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Moving day – my blog that is!!!!

It’s a new year and I wanted a new look – so I’ve revamped and moved my blog.

Please visit me here:


I’d love for you to visit and let me know what you think!




January 15, 2010 at 11:26 am 3 comments

Can your craft support a family?

That was a title of an article in The Crafts Report, written by Patrice Lewis  awhile back. In her article she provided insight into how one may make a living doing crafts.  One of the statistics she provided was that there are about 115,000 crafts people in the United States with 22% of them are entirely supported by their crafts.  I was surprised at the numbers – I thought there were  more crafts people in business and only 22% making a small living at it seems rather low.

 She describes being successful as having $2,000 a month after business expenses, but admits not many would be able to live on that and suggest that you “don’t give up your day job” – especially if it provides a regular income and health benefits.

 The author talks about finding a niche – especially if you are making something that everyone else is doing, as well as  how long it takes to make a piece and  pricing strategies  – for example if it costs you in labor and materials $80 to make an item, can you sell it for that?  And what about costs for marketing, sales, legal, accounting, etc?  What if you want to wholesale – that means your $80 product would have to retail for at least $160.

 I found the article (actually two articles) thought provoking and wonder how those of you who are in the business of crafting are in it to make a living or content with a modest financial benefit but find greater satisfaction with the crafting itself?

 Ms. Lewis’ articles can be found on The Crafts Report here.  The magazine is a monthly magazine for craft professionals and I’ve found some interesting articles in it. 

Let me know what you think!

January 7, 2010 at 9:07 am 1 comment

quick and easy!

The best thing about combining designer paper and quote stamps is that you can put together a great looking card quickly!  In my personal goal to actual use my designer paper instead of hoarding it,  I took some of my favorite  Basic Grey papers from their Periphery series and made this card.


The sentiment is from Timeless Quotes and was stamped in Palette Ink – Landscape.  The brad is from the Finishing Touches collection and I used a brown copic maker to tone down the coppery look. 

I used to think that I needed to save pretty paper for that perfect special occasion, then I realized each card I made was for someone special and that it is ok to use your supplies – that is what they are for!!!  So – take out that paper you have been saving and create somthing – you will be glad you did!

Thanks for stopping by!

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October 4, 2009 at 11:00 pm 3 comments

Release week – day one!

sweet-pea-card-square1Ahhh – the sweet fragrance of the sweet pea!!  It’s probably my favorite in terms of fragrance, even better than a rose in my mind.  Marcella Hawley captures the delicate petals and beauty of this flower in this new set called, what else, Sweet Pea.    There’s this image, a bouquet, as well as a single bloom which was used for the background, and other images.

I stamped the image in palette noir and colored with blue, green and pink markers.  For an image this detailed, I color the leaves first, then the buds, then the blooms – it easier for me to distinquish the different images when I do it this way!  The background was stamped in versamark.

Once I finished coloring, I embossed the entire image in clear embossing powder to give it a tiled look and added ice blue rhinestones.  I tried some ribbon, but none seemed to work with the layout.

Now, for those of you who only thought that sweet peas were in shades of pink, red and purple, here is my color inspiration..


If you want a chance to win this set, go to the Flourishes Newsletter and follow the very simple directions!   And don’t forget to click the links of the Flourishes Design team for their creations with this pretty set!


March 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm 8 comments

Sneak Peek – Day 2!

After day 1 of the sneak peek everyone is buzzing about the next set and here is my card. Artist Marcella Hawley designed another winner for Flourishes don’t you think?


Basic Grey’s beautiful Sultry paper collection provided the background and also the color palette! The images were stamped with Palette inks – Burnt Umber, Chartreuse, and Claret. I cut out the birdhouse and popped it up. Apple Green Sheer ribbon was the final touch!

Please be sure to stop by the Flourishes Newsletter for links to the Design Teams sneak peeks and your chance to win the set!

Remember the Flourishes Release Party in this Friday, 7pm-9pm on the Flourishes Forum!

January 15, 2009 at 7:06 am 20 comments

Greetings from Germany

I’ve been off the computer – we are on vacation – taking a river cruise through Germany and Austria.  Just wanted to pop in and tell you we’ll be back in a week and I’ll be back on line! 

May 19, 2008 at 3:11 am 7 comments

I’ve been busy!

Well, I looked at the date of my last post and realized it has been awhile since my last post!  I’ve been busy creating some things to submit for publication.  As soon as I finish those I will be back in business.

January 24, 2008 at 4:15 pm 6 comments

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