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

Friday, January 30, 2009


Getting the Mail sure has been fun lately. These just arrived from my stamping friends at Cardmaker.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Near Where I Used to Live

This is a picture of the Pit River Arm of Shasta Lake that my brother just sent. Shasta Dam and Shasta Lake are near Redding CA. It is a huge recreational area.

I first moved to Redding when I was 6 years old. We followed my dad's work so we moved every few years. Mom loves Redding. She just recently returned and is not going to move away again. We eventually moved but returned when I was in my teens. I married and had my children there. Then following my husband's work we moved to Sacramento. I didn't return to Redding again until my children were teenagers and I was a single mother. I stayed for a few years, married again, then followed my husband's work to Reno, NV. This all sounds repetitive but I stayed in Reno for over 20 years.

Back to Shasta Lake.....I have many good memories of this beautiful lake. It entertained both me and my children. When I was little it was so much fun for us to drive to the dam and watch the deer come down to eat. Unfortunately, someone started eating them and the authorities relocated the deer. A friend of ours worked there and we had a personal tour of the interior at one time.

My maiden name is Haggard and Merle Haggard, country singer, lives in the area and keeps his boat "The Hag" at the lake. Everyone would ask if we were related. There really aren't too many Haggards around but, alas, we are not related.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sketch #35.......

.....for Sketch Saturday. This is the sketch for this week. There is still time to participate for this week. If not, there is always next Saturday.

I didn't use one stamp or any ink in this creation. It is all Designer Paper from Scrappy Chic, could not locate a web site. A strip of self adhesive fabric tape by Cloud 9 Design spanning a torn map piece. The image is of Bridal Veil Falls in Utah near Provo. Yes, a real place. I haven't been there but I have visited many beautiful sights in Utah.

This card with the map and picture remind me of our recent traveling days in our RV. Oh, what fun it was. We started in the West and ended up here in East. We even did some of Canada. From start to finish we were on the road a little over 2 1/2 years. It was wonderful.

Now back to work on a couple of my swaps that are due soon.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Seahorse of a Different Color and A Couple of New Links

This is another card that I designed for DogGoneStamps using their very cute seahorse stamp. I got a little creative with his/her color. I added a little sparkle with glitter gel pen.

My friend Audrey of Audrey's Cards by Design is also on DogGoneStamps design team. She just received her stamps and designed her first card using the cute elephant stamp. She also says how wonderful it is to work with these stamps.
I hope you've checked them out. They are adding new stamps all of the time.

A few days ago, I posted about my daughter's remodel on her 1906 home in the Silverlake District of LA. She will be keeping a diary of the progress on her blog
Cinnamon Thoughts with more photos on her Flickr.
I hope you follow her along on the exciting project. Of course I will, not just because I'm her mom, no, I will we following a personal decorating show. I'm patiently waiting for her next update sometime this weekend.

Next is a new blog that I found Sunflowers & Butterflies by Beth Norton. This is her intro to her blog:

"What’s one of the most intriguing aspects to rubber stamping?

New techniques and tutorials.

Sunflowers and Dragonflies is an excellent avenue to get your creativity flowing. I’m all about:

  • Providing you with weekly tutorials
  • Sharing well researched techniques
  • providing you with enthusiastic reviews of the latest stamping products
  • sharing inspiring websites and blogs that will help to jump start your next project".
This is a very informative blog. I'll be visiting it often.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Stamping Vacation "Just Sketchy Challenge"

I've been wanting to use this ornate picture frame. It is one of several on designer paper. Then Denise posted this sketch challenge using a floating oval. Ah ha, just the thing for my picture frame.

I cut the frame from the page and replaced the center with a piece of vellum. The other DP is called Hydrangea, unlabeled. I've been wanting to use some of that also. I think the silvers and lavenders make a nice combination. It still needed something. Out came the swirls stamp, Clear Stamps, and clear crystals. Done.

If you haven't visited Denise's Stamping Vacation please do. She offers tips, how to and lots of challenges. A nice place to learn and have fun also.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Easy and Tasty

Even easier if you make it the way I did. I'm not sure you'll be able to read the recipe from this photo so I'll type it out.


2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 onions, chopped
10 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 lb stew meat, cut in 2" squares
6 cups beef broth
2 carrots, chopped
1 - 28 oz can of chopped tomatoes with juice
1 Tblsp Worcestershire
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2/3 Cup pearl barley
salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tblsp oil in pan saute veggies about 7 mins. Scrape from pan into slow cooker. Heat another tablsp of oil in pan and saute meat until brown. Scrape beef into slow cooker. Pour 1 cup of broth into skillet and stir and scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour into slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and fill with broth. Cook 6 to 7 hours on low heat.

As you can see I edited the prep instructions. I didn't even bother to saute the veggies or meat. I threw everything into the slow cooker veggies first then the meat and everything else on top of that. I don't think it took 6 cups of broth either.

I had no idea where they kept the barley in the store. It's on the rice aisle. This was so good for dinner on a cold blustery night a few days back. And, there are plenty of leftovers to eat the next night or freeze. I just accompanied the soup with hot rolls. Warm, filling and good. Give it a try.
My husband raved about this soup for days. He wants it again soon.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Doxie at the Beach

This is a card that I made for Cute Card Thursday. The challenge was to "create a scene". Now I could have gone two ways with that couldn't I? But I decided instead of throwing a tantrum I would create a beach scene. I love going to the beach. I have such a lovely beach nearby to explore. If only the darn weather would warm up. Anyway.......

The doxie w/sand castle is from Cowtown Stamps, The palm, sand dunes and sun are unknown, I looked but I can't find a name. I used dark blue and white cardstock and water DP. I stamped with waterproof ink in brown, yellow and green. Watercolored the images with markers in blue, brown, green, lt brown and aqua. The background is done in 2 colors of blue and three colors of brown chalk.

Oh, I wish I were at the beach!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Remodel

This is my daughter, Susan's, home in the Silverlake District of LA. This is a very exciting day for her and her husband, Will. Today their contractor starts on their remodel.

As their tenents have moved they've taken over the whole house. The last tenent that lived upstairs is now gone. So that is her new project. It's been a long time in the prep stage. But it has finally begun.

She plans on converting the upstairs rental into a huge master suite. All new bathroom and nice big closets. The view from her house is great but from upstairs it's spectacular. She will also be doing some kitchen updating at the same time. The new stairway to the upstairs will be in what is now the bedroom. Also, central heat and air will be installed.

She has already added a small front deck, made a rental into her new den, a new dining room is where her old kitchen used to be and the new larger kitchen with an exit to the backyard is in another rental.

She has done so much to this lovely home. It was pretty nice to start with but it just keeps getting better and better.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

DT Call

This Design Team call is from My Sketch World. They are looking for 8 Layout Sketch Designer Divas and 8 Card Sketch Designer Divas. See all of the details on My Sketch World.

This is the sketch being used for the call. I like it, don't you?

For this sketch I created a card that I call "Glamour".

Bette Davis has always been a favorite of mine. Do you remember all of those wonderful movies that she did. Jezebel, Dark Victory, Elizabeth I of England, All About Eve, and, who could ever forget, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Bette had 10 nominations for Best Actress and she won twice. Bette died at 81 years old in 1989 in France. But, we still have all of those wonderful movies to remember her by.

I was lucky enough to receive this nice package from Hilde, Tindaloo, my stamping friend from Norway. In this package was the picture of Bette Davis and swatches of designer papers, among other wonderful things. The swirl is made from a piece of the DP that I received from her. I thought it went perfectly with the black and white picture. Following that color theme the base card is white layered with black and silver. There is a piece of torn vellum. The stars are computer generated and so is the sentiment. I used silver glitter on the stars.

Thanks Hilde for sending the materials that inspired my design. Now, I'm off to email My Sketch World and enclose a picture of this card as my entry for the DT call.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"The Weather Outside is Frightful"

That's because it's snowing here in Myrtle Beach. The "white streaks" in this photo, taken this morning, is snow coming down. I wish it showed up better. It hasn't snowed here since 2004 and then there was an inch covering the ground. It doesn't compare to the snow that we had while living in Reno, NV. I remember the first time that I drove to work in the snow. I did not like it one bit. I got where I handled driving in snow, but, the ice that we would get, that's a different story. Awful. I would drive so slowly that people would get annoyed with me. But, you never saw me spun out on the side of the road. In fact, "ole creepy crawly" here, has only lost traction once. Thank goodness.

I'm daydreaming today about Spring. Keeping
that in mind, I created this card using the
"Window and Flower Box" stamp from
DogGoneStamps. I noticed this morning that
they have added some new stamps to their

The window is layered onto adobe brick DP on a light gold panel layered onto green card stock. I don't where I got the Celebrate stamp. The, barely to seen on this photo, "Spring" is handwritten in bronze gel pen. The window and flower box has been water colored. Also added are torn strips of paper to represent plaster blocks and gold brads. Areas have been distressed with Amber Clay Liquid Chalk.

The liquid chalk is rapidly making it's way to the top of My Favorite to Use list. I like it so much that I just ordered more.

I'm staying in today, keeping warm and thinking Spring.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Is It Cold Where You Are?

It sure is here.

Much to cold to go golfing. But, here is a card made with DogGoneStamps "golf bag" stamp. I love these stamps.
This card will be doing double duty because I'm also submitting it to Sketches by Tamara for her sketch #53.

Besides the "golf bag" stamp, I used white, black and gray card stock, crinkled silver designer paper and a multi striped adhesive ribbon. The golf bag is colored in with a gray colored pencil and on the golf socks I used yellow, gold and aqua markers. The edges of the card and panels are slightly distressed with black pigment ink.

Now I think I'll curl up with a good book and try to stay warm. It's 12:45 p.m. here and only 28 degrees. Brrrrrr.

Friday, January 16, 2009


I'm a new member of the Design Team for a new company DogGoneStamps. It is a mother, Nancy, and son, Brian, business with Brian doing the artwork. They are adding new stamps regularly. I had a hard time choosing the 6 that I wanted to design cards for. Very quickly after contacting Nancy with my list the stamps arrived. I got started right away.

This card uses their "Love Birds" stamp. On a white card I used yellow and orange chalk to give the impression of the sun. Over that I stamped the love birds using red, pink and blue marker. Filled in with red, pink and blue colored pencils. The sentiment, unknown, and heart grouping from the love bird stamps are stamped with red marker.

I chose this stamp because it is so close to Valentine's Day. So far I've done 3 cards and each of the stamps have been great to work with. They are unmounted cushion and make such nice clear images.

Just a Note: I witness scenes like this one every Spring. Of course, their hearts are invisible. But I know what they are thinking. We have so many nice trees for nesting. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to watch the babies grow up and leave the nest.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

When is it going to be warm again?

For those of us that are getting pretty tired of the cold, here is a lovely summer picture from my brother, Jimmy, in Troy, MT. Jimmy does remodeling and at times he has to work outdoors in the cold. He sent this as a reminder that it will eventually be warm again.

Here at the beach tomorrow our high is expected to be 36 and the low 16. Unbelievable!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Good Morning

When I was young we raised chickens. We had the chickens that were raised for eating and then we had the chickens that we raised for pets. They were usually colorful little Banty (Bantam) chickens. They would have the run of the place while the other eating chickens were always penned. We were always raising something. We tried rabbits, but, that didn't last long. We also raised turkeys, what silly birds. Daddy always planted a huge garden full of tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, green beans and other yummy things. I remember Mom would put the water on to boil and Daddy and I would go out and pick and clean the corn. By then the water would be ready. Even buying corn here at the local produce stand can't compare to the taste of the wonderful garden fresh corn that we used to eat. I had a wonderful childhood.

Well, enough nostalgia.

Here is the "Good Morning" card with a rooster that brought back all of those wonderful memories. I made it for a "make your own background" challenge for Sue's StampnDaly blog.

To start this card I gathered my Liquid Chalk inks by Color Box and selected 3 colors, Yellow Cadmium, Blush Rose and Amber Clay, piece of webbing and a scrap of white card stock. Then I just dabbed the colors, lifted the webbing and this is what I got. It remined me of the chicken wire we used to use. I dug around and came up with this rooster (unknown). He was stamped on white with Distress Ink Tea Dye and colored with an assortment of colored pencils and layered on with pop dots. I used a circle punch for the sun, direct stamped with liquid chalk and layered with pop dots. I embellished with some real, dried by me, sprigs of lavender and jute twine.

So "Good Morning". Have a wonderful day.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Swap Mania

The New Year brought all kinds of swaps and challenges to the blogs and forums that I visit. And, I've been participating in a lot of them. This card is in response to Denise's Stamping Vacation sketch challenge. Not only does Denise have challenges on her blog she also has tutorials. I've learned so much from her. One of the simple things that I picked up there is how to properly tear mulberry paper to get that nice fringe. Don't laugh, I didn't know how to do that. I really don't use mulberry paper very often. Another, is how to tear pieces of white card stock into irregular strips, layer to look like snow. It's simple, it works and I've used that technique on several of my Christmas cards. She also has the cutest banners on her blog.

On this card I used Designer Papers from Making Memories. I made my selection of papers, cut them, arranged them according to the sketch and glued them down. The green panel with "hi" is layered using pop dots. I call it my "Colorful Layers" card.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Design Team Call

Inspirational Card Sketches is calling for designers. You have until January 26 to send a submission for this sketch. Dawn gives us a few of the particulars -

"If you would love or like to be on a Card Sketch Design Team this call if for you.
Every Tuesday I will send you a card sketch one week in advance for you to work on. You however as a DT member will have to get your creations to me no later then Monday at 12:00pm (noon) Central Standard Time."

Visit Inspirational Card Sketches for the full details and submit your card using the above sketch for "inspiration".

I did, here's my submission

I can't believe that I used gray card stock as a base after what I previously wrote about using gray. But, this paper is a nice shade of gray with a great linen texture and seemed to work best with my design. To represent the two rectangles on the sketch I used two flourish stamps from Clear Design. I stamped each flourish twice, once in clear EP ink and silver EP and the second in black pigment ink. I off set the black stamp just a little from the silver. The swirl is from Serendipity and it is stamped on black and embossed with silver. I cut and placed the swirl, to represent the circle, with a pop dot. In the center of the swirl I placed a silver bead adorned with a blue crystal.
There finished. All I have to do now is go to Inspirational Card Sketch and link my blog in the comment section to enter my design. Which I'm going to do right now.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

A Card from a Stamping Friend

I love this card! I received it yesterday from my stamping friend Margaret from a Cardmaker forum Swap. She put so much work into this card. She writes "I had so much fun putting it together". The quilt is all 1" squares, some of which are cut in half on the diagonal. They are arranged onto what looks like it might be white card stock. It is then adorned with a sentiment, die cut and ribbon. This beautiful creation is layered onto soft green with pop dots and small brands. The base card is a 5" x 5" piece of beige.

Beautiful. Thank you Margaret.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sketch Challenge

This is my entry to the "Stamp Till You Cramp"
sketch challenge. Shannon features some really nice work on her blog.

For my card I used the Cardinal stamp and Ume flower stamps, both from Cowtown Stamps. I find that the Ume flower stamp is so versatile. I used the sketch as a guideline for the arrangement of red and black papers on white card base and placement of black ribbon. The cardinal and 3 Ume flowers are attached with pop dots.

And, while you are checking out Shannon's blog stop by Dog Gone Stamps,
a new stamp company, and look, and, possibly buy some of their stamps. They are really cute. I'll be doing some designing for them. Just waiting for my stamps to arrive.

Going to the boat show later today at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I'd like to have a small boat to putt around the inlet.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

No Time to Stamp Today

My brother sent this picture this morning. He hired 2 guys to shovel the snow from the roof. He did have some minor damage to the rafters in his shop. Behind the guy in the front, you can see a dormer and window. That is the upstairs bath. When I first went to visit there were huge icicles hanging from the roof. I have pictures somewhere.

This is not a good shot of this pretty home. It is a 2 story built from a Sears Kit with a porch across the front of the house. There aren't too many of them left. My mother lived there for about 2 years. You can see why she left. She hated the cold winters. She is now back at her favorite spot on earth, Redding, CA.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Beginning Again

I didn't do much in the way of card making for awhile. I was just doing to many other things. Like traveling full time for almost 3 years in our RV. When we finally settled down here in the Myrtle Beach area I got started again.

I needed lots of supplies. I had saved my favorites but my stock was really bare bones. I shopped the net, what an easy way to shop. I came across Cowtown Stamps, it was probably the $1 stamps that attracted me at first. I bought several. During this order process I got acquainted with Laurel, owner. She made me feel so comfortable with our chit chat about my order. In the meantime I checked out her gallery. "I could do that". So I did. I was going to go "public".

When the stamps arrived I made a couple of cards and emailed them for her gallery. She posted them both and sent me a very nice note thanking me. Every once in awhile I would send her a card using one of her stamps. This is one of the first. I used 3 of Cowtown's stamps on this card, Lady in Mirror, hat w/feather and hat on stand.

Soon I branched out. I started a blog. I joined in some swaps. I started doing challenges. I was so out of touch at that time, I didn't have any idea what an ATC or inchie meant. Card making has sure changed during the time I was out of touch with it. I know what an ATC or inchie is now but I am having to look up so many things. What, we don't hand emboss anymore?

I'm doing and learning more each day. Thanks to all of my stamping friends.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Stamping on Wood Veneer

Finally, I'm starting on this project. This is a postcard made from wood veneer. It comes in many wood grains. I get this nifty veneer, already made into postcards, from the Wood Veneer Man. He can be reached at this address. He also has it without the backing so you can apply it to any project that you want, large or small.

It is easy to stamp on. You can use it much as you do paper.

On this postcard I used two stamps from ggdesigns. They are just stamped with black ink. I considered doing some coloring with markers on this but I've decided I like it plain. My next postcard will be more colorful.

I thought the veneer postcard would also make nice notepad or small journal covers. I'll be working on that technique very soon. I still need to pick up a couple of supplies.

I think the hand carved look stamp works really well with the wood veneer. It is possible a more detailed tutorial is in the future. Keep tuned in.

Also, have you made your card for the sketch challenge and submitted it to ggdesigns? Please do. The more the merrier.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Card Sketch

I was checking up on gg designs blog to see what's new. What I found in with the Happy New Year message was a call for a sketch to be posted as a challenge. I've never submitted a sketch before, well there is always a first time. Besides they wanted a speedy entry. I waited a day or two and no else submitted a sketch, so, by golly, I did. There it is, above, in all of its pencil and ruler glory.

It is now posted in the gg designs Gazette. There is even going to be a prize, yet to be decided. So, check out the Gazette to see all of the very easy, almost do anything you want, details and submit your card to the challenge.This my entry. Beside the rust, beige and black card stock I used spotted designer paper. The stamp is a tile stamp from the gg design 99c store (you get 3 different ones for 99c). The embellishments are spotted suede shoe lace and wood beads.

While you are there check out the catalog.

Scroll a little further down and enter the 99c store. There are some really good bargains. The stamp images start at about the middle of the page.

gg designs is a very nice place to go for stamps. And, the shipping is reasonable and fast. I've yet to be disappointed.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Troy, MT

My brother sent this to me this morning. Looks kind of cold to me. He sees moose all of the time. When we were traveling all that I saw were road signs notifying us of moose in the area. It's a good thing they put signs or else I'd never know a moose was anywhere near. I did not see one moose. Oh, I take that back, here are my moose sightings.

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Happy New Year!!!!

The picture is from the 41st Edition of an Art Calendar that I picked up at a thrift shop in Calabash, NC. Each month a different painting is featured. The unusual thing about the art is that it is all done by mouth or foot painting artists. This is titled "Beauty of Winter" mouthpainted by Jeff Ladow. And, appropriate to the New Year, "write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year" Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Just a little inspiration for your creative spirit.

Happy New Year!!!