Watercolor World






What do you do on a depressing day, when everything appears dark and gloomy?                   Answer:  Watercolor Away.  Today, I had a little time to play around with my Kuretaki Japanese watercolors, resulting in 12 “Thank you” cards to begin my 2017 365 Cards Project.  I experimented with several interesting techniques, which I plan to use again in the future.  Maybe it is not too late to get some of my delinquent sentiments mailed to friends and family, who have helped us through some very difficult times.   Once again,  the cards are much prettier in “real time”.  Watercoloring definitely perked me up a bit.


TK’s 365 Greetings of Giving

Have you ever received a handwritten note or personally, created card in the mail?  Didn’t it give you great joy?  The payback for the sender is the personal PEOPLE CONNECTIONS you will receive in the most unexpected forms!  Send  a hand-written greeting 365 days of the year to a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, a long-ago friend, a neighbor, someone who needs a boost, someone you suddenly run into, or ANYONE with whom you want to RECONNECT.  It will fill your heart with lovely thoughts and memories.                     Inspired by:  365 Thank Yous by John Kralik


Butterfly 5-card “Wishes” Kit

Materials used:  Stampin’ Up Butterfly Basics Stamp Set; Stampin’ Up card stock; Assirted background paper prints, and Stampin’ Up Butterfly Framelits.

Pirate 5-CARD “ARG” Kit

Materials Used:  Assorted black/white prints; assorted STampin’ Up colored card stock, Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, and Stampin’ Up Hey Valentine Stamp Set


Materials used:  Assorted Damask paper; sequins; Stampin’ Up oval scallop punch; Stampin’ Up heart punch, and Wetlands Stamp set sentiment.


Materials used:  Stampin’ Up, Stamping Bella stamps, and Penny Black stamps


Daytime Stampers-March Group

Image                                         Mary Innes, Jean Dotson and Roxanne Griffith created these beautiful cards last Friday during our                                                  Stampin’ Up Daytime Stampers March Group.  We explored a resist embossing technique, used the                                              Lacy & Lovely Stamp Set, used the banner punch & Banner Blast Stamp Set, and created Pinwheel                                              birthday cards with the Fan Fair vintage paper on sale right now for $4.39 (snowshoesentiments.stampinup.net).


Scrapcat Card Camp #1

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IMG_3453 EAfter inviting approximately 12 friends to my first Stampin’ Up card creating party, I spent the afternoon preparing for at least 5 people. Of course, I experienced the usual fear that no one would come, in spite of several SS reminders. BG was so helpful by picking up the pizza, while I made the salad, in spite of his just being diagnosed with early pneumonia!
Creating three very different cards, including new techniques and use of tools, resulted in a big “get ready”! Eventually, I decided to set up 4 tables, just in case some of the “maybes” decided to show. I held the event from 3:45-7:00, to allow for work schedules. Mary and Jean arrived first, creating the arrow-embossed historical car/bicycle Happy Birthday card. Sophia joined them for my demonstration of making the pansies for the pansy Get Well card. Next, Pam arrived with her adorable granddaughter, Brooklyn, who helped her GiGi make two cards and beginnings of a third. Brooklyn discovered her favorite activity to be grinding the handle of the Big Shot machine for embossing everyone’s cards. She loved it, as evidenced by the sweet smile on her face.

Cheryl arrived with her son, Jackson, who was very creative in designing his own cards. We all worked on the Noah’s Arc baby card, followed by free design by participant choice of extra cards. Everyone seemed to enjoy spending time together creating.

Pansy Card:   Stampin’ Up Window Pane Textures, SU Label Collection Framelits, SU Pansy Punch, SU Eggplant Paper, SU Mango Paper

Noah’s Ark Card:  Stampin’ Up Dots Textures, SU Noah’s Ark Stamp, SU Brights Markers, SU Eggplant Paper, SU Whisper White Paper ,We R M Corner        Rounder

Chevron Card:  Stampin’ Up Chevron Textures, SU Chevron Brown Ribbon, SU Decorator Label Punch, SU Sentiments, SU Very Vanilla Paper/Gold Paper



DAILY JOURNAL JOG: February 10, 2014


Today’s activities consisted of a day of driving on slightly icy roads for my annual physical scheduled at 9:00 in the morning, time spent relocating scrapbooking supplies following our annual scrapbooking weekend retreat at Camp Butman, hours spent on my first attempt at remembering 2014 using digital Project Life, time tending to the medical needs of our pets, and opening one more package of beautiful new scrapbooking product arriving late afternoon. For some reason, several of my monthly-delivered scrapbooking supplies arrived at the same time over the weekend during my absence, right into my husband, BG’s hands. That was unfortunate, considering this was the first month of my attempting to follow a new budget. And so it goes!

I love these My Mind’s  Eye products (a special by HSN-oops-no more of that!)

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Happy New Year, 2014

As another new year is upon us, it is time, once again, to jump start my fitness kick, record all of those calories, walk briskly around the boulevard, budget, and vow to make the most of our time on a slim dime!   Of course, after projecting much more time for creating for others in December than I actually had, I continue to work on a few delinquent Christmas gifts.  Hopefully, the receivers will consider them worth the wait!  I did start the new year off right by spending an entire morning in every book store in town.  My delightful excursions resulted in a boatload of  “good reads” to enjoy and prevent me from spending dollars I do not have!

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We attended a holiday party last night and made a number of new acquaintances, many of whom were McMurray professors and spouses.  I tend to enjoy the “outsider” approach from afar when attending such events, but after receiving a little help from my friends and forcing myself to “step out” a bit, I considered it a highly entertaining evening.  Actually, the first week in January is a perfect time to host a party.  Everyone is ready to escape the comfortable, yet at times tiring ” room with a view” of home, with the opportunity to listen to fresh conversation.  It was a wonderfully, cool night on the LeMaster’s beautiful, covered porch overlooking the creek.  I believe BG looks similar to this picture of Mr. Buttons, following his partying, though he is not inside of a box today.



At the party,  I was able to find out this year’s location of our previous neighborhood creek visitors , two Great Horned Owls. Apparently, they are “hooting” during this, a later time of year than usual, off of Rivercrest, where my Aunt Ginger and Uncle Hubert used to reside.  I want them to return to us very badly, as photographing them was one of my favorite creek activities!


I saw a great deal of evidence of our large fox population in my backyard yesterday afternoon.  I need to replace a light bulb, so that perhaps I can catch a photograph of them one of these evenings.

My endless project of card creation continues:      

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TK’s 4-year-old Parent-Child Monthly Activity Cards Scrapbook Project

I hope you enjoy these Early Childhood Parent monthly activity cards.  Parents write down or put a sticky on each tag listing a fun activity to do with their child each month. Your child pulls a tag out of the envelope one-time-per-month to discover the surprise activity.  Tags and envelopes can be personalized with stamps or stickers related to the child’s interests.IMG_1983IMG_1982




I love designing cards. Cards connect people. Recently, I became acquainted with two inspirational card-creating sites: Simon Says Stamp and the Simon Says Stamp blog, to boost my card-making idea bank. I created the following thank you card for some friends with the materials listed below:


Materials used to create card:


Basic Grey precision cutting mat,

Tim Holtz Vagabond

Tim Holtz Alterations die movers and shapers, cut in half

Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink

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Prima Embellishments


I wanted to use a slanted tag on this card and, of course I had to use my favorite Stamping’ Up Old Olive ink. I also tried out my lighted Imaginisce CUTBRIGHT cutting tool-just love it!! The materials used to make this card are listed below:




Basic Grey Precision Mat

Stamping’ Up Old Olive Ink


Green Brads-tiny

Zip-Dry Glue

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Harvest Tag created with Tim Holtz Vagabond

Here is my first tag using my vagabond machine to make the tag, leaves and leaf texturizing.                                                                                    I added some twine  (those who know me know I think twine adds character and dimension).                                                                                    I am happier with the tag now and who knows,   I may just add something else???!!!

The Vagabond

I have had a wonderful Saturday with BG feeling better and playing with my latest “scrapbooking toy”, my Vagabond.  I have cut out tags and leaves, textured the leaves with Tim Holtz texture folders, blended colors on the tag and I’m ready to ink the leaves.  I’m still working on documenting mom and me in New England-aaaah!  What a trip it was and it is so much fun to relive it in pictures.  I’ve also been working on some cards with a new ribbon technique I invented myself.  I think it’s really pretty.  Enjoy!  My Vagabond creations are on their way!!

Cards I Love to Give by TG

Cards made for new babies, people in the hospital,  people recovering from accident or illness, and “just because”.

Scrapbooking in April

Four of us enjoyed a wonderful day at Kim’s house on Saturday.  Kelley brought her mom, Angie and Kim, Pam and I brought ourselves!  We accomplished so much.  I finished 6 pages of the  New England book from the trip my mother and I shared last October.   Six pages doesn’t sound like much, but “all the detail” takes a bit!!!!  We shared a lot of laughs and as usual, my friends were inspirational in talent.

Kelley and her mom, Angie
Kelley and her mom, Angie
Kelley at Work
Kelley at Work
Pam working her magic with paper
Pam working her magic with paper
Kim - a colorful two-page masterpiece
Kim - a colorful two-page masterpiece


Notes taken from History Channel Special about the state of Maine (will be useful for my scrapbook):

     “A galaxy of color” created every year with the changing of the leaves.

     First Lighthouse-Portland Maine Lighthouse (visited by my mother and me in October of last year)

     “The pine tree state”-98% covered by forest




      Lobster-has to be a minimum of 31/4 measurement from tailpin to back   

      More than 50 million pounds of lobster caught off of the Maine coast per year.

      Original L.L. Bean flyer in 1912 with a hunting shoe created by Freeport.  The store is open 365 days of the year.

Saturday’s Class

Terry and Mary Kay working VERY hard in Julie Fair's class at Scrapbooker's Dream!
Terry and Mary Kay working VERY hard in Julie Fair's class at Scrapbooker's Dream!
Julie Teaching the Calendar Class at Scrapbooker's Dream!
Julie Teaching the Calendar Class at Scrapbooker's Dream!

I enjoyed a wonderful day with friends yesterday taking a scrapbooking class with Julie Fair.  We made a Calendar folder for keeping cards, special events, etc.  It was definitely a challenge for me because I just couldn’t seem to get it together with my cutting system yesterday!  I was the “Disaster Crafter” initially,  but with Julie’s help I finally got it together to create some beautiful pages of the project.  Some days are like that!  I was really, really tired when I got home, but after a brief nap I was able to converse with much more clarity with BG.  Last night I started reading a mystery book with an English flare on my K2– Silent from the Grave.  It sounds pretty grim, doesn’t it?  The reviews caught my interest and I thought it would be an exciting  fast read mystery.  I mopped the kitchen floor at 10:30 p.m. and that was definitely the end of my day!  Hopefully, I will be inspired to write something more thought-provoking this evening.

Current Scrapbooking Projects

I have a special group of scrapbooking friends that I refer to as The Scrapbooking Divas, who I have the delight of meeting with once-a-month.  These are amazingly talented women and the best friends anyone could have the pleasure of knowing.  They have taught me the art of scrapbooking memories with style.  I have progressed from my very simple pages to some very complex and entertaining ones I am truly pleased at having created.  These ladies have also inspired me to alter several items, create several books,  and enjoy the amazing effects of inking, inking and more inking.

I am currently creating a board book kit of “The Best of 2008″, which I purchased from The Scrappy Gourmet and am adapting with my own style.

I am also continueing my journey of scrapping my thousands of photographs taken on a wonderful Classic Fall Foliage trip through all five states of New England with my sweet mama in October of 2008.

I hope to scan some of my pages and share them with you today!  Also, I will post some of my favorite photographs under the New England category here on my blog.