Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I LOVE polka dots...

Hmmmm I wonder why they are called polka dots???????
Have you ever wondered that??? 
I think it's time to do a Google search....sometimes we just want to KNOW!!!!

I do love polka dots though. There are certain things we are just drawn to, you know?
For me it's deep, rich colors; stripes; polka dots; water coloring, plus some other things, but these four catch my eye every time.  So when I saw that Simon Says Stamp! wanted polka dots on their Wednesday challenge, I just had to jump in.

A couple years ago, I found some very cheap jewelry (like 50cents each) of a pendant and a couple of earrings. They were still mounted on their cards and those cards were bright, shiny, small polka dot bright red and a bright, shiny navy blue. Those cards made my heart beat FAST!!! I wouldn't have cared what was on the front of those cards..I wanted that paper!!!  So, here it is, a couple years later and I still had one small square of the navy blue polka dot card left. I had a challenge with a friend and she called for at least one inchie square on our card.   That was PERFECT!!! I can do that!!!  I got 3 small one inch squares out of that little piece of card!!! YAY!!!

So for this card, I sponged a stencil with my chalks (I did 4 cards using stencils and chalks.) I enjoyed that technique so much I couldn't quit. I know chalks are old stuff for most of us, But isn't it so FUN and SATISFYING to use again something that has been sitting around for a long while...and find that you enjoy it as much now as you did then? I'm always wanting the next new thing...but i need to work on using an old loved thing that hasn't been used for a while. 
I sprayed the chalk with a little hairspray and then heat set it so that it won't brush off.

Next, I stamped the "Happy Birthday to you" in pink so bring out that pink around the little birds.
The little song notes came from the bird stamp by Lawn Fawn. I love that little stamp. Those little birds can be used anywhere. They don't have to always be the main event.

And of course, the inchie squares. I stacked two heavy cardstock to back the navy polka dot. Stacked the birds too. It makes the cut-outs much better looking.

So here's the two challenges I am entering this in:

Blessings to you all,


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A new Challenge site

Hello again, It is April already... where does the time go??? We all ask that don't we? .. Time just seems to fly by and many plans are just lost in the thick of every day life. That's just how it is!

 I am just loving the beautiful weather here in San Antonio. Having the sun shining almost every day is such a beautiful thing! Everything is better when the sunshine warms your face and lights up the world. If you've been to San Antonio, you know that it is built on a mountain of rock! Not great if you're trying to plant something, but beautiful to look at. So I am just so excited to have two TINY rose bushes that we planted just last February and they are BLOOMING!!! Roses must REALLY LIKE THE SAN ANTONIO WEATHER!!!

 On to my paper crafts: I follow a lot of designers through email, that's how I get a lot of inspiration and news on what's going on. I have favorites, of course and Loll Thompson http://www.stampingwithloll.com/ is one of them. Loll and a friend of hers started up a new challenge site last month, so this is their 2nd challenge. I didn't get a chance to join them the first time but I made a card right away for this one. If I wait, the time will be gone again. I made this card using a stencil and coloring the background with chalks! I had not used my chalks for a long time. I LOVED how it came out. The three colors I used blended together beautifully. I had forgotten how nice chalk can look! I then stamped the daisy (LaBlanche stamps) with Versamark and embossed in white. I colored the image with my Tombow Twin Markers. As far as I'm concerned, no card is finished without a little glitz and glimmer (sequins).

I do hope this is not too busy for a CAS challenge. 
http://casmixup.blogspot.ca/ Stamping: Daisy by LaBlanche stamps
stenciling was done with chalk.
I also white embossed the flower before coloring with my Tombow markers.

http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/ This challenge says "One for the Girls"
I think this card fits that description. Flowers, especially daisies, are always a girly thing!

http://pinterestinspiredchallenge.blogspot.com/ This challenge is for pink and aqua blue...just like what I used. I love that color combination. Awesome!

Okay, so that will do it for me today! 
Have to get these entered so I can get done on the card I owe to my friend. We challenge each other 2x per month and this time it is to use an inchie. I've already got it in my head and can't wait to get on to doing it. I have to mail it out by the 15th!!!

Hugs to all,


Friday, February 12, 2016

Good to be back...

Well hello everyone out there in blogland...

It's been over a year since I have written on my blog.
OMG, so much has happened in my life...AND IN YOURS...I am sure!
There are times in our lives that things are just going along pretty "smoothly, naturally or normally" and we are grateful for that...and then comes the times that everything seems to come apart or end in some way and we have to start over.  Even though we know that this is the "God deemed" phases of life, it still takes our breath away and we have to get a tighter grip on God's hand and follow His lead.

That "hang in there with God" time happened to us in the summer of 2014. My hubby had serious health issues and we both lost our jobs.  All our kids live out of state so we decided this was the time God was moving us out of Michigan to live closer to our middle daughter. That turned out to be in TEXAS because at that same time, our son-in-law decided to get a job with a different company. HOW EXCITING AND TERRIFYING!!! Not only were we moving...both of us were moving to a State we had never even thought of living in!!! TEXAS: WE'RE GOING TO LIVE IN TEXAS????

So, here we are: settling in nicely. LOVING SAN ANTONIO!!! and loving being close to each other. It is so wonderful to have ONE of our families living close enough to come over, go shopping and enjoy all the other "family" things that we love. Now we just have to get the rest of our kids to move over here...(I'm a praying parent/grandparent...so you never know what might be in God's plan)!

I am finally back to my scrapbooking/card-making.  It is time to get some of my creations entered into the challenges that I have participated in before and some of the new ones that have cropped up. I love challenges!!

Here's my card:
The card was cut with my Cameo...I LOVE that machine.
I used two different background stamps to make the card interesting.
Sprayed with colored spritz and added metallic fragments to the centers of the flowers.

Here's the challenges I entered:
http://www.happylittlestampers.com/ Mixed Media Challenge: Paint
        Used water colors, sprays, Background stamps
http://timeoutchallenges.blogspot.com/Love is the theme
         I thought of saying thank you from the heart
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ One layer
         Even though my card is cut on my Cameo...I think it is still a one                  layer. I have never participated in Simon Says, I have followed their             blog  for a long time.
Click To Play
http://alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.ca/ the inspiration image is                    above. I believe my card fits this image.

This is it for today...
Again, good to be back...hope you leave me a comment and let me know you're in this with me.


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Old Magazines

Hello there,
I was flipping through some old "CardMaker" magazines the other day, and some of the featured cards were just WOW! to me. They never really get old, do they? The colors and even the stamps seemed as fresh as today. This particular magazine was from 2009 (that's 5 years ago!) and it had multi-media; embossing folders, lots of the color orange...and many other features that we still use today.

There has been a lot of products added in the last five years and we love them...it's always fun to get something new to play with...but it was really fun to look back and see that we still love beautiful papers, beautiful stamps and great design. They never really get old. A beautiful card is a beautiful card!!! 

So I am making a commitment: Use something from my stash on EVERY project I make.  Every time we buy something, it usually comes as a pack of several items. I think that most crafters will never use up every item that they fell in love with and and then had leftovers that went in storage, and stayed there.

I ASK YOU: Do you have an idea of how to share your stash OR use more of your stash so that you don't have to feel guilty about having so much "STUFF"???

All right...here is the card I made from one of the old magazines I was looking through. I picked out several to "copy" and I will show you my take on those later. I loved this first one because of the color: orange and GOLD. I had not done that combination before and I really liked it.

I had a paper that I loved but had never found anything to use it on. It was pink and gold and I knew it would be perfect. I used Distress "Orange Marmalade" to marble the paper and it came out perfect.

The next thing was to apply some white acrylic paint down the side (you can't see that too much) and also along the bottom and up on the other side a little bit.

I also used some leftover pieces of paper that I cut into strips to place on the side to give the card some interest and cut a leaf sprig with my Cuttlebug. I LOVE my Cuttlebug and my Cameo. Don't know what I would do without them. That flourish is from my Cameo files. There are so many flourishes on their site that picking one is really difficult. The flourish is covered with gold Wink of Stella.
Wink of Stella is my new toy and I absolutely love it!!!

Hope you enjoyed your stop here and leave me a note...I would love to hear from you.

I am entering this card in these challenges:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TresorsdeLuxeChallenge/ tic tac toe
http://inkspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com/ shine

I'll be back soon, till then

Be Blessed!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

For the love of a new stamp....

Hello there,
Welcome to my blog...I am so excited today!!! 
I went to a stamping party a couple of weeks ago and ended up buying a stamp that I "kind of" liked but wasn't sure about. I had not picked out anything I wanted to buy ahead of time and making a decision on the spur of the moment was difficult. The stamp was delivered a couple of days ago and the moment I saw it "for real" I couldn't wait to use it!!!

It was exactly what I had been seeing on other designers' blogs but didn't have anything like it for myself. The stamp is called "White Christmas" by SU! and it has all these little images of bare winter trees, a car, a polar bear, a deer, snowman, birds, etc. I think I'll have lots of fun with this one.

So this is my first card with this stamp. I envisioned this card from one I saw by Birgit on Penny Black's blog ...Birgit's cards are absolutely my favorites right now...I love everything about them. She is an awesome designer.

I cut the card base from Neenah White Solar cardstock long way to open at the bottom
        4 1/4" across and 5 1/2" down.
I cut a curvy line in the middle of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" of a separate piece of  Neenah                       cardstock using a guideline I had from a long time ago.
Then I used a watercolor paper 4 1/4" across and 4" down to make my "window" scene.
I painted the sky with my "Peerless" watercolors. The colors worked together just                        beautifully.
I added white dots of "snow" with a white pen.
Stamped the trees and used clear and silver "Wink of Stella" pens to add a little glitter.
          I CANNOT make a card without glitter!!!!
I stamped the bear, snowman and cardinal on separate glitter cardstock (you can't see the             beautiful cardstock, the images are just too small, but I know it's there!)

So there you have it...
Making ART is such a fun addiction!!!

I am entering these challenges:
http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/ weather forecast
http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.ca/ anything goes CAS
http://countryviewchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/ sparkle and shine

Be back soon!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hello FALL....

Amazing, isn't it?
Days, weeks and months pass by so quickly, and here we are...summer is gone and Fall is fast upon us. The colors of Fall are so beautiful, yellow, orange and rusty reds...ahhh if only the temp would stay in the 60's and 70's, I'd be HAPPY!!!

It's good to be back here on the blog again.
It's been a VERY long healing journey for my husband (see previous post).
We are finally at the place where he can run small errands, help with some chores, and start feeling like a whole person again. And me too...I have resumed the two Bible Studies I have, enjoying lunch with friends now and then, and WALKING MY DOG!!!
God has showered us with His GRACE to get through this and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this journey we are on is in His hands. That doesn't mean it's not difficult, but it does mean that He is LORD OF ALL in our lives and He is overseeing every bit of the process...

I am still not in full swing of my crafting time but I am working hard to find the time to sit at my desk and CREATE!!! I am sure you know how it is...ideas and images run around in our heads and we just NEED TO PUT SOMETHING ON PAPER!!!
Well, here is the first card I made with a stamp I won last year from                                     The card didn't turn out quite how I wanted it...but it was fun to do and I found the two little gingerbread people in my stash of "metal things" that I hoard. I LOVE METAL but don't seem to use it nearly as much as I would like. I don't even know where these two little people came from...but I know that I have had them a looong, looong time.

So, here's my card...


I used a Tim Holtz stamp on the background (in yellow marmalade), I love that stamp!
My main image is colored with Tombow markers with the addition of gold and silver.
The bow is hemp cord and a red piece of yarn from my stash.
That "Greetings and Kind Thoughts" is from 

I am entering this card into these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by...
Have a wonderful weekend


Sunday, July 20, 2014

A multi-media canvas...

Well hello there,
So glad to be back on the blog AND most of all, to have had the opportunity to actually start and finish this project!!! I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do because I absolutely HAD to make a wall hanging to remember God's Word for this journey He put us on.

So here's the story: We drove to Virginia Beach for our vacation in June. Our granddaughter was graduating from high school, our youngest grandson had just celebrated his 9th Birthday and we had not seen them since October. But most of all IT WAS TIME TO WALK THE BEACH!!!! And we WALKED the beach...almost every day!!! 

Two weeks later, when we got home, my husband realized there was something wrong with his foot. It was swollen and red all the way up to his knee...Soooo, to the doctor...two days later, to the hospital...all because of the ONE time he took his shoes off at the beach and a tiny stone embedded into his foot and, being a diabetic, he didn't feel a thing!!! He was in the hospital SIX DAYS...Now he is home with an intravenous antibiotic and a wound that I dress 2x per day.

What a shocker...couldn't believe it!!! I felt AWFUL because I am the one who encouraged him to take his shoes off so that he could run around with me and the grandkids and play in the sand...it was fun!!! YES!!! Was it worth his health???? NO!!! But we didn't know...and God allows things into our lives when we least expect it.

Our life was changed...Not only was my husband in the hospital, I lost my job at the same time. The ministry I worked for had to cut back because of finances..it's the economy we live in. All of a sudden, everything was different.  Hubby's health, our finances, everything seemed to have exploded and it was all whirling around us. But we knew GOD was in control. He was not going to let us drown, nor were we going to be swept away by the overwhelming swirl of our circumstances!!! 

God is going to see us through...we KNOW that!!! We hung on to Him and allowed Him to love us, comfort us, teach us, wrap us in His warm arms and give us PEACE!!!  He is faithful to bring His promises to fruition. He is faithful to give us everything we need for that moment. He is faithful to be our Father, our Savior, our provider, our EVERYTHING!!! 

So here's my canvas for my wall...it will hang right next to my scrapbooking desk, so that I
can look at it and read it whenever I forget that the journey we are on is given to us by HIS hand and is designed especially for us.

I saw an l.o. pretty much like this by Jennifer Snyder on her blog :http://scrap-escape.blogspot.com/ I was so taken with the layout that I knew I wanted to make one like it. It fit everything that was my story. Please click on the link above to see all her wonderful work.

For my canvas I took a used picture that had been in storage and covered it with gesso to hide the previous work. I used LuminArte' watercolor paints to cover the whole canvas in different shades of blue. I liked the way the watercolors left many brush marks and had the look of fluidity (water) for the background. I wanted it to look like the sea.

Then I used two different stencils and coated them with white texture paste. Because I was working with watercolors, the paste picked up some blue and didn't stay pure white. That was a nice surprise because it muted and looked like it all went together. I didn't think about paste getting colored by the watercolors, but I will sure remember that from now on.

The doll is a pattern that was on Gabrielle Pollacco's blog several years ago. It was before Julie Nutting came out with her doll stamps and Gabrielle featured her doll on a layout. So she included the pattern on her blog. The pattern worked very easily and I was able to shrink it down so that the doll fit on my 8x8 canvas.

The white seafoam is bandage material that I pulled and shaped and applied Glossy Accents topped with white and blue seed beads. I also used brown mesh to look like sand. That was really hard to pull out...it was not very pliable...but it worked. All of the shells are my own that I collect from every place we visit that has water and shells. The colored, large shiny beads are from my stash and so is the green resin shell on the side.

The hanging beads are from my stash but the blue crystal is from Germany that I received when my friend died from tuberculosis. It was hers and her Mom gave it to me because we were such close friends. We were both only about 7 years old. I will always treasure that and I am happy to have found a place to show it off.

So that's about it...I know this is a long post, but thank you for allowing me to share this part of my story...sometimes we just need to share.

I am entering this into these challenges:
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ Anything goes...with scripture
http://www.colorthrowdown.blogspot.com.au/ colors of calypso coral (the coral bead); crumb cake (a few shells, girl's dress); smoky slate (gray shell & several beads); soft sky (shades of blue on background, beads in the seafoam)
http://berry71bleu.blogspot.com/ Use at least three patterns (several patterns in the dress, many patterns on the shells)
http://scrap-the-girls.blogspot.com/I LOVE the name of this challenge: paint and texture paste (got this one...paint on the background and texture paste through several stencils)
http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/ summer fun
http://scraparoundtheworld.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/july-2014-challenge-15-light-airy-mood.html I was deeply inspired by the beautiful blue color and the pink...I love mood boards AND this challenge site.ENTRIES CLOSE 23.55 EST THURSDAY 31ST JULY 2014

Many blessings,