A Good Day in June

It’s been a good day.

Fortunately it dawned on me that I had a meeting, this being Thursday.  I really wanted to go to the beach when I woke up this morning.  My phone said no chance of rain.

I was called on at my Toastmaster’s meeting to respond to a “Table Topics” prompt.  By default.  The fourth and final person was to be the woman sitting to my left but she declined so I was on the spot.  Since the theme for today’s meeting was Chicken and Eggs my topic was to give a one to two minute speech on why one should not vandalize with eggs.  No planning of course, I was just to respond.  I wish I had not been so nervous and remembered to just breathe, but I got through it, unfortunately I missed my goal of at least 1 minute.  The amazing thing is, I was voted as the best speech of the four table topics speeches and won a ribbon. Can I get a “Yeah”?

First thing this morning, with the beautiful day ahead of me, I wanted to go to the beach.  So I packed my swimsuit and headed over to the ocean after my TM meeting.  Now it was lunch and I spotted my new favorite lunch place on the way – Dunkin Donut!  I have been loving the grilled cheese with bacon.  No donut though, another “yeah” for me!

Everyone had the same idea of making this a beach day, but it was still great.  I took a walk, much needed after all the calories, rather than sit in the sand.  Down the shore, away from the crowd, a fisherman had a bird ( I think it is a crane) keeping him company.WP_20150604_007_edited-1

(Fisherman not shown)  As I approached, he told me what a nuisance they are.  They pester him for his bait or try to steal his catch.  Later, I spotted an adorable crab at water’s edge.  My photos just didn’t turn out, he was shy and chose to bury himself when I got too close.  Still not wanting to sit in the sand, I went back up, found a table and read for awhile.  It was a bit windy for that and I really wanted to get back home to my latest scrapbook layout.WP_20150604_019

This is the view from my table.  Such a gorgeous day!  Once home, I’m not sure if my legs feel tight when I stretch them from the sun or the walk.  Either way, the sun and the exercise was wonderful.

Here is my finished scrapbook page.  The challenge was to use “2 different size pictures, at least 2 different size shapes and at least 2 different colors”.

This background paper has been in my drawer forever and since I was going with a “flower” theme it was time to pull it out and make the most of it.

I’d had the idea of using the Spellbinders die for the small photo.  Then I added two more cut from patterned paper, backed with the solid shape and all anchored with the ric-rac stems.  I put embroidery floss around the flowers for embellishment.  The two ribbons are from Fun Stampers Journey as are the stamped images.  The new Kit of the Month came in yesterday and last night I HAD to use then on this page.  To make them stand out I used black embossing powder on the FSJ Banana Cream card stock.  Speaking of that choice, it is part of the color scheme I chose – yellow, pink, and green.  So, not only do I have die cuts as a shape, but I punched some flowers in two different sizes as well.

I wish now I had printed the words I wrote and pasted them on instead of the handwriting.

Hope your day is as marvelous as mine!  Thanks for stopping by!


Know the Truth Challenge Card

It has taken me a couple of days, but I have finally put this card together.  The sentiment came for Word Art Wednesday and the sketch from Sketch N Stash.j-9976_KnowTruth

here is the original sketch

The “neglected” items are some of the card stock, especially the Cranberry Crisp which I think was an In Color back in 2006.  Also, I must mention the Medallion stamp – really a cool stamp – but neglected as I don’t use it as much as I should.  I don’t even know how old that ribbon is but what a joy to discover it in my ribbon bag as it is a wonderful match to the Cranberry Crisp.  The new is the Spellbinders die.  We have acquired so many and I so need to start using them.

My challenges:

Sketch and Stash challenge #141 – the sketch, of course

Word Art Wednesday #137 – Anything Goes

Clocks and Cogs, Flowers and Swirls

With the holidays being upon us, that means less time to play.  I’m preparing turkey dinner today and look forward to some quite time in the craft room with DD.

j-8923_inspireWanted to show you the card I finished last night.  It is a CASE of a card from the Featured Stamper’s gallery on Splitcoast found here.  I really loved how my background turned out.  I used a wheel stamp – Fresh Vintage.  It is rolled with versamark and clear embossed.  The I stippled and sponged Baked Brown Sugar over it.  I stamped with Chocolate Chip and rubbed over it to clear it off the clear embossed image.  Then I had fun building a collage of images from at least 4 different stamp sets.  I used a Sizzix die for the swirl, Spellbinder for the bottom clock and Stampin’ Up! punches. I love my Stampin’ Up! inks and stamps!

I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving, full of wonderful, happy moments to share with loved ones.  I hope you enjoy your day with lots of good food and time to craft!

UPDATE: This card was selected for the “Favorites for week ending Dec.1” on Splitcoast.

Report on My Mother’s Day 2013

It was a fabulous day!  Kristy started it for me with gifts.  We had a very nice church service.  Greg and Donna came too.  Afterwards we had potluck at my home with them.  Donna stayed for some crafty fun.  DSCN7371_edited-1

How can I express how excited I was with these two gifts from Kris?  On the left you think you see a camera lens but it is a coffee cup.  And how cool is this Android tablet?!  On the right you see a finished card I put together after doing a lot of playing with border punches we picked up at the Scrap Expo last week.

I’ve gotten hooked on a book, thanks to an app I found on my tablet.

From the Internet:  The Sea Wolf (1904) by Jack London is an adventure novel narrated by literary critic Humphrey van Weyden. After an ocean collision, van Weydon finds himself aboard the sealing schooner, Ghost, and at the mercy of her amoral captain Wolf Larsen.

Of course I’ve heard of Jack London, but haven’t actually read any of his books.  I passed over Call of the Wild and opened this one because I love the sea – anything water related really.  I am so impressed with the writing, the way he puts the reader right there!  The descriptions, the characters, the thrilling adventure.  I sat outside in the yard with our chicky girls for a while reading and enjoying the beautiful day.  Kris and Donna took a trip to Michael’s.  (Yes, I passed on the trip, I was that into this book!)  j-7372friend

How this card came about:  I had made a background on a 12 x 12 piece of card stock for a challenge at Let’s Scrap.  I used only a stencil – the chevron.  I painted or spritzed over it only, nothing else was allowed in making the layout.  Ipeace from pieces didn’t like the way it came out, too much stencil.  So I cut it into sections that I could use as bases for cards.  I have three started, only this one card finished so far.  For this card I added stamping from a Tim Holtz set, added the sentiment from a $1 stamp set up on some Spellbinder Nestabilities die cuts.  I hope to finish up the other two soon.

This was my Mother’s Day and I hope you had a happy day Sunday, however you spent it!

Two More CASE Cards


This ballerina bear stamp is very old.  It belongs to Kristy and she has had it way longer than I have been stamping.  I colored it with her Copics, used some Spellbinders die cuts on white and Perfect Plum cs, embossed the Pale Plum SU card base with Cuddle Bug folder, painted with some shimmers.  The sentiment was too large to fit so I inked just the one part.  The ribbon at top is from Joanns.  Flower is cut from trim we found at Hobby Lobby.  This card was created for a Splitcoast challenge to visit Sharon’s gallery and CASE one of her cards.

j-6881HomeHere is another card I created as a challenge to CASE a card from a Splitcoast gallery.  This time it is Jan’s gallery and this is her card that I drew my inspiration from.  This was especially exciting because I got to use my new Fiskars punch that I won from the Fiskateers site.  How lucky I am – totally thrilled to have the fabulous Hexagon punch!!  I used it to punch Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper.  After stippling the card base I pasted the hexagons down then used my SU Honeycomb embossing folder.  The eagle is from Our Daily Bread that I have had for quite a few years now.  The sentiment is from Ippity/Unity.  The point of the card is that it reminds one of home, the quilt, the eagle…  I want to send it to OWH as a Hero card.

Some really exciting news on my Stampin’ Up! site – like free shipping, color news – so hop on over!!

Beware the Treachery–Art of Arthur Rackham

I bought a book of 24 art cards from Dover Publishing containing this perfect piece for the PoisonedPeas challenge #3.  The challenge theme is “Wicked Step-Mother” but we can make a card with any wicked woman.  In this illustration Rackham depicts how the j-4826bewaresailors see the treachery of the sea when it’s alluring call turns against them.

Supplies used:

dylusions stencil with alcohol inks and Fiskars circle template and cutter

Strip of Graphic45 striped cs

Purple Stampin’ Up cs cut with Spellbinder die and TH Ranger Distress ink

two flowers are Always Artichoke cs and SU punch, centered with a punch of scrap cs

alphabet stamp set was stamped in Artichoke ink

I see this note card being used for a few different occasions.  Especially for a guy since it’s not very frilly.  On the inside one could write a warning for being missed, for example.   

Vintage Skaters Christmas Card with Dazzling Diamonds

I started this card with several challenges for inspiration, the first being a sketch.

The vintage image is Stampin’ Up – Winter Post, as is the sentiment without the word Christmas – from Word Play.  Most of the supplies are SU as well: dsp-Everyday Enchantment, chocolate chip cs and satin ribbon, cs tangerine tango & pool party, watercolor pencils, Dazzling Diamonds,  border punch, orange eyelets. I stamped the images with Cactus Green Stazon. The skaters are punched out, mounted on a die cut of blue, covered with Versamark, Heat & Stick, then Dazzling Diamonds.  The sentiment is die cut, edged with pencil and mounted on chocolate chip cs and popped up.  More die cuts are on the corners from a Provo Craft die and the scalloped circle in green is a Nestability .

j-4625xmasApr04Here are the references to the challenges.

Christmas Challenges with Sketches #25

Paper Crafting Journey #8 – Vintage

Crafty Hazlenut’s Christmas Chalenge #70 – sentiment without the word Christmas

Christmas Inspirations #45 – Bingo. My 3 squares for Bingo were 1. Layers, 2. Green/Verde, 3 Glitter.

ABC Christmas Challenge – “H” is for Hardware (metal eyelets)

Weekly Christmas Card Challenges #22 – Punches

Fussy and Fancy challenge #61 – punches and dies

Winter Wonderland Christmas Challenge – Here come the Girls

And last but not least, this is a Christmas card for my Splitcoast challenge to make 5 Christmas cards each month.  This is #4 for April.


Happy Birthday in Hawaiian

Do you know how to wish someone a happy birthday in Hawaiian?DSCN3863

Hau’oli lā hānau

(pronounced How-o-lee Laa Haa-now)

I gathered inspiration from several challenges to create this card. So as I explain my process I will reveal the particular challenges.

First, from the Perfect Sentiments challenge I know it would be a birthday card.  I had to use the technique of emboss resist.  I clear embossed palm trees to the white card stock. (Important note to self: use watercolor paper when you think you might use a lot of water.)  Over the embossed trees I brushed watercolor over it to give the look of the sky.  The hint of the palms in the back are a nice effect, understated but a nice illusion behind the cutout.

These beautiful digital images – hula girl and the island hammock scene – are some of the prizes I won from Make it Crafty.  I was so excited to win these and was delighted to get Christmas behind me so I could get down to some real fun of coloring some water scenes. I had so much enjoyment making this scene and am submitting this card for the Craft a Scene challenge #1. Although not much grass, there is some on that island and I am entering this card in Make it Crafty’s challenge which is Blades of grass/ make it colorful. I doubled up on two tree tops and the hammock; the girl is popped up too.

I made a border using the Fiskars wave punch for the challenge at Shopping Our Stash challenge #35.  Other than my new digis everything has been around for a while.  An interesting bit of trivia, and in fact, it is the subject of another challenge – the sun.  The challenge over at The Stamping Boutique #24 is to use a die cut.  My blingy sun is a Spellbinders die cut of an Avon box!  I had to save this gorgeous gold box back when I opened my new cream because some day it would be perfect for a card or project – it is!  You too can find your Avon treasures at Kristina’s on line store. {wink!}

Two other challenges I’ve included are from Splitcoast stampers.  One is Thursday’s Sew Beautiful – I sewed on the waves border. The other is Free 4 All Friday to use 2 hearts.


A shout out to Stampin’ Up! also for the water color crayons, eyelets, label punch, palm tree stamp and clear embossing powder.

Three More Christmas Cards Tonight


My first was basic. Navy card base covered with patterned paper from JoAnns. The poinsettias were stamped on a poinsettia patterned paper (SU!) in Night of Navy ink. The Sentiment was heat embossed. Actually the red ribbon looks more compatible with the background paper irl than in this photo – the lighting was playing tricks on me. 

DSCN3441_edited-1The inspiration for this second card came from the Christmas Scrap Bin.  I spotted the patterned paper left over from DD having used the Top Note die. I cut it to match a card front and mounted it on a green cs from the Grab Bag we got from SU!  The sentiment is red embossed, as is the ornament.  I have all Stampin’ Up! products on this card.DSCN3442_edited-1 

I saw the spirelli technique demonstrated on Splitcoast Stampers a few days ago.  I wrapped an scalloped oval I found in the scrap bin with some gold metallic cord from SU!.  The bell image, SU!, was stamped in black Stazon and colored with watercolor pencils and popped up.  The Graphic45 background paper I ran through the Stripes embossing folder. A Spellbinders die carries the main sentiment and is mounted over a border punch with More Mustard cs.  The ribbon is SU too but I can’t remember which color – it is an In Color I’m pretty sure.

How are you doing with your Holiday cards!?