Wednesday, April 28, 2010

New Pictures.....

Here is my latest pictures of Niki "The Queen of Shebia". She is our 10 year old black screw tail pug....well actual she belongs to my husband; she is truly a daddy's girl. Next is our picket fence. Whew that is a lot of painting expecially when you are doing it by hand!!!! Wish me luck as I finish! Right now I'm having to let it dry out a day or so because of all the rain we have had so I will not have to paint more until maybe next week.

Where did this month go?

Good morning my friends! Hope you are up and getting ready to start your day...It looks like the sun might shine today and I am planning on getting outside once it warms up a little. The temp is 37 degrees here this morning and we are under a frost warning. Typical East Tennessee weather! If you don't like our weather, just stick around 15 minutes and it will change! I'm beginning to feel cooped up and am needing to venture outside! I love being able to do what I want for a change. Working all those years was a beast and I'm really enjoying my freedom. Life is good!

I don't have any new pictures for you this morning. I'm kinda waiting around for new stamps from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps I can't wait to get started on their Design Team! I feel like it will be a wonderful journey!

Well I'm going after my next cup of coffee. Have a wonderful day and remember to live it like it is your last!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Medallion Card

Good Tuesday morning! I hope you are up and ready to go.....I am....Another night of not sleeping much~! I swear the older I get, the more I roam at night!! Ok enough of that....Here is my card for today. I made the medallion with a 12" piece of pattern paper that is punched with a Martha Stewart Punch, then the paper is cut to about 3/4" width. I scored in between each peak and then folded at each score. I then taped each end together and laid flat and glued to a 1" circle. I then used distress ink to distress the edges. Another 1" circle glued to the top with a small flower to top it off. To me it is labor intensive, but I love the look.
My card base is cream colored cardstock run through the cuttlebug with a folder. The medallion is mounted on a navy blue base with a piece of handmade Mulberry paper distressed with Ranger Distress ink...Aged Mahogany. I used a Spellbinders die for the lace on the bottom and a small piece of white ribbon colored with Copic B39. I really like to color my ribbon to match my card. I think the Copics do a great job and you can almost match anything depending on the number of markers you have.
I hope you enjoy the card. Have a wonderful day and don't forget to "breathe"!!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Little Secret.....

Well guys, I have an announcement to make this morning! (Drum roll please)

I have been picked for the Design Team for Just For Fun Rubber Stamps!!!

A little while back they put out a call for the Design Team and I thought to myself....why not try. (I've been told NO before...I'm a big girl and I can handle it) I entered and have been chosen to be a part of something so wonderful!! I find myself in the presence of many talented artists and I'm feeling a little in awe of it all...I am so excited to be a part of this group and so look forward to learning as much as I can from them! Keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I start this journey.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Good Sunday Morning.....

I haven't been here much this week. Husband has been sick and I have been crazy busy! Lots of things going on and not much creativity! I am hoping to re-charge today and get back in the saddle Monday. We had lots of storms roll through during the night and none of us got much sleep. MagPie hates the thunder and The Queen of Shebia....Niki just hates storms period. Abby seems to sleep through anything......Hmmm wish I could say the same. Anyway I have nothing new to post this morning but I just wanted to say hello and let you know I'm still here.

Have a great Sunday!


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Here is the card I promised... I hope you like it.

Since I don't own a lot of pattern paper, I made my own using the technique I learned from Linda Duke (Linda's Works of listed in my favorites). I first stamped my cardstock with a background stamp and then did the technique over it. I used the Glimmer Mist technique on cardstock with tissue paper over it. I used both cardstock and the tissue paper. I used a spellbinder oval die then stamped my saying & sponged Distress Ink over that. The little flowers are handmade from a Martha Stewart flower punch and Parchment paper. I then embossed the flowers and put together with silicone and added a little pearl. The leaves of the flowers are colored on the back with Copic G24 for a little hint of color.


White Cardstock
Tissue Paper
Glimmer Mist
Oval Die from Spellbinders
Ranger Distress Inks
Parchment paper, embossing tools
Martha Stewart Flower Punch
Pearls and Ribbon from my stash
Background Script Stamp
Friend Stamp from Hampton Art

Good Morning....

Hope you guys are ready for Hump Day!! I'm moving kinda slow this morning...DH is sick and trying to work and so I'm trying to make life easier for him... I have a card to post, but haven't been able to take pictures yet, so I will check back in again later with another post and let you see my latest creation. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pink, Blue and Neutral of Choice - Just for Fun Stamps Challenge #7

To Find Your Path, You must First Open Your Eyes:

This morning I did a Z Fold card for the Just For Fun Challenge. Once again, I am apologizing for my pictures. Sometimes this just doesn't work for me.

For my neutral, I used a White Cardstock base.

White cardstock
Martha Stewart Punch sponged with Distress Ink
Ranger Distress Ink (Victorian Velvet, Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire
Spellbinders Dies
Stamps, Saying from my stash - no names on these
Mauve Ribbon from my stash
Bow Easy
Score Tape

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Very First ATC!!!

Good morning to you all! It is Thursday morning and kinda early and I am on my very first cup of coffee!! I only have one eye open as I write this, so bear with me!! I just wanted to share my very first ATC (Artist Trading Card) ever. Now, I don't know all the rules, so if I broke any, please let me know. It is my understanding they are small versions of art to be given away or traded only, never sold. You decorate the front side and on the back side you put your contact information; kind of like a business card but with art! They are to have exact dimensions 2 1/2 X 3 1/2....nothing more, nothing less. Other than that I know absolutely nothing about them, other than they capture my interest. Soooo below is my first attempt at one! I hope you like it!

I used chipboard as a base and started from there. It is my understanding you can use anything you want as a base and decorate anyway you choose just as long as the measurements never change.

Card stock .... cream
Ranger Distress Ink
Cuttlebug folder
Ribbon and lace from my stash
Sentiment from Flourishes
Little flowers I made myself using a Martha Stewart Hydrangea punch
Pearls from my stash

I will be spending the day running errands, not my favorite thing, but a necessary evil. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the weather if you can!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I don't have anything new to show you today. I spent yesterday working outdoors, painting on the fence. Whew, I'm glad our yard is small, otherwise, it would probably take me several years to finish. It is coming right along. I'm about half way finished and it is looking really nice. I will have to take pictures when I am finished. It is really tedious work and I can only do a couple to three hours until my hands start to cramp up on me. This getting old is not what it is cracked up to be.

The weather is beautiful here, temps in the high 70's to low 80's and lots of pollen everywhere. I'm struggling with allergies just like everyone else!!! Looks like I might have to cut back on my time outside until the pollen season is over.

Well, I'm off for another cup of guys have a wonderful day and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Well I'm Up and Ready to Go!!

This is my card for the day! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed making it! I'm feeling pretty good about my new look....I love, love,love classy vintage with a little grunge added. I have a big week planned, so we will see how that goes! Lot's to do outside, the list just gets longer and longer! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your week....If you have to work.....I'm truly sorry!

Supplies: White Card Stock from Gina K. Designs
Background paper from my stash
Stamp from SU Garden Collage
Spellbinder dies....the Gate is from a set that is no longer offered, (No Name)????
Ribbon and Lace from my stash and a Martha Stewart Punch under the lace.
Glimmer Mist: Pearl, Vintage Pink
Ranger Distress Ink:Broken China, Tea Dye, Tattered Rose, Stormy Sky
Copics: BG10,BG72, YG03, YR21,E35, Y17 AND Colorless Blender

Have a Great Day!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

I think I have found my Niche!!!

Can I just say....I have been inspired! And I think I have found the place where I am most comfortable. A little Tim Holtz, Linda Duke, and Sherry Cheever. These are three people I have stalked for quite awhile and this weekend it just clicked for some reason. These are all the things I love...a Little class, a Little Grunge, and a little Vintage, with Spellbinder Dies for good measure. These three people are listed in My Favorite Places to Visit at the right hand side of my Blog. Feel free to visit their blogs and be inspired!

Tim Holtz
Linda Duke: Linda's Works of Heart
Sherry Cheever: Walkin on the Bad Side

Supplies List:
White Large Shipping Tag out of my stash
White tissue paper crumpled and spritzed with Glimmer mist
Glimmer Mist: Iridesent Gold,Midnight Blue,Vintage Pink, and Peppermint Twist
Tim Holtz Stamp embossed with Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Spellbinders Die: Classic Ovals Large
Spellbinders Die: Grand 12" Classic Lace Border
Ranger Distress Ink: Stormy Sky, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass & Chipped Sapphire
A piece of lace out of my stash, gathered and spritzed with Midnight Blue Glimmer Mist, then rinsed with water to fade the color a little.
Ribbon out of my stash, hilighted a little with Stormy Sky Distress Ink
Bow Easy
Score Tape

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just For Fun Stamps Challenge #6

Pink, Yellow and Green: These are the colors for challenge #6. I have to say I wasn't too comfortable with these colors going in, however, I have learned to love them! Pink is becoming my new favorite color! A little vintage, a little grunge, and a lot of Blood, Sweat, and Tears went into this card.

White Base Card 5 X 5 Square
Tissue Paper: Scrunched and sprayed with Glimmer Mist over White Cardstock
Glimmer Mist: Olive Vine, Vintage Pink, Suede & Sunflower
Fluer De Lis Pendant from Spellbinders cut out of cardstock that was colored under tissue paper.
Squares Die from Spellbinders
SU stamp from Garden Collage
Copic Markers: E04,YG03,Y21,B21 & Colorless Blender
Ranger Distress Inks: Forrest Moss,Tattered Rose,Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany
Lace from craft store sprayed with Glimmer Mist, Vintage Pink and Olive Vine.
Offray Ribbon in a Spring green color
Memento Rich Coco Ink to stamp the bird
Score Tape & Pop Dots
Rose bud from my stash, sprayed with Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist

Friday, April 9, 2010

Good Friday Morning.....

Well it is once again Friday and I'm loving these Spring days. Everything is in bloom here and now the weather is really iffy for tonight. We could have frost....we live in a low lying area and if it frosts....we get it! I'm hoping it does not come because our apple trees are in full bloom and that will mean no apples for me this year. It has been a couple of years since we have had apples on our trees and I was really looking forward to this year. Mother Nature has a mind of her own! is my card for today...I still haven't figured out why my ribbon looks blue when I take a picture. The ribbon is a pretty purple that goes well with the flowers...I keep trying, however, my pictures leave a lot to be desired!

Supply List:
Gina K Designs white base card stock
Yellow Card stock for the layer holding the design paper
Design paper so old I cannot remember the name
Pansies from Flourishes (A Year of Flowers)
Prismacolor Pencils
Gamsol for blending
Spellbinder Dies
Background stamp "Le London Script" from Stampabilities
Dew Drops colored with Copic Marker V09
Ribbon from Ellen Hutson
Bow Easy
Saying also from Flourishes
Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink...Inkssentials blending tool

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Red, Yellow and Black...Just For Fun Stamps Challenge #5

Here is my entry for the Just For Fun Stamps Challenge #5. I hope you like it. I used Gina K. Designs card stock for the card and the base layer. The top layer of the card is paper from Scrapperdashery the Shakespeare, Romeo and Juilet design. I ran this through my cuttlebug with a folder for dimension and then shaded with Ranger Vintage Photo Ink. The flower is a Sunflower Die from Spellbinders cut out of Watercolor Paper. I find that watercolor paper really takes the Inks well.
I sponged the flower with Ranger Ink....Wild Honey, Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany and the center of the Sunflower is Crystal Lacquer to make it shiney. The saying is from Flourishes stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

Well ladies, its back to the picket fence for me again today. I only paint about 2 hours a day and it's going to take a long time! The temps here are supposed to be 86degrees today. Warm to say the least!

Friday, April 2, 2010


This is the Easter card I did for my husband. He will not see this as he never uses a computer for anything. The card base is made from card stock from Gina K Designs in Ocean Mist, using the Classic Lace Border from Spellbinders. The tulips are Parchment Craft using parchment paper and various Pergamano tools. I have always loved this craft and I need to go back to basic training and discover it all over again. The projects you make with this technique are always beautiful and I find that I love the whitework the best. That is, no color is added except the card stock you put underneath. My skills are very, very rusty so please be kind. I hope my husband likes this as I totally enjoyed doing it for him.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Today is April.....

It is now late afternoon and I have been running in and out all day. I work a little here and then over here and oh wait....I really need to get this done. I'm just jumping from one thing to another. I've been working on the landscaped area in our front yard...very messy! Ivy growing everywhere and leaves left last Fall and the Fall before and maybe even before that. Well now at least I have some time on my hands and all these things that just went undone are now getting done.

I just noticed this afternoon that I'm coming up on my 400th visit to my I have to tell you, this little old woman in East Tennessee is so pleased about that. When I started this blog, I only expected one or two of my family members to visit and see what I have been doing. I actually have two followers and I couldn't be happier about that. I know this sounds so trivial to some of you but for me it is so amazing.....the power of the Internet just astounds me! So to all of you out there, wherever you are, thank you, thank you... and I'm so glad you are there!