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Come Join Me

Got some Christmas shopping to do? You can get it all done in one place, right here at The Big Tin Cotton Gin one week from today.

Here is a schedule of all the shows for the rest of the season.

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Hope to see you there!



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Last Two Days of Online Extravaganza


Please go to my Stampin’ Up! website to get in on this awesome deal. If you have any questions please contact me.

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Online Extravaganza


Be sure to go to my Stampin’ Up! website to take advantage of this once a year awesome sale. If you have any questions please contact me.



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Online Extravaganza


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What’s been happening?

So I just wanted to share with you some things that I have been working on and to let you all know what has been happening around here. First lets look at some pictures.

This is the second Junk Journal that I have ever made and I really like the way this one turned out. It is very fat because I really loaded it down with all kinds of goodies inside. I will post a flip through video later showing you all the goodness inside.

I am in love with making these junk journals and have been wanting to make more and I will here pretty soon. But for now I have been busy getting over a nasty sinus infection, then the flu.

I tell you this year has really sucked as far as my health has been concerned. I was just getting used to my new schedule and exercise routine and then I got sick again. This week I have been doing a lot better but I’m not pushing it, just doing a little bit here and there so that I don’t end up back in bed or at the Dr.’s office. I am thankful that I have a wonderful Dr. and now an awesome dentist (as far as dentists go), but I’d prefer not to see either one again any time soon.

My husbands schedule at work is still jumping around so we haven’t really settled into a routine with that yet either, and the cat’s are really confused. Speaking of cat’s, Jackson just got a notice in the mail today that he is due for his one year check up. I am very curious to find out exactly how much he weighs, because he is quite heavy. He’s not fat but he is solid and when you pick him up he feels like he is at least 10 lbs.

Here are some recent pictures of our little guy.

See he’s not fat just a big guy, but still such a little lover and loves the camera.

Takara on the other hand hate’s the camera so it is hard to get a really good picture of her, so here is a quick video of her telling you how much she doesn’t like camera’s.

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this little update I know it was short but I have a few more things I need to get done before the energy level is depleted.

Enjoy your weekend and be safe.

Always be grateful for what you have and thank God for every new day.



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Paper Pumpkin Holiday Kits

Check out this video for the October and November Paper Pumpkin kits.

October and November Paper Pumpkin kits

If you are on the fence about committing to card making and other paper projects because of space, money, time or not know where to start. Paper Pumpkin is the perfect solution, it has all the supplies you will need to complete what ever project they send you each month including the instructions. Plus everything fits in the little box that they are shipped in and you can easily store it in a drawer, on a shelf or under your bed. They are quick and easy to put together, yet they look like you spent hours designing them, so your friends and family will be very impressed when you tell them that you made it just for them.

The other great thing I like about Paper Pumpkin is that you can pause your subscription at any time for any reason and restart it when you are ready. You can also cancel your subscription at any time for any reason with no strings attached, meaning that there are no hidden fees, penalties or hoops to jump through.

For more information please follow this link Paper Pumpkin and be sure to contact me if you have any questions.

Have a great day!



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Sample cards for Class

This is going to be a short post because I just wanted to get these pictures out so you can get a peek at some of the cards we are going to be making in this Saturdays Class (9-23-2017). Oh my goodness, can you believe that September is almost over  already?

So far I have four Christmas card kits and one Thanksgiving card kit made up, but I have a couple more Thanksgiving card ideas of my own that I am working on so those will be a surprise for class. Give you a hint: one is a shaker card. So now for the samples.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below. I appreciate all feed back, it’s what keeps me inspired.

Have a great rest of the week and do something create, it’s great for relieving stress.




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Christmas Crafts

Well it is almost that time of year again! As a crafter you know that now is when you start getting ready and making things like crazy. Even all the stores are getting their holiday items out on the shelves (actually the craft stores have had their holiday items out for a couple months now). So I jumped on the band wagon and in July I had a Christmas card class and we made some Christmas cards and a bonus item I didn’t post on my blog ahead of time because I wanted it to be a surprise for the class. Here are the pictures of them below.

They are actually little gift boxes made using the Cutie Pie Thinlets Die from Stampin’ Up. The little boxes are supposed to be faux cake slices and when you put a bunch together it makes a whole cake. But I was going for Christmas tree gift boxes.

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Then I made this cute little hanging Christmas decoration using these chipboard coasters my friend K. gave me and challenged me to make something with them. I love this lady she keeps me on my toes and is forever giving me ideas for crafting, business advise, referrals, and challenging me to broaden my crafting abilities. I think everyone needs at least one good friend like that, I know I am thankful to have her in my life. So this is one idea I came up with for them.

This is another idea I came up with, a little picture or memory book. This is the front and the front side of the book with a pocket filled with gift tags on the first page. The last page has a pocket with a flap that holds one note card.

This is the back side of the book and there is only one pocket that hold a bow, some small gift tags, and the twine to tie them. All the other spaces on this side are for journaling or attaching photos.

In that same week I also made some scrubbie dish clothes.

These are awesome. I love the Fruity Pebbles like colors of this yarn. They really scrub good too. I will have these posted in my store here pretty soon with all the details so be sure to check them out.

Ok, I think I have kept you long enough and have given you some ideas for your holiday crafting and gift giving. If you would like instructions or patterns for any of the above listed items please let me know and I can send them to you in PDF form or maybe do a tutorial on here.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think and if you have made some cool holiday items that you would like to share link your post or send me a picture, because I would love to see what you all are making out there this season.

Have a great day!



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Happy 2017

Yes, I know that I am a little late on getting this out but it is still January, so I’m not too late, right? Anyways, I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and are now working on your New Year’s resolutions. Speaking of New Year’s resolutions, I have already fallen off the wagon (to lose 30 lbs. by my birthday in March) and have to start over tomorrow. The other one I made was to be more organized and efficient, well that is sort of going good with some things around here but the rest will have to be determined at a later date. How about you? What are some of the resolutions that you have made? Leave me a comment with your resolutions and let me know how yours are going so far.

Here are some of the projects that I have been working on since the last time that I have posted. Enjoy!


These are the gifts that I sent to my secret Elfster gift exchange partner the end of December 2016.

The following are loaded envelopes that I made for Two Plates Full, to sell for Valentines gifts. I got this idea for loaded envelopes from Rosa Gomez, she does amazing work, check out her YouTube channel if you get a chance.



These are my book mark paper clip “Waz Its” that I made.


This was one of my most favorite cards that I have ever made to date. I guess I will always be a Harley girl at heart.


These were the items that I took to Two Plates Full this week, so if you get a chance and are in the Scottsdale area just stop in and take a look around, it’s a great shop with all kinds of wonderful items made by local artists.

Ok, I think that we are caught up for now and as I get more items done for Valentines I will post them. I will be a bit busy this weekend with finishing up a few more little box cards and some more loaded envelopes, plus I have to hang some curtains in a couple rooms upstairs and finish crocheting the valence for the kitchen window. Oh, yeah, I still have to finish cleaning out our garage and going through a few more boxes so I can get ready for our garage sell next month. Just writing all that down made me tired all of a sudden, well I guess it is time for bed.

Have a wonderful weekend!







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Week #5 Sample Cards

I am going to make this short and sweet since the trick or treater’s are going to be here pretty soon and I don’t want to miss a one.

Here are the four cards that we are going to be making in our 5th card class this Saturday, 11-5-2016. If you are planning on attending please be sure to sign up by this Wednesday, 11-2-2016. Be sure to bring a friend and go to my Stampin’ Up website for more information about the class.

Hope to see you all on Saturday!


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Happy Halloween

Hello everyone, I hope that you are preparing for a safe but fun and spooky night out. Oh and be sure not to eat too much of the kids candy while you are “inspecting” it, you don’t want to have to call in sick tomorrow.

For those of you getting ready to celebrate Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) here are a few things that I have made for the occasion.

The top six pictures are of the exploding box card that I made this year and it has eight flaps. The four inside flaps with the flowers actually fold up around the skull and you can put the lid back over them to hold them together. There are also pockets in those flaps so that you can put in a message to your loved one or maybe something small that belonged to them or had meaning to them such as song lyrics or a poem. Then the outside flaps with the little white and gold doilies are meant for placing candles and/or samplings of your loved ones favorite foods or drink. This box card is the perfect start to a small ofrenda alter.

The bottom two pictures I made a couple years ago from a picture that my husband drew of our cat and a sugar skull painted face (was supposed to be my face). The one on the left with the black frame is the original under glass and wooden frame I painted and added a few flowers. The one on the right is a on canvas that I painted green and  glued the picture down. I used a wooden frame I picked up at Micheals and painted that a rusty brown color and glued it over the picture and then added a flower with a glitter sugar skull in the middle.

Be safe and have a very blessed day!