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Monday, July 9, 2018

We had a lovely weekend, and today is a normal Monday. First, I have to tell you what we did from Friday through Sunday. Randy was home last week, and we had a lot of things to do, but since the weather was beautiful on Friday, we visited the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. We've never been there and I felt good this past week and I was ready to try it with my Knight in Shining Armor! Anyway, it was an enjoyable afternoon. I walked for one hour and fifteen minutes...can you believe it? I haven't been able to do that for a long time. (Thank you Dr. Michael Lee and the University of Chicago along with my Physical Therapist, Heidi, at Lakeland Orthopedic and Physical Therapy. If it wasn't for these talented people, I still wouldn't be walking.)

Anyway, back to the zoo; we saw emus, white tigers, leopards, flamingos, monkeys, parrots, buffalo and many other animals. I am an animal and bird lover, so I had to read the signs and take my time looking at all the animals. My favorite TV shows are on National Geographic. Lately, I've been watching The Incredible Dr. Pol. He's a veterinarian from Weidman, Michigan which is in the lower peninsula in the north central part of the state. He IS incredible! He takes care of small and large animals and has two other vets to help him. I have learned so much about animal care and I think if I hadn't become a nurse, I would have become a vet. It's amazing how he helps animals.

Knight in Shining Armor


Galapagos Turtle

Brown Llama

Okay, on with the weekend, Saturday I slept in until 9 AM...that is unusual for me, but I think the zoo wore me out. I was looking forward to Saturday for over a week. It was crafting day with my friends at the Free Methodist Church in Niles, Michigan! The event is called Standing Stones, I don't know why...I will have to ask Joy M. who coordinates the event. This is a small crafting event and starts at noon and runs to 8 PM. Perfect for me, I can't last too much longer. I had a fantastic time with Beth R. and Vonnie R. crafting and chatting about all kinds of things. I got four scrapbook pages done, not the journaling part, I have to do that at home. But the design and title and pictures are attached (you can see a portion on my side of the table).

Vonnie and Beth

Sunday, I rested. I wanted to go to church, but I didn't get up until 9:30 AM. Our church starts at 9 AM. My story about church is for another time. Well, that was the weekend, it was fun and exhausting, but as you can see I'm trying to live each day as it comes and to enjoy the good times and nice weather.
Take care,

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hello Friends!
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and it’s time I get back to it. I started writing this blog yesterday, but had trouble adding pictures. The 4th of July is a special day on the calendar, Independence Day! I love the 4th of July, but in some ways it makes me sad, too. It marks for me, all of the lives lost, and those whom have lived to defend our country. I worry about the soldiers who have come back with PTSD, and all the fireworks during this time.

The Fourth of July also reminds me that this is the middle of summer for those of us living in Michigan. June so rainy, now July is hot and muggy! I don’t mind the weather, as long as, I can go outside in the mornings to enjoy my cup of coffee or two! I enjoyed a cup yesterday outside, but I'm not feeling that good this morning, so I relaxed in front of the TV and caught the news. In the heat of the day I work on stamping and scrap-booking. I have a few pictures to show you what we did on the 4th of for us, but maybe not so fun for others!

I bought a chair at a shop near here thinking it would be cute on the front porch last winter. Unfortunately, the paint came off and it looked terrible. So, I asked Randy to take the original paint off and to paint it red in a paint that could withstand the changing seasons in Michigan.

Annie relaxing on the swing. She's such a good dog!

I had trouble with these cards...they just weren't coming together as I wanted.

I changed this one because it looked too dark and added the white card base to the card after cutting off the original "Lost Lagoon" paper, then I added a bit of bling, but it still isn't my style. I guess you learn that as you're going along.

Now, this is more my style! I love the dragon fly which pops off of the paper. Underneath is a black stamped dragonfly. I painted the dragonfly with some Wink of Stella-Clear. It shimmers in the light and I added the sparkly pearl as the head.

Isn't this funny! I tried to get a selfie of Randy, Annie and I, but all I got was her snout!
I hope you enjoyed my blog post from the 4th of July. We had fun, even though it was hot!


Friday, October 23, 2015

What's Going On?

Hello my friends,
I've been really busy in the past couple of weeks, but I haven't forgotten about you. First off, my family is doing great and my sister e-mailed me that she will be moving back to the Midwest. Yeah! I'm so glad that she will be closer, even though it's still "states" away.

Second, I've been enjoying the Fall weather and I wanted to show you what our house and garden looks like at this time of the year. Here it is:

The tree is in our front yard, it's really getting the gold color of autumn, but eventually we will have a lot of red in the leaves in the next couple of weeks.

I haven't shared that I got a dog this past summer. I adopted her from a local rescue organization. She's 3 years old and has never had a "fur-ever" home. Her name is Annie and she's my sweet buddy. She's part Golden Retriever and part Chow Chow. Her favorite thing to do is to chase squirrels and snuggle with me. Or maybe the snuggling part is my favorite thing to do! 

I've also gotten involved with a Relay for Life Team. I'm a retired cancer nurse and the American Cancer Society (ACS) is very important to me. They do a lot of research to help with treatments for cancer and they promote a preventative life style. The picture below shows the people that are part of the Leadership Team. We met at my house and as you can see, we love to eat as we work on trying to think of ideas for funding our team for ACS.

As you can see, it's been a busy couple of weeks, but, I can't forget about card making and scrap booking. I've been working on 2012 scrapbook...yes...I'm that far behind. I've also been working on the November Stamp Camp and here is a picture of one of the cards we will make:

Sorry about the glare in this picture, but you can get the idea. I hope you'll be able to make it to the November Stamp Camp and make this card. We have a lot of fun and I love to teach so, don't worry if you don't know anything about card-making!

Take care,

Monday, October 12, 2015

Grateful for October

I love this card with the layers and rustic elements. This is another card that the Stamp Camp group will be doing this coming Saturday, Oct. 17th. It can be used as a thank you card or as a Thanksgiving card. I'm also thinking of making some decorations for the Thanksgiving table in the same design to hold the silverware and place each persons name instead of "grateful" on the design. Won't that be cute? Once I get one done, I'll post it so that you can copy it. 

I was trying a new technique with these cards. I used watercolor paper and colored the background with beautiful fall colors. I used Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and & Soft Suede. I taped it down on my desk before starting and then saturated the paper with water, then I started to apply the color. I love how it turned out. I stamped the trees and words in Memento Black and fussy cut around the trees. I love that it shows the new Woodland Textured Embossing Folder from Stampin' UP! in the background.

Randy and I have been cleaning up the yard and it looks pretty empty, but the autumn colors are starting to show in Southwestern Michigan. Today, will be another beautiful day...Indian the 70's and I'm going to enjoy it by sitting on my swing and reading "art" books.

Take care,

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Boo, It's Halloween!

I had a lot of fun creating this card and we'll be making it at Stamp Camp on October 17th. I used some retired punches to add to the card; the border and bat from Stampin' UP! The stamps are current and I especially love the "FaBOOlous" stamp. I had to get it, so I pretended I was a Hostess and spent enough for product that I got it. I also used a product called "Wink of Stella". I know, I know, it's been around for awhile, but I couldn't find it in my area. I got it in a craft store in Sturgis, MI when I was at a retreat. Yes, shopping is permitted during the retreat! 

I need those times to re-group and rejuvenate, not only with my friends, but also with my God. Geez, we get so busy that we forget who is really in charge. It's funny, I usually don't stop...I want to do it all, but then, God gives me a STOP sign that says you're doing too much. The STOP sign is usually my health, and last week was no different. I got two injections in my lumbar area of my back because I've been in so much pain that I couldn't walk more than 10 minutes. The injections helped a lot, but I experienced some side effects from the steroid that lasted 4 days. No fun, and my sleep schedule has been completely off, too. Well, enough of my issues...God is good and He has helped me to grow through all of these problems. Isn't that what it's all about, stampingcharacter on my soul and in my mind. 

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I hope you can join me at one of my events. Just take a look at my website at  to find out dates and times.

Take care,

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Cardmaking Day! Quick & Simple Card

Hi Everyone,
It's been quite a while since I posted a project, nor have I been able to blog about my garden. I don't know how the months flew by, but, I'll try to be a bit more diligent in my postings. October is here and I wanted to share a cute Fall card with you on this beautiful Autumn day. I fell in love with this stamp set called Lighthearted Leaves by Stampin' UP! I hope this card is something you'll share with other stampers and whoever the recipient of it will love it because you made it yourself.

Stamps: Lighthearted Leaves, A Dozen Thoughts
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Whisper White Craft
Cardstock: Whisper White (thick) 4 1/4 x 11 , Whisper White (regular) 3 3/4 x 5 ; Tangelo Twist 2 1/2 x 4 1/2, 4 x 5 1/4; Basic Black 2 1/2 x 4 1/2
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

1. Score 4 1/4 x 11 at 5 1/2. Fold in half. Adhere Tangelo Twist 4 x 5 1/4 to card front. 
2. Stamp Whisper White 3 3/4 x 5 randomly with a medium leaf in Tangelo Twist.
3. Stamp Tangelo Twist with Whisper White Craft; apply white embossing powder and heat set.
4. Stamp greeting in Basic Black on Tangelo Twist. Angle the Basic Black under the Tangelo Twist piece and adhere.

Have a great cardmaking day and I hope you'll visit my blog again.

Friday, July 24, 2015

I Can't Wait!

I just got a peak of the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin' UP! and...OH MY GOSH, it is awesome. I can't wait to show you all of the new products that are available, 50 pages of beautiful and delightful stamps and accessories. The only problem is that I will have to wait until mid-August to share it with you. As soon as Stampin' UP! says I can show it to my friends, I will, and then we can OOH and AAH it together!

In the meantime, I'm getting ready for July's stamp camp. Prepping for my camp is so much fun for me! I love the cutting and the organizing part...weird, huh? Anyway, I wanted to show you the cards we'll be making on Saturday. Here they are:

July Stamp Camp Cards

Three of them are made with our newest stamp sets, (from L to R) Sheltering Tree which came out this past spring. Sprinkles of Life which is this years Ronald McDonald House stamp set. For every stamp set sold, Stampin' UP! gives $3.00 to RMDH. Garden in Bloom is the next stamp set and I love it because I get to do a two-step stamping technique which is loads of fun (or frustration LOL)! The last card is made from Summer Silhouettes which I've had for quite a while, but I wanted to try to make it look like Queen Ann's Lace. Some folks just call that a weed, but to me it brings back great memories of hiking through the woods and meadows up north in Michigan when Mark and Ben were about 5 & 6 years old. Anyway, I tried embossing the flower part with white embossing powder and I think it came out pretty good. 

So, that's what I'll be doing Saturday and I can't wait to see my friends and share it with them!

Also, I haven't forgotten my garden this month. So, I'm going to share some of my pictures of how it's doing. Here they are:

Well, that's about it for now! I have to get back to prepping for Stamp Camp! See you soon, I hope!