Monday, January 17, 2022

GottaStamp Group June Swap

Make a slimline card any theme.  All these require a regular stamp unless you make it very thick or very heavy (same as our normal A2 cards)   

 Choose from 3 sizes.

Mini Slimline - 3 1/2"  x  6"   ; To make cut 7" x 6" .. score at 3 1/2" 
          envelope size 3 5/8" x 6 1/2"

Traditional Slimline - 3 5/8" x 8 5/8"  ; To make cut 8 5/8" x 7 1/4"  ...  score at 3 5/8"   
          envelope size 9  (3 7/8 x 8 7/8")

Big Slimline - 4" x 9"  ; To make cut to 8" x 9" ... score at 4"    
              envelope size 10 (4 1/8 x 9 1/2) 

Friday, December 24, 2021

I Need To Heal

  We have all had crazy lives lately. Pandemic, vac’s, separation from loved ones, isolation, fear, a long litany of things that could break your spirit. I was handling all those things the best I could until I got a call from my youngest son telling me that my oldest son, his brother, had been found dead. October 20, 2021. Fifty one years old. No chances left for reconciliation or healing of our relationship…dead. Final. Gone. 

  In the minutes, hours, days, weeks since that call I am finding everything so difficult. There are just two who see the rawness of my grief, God and my husband Bob. Poor Bob tries to comfort me as best as he can.  God reminds me that He is with the broken-hearted. When I seem inconsolable Jesus reaches out and grabs me, through scripture and music and offers me peace.  

   And so, I will create. I will use my hands and heart to create, hopefully healing my grief in the process.  

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Fun With Technique Junkies Red Rubber

Here are three cards I created using Technique Junkies Stamps.  I love red rubber stamps! 

The top one was created using the Joseph's Coat technique.  First I used a blending brush and spread quite a few bright colors in no particular order.  Then I stamped the background stamp,  Dotted-Blooms on top of all those colors using versamark embossing ink.  I used clear embossing powder and heat set it.  Then, the part that really makes these colors blend black or dark blu ink over the entire card.  The embossed image resists the black and, VOILA! 

This second image is Palm Collage background stamp.  The dark one is Dark Blue Stazon on top of an alcohol ink background.  

  This one I colored the stamp with water based ink in my Misti.  Stamped over and over and over and...over.  in the end I took some distress and dry painted it between the rays.  



Friday, March 5, 2021

The White Challenge

Challenge at Busy Bee swap for February was white cards.  I always enjoy making all white cards!


Friday, January 4, 2019

Trying to stay productive!

Three cats could be wonderful!
Entering CAS #130 Three of Something

AAA Cards AAA Cards Challenge

Friday, November 2, 2018

Christmas Door

Love this image from Crafty Individuals.

Joy Fold Christmas

This is a fun fold I found on You Tube. It is called a Joy Fold card and is very easy to do.  I made the blue one a bit different than the white...added glitter and less frou frou.  

Inside Explosion box

Monday, July 23, 2018

Day Three Onlinecardclasses

On day three the class was Lettering & Typography.  This is fun and I didn't feel all that intimidated to try it.  However, as you can see... I ended up putting critters in my lettering.  LOL  Oh well... I had fun!

Day 3

Day One Onlinecardclasses

This is the second card I made for Simply Watercolor

City Theme (Papertrey)

AliX Tea & Background

MayMay Made It Scripture

GinaK Wreath Maker

Zoo Theme
These are some cards for upcoming swap themes.  Let's hope my partners, who have not been assigned yet, do not see these ahead of time.  I am working on transferring photos from my last!

Day Two OnlineCardClasses

Day two of the online card classes Simply Watercolor.  Critters & Animals   I may have skipped over to flowers too.  LOL!!!  Fun but drawing a bird and flowers is way out of my comfort zone.  Hand me a rubber stamp with someone else's art and I can color and create.  But, my handwriting and my design?  Arghh!  

Day 2

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Online Card Classes

I signed up to take the watercolor class taught by Kristina Werner and some guest artists and as usual I am late getting started. The great thing about online classes at is that they are always available to you. I have done the Tim Holtz Chemistry 1 & 2 a few times.

Today, lesson one.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Do I Need a Different Blog?

The frustration I am having signing into this blog is driving me crazy!  For weeks I could press new post until the cows came home and nothing.  Today, as a lark, I pressed it and it let me right in.  I have no idea what is wrong here but it is so maddening.

I started using Word Press a few years ago but this one seemed so easy at the time.  Now, not so much.  I literally have not been able to sign in to change or add anything since September 28th.  I guess I will post this little rant with a couple card pic's and see if it loads.

Thanks to you for checking in on my blog even when nothing seems to happen.

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!

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!

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...
100 pounds heavier!