Tuesday, December 29, 2009


On the Inky Fun Stampers site (inkyfunstampers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com) we have a "paint chip booklet swap".  I've enclosed only a few photos of how mine will look.  Right now I just wanted to share with you before I put on the "finishing touches". 

I've been working on mine off and on for the past month and it has been a labor of love, but it also  has been an out of the box exhilarating experience also.  When I regain my sanity, I just may make one for my g-g-kids.  You can find these crayola paint chips at your local Ace Hardware Store, and they are free for the taking.  I hope you'll want to make one of these little booklets also.  Please leave me a message if you would care to, but enjoy until next time.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


I've enjoyed making our Christmas cards as you can see in the right photo.  I used regular white card stock, on which I placed gold glossy card stock, and then attached a Lustre Paper from the Paper Temptress line.  (Great card stock and papers and can see the whole line at the following address:
http://www.papertemptress.com )  I then used the leaf punch from Martha Stewart line to compose the Christmas Tree.  I stamped the deer in gold embossing powder (can't remember the name of the powder), from a stamp by Inkadinkado ( www.inkadinkado.com )  on a piece of white card stock and then cut it out and placed it on the card.  I used an I Brake For Stamps  ( www.ibrakeforstamps.com ) "cross" at the top of the tree and attached three (3) small white snow flake buttons.  I finished the inside with personal stamped sayings.
 Next came the trimming of the tree and the wrapping of my "homemade"
goodies.  This to me is the fun part of Christmas.  I placed on our coffee table my home created Native American nativity set which I made out of ceramics whilst living in Arizona.  I became allergic to the dust of the place where I took my classes, so haven't made anything since.

The gifts for the women are on the end table at the left of the tree, which consisted of four servings of homemade hot cocoa placed in a pint canning jars (all you do is add 8 oz. of boiling of water and enjoy while reading the good book).  What looks like tags hanging on the wrappings is actually bookmarks that I made. See photo to the left.  These were fun, and after I had them done it seems that the crosses were not in sync with the other stamped objects, but in reality the crosses are peeking out of the page they are holding for your next visit to the page. 
For some Christmas Presents I baked four (4) different kinds of cookies, one of which was a small batch (M&M cookies) and which was eaten straight away. The others I have managed to save and wrap up for our male guests. In the photo to the right you see me decorating some frosted butter cookies.  I also baked chocolate chip, and Ruth Duffners recipe of Peanut Blossoms.  As I said before the M&M cookies were eaten straight away as the recipe only made 18 cookies - Oh but yummy they were.
My baking is done, as well as I have my Christmas dinner all done, just waiting for our guests to arrive at noon tomorrow to have some fun.  It is now time for me to gather up some pennies with different dates on them to give to our guests.  (You can write me ( huffpede@yahoo.com ) to find out what we'll do with these pennies. Just put in the subject line "pennies" and I'll e-mail you the answer.)

You all have a Blessed Merry Christmas, and may you feel God's love, have peace, and joy to come.  Until next posting......

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


It has been way too long in my posting. I do have a valid reason for not posting sooner. When you are gone from your own computer for 4 months, well I think you know how I feel. We're home now, I have my own studio, my own computer, and more important, my own bed. It was great of our kids to put up with us for so long, and we sincerely appreciate each and everyone of them. We spent a couple of weeks in Iowa getting the Veterans Clinic appointments all set up for my husband and since they were a month away I decided to go to Indiana to visit with my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We stayed with my youngest daughter and her husband and had a ball there. We had fun watching this petite little girl (woman), drive her school bus, especially when she would stop on the highway out front, and put the bus in reverse and "fly" backwards to the bus's parking spot. The first time was a "...OMG...", then after that it was just a fun site to watch. While there, we visited an apple orchard getting a half bushel of apples. What do you do with so many apples? Well of course you make and can apple butter. We also bought some Concord grapes and canned grape jelly. Oh, these are so wonderful tasting, and during our long winters they sure will taste good on hot toasted buttered bread and biscuits...yummy for the tummy!!! My daughter was taking the high school marching band to a competition and asked if I would like to go along. I couldn't say No, as it was not only being able to see first hand her handling of the school bus, but also to see my son-in-law (who is the music director of the high school) in action with the high school kids. All I can say is WOW, what a full day this was. It was an amazing day being with the kids on the bus and listening to their chatter. I even got an earful on what they thought of my son-in-law as their teacher - which they couldn't say enough about how he interacts with them and how they all love him. Made me feel very proud of not only my son-in-law, but also of my daughters (one of which is my son-in-laws wife and my very proud daughter/mother of three of my grandchildren). These kids were the greatest in my eyes, but in the judges eyes they weren't. I personally think that the judges need glasses and a bit more non-supportive of another school. But, what the hey, I'm only a very proud mother-in-law is all. We went back to Iowa and started in going to the Veterans Clinic so my husband could get his check-up. He definitely has interstatial (sp) fibrosis, has a scarred heart (no heart attack was found though), and needs a knee replacement. Other than that he is healthy as a horse - yeah right!!! We weren't able to see the eye doctor as he was out ill with the H1N1 Flu virus. To reschedule the appointment meant waiting another month which we couldn't do, so home we came. Since coming home he has gone to the eye doctor here only to find out that he has Glaucoma, and he definitely needs glasses. So, we now have glasses on order for him, and he now has to put drops in his eyes to hopefully relieve the pressure. Ah, it is so good to be home but now I have to put on my running shoes to get ready for our Christmas dinner. I'll post more later this week with some photos too. Here's hoping you all have a very Merry Christmas with Gods love, joy and peace. Stay tuned in for more.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


I've been quite ill since my last posting and like the title suggests - "...Enough is Enough..." I'm not a very good patient (or sickie), as I tend to get impatient with myself, but whatever caused my illness, at least it isn't catching, thank goodness. We are now going on vacation, so it will be sometime before I'm able to post again. I do hope you all will enjoy your vacations. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


The Technique Junkies Newsletter www.techniquejunkies.com for August/September had Alcohol Ink Foil Technique. The photo to your right was done using the "shiny" side of the aluminum foil, and this turned out not too bad, but I think next time I'll use the "dull" side of the aluminum foil. The technique is as follows: (in my own words) 1) Place double sided adhesive on your card stock 2) Place foil on the adhesive side of the card stock & flatten 3) Put a couple drops of alcohol ink on your sponge or applicator 4) Put a couple drops of another alcohol ink on your sponge or applicator next to the first one 5) Put blending solution over top of inks 6) With a twisting of the applicator, pounce the inks on the foil lined card stock 7) Let the ink dry (very important) 8) Once dry, place the foil/inked card stock in a Cuttlebug folder and emboss 9) To have the embossed parts "pop", lightly rub on some StazOn Ink (I only had black StazOn Ink, so I used Palette ink and gently dried with my heat gun) 10) Finish card in desired. The photo to the right was done on the "dull" side of the aluminum foil and I prefer this side much better. In the original information it just says to use "aluminum" foil. I personally believe it is what you try and what you like in your art - after all "art is in the eye of the beholder" isn't it. Today is another day of "experimentation" and those posts will come at a later time. Gotta get ready for the garage sale coming up this next weekend. Whew!!! Enjoy and your comments are much welcomed. Happy Creating.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Today was a day of getting ready for our garage sale. What a chore this is, but most of the time it is worth it. My hubby and I worked most of the afternoon, but he and I needed a break, so he went and laid down for his nap, and I came into my craft room. I still had graduation on my mind since school is starting up again, so I made this card. I used white card stock as the base for this creation. The rest of the card stocks were "scraps" that I had laying around. I drew my own graduation cap in black, punched a very tiny hole in the middle, affixed the tassel with a black brad, then mounted it on red card stock, and then onto white card stock to form the square, that was affixed to a black rectangle card stock. I cut out a circle of red card stock and affixed it to the card, but not before cutting out a moon shape from the right corner of the black rectangle card stock. In the bottom right hand corner of the card I used a small square of the black card stock and cut small moon shape out of it. I wanted a "diploma" on the card somewhere, so I added the black ribbon to "soften" the look of the card. I then rolled a small piece of white card stock, glued it shut, then added a black piece of embroidery thread to hold it. I affixed this to where the black ribbons intersect, and viola' I thought the card was done...LOL. I remembered I wanted to "finish off" the inside of the card, so I cut another cap from black card stock, and atop this I affixed a red rectangle. I wrote "Congratulations" in gold embossing powder on white card stock and affixed that to the red. Now I'm done with the card. I hope you enjoyed my creation today, and that you have a creative day. Stop back again.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Today was a very sunny & humid day, so I turned the air conditioner on and came into my studio to finish a card I started yesterday. This card was stamped on water color paper and the images were stamped with I Brake For Stamps. I colored the images with Derwent water color pencils. You really can't tell from the photo, but I stamped the background images twice, colored them, and then I cut out some of them. The deer is a separate stamping. I cut out of the second stamping/coloring some of the leaves of the trees, put foam tape on the backing and affixed to the card. I also stamped/colored the downed log and bushes (in that area), and affixed them to the card with foam tape. The deer was colored and cut out and affixed with foam tape. This image was then affixed to white card stock that I swiped the edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink from Ranger Industries, and then affixed all of this to chocolate brown card stock. I also used the word stamp from I Brake For Stamps called "Friendship", stamped it with brown ink (don't remember the name of the ink), onto white card stock and again swiped the Walnut Stain Distress Ink onto the edges and affixed it to the brown card stock. To me, this was Not an easy card to make as it had a lot of "parts" (as I call them) to it. I think it will make a nice male card for some man in my life. Thank you for looking and happy creating.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


The rain has persisted, and I have too - that is stamping...LOL. I made this card to the right to use up what was left of the trio colors of the Wal Mart Glitter paint. I used a piece of ribbon that I had in my ribbon stash, and tying a knot in the middle of it. I still had some floral fabric left so I backed the white card stock with it. The stamp, "When I get the urge to exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes," is from the Stampabilities line and can be found at www.craftsetc.com . I love making what I call fun cards, but I think this rain is making me goofy, so I'd better get serious...LOL. This next card is going to be a "Thank you" to a special friend of mine who sent me this stamp. I do hope she'll enjoy my rendition of it. The card stock is chocolate brown, upon which I layered a white painted surface on copper card stock. Then came a deep burgundy velvet paper I had laying around, and then I stamped the image upon white card stock. I colored the image with Derwent water color pencils, but it looked a bit bland, so I used my distress inks from Ranger. I wanted to high light the lady's face so I removed some of the ink from that area. Within the image there is a clothespin that is holding a button (all stamped), and I really wanted this to stand out so I cut along the clothes pin stamp and inserted a real button, and glued all of this down again. The left side of the image was stamped with what looked like to me as lace, so yes I just had to add "real" lace to the card. To top all of it off I had added a white organza bow behind the layers and to the right of the stamped image. Viola' I am finished with it, so now to the mailbox I go so she can enjoy it also. Thank you for stopping by, and I'm hoping you'll come again and leave a comment.


Here in NE Arkansas it has been raining, which means it is "cool" enough to do some stamping. The humidity even has been down, so then my embossing powder does not get clumped up...LOL. The card to the right is what I call "Tiny Bubbles" and the stamp is from I Brake for Stamps at www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ Della has the most fun senior stamps there is on the Internet that I have ever seen. I stamp one of the seniors and while I'm coloring, I get to giggling and then I have to cut out the stamp as I've colored outside of the lines. The ribbon is just some pink gross grain ribbon I had lying around, and I attached some deep pink brads to it. On the background, I used glossy paper and some alcohol inks by Ranger Industries at www.rangerink.com/ . The darker pinkish paper is from the Paper Temptress at www.papertemptress.com/ who has gorgeous paper and card stock. The lighter pink card stock is some paper I purchased some time ago and I don't remember where I got it (sorry). The "I don't do mornings" is how I felt the other day when I saw it raining. I soon got out of the mood because I realized my stamp room was probably one of the coolest rooms in our house. The stamp is from Stampabilities www.craftsetc.com and I affixed it to a circle of floral fabric (in other words it is the fabric that is wrapped around flowers that were delivered to me), and I deckle cut the circle. The background paper I made by using some "glitter paint" that I had purchased at Wal Mart and dabbed it on some white card stock. It is for the "trio color" swap that we have this month over on Inky Fun Stampers. Come join in the fun at: inkyfunstampers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com Just tell them you saw Audrey's Blog. I do hope you have enjoyed looking at my attempt at some fun with our art of rubber stamping and I hope you'll visit often. Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 17, 2009


It's July, 2009, and what a month. The photo of my gladiolas on the right are blooming. These flowers have grown so tall and their stems are so fragile, they break off. It's okay as then I get to enjoy them indoors as well. The red, white & yellow are only some of the colors that I have. One in particular is so delicate looking with a white center and the faintest of salmon/pinkish color on the outer part of the petal, that I really wish I had more of this color. I'm just glad that I am able to have their beauty that I have. The Patriotic card is one that I whipped together for a swap that I was in. I stamped the flag on some swirly shiny card stock that I purchased from Patricia Dunbar of the Paper Temptress. Her paper is so yummy and irresistible that all of it is so tempting. Please go have a look see at: http://www.papertemptress.com. The stamps are from Della Warr of I Brake For Stamps, who is another vendor that has so many deeply etched rubber stamps, and whom gives great service. Please try her site also, at: http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com. In these sad economic times we are having, to me it is very important that we rubber stampers show our appreciation to these (and other vendors) to keep their stores going, or we won't have anywhere to spend what little monies we have for our own satisfaction of creating art. Okay, I'm off of my soap box and on to do my laundry. Enjoy and leave a comment if you care to. Have a creative day.

Monday, July 6, 2009


It's been awhile since I was able to post. It's been a long rough personal road, but I think I've seen the end of the tunnel and the light is as bright as my gift box I made for a challenge on http://groups.yahoo.com/group/inkyfunstampers/ . The gift box was originally a "Cheerios" cereal box of which I covered with tissue paper and adorned it with a yellow silk flower which was attached with E6000 glue. These "gift boxes" as I like to call them are so very easy to make and the recipients just love the idea of not filling our landfills with more cardboard, let alone the cost of a gift box or sack.
I do hope all that read this post will try to make one and help to save mother earth from our silliness to dispose of things we no longer want. Be creative and until next time, have an enjoyable time.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


I've been playing a lot the past several days. Dear hubby's

birthday is on the 19th, a friend of ours in AZ has a birthday on the 24th, and a friend of mine has a birthday on the 20th. On the 25th a grandsons birthday, and I have yet to start his or the friends on the 20th. Whew! I'm tired of just writing how many birthdays there are this month, and that includes mine
on the 21st of this month. I asked my husband wanted he wanted for his birthday, and it basically is the same wish as mine - a long healthy and fun life.
The automobile card was stamped with images from
http://www.heartsintouch.com/, it is a new stamp from Frances Naeve, of Toys for Men, and the ribbon used is some that I purchased
at a convention I've attended in the past. This was an easy card to make as it is all "black and white". I really liked the look of this one, and thank France for the stamp.
The next two cards were made with http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ stamps. The golfer on each of these cards is a new stamp from Della Warr's plate 1008.
The first golfer card I used water color paper. The technique of "huffing" was used to create the vivid colors of ink that I used. I first sprayed the water color paper with a "misting" of water, colored the stamps with my water color pens from Wal Mart, then I "huffed" on the stamps to keep the ink damp enough for me to stamp on to the paper. The background stamp is a couple of different stamps from Della of Inkblocks (now I Brake for Stamps). I'm not sure if she still carries these stamps or not, I'll have to ask her sometime. I added Vellum from Pat Dunbar of http://www.papertemptress.com/ , who I might add has luscious papers that you are "tempted" to purchase no more than half a dozen of each kind...LOL. The words "Happy Birthday" was a stamp from See-D's ( http://www.seedstamps.com/ ) The See-D's stamp is a bit of a challenge for me to use as they are quite thin, but I like the effect of them as you're using them. On the reverse side of this stamp is a "sticky" part that clings to your acrylic stamp, but it also has the word(s) printed on the stamp so you know exactly where you are stamping it, and it isn't upside down (don't ask), or whatever.
The second golfer card is from http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ but this time I stamped it with Memories Black Dye Ink and used clear embossing powder. I masked the area of the golfer so I could stamp the background first, then I later stamped the golfer. I'm still working on getting a better masking effort down. I then decided to color in a "golf course" for a more realistic look. I think I need more practice on this area too. Oh, well, my dh likes it and I'm only partially satisfied, so I guess I'll keep it...LOL. I then placed the completed image onto some copper card stock that I had, which was then affixed to a white card.
Now it's time for my nap so until we meet again..... Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Over on Inky Fun Stampers we have a "Mixed Media Challenge Folder" and this month we are suppose to "Alter a Tin". The tin I chose was this International Cafe Instant Sugar Free Cafe tin. After I chose this my muse left me and for the life of me I couldn't remember what I was going to do with it. Today, it finally hit me what I wanted to do with it.
First off I painted a couple of coats of all white Folk Art Acrylic Paint. I then added some ribbon that I had lying around to the
bottom of the painted tin. I then measured the top of the tin and cut a piece of purple card stock and glued it to the top of the plastic lid. It needed "more" ribbon, so I made a fairly large ribbon bow and attached it to the top. The ribbon has purple flowers on it so I happen to remember seeing butterflies around my purple iris garden, so viola' I added butterflies to the top of the ribbon on one rounded corner and another on the backside. The butterflies are from Heart in Touch's new sheet of stamps #126. I stamped the butterflies on some background papers that I had lying around.
This was a lot more fun to make, and now I've filled it with sugar free candy and will give it to the winner of our "diabetic scrabble" game tomorrow (Thursday, May 14, 2009). The Wellness and Diabetic Support Group sponsored by the Five Star Network meets once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in our Senior Center. I have to be there each month as I was appointed to be head of this group. The members are great and very supportive.
Please enjoy, and have a creative week. Leave a comment if you like this or e-mail me at huffpede@yahoo.com should you have questions.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Every time we have a nice day you'll find me out amongst my flowers, then scrambling to find the time to have some playtime. Yesterday was one of those days. Today we planted a small garden, but I had to finish this card I started yesterday.
I needed some "printed paper" so away I went to my stashes. I picked up one of my folders of paper and low and behold there was a partial piece of Vellum with roses on it. Yippee!!!! This is exactly what I needed. I had already stamped and cut out a butterfly using gold embossing powder, but what to do with it? Aha!!! Put these two together and you have a beautiful card (if I may say so). I attached the vellum with vellum tape and you can't see the tape on the front side so I'm a happy stamper. To me it needed a bit more oomph (technical term), so I punched a hold in the bottom right front side. Outlined the hold with a Krylon Gold pen. Okay, now what to do? Since I have a rose stamp, why not stamp a small rose so it can show through to the front. Yep, that's just what I did plus I stamped Happy Mother's Day inside. NOTE: The rose was stamped and colored in with Roseart Washable Super Tip Markers from Wal Mart. I use the "huffing technique to stamp the image. This was a quick & simple card to make, and now to get it into the post office so it lands where it's going on or before Mother's Day...LOL. I hope you enjoy looking at this art of mine and if you care to, please leave me a note. Thanks for looking.

Friday, April 24, 2009


I am so pleased with some yellow iris that I transplanted and forgot exactly what they looked like. They are so frilly, lacy, and just plain beautiful that I couldn't contain myself by not sharing these photos with you.
Some time today (hopefully) I'll get to play with an Iris stamp I have and try to "copy" what nature gave me. I'll post my results later. Thank you for looking, and its all my pleasure to share with you.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


I've made my mothers day card and for the background I used some of my distressed ink sheets. I think it turned out okay, but it seems a bit bland all done in pinks. What do you think?
ALSO, I've created a "floral" card using a Hearts in Touch stamp "Iris", colored the iris with my Derwent watercolor pencils, and then attached it to a purple card stock, then atop a white card stock, and then to the card itself in purple. It is very "simple" looking, and sometimes simplicity can be very elegant looking, but I think it just needs a bit of something. What would you add?
Thanks for helping me out, and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Yesterday I said I would upload a photo of some "distressed" papers that I made. Well I ended up making four of them. Now what to do with them. I have cut each sheet in quarters and so now I have 16 ready made backgrounds. OMG, I think I should have chosen some brighter colors, but a girl has to use what she has in her stash, right? From left to right they were made by layering distress inks (from Ranger products) on my craft sheet, watering the ink with a mister bottle filled with water (what else...LOL), and then the paper laid atop of this ink mixture. (Next time I'll use more water.) The far right sheet I made by crumpling the card stock first, then running my distress ink pad over this. When I got it the way I thought I wanted it, I then ironed it flat. (At least I did remember to put down some papers over my ironing board so the ink wouldn't get ironed into my ironing pad - whew!) To get to this point I had watched Tim Holtz's demoes and his videos were a great help.
The next photo is of a card that I made with one of the distress ink sheets. I don't think it turned out too bad considering I didn't like the background in the first place, so I'm happy how it turned out. I guess you could say that I was too critical of my own work, but being a type A personality, well sometimes it gets the better of me. The stamp is from Hearts in Touch, and the ink is Violet from Colorbox. The ribbon is some ribbon I had on hand and I colored it to match the card. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Today my husband surprised me with a "gift" he made. I showed him a photo of this heat gun stand and asked if he could make one similar to it for me. He didn't say much at the time, more or less grunted like most husband's do when us wives give them a "hint" that they would like something...LOL He is a master carpenter (retired), so I knew he was up to the task, but when would it get done is another thing. Well today I received my "gift" all painted and ready to use. In the photo it looks as if the heat gun is tilted, which I guess it does look that way, but it does stand perfectly straight up and down if I'm not pulling on the cord. Duh!!! This tool is a good thing (as Martha Stewart would say) as it frees ups my hands. I have experimented with it by making some distress card stock sheets and it really is a beautiful and doable gift. Thank you dear husband.
Later I will show you my distress card stock that I made. I went hog wild and made 4 distress sheets following Tim Holtzs' technique. You can view the technique here: http://www.timholtz.com/vid_distressink.htm Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


I got a chance to play this weekend in my studio. All I wanted to do was to make a card depicting Easter, but I didn't have the "proper" stamps to make what I wanted to convey. The card on the right is what I had floating around under my grey strands for some time now. The photo doesn't do the colors justice, as they are muted colors on some glossy card stock that I had laying around. I gave the inks a half swirl (or curve) to look as if it was a rainbow above the opening of the tomb of where Jesus was buried. The cross is of some brown textured paper (mounted onto card stock for stability) that I had purchased several years ago. In one of our fiber swaps I received this piece of purple ribbon and I attached it to the cross with vellum tape and affixed all of this with foam mounting tape to the glossy card stock. I then affixed the card front to a lavender/purple card stock that I had in my stash and I think it turned out "fairly" well. The words are inked with little stamps that I received in another swap we have had. (Too bad I can't print straight..LOL) The words were mounted onto the card stock with more foam tape. Back to the drawing table for another card similar to this. Enjoy. ( inkyfunstampers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com ) Thank you for taking your time to have a look see.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Yup, we're beginning to have "gentler" rains, as the birds are singing, and my flowers are popping their heads through the soil. I think Spring is Springing. (I can be optimistic...LOL)
The daffodils are about done blooming though, but my tulips are blooming and they are gorgeous. The photo on the left is of a "real" daffodil in my garden. No, the card on the right is Not a real tulip. I try to be creative, but there is no way I could be as creative as He is.
The tulip card was created as follows: 1) I stamped the Hearts in Touch Rubber Stamp ( http://www.heartsintouch.com/ ) image with Memories Black dye ink. (Note: Frances Naeve of HIT has great rubber, prices and good delivery so please tell her Audrey sent you.)
2) It was then embossed with clear embossing powder.
3) I then colored the image with Derwent water color pencils (naples yellow & sap green).
4) This was then affixed to a yellow card stock (unknown).
5) Then I affixed it to a white card stock (unknown).
6) I then glued all of this to the upper right corner of the yellow card.
7) The stamp of words, Spring, I believe came from Hearts in Touch also, and stamped it in the lower right corner.
8) I chose to affix three little flower brads to a ribbon of yellow/white/green, which I glued to the card.
I hope where you live the weather will cooperate and bring some Spring to you. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.


I just had to create another Biker Babe. This time I only used DerWent water color pencils on the image and I think it turned out a bit better. DerWent ( www.acco.co.uk ) water pencils can be purchased at your nearest craft store. (I purchased mine through Dick Blick Art Supplies http://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-watercolor-pencils/ ) The images from I Brake for Stamps Humorous Seniors Full Sheet ( http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com ) are hysterical to say the least, and so very much fun to use. These stamps are very deeply etched so you get a clean and even stamped image every time. When ordering from them, tell Della "...Audrey sent me..." I'm not part of her business, just one happy consumer. NOTE: I can't get over how some of the Memories Embossing Ink "shines" as if it has "lights" to it. Well, back to my creative table, enjoy my art, and thanks for looking. Y'all come back now.

Monday, March 30, 2009


Today I found myself making another "funny" card. This is a belated birthday card for my niece who rides (as a passenger) on her husband's motorcycle. They have traveled most of the United States on a bike and they love when the wind is blowing through their hair (helmet). I can say I was on a motorcycle a couple of times, and thank you very much I want to have four wheels under my sit me down. With cars racing by you and you see the edge of the road getting closer and closer, well let's just say I'm a real scary cat. I think she'll get a huge kick out of this card and can hardly wait to give it to her.
Here is the how to of creating it.
1) I stamped the image on white card stock (unknown). The image is from I Brake For Stamps http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ with Memories Black dye ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
2) I colored the image with the RoseArt Washable Super Tip Markers that I purchased from Wal Mart some time ago.
3) I used a Krylon Silver Pen and "painted with a brush" the forks of the bike as well as the spokes of the bike .
4) When finished I mounted it onto some deep red card stock (unknown) and then onto a white bit of card stock.
5) This was all mounted onto a deep red card stock.
6) I had some white ribbon, called Bobbin Ribbon, with little bits of black running on both sides of it, so I affixed some silver brads on it. (Reminded me of the roadways.)
7) Viola' another funny card made and it sure makes me giggle again.
Enjoy my attempt at our rubber stamping art. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


A great gal sent me a joke today and I've been laughing all day long. So keeping in the spirit of laughter and to do a funny birthday swap for Inky Fun Stampers inkyfunstampers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com I chose a stamp from I Brake For Stamps http://www.ibrakeforstamps.com/ . This is how I made the card:
1) I chose a creamy white glossy card stock from the Paper Temptress
2) With a brayer I brayered Toile Pink Palette Hybrid Ink from Stewart Superior http://www.stewartsuperior.com/ onto the glossy card stock;
3) I used my heat gun to make sure the ink was dry;
4) With a water mister I misted the inked card stock with water;
5) Once misted I applied Interference Blue & Interference Red Perfect Pearls (from Ranger) with a brush;
6) Misted the card stock again with water;
7) I then blotted with a paper towel to dry.
8) I chose a darker pink card stock to back my image (paper unknown)
9) On white card stock I stamped my image from I Brake For Stamps; (The words are from I Brake from Stamps also)
10) I colored the image with Roseart Washable Super Tip Markers ( http://www.roseart.com/ ). I believe I purchased these at a Super Wal Mart since I couldn't afford the "real" copic markers.
11) Affixed a light pink ribbon onto the card, and viola' a giggle for this evening as well.
You can't tell from the photo, but the card is all shimmery. Okay, I'm off to make another of these cards and I'm hoping you'll try this also. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Other than a few things that I "had" to get done around my home, I basically closed myself in my studio and proceeded to create some cards for a couple of the swaps on Inky Fun Stampers group. We have a lot of fun on Inky Fun so I'm hoping you'll follow this link to join us and have some fun, share art, and swap cards. What you waiting for?
Here are two of the cards that I created today. I've had the paper and card stock lying around for some time now, and I can't even remember where I got it...duh!!! The card on the left is made with a 1) Hearts in Touch photo stamp ( http://www.heartsintouch.com/ ). 2) I colored some of the image with chalks from Craf-T Products ( http://www.craf-tproducts.com/ ). 3) I then applied Krylon Workable Fixatif. You can purchase this at your craft store &/or at a Lowe's or Home Depot. The Fixatif makes it so that the chalk won't rub off. Yippee!!! 4) I affixed a light pink ribbon and bow to the card. 5) I embellished the ribbon with a "faux metal" stamped image of scissors. The image also comes from the Hearts in Touch line. You can see the faux metal tutorial at the following ink.
It was a fun to make this card as I haven't played with any Hearts in Touch stamps for some time. You know the reason for this if you've been following my blog.
The card on the right was made with unknown 1) blue and peach papers. 2) The lime green paper is really a large paint chip that I've had laying around, but they all seemed to want to go together. I hear voices talking to me when I'm creating...bawaaaahahaha!!! 3) The stamped image is a Stampin Up image from their "Not so short notes" series. (I don't know where I got these stamps, but I do know they are "old" ones as they have been lying around in one of my drawers for years, sorry to say. 4) I affixed a punched out "squiggle" (technical term) on the left hand side. 5) I then placed three flowers with matching centers (of the card backgrounds) on the lower right. 6) It seemed like it needed something more so I found a punched out butterfly embellishment, and viola' another card made.
The ink that I used in both of these cards was Memories Black dye ink, and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I hope you enjoy looking at both of my creations and will come back for another visit. Have a creative day, and leave a note if you care to. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


It's a stormy rainy day here in Arkansas and my daughter and her family are off visiting my son-in-laws family in another town, so I had this afternoon just to play - I should say "finish" my Tim Holtz Air Splatter Technique cards. Tim's technique is quite easy, and the results are fantabulous. (My how to is in the following March 21, 2009 entry.)
In the card with the "bird and flowers" I used See-D's stamps by inque boutique and their stamping info can be found at http://www.inqueboutique.com/ . I used Memories black dye ink pad with black embossing powder (unknown maker). I didn't have the "archival" ink that Tim said to use, hence the black embossing powder on top of the black dye ink to make sure it came out dark. Most of which it did - got to get some archival ink...LOL. I then attached a white organza ribbon & bow.
The "Celebrate" card was done in the same fashion and using the same floral stamp by See-D's. The word Celebrate is a stamp by Clear Expressions by Hampton Art (#C84231) and can be found at http://www.hamptonart.com/ .
Enjoy my attempt at our art, and thanks for looking.

Saturday, March 21, 2009


WOW, time sure has a way of flying by when you get on your hands and knees (not only to pray), but to work out amongst your flower beds. Since the ice storm we have been taking time out each day to not only thank the dear Lord for our blessings, but also to weed, plant flowers, and we even put up some chicken wire (tech. term) to keep our towns favorite pets (deer) out of the flowers they so love to munch on.
Yesterday I took some time out for me. I went into my studio and was looking around on Tim Holt's "demo" site ( http://www.timholtz.com/demos.html ) to see what was new that I could try. Since time seemed to be escaping me as I watched his video, I sat about to give his "Air Splatter" technique a try. It is so simple and the colors that I used makes this card front look like a "celebration" card.
The how to is as follows: 1) I used only three (plain) Alcohol Inks (not the AI Brights he used). I used pesto, butterscotch and red pepper. 2) The can of air that I used is called Air Duster by Fellowes (www.fellowes.com) and yes I did use the little straw that came with the can. [Note to myself: Next time I may use a larger straw &/or no straw at all.] 3) Glossy card stock I received from Patricia Dunbar (http://www.papertemptress.com) This card stock is to die for with its rich, creamy, shimmery, & glossy look to it, and it is so easy to use and it gives you that "Pop" look. 4) As in Tim's video, I dropped several drops of the AI on the card stock. 5) immediately gave a couple very light quick shots of air, and viola' splatters. Absolutely gorgeous if I may say so (patting oneself on the back and grinning from ear to ear).
That's all I've done so far as my gardening and housework is calling out to me. We have had several home showings this week by our realtor, so I'd better get busy and get my studio back in shape, just in case of another showing. Thanks for looking and if you care to please leave a note.

Friday, March 6, 2009


The ice storm is gone, and we're hoping for good. Today it was in the 70's, with the beautiful sun shining brightly. The birds were singing, my flowers are growing, and yes we were outside playing. Today was a pretty good day as I even took our little doggie for a walk, met some of my neighbors along the way, and stopped for some chatter. Upon arrival back home I felt good enough to re-rake our yard. I say "re-rake" as with some gusts of wind we ended up with several piles of leaves in our back yard. This wouldn't have been worth mentioning except our kids from Iowa came down and had our yard looking in pristine shape. They worked their butts off with raking, hauling limbs and sticks (from the storm) out of our yard, and helping my niece and nephew cut down damaged cedar trees. Once the trees were cut down, they sawed off limbs as my niece wants the logs, drug the limbs to the front driveway so they could haul them off to the dumping site. Our yards looked so nice, except you still don't want to walk under the trees as there are huge limbs just hanging by threads of wood, and well you wouldn't live long enough to tell what happened if they fell on you. We are so very thankful for our Iowa kids, as we don't know what we would have done without them. They sure are workaholics, but very lovable ones. As I mentioned before, the yards looked great until the gusts of wind blew in leaves, so now we'll have to re-rake and pick up the sticks and limbs that have fallen - again. Oh, well it keeps Ed and I out of the taverns...LOL. I do want to apologize for not posting any art, but with the yard work my art sure has suffered. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for us, and for hanging in there. Love to you all.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


The poem "Trees" came into my thoughts with these photos. I really feel sad for all of the trees, as there was at least 3 inches of ice on them. You could "hear" them groan with the weight, and some of them just gave up their weighted branches, which gave us some clean up to do. Some days, when the sun was shining, we saw some spectacular ice shows with the ice looking like crystals; absolutely beautiful.
The worst part of all of this beauty/destruction, it left us without power for over 10 days. We tried heating our home with just our wood burning fireplace, and closing ourselves in to just our family room. We stapled plastic up to the doorways, then covered that with heavy duty blankets to keep out the cold from the other rooms. That was working somewhat, until the temperatures dipped to below 19 degrees outside at night, and our poor fireplace just couldn't emit enough heat. We also were running a gas generator to keep our freezer running so we wouldn't loose all of our food. For our cooking facilities we used our gas grill for cooking, and the plate on the side of the grill to keep us with hot water. Again, this was all working, until it got too cold for us to stay there.
We then went to our neighbors who had propane heat in their home, along with a Coleman camping stove to cook on, and we ate by battery lamp light, and went to sleep at the unGodly time of 7-8:00 p.m. We took food from our freezers &/or went to the deli to buy lunch meat sandwiches. We were so very fortunate for our neighbors that we can't thank them enough for their hospitality.
After a couple of nights with our neighbors, we then decided that we should try moving back home to give everyone their much needed space. This decision was okay for the moment, but.... We had lit a fire in our fireplace and were feeling all cozy warm, when we heard this "whirring" sound - yep - we had a chimney fire. My dh quickly closed down the fireplace while I ran next door to use their phone (our phone line was down and we couldn't use our cell phone due to overload) to call the volunteer fire department. In minutes they responded, but dh had the fire out - thank God. Whilst the firemen were there, they cleared the street of fallen trees and limbs just in case we needed them again &/or the first responders. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night while feeding the fireplace so it didn't cause another fire.
About that time, I received a call from my niece that they were on their way back from visiting in FL. I told her to turn around and stay in FL where she could be warm, and told her of what we were going through. She and our nephew decided to stop and buy a kerosene heater, some kerosene, and some gas, and bring it to us. Thank God for them, as then we could have some heat again. Well the temperature again decided to turn bitterly cold, so we decided to move in to our nieces home in which they had full power and heat.
Several days of living with them, we got a call from our neighbor that the electricity had been turned on again. That seemed like a blessing to all, but we couldn't have the power on as our meter box had been pulled from our house and that had to require an electrician to fix before we could have power. So another night away from our home, but the next day we moved back home, lit the kerosene heater to bring up the house temperature (took the better part of the day), so our furnace didn't run all day long - good thinking on our part...LOL.
So now we are safe and sound with heat and lights - WRONG. 24 hours later the electricity went off for another 8 hours, and the outside temperature was in the 60's - so what now? Well we cooked outside that day, and then rejoiced that the electric was on before nightfall. We are still singing the praises of our Lord that we are safe, that we had such gracious neighbors and a very thoughtful niece and nephew, and that we are home safe and sound.....for the moment.
I know you have had some harrowing winter tales to tell, and I do hope you'll share them. Thank you for looking and reading.

Saturday, January 24, 2009


Its been quite awhile since I posted, but I do have a really great "excuse" for not doing it...LOL Between my having the shingles and being in quite a bit of pain, and then finding out that my dh is so very ill with a very progressive disease, I haven't felt like creating. Over on Inky Fun Stampers ( http://groups.yahoo.com/group/inkyfunstampers/ ) we have a Mixed Media Challenge of "Trash to Treasure", and well being the list owner I just had to try the challenge to get my mind occupied. I started out with an empty cereal box, now you know what I eat for breakfast...LOL. The following is how I did it:

1) Measure down 1" from the top flaps to make "handles";

2) Make a 3" circle by measuring 2" from either side;

3) Make the circle and then make "marks" 1" around circle; 4) After you have all of your measurements marked, then remove the flaps;
5) Cut on the marks that you made previously, and cut out the circle;
6) Measure around the outside of the box and then cut wrapping paper to fit having an 1/2" overlap in the width, and 1" overlap at length (bottom to top - you can always cut away the extra paper if need be);

7) Cut a hole in wrapping paper that is approximately 1/2 the size of the 3" circle for the "handles" (if you use a "light" you will see where to cut);

8) Finish making all of the cuts, then glue (I used spray adhesive) the wrapping paper to the box being sure to "line up" the holes;

9) Cut slits in the wrapping paper around the circle (this is to give you a smooth look for the handles).

10) Glue and fold the "slit paper" to the inside of the handle parts;
11) On the bottom of the box, fold up the paper to make a nice "seam" and glue or tape in place;

12) To make a more "finished" look, I cut a 2" wide strip of wrapping paper to glue to the inside of the box to "cover" up the "slit paper" remains;

13) Then stuff the inside of the box with tissue paper and place a small gift (or cards) inside.

Viola' you are finished and have used some "trash" to make a "treasure".

I do hope you will try this yourself, and then post your creativity here. Thanks for looking.