Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Happy Harvest

The Cutting Cafe DT is getting ready for fall this week. To help us along, Regina has challenged each of us to use any design from her Autumn Sentiment Card Frames Printable Set. This is such a fun and quick way to create some cards.

I created this card using the Happy Harvest version and adding the jar from the stamp set I had her create for me. I used Tombow's Dual Brush Pens to create the stems and fall leaves.



Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

BFB God Gave Us Thankful Hearts

Today I have a fun book review. This one is a children's book. I'm always looking for books to read to my nephews when they come, so now I have a new one I can read next time they come to visit.


God Gave Us Thankful Hearts by Lisa Tawn Bergren is a beautiful story in learning that there is always something to be thankful for. Little Pup was focusing on what he didn't have and his mom shows him to be thankful in every season. This is a great lesson for children and adults alike.

Mama says in the book "the trick to having a thankful heart, is thinking about the things that make us happy, rather than the things that don't." wise words for us all.


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

#1 Teacher

It's Back to School Week with the Cutting Cafe. With most kids heading back to school this week, we were challenged to use one of the following files to create our projects:
Pencil or Apple Treat Cup
Pencil Shaped Card
Apple Shaped Card

I chose the Pencil Shaped Card file for my project. I just used the top pieces and resized them to fit a small Michael's gift sack to make this fun gift sack for a favorite teacher.

To make the pencil a little more real like, I scored lines in to the yellow piece and ran some silver cardstock through my paper corrugator to give it some dimension. I know the ridges actually run the other way, but it still works for me.
 After layering the pieces, corner rounding the eraser points, I adhered it to the paper bag with some strong adhesive from Tombow. Xtreme Adhesive is perfect for this and I don't have to worry that it will come apart.

 Now I just need to fill it with some teacher goodies

Friday, August 19, 2016

Custom Stamped Cards

Have you heard the news? Regina over on the Cutting Cafe Shop can make you custom stamps. These can be with images she already has in her shop, or something original that you come up with.

I have created 2 cards using the first 2 stamp sets I've had her make. The first card uses the alphabet background in a set I had her create for me using her own images.

 The apple is a cut file from Apple Treat Box that I shrunk way down. I hand drew the stem and hand cut the leaf. "Thank you" is from another set I had her create.

My second card uses the jar from the set I had her create with her images. Regina wraps the stamp sets with tissue paper and inside is a bunch of confetti. I saved the flowers, knowing I would want to reuse them. I was thinking in a shaker, but then got the idea to use them for flowers. I just drew the stems and leaves with a Tombow Dual Brush Pen. I then added sequins to the center of each flower.
I stamped the jar in a light aqua ink onto watercolor paper and then using a Tombow Blender Pen, smoothed out the lines.

Here is a peek at the stamp set I had created.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

BFB: Fraying at the Edge

Fraying at the Edge   -     By: Cindy Woodsmall
Today I have a book review for one of my favorite genres: Amish. Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall (also one of my favorite artists) is the second book in her series The Amish of Summer Grove. I was also blessed to have received the first book in the series Ties That Bind that I worte about almost a year ago here.

Ariana Brenneman was raised Old Order Amish, but finds out 20 years later, she was switched at birth. Her birth family is atheist and the baby she was switched with is Skylar. Skylar is addicted to prescription drugs and is forced to make a decision: rehab or go live with her Amish birth family.

Both girls struggle with their new families as you can well imagine. This was a different twist than is normally written about the Amish and I really enjoyed it. While I feel that most books can stand on their own in a series, it really seemed like I would have been lost a bit had I not read the first book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain

I was introduced  to a new to me author via Bethany House in the book A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears.
#1: A Heart Most Certain  -     By: Melissa Jagears

This is a historical romance story, which is one of my favorite types of books to read. Even though the stories aren't real, the authors tend to do lots of research of the time periods and that makes them enjoyable. It is set in Teaville, KS (just the name of the town lead me to believe it was going to be a great book!) in 1905,

Lydia wants to join the Teaville Moral Society, but maybe not for the right reasons. Her father is deep in debt and her mother is dying. Lydia has it in her head that if she marries into money her problems will be solved.

For her part in the Society, she needs to get the wealthiest man to donate to the cause. Nicholas refuses. He donates to causes that that are private and not to make a big show of  his generosity.

The two butt heads as you can imagine, but learn the true meaning of not only charity, but what happens when you judge others and their lives. Even though this is set in the early 1900's, there is so much we can learn from the story today.

This is the first book in the Teaville Moral Society Series and after reading this book, I look forward to the others in the series.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Notepad

This month for Tombow's Ambassador Program, I received . This Xtreme Adhesive is perfect for making my mini notepads in adhering the notepad to the inside cover. I know that the adhesive will hold the notepad for the duration of it's use.


These notepads are fun for me to make. You can get two from one jr. legal notepad (I get mine cut in 1/2 at Office Max), an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock and then use your scraps to decorate the front and top of notepad.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wheelbarrow Cards

I had several FredSheSaid colored images printed before our computer crashed and decided to get them made into cards. I have such a big scrap pile that I wanted to try and dwindle down, so have been challenging myself to make cards every day.

These cards use FSS's Pre-Colored Wheelbarrow images.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Scrappy Tag

Last month as part of the Tombow Ambassador program, I received 2 Dual Brush Pens 761 Carnation and 533 Peacock Blue to create with. I created this tag by first coloring the two colors onto a piece of plastic, spritzing lightly with water and then pressing a manila tag into the ink to create my background.

Then using my scraps, I decorated the front. To get the pink to the bottom of the scallop, I just "colored" on a sponge with the Dual Brush Pen and then inked the edge of the scallop piece.

I also used Mono Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere the doily, Mono Adhesive Permanent to adhere scallop, and Adhesive Dots for the ephemera.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Christmas in August

This week at the Cutting Cafe, the design team is thinking about Christmas. Funny how fitting that is since this has been the coolest week we've had in quite some time. I haven't had to run the AC all week.

For my project I chose to create a Christmas Planner using the Holiday Planner Printable Set. I created the base of the planner with a manila file folder cut to size and then covered with designer paper. 

The front uses a snowflake cut from Christmas Boxes with Cutouts cut file, snowman image from Inky Antics 11118MC Decorating Snowman stamp set and the Christmas Planner is part of the printable file from Cutting Cafe's Holiday Planner set.
The inside shows the printable images I used to fill each pocket. The last pocket is an envelope I made a flap for to store receipts. I wanted to keep the inside very simple as it was already a bit bulky


I'm going to see if I can find a gray or white pony tail holder to use to hold it shut. I believe this would make it handier to have in one's purse that way.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lotsa Balloons

Today I have 3 cards to share with you using Birthday Party Fun rubber stamp set from The Cutting Cafe Shop. I was in need of some birthday cards and this set was fun to play with.

I used Tombow's Adhesive Tabs to the bottom balloons to give it a little lift over the top balloons strings. Mono Adhesive Dots was used to adhere all the rest of the pieces.



The clouds in this card is the top of the cupcake.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Supersize It!

This is the theme for this week's Cutting Cafe challenge and what a fun one it has been. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do, BUT our computer crashed, we lost all our files and then I had issues with Silhouette working with windows 7 after we reset the computer on the new hard drive, so had to update to Windows 10...let's just say I am NOT a fan of Windows 10! LOL

But even with all those issues, I was able to create this fun 'fabric doily' in very little time. I had so much making it, that now I want to make a bunch more for gifts. I think these will be very handy to have on hand to gift someone.


So what I did, was enlarge the 5 petal flower from 

5 PETAL LAYERED FLOWER SET - TEMPLATE AND CUTTING FILES

 and enlarged it as large as I could on my 12" x 12" Silhouette cutting mat. I cut it out with paper and then used that as my template to cut the fabric. I chose 2 different fabrics to sew together by hand so that it would be reversible and one can get more use out of it.

For the flower center, I just created a circle on my Silhouette that was approximately 5". I am a doily person and have to have vases, lamps, etc always sitting on a doily. This is a fun way to bring some color into my decorating. 
 These pictures were taken outside while there was still some light as it is too dark in the house to get a good photo and I needed to get these uploaded. But this 'flower doily' pattern works perfectly with the little vignette I have going right now.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Birthday Party Background

Today, I have a quick and simple birthday card using Birthday Party Background rubber stamp by Cutting Cafe.

I stamped the image onto designer paper and then added some washi tape and ribbon bow. It reminds me of a pretty package all wrapped up with a bow.

I needed to be able to create something quick and simple since I was to stay off my ankle as much as possible this past week after my last shockwave treatment. Monday is my evaluation appt and hopefully I find out what is going on.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review: An Elegant Facade

I have another book review for Bethany House to share today. I've never read so much in the summer before! But seeing as how I am still laid up with this ankle and am very limited to how much I can walk, there isn't much more for me to do.

Today's review is for An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter. This is the second book that Kristi has written from what I understand.
Cover Art
An Elegant Facade is the second book in the Hawthorne House series by Hunter, but I thought it stood on it's own as well. I would like to read the first book now though. The story begins in 1800 in England and Lady Georgina Hawthorne is quite the snooty socialite (on the outside anyway). She knows she must marry well, but Colin McCrae, who doesn't have a title, keeps showing up and he is not what she would consider 'marrying well'.

While it seems she has everything going for her, Lady Georgina has a secret that she is keeping hidden and Colin is getting too close for comfort in finding out her secret.

As much as the two have decided early on that they want nothing to do with the other, sparks fly and they are drawn to each other.

This book was so much fun to read, that I'm looking forward to reading the first book, which highlights Georgina's sister Miranda.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You Color My World

I'm back today with another card from Cutting Cafe. This week the design team is creating projects using the You Color My World Printable Stamp Set. This file has 41 image/sentiments to choose from.

I chose a colored image to print (printed on plain white cardstock) and a sentiment to create this card. I added some fun embellishments and really like how this turned out.


**tip: when gluing down a paper doily, tape runners can tear it as the paper doilies are so fragile. I use Tombow's Mono Adhesive Liquid Glue using the fine tip applicator and just add little dots of glue where needed.

Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Birthday

Oh My! It's been a long time since I've done anything stamping creative. And the only thing really creative I've done at all the past many weeks is crochet dish cloths as that was one thing I could do while sitting with my foot up. But I digress....

The next few days a few of us gals from Cutting Cafe are featuring Regina's new stamp release. Have you checked out the CUTTING CAFE SHOP yet? You should head over there and see all the fun stamp sets and supplies that she carries. This month she has released Birthday Party Fun which is the set I used for my card below and Birthday Party Background which I will use in an upcoming post.

Here is a list for today through the 10th. Be sure to stop by these gal's blogs for more fun inspiration using the newly released stamps.

3rd SUNDAY Debbie Fisher **you are here**
4th MONDAY Audrey Long
5th TUESDAY Diane Hover
6th WEDNESDAY 
Rhonda Emery
7th THURSDAY 
Tina Goodwin
8th FRIDAY 
Lisa Bzibziak
9th SATURDAY 
Rhonda Zmikly 
10th SUNDAY 
Chauntelle Lee




Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book Review: A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell

The latest book review I have to share is A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell. It's been a long time since I've read a book by Lawana Blackwell and I was excited to have the opportunity to do that again.

A Haven on Orchard Lane is a historical romance novel about a stage actress in the Victorian era. She walked away from it all to marry a wealthy man and things fall apart from there as she realizes he is not all that he portrayed himself to be. 

Getting out of that situation, she attempts to go back to the acting she left, but so many things go wrong. Her estranged daughter agrees to help her and moves her into a cottage on Orchard Lane in a quiet little village. There they get to know each other after being apart many years.

There is a lot of healing, forgiveness, and reality as not all parts of the story end all rosy which makes this  a refreshing book to read.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What's Up

Just popping in quick with a fun colorful card created using Inky Antics' 0465H Balloon Kitty and 0002C What's Up. the image was colored with Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils and blended with gamsol from Inky Antics. For all the layering I used Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent. FYI, if you are needing some adhesive refills for your Mono Adhesive Permanent cartridge, Groupon has a great deal going on this week.

So now "what's up" with me. Oh my it has been a LONG 3 months and I'm still not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. The good news is the torn ligaments healed correctly and are attached to my bone like they should be. The bad news....I'm in more pain than I've ever been in. I had to go 6 weeks without walking and that caused back, hip, tail bone, etc pain along with constant pain in my ankle. After and MRI it showed I have edema around/in (not sure how that really works) my ligaments and a bulging ankle with a sac of fluid around my ankle which is causing the pain.

So once a week for 6 weeks I have to have shockwave treatments. THIS is the most painful thing (physically) I have ever experienced and anyone who knows all I've been through and all the surgeries I've had that is saying something. I've never rated my pain at a 10 because my thought process was that if it got worse I had no where to go. This pain is a 10 and then some. It is hard to get my breath at times.

Apparently it takes 4 weeks of pain before they will know of the treatment works. I just finished week 2 and am dreading next week already as yesterday was even more painful than last week. I can't take anything for the pain for the 6 week period because apparently it will counteract the treatment.

So this is why I've been quiet on my blog. Just trying to get through each day and sometimes just each minute of the day.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thank You

Have you checked out the CUTTING CAFE SHOP yet? Not only has Regina released a new stamp set EVERYDAY ELISHA JEAN AND FRIENDS, but she has lots of fun paper pads and embellishments, as well as stamp sets from her last release.

I have a thank you card to share with you today. I have some people I need to thank for various reasons while I've been laid up with this foot (9.5 weeks and counting!! so ready for this ordeal to be over) and decided to ink up Mikala Ann in the 
EVERYDAY ELISHA JEAN AND FRIENDS set.

I paper pieced her dress and pockets with Fancy Pants Designs Park Bench paper line. By using a 6 x 6 paper pad, the images are much smaller and perfect for paper piecing. I used Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils to color the rest and blended with Gamsol. 

The paper doily is cut with Cottage Cutz 4" x 4" Tea Time Doily cutting die. The little 'thank you' piece was stamped with the sentiment that comes with the stamp set and I added washi tape to the top.  Mono Adhesive Dots was used to adhere everything together.

Friday, May 13, 2016

BFB Together at the Table


Together at the Table by Hillary Manton Lodge is the last book in her Two Blue Doors series. In this book, questions are finally answered that arose reading her first two books. Hillary has a way of making the stories interesting in such a way that you can't put the book down and you want to find out how it all ends and the stories of the characters come together.

In this book we get to see Juliette come to an understanding of what and who she wants in life. This story is full of romance, mystery, family and food. In case you've read the first two, I won't ruin the ending for you. I have enjoyed reading all 3 of the books in this series and while I suggest you read them all, as they can each stand on their own as well.

**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.**



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Atonement

I love reading Amish stories, so was excited when I was chosen to read The Atonement by Beverly Lewis from Bethany House.

Lucy Flaud is 25 and considered by the Amish to be past courting age. The mistakes of her past which are secret to all except her parents keeps her from attending 'singing' where unmarried Amish usually attend on Sunday's to find their spouses.

Lucy feels that she has to make up for her mistakes by keeping busy, so she volunteers in everything she can and finds herself coming up short. Her father becomes friends with an 'Englischer' who is trying to live more simple and has lots of questions. Lucy becomes friends with Dale and other members of the Amish faith esp her good friend Tobe who loves her, become worried that she is going to leave the Amish faith.

This was a very good story on the importance of being able to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes just as God forgives us if we ask Him.

I have been a fan of Beverly Lewis for many years and enjoyed this new story of hers.

**I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, May 7, 2016

29 Again?

Today I am sharing a card created with 4 more products I rec'd this month as a part of the Professional Paper Crafters within Tombow's Brand Ambassador program. I am using Tombow's Irojiten Colored Pencils Tranquil Set and Mono Adhesive Permanent, Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest designer paper, and Art Impressions stamps from 29 Again Set ~4372.

The Colored Pencils Tranquil Set comes with 12 colored pencils, a sharpener, and sand eraser. Each of the pencils come unsharpened and the sharpener sharpens them perfectly, crisp, and clean. The eraser is perfect for taking care of those little "oops" or to lighten the coloring if you change your mind. You can also color a solid image and then use the eraser to make designs into your solid coloring.


I have all the Irojiten Colored Pencils, so along with the colors in the set, I also used Ecru Vp-3 and Ivory Black V-10 as well as Dual Brush Pens N89, 990, and 243 for shading. I like to color with the colored pencils, then blend with Gamsol and then use the Dual Brush Pens and N00 Blender pen to add more shading. 

I raised the image up with Tombow's Foam Tabs and added gold ribbon from the $1 spot at Target.

29 Again Set - 4372

Friday, May 6, 2016

Coupon Book

I have so much to share in this post. As part of the Tombow Brand Ambassador program, I along with the other Professional Paper Crafters received a wonderful pkg from Tombow and other companies they partner with to create some fun projects with their products. I received goodies from Tombow, Graphic 45, Simple Stories, Fancy Pants Designs, Stampendous!, May Arts Ribbon, and Art Impressions. I will be sharing several project over the next few days showcasing what I have created using these generous donors products.

To start off, I am paring some of those goodies with this week's design team challenge from Cutting Cafe to use files from Regina's album books section. This went in a completely different direction than I had originally planned due to the fact that my craft room is upstairs and I still can't walk yet. So switching gears, I created for you a fun project using Cutting Cafe's Tabbed Organizer Set.


I am a pretty frugal person and use lots of coupons when I can. I normally cut my coupons and just stick them in my purse, but I decided I needed something better to keep them organized. (note: I just used a pony tail holder to hold it closed)

I created this organizer by basically winging it. LOL I cut a piece of cardstock 6" x 6 3/8". Along the 6" side, I scored it every 1/2" and accordian folded it. Then using strong adhesive (Tombow's Extreme Adhesive) I adhered chipboard (aka: cereal box) cut tabs and envelopes.

To each tab page, I adhered designer paper from Simple Stories "Let's Party Collection Kit" with Tombow's Mono Glue Stick. This is my favorite adhesive to use when adhering paper/cardstock to chipboard. You get a great cover, it stays wet long enough to maneuver your paper around if need be, and it is very strong.

 I didn't decorate this much as it is something that would be in one's purse, so you wouldn't want a lot of bling and decor on it. The only "decor" was the label maker "coupons" word.

 I also didn't write anything on the tabs as to what would be in the envelopes as 1/2 through making this, I am thinking of giving it away. What I would necessarily put on the tabs, another might not.

 This is a view of the back. I decided to put a tab in the center back in case I do give it away and I can "sign" it or write something to make it personal.



A big THANK YOU to Tombow and Simple Stories for products to create this project.


Be sure to visit the Cutting Cafe Blog on the 7th and 21st of every month to see the design team's projects in which you can leave a comment to be entered into a drawing to win 3 FREE sets of your choice from the online store.