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.

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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. 

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