Friday, October 2, 2009

Jonathan's 21st Birthday Card....

Just wanted to share with you Jonathan's 21st Birthday Card. It is hard to believe that my baby is 21!! I guess he is a grown man! I hope everyone enjoys the card.

P.S. Thank God I recounted my candles...I added another after I realized I was one candle short...after it was scanned!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thrilled to place order today!

I was thrilled to see this Fall & Winter Whimsy set become available!! I will be ordering it tonight! I love the set! I can't wait to make some great falls cards with them and I plan on making my Christmas cards to send to Germany with the stamp in the lower right corner!! I was overjoyed to see this stamp, it reminded me of the old world Germany Christmas cards that my grandfather would receive from his family in Germany when I was a child! I love when little things in life that bring back great memories! I am looking forward to sharing some great cards with you from this set this fall and Christmas season!

Another elegant but simple Chirstmas card.

Thinking about making some Christmas cards? I usually have a few designs I create for my holiday season. Here is another easy card that is still very elegant. When looking to add some extra details to your card...look around to what you have available. I grabbed my photo corner punch to add the contrasting photo corners to this card. I also added some glitter pen in sliver that does not show up well after being scanned, but shines nicely in person! If you don't have glitter pens you can always grab a bottle of stickles to add some sparkle!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Keeping holiday cards simple but elegant...

When working on holiday cards sometime simple is the way to go! Most of us send out numerous cards to family and friends; keep in mind when creating your seanonal holiday card you should keep them simple but elegant! Above is a sample of a elegant but easy card. I chose to TAC's train collage. I also used TAC's Reese Paper Collection.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hoppy Everything!!

Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy days! For the last few months my life has been consumed with my son's illness. I would like to thank all of you that sent kind words and prayers our way. Jonathan is still dealing with his illness. He is doing much better and was allowed to return to school this fall. We are all very thankful for doctors who just kept on moving forward each time a treatment did not work for him. I am grateful that they were able to find a treatment that is working and hopefully someday soon his body will be free of the virus that is causing the attack on his platelets. Last week was the first time he did not get an injection and I keep praying that his treatment will be over soon.

I need to apologize to all of you for not keeping my blog updated weekly. During this time my creativity was drained! I just was unable to open my mind to my artist side. I am looking forward to getting my blog up and going again. I hope that I will be able to share my love for paper crafting with everyone!

This card is dedicated to my son. Even if he is turning twenty-one this September he will always be my little boy and will always have special way of making me happy!

I use a wonderful TAC set call Summer Boys Summer Boys,

I also used a great paper collection called Kaleidoscope Boyz.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Life has been crazy!!

Hi everyone!

Life has been crazy here. My son came home from college last month. We still are putting away his belongings. Once again I can brag...he got his grades and he got straight A's....he is a wonderful student....he works hard and I know he will reach his goals of being a dentist! Today is his first day volunteering in a dental office. I am looking forward to those free implants! If him coming home isn't enough...Beth has been getting ready to go to Germany...and guess who is running around making sure she has everything together! Ya, that would be me! She will be leaving June 10th...only days away, I am so excited for her! Beth has finals this week and the first part of next week, I don't know how she will keep her mind on her studies..but I know she will! Beth is also a wonderful student, she always makes me proud!! I have been bless with two wonderful kids!

So, with everything going on my blog got backseat! Sorry, hopefully life will get a little slower once Beth is off.

I have taught a few senior classes with my wonderful group in Park Ridge the last few weeks and I wanted to share some of the cards that we did. My gals in group are very inspiring! We have started a Christmas card each time we meet, this way they will have a few stashed away and ready for Christmas. The Christmas cards that we are working on are fast and easy...this way they can take the design home and make some more! Above are a few of the cards that we worked on! I hope you enjoy them!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

After sleep on it....I made changes!

Well, I did post that card below yesterday. I reposted it today...made some sizing changes to it today and reposted it! Then I went off to sleep....and my mind still was on the card I just posted. My thoughts...did I make her legs purple...then I thought ... I think I was making that area a cluff of the pants. Well, then this morning when I woke up at 4:56 AM.... I woke thinking, maybe I should have paper piece the outfit. So, I grabbed a cup of coffee and when downstairs...and this is the idea I had in my head when I woke up! Which one do you like better?

Surprise!! A card!!

Here is a card made using Hello Sunshine. This set is on special this month! I also used TAC Uptown Girl paper and a few emblishments that I had stored.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Looking forward to next week....

Next week I will be featuring our May special and our vintage set!! It will be a thrilling week! I can't wait till Monday comes to see which set is featured...ready, set, create...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Spring Showers

This is a card that I just put together for a friend. I bought this stamp with her in mind!! I hope she will enjoy it, she is a teddy bear lover! The stamp is from a local craft shop and the papers are from TAC. I used one of my favorite papers, but I think it may be sad!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

National Scrapbook Day

This week Paper Wings is celebrating National Scrapbook Day all week!! How great is that! Some wonderful members have put together a week of fun for all of us! Everyday we are getting different scrapbooking inspirations and each day we can join in the fun! I set time aside to enjoy the event and above are two of my layouts. Sorry that the picture are not the best...I scanned them because I really did not have time to set up the camera and background. Once I get a chance I will take pictures and update the post! I hope you enjoy the pages!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Playing in the studio.....

Taking time to play and try new techniques has to be my favorite time! Since getting things together after the flood I have not had the chance to enjoy that special time until last week! Last week I was playing with the oil slick technique and tweaking it a bit and this is what I came up with... I hope you enjoy it!

I used acetate instead of glossy paper to do the oil slick technique and I put some of the stamped images below and some above the acetate. I used two cute sets that will be discontinue this season they are; Something's Fishy and Treaser Seekers.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A little note to send some cheer....

This card was a little card I put together to send a cheerful greeting to my cousin Cindy. I wanted to add a little smile to her face, so I colored the little girl to look like Cindy's granddaughter/ I used one of my favorite papers....Miss Moxie and TAC's Dear Friend stamp set.

Friday, April 10, 2009


These are a few pictures from the Grand Canyon and of ... my daughter! I will post more in a few days, I am tired! To me these pictures still seem make believe! The Grand Canyon are so amazing!

Vacation update!

Well, vacation was wonderful....did not want to come home but we got home last night. Ya, it was a bad joke to get off the plane to find weather in the 40's!
The Grand Canyon was awesome and we had a superb time in Arizona! Tonight I will post some pictures...for now it is off to work! Oh, I did get to go to an awesome stamp store!! More later...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

On Spring Break...

This is a first for both Beth (my daughter) and I, we are going on a spring break vacation together! Yes, it is a mother and daughter get away! I will be back just before Easter and will share some our adventures when I return! Looking forward to sunshine and not hearing an alarm clock!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Simply Wonderful!

I received a comment from Patti J who sent me a note about a card she
posted on her blog. I think I inspired her to challenge herself and the
out come was wonderful. If you have a minute please check out the card is the one
the Visa lady. Anyone that knows me knows that I save all my scraps.
I always try to pick thru them before pulling out a new sheet of paper!
Anyway, Patti used her scraps and designed an awesome card! Great job!
It is always a thrill to inspire someone! Thank you, you made my day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just another Birthday sample!

Birthday cards are something everyone needs throughout the year! Here is a Birthday card that I had fun creating! I used misc paper (I think from Hobby Lobby) and The Angel Company's Marvelous Mottos.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Welcome to my studio!!

This is part of my view of my studio from my work area.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Two different views of my stamps, ribbon tree and area for punches.

This is just a little sitting area and to the right is some element storage, books and other items.

This is some of my work area. In the background are my storage drawers....that is my OMG wall as one of my girlfriend call it!

This is the area that my other half had added to my studio. I don't know were I would have put all my stuff if I did not have this little addition!

This is a close up of my work area.

Here is some of my storage area near my work area.

This is my button and small element least some of it!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my tour of my studio! I know I have a lot of stuff, I have been teaching in the Chicago land area for about the last 5 years now! My newest goal is to teach more in my home studio. I love doing what I do and I am thrilled to have my studio to share with others! If any of my fellow Angels find themselves in Chicago, call and set up a "play date"!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Quick card for a dear friend!

Just a fast card for a dear friend! I used TAC's Hoppity Skippity to make this simple and sweet card!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What fun, a surprise in the mail!

One of my sister Angels found this idea while blog hopping and I thought it would be fun!! So here it goes...

The first 5 people to respond to this post will get something made by me! Could be a card with which I am really pleased, a pin I made, a doodle or something else all together LOL! My choice!

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make although I hope you do!
2. What I create will be made with you in mind so you won't get something I already made unless I think it suits you to a T.
3. It'll be done sometime within the next 2 months.
4. You have no clue what it's going to be.
5. The catch is that you must offer this blog candy on your blog! Re-post this on your blog, offer something you make - your choice - to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog (then come here and post). Oh wait make that the first 4 people cause I am #1 {giggle}

Yep be sure to add my name to the #1 line on your blog post - I am the first participant and I am already offering to share. When you create your give-away you will be the #1 spot for players 2-5 on your list. The first 4 people to post this on their blogs and leave a comment here telling me they did (I will go to your blog to check that you have this posted) will get an art share handmade item from me. Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! SO ...................who will be next????

1. Bren
2. Mary

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Memories..

When I was 13 my father picked up my family and moved us to a small town in Wisconsin. We moved about 3 miles out of Ithaca, Wisconsin. One of the best things I can remember from that experience was owning my own horse! Misty was wonderful! I remember when spring was upon us you could see the change in Misty's spirit! Spring brought long rides in the country and wonderful time spent with her! This card was inspired by both spring and Misty, I hope you enjoy it! It was created with TAC's Happy Trails and TAC's Amberley Grace paper .

One day left to enter a great giveaway!

Bonus!!! Visit Foster Design House and enter her great Blog Candy giveaway and enjoy her wonderful blog! It is like a double bonus!! Barb does lovely work and I think you will be thrilled to explore her blog! Enjoy!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Card from last night class!

Here is one of our spring cards from last night class! I enjoyed the time with the gals making some awesome cards! Ladies you did wonderful work! I hope you enjoy your cards as much as I enjoy putting together the class for you!

We used The Angel Company's Fluttter By, which is a wonderful set for only $10.95!! Wow, what a deal!

The paper we used for this card was The Angel Company's Lilly Anna, this paper is colorful and has a wonderful spring look!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

This is the inspiration that a sister Angel presented to use on Paper Wings. Paper Wings is a forum for TAC's Angels to share and inspire each other. Please feel free to click on the Paper Wings logo located on the blog to view other Angel's creations!

Anyway, here is the card that I completed for the challenge:

I used pattern paper from TAC's Willoughby collection and the stamp used was from the Celtic Images and Gift with Purchase stamps.

Please feel free to click on above products to be directed to my Angel Company site to purchase products.

P.S. My date on this post has an error...I am trying to fix is the 13th...oh my it is Friday the 13th! I think I need to create something with a full moon and a black cat!

I am sorry...

I was just informed by a few caring people that they are having problems leaving comments. It appears to be a blogger issue...I think you now can leave messages! Thank you to those who contacted me!

March Classes!

The following are classes that will be offered this March:

March 15th Card Class, Theme "It's a Spring Thing"
March 28th Card Class, Theme "Birthdays"

All classes are $20, classes start at 6:30 P.M. and run about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We will be making 5 cards in each class. Classes are taught in my home studio. For more information contact me at Space is limited! Sign up early to reserve your spot! These are the first classes offered in my newly remodeled studio, will be having games, prizes and refreshment!

A Great Giveaway!

The Angel Company is having a raffle and giving away a Fresh Spring Things Package which is pictured above! Just click on the banner on the left that says Win This to enter! Pass on the information to friends, maybe someone you know will win! Good luck to all! Deadline for entries is March 31, 2009!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Simple and quick....

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to drop in and share some simple but cute cards that I did for my recent open house. Both cards were designed using some of the great new stamps from the new Serendipity magalogue.

This wonderful set is our Little Cupcake stamp set, it is only $18.95 for the complete set!!

TAC's Hoppity Skippity set is another awesome set that is fun to work with! This is another great set for the great price of $18.95!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The winner from 1st Challenge is.....

Maddie Hall from Bonham, Texas! Congrats!!! Your prize is in the mail. Please come back to the blog and leave a comment about what you won. I don't want to expose your surprise!! Watch out for the next will be posted on Monday and it will be another color scheme from the color wheel!

Saving man's best friend....

Two days ago, while at work, I had the opportunity to meet a very nice young man. We chatted for a while about an organization that he, his wife and friends were involved in; it is a rescue organization for animals in the Chicago land area. It is Chicago's newest, greenest and most unique animal rescue and sanctuary. If you know anyone in the Chicago land area looking for a pet, please ask them to check out Alive Rescue, to see if they would be interested in adopting a pet that is available. ALIVE Rescue is looking for warm, loving homes for some wonderful pets! Please check out the link and spread the information with others. It is wonderful to meet young people at are getting involved with something that helps others, during this hard economy many people are having to give up their beloved pets because they can't afford them. I am sure having an organization such as ALIVE Rescue to turn to gives that family much relief knowing that their pet will find a new home. Steve, thank you for sharing your wife and your adventure with me! I look forward to watching your adventure grow and prosper.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Unfortunately, I still am not done with the items that I started to work on the other day when I was what I decide to do is to go to my storage box and grab a few of my older items that made it through the flood! Here are a few items some of them are retired TAC and some are not. I am an Angel but first and far most I am a stamper, so I do own stamps from other companies (will lighting strike me?). I hope you enjoy the cards! As always my hope is to inspire others. If you would like to check out other work of mine please cut and paste this link:

This link is to a wonderful stamping group that I have been a part of for years! While you are there check out the other stampers work!

This card was done with ribbon and flower seeds, sorry some of my seeds fell off! Some of these cards went through a being tossed around in Septemeber!

This is a set that TAC still has in the catalog!! It is called happy haunting!

This is one of my favorite Easter cards I have done over the years. It is an adult card that captures the true meaning of Easter.

On this card the background was orginally black and white...and then I thought some color would be nice!

I loved our buggie stamps, I hated to see them retire! Here is one of my buggie cards!

This last card I took two photos of so you can get an idea of what the card really looks like! I hope you enjoy it!

Here is a copy with a piece of white paper placed in the center of the card.

Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my past work and I like to think that the best is yet to come!! Looking forward to long furture of fun and stamping!