Monday, August 31, 2009


Wow, what a Fiska-fabulous weekend! The Fiskateers hosted an online crop and the challenges were flying at fever pitch. The message board was hopping, the gallery was popping and the chat room was, well, chatty. The crop started mid morning on Friday and the majority of the challenges were due by Saturday, 10 pm CST. I spent most of my free time on Sunday commenting on my fellow Fiskateer’s lovely projects. Here's one of mine.

We were challenged to create a scrapbook layout, card or other project using a “sacred” paper or embellishment. You know, that paper that you fell in love with at the store, just had to have and then were too taken with it to use? That’s my background paper! I just love the soft, warm tones and the subtle paisley and floral pattern. It’s Terra Cotta Paisley from the Sonnets Studios line from Creative Imaginations, LLC. The bird is from Prima and the brads are Spare Parts. Photos are from a trip I took to New York City in 2007.

Cropping and sharing the creativity with my Fiskateer friends is always special. Click the Fiskateer blinkie on the right for more details about this super group.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009


My husband often travels for work. When I have the opportunity, I go with him. While he’s working, I’m off gallivanting--enjoying the sights and getting the lay of the land. I shop, too! I search for arts & craft stores before I even leave home. I don’t think that’s unusual, do you?

This double layout is from a trip to Washington, DC. I stumbled upon this lovely garden while walking The Mall from The Smithsonian Castle to The Air and Space Museum. When I saw the pocket garden with its cute little birdhouses, I knew I had to stop and see what else it had to offer. I didn’t know if I would ever have a chance to visit again, so I thought "Why not now?"

I used Paper Reflections patterned paper. The paisley embellishment squares were punched with the Fiskars Comma Comma Chameleon squeeze punch and edged with Stickles. The circular spirals are Colorbok Sticky Stitches. The folded ribbon (unknown source) is just stapled onto a square of the patterned paper.

Note to self for lone sightseeing jaunts: Improve the long arm, self portrait photo technique or just start asking all those other charming tourists you end up chatting with to take your picture.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


My craft space has been card central lately! First, I needed some Thank You notes but my cupboard was bare. Time to make a few.

These are really multi-purpose notes. They are 6 inch square, which requires extra postage, but I love the look of a square card. The white and yellow card utilizes the Fiskars Pearls of Wisdom corner punch, two Prima flowers, and a square mini brad from The Paper Studio. The green and white card has a scrap of Provo Craft patterned paper and Heidi Grace flowers and brad.

Next step in the card making marathon was a challenge to make 38 birthday cards to help celebrate lead Fiskateer Angela Daniels’ birthday. I liked the simplicity of the cards shown above so I decided to duplicate some for Birthday cards by stamping Happy Birthday inside. I made some 4 by 5.5 inch cards, too. Here are two of my favorites:

Provo Craft patterned paper from the scrap bin, a little ink, some chipboard flowers and a bit of acrylic paint were used on these. The flower stems are Martha Stewart Happy Birthday ribbon. I added a little self adhesive pearl to one and the other has a pearl and metal brad from Déjà Views.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look. Comments appreciated.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Welcome to Traveling Down A Crafty Road! Thank you for visiting. I hope you will join me for the journey. Along the way, I intend to share my crafty art so be on the look out for scrapbook layouts, mini albums, artist trading cards, greeting and note cards. Sewing projects, altered items, and crafts I haven’t tried yet will make an appearance, too. Every journey has the potential for the unexpected so count on a few curious tidbits occasionally.

Traveling Down A Crafty Road is like an eagerly anticipated vacation for me. Bags packed; GPS in hand; LET’S GO!