Monday, March 2, 2015

Baby Scrapbook Pages

 My daughter is going to have a baby girl.
She is a very busy woman and does not have 
the time or the product to make a scrapbook 
for her baby.
So mom and grandma (to be) to the rescue.
Here are the first five pages.
 I have used die cuts, punches and
die cut images from Cricut's Stork's Delivery cartridge.
 The paper are from K & Company.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Car Cards

 I have these dies from Marianne.
They are a lot of fun.
 The word dies are from Cheery Lynn Designs.
The map papers are from a Paper Studio mat stack.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Thank You Card

I began with a plain white card base.
The pink is polished stone, which always looks
better in person.  It is layered over black
and that is cut to a narrow border using my 
layering rulers. 
The thank you is cut from black card stock
using a Cheery Lynn Designs die.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Puppy Update

Now 9 weeks old and getting busier by the day.
They now prefer to do their business outside.
Available for adoption.
Have had their first parvo shot.
On puppy chow and relatively pad trained.
That means their nose might be over the pad 
but their rear ends may not.
But at least they have the general idea.

Things they have learned -
munching on the cats tail is dangerous
howling gets dad up
Pixie (the mother) can get very cranky if you chew on her tail
stairs are not as hard as we first thought
BUT the up part of stairs is way easier than the down part
snow is fun 

Male Birthday Card

It's perfect for my Harley riding brother-in-law.
The motorcycle die is from Marianne and the
phrase from Cheery Lynn Designs.
I love the Cheery Lynn word dies.
The happy and birthday have to be ordered separately,
BUT each word or phrase come in two sizes.
The words here are the small size.

The map paper is from Paper Studio's
Uncharted mat stack.
I did some heavy sponging around the edges.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Over Run

When I got up this  morning I happened to glance out
the sliding glass doors to the snow covered wheat field
that is about 1/2 mile south of our house.
It was covered with ELK.
They are vermin, rats of the hill country.
My estimated count it around 66 head, give or take a few.
These nasty creatures are devastating out wheat field.  
They paw through the snow and literally dig out the
wheat plants and eat them.
Deer will merely paw through the
snow and nibble off the top of the wheat plant.
We are in no way compensated for feeding these unwanted
elk through the winter and are not even given ONE
hunting permit so we at least have some meat.
They are Game and Parks elk so Game and Parks
should feed them.
OK, rant over.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Quick Birthday Card

 The card base was die cut using Sizzix Movers & Shapers L
Diamond Flip It.
This is a thick die, not the thin wafer that I usually use.
The finished card is 5 x 5 inches.
 Above is the card partially unfolded
using the front view.
This view (above) shows the flip side of the diamond
where I would write my greeting.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Little Card, Big Thanks 2

Well here it is.  I said I was going to try this
and it's "okay".  
Nothing I am wild about.
I think I like the white and yellow better.
It would probably be good for a man.
What do you all think of it?

Little Card, Big Thanks

 Same basic design, just different colors
and different Washi tape.
 The center card is a cream base while the top and bottom
cards a white.
I used a different embossing folder
with each card.
I do like the washi tape in the horizontal
better than the vertical.
The square that the Washi tape is wrapped around
is thick cardboard.
The phrase is raised with my usual
flat pieces of paper egg cartons.
While I am not a big fan of bright yellow,
I just love the yellow card.
Next I want to try some with the phrase
printed on kraft paper card stock.
Still working on the particulars of that one.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oh Baby!

Well, much to my shock, I am going to be a grandma.
Our daughter announced the first of August that
she was expecting.  This is a much desired and
planned for baby.  She is 37 and our unwed son
is 41, so we never expected to be grandparents.

Above is the quilt that I have been working of for the last month.
Had to take my trusty 39 year old Bernina 830 Record
to be cleaned as I had moved my sewing room to the basement
and then discovered that I absolutely hated working in the basement.
My son and husband helped me move the
oak sewing cabinet up to a spare bedroom.  I have been 
sewing like a maniac for the past month
with several other projects rattling
around in my mind.
(not all of them baby either)

I found these panels at Pat's Creative.  This is an amazing
quilt store that is way way out in the boonies.
There was no sample sheet, just the large panel
and the six little ones.  I spent nights pondering
just exactly how to make the perfect
little girl baby quilt.  
Forgot to mention this baby is
a girl, due the end of February.

My Life?

So in the middle of October we had this little doggie show
up at our place in the middle of the night.  
Now you have to realize that we are 20 miles from the
closest town and 6 miles from an oil road.
Our house half a mile off the gravel county road and
we do NOT have a yard light on at night.  
If you are out on this lonesome road in the middle
of the night we don't want you to know
that there is even a place here.
Pixie came through the cattle panel dog yard fence (she is
very slender) at 11:30 pm when my husband let the
Scottish Terrier, MacDuff out for his final potty break
of the day.

Pixie immediately began to "fatten" up and 
four weeks after her arrival had four puppies. 
One of them died shortly after birth, but
the rest as of today are double the size shown in last 
weeks picture.  They are keeping my husband
up at night and we have had to find somewhere 
to keep them with higher sides than the original box.
We don't want to have to crawl under the bed
to dig the little rascals out.  In about four to six weeks
the two males and one female will be up for adoption.
And shortly after that Pixie will be spayed.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 5

A black card base.
Now add an image cut using Cricut's Inspired Hearts.
Place the image on brushed silver gift wrap.
Very simple, very elegant.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 4

Green sponging around the edge of the card base.
The snowflake embossing folder layer was cut to
4 x 5.25 inches and the edges were sponged with green.
I used a Spellbinders ornament die in three different sizes.
They are raised over the card using the flat portions of
paper egg cartons to create the 3-d look.
The oval has been cut out of the center of the largest
ornament.  I used the ovals to cut the very narrow
dark green oval the frames the word.
The word has been embossed with fine line gold.

I love the design, but will not be making very many of them.
The design is very intricate and time consuming.
As I have orders for seven dozen Christmas cards
they are going to have to be a little easier to produce.

Christmas Cards Part 3

 The phrase is from Cricut's Beyond Birthdays cartridge.
Snowflakes are Spellbinders.
The bottom care is not black, but burgundy.
The snowflake layer and the colored layer under it are
raised using the flat portions of paper egg cartons.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 2

The phrase stamp is by My Sentiments Exactly.
The pine bough stamp is from Hero Arts.

The phrase is stamped in Ranger Archival Jet Black,
trimmed and the pine bough stamped over the
words with Ranger Distressed Ink Sage.
The edges were then sponged with
Ranger Archival Coffee and layered over
a shiny gold gift wrap that had been spray
glued to light weight card stock.
I trimmed it to a narrow border,
using my trusty layering rulers.
I attached pieces from flat parts
of a paper egg carton to give the 3-d look.

The plaid strip is washie tape over the same gold
gift wrap as was used under the phrase.

The card base also had the edges sponged with
the coffee ink.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas Cards Part 1

The beginning of several designs.
This one is not going to be in the final designs.
There is just something about it that does not
do it for me.  
I am not saying that I don't like it, I just have
other designs that I like a lot more.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Elk Silhouette

A little faux snake skin, couple strands of
Cheery Lynn Designs barbwire 
and an elk die from Cricut Wildlife.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Bronc Rider

 Images are by Rubber Stamp Avenue, stamped in
Versa Mark and heat embossed with fine line copper powder.
Barbwire is a die from Cheery Lynn designs.
There is a faux snake skin strip towards the 
bottom which adds a real western/man flair.
The phrase is computer generated and is
the cowboy point of view.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


A simple western card.
The boots stamp is from Kitchen Sink.
The labels are from Spellbinders.
The mesh grid and the barbwire
are from Cheery Lynn Designs.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Chalked Embossing Folders

 I will tell you that I much much much
They go on so smooth and even.
Much easier to work with than the regular chalks.