Yes, my life is in transition. I am now getting used to life as a widow. What will this bring? Time will tell.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Yay!!! It's Saturday

Click Here to comment for your chance to win Blog Candy.

These are for the "Bliss and Joy" swap at Rubberstampchat.

"Bliss". Ahhhh, yes, a fresh, hot cup of coffee in the morning. "Bliss"

"Joy". My children bring lots of "Joy" into my life. I am glad they are out of booties though.

I like doing the small things. The Bliss inchie is charcoal chalk ink with red water color pencil on pale gold card stock. The stamp is from Cowtown Stamps
The handwriting is mine using a fine line sharpie. These are really nice pens.

The ATC is white with a small flower print Designer Paper cut with decorative scissors. The baby collection was a freebie, Joy is Walmart's Clear Christmas stamps set. The ribbon came from there also. There is some accent coloring in blush pink and pale lime green.

I just visited Denise at Stamping Vacation and she made the greatest card. I love the image. I don't have anything like that in my collection.

I've got to get busy. I'm trying to catch up. I see something interesting and down it goes on my to do list. Right now my list is pretty long.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, February 27, 2009

T. G. I. F. and BLOG CANDY

Nancy, at DogGoneStamps, has donated 5 stamps for Blog Candy. And, I will be adding a little tidbit along with the 5 stamps.

This will be so easy for all of us. Just leave a comment on this Blog Candy page. On Tuesday, 6 p.m. eastern time, I will have my personal picker outer, my husband, randomly choose a winner. I will announce the winner on my Wednesday post. International comments are welcome.

Spread the word. These are stamps of wonderful quality. They will make a very nice addition to anyones collection.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Just One More Thing......

My card for the Daring Cardmakers
challenge for this week. The theme is Fish or Frog.

I decided on Frog because we have such cute ones here in South Carolina. I see them take sunbaths on my Canna leaves in the summer. As an added bonus they will change from a very bright yellow green to a very bright yellow. I thought it was just our lizards that changed colors.

The base CS is blue and I used the blue as background for the Lily Pad image, ggdesigns, and a soft mottled green DP. The frog stamp is another one of my stamps from BISKT, before I started keeping track. The reeds are part of an unused silk flower arrangement.
The inks I used are Ice Blue, direct to paper on background, and, Lime Pastel, frogs, Liquid Chalks by Colorbox. The Lily image is stamped in Evergreen pigment ink, another BISKT.


Honest, that's it for posts today.


More for Today

Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges has just posted it's first ever challenge. It's anything with Bunnies or Rabbits and there is a very nice prize. Take a peek and join in the fun. While you're there, check out the ATC Technique Book Mingle. Sign ups are being taken until March 5. It's going to be fun.

This is my design for the Bunny/Rabbits challenge.


Thinking Small in a Big Way

Inchies, Twinchies, ATCs and Scraplings. I've done several Inchies and ATCs but, gee whiz, what is a Twinchie or a Scrapling. This is a Twinchie for The Small World of Inchie &Twinchies challenge with the theme "Marie Antionette". Nancy explains it this way.....

"What is a INCHIE?

A inchie is a square, 1" x 1" (2.54cm x 2.54cm). You can make something wonderfull of a inchie. Use ink, stamps, paint, UTEE, embossingpowder, lace, flowers, paper, vintage photo's, etc. It's a fun challenge to work that small!

What is a TWINCHIE?

A twinchie is a 2-inch square (5cm x 5cm)."

An ATC is 2.5" x 3.5" rectangle. Description from a package of ATCs.

And, a Scrapling is.....Text taken from SCS:
If you are making a square card, you usually have a 4.25 x 1.25 folded piece of cardstock left over. Put them in a little basket and soon, you have a pile of scraplings waiting to be decorated!

So there you have it. An assortment of tiny works of art to trade and enjoy. I'm even working on groups of Inchies, ATCs and even Scraplings for different swaps. So how could I pass up doing a Twinchie. One of the Inchie projects is a book. We could use an additional 1/4" inch for the spine of the book. I have one tiny book made and it turned out pretty good. There are 5 pages of images in my tiny book.

But not all things are small. I have BIG NEWS!!! On Friday I will be posting my BLOG CANDY event. Be sure to check in to see what you could win.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Blue

Something Old - Me. I took this picture of myself the other day. I'm sitting in my craft room. I set my camera on Portrait, stretched out my arm in front of me and click. I think I'm brave to share this.

Something New - Paper Arts Mingles & Challenges
This is their logo. This is a new group on Paper Craft Planet that's going to be lots of fun. There will be challenges on all sorts of paper crafts. Right now they are taking sign ups for an ATC swap demonstrating a technique. I'm going to do collage. The really neat thing is when Andrea swaps out the
ATCs she is sending them out as little books to inspire us when we need a nudge to come up with something. I really like that idea. There is also going to be weekly challenges and prizes. They will begin next week. But don't wait till then to sign up be part of the fun now.

Something Borrowed - I blatantly "borrowed" a link from Beth's blog Sunflowers and Dragonflies. It is the SU Color Combos interactive color chart. This will be a helpful tool to use for another nudge of inspiration.

Something Blue - This is an ATC for the Something Blue swap on RubberStampChat.

Don't forget the Addicted Rubber Stamp Sale today only.


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Note to Self

This image from DogGoneStamps
is called "DT Pup". That is because he is the logo on our Design Team page at DGS. When you go there you'll be able to see our gallery of cards.

DGS also has a fairly new but very active group at PaperCraftPlanet. I made this to submit for the challenge this week.

I had the hardest time with my water coloring. I need practice, practice, practice. There is some beautiful watercoloring showcased on DGS or the DGS group pages. Now that's what I want to be able to do!

When I finally got something acceptable painted on the DT Pup,
it was easy after that. A little cutting of some card stock and
Designer Paper (Scrappy chic). I used bronze gel pen for some
outlining and writing. I used my own handwriting because pups have lousy penmenship and so do I.

Note to Self: Don't forget big, huge, one day only sale at Addicted to Rubber Stamps tomorrow, Feb 25th.

Monday, February 23, 2009

In Your Easter Bonnet

You know, I don't even know when Easter is this year. My children are grown and I tend to forget some of holidays that we celebrated when they were little. It was so much fun decorating the eggs with the kids and then watching them find them. One year we dyed our white poodle, Ralph, with food coloring. Oh, he was so pretty with his new calico coat of pink, blue, green and yellow. He was the hit of the neighborhood that Easter.

It is nice doing Spring type cards. I love the pretty pastel colors that can be used. This card is done with white and yellow card stock. The Designer Paper is from Stamp til You Cramp where Shannon has Stampin Up products. I punched tiny flowers from a strip from the Raspberry Tart collection to use as embellishment on the hats and card. Not wanting to waste a good strip of paper I used it as trim. I don't know who makes the paper flowers. The hat stamps are from Cowtown Stamps.

I almost forgot this card is in answer to Sketch Challenge #4 at Inspirational Card Challenge.

I just noticed that I didn't autocrop when I scanned this card.

I just found a new place to shop. BMuse Altered Art Products $1 Store. I haven't ordered yet but I'm interested in their products. They have custom Embossing Powders, I sent for free samples, and small amounts of fibers at reasonable prices among lots of other goodies.


Saturday, February 21, 2009


This is a cute teddy bear from Serendipity Stamps.
They are having a


- You MUST select stamp from the "$1.00 UM Stamp Sale" category to get the $1 price.
- All $1 stamps are unmounted rubber dies-some are backed with cushion (easy to remove).
- Once we run out of the surplus, the stamp will be removed from the $1 sale.
- Click the NEXT button at the bottom of each page to see all of the stamps in the $1 sale!
- Limit 2 of any stamp"

These stamps are really nice and you sure can't beat the price. I'm also surprised at the wonderful selection for $1. The shipping charges are good, too. Check it out!

Happy shopping.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Beauty in Purple

There is a challenge at the DogGoneStamps group at Papercraftplanet to create a card using shades of purple. Here is my "Beauty in Purple" using a stamp from my DGS 1926 Collection.

It was pretty easy to make. I stamped the image onto a variegated purple card stock with purple ink and embossed with clear embossing powder. I liked the way that looked so I didn't do any more coloring on it at all. The rest of the card is layers of card stock, designer paper, vellum and purple crystals.

Speaking of Groups. I wasn't doing much at Papercraftplanet until I found this Group of great people. They create some amazing cards using their DGS. It sure keeps me on my toes.

There are 2 more groups that I belong to at PCP. The Fairiesong Art Stamp Group and ATC and Card Swap Group.

If you enjoy a more personal exchange rather than a big forum, check out PCPs many many groups. You are sure to find one that interests you.

Since I'm sharing forums that I visit, I should tell you about the "First Ever Crop" at Cardmakers/Card Swap Forum. There will be challenges and games everyday from February 26 - 28. Sounds like fun!

And, last but not least, I found this web site for anyone interested in keeping track of Designer Calls. It's called

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Feeling Green?

Not me. I completed two challenges this morning with one pretty green card. The sketch for Sketch Saturday worked very nicely for the challenge "Feeling Green" at Daring Cardmakers.

My "Irish Blessing" card started with a soft green card base and added panel of designer paper from Marcella. The image is from my clip art collection and I can't remember where I found the irish blessing. The Hydrangea is from Inkadinkado and colored with 2 shades of green and lavender colored pencils. The rest of the card is distressed with 2 shades of green liquid chalk from Colorbox.

"May your troubles be less
and your blessings be more
and nothing but happiness
come through your door"

- irish blessing

Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fairies, Wings and Tubs

We'll do the tub first. Susan has more pictures of her remodel. This picture was taken on day 25 of the remodel. This is her beautiful, new, oval tub waiting to be installed. I can't get over how much progress has been made in such a short time. You can see more pictures by clicking the link

Now Fairies and Wings.

This card uses two stamps from Fairie Song, Fishy Friends and a shell. I think the sentiment is also Fairie Song. This is entered in the sketch challenge at the Fairie Song Group at Papercraftplanet. If you like fantasy stamps these stamps and this group are for you. I also used DP in various blues and pinks. The sheahorse and shells are water colored. Aqua tinted crystals are used as an accent.

This is also being submitted to Lots to Do for their "Wings" challenge. This cute seahorse has butterfly wings. That should work. Lots to do has such interesting challenges.

Last, there is a call for ATCs at Just Cards. I didn't see the call on their page but one of my stamping friends put a notice in Rubberstampchat. She had called Just Cards for information. You might want to check it out.

I just found out Just Cards didn't receive enough submissions and they have extended the deadline to March 20.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I'm a Card Sketch Diva.....

.....for My Sketch World. I just received my "congratulation" letter this morning. This is going to be such a fun place to be. Lucy has added a forum and gallery. It promises to be a great place to visit. I'll be getting my first sketch soon. I can't wait to get started.

My Christmas cactus is excited too. Two brand new blooms popped open. I didn't know they bloomed after the Holidays.

Monday, February 16, 2009

It's 1926

I did this mostly for me. I couldn't wait to stamp one of these images.

But it is also for the DogGoneStamp Group sketch challenge this week. You will have to sign in with PaperCraftPlanet before going to the group. Check it out. It's lot's of fun and you'll meet some very nice people with the mutual love of stamping and DogGoneStamps.

I wanted to do something fairly simple to showcase this lovely image.

I used basic beige and black card stock.
Beige, ivory and gray designer papers and
black sheer ribbon. The ribbon was
originally olive green which
I colored with black chalk ink.
Sometimes you have to improvise when you don't have what you want in your stock. Touches
of color are white, pink, silver and blue colored pencils. The embellishment is 3 small paper roses. The finishing touch is a pearl for her earring.

I think this image is perfect for this sketch.

Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I'd Like You to Meet Marty....

I guess I should spell it"Martie" because I've been thinking of this cute pup as a girl. Marty/Martie is doing the Hokey Pokey. See her put her left arm in, put her left arm out and shake it all about.

This card is for Dawn's Inspirational Card Sketch Challenge #3. It is also for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge
themed "Music and Dance. That's why Marty/Martie is doing the Hokey Pokey.

The base is white card stock, coordinating designer papers and stickers with paper ric-rac trim. The music notes and sentiment are computer generated. Marty, DogGoneStamps is embossed with white and watercolored in yellow. A dot of blue gel pen for eyes and black pen for her cute little nose.

And, there you have her just dancing her little heart out.

NOTE: There has been a delay in the Blog Candy. As soon as it arrives I'll let everyone know.

I just rec'd my order for the 1926 stamps. They are lovely. I can't wait to start using them.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I'm a New Member of..........

Deanne Burton's Just My Sketches Design Team. I am so excited to be doing this. There are two design teams for scrap book layouts and for cards. Each team will be trying to inspire you when you play along in the challenges. My Card Team and Layout Team 1 will have their creations posted on the 1st of each month. Teams 2 will be posting creations on the 15th of each month.
I have a list and links to the blogs of the members of Card DT 1 in the sidebar. Stop by and visit each one.

So watch for my card design on Just My Sketches on March 1st.

My Funny Valentine

My husband, Lorne.

He left this on my desk the other day. He took this picture with his web cam. I have it sitting by my computer so we can gaze at each other.

They say "the third time is the charm". They must be right because he's a keeper. Lorne is my third husband and we will have our 30th anniversary on July 5th. We have such a wonderful life together.

Amaryllis on the dining room table. They bloomed just in time for Valentine's Day.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Doggie Bees

I just completed this for Sketch Saturday. This is a new stamp I just received from DogGoneStamps
called Gabby & Zoey Bees. Don't they look proud to be dressed up as bees?

The white card stock has direct to paper ink with blue and green chalk ink. The layers are designer papers, Paper Adventures, and red card stock. The bee is cut from DP and layered with a pop dot. Gabby and Zoey are stamped in black and heat embossed. The coloring is water color. I trimmed them and layered them with pop dots.


Thursday, February 12, 2009


DogGoneStamps just added a new line of stamps called "1926". Here is a copy of the introduction to the new line:

"These images were drawn in 1926 by Doris Folkman Summerill. The work and style amazes me, she did them all with a feather quill dip pen! What, no 005 Micron's ?! I did my best to stay true to the artists original lines. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we do."

There is also a lovely photo of Doris Folkman Summerill above the introduction.

The "1926" images are fantastic. You just don't see images like these very often. DogGoneStamps and these beautiful stamps are just a click away. So CLICK and see for yourself.

We'll be having BLOG CANDY here very soon. I have 5 stamps on the way from DogGoneStamps. I'm not sure what images they will be but for sure they will be great. So stayed tuned.

I'm off to order one of each.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Long Shadow

This is my card for Denise's Stamping Vacation sketch challenge and Daring Cardmaker's Oriental Splendour theme challenge. Notice the spelling of splendor. The team from this site is from the UK, NZ and Australia.

I thought the sketch and theme would work nicely together.

You'll notice that the 2 pictures of the cat are different colors. The original clip art picture, Printmaster, has the cat in black. For the Daring Cardmakers challenge we couldn't use black or red in our cards. So, I altered the color to brown. Purple legs and shadow were an extra little bonus. I couldn't do anything but think that it enhanced the image. You have to be adaptable. I stamped oriental characters on a piece of scrap paper with Burnt Sienna Color Box Liquid Chalk. The background paper is Autumn Leaves in aqua distressed with a little of the burnt sienna. I also used brown and bronze metallic card stock. The embellishment is an aqua wooden bead.

My entry for the sketch done in Oriental Splendour.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Challenge Cards and News

This card is for challenges on Lots to Do, "Marvelous Metal" and Cute Card Thursday, challenge #46 "Metallica".

Gee, I guess I didn't do any stamping on this card. My inspiration came from an old necklace of mine with chains of gold coins. And it just went from there. All of the clip art is from my ancient Printmaster software. The sentiment is computer generated. The tiny cards I found at Michaels during a huge sale they were having. All of these elements were layered onto white, black and green card stock.

Sometimes the cards that I make spark an old memory to life. I'm from a family of card players. My dad always played Rummy with me. But the grownups played poker. Part way through the evening Mom would start the homemade fudge. She always used lots of walnuts in her recipe. She could really make good fudge. She would get the fudge to the perfect soft ball stage then beat the dickens out of it. This was all done before we had candy thermometers. I can taste it now.

On to the news. First, my stamping friend from Texas, Pat aka Wood Veneer Man is in the midst of working with RubberStampMadness magazine on an article about stamping on wood veneer. This is the result of a postcard contest, using veneer, held at Rubberstampchat a while back. The postcards were donated to Audrey in Chapala, Mexico for the children's home she is involved with. This is really exciting for all of us involved. If you haven't tried stamping on wood veneer it really is a fun medium to use.

Audrey is the subject of my next news. She is my stamping friend from Mexico. Her news is that she is opening a small gift shop. She will be selling cards and gifts. Her shop will be called the "Pink Poodle". Audrey is a very busy lady. She also was approached to make the small gift cards used in bouquets from the local floral shop. She is looking into that right now. Ha! And she is supposed to be retired in Mexico. But what a wonderful retirement to be able to follow your dreams. I'm very happy for both of my friends.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mojo Monday on Sunday

The weather has warmed up nicely here. We are expecting almost 70 degrees today. So, today, I plan to get some gardening in. My poor yard really needs some attention after days of freezing temps.

While working on Mojo Monday sketch #72, I was thinking warm weather and Spring is on the way. The sentiment on my card says it's already here. I can dream can't I?

The designer papers are Making Memories and Marcella. I stamped the butterfly in Distress Ink Vintage Photo on a scrap of DP. My butterfly stamp is from a set of foam stamps that I bought years ago. I think this butterfly is the only survivor of the set. The flower is also part of the Making Memories set Garden Party. All elements are layered onto white card stock.

"I read somewhere that the ink you use should be based on the colors you will use:
Black: Bold Brights
Gray: Soft Soft Subtles
Brown: Earth Elements
Navy Blue:Rich Regals" said Sandy.

This helpful bit of info is from Sandy O. She shared this tip with us on the DogGoneStamps Group forum at Paper Craft Planet. Sandy is also on the DogGoneStamps Design Team. After deciding that my colors were more subtle than bright I used brown ink. I could have used the gray but I opted for brown because the outlines in the DP is in brown. I like the results.

Oh, I almost forgot. If you want to see a spectacular card visit ggdesigns Gazette
and check out Linda Blackbird's stunning Valentine's Day card.

Put a spring in your step and have a happy day.

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Last Sketch Challenge for the Week

This is Sketch #36 for Sketch Saturday. I like doing sketch challenges. I always seem to learn something along the way.

Just this morning I visited Janine at 2bKrafty and she had an entry for Sharon's Stamp Simply Let's Get Negative challenge. I followed Janine's links to the design team's cards for the challenge. Oh My, how wonderful they all are. Then it was on the to Sharon's challenge page to read a great demo on the negative image. Well worth all of the clicks. I recommend that you stop by all of the sites.

Now, back to my creation. By the way, you might want to put on sunglasses. My cards aren't usually this colorful.

The stamp I used is from DogGoneStamps. The Designer Paper came from a bunch that I picked up at Big Lots. So did the cloth ribbon. It was in the Christmas Clearance section for 25c. I only used 1 piece of ribbon but I cut it into 2 strips because I wanted just the red in the ribbon. I got a bonus with a nice frayed look. The tiny flowers placed around are from a $1 store punch. Do I take advantage of a good buy, you bet. They are placed to sort of follow the tabs shown on the sketch. And, don't laugh, I colored in the window box with my favorite primary color markers from Crayola. I love the tips on them and the colors are simple and bright.

Just a Note: DogGoneStamps has new images in their catalog. There really cute dog stamps in the "Dog" category and butterflies in the "Spring" category.

There is a new DogGoneStamps Group on PaperCraftPlanet for you to check out, also.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Untraditional Valentine

This card is for Charlotte's Untraditional Valentine challenge at ggdesigns. The bird that I embossed in silver is from ggdesigns. There are several birds like this in the set in graduated sizes. This is the largest one. The DP is from Scrappy Chic, that I got at Big Lots. Music clip art, feather and a black bow to finish. I think this card qualifies as a untraditional Valentine's Day card.

To play in the challenge see the Gazette at ggdesigns. It isn't necessary to use one of their stamps. Charlotte just wants to see what we can come up with for a "untraditional valentine".

You know "a" doesn't sound right in front of untradiditional but neither does "an". Does anyone know which word to use?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cute Card Thursday

This is my submission for Cute Card Thursday for week 45.

The hearts in the background are stamped with Lipstick Red Liquid Chalk, Colorbox, and clear EP. Red hearts are used on edged white. I saved one of the edge trimmings to use and finished up with white w/red polka dot ribbon.

The sweet image, unknown because it was given to me, is plain except where I colored in the heart and ribbon. I like this image because it reminds me of me when I was a youngster, round face and all. My mom fixed my hair just like this.

If this looks a little familiar, it's because the base card was used for Heather's challenge on ggdesigns. I think it all goes together nicely, colorful, simple and Cute.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I'm Having So Much Fun!!!

As you can tell, I've been doing several challenges. One that was a big step for me was submitting a sketch to ggdesigns. I really enjoyed seeing how someone else interpreted my sketch. Another big step was picking a winner. That was difficult because I liked something about everyone's entry. I could have done a random pick but I decided to do it the hard way. My thank you from ggdesigns is this great "Hand Crafted by:" stamp. Mary also gets this wonderful personalized stamp for having the chosen entry. Be sure to check in with ggdesigns to see my January sketch and the cards submitted.

Scroll on down the page to see that February has two challenges. Heather has a sketch and Charlotte of ggdesigns has a very interesting one. Charlotte asks "Can love and affection be expressed without flowers and hearts and pinks and lace and ribbons?" Give it a try and create an unusual Valentine. Rise to the challenge and have fun along the way.
This is my entry to Heather's February Challenge. I'm still thinking on the other one.

While visiting ggdesigns be sure to look in the catalog of stamps and visit the 99c store.

One other thing. I was picked to win a 6 x 6 pack of Raspberry Tart DP by Shannon of Stamp Till You Cramp. My answer to her sketch challenge is posted there and also her contact info for Stampin Up and the newsletter that has the monthly sketch challenge.

Thanks to you both.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Project Using Stitches

On the Lots to Do challenge this week the theme is "In Stitches". We are able to do any type project just as long as there is some kind of stitching used. The blog owner made a beautiful handbag.

I made an ATC. The background is a piece of fabric in a beige and green abstract. The Japanese man is also from a piece of fabric. These were glued on the the ATC panel then stitched around the edges with gold thread. I have lots of room for improvement in my stitching ability. The ivory and gold bead trim is taped on with the super duper double sided sticky tape. I think that stuff holds anything. The pretty blossoms are from Cowtown Stamps. It is a single blossom that I stamped 3 times in Lipstick Red Liquid Chalk by Colorbox. The trim started to unravel, so I went with it and made the unraveling part of the art. Some extra beads are tacked on using the gold thread.

As I was making this I was thinking of Valentine's Day cards for my children. I have one finished for my daughter. Then I thought, I could make this ATC into a card for my son. He raises Bonsai as a hobby. I think he will like it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

2 Challenges, 1 Card & Remodel Update

When I finished this card for Mojo Monday I realized that it would also work for the
Daring Cardmakers Challenge also. So, why not?

The darling Seahorse is from DogGoneStamps. They are taking subscriptions to their new newsletter. Stop by and sign up and keep up with what this new company is doing.

Daring Cardmakers' challenge this week is "Prints Charming". A clever title for using 3 different patterns of paper in one card. And, if you can, from 3 different lines. See, each paper is a different pattern. I don't know if I used 3 different lines or not. This paper came in a mixed bundle of scrapbook papers from Marco Paper.

Now, for Mojo Monday. This is the sketch for week 71 Hip to be Square. This was a fun sketch.
The ribbon is adhesive trim from Martha Stewart. The coloring is done with marker and highlighted with a little bronze gel pen.

Last, but not least, the update on my daughter Susan's remodel. You can find the latest at Cinnamon Thoughts,
"When the Dust Settles, Day 9". Follow her link to Flickr for picture updates.