October 28, 2013


Check out the candygram card I made for Boss's Day. I used a tri-fold foam board so it would stand on its own. I covered the background with pink patterned paper arranged to create a chevron effect. I cut each of the letters from the Cricut (I think I used the Jubilee font cartridge). I arranged it and glued it all down.  The candy is attached with a heavy duty double stick tape, so they can be removed and eaten.

Miles of Smiles,

October 17, 2013

Falloween at Our House

Ah, it's that most wonderful time of year, when the air is crisp, and leaves turn gorgeous colors, and...OH WAIT...I live in Florida, so never mind! hehe Although the days are not hot anymore, it still feels like summer. Actually "fall" in Florida is really wonderful. The days are pleasantly cooler, and there's little to no humidity, and the sun shines most of the time. It's also time to bring fall into our home. I LOVE Halloween so I thought I would share some of my home decor with you. Enjoy!
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Fall Arrangement with Witch Hats
Dining Room

Cobweb covered sunflowers

Bubbling Lighted Witch Cauldrons. Total dollar store creation: cauldron candy buckets, mini lights, eyeballs, and cobwebs for the "bubbling foam" effect. Creepy cute, right?

Creepy Skeleton hands reaching out of the pumpkin

Black feather Halloween Tree with jack-o-lantern lights, spiders, skeletons, jewels, and ornaments

The road to Spookyville is paved with pumpkins, spiders, bugs, and fuzzy owls.

The only fire in this fireplace is the hellfire in the jack-o-lantern's eyes

Decaying roses ripped from the grave of some unsuspecting victim. Actually, dollar store flowers painted with black acrylic paint. Much cooler than the all black ones you can buy because you can make them "decay" as much as you want. Add in cobwebs, spiders, lights, berries, bugs, skeleton hands, and snakes and this bouquet is too creepy to stop and sniff.

The player piano decked out with sprawling berry branches, and candelabra, crows, and jack-o-lanterns.

Miss Thang in the guest bath. She's decent with the "bubbles" covering her. Plus the spiders and bugs. And she even has a pink mani and pedi, and pink lip gloss to match. {sigh} A gal after my own heart...too bad she doesn't have her own heart anymore!

My handcrafted witch hat on display atop a lamp in the front window, awaiting the 31st to be fashionably worn. Notice the blingy spider taking residence on the hat?

Nothing says Halloween like a grave yard at the breakfast counter. I hope no one pops up to say good morning.

An apothecary jar filled with skeletons, bones, rats, eyeballs, and drops of blood. Creepy!

April 18, 2013

Beachy Birthday

I gave this pretty beachy birthday card to my supervisor for her birthday. I created an argyle style card and added some Graphic 45 images, glitter leaves, 3D sticker, rhinestones, acetate photo corners, and a handmade washi tape flower.

Miles of Smiles, 

Knock Knock

I made this card for friends who moved into their first condo together. I'm so happy for them! They are finally (& happily) living on their own. I designed the card to look like the hallway in an apartment building.  The patterned background is the "wallpaper," a strip of aqua for the molding, gray for the carpet, and even a welcome mat! I added a silver brad for a doorknob and keyhole brad below it. I cut the door and welcome mat from the Cricut. The brad for the peephole came apart, so the first pic shows the pretty part of the brad in the wrong place, hehe. The number stickers are really their condo number!

Miles of Smiles,

Easter Cards

Hey there! I'm getting around to posting the few Easter cards I made for family this year. The same design with alternating colors of twine and flowers. Springy background paper, chocolate bunnies, twine bows, pom-pom tails, paper flowers, rhinestones, fringed grass border, and rubber stamps. I coordinated the twine, flowers and pom-pom tails on each card.

Miles of Smiles,

March 27, 2013

New Video! Loopy Flowers

Check out my latest VIDEO for making really cute Loopy Flowers!
Miles of Smiles,

March 16, 2013


This is by far my favorite photo from Savannah. This  little girl angel holding the bowl to feed the birds was just exquisite. The lighting on her face gave her such an ethereal feel, I remember I couldn't take my eyes off her. I used the close up photo as the background pic on my phone for a while. I used DCWV and My Minds Eye papers and embellishments that I distressed. Some watch faces, bird puffy stickers, bling, paper flowers, and pom-pom ribbon complete the layout.

Miles of Smiles,

Savannah Collage

I created this layout as a little collage of our trip to Savannah. The photos depict the old Inn where we spent a few nights, the clock tower that I woke up and took a photo of from the other hotel we stayed at, me sitting on a park bench in Monterey Square, and a mug from the cafe we had breakfast at. Sweet Melissa's was also a restaurant there but we didn't eat there. It was just a cool logo which bears my name so I took a photo. I cut out the logo and used it as an embellishment for the page. The background cardstock is Keiser Kraft and the scrap of aqua patterned paper is K&Co. (I think). The layout was embellished with lace, chipboard birds, feathers, bling, Prima flowers with fancy brad centers, Graphic 45 elements, and wooden buttons.

Miles of Smiles,


Hanging Tree

This is a wee bit of a creepy photo, but you wouldn't know it. In walking around Savannah I noticed this wonderful old tree, stretching it's limbs far and wide. I took my photo during the day as we walked by, but later that night on our tour, we were told it is called the "Hanging Tree" and is a historical landmark tree more than 300 years old! At one point, people were hung to their deaths from this tree. It was eerie at night! But night is the most fantastic time to wander around the city. I started this layout with Graphic 45 cardstock and some scraps of black, striped, and newsprint papers. I cut out the boy, moon and stars from an old decoupage sheet I had, and pop dotted the stars. I used polka dot washi tape for borders, and ruffled it in some places for a nice effect. I also created a washi tape rose for the tag. This layout was finished off with some paper lace, bling, ribbons, Stickles, and another handmade loopy flower (see video here), this one created from brown felt spritzed with gold Perfect Pearls mist.

Miles of Smiles,