Sunday, August 22, 2010


I finally got busy and tried again in creating my grandsons
wedding card.  (The brown is from my dining room table.) After making this card I still have yet to make the wedding shower card. Well, I'd better get busy, but the following is how I did this card.

I did several things to the card - I colored the background with ink and a rolled over some screen material.  I then ran it through my Wizard with a cuttle bug folder (leaves).  Then I ran the arch type die (side dies) (floral borders) through my Wizard and punched out the pieces and placed them on the background paper about 1/2 inch in on both sides.  I then used a HIT (Hearts in Touch) stamp to stamp the flowers atop and placed them over the arch dies.  I then stamped a couple (from a miscellaneous stamp company), cut them out, and then placed them on the background being sure to place them so they looker further back.   The roses were colored an off white with my DerWent water color pencils and there were some daisies that I colored yellow with a brown center, also with my water color pencils. 

Thanks for stopping by, and please do leave a comment.  Until next time....

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


We received a wedding invitation to one of our grandson's wedding this next month.  To the right "may be" the card that I give to them - not sure I like the looks of it..  Their invitation came on a background of dark brown card stock, with cream card stock as the invite.  Then there was gold trim and brown writing, so I thought I would try to follow the theme of the invitation.

For the background of my card, I used the "faux" metal technique that I learned from one of the blogs that I follow - You cut a piece of metallic glossy card stock to the size you wish to use, ink up your stamp with Versa Mark, stamp the image on your card stock, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, and heat until clear.  The stamp I used is a flourish from Clear Stamps by rhonna farrer - I think I purchased this at a Hobby Lobby or Michaels???  I then took some dark brown card stock to frame my handwriting "..on your wedding day.." which was on cream colored card stock.  I liked that look so I stamped the couple (stamp from Hearts In Touch ) with brown ink from Memories and embossed it with clear embossing powder on cream card stock and mounted it on the dark brown card stock.  I then took these pieces and mounted them with Art Institute Glitter glue ( ) to the faux metallic card stock.  Before mounting all of this to cream colored card stock, I placed three antique gold brads at the upper left corner.  

Like I said, "maybe" this will be the card as I'm not to thrilled with a card that is suppose to be a "wedding card", so I'll be making more wedding cards and then choose the one I really like, but I will be using their invitation colors.    Thank you for stopping by, leave a comment if you care, and do come back again. 

Sunday, August 8, 2010


I knew that I was going to make a "nice" card for my swap partner of "hummingbirds" in Inky Fun Stampers  group swap, but what I didn't know was how long it would take me and the happenings that made it so hard to do.

The stamp is from Inkadinkado ( ) which I purchased from Hobby Lobby  ( in Jonesboro AR.  It is a "sketch drawing" stamp is how it is described on the brochure.  

I colored the flowers first with DerWent water color pencils that I purchased from JoAnns while living in AZ and I chose to do them in a light purple/blueish color.  I then colored the leaves, and the colored in blue with the watercolor pencils, and at this point there were no problems...
After deciding to cut away the "extra" markings I then cut the whole image out and placed it upon white card stock.  Well this was the first "hard" thing I did with more to follow.  I knew I wanted to have this show through a type of opening, so I got out my circle cutter and a cut circle around my stamped image.  Well this was problem number two as then the image was too big for the card stock I had chosen.  Well, the stamped image area was quite large and I couldn't cut it down, so what to do.  I tried cutting out a hole to place in the stamped image behind the opening, but I didn't have the right size of cutter, so I just gave up and glued it down with my glue (Art Institute Glitter glue at ) on a larger card the same color I started out with.

By this time I was out of the mood in trying to be perfect and creative and knowing full well it was lacking something - but what?  I reached for my "peel offs" that I received from a friend in England and viola' it came together.  I really like the finished project, and I sure hope my partner liked it as well. 

Please enjoy my endeavors at art this past week, and stop by again.


The photo to the right is a card that I did for a friend who's brother
was  having a wedding anniversary.  She happened to be in my
studio when she spotted these two stamps from I Brake For Stamps
( ) of motorcycle riders.  She started laughing and said..."Please make this card for my brother and sister-in-law who ride Harley's.  They'll get such a kick out of the card".  I told her
as long as they held me "harmless" I would.  The tree stamps came from
Hearts in Touch ( ) and I Brake for Stamps
(listed above).  The word stamp came from 7gypsies of which I purchased from JoAnn's ( ) when I was in Iowa.  The trees were stamped using colored ink, and the motorcyclists were colored using DerWent water color pencils that I purchased from Michaels while living in AZ. 

I really laughed, giggled and enjoyed making this card for her, and I hope you enjoy looking at it.  Please leave a comment if you care to, and stop by again. 


To right are is a card that I made for swap on Inky Fun Stampers  
( ) I used my Spellbinders Nestability ( ) for the fish and hook.  I used a Cuttlebug Folder ( ) for the plaque the fish is mounted on.  I colored the fish and hook with Prismacolor pencils ( ) and the plaque was colored with chalk ( ).  The fishing pole is a stamp from Hearts in Touch ( ).  I placed some fine silver wire (32 gauge) from the fishing pole to the hook
and passing it under the mounted fish.  All was then mounted on light turquoise card stock.  The word stamp "Happy Birthday" is from 7gypsies that I purchase from JoAnn's ( ) while visiting in Iowa. 

The photo of cards above right were mailed out as "thank you"  cards to some friends of mine. I had some card stock that I had played with different colors of ink.  I was attempting a rainbow pattern with these inks.  The stamps are from Hampton Art ( ).  I really enjoyed thinking outside of the box to create not only the rainbow effect, but also the different styles of cards that I made.  I hope all enjoyed the cards I made for them.

Please leave a comment if you care to.  Enjoy and here's hoping you'll come by and visit again.


I've been creating all week long.  In fact I was using my Spellbinders Wizard and Nestabilities  ( and had quite a few scraps left over.  To the right is only "some" of the cards that I made today.  The card on the left (with the horse) stamp came from I Brake for Stamps ( ).  I stamped the horse image on white card stock and then stamped the head image on orange colored card stock and layered it all onto the yellow background of the "scrap" of white and orange Nestability.  The word stamp I masked from the whole of the stamp that came from I Brake For Stamps also.  This too was layered upon white and orange card stock.  All was then placed onto a black card.

The card on the right is basically done the same way, but I'm sorry I don't have the name of the stamp company that made the southwest pot.  (I believe it came from Taylor Art and purchased this from a stamp store [that is out of business now] while living in Mesa AZ.)  The word stamp was masked from a stamp by Hampton Art ( )  I affixed the word stamp by slitting both sides near the yellow card stock and placing orange dotted ribbon through the slits.  All of this was layered upon a brown card.

Please enjoy and leave a comment  if you care to.  Thank you for looking and come again.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


I have to apologize to one and all for not updating my blog site since February.  Oh my goodness, what I've been up to you wouldn't really want to know.  Here is a "brief" summary of what has been happening in my world. 

In April my husband and I traveled to Iowa to visit our kids there, and for him to be checked out at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Clinic.  He received his new glasses and he received his new hearing aides.  After having a marvelous visit with the kids, and celebrating his 80th birthday, we traveled on to Indiana to visit with kids there.  My husband then had knee surgery on April 21st at the St. Joseph Hospital in South Bend, IN.  We stayed with our youngest daughter for the following month for him to receive excellent physical therapy and for us to celebrate our birthdays which are only 2 days apart.

We came home to Arkansas to find that our home needed much attention to.  The veggie and flower gardens were really in need of some TLC, as well as the lawns.  A friend of ours was watering our gardens in between the rain showers that she said we had, and with her help the gardens thrived right along with the weeds.  We have come to the conclusion that to be gone from  home that long sure isn't conducive to our health.  It seems we work harder and longer when we come back from "vacations" and that really wears on a person of our ages. 

After all of that work, I have been canning and freezing veggies and fruits for this coming winter.  Today for instance I canned 11 pints of peaches, and it was probably the hottest day of the year thus far.  What was I thinking when I bought those beauties, especially when I was on a roll of creating.  Oh when will I wise up.  I promise to try and post more often and my goal is to post at least once a week. 

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back really soon as I will be posting photos of some of the creations that I have created for you to enjoy.  Y'all come back ya hear.