Sunday, May 13, 2012

MOABH - There She Goes Stamps

Welcome to the 3rd annual Mother of All Blog Hops sponsored by There She Goes Clear Stamps!   Over the next two days, we (customers and trendsetters!) will be featuring some of our favorite There She Goes Clear Stamp sets!   Not only that, we’re going to give YOU a chance to win some fabulous prizes! To find out how, please go to the There She Goes’ blog and read the simple instructions.

I bought my very first There She Goes Clear Stamps less than two weeks ago.  They arrived earlier this week and this is my very first card with my new "toys."  I used the set Fabulous, which truly lives up to its name.
I love how easy it is to make my own background using the clear stamps.  You can't see it in this photo, but there is a gem in the centre of the flower that matches the sentiment. 

I hope you guys have fun on this hop, and if you're new to TSG stamps, I also hope you enjoy checking out these awesome stamps as much as I have!

Please click on the InLinkz below and follow it to the next blog!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Softpencil Studios Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! I am SO thrilled to be taking part in Round 2 of the Softpencil Blog Hop!! Once upon a time, I was fortunate enough to spend a few short months as a guest on Elizabeth's Design Team, so when she asked if I'd like to be a part of the hop to celebrate her anniversary and the relaunch of her digital stamps, I jumped all over it!

You should be coming here from Melissa's blog. If you are lost, or would like to start at the very beginning, either go back to the Softpencil blog, or I have a full list at the end of this post.

My card uses Amy with Flowers. She is such a sweet girl! She'd be really fun to paper piece, but I put her in a yellow top and jeans, since that is the type of outfit my girls wear. I used the April Sketch for You to Try and paired it with some wonderful Basic Grey Picadilly papers in lovely Spring Colours. She's layered onto a Spellbinders die and popped up for a little dimension.
Now you'll want to head over to Michelle's blog. Don't forget to leave comments along the way. Not only do we all love to hear what our readys have to say, but there will be prizes. Here is the information, directly from Elizabeth's blog:
• I´ll be choosing a random winner (through from the players who complete the blog hop, who´ll receive a gift certificate of $15 for my shop... and a surprise!
• All the players who participate by leaving their comments on each blog will receive a free digi-stamp of their choice. Yes! only leave a comment on each blog and win a digi-stamp! Write me at to let me know you comment on all the blogs.
• And there is a "mystery blog" so all the girls who leave a comment on that blog will be entered on a drawing to win a digi-stamp... and a little surprise too!

Pretty cool, right? Elizabeth is not only a wonderful artist, she's a pretty darned wonderful person, too!

In case you get lost, here is the list of bloggers for April 15-April 20:
Softpencil Blog
1- Annette Bowes
2- April Lower
3- Stephanie Serrano
4- Julie Masse
5- Farida Rone
6- Monica Torres
7- Melissa Craig
8- Carole Rinear Chesser <--- You are here!
9- Michelle Quinno
10- Debra Miller
11- Heather D
12- Pauline Guttrey
13- Cyndi Kim
14- Mervi
15- Lola
16- Jessica Shelton
17- Monica Flores
Softpencil Blog

My card is also being entered in the Basic Grey Challenges Spring Colours challenge.

Thursday, February 09, 2012


Just a quick post today. I had classes over the weekend...and Unity just had their first release chat in MONTHS! I got to spend time in person with creative people and online with friends I hadn't "seen" in forever and a day. I am totally energized!!

I'll be posting some pics from the classes I took and I hope to have some new creations in the next few days.

I love you guys!!!

P.S. Ashley....wish you'd been there, too!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Broken Pegasus

Hey everyone. My year is not starting off too well. We're still dealing with legal issues over the incident involving one of my daughters from last April. It looks like it could be months before that is resolved and it is just horribly difficult for all of us. She is being remarkably strong, but even so, sometimes it feels like she's barely hanging on.

We've also been having some issues with our youngest daughter. She's in therapy now and we're going to have her evaluated by a psychiatrist to see if we can figure out exactly what's going on with her, because she isn't talking still. Four months of therapy and we finally had a mini-break through, but not fast enough to keep the school board from coming down on us. We have to go to court for her on 30 Jan.

With everything going on, it's been really hard for me to create. I'm doing okay with anything where I don't have to use my brain a lot, but if I have to make decisions, I'm totally up a creek.

So just to put the cherry on top, I was sitting on the sofa, talking to my older two girls, when I happened to glance in the direction of my Pegasus spinning wheel. I noticed there was a piece of wood on the floor. Let me say that again. There was a piece of MY PEGASUS!! on THE FLOOR!!! I don't know how it happened and nobody is fessing up.
This is what the end of it looks like now. You can see the rest of the piece on the inside there. I've since pulled it out and packaged it up to send to Myles Jakubowski, who now makes Wyatt Wheels. Bill Wyatt trusted Myles. Bill once told me that Myles made a better, more precise wheel than he, himself did. I'd say that's pretty high praise. So I'm trusting Myles to fix my Pegasus that Bill built for me.

It's been nearly three years since Bill Wyatt passed away. He's gone, but his wheels live on. This does help bring me peace.

Thank you, Myles, for keeping Bill's dream alive, and for helping to restore my faith in the world. I'll post another photo once my baby is back up and running.

Be well, everyone.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Little Candle

I made a quick candle this evening. The coloured area was done with Creative Inspirations Paints. The tutorial for the technique is here on Splitcoaststampers.Because the stamp was so wide, it took me two shots to show the entire thing. I set it in a nest of crinkle ribbon that I dyed. The stamp is from Unity.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Blocking AJ's Scarf

I couldn't come up with anything to blog about today. Between chauffeuring the kids all over creation and all the doctor's appointments we have had lately, I haven't had a chance to do any papercrafting. I was talking to my friend, Shelly, about it and she suggested I talk about my favourite drop spindle. That just made me laugh. If you could only see the drop'd see why. Someday I will blog about them, but that will take multiple pictures and some excavation, since I still haven't located them all.

So I got to thinking. I have everything done on AJ's scarf (the neckwarmer pattern from several blog posts ago) except blocking it and weaving in the ends. Why not block it and show the blocking process. I'm sure there are people who have no idea what I mean by that.

So, here it is. What I've done is take some blocking wires and thread them through the edge stitches most of the way down. The wires are then held in place by straight pins. Normally I'd use T-pins, but heck if I know where those are. They're probably in a box I haven't gotten to yet.
This second photo is of the whole scarf laid out and pinned. It really shows off the lace pattern this way.
AJ, if you happen to read this post, I need to make sure I have your correct address so I can get this in the mail to you before the weather gets too cold.

Thanks for still reading and commenting even though I haven't been the best blogger.