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Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Hello!  I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger!  

First there was Christmas and the holidays, and my chickens, and then there was getting ready to go to the Alafia River Rendezvous, which is the southeast's largest pre-1840's historical re-enactment settlement (photos from 2013 here). Hubby and I made our outfits, and it was a lot of fun.  There were a few other glitches along the way, but I'm here today to share my prototype valentine.

As you know, I get bored making the same card over and over, so I have made some variations.  Here are the cards:

I really like the textures created for these cards.  I used an embossing folder on a section of the card, along with gesso, acrylic paint, glitter, and stamping. I punched out the hearts and used puffy stickers for the smaller vertical hearts on the side.

This one also uses 3 hearts as accents, but horizontal this time.

And last but not least, this one has a gold heart (which doesn't scan well) with a puffy sticker heart on top.  I love the flower, which are a lot of different sized flowers that I punched and layered.  I think my girls will like them.  

I hope to post again soon.  

Have a happy day!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Cards

Good morning!

As promised, here is my prototype Christmas card for this year.

The poinsettia stamp is a stamp I got from The Angel Company that I love!  I have used it a lot.  It just speaks to me of Christmas.  I miss The Angel Company and wish they weren't out of business.

Anyway, I stamped the poinsettia, colored it in with copics, and cut it out.  I layered two different complementary patterned papers on my card front, glued the poinsettia on it, then made the border using red cardstock and a Fiskars scallop edge punch.  I stamped Merry Christmas (The Angel Company), and adhered it to the seam of the two patterned papers. 

I stamped a holiday greeting on the inside of the card and it's done. 

The beauty of this card is that you can change the look by using different Christmas patterned papers.

The majority of my Christmas cards will be this or a variation, but I did make some stray Christmas cards when I would get bored coloring, so if you are on my Christmas card list, you might get something totally different.  ;-)

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

And we have....chickens!

Good morning!  I know it's been a while since I have posted, but lots of stuff happening...

When I was growing up in Ohio, my dad always had a garden. Every evening when he would come home from work, he would work in his garden, plowing, planting, fertilizing, weeding, harvesting.  I sometimes would help him weed in the garden.  And when the crops were harvested, I remember stringing wheel barrows full of beans.  And then my mom's job would begin, freezing and canning those veggies for the winter.  You didn't just run out to the store and buy fresh veggies. (Well, I guess some of our neighbors who didn't have gardens, did). At the time I didn't appreciate all the hard work that went into having a garden.

I recently subscribed to Grit magazine (remember those from your youth?), and one of the articles was about raising a garden in small increments.  My husband and I thought it was a good idea, so we planted a small garden in the flower bed that runs alongside our house.  I need to take pictures, but we have tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, onions, cabbage, radishes and lettuce growing.  And his pineapple plants.

I recently found out that I am allowed to have 2 chickens in my neighborhood.  I have ALWAYS wanted to live on a farm, so after checking with my local government,  I decided to give it a try.

First of all, you need somewhere to keep these chickens.  Enter my darling husband.  He's the brains and muscle behind any project, and he didn't disappoint.  Here are pictures of the coop and run.

This is the inside of the coop. The girls spend their nights here. The red basket has been replaced by a nesting box.  I can close them in by shutting the little door between the coop and the run.

This is the run where the girls can get exercise and eat grass, bugs, food and water.

My friend, Pat, who told me I could have chickens, got me these 2 beauties. We have named them a couple of times, but I think we are sticking with Harriet and Pearl.

Here are Henrietta and Pearl. Henrietta is definitely the top chicken.

Our first egg.

Within an hour of putting the girls in their new home, they laid their first 2 eggs, so they must like their new home.

They are so much fun to watch, that I have been neglecting my Christmas cards, but I'll post my labors on that front tomorrow.

Stay tuned....

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Clownin' Around


I have this cute little clown stamp, The Artful Stamper that I sell at My Paper Moon.  I  used part of the image to make this card:

I wanted it to be bright and cheerful, so I colored it with primary colors, then used those same colors as the background, and punched circles out of the leftover pieces.  I used a marker to make the colored stripes on the white oval.  I'm thinking it would make a cute card for a child.  You could also use balloons as accents. And you could add jewels or glitter to the circles to bling it up.

Hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Good morning. Hope you are having a good week so far.

Sometimes you need a sympathy card, and for me, that's always a challenge.  But I used my dove stamp and some pretty background paper, a few die cuts, some paper piercing and I was done.  I think it came out pretty nice.  The dove is from My Paper Moon and the sympathy saying is from River City Rubber Works.

I know my cards are simple, but I like the fact that I can mail them in a regular envelope and still have a nice looking card.  What do you think?  Do you prefer clean and simple cards, or fussy cards?  Don't get me wrong, I love the look of very detailed cards, but I just don't have the patience (or resources) and then I don't like to spend lots of money to mail them.   Let me know your thoughts on this.

Have a great day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Love at the Beach

Good morning!  I want to share another beach card.

How cute is this stamp?  Usually I use it in a night scene, but I decided to make the moon a sun and have them at the beach.  Just enjoying the sunrise, or the sunny day.  Either way, it was a fun card to make.

Hope you enjoy.