Saturday, October 28, 2017

Long time

Wow, I can't believe how this year is flying by and how long it's been since I had time to post to my blog.  We've had such a busy year.  Al and I remodeled our kitchen, which turned into a much bigger job as we also remodeled the laundry room, the living room and dining room.  We did almost all of the work except installing the countertop and kitchen sink.  We didn't kill each other either.  What a transformation from the 1980's.

I finally had some time to make a card for a challenge.  I've wanted this stamp set since I saw it in the SU catalog.  What a great set.  I'm entering this card in Color Throwdown #466 and SSS Wednesday challenge - anything goes.

Gina K ivory luxury layering CS
SU Perfect Plum CS and ink
SU Old Olive and Crushed Curry inks
SU Painted Harvest Stamp set
SU Crazy About You Stamp set
SSS Happy 3x4 Stamp set,
Versamark and embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by, I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment.  Have a great week.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Color Challenge - Day 3

Well it's really Day 4, but I didn't get to post Day 3 until now.  I'm just happy that I've colored for the past 3 days so far.  I'm hoping to color every day, but we'll see how the month goes.

When Simon Says Stamp came out with this background stamp, I just had to have it.  It reminds me so much of the 70's--with all the flower power, bell bottoms and peace signs.

Here's my panel for day 3.  I haven't made it into a card just yet.

SSS Mod Flower Stamp
HA Unicorn Ink
White Embossing Powder
Uniball White Pen
Copics: C1, G82, G43, YG41, E11, RV21, R20, R22, Y02, Y11, Y06, BV02, V22, BV000, B01 and B000

It screams 70's and spring at the same time.  I love it!  Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do. Peace Out

PTI MIM #246 and Day 2 - Coloring Challenge

It's hard to believe it's March already! 

Melissa has us trying colored pencils on kraft this week at Make It Mondays, which also fit into The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge - Day 2.  I've seen people doing this for awhile and thought it would be neat to try, but just hadn't taken the time to do so.  Now, I'm kicking myself for not trying this sooner.  It even looks great on black.  It just doesn't photograph very well.

I admit I had to wipe the dust off my colored pencils.  Here's my card.  I really liked how it turned out.

PTI's What the Doodle: Butterfly Stamp Set and Keep It Simple: Thinking of You Stamp Set.
SU's Crumb Cake and Bordering Blue (retired) Card Stock
MFT's Die-namics Blueprint Dies #20
Versa Mark ink
White embossing powder

Thanks, Melissa for using this technique.  Hopefully, I will use my colored pencils more often so the dust doesn't collect on!

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do.  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

30 day coloring challenge using Zig Markers

Today's post brings some new firsts for me.  This is the first time I've participated in the 30 Coloring Challenge and also the first time using my Zig Markers.  I bought them quite awhile ago, but kept reading other bloggers struggling with them, so I kept putting off using them.  I can see why.  I'm not real thrilled with the way my background turned out.  I wished afterwards, I had used watercolor paper then I could have blended out the coloring. I'm not going to beat myself up too much, at least I tried them.  I'll keep working with them from time to time.  I do love how bright the colors are. 

I have been following the 30 day coloring challenge for quite some time, but just never took the time to actually participate.  I even when to Starbucks and picked up a couple of cups from last fall to color them as Kathy did.  What's even more funny is the fact that was the first time I had ever been in a Starbucks as I'm not a coffee drinker.  Can't stand the taste or smell of coffee. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love it when you do.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Such a long time...

So sorry I've been MIA for the past four months.  Back in September, Al and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary by traveling out East for two weeks.  We had so much fun driving to New York and taking the train into NYC to spend a couple of days with our daughter Sarah and her boyfriend Paul.  They have been living in NYC for three years now.  So hard to believe.  Here's a picture of us with NYC in the background.  After leaving NYC we spent a few days driving around Vermont and taking a baking class at King Arthur Flour.  Al and I both love baking bread and decided to take a class baking baguettes.  We did have to sign up and pay for the class before our trip.  If you ever get the chance to go to King Arthur Flour, do so and take a class if you can.  So worth every penny!!  We met up with some new friends in Manchester NH for brunch.  It was so wonderful to meet Monica and Paul face to face.  We had a wonderful time.  We then drove out to Bar Harbor Maine.  Acadia National Park is breathtaking.  After coming back from our trip, I had a few weeks to get caught back up at work and get ready for my first hip replacement surgery...Yes, I did say my first.  I was off work for another two weeks after surgery.  The doctors and I had no idea how bad my hips were for someone in her early 50s.  The second hip replacement surgery was Dec. 6, again, off work for another two weeks, which brought me back to work just before Christmas.  Of course, January is always my busiest month at work with year-end statements to get out before the end of the month.  I made my deadlines, my hips feel so much better.  Wishing now I hadn't put off having an orthopedic surgeon look at my hips years ago.  I just never thought my hips would need full replacements.  I just started PT and hope within the next month, my thigh muscle start getting stronger.  The muscles are shot from not walking properly for so long. 

I'm caught up at work and now have time to stamp again.  It's been a long time.  These are the two cards I made as my Christmas cards before and after the first surgery.  I did remember to take a picture of one of the birthday cards I made for my late December birthdays. The drugs I was on sure did a number on my memory.

These last few cards were for some of the January birthdays we have in the family.  I made more than these, but forgot to take pictures :)


This last card, I did CASE ...the MFT Polar Bear Pals.  I fell in love with Sandy Allnock's card she did back in November.  I watched and watched her video and just had to give it a try.  OMGosh, I'm so happy how my card turned out.  This is a link to her video. 

Thank you so much for reading my blog and if you would like any information regarding these cards, just let me know in the comments or email me at

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Many Thanks for CTD #409

Another card for another challenge.  I'm not late for the deadline this!  The colors this week for the Color Throwdown Challenge #409 were black, turquoise, yellow and white.  I decided to use a set I received last month, but hadn't had a chance to use yet..

Gina K's Pure Luxury White cs
SU's Tempting Turquoise cs
SU's Black cs
SU's Daffodil Delight ink
circle punch
Die-namics Stitched Flowers Dies
Die-namics Flashy Floral Dies
MFT's Flashy Floral Stamp Set
VersaMark Ink
Clear Embossing powder
Die-namics Many Thanks Dies
GinaMarie Die (lattice work)

I don't usually just make die-cut cards.  The only stamping I did, you can hardly see.  I stamped the vines of the leaves, which are black, in VersaMark ink and heat embossed them in clear.  I felt Birgit's energy making this card today.  Birgit is the die-cut queen.  If you haven't seen her blog, check it out here!

Thanks for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have a great week!

Gold, Black & White for MM #212

Hi everyone!  I just couldn't resist Merry Monday's Gold, Black & White Challenge this week.  Who doesn't like these 3 colors together.  They look so elegant.  It took me all week to figure out what I wanted to do, though...LOL!

Here's what I came up with...
Gina K Pure White Luxury cs
White Linen cs from a local stamp store
Gold mirror cs from a local stamp store
SU's black cs
PTI's Think Big Favorites #21 Stamp Set
VerseFink Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
PB's Winter Garland
PTI's Petite Places: Nativity Die Set
PTI's Tag Die #4
Black/White Baker's Twine

It's pretty self explanatory.  I really like the way it turned out.  I'm thinking this may be one of my Christmas cards for this year.  I've been in love the Nativity set from PTI since last year when I saw what Amy Sheffer did with this set.  You can see that card here.  Such a beautifully striking card!

Well, I didn't get my card posted in time for MM #212...shoot!  I was thinking I had until 5pm not 12pm.  Oops!  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Winter Joy

Hi everyone,
I fell in love with Jill Foster's card and just had to try CASE her.  I've been watching her use Shimmerz and they have quite the shine to them, even though my picture doesn't do them justice.  Please check out Jill Foster's how to video here.  This video was actually showing us how to use the MISTI for a multi colored sentiment.  Here's a picture of her finished card.  Isn't it gorgeous?

TH water color panel
VersaFine Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
PB's Winter Joy Stamp Set
PB's Rejoice with Joy Stamp Set
SU's Real Red Ink
Tuxedo Black Ink
Shimmerz paints in Berry-lious, Jilted Jade, Sunflower and Royal Red
Shimmerz Aqua Huez in Ivy League

My card didn't turn out quite like Jill's.  I only stamped 3 poinsettias, used a different sentiment that worked better on my card and my blending on the background needs some work.  It's not as gorgeous as Jill's, but I still really like the way it turned out.  This may be one of my Christmas cards.  If you haven't tried the Shimmerz paints, here's my 2 cents worth.  I like how bright the colors are and how easy they are to use.  I'm not an art major and my no means a water color expert, but they worked just as well as my Peerless and the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi color set I have, too.

Thank you for stopping by, I love it when you do.  Have an awesome week!

Monday, September 5, 2016

CTD #408 - Butterfly Charmer

Just a quick post for Color Throwdown Challenge #408.  Using yellow, blue, red and green.

Gina K Luxury White cs
SU's Cherry Cobbler cs
PB's Butterfly Charmer cling stamp
PB's Sprinkles & Smiles Sentiment set
SSS's Wavy Scallop Stitches Die
Tuxedo Black Ink
VersaFine Black Ink
Copic Markers: Y13, &15, G14, YG09, B66, B28, R29, R46,  B01, B000, B0000 and B60
Clear Embossing Powder
Spectrum Noir Clear Glitter Pen

Pretty straight forward card.   I inked Butterfly Charmer with Tuxedo Black ink and colored the butterflies with Copic Markers.  I trimmed up the card with the SSS Wavy Scollop Stitches die and inked up "Bring on the Happy" with VersaFine Black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I finished off the butterflies by adding some clear glitter to each butterfly.  You can see the glitter in the second photo.

I'm also submitting this card for SSS Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by...I love it when you do!  Have a great week!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fabulous birthday and a First Anniversary

Hi everyone, just popping in with a couple of cards.  The first one is for CTD #407.  This week's color challenge is to use Yellow, Lime Green and Teal.  I love these colors together.  My card is pretty
simple.  I used my Misti to make this card.  I used Distress Markers and colored the stamp with the three colors and spritzed the stamp with water and inked up the watercolor cs.  I set the panel aside to

dry.  I then took the Broken China Distress Marker and scribbled on my mat and spritzed it with water and used a small paint brush to add my ink splatter.  After adding my sentiment, I mounted the watercolor cs to a piece of black cs.  I  mounted the lime green paper to a piece of white GK cs and added black cs to the watercolor panel and attached that to the card base.  I finished the card off with sequins. 

TH's watercolor cs
SU's Black cs
Gina K Luxury White cs
Doodlebug 6x6 paper from Spring Garden
PB's Bejeweled Stamp
PB's Heartfelt Stamp Set
Distress Markers in Twisted Citron, Broken China and Squeezed Lemonade
SSS Intense Black Ink
Yellow Sequins

Oh Yea!  I just noticed that Darnell is having NBUS Challenge #7.  Both of my cards qualify.  The PB stamp I've had for months and it hadn't seen any ink until this weekend.  The SU Flourish die cuts I just got last month and used it for the first time last weekend.   If you want to participate in Darnell's NBUS challenge #7, you can do so until September 5.  Have fun using your "Never Before Used Schtuff".  You can enter up to three cards!!   Thanks, Darnell, for helping me actually use my NBUS.  I have way too many. 

This card I made last weekend for my son, Nick and his wife, Danielle's first wedding anniversary.  It's hard to believe they have been married a year, already.

TH's watercolor cs
Peerless watercolor
Gina K cs
SU's Smoky Gray cs
PTI's Wet Paint stamp set
PTI's Wet Paint dies
SU's Flourish thinlits

Again, a pretty simple card.  I used the colors purple, gray and white, which were the colors they used on their wedding day, too.

Have a great week!  Thank you so much for stopping by, I love it when you do.