Stamped Wine Bottle Wall Art

Hey Stampers!

I have a new video for you this month along with a new look on my blog.  Hope you like both.

The video is on a piece of wall art I CASED and created using the Half Full Stamp Set and the STAMPARATUS!   Wooo Hooo!  I finally got mine, and when I did I realized it would be perfect to use on this project.  The Half Full Stamp Set is a carry over from last year’s Holiday Catalog.   The video is a little long, but it is definitely worth the time.   I hope you enjoy making this project as much as I did.

Two items that are not listed in the supply list at the end of this post is a 5 x 7 shadow box frame in black and some washi tape to tack down the edges of your card stock and your letters dies.  Now on the frame, as I show you in the video, you do not need a shadow box frame.  You can use a less expensive $3.00 5 x 7 photo frame if you choose.  Your end product will be just as nice.

Just a reminder that SALE-A-BRATON ends on the last day of this month so if there is anything you have been wanting, but you have been putting of purchasing, now is the time.

Sorry about the glare and shadows in the following photos.



Here is my video!  Enjoy!  🙂






And now a word from Betty White!  🙂








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Water Coloring Frenzy

Hey Everyone!

I know, I’ve been gone awhile again.  I had some major dental work done a little over a week ago and I was totally out of it all week.  I had two teeth removed for future dental implants on one side of my mouth, and root scaling and planning done on one tooth on both the top and bottom of the other side of my mouth.  I thought I was being smart by getting it all done at once, but it made it nearly impossible to eat.  I must say, I have lost two whole pounds since the procedure, but I am positive it will come back once I visit my dentist for my one week post op check up tomorrow and he removes what is left of the stitches.  Then I can get back to regular eating.  🙂

To make it up to you, I have multiple cards to share with  you today.  And I also promise  a video later this month on a neat water coloring technique I learned and just can’t seem to get enough of.  My water coloring with an aqua painter always turned into a big black mess until my up-line told me about this trick!  I’ve been on a water coloring frenzy ever since, and no I will not tell you what it is until the video.  You will just have to be patient.

My first card was for my son who turned 30 years old last Thursday.  I very lightly water colored the background in Mint Macaroon ink using an aqua painter.  I think it gives the sky on the background on the card a little extra than just stamped clouds.

Here is my second card. I was inspired by a card on Pintrist for this one.  The entire balloon is water colored along with some of the background.  I used Aqua Painters and Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, and Flirty Flamingo on the balloon.  The balloon is cut from Water Color Paper.   I’m just thrilled with how this one turned out!


These last two cards are very similar, which just goes to show you don’t have to have a zillion lay outs for a every card you might want to create.  Both backgrounds are water colored darkest to lightest.

The background colors in this card are done with Aqua Painters and  Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, and Pool Party ink.  I used the Water Color Pencils and Blender Pens  for the flower which was stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink.


The background colors in this “Thanks” card are done with the Aqua Painters and Marina Mist, Pool Party, and Soft Sky ink.  I used the Water Color Pencils and Blender Pens to do the flowers.

This is my final card.

Unfortunately the Glimmer Paper was a Sale-a-bration item and is no longer available.  But, I think this card would be just a pretty if you cut the flowers from regular card stock in these colors.  I used the Layering Squares Framelits to create a frame for the flowers.

The supply list I’ve provided is pretty lengthy.  If I’ve forgotten anything, please let me know.   Remember you don’t have to buy everything all at once.  You can choose the colors you like best and repeat using them in each of the cards.  Each card would look beautiful in any color combination.  I would however recommend using our Water Color Paper if you plan on giving any of them a try.

I know there was a lot here today, but I feel I’ve been way too absent lately and you deserved to be compensated.  🙂

Until next time…

Happy Stamping!











Common Courtesy

Common courtesy no longer exists.

For me, common courtesy is something everyone should use every day. It is saying things like, “please”, “thank you,” “excuse me”, “yes, please,” and “no, thank you.” Common courtesy is doing things like holding the door open for someone whose hands are full, or helping someone up when they have fallen and asking if they are okay and not laughing. Common courtesy is giving up your seat so a pregnant woman or an elderly person can sit. Common courtesy is choosing our words carefully when we want to speak and not using inappropriate language in mixed company. Common courtesy is calling my parent’s friends Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so and not by their first names… even at my age.

I guess you could say I am old fashioned. I must be. I turned 59 last month so my thinking is probably outdated. That’s it! Also, all of the things my mother taught me when I was a kid were wrong because she taught me all of those things I mentioned were common courtesy. And to think I taught them to my children! What was I thinking? How could I dare to expect my grandchildren or anyone I interact with treat me with common courtesy. After all, this is the 21st Century…we no longer need to bother with COMMON COURTESY! Do we?

As most of you know, I am a retired middle school teacher. I loved my students to death when I was teaching and sometimes I miss the daily interaction I had with them! So, on occasion I substitute teach in one of our local school districts. Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to sub in the high school from which my son graduated in 2006. It is a great school and in the past, I have never had an issue with any of the students that attend it. However, this past Thursday made me question my judgement and myself. Here’s what happened.

A group of seniors entered the classroom. Several of the men and woman were wearing their Junior Navy ROTC uniforms. As they took their seats, I mentioned they needed to put their cell phones away just as their teacher had told me in the lesson plans she left. One of the students in uniform didn’t like the fact that I was asking him to do this and he mumbled something under his breath. All I could make out of what he mumbled was the f-word and how he was not going to put his phone away. I politely asked again for everyone to store their cell phones when he again mumbled something using the f-word. I calmly walked over to him and said,

“Excuse me? And you want to be a Navy officer?”

With an air of rectitude he replied, “Yes ma’am. I have a mouth like a sailor,” and smiled at me.

I leaned closer to him and said, “That is totally unacceptable. I am a former Army officer and I never used that type of language when I was in uniform out of respect for what it represented. It is very inappropriate. Now it isn’t as if I have never said it, but we are in mixed company and whenever we are in mixed company, we should always speak as if our grandmother is in the room. Nor did I ever use it when I spoke to anyone that outranked me or anyone of a lower rank. Also, as I teacher I never used it in the classroom with my students. I also never used it with my boss. It is inappropriate plain and simple as that.   So, I believe you owe me an apology before you leave today.”

The young man retorted, “I have one more class today, but I think I am going to leave now,” and he proceeded to pick up his things and leave the classroom.

I was left briefly dumbfounded by his actions. I would have been good with a simple apology. We all slip up sometimes. However, because of his arrogance, I made sure to turn him in to the discipline office during my free period.

When I entered the discipline office, the Dean of Discipline greeted me. I briefly told him the name of the student I was reporting, the fact the student used the f-word in class and walked out when I asked him to apologize. The Dean’s response was, “What do you mean he used the f-word?” Briefly, I moved from feeling offended by the student’s behavior to apologetic for feeling that way. I felt as if my integrity was coming into question. What was to explain? I said precisely what had occurred the first time. Did the Dean not hear me correctly? I again began to explain in exact detail what happened. As I did so, I realized the problem wasn’t with me. It was with the Dean.  I ended with, “As a former military officer, I find his behavior inappropriate since he was in his ROTC uniform.” I left his office.

Later, I remembered why I retired in the first place. Discipline in the building where I taught full-time had been slowly declining in the five years before I left. It seemed as if the building’s administrators were afraid to stand up to students and parents. On the rare occasion when I sent a student to the office, I was the one with the issue. I was supposed to overlook inappropriate, disruptive behavior. There was always an excuse.  I felt I couldn’t do my job effectively anymore because of the lack of discipline in the building, so I retired. My days as a substitute teacher were now ending. When I have to justify to an administrator why I think a student needs disciplined for saying the f-word in class and walking out, it is time for me to move on. Since when has swearing and getting up and walking out of school become okay?

I saw this meme on Facebook the other day.  It says how I feel.

12705561_1734886710088933_995884833398752580_n[1]On to my card for this week.  I think the Birthday Blooms stamp set is one of my favorite out of the Occasion Catalog.  I water colored this one.  I stamped the image on vellum using  Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then water colored it using Aqua Painters.  Then I fussy cut the image.  Hope you like it…

Birthday Blooms-1Hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!













Birthday Blooms

If I had to choose a favorite stamp set from the current Occasions Catalog, it would be this one Birthday Blooms.  I’ve made more cards with this set since it first came out than any other.  The quote from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” applies to this stamp set.  It doesn’t matter what color you make it, it is still beautiful.  Granted, both of my roses are water colored using blender pens  and Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette ink.  The difference is in their embossing and in the choice of paper color I used.  Which do you prefer?  My preference changes each time I look at them, but one thing remains true of both; they are each beautiful in their own way.

On a different note, the items in the Sale-a-bration catalog changed a little this past Monday.  I’ve posted  a copy of the new brochure items in the side bar.  All of the items in the original catalog that appear on pages 1 through 15 are still available with any $50.00 purchase.  Those on pages 16 through 19 have been replaced with the new items in the brochure.  Be sure to check it out.

Black Butterfly & Rose


Silver Embossed Butterfly & Rose

I hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Until next time…

Happy Stamping!