Monday, June 25, 2012


If any of you have continued visiting during my prolonged absence, I have not disappeared completely, although I have been recovering from a serious surgery. In March, I began having symptoms of a heart attack and after finding out that I did not have one, I was given the news that for all of my 47 years of life I had been living with a birth defect of my heart which, in April, required open heart surgery. I am still working on cardiac rehabilitation, am doing very well and plan to return to work this week...although these past months have not been easy, they have taught me lot about life, death, my own spiritual goals in my relationship with Jesus Christ and the power of prayer. I hope to be back to crafting and photography soon!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

From the stock pile...

Just thought that I would share a few cards from my stock pile....

Hope that your day is wonderful!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New direction for a New Year

I have been a terrible blogger as of late...hehehe....haven't been crafting, but have sort of taken my creativity in a new direction...Natural Light Photography has always been a passion and since October, I have had the opportunity to do several photo sessions. It seems that after the first, which was done for a friend, it has snowballed. This pic is of my wonderful son and his precious wife ;) favorite subjects EVER! DH gifted me with a great Canon Camera a couple of years ago and I have found a new love for an old passion! Good equipment certainly makes a difference, but there is nothing like framing that perfect shot...I get goosebumps and can often be heard exclaiming, "money shot!" LOL

Love, love, love this pic...this sweet girl was not posing, she was simply looking with adoration at her new baby brother...*sigh, I love those "shots" that just happen!

This precious 2 week photo of baby Peyton was one of my faves! Nothing like a fur blanket and a sleeping infant...

This photo session was a blast! There is nothing like watching the family dynamic of multiple children. The eldest daughter "mothered" the younger ones, tried to get them to pose and look at the camera, the middle daughter quietly did everything I asked her and smiled so softly...and the youngest...he was a pistol! I just followed him around and snapped rapidly....that's my method for children under the age of 4...LOL

This beautiful couple didn't NEED me at all...they were gorgeous and all that I had to do was focus and shoot. Gorgeous....I do love the sunburst in this shot! No editing necessary ;)

As I continue to explore this avenue, I hope to have MANY more shots to share...with photo and editing tips that work for me. A friend and I have combined our love of photography into a business and can be found on Facebook under Shutter Sisters Photography. Come by and check us out!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's Fall Y'all!

Good Saturday is definately a FALL morning in my neck of the woods....drizzly rain, falling leaves and cooool temps in the 40's....EEK....40's already! But, I love this time of year. Love, love, love a fire in the fireplace, sweaters, a big pot of soup on the stove and the brisk invigorating temps! (Not a big fan of Winter...but I do love me some Fall)!

Thought that I would share a couple of cards that I made several weeks ago. The first is a simple card that I gave to my niece on her Wedding Day. It wasn't really a 'wedding card' but it worked nicely for the day...Oh Happy Day!

My next card is cute girly birthday card! I found this cute 3D Sticker....isn't she adorable??? Love the bright colors which to me yells "FUN"....

Hope that you have a wonderful day wherever you are.....thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Travel Log

I have been inspired by Michelle Wooderson's mini travel album. She has the best ideas and I love her projects and her etsy shop. You might know her as Mish of the blog, Mish Mash. Anyway, she was showing her darling little project which inspired me to make my own...all creative credit goes to her...

My "Log" is about 6x8 inches. The covers are sturdy cardboard covered with Craft Cardstock. I used cream and beige acrylic paint to "spatter" the covers and also brush the edges. A smaller cardstock adorns the front with 'Enjoy the Journey' stamped in black. I also added a butterfly, stamped a pointing finger and cute clothespin.

On the inside of the front cover, I added a sticky note pad for jotting down thoughts and events on the trip. I also added a pocket filled with stamped tags and a few embellies to add later.

My first page is taken from an old atlas and is a map of Tennessee ( where we will be traveling.) I stamped a few words here and there and added craft cardstock to document the miles we travel, cost of gas, vehicle we were driving (with a pic), so that we can remember it all years from now.

I have several pages in the album and will share more later. I also used lots and lots of paperclips and other accessories along the way to add things as we go. I made a similar album for my sweet niece, Amber, over at the Country Scrapper. I am thinking that her mom has forgotten to give it to her because she hasn't mentioned it once and I know that she would have if she had gotten it...*cough*cough* LOL, I am sure that I will find out its whereabouts now!

Hope that you have a great day!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Very Cool Place

Here's an LO of a recent beautiful spot in Virginia we stumbled upon while hiking in Natural Tunnel State Park! It reminded me so much of my childhood that I had to capture it! The page takes me there...if only in memory.

Hope your Sunday has been fabulous!

Friday, August 19, 2011

365 Card Challenge

Hi friends....I have been painfully slacking in posting in the blog world this summer, but I still visit YOUR blogs daily! I have a quick post today for the 365 Card Challenge "Vintage and Pink". I love the soft, gentle colors of cream and pink together...and the vintage Prima flower...perfect!

I often play along with 365, but just happened to have the day off work and have time to create the card, photograph the card and post the card! Ahhhh...the life!
Hope you're having a Wonderful day wherever you are!