It's a wrap


It’s that time of year where we are wrapping it up literally. I have gotten so much inspiration from viewing other bloggers present their holiday creations and ideas. I want to thank all the creative women and some men for their generosity in sharing their work on the web. It always gives me brand new ways of looking at things.

Here are a few of my gift wraps. Can you see inspiration from One Lucky Day or perhaps this crinkled flower tutorial on SplitCoast Stampers ?

Poinsetta and deer



Three deer


Flower on pkg


Spirit of Christmas


tag with bow


Joy to the World and Joy to all those who blog and share their card crafting. Have a peaceful Holiday Season.


preparing for a reunion

Last week our former stamp club at Ink About It met for a reunion and shoe box tag swap. The above photo is my preparation for my shoebox. We each brought the makings for 15 tags and then went around the table and made tags from each others shoeboxes.

I used Papertrey dies for the tags and mittens, stockings and Christmas trees. The vintage Christmas tickets I downloaded from Miss Cutie Pie.

some finished tags


Later in the week I attended a Yankee Swap. I made a bag for my gift using a Papertrey die.

gift bag

These are so easy to make. I’ll be doing more for my family presents.

red bow

Now I really need to get to making all those Christmas cards. Oh, my.

Betsy's birthday card

Betsy's Birthday Card

Tomorrow is Betsy’s birthday. I just finished her card and will post it today. I’m late but I have an excuse. I’m recovering from knee surgery. I couldn’t get down to the studio until yesterday and even then my standing upright time was limited. I know my BEST friend will understand. Have a splendid birthday!

It was time for my monthly Stamp Club meeting. This months assignment was to bring a dozen cards with a fall theme to swap with each other. I was busy practicing sketching fairies and wasn’t sure where I would find the time to make all those cards. Then an idea struck. Why not take a sketch, give it an autumnal look, add color, scan it, and print it to a small enough size to fit on a card? Problem solved.

Here is the pencil sketch.

Next the watercolor,

Finally, the card



my notebook

my notebook

Stamp Club is meeting this Wednesday. Since I was working on my project to bring to this meeting, I thought I would mention this event that I have been attending once a month for the last two years. We meet at Ink About It in Westford, MA. It is one of my favorite stamping and paper supply stores.
On our first meeting we were given a plain spiral bound notebook from Staples to alter in any way we liked. With a little bit of paint, some stamps and a few ribbons, I altered my pad.
My notebook is always in my supply tote. It has everything from scribbled ideas to paint and ink colors I own and things on my wish list.
This month we are doing something a little different. Both the morning and evening groups are meeting together. We each have to bring something we made for a Yankee swap.
I used some of the hand painted and stamped fabric I made from my summer journal. With a little quilting and embellishing I turned it into an eye glass case.
The case came together very quickly. It gives me some time to continue to finalize the journal.
Tomorrow I am riding shot gun to Donna and Pete’s house in Hingham to pick up and escort Michael’s cat Tiger back home after an extended stay in Plymouth. Pete keeps pigeons. They are quite spectacular in their variety and color. Once I got past the smell, I had trouble stopping my photo session.