Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Loving my Cricut Explore!

I've had my Cricut Explore for almost two years, but have rarely used it.  It's just not something that enters my mind.  I even forget I have it.  I'm so use to doing digital scrapping now, and have recently gotten into coloring, and cardmaking using watercolor pencils & stamps, that that was my main focus.  I really love using watercoloring in my card making, however, buying stamps can get quite expensive.  There had to be a better solution, and there was.  My Cricut!  Why oh why haven't I been using this wondrous machine?  I made two Father's Day cards with it; one for my husband, and one for my father-in-law.  I am becoming a new fan of this machine!  My next goal is to tackle a vinyl project!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wes, Mickey & the Skylanders!

My oldest grandchild, my sweet little Wesley, turned 5 years old on June 7th!

At only 5 years old, Wes is a true gamer!  Right now Skylanders are his fav!

One happy little boy!
All birthday cards were created by me with the help of my Cricut Explore!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Home Sweet Home

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

Stampendous' Seed Catalog Stamp, Towbow Brush Markers, Ranger Distress Inks & Distress Glitter. Graphic 45 background paper "Home Sweet Home"

Monday, May 15, 2017

50 Years of Love & Counting

Love Anniversary Card
CTMH My Acrylix Stamp Sets Smitten & The Giving Hand
Anna Griffin Clear Cling Stamp Set purchased from HSN many moons ago
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
Water Pen Brush
Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Saturday, May 13th, 2017, was my mother & father-in-law's 50th wedding anniversary.  What a special day for them.  We weren't able to have a big celebration, as my father-in-law has been very ill recently, and is regaining his strength in a subacute rehab facility at this time, so we brought the celebration to them!

Happy 50th Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Beautiful & delicious anniverary cake by our local Shop Rite market!

My husband, and his sister, with their mom & dad!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thinking of You...Hidden Lane

I changed this Penny Black "Hidden Lane" stamp into a water scene.  I think I've found my new passion, stamp & water color card making!


Penny Black Stamps- Hidden Lane
Inklings Shimmering Watercolors
Tombow Art Pens Dual Brush Markers
Ranger Distress Ink Pads
Tsukineko-Memento Dew Drops Dye Inkpads

Versamark Ink Pad
Generic Watercolor Set

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Bye Bye Dandelion

The Crayola Custom 64 Crayon Box
Color # 1: Dandelion
Color # 2: White
Color # 3: White
Color # 4: Dandelion
In Stock

So yesterday I broke down, and for only $12.99, I ordered myself a custom box of Crayola crayons!  Did you know you could do this?  I only found out recently.  What a great idea!  Now some of you may be wondering why would one need to order custom crayon colors.  Well, if you do colored tinted stitchery, you know what I'm talking about!

I'm a huge fan of Crabapple Hill Studio, & Meg Hawkey embroidery & quilt designs.  Right now I'm working on "Dance by the Light of the Moon", a whimsical Halloween design.  I think I own at least six or seven of Meg's patterns, and seriously, I want them all!  

Per Meg Hawkey's instructions, "All areas to be tinted with crayon must be colored with white crayon before applying the colored tinting.  This smooths the fabric surface and helps the colors blend more easily".  Let me tell you, you can go through quite a bit of white crayon!  As far as the dandelion color goes, it is a great color that works well with all Crabapple Hill Patterns, but especially the fall & Halloween patterns.  Crayola has recently retired the Dandelion color, so hence, the stockpiling of it before it's gone forever from Crayola's warehouses.  

Right now I'm working on the first panel of "Dance by the Light of the Moon".  This is such a fun pattern!