Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thinking of You OWH

Isn't this a cute froggy? I decided to use it today when I saw Deedee's challenge for the week. The challenge is to make a card for a child and since I make cards for Operation Write Home I made this card for a soldier to send to his child. I love
Deedee's digi's she has so many to choose from check her website out at: www.deedeesdigis.com
I used SU cardstock, DSP, ribbon, oval punches and for my border punch its an Anne Griffin (HSN) punch. I'm not impressed with them, they punch only about 1 1/2 inches and they aren't easy to line up but thats just my opinion.
Personal Journey: Today was a great day, I met a sweet lady named Joann and we're like two peas in a pod. We have so much in common it's unbelievable and we spent two hours just getting to know each other over coffee. I met her through Senior Circle and we're going on our first trip together in May to Myrtle Beach. If the Myrtle Beach works out and I don't snore or annoy her we'll make it official and become travel partners. I think we are going to have some fun times, she loves to cruise, she's totally honest and up front about her feelings and I really enjoyed the afternoon with her. I'm excited because this is something I have wanted to do since I retired but due to prior committments couldn't. Today was a good day full of blessings. Pay it Forward - give something of yourself.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chocolate Lovers Delight

My how I love Chocolate not just any Chocolate I'm particular but hey these cards turned out pretty cute! My friend Jeanna in Kansas got me tons of goodies during the SAB and this 'Eat Chocolate' set was one of

them from Stampin UP! I don't buy many stamps anymore because I really love the digitals but hey what can a lady do when she gets free stamps with her order. Anyway I made these three cards as birthday cards and I used all SU goodies. The ribbon is SU, the cord is SU the brad is a sale brad that I got at the SU sale and I colored it with a Chocolate chip SU marker to make it look like Chocolate. The lace is SU but the embossing folder isn't. I have used that Polka Dot folder so
much it broke this last time. My background for my photo shoot is the designer paper series 'Elegant Soiree'. So there you have it Chocolate in a nutshell (I love nuts in my chocolate) ask my friend Becky who ate my 2 pounds of chocolate nuts when I accidently (she to took it when we were unloading my car at her house after a trip) left it. She claims to have had a chocolate attack and wandered upon it, sure Becky and I've got a believe that cause she ate the evidence.
Pay it Forward everyone!!
Stampin hugs,

Friday, March 25, 2011

Cocoa Get Well

I made this card today while I had my new windows put in. These guys were a real hoot and I laughed at them all day. But back to the card it's for the Cocoa challenge where we were to use polka dots. I used this paper I bought at the dollar store but I did use the new Pompom ribbon ? from SU. It's not ribbon but I don't know what to call it, I also used a Martha Stewart edge punch to make my center lace. So what do you think? I did my Iris Fold Cards and didn't get a single comment wow now that is scarey! Have a great weekend and remember make someone smile today it will make you feel oh so good!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Iris Folding cards

I have been trying for 2 days to post this Iris Folding but Blogger has me ripping my hair out. At first I thought it was my laptop but when I tried to use my desk computer today Blogger locked up my whole computer so I will post these pictures and then get on the phone with Blogger to find out what is going on. These cards are from the Cardmaker Card Kit I get monthly and don't think they are worth the $21. it cost.
I think the paper is super thin and cheap but I do have to say I actually learned how to Iris Fold. Ok
I'm done it just deleted the other 3 pictures I had, hopefully everything will get fixed the next 24 hours . God Bless all of you and I sure hope I can get this fixed!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Eat Chocolate

This is another new stamp set that I got from SU, since I love Chocolate this was a must have set. The cardstock is SU the DSP is Pink Paislee, buttons from SU what a quick simple card with layered paper.
Personal Journey: Well its Monday night I had to dig this card out of my stash because I haven't been in the Studio all weekend. Saturday I had the yard mowed, picked up branches, burned the wood piles and then got my mail. I got my Paper Wishes card packet and I was hooked with the Iris Folding. I've done it once before with my dear friend True but I couldn't get the handle of it. I did 8 iris folds and loved all of it. I didn't get to make any cards but I sure had fun with these patterns. Today I got up and decided to do laundry then while my first load was going I headed outside to the flower bed. There I spent 3 hours pulling weeds and got a burn on the back of my neck from having my head down pulling weeds. I came in took a shower and my day was done, my back is killing me I didn't even feel like eating dinner so I did soup. Tomorrow is tax day come heck or high water I will get them done I just can't figure out to do them myself or Have a great week! I got two ladies that are taking me up on the $10 postal only freebie of stamps and goodies. Hugs, Jeanine

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dig Chicks

Well once again I fell in love with Doodle Pantry's images they are so realistic and some are colored so I can grab one of them and make a quick card. I was in a polka dot mood and using Spellbinder dies I layered these little chicks and both of the greetings. I used SU cardstock and some Michael's ribbon a Cuddlebug folder and waa laa the cards were done.
Personal Journey: Today I had plans to do my taxes but a lawn mower disrupted my coffee & paper this morning. After listening to it for a few hours I decided I'd be the only one in the neighorhood with foot tall weeds if I didn't go out and enjoy the beautiful weather. Well I started out by picking up sticks and then these two adorable small boys came over and said 'Mam, we're trying to earn money to paint our soapbox, we've mowed Grandma's yard and them people's so if you want we'll help you?'. Oh they were so darling Brad 10 and Colton 7, they mowed, their dad weedeated and we had the lawn done in 2 hours. Then they asked if they could do it regularly and were delighted when I paid them $25, they ran all the way home. After they left I continued working outside, it was beautiful high was 83 and so
I didn't want to come in but my back made me about 4 PM.
Always remember to 'Pay it Forward' it just takes a minute but the reward is so great. Have a great Sunday.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Products

I made a few cards yesterday from all my new SU goodies and Spellbinder dies. I love all my stuff but I especially love this Heart Circle Spellbinder die. Wow it is so pretty and I had fun working with it and all the teenie tiny little hearts it produces. My stamp is from SU as is the DSP and cardstock, the ribbon is some I've had for a long time.

My second card is again SU cardstock and the Always Elegant (121207) stamp I used on the first card. I embossed this image with SU silver embossing powder. I cut out the card with a Spellbinder large oval die, then I placed the image in the oval. On the inside of the card I covered the image back with a piece of DSP. Super quick, super simple cards but I love the new goodies. Now if I could just learn how to use the Beveled Windowpanes.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I've always been a believer, I think as you get older you also become closer to God. I seem to talk to him alot more always asking questions that I didn't worry about before. I had alot less worries or at least I thought so when I was younger and invincable. Now I don't worry I just wonder........where did that ache come from, did I always walk crooked, why do I seem so lazy, why do I lose so many things, why would I keep my pen in the kitchen cubboard with my salt? Why do my shoes keep disappearing oh and then I surprise myself with things like crackers in the fridge. I delight in finding things in some of the most amazing places, and my basement has become my catch all area with only a path to the stairs and the outdoors.
Well trust me the worst room of the house is my studio, I can be making a card and lose the scissors I was working with. I have so much stuff I just toss the bag in the corner and move on. I think I'll donate a bunch of stuff to the school again I know I can't use all that cardstock nor all the hundreds no make that thousands of stamps I have. Want a goodie box send me $10 for postage and I will fill it up with stamps, embellishments, paper and ribbon I just have to get rid of this stuff. I just got another box of stamps and cardstock from SU yesterday with all the SAB's and geez I bearly have my head above all this stuff. I'm serious about the goodie boxes just email me at azgramtn@bellsouth.net and I'll give you my address then I'll fill a USPS large box with your favorite type of stamps and mail it back to you. I'm becoming a hoarder and that is scary so help me to straighten out my basement and studio heck fire even tell your friends.
Ok all of you darlings I need to go out and find some treats to put in my cards to the ladies at the nursing home for St. Patrick's day and I need to get some other errands done but always remember to
'Pay it Forward'
God Bless

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Thinking of you Marjorie

A very dear cyber friend sent me this beautiful card along with a lovely note. I so enjoyed this card I decided I would love to try to duplicate the card. Although I didn't have the SU stamp set she used I had this stamp similar to her's. Thank you Marjorie for the kind words and the beautiful card you are a gift to me.

I used SU Old Olive, Hunter Green (retired), So Saffron and SU DSP To the Nines, I used SU Basic Pearls, Victoria 5/8 inch Crochet Trim and the tiny flower from the triple flower punch of SU. I used the pens to ink up the stamp and although you can't see them to well I colored the stamp branches with Old Olive, So Saffron, Bashful Blue and YoYo Yellow. The stamp I used is from Ellen Hutson and I really like the cloning but I love Marjorie's card the best. I'll add these to the stack of cards I have going to OWH this month and remember the pattern since I really enjoyed making these cards.
Personal Journey: As you can see it's late and one of those nights that for the love of me I can't go to sleep. I've tried twice now to lay down but I just can't go to sleep so I thought I would blog. Mom is back at the nursing home and I'm finally back on a normal schedule. She had her two week check-up yesterday and the doctor says she's doing wonderful. He can't get over the recovery she's had and thinks she'll do just fine. I'm just relieved that she did so well and that I survived without killing one of the doctors at the hospital. They sure had my blood boiling but hey thats over and I need to realize how blessed I am. I have two beautiful daughters, seven grandchildren, a 92 year old Mother in better health than I, a brother identical to Mom and faith that life couldn't be better. I have great friends and super Cyber friends and what more could a person ask for? You all have a wonderful weekend and remember 'Pay it Forward'.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

More St. Patty's Day cards

Doodle Pantry background papers and image, I love love love them!
This blogspot is really making me pull out my hair! Everyday I come in here something new is wrong, today it won't let me add a picture to my blog. Several weeks ago it wouldn't let me move my sidebar goodies around it still won't.
OK so all I had to do is wait 24 hours and it all came back with images, sometimes I want to scream at Blogspot then them come up with this easy blog format and I can't say a thing.
Both of my cards today are from the Doodle Pantry and I just love this bird he's so adorable and happy. I have him as a pirate, Christmas bird, heck I think I have about 6 different images with the holiday birds. I just wonder what Laurie will do for Easter with this darling, he really needs a name think I'll start a campaign for that. Have a great weekend, I'm off to take Mom to the doctor for a two week check-up on her hip surgery. Stampin hugs and remember 'Pay it Forward'

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day early

I have three cards to show you today, these are all images from Deedee's Digi's, the DSP is from Doodle Pantry as I didn't have any paper for this project. I got six different DSP and they are all great for St. Patty day cards.

I started making cards for the ladies at the nursing home that Mom is in for all the holidays. It seems that after going there for six month they have little visitation there so I knew making them cards for each holiday would be great. I even make cards for the care givers at Moraa's House and each one of the ladies is very appreciative.

I colored all these images with Copics and added ribbon to creat three great little cards. Now I have to find goodies (usually peanuts or candy for the holiday). It's raining here again 4 days in a row, I actually went outside this morning and raked leaves, picked up sticks, branches and trash before coming in to make all these fun cards. Hope you enjoyed my post for the day and remember 'Pay it forward'.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Friends till the end!

I have been in a real slump lately but I have to say that the OWH blog hop sure put some great ideas in my head now just to find the time to do something. I could not believe there was over 125 entries for the blog hop I have to be honest I just didn't get to all of them but wow it was fun looking and seeing who did what.
My card for today is from a previous challenge to use words as backgrounds and I chose Friends from the SU set. My paper is some of my very favorite called LaCreme from DCWV. It is so beautiful and just has so many different textures. My ribbon is satin from the dollar bin at Michael's and I used my bowmaker for the tiny bow.
It's time to announce my winner for the Blog Candy I offered at the blog hop for OWH. I did the Integrity meter and out of 81 entries number 24 won the candy. So Brittany at http://yesterdaysechoscrapbooks.blogspot.com is the winner send me your email and home address to azgramtn@bellsouth.net and I will get you flowers in the mail. Have a blessed day and please remember to 'Pay it forward'

Saturday, March 5, 2011

OWH Blog Hop- Blog Candy

This is 'Operation Write Home' Blog Hop! I'm stop #69 and if you came from Shelly's 'Create with me' your in the right place. I've been creating cards for OWH for over 18 months and I love the group.
OWH is amazing, the girls are wonderful, they share their knowledge by making tutorials, all their blog posts, and so much more that I feel so blessed to be apart of this group. I can't serve in the military but I can serve by making 100 cards a month for the soldiers that are serving our country. My card is a digital image from Doodle Pantry
that I colored with Copic's then I stapled the ribbon to the back of a separate oval. Once I had the ribbon secure I mounted the colored oval on the image oval and added Stickles. My brown and pink DSP is about 3 years old from Pink Pazley.

This is my blog candy for our Blog Hop. It's called 'Garden of Flowers' and its a collection of 7 packs of Fabric & Felt Flowers & leaves by 3 Birds collection. All I ask is that you leave a comment and if your so inclined to do so become a follower of my blog. On Monday I will do a random drawing for the winner. OWH will post all the blog winners but I will post the winner right here on my Monday night blog post.
Thanks for joining us, now on to the next stop: Monica at Little Bit of Life - http://riverviewstamper.blogspot.com
God Bless our troops and the U.S.A.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Love the Lord

Doodle Pantry is one of my favorite Digital Image sights. I love her realistic portraits of animals, flowers and just about everything. I made this card about a week ago but things got busy around here and I didn't get a chance to post it.
I hope all of you will join us this weekend at the 'Operation Write Home' blog hop. I know there are plenty of ladies offering Blog Candy and some great tutorials so put it on your calendar for sure.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Cocoa Challenge

Ric Rak was the challenge for Cocoa this week and I'm trying to catch up with my cards. It's been a long long week but I love donuts so Cocoa and I have alot in common. I used white ric rak that I dyed, I anchored it with heart brads and a SU brad. On my image I colored it in Copics and then covered the icing with Crystal Effects from SU. Hope you enjoy the card and yes please remember to 'Pay it Forward' obviously the people I deal with last week in the hospital hadn't heard about it.