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Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Hey All!

Does anyone have Mother Nature's phone number?  Can someone call her and remind her to flip her damn calendar page please????  I swear if I see another flake of snow I'm going to flip completely out of my mind!!!!  This has got to STOP.  We got another almost 7 inches here and I am done, do you hear me. . . .DONE!

OK, I feel somewhat better now and I'm ready to post some of my Easter cards.  But how does one hunt for Easter eggs in the snow???  Anybody???  I digress. . .on to my first card:
I love this die so much.  They look like those cheap hollow chocolate bunnies you get at Walmart don't they?  Ha!  I added a liquid pearl eye and tied a bow around their little necks with various colors of embroidery floss.  The die is from Impression Obsession.

Using the same die, I created this side step card.  I used a Hero Arts egg die for the eggs using various scrap pieces.  I also used some MS glitter for some Easter sparkle.  Used a punch for the grass look.  I'm entering this one into the Anything Goes Challenge over at Simon Says.

How sweet is this image???  It is colored with my colored pencils and oms.  Every time I look at this it's like the mouse is thinking. . ."How the hell did you come out of this?"  LOL
I'm really liking lime green right now!  I'm entering this into the HM Monday Challenge #HMFMC141.  You can find the details of the challenge HERE.

Final card. . .
I'm just nuts over this little chick stamp.  It reminds me of a chick version of Snoopy's Woodstock.  It is a single little wood stamp by Denami Designs.  I obviously stamped it a bunch of times and colored each with colored pencils.  In the Spring (whatever that is) I always see these Mamma ducks with a hoard of babies following them and that is what this card reminds me of only with chicks.

Pic of the Week
Robin: "Where the hell is Spring?"
Well, that's it for this edition.  Hope you enjoyed your visit (minus my whining).  I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Easter weekend.  I'm trying to stay away from the Starburst jelly beans I bought to fill some plastic eggs for a few baskets I've made for my Mom/Sis and best friends.  But they are so tasty!!!!

Hope you are all well!  Thanks for taking the time to come see my stuff!  I'll be visiting you soon!



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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Hey All!!

It is so awesome to see you back here!  How the heck are ya???  I know I visited all of you this past week that left a comment for me, but I still have a few more to get to, so I'll be seeing those of you I missed shortly!

This week I will dedicate to the "Square Card".  This shape card is my favorite to do.  It gives me more space to work with and I like the symmetry of the square.  So I have 3 to show you this week.  Take a look. . .

I made this card for my best friend Ken.  He just started a new job and I wanted to wish him luck with it.  This is a Gruffies image and it always reminds me of "the office".  This image would also be great for a card around tax time!  LOL  I created the background paper using Word and individual clip art pieces.  I lined each up and then duplicated them to form lines.  The main image is colored with colored pencils and oms.  I floated the sentiment with a fancy paper clip.

Here is the next card:
This is a get well card I made with a super cute image from Mo Manning.  I love this bear, and I swear it looks just like how pitiful us guys can be when we are sick.  Again, this was colored with colored pencils and oms.  

Here is the last card for this post:
Another cute image by Art Impressions.  This image was one my wonderful blogging friend Sue sent me.  And speaking of blogging friends, this card was made for the husband of my blogging friend Mary.  Her husband had surgery and I immediately thought about this image and how perfect for a get well guy card it is.  It is colored with my colored pencils and oms.  The brads are covered with brown fuzzy material which reminded me of couch nail heads (or whatever they are called).

Pic of the Week
Well, another Wednesday Evening Post has come to an end.  I want to wish those of you who are experiencing the first day of Spring today a very happy and safe Spring season.  I'm so glad to be seeing the cold weather leave us, but I don't look forward to the unstable weather and storms we have in Spring.  BTW, we are on the pool opening schedule for May 15th!!!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and for always leaving me such great comments.  I love you guys!



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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Hey All!

How the heck are ya?  I'm sorry to have been MIA for the past couple of weeks, but it is what it is. . .I have discovered an elusive secret about my lack of mojo.  I have found that when I have a reason for a card. . .like the ones I'm showing tonight, I make them with no problems.  It's the sitting down and making cards for no reason that gets me in a slump.  Does anyone else relate to that?

I have a note card set to show you tonight that I made for a woman I don't really know.  I've only dealt with her over the phone, but she is very sweet and has been very helpful with Jay's specialty pharmacy drugs.  I had sent her a thank you card and she loved it so much, I told her I would make her a card set.  Here it is:
 This is the box that I made to hold the cards. . .it is made from instructions from my "go to" note card box from Gina K. Designs.  I find it to be the easiest and fastest and it is so "no fail".  And, you can decorate it however you wish.  You can find the instructions for the box HERE.  Here is one of the cards:
This is truly a clean and simple card.  The image (Stacey Yacula) was embossed with black embossing powder then colored with markers.  I used a small letter stamp set from Martha Stewart for the "snail mail".  The dragonfly is a $1 stamp.  You can't really see it in the picture, but the antennae are stickled as are the wings of the dragonfly.  Also, I added a glitter trail behind the snail right off the card as if the snail were crossing the card.  I've never been happy with my attempts at CAS in the past, but I do like how this one came out. . .here are the rest:

 For extras, I stamped the dragonfly on the outside of each envelope and lined the inside with the paper I used on the outside of the box to give it all coordination.  I hope she will like this set.

My next card is a sympathy card for a guy.  The guy I found to help me with my pool is such a great guy and I just found out that his father died.  So I wanted him to know that I was sorry and I made him this card:

I stamped the background with a script stamp from Hero Arts.  I ran the brown circles through an embossing folder for texture and the "weeds" are embossed in copper (doesn't show in the photo of course).  The images are also Hero Arts.  The brad in the center is very sparkly.  I wanted to keep it monotone and these are my favorite range of colors (browns, beige, and copper) which also tends to have a masculine feel.  The card is 5.5 X 5.5

As a side note, did any of you know that SCS has a whole section on card layouts???  I've been a member of SCS since 2008 and just found it.  There are almost 500 card sketches for you to look at all in one place.  You can find it HERE.

Pic of the Week
We had this sudden snow burst a couple of weeks ago and the boys were caught in it.  They are almost unrecognizable!  LOL  Gunther (one on the left) you can't really tell which end is which!  LOL!

Well, that's it for this post.  I'll be working my way around to see you all.  One funny observation. . .I got more comments when I DIDN'T post cards than I usually do when I post cards. . .hmmmmmmm maybe that is telling me something!  Happy St. Pat's Day to all of you!  Viva la Pope Francis!



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