Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Oh, the places I've been

Kim and I spent three days enjoying the summer passport. We started with a class at Inspiration Station is Stafford Springs, CT. Then we did some shopping. The next day we spent  in Massachusetts at Ink About it where we shopped and spent some time doing $1 Make n Takes. Got 10 of the cutest little cards which I did not photograph. We then went to Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, Massachusetts. What a nice store with helpful staff. The drive home was horrible though.

We took a separate day and went to three stores in Connecticut plus one that wasn't part of the passport in Simsbury, and ended the day back at Inspiration Station for another class.

Here are some photos.
For some reason, blogger won't add my photos. I'll try again later. C Ya!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Baby card

Friends just had their first baby, Olivia Camille. Isn't that the prettiest name!
So, of course we need a card. Despite having two granddaughters and an array of pink paper, nothing really jumped out at me.
Along with BFF, Kim, I went to Absolutely Everything in Topsfield, MA last week. We had so much fun on our day trip. we also hit Ink About It in a neighboring town, where they were holding one dollar Make and Takes. So, we each made ten cute cards.

Back to Olivia's card - bought all the paper at Absolutely Everything. What a nice store and the staff were friendly and helpful. I would definitely go back. And here it is!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Christmas in July, 2012

I thoroughly  enjoyed the Christmas in July class at Inspiration Station, Stafford Springs, CT. Donna Sledzik continues to be inspiring, creative and extremely patient as a teacher. I just love her classes. It's probably a good thing that I am thirty five minutes away or I'd have no money left. On the other hand, I would have so many more beautiful objects around the house. Donna held a beach lover's printer's tray class that I was unable to attend. It really called to me and hopefully, she will hold another.

Anyway, we made four beautiful Christmas cards and here are photos. check out the gold splash in the bottom corner of the Santa card. We used Versamark and then sprinkled some gold flaky things and something else (will have to double check on the product) and heated the card the card from underneath. Apparently, if we had heated from the top, all the gold would have blown off. Will definitely have to try this again.
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Just love the sentiment here and I'm on the look out for this stamp.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Make and Takes

Went to the Make and Takes at Life's Memories and More. Took my friend Lillian with me. I think she enjoyed it and will probably go back.

Most cards were geared to Fathers Day but since I only have one father, I used Happy Birthday. They will work for many of my male relatives.

And I have a shot of a card that I made at home while playing with my goddaughter Katie, an extremely talented paper crafter who is only 12! This card is made with a coffee snuggy (is that the right word) from Wawa in Virginia. Love Wawa! If you haven't ever visited one - it is a gas station and convenience store and it is clean and friendly and they make hot sandwiches and milk shakes and have the best coffee bar. Yum!

I used some distress paint and threw on some glitter while the paint was wet. Katie showed me the technique, btw. Told you she's a clever paper crafter. And a clever girl!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New cards with shadow stamp

Participated in another class at Inspiration Station in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Here are some photos of the beautiful cards that we made under the tutelage of Donna Sledzik.
Kissing technique

very vintage

I like the colors on this one.

We didn't distress this at all!

Perhaps a better shot?
So, I cheated a little on my card and tea swap hosted by Fran Kawakami. The optional theme of red and green and flowers was met using this last card. There are flowers although not many; it is red and the stamp is aqua. That is kind of green, right?

Michael and I just returned from a week at Cape Cod so I didn't really have much time to make another card.

I do hope my swap partner in Hawaii enjoys the card. I didn't write in it so she can use it for someone's birthday in the future.

Monday, April 2, 2012

spring, Easter, cards, bunnies, vintage

I am involved in a lovely card swap each month hosted by Fran Kawakami. You can visit her blog, which is wonderful at

Anyway, the colors scheme, which is always optional, is purple and yellow. So, I took one of the vintage cards from last week's class with Donna Sledzik at Inspiration Station in Stafford Springs, CT, and did it up in purple and yellow. However, I am now thinking it is too Easter and will most likely work on another card. I have a week to send it out so will be on time even though it is going to Canada.

My very best friend, Kim, gave me the pieces for a card, also shown here with the little chick. I put it together but stole the ribbon for the card with the bunny. Kim, who is extremely crafty and into all sorts of things, made me this cool wreath. I have it up at work in front of a fake window. I have no window in my office, a source of much upsetness for me. I feel quite claustrophobic every day. The guys in our Weatherization Assistance Program hung this window for me one day to make me feel better. I do work with some very wonderful people.

BTW, Kim's blog is

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

vintage cards

Anyone reading this will fall over. I have not posted to my blog in months and months. Oh, I've tried but blogpost has failed me on several occasions. Funny, I blog for work and it never fails! Anyway, went to a class at Inspiration Station last night. Donna does a monthly card club and last night's cards were beautiful. Plus, we took home a stamp set and a stack of embossed paper. That's like getting half the cost of the class back. You know I'm signing up for next month.