Category Archives: Blog Hop

Guess Who Is Having A Birthday? That’s Right!

Today starts a very special blog hop for a very special person and friend, Aletha Williams.  Aletha, THIS IS YOUR LIFE!  Actually, Aletha’s friends love her so much they wanted to do something very special for her and this is what we came up with.  Are you surprised Aletha?  Aletha’s gorgeous art can be seen many places around the internet.  But we at The Crafter’s Cafe have been blessed to spend a good deal of time with her.  The Stamping Boutique with Tracey at the helm has graciously offered a free digital stamp in honor of Aletha’s birthday blog hop.  This stamp has a special meaning because it is named, “Fairy Aletha” and it is one of Aletha’s favorite stamps.  It will only be on my blog today and tomorrow.  If you miss it you can buy it here at The Stamping Boutique store.  You may want to shop around anyway because they have some cool stamps.  I am always buying stamps in there.  We have a lot of fun together.  Aletha is the head of Poisoned Peas Please.  You may have heard of that little group?  She whips us into shape.

Here is the free digital stamp:

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Isn’t it adorable?  Please be sure to stop by The Stamping Boutique and thank Tracey for so graciously donating this.  I hope you are enjoying the hop so far.  Here is my birthday card for Aletha.

The reason I used this stamp called “Grand Chief” by Papelitos is because Aletha is on the DT at Lady Anne’s Paper Crafts.  We are doing a color challenge and Aletha chose the colors.  She said that she had chosen a wonderful Picture of my favourite Native American Running Bear.  She did a stunning Southwestern picture for the challenge.  Since Aletha and I both live here around the Indian country I wanted to do something I knew she likes.  I have a grandson that is 1/2 Choctaw Indian.  Inside the sentiment is, “Happy Birthday to the Big Chief!”  I know you are ready to move on to the next person.  Thanks for helping us in wishing Aletha a Happy Birthday!

Here is the rest of the blog hop list:


Aletha’s Birthday blog roll: 

                          Patti   you are here
Until we meet again…Beware Dark Shadow…Bwahaha

Skull Appreciation Day Blog Hop and Smudgy Antics Challenge

Happy Monday.  Today is Skull Appreciation Day. We will be celebrating Skull Appreciation Day by featuring handmade projects that spotlight the much-loved cranium in a wild blog hop event. There will also be give aways and tons of freebies during the hop! The hop will start at 9am Pacific time.  Today is also the start of a new challenge at Smudgy Antics, the challenge is Anything Goes, you can find all the info here.

If you followed the hop you should have come from Julia’s awesome blog. If you got lost or want to start at the top,please go to Terra’s Blog.

For more information on Skull Appreciation Day, please visit Skull-A-Day.
You can find the sponsor list here.

I decided to make ATCs for Skull Appreciation Day.

I used an ATC image sheet from JLeeloo on Etsy.  I put distressed ink around all of them.  All of the eyes & nose are embossed in black.  There is some kind of embossing on all of the ATCs.  I added the flowers & b/c the were originally white I added color to them.  I also added drops of ink to look like blood droplets.  I hope you will join this weeks Smudgy Antics challenge and enjoy the hop. Next stop is the very talented Miko. Below you will find the complete blog roll:



Black Dragon



Lady Brayton








Smudger Challenge





Glittery Katie



Ms. Ruin


Bombshell Stamps Blog




Lady Coral



you are here  Patti  you are here

  next  Miko  next








Scrapbook Stamp Society

I do hope you will enjoy the hop & remember:  Beware Dark Shadows!  Bwahaha~~~


Confessions Smeared In Ink

It’s that time again!  Time for the Smeared and Smudged member blog hop. Our hop will be on THURSDAY, MAY 17th and will go live at 9am PST.


“With this month’s Mother’s Day celebration we thought it would be fun to have a few confessions from our members….Use your art to show us something you have never told your Mom about yourself…or about something you have done. Step outside your comfort zones – the smudgier the better!!! It can be a canvas, a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item, an art journal page, etc. Use your imaginations. Also, don’t forget the S&S rule that is has to be stamped somewhere (digi stamps are fine) – we love when you use Smeared Ink stamps, but it is NOT a requirement to participate.”

For those that don’t know me, I am scrapunzel on Blogger, scrapunzel1 on WordPress & Patti most anywhere else. You should have arrived here from Lady Brayton’s awesome blog. If not, no problem. I will post the hop list at the end of this post to get you back on track or to enable you to start at the beginning.


I used Drinking Buddy Elfette.   You can click on the link to get your own image.  I did 5 images & used copics to color.  On the back 4 images I used the exact same colors, however I started with the 1st one & used my ProMarkers & colored over the entire image with Grey 1, Grey 2, Grey 3, & Grey 4.  So each image got a little darker & a little darker.  I used 3 pearls for the buttons & I used the black copic marker to color them.  I got the “Too Damn Drunk” font from a free site off the Internet & you can get yours from here:

Now the truth is I cannot tell my Mom anything & she will go to her grave not knowing anything.  I honestly envy those of you who have such close relationships with your Mom.  And while my Mom wouldn’t know how to come on here & find this, my children & grandchildren would & once it is on the computer, it is out there forever for anyone to find out.  So I will tell a couple of stories.  One my Mom probably knew but didn’t ever say anything about & the other she didn’t know.  When I was married to my first husband, his work gave him a bottle of whiskey or something that he wanted me to drink.  I DID NOT want to drink any of it.  He kept badgering me about it so in anger I just took the bottle & drank it straight.  Well, of course I drank way too much & I ended up going to bed & lying down.  (My parents never came over to visit.)  But that particular night who came knocking on the door but my Mom & Dad.  I was in bed so my ex was talking to them & I had to upchuck so bad but I didn’t want them to see me.  I heave hoed right there in the bed.  The next thing I heard was my parents saying, “I think we had better leave now!”  It is hilarious to me now.

The next story is probably more about my second ex husband than me but I was involved.  He always drank fairly heavy & drank while driving.  We would make trips between here & Dallas which to most people is a 6 hour drive but to him was a 5 hour drive.  I think I probably had had a drink or two that night but nothing big.  He drank the entire way as usual.  Well, about 40 minutes before we got home, he got pulled over.  (I should mention here that he was black & yes my parents knew about that!)  LOL  Anyway, they asked him if he had been drinking & I think he told them he had had a drink or two.  They asked him to do the usual tests & then decided to take him down to the station to give him a breath-a-lizer test.  They asked me if I had been drinking & I was shaking my head no as fast as I possibly could.  They wanted to know if I could drive the car & follow them down to the station.  I don’t remember how many kids or if we even had taken any kids with us on that trip.  Anyway, I followed them down to the station wondering what I was going to do if he failed.  I didn’t have the money to get him out & I knew that was going to make him mad.  And I didn’t know who to call.  (He was 12 years older than me so he was very controlling.)  Anyway, I got down to the pokey & he was let go.  He laughed & laughed.  I asked him how in the world he passed the test & he said that he sucked on his tongue the entire way down to the station.  Now I don’t know if that really works to this day but it certainly worked for him that night!

Thanks for sticking with me through my lengthy post!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation & confessions.

Your next stop on the hop is the fun & always marvelous Monique.
If you get lost along the way, don’t worry, just use the list to get back on your way!
Smeared and Smudged May Member Blog Hop



Black Dragon

Susan S.



Lady Brayton


NEXT — Monique — NEXT



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