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Minnesota, United States
I am retired and loving it. I have a wonderful husband of 54 years. We have 3 awesome children, 7 fabulous grandchildren and 8 incredibly precious great-grandchildren. I enjoy reading, walking, biking, card making, jewelry making, stitching and quilling. My winters in Minnesota are spent mostly indoors while in the summer my husband and I spend quality time on our Harley enjoying the beautiful scenery in our area. I hate to cook, love anything sweet and have mixed feelings about exercising.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gift It

Tag made for Gift It challenge at http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Snowflake & Sentiment from Stampin' Up
These are a portion of the suckers I made for our Christmas gathering.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Gift card holders

These are the gift card holders I created for my grandchildren.  I'm entering them into the Mod Squad Challenge at http://modsquadchallenge.com/christmas-and-ribbon-challenge/

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Foiling Thinking of You

This was my first "very small" attempt at foiling.  I foiled the sentiment & 3 leaves.
 I'm entering this card into http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Animal Sympathy

This card is being entered into Simon says Stamp Monday & Wednesday Challenges.  I used Spellbinder dies to cut my layers and a simple image I created.
I just re-read the Monday Challenge and I see I missed the "at the movies" and only read."showcasing Spellbinders dies".  I don't know how to remove my card so I apologize for the entry.

Animal Sympathy

This card is being entered into Simon says Stamp Monday & Wednesday & Mod Squad Challenges. I used Spellbinder dies to cut my layers and a simple image I created. The Sentiment is by ioStamps.
I just re-read the Monday Challenge and I see I missed the "at the movies" and only read."showcasing Spellbinders dies".  I don't know how to remove my card so I apologize for the entry. .... Oh wait, I know "Old Yeller" from 1957.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stamp It

I am so used to using digital stamps that I had to ask a friend what kind of ink to use if I wanted to color an actual stamp (lol).  This is a card I made for an animal rescue organization to send to people who donate.
I'm entering this cards here:http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Trying a stencil brush

I've used this Kitchen Sink stamp set & layout before but I wanted to try some additional shading with a stencil brush.  It worked great except for a spot at the top left that got kind of gloppy for some reason.  It was my first application to the paper and I didn't tap it off on anything else first.  I think like sponging that is something you need to do.  I tried to hide the bad spot with a die greeting.  It isn't exactly centered but it did the job.
I'm entering this card to:

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sunday, May 22, 2016

One Layer Birthday

http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/2016/05/one-layer-birthday.html One layer Birthday Card
Neenah 80lb Solar White Smooth Cardstock
Tiddly Ink Digital Image
Computer Generated Greeting
Prismacolor Pencils
Crafter's Workshop Template
Inkadinkado Chalks

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Bird Bath

This card has been entered into the Mod Squad Challenge Blog here to use water and Simon Says Stamp here Anything Goes.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Rainbow Colors 2

I thought I'd give the rainbow colors another try.  Unfortunately I have them in the wrong order.  Shhh don't tell anyone. TFL
This card is entered in http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rainbow Colors

This week's challenge on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
is "The Rainbow Connection".  This is my entry using rainbow colors.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Easter Card

This month on the Power and Sparkle Challenge at Power Poppy
we were asked to use their Peek-A-Boo Sketch. Here is my entry. TFL

Feature a creature

This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were asked to make a card featuring a creature.  I found this cute  pre-colored little guy on Pinterest. TFL

Friday, February 19, 2016

MSCB 2/17/16

This week on Mod Squad Challenge http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-great-outdoors.html we were asked to use "the Great Outdoors" in our card.
I used a Tiddly Ink Digital image colored with Spectrum Noir pens for my project.  Originally I had the Happy Birthday in blue letters but I didn't think they stood out enough.  I cut a second set in gold glitter paper and glued them offset to my blue ones.  TFL

Friday, February 12, 2016

looking for a pattern

Can anyone tell me where I can find a needle tatting pattern using a covered ring? I've seen several photos using this technique but have been unable to find any patterns.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Distressed Ink Background

This is a card I made today using a technique from Jennifer McGuire Ink called
Easy distress Ink Backgrounds http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/videos
I used Fired Brick Distress Ink, Mandarin Perfect Pearls and a Recollections Stencil.
I am entering into this weeks MSCB http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ From the Heart.

Just one more Valentine.

Just when you think you've seen the last of my Valentine cards MSCB http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ has a heart theme for this week.  I love this card I made for my great-grandson and hope you enjoy seeing "just one more". TFL

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Just another Valentine card.  I love this Tiddly Ink image.
I'm entering this into MSCB http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 5, 2016

This week on MSCB  were to challenged to use hearts & flowers on our card.  I used a TiddlyInk digi image colored with Spectrum Noir pencils and adapted two Memory Box dies to make my hearts & flowers. TFL http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Masculine Birthday

The Mod Squad Challenge Blog  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ this week asked us to make a masculine birthday card. TFL

Saturday, January 23, 2016


This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were asked to make a card using the theme LOVE IS IN THE AIR.
For my card I used a Tiddly Ink image colored with Spectrum Noir pens. When I color an image I always start with the hair & face.  Those are the two areas I struggle the most with.  Last night I did a really pretty face but horrible hair so today I colored a second image.  I did the hair first and was pleased with the result and then the face.  I have a new Epson printer and the ink ran on her face.  Needless to say I was not happy but finished the image anyway. Heat drying probably helps but it also curls the paper.   Does anyone have a suggestion for removing printer ink that runs?