Monday, May 31, 2010


Hope you all had a beautiful Memorial Day! It certainly was that in Southern California.

I know it has been a few days since I posted but I have been busy. Decided I had better get busy today on cards since I have a birthday and anniversary coming up soon. I was looking through my paper file and decided to use some already discontinued paper that I love for the birthday card, and some to soon be retired for the anniversary card. I will miss a lot of the papers but then every year we usually do miss those that retire.

Tomorrow is the day for the retiring list to come out. If any of you want to get anything, e-mail me and let me know. I'll be glad to order whatever you would like.

First the birthday card:

Stamp Sets: Elements of Style and Well Scripted

Card stock: Buckaro Blue, Groovy Guava, Whisper White

Ink: Dusty Durango

Accessories: Vanilla Hodgepodge, 1/2 inch circle punch, Dusty Durango Polka Dot Ribbon, Mini glue dots, and dimensionals.

A look at the inside:

Next is the anniversary card:

Stamp Set:Elements of Style

Card Stock: Glorious Green, Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana

Ink: Almost Amethyst, So Saffron

Accessories: Big Shot with Oval Scallop Frame, Scallop Oval Punch, Beads and Flowers from Egg-cellent Egg Kit (retired), mini glue dots and dimensionals.

Here's a look at the inside. I will write a message for them in Almost Amethyst Ink.

Hope you enjoy the cards and will come back soon. Until next time......

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Friday, May 28, 2010


Here it is almost the end of May and National Scrapbooking Month. I am bringing you the last pages of my 60 yr scrapbook today. Hope you like them and that they inspire you to start your own. It is so much fun and very easy once you get going. I have done 5 6x6 albums besides this one. Now to the task of sorting boxes of pictures. That is the real challenging part of the whole process. (lol)

That's all folks! as Bugs Bunny would say! Some of you probably don't even know who that was. I hope you all have a great holiday week-end with family and friends. We are going to dinner tomorrow night for my son's birthday and on Sunday or Monday a bar-b-que with family and friends at Santee Lakes Park. I always enjoy getting together no matter where it's at. Until next time

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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Today is another busy day so no time to create! We are going for pre-op work at the hospital and that will take awhile.

Decided to share a few more scrapbook pages with you and here they are.

Hope they inspire you to make some of your own.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I loved this stamp set the moment I saw it in the catalog. Finally got a chance to use it. I really wanted the lattice impressions folder to use with it but it's on backorder. So maybe next time.

Made a card for my dear friend in Michigan anyway.

I used Rich Razzleberry for the main card. Whisper White is the stamped layer and under it is Cottage Wall dsp. Butterfly and one scallop circle are Rich Razzleberry. I used Rich Razzleberry and Pale Plum Markers with a little water to mellow them out. Old Olive Marker for the leaves.
The butterfly came from the Beautiful Butterfly die and the Big Shot.

Hope you all have a great holiday week-end. I may not get to post everyday. We have doctor meetings and pre-op visit before the second surgery which is scheduled for Friday, June 4th.

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Monday, May 24, 2010


It's still scrapbooking month for a another week. I am continuing to get in the pages of my 60 yr album before May 31. As I ad pictures and other emblishments I will bring them back for you to see and compare with the starter pages. To me, because I am a newcomer to scrapbooking, this seems the easiest way to scrapbook. Maybe when I become a veteran scraper I can do it all at once.

Nothing special on these two pages. I used Kiwi Kiss paper and some stickers from the scrapbooking kit.

On the next pages I used the Full Heart and Small Heart Punches to get the effect I wanted. I also used the Scallop Border Punch.

I hope these inspire you to do some on your own.

Until next time,

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Saturday, May 22, 2010


Good afternoon! Guess it's time I got busy with today's post. I did my blog hop first today so now I will share something new with you.

I had to have a card for my Great-Granddaughters wedding, so here it is.

I used Whisper White and Real Red cardstock and Real Red ink. The Beautiful Butterflies die with the Big Shot, the Embosslit Scallop Heart of Hearts, the Scallop Oval Punch and 5/8 inch Whisper White Organza Ribbon.

This is the card inside. The verse is from the Very Versatile stamp set.

See you here later

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Friday, May 21, 2010


I have been seeing a lot of Vintage projects lately and decided to do one of my own. I started with a photo of my parents from about 60+ yrs ago and worked with it.

It's called Vintage Love because I never met two people more in love and dedicated to each other than these two. My mother was born in France and so of course I had to use dsp from the Enchante' collection. I made the flowers from this also. The lace is some I had in my sewing basket, the frame is an unfinished wooden one from a local craft store, the ribbon is 5/8 inch Very Vanilla Satin and the emblems at the bottom of the frame are from my mothers sewing basket.

The story behind their romance is interesting. They met in France in 1919 when my father was a soldier in WWI and my mother was a waitress in a cafe' in France. One month later they were married and left for America on a large ship. There were two decks on the ship, one for men and one for women. Even though they were married they could not be together. So it was one month later when they arrived in New York harbor before they met together again.

Now the center emblems below the picture are hearts, one a lock, one just decorative and the other says love. I believe it must have been true love or my mom would never have consented to that trip because she did not even speak English and it was her first voyage anywhere. She left her parents and sister and came to a foreign country where she knew no one but my dad and their only language was LOVE.

On the left below are circles that help tell the story of their life together. One is Peace, they were very peaceful people and lived a life of peace together even though they had many struggles. They had 8 children of which I am the youngest, they made it through the depression with 7 of those children and I'm sure there were some times of real financial hardship like we have never known. Another emblem has Enjoy Life, and they did just that. My mom was a stay at home mom, a baker, and she loved it and loved her kids very much. My dad liked to fish and on Sundays we would go fishing at the river in the morning and because my mom liked to ride we took a ride in the country in the afternoon, usually stopping for ice cream at the local Creamery. I enjoyed their life also. The other circle has Simply Everything on it. I know that they lived simply and they met everything to each other and their family meant everything to both of them.

On the right below are ovals that continue to tell the story yet today. One says Dream. I imagine my mom had a dream when she came to America. One of freedom, democracy, hope, and a wonderful future with her new husband. It must have been very hard knowing she would never see her other family again but the dream was there and she hoped to live it to the fullest. Another says Inspire. Her courage has inspired all of her children to dream of a bright future and do go forth with courage, love and dedication to make their dreams come true. Last but not least the other says Memories. Believe me I have been left with some very sweet memories. My father died when I was 8 and my mother when I was 37. I miss them both very much still but I have such tremendous memories of my childhood that will carry through until I go to be the Lord. I am so grateful I had parents who loved each other, loved their family and were dedicated to keeping it all together and making as good a life as possible for them. My dad always spent his off time with us kids, never wanted to work all the time and always wanted to please my mom. My mom was a baker, a excellent housekeeper, a gardender and always there for us kids when we needed her even after we married and moved away from home. We always knew her love and that we came first in her life after my father passed away.

So, now you know why this had to be called Vintage Love and why the Enchante' retired paper had to be used on the frame and for the roses. My mom loved her roses(she had an entire bed of them) and lace, she crocheted the neatest dollies and furniture covers also. My parents are greatly missed but also greatly appreciated and an inspiration to all who knew them.

Until next time,

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Thursday, May 20, 2010


This has been another good day. We saw the surgeon and Gene is cleared for the second surgery, which we hope will be next week sometime. Then we see the neurologist and get it activated. He is getting so anxious to be able to eat and write and function without a tremor again. I certainly hope it is soon for his sake and my sanity. Thank God I have stamping to do.

I needed an anniversary card in a hurry, so decided to do another top note card with a different twist. I like this one too. I love Mellow Moss and Pretty in Pink and Always Artichoke together. I will miss Mellow Moss so much.

Card stock: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Mellow Moss

Accessories: Big Shot(you really need this) with Top Note Die, 5/8 inch Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, 1 1/4 inch Circle Punch, mini glue dots, dimensionals and My Digital Studio(you really need this also) for the sentiment.

For the inside:

Mellow Moss and Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is partly from the Very Versatile stamp set. I just changed the last sentence because instead of a wedding card it was an anniversary card. I made it say (as you continue your life together) instead of (as you begin your new life togeher). I did this in MDS also. I really love that MDS program, the more I use it the more I want to use it. It is truly awesome!!

See you here tomorrow.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Hi all, it is just a beautiful day today. Sunny, warm and so very pleasant. I really would like to be outside walking somewhere, but had a lot of creating to do.

I finished some candle covers and got all the info ready so her customers could order whatever they wish. This could really keep me busy. I have orders for purses and I want to make some other bags with the Big Shot also, so I see some busy days ahead. It is so much fun though, so I really don't mind at all.

Now to the card. I made another birthday card as I am joining a birthday card event and must get a few ready to send out.

I cased this card also from Tammie Akerson, her blog site is listed in my last post. I changed it by adding ribbon.

Stamp set is Well Scripted, Ink and card stock is Bermuda Bay, Whisper white run through the Polka Dot Impressions Folder and the Butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit . Ribbon is Bermuda Bay Polka Dot. I sponged the edges of everything with Bermuda Bay ink.

Inside sentiment is from the Very Versatile stamp set.

Hope you enjoyed todays post and that it inspires you to create something of your own.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I promised some cards and I am finally producing them. I have been so busy with hubby and family that my creative time has been limited.

I have seen so many cards done with this bird, that I decided I had to do one or two. I received the inspiration for these from one on Tammie Ackerson's blog at I changed it a little. This one is more for a female birthday.

Card recipe:

Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red dsp

Stamp Set: Well Scripted

Ink: Riding Hood Red

Embellishments: 2 step bird punch, scallop border trim punch, 5/8 inch organza ribbon

For the one for men or boys

Card Recipe:

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Sage Shadow, To the Nines dsp

Stamp Set: Picture This

Ink: Sage Shadow

Embellishments: 2 step bird punch, scallop border punch, scallop oval punch,
1/4 inch chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon

I just love the bird punch. It makes such a neat image for any kind of card, especially in the spring when the birds first return.

I have been asked to design some label covers for some candles, so I will have a busy day creating those. It should be a lot of fun and I am filled with ideas of flowers, birds and butterflies.

Hope you have a great day and that I have helped to inspire your creativity.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010


I am sorry that I didn't get any new cards designed for you today, but I was too drained yesterday to create. So I will just share a few more scrapbook pages with you. I hope they inspire you to create some of your own.

Some of the images on these two pages were done with the Big Shot (you really need this) and some with punches. Just adds a little flair to the page.

I really enjoyed designing this album. When I finally get the pictures in, I plan to design another with My Digital Studio program. I really love using that. If you like working with the computer and I are an avid scrapbooker, you really need this program.($79.95) It is so user friendly and you can design some awesome pages with it.

Today I am going to create some cards. I promise to have them on for you tomorrow.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010


It's a beautiful day in southern California but kind of a sad one too.

I just returned from the Memorial Service for my great-grandchildren's Mother. She had so many loving friends and she was a people's person filled with love and always giving of herself to others. It was a very nice service and a happy one. Music and laughter and sharing with each other, so different than some I have been too.

So, I haven't had time to make any new cards, so thought I would share some more scrapbook pages. The following two are made with Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze dsp and a strip of paper from the scrapbook kit. The flower is the large one and pearl from the Pretties Kit.

These were easy to do.

The following ones are done with Kiwi Kiss plain cardstock and Kiwi Kiss dsp. Pretties Kit flowers were also used but adhered with brads.

I just love scrapbooking whether it be hands on or through digital scrapbooking. I am really hooked on Stampin Up's Digital Scrapbook program. It is so easy to use and you can put your pictures in so easy. You can always dress the pages up with other emblishments later.

Must get on with creating, so I will see you here tomorrow!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010


I was thinking today that I did not have any sympathy cards on hand for emergency's so decided to design a couple, just in case. I do not like to have to design these after the fact, as I did the last two.

My husband is doing very good, the monitor showed nothing as far as we know. His blood pressure has been very good and he took a long walk yesterday. He is now off the pain pills so that's a good sign.

This one I used Old Olive 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 for the card base. A 2" x 51/2" strip of Perfect Plum edged with the scallop edge punch. 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" Pale Plum next to the scallop edge and then 1 1/2" x 5 1/2" Perfect Plum DSP. Then I tied the 5/8 Old Olive Satin ribbon around and into a bow. Top layer is 3 x4 Perfect Plum and the image stamped on Whisper White in Pale Plum and Old Olive Ink. Flower is double stamped with Perfect Plum. This layer is adhered with dimensionals

That's the inside.

This one is Pretty in Pink card base, DSP is retired, layered on So Saffron. Ribbon is Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery 5/8 inch and the white is 3/8 inch taffeta. Top layer is Certainly Celery punched on 2 sides with the Scallop Border Trim Punch, then the white layer is stamped with flowers in Rose Red and leaves Certainly Celery and adhered with dimensionals.

this is the inside.

Hope you all have a great evening and I'll see you here tomorrow.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I just loaded My Digital Studio on my computer and have been playing around a little with it.
I know this is going to be a very fun new program for me to discover.

I decided to make a Father's Day card for my husband to remind him of how lucky he is. So I choose an old picture of us from 1953, before we were married. Just looking at the beautiful girl beside him should make him so glad he married her.(lol)

Anyway, I really want to learn this program and plan to get certified in it. I think you all will decide you need it after I share a few more projects in the future.

I used Night of Navy for the card, So Saffron stripe and So Saffron photo corners and Mellow Moss for the picture mat. I love it that you can type in whatever sentiment you want. It gives you a text box to type in. I am really hooked already and I've just started.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


It has been a busy few days.

Friday afternoon I brought my husband home from his surgery and he was having a little heart problem, so that meant a trip to the heart doctor yesterday. He put a monitor on him over night and we took it back this morning. Won't know for a few days what it showed.

Of course, Sunday was Mother's Day. Our son took us to breakfast with his family and then we played a few games at their house afterward. After we got home we had phone calls from our other children and a nice visit from a former daughter in-law and her present husband. I got a beautiful bouguet of flowers from our oldest son. You can see the picture above.

Thursday was also a sad time for our entire family. Our great-granddaughter and great-grandson lost their Mother. It was a sudden passing and a huge shock and loss for us all. So I spent yesterday and today making the special cards below for them. I hope you enjoy them and that they will inspire you to create some of your own.

I used my computer to write the sentiment because I didn't have a stamp set for this occassion.

Cardstock is: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, and Cottage Wall DSP

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum

Stamp set: Vintage Vogue

Accessories: Old Olive 5/8 Satin Ribbon, Scallop Border Trim Punch, Coluzle (retired), Big shot and Beautiful Wings Sizzlet, 2 Step Bird Punch, hole punch and mat, White Gel Pen, small bead strip from Eggcelent Kit, Earth Elements Brads, and dimensionals.

Stamp Set: Very Versitile

Ink: Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Naturals Ivory, Parisian Breeze DSP (retired).

Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, 1/2 inch circle punch, small/large/scallop oval punches, Scallop trim border punch, beads from Eggcelent Kit, and dimensionals.

That about raps up this session on my blog.
I pray you all had a great Mother's Day and will have many memories to ponder in the future. I lost my own Mom 35 years ago and I still miss her greatly everyday but Mother's Day is even worse.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010


Great Saturday to Everyone!!

The surgery is over and all went very well and he is home and back to normal. I give God all the honor, glory and praise for this one. The surgery was suppose take upto 6 hrs and it was less than 3. The doctors were so pleased. We still have one more to go through before it is done but the next will be done as an out patient surgery and won't take long. However, then the tremor will be completely gone and he can function as a normal human being again. He told the doctor now he can work 20 more years before he retires. He is 79 now. Great attitude at least!

So today I have a few more pages for you from my 60 year scrapbook. The following 2 are done in Whisper White and Kiwi Kiss cardstock. I know I will be adding a lot of embelishments to these because they are pretty plain at this point.

I used the Scallop Trim Punch on this one. It made just a little different pattern.

These 2 are done in Chocolate Chip and Whisper White with embelishments from the scrapbooking kit. I just cut different sized rectangles and tore one side of the Whisper White.

The letters for Memories were in the scrapbooking kit. I also used All Chocolat' DSP for the main page on both. Again I tore the Whisper White for a different effect.

Hope you enjoyed my pages today and that they inspire you to do some scrapbooking for scrapbook month in May. I now have the awesome job of sorting pictures to put in this album. They are now in a shoe box, some do not have dates on, so you know I have several days of sorting ahead of me. I will try to create some cards in between.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Well, here it is the day before surgery and we got the clearance to go for it yesterday. I won't be posting tomorrow as I will be spending the day at Thorton Hospital in LaJolla, Ca. It will be nerve wracking I'm sure but with God's help I will survive it. My husband is not at all concerned, he is certain everything is going to go great and he doesn't see what all the fuss is about. Men, go figure.

Anyway, I got creative yesterday because of all my fussing, and made 3 cards from a tutorial I found a while back on She has such beautiful cards on her site and I am on there often. This is one I really liked and it is easy to do.

inside of card.
I started with a piece of Rich Razzleberry, 4 x 12 for the card base. Cut 1 piece of Cottage Wall DSP 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 and cut in two diagonially. 1 square of Old Olive 2 7/8 x 2 7/8. Go around outside with the Border Trim Corner Punch and Border Trim Punch, makes a nice lacey look.
Then do 1 square 2 3/16 x 2 3/16 of Rich Razzleberry. The circle is stamped on Naturals White with a stamp from Vintage Labels and cut out with the Scallop Circle punch. I used the beautiful wings embosslit for the butterflies from Rich Razzleberry cardstock. Finished it off with Old Olive 5/8 satin ribbon. Also used dimensionals. Words are from Picture This.

This one is done in Sage Shadow and Chocolate Chip, with some retired dsp. I thought it was a little more masculine looking for a guys birthday. The bird on the front I cut out of the dsp. I sponged around everything with Chocolate Chip Ink.

This one is done in Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery and So Saffron with some retired dsp. I am trying to use all my old dsp up so I can justify getting all the new stuff. (lol)

Now on with the scrapbook I thought I would leave you a few more pages since there will be no post tomorrow and maybe not Friday. I don't know how long the hospital stay will be but I know I will be expected to spend my days there for as long as need be. Hope you enjoy the following pages and will get inspired for Scrapbooking Month.

Flower is the big flower from the Pretties Kit with a pearl in the center

Parts taken from the scrapbook kit along with the dsp riding hood red paper.

I just love the topnote die. It makes a good picture background. Paper is from Au Chocolat' DSP.

That does it for today. I should be back by Saturday, so have a great couple of days and I'll see you then.

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