Saturday, June 24, 2017


Hello snarky peeps. I'm back. Somewhat.

It's been over a month since I've blogged. We took our annual vacation to
the beach towards the end of May, and while we were driving down, one of my sisters
called to say that my Dad was being moved into hospice care.
I've mentioned this a few times before, but my Dad had Dementia. We knew
this was going to be happening, as his health really started taking a nose dive in March.
The day we left the beach, my sister called again to let us know that his health was
failing, and that he had stopped eating and drinking the Thursday before. On May 30th,
my Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep. The amazing staff at the
 VA hospital/Alzheimer's Unit in Manteno, Illinois has taken such good care of my Dad 
for the past year, and I'm so grateful for all they've done to make him feel safe and comfortable.
Needless to say, we flew home later that day, and I stayed for almost two weeks
with my Mom, for the memorial service, and just to make sure she was ok. 
As weird as this sounds, she did well, perhaps because she had already been living 
on her own for the past year. 
I know he's in a better place now, with his family and friends who've gone
before him, laughing and joking and dancing. I miss him so much.

And now that I've made you cry, I want to make you smile.

One of the things that I inherited from my Dad was his arty gene. He played drums
in a jazz trio at one point in his life. (I play air drums like nobody's business) He loved to dance. 
(I love to dance too. I'm no good at it, but I still dance. (wink)) He also liked to draw and doodle.
That more than anything keeps him close to my heart, since I'm an artsy fartsy gal.

And speaking of Arty, 
it's time for the next challenge at the SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS.

A is for ARTY

We want to see your mixed media creations!

I just started to come back to my craft room, from lack of mojo, and really
I just wasn't ready to come back to it. In early May, I started an art journal page
for week 5 of the One Badass Art Journal class I signed up for.
(yes, it's finished now, 19 weeks of arty goodness, but I'm slowly catching up)

This week's class was taught by Cristin Stevenson, and it was fun to finish this
page finally. The main tutorial was to use a transfer technique using a printed 
picture and matte medium to transfer it.
It was an epic failure for me. The lady above was not the image I tried
transferring. Luckily, I had foresight to print out a backup image, you know,
in case it didn't work, which it didn't for me.

first layers: gesso; stencils spritzed using black and turquoise sprays; torn up library
card applied with matte medium. The library cards are a gift from Mimi!
(Check me out. I actually used one! LOL!)

This was the image I tried to transfer. 

And this is how it turned out. Epic failure.
At this point I covered it up with gesso, dried, and glued the other image to my
page using matte medium.
This was as far as I got before I came back to it last week.

added paint and moon phases, using a toilet paper tube to trace the circles!


used a chevron stamp and bubble wrap for the next layer

found a cool quote to use and wrote it on

added some doodling around the moon phases and it was done!

So now it's your turn to get inky/messy/painty and have fun! We'd love to see what you
come up with. Just add your project at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers so we
can admire it! Need more ideas? Then do yourself a favor and check out what my Sisters and
our Guest Designer, Toni Maddox, have created for your viewing pleasure. 
You won't be disappointed!

This page is dedicated to my Dad. 
I love you to the moon and back,
to infinity and beyond, 
for ever and ever.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


Hiya snarky peeps and welcome!
This fortnight at the 
it's all about the BEACH!!

Here's my take on the challenge:

I was inspired by this card by Lauren Bergold and had a go at water coloring
my beach background using various Distress Inks. I'm quite pleased with
how it turned out. I colored my beach babe image with Spectrum Noir markers and 
Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and adhered her with thin foam squares. Stamped 
the sentiment and this card was done.

Now it's your turn to break out those beach themed items you've been hoarding and use
them on your card or project! We hope to see you link up at the
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers! For more inspiration, do check out what my Sisters in Snark,
and our Guest Designer - Margo have created, and leave some bloggy love!
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps; Art Impressions
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black; Range DI - Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers,
Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass
CS: Crafter's Companion; Thunderbolt; Strathmore Mixed Media paper; scrap
Accessories: Spectrum Noir markers; MISTI; Prismacolor pencils; paint brush; Tattered Angels- Pearl Glimmer Mist
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

JUST US GIRLS #395 - Photo Week

Hello friends!
It's Photo Week at JUST US GIRLS!
Nancy is hosting and she's picked out this
gorgeous photo for you to play with.
Here's my take on it:

 and the inside:

Lots of layers and die cuts on this one. I just love it!

I hope that you get a chance to play along this week at Just Us Girls this week. We'd
love to see how you interpret this photo!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: MFT - Together Forever
Ink: Brilliance - Starlite Silver
DP: American Crafts - silver glitter paper
CS: Taylored Expressions
Accessories: GC; Simon Says Stamp - Hearts of Roses die; Lawn Fawn - Scalloped Rect die; Darice - EF; MISTI; heat gun
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch - Scrapbooker's glue, foam tape; Recollections - tacky tape

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #304 - Music Notes

Hi there and welcome!
we want to see musical themed items on your projects.

Here is my card:

 and the inside:

Ok, so I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 last week, and that may have given 
me the idea for my card. LOL! I stamped and fussy cut a rainbow mix of 
cassette tapes, writing 'Awesome Mix 1 or 2' on them. Added some music note brads
that I've had in my stash forever, and finished the inside.

I hope you get a chance to play along this week at Shopping Our Stash! We'd
love to see your take on our musical themed challenge!
Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - BeBoppin, Hullabaloo
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: TE; scraps
Accessories: STAMPlorations - Crazy double running stitch rect nesting die; MISTI; OTC- music
note brads; Faber Castell - black Artist PITT pen
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch foam tape

Saturday, May 20, 2017

JUST US GIRLS #394 - Color Week

Good morning friends!
It's Color Week at JUST US GIRLS!
Judy is hosting and she's picked Lime Green, Turquoise, and Navy
for your color pallet.
Here's my card:

These colors just said ocean scene to me, so that's what I made. ☺

I hope that you get a chance to play along this week at Just Us Girls!
For more ideas, check out what my teammates and our Guest Designer,
Kathie Durgan have created. 
Thanks for visiting, I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Slang Gang
Ink: Memento - Nautical Blue; Ranger DI - Peacock Feathers
CS: TE, scraps
Accessories: Slice die cutter & Under the Sea cartridge; MISTI; Simon Says Stamp - Waves stencil; Fiskars corner rounder
Adhesives: SA by 3L - Thin foam squares

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #303 - Project Runway

Hello and good morning crafty peeps!
This week at 
we want you to create something using 
It could be actual fabric, fabric tape, or fabric embellishments.
I dug into my ancient stash of fabric and use some on my card:

I took a small piece of water color paper, covered it with matte medium and added 
the scrap of fabric onto it, smoothing it out as much as possible.
After it was completely dried, I cut it to size using pinking shears,
matted it onto some red card stock, wrapped some twine around it and
adhered it to my card base with foam squares.

I hope you get some time this week to play along at Shopping Our Stash!
We'd love to see your take on our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to enter this at Case This Sketch #221

Stamps: MFT - More Essential Sentiments
Ink: VersaMark
CS: TE; Bazzill; Strathmore water color paper
Accessories: Fabric from my stash; Golden - Matte Medium; Fiskars - pinking shears; Stampendous -
Champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI; Doodlebug - twine
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, Thin 3D foam squares

Saturday, May 13, 2017

SISTERHOOD OF SNARKY STAMPERS # 84 H is for Hatching, Matching, and Dispatching

(Sister Lee is absolutely brilliant with her graphics!!)

Hello snarky friends.
For the next two weeks at the
we want to see your baby cards (hatching), wedding cards (matching),
or your sympathy cards (dispatching).
Clever, huh? And: choices!!

Here's my card:

I needed another pet sympathy card, and I found this card on Pinterest. Thank you!
Another fur baby in my family has crossed the rainbow bridge. This time
my other sister's dog, Max. He was a shih tzu who lived to the ripe old age of 16!

Miss you Max. But I know you are having fun playing with Sonny and Sabrina.
Much hugs,

Stamps: Paper Smooches - Paws for a Cause, Good Gab
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Slice die cutter & Paws and Claws cartridge; GC; SB - Scalloped Heart Nesties; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner

JUST US GIRLS #393 Trend Week

Hello crafty friends!
Sue is hosting Trend Week at
and she wants you to create a background using any type of ink
you have, be that Distress Inks or Oxides, or any dye inks or sprays.

Here's my card:

 and the inside:

I haven't jumped onto the Distress Oxide bandwagon yet, as I still have plenty of
the Distress Inks to play with, and that's what I used, doing the smooshing technique.
After it was completely dry, I used my MISTI to stamp the image and sentiment multiple
times to get a dark coverage.* I still felt it needed something, so I tinted some crackle embossing
paste with dark chocolate acrylic paint and applied it to opposite corners. 
Once that dried, the panel was framed with dark brown cs and adhered 
to the card base with foam tape. 

Ready to play along? Of course you are! Simply link up at Just Us Girls
so we can admire it! If you need more ideas, please check out the amazing
creations that my teammates and our Guest Designer, Kathie Durgan
have made, and leave them some bloggy lovin!
Thanks for visiting!
* Pay no attention to the fact that I forgot to ground the image with a shadow. Ugh!

I'd like to enter this at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #36 - put a stamp on it

Stamps: Viva Las Vegas Stamps - hippo racer; Unity Stamps - sentiments
Ink: Ranger DI - Iced Spruce, Shabby Shutters, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs; 
Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Darice
Accessories: GC; Avery Elle - Pierced Rect. die; MISTI; Dreamweaver - Crackle Embossing
Paste; Deco Art - Americana Dark Chocolate Acrylic paint; water mister; paintbrush
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Scotch foam tape

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

SHOPPING OUR STASH #302 - Put a Button On It

Hello crafty peeps!
This week at
we want to see buttons on your cards or projects.
Pretty simple, huh?
Here's my take on the challenge:

and the inside:

Ok, so I only put one button on my card. But, it came from the collection of 
buttons that my Mom gave to me years ago. And she got the collection from
my Grandmother. Back in the day, they would salvage any buttons
that they could from coats/hats/pants/shirts/etc. So I find it nice to think that
this particular button came from a coat that my Aunt Jo 
had from when she was 13 years old. 
It's a comforting thought. ☺

Now it's your turn to break out those buttons and use them! Just link up to
Shopping Our Stash so we can admire your creations! For more
ideas, be sure to visit the blogs of my teammies and while there, leave
them some love! Thanks for visiting, have a great day!


I'd like to enter this at:
Jingle Belles - My True Love Gave To Me - A partridge in a pear tree (well, no tree, but
there is a pear!)


Stamps: Some Odd Girl - Partridge; Lawn Fawn - And a Partridge; Stampin Up - Suite Seasons (From Stephanie!)
Ink: Memento - Rich Cocoa; Ranger DI - Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy; VersaMark
DP: Francis Meyer - Balsam and Pine (2006!)
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils; GC; Std. Lg Circle Nesties; Darice - Sheet Music EF; Stampendous - Champagne EP; heat gun; MISTI; button and twine from my stash
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner; Glue Dots

Saturday, May 6, 2017

JUST US GIRLS! #392 - Word Week

Hello friends and welcome!
It's Trend Week at JUST US GIRLS!
Maria is hosting this week and she wants to see
your creations to honor Mom! Perfect timing
as Mother's Day is approaching. 
Here's what I made:

 Here's the inside:

I used a stencil on the card base going with a tone on tone look in aqua. After I adhered 
the frame die cut, I found some much neglected pink suede flowers and glued them on. I die cut
a flower die, snipped off the leaves and tucked them behind the flowers. Found the
perfect sized Thickers to spell out MOM. A stamped sentiment finishes the inside.

I hope you find some time to play along this week at Just Us Girls! For more
inspiration, please check out what my teammies came up with and leave them some
bloggy lovin. I'd also like to welcome our 
May Guest Designer, Kathie Durgan! 
I'm looking forward to crafting with you this month!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!

I'd like to enter this at:


Stamps: Hero Arts - Happy Mom's Day
Ink: Colorbox/Susan K. Weckesser - Ice; Simon Says Stamp - Lavender; Memento - Angel Pink
CS: TE; Darice
Accessories: GC; MFT - Stitched cover up diagonal Die-Namic; Poppystamps - Susanna Blossom die; Maya Road flowers; AC - Thickers; STAMPlorations - Dots All Over stencil
Adhesives: Ranger - Multi Medium Matte, Glossy Accents; SA by 3L - tape runner
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