Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Making Halloween cards really makes me feel like summer is over. I love summer and it goes by so fast. This card was made for card club. I got this cute set of Halloween stamps when I was at Stampaway. The set is called Ghouls and Ghost by Inkadinkado. The Trick or Treat bag and the alphabet is Purple Onion Designs and the house is Eat Cake Graphics. The images are colored with pencils. I like using the darker cardstock to stamp the images on, it makes the white show up so much better. I masked the house and the Trick or Treat Bag so the little ghost looks like it is popping out from behind the house. At least that is what I was trying to achieve.
I normally don't send Halloween cards, but I seem to buy Halloween themed stamps. Probably should at least send some out.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Flower ATCs

These were done for a swap. Tina had done some similiar to this that I saw while I was visiting with her. The image is stamped in white ink and then colored. This one is ink and colored pencils.
This one is ink and pencils. I decided that I would use this one for the swap.
This one is ink and colored pencils.
This one is ink and Twinkling H2Os.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thank You for the Lovely Day

I wanted to do a card to thank the Neska's for their generous hospitality on Friday. I didn't have a stamp that was a lake scene but I did have one that had one of the Adirondack chairs that they have on the sandy beach by the lake. This was created by painting the scene using re-inkers after stamping on a sheet of glossy paper. The re-inkers are used as paints after you add a small drop of water. I like the look because of the shiny look that results.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lovely Day

The first thing that comes to mind on a day like today is that song by Bill Withers, "Lovely Day".

Mike and I headed out on the bike with some of the guys that he works with and rides with and headed to Luck, Wisconsin. Our destination was John and Mary Beth Neska's cabin. It was a gorgeous day to be on the bike. When we get there John had a nice bonfire going. That is John and Mary Beth standing on either side of Mike.

Behind Bruce, Sam and Mary Beth, you can catch a glimpse of the bikes. John and Mary Beth are definitely the hosts with the most. We had a terrific lunch. Grilled steaks, baked potatoes and a salad with the most delicious homegrown tomatoes. These little tomatoes were just so yummy. John grows these tomatoes in the city and brought them up just for the lunch.
It was really nice after the ride to rest my butt. What could be better than sitting around a bonfire chatting with good friends. Four of us, Bruce, Sam, Jason, Mike and I rode up on our bikes. Babs and Dean drove up.
What a view of the lake. The Neska's have a wonderful place. It sits on a small lake that Mary Beth calls a puddle. It has a cabin and a trailer on the property. The trailer is a 1960's vintage with aqua blue appliances. It is really darling. The cabin, which features a wrap around deck and a spiral staircase up to a loft, is just perfect.

The cabin doesn't have indoor plumbing. However, it sports this great outhouse. And not your ordinary outhouse. This one sports a flush toilet and a shower. No roughing it here.
I am not overly fond of having to use an outhouse but no problem with this one. It was very nice. Mike had to check it out too.

Can you believe all the sun fish? They were begging for bread. When you toss the bread into the water, they would swarm it. Hungry little buggars. And the size of some of them were amazing. Not sure I have ever seen sun fish this large. A good size bass was also hanging around.
This is a view of the lake from the deck. You walk down to the lake from the cabin and there is a very nice sandy beach with an sitting platform with very comfortable chairs where you can just sit and enjoy this view.
By the deck the water is very swallow and clear. At some points this "puddle" as Mary Beth called it, is 60 feet deep. Great habitat for fish. I think John said that it was 125 acres.

Mike just couldn't resist. A fisherman at heart, a lake full of fish, and rods and reels sitting in the shed. John took everyone out for a little cruise around the lake. I was content to just sit on the dock and feed the sunfish, while Mike was fishing. Nothing caught. Who cares. It was a great way to spend a few minutes.
We headed out shortly after the boat trip. Took a different route home. With the sun going down, it got a little breezy, but still a nice ride home.
This was an absolute perfect way to spend a day playing hokey from work. Thank you so much John and Mary Beth for the invite to your fabulous cabin. Mike and I definitely enjoyed our lovely lovely day.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sandcastles and Ocean Breezes

This project is for a swap. The person that I did it for loves the ocean. It is a shadow box, and all I did was to add the elements. The background is a photograph. I painted the box with acrylics and then sanded hoping that it would look weathered. You probably can't see but there is real sand from Hilton Head, South Carolina on the bottom. Some of the shells are from there too. The rest of the elements are die cuts from Jolee's. It was really hard for me to get a good photograph.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bathroom Walls

Bathroom walls are suppose to have something decorative hanging on them. It is a law somewhere. I seem to remember reading about it on a decorating website. My son, who now lives in an apartment, has absolutely nothing on his bathroom wall. Doesn't seem to bother him but it bothered me that he might be subject to the decorating police coming in and arresting him if they found out.
The little piece that I did for my header of this blog was just sitting on my desk waiting to be used for something else. The ah hah light went on. So I stamped the sentiment " Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits". I will get a frame and he can hang it on the nice blank wall over his toilet.
Very appropriate for bathroom art don't you think?

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Confessions are good for the Soul

Tina sent me a link to a blog and from that blog, I found another link to web site with some great stuff. http://www.paperrelics.com/index.html

I needed a birthday card quick. So I totally copied this from the site. I just drew it as best I could. The alphabet is Purple Onion Designs.

So I confess. I lifted this idea. Can't take credit for it at all. Sometimes you just have to lift, especially when you are in a rush. Thank you Paper Relics for such a great idea.

A Story

Last week I went to the funeral of a lady I had never met. She was the stepmother of a dear friend. I went to this funeral because I wanted to be there for my friend. I really hate funerals but as far as funerals go, this was a very nice service. What impressed me most about this funeral and the reason I am writing about it, was that the woman who had passed away, had left very detailed instructions about what she wanted done.

Part of the service, was where a family member read this woman's story. It detailed her life - it was a great story. She helped raise a family. She was an educator for many years, participating in furthering educational opportunities for young adults. She was an active member in her church, she worked for the Democratic Party and was active in a woman's group. She also traveled all over the world with her husband. This woman had really done a lot in her life. I was extremely impressed by all that she had accomplished and the legacy that she has left behind.

While I was driving back to work, I was pondering on this. If I died tomorrow, would I have a story for someone to read at my funeral? Would my family have to anything to say about my life? I am thinking not a heck of a lot. I suppose they could say that I was a nice person. I do try. I was a decent wife and mother. At least I hope they will say that. I did a pretty good job at the daughter and sister gig. I tried to be a good friend. I worked hard. There you have it. That is my story. I am not a joiner. So there won't be a long list of all the organizations that I was a member of. I don't really have the desire to shape others lives. I have never done anything that made an impact or is really worth writing about.

This whole not having a story thing bothered me for a couple of days. That was until I came up with a brilliant solution to not having a story. It was so easy.

What I am going to do is not die. Think about it, if I don't die, then I don't have to have a funeral and the best part, I don't have to have a story. Much easier than worrying about not having a story. Works for me.


Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Frustrated Artist

Don't you just love the expression on this little girl's face? She was perfect for a card for our friend Babe, who was 86 (I think) recently. She keeps telling everyone that she doesn't do birthdays anymore. She was also perfect for one of the 50 ATCs that were my birthday project for my sister.

I found this image on the internet and copied it. I did this for someone I used to work with. We have kept in touch and I always send him a card for his birthday. I got some Copic Markers for Christmas last year and I have been trying to work with them. If nothing else, I love the smell of them. I also used this image on one of the ATCs that I did for my sister. It turned out a little better. I am finding that I can copy things pretty well. It is coming up with the original drawing that I am not so great at. So I ponder whether or not an art class would help. Can you teach a left-brained person, whose expectations that the final piece be perfect to draw? I am not sure that I can let go of the need for perfection. Guess that is why I consider most of what I do to be CRAP.

I really hesitate to call myself an artist. I would love to be an artist. I love to paint. I would love to be able to draw. I really do try. This card is an attempt to draw and paint a flower. I made it for a friend's birthday. Happy Birthday Sharon. I love watercolors.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

50 is Nifty?

Ok, I was running out of ideas and that is what came to mind. I didn't post all 50 of the ATCs but I think you will get the general idea from what I did post.

What do Walnettos have to do with anything?

Do you remember the TV show Laugh-In? Well if you were 50 you would. It was one of my Dad's favorite shows. Arte Johnson did the old guy who was always after Ruth Buzzie as an old lady. One of the things he would say "Hey Wanna Walnetto" and then she would slap him with her purse. I just had to use that.

She will of course kill me

For using this picture of her. The Gnome is a picture of a guy who works with her. We turned him into a yard gnome as a joke. Thanks muchly to Barb Housner for the great images that she sent me for the two bottom ones. I love the gal on the phone.

Old Fart

You just have to rub it in some when a person is turning 50.

Dog Gone Good Birthday

The gorgeous dog you see here is my very own sweet Scout. Ok , she is a terrier and has her moments, but she loves Mary and I just know she would want Mary to have a nice birthday.

Over the Hill Birthday

Each ATC has a 50 on it somewhere. The house one is an idea that I found somewhere else and changed it a bit. The cake is an image that I found on the internet and redrew. Same with the little bird.

Cute Shoes

You can never have to many pairs of cute shoes. And a hippo with gas. Don't know what that has to do with cute shoes.

More Hippos

I ended up doing a whole page of hippos. I found tons of great images on the internet. My drawing isn't the best. Colored these with Copic Markers. Really starting to like these markers.

Everything Hippo

Mary loves hippos, so I had to do a couple with hippos. I drew these, kinda sort. I found images on the internet that I liked and then copied them. I tried to do the original artists concept justice.

A beginning?

I was not going to do this. I was not going to blog. I actually have nothing much to say. Didn't want to bore people with my ramblings.

I am also basically lazy. Maybe I should say that I am so busy that I don't have time to post things to a blog each day. That just isn't true. I have time, I am just basically lazy.

So why am I doing this you ask? I started a project that I wanted to share and it is a little to big to post anywhere.

My sister Mary, is turning the big 50 this year and I wanted to do something fun to help her celebrate. Not sure she really wants to celebrate the fact that she turning 50. I am making her whether she does or not. Isn't that what bossy big sisters are for?

The project started out with me sending her a package each month that has 50 somethings in it. Along with the somethings, I put in an ATC depicting the fact that she was turning 50.

Somewhere along the way, I decided in a moment of insanitity that it would be a good idea to make 50 ATCs and put them in a binder with 50 pages. Seemed like a good idea. Do you know how hard it is to think of 50 different ideas and make each card different but still keep the main theme of birthday and turning 50? Trust me, it was not the easiest thing to do.

So now I have completed this project and want to share a couple that I thought turned out pretty nice. Starting this blog was the best way for me to do it. The little card that is attached to this post is the beginning of this project. More will come as I figure out how to work this blog thingie.