Saturday, May 20, 2017

I've got to open up the garage shortly for the sale but I wanted to show you the other card I made with the tulle. It is the same design only with different colors. I don't have a picture of it by itself and you have already seen the pink one. I wanted to hurry and get it in the mail for a dear friend of mine.  Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

One last card I got to make from the online card class. I wish I had more time this week because there are several more things I want to do, especially the new marbling technique from Laura Bassen. But, life does interfere so I will try them hopefully next week.

This card was my first attempt to use gilding flakes. I used a scalloped stamp and added sticky powder then mashed on flakes. Then took a stencil brush and brushed it off. More flaked off than I wanted but I do love the effect. I should have used a smaller stamp so I could add this sentiment but I didn't know what sentiment I was going to use before I flaked so Duh. I will make another card with gilding flakes and get better at it. Go to go to the garage. I hope that I can work out there because the wind today is blowing so hard here. Will have to work with the garage door closed. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm thrilled to have a card chosen for Honorable Mention on the
That was a lovely surprise this morning.

I also want to post a card I made from Sparkle and Shine online class. This is a background made with Gansai Tambi pearl watercolors. I painted the color on acetate and smooshed it on the black card stock. I let it dry naturally and it gives such a soft shine. The balloons are a Simon Says Stamp die as is the happy birthday die. Gold thread is used for strings and SU sparkle paper in green and blue for the balloons. I think the gold is Tim Holtz. This is for my grandsons upcoming birthday. Be kind to one another.  Oh, I just posted this and it is not as beautiful as it is IRL. The balloons are so shiny and really stand out against the shine on the background. I wish you were here!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I'm wishing all the mothers here a very happy mothers day. It's a hard job with a wonderful result. Sometimes with several results!  My family all came yesterday and spent the day working in the garage. They took things they wanted (or I forced on them) and helped me move things around and set up tables. Then they took me out to dinner. We had a great time in spite of working. A good friend of ours dropped by and several neighbors stopped in so I can't say we actually worked all day but we got things done.

I recently watched a video on Jennifer McGuire's blog where she used tulle on her card. I was estastic because I bought several rolls for my sons wedding to make some sort of table decorations. Then she found something she really liked and I have lots of tulle. This is a birthday card for my friend Sharon. We have always celebrated our anniversaries and her birthday together. Our 50th anniversary was Saturday so I was glad the family came. It made it easier.  I used a flower from Simon Says Stamp and tulle between the layers. Added some sequins and a sentiment. I love the card and will use tulle again. Be kind to one another.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A wonderful blogging friend did a great thing for me and I wanted to make a card to thank her. I got my inspiration from day two of the Online card class Sparkle and Shine. Day two is all about foiling and I have lots of foil that I've never used so I was ready to go.  The tulips are a Penny Black die that I watercolored with Inka Gold put on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and smooshed the paper in. I used an Avery Elle oval die to make the black embossed insert and gold glitter frame. Then using a Zig 2 way glue pen to cardstock I added gold foil to the cardstock and burnished with my bone folder. I cut out the thanks with a Clearly Besotted die and here it is. This is a great class for me since I love sparkle and shine on cards. It has clean and easy and quick techniques. I'm playing in the C challenge this month.  Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

My grandson is graduating from 8th grade and I needed a card for him. A boy card with no bling, flowers, ribbons BUT sparkle. I am taking the Sparkle and Shine online class and this is what I learned the first day. I used a piece of white glitter paper from DCWV and used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to colors stripes on it. Then I used that paper to cut out the Yipee word from Waffle Flower. I stamped the hat from SU and the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp.  I clear embossed the sentiment and went over it with a Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen. I love how it came out, simple for a boy but the glitter colored paper gives it a boost. I will enter this into the that my friend gave me a heads up to/ Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The rain and cold is back again. Hard to believe it is May by how it feels outside. I did work in the garage yesterday and got so much done but you couldn't tell if you just peeked in. Baby steps between the rain and wind. Should warm up this afternoon.

This is a card I sent to one of my wonderful blogging friends. I'm so happy to be sending birthday rather than sympathy cards but there has be a combination of both. This is an Altenew stamp and inspired by my shower curtain. It was colored with Copics. I wish I had the dies because I fussy cut both flowers and leaves. Many dies leave a white border and I'd rather have the image trimmed along the ink line. Unfortunately, my hands can't cut that well because of arthritis so I try to ink up the edges after I cut.  The happy birthday is Simon Says Stamp. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The rain has stopped after 33 hours. It is trying to come again this morning but it won't be like it has been. I am going the the funeral of my next door neighbor today. The lady two doors down is very ill and just moved to her daughters and the man two doors the other way just passed two weeks ago. Many of my neighbors are elderly but this has been a real blow.

My girlfriend Sharon is having a birthday on the 14th and this is the card I made for her. It is kraft c/s and a PTI die from a set called Make it Market Mini: Garden Gild. The butterflies are stitched dies from a set I won from Poppy Stamps and the sentiment is from Mint Owl. I added a few gems from Hero Arts. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I am so behind in introducing my newest follower. She is Verna from South Dakota and her blog is She is a very versatile cardmaker and I think you would enjoy dropping by to say hi.

I finally got a new mattress and frame that raises and lowers the head and feet. I am so sorry I waited so long to do that. Reading has always been my way to relax and I always read at night in bed. What a difference this makes in my life. You wouldn't think it would be such a big thing but it is. I am warm and comfy and could almost purr! Speaking of purring -

On to my second favorite thing - cardmaking. This is actually the first card I made with my new Laurel Burch stamp set. I just love those cats. I colored them with Copics and fussy cut them. The green and orange kitties are popped up. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I made a card today for my granddaughter's May birthday. It is all Lawn Fawn products. I cut the tree from white c/s and ran it through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then inked it with Distress Oxide Ink. I used twine to hang the pinata. Then I added the grass and some of the candy that escaped.   Be kind to one another.

I am going to enter this at Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #3 - Outstanding Occasions

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I am really in love with Altenew's painted flower stamp set and my Zig pens. My pharmacy is closing Sunday so I made this card for the ladies there. They were so kind to Bill when he picked up his medicine. They took time to talk to him a bit and have been so wonderful to me. I just wanted them to know that I appreciate it. So I used that stamp set and my Zigs to color the flowers in. The thank you is Die-Namics layered three times and embossed in clear embossing powder. Added a few sequins and called it done. Notice I said a "few" sequins. I've learned my lesson from the other day! Be kind to one another.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Okay, it's me again today. I worked so hard to enter the challenge. This is my third card using pink and green. I love the colors together and also the samples the design team made plus all the entries. It ends today and I don't have time to start over. I wasn't going to enter this card at all but you know what - it is what I made so here goes. I watercolored a card with Zigs in pink and green but it wasn't on the right paper so it didn't come out well. Then I tried again and it was awful. Then yesterday I decided to use regular watercolor paints. I got the green cat all done and cut out and started to do the pink cat. Without any forthought I realized I don't have any pink watercolor paint other than pearl pink from Gansai Tambi. So, as you can see, that's what I used. The green is Koi watercolor. I cut them out along with a die cut frame from Pretty Pink Posh. The sentiment is Technique Tuesday. So, here it is in all it's glory - shiny glory I might add. Be kind to one another.

Monday is here again! A sunny, pretty Monday after a chilly weekend. This is my new Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set shown today. I am not good with images all scattered  around so I'm glad this set has the leaves attached to the flowers. I just stamped them on watercolor paper and watercolored with Zigs. It is my first time that I liked the result of Zig watercolor. But the design left a lot to be desired. Too much space on the right side. I made this card for my DIL's mom who just had surgery. I added sequins to fill up the space but I'm afraid there are so many they will blind her when the light hits them!  I should have added one more flower but I was leaving space for the sentiment. Now I know I should have done that first. I am learning. I didn't like all that space at the bottom so I added a punched border by a Martha Stewart punch. I should have trimmed it to match the top. I SHOULD have started over is what I SHOULD have done! But I think I will send it nonetheless. I actually learn something from each card I make. I used to save all those bad ones to use as a guide but I had so many boxes of cards I had to get rid of them! So you would think by now I had learned a lot! Be kind to one another.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Last Easter card I made this year. This went to my oldest grandson. Hard to believe he will be graduating from college in a month. I truly don't know where the years have gone. This is a SU image and Lawn Fawn plaid paper. I have used that SU stamp set so much. It is my favorite set ever from them.

My friend, Marilyn, is coming over today. We try to get together at least once a month but it is so hard to get together. Both of us have had to reschedule before it actually happens no matter how much we try. We have lunch and a movie or go shopping if nothing is on we want to see. I think today will be a movie day. Then it's back to bed shopping. I did get to one store yesterday but I want to take my time. This is a big purchase. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Our family did and it was so nice to have them all here for the day. I'm posting the card I made for my granddaughter today. It is a Lawn Fawn chick and egg die cut in felt with black sequins for eyes. The paper is also Lawn Fawn  and the scallop die is Simon Says Stamp. The sentiment is SU.

I am off today to find a new mattress. I would love to have one that inclines the head so I could read in bed. I do read in bed now only sitting over the side. That would be the lap of luxury for me. My mattress now may be contributing to my sore shoulder. It does feel better since the shot so I'm hoping that is taken care of.  Be kind to one another.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter to all of you today. I am getting ready put the ham in the oven and get the day started but I wanted to pop in and wish you all a wonderful day with your family.

I have several more cards that I haven't posted yet for Easter but I only want to share this one today. I CASED it from I loved it from the moment I saw it. It is just sponged through a torn frame and stamped with a SU stamp. Very simple but very moving. I truly love this stamp set. I moved the sun a little higher on the second card but otherwise they are the same. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Grocery shopping is finished, house is cleaned and today I start cooking. We are having our first 80 degree days so I can open windows and let in the fresh air. I love that!  April, the giraffe,  is having her baby today and I'm excited for her.

This card did not come out as I had anticipated but I sent it anyway. I wanted to add this adorable bunny expoy sticker inside the grassy border but it made is so bumpy and out of sorts. The kids will like it though. The flowers are Impression Obession and I don't remember what stamp the dragonfly is but I added copper stickles to it's wings. Be kind to one another.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My SIL called at 8:30 Tues. am and said she wasn't going to see the aunt because she had to do something with her daughter. We will reschedule for a later date. I'm somewhat relieved but we will still go. Yesterday we trekked down to Nashville again since they finally called her and said her stamps were in. I only got one thing out of a visit to both stamp stores! It is, new to me, a stamp set by Stampendous! and is by Laurel Busch. It is, of all things, cats! It caught my eye the last time we were there and I didn't get it, so this time I caved. She was a great designer and used copics so beautifully.  Had a great lunch and a most beautiful day in the 70's.

Todays card is a Simon Says stencil and sponged with Distress Oxide Inks. I added sequins to the flower centers and the sentiment is Lawn Fawn. I cut a oval with a SB die in pink cardstock and mounted it over the stenciled egg. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My SIL and I are going to visit Bill's aunt today. She has dementia so this will be a hard visit. I don't think she will know who we are but we need to do this. I went to the Dr. yesterday because my left shoulder has been hurting for quite a while. I wanted to rule out a rotator cuff tear or anything serious. The bursa is inflamed and I got a cortisone shot with PT to do at home. That starts in three days. So I am relieved it was not worse.

Todays card is made with die cuts sent to me by a wonderful friend. I sponged one with worn lipstick, one with broken china ink and one in antique linen, then layered them. The image and sentiment are SU. Be kind to one another.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I'm thrilled to have the succulents all made for my DIL's for Easter. They are both alike and I hope they like them. This is the first time I've made something other than cards that I really like. I'm in and out quick today as I have lots of running to do. I also have the movie Fences that is due back today and I really want to watch it. The grands and I watched a couple of movies and we didn't get around to that one and that's the one I really wanted to see so I have to fit it in today too. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It's starting to warm up again so it should be a pretty day. I get to have both of my younger grands today and for overnight. I haven't had them both together for a while so we will have a good time. Todays card is a boo boo but I hope you can't tell. Either way the stamp set is new so I am posting it at Darnell's IT'S HERE! April 1-11, 2017. It is a Simon Says set and I wanted to try watercoloring. I stamped the Cross in versamark and embossed it in clear powder. Then I watercolored over it. I was pleased with the watercolor but the Cross hardly showed up for some reason. I've seen people do this and it looked fine. That was the boo boo. I used the Misti and lined up the Cross again over the first one and inked with versamark and embossed with white powder.  Now it looks somewhat better and you can see it. The sentiment is from Stampin Up. I also made two others and had to redo both of them as well.  Be kind to one another.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hi everyone. This is an Easter card made with Lawn Fawn stamps and grass die and I used some more of my epoxy stickers for the eggs. The sentiment is  a 2009 Verve stamp. It is very cold today with howling winds so I hope to finish a few more cards. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The playoff games Saturday and last night were really great exciting games. Congrats to NC Tar Heels.  None of my favorites made it  to the end but they were in the final four

This card is one I saw Jennifer McGuire make with perfect pearls. It is not "perfect" as I got a silver line around the flower but it came out okay. I should have saved the other side because it is a boo boo. I stamped the leaves upside down and didn't realize it until I was done with the card. This is a new Altenew stamp, perfect pearls and nuvo drops. I am going to post it on NBUS. Be kind to one another.

IT'S HERE! April 1-11, 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017

It is time for Coming April 1-11, 2017 at Darnell's.

I ordered the Oh So Succulent stamp set and dies from SU last month and have been making them up. They are so easy and there are so many options and colors to use. I purchased some white ceramic bowls and I have finished one that I am posting here today and adding to NBUS. I would like to make two more for my DIL's for Easter. I added a round foam base and covered it with Spanish Moss. Then added river rocks and the succulents. I hope they like them. This is my first attempt but I am pleased to think I actually did this! Be kind to one another.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I wanted to add something to yesterdays post. The inside of the top flower did not get versamarked well and didn't emboss. After the card was finished I used a Sharpie extra fine point paint pen and filled it in. I don't think you can tell the difference. I also wanted to tell the ladies that don't have the Distress Oxide inks that they sponge so beautifully. Better than the DI we all have. Just so soft and easy to work with. I only have a couple to try but I will probably get some more colors. Pigment inks don't sponge well but these are a combination of dye and pigment and they are a dream to work with. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We have sunshine today and it is wonderful. Still chilly but the sun makes such a difference in my mood. You cannot frown when the sun is out. I think that is a law.

Yesterday my SIL and I went to Nashville to pick up a stamp she ordered that was in. Both stamp stores were closed so we had a nice lunch and came home. Molly was at the vet getting the "works" for the year. She's still a little groggy.  They said her liver enzymes are high and wanted to know if she is drinking or wetting more than normal. She is not but I have to watch her. They are worried about Cushings Disease.

 Today's card is for my SU demos birthday next month. This is an older 2003 SU stamp from the Scented Garden set, white emobssed and sponged with Distress Oxide broken china. I used an Avery Elle oval to cut the front panel out and added a few sequins. The sentiment is from an SU set called Express Yourself. I am very excited about using my older supplies and stamps. I don't think it will keep me from ordering new things but at least I am using what I have! A good mix of  an old stamp and new ink for this card. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A perfect rainy day today to stay in and craft.  I've been watching the basketball playoffs and all of our state teams are out of it. I did get a quick card made for Easter. This is a Spellbinder bunny die, Lawn Fawn greeeting and grass and a really old Sizzix die for the eggs. This is a die that has green plastic case and was used in one of those heavy red platforms where you raised the handle up and down rather than being cranked through. Anyone remember those? Be kind to one another.

Greta reminded me I could enter in both the  Layer It Up and challenge Use more than one punch or die at Simon Says.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Just a reminder that Mary of has a second drawing for blog candy that ends 3/26.

This card today uses a 2002 SU  lilly stamp colored with Copics, a SB die oval and a sentiment from DeNami. Those little gold circles are from Hero Arts, I'm pretty sure. They, too, are older. A little WOS in the flower centers. We are back to cold today after a Sunday in the 60's. I need to start working at cleaning out the garage but I need a long stretch of time to drag everything out and really reorganize and purge. Hopefully that will happen soon. It's getting me down having all that stuff in the garage. Be kind to one another.

Edited to add: I forgot to mention the paper and Greta asked about it. I did not make it, it is a sheet from a 6x6 pack made by Glitz called Vintage Blue. The pack is a mix of blue and yellows and it is lovely. I've had it a long time too and I'm going to start using up my papers. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Top Of The Morning To You. Or Happy St. Patrick's Day. It's raining today and our downtown canal is green. Since there is so much going on this weekend in town a lot of people will see it this year. The Mayor does that every year as it is traditional for Indy.

I'm officially into making my Easter cards now. Today I am sharing a card that came out so cute. The "old" stuff is the paper and button. The paper is a DCWV called Nana's Nursery Baby Boy from the scrapbooking days. It is shiny, sparkly and raised. There is a pack for girls too. The papers are decorated with animals, stripes and words. The plain ones are soft colors of blue, green, yellow and lavender. Some of the plain ones are usable for anything. You will see more of these to come. The little chick is SU and the greeting is Lawn Fawn. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I want to give a shout out for some new blog candy from our fellow bloggers. Mary of has candy to offer to celebrate her fifth blogaversary and also candy from to celebrate her 6th anniversary of blogging.  Both ladies are wonderful cardmakers and fun to get to know. I hope you will stop by their blogs and say hello. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

I'm bringing back "old stuff". As I was going through my supplies to find Easter things I came across items stored in the other room. When I started this wonderful journey of scrapping and stamping I was working and felt like I had to buy things so when I retired I would have things to work with. So I did! At that time QVC had a wonderful craft day every few months and had terrific kits. Okay, to my point. I have things I purchased for scrapbooking that I don't use. I have epoxy stickers, eyelets and brads in every color, buttons, ribbons and now 84 million sequins. I also have sheets of things that look like snaps that I have never used.  Along  with stickles in every color I now have Nuvo drops in matt and sparkle. I have markers from every company that makes them and tapes and glue and refills. I forgot to mention stickers and letter stickers. My point being, I have to use these things old and new. Don't be alarmed when you see these things on my cards as I don't scrapbook anymore. I bought everything because I loved it so I want to showcase these products on my cards even if they are old. I did just that recently on a birthday card I made for a cherished friend and also used stamping and I loved the card. So I'm showing you this card today. I used an epoxy sticker frame and an old SU stamp. I hope this post makes you think of what you have put away and need to use too. Darnell's NBUS will be here soon and maybe this will prompt you to hunt up "stuff". I hope I am not alone. Be kind to one another and to those in the snow areas, be safe.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Taxes are done and I'm so happy. I liked my new guy very much and he was very good. Plus I had taken everything I needed. He is pretty far north of here so I'm glad I had everything. The kitchen sink was very heavy but I took it just in case! (just kidding).

My card today is the second one for my tax lady, Carolyn. I forgot to take a picture of the first one! I am entering this card for and also  The challenge is Mainly Teal at LIM and Stamping, smooshing and your choice at CAS MixUp.  I'm just getting in on time at LIM as getting the tax stuff together was taking a lot of time. I smooshed Inka Gold on cardstock and cut out a rectangle with Lil' Inkers die. The dragonflys are SU covered with Stickles. I used Taken with Teal SU ink to stamp the Wplus9 sentiment and added several Pretty Pink Posh sequins. So I used teal, stamped the sentiment and used die cuts to complete the challenges. Be kind to one another.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tax day today. I finally got my act together and am going to the tax man. I found that my tax lady had a stroke last year and is not able to do them anymore. She is such a great person and not doing well as her cancer is back too. I will be sending her cards as she goes through this.

This is my last St. Patricks day card and I made two of these. It is based on the sketch  from LIM last week.  Quick and easy and using the same Lawn Fawn set and some metallic paper I picked up  from Endless Designs at the Heirloom Show many, many years ago. Be kind to one another and don't blow away in these winds.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Here is my second St. Patricks Day card. I used a Darice embossing folder on both the white and green cardstock, the shamrock from Lawn Fawn, and the same ribbon and sequins from the previous card. I used a snippet of green cardstock to make the square so I'm popping over to and entering this card. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Winter is back with temps in the 20's. Can't keep up with it. I'm starting my several St. Patrick Day cards that inspired me to do. She makes some and I only make them for the grands. This card was inspired by Again, I didn't have any of the supplies she used but I had several that would do. I used a Sizzix thinlits die for the corner cutout, Jo Ann ribbon, Lawn Fawn shamrocks and a SU Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment with generic sequins. I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen over the green cardstock under the cut out corner for a little shine. I don't think it shows up well. Be kind to one another.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Oh my did we have wicked storms roll through Monday night - Tuesday morning. Lots of wind and rain, thunder and lightning. We are fortunate that there was not too much damage. My heart goes out to all those who had tornadoes and flooding.

My card today is an Easter card made with a really old 2001 SU stamp and colored with Copics. I used two strips of paper and a Lawn Fawn grass die and a DeNami  Design sentiment. I am entering this is Clean and Simple. I really like the look of clean. It really makes the focus stand out. I am so late in getting this in the challenge, but still in time. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Winter has returned for a brief visit this weekend. It's been such a strange winter with up and down temps. We even had a teeny little bit of snow yesterday morning. Friday it was 74 degrees! Friday was also my next door neighbors birthday. He is in his 80's and doesn't really do much so I went with a simple birthday card. It was inspired by Kristina Werner's card last week only she added vellum balloons and I didn't do that. I didn't have anything she used so I used a Simon Says balloon stamp and Mama Elephant pigment inks. I drew the strings with a marker.  I used the little star in the set to make confetti and used two colors of Nuvo Drops to add a little glitter. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I added a few turquoise sequins. The card would not lay flat so that is my bone folder holding it closed. Be kind to one another.