Monday, April 30, 2012


Its our 48th anniversary today and I was going to post some cards I'd made for family and friends who's anniversary falls within days or weeks of ours, but instead I'm going to show you the wonderful cards we received from my fellow cardmakers in our little crafting group. There is also a gorgeous card among them from our daughter.

I am so fortunate to have such great crafting "buddies" and WE are so lucky to have such wonderful friends. Aren't these cards special???

Last evening a member of our group hosted a surprise 50th wedding anniversary party for another member of our group and her hubby. My job was to get the couple to the party. Well, it worked out just fine... I asked them if they would join me and my husband to celebrate our anniversary a day early and the neighbors birthday, which just happened to be yesterday. It was a wonderful party and we were told that it was the first time ever, for either spouse, that they were actually surprised. They had no clue! Isn't it just great?

A big surprise for me and my hubby was there was an anniversary cake for us too. Thank you one and all!

That's it for this Monday, but stay tuned. You just never know what might pop up next. 

Friday, April 27, 2012


Good morning, all, and what a lovely morning it is. It's supposed to get really "warm" today, but for now, the doors are open letting the cool breezes flow through the house.

It's a stay-at-home day today so that a little housework can get done and also some ironing. (Yes, I DO still iron.) Tonight some friends and I will be attending a local theater called the Show Palace and watching the "Swing Revue 2012". We're going for just the show, this evening, although this is a dinner theater and we usually go to matinee's and have the dinner. 

This is the most wonderful theater group. All professional performers. Just to let you know some of the shows we've seen; Steel Magnolias; Hairspray; Meet Me In St. Louis. I'm so lucky to be living in this area.

On to card making. I just love today's card! When I decided to post it, I thought I'd do it on my birthday. I was having a pity-party type of day and that's exactly how I felt that morning. (I'm coming up on 3/4 of a century next month.)'s just another number. (I think?). And I'm feeling great! Hope you like the card.

You all have a great weekend and stay tuned. You never know what I'll come up with next.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Good afternoon. It's a really cool day here in Florida. I mean "cool", as in temperature. It's about 70 degrees and that's almost unheard of at this time of year. It feels soooo good!!

I just got back from a Red Hat Founders Day luncheon at our clubhouse. There are five Red Hat chapters in our little community and we celebrated the 14th anniversary of the founding of the Red Hat Society. It's hard to believe, but it's been 10 years since our first Chapter was formed in our community. About 40 people turned out for that meeting and it was decided we would require two chapters. And so it was. The Wellington Chapeau Rouge and The Crimson Glories were born.

In a recent posting, I mentioned I had done some "wax" cards. I thought I'd show you a couple of the better ones. Keep in mind that these two cards were made in my second class. (You should see what the instructor created.)

The technique involves the spreading of white wax on some glossy black cardstock and using a special iron to "cut" in your design. (I think I'll stick to stamping and coloring."

The next card is a totally different technique but still using wax on a paper napkin.

I don't remember exactly how this was done but I believe we used "newsprint" paper, paper napkins and clear wax. I do remember that we bought all kinds of napkins to make different cards with. Again, I'll stick to stamping.

It's too easy to get involved in too many projects so it's time to find another home for those items I no longer use. Now it's time to put some more cards together. That's it for another day, but stay tuned. You never know what I'll come up with next.

Sunday, April 22, 2012


This little image is just so sweet. I don't know where the image came from but I just love it. Reminds me of my "kids" when they were little and of my grandkids today.

The difference being, they were watching TV and not a music box. Anyway, I think she's a sweetie.

Yesterday was great! Went to a card making class in the morning and made four of the neatest cards ever. One was a "man" card, another could be used for a man or most any occasion, one was all occasion and one was a real "girlie" card.  I would love to post the cards, but the instructors have their own blog called "Stamping in Paradise" and I expect them to post the cards.

My hubby and I went out to eat an early dinner after I got home from the class. We just missed a huge down-pour of much needed rain, but we watched it from the restaurant. I don't think we got enough rain to make much difference, however.

I guess that's all from this neck of the woods. Have a great day now, you hear?  

Friday, April 20, 2012


Hi everyone. It looks like I'm behind in my postings. I want to assure you that I haven't been clearing out my craft closet all of this time. Just lazy and not much to write about. But! I did put some "stuff" in the box that was waiting. Craft things I'll never use again. 

Back in the day, I did a little decorative painting and have loads of acrylic paints. In fact, I have a Donna Dewbury kit that I got from QVC or HGTV years ago and have never even opened the paints. Then I have all kinds of "wax" and an iron for melting the wax and all sorts of stuff for that craft. Well, I decided that when our next "yard sale" comes around in November, I'll get a table and try selling some of these items. Maybe I should try selling some stamp sets so that I'll have room for all the new ones I'll have by then.'s a card I did a while back and thought it was appropriate for a partially cloudy day. (I'm praying we get some much needed rain this weekend.)

Hope you enjoy it and I'll be back soon, if not sooner. Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Good morning, all. I thought I'd do a post before I start my day. I didn't meet any of my goals yesterday, but I do have a box ready to fill. After I finish this, I am really, really going to start work on my craft closet. Honest Injun!

What I did do yesterday was laundry and a little cleaning, then made an anniversary card in the afternoon. I have two friends and two family members who have wedding anniversary's in the next week or two. Oh, and then there is our anniversary, too. One of the anniversary's is a 25th and the other is a 50th. Cudos to wedded bliss.

Today is my middle Granddaughter's 12th birthday. (Happy Birthday, Alex.) You all saw the card I made for her. A really girly, girly card. This one is also one of my favs. 

Time to get to work. Have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Can you believe it? April is half over, already. Where in the world does the time go? I've searched and searched but just can't find it. I keep thinking I'll find time tomorrow, but when I awake in the morning, it's already today.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do today. I made a resolution in January to clean out my "craft" closet and put away all of the things I no longer craft with. Maybe then I can find room for all the other "stuff" I've purchased and don't have a home for.

The other project is to clean up my work-table. It is unbelievably cluttered. The amazing thing is, I usually know where to find things. Oh well, hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off I go to do something... check back in and I'll let you know if I accomplished any of my goals. Have a wonderful day.

Friday, April 13, 2012


Good afternoon. The weekend is nearly upon us. Have you all accomplished all of your goals for the week? I find it relatively easy to meet my goals, as I don't set any. Well, maybe one day at a time and I met mine today. Finished a really cute card that I'll post soon and caught up on laundry. Now I must figure out what I'll make for dinner. (Hmmm, going out is a good option...)

Our cardmaking group had a delightful time Wednesday night at our monthly get-together. Our SU demonstrator had us make the most adorable card. The design was so great that, when we met for our weekly session, we made some cards that we can add a stamped image to at a later time. Lots of fun.

I'm posting the Karate Boy today, that I had told you about recently. I think he is so cute. He is a digi stamp from Mo's Digital Pencil. There are so many wonderful digi's at this site.

You all have a wonderful weekend and check us out again next week.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


OK, I'm sure someone out there has a birthday today, so this card is for you! Have a wonderful day.

My Scrapbooking/Cardmaking friends meet here tonight for our monthly Stampin' Up get together. There are seven in our group and each month we alternate hosting a workshop. My turn was supposed to be next month, but I switched with a friend who had to be out of town. So, after I get done with this, I'd better get my house in order in preparation for a fun evening.

I was out first thing this morning getting my nails "done". Now I need to do as little as possible to let them "set". (Many of you know what I'm talking about.) Then I'll get my house in order. 

My sweet hubby is outside planting flowers. He said he should have purchased them sooner as there wasn't much of a selection left yesterday. Another lesson learned.

Anyway, here's the birthday card for anyone having a birthday today. Enjoy and see you again soon.

Monday, April 9, 2012


I didn't know what to put in my blog today, so I thought I'd talk about my middle granddaughter who will be turning 12 years old next Monday. I realize she is still a "tween", but this is her last year of being a little girl. Next birthday, she will, officially, be a teenager.

She loves to sing and dance, do crafts and even requested a Joann's gift card for her birthday. (Takes right after her Grandma, yes?)   She loves shopping at Joann's, even though she has to travel 45 minutes to get to a Joann's store.

I don't see my granddaughter's very often. Upon retirement, we headed south and they live about 1300 miles north of us. We talk on the phone, but not as much as when she was smaller. When we do see them a couple of times a year, she and her sister like to put on "shows" for us and entertain us with stories, song and dance.

Back to the card, I thought I'd make a really "girlie" card, all in pink and white except for the center. I'll have a whole year to come up with a more mature card for a teenager. I must admit that I made a major mistake when making this card. I had misted the large flower with shimmer and decided to put shimmer on the colored image. Lesson learned! You don't spray alcohol based shimmer over an alcohol marker colored image. It ran!! So I did a second image and left it alone.

I don't know if you will see the glitter wings or shimmer, but it's there. You all have a wonderful evening and I'll be back soon.

Friday, April 6, 2012


Good morning all. I missed posting yesterday. Thursdays are the days that our little "scrapbook/card making group meet at the club, but it ended up just two of us able to attend. Therefore, the two of us met at my house and worked on some cards, then met a couple of friends at our club house for lunch.

I found the most delightful digital stamp site yesterday. I admired a card made by Cheryl Valadez ( that featured a "karate boy". She had a link to the store called Mo's Digital Pencil and they have the most wonderful digital stamps. Needless to say, I purchased several. There were lots of stamps featuring boys, and I haven't seen many out there. Anyway, I'll color one up soon and perhaps put it on my blog.

Today's card is another flowery card that I hope you like. One of the few that is totally my own creation. In the meantime, have a wonderful Easter.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Mornin' all. If I were still working, this would be "hump" day. But since I'm retired, it's just another wonderful day in the neighborhood. I feel so fortunate that all is calm here in FL. I cannot imagine what the poor folks in Texas are feeling today after such horrendous weather yesterday.

Easter is just four days away, so I thought I'd post some flower cards for the next few days. (Be aware, they are NOT Easter cards.) I just love coloring flowers and especially with my copic markers. But... I must say that I still use my SU markers, especially the Soft Subtle colors. 

Today's card was water colored using SU markers. I'm still trying to get used to the aqua painter, but have better luck using a paint brush. 

Have a wonderful day and see you all soon.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


Good morning all. Welcome to another lovely day. I heard that the temperature is going to break record highs today and maybe hit in the 90's.  What a winter and spring we've had.

Our water heater has been replaced and is working just fine. No leaks!! Laundry day has moved, at least for this week. Catching up on that is my goal for today; laundry and ironing.

Today's post reminds me that it's time to go get some seasonal flowers to plant. (I mean for my hubby to plant... LOL.) I don't do garden work, just critique it.

Speaking of today's post, the copper watering can was a challenge, but it came out pretty "well".

My hubby, who's my best critic, wasn't too keen on the colors of the tulips, but I wanted to try different shades and I know tulips grow in a variety of colors. For those viewers that want to know the colors I used for the copper, I used E2, E8, E9, E39 and a blend of the last two colors.

Have a wonderful day, and check in again soon.

Monday, April 2, 2012


Good morning, all. I've been meaning to get back to this blog, but life sometimes gets in the way. 

Our waterheater sprung a leak on Saturday, so we've been without hot water for a bit. The plumber is here as I type this, so we should be fine later today.

Outside of this, it was a quiet weekend here. I worked on a few cards, trying to get a stash going as we are having another "craft" fair in our community in the fall. I did quite well with the last one, so am looking forward to another.

The card I'm posting today was made using an INKADINKADO clear stamp set I'd purchased some time ago along with some paper I've had for a couple of years. I'm pleased with the results and hope you like the card too.

You all have a wonderful day and I'll be back soon.