Thursday, July 7, 2011

My Baby Graduated!!!

I'm so sorry I haven't posted in so long, This summer has been so busy!

My daughter Deni Graduated 10th in her class, and we couldn't be prouder!!!!! We threw her a party at our home with 150 people in attendance. We spent a lot of time getting things ready making favors etc. But it turned out to be a great party, a good time was had by all.

I made ribbons for all of us to wear to the graduation with her picture on them. I got the idea from Tammy at Thanks so much for the great idea Tammy, everyone loved them.

I also made sour cream favors with her school paper and purple and gold card stock. It took forever to do 150, but they were a big hit

Here are a few pictures, let me know what you think. I LOVE your comments. Shari

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Mothers Day Card

I thought I'd share my Mothers Day card I made for my Mom.

I cut the dress form and thread with my Tim Holtz sewing room die out of a coke can! I can't believe how easy it was to cut with my Vegabond, like butta!! I then ran it thou his texture fade, pattern and stitches set, then I colored it with copper paint dabber. I decorated it with some lace and attached twine to my thread spool. The punch I used was one of Martha Stewarts.

I think this qualifies for a couple of challenges.

Simon Says challenge (anything goes)

Inspiration Emporium (use some sort of packaging)

Let me know what you think, I really love your comments. Shari

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I made something!!!

Finally, it's been a month since my scrap room flooded and I finally have it all back together. I'm so happy to be able to do a little crafting. We insulated, the drywall is up and walls are painted. It was a big job, but well worth it. I'll do a video or post pictures in the next couple of days.

On to my tag. I did alot of shopping in the month I couldn't create and one of the things I bought was the Tim Holtz sewing room die. While I was preparing dinner today, I put a turkey breast in the roticary and while I was removing the nylon net that covers it, I had a a-ha moment. HA! I saw a skirt for my dress form die.

I cut the tag out of some kraft card stock and distressed the edges with my new distrezz-it-all, inked the edges, cut the dress form and after inking applied the skirt. I love it!! The sentiment is one of Tim's and the stamp is from Great Impressions I just got from my LSS. I dyed the pink seam binding with some pink bubble gum glimmer mist and crinkled it up.

I think this will work for Simon says stamp challenge Distressing.

It's good to be back, let me know what you think of my tag. I love your comments. Shari

Sunday, March 27, 2011


My husband and I went down to the University of Michigan again with our daughter for another tour and a meeting. Deni my baby, she'll be 18 in June, loves this college. After checking it out for the 4th time, she finally committed! She's officially a student in the fall at the U of M!!!! We put down our deposit and made it official. She's spent so much time touring colleges and researching them all and this is where she feels she should be. I'm so happy for her and know she'll do well, but I'll miss her so much!!!! Here are a couple of pictures of Deni and Maggie Mae, our dog. She also went with us and loved it.

As far as being crafty, my scrap room is still not back together. We got all the water cleaned up from the flood, but since the basement was tore up we decided to drywall and insulate. The drywall is hung but now has to be finished. What a mess!! It will all be worth it in the long run, but I'm going nuts, waiting to work in my space, I miss crafting!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


I thought I'd share what I've been doing. No not having a good time scrapping and creating, but cleaning up a big mess. We woke up Thursday morning to a flooded basement! Our sump pump stopped working and we've been cleaning up for the last four days.
You want to know the worst part of it? My scrapping room is down there!!!!! I was very, very lucky. I don't think any of my treasures were ruined! Thank God!!
This was a real wake-up call for us. We've been buying shelves and organizing everything. Our basement was finished but we just had the cement blocks painted. So my husband had this bright idea to build walls inside the cement blocks and drywall the basement. This way it will look more homey and we can insulate. I'm sure it's going to take some time, since we are doing it all ourselves. My husband turns 58 Tues. and I'm 51 and we don't get as much done as we used to. We built the house 11 years ago and had all sorts of ambition. Not any more! Ha!!
So needless to say I won't be crafting for quite some time. I'm so bummed, but in the long run my space will be much nicer. I plan on taking a little more of the basement when everything is put back together. I'll make sure and post pictures of my studio when it's finished.
Have a great day everyone. Shari

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My daughters project

My daughter is a senior in high school and had to make a brochure for one of her classes. She used to scrap with me when she was younger but it's been along time. I'm so proud of her project, she wanted it to look aged and rouged. She crumbled up the card stock and inked it. I love the way it turned out, I hope she gets an A. What do you think?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Another Challenge

I was fortunate enough to be picked for Challenge #33 on All Things Tim group last week, so I thought I'd give it another try.

This week is Challenge # 34 Create your own art using the Dimensional Collage Fragments technique. Found on pg. 63 in Tim Holtz book A Compendium of Curiosities.

I used the largest fragment and stamped several images of sewing stamps. The background is an old bible page. This is a fun technique and I'm sure I'll be trying more of it.

The next step was what to do with the fragment. I decided to make a new button box for all of my old buttons that had been passed down from my Grandma. I bought this plain box at Hobby Lobby and covered it with paper.

I cut the word buttons out of Tim's paper and added a old thimble,a needle threader and one of Grandma's old buttons. I used a rub-on for the dress form. I personally think it needs more, but more dear daughter says I always add to much.

I think this qualifies for the Challenge # 34 at Studio L3

Gloria's challenge on All Things Tim

A No Cook Recipe at Simon Says Stamp Challenge 1 Image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments.

Let me know what you think, I like how it turned out but I still think it needs something. Shari

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Look at my Tim Holtz Tag

I've been watching all the tags that have been posted on some of the blogs I follow and I finally tried one.
I used kraft card stock to punch out the tag with my new tag die from Sizzix. I then clear embossed a fabric stamp and covered over it with distress inks.
I made the wing with a great technique that I learned from Roni at: she has a great tutorial on her blog, I'll definitely be doing more of this technique.
I used a key for my base and some lace to make a little flower under the clock face I cut out of Tim's paper and added hands and glossy accents. I used some of Tim's corner on the bottom of the tag.
I also tried a new technique of dying seam binding with alcohol inks for the ribbon on top.
Finally I added a Tim Holtz key that I used alcohol inks to age it.
I'm going to enter my tag in simonsaysstampchallenge for a coffee and cream challenge.
And also studioL3 alcohol inks on metal the Compendium Challenge #33
I will also submit it to All Things Tim Let me know if you like it, I love your comments. Also I posted all my charms from the charm swap in the post below. Shari

Charm Swap

I was in a charm swap at ATT (All Things Tim) a great group I belong to. I posted my charm back a few posts, mine is the dominoe front and center with the lady head on it. I thought I'd share a picture of all the charms I received back. Are they AWESOME or what? I can't believe the different variety and the talent all these people have. Great Job Everyone! I strung them all on a chain, I don't know weather I'm going to wear it or display it in my craft room.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Another First, Paper Beads!

My mom has been making necklaces out of paper beads for a couple of months now and she showed me how to make them. They really are easy but a little to tedious for me. I like the looks of the finished necklace though.

The brown beads were bought and I added my home made charm.

The cream colored beads on the necklace were all made out of pages in an old bible I got at a rummage sale. This is what it starts out like:

What do you think? You know I love your comments! Shari

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My first Charm Swap

I thought I'd try something different and entered into a Charm Swap. I belong to the group AllThingsTim and this swap looked interesting to me. I'm really getting into the Tim look! I've never made a charm in my life, but after a little research this is what I came up with. I bought blank dominoes at my LSS and drilled a hole in the top to and put a wire in to hang the charm. ( I added a little glossy accents to make sure it stayed.) I took Tim Holtz Alcohal Inks (caramel, latte and eggplant) and an applicator and dapped the tile. After it dried I stamped it with brown Staz-0n Ink and used the corner of Tim's optimist photograph stamp. I sprayed over the tile with a clear spray. I felt it needed something else so I added one of Tim's typecharms, I stamped the face image and cut it out with a 1/2" circle punch. I then added a few beads and a lobster claw. I made 21 of these for the swap and I hope they are all happy with them. I can't wait to see what I get back. The rules were you had to use one Tim Holtz item, not including the ink, it was a lot of fun. I'll post what I get in return in a couple of weeks. Have a great day and thanks again for following me. Shari

Here is what we woke up to today!

This was the view out my window this morning! I haven't seen this much snow at one time in along time. My husband went out and shoveled the porch and his back was killing him. So he caved in and bought a snow-blower. Yeah!!! It would have killed us all shoveling all that snow. School is called off again for tomorrow. But at least now we can get out of our driveway.