Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beautiful 9/11 memorial


It's been quite a long time and many things going on since I've posted - too many things that have taken my time away from my stamping and creative outlets. I hope to get back to that soon.

However, in my blog hopping, I've come across a wonderful music video by, I believe, Jon Henninger, as a memorial to 9/11. I know, you've probably seen this and many others, but it is so important to remember and the images and music in this are some I just wanted to share here.

Check out the new Flourishes design team previews - some gorgeous work there!

Have a blessed day and week!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Masculine cards

Hi, all:

I've been having computer problems lately, so have been going through some files to re-sort them. I found a few scanned cards that I had done prior to my blog being born, and wanted to share them with you. I always find it hard to do more masculine cards and am always looking online for ideas. Hopefully, these will give you some ideas for your guys.

The first card was done, obviously, for Father's Day. The base is SU Whisper White. The bg is Paper Studios from Hobby Lobby. The car and the hat on the inside are from Graphic 45; the car was popped up on the front for dimension. They were colored with Prismacolor pencils and some areas had silver metallic pen added for some pizzazz! The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and is one that my friend, Lana (, let me use (sorry, I don't remember the company), and the flourishes on either side are from SU's Noteworthy set.

The second card has a card base of SU Very Vanilla, and the bg is a combination of papers from my stash. I used a Fancy Tags I label in Very Vanilla, and stamped the sentiment from an SU set. It was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and clear-embossed. Brads were added to give it some masculine bling.

Very quick and easy cards. Hope you like them!

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, April 1, 2011

And They Said It Wouldn't Last!

Hi, all! Glad you stopped by!

Last week, my husband, Bruce, and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. I have been extremely blessed to have married the person whom I can only describe as my soulmate. We have our kindergarten picture together, grew up for a while a block from each other, were confirmed in the same class at church, started dating as juniors in high school (first time we actually knew each other existed), and have had a wonderful life together ever since. We reflected that day on the fact that we are also blessed with several very close friends who have been married as long, if not longer, in a time when marriage seems to have become passe. I certainly can't imagine my life without Bruce and pray God gives us many more years together.

Here is the card I made for him (click on the picture for detail - sorry, my pictures seem to always be crooked because of the angle I have to work with):

and here's the inside (I covered over my little note to my hubby):

The base is SU Vanilla cs cut out with a Labels 1 nestability. I covered the front of that with dp from Paper Studio, cut the same way. I stamped Tim Holtz images in Versafine Sepia on dp from Webster's Pages. The florals of that page were cut out, sponged in Tea Stain distress and mounted with pop dots. The clock face was sponged in Antique Linen and covered in Glossy Accents for dimension. The sentiment ("always" from Stampin' Up!) was stamped with Versafine Sepia on Whisper White, covered with Glossy Accents, grunged with the distress inks and mounted to the back of a Tim Holtz Idealogy piece. The frame was simply black paper cut with the Labels One nestie and glued around the edge of the card base.

The inside, as you can see, was stamped again with the clock faces, birds and a sentiment from on of Tim's sets above - it's so fitting:

"Time is a companion that goes with us on the journey; it reminds us to cherish each moment because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."

The main sentiment below that is from The Stamp Barn (thanks, Lana!).

Also, just wanted to point out my twin sweeties in the sidebar to the right. The shot of my granddaughters I call a "beauty shot". It was just a random picture I took as they were playing with the chains on a lamp near where I was sitting and where the camera happened to be. It came out beautifully, I think. Then, my Little Man (he truly is!) and his "Pop-Pop" were so sweet, just "talking" away - had to share it! Life is good!

God's blessings on all of you this weekend and coming week. Please take some quiet time for yourself and to thank Him for all the gifts He has given you.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sweet Surprise!

Hi, all! So glad you stopped in today!

Recently, I was asked to be a guest designer on a blog hop at Joan's Gardens. It went really well, and I thank all of you who commented on my card for all the very kind support!

As the hop is over, I've edited this blog entry to just show the card I had entered for that hop:

The main blossom image is one of the images from Justrite's Beautiful Blossoms set. What a versatile set this is for all occasions! It was colored with Copics Y21 first, followed by layers of R11 for the petals, and YG63, YG67, and G99 for the leaves and stems. A sepia Pigma Micron pen was used for the "seed pod" in the middle and the blossom outline, and a glitter pen was used for bling. It is colored to mimic the flowers in the beautiful dp used throughout -Graphic45's Once Upon a Springtime paper pad. Tea Dye Distress Ink was used on all borders.

The frame was cut with Spellbinders scalloped ovals large, and the main image is cut and embossed with Spellbinders classic ovals large. The label comes from the the Once Upon a Springtime paper pad and was mounted on a die from Fancy Tags by Spellbinders. Two antique brads flank the label. The blossoms, frame and label were popped up for dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a blessed, sunny weekend!


Friday, February 25, 2011

What Warms Your Soul?

Hi! Glad you could visit today!

My friend, Lana (, led me to a very neat blog entry here and a terrific, inspirational video as found on

What warms your soul? from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

I wanted to pass along those bits of inspiration to you. Check out each of the blogs, and leave some kind comments for each of the authors - it's always nice to know when the blogosphere likes what you've shared. Then, list everything you can think of that warms your soul. Share them with the world on your blog, Facebook page, wherever, and pass the love and warmth this brings to others, encouraging them to do the same – pass it forward. God certainly knows that with the bombardment of the news of the world, we could all use a moment or two of wonderful reverie and gratitude! Let others know how special you are and what's important to you! It can be truly wonderful for you and it may lift up and inspire someone else!

My list:
My twin granddaughters’ wonderful, deep belly laughs, their hands on my face when they want my undivided attention, and their amazingly insightful thoughts on the world around them; my husband’s hand on mine in the car while we’re driving somewhere; my eldest daughter’s terrific belly laugh (maybe that’s where the twins get theirs?) and her commitment to friends and family; my grandson’s smile, his dinosaur roar that comes from the bottom of his toes, and his sweet face, hands and feet when he sleeps; my youngest daughter’s laugh, sense of humor and dedication to her children; my son-in-law’s laugh (seeing a picture here?) and his gentle spirit; my future son-in-law’s remarkable talents as a handyman, and his love for my daughter and her children; my sweet Chloe dog, who is with me wherever I am in the house and knows when I need her nuzzle the most; my cats’ warmth as they snuggle in the crook of my knees on the couch; a beautiful blue, sunny sky and the snow on just one side of the trees out my door to the woods; the wonderful feeling when someone thanks me when I least expect it; making art with my stamping; the roof over my head, particularly when the curtains are drawn and it’s our own little world together, my hubby and me; listening to my husband play his drums (he’s really good!); little children running, playing and laughing, and particularly when they are so excited to tell you about their day; the undeniable knowledge and feel of the Presence of God wherever I am; soft jazz; a beautifully sung song; gardening and watching beautiful, flavorful things grow; memories of my mom’s beautiful white hair blowing in the breeze on a gorgeous, sunny day; sinking into a really warm, comfy bed when I’m too tired to keep my eyes open; camping on a foggy summer morning; reading blogs that inspire with words and art because you know they hold a small vision of the heart of the author/artist; a quiet moment alone with God in my church sanctuary; Psalm 121.

These are just some of my heartwarmers – how about you?

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My sweet Valentine

Hi, all - thanks for stopping by!

My wish for each of you this week is to have a very sweet, happy Valentine's Day with your loved one(s).

My hubby and I celebrated it early. We had a Groupon coupon (if you haven't joined or Living Social, you absolutely have to try it! What savings!) to a local restaurant we hadn't tried for some time. We had a delicious meal and a very nice time just spending time together. Then, we had watched one of our twins granddaughters yesterday, and her mom invited us to dinner. Very nice time with her family, too. And, I actually sent probably the first adult Valentine to my eldest daughter (the first one I've handmade for her since she was a child) and her hubby and hope to spend some wonderful time with them next Sunday. Very nice times!

Just wanted to share the card I made for my best friend, my husband of 39 years, but whom I've known since kindergarten. I believe God sends people into our lives that he knows we will need along our journey, and I am extremely blessed every day for my guy. He loves God, loves me and makes me laugh, and those are the most important qualities of a good man and a lasting marriage. My parents held hands and smooched all the time until my dad passed and, after, she always knew he was with her constantly. That was the type of marriage I always wanted and, fortunately, God's blessed me with that same type of relationship. I pray that you, too, will have such a relationship in your life!

I actually cased this very neat card from Amber Hight (AmberDawn on SCS):
(Thanks for sharing and inspiring, Amber!) I'm submitting my version to Crazy 4 Challenges C4C74.

I loved the image and that simple, yet meaningful, sentiment from My Favorite Things. Now, I love all things vintage, so this was a little stretch for me, but I think it turned out well - made my hubby smile, so that's good! SU Riding Hood Red and Basic Black were used for the cs. The striped paper was from a digital collection from ScrapGirls. I embossed the hearts from the stamp set with SU silver dp. The red heart was cut and embossed with the Swirls Cuttlebug ef.

I am fairly new to Copics, so I followed Amber's excellent coloring idea (and hope I did her artwork justice!). Stickles were used to give the flapper dress a bit of glitz, as well as the button on the collar of the guy. Finally, rhinestone brads from SU were placed on each corner for a slight bit more bling.

Hope you all have a wonderful, fill-your-heart-with-love kind of Valentine's Day!


Know the love of Christ ... so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.--Ephesians 3:19

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

He Will Make All Things Beautiful

Hi, all!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Are you keeping warm? Are you staying in and stamping up a storm (pun intended)?

Well, I've been holed up working on reorganizing my craft room (not moving along very fast - just too much stuff!), stamping, and other things to keep busy. Our Daily Bread Designs is having a challenge entitled "the blues," that caught my eye, so here is my card for that challenge (ODBDSLC46).

I believe most people (except maybe the winter skiers and slope owners) are done with snow this year, don't you? I know that the gray skies tend to make me more subdued, to say the least! That's what came to mind with this challenge - looking for sun (and bright hope) in the drabness of these snow-laden days. After all, when the sun shines through, we feel rejuvenated and happier, don't you agree? And that's what I look forward to through the ice and snow of these days.

I've been really reflective lately (being indoors on cloudy days will do that to a person! HA!)and this challenge's timing gives me a chance to share some of that reflection through artwork and this blog, if you'll indulge me for a moment! With this card, the blue I used came from Basic Grey's Periphery paper (love this retired pad of paper!), which illustrates a swallow with its beak pointing up. That indicated to me the hope of a brighter day. Surrounding the main image are borders of bright, crisp white stamped with an EK Success border punch. The sentiment, from ODBD's set, "Scripture Collection I," was stamped on additional Periphery paper in SU Bordering Blue ink, and two antique brads from SU were applied. The image, the sentiment, and the butterflies were all popped up for dimension.

The heart stamp is called "Music of Love" by Stampendous. Here, I wanted to capture the idea of hope, which the heart represents, and the sweet songs of the bird. The Martha Stewart punch was used to punch the butterflies from more Perifery paper, and each butterfly has a body of small pearls. They were placed to indicate movement upward toward the sun (which I know is still there and will be peeking through very soon!), and, again, is my interpretation of hope for a "brighter" day! All of this, then, was mounted on 6x6 white cardstock.

Along, then, with hope for sunny days is the thought that God is always present through the storm and gray clouds of our lives. I think the poet and Quaker, John Greenleaf Whittier, expresses these thoughts well:

“I pray for faith, I long to trust; I listen with my heart, and hear A Voice without a sound: 'Be just, Be true, be merciful, revere The Word within thee: God is near! 'A light to sky and earth unknown Pales all their lights: a mightier force Than theirs the powers of Nature own, And, to its goal as at its source, His Spirit moves the Universe. 'Believe and trust. Through stars and suns, Through life and death, through soul and sense, His wise, paternal purpose runs; The darkness of His providence Is star-lit with benign intents.' O joy supreme! I know the Voice Like none beside on earth or sea; Yea, more, O soul of mine, rejoice, By all that He requires of me, I know what God himself must be.... I fear no more. The clouded face Of Nature smiles; through all her things Of time and space and sense I trace The moving of the Spirit’s wings, And hear the song of hope she sings.”

If you've read this far, God bless you for your stamina and thanks so much for indulging me in my reverie. Remember, Punxatawney Phil says Spring in six weeks! The sun is coming! Keep warm and have faith!!! :-)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cherished Valentine


I hope you're having a great day! It's cloudy (again) and freezing rain outside - very good day to be in stamping! Sorry for the header here - working on fixing that!

This card was completed for Joan's Gardens #2 weekly challenge (JG1311). The creation had to include a heart, bow, paper with a stripe, and some kind of embellishment.

The base of the card is Bazill; the floral paper is Anna Griffin, and the striped paper is from my stash. My embellishment is the label using Fancy Tags by Spellbinders; the heart and label are popped up. The ribbon is a beautiful brown satin by Offray. The sentiment was computer generated.

Well, we're expecting more snow, single-digit temps, and, I'm sure, more cloudy skies, so I plan on staying in and stamping and working on my craft room.

Hope you all have a great day! Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pretty Princess Birthday

Hi, all!

Thanks for checking in! It's nice and warm as long as I stay inside! The snow is beautiful - very gently falling on the woods, creating a gorgeous white wonderland out my back door.

Well, we just celebrated our twin granddaughters' 5th birthday. How excited they were and what a great feeling to have them so excited to see Mom-mom and Pop-pop (or was it the gifts we were bringing? HA!). Our family all had a fun, wonderful time with the kids. I love to hear my Olivia and Taylor laugh - their laugh, by all who know them, is so hearty and full of joy!

They love princesses, so I made them these stairstep cards for their birthdays.

The images were found online in a search for Disney princess clipart (sorry, not sure where - I searched for quite a while for the right images). Our girls have to have "the same, but different" (their words) things in everything they get - quite competitive little girls! So, as you can see, the clipart images are a bit different, but everything else on the cards is the same.

I love stairstep cards, but had only done one once before. I had great fun putting these together. The paper is a combination of SU dp and cardstock. The castle is a digital image from Squigglefly, and the gorgeous unicorn is a digital from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff found in her Pretty Princess set at As you may be able to see, the horses hooves, tail and mane as well as the flags on the castle are covered with diamond Stickles. The castle and the white in the horse's tail/mane were colored with Prismacolor pencils. The blue SU cs under the castle was embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.

The sentiment was created by me in Word, punched with an SU oval punch, and mounted on SU cardstock. The crown is a brad from Creative Imaginations that I purchased at Michael's.

I am submitting Olivia's card to the Squigglefly's SFC8o "Put Your Heart Into It" challenge.

Have a great day!