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

Monday, October 24, 2011

To Color, or Not to Color, That is the Question

This is a short post today due to being a bit under the weather.
This is from my post at Crafting With OWSE
A new tutorial every Tues, Friday and Sunday.
Technique Tuesday
Felonious Friday
Sunday Papers

When I think of using a stamp like this, I immediately think
antique browns or black.  Art stamps work very well with color.

Version 1
Supplies Used

The following supplies that I used are available at OWSE
A discount shopping club that is free to join.

Version 2
Supplies Used

The following supplies that I used available at OWSE

Background - G24 - Willow
Hair - E57 - Walnut
Face - YR61  - Yellowish Pink
Column - V01 - Heath
Column - V05 - Column
Wings - YR23 - Yellow Ochre

Next time you grab your favorite art stamp think about
coloring it up a bit.  I like the results, don't you?

See ya' next week when I will be posting the 
Sunday Papers on Saturday in conjunction with our
Halloween Gala being held that day at 
If you haven't registered at our Events site please do.
You don't want to miss out on our party.
And, pack those pjs because Robyn is having
a Slumber Party that night.

Learn to make Burnt Brown Bag leaves with Judy
right here.

Until next time.....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Head Paper Doll

I probably shouldn't be posting this now, but, oh heck,
why not.   My paper doll  will be a feature on 
Halloween Gala on Oct 29th.  More details at the
end of the this post.
I also have listed the challenges that I'm entering this project in at the end.

I love the pumpkin face.  

This is the doll that inspired me.  Darn, I can't remember which magazine it in was now.

I know, this is pretty messy looking.  I used it for my basic pattern.

I used 13th Hour dp by Kaisercraft
Assorted buttons, clipart, ribbon and flower from my stash.

I have a confession, I ordered the Vinyl Silhouette set my mistake
but,  they aren't going to waste.  Beside the above project I used another one
to make this really simple card.

for another post titled 
Halloween in 10 Minutes or Less.
You can find more on Halloween in 10 Minutes or less at
Crafting with OWSE
This is the cat silhouette and another sheet from 13th Hour.

Just a bit about the upcoming Halloween Gala
October 29th at
OWSE Events
Everyone is invited.  All you have to do is register at our
OWSE Events site.  We will be having lots of fun all day
on Oct 29th.  And, well into the night with Robyn
hosting one of her fabulously fun
Slumber Parties.
If you haven't been to one of our OWSE slumber parties,
now is the time.  So pack up those pjs and come join us for
the day and well into the night.

The Challenges for my Pumpkin Head Paper Doll
Cutie Sunday - Halloween
Dream Valley -  Halloween
Paper Sundaes - Halloween/'Fall
Gingerloft - Halloween/Fall
Picture Perfect - Halloween Fall
Krazy Stamp Friends - Halloween
The Crazy Challenge - Halloween
Creative Card Crew - Spooky Fun
Inky Impressions - Trick or Treat/Halloween
Crafting For All Seasons - Halloween or colors
Fresh Brewed - Black, Orange, Purple
Crop Stop - Halloween
If The Shoe Fits - Spooky Fall

Now, I have to do some tidying up to do here in the
old craft room.  It looks like a whirlwind just went
I'll be back with you again soon.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fun with Numbers

Wow, did I ever change my train of thought on this piece.
I was going vintage with this and then I found this
fabulous wallpaper.  This  became the background for my
very simple digital piece.

I altered the color of the chair from a wheat color to the bright pink
and the orange tabby to a gray tabby.   
I think it's kind of fun.  

This is for the Crazy Amigo Challenge - Numbers.

I don't seem to be getting much done today.  The problem is that I started
a new book.  And, there goes my day.   I should be curled up in the chair
not the cat.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A New To Me Ink

I just found out about a new type of ink.
It is a hybrid ink called Palette by Stewart Superior.

For my article this week at Crafting with OWSE 
Ink, Part One

I'm doing an article featuring the new Palette inks.
I guess they aren't all that new but they are to me.
They arrived on the stamping scene in 2008.

We are now carrying these inks at

Here are a few color samples for the 1" cube 4 Paks.





This is just 4 of the fabulous 1" Cube 4 Paks of the 9 that are available.
There are 36 colors of regular size individual ink pads and reinkers 
also available.  
I've just ordered a selection of the new Palette inks to try.
I will have INK, Part Two for everyone soon.
INK, Part One can be found HERE
The our inventory of Palette Inks can be found in

OWSE is a discount shopping club.  Our membership is free.
All you have to do is join our Group HERE.   

You are invited to join our fun Group and then get shopping
privileges at our shop with our group discount prices.
If you don't see what you want in our shop...just ask.

Until next time.....

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall into Golfing

It is Fall and this post is all about Golfing.
Pretty funny since I've never even held a golf club.

Golf is really big here in Myrtle Beach.  We are said to have
over 100 golf courses in our area.  I think they make a beautiful
addition to our landscape.   People come from all over to play on our
courses.....amateurs and pros alike.

We are big on Mini-Golf.  Yep, we have one of those on almost
every block.  That is because we are a tourist town right on the beach featuring
many outdoor activities.
We even have an annual mini golf tournament here.  
It is taking place right here, right now, this weekend.

Season 7 "Bachelor" star Charlie O'Connell
This year the tournament is being held at the
Wow, this place is famous.  

Hawaiian Rumble has been featured as one of the "golfiest, must-see places" in America by Golf Magazine. It has also been featured in many national TV shows, and newspaper and magazine publications. For example, in 1992 Crook & Chase along with the Nashville Network televised their entire show from here. In l993 Dennis Hopper and Tom Derringer filmed a scene from the movie Chasers. In 1999 Home and Garden TV did a segment on their travel show. In 2002 NBC Today Show with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric covered the Masters. On May 22, 2003 the Travel Channel filmed Hawaiian Rumble for the Top Ten Miniature Golf Courses in the United States..

There is more info available by following the link above.

I have 3 cards all made using the same
Golf Bag
While you are there check out the 1926 collection.
These stamps are from the original art work done in 1926 by
the owner's mother.  They are gorgeous and I have them all.

My Golf Bag done up 3 different ways

I'm entering the following challenges

Simply Create - Shades of Black
Southern Girls - For the Boys/Men
Delightful Challenge - Colors of Fall
Stamps R Us - Autumn/Fall
Creative Stamp Friends - Autumn Colors
Order of the Opus Glui - Back in the Swing 

Thanks for practicing your swing with me today.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Fun Finds from the Freebie Newspaper

Yesterday, I while waiting for Lorne to finish his chemo treatment,
I thumbed thru the doctor's office collection of reading material.
We have several freebie newspapers in our area and the
doctor's offices seem to have them all.
This particular one is called

Sasee Cover
Freebie News for Women
There wasn't much left of this one by the time I finished with it.
I tore this out and that out and I will file them away
for future reference for things to do and things to make.

The first thing that I tore out was this adorable cover art by 
Pam Warden.
She has a new website where she sells her line of greeting cards,
I love her art.  It is so playful.

Then I ran across adds for shops that carried some
really cute Halloween things.

First, is the adorable doll.

Uhm, I could do this!

Velvet Pumpkins
Hot Skwash by Daria Knowles
Uhm, another thing to make.  I also thought of 
using embossed velvet to wrap the pumpkins.  Remember, Mary O'Neil of  Hot Potatoes
coming on the old Carol Duval show to show us how to emboss
on velvet.   The results are really elegant. 

This one is really fun.

Elephant Poo Cards by
Haathi Chaap

That’s right, it’s paper made from Elephant Poo and we are
crazy enough to make it. In fact, we think that once you’ve had a
look around our website, you may even want some!

What’s more’s organic and safe to use!
from Haathi Chaap home page

See more poo products here

They say it doesn't stink either.

And, last but not least


One stop shopping at this strip mall.Groceries at Food Lion, hair cut at Hair Trends andthe big at Tuesday Morning.This is just up the street from me and I never noticed it until I read
this ad.   Come to think of it, I do need a hair cut.

Just a note......
You might want to try these Halloween Projects
to prepare for the
Halloween Gala
sponsored by 
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium
One day only
October 29th.
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for your
Scrapbooking and Stamping Supplies!
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium is a club

There are no fees to join

Join our club here so you can shop here.
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For tutorials and more visit
Crafting with OWSE
Right now Judy is demonstrating how to make
Embossed Tiles like this beauty.

I hope you enjoyed going thru my clippings with me.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011


I made this piece using my image program.  No not your
sophisticated Photoshop but my trusty, easy to use, Printmaster.
Someday, maybe I'll tackle using Photoshop but not today.

I kind of like how this turned out. 
I have challenges listed below that I'm entering.

My daughter and her husband really get in the Halloween spirit.
They decorate every year.  Here is a sample
of their display for last year.  

Steps up from the street

The full effect

Trick or Treaters trek up the steps in droves for their 
treats every year.   
What a treat for everyone each year.

My challenge list:

Drunken Stampers  - Halloween
Everybody Art - Halloween
Haunted Design - Gods and Monsters
Inspiration Ave  - Fear
Quirky Crafts  - Something Spooky
Dream Valley  - Monochromatic

Watch out for all of those things that go bump in the night.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn = Apples and Apples = Cider and that = Yummy for the Tummy

I'm one of those people that eat an apple a day.
I don't know if it makes me any healthier but I love the 
sweet crunch or a really good apple.

Fall is the season where people are invited to apple orchards
to pick their own or buy them by the bushel.  

We don't have an orchard near us where we live in SC.
But, when I lived in Reno, NV, visiting Apple Hill was something
that we did often.  The drive would take us up and around Lake Tahoe 
and then down towards Sacramento, Ca.  It was something that
I always looked forward to doing.   All along this old hiway were
orchards with fresh apples for sale, crafts and lots of places for
fresh baked apple pie.  Yummy!!!

Right now my favorite apple is a New Zealand variety called Jazz.
I can only get these at the local Piggly Wiggly market.  They are
dense, crisp and just the right sweetness.  Love them.   

To make my card I colored with Prisma  Colored Pencils.  The white background
has been distressed with a light brown chalk and the edge distressed with
Tea Dye Distress Ink.  The black border layer is a slightly distressed
black paper and the base card is textured and bright red.
My coloring with colored pencil leaves a lot to be desired.  But, I'll 
keep practicing.  
The digital stamps that I used are from Robyn's Fetish
I used two digi stamps for this card.
Robyn is having a 
35% off sale in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This card fits the following challenges:

I Did It Creations - Anything Goes
Stampin with the Dragon - Fall into Color
Fussy and Fancy Fridays - Fall or Halloween
Paper Play  - Autumnal Colors
Digi Doodles Distressing
Stampavie - Autumn
Crafts and Me  - Use a Digi
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
The Pixie Cottage - Fall Fun
Scrappy Frogs - Fruity Tooty
OSAAT - Anything Goes

Well, that turned out to be quite a list of challenges for
one little card.  
Don't forget to visit 
and get 
35% off

Thanks for joining me on this rainy day
here in Coastal South Carolina.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Sad Story of the Mummy Card

My post for my Sunday Papers with Jeanette at Crafting With OWSE.

I hope you pop on over to Crafting With Owse and become a
follower.    Judy posts Technique Tuesdays on Tuesdays.  This week she has
shown us the Shaving Cream Technique.  
Friday is Felonious Friday with Outlaw Woman and Robyn.  This 
week she shows us a beautiful piece painted with Distress Inks. 
 Wednesday is Wednesday's Women
with a Special Guest Artist and the Sunday Papers with me.

Designed by:  Jamie Hurley

I saw Jamie's card in the current issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.   
This is my kind of cute and I wanted to make one.

I gathered up the following supplies

I didn't have any orange card stock so I printed off the size that I needed.
Next I cut my panels to size and then the wrapping of the twill began.
Now the sad story begins.   The twill that I had ordered from
OWSE was not any kind of twill that I was familiar with.
Thin and whimpy not strong and sturdy like twill should be.  

!!! Phooey !!!
It looks terrible.
No comparison to what Jamie used for her card.  I didn't want anyone
else being as disappointed in the product as I was so it is no
longer available in the OWSE shop.

I did list the instructions from
Paper Craft Magazine for you.  I've subscribed to
this magazine for quite awhile now and I'm never disappointed
in the cards shown.  Lot's of good ideas.  

Instructions for
Mummy Card by Jamie Hurley 
Paper Crafts Magazine

Make card from cardstock
Adhere twill around carstock rectangle, mat
with cardstock and adhere to care.
Circle punch cardstock and adhere
Stamp sentiment
Finished size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/4"

Thank you Jamie and thank you Paper Crafts Magazine.

Supplies that I would have used to make my Mummy Card.

I love these scissors.
My go to for stickum'
Cardstock - Black, Orange and White
Twill Tape or Ribbon

We've been putting off going to Walmart for 3 days now.  Today is the day.
Not my favorite thing to do but at least there will be milk in the house again.

Thanks for joining me.  Have a wonderful Sunday.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Back to Basics.....Keeping it Simple

When I started stamping oh so many years ago this is the type of card that
I routinely made.  Maybe a layer once in awhile and a bow for embellishment.
Over all there were no layers just a stamped and colored image with a simple sentiment inside.
Have I com full circle?   I'm finding I'm doing more clean and simple
cards than ever before.  I love this look.  

I guess you would like to see what I babbling on about.
Ta it is in all of its simplicity.  

I suppose I should have scanned it with a colored paper for background, but
I didn't.   I wanted instant gratification with the card so I chose a
simple coloring page that I Googled.   These come in so darn handy and
there are lots of free ones of almost anything you would like.
The hearts and sentiment were printed on white
cardstock and colored with gold and silver gel pen.
Something else that I like to use.  
So there you have it Me....Keeping is Simple.

I've entered this card in the following challenges:

Try It On Tuesday - Make it Minimal
Clean & Simple - Anything Goes CAS
Less is More - Heart or hearts

Here is a new coloring page site that just came to my attention
you might want to check it out.
Phee McFaddell
These are fun and whimsical.

This is brand new to our shop Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium .  
We are now carrying the DistreZZ It by Zutter

Add a distreZZed, shabby chic look to your paper craft projects in the blink of an eye. The tool that everyone wants.. the all new Distrezz-it-All makes hand sanding and filing a thing of the past. Distrezz cardboard, chipboard, wood, leather, Zutter Canvas Artboard, up to 12 sheets of cardstock at once. Hand held or desk top application. 110 Volt only.
We also have it in the European version Here

We've already discounted our price on this in our shop by $10.00.
Now and only until midnight Sunday, October 9th, take an extra 10% off this
nifty little gadget.
Distrezz It
Need more info check out this video

Distrezz-it-All Techniques with Donna Salazar

If you have any questions about this product contact

Thank for joining me today.
Remember, Clean and Simple is a good thing.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Trick or Treat

I played around with my image program to make this spooky piece.

Drinks Anyone?
I love the colors in this.  It is fun to get away from the black and
orange of Halloween.
It fits the following challenges

Forever Night Challenges  - Trick or Treat
4 X 4 Friday - Witches

I am so pleased to find someone to take over my 

Stop by and meet Carla and welcome her.
She is updating the blog and making it her own. 
Way to go of luck to you.  My digital experience is
quite limited but I'll be entering challenge from time to time.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

In Celebration of my Brother

James Leon Haggard
March 1, 1950 - September 3, 2011

It was a sad day when my brother died at such a young age.
It has been so hard on everyone in my family.  
Especially, my mother.  A mother just isn't supposed to see
one of her children die.  She was there for my brother right up to 
the end.

Here are a few pictures taken by my daughter while we were in Montana
to spread his ashes.

Jimmy's office and his dog Rusty

His final place of rest.  This is his favorite spot on the Yaak River

Jimmy in his younger days.

Rest in peace Jimmy.  We all miss you.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Halloween in 10 Minutes or less

I have a couple of simple things to make for Halloween.  
My children are grown so Halloween is not such a big deal
at my house anymore.  Children sure make a difference in how Holidays
are celebrated.   If you are like me, these easy peasy ideas may be of help you.

Here are the supplies that I used
(links to supplies listed below)

First I made a simple tag using a die cut from the paper collection
and a stamp from these fun Halloween Stamps.  Did some
direct to paper smudging with black ink tied on a ribbon and in
less that 10 minutes....done.  Quick and easy.
I love this stamp set.  

My next project is a quick and easy card.  

What I used here is a vinyl stick-on for a window.  I used a sheet of
paper from the collection.  It doesn't show that well here but
the colors are purple, beige, gray with silver metallic stripes.
The sentiment is another stamp from the collection that has
been stamped with black ink on silver metallic card stock.
I blotted it a bit to dry it quickly and make it a little more distressed
and maybe make it a bit more spooky.   
Another project completed in less than 10 minutes.

I really love the collection of papers.  They are grown up Halloween patterns
that can be used all year long.  Some even have steampunk potential.  
The name is 13th Hour, 6 1/2" paper pad by Kaisercraft.  
Here is just a sample of the great patterns.
Perfect for someone like me that prefers not to buy 
a lot of Holiday specific papers.

Die Cut selection

Now for the links to the supplies available at 

Paper Pad 6.5"X6.5" 24 Sheets-10 With Varnish, Foil Or Die-Cut

Until the next edition of Sunday Papers make every day a creative day.
To read past Sunday Papers with Jeanette visit Crafting with OWSE.
You will find 2 more contributors to the site plus Guest Designers.
Each offer tips and tutorials.  

I even found a few Halloween themed Challenges to enter

KB Cute Monday
Art Impressions
Little Darlings Challenge
Moving Along With the Times
Stampin' B Designs
Making Halloween Cards
Saturday Challenge

Thanks for joining me today.  I hope you enjoyed your stay.