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A Birthday Card and Baby Pumpkin

I really do not know where time goes. All I do know is that we survived our first hurricane. Hurricane Florence was devastating for the Eastern shore area of North Carolina but here in the Raleigh area we were ok. A week of rain day in and out but no flooding for us in our neighborhood.  Ok, on to happier subjects.

This is a birthday card I made for my friend back in Iowa. I had the card made for a month and then with the hurricane I forgot all about it. I had every intention of the background of her card to be alcohol inks. I didn’t like any of them so came up with the idea to use the Memory Box “darling poppies” die and use the background alcohol papers and really liked how it turned out.

I took this “Baby Pumpkin” class online through Vanilla Arts and am really loving her classes.

I’m taking more classes so will be posting as I do more.

Hope everyone is having a great week. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. They are always appreciated.



A Birthday Card For Linda

Hello all. So much has happened since my last post. We have moved from the MidWest to the East Coast. A very different lifestyle that is for sure. A much more frantic pace of life than the laid back life we were living. I’m still 50/50 on it. I do not like the traffic at all. But, you do have any kind of store that you could want except for stamping stores. From what one person told me scrapbooking has come and gone here. So still having to order my things.

Not liking humidity. We moved from dry air so quite a change. Anywho, I finally have my studio back together and made my first card in a long time. A birthday card for my friend back in Iowa.

This was a really fun card to make. I saw a video on String Art and just had to try it. Here is a link to try it yourself. I probably have two dozen ready to make into cards.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting with me.


More Christmas Cards

Since it worked out that we were able to spend Christmas with family I quickly made some cards to take along. I had a lot of fun making the cards and for once they just went together without problems.

I used peacock feathers,squeezed lemonade Distress Inks and Brilliant turquoise Metallic Lustre for a smooshed background. I used the Manger dies from Spellbinder again. The Merry Christmas is a Quickutz die. I also made one using silver but I could not get a good picture without a ton of glare.

Same technique as I used on the last post.

May 2018 be everything you’re hoping for.


A Few Christmas Cards

It’s been a rough year this year motivation-wise. I just didn’t have any. I dug deep and made a few Christmas cards. Here are three that should have arrived by now. I will have six more cards but will have to wait until after Christmas.

The first two I made for Linda and Annette. I tried Jennifer McGuire’s Cling wrap technique. I used navy paper for these cards. It was a lot of fun and I highly recommend trying it. The background was made using Alcohol Inks. I use the backside of photo paper. I really like how it looks better than the front side. I used the dotted squares dies from Sizzix. The Manger dies are from Spellbinders.

Next up is Emily’s card. Sizzix Deer Knit embossing folder that I highlighted with Distress Ink Walnut Stain. I used the Hero Arts Layered Evergreen Tree stamp set.

May all of you have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Thank you for visiting and leaving some love.


Annette’s Birthday Card

It has been a long time since I’ve posted anything. We’ve had a busy Summer but I’m back at it again. Winter will be here before we know it. 😦                                           When I saw this idea for a card I knew I had to make it for Annette. Her daughter is a photographer and has taken many beautiful boken photos. You can find the tutorial here. As usual I didn’t have any of the colors. My first card I didn’t like at all way to bright. I’m much happier with the second color choices.

You get the full effect of a boken from a distance.

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been up to this Summer. I’ve been rather obsessed with making macarons. Here is the bubblegum one.

Peach macaron

Well, that’s it for me today. Have a great week!



Travel Journal That Only Took Me 5 Years

Yes, I started this travel journal somewhere around 4-5 years ago. For some reason I got a bee in my bonnet to finish it a couple of weeks ago. First of all I followed the “Envelope Mini Album Series” You Tube videos by Kathy Orta. Boy, was that fun trying to figure out where I left off that many years ago. I finally did and it was so worth it. (Forgot to add there are 5 videos).                                                                                                      I’m going to list things first before pictures of the book. First, I used kraft envelopes and blank cards, Tim Holtz “Destinations” 12×12 paper pad. The following Tim Holtz dies:  picture wheel, Adventure words, torn notebook, pocket envelope. Accucut dies were Love Note #1 and envelope. Distress Ink in vintage photo and hickory smoke. EK Success pine forest edge punch.



I’m only showing a few pages as there are many pages this book. There are pockets on the left page. the right page has many papers for lists.1

Next page two of the Love Note notes and envelopes. Places for putting pictures or memorabilia.


More tags for writing on and envelope for receipts, etc.


Another page of pockets.


This picture shows the blank kraft notecard that each section of the book contains. It slips in the envelope on the left page of each section. There are many, many places to put pictures or anything else a person may want to keep.


Even though it took me so long to finish this book I really did enjoy making it. I actually think I would like to make another one.

Thanks for visiting with me for a while. Always enjoy the love you leave.


Randy’s Birthday Card

I did some things I’ve never done before and discovered I liked the technique. I had bought a set of Brusho crystals and had never used them. Don’t we all do that? I had this card all planned in my head and for once it pretty much turned out like I had imaged it would. I used Tim Holtz Bird Crazy bird and Crazy Things balloon stamps and dies. Love those dies! I colored them with copics.

Randy's B'day

I’ve also been working on images for my Travel Journal for our trip to Glacier National Park next month. I colored up “Office Pretty” from Saturated Canary. I did some practicing with my zig-zag shading.

Office Pretty

The next image has to be one of my all-time favorite images. “Where are we going” from The Paper Shelter. They are a new digi company I discovered and I love their images!

Where Are We Going2

Thank you for stopping and visiting with me for a while. As always I appreciate the love you leave. Have a great weekend!