Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Total Eclipse of the Heart

So me and hubby loaded up the van, and drove

to Sweetwater TN to see the eclipse.
It was awesome! We had totality a little over 2 minutes. 
Everyone cheered when the sun was covered. So cool!

Photo doesn't do it justice. There was red aura around the moon, and

it was changing colors. Wish that could have been captured on the photo. 
These were taken with Skip's camera. 
Click on the photos to enlarge. I made a viewfinder that

NASA recommended. Since it was made with cardstock, and 

everyone knows I have plenty of that around! We were sitting on the side

of Walmart along with a ton of other people and there were shopping carts next

to the van. Anyway I put one 12x12 piece of white cardstock on top of the cart. The

other piece of cardstock had a square hole that I cut and was covered with tin

foil and a pin hole in the center of it. Perfect way to view the eclipse safely.
Skip hanging out on the camp chairs waiting for the big event. 

I also made a pinhole camera with a Cheerios box. He

brought along his arc welding glasses so we could look at the event, but

the old school science girl in me wanted to use the pinhole camera. 

Places along the way were offering parking for 20 dollars. I can't beleive

anyone would pay to park when there were plenty of places to park for free. 

As I said there were tons of people in the Walmart parking lot. 

Several people had telescopes. 

Of course traffic was horrendous when we left. 

People were there from all over the states. 

See the speed limit sign? I took it cause in TN there are these vines

that creep up and cover everything. 

But also because of our speed at the time. LOL

It took us almost 3 hours to drive 26 miles on the freeway. 

I would do it again. So worth it to see such a special event. 

I'll be back with more photos of the trip tomorrow. 

Oh after the event on the radio they were playing Total Eclipse of the Heart by

Bonnie Tyler. They also played Bad Moon Rising by CCR. 

Celestial trails

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Yellow Watermelon?

So have you ever had a yellow watermelon? 

I wasn't aware they even had them till me and 

hubby stopped by Heritage Farm last week. 

Located right here in Brunswick Heritage Farm

has many farmers come to sell there crops. 

We went there to find a seeded watermelon as 

hubby has it in his head that the seedless melons are

not as sweet as the ones that do have seeds. I

don't taste the difference. 

It must be to early for locals to have ripe melons, but

we did find a girl selling yellow ones. 

Here is an inside view of the melon. Didn't even taste like

watermelon to me. It wasn't bad just different. Don't think I'll be 

getting another one. 

Stamping trails

Monday, August 21, 2017

Mailable Monday #207

My friend Kathy sent me this card last week, 

and I really like it. 

She told me that the lines going around the border were

not done using a ruler. Kat used a piece of 

acetate (or window sheet) cut to the size of the 

layer she wanted. After the stamping is finished lay

the cut window sheet over the images and use

a marker to go around it. Word of caution make sure

you stop when you come to an image. Don't draw through them. 

Speaking from experience here. First time I did it that was exactly

what I did. LOL

Once I got started making these I couldn't stop see for yourself. 
 Fall card.


and a fun sewing theme one. 

Let me know if you try this out, and how you liked it. 

Stamping trails

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bliss is a Dog called Ozzy

I'm still making things with a dogs days of Summer theme. 

This is a photo of Ozzy. He belongs to my friends. 

Found this photo in with some other ones in a box in my craft room. 

At one time I must have thought it would make a cute card. 

And I still do. Just the look on his face says pure bliss! 

Here is an inside view. 

Of course I had to put more doggie footprints on the back of the card. 

So photos do make cute cards. Just make sure you use a copy, and 

not the original unless you are like me, and doubles of everything. 

Stopped by the dollar store the other day. They had

candy corn M & M's on the counter. I have one word to say

YUCK!!!! Don't know who would like these things. 

Normally I love all the designer M's flavors, but I can't get on 

board with this one. 

Stamping trails

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Bring on the Rays

Love how this card turned out! 

I'm still in summer mode as its very hot, and sunny here. 

The background was made using Tim Holtz layering stencil. This

one is called Ray. 
The ends of the rays were sponged with Crushed Curry ink. As
The rays got closer to the sun I sponged with Cajun Craze ink. 
The single flower stamp is an old one from Stampendous!. Name of the stamp is

Agapanthus Cluster.

You can still get this stamp at local craft stores. I've seen them still being sold.

Must still be popular.

Not much else going on in our little Suburb. We

are still working with the garden. This time of the year is busy!

The tomatoes are ripe so I have to put them up for winter.

Still have green beans I put up another three quarts yesterday.

I will be glad when the garden is finished so I can take a rest, and

have more time to stamp!

Stamping trails

Friday, August 18, 2017

Dog Days of Summer Crazy Dog Style

Since they call this time of the year the dogs days

of summer....I couldn't resist making some cards 

using Tim Holtz Crazy dogs. These are the mini dogs. There

is a large set of dogs, but I didn't buy those....yet. 

The mini dogs have three dogs along with some greetings, and 

doggie toys. 

Here is a closer look at the dogs. I used lovely as

a tree in the background. The mounds of dirt/grass were

hand drawn. I tried to capture how our grass looks now. Not much

green going on. We got some browns, yellows, and a little bit of green. 

We really need some rain. I wonder if I should go out on the lawn and

do a rain dance. Nope strike that....its too hot!!!!!

This is my favorite dog from the set. So cute! 

I used a layering stencil to make the dots in the background. 

Very happy that this set comes with matching dies. Why

doesn't all stamp sets come with them? Maybe someday! 

Stamping trails

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vintage Beautiful Lady Card

Beautiful vintage lady card. 

The stamps are from Hero Arts, and came with matching dies. 

Lady stamped on Smoky Slate cardstock using Basic Gray ink. 

The only color I added to her is on the cheeks, and lips. 

Thanks to my crafty buddy Kathleen for sending me the little

cameos. The cream vintage lace was added around her collar then

the cameo was attached. She was also popped up over the 

the cream layer of embossed cardstock. 

Here is a side view. I added some stamping to the inside as well. 

The embossed layer is also popped over the base card. 

Love the vintage doily edged washi tape. 

and here is the inside view. The set came

with the large upper body image, and the smaller

full body image. Gotta love stamps with matching dies. 

Makes crafting so much easier. I mean I like fussy cutting as

well as the next crafter, but matching dies are my friends!

Got a call last night around 6  from my son. He goes how ya doing.

I told him I was fine. He goes I'm in the hospital. On his way home from

work a female driver made a left turn out in front on him.

Both of them are okay, but John banged up his wrist pretty good, and

got a cut on his head from the air bag going off, but nothing broken.

The car is totaled. I told him we can replace a car can't replace him. I was

going to dye my hair a few days ago. I'm glad I didn't now cause after yesterday I'm

sure it would have gone gray again. Scary to get a call saying your child is at the hospital.

So we will be busy trying to find him another car.


Stamping trails

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kinda Eclectic Butterfly Card

Now this card screams eclectic! 

I used Kinda Eclectic, and Timeless Textures stamp set. 

Several different ink colors were used. 

Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Smoky 

Slate, and Basic Gray. 

So here is what happens when I can't decide

if I want a, gray, or white butterfly in the corner.....
I use use them both. 
I layered them together using mini pot dots in between each one. 
Well August is flying by really quick.
The kids in our school system went back today! 
Can you believe that? I remember being a kid (which
is really hard because it was eons ago!) going
back to school after Labor Day. So most years it was the 1st week
of September before we went back. Times do change...don't they? 

Stamping trails

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teabag Holder

Time for tea? I'm part British on my grandmother's side, 

so to me it's always tea time! 

The little teacup is an old stamp that I found years ago, and

quite frankly was surprised that it was still in my single stamp stash. 

Base for the holder is Melon Mambo cardstock. Designer paper is retired pack

from SU called Nice Cuppa. 

and the inside view. 

I used the envelope punch board to make the two holders for the tea bags. 

Flaps are held down with the help of Velcro dots. 

The buttons were hot glued in place. I like the gold edging on them. 

Gives the piece a vintage look. 

The little teapot was cut with a matching die. Had

to cut two of the them, so they could be layered

with the fibers in between the spout.

Here is a closer view. The edging was created with

a notebook edge punch. 

and a closer view of the little envelope teabag holders. 

Each envelope holds two teabags. 
Stamping trails

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mailable Monday #206

Welcome to another edition of Mailable Monday. 

This day is left open for cards without embellishments

(or ones that are flat) so they can be put in the mail

with no additional postage, or worry that

the card can't be machined at the Post Office. 

I used a new Prima Doll named Candie. 

After stamping the image on a white A2 card base with

Jet Black StazOn ink she was colored with Primsa Pencils. 

I liked the color pop I gave her shoes. These were

colored with orange, and pumpkin pencils. 

After the dress was stamped on designer paper, and cut out it was popped

over the image on the base card. 

I've never encountered any problems using pop dots on 

cards through the mail. I'm assuming they compress a little once

in the envelope. 

You may have noticed that I've changed the colors on the blog. 

I was playing around with it over the weekend. The blog was looking a bit 

tired and needed a lift.

Don't be surprised if you see it change again. I've been in a mood for 

change lately. 

Stamping trails

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Human Sundial

Here he is...the human sundial. 

This is another thing that was added to 
Brunswick Lake. 

You stand on the current month, and raise your arm in the air

to get the time. 

I thought it was pretty cool. 

This statue was added across along the trail. Little boy checking

out his dog's heartbeat. This is located across the street from 

the Cleveland Clinic, which is also next to Brunswick Lake. 

Didn't get any crafting done yesterday. Just wasn't in the mood. 

I did some reading, walking, and weeding. That was pretty much

my day. Today I have got to get in gear, and get some

stuff done. 

Stamping trails

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bold ATC, and Easel Holder

This is one of the ATC that I worked on for 

a round robin swap. The background was 

finished when I received it. 

I added the woman, and bold greeting at the bottom. 

I picked up this cute little easel at Hobby Lobby. 

It was in the clearance section, and I only paid

a dollar for it. Thought it would be the 

perfect size to display artist trading cards. Great

for taking photos of them too. 

We had just a tiny bit of rain yesterday morning.

I was able to hit the nature trail and go around it 

twice before it rained. That was a good thing. 

Spent some time in the front flower bed in the afternoon. 

The spent flowers had to be cut back. 

Today I'll be working on a viewing box so we 

can watch the solar eclipse as your not suppose to 

view the sun directly. I remember making one of those boxes

the last time there was an eclipse in the USA. 

Stamping trails

Friday, August 11, 2017

Becky the Cowgirl on Memorydex Card

Meet Becky the cowgirl. 

I'm in a cowgirl memorydex swap, and this

is what I created for it. 

The background is from a 12x12 paper pack that I got at Michael's. 

After coloring the doll I cut her out then stamped the clothes on

designer paper. They were popped over the base image. 

Her rope is a coiled piece of leather. 

Horse is a sticker that I stuck to a piece of cardstock

then cut out. 

I added a little bow to Becky's collar. 

So I'm hoping my swap partner likes her. 
Went to Costco yesterday afternoon, and did some shopping. 
Found a great dark blue sweater. I know its still summer, but to quote
Game of Thones.....Winter is Coming! 
After that we took a walk. Then I hid in the craft room till
it was time to make dinner. Planning on doing more of that last one
Stamping trails

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chef Flip Bag

This is the cooking themed flipbag that I made for 

my crafting buddy Kathleen. She's received it, so

I wanted to post it on the blog. 

I thought the little punch art chef turned out cute. 

Here is a closer view. 

Well I wish I had taken my camera on our walk last evening. 

The blue heron was at the lake, and dang I missed a great photo. 

He was just standing by the reeds. So pretty. 

I also ran into an old stamping friend Dara. So

nice to see you again Dara! We should get together sometime and


Yesterday was busy for me. Had to clean all the green beans Skip

harvested. I put up 14 quarts of beans! Of course there will still

be more on the way. I don't mind as I love green beans. 

Stamping trails

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Garden Tails

So our garden is giving us some nice veggies. 

This is only one basket of cucumbers. There have 

been more. Hubby took some to the neighbors, and his


One of the many baskets of green, and purple beans. Skip has

to harvest more today, so I'll be busy prepping them for the freezer. 

Something new to the garden....grapes! 

We planted them two years ago. This will be the first crop 

we can collect. Tried one the other day, and they are sour! 

Should sweeten up in a few weeks when they are ready to harvest. 

There are only 2 apples on the tree, but again it is 

only 2 years old, so it isn't going to produce much yet. 

And of course the tomatoes are starting to come in a few

at a time. I have about 10 sitting on the counter by the window so 
they can ripen a bit more. 

I went to Pat Catan's and Michael's yesterday. 

Was in the mood to just walk around and see what was new.

Of course the Fall, Halloween is all out, and
they are working on getting the Christmas stuff out. 
They have moved stuff around so much at Catan's that I have
to walk all the way through the store just so I know where
everything is. If you haven't been there it is a very large store. 
I'll be back tomorrow with photos of some of the stuff I bought. 
Stamping trails

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mailable Monday #205

Since I have a lot of friends, and family having birthdays

this month today's mailable Monday card just had

to be a birthday one. 

Used Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. The greeting is 

from a See Dee's stamp set. 

I added a few star rhinestones. 
Color palette Melon Mambo, Tango, and Daffodil Delight. 
Wanted to use some bright happy colors. 

Well I had a wonderful weigh in yesterday. I lost 5.5 pounds! 

What a difference a week makes. Last week I was so disappointed for

having lost half a pound. 

Yesterday was my diet off day, so me and hubby went out for an early

dinner. I didn't over indulge, and afterward we took a long walk. 

I also cleaned the entire kitchen yesterday morning. What

a chore that was! 

Today I have some much needed mending that has been

calling my name, sew I'll be sewing. (yes I know I spelled so-s e w) LOL

Stamping trails

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Coffee and Friends are the Perfect Blend

Anybody want to come over and join me for coffee? 

Made this card yesterday afternoon. 

I kept the color palette pretty simple. 

Kraft, white, and a bit of green designer paper. 

The accent buttons are orange. 

The embossing folder is from Tim Holtz. 

I lightly sponged Soft Suede ink over the raised images. 

Yesterday we had a beautiful day. Perfect temps in the 

mid 70's. Me and hubby went out and enjoyed a nice walk. 

Of course it had to rain later in the day, but it held off long enough

for me to get dinner grilled. 

Sending another shout out today to my friend Connie....

who like my friend Kym yesterday is turning something, something. 

Hope you have a wonderful day Connie! Eat some cake for me!!!!!

Stamping trails