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Mom Stuff Friday!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

This morning was a bad one. You know those mornings where you wake up and you are not feeling it and your munchkin pretty much agrees with you? That kind of morning.

I had my coffee, read my bible, did all of my normal things, but I was just grouchy. My little man also was not feeling it this morning and he did not want to get dressed or do anything for that matter. I hate those mornings that I have to become a stark raving lunatic to get him to do anything. I have to repeat over and over for him to brush his teeth, put his shoes on, and the most dreaded, get his jacket on.

This morning Florida decided she was going to participate in winter and it is in the 30’s right now. The 30’s!!! Getting this kid to put on a jacket over his long sleeve shirt, was like baptizing a possessed cat. I was screaming, he was screaming and neither one of us was budging on anything. I decided to change gears and move on to something else for a minute and next thing I knew he was crying like crazy and that feeling crept in. Moms you know the one, guilt. I was so focused on him needing to get ready that I was not paying attention to him beginning to be hurt. It happens and it is okay to admit that sometimes, we just don’t see the whole picture. Both of us were going through negative emotions this morning and both of us refused to back down. I had to do something this morning that I hardly do, I apologized. I told him that I love him and that I should not have taken my feelings out on him.

I always tell him that it is okay for him to feel his feelings, but it is not okay to take those feelings out on others. I did not listen to my own words this morning. As we finished getting him ready for his day, his mood began to lift and by the time we made it to that drop off line, both of us was smiling.

Having that issue this morning, I am reminded that we all have days that just start out so incredibly painful. As Stay At Home Mom’s, it is almost taboo to some that we would have a rough day. A lot of people will tell you, that you get to be home all day, how on earth could you possibly have a bad day? Or why is your kid wearing two different socks and pretending that his name is Lord of the Dinosaurs? All Moms go through mornings like this, no Mom escapes the rough morning, it will come for you. Haha.

As I look back on this morning, I know that my munchkin is not going to remember the craziness. It is going to remember me apologizing to him and making that wrong right. I was a learning experience not only for him, but for me as well. He reminded me of the very thing I try to teach him. We all have feelings and it is okay to feel those feelings. It is not okay to allow those feelings to spill on to others.

I know that this afternoon will be fun filled with him running around, playing and laughing. I know that he is already back to his loving and bubbly self. I know that as a Mom, sometimes you just get overwhelmed and you have to snap out of a moment. That’s what life is sometimes. I just thank God that I was able to see the issue and correct it.

So, today, I know that my crazy day has kicked and all of my errands and to do list tasks are going to kick my butt. However, when I pick that little man up after school today, I am going to be done “adulting” today. We are going to play with his toys and run all over the house screaming and laughing. We will let loose and just enjoy the rest of our day. When he goes to bed to tonight, I will make sure a smile is on his face and he and I are on the same page that I love him and only want the best for him.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this post a like, comment, and share. I would greatly appreciate it! In the meantime, feel free to give me a follow on Facebook at and on Instagram at I post on these platforms in between posts on here.

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Fighting My Mind

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

While sitting here looking through my list of blog ideas, I started thinking about what I could say today that would help at least one person. I wanted today’s post to be something that would be more than helping someone make a card. Growing up, I developed a pretty gnarly hatred for myself. I found it hard to look in a mirror and tell myself anything good. I always hated what I saw in the mirror, but it ran deeper than that. Suffering from anxiety and depression from a young age, I didn’t allow myself to feel anything positive about myself. This is something that I fight even to this day. The difference between then and now, I have found some different ways to help myself to snap out of it.

First, I know that when the anxiety or depression hits me, it is only temporary. I heard someone once say that it was like waves, they pass in time and eventually your sea of life will calm down. When I am hit with these self loathing thoughts and feelings, I remind myself of that. I know that I will not always feel that way and that I will come through it. I also make a point to reach out to my support group, my family. My mom is always there to lend a listening ear and my husband never fails to be there for me. This is a huge asset that I have that I know some people may not feel like they have.

Secondly, I do something productive. When I have these thoughts and feelings bubble up, I know that if I do something that is good, make something, or write something, I will begin to feel better. I have even been known to do one of my burning writing sessions. Anything that stops these thoughts, or combats these thoughts helps give my mind a moment to remind itself that this is just a wave and it will pass.

I always make a point to laugh. I try to find something funny or even just play with my son as the inner struggle for joy rages on. Eventually, my feelings begin to slowly warm up and before I know it, I am laughing and having an amazing time with my family or my son. Knowing that so much of my thinking is going to be joyful soon, truly does help. That can only come when I remind myself that the horrible things will pass.

One other thing I do is go for a walk. I tend to do this when I am alone and I take that time on my walk to pray. I ask God to strip those thoughts and feelings from and help me to find the joy that I know he can provide me with. I ask him to show me his love and let that flow over all of the negative.

Anxiety and Depression is not something people should take lightly. If you know someone that suffers from these issues, please talk to them. Make a point to check in with them every once in awhile. My family makes a point to do “therapy” sessions with me. My mom will ask me how I am doing and she always knows when things are rough in my mind. She is always there to listen and help me talk through everything on my mind.

I know that not everyone is blessed with a great support system. I tried for years to handle the emotions and lows on my own. I learned that dealing with all of that by myself was not possible. It also is not possible to get through if I am not at a point in my life that I love myself. There has to be some kind of love for yourself in order to get through this. I read a blog by a psychologist that talked about being a friend to yourself. Dr. Perry of MakeItUltra Psychology, spoke about how we need to be good friends to ourselves. This is the link to that article, please give it a read, it was very interesting.

When I read his post, I did one of my many self evaluations. I realized that I have not been a very good friend to myself. I was unbelievably quick to anger with myself. I would call myself the most horrible names. I would down myself in the most terrible way. I was insanely hard on myself. Thanks to reading that post, I was able to see this issue and now I am able to work on it. I am trying to get better about being more understanding of myself. I am trying to look at myself and see someone amazing. I hope if you have suffered in this way as well that you can find it in yourself to get to a better place emotionally and mentally. Hopefully, you found this helpful and have found some techniques to help yourself and possibly help someone else.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share. I definitely appreciate it. In between posts on here, I post on Facebook at and on Instagram at feel free to follow me. Remember if you are in a dark place, the light will come through and shine over everything. If it feels as though that darkness is lingering too long and you are in need of help, there are so many places you can turn to for help. There is no shame in having to have help.

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Pink Petals

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful a sunrise can be. I have been working like crazy in the craft room on making a card for my grandmother. Once a month, I make a point to send her a little card to make her smile. So, I thought I would share my creation today.



Base: Black 5 1/2” by 8 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”

First layer (2): Hot Pink 5 3/8” by 4 1/8”

Second layer (2): Darker Pink 5 1/4” by 4”

Third layer (2): White 5 1/8” by 3 7/8”


Stampin’ Up Melon Mambo

My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink Extreme Black

Other Supplies

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Tim Holtz Stamping Tool

Stampin’ Up Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Elmers Tape Runner

Park Lane 1/4” foam squares

Park Lane Rhinestones

Envelope size A2

Step One:

Cut all of your paper. I like cutting a couple of extra papers for my stamped images. If I mess up, or if I don’t like the way it comes together. I tend to test things out, I like to stamp a couple of different designs and choose from there, having the extra pieces helps with that.

Step Two:

Now comes the fun part, using my Tim Holtz Stamping Tool. I chose a few different flowers and using the Melon Mambo ink, I tried out a few different designs. I also tried other inks, however, I couldn’t quite land on anything. That is, until, I worked up the design here. I added my sentiment at the bottom right in My Favorite Things Extreme Black Hybrid ink.

Step Three:

At this point, using Elmer’s Tape Runner I adhered my pink paper (5 1/4” by 4”) to my hot pink piece(5 3/8” by 4 1/8”). Then, with one set of the layered pinks, I adhered my white layer(5 1/8” by 3 7/8”) on top. I layered that on the inside of my card and layered my other set of layered pinks on the front of my card.

Step Four:

Turning my attention back to my stamped piece, I used my Park Lane Rhinestones to decorate my flowers. I also put one of my tiny rhinestones on each of the dots for the “I’s” in my sentiment. I then added my foam squares on the back of my stamped piece and layered that on the front of my card.

At this point I was finally finished with this card. I really kind of love the way that this card turned out. I wrote my message inside to my grandmother, addressed the envelope and I am all set to put the card in the mail.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. Also, if you decide to make this card, feel free to share it with me on my Facebook at also feel free to give me a follow on Instagram at I do post often on both of these platforms.

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Happy Monday!!!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Today is going to be a pretty short post. I am thinking most Monday’s will be. I want to start sharing with you all some pretty cool websites and YouTube channels you may or may not know about. I only plan on sharing one each Monday and I am hoping that you lovely people can go show their website or channel some love. I know with each of these, I have definitely watched as many videos by them as I could and read as many blog posts as I could. So let’s begin shall we?

The first YouTube channel I would love to share with you all is Dawn Griffith of Dawn’s Stampin’ Thoughts. You can visit her youtube channel at or visit her website at you will not be disappointed.

She creates some of the most beautiful cards and little boxes. Thanks to her, I have learned how to make some pretty cool things and I love how energetic and entertaining she is. She loves paper crafting and I truly love watching her videos and reading her posts.

Please go visit her pages yourself and trust me, you will be glad you did.

One this post and this post alone, I will be doing one more shout out. This one is a little bit biased, okay, it’s very biased. This YouTube channel is very new, she only has two videos as of the writing of this post. My oldest niece, LeeAnna, has a youtube channel. Currently she is only working with slime and she is so stinking funny. You can visit her channel by going to like I said, this kid is hilarious. She loves making slime and showing a ton of different things you can put in slime. She also cracks a lot of jokes and I am one proud aunt to have such a fun and creative niece.

Like I said, today’s post is going to be a short one. I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that you visit these channels and Dawn’s website. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. In the meantime, if you want to see more from me, feel free to follow me on facebook at and on Instagram at I make posts on these platforms between posting on here. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Purple of Thanks

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Happy Sunday y’all!! This is my favorite day of the week. I know, I’m a strange cookie to have my favorite day of the week be the day right before what most would say is the worst day of the week. I love Monday’s as well. However, Sunday is my absolute favorite.

I get to go to church and visit with my family. As my husband and I settle into the new house, we have been so busy that we haven’t spent as much time as we would like with our family. Sundays are a different story, we are guaranteed to see my parents and enjoy a nice meal together. Each Sunday after church, we get to break bread with not only my parents but usually several members of the church come as well. It is such a blessing to be apart of a group of people that genuinely want to be around each other.

As I said yesterday, I wanted to devote at least a part of today’s post to talking about being a Christian. The topic I wanted to touch on today has been something that has been on my mind a lot here recently, prayer. There are religions and denominations out there that have set prayers. Word for word, full prayer. I am not in one of those. I have been asked in the past by others that I have come in contact with, “How do you pray?” This is probably going to be the shortest response. I simply talk to God and to Jesus. I tell him how I am feeling, I ask him to help me with things, and I ask him questions. I always have a moment of just listening before saying that I pray of these things in Jesus name. It’s that simple for me. Now, for that picture.

This card is something that I made for some family members to give to a restaurant. We suffered a loss in our family, my great uncle passed. His health had been deteriorating for some time and it was expected, still painful though. When the family was making arrangements, a local restaurant who knew my great uncle well, donated quite a bit of food for the wake. I volunteered to make a card to send them as a thank you. I wanted to share how I made this card and give credit to the amazing creator that gave me the inspiration for this card.

First, allow me to give some credit. Connie Stewart has a youtube channel, Simply Simple Stamping. She is a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator and she designs a lot cards using Stampin’ Up. She created a friendship card utilizing all Stampin’ Up products, that I thought I could turn into a pretty cute Thank You card. Utilizing all of her measurements expect a couple, I created a card that I love and I hope the people that receive it love as well. So, if you would like to see Connie Stewart’s amazing card and exactly how she did it, go to her website, and you will find her card there, as well as the link to the YouTube video tutorial.

Now, for list of Materials that I used:

My Favorite Things Grape Jelly Cardstock

My Favorite Things Grapsicle Cardstock

White Cardstock

My Favorite Things Pure Plum Premium Dye Ink

My Favorite Things Hot Fudge Premium Dy Ink

Elmer’s Tape Runner

Park Lane 0.25” Foam Squares

Retired Stampin’ Up Starburst Framelit

Circle Framelit

Sizzix Big Kick

Bone Folder

Stampin’ Up Simply Scored Scoring Tool

Wink of Stella Glitter Clear (999)

Park Lane Rhinestones

Retired Stampin’ Up Flowers of Gratitude Stamp Set

Retired Stampin’ Up All Year Cheer Stamp Set


Base: (MFT Grape Jelly) 4.25”x11” Scored at 5.5”

White layer: 3 3/8”x 3 7/8”

MFT Grape Jelly (2nd layer): 3 1/8” x 3 5/8”

MFT Grapsicle (designer layer) 3” x 3 1/2”

For the inside:

White layer: 4” x 5 1/4”

I used scratch MFT Grapsicle and White cardstocks to run through my Big Kick for the starburst and circle Framelits.

Now to start, I like to cut all of my pieces and prep any paper that I will be using. Once that was completed, I moved on to my designer paper. Connie Stewart used designer cardstock that she had on hand, I did not. Using a pretty flower stamp and some of MFT’s beautiful Pure Plum ink, I stamped all over the Grapsicle layer, as well as, the bottoms portion of the white layer (4” x 5 1/4”). Using my Wink of Stella brush, I brushed over the leaves and the centers of the flowers. Once that was dry, I added a pretty little rhinestone to the center of the largest flower in each of the bunches.

In the top center of that White layer (4” x 5 1/4”), I stamped a sentiment in MFT’s Hot Fudge ink. At this point I was done with that layer, I added my tape runner on the back and centered this layer to the inside of my card.

Now it was time to work on putting those rectangles together. I first layered my handmade designer cardstock to my Grape Jelly (3 1/8” x 3 5/8”) using my tape runner. Once those pieces were adhered to each other nicely, I layered those pieces to my white layer (3 3/8” x 3 7/8”) and I adhered that finished piece to the upper left side of the front of my card. Now, there is a step that I take when I make a card with more than two layers. Once I adhere the bulk of my layers to my card, I will fold it closed and really varnish that fold with my bone folder. By no means, is this a necessary step, it is just one that I like to take to ensure that my card will lay as flat as possible.

Now for the white circle, I started by cutting two out, using my Big Kick. I cut two because I am notorious for not inking up completely and only having a partial image. Typically this would not be an issue because I use clear mount stamps and I have a Tim Holtz Stamping Tool. That tool gives me the ability to just reink my stamp and stamp again. However, the stamp I used for this project is wood mount, so, you get only one shot to stamp it right. Thankfully, this time, that’s all it took. That Hot Fudge ink stamped a beautiful sentiment and that sentiment is definitely a true statement.

Once that was finished, I used my Big Kick and a Starburst framelit to cut out my Grapsicle layer and using tape runner, I adhered my sentiment piece to my Grapsicle piece. I wanted my circular layers to be even, so using foam squares on one side and tape runner on the other, I angled my sentiment and adhered it to the bottom right of the front of my card.

Now that the card was finished, I was still not satisfied. I took my envelope and using that same flower stamp, Wink of Stella, and Rhinestones, I created a matching little area on the front. I love decorating the envelope as well, it really finishes the whole project off nicely.

And that’s what I done. I absolutely love this card. I would like to take a moment to thank Connie Stewart for being the inspiration for this card and for sharing her measurements of the layers that I used.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. Also, feel free to follow me on Facebook at and on Instagram at I make posts on these platforms between posts on here. Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Back Porch Thoughts

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Saturday mornings start off one of two ways in my house. First, my munchkin wakes up before me and does his own form of a wake up call. He loves to come in the room and taps me on the face over and over until I get up out of bed. It is at this time I am bombarded with about fifteen thousand questions about everything and no two questions in a row will remotely be related to each other. The second way is my favorite. The munchkin sleeps in and I have a few blissful moments alone before the crazy begins. On mornings like this, I take my time praying, drinking my coffee, and taking in the morning sun on my back porch. I also take this time to really let my mind process anything and everything that I have been putting off.

I take that few extra minutes to empty any unprocessed emotions that are negative. I force myself to feel my feelings. I know, that if I don’t allow myself to truly process these negative emotions, they are going to mount and I will eventually lose my cool. I don’t want to go back to the angry and bitter person I was in my younger years. I want to remain as happy as I am right now.

I’ve spoke about a thing I do from time to time before on this site, but I think it needs to be brought up again. When there is a negative emotion that is massive in my heart, I write it down. I get as specific as I possibly can and I put it all down on paper. I allow myself to write down all of the horrible thoughts I have on the situation, all of the most painful emotions I have on it, and I allow myself to truly feel every bit of it. When I am done writing and I have put absolutely everything down on that paper, I pray about it. I ask God to help me move past these feelings. I ask Him to help me to leave these feelings on this paper and help to burn it from my heart. After my prayer, I burn the pages. I burn every word, every thought, every raw emotion. I know some might say that it is a dramatic thing to do, but there is something so therapeutic in doing this for me. This isn’t for everyone and by no means am I telling you go burning your journals or go nuts on burning everything you write all the time. I only do this when the emotions are nearly too large for me to handle. I don’t do this because Mr. Toyota decided to lay on the horn at me for not moving as quickly as he would like at a stop light that literally just turned green. To Mr. Toyota, I simply lay on my horn too. There’s a priceless face people make when you have no one in front of you and you are blowing your horn. They definitely know you are honking at them and I do love a good laugh.

All seriousness aside, I love mornings like this because every once in awhile you just need some time completely to yourself. I don’t get these mornings often, but when I do, I definitely take the time to thank God for them. I have learned in my very short six years of motherhood that times to yourself are few and far between. I also wouldn’t have it any other way. I enjoy always having something to do. I may not enjoy the seven thousand messes to clean or the never ending pile of laundry, but I am thankful that I have a house to clean and clothes for my little man to wash. My mom taught me that. I had complained to her one day about having so many loads of laundry and how it took me forever to clean the house and how exhausted I was. Basically, Alishia was having a pity party and Mama needed to teach her a lesson. My mom explained to me that all of the things I was complaining about were actually blessings. Those dirty dishes that I hated washing, meant that my family was able to eat. All of that laundry I had to do, meant that everyone had clothes to wear. All of the cleaning I was complaining about having to do, meant that I had a home to do them in. She taught me that turning the complaint into a reason for joy would make all of it easier to manage. I am not going to lie, at first I thought the woman had lost her mind. However, I gave it a try. Boy, that woman knows what she is talking about. Now, I enjoy cleaning my house, seriously. I love doing laundry, for real. I still hate washing dishes. I don’t think that will ever change, but I love cooking. I remind myself each time I feel slightly less than happy about doing any mundane chore of what my mom told me and I feel myself perking up again.

While that mentality doesn’t spill over to my life problems, it did prompt me to come up with a way to process my problems. When I have my “burning” therapy session, I feel lighter, I feel happier, and I feel more at peace with situations. I am then able to come up with better solutions to problems and I typically am able to come up with those solutions while crafting. Hence the reason I am a KraftaholicMommy…haha.

Tomorrow is Sunday and that means on this site it is Christian Sunday. The post for tomorrow will be related to being a Christian. I know not everyone who visits is a Christian and I wanted to give the heads up so you don’t think I am trying to force my beliefs on you. I would never do that. However, if you ever have any questions about it, feel free to contact me, I would be more than happy to talk with you about the Bible. Tomorrow’s Christian topic will be about how I pray. Also, tomorrow I will be sharing with you a “Thank You” Card that I made recently.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. In between posts, feel free to follow me on Facebook at and on Instagram at I post on these at least once a day between posts on here. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!


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Mom Stuff

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy.

I have been really working hard on this Corner to Corner blanket for my adorable niece. She is going to love how soft this yarn is and I am really hoping that she loves the colors. I have also been running errands like crazy and fighting a blasted cold, all the while, being Mom.

When you get pregnant, women always tell each other so many things.

“Get you sleep while the baby is sleeping.”

What I learned when my little bundle of joy showed up.

Those clothes I put on on Monday are the same clothes I am waking up in on Wednesday. My sleeping while the baby sleeps turned into cleaning the house and washing all of tiny little outfits that met the horrible ends of the mouth and bottom. My sleeping while the baby sleeps turned into paying all of the bills and making the shopping list (that conveniently, I will forget as I rush out the door). My sleeping while the baby sleeps was replaced with a few moments of tears for thinking how horrible a job I am doing as a mother, quickly followed by tears of joy that God could bless me with such a tiny, amazing little angel.

“The sleep will come once they get a little older.”

What I learned…

Yes, my little one did eventually start allowing me fuller-ish nights of sleep. Then for someone like me, with anxiety, quickly learns that you are going to sleep and wake up every few minutes to check on your little bundle of joy. My goodness, I was so horrible about going in his room and just watching him sleep to make sure he was breathing. My munchkin came into this world snoring while he slept. I could hear him snoring away in peaceful slumber, yet here I am creepily standing over him counting his respirations. I still catch myself, with my six year old, watching him sleep each night. My sleep is not in slightest bit like it was before I had a little one. For the most part, a fly could burp and I am wide awake.

“Enjoy it, they grow fast.”

What I learned…

That phrase doesn’t even begin to come close to how fast, fast is. It still feels like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital. Boy was that a day. I was so scared and excited to have him home. I prayed nonstop that God keep his hand on him and on me. I still pray that prayer to this day, but I have learned that every year he gets older and it seems like just a day or two goes by and we are celebrating another birthday for him. Time flies, literally takes off the second the doctor puts your little one in your arms. Don’t stress over the little things. Don’t allow yourself to get wrapped up in the things that you won’t even remember the next day. Instead, take that extra fifteen minutes to hold that baby just a little longer. Sniff that top of their head just a few times more. Give those extra kisses and PLEASE take more pictures. Don’t worry about getting the house perfectly presentable. Just an FYI, cleaning the house with a little home is like blending tomatoes without a lid.

Being a Mom is the hardest, most tiring, and most painful job you will ever have. It is also the most beautiful, amazing, and down right miraculous job you will ever have. I have never in my life experienced so huge a range of emotions in such a short time spam. I have also never been happier in my whole life.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to like, comment, and share so other can join in the fun as well. In between posts on here, feel free to follow me on Facebook at or Instagram at I add little tidbits throughout the day and pictures. In the meantime,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!!