Wednesday, December 26, 2012


Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday???? Created by Ms. Dunnit over on the Stamping Grounds blog, entitles us to go a snooping around the world, peeking at what other people have on their workdesks.  This week the snap of Betsy was taken by my NEW Nikon D7000!!( Santa does love me.) I am not going to itemize, most of you know what everything in this picture is.  My art journal is propped up because I was checking out some of the settings on the camera. To the right is a stack of four packages of Recollections markers, also from Santa.  As you can see I am marker poor......LOL But they were 50% off just before Christmas.  I bought the first set for Hannah (our GD) and told DH I wish I was buying them for me.  He replied go for it and get Hannah a different set.  SO I DID!!! LOL  I picked up art supplies and cases for them for the two oldest GDs and everything was 50%!!

Keeping it short, this is a closeup of my journal pages.  Lot of ink, modeling paste and splashes of water.  I was hoping to add so text to it this morning but I went to bed feeling all stuffy in the head and woke up with a full blown head cold, so blog hopping will be about all I get done today.
I want to thank everybody that dropped by over last last week for all the holiday wishes and blessing.  Betsy was blushing over the wonderful comments you left about her holiday decorations.

Before I close for this Wednesday I want to remind you to check out this phenomenon called WOYWW by going to:
Now I am off to do some snooping over a hot cup of tea.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Whats On Your Work Desk Wednesday (?) Well Tuesday night here in the USA. 
Well here is Betsy all decked out in her Christmas trimmings to wish all our WOYWW guests and all our blog friends


Don't forget to go by Ms. Julia's to be able to take a peek around the world at other WOYWW players

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Special Gift for a Special Friend

So I had this grandiose idea that I was going to stamp my own gift bags and wrapping paper this year, until I remember the Santa issue (see my last post) I did manage to get one gift bag and tag made for my friend Cathy (she has already received it so I'm safe here)  I used Inkadinkado reindeer and sentiment with gray ink for the bag and for the tag, but embossed with silver on the tag.  I added lace and a silver and white trim around the top of the bag, finishing tag and bag with velvet poinsettias and a rhinestone for the middle. The ribbon with the reindeer I found at Michael's, what a coincidence!!
The bag is full of baked goodies (see last post for this too) but I did add her gifts to the top of the goodies.
Here is what the gifts looked like.  I purchased a white roll of shipping paper for this.  I used the same stamps and gray ink for the paper, then tied a wired ribbon around  them, I did two exactly the same, so there is only one picture.

We got together for Happy Hour (or should I say hours).  A couple glasses of wine and a large plate of appetizers, and after two hours of catching up and laughing we did exchange our gifts.  We do this every year, with out the DHs, so much fun!!

So that's it form here, I do hope everybody takes a moment to share some laughter with old friends and/or family.  They are so much more important than the gifts and the cards, and those memories last longer too!

Inky Hugs

I'm Almost Ready......

only a few more quick gifts to finish.....BUT  by staying off the PC and my blog I have managed to get quite a lot done. (imagine that!!)  I finished off my Christmas cards with these two. First one I used Darci's snowflake embossing folder for the background, and layered that onto a silver cs.
I cut the snowflake out of a glitter cs and mounted that onto the same silver cs with a silver ribbon, and added the rhinestone in the middle. Of course rounding all the square corners.
This second card I used a digi image from Gecko Gals, coloring it with markers, then blending.  This scan doesn't show that I also covered the image with Sugar Dust (going back to some OLD stash).  The star is a metal charm (again from the OLD stash)  It was put together the same as the first card.

So all the cards were finished made and sent out last week.WAHOO!
So what have I been doing the rest of the time I have been MIA?

Two days of baking Biscotti, cookies and S'more Bites

Bagging and tagging for gifts for friends.  Making tags and hand writing them took all morning.

Shopping and wrapping: ALL DONE!  I always have stockings for the kids and grandkids, so there are always stocking stuffers.  So I am getting ready to stuff the stockings and realise that we are all getting together on the weekend BEFORE Christmas. It hasn't much of a problem in the past, except we haven't celebrated earlier for a couple of years, now I have a 6 year old that knows Santa doesn't come early!!!!OOOPS! So that meant getting small gift bags (thank goodness for the $$ store) and getting EVERYTHING UNDER THE TREE!
In between all this I did rake those leaves twice, keeping things tidy as possible, then day before yesterday a storm rolled through with wind and rain! Now both yards are once again covered, AND there are still some leaves hanging on for dear life........LOL
I have one more post before I get this day started with the list of things that have to be accomplish.  I do apologise for not getting around to visiting every one's blogs, but if I don't stay off the PC for a bit longer I won't get things finished. I am doing two quick post today, just to let you know the Grinch hasn't snatched me away!  If you have taken the time to visit my blog I do thank you, I know how busy this season can be.
Inky Hugs

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Quick post this morning of the tag card shown on Betsy for WOYWW.  Finally did a little touching up and added the ribbon.  The digi is from Retro Cafe, I just added pearls on the buttons and some snow at her feet.  Card was cut with the Cricut.  The front has an over-lay piece that was dry embossed with a snow flake folder, the noel is from Inkadinkado. A little trim at the bottom, pearls and a poinsettia finished it off.
I really need to rake our leaves, both yards now appear to be golden. DH usually has this honor, but is so busy working unusual hours hasn't had time.( the pit falls of being an owner/operator of a big rig)
back yard

view of front yard from the front porch
  Funny those exact leaves looked so pretty ON the tree. LOL  Well, now it is raining, so the leaves get a pardon for today. I don't really like raking wet leaves, so messy, but I do mind getting soaked while doing it!! Besides there are still some that are hanging on the tree for dear life waiting for the wind to blow them off. :(
Thanks for dropping by.  Hope your having a wonderful crafting day.
Inky hugs

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Cards and the count down......

Okay, so there are 20 more days until Christmas and I am still making my cards, so 2-3cards a day for 20 days........that should about do it.....LOL  At this point I will make them as needed for friends.  Family can always get theirs hand delivered!  I am trying to keep them fairly simple, and light weight.  This first card is an other chip board piece, the holes were punched so I removed them, painted the tree and backed it with a gold cs, added red paint and glitter to the base and some very tiny rhinestones to the tree, and digging around in my stash found a rhinestone star for the top of the tree.  The red background paper is a stash piece that also has metallic gold showing through in places.  Ribbon and a reindeer charm finish it off.  The scan looks a little dull but it is a very bright card.
This second card was a quick and simple card.  I embossed the background paper then rubbed a gold embossing ink pad over it and added gold embossing powder.  (say what??)  When I was quite finished with the embossing thing I tinted the edges with TH Vintage Paper and Wild Honey.  The small chip board ornaments have been laying on Betsy for about 3 weeks.  I just added the J-O-Y stickers to them and mounted them on ribbon and then the card.  I guess this is the year for chip board fun.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my cards.  I am trying to keep the blogging short until I can get a little more caught up.  Tomorrow I have to start doing some serious Christmas shopping, not to mention needing some groceries in this house..  Since I know the stores are so hectic during the day I have opted for some night time shopping, like from 7:30 to about 9 or 10.....depending on the store.  I know I'll have to make more than one trip but......Hey that's Christmas!!!

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

WOYWW 183-Journal & Panic

Left side of Betsy: pile of Christmas paper, card in the making, items with a coat of Gesso.........

The center of Betsy: Items that received a coat of Gesso and art journal, paint along the sides waiting for use...........

To the right of Betsy: More items drying, a tag card almost finished, bowl of chip board items that may or may not get used............

Center front of Betsy: My art journal page I did while waiting for Gesso and paint to dry, while watching a couple of Christmas movies (I have to watch them EVERY year)

 So what are all these silly pictures all about? Why it's Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday!!!! Well it is in the UK and Julia gets things all set up for SUPER SNOOPING around the world.   Just drop by:Julia Dunnit's Blog 

Beware of the addiction this causes! It has been two weeks since I have gotten to play and I am telling you the with drawls are not a pretty thing to deal with LOL!  I mean, here I am blogging away and all those items are now dry.  The long white rectangles are (or will be) Christmas presents as well as the little trinket box........that is where the PANIC part of my title comes in. Plus 6 months of pictures to get into an album, PLUS I received my FIRST Christmas card today. (oh please tell me those are not little hooves prancing on my roof....No! No! not yet! Oh, it's just the dog wanting out...)  But check it out for yourself........