Monday, July 12, 2010

Wedding Day card!

My Mom asked me to make a card for her - she's attending a wedding this weekend. I think it's fun to get asked to make cards for people I don't even know!!! I made sure I put my blog address on the back so this sweet bride can check out her card - someday!

I really like the way this one turned out! I used my PC Embossing Folder, and stamps were from The Angel Company! The Martha Stewart lace border punch makes the card just perfect for that "lacey" look! Spica Markers twinkle with elegance and a sweet bow for a vertical element on this card!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Peace Frog Birthday Cards

Friends of mine celebrated birthdays this July and inspired by their Peace Frog obsession, I created these cards for them! Hope you like them!

Why is blogger underlining all my writing today? I have no idea!!! Sorry.....

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mr. Fix-It Father's Day Cards!

I am blessed with a Dad who's a Mr. Fix-It! Growing up in a Mechanics home was sometimes smelly (carburetors being cleaned on the kitchen table) , sometimes greasy (GOOP and grease stains in the bathroom sink) as well as seeing my dear old Dad's butt and elbows sticking out from under the hood of a car to be fixed! Seems like that's a whole lifetime ago.

Anyway, I love this set of tools from Darcie Heater's stamp set! This was such a fun card to make!

The inside sentiment says: "To my favorite Mr. Fix-It"

Colored with Copic and Spica markers made a huge difference in that "sparkle" that metal tools have!

Thanks for stopping by!

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kellar


Sunday, February 14, 2010

I've been M.I.A.

Yes, I know I've been missing for a while, but not without good reason!

I am currently a college student, AGAIN! I decided to go back for a nursing degree!!!

I have not stepped foot in a college classroom for 17 years!!! Now that my youngest is in school, I thought it might be a good time to figure out what I want to be when I grow up!!! So, I am currently taking 1 prerequisite this semester - along with full time Mom, and now PT student - I am in the throws of Anatomy & Physiology 1 - all I can say is WOW - that is one demanding class - but so far averaging a "B" and that is taking up a TON of my time!

New Use for COPIC Markers: coloring my AP 1 Coloring Book! These make wonderful coloring medium for all those darn labels of every single body drawing that needs to be colored - it's a way to keep my creativity going while I study, study, study! Check out these pics -

So, in case you thought I was just blowing off my blog - not so!

I will be posting as much as I can; thanks for your patience!! I have a good project to show you soon, more to come!

Help Needed: does anyone have a good suggestion for stopping a horrible surge of "comments" on my blog posts for everything from medications to sex items? I put my comments on "moderate" so that helps, but I'm totally sick of the bad stuff and want to stop them at all!!! Any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by: (and yes, I've been praying TONS just to make all this info from AP 1 Class to stick!)

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in schools. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A Valentine Card

Valentine's Day is in ONE MONTH!!! Wow!

Not sure if you are like me or not, but I have some favorite stamp sets that I continually wrack my brain trying to incorporate those images in as much as possible. This stamp set (Hand in Hand by Melanie Muenchinger) is one of those sets! I just love the possibilities - and I'm a total fan!

Since the Valentine card here speaks friendship that Vinny & I shared first in our relationships - almost 20 years ago! I love the way it turned out!

Stamp set: Hand in Hand by Melanie Muenchinger, Gina K Stamps
CS: Real Red by Stampin' Up
Patterend Paper: My Minds Eye
White Ink Pad: VersaMagic Chalk Ink to highlight the scalloped heart punch (Marvy Uchida)
Black Ink Pad: Momento Tuxedo Black
Dimensional Foam dots/red checked ribbon via Walmart/Glue Dots
Where there is love, there is God also. ~ Leo Tolstoy ~

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Some Craft Show Photos & 2010 Calendars

Hi everyone,

If you followed my post back in December, I posted my calendars I was getting ready to sell at my church Craft Show. Here are some of those pictures of my table, my calendars and set-up!

My cards & display include the cards out for customers to walk by and pick up, maybe read. But then also a homemade "Password File" and some of my altered weekly calendar books for purse, etc.
Here are my Screen Door framed decor display. I also showed some of my cards & Screen Door kits I was selling.

On the right side of the next picture you can see my calendars. My desktop & fridge calendars are shown.
The fridge calendars have really strong magnets for hanging. When I glued these down with E6000 glue, the magnets attracted eachother - and making the glue slide until drying some time later. Of course, I was giggling when I saw these the next morning!

This was a picture taken the night before the show - looking at my display to see how it would look prior to the big day!
Here is a snapshot of each month. Both Fridge & Desktop calendars had the exact same stamped images for each month. This made stamping & assembly a snap!

My family, friends & even our mail carrier received what I did not sell. You simply cannot save these time sensitive gifts! (all stamps are The Angel Company).

Using a great font, I printed out the title sheet on my computer and layered it on my front cover.
I wish I could say I made a killing and sold out everything, but honestly I did not. Since my Theme of the Year is SEEKING JOY, I have to be honest with myself: I experience joy when I am creative.
Thanks for stopping by...

Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It's all about timing.”
Stacey Charter

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Babies, babies, everywhere....2 Projects!

Good Morning Everybody - Babies, babies, everywhere....

I have 2 great projects to share with you - and it's all about the BELLY!!! Yup, I am going to be a new Auntie! My sister is pregnant with baby #3 - and her third GIRL!!! Since this baby was a surprise, it was pretty unanimous that we (a few of her relatives + me) throw her a baby shower!

Project #1
Here is my inspiration for the invite - I am a subscriber to many blogs and this one is just lovely! Click here for - what a great idea but the inspiration was just what I needed for my invites. Of course, I had to tweak my version!

So, here is my version! Do you like it? I hope my sister loves it! They were really fun and easy to make! I must give credit to Templates by Chia - for the FREE template. I did have to play around with getting the cutting just right since I placed the template on the fold of the "shoulders." The tiny heart is a punch I purchased at the dollar bins @ Target. Then, I squeezed a layer of pink Stickles over the heart for a touch of sweet and sparkle!
I have a couple of tips to share: #1 - I went to Walmart and purchased the sew-on snaps for $1.67 - CHEAPPP!!! I did have to play with the bottom of the template to create the snap-flap. But it fit perfectly on a 8.5X11" Solar White white cardstock. I really loved the way it turned out!
Here is a side shot - just so you can see how it opens.

The stitches took some playing with since I did not want to run 30 of these baby onesies through my sewing machine.
Ahhh, Copic markers to the rescue! The E40 Brick White marker worked it's magic and gave me the right amount of shadow and white color for me to make my hand stitches! I really think this gave the onesie it's POP!
Project #2
Since we are on the Baby Theme, funny that a friend of my sister's (same one mentioned above) friend just had a Baby Boy!
For this card I used stamps from The Angel Company (Everyday Events - Elephant & For Baby stamps). The cardstock is Bordering Blue by Stampin' Up, patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, Copic & Spica markers, Crystal Lacquer, light blue organza ribbon from Jo-Ann Stores, a roll of small shipper's twine (source unknown), blue rhinestone sticker from Me & My Big Idea.Here is a close-up of the elephant! I love the way the Crystal Lacquer gives it dimension even when I used foam tape dots for a real 3-D look. If you can see, I used my Burnt Umber ink from Palette Hybrid Ink to edge my papers for a small finishing! You can really see the Silver Spica Marker I used for the "metal" looking wheels!

"A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase” ~Author Unknown

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Leftover Christmas Cards...

Leftovers anyone? Some of my Christmas Cards never made it into the blog - so I wanted to give them credit as darn cute!!! 2 Stamp Companies that I love - Unity and Amuse Art Stamps (among a few others sprinkled here and there)!

Card #1 - Unity Poinsettia Card
The cardstock is from SU, but the patterned paper is one of those scrap peices that is from "source unknown" - like from the land of misfit toys! Oh well, I'd love to give the patterned paisley paper credit, but it's simply not known. I absolutely {{{love}}} the ivory & burgundy mix!

Burgundy ink was from Palette Hybrid Inks, Bordeaux. Gold embossing powder looks elegant on the burgundy CS!
Gold wire ribbon was a little tricky! Wire sort of throws me AND my glue dots could be felt through the ribbon. I rubbed the sticky ribbon with a white eraser to dull the sticky. Rhinestone stickers (Walmart) came in handy for the Poinsettia flower center! Love the twinkle!

Card #2 - Country Snowflake Card
I cannot take credit for the idea for this card. Here is the blog, Alli Miles Card Metaphors, I saw this original card from and I was so inspired by it, that I tried my hand at it! White chalk ink by VersaMagic was used for the background snowflakes (The Angel Company Stamps).
Red, white and kraft cardstock all from Stampin' Up. The embossing folder is Provo Craft for Cuttlebug. The button is from DCVW that was sown with white floss by DMC.
Here is the close-up of the snowflake - the recycling-feel-good-warm-fuzzy you feel when you use the leftovers from using your scraps!!!

I am a ribbon NUT! This is a fun "bow" that is really folding into a loop, glue dots to close the loop, another glue dot to smash the loop into a flattened oval, then another small scrap of ribbon to go around the center of the flat oval. Adhere that bow to your ribbon running the width of the card. Ribbon: Bazzill.

Ink: Burnt Umber by Palette Hybrid Ink.
Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind. --Valentine Davies (Miracle on 34th Street)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

My Word of the New Year & A Family Journal

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!!! Here is a photo of my family taken on Christmas Day! This one turned out pretty cute!

I am sitting here in my craft room with TONS on my mind. Resolutions, you say? Bah-humbug! Aren't resolutions a waste? I think so! They set us up for failure and give us the self-inflicted guilt that I simply don't want lurking around the synapses of my mind! Thank you very much! OK, I'm not ranting, I promise!

The perfectionist in me says "NO WAY!" I am simply too busy with other things on my mind that need focusing. What are they?

Last year, I was searching for Peace in my life. I have surely found it - and I'm blessed for it. I am working on so many issues (no tissues, please) and with the help of many avenues, peace has been found - slowly, but surely. Living in truth, living by what my faith teaches me and giving my best is what I have been working on!

So, in 2010 my word of the year is JOY! Have you found this? Has JOY eluded you? I want to feel joy or happiness! I am talking about getting joy from your meaning and purpose and fulfillment in this life - I want this! I have been working on my sharing my heart, journal my feelings and give my time, talents & treasure to God, my family, friends and self, my faith grows. My joy has not increased though! Why am I not happy? Aren't joy and happiness the same? Let's check it out. says the following:

hap⋅pi⋅ness –noun
1. the quality or state of being happy.
2. good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

joy –noun
1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation: She felt the joy of seeing her son's success.
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated: Her prose style is a pure joy.
3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4. a state of happiness or felicity.
–verb (used without object)
5. to feel joy; be glad; rejoice.
–verb (used with object)
6. Obsolete. to gladden.

So, I guess from my own Dictionary lesson they are very close! I am working on Joy as my word of the New Year! I am working on going back to school - exploring some possible avenues that may bring fulfillment to me! That is a good thing! I am excited to share this with you as I search for my personal meaning and purpose. I will keep you posted as I start a new 2010 chapter: Seeking Joy!

I do know that my creativity is a good outlet for me no matter my mood or searchings! The last few weeks have been like getting out of the Holiday Haze. I need routine. Routine is GOOD! Now that the kids are back in school, I am creative and actively searching for JOY, here is a project I made with my kids in mind. It's called The Journal of Polizzi Ponderings! I like alliteration, can you tell? It's where I pose a question and pass the journal through the house and in my own kids handwriting they tell me things about a subject I develop.

The How-to: I put this together pretty easily! Here's what I did... I used a school ream of notebook paper wide lined. I usually keep a few of these on hand during the school year. I then have a stash of chipboard cardboard from the back of the graph paper my husband uses at work. I recycle TONS of these during my creativity moments. I covered the chipboard with the gold & black cardstock using pre-punched letters from an unknown source to spell out my "Polizzi Ponderings & Of" part. The word Journal was written by me using the Sharpie PosterPaint marker in opaque white, then with a fine tip Sharpie, gave shadows to the script. The using "Spring Dreams" stamp set from The Angel Company I added corners. Next came layering Marvy Uchida scalloped oval punches in black & white cardstock. Used scalloped scissors by Provo Craft to dress up those edges. Glued everything down with either Scotch double-sided tape or Glue Dots. Ran a length of B&W checked ribbon (Walmart, I think) down the black panel, and tied shippers twine though the front & back covers with the school notebook paper making a sandwich inside. Tip: make sure you leave some space when tie-ing your knots so you can turn pages easily. Pretty easy-peasy, huh?

Next, I created some "rules" for the notebook. Here's what is written on the inside front cover of our Journal:
1. You can write up to 3 paragraphs.
2. Stay on the front side of each sheet - markers can bleed.
3. Pencil only.
4. Only write in the Journal when it's your turn. (Ah, siblings)
5. It's NOT homework - just have fun!
6. Use your best handwriting.
7. Put it on Mommy's craft desk when you're done!

Back in November 2007, I posed a question to my daughter Gianna; "talk about a new activity you'd like to try and explain why..." After my husband and I got a huge kick out of her answers (all of them, truly are hilarious), I wrote back saying how I {{{loved}}} her ideas, etc. What a fun way to get your kids to journal! Do I even have to mention how fun it will be to scan them onto a huge projector and show their entire wedding party some of the crazy things they've said when they were little? I'm only a little nostalgic!!! :)

So, jump ahead to 2010! I did have to wipe off some dust since it's been forgotten for awhile... Here is what I did for today's Journal entry. I used a RAK Doodle from Stephanie Ackerman's Homegrown Hospitality blog {{{LOVE THIS BLOG}}} (click here) and printed it out for our family journal theme. I wanted to see how my kids are coming along with the "sharing feelings" area of their lives. I know at 12, 10, 10 and 6 they are just learning to articulate feelings, I want to show my kids how to share their feelings in a non-threatening way, but also, on paper it's less lecture-sounding, too. Yup, that 12 year old is almost a teenager!!! YIKES!
Cannot wait to see what they share with me about this topic. Thanks for stopping by... What do you think?

"The unexamined life is not worth living.” - Socrates