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Saturday, October 29, 2011

In Memory

                                                      July 19, 1924 - October 29, 2011

Heaven has another angel today.  My Mom lost her battle with congestive heart failure and Alzheimer's this morning. But for 87 years, the world was a brighter place because of her smile & I feel blessed that I was her daughter.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wishing You Happy Surprises!

Hi everyone,

Today's card is a change from the Halloween cards.  Although I had gotten some new Xmas stamps from my daughter, & was planning to work on those today, I had a "happy surprise" from my friend Gail.  She bought me this darling little kitty stamp as a surprise because she knew what a rough week it had been.  What a sweetheart! I have a lot of & friends are my most treasured. So, I had to color him up, of course!  Isn't he just the cutest little guy?  One of my blog friends made a comment one day that I certainly had a lot of cat stamps.  Oh, if she only knew! I have 2 boxes FULL of them.  I love all cats...dogs...critters...but I'm a pushover for a cat.

This stamp is from Whimsy Stamps and the paper from The Paper Studio. I colored him with copics and pencils & added some stickles to the bow on his pkg.


Catch you all later!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Haunting We Will Go!

I just couldn't resist this little mouse from Penny Black.  He is all decked out in his little witches costume, complete with hat & broom & off to join his little friends collecting cheese for his pumpkin basket.
I colored him with pencils & gamsol & added some stickles to his broom.  The Happy Halloween border was made on my computer.  I was going to cut the center out as I usually do & have the mouse inside peeking out, but would have cut some of his broom out so I went with plan B.
The paper is from the Paper Studio. They have such great holiday packs out right now!

Tomorrow is Friday & I'm counting the hours till Saturday.  It has been a really LONG week!

Catch you all later!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Happy Autumn

Another long day, but only 9 hrs today.  Luckily, I still have a couple of cards I can share since I may not get anything new colored up tonite.  This is one of the stamps I got for the bargain price of $2 at the rummage last week. It's from PSX, which is not a company I'm familiar with, but that is the only thing stamped on the side. It looks better in person as I haven't mastered the art of taking photos with glitter yet. I used a lot of stickles to accent the wheat.  It was colored with copics & pencils both. The paper is from Memory Keepers.

I'm entering this in Victorine Originals Challenge # 19 - fall colors
Hope you are all having a great week! Catch you later!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Like my cape?

What do you think? Doesn't this cape make me a handsome devil?  Who could resist this little guy? Certainly not me!  This is a Penny Black stamp, of course. Nobody does cats quite like Penny Black. he is colored with pencils & gamsol & the paper is from DCWV.

I still haven't had a chance to play with my Saturday goodies yet.  Worked till 6:30 tonite & am too tired to pick up a pencil so I plan to veg out on the couch & watch both the NCIS shows.  By then I will probably be asleep. ha ha  That's the way it usually works.  Guess I'm too old for 10 & 12 hr days.

Catch you all later!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet....

Don't you love that old poem! The sentiment inside this card is "Trick or Treat..Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat! I don't mean to be precise, but something CHOCOLATE would be nice!"  I remember how I laughed when I saw the sentiment stamp & knew it would come home with me. It's from a store in Sioux Falls that closed a couple of years ago & there is no company name on the sides so I can't even give credit to anyone for it.

The handsome trick or treater is from an old Stampin Up set & the darling web photo corners are from a pkg. my daughter had in my Halloween pkg. Yes, I know it isn't Halloween yet, & I may be a "tiny" bit too old .....Nah! You're never too old for Halloween.  Or presents!  Our family LOVES to give presents!  The ribbon was another goodie in my pkg. I say pkg, but actually it was a beautifully decorated cannister complete with black cats on fences, smiling jack-o-lantern  & bats.  I won't tell her I ate all the chocolate in it the first night. I'm sure she knows me well enough to guess that!   Anyway, since I worked till 8 pm tonite, it's a good thing I had this card made up from yesterday or I'd be way too tired to make one tonite. 

Have a great week!  Hopefully, it's going better than mine!  Catch you all later!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Boo to you!

I hope everyone is having a great Sunday.  I promised a new card today & I actually stayed up last nite & worked on it.  You know how it is with new stamps. No matter how tired you are, suddenly you just want to play around for a few minutes....which leads to a few more minutes.... which leads to a card! Darned addictions!  Anyway, this card was done with one of my bargains from yesterday.  Got these stamps in a set from Close to My Heart for $2.00 ! What a bargain!  I colored them with pencils & gamsol as they were pretty tiny. The paper is from The Paper Studio & the web from a Martha punch.

I should be working on laundry, but I hear one more new stamp calling my name.  And it's really calling my name LOUDLY!  lol

Have a great Monday everyone! Catch you all later!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

An Almost Perfect Day!

Today was an almost perfect day.  I picked up  my friend Gail & we were on the road by 6:30 this morning to visit my daughter & hit a stamp sale. The weather was perfect and we both found lots of wonderful bargains (in addition to some awesome NEW stuff).  We had lunch with my daughter & son-in-law & then before we left for home, we ate homemade pumpkin pie that my son-in-law had made.  His first attempt at baking & it was delicious! He usually leaves the baking to my daughter, but decided he wanted to try his hand at it.   All in all, it was an "almost" perfect day.  The only thing stopping it from being a perfect day was that my grandson Josh was off at a camp out with Scouts. Boy, did I miss him! 

Since I'm dead tired tonite, I'm going to post the birthday card I made for my daughter.  I used this same stamp set about a month ago, but she isn't a big fan of kids or people on cards.  She prefers either critters (her favorite) or flowers.  So I pulled this wonderful Flourish stamp out & used it again to make her a card .

I guess I was tired when I took the picture last nite.  It was much prettier in person.  ha ha
I colored it with copics & added this beautiful butterfly from Cheery Lynn Designs. The paper is from The Paper Studio.

I have a lot of catching up to do tomorrow (groceries, laundry, nursing home, dad's ironing etc) but I'm hoping to fit in some time to play with some of my new goodies. Hopefully, I will have something new & exciting to post tomorrow nite! I have a whole box full of delicious new stamps, some new dies & new paper. Which means I'm in hog heaven!

Catch you all later!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Scaredy Cat!

Hi everyone,

Surprise! It's another cat card!  lol  I spent the afternoon stamping with Gail and coloring things for Halloween cards. Sweetie that she is, she gave me this stamp she bought & said she wouldn't use again. I couldn't wait to color this little guy up as he reminds me of my little monster when he was just a baby.

The stamp is from Serendipity and he is colored with pencils.  The beautiful spiders are from Jolee's boutique and are so realistic they are almost scarey themselves!  The spiderweb border is from Martha Stewart.

Guess I will get back to finishing some more cards. If it's not raining tomorrow I'm afraid I will have to work on the mountain of leaves in my front yard again & that will leave me no energy to work on cards when I finally get done.  I'm secretly hoping for a downpour so I won't have to rake & won't have to feel guilty! ha ha

Catch you all later!

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's all about the candy!

Happy Friday!
Is it me, or do the weeks get longer & the weekends shorter?  I have a Halloween card tonite with a goofy cat from Pixie Cottage.  This image just said Brady to me. If my cat could get hold of a pumpkin bucket full of goodies, he would no doubt have to stick his head in it.  Afterall, that's what cats do! And if the treats were anything like the cat treats he inhales every night, there wouldn't be anything left but wrappers either.

I apologize for the poor quality of the photo but Photoshop would not let me save any of the changes I made to it tonite. Apparently, I'm having some problems as I can't leave comments on some of your blogs yet either.  It's so frustrating!  Blogger has made some changes, I know, but for whatever reason, they just aren't working for me.

I colored this with copics & the paper is from DCWV.  I printed the sentiment on my computer.

It looks like a rainy & stormy day tomorrow so that means staying inside & coloring in the afternoon. Hopefully Photoshop will have gotten over it's problems & let me edit the next card I try to post.

Catch you all later!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Another tree card...

Well, I should be cleaning.  I actually started to clean my stamp room & had almost finished when I picked up this darned tree die to put it away.  From there, it all went downhill quickly.  I decided I just had to try making some fall trees & see what they looked like.  Here was the quick result.

I used the Memory Box tree die and then punched a quick Halloween fence with a Martha punch. I cut the bats off it & decided it would be a cute fence in front of my trees.

Now I REALLY have to get busy!  No more playing tonite.

Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The good, the bad & the ugly!

Hi everyone,
Tonite I have 2 cards.  Since I promised the next card would be a Halloween card, I had to keep my word & post one.  The one I had been working on didn't come together as I had hoped, so I'm calling it the bad & ugly!  ha ha  The image is from Pixie Cottage & I loved it, but would make it much smaller next time to give me more card to play with.

This is the way I would end up flying if I were a witch! Upside down because I had gotten the spell wrong!

My second card is one I made tonite from one of the new Memory Box dies I got yesterday.  I love the tree die & have another plan for a different version to post later.  It was fast & simple & would make a perfect sympathy card.

Better get busy.  Time to watch Criminal Minds! 

Catch you later!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Play time!

Hi everyone,
I hope you are having a great week.  I have been working on a couple of Haloween cards, but got side-tracked tonite. That's what happens when you  order a new toy & it comes in!  Memory Box has the most beautiful & intricate dies you have ever seen. They are irresistible!  I decided to play around with a simple sympathy card using the Cataline Wreath. I had ordered a gorgeous tree for that purpose, but the wreath was just too gorgeous once I saw it.

This is the fastest card I think I have ever made.  I used an EK Success corner punch for the corners & laid the wreath down around my sentiment from My Sentiments Exactly. Presto! A gorgeous card.  The possibilities are just endless. I'm already thinking of things I want to do with it.  I hope you like it too!  I promise to post a Halloween card next time.  I didn't have the energy to do more than a quick card tonite as I came home & did a little raking. Although my yard has no trees in front, the neighbor has a huge, ugly, ill-tempered monster that dumps a foot of leaves all over my parking & front yard every fall.  And the rest of the year it just dribbles nasty pods & seeds that have to be swept off the sidewalk.  Can you put a hit out on a tree?  ha ha

Have a great Wed.  Catch you all later!

Sunday, October 2, 2011


With all the leaves falling down & covering my yard, it feels like time to work on Halloween cards. And that is so much more fun than going outside & raking leaves!  At the rate my neighbor's tree is shedding them, I'm guessing by the end of the week I will need a guide dog to find the sidewalk!  So, I'm giving it a couple more days before I attempt to rake.  My theory is, why do it ten times!

This card is another of my all time favorite stamps and it is from Plum Purdy. Not only is it adorable, but it really reminds me of Brady. My daughter & I actually tried to get him to wear a red satin devil hat with horns when he was little & take a picture of him for Halloween. He wanted no part of the hat & in all of the pictures we did get, the hat was half off & covering his face.  I don't think he has fond memories of Halloween! lol

I colored this with copics & shaded with pencils. The web sides are done with a Martha Stewart punch and the spider buttons are from JoAnn Fabrics. 

Have a wonderful week everyone!  Catch you later!