My Man Loves Flowers


Fun Facts about Me

Ok. So I thought I would let you know a few things about me so you can get to know me better. I always love when the writer reveals information about themselves as it seems a bit more personal. Here goes…

  • I love Vanilla Custard Gerber Baby Food (I know, some of you are grossed out right about now)
  • I tap my teeth when I am nervous
  • Jane Austin is one of my favorite authors
  • My favorite color is purple, turquoise come in as a close second
  • I have a thing for Egyptian history, culture and art
  • I HATE being pregnant but I LOVE having babies
  • I dislike going to the beach for vacation (I end up looking like a lobster, broiled and baked)
  • I am a very cautious spender
  • I am not a risk taker

Art Journal Cover

I love taking dollar finds and turning them into a piece of art. My art journal cover was one of those things from the dollar bin. Using stamps and paint from PaperArtsy I made an fun journal cover that inspires me to house some new art journal pages. My step-by-step tutorial is here. Please stop by and take a look.



Fermented Saurkraut: Trader Joe’s Style



My Version of Trader Joe’s Sauerkraut and Blueberry Kombucha

Sauerkraut and Kombucha

I don’t know if any of you are sauerkraut fans but this kind sold by Trader Joe’s is AMAZING! I can’t seem to get enough of it but for 5 dollars a container it will break my bank. My problem is I can’t stop at one teaspoon. I could literally eat the whole container in one sitting. So, I am making my own version and crossing my finger that this works. Aside from making Kombucha (fermented tea) every week, this will be my first ferment.

  If you have never made Kombucha or tried it, RUN to the store and get some. It has a  wonderful tart/ sweet flavor with fizzy soda-like qualities. Totally addicting and here is the kicker…it’s healthy! My husband and kids (okay, only one kid) love it. But seriously, it is a miracle that my husband is on board. He goes through a few boxes of movie theater candy a week. That is anywhere from 100-150 boxes of candy a year! He has a major sweet tooth!!


DAY 3: Look at those bubbles!! Bubbles equal fermentation.

Probiotics and Gut Health

  My Dr. has recommended I ‘eat’ my Probiotics instead of supplementing them. Fermented foods are an amazing way to build good gut health and fill your gut with healthy bacteria. Those healthy bacteria get bred during the process of fermentation. Not only do they aid in digestion, those little buggers also help build immunity. By eating only a tablespoon each of different strains of probiotics per day, I can  protect myself the same way, if not better, as if I was taking a store bought probiotic supplement.

My Probiotic Journey

I have autoimmune hypothyroid disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.I have battled with years of stomach and gastrointestinal problems (IBS), among a few other issues. I am a registered nurse and have seen the way pharmaceuticals have wreaked havoc on the health of our current society. I am convinced that going back to the old-fashioned way of preparing food and treating minor illnesses could alleviate obesity, many autoimmune disorders as well as the overuse of antibiotics that we are now experiencing. My personal goal is to lower my antibodies to where I can become drug-free and restore my gut health. I intend to share my journey with you and hopefully at the same time encourage you to implement some of these amazing foods into your daily lifestyle.


DAY 2: Homemade Sauerkraut: Cabbage, Garlic and Cucumbers





Lynne Perrella Tag



Just Chit Chat…

I forgot how much I missed blogging. Football season is the perfect excuse to hop on the computer while hubby is busy. I don’t much prefer football so I find it the best time for crafting or catching up on other things.

This week I am focusing on making personal lists. Since I am all about lists I am working on creating a bunch of ‘TO DO’ lists for my art goals. I love the new year because it gives me the chance to start over on all those uncompleted projects. Of course that means I am a year older this time around but that can’t be helped.

The Tag

So, on to the project. Lynne Perrella is one of my favorite stamp artists. She never disappoints when it comes to her new releases over at PA. I made this tag for PaperArtsy using a beautiful Lynne Perrella stamp and a few other goodies from PA. I have a step by step Tutorial over on the PA blog.

If you didn’t answer my topic poll. I would love to hear your opinion. It is in my last post. Take a sec to fill it out so I can start implementing a few more interesting topics into my posts.


A Journal Page and a Poll

Lynne Perrella Art Journal Page

My art journal page today is one that has been a favorite because I went out of my comfort zone and cut an image in half. I know, really? How lame is it that cutting a stamped image in half is uncomfortable. I guess “comfort” is a different place for all of us. Again, you can view the step by step Tutorial for this page over at the PaperArtsy Blog. Stop by and have a look.

I Made a Poll!

I have been thinking a lot lately about the direction of my blog.  I frequently find my time limited when it comes to paper crafting. On the days I don’t have time to sit at my table and make a project, I spend a lot of time doing other “crafty” things. I am contemplating sharing them here on the blog and am curious if any of you have interest in these topics. So please take a minute to answer the poll. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions not in the poll but of interest to you. Who knows, I may decide to take up a new hobby based on your suggestions.



Paper Doll Shadowbox


Hello! I can’t believe it has been 6 months since my last post. Time just seems to get away from me. My little one is almost 1 year! She consumes so many hours of my day but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a mommy is the greatest job! I am so thankful to God for the opportunity. How about a picture of my cutie. This is her a month ago. She is still adorable but just has a little more hair.


So, as many of you know I am a Guest Designer for PaperArtsy.I write for them a few times a year. At the moment that fits my busy schedule as wife and mommy have to come first. I figured I needed a boost to get back into blogging mode so I am going to share my PA projects from a few years ago. I was only able to share sneak peeks at the time but I think it is ok to share the full project now that a lot of time has lapsed.I will still link to the complete tutorial over on the PA Blog.

So, here is my first project. A paper doll style shadowbox. My favorite details of this project are the texture on the frame and the doll dress. I had a lot of fun dressing her up. Of course, now i have a real doll to dress up and let me tell you…I am having a blast.

Take a peek over at my tutorial over on the PaperArtsy blog and I would love to hear any comments you may have. I have some great pictures of details to get you inspired.

Here is to a new year of projects and consistent blogging(well, maybe)



Art Journaling


Hello! I really am still alive despite being gone for months. My little is now 4 months and growing like a weed. I am enjoying every precious moment I have with her, knowing it will be my last time to experience all the ‘firsts’ with a baby.

I was recently published in the Summer 2016 edition of Art Journaling by Stampington and Co. I have two articles in this magazine.One features my Grief Journal from my previous miscarriage and the second article features my Vintage Circus themed  altered book. If you get a chance to read them I would love to hear what you think. (Don’t mind the skull mug. The nurse in me finds it exciting. Not to mention it is  the perfect size for those large cups of tea!)


I thank you all for your sweet comments on the birth of our baby girl. She is taking a lot of my time up and now that her brothers are home for the summer my mommy time has diminished to a big, fat, whopping ZERO. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am hoping to get back on the creative wagon in the next few months.Perhaps then I shall have more to share. For now I will try to be content dreaming up projects in my head!


Baby is Here!


   My little sweetie arrived February 23rd, 3 weeks early after a very difficult pregnancy. We are so thankful and blessed to have her! It has been a while since we have had a baby around here but her big brothers are in love with her.


   Here is a banner I made for her room. It has a paper doll theme. I used some Prima doll stamps that have been sitting around for 2 years.



And another picture of my little because I am in love!


     As you can imagine we are busy so I am going to try and stop by my blog every now and then to update.

Go Team!


Today I am sharing my very last post for Artistic Outpost. I just love these amazing stamps and wish that I could continue working with this very talented team,but life continues to get busier and I must put family first! I know I will still be crafting with my Artistic Outpost stamps when I get time in between diaper changes and feeding!

My card today uses the new Go Team stamp set. Perfect for all the little and mature men in your life. My background is strips of paper washed with gesso. I then sprayed a few colors of ink, stamped and added my sentiment and Go Team banner embellishments.

It’s a Touchdown!


  Happy New Year! I hope you are all enjoying the remainder of your holiday. While crafting this week, I was thinking about how appropriate the Go Team stamps from Artistic Outpost are for this time of the year. Only a month until the Superbowl.

   I stenciled and stamped on the card base before adding a layer of book paper that as been stained, inked and stamped. I just love this little guy with the football. An adorable, vintage image from the set that has been stamped, colored and cut out. Thanks for stopping by.

Masculine Mail Art




Hello! You may have noticed my blog has a new look.I am working on some much needed updates so don’t forget to check back.


Tonight I am sharing a piece of mail art for a man. My envelope has various scraps of paper adhered and washed with gesso and ink sprays. I stamped on top  before adding layers of paper and die cuts. The main image has been stamped and embossed from the Go Team stamp set by Artistic Outpost  and the paper in the banner is from the Vintage Ephemera paper pad.

Vintage Santa Shadow Box


I love the little vintage toys that are part of the Toy Emporium stamp set by Artistic Outpost. I clustered them in the lower right hand corner of the shadow box ad-mists the tulle and flowers.


The leaves were cut out using the fancy foliage die. I added some Stickles to the leaves for sparkle. The background of the box has been painted with gesso and acrylic paint before adding stamping. Thanks for looking!