Monday, April 16, 2018


I mentioned in a recent post I was going to London for a few weeks. The reason I'm here is because my two granddaughters were playing in the England volleyball finals for girls under 18.  And yesterday was the most fabulous day - they won the gold and Anna (17) was the MVP!!!  Both girls played their sox off and Anna made the winning point in the 5th set!!!  They were playing against Tameside, a team from Manchester, who had beat them twice during the regular season.  Anna and Katie play for Richmond.  Katie is also on the under 16 team and they won the silver medal.  The boys team from Richmond took 2 golds.  These are club teams rather than teams from schools as at home.

 Anna is the bottom row center holding her MVP trophy and Katie is top row, 3rd from right.

Mike (son), me, Sarah (DIL), Anna (17), Katie (15), Diane (DIL), Kevin (son).

Am here for another ten days, but am keeping up with the card world as everyone here will be at work or school.  Will probably go into school with Sarah (head of a primary school in Kingston) several times - help out listening to the younger kids read and all the other stuff teachers need help with - too bad I don't have my stamps with me, I could teach them how to make cards:-)

All for now...


Saturday, April 14, 2018


Wanted to share another card featuring more of my Hero Arts favorite products for A Blog Named Hero even tho the current challenge is finished.  Be on the lookout tomorrow for a new challenge.

My favorite products here are the rectangle and circle infinity dies - they have a permanent home within easy reach on my desk!!  But that gorgeous new dragonfly die is easily going on the favorite list also.  Foiled the polka dot background as well as the dragonfly - he's very shiny!!

Hope you like my card and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, April 8, 2018


I have no business making cards today since I have a zillion things to do before I'm off to London on Wednesday, but...!!

My friend, Cat, is the guest designer over at Inspired By All the Little Things and I just HAD to make a card.  The row of long stemmed flowers against the white inspired me.

I die cut all the little flowers from vellum and colored them on the back with copics.  Made the stems from twine and put them down with a fine line of glue (pretty messy - there must be a better way!)  The sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum that was colored on the back with copic marker and then dotted with blending solution to give it sort of a cloudy look.  A few gold Nuvo drops on the flower centers finished it off.

I will absent for a few weeks but have a couple of posts scheduled and I'm sure I'll find some time to check out blogs while I"m gone (no sightseeing this trip, just family time).

Thanks for stopping by today and your wonderful comments always make my day!

Sunday, April 1, 2018


When I first saw this stamp set from Studio Katia, I knew it was a "must have"!!  Not only perfect for Easter, but also for any other religious occasion like a confirmation or first holy communion card.  Then the challenge word from CASology this week was "cross" - perfect combo!!

After stamping the floral cross (black and silver embossed), I colored them with my Prismacolors and blended with gamsol.  The sentiment is from the same set.

Wishing you all a blessed Easter. Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


Have another magnolia card for you today.  When I first received this new Hero Arts stamp, I decided I would use it with different mediums and different card designs for my A Blog Named Hero Facebook team posts this month.  In case you missed it, the first one is here.   Since I have been using it, it's fast become my favorite flower stamp - which is the challenge this month at A Blog Named Hero - use your favorite Hero Arts product.  Besides this stamp I love their embossing powders and black ink - use them all the time!

I colored with my polychromos again, but this time on kraft cs.  I laid down a base of white on the magnolia before adding color with two shades of pink.  The flowers were first stamped with Versamark and white embossed and the sentiment was stamped in black and clear embossed. I had to snip a bit of the flourish off on the "you" so I could get it to fit on the card properly.  Trimmed the piece down to 4"x5.25" and popped it up on a white card base with fun foam.  Added some white Nuvo drops and done.  TaeEun has a wonderful video showing how to color with pencils - she is a fantastic artist and you can learn so much from her.

Plan on experimenting with alcohol inks, watercolours and copics with this same stamp.

I have always had trouble positioning a wood block stamp.  To make things easier for myself, I peeled this stamp off the block and coated it with Aleene's Tack It Over and Over - I just put a little bit on the back and smooth it out with a credit card or something similar - let it dry overnite and you have a cling stamp to use in your MISTI. 

There's still time to create a card with your HA faves and enter it here.

Thanks for stopping by today and always love to read your kind comments.