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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.

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.