Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A Valentine Rose

Hello friends,

I have a card to share with you today.  This was made for a special gal, who after battling cancer, is now paying it forward by helping to build the spirits of other cancer patients.  I think she deserves a medal!

The roses were stamped in Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose, then cut out.  I used an aqua painter on the lighter areas.  Star Dust Stickles were added to both the rose and bud for a little shimmer.  The leaves were done in Mellow Moss & Old Olive.

Pure sweetness ...

A bow was created using 1/2" Pink Pirouette seam binding.  I thought a silver glittered heart would look elegant in the center.

A peek inside ...

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Wishing you quiet moments with the one you love ...

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps:  SU A Rose is a Rose, PSX Happy Valentine's Day
Paper:  Natural White Linen, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Rose - Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose; Leaves - Mellow Moss & Old Olive; Sentiment - Basic Gray
Accessories:  Pink Pirouette 1/2" Seam Binding, Recollections Silver Heart Glittered Brad, Star Dust Stickles, SU Mini Heart Punch, Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles Die, JustRite Custom Dies, Aqua Painter, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Two Step Stamping
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Our Little Pippin

Hello my friends,

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love cats.  After losing our precious Cheops life hasn't been the same.  So I have been keeping a secret!

We now have a new member of the family, a fawn Ocicat.  He is just the most adorable, handsome kitty!  After going back and forth with names we finally decided on 'Pippin'.  If you are not familiar with the breed it is a cross between a Siamese and an Abyssinian and looks like it stepped right out of the wild!

The rarest and most exotic colors in Ocicats are the 'champagne' colors (blue, fawn, lavender, blue silver, fawn silver and lavender silver).  Pippin's coat is fawn spotted on a pale ivory agouti ground.  His cute nose and paw pads are pink.   

Below are pics from his first photo shoot.

He still had his baby fur in these pictures.  As he matures his spots will be more pronounced.

All paused, and posed ...


Pippin celebrating his 4 month old birthday!  He is growing up quickly and is so full of energy.  He is involved in everything I do.  

After a day of running around and playing fetch he is tired ... zzzzz

For now, Pippin is not allowed in my craft room.  There are way too many shiny objects, rolls of ribbon and trinkets. 

Remember, no one owns an Ocicat they own you!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Beginning 2018 ...

Hi everyone,

Happy New Year!!!  When I awoke this morning it was -19 degrees outside ... brrr!  I grabbed my Stampin' Up Wintertime stamp and began creating.

The frame and die cuts are from the Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five & Labels Twenty-Five sets.  I masked off the flourishes and stamped Happy Winter in Buckaroo Blue.  Then, I masked off Happy Winter and stamped the flourishes in Soft Sky.  Sponging around the image was done in Soft Sky.  Kaiser Pearls in Bliss accent the flourishes and Studio G glitter was added to Happy Winter.  These colors gave me the effect I was looking for.

A bow was created in Soft Sky 1/2" seam binding.  For some bling I hung a Frost Finishes embellishment from white jute.

Can you see the glitter?  It's always difficult to capture in the photos.

The inside sentiment was stamped in Buckaroo Blue.  Snowflakes were stamped in Soft Sky on the background paper and embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder.

Wishing you a wonderful start to the new year!  May 2018 bless you in surprising and joyful ways.

Stamps:  SU Wintertime, Serene Snowflakes, Sentiment by Northwoods Rubber Stamps
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky, Shimmery White
Ink:  Buckaroo Blue, Soft Sky with Iridescent Ice EP
Accessories:  SU Soft Sky 1/2" Seam Binding, SU Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Hobby Lobby White Jute, Kaiser Pearls in Bliss, Studio G Glitter, Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five & Labels Twenty-Five #4 & #5, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Two Step Stamping, Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  4 1/2" x 6 1/4"  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Forever In Our Hearts

On December 9, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. my beloved Cheops went to kitty heaven. He is now with his brother and no longer in distress. We were with him right up until the end, holding him and comforting him. After 15 1/2 wonderful years Cheops will always be in our hearts. He had such a big personality and brought so much joy to our lives. 

In April of 2015, Cheops was diagnosed with diabetes.  For two years we gave him insulin injections twice a day.  He never once minded getting his medicine.  In September of 2017, he started to lose weight and wasn't eating as well.  It was necessary now to administer fluids.  Once again he was so cooperative.  I think I was affected more by this than he was.  Nothing will ease the pain, but I know we did absolutely everything we could for him.  He lived a long and happy life.

 Happy trails until we are together again.

I love you my sweet Cheops!

As long as you remember me,
my memory will live on.
My spirit will be there with you
At every breaking dawn.
I’ll sing to you through birds in spring
and whisper through the trees,
I’ll bring you gentle comfort with
A warm, caressing breeze.

As long as you remember me,
my love will fill your heart
and help to ease the sorrow
That you feel while we’re apart.
With thoughts of me,
perhaps you’ll see
the wonder of each day,
the joy of sunlit afternoons,
and nature’s grand display.

As long as you remember me,
I always will be near
to lend you sweet tranquility
as nighttime stars appear.
The bond that we have shared
will be a link from me to you
to give you hope for brighter days
and strength to see you through.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Hello my friends,

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Wishing you a day filled with blessings and the comfort of family and friends.

Recently, I created this gift bag for my wonderful, compassionate and caring sister-in-law.  I filled it with some great goodies from Young Living.  I've been using their lip balms for quite sometime now and wanted to share them with her.  Right now my favorite one is Cinnamint, which contains Cinnamon Bark and Peppermint essential oils with Wolfberry Seed Oil.  It is super for quenching dry, parched lips. 

Now, onto how I made the gift bag.  The leaves were created using the Stampin' Up Vintage Leaves set with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Dies.  This combination makes things quick & easy!

With Gratitude was stamped in StazOn Timber Brown on a Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two.  Sponging was done in Crumb Cake and ColorBox Chalk Creamy Brown.

I'll leave you on this day with one of my favorite quotes about thankfulness.

"O Lord, that lends me life, lend me a heart
replete with thankfulness."

~ William Shakespeare, Henry VI, part 2 ~

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Formal Attire

Hello friends,

I have a wedding card for you to enjoy while you sip your morning coffee.  The card base is solar white linen layered with a piece of Basic Black.  The designer paper is from the BoBunny Enchanted Collection.  I used the Spellbinders Borderabilities Grand Classic Lace Border die to cut a strip for the left side.  Offray 5/8" black satin ribbon was wrapped around and tied.  Mini coconut white roses grace the center of the bow.

On a piece of Shimmery White paper, cut from a Spellbinders small petite ovals #3 die, I stamped Mr. & Mrs. in StazOn Black with the ampersand in StazOn Dove Gray.  It was then mounted to another oval in Basic Black paper.

Don't you just love the elegant font Stampin' Up used for this set?

Here's a peek at the inside.  Since I didn't know the colors of the wedding party I went with a simple black & white theme.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

Stamps:  SU Together Forever, Occasional Quotes
Paper:  Solar White Linen, Basic Black, BoBunny Enchanted Designer Paper, Shimmery White
Ink:  StazOn Black, StazOn Dove Gray, Clear Embossing Powder
Accessories:  Offray 5/8" Black Satin Ribbon, SU Jewels Basic Pearls, Mini Coconut White Roses, Spellbinders Borderabilities Grand Classic Lace Border, Large Petite Ovals #3, Small Petite Ovals #3, Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight, Labels Twenty-Eight, Bow-Easy
Technique:  Embossing
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Gently Falling Leaf

Hello my friends,

The fall foliage this year was quite disappointing.  A warmer than usual autumn and lack of rain caused our big maple tree to change from green to pale yellow to brown.  The leaves have already dropped.  No leaf-peeping took place.  What color you saw was very faded.  Even the pretty sumac trees, which are bright orange-red were dark red and brown.  Here's hoping my card will put you in the autumn spirit!

The leaf outline image was stamped in Soft Suede and then colored with a mix of Summer Sun & Pumpkin Pie.  I then created a mask for the leaf and stamped the En Francais background using Brilliance Pearlescent Beige.  The image was popped up on a Spellbinders Captivating Square. 

More Mustard paper was embossed using a vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  The edges were distressed and sponged with Soft Suede ink randomly on the paper.  Autumn was stamped and embossed on a double ended tag and accented with Kaiser bronze rhinestones.  In staying with my vintage theme a piece of Victoria 5/8" crochet trim was wrapped around the layers with a vintage brad. 

May your weekend be off to a great start!  See you soon ...

Stamps:  SU Gently Falling, En Francais Background Stamp, DRS Autumn Stamp
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Natural Ivory
Ink:  Soft Suede, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliance Pearlescent Beige
Accessories:  SU Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim, SU Vintage Brad, Kaiser Bronze Rhinestones, SU Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Spellbinders Captivating Squares #3, Spellbinders Small Classic Squares #5, Spellbinders Double Ended Tags, Edge Distresser, Sponge Dauber, Mask 
Technique:  Two Step Stamping, Embossing, Sponging
Card Size:  A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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