Card Basics

Card Basics ~~ One 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of card stock will make a base for 2 cards. Cut it at 4 1/4 portrait and score at 5 1/2. Or for landscape cut at 5 1/2 and score at 4 1/4.

Here is a list of some of my favorite tools: BIG SHOT die cutting machine ~ Grid paper ~~ Stampin' UP! Stampin Trimmer (cutting and scoring) ~Bone Folder - this little tool is a MUST! ~Multipurpose Liquid Glue ~ Glue Dots ~ Stampin' Dimensionals, Score tape, Stickles. BLING, BLING AND MORE BLING.... If it sparkles, I love it!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Look what I accomplished over the weekend!

I am slowly but surely getting back to my card making.  I know making 2 cards from a Paper Pumpkin kit doesn't sound like much, but believe me, it is.

Thanks for stopping by.  And have a great day!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

WOW - let's catch up!!


Well, it's been a long time since I posted. There is so much that has changed in my life.  I tried to go over my page and update the best I can. 

During this time,  our son Brad (Brad-Tom) passed away August 27th, 2017.  He was 37 years old and we still don't know "what" caused his death.   My heart breaks everyday that I don't see him, hear his voice or get a funny text from him.  I will post more later as I can.  I'm still grieving. And probably always will.  Thank goodness for FaceBook though.  It has helped me so much.  But I will share a photo of him that warms my heart. 

Also,  our 2 cats Sibby and Pita adopted us.  Both homeless, helpless little sweetie pies... We lovingly refer to them as Brad's sisters. He thought that was so funny and called them his sisters too.  They have been such a blessing and comfort to us.  I know God sent them to us, He knew that I (especially) would need them. 

Sibby (the Tortie) found us first, she just showed up one day.  Skinny and needing food and love, we took care of her.  We had her less than a year, and then Pita came. 

Gary was driving home from the Vet with Sibby, and there she (Pita) was in the road.  Gary almost ran over her.  She was  only a couple of weeks old, eyes barely open and only weighed a few ounces.  Needless to say, he brought her home. He did try to find someone that might be missing a kitten. But nobody wanted to claim her. We bottle fed her for a while until she could eat soft food. Both had health issues we had to get cleared up and we had both of them fixed. 

Sibby was having no part of  Pita at first... then in about a week,  just took her and treated her as if she was "her baby."  To the point of letting Pita nurse (Sibby had been fixed and had never had a litter) and then weening her... it was very special. They have a strong bond and still sleep like this very often... when they are not sleeping on Gary or myself. 

Here are some things I've done in making cards in the last bit....

Well,  I'm not going to try to put you into overload.  Just wanted to say hello, hope you are well, and catch you up a little on what is going on with me.  Until next time.... I pray you are blessed beyond measure!!

BIG hugs!!  Tona

Friday, March 25, 2016

Hello fellow stampers and card, scrapbook creators!!

Good afternoon and hello from Brooksville, FL where it's warm and kind of rainy.  Sounds like a GREAT day to get this blog going again. 

I've decided to blog twice per month instead of several times a month, because as you can see, that just doesn't work for me.  So, that being said...let's get down to business!!

Speaking of business.... Yes, I'm still a Stampin' Up! demo and still love their products!   I do use other products sometimes too.  Feel free to ask me about anything.   I'm a crafter... I love to share.

I've updated my side bars with links to my Stampin' Up! site. And notice the one that says Paper Pumpkin.  I love this little monthly kit!  Here is last months kit:


Thanks for stopping by....   :)  Leave me a comment and say Hi!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

WOW!! Long time - No blog!!

Good morning (or good afternoon or night depending on where you are) !!

It's been FOREVER it seems, since I blogged last.  But sometimes "life" gets in the way of doing what we would like to do!

I have gone back to work full time as an operator with a large hospital in the Tampa area. I enjoy it a lot. But 40 hours a week (sometimes more) can kick your behind when you are my age!!  Still, I am enjoying it. After being a 911 operator for many years... this position is a breeze!

I'm still creating cards & crafting.  Just not as much as I would like.  I'm also still a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, but I haven't held a class in about a year.  For many reasons.... but it's ok.  

I'm still struggling with getting my craft room organized.  I think that us just going to be one of my life long struggles.  I need professional help!!  At one point hubby & I were planning a remodel, but we had a couple of set backs, and its on hold for now. 90% of my crafting supplies are boxed up in my storage area, so I'm limited on what I have to work with.  But I'll post some photos of some things I've been working on...Maybe you will get the urge to create something too!!

Thanks for checking in with me & have a blessed day!  Go check out the new Stampin' Up! products & don't forget to check out the weekly specials,  clearance & retiring list!

Monday, April 28, 2014

hey did you think I had forgotten about you?

Being honest, I kind of have..... I went back to work full time and getting adjusted to full time and days off etc have been making me CrAzY!    I'll get it all sorted and in a routine, but it's a task!! I've not been doing much in the card making department.  I just haven't had time. 

BUT the new SU catty is coming out soon and I can't wait to see what is in store!   

Also, the retired list is out.... so check it out at

place your order soon,  many things are selling out fast!!!

Last but not least....HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Are you ready for FRIDAY?

Hi all,  it's FRIDAY!!  The start of your weekend!!! I hope it's a lot of fun and you create something beautiful!!!

I was recently involved in a card swap.  Not just any swap... an Artist Trading Card  (also known as ATC)  swap.   It was my first and I enjoyed creating them very much.   ATC's are never sold, they are made for trade, and they are always  2 1/2  X  3 1/2   the same size as a baseball trading card.  They are cool because people just make what is in their heart and head....some are very interesting, all are beautiful, but they are all unique!

I was actually in 2 swaps at the same time. Fortunately there were not a lot of people in the swap so I was able to feel a little more comfortable since it was my first ATC swap.  Mine seem to be lost in the mail, which really stinks!!  I'm not going to be getting any cards back from other people!  GRRR
I still wanted to share mine with you though.... maybe someday mine will reach the folks they were mailed to. (hope)

The first theme was "inspirational",   here is mine:

I cut watercolor paper to size, and heat embossed the flowers on it in white.  THEN sponged on Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise ink.  After that I inked up the flower with the Tempting Turquoise ink,  and stamped off (next to the white).  I used Black STAZ-ON to stamp the rest of the images.  There is a little bit of Stampin' Up! Washi tape on it, and a charm I had in my stash. 
The second card was themed "collage".... I think I missed the mark on it, but the other person I showed it to didn't have the heart to tell me.    It's ok, live and learn.   I loved doing it.  It was something I had not tried before. 
Others used different papers etc.... for the collage.  I used stamps.   Oops!  It was still fun!
I used regular Stampin' Up! Whisper White card stock. Sponged some Calypso Coral on, then some Old Olive.... also a little bit of Crumb Cake on the edges.   I used Black STAZ-ON ink to stamp the different images on with.  The red is Cherry Cobbler.   I used a black Sharpie pen to go around the edges, and write "Lucky in Love",   "My Love",  "Thinking of you".   I put some jewels on and also colored in a little with glitter pens.    I can't even tell you all the names of the stamp sets I used on these cards... lol  99% are Stampin' Up, but some are retired.
Hope this inspires you to make a couple of  ATC's!! I'm definitely going to make more! 
Thank you for stopping by my blog.  Have a Blessed Day!!!
(don't forget to send your friends over to join my blog!)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday!!

It's the middle of the week for most folks!!  Hope your day is going well!  

Today I want to share a card with you that is very similar to the Thank You card I made for my Mother-in-law.   It was for a swap and I tried to come up with something that had a touch of elegance to it. I hope you like it! 

Supply list:
Very Vanilla card stock base #101650
Gold card stock  #132622  Embossed using the Big Shot with a "script" embossing folder
Heat embossing powder Gold #109129
Basic Black card stock #121045
Shimmering water colors from Hobby Lobby for the flowers
So Very Grateful Stamp set for the flowers -
      I use cling mount #133053   /  wood mount is also available #133050
"Always Thinking of You" sentiment is from the hostess set
               Express Yourself #130339 -    heat embossed in gold.
Framelits Labels Collection #125598 (and the Big Shot)
Stampin' Dimensionals  #104430
Pearl Basic Jewels #119247- used a gold sharpie marker to color the little pearls.
If you want to make this card, and need more help let me know!  I designed and created this card, so all I ask is that you give me a shout out if you CASE it  :)

Thanks for popping over to my blog and have a Blessed day!!!