Monday, December 31, 2012


It's no fun being sick all week and especially on Christmas Week.  I have not accomplished much as I get way too tired out, but I AM pleased with this card that I made for the Queen for the Day Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  QFTD145 is located here.  The End of Year Challenge was to find the person who was Queen nearest your birthday and I was pleased to get Roberta.  I had not been able to make a card in her honor then.  Too much partying you think??
So I wanted so badly to play with my Tim Holtz Poinsettia and I was able to use it here.  I used a plain piece of tan cardstock for the Background that I ran through the Cuttlebug with a snowy Christmasy folder.  I hit the finished  piece with VersaMark and embossed it with some Tarnished Gold Embossing Powder.   The oval was left from an earlier project.  I touched the edges with VersaMark and also Tarnished Gold.

Then I found two pieces of K&CO cardstock from a mat that were different colors and cut out the Tim Holtz Tattered Pointsettia.  I stamped the blue petals/leaves with Hero Arts Old French Writing and the red ones with All Night Media music - two old favorites of mine that just never die.  I punched holes in the centers and was intending to attach the entire flower with a brad, but I found this button that I liked better, so I glued the flower down one section at a time and put the button on with a Zot.  The leaves and petals are all curled a little with my fingernail.  The colors are a bit richer than the picture shows, but I am pleased.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

For Teri

I sure do hope everyone is getting shopping, cleaning, cooking and traveling all done in time for Christmas.  I am kind of stuck in the middle of all this and my poor dog is wondering just what is going on.  Because I am so far behind, I am posting this Birthday Card for my friend, Teri.  I will also send it, but it will be late. 
Teri is an old employee - the best ever - who moved away about 4 years ago and I still miss her terribly.  Some people you just can't get enough of and Teri is one of them.  So, Teri I hope you are having a wonderful birthday.  I love you.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Round Robin Cards

 My Paper Inclinations stamping group met on Saturday for a nice  Christmas Brunch and some fun.  A Round Robin card was to be the project - just for fun.  There were seven of us and we devided into two groups.  Each person got a blank card to "start".  You ended up with the card that you started.  We decided it should be that way because if you started the card out hot pink, some other person might not be overjoyed to get a hot pink Christmas card.  The idea worked well.  I am going to attempt to tell what happened for the ladies who were not able to attend.
Most of the cards start out white or off white, so I am going to put down the steps as well as I can.  On the above card this was the order.  The polka dot background, next the Christmas light sticker, then the corner doily and last of all the greeting, flower and gold cord.
 Card on Right: First the three pieces of patterned designer paper were glued on, then the sentiment, then the flowers and last the pinecones. All but the base on this one are stickers.
Card to Left:  This card started out red.  Green square was added, then the flower attached with a brad, then the Santa sticker and last the piercing and greeting.  These are by no means the prettiest in the bunch.  The ladies did an awesome job working together with the colors that came to them, and making each card look like a well coordinated piece of art.  I am so proud of them.  All you are seeing here are the ones I got to bring home.  All of them were very pretty.  Ladies, you rock!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Graduation Card

I have this wonderful Art Impressions graduation stamp that I just love.  So all my Congratulations/Graduation cards get made this way. I use the school colors which are usually on the announcement. This one is for a graduate from Ohio State University.  As you can see, the colors are red and white.  It's done in Print Shop Deluxe and is a tri-fold card size, but I cut off the third "flap".  "On Your Graduation" is printed on the front.  Then I glued a piece of red cardstock across from the greeting, stamped on white and glued it to the red with a border showing.  I added the piece of flower to this one because this is a girl and she is an artist.  I always love how they turn out.  They fit perfectly this size in a #9 envelope, but as you can see, you can cut off the top and bottom quite a bit for a different fit.  Try it.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tattered Pointsettia-Just for Fun

Good Morning!  I have a day off and can play.  When I get a new stamp or die I have to play with it for awhile to see how it works best, so this card is just for fun and I am playing.  This is the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Pointsettia die.  I have used a scrap of map dp that I love for background.   I cut the Pointsettia out of a piece of double sided  Close to My Heart cardstock and used both sides.  I inked the edges somewhat with Ranger Distressed Vintage Photo and Fired Brick and attached them all with a brad.

I need to say that the entire card has very deep rich tones, but I am camera challenged - among other things and I accidentally reset my picture taking  things, so need to get help getting it back where it was.  This picture looks very washed out compared to the real thing.  It IS very pretty and I'm excited about the die.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Still working on Christmas cards, so this had to be one.  This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge on located here
  I was inspired by a picture with beautiful soft tones of brown and white and an awesome brown tree here.  I made the background an off white because I wanted the stars to show up when I took my picture.  The tree is made of torn strips of Kraft type cardstock from a 6x6 mat stack.  Any brown paper bag would work.  This was already printed.  Next I stuck on the brown pearl flourish and some of the stars.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Peaceful Wishes set.  These are not falling stars, but star shaped snowflakes.  Some fell last night and we had a little white on the ground  and some of the roofs and flowers this morning.  Yes, it's all gone now.  Falling snow is so peaceful, so I captured it on my card.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

SC414 Ride to Work

The Sketch Challenge on this week was a challenge for me.  It reminded me of a half shuffled deck of cards, and what do you do with that?  Shuffle it some more, so that's what I did.  Lately when we drive in to work in the morning, the sun is just coming up, and beside complaining because it's in my eyes, I do enjoy the beauty of it.  Some days it's been awesome.  It starts low as a big orange ball.  Then you see it through the trees and finally it's over the top.  Just glorious.  I am such a wannabe artist that I tried to capture it here.  The sun is made with a cork and PSX ink.  The other images are all Victorine Originals and you can find them here.  The flowers are silk from Michaels.  When they get to $1 a stem, I get some and take them all apart.  My background paper is Basic Grey and the tissue strip is Tim Holtz.

Snowman Unassembled

This is my card for the Technique Lovers Challenge on 12-3-12 .  This is the link. My computer is not cooperating right now.  The challenge is to build a snowman.  The idea here was that the snow was falling and the snowman was just waiting to be built.  I think he's waiting for a body.  I used ProvoCraft dies for the snowflakes and punches for the eyes and cut out my own hat and scarf.  Cheesecloth provided the snowbank.


I am extremely behind again and am starting to think it will be this way for the rest of the year. (I was going to say "life")  We have to think positive.  This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge for Sat. 12-1-12 located here.  The inspiration site was a wonderful place called Signals and I was inspired by the Caroline Abalone Cuff .  If you are looking, you need to click on the LARGE view for my inspiration.  The brown background is embossed with an inked folder and the sides are torn.  This CS was adhesive backed, so it tore really well.
 The flowers are done with the INK SMOOSH method.  That's the only name I know to call it and I don't know where I found it, but I fell in love with it as a use for reinkers.  A short tutorial is this.  Put drops of several colors of ink on one piece of glossy cardstock starting with the lightest first.  When you think you have enough drops, take another piece of glossy CS and smash it on top.  I always get too much ink on and have to hunt some for a color that doesn't look muddy and black.  After the ink dried and I found my colorful spot, I stamped the flower on it and cut it out.  It's glued to the log and I added amber jewels.  I like it.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Golden Ornaments

Hi Everyone,  I am so pleased with this card that I just had to post it.  This was made for the Inspiration Challenge on last Sat.  Took me this long to get it done.  (IC365)  Check it out.  I started with a piece of Basic Grey Aged and Confused cardstock.  I first stamped a Victorine Originals evergreen branch two timea and then two different greetings - Victorine Originals Christmas Wishes and a Stampin' Up Holiday Greetings that I think I picked up at a thrift shop.  The ornaments are the fun part.  I used a Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad print and stamped the Stampin' Up ornaments - one with Close to my Heart and one with Ranger inks.  Then I used the dies and cut them out and embossed the edges.  They were already looking pretty good to me at that point, but I wanted a bit of sparkle, so I had two square charms in a bag and I attached one to each ornament with a gold brad.  I love them and want to make more.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving Tradition

Thanksgiving at our house is a menagerie of people who like to play games, watch football and do crafts.  On occasion we do a Thanksgiving craft and many times we have done Gingerbread houses as was the case this year.  This is my grandson, Ryan, and I at the start.  Usually I don't get to make one because I am so busy beating the frosting, but this year I threatened them with taking turns doing the beating and they were all very careful and used small amounts so I never had to make a second batch.  :)
This is the end result.  I call it The Neighborhood.  There was one more, but she managed to get away before the picture was taken.  No one EVER likes what they built.  Mine is the one with the TV tower.  There is also a pool in back that you can't see made from Sweet Tarts. 

The next one cheated (found an easier way)  She found a box the right size and just glued everything on.  OK...  The third is supposed to be something from Dr. Who. (I don't relate.)   I think there's a window on the back.  The last belongs to Ryan and everyone was horrified that he didn't unwrap the candy on the roof.  Less messy that way though, and I sure like it.

All of this is stuck together with Royal Frosting and if you don't know what great glue this is, you need to try it.  Here is a link to the frosting on if you think you'd like to try it.,163,153160-252200,00.html  It works at Christmas too.  :)

Cards for the Homeless

If you see this in my yard, you better come in because something good is going on.  I am a bit behind, but on Sat Nov 17th, My Paper Inc. group got together to make cards for a homeless shelter in Milwaukee called The Guest House.  There were 15 of us and our goal was 86 cards.  I had asked the girls to start at home and bring some card kits ready for the beginners to assemble.  Bless their hearts, they did.  Then my sister, Melody, who has been cleaning in her craft room, donated 65 beautifully made Christmas cards that just needed an inside sentiment.  These wonderful ladies finished off 183 cards and Bob - my sweetie - took them along with him to work this morning with plans to deliver them to The Guest House.  I am more than pleased and I know they will be too.

Vacation Cards

I can hardly remember the relaxed feeling I had when we were on vacation in Oct. Life had sped up more than I want to admit since we got back.  We rented a "cabin in the woods" as Bob is always wishing for one.  No phone service and no TV reception.  I LOVED it.  The weather was perfect and I mean PERFECT.  We went for walks, watched DVDs, did email, went on an ancestor hunt with great success and most of all, I was able to sit and just make cards.  This is a picture of most of the cards I made.  I did mail a couple.  The place we were is called  Cabin Creekwood and is in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  You can find it online.  if you want privacy, solitude, gorgeousness all around you, wonderful host and hostess, and total relaxation.

Friday, November 9, 2012

New Victorine Originals Stamps

Hey Everybody,  I just got an email from Vicki of Victorine Originals.  She is offering some brand new Christmas stamps today.  They can be bought as a set right now at a DISCOUNT and will be sold individually starting next week Here is the link.  Check it out.  I think they are adorable.

Monday, October 8, 2012

More Sauerkraut

Hello again, After all the hoopla about my sauerkraut in the gal. jars in the back hall, I totally forgot to post when I finally processed them.  Here they are.  We have already tried some with bratwurst and it's yummy.
     I know not everyone processes kraut, but I just feel safer that way and I also love the look of the sealed jars sitting on my kitchen counter.
They are now looking good on the basement shelf.


Hello Everyone!  I am finally getting a chance to post the bookmark picture to show you the type of bookmarks my stamping group made last time we met.  These are large print and decorated for a nursing home.  Even if they don't read, they all love getting a little gift and we made 60 wonderful bookmarks to hand out.  I have a pattern done in Word and can print out the bookmarks and change the verses if I want to.  Then each person  decorated in their style or however they were feeling that day.  They were all gorgeous!  It's a wonderful thing when something this small can give the person who made it pleasure and the person who actually handed them out AND the person who received them.  We will do this again!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mr President

Hi Everyone,  I am excited to share a biggy in our family.  Our youngest grandson was elected Class President today.  We are so proud we are about busting our buttons.  This is the card I made for Ryan.  Let me tell you the story behind what's on here.  I have a whiteboard on my fridge and when Ryan was quite a bit younger, I used to put messages for the kids on there.  For a long time I had "Ryan for President" on the board.  He didn't like that, so one day I explained that it didn't necessarily mean President of the United States, but that it could be president of a corporation or even class president.  That calmed him down and this week he took me up on it.  I am so proud.

The sign - as close as I could get to his class colors - is there because when Ryan checked out a couple colleges last month, he had an appointment at one and when they drove in there was a special parking place with a sign - in lights - with his name.  He was bigtime impressed.

The inside of the card says, "Follow your dreams and expect them to come true".  We look forward to new exciting things for you.  We couldn't be more proud!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Mushrooms

Mushroom Soup!
Hi Everyone,  Today this is what's keeping me from making more cards.  My friendly neighbor up the road called last night to ask if I wanted some Puffball Mushrooms.  I don't think I have found one for about 5 years, so I was very excited and went to pick up three of them this morning.  This one is at least basketball sized.

Tonight when we walked the dog, we went through the woods and what do you think!  We found a couple small ones in our woods.  I make mushroom soup to freeze.  I don't add the milk until I am ready to use the soup, as I am not sure milk freezes well.  My recipe is below.
1 qt chicken stock
1/2 c onions - chopped
1/2 c celery - chopped

Peel and cut/dice mushroom and add to chicken stock with onion and celery.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, or longer. (I used half a mushroom this size for two batches)

Melt 1/2 stick butter or a bit more.
Add to 1/2 c flour 

Add some of the 'soup' to the flour mixture in a separate bowl and mix till smooth.  Then pour it into the soup and stir.  Careful.  It's hot.

Add milk and half and half to taste when you are ready to eat it.

I love it.  I love it, but mostly I think I am so excited because I conquered a mushroom.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Radically Grateful

Good Morning Everyone,  I just subscribed to a new blog called Transforming Common Days which you can find here.  I absolutely LOVE the first thought today and that's to be Radically Grateful.  What a super idea.  Susan started with "the sound of insects at night" and compares it to God's first deep breath.  Awesome.  I think we could all use some Radical Gratefulness and I will start by listing a couple of things I am grateful to God for today.

1. The ability to make greeting cards
2. The resources to make them with
3. Friends to send them to and that they give a lift.
4. The strength to do all the crazy canning I have done this summer
5. The 'beauty' of all the jars on my basement shelf
6. The GOOD feeling I get looking at all those jars - knowing God is providing and always will.

Have a wonderful day and You be thankful too.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sauerkraut! Yes!

Good Morning.  Now that I have the cabbage all cleaned off the counters, table and floor, I will show you what I have been doing this morning.
                      Making Sauerkraut
I have done this once before and for a year the jars sat on a shelf in the basement.  I was afraid to eat them.  My friendly neighbor heard my story, asked how I made it and told me to eat it as sauerkraut was almost impossible to spoil.  I believed her and lived to tell the story.  :)  So here is the start of another batch.
       I start by cutting off the cabbage and slicing it in my food processor.  Easy, but messy.  I LOVE chewing on the cores.  They are so yummy and good for you too.  All you see here is going in the compost pile though.  And that's another story.  I made one when we moved here and my guy didn't like where it was so he tore it out.  Sigh.  Today he said he's making me one.  I think he got tired of all the "stuff" I kept putting in his Worm Bed, as he informed me this morning that it was a worm bed, not a garbage dump.  Fancy that.

Next picture is after I had the cabbage shredded and weighed.  I am trying to follow a couple recipes.  I really think I should stick to one at a time, but the easiest one that I really wanted to use, was a bit scary for me.  I needed more than "it spits and sputters for six weeks and then seals itself".  I think I would again be afraid to eat it.  So I asked my friendly neighbor up the road some more questions.

She told me that I could put a bag of water on top of the cabbage, tucked in all good and no air would get in and there would be no scum.  Woopie!  I have wasted a lot of cabbage after looking at that scum, so I'm hoping for the best here.  I don't have a crock without a crack, so I have this in three gallon jars and right now it's hiding in the basement stairwall in the dark.  My cousin told me that if you leave it in the light, it turns a yucky yellow color.  Hmm.  So that's what happened last time.

So next on my list is pizza sauce.  I found a recipe to can some on and am working on it today.  I need to get down and get it on the stove and put the spices in.  Wish me luck.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Card Boxes

I will never be a teacher.  I have a stamping group that meets at my house - just for fun.  We make cards and bookmarks and STUFF.  Our extras go in a box and we give them away to a homeless shelter in Milwaukee.  I recently have made some boxes for my cards for a craft sale and was showing them off.  You always have to take the consequences when you show off.  The ladies decided they wanted to learn how.  I made the boxes from cereal boxes, backs of legal pads and whatever kind of cardboard I can find to recyle.  Remember I am the Recycle Queen.

So today was the planned day to make boxes.  I really stressed making samples of Step one, Step Two etc. and we dug in.  I don't know how you people who teach a class do it.  Maybe doing a class in front of a camera is different, but 8 ladies who all go at different speeds, is really HARD for me.  I am not complaining as I enjoyed every minute, but when we finished, I ate lunch and then took a nap for an hour and a half.  THAT tells me it was hard.  The picture is of the sweet girls who all made a box under my direction.  Hard to believe.

These boxes are covered with everything from designer paper, old sheet music, brown paper bag (on back of the sheet music box), page from Penneys Catalog and wrapping paper.  The wrapping paper is the butterfly box on the right.  I think they did a wonderful job.  (Clap  and hoot please)

The most important part is that we all had fun recycling.  Enjoy your weekend.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Yum! Sweet Pickles

Another canning day today.  Well, sort of.  These are wonderful pickles that don't have to be processed.  You just keep them in the fridge.  I never really liked sweet pickles much until I tasted these.  They are awesome.  I must have cut the recipe out of the newspaper - somewhere - years ago as it's awfully yellowed.  I tried it last year and watched Bob eat them all.  So this year I thought I would taste them myself.  I decided immediately that he would have to share, so I made another batch today.  There is nothing 'fancy' to learn.  Just throw all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them up.  I have reused some old lids here, but I DO STERILIZE the jars and lids.  It's just that no seal is necessary.  I will share my recipe.
6-8 cups thinly sliced cucumbers
1 cup onion sliced thin
1 green pepper sliced thin
2 T. salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup vinegar (white)
 1 T. celery seeds
I also found a recipe that is almost the same on called Never Fail Refrigerator Pickles (sweet) and they add alspice.  Check it out!  The recipe makes two quarts or four pints.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Corny Corn

Hello again,  Besides tomato soup, we did up some corn.  I was kind of worried we would not get any this year and we were lucky and found a farm stand on the way home from church last week.  We stopped again today and bought some corn that turned out to be wonderful.  I wanted to freeze it so asked Bob to help.  We used this method of microwave cooking to blanch the corn.  I didn't cook it the full 8 minutes.  But don't take your life in your hands and copy me.
With two of us, it went pretty fast and we now have corn in the freezer.  Next on my list is spaghetti sauce, and the bowl of tomatoes you see here is the beginning of what I will probably really get into tomorrow.  Today I need to just sit for awhile.  Oh!  Sitting is a great position to make a greeting card.  And I sure need to start sorting out what I will take to the craft sale in Sept.   Can you see my mind is going faster than my body?  Toodleoo...

Ahhhh! The Harvest

If you've been wondering why I have not put many posts on here lately, it's because it's Harvest Time.  At Harvest Time, my house becomes a wreck.  The floors are sometimes sticky.  The trash is always full.  The compost pile and the worm bed gets fed really well and I get stuff on the shelves in the basement and freezer for next year.

This year with the bad drought, I was starting to wonder, but I think Harvest has exploded and it's my favorite time of year.  The weather is wonderful.  You can sleep with the windows open - if you can stand the tree frogs around here, and you even get a surprise shower once in awhile.  We just got one that lasted about 5 minutes.  The drops were so big they looked like huge snowflakes.

Friday night our son and daughter-in-law came over with their tomatoes.  We combined them with some I had and made tomato soup.  Gramma's recipe.  This is it...
1 peck of tomatoes - 16 lbs. We weighed it AFTER we juiced them
6 small or 3 large onions - We used two large
16 cloves - these get put in a muslin bag and taken out after it's "soup".
1 hot and 1 sweet pepper - We have anti green pepper people so used one hot pepper
1 small bunch celery
We added basil too
Cook all together.  Run through food mill.  Return to stove and add some of hot soup mixture to mixture below (rue)

1 small cup sugar
1 c. flower
1/8 c. salt - 1/3 cup was just way too much.
1/2 c. butter.
Rub together.  Cook soup til creamy.  Pack in jars and process.

First let me tell you that I had added more words to this than there were.  It was basically notes of Gramma's to herself I think and I worked with it a lot to get it right.  My experience in making it with too much salt, too much sugar etc. and my son's modern ideas and a lot of "tasters" made the very best soup ever.
 I wish I had a beautiful picture of all the jars of soup sitting on the counter, but I was efficient this time and they are in the basement on the shelf already.  Here's the proof.  And anyone who uses the recipe takes their chances.  :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Brown & White Plus One

Hi Everyone,  This is my card for the upcoming Victorine Originals Challenge.  I'm a little ahead of time, but wanted you all to know that there is only ONE MORE DAY of a Back to School Sale on Victorine Rubber Stamps online website.  Vicki is offering 30% off ALL rubber stamps AND  if you spend over $40 you get free shipping.  Get the heavy ones NOW Ladies.  This is a great deal!  And it ends tomorrow August 19, 2012. gets you to the site and to the Online Catalog.  Isn't this just the cutest vintage Santa!

Monday, August 13, 2012

CAS183 - Sunset Sailing

Hello Everyone,  I have had a really BUSY streak that I can't seem to get out of.  It's Harvest Time and I can't pass up all the good stuff out there, so I have been finding some to put in the freezer whenever I get the chance and it takes time.  I am even thinking of canning some things but that takes more time.  Anyway today I got some free time and did the CAS challenge on Splitcoast located  here.  It's a wonderfully easy sketch by Tenia and I used a sheet of Basic Grey Designer Paper and a PSX sailboat stamp.  I stamped the boat on the dp and then stamped it again on white CS and cut out just the sails and glued them on top.  Easy Paper Piecing!  The waves are run through the Cuttlebug and the top is cut.  Sentiment is Victorine Originals.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

DTGD12 - Mistake

Good Morning, I need to show you all this card as I am embarrassed big time that I didn't follow all the directions on Splitcoast DTGD12 challenge.  It was a sketch that needed to be tall and thin.  I got the tall and thin part, but totally missed the sketch.
Did you ever have so much fun making a card that you forgot what you were doing?  I have to say it happens to me on a regular basis, but usually before I upload.  This time I realized it afterward.  Too late.  So I figured out how to delete the photo, but could not for the life of me fiture out how to delete the rest of the upload.  Now I don't want to show my face over there.  Don't worry.  I'll get over it, but today I'm hiding.

This is a long, tall card and will probably fit well in a #10 envelope.  The top butterfly is popped up and the bottom one is just glued on with three black pearls on the left side.

Now I'm going back to cleaning this craft room.  I always seemd to get distracted and it never gets done.  You would be amazed at how many cards I get made while cleaning.  I did find a missing stamp, so life it good.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

WT385 - Tinkerbell & Pete

Hello Everyone.  Today is my anniversary and I needed a card for my sweetie.  I think this image fit as we are going to a local concert tomorrow in Waukesha and I do believe there will be dancing.  So here we are.  This is for the WT385 challenge on Splitcoast located here.  We were to be inspired by music or use music and I used a Tim Holtz tissue tape.  The image is not us - yet - but we may be heading in that direction.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Church Plant

Some of the reason for being so busy lately is that I am a total social butterfly, but another reason is that Bob and I are involved in a Church Plant right now.  For those of you that have asked "What THAT"? I will explain.

When an Independent church finds that a lot of the people who attend are coming from a different area or areas, then that church may decide to start another church in a different area to make themselves more accessible to the current members who are already travelling further than they really want to.  This is called a Church Plant.  (It's being planted in a different area and expected to grow by finding people who don't attend any church and inviting them).

We have never been involved with something like this before and it's new and exciting.  The first thing that has to happen is "awareness" which is basically advertising.  The people in the area who might be interested need to know that a church is starting, what it's all about and when it will open it's doors to the public.  So our small group of people which I think number about 65-70 including children is getting involved in every community thing going on this summer in the city where the church will be.  We have a pastor and a children's minister who are leading and organizing.

There is a Street Fair every first Friday and we have a spot.  There will be a festival with a parage and we have a float.  There is a city craft fair and I will have the church booth.  I get to sell cards.  Whooie!  We are basically trying to get very involved  in the community as this is the kind of church we will be when the doors open.

I know I'm long winded, but I hope this answers a few questions.

SC395 - Spotted Butterfly

Hello Everyone,  Can you believe this is my second post in one day.  Can you imaging what life would be like making cards if I didn't have to work.  I might even design something that was not rushed!  The problem with hurrying so fast is that I never get time to clean up.  So that's what I do if I can't sleep at night and that has not happened for awhile.  This card is for the Splitcoast SC395 located HERE.  The butterfly is from a Store Bought cared that someone gave me several of a long time ago.  I decided to put it to good use, cut it out and popped it up on the designer paper.  I like it.

TLC387 - Enlightened Ribbon

Hello Friends,   This is the card I made for TLC387 on Splitcoast located here.  The ribbon was supposed to be pleated or ruched.  I can't pleat too straight and what the heck is ruching anyway.  Mine's gathered.  I guess that's half cheating.  I've decided I can't make a decent card when I'm in a rush, and there doesn't seem to be anything but RUSH, RUSH lately.  And I have had the Gas Company AND the Phone Company here this week to check if we are falling apart or what.  We DID get some rain though and I am still very thankful for that.  In about a week I will be complaining about mosquitoes, but right now it's gorgeous here.  My flowers are even blooming again.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

WT386 - Beached

Hello Everyone,
We finally got some rain last night in WI.  A wonderful
downpour that lasted a good long time.  The news never
gives the amount we got, but it was nice and we are
very thankful.  The temperature is down some too and
that feels good.  Our lake is still about as low as this picture though.  :) 

This is my card for the Splitcoast challenge which was to Hit the Beach located here.  My image is Local King Rubber Stamps and is colored with watercolor pencils and blended with a blender pen.  The sentiment is computer generated and is from a Quotable Magnet by Christian D. Larson that I have hanging on the wall.  I don't do well with CAS cards, but I like this one.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

WT383 - Stitches

Good Morning.  Ooops.  It's late afternoon.  It's one of those days today.  I arrived at my sister's house for a card class this morning an hour early - even after I absentmindedly passed the turnoff to her house and suddenly realized things didn't look familiar and had to turn around.
She was very accommodating and suggested we do the WT challenge on located here.  I had a few things packed and she lent me a few more and I had to finish it at home, but this is the card I came up with.

The Background is from a mat stack that my sis just bought.  The next layer is a paint sample that has been running around with me.  I borrowed my sister's new border punch and would you look what it did to that paint chip.  Added some brads and inked the edges and then pierced the chip around the edges with the sewing machine. 

I also borrowed a Nestabilities Scalloped Circle, embossed it and added it to the side.   Then I stamped a flower/weed stamp (also borrowed) When I got home I added the computer generated "Friends", three Primas with brads and a Nestabilities Butterfly.  Since the challenge was stitching, I stitched around the edge.  I think I like it.

Monday, July 9, 2012

QFTD120 - Angela Maine

Emboss Resist
Hello again,

What a day.  I get to make more than one card.  After my busy week of picnics, I needed to just relax and play today and I sure did.  This card is an emboss resist I did for the Queen for the Day challenge on Splitcoast Stampers located here.

I masked off the center and stamped the leaves with VersaMark and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I sponged three colors of Ranger Distress ink over that. (Peeled Paint, Tea Tye and Spiced Marmelade).  I think I could have left off the ribbon, but it seems I always need to fuss.  I will try this again as I really like the look.

CAS178 - Cinderella Moves On

Hello Everyone,
It's a gorgeous day.  The heat and humidity
finally left for awhile and my two big picnics
this week are done.  So today I am having
fun making cards.  Do you ever get so
involved making a card that you forget what
you are doing?  I do.

Today the CAS challenge on Splitcoast Stampers
is Fairy Tales and I sure did get involved in my
card.  I picked Cinderella, of course and had a
blast, but realized when I was all done that it was
NOT a Clean and Simple card at all.  So I am putting
it here instead.

This is Cinderella as a gramma (people in fairy tales must grow up, don't you think)  with a twinkle in her eye and still sporting that glass slipper.  This was a total blast, but I didn't think it fit the challenge.  I'll be back later with another attempt.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Just Because it's your Birthday...

Hello Everyone,

This is my card for the current Victorine Originals Challenge (Birthdays) found here. And A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT:

Victorine Originals has a 40% sale tomorrow - July 4th  on all stamps - including rubber.

Check it out!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

TLC381 - Half it

Hello again,
I'm back already.  This is the other card I made today.  It's for the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast located here.  This one required us to use half of something.  Could be an image, a die, a sentiment or whatever.  I used half the doily image.

The background is stamped with All Night Media music that I stamped off the then smudged off a little to make it lighter.  The doily and music and rose are all stamped with Ranger Distressed Antique Linen.  The rose is colored with copics and I added a beaded flourish and vintage button to the doily. 

Today I'm pleased

CAS174 - Grateful

Hello Everyone,
I can't believe I made two cards today.  This first one is for the Clean And Simple challenge on Splitcoast located here.  We were to put a white layer on a white layer.  What?  I think I did it.  I usually don't use white, but off white as I did here.

I cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/4" smaller than my off white card front.  I ran it through the Cuttlebug to emboss it and then used a Nestabilities die to cut out the center panel - not necessarily in that order.

Next I stamped the flowers and sentiment on the front of the card and popped up the embossed piece with dimensionals. Flowers are by Judith.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

FS279 Special Day for Stephanie

Hello Ladies, 
(and if you are not a lady, then more power to you).  This is my card for the Featured Stamper challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers today located here.

My computer was tied up half the day because Bob found a virus and did all his restoration and scan stuff all afternoon.  Then we sat down to eat and watched a couple neighbor kids shoot a "rocket" into the archery club directly across from our house.  Smoke started immediately.  The kids went over the fence to check it out, but it's warm and very windy today and it was gone.

Bob ran to check it out and called the Volunteer Fire Dept immediately as this was directly across the road and our house was downwind from the fire.  Yikes!  The next problem was how to get in the gate.  There is a big fence with a locked gate around the archery club and no one knew the combination.  I couldn't go home by this time as the smoke was too thick, and it was too far to hold my breath.   Bob was at home watering our grass just in case.  Thankfully only one evergreen tree at the archery club burned and the rest was grass.  If the trees had started, our house might have gone.  I am thankful, thankful, thankful.  It seems to be over now except for the bad smoke smell in the house.

Now for my card.  I have a layer of green and then a layer of dots.  Next I cut a Nestabilities Label Die, cut it in half and used one piece on each side of the center strips.  The ribbon is glued on to the strips and the "bow" is not a bow, but the leftover piece of twill tied in a knot and stuck on with Zots.

Then I cut two circles with my Coluzzle, offset the top one and stamped a sentiment from Inkadinkado. The edges of the sentiment circle are inked with Ranger Antique Linen.  Now I think I will go catch my breath and see if the police car is still sitting at the neighbor's house.

The nice thing about "neighborhood excitement" is that you get to meet neighbors you have never seen before - and we did.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Garden Art Mushrooms

Hello Ladies,  I'm back from vacation and I think am finally rested up.  We went to NM where they have the biggest fire in the history of the state going.  Smoke chases you, you know.  It was far enough away that we didn't have to run.  Thank God.

Awhile back I said I was working on some Garden Art and that I would post a picture.  With lots of help from Bob, we finally have mushrooms in the yard.  All it takes is some dead logs from our woods, some bowls from Goodwill, a little spray paint and a screw.

OK that's materials.  I was picky about my shapes and looked for only stainless steel bowls.  I sprayed the insides a pale yellow and - on this first bunch, I used red for the outside.  Then I made a pattern which was a circle punched out of paper, laid it on the bowl and sprayed the white.   Bob drilled a hole in the center and screwed it to the logs for me.  They are by no means perfect, but I'm happy. 
Here is my second one.  I think this lid is from a wok.  It's awesome.

The third ones were a little harder.  I couldn't find bowls in the perfect shape, but close.  I think the hardest part was placing the logs in the ground just right.  They ARE NOT just right, but they are staying the way they are and, for this year at least, I have mushroom garden art.

This last set is sprayed orange and left plain with no spots. 

When he got half way through drilling these orange ones, my sweetie asked me if the bowls were stainless steel as they would be much harder to drill.  Oops!  He did a fine job and really the only hard one was the mixing bowl as it has a double bottom.  Now I think I need to be done with this type of project for awhile as today we bought LOTS of flowers to plant  Have a nice weekend.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Featured Stamper 275

Good Morning,  I hope you all had a very nice Mother's Day and got to spend it with Mom or at least Family.  I did.  My sister and I like to do a challenge together and we got to do that.  This card is for two - the Featured Stamper on Splitcoast located here and the Victorine Originals Challenge starting today with free stamps for the winning entry.  My two rusty/peachy scraps are Basic Grey, the plaid is a 6x6 Echo Park mat stack and the dictionary page with Mother is from a vintage dictionary cut with a Spellbinders Nestabilities Label Die.  There is vintage lace across the center.  I paper pieced the little mouse.  I just LOVE paper piecing and I thought the matching plaid balloon was cool.  I stuck the Prima on with a large matching brad, sewed on the butterfly and glued on the MOM beads.