Friday, March 24, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Mar) - Adventure

We are very fortunate to live near a National Forest and we spend lots of time hiking with our dogs.  During the winter months a section of State highway is closed due to snow and rockfall, and serves as a great paved hiking trail with spectacular views. The inspiration for this layout came from Stuck?! Sketches.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy Birthday - Tween

Happy Birthday to my niece Sydney. The idea for the interior of this card came from Pinterest via "ruby-heartedmom" at

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Birthday - Boy

My husband's grandnephew is celebrating his 2nd birthday today. The idea for this card was totally CASE'd from Kathy at Stampingstill. The story on Kathy's blog about the stamp set is very cute. Oh how we take all things stamping for granted....LOL.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - March 2017

Here in SoCal we are seeing extreme high temperatures while in the Northeast they are preparing for a Nor'easter. So, for this month's sketch from Miyuchi I thought these two photos were perfect. They were taken 1 day apart just 84 miles from each other. Crazy, huh?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Mar) - Let's Ride

Last weekend we participated in the 4th Annual Emerald Necklace Grand Tour sponsored by the Redlands Conservancy whose mission is to protect Redlands' historic built environment and irreplaceable agricultural and natural environments, for today's and future generations to enjoy. To see this month's sketch from Stuck?! Sketches click here.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wedding Card - Japanese Kanji

While searching for wedding card ideas I came across the Japanese tradition of gift money or goshugi. A quick google search revealed all sorts of elaborately decorated gift money envelopes, some with kanji (Japanese characters) and some without. So, I decided to break out my watercolor brush (totally the wrong brush) and take a stab at creating the symbol for LOVE. Unfortunately I didn't find this great video until after I was finished. I think mine is a little top heavy but it will have to do. As you can see from the closeup I used watercolor paper, a mica spray and really small pearl accents for the cherry blossoms.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 (Feb)

For this month's second sketch from Stuck?! I used a photo from a ride we did in Palm Springs last month. It was quite chilly when we started but we were grateful to have a sunny day after heavy rains the night before.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - February 2017

For this month's sketch from Miyuchi I used two photos from Christmas that were taken at a local bowling alley. Not having been bowling in over 20 years it was a lot of fun and I was amazed by how much the technology has changed with respect to scoring, automatic bumpers, etc. Great fun!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 (Feb) - Horses

If you haven't been to a horse race it's really a fun experience even if you're not a gambler. All of the sights and sounds are like nothing you've ever experienced and it's really affordable and family friendly. Here are a few pics from our trip last weekend for this month's first sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Serendipity Sketch - January 2017

I came across this wonderful sketch and gallery by Miyuchi at For this layout I used photos from a fishing adventure we had with my niece and nephew over the Christmas holiday in Virginia. The weather was unseasonably warm and we had a ton of fun casting our lures across the pond.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #2 - Hello

For the last few years we've tried to take a crazy Christmas photo in addition to  the traditional posed photo. Lots of fun and perfect for the second January sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stuck?! Layout #1 - Nerdy Nummies

My niece is a huge fan of YouTube star Rosanna Pasino and her first cook book called Nerdy Nummies. So over the holidays we baked a double layer chocolate cake with white frosting all from scratch. For this layout I followed the sketch for Layout #1 from Stuck?!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

12 Tags of 2016 - Year in Review

Another year and another set of tags completed. Woot! Woot! Please scroll down to see all of my "12 Tags of 2016" as inspired by Tim Holtz. If you have a favorite please let me know in the comments.  I'll be anxiously awaiting to see your feedback and what 2017 brings.













Sunday, December 25, 2016

Peace & Joy

Happy Holidays to you and your family. May 2017 bring you much Peace & Joy.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2016 (Dec)

Happy December! Here is my twelfth and final tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2016. As with previous years, I relied on my stash and improvised as needed while still trying to stay true to Tim's style. For this tag I used ephemera, inks and sprays from Ranger, poinsettia paper and punch elements from SU, and burlap from an old place setting. On January 1st I will be posting all twelve tags as part of a Year in Review. Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Happy Birthday - Masculine Card

It's not often that we make or see masculine cards posted online so I wanted to share this card that I made for my brother. For the top layer I used a piece of red cardboard that was leftover from my November tag. Rather than use the same technique I left the cardboard layers intact. The numbers were created using Stampin' Up! number dies and the background splatter was created using a mica spray.

Friday, November 11, 2016

All American

To say this has been a tough week for our country would be an understatement. That being said, I wanted to share a fun photo of my sister-in-law competing in an All American soapbox derby. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2016 (Nov)

Twelve down and one to go...another great year of tags in the making from Tim.  As usual, I did not have all the supplies needed but I had similar products and utilized Tim's techniques. The rub-ons are just random images from my stash but I really liked the resist effect it created. Unfortunately my letter dies were far too big for the tag so I used a wood embellishment which actually worked well with the fall theme. Now on to Christmas and winter. Yikes.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hello World

My nephew was interviewed by his after school program for a post they did on Facebook. Some very memorable quotes for a 9-year old.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Leaves Birthday Card

This week one of my best friends from high school is celebrating her birthday.  She is one of the most caring and strong women I know. Happy Birthday Kim!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2016 (Oct)

For this month's tag from Tim I used a printable mummy skull that I found off of the internet and created my own industrial look using an eyelet tool and foil tape. I applied alcohol ink directly to the pieces of foil and just let it run wherever it decided to go. For the background I distressed some newsprint collage paper to match Tim's patchwork collage technique.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

SBC - Sketch 495

A few weeks ago we rode 25 miles in San Diego's Bike the Bay event.  The highlight of the ride was riding over the 2.1 mile long San Diego-Coronado Bridge. This is sketch #495 from Scrapbook Challenges.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2016 (Sep)

This is definitely a twist on Tim's tag for September.  As you can see I did not have the embellishments or the stamp that Tim used so I decided to go completely outside the box and use Tim's Crazy Dogs stamp set while still using his techniques.

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