Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wishing everybody a Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas/Thank You Card


I made this card for an elderly man who donated 17 cases of canned cat food to Heaven To Betsy's Rescue! It was such a generous donation, to which we are very thankful for! Heaven To Betsy's is a rescue group that I volunteer with that fosters mostly cats and afew dogs. I help with fund raising for the group. I could never foster because I would never be able to let the animals leave my house after fostering them!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas


This is another Christmas card I made using stamps by The Stamping Studio.

Thank You Theresa!


This is a Christmas card I received in the mail yesterday from my friend Theresa! Thank You Theresa!!

Snow Day

Well today is a snow day! Currently, it's thundering during this winter storm! It's a messy day out there! With a snow day, at least I'll have snow removal help!! Today, we are going to bake cookies!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Spell Binder Blog Candy!

Spell Binder is having their 2009 Design Team Contest. Go to http://spellbinderspaperarts.com/blog to check it out and check out the chance to win blog candy!!

My Assistant!




This is my new assistant! Marble! He inspects everything, from the paper work to the laundry! He is very helpful, especially with the Christmas decorations! LOL!!! He is very sweet and loving!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008



This Christmas card I made using the Stamping Shadows technique that is featured on the Hero Arts Blog today. You should check it out. It's really fun and easy to do. I just had to try it!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Published!

I was thrilled to receive my complimentary issue of Just Cards! winter issue. A card I made was published on page 34! I have learned that when sending in cards, don't use the watermark technique because you can't see it in the picture in the magazine.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Domino Ornaments


I just love making ornaments! These are made from dominoes. You can't see the sides very well, but I used colored microbeads from Penny Wise Arts on the sides. I love all the Christmas stamps!!


Another Domino Ornament.
We've all been sick lately but today I felt better so I went to the grocery store this morning. I had loaded everything into the trunk and was putting my shopping cart into the 'cart corral', when I turned around and noticed that the parking lot had filled up with squad cars! Officers were getting out of their cars with weapons drawn and running for the grocery store! I thought now is a good time to run for the car and leave quickly! Although a good portion of the parking lot was blocked, so I didn't get far. Afew minutes later, the officers came running out and chased a van a little way before it stopped and the man got out and surrendered. What craziness! We live in a fairly quiet neighborhood where you know most people.

What has happened to people? Is it the hard economic times? This is the Christmas season! A time of joy! I guess there alot of people out there who just don't know the Lord.

On a good note, my neighbor was so sweet and shoveled my snow this morning!! I'll post some pictures soon! The snow is really beautiful!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Our Thanksgiving Guest!


Salty! My brother's family dog! He stays with us whenever my brother's family is away. He's quite a character!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gift Tags


I decided to make gift tags this year! How quick and easy! I used a scalloped oval punch, a Coluzzle oval, stickers, a stamp and an eyelet.

Ornaments


Spirelli Ornaments


Thursday, November 20, 2008

LG - Life Is Good!



I came home this morning from taking my son to school and was greeted by only one of our cats. So I started looking for the second and found him watching 'kitty TV' aka the fish tank! My husband moved the piano bench in front of the fish tank before leaving for work, to make it more convenient for the boys to watch 'kitty TV'!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanksgiving Blessings

Every year Christmas displays are up sooner and sooner in the stores. It is a wonderful time of year! However, Thanksgiving is also important and should not be over looked. We live in a country of plenty (even though times are tough right now, all in all we are fortunate) and should always remember to count our blessings. Family and friends, I count as my biggest blessings.

The pic below is of my son and our cat Danny. Matt has now outgrown me! Only by a half inch right now, but he loves it!

Blessings

These are 3 of my fur children! Jesse is our dog, who is 15 years old! He does pretty well for his age. I hope I do as well when I'm that age!

Our cats are litter mates, so they are literally brothers! They are alittle over a year old. They are part Maine Coon, which explains their size! They're big boys!

They add so much to our lives! We are so thankful to be blessed with them!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Christmas




These are glass blocks that have a hole drilled in the bottom and a small strand of Christmas lites inside.


This ornament I made using a small acrylic block. I used O'So Sticky tape on the sides to attach the ribbon and microbeads.

Stamps from The Stamping Studio

Monday, November 10, 2008


Just a quick little ornament. The ornament shapes are on sale at JoAnn's for .39!! I'm going back for more!!


This is a really simple folded piece that I'm using this year to send photos of my son to friends and family. The original idea came from the Christmas Cards All Year 'Round Blog.


I had a really hard time photographing this card. The acetate is what made it hard. I used some of the new stamps from The Stamping Studio for this card. (Sentimental Christmas for the saying and Snowflake Tree) I stamped the tree on the acetate and the rest on a simple white card. The bow at the top holds the acetate on. Of course, it needed some bling for Christmas, so I added some rhinestones.

This is the three of us, plus my husband's mom. She really is that short! Sorry Mom!! Matt is growing like crazy!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

For a chance to win some great blog candy, check out http://denisesstampingpage.blogspot.com!

She is celebrating her Blogoversary!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008



I'm in the Christmas mood! Although, I'll wait til mid-November to start decorating!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Tags for cups


Last weekend, we attended a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of ours. Whenever there's a large party, you find plenty of cups left here and there and have no idea who they belong to! So I saw this idea on Melissa's blog for making shrink art tags and thought this would be perfect! Since I didn't know the names of everybody coming, people wrote their names on the back of the tag with a Sharpie. Worked like a charm! Everybody had their own cup!
Check out Melissa's blog at http://thestampingstudioblog.blogspot.com

Business Card Holder







I needed a place to store all the business cards I have, so I made an ATC holder and put the cards in! They fit perfectly!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008



This is a water bottle hanger I made from a kit that Melissa, from The Stamping Studio, sent me! What a clever idea!

To visit Melissa and see what she's up to lately, go to:

www.thestampingstudio.com

http://thestampingstudioblog.blogspot.com



This was a gift from a friend of mine who is a missionary in Mauritania. Some of the local ladies made these bookmarks.


Over the summer, my nieces and nephews took turns staying with us. I made sure the kids had fun and had some little treats too. One of the treats they just loved, were Lunchables. Inside the lunchable was a cute little folded card that I decided I wanted to figure out and make. Well I did it! Only to realize later that in 'Paper Crafting with Carol Duvall' are the instructions! It is called the 'Never-Ending Card'.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Pictures!

My computer and my camera are finally working! I'll be able to post pictures of some of the things that I've been working on again!

I will have wait until the beginning of next week probably because of the flooding and massive clean up that needs to be taken care of first. Storm drains in the streets need to be unclogged and branches need to be picked up.

Midwest Flooding

Well, we woke up to flooding this morning! We are the lucky ones, here in our area...we didn't loss electricity! We do have some water in the basement but not much. Unfortunately for our neighbors, when we have alittle water, they have alot! We are one of the only houses on the block that doesn't float away during heavy rains.

It is a hard time for alot of people in our country, with unemployment, hurricanes, high prices, etc. I just pray that the upcoming election will help all of us. It makes think of my grandparents and how hard it must have been during the Great Depression. I can remember my grandma would never put any food on her plate until everybody else had their share.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Well, I'm happy to announce that I've been asked to teach some art classes at a local baseball card shop! Yep, that's right, a baseball card shop! We will be making ATC's which are the same size as baseball cards. So while the dads and brothers look at baseball cards, the moms and sisters will learn about ATC's. We will also be using products sold at the baseball card shop to make picture frames, etc. The ATC's fit perfectly into the baseball card holders too! It will sort of be a multiple purpose use of items from the baseball card shop. I'm working on putting together all the details so sign-ups can start in the next few weeks! The baseball card shop owner would like to see art classes in the shop once a month to start and hopefully it will take off and I will be able to do classes twice a month!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

KOOZA Cirque du Soleil

My husband's sister and her husband treated us to a Cirque du Soleil show! WOW! We had only seen Cirque du Soleil on TV before. It is so much more amazing in person! We were so fortunate to have really great seats too!

KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.

The performances were incredible! The set was beautiful! The costumes were stunning! The enter performance was wonderful! My family really enjoyed the opportunity to see the show in person!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I BELIEVE...

That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

That money is a lousy way of keeping score.

That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

My neice Ashley recently came across this and gave a copy of it to me. I really liked it, so I'm posting it.

As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't ever supposed to let you down probably will.

You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's more painful every time. You'll break hearts too. Remember how it felt when yours was broken.

You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did.

You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love, so take too many pictures.

Laugh too much and love like you've never been hurt, because every sixty seconds you spend upset, is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.

LIVE YOUR LIFE TO ITS FULLEST

LAUGH AT ALL THE THINGS THAT DON'T MATTER

LOVE WITH ALL YOU HAVE AND MORE

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Our nephew Mikey, who is staying with us for 2 weeks this summer, has taught us a new prayer!
Here he is praying.
This is the prayer he taught us:
Jesus Savior wash away all that has been wrong today.
Help me everyday to be good and gentle more like you.
Amen

Monday, June 09, 2008

Matt's 8th grade graduation!

Nana and Papa came with us!

Monday, June 02, 2008



This piece is made using a large washer. I turned it into a necklace.




This is paper weight that I found at Walgreens, very reasonably priced! I'm thinking Father's Day gifts, maybe.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

I never noticed this before! Maybe you have!

I had to go to the kitchen and look for myself! Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box?

I been using aluminum foil for as long as I can remember! Great stuff, but sometimes a pain. You know, like when you are in the middle of doing something and you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The roll comes out at the wrong times.

Well, I would like to share this with you. Look at the end of the aluminum foil box and it says, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place.

How long has this little locking tab been there? I also looked at the Saran wrap box and found the same thing! I can't count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.

I hope I'm not the only person that didn't know about this!

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.

The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.

The son and daughter-in-law became irrated with the mess. 'We must do something about father,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.'

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four year old watched it all in silence.

One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when I grow up.' The four year old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents so that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.


On a positive note, I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
A rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

I'VE LEARNED THAT MAKING A 'LIVING' IS NOT THE SAME THING AS MAKING A 'LIFE'.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.

I'VE LEARNED THAT IF YOU PURSUE HAPPINESS, IT WILL ELUDE YOU. BUT, IF YOU FOCUS ON YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FRIENDS, THE NEEDS OF OTHERS, YOUR WORK AND DOING THE VERY BEST YOU CAN, HAPPINESS WILL FIND YOU.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I'VE LEARNED THAT EVEN WHEN I HAVE PAINS, I DON'T HAVE TO BE ONE.

I've learned that every day, you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch...holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I'VE LEARNED THAT I STILL HAVE A LOT TO LEARN.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Our Anniversary!

Today is our 18th Anniversary! I guess that if you count dating, it would really be 20 years together! Time flies! It's hard to believe it's been 18 years already!

Tonight, we're going out to dinner as a family and then we plan to sit down and watch our wedding video! Our son will probably get a kick out of that!

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Penny Wise Arts Pity Party Swap, is a swap for those of us who are unable to attend the Worlds Largest Shoebox Party in Seattle, WA. I have hosted it for the last several years. I spent the afternoon sorting and swapping all the projects! Return swaps will go in the mail on Monday to everybody! Still waiting for one more swap to arrive; it was delayed in the mail somewhere. Scheduled to arrive tomorrow, Saturay. We even made some extra swaps to donate to the Penny Wise Arts Lynn Jennings Scholarship Fund! The priority envelopes are stuffed full!

Thursday, April 10, 2008



This was one of submissions to the Simply Renee Contest.

Stamps from: The Stamping Studio

Monday, April 07, 2008



This card was done using the Crayon Resist techinque and the Big and Little Botanicals stamp set from The Stamping Studio.

Rubber Stamping

I want to start adding more art to my blog, so my first post is a technique that I found thru Hero Arts Online. I really like to look of this one and it has many possiblities. (I made some alterations to use things that I own.)

Crayon Resist Technique

You will need:
Glossy paper
Dye based inks
A white crayon or I used the clear crayon that comes in Easter egg decorating kits
Sponges
Stamps of choice, I used stamps from The Stamping Studio
Black StazOn ink

Let's get started:

1. Stamp your image onto white glossy paper with stanzOn ink. Allow to dry.
2. Trace the image with the white or clear crayon. Trace to imitate shadowing.
3. Add color by blotting or swipping ink applied to a sponge. Blend colors as you go.
4. When you are finished adding your color, wipe and buff the image with a clean paper towel. The areas of resist will pop.

It's fun and easy!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

This is a quote I just loved!

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!"

Amanda Bradley

I saw this on The Stamping Studio website and just loved it!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Attitude

I saw this on a friends blog and thought how true it is, so I decided to post it.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes; even more important that what other people may think or say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.

-Anonymous-

Published in the April issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts!!

I am thrilled to be published again in the April issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts!! My pieces are on page 17 with the Altered Packaging! It was a Design Team Challenge with The Stamping Studio!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Your Day Is Coming

I girlfriend of mine posted this on one of the groups that I belong to and I thought it was just too funny!!

YOUR DAY IS COMING

Recently, I was diagnosed with: A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decided to water my garden. As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the table that I collected from the letter box earlier.

I decided to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the rubbish bin under the table, and notice that it is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the post-box when I take out the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.

The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - they need water.

I put the Coke on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote control, but I won't remember that it' s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote control back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

-The car isn't washed.
-The bills aren't paid.
-There is a warm can of Coke sitting on the worktop.
-The flowers don't have enough water.
-There is still only 1 check in my check book.
-I can't find the remote control.
-I can't find my glasses.
-And I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my email.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Weather!

Well, it was a snow day for the kids! No school! It's been snowing since about 5pm yesterday and is finally stopping this afternoon! Pretty soon, we'll go outside and get out the snow blower and start a huge snow fort in the back yard for my son!

The thing about Chicago, is that if you don't like the weather just wait a day and it'll change! By Sunday evening it's suppose to be raining.

Published Art!!

One of my cards was recently published in the March issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts!! It isn't one of my favorite cards but it's in the magazine!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The wedding in Florida!

We have just returned from mostly sunny Florida! It rained almost everyday alittle bit while we were there, although it was much warmer than back here in the Chicagoland area!!

The wedding was beautiful and the rain held off til after the ceremony! We enjoyed our visit with family that we don't get to see very often. It's hard to get everybody together when the family grows and grows!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Blogs

I love blogs because you can see others art work and what has been going on in their lives! It is a great way to keep up! If you know of any other great art blogs, I'd love to hear from you!

The Start of a New Year!!

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
Herm Albright

Try smiling everywhere you go!!