This isn’t what I asked for…

This is a true, honest story. One that has been about 5 weeks in the making now that I’m ready to share.

I love dogs. Always have, always will.

I believe 100% in rescuing a dog unless you are competing in dog shows and therefore require a dog with a pedigree.

I believe that dogs find me. It has happened like magic each time, and the only times I’ve tried to research, find, or adopt a dog myself it ends in bitter disaster.

So I’m a dog loving girl, a person who had to put her best doggie friend Jake down five years and one month ago after a very sudden and unexpected illness at a young age as well.

I’m a girl without a dog.

A girl who hopes a large, male, adolescent or young adult dog is going to show up some day…


I am not a girl looking for a 3lb female puppy that is maybe 6-8weeks old.

I am also not someone who is going to say no to said tiny abandoned puppy – who was dumped off as unwanted at my husband’s fire station. The guys called around trying to see if someone would take her so they didn’t have to take her to the pound. My girls had just left for camp – I had the house to myself.

Could I just give her a try and maybe a temporary home?

She cried any time I didn’t hold her.

She annoyed the heck out of me and reminded me why I’ve never wanted a young pup.

I refused to give her a name.

I had to sleep on the floor next to the open crate. Take her out constantly.

Did I mention the whining? Or the howling?

I questioned the idea of this. Then I remembered the rule: dogs find me. This one certainly had. I kept at it.


I got and read Caesar Milan’s book on puppy raising. It made everything so simple and clear.

We worked together.

We COULD do this.

The girls came home and sobbed with delight upon discovering that a puppy had moved in. They named her “scrappy”

Also known as scrap-a-licious, scrappy doodle dandy, scrap-a-saurus, scrapeeze, and scrapa-lapa-doo

Then she started to get comfortable. Relax.

Made herself right at home as one of the family and decide sleeping in a crate overnight by herself was no big thing.

Started being great to go on walks with and stopped needing to go potty constantly.


She figured out being a quiet puppy got all of my attention and affection and that whining only got ignored.

Little miss Scrappy found the crack in my armor. Wedged her way in. Made herself one of the family.

Welcome, tiny pup. Who, oh yes, is already more than doubled in size in the almost five weeks that we’ve had her.

No, we don’t know what she is and neither do the vets. We also don’t give a crap- especially since it is impossible to say for sure. She is adorable yes – but I simply don’t care ugly or pretty. I’m all about personality with my dogs. She must have sensed me being less than impressed with her adorable perfection because last week? She managed to break a bone in her leg (by paw) and is on full restriction to laps or in crate.

Let me tell you how much fun THAT is.

Oh, and let me tell you how pain filled it is to return to the place you had to put down the best dog whom ever lived with your new puppy. Painful experience doesn’t begin to describe returning to that hospital.

That’s another story for another place and time.


For now, well, this is me saying that once again I don’t often get what I ask for.

But somehow, by remaining just a bit flexible, I get exactly what I need.

And a reminder that rescue dogs, quite simply, are the best.

A midsummer’s challenge…


My art journal has become my refuge. my escape. my amazing happy place. If you’re in my Art Journaling class (part of Camp Scrap at you know this. I couldn’t come up with something for this week’s challenge and I thought… I could art journal a quote!


First I colored the whole thing with my blue pencils. Then I added a star stencil, a lady (colored with pencil), some glitter, and some paste.


I love projects like this – simple and fun and I ADORE having quotes and thoughts in my journal to inspire me whenever I need it. Or encourage me – whatever the case may be.


This week we’re all about summer- won’t you join in the creative fun? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

Sneak peek: By Design


Hey guys- a quick check in and also a peek at two of the projects from the by design session in Camp Scrap! This session relies on sketches- sort of. You see there are basic designs that I utilize and LOVE, and some that are wonderful but under-utilized. In this class I explore six of these ‘root’ designs and show examples of a single and double page layout as well as a card.


At the end of class there will be a PDF file recapping these designs for easy reference as well. Talk about fun and inspiring – I am totally loving it!


It’s not to late to join in the fun – has all the information, registration, and more. You can sign up for just this session or all four! One note: The “Camp Scrap” registration will be CLOSING AUGUST 8th! After that date, individual sessions will be available for purchase but the $28 for all 4 sessions offering will expire and not be available. So you might wanna join in the fun!

Simon Says Stamp

Speaking of fun – thank you to sponsor Simon Says Stamp! They’ve got a generous give-away as well as a discount code good for all Camp Scrap students right now.

Challenge: About a face

First off – a big shout out and THANK YOU to Simon for being this week’s Camp Scrap sponsor!! Students – be sure to watch for the special discount code as well as your chance to win too! (Not sure what Camp Scrap is or want to join our crafty fun? Info on my class is here)

Now let’s talk about this week’s challenge over at the Monday challenge blog.

50dollar_voucher_600pxThis week we’re all about faces – won’t you join in the creative fun? Simon is, as always, offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

Supplies Used:

I did some stenciling for my background – if you’re in Camp Scrap then you can see the process more exactly as it was in our first “video chat”!


I colored my lady, dyed my doily with distress, then added a few bits and pieces!

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I love the results – and I hope you do too! Love the thoughtful look on her face and next I will try to add a body onto one of these faces for a mixed media piece. It may take some practice!

Camp Scrap: Mixed Media


I’m enjoying my latest live video chat today with my lovely Camp Scrap students, so I thought I would pop in and share a bit about my Mixed Media session!

This session is all about mixing and matching. Using stamping, paper crafting, household items, artist fluid mediums, and so much else onto your projects! I love how simple this is to do, and how many fun things happen when you open up to crafty fun. Each week in this course I am sharing a new project that includes a 1-page PDF file, as well as a full video lesson tutorial.


Here’s a peek of the week two project – which features one of my favorite ways to decorate or alter a frame or mirror! I’ve got some stenciling, card making, and even a new dimensional canvas to add in as well. Substitutions and alterations to the projects are easy (and I give suggestions for this too). Basically? If you want to play with inks, paints, dimensional embellishments, and more then join me in mixed media play!

This course is available as a single course as well as being a part of the full Camp Scrap experience. For more information or to register, click here.

Five things this Friday:


1. We should talk about this soon… there’s a (rescued) puppy in my house. I’ve got thoughts to share, just not quite ready to dive into that post so let’s keep this crafty!

2.  Shimelle’s collection is super cute – and hitting stores soon. Want to see it? Check it out here on the AC blog.


3. Simon Says Stamp has a new release today!! I’m loving these new goodies and can’t wait to try them out.


4. Speaking of stamps – in LOVE with these Winnie & Walter stamps!! Not sure how I’ve crafted without them all these years.


5. Still having a blast creating up a storm for Camp Scrap – if you’re in class our next chat is Saturday morning – be sure to pop on by!