Monday, July 22, 2019

Break from the heat

We have gone from a heat index of 110 yesterday to 73 degrees today. I'm so thankful since my AC went out last night. They came and fixed it today but now I don't need it! Isn't that always the way.

This is a card for the casmixup challenge using the alcohol ink lift. I had to use this stamp from Newton's Nook because it was a fun way to cool off. I used a stencil called Under the Sea from SSS and this is where it gets unorthodox. After I smoothed three colors of alcohol inks on yupo paper I realized that if I lifted ink from the openings in this stencil I would only have blue lines left. So I put the blending solution on the stencil itself. I laid the stencil over the yupo paper and used a paper towel to rub the color off. It still isn't really what I wanted but there are kinda of waves. I colored the fussy cut image with Copics and stamped the sentiment with Staz On ink. Last, I added some Nuvo crystal glaze to the splash. I love punny stamps so much.

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Heat - Continued from Thursday

I would like to welcome a new follower. Her name is Trina and that is not a very good picture of her, but I'm so glad you're here.

It is too hot to do anything. I was showered and dressed and ready to go out yesterday. I opened the door to let Molly out and decided that was not a good plan. So I made a card to play in The first half of the month was to celebrate Darnell. The second half of the month is to celebrate Bonnie.

This is a Stampin' Up stamp water colored with Tombo markers smooshed on my craft mat, then picked up with a waterbrush. The orange circle is a die from Penny Black and the sentiment is Avery Elle. I splattered some orange ink around the die cut. It is there, I'm just not good at splatters because I'm afraid to make blotches. (is that a word?)

Happy birthday, Bonnie.

I stamped, water colored, used a die cut and splattered.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat is the word of the day

Not just here, but everywhere. Please take care in this extreme heat wave we are having.

These are my cards for the with Garden as the prompt. I don't know the name of the stamp set the bird bath came from but the flowers on both sides are from Judith.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. The second card is the Judith stamp with a frame from Hero Arts and butterfly from Martha Stewart.  That is a Stampin' Up sentiment.

Kara knew the bird bath stamp. It is "For the Birds" by Inkadinkado. Thanks, Kara.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Late, but Happy Birthday

I wanted to join in Susan's birthday bash for Darnell on the I water colored the black embossed image from a  Stampin' Up stamp with lavender and yellow on mixed media paper. Then I used that stamp again and watercolored some of the blooms and fussy cut them out. Using a bit of foam tape I popped them up over the others for a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from PTI and embossed.  I used stamping, embossing and watercolor. Happiest of Birthdays, Darnell.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Big birthday month

There are lots of July birthdays and I'm trying to get caught up. Also lots of dentist appointments. I've had three since July 2nd and one next week. Then I will have several more to get the partial they are making. I also purchased a water pik and used it yesterday for the first time. It's a wonder I didn't drown or get electrocuted. Turns out there is a learning curve to it.

This is a birthday card made at Stamp Camp. I love the embossing folder and bright colors we used.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

As we celebrate today I want to celebrate my friendship with all of you. Thank you for hanging in here with me as I take a break to rest my wrists. I value everyone of my followers and consider you all wonderful friends. This is another card made in my Stampin' Up camp.

 Have a happy, safe day.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy July

How could it be July when it was just March? I can't keep up. I'm trying to comment a bit at a time. It is the typing that hurts but I'm going to go a bit at a time, then stop for a day. It may take me a while to get around to everyone but I'll get there. Also, I'm trying to keep typing short.

This is a stamp camp card from a while back but never posted. Have a wonderful day.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Me again

I'm posting this card I made a while ago and I don't think I've shared it yet. It is a Hero Arts cling stamp. I embossed it in white, then painted in the colors but I don't remember what I used to do it. The birthday greeting is embossed in white also and a twine bow  was added.

I am really so much better with my wrists. But when it rains, it pours. That tale of all things coming in threes has certainly worked out for me! I just had surgery to remove three bothersome things off my body. A epidermold infundibular  cyst on my cheek and a seborrheic keratosis on my breast and waist. Got my stitches out yesterday and things are good. The one on my waist is going to be hard to heal since my clothes rub on it and it is still open and raw. TMI. Then, also yesterday, when I was eating lunch the bridge on the upper left side of my mouth fell out! This leaves me somewhat, well, toothless. I can assure you it is not a good look for me. I see now why they say getting old is not for sissies. It is work just to stay in the game!

Be kind to one another.

Friday, June 21, 2019

I miss you all

I am being good and not typing but I miss all of you so I had to pop in. This is a card we made in SU Camp. Swiped three different ink pads to make water. I love how I was able to get a wave in. So simple and easy to do.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Revised weather

It turns out there were two tornadoes that touched down in Beech Grove instead of straight line winds. Our state had several touchdowns but everyone is okay. There is flooding in the southern part of the state. Thanks for everyone who checked on me.

If this rest has taught me anything, it is I spend too much time online. Not being on the computer so much has given me time to play in the challenges I like. The Twofer is my last one this month and I am going to take it easy now.

I was really fretting about the bees in the Twofer this month. All of the cards on the challenge are so cute and fun. I have a couple of bees in stamp sets but they are tiny. The I remembered this metal stencil from 1997 called Bumble Bee by Lasting Impressions. On my first card I used a pen through the stencil and yellow and black Copics.. The black and white paper is from Graphic 45 and I sponged over it with Wild Honey Oxide ink to make it look honeycombish. The sentiment is Lawn Fawn. Then I was stumped. I wanted to use this adorable La-La Land bumble bee Marci stamp. I stamped her and colored with Copics, then stenciled the bees around her. This was a lot of typing so I'm off again. See you soon.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Stormy night

Straight line winds went through our area last night and did some damage. The high school where my sons went had a part of the roof blown off and some damage to a bank, Taco Bell, apartments and homes in Beech Grove. Rain and wind like I've never heard before. Lots of flood warnings.  Also southern Indiana had a hard night. Lisa, are you okay?

Staying off the computer has helped my hands so much. Also, crafting in segments has worked wonders.  I check email and get off. The card today took several days and I'm glad it did. The first time I water colored it I didn't like it. But when I stopped and left it alone it magically fixed itself! Kind of like when I cook. If I put it in the oven or slow cooker and leave the food alone it comes out fine. Then I went back and added more color to shade and I like it. I'm posting it in CAS watercolor, something blue. It is a Penny Black flower and an Altenew sentiment.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Slow and steady wins the race. That's what they say. I'm trying really hard to be good.  It has taken several days of working in bits of time but I have a card for the CAS Stencil challenge. I used a Tim Holtz Latticework stencil and smooshed Versamark ink through it. Then using a paint brush I dipped it in Perfect Pearls and tapped it through the stencil, then brushed off the excess. The sentiment and flower are white embossed Penny Black. 

I love all of the cards posted on the challenge but right now I can't comment on each one individually. I'm trying to limit my typing as much as I can but I will try to pop in and see everyone's work. 

Be kind to one another.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Sad announcement today

I have tried to read everyone's blog and get caught up this morning. If I missed you, I'm sorry. I am having severe carpal tunnel symptoms in both hands and arms. I have exercises to do every hour, along with ice packs and splints at night. The exercises are helping but I have to limit my computer time. Ack! It's either scroll through all my blog friends and comment or make cards. Doing dishes and housework were the first things I gave up for the good of my health! Priorities, right?  I hope to be able to do both soon (cards and comments, not housework) but right now I am focusing on making a card,  maybe one every other day. I've known this for quite a while now but kept thinking it really wouldn't happen. Ha. Making cards isn't too bad since I'm not doing the same thing over and over. Hopefully with rest and exercises this will improve. It needs to hurry as I have things to do! In the meantime, I have a few cards I haven't posted yet so I won't be completely gone. Hugs to all of you and I'll be back!

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

It's Ombre Time

I have two new followers I want to welcome to my blog this morning. HilaryJane of is from the UK and Bev from and she is from Wisconsin. Thank you, ladies, for following my blog. I hope everyone stops in to say hello to them.

The prompt this month at CAS Mix Up is Ombre. I used three different colored cardstocks to make the ombre look. I added a flower die cut from a Sizzix thinlits set and a sentiment from Altenew. The flower is cut from black cardstock and the sentiment is stamped in black ink. Both are embossed with HA clear embossing powder.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, June 3, 2019


I'm happy to welcome a new follower, Karin Osterland. Karin, I would love to share your blog link  if you have one.

It's June and I can't believe it. Where is the time going? May is a busy month for our family then a little break and we start gearing up for September. We have lots of birthdays and holidays from September 1st through the end of the year.

I'm catching up on adding to my birthday stash. Somehow they sneak up on you and you're not ready so I was glad we made this one at Stampin' Up last month. I love this great color combination.  Hope you have a wonderful week.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Graduation time

This is a grad card we made in our Stampin' Up group. It is folded to look like a graduation cap and gown, You could do it in the school colors and make the tassel a school color too. I thought it was a fun take for a graduate.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing

Today is Race Day and I just saw the cutest thing on TV. There is a long row of tiny houses at the track. They are in the Clamping part along with the tents people put up. I guess they are rented but what a great way to spend several days at the track.

This is a fun card we made at my Stampin' Up group last week. I love the simplicity of it and the sweet butterflies. Have a wonderful weekend.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sort of stained glass

I tried a different way than my first card with baby wipes. This time I tapped DOX on glossy cardstock using wilted violet and candied apple with a baby wipe. My first card was dry and when I wiped it off with the baby wipe all the ink came right off. Was I surprised! So I decided not to do that again, I wasn't born yesterday. Second time I tapped the ink on and left it alone. I die cut a Spell Binders stain glass window with SU woodgrain c/s and took  a piece of acetate and glued it under the die cut and then glued it to the inked glossy c/s. I cut around the window and it was popped up on a lavender card base.  Prayers was die cut with a SSS die and embossed with black sparkle e/p by Ranger. Then I stamped the rest of the sentiment, also from SSS. It was hard to get a good picture of it because of the shine on the acetate so I had to stand it up on my desk. I wanted to play again in

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tea for you

This is another teapot card we made at Stampin' Up class. I really like the purple and that quilted embossing folder. We are in for some really rough weather this afternoon. so I  hope everyone in this storm path is safe.

Be kind to one another.