Monday, August 15, 2016

The Plan

This past year has been a pretty bumpy road around here and I think it's finally starting to take it's toll on me - both physically and mentally.  So, my plan right now is to back off for a while and reassess the entire situation - blogging is one of the things included in the situation -  among other things as well.

Seems that the further I go the behind-er I get with everything!  I'm going to take a little time off and see what happens.  Who knows.......I may come back like a freight train - or it may be like a slow moving boat to wherever (like it's been for the last couple of months).  Only time will tell I suppose.

Please don't give up on me just yet though and thanks for stopping by.................

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sun Lovin' Snoop Dog

If there's one thing we have in Texas, it's SUN.  You may not see a sun on this card, but you'll know it's there because of the sun shades. Yep, even little Rambo would like a pair of Ray Bans this summer.  Typical Texas weather right now - hot!

I used one of the TH dogs and they're a fun bunch so you'll be seeing more in the future I"m sure. 

Thanks for stopping by.............

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Couple of Potted Plants

I've been watching the Art Impressions Watercolor series and thought that maybe, just maybe, I could do that.  Maybe!  These are my first tries - well, the first ones you'll see anyway.  The others sorta found their way to the trash can.  I'm still working on it but thought these at least came out decent.  Of course after seeing the videos last week I notice all sorts of things I should have done and didn't.  Guess that's just part of the learning process.   I used the same stamps on both and Marvy and SU markers to do the watercoloring.

This second card sorta got blobbed up with the watercolors right smack dab in the center of all the foliage (of course!)  so I added the gold embossed sentiment on vellum over that.

Thanks for stopping by............

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fun Times and Albert

I really can't say I've been having any fun times the last few weeks due to being computer-less.  

Now, buying a new computer is sorta like buying a bathing don't want to even think about it.  Ok, I found this cutie of a guy and told him I needed a new one.  No problem, lady......what were you using before?  Duh, a computer!  Ok, Windows 10 or what?........yikes!  No, I was still trudging along with Vista.  Um.......well, in that case maybe it'd be better if you got Windows 7 now.  (I really think he just saw the gray hair and made that quick decision)!  Fine - good deal.......let's do it. 

Computer was delivered and set up.  The guy that set it up though probably knew less than me.  He couldn't even figure out how to connect the camera!   This is NOT good!  He left and I didn't even know how to turn it off since it's a laptop instead of a desktop.  Finally figured all that out and then luckily my son showed up that weekend and got me all set. I'm ready to rock and roll on this baby now.  I named him Albert which is good name for a computer - and much, much, MUCH nicer than all the other unprintable names he's been called recently.   

I'm able to email and all that good stuff now.  So excited!  Finally figured out how to add a photo and then ran into the exposure adjustment and watermark problem.  This is where friends come in and pick you up off your feet!  Tammy, Mary, and Brenda - Bless your heart!   They've been so patient and understanding with me and it's appreciated so much.

You won't be seeing me every day and maybe not even every other day since I'm still trying to figure out if Albert and I are going to be compatible or not.  Right now it's a little iffy!

Thanks for stopping by..........and have a fun day!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Crash, Boom, Bang

Yep, that's what happened to the old computer this weekend. It  was laid to rest on Saturday. It wasn't a pretty death either.   I'm still in mourning - and trying to see if any of the stores have a 100 percent off coupon for a new one.   It's going to be a while before you see me again I'm afraid.   Just hope I can figure out how to operate a new one. Surely I'm not too old to learn something new.....hopefully!

I'll be back as soon as I can.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Bow and Arrow for Father's Day

Father's Day will be this weekend so I figured I'd better get a card made for Jim.  He hasn't been deer hunting in a long, long time but think he will still enjoy looking at this beauty from Newton's Nook.

I stamped the image in brown Versafine ink and then heat embossed in clear on a piece of textured vanilla card stock.  Used a die from MFT to frame him with and then mounted that on some very old (but pretty) CTMH patterned paper.  Added the twine and the then the arrow embellishment under the bow.  Very clean and simple.

Thanks for stopping by......and Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there.


Friday, June 10, 2016

I Know Not What I Do

The title of this pretty well sums up my whole life sometimes - but in this case, I'm talking about my card.  I made this several weeks ago (and yes, I know it's been a while since you've seen me) and really don't remember everything I did on this.

After seeing a card on Mary's blog (Carolina Cards by Mary) and a link she had, I figured I'd attempt to emboss a stencil.  So....... embossed a Memory Box stencil and then covered it with distress inks.The centers of the flowers started out as yellow, but duh.....if you mix yellow and blue you get more of a green color.  After that I used Perfect Pearls all over the card and then added the die cut "happy" in gold and stamped the "birthday" part.  I must have taken 20 pictures of this card and just couldn't get it to look right.  Don't know if it's from the shine of the Perfect Pearls or what.  And speaking of pearls......yep, I added a couple of those too.

Everything is fine in our neck of the woods even though I haven't been blogging lately.  Lots of flooding in Texas recently but luckily we escaped it here at the house.  I lost the internet connection for several days which is not fun at all!  Other than that, it's been one doctor appointment after the next for Jim.  Got to see a cutie pie of one earlier this week and I really, really, REALLY wanted to bring him home with me - but sadly Jim said he was tired of doctors and didn't want to have to live with one too!   Also had the flooring changed in the laundry/craft room (don't laugh!  It's not so bad when I can work on a card and then swivel the chair around and toss clothes in the washer and dryer)!  That was a nightmare hauling all the crapola out of there.  When it came time to put it back in I considered going through all my craft stuff first and tossing things - and then my brain clicked in and just shoved it all back where it came from.  Good idea, Lynn!

Anyway......thanks so much for stopping by and I'll try to post a little more when I can.  I appreciate you hanging in there with me.