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I have been married to the same guy for a LONG time ! We have 3 grown children and the 5 loves of our lives that they have given us ... 4 girls and one boy ! I have been crafting all my life and found my true addiction when I taught myself to use Copic Markers and introduced them into my card making ! I am NOT certified in the use of Copics but that doesn't stop me from creating with them ! I always been a bit of a crafting rebel and don't follow directions well !I love crafting with my hands and seldom will you find them idle as they usually have a crochet hook , knitting needles or a book in them . Exercise is not my strong suit ! LOL ! My husband and I also love camping in our RV ( weather permitting ... as in NO snow !) so most weekends from Spring to Fall you find us camped somewhere with our 3 Yorkies .... though don't tell them they aren't BIG dogs ! Hope you enjoy my little touch of my life .... the creative and the real life !

Sunday, February 27, 2011

snowy weekend ... great time to play !

This is what we have had coming down all weekend ..........

Looking out my front window which is about 7' off the ground . The grader had just done a run down tthe road ....
Looking out my bedroom window ........ that is my 4' retaining wall you now can not see .... thank heavens we had a January melt and lost about 2-3' of snowpack !!!

It is a snowy weekend .... a good time to create and a good time to wish Spring was here !!! Creating these cards helped though !

The first card is being entered into SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY that was made with another awesome sketch by Arlana . It can be found HERE  . Here is my take on the sketch

And this card is being entered over on  JUST MAGNOLIA - Hangler Sketch challenge 95  ... a sketch challenge from Mina found HERE . And  here is my take on this sketch !

Have a great week , happy creating and hopefully you are seeing SPRING where you live !

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dang .........................

I am just sitting here thinking ....................
 When the Hell is Spring coming ?

We are sitting at -20 C right now with an Arctic front hitting us  with nasty winds . The temperature with the windchill is supposed to drop to around - 35 to -42 C  tonight ..................................

 I am whining ................. I am cold , I am tired of winter !!! Enough already !!!! And I want to remember this night when I am whining because it is too HOT this summer ( if it EVER gets here !!! )

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Arlana has another fabulous sketch posted for week 89 on Sweet Skeych Wednesday Blog found here . This is her fabulous sketch

And here is my card ! I just love Tilda with tiny bows on the vintage sofa ( both from Magnolia ) . I masked Tilda and then stamped the couch . My flower is from Tim Holtz Tattered flower die and I used matching DP and netting with a backing of Webster's Pages pleated ribbon with bead spray  with a small prima flower colored with Copic to match and a gem brad to hold it all together. The glittery metal ribbon is also from Webster's Pages ,

Hop on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and come play ! Happy creating !

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Outlawz Color challenge

 Today was a day to just sit and play as DH was sitting watching hockey for the most part ........ and he watched it ALL evening so I went back in my room and made this card for The Outlawz Color Challenge which is found here . I found all the challenges are just that a challenge but I have stepped outside of my comfort zone and done some fun and different things for me . This card is WAY different from what I would normally make ........ and the paper is WHITE but shows tan for some reason  ( could be because of the light I am using tonight ) . Here is my card

The belt is leather that was on a card of ribbon by Bo Bunny and I wasn't sure what I was going to use it for ! I figured it out .... and the BUCKLE is a ribbon slide I have in my stash forever with the brads ! It was a good day today as I used a lot of my old stash ( I will never run out of old stash though ! ) Come join the fun over on The Outlawz  !

Sketch challenge for western Theme Te Outlawz

 Here is a card done for The Outlawz Western week Sketch challenge found here . My take is even chickens and little girls are a part of the West ... after all they help feed all those cowboys ! LOL !

Come join the fun ... you still have time and there are some great prizes up for grabs !!!

The Outlawz - Prismas and other mediums challenge

This week the challenge is WESTERN on the Outlawz and the challenge is actually ANYTHING GOES - Western optional . The fun is there will be prizes at the end of each week ( we have a week to do the challenge ) . To check this challenge out go here . we are allowed to enter 3 cards in each challenge which was posted daily . I actually did manage to get 3 cards done for here ... and I used the sketch challenge as well but being we could only enter a card in one of the challenge I have chose this one for these and will work on the sketch challenge later .

here are my cards

I used heat embossing and I feel a moose is part of the West being we live in the west and often have these swamp dogs walking through our area !

I used watercolored pencils and a blender pen for these two cards !

Come join the fun !!!!

The outlaws ..... Color challenge

The OUTLAWZ color change for the WESTERN week is to take the color of a red bandana and incorporate it somehow into your card  and use a westen icon .....

Here is mine

My icon is supposed to be a lasso !

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Outlawz Birthday challenge

 I finally got a card done to enter into the OUTLAWZ Birthday Challenge found here and I have to say , this challenge week has become just that ... a challenge as I have NO western themed stamps but I did come across a stamped image  that will work for this card .....

So come play all week as there are some awesome prizes up for grabs !

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sketch Saturday # 142

I used this sketch from Sketch Saturday challenge blog  found here to make this card for my Granddaughter #3 whom tirns 9 at the end of the month !

I also entered the card over on THE OUTLAWS challenge blog for two different challenges .... color ( Poppy , turquoise , white with lace or ribbon ) and the Copic challenge ( shading ) . I just received this awesome paper by Memeory Box called Brioche which is so bright and vibrant .
Here is my take on all the challenges !

Thanks for looking and happy creating everybody ! Come join in the fun on all the challenge blogs !

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day !

 WOW ! Where has the year gone ? Another Valentine's Day is upon us ! Some people think Valentine's Day has become too commercialized and we shouldn't celebrate on any given day ....... Well my take may be a bit  different as I am " old school " and after 38 years of being with the same " guy " I think Valentine's Day is a wonderful day ( plus the fact I get totally spoiled by my " man " ) LOL !

 Each year I give thanks for finding the love of my life and believe me if you notice the name of my blog you will understand that this has been a very rough road to get to this many years together . I was 18 when I met my DH and we were married within 6 months .......... 3 kids later and 5 grandkids and 38 years behind us . Life has been about living pay cheque to pay cheque and raising our family ...... accepting things we can not change and learning how to deal with what has been thrown at us . But through it all , we have stuck together , worked on the problems and learned how to " not sweat the small stuff " . Love doesn't make life easier or pay the bills but it does give you that warm fuzzy feeling when you know you have a shoulder and a warm body to lean on through thick and thin ........... you know , all those things those wedding vows talked about . It isn't about declaring our love every 5 minutes but knowing it is there without asking ... it is a feeling , it is life , it is LOVE !!

for my love ........ for all eternity !

Happy Valentine's Day everybody !!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Come join the FUN !!!

 If you have been following my blog or just dropping in on occasion , you will know that I have had a lot of fun with THE OUTLAWS found here at http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/   Come join in the fun starting February 13th for some prizes and join in the challenges !

 Hope to see you there !

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Blog Candy from Karen Howard

Karen Howard from Feline Creative is offering awesome blog candy found here

and this is what she is offering ! Come join the fun !

She also has a list of everything she is giving away ! So generous ! Thanks Karen and your blog is really great too !!!

The result of being housebound ...................

 My cold is almost gone , the snow is holding off for the day and even the temperature is livable for now ( -6 C ) ......... and I have a very sick husband ! Just a flare-up for Crohn's Disease but this one has laid him flat for a number of days . Well when I start feeling housebound with a sick husband , I find I do one of 2 things ..... overeat or go to my room and create .............. ( aside from getting extremely cranky ! LOL ) . I have managed to hide in my room a LOT for the past few days and am managing to get a few cards made . I am also making a LOT of homemade soups this week ! A couple servings fresh out of the pot and then the rest in the freezer ! I love that !!!

Here are a couple of the cards I have made that may or may not have been added to a challenge blog somewhere !

This is a Hangler image and I do believe I added it to The Outlawz challenge of other mediums then Copic markers . I actually dusted off my watercolor pencils and blender pen to do this one ! The paper is BG Hopscoth and the swirls are a die from Maryanne Designs out of the UK .... everything else is from my stash .

And here is something a little different from me for the CAS ( Clean and Simple ) challenge on The Outlawz

I actually used a Tattered Angel tree mask then used my Tim Holtz blending tool and brown Momento ink to creat this image ..... added a touch of white Sakura Gell pen for effect . The sentiment is by Verve` Stamps . I love their sentiments . Again , I just lightly used my blendinf tool with the Nestie die still in place . Pearls are by Kaiser Craft .....

And this card was made for something .... can't remember what though ! LOL !

Oh yeah , it was for the sketch challenge over on The Outlawz ! LOL !

 Expect to see a couple more cards from me in the next few days as it could be a longggggggg week .... especally being we are expecting MORE snow after the 10" we got dumped on the weekend ( and that is to add to the 3.5' we already have - and that was after our January thaw ! Bleck winter can just leave now ! LOL )

Enjoy your week and happy creating ! 

Tilda with a Balloon

 Magnolia's Tilda was the perfect choice to use on a multi-challenge card that I made today . With DH home ill I have had lots of time to play .

I am entering her here on The Outlawz Birthday challenge which is to make a birthday card with sentiment and wings or butterflies . I found these Heidi Swapp felt butterflies on my Clip-It Up ( and who knows how long they have been hanging on it ! LOL ) I then covered the butterflies with Stardust Stickles .

 Arlanda over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday #88 has the perfect sketch found here

And I am also entering it to Just Magnolia - Hangler Challenge Blog  #92 Anything Goes - with ribbons found here

And here is my card !

I used Kaiser Craft Candy Lane paper , ribbon , flower , twine  and pearls from my stash ! Tilda is colored with Copic markers and is highlighted with Stardust Stickles and the balloon is covered with Martha Steward glittter ( thanks Eulanda for the bottle ! ) . Sentiment is by Verve`

Come join all these great challenge blogs and have fun creating !

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Just playing ......

I saw the cutest little mailbox up at Michael's one day while shopping so thought I should buy it  ! Of course when I got home , I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with it until I saw saw Jacque's mailbox that she posted HERE .  I have to admit , I just had to scarplift this ( with some of my own twists as I never follow directions completely ...... teehee  ! I just call it creative license and entend a thank you to Jacque for her amazing inspiration ! )

Here is my mailbox ......... not sure which member of my family may get it but I am sure somebody will claim it :-)

I am also going to add this to the OUTLAWZ challenge for Friday Copic / Promarker challenge " Favorite technique " as I used the masking technique to get Tilda in the window and she is colored with  Copics .

Well off to my room to play as DH is going to watch the Super Bowl and I am using THAT as an excuse to hide all afternoon ( besides , then I don't have to watch the snow coming down outside again ......... )

Have a great day , enjoy the game if you are watching and Happy creating !!!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Pretty Pressing Blog candy

Did you see this awesome blog candy that Claudia is offering on her site ?

Follow this LINK and join in the fun .......   http://rosaswelt.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 04, 2011

Jacque's Blue Sweet Stuff

 Jacque is offered another very generous piece of blog candy over on her blog found here . This is what she is offering ....... YUMMY BLUE STUFF !

And if you keep following her then you will find out she is super generous as she has a few more baskets that she will be giving away !  Plus , if you look through her blog you will find some of the most amazing cards and projects !

I LOVE Jacque !!! ( and thanks Jacque for being  so awesome ! )

My friend  ANONOMYS ( Hey Lisa , I know who you are ! LOL ) just pointed out I don't have a direct link ( well if you scroll down after clicking on the colored  " here " above it will take you there ) but here is the direct link ...... http://jacquesmagnolias.blogspot.com/2011/02/challenge-winner-and-sweet-stuff.html

Good luck !

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Two Posts in one day ....... and a card !

 Well today just felt like it should be an inside day as the snow was coming down in big , wet flakes . I had nowhere pressing to go so just stayed home and caught up on some much needed housework . Those dustbunnies were starting to multiply and I figured I would have a mutiny on my hands if something didn't get done about them ! I also found a lot of time to sit in my room and do some coloring and put together a card . This one went together quickly thanks to these 2 challenges ! I used the sketch challenge  from Arlana over on Sweet Sketch Wednesday #87 found here .
This is the sketch I used

A combined it with the Color Challenge over on THE OUTLAWZ  found here
using Celadon ( green ) , Lavender and White ... include polka dots .......

here is my take this week on both challenges . I dug deep in my stash of patterned papers for these papers !

Copic markers , Magnolia's Tilda with Big Bow , Making Memories patterned Paper  ,Peggy's Pretties , SU cardstock , large brad , ribbon  and flowers all from stash .... and a Ellen Hutson paper doily with a Nesties diecut finish my card .

Come on over to these blogs and join in the fun !

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DRUNKEN STAMPERS .... this card is for you !

A little on the fussy side !

 I took days to get this card done for some reason .......... so I thought I should enter it for a few challenges ! Usually I try to do each challenge separately but lately I have found how fun it is to combined challenges ... and they become just that - a challenge !

Here is my take on these challenge blogs . I chose to do an easle card

These are the challenges I chose to enter the card into

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + flowers  ( found here )

Magnolia Stamp  Lovers Glitter challenge ( found here

Totally Tilda Week 15 -  Tilda with lots of Hearts      ( found here)  ( the challenge was to use 3 different hearts , I used heart bling , heart ribbon slide and heart doily )

The Outlawz - Copic Challenge - Anything goes  ( found here ) .... LOTS of copic work on this card !

Thanks for looking and Happy creating ! Come join in the fun on these challenge blogs and help beat the winter blues !

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Happy 1ST Birthday ................

DRUNKEN STAMPERS ! Seems hard to believe it was over a year ago when Peggy approached me to join the design team for a new challenge blog ! I was thrilled to be asked but I would only join under the stipulation that I would only being on their team for 3 months . We are avid campers and come green grass and no snow , we love nothing better then to take off in our RV for a weekend or weeks . The 3 months I was on the DT was a lot of fun and also one of self-discovery . I discovered that I could make any deadline and do any challenge as long as it was to be my interpretation ............. and DS is great for that ! However , I also made a HUGE discovery about myself ..... I am not one that likes to feel pressure when I create ... I " freeze like a deer in the headlights " ! So although I don't take part in every challenge on DS , I do love to see what the challenge is and what everybody is creating .

 Happy Birthday Drunken Stampers ( found here ) and I hope you all have a long run to fame and fortune :-) ...... but mostly HAPPY CREATING and thanks for all the inspiration your challenge blog brings !