Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Festival of Colors

Greetings, the rains are here, the smoke is gone and I can finally see the blue sky.  I have just been finding it hard to come up with a design lately.  I hope my creativity hasn't got up and left. I think this staying home all the time is finally getting to me.  I can't remember when the last time I went out to eat at a restaurant or for that matter gone anywhere fun.  I sure hope next year is an improvement and we can get back to a normal life.


Art Glitter
Find It Trading - Frame Card Fantasy Scallop A5
Impression Obsession: Small Leaf Set
Memory Box - Autumn Greetings & Woodland Branch
My Favorite Things - Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame
Pan Pastel

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Happy Autumn from our Gnome to yours

Hello, hope everyone is well.  We are on week two of hazardous air, the fires burning in California, Oregon and Washington have created a heavy smoke layer that has decided to hang around for a while.  On some days the visibility is so bad you can't see the house across the street.  Rain is expected later this week so maybe it will clear some of the air and help with the fires.

I really like these little gnomes, I find them useful in all sorts of designs.

Cherry Lynn - Santa & Elf
Martha Stewart - Grass punch
Memory Box - Gentlemen Leaping (just the arms), Chadwick Label & Plump Pumpkin

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Ghost Brew

 Greetings, we had a wind storm last night and now the smoke from the fires burning in Eastern Washington are going to stick around for a few days.  It makes the air quality terrible.  There are so many fires burning on the west coast that the sun is now a bright glowing red ball.  Hopefully next week we are due for some rain.

Impression Obsession - Girl with Easter Basket & (hat from Witch Brewing)
Martha Stewart - bat punch
Memory Box - Ghastly Ghosts
Poppy Stamps - Sitting Cat, mushrooms and Toadstools & (Flames from Grand Madison Fireplace)
Sponged clouds

Pileated Woodpecker
Sorry about the terrible picture, I took the picture from the window inside the house.  These woodpeckers are really big and loud.  they peck out bugs and termites from mostly dead tree stumps.  I think this is where the Woody the Woodpecker cartoon character came from.

The pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is a woodpecker native to North America. This insectivorous bird is an inhabitant of deciduous forests in eastern North America, the Great Lakes, the boreal forests of Canada, and parts of the Pacific Coast. It is the second-largest woodpecker in the U.S., after the critically endangered and possibly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker.[2] The term "pileated" refers to the bird's prominent red crest, with the term from the Latin pileatus meaning "capped"

Wednesday, September 2, 2020


We in the Pacific Northwest are in the last few weeks of Summer.  We are actually having a heat wave this week and into next.  My tomatoes, squash and cucumbers are loving it.  But when the rains start that will be that.

Halloween Pop-Up design, I really like that these fold flat for mailing.

Impression Obsession - Haunted House Frame
Karen Burniston - House & Fence Pop-Up
Memory Box - Happy Halloween Border & Graveyard Landscape
Poppy Stamps - Spellcaster Witch & Magical Cauldron
Spellbinder - Grand Labels Twenty-Three

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Lovely In Orange

Just another quick design, not sure why recently I keep using orange paper.  I guess it is because our weather is already starting to feel like Fall. The sun is not as bright and it is really cold in the mornings.

I would like to thank my new followers who recently joined and all that stop by and take the time to leave comments.  I look forward to reading each one and stopping by your blogs to see what creative projects you have done.

We have a motion sensor light out back and a lot of times it goes off and I never see what triggered it. We had a female black bear one night come up to the greens containers and sniff them, but thankfully there was no food scraps in the containers. She showed up two nights in the row, she must have cubs because you could tell she is nursing.  Then the American Robin below looks like he is taking a selfie and the Steller's Jay was right in front of the camera.

American Robin

Steller's Jay
Cheery Lynn - Lace Corner Deco F
Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Heartfelt Creations - Small Camellia Carnation
Lawn Fawn - Stitched Rectangle Frame
Spellbinders - Lace Hearts


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Magic Carriage Ride

 Just a fun easy design.  I used the Magical Cauldron die to create the little swirls behind the carriage.  If you put the die cutting plate partially over the back end of the die it will imprint on the paper but not cut out the cauldron.  I don't think I have ever used the Pumpkin Carriage die.  

Cheery Lynn Designs- Pumpkin Carriage With Mice
Poppy Stamps - Magical Cauldron & Trotting Pony
Orange Rhinestones

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Sending You Smiles

Greetings, hope everyone is well.

I have been trying to use inks, I really don't have a talent for it but I did lightly sponge the flower and stalks.

Find It Trading - Frame Card Fantasy Scallop A5
Martha Stewart - Hydrangea punch
Memory Box - Lavender Bunch & Pastry Labels
Poppy Stamps - Climbing Vine,Small Blooming Poinsettia & Blooming Poinsettia

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Off The Edge Design - Butterflies

Greetings, I just can't believe how fast summer is whizzing along.  Here in the Pacific Northwest we have such short summers and it starts raining by September.

Wow, thanks to my new followers, I am just honored to be added to your viewing.  For everyone that stops by thank you for your time and comments.

So I started off partially die cutting the butterflies, then wasn't really sure where I was going with the design.  So I decided to attach some shiny purple paper behind the back of the butterflies and add flower stalk.  The off the edge design works a lot better if you have a matching stamp to complete the entire image.  Since I don't use stamps I just add a completed die cut onto the partial cut out.

Elizabeth Craft - Curvy Leaves
Heartfelt Creations - Small Camellia Carnation
Poppy Stamps - Samirah & Murana Butterfly

Monday, July 27, 2020

Off The Edge Design - Running With The Wind

First, sorry about the picture I just can't figure out how to get a really good photo.

Well, on the virus issue seems our numbers are too high so now more restrictions are in place.  Every time I have had a doctors appointment I always think I hope just being in their office I don't get the virus.  I carry a bacterial wipe in a snack bag with extra rubbing alcohol and wipe my hands really well before taking off my mask.  Then wash my hands when I get home.  So far so good.  

I hope everyone is doing well and thank you for all the fun comments on my last design.  We are having a heat wave currently and we don't have air conditioning so lots of fans are moving air around right now.

So I decided to try something new, I partially die cut the little girl on the card stock then you just trim the card stock behind the area that is cut the entire length of the card stock edge and it makes her look like she is running off the page.   The key is getting the presser plate on your die cutting machine to only cut off the part you want.  The plate needs to be in the front when cutting the paper.

Impression Obsession -  Girl With Easter Basket & Kite
Martha Stewart - Grass punch
Poppy Stamps - Patient Pup
Rhinestone & stars

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Sweet Shop

Front of Sweet Shop

Inside Sweet Shop

Thanks for all the well wishes on the gum tissue surgery.  The key seems to be to keep ahead  of the headaches and pain.  

I decided to create a sweet shop and make the front of the card like you were looking in the window.  I pulled out my old Heartfelt Creations Layered Elegant Swirl die set and couldn't remember how to use the die.  So after finally finding a video I was on my way.  The windows are from the Poppy stamps Madison House set and the top is Impression Obsession Brick House.

For the inside of card  to create the Sweet Shop I used the wheels from the Poppy stamp Rustic Wagon, Grand Flower Box (for the base), then punched a Martha Stewart Cherish punch for the yellow trim.  Next,  I created the candies and cakes and added the Impression Obsession Square House triangle for the top.

Heartfelt Creations - Layered Elegant Swirl 
Impression Obsession - Square House, Brick House
Memory Box - Swirled Lollipops, Garden pots, Scalloped Cake Stand & Petite Cake
Poppy Stamps - Rustic Wagon, Madison House & Grand Flower Box

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Reach For The Stars

Summer if finally here , hope everyone is well.

Yes, I found  myself making another space themed card.  I found I had some fun shiny paper so decided to try using it on this design.  Not sure what the background paper is called.

I finally made my appointment an had the second part of my gum tissue graft done.  I had  the lower jaw front area done last year and the final tissue replaced for the six teeth area done this week.  Not fun, your jaw feels like someone socked you.  No bruising and really no swelling, just sore.  The Periodontist said most people won't come back after they go through it once, yes I completely understand that feeling.  I have been concerned about having surgery with the virus so high in the United States.  One more thing, since the roof of the mouth doesn't have enough tissue to do it all at once they can only do the surgery in stages if you need the entire lower jaw done.

Impression Obsession - Spaceship & Boy with Easter Basket
Memory box - Astro Suit

Friday, July 10, 2020

Sending Hedgehugs To You

Hope everyone is doing well.  Our weather has improved  at least for a day.  Summer is really having a hard time warming up this year.  

I decided to try to use a Easel design and also a Martha Stewart punch around the page combination.  I think this little hedgehog die is just so cute.

Martha Stewart - Punch Around the Page Pansy
Memory Box - Sentimental Happy Birthday 
Poppy Stamps - Whittle Hedgehog & Celebration Balloons
Spellbinders - Ribbon Banners

Monday, July 6, 2020

Cozy Cabin Pop-up card

Just a fun pop-up card design, clearly these people have a deer problem.

Image from above
Karen Burniston - House & Fence Pop-up
Impression Obsession - Small Cabin, Fir Trees & Fence Trio
Papertry Ink - In The Meadow
Poppy Stamps - Woodland Fawn

Friday, July 3, 2020

A spot of tea anyone

Hello, hope everyone is doing well.  Thanks to everyone that stopped by and left such fun comments, love to read them.  Weather here still thinks it is Spring, rain finally stopped but sun is having a hard time breaking through the clouds. 

Just a quick fun design using the tea sets.

Cheery Lynn - Lace Corner Deco F
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Curvy Leaves
Impression Obsession - Tea set

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Shadow Box Snowy Winter

Greetings, I have been playing around with the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box die set.  Since I don't use stamps or have the ability to color I was really struggling to find dies small enough to insert into the box dimensions.  I did apply a small piece of acetate to the front just for fun.  The nice thing about this die is the entire card folds flat for mailing.

Update on my black bear issue, he is back, knocked over the container I have garden clippings in and managed to pull everything out on the ground.  I guess he was looking for the cantaloupe peels inside.  Gosh he is a big pain in the butt.   Also the people behind us have a huge horse farm and the bear took down the fence on their property in several locations.  He weighs over 200 pounds so the fence didn't have a chance.

Ventured out to have my teeth cleaned, wore my mask until I got into the chair, there is a limited amount of people in the dentist office now, there were only two of us getting a teeth cleaning. The hygienist was wearing a mask, goggles and a plastic shield.  

Husband finally got his hair cut, he worn a mask the entire time.  So far neither of us has gotten the virus from going out.  I just can't believe how it is ramping up in the United States now.  

Impression Obsession - Fir Trees, Snowy Roof & Brick House 
Lawn Fawn - Shadow Box 
Memory Box - delicate Cloud Border, Medium Steampunk Pipes

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Home is where memories live

Greetings and thank you for all the fun comments on my last post.  I love reading what you thought of my design.

Another large die, really this house die is big, also for some reason mine was missing the chimney die so I just used another die I had.

Impression Obsession - Hill Landscapes Layers
Memory Box Medium Steampunk Pipes, Garden Pots & Small Alder Tree
Poppy Stamps - Proper Brick House & Picket Fence

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Double Decker Flower Power

Thanks for stopping by.

This die is pretty big so I had some trouble trying to figure out a way to use it on a design.

Impression Obsession - Carolers
Memory Box - Double Decker
Poppy Stamps - Bushel Basket, Picket Fence & Climbing Vine

Friday, June 19, 2020

Barbecue Delight

Greetings, hope you are well.

Today's design was using the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up die set to create a masculine design.  I even stopped myself from adding flowers which I love to do.  It is hard to use shiny paper and then take a good picture of it.

My husband really got a kick out of this design, he said it was the best one yet.  

Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up 
Memory Box - Classic Tom Turkeys & Grill Masters 
Poppy Stamps - Classic Brick Fireplace (just the flames)

I have a question, does anyone know why the blog list (mine is on the right side of my blog) sometimes shows a image and other times just the words.  Also, some of the blogs on the list never show a current date posted.   I sure can't figure out what is going on.  

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Explore The Universe

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.  It is still raining on and off and for some reason it tends to rain a lot more on the weekends.

As you can see I am still on the space theme right now.  I just thought these were a fun fantasy take on moon walking and outer space.

I have decided my computer skills are really terrible, first I couldn't even figure out where the icon was to upload a new card using the new blog features, the plus icon on the right hand bottom of the page meant nothing to me.  Then came the question how to enlarge the picture, finally I clicked on the picture and found the little pencil icon.  

Impression Obsession - Boy with Flowers
Memory Box - Brand New Bicycle,  Astro Suit & Delicate Cloud Border
Taylored Expression - Cloud Border Die
Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large

Up Up Away
Memory Box - Roaring Rocket, Star of Wonder & Delicate Cloud Border
Taylored Expressions - Cloud Border Die

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Blast Off

Greetings this is my first time trying something really different.  I used the Taylored Expression clouds die to cut the sides and then used it for the bottom.  I added some little circles for more of a layered look.

I have been trying out the new blog format, just to upload this design I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what I am doing.  I am sure it will get easier in time.

Memory Box - Roaring Rocket
Taylored Expressions - Cloud Border Die

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Cardinal Watching

Greeting and thank you for stopping by.  Gosh I can't tell you how many cards I have started only to throw away because things just weren't working right.  I can always tell when a card is going to work or not.

Today's design after many tries was just a fun take on bird watching. I used the Carolers as the bird watchers since they have what I assume is a book or something in there hands.

Impression Obsession - Hill Landscape Layers, Carolers & Cardinals
Memory Box - Small Alder Tree
Papertry-  In the meadows hills
Spellbinders - 5 X 7 Matting Basics A

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Go Fly A Kite

Hello, I hope everyone is doing well.  I believe we are in phase two now with the shelter in place.  Really not sure what they means, except some businesses are starting to open.

Today's design brings me back to my childhood, my sisters and myself spent many summers wheeling each other in a wagon or wheelbarrow around the yard.  Good times.

Impression Obsession - Boy with Easter Basket, Snowman Sledding (hat), Girl with Easter Basket & kite.
Poppy Stamps - Large Garden Cart

Recently on our local news there was a story of a women owned Nut Butter (Walnuts, Almonds, Filberts etc) company called (Ground Up Pdx) located in Portland, Oregon.  I liked the idea that they provide employment for women overcoming adversity.  So I ordered the the (4 jar)  4 ounce sampler just to give it a try.  I started with the Cinnamon Snickerdoodle & Coconut Cardamon with chia seeds.   Both are just delicious and they grind the nuts right before they ship out the product. I find myself eating the nut butter right out of the jar.   If anyone is interested in reading about the company the link is below.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Pedal Power Garden Delivery

Greetings, hope you are all still finding things to keep you busy while at home.

Today's design was just a fun take on not driving, but still managing to get places.  I like to try to use my dies in different ways to create a scene.  I took the Bicycle and just cut off the back wheel and used the Grand Flower box as a cart.  Seemed to work find.  Then I assembled the flower pots and shaped the flowers.

Impression Obsession - Wheat, Snowman Sledding (hat), Girl with Easter Basket & Tiny Flowers
Memory Box - Brand New Bicycle, Digging Up Fun & Garden Pots
Poppy Stamps - Stitched Umbrellas, Leafy Sprig & Grand Flower Box

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Garden Pop-Up Box

Front View

Side View
My first attempt at making a pop-up box design. I made a sample just to understand how to put the pieces together.  They are a lot of work to add a design to every side.   Then there is how do you take a picture to show the box.  I don't think I have every used this many dies in all my years making cards.

I have ordered a couple of different type of face masks to wear now that they are recommending you wear them while out. I can't wait until they arrive.  I have been using my old N95 mask that I have had for years that I use in the garden but I find my glasses keep steaming up when I am wearing it.  The funny thing is when I try to talk to people they have a hard time hearing me, so there that.  I guess if it isn't one thing it is another issue.

Heartfelt creations - Small Camellia Carnation
Impression Obsession - Wide tree, Oak Leaves & rake & fence
Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up
Mama Elephant - Framed tags
Memory Box - Grill Masters, Coffee Bean Collection
Poppy Stamps - Leafy Sprig, Sitting Cat, Frenchy, Curbside Mailboxes, Large Garden Cart, Bushel Basket, Evanston Birdhouse & Little Hummingbirds

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Butterfly Flight

First, sorry about the picture not sure why it changed direction.  I just love the Grafix Clear-Lay Plastic Film.  It really embosses nicely. Only two dies and one embossing fold used.

Thanks for all the fun comments on my last design.  Well, we are another month of shelter in place, some people are certainly not taking that well. Lots of protests and people yelling about their rights taken away.  My concern with the large crowds is they are just going to spread the virus to more people and then the numbers will go up substantially and we will be back where we started.  

We are all in this together even though sometimes it doesn't feel that way.

Cuttlebug - Tiffany embossing folder
Memory Box  - Leavenworth Butterfly Trio & Madera Corner
Circle punch for flowers and shaped. 
Grafix Clear-Lay Plastic Film
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