Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Starting the Year off with some PUPPY LOVE!

After a pathetic 4 posts for the whole of 2017, I guess my New Year's resolution for 2018 is to at least make one post a month, that at least would triple my posts from last year. Sheesh!

I've been striving to use my die cut machine more lately, so I'll start with the cards I've been making using some new dies I treated myself to for the holidays. I acquired these cute puppy dog stamps from a friend over at and saw a similar design on Pinterest so decided to give it a whirl with the swirlie heart die from the Tim Holtz line.

The sentiment stamp is from a very vintage Club Scrap kit that features lots of animal quotes and images.

I found this border sheet in my stash that had some strips that echoed the pattern in some of the puppy stamps so I tried to match them up for each card.

This one reminds me of my new "grandpuppy" Nova, who Will adopted last fall. Ya think?

The cards with the "having a rufff day?" quote have the "I woof you" stamp on the inside.

This one reminds me of my other little "grandpuppy" Raven who Paul and Heather adopted a year and a half ago. I swear she's half lab half chihuahua, but I can't quite figure out how that happened.

The last one of the bunch. These will make either a great pick me up card or even Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

An Afternoon by the Lagoon

I don't know how they do it, but every time my birthday rolls around Club Scrap puts out an awesome kit that I just have to have, stamps and all. This year it is the Lagoon kit featuring mermaids and I'm just loving the cards you can make with it.

First up are the regular Distress Ink backgrounds using Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord and Peacock Feathers. Detail black embossing powder on the stamped images.

This one is the same kind of background with the seahorse and grasses embossed with Dusky Blue and Weathered Copper respectively and then colored in with gelatos to help them stand out a little. I also cut apart the quote so I could space the lines apart.

Again, the Distress ink background and the turtle is from Castaway, another favorite sea themed kit. These are embossed with Marcasite EP.

These next 2 backgrounds are Distress Oxide Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Violet) on black paper. The quote is from Cape Cod.

Same kind of background on this one and just the tail of the mermaid with silver embossing powder.

The background on this one is made with the same Distress Oxides, but on glossy black paper. Found that these inks don't dry well on glossy, but did manage to get it dry after a lengthy time with the heat gun.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring might have Sprung!

After 94 inches of rain since October 1, we are finally seeing signs of spring. Our first rhododendron has a blossom. It's about a month late, but is loaded with buds. I am sooooooooooooo ready for the rain to stop and the flowers to bloom!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Thornewood Castle: A Wedding Story page 2

Just one today. These are pictures from Heather's friends posted on fb a day or two after the wedding.

Club Scrap Celebrate and Crewel and Unusual kits used for the layout. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thornewood Castle: A Wedding Story

It's been quite a year preparing for my son's wedding. The day finally arrived and couldn't have been more delightful or perfect. We all gathered on January 2, at Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, Washington on a cold, but clear afternoon. Only a few pictures available right now, but this is the first of many posts as they come in from family, friends and the beautiful photos that were professionally taken.

First up, I was responsible for the bride's bouquet, lanterns, corsages, boutonnieres and some table decorations. I started in August and finished up on New Year's Eve. The flowers are all silk, but I added fresh cedar sprigs right before the wedding for a fresh element and a wonderful scent. This layout is a quick drop from Club Scrap's Serenity kit.

Here they are dancing. The castle was still decorated for the holidays and was an absolutely beautiful setting for the wedding. This is an Aurora Borealis quick drop from CS. 

This was a picture taken by one of Heather's family friends of the jingle bell favor that the guests received and rang in lieu of rice. Heather and I put them together the week end before the wedding. I took a photo of their kiss and morphed it into the bell and the layout is a quick drop from CS Pure and Simple, an oldie, but still one of my favorite kits. 

Hope to have more soon. Lots of pics coming in. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to all. This is a picture of my dad visiting the Frederick and Nelson (department store) Santa in Seattle in 1946. My all time favorite picture of him as a child.

Old World Santa and Lock and Key Club Scrap digital kits used for the layout.

This year's holiday cookies: Black and Whites, Pecan Sandies, Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip, Turtle Bark, Thumbprints, Maple Yule Logs, Maple Roca Bites, Buried Cherries and Scandinavian Almond Bars.  Yum!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Happy Yuletide!

I saw a picture of one of these on Pinterest and just had to try making my own driftwood tree. 

Roger drilled all the pieces for me and then we threaded them onto an 8ft piece of rebar driven 3ft into the ground. Quite easy to assemble. Then I set about making ornaments for the tree.

 The snow queen is made from oyster shells, deconstructed dollar store flowers, beads, and a tiny tree ornament for a hat.

A little oyster shell angel for the tree

and oyster shell and bead fairy

a tiny sand dollar ornament

Oski Bear decked out for the holidays. 

Merry Christmas!