Friday, April 26, 2019

Get Well

I made a card for a friend who had surgery on Thursday.

Love Penny Black stamps and Distress Oxide Inks!

Adding this to Simonsaysstamp Wednesday challenge. Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by!

Scrapping and painting

It has been a busy week. I have been subbing at school for lunch room duties, recess and even a little class room time. The school is 1/2 mile away so I always walk there and back getting some steps in.

I have been scrapping! Trying to get more done before I head out for the birth of my grandson. My granddaughter turned 2 on April 1, so no shortage of photos!

She has been taking art classes for about 9 months and she LOVES them. Last week they colored these cat masks and when we facetimed all she would say was MEOW. Over and over. It was too funny.

I created a layout using many of the items they work with including paint, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stencils, etc. 

I also completed two more alphabet cards!

Slowly getting closer to the end!

Adding this to Paintpartyfriday. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! They are talking about snow! here in Michigan. So not spring like:(

Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday - works in progress

I have spent time this week playing with watercolor cards. My next show/sale isn't until August which seems far away but with a new grandson coming May 6 my time will be limited. That is because he lives across the country so I will be making trips!

 These are all in progress. I have trouble waiting for watercolors to dry before going on. I managed to get around this by having several pieces going at once. Trying to get a mix of designs.

Thank you for stopping today! I appreciate your kind words. Also appreciate any critiques!!

Happy Easter!

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday. I love the inspiration there.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thank you

Still working on watercolor flower cards!

Watercolor play! 

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

You Shine

I received a collection of Photo Play's Belle Fleur paper and accompanying stamps, dies, die cuts, etc.

This  12 x 12 collection package is just darling! In addition to 2 pieces of each paper there are stickers. Such pretty florals, polka dots and even journal cards.

I needed to make a thank you card so used the dress die with pattern paper. I decided to add an overlay of vellum. Here is the finished card.

I just love how it turned out. I added a gold thread as a bow and tied one around the card.

The supplies are used are available at
Here are the links 

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Photoplay Belle Fleur Collection

Photo Play Paper - Belle Fleur Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Pack

PhotoPlay Belle Fleur Collection Dies

Photo Play Paper - Belle Fleur Collection - Die Set

I would encourage you to hop over to!

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Thank You

Today I am sharing a simple card I made. I painted the background scene and used Altenew Stamps for the vase and flowers. 

Adding this to Simons Says Wednesday Challenge - no designer paper.

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I am back

I was off visiting my granddaughter for her second birthday! Such a fun time. What better way to celebrate than to give her tap shoes! She had fallen in love with them during a movement class where they got to try them. Now she has her own.

When I am with Lauren I do not get much of anything creative done. By the time she goes to sleep, I am ready for sleep!

But, now that I am home I was able to play again. I had seen something like this on Pinterest and wanted to try. Mine has some issues but I am sharing anyway. I have so much to learn with watercolors and again, mostly it is about patience!

Adding this to PaintPartyFriday! Such amazing inspiration there! 

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words!!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Glue Stamps

I have a fun project over on the Helmar blog this week. '
I made glue stamps!

I had so much fun creating a pattern on a piece of cardboard which I then traced with a thick bead of glue. Once dry, I applied distress oxides, misted and then created prints. I had such fun!

Head on over there for the full details!

Thanks so much for visiting!!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Postcards to Lauren

I have been working my way through the alphabet and sending a series of postcards to my 23 month old granddaughter. i include an animal along with the Letter and the word. Here are two of my latest.

I am using watercolors and some pen for doodling. Once I have completed them all we will put them on a ring or in an album so she can work with them to learn her letters. 

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday!

Be sure to stop over there and see all of the wonderful works shared by artists!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Design Team Call

For those who may be interested, Helmar is having a design team call!

Helmar is an Australian owned business who distribute their products to different parts of the world. Helmar is a recognized market leader of adhesives, aerosol and chemical products. We are looking for new creative team members to promote our amazing Craft & Hobby products. If you’d like to be a part of one of the most creative and easy going design teams out there, while showcasing Helmar products and your talent, this call is for you!!!
We are looking for dedicated creative design team members who work well with deadlines and guidelines.            
Positions on the Helmar Creative Team are for a 6 month term beginning April 1st, 2019.
As a member of the Helmar Creative Team you will…
Receive a generous amount of Helmar products!

The possibility of a selection of products from our generous Preferred Partners throughout your term.
Now what does it take to be a part of the Helmar Team? Here are your responsibilities:
1-2 projects per month consisting of posts on the Helmar blog, your personal blog, sharing on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Keeping your personal blog and Facebook page up to date and linking and promoting Helmar products at every opportunity!
If you are interested in being part of the Helmar Creative team, please email the following information to 
  • Name, address, daytime/evening phone number and email address.
  • Short biography.
  • Links to your online galleries, blogs, Facebook and other social media platforms.
  • List other teams you are now on or have previously been on.
  • A brief paragraph explaining what special attributes you will be bringing to the Helmar Creative Team.
  • Two examples that will best showcase your work. Please ensure file sizes are not overly large or small, nothing over 1mb. Examples could be your Papercrafts, altered art, mixed media, craft projects, kid’s projects, home dΓ©cor, etc. Make sure to list any special techniques you’ve used using adhesives.
Please submit your application to by Friday 22nd March 2019.
No late submissions will be accepted.
 The new Helmar Design Team will be announced by the April 1st, 2019.
At this time we are only accepting applications from Australia and United States.
We look forward to seeing your applications!!

I have had the pleasure of being on this team for the past several years! It is a wonderful and creative team to be a part of! 

Please consider it or pass this along to someone else who may be qualified. 


Friday, March 15, 2019

Letter to mom

It has been  a cold and terrible winter in Michigan which means I have not been able to get up north to visit my mom in the nursing home.

So today I dropper her a card in the mail. I was in the habit of doing that last fall, but kind of got sidetracked during the holidays. I want to get back to this.

I love the effect I got with the watercolors running and have plans to make more cards like this!

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday  who is celebrating Year 9!! I encourage you to head over there and visit the blogs of the very artistic people who share their works!

Thank you for visiting! Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thank you

A quick thank you car using DCWV Autumn Chill stack

Loved this sketch  which I rotated. 

Adding this  to TGIFc202

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Monday, March 11, 2019

4th Joy

Back to scrapping again! Last year's 4th of July ensemble:)

I used this sketch from SketchesinThyme

Also Adding this to CSI Case #276

Both of these provided me with wonderful inspiration!

Thank you for visiting and for your kind words!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Finish it Friday

I am back from visiting my granddaughter - yes again:):)

I had a pile of unfinished cards and pieces so my goal was to work on finishing them!

Most are cards that just need some finishing touches or doodling.

I don't have another art show for a couple of months so I have time to add to my inventory but it was nice to get this pile taken care of! 

Adding this to PaintpartyFriday. Please be sure to visit all the wonderful artists over there!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Did you know has classes??? And many of them are free!!

 Vicki Boutin has one! Go check it out here!

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I have enjoyed many of these classes and hope you do too!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Thank you

I had so much fun with the Altenew Striped Florals Stamp! I wanted to create a simple thank you card and in looking at the stamps I envisioned one of the flowers as a vase.

Here is my card!

I created a window scene for my vase of flowers! Unfortunately it is snowing outside of my window right now, but I am dreaming of spring flowers.

I am adding this to the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge.

The supplies are used are available at
Here are the links 

(*This blogpost contains affiliate links for products I use and love. Compensated affiliate links present no additional cost to you.  If you buy  through my affiliate link, I’ll earn some money which will help keep me going and create more projects for you πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support!)

Altenew - Clear Photopolymer Stamps - Striped Florals

Altenew - Striped Florals

Canvas Corp - Ken Oliver - Water Media Collection - Greeting Cards with Envelopes - Stitched
Ken Oliver Water Media Collection Greeting Cards

Thank you for visiting! I really enjoyed the simplicity of this and look forward to using this stamp set much more in the future.

Monday, March 4, 2019


Been busy making some thank you cards. Here is a mixed media one starring Stamplorations Stencils and Stamps!

I have a watercolor saran wrap background. I added stenciled leaves and leaves using modeling paste. I cut the bird out of pattern paper and added a tree.

Adding this to SimonsSaysAnythingGoes challenge!

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your visiting and kind words!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

1st Snow

While visiting us in Michigan in November, my granddaughter was able to explore her first snow. She did not care that she was so bundled up that she could barely move. She enjoyed walking in it, touching it and writing in it.

I used this sketch from SketchnScrap

I will have a suitcase filled with layouts to take to Lauren when I go there next week!

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, February 15, 2019


During over Christmas visit, we took our granddaughter to Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo. My daughter knew they had photos with reindeer so we headed out to that. Luckily there was no line and they were able to visit Frosty. This photo is very dark because it was at night. I might try to get the larger one my daughter kept and swap them out.

Sketch from Let'sGetSketchy

Thank you for visiting! I am chugging right along on these layouts fro my granddaughter! 

I appreciate your kind words!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

St. Nicholas

Lauren's first visit with Santa went about as planned. She wanted nothing to do with him. Santa told her mom to just put her down and run but Jen would not do that. So family photo it is!

I used this sketch from SketchesinThyme

Feb 1 Sketch #359

The Graphic 45 St. nicholas papers worked perfectly!

Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Black and White and Red All Over

Last year's valentine's day outfit for my granddaughter.

I added the pink stripes to the background paper.

Adding this to Simonsays Wednesday Challenge black and white and one color. I might have closer to 2 colors:)

Thank you for visiting!

St Patrick's Day

As a grandmother, I fee it is my duty to outfit my granddaughter in an outfit for every holiday! Last year for St. Patrick's Day I found this cute shirt!

I have been saving these shamrock stickers for years and finally found the perfect time to use them!

Adding this to SimonSays Work it Wednesday! The challenge is to use green and gold!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, almost.

I am up over at the Helmar blog today with a fun home decor project I made for my mom. She is in a nursing home and table space is at a premium. So I made something for her to hang on the wall.


Please hop on over there to get all the details!

Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

So glad to be back

What a week it has been. Wednesday we woke to ice covering everything.

We hunkered down and hoped it would soon melt. Sadly Thursday was still the same.

Our son called to stay their power was out and headed to our house. Before they arrived, our power went out too. Luckily we have a fireplace in our family room but with temps in the single digits it was difficult to keep even that room warm. My son ended up getting his power back so they headed home. We stayed at our house and by morning temps in the house were in the low 50s. 

We gave up and went to his house, where we have been until late last night when our power came back on. Temps in the house were low 40s inside  but we were happy to get back home. 

I had been reworking that watercolor board I had started. Here is the progress. 

It is coming along. 

Better late than never, I am adding this to PaintPartyFriday.

Be sure to stop over there for wonderful inspiration!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Thank you

A thank you card trying out some new paints.

Late to the party but adding this to Paint Party Friday

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Thursday, January 31, 2019


Being one the millions of people who have been hit with this Polar Vortex, I have only left the house once since Saturday. So to keep busy I am scrapping. I should be cleaning but I will get to that today or tomorrow.

My 21 month old granddaughter has classes every day of the week. Her mom stays home with her so this is her chance to socialize and learn other activities!

I shared that Monday is swim. Tuesday is dance and Wednesday is art.

Dance has turned out to be not as much dance as we hoped but Lauren loves the activities and enjoys wearing her leotard which I had to get for her:)

Art is a wonderful class. The teacher has them working with paint, clay, slime and more. They complete 3 - 4 projects a week. I just adore the aprons! I even made a portfolio and included photos of her art work.

Adding these to Simon Says Stamp Blog Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words! I appreciate them and thank you for letting me share about my granddaughter!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


I am beginning a series layouts of my granddaughter's daily activities. On Mondays she attends swimming classes.

She is pretty proficient at jumping in and swimming to the wall but is not a fan of floating quietly on her back for 10 seconds. She is a very active kiddo so this is torture for her. She has a very patient teacher.

The supplies are used are available at
Here are the links 
(*This blogpost contains affiliate links for products I use and love. Compensated affiliate links present no additional cost to you.  If you buy  through my affiliate link, I’ll earn some money which will help keep me going and create more projects for you πŸ™‚ Thank you for your support!)

BoBunny - Down By The Sea Collection - 12 x 12 Double Sided Paper - Mystical

Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Ink Pads - Wild Honey

Thank you for visiting. Stay tuned for the rest of her weekly classes. She is a busy girl:)

Get Well

I made a card for a friend who had surgery on Thursday. Love Penny Black stamps and Distress Oxide Inks! Adding this to Simonsaysstam...