Thursday, October 15, 2015

October Anniversary and Light Art

I pulled out my various leaf punches to create this anniversary card for my brother and sis-in-law. The frame and most of the leaves are attached with foam tape to add dimension.

I cut out the frame first and then pulled out coordinating cardstock scraps for the leaves. Happy 21st Anniversary, David and Kim!

Last weekend, Craig and I went to an Art Crawl in St Paul. This display was made entirely from "Lite Brite" pieces. Impressive!

Friday, September 11, 2015


I wanted to re-post this card from a few years ago. It was not made with any occasion in mind, but it seems to be appropriate for today, the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This is a re-post of what I wrote four years ago:

Although this is not a serious or controversial blog, it IS a personal journal of sorts, and I can't let the day go by without pausing for a moment to remember that day and thank God I didn't lose any loved ones. I was in London with my oldest nephew (for his high school graduation trip) when we started to hear that something had happened - via talk on the street, a canceled performance (because it was USA-related), and an eerie photo of a single WTC tower with smoke pouring from it. It wasn't until we returned to our hotel later that day that the whole shocking series of events was played on TV before our uncomprehending eyes. We had several days left of our vacation, so the delayed flights home didn't affect us. In fact, we flew home the first day planes were allowed back over U.S. airspace. When we landed in Pittsburgh, the passengers gave the pilots a round of applause and we were greeted by airport personnel as if WE had done something heroic.

And maybe we had. We got on those first planes and returned to our homes and lived our lives, because that's what the living must do to honor the departed.

If you have any thoughts or memories of that day, please feel free to share them here.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Birthdays and A Retirement

This weekend, two friends/family had birthdays and one of them also retired, so I found some inspiration online and made these two cards.
The outside of this card is super-simple with just a printed sentiment and 5 punched butterflies adhered together at the wing edges.

I decided on the outside after designing the inside with Cricut-cut butterflies.

The inside was inspired by the card shown below by "ruby-heartedmom" at Splitcoaststampers.
And here is the birthday/retirement cake...and the recipient.


My next card was inspired by this beautiful design by Vicky Papaioannou (see her website on the photo).

I think I made my design a little more complicated (unintentionally), by winding the floss around the feathers and threading the beads rather than just gluing them on, but I am very happy with the result. The cloud-print paper was embossed on my Big Shot. The feathers and lacy disc were die cut and embossed with the same machine. I believe the feathers are by Spellbinder.

The feathers were also shaded with a bit of inkpad. I added a jewel to the dreamcatcher center and vellum to the back and also printed my sentiment on vellum.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Carrots of Wisdom Card

For a cousin celebrating a milestone birthday, I made this "carrot" card. It features PC-printed checked paper, carrots punched with an exclamation point punch (without the bottom period), carrot tops made from a branch punch and a scrappy pieced border.

I bent some notebook spirals into eyeglasses and added eyes and mouth by hand.

The inside shows a little pocket in which I inserted 5 quotes on staying young at heart.

I spotted this enormous dragonfly on my fence. That post is 4 inches across! If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the wingspan is actually a bit bigger than that.

On a walk, I stopped to admire these flowers that I think I would like to include in my garden someday.


Saturday, July 04, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anniversary and Birthday Wishes

Today was cousins Lisa and Jose's 25th wedding anniversary. I looked through all my metallic papers and chose a bit of silver paper to punch, and some silver textured cardstock with which to frame it. Then, I attached metallic stickers to a piece of vellum and cut along the edges.
All that was mounted over the sentiment printed on vellum and the DCWV glitter cardstock for an elegant card.

For nephew Blake's birthday, I used an ATC I had on hand and designed the card around it. The DCWV cardstock was pre-printed with "fabulous" and I added the "birthday" diecut and the stamped dates below.

The ATC was made with a piece of industrial flooring overlay, a bit of ball chain, a designer staple, an initial embellishment (leather), and a punch of glitter cardstock (the crown).

The nephews and niece and I played a full 18 holes of mini golf at Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden.

Chicken obstacles above...tombstones below.

We met up with Craig, David and Kim at Psycho Suzy's for drinks and apps on their riverside deck.



A great day all around.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Bungalow Vignettes

Now that I am on summer break from school, I'm finally getting around to my bungalow "to-do" list. Starting with the front door, I re-decorated this grapevine wreath from its fall theme to a summer one. I wound a new ribbon over it, with an elastic tie over that, and a starfish to finish: 1-2-3 easy!

Just inside my front door is my new clock on a shelf I moved from another room. Hanging below is a stylized beaded starfish.  

And yet another starfish on a miniature chair beside another new clock and my needs-to-be-grouted tile art.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring Anniversary


A repost from the archives - updated for the current anniversary

Happy Spring! It's also the anniversary of moving into my house 35 years ago! My brother David and I bought the house together and he lived here for the first 7 years. We rarely saw each other, though. He worked normal day shift hours and I was studying interior design by day and working in bank processing by night. We still had our adventures: the locust that got into his bedroom one night and was so huge he didn't know what it was without his glasses; the huge thump in the attic when I was home alone that I had him investigate...turned out to be a mirror left hanging on the wall that had broken off its twine hanger and crashed to the floor. I could have sworn the chimney had fallen, that's how loud it was!
It's too early for any real Spring-in-Minnesota photos, but I will keep my eyes open. In the meantime, this little chick bowl is something I bought at Hallmark one year after Easter. It was too cute to resist and I've put it to good use in my studio. As much as I'd like, I can't buy decorations and dishes for every occasion. Living in a 1000-square foot bungalow is actually a blessing more times than not. It's one way to live the simple life. There's simply no room for clutter - not that I haven't tried! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Another repost from the archives...

May the Irish hills caress you
May her lakes and rivers bless you
May the luck of the Irish enfold you
May the blessings of St Patrick behold you

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy Ides of March

A re-post from the blog archives:

Since we studied the play "Julius Caesar" in high school, I've always been aware of the term "beware the Ides of March". The Ides of March is the name for the date March 15th on the Roman calendar. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of MarchMayJuly, and October, and the 13th day of the other eight months. In Roman times, the Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BC.

I still remember the passage I had to memorize from the play:

Cowards die many times before their deaths

The valiant never taste of death but once

Of all the wonders I yet have heard

It seems to me most strange that men should fear

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Tuesdays Around Town - Salsa A La Salsa

With the Oscar Awards coming up, I wanted to be sure to see some of the nominated films last weekend. Craig, David and I saw Nominated Short Animations and enjoyed them a lot. Then David and I ate at a new place on Hennepin Avenue: Salsa A La Salsa.

 The d├ęcor is eclectic with touches of "Day of The Dead".

We split several appetizers. Everything was delicious!

Outside was this gondola-like object...

 ...and other sculptures in a mini art park.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy 2015!

H  A  P  P  Y   N  E  W   Y  E  A  R !!!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Tuesdays Around Town - Osaka Hibachi Grill

Last weekend, my brother, sister-in-law, cousins and I had a 3-birthday celebration at Osaka Hibachi Grill in Coon Rapids. It had been a long time since I last had the "dinner performance" experience. Our chef was great, as these photos will attest.

Delicious sushi.

The start of fried rice.

The proteins...shrimp, salmon, chicken.

The "fire" video.

 Saki, anyone?

Our happy group.

Birthday card using "speech bubble" diecut and embossing plate.

Birthday card with an embellishment frame and ribbon. Sentiment is printed from PC.