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Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Hey All!

How the heck are ya???  Come on, get in here and come in out of that cold.  I have a fresh pot of coffee on, want some?  Have a seat, it's always good to see you here.  You know how much I love having you drop by.

I hope this post finds you all well and happy.  I have worked on a few cards this week, so I do have a few things to show you.  Wanna see 'em?  OK!

I was browsing all the newly uploaded cards and I found one that I just had to case!  Here is the card I saw.  I happened to have stamps that were almost identical and I also had a background stamp with writing.  I changed several things like the color (I'm not fond of lavender), changed where the sentiment went, added a porcelain brad in the center and changed where the butterfly was.  I really like the cut panel look.  I made this for my Mom's best friend's birthday.

I've always wanted to try a "wiper" card and have so many floating in my head that I want to make.  This one became reality:
This is one of my most favorite Gruffies stamps.  I colored it with my colored pencils and oms.  I pictured in my head the musical notes coming up on the wiper when you pull the card.  You can find the tutorial on SCS HERE.  You will be seeing more of these in the future.  You know how much I love interactive cards and these are really very easy to make!

My last card for this post is one that I made after watching a video on Gina K. Designs Stamp TV website.  You can find the video HERE.
You have to click on the photo to really see that the penguin's scarf is paper pieced to match the plaid background paper.  Gina's card uses a snowman and her flourishes are made using a die.  Since I had no snowman stamp the right size I chose my little penguin, and I stamped the flourishes.  I also went over them with a silver glitter pen which gives them lots of sparkle not seen in the photo.  If you've not seen Gina's videos, you really should.  She is really professional and produces great stuff.

Pic of the Week
I love this photo, but it always makes me sad when I look at it.  These footprints/paw prints are mine and my boys'.  Shotsy's are the far left prints, Gunther's are in the middle, and then of course the right side prints are mine.  It makes me sad I think because it is one of those photos that makes you realize that whomever was there is no longer there and the footprints are but a memory captured for a brief moment.

OK enough of that. . .I hope you've enjoyed your visit as much as I enjoyed having you here.  I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week.  I look forward to popping in on you in the next several days to see what you've been up to.

Love you guys!


"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Hey All!

Welcome back for another edition of the Wednesday Evening Post!  I'm noticing that the daylight is sticking around just a little longer which is proof that Spring is just 9 weeks away.  I'm not a Winter person and I don't really like the cold, so the shorter the better.  I hope this finds you all warm and safe.  I also hope those who had that nasty flu are feeling better.

This week I don't have cards to show, but I have a card organization project to share.  Take a look. . .
Here is the whole set of card organizers I made using a template and video found HERE.  She was kind enough to not only share a video, but also supplies the template and measurements.  Thanks Sami!  These are so easy to make, and once you've got the hang of it, I was making one every 15 minutes.  I thought about doing them all in one type of card stock/paper, but I had more fun choosing paper that kind of corresponded to the type of card that is in the box.  I still have a few more to make.  Here are some other looks:
I was easily able to fit 10 multi-layered cards and envelopes in each box.  The "labels" on each were generated in Word using clip art.  I have these sitting on a bookshelf in my craft room and they have really organized my card stash.  It also allows me to know which type of  card I'm running low on so I can always have a good supply in all categories.

Pic of the Week
Frozen Falls
Well, that's it for this post.  Short and sweet for a change.  I hope you try these!  Thanks so much for coming by to see me!  I love having you guys drop in.  I'm on my way to see what you've been up to for the past week, so you'll be seeing me soon.  Have some cocktails ready OK?



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Hey All!

Happy Hump Day!  I hope this post finds you all happy and healthy. . .although that doesn't seem to be the case for some of you.  As I visited blogs this week several of you were battling the bad flu that is going around.  Hope all of you that had it are feeling better and those of you that are well STAY well!!!

I have 3 cards to show you this week.  Take a look:

I can't tell you how nice it is to get back to "regular" cards and not Christmas cards. . . This little cutie image is from Stamping Bella and is called "Branching Out Owlies".  I loved how this one came together because my background paper (DCWV) has curly things that matched the branch the owlies are on.  Then I chose the Curlz font in Word for the sentiment which also matched the curly things.  Ran the back piece through the CB for a wood texture and colored them with markers.

Here's the next:
This image is the newest addition to my Happy Hoppers collection.  I got it on clearance for 55% off at Simon Says Stamps.  What a deal.  When I saw it, this sentiment popped into my head and so here it is in real life.  Colored it with my colored pencils and oms.

And the last for this post:

Had to take the picture of this one at a weird angle because I wanted the "rain drops" to show their sparkle.  What I gave up in this photo is that the umbrellas themselves are shiny "wet" because I used high gloss paper.  The die is from Memory Box (did I tell you I LOVE Memory Box???)  I was going to paper piece the umbrellas so that they looked like fabric, but the card was getting too gloomy looking so I went with the primary colors to brighten it up a bit.  After all it is a get well card right?  

Pic of the Week
This is what I came home to after going to the store.  My darling little Gunther decided to go "dumpster diving" while Daddy was gone.  Lovely huh?  He had shoved the trash can all the way through the laundry room (room through the door) and into the guest bath (room at the end) and wedged the trash can between the wall and the toilet.  BTW, the trash contained 3 days worth of used coffee grounds (morning and night for a total of 6).  Can you imagine how proud I was of him???

Well, that's it for this edition.  I do hope you all stay well and don't catch the flu that is going around.  It's a nasty one I hear.  Stay safe and thanks so much for all of your support and for coming by to see me.



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Hey All!

Well this is the first official Wednesday Evening Post for 2013.  Happy New Year everyone!  Anybody make any resolutions???  I made the same one this year that I did last year. . .I resolved not to make any resolutions this year!  It worked for me last year so why not stick with it huh?

I am going to try to try some different things this year with my cardmaking that I normally wouldn't do.  Which leads us to our example for this post. . .take a look:

I always look at what the Wednesday Tutorial is on Splitcoast Stampers each week.  I always say to myself "Hmmm, that looks interesting. . .I think I'll try that this week."  But like almost every week I say that, I don't try it.  Well I did this week.  The card is called a "Flip Down Stack Card", and I love cards that move.  You can find the tutorial HERE.  Mark from DEADBEAT DESIGNS sent me the whole set of his new bird stamps for Christmas (Thank you so much, Mark!).  You can see his samples HERE.  I had originally thought I would use them for a note card set, but when I saw the SCS tutorial I knew they would be perfect.  The card measures 9 1/4 X 4 and fits into a standard #10 business envelope.  The birds were colored with watercolor pencils.

I did manage one note card:
Mark even sent me the matching background stamp.  I thought the bright colors on the bird really popped on the black and white background.

I also wanted to show you how Mark addressed the package to me:
Is this not unbelievable????  The O'Brien is in his own handwriting with glitter!!!  Have you known anyone who addresses a package to make it look like art?  Mark, you are so creative!

I'm working on some other cards using some wonderful stamps that my other fabulous blogging buddy Chris from Mudmaven Designs sent me.  Those will be highlighted next week!

As a lot of you heard, we here in central Indiana had a blizzard the day after Christmas.  I thought I would share a couple of pics from that storm:
Looks like we have our own skating pond doesn't it?  LOL  We had about 10" here when all was done.  Pretty huh?

Pic of the Week
OK, that's it for this edition.  Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me.  I'm on my way to return the pleasure and can't wait to see what you've all been up to.  I hope you all had a safe New Year's Eve and that this new year brings you a ton of great things.



"God, please help me be the person that my dogs think I am."