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

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Beauty and the Beast

I belong to this wonderful Yahoo Group
There is always and abundance of interesting postings and non-
stop challenges and swaps.
I haven't done swaps in ages because I get bored making lots
of the same thing.  Well, not at only make one for
your partner.  I haven't missed one yet.  Well, maybe one.

And, just a note on the 
We will be re-opening on Fri, July 1st.
Everyone is invited to shop with us at our Club discount prices.
We also take pride in our personal service.
To shop with us at our fabulous prices you must be
a member of our OWSE Group.  Membership is free.
Plus you become a member of a great group of crafters.

Another thing on our OWSE agenda is our
Christmas in July Party.
We have set up a special OWSE Events site just
for all of our fun special events.
Everyone is invited to put on their party hat and join us.
Grab our badge for your blog sidebar.

And, now back to my regular scheduled programming.

I told you we have fun swaps at OWSE.   This is a Tip In page that I made
for and ongoing swap at OWSE.   
Need more info on tip in pages check here.  
My partner chose Fairy Tales for her theme.  

Vintage Beauty and the Beast
This is my very first Tip In Page.  She gave me the size of the page
that she wanted and  that included the 1/2" magin for tipping your page in
your journal.   I found a beautiful vintage Beauty and the Beast
book cover to use for my image.  I can't remember the name of
the paper that I used.  I stamped on some music with distress ink.
Cut a doily from another paper and layered under the image.
Two butterfly stickers, some trim and  bling and my first Tip In page is complete.
I'm happy to say that my partner really loved it.


Joyful Stamper - Linky Party 12
Theme Thurs - Borders
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Stampavie - Butterflies
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Anything but a Card
CR84FN - Aqua, green and yellow

Thanks for joining me today.
Anddon't forget, we are waiting for you at
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
Group, Events and our soon to re-open Shop


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Getting Ready for Christmas

Yep, it's beginning to look like Christmas.  Not only 
has just opened a new Group for Special Events.
Our first event is 
Christmas In July
July 15th
We always have lots of fun at our Special Events.
Everyone is welcome to join the new group
More details and badges will follow soon.

Now on to the current challenge at
Today is the first day of our
Mid Year Christmas Challenge
Sponsored by

This is my DT card

I used the RF image Sarah's Christmas with the addition
of a twig wreath.  I colored with my Copics.  And, I really must
stop being so impatient when I distress my images.  I always end
up with too much color.  I think everything here has a light
touch of Old Paper Distress Ink to give it a more aged look.
Well, except where I had too heavy of a hand.
Overall, I like how this turned out.  I really enjoyed working
with Robyn's beautiful Christmas image.

Thanks for joining me for my 
mid year Christmas celebration.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Here Comes the Red, White and Blue

With the 4th of July coming up  Red, White and Blue 
is a popular challenge theme at this time.

I am a Guest Designer at Card Makin' Momma's  for the
Red, White and Blue challenge featuring
Robyn's Fetish  as sponsor this week.

Primitive Pitcher
I used the Primitive Pitcher digi from the Robyn's Fetish 
Primitive Collection.   I love Robyn's Primitive Collection.

I used my Copics to color.   Layered the image on a red panel then on a doily.
To finish off, I embellished with chipboard die cuts and red buttons tied
with twine.
I think this is a nice departure from the expected patriotic use of the
colors red, white and blue.   Although, I do have a red, white and blue Patriotic
card for future posting.

Challenges I'm entering

Phindy's Place - Going Around in Circles
Rainbow Lady - Digi Day
Craft Us Crazy - Red, White, Blue and/or Summer
Ruby's Rainbow - Flowers
Whoopsi Daisy - Pile on those Flowers
I'm sorry mine aren't piled on just neatly arranged in a bouquet
Lexi's Creations - No Sentiment
Die Cut Dreams - Red, White and Blue
Scrappy Frogs - Simply Red

Have a wonderful day and be sure to check out
some of these fun challenges



Friday, June 24, 2011

In the Good Old Summertime

What can be more summery than Butterflies and Blooms.
 The first day of summer this year was June 21st.  
So it is officially summer now.  Although, here in Myrtle Beach,
it's felt like summer for several weeks now.

Butterflies and Blooms

I colored the background by smudging on several shades of yellow
Distress Inks.  If you don't use these wonderful inks by Tim Holtz, I highly
recommend them.  They are so easy to use and the colors are beautiful.
The Butterfly stamp is unknown because I  didn't save the packaging.
I used gaffer tape from 7 Gypsies.  Do I hear you asking "what is gaffer tape"?

This roll is 1" wide and is fabric backed with an adhesive.  It is very strong
and is good for binding hand made journals.  It is similar to duct tape.
You can buy regular gaffer tape at your local hardware store and it does
come in colors.  This is special for crafts and comes in many different patterns.
You can see that I cut around my print before I adhered it to my 
piece.  How could you miss my messy cutting.   Really, it isn't that apparent
in real life.  

The challenges that I've entered:

Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Things With Wings
Sweet Stampin' - Summer
One Stitch At A Time - Things With Wings
Anything Goes  - Here Comes Summer

I received a nice comment on my Soartful Challenge from
2 a.m. scrapper and I went to tell her thank you.  Well, am I ever glad
that I went to her blog because she made a beautiful card using a
new background technique.  I found this really interesting because
it uses plastic grocery bags.  And, like magic it can be used as
journal pages, backgrounds, etc.    You can see the video here.
I hope you will give this a try.  I am and I will be sharing my results
with you one of these days.  

I have one garden photo for you.
Bottle Brush
My Bottle Brush had its best bloom ever this Spring.  Well, now 
here comes another bunch of beautiful blooms.  This poor plant almost
froze to death the first winter after a fall planting.  I covered it but
it still suffered a lot of damage.  The poor thing got trimmed almost
to the ground.  Well, this the second season after that cold winter
and it is doing just wonderful.  It is now taller than I am.  I've begun
to prune it into a tree shape.  There aren't very many of them here
because we are in a border line planting zone.  
I'm so glad that it is doing so well.

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's A Guy Thing

I tried to post this yesterday and Blogger wouldn't upload my photo.
Phooey, sometimes Blogger is such a pain.  Even at that, I think
Blogger is the best place to have a blog.  

I made this for an 
recent swap 'It's A Guy Thing'.
The stamp that I used is a 'Man of Numbers Plate 2' from
The faint hand that you can hardly see is part of a Steampunk stamp set
by 7 Gypsies.

I used different brown Distress Inks for stamping and distressing.
The metal charm is a small book.  I thought that was appropriate because
the man is a poet.  

I'm also joining in the following challenges.

Catch the Bug - It's a Man's World
Little Clair's Designs - Cards for Men
Wags & Whiskers - One for the Boys
Mami Doodles - Card for a Boy or Man
Tuesday Throwdown - Masculine
If The Shoe Fits - For the Men

Before it gets hot today, I'm going out and pull some weeds.  I think I
have more weeds in my flower bed than flowers at the moment.  I sure
wish my flowers did as well as the weeds.  I have some of last year's 
Sweet Potato Vine coming back.  I'm going to take a few cuttings to root
in water and poke them around the flower bed.  Sweet Potato Vine grows
even better than my weeds.

It comes in these two colors mine is the chartreuse.

This is how pretty it looks here mixed with red peppers.

Unfortunately, this isn't my flower bed.  I got it
from Pickering Design Services web site.

Thanks for joining me today.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

An American in Paris

They just don't make movies like this anymore.  I love a good
musical.  I did see Mama Mia and Chicago which were both fun.
But, those are the only two that I can think of recently.

Gene Kelly is one of my all time favorites.  Oh boy, am I ever giving
away my age.  I always liked the movie An American in Paris better than

We recently had a swap at OWSE titled Postcard from Paris.

I used an original photo that my daughter took on her summer trip to Paris.
And, of course, my old favorite, Gene Kelly.  
I Googled a city map of Paris to use as my background.
The word Paris is there but the clear stickers aren't showing up here
Also, what looks like black smudges is gold foil.

Summer is a peak travel time.  My daughter is so lucky to have
been able to go on her trip to Paris.

Challenges for this piece

Craft Your Days Away - Monochrome
Pollycraft Monday - Travel/Holidays
4 x 4 Friday - Summer
Three Muses - Postmark Paris

And, that concludes my post for today.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

2nd Post of the Day

I was a Guest Designer for Quirky Crafts Challenges

We were to follow Lyn's Recipe Theme Box
and  choose any three or more squares for our card.

and here is the card that I made using five boxes
Blue and Pink
3 Backing Papers
Ribbon and Lace
5 Flowers 

I'm not used to making this busy of a card.  But, it was fun
after I got started.

So pop on over to Quirky Crafts and see how many boxes
you can use in making your card.


Back to the 70s

This week's challenge at 
Retro 1970s
A new challenge every Sunday at 7:00 a.m. EST.
We will even give you a freebie to use upon request.
Our challenge is open for your entries until Sat, June, 25th
This week's sponsor is 
I think their name says it all. 
They also offer a fantastic prize. 

My card

I used the image Disco Tween which I colored with Copics.
I also custom colored the flowers with Copics.   The ribbons have a
touch of glitter and the image is cut and placed on glitter card stock.

This is also for the following challenges

Paper Cupcakes -  pick two: Flowers, Ribbons, Pearls/Gem and/or die cut
I picked ribbons and flowers
Pollycraft Monday - Ribbons and Flowers
Lexi's Creations - No Sentiment
That was an easy one for me....I don't use sentiments all that often.

Our I Did It Creations challenge blog features more than 
just challenges.  Visit on Tuesdays for Susan's Robyn's Nest 
Susan shares the latest about Robyn's Fetish Digi Stamps.
On Thurs, I bring you We Do It All Thurs.  This is where
I share a little bit of everything.  It might be a tutorial, a new realease,
maybe a product review.  Come by each Thurs and be pleasantly surprised.
This Thurs I'm featuring the Product Demonstrator, Lucy Chesna, from Outlaw 
her wonderful fabric tutorials.   One is making a flower from 
muslin and the other is embossing muslin.

Thanks for joining me today.  

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sayonara to Scraps

I just posted a new challenge to our members.
I challenged them to use some of the stash of scraps in a project.
I probably save too many scraps but they can be used in so many ways.
A flower, an accent strip, backing for a flat clear marble, die cut or 
paper piecing.  I'm sure there are many more ideas out there for using scraps.

This is my example

Sayonara to Scraps
Every paper used in this 4 x 4 is from my stash.
The background is red which I colored on some gold.
It turned out rather muddy looking in this scan.

I've also entered this in the following challenges

CES Challenges - Inspired by a Movie
Moving Along With the Times - Inspired by a Song
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Gingerloft Challenge - Asian Inspiration and Blog Hop
Diva by Design - Anything but a Card
Lollipop Crafts - Inspired by a Song

It is going to be another beautiful day.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Art Doll

I made this paper art doll for the 
Art Doll Swap.

When I was a young girl playing paper dolls was one of
my favorite pastimes.  Well, I'm still playing with paper dolls.
Both of us have grown up, tho.

I really had fun making this doll.  She is my 2nd one that I've made.
And, I must say, my doll making as come a very long way.

Just as I was planning for this swap, I came across some sample art dolls

I love using feathers and I had burlap and my new order of lace, 
Really Reasonable Ribbon, had just arrived.  
So I was all set to use this doll as my inspiration.
 Her body is from several paper art doll patterns that I found
on Google.    After I adjusted for size, I printed my patterns in a very light
color so they could be colored.     I mostly highlighted what was already there
with my Prisma pencils.    This was so much fun to make that I'm sure I'll be 
doing more.  In fact, my inspiration for the next doll is

On my last trip to the craft store I got a face mold and some clay.  Both are
from Sculpey.   This will be my first time molding with clay.   I think I have
everything to begin now.  Oh darn, everything but the time.  
I'll get it made one of these days.

It was hard to find any challenges for my doll but I did
find these:

Off the Wall Craftiness - Inspiration as shown

Moving Along With the Times:  Anything But a Card
Guylou's Inimitality - Monochromatic

Thanks for visiting my blog.  Leave me a comment and
I'll come visit you.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pretty Bird

I guess I had a senior moment this morning.
I completely forgot to post my DT card for the 
Theme:  Birds

Better late than never,  my Pretty Bird card.
I love this image by
who just happens to be this weeks sponsor of the IDIC challenge.

Since the bird is so colorful, I left everything else pretty plain.
The next does have a popped out area.  I used my
Scor-Pal to do an embossed frame for a border.

This card all fits the following:

Theme Thurs - Lots of Color
Digi Doodles   - No Backing Papers

That's it for today.  


Sunday, June 5, 2011


Hats is the theme for our 
this week.

Our sponsor is Floppy Latte Designs
I had such a hard time choosing just one of her beautiful
hat silhouettes.  But, I decided on this one.

I fell in love with this beautiful background paper.  I changed the
silhouette from black to a rusty brown to match.  Layered and finished off
with a big bow of sheer ribbon.

Won't you come join us at our challenge this week.  
You might just win a nice prize.   All you have to do is ask and
a free digi will be sent to you of any used by the DT.
So pay us a visit, right here,
The challenges are weekly, 7 a.m. each Sunday and close 
the following Saturday.

Have a wonderful day.