Monday, August 29, 2011

Marshmallow Girl

door county stamps

campfire girl

Here’s my other purchase from Oscar’s in Door County.

Oh my goodness, she is just TOO cute.  This was so fun to work with.  The marshmallows are melted applique so they are soft to the touch.  The fire is three layers and looks real.  (yes, I fussy cut those little pieces)  Rolling on the floor laughing   I learned about doing the leaves from here.  (thanks Edith from SCS) This is a combo of water colors and markers using the gum arabic. The leaves and papers were a gift from a drawing at Operation Write Home.  How fun to get new stuff for free!  Thank you, OWH.  It made my day. Thumbs up 

You might want to click on this picture to get the detail to make you smile.   Thanks for looking. 

I always appreciate your comments. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Door County Kids

pumpkin girl

Door County is a resort area on Lake Michigan within easy driving distance from us. About two hours and we are transported to a whole new environment.  Oscars in Sturgeon Bay has been a favorite stop of mine for many years.  Oscar makes the cutest stamps and calls them Door County Kids.  She’s a great lady with a lot of talent.  Her store is always packed with ideas.  She has a Scrapping room set up too besides the cards.  If you’re going to the Door, don’t miss Oscars!  She has a store in Egg Harbor too.  She was leaving for the post office just as we got there and she jumped out of the van and called out, “I’m running to the post office, go ahead and go in, I’ll be back shortly.”  ha-ha, Who does THAT anymore.  It was great!   Here’s the card I stamped with my new purchase. DSC00280
The image is colored with  gum arabic in an aqua pen and Stampin’ Up Markers.  I’ve been reading a new book I got on shading and shadows and I practiced a bit on this piece.  It all sounds pretty confusing but practice, practice, practice is what they say helps. Thinking smile
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Speedy the Cat Challenge #70

Carol says use some lace


Carols challenge to use lace stumped me for a bit.  I think of vintage when I think of lace and I’m really not a ruffles and frills kind of girl.  Think more, Eddie Bauer and LL Bean.

This entire card is out of character for me.  I love flowers but don’t use them much in stamping. I love butterflies but same story.  I think because they are so delicate looking and my stamping is more bold I haven’t quite found a fit but THIS, ah THIS, I just love01he way it came out, so finally I am showing you the Wisteria that I wanted to show you as a sneak peek three weeks ago. I hope it makes you feel relaxed.  Deep Breath, now, ah there, let it out.  Don’t you feel better? Send a kiss

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blog Candy from Arty Carty

Who wouldn’t enjoy some blog candy?  This is a site I’ve just found that is so much fun.  Lots of good ideas here and they are giving away some wonderful blog candy. This is just one of them. Why not go and visit the Arty Carty blog and see for yourself?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stamp TV Challenge

it’s called “back to School”

I think it’s been almost twenty years since I sent a kid off to school.  I really had to put on my thinking cap to create a card to enter into the challenge at stamptv.

It’s always fun playing over there.  I’ve won a couple of sets and it’s fun to see what everyone comes up with.  It always amazes me how one idea thrown out there can create so many different varieties of cards. 

Here it is. back to school 

Hope you all had a super great Monday as summer is winding down.  The days have been gorgeous. 

Thanks for stopping by.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011



swing girl

This is such a cute little image from High Hopes Stamps that I purchase at the Stamp Shoppe last summer and I never used it til now.  I made the back ground by lining up a ruler on my scoring mat and then just using markers to make the lines.  The really fun part of this card was doing the paper tole work.  I colored and cut out a second layer of her head and feet.  I turned the pieces over and using a stylus and went around the outside edges of those two pieces. Then I rolled some glue dots and placed them all along the outer edges where it’s curled over and you layer them onto the original colored image.  It pops up those pieces and gives them a lot of dimension.  Here’s a tutorial for you.  And here’s a side view so you can see what I did.

swing girl (3)

Isn’t she a sweetie? This is a fun technique I have used before but you have to have kind of larger plain stamps to do this with.  Something without a lot of detail.  I could have taken this one step further and layered her hair.  You can add as many layers as you like for a 3-D look.   Thanks for looking.  I hope you like her.

Thought I would go ahead and post the other Tole card I made some time ago.  I now have the perfect newly weds to send this to.


I got this adorable stamp at a thrift shop a couple of years ago along with a bunch of other goodies altogether in a bag.  It was a real bargain. Surprised smile

Friday, August 19, 2011


EMBOSS IT- That’s Linda’s challenge to us

Aug 20-embossing

Isn’t this a gorgeous butterfly?  It comes from the Butterflies and Wisteria set that was released last week.  Embossing, that’s fun.  I think I emboss something on ever card.  This time I used dry embossing with the Cuttlebug folder I used for the back ground, I embossed the die cut also, and then I used Versamark black pad and sparkling black embossing powder for the butterfly.   The little leaf charms from Mark’s Finest Papers they were a brown metal and I used my copics to color them.  Didn’t that turn our great? 

Faith showed us how to do that with this tutorial.  Are you signed up with Speedy TV yet?  If not, join us, it’s fun, you learn lots and there’s a whole lot of stamping friends to get acquainted with.   Remember you get your name in the drawing twice for the Speedy Cat challenge when you use stamps from MFP.

Trying something new

Swing z-fold card

swing zfold inside

Split Coast Stampers has the best tutorials and really is the NUMERO UNO stamping community.  They offer a variety of tutorials and challenges and help and chats….it’s just so much fun to scope on there.

So the daily challenge I chose this week was Monday’s Try a New Technique.  It’s called a Z fold card with a swing to it.  It was challenging and I don’t know how the Beate, the gal who does the tutorials got her cut out to be so smooth.  I was trimming and trimming again on those cut out edges.  It is a nice effect.  I put a smaller photo down in the bottom corner and if you click on the picture you will be able to see that better.

This card features Butterflies and Wisteria from MFP.

Thanks for looking. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Speedy the Cat Challenge #68

Use a distressed edge

Aug 13- distressed
Carol wanted us to use a distressed edge.  It adds a bit of texture to a card when you do that and just helps things not look so flat.  I like to do this occasionally and was glad for the challenge.  This is a new set by Mark’s Finest Papers and Stamps.  The entire set called Fun on the Farm is adorable. I hand cut the grass strip and used a bit of raffia for the “hay” I cut the curve on the cow’s mouth to give her a bit of an opening where I stuffed a bit of hay.  (tee-hee) I stamped her twice and cut the head out, then outlined the underside edge with a stencil tool to give the head a bit more dimension.  if you click on the image you will be able to see this better. The clouds are die cut stencils from Nestabilities which I placed on a strip of blue that i distressed with the edge of a scissors. The paper and ribbon came from a rummage sale. (love when that happens) Winking smile

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

On Using up Leftovers

Some people call left overs, plan overs.  But I don’t because I don’t plan ahead what I am going to do with the left overs.  I don’t plan to have leftovers, sometimes there just are!  Thinking smile  So I investigated the refrigerator today and the only thing I knew was I wanted to use up that large chicken breast that I had grilled on Sunday.
Here's what was in the fridge:
1/2 cup of flat green beans
1/2 cup of cannellini beans                                          
3/4 cup of corn removed from the cob
1- 8  oz grilled chicken breast
3 TBLS grated parmesan cheese
1 cup of canned artichoke hearts (drain them)
I stirred this altogether and added garlic powder, garlic salt, a couple TBLS chopped fresh basil and parsley. I cooked one cup of high protein penne pasta, ran cold water over it, drained it well,  tossed it in with the above mixture and squeezed half a lemon and poured about 1/4 cup of olive oil over it all. It was SUPER yummy. 
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Favorite Summer Salad


We were invited to a potluck and this is my GO TO recipe for taking a dish to pass.  It’s simple, healthy and very tasty.  You can change out the cans of beans for whatever you have on hand.


1 can of Black Beans

1 can of Pinto Beans

1 can of Garbonzo Beans or Chick Peas

2 cups of frozen corn kernals

1/2 cup diced sweet onion

1/2 cup sliced celery pieces

3 Tablespoons fresh Cilantro

2 cups Pace Picante sauce

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon coriander powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

juice of half a lime

Mix all together, don’t thaw the corn. Decorate with a lemon skin turned backside out and piece of tomato and a couple of parsley sprigs.  ENJOY!!

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Friday, August 5, 2011



Aug 6- any shape
Making shaped cards IS a challenge for me but when the challenge comes from my friend Colleen, well, that makes it kind of fun. This is the old diamond shape cutter from Creative Memories.  I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the new Wisteria set coming out this month but this shape just said SEASHELLS to me.  The cute little ribbon was something I learned while scoping Carolina’s website.  She shows you how to do it here.
These images are from Mark’s Finest Papers and Stamps called Sand, Surf, Relax.
You don’t need stamps from MFP to play along and if you join us this week your name will go into a random drawing and you could be the winner of one of the new sets for Sept.  It’s fun!  Come join in. Thanks for looking.

Stamping for fun

GKD challenges

no color

Stamping just for fun is relaxing.  I always love the chance to win a free set of stamps.  StampTV always has some fun challenges up so I jumped on over there to see what would fire up my mojo.  I did have fun putting break the rulesboth of these together.  They were relatively simple.  I already had the bear colored and cut out.  I tried something new with using gum arabic mixed with water in an aqua painter.  You mix equal parts and then use water color pencils.  It gives a glistening effect to the color.  I would definitely use that again.  It works best on water color paper as it helps to move the color around smoothly, keeps the color more liquid as you work with it.  I got the gum arabic at a rummage sale but I think you can get it at a baking store more reasonable than at a stamping store. Smile Thanks for visiting.  I appreciate all your comments and always take the time to read them.