Friday, May 30, 2014

Down on Blessing Avenue


A second post today ...

To challenges
In The Pink - Vintage

Paper Crafting Journey - Perfect in Pink

This is a thank you note for the chef who taught our last cooking class ....

and the inside ...

Hope you like it !


to comfort me


Happy Friday !

I am finding I can wear capris or shorts every day now, yippee !  That is one wonderful thing about this time of year.

Today's post goes to
Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2

with this sketch
and the added challenge of Purple !

Isn't purple such a challenge though.  Hard to match, and easy to look old fashioned,
and I don't mean that in a good way !!  I rarely use it, but stuck my neck out
when I saw this sketch ...

My card ...


Hope you like it !

Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A breeze passes the porch


Thank you to the ladies at Try Stampin' on Tuesday who included this card in 
their Top Three !!

Happy Wednesday !

Today's card is going to the sketch challenge at

my card ...

The twist this week is Girlfriends !

When I chose the sentiment I was thinking about my BF Rufina.
Once a waitress told us that she could tell we had known each other for a long long time !
Yup, we have been best friends since we met 26 years ago.  Old conversations weave in and out of our time together, we have supported one another through a lot.
Isn't it great to have that BF who never needs an explanation.

When we got so old we were starting to think about grandkids, we both had boys, born 6 weeks apart.
It was pretty darned fun (and still is !) being Grandmothers together.

Hope you like the card.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spending all my money


This card made the top 3 at the very last challenge at
Unscripted Challenges !  Thank you, ladies, you will be missed !

A busy holiday, for sure.

But, today I am back with a card for two different challenges ...

is inspiring with this great photo ...

has another excellent sketch ...

Here is my card for today ...

We had Spencer all weekend as his mom and dad were playing in a couples golf tournament.  (which they won, yippee !)  We took him to a dog show, that was all about agility.  Spencer's dog, Patches,  is part border collie, and pretty darned high strung.  Spencer said he was going to try to train him, but

"the hardest part would be getting him to sit on a table without moving for 5 seconds."

Spencer got a little goody bag at the door that had about three doggy treats in it, which he thought would be sufficient to train Patches over 10 weeks.

We had a lot of fun all weekend, including, of course, one game of Monopoly.  

We sprung the news that we were all going to go to Disneyworld in the winter, that was some pretty exciting news for him !!

Have a great day, hope you liked the card.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

looking for you


This card made top three at Try Stampin' on Tuesday !
Thank you ladies !!

This pretty pink and ecru card is on its cheery way to

and this is their sketch ...

and this is my card !!

On the under layers, I stitched the top, and taped the sides.  The bottom scallops are popped up.

Hope you like it !!


Monday, May 19, 2014

Chocolate stains


One of the fun things about Monday, and I know there aren't a lot of them ...
is that I always have a fresh Spencer story.

But first, this card was made for two challenges ...

Color Challenge

and this sketch challenge at

Here is my card ...

Yesterday I was reading to Spencer a book about Lemony Snicket and his
"detective" cases ...

and there was an English word I knew he wouldn't be familiar with.
So, I stopped reading, and gave him an American version of the word.

Then I said
When I was a little girl living in Canada, we used different words too.  Like, we said "dust bin" instead of "garbage can".

And he said
When I was a little boy living in France, we used different words too.  Like, we said

But I tickled him so we will never know what those words were.

He has always had a preoccupation with France, and the Eiffel Tower.  He says he is going to go to France so he can see it !!

Ooo La La
6 year old boys are a riot.


La la la la


This card took the top spot at Sweet Sketch Wednesday !  
Thank you, ladies !!!

Happy Monday !!

Today's card is off to two challenges ...

has L for Layers

has this sketch ...

here is my card !

 Friends make life so much happier, don't they !

Hope you like the card !


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

You're my sweetheart


Spencer and I often sing the "Hey Ho" song,
he is truly my sweetheart !

This post is heading over to 
with their color challenge
combined with Shabby !

Here is their inspiration ...

and also to
Clear It Out Challenge
cards for Mom, using stashed flowers

Guess I got a little bit brighter, but what a happy card !!

Hope it cheers you up, if you are feeling low.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pick up your feet


Warm and sunny today, hard to believe we are not in the full months of summer !  Usually it is rain rain rain until July.

Dom and Spencer got their "crops" planted in the raised bed over the weekend.  We will be looking forward to a lot of great vegetables !  

Today I have a manly card, heading off to two completely different challenges.

always has a great sketch !
Even if I can't participate I always add their sketch to my collection.

is having a male challenge this week.

Here is my cowboy ...

Nice and simple.  Some sewing, and some distressing.

Hope you like it !


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Go anywhere


This card made Top 3 at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday !!
Thank you, ladies !

Today's post is going over to ...

I haven't played here before, but I sure liked the sketch !!

I don't make enough square cards.

Here is my card  ...

and I fit a little tag in there ...

for those of us who lived through the Vietnam war ...

Mother's Day is tomorrow, and a few years ago I was stopped by a television reporter who asked me "What do you want for Mother's Day ?"

When I said world peace, he looked at me so strangely and asked
"why is that ?"

I am hoping he only asked that to expand on my thoughts, but being he was young and a guy I am not certain, and I said
"that is what all mothers want."

When I was a teen and in my 20's, our boys were subject to the draft.  If you haven't known a draft, it was a pretty terrible way of selecting who America would send to war.  And what many felt, was into a war for absolutely nothing.  We lost nearly 60,000 boys and men, their average age was 19.  The ones who came back often fell to drugs, alcohol and post traumatic stress. 

I am hoping peace is still what mothers really want.  

Peace for all our sons and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends.  And all of those in uniform who are in unfriendly territories.

Happy Mother's Day to all !!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Of a captive bird


The ladies over at

have been so generous to me this year !  Thank you all so much !!

Today's post is also heading over there, and here is the fun sketch !

Here is my card ...

I totally love that ribbon ...

Tomorrow is Friday !!


Count our dollars on the train


It has been a busy week, and I haven't kept up with blogging my cards !

So, before it is too late ...

always a sketch the first Saturday of the month
and here it is !

I am finding that sketch challenges are more and more fun !

My card ....

Hope you like it !!


Friday, May 2, 2014

Friday Friday


Happy Friday once again !!

Today's card is going to

and it is a sketch !

My card ...

Isn't it odd, how after you have hoarded one piece of paper, you have trouble bringing it all together in the end.  That is how I felt about the bird paper.  Then I ended up with some pretty dull paper to go with it !  Well, live and learn, huh.  Not always the greatest cards on my blog, but I try to post the more boring ones along with the good ones.  (I pretend I am bringing encouragement to newbies, lol)

Have a great weekend !!