Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CASology 29

So sorry to be away for so long. As I mentioned to Darnell, there's a tad-bit of challenge withdrawal going on and when I saw CASology's newest, I knew I had a card in my stash with which to play! The cue word this week is "game", and in my opinion this card fits the bill. Apologies to all the bowlers out there, (Sue and Dad) it is a sport, but it's also a game. I will have a teeny announcement coming up this weekend so do come back for another visit....

Those of you who know my style, know that I am a fan of white space. Well there's lots of that here:

The lighting wasn't quite what I wanted, but I had to go with it. Bazzill cardstock, SU inks, and TAWS stamps. I left the ball uncolored. Tried it with patterned paper and coloring, but just made the whole thing really bottom heavy. Happy Dances everyone.

Monday, January 21, 2013


I've been AWOL. (absent without leave...military term. air force brat. sorry) There are just not enough hours in a day since I've been working extra hours at the museum. It's hard to work very part time, then go to full time days when you're not used to it. Two more weeks of crazy hours. And my weekends have been busy too. With another busy one coming up! All I've had time to do as far as blogging goes, is to sneak peeks at those I follow without leaving comments. So many pretty creations from you ladies out there, and I promise that I will get back on track soon. Just know that I'm impressed and inspired by what you've done.

I wanted to play with Paulina's 10 Minute Craft Dash. If you haven't tried it, you really should! It sounds alot harder than it really is. Get your creation "made" in your head, gather your supplies, and go like mad! Often, I do a test card. If it turns out well enough, I make sure my supplies are ready then I make a real card. Sometimes, it needs a little tweaking, so then it's another sample. Today's card needed a little tweaking. It was hard to line up the stamps, but once I practiced, and got in the groove, it went much faster. This took 9 minutes 46 seconds to make. Really. Head on over to the 10MCD and play. Since I was last month's winner, Paulina let me help choose the colors for the current Dash. I wanted pink and green for the coming spring, and gray for the January days we're in right now. You really need to go over and see what amazing creations have been posted, and all made in less than 10 minutes!


First I lined up my supplies. Cut and folded white SU card stock. Cut Bazzill pink card stock 3" by 51/2", 
stamped with an SU stamp (Bliss) using Memento London fog then attached to base. Stamped "happy birthday" from PTI's Birthday Basics set in the same gray ink. Slipped a slide onto skinny white ribbon, then attached it to a wider piece of green SU ribbon, then stuck them to the card. That's it. It looks better IRL. Happy dances everyone.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blessed Anniversary

Happy 43rd Anniversary to Darnell and her "Mister"!!!  I'm so glad that she was surprised by her friends, especially Ardyth over at MASKerade, whose idea it was that we "send" cards! Stop by Ardyth's blog and check out all the cards and the wedding photos. Head over to Darnell's to offer your congratulations! So, with that, a toast. Raise your coffee cups today in honor of Darnell and Kevin:

To the bride & groom. May they have another 43 years of love and laughter!

And this was Paul and I on April 8th, 1978. A cold, blustery day filled with promise.

He passed away nearly 23 years ago. God blessed our life together, and watched over me afterwards. This July, I will have another wedding photo to post. John and I will celebrate 20 years.

Monday, January 14, 2013


Sometimes when you're travelling around blogland, and specifically stopping at challenge blogs, sometimes don't you just fall in love with a layout or a set of colors?! Happens to me all the time, and for the last few days I have been stopping, staring, loving, leaving, going back, staring, loving the colors over at the Play Date Cafe. I'll show you in a sec., if you haven't already seen them. Then the design came to me and I was off and running.

Inspiration city in this photograph, and the colors are waaaaayyyy fun. Here's what I made:

A bit unorthodox, even for me, but I'll admit it's kind fun. 

All Bazzill cardstock, expcept the white which is SU. PTI stamp and Colorbox ink. Really easy technique, punched circles and punched bits of circles. This would work for so many colors. Let me know if it's worth trying again in another color...Happy Dances everyone.

Saturday, January 12, 2013


Am trying to find more energy, though most of it has stayed at work, and I'm also trying to get the dust, mold, and bits of ancient paper out of my lungs. Have been working in the archives, and in moving hundreds of linear feet of photos, vertical files, and objects, my lungs have decided to protest. Didn't go in today, and will stay home Monday in hopes that things will settle a bit. Did want to play in the craft room today for at least a little while. Came up with a card that DH can send to a fellow historian out in Callie. It will go into CAS-ual Fridays and into CAS(E) this Sketch!

The rules at CFC are to make a card that celebrates an accomplishment, and uses at least one circle. Over at CTS, the sketch is really simple and elegant.  My circles are the blings, and the circular repetition of congratulations.


Here's my take:

Not one stamped image (what's wrong with me???!!!) And my own handwriting. Jen S., dear friend, you are always encouraging me to journal more in my scrapbooking, and I'm always telling you I hate my handwriting, yet you have given me a wee bit 'o courage to try. Probably will never happen again.... I didn't make the swirly-Q my own self, nope, I used a Bazzill Basics template, made the little dots, and connected the dots with "congratulations" following the pattern.  Added 3 black blings from Want 2 Scrap, and that's it. All on SU white cardstock (from Jen for Christmas---what a good friend!!). So there you have it. And may I  encourage everyone out there to do a little happy dance just for the fun of it!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A day off

Somewhat unexpectedly, I have today off. I can put away some/most of the Christmas decorations, do the grocery shopping, laundry...well, you get the idea. Yesterday was a day of Church (love going to church!), and a bit of time in the craft room. I managed to get a card made for two challenges: Less Is More #101, and CAS-ual Fridays. I still have a few more thank you notes to write, so this card will come in handy.

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Here 'tis:

Lots and lots of white space (sigh), which I love. This was a pretty easy/fast one to make. The most time consuming part was scoring the white cardstock. Being dyslexic, it's very difficult for me to do certain things, and measuring has never been my forte. My dear friend Jen gave me SU white cardstock, and new SU black ink, used here. This is an older SU stamp which I masked off. Black and turquoise Bazzill cardstock, random black sheerish ribbon, and a ribbon slide and brads from Scrapworks. I find the more I look at it, the more I like it. Hope you do too. Happy Dances everyone.

Oh and btw, the incredible DT chose my daisy card as one of their Top 3 over at Unscripted Sketches! I was totally surprised! Humbled and honored to have been chosen, and absolutely thrilled. Thanks!

Friday, January 4, 2013

quick friday

I had made two cards on New Years Day, but didn't want to post them both at the same time. I'm immersed in 2-dimensional artifacts at the museum and will be all month long. It's hard work, but totally fun. Anyway, I thought if I made two cards for one challenge, I could post one at a later date. It's later, and I need to feed my card addiction. I know you know exactly what I mean... ; )

So CASology, here I come again:

I used all Bazzill cardstock. SU ink. Computer generated font, Paper Smooches Eco Friendly stamp, and a bitty heart bling from K&Company. Cut the envelope out on my Cricut and inked its edges a teensy. Pretty easy, and kinda cute if I do say so myself. I can think of several granddaughters who would like this....So for now, gotta get moving. Happy dancing.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

GO BADGERS!!!!!!!!

Happy Rose Bowl (I hope!). When one lives in Wisconsin, one cheers for the home teams. My youngest is a Udub grad, both undergrad and med school, and liked it so much there that he and his family stayed. His 2, 4, & 6 year olds are huge Badger fans -- it's really cute. At the last Badger basketball home game, Chris took the two oldest kids, and he's got them on FB high-fiving the players after their big win. So cute.

For today, I've happily spent it thus far crafting away. Might not get many chances this month... I love playing along at CASology. This week's cue card is:

Didn't want to do 'New Year', and instead got my little bit o' funny out. Here's the sass:

Tickles me, and I love that cow. 
Black and white Bazzill cardstock. StazOn black ink, SU green, black and pink markers, computer generated font. Fun, fast and easy. Happy dancin' (sure looks like the cow is doing some fancy footwork to me!) and Go Badgers.