Good morning and Happy Monday!  I can’t believe that it was a week before I was able to get back to my work desk.  First things first . . .  have you heard about Art on the Edge with Ken Oliver?  If not, let me feel you in.  Art on the Edge is a retreat that my friend, Ken Oliver, is hosting in his hometown of Newburgh, Indiana.  I for one am very excited . . . I’m going and I’m rooming with Heidi Blankenship and Debbie Seyer.  I’ve also found out that a few other of my Indiana crafty friends will be there, Gretchen Wilson and Joan Fricker!  I can’t wait to see everyone!


Ken has planned two classes for Saturday and has added an ICE Resin class on Friday night.  He’s also made arrangements with a few of the local merchants in Newburgh for us to visit and explore their shops.  I think there are still a few seats available if you are interested  . . . check it out here!

Now for my card today!  When I first saw the Quietfire Design stamp sets, one hit me right upside the head . . . Twirl & Enjoy.  It just sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Immediately I thought of one of my favorite, older stamps from Art Impressions . . . Dotty.





It has been a very long time since I pulled Dotty off the shelf and added some ink . . . but she just fits the sentiment, “when in doubt twirl,” perfectly.

Dotty was colored with Copic Markers, then die cut/embossed and layered with Spellbinders A2 5×7 Matting Basics A and B.  The sentiment was stamped in Archival Jet Black and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders Ovals.


Sadly I don’t think you can see it in the photo, but the background layer behind the image was made with media specialty paper that was colored with Copic Marker Refills and Blending Solution.  I wanted to pick up some of the color from Dotty’s dress in the background instead of keeping it white.



I guess that’s all for me right now.  I’ve got some errands to run this morning but I’m hoping to get back to my work table this afternoon.  There boxes of new product in my studio that need to be sorted through!

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




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Good morning!  How is everyone?  I must say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting into the studio and just playing recently.  It’s been so long since I’ve done anything crafty just for the FUN of it!  Might have to be making a few changes just so I do feel like its fun and not so much work.

When I was at StampAway a week or so ago, I finally got to meet Pat Huntoon from Technique Junkies.  You know I’ve had hops with her, used her product and never had met her . . . I was so excited when I saw her sitting in her booth!   What I didn’t know was that she had joined forces with Stamp Camp (I actually have a number of stamps that I’ve picked up over the years from Stamp Camp . . .  I’m going to need to dig them out) and now you can purchase those stamps online at Technique Junkies Stamps/Stamp Camp.  While I was browsing Pat’s booth, I found a set of stamps that I absolutely had to have . . .  Things I Want To Do . . . which I’ve used for today’s project.

For those of you who have followed me for some time, know that I love Art Impressions Millie!  It’s been quite a long time since I’ve pulled Millie out and got her inky . . . but you see, when I first saw the set Things I Want To Do, I KNEW that they would be perfect with Millie!


Can I just say . . .  FUN!  Millie was colored with Copic Markers and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders S5-171 A2 Curved Matting Basics A; the black background panel was die cut/embossed with S5-172 A2 Curved Matting Basics B.

The sentiment was stamped in Archival Jet Black, and then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders S4-367 Back to Basics Tags.


I went rummaging through my paper stash for something that would match Millie’s dress, and finally settled on an old pad of Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket.  Some of the scraps were distressed, inked and then stitched to a piece of black card stock.

I think you’ll be seeing more of this sentiment set with some of the other Art Impressions ladies!


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Good morning!  Well  . . . I’ve got to tell ya . . .  I had a great time at StampAway on Saturday!  I was able to see some old friends that I haven’t seen for some time, and I also got to finally meet some people that I’ve been friends with on Facebook, but have never met in person.  It was a great day and I’m so glad I went!

I took a little heat on Saturday from one of my traveling companions because I don’t make cards that are mailable.  She said to me as I got out of the car, make us a card and mail it to us . . .  like she knows I don’t make cards that  can be mailed without a padded envelope and extra postage.  I laughed and thought to myself that it would be a cold day in hell when that happened!  

Here’s the deal!  I don’t make single layered, clean and simple cards for a reason.  They just aren’t me!  I also find them very difficult to make . . .  I have to down-shift the gears and when I’m finished, I think I still need to add more.  

Well, I took this latest development as a personal challenge!  (Of course, what I am going to show you today looks to me like it’s not done and needs so much more to be complete.)   No ribbon . . . No dimensional flower . . .  No big bow . . . BUT . . . 

I did use a new stamp set that I picked up on Saturday from Art Impressions Shake Your Booty line, Bloomer Set


The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored with Copic Markers.  Now I have to admit, that I have not pulled out the Copic Markers in I don’t know how long . . . . way too long apparently!  The background papers are some old BasicGrey that I found in my stash when I was looking for something that would match the coloring.

What I like in particular, is the shaker on the inside!


Each Shake Your Booty sets comes with one Action Wobble, but I knew one would not be enough so I bought a package of extras!

The booty was stamped twice (once on the inside front of the card and the second time on a spare sheet of paper), colored and then the second was trimmed out and affixed with the Action Wobble.


The sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card in Memento Tuxedo Black.


I’m pretty sure this card will fit in an invitation size envelope and will require NO extra postage.  I’m also pretty sure that I won’t be mailing this card out . . . I’ll give it to my mother (who loves my funny women cards) to mail to one of her friends.  Then again, I may be making a few more of these just to keep on hand . . . 


Thanks for stopping by and for bearing with me on my quest to create a card that can be mailed without the padded envelope and does not require extra postage.  Inspiration hits at the funniest time doesn’t it?





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Happy Thursday!  At least I think it’s Thursday . . . .

I know I’ve been a little quiet this week, and for damn good reason.  I had another skin cancer on my upper lip that I had Mohs Surgery for on Monday.  Of course, that means sitting with feet up, head back and doing nothing for three days.  This is now my third day and I can’t wait to take a shower tomorrow.  That’s the first day I can get the area wet.  Thank goodness there are reruns of Swamp People on today so I can catch up on what I’ve missed this season!

In the absence of me hitting the studio and getting a little inky (forbidden by the doctor because I would have to bend my head down), I remembered that I had one more card for Inky Antics that I haven’t shared yet.


Image stamped on Neenah paper in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. Die cut/embossed with various circles, edges sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Each layer separated with foam squares. Edge of background paper (green) was die cut/embossed with Edgeabilities, scored and folded over the front. The yellow layer was die cut/embossed with the same Edgeabilities, cut an inch longer, and layered beneath the green layer. Background paper was sponged with Antique Linen and stitched to green layer.

Seam binding dyed with a touch of Antique Linen.


Sentiments stamped in Archival Jet Black and layered on petite ovals. Edges of paper sponged in Antique Linen before stitching together.

That’s all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember  . . . life is short, enjoy the adventures that come your way!


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I don’t know where my head has been Smiley from . . oh wait . . . we don’t need to even go there! Smiley from

I completely forgot all about my Sundays at Inky Antics the last couple of weeks.  Maybe some day I’ll slow down enough to get organized Smiley from

Here’s a direct link to the card week before last, April 22.  I’m afraid that it’s a little to late for you to enter into the contest, but you can still read my interview.

Now I remember why I missed that Sunday . . . I was with Mallory at her last Mother/Daughter sorority thingy . . . they pinned me as an honorary Sigma Kappa with a Mother’s pin.

Anyho, I’m still going to show you the card here, mainly because I have to because I’ve used lots of Spellbinders™.


All the coloring is done with Copic Markers and the background was embossed with Regal M-Bossabilities.  I love how the background came out!  I was going for that black/white with a pop of color thing there.  The seam binding was dyed first with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, and because it needed to be a little darker to match the tulips a touch of Barn Door was added.

Here’s the inside:


I can’t tell y’all how much fun I had working with these Inky Antic images . . . it was truly my pleasure!

That’s it for me right now, I’ll have another for you a little later.  I’m also working on my project for the challenge over at the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group . . . I might get it done before I have to leave again.

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


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