New Blog Name: ???

I’m bored with my blog name. Does that seem weird? I’m still undecided about changing it. But, a new blog theme is definitely in order. Hopefully, I can start posting more this year. I start out with so much energy, but then I fizzle because life in general gets in the way. For all you who have stopped by to see if I am still around, thanks so much. Time for a new look. I hope you will like it as much as me. TFSB




Scraps from the past…

I nearly forgot to share one other thing I’ve recently been doing while organizing my studio. I know some of you can’t bear to throw out a scrap of paper anymore than I can. Hey this stuff adds up after a while! Right? I don’t like wasting money anymore than the next gal.

So, I had my mom come over one day to sort all my scrap. Yep, she really did sort it for me. I just couldn’t. It was one of those things that just seemed overwhelming at the time. She did such a great job that all I have to do is sort them according to card stock and DSP.

While I was sorting I decided that I wanted to even things out as well. No 2 1/4 x 3 sizes for this gal! So I lopped off the fraction and have nice even sizes for whatever I want. And nothing is over the standard size (4.25 x 5.5). If I want a larger card I can still use all the scraps I have available.  So while I was working on my second drawer of different sizes/colors/dsp’s, I ran across a color combination I just had to put together. It’s amazing what comes out of your “scraps from the past”. I found all these things in my scraps other than the flowers. I made those the other day after I had punched them the week of Easter. So, now I have twelve of these lovely little flowers looking for a home. I told you I don’t have the heart to throw paper away. For example the cuttlebug background was meant for another project but I didn’t like how it looked. So, I threw it into the scrap pile and now it worked perfectly for my little flowers that I think look a little like daffodils. One of my favorite spring flowers. Okay…well have a great weekend. I’ll post more when I can.



Did Someone Say Organize?


Well I’ve been a busy bee for some time. Taking time off  has been good for me. I was finally able to make it to a stamp camp last month. Hopefully I can go this month too! I was so glad to see the ladies. I’ve missed them terribly. I feel refreshed and wanting to take on some new projects. Part of being busy has included a newer look for my studio space. I found a wonderful layout in a magazine that I would love to see in my space. And, what’s even more exciting is that I don’t have to modify it all that much because my room is actually larger than the space in the magazine. I am going to re-purpose a few pieces of furniture  I already have and they are getting a fresh coat of paint. The only thing that will be new for the most part are a few cubbies I received as Christmas presents, some storage containers, and the counter tops. I need to keep the cost low so I will be using MDF board. I will take some before and after photos when we really get to the nitty gritty of it all. Right now I am up to my neck in empty containers to fill and store all my goodies.   So, I’ve been trying to organize many of my things prior to the “big change”. I believe this will be my last conversion for a studio. One can only hope right? I’m sure  I will be content with this layout. My heart just feels at ease every time I look at the picture in the magazine. 🙂

What seems to work for me is placing all my items in sections.  So, I got started on that a couple of weeks ago when I began thinking about all my stamps. I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget what I have. I used to sort them according to manufacturer. But, this just became a nightmare for me. Instead, I decided I was going to stamp all my stamps onto printer paper and arrange them in categories in a binder. I don’t have many categories nor do I have many stamps compared to most ladies in this hobby. And, I am fine with that. 🙂

Actually, this is a relief. I was able to find a couple of second hand bookcases and placed the stamps in baskets, boxes, or containers according to their categories in my binder. Needless to say it worked out beautifully for me. And, now that they are sorted they go right back onto the shelf in their proper categories when I am done.

The best part of all is that I know what stamps I have at a glance because of the binder. ANNNNND, I can mix and match my stamps to my hearts content. What a difference it makes not having to sort through piles of stamps just to find the one I want which was usually at the bottom of the pile. Now I just sort through a few or if necessary I take the container out and look through it instead of a small mountain of stamps. I also found it to beneficial for all those loose orphan stamps I never really knew what to do with.

I know I could have done a better job on my binder. But, all I could think of at the time was get them on the page and in the book! I stamped over 1000 images. I don’t recommend this for someone who has a ton of stamps in their collection. It would probably take you a year. Although, you could have a stamping party and have fun with it. I also realized that if I want to sell my stamps later all I have to do is take it out of the binder inventory and that’s that. I also put my pages in protective sleeves just in case I have inky fingers when I’m thumbing through it.



Refresh My Heart

Hello fellow bloggers/stampers,

I know you haven’t seen me in a while. But life in general has kept me busy. Taxes, preparing mentally for an event in November. I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I know it’s been a pattern with me to take some breaks from my blog. But, I have to be honest, I can’t be on here everyday. I can only hope you understand. I am going on a little hiatus from now until next January from my blog. Read more…

Best Wishes

cas32_best wishes Hi!

I’m excited! I loved this card layout so much that I was able to make this work for 2 other individual challenges in the same card! Woohoo! Both are for Split Coast Clean And Simple Challenges. It’s in the Buzz Ladies. 🙂

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Confident Dreams

CAS29-goshoppingHi all,

Here is another CAS challenge (CAS29). This time we were sent to a website to gain inspiration from handbags or shoes. The website is called Anthologies. And this clutch purse was my inspiration. Read more…

Attic Flowers – CAS31


Clean and Simple Challenge 31

The Clean and Simple (CAS) challenge was to pop things up on dimensionals. So I did this on the 2nd and 3rd layers of the image.

When I was a child I remember visiting homes that had either pine board on their walls and/or staircases or wainscoting that would (more often than not) lead to an attic of the home. Read more…