Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Hello.  Sorry I haven't been by your blogs lately.  We spent a week in Cancun.  Lots of fun and sun.  I am still trying to recover from a little Montezuma's Revenge.  ART IMPRESSIONS are having a Bling, Glitter or Glossy Challenge.  I had made this card before I left on my trip, thinking that I would post it there.  Well that didn't happen the deadline is tomorrow.

I began by stamping Steeple Try Fold images as per the included instructions.  Then I colored the image with a wet brush and Marvy Markers.  I added some wink Of Stella and some Stickles to the pillow, church and flowers.  I cut around the images and mounted them onto some sparkly silver pearl paper by Paper Source.  I tied the card together using Silvery Hue Sea crinkle ribbon and a sparkly button from the DL.ART Store.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


A friend of mines daughter is getting married in September.  I made these three banners for the shower.
Chair banner-Papers DCWV, Core'dinations and Craft Smith.
                       Cricut-banner-Birthday Bash; heart-Love Struck, letters-Cricut Alphabet

MISS TO MRS-papers-Craft Smith, DCWV
                          Cricut-Banner and bells- Pretty Pennants, Letters-Storybook
                           Ribbon-DL.ART SWEET LOVE-Valentine Bundle
FUTURE MRS BARR-Papers-Core'dinations, DCWV, Craft Smith
                                       Dies-My Creative Time-Scalloped-Stitched-Oval-Dies,
                                        Cricut-Love Struck


Thursday, June 29, 2017


Art Impressions are having a Create Your Own Back Ground Challenge.  For this challenge I used the "Big Birthday Wishes" set that is available atMichaels.  I began by stamping the cup cake image randomly on a piece of water color paper.  Then I water colored stripes, around the cupcakes.   I swiped Marvy markers on my palette, and applied them to my project with water and a brush.I colored the cupcakes with markers too.  I stamped the main image using Stayz On ink, then I watercolored it and cut around it.  I put the image on an Action Wobble and attached it to my base.    The base was then adhered to a piece of Anna Griffin ombre card stock.  I water colored the sentiment and cut it out, then that was attached to the base with pop dots.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


I completely forgot to post the card I made my husband for Fathers Day.  Maybe it was because I was finishing it on Sunday morning.  I surprised him with a new smoker a Traeger Grill.  I used my Cricut Explore and the Block Party Cartridge to make this card.  All of the papers are Paper Studio.  I am entering this into the Masculine Challenge over at FCCB

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Today is a the start of the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #207-Summer Fun.  Here in Pleasanton, Ca it has been 105 degrees.  Thankfully we haven't lost out power.  There are 3 big birthdays in my family.  A set of twins who are turning 70 and my SIL who is celebrating her 60th.  Diana has so many beautiful Summer colored ribbons.  For this challenge I used Strawberry GrapeLavender and  Pink Basic Twine  Diana offers my readers a 10% discount-just use the code k34510 at checkout.
I began by cutting some gift bags using the Anna Griffin "Giftables" cartridge and my Cricut.  Then I decorated them with MCT stamps, stickers and  beautiful bows using Lavender and Strawberry grape ribbon.
I can't wait to see your summer creations.  You can always substitute a Thank you card.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I made some fun  summer jewelry.  I had seen similar one foe sale that were over $50.00.  I made this set for under $15.00.  All of the supplies except for the whitish beads came from JoAnnes.  The white beads came from a shop in Benicia CA.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Have you tried out the Tim Holtz Oxide inks.  They are so much fun to play with.  I made this background by putting swishes of color on my palette then I smooshed my wet water color paper on the palette.  I accidentally picked up some pink and yellow that was already on the palette.  Then I sprayed some water.  This made the perfect background for the new Art Impressions Stamp "Road Trip".  I picked up 2 new sets of AI stamps from Michaels. The green on the car is Tim Holtz Distress Oxied-Pistachio.  It gives a vintage look to the old car.
I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz distressing tool and Inked them with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide-Broken China. I also distressed the matt and edged with Marvy Marker-Bright Yellow.
I am entering this into the current AI Challenge "Lets Distress"

Saturday, June 10, 2017


I got my inspiration for this card from a Water color Wednesday You Tube Video by Art Impressions.  The subject was "Beach Row Houses"  My second inspiration was a hotel in Capitola, Ca that has brightly painted cottages.  I didn't have the exact stamps that Bonnie used in the video.  What I love about these tutorials is that you can easily substitute like stamps.  I used  the cottage from Watercolor Series 8 Set2.  I did a lot of masking so only the front of the 2nd and 3rd cottages show.  The image ended up being sort of long so I made a long narrow card.  I distressed the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool, then inked them with a Bright Yellow Marvy Pen.  To add to the beachy, distressed look, I mounted the image on cork paper.
I am entering this into the AI "Lets Distress" Challenge

Friday, June 9, 2017


Hello,  I love the new The Adventure Begins die and stamp set by My Creative Time.  It has 2 scooters and balloon, flowers and presents to put on the back.  I had colored a bunch of them, cut them out, then they sat on my desk for a 2 weeks.  When I saw the current Die Cutting Divas Sketch Challenge, I knew it would be perfect for the scooter.  The fun pink scooter paper is Doodlebug "Spring Garden".

Thursday, June 8, 2017


There is a new DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge.  The Theme is Patriotic.  Diana has a a lot of red white and blue ribbons.  She even has a bundle called the Patriotic Bundle.  For my project I used Chalk White and RAO Red from the newspaper-bundle.  I also used Royal Blue from the blues-bundle.  Diana give my readers a 10% discount, use the code k34510 at check out.
I made a sign for my front door.  The cut is Cricut Summer Celebrations.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ladies dressed in Pink and Orange

I made this card for my second entry into the Art Impressions White Space is Nice Challenge.  I used the Dare to Be Fabulous set.  I cut the image out using My Creative Time Stitched Oval die.  Then I mounted that on white cardstock embossed with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots folder.  I added a twine bow using orange and pink basic twine by DL.ART.


I made these decorations for my friend whose sons were promoted from elementary and middle school.  I use Scotch temporary mounting squares for the animals.  The cute graduation animals are cricut Create a Critter 2  and Teddy Bear Parade..  The Minion is a circle that I cut the sides off and a crescent shape for the mouth.  I am entering these into the following challenges.
Die Cutting DIvas-Anything Goes

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Good Morning.  I hope you all had a great Memorial Day.  We went to our cabin in Truckee. The sun was out and the yard was still full of snow-So breathtakingly beautiful.  It is June 1st- that means it is time for another DL.ART Linky Challenge.  Diana has some awesome new bundles of crinkle ribbon check them out at the DL.ART STORE.  For my project I am using Zinfandel from the new Vintage Vineyard-Summer Edition.  I love all of the colors in this bundle.  Rose is a gorgeous pink and Pink Champagne is a soft light pink.  Diana offers my readers a 10% discount just use the code k34520 at checkout.
I made this card for a friend who has a lot going on.  The stamps are Art Impressions.  The sentiment is Anna Griffin. and of course the beautiful ribbon is from the DL.ART STORE.
June is a busy month with vacations, graduations and Fathers Day.  I hope you all have time to craft and I cant wait to see your June projects.  Head on over to DL.ART to see what Diana and the DT have created.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


HELLO  I am having a hard time sleeping so I thought I would do a quick post showing you all of the coloring I did this weekend.  We have a cabin in Truckee that we lease out.  Luckily we were able to go there this weekend.  We spent a lot of time getting it ready for the renters.  In between maintenance and day trips I was able to get some crafting done.  It was so peaceful and beautiful.. Sunny weather with lots of snow in the front yard.

I hope to turn these into cards soon.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


My friend, Celeste threw her son and Daughter in Law a woodland themed baby shower.  She need some bags for the game prizes.  Here is what I came up with using Create a Critter and my Cricut.

These are perfect for the animal challenge over at FCCB

Friday, May 26, 2017


ART IMPRESSIONS are having a "White Space is Nice Space" Challenge.  This is a real challenge for me because I love patterned papers.  For this challenge I used  Flower Set 2Foilage Set 1Water Color Cat set and Wooden Gate set.  I used Marvy markers on the stamps then softened them with a wet brush.
The white damask papers are Recollections.  The beautiful white ribbon is Chalk White from the Newspaper Bundle by DL.ART.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


GOOD MORNING.  Today marks the beginning of a new Thankful Thursday Challenge over at DL.ART.  This time the Challenge is "Boys or Men" .  You can always substitute a Thank You card.  Oh boy Fathers Day is around the corner.  I haven't started creating for that event yet.  My friend, Celeste is throwing a baby shower for her son and his wife who are expecting a baby boy in July.  She held the shower a beautiful home in Lake Tahoe.  We decided on a Woodland themed baby shower.  I hope to post those pictures after the shower.  I made this fun gift card holder that is the shape of a diaper.  Fir this project I used 2 beautiful white buttons from the Elegant Buttons collection.  I tied bows with Blue Basic Twine.   I love this twine the colors are perfect for baby projects.  Diana generously offers my reader a 10%discount.  Just use the code K34510 at checkout.
I used the new Anna Griffin Giftables Cricut cartridge to make the gift card holder.  There is an envelope. an inside holder shaped like a diaper and a folder to put the gift card in.  I decorated the outsides of the envelopes with cuts from Create A Critter.  The papers are Cor'dinations and Heidi Grace.

I can't wait to see your projects.  Head on over to DL.ART for more inspiration.
  Happy Crafting

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Diana has released 2 new bundles of ribbon .  She has some great deals going on too.
Vintage Vineyard Summer Edition
Sweet Bundle
CLICK HERE to find out the special deal Diana has going on

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Here is my second entry for the Art Impressions Dots and Stripes Challenge.  I got the inspiration for this card from Sharon who is on the AI DT. Click Here.  After I started this card I got more inspiration from Renee on the Art Impressions blog.  I colored Marvy Markers on my pallette and used them as paints to watercolor the image from Art Impressions Get Well set.  The papers are Echo Park

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Good Morning.  Today I have a card for you that I made for the current Art Impressions Challenge-Dots and Stripes.   I used the Dog Stackers stamp set and the crate from the hRustic Container set.  I began by inking up the outer edges of the container stamp and stamped it upside down a few times until the stack was hight enough for the sentiment to fit.  Then I added the stamp and water colored the crates using Marvy Markers. I stamped the main image onto of the crates, then watercolored it.  I cut out the colored image and adhered it to some dotted paper by DCWV .  The dark brown crinkle ribbon is Espresso from the Coffee House bundle 2 over at the DL.ART Shop.
 I am thinking of adding little graduation caps to some of the dogs.  I thought it would be fun for an 8th grader who has promotion coming up. What do you think?

Monday, May 15, 2017


Hello, I hope everyone had a fun Mothers Day.  We spent Saturday with my side of the family.  I had a relative visiting from England. We went to a brewery then came her for dinner.  Sunday we went to brunch with my husbands family.  We were going to pick up my son from his dorm, however he slept through brunch .  We met him for coffee on the way home.  I gave my sister in laws these cute coffee mugs which I packaged in brown paper lunch bags that I decorated with a MCT die.  The beautiful ribbon is Lavender from the Spring Bundle by DL.ART.
4 generations  87yrs -2yrsold

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Hello It is time for another DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge.   This time the theme is Graduation and or Flowers.  Of course you can always substitute a Thank You card.  I made this card for a girl who is going to go compete gymnastics at Ursinus a small school in Pennsylvania.  The school colors are burgundy and gold.  I used the beautiful Zinfadel crinkle ribbon from the Build Your Own Bundle.  I love this bundle there are several colors you can choose from to create your own bundle.  Diana offers my readers a 10% discount just use the code K34510 at check out.
The papers Echo Park and Paper Studio.I cut the gymnast with my Cricut Explore the cartridge is Wall Decor and More.I anchored the beautiful Zinfadel bow with a grad cap gem from Paper Studio.

 The beautiful hand made paper strip is a gift I received from Diana.  It is so pretty

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Yesterday I posted a card that one of the boys I watch designed for his mother.  His younger brother had a harder time coming up with a concept.  He finally decided on tea.  His mom loves Chai and she makes the best tea ever.  For this project I used the Cricut cartridge "Love You A Latte"  The papers are DCWV "Taj Mahal" and the Denim Stack.  I like the contrast of the shiny papers with the denim.  I am entering this into the FCCB BLOG HOP AND MOTHERS DAY CHALLENGE

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


I made this card for one of the boys I babysit to give to his mom.  He came up with the idea.  His mom loves fashionable sunglasses.  Fantabulous Cricut are having a Mothers Day Challenge and Blog Hop.  I began the card by cutting the sunglasses with my Cricut using Forever Young.  The sentiment is from the Florals Embellished cartridge.  The sun is an foil embellishment that I got a long time ago at a calligraphy store in Berkeley.

Monday, May 8, 2017


I made this one layer card for the ART IMPRESSION "ONE LAYER LADY" CHALLENGE.  It took me several tries to get the perspective right.  Then I spent a ton of time coloring it and shading and re-shading.  I had it on my kitchen counter ready to photograph, my friend accidentally spilled some water on it.  It is very warped.  But what the heck its a beach card.  I decided to enter it into the challenge anyway.  I used the Beach Babe stamp set and the beach house and sentiment are from  Beach Tri-Fold set.  A day at the beach with a drink sounds so good.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


For the past few years I have been making custom cards for my friends step grand daughter.  This year Macy is turning 19.  She has a job in a candy store.  I began the card by cutting the girl using the Teen Scene Cricut Cartridge. I searched through my pads looking for candy paper.  I found this adorable gummy bear paper in Snack Time by DCWV.