Changing AGAIN!

Would you believe I have started ANOTHER blog!  Good thing these things are free!!! (I guess???).  The new one is all about the classes I am now teaching.  It is set up to tell you everything you need to know about my classes, scheduling and templates used in the classes that are available for purchase.  If you get a chance stop by and give suggestions, I can always use those!

Thanks, hope to see you there!

Fit for a Princess

I decided to play along with Pollycraft's Monday Challenge this week.  The challenge this week was "Fit for a Princess...and if there's one thing I have, it's a Princess (or 2 or 12!)

Here are a few... all from




I Thought it was "The Princess and the P...E...A

I Am Moving ... to a new blog.

Well, it has been a CRAZY few weeks!!!  Started a new company, a new group, and now a new blog! I'm thinking that this one will probably be layed to rest because 2 is hard, 3....well...I really don't have that much to say!

If you haven't joined me yet on Crafter's Digital Art Center...PLEASE DO!!!  It is a brand new group, run a little differently from other (from what they tell me...not sure of the differences...but that's what they tell me).  My group is Digital Design Divas.... please come on!!! I NEED HELP!!!

Take care and I hope to see you the new location!

We Are Now A Group!

OH MY GOODNESS!!!  Talk about your "suddenlies"  I am living on a roller coaster these days... not the up and down part...but the FAST part!!!  Got the site up and running, now its time to find the people.  One of you sweet ladies (Tracy) told me about a new group that was just started June 2 called "Crafters Digital Art Center"....(see the link in the left column)  and now we are a "Group" there!!!  I started the process earlier tonight thinking it would take a few days... NOT!!!!  The lady that started the group (Presilla) hand held me through the whole set up and I already have THREE members!!!  That happened almost immediately, in the middle of the night!  So now I actually have to do something with it!  OMG!!!

I love that CDAC is a new group because it isn't so overwhelming and it is easier to find my way around than Paper Craft Planet is.

And get this, I have already learned how to do something with digital stamps that I didn't know could be done just 30 minutes ago...because of a great tutorial.  I don't know why I never thought of it...but hey, I've had other things, ya know?  ANYWAY, she showed how to change the dark outline to a light 20% so that it prints just a light/light line on the paper... then you can color it to look like an original colored piece of art instead of a stamp that has been colored in.  VERY VERY COOL!  I'll be doing some of that soon...if I find the time that is.

ANYWAY, come join my group!!!  I NEED people!  Just click on the link to the left then Join Digital Design Divas group.  It'll be fun!

Whew!  4am again... where does the time go?!

Oh! and THANKS AGAIN Tracy!


Some of their most active camps are:

- Trout Creek Pass, Colorado (over 100 acres)

- Red House Virginia (over 120 Acres)

- Mecca Circle, Wayne County, GA

- Islamber, NY (considered their headquarters)

- Holy Islamville, SC (another huge compound and extremely active)

- Baladullah, CA (Huge and also extremely active)

- A new one PA (Wayne County)

- Fairfax, VA

- York, SC

- Hancock, NY

- Deposit, NY

- Springfield, MA

- Philadelphia, PA

- Hyattsville, MD

- Bethany, WV

- Meherrin, VA

- Dover, TN

- Commerce, GA

- Jessup, GA

- Marion, AL

- Talhina, OK

- Houston, TX

- Coldwater, MI

- Buena Vista, CO

- Oak Hill, CA

- Onalska, WA


Just Call Me Ms. TOMATO HEAD!!!

OK, so Andrea was in charge of drawing caricatures of us....

Hers makes her look 20 years old!!!

Mine makes me look like a tomato with eyes and hair!
(No, this isn't the original...but I still look like a tomato)

She kept saying.... it's suppose to be a CARICATURE!!! Your features are SUPPOSE to be exaggerated!!! THANKS, BUT NO THANKS!!! Since I have the final say because I turn them into digital ... some of those chins bit the dust! GONE! (oh that it were that easy, right?)  But THREE!!! COME ON!!! No one wants to see that, right? One and a half is plenty to see!

I came up with a link can see it on the left.  If you decide you want to help us out...PLEASE DO!  You can post it to your blog as a link to

OK, I'm tired again...take care and GOOD NIGHT!


For real this time!  Sorry to all of you that may have gone to the shop yesterday and this morning and found it down.  WE ARE BACK!!!

The main issue was that when the lawyer wanted to change the Angel Policy EVERY THING had to change!!!

The good news was that there are no pesky names and signatures ON the picture... that will need to be added to any final cards or products ... on the back, or the hang tag, or web page... but it isn't ON THE IMAGE!!!

I had to take it off of almost 90 pictures that were already done... then recreate all the .ZIP files that you will download and modify the file that tells all that how to work!

WHEWWW!!!  The things I've learned in the last week.... I went from ZERO knowledge of how to create a web store, to up and done in one week!  even with having to do everything 2 or 3 times!  ARRRRGH 

If ever you want to do that, just ask, its not nearly as horrible as I feared...but VERY VERY VERY detailed!  There are about 30 steps (never counted but there has to be AT LEAST that many) to actually getting a single digi loaded ready for sale!

But, we are there with 70+ images, for today anyway... I have more to load... and changes to the home page to make... that's another day... today I have errands to run.

Have a great one!



At least I hope so anyway!  I haven't tested it out 100% yet, but if you see something you want, give it a try and if there are problems PLEASE just let me know!

I still have TONS of stamps to add...and we are going to change the header...and who knows what else!  BUT, I wanted to get this thing up!

Some cool thing you can do:

  • Create a wishlist...for yourself, or for friends to buy for you!
  • Sign a Guestbook (please do!)
  • Buy gift certificates  
  • And of course, download immediately!


The Me I See

We are getting closer and closer!  I'm thinking sometime this weekend we will have lift off!!!  There are 60 stamps loaded already...more ready to follow later, I just have to get them ready for automatic download.  WHOOHOO!!!

One more sneek peek....

"The Me I See"

I think something happens when you cross the magic 50 year mark. (It may happen sometime later, or maybe even sooner for some but, it will happen)  Suddenly, what other people think of us means very little and we begin seeing who we really are... We are all QUEENS of our domain!  Hence..."The Me I See" 

No matter how the outside looks...we know who we are on the inside....Beautiful Women All...created by the Most High God!

Almost There!

I was up all night figuring out how to do the website!  Feeling quiet clever now because I've about got this sucker figure out!  It is actually "there"... just not "loaded".  I only have about 10 stamps samples to see how things would look.  OH MY GOSH!  What a lot of work!!!  Forget all the work to create the site... the "maintenance" is going to be WILD!  I have a new appreciation for all Christy has to do to just put one picture in!!!  Believe me!  she's earning her $$$.  I honestly don't know how one person does it all!

Anyway, I am REALLY tired and sleepy so I had to stop before the last step of adding the software that lets you download emails required from me.  Too much thinking and focus required for that!

I just wanted to let you know that we are closer than you think!!!  And, if you are reading my blogs you will be the first to know!

Take care all, I'm OFF!!!

I'm Back!

Well...made it back to town and haven't stopped working since!  Andrea had TONS of new drawings that I have to convert.  She draws them by hand and I have to scan and convert them. 

And, I think I'm going to try to build the website myself so I had to start that whole process!  Not so sure how smart that is!  But, its another opportunity to learn ... and save money ... it just may take a while!  You have to pay then wait for them to set something up...then pay for something else and wait.... LOTS of waiting!

In the meantime, here is one of the funny ones:   The frog is saying...

"NO! NO!  That's OK!"

Made me laugh anyway!


Hi All,

I am still out of town so I feel like I'm handicapped without my CorelDraw and ways to add pictures to what I say...but I wanted to write anyway...

I just looked at my list of visitors this morning and I am, once again, amazed by the internet!  It just boggles my mind that I have had visitors from so many countries in the last 3 months that I have been up and running.  CRAZY!!!  The list is at the bottom ...

 I know that some were just quick stop overs on the way to some other blog, but still!  I just wanted to thank all you guys...and most especially you that continue to come back and even comment!  I love hearing from all of you.  I don't always respond because I'm not exactly sure I know how....

if I comment to you after your comment, do you know it???  Does an email come to you???  I feel like I'm replying and no one ever sees it.  If you do or don't (and I'd really like to know) please know that I do read every one (now that i know how to get an email sent to me) and appreciate all you have to say!


This is the list...I think it must be sorted by who came by first... I didn't sort it, the software that tracks it did.

States United States  (tons of cities)

Kingdom United Kingdom

Canada Canada  

Netherlands Netherlands  

Australia Australia

Malaysia Malaysia

Norway Norway

Russia Russia 

Panama Panama

Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Germany Germany

Bulgaria Bulgaria

Romania Romania  

Singapore Singapore

Brazil Brazil 

Spain Spain

New Zealand New Zealand 

Shhhhh...I have a secret! .... But I can't tell ....

Well... OK, I can tell, but I can't show....

I just wanted to give you guys a little update on Andrea's stamps.  I CAN NOT WAIT to be able to show you what we have so far!!!  Right this minute I have 34, ready to sell, stamps!  WHOOHOO!!!  But I can't!  She has lived with some of these characters since the 70s and they are her babies!!!  Everyone has a name ( most that I can't pronounce!)  They go from just plain weird (I think those are from her drugs in the 70s!!!) to some absolutely precious/beautiful fairies!  And, of course, there had to be a girl with tatoos.

Some are hilarious!  She showed me a couple that she came up with last night that I couldn't stop laughing over.    There has got to be something that you like in all that she has so far...the varity is amazing.  All are totally unique characters.

But back to them being her babies... she wants to talk to her lawyer first to make sure her "terms of use" page is written correctly... AND then there's the whole issue of how the heck to sell them!  I know there's a website required but we want to do that right I hate to tell you.... but this was just a teaser. 

Well...ok, maybe just a touch of a few...

I would start making cards with some to give you a look but I'm going out of town for a week!  SORRY!  I want to start playing!  But, a "suddenly" came up sooooo, I'm off. 

Take care all, and I'll see you in about a week.

Just Two Easy Steps!

Sorry I haven't had much to "show and tell" the last several posts .... I have been focused in a different direction lately!  I needed to try and say something on my other blog because it had been a while, finally got that done today.  Whew...that feels better....  

And, I have taken a couple Webinar training classes on Corel (free, so couldn't not take them!)  this week.

The guy that taught today's class was trying to teach everything he knows in an hour so I learned A LOT...but, can I repeat any of it???  Not so much.  It took me 1.5 hours to repeat a 2 step process to do the following because I couldn't remember what the 2nd step was!  But I FINALLY figured it out!

I learned to go from here:

To here...

in TWO easy steps :-)  HA!

So...what to do with THAT bit of knowledge????

T h i n k i n g.....
T h i n k i n g .....

I don't know...maybe make a card...or a poster even!

A Live Maxine in Person!

Yesterday I posted some sayings that I had come up with about princess kissing frogs to go with some of Christy Croll's new stamps. That was before I had seen them so my mental visual was entirely different from actual reality... NOT A MATCH!   I absolutely LOVE what she did, PRECIOUS! PRECIOUS! But my words would probably go better with Maxine's daughter! You know, the old lady cartoon character Maxine that has something sarcastic to say about everything.  (click on her name if you don't know who I'm talking about)

Well, after going out and buying $50 worth of books to learn how to draw...because I want to get what is in my brain out on paper!!! an artist friend of mine called. We haven't talked in about a year so this was kinda "out of nowhere". (like there is such a thing when God is involved with every detail of my life?!) She is an INCREDIBLE artist! Her job, all her life, has been set design, and creation, for plays and amazing wall  murals. VERY HARD WORK! She is now in her 60s (70s???) and doesn't need to be climbing scaffolding and on her knees painting anymore.....soooooo, I think I finally convinced her she needs to give digital stamp making a go! I gave her my list of words from yesterday and hopefully I'll see some output soon! We may have a new digital source soon ladies!!!  She is totally clueless about the PC world so it looks like I might be doing that end of it for her, at least to get her started.

The really fun part is that she is the living, breathing, true life form of Maxine!  There is NO TELLING what we might see! Talk about ATTITUDE!


YEA!!!!  I won a $20 gift certificate from Olivia and!!!  YES I am the QUEEN!  I didn't even know I was registered to win so its a good day :-)   go buy something!

God is so good.  I love it when He surprises me with these little happys.  I also got a free chick fil a sandwich today ... When you pray for provision it may not come in the form you think but it works just the same!

Places for FREEBIES!!!

Thought I'd share a couple websites that have TOTALLY FREE digital stuff...

The first is:

Digital Scrapbook Experts:

Every day you get an email with a link to that day's FREEBIE.  I was a little bit afraid to sign up at first because I didn't want to suddenly find I was suppose to pay for something!  But, I have been signed up two months now and haven't paid a penny!  They have a different theme pack every month and you get a part of that pack every day.  One day it might be part of the alphabet, the next a label, then back to more of the alphabet.  Definitely worth signing up if you want to play with digis.

Example: this is two different things, background paper pack that was an "extra" and the numbers are from one of the daily downloads

The next one is:

You can get all kinds of free digi stuff there!  This is the Freebie link for Daisie Company, a great site for printable boxes, can wraps, candy wraps and such... but, there is no purchase required for the free stuff! 

I got the two yellow "papers" on yesterday's Oatmeal and OJ card from here ... they were in a pack of 44 background papers!  FREE!

Example of freebie:    this is a whole set of matching can and candy wraps

If you know of any more PLEASE SHARE!

Make Mine Oatmeal Raisin and OJ!

At least long enough for the Tiddly Inks current challenge
Turquoise, orange and yellow...

Or maybe even chocolate milk!

I learned something new that has CHANGED MY LIFE! 

Did you know that if you
- press "print" 
- then go to "preferences" before you press go (print),  there is a place to


Seriously, changed my life to find that!  Now, I can print to the very edge of the paper... That is a wonderful thing because now I can print a pattern onto plain colored cardstock and create patterned paper for two regular sized cards instead of having to trim them down !!!  YES!!!  See the above orange cardstock?  I printed orange on orange to give that tone on tone look I used to do with the clear stamp pad (can't remember what it was called, sorry) 


And the new stamp is...... "Cookie Bugg"!

I had asked Christy Croll (Tiddly Ink) to create a cookie bugg because I had just gotten this cookie box die and thought I needed a cute stamp to go with.  PERFECT!!!  Isn't she the cutest?!  She also had the background paper (what the top is cut out of) and a glass of milk and a few other things.  VERY, VERY CUTE!!!

I am going to list both of the following on the MAKE A GIFT  challenge as well...because they both are!

Well today's little mess up... see the bug on the top photo?  She's dressed in brown...not a very good least, not good enough for the topper below.  It was too reddish... seee...UGH!!!  But ya know... I had already printed her and cut her out...BY HAND!!! So that baby got glued down!

WELL, I have a bit of a perfectionist in me that could NOT stand that it really didn't match...So, I got to thinking that I needed to take advantage of the digital functionality I get so excited about... I would just take a digital version of her and digitally "paste" it onto the picture above.  I did that and it looked awful!  I couldn't get it to fit exactly right over the one already there..???... so then I had a brain storm, don't replace the girl, replace the dress/hat and shoes...(DUH!)  So I did.... here ya go,  my hybrid...

Yes, I know, that works for showing you...but the real one still has the ugly brown dress.  NO MATTER!  I'm not giving it to anyone anyway.... the cookie mix was about a year old...and terrible!  No one will be getting these cookies!

It was a good lesson learned ... know what the end is going to look like before printing!  HoHumm....

OH!  one more thing... if you look  very closely you'll see that the glass is "transparent"... I know, I've pointed that out with the wings before but I JUST LOVE THAT!!!  But, silly me, after going to all that trouble, I glued the bugg down over most of it!   The one little twist to it was that I had to actually print it so that you could see the cookies behind it...And, because I did that I had to take an xacto knife and cut slits on either side of the milk to run the ribbon behind the isn't really layered the way it appears.

Actually, I'll just show you this way...

ONE MORE THING! (again)  I know you think I am misspelling bugg, but that's how Christy spells it, and it's her bugg!  (All the other misspelled words are my bad!...we need SPELL CHECKER!!!  HELLOOOO)

Rubber Stamp SALE!!!

Today I start to clean out the piles and piles of stamps I have collected over the years!  I was a StampinUp! demonstrator for several years and I thought I had to have them all!  Well!  Most never even got put together!  The ones that were mounted rarely, if ever, got used!  Its like everything else, I like the "getting", not so much the "using".

So, now, if I ever hope to move I have got to start finding the floor again!!!  I could fill up a walk-in closet of just stamps, if I were that organized!

ANYWAY, if you click       HERE,

it will take you to the beginnings of my list.  I only have 22 sets available right is a LOT of work to just get them into my computer room and scanned!!

I am so sorry for the archaic way I'm having to do it... I don't have Web developer software anymore so I'm amazed I got anything out there!!!  I feel like I'm working with two left feet!  I have done all I can think of to actually display a picture on the list page but it will not do it!!!  I'm sorry but you'll have to click on the name to actually see the stamps.

I promise to keep adding to the list as quickly as possible, (if I see that people are even looking at the list!).

Please understand, some things may not get taken off the list immediately when someone orders if two of you order the same set before I can make updates, the first one will get it.  I will email that info to you.

WELCOME to the Tiddly Ink BLOG HOP!!!

Welcome to the first ever Tiddly Ink Blog Hop!!! (5/8-5/9)

If you are joining us in the middle, please go back to HERE to read about it...
 you don't want miss the 16 wonderful cards before mine!

Cristy Croll has some of the CUTEST little buggs ever!  I love them all but I have probably done more with "Happy Bugg" than any other so far. 

I try to do as much as possible digitally so that if I'm in a crunch I can print and run with it.   A good example of that happened with this very Blog Hop!  I did Annie instead of a Bugg!  But, because I had a colored "Happy Bugg" saved on my PC it was a quick fix!

This card is actually a total fake...
it is 100% digital....

The card parts:

The parts of Happy:

I have also included a few versions of "Happy Bugg" to show variations in colors, sizes and backgrounds. 
All but the bottom right are a single file....each color is a seperate layer so if I want to change the icing color, I can do that without changing anything else...same with cap, dress, skin, hair...etc.  I just make a copy of that layer then change the "hue/saturation/lightness" for a whole new color! I always have any version of it available.  

OH!  and notice the bottom left (plaid hat)...see how her wing is transparent!  Kinda cool huh?   GOTTA LOVE DIGITAL!!! 

You can see how I taught myself the software (Corel PhotoPaint X5 ... click HERE to download a FREE 30 Day Trial ) by looking back at my old posts... I literally learned one step/day at a time! .... over the last two months....  I hope if you come back in a month I'll be so good you won't be able to tell if its real or not!  Though, odds are pretty good it'll be fake! :-)

I hope you have enjoyed my little space, PLEASE COME BACK!!   
Have a great weekend!

Don't forget to leave a comment so you have a chance in the drawing!

Now, jump on over to Jodi's site to see how precious her little BUGG is...

OH HECK!!! I messed up!

This coming Saturday Tiddly Inks is having a blog hop and they want everyone to make a card using one of her Buggs.  Well!  I got this ready for it:
Today, I went out to get lunch and suddenly it popped in my mind that I didn't do a BUGG I did one of her little girls!  SHOOOOOT!  That isn't a bugg btw...

But, thankfully I had already colored one of her buggs, ohhhh, about a dozen times!!!  So, EASY FIX!  Import one of the buggs, turn the girl layer off...DONE!!!  WHOOHOO!!!

And if that's not enough to convince you that digital is a WONDERFUL THING ... do you see the embossed dotted "paper" oval behind her?  All I did was find a picture, on the internet, of an embossed page (it was orange) pulled it into Corel, changed the color and lightness of it, cropped it into an oval shape and TADA!!!! 

I would feel guilty but since I actually have this particular embossing plate, I don't...I paid for it.

I'll have to repost this for Saturday so you can just ignore it that day.

Do You Know Who(se) You Are?

And in Spanish....

Playing with a LOT OF STUFF!

First, I need to apologize to Mattie...I keep stealing her pictures from facebook and using them :-)  SORRY!!!  That's what you get for being so gorgeous!  And Facebook is my only source!  BTW, she just got baptized last week!!!  WHOOT WHOOT WHOOT!

I bought several DigiKits from Two Peas In A Bucket yesterday so I wanted to start using them!  The papers on this one are from "Placid" by Vinnie Pierce and the heart and black "pearls" are from her "Pieces of Me III" .  I got kinda carried away because I LOVE the scrunggy look and I kept trying to get rid of all the sharp lines

There are actually two different "papers...the left and right side... I made the right side a little bit transparent so you can see the left side paper through it... I then feathered the sharp line between the two so you don't see it. 

 Actually I'll show you the way they come...

Combined without Mattie... You can see the sharp edge I wanted to get rid of: