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.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


This is something I am VERY passionate about... watch the video; sound on. Have tissues nearby.

How many times as an ICU nurse did I see families torn by the decision of whether or not to let a loved one who was at their life's end become an organ donor. Heartbreak all around. All because the person left no instructions. Or never bothered to check the appropriate box on their Driver's License.

I won't bore you with the statistics of how many people are on organ waiting lists vs. how few people are signed up to give the gift of life.

As far as I'm concerned, EVERYONE should be considered an organ donor unless their religion expressly forbids it. A radical view? Perhaps. One that could save MANY lives... Hell Yes!!

Please, please, please ~ if you haven't already become an organ donor, do so ASAP. Talk with your family; tell them your wishes.

Stepping off my soapbox now...

Nurse bobbie

Friday, January 29, 2016


Our January project was presented by the lovely Ms. DE ~ we got a kit containing the 6 x 8 canvas board, the gessoed cardboard bits (there were a bunch more bits that I ended up not using; I'll save them for later), and the stencils to use as background. She also had Lindy's sprays there for us to color the backgrounds, and the heart she made from paper clay ~
Click to enlarge...

We did the textures with either texture paste or modeling paste; then worked on the backgrounds.  At home, I used more Lindy's on it, and added in several different colors of Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist, especially on the small bits. (The picture doesn't really show off the Glimmer; it's better IRL) I changed the color of the heart a bit, and added pop dots under the wings. The words are from an old font, and I covered them with Glossy Accents.

This is the first real art project I've worked on since the surgery, and I'm very happy with it!  I definitely want to play more with texture pastes.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


This is our sweet old man on his 12th birthday last week. He is up in Jim's chair, and has pulled the blanket down off the back of the chair and burrowed into it.
{click to biggify}

He is going a bit deaf and his vision isn't what it used to be, but he will still "strike a pose" (stack, in conformation show terms) with the best of them! Of all the many championships he won over the years, my favorite is "Champion of our Hearts!"

We love you, Geezer!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


I've gotten away from posting political things on the blog, but some things are just TOO good to pass up ~ As always, click to enlarge.

Case in point... below. My head would have the exact same reaction!

As for the one below ~ my Sis says 'People' denies Trump ever actually said this in an interview. But isn't it just like him???

I'm closing comments on this post.

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...