Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Decision Day....

                         May 1st was decision day at Andrea's high school.....all the seniors made their commitment to the college of their choice.....Andie was happily pointing to Loyola University on the map...her chosen school.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cards For Chicago Area Rubber Stampers May Meeting....

      The theme for the swap cards for the CARS (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) May meeting (Thursday, May10th) is Cake , Candles  or Cupcakes.
      The first photo shows the whole group of cards while I was working on them.
      The last photo is of a completed card....on the front...each little cake was hand decorated with flowers and 1/16th inch dots...on the inside is the sentiment "Bring on the cake!". The little awnings (That can be folded down to fit into an A2 envelope)... make the card fronts look like tiny bakeshop windows.

Friday, May 4, 2018

April 2018 Sampler.....The Month of May

       The April Sampler for 2018.......looking forward to the Month of May.....May baskets, spring gardens, branches blooming, flower wreaths for your hair, fairy wands and of course, a maypole.
                               Soft pastel colors, perfect for Spring, they show up well even in this not-so great photo.This Sampler gave everyone who made it a chance to dream about Spring while April was being a stinker.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Morgan and Friend.....

On a trip (A very snowy trip) to Illinois State University to visit Morgan at her sorority house for"Girl's Day".....we stopped at a wonderful little gift shop where we all found things that we loved.
This was Morgan's choice....Odette the Ostrich.  (She has since changed the ostrich's name...but I can't remember what she changed it to.) Morgan had seen an ostrich like this a while ago and fell in love with it....when she found the bird was definitely time to take it home.

Monday, April 2, 2018

                           Next Month's theme for the CARS (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) meeting is Birds, Bees or Butterflies.
                           I chose Birds....and picked this bird from a wonderful My Favorite Things stamp set.  He was stamped onto the ivory card mat and then stamped again on polka dot ivory paper. The sentiment "I can't believe your birthday flew by" was stamped along side the bird.
                           The edges of the bird on the card front and the entire bird on the dotted paper were colored with Copic Markers (Some were colored with red and orange....and some were colored with blue, purple and green). The Copic Marker colored bird on the dotted paper was cut out and adhered to the card front over the stamped bird. The birdie got a googlie eye and a black strip of paper as a grounding strip. The finished unit was adhered to a black mat and then an ivory dotted mat and then adhered to the card itself.
                            To finish the card...I used a Glaze Pen to go over the black ink sentiment so that it would stand out more.  I think he's so cute that whoever you send him to won't be too upset that you've forgotten their birthday!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I Forgot It.......

                      Tonight I was going to post the new March Sampler for my class tomorrow morning at ten........but I left it in the copy machine at Fed Ex earlier tonight. It's the first time I've ever done that...and I hope it's the last.
                     They don't open until seven in the's going to be a long night!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day Chicago!

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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day traditions in Chicago......a great parade, everyone wearing green...including the Chicago River.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Making Cards.....

    Sometimes you get caught up in doing one thing or another...scrapbook pages, journals, cleaning and sorting through your scraproom (An endless task!)  I wish I could get caught up in cleaning my house as easily...or laundry! Right now I'm making cards.
   CARS (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) meet each month and make cards with that month's theme. I'm trying to do the cards for all twelve months of this's fun to have a quest like this....doing something you love. That being said....there are a LOT of pieces to these it feels really good to have 90% of them done for the month that I need them in. These just need a I'm looking for a good Gnome sentiment.........Like ...."There's no place like Gnome!". Any suggestions?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Birdie Shaker Box Card....................

                       Tonight is the CARS (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) March meeting.....the theme for this month's card is "Shaker Box".
                        From my Silhouette, I chose a bird cut out centered on a red cardstock circle.  A circle of acetate was glued to the back of the bird circle...then two circular layers of cut out fun foam glued together made the shaker box under the bird circle. White beads made the "Shakers" in the box.
                         Shaker Box Cards used to be so labor intensive....but with the Silhouette to cut out the top circle and the foam circles went quickly and was fun to do!

Monday, February 19, 2018

February Sampler 2018 - Happy Birthday!

                                 Tomorrow is the February 2018 Sampler Class......the theme is "Happy Birthday".  Multiple bright colors against a black and white dotted 12x12 background....with just a touch of glitter for fun.  A slice of cake, party hats and favors, wrapped gifts, balloons, candles and a party banner..... a perfect celebration!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

One More Snow Photo.......

              Proud to be watching over the lake in the snow....this rooster weathervane sits on top of the gazebo at Twin Lakes in Palatine.