Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Our 50th Wedding Anniversary

September 2nd 1967 Dave and I walked down the isle and I can't believe that in just a few days we will have been married 50 YEARS!

It has been an amazing time being married to this wonderful man.  He is patient beyond belief, caring and full of love.

During our 50 years together, we had two children, our daughter Amy and our son Aaron, who seem to have inherited the best of both of us and they in turn have given us 5 beautiful grandchildren.  Maggie (just off to college), Luke, Ella, Aidan and Ava. 

Dave and I are taking a driving trip to Monterey and Carmel California, which is where we honeymooned 50 years ago.  Bet we notice a few changes since then.

This is the card I made for Dave, I hope he likes it (except for the fancy font I used to create the verse for the card front, he does not like "fancy fonts"), he is an engineer he says and we don't use Fancy hard to read.  Think I will print out the verse in Calibri and hand it to him at dinner along with the card!!! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Alana's Birthday

Tomorrow is my beautiful daughter-in-laws birthday.  We are so lucky to have her in our lives.  My son chose well!

I think I am craving blue ocean waters because this card and the last one I made definitely have all the colors of the sea.

Alana's card is mostly digitally put together with several watercolor lily pad images, but I did use the clear Wink of Stella and the Sakura Stardust Meteor Gelly Roll pens (the blue one) to highlight the birthday sentiment I made in one of my favorite "dramatic" fonts, "Before the Rain".  The pretty glittery effect on the card isn't showing up in the picture though.

I backed the front panel with a coordinating paper and with pop dots adhered that panel to the card front.

Happy Birthday Alana Marie!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Mother's 91st Birthday!

Well I haven’t posted as you can see in a very long time, but today I have a special reason.
It’s the occasion of my Mother’s 91st Birthday.

I am her first born, so it’s not just that I am more than a little biased, and I am, but she has been and is a wonderful role model, full of love and support, not just for me but every member of the family.  She makes us all feel special and very much loved. 

And to this day, she still “makes” each of us a homemade greeting card for every occasion throughout the year.  She always has the last word when we are saying goodbye, and it's always like this:  "I love you mama", to which she replies, "I love you more".  Every time.

So this card is for her.

Happy 91st Birthday Mama, we love you more than you’ll ever know.

This is her card…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Eat, Drink & Be Scary!"


What’s Halloween without a cool vampire I ask, love his sophistication, you know…sipping “blood” out of a crystal wine glass!  This is a free image from Dobrosav BOB Zivkovic.  Got him all shadded and sparkled.  This was a colored image but the color wasn’t very vibrant when I printed it out, so added some depth with my Copic markers.  The fun sentiment is a freebie digi and I thought it worked perfectly with our thirsty guest here, and yes…the spider makes another return.  Freaky!

The Skeleton Poem


This really cute guy is a stamp from Stampendous called Skeleton Poem, love this dapper guy.  Stamped him using black ink and then Sakura Clear Star glitter pen to trace his image.  Love how those “bones” stand out.  His hat has a “Glossy Accents” shine on it.  He is layered up on Halloween DP and a Spellbinders fence die cut was added for interest using black glitter paper.  You might notice that black glittered spider is still following me, this time he sits atop a bow of sparkly fibers.

"When Witches Go Riding & Black Cats Are Seen"...

This card is made of several digi images and a fun Halloween greeting that I made on the computer.  Love those Halloween fonts.  The colorful cats image is backed by that great greenish yellow moon with all the bats flying and is also a free digi.  Added the black glitter paper Boo die piece from Serendipity and layered that all onto Halloween DP from my stash and lots of Sakura Clear Star.  Very easy card.



This cute Pumpkin Pile image is by Laurie Furnell.  Added some Stickles and shading and then fussy cut and attached it to a Spellbinders lattice die cut and sprayed with a glitter spray.  Added the Spellbinders fence die using a glittery black cardstock and the Boo die from Serendipity.  That pesky black spider makes another return to my card…think he is following me!



This fun image by Laurie Furnell was too cute to pass up.  I added the “RIP” by hand plus a little shading and of course my Clear Star glitter pen.  I found this cute BOO die cut from Serendipity along with lots of fun stamps during their amazing sale a few weeks ago.  Can’t pass on free shipping and a sale!  Anyway, I cut the BOO from black glitter paper and also punched the spider from a Punch Bunch punch from the same black paper.


A Happy Halloween "Hoot"


I couldn’t pass this image up.  That owl perched on a limb in front of a big orange harvest moon with bats flying all around caught my eye.  Added a little shading, a big scary spider creeping toward the owl and a little sparkle via my Sakura Clear Star glitter pen and it was done.  Backing papers are all from my stash.

Frankie says "Trick or Treat"

I found this cute Halloween digi out in cyber land by Gloria West and knew one of my Grandson’s would get a tickle out of it. It was pre-colored so didn’t take much, a creepy spider all glittered up and my Sakura Clear Star pen to highlight.  The backing papers are from my Halloween stash.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Sending Love and Sympathy


My dear sister-in-law lost her battle with cancer, but through it all she kept her spirit, strength, sparkle and her wonderful smile.
I wanted to use a floral image, because she loved flowers and I didn’t want it to be without bling because she loved sparkle. 

So for this very special card I used a digi image and colored it up and added glitter to a few of the flower petals and to the leaves.  I created the sentiment on the computer.  There is a beautiful silver glitter paper that backs the focal layer and sparkles like crazy, just like she did.
I think she would have liked this card.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Winter Wishes


I am entering this card in the Mod Squad "Sweet Tooth" challenge.  They have some gorgeous cards over there and a Starbucks gift card for the winner. 

 This very warm, inviting, hot cup of delicious, chocolaty cocoa is a free digi that I had to do very little to.  A little extra color to the mug and diamond stickles to the snowflake, candy cane, and froth.  Definitely out of the box Christmas card colors, for me anyway.  The Winter Wishes sentiment is from a GinaK Christmas duo called Snowman Wishes.  Definitely early for Christmas  for me since I am a last minute card maker…usually.

Happy Holidays!


This card is for Lee’s “Sweet Tooth” challenge at Mod Squad.  How yummy does that sound.  Can’t wait to see all the “delicious” delights that await…in the form of a card of course.

 For this card I used Meljen’s Holly Cupcake digi image.   Perfect for Lee’s Sweet Tooth challenge.  Colored it up and added lots of Diamond Stickles and a Tim Holtz Snowflake embossing folder and a few pearls.  The sentiment is a GinaK Christmas duo called Ornamental Holiday.

Thank you for the delicious challenge Lee!

Birthday Pie


This card is for Lee’s “Sweet” challenge over at ModSquad.  How yummy does that sound.  Can’t wait to see all the “delicious” delights that await over there…in the form of a card of course.

For this card I used a Meljen’s digi image that I’ve had for a very long time and for some reason had never used.  I found it while scrolling through my digi’s and thought this would work perfectly for Lee’s Sweet challenge.  As I almost always prefer pie to cake, this is the one I chose.  I created the greeting above the pie image.  Got it all colored up and if you look real hard you can see the glitter from my Sakura Clear Star pen.  Added some sequins and pretty pink enamel dots that I perched atop of the ribbon and that was that.

 Thank you for the delicious challenge Lee!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Oh Fig!


Oh Fig!
Well hello from the “High Desert of Central Oregon”!  My craft space is workable finally and I have a card to share with you.  I love figs and have been nurturing two fig trees that I have in two large pots for 3 years and this year they are loaded with fruit.  My worry here is that the nights are getting cooler and I’m afraid they may not ripen.  OH NO!  This is my first card since the big move back in June and it took me most of the day to do this very simple card, I made one that was colored in…didn’t like it and finally settled on this style to use the pretty Figs and Pomegranates stamp set from Flourishes.  I have figs on the brain.  Unfortunately that didn’t translate to well to the card stock.  I think somewhere along the way in this big move, my mojo took a left turn and I took the path to the right, hopefully my mojo and I will go full circle and reconnect soon.  I am entering this card in the Mod Squad challenge, the theme is fruit or harvest and I'm hoping to harvest these figs shortly, there are some gorgeous entries over there you should check out.

Anyway it’s good to be back.
I had some pretty fall papers from Graphic45 and watercolor paper that I stamped the fig images on using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and traced the images with Sakura Clear Star, added the green stones for accent. 

Thank you all for checking in on me from time to time, I am so fortunate to be surrounded by such talented caring ladies.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A quick note...

Hello to all of my talented friends out there in blog land!

Dave and I are finally getting settled and I have the time now to start work on my crafting area and am going to need all the creative support I can get to figure out how to put all of my stamping stuff into a much smaller area...Yikes!

I have so missed making cards and can't wait to get at it again and can't believe I am about to share this with you, but... I've even had to purchase cards a few times in the last three months!  Absolutely awful!!!

Hope you are having a beautiful summer filled with fun and creativity and look forward to joining you all in that.

My best to you,

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I was able to get a Mother's Day card made for my precious 87 year old Mother before packing the craft room to take to storage.  So bye bye craft room for awhile.

For this card I used the new digi image from Power Poppy called Gerbera Daisy (isn't it pretty) and illustrated by the talented Marcella Hawley.  I tried a new technique (to me anyway) of adding color to the image using MS Word.  How fun and love the look, a nice change of pace.  The sentiment is lovely too and is from Pink Petticoat and called Lovely Mum sentiments.  I was able to change the color of the greeting to match the flower color.  Colored the image lightly with Copics and then added stickles to the blossoms for some sparkle and it was done.  I am having an issue with seems to wrinkle the paper/cardstock and it's very hard to get it flattened.  Even with using my heat tool lightly on the reverse side.  I used "tons" of pop dots so that it would lay somewhat flat on the card front, with some success. 



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Moving Update...


Just a note to let you know I/we haven’t fallen off the turnip truck somewhere and disappeared. 
And now for the house/moving update:
Lots of purging and cleaning and trying very hard to make a wet damp spring in Oregon and our yard look nice.  Sometimes the two don’t go hand in hand, but we are pleased with the outcome.
Got all of our pre-work done for getting a realtor
Got a realtor
A sign was put in the front yard saying “coming soon”
Two days later…well before it hit the market…it sold
A quick trip to look for a new place to live
Found place on day two
Have to be out of our house June 4th, 5:00PM
Nervous breakdowns…ha, ha…no time for that!
I needed a break, so Monday I played in the craft room and did get a birthday card made.  It was a refreshing respite for sure.
So that’s it from here for awhile.  Hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying your spring.  Have enjoyed your blogs and cards along the way too.  It’s nice to know creativity still flows out there.
Still enjoying my glass of wine, just not in the craft room and hope again soon in a new craft area, I can relax a little and once again be "Happy as a clam in white wine butter sauce"!



Birthday Wishes


This card highlights the pretty lemon cluster image from Flourishes called Life Love Lemons (not sure this is still available) and was illustrated by Marcella Hawley and one of my favorite birthday sentiments from Theresa Momber’s stamp set at GinaK Designs, StampTV, called Elegant Florals.  I stamped the image using Memento’s Gray Flannel ink and colored it with Copic markers.  The background paper was made using a background stamp from JustRite stamps called Dotted Fronds, which as it happens is just one of many stamps that I won from a blog hop in January from the very talented Sharon Harnist.  I used a stamp pad from VersaMagic chalk inks called Key Lime to ink up that pretty background stamp.  Cut the focal image out using two sizes of oval dies from Die-namics called Pierced Oval Stax, love the pierced look.  I inked all around the oval on the image piece using the same ink that I used for the background stamp.  Used dimensionals to pop the images and a little ribbon from my stash to complete.  I had a pearl in the center of the flower, but as luck would or wouldn't have it is not in the picture.  Found it a little later attached to my finger, it was so tiny I didn't notice!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thinking of you and smiling


I needed to add a thank you card to my card stash and the Flourishes stamp set Birds and Vines, illustrated by Marcella Hawley came to mind, it’s such a pretty set.  I stamped part of the largest vine on paper from my stash using Memento Potters Clay  and then with a Copic marker of the same color, colored in just a few of the leaves.  The “white” flower tops were made using a white Sukura pen.  I used this pretty sentiment from GinaK, called Elegant Florals and illustrated by Theresa Momber, I really love the sentiments in this set.  Added a Martha punched border and some pearls to finish.  Think I’d like to try this again but use a more pastel color palette.

Wishing you all a fun Friday and a wonderful weekend ahead.

Cheers, my friends!!!