Friday, December 4, 2015

Thanks Snow Much

   I saw this sketch and thought it fit perfectly for an idea I wanted to try:
   Here's the inspiration for the colors I clipped from a catalog:
   Got out my trusty Hero Arts Shadow stamp and began stamping; masked portions of Hero sentiments, and, "There you go!" [as the dad in My Big Fat Greek Wedding exclaims] 
   Are you going to put your own stamp on this CAS(E) challenge? Enjoy--there are some terrific samples from the website's design team, and I'll bet some of you will contribute some fun ideas too. Make it a great day everyone!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Notice a Theme?

   I found a theme and made a whole set of know how we get on a roll as card makers. When I find a design I like I try to make a few extras in different colors for variations. Usually I end up sending them all out soon, but sometimes I can save one or two to use later on. These I ended up putting together to be part of a gift set. [Surprise mom!] 
Trying to catch up on posting some things after the Thanksgiving holiday and a little road trip. More snippets of autumn tomorrow before I dive into Christmas cards! Be well friends and hug your loved ones extra today.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Cozy Cards

   It all started with a picture of a cozy hat in the Sundance catalog...

   I had an absolute blast making a whole set of cards to give as a hostess gift for my mom-in-law. Here are the other variations I whipped up:

   There are a few more up my sleeve, and they'll have to wait after the holiday week! Be well friends--may you enjoy the certainty of friends and family in these wary times; love and laughter I send your way.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Highest Delights

   Stamping and counting my blessings and friendships--both high delights in my book. Experimenting with color combinations using some older Hero Arts images. The sentiment stands the test of time just like my collection of friends all around the world.          
   Hope you find something that makes you smile today.

Monday, November 16, 2015


   Sharing a design for Thanksgiving holiday. Love love these Papertrey Ink Vintage Linens images. Counting my blessings. Be well friends.

Friday, October 30, 2015

New and Old

   I was inspired this morning after watching Shari Carroll's video here to get out and play with some Distress Inks--and a new stamp set from WPlus9. Great post on Simon Says Stamp blog with several ideas for color combinations. I created a single card panel, cut it in two and had a great pair of cards to send out autumn greetings. Thanks to Shari for 'shari'ng this stunning color combo of Peeled Paint, Broken China, and Walnut Stain. 
   I had so much fun that I even made something out of my practice sheet--this little poster for my daughter. The passage is quoted from one of my favorite sites, Goodreads. Love this stamp set which has both solid and outline images. Lots of possibilities, and I love the scale of the images. 
   I keep forgetting how much I enjoy working with Distress Inks! How about you?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Explore Nature--Fall Style

   Exploring a new stamp set during my favorite season of the year. Doesn't get much better, unless it's actually getting outside--which we did a lot of this past weekend. Nothing like nature to get your creative ideas flowing.
   The card I made today used the Simon Says Stamp "One with Nature" set. The colors were inspired by our recent travels out west seeing the powdery, dry yellow of some of the aspens. We could tell the weather must have been a factor in subduing the usually bright golden color in some of the places we saw. 
   You might want to join the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group challenge Falling for Fall along with me. Check out the rules and put your own stamp on it!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Inside and Outside the Lines

   I just got some new stamps from Simon Says Stamp...loved this set the second I saw it! This is the first of many cards I'll enjoy creating with it. Thought it fit right in with Virginia's View Challenge:
    It's all about coloring! One of my absolute favorite things to do of all time ever since I can remember. I was always a neat nick--staying inside the lines--but now that I'm a grown-up I like to break the 'rules' so I colored inside the lines with marker and outside with watercolor. I didn't pay any attention to making anything look even and I like the way it turned out. It was so relaxing and when I was done I had a fun card to send my daughter to washi tape up on her dorm room wall. Can't wait to do some more coloring--and you can join Virginia's challenge too! How will you put your own stamp on it?

Thursday, October 8, 2015


   I'm enjoying some sunshine and having something I envisioned creating materializing the way I thought it would. I had fun creating a background pattern with some older texture shadow stamps from Hero Arts that simulate various paper surfaces. I discovered how the overlapping textures created their own interest.
   I used one of my favorite word sets--also by Hero Arts--to stamp the sentiment. Fall is my favorite time of year and I was feeling nostalgic in using the colors here...they remind me of picture books I read as a child. The trees are from Stampin' Up!
   What are you enjoying today?

Friday, October 2, 2015

Therapeutic Coloring

   Thinking about a lot of things lately. It was some good therapy to just think about tracing these embossed letters with a paintbrush and interesting training for my hand to produce the different lines and thicknesses. I've tried this idea of coloring embossed areas before and it produced one of my favorite cards. Be well friends and laugh at least once before you go to bed tonight!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Little Color...

   Usually when we reference 'a little color' at our house we mean fall leaf color--like this scene I snapped on the hike around Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons a couple of weeks ago. The gloomy weather--and not being able to actually see the Tetons--actually served to accentuate the golden hues of the aspens, and contrast with the evergreens. It also was a beautiful landscape for the nose...fir, spruce, and moist leaves mixing with the rain and damp earth. I kept telling my son, "The mountains are right there--across the lake--we just can't see them!" Oh well. We saw what we saw when we could see it.
   As for the second reference to a little color for this post: Kathy over at The Daily Marker blog is hosting a 30-day coloring challenge to color something every day of October! What a fun idea, so that's what I am going to try to do! Here's today's project:
   It's a small [2" x 3"] woodblock image that I wanted to try a coloring technique on. Out west, I saw a lot of beautiful prints with very thick black lines filled with bright colors. I prefer bright and deep hues, so the style really spoke to me. I'll be experimenting with it a bit more--this one's actually just a dummy sheet; I plan to black emboss the image to give it even more contrast. This was fun practice :) 
   Maybe you'll enjoy putting your own stamp on this idea too. And what better way to keep busy while the weather might be howling outside?!
   Hopefully the impending hurricane won't give us too much trouble; but it's been pouring for a few days now and more rain will only bring more problems. Good luck to everyone in the path of Joaquin!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bb is for...

   Back! Sorry about the hiatus. We had a chance to take a quick trip out to see dd/sister out west, and we took it. With our four big dogs [two of which do not enjoy strangers or strange situations] we have to strike when dad's schedule has him home. My son doesn't remember much about living out west, and the last time I saw my favorite place--Grand Tetons--was when I was pregnant with him.
   We did a combination of flying and driving a rental car through 4 states; saw Yellowstone, and visited dd's college in Montana. It was a great time and I was inspired by the vistas and the galleries filled with western art everywhere we travelled. I'm anxious to get creating and putting my own stamp on some of my favorite ideas! We were even graced with some fall color in the mountains, and fabulous weather for most of the trip. Fall in the American west is just really like nowhere else.
   In the meantime, here's something I did before we left...simple inchie card for dd with some washi tape.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Random Wish

a happy thought
Sometimes it's the simple things in a graphic image, some neutral colors, a little texture, and a universal message. Enjoy your weekend wherever you are.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Light

   Used a little water color pencil to make this for a special friend. Sending a friendly hello out to anyone reading this...

Friday, August 28, 2015

Different Every Day


 I think I should revisit some Lewis Carroll books. We change moment to moment on levels felt/unfelt, and seen/unseen.... Kind of deep to think about it too much. 
   So I'll just comment on the stamping here: book sentiments from Papertrey Ink, and shapes from Hero Arts. I enjoy having lots of these geometric/graphic elements at my disposal as they can be used to fit any current style of design. These are actually fairly old images, yet by using 'in style' colors and techniques, they look fresh and 'now.' 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Travel Notable

notable front 
   Just finished this project for daughter's best friend heading off to college. I have to say this is right up there with favorite things I've ever made. I love to collect images of old travel posters and such. It's nice to print them out and use them together for some unique notes. 
   Inside the notable there is a pocket and a jr. legal pad tablet. These are the cards I made to match and tuck in the pocket.
showing notable cover with adhesive strips before attaching to back of legal pad
   In case you missed my post on how to make a notable, no worries--you can catch up here.   It's a perfect time to make a back-to-school gift for someone--even yourself! 
Be well friends.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Half Birthday

   I've talked about having a half-birthday for my son for the last 15 years, and I finally got around to actually following through. We gave him a surprise party in July since his actual birthday gets overwhelmed by the Christmas holidays. It was lots of fun, and he enjoyed his half-sized, half-birthday card too.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It Goes So Fast...

   Our girl [really a young woman...] has come and gone for the all-too-short summer. She's headed back to university and all its many opportunities. Seems like only yesterday I was at my studio desk making these spring cards...which I never got around to posting...and my girl was a tree-hugging [literally] toddler. She's always been my sunshine. Fair winds cherished one. See you soon.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

We ARE Having Fun!

   My sis is a real peach. She works as an editor and is in the middle of a huge deadline--which means she's pretty much working all the time with an occasional nap to recharge. This little penguin is my homage to her…she's a penguin-kind of gal in general, and I just love that she can look away from her work once in a while and think of herself dancing in a grass skirt on some Maui beach.
   She has some really cool ideas…like signing up with a fun company called Bark Box when she knew her little mini aussie shepherd would need something to keep her going during deadline. While she was at it, she signed me up too. My mob of four big rescues now looks forward to Bark Box day too. I have to say we've had three now and the quality of items from this company is awesome. We just had to share how much fun we're having, and a little thank you card we made for our 'Auntie:'
   You'll notice I recycled the liner paper from the Bark Box--theme "Garden Pawty," and used a speech bubble die to cut a fun little window. Inside are four different Thank You variations for each dog…they all wanted to express their gratitude. And if you're looking for a little fun for your pampered pets…check out this clever company!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunny Hello

   Enjoying the sunshine…wishing a happy hello to anyone reading today. This card is a total take off this beauty by Heather Telford.  I love pinning to my "Cards to CASE" board. When I see something that reflects my style and the stamps I have already, I Pin it and have instant inspiration when I'm in a hurry. In this card I used wPlus9's hello clear set, and a whole bunch of older Hero Arts floral watercolor images. Also mixed in some other foliage stamps and I love having all these mustard, red, and orange ink hues together. Sponged a sky to match the one I see from my studio, and this just screams 'summer' to me!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Trying to Smile

   Sometimes when things look dark, or we don't quite know what to do, the simple act of finding something to smile about can bring courage to face the day. Maybe you have one to share with someone?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


   I really need to use this Brushstrokes cling set from Hero Arts a little more often. It just stirs up my imagination...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Friends & Coffee

   Good Morning friends! It's a sunny summer day in the northern hemisphere and no matter the heat outside I still enjoy a strong cup of hot black coffee to start my day. While my family was sleeping in this morning I decided to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog theme for this week: Coffee or Tea?
   I was having so much fun, I made another:
   It matches my little coffee bar in the kitchen:
   You still have time if you'd like to answer the question for yourself and enter the challenge by the end of today. Go ahead--put your own stamp on it!

Monday, June 29, 2015


    A little set I made for a gift…and a fun visual thinking game for all ages in case you haven't seen it before. It's a family/homeschool favorite of ours--let me know what you think! Happy summer days to all my northern hemisphere friends…happy winter to the southern ones.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Mother's Perogative

   It's 'Back in the Saddle' again for me. I've been enjoying a little break to get to know my daughter again after her first year away at school, and just generally being busy getting things ready and on the way for summer. Throw in a little excitement with the VE Day flyover, some company, and finishing out another homeschooling year, and that about covers it since I last posted. Hope this finds you in good health and good spirits wherever you happen to call home.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Roads Travelled

    Here are a couple of cards with the same quote/technique watercoloring in Distress Inks on panels paired with different backgrounds. This is one of my favorite poems, and trees have always inspired me, no matter the season.

a tree on an Adventicum/Avenches hillside

   Traveling with my husband in Switzerland provided a wonderful journey through a small geographic place--and what spectacular geography--as well as a tour through time. When I stop to list all the ways we can journey in this life I realize it is an endless task.
   Here are a few glimpses of the roads we travelled:
Up the steeple of the Cathedral of Lausanne...
through the history of the modern Olympics at the Olympic Museum...

across ancient cities...

on ways traveled continuously since humans first inhabited the lands.

Good Techniques to Remember

SHOP this project, Rooted In Nature Sometimes we forget the simplest things as we learn new ways to do things. I was reminded how much f...