Monday, December 12, 2011

Remember Brayering?

I took 2 classes with Nancy Zindorf and brayered every card for a month. I pulled out the brayer for this card, which is a direct result of her tutorial found here.

the Happy Brrrrrrr Day was my own addition

Sunday, December 11, 2011

These aren't Tim Tags

These were meant to be Tim Tags.

 My shrinky dink was white, and when I heated it, I couldn't get it uncurled without breaking off edges.

I was very happy with my backgrounds, but ended up cutting some holly and branches and calling it a day ... I mean a tag.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Steve's 30

My adaptation !
Card from Technique junkies

Cards for Amanda
Each of my kids receives 30 cards the month of his/her birthday - so I have to get in gear since my BABY will be 30 next month.

Amy, Dee and I spent a fun afternoon making cards yesterday.

The cardinal card was one Amy found in Technique Junkies from last year, and we figured it out and created the card here.

Cards for Steve
 I made the owl one as an extra ... my daughter Amanda said she used up the cards from her 30th, so I decided a collection of birthday cards would make a nice Christmas gift for her.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Card Sketch and free digi

I always like card sketches, and this one has out of the box cutting around the image.

The image was a free digi from here... isn't it cute!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It is amazing

It is amazing how many cards I can get made when I have a briefcase full of papers to correct! It is my best inspiration ever!

I made these for 2 reasons ... my son is having his 30th birthday next month and our family tradition is to send 30 cards for the 30 days leading up to the big day. What WAS I thinking when I started that tradition 3 kids ago I will never know, but can't let down the third one. ( as if he would notice ...)

Also my daughter mentioned that she had finally used up all of the 30 cards I sent her for her birthday 3 years ago by erasing my name and putting hers in place of it so I thought a collection of manly birthday cards would be a good Christmas gift for her. Perhaps I will throw in a few of my ladylike ones too just to round out the collection.

Karen's sketch
This sketch is one of my favorites ... it came from a card made by Karen over at Splitcoast ... link and really makes a nice quick card with pretty paper.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bonking the Brads

These are my response to Tim Holtz's Tags for Christmas, day 2.

About the only similarities are the deer as a focus, and the brads hit with a hammer.

Not only is it fun to hit brads with a hammer, but it really flattens them out so that even MY post office would never realize they are there.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

See things MY way!

Card looks like this

Scanner changed it to this

My scanner has a mind of its own and decided to take my brown card and give it a dye job. So this is really the same card --- only the scanner wanted to see it green.

I had to fool with the settings to get it to see things my way!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Banners

This Holiday Season some very dear friends and I will be exchanging holiday banners in place of cards. These are 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall. When I finish exchanging with my friends, I plan to hook them all together on a ribbon across my mantel.

Susan, Cin and Juliet, don't click on the photo and at least you will be a LITTLE bit surprised when they arrive in your mailbox!  I made the photo small on purpose so you wouldn't see it unless you clicked.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Stick it in a Stocking

These cute stockings open up to reveal a pocket for a gift card.

Aren't they just the cutest things!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas Card camp - Blue Christmas

It's a blue Christmas ... and aren't these colors pretty!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Card camp

My scanner is not happy today, but I managed to get these cards to scan.   More coming.

The stocking punch really seemed to bind up, so I took it off my wish list. Wonder if the Stampin Up Ladies meant for me to decide NOT to buy based on my card camp experience!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teapot Tower

The teapot totem made me think of a nice tall ice cream cone.

Not the best idea for today when the temperature is dropping and I feel a shiver coming on!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Copic Coasters

My gosh, do coasters ever soak up the ink. Ok, that was a DUHHHH moment.

I got the idea for these coasters from Splitcoast ... and will scatter them on our coffee table and see if Mike uses them or not.

I ended up making them for all 3 of my kids and wrote, HAVE A DRINK ON ME on the back.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm a little TeaPoet!

One of my dear friends from Copic class called me a TeaPoet today because I always post a poem with my cards on Splitcoast.

I love it ! I wish I had thought of it first, but so what, it is so clever!

Hilda, You are SO cool!

This is the card I posted over there.  I just noticed the cupcakes are crooked!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Cindy calls this  a teapot, but I have my doubts.

I think my card reflects the spirit of the teapot.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paper Temptress Posting

What do you do when your husband is home with the flu, the internet is spotty, and you have a post due over at Paper Temptress?

You pull out your punches, that's what!

 Here is a very quick card I shared over on the Paper Temptress website.

 Not my usual ... but then this hasn't been a usual week. Mike hasn't taken a sick day in 32 years.  Since half my class at school seems to be sick, and nobody at Mike's office is ill, he is convinced I brought the germs home. Guilt trip much !!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Amanda's birthday


Somehow the cat on the inside ended up looking evil, even with a party hat.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tuesday teapot

A horse is a horse is a horse of course except when it is a ... French Poodle?

I found the rocking horse image on Beccy's blog, she has a lovely tutorial for how to make a rocking card.  

Friday, September 23, 2011

David's Birthday

David sails sometimes weekends, so this lighthouse watercolor seemed like a perfect birthday card for him.

Mike and I actually saw this lighthouse on our trip to Tawas last weekend --- this is the lighthouse at Sturgeon Point. We got there too late to climb it which was probably just as well.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

More Monkeys

Here is my card for Teapot Tuesday ... I had fun creating my piano!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays

I can sit and sulk because it is dark and dreary, or I can go downstairs, turn on all the lights, and make cards for a change. You can see which choice I made!

Punch monkey came from here and you will be seeing him again tomorrow.  I have my Tuesday card all made and it is only MONDAY!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Manly card

I needed a manly card for my nephew and totally copied the idea Cindy posted at Splitcoast.

Not sure if my golf ball looks like a hole in one, or if it is off in the trees instead of on the green.

But it went together quickly and I think looks quite nice.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sketch challenge Wednesday

The sketch today was perfect for a patriotic card to remember 9 - 11.

I like the simplicity.

These are all Paper Temptress papers --- I am scheduled for posting on that blog Sept 11.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Glass teapot

The Tuesday Pot
my drawing

My card, colored with copics