Halloween Cards and Jars

Dear Fellow Crafters,

You asked and here they are:

Happy Halloween,



Spooky tree
Spooky tree

LE01(01)-Happy Halloween (Limited Edition)

H2012-3_Stars in my Eyes_jpg

H2012-1_Spooky Tree

Ghostly greetings
Ghostly greetings

H. Spooky Web. 2011-A_ jpg


H10B_Caldron Treats_jpg

Witch and Moon. H08(a)_JPG


Researching on Pinterest

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ok, I admit it. I have an addiction to Pinterest. As I stated in June – see link, I love surfing all the pins and boards to discover ideas for cards. I learn a lot about techniques, discover u-tube videos I didn’t know existed, found pictures of Wysocki paintings and more. I like the fact that everything is organized and I can shape and re-shape my boards.

Like all addictions, Pinterest can rob you of time. You can get lost pretty quickly in the maze of pictures and ideas. You need a timer or bread crumbs to find your way out of the many alluring topics. Pinterest can lead you on to websites too, which is a good thing. You can then discover more goodies to research.

More and more people are using Pinterest to sell their products too, so you can literally research and shop at the same time. I wonder though sometimes if all this surfing and buying on-line, is robbing us of the ability to communicate.

If all we do is chat, surf, buy on-line – isn’t that a little like living as a hermit? Never mind about sunshine, what about people? You can’t see a person’s reaction to your creation or get a real hug from a friend or family member. Virtual reality is great but I sometime wonder if we’re not be sucked down the rabbit hole too quickly. Beware the dangers lurking in your computer….

Haunting isn’t it??



How I solved _______________

How to pick a die-cut

Dear Fellow Crafters,

In the beginning of my die-cutting adventure, I was overwhelmed by the choices I had. I originally only bought the Sizzix dies that captured my imagination and then discovered that the smart thing would be to actually sit down and determine what my needs were It was much like trying to pick rubber stamps.

I discovered along the way, that many companies made dies that were compatible with the Sizzix so I started my list by category:

Baby (embossing folder set) Phrase “Congratulations!” (Did would work for practically all occasions)

Birthday ( I admit I did go slightly overboard in this category) cake, phrases

Basic shapes – I bought nesting dies from Spellbinders


Holiday (again overboard!)

Wedding phrases

I waited for sales, checked out Pinterest for ideas and delighted in the free folders and dies supplied by craft magazines. Now, I have to admit, I reach for my dies before I reach for a stamp.

What are your favorite companies?

Happy Crafting,