Friday, December 2, 2011

Excitement in my neighborhood

A prison inmate who went to great lengths to carry out a whimsical escape plan ultimately failed when he was caught Friday night hiding in a portable toilet in Rockdale.
Cesar Sanchez, 37, escaped from a moving Illinois Department of Corrections van in Lockport several hours earlier, made his way to a grocery store despite limping and being handcuffed, then stowed himself away on the top of a semi truck’s cab and hitched a ride to Rockdale before going into hiding.
Sanchez was being taken from the Bridgeview courthouse to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill when he kicked the door of a DOC van open and hopped out near 159th Street and Farrell Road in Lockport about 2:15 p.m., officials said.
About six hours later, police dogs from the Joliet Police Department and Cook County sheriff’s police tracked Sanchez to a portable toilet in the yard of the Waste Management Depot in the 1800 block of Moen Avenue in Rockdale.

The area where he escaped from the van is a few miles from my house and about half a mile from the high school.

I am soooo releived that he was captured.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy December

November has been such a crazy month at work. Since it is nearing the end of the year, so many patients want to get in for exams because their insurance deductibles have been met. December will be crazier, but I am going to try my best to post on my blog at least 5 times a week. I am also going to visit my blog and forum friends as often as I can.

Today I made a flower from a tutorial at  Santa's Workshop at The Flying Unicorn Forum.

I hope that you all will stop by The Flying Unicorn and join the festivities.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Flying Unicrn Gives Back

Together WE will make a Difference !

This month Flying Unicorn is donating up to $1,000 to Women in Distress. You can help and here's how. For each project uploaded to the Flying Unicorn gallery, Flying Unicorn will donate $1. Help us get $1,000 for Women in Distress. We need 1,000 uploads to reach our goal. Come on everyone, load up the gallery!!

If you have never suffered abuse at the hands of your partner, count your blessings. So many of our sisters have had to endure abuse, both physical and mental. Some of the Flying Unicorn members have lived these nightmares but somehow found the strength to remove themselves from these situations. They have shared their horrific stories, not for your sympathy, but to inspire other woman and give courage and strength to those in need. Their stories are purposeful examples meant to empower. Women in Distress is ready and waiting to aid those women who so desperately need hel

Please help us help Women in Distress by uploading your creations to the Flying Unicorn Gallery.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween Projects

I finally found a little bit of scrappy time and made a card and Halloween treat holder.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pink Pumpkin

Now that I am back at work, I realized that my mammography room was looking a little barren. I made this pumpkin for Yolie,Gaby and Celeste's Link Up For  Pink and to display in my mammogram room.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Link up for Pink with Celeste,Gaby and Yolie

I made this cute pink raccoon card to Link up for Pink
Visit  to Link Up for Pink too!!

Mummy Card

I made this card for Halloween. The mummy is a Rubbernecker stamp that was stamped oncanvas and colored with Markers. I made this card for a challenge at Flying Unicorn.

Ghoulie Challenge at Flying Unicorn

What can you do with
01. paper/ cardstock only one sheet any size of one of the colors purple or black or orange
02. 3 paper clips ( if you do not have paper clips you may use straight needles )
03. one button
04. 6" of ribbon/trim
05. paper towel/tissue
06. stick/branch from the outdoors
07. 2 brads
08. one leaf
( look no scissors or glue or tape or cutters allowed )
to create something Halloweenish?
This is today's Scrap-O-Ween Challenge at The Flying Unicorn
Well...This is what I came up with

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More cards

It was soooo nice of my hubby to let me have the day to play in my craft nook today.
I made some more cards for Inking It Up Crazy's WCMD.

This one is for the Holiday Card Challenge

And for the Friendship Challenge

and Birthday Card Challenge-this card did not photograph well,the background is actually acetate with the edges inked pink

Inking It Up Crazy Bling and Glitter card

Another card~This one is for Kassidy's WCMD Glitter and Bling Challenge

Breast Cancer Awareness card

I ordered this stamp set from Paper Smooches the other day and it came today.

I couldn't wait to use it and made this card for the WCMD Stamped Image challenge at Inking It Up Crazy and also for Link Up For Pink at Gaby Creates

WCMD with Inking It UP Crazy

Kassidy has some great challenges on her blog for World Card Making Day.

I made this card for her sketch challenge

and this card for her Pink-White Black only Challenge

Sweet Peach Crop Shop Back To School Crop

I found out about the crop at on Saturday, so I am behind on completing projects.

I did finish this one for Crop Challenge #2 – All about Numbers

And This one for Back To School Crop | Office Supply Challenge (I used masking tape and staples)

Here is a close-up

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Another RAK thank you

This Thank You goes out to Chelle at I won this prize during the Fall Fun Blog Hop

And her adorable fall card

Thanks Chelle~You ROCK!!!

Thanks Lori aka Mrs. Swandog

This is a very belated thank you to Lori at  I won this awesome RAK on her blog a few months ago.

and with it~she sent the cutest card

Thanks again Lori!!!


I'm FINALLY back to blogging. This is what my foot looked like when the post surgical stitches came out. It feels soooo much better now and i should be able to back to work next week.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Stampin' Dymonz ZENTANGLE Challenge

Hello friends!!! I am soooo behind on posting, visiting blogs and sending e-mails. I will be feverishly playing catch-up in the next few weeks.

I missed completing the last several challenges at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space and I promised to be better about doing her challenges. Challenge #8  Your challenge this week, then, is to create a Zentangle design. Your Zentangle must be an A2 sized card (4.25" X 5.5") on white cardstock and the Zentangle needs to encompass the entire front and back of the card in it's design. The inside should have a half inch border of Zentangle on each of its longest sides. You are allowed a quarter inch border on the front/back if you so wish. All you need is white cardstock and a black Ultra Fine Sharpie Marker.

Well~I have NEVER zentangled, but I am quite pleased with my 1st attempt.

Have a FABULOUS day!!!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pumpkin Spice DT entry

Shop Pumpkin Spice is having it's 1st ever DT call. I found this out on the LAST day of submissions. The requirement for the submission was to create a project using at least 2 of the following manufacturers:
 Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket , Crate Paper , Echo Park ,Graphic 45, My Mind’s Eye

To create my card I used my favorite manufacturer~Graphic 45 as well as Cosmo Cricket and Bo Bunny.
I also used Paper Studio cardstock in Hunter and a TCP Stamp that was inked with Fired Brick Distress ink.

Friday, July 15, 2011

My Ouchie

For those of you who remeber my pretty cast~ I was in it for three weeks as a last resort to treating my plantar fascitis. It did not work. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. This can be pain and make walking difficult.

Initial Treatment includes:
•Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain and inflammation
•Heel stretching exercises
•Resting as much as possible for at least a week
•Wearing shoes with good support and cushions
Other steps to relieve pain include:
•Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 - 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
•Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or shoe inserts.
•Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.
If these treatments do not work, your doctor may recommend:
•Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)
•Steroid shots or injections into the heel
•Wearing a boot cast, which looks like a ski boot, for 3-6 weeks. It can be removed for bathing.
Wearing a walking cast.

In a few patients, nonsurgical treatment does not work. Surgery to release the tight tissue becomes necessary.
 I had my surgery on July 7th.


This are not images from my actual surgery, but of the procedure that I had done (In-Step Plantar Fasciotomy)

My postoperative orders.
 A walker boot will be used from the day of surgery until 6 weeks post-operative. The walker boot is used for all walking. For the 1st 3weeks, it is used day and night. After 3 weeks (when my stitches are removed), it can be removed for showering.

I will be spending the next few weeks catching up on blogging  :)


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Today our community mourns

 With a war that’s lasted longer than any other, the reality is that if you wait long enough, sooner or later the statistics will catch up with you. More than 250 Illinois soldiers have given their lives for our freedom. Now that number has grown by one.

Pfc. Michael Olivieri and four others belonging to the 1st Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kan., were killed in Baghdad when insurgents launched an attack on their base, division officials said. The soldiers deployed to Iraq in November 2010.

They were part of the 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, supporting the development of Iraq forces and the improvement of civilian life in central Iraq.

Each of the soldiers had served less than two years and each was on his first deployment.

Homer Glen is a small but close-knit community, where plans are already being made to honor Pfc. Olivieri in the form of a special memorial at the Homer Township Public Library, where his mother Jody works. They are creating a “Heroes” quiet reading room as part of a library expansion to honor the 26-year-old soldier and others in the military.

Olivieri was due home on Monday June 13, which would have been his one-year wedding anniversary with his wife Sharon, and was also due to attend his sister’s wedding on the 25th. All of this makes his death especially hard for his family and friends to take. From all accounts, however, they have been nothing but proud of his service to his country.

Olivieri was a 2002 graduate of nearby Lockport Township High School  and attended Southern Illinois University. He also started and played in a local band called The Moops. His friends called him, “The glue that held us together.”

Hundreds of mourners of all ages turned out this morning to honor U.S. Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri during the soldier’s funeral procession through Homer Glen en route from the Modell Funeral Home to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

The funeral procession included about 200 vehicles. En route to the cemetery, it passed by crowds of supporters gathered on all four corners at all the major intersections along the route in Homer Glen. Other towns took part in paying tribute, too, with fire departments using their ladder trucks and flags to form arches across the roads.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Fathers Day card

I created this Father's Day card using this weeks challenge sketch from Mojo Monday

Paper: Bazzill, SEI, Recollections, Graphic 45, Stamp: Rubbernecker stamps Ink: Distress Ink

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Mojo Monday Challenge #194

Lexi's Creations Challenge #45 Father's Day

Woodware USA Clear Stamps Challenge #30 Masculine cards

Hand-Stamped Sentiments Challenge  #70 Father's Day (Masculine)

Ladybugs Craft Ink Challenge #31 It's all about the males

PaperTake weekly Anything goes

Paper Play Challenges week #23 Father's Day/Masculine

The Paper Variety For the Guys

CRAFT Challenge #106 Father's Day

Craft Us Crazy Challenge #10 Fathers Day

Delightful Challenges Fathers Day

Monday, June 6, 2011

Another card using Rubbernecker Stamps

I fell in love with this weeks sketch(#87) at J.U.G.S  and created this card

 Paper: Fancy Pants, Tim Holtz and Paper Studio Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps Dandelion Garden Border , Rubbernecker Stamps Imagine with All Inks:Studio G chalk ink, Staz-on
The Dandelion Border sztamp didn't photograph as well as I would have liked.I double stamped~1st with white and then with apple green

I am entering this card in the following challenges

J.U.G.S. Sketch #87

Critter Sketch Challenge Blog~ use Kraft

Craft Your Passion~ Anything Goes

Friday, June 3, 2011

I am entering this card at the Sisterhood of Crafters for the "Button Box" challenge (use buttons on your project) In addition to my buttons, I used stamps by Rubbernecker Stamps,Colorbox ink, Viva Pearl Pen and a MLYB fabric border.

The mammographer in me

I made this card for a Challenge at Simon Says Stamp using my favorite stamp. It must be the mammographer in me that makes this Rubbernecker Stamps stamp my favorite. I stamped the image on velvet paper and heat embossed it using Stampendous silver embossing powder and colored parts of the image with Copics and added Pearl pen accents.I used Core'dinations cardstock and dry embossed it with Sizzix ribbon plate and mounted it on MM paper.

Blanketflower card

For the Center image ~I used a Rubbernecker daisy stamp but colored the daisies to resemble blanketflowers.

Products used:Stamp~Rubbernecker Stamps  Daisies 506-05  Paper:Paper Company,Fancy Pants, Wausau,and Heidi Swapp Ink~Colorbox and Staz-on Markers:Sharpie and Copic Brads: MM alpha brads Tools: Spellbinder Beaded Oval,Martha Stewart double loop Border punch

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts 4  Eternity  Challenge #22 (Sketch)
Paper Crafting Journey Challenge #11 Anything goes
Paper Play Challenge Week 22 Citrus splash~green,yellow,orange
Fab-n-Funky Challenges What'eva challenge
Woodware USA Clear Stamps   Challenge#29~Use a forgotten embellie (I used alpha brads)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blank Canvas

It has been raining the last two days, so I haven't been able to garden. Ordinarily I wouldn't let a little rain stop me~but I am in a cast up to my knee. I partially tore some ligaments  in my foot.
Scary thought~I was thinking about adding some stamping to my cast. I really want to heat emboss on it but I don't want to waste embossing powder.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Challenge at Stampin' Dymonds Creative Space

  Challenge #2:  At Stampin'Dymonds Creative Space  Working With Digis

This week, theywe have a sponsor for ther challenge! Tellen's Place Designs has graciously provided  the digital image (digi) that  will be used for this challenge:

"Say What"

Courtesy of Tellen's Place Designs

Challenge Details:

You are to create an A2 sized card (4.25 x 5.5 inches) using this digi from Tellen's Place Designs.

The digi is to be hand colored using markers -- Copics, SU! Stampin' Write Markers, ProMarkers -- any marker sets you have/use.

Your card needs to be made using the following cardstock colors: Purple, Fuchsia/Magenta, and Black.

As part of the use of this image, it must be matted using all 3 cardstock colors.

This is my card .I am getting ready to head out the door for work so I am lacking time to give you the details on my card

A close-up to show the glossy accent on the  glasses

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tim Times Ten~ Day 9

It's day 9 of the Tim Times Ten Grand Giveaway challenges at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Place.
How high can you go? Today's challenge is to create a dimensional tag. At least two elements must lift up off the page. The edges of the tag should be inked. At least one dimensional flower and 3 buttons should be incorporated in the design.
My tag did not scan as well as I would have liked and my son swiped my camera to shoot pics of the High School Production of GREASE.
Paper Tim Holtz Idea-ology,Stamps~Hero Arts(tree trunk)Studio G(leaves)Flowers~Primas Punch~Martha Stewart Rub-ons~KaiserCraft Ink~Disress Ink, Colorbok  and Studio G

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tim Times Ten~Day 8

Challenge for Day 8 of the Tim Times Ten Grand Challenge at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Place
Your challenge today is to create a distressed tag. You must use a minimum of 3 colors of ink. You must use at least 1 image stamp and 1 sentiment stamp. You must color your sentiment stamp using two different ink colors and stamp -- this should be one press on the tag and not "stamp one color, clean stamp, stamp second color." A unique piece of ribbon or other embellishment should be used for the hole in the tag
My inks are Distress Inks and Colorbok. My stamps are Rubbernecker and Inkadinkado. My butterfly embellie came from Michaels Dollar Spot.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tim Times 10~Day 7 Challenge

Today is day 7 of Tim Times Ten Grand Giveaway  Challenge at Stampin Dymonz Creative Space.
 Today's challenge is  an acetate tag. The acetate must be dry embossed. It must be inked. Your tag must be two-layered, include an image, and you must use some type of "dimensional" product to embellish your image -- fun flock, flower soft, heat embossing, etc. The weather  is supposed to be cold in Baltimore today; therefore, your tag should depict a cold scene -- could be winter or fall and does not have to include snowmen/snow, just ensure you make a good representation of colder weather. The acetate should be from some packaging that you may have at your craft spot in order that you recycle the plastic and help prevent us from killing our own planet with non-biodegradable materials such as plastic...
My tag did not scan well at all and my son has my camera for the day.
For my acetate tag~ I used recycled clear x-ray film. I dry-embossed it using a cuttlebug folder and sanded the embossed image.I used Staz-On ink at the top, bottom and sides of the acetate tag. I colored the snowman with Bic Markers ans Highlighted some of the words with dimensional paint. I used Paper Studio paper for the 2nd layer.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Steampunk Tag~Stampin Dymonz challenge

I created this tag for "Tim Times Ten~Day 3 challenge at Stampin' Dymonz Creative Space.
The directions were to create a steampunk tag which incorporates the sponging and heat embossing techniques somewhere in the tag. Your design must incorporate a key, 3 arrows, and a pointing hand. At least one of the elements listed must be a metal embellishment and one stamped image must be manually (hand) cut out.

Tag sponged with Studio G orange Chalk Ink and then accented with Tim Holtz Distress Ink (fired brick). My pointed finger brad was colored with alcohol inks (lettuce and currant), covered with clear embossing powder and heat embossed. Two of my ballons were cut from Graphic 45 paper and the 3rd balloon was a Michaels stamp (stamped on Graphic 45 paper) and cut outMy Key (Graphic 45 paper) is on one of the balloons. .Arrows(red~Maya Road)(vellum/one way)(metal~Tim Holtz Game Spinner) Flower paper (Recollections) and brown twine were also used.

Friday, April 29, 2011

It's been quite a while since I've felt any spark of creativity until today.
I am soooo sad that I missed the 1st day of Stampin Dymonz "TIM TIMES TEN" challenge.
I made this tag for Day 2 Challenge "MASKING"
I used Distress inks on my tag and a Glimmer Mist mask. The Butterfly stamp is by Innovative Stamp Creations and the branches are from a set of Rubbernecker stamps.
I also used Glossy Accents and  bling from Hero Arts .

Sunday, March 13, 2011

BUTTERFLY blog linky party

Eva decided to have a BUTTERFLY blog hop. I absolutely adore butterflies and was so excited to play along. Life has kept me too busy to create, so I am posting "not so new" creations.

First up is a page of my "baby", who turned 18 on 3/9. The large pic on the page was his freshman school picture (and the last school photo that I ever saw an order form for).

Next up is an altered clock that has a few  butterflies resting on it.  :)

Thanks for fluttering by..For all the links, please go to Eva's blog and follow along to find so many beautiful butterfly projects!!