Thursday, August 21, 2014

newsprint as gift wrap

Being faced with the need for some gift wrap paper and unable to find anything that worked for me in my stash, no time to run out for some, left me with the only option of  figuring out an alternative.  Newsprint is definitely a staple of my studio, not only do I use it as spray sheets but it also comes in handy so often for other needs.  It was the perfect size, so I gathered, Dylusion Inks, Tim Holtz distress Inks, stamp pads and stamps, some brushes and stencils and set to play.  This will not only work as my gift wrap but will also work as a card background at some point.  I love newsprint but even more I love playing with the toys.  Have a wonderful day and move joyously into your weekend. Hugs

the gift is ready to go.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Moose

A fun birthday card for a friend, we walk most every morning, we take in the morning light and changes in the local flora and fauna, we also discuss the state of our universe as seen on news feeds.  One thing that we laugh at are the "Breaking News" banners constantly displayed, it just seems so unnecessary, so the ridiculous was on my mind as I began putting the card together.  A singing moose in a castle court yard seemed to fit the bill.  Background is from a frame I purchased recently, cropped and filtered in photoshop, then printed out.  Moose element created using photoshop and Silhouette Cameo, banner also created using Cameo.  Hope your day is filled with the fun and ridiculous, hugs

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Tribute

This morning on my walk, I could not ignore the joy in the sky above me, then I thought that just maybe it was the joy of angels spilling over from Heaven as they welcomed and embraced Robin Williams.  That they felt the sadness of his passing from this earth and wanted us to know that they had received him and that there is peace and laughter in Heaven this morning.  He was one of my all time favorites, I caught an improv one night as he pieced together Shakespearean quotes in a magical, hysterical skit of pure genius, he stayed on my radar from then on and I was always excited to see his next project.  God Bless you and yours Robin.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Embrace Now

Monday morning is beginning, no sunrise yet but temps are perfect right now to get the house cooled down so windows and doors open to let it in.  August is giving us a break this week with temps in the low 90s, after two weeks of triple digits in July it is a blessing.  
Now that it appears I have a working system, FINALLY in place, I am incorporating some of the wonderful features from my fairly new printer, the old one would not print on an A2 card blank, this computer did not have a word processing software so I down loaded a free one and to my amazement it worked, lol.  Also on one of my early morning walks the sunlight was beautiful and there are portions of our older neighborhood where the road topping is cracked to the point of looking like a cobblestone, the light was perfect and I took a picture, whala my background for this card.  The leaves from another walk, here is a little tip, if you find a leaf you love but it is crinkled and dried but other wise perfect for what you want, take the leaf and place it in a bowl of water for about 6 or 8 hours, remove, dry off with a paper towel, pat gently and scan it in, then using your editing software turn it into an element.
Hope everyone has a peaceful, safe week, hugs

Friday, August 8, 2014


Some leaves I found on a walk and turned into elements, dodging triple digits has had me a little slow and this computer situation cinched the whole thing.  No promises, but I just may now have a solution in place with a newly shared 3 year old lap top, we will see.  Hope everyone has a great weekend, hugs

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Are these little stinkers cavorting in your backyards?  They are so darn funny, they look at you in challenge and glee, they hop, scamper and chatter.  I do love watching them play.  We should take lessons.  Hot hot hot here today, stay safe and cool, hugs

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Blooms

Happy Friday, I have a busy busy day here, temps predicted high, trying to get house cooled down before Sunrise.  Playing with my flower stamp image and decided to do this card using three colors, varying shades of orange/yellow, black and white.  It just seemed cool to me this morning.  I was really looking at the butterfly wings and decided they would make a neat photo corner.  I also like the uncharacteristic placement of the colored butterfly in the black and white flower.
Stay cool and safe, Hugs

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Heaps of Blessings

Good Morning and a Happy Sunday.  I am counting my blessings this morning, to have wonderful neighbors is definitely one of my constant blessings, but to have neighbors with fabulous gardens and yards is one that just never stops giving.  You can see why I very rarely leave my house around here without my camera in tow.  When I got home and printed this bougainvillea out, I was intrigued with the flash back, the color is almost surreal, the entire plant just sparkles with color.  So I used it as a background and added a few Monarch butterflies, they just fit right in.
Hope everyone is safe and Happy today, Hugs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Frolics

Tomorrow is the first day of summer, first day of Summer?  Did I go into a coma?  What happened to winter and spring?  I guess mostly it was the entire computer crash drama.  Still not completely over that entire issue but it is getting better.  I am adjusting to windows 7 and most of my little pesky issues are corrected, 1 or 2 more and we could almost call it normal.  A new flower today, it is in two sizes and the larger size is 3-D, don't have it down to a perfect science yet, but working on it, I am expanding my knowledge in point editing with my Silhouette and it is an amazing tool.  Stay cool, be safe and have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Happy Thursday, one and all.  This is my July 4th card for my son, he has wanted to join the forces since he was 18, certain life choices, marriage, etc. have put this decision on the back burner and it has slowly worked its way to the fore front over the years, it has now become a decision due to his age (27) that he make up his mind, and he has pretty much moved to the decision of becoming a reservist.  Even if I, for perfectly selfish reasons do not want him to do this, as his mom I support him 100% in his decision.  There are a couple things I have asked him to consider as he moves forward and this card is a gentle reminder, even though I know it will be received with a raised eyebrow and a firm "Mom" uttered.  I am very proud of him.
I used my woven background, perfect with the blues, but even the more so with the weave of all the decision making and emotions involved. The flag with tag is a plant stick I created for a neighbor's patio table, it cried out to become an element before it was gifted. Hope all are safe and sound this week as we head into yet another week-end, Hugs