Saturday, May 27, 2017

New Watercolors!

 Look what I just received yesterday! I ordered a set of Close to my Heart watercolors from my blogging friend, Claudia Henderson. She has some great tips on how to start with watercolors, as well as some lovely cards - check out her blog here if you get a chance.
 I just love the bright colors - this reminds me of shopping for pretty, shiny beads when I used to be able to see well enough to bead!! I can hardly wait to play with them.

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Technique Blog Hop

World of Watercolors

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas. 

For May, we are venturing into the world of watercolor. There are so many watercoloring techniques available to us today; far too many to list here. But actions speak louder than words so our team has worked with their favorite mediums to bring you lots of examples and loads of inspiration. 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here: 

We have an amazing sponsor this month, Jodie Park of Close to My Heart:
Please take a moment to check out the great products Close to My Heart has to offer. To visit Jodie on Facebook page, just click here.
And the awesome prize this month is:

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of May 26, 2017. The winner will be announced in our June hop; so be sure to come back next month.
And speaking of winners, the lucky hopper from last month is Golden Goddess Designs; picked by Random Name Picker. Congratulations! Please get in touch with me at by May 26th to claim your prize.
You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards. If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by commenting on each blog.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May Card Class

Here are the cards we'll be making Saturday May 20th at the Barkman Library, 1:30 to 4:30. We'll be doing three different coloring techniques: watercolor smooshing (yeah, that's a technical term!), colored pencils and Gamsol, and FSJ fusion ink.

I'll be moving to Rawlings library, Brett Kelly Room B, for next month's class. I really like the Barkman branch, but that room's getting pretty crowded now that more people are coming. The new location should give us more room to spread out.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New FSJ Website

Fun Stampers Journey just rolled out a brand new, improved website, and it's awesome! And I was the first coach to put in an order on it today. I received a phone call and heard all kinds of noise on the other end - it was all the folks at the home office yelling and cheering! 

I really love working for this company. It's like a big family, with everyone looking out for everyone else. Richard Garay, the president and co-founder, is so involved with all of us coaches and constantly trying to improve the company based on our input. I was affiliated with a different company for 10 years, but have NO regrets moving to FSJ - there's just no comparison.

If you get a chance, check out my website at And if you have any interest in stamping, mixed media, and paper crafting, you might even be interested in joining. The starter kits are a fantastic bargain, and there are several choices including one for the hobbyist who isn't interested in running a business. You don't have to sell to others unless you want to because the minimum to stay active is only $150 per quarter. I would spend $50 a month on craft supplies anyway - I'd rather buy from myself! The coach price is 20% off the catalog price, so that's really only $120 every three months. The products are excellent quality, the prices are very reasonable, and the people are wonderful.

Anyway...if you think you might be interested, drop me a note or leave a comment here on the blog!

In just three weeks I'll be at convention in Arizona, renewing old friendships and making new. It will be great to meet folks I've only known through social media so far. Convention is an amazing, exciting, inspiring four days. After going last year, I knew I had to go again! (And the food is A-MAZ-ING!!!!) I'll try to be a good blogger and post pictures and sneak peeks, as one of the perks is that I'll get the new catalog a whole month ahead of everyone else. And...the FSJ catalog is HUGE! I'm taking a suitcase with very little in it so I'll have room for all the goodies they give out.

So join FSJ and come with me to convention next year!!!!! 😉 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Early morning ramblings

Warning! - this is a long, wordy, and boring post! If you've happened to end up here, you may want to quit now and leave me to my meanderings.

Every now and then, not too often thank goodness, I wake up around 3:00 and can't go back to sleep. I lie in bed and think about all the things I need to do until finally I give up and get up. Throughout my adult life I've made lists. (Sometimes I think I make them I make them to avoid actually DOING the things on the list.) So maybe if I make a list of all the things that wouldn't leave me alone and let me sleep this morning, I can go back and take a nap.

  1. I haven't updated my blog since last month. I'm a bad blogger. But since my blog is more of a personal diary, maybe that's OK.
  2. I haven't finished my samples for the upcoming technique blog hop on the 20th. This month's theme is watercolor, and for some reason things aren't really coming together. I love watercolors - why the heck are they being so obstinate right now??
  3. I managed to get the designs ready for my next card class (which is on the 20th also!) in time to send out the post card notices. Now I need to do the prep and get the instructions ready.
  4. We're building a terraced flower bed on the hill in front of the house this year. While working on it the other day, we discovered the water pipe that goes under the driveway froze and broke this winter. One more project. 
  5. I bought three tomato plants, a cilantro plant, and two lavender plants. Gotta figure out when and where to plant the garden this year. 
  6. But first we have to finish fixing the screened roof of the enclosure around the raised beds. It came down with one of the HEAVY spring snows we had this year.
  7. The second big, bad snowstorm this spring happened while we were away last week. We got 24 inches of really heavy wet snow that snapped branches off a lot of our trees. So on good days we need to work on cleaning that up.
  8. Only two weeks to the girls' birthdays on the 19th and 20th. Then Michael's birthday is on June 3rd. I'd better get busy and pack a box and get it in the mail.
  9. Next week I take Mom out to see my brother on Tuesday, then bring her home with me for a few days' visit. She has a doctor's appointment on Friday, then I have card class on Saturday, then we leave on a trip Sunday.
  10. Fun Stampers Journey Convention is coming up soon - I leave on June 6th for Phoenix. I know I still have a month to get ready, but it's still running through my mind. I need to make a gift for an exchange and gifts for my upline and other team members who are attending. I'm skipping the swaps this way I have time to make 20 or 30 cards. Some people take 100! Ouch.
  11. Doctor appointments. Why can't they ALL happen on the same day??? Every time we go into town for an appointment, we end up running all kinds of errands and POOF! the whole day is gone and we're too tired to do anything when we get home. Yesterday we had to go to Pueblo and tomorrow we're going to Colorado Springs - two days gone this week.
  12. Gotta clean the garage. :-(
  13. Julie is bringing Addi out for a visit in August - YAY! So I'm thinking of all the fun things we're going to do. Yes, we have plenty of time. That doesn't mean all those things aren't running through my mind when I should be sleeping at 3:00 in the morning.
  14. Treadmill and diet. Another :-(
I've finished my ginger tea. It's 5:00 AM - maybe I should just give up and start something on this list!

Friday, April 21, 2017

April Technique Blog Hop

APRIL: Stamp Set Showdown

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we’ll feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of fabulous card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a wide variety of cards and ideas.

The month of April features a Showdown! A stamp set showdown, that is. We’re using one stamp set in various ways. Let’s face it, stamp sets are getting more and more expensive; so we’re here to inspire you by demonstrating how to s-t-r-e-t-c-h those stamps! 

If you would like to check out our past technique hops, you can do that here:
January-Shaving Cream Marbleizing
February-So Sketchy
March-no hop 

Also - I'm the sponsor this month! Here's the prize - three Artist Trading size stamp sets from Fun Stampers Journey (plus a little surprise!) Please take a moment to check out our great products here. Also, you might want to visit my Facebook Group here to see some of the cards my group makes at our monthly classes. 

We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today. One winner will be chosen from all comments on the hop as of April 28, 2017. The winner will be announced in our May hop; so be sure to come back next month. 

You should have arrived here from Kim's blog, Katydid Cards.  If you're visiting here first, you might want to start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing and increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each blog. 

Now - on to the good stuff! I've chosen the Glass Blooms set by Fun Stampers Journey to focus on this month:

This set originally debuted in the February 2016 Bloom Box, Fun Stampers Journey's monthly kit, and was one of the items that led me to sign up as a Coach....but I was just 5 days too late to get it! Three months later it became available to non-Bloom Box subscribers, and I immediately purchased the set and matching dies. Four designs (which I've since duplicated) came in the original box, and I've created or CASE'd many others. This is one set that I hope doesn't retire for a LONG time to come! I hope you enjoy some of these cards, all mainly focusing on the dragonfly image. Because I LIKE dragonflies.

For the first card, I spritzed some water on my card stock and then dropped in some of our FSJ Silks. The colors moved and spread beautifully. After the card stock dried, I stamped and die cut the images to use in the card below.

I added more Silks to the embossed back panel, popped up the images, and added a few sequins because it looked like it needed something.

Lately, I've been coloring FSJ's clear glitter (Sparkle Dust) with Silks to create fine colored glitter to match my papers and inks. On this card I die cut the dragonflies from the white panel and added clear packaging tape to the back of the openings, sticky side facing front. Then I sprinkled the colored glitter all over the tape and burnished it with my finger.

Here, I masked off both sides of the card, and sponged on pan pastels in the center for the background. Then more Silk splatters! The dragonflies are painted with Silks diluted with a bit of water.

This card was one of the designs included in the original Bloom Box. The background was created by dipping the cap from the ink refill bottle into a puddle of ink, then "stamping" random circles. Journey Glaze makes the wings shiny.

For this card, I simply stamped my images onto a panel of Whip Cream card stock, and then cut it into thirds and adhered it to the card base. All of the flowers have blue centers, honest! I'm not sure what happened on the bottom right when I took this picture...

Now you’re off to visit with Jearise.  Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!

Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:
Sharon - A Piece of Heart
Claudia - Crafting with a View
Kim - Katydid Cards
Wilma - Stampin' to the Oldies (You are HERE!)
Jearise - Lorby's World
Amanda - My Thoughts & Scraps
Lisa - Lisa's Little Bits
Jodie - Stampin Jodie Creations
Card A Day Challenge Team - Card a Day Challenge
Ronda - Ronda's Paper Creations
Sandy - Scrapbook Blessings Club
Candy - candy scraps

Sunday, April 16, 2017

N is for...Not doing this anymore!

Well, I got about halfway through the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. Interesting, and helpful in a way, as I did post more than usual, but I've decided there's really no point (for me, that is) in trying to artificially come up with "something" every day. This blog is mainly for my own enjoyment, and a place to keep track of miscellaneous stuff that I might want to look back at later. And I'm finding that trying to post every day this month is defeating the purpose. I'm not enjoying it!

So, I'm not doing the challenge anymore.  I might post tomorrow...I might not... 👋