Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Here is my Sept. DIVAs project. I got the idea from a Somerset magazine article and ran with it. The object is to use your security envelope liners to create shapes and textures.
Each of the squares is based on a 6 x 6 canvas background.
Sorry, but  these weren't set up right to enlarge, and I don't feel like rewriting all the words!

In this first one, I did a simple background with 1/2 inch strips, all meeting in the center. Then I decided to play with some dies, and this is what I came up with. Other than being slightly off-center, I was happy with it.

The ship was hand cut from a grey/white liner and tinted with Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Same for the sun.  The whale is clip art. The masts are toothpicks,stained with TH DI.

This was the very first one I made {ocean themed, of course!} ~ the wavy blue liner makes a perfect ocean background! I only wish I'd done the "seaweeds" on the left in black & white rather than grey & white.

My DIVAs friend Debbie did this beauty using TH DI to color the hollycocks reds.

Another one from Debbie...

These will make you look at your bills in a whole new creative light!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


...about the Brangelina divorce...

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Many thanks to Stan of the TYWKIWDBI blog for his kind permission to re-post this.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


These cards were for an ATC swap I did over the summer... we had to use a real stamp on them; ones that had to do with the ocean or sea.
Click to biggify ~

MANY thanks to those who donated their stamps for this project ~ you know who you are!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Isn't It About Time...

...we lost all the bullshit rhetoric "our state is great" speeches in the nomination process?!?!?!

And let's get rid of the archaic 'electoral college' BS while we're at it.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More ATCs ~

I joined another ATC swap via ATCs for All... the theme was "Adult Coloring Book Pages"
This was a Really fun swap to do! Here are my cards..
Some of the lighter colors don't show up well, and some of the sparkle looks much better IRL
Enjoy! Click to biggify ~

All the main colors were done with watercolor pencils; then highlighted with Stickles and Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Marvelous M was our hostess this month, and she had a delightful project for us... a pinwheel bouquet! Besides some wonderful spring-ish papers to choose from, she also had a nifty little tool that did most of the work of cutting & shaping the papers for the pinwheels.
Click to enlarge...

The greenery was originally in one big clump ~ I peeled off the outer layer of florists tape and divided it up into smaller sections so I could space them out. The only thing I added of my own was the light blue "flutter-bye" nearest the pail.

Thanks, M, for the great idea!!

Sunday, March 20, 2016


I was first introduced to the art of ATC's {Artist Trading Cards} way back in 2006. I loved the concept of these mini works of art (always 2.5 x 3.5 inches) and quickly became enamored of them.
I soon introduced them to an online group of fellow scrapbookers, and the die was cast!
I hostessed MANY swaps and had a blast doing it. It was so wonderful to receive cards from all over the world, and to introduce the art form to others.

I continued to host ATC swaps through the fall of 2011, but due to unfortunate circumstances, I became burned out on the swaps, and let them go.

I did, however, stay in touch with some of my swappers; one in particular.
{Hiya, Tex!!!}
She had been doing swaps ever since, and it has been she who, very gently, has led me back to these tiny joys.

Below are the cards I made for my return to the world of ATCs. Tex's theme was "Artist's Choice", which meant we could do whatever the heck we wanted to with our cards!

I chose to use G45's "Artisan Style" papers to get me going... they are SO delectable!

The card below is based on one of favorite techniques ~ using the alternating strips  as a background, with simple embellies on it...
As always, click to biggify.

One of the beautiful peacocks in the line, and a real trimmed feather to set it off...

Below ~ my 3rd card with the doors shut...

With the doors open...

I have had so much fun going back to this wonderful medium!

And I can never thank Tex enough for all her support, love and encouragement ~
the student has become the teacher to the teacher.

Cottleston Pie is the Taoist philosophy dealing with our Inner Nature (as explained by Winnie-the-Pooh)
To get the full scoop, read "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff.
The full poem is at the very bottom here...