Monday, June 12, 2017


Aren't these caterpillar bookmarks adorable?  Linda brought everything needed to make these during her visit.  We made them while Joan and Joyce were here, and I made one for each of my two youngest grandsons who are also avid readers.

To hold the circles together, we used  glue sheets folded over, adding the eyes on top.

Scroll down for Part One of the amazing Silver Stamper visit!.


This past week I had a wonderful visit from two Silver Stampers, Linda (from Minnesota) and Sheila (from California.)  They arrived Thursday just before 5 pm, and we were stamping by 6!  We made some summer wreath cards with my peg stamps, then had some grilled chicken and homemade salads for dinner.  What adventures these two ladies have had so far on their drive across our beautiful country!

The next day, we set up the dining room table for experimenting with Color Burst.  This card is one of those I made after spritzing with water, adding blue and purple CB particles and spritzing again with a water/Perfect Pearls mix.  We had a visit from Joan and Joyce who dropped in to say hello to the adventurous travelers.  After making some adorable caterpillar bookmarks (separate post,) we headed for lunch at the local chinese restaurant.  We later returned for a game of Mexican Train (dominoes) on the back deck.

After relaxing for awhile, the next project was re-packing Sheila's car for the next leg of their journey in the  morning.  The trunk and back seat were packed tight, although wisely allowing the rear window to remain unblocked.  Their plans are to continue to Maine where they can take the ferry to Nova Scotia, then travel back west on the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence with stops along the way.  They will visit with one of Sheila's daughters before crossing back over the border to the US.  Linda won't be getting home until August 5, and Sheila shortly after that in San Diego.  What an amazing way to see the country!

Imagine my surprise when I saw that this week's challenge was to use Color Burst powders!  HERE is the link for the challenge.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


For this card, I used a SU wood mounted set from 2006 and watercolor pencils.  After coloring and mounting the image, I added the silver embossed sentiment and some tiny gems for the flower centers.

Inside, I wrote my own message:

"Birthdays are no longer about how old we are; they're all about how long we've lasted!"

I think  this is very appropriate for a milestone birthday.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


Since tweeting is "in" these days, I made this card for a friend.  It was a quick card to make, and a masculine one as well.

Inside, there's a tiny wooden bird "tweeting" out a birthday message.

Monday, June 5, 2017


It seems like I've been using dies more than stamps lately--how 'bout you?

This card used a total of 4 dies and 2 punches.  The fishtail frames are from Die-namics, and the leaves are from one PTI die snipped apart and glued in place at the stem end.  One think I like to do when attaching a flower or leaf is to glue just enough to keep it on the card, but loose enough so it  doesn't lay flat.

The butterfly antennae are made with blue wire and held on the back with a glue dot.

Check out the other entries for this challenge HERE.

Friday, June 2, 2017


I finally cleaned out my closet, determined to get everything off the floor.  Jenny appreciated that...

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Here's a use for credit cards that a husband can love.  All it takes is an old credit or gift card, three or four Distress Oxide inks, some water and cardstock.

For this card, I chose Broken China, Peeled Paint and Wilted Violet; and I smeared them onto a craft sheet.  Should have been easy, but I messed up my first attempt.  Instead of water, I sprayed the inks with stamp cleaner--is that dumb or what!  Once I figured out what was wrong, I started over again, with my water spritzer--much better.

All you do is take your credit card, swipe the edge into some ink (one color per swipe works best) and spread it on to white cardstock.  I added some black lines using the edge of the credit card and a black ink pad.  Let it dry while you proceed with your design.

For my design, I started with a piece of  Marina Mist cs cut to 4x5 1/4".  After cutting out the middle (and saving it for a future card) I glued it to a white card front.  Next, I die cut the inked cs with the same die (Lil Inker) and popped it up in the empty space with dimensionals.  I noticed a piece of glitter paper that matched the card color, so I added that a third of the way up from the bottom.  Then I die cut the violets (Poppy Stamps) and attached them with glue dots under the leaves.

For the finish, I punched a small butterfly from a piece of scrap, sponged the edges with Wilted Violet and added some pearls for a body.  In spite of my earlier mistake, I made it to the finish line with a card that turned out better than I thought it would.  Whew!