Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Turning the Page April 2020

Time to turn the page on our calendars to a new month.

I make calendars each year for my desk and my family.

I thought I'd set up a regular post on the last day of each month to share them.

I hope you enjoy my “Turning the Page” posts.

Here's our April page.

By the way, the calendars are clipped together and can be displayed on an easel
or hung on a push pin or magnetic hook.  We all have a different way to display them.

If you would like a word document with the calendar, email me
and I will be glad to send it to you so you can design your own.

Email link is on the sidebar.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Daisy on Dirty Pour for CAS Mix Up

Hi there. I'm so glad you stopped by.

I hope you are coping with the current conditions.
I pray you are comfortable at home and escaping with your stamps and colors.

Do you miss hugs as much as I do?  I want to get a hold of my daughters and
grandkids so badly.  We face time and blow kisses, but it's not the same.

I had some backgrounds that Nance and I did a couple of years ago
using a dirty pour technique.  We mixed acrylic paint with I can't remember what,
layered it all together in a cup, dumped it on some canvas paper and let 
it all flow.  It was very messy, but made some interesting backgrounds.

This background was cut in half and topped with a die cut daisy
and a sentiment heat embossed onto vellum.  I've used dry embossing 
for a frame too.

It reminds me of the scene from my window.  Lots of new green leaves and
a heavy coat of pollen.  No daisies yet though.

Stay safe and sane, my friends.  Sending hugs from a distance.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sending a hug (Verses)
Ink:   Whisper White (SU)
Paper:   Neenah, Canvas Paper (Strathmore), Vellum
Other:  Acrylic Paint, Daisy Silhouette Die (MB), Stately EF (ret. Craft Concepts), White EP

Friday, March 27, 2020

Poinsettias for Rudolph Days

Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

I hope you are well and taking advantage of extra craft time.

I've used a NBUS stamp from PTI that has been waiting far too long
for some attention.

The image was stamped with Shadow Gray Archival ink
and colored with Arteza Watercolor Pencils blended with a waterbrush.

I used an Arteza Twimarker for the berries.  There's a wonderful tiny felt tip end
on them that works beautifully for those little places.

Rudolph Days Challenge with Scrappymo

I wish you good health and sunny days.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Botanical Blocks IV (PTI)
Ink:   Archival Shadow Gray
Paper:   Mixed Media (Strathmore), Crumb Cake (SU)
Other:  Arteza Watercolor Pencils (Magenta, Basil Green, Chocolate Brown, Yellow), Arteza Twimarker (Ruby Red), White Gouache for splatter

Saturday, March 21, 2020


Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

While on my break, I've been doing a lot of coloring.

I participated in Kathy Racoosin's Online Class,
The Coloring Challenge Road Trip.
I had so much fun with the class and learned a lot.

Right now Kathy is hosting one of her
30 Day Coloring Challenges
and I've enjoy checking in with her each day and
doing some coloring along the way.
Thanks for all the inspiration, Kathy!

Day One was Coloring with Sharpies.

I pulled some Sharpies out of the grandkids supplies and went to work
on a NBUS stamp.

I stamped with Memento Toffee Crunch ink onto Neenah cardstock
 and used orange and red Sharpies.  I used both the fine tip and ultra fine tip types.

The stems were done with Watercolor Pencils and I used a bit
of white gouache paint to splatter.

While the stamp was in my MISTI, I stamped again with Shadow Gray Archival ink
on mixed media paper.

This time I colored with Arteza Twimarkers and blended with my waterbrush.

Adding highlights to the nooks and crannies with colored pencils
works beautifully with both media.

I can't decide which way I like the best!
Both were fun ways to color and I was pleased with the results of both.

I hope you are all healthy and taking advantage of our enforced time at home.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Bitty Blossoms (GKD), Agapanthus (TT)
Ink:   Memento Toffee Crunch, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:   Neenah, Basic Black

Other:  Sharpies (Orange, Red), Arteza Watercolor Pencils (Moss Green, Olive, Green, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Yellow), Double Pierced Square (AE), Subtle EF (SU)

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Bitty Blossoms (GKD), Handwritten Notes (PTI)
Ink:   Smokey Grey Archival, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Neenah, Mixed Media, Basic Black  
Other:  Arteza Twimarkers (249 Bumblebee, 113 Orange, 114 Ruby Red, 135 Olive, 192 Sage Green)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Hi there.  I'm so glad you stopped by.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Life is so crazy right now.  On those days I yearned to be able to stay home
and craft, I never would have thought it wouldn't be an option to go out!

I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

These shamrocks were so easy to stamp with the MISTI.
A little inking and a damp brush to move and blend the ink was all it took.

I added a sentiment and a few splatters and some dew drops too.

I want to thank you for all your love and support with my blog break.
I do miss sharing on my blog and will be back in earnest very soon.

I'm hoping these shamrocks will bring us all luck, good health,
and many blessings!

Julia is hosting CAS Watercolour this month and she chose...

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Shaded Clover (IO), Basket of Blessings (PTI)
Ink:   Mowed Lawn (DI), Baked Brown Sugar (SU)
Paper:   Mixed Media, Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Clear Stones (Starlit Studios)