Late Summer Outdoor Photos- Stan Hywet

Some photos I took while visiting Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron, Ohio
Birch lined pathway

water lilies

flowers in front of birches



Halloween Treat Bags

I made these quick, easy, and inexpensive Halloween gift bags for my daughters. I love to give Halloween goodies. I soon will be doing this for my grandson. Although, I got him a Halloween book and pumpkin hat and booties, I just laid the hat and booties on the board book and wrapped with ribbon. It was the perfect little presentation. 

These easy and inexpensive bags can also be used for "Boo Bags". Have you been "Booed"? I have been "Booed" several times through the years and this years they even had it going at the school I mainly work in. Its fun- a nice way to do random acts of kindness and surprise someone with goodies. 

I found these adorable polka dot bags at Hobby Lobby (large lunch bag size- package of 10) for less than $4. I simply placed some Washi Tape on a wide black clothes pin (Target $1 spot). I used EK success bat punch and adhered to the front of the clothes pins. The clothes pins hold the tag on the front of the bags. I colored the cute owl images with Copic Markers. Man, I struggled with this, I have not colored with these in so long and am slightly out of touch. The stamp is from outlinerubberstamps.com. I picked this up many years ago at a local convention.

I often do gifts this way. These bags are perfect for smaller gifts and are so much more inexpensive. I can get a package of tissue paper at Dollar Tree and a package of these bags at Hobby Lobby  and have enough to do 10 gifts for $5. Once you add a unique and colorful tag to the front, its more special than the store bought image front bags. 


Halloween Mini Sanitizer Holders

 Hello blogging friends. Its been a major long time since I last posted. I apologize for that. Gosh, life gets in the way a lot the time, doesn't it? A lot has been happening in my life- My oldest daughter got married last fall. That same daughter has given my first grandchild ( boy) and I couldn't be more happy.  I have had some family members with illness/ injuries and making strides in recovery. I have been dabbling in photography (something I have always wanted to do more with) and am loving it.  I have been working on a 3 year project with some colleagues, through a Grant from Ohio Dept. of Education, that is finally up and running as of 3 weeks ago. I have to admit, I have done very little crafting and wow..., did my life feel busy, chaotic, stressful and lopsided without crafting. I did some crafting last winter, this summer, and recently but, not enough to keep me from stress and provide balance.

  I decided to make some of these mini hand sanitizer holders that I found on Erica Cerwin's Pink Buckaroo SU! blog and FB page (the YouTube video tutorial can be found in the link). She is so talented and creative, love following her. Since I have not stamped in so long, I found it difficult to get into the groove and was not happy with anything I stamped and layered to make accent on front. I decided stickers and punches would satisfy for now. It may take me a while to get back into the groove... I hate when I feel this way.

Holder #1: I used Martha Stewart's jack-o-lantern punch, SU wiggly eyes, along with Recollections (Hobby Lobby) jack-o-lantern puffy stickers for the first couple (left). Ultra fine glitter added to further accent the nose. 
Holder #2: I used the same Recollections (Hobby Lobby) jack-o-lantern puffy stickers,  Recollections (Hobby Lobby) glitter foam bat stickers,  SU! fringe scissors (grass), and SU! 'eek' stamp. Misc. decorative papers. Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla,  SU! card stock.

Holder #3: I used Recollections ( Hobby Lobby) bat stickers and SU! 'spooky' stamp. 
Holder #4: SU! 'boo' stamp, Recollections (Hobby Lobby) witch leg stickers. Misc decorative papers. SU! Pumpkin Pie, and Old Olive card stock.  

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to add more crafts more regularly. 



A couple of my stamping friends and myself have done a couple Prima Dolls Challenges. Here is my submission for the Valentine/ February Challenge. (We also did a Halloween challenge in October (previous blog post)). I love the mixing all the reds and pinks. I love the added texture and look that the glittered hearts and the foiled bird  and key gives to the final product. If you haven't seen or played with these yet, I highly recommend purchasing one. They are so fun. Sorta like a grown up paper doll.  



A couple ladies I stamp with decide dot do a Prima Girl Challenge with Halloween theme. This is my submission. Halloween is my favorite holiday to stamp. I had so much fun coloring, and  adding arrange and black details. I highly recommend getting a Prima Girl to play with. Its like grown up paper dolls. Thanks for stopping by. 



Homemade macaroni and cheese using scalloped pie dish

A  few years ago my MIL bought me a set of Temptations bakeware that came with lids and metal racks. Ever since then, I have been hooked. I have slowly got rid of my pyrex, Longaberger, and other various bakeware and replaced with all Temptations. I also have replaced my dishes, coffee mugs, and have added coordinating some serving trays, wine carats, and etc... Everything looks great  together and dine railways looks fabulous. You can purchase Temptations direct or on QVC. It comes in several styles and colors. All just as lovely as the next. 

Homemade 5 cheese lasagna using deep dish 9" x 13" baker. Garlic bread baked on glass lid to 9" x 13" baker. Salad served form pasta bowl. 

Fruit, cheese, hummus, snacks served from various trays, plates, and bowls all in coordinating Old World Green pattern. 
A glimpse into my cupboard. I love how everything stacks and looks so neat. 


SU! Valentine Fun

Here are two projects from a Workshop  I had last week. I was drawn to the Lumberjack image from the WOOD YOU BE MINE? #137134 available in the Occasions catalog. I love the crisp image that the  Photopolymer gives when stamped with Momento ink. So fun to color. I chose to color the shirt demonstrating to the ladies the BLENDABILITIES.  This stamp set offers a solid shirt and plaid shirt to be used separately or together so no coloring has to be done. The ladies at my workshop and I agree that this image could easily be used for boys/ male birthday cards, and Father's day cards. 

The candy package is made from this month's Paper Pumpkin. Everything organized, ready to use. These kits are fun and take the planning/ color matching/ layout struggles out of stamping. If you are interested in learning more about PAPER PUMPKIN you can access info from the SU website. stampinup.com



It has been almost a year since I have posted to my Blog. Wow, I knew it was a long time but I didn't realize  it was 11 months. Time slips away. A lot happening around here. I am now working full time ( over 40 hours a week) along with planning my oldest daughter's wedding, tending to the Bullies  ( they're almost 3 yrs old but still chew and seek to destroy everything), my husband continues to work out of state ( its been 8+ mos.). I just haven't found much time to fit in the  crafting/ blogging as I would like. I made some time last weekend to actually do some crafting- Gosh did I need that. I cut, colored, and glued until 4 am. I had a great time watching movies, a glass of wine and crafting in quiet. 
I made a lovely Love themed Shadow Box Frame- photo ready. Just the perfect special gift for a loved one. Would look adorable on a fireplace mantle with photo of the kids, nieces, nephews, or even the pets.  

I used the SU! die cut and rolled some mini paper roses to place in the red glass bottles I found at Target. I think they turned out very cute. I also made mini Valentine cards and placed inside the mini mailboxes. 

I colored and placed some images I traded for many years ago. I used the SU! heart and new Bow punches to add the adorable details. 

I used the SU! Blendabilities Markers to color most the images- Loving these markers! I now own all the SU! colors. I also own 100+ Copics, 50+ Spectrum Noir, 50+ Prisma Markers, and Ranger's (Tim Holtz) markers. I have used all these for years but, feel the SU! are so simple and more user friendly compared to other  alcohol inks. 
The gift pails are filled with Lavender lotion, purse size nail files, nail polish, purse size notebooks with matching images, a couple pencils, and candy. The perfect little Valentine gift for a friend, co worker, teacher, or the teenager in your life. 

The heart shaped candy box images (above) are colored with Copics. The image another swapped image from years ago ( I used to do a lot of paper, image, card swaps). These little 3"x 3" cards are my favorite. The perfect little card to add to a special Valentine Gift. 


Bunny Memo Pad and Tag

Here is another covered memo pad and matching tag. I have mentioned in the past how much I love to make these simple yet adorable affordable gifts. They are perfect for friends, co workers, teachers, and I use them often at my home workshops as door prizes. The image and matching face button are made by Darcie's Heart & Home. I love using these stamps and matching doo-dads. 

I added a couple matching pencils and another magnetic notepad and used butterscotch candies as filler.



I totally fell in love with these adorable feathers sold by BELLA BLVD. This past Fall our family was blessed with a new baby- my niece Penelope. The minute I saw these feathers and layout ideas at our local Archivers, I knew I wanted to make something for our little Penny-poo. I plan on putting the layout  in a shabby frame to give it more of a finished look and giving it to my sister for Easter.