Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Love You

Pictured is my daughter and my 2 granddaughters. Size 8x8 scrapbook page
Materials used: Making Memories Patterned Papers, embellishments; ribbon Martha Stewart

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Themed Thursday 4 X 4's !

This week's theme is 4 X 4.  One can use any theme you like this week but it must be this size.
Use collage images, photos, rubber stamps, fancy paper, embellishments or any other art supply that one has.
I chose to use all rubber stamps......Nature's Blessings, Art Impressions and Inkadinkado, median is markers by Prismacolor and Copic

Monday, January 26, 2009

Think Monday ATC---ICE BLUE

"It is still winter and the dominating colour - given that the sun is shining and we can see a cloudless sky - is ice blue. This wonderful bright & blue colour, which causes a feeling of iciness, is our theme. Show us your ice blue ATCs!" That is the challenge at Think Monday ATC.  This is a stamped image that I altered and colored, just trying something different. stamp: Penny Black

I was photo tagged......

The photo is my husband coming out of a phone booth as if he was Superman. ( I know its at silly photo but it was in that 6th folder and the 6th picture, explanation below)  The booth stood in the middle of a camp ground that we were staying at in Clear Lake, Ia. this past year. 
I was tagged by Nicole for a photo tag, thingy. Here is how it works:
1. Go to your picture folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.
3 post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.
4. Tag 6 other piople that you know or don't know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an email letting them know you chose them.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

3 More Cards from the Snowman Swap Kits


All the kits offered a ray of patterned papers and embellishments to work with and most of the kits held enough material to make two cards with.  I really enjoyed the challenge each kit held and can't wait to see what the other girls did with theirs.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Grandson & Bald Eagle Watch Weekend

Introducing my new grandson: Name Rev Archer, he is 8 lbs 4 oz and 20 in long. 
This weekend I went to see the Bald Eagles at Starve Rock.  The weekend is sponsored by the Illinois Audubon Society, US Army Corps of Engineers, Starved Rock, Foundation, Audubon and the lodge.
Here are some interesting facts I learned this weekend about the eagles.  They stand up to 3 ft tall with a wingspan of 7-8 ft.  Although make and female eagles share the same plumage, females, as in most birds of prey, are somewhat larger then males.  
The adult birds are characterized by their white head and tail and yellow beak and eyes.  Immature birds exhibit a brownish plumage and they will not attain the white head and tail 
 until they reach maturity at a 4-5 yrs of age.  They are found only in North America. (click on picture for a close up of birds)
Here I am holding a snake....eck!!! I did this too show my grandsons who are always teasing me with their toy rubber snakes.   

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cards from Swap Kits

Here are two cards I made from the swap packages I received this week.....its fun and a challenge. Hope you like them and thanks to the girls who sent these kits.  I have several more kits to go play with...........

Card Kit Swap

Here are two of the kits I received from a snowman card kit swap that I had joined.   The kits must include: 2-6x6 in. patterned paper, embellishments, a stamped image of a snowman and 12 inches of  ribbon, enough material to make at least one or two cards.  Our hostess used the theme snowmen, however one can use any theme for any holiday or stamp images.
Now to go and play with my kits......

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Butterfly Love

Making Memories products used, Hero Gems, Martha Stewart punch, I used ink pads to add color to my butterflies 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Working with water colors

stamp: Hero Art; Making Memories: transparencies, card stock: Bazzill; water color paper

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009


The card above was inspired by our weather here in Illinois.  This is a view outside my back door.  Bitter cold is the only forecast I'm hearing these days so even sledding and ice skating isn't even in the picture. We are even being warned to leave our snow mobiles parked because of the frigid weather.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

First Layout for 12 on the 12th Year in Review

Having decided to do an 8 x 8 album, I had to figure out how to fit 12 photo's on one page.  My son suggested I use the Adobe Photo Shop program to create my page.  After giving me a fast tutorial on the program he left me on my own.  Several hours later this is the results of trial and error.   The one major error is I only scrapped 11 pictures....oops!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

OBP....Having A Sale

Odd Bird Planet is having a sale from Jan 16 thru Jan 23.   Check out the sale at.......
The cards above show a few of the stamps that are featured in the sale.  Check out the gallery for more ideas when you visit the site.

Wednesday Stampers.....Openings

This weeks theme at Wednesday Stampers is Openings, we are to show a favorite opening as in windows, doors, keyholes or just surprise them.  One rubber stamp must be used in your entry for the challenge.
stamps: A stamp in The hand and Posh Impressions

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Paper Choice

I worked on several cards yesterday using paper from Making Memories Sabrina collection. The softness of the black and pink is what drew my attention to these papers.  They make up for some beautiful cards I feel.
Patterned Paper: Making Memories;  card stock: Westrim Crafts; ribbon: May Arts; ribbon brads: Making Memories; slider: Pebbles Inc.; trim: Making Memories

Monday, January 12, 2009

12 on the 12th.....6 of my photo's

Husband checking out things on the computer.....a morning occurrence
I'm embarrassed to say but this is my desk this morning, while I worked on cards for the blog.
At a meeting for the Windy City Winnebago group we belong to.
The meeting was held at the Schaumburg Regional Airport and this is a view outside one of the windows.
Here are some friends having lunch with us after the meeting.Today's dinner at home one of our favorites: mostaccioli, salad and bread
The Challenge:
You take 12 pictures on the 12th of each month and then you scrap the photos.  Kind of like a little year in review type of thing on what you did each month. This is the challenge a group of us ladies gave ourselves. So above is some of the photo's I have taken today that I will be scrapping.  

Think Monday-ATC (Auto)

This weeks theme at Think Monday ATC's is Auto's
Stamps : Inkadinkado and a bit of free hand works

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Today I spent several hours practicing using markers, I'm determined to get some what proficient in using them.  The above cards are the fruits of my labor, although not perfect I'm pleased with the results. 
The first card has one of my all time favorite stamped images by Penny Black, the candy card stamp is by All Night Media. Sentiment: Paper Studio Stamps. KI: Icicles candy embellishment;  K&Company: adhesive pearls. Card stock: Bazzill and Paper Studio

Friday, January 9, 2009

Be Mine....OBP

Image is from OBP collection and its called "Kelly's birdie gift": Ribbon and stickers from the Martha Stewart collection; card stock Bazzill and Paper Studio
*idea, color gift box to fit different holiday seasons as red/green-Christmas; yellow/green-Easter

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Elvis......

Ok..... I admit it I'm a die-heart fan....I loved his music when I was a kid and being in my second childhood I still love his music.  My greatest joy was going to Graceland last year and touring his home and being so amazed by all he had accomplished in his short time here on earth.  Above is a scrapbook page I did from that trip, and a card in remembrance.

Theme Thursday....Vintage Valentine

This week’s theme is “vintage valentine” at Theme Thursday. I chose to do a tag this week for the challenage.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


Stamp: Odd Bird Planet.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Cows Are Back

Here are two of the 4 cards that I posted on Odd Bird Planet Blog, hoping to put a smile on someone's face or have them roll their eyes. I know at times I have just too much time on my hands. Several months a go I did a series of these cow cards, that can been seen there also.
Stamps are OBP; card stock: Paper Company; letters

Monday, January 5, 2009

Think Monday-ATC

The challenge is to play Cowboys and Indians this week at Think Monday-ATC.
Stamp: Taylored Artworks; Color Box Chalk Ink (Yellow Citrus, Amber Clay and Creamy Browns make up the back ground); Prismacolor goldenrod pen; paper: Bazzill and Paper Co.
Embellishment unk.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

An Early Valentine

Stamp: Penny Black, Patterned Paper: Doodlebug (Love potion); Stickles; Buttons Galore Jazzy Brads; Paper Company card stock; Prismacolor pen

Friday, January 2, 2009

Sharing Some Family Pictures from Christmas

My 3 grandsons.
Me with my oldest son.
My youngest children.  Well not that
The newest member of the family, bundled up for our walk down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
Granddaughter viewing Macy's Department Store Christmas window displays.
Granddaughter viewing one of the exhibits at the Aquarium in Chicago.

I took so many pictures this year that it was hard to decide which one's to pick for viewing.
I hope you enjoy the selection I chose.  Now I'm off to take care of a cold that I believe the grandkids pasted on to me.  

Thursday, January 1, 2009

It's the Season for FUN

Stamp: Odd Bird Planet; Card stock: Bazzill, Paper Co.; Bazzill Card stock strips; Glitter Crystals by Sulyn; Crystal Stickers Pearls; Thickers Letters American Crafts; Prismacolor Pens