Saturday, March 10, 2018


Here's another version of the previous Easter card.
Same daffodil, different color.
The easel card keeps the message
up for viewing awhile longer.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Using the same dsp pad as the previous post,
I made two additional cat cards.
(See previous post.)

It's been fun revisiting old supplies!

BTW, we are still without power from the snow storm last weekend.
Rick keeps us warm and safe with the generator going.
He runs it an hour or two during the day and
four hours around dinner time.  He set up my PC for me to
do the bills (electronically) and post a few cards on my blog--
a luxury these days!  It's snowing again right now,
with more on the way in a few days.  Meanwhile, we wait...

CAT CARDS--Three of a Kind

After rediscovering an old 6x6 pad of cat dsp's, 
I decided to make some cards with them.
It also gave me another opportunity to use my SU cat punch.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


I haven't posted lately because I've been distracted with a lot of issues.  Rick developed a viral lung infection (not the flu) and is still being treated for it.  He had a terrible cough for weeks,  plus shortness of breath; and I was scared for awhile.  He's doing much better now, thankfully.  He had to stay away from people to avoid getting something else, so until this week he rarely went out.  I also had to avoid people or places where I could have brought something home.  Not much fun.

Meanwhile, our two cats had problems.  Jenny, our tuxedo cat, became diabetic at age 13.  I had to learn to give her 2 shots a day and wean her off the dry cat food she was used to.  Her brother/littermate developed a blockage in his urethra that was incurable, so we had to put him down.

Finally, after a long spell of unseasonably warm weather, it has turned more wintery.  The last storm hit on Friday with 8" of heavy snow, high winds, gusts over 45 mph and a power outage that they say will not be restored until Thursday night.  There are trees down everywhere, except on our property--truly an answer to prayer!  Lots of roads blocked, which is one reason why it's taking so long to get the power lines back up.  We run our generator every couple of hours to keep the heat up, refrigerator going and electronic devices charged.  One of my friends has invited me over to take a shower and wash my hair when her power returns tomorrow.  (so she's been told.)

I do have much to be thankful for:  Rick's health improving, milder weather again, lots of very good friends, and stamping, of course!   I just finished making 25 Easter cards and numerous kits for my card classes.  I hope to post some of them when the power returns.  Until then,  I'll be in my sunny Tower in the afternoons!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Except for the gray gingham, this card was made
entirely from scraps.  The vertical greeting is from the SU! set,
Vertical Greetings, appropriately.  The scraps are from cards I've been making
using designer papers from Carta Bella..

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


I'm sure we haven't seen the last of snow and ice yet, so this
card will go out soon.  I stamped it, wrapped some cording
around the white panel and mounted it with dimensionals.
For a final touch, I attached the greeting on the side
of the panel and added some glitter to the branches.  Easy card!

Monday, February 19, 2018


Sometimes, all you need for a card is an interesting background.  
This one is from the Carta Bella pad I just got which is full of
beautiful designs.

All this card needed was a bold greeting (for a very speedy
recovery) and a few green leaves.  The silver and white baker's
twine help tie it all together (no pun intended!)  I didn't time it, but
I'm sure it was under 10 minutes to complete the card.

Sunday, February 18, 2018


I'm not a quilter, but I always enjoy looking at them.  Last Fall I went to a local
quilt show with a quilter friend who pointed out the techniques
and workmanship of the many on display--a big help in voting for the 3 best quilts.
    I'm not sure it was really fair to put the results in the hands of people like me
 who know very little about quilting, but I did my best to evaluate them 
on more than how pretty (or card-like) they were.

It's the same way with cards.  Would non-stamper judges appreciate all that goes into
a CAS card, thinking it was too plain?  Would they be attracted to the card that
has many embellishments, but really didn't require much skill?  Would they know
anything about the rule of thirds or the color wheel or a technique used?

Hmm...something to ponder...

One thing I do know is that when we send someone a card with
carefully chosen words of encouragement, it's no longer "just a card,"
it's a ministry.


This card too almost no time at all, thanks to Brandy Cox's video.
In fact, she has tons of Stampin' Up tutorials that are 
easy and fun, so be sure to check her out on YouTube.