Sunday, November 23, 2014


While walking by a store at the shopping mall today I saw several dogs dressed in Christmas sweaters ready to get their picture taken.    So I thought I better dress my guy up so he did not feel left out.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season's Greetings
Poppy Stamps - Madison Park Bench & Labrador
Memory Box -Holiday Hats & Palace Oval Frame
Papertry Ink- In The Meadow die

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Big Blue Frosty Greeting

Pouring rain here, at least it is warmer, lots of wind and power outages.  Gives me plenty of time to sit in my craft room and try to come up with designs.

I thought a slightly blue holiday design would be fun.  The background is embossed with a snowflake pattern and I added some snow to the branch.  The tree is dotted with Viva Decor pens, which I use on a lot of my cards,  I love the stuff.  I just have been going through some of my dies and embossing folders that don't get used much.

Papertry Ink - In The Meadow Die
Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Poppy Stamps - Picket Fence & Pine Garland
Memory Box - Gingerbread Men & Woodland Branch
Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch
Viva Decor Gold & Red Paper Pens
Darice Snowflake embossing Folder

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas Deliveries

A big hello to my newest followers and everyone that takes the time to stop by.  Still chilly here with a rain headed my way.

Today's design used some of my favorite holiday dies and a few stickers I happen to have.  I die cut the Leaping Deer 6 times and attached them in pairs, then used some leftover red tops from the Stocking Garland for the saddles.  I dotted the saddles with Viva Decor Gold pens for a little bling.   Then die cut the icicle using glitter card stock for the top of the card. I tucked a dimensional Santa sticker into the sleigh and a few nutcrackers.

Poppy Stamps-  Stocking Garland
Memory Box Leaping Deer
Impression Obsession Icicle
Matha Stewart Snowflake punch
Cottage Cutz - Elegant Sleigh
Elizabeth Craft - Season Greetings
Dimensional Santa sticker & nutcrackers

Today I planted a bowl of Paperwhite bulbs.   I was able to place six bulbs into the ceramic pot.  I will take pictures of the growth each week and see how long it takes for them to bloom.  Right now you can see little green sprouts on top of each bulb. Then the house will be filled with a fabulous scent. Week 1 picture.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Have A Merry Christmas

Hello everyone, a big special thanks to my new followers.  Wow has it been cold here in the Northwest.  Right after October it was like a switch was thrown, it went from being nice to bitter cold.  The mornings have been 26 and the highs around 40.

Today's design was really quick and easy, I just die cut the oval frames, embossed the white card stock and added the cute Frosty, hillside, a few rhinestones and the words and I was done.

Cheery Lynn Designs - Frosty The Snowman
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Die
Darice Snowflake embossing folder
Poppy Stamps Vintage Merry Christmas
Spellbinders Grand Ovals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Up Up And Away

Greetings everyone, a big hello to my latest followers and thank you for stopping by my blog.  I still think Dee's Distinctively Small Winter Cottage die is one of the cutest house designs.  I used glitter card stock for the roof, windows, door and top of chimney.  Then I added Viva Decor dots on top of the windows for Christmas lights.  I also dotted the trees for a festive glow.  I tucked some presents, gingerbread men and a train in the snowbank which was created using my Fiskars deckle scissors.

Dee's Distinctively Sm Winter Cottage
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Impression Obsession Fir Trees & Santa
Memory Box A Batch of Gingerbread & Train Set
Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Viva Decor Red paper pen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Poinsettia Garland

Greetings everyone, today's design was pretty fast.  I die cut the oval and the attached the Holly Vine. Next I coated the poinsettias with Sakara 3 D Lacquer for a little shine and each one is sitting on a white snowflake  I added some Via Decor red dots for berries and a few silver bells.

Spellbinders 5 X 7 Matting Basics B & Floral Ovals
Poppy Stamps Giovanna Snowflake & Small Blooming Poinsettia
Memory Box Holly Vine & Holiday Bells
Sakara 3 D Lacquer
Via Decor Red & Gold paper pen

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Penguin Greeting

Its time again for the Penguins to come out and play.  I die cut them in black and then white card stock, to create the tummies I cut oval shapes.  I know you can not see it but I added a copper Viva Decor on the beaks.

I die cut the center circle using the Impression Obsession Circle Shaker Frame die and then added a deckle cut snow bank.  I used Glossy Accents and the Recollections Snow Glitter on the tree.  The raindrops are Viva Decor Glass Effects.  For the corners I used Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die.

Impression Obsession -  Circle Shaker Frame Die
Memory Box Playful Penguins
Cheery Lynn Designs Lace Corner Deco F die
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season Greetings
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Recollections Snow Glitter
Fiskars Deckle scissors

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Waiting For My Folks

Welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy today's design.  I know when I had pets they were always waiting for me as soon as they heard the car pull up.

I used Viva Decor pens on the stair case for the berries, and then again on the tree to create a variety of holiday ornaments. I tucked the cat at the top of the staircase and the dog waiting by the door.

Poppy Stamps Leafy Garland, Curious Cat, Dachshund & Elegant Stair Frame
Memory Box Frosted Christmas Tree, Graceful Chandelier & Train Set
Viva Decor pens

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bringing Home The Trees

A big hello to my latest followers and everyone who stops by for a visit.  I finally got around to having my dental implant done and it was not as bad as I thought it would be.  Now I just have to wait for 4 months until the bone grows around it and then finally I can get a crown put on.

Today' s design was pretty quick, I used a green frame around the card and added some sponged clouds for the background.  I thought it would be fun to give it a vintage look with the horse pulling the wagon with a load of holiday trees.

Poppy Stamps Trotting Pony, Rustic Wagon & Vintage Merry Christmas
Impression Obsession Fir trees
Dee;s Distinctively Border No. 3
Taylored Expression Cloud Border Die
Martha Stewart Grass punch
Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics B

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oh Silent Night

It is that time again, I can't believe the holidays are coming up, where does the time go.  I used my cloud mask and sponged the background design then die cut the trees and used Glossy Effects to outline the edges and then sprinkled Recollections Snow glitter to give them a little dimension.  I added some Viva Decor glass effect gel to the windows of the house and also used different colors to add the decorations.  I used Glossy Effects to the truck even through you can't really tell.  I used my Fiskars Deckle scissors for the snow bank and added the carolers and a little Viva Decor for there hats and books.

Memory Box - Village House
Impression Obesssion - Fir Trees,  Carolers & Classic Truck
Taylored Expressions - Cloud Border Die
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 X 7
Fiskars Deckle scissors
Viva Decor Glass Effect Gel, various colored pens

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winters Delight

Greetings to everyone stopping by for a visit.  It is so hard to take a good picture of an all white design.   I just purchased the fun Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders die what a delightful concept.  I think they add a lovely effect to the rolling hills which I die cut using glitter card stock.  I used Glossy Accents on the trees and then added a sprinkling of Michael's brand Recollections Extra Fine Snow Glitter.   For the rain drops I used Glass Effects and it really makes fun dots.

Memory Box Woodland Deer & Grand Oak Tree
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders
Impression Obsession - Fir Trees
Viva Decor Glass Effects
Glossy Accents
Recollections Extra Fin Snow Glitter
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 X 7

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gathering Nuts

Here in the Northwest the weather has been windy with lots of rain.  There are so many leaves on the ground now I have given up raking them.  My hope is that we will have a huge wind storm and they will blow in someone else's yard.

Today's card is a fun Autumn design, I inked the clouds, really I am not very good.  I added some leaves and apples to the tree then tucked some pumpkins into the grass and attached the fence and squirrels.

Memory Box - Grand Alder Tree, Perfect Pumpkins & Puffy Clouds
Poppy Stamps - Picket Fence
Impression Obsession - Oak Leaves & Rake, Bushel of Apples & Squirrel Set
Spellbinders Matting Basics B 5 x 7

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Greetings

Hello everyone, today's design was quick and easy to create.  I die cut the Grand Madison Door using a cream colored card stock and then created a wreath using the Spellbinders circles ( 1⅞″ & 1⅜″) together.  I then attached punched oak leaves and a few pumpkins.  The door knob is Viva Decor orange pen. The corners were Impression Obsession Brick House roof eves. The sentiment was printed off my computer.

It is that time of the year when taking a picture of my cards never turns out well.

Spellbinders Standard Circles Larges ( 1⅞″ & 1⅜″)
Impression Obsession Brick House
Poppy Stamps Grand Madison Door
Memory Box Perfect Pumpkins
Punch Bunch Oak Leaf

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Autumn Harvest

For better details click on picture.

Greetings everyone, today's design was made using leftover die cuts.  I tucked some pumpkins into the cornucopia, apples in the basket, a fence, rake and tree branch behind the gourds and added some fun leaves and flowers.

Punch Bunch Oak leaf punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Spellbinders Nestabilities Floral Ovals
Cuttlebug Textile Embossing Folder (pumpkin)
Impression Obsession Oak Leaves and Rake, Wide Tree, Tiny Flowers, Bushel Of Apples, Cornucopia & Fence Trio Die Set
Martha Stewart Pumpkin punch
Memory Box Perfect Pumpkins

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Midnight Ride

Greetings Everyone,  Hello to my newest followers and those that stop by for a visit.  Today's design started with making a mask using the Cloud Border and several shades of blue ink.  After stamping I added the Icicle Edge under the top of frame and attached the Santa.  Then I used the Viva glitter pen and edged the trees and after they dried I attached them with the truck as shown  I finally purchased some deckle scissors and they really make a fun snowbank.

Impression Obsession - Classic Truck, Icicle Edger, Fir Trees, & Santa
Poppy Stamps Delicate Cloud Border
Fiskars Deckle scissors (snow bank)
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B (red frame)
Viva Glitter Pen (edges of trees)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas Carolers

I really like the new Impression Obsession Carolers and they are just the perfect size for my type of cards.  The Papertrey Ink In The meadow die set is my go to to create curved hills.  I gave it a crimped design to look like snow.  I glued some left over leaves around a circle to create the wreath for the lamp post.  I used Sakara 3D Crystal Lacquer on the lamp post lights for a little shine. I dabbed some Viva Decor dots in red and gold on the tree.  I then attached the Carolers and framed the design using the Spellbinders Matting Basics which are my go to for framing because I can not cut a straight line.

Update on the glasses, got my exam at the Optometrist and of course they want to sell you on their frames, lens etc.  After I received a quote somewhere between $400 - $700 for a new pair I drove over to Costco.  The vision center their quoted me $249.00 for the exact same items.  Of course I opted for Costco. It really does pay to shop around.  PS I did get a price from Walmart it was about $350.00.

Poppy Stamps Village Lamp Post, Small Madison Arched Window & Snow Flocked Tree
Impression Obsession Carolers
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B ( 4⅝ x 6⅝” & 4⅛ x 6⅛”)
Papertrey Ink In the Meadow die set 
Fiskars Paper Crimper
Viva Decor Red & Gold Paper Pens
Sakara 3d Crystal Lacquer  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stirring Up Treats

Hi there, I hope you’re well and having a productive week.  While cleaning my glasses the other day the end piece that connects to the temple snapped off.  Well of course they can’t be repaired so off to the Ophthalmologists for an exam and then some place to make a new pair. 

Today's card is using the new Impression Obsession Witch which I just find so cute.  I tucked in the Memory Box Graveyard and Alder Tree, punched a bat and added the cat. Then framed the design using the Spellbinders matting Basics.  Since I can't cut a straight edge these matting dies are great.

On another note the deer in my yard are busy, I was standing on a ladder picking apples and tossing them onto the grass below, when a doe and her fawn come right over and start eating the apples right under the ladder.   They would not go away so I had to get the Mister to stand guard until I was done. Below is a picture of several deer just laying in my flower beds without a care in the world.
Black Tailed Deer

Poppy Stamps Curious Cat
Memory Box Grand Alder Tree, Graveyard Landscape
Impression Obsession Witch Brewing
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics B
Martha Stewart Bat Punch

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Squirrel Gathering

Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well.  The squirrels in my yard have been busy ever since the weather got cooler.  They spend a lot of time up in the oak tree gathering acorns and occasionally stealing my tomatoes.  So I thought I would create a design around how busy these squirrels have become.

Martha Stewart grass punch
Impression Obsession Pumpkin Patch, Squirrel Set, Bushel of Apples, Oak Leaves and Rake
Memory Box Small Alder & Gold Finch
Poppy Stamps Leafy Sprig & Picket Fence
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics Basics B (4⅝ x 6⅝”) (Orange frame)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Trick Or Treat

Greetings Everyone and a big hello to my newest followers.

Honestly I think the new Impression Obsession dies are just darling,  I paired the Halloween Trick or Treaters with the Poppy Stamps Cute Cottage and then added the  Impression Obsession Icicle on the roof .  I tucked some small pumpkins, leaves and ghosts around the house.  I die cut a circle and added the fun Witch Flying to complete the design.

Impression Obsession  - Trick or Treaters, Witch Flying, Snowy Roof, Oak Leaves & Rake, Brick House (die cut piece under icicles)  & Pumpkin Patch
Poppy Stamps - Cute Cottage
Memory Box - Ghastly Ghost
Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large (2⅜″) (Moon)
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X 7 Matting Basics Basics B (4⅝ x 6⅝”) (Black frame)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pumpkin Gathering

Greetings Everyone,

A big hello to my new followers, I am always so excited when I see someone has joined my blog.

Thank you for stopping by, hope you are enjoying the final days of summer.  Our weather certainly has changed, this morning it was 49 degrees with fog.  I really am not good using inks but I brushed the truck a little with brown ink to give it an aged appearance.  I created a mask using the Delicate Cloud Border for the background.

Spellbinders Heartfelt Creations Classic Editions
Papertrey Ink - In The Meadow Die Collection (set of 2)
Memory Box Grand Alder Tree, Small Alder Tree & Perfect Pumpkins
Poppy Stamps Delicate Cloud Border
Punch Bunch Oak leaf punch

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Season's Greetings

Hello and welcome to my blog, a big thanks to my two new followers, gosh I can't believe I now have over 200 followers,  thank you for joining me.

Today's design is on the early side for the holidays but it has been raining here and I am trapped indoors.  To create the Santa you will need to cut the arms and legs off and re-glue them as shown.  I used the coat from the Santa's Laundry which works great, and the sack is actually one of the beards.  I stuffed the sack with candy canes, gum drops and tiny stocking.  Under the tree I added two mice and the tiny train set. I borrowed the witch's shoes because I could not find a good masculine shoe die. You know trying to glue tiny die cut pieces is really hard, miniatures are fun but also a pain.

Martha Stewart Ribbon Bow punch
Elizabeth Craft Designs Season's Greetings
Memory Box - Train Set, Tiny Stockings, Tiny Candy Canes, Goodie Gum Drops,Gingerbread Precious Men, Little Mice, Frosted Christmas Tree, Holiday Hats, Beard Set & Gentleman Dancing
Cheery Lynn Designs - Witch's Laundry (shoes) Santa's Laundry (coat)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circle  3⅛″ (tree skirt)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Has Arrived

Greetings Everyone, a big hello to my latest follower, thank you for joining.  Today's card has a nice Fall theme.  I just die cut two houses and added some left over trim for one of the roofs.  I added a fun bare branched tree behind one house, used the porch from the Poppy Stamps Halloween Roof & Porch die and then tucked some leaves and pumpkins in front.

Memory Box Village House & Perfect Pumpkins
Poppy Stamps Viva Tree & Halloween Roof & Porch
Impression Obsession Small Leaves
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Ribbon Banners
Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities Grand Ovals

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brewing Up Some Candy Treats

Oh you know how I love the Lady Dancing die so I thought it would be fun to have her dressed in a pumpkin outfit concocting a delicious brew of Halloween goodies.   The table is created using the Taylored Expressions The Witch Is In legs and a Martha Stewart Dripping Goo for the table skirt and a few bats. Then I added the Grim Cauldron, Tiny Bubbles & Swirled Lollipops.

Memory Box Lady Dancing, Grim Cauldron, Swirled Lollipops & Tiny Bubbles
Taylored Expression - The Witch Is In
Impression Obsession Pumpkin die
Martha Stewart Dripping Goo & Bat punch
Spellbinders Nestabilities 5 X & Matting Basics B (Black & Yellow Frame)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Have a Frightening Good Halloween & Halloween Surprise

Have a Frightening Good Halloween

Greetings everyone, thanks for taking the time to stop by for a visit.  This design is really easy to create I just die cut the Happy Halloween from the border die with orange hologram paper. The wheels are from the Brand New Bicycle I attached them to the pumpkin then added the cupid in black.  I thought it really worked well for the card.  To finish I added a silver Border No. 3 Dee's Distinctively piece to create movement.

Memory Box Happy Halloween Border die
Impression Obsession Pumpkin & Cupids
Dee's Distinctively Border No 3.

Halloween Surprise

Just a fun window scene using the Gothic Window.  I added the Dianna Border vine with a small Blooming Poinsettia and the Curious Cat. Inside the window is the Ghastly Ghost and Perfect Pumpkin a few Martha Stewart bats and spider web.

Poppy Stamps- Small Blooming Poinsettia, Small Gothic Window, Dianna Border & Curious Cat
Memory Box-  Ghastly Ghosts & Perfect Pumpkins
Darice-  Stripe embossing folder
Martha Stewart - Bats & spider web punch

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Flying Witch & Midnight Ride

Flying Witch

Midnight Ride

Oh you know I really like the Memory Box Dancing Lady die (retired) there are just so many fun ways to create cards using her.  I used a Spellbinders Large Classic Circle for the moons and I found I had an old Martha Stewart bat wings, Jack O Lantern and bat punch.

We recently discovered some rodent had taken up resident in our attic, after putting rat/mouse traps and getting nothing I asked my better half to get up in the attic and take a look.  Well, over in the corner where the house eves are located was a nest with five baby Douglas Squirrels (picture below).  Now they are actually a native squirrel in Washington so I had him place the babies in a box and took them outside and placed them under a tree.  Sure enough almost immediately here comes the mom and she moved them all to a better location.  We found where the squirrel had gotten up on the roof and into the attic so now that is all sealed off.

Materials For Midnight Ride
Memory Box Dancing Lady (retired) but you can still find them at on-line stores
Martha Stewart Jack O Lantern, Large Bat Wings and small bat punches (no longer make these punches)

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