Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For Jean

A couple of weeks ago I posted one of my fall cards with leaves.  My friend Jean had seen all of the ones I had made and this one was her favorite.  She made me promise to put it on my blog and then I forgot.  So, Jean, better late than never!

We have had absolutely beautiful weather in Nebraska this fall.  The trees are so pretty and the sky is so blue and the temperatures are in the high 60's and low 70's.  I do realize this is all going to come to a crashing stop but for now, we are sure enjoying it!  It was so nice all of last week that Lucy and I walked 81,753 steps and 37.29 miles!  Yup, I have started wearing my FitBit again.  I was using my phone but the FitBit is more accurate.  

So we are heading out for a walk now so until next time, happy trails to you!!


Monday, October 13, 2014


I am a brand new Card Angel!  I received my first assignment Sunday and this is the card I made for her.  I used Distress inks and a Memory Box stencil called Mesh to make this card.  I inked on the "just wanted to say" and used a die cut for the "hello".  Now I have to write a note and tell her who I am and pop it in the mail.  If you are wondering what a Card Angel is, my friend Bicka told me about them.  They are a group who sends cards to people with cancer.  You can also send a small gift occasionally if you want to.  You apply and then the match you with someone and you become their angel.  I think it is a great program - who doesn't like to get happy mail? 

Yesterday my grandson, Justin was here and we cleaned out my garage.  Boy did it need it! We pulled out everything and put it in the driveway and sorted through stuff.   We were able to toss a lot of junk and rearrange things.  Sure looks nice in there now!  We had such a nice day to do it and today is cold and rainy, so I would say we did it just in time! 

Since it is such a miserable day, I think I will stay in and stamp and catch up on my  reading.  I hope it gets nice later or at least quits raining so Lucy and I can go on our walk.  We have been doing really well at getting our 10,000 steps in every day!

Until next time, Happy trails to you!!!


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fun with Leaves

I made a ton of leaves with a die and distress inks.  Then I had to put them on cards!  They are so fun to make I just couldn't stop.  Some of them I then embossed like these.  Some I brushed with a Wink of Stella clear pen.  Anyway I am into leaves at the moment.  Even though it is in the 80's here at home.  My driveway is full of acorns and the leaves have started to fall so it won't be long before I will be really really tired of leaves!  

Until next time, Happy trails to you!!


Monday, September 22, 2014


Well the weather is a little cooler and the leaves are starting to fall.  The sunflowers are huge this year and the birds will enjoy them for months to come.  I love the cooler weather but am not crazy about the snow and ice that will be following along with bitter cold temperatures.  And being cooped up inside for weeks at a time.  Oh well, it's the price you pay to live in Nebraska!  A good time to curl up with a stack of books and a boatload of stamps and while the days and weeks away. 

Until next time, happy trails to you


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Craft Room

I thought I would share my new craft room with you.  I finally finished it in August and have been working in it for about a month now.  I so love having everything in one place.  The first picture is a new bookcase I bought and filled up and it holds all of the stuff I use a lot and next to it is my scrap paper on the top in the black and white bag and the three baskets below are embossing things.

 This is a framed piece that I bought when Michelle, my daughter and I were in Chicago earlier this summer.  It says CREATE and each letter was a photo taken in and around Chicago. 
 My pride and joy is this island I designed.  There are two pictures of it, one looking straight on and the other looking from the bookcase side.  In the front I have all of my acrylic stamps in Avery Elle envelopes in Refrigerator bins from Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Notice I chose not to have doors on the front because for me it is out of sight out of mind and I wanted to see them all the time.  In the second picture is my dies, embossing folders, sewing machine, and Cuttlebug. 

I have two library card catalogs in my room.  They store a ton of things that I use.  Some I use a lot and some I just use occasionally but it is all there and each drawer is labeled.   The other picture is down a little ways.  Sorry about that mix up.

 This picture is  of my husband and myself.  I keep him close to me always. 
 These are  my Martha Stewart punches.  Next to them is my Ikea cart.  It holds my Copic markers and other stuff that I am currently working on.
 My smaller library card catalog and in the plaid cooler are more punches. 
 This bookcase holds my wood stamps in the gray and black boxes and also my SU stamps.  Some of my paper is in the case above the bookcase and stickers are in the brown basket. 
Finally my work table.  So that is what the top looks like!  I haven't seen it in a long time!  LOL  I am having friends over to craft soon so must clean it off!   Thanks for letting me take you on this tour of my happy space. 

Until next time, Happy trails to you!


Thursday, September 4, 2014

With Sympathy

We all hate to have to make these cards so I thought I would make a few in advance and hope I never have to use them.  But I am doing a card ministry at my Church so I imagine that I will need some sooner than later.  This was a simple card using kraft cardstock and embossed the flowers with white embossing powder. 

I have been doing a lot of reading.  All of the books I had on order from our library came at once. The two I liked the best and are well worth reading is A Perfect Life by Danielle Steel and The Matchmaker by Elin Hildebrand.

Until next time, Happy trails to you...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Last card for Class

The last card for class.  This was done with distress inks but just ink to paper.  I love the way they blend together so nice.  The stars and the black scribble are from Papertrey Ink as is the sentiment.  I hope you like it.  I really like the colors of this one.  

Until next time, Happy trails to you!!!