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

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

An Old Circus and a Bit of News


The challenge at Theme Thursday is Circus and/or Clowns. For this challenge I decided to be different and go a whole different route with the circus theme. This is what popped into my head - Circus Maximus and the spectacle of chariot racing and big strapping gladiators.

The base of my 3" x 5" tag is a soft gray distressed with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The image I found at an internet site on Roman History. The stamp is a foam cube stamp from Michaels. I got 4 nice stamps for $.49. My software program had this neat font that I thought matched pretty good. I also distressed the edges of the tag with scissors.

Now for the news. It's about me of course. Where ever I have posted my St. Patrick's Day card has been replaced with this.....



Yes, Scrapbook News and Review picked one of my cards to be published in this months online magazine. The forum Card Universe that I belong to is part of SNR. Click on "Magazine". There is a small monthly subscription fee but it's a pretty informative magazine and you also have access to all back issues. I hope you check it out.

And, this one is a complete surprise. While making my forum rounds this morning I went to the online Cardmaker Magazine and there I was again. This time in the "Readers Reach Out" section. I've submitted cards for this cause a couple of times. They pick a few of the cards to be showcased each month. My card is the Bluebirds card submitted for the City Lights Home Shelter. What a surprise! I wonder if it will be in the print magazine, too? Can't wait to see.

This seems like a pretty long post to me, but, I want to tell you that yesterday I pulled a wagon full of weeds. I also found out that my bottlebrush didn't freeze. So, I pruned it back to where I saw some new growth sprouting. I have Cannas popping up everywhere, elephant ears are starting to pop up and the red banana tree has two stems about 6" high. Today I should finish the weeding. Then I'll work in the 2 bags of compost that I didn't know that I had and finish off with a little bit of Miracid for my gardenia, elephant ears and lemon tree. Everything should get a nice soak from the rain we are expecting tomorrow.

Enjoy

Monday, March 30, 2009

Congratulations go to ......

LAURI

Hey, Lauri my husband AKA randomizer picked you.
Thanks for playing. Email me your address
and I'll pop a little something in the mail for you.

This has been fun for me. I enjoyed seeing all of your Twinchies.
Maybe we'll do another challenge one of these days.

And...

I am Guest Designer for this weeks challenge at Inchy By Inch.
My challenge is posted along with a short bio about me.
Check it out and have fun with the
"Black & White Reverse"
challenge.

And....
Get out your sunglasses because this is a bright one.

My entry for the Inspirational Sketch Challenge.

I used the Bunnies Dancing and Bouquet stamps from CowTown Stamps.
The background card is black with coordinating green designer papers. Alphabet stickers to spell out "Spring Fling" and a yellow bow.
Also,
It isn't bold and beautiful but maybe it is
bold and bright enough for Rosie-Dee's
"Bold and Beautiful" challenge.

That's just about it for stamping today.
I'm going out and get ready for Spring planting
in the front garden bed.
So, that means pull weeds, dig in some compost, think about placement of the new plants.
Then - BUY PLANTS!

Just a Note:
If you have a Lowes in your town be sure to check out their reduced price
plants. That is one of my must stops when we're there. I've gotten
some really nice plants at a fraction of the original price. And,
I've been very successful with them.

Next weekend is a local High School's Plant Sale and I'll be there
when the doors open at 7:00 a.m. All of the plants
are grown by the students in their greenhouse. That will
be fun to visit as well as shop.

Enjoy.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lavender Bunny and Yellow Bunny

Don't forget today is the last day of my Initial Twinchie Challenge.


Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies.
I'm very busy designing darling bunny cards for CowTown Stamps. Laurel has a wonderful selection of stamps and almost anything else that you might need to create with.

This is "Bunny w/Package". He is a cut out card using the instructions on Denise's Stamping Vacation and her brand new "Viva La Difference" challenge. I varied some from her instructions but I followed along pretty closely. I wasn't sure how he was going to stand up but he does just fine on his one flat foot. I stamped my image, enlarged it on the computer, printed it out on white card stock. I colored with yellow, pink and blue chalks. Embellished with flowers with glitter centers and a bow.

The next bunny card is "Checkered Bunny". Besides being a DT card, I used it for my card in the Receipe Challenge by Lucy at MSW Forum. I used the checkered bunny stamp from CowTown and the button stamp is from ggdesigns. On white CS I layered 2 lavender plaid DPs cut on the diagonal. Stamped the buttons on lavender CS and the bunny on white with lavender ink. He is popped out with a pop dot. I embellished with buttons, flower, brad and thread.

It has really been fun working on these cute Bunny Cards for Laurel. I think I've done a card from each image now but I'll be doing another card on each. Oops, no, there is one left to do before I start on the second round.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Etc., Etc., Etc.,

I don't know where to start this morning. Pause.......O.K! I'll start with -

Laurie and her Initial Twinchie.

Lauri is a fellow DT member at DogGoneStamps and you can find her blog here. This is such a fun, colorful twinchie. Thanks Laurie for playing.



Just a Reminder:

There is still time to submit your Twinchie.
The challenge doesn't close until midnight Sunday 3/29.
I'd love to see what you create.

Denise at Stamping Vacation
has a great new challenge posted today. It's a fun one. Check it out.
Plus, there's a new picture of her new dog.


Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges
has a new challenge posted. The challenge
is to use a newspaper flower in your art piece.
Here is a mine for the DT.



Back to Denise.
For her Pick 3 Challenge I made this card.


We picked from a list of what we could include in our challenge card.
I picked a frame, sentiment and a brad.

There, I think that's everything for today.

Enjoy.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Flowers

Here is my Twinchie for the Small World of Inchie & Twinchies

I made this from an ATC that was in the scrap drawer. It had been
painted with Twinkling H20s in a Lime Green.
I haven't done a dry embossing in a long time so I chose to do that. The image is colored
with chalks and fixed with hairspray. The piece is cut with decorative edge scissors with a little gold thread wrapped around the top.

Mel at Mel's Basket of Blessings has a wonderful tutorial on using chalks. I love the look of chalks and you can erase your mistakes. That works for me. I get a nice soft look by using Liquid Chalk Ink by Colorbox also.


Speaking of soft color. These beautiful papers are available as "Freebies" at Stamptv
This forum looks pretty interesting. It's full of challenges, tutorials, etc.
I downloaded this set and another shabby chic set.



A Twinchie from Denise

Denise has the blog Stamping Vacation
and that is where I first started doing challenges. Wow, have I learned a lot from Denise and had lots of fun along the way.
Thanks for playing along.

I'm watching for more of your entries!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

It's a Beautiful Morning......



If you are a duck. We have been having a nice soft sprinkle since the wee hours of the morning. I just came in from putting out my houseplants for a nice shower. I swear they raise their branches and say ahhhhhh!

I have two items for challenges to share today.

First - Card Patterns Sketch #7. For this card I used the Dutch Bunny stamp from CowTown Stamps.
I love this bunny. The image is so fluffy and soft that it really reminded me of a live soft silky bunny. My daughter Susan had a bunny for a pet a few years ago. His name was Button. Button was shy around me but not around his mama Susan. He would sit in the doorway of the kitchen and thump his foot wanting a cracker. Button was a sweet house pet.Back to the card. I stamped the bunny twice on soft white with Distress Vintage Photo Ink. From the second stamping I cut out the head and ears and layered back in place with a pop dot.
It's hard to see that detail here. But, it looks good. The base card is white, DP ivory and pink print, Prima flower in burgundy and the rest is done with stickers. A little torn edge here and a little distressing there. Done.


Second is Rosie-Dee's challenge "Naturals and Neutrals".




This one was pretty simple but turned out quite nice, I think. It was made using papers and labels from Best Occasions Scrap Pack from Walmart. Everything in the pack is distressed all in the soft beiges, blues, greens and yellows. I really like it. The swirl stamp is from Clear Stamps and a Prima flower to finish.

We all use so many flowers in our card and scrapbook designs that I thought you might be interested in the Hand Made Paper Flower tutorial by Beth at Sunflowers and Dragonflies. What a money saver that is for us. And to be able to custom pick our colors and prints for just the perfect match. And, you can check out my tutorial on How I Make a Newspaper Flower.
at PAMC the blog.

I think I have to go back to Beth's page and check out the Technique Junkie Newsletter Sneak Peak. I just might have to subscribe.

Enjoy
Jeanette

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"S" is for Spring

And my friend Stef, AKA Glitterbabe. She sent this wonderful Twinchie.




Don't forget your Twinchie. You have until Midnight Sunday 3/29/09 to link me up with yours. On Monday my husband the Randomizer will pick someone to get my thank you gift.

Too Little, Too Late

I missed the deadline on this ATC for Wednesday Stamper. Last weeks theme was "Icon". I picked Chanel as a fashion icon. I can't afford her clothes, but, I love them. I do wear her Chanel # 5 perfume. I've worn it for years. I occasionally use another fragrance but Chanel #5 is my very favorite. And, the designer that now heads Chanel is Karl Lagerfeld and my husband wears the mens cologne Lagerfeld. I am sensitive to some perfume fragrances and both of these are pleasing to wear and don't bother me a bit.

A couple of links for you:

Denise at Stamping Vacation introduces us to her new dog. The intro is in blue right under her cute bunny card. I actually got teary eyed when I read it. Bring Kleenex.

Vicki at Stampin Smiles has "Something Fishy" for you on the Technique Tuesday. She takes this fish stamp which I would never use and make me want to run right out and get one. She has done the cutest things with one simple stamp. And, she does something like this every Tuesday. Don't miss it!

Now I've got to get dressed and out of here. Today is 2 for 1 breakfast at the Spring House and hubby and I are going. Gotta save my $$$ for more Chanel #5.

Don't be too little or too late with your Twinchie
for the challenge that is going on for the week.

Enjoy

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lots of Firsts

Here is the first Twinchie submitted for my "Initial Challenge" going on until midnight Sunday. Linda submitted this. Isn't it great!!!??? She also has a great blog. It is part stamping and part life as she enjoys it in England.

So, my First Challenge, the first submitted Twinchie and my first tutorial at Paper Arts Mingles & Challenges.

I'm having fun!

Enjoy

Monday, March 23, 2009

Royal Mail


These ATCs came all the way from England. Aren't they just wonderful. They are from Jaqi at Scrapbooking in my Sleep. I first met Jaqi when she responded to my call for Help on posting a link in comments. From there we decided to exchange ATCs with the theme of Paris. Aren't hers beautiful. The top 2 are RAKs that she included. I think our ATCs passed each other crossing the "pond".

Now, don't let a lil 'ole Twinchie scare you. Join in my "Initial Challenge" here. I hope to see your link in my comments with your Twinchie by Midnight 3/29/09.

Enjoy.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

READY SET GO.....

Let the Twinchie challenge begin.

The "Initial Challenge" will be: Use the initial of your first name and create a Twinchie. A Twinchie? you say. Yes, a 1" x 2" small piece of art. That's it. Create a Twinchie using your first initial in some way. Here is mine.

The blue is just for background.

My inspiration came from my Alphabet Book when I was a child. Remember? They would show a big letter and then a picture and name using that letter. The Twinchie is on a 1" x 2" piece of natural colored ripple corrugated paper. The nice color and texture sure don't show up here, but, it's there. I computer generated a "j" and colored it with black sparkle gel pen. The polka dot circles are from a piece of old packaging. The picture of the "jay" is from my Printmaster software. The word "Jay" is computer generated. Layer and done.

Now you try. It's easy and fun. See what Stef has to say about making a small piece of art.

Please leave a comment with your link to your Twinchie or email me a picture by midnight, Sunday, March 29. On Monday the 30th I'll announce a winner, picked by my husband the Randomizer, and send them a nice surprise for participating.

If you have a question just ask.

Enjoy

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bunny, Chick, Butterfly and Bird





I can already tell that this page is going to be very unorganized.

First, we'll do the Bunny for ICS Sketch # 8 and for the DT at CowTown Stamps. I used the green texture paper behind the piece because it just wouldn't crop otherwise. Sometimes my scanner just gives me fits. The Bunny stamp is from CowTown and the sentiment stamp is from Michael's $1 bin. I get so many things from their $1 bin. The rest is layers of card stock that I arranged on a tag. I used gel pens to color and also my small flower punch.


This is another card that I designed for CowTown Stamps using
Chick Coming Out of Egg stamp. It is done with watercolor.

This card is for Denise's Pick 3 Challenge at Stamping Vacation. I picked Bird, Oval and anything Butterfly from her list of 6 items. The base card is green cardstock with a very nice shade of pink layered on it. The butterfly and flowers are clip art from Dover, a scrap of paper doilie, bird stamp is from that good old $1 bin at Michaels. I stamped with charcoal and colored with green metallic pen and yellow colored pencil. A decorative corner punch was used in one corner and a corner rounder used for the others. I think I'll add "Mom" to this and send it to my mother for Mother's day.

Enjoy

Friday, March 20, 2009

Inchy by Inch


This Inchie of the Sun is for a new challenge blog that I found the other day. I've already met some very nice people there. The name is Inchy by Inch and the challenges are for inchies only. I'll be visiting there often.

The theme this week is "Yellow". I really like this stamp but I don't use it very often. I looked all over this stamp but it wasn't labeled. The original stamp is 2" x 3" in size. I just cut a 1" portion of the image to use. To make this I stamped in black and used clear EP. The face is filled in with yellow glitter gel pen, red gel pen and a touch of blue in the eyes. The tiny label reads "Sun" in yellow gel pen.

Can you Find the Ears?


But, before we hunt for ears.......Don't forget to signup in comments to join my Twinchie challenge. We need 5 to play. I need a couple more signups. They are easy to do and lots of fun. Join in the fun.

Now where are those darn ears? Ahh, I see them! All of us on the DT at Cowtown Stamps have been having so much fun using our new Bunny Ears stamp. The cute Wheelbarrow is from Cowtown Stamps also. I not only made this card for Cowtown but it is submitted in the March sketch challenge at ggdesign. Heather's challenge this month was to make a holiday card without using the obvious. This is about as subtle as I can get.

I'm also sending it to a new to me challenge blog RosieDees Challenge blog. I love the creations that Rosie and Dee post. Their challenge this week is Spring. So spring right over there and enter the challenge.

Now for a couple of blogs that I visited this a.m. and think are worth sharing. First is Lindys Slice of Life toward the bottom of her post is the cutest picture of her dog Max. It's a "gotta see
it" picture.

Next, is Beth at Sunflowers and Dragonflies to see what patience, hard work and 8 weeks can do.
See the before and after pictures of her beautiful new kitchen. It has a great floor plan and she uses such cheery and bright colors.

Enjoy.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Another InchieTwinchie


The Small World of Inchies & Twinchies challenge this week is "Spring". Aren't we all thinking Spring. I know I am.

My Twinchie (1" x 2") is made with a ripple embossed base. On this I layered my Prima flower and butterfly (does't look much like a butterfly but it is). The butterfly came embellished with pearls so I just carried on with a pearl embellishment. You can't see it that well but there is clear sparkly thread wrapped around the Twinchie and left in a tassle.

I love doing these smaller pieces. I've been thinking of doing a Twinchie challenge here. I would post or link to each blog that submits a Twinchie. Maybe even give a small prize. If at least 5 people leave me a comment that they want to do this, I'll do it.
I'll give it a couple of days to see if there is any response.

Vickie from Stamped Smiles
has the neatest ribbon border on one of her cards.
She is also demonstrating the 3-D technique.
Vickie is very talented and creative. You should really check this out.

Here is my Glitter Lizard from the Spring Fling newsletter.
It turned out OK for doing just a quick try. I used white pigment ink sprinkled with crystal glitter. The lizard ggdesigns
is stamped with black dye ink. I did have to brush off some of the glitter from where it didn't belong. That might have been because the black ink wasn't quite dry. I didn't cut out the lizard like I was going to because I thought you might like to see how nice the white on white looks.
I can forward a copy of the newsletter if anyone would like a copy.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Challenge #3 at Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges

Lot's of new things are happening at Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges Group . First off, PAMC now has a blog. You will have to stop by and check it out. All the DT members have been invited to contribute to it. So it will be a surprise for you to see which of us will be posting that day.

PAMC Challenge #3 is themed "Going Green" by Sara. She came up with a fun challenge. It's interesting to see each DT member's version. You can see them posted on the blog or at the group.

This ATC with the great newspaper flower is mine. It is made from scrap papers. When I first saw this adorable flower I knew I had to make one. I've been asked to do a tutorial on this and I'd love to. That will be coming in the near future. I'll also include a photo so you can see how cute it is fluffed. I used a scan this time around.

PAMC will be doing weekly challenges and having a monthly prize. So join in the fun!

Speaking of tutorials, blogs and such, I've joined the Spring Fling at Card Universe. Each day I receive an email full of interesting projects, tips and techniques. One that I particularly liked is this glittered butterfly made with a great and easy stamping technique.

I am not the most computer literate person and the only way I could come up with to share this with you is: request the instructions and leave your email address in "comments" and I'll forward a copy to you, or, email me directly using "Glitter Instructions" in the subject line and I'll forward a copy to you. They do not include a link in their email but I can always forward a copy.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tea Time

Tea at Hampton Court

Time for Tea is the theme for this weeks Tag You're It challenge and Design Team call. My entry is based on my actual experience of having tea at Hampton Court. Lorne and I visited Hampton Court during our visit to London a few years ago. Hampton Court is a place that I will never forget. To walk in the footsteps of King Henry VIII, I am without words.

We had a lovely tea while we were there. It really wasn't a very fancy set up but it was sure delicious. The tea and scones were really good but give me a dish of clotted cream and I'm a happy girl. I had no idea how good it was going to be with a bit of strawberry jam. If the weather was better in England, I think I could be very happy there.

The tag began with a scan of a postcard that I brought back. A bit of decorative stamping and lace for trim. I used copies of pictures having to do with an English tea and Henry VIII. I distressed everything with some Creamy Brown liquid chalk.

What wonderful memories.

Enjoy

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bunny with Flowers


This is my take on Dawn's sketch #7 at Ispirational Card Sketches. This is made with a new Bunny stamp from Cowtown Stamps (Link at Left) This was another quicke but I think cutie.
The scalloped strip is a scrap of DP from Stampin Up, the flowers are from a floral bush and I used crystal for centers. A little gel pen on the string of flowers and a little distressing and I'm done.

We bought our new washing machine this morning. It will be delivered on Wednesday. Yay!

Ranger - A Real Sweetie Pie

I'd like you to meet Ranger. This is her in an altered photo for the Simply Skinnies challenge this week. I wanted to keep it simple so I only put her name and a couple of stickers.

I've only met Ranger once in person but my daughter, Susan, posts pictures of her all of the time on her blog Cinnamon Thoughts. This was just posted Sunday. I quickly made Ranger my new desktop picture and made a copy to use for this challenge.

Ranger has had quite a life so far. Susan and Will found Ranger and 4 sisters and brothers abandoned in a card board box along side of the road. The sun was blazing down on these poor little pups. They rescued them and put the little guys in the air conditioned car and gave them water. They were just barely old enough to eat on their own. So home they came. Susan and Will nurtured and loved them and eventually found them all nice homes. Ranger stayed with them. Susan lives in a happy household with her husband, 4 cats, a turtle, Shadow (dog) and sweet Ranger. Shadow is pretty interesting herself. She is quite large and long but she has short little legs. Her tummy is only a few inches off of the ground. She is a very unusual looking dog being long haired and so low to the ground. Aren't pets wonderful?!

Susan and Will do lots of traveling. She has a very nice collection of travel photos in her Flickr.
Take an armchair tour of her travels to some very exciting places sometime. As a fringe benefit of these travels each Christmas we all get a calendar with photos of that years trip. We all look forward to getting one each year. Right now I'm looking at a basket of hot rolls and a small pot of Turkish coffee taken in Quanajuato Mexico last July.

REMODELING UPDATE: Susan's project came to a stop last week. Some changes had to be made due to an engineering report. Anyway, the changes have been made and work has begun again.

Enjoy

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's back - My Favorite Day of the Week

I'm waiting for my Sunday paper to arrive. Unfortunately, my washing machine bit the big one. So I'll be checking out the appliance ads today. I just want something basic. We don't really do that much laundry with just the two of us.
Today, I'm working on my color challenge tags for the swap at RSC. This one was last months challenge using sage green, electric blue and chocolate brown +1 of my choice and I chose pretty pink. This is my stylistic desert scene. It really is a fun challenge. I really get a kick out of how each of us interpret the colors each month. There has been a lot of discussion on the color "Linen". What color do you think Linen is?

Today the colors I'm working with are strong pink, duck yellow, grass green, +1 which is blue.
Duck yellow and grass green almost led me down the path to something with an Easter theme. But, I went a totally different direction.

We had a nice day in Conway. Lorne got his new shower fittings. What a disappointment for me. Both Scrapbooking stores are closed. One is already a vacant building and the other is having a going out of business sale. But, it was closed and I couldn't do any shopping. These great stores seem to be closing all over the U.S.

We got to Shoney's just as the breakfast buffet was changing over to lunch. So we got to pick from both kinds of dishes. While we were waiting for the lunch dishes to arrive we nibbled on some of our favorite breakfast things. Not being from the South some of the foods here are new to me. Yesterday, I picked what I thought was a pumpkin bread. Yummy! But, it turned out to be sweet potato casserole. Really it was more like a brownie. Just a bit crispy on the edge, some firmness, then chewy in the middle. I even had seconds. I wanted a dollop of whip cream on my seconds but they didn't have whip cream on the lunch buffet. Wierd, it was there at breakfast.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cards for Heros Mother's Day Card

Lora at Cardmaker has this wonderful card drive for Cards for Heros. She posts the type of card that is needed and we sign up to make 5 cards. This is my Mom card for the drive. I wanted to use flowers but I really didn't want cutsey. I have to use my new Prima flowers, right?

I started out with a soft gold patterned paper. Then stamped the scroll image from Hampton Art (Michael's $1 bin) in charcoal liquid chalk. The fern is from a larger collage stamp from Rubberstampede (Big Lots) stamped with olive pastel liquid chalk. My first idea was to use the complete stamp but that wasn't working so I cut out the fern. The tag is from vintage paper and the epoxy stickers are from Devrian Global Industries (Michael's). The darker gold strip is patterned paper that I irregularly cut with scissors. I glued on the layers and that's it.

Later today we are going to Conway and do some shopping. Probably mostly window shopping. Conway is a historic town on the banks of the Waccamaw River just 30 miles from our house. It's quite pretty there with lots of historic homes.

Lorne is going to the Mobile Home Supply store there to check on new shower fixtures for his bathroom remodel. I found out that there are two stamping stores there. Can you guess where I want to go?

Last time we were in Conway we stumbled upon a Shoney's Restruant. When we were spending a month in Waynesville, NC, we ate quite often at the Shoney's there. Uhmmm good. We've tried several in other towns but not so uhmmmmm good. There are two right here in Myrtle Beach and we've tried them both. We didn't go back. But, the Conway one is really good. So we'll be stopping there for a bite. On the buffet they have peaches in a sauce that tastes like a brandy sauce. So good.

On the Cardmaker Forum they have doing a lot of talking about Gina K's Stamp TV. I haven't really checked it out but I've been hearing lots of nice things about them.

Enjoy.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Swirling Around with the Butterflies



This is a card that I made for 2 challenges. The first is DogGoneStamps group sketch challenge at Papercraftplanet and Teresa's Rock, Paper, Scissors challenge at Cardmaker.
Teresa's challenge took us back to basics in the techniques that we were able to use.

The butterfly stamp is from DogGoneStamps colored
with gel pens. To make the scallop I traced around
an existing one then cut it out with my straight
edge scissors. I used deco scissors on the DP panel.
Some nail art gems, velvet ribbon, tiny flowers and
buttons finished off the card.
I distressed the edges of the card with Orchid Pastel
liquid chalk.

Remodeling update: My daughter has run into a snag in her remodeling project. Why does that always have to happen? The engineer study that she was required to have came up with requirements that meant restructuring almost half of her house. The problem is earthquakes. I can't believe what he said she had to do. How on earth does anyone get anything built in LA with all of their restrictions and requirements, not to mention additional costs. So back to the drawing board to scale down her plans. Last I talked to her the architect was upstairs making new plans.

On a much smaller scale. My husband, Lorne, is replacing the shower in his bathroom. It must have been made for a child because all 6'2" of him sure doesn't fit in there. It has been something he's wanted to do since we moved in here. So our house is filled with old and new bathroom parts. It takes a long time to get rid of the "old" when we only have a car with a hatchback. But, it sure is going to be nice for him when it is finished.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wings


Wings is the theme for this weeks Tag It You're It challenge. So that theme immediately brought to mind my favorite bird stamps from ggdesigns.

The background is done with chalks. I had to draw my own limb with brown marker. Stamped three different size birdies on the limb. I used a blue marker to color the feather.

Speaking of ggdesigns, there is a challenge going on over there right now for the month of March. You don't have use a ggdesign stamp to play. I'm going to start working on
mine soon.

My husband just told me his old computer that I use is over 10 years old. We've never had a problem with it at all. But seeing how computers have changed a LOT since then, I think I need a new one. Don't you? Maybe for my birthday in June.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

"Skinny"


A "skinny" as defined by Wednesday Stamper
is a 3" x 5" tag.

I made this for this weeks challenge. We could make our skinny using any theme that we wanted. The only requirement was that we use at least one stamp. I did use one stamp, it's just that you can't see it very well. It is the leaf background stamped on the mulberry paper. The layers are composed of black card stock, mulberry and heavy handmade paper. I raided my "junk" jewlry box to come up with embellishments.
The embellishments just took on a mind of their own. In my head I kept hearing one more embellishment, one more and yet another. Until finally there were enough. In all, I used a floral brooch, pearl barrette and clusters of pearls, gold embroidery thread and Prima flowers. I just got the flowers and couldn't wait to use them. This seemed like the perfect project.

Stamping on Mulberry paper is a technique that I found on Janine's 2bKrafty blog way back in December of 2008. I just loved the card she created. The above link will take you directly to the card.

Enjoy

Monday, March 9, 2009

Calla and Bird

I did this card for a Cardmaker swap themed Spring. I've had this stamp Calla Lilly by Rubber
Stampede
for quite some time and this is only the second time I've used it. Which is strange because I really like it. The Bird Swirl is a stamp from Studio g that I got at Michaels in their $1 bin. The stamps were inked with black pigment ink and clear embossed. I used lt and dk green and lt and dk yellow colored pencils to color the images. The lt green card stock has the edges distressed with Moss Green liquid chalk ink.

I submitted this card to SNR Card Universe Forum for the April Call for Cards for use in their on-line magazine. I had a pleasant surprise last week when I was notified that my submittal for the March issue was chosen. It is a St. Patrick's Day card. I can't show it to you because it has a big "Out for Publication" notice taking its spot. The notice will be there until the April issue is out and then maybe I can place it in the place of this card.

The weather is absolutely lovely here now. Yesterday I went out and trimmed freeze burn off of some of my patio plants. They also got a good watering. Even with protection from all of the freezing weather we've had lately, they experienced some damage. I think I only lost my Hibiscus and maybe my brand new Bottle Brush. Out again tomorrow to do more tidying up in the yard and more watering. I'd also love to go stroll on the beach. It has just been to cold to go lately. I see lots more exercise in the forecast, gardening, walking, bicycling, oh boy!

Enjoy

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Walkies



"I can train any dog in five minutes. It's training the owner that takes longer."
Barbara Woodhouse

Do you remember Barbara Woodhouse from her popular dog training series on PBS in the '80s? She was a British lady, quite a character and very popular, who trained dogs and their owners. I was a faithful watcher of her TV series. I never read one of her books though.

When I saw this stamp, DogGoneStamps
she was the first thing I thought of. I can remember her saying "walkies".


This sketch is from the DogGoneStamps Group at Papercraftplanet. Jana comes up with some really fun sketches for us to try. Her new sketch is up now and it's circles.

I don't know about all of these squares in this sketch. They were pretty complicated for me. I chose my card base. I measured out the needed sections, didn't fit right. I measured again, still couldn't get it right. OK. I cut the needed 1" squares of DP and arranged them and THEN cut the CS for the card to size. The larger square is a 3" square. That worked for me! The rest was just stamping the image with dark gray permanent ink and watercoloring in with beiges and red. His nose and eyes are enhanced with a Fine Line Sharpie. Oh, I love my Sharpie.

I have a new place for you to visit. Dawn (Scrapmo) at Daily Scrappin Inspiration posted a lovely card on her blog. And, it came from a kit from a card making newsletter Card Making Magazine. I downloaded the free Floradoodle Background Paper set. The narrator on the instructional videos for downloading and unzipping the file has a delightful English accent. It was so much fun to listen to her and watch her videos that I watched them all. Gee, it doesn't take much to entertain me.

Enjoy.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

NeverEnoughRubberStamps: Special BLOG CANDY

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An extra little bonus, beautiful pictures of her horses.

Let's see you can get their cards sent in first. Hurry, I'm starting right now.

Which Came First the Chicken or the Egg?



It looks like a tie to me.
I used the sketch from Stamping Vacation.



It was also submitted for the Deco-rate challenge at Cardmaker Card Swap hosted by Lora.
The challenge was to use 2 different decorative scissor edges in your card. Still being in the dark ages with lots of my card making equipment, this was a snap for me. Decorative scissors I've got. Fancy die cutting systems or border edge punches I don't "got".
I don't usually use decorative edges for my cards and I think I went a little
crazy with them here.
The stamp First Walk is from Cowtown Stamps. The Easter Eggs are also from there. Have you checked out Laurel's $1 Overstock Store yet? She has some very nice stamps for only $1. In fact, she has a great inventory of stamps and many other things that us stampers use.

Speaking of shopping Artella is featuring "Youpons" good for 25% off purchases from their $1.99 Vintage Bargain Bin. Their shipping in the U.S. is a flat rate of $3.00. I've been known to not order because of the huge shipping charges at some online stores. Artella has 5 pages of items in the Bargin Bin.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Got Ears?


A couple of days ago Laurel, Cowtown Stamps, sent her Design Team a batch of unmounted rubber stamps. It was sure fun opening that package and seeing what I received. The images are all of bunnies and Spring to celebrate the upcoming season. Cute, Cute, Cute.

My first card is based on this sketch at Rubberstampchat March Challenge from Xray Amy and Beeswax Stamps. You should see the prize they are giving away. It's posted with the challenge instructions. The deadline is March 30th.

I used:
Stamps: Kit & Kaboodle, Bunny Ears from Cowtown Stamps
White card stock and watercolor paper
Black permanent ink and liquid chalk in
Watercolor markers to watercolor image
Designer Papers in yellow and gray
Computer generated sentiment.

Enjoy.

Little Bits of Fun

It's Inchie Twinchie time again. This week's theme is "Dolls". This little Japanese Doll is a little over an inch tall. I coated it with about 3 coats of Aleene's Glaze-It for a glossy look. The red twinchie was stamped with an oriental character and also glazed. Her hair decor is the pointy ends of a toothpick colored black and glued on pearls.

Next Little Bit of Fun is my Friendship ATC for the Design Team at Paper Arts Mingles & Challenges. This was also my first attempt at hosting a challenge. It was a real experience getting this set up this morning. Even following Andrea's example and doing lots of copy and paste, I still couldn't make it look pretty like hers. So, if for no other reason than to see how my post turned out, stop over there. While your there take a look around and check the great work by the DT. This is a very new group that has the potential to be lots of fun. I'll see you there sometime.

A little bit later I'll be posting a card that I made for the DT at Cowtown Stamps.

Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A Diamond in the Rough


I did this tag for Tag It Your It challenge "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". This is the first time I've participated in one of their challenges. But, I like doing the small creations.

The base layer of this tag is Crayola Sparkle, the next layer is white CS stamped with clear Embossing Ink and Ranger Super Fine Black EP. The stamp is Harlequin by Rubber Stampede.
The clear spaces are glittered in crystal glitter. I've been wanting to do this ever since I saw Denise at Stamping Vacation do a beautiful card using a similar stamp and the glitter. The brooch is clip art. I've enhanced the outline with my Sharpie Fine Tip pen (love it). There is also silver gel pen, more crystal glitter and crystal gems. The brooch is layered with pop dots. I like how it turned out.

Later, this a.m., I will be posting my very first challenge as Hostess at Paper Arts Mingles and Challenges. Isn't this a cute and colorful Logo.
This is a new group at Papercraftplanet. I hope you check it out later today to see how I did. You should join while you're there. It's going to be a fun place. Besides the weekly challenges on all different sorts of paper arts, Andrea has a Monthly Mingle. This months is a swap featuring ATCs demonstrating a technique. She will be making them into inspirational sampler books before swapping them out to us. I like that idea. Of course, I've already seen some of the DT creations for this weeks challenge and they are terrific. I'm always amazed at how many talented people we have here in our creative world.

I like to share things that I enjoy and I hope you enjoy them also. Today, I'm going to share My Year of Living Creatively. Robin does some fantastic works of art. Right now there is a lovely bird card posted. "Bird card" sure doesn't describe this beautiful card. Right under that is the altered compact that first caught my eye. But, don't stop there, look at all of her wonderful things. And, we get a whole year of this to enjoy.

Enjoy.