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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Have a magical day...

This card is perfect for a young girl, don't you think? I love fairies and have three different fairy dies (all unbranded). This one is my favorite of the three.

My starry sky background was also cut with an unbranded die, but my moon was cut with a Lifestyle Crafts die. The sentiment was computer generated.

My background was made by first cutting the starry panel out of blue cardstock and then inking the edges with some navy blue ink. I love how that looks!

The inside of my card was simple with just a stamped "Happy Birthday" and a few heat embossed stars, made with some sparkly white embossing powder.

Well, my computer is STILL at the shop...and it looks like it will be there for several more weeks. In fact, they said the local techs can't find the problem, so they need to send it in to the manufacturer. There is the chance that when the manufacturer has their people work on it, they will wipe all the data off of it!!! They asked if I wanted a back up done before it was sent in. Um...yesssss!
I'm a little worried about the programs that are on it, like Photoshop, Silhouette Designer Edition, Microsoft Office Suite, etc. I've told them these programs are all important to me and I want them back on my computer when they return it to me. Guess we'll see how that goes.
I think until I get my machine back (in good working order), I will be posting only once a week. We will be traveling for the month of September, so it will be really hard for me to do more than that. I hope you'll continue to hang in there with me until I have returned from my travels and have my computer back in good working order.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hope your day is just ducky...

This is the card I made for my granddaughter's 12th birthday, which is in a couple of days (she's already seen it, so it's ok to post). It was not done with my Silhouette, but just some simple measurements, cuts and dies.

I just love these little duck dies. I cut the mama duck out of some white cardstock and inked the edges with a little gray ink. I also colored her beak and feet with a gold alcohol marker.

The baby ducks were cut out of yellow cardstock and I added some darker gold ink to the wings and edges of the cuts.

In this somewhat blurry photo, you can see how the wings are lifted up and given some dimension with some pop-dots.

The dies (unbranded) cut holes for the eyes, so I simply added some black cardstock behind the holes.

The flowers were made with a punch and some enamel dots for the centers and the vines were made with a Cheery Lynn die.

The clouds, fence, hot air balloon and label shapes are all unbranded dies.

My computer is back in the shop - it has been experiencing some screen issues where the darkest parts of the screen show up as a pixelated red color when it is "awakened" from sleep mode. This is the second time I've had it in for this issue. aaaaarghhh. I am now working from my husband's computer, which means I don't have access to all the photos on mine, nor do I have access to my Silhouette Cameo software. double aaaaarghhh.

Oh well, this too shall pass. Hopefully.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ever heard of Taco Cat?

This is just a silly card I made for fun. I received this cat die (unbranded) in the mail and wanted to give it a try. I think I saw the sentiment on Pinterest, and it made me chuckle, so I used it. The die is not a layered die, so I used some of my metallic markers to highlight specific areas. I also used my black Viva Décor pen to add shiny black eyes.

The inside of my card shows you its purpose. But it could just as easily be changed to use as a birthday card or just a fun "hello" card.

I have a few photos to share with you of our RV trip to destinations in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Our first destination was the Winnebago Grand National Rally in Forest City, Iowa. There we met with other Rialta RV owners, some of whom were old friends and others who became new friends.

We had a few days of "pre-rally" fun, when we had lots of time to sit and chat, go out for dinner with the group and attend some of the Puckerbrush Festival activities in Forest City. If you're wondering what a puckerbrush is, it's a bush with a very sour berry that makes you pucker (I had to look that one up!).

The first official night of the rally, the headline entertainment was an Elvis impersonator. He was actually pretty good, and it was fun to sing along to all the old Elvis hits.

Next we visited Clayton and Quincy, Illinois. This mansion is on a street of such homes in Quincy. We toured it and learned its history.

My stepson and step-grandson joined us in Clayton, Illinois, where my husband grew up. We stayed in a campground, but they stayed at the Redbird Inn. When visiting them there, I looked out the window of their room, and lo and behold--there was a red bird - a beautiful Cardinal! This picture is a bit blurry because I took it so quickly, but it's easy enough to see the lovely color of the bird.

Next, we drove to Springfield, Illinois, and visited all the sites related to Abraham Lincoln. This is the home where Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln lived and raised their sons.

This is the tomb where Abraham and Mary Lincoln are buried, along with three of their four sons.

Our last stop on our trip was Door County, Wisconsin. We stayed at a campground in Fish Creek, but also visited the other harbor towns and villages on the peninsula. It's just SO beautiful there!

Even the poppies seemed to be more luxuriant and more brightly colored.

There were lots of artsy shops with handmade items for sale. This was a glass shop with all kinds of garden ornaments out front.

I loved these bold, bright flowers.

In the village of Sister Bay, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant boasts of goats on the roof! Sure enough, there were quite a few goats on the roof, keeping the grass nice and short and, no doubt, enjoying a perfect view of Lake Michigan!

Our last night in Fish Creek, we attended a fish boil, which is a local tradition. A large pot of water is brought to a boil over a wood fire. Small, new potatoes are added first and allowed to cook. Then a metal basket is placed into the boiling water on top of the potatoes, and pieces of white fish and some salt is then added to this basket.

Our chef explained that during the last couple minutes of cooking, he would need to add some kerosene to the fire to get it to flare up and boil the pot over, which resulted in any scum or particles in the water flowing out of the pot. This keeps the fish clean and particle-free.

This is what it looks like when the kerosene is added!

I immediately understood why there was a low brick wall around the cooking area to prevent customers from getting too close!

The fish was good, but I still prefer mine sautéed in a little butter!

Just before we headed for home, we purchased some Montmorency cherries. They are grown locally (as shown in this pic) and sent all over the country from this area. In fact, at the height of the cherry growing in Door County, this small area provided 95% of the country's cherries.

I made a pie with the ones we purchased shortly after I got home. In fact, it became a "birthday pie" for my granddaughter. Everyone loved it.

If you stuck with me to the end of this blog post, thank you! I know it was a bit long, but I do like to share our adventures with all of you.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Have a beautiful day...

My beautiful daughter-in-law celebrated her birthday at the end of July, and this is the card I made for her.

I used design #142226  from the Silhouette Design store for this card. My daughter-in-law is very committed to physical fitness, so I thought a card with a bicycle would be just the ticket--even though this bike doesn't look like one that would be used by a hardcore cyclist.

I love adding the little extras to the design like the glittery enamel dots for the wheel centers and the gems for the flower centers.

I also added some texture to the basket with an embossing folder.

In this photo you can see how the card opens up. These Silhouette designs are so great because they cut out all the individual pieces. You simply have to put it all together!

For me, choosing the papers to use is definitely the hardest part. I can spend hours doing that.

Here's one last look at my card. The small, brown panel connected to my pop-out on the right is where I signed our names.

I will have some photos of our trip to share with you later this week (hopefully). We are still trying to get caught up with everything after being gone for 2 1/2 weeks. I washed clothes last night, mowed the lawn today, need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles tomorrow to renew some registration tabs. I still have a lot of cleaning to do in the RV before we can tuck it away for the winter. There just aren't enough hours in the day!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Crazy birds birthday card...

I made this card with the idea that I would give it to someone under the age of 13. I thought they might still actually like the "joke" if they were 7, 8, 9, 10, or maybe even 11.

I pulled out my Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamp and die set and used two of them that were facing opposite directions.

I stamped them with black Versafine ink and then colored them with my colored pencils. I used some mineral spirits and a blending stump to blend my colors together. This was the first time I tried that technique, and I thought it worked out pretty well. I just have some cheapo colored pencils that are older than dirt, so I was surprised that it worked at all!

I used some stitched dies (My Creative Time oval and unbranded rectangle) for my speech bubbles. I was going to use my Cameo to cut out actual speech bubbles with the little pointy thing, but I was in a hurry to finish the card, so I just used these simple dies.

I used my computer to print the punch line on the inside, and I also stamped one of the birds for extra measure.

"Why do you have those festive Washi tape borders at the top and bottom of your sentiment panel?" you ask.

"Must you kick me when I'm down?" I query in return. "I cut my panel too short," I admit. "Any other smart-alecky questions?"

Map of Door County, Wisconsin

We are now in Fish Creek, Door County, Wisconsin, finishing out the last few days of our trip. Door County is a narrow peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan (one of the Great Lakes, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the area).  I drove the last 150 miles to our campsite while my DH snoozed beside me. It is beautiful countryside here--rugged and heavily treed with artsy little towns that dot the shoreline. I was delighted to see a cherry orchard along the way that was advertising "Pick Your Own." I could see that the trees were laden with bright, red cherries. We'll be heading into a few of those artsy towns tomorrow and also picking some cherries to eat. I'd like to take some home with us. I'm not sure, though, if they'll last that long. We're big cherry lovers!!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Leafy layout...

This is another quick card made with unbranded dies - both the card front and the leafy sprig. Super simple, super quick!

Here you can see that I have glued down just the stem of my leafy sprig to give it a little added dimension.

I also added a couple of tiny pearls to dress up my stamped sentiment, which was a freebie from a magazine subscription.

I love when a card comes together this quickly. This one was particularly fast because I have left the inside blank so that I can write a personal note.

We are now in Springfield, Illinois, and enjoying all of the tributes to Abraham Lincoln here. So far we have toured the Lincoln Museum, the Lincoln Library, Union Depot (where he gave a final address before heading to the presidency in Washington, D.C., and where his body was returned after he was assassinated), the current State Capitol building, Lincoln's tomb and the Lincoln Memorial Gardens. Tomorrow we will tour the old State Capitol, Lincoln's home and a couple of other sites.

We are also staying in a wonderful campground that has all the amenities we like to have (like a laundry and clean showers!).

I hope you are having a great week wherever you are. Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Tea for four...

I made this fun birthday card using a heat-embossed triangular doily stamp from a set that I haven't used in ages. It's a clear set and is one of the first I ever bought for heat-embossing purposes. I'd love to tell you who makes it, but I'm writing this blog post in my RV (so I can't go to my craft room and check), and I can't remember for the life of me! The Happy Birthday stamp is a freebie that came with a magazine.

My teacups were cut using two dies from an unbranded set. I love that there were two teacup dies in the set, each with the handle pointing in the opposite direction so they could be stacked.

I simple selected some scraps of printed papers, cut them out and inked around the edges of each of them.

On the inside of my card, I used an old wood-mounted stamp that I bought at a thrift store. I'm not sure what the brand is, but if I had to guess, I'd say Stampin' Up, since a lot of those stamps seem to get donated to the thrift store.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we're currently camping in our little RV. The air conditioner in the dashboard has stopped working and we'll need to get that fixed. But thank goodness the air conditioner for the main part of the RV is working well. It's been 90+ degrees Fahrenheit here, so it can get toasty in a little tin can RV like ours!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

By the numbers...

This card was for my brother whose birthday is July 17. I took some number dies (unbranded) and scattered them on my card front before sending them through my Cuttlebug.

Then I cut out two of them in red CS and popped them back into the openings, also replacing the dark grey center on the "0."

For a final touch to my red numbers (his age), I added a bit of sparkle from my Wink of Stella pen.

My little sentiment flags were also cut with unbranded dies.

If you look closely, you'll see that my 8 is upside down. Do you think my brother will notice? I decided he probably wouldn't, so I didn't remake my card front.

On the inside of my card I used a Fiskars stamped sentiment.

I actually liked how this card turned out (except for the upside down 8), so I made another one for my husband with his age in red numbers.

We are enjoying our time at the Winnebago Grand National Rally. Lots of friends here who also own Rialta RVs, so we have a good time sharing tips and tricks for living comfortably in the confines of such a small space.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gate-fold cards...

Every once in a while I get a hankering to make a gate-fold card. Here are a couple quickies I made recently using pre-made card blanks.

For my first card, I used a Woodware stamp for my focal point, adding some cute little butterflies and various layers made with Spellbinders, My Creative Time and unbranded dies. I added a little ribbon tab to my rectangle because I thought it added interest, but I don't think I'd do that again. Not sure I like it.

I put a little pink flat-backed gem on each little butterfly because...well...because I could! 😊

My little butterflies were from an unbranded set of dies. I really like the shape of them.

The inside of my card has a simple stamped sentiment and a colored mat to match my base card.

For my second card, I used the same color of pre-made base card with some different DSP. This time I added a LifeStyle Crafts doily under an unbranded flower die-cut. A glitter covered Card Candi (haven't used those in a long time!) was added to the center of my flower.

Another simple interior with a pink mat and a Woodware stamped sentiment.

We are currently staying in Forest City, Iowa, in our little RV. We are attending the Winnebago Grand National Rally. Usually more than 1,000 Winnebago RVs gather and hold a weeklong celebration here. Our RV - the Rialta - is pretty much the smallest of the bunch. We meet people from all over the U.S. and swap travel stories with them.

Today at noon, a bunch of us went into town on the shuttle service and ate a salad lunch sold by a local Lutheran Church as a fundraiser. It was delicious! It also brought back memories of all those church basement potlucks my family contributed to and attended when I was a kid.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Birthday Times for twins...

Today my twin daughters turn 40! How the heck did THAT happen???? It's this kind of event that makes me want to say I was a child bride (I wasn't) and started having children when I was 12 (I didn't). So I think I'll just ignore the age thing and celebrate the wonderful years still to come for them and me!

For each of my children's 40th birthdays (they're all in that decade now), I've made a "Birthday Times" card with some tongue-in-cheek headlines and ledes. This idea originally came from a wonderful crafter named Helen over on Its All Fiddlefart. Check her out if you want to see some unique creations!

My daughters love to tease me about the crazy hair-dos I gave them. I thought they looked so cute at the time. I also made a lot of their clothes. In fact, I sewed all the clothes in these photos except the little shirt under the pink overalls.

 Heather was the youngest twin by 11 minutes. In fact, they were born on 7-11-77, 11 minutes apart. I have always told them that sevens and elevens are lucky numbers! They both had to learn to answer to "twin." When the neighborhood kids didn't know which one they were talking to, they just called them "twin." In fact, their older brother and sister always called them both "twin," too!

I think you can see in this side shot that I've popped up the word "exclusive" and all the balloons.

The wine glass was actually made with a stamp of a stemmed wine glass. I just cut the stem off to make it one of those stemless wine glasses that are so popular now. Besides, it fit better on my card! It was stamped onto vellum and colored on the backside. I adhered it with a dimensional glue dot.

Here's a peek at the inside of each card (they were both the same).

Having identical twins can be exciting. When my twins were 10, they were asked to audition for a movie! The producers of "The Great Outdoors" with actor John Candy were doing a nationwide search for identical 10-year-old twins. They contacted a "Mothers of Multiples" club where I was a member. The president of the club told them to contact me. It was fun for my twins to audition, even though they had to try to act catatonic, as well as scream and cry. They wouldn't let me be in the room while they auditioned, but they told me what would happen and told me not to worry if I heard them acting terribly upset. They weren't chosen for the movie, but they still had a memorable experience.

Here's one last look at both of the cards for my twins. I really do wish them a


Thank you so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Elegant poppies...

Recently, I pulled out my Spellbinders poppies die for a simple, but elegant, birthday card.  I was actually inspired by the small piece of dsp that looks like it was created using one of those "smooshed" background techniques.  It really is just a piece of dsp, however, that I cut to fit my card base.

A few gold sequins highlighting the gold tones in the dsp and a white sentiment banner completed my card front. Super quick and easy!

I kept the inside of my card clean and simple, too, just using a stamp from Woodware.

Now that I look at the picture, I think I could cut another black poppy and add just one blossom to the inside. What do you think?

We're getting ready for our 2 1/2 week RV trip. We'll be taking off later this week. I'll be taking my computer along, but campgrounds are notorious for weak wifi connections, so I may not be blogging at my usual pace of a couple times a week. I'll try to get a couple of posts scheduled before we go and play it by ear after that. I love our little RV and road adventures, so I'm really looking forward to it. We'll be meeting up with a few friends along the way, too, so that makes our trip even more fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.