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Back to School

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My grand kids are getting ready to start a new school year next week.  I’ve taken them each out to lunch and shopping.  Tomorrow will be time to finish my grandson’s shopping and getting a haircut.  Over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog the theme for this week is Back to School.  I made each of the kids a card to wish them a successful school year.

I recently got Tim Holtz’ Hipster stamp set and the matching dies.  For Hailey’s card I used the ostrich:

ostrich card for hailey 8-27-2017 2-24-09 PM

For Tristan’s card I used the cat, I figured starting middle school makes him a cool cat:

cat card for tristan 8-27-2017 2-23-42 PM

I had fun coloring the hipsters and then cutting and layering the pieces.  I used a school-themed paper pad from my stash to create the backgrounds.  I used Ranger Enamel Accents and embossing powders to add color and shine.

Thanks for stopping by my long-neglected blog, I’d love to know what you think of my cards.



No trick, there will be treats!

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I enjoy creating treat bags for my grandchildren for Halloween.  There are small toys, drawing supplies, healthy snacks and a bit of candy stuffed into the bags.  I made them each a card, too.

I used the (now discontinued) Accordion Album die from Sizzix to create the cards.

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hailey 10-24-2014 8-44-42 PM

I used scraps, stickers and embellishments from my stash, plus some die cuts.  The Art with Art Challenge at Eileen Hull’s blog is Tricks and Treats, perfect for my album cards!  I encourage you to go have a look at all the great art that’s been submitted.

I’ll end my post with Happy Halloween wishes and a couple of photos of a witch doll I created four years ago.  She’s made with a wire armature and muslin body, head and limbs.  If you have any questions about her, ask away.



Until next time, thanks for stopping by.


A Friendly Reminder

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It seems when my grandkids come for a visit, I’m always reminding them to brush their teeth.  I came across a cute clipart walrus and an idea formulated to create an art piece for them.

I started by scraping some gesso on an 8″ x 10″ canvas.  I used Distress Paints (Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw & Mowed Lawn) to create a “drippy” background.

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After the paint dried, I mixed some Studio 490 embossing paste with Wendy Vecchi (dandelion & carnation) Archival Ink re-inkers and stenciled a background.

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I did some stamping over the embossing paste (forgot to take a picture) and my canvas was ready for the elements.  In addition to the walrus (with Liquid Pearls – White Opal tusks) , I used a clipart toothbrush and toothpaste tube.  I used Distress Paints to color some Grungeboard shapes and letters, then used Distress Glitter and Glossy Accents to punch them up.  I created words on my computer, cut them apart and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Foam tape popped some of the elements up and the rest are glued to the canvas with Glossy Accents.

I just love how it turned out and can’t wait for Tristan and Hailey to see it.

tooth3 8-19-2014 4-20-09 PMI’m entering this canvas in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and Everything Goes at Inspiration Emporium’s Inspiration Journal August Challenge.

Thanks for having a look and as always, I love your comments!


Father’s Day for Jeremy

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I wanted to share a little burlap canvas I made for my son.  I used mostly Tim Holtz/Ranger products and techniques to create it.

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My son has really stepped up to the Dad plate in the last few months and I thought the quote is perfect.  My grandson and I made a card, too. He loves getting inky with me!

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Here’s the finished card:

T - Jerm dad card 6-14-2014 1-12-30 PMThanks for stopping by.


Ornament Time

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My grandson just loves to do craft projects with me.  (He thinks every kid does art with their Grandma!)  We’ve made Christmas ornaments with his picture on them nearly every year and this year we included his little brother in the fun!

We cut matboard houses with Tim Holtz' Dwellings Die. The houses were colored with Distress Stains.

Tristan wrote his name on the back and then stamped the year with black Archival Ink.

I glued the houses together with Tristan’s first grade picture peeking out the front door (Tim Holtz’ Mini Ticket).  Then we were ready for a bit of embellishing.  For Jacob’s ornaments, I sandwiched a ribbon loop beween two vintage poker chips and added his picture on one side and his name/year on the other.

I added a bit of Glossy Accents around the picture and Jacob sprinkled on the glitter.

Jacob didn't like his picture being covered up so, before I could stop him - he blew it off! Glitter was everywhere! I gathered him up and had Tristan open the door so I could take him outside and brush him off. Minor "disaster" and he learned not to do that again!

We moved on to adding chunkier, icicle-like glitter to Tristan's rooftops.

Time to clean up and wait for the glue to dry.

The ornaments turned out so cute and they were very proud of them!

Here’s a close up:

I stamped some cards and they colored them, too.

Tristan's cards

Jacob's cards

They were so happy to take the cards and ornaments home and show their Mom.  I hope the recipients will enjoy them.

Last week Tristan fell on the playground at school and ended up at the emergency room with a bleeding head.  He thought it was very cool that they used super glue on it!

Small cut, big bruise and tough guy!!

Thanks for visiting!  Your comments warm my heart!

Wow, I finally have a blog!

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I’ve contemplated creating a blog for a while and I finally took the plunge.  I hope to share my artistic endeavors and various life happenings with my friends and followers.  Since I’m learning as I go, I hope you’ll let me know what works and what might need a little adjusting.

We took the grandkids to the local pumpkin patch and I’ll be using the pictures I took to make some mini albums.Thanks for visiting!

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