Monday, April 22, 2019


Good morning, everyone!

I'm still at the hotel for a couple of more hours. I've had a productive writing/ shopping weekend.

Saturday, my 2nd installment of the Petal Promenade Suite Sweet Journal went live on YouTube. A gal from the ABC Junk Journal group I'm in found my video and invited me to join her group. She said that I'll be able to promote my art work, my you tube channel and anything I might want to sell through YouTube and my blogs. A lot of groups do not allow advertising but Denina is all about artists being able to grow both in art and in their business.

While I'm packing up to head home today, I thought I'd share one of her videos with you. I tried to find a short video for you. Most of her videos are 'bellying up to the crafting bar' as it were and can be over 4 hours long.. .just playing and chatting.. like a crafting open house.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


Good morning, friends!

Last week's TPT celebrated a young man in Oklahoma.. a WWII vet turning 93 years young. We were asked to bring the red white and blue.

I used a Dapper Denim base that worked well with the words. They were cut aparts from a K & Co. Navy paper pad I've had in my stash. I inked white mats with Cherry Cobbler and Dapper Denim behind the words. Added a strip of red glitter for sparkle and cut the Star Blast die from Dazzling Diamonds glitter paper. The stars from the die became accents.

Tomorrow is WOYWW and I'll be showing some of the cards I made for the quilt shop!

Creative Blessings!

Monday, April 8, 2019

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Spring Stashbuster Journal semi final

Good morning, friends.

Today, I have the 'final' video for the Spring Stashbuster Junk Journal challenge with dearjuliejulie.
I say 'final' because there is still more embellishments I want to add. I noticed as I was adding things, I did most of the front half of each signature but not much to the back. I worked on them a bit yesterday and will continue to do so here and there.

Our April Challenge is ABC..

Julie has listed each letter of the alphabet and a coordinating item we need to include in 'whatever journal' we want to work on. We don't have to do a new journal.
Since my first book that I showed you back in February... the ABCs of Me needs reworked and all the components are out, I thought this the perfect challenge to finish that book. Beginning next week I'll be giving project updates.

dearjuliejulie also issued our first mini-challenge for the week. By Friday I need to have made a 30 pg mini junk journal to be included. Also, if I understand correctly, each of those pages represents a letter of the alphabet and something that we like coordinating with each letter. Hmmm. I have some thinking to do.

In the mean time, here's the final video of the Spring Stashbuster Junk Journal:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

WOYWW #513 - Project

Good morning, friends!

Sorry I've missed the past couple of weeks. Was planning for that visit from the grandgirls that didn't happen then I took part in a 3-day webinar summit. Lots of good information but not a lot of other stuff done.

I finished my Spring Stashbuster Junk Journal over the weekend and got the mandatory video upload done on Sunday night. You can see it HERE:

The entire series has been on every Monday in March if you want to look back.
If you like making journals, I'm starting a new series on my Stampin' UP! site next week. I'm really itching to play with this project.

Today, my desk may look staged but it isn't really. I'm making 20 cards today from the collection on the table. I also have flyers for the new storage system from Stampin' UP! to get ready to mail to customers.  So here is my desk, in all it's glory:

Did I mention those cards have to go to the local quilt shop this afternoon? LOL With the Christmas Quilt stamp set from Stampin' UP! (retired), they won't take long. More die cutting than stamping so they will go quick. Of course, I went into a mild panic this morning when I couldn't find the stamp/ die case for the set. But we're good now. A cup of coffee and I"m ready to roll!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Since I've missed the Teapot Tuesday, I thought this was a good time to share a Sympathy card.

dearjuliejulie, the woman who orchestrates the junk journal challenges I've been playing in, had to say goodbye to her mom last weekend. While she knew this was coming, losing someone isn't easy. I put this card together for Julie this morning..

Julie loves working with lace so I wanted to make sure to include some on her card.

I used the retired SU Gift of Love for the floral and the sentiment is from Love and Sympathy (retired)

The stamped image is matted on Lost Lagoon cardstock with Lost Lagoon ribbon accent. I used Stampin' Blends to color the flowers in Daffodil Delight and stamped the leaves in Sage Shadow (man, I miss that color!)  I added small pearls.. 1 in the center of the largest flower, one in the 'O' in love then three on the lace.

I'll have WOYWW tomorrow so pop back by to see the creative disaster.
 Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, April 1, 2019

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY! - Collage Tags & A Sneak Peak

Good morning, friends!

We are nearing the end of the Spring Stashbusting Junk Journal Challenge.
Julie's co-conspirator threw out another challenge in the middle of mini challenge #3 week - to make 6 Collage tags!  Okay.. so after some thought, I dove in to my 'stash' looking for patterned papers in the rainbow colors (though somehow I managed to miss purple LOL)

So here are the tags I turned in...

I also have bases for yellow.

Technically, the challenge part of the journal is finished though there is more I want to add -like those purple tags. I do have a couple of yellow ones in the journal but want to finish the rest when I do the purple.

I'll be posting the video of my journal here on Friday... but here's a couple of sneak peaks...

1) the video is already live on my planner channel on YouTube.. we had to turn them in yesterday

2)here's a shot of the page edges:

I'll be back tomorrow with a Teapot Tuesday card.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Watching Over You

This card went in the mail to a sweet lady and her husband in AZ. Sandy broke both of her feet. Her dear husband, Dave, has taken a leave of absence to care for her. What a sweetie.

I haven't used this stamp set before but when the critieria called for horses and that they were artistic people, I knew this was the set I wanted.  It's called Country-Born from the Seasons & Nature collection by Close To My Heart during their 30 Years celebration.  The stamp set has since been retired.

For the artistic aspect I attempted some sponging. Daubers are not the way to go for larger areas. I used Pool Party and So Saffron for the sky. Then I punched out a scallop circle and went inside of that with more So Saffron and Daffodil Delight. The ground is sponged with Garden Green. I stamped the horses and the tree in Early Espresso then went back over the grass and foliage area with Garden Green. This was all done on Whisper White then mounted on a Mossy Meadow card base.