Sunday, December 26, 2010

My son got married in October and they have a baby due in August. I decided to start a baby album. The ideas from Page Maps are great. Here is the first page I made today.

can't believe I haven't been here since August!! A lot has happened since then. I have become a certified dog trainer and opened boarding kennels. I love my job. I wish I knew how to get these pictures where I want them instead of at the beginning of my blog. Anyway, I played along with the featured stamper today. Here is my take on LeisaJane's card
I used Bella Blue DP and Not Quite Navy Cardstock. The flower is a sticker from Walmart and is backed by Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Kraft. The sentiment is from Garden Collage.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


I've been thinking about this card all week. This is the card I used for inspiration
I used the Inspired by Nature stamps from SU, Bashful Blue cardstock, black and Bashful Blue ink. I found my sponge daubers today and they have been my favorite accessory today. DP and ribbon from my stash. Does anybody every really keep track of where they get all this stuff?


The day sure goes by fast when you stay in bed until almost 11am. Oh well. Here is my card for Splitcoast SC 293. I stole somebody's idea to use each sketch challenge to make a Christmas card. That way no 2 are the same and I don't have to sit down in October and try to decide what I am going to do. I used an old CTMH stamp Oh Christmas Tree. I inked it with CTMH Ponderosa Pine and then sponged with the same color. I colored it with colored pencils (WANT COPIC MARKERS!!) I sponged the edges with SU Soft suede and CTMH Desert Sand. I used Real Red cardstock, some green corrugated paper I had in my stash, Over the Moon DP. The edger is from Fiskars. The ribbon is from my stash. I love the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, July 12, 2010

FS169 for Splitcoast

I am so frustrated!!. I have not been able to upload to Splitcoast for weeks. They keep telling me that my picture is too big. It's the same camera and same size picture I have always used. GRRRR. So I will post it to my blog. This is the card I made from Stephanie's inspiration

Some day I'll figure out how this blog works so I can put the pictures where I want them to go. Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog. I used some designer paper I picked up in a garage sale (Iand did not hoard it) and SU Heartfelt Thanks stamp set.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Day of Firsts

I have been without water for 2 days and yesterday the belt on my vacuum cleaner broke. So I can't do laundry or dishes and I can't vacuum. So I went to my studio. I had seen this idea somewhere and I had the perfect frame so I went through some old pictures and this is what I came up with. The picture is of me at 10 months old. The background is the Sew Nice scraps from Crafty Secrets. The lace I got from a garage sale over the weekend. This is my first rolled rose, I have been wanting to try it for a while. I used a 2" punch to make the circle. I have to figure out how to hold them together. I think I cut my circle things too close together and made them too skinny. The rose is sprayed with Vanilla Smootch Spritz. The leaves are cuttlebugged. The ribbon and buttons are from my stash. I had the nerve to hang this on the livingroom wall of all places!! Thanks for taking the time to look today.


Sunday, June 6, 2010


This is the card I made for today's featured stamper. Here was my inspiration: The background paper is from Miss Elizabeth (Dollar Tree). The image is from Crafty Secrets Sew Sweet scraps. Lace is fromn Joanne's. The card base is Mellow moss. The lace is backed by Chocolate chip. The rose is the first paper rose I have made. The leaves are Cuttlebug emboss and die Pumpkin spice. Hey, leaves are leaves. I changed the sentiment too. Thanks Nikki for a great gallery to choose from.


Mom's Bday Card

Here is a card I made for my mother's birthday. It's going to nr lsre because I just made it this morning and her birthday is Tuesday. Bad daughter. I used Wild Wasabi as the card base and stamped the flower in Wild Wasabi all over it. I can't find my Versamark pad, probably time to clean off the table again. The ribbon is from Debbi Mumm. I used on of the Cuttlebug die and emboss I got from Big Lots to make the flower. Mom's favorite flower is a daisy.

More Henry

This is Henry doing what Henry does best. He is not a high energy dog. However, he is a high maintenance dog. We found out he does not have some separation anxiety, he has sever separation anxiety. I cannot keep him in a crate, he gets out. We put him in the garage and he ate the door. My hisband and I have bee trying to work out our schedules so that we are not gone at the same time but sometimes that is not possible. So I read everything I could find on separation anxiety and called in a behaviorist. It turns out that Henry thinks he needs to take care of us. We have to become Alpha dogs in order for Henry to not worry about us when he can't see us. So we are working on this. Hopefully Henry will learn to be content at home by himself. I learned a lot from the behaviorist, esprecially how to think like a dog. Here I thougt my dog, Wilson, followed me around all the time because he loved me, turns out he just feels responsible for me. What a blow to my ego.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday May 25

First, an update on Henry. He is such a sweet dog. He sleeps all night, on the couch. If you leave the room, he will come searching for you. He ignores my other dogs. My husband loves him and is going to miss him when he gets adopted and we have only had him for 2 days. I believe his separation anxiety will go away with time and trust.

Yesterday, I went on my first big adventure. I had an appt with the VA about going back to school. They will not pay for me to be a vet tech as it is to physical and will aggravate my service related disabilities. They want me to go to medical coding and billing school--no thank you. I would rather pay for vet tech school on my own than to do that. I had lots of time after that appt until my 1:00 PT appt so I went to visit a friend, she was not home but a friend that was living with her was there so I visited with her. Then it was off to PetSmart to get some antianxiety biscuits for Henry, I hope they work. I'll found out tomorrow. Then to Walmart. Then finally to PT, that was exhausting in itself. And he made me use muscles I haven't used in a long time so today I hurt. I couldn't even stay up to watch my programs last night and they were the season finales. I'm supposed to be getting ready for a flea market and do not have the inspiration to create anything for it. I guess I'd better go find my mojo and get busy.

Sunday, May 23, 2010


I try to play the challenges a couple of times a week and like to do the Featured Stamper. There have been so many fun new ways to make flowers, I wanted to try some of them today. Here is Nikki's card I chose to case: I used Bashful Blue and Sage Shadow for the colors. The background paper is Miss Elizabeth from the Dollar Tree. I used a background stamp from CTMH on the Bashful Blue cardstock. I inked edges in Bashful Blue and Sage Shadow. A flower brad from Oriental Trading holds the flower together. Mine seemed to call for something else, so I added some rickrack ribbon to the top.

I hit the mother lode at Big Lots the other day. They must have just put out new stock because I stumbled across a bunch of Cuttlebug stuff--embossing folders, dies and some with matching dies and embossing folders--all for the ridiculous price of $2 each!! There was even a build a flower one that is very similar to SU Pick a Petal, folders and dies! So I played with some challenges today. First I did the sketch challenge 281 over at Splitcoast. I used SU Merci set. Paper is CTMH Shell pink and SU Mellow Moss. Images were colored with CTMH markers. I inked all edges with choc chip. I sponged around the image with Shell pink ink. I Versamarked the butterfly from the set on the card itself for a background look. The butterfly is one of my new dies cut out of Shell pink CTMH background paper. I little bling on the butterfly and he was stuck on using a pop-up.

OK. I think I now know how to get the text with the picture I want but I guess you can figure this out for today.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Today did not turn out to be the relaxing Saturday I had planned. I logged on to Facebook when I got up and there was a request for a foster for a 3 year old Pyrenees that was scheduled to be euthanized. I called the number, it was close to my home and I went to retrieve the dog. The owners had brought this dog in to the vet with a request he be put down due to aggression. When the vet tech put him on the table to give him the injection, he rolled over and asked fora belly rub. Needless to say, the tech could not continue. He has been at the vet's clinic since April 1 and could not keep him there any longer. When I got to the clinic and they brought Henry to me, he came right over to me and sat down so I could pet him. I took him out and he got right in my car to go with me. When I got him home, I put him in a separate kennel from my other dogs and due to his extreme separation, it only took him 5 minutes to destroy the kennel gait and escape to be with my husband. What could I do but bring him inside? Apparently he is an escape artist that will need to be watched while he is outside. The 2 inside dogs growled a little and left him alone. Henry laid down and went to sleep. So much for aggression issues. It will take a while for the rest of the pack to accept him, hopefully they will. Introducing a new dog into the pack takes time and patience. So for now, Henry has become an inside dog couch potato. All he wants is somebody to love him that he can love back. Tonight I am going to try him in a crate but I am sure he will want to be in my bedroom. He is not in love with being in the crate. So stay tuned for the upcoming adventures of Henry.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


I am in my second week of PT and it is so time consuming--45 minutes to drive there, 45 minutes of PT and 45 minutes to drive home again. Oh, and there is the occasional side trip to stop at the craft stores. Now that I am feeling more back to normal, I have the urge to do things I shouldn't be doing, like gardening. I was out this morning for the first time to inspect the gardens, or should I say weed beds. I also pulled a few weeds like I'm not supposed to bend over to do. It's really late in the season for this to be the first dirt under my fingernails, I'm usually out there while there is still frost in the ground. I'm going to put my books down today and get that giant puppy on a leash and start to get her trained, doggie school starts in a week and a half and if Ihave not taught her even how to walk on a leash, the school is going to wonder about my training skills. So I am off to fill my day with activity.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Last week I was having a severe fibromyalgia flare. I had not been able to get in the hottub for 3 weeks and that is how I usually control it. A very dear friend came over and gave me Reikki treatment. It is amazing how that works, the spasms and pain were gone. This is the card I made to send to her. I used the Vintage Vogue set and Very Vintage wheel. The cardstock is Sage Shadow and Pretty in Pink. I cut out the flowers, curled the petals, attached a button and adhered them with a pop dot. On the Friends panel, I outlined it with a silver paint pen. I hope she likes it.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


This is the card I made for this week's sketch challenge at Splitcoast. The background paper and the floral paper are from my stash. I used the floral image from Vintage Vogue to make a background paper. The saying is from Herbed expressions. The dress form is a scrap from Crafty Secrets. The button and lace are also from my stash.

Microscope slide necklace

This is my very first piece of microscope slide jewelry. It came out pretty good for my first attempt. The pictures are a little out of focus but pretend they aren't. I used microscope slides and metallic tape from Oriental trading. The front pieces came from Easy Peasy Jewelry by HOTP. The back images came from Artsy Collage Vintage images by HOTP. I'm off to clean up my studio so I can find my desk and make more creations.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vintage Workshop

The Vintage Workshop is holding a blog contest. You can win a Fresh from the Garden gift set just for posting a comment to their blog. All you have to comment is what you are planting in your garden this year. It's easy, go on take a chance on some great products.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


When I lost my job in January, it seemed I lost my identity. So many of us describe who we are by what we do. So I have been trying to figure out who I am. I am a mother but my son is 33 so that does not seem to be who I am. I am a wife but that seems to less that the sum of who I am. I have people in my life that I want to emulate and so I look to them to see who they are. I have people in my life who are not who I thought they were. So, it seems to me that who I am is about the choices I make. I choose to be a Godly, spiritual woman. I choose to be an honest woman. I also choose to be a positive, loving, caring woman. Sometimes I make wrong choices and am not who I want to be but again, I can choose to return to the person I want to be. So, I thank everyone in my life who shows me who I want to be and who I do not want to be. I am who I choose to be today.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Good morning. Today is the first day of physical therapy. I can hardly wait, I know they are going to hurt me. Meanwhile I thought I would share the card I sent to my Mom for Mother's Day. Mom loved it. The collage cards take me a while to put together, looking through all my stash, but I love the final look. Have a good day all.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

This blog is my Mother's Day present to me. I have wanted a blog for a while and took the time to do this for me today. Hopefully I will soon have lots of creations for you to look at. I've been a bit of a slacker, recovering from a hip replacement over the past 4 weeks. So Happy Mother's Day to all no matter how many legs your children have.