Good Monday morning!  I hope y’all had a good weekend.  After lunching and shopping with my girls on Saturday, I found some time to work in the studio.  Now that it’s all clean and all!  I spent a couple days last week putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning up my CHA messes.  It sure it nice to have a clean room without a path leading into it.

Before I left for CHA, I received a note from Melanie Muenchinger, stamp designer for Gina K. Designs.  She had noticed that I was from the Kentucky area and wanted to know if I was interested in her set Stately Flowers 2, which has a Goldenrod image, the State Flower of Kentucky.  Well of course I said yes!

Here’s my first card with this set.


The image was embossed with Ranger’s Queen’s Gold embossing powder and then water colored with Tombow Markers.   The paper is from Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934.   I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect match for Goldenrod.

I have to admit here that I had this huge post written all about my girls and our recent weather.  However, when I went to post it to my blog, Live Writer crapped out on me and I lost my post.

Friday’s weather was absolutely uncanny.  Here at my house we didn’t have that first drop of rain, but not even 5 miles up the road tornados!  I’ll tell ya . . . I love storms.  Love to listen to them, watch them, etc.,  but I was a little edgy all day Friday.  I had the local weather on staying updated and our tornado siren (at the end of my street) was going off about every 5 minutes.  Mallory was already home for break and I had her in the basement with the dogs (all of them scared of storms), water, flashlights, etc., just in case.  I worried about Kate who was working north of us, where the tornados were.  All the students had left for the day but as they were in route, the sirens went off.  The bus drivers turned around and headed back to the school where they were able to get the students into a safe area.  Thankfully they were all safe and protected.   The tornado that had been spotted by her town headed north a few miles and completely devastated the town and the school (where she taught her first year).  If you haven’t already seen some of the sights on the news, here’s a link to some Google images.   Friday was also Kate’s 26th birthday . . . for some reason I can always associate her birthdays with certain events.  On her 2nd and 16th birthdays, Mr. Stodgy found himself in the hospital.  It was also her 2nd birthday when I found out I was pregnant with Mallory.  Now I’ll remember her 26th birthday with the storms.

Mallory and I spent Sunday getting some clothes together to drop off for some of Kate’s students that did lose their home.  So many have been devastated with loss and the outpouring of prayers, aid and support from the surrounding communities has been remarkable.

To shorten this post, I’ll included Mallory’s update later.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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Happy Monday!  I’ve done something for today that will Smiley from and amaze you . . . CLEAN AND SIMPLE!  No, I don’t have a fever just enjoying a challenge.  Last week at my Copic Certification we were having a discussion about CAS and how hard it was for me to do.  I can fly through a vintage/distressed/grungy type of card in no time flat.  My fingers fly and my mind runs wild!  However with CAS it literally takes me forever and then I hate it so much that it never gets used (and you probably never see it).  I was challenged, yes challenged by Jennifer Buck and Dawn Lusk to do simple . . . well at least I took it as a challenge.Smiley from

Now I have to tell you, this card took me all of about 10-15 minutes . . . I’m AMAZED!  Granted I’ve been thinking about for a day or so but for me to actually stop . . . and I mean stop.  No Ribbon!  No Embellishments of any kind!  No sponging!  Honestly I had to sit on my hands and say to myself . . . YOU HAVE DONE IT! Smiley from Not only did I have a CAS Card, but also one in a smaller size than I normally make . . . okay, okay . . . I might have a fever!

I also know that Monday is the CAS Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  I decided to check it out before I headed to the studio and guess what . . . it was flowers!  My card fit this challenge perfectly so I ran with it!


Using one of my favorite Penny Black stamps (and one that is screaming for attention) I colored the image with Tombow Markers, misted with water and then die/cut and embossed the image with Oval Nesties®.  I cut a piece of white cardstock to 8-1/2 x 4-1/4 and embossed one half of it with the Flourish Impressabilities™.  That’s it!  I placed the image on the card with foam mounting tape and then sat on my hands!

That’s all I have for now, but I’m sure I’ll be back.  At least I’m hoping so today!  In any event, I’m glad you stopped by and remember life is short . . . enjoy each adventure that comes you’re way!

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Smiley from Good Friday morning!  I can’t believe I haven’t been in the studio all week.  Okay wait, I take that back!  I was in there Wednesday when I prepped and packed up for my last class at Lavender SentimentsLavender Sentiments is closing and I’ve enjoyed my classes so much, that I’ve decided to have them here in my home!  If you are in the Southern Indiana/Louisville, KY area and want some info on the classes, send me an email.  I’ll add you to my mailing list!  I’ll be updating and changing my class page in the next day or so.

I also can’t  believe that we are already on the Just For Fun® 6th Color Challenge!  I think we are picking up new players each week and I for one have enjoyed seeing all your cards  . . . way too much fun!  Let’s see what you can do with these!


I was a little apprehensive about these colors, but I’ve got to tell  . . . I really liked working with them!


The first thing I did was pick my designer paper (Pink Paislee 365 Degrees) then picked my image.  I colored the image with markers, misted with water, stamped on white, then die cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ S4-140 Petite Ovals – Small.  My background image, Grain & Coal, was stamped in Pumice Stone Distress Ink on a white shipping tag then die/cut embossed with Spellbinders™ S4-202 Deckled Rectangles – Large.  The frame around the image was made with Spellbinders™ S4-246 Labels 11.  The edges of all paper were sponged with Old Paper Distress Ink.

Make sure you stop by the other JFF Designers participating today and leave them a little lovin’.  I know they love comments as much as I do!

Starla Nelson

Kat Tucker

Sandy Sandrus

Terre Fry

Broni Smiley from is off this week playing in the sand & surf at the beach

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Oh and don’t forget to play along with us and then post a direct link on the Just For Fun® Blog using Mr. Linky!  While you’re there, check out the Design Team Call!

Thanks for stopping by today and remember  . . . life is short, make each adventure of the day count!


Smiley from millan.netGood Friday morning!  I hope you had a good day yesterday.  Mine was mind blowing.  I finally figured out why I’m having such trouble getting my videos done.  My new camera is MP4 and my software doesn’t work with it . . . well yeah, I knew that, but it finally occurred to me to get a converter.  Hopefully editing and uploading a video won’t take all day now!

I made three cards using the Misting with Water technique, each different but with the same image, papers, etc.  The difference is with the method of the technique.

The first card I showed you yesterday.  Here are the other two.

Misting the paper and the stamp before stamping.


Misting only the paper rather heavily.


Well, I’m off for my 6-week surgical checkup today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember life is short, make the most of each day and enjoy the adventure!


Smiley from Good morning and how the heck are ya?  I’ve got to tell you that I’ve been having so much fun in the studio the last couple of days, and yesterday was no exception.  I’m finally feeling like I’m back in the groove and wanting to try some new things! Smiley from I’m laughing to myself because someone left me a comment the other day that my mind must run at fast speed all the time . . . yep, it’s pretty much like that.  The only problem is I don’t make notes (and if I do I misplace them) and I don’t keep a sketch/idea book.  I get in a mood to do something and off I go and by then I’ve forgotten about all the other 99 ideas I had!

After I posted my Coffee Filter Flower video the other day, I had a comment from a reader about another video tutorial.  Somewhere in the back of mind (what I have left) I remember promising Cheryl some months back that I would do this tutorial for her.  I absolutely loved what she wrote about the flower video, how much she enjoyed it but she was still waiting on my water coloring technique tutorial.  Oh yeah . . . that one!  It actually made me giggle because it sounded so much like me Smiley from

So here’s what I have planned.  I worked on three samples yesterday, each using the same technique, Misting with Markers.  Here’s one of the samples for you to look over while I’m working on the video  . . . I thought it would be nice if I was awake, fresh and possibly showered Smiley from before I made it  . . . if you know what I mean!


The image will be part of the video, but its coloring the stamp with markers, misting with water and stamping on paper.  It really bugs me that I used lavender paper and ribbon and it just didn’t capture well in the photo!  Maybe the rest of them will.  One of the new Spellbinders™ releases are the Big Scalloped Ovals and since I had them, I couldn’t resist using them for this project.

I’ll have the other samples and the video ready a little later.  In the meantime  . . . thanks for stopping by and remember  . . . life is short, enjoy today’s adventures!


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