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Minnesota, United States
I am retired and loving it. I have a wonderful husband of 55 years. We have 3 awesome children, 7 fabulous grandchildren and 8 incredibly precious great-grandchildren. I enjoy reading, walking, biking, card making, tatting, X 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.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

RIP Aunt Marie

WOW it’s been a whole month since I posted anything.  Time goes by so quickly.
Our dear Aunt Marie passed a few days ago.  I thought I’d share this card I made for her family.   She was a very special lady and will be missed by many.
I made the cross with quilling strips and the flower was punched out of the background paper.  The center is a quilled rose. It looks a little odd because the back of the paper was white.  

Monday, November 12, 2012

Challenge #160 - "C" is for...

This card is my entry into Mo Manning's challenge # 160 "C" is for cooking.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Paris Here I Come!

I was introduced to a new card site called Outlawz. http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/
I really like it. It has a challenge for every day of the week. It feels strange to be at a new site but I'm getting the hang of it. Today they had a challenge to make a card using Red, Yellow and Black with a traveling theme. This is what I came up with. It's funny but this is one of the few times something turned out even better than I imagined it. I must have had angles looking over my shoulder,

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sit Back and Relax

This card was made with an Elisabeth Bell Digi image colored with Prismacolor pencils. The head scarf, blouse and pant cuffs were paper pieced.
I am entering it in the following challenges:
The Outlawz http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/colorchallenge/forum/topics/september-25th-color-challenge
Elisabeth Bells World Challnge http://elisabethbellsworldchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 23, 2012

These are two of the cards I made for church for November. I masked off the center and the sun and sponged on SU night of navy, so saffron and more mustard. Then I sponged summer sun on the sun area.

I taped the 4 1/4 X 5 ½ sponged card front to a piece of copy paper and printed the saying in Univrsty Roman font and used the MDS 1 digital stamp Just Believe in chocolate chip.  The bird was purchased at Impress. The card front is matted in navy blue and yellow Bazzill textured cardstock.  A stampin’ Up punch was used for the corners.        

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

EB World Challenge

This is my first entry into a challenge at Elisabeth Bell's World challenge Blog at http://elisabethbellsworldchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

The challenge was to make a Christmas card without using a Christmas Image.  I chose to make a side step card using this adorable birthday digi image that I colored with Prisma Colored pencils. This was my first purchase of an EB digi but certainly not my last.

Iam also entering this card in http://www.stampsmiles.com/2012/09/september-blog-candy.html#.UEH4yNZlQf4 Crafty Christmas Challenge

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Challenge #150 Lovely Layers

These cards were made for my twin granddaughters.  The belly bands have a place in the back for money or a gift card.  The fairy dust was made out of glitter and embossing powder given to one of the twins by their dad’s mom (Grandma Grace) when she retired from stamping. I am entering them in Mo Manning's challenges at http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Challenge # 148 Friends

I made this card for my husband to give his brother for his birthday.
It is also my entry for the Friend challenge at

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Challenge # 146

This is a card I created for my daughter’s birthday.  It is my entry into Mo Manning’s Anything Goes challenge for the first week in August. http://mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com/

Church Sympathy/SC396

I am having so much fun with the stamps my granddaughter gave me.  Today I used this stamp from 1998 called Easter Blessings by SU.  This is number 49 of the 52 sympathy cards I’m making for church.  What will I fill my time with when I’m done?

Monday, July 30, 2012

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  My first attempt to make a card using the same stamp for the background as the image was a disaster.  The water coloring was fine but the wash behind the image was horrible.  I tried a couple of different things but ended up just cutting the flower out and putting a flourish behind it.  So MUCH better.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Pinterest Card

I saw the card in the left corner on Pinterist.  I loved the image so I used it today for a challenge card on STV.  I think she is adorable! ( I know I spelled the Pin......wrong but something is linking it to a different site)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Challenge #140 Masculine

This card was made for my husband to give to his brother-in-law using Mo's Two Will image.
It is my entry in the "Masculine" challenge.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Elegant Line Art Card

These are the results of a typical card making day for me. I tried to make a card after seeing Gina K's tutorial on line art images.  The first one (on the right) I cut the background papers the wrong size so I had to adjust the image sheets to fit the papers.  That’s why the image is a little too big in proportion to the paper.  The second one I didn’t have enough maroon paper left to make it like the first one so I improvised.  I think both are lovely but as my father always said “complications, complications!”

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bugs or Butterflies

I'm not sure just what these little critters are but I sure do think they're  cute!

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Mo Manning Challenge # 134 Tickle My Funny Bone.
But,  bless  your  heart, you  tried,
 and  that's  what's important!
Happy Birthday!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Back to school

This is a card I made a while back.  I'm posting it in the Whimsey and Stars Studio 1st. Blog Hop.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Mo Manning Challenge #129

Anything Goes
CAS Birthday card using a Mo Manning Digi image colored with pencils.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Photo Inspiration Challenge

Challenge #128 Photo Inspiration using a MoManning digital image.
I was inspired by the satin wedding dress and the flowers. 

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Hello

I made this card for a Spring challenge on STV.  The thing is....I completely forgot it was supposed to be done in pastels.  Back to the drawing board for me.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sympathy Cards

Sadly I need two Sympathy cards this week.  They are similar in design and were entered into the CASE challenge on STV. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012


This is a thank you card I made for my sister.  I used some head pins and crystals to make my own embellishments behind the bow.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Great tip!

My friend Barb gave me the greatest tip ever!  She said she buys white pearls and colors them with markers to match her card.  How smart is that!  It works too!!!!!!  This is my first (of many) cards using her technique.  I colored white pearls with an orange sharpie. Yippee!!!!!! (Okay, so it doesn’t take much to get me excited)…….Thanks Barb!

Friday, February 17, 2012

My first shaker card

This is my first ever shaker card.  IF I do another one I will use smaller beads, these keep getting caught between the card and the plastic. I used a digital image colored with pencils and Spellbinders dies.  I applied chalk to the background of the image and sentiment.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quilled Valentine Card

I wanted to do some quilling for Valentine’s Day.  My first try was a disaster.  This is my second try and although I like it better I still think the heart area is too large.  I’m hoping the third try is the charm.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Happy Birthday with Pearls

This birthday card was entered into MIUM challenge on STV “Pins or Pearls”.
Products Used were….DP, CS, Pearls, Digi Stamp, Prismacolor pencils, Nesties, Corner Rounder, Chalk

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2nd Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe' Challenge Card

This is my entry for Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe' second challenge. http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/

Chalk-Ah-Lot Cafe' Challenge Card

Last week Chalk-Ah-Lot CafĂ© http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/  hosted its first challenge and I won!  This is my winning entry.