November 11, 2009

Babies of all kinds!

Here are two cards celebrating Babies. One for a "furry" boy who is already 6 yrs old; hard to believe! And one for a tiny one on her way! Ya just gotta love babies!

September 5, 2009

Basic Grey Give-away!

Head on over to Craft Critique for a Basic Grey give-away! 3 great new collections. I love Eskimo Kisses, too cute.

Good luck!

August 6, 2009

A catch up post

Here are a few things to share; a glimpse into my life these days.

Kitchen re-model is coming along. Now I understand why some people just choose to move to a newer, better home. But it will be worth it in the end. I call it my red-neck sink.

This makes me smile. Swaps made for a day long stamping event. These are a Tim Holtz technique. It does not show but each card has a shimmery look. The background color is a spritzed on 'paint' made with Perfect Pearls and Distress ink. Gorgeous in person! It is something to see a stack of cards like that....big smile!

Its never too early to start Christmas cards. This one is done by embossing the image in black on black paper then 'painting' it in with a bleach pen. Once the black paper is bleached light the 2nd layer of paint is shimmery perfect pearls. It is a stunning look on black. Works with any design.

That's all. I just needed to be reminded of some past art to make me smile today. My craft room is now a kitchen holding pen. Someday it'll be back to normal and life will be better. What do you have to make you smile today?

July 14, 2009

More baby goodies

Seems I'm stuck on baby stuff this week. Here is a spiral notebook I decorated for a new mom. Something from the $1 store to which I added new cover papers, metal words, paper flowers, rhinestones, sheer ribbons and a stamped image. Kelly loved it and I bet Oliver would too except hes just 9 mos old.

July 13, 2009

So many cards.....

I have not been very productive lately with my card making. A few here and there for special occasions and people. However, I still have lots to share from pictures of cards made in the recent past. I'll share this week a stash of cards aiming for one post per day. After spending a week with my 5 mos old niece Noelle I thought we'd start with a baby card. Here we go...

This was a baby card for a friend. Graphic 45 papers, a retired Stampin' Up set for the sheep, white pearl puff paint and rub ons for the saying. Easy and adorable.

More to come tomorrow!

July 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Missy Diane!

Happy Birthday Diane! Missy Diane Queen Bee Ya-Ya for those in the know. Happily we chatted on your day. Sadly, your card is yet to be mailed but is made and in the envelope! Another fun card from the Crafty Secrets paper pad filled with ready to go images. Only Missy Di would enjoy a card with fingers holes to make this swimming ladies legs. Fingers shapelier than mine would make a better model.

Take time today to make a card for someone. It'll make their day and your too.

July 4, 2009

Here is a special card for my Aunt Carolyn. It's a Thank You and Thinking of You card because she is so special. Really simple by using the Crafty Secrets Journal Notes and Image pad of papers. Its a super pack of images, this one is from the Summertime collection. Love it! A little cuttlebug embossed background, a few flowers, buttons, ribbon, pearls and voila!
Despite being knee deep in home remodeling, not fun, I'm glad to have found the time and space to make her a special card. Aunt Carolyn, forgive its late arrival!!

July 1, 2009

Studio 490 give-away

Head on over to Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 blog to enter her give-away. She makes those great Studio 490 stamps; her designs and samples are to die for! I made these 3 cards for a class at Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.

Good luck, but I still hope I win. Smile!

June 26, 2009

Subscription and Inspiration

Take a peek to your left, at the top, and see how easy it is to subscribe to my blog. Just enter your information and you'll be updated any time I post. Its a great way to stay current with upcoming class information and new creations. I start each day, well it actually continues throughout my day but who's counting, reading new blog postings by so many talented and generous artists who post cards, projects, templates, etc on their blogs.

Okay, that was the subscription part now on to my inspiration.

I had the most wonderful birthday gift given to me last month, a class at one of my FAV stores Buffalo Stamps and Stuff. It was a canvas album class taught by the one and only Cari Fennell, a Prima designer and extraordinary artist from Stampin' and Scrappin' Time in Bridgeport, NY; another FAV store of mine. It was a fast paced class! Okay, it was 100 mph class filled with paint, stamps, and frenzied women trying to finish a 10 page album. Not in this lifetime! Well, maybe just not this week but it WILL be finished...someday. I wanted to make a special thank you for my dear friend Deborah who gave me the class as a gift. What to many stamps...hhhmmm. Wait, I'll make a card front that looks like the canvas journal cool would that be?!? It was great fun to make a miniature of the album, finding little bits of paper and flowers that would work. That is actually quite a feat considering the amount of 'bits' I have in my craft room. But I'm pleased with it, and so was she.

Be inspired by what you love; a quilt, a picture of flowers, your favorite Pottery Barn catalog. Use the same color combo, mimic the layout and put your own spin on it. It is a sure fire way to beat that creative block we all face at times. And it makes one heck of a thank you card for a dear friend. Thanks Deb!

June 12, 2009


Just a little art to end your week. Mine has been a long one. This was made for a class. it uses fabulous Studio 490 stamps and Graphic 45 papers. I just love it.
Have a great weekend! Wish me luck as our window replacement project begins next week.

June 7, 2009

It's a fine line...

It's a fine line between hobby and mental illness. I think the line lies just between rubber stamps and muscle cars. When the line is crossed over to muscle cars its a clear break into mental illness, smile! I find no matter what the hobby the line is just as fine.

I had the pleasure of seeing the 'car show crowd' out on a "weekend pass" this past Saturday. Imagine a field filled with thousands of muscle cars, the roar of engines at every turn and the smell of burning rubber from tire burn out 'contests'. I know, it is not an easy task. It seems estrogen makes the task VERY difficult. I wonder if estrogen might be a protective factor which means we just have to put these men on 'the pill' and all of this craziness will diminish?

Like moths to a flame (a loud, gasoline, plume of smoke filled flame) they flock at the slightest REV of an engine. You know when a cartoon character smells something delicious and its whole body is lifted off the ground and carried directly to the source of the yummy smell? The same thing happens with big block engine exhaust. Quite a sight to behold!

I imagine it is akin to watching my BFF and I hit the stamp store. What's that smell, a new ink pad? What! Are those the new stamps?? Quick over here...look at this one! Yep, it's a fine line!

June 5, 2009


I wonder if blogging is like diet and exercise; start out all Gung Ho and then fizzle out? I hope not. Hey, maybe I should do a few reps with each blog post? Either you'll get sick of my blog in a hurry or I'll become a lean mean blogging machine. Oh if I were a betting person...well, I actually dont know where I'd place my money on that one.

Today's goal: to get the picture IN the blog post not below it. Let's see. Here we go...
Ok...its IN the blog but not where I wanted to place it. steps. This is a large tag that I made for a swap using Grunge Board (the swirls (waves) and the "l" are GB) The shells are stamped and embossed and painted with perfect pearls so they shimmer. There is a tiny pearl at the base of the clam shell, its all in the details baby. And the sand is mica chips. This is one of my favorite pieces!

June 4, 2009

Im a Blogger!

Welcome to my blog. I hope to create a space to share my artwork, classes and musings. Subscribe to the blog feed to see my current art endeavors and adventures. For now I've posted 2 of my favorite pictures. To see such JOY captured in the moment always makes me smile. To see his genuine care for the smallest of animals makes me love him even more. Stay tuned for more artwork and class information. Until my next post...