Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas

         Ohio grandchildren, James Gwendolyn Joseph Hosanna


                Texas grandchildren: Noah Pamela Jackson

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

TSOT 587 Snowy Days

 Our last theme of the year 2022 is snowy days, I can’t believe that this year is almost over!!  Snowy days always makes me think of snowmen. When our boys were young they used to spend so much time outside making snowman, igloos, sliding down the barn hill.  One year they made a snowman for each one of us that’s 6 snowmen. Another year they made a snowman so tall they had to stand on the picnic table just to put the head on it. So much fun!!  I decided to pull out an old stamp set and use it. I used the new puff paint that Stampin Up came out with in their holiday mini catalog. I hadn’t used it yet and thought it would be fun to try it. Not sure I’m crazy about it but I’m sure I’ll figure out something else to do with it. If you have any suggestions for me I sure would love to hear them. Just leave it in the comments below! 😁 

Are you all set for Christmas? My husband and I just have a couple more things to get and then we are done. I’m glad we’re not going to have to get into a lot of the chaos in the stores. I already experience that one day waiting about 45 minutes in line. That’s just plum crazy!  

I’ve been busy making cards just for fun as I have all my Christmas cards done and sent out. This was a fun card to make and I’ll use it for somebody’s birthday as I have a lot of birthdays that hit in January and February when normally there’s snow on the ground. 

Have a great day and merry Christmas and of course- happy Stamping -see you next year.


Optional Theme: Snowy Days

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

TSOT 586 plaid for Christmas

 Hello, I’m sure glad to be back in the world of Stamping and blogging. I’ve been gone for a long time but I think probably I had a good reason. I had to make an emergency flight to Texas to help care for some grandchildren. Our youngest grandson Jackson(5 months) was a children’s hospital with Infant botulism. They said it’s very rare and only about 100 babies a year get it. Very mysterious as you will never know how he got it. It can come from honey,dirt,air.  He is nursed full-time so they know it wasn’t from honey. This is why babies under a year are not to have honey. Although the circumstances with me flying to Texas were stressful, I had a wonderful time with the two at home that I was caring for while my son was at work. I stayed a little while longer after he came home. He is still having some problems. It affects the muscles in the body. He has a NG feeding tube that they use along with nursing because his neck muscles and sucking reflex was hit hard. He will probably have some therapy as time goes on.

So after getting home, getting sick and spending thanksgiving on the couch 🥴.  I’m finally getting back on my Ohio feet.  I’ve been busy working on bulk production of Christmas cards.  (These will be sent to “special” people in my life as I watercolored them.)

Thanks to all in the Try Stamping family for understanding and giving me time off.  I’ll really work to be a part of all of you again and post my visions. God bless and a very merry Christmas season to you all.


Optional Theme: Plaid

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

TSOT 580. Theme- Flight

 Hello!! I’m so glad you stopped in.  I’ve been trying to keep up with the challenges. Some weeks I’m on the ball and some weeks I’m not. Last week I had things on my blog and I forgot to add it to the demo site. If you didn’t get to see my card you should go back and look at it. I made it for my grandson whose birthday was October 9. Decided to pull out some of my art impressions Stamps for this week  had a hankering to do some water coloring. I fussy cut  2  of the birds one this one. Pretty soon we won’t be seen too many birds. They don’t stick around in Ohio too terribly much in the winter. We’ve had unseasonably cool weather where I live but today it’s a lovely day and I’m seeing on the front porch swing enjoying a cup of coffee while I work on this. My garden is probably done. We planted some late peas, but with the colder weather I’m not sure they will do anything. Lots of blooms, a few pods, but no peas. Well I guess you don’t get anything at all if you don’t try. I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy the fall season. Our trees are turning lovely and it’s a busy day here on our farm. Happy Stamping


Optional Theme: Flight

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

TSOT 579

 Happy Tuesday, here it try Stampin on Tuesday we put up new cards. Sometimes we use the inspiration and sketch, Sometimes we don’t. I didn’t have any monsters so I decided to use my robots (Stampin up) that I have. My card isn’t really like the sketch.  It does have two main images sort of like the sketch does but since I decided to use my Lawn Fawn pop up platform die I guess it doesn’t really look like the sketch much. This card is for my grandson whose birthday is 9 October. The robots sort of looks like they were made out of Legos so that’s why I used it. He is crazy about building with Legos right now. 

What will you do with the sketch and theme? I’ll look forward to seeing what everyone makes! Have a lovely day, any day when you get to Stamp is a lovely day! 😊

The second picture is of the card laying flat. If everything added doesn’t go any higher than the backdrop on the card it will go in a regular A2 envelope. Since I made things stand up higher I’m going to have to use a bigger envelope. The base of the platform pushes up as it’s two separate pieces that are connected together;  that’s how the card is then mailed. I like it,  it’s a  fun die to use and make many different card designs with it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

TSOT 578

 Hello, I’m glad you stopped by.   Fall is such a nice time of the year.  I’d say it’s one of my favorites.  It is a busy time though, what with the garden finishing up seems like every time I turn around there is something for me to can.  I’m waiting on apples now, my shelves in the basement are waiting for applesauce.  Which season do you love the most? 

I decided to pull out my Concord & 9th turnabout.  When I do these I usually start with a 5.5 square piece then trim it down and use the left over strip for decorating the inside panel of the card.  I know I could have used crushed curry, pumpkin pie, and greens but I was in the mood for greens and brown.  I’d love to see what you do with  this sketch and theme. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2022

TSOT 577

 Autumn is such a lovely time of the year! Our theme is pumpkins so I pulled out my art impressions stamps to make this scene.  I also turned the sketch on the side. Thanks for stopping in, I do hope many of you will give this sketch/theme a try. 

Theme -  Pumpkins

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

TSOT 573

 Isn’t Pinterest a great place to go and see cards-get inspiration??!!! Well I. Think so!  I was looking for a simple card for my card class on Tuesday and saw a card similar to this-I don’t think it is copied exactly. I don’t usually do that but like to get an idea and then add to or take away-make it my version.   

I may be too late to get on the Try Stampin challenge but decided to get it on my blog.  I worked up a bushel of tomatoes today.  Had 4  Little helpers late afternoon through early evening.  I’m bushed!!!! This time of year I get weary of canning! 

Optional Theme: Inspired by a Book

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

TSOT 571 Clean and Simple

 This is what I would call clean and simple card, what do you think?   I decided to play with the stamp set from the 2022 mini catalog from Stampin Up called Fond of Autumn. The stamp set is unique in that it has a large image that has two different dies that will cut it. One cuts the whole peace out and the other one cuts it into four different pieces. Here I’ve used two different pieces the flowers and the sprig with the berries on the bottom.  I did cut two of the flower pieces to use. Some new DSP paper to follow the card sketch and the card was pretty well done just added a sentiment from the stamp set. The banner Die is also included in this set with a few sentiments to use on it. 

  Thanks for stopping bye looking forward to see what you do with the clean and simple card.  


Optional Theme: Clean and Simple

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

TSOT 569. 😟

 Oh dear I’m so sorry everyone.  I had to make an emergency out of state trip for a funeral.  I had the perfect stamp for this picture and just didn’t have time to make a card.


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

TSOT 568

 Life has been busy I didn’t get a card made for this one. If your here maybe you could give it a try and I’ll get inspiration from you😁.  


Optional Theme: Checker/Gingham

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

TSOT 567. Plants

 Oh my goodness, I just about missed putting a card up. I’ve been so busy visiting family out of town and getting everything from the garden put up that it just hit me today Monday and I hadn’t put my card on yet. So I saw this sketch and the theme and my plan was to use this bigger stamp as a type of background.  Adding plants over and around  it but it just wasn’t working out. So I decided to just follow the theme. I have quite a bit I need to get done before My sister returns to visit before she flies home to Florida. I have a card class coming up which I am not ready for!!!  I hope you all will forgive me for not using the sketch. I really did want to try something with this one as it is so unique. the others on the design team did such a great job with it. I hope to see something that you did with it. I might try to work with the sketch some other time and put something up on my blog it intrigues me and I’d like to see what I could do with it when I have more time to sit down and think about it. Thanks for stopping bye and I hope you have a wonderful day.

This type of card is called a monochromatic card that means you use one color scheme with your neutrals. I kind of liked keeping it simple.  My sister will enjoy this she’s a lover of green, bike ride or a walker, has many plants sitting outside her door. I thought of her when I saw it and I decided she will be the recipient of this card.  Sometimes it’s nice to keep things simple, and then know exactly who to send the card to. 


Optional Theme: Plants


Optional Theme: Polka Dots

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

TSOT 566 polka dots

 Can you see my polka dots??  The ribbon is dotted 😊  I know that’s not much in the way of polka dots but that’s what I did.  This is for a card class in August.  I had to get something thought up as I’m going to be out of town-Pinterest is a great help... took parts off of a few cards I looked at and WA-LA , one down one to go.  This is my group that lives in a seniors apartment complex and I have to keep out easy and kinda quick.  I’ll probably cut out the apples for them so all they have to do is color it.  


Optional Theme: Polka Dots

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

TSOT 565 Sweet Treats

 Sweet treats are definitely cold in the summer time!  The more I look at this card the more I think it’s  a bit too busy. Should have put the ice cream sweets on solid pieces 🥴.  What do you think?  I used retired DSP. It was quick and easy to make as I already had the sweets cut out in the stamp case. 😊 This will go on my children’s birthday card file.  Maybe their parents will let them have a sweet treat on their birthday! 😁

Thanks for stopping and I do hope you’ll give this sketch a try, it’sa good one.  

Optional Theme: Sweet Treats

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

TSOT 564. Shine


 Do you know what the acronym CASE stands for?   Copy and Share Everything!  Well that is what this card is, a copy that I believe I saw on Pinterest. I thought it was such a cute card using the new SAB freebie set Hippest Hippos.   I’m so sorry I didn’t write the name of the designer down.  

Busy days here in Ohio, my sister from Florida is in and we’re heading to Indiana to see family.  So thank you for this wonderful idea and card.  I thought it quite appropriate for the theme, shine.  The Sun shines in the summer and on flowers for blooming.  Most flowers like the bright Sun, I know not all, but quite a lot of them do.  The card is pretty close to the sketch also, well I thought so what do you think? Picture the pot of flowers as the circle moved to the side and shrunk. Then the grass as the mustard colored strip. ( I know I don’t have a purple strip... shhh don’t tell anyone - tee hee)

Wondering what you’ll do with this fun sketch and theme, I’ll be looking even if I’m in Indiana 😁 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022


 I decided to do some water coloring tonight. Art Impressions has a line of stamps called girlfriends. Many of the stamps have 2, 3 or 4 girlfriends in them.  I decided to use this one with the three ladies because my two sisters and I will be seeing our brother the end of the month.  Do you think he’ll like it?

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

TSOT 563. Textures

Trio of textures?! Is that all just a trio? 😀  I may have a few more than 3. I decided to make a sea card since I had the blue piece with the embossing paste water splashes left over from a card class.  I added the clouds made from a retired embossing folder. The light blue piece behind the 3 strips was also embossed, I used the 3-d folder Seabed. The costal cabana piece was made with an embossing folder it’s called bubbles. I turned it into a stamp with a Simon Hurley foam, made it hot with my heat gum then pressed it into the embossing folder to make a stamp.  I then added ink spritzed with water and stamped. Wala!!😊

These foam pieces can be cleaned off, heated again to get rid of the pattern on it and then used again.  I’ve been playing with them quit a bit lately.  They work with so many different objects, anything with texture.    Turns embossing folders into stamps, the top and bottom of the embossing folder can be used giving 2 different looks. Press them into plastic stencils, your background dies, place mats and walls that have texture.... the list just keeps going.  

The background piece was made with watercolor paper and ink I pulled it out of my stash I made last year.  I stamped some fishes, seashores, and seaweed on it.  The turtle was clear embossed on another piece of watercolor paper from my stash them fussy cut and popped up on the card. 

Well I think I covered the card details.  I had fun making this one, wonder who will get it!  Please try to join us, I know my card is pretty full of different textures and techniques. Don’t let that scare you off just try it your way!!  Happy stamping!!


Optional Theme: Trio of Textures

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

TSOT 562 -Bold Color

Optional theme- do you think I got it nailed?  Bold Color

These little robots have been waiting for me to ink them up so I decided that they would do just fine with bold colors.  This is a Stampin Up Card Kit. (Robot Buddies) There are quite a few to pick from and they come with stamp set, decorative adhesive pieces, a mini stamp pad (sometimes 2),  card bases, envelopes, stamp dimensionals... everything you need to make the cards is in the package. They even send step by step directions showing how to make suggested cards or you can just do your own thing!  

 I’ve been searching for different fun fold cards to make and came across this one. (Dawn’s stamping thoughts on YouTube-Double pop up)  The directions were easy to follow,  it of course I altered mine a bit.  

I did follow the sketch and with the bold colors the theme also 😁!  Would love to see what you come up with, have a great day and if you have a minute I’d love to know what you think!  Happy stamping.



Optional Theme: Bold Color

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

TSOT 561– Fun in the Sun


When I saw the inspiration phrase for this week my mind immediately went to a retired stampin’ up set. I thought about trying to do something with a flower set because I enjoy flowers, but my mind kept going to this set. So instead of fighting it I decided to see what I could come up with.   That’s the name of this retired Stampin Up set -Fun in the Sun. I think it was one of the first stamps that I ever bought to use for cards for children.  Most children like summer because of all the time they get to be outdoors and not sitting at a desk.  I decided to try and make a card using both the inspiration and the sketch.  I’ve used quite a few of the images but not all from this nice big set.  
What do you and yours enjoy doing in the Sun? Maybe you could make a card and show us 😊. 


Watercoloring Altenew designs

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