Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lanore's Birthday

I made this card primarily because I wanted to make a special card for my cousin's birthday Granted, I have plenty of cards on hand that I could have just sent, but my cousin is one of my closest friends. I haven't seen her in 26 years and we recently found each other again and picked up like we never missed a beat.

I saw Pricilla's midnite madness challenge, and decided to use that as my layout for Lanore's card.

I used pink pirouette as my base. I used last years Valentines DSP from SU as my designer paper. I mounted my image on rich razzleberry. I stamped the Elements of Style in Rich Razzleberry, then colored it in using pretty in pink, regal rose, mellow moss and always artichoke. I went over key areas with glitter gel pen. I then added medium pink brads to the top, grabbed a glue pen, then added dazzling diamonds to the brads.

I really tried to make this card special for my cousin. I hope she likes it.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Mom's Birthday

Well, it's been a while since I've made cards. I just really haven't been into it lately. I guess I lost my card-making mojo. I was so into it for the past 4 years, I guess maybe the need to be creative with cards has passed. I've been writing. I guess that is where my creative flow has been going lately. God is so good! When I'm done posting this, I'm going to transcribe more of my latest book. Who knows, maybe God will bless me, and this book will be published too!

Anyway, about mom's card. I used Splitcoast Color Challenge colors for the card. Pear Pizazz, Real Red, and Pink Pirouette. The pear is the base, and red is the mat. I used SU's Bella Blue DSP for the panels, and layered pink pirouette under my main image. I used Pricilla Style's sketch as the design for the card.

I stamped my main image in black, then colored it using blushing bride, pretty in pink, and regal rose. The leaves are in pear Pizazz. The butterfly is pretty in pink and thump-n-rolled real red on it, then I added some dazzling diamonds for some sparkle. I also added sparkle on the flowers using glitter gel pen.

I hope my mom likes it. I even used corner punches on the inside to make it extra special.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 27, 2010

From Breast Milk to Table Food

For anyone that is interested, here is the link to my first book. My second book is in transcription, and hopefully will be published also.

God Bless, and enjoy!


Monday, August 9, 2010


I guess I was in a crafty mood today. I tried my hand at the Mojo Monday Sketch 151.
I used pink pirouette as my base, then used rich razzleberry as my mat. The dsp is from SU Cottage Grove collection. I added the rich razzleberry ribbon.
I stamped my main image in black, then I colored it in using pretty in pink and highlighting with regal rose, the stem is colored with certain celery and highlighted with old olive. The sentiment is stamped in rich razzleberry.

Saturday, July 17, 2010


I made this for Pricilla's midnight madness challenge found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com
I used white as my base. The cut strips of black and mounted them. Then I used white, black and white again for my image.
For the flower on the black portion, I used white craft ink and bridal embossing powder and heat embossed the image. I then used a black and white ribbon to complete the picture.
I feel this card has all the classic components of an elegant card.
thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


I made this for two reasons, one I wanted to make a special card for my friend Gina who just bought her first place, and two for the Priscilla Midnight Madness Challenge.

I used pretty in pink as my base, then layered it with Pink pirouette. I ran it thru the cb. I used certain celery as my mat, and stamped the reeds from Inspired by Nature in celery.

I used my markers for the flowers, regal rose, rose red and certain celery. I stamped my butterfly and bee in black, then used glitter gel pen to give it some shine. I added barely banana to the bee.

Gina really likes pink, so I wanted to reflect that in the card that I made. I also hand painted a birdhouse just for her. Seeing that she is a homeowner, she should have some of the same perks as a home owner, watching pretty birds in the backyard. I hope she likes it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I made this for the Our Creative Corner challenge to make a black and white textured card.
I also made this because I just found out that my brother's stepson, his wife and child were in a very bad accident. His wife who is very much pregnant is in the hospital.
I know they are faithful people, so I thought this card would bring comfort in their time of need. Their car was completely destroyed along with the new car seat and their childs car seat. They were very lucky. God was definitely on their side.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


I made this card for Pricilla's Midnight madness challenge. I had no idea what colors I would use, so I just opened the drawer and started perusing over my colors.

I chose mellow moss as my base, with accents of pale plum and perfect plum mats.

I found some great dp that had those colors in them, so I used that to dress the card up a bit.

Out of the same packet, there was another floral and the reverse was this dark plaid which I loved, so I turned it to show the plaid.

My butterfly is thump-n-rolled in pale plum and perfect plum.

I had this ribbon that just seemed to go perfectly so I added that, then added the square jewels to the corner.

Hope you like it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


I was in a crafting mood today, so I ventured over to the MojoMonday page and did challenge 139, found here: http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/

I used certain celery as my base, then matted my dp using Pink Pirouette. my back dsp is Bella Blue for SU, and the other dp is from SU's Valentines package from a few years back.

I added certain celery ribbon and pretty in pink ribbon.

I matted my image and the decorative piece with certain celery. the decorative piece is Kraft and I used a white gel pen and did faux stitching. I ran a piece of white thru my cb using SU dots ef.

My butterfly is done in pretty in pink and regal rose, cut out and popped up using foam dots.



I made this for Pricilla's midnight madness challenge, found here: http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/

I used the blue from the SU "in colors" from last year. Then I used SU dsp. I added blue ribbon that I found at Michaels in the $1.00 bin. I added primas to the bottom with big pink brads in the center.

The top primas are pink with white brads in the center.

The main image is pixie pink and pink passion markers, cut out and popped up. I layered it on certain celery, ran it thru the cb using SU's dots embossing folder, then matted it with pink passion.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Hello again.

Today, against better judgement, I made a card for the color challenge over at splitcoast stampers. They wanted dusty durango, so saffron and rich razzleberry to be used. This is the card I created for the challenge.
The reason I say it was against better judgement is because when I went walking today, holding the umbrella of all things just aggrivated my arms to no end. My left arm has always been the better of the two, but even this arm, holding it in a still position holding an umbrella for 15-20 or 30 minutes at a time, took it's toll on me.
I know alot people think I complain too much about it, but you know, you have 4 surgeries between two arms and tell me how you feel. They hurt every day, some days are worse than others. I am still waiting for my fifth surgery, hopefully the last. It is not a picnic. That is for sure.
But recently events have happened to me, where I am trying not to focus on the pain so much, and focus on things that will better my life, my health. I have been walking for 4 weeks now, and it really has boosted my self-esteem. I really hit bottom, and now, I am picking myself up and moving forward. I'm finally out of the depression that has plagued me for so many years. Bad marraige and bad health just made it unbearable. But the marriage is over (good for me), and my health is better, nearing the end of this long road of endless surgeries of my arms, so now, positive thinking.
Life is too short not to live it to it's fullest. I realize it now. It has been a rocky road over the past several years, but now my life is finally turning a corner, and only better and brighter things I see for my future.
Have a wonderful day, and God Bless

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I made this for Precilla's midnight madness challenge.

I used kiwi kiss as my base, then layered it with pretty-in-pink. I used SU dsp.

I stamped my inspired by nature image using certain celery for the reeds, then old olive, pretty in pink and regal rose for theflowers.

I had this pretty ribbon that looked like regal rose, so I cut it and mounted it on pretty in pink.

The butterflies are regal rose and attached with glue dots.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New life

As I wonder down yander way,

I look down and say hey,

Life is good

Life is grand

Let's live our lives hand in hand.

Little poem came to my head so thought I'd share it.

Anyway, I've been given a new lease on life. I had had a tough road over the past few years. I was in a failing marriage, and had 4 surgeries to date between both of my arms. I hit the lowest of the lows. I thought I would never get out. But the one thing that kept me going was "faith". I always had faith in God. Even though I got away from going to church, and even reading the bible, I still believed in God, and when it really got bad, I always looked to Him.

Now, my life seems to be heading in the right direction. I'm finally out of that slump. I am starting to feel good about myself again. I AM living life again! I'm not hiding under the rock of circumstances that wanted to keep me down. I am living, and I am loving life again! What a joy!

I started exercising. I do a 4 mile walk every day. I just bought new sneakers too because the other ones are shot. I'm feeling good about myself, and I am truly happy in my heart. I haven't been happy like this in probably 14 years! Granted, you have the happiness of God in your heart, but I feel happiness for me. I finally feel good about myself. I'm tackling the weight that has been holding me back for years. When I got sick, I gained 50 pounds from the medication. I AM going to loose that weight. I have goals set for myself now. Wow, goals! Who would have thought that goals could bring so much joy to someone.

When talking to my lawyer yesterday, he said to me " you've been through a lot, you are very lucky to come out from the bad days, because so many of his clients never do". 14 years in a bad marriage, 4 years of living with pain from my arms, 4 surgeries, that is a lot. Thank God, I have God! I never would have made it without HIM!

So now, as I walk my 4 miles a day, I dream of brighter days, and hope for my future. I am dreaming again, and planning for wonderful things. I think I might go back to school again, this time for either phsychology, or sociology, or both! Life is good! I know I have only brighter days ahead of me.

I made this card for mothers day for my mom. I got a chance to talk to her last night. She is very happy that I am on the right path now. She did say to me, she was surprised at how positive I was during such a bad time. Because when I talk to mom, I laugh, and try to be the happiest I can be for her, cuz she is my mom, and I love her. But she agreed, I have not been dealt very good cards over recent years.

Here is the card I made for her:
I used mellow moss as the base of the card, I used barely banana on the inside and stamped my sentiment and a pretty flower.
I used melon mambo for the mats with barely banana, pink pirouette and white for the design. I used 2006 SU dsp. I used green galore and melon mambo for the hummingbird and cut him out and popped him up using pop dots.
I stamped the flower in black, and colored it using various pinks and green galore, and finished it with a ribbon.
I hope my mom likes her mothers day card.
Have a great day, God bless, and live each moment to the fullest. Life is too short not to appreciate all the beauty it has to offer.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Lester's get well

I am a member of a private club, and I am on the sympathy committee. (I guess they call it that for lack of a better name) Anyway, the president of our club, and a dear sweet man is in the hospital. I'm not sure what the ailment is, but from what I hear, it is pretty serious. He celebrated his 85th birthday last year, and has pretty much been healthy until then. He had a bout of something a while back, had a surgery, and took about 2 months to recover, and now he is back in the hospital with complications I believe. Don't quote me, but I'm pretty sure that is what is happening. Anyway, I think of Lester like a grandfather. He is so sweet, and he will tell you like it is. I really care about him, and hope he gets well soon.

I made his card as part of the splitcoaststampers sketch challenge. I used vanilla as my base then kiwi kiss as my mount. I then took another piece of vanilla and ran it thru the cuttlebug using one of their folders, then split the image the way the sketch asked us to. I then stamped the dragonfly in always artichoke, and added the get well sentiment, some hodgepodge hardware and a ribbon on the bottom. I really hope he likes his card.
thanks for looking.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


This is for the midnight madness challenge found here:http://priscillastyles.blogspot.com/

I used white as my base, then black as my mat. I measured my bg with a ruler so it would be even. I used rose red for my flowers from Pretty Amazing, cut the and popped them up using glue dots. The hummingbird, I stamped on a previously stamped image that I didn't like, then I cut it and popped it up. I added brads because the corners needed something.

Here is the card:

This card I made for splitcoaststampers sketch challenge.

I used white as my base, black as my mat, then stamped my flowers using bravo burgandy, rose red and old olive. The bg is stamped in mellow moss.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Creating again!

Hello fellowette bloggers! I decided to actually blog about my latest creation today. Splitcoast stampers had a challenge, "technique lovers challenge" I never do these, but I thought I would peek to see what it was. It was a challenge to make your own designer paper. So, I decided to use a technique I made up maybe 2 yrs ago or so. It is a combination of elements from like three different techniques.

I call the technique, SMOOSH, SQUISH AND SPRAY:
As you can see from my card, there seems to be a lot of movement on my background panel, that is due to the technique.

1. take a baggie, cut it along the side and along the bottom. I feel ziplocks work best.
2. open the baggie like a book
3. find coordinating colors, I used regal rose, and pink passion (stamp pads only)
4. on one side stamped the regal rose using your stamp pad, cover the side of the baggie
5. then stamp pink passion on the other side using the stamp pad, cover this side of the baggie
6. close the baggie, smoosh the colors together using a bone folder, go over the entire portion of the baggie with the bone folder
7. open the baggie, take a spritzer full of water, and a few drops of red food coloring, shake to mix, then spray one spray on each side of the baggie
8. close quickly then open again
9. take watercolor paper or glossy photo paper. Use glossy side out 2 pieces, otherwise fold your watercolor paper in half.
10. place on inside of baggie
11. close baggie, use bone folder to squish all the colors together, do for several seconds until desired effect is achieved.
12. open baggie, take paper out, if you use watercolor paper, you may want to take a heat gun to dry the paper, it will be soggy.
13. go rinse out your baggie for next use
14. use your new smoosh, squish, and sprayed image for your project.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Too long

It has been way too long since I have blogged last. I try not to stay on the computer too much because it just irritates my arms. I have another doctor appointment in about 2 weeks. I'm wondering if he will suggest another surgery. The PA, gave the inclination that doctor would suggest that due to the deterioration of the muscles in my arm. He suggested that the doctor might want to get rid of the dead tissue. I'm sure I have a lot since this is a chronic issue I've had for 4 yrs. This next surgery will hopefully be the last one, as it was always the secondary issue to the insides of my elbows. 4 years is way too long to deal with this.

But anyway, I'm not hear to blah, blah, blah about my arms all day, too sick of it. I'm here to showcase my latest works. I was invited to participate in a midnight madness challenge, and this is the card I made for it

I used melon mambo as my base, then added bella blue dsp, my mat is lavendar lace and my image is stamped in rich razzleberry. tfl and all your nice comments.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wow, I can't believe the last blog I made was right before Christmas, that was quite a long time ago. So much has happened since then. I went down to NC to see my family the day after Christmas, and ended up staying longer than I wanted due to car issues. The fuel pump died on me while I was down there. My dad replaced the battery in my car, then next thing you know, it wouldn't start. I was upset because I wanted to leave new years eve day early, but car wouldn't run. I guess it was a blessing that it happened while I was there and not in the mountains somewhere driving home! The trip down was exhausting, it is a long drive, but this time especially trecherous for me. I had fog and freezing rain for the majority of the day. I was what you call, "white knuckle driving" for quite some time. I wanted to meet up with my SCS friends that live down there, but I was just beat after that.
We had some nice family photos taken too. I look terrible in the pictures, but it was nice to have the family with the kids getting so big now. The last time we did the photo thing was back in 2004, my son is 10 now so quite the difference in him and my niece (they are 6mos apart). I looked different too, I was much much bigger then, my face was huge. I guess I was too. I guess outside of the recent 30 pound weightloss, I must have lost more along the way but just not at one time.
I'm starting a website for my cards. This is quite the project. I have 5 photoboxes full of my cards, roughly 400 cards. The website is a pain in the butt, cuz I have to take the photos, obviously, but I have to shrink them down in paint before they look right. One photo box alone, took 3 hours to photo and sort, now I have to shrink them too. OMG, this is going to take me forever, and the worst part is, I really have no clue what I am doing there. Hopefully though, it will be worth it. When I do craft fairs, several people have asked if I had a website, so maybe I can sell some more cards.

Here are some of the cards I've made in the past few months:
This card was made for a color challenge on SCS. It called for pretty in pink, rich razzleberry and soft suede. I didn't have suede so I used the close to cocoa.
I made this card for my friend Anne (jdmommy) featured stamper challenge and the color challenge. I really like it with the red, blue and brown, I think it came out pretty, and it was a tribute to my friend, so what is better than that.

This card was made for the sketch challenge found on splitcoaststampers.com I used olive, razzleberry, pale plum and Stampin Up Designer series paper, (dsp). I just got this stamp set so I decided to play with it a bit. It is a fun set to you. A little out of my comfort zone as far as images, I think I'm more of an elegant, vintage type of stamper, this is a little more playful. I like it!

I made this card for a challenge on Splitcoast (SCS), it was to use pink, so I used several pinks for this. I actually was looking thru SU's book, and saw a sample card where they stamped a flower and cut it vertically three ways, then it had crinkled paper in the background (bg), I thought it was cool, but I wanted to change it up, so this is what I came up with. Cutting the main image equally was the challenge. I had to stamp it first, then cut it. The mounts were easy just 1/4 inch larger.

This card was made for the inspiration challenge on SCS. I saw this pendant, it was a circle it had a green square with a dragonfly on it, then it had 3 little baubles hanging off of it. The circle pendant made me think, oh lets make a circle with a dragonfly in it, then this card just evolved. It was tricky with the top panel because I wanted 3 dragonflies, and to get them to fit the right way was an issue. Also had an issue with the placement of the circles. This truly is a hand-crafted card. It took me a long time to get this card "just-right".

This card was part of the challenge, but it was a blue pendant with black flowers and a dragonfly on it. It was hung by a silver chain, hence the silver ribbon. I stamped with black craft ink, then heat embossed the image.

This card was for a color challenge, bashful blue, ruby red, and close to cocoa. Again, I wanted to use my fun stamp set. I gave this card to my friend Tracy for her birthday. She was impressed. To me, it's not my greatest work, because this stampset isn't really my style as I stated before.
This card was for a SCS challenge too, to "cut it out", I wanted to make a masculine card, I seldom make these. I was looking in the SU idea book, and saw a picture from Halloween, and liked the layout, so I adjusted it a bit using this Asian set. I changed the colors to Kraft, Choc Chip and Kiwi Kiss. I really like this card. I think it is elegant and classy, and very masculine.

This was an inspiration challenge card. I got so many compliments on this card, and it was a quick and easy card for me. I think it took me about 15 minutes to make. What the inspiration piece was, was a dark purple scarf with a black lace border. So I used Lavendar lace for my base, then took a piece of black, used a punch to mimic lace, then took another piece of lavendar and stamped my images in lavendar and black. I went around the edge of the base of the card with another stamp from the same set in black. Easy peasy! I added a sparkle ribbon too.
This was a featured stamper challenge card. Karen Barber, who makes awesome, vintage cards, and just elegant cards all around was the featured stamper. This card is very similar to hers. On these challenges, you change two or more things. I kept the integrity of her first card by using pretty much the same colors, and used the same SU dsp. I like it.