Friday, October 20, 2017

I still have my pretty car as they sent the wrong part so maybe today. It's not a hardship!

This is getting back to Halloween cards. Now that I look I haven't made that many because it takes six for my family.  We made one like this at SU class but I have a Poppy Stamp kitty die so I used that to make this card.  Very simple with just the die for moon and kitty and some twine. Be kind to one another.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

I'm back in the world and trying to get caught up with everything. I took my car in for service since the light has been on for a while. After 55 minutes he came out and said my battery wasn't charging very well and didn't think it would make it through the winter. I didn't want to have to take it back so I asked them to go ahead and install one. Forty five minutes later he called me into the hallway and said they broke something installing the battery and they don't have the part. He was waiting for Enterprise to bring me a rental! Now I do have to go back! I have to say they gave me a sweet ride. This is a 2018 Chevy Malibu loaded. I don't care much about cars as long as they run but this could really sway me! Spoiled, that's what I am.  Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I finally feel much better but did end up at the Dr. yesterday with a UTI. Probably from all the meds I'm taking. But I feel like this is coming to an end. Thanks for sticking with me through these medical reports.

We went to my son's Sunday for the day and had a great time. My family is so much fun and we laugh a lot. Unfortunately, I fell down!! If you remember the picture from July with my DIL and their two dogs and Molly - they tripped me up as I was getting Mollys leash off. They got between her and I and I just fell flat on that hardwood floor on my left side. Ribs are so sore and heels of my hands. No broken bones so I am grateful.

This is the card I made for my son's birthday. It is several Stampscape
stamps. You mix and match to make all kinds of scenes. I used sky and clouds, water, land, the fisherman and the fish.  I'm not a big scene maker but they got the idea. Be kind to one another.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I messed up Mia's candy and tried to make it smaller but I couldn't delete the larger one. So I deleted the post and all that did was take away the post from yesterday. So here is the card I posted then.
Spinner card with the twine suspended between two bats.  Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Still haven't bounced back but I think the meds are helping, once I got them! No energy and just want to take it easy for a few days.

Here is the last card I've made with the Art of Brett Weldele. That might be The Art of Brett Weldeele. The e's are kind of run together on the package so I'm not sure. The graveyard and bats are from that set and the skeleton hand is Memory Box that I used before. The sentiment is Northwoods.  The background is sponged with DI. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

I missed WCD yesterday and spent the morning very sick and the afternoon at Immediate Care. I got a nebulizer treatment, steroid shot in right hip and antibotic shot in left hip. Sent home with both in pill form which turned into a major snafu so I still don't have my meds and it is 10:45 am Sunday!

This is another card made with The Art of Brett Weldele. The background is smooshed DI and just a bit of Copic on her hat. Black cat from IO and the sentiment is from the same stamp set. I'm going to try to pick up meds today and watch Colts play. That is it! Be kind to one another.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I had such a wonderful birthday and thank you for the beautiful cards you sent. It was a busy week since I had to cancel everything last week because I felt so bad. I was doing so much better and thought I was out of the woods but today got up with heavier coughing and still have all indications that the infection is still in my lungs. I will call Dr. Monday to see if I can get some help. My friend Marilyn is coming down Sunday for our monthly get together so I hope I can do that.

Here is one of my Halloween cards. The image is a stamp by The Art of Brett Weldele. This is a new stamp set to me and I've made three cards using it so far. The background is Distress Oxides. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz and the tree is a Lawn Fawn die. The bat and skull are stickers. It's not too traumatizing except the fangs in the teeth! Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My cough is not as often now so I hope I am on the mend. I hear of coughs hanging on so I hope this is not going to be the case.

This is one of the cards we made at my first SU class. It was pretty easy, made by running c/s through an embossing folder, coloring and die cutting. It does make a cute little fall scene. I love the idea of a card buffet. We can make eight of sixteen cards any way we want. You could make eight of the same one if you wanted to. I like have the options. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I wish I could say I am feeling wonderful but that is not quite the case. The cough is doing me in and it is not productive anymore. Now I don't know whether to supress the cough or get an expectrant. It is still in my lungs so I will be calling the Dr. tomorrow. It is wearing me out. I cough so hard but can't expell anything even though I am still rattling.

When I'm not coughing I feel okay so I ventured into my craft room. I was reminded that I have frantage by Pam the other day. Another NBUS product.  She used it on some leaves and it looks great.  So I got mine out but there are no instructions so I went to youtube. I used a Stencil Girl sunflower stencil and sponged color through it. Then I used Versamark ink to add sticky to it and sprinkled clear embossing powder over it, then added frantage in golds and the browns for the flower center. Then,  two unfortunate incidents happened. I didn't get quite enough powder all over and some of the gold did not stick. It is still flaking off. I used a SU wood mounted stamp for the sentiment and stamped it so crooked. I restamped it on c/s and inked around the edges and kind of fit it on so I was able to save the card. I will be trying to improve this technique since I love the look of it. Be kind to one another.

Friday, September 29, 2017

I am feeling somewhat better and not coughing quite as much.  I only took one nap yesterday so that is an improvement. I still have done nothing other than my PT exercises. Thank you all for the get well wishes.

This is another card I'm posting in .  We can only add three cards and this is my last one. I've used a Hero Arts stamp called Forest Background. On a plain white panel of cardstock I took Copic Markers and drew lines across in orange, yellow and tan. The yellow and tan lines didn't come out very dark and are hard to see. Then I stamped over them with the stamp in black ink and embossed in clear embossing powder. The sentiment is Poppy Stamps Give Thanks Brushed.  Very easy card and could be stamped on pattern paper. I may try that again with some autumn paper.  Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I have been missing in action for several days. I have bronchitis and that is not a good thing for someone with COPD. My main activities for the past few days have been coughing, drinking water and going to the bathroom. In between I try to catch a nap. Nothing else going on here. I start the day by going to my favorite blogs and that lasts about 20 minutes interspersed with coughing. I finally give up so I am way behind in commenting. I drug myself to PT Monday and got some really great exercises to do for my neck and shoulder . I only mustered up enough energy to do them once yesterday instead of twice.  I started a Z pack yesterday and I feel somewhat better this morning but still coughing so hard it is scary.

Here is my IT'S HERE! card for today. It uses a lot of never before used schtuff. The moon is Altenew, the witch is Inkadinkado, the background embossing folder is WeRMemory Keepers inked a bit with Hero Arts Unicorn ink. The hand die is Memory Box Skeleton Hand and the sentiment is Tim Holtz. Wish you could have seen my desk when I finished this card! Hopefully I will be back with you soon, be kind to one another.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

It's that time of year again - .

I'm entering this card for it using a Hero Arts stencil that is older but never used. Also this is a new to me technique using Versamark ink to press through the stencil then brushing gold Perfect Pearls over the Versamark.  So it's kind of a twofer! I gold embossed the sentiment on black cardstock and added it to the front. I'm not playing for a prize, just happy to participate. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This is my first free day since last Thursday and I am so looking forward to it. We tailgated on Sat. and the family was here Sun. for the Sept. birthdays. Monday I was relieved to find I don't have a torn rotater cuff. Dr. thinks it is muscle related and I will start PT next Monday. Yesterday I had lunch with a dear friend that I don't get to see often. It has been a year since we got together so this was very special. Tomorrow I am going to a Stampin Up class with a new demo. I see my previous SU demo now as a friend. We actually had lunch a week ago Friday but she isn't really having classes anymore. So I value today as a day off! I would like to get my outside windows washed today if it doesn't rain. I haven't been in my craft room all week.

This card is kind of a duplicate of the last Halloween one I posted. I used the same die and MS punch only made a window this time. I do love this kind of card and they are so easy to make. Just a few scores and folds. I'll be back soon to show my new SU cards. Be kind to one another.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Today's card is another inked tissue technique. It had an embossing folder background and the green is the inked tissue paper used as a mat. I love using the tissue paper and it is able to be used in any color you choose.

This time of year is so busy for our family from Sept. first till New Years. Birthdays and holidays along with tailgates and football. I love fall. The colors, the events and all the family get togethers. It is so fun decorating and getting ready for the holidays. I'm working on making more Halloween cards. Fall will be over before I get to those cards! I should have started with those - duh. Be kind to one another.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The scope of Irma is almost incomprehensible covering the islands and whole state of Florida. Harvey was terrible and this is just so damaging as well. I hope and pray everyone is safe from the winds and water.

I'm trying my hand at a diaorama card today. It's not very deep but I'm pleased for my first time. The background is doodlebug paper from a 6x6 pack. It has little eyes on it and I thought it would be spooky.  The haunted house is an Impression Obession die and the frame is from .Memory Box The gravestones in front are a Martha Stewart punch. It was pretty easy to do. I saw some on youtube that were really gorgeous and layered but looked beyond my capabilities! Be kind to one another.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I wish I could share our low temps with those in the west experiencing such high heat. It has been in the mid to high 40's in the morning and highs in the 60's during the day. I feel so terrible for those in the fires and hurricanes. This is an awful time for the U.S. right now.

I made this card at a SU class. My next door neighbor hauls my empty trash can up my driveway every week and I used this card to enclose a gift card for him. He is in his 80's and lost his wife last year and is at such loose ends. It seems to be harder for men to lose their wives first as some are so helpless. He doesn't cook or clean and can't drive any longer and depends on his son in law to take him to Dr. and grocery. He is such a nice person with a big family but only one daughter lives here and works full time. One of his grandsons is in a sit-com in California. I'm so lucky to have my sons here in town.  Well, did I ramble or what! Be kind to one another.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Please do not pass out. I rarely do two posts in one day but since I didn't get my card made last month in time for Loll and Bonnies challenge, I wanted to make sure I got this one in in time.  I did post my salt card the other day but not in time.

This card is for It is watercolor and silhouette for this month. Since I knew right away what I wanted to do, so I got right on it. The trick or treaters are an Obession Impression die in black c/s. I watercolored TH watercolor paper with Color Burst in Orchid, Fuchsia, Yellow Ochre and Sepia. The gate is a stamp by Judi Kins called Parisian Gates stamped in black and embossed with clear e/p and the treat or trick stamp is Lawn Fawn.  The trick or treaters are popped up with EK Success black 3D dots. Be kind to one another.

My DIL had a great 50th for my son Friday night. It was at a restaurant and outside so we didn't disturb anyone. It was a great turnout and the weather was perfect. The first picture is my 50 year old son. They provided his sombrero and his gifts included Depends, Prep. H, a walker and so on. It was a hoot. The second picture is my granddaughter, grandson and my younger son. The last picture is the guys Saturday night outside Lucas Oil Stadium before the Purdue game. My two sons are on the left and my two grandsons are on the right. Be kind to one another.

Friday, September 1, 2017

You may not remember where you were 50 years ago today but I know where I was. Giving birth to my first child! He turns 50 today and it is hard to believe that time has gone so fast. He has a son out of college and a daughter that is a junior in college. Truthfully in my mind I don't seem to feel any different than I did when I had him but body wise I can tell there is a big difference.

This card today is one I made for the salt challenge with Loll and Bonnie but I didn't get it ready in time to enter. I was going to try again but I ran out of time. I don't think I used enough salt but it did take some of the color out. The background was done in blues and one piece in yellow and oranges that I used for leaves. I made it for my friend with bile duct cancer. One hospital told him they couldn't do anything, then he was transferred to another hospital and they are removing the diseased part and the liver will regenerate. Amazing what the human body can do to heal itself. I cut the leaves with Lawn Fawn dies and used the Memory Box Grove Branch die. The sentiment is also Lawn Fawn.  It is a guy card so I didn't add bling. Be kind to one another and keep the people in the way of Harvey in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I watched a video by and made a simple practice card, then a quick, easy one. I've also been trying my hand at shadow and diaorama cards. They aren't hard and really look so cool. I did make a card using salt but didn't get terrific results with those and didn't get mine assembled in time for Loll and Bonnie's challenge. So today I'm sharing my bridge cards. The first one is the practice one and the second is my simple one.

I have put away all the supplies used for my other cards that aren't posted yet. I can never remember all the brands I used after I put things away and  I can't start another card unless I finish one and clean up before I do another one. Anal I know but I can't work when things are messy, plus I lose things if I don't put them back. The reason for this little story is I'm thinking I won't list all the products I used on cards. I think most of us use or have seen the same products and know what they are so if I use something you would like to know about just email or comment and I will let you know. Is that okay?
Be kind to one another.

Friday, August 25, 2017

I went to my friend Marilyns yesterday and it reminded me of something I wnted to share. Have you ever had Cookie Butter? It is like peanut butter and comes in a jar like that in the peanut butter aisle.  It is by Biscoff (like the cookies) and I can't tell you how good it is especially on toast. The reason going to Marilyns made me think of it is because we had lunch at Olive Garden and they have cookie butter cake! I don't know how widespread Olive Garden is but if you have one you need to try this cake. That's the only place I've seen it so far. It is sinful for sure. Since I'm on a roll I will tell you Carmel Apple Pie gelato by Talenti in the ice cream aisle is out of this world. Perhaps I'm spending too much time shopping in the grocery store! Just to help you out, it comes in a plastic pint jar with a screw on lid.

Moving on. My card today is just a fun one that I may use for granddaughter's birthday even though it doesn't say that on the front. I will put a sentiment inside. It is a Sunny Studio sentiment and turtle with a Simon Says Stamp wave stencil. The awesome is a Waffle Flower die.  Be kind to one another and if you are on the coast of Texas, please be safe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I followed the eclipse across the US on tv. It didn't get dark here, only very cloudy and overcast. What a fantastic event it was and brought so many people together from all over in a unified manner.
This card is for my granddaughter's birthday and I had a hard time with it. I made it twice and still am not pleased. It's the strings that really threw me. I'm posting it in the JUGS challenge this week. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I watched HSN the other day when they had crafting on. I didn't buy anything crafty but I did buy two shelving units for the garage and they should be here this week. I've got a lot of work to do out there. I'm not looking forward to it but it needs to be done.

Today's card is for my son's birthday and as you can see he is turning 50. I don't have any idea how this is happening! I had a card in my head where I would stamp the Cas-ual Friday stamp of 50 diagonally in black on a white panel then add a big 50 of cut out numbers centered over the top of them. When I saw Kristinas card on the 11th, I knew that's what I wanted to do instead.  I love the rainbow lines and just made it simple. I used Distress Oxide ink to stamp the lines, then all around the edges of a white card base.  Nothing like rubbing it in! His age, not the ink. Be kind to one another and be sure and wear your safe glasses on Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It turned out to be a busy week instead of the calm that I expected. That's a good thing though and keeps me busy. I did get another birthday card finished and went ahead and made two of them since everything was already out on my table. It is a card I learned from Jennifer McGuire and one of my favorites. It is made with tulle for the shaker window and a Simon Says Stamp flower. The sentiment is SU. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I have one more card to enter in JUGS challenge for this week. I watercolored in black then added silver and gold pearl paint from Gansai Tambi to create the sky. The sentiment is from Altenew and embossed in white on vellum. I believe the silver stars are from Tim Holtz but they were in a clear zip bag so I'm not sure. The black stars are from my stash. I am also entering

Molly has been fine so I think she is over whatever she had. She is playful and eating and has finished her book. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I may have got ahead of myself as Molly vomited again yesterday afternoon. She's back on rice for now.

My friend Darnell is guest hosting at Just Us Girls this week and I wanted to join in the challenge. It is Shower and I used this MFT stamp called My Umbrella. I colored her with Copics and added black polka dots to her raincoat and umbrella. The umbrella, raincoat and boots are covered with Glossy Accents. The sentiment is from MFT too. Be kind to one another.

Edited:  I couldn't figure out how to resize the picture.  I tried four times and it didn't work. Sorry, Darnell. I've never seen a link up like that and I am still computer challenged. I am so frustrated about this since I don't enter many challenges. I just make a card for whatever I need it for and I made this card just to enter the challenge Shower.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Molly has turned the corner but it took all week. Late Friday she started feeling better. No more vomiting and she got half rice and half dog food on  Saturday. It really had me worried because she was so listless.  I haven't kept you updated on her reading lately either. She likes Danielle Steel and loved her latest book, The Duchess. Be kind to one another.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Molly is very sick and so far we haven't found out what's wrong. She started vomiting Mon. and Tues. We went to the vet Tues. and she got anti-inflammatory meds. and anti-nausea meds. Also did blood work. She has only had boiled rice since Tues. night. Yesterday she only vomited once and it was not much.  I am calling agin today to see if we should be doing more. Mostly she just sleeps but it's hard to tell if that's bad because that's all she usually does! The blood work came back okay.

This is the card that has the cut out letters from my backgrounds. Altenew letters, Lawn Fawn puppy and  paper. I chose that plaid since it matches my background. I colored the puppy with Copics. Very simple and I'm using some backgrounds I made. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My next door neighbor's birthday is today so I used one of my backgrounds to cut letters from Altenew's inline alpha dies. I used the Hero Arts flower die and used some DI to splatter the c/s. The pattern paper is from a 6 x 6 pack from MME. I added some gold bling for the flower center. Be kind to one another.

It is my next door neighbor's birthday and I did use everything I told you above, BUT I used one of my backgrounds and cut Altenew's letters on a different card! When it is finished I will post it. Please forgive my "senior moment". This happy birthday is an Avery Elle stamp.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rainy overcast day perfect for crafting today. Just to show you I have actually been doing something besides complaining about cling wrap, here are my backgrounds from things I've done lately.

The middle green one has a cling line right down the middle and so far that is it for cling wrap! The other backgrounds of color had wrap on them but it didn't work. I have purchased spray starch and have three backgrounds drying with cling on them. We'll see. The blue and white one on the right is a Richard Garay embossing folder that is real hard plastic and I don't know how to emboss with it. I just stuck the paper in the folder and rubbed it with my hands.

The second picture of backgrounds are brushos and color burst and the ones on the right are made with inka gold. The two top ones and the botton yellow and orange are shaving cream backgrounds. So those will be made into cards either as backgrounds or die cuts. I do really like them but they aren't what I set out to do. The last picture is a goof up. I white embossed a flower and didn't realize it wasn't a filled in bloom but I added brushos anyway. Of course it didn't show up like it would have if it had been a solid image. Some days I work so hard and come up with so little. It is discouraging when that happens. BUT, when you make a fantastic card that you love it is all worth it. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

For now the cling wrap has fled to the kitchen. I tried again after helpful hints from bloggers. I looked in the mirror and said "there are just some things you cannot do well" and moved on. Thank you all for your suggestions. I say "for now" as I will try this again. I will use different paper, spray starch and gesso or all three at once! I just can't let a piece of plastic defeat me. Never give up - just give it a rest.

In the meantime I did another tissue paper card. That I like. I smooshed distress ink on the tissue, used die cuts from Concord & 9th and stamped a sentiment from Impression Obsession. I am skidding in on the last day to enter this at I used tissue paper, die cuts and stamped. I am closing now as I was watching the race at the Brickyard that just started and they pulled the cars off the track because of a storm that is moving this way. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The heat is back with 100-110 heat advisories. It seems to be everywhere across the US so everyone stay safe. Stay in and craft. I did that yesterday and worked with Brushos and Color Burst. I made quite a few backgrounds but I don't think I like them. If I just barely tapped I didn't get a good coverage and if I tapped harder I got big splotches. If I misted lightly the powder didn't dissolve. If I misted more the colors all ran together. This morning since they have dried the paper is so stiff and hard. There must be something about this I don't know. I've watched the videos and it looks so easy. Any hints would be appreciated. I even messed up the metallics. I had to mist a little bit to get it moving and when I used it on the paper it just blended right in and doesn't look like I even added anything. I also tried the cling wrap technique and couldn't get the wrap to stick. I did that on four cards to no avail.

On the up side, I got to meet my grandson's girlfriend over the weekend. She lives and goes to college in another state so they take turns going back and forth to visit each other. She came here this weekend and she is just as sweet as can be and a perfect match for him. I haven't been able to meet her every time she's been here before so I was thrilled to finally get together.  They came to my house and then we went to visit with my granddaughter who works about 10 minutes from here. All in all it was a fun weekend. My granddaughter and I are going to dinner with a good friend of hers and her grandma this evening. That will be a nice evening. This is a card I made to send to his girlfriend. It is Lawn Fawn paper, a Simon Says Stamp scalloped die and the Yippee die is Waffle Flower. The little flower face is from Impression Obsession. Be kind to one another and stay cool.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Several days ago I found out that a dear friend and used to be neighbor has bile duct cancer. I am so sad to hear this and have been working on a card for two days. I have been wanting to try the tissue paper technique that some stampers are doing and this card was born. I used white tissue paper and spritzed it with Dylusions squeezed orange and Tattered Angels creme de chocolat ink sprays. When dry I glued it to a card panel and scrunched it up a bit. It tore a little but that's okay, it's very fragile. The  crock stamp is by Judith and  I used a little set of stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. I colored the crock with Copics and stamped the flowers, leaves and grass. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says and added the prayer die from them too. This card is definitely a labor of love. I am entering it into CAS Mix Up with stamping, tissue paper, coloring and die cutting with embossing. I don't know what I will use in gift bags now!  Be kind to one another.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

We have a beautiful sunny weekend to enjoy here after storms rolled through. The grass is so green and the sun so bright - I love this kind of day. I'm happy you liked the dogs on my last post. They are so cute.  This is my alcohol ink card that I love how it came out. I used a technique that I learned from watching a video by Loll. It is the inks dropped on aluminum foil and the paper smooshed in it. She used Yupo and I used glossy but it worked just fine. The flower is Ragged Daisy by Poppy Stamps the I used a Spellbinder die to cut the opening.  I colored the daisy with Copics and stamped the sentiment with a Stampin Up stamp. I am entering the challenges below. The Paru challenge is new to me so I hope you can pop by and visit. Be kind to one another.