Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Sketch to Try!

Hello My Friends!

Well, I'm happy to say I did not blow away in these gale force winds we've been having in Northern Illinois!  They sure made for scary sleeping hearing lawn chairs, decorative pots, patio tables and the occasional trampoline blow down the streets and across the fields!  Luckily, most of our stuff stayed put!

So I found this new blog, Lord Have Mercy! and just love the gals over there!  Many of them use Copics so if your into those markers and looking for techniques and inspiration, it's a must visit blog!  They of course have a sketch challenge too!  I must admit, this is the first time I'm participating in the challenge, and love the opportunity to use my new Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments set!  Love LOVE LOVE it! 

The Dazzling Diamonds kinda got all over the place...but I kinda like it thatta way!  What's your thoughts?  Love to hear from ya~
Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments Cardstock: AC Patterned Paper Christmas, SU! Marina Mist & Whisper White, PTI Spring Rain.  Ink:  Marina Mist (stamp off technique).  Accessories:  Offray Straight and Narrow ribbon White Paperstudio Crystals, SU! Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, October 25, 2010

And the 3rd today!

Guess MoJo Monday has really gotten my MoJo goin!

Clean and Simple is another fav site for my cards.  They are perfect to keep the sketch as simple or as over the top as you like!

Here's Clean and Simples sketch:
And here's Mine:
The color of ink is somewhat faded out...I'm using this new laptop, and I'm not fond of it's editing...Oh well.

Don't you just LOVE Papertrey Ink stamps??!!  I DO! The Coi is from Masculine Motifs, and I again used the Handwritten Notes and Background Basics: Woodgrain.  Cardstock and inks are from SU!. 

This is the first time I've used this set and love it's versatility.

I hope you have enjoyed all the cards I've posted.  I know it's been a long time, but hope you will all visit me again soon!
Enjoy the day!

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello again!  I know!  2 Cards in 1 day?  Well, it'll be 3 actually!  What is my world coming to??!!  Check back for a third post in a bit!

So over at Nichole Headys blog, she has a blog hop every month.  And this month is supposed to be Winter Holidays, and considering where I live, I think Halloween qualifies! 
This sketch I combined Our Creative Corner Color Challenge with Oz-somestamps sketch.  I just love Heather Scott!  She GIVES you all the measurements for her sketch!  Guess you could say Heather's Oz-some! lol~ Had to stick that one in there.

So, Here is Heather's Sketch & CCCC's Colors:

And here's Mine:
So, I've really gotten into Papertrey Ink.  They sell photo polymer stamps, and I just love them!  For this card I used Recipe Box, (I KNOW!  Since they are clear, you can take any of their sets and turn it into a background stamp!), Background Basics: Woodgrain, and Hand Written Notes.  For the cardstock, I used SU!'s Pumpkin Pie, Early Esspresso, Certinly Celery, Almost Amethyst.  Inks are Pumpkin Pie, Pear Piazza, and Elegant Eggplant.  I used Rich Razzel Berry ribbon.  I loved this card as I made it just in time to "Boo!" my I hope she dosent check my page before I get her Booed!

If you've never been Booed! check it out here!  Ton's of fun!

MoJo Monday

Hello my long lost Friends!

How have you all been? I know, it's been quite a while since my last post. It's amazing how busy you can get when you don't have a job! To jump start me back in the paper crafting mood, I thought I'd turn to one of my fav's, the MoJo Monday Blog! Everyone should visit this blog at least once a month! There is so much talent and inspiration it just ooses from the pixels on my screen! :)

Here's the sketch:
And here's Mine:
I've always wanted to be a Shabby Chic Chickie, but it's just not in me! So, I put extra effort in this one, and am please with the result! Whatdya think?

Papers are all SU! the button is Papertrey Ink, and the ribbon is a scrap I had left from long ago.

Winks and Wishes on the Windy Monday!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Meet Rosie....continued!

Wow!  I first want to say a huge "Thank You!" to all the kind and sweet comments about my Rosie!  I cant tell you how that makes my heart so happy and grateful for you!  As I touched on with my original post, I haven't painted in a very long time and it was such a boost to my ego with all the nice and so thoughtful comments!  Thank you!  Thank you!  THANK YOU!

Rosie raised a grand total of $125!!!  WOW!  And for such a great and worthy cause!  I wish I could find out how much money was raised over all, but haven't found that information out yet!  I'll keep you posted when I find out.  I had never been to Sycamore's Ladies Night Out before, and let me tell you, it was a sea of pink up and down both sides of the street for a straight 4 hours!

Next year I hope to get more involved...and maybe I will have my own booth!

Thanks again!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Rosie the Riveter poster
Hello Everyone!  I have some EXCITING NEWS to share with you all!  About 2 weeks ago, I was selected to design and paint a HUGE piggy bank for the Annual Ladies Night Out in downtown Sycamore!  I was thrilled to be selected for this!  This is an annual breast cancer awareness night for women in our area.  There are tons of stuff to do, eat, see, and there's a silent auction, witch is where my Rosie will be!  For more information, visit Discover Sycamore's web page here!

The inspiration for Rosie was the 1950's WWI poster, Rosie the Riveter.   I just love the pout-y lips of the 50's   painted bright red!

This was such a fun project!  And it also showcases my other talents which I hadn't showcased in quiet a while!  It will be fun to see how much money Rosie raises as she is part of the silent auction.  All proceeds go towards the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Research fund.  I am so Proud of my girl Rosie!  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!                                                                                        



Rosie's INK                    

Me & Rosie

Well, I hope you have enjoyed meeting Rosie!  She was such a fun project!  I hope to see some of you at the auction!  If you are in town, stop by NB&T and say hello!                                                                                                                                                                                      

Winks & Wishes!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Jules

My good friend Julie has the same birthday as my sister who passed 8 years ago...seems like yesterday at times, while at other times it feels as if she's still just a phone call away.  So anyway!  Jules birthday was looming over head and I do so love her, but could she have picked different day to be born????!!! lol~  We went shopping a week before and we found this baking dish that matches her china!  What a find!  First, because it was her long ago retired pattern.  Secondly because it was a 9X13 baker??!!  As some of you know, I am the best shopper when it comes to finding that strange thing-a-ma-jig you once remembered from your grandmothers house in Oklahoma or where ever your grandmother's from!  I've gotten steals on Guardian Service Ware, long ago retired china, chairs, tables, hutches, jewelry, crystal, and even a chandelier! My designers eye provides me the ability to see the hidden gems in the mist of all the junk.

So I've had her gift, and her birthday came and went...I called her and wished her the best day and joked that I hadn't gotten her gift wrapped (I now have had the baker for 2 weeks! shame on me!)  She laughed and said to give it to her for Christmas..she's so funny and knows how hard that day is for me.

If I had to sum up Jules personality into one word it would be, well...I can't in one word!  But she's always singing a song with a smile on her face, and her bright blue eyes sparkling with love and laughter.  And she knows every word to every song you throw at her, but one.  One year, I got her!  You've seen those singing cards.  The ones that have songs from the 50's that are big band, and loud, and have got a beat that you can just picture yourself swing dancing to?  Well this card had the song "Your The Top" by Ethel Merman.  And she didn't know it!  Lucky me!  We had such a blast watching her memorize all the words...opening the card over and over again so she didn't miss a word!  And now Jules knows all the songs!

This card I made for Jules.  She's so 50's and her kitchen was yellow and blue for many years.  Every time I think of Jules, I think of a bright blue sky and the most sunny summer day, and sitting at her kitchen table chatting the morning away!

This is not an SU! snob card like my previous ones posted.  I say that in only the most endearing way!  And I can only say that because I was a SU! snob for many years.  I just needed to leap out of the SU! box and explore the great big world of paper crafts out there!  The stamps are Papertrey Ink, For the Graduate, and Hero Arts, Paisley.  Cardstock is SU! and I made the DSP rosette from a scrap 12x12 paper I had.  It's simple, but pretty I think!  And though I just made it, and Jules birthday was in April, I'm sure when I give it to her next week, she'll love it even though it's late!

So how late is too late to send a card?  Let me know your thoughts!
Winks & Wishes 

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