Tuesday, August 31


It was a grey cold and blustery day but that didn’t stop fairytales from coming true.  

I helped my DIL shoot a wedding at our local Castle.   It’s the first time that I’ve been there.

(Topaz Adjust)

Here are a few samples of the event.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Monday, August 30

The Best Day Ever

There are so many Birthdays in September I cant even count.  I think I have over 20 cards to make.  Gasp!   I better get busy!   Especially since there are two weekends I won’t be able to be creative. 

I’m going to South Lake Tahoe for a week.  I’ll be sure to take alot of photo’s to share.  My DIL has been researching the Gondola ride to the top of the Mountain.  That should be fun.  The first weekend we’ll be there is Labor Day weekend.  There is a big 3 day Arts and Crafts Festival.    Mom and I may take a drive into Sacramento one day.  And guess what Mom… the house is only a mile from the state line and the Casino’s . We’ll have do do this too ----->   Viva Valhalla, a celebration of Tahoe's Latino culture.  I’m sure the food will be fabulous!     There is a big Farmers Market, and an outdoor flea market. Who knows what all we’ll do …   Its vacation…   I’m going to relax!

This card was created using  my Verve stamp – Framed Wishes.   I received this free with my purchase for their August new release.

It’s hard to tell, but if you look really close, I scored random lines on the red.

Products used:  CTMH – Cranberry Red. X7111B – Moon Doggie. Indian Corn Blue.  Verve – Framed Wishes. Buttons, ribbon,  conch, twine. Nestabilities – labels 10.

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Sunday, August 29

I Feel a Change

This is the first time I’ve done The Sweet Shoppe Sketch Challenge.   There is a new challenge posted every week.

Thursday we had 105 degrees.  HOT!   And today we have 64 degrees.  Wow!  What a difference.   Fall feels close even though I know we have a few more weeks of warmer weather coming soon. 

I bought this new fall digi stamp from Korin at Sweet and Sassy Stamps.  Fall colors are my fave. They’re so rich and warm.

Occasionally I decorate the inside too.


Products used:   My Minds Eye. October Afternoon. CTMH – Autumn Terracotta. Nestabilites – Circles. Pinking circles. Copics. Sweet & Sassy Digi. Distress ink – Vintage photo. Verve – Kind Words.  Nestabilities – Labels 10. Ribbon. Punch.

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Saturday, August 28

Birthday Wishes

This card was created for Julee’s Mojo Monday.  Go check out all of the beautiful cards HERE.   I wanted to hurry and get this done so that I could share it with you.  I’m about to leave for a photoshoot.  I’m helping my DIL photograph a wedding.  And its at a Castle!  Should be fun!

This was a pretty simple template. 

I downloaded one of the newest Digi stamps from Pink Cat studio and colored with my Copic markers.

Products used:  Pink Cat Studio. Verve – Wonderful Wishes. Nestabilities – Squares.  CS – My minds eye. Misc orange. Distress ink – Tea Dye. Ribbon. Buttons. Twine. SU punch.

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Thursday, August 26

Breaking News

I just found out a couple of days ago that I have another Grandbaby on the way! WaHoo! You can read all about it and keep updated HERE.

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Tuesday, August 24

Love is the Flower

I decided to dig out the paper and make an 8x8 scrap page.   No digi this time.   Gasp!  I used the Verve stamp set – Loves Flower.

I ran some textured vellum through my Big Shot and embossed it then rubbed some vintage photo ink on it.  I also used that same vellum to cut out some butterflies.

Isn’t that a pretty little flower?  I stamped two images, colored them with my copic markers then cut the middle image out and layered it, using dimensionals, on to the other image.  

Here’s a little closer look.

I love the dyed seam binding that is for sale at several Etsy shops.  Or…..  you can dye your own..   Its all crinkly and fun.  I put a piece of sticky strip across the page, then bunch and crunch the ribbon to the strip. Now I've just got to find a pretty little frame to put it in.

Products used:   Verve – Loves Flower.  Copics. CTMH – Buttercup, breeze. Pin. Jewels. Stickles. Antique photo distress ink. Seam binding ribbon.  Nestabilities – Labels 10. Vellum.

“Everything is clearer when you're in love.”
John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality” John Lennon

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you've got to let it grow.
John Lennon

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
John Lennon

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

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Monday, August 23

Very Early

This is a new project I just started.  This is the very early stages but I’m on a roll…  I’ve had the itch….  I have several projects I want to complete before the holidays so bear with me…..

I found some old kitchen cabinet doors at Restore.   A store that benefits Habitat for Humanity.  I thought they would make great paint projects.. along with several other things I have in my stash.

I painted the door Tradition Burnt Umber,  then rubbed on some candle wax and painted a pretty grey/blue color..  When dry, I lightly sanded.  The wax from the candle prevents the paint from sticking to the undercoat.   I love this look!


Finished project will be similar to the project at the bottom of my blog….    No two item are every the same… but fairly close..

“ You see when you’re hunting for the glad

things, you sort of forget the other kind”

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Sunday, August 22

Blog Candy

Lori over at Playing With Paperis offering some fabulous blog candy. I don't see many chances for blog candy. A couple of years ago it seems like everyone was offering it. Go visit her and and give it a try.


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Saturday, August 21

My Offspring + 1

Last night I went to a BBQ at my Baby Sister’s House .    It’s not often that I get a chance to snap a picture of all my Offspring together…

Eric, Ashley, (SIL) David, Janelle

The kids had fun on the Trampoline.   Carter was laughing at the other kids on the tramp. 

My Niece Emily

My cousin’s Granddaughter Janika

Finally his turn…


“Each laugh makes you 10 years younger”

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Thursday, August 19


Day 5 and all is well…..  CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!  I love this card.  I’m sure the recipient is part of the reason.

See Sundays post for a link to the details of the anni-verve-sary of Verve Stamps.

If you are a regular reader, you know my Grandson loves Dinosaurs and Dragons.    Everywhere he goes… he’s on the hunt for them.  Seriously…  They’re  flying in the air all around and his handy dandy weapon of choice  (his favorite stick)  is always within easy reach.

I thought this would be the perfect time to make a card for him.  He’ll turn 3 on September 15th and his favorite color is orange.

I think pretty much everything on his wish list involved Dragons or Dinosaurs. I’ll be shopping soon…  Maybe I’ll find something fun while I’m in Lake Tahoe for a week the first part of September.

Products used:  CHF – Little Boy.  Basic Grey – Lime Ricky. CTMH – Sunkiss Yellow. Stickles. Copic. Distress ink – Vintage photo. Nestabilities.


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