Birdhouse in My Soul

Here is the rest of the little house i have been working on for Scrapfreak's August class. I still have to build the "yard" but am very happy with the way the building came out!

My artistic struggle

I have always been a pretty creative person. I can "see" all these wonderful items I could create in my head. My problem has always been in the execution. I struggle constantly with getting what's in front of me to match the vision I have for a project. I usually fail.

It's why I stopped scrapbooking several years ago.

I just got too frustrated sitting down and not being able to create what I could envision. I felt like Salieri from the movie Amadeus, and like him- this disconnect between what I could see and appreciate in other's and what I could do myself was making me more and more depressed. So I stopped creating.

But I have a need to create. It's who I am. and so with the support of some very special friends I am starting again. Slowly but surely. And I have discovered something interesting.... The more I create the easier it is, the better I get. Funny how things work sometime.

Currently I am working on the August Class at Scrap Freak. I had a vision of what I wanted to do but immediately started getting cold feet. So I sketched and plotted and planned and revised and planned some more. And then I started working on it. Slowly. I did the inside first then the chimney. Then the back of the little house. then the roof.

And you know what. I LOVE how it is turning out! for once everything seems to be just working out. And so here are some pics of my little project so far:

Striped Paper is Crate Paper - Birdie

Tree: Chipboard - Maya road covered in SEI Dill Blossom Paper. The trunk was painted with Making Memories paint then coated with a bronze glaze. The birdies in the tree are Bam Pop stamps and the one in my grommet window is Hero Arts.
The epoxy stickers are also from the
SEI Dill Blossom collection.

The ribbon on the roof is from everyone. Paper Trey Ink, American Crafts, KI Memories, SEI, Offray and others.

I made a little nest out of some mohair fiber and added bling eggs. Then I stamped and cut out a bird and coated both sides with stickles. He is my blue bird of happiness.

I will post more pics as I finish more of the little house.

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming...

THE NEW STAMPIN UP CATALOG IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and it is soooo pretty. They really have out done themselves this time. The catalog is chock full of new and exciting stamps, paper, ribbon and my favorite punches! PLUS Stampin up now has their very own BigShot and exclusive dies!

And if that weren't enough they also put some of the cutest NEW stamps on sale now through September 30th!

Item Code

Pg. #


Regular Price

15% off Price



Snow Swirled





It's a Stretch





Putt Putt (Not available until August 18)





Eastern Blooms





Pocket Silhouettes





Upsy Daisy





Under the Stars





Heard from the Heart





Contempo Alphabet





Felicidades Siempre*



If you would like one of the new Fall Winter Idea Books and catalog please contact me and I will be happy to order one for you!


I haven't posted much lately but the reason for that is all good! I have totally found a new online home at ScrapFreak

The women there are not only super talented they are super supportive. My very good friend Jessica/Bree is on their design team and encouraged me to start posting over there. I quickly became engrossed in their uber friendly community and it has inspired me to actually start scrapbooking again!!!!

I was even honored to win the monthly contest for July on Scrapfreak. For someone who hasn't scrapped in a LOOOOOONG time it was a truly special thing to have my work chosen over many beautiful entries!

Since joining and jumping in with both feet I have completed 6 mini albums and more shockingly 12 traditional layouts (in addition to the regular cards I make).

I just spent this past weekend hosting an overnight Open house to celebrate the release of the new SU catalog (more on that in another post) and to get a chance to work on stuff for the summer splash freakfest online crop. I am exhausted but completely psyched about the time I got to spend with friends being creative!

Here are some photos of some of my projects from the last 2 weeks:

So there you have it - my excuse for being a little remiss in posting here. It's a pretty good feeling excuse if I do say so myself ;)