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!  How y’all doin’?  Thanks for your responses yesterday on my class project.  I met with the girls from Lavender Sentiments yesterday and I’ve made a few changes to the project.  Those will come later in the week.  We did decided on everything else though.  My class will be on Monday, December 14, 2009, 6:00 pm., at Lavender Sentiments on Charlestown Road in New Albany.  The class fee is $20 and you can sign up by calling 812/945-0790.

Now for today’s card.  I started working on this last night and needed to wait until this morning to finish it.  While browsing StarLit Studio last week, I noticed that Cindy had the recipe for Tim’s snow listed on her site.  Since I had all the required elements to make the snow, I decided to try my hand at it.  That’s why I needed to wait . . . the snow needed to dry before I could go any further!


The pinecone was water colored with Distress Re-Inkers, masked and then the branches were stamped.  I die cut/embossed the image using Spellbinders™ Labels 8 before I added the snow to the ornament.  The fun part for me was adding the carol, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, as a background panel.  My grandfather’s sister was a teacher in a one room school house and played the organ for their church.  I happen to have the old pump organ that she played along with all her hymnals.  I remember singing from these hymnals as a little girl.  I had put them away a few years ago and couldn’t find them (that memory lapse thing) a few months back when I was looking for them.  This morning I went into the storage room and pulled them right out of storage . . . yep, that memory thing!  I can’t tell you the name of the hymnal, as it’s been battered and torn, but some of the others were published in 1920.  That should give us some guess at the age  . . . somewhere between 80 to 90 years old.

I copied the song onto regular printer paper, added some Old Paper Distress Ink, and then lightly added Vintage Photo around the edges.  You can see I even left the Hymnal No. on the page.

  • Stamps:  All that Glitters from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Arches Watercolor; BasicGrey Wassail; Prism Herbal Garden Dark; Papertrey Kraft
  • Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black and Old Paper, Pine Needles, Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Frayed Burlap Distress
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders™ S5-019 Labels 8, S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small, S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals – Large, and S7-014 Grand 12” Classic Lace Border; Ranger Matte Accents, Glossy Accents, UTEE, White UTEE, Pearl Perfect Pearls; Tsukineko Sponge Daubers; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Sewing Machine; Ribbon; Art Institute Krystallos Vintage Glass Glitter; Sulyn Crystal Glitter

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!

Good morning!  Today is the last post I’ve made on the Flourishes Newsletter as the June Flourishes Limelight Designer.  Today I covered the Faux Bleach Technique on the Flourishes Newsletter.

For this week’s post, I worked with both the Home Tweet Home and Birds in Vines sets. My first card uses Home Tweet Home.


The image was colored with Tombow Markers and I used the new Spellbinders S4-218 Lattice Borderabilities for the border along the bottom.

To show examples of the Faux Bleach Technique, I used Birds in Vines and airbrushed over the embossed image with Copic Markers.


and the embossing ironed off as a second background:


  • Stamps:  Birds in Vines from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Prism Tawny Medium and Black; 7 Gypsies Market; Manila Shipping Tags
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint, Black Soot, and Archival Jet Black
  • Accessories:  Copic Markers and Airbrush System; May Arts Ribbon; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ranger Matte Accents, Clear Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder, Ink Blending Tool; Spellbinders Grand 12” Classic Lace Borderabilities and S3-031 Scalloped Tag; Clover Craft Iron; Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors for distressing; Sewing Machine

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Good morning!  This is my third Sunday of Flourishes Limelight Designer and here’s the card I have posted on the Flourishes Newsletter today.


I have loved this Lilac Set since I first saw it.  The set reminds me of when I was a little girl and my grandmother’s neighbor had 2 Lilac bushes in her front yard.  The way they grew, there was a section in the middle that we could crawl through and hide in.  I don’t know that my grandmother’s like it too well, when we did that, but as long as we kept the balls out of her backyard all was good!  I remember her being a little cranky at times, but then she was the neighbor that taught me to knit . . . who knows.  Anyhoo, I’ve always had a fondness for lilacs!


  • Stamps:  Lilac Set from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Prism Wizard Dark and Herbal Garden Medium; Canson Watercolor; BasicGrey Wisteria
  • Ink:  Ranger Distress Embossing, Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord, Broken China, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders S4-167 5-1/2” Victorian Border Pierceabilities and S4-161 Labels One Nestabilities; Ranger Matte Accents, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Mini Mister, Queens Gold Embossing Powder; Tim Holtz Tonic Piercing Tool; Venture Foam Tape; Tsukinecko Sponge Dauber; Koi Water brush; Brads; Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today!

Good Sunday morning!   I hope everyone had a good week and you’ve enjoyed your weekend so far.  Here’s the card that I have posted on the Flourishes Newsletter this Sunday.  I hope you take a peek over there and see what exciting things have been happening at Flourishes this week. 


  • Stamps:  I Love Roses from Flourishes Stamps
  • Paper:  Prism Blush Red Light; Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; SEI Dill Blossom – Poi, Myrrh and Licorice
  • Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Antique Linen
  • Accessories:  Spellbinders Paisley Impressabilities, Grant 12” Classic Lace Borderabilities, Labels One Nestabilities; May Art Ribbon, Venture Foam Tape, Copics and Airbrush System; Sanding Tools; SEI Brads; Tsukineko Sponge Dauber; Ranger Matte Accents

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’ve got some great new stuff to show you next week.  That’s where I’ve been  . . . working on new projects. 


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