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

Monday, August 31, 2009

2nd Post of the Day

Click HERE for MyGrafico Blog Hop
Your chance to win a complete set of digi stamps
is just one click away.

Every other Monday there is quite a bit going here.

You will also want to check out the

This is my card for the challenge

The Princess Purrrfect Kitty is from Squigglefly. This image has been
enlarged to about 4 1/2" x 5 1/2". All of the black background is just
that background to make the image show better. After printing the image
I lined up my fold with the edge of the tail. The bottom border is
to give the card more stability and make room for a sentiment.
Princess Purrrfect Kitty is wearing a tiara and collar all made with
nail art gem stickers. The her Majesty and crown are from
the Michaels $1 bin. Shaped cards are fun to make. You
can see the Squigglefly designer's cards on the challenge blog.
Squares and rectangles were not allowed so the cards
are all uniquely shaped.

Don't forget, to win this gumball machine image leave your comment
on the blog hop post. Solve our words puzzle and get a chance to win the
complete set.

MyGrafico Designers Blog Hop

Time for the Blog Hop

I'll be giving away this Gum Ball Machine image to a lucky someone that
leaves a comment. The WINNER PICKED AT RANDOM,
from todays comments, will be announced here Tuesday, 9/1.

This image is from the Candy Shoppe Set found here at MyGrafico.


Write down this letter because it is a CLUE in our Words Contest for
today. Follow the links to collect all of the letters then email
Martha here with your answer. You might win the the complete
Candy Shoppe Digital Stamp Set.
The winner will be announced Tuesday.

To collect your first clue visit Martha at Creating is Fun.
Then back to me to follow the link to your next clue at
If you lose your way or get interrupted go to
the MyGrafico Challenge Blog to get back on track.

Please come back ALL WEEK because we will be
giving away a new set each day.

First clue HERE.

!!! Have Fun !!!

Two Comment links are showing for some reason. One is labeled 6:07 a.m. at top
and the other is labeled 6:21 a.m. at bottom. Post your comment
on either one. I will be combining the 2 for the random pick for the
Gum Ball Machine image. Sorry for the confusion. I don't know what happened.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I've Finished Reading My Sunday Paper and Now it is Time for My News

is looking for two new members for their
Design Team. All of the information to apply is available
by using the link above.
I'm applying because I love working with digital images.

Speaking of digital images here is a card that I made
using both digital and stamping. This is being submitted
for the 3 Times A Charm challenge.
The silhouette is digi and the background is stamped multiple times using
the Ume Flower by CowTown Stamps. I really like how this turned out.
I love the Ume flower. It was sent to me by Laurel to use in designing a card
for her DT. I looked at that and thought "what am I going to do with this?"
Well, I've done lots with it. I've used it so many times. A versatile
little stamp to have. I also stamped it on black cs and embossed with
white embossing powder. Between two flowers is a swatch of tulle.

Don't forget that right here on Monday lots will be happening.

First, bright and early Monday morning the MyGrafico Challenge Blog DT will be starting
a whole week of fun, contests, challenges and give aways. We are not just giving away
one image....we are giving away a different set each day. So start your
Monday right here for the MyGrafico BLOG HOP
and I'll guide you on your way.

Later that morning I will be posting my challenge card for the Squigglefly Challenge.

Offline, I'll be putting the finishing touces on my NEW FEATURE 'Just Imagine'
that will be posted monthly on Show and Tell Cards and Scrap Pages.
Just to tease a bit, the Just Imagine will be about cotton balls.
That's right 'Just Imagine' what you can do with cotton balls.
Don't worry, I'll link you up on Tuesday, September 1.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I'm Seeing Red

Red has been the color of choice lately. Here is another small dose of it.
This time for Lori's Color Challenge at Cardmaker.
Our colors are Red, Black and Green.

I really had a hard time coming up with something for this one.
Then I ran across my tiny Oriental girl that I'd made some time ago.
Then I remembered that I had a stamp with Ginko leaves. A theme
is finally presenting itself. So here is the finished card.
Simple but I like it.

Several that entered Lori's challenge made Christmas cards. You know,
it's just too early to think Christmas. I had joined in a Christmas
Card Challenge at SNR Card Universe. I found that I was making
cards for the challenge and not for my friends and family. I lacked
the needed holiday spirit for inspiration.
I don't send so many cards out that I can't make a custom card
for them. So, I dropped out. Although, they
did publish two of my cards in their monthly magazine. That was pretty nice.

Speaking of SNR my friend Stef's SNR Squigglefly Color Challenge #2 is up.
There are some beautiful colors to work with this week. AND, NO RED.

MyGrafico is now back online

MyGrafico's Blog Hop will definitely be on Monday, August 31. You can start your
Hop right here on my blog. There will be cards to see, contests to play, prizes to
be won. The Blog Hop is for Monday only but the whole week is
going to be full of fun at MyGrafico Challenge Blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

What Pink and Red TOGETHER?

Oh, yes, and I like it. At Stamping Vacation this is one of this weeks Pick 3 challenges. Denise gives us a list of 6 items and we pick 3 to use to complete the challenge. Here are my 6 choices:

1) Pink and Red card stock - got it
2) Stencil - got that
3) 2 Punches - got that
4) Cuttlebug folder - I wish I had one
5) Heart Image - I could use this
6) White Brad - Got it but can't see it used here

This card is what I came up with using Pink and Red card stock, 2 punches and a stencil.

The first time I can remember using these two colors together was in high school. My ensemble for that day at school was black capris and a pink blouse. I tried my favorite red Capezio flats with the black and pink. Wow, I liked it. I went one step further and added a red belt. All ready for school. Red is not my favorite color but I do like it. Especially with colors like pink, purple or aqua. For dress up I like wearing black with a big red rose pinned on my shoulder. I've had my same big red rose pin for years. It now has that shabby chic look.

Wow, MyGrafico is finally back online. To celebrate the Design Team will be hosting a whole week of festivities starting on Monday, August 31. We will have a blog hop, contests, prizes.

My friend Vicki has the biggest news. She is going to start her own challenge blog
Saturday Spotlight Way to go Vicki. I'll be there for sure. Right now Vicki is giving away blog candy to celebrate her new challenge blog.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Make your Chipboard S-T-R-E-T-C-H

This quick and easy technique is bound to save you some papercrafting $$$$.
See how I did this on This Week With Jeanette, HERE.

I'm also using this for Flutterby Weds Quote challenge.

I'm preparing for 2 Blog Hops in the very near future. First,
MyGrafico will be back online very soon and we are celebrating with
a Blog Hop and Blog Candy.

Also, I will be doing the Operation NICE Blog Hop on September 4.

The Veneer challenge scheduled for September 1 is
right around the corner. Visit ggdesigns to find out all about it.
There is information there on how to get your FREE veneer samples.

So stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

She Sells Seashells & Art on the Darkside

C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Be sure to visit to see the DTs wonderful creations. There
is everything from cards to shoes. Really interesting.

Some of you might know that I like to walk the beautiful beach here. I always carry a bag with me and fill it with goodies. Mostly I collect shells, sometimes bits of seaweed and driftwood. I've found a few whole sanddollars but they are hard
to find. As a consequence, I've got shells all over the place. They are inside and outside. One year I even decorated our patio Christmas tree with shells, feathers and Spanish moss that I had gathered. Here are a couple of closeups of my altered shells.

I can't forget Art on the Darkside. This week we had a 'moth' for our inspiration. My moth is in the hot seat......

I added a fire to the moth image and then sponged in color with an assortment of gold and red liquid chalks. I also touched up the flames and grate with some glitter gold gel pen. I used a piece of stretched cotton to make the smoke.

I have a new web site to share with you. It is called Altered Expressions featuring collage sheets and digi stamps for your vintage projects. Altered Expressions is a six week sponsor for the Weekly Color Challenge at Scrapbooking and Crafting Friends. I'm going to see if I can win one of her beautiful images.

You should check out the many fun groups at Scrapbooking and Crafting Friends, like my group Use Your Paper Scraps.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I made this card for Juana's Challenge #6 at
Our challenge was to make a baby card.

I did mess up a bit because part of the challenge was to add a
sentiment. I don't really use sentiments that often and I tend
to forget them. I did cover the ribbon and bling on this challenge card.
The image is part of the Baby Set from Squigglefly.

This is my Snowy Owl ATC for Soartful.
We were given this beautiful image for our inspiration.

And, this is what I did to it.

I say 'did to it' because the beautiful is now gone and replaced by
interesting, I hope. The picture color has been atlered using my Printmaster.
I tried several filters before choosing this one. I tried so many that I forgot
which on I used. I then added a single snowflake. This was duplicated and
resized many times and placed on the image. I arranged the image
to ATC size, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", leaving a border. After being cut to size I sponged some
blue glimmer chalk all around and some over the image. Added
clear thread and attached another snowflake that I punched out of a vellum scrap.

I've been trying to learn my Photoshop Elements program. OMG! I'm having
such a difficult time. In one of my magazines I saw an ad for 'Digital
that caught my eye was 'step by step detailed instructions in
PLAIN English'. So, I went to the web site to check it out. And, it is
written in PLAIN English that I could understand. I ordered one. It arrived
yesterday and it looks to be all that it claims to be. I've just begun reading it but
so far so good. The first part discusses organization and the tools that
are included in a CD. Organization! That is going to take me forever, but
Patty, author, says it will pay off in the end. So I'll be getting started by using
her included tools. The CD also has kits to use to get us started creating.
I think for $39.95 it was a pretty good bargain.
If I still can't master Photoshop the book is very heavy and will make
a good paperweight. I'll keep you posted on my progress.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Very Busy Monday

I have several things to post today.

This card is for
SNR Squigglefly...Color challenge, Orange, Brown and Aqua
Brown + Metal & Masculine

The circle is a metal button. The shoji screen and bonsai images are from
Squigglefly. They have lots of new images available right now. I also
rec'd word that more, lots more, are on the way.

The screen is printed on dark gold vellum.
I then glued it over this piece which is a picture of a rug from a magazine.
I like the faint pattern that shows thru.
I think it makes a masculine card. It seems that
mostly men have Bonsai as a hobby. This is something
that my son does. He has gotten quite good at it. He has quite a display
of bonsai plants now.
I have a token bit of orange on the dish and all is on an aqua base card.

This ATC is for Art Pieces...Birds
I love the work that they do on this challenge blog.
This doesn't compare but here it is anyway.

I love this image from MyGrafico. I would link you but their
site is down. It should be up and running again soon.

And, I think this is my favorite of the day.

This tag is for Tuesday Taggers...Retro Heaven.
The image is Deco Art by Gail at Sparkle N Sprinkle.
The image is stamped and embossed in silver. I used bright pink, orange,
aqua and a bit of black for color. I made the acrylic heart using
the technique, HERE. I even tried some doodling on this one. Where
ever it looked empty I either stamped or doodled something. I think
I could have used even more. I'm still learning to do this style which I love.

Denise at Stamping Vacation is making some changes.
Her followers spoke and she listened.
She will be doing a new version of everyone's favorite challenge....Pick 3.
You will have to stop in to see the details.
Denise will also be giving a progressive prize. Uhmmm, that sounds interesting.
And, look who she showcased on her brand new challenge....modest me.
Thank you Denise.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Buttons, Paper and Unrequited Love

The image is torn from a magazine. The background paper
is from an old Simplicity pattern. The button is from some
that I found in my MIL things after she died.

That is where the unrequited love comes in.
My MIL and I had the kind of relationship that you
read about in the ask Abbey column. We didn't really
get along and that's saying it nicely. But, Victoria had
a very interesting past involving the love of her life.
She met Malcolm, who was from England, when she was
a young working girl in Washington DC. They fell in love.
But, eventually Malcolm had to return to England. He returned
without Victoria. Malcolm came from a very prominent family
in England, complete with title, position, wealth and family manor.
They strongly objected to his romance with Victoria. Victoria
came from a family that had lost what wealth they did have but
other than that, she had no credentials. Malcolm went on to
marry and have a family with someone suitable, to his family's
relief. Victoria married Lorne Sr. on the rebound and had
a very unsatisfactory marriage that lasted until Lorne Sr's death.
Lorne Jr. was her only joy in life other than her memories of

When both spouses had died, Malcolm and Victoria renewed
their romance. She made several trips to England to stay in
the lovely manor house. She started to dream again of marriage. But,
alas, it was not to be. This time it was Malcolm's children that
objected to the marriage. Victoria returned to the U.S. without
a ring on her finger. Malcolm died. Victoria lived into her 80s.
When we were going through her things after her death, we found
a journal of her life with and without Malcolm. But, he was always
there in her thoughts and heart. She loved him until the day
she died. Maybe they are finally together now.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A New Challenge on the Block

My friend Stef aka Glitterbabe is hosting a new Challenge Blog at Squigglefly SNR, HERE. There will be a new challenge posted every week. You have plenty of time to play because this challenge has just been posted. Stop over and meet Stef. She is one fun and talented lady. You'll like her. Be sure to see her beautiful color challenge card.

This is my treat basket that I made for Jane's challenge at Cardmaker. This is a
fun weekly challenge hosted by the members of Cardmaker Swap Forum that
we do in rotation. These challenges are always fun and creative. There is
a new one posted each Monday.
To make my treat basket I cut out a large circle using a salad plate as
a pattern, cut it out and glued on a napkin. Napkins come in layers and
you want to separate the layers and use only the top sheet. I just used
glue stick. Using a thin strip of red extra sticky tape I trimmed
the basket using fuzzy fringe. I made a handle from some orange
ribbon. I didn't have any candy to fill it with so I just stuffed
it with more fuzzy fringe.
The cute decorations were sent to me as a RAK. What
perfect timing.

I just posted a new challenge at Use Your Paper Scraps. We are on Challenge #4 which is a Color challenge. You have plenty of time to join in. There are also some entries posted already. We have some very creative ladies in our group.

Very soon the Veneer challenge will be posted at ggdesigns. While you are waiting check out
the gorgeous veneer card made by Yogi. And, don't forget to send for your FREE samples of veneer. My address is HERE.

Let's be NICE

My friend Sara of Scrap Happie is hosting a blog hop in
support of Operation Nice.
I've signed up to be a part of it. You can too. Click on
Sara's link for all of the info. We will be doing lots of
NICE things during the blog hop.
More details coming soon.

Have a very happy Saturday.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Flowers in Coral

And a Glittered Reptile.

The Reptile is for the
where the theme this week is 'Reptile'.

When my children were little they walked down to the park to attend
the carnival. I remember distinctly telling them not to bring
any fish back. They always wanted to throw the ping pong
balls in the fish bowls and try to win a fish.
Well, they actually listened to their mother and
they didn't bring any fish back. They brought back a Chameleon.
That little Chameleon became part of our family. My husband
made him a very nice home and I stocked up with mealy worms
for his food. He got so tame. And he was always full of
surprises. One day I went to get him from his cage and that
little stinker jumped right out and landed on my nose. We had
lots of fun with that little guy. You know, it could have been
a girl chameleon like this pretty glittery girl. The lizard
is from ggdesigns and I stamped it on an old notecard in black.
It is heat embossed and then I painted the lizard in glue
and sprinkled on some crystal glitter.

The flowers could also be for the Flower theme
or maybe this one for Stamping Vacation
Viva La Difference Pick 3 challenge

Denise's Stamping Vacation pick 3 challenge is always fun.
We get a list of six and this week they are... coral card stock, glitter,
border punch, sentiment sticker, anything sprayed, bling.
I picked coral card stock, glitter and bling. The flower
is cut from a piece of designer paper and glued to the
coral card stock and layered on to the base gold card.
I glittered areas of the flower with crystal glitter and added
green crystals along the base of the flower. The sentiment stamp
that I used is actually 3 words. I used just 'moments' from
"Every Day Moments".

I hope you are having some wonderful every day moments.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Angels, Day and Night Sky and Handmade Embellishments

All right here today.

Digital Delights Sketch Challenge #4
That I just missed by this much, but I'm posting anyway.
You can find Sketch #5 up and ready to challenge you.

Little Maggie is just too cute to ignore. So here she is
using Sketch #4 from Digital Delights a monthly challenge.

Rosie Dee Week 48...Sun

This is an ATC that I made using stamps from ggdesigns (border), Rubber Stampede (sun) and the moon and stars are from Dollar Tree. This is colored using an assortment
of chalks, gel pen and markers and colored pencils. It was fun doing a RosieDee
challenge again, I haven't in awhile.

Do you use Acrylic Embillishments? I do and they can be expensive.
I recently ran across instructions on how to make your own.
It's easy, it's fun and it's inexpensive.
I posted how I made them on This Week with Jeanette.

Here are some that I made. If I'd been smart I would have used a
square instead of a circle. My circle cutting leaves a bit to be disired.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Goodness Where Has My Day Gone?

I did spend part of this morning making this for
Make a Halloween Pennant

We were given the image of the pennant for our inspiration. This is what
I did. The ghost and letters are printed on vellum. The wispy stuff is a piece
of stretched until it started to tear dryer sheet. I also used a scrap
of sparkly black fringe. So Boo, or maybe I should say Boo-Hoo,
I might just have missed the deadline.

this month's theme is House with a subtheme of Flowers'for this week.
Also, it is for the All Sorts Challenge Country English Garden.
I'm new to this challenge.

I colored this sweet stamp from AJs Country Stampin with colored
pencil. I do wish I'd colored it a bit brighter. I was going for pastel and came
close to ending up with blah. This looks sort of like an English Country Garden,
a very simple one, maybe.

I couldn't stop there. I put it on this card for the
Fall Colors challenge at More the Merrier.
They just completed a 'Make a Slice of Cake' challenge.
You should see the entries. FABULOUS.

Oh, here's the card.

All I did was subdue the color on this fall leaf background paper
and add my completed tag and flowers.

Don't forget to check out the Cake Slices.

I'm very excited about a scrapbook project that I'm working on
with my friend Sheri. She has asked a few of her friends
to help her make scrapbook pages for her daughter's upcoming
wedding. I was so happy that she asked me to help. And,
while at Walmart this a.m. I found some wonderful ivory lace ribbon,
ivory satin flowers, wedding stickers and journaling stamps. They will
be perfect for her pages. I wonder if Sheri is aware of the fact that
I've only made 3 scrapbook pages in my life. Trusting soul isn't she?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Blue, Green and Cream

That is the Challenge at
I'm also using it for the Open Theme

The fairy is from Art Freebies. Another beautiful image that
June so thoughtfully shares on her web site.
The blue and cream are muted but they are there in the sky. This
image is from my software program. The stars are from a
moon and stars stamp from Rubber Stampede. This card is
done in 3 layers. I have the one sky panel as the base of the card, one
smaller panel of sky with gold threads taped to the back and layered
with pop dots. The angel has been cut out and layered on top
with pop dots. I added spots of clear crystal glitter here and there.
I'm really pleased
with this one.

At One Powerful Hour the challenge is Family
and ABC Challenge starting the alphabet again with 'A' Animal.

How do family and animals go together? Well, animals are
a big part of our family.
This is my brother's new dog that you first met as Malcom. His
new name is Rusty.He certainly seems to like the water.
This is the 3rd picture that I've seen of him and he is wet in 2 of them.

My, I've used lots of pop dots this week. This is a dimensional picture
that I made using 2 printed photos of Rusty. I cut away Rusty standing
on the log and some of the tall grasses. This was layered over the base photo with
pop dots. I couldn't find my photo paper so I used SU Whisper
White. It works very nicely and gives the photo somewhat of
a mat finish. I'll be sending this to my brother Jim, after I put it
in a frame. Maybe with a bit of birch bark added to it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

More Buzz at Squigglefly

This week's challenge at

Sentiments are some of the newest arrivals at Squigglefly along with
a lot of new images just added this weekend.
My inspiration for this card came from one that I saw in a
2008 issue of PaperCrafts Magazine. I loved the button
border and I thought it would work very nicely with
a sentiment only card. You can barely see the decorative
punches used in the corners but they are there. They are
backed with aluminum foil with the dull side up.

I hope you join us this week for the Squigglefly 'Sentiments' challenge.

In regard to the tutorial on Stamping on Veneer, HERE.
I just found a really colorful postcard to show you.

I stamped this in black permanent ink and colored with markers.
The cat stamp is from the wonderful collection of
I only have two of her stamps but I've used them
over and over. I'm so glad that I have them.
Miss Burch passed away on September 13, 2007.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Something Different to Try

I've been working with Charlotte of ggdesigns and Pat, the Wood Veneer Man,
web site under construction, on a tutorial for making a journal
using a wood veneer postcard as the journal cover.
Here are a couple of examples of possible journal covers
made with these premade postcards.

The Giraffe is from DogGoneStamps and the Leaves and Flower Bud are from

I love stamping on veneer. It is as easy as stamping on card stock. And, by using the premade postcard
you have something unique to send through the mail.
See the complete tutorial and all contact information HERE.
A challenge is in the works for
September at ggdesigns so stop in and get your FREE veneer
postcard samples. There are also several sample packs available for purchase. Be prepared for the future challenge.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Inchy x Inch

I really don't know why I like doing inchies
so much, but I do.

This one is for
Inchy x Inch 'Trees'

I stamped in a mix of Burnt Sienna and Maroon chalk inks onto a scrap of paper.
I used 2 stamps on this little bitty piece of art. My tree stamp is
almost as old as the Hickory tree in my yard and measures 2" x 3 1/2". The
second stamp is a collage of leaves and measures 3" x 3".
So, you see, it isn't necessary to have tiny stamps just for the small projects.
After I stamped I chose the area that I wanted to use for
my inchie and cut out my square on my Fiskars Slide Cutter.
Oops, my background is stark white. How glaring! I'd better
fix that. I distressed my inchie using smudges of Burnt Sienna.
I usually do that step first and I was hoping that I wouldn't
smear my stamping. Although, that might have turned out
to be an interesting effect.
I'm hosting an Inchie Swap at Scrapbooking and Crafting
Friends in my group Use Your Paper Scraps. Sign ups
are still open. You are welcome to join in.

Tonight is lots of Digi Fun with Squigglefly SNR
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Games, challenges, prizes,
sneak peeks and most of all FUN will be waiting
for you there.

I hope you come back tomorrow to visit because I have BIG NEWS to share.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Background Check Because I've Got Flower Power

Ahhh, creating an eyecatching title is sometimes a real stretch.

I made this ATC for
Created by Hand Favorite Background challenge
Flower Power challenge reflecting the Hippie era

I dabbled a bit in being a Hippie. Even tho I was well
into my 30s during that period. I was living in LA
and my husband, at the time, was working on a recording studio
being built in San Francisco. The name of the artist totally escapes me.
So, I had an inside track to the hippie lifestyle through him. He worked
on several recording studios in both LA and SF. I spent lots of
time going back and forth between LA and SF. But, it wasn't until
about 25 years later that I visited the famous Haight Ashbury. I'm sure
that I missed out on all of its hippie splendor.

Back to the of my favorite backgrounds is using chalk.
It's simple and can be very effective. And most of all....I can do it.
The rest of the ATC is stamped with images reflecting the days of
Flower Power.

To see the instructions for the featured card at Created by Hand, visit
Yogi here. She does beautiful work so visit her gallery while you
are there. Yogi is a regular participant at ggdesigns. Right now
she has a wonderful tutorial on Lettering, here. You'll have
to scroll down a bit on the page to see the simple and wonderful
lettering tutorial. Or should I say....simply wonderful lettering
tutorial. Either way you don't want to miss it.

One last thing before I close.....
Squigglefly is has a Digi event starting at 7 p.m.

The Most Happening Place to Be - Digi Party!

What's the most happening thing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday? That's right - another DIGI FEST! Starting this Friday, August 14th, Squigglefly is having a huge party with TONS of new images, contests, challenges, and prizes. You'll be the first to see a preview of all the new images before they're available for sale.

The fun starts on Friday at 7pm CST on the Squigglefly Yahoo Group - with tons of games, contests, and challenges, this is sure to be one SUPER FUN event!

The fun continues on Saturday at 7pm CST on the Squigglefly SNR Card Universe Group with even more new image releases, challenges and prizes.

You'll have all weekend to participate in the challenges and contests, with winners announced on the Squigglefly Blog on Monday.

Now, doesn't that sound like fun.

I've also added some new places for you to visit on my blog list.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rubber Stamping and Vintage the Digi Way

It is so nice to be able to use both techniques. Mixing the
two techniques together (hybrid) is expecially fun. These aren't
hybrid projects but I really had fun doing them.

My rubber stamping card is for Scrapbooking & Crafting
Friends, Stampers Division where our theme is Birds.

My bird on the flower branch is by Inque Boutique that I got
at Addicted to Rubber Stamps. I heat embossed in black and
then used water colors. Both pieces of card stock are
from my mat stack of asian influenced papers. I also used
a pink smudged scrap of dryer sheet from another project.
The pretty little flowers are from a floral spray that I just got
at the church yard sale. They have the best yard sales. I got
all kinds of bits and pieces to use in my cardmaking. The pearls
are from my stash of beads.

This image is the inspiration at Soartful Challenge
Sleeping Beauty

And here is my altered image

I lightened this photo a bit and added the doctor's bag.
Not much of an alteration to the photo but I'm pretty
new at this. This was done using my Printmaster. I rec'd
some wonderful Photoshop tips from June who does the Sorartful
challenges. I'm going to do my best to learn to use that puppy. I've been
playing around in my Photoshop but so far I really can't
do anything. But, I'll eventually get there.

A few days back Denise asked about the Century Plant.
Finally, here is an answer. This huge cactus gets these
spectabular blooms on a 20' stalk.

This happens only once in it's lifetime which is approximately
28 years. After blooming the plant dies back and starts
all over again with tiny 'sucker shoots'. More information
is available HERE.
This plant is a treacherous plant to have in your yard. It has
very sharp spines. But, then, it might be worth it to see the spectacular
show it puts on every 28 years or so.

Just a Note

MyGrafico servers are down. They are working on the repair.
Sorry for the inconvenience.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2nd Post of the Day

This is my entry for the challenge at
Theme Weddings

I really doubt that I know anyone that will be getting married
in the near future so I came up with a comic wedding invitation.
Although, I've been surprised in the past. Both of my children
married for the first time in their 40s. Susan has been married 3 years
and Michael 2 years. Those two are so funny. They were
born 11 1/2 months apart and their wedding dates are almost
that same time span apart.

So here is my wedding invitation. Sorry the photos aren't better.

This is a close up of the 3rd page.

My wedding invitation is very fancy. I stamped in charcoal chalk ink on clear vellum.
Layered between each piece of vellum is a piece of white on white designer paper.

We seem to have lots of kitty weddings in our neighborhood.
Which is OK but they seem to have so many children.

My quirky sense of humor for the day.

Girls, Girls, Girls,

These 'Girls' will be posted at
Scrapbooking & Crafting Friends

In the Kitchen will be HERE in the Vintage Division
for their sketch challenge

The two background kitchens came from Google images, exact place
unknown. I cropped off the top of the bottom image and
the bottom of the top image. They are layered according
to the sketch. Next, and this is the best part, I stamped my
stylish 'girl' with teal ink. It's the best because I just
received the stamp from my friend Stef, Glitterbabe Greetings.
Thank you Stef for sprinkling a little glitter my way.
I used buttons that I thought I would never use. I think
they are perfect for the sketch.

My card has an extra button because I'm covering up a boo boo.
I'm not real happy about my distressing but I sure like
the overall look of the card.

This cute 'Girl' is going HERE in the Digi/Hybrid
Division...theme STARS.

I made this card using the doll and star from MyGrafico
It is colored with colored pencil and has a bit of
glitter added to the swirl and stars.

Dolly is 'wishing' you a happy day