Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lets Get Stuffed!!!

Another Thanksgiving card made with a digital image rather than traditional rubber or acrylic. I am having fun with these stamps, now that I know how to use them, but I would never give up the chance to actually "stamp" my images. There is something I just enjoy so much about getting ink on my hands~ haha.
But with that said, this little butterball was too cute to pass up. He looks like how most of us feel after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. He was printed onto white cardstock and colored with Copics (shown below).
Yellow is from Stampin Up, patterned paper is from a Debbie Mumm collection I purchaesd last season at Joannes.
Ribbon is a pumpkin colored satin 5/8 ", wrapped around card base, then I tied a bow separately and adhered that to the card. Scallop is a Martha Stewart punch. Sentiment is from the same digi collection as the turkey.

Many thanks for stopping by...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Pure Innocence

I saw this little girl and fell in love!!!! She is a digital stamp, and thanks to my dear friend Sharon, I was able to play with her and make some adorable Thanksgiving cards. I do not have Microsoft Word, and since most of the tutorials for digis are written for that, I had a terrible time trying to resize these stamps. Wait- not terrible- IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!-. No matter how hard I tried, I could'nt do it. I spent countless hours giving it my all, till my friend came to my aid. With her simple emailed tutorial for Word Perfect. it was a breeze. For that I will be eternally grateful!
Since I dont show or name the colors of Copic Markers that I use, I thought I would try to starting with this post. I already see that I left out her skin color, which was EOOO. My son Michael was gracious enough to be my hand model. Its good practice for his acting career! HAHA Well her is a peek of her. She was purchased from a store on ETSY called Pure Innocence. I believe she was only $2.00!!! And I got her right away! Thats a win win for me~
I made a total of 4 cards with her- all a bit different. I will show you 2 of them.
Cardstock is Stampin Up, amd Designer paper is from a pack by Debbie Mumm that I purchased last year at Joannes. She is stamped on PTI Select White cardstock.
Ribbon is from Michaels, and punches are Martha Stewart of course!
Spica pens are used for her hair barette and her green heart on her dress. I remember when I was little, my Mom often put my hair in one of those barettes.
The sentiment was computer generated, another thing I almost never do....

Dont you just want to give her a big hug??

Many thanks for stopping by... hope all your holiday preparations are going well.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


While we are speaking of heros~ I have made a card for another hero in our family.
That hero is my Dad.
A WW2 Veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, and most important, a United States Marine~
This is a card I made for him for Veterans Day Yesterday. A while ago I had purchased a K and Co. scrap pack that was USMC themed, so this card came together rather quickly, as I used only the products in the pack.
A few sheets of cardstock, some die cuts, and his card is ready. Happy Veterans Day DAD!
The Marines should be proud to call you one of their own.....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Yesterday began like any other day. Little did I know that by noon I would have dialed 911 for the first time in my life. It seems like a tiny ember from a scrap wood fire was smouldering under a metal fire pit since Sunday morning, and yesterday, 2 days later, it had gotten enough life in it to start a fire.
My house is next to the woods on the driveway side and when my son Michael went out to put some trash in the bin, he saw this large area, about 20 by 25 feet on fire with flames a foot high. He quickly ran into action, getting our garden hose and a 5 gallon spackle bucket to try and put out the blaze.
I had seen some smoke from my art studio window about a hour before, it looked to be at the end of my driveway and across the street. I did go into the kitchen and look at all the windows, into the backyard, and across the street. Unfortunately this area of the property was out of view.
Since my sub division is out of city limits, we are allowed to burn yard debris, I mistakenly assumed that a neighbor was doing just that. This time of year, it is not unusual for that to happen. I then went upstairs to take a shower.
It was about 15 minutes later when Michael came up to my bathroom and asked for my help. All that time he had been fighting the fire by himself, managing to stay calm the whole time.
We ran outside and I helped with the hose , while he used the bucket. He had managed to get about 85-90% of the fire under control. I ran back inside to call 911 and within a short time, they had sent out fire dept.
These guys are really good, and they are all volunteers. They commended Michael on what a good job he had done before they got there.

After it was over, I said a prayer of thanks that all was ok. It could have been so much worse. You begin to think of all the what ifs???.
what if-
the fire would have started during the nite?
if Michael hadnt gone outside to throw away the trash?
we had gone to the gym like we were planning to do earlier in the day?
we would have been out for the day?
or if our 12 1/2 year old Lab, Madison was outside instead of in the house. This is where she lays when she is outside, and with her failing eyesight, hearing, and all other faculties, would she have had the sense to get out of there?
In the end~ all ended well.
Thank you God~
Thank you Michael~ our hero!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009


As I was getting ready to put away our Halloween decorations until next year, I stopped to take a couple of pictures of them to share... I really liked my dollar store crows! that is until I noticed that one of them still has the cardboard stuff attached to his feet. He'll get a makeover before his reappearance next year.
I love the look of vintage decorations, and I would love to someday own some, but they are hard to find~ and very pricey.
I really enjoy walking past these little guys each day. The cream and orange/ black combo is one that appeals to me.

Lastly, I show you my collection of ghosts that sit upon my antique sideboard. I have some of these since before I was ever married or had kids. They love hanging out together in my dining room.

Many thanks for stopping by, and tomorrow I will have photos of TT in her costume.