Category Archives: Art

Little Boxes Take a Cross Country Trip!

By | June 7, 2017

As  I mentioned in a previous post, I recently finished making a set of fifteen Post-It Note boxes for a friend who lives on the East Coast. She has now given them to her colleagues and team members at work. The original idea for the boxes came from my friend Nancy, who gave me one… Read More »

Kinda Eclectic – Farewell to a Great Set!

By | April 24, 2017

A few years ago I attended a Stampin’ Up! Convention in Salt Lake City, and Kinda Eclectic was one of the new collage inspired sets that we worked with for a “Make & Take” project: We tried a technique on this card that I sometimes forget about – using the embossing folder as a “stamp”… Read More »

New Cards in the Spring 2017 Issue of Take Ten!

By | April 21, 2017

Well, I have to admit, this isn’t really “new” news, since the spring 2017 issue of Take Ten came out on March 1st, but I wasn’t able to write about it on my blog until now. Somehow, my Artist’s Copy of the magazine got lost in the mail, and I didn’t get a replacement until… Read More »

Happy Easter, Happy Birthday!

By | April 16, 2017

My husband and I will be in church today, each teaching an Easter lesson to our respective classes, but it is also my dad’s 85th birthday! The family gathered yesterday to celebrate Dad, and one funny thing that happened is that everyone gave him the same thing – Taco Bell gift cards! You can’t mess… Read More »

Here’s Looking At You, Kid!

By | April 4, 2017

The Spring 2017 issue of The Stampers’ Sampler has arrived, and I am happy to share my four sunglasses template cards that were included on the Challenge pages. My mother loved this one best, for obvious reasons: Here’s the original before I sent it in for consideration: I actually made these four cards about a… Read More »

Knitting is For the Birds!

By | March 20, 2017

So, I was reading PaperPuff’s recent blog post where she displayed a beautiful scarf she is knitting, and the very next day I saw an Associated Press story in the newspaper with the large headline, BARN YARN: Retirees knitting sweaters for chilly chickens: Synchronicity, I say! Our family in New England just weathered Winter Storm… Read More »

Live With Passion!

By | March 18, 2017

I got this card from my friend Ann, and there is a lot to love here!   Ann and I have been friends for many years; she and I met at a Stampin ‘Up! convention when we were both relatively new demonstrators. Like me, she is a stickler for details and exacting work. We both… Read More »

2016-2018 In Color Swaps!

By | February 28, 2017

Every year, when the new annual Stampin’ Up! catalog comes out in June, we are excited to see what the five new colors will be for ink, cardstock and coordinating accessories. These are called the In Colors – a rotating collection that will be available for a two-year period, and then retired to make way… Read More »

We Both “Love You”

By | February 14, 2017

Ok, I have to admit, this was really fun… yesterday afternoon I made a Valentine card (the one on the right with the dragonflies) and about an hour later, I got a Valentine card in the mailbox (the one on the left) from SIL Sherry. It wasn’t until I had looked at both of these… Read More »

‘Tis the Season for Spring Swaps – Dragonflies!

By | January 17, 2017

After showing you a couple of card examples using the bee in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp and thinlits bundle, I promised there were some dragonflies coming up! In the recent Stampy Wacker group swap, I received two beautiful cards using one of the dragonfly dies: Card #1 was made by Denise Waddell, our “Grandma” and… Read More »

More “Thank You’s” Are In Order

By | January 15, 2017

Any day is a good day to receive a Thank You note, but it’s especially nice when you get two, and they are both handcrafted! This first card, made by Mindy, is so sweet that when I saw it, I wanted to make one just like it: There’s a lot to love here; hand-drawn hearts… Read More »

We’re Really on the Same Page!

By | December 31, 2016

Sister-in-law Sherry Pakulski and I have been submitting our card artwork to The Stampers’ Sampler and Take Ten art stamping magazines for about three years now. We have set some goals for ourselves regarding our submissions, but one thing we really, really hoped to achieve was to one day have our cards printed in the… Read More »

I’ll Be Home For Christmas…

By | December 22, 2016

I got a phone call from across the miles from my sister-in-law Sherry today, which was nice because she had great news for both of us about the upcoming January issue of The Stampers’ Sampler! I’ll let that news be for another day, however, because I want to show you a couple of cards that… Read More »

Upcycling Cards – Deja Vu All Over Again!

By | December 17, 2016

“It’s like deja vu all over again.”                                                                                        Yogi Berra I know, we’ve been here before, but it’s so much fun we’re coming back again! I showed you a couple of cards a few weeks ago that I had constructed from some of last year’s commercially produced Christmas cards that were sent to us. I… Read More »

Glittered Leaves – Inspiration is Everywhere!

By | November 30, 2016

These two Thanksgiving cards arrived on the same day from a couple of sisters-in-law in Northern Vermont! The handstamped one in the foreground from Kathy is embossed with the Petal Burst folder (141493) using the retired Dusty Durango cardstock. Lori sent the commercially-produced card in the background, and as she often does, she picked something… Read More »