Polka {Dot} of the Day!



Hey there friends!! 

My title is a little joke.  Our local radio station plays the Polka of the Day right before noon every day.  So I’m making the pun work for my card today!

Yes, I have a card  and starting next week, I’ll have EVEN MORE!! 


I found the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp this week was to use Polka Dots.  They are showcasing Art Impressions so it was perfect for me!!



I stamped our the girls from Shop Set, and sat down to color.  It’s been HOT here, but today we got a quick shower and cooled it down some.  But afternoons are perfect times to be in the craft room on hot days.  I added polka dots to all of their clothes and some of their bags. 

I had this polka dot paper in my scrap stash and thought it would go well with this image.  I stamped the sentiment and then created a flag, and finished it with a button and twine.  Below are my Copics used, plus the white gel pen (not shown.) 


Very fun card. 

Thanks for popping in to check it out!!

Around Here

We have been working on projects.  Like lots of projects.  I love it!!!

I cleaned out two kids’ bedrooms.  David is so on his own!! 

RC was gone for the weekend and we texted, Sold your bed!  lol  Well, we sold both his and McKinley’s frames as he wanted a bigger one and she just got a new OLD bed.  (More on that later.)  So while I was at it, we cleaned out closets and got rid of stuff. 

My theory is, if it’s on the same spot as when I purged out last summer, it can go.  No one will miss it. 

One of the places was the costume basket.  I don’t think anyone else will want to be a Gangster.  But my model was doing a good job so I could sell them online.  Winking smile  Yes, she is rocking Barbie skates too! 




Lots of time outside.  LOTS.  I’ve been dragging my projects outside to paint in the sunshine. 

I don’t care where you live, because if you don’t live here, you are wrong.  Just kidding.  But seriously, this is awesome. 




Greg and David left last Friday for basketball.  Saturday I took a load of boys to the basketball camp at the college.  THAT was interesting!!   Then McKinley and I had an afternoon to ourselves to shop and relax. 


My mom and dad were also gone, so we took care of chores for them.  Mom told me to grab some of these flowers.  When I got them in the car, McKinley asked if Grandma said I could.  Winking smile 


I’m so excited that my plants have been doing so well.  Esp the perennials.  Love that!!  This one tho, is a wild flower up on the hill behind our house.  How pretty is that.  Wait, how neat is that!!  lol…  (<---- watch this video HERE to see what I mean!! )


I’ve also been without sugar now since June 1st.  I joined Marta’s 14 day detox.  I started a little early, and I’ve been sticking with it.  I will admit, I did have one piece of SUPER thin pizza from Eugene’s on Thursday.  It was from Eugene’s!! 

However, I’m down about 10 lbs.  It was at 13, but I’ve bounced back to 10 now.  HOW AWESOME!!  So excited to finally have found something I can do.  I thought going without sugar would be hard, but it was super easy.  Sheesh. 

So, now I’m pumped to keep on with it.

Our town has some pretty awesome trails.  On Wednesday nights, they go walk them, and this last week we did 3.25 miles.  It didn’t even hurt.  So I need to get going with it EVERY night. 


My super cute walking partner with the whole way too!


That is summing up our summer so far. 

Today we are back to basketball and then getting ready for Father’s Day tomorrow. 

Have a great weekend!!

Summer School | My Favorite Things Cards

Well, Happy Friday!!  I’m sad another summer week has gone by. 


This week has been busy, and I’ve been thankful for all that we have gotten accomplished around here. 

Yesterday, I finished up some projects and Greg said, “Go play.”  So I did!!  HA!!


This week over on the MFT Stamps Blog, they are sharing some “Summer School” lessons.  They have had some great tips and best of all it’s FREE!!  Seriously, most companies charge for the info they shared this week.  It’s awesome. 

I also wanted to get caught up on Under the Dome before the next season starts.  (My DVR ate the last few episodes last summer, so thank goodness for Amazon Prime.)



I started out with the Rules of Thirds. 

I used the BluePrints dies on this card to create the stitched border on the kraft and then on the flag. (I did trim it down to a skinnier version.)   The sentiment is from   Words of Inspirations  and the flowers are from the Hibiscus Dies.  (Maybe retired…maybe not MFT.)




For this one, I went with the Focal Point.  I used the strip that, to me, looks like washi tape, and die cut a rainbow of colors.   Then I added the black circle to make the sentiment pop.  And I had to color the words too.  This one is a fun card, I think would be awesome to recreate. 



Finally, I stepped away from the classes and went to the challenge for this week.  I pulled out my loved Donut Set and got busy.  I used the polka dot stencil and the Inside and Out Stitched rectangle dies for this one too. 





Thanks for stopping in. 

Art Impressions Cards

Oh Friends, summer is eating my brain.  Or maybe the lack of sugar! 


I posted THIS POST yesterday with my video for my AI haul and a cute card.  But I didn’t post the card or the others ones I made, like planed. 

So here they are. 


This is the fun card seen in the video.  I decided it could got to my uncle for his birthday. 

Rectangle die and speech bubble are both from My Favorite Things.  Papers are from Stampin Up!





This is the Fire Out Set, with this super fun lil lady.  June is birthday month for us, so these images are all perfect.  Even tho my dear friend looks NOTHING like this, I sent this card to her.  I thought it was fun.  And she will too!!



I put the lady on one of the AI wobblers. So she’s moving and grooving!!

Overall, the card is simple.  Ran the cardstock through the BS with the embossing folder.  Cut some circles.  Added some bling.






I briefly showed this card in the video as well.  I had to bust into it as soon as I got it!!  This is Cat Big Mouth. 


So there are the first three cards made with these images.  More to come. 


We are cleaning and purging this week at our house.  RC comes home today from basketball camp.  And tonight is stamp club night.  Otherwise NOTHING on the agenda.  I am so giddy!!

Have a great Tuesday!!

Art Impressions | Watch Me Video Series

Hey friends!!   I have a CARD MAKING VIDEO for you today!! 

Don’t fall off your seats!!  I know it!!


I have been offered a Guest Design Team spot with Art Impressions, so I thought I would share with you some of the recent goodies I got from Art Impressions and then just make a card!! 

Enjoy -


You can also watch HERE on YouTube. 

I've not listed any supplies as the papers I used were from Stampin Up!'s Sale A Bration.  Please message me if you are curious about anything else. Thanks!!

 Like a goof, I forgot to add the cards I made to this post.  CHECK THEM OUT HERE!! 

New Art Impressions Stamps. You can click on these to purchase from Art Impressions. 


The Margarita Table | Plus more projects

Welcome back friends!! 

So last week, I stopped into the local hardware store and said I have a project.  The clerk just smiled at me.  And then she helped me find some things for another project.  HA!! 


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll note I posted a sneak peek at the Margarita Table. 

I picked this table up last summer on the online garage sale.  (that place is a killer!!)  I think I paid $10 and I immediately dubbed it that margarita table, because I knew I wanted it on the back deck and to sit around drinking margaritas with my friends. 


I had some very fun ideas for it.  I had wanted to test out some milk paint, but never got around to it. 

I even wanted to try this technique from Beth at Sawdust and Embryos, but I tested it out and I thought “I do not have the patience right now.” 

Learn how to make beautiful artwork on your furniture using wood stain... IT'S EASIER THAN IT LOOKS! {Sawdust and Embryos}



However, I did like it, so I thought about staining a simple design.  That didn’t work as the stain really bled.  So I stained the whole top and painted the design on with some white paint. 


I am so excited to use this table. 




I painted these metal folding chairs a couple weeks ago.  I thought I had more, but only 4 showed up when I sent David for them.  Anyway, I am hoping to get a full rainbow of chairs for out back here. 


I also picked up some chalk paint when we were out of town.  This is from Target, and I thought I’d start with it to test it out.  I pulled out these three jars that McKinley had full of rocks out back anyway.   I painted them, and then sanded a bit.  Then I drug out the twine and hot glue gun and added it just around the rim. 





I die cut some felt flowers, using the rolled flower dies from MFT.  Then hot glued them on as well.  Super simple and a fun addition to the table. 

Before After Table

OK, I’m off to enjoy a margarita.  Or two. 

Something Worth Pinning | Totally Random

Hey you!! 


Are you enjoying summer to the fullest!?  This week is pretty quiet as far as outside commitments, so I am soaking it up!  This is what summer is about baby!!


I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been pinning lately. 


I would love to build a farmhouse table.  For our Farm House.   I think having built it myself would be a great accomplishment. 

Farmhouse Table | Do It Yourself Home Projects from Ana White





One more from the fabulous Ana White.  I think this would be awesome next to McKinley’s bed. 


 Kendra Side Table | Do It Yourself Home Projects from Ana White


Greg & I are Sugar Detoxing this week with Marta at Haus of Fit Girls.  I could eat avacados every day for the rest of my life.  But I do need to spice them up. 




Here is another one.  I love tacos.  Minus the cheese, add some avocado.  Winking smile  Yum!!

#Eat #Clean with these #taco #lettuce #wraps!



Um, yes.  I truly do.  I’ve got more to share with you on this I think. 


I love this. We should all help each other to be better!


Do you think that Greg would let me make our room like this?  Oh it’s lovely!!  Maybe McKinley would.  That might work out for me better. 


#girls-bedroom Photography: White Loft Studio - whiteloftstudio.com Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2013/11/25/sarah-crawfords-home-tour/




I have a hosier cabinet that looks like this. 

Well, it is the same style.  It does not look like THIS.  Yet. 

It is on my to-do list. 

I love this Hoosier Cabinet....with all the vintage Pyrex! Dreaming here! This is a great idea for mine that I am waiting to paint!



This project is like THUNK on the head simple. 

Like Duh? 

I know some people with plexi-glass.  And I have some stickers. 

Make your own interchangable acrylic message board and leave yourself short, inspirational messages or use it as a perpetual calendar. Get the full tutorial on www.abeautifulmess







Totally random right?

These are what is fueling me right now.  I want to be in the garage building things.  Painting things.  Enjoying life. 


Thanks for the visit friend – stop back again soon!!

Around the Craft Room

Hello Friends!

I am writing out my to do list for this week, but I wanted to pop on quickly. 

The last couple weeks were a bit rainy off and on, so I used some time in my craft room to check a few things off that to do list.  I really love to get the room cleaned up for summer.  Make an area for McKinley to find useful too. 

I think that my room is ever evolving as I find what works best for me.  Most of what I do in here is cards, Project Life and Sewing.  So when the mood strikes, I do want my table cleaned off so that I can sit down to do what I want, instead of using that time cleaning up the last projects.  I’m crazy like that. 





I set up an area right off my table for my everyday stuff.  These are the things I use the most in my room. 

I am in the mood to paint these cabinets again.  I am thinking about some pretty patterned paper on the fronts and paint the bases a solid color. 

And I’m also in the mood to paint the walls in here a blue color. 


Oh my……



In the top drawer, I have my dies and embossing folders for my Big Shot. 

The right side holds my Embossing folders as well as some dies that I have from Stampin Up, which already come packaged awesomely.  On the left is the rest of my dies for my Big Shot. 

I’ve shared how I previously stored them HERE, and that worked for me until recently. 

I purchased some Storage Envelopes and some magnetic sheets from Ellen Hutson.


I now have all of my dies contained to one of these Stampin Up boxes. 

Side note, I love these boxes and have had for years, but this year they are retiring them.  Boo.  I couldn’t get any more, so I may have to change if my collections grows anymore. 


I am super happy with this transition, as it’s going to keep things much more organized for my dies.


On the con side, the magnetic sheets are not as tall as the packaging, so there is some wasted space there.  I wish that either the magnetic sheets were bigger( more dies on them) or the envelopes were smaller (I could put the lid on this box if I wanted to.)  However, all of these are just fine with my.  Just thought I would share for your information. 



My long border dies do fit in here, so that is a great bonus to the envelopes being so big. 

It’s also hard to see, but I have dies on both sides of the magnetic sheet. 


I already had some magnetic sheets that I put some dies on.  I just used them up as well, and put them in the envelopes. 



One bonus to these boxes is that tray that lays in the bottom.  It is a nice divider to help keep them from floating all over in the box.


So there is a little peek in my room.  I’ve created three birthday cards this last week and mailed them all without photographing them.  Smile  Sorry, not sorry. 

I am hoping this week to get some projects done in the garage.  Pinterest has been calling me and I’m ready to use that inspiration!! 

Summer Time

Summer is here!!

We are out of school, taking life super easy this week!  The 9 to 4 Rule is in effect.    That means no screen time from 9 am to 4 pm.  Find some other ways to entertain yourselves!!  My kids hate this, and I too hated it when my mom started it, but it’s been great for us for summer time!  There are 40 acres to explore.  Chores to do, projects to work on.

For myself, I too want to take a break from the screen time and social media.  I can honestly say, that one check of Facebook a day would be plenty.  But it’s like a moth to a flame, right?  I did however take it off my phone this last couple weeks and can’t say that I missed it at all. 




I have a laundry list of items I’ve been wanting to get to over the summer.  Sadly, for you, I come to that point where I wonder how much time do I want to be spending in my craft room to make cards only to post.  I really want to enjoy the life outside of the craft room.  Especially when it’s so nice!! 

I will try to share or blog about life in the summer and the projects I’m working in.  Hopefully, I’ll tackle some of these projects and share them online. 



Last Friday, we hosted an End of the School Year Ice Cream party.  I saw this idea online quite awhile ago and all last summer I wanted to do it.  However, I never got around to it.  This year, I said we are doing it!! 

We told everyone to bring their favorite toppings and we supplied the ice cream.  We started a fire in the pit and everyone had a great time.  Weather was awesome and it’s too early for bugs!  WOO!! 






Like I said, blogging will be taking a back seat to summer life.  Please do stop in from time to time to visit.