Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Happy New Year!

I really haven't completely lost it.  I know it isn't New Years yet but I just wanted to be sure and get my wishes out to all of you special people.  I hope your Christmas was merry and full of love, joy and peace.  We had a wonderful Christmas.  Christmas Eve was the time for the family to gather, and what a time it was.  So much fun, lots of laughter.  We had one empty spot, our granddaughter in Victoria was not able to come and she really was missed.  Once all the fun and frolic was done everyone went home and on Christmas day there was just us and two daughters and one grandson.  A wonderful day to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Here is a card I made for Teapot Tuesday.  We had to start with a white canvas and paint, chalk, stamp and whatever we could think of.  I am not an artist so I did use one stamp.  This stamp is from DRS Designs and was stamped with versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  First I masked off the area for the moon and then sponged all over with baja breeze and pacific point.  Used a soft cloth to rub the excess color off the trees.  Diamond stickles is used at the base of the trees and added a picket fence border punch.  Quick and simple.

Stamps:  DRS Designs Trees
Paper:  whisper white cardstock
Ink:  Versamark, baja breeze, pacific point, black
Accessories:  paper mask, heat tool, white embossing powder, sponge, Martha Stewart picket fence border punch

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sweet Mouse

I cannot believe it is November already!  Where has the time gone?  We have been having the most gorgeous weather the last month or so.  God has been showering us with blessings through the beauty of His creation.
This card was made for SC305 at SplitCoast Stampers.  Roxie always has such great challenges for us and I particularly like this one.

I ended up making 2 cards with the same image.  I went to a Copics class with Loretta (lorettal) and these are my practice images.  Still have a lot to learn and need lots of practice.  I used different colors and papers.
The top card is done with peach parfait, pear pizzazz cardstock and Basic Grey Porcelain designer paper.  Bottom card is dusty durango, river rock and Basic Grey Boxer designer paper.  The images are cut out and popped up on dimensionals.  Added a button and ribbon and a bit of stickles to the butterfly.

Stamps:  Unfortunately I don't know who makes this image
Paper:  peach parfait, pear pizzazz, white cs,  Basic Grey Porcelain dp
             dusty durango, river rock, white cs, Basic Grey Boxer dp
Ink:  black Momento
Accessories:  Cuttlebug, embossing folder, Nestibilities label diecut, Copics markers, dimensionals, buttons, ribbon, diamond stickles.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I woke up to snow this morning!  I am not a winter person, although I do enjoy the beauty of the snow.  You can get some gorgeous pictures but I would prefer the picture to the reality of the snow.  I think as a person gets older winter becomes more difficult.  I must say that I do want snow at Christmas.  Here is a Christmas card I made last week that I thought you might enjoy.


I made this for the Splitcoast sketch challenge.  This is my favorite Santa image which I purchased at Michaels.  The base is Real Red that I stamped using Stampin Up Snowflake stamp set and Versamark ink and heat embossed with Bridal embossing powder.  The two panels are Basic Grey Figgy designer paper layered on always artichoke.  Oval Coluzzle and oval scalloped Nestibilities show the image and a small circle Coluzzle and circle scalloped Nestibilities had the sentiment.  Both the image and sentiment are on dimensionals.  Image is stamped with black momento ink and was colored using Copics markers.  I added frosted Stickles to the snowflakes and dots of snow and then added Crystal Effects to the lens on the glasses.  Used a glitter brad on the sentiment to finish it off.  I am very happy with how this turned out and hope you enjoy it too.

Stamps:  Stampin Up Snowflakes
Ink:  black momento, real red
Paper:  real red, always artichoke, and whisper white cardstock, Basic Grey Figgy designer paper
Accessories:  Cuttlebug, scalloped oval and circle Nestibilities, oval and circle Coluzzle, Versamark, Bridal embossing powder, frosted Stickles, Crystal Effects, Copics markers, glitter brad, dimensionals

Blessings to all

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I'm Back!

I can't believe it has been almost 4 months since I last posted.  There has been a lot happen in that time so I will try to give you all the news.
May 5th around 11 pm I was getting ready for bed and was walking out of my bedroom into the kitchen when all of a sudden I lost my balance and before I could do anything I was flat on the kitchen floor face first.  The way I fell I hit my forehead with all my weight on the tile floor which kind of snapped my head back.  Now, I have had two surgeries on my neck, one being a fusion, so all I could think was 'what have I done to my neck?'  My husband came roaring up the stairs and there I was on the floor bleeding all over.  Turns out the force of the blow cut my forehead, actually there is a dented spot there now.  He and my nephew, who was staying with us, got me up off the floor.  The cut had pretty well stopped bleeding and I was able to move okay and felt okay so I convinced them I did not need to go to emergency.  My husband bandaged up my head and everyone went to bed.  About 2 hours later I woke up and was having some trouble breathing so I got my husband up, told him I needed to go to emergency.  By then my breathing was very labored, sounded like a bad asthma attack.  We went to emergency which is only about a 5 minute drive from our house but by the time we got there I no longer was breathing and was blue.
DH ran into emergency hollering for help, people came flying from everywhere, he ran back out to the van and lifted me out by himself (I am not exactly a light weight) and put me in the wheelchair and they whisked me off, cut off my clothes, and put any airway down my throat with great difficulty.  Once they got me stabilized off I went by ambulance to Calgary where I spent 2 weeks in the Foothills Hospital.  8 of those days were on life support in ICU.  I was one happy puppy when all the tubes could be removed.  Turns out that when I fell and my head snapped back it caused a bleed which over time formed a huge mass behind my airway and eventually pressed on it till it was closed off.  One of those really weird things that you would have no way of knowing until you can't breath.  I don't remember arriving at the hospital, in fact I don't remember anything until later the next day.  God was so good and He was with me every step of the way.  I had no fear, never panicked when I couldn't breathe and I know that was all by the grace of God.
It was so good to get home again.  Only thing is a couple of days later I ended up back in emergency with a massive blood clot in my leg so spent 3 more days in hospital for them to get me on blood thinners.  It has been a long haul but thanks be to God I am doing extremely well and slowly getting my strength back.
My family, the splitcoast members, and my church have been absolutely fantastic.  I have been so blessed.
I would not recommend this experience to anyone.  But I can give God all the glory for His watchfulness over me and for providing all the incredible Drs. and nurses that brought me back to health.  I serve an amazing and wonderful God!
Tomorrow, I will post some pictures of cards I have made recently.  Again, thank you for all the prayers and support.


Sunday, April 25, 2010


I really am embarrassed ! It has been soooo long since my last post, I am sure everyone has given up on me. Please forgive my absence, the last 4 months have been nuts! I have been trying to sort out the bookkeeping for my daughter's business and have also taken on responsibilities as the new BRAK Member Mentor on Splitcoaststampers. We have a whole new committee so it has been a real learning curve for everyone as well as trying to make sure all the info we have is accurate. For those that may not know BRAK stands for Birthday Random Acts of Kindness. We send out birthday cards to the RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) members as a way of thanking them for their thoughtfulness.
I haven't even been making cards. I am in withdrawal!! I am going to show you 2 cards that I have done in the last month.

This first card was made for the color and sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers.
The base is basic grey, then so saffron that was run through the Cuttlebug using one of the many embossing folders. The square panel is basic grey topped with Stampin Up designer paper. The narrow strip across the card is basic grey that I used a Martha Stewart border punch on one edge and then topped with embossed sage shadow. The image panel is basic grey with so saffron. I stamped the frog and lily pad with sage shadow and cut them out and the used dimensionals to mount on the panel. Added a couple of flowers, a bow and lots of Basic Grey half pearls. A pretty straight forward, simple card to make.

This next one I love. It is so bright and colorful and Sarah Kay stamps are some of my favorite.
This was a color challenge. The base is bermuda bay and then apricot appeal embossed using the Cuttlebug and a folder. The panel is basic grey with Stampin Up designer paper. We had to have basic grey in there somewhere so that's where it is. :)
Then I used the Lotus Pendant from Nestibilities to die cut some bermuda bay and put on dimensionals. The image is stamped on whisper white and was die cut with the Nesties scalloped oval and mounted on the pendant. I sponged some so saffron around the edges of the oval. The coloring is done using Prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits and a stub. Used some diamond stickles on the flowers and bow in her hair.
Added some ribbon and a flower and a glittery brad. Also rounded the corners on the base.

So, there we have it! Hopefully I will be able to get back making more cards once everything settles down to a normal pace again.
Thanks so much for dropping in, I hope you will come back often.

Blessings to all of you.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A New Year

I can't believe it has been over a month since I last posted. The Christmas season is always so busy, but full of joy and hope as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. We were fortunate to have all of our kids and grandkids here for Christmas. We had a wonderful time. God has been so good to us and has blessed us with a very loving family.
God's Amazing Grace! This is one of my favorite hymns and I was so excited to see Our Daily Bread Designs come out with this beautiful stamp. This is my attempt to share His beauty

I made this for the monthly ODBD challenge. We were to use brown and any punches or die cuts. I love very vanilla and chocolate chip together so this was a happy challenge for me. The very vanilla has been Cuttlebugged with the Victorian folder. I used the Nestibilities labels for the book. The very vanilla page has been touched all around the edges with a gold metallic pen and all set up on dimensionals. I got to use my new Bow Easy and I love it. Added ribbon, flowers and Basic Grey Opaline Pearls. I love how this turned out. Thanks for spending some time with me.

Paper: chocolate chip and very vanilla cardstock
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Victorian folder, Nestibilities labels, gold metallic pen, dimensionals, Basic Grey Opaline Pearls, ribbon, Bow Easy

Have a wonderful evening!