Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Class Cards

As promised, these are the cards we made in Suzanne's class at Outstamping Designs in Valley Junction in Des Moines IA.  They were all made using one sheet of Penny Black stamps.  They are all pretty self explanatory except for the last one.  We put acetate over the top of this one and added the fern and tulle to the front.  Really made for a different but very nice card. 

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Our Group 2016

Last week was our annual gathering for my Yahoo Group.  We met online years ago and started going to Des Moines 9 years ago.   We meet for lunch the first day, then we shop at the big box store and one local stamp store in Ankeny IA.  After that we go check in to the motel and catch up, get unpacked and then go to dinner at the Machine Shed.  The next day we head to Valley Junction to Outstamping Designs.  Marj Huber is the owner and she opens early for us and stays late so we are there all day and evening!  Thank you so very much, Marj.  We can't wait to see you next summer!  We shop, we talk, we create and we learn.  We always take a class and for the last two years, Suzanne has taught us.  This year we used Penny Black stickers in our class and made 4 different cards.  They will be on my next blog post.  On the third day we start out at Outstamping Designs and work/play until early afternoon when we pack up and go to Biaggi's restaurant for lunch and then it is time to say goodby for another year.  The ladies are (top picture, back row) Vicki in the plaid shirt,  Lynette, Georgia, me, and front row, Kris. 

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Sunday, June 12, 2016


Boy has it been hot here!  It officially didn't hit 100 degrees but here at my house with my thermometer in the shade, it was 102 degrees today and in the high 90's all week.  I had to mow the grass during this heat so I ended up doing it late afternoon when there was a very slight breeze.  I finished and went right to the showers!  Felt so good!!!   But then thought ice cream would be wonderful but there was none to be had.  Ice water had to suffice.  So I made this card to cool off! 
The background is a stencil, the stamps are from Simon Says Stamp, and the sequins are from Pretty Pink Posh.  Oh and then there is a strip of washi tape at the bottom.  Looks like we are going to be getting some rain so maybe I better dig out some rainy stamps.

Until next time, Happy trails to you...


Monday, June 6, 2016

Flip Flops

Summer is almost here!  Our weather is heating up this week and they are saying 90's are in the forecast.  We haven't turned on the air conditioning yet but I think it is coming!  When it is that hot it is hard to do much other than "relax and unwind and get in a flip flop state of mind"!  Before we know it fall will be here again so enjoy every wonderful minute of summer and all that it brings! 

Until next time, happy trails to you!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

I'm finally back!  Goodness, where does the time go?  I thought I had posted last week but apparently not.  I made this for a friend a while back but never got it on my blog.  I used some beautiful sparkly paper from Michaels and the platinum embossing powder from Ranger.  It's my favorite!  And of course, the die from Memory Box. 

We are now having lots of rain and it is finally warmer.  By July we will be begging for rain!  Everything is very very green and in my neighborhood, very very loud!  We had a big hail storm pass through and they are starting to replace roofs.  I had just finished all of my planting and gotten the hanging plants hung that afternoon and by 3:30 a.m. they were all gone.  I replanted and hope they don't get damaged! 

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Confirmation 2016

Our church had six Confirmands this year and I was asked to make cards for them.  This is what I came up with. I really like the simplicity of this card.  The leaves are made from vellum so they sort of just float on the card.  They are not glued down except under the cross.  I hope this gives you some ideas for cards of your own!

We had a horrible storm last night.  I just finished planting all of my bedding plants etc and we got hail and wind.  I think my plants are toast.  Lots of hail and wind!  It is still raining so have not been out to check on things, but it looks like a big mess outside.  It hailed so hard that my alarms went off.  And it hailed for a long time!

Also I picked up a book from the library yesterday that I had had on reserve.  It is Lisa Scottoline's newest called Most Wanted.  It gets you from page 1.  Hard to put down.  If you have read it, let me know what you thought. 

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Birthday Stephanye

My friend, Stephanye is celebrating another birthday today!  I made her this card and it arrived on time.  YIPPEE!!  I used a GinaK stamp set and papers for this one and added some google eyes and I went with sequins for the bubbles.   I hope she has had a wonderful day with family and her grandbabies. 

It has been raining her for a week now!  We had a tornado warning, we had hail, we had lots and lots of rain and I for one am ready to see some sunshine and some warm temperatures.  We had a wonderful April up to last week when it turned cold again.  We went from the 70's and sun to the 40's and clouds.  So disappointing.  I was just getting used to going to sit on the deck.  Now I am walking with my winter coat and ear muffs on.  I think later this week we are supposed to see sun again.  I for one can't wait!

Until next time, happy trails to you!!!