Sunday, July 31, 2011

Another Week Gone

I haven't accomplished much since we got home from vacation!  I am glad to say that it has stayed warm, even hot here.  We are all greatful that it hasn't cooled down again.  We are really lucky here in that it does stay quite cool at night most of the time.  If you can sleep you can handle almost anything.  

I wish I has been sleeping instead of wandering through a dark house last night!  I stubbed my toe, maybe even broke it.  It's quite sore, swollen and purple!   And tomorrow I am driving to Gt. Falls for a doctor visit (the wrong kind for broken toes, I'm afraid).  I hope I can manage it, of course it was my driving foot!

I had a great time making this card.  I used a  notecard (the dotted background) from a set that I got at Marshall's in Portland.  All those colors really rev up my imagination!  I wanted to add some Stickles, but don't know where they are.  I put them somewhere different since I was taking my craft supply carrier with me in the car.  And of course I can't find them...  it must have been someplace I thought was logical and obvious!  That's me all the way.

Thanks for listening to my rambles.  I have another card to post tomorrow or the next day.  Have a great week!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hello again!
I wanted to share a few more Christmas cards with you.  If you can't tell, I really love Christmas!  I'll be making more in the near future because I still have tons of stash left to use up.  I haven't bought much this year at all.  I probably will replenish my Christmas stash after Christmas is I can find anything on sale.  That is always fun!

My husband and I are on a short trip, visiting our daughter then meandering home, trying to see some country that we have not visited in Washington state.  

Happy summer to all!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Scrapbook for May
I have decided to try making a scrapbook page for each month and this is the first, May, 2011.  This was a big month, but overall the things most important for this family to remember are the two family weddings that took place.
I'm sorry for the odd picture, but it was the only decent one in the bunch!  I haven't written on the tags yet, but will do that soon.  Oh, the significance of the picture on the card at the bottom - it is a tradition in my husbands family to take a family portrait with each bride and all the uncles who are there (as well as the only aunt).  This is a family of 10, only one was missing from this picture.  That's pretty special!  The card was sent by one of my sister-in-laws and contains pictures from the wedding inside which makes it perfect for a page like this. 

Thanks for looking again!  Hope you are having a great day! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Christmas in July
This has been lots of fun.  I spent most of today putting cards together.  I had already covered the fronts, made the die cuts, colored the digis, etc.  That really helps!  So here are some of today's works:
 This penguin is another of the leftover Christmas tags from last year.  I was feeling ridiculous when I realized how many were unused, but now I'm so glad!  They're great to use for these cards.  Oh, the base cards are also recycled from a box I found left in a drawer for several years.  Some of the envelopes are even addressed already!  Bad me, I didn't mail them out!
 The snowmen and all Cricut cuts are from the Winter Woodland cartridge.  I love this cart!  I used my white gel pen to add a little snow to the trees in the background.  Joy is on a piece of prismatic gold paper from  1 lb. pack of scraps I bought when I first began creating last year.  It has been a lot of fun!
 Isn't she cute?  She's one of the two Knobby Knees I bought from Bugaboo.  I want them all!  I am disappointed in my red pencil.  There must be one out there that is REALLY red, so that will be my big search for the next year.
  This image is from A Day for Daisies, which I absolutely love.  Their images are so delicate.  The card is very simple, just one piece of patterned paper under the white.  Simple seemed to fit.

Thanks for looking.  I hope you have all enjoyed Christmas in July as much as I have!


Friday, July 15, 2011

The Craft Channel
I don't know how you could have missed knowing this, because it is already everywhere on the craftblog circut....But the newest thing is that there will be a new tv channel all about crafts.  The show hosts are being announced individually, and Teresa Collins will be one of them.  AND  they are giving away an E2 every day for about another week and a half, I think.

Check it out here (I cannot find their blinkie):

Good luck!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Beach Bum
 This is a very simple card and all the diecut shells as well as the light house were made last summer.  Glad I saved them!  They were made from a variety of papers from one of those 1 lb. paper scrap packs.  I love them because you never know what you will get.  The background is from ColorBok.  Now, the sun is a paint chip!  Again, hope my Home Depot people aren't reading this...  They'd never let me back inside, would they?  I used a punch for the circle, and for the rays I used a Martha Stewart corner punch, these are the throwaway pieces, 3 for each punch.  They'd make great watermelon seeds also.  I really do like the bright color and the different texture that the paint chips have.

Don't know whether you can see it or not, but I embossed Beach Bum just below the sun with my Sizzix Texture Botique and a Cuttlebug folder.  Love them!

I am going to enter this card in summer challenges at Die Cutting Divas, The Crazy Challenge, Make It Monday, and Paper Playtime. 

Wouldn't the beach be nice right now?
Have a great day.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

  I missed posting yesterday because it was my anniversary.  When my husband came home he announced that he had been able to get the evening shift off (he was supposed to cover for his coworker, again...)and that we were going out to dinner.  Which necessitated a shower, fixing my hair, changing clothes, etc. because I do NOT dress well during the summer when I'm out of school.  In fact, the older I get, the sloppier I seem to become.  The happier, also!  Anyway, it was our 36th anniversary!  I can remember when I couldn't even imagine being married this long, and here it is.  Funny that I'm about to turn 60 also, and I'm getting those "old lady" comments from younger people who do not know me (those who do would never dare to say those things to me, lol) but I don't feel anywhere this old.  Let that be a hint to all of you who are much younger, first that this arrives while you're not looking, and second that we just are not old at 60 the way women especially used to be.  I feel about 20 years younger than my mom was when she turned 60, thank goodness!   

This is just a quick card I made for my daughter.  I saw the sentiment in my cling stamp set from and immediately thought about this joyful little chick.  I just love it.

Thanks for visiting me!


Monday, July 11, 2011


This card was made for my mother's 82nd birthday.  I also made a photo album using my Your Story and will post pictures from that tomorrow.  This project kept me pretty busy.  I had a hard time finding the right pictures.  Mom suffers from dementia and I wanted pictures that will have major memories attached, things that would mean a lot to her.  Anyway, this card was fun.  I used digital papers, except for the solid pieces which are actually paint chips.  (Hope no one from my local Home Depot reads this...)  They are surprisingly easy to work with and have a totally different finish than anything else that I have found.  I do wish I had inked the edges of the orange slightly as I did the rest, it gave a lot of pizazz to the border, especially.  The flowers are Prima, the first I have used.  The colors are perfect for this card.

Thanks for visiting me again!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


This is A Day for Daisies image, of course.  Isn't she beautiful?  She reminds me a lot of my daughter when she was small.  She was a very petite girl whom I thought of as a fairy child.  However, the real child was towhead, not brownish as this image...  I have no idea how to do towhead with my colored pencils.  Oh, well.  The background paper is DCWV. 

I have to say that Montana has finally warmed up.  We've been in the 80's for 4 glorious days right over the Fourth of July weekend!  How amazing is it that the entire weekend was so nice?  Wow.  I hope you enjoyed your holiday and the sun shone on you also.