Thursday, December 12, 2019

A twofer today

I made these two cards with a Poppy Stamps die and buffalo wrapping paper. Just very simple and very easy. I love them deerly. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Some are mailed

And some are not as yet. I'm feverishly working on getting my cards in the mail. Still have some to make too. For those of you that may have some arthritis in your fingers or hands will know what I mean here, I can't write for to long at a time so I have to pace myself doing a little each day.

This card is made with more pattern paper and a stamp set from Stampin' Up. I shaded the milk can and added a topper of Christmas on it. Copics were used to color.  My pattern paper stash doesn't look like it has been touched!

Got to get busy!

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Oh, Christmas Tree

Today's card is made with a Hero Arts die for the white panel that I adhered to a green card base. The tree is from Stampin' Up and popped up.  I added a bit of stickles to give it some shine. I have done a bit of Christmas shopping and now need to decorate. I intended to do that yesterday but my granddaughter came for lunch and we hung out so, of course, I didn't get that done!

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Another quick card

This is another card using pattern paper. I have so much and it isn't being used so I am really trying to incorporate it into my cards this year. I used a piece of silver mirror c/s and ran it through the SU subtle embossing folder. Lots of shine!

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Happy December

Where, oh where did the last eleven months go? I've always heard time goes so fast when you get old and, boy, is that true. Along with many other true statements made for older people! Everything was closed so I won't know the outcome of the siding until tomorrow.  I did not go out on Friday or Saturday to shop, just can't bring myself to do that anymore.

Here is a very easy Christmas card using pattern paper and a white frame. It is a Stampin' Up sentiment. I just had to use that paper when I saw it with all those different snowflakes.  I wish they were all that easy and I guess I could use all my pattern paper and make them all the same way but that wouldn't be that much fun. Since it's already December I'd better not make them to hard though.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my wonderful friends. I am so thankful that I started stamping, started a blog and met all of you. And to all those who may just read occasionally, please take a minute and say hello so I can get to know you too.

This is a card I tried with the technique from Jay Soriano on the the re-inker just wiped right off so I used the gold mirror c/s to make another card instead. The acorn is Tim Holtz and the sentiment is gold embossed My Favorite Things.  Cassie Kitty wanted that acorn!

Have a wonderful day with your loved ones and friends. So far the ham didn't fit in the crockpot for the recipe I am going to use and the first thing I did was fill Molly's bowl with food and drop it on the floor. All those little brown nuggets went everywhere. The tea is made and one of the pies is in the oven. Yesterday the wind tore siding off my house so I need to get in the shower now because a guy is coming to see if he can repair it before the rain comes tomorrow!

So love to all of you and see you tomorrow.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Still Fall

This is a card we did in SU class. We were to color each leaf a different color but I used several different markers to color on the same leaf. I thought it made them look more like changing colors for fall. It looked kind of bland so my friend, Audrey, said it should be sprayed with Glitter Dust. That gave it a shine and added a bit of pizazz. It doesn't show up that well in the picture but it does shine.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Then back to fall cards

I seem to be going back and forth from fall to Christmas. I always finish one holiday before I start another but this year I'm doing both at once. This panel was embossed with a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. The little red birds are a die cut and the leaves are cut in gold with a  Gina K. die.  I added dots to the bird eyes with enamel accents.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Two Christmas cards for Twofer

This month we get to make two cards for the same occasion in the  https://twofercardchallenge using holiday greenery. I used a die from Stampin' Up for my greenery. The first card uses handmade paper that reminded me of snow and pine cone dies from SU. I stamped them on brown c/s then went over them with gold paint to show the ridges on the pine cones, then used a SU die to cut them out. Tucked under the greenery and added a green bow.

The second card is an Elizabeth Craft die gifted to me by my friend, Mary. The same greenery is used and also a flower from the same EC die set. It didn't show up against the candle so I added Stickles to it so it could shine too.

I ate those donuts!

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

A good thing, a bad thing and a strange thing

The good thing is the card I made and am entering  for the challenge this month called oxidized metal. I used copper mirror c/s and added silver, then gold embossing powder over it one at a time and drying in between. The embossing folder is from Darice.

We have a new bakery and I stopped there when I was out yesterday. I got three different kinds of donuts and sat the bag on the seat next to me. When I backed up the bag flew off the seat and landed on the floor, throwing all three donuts on the floor. I said a very unladylike word and picked them back up. That was the bad thing.

I went to my next errand and when I came out a large black truck was parked facing me in the lane in front of me. The second picture is the strange thing I saw inside. Very interesting day and now I know why I stay home a lot!

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Great crafting weather

We are having the best stamping weather ever here! Even Molly is ready to stamp instead of going outside. I'm finished with the few fall cards I've made and ready to move on to Christmas now. I did make some to take to the retreat but still need more.

This cute card was made at Stampin' Up this past week. I had missed several classes and I really missed the gals so I was so happy to be back and glad I didn't miss this cute card.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, November 8, 2019


The cold front is moving across the midwest this week and it is so cold everywhere. The only good thing that comes of that is the water is so nice and cold right out of the tap. No ice cubes needed.

This was one of the techniques I shared at the retreat last month. Very simple to do and a fun result. I used a Stampin' Up embossing folder and ink, then with gold embossing powder. The thankful die is Reverse Confetti and the embellishment is a Bo Bunny laser chipboard. This is called Faux Patina and you can see a video by mynnette kitchen on You Tube.

Keep warm my midwest friends.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, November 4, 2019

A sparkly snowflake

Despite the clean and very concise explanation I had with Molly Saturday night about the time change she still got up at 6:20 am Sunday morning. I clearly explained it would be an hour earlier and she didn't need to get up so early but it fell on deaf ears. Sunday seemed like it went on forever. I was in bed at 10:30 and read until 11:15 and we got up this morning at 6:20. It is like having an alarm clock that doesn't buzz. I'm not a big fan of getting up that early since I retired but having never worked, Molly doesn't care.

This is another card I made at the retreat using Colleen's technique of scribbling Copic markers in ombre colors, then using Nuvo glitter paste over the top of it. The colors look darker in person and I borrowed the snowflake die.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sparkly pumpkin

This Lawn Fawn die was a gift for my birthday from my friend, Kara.  There are actually two dies but I only used one. I die cut it from a very old DCWV paper pad of sparkly paper and matted it on Halloween pattern paper. Don't know it's name. I let the paper talk but I just had to add those orange embellishments from The Robin's Nest. These are old too that I have in my stash.

A new adventure yesterday. My friend, Sharon, and I went to the racetrack. It's just like on TV and very exciting to be there in person.We stayed for six races and had lunch there. The horses are beautiful and the jockeys are so little. Two of my horses won and several came in second or third. What a fun experience but it only goes one more week then it's over for the year. My horse below had odds of 30-1 and he won his race. How cool is that!

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

A gift from Maria

Boy did it rain yesterday. All day with no break. Molly feels like she's had a bath with her clean, soft fur. She doesn't like going out in the rain but she had no choice yesterday!

My friend Maria,, sent me the most beautiful birthday card and I asked her if she would bring the die cut to the retreat. I pretty much case'd her card and here is the result. I don't know the name of the die but it makes a great card. I colored it with Distress Oxides and a sponge dauber. It is matted on black cardstock and  Cassie Kitty added Pretty Pink Posh sequins for centers. The gold frame is also PPP and I made a teeny twine bow. The sentiment is gold embossed with Queens Gold and is from Hero Arts.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Another leaf since it's fall

Before I share my card today I want to talk about my previous card. I believe the reason the black ink didn't show up on the veins of the leaves is because the re-inker wasn't quite dry before I stamped. You need to spritz with 90% or higher alcohol right away when you drop the re-inker on the photo paper. I haven't done it again but I was so pleased with the results I will be doing it on another card. I'll share what happens.

Today's card is a technique Colleen of shared with us at the retreat. I scribbled Copic markers in three different colors just back and forth on cardstock. The third color doesn't show up but it is supposed to be ombre'.  Then covered the marker with Nuvo glimmer paste. I used a sheet of Echo Park paper and cut a leaf from it with a Poppy Stamp die and when the paste was dry, I adhered the paper over it, then adhered to  gold c/s.  The sentiment is cut from Echo Park paper pack and I added a few copper sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. What a beautiful technique and a great teacher. Thanks, Colleen.

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Maple leaves

I'm not sure this is clean enough for the the challenge so if it's not, please delete it. I used photo paper and re-inkers with water to color the leaves then spritzed with alcohol to spread the color. I used black ink on the leaf stamp and stamped over the leaf to get the veins but it worked as lift ink and no black ink remained. A new Technique? The stamp and die is Gina K. and the sentiment is Penny Black.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Quick card

I swore I'd stay home the rest of the week and get things done and I'm out the door to have lunch with my SIL. She has been working all week and called this morning wanting to have lunch. Now, really, who can resist eating lunch out? I have no will power. The housework and laundry will be here waiting when I get back. That's what's wonderful about retirement - you can put things off until you get around to them.

This is a quick and easy card but just says "Hello" to brighten someone's day. An embossing folder, stamped flower and some ribbon. Gotta go.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, October 14, 2019

October retreat

I am just back from a retreat in Nashville, IN. It is a quaint tourist town with lots of shops and restaurants to browse located just 40 minutes south of Indianapolis. I was so thrilled to have seven great friends and stampers join me for five days of stamping, shopping, sharing ideas, eating and visiting. So much fun getting to know one another and laughing along with making cards. I wish all my stamping friends could get together for something like this - wouldn't that be so much fun?

This is my dining room table loaded with things to take

Having lunch in Nashville with Linda, Kara and Greta

Linda and Kathy joining us for shopping and lunch

Darnell, Kara and Colleen 

Kara, Colleen and Maria

Happy Hour outside on the picnic table using bath towels
for tablecloths

Kara teaching  Copics for Colleen

Sharon preparing dinner

Kara and Sharon

Darnell and Linda

Maria and Greta

Colleen, Brenda, Sharon and Kara

Colleen, Greta and Maria

Greta and Sharon

Greta and Kara

Darnell holding Cassie Kitty and Hammy
Sorry it's so blurry

Linda and Colleen having fun

Colleen telling Darnell she has her
shirt on backwards

All of us

Loaded and ready to come home

Thanks to all of you who came and made this week so special. I hope to catch up with everyone's blog soon.

Be kind to one another.