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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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

3D Christmas card

Today on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were asked to make a card with one die cut.  I made 5 3D cards for Christmas; each had a die cut sentiment.  Here is one of my favorites. TFL

Thursday, December 24, 2015

MSCB 12/23/2015

This is a belated birthday card I made yesterday. I am entering it in the "Anything Goes" challenge on The Mod Squad Challenge Blog  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/  .  TFL

Sunday, December 6, 2015

What can I say.....

I needed a thank you card for tomorrow and since I will be hand delivering and not mailing it, I thought the card with the butterfly & flowers would work fine. (picture #1) All it needed was a little tweaking.  Obviously that didn’t work out so well.  (picture #2) I ended up making a whole new card. (picture # 3 and greeting).

No Christmas cards made today L

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Handmade plaid background

I had so much fun creating my handmade background for this week's Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ I had to give it another go.  This time I used stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps. TFL

Saturday, November 21, 2015

ModSquad Challenge 11/18/15

This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were asked to make our own background paper using stamps. 
  Today I went into my craft room to do some much needed cleaning and I spotted a flower just sitting there all on its own.  Wham…I had an idea.  Not any idea but a fantastic idea. The kind you can’t put off while you clean or you might forget it.

   My idea was to use the flower for this week’s challenge.  First I made my stamped background.  I couldn’t believe it.  First try and I loved it.  It was as close to perfect as humanly possible.  The neighbor’s probably felt the vibrations from me doing my happy dance.  Next I fussy cut the flower…so far so good. Then I made the greeting and the brackets for hanging it.  The brackets looked a little too thin so I made a second set and glued them together.  Have you ever tried to glue a tiny thin cutout to a piece of tiny cutout card stock? It’s really hard (but helped)….so I thought, why not do the same to the greeting.  Wham…another idea….glue the backing to the thin paper before you cut it out. (Sure wish I had thought of that when I did the brackets.)  Fast forward….Everything is done and ready to be glued down.  I started at the top intending to work my way down.  I glued down my greeting and of course it wasn’t in the center.  I tried very carefully to remove it but it tore my beautiful background paper.  Since I wasn’t about to start over I did my best to conceal it.  I wet the paper so the ink would run a little and stamped a few new dots in the area.  My background is no longer (almost) perfect but I still had fun and think it’s lovely.  Oh….and the craft room…still needs cleaning.  TFL

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge 11/11/15

This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were challenged to use silver or pearl.  I wasn't sure if there was a color pearl or if we were to use pearls.  My entry has a little of each (I think). I used Spectrum Noir pencils to color my image.  I added some liquid pearls to the image and regular craft pearls to the silver strip.  My bells are silver (or maybe pearl). TFL

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Challenges for Jennifer McGuire & Outlawz.

This is a card I'm entering into two challenges.  The first is Jennifer McGuire's Sharing Handmade Kindness http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/?s=week+2+sharing+handmade+kindness
And second is The Outlawz Greeting Challenge http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/monday-greetings-challenge-november-9-keep-me-in-stitched

Thursday, November 5, 2015

This week on Mod Squad challenge Blog we were challenged to "Give Thanks".
This is my entry TFL

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jennifer McGuire is hosting a challenge during the month of November to encourage us to share handmade kindness. This week we were asked to share something handmade with family or friends.
I chose to share some card fronts with my sister.  I gave her 3 different fronts that she can use for Thanksgiving cards.  The first was completely done on the outside and needed her special touch to the inside.  The second I stamped directly onto the card front for a different look. This card she can add embellishments or background papers to along with her inside greeting.  The third card had only the background stamp and greeting allowing her more freedom to create the perfect card for someone.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bold & Beautiful 10/28/15

This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog, Leslie Turner challenged us to use colors that were bold & beautiful. As she put it "No wimpy pastels".  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
This is my entry.....TFL

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Flip Flop 10/21/15

Today at Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ my friend Judy came up with the awesome idea to "Flip Flop". My entry was to put a cat in a dog house. Sure hope my flip doesn't flop :-)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Winter and a die

This week the challenge on Mod Squad  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ was to create a card with a winter theme using a die.  This is my entry.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Bokeh Circles

There is no such thing as a card without a story.  The story for this card goes like this.  The Monday Greeting Challenge on Outlawz was to create a card with circles.  http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/monday-greetings/forum/topics/gcc090715-outlawz-monday-greeting-card-challenge-circles
There is a technique called Bokeh where you make colored circles on paper and then stamp over them with white ink.  I’ve been wanting to try it and this seemed like the perfect time.  I made a Bokeh background with Tim Holtz Distress Inks on wet water color paper .  After the first layer dried I took three sizes of round sponges and sponged on white ink.  I then colored my image to go with the circles.  After I had my image all done I noticed another card with the same image and the girl had a shirt & shorts on.  When I looked at the image I thought her outfit looked like a Tee shirt dress, so I colored it all one color.  Well…we all knew that wouldn’t do.  I got as much of the blue ink as I could off the shorts part and colored them again with a peach color.  Unfortunately you could still see the blue in areas so I thought…no problem; I’ll put blue polka dots on the shorts.  I’m not sure if you will be able to see them on the picture but you can in real life.  Monday’s challenge has to have a greeting on it so I cut out “hello friend” and glued it to the front.  Then I stepped WAY out of my box and put a black & white gingham bow & ribbon on the card.  Can you believe it?  Not a matching white or blue or even green but black & white.  Now that’s a real stretch for me! And that’s my card story for the day. TFL

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Marvelous Marbling 9/9/15

This week on Mod Squad Challenge blog we were asked to make a card with
"Marvelous Marbling" http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
I chose to use my new favorite water colored tulip stamp on my marbled background.
I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Pens for my image and Spectrum Noir Alcohol Pens for my background.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flying glue disaster card!

If you know anything about me, you probably know that most of my cards have a story that goes along with them.  Today’s card is no exception.  This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we were asked to make a card using the white wash technique.  I love that technique and had no trouble designing or coloring my card.  The problem arose when I was squeezing glue on the image so it could be attached to the frame.  The cap came off the glue and glue went everywhere.  I had glue on my card, glue on the table, glue on the floor and glue on my hands.  Not only was there glue on the card, it bubbled in spots where the glue was heavy. The image isn’t exactly centered either but I had a few more important things that needed my immediate attention.  Don’t feel bad for me though; it was actually quite funny once I got it all cleaned up.  I’m calling it my flying glue disaster card. :-) TFL
Ps: There is only so much you can cover up with bows or butterflies so please don't look too closely.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Birthday Sparkle

This week on Mod Squad Challenge we were asked to make a birthday card with sparkle. http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
I detest glitter because I tend to end up with it every where.  I have to admit though, it's pretty darn cute on this card.TFL

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Lavender and Lace 8/19/2015

This weeks challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
was to use Lavender & lace.  I made my card with a background of Bazzil Lavender paper. I embossed & hand cut  parchment for my top layer.  My embellishment was a lace bow.  TFL

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Nobody's perfect

It took me 3 tries to get this gate fold card right.  The frosting coloring on the cupcake of my first card was terrible.  I tried to mask my mess with a cut out top but then it looked like a mushroom.  My second image was better but unfortunately I had some misspelled words on the inside. I'm not going to look to closely at my 3rd card.  I need to get it in the mail, if there are mistakes so be it.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Wings 7/24/2015

This week on Mod Squad Challenge blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/   my friend Judy has challenged us to make a card with a wing theme. My card uses a digital stamp from
https://www.etsy.com/search/shops?search_query=alldressedupstamps  and is colored with Spectrum Noir pens. I did a fussy cut and popped my image up on the circle background.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fast & Easy 6-8-15

Today on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we are challenged to make a Fast & Easy card.  Here is my entry. TFL

Friday, July 3, 2015

Patterned Paper 7/3/15

This week on Mod Squad http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we are challenged to use patterned paper.  I just happened to make two cards this week and both have patterned paper on them.  One card was using up the end of the owls I made and the other was an invitation to a bridal shower for my granddaughter.  TFL

Monday, June 29, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge Christmas with a twist

This week on Mod Squad Challenge Blog we were asked to Make a Christmas card with a twist.  The twist was to do veggie stamping.  I couldn't quite come up with an idea I liked until I saw a card on Pinterest.  I CASED the card using a stalk of celery to stamp on my background paper.  TFL

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MSCB Card with a tag on it 6/10/15

There are really only two things I don’t like to do in card making; use an inked stamp and make a tag.  Yesterday's challenge  at Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ 
was to make a card with a tag on it.  Ick……but then again aren’t challenges meant to challenge.  So I make a tag, a very nice tag as a matter of fact.  Then I stamp on it….so far so good.  Then I get a big spot of yellow ink on the side.  Not good!  I must have had ink on my hand.  The general rule in card making is when you goof up cover it up.  So I added a bow and I’m thinking, hey, this isn’t so bad, I can finish it and submit it.  Then I took a picture because I see things more clearly on a picture and low & behold I have the stem way off.  Ugg……back to the drawing board…... (hmmmm wonder if I can add a second stem some way). Nope, I tried but it made it worse.  Sooo...here is my second attempt at a card with a tag.  TFL

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Birthday Card

Today at Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ we are challenged to make a birthday card.  I made this birthday card for my granddaughter whooo loves owls.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Masculine Grad Card

This masculine Grad card was made for this week's Mod Squad Challenge http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/  

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mix It Up

This weeks challenge on the Mod Squad challenge Blog was to "Mix It Up" using at least two stamps from different stamp sets.   http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/    I chose to use three sets by Gina  K.
The circle with leaves is Branching Out illustrated by Melanie Muenchinger. The butterfly was stamped, fussy cut and popped up.  The set is Hope Grows by Theresa Momber. And finally the sentiment was from Stenciled Spring. TFL 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Watercolor Stamping

This week on The Mod Squad Challenge Blog we were challenged to use Watercolor Stamping.
This was my first try and it was pretty good until I tried to fix a teeny tiny spot on one of the leaves.  Will I ever learn to leave well enough alone........doubt it.  Still I really like it and hope you do to.  TFL

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Emboss Resist

This week The Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ challenged us to use Emboss Resist.  I've never done that technique before so be kind.  TFL

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge Blog 4/15/2015

Not all cards are a success on the first try.  Yesterday’s challenge on The Mod Squad Challenge Blog  was to make a card using 3 colors from a color wheel.  I decided to use pink, green & yellow and try my hand using acetate.  Needless to say my card was NOT a total success.  I used Spectrum Noir pens and Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution to create my background acetate sheet.  Then I lightly stamped a butterfly to the background using StazOn.  Not a total success but passable.  Then I stamped two butterflies on white cardstock also with StazOn.  I have never colored anything with Spectrum Noir pens and StazOn before.  As most of you know I almost always use a digi stamp and printer ink.  When I colored my butterflies the StazOn bled into the Spectrum Noir ink.  I don’t know if that would always be the case or if it was the paper I used.  The StazOn was dry so I don’t know what I could have done differently.  With all that said I’m still entering the card so in the future, hopefully, I will see an improvement. http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Butterfly Challenge

This weeks challenge on Mod Squad Challenge Blog is to use a butterfly as the focal point of your project.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my butterflies.  The bottom solid one matches the solid background paper and the top is vellum. Thanks for looking. http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge

This week Judy Woodland challenged us to do something different. The challenge was to  use a magazine, gift catalog, or any other periodical lying around, in some way on a card.
I chose to make a retirement card. I used page 5 of a Wind & Weather Catalog to create the inside of my pinwheel. http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 13, 2015


The Mod Squad challenge http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ for this week was to use a flower as your focal point.  It's been over a year since I did any tatting so I decided to add that to my background.  My friend Judy encouraged me to do it even though I'd forgotten some of the basics. All the papers I used were created on my computer.  The beautiful flowered piece is a Gina K freebie.  Thanks for looking.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Make A Background

This week the Mod Squad Challenge is to make a background. http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
My friend Judy Woodland was gracious enough to let  me CASE the fabulous birthday card she sent me. I made this background for a card I'm donating to
Gregory's Gift of Hope ... a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable shelter for abandoned, homeless and unwanted animals. http://www.ggohinc.com/

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spring Forward

On Wed. 2/25/15  Susan Sieracki at http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/  challenged us to make a card that reminded us of Spring.
One of the things I like about Spring is the way the air smells after a rain. The snow disappears and the tiny shoots of crocus, tulips, and other varieties of spring flowers appear.  With the first Spring rain and robin sighting, I know summer is just around the corner.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paper Takes Its Tole

As everyone in the card making business knows, a challenge is meant to challenge you. This week my former good friend (Just kidding Judy) was the creator of this week’s challenge.  Needless to say not all of us have the talents and abilities Judy has.  I am among the masses that look at her creations and say “I wish I could do that”. 
This week Judy and The Mod Squad Challenge Blog  http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/
challenged us to do a PAPER TAKES ITS TOLE card.
I struggled for three days with this challenge and despite my best efforts could not come up with anything as beautiful as Judy’s sample card.  Never the less I persevered and this if my card.
Thanks Judy for the challenge and inspiration.
Ps: I was trying so hard to do Judy’s challenge justice I glued my entire card upside down. But it’s okay Judy, you’re still my friend :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge 02/11/2015

This weeks challenge on the  Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/      was to create a pop up card.  It took me 3 tries but in the end it was worth it!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

1/21/2015 Case a Card

This weeks challenge on Mod Squad Challenge Blog http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ is to CASE A Card.  I chose to CASE my favorite card maker Carla Suto.  Her card can be viewed at
               Here is my CASE Card.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mod Squad Challenge

I have been invited to Join the Mod Squad Challenges at http://modsquadchallenge.blogspot.com/ 
This is my 1st challenge card to use teal & purple.  Challenges are posted each Wednesday and run for one week.