Sunday, January 14, 2018


                              My card for the CARS (Chicago Area Rubber Stampers) January meeting. The theme was "Snowman". ...and my card was all ready and waiting to go. Unfortunately, the meeting was cancelled due to expected bad weather....but it's cold enough that the snowman will keep until the next meeting.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

                              It's still early....not dark enough to make the Christmas lights really dance....but it's snowing outside and it feels like Christmas this morning.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Gingerbread Houses......

                  To celebrate Andrea's coming 18th Birthday (On December 19th)....Jennifer planned an amazing Gingerbread Building Celebration at her house. Bags and boxes of gumdrops...and four gumdrop reindeer, pretzels, M&M's, mini chocolate chips, pearlized Sixlets, candy canes, sprinkles, mini chocolate bars, starlight mints and..... Frosted Mini Wheats (Because we needed something "Healthy" in the mix. Seriously, they make beautiful gingerbread house roofs! )
                   The artist of each of the houses (Right to Left).......Jennifer did the gorgeous house with the Frosted Mini Wheat Roof,  Morgan created the delicate mini chocolate chip roof and the ice cream cone tree with green M&Ms and silver edible shimmer spray,  Andie made the very detailed roof with white icing and red icing. Her ice cream cone tree was frosted white with mini sprinkles. My house had a pretzel, starlight mint and Frosted Mini Wheat roof.
                   We all ate our way through the construction....Andie opened presents...... and then we topped it off with pizza for dinner. An absolutely perfect day.


Monday, December 4, 2017

December 2017 Angel Sampler

             This is the last Sampler for 2017......the "Angel" Sampler.
It's a much simpler Angel Sampler than we've done making hair and faces for tiny little angels...but the paper that I chose calls for simplicity. I even left out one of the units, just so the flowers would be more visible. I like the way it turned out....and really hope that everyone else does too.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's Almost Thanksgiving......

I'm looking forward to being with my family and starting the Holidays.
Looking forward to all the good food and fun.
And most of all .....being thankful for everything I've been's a lot.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

         I've always loved Halloween...the color, the mystery, the costumes.........the candy. To celebrate a very dramatic and fun is the Halloween Witch Sampler for 2017 called " The Witch's Craftroom".   
         She's a very artistic and organized witch....everything has to be in it's place for easy crafting and spells.  The witch's artful assistant paints a portrait of the witch, while a very animated ball of yarn and sewing machine look on. The bulletin board is ready for lists: craft supplies, fresh orders of eye of newt and bat wings and....candy. (She has a sweet tooth.) There is a spinning wheel for those "Sleeping Beauty" type spells and an array of bottles of acrylic paint, glue, brushes and vampire blood. (Every artist has his or her own methods.)

Monday, October 30, 2017

One More Halloween Decoration......

               I love the mantle of my fireplace and can spend hours decorating it.
              This year for Halloween, I used the old window that Jennifer and I got at an antique show in Rockford this summer. It had old dark stain on the wood and the glass had ripples here and was perfect.  To "Halloween" it up, I painted a chipboard haunted house black, stacked the house on  four paperback books that had black fabric draped over them....and then leaned the window over the entire vignette.  I tucked another smaller window (A gift from a friend) to the left of the larger window. After attaching a few bats and a Halloween moon to the was complete. These windows are always a work in progress...but what a fun progress to be going through!

Halloween Is Almost Here!

               Halloween.....scary, funny and always a wonderful Holiday.
 Some of my Halloween decorations are old and well loved. I've had this little bubble night light for years and he is always very pleased to scare a few people as they go into the powder room. Beware of things that go Bump in the Night!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Cousin Power

                                Connor and Waylon playing together in the California sunshine. The boys were the perfect team , with Connor driving and Waylon supplying the auto power. They're headed for Highway 101.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm...a Few Years Ago

                                             Way before they got engaged, were married and had children...Matt and Hayley came up to see us and, being Fall, we went to Goebbert's Pumpkin Farm to choose our Halloween pumpkins. It was bright and sunny with a cool breeze....a great day for picking out the perfect pumpkins. Of course, apples, apple cider doughnuts and corn on the cob came into the picture too.
                                              The layout was done mostly with Graphic 45....great colors and patterns that worked well for Fall and Halloween.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Friday Nights.....

                 Friday night in the Fall ........Football games, home team, visiting team, cheerleaders, stunts, marching band, great music, happy crowds, bright lights, pep band, excitement, laughter, fun!