Another Side of Me

This is the side of me that you don’t see very often.  Behind the paper, ink and stamps and piles of photos to be scrapbooked I’m a farm girl.  I wasn’t born this way or raised this way – I thought I was a city girl through and through.

God had different plans for me.  In 2008, I met the most kind, generous, loving man and he moved me from my custom built 3 bedroom house in an upper middle class neighborhood across the state of Washington to Snohomish and that is where the adventure begins.

I wasn’t totally inexperienced, my paternal grandparents had an orchard in Eastern Washington, but my adult years had been spent in the financial world.  Wearing dresses and suits, belonging to committees and organizations was what I was comfortable with.

He bought me a pair of boots for our first Christmas together, not shiny black ones with a high heel and pointy toes, but they were pink – ok tan and pink – and they are so comfortable!

In the spring of 2009 he brought home two calves, I immediately named them Thelma and Louise and in 2011 they had their first calves.  After realizing that his “city girl” wife was not going to allow anything to be butchered we downsized our herd of six by that time to one.

Last night at 11:28 Thelma gave birth to her fifth calf…a bull named Tuffy (T3).  It still amazes and excites me.

I love my life as a farm chick and I love being treated like a princess by my Prince Charming.

I thank God everyday that he brought me back to my roots…there’s nothing better than a new baby calf to make you thankful for the life you lead.

Typed Note – SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s SOTM, which is Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Brenda’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:

I have been waiting to use this stamp of the month since the idea book was released, however when I actually put ink to paper I just thought…WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?  So I turned to Pinterest where I found this card and then things just started clicking.  I ended up making 3 cards and got three different answers for which one I should feature here so I decided to post all three!

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MApril SOTM Chalk It Upiss B’s vote was for the colorful card made with the Chalk It Up papers.  I think it was the puffies butterfly (now retired) that swayed her vote.






April SOTM Black White


The mister of the household voted for the black card.  The notebook paper is stamped from the Artbooking Cricut Collection stamp set and the tag is embossed with a number and letter combination I felt that the card needed some texture, the ribbon comes from a retired Black Mini Medley’s collection.  All of the pieces were mounted to a piece of Black Fundamentals Paper.



April SOTM Glacier PML


And now for my favorite!  I started with a PML card from the Hopscotch collection.  I mounted it to a piece of Glacier Cardstock which I had embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder I also rounded the corners so it would match the soft look of the PML card.  I stamped the typewriter 3 times (twice just the paper portion) so I could add some extra pieces of paper to my note.  I finished it off with some Black Arrow Washi Tape and Gold Sequins.


Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment by April 15th and I will randomly draw from all comments to receive all three cards.

Now, hop on over to Chris Robertson’s Blog and see what she has going on in her creative life.

Thanks again for stopping by!



Skylark PML – AHSC #98

I think I woke up knowing what I wanted to try for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week before I even saw the sketch.  I have a drawer full of Picture My Life Cards that have found their way into a couple of projects, but not nearly enough.  The question became a little harder when I started thinking about which ones to use.

This is the sketch from AHSC #98

and this is my take – rotated 90 degrees.



Since I needed something a little cheery today I reached for my package of Skylark cards. This card is 5 X 7 and the entire front is framed with Kraft CS.  I then layered a piece of Sweet Leaf CS which I embossed and sanded to back the PML cards.  On the larger card I added a piece of Teal Shimmer Trim to give it a bit more dimension (there was a lagoon stripe on the card so I just covered it up.  The smaller card included the sentiment Hello World and I mounted it on a piece of Thin 3D Foam Tape (I’m gonna need to buy more soon).  There’s a little peak of the inside…I lined the bottom with a piece of Sweet Leaf CS cut at an inch wide and then layered a left over zip strip from the Skylark papers (remember I said I was nearly out of Skylark, well I found another pack so I’m happy again).

Hopscotching with Brooke!

So I’ve been wanting to make a banner for over Miss B’s bed for a while, but with her constantly asking what I’m cutting on my Cricut it’s nearly impossible to concentrate on getting anything other than the simplest of things done when she’s home.  So while she’s off at her dad’s this weekend and my Wrangler wearing sweetheart involved in football I decided to sneak into the craft room.


The Hopscotch Picture My Life Cards paired with Paper Fundamentals and the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge made it a quick project – I was barely missed 🙂





I used a piece of white Baker’s Twine and some mini wooden clothes pins to hang the cards.  I embellished it simply with gold sequins, gold shimmer trim and durable triangle studs, I can’t wait until she gets home!

Thanks for stopping by!



Nearing the End…maybe


Skylark is by far one of my favorite paper packets of all time – OK, right up until Annual Inspirations comes out August 1st.  As you know from previous posts I’m trying to use up my stash and I have a bag full of Skylark scraps.  I also have some PML (Picture My Life Cards) that I haven’t begun to make a dent in.  I’m not really into the pocket scrapbooking, but I wanted to see what other uses I could find for them and realize that they work pretty darn good on cards.


The sunshine is back in the PNW after several days of rain, but I had a hard time capturing the colors on these cards.  Lagoon is one of my favorite colors and I reach for it over and over, I have even managed with the Skylark papers to become fond of Juniper which had never ranked too high on my list. 






Besides my bag of scraps, I have a whole untouched bag of Skylark paper – shhhh, don’t tell my husband.  I’m waiting for just the right occasion to make some scrapbook pages, too!  Skylark is one of the retiring paper packets so make sure you place an order for it before July 31st and remember if you place an order on my website before July 31st you’ll be entered to win $25 in free Close to My Heart product.

Leave me a message with your all time favorite paper packet and Close to My Heart color combo and you’ll be entered to win a  selection of PML Skylark cards for your creative uses.


A New Picture My Life


I have had a package of Skylark Picture My Life Cards staring at me from a corner of my desk for months.  I haven’t got into the pocket scrapbooking craze so I was looking for another way to use them.  It’s been hot here this week (OK, not Texas hot) and I would much rather be inside in front of a fan.  I decided that maybe it was time to pull out those cards and do something with them.

So, here’s what I came up with.


Yesterday while I was hiding in the house I decided to waste spend some quality time on Pinterest.  I decided to do a search for Card Sketches and ended up creating a new board – boy do I like hot weather!  I found this great sketch my Julie Tilman and today I created a card with the PML cards and the scraps I had left from my Skylark paper packet.

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There is no stamping on this card…I layered some paper on a base of Kraft cardstock positioned the PML card.  The dragonfly is cut from the Skylark paper,  I just centered my Cricut and it cut a 1.5 inch circle perfectly.  See the piece of chevron paper – it’s the zip strip from another paper in the packet.  I simply embellished it with two clear sparkles because “a little bling never hurt anything”.  I LOVE how this turned out and have already started sorting my cards for some additional cards.

The second project is just a fun little journal.  I’m still learning how to use my binding machine so it didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but it’s pretty cute none-the-less.  The PML cards are all double sided so I just had to pick out which ones I wanted to use and magically I was done.




I can’t wait to play with more Picture My Life Cards!

What would you do with them?

Stay cool!