Monday, August 31, 2009

Surprise Gail, I did blog!!

This was a simple card, but I really liked the way it turned out. I made it with my friend Chris in mind as dragonflies are special to us. Hope she likes it.

And yes, Gail, I did blog and you have two posts to look at ;-)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Yes, I'm back!

Hard to believe I know! This has been a hard summer for me to keep up with things. I was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma in April and have been going through aggressive chemotherapy and am ready now for an autologous stem cell transplant. I haven't been working on cards as much as usual and it was difficult to find something cheery to say in a blog. Now that I'm getting closer to getting through this, I'll try to do a little better. I go back in the hospital September 9th for my last chemotherapy and the transplant. It will be a long stay - 3 1/2 to 4 weeks, but I so want to get it over with.

This card is one I made to send to my neighbor who has been taking care of my pampered poodles while I've been in the hospital. I love the pleated technique on the bottom of the card. See splitcoaststampers for directions. Thanks for checking in.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Baby Card

A friend wanted me to help her make a baby card. We used one of Tori Wild's cards for inspiration and varied it a little. I love Tori's work! Anyway we had a fun afternoon making this card.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Sorry it has been so long since I have posted. I have been in and out of the hospital a couple of times and am dealing with some issues. I like to keep my blog updated, but somehow it just hasn't happened. This card is a cute birthday card that I made a while back. I like to have a couple of these on hand so I don't find myself without a b-day card when I need it ;-) Thanks to my loyal followers who continue to check in even when I'm slacking. I'll try to do better.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beautiful Sunday!

Hubby and I have been to Bloomington today for a graduation party for my college roommate's daughter. It was a beautiful day for it and a great time to catch up with my old friends. Now we're home and I'm thinking about doing a little stamping. This birthday card is one I did for my daughter. My inspiration was probably from Tori again; she has the greatest ideas! ;-) I see somebody from Rushville IL has visited my blog; now who is it?! No fair visiting and not commenting. Hope you all have a great week.

Friday, May 22, 2009


I've had this card made for awhile. I often color way too much and don't get cards made with my images~ oh, well! It's alumni weekend here so the ole town is hoppin'.
It's a beautiful day, so I imagine everyone will have a great time. We don't have any big plans but it's fun to see everyone in town. Hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I Know; I've been MIA

It's been way too long! I know how upset I get when my favorite bloggers don't post daily!! And...I'm doing good to post monthly! We've been to Arkansas for a visit and things have been hectic here, but that's no excuse ;-) I forgot about this card. I raised the wagon on dimensionals which made it really cute. I love these little girls! CC Designs and Whipper Snapper are such great stamps. I wait every month to see what they have new coming out. I did get my new air compressor for my Copics and love it! Most of the cards I'm making now have air brushing incorporated into them ;-)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Where does the time go?!

I need to keep my blog more current....especially when I have a few followers (thanks Sue, carddoodles, and Gail!) It's so much more fun when you have visitors to your blog! I've been stamping quite a bit this week but don't have the cards finished yet. I love to stamp and color and then I procrastinate about finishing up the cards.

I love these little monkeys; I think they make a great birthday card for either a man or a woman. It's always nice to have a few birthday cards made up. Kristen does a good job of keeping mine depleted ;-) Anyway, thanks for stopping bye. I love to hear from you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

This year's Easter card

After posting last year's card, I felt so guily that I hadn't made any for this year that I went downstairs and made one card. I'm definitely not going to have all the cards to send out that I usually do, but oh well. I'm also working on another card that I cased from Tori Wild's blog. I'll post a picture of it when it's finished. Enjoy your week and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Will last year's card do?

I just haven't been able to get much stamping time in lately. It's looking like I might not get Easter cards made this year. I did find this card that I made last year at Easter time. I want to try out a few new stamps I have, so hopefully I'll drag myself downstairs sometime soon. My friend Gail is coming home Thursday so that usually motivates me to stamp when I have company ;-) It's nice here today and I am so looking forward to getting out to golf. We have the golf cart at home right now, but should have it in working order soon. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Las Vegas

No card to share today but thought I would post a picture from our Las Vegas trip. We were only gone from Saturday through Tuesday night, but I feel like I walked miles and miles. We had a great time! The last time John and I were in Vegas was probably 20 years ago; boy has it changed! In the picture with me is my daughter Kristen and her boyfriend, Brandon.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Seems like forever!

It really does seem like forever since I've blogged! Life gets in the way sometimes and it's been so hectic here. We are all taking turns with a bad cold at our house and I few awful right now, but hopefully it will clear up in a couple of days. We are getting ready for a trip to Las Vegas! Woo hoo! Can't wait. I'm sure I'm going to come back much richer. Ok - it's alright to dream, right?! ;-) One of the poodles had to go to the vet yesterday with a sore on her leg. Seems she caused it herself by licking her leg; a habit she has developed.

This card is one I did a long time ago but thought I'd add a little eye candy. If I don't post something, you all won't come visit my blog anymore and I'd hate that. I expect a daily entry on alot of the blogs I visit. I know...I don't ask for much.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Birthday fishes!

I just wiped out my whole post! I swear, if it can be done; I'll do it. How annoying :-( This is a card I made awhile back. Thank goodness I have some cards made up in reserve. My mojo has gone on a leave of absence and I need for it to return. I did work a little today on my St. Patrick's cards; they are coming along.
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Get well wishes

Sympathy cards and get well cards are probably my least favorite to make. However, this card was simple and fun! Love all the images from this Hannah set. See the get well card on a previous post with the girl in bed; this is the same set. The images are so cute and fun to color ;-) I'm also enjoying making the small cards with the spellbinders dies. Can't wait to see the new ones. Leave me a comment....I get to feeling like I'm talking to myself.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Mojo Monday - Week 76

Can you believe it? Two posts in one day! This card is for Mojo Monday - Week 76. The image is from a Hannah Stamps set. The image is up on dimensionals. Click on the image for a close-up view. Thanks.

Dreary old Tuesday!

This is a card I came across in a drawer. I had alot of cards made up but haven't photographed them (pre blog days) I decided it would be nice to have a little stash that I can post when I don't have a new card ready to go, so I got busy with my camera ;-) I used microbeads on the footprints which really made the card. My stamping buddy is back in Arkansas so I don't get as much stamping in now. Darn!...Sure do miss her. Looks like a good TV night tonight with Idol and Biggest Loser and I guess there is more about the Bachelor. What did you think of last night's episode? wow....

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Get Well Card

I wanted to share the card I made for my daughter, Kristen to give to a friend of hers who is having her gallbladder removed. She is also newly engaged so notice the bling ;-) This stamp set is from Hannah Stamps and I used Copic markers to color it. Something I just started doing......pick the designer paper I want to use so I can get a color combo for the picture. Something so simple.....yet, I never thought of doing that. Makes it really easy to color that way and I like the look of the coorindated effect.

I went to Springfield today and had to stop at Michael's and Hobby Lobby. I found some new punches....edge and small punches that looked interesting to me. After trying them out, I know I'll be back with some of my 40% off coupons to stock up on more. These were at Michael's and are by EK Success. The edge punch I got had a moon and other figures that looked like they would be cute for a baby card. The small punch was a photo corner punch (small size with scalloped edges) which is so cute! I feel like I must enable some of you since Tori is always enabling me!! :-) Another border punch that was really cute had birthday candles all along it. Got to have it. Ok, that's enough for today. Run, don't walk to Michael's.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #56

Here is another card for Taylor's cupcake challenge. I've enjoyed participating in her challenges and just keep coming back. I used crystal effects on the fish bowl and stitched around the layers. Click on the image for a close-up view.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to Terri!

Tuesday was Terri's birthday....hope it was a good one! This is a stamp from Hobby Lobby colored with Copic markers. I was in the mood to sew and thought that added to the card. I just got some stamps & fonts from Just Rite Stampers. I have been playing with those and have decided they were definitely worth the money. So nice to run across a product that exceeds my expectations~ I will share a card with those soon. I made some simple monogramed cards last night. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #55

Here is my card for Taylor's cupcake challenge. Nothing like finishing up at 1:00 am! I had noticed where several people had said that this was a difficult challenge. I didn't think it looked that bad until I started working on it. It was harder than it looked...

I tried out my Copic marker air brush system for the first time. It's fun to use and gives a whole different effect. I probably wouldn't have made the background so dark if my gun hadn't left a dark blob of color. I think it will just take a little practice.

Hubby and I went to Springfield today and I bought a new paper cutter with my Michael's President's Day 50% off coupon. Got it home and it's missing a part so we will have to make a trip back to exchange it. The problem is, this was the last one on the shelf, so hopefully they will get more in soon.

It's about time I head to bed or I won't want to get up tomorrow.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I couldn't share this card until today since I hadn't given it to my friend (who checks my blog regularly. I wouldn't want her to get a sneak peak of her valentine ;-) The paper looked retro to me and I loved the way it coordinated with the image. So much fun, but I'm really tired of making Valentine's cards; how about you. I love them, don't get me wrong, but I start so early on the holidays that I get tired of them by the time they arrive. I've been making a few birthday cards, thank yous, etc before I hit St. Patrick's day with a vengeance. Really I don't make as many St. Pat's cards. Do you have fun plans for Valentine's Day? Would love to hear about them in a comment. We aren't doing anything too exciting. I'm perfectly content to stay tucked inside the warm cozy house when there's snow on the ground and it's gloomy outside. Who knows....maybe stamp a little, that sounds good to me.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Finished with Valentines!

Finally at 2:15 am, I finished up my Valentine cards! I always seem to wait till the last minute to get them in the mail, but they are all ready to go. I've got a few more pictures to share so I will add them over the next couple of days. Have to spread things out to keep it interesting!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mojo Monday 73

This is my submission for the Mojo Monday #73 challenge. I was so ready to do something other than Valentine's cards. I guess now I'll have to go back and finish those so I can get them in the mail tomorrow. Enjoy looking at everyone's submissions; there sure are alot of talented stampers out there!

Monday, February 9, 2009

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #54

Finished this card tonight for Taylor's cupcake challenge. The image is one I found at Hobby Lobby and was fun to color. Love all the little critters and thought it would be a perfect birthday card!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mojo Monday #72

Mojo Monday #72

It's time for the Mojo Monday contest again! This sketch turned out so cute. This card has me so know when everything seems to fall into place? Very seldom does this happen for me, but this card did. Notice the "Be My Honey" in the heart and then the little bee flying by in the cirle punch? How cute is that?!! This was K&Co paper and it just seemed to work. I used dimensionals on the large rectangle and then again on the circle punch and flowers. Thought it needed something else so I added the red crystal dots to finish it off.

If only you could have seen me trying to photograph this card. I was inside and then outside, and back inside again. I always have trouble getting the colors to look right.

I used a Stampin Up stamp set for this card that I have had for a couple of years. When I first used it I was using colored pencils and now I have Copic markers. Does it ever make a difference in the way the coloring looks!

I'll quit jabbering now, but please leave a comment if you visit my site. I love hearing from you ;-)

Monday, January 26, 2009

A Quick Post

Hi on Monday! Hope you all had a good weekend and are all set for another week. I'm anxious to see all the new products that I've seen peeks of from CHA. Here is a card I worked on last night for Valentine's day. Any suggestions for what else it might need?

I had a nice surpise yesterday when I looked at Lauren Meader's blog....I won her birthday card organizer!! First time I have won anything like that. Thanks Lauren.
So, here is the card I made~

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Can finally post this!

I made this card to send as a thank you, so I had to wait until I knew it was received. I haven't made many cards the last couple of weeks. I'd better get my MOJO going so I can get some Valentine's cards made ;-) Did everybody enjoy the weather today? At least in Illinois it was much nicer and a welcome change. Please leave a comment if you visit my site. I love hearing from you.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Card for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #51

This is the first time I have participated in the Taylored Expressions cupcake challenge. I had fun making this card and since I had a cupcake ready to go; that's what I used ;-)

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Monday, January 12, 2009

RAK from Gail!

I received a package from Gail today with the cute RAK card enclosed. She sent me some new paper that has a colored core. I love it! It makes me so happy to have something come in the mail ;-) Thanks, Gail.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Submission for MOJO Monday!

Well now...I finally got this card finished to submit for the MOJO Monday contest. I've never participated in any of these before, so it's new to me! I had fun making this; it's always easier when you don't have to come up with the layout. It amazes me how some of my favorite bloggers post daily. I must really be slow...

Need help

I don't remember how to add something to my sidebar. Can anybody help me? If I change the text it replaces what is already there. HELP!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

It's been awhile . . .

I haven't made any cards for ahwile. I must have been worn out after the Christmas Cards! Today I did get around to making a card using a new set from Whipper Snapper Designs called Hello Neighbor. I love their stamps. It's been a boring day here. I haven't felt the best so we just stayed home all day. I did get alot done so that's good. I've been trying to record CDs from old VHS movies. I finally got one to work. I've had quite a time getting it going and it was supposed to be SO EASY. You know how that goes.