Monday, September 18, 2017

During a Hurricane

Looks a bit ridiculous as I look back on it.  A hurricane, Irma, was bearing down on my area in Florida.  I spent a lot of hours putting all of my stamp inventory on Evernote, taking pic's of all my stamps, storing them under my bed in bins.  I did not have time to get my die inventory on Evernote, so I put them inside this bin with all of my inks, my Misti, my Tim Holtz platform, my Tombow markers and my copics. I wrapped the bin with the red straps and tied them into knots.  I held my breath and I prayed that the storm would not be as bad as predicted.

We live in the home my in-laws purchased twenty eight years ago, a manufactured home in a nice gated community. A double wide.  It's our home right now and it was a home we were told to evacuate because manufactured homes do not hold up well during hurricanes.  We were reluctant to leave because we were forewarned by Bob's parents that the shelter experience was a nightmare, and yet that is where we had to head.

For two and a half days we shared space with 489 others who sought shelter.  Blanket to blanket, cot to cot, blow up mattress to more blankets, we gathered on the floor of our local middle school gym.  I looked at my paper, my green bin, my stamps, my big shots and I wondered if they would still be mine after the storm.  I worried about photo's and scrapbooks and "stuff" and I worried about Bob's mom over in her care home.  I spent a lot of time worrying and thankfully the storm lessened before it  came through.  We listened, together, as the storm raged outside.  We were shut off from the outside and had no idea what to expect.  All ages, all races, all religious affiliations, left, right and center. None of that mattered as we gathered together, sharing our safe space.  Each one of those people had their own worries, some worried that they would lose everything.  We were there for each other encouraging, calming and praying.

When the storm was passed I drove home and looked at our house as it stood exactly as I had left it.  I got out of my car and walked around my house praising God with each step.  I am so very thankful.  I learned that I might have a bit too much stuff and that if I have it I need to document it and insure it.  The stuff cannot replace our lives.... I am blessed.

I learned that the America I know and love is still the America I know and love and that all of the stories I see on TV do not represent what I saw in that shelter.  Wonderful people.  Truly wonderful people.  God is Great!
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge

Bleach Blocking Technique

This month the challenge at Technique Junkies is; Bleach Blocking.  I had never tried this before and found it addictive.  The colors change so dramatically depending on what ink you use. I inked the paper first using dye inks.  Then I used a block rubber stamp to lift the color by dipping it into bleach I had poured into a plate.  Red Alert... make sure you are in a well-ventilated room.  

You can find the challenge and a link to the technique here; Technique Junkies Challenge

This is the stamp I used.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Distress Oxides on Photo Paper

This incredible technique that I learned by watching this video is by far the most exciting thing I have done with my oxides. It is truly like magic and I encourage you to give it a try!





 Treasure of Many You Tube Video

What a fun background this will make for my new die!

Many layers of colors, dried, stamped Versamark images, dried.
Wiped with a clean wet baby wipe...UNREAL!








Saturday, July 29, 2017

Best Vacation is With Grandkids!

Had a wonderful vacation with Bob, my son, Josh, his awesome wife Annie and three of my grandchildren who are absolutely PERFECT!  Disney time, pool time and a really fun dinner at the Hoop de Doo!  Sorry it had to end!!!

Bob, Jack & TacoNacho, Ryan, Me & Caroline

Epcot Germany
That Face! LOL


Hoop De Doo!



2017
After a 100 pound weight loss
Thanks be to God!


Oh and by the way.....  I went into the pool.  In a bathing suit!  I never would have imagined that back in 2015 when I looked like this...
2015
100 pounds heavier!


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas In July

Thanks to the You Tube video below I was able to create this awesome card.  So many great techniques and this is certainly one I will repeat again and again!  Great fun and easy to follow along with her great directions.






Sunday, July 16, 2017

Watercolor Sky

I nearly lost this beautiful background by dropping a black soot Distress Ink pad right on the center.  Luckily I have these Tim Holtz words and I was able to cover the "oops" quite nicely.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Technique Junkies Crinkled Watercolor #2

Technique Junkies Crinkled Watercolor Challenge



This is my second card using the crinkled watercolor technique. I tried to get the design to look similar to butterfly wings.  The sentiment is from Technique Junkies.  The butterfly at the bottom is cut from tissue wrap with an allover butterfly design.

As Though I Had Wings

Technique Junkies Crinkled Watercolor





I have two entries for this challenge.  I have to say the first time I attempted this I used Blister powder to whip up some watercolor and it did not have the desired results.  Then I used my trusty Kuretake Watercolors and some tissue paper and it worked great.  

Basically you paint some colors onto your watercolor paper and while wet you take crinkled tissue wrapping paper and lay it down onto the wet watercolor.  I waited 25 minutes and then removed the paper....voila!

This is a Technique Junkies  stamp set and a sun from parts unknown.

Besties

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Distress Oxides With Stencil



Jennifer McGuire again!  She did some awesome cards using Distress Oxide inks and by spraying water onto a stencil and holding it on the paper for a couple minutes you get a really pretty reaction.  I used a stencil I got from Aliexpress and love the look I got.



Sunday, July 9, 2017

Block Watercolor Stamping


Jennifer McGuire showed this oldie but goodie technique.  I do like it better than smooshing because it allows for more brilliant color.  Letting the block sit on the watercolor paper for five minutes really does make a difference.  I played with this technique all afternoon...making me realize a few more acrylic blocks would be good. *smile*  

I used Distress Inks but Jennifer mentioned you could probably use Tombow markers as well.  I'll give that a go another day.





Thursday, July 6, 2017

Technique Junkies Challenge

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This is my first time taking part in the Technique Junkies Challenge.  The idea is to drip colors down your page and use it to make a card.  I started with that fuchsia ink and to my surprise it would not drip anywhere,  so.. I got stubborn and started using my yellow, green and mustard inks and they dripped right down over the fuchsia and it created such a cool look I decided to keep the top and go with it.  For anyone reading my blog you will know that while trying out this technique last night, a bottle of blue ink crushed between my fingers and left me looking like Smurfette.  

The stamp is from Technique Junkies Weed or Wish Stamp  I love this stamp... reminds me of my children when they were little and they gathered my "favorite" flowers and brought me a bouquet.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Living Up To My Blog Name

Well... what a fine mess you've gotten yourself into.  I was attempting to do a card for a challenge at Technique Junkies, an ink drip technique.  As you can see by my hand I took it to the extreme!  I squeezed and felt the bottle crack right into my hand.  As it started pouring out I quickly dashed to the sink holding all of the ink in my hand and did I say... what a mess!  I am going to be trying to clean this ink off me for the next month!

It would seem that as ink bottles age, this one was probably 15 years old, they can get brittle.  So... squeezing might be bad.  Very bad.  I did get a few drips done before I had to clean everything in sight but no card yet.  Any suggestions as to how to get the blue ink from my fingernails would be greatly appreciated.

So... should we go with laminate flooring, tile or carpet?  Yes, I got a few drips on this old carpet and that seems like a perfect opportunity to replace. Right?! *smile*

Here is todays card.

Background Technique Junkies
Sentiments Simon Says Stamp
Ship - Aliexpress

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Wonderful new stamp from Technique Junkies    I created the background with Distress Oxides, original release, and then used some Nuvo Glimmer through a Donna Downey stencil. Those oxide inks are so awesome.  More on the way!

I used a Tim Holtz sentiment from one of his collections of words.  Then on the inside I added a sentiment than says; Leave a little sparkle wherever you go.  That one is from So Suzy Stamps

She is just beautiful...and in her ears she has little gems.  Love this stamp!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Acetate Colored Butterflies


Distress Oxides on Black
(original oxide release)



Andrew's Birthday Card

Sunday, July 2, 2017

House Mouse Girls


I have owned this red rubber House Mouse stamp for many years.  I remember exactly where I was when I bought it.  There was a wonderful stamp store in St. Mary's, Georgia run by a FUN woman named, Paula.  Every December on the way down here to Florida, Bob and I would stop and shop in Old Town Crafts.  We would pull up and there was a bubble machine outside, hence her email name, Bubbles.  I cannot tell you how excited I would be every year to arrive in St. Mary's.  Bob and I were "new" then and I knew I had a "keeper" when he patiently wandered through the stamp store and bought me some goodies like this adorable lipstick House Mouse stamp.  There is something special about pulling out an old stamp set and coming up with something new that you have never created before.  I bought this die with all the holes in it from AliExpress and if you do not know what that is...I  refuse to enable you.  I am addicted!  I can't take the credit for seeing "cheese" someone beat me to it.  I was thinking outer space when I saw it.  Maybe the girls will be on Mars next time round.  Martians wear lipstick, right?



Paula Amari 1945 - 2010

I am updating this because I suddenly remembered Paula's name and when I did a search I discovered that she suffered a catastrophic brain aneurysm and passed away in 2010.  A sad loss for the world as she was such an incredible light.  Her laugh... I can hear it as I sit here typing.   Tonight.. I am remembering Paula Amari. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Watercolor Background

One of my card making heroines is, Kristina Werner.  I love what she does with every medium and really respect her opinion.  Last week she posted a list of budget friendly items that she likes.  One of those was; Canson XL  I decided to buy it when I went to Walmart, much cheaper by the way, and tried it when making this card.  I used a variety of dye inks on a stamp block, wet the paper and let me tell you... I am happy.  The paper allowed the ink to pool and spread and never got funky as some watercolor papers tend to do. I really like it and will try it out again tomorrow.

The stamp is from Papertrey Ink... I believe it is the March year of Psalms.  The dies are Poppy Stamps and Simon Says Stamp.  One thing I think I will add is enamel dots... white. Thinking on it.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Cards For an Upcoming Swap

If you are in the same stamping group as me close your eyes... 



I have collected the Petite Places Stamps & Dies from Papertrey Ink for a bit too long.  It is starting to become hoarding.  LOL!  So... I broke out the little camper, mountains and trees and the little car and made this cute card.  Why has it taken me so long to use these sets? 


Then there is this adorable llama set from Gerda Steiner Designs.  Seriously?  CUTE!  I could not help but make one doing a photo bomb. Their faces are so darn cute.  


The next card due might be a gatefold card so I better get busy with that one and stop playing with these llama's!  Hmmm... gatefold llama's?  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Scene Masking

I am calling this first scene masking but actually it is the first masking attempt.... period.  It may be the last.. LOL!!!


First I stamped it on white paper and wrote where I needed to mask.  So, you would think when I masked this it would be correct.  Nope.  LOL!!  The most egregious error nearly occurred under the llama on the left.  Had i put that little cactus any closer and aimed it the wrong way... well, this could have turned into an X rated mistake for sure!    Then get a load of the goof ball with the cactus coming out of his head.  What was I thinking?

So... back to the drawing board.

This time I stamped it out and used a different cactus next to the big old boy and just put one cactus behind left guy... making that little cactus look a bit bigger.  That worked!  

After coloring that second attempt in I was pretty pleased with it.  The perspective was not too bad and if I had some more dark to light colors it might not look half bad.   All in all.. a good day of learning.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I can hardly imagine that I have not updated my blog since December 25, 2016.  Where have I been and what have I been doing?   Pictures speak louder than words..




October 16, 2005


Size 28 to Size 14

A New short Hair cut

Feeling Awesome!  Down 100 Pounds!


So, that is what I have been up to.  I've also made a few cards...






An assortment...

Enjoying life.  Feeling healthier.  I'm back.