Smiley from Good Monday morning!  I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend and that your leftovers are long gone.  My house is back to it’s nice quiet state, Mallory having gone back to school around 8:00 last night.  We usually like to put the tree up and decorate during the Thanksgiving weekend, Smiley from but she was gone so much of the time that it never happened.  I should have known to drag it all out myself and then she would have had to help.

I finally made it into the studio late yesterday afternoon . . . I felt the need to stamp.  Once I got in there however, I didn’t know what I wanted to stamp.  After playing around with a few different images and really not happy with anything, and I wanted to get a little dirty and a little vintage, I decided to try this snowy pine tree.

Snowy Pine Tree

The tree was stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Ink and Old Paper was sponged along the edges to make it look like it had been handled quite a bit.  For the snow, I applied a layer of Tulip White Puffy Paint and sprinkled on Fine Diamond Dust Glitter.  Once again, in my attempt to make it look old, I pressed down the puffy paint and added a dab of Old Paper Distress Ink to the snow.  Here’s a close up  . . .

Snowy Pine Tree Closeup

it almost looks like flocking to me.  I remember when I as a child that flocking on trees was a huge deal.  We also took our trees down to the body shop and had them spray painted white.  I found that red vintage button with the thread still attached and couldn’t resist using it “as is” as an embellishment.  The button on the bow is also another vintage button, but I think that is actually the top of one that was gray. 

  • Stamps:  D3074 Snowy Pine, Large from Just for Fun Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; BasicGrey Wassail; Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme
  • Ink:  Ranger Shabby Shutters, Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S7-014 Grand 12” Classic Lace Border, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, S4-138 Petite Ovals – Large, S4-139 Petite Scallop Ovals – Large; Art Institute Fine Diamond Dust Vintage Glass Glitter; Vintage Buttons; Tulip White Puffy Paint; Sewing Machine; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Papertrey Rustic Cream Button Twine; Foam Mounting Tape; May Arts Ribbon and other Ribbon

I have a few errands to run today and then hopefully I can get back in the studio.  I have so many things I want to get finished.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Smiley from

Smiley from Good morning!  Just a quick note before I start cooking all the Smiley from, cranberries and dressing today (the Smiley from cooks slowly overnight) . . .

JUST FOR FUN is having a special 48-Hour Black Friday Sale!  Beginning at  12:00 midnight Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and until midnight Friday, November 28, all purchases will receive a 25% discount!

Have a great day and

Smiley from

Smiley from Good morning!  I hope y’all are doing fabulous and I’m sure you’re getting ready for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  I’m excited that we’ll be home this year, I’m cooking and the family is coming in.   Saturday we went to Hodgenville again to visit my uncle.  After visiting with Uncle Billy for a while, we went down to the square to visit a couple of the shops.  I was so amazed that I saw this on the sidewalk, that I had to take a picture . . .

petunias growing in November, AND growing between the sidewalk and the building.  Is this weather wacky or what?

I don’t know that I’ve mentioned this or not, but my uncle is fighting his own personal battle with Stage 4 Metastatic Prostate Cancer.  My mother and aunt have been running the roads between here and Hodgenville for months now  . . . well, ever since he was diagnosed back in the spring.  He just recently decided that he was not up to working anymore and has been staying at home for the last couple of weeks.  While visiting Saturday I snuck this picture in of him and my mother.


While I was looking for another photo tonight, I found this picture of them together.  How cute is this one  . . .


Smiley from, they’ll both probably shoot me for putting these up! 

One of the reasons I’m showing them, is that I’m just so darned excited that I can’t help myself.  I’ve been emailing with some friends recently about auto racing.  You see, we are a racing family.  My uncle started racing in 1961 and of course, my dad drove the Fish Carburetor M2 on Daytona Beach in the early days of NASCAR.  My dad later became a Racing Director and Promoter.  My uncle continued driving until 1988.  During the course of these emails, I recommended that both my uncle and dad be inducted into the Kentucky Motorsports Hall of Fame.  Well, I just found out today that my uncle is being inducted and they will be giving him his award within the next few weeks.  There will be a formal ceremony in August where we will be re-inducted along with Harry Hyde, who was inducted last year.  I can only hope that my dad will also be inducted this year and they will all go in together.  I’m just so tickled I could burst!

I’m sure you’re wondering if I have a card or not . . . well, I DO!


The image was embossed in gold and then water colored with Distress Re-Inkers.  I used Spellbinders™ Labels Six for the border in the middle of the card and used Petite Ovals for the image. 

  • Stamps:  All That Glitters from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Memory Box Spiceberry, Arches Watercolor; River Rock and Cranberry Crisp
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint and Old Paper
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S4-230 Labels Six, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, S4-138 Petite Ovals – Large; and S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Large; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; Foam Mounting Tape; Sewing Machine; Watercolor Brushes; Vintage Button; Papertrey Vintage Cream Ribbon

I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  Oh and by the way, I spent Sunday working on a very special project that you’ll get to see on Friday!  It’s a biggie!!!!

Happy Thursday!  I would say good morning, but once again I’m running late and once again, I didn’t get my morning paper.  This is two days in a row that I’ve not had my morning crossword, Sudoku and jumble fix.  I called the paper and they offered to deliver it with tomorrow’s paper . . . what’s going to guaranty that I’m going to get tomorrow’s paper?  Nothing!  They no longer deliver the paper to Southern Indiana if your carrier fails to bring it.  WHAT?  They told me to get it offline.  Well, the puzzles are not the same online and how else am I going to know if I’m alive if I can’t read the obits!  I could go on and on here  . . . like how they charge $20/month for a paper that used to have some substance and now consists of maybe five pages that’s full of ads . . . . Smiley from

Moving on and staying on task  . . . I have a card today!


All of a sudden I realize that I’m hooked on this paper and these colors this year . . . I just can’t help myself . . . .

The image was embossed with gold EP and then water colored with Distress Re-Inkers.  The panel on the side was made with the largest of Spellbinders™ Labels Six and then cut in half to fit the side of the card.  It’s a bummer, I covered the berries with Glossy Accents and it looks pretty cool in real life, but the picture blurs it.

That’s all I have today (I’ve suddenly developed a mental block).  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

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