Friday, May 19, 2017

Negative space birthday card

I tend to use only what the die cuts
and ignore the negative space it
leaves behind.  I thought I'd
utilize that in this card.

I like how it turned out.  I think monotone
cards are really pretty anyway.
Maybe I should add a little bling
here and there before I get it ready
to send, though.  It looks kind of plain.
If I do, I'll take another picture and post
it tomorrow. 
As I suspected, all the storms went around
us.  Actually they went east of us.
It's really no fair.  But I don't get a vote,
I guess.    Maybe this weekend.
The zoo trip is off because my son, Nathan,
has to work, but since it's double time,
it's well worth it and we have the whole
summer to go.  Wednesday I found out
that the church here in Fremont
(which I am still currently a member of)
is having a seminar on the end times
on Saturday, so I think the Lord
worked that out very nicely.  I
am looking forward to going and I'm
right around the corner so I can step
out at lunch time and walk B'Elanna
 quickly.  That works out
very well.  I don't think the ministry
talks about the end times enough.
Maybe they are afraid that people
will not want to hear things like that
and just want to hear "warm fuzzy"
things about the Bible.  There's a place
for that, of course, but we need to 
be prepared for what is to come.  I
think more pastors need to take that
and run with it even if they offend
a few people.  Jesus wasn't afraid
to offend people when He told
the truth, right?!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stacked die cuts

I found an awesome new technique
yesterday that I want to try again
with some different dies.  The way
the demonstrator did it didn't work
for me, because she used tape to hold
them to the paper and the only tape 
I had would tear the paper.  So I just
winged it and it worked perfectly.

Isn't that so cool looking? I used the
satin cardstock and I think it looks
fabulous with this technique.  Maybe
I'll run to JoAnn's (which is where
I got this paper pad) on Sunday and
see if they have some darker colours.
When I'm at church I'm halfway to 
Fort Wayne, so it's easier to go then.
I heard that we may have thunderstorms
tonight.  It will probably pass us by.
We live in what I call the "goldilocks
zone".  We're "Just right" and get 
passed by for storms pretty much
every time!  It's not fair!  It's also
supposed to cool down over the week-
end.   80 degree temps in May!  I'm 
loving it!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


One of my favourite artists is
Mandisa.  Songs like "Overcomer"
and "Stronger" really helped me
during hard times in  my life.
Because she's an artist, we tend
to think, like other artists, she
has this fabulous life.  In reality
they are people just like us, subject
to doubts, depression and other
life challenges.  She has turned her
life's challenges into song.  She
has a new song now, that really 
speaks to me called "Unfinished".
She sings of how she has had doubts
and times that really got her down,
but God isn't finished with her yet.
He's got something really special in
mind with her, but she's "unfinished"
right now.  That's how I'm feeling
lately.  I have so  many doubts and
wonder if I'm doing the things
that He wants me to do and doing
them the way He wants me to.
I have to keep remembering that
I am a work in progress.  In
card/scrapbook lingo that is
WIP.  I'm God's WIP and I know
He will never give up on me!

Here's the card which is NOT

I'm happy with how it turned out.
Happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Black and white with a dash of red

Lots of birthdays are on my calendar
for June, so I'm sure I will have more
birthday cards to show.  This one
is in my favourite colours, black and
white.  I had to add something else,
though, just to make it stand out a 
little more.

I have to say, I like how it turned out.
 I'm not super crazy about the wishes
stamp.  it's very bold on the words 
"come true"  I would like to have it not
so dark.  I don't think it looks quite right.
But then, I've never been asked to design
stamps (good thing) so I guess I have
to take what I get or find something new.
It's really old anyway.
I pulled out all the lights around the house
yesterday.  They were wired into the house
so it was a chore.  More than I thought it
would be.  They never work right anyway
and half the time aren't lit even if I
get new bulbs.  I WAS going to plant grass
seed around two sides of the house until
I remembered that I had bush stumps.
We just chopped them down but never 
dug out the stumps.  So I guess I'm back
to my original idea of vinca.  I am going
to toss out the railroad ties, though, as
they are pretty rotten, and put in some
pavers that stand upright.  My brother in
law says they last forever and don't cost much.
Speaking of Larry and Laurel, they were
over last  night and I took pictures when
they weren't expecting it.  I told them I
was going to put them on my blog, so
here they are:

writing down scores for cards.

Trying to figure out what I'm
doing.  TOO LATE!  Snap!
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mini album (lots of pictures)

I haven't made a mini album in a
long time and had some trouble getting
started.  It finally came together, though, 
and I love it so much!

I made the backs of each page plain so I could
put an embellishment on it.  These are the
cards that go inside each pocket:

I was so happy with how it turned out
and hopefully the person it's going to
will love it too.
I didn't even write Happy Mother's
day yesterday!  Hope everyone had a
great day.  My friend, Coleen and I, went
to subway and had lunch and talked. 
We have so much in common while
being very different.  It's pretty cool.
I have to talk about Pam, too.  "Church
Pam" as my friend Dianne calls her,
to  differentiate from my daughter in law,
Pam.  Anyway...Her signing is so expressive.  
She uses angry faces, happy faces, etc.
so much so that you feel like you are really
hearing the person speak (when the pastor
is talking about Peter or something like that,
I mean).   Singing,  even moreso.  She
signs the songs with so much love and
worship for the Lord.  BUT.  Her signing
"You are good" by Kari Jobe is an
experience to behold.  It is one of the
most beautiful things I have ever seen.  You
can see the worship and love on her face,
in her eyes (when they're open, LOL) and
in the way her hands move.  It's a very 
emotional song anyway, but seeing her
sign it moves me to tears.  Someday maybe
I will be that expressive.  I have trouble
remembering to smile!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hello in aqua

I don't use aqua very much.  I like bolder
colours as a general rule, but I'm 
getting tired of them, so I decided to
go for something a bit more subtle.

I meant to cut off the little curly cue
at the top of the flourish, but forgot.
I think it would have looked better that
way.  Otherwise I think it turned out
nicely.  Not like I expected, but then
they rarely do turn out the way I envision
It's a gorgeous morning, not chilly but
not hot either.  I think it's supposed to
get pretty warm later, though.  It
was in the middle 70's yesterday and
I was loving it.  Except the part about
mowing and trimming.  My next big
project is to pull out all the lights around
the house-which don't work right anyway
and even when I replace bulbs don't 
stay lit for long.  I'm going to get rid of the
RR ties around two of the "flower beds"
and replace it with grass seed.  I think
I have to get the weeds out first.....I 
need to get some new RR ties for the front
and side of the house too.  The other 
ones are quite rotten.  I've been
meaning to do it for a couple of years
now.  Outdoor things are not my
forte and I don't like doing them.  
Unfortunately I can't afford a landscape
guy.  I'd like to find a cute one who
will do it for free.  You know, kind
of like a pool boy, only for the
yard instead.  Anyone know someone
like that?  🤣
I have to be at church early today,
but I woke up way earlier than I
meant to.  Actually, I didn't sleep
most of the night.  My shoulder has
been killing me for a couple weeks now
and night time is the worst.  So I haven't
been sleeping very well.  You'd think I'd
be too  tired to care after doing yard work.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Triangle box

I saw a tutorial on pinterest this
morning for this triangle box.  I think
I need to stick with cards...

This box is supposed to have a belly band
to hold it closed because, as you can see, it
doesn't stay closed on it's own.  I was,
however, having lots of trouble
getting it  to slide off and on
so I resorted to ribbon and I don't
like it at all.  On the belly band I could have
added an embellishment and made it look
very nice.  Oh, well, tried and failed.  On
to the next project!
I think it's supposed to be in the 70's today
so I need to get out and mow the lawn.  I
miss not going to class!  I guess looking
on the bright side I'll save on gas, but
I still miss it!
Happy Saturday!

Negative space birthday card

I tend to use only what the die cuts and ignore the negative space it leaves behind.  I thought I'd utilize that in this card. ...