Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Shiny Hexagons

I'm ready for real fall. We got a tease, then summer came back. I love the smell of fires and the way smoke lays in the sky in the early morning. I feel warmer just knowing my neighbors are stoking their home fires. I miss my wood stove, but yeah, I don't miss the mess.

It's October - time for ghouls and goblins, Friday night football, baseball playoffs and the beginning of the hockey season. It's easily my favorite month. It's also a scary month because midnight of Halloween begins the month for writing novels. I've written several, but I've not published. I don't have a good concept yet, but one will come. They always do. Meanwhile, I'm still working on cards.

I cut 3 hexagon bases with the die, then layered the black hex paper and red foil over the white layer. I used a little sponging of Watermelon Wonder just to carry the red through the card. Easy little sentiment and a spiral of curling ribbon. I attached the curling ribbon and sentiment to the panel with my little stapler.

October is also the month that everything turns pink. Cardmakers are cranking out cards for MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. You see, when cancer victims, families, even the staff are spending significant time there, they are often separated by the ones they love. These cards are available for them to use for free to stay in touch, offer encouragement, or even to share a laugh.

It's just so cool how the Splitcoast Stampers bring all their best for causes like these. If you'd like to join in, you can visit the forum HERE. Now - get out there and bless someone! And if you have an idea for a novel...


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Friday, October 2, 2015

October Creative Crew

Hey there, you! I'm glad you stopped by. I have a couple of little things to share with you. I'm part of a crew now!

I really like this card. I fussy cut the sails out of white and popped them up with dimensionals. I gave them a very thin wash of Sahara Sand. The 3D really pops better than I hoped it would!

You know, even kitties need anchors. I had one show up at my house. She's beautiful! She's young, lean, and well mannered. She's feral - dirty and both ears have been ripped. I've kept her separate from the rest of my flock to reduce stress and avoid sharing germs. I finally got her in to the vet for a spay and... she's a he. Already neutered. Go ahead - you can laugh.

He won't fit in with my bunch, but he's street smart and I turned him out. He has come by to say hello, but doesn't stay. I'm sure we'll see a lot of each other and I know he'll have space with bad weather and such. He knows the secret knock!

I hope your Friday is a blast, and has a great kick-off to a fun weekend. We here in Texas finally have cooler weather but still no rain, so I'll be schlepping water hoses.

If you have some craft time - check out Hope You Can Cling To on Splitcoast. The entire month of October is filled with challenges, then we send all the cards to MD Anderson Hospital. It's our way of supporting the breast cancer patients.

P.S.  I still have 2 online classes you can purchase!
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Freddy's Late for Work!

Do you ever have days like this? Poor Freddy had to work late, so he's hyped up on coffee. There are snakes in the cube farm, though. Those little ribbon snakes like to eavesdrop seeking juicy gossip tidbits.

This week's Mix-Ability challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to make something you'd find on the job, with the option of 5 or 9 things (9 to 5, get it?). Come play along!

I just adore googly eyes. Especially on whimsical things. My goal is to get a video soon about how I made him.  ATC sized - 2.5x3.5 inches.

Have you joined the Periscope wave yet? It's a really cool live video feed, and people can watch you in real time and chat with you. It's fun! You just need a twitter account (free and you don't have to tweet) and the Periscope app.

I'm new to this, so I'm trying to get the kinks out. My goal is to broadcast 2 times a week. Wed and Sat around 11 a.m. Central time (US). You can find me at Now, the videos only stay on-site for 24 hours after you close the session. There's something about that short window that really appeals to me.

Ok - News you need: I make and sell portable camera stands that work great for Periscoping. I have 2 card kits for sale with everything you need aside from the basic supplies. Both of those you can find at the top of my page.

Paper Pumpkin is going PINK for October - proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you haven't subscribed, this deal is for you!

Paper pumpkin is a subscription, but you don't have to commit to any length of time. That's what I love! Just $20 a month (less if you sign for longer) and you have a little crafty party in a box!

Ok. Enough blabbering. Get out there and create something!


P.S. if you shop my store (link upper right side column), use the code HFRPW3Z4 and I'll send you a gift. You need to fill in your mailing info with the order, $25 to qualify for a gift. I have great gifts!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Spooky Gifts

I want to know. Do you still do the neighborhood door-ringing treat-giving thing? Or is it more common now to hold Halloween or Autumn celebrations with neighbors, friends or your place of worship? 

I always loved halloween because of the activities. The weather was amazingly perfect, baking and cooking became fresh and new again, there was football and hockey and the World Series. It was all about the whole season. I love it! Yes, I still do.

I wanted to show you some really cute options for sharing treats with others this fall. It doesn't have to be halloween-y if that's not your thing. But it can be fall and just a thank you token. The products I used are at the end of this post. These are super easy and get put together in no time! 

You simply die cut the treat bag and assemble with glue. All the measuring, cutting, edge 'pinking' and scoring are done for you with this die. And there are a bunch of little dies to help you decorate your bags in so many ways! It pairs perfectly with You're So Sweet stamp set. Just wonderful! 

The box is quick and easy - punch, turn, punch, fold. The gift box punch board does all the work! If you like easy projects, check out my kit-complete card classes. It's all ready for you to dive in and create!

Don't forget to check out my hands-free camera stand - Periscope is all the rage right now and this gem works beautifully for that. I have a light teal blue and a beautiful deep pink paint that you can pick. 

What is Periscope? It's a short-term free video service from Twitter that let's you chat with your audience while you demonstrate a technique, or show how to prep a meal, or how to sew buttons on a bunneh... ok, so maybe not that. The videos expire 24-hours after you stop the broadcast and you get live streaming comments as you go so you can field questions. You also don't have to do voice-overs and edits, so it's faster and easier than YouTube. Check it out! It's a phone app -

Hope you're enjoying the last little bit of summer. Ta for now.

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Welcome to the Bunny Nest! I host rescued animals in a small in-home setting. Currently, I host 3 bunnies and 2 kitties. These animals will be socialized and housed for the entirety of their lives in my home. They inspire my crafts, and I use any proceeds to pay for their needs. Thanks for visiting!