It’s been a few days since I last posted . . . I can hardly believe the time has flown by the way it has.

First, let me update you on Mallory.  She is still h0me and not at TFA Institute.  She see’s a pulmonary specialist tomorrow and if all goes well, we’ll be able to send her to institute at the end of the month.  This cough has lingered on for so long and we don’t want to send her away from home still not feeling well.

On Tuesday I went with mom and Mallory, along with Katie, to see an ultrasound of the new grandbaby.  It was such a wonderful experience to see little hands and feet and know that all is well.  The little mom is doing well too!  I never had an ultrasound when I was pregnant with my girls . . . I was so amazed!

I had a wonderful time at The Queen’s Ink and all the classes were just fabulous!  I had so much with all the girls and can’t wait to go back!





Can you tell I kept them all busy?

Graphic 45 sent along some special door prize items too!



I arrived in Savage on Friday and was thrilled when I got a special one-on-one with The Queen herself, Patti!  I’ve been wanted to learn a little about Zentangle and she was more than willing to give me a quick lesson.


I’m hooked!  Here’s a couple I’ve worked on since being home.  It’s a great way to kill time while waiting to see doctors.


Plus my experimenting is helping me to learn some of the tangles.


That’s all for now!  Oh wait . . . .

Announcement for anyone close by or local . . .

I’m ready to start lining up some local classes.  If you are interested in taking any of the classes that I taught at The Queen’s Ink, send me an email – [email protected]

I’ve already heard from some of you, but let’s see what interest is out there and we’ll set some classes up!

Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come you way today!


Happy Tuesday!  I hope your holiday weekend was a good one . . . we had Mallory’s Graduation Party on Sunday and then spent yesterday recuperating from all the prep work we had to do.  It was nice to sit on my butt all day and watch movies.

When I was prepping for my classes at The Queen’s Ink, I found that I was going to have a number of Graphic 45 doorplates left over from the Chunky Tag.  I remembered a project that Nicole Eccles had posted and sent her an email asking her if she minded if I used a variation for my class.  I couldn’t find the project of Nicole’s blog, but I did find it at Retro Café Art.  Thankfully Nicole said it was okay and I began ordering product to sample.

Here’s what I came up with . . . using a different Shrine Kit from Retro Café Art.


This was a fun project to make and hopefully everyone in the class will enjoy it as much as I did!

That’s it for me today, except . . . to say thank  you to everyone who left encouraging comments on my last post.  I didn’t realize there were that many of us all thinking the same things!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to enjoy the adventures that come your way today!


Project Supplies:

Wow where has the time gone since I last posted?

Well, I’ll tell ya!

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for my classes at The Queen’s Ink.

In case any of you are interested, they have been posted on The Queen’s website.  You can find them here!  I’m there June 9 and 10th.

Did I tell you that we finally got Mallory back to school?  Well we did and she gets that 5-year diploma this Saturday, Derby Day! Smiley from

She’ll be home for the month and then she heads off for training for her new position, teaching math in the Mississippi Delta.  She was recruited by Teach for America based on her leadership skills.  We don’t know where she’ll be yet . . . and won’t until July.  That’s when mom and grandma head south to set her up in housekeeping.

Lots going on here!

Anyhoo, glad you stopped by and remember . . . life is short, take time to enjoy the adventures of your day!


Happy Thursday!  Smiley from I know this post is late for today, but I taught a class last night and then had some appointments this morning.  I’ve had a few questions from my post on the altered frame and thought I would answer them here so everyone would know.

First, I received an email from Rebecca:

I love the red and cream striped flower you made. Can you tell me how many of each size of die cuts you used? And did you distress it somehow? I made one trying to get it like yours but it was too ‘perfect’. Any tips?

I used two different sized dies and cut 4 pieces with both dies.  In the end I had a flower with 8 layers of petals.  I learned some time ago while playing around that if I wanted to make paper curl, I could use a dry emboss tool and rub the paper in the side I wanted to curl.  So one petal to curl under, I rub the back of the petal.

A number of you asked where I got the frame . . . at Old Time Pottery.  I also saw some at the Dollar Tree the other day.

On burning ribbon . . . I use a grill lighter most times, and light singe the ends or the sides.  Nylon and sheer ribbon will melt.  Sheer simply crumbles all together but nylon will actually get a hole if the old the flame in one place too long.  I move the flame back and forth.  Way too much for us fire bugs!

Oh almost forgot this one . . .  you miss my smileys!  Smiley from Sorry that they’ve been missing, but I was having trouble the other night saving a post and it ended us being the smileys.  I had to delete them to get the post to work.  If you see them all is good . . .  if not, I had to remove them. Gee I love you guys Smiley from

I’m going to leave you with some photos from my alcohol ink class last night.  Mallory went with me as my assistant and did a fab job with the camera!


We’d already been through the basics and the group is working on a faux bleach/alcohol ink tag.


Fun was had by all and it was a great class!


Mallory’s artistic side (so she said) with photography!


The candles were tons of fun to make!

I’ll be back later tonight or first thing in the morning with my JFF Color Challenge card!  Great hop tomorrow guys . . . lots of inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and remember   . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures of the day!


Good morning!  Well, I’m still trying to play catch-up with some projects I need to get done!  I think I need to get off my butt during the day and head into the studio . . .  classes to prepare for, blog hops to get ready for, and THEN I found out tonight that I have just a few weeks to get my projects ready for my class at Stampfest Orlando.  I need to make my to-do list and put it somewhere I can find it.

I’m still working on samples for my alcohol inks class and one thing I wanted to show my class is how different papers effect the outcome of the alcohol inks.  One of my favorite techniques with alcohol inks is faux bleach.  The results you get are so different than those with actual dyes.

This is the sample tag I worked on last night trying to find the right mix of stamps and inks.

Alcohol Ink Faux Bleach Tag

Its probably not what I’m going to end up with, but it’s a starting point.  The wildflower silhouette was embossed first and then the alcohol inks were applied over the top.  The grid background is stamped with a combination of more blending solution than ink to get a light detail.   After the grid was stamped, the embossing was ironed off to show the white base tag.  The image on the back of the fragment was done the same way.  For more information on these steps, you can find my tutorial here and one with color wash here.  I’ll be doing a video for these soon for you!

  • Stamps:  F2714 Wildflower Silhouette, G2552 Sketchy Grid and G3354 Floral Flourish from Just For Fun® Rubber Stamps
  • Paper:  White Coated Tags
  • Ink:  Ranger Cool Peri, Citrus, Aqua and Lake Mist Alcohol Inks; Ranger Distress Embossing and Archival Jet Black; Ranger Gold Metallic Paint Dabber
  • Accessories:  1.25” White May Arts Crochet Lace, 1.25” and 1/4” Violet May Arts 100% Silk, and Ivory May Arts 100% Jute from Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Applicator Tool, Felt, Blending Solution; Tim Holtz idea-ology Tag Fragments; Craft Iron; Button

Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures of the day!


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