Category Archives: Family

Happy 66th Anniversary!

By | November 17, 2017

Today Reggie and I will be joining my parents at lunch for their 66th anniversary – really an event to celebrate! Vernon and Jean (Webber) Krause were married on November 17, 1951 in Auburn, CA My dad was a draftsman in the Air Force when I was born, and after leaving the service he completed… Read More »

September Sunflowers

By | September 1, 2017

Happy first day of September (rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, Mindy!) My cousin Renee is also celebrating her birthday today, and if I counted correctly, it’s the big  6-0 for her! Sunflowers are such a common flower, seen from east to west planted in fields, volunteering by the roadsides and in many gardens. They could be called… Read More »

What I Did on My Summer Vacation!

By | August 30, 2017

Oh, my goodness, Dear Readers, when my computer broke down in the middle of July I never thought it would take me six weeks to get back on here and post again! But a lot has happened, so let’s get right to it with a throwback to those old school essays that we used to… Read More »

My Personal Best!

By | July 7, 2017

In November, Stampin’ Up! will hold gatherings for demonstrators in locations all around the world; I’m going to attend in Salt Lake City, Utah! One thing we always do at these events is bring card swaps to trade with each other, giving us new ideas to share with our stamping friends. Also, some demonstrators are… Read More »

Easy Layout for June Celebrations

By | June 21, 2017

I posted the card that I made for my dad for Father’s Day last time; today I want to show you the simple layout that I used for Reggie’s Father’s Day card: Guy Greetings and Suite Sentiments (retired) stamp sets, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. The thing my husband loves best is baseball – “America’s… Read More »

Happy Father’s Day!

By | June 19, 2017

My sister and I are very lucky that we ended up with such a nice dad, and that he is still here with us so we can wish him a “Happy Father’s Day!” My dad, Vernon Krause, my Sister Karla, and her new puppy Riley. The card that I made for him this year was… Read More »

Label Me Pretty in Powder Pink

By | June 5, 2017

The Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (144131) includes all five new 2017-2019 In Colors in an array of beautiful floral motifs: Fresh Florals in Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. I decided to use a couple of the Powder Pink floral designs paired with an image from the… Read More »

Make a Note: You’re the Best!

By | May 25, 2017

Who are the best people in your life? Your partner or your children? Your childhood friend? The neighbor who always mows your lawn when he does his own? Well, whoever it is, here’s a card that is sure to delight anyone and let them know that you appreciate their kindness: This is the third card… Read More »

Happy Mother’s Day!

By | May 14, 2017

My family and I had a happy visit with my parents yesterday, to celebrate Mom and let her know how much we love her. My sister Karla couldn’t be there as she is working out of state this week, but she sent Mom this beautiful vase of flowers! Speaking of flowers, my mother loves them… Read More »

Spring Cards From Vermont

By | April 30, 2017

Before the month of April is out, I wanted to be sure and share these two Easter cards that we received from Kathy and Sherry, my husband’s sisters who live just a hop, skip and a jump from each other in Colchester, VT. These cards are both such a cheerful expression of the holiday and… 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 »

The Problem With Perfection

By | April 9, 2017

First of all, I want to wish our nephew Sam a very Happy Birthday today! I’ve been thinking about Sam’s card for weeks now, mulling over how to make the perfect card for him. The problem of perfection is that if you go down that rabbit hole, chances are you won’t get the card made… 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 »

Mentoring New Young Stampers!

By | March 6, 2017

Kathy Degree has been inviting her young friend Sarai to come over and stamp whenever she is visiting her grandfather, Kathy’s neighbor. Sarai is about six years old, and she has been stamping with her mentor, Kathy, for a year or two. Recently, Sarai came over to stamp a birthday card for her grandfather –… Read More »