Monday, November 13, 2017

Time for Some Thanksgiving Cards

This is one of the cards my group recently made for our fall card class.  I had a variety of stamps they could use for the sentiment.  Some of them even change it to a birthday card for fall birthdays.  My next class will be on Monday November 20 when we will make Christmas cards.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day

Today we remember and thank every veteran.  We especially thank our parents for their service, Bob Alexander USAF, Jim Gilroy Sr. US Army, and May Gilroy US Coast Guard.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Retiform

I have been seeing a lot of cards made with the retiform or grid  technique.  I finally gave it a try.  I used several different stamp sets to make it.  For a first try, I am happy with how they turned out.  If I did these again I would use a lighter shade of brown.

Tomorrow we will be at St Timothy's Craft Show in Lutz and Christmas Under the Oaks in Clearwater on Sunday.  Monday I will be sleeping late.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cards with the Flute Choir

Today the flute section and members of the flute choir from the community band I am in came over to make some Christmas cards.  This is one of the cards they made.  The picture doesn't show the nice sparkle to the rhinestones or the Wink of Stella on the center of the poinsettias in the background.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Yes I know I said I like daisies and sunflowers and these are coneflowers.  I like them too since they have that same look.  This would be another one that I would be glad to add to one of my windows.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sunset in the Woods

This piece is suppose to look like it has a wood frame but it actually is brown glass.  If you look in the sky, there is the beginning of a pretty sunset.  Our show this weekend will be in Cedar Key at the Seafood Festival.  Maybe we will see some nice sunsets there.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pretty Sunflowers

I have been working on daisy and sunflower cards the past few days.  I guess Jim decided to try some sunflowers also.  Of course I like this one because it goes right along with my daisy and sunflower obsession.  Maybe I can sneak this one out of his stash and make it mine.  It has such an interesting border too.

This Saturday we will be at Keystone United Methodist Church for their annual craft show.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Daisy Punch

I can't believe I haven't posted much showing the daisy punch.  I had to wait to get it because it was on backordered.  When I finally got it, I went crazy making cards with it.  I love daisies and sunflowers so it was perfect for me.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Mom

Today would have been my mom's 96th birthday.  This is the type of card that I would send her.  She would love the lacy look and the pearls.  Unlike me in my blue jeans and Crocs, she always liked to dress up with heels and hats.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tranquil Tulips

Tulips are one of the flowers that don't grow where I live.  You can plant them but if you want them to come back the next year, the bulbs have to be dug up, put in the frig, and re-planted.  too much work for me.  I loved the colors on both these cards so I decided to put them in the same picture.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Happy Anniversary

Today would have been my parents 71st wedding anniversary.  Thinking of them today.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

Traditionally school started the day after Labor Day.  Boy am I showing my age.  The truth is as a teacher I always started back before Labor Day, one year as early as July 31.  Now I am enjoying a constant summer vacation in retirement.  I love this new die from Stampin' Up!.  Thanks to Lyssa for the inspiration for this card.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

By the Sea

I am always looking for different greetings for my cards.  When I saw these greeting at Technique Junkie, I knew they would go perfect with these Gina Marie dies that I had.  The mermaid is cut out of glitter paper and really sparkles.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Orchids and Bamboo

Look at the embossing in the background of these two cards.  I bought those embossing folders at least 10 years ago and never used them until today.  They were in a package with other folders that I have used a lot, but I just couldn't find anything to use with them.  I have one more that I need to use out of that package so I am looking for ideas.  When I saw this new orchid Stampin' Up! set, I knew I had found something to go with my Asian folders.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Daisy Punch

I was so excited to finally get my daisy punch.  Daisies and sunflowers are two of my favorite flowers.  One of my card buddies asked me to teach her how to make a card with this lattice design.  This was one of the cards I made while learning the technique myself.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Lemons in Life

Everyone has heard the traditional when life gives you lemons..........saying.  When I saw this greeting at a recent stamp show I had to buy it.  They #techniquejunkies also had the background stamp so of course I had to add it to my purchase too.  I also knew I had a retired Stampin' up  lemon stamp to finish off any card I would make.  Which version of the card do you like best?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Flirty Flamingo

I love this flamingo die and think it goes so well with the tropical designer paper.  This is one of the cards we will be making at card class Monday.  Hope they like it.  After I use it as a model in class, I am going to send it to one of my crafting buddies who recently had heart surgery.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mr Hedgehog

We were watching the movie Sing with some of the nieces and nephews this past week.  When the porcupines showed up I had to ask if they were porcupines or hedgehogs.  Not that I don't know the differences but for some reason I couldn't really tell.  So that made me think of this little hedgehog guy.  I checked and I haven't posted him before so I thought it was time for him to make an appearance.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Christmas and Cats

We do not have a cat but my family did have one when I was growing up.  All those hanging ornaments are so much temptation for the poor kitties.  I know several people who own cats and have been to their houses when the Christmas tree is up.  Most of them have unbreakables near the bottom so the cat can enjoy the tree too.  We are doing a cat show this year so I am starting to work on various cat cards.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Treble Clef

Does this picture bother you?  It bothers me and it should bother you also.  If you look at a piece of music you will see that the treble clef does not look quite like this.  But no worries it's ok.  When he took the picture he was looking at the back.  So when it is hung correctly, the clef will be right.  I know I can rotate pictures but I don't think there is a way to flip something.

My community band will be performing a patriotic concert this Thursday in Sun City Center.  Then we get the month of July off for a little break.