Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hang Out

I usually don't do too many cutesy cards, but these two stamp sets from Clearly Besotted were just too adorable. They are I've got your back and Cheeky monkey.

I made up a half dozen cards to send to my  friends that I have missed meeting up with during my last visit to California.  I think they are silly and unexpected cards, and should bring smiles to their faces.

Hubs and I will be apart for our anniversary this year, so he surprised me with these today.  He has been sending and bringing me flowers for the entirety of our relationship, more than 12 years now. 

The roses stay downstairs, it is cooler there.  For my crafty space upstairs he brought me some beautiful big yellow daisies.  I love that man, I am a lucky gal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hubs and I spent the early part of  May in Florida, for a seminar he attended.  Not only did he get educational credits, but also a cold.  You know how this ends, right...a week later I had it too. Fortunately I was only down 3-4 days.  His stayed with him a good 10.

My other distraction lately is our neighbor cat Cookie.  She has run from me at every overture for the past 3 years.  Suddenly this spring she decided we might be able to be friends. 

She is a sweet little calico that was a rescue.  Our neighbors are well aware of her visits; she comes by several times a day and will stay for 10 to 30 minutes at a time.  She particularly likes to visit my crafty space, it has so many things to explore.  When she is tired, she'll sneak into the bedroom to take a nap.

I am heading out to California to visit my Dad and cat sit for him while he visits family in Iowa.  I will be gone for most of the month of June.  I have pre made cards to post while I am gone, as my supplies will be limited while I am out there, and there will be lots of socializing to catch up on.

I intended to join in on a challenge, but missed the deadline.  I rather like the card and so I am posting it anyway. 

Copic coloring, which I will be practicing during my spare moments on the west coast, the stamp is from Technique Tuesday - Pansy. There is a bit of a glitter strip down the right side. It matches better IRL.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll be popping in on you throughout the month to see what you are up to!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Florals and Gold

Ya count me in on this week's Muse #166. Tracey had created a lovely card with florals and a gold embossed sentiment.  I loved her design and used it as my jumping off point.

I needed two thank you's and I decided to make another similar one.  

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Tracey's  Lovely Muse Card:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Happy Birthday

Hi Crafters!

This card is going to a blogging friend.  I am fairly sure she likes flowers -- because she makes gorgeous flower cards. Check out her blog here.

I had piles of ink pads all over my desk in completing this card.  The multi stamped flowers are often difficult for me to line up, but I have decided -- they don't need to be perfect!  And, some actually are made NOT to line up perfectly.

So on to the card:

Happy Birthday Betty!  I hope you have a fabulous day spent with those you enjoy and I hope the year to come provides you with fabulous adventures.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps-Wplus9 Free Hand Florals & dies,   SFJ- Honeycomb, PTI Happy Birthday
Inks - Hero Arts ( Pool,  Green Hills, Green Leaf, Soft Vanilla, old passion flower, Raspberry Jam, Bubble gum)  Simon Says Stamp (Sunshine, Orange Peel, Fog) Versamark
Wow -Silver Pearl Embossing Powder
Heavy Vellum - Stampin Up
DCWV - Glitter paper
PPP clear 4 mm sequins
Die- MFT Crossstitched rectangles

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Just for You

On of the ladies I craft with on Tuesday, has a birthday today.  Of course I had to make her a card.
I stamped the sentiment on vellum and then fussy cut it out to layer it on top of the stamped images.

Wplus9 Free Hand Florals
Inks - Hero Arts ( Pool, Soft Pool, Green Hills, Green Leaf, Soft Vanilla, old passion flower, Raspberry Jam, Bubble gum)  Simon Says Stamp (Sunshine) Versamark
Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder
Heavy Vellum - Stampin Up
Heidi Swap Color Shine - Gold

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pretty Peonies

Hello, to all you Moms, Pet Moms and Step-Moms I hope you are enjoying a wonderful Mother's Day filled with family and good times.


This WPLUS9 stamp set is a favorite, even though my learning curve using it has been long and slow.  Last summer I finally used it nicely as a watercolored bloom, you can see that card here.  I have been stymied using inks. Since my first few attempts I have added some more pink tones to my ink pad collection.

I love the combination I ended up using.  

I had stamped so many flowers I had some left over, I made a second card. (Note: wait for the inks to dry and settle in if you use dye inks, you'll have a better idea of what they'll look like together on these multiple stamping type images. I didn't like this combo wet at all, but dry, its perfect!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Inks --   Hero Arts Lime Green, Green Hills, Pale Tomato
              Simon Says Stamp Rosie Cheeks, Teeny Bikini
              Versafine Onyx Black
Stamps -Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello,  Pretty Peonies

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Musings and Muse

Hubs and I just returned from his work conference in Orlando.  Hubs was away all day and had some evening meetings as well, so I had time to myself. I took no crafty stuff with me. I did spend time by the pool,  got some reading done and napped.  I napped every day, sometimes more than once. Naps are so much better when you are older than those enforced naps in kindergarten on a hard classroom floor. No wonder I didn't like napping as a child. I even stayed away from my electronic gadgets for the most part. It was a vacation.

I had made cards ahead to post while I was gone, a few weeks ago. Then I was consumed with the packing and getting the house in order. I do not like to come home to a mess left by frantic packing. Tomorrow is soon enough to start on the laundry, so today I get to play.

First up, Muse. Michele has created a lovely flower card in purples and lavender.  I went with her floral theme, the layers of shapes, and her color theme.

Simon Says Stamp Viola Sprouts
Peerless Watercolors
WPlus9 Sunshine Layers
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Michele's  Muse Inspiration Card

Friday, May 6, 2016

Teen Boy Birthday

Ah the masculine cards, I can make them for the Dad's and the hubs, but the nephews and the Godson...difficult. They range in ages from 15 to 26. To old for cutesy animals, and to young for nature cards.

I am going take the easy way out and go with the numbers!  Two of our nephews are just two years apart in age. They are brothers, with birthdays in the same week. The cards need to be similar in content so no one gets a better card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Green Card Supplies
Hero Arts Brushstrokes
Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler 

Avery Elle Count on it
Simon Says Stamp Postage Edge

Hero Arts Field Greens
Simon Says Stamp Green Leaf & Catkin
Versafine Onyx Black

Blue Card Supplies
Hero Arts Number Pattern
Stampers Anonomous Crazy Sentiments

Avery Elle Count on it
PTI Spirial Notebook Page
Simon Says Stamp Gift Card slots (Inside)

Hero Arts Stonewash
Versamark w/ white embossing powder

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

a collection

Hi, my last post showed the birthday card I  made for Evelyn.  Today's collection is a 6 pack of cards I made for her to have on hand.  She is a card giver, and always seems to have something tucked away in her home for a spur of the moment gift. She is just amazing, kind, and I love her to pieces. I am so blessed to have and have had her friendship for 42 years!

They are all relatively flat for easy mailing.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Happy Birthday

Hi there.  Today I have a card for my longest known friend...we first met when I moved to California when I was 13, we met in crafts class.  Forty-three years later we are still the best of friends.  We have that friendship that never feels the lapses of time, we talk on the phone weekly...more if something comes up that we just have to talk about.  I can call her and say....I just have to say this out loud...spill it and then we hang up.  She is my sister, but not the one you bicker with...the one who has your back and whose back you have. The one who is your biggest fan, and you are hers.

She loves pink, so I do my best to incorporate it into her special card each year.

And I have a second funny card for her, we never ever give each other just one card!

So Dear Evelyn - Have a fabulous birthday!  I am looking forward to time together on my next visit to California.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wplus9 Fresh Cut Containers
Distress Markers
PTI - Happy Birthday
Pretty Pink Posh Twine Die
MFT Arches stax