Friday, April 21, 2017

"Sending All My Supporters A Heartfelt Thanks"

Hello To Everyone,
Today is a gorgeous Friday.  The birds are singing.  The sun is up and shining brightly.  The weather forecast is calling for severe thunderstorms, hail and rain for this afternoon. 
I'm busy, busy, preparing for a visit from my little "Sunshine".  When she talked with her grandfather on Monday, she told him she would be coming to see him this Saturday.  So,  a lot of my "good stuff" in the craft room will have to be secured (lol).  I love for her to go in and play but there are some items I just cannot let her play with (she may hurt herself).
Anyway, you know what I usually do on Friday.  Yes, I keep it very simple by using stuff I already have on hand:

Here, you have
  • Neenah white cardstock for the base
  • craft cardstock for the focal area using Avery Elle "wonky stitch elements die"
  • two die cut pieces from Tonic Studio "Sweet Melia die"
  • three flowers (I don't know what company ...loose flowers in my flower container)
  • three small hearts (probably left over from Valentine's day project and added to this card after the sentiment to tie everything together)
  • sentiment from Penny Black "heartfelt "stamp set ( the only thing new this morning)

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend. 
Thanks for your viewing time and your lovely comments.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, April 20, 2017

"Prima Doll...Camille"

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Happy, happy Thursday, April 20. 2017.  What a beautiful day in my neighborhood!  The sun is brightly shining and the temperature outside feels good on my skin.  Yes, the pollen is still blowing but I'm dealing with it. 
I planted some flowers yesterday and will try to get back outside to do the same today.  Playing in the dirt is becoming a fun event.
Before playing in the dirt, I have something to show you while I was playing in my craft room for just a little while.
My sister got me very interested in the Prima dolls by Julie Nutting.  At first, I tried one and kept her in the far corner of my stamp collection.  Then, my sister kept talking about these dolls and she was investing in collecting them.  She wanted to know if I wanted them in my collection.  I purchased a few and have been working with them off and on.
Today, I played with "Camille".  I dressed her up in some white and green mulberry paper with a piece of die cut Cuttlebug "flower bramble" sticking out from the side.  I used a sentiment from Heartfelt "Botanic Orchid Collection" .  The cardstock is from Recollections mixed media paper pad, DCWV "The Old World Stack", Neenah white cardstock and Craft paper for the card base.


I'm going to enter this card over at for Challenge #278-279 - Anything Goes

These are the items I used to make the card.

If you have not invested in Julie Nutting's dolls, I encourage you to do so.  They will make great Mother's Day cards.
Dressing these dolls up will bring your childhood forward and remind you of your earlier days...playing with dolls.

I hope you enjoyed your time here today.  Come again.   You inspire me to continue playing in my craft room.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"DCWV Brooklyn Stack and Hipster Stamp"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  Happy Wednesday to you.  We made it to "hump "day.  Now, let's see if we can continue with the love until the weekend. 
Recently I posted that during the month of April I have a lot of male members of my family with birthdays.  My DH just celebrated his on the 17th.  We were so busy with a lot of things to  do on Monday, I forgot to say anything about his birthday. 
Other than my husband, within these next few days left in April, there are three more birthdays to celebrate.  This card I'm showing you today is really for a "hipster" in his life style (a person who follows the latest trends and fashions, especially those regarded as being outside the cultural mainstream).

Enabler's List:
  • black Recollection cardstock for the card base cut at 5 1/2  x 5 1/2
  • DCWV Brooklyn Stack cut at 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 layered on top of the black cardstock
  • cut another piece of the DCWV Brooklyn Stack (red strips) at 2 x 4 1/2.  Adhere to black cardstock and then to the triangle panel.
  • Using black ink, stamp image onto white cardstock; color with American Crafts (or any other) colored pencils.  Adhere to red cardstock and then adhere to black cardstock.
  • Using the Our Daily Bread Design stitched rectangle die, cut out a frame to fit around the colored image
  • use computer and printer for my own sentiment ...printed on white cardstock and adhered to black cardstock.  I turned the ends up to make the sentiment "hipster-like".
  • there are two versions of this without the shades and one with (I will decide which one I will send and keep the other for the non-hipster next week.

Items used
DCWV Brooklyn Stack printed cardstock
Our Daily Bread Designs Double Stitched Rectangles
Tim Holtz Hipster stamp set
I hope you enjoyed your view today.
Come back again and see my latest creation.
Your comment(s) are always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Four Dies And Some Cardstock Equals One Card"

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hello Everyone!
Happy Tuesday to you!  Hope your day is going well and you are involved in something great and meaningful.
What about that tax filing...are you still working on yours...have you filed an extension...are you some of the lucky ones who don't have to file?  I thought yesterday was the deadline but most of the TV reporters are saying today is the day.

The card I'm sharing today is an encouragement card...we all need some encouragement in our lives don't you agree.
In making this card, I knew I wanted to use flowers.  I decided to use die cut flowers instead of the ones from Prima or some other flower company.
The combination of dies I used came from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Victorian Flower Overlay Set 2" and Spellbinders "Marisa's Bouquet".
I placed the flowers from Marisa's Bouquet on top of the Victorian Flowers to make a flower.
I used Penny Black's "border edgers die" to separate the two colors of cardstock for my focal area.
My layers came from Kanban designer paper (behind the blue Recollections cardstock) and pink Recollections cardstock.  My card base is a piece of Neenah white cardstock.
The sentiment (from StampinUp "Beautiful You") was stamped on a butterfly which is another die cut from Hot Off The Press Paper Artist Cutting Dies "10 Tiny Things + Shadows".
Entry for

Challenge #278-279 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for your viewing time.  Thanks for the comments you've made on my other projects.  Come again to see my new creations.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, April 17, 2017

"ALTENEW Peony Scrolls Stamp Set"

Monday, April 17, 2017

Hello To Everyone!
It was a fantastic weekend for me.  How did you manage to enjoy yourself?

I did a little stamping and coloring for my share today.  I'm using Altenew Peony Scrolls Stamp Set as the main focus on my card.

  • I started with a piece of  Bristol smooth white cardstock.  On this piece I stamped four of the flowers from this set using VersaMark ink.  
  • Gold embossing powder was used and heat embossed.
  • Using Akashiya Sai Watrcolor Brush Pen, I colored the flowers with pink inks and water.
  • This stamp set comes with coordinating dies so I used the dies to cut out the flowers.
  • I combined paper and cardstock from Paper House "Field Study paper pad", Recollections "Boho paper pad and Recollections black,brown and craft cardstock for layering.
  • The sentiment from StampinUp (Avant-Garden) was stamped on craft cardstock and layered on top of brown cardstock
  • Organdy Ribbon was used around the card with the flowers placed around the ribbon
  • A few sequins were added  to the card

Thanks so much for your time spent here today.
Come again, you're always welcome!!!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, April 14, 2017

"Bits And Bobs"

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday to my friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
It is the Friday before Easter Sunday, on which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church. It is traditionally a day of fasting and penance.

Some non-Christians as well as Christians may be wondering..."what's so good about "Good Friday"?  I'm going to be at a special "Good Friday" program this evening and this is the question I want to present to the audience.  I'm confident that many in the audience will already know the answer to this question, however, after listening to the other presenters, they will all know the correct answer by the  end of the program.
Look back at my title "Bits and Bobs" (an assortment of small items."weird bits and pieces of paraphernalia").
The title for today is one that was given to a project I entered on another website this week.  A comment came from a viewer and she called my card "bits and bobs".  Okay, my fair lady, you gave me a title I could use for my card today.  I did exactly as the meaning presented...I used bits and pieces from my stash (as I usually do on Friday) to created something .  Usually I would titled my piece as "Using My Stash" but I used her title instead.  Since my pieces were recent ones , I could tell what I used to help you out if you decide to CASE this project:
entry for
All pieces were previously done and placed in my stash.  Here is what I remembered doing:
  • I used a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock for my focal area.  On this piece, I used Distress crayons to color ( yellow, pink, purple) as well as using stencils on top of the finished colored cardstock.  
  • Using the bits (poinsettia flower, garden greens and romantic vines, I group them together to form the focal image.  
  • I then cut a piece of tulle and added it to the group of floral pieces.
  • I used NUVO "copper penny" drops around the tulle and in the center of the poinsettia flower
  • The sentiment came from Recollections "mixed media" paper pad

items used for this project...starting from the top left...
Sizzix poinsettia die
Sizzix garden greens die
Spellbinders Romantic Vines die
Plaid stencils from Walmart
Ranger Distress Crayons #1 and #2
Offray purple tulle

I hope you enjoyed viewing my bits and pieces from my stash or my bits and bobs to make this card.
Your visit and comment are always welcome!
Have a fun-filled, enjoyable Easter weekend!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Short And Sweet...Just For You"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

It is a great start of the day at this moment.  It's going to be a busy one for me with the pleasant weather outside.  I'll be out and about.  What about you?  Will you be in stuck behind the work desk?  Will you be traveling for the long weekend and you're leaving today?  Let's make the best of it whatever you and I are doing.
Due to my busy schedule for today, I'm giving you something short and sweet (myself included).
I pulled out this paper pad from Paper House (Field Study). I wanted to do a mixed media type of card but changed my mind due to the time restraint.  So, I used three sheets of the paper, an image from the pad (it was actually on one of the sheets of paper) and some words from the sentiment sheet to put this card together.
The sketch is an old one that I had used before.
  • I started with a 5 x 12 piece of cardstock scored in half.  This will give you a 6 x 5 card base.
 *You may cut your base any size that you choose.
  • Next, I measured 2 1/2" from the bottom and cut that piece off and place it aside (you will use it again).
  • I measured 1" from the cut line and cut this piece off.  *You will not need this piece for the project. You can save it for something later (sentiment if needed).
  • Measure and cut out a piece of designer paper for the top fold piece and the piece you set aside.  The designer paper should be 1/8 " less than the base piece.  I use two different for the top (diamond pattern) and one for the bottom (bronze mixed with green).
  • The third piece of designer paper was cut @ 4 3/4" x 2 3/4" and layered on top of a black piece of cardstock.  This piece will join the top and the bottom piece for a full card.  There will be an opening for an image or for your sentiment where the 1" piece was cut out.
Here are pictures of the card.  Take a look and then come back to read the directions again:
Card showing the cut out from the front

Card  is place flat to show the sentiment and a better look at the 1 inched cut from center.

View of card from the side.  You can see how the third piece of paper/cardstock was attached.

Thanks for you viewing time today.  We have one more to see on tomorrow.  Come and view with me.  I enjoy your company!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Time To Celebrate"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  We've made it to the middle of the week again.  Are you happy about it.  Sure you are.  Two more days before the weekend begins...four more days before Easter Sunday...four more weeks before Mother's're happy and I can feel it.

Time to decide on what you want to celebrate.  Here are some choices : birthday, anniversary, Easter, Mother's Day, job promotion, a new baby/child, etc.  Whatever you choose, celebrate and have a good time at doing it.  I imagine since we are so close to this Sunday, many of you thought about celebrating Easter.  If you are thinking a little bit far ahead in the future, you'll be celebrating Mother's Day.  Maybe today, next week or a month from now you will be celebrating your birthday....just have fun.
My card for today:
entry for WordArtWednesday
Challenge #278-279 - Anything Goes
I gathered some paper from Recollections Mixed Media paper pad and mixed it with a strip from DCWV The Old World Stack.  
I used the Spellbinders Gothic Strip die on the DCWV green piece and placed a pinkish piece behind the cut out.  These two pieces were adhered together and then placed on top of the beige (Mixed Media paper).  
I began to cut out flowers from the different dies (Tonic Studio "Beautiful blooms-Sweet Melia"; Sizzix "Garden Greens";  and Spellbinders "Marisa's Bouquet" using the Big Shot machine.  These flowers were placed along the green strip. 
Next, I used the Darice dress form embossing folder and fussy cut out one of the form and left it in the cardstock color (white).  I added some knitting yarn around the waist to look like a belt.  I added half of a flower at the top of the dress form for a hat.
At first I stamped out "Happy Mother's Day from Julie Nutting's "Mama's Day" but decide I'll use that for a later time.  Since Sunday is Easter, it reminded me of my younger days when we would get those pretty outfits for Easter because this was a "special" day.  All the older ladies would get those hats (Easter bonnets) and parade around at church on Easter Sunday.  Memories... (lol).
I thought about birthdays and any other occasions and the sentiment from Penny Black's "heartfelt thanks" stood out the most (Time To Celebrate).
To finish this card, I added the black and pink layer of cardstock to the focal layer and finish with the white card base.

same card with different lens
Pictures of items used to make this card:

Darice Embossing folder

stamp set used

dies for flowers and insert

paper pads used along with Neenah white cardstock, Recollections black and tan cardstock 
Your time is very important and I'm glad you used some of it to view my page today.  Please come again because I enjoy your company and comments.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Mojo Monday 492...Flipped"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hello Everyone!
I hope you had a great time yesterday either meeting with your siblings, calling them, or making sure you were thinking about them by posting pictures on social media. 
Hope your week leading into Easter is going well.  I'm in preparation for a program on Friday.  The topic will be "What Christ Said When He Was Crucified".

The weather outside is proving that it is spring.  Very nice temperatures to get outside and play in the dirt and soak in the sunshine.  Brighter days are here and we can enjoy them...allergies or not!
While the weather is warmer and brighter outside, we often think of people whose world appears to be collapsing around them... physical problems, mental problems, financial problems, loss of love ones, spousal abuse, etc.  We're happy but they are sad.  In my thoughts and prayers, I'm wishing everyone "brighter days to come". 

Here is a card I'm sharing today.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday #492  As you compare the sketch to my card, it is the same.  I flipped it!  Yes, I did.  After using paper from DCWV (Cutting Machine cardstock with glitter), the sketch looked better to me flipped around.

Enabler's List:
  • Die Cut With a View (Cutting Machine cardstock with glitter) and (The Old World Stack)
  • Recollections grey cardstock
  • Neenah white cardstock
  • Ranger water color paper using blue watercolor ( Koi Sakura)   and a stamped image of a tree (Inkadinkado) in black Archival ink (Ranger)
  • Sizzix (Detailed Butterflies) die
  • Sentiment from Stampin'Up (Beautiful You) stamp set
Entry for Mojo #492  and
Entry for WordArtWednesday Challenge #276 -277 -Anything Goes

I'm going to enter this card at  and

If you get a chance go over to each of these blogs and enter your creations.  It is fun and challenging.

Thanks for viewing and thanks for leaving a comment.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Let's Celebrate Our Siblings"

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
Happy Monday to you!
Some of you are having a week off for Spring Break.  Some will have to wait until next week.  Some of you are into the Passion Week mode...reflecting, remembering and realizing what this week is all about.
Today is a great national day if you have siblings.  I have some and I'm glad I get to celebrate them today and everyday.  National Siblings Day (also referred to as Sibling Day) is observed on April 10.  It is a day created to honor our brothers and our sisters.

I have two cards to share with you today.  I couldn't decide which one I really wanted to show you so I posted both of them.

this will be an entry at
On this card, I used a piece of smooth Craft cardstock, the Suburbia Cricut cartridge and the Cricut Expression machine to cut out the three images of the man and two women.   I also cut out the two focal images (the ladies) using black cardstock.  I was going for the silhouette look for all the images.  I adhered the craft piece to a dark grey piece of Recollections cardstock.   I didn't want the two focal images to still be in the silhouette form so I cut out the outfits in various pieces of scrap paper and dressed them up (also from the same cartridge)
The sentiment reminds me of how we are as a family.  We all came from the same mother but we all can stand alone individually.  Together, we make a beautiful bouquet with our different ideas, knowledge and experience.  We do have our difference but we always have each  other backs in trials and tribulations.
 According to the outfits of the focal women, I found scrap pieces of designer paper to layer together.  The base card is a pale light grey and it measures 6.5 x 6 inches.

This card was actually the first one I made.  I  cut out the back images using a piece of  Neenah white cardstock.  I adhered this piece to grey cardstock and then decided to use the cut-outs and slightly offset them from the grey as if you could see a shadow (see the man in the middle)  I didn't like that for the women,  so I removed them. The focal images of the man (cut from the Cricut Art Deco cartridge) and the woman (from the Cricut Suburbia cartridge) were clothed in cut-outs using different pieces of cardstock and designer paper.  I added the lips, eye and hair to the woman and left the man with a blank face.  
*In our family, some of the women will wear that make-up regardless of the occasion (lol) and our men will stay "blank".  

items used

I love my siblings and I know you love yours also.  Make today a special day for them.  We're all in this together and there is nothing we can do about it.

Thanks for stopping by to view.  You may leave a comment which is always welcomed!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, April 7, 2017

"A Twofer"

Friday, April 7, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  Happy, happy Friday to you.  Are you ready for the weekend...if not you, I am!
I started with an idea to make a card for Easter.  Eventually I ended up making the card and another one with the same format.
I'm  only going to share the cards without extra writing today.  I'm busy, busy, busy and don't have time to write something special to you:

He Did It For Me
an Easter card that will be going postal to someone in my family

I did the same format for this card and will use it  later when needed.  The sentiment will be added during that time.

Sorry for being so short and sweet, but I have so much to do and didn't have time to post a special topic.

Thanks for your time and enjoy your weekend!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Using The Cricut Flower Market Cartridge"

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
I hope you are out of the storm or have taken precaution to be safe from hurt, harm and danger.
We are still under a tornado watch until later on today.  

Other than Thursday, do you know what kind of day it is?
I'm sharing from
National Sorry Charlie Day is observed each year on April 6.  This day encourages us to think about the times we have been rejected.  Whether we’ve been rejected by a sweetheart or by a college, a prospective employer or by the bank for a loan, we’ve all been refused.  National Sorry Charlie Day also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we survived the rejection and what we learned from it.  Do you remember Charlie the Tuna?  He was often rejected but would keep going with a smile.  “Sorry, Charlie” became closely associated with StarKist and was also a successful American catchphrase.  Charlie never let rejection stop him.  Do not let it stop you!

For all rejection reasons, "Prayers Are With You":
flower market container + white flowers + wildflowers
Neenah white; black Recollections; red Bazzill cardstock
Ranger water color paper for wildflowers

flower market container + white flowers

side view

Big Shot Machine

Cricrit Expression

Sizzix wildflower dies

CTMH Cricut Flower Market Cartridge

Hope you enjoyed your view.  
Please come again.
Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

" Playing With Cricut Art Deco Cartridge"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.  What do you say to "hump" day?
Everything is okay at the present time but we are preparing for the severe weather headed our way. When tornadoes are in the weather forecast, we need to take precaution and try to stay safe.  We want you to do the same.

A Google+ friend has been posting a lot of cards made with the Cricut machine.  My machine stays parked for a while and then I'll pull it out to play.  Today was one of those days.

I've had a cartridge that I bought years ago just for the fonts and never played around with the other images until today.  My interest was also sparked by a TV show called "Create and Craft" in which they often show something about ART DECO ( the predominant decorative art style of the 1920s and 1930s, characterized by precise and boldly delineated geometric shapes and strong colors, and used most notably in household objects and in architecture).  Since I have a cartridge with that name, I decided to do something with the images today:
entry for
Neenah white cardstock; American Craft cardstock ; Recollections Mixed Media Carstock
Cricut Art Deco cartridge
American Craft Bible Journaling stamp

Cartridge used

Bible journaling stamps
Cricut Expression machine

I will enter this card @ for their challenge in using the Cricut for the month of April.  Today, I had fun cutting out the images and dressing them up.
I have other cartridges that I will find some inspiration from or continue to use this one.  Some beautiful ladies and men from this cartridge will make beautiful cards for Mother's Day and Father's Day.
If you own this cartridge, pull it out and find some inspiration.  I did!

Thanks for viewing...go forth and enjoy the remainder of your day.  If you're in the path of the storm, take precaution and stay safe.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"A Share And A Sketch"

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
It is getting warm and stormy.   Spring time is a pretty time of the year.  The weather starts to get a little warmer.  The flowers start blooming.  The trees are budding.  The pollen is falling.  What's not to like about spring.  Personally, as a allergy sufferer, this time of year can wreck havoc on your health but for me, that is taken care of so I can enjoy the season.  The warm air meeting with the cold air and creating thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding with lives being lost is not so great.  I don't rule the world so I have to accept what the Creator of the universe is may be a message and a lesson to be learned.

C rafters, we get inspiration from many different places.  When we get into a slump, where does that inspiration come from?  Maybe from other crafters, YouTube, Pinterest, sketch challenges or you come up with your own idea.
I was looking through items such as paper pads that I had not used in a while.  I was so focused on the red-ish or rust looking color.  With blues, yellows, greens, pink, etc. that I was flipping through...this  color seemed to be calling me to use it.  I pulled out some combinations and then went in for more inspiration by checking out MojoMonday.  I did this first card and thought it would be enough but the sketch was challenging since it was a contest and I wanted to "Enter To Win".  Yes, that's the way I'm feeling.
Here are the cards I did:

This will be entered at

On the "enjoy the day" card I used papers from Prima "Tales of You & Me" and from Our Daily Bread Design "Blooming Garden Collection along with Recollections black and rust cardstock.  The design is what I had in mind.

Entry for MojoMonday #491
This card "Some Bunny Loves You!, follows the sketch pattern offered at  It is Mojo 491 Contest.  While designing this card from the sketch, my granddaughter was in the front of my mind.  She will get this card sometimes this week.  It is going postal today.
I used paper from my stash (they were already paper clipped together, probably for a card I had anticipated on making but never did).  I used my computer and printer to type and print out the sentiment to go with this cute little rub- on sticker (a packet that I bought for my granddaughter).

Hope you have enjoyed the view.  Come again to see where my inspiration comes from.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Using Vellum For A Softer Finish"

Monday, April 3, 2017

Hello, hello, hello to all who are viewing, following, visiting and just being friendly.
Welcome to least to the third day of this month.  Were any jokes played on you on Saturday?  Did you receive any bogus e-mails for craft supplies?  If not, then, you had a fantastic day without any interruptions.

Today's card that I'm featuring, has a layer of vellum to give it a softer look to the bold background.
I do not remember the name of the paper I used.  It was one of those forgotten sheets in my stash bin.
I adhered the vellum over the top of it after placing the sentiment an inch from the bottom. I then cut out two hearts from the excess that was left over.  I added three red sequins on top of the vellum to appear as if they were toppers for the flowers...
The designer paper and vellum layer was added to a piece of Recollections black cardstock, then, burgundy cardstock before being adhered to the Neenah white cardstock card base.
Very simple and easy card that I enjoyed putting together.

Thanks for coming to view today.  Your comments are always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Bowties And Socks"

Friday, March 31, 2017

Hello friends, followers, visitors and viewers.
We have made it to another end of the work week and also the end of March.  April Fools day is tomorrow.  No joke, it is.
I'm going to be quick and fast because we are experiencing terrible weather where I am and I need to post before the electricity goes out.  Be safe if you are in the "eye of the storm".  Take cover and be safe.

Two cards for the males in my life.  The fashion trend is to wear a bowtie instead of a regular long tie and to wear fashionable socks.  More and more young men and now, older men are going for this trend.  My DH is into the bowties but not as much with the trendy socks.
One young man is always posting his sock feet up on a desk on Friday.  This is where my inspiration came from for one of the cards I made.
I've had a bow punch for a long time and rarely use it.  Today, I pulled it out for the bowties on my card.  Richard Garay is an upcoming crafter with many stamps and dies on the market.  He has some neat items to make masculine cards.

Thanks for coming to view...Enjoy your weekend!

Sending you a hug and LOVE,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Using Gelatos...Pigment Sticks Instead Of Ice Cream"

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hello visitors, viewers, followers and friends.  We have one more day until...the end of the work week;  the end of March;  the end of Craft Month....are you ready for all of this to end and you start all over again with something new?  In our celebration for today (National Day Calendar), you are in control.  Pencil it in on your planner several times to let yourself know that you are in control.

When I first saw this word, it was given to me for a prompt on an embrace your art project.  My thought was to check out Google to find out what this was (I had never heard of it).  The first explanation that was given:

Italian or Italian-style ice cream.  Now, my thought was that this couldn't be what the instructor wanted us to use.  She was an artist and I knew the word had to be something in the art line.  She could not have asked us to do something with ice cream other than relaxing and enjoying it.

I went back to Google and saw that the Company, Faber Cast-ell had these pigment sticks that you could color with.  I waited patiently to buy them at a reduced price ( not a full set) to try.

I still have the same set with just the basic colors.  I pulled it out and started on this project I'm showing you today.  The background on the focal area and the dogwood was basically colored with the gelatos. The little rose colored drops comes from liquid pearls and the little green dots in the middle of the dogwood comes from NUVO crystal drops (gloss woodland green).


entry for

Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes


from the side to show the layers of the dogwood image

another view from the side

Cam & Chloe Hampton Art dogwood stamp; Gelatos from Faber Castell; green woodland NUVO crystal drop; Rose liquid pearls

 Sending you a hug and LOVE,



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

"Quilling The Novice Way"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hello to All!
It is the middle of the week and I'm doing okay, what about you?
Is your crafting going well?  Have you bought enough supplies during this crafting month.?  If not, you have today through Friday to get those orders in.

Speaking of supplies, I have some that I don't use very often ( you do too).  I was so interested in learning how to quill about two years ago. I purchased a kit from Amazon with the intention of learning to quill properly.   Not really knowing what I was doing, I "twisted" some paper and glued it to a black background and posted it . I received some positive responses on the card I did.  I knew I didn't know what I was doing and I imagine the experts knew also but they were really nice towards me.   I knew then as well as I know now that I would eventually have to take a class or watch a lot of Youtube videos to learn this technique.  I didn't take a class but I have watched some and I'll say it again...some videos to get more of a feel to quilling.  I'm still a novice ...rolling the paper strip with the tool and making teardrops.   I just cannot get all those circles to come out the same size  even with using the quill ruler that came in the kit.  Should I give up?  By no means, NO!  I'm like the "little engine that could"...if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again!

Here is another attempt at quilling (I considered it the novice way):

entry for WordArtWednesday
Challenge #276-277 - Anything Goes

I used Quilled Creations Beginner Quilling Kit, Jolee's Boutique cross, and coordinating papers from my stash to make this card.  Eventually it will be used as a sympathy card or given away for Easter.

Thanks everyone for visiting and leaving a comment.  You know you're always welcome.

Sending you a hug and LOVE,