Monday, March 13, 2017

The ups and downs...But I am back.

Oh me oh my. It has been a while since I have blogged and shared my crafty creations. To be honest with you I took a four year break from the crafting world.  Life got in the way and I am just getting back on track with crafting.

Let me back up a few years....
When we first moved to Salt Lake we were renting a home that we loved and got to know our neighbors. We were in this house for three to four years we had many good times in this home. Unfortunately, the landlord was selling the house and we were not ready to purchase a home just yet. 

So, we were off to find another rental.  Low and behold we found a place to live. 

One of the last projects I made at this house.

So we moved just a mile away from the school and loved our new neighbors.

This was moving day to our new place. Everything on the driveway.

Fast forward ....
We made new friends, created new bonds with other families and long lasting memories. We loved this place.
We moved and I gained a new best friend.

So many things happened in the year that we were at the new rental. Kids had more activities. I had resigned from my position with Teresa Collins Designs so I could focus on my family. Good thing I did because soon after I resigned we had to put down our dog. He was 14 years old and was with us for a long time. Then after a few months we got a new addition to the family. Thorton. Long story short. He got sick soon after we adopted him, had to return him to get him better (after a week in the hospital and he was still sick). It was the end of the school year. We were heading out to a camping trip right after the last day of school and get a call that we can take Thorton back home. So we take him camping. Get back to the house and leave him at the house.......while we were out he put his front paw on the counter to grab something and knocked the knob on the stove and started a house fire while we were out. Our neighbor saw the smoke and got all the animals out of the house and contained the fire till the fire men came to the house.

Stayed that summer in a hotel. Needless to say the land lord did not want us to return to the home after Thorton set fire to the house.  As a previous landlord I completely understood. So then we had to find another rental or bit the bullet and purchase a home.  We ended up purchasing a home. Fast forward two years. We have a new staircase, updated a kitchen and the downstairs bathroom. We are slowly fixing things and updating things as we have the funds.  I started working at the kids school as the computer lab teacher and the kids are in so many activities it would make your head spin.
Phew... So, now that things are kinda back to normal. (took long enough)  I am ready to get my crafty groove back.

I have been working with a company called My Diamond Press. It is a small and portable die-cutting machine. I love working with them and it has gotten me back into making cards. I am ready to share and continue my crafting adventures.

I love to share my projects and my crafty adventures.  Hope to see you soon. Till next time...Happy Crafting!!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Advent Calendar - Teresa Collins Designs and Shilouette

Every year I do an advent calendar using the latest Teresa Collins Designs Holiday Collection. This year was Santa's List.  This is what I created.

full calendar week 1 advent calendar week 2 week 3 week4 week5


Hope you have an amazing holiday season!


Monday, December 2, 2013

BLOG HOP - Teresa Collins Designs/Craftwell

Welcome to the Teresa Collins Designs and Craftwell Blog Hop.

TC-Logo-FrameblackFrequently Asked Questions - Craftwell

If you came from the TCD Design Team Blog you are in the right place!!!!   If not please start at the Craftwell blog here:

Welcome to my blog here at

I am so excited to share with you my layout I created using a full sheet of 8.5x11 sheet of paper and the Memories Collection from Teresa Collins Designs.

It has been a while since I have been able to craft. I recently moved my family to a new home and we are still just settling in.  So with out further ado here is the layout I created for the Blog Hop.




I loved the way the embossed base gave the exact embellishment to my layout.  I love texture and layers on my layouts.

Here is a process video of how I created this layout.  It took me 1.5 hours to complete the layout with sewing and assembling the project.


Okay now the good stuff!!!

The first 250 participants of the Blog Hop will receive a FREE Teresa Collins embossing folder.  To enter you must comment on ALL the blogs!!!

But wait! There is more.

(10) participants will receive a free tool kit and

(1) participant will receive the GRAND PRIZE:

A Teresa Collins eBosser!!!!


the winner will be announced on the Craftwell Blog on October 1st.

So head on over to Cheri Piles' blog next:

Below is the line up just in case you get lost along the hop.

Craftwell - (starting link)

Sesil Cratin: <<<<<---------------------------------( You are HERE)

Yvonnes blog -

Teresa Collins -

Thanks for stopping by.  I am so honored to be part of the blog hop. Make sure to watch Teresa on HSN to debut the eBosser on Sept. 17

Till next time HAPPY CRAFTING.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Craftwell and Teresa Collins Blog Hop!!!!!

Frequently Asked Questions - Craftwell


Hello!!!   Welcome to the Teresa Collins and Craftwell Blog Hop!  If you came from Cheri Piles' blog to my blog you are in the right place.  If not start HERE:

I am so excited to be part of this amazing blog hop again.  I love the versatility of this machine and how the embossing folders are so large I can make a ton of cards at the same time.  There are so many tip and tricks that I am still learning about this amazing machine.  The one technique I love is using an ink pad to the embossed design to help make the embossing POP.  Here is a card I created using that technique.



I hope you like the simplicity of the card and how easy you can do this yourself.  Make sure to check out all the other amazing ideas we have on the Blog Hop.
Here is a list of the participants for the blog hop:

Craftwell - (starting link)

Sesil Cratin: <<<<<<<<<<<<  You are here

And for the best part!!!  There is a giveaway!!!!  A lucky winner will receive the  Teresa Collins eBosser!!!



*You can enter the giveaway everyday by commenting on at least one of the participating blogs, and selecting the 'left a comment' tab on Rafflecompter. Limit is 1 comment per person, per day. All entries left on all blogs, will go to into the same 'hat'.

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I would love to see what you create with the ebosser. Leave me a comment with a link to a picture of your amazing projects.  Can not wait to see what you create.  And just leave a comment to have a chance to win your very own EBosser!!!  Thanks for stopping by! Till next time. Happy Crafting.


So head on over Here:Sam: to continue the blog hop.