on my blog on July 27th post.( You can scroll down to that post for more details.)
I'm going to attempt to do a tutorial on how I made it. I've never done a tutorial before but I will attempt it.
I free handed this purse template after seeing purse patterns on cricut cartridges, they were all so tiny and I wanted something I could actually carry.

The purse dimensions assembled are 5 1/4" high, 10" wide and 2" deep.
I used 2 sheets of 12 x 12 Tim Holtz grunge paper.

Here is the template that I free handed: The over-all size of this piece is, 12x12 (picture on left)

Hopefully you can click on the pictures to make them larger to see the dimensions.

The next piece I cut is the lid of the purse:
This piece is, 9 1/8" x 9 3/4" overall.
(picture on right)
I used a punch and scalloped the flap of the purse.

For the sides, I cut 2
(picture on left)
After the purse was cut out of the gunge paper, I inked it with TH distress ink. (before putting it together.)

The next 2 pictures show how the purse is put together after it is folded.

Here the cover is laying on the purse.
(picture on left)

To assemble the purse I used a paper piercer to poke holes where I wanted the brads to go.
This picture shows what the sides look like folded. Before I put the side pieces over them, I slipped a round metal ring in the top flap of the side to hold the handle. Then I attached the sides down. For added durability I also used glue along with the brads.
Don't go by the holes on the pattern, I would suggest you put the purse together, then mark where you want the holes.

The next 3 pictures are of the finished purse.
The stamping was done with Stazon Ink before the purse was assembled.
I used a tape measure for the handle
I added lace on the front flap
For the flowers: I made them out of old books and my cricut. I inked them and
added glossy accents to each petal before assembling.
The clock face and tag were cut out of TH paper and topped with glossy accents.
The tag was cut with grunge paper and stamped and inked. Held on with TH swivel clasps.

I know I've made this more confusing than it really was, but it's hard for me to explain. I hope this answered some of your questions, don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. For those of you who are computer savey, feel free to make a gypsy file. I don't know how to open a file let alone make one.
If you happen to make a purse, I'd love to see it. Let me know. Shari

Friday, October 22, 2010

Huge giveaway at Wee Memories

Wee Memories is having a huge giveaway that ends tomorrow night. Hurry and Enter before it's too late.

Check out their Scrappy Saturday Challenge!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A few of my favorite things, PLAQUE

This is what I've been working on. I took a wood plaque that I bought on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $2. and painted it brown. The large dress form on the right is My Minds Eye paper (lost and found) Along the bottom I used a Tim Holtz measuring tape. The iron fence is a Halloween Martha Stewart punch I cut the little bats off of.
The other dress form is a stamp from Oxford Impressions (the dressmaker) I stamped it on canvas and frayed the edges and inked them to age it a little. I put lace along the top edge.
I cut the flowers from Tim Holtz tattered floral die and the leaves from his tattered leaves die. I cut them out of grunge paper. On one of them I stamped the text first then used Tim Holtz distress inks and colored them. I added old buttons in the center and a few feathers to top them off. I used Tim Holtz swivel clasps to hold some charms I made out of his fragments. The paper behind them are also Tim Holtz.

I've never entered any challenges before but I really like the way this turned out, I think I will enter it in a couple of challenges.
I think it will qualify for the Practical Scrappers challenge. Distressing.
If you know of any other challenges I can enter into, I'd appreciate you letting me know.
What do you think? I love your comments, Shari

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another card

Here is a card I made with one of my new stamps that I won from ead designs. This is Melody, paper makeup stamp. I'm not very good at the coloring of images, but I tried. I used copic markers and prisma colored pencils. The paper is Tim holtz. I didn't add a sentiment, I wasn't sure what I wanted it for, I'll add it when I decide to use it. Let me know what you think. Shari

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just want to share:

I just want to share a card I made this weekend for my brother in laws birthday. His nickname is Unk and he turned 70. I used some Tim Holtz papers, scrabble tiles, and a bingo number with a hole drilled in it.

We had a busy weekend with his birthday party and homecoming so I didn't get alot done. Shari

Wow, I won the mother load of all giveaways!

I recently entered into a drawing at . And guess what? I WON!!!! I received my package the other day and all I can say is WOW! Look at all the goodies. Thanks so much Emily, I can't wait to start crafting with all my new goodies.

Friday, October 8, 2010

I need help!

What did I do? When I go to blogger to read all the latest on the blogs I follow, it's only showing me the past 2 hrs. posts. I don't think I changed any settings, but I can't see anything over the past two hrs. I've always been able to check on hrs. and hrs. and days of posts. Is anyone else having this problem? Any help would be appreciated. Shari

Sunday, October 3, 2010


First of all Happy National Card Making day, a little late.
We spent the whole day today at UofM for Tech day. What a long day, lots of walking and cool wet weather. My daughter loves this place, I hope she's accepted or I think she'll be crushed. We had a nice dinner at Chili's and then went to IKEA. My feet are killing me! (It was worth it, I love this store) We left at 6am and got home after 9pm.
Okay, now on to my winner of my lace and flowers: And the winner is......... Marlene!! Congratulations, send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I'll get your package out to you on Monday. cricutrookie @ aol dot com
Have a great day everyone!!!Shari

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Last Chance on my Blog Candy!

Last chance on my blog candy, I'll close the drawing in an hour and 39mins. Scroll down and sign up on my original post. Thanks, Shari

Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's time for BLOG CANDY!!

When I posted about my blog award I realized it was my 100th post. I started this blog about 10 months ago and what a journey it's been. I love blogging, I love the people I've met, the comments I get, the way it motivates me to craft more than I normally would. So how about a little giveaway. I love lace and hopefully you do too, I have a yard of each, 14 different laces. I'm also including a few of my crocheted flowers.

If you'd like to win, you must be a follower of my blog and leave a comment. If you'd like to post on your blog about my candy, let me know and I'll give you another entry. I'll draw a winner a week from today. Oct.3rd, I'll close the drawing at midnight on the 2nd of Oct. Thanks for celebrating 100 posts with me. Shari

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I got another blog award!!!

I was passed on this great blog award by two different people. I'm so excited! First of all Audrey from presented me with it. If you've never been to her blog, you must check it out! She's crafty in all areas.

Next Stacy from gave me the same award! Check out both of these blogs, you won't be sorry.

I'm supposed to pass on this award to 15 other bloggers. But I'm going to cheat and let anyone who wants it take it. Sorry, I can't pick I like every ones creations. Thanks Ladies!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wow two posts in one week!

I must be sick. Ha! I made a few cards in the last couple of days and thought I'd share them. The first cards I made are for an anniversary party for my dear cousin and her husband. They are celebrating their 50th on Sunday. I always make double to use on another occasion. I cut the 50's on my cricut, used some old lace and the cakes are Jolee's boutique dimensional stickers I got on clearance. The little flowers are prima, I also got on clearance.

The next cards I made were for my two nieces who just had baby boys. I used flower soft for the first time on these tiny little flowers. You can click on the pic. to see the flowers better. I stamped the buggy and colored it with prisma color pencils, then added glossy accents to the buggy and wheels. The baby bottle is a dimensional sticker from Jolee's boutique. I added the ribbon and pearl brads. I also made 2 but only took pics. of 1. What do you think?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

I did some crafting!!!!!!

Wow, It's about time don't you think? Lately I've been in a funk and have no ambition to make anything. And when I do what to make something, life seems to get in the way.

Well last night I attended a U-Stream live with Laura Denison. Check out her blog : following the paper trail .
(I just love her projects, she has so much talent.)
So today I decided to give the wreath she was making a try. The sun flower pieces were all cut by hand, pleated and inked, the flowers were cut with the Tim Holtz die, tattered florals. The leaves were all cut on my cricut and also inked. I think it will look cute hanging on my front door, what do you think? You know I love your comments!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My take on the craft spinner

Ok, I admit it, I haven't been very creative. I hoped I would have got alot done this week but once again life gets in the way. I did get a chance to try the masking technique that Jennifer McGuire had a
video on. I stamped the dress maker image and used glossy
accents, let dry. Then I inked the tag. Pretty cute huh?

Since I haven't been very creative I thought I would share MY version of the Inksentials craft spinner, shown here.

I found a rack at a store going out of business and this is my version. I drilled holes in my ink blender tools and ran a piece of leather thru them. I hung clips to hold my

daubers on and labeled each color. Now I have a blending tool and dauber for my most frequently used colors, and I don't have to switch pads. I love it, it's very handy.

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'll be creating soon!

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't been posting. I've been babysitting for my cousin and her husband while they are in Ireland and I also went camping for 4 days up north. The camping was great, we had a few thunderstorms but we got a lot of boating in. My parents and brother and family and sister and family all went, so we spent some great family time together. I have 2 more days with the kids staying at their house then I can get back home and hopefully get some crafting done. Hopefully I'll have something to share soon. Take care, Shari

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I feel terrible!

I was checking over my blog tonight and I realized that I received 2 blog awards a week ago and didn't post them. I'm so sorry, I feel terrible and I do truly appreciate them. Since it's been a while I'm just going to say thanks so much to these two wonderful fellow bloggers.

First off Debbie from gave me the Trendy Blog Award

And Fern from gave me the Versatile Blogger Award You have to go visit these ladies, they do some amazing project. Once again I'm sorry. Shari

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I made a few cards last night

Hello everyone! I though I'd share a few cards I made last night with you.

My sweet cousin Tricia sent me a package yesterday with all kinds of rubber stamps. Thank you Tricia, your too sweet! I made a few cards with them last night.

Her and her mom Pat sent me a rooster watering can for my collection of chickens and roosters, it's so cute. I'm going to send a couple of these cards to them. Have a great day! Shari