Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Are you thankful?

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.

I try to share the best of me through my crafts, mostly my greetings to my family and friends. I try to put a bit of myself into every card I make. Here are a few of my most recent creations. Sometimes I have a specific recipient in mind and at other times it's a holiday I'm thinking of or just a state of mind. I'm dabbling with watercolor and just love that medium.

This card was made with items from the Simon Says Stamp November card kit. It's actually for Easter as is the one below.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pacific Storms

A high wind warning is out for most of western Washington this afternoon, just the first in a series of storms expected to pound us with wind and rain for a few days. Nice weather to hunker down inside and craft like crazy.
I have been working on cards and scrapbooks - always trying to keep ahead of holidays and birthdays and the unexpected occasion that pops up. Our family had a wedding(an elopement) sneak up on us lately. I had to hurry up and create a card for the adventurous couple.

This is the card I made for them - not conventional, but neither are they.

This one is a fall birthday card for one of my grandsons.

I played with my Minc foiling to make this Christmas card. I used both the mirror foil and the glittering foil for this card. I'm still learning the secrets of foiling and not positive of my results all the time but I'm okay with this one. You can't go wrong with red.

Maybe I'll have more to post after the storms!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017


November comes
      And November goes,
      With the last red berries
      And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
      And dawn coming late,
      And ice in the bucket
      And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
      And the kettles sing,
      And earth sinks to rest
      Until next spring.
~Elizabeth Coatsworth 

  November is here and with it the time for remembering the things that deserve the most gratitude. It is the season for enjoying the fullness of life and sharing the bounty of the harvest with others. 

I have been working on Thanksgiving cards again. The beautiful images on my cards are free printable images I found online and adapted for use on my greetings. I downloaded the images and printed them on cardstock.  Using various dies I cut the images, Choosing the background papers was probably the hardest decisions I made - just wanted to do justice to the lovely images.  My embellishments are simple - ribbon, fiber string, pearls and a few dazzles stickers. Hoping my recipients will enjoy them.

Monday, October 30, 2017


Just round about midnight on that All Hallows Eve

I felt something tugging on my jammie sleeve.

I woke up quite slowly, my vision was blurred 

And that’s when I heard what I heard what I heard. 

I bolted back under my blankets and sheet. 

Curled up my legs and drew up my feet. 

I lay there in darkness my eyes open wide

When I felt that same tugging now at my side.

I rolled away quickly from that haunting touch

Rolling quite frenzied, I rolled way too much.

Off of the bed then I fell with a thump

Hitting the floor and my head with a bump.

Rolled up like a sausage in a pancake vice

I tried to stand up not just one time but twice

But before I could get my feet firm on the floor 

I heard the slow groan of an old creaking door.

"Cre- creak" said the door as it slowly swung wide

I hopped about looking for someplace to hide.

"Creeeea-creak" the door said, ever louder it grew

As I managed to hide behind drapes that I drew.

The light from the window begged me to look

Urged like the ending to some scary book.

My arms were quite useless there bound to my side

So I tilted my head for a view from my hide.

The room looked so eerie in the filtered moonlight

And I shook from the fear on that Halloween night.

The fear of not knowing what might be ahead

And that’s when I felt a light touch on my head.

I screamed with the scream of a frightened tom cat!

I didn’t know screaming could sound quite like that.

I screamed such a scream it rang both my ears

A blood curdling scream brought on by my fears.

And that is precisely when I awoke from my dream. 

I woke the cat, too, with my ear splitting scream.

He rubbed up against me. “Don’t worry.” He purred.

I was the sound that you heard that you heard.

Well I don’t have a cat, so that was odd don’t you see?

And he sat there his green eyes just glowing at me.

His black fur was all fuzzed and standing upright

As he arched up his back, in a Halloween sight.

I’ll never forget the silhouette of that cat.

Or the glint of his teeth as he smiled like that. 

And I’m not one for whining or pouting and such

But I don’t really like Halloween all that much.

MaryEllen shared this on her blog - just love it and had to pass it on. Happy Halloween. 

Here's a card featuring a Mary Ellen image.