Thursday, August 25, 2016

I would like to welcome a new follower, Lia. I don't know her blog or website but I'm so happy you are here. I would be happy to post your blog if you would like.

We really had some terrible weather in our state yesterday. Many tornadoes touched down and caused a lot of damage to the north and west of here. I had wind, rain, thunder and lightning but not dangerous like they had other places. A Starbucks completely collasped. Fortunately there were only 15 non life threating injuries but a lot of homes were damaged or destroyed. That always breaks my heart to see things like that whether it is tornadoes, fire, floods or earthquakes.

I am trying to creat scenes for my cards and this is another one for my sons birthday in Oct. Started by stamping mountains from Hero Arts. Sponged sky (which you can't see) above and lighter blues for lake under the mountains. That could have been darker. Then grass and cattails from Technique Tuesday with DI for land. The deer are Memory Box and the window is Poppy Stamps. The burlap paper is DCWV.  I may have put too much in the scene for such a small window. It's nice to just try it and see what the outcome is and I do like this. He is a big outdoor person so I think he will like it too. Be kind to one another.





Sunday, August 21, 2016

It was a sad week. My neighbor across the street passed away and her service was yesterday. She had been a caretaker for her husband with Parkinsons for many years and he passed three years ago. Shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer and went through all her treatments but never really felt well after that. It returned in several places and she went very fast. I never heard her complain about taking care of him or at any time when she was ill. Very sweet lady and a good friend and neighbor. She will be missed by all of us.

This card is for my grandsons birthday next month. I am trying so hard to get ahead of my birthday cards for the family. Seems like I turn the calendar page over and it's time for all three Sept. birthdays and I'm never ready. This is an Avery Elle stamp and I think he will like it. I used a Simon Says Stencil and distress inks for the waves on the card front and a Spellbinders die for the circle. It seemed somewhat bland and I didn't want to add bling to a guy card so I added a gold tooth for him. His teeth are so small it's hard to see. Be kind to one another.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rain, rain and more rain here. My thoughts are with Louisiana and their floods and for all the people in the midst of California fires. Mother Nature is in a really bad mood and can't seem to get out of it. Todays card is for my girlfriends birthday the end of this month. It is a Hero Arts stamp and the banner is also HA. Black cardstock and a snippet of blue cardstock. I stamped the background with black ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. Then inked in the birds and flowers. I am entering this card in https://a2zscrapbookingblog.comhttp://www.cropstop.com/blog/,  http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/. and http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/ Be kind to one another.




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Yesterday was a very productive day. Not in a card way but I got a lot done in the house. Below is my newest purchase. It is a Raskog cart from Ikea. I ordered it because it holds a lot but can go in a small space and it's on rollers so it's easy to move around. I think I will store punches in it if it holds together. I say that because "I" put it together. I had heard that Ikea products were hard to assemble but when I looked at the pictures (no actual directions) I didn't think it looked hard at all. In fact it was quite simple. EXCEPT for that middle shelf. The screws barely fit through the tubes then you put on the washers on the inside. I laid it on its side, I stood it up. I turned it over and kicked it. I did not realize I knew so much profanity. Molly, who never leaves my side, took off for the kitchen and stayed there. There was nothing to hold the shelf in place while you put the screws in. But, I did it and I'm very pleased with myself. Molly, not so much. The picture is dark because it is dark and very overcast today with rain forecast. Be kind to one another.



Thursday, August 11, 2016

It's been pretty hot the last few days so it's a good time to stay in and craft. This is a card that I decided I would rather give my DIL for her birthday next month. I played around with Inka Gold and used it for the background of this card. I love the shine of it. The coffee rings and splats are a TCW stencil and the cup and sentiment are Mint Owl stamps. I am going to enter this card in http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/ challenge using blue and brown. Be kind to one another.




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Okay, so I haven't used my new goodies yet but I did make this card for my son's birthday. He loves to camp and kayak and always makes a fire so I put it all on one card. My next class should be on how to make a scene. I'm not good with depth and need to learn that. He will like it though. The tent is Stampin' Up, kayak is TPC Studio and the trees, fire and flip flops are Lawn Fawn. I sponged DI for sky and sand and added stars with a white chalk marker. I have three signo white pens, none of which work. They must dry up quick. I stamped the trees directly and cut out and glued on the rest. I found a new (to me) challenge at http://twoferschallenge.blogspot.com/ whose challenge is The Heat is On. I hope the fire will qualify. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

My sister in law and I made the trip to Cincinnati yesterday for Stampaway. The weather was perfect and the trip was easy. We had a great time visiting all the booths and seeing some new things. Just when you think there can't be anything else new, there is more! The highlight of the trip for me was meeting and talking to Heidi Crowl of https://www.simonsaysstamp.com/ . She is very sweet and warm and we had a nice conversation. Shari  Carroll http://shari-design.blogspot.com/ was doing a Make and Take but she was busy so I didn't say hello.  I did get some new stamps and dies and really covered the holidays, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween and Christmas. Also got the new Tim Holtz Crazy Cats and Dog set. It is pretty overwhelming to see so many gorgeous card samples and all the stamps and dies in one place but I survived with a smile on my face! Now I'm ready for NBUS. Be kind to one another.