Thursday, December 30, 2010

Do you know this pattern?

I am looking for this pattern. Do you know it? Where is it?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mom's Angora Sweater

Woo hoo! it is done! I found this yarn on Craig's list and purchased it on November 18, 2010. I got started right away making a gauge and then casting on for the sweater. I finished it on Thursday, December 16, 2010 with one day to spare. We had my family's Christmas on Saturday, December 18, 2010, but left on Friday, December 17. Whew! That was cutting it close. The yarn is an angora/merino wool blend and oh so lusciously soft. My hands would get quite warm as I was knitting it and even sweating.
Here you see my Mom wearing the sweater and then both of my parents modeling the sweater I have made for them.

SSS87,Japanese Tilda

Hello everyone! It has been too long since I posted. Whew! I was busy finishing a knit sweater for my Mom so I didn't have time to stamp.
I just bought this Japanese Tilda and needed to ink her up. I went to The Sweet Stop's blog and used their SSS87 sketch. I the Far East pack of paper and some Japanese and Chinese stamps. I bought this Tilda to help fill out that collection. Over the summer I stopped at World Market and found these coins. I picked them up to add to my asian themed collection. The "dream" and the tea pot are from an SU stamp set.
The challenge for this week's sketch was to use some stitching either real or faux. I don't sew. I am horrible at sewing. I have a small sewing machine that has only one stitch to it and the very basics. I brought it out and stitched the origami paper to the colored card stock. The stitching isn't very straight (told you I can't sew) so I tried hiding it as best as I could with the ribbon and embellishments.
Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 6, 2010


Woo hoo! I won this adorable stamp set from Sweet and Sassy stamps! When I can I play along with their sketches so it is nice to have some of their stamps to use. This sketch is SSS85 and it works well with the doggie. I originally attended to make a set of these for a co-worker's birthday. It is not a bit past 9 pm and 15 minutes after my bedtime. It took the whole night to make this card so I don't see any mass producing happening any time too soon. Instead, I went through my stash of cards from the past and pulled out a few. That will have to do.
As always, thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SSS83, Snowman poop!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the american stampers out there! I am having a wonderful time with my family right now and I hope you are too!

For today’s card I picked The Sweet Shop’s SSS83 sketch. I just had to get out these adorable snowman and create something with them. They are so darn cute! I couldn’t stop there. I also decorated the inside and used the famous snowman poop saying. I didn’t have any white mini marshmallows so I pulled out the green ones from the bag to tie the color into the card. I printed the snowman poop sentiment off of my computer and glittered the ends of the deckled rectangles.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp: Flaky Friends


Copics: C1, C3, C4, R 27, R29, YG17, E99

Accessories: Ribbon from my stash, christmas cuttlebug folder, 2-way glue, glitter, mini marshmallows, small bagette

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

AI Contest, Christmas Around the World

Here's my card for Art Impressions monthly contest. The theme this month is "Christmas Around the World". I wanted to go with a more traditional card and I think I achieved that here. I colored the image about 2 weeks prior to actually making the card this past weekend. I am glad I did because let me tell you, there's a whole lot to color! This patterned paper is two sided which is so nice because I didn't have to try and find matching paper. Thanks for stopping!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Explorer Big Brother

I had the pleasure of being a pattern tester for this cute vest called Explorer Big Brother. It is knit in the most unusual way which allows for absolutely no seaming!! If you know me than you know that I hate sewing. I was on a time line to get this done and I managed to get it done much sooner than I anticipated. I finished it is 6 days (7 if you count the time I spent making the gauge). The striping was not part of the pattern but a little embellishment I added. The sweater vest pattern is a good template to use for the basics of the vest and then the knitter can add detail as she sees fit. If you are interested in the pattern, please contact Julie at

Here's the deets of the project

Vest size: 10
Child's chest circumference: 26 inches
Gauge: 18 sts/4 inches
yarn: Patons classic wool (worsted weight). 2 skeins red, 1 skein black. I only used about 1.5 skeins of red and about a half of black. If this was knit in a solid color I am sure it could be completed with only 2 skeins.
approximate yardage: each skein is 223 yards. I estimate I used less than 450 yards
Length from shoulder to bottom of ribbing: 21.5 inches

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday, PWCO!!!

Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday dear PWCO!
Happy Birthday to you!!

This will be the only time or only way you will ever hear me sing any song on pitch. I have been told many times not to sing, even by my choir teacher in the 6th grade (how embarrassing!) Well now, this post isn't about me and my traumatic experiences it's all about PWCO'S 3RD BIRTHDAY!! Here's the scoop
( I stole the text from Steph's blog)

-Watch the PWCO Blog, Facebook & Twitter for special deals throughout the month
- Check out the blogs of the designers and special guests as outlined on the PWCO Blog; make sure you look closely at the project they've shown, because then you've got work to do. Match up the sneak peek to the designer who made it There are lots of great prizes to be had - including three $33 PWCO gift cards!!!

Here's the info about my project:
I created this little container for my cuttlebug folders. I saw it (dare I say it??) at Gina K's store in McFarland, WI. I've had the project filed away in my head for sometime and even went out to buy the square kleenex boxes so I could make one. I thought the birthday bash was a great time to finally craft one. There's no secret in it. Just cut off the top of the box and cover it with papers and decorate to your heart's content.

Paper: Cosmo Cricket Cherry Pie and Ribbon Sandwich

Ink: memento tuxedo black

Copics: E 57, 11, 44, 09, 33, 37, 99, 43, 00,,41
Y00, 11
YR 09,21,07
R59, 24
Accessories: square tissue box, oval nestabilities, ribbon


Here's the sneak peek I am featuring:

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

AND the winner is....

True Random Number Generator Min: Max: Result: 1 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Okay, so that is the best I can do to copy and paste the random number generator.

So, the winner is Traci M!!!

Thank you to the 4 people who participated in my blog candy give away!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

For Traci M.'s parents, SSS80

This card is for my Dork Sister's parents. She, rather, her parents are being featured in this week's Teapot Tuesday over at SCS. I didn't like the challenge for this week as it seemed too dark and grim for a cheer-me-up card. Instead, I took a little liberties with Sweet and Sassy's SSS80 sketch challenge and came up with this card.
Traci's parents live in Colorado. Her Dad needed surgery and he takes care of Traci's Mom. So, while Dad had surgery and during his recovery Mom is in a nursing home. From what I understand Dad is in the same nursing home for his recovery. I am sure it is hard on both of them being away from home and dependent on others. I can imagine that is hard for Traci, who doesn't live close to her parents, as well. Traci, I hope this brings a smile to their faces!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Magical Christmas

Here's my take on this adorable stamp. I picked Midnight Madness layout from last week (MMSC73) and used 3 Bugs in a Rug "let it snow" paper. I have some snowflake brads that I am using for my christmas cards this year so I borrowed some of those, punched out another snowflake and put glitter and bling on it. Finally, I added Offray-Galena Opal 3 ribbon.

Although I love this card I think I am going to give it to one lucky winner!! Leave a comment below and you are automatically entered. If I don't know you, you MUST leave some way of me to contact you. It could be your email or your SCS name, otherwise I can't contact you to let you know you've won. The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 3. Good luck!

Pretty White Daisies

Stamp: A magical Christmas

Paper: 3 bugs in a rug, "Let it snow"

Snow flake brads and punch


Copics: y38, e77, e00, e11, e09, y17, yg17, y00, r20, e000, b21, y15, v15

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

My new yarn to be

I found this yarn on craigslist and soon it will be mine! The owner will be out of town for a few weeks so I will not get it until she returns and we hook up. I see a sweater in that yarn!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AI October contest

Hmmm, don't know why this is so small. Anyway, this is my entry for this month's AI contest. The title of the card is something like "No, I am not IN my costume!"
Deets to come later.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I forgot to post this on Saturday!! This was Saturday's card for PWCO.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

My Chullo hat

Here's a picture of my left ear flap for the Chullo hat I am making. I bought the kit, oh, two birthday's ago for myself and never got around to making it. I finished most of the right ear flap. I just have about 5 more rows on top to do and then I will block that one as well before starting the body of the hat.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DS3's sweater vest

My last and final sweater vest. Yay!! Here DS3 is modeling it for me. Notice how he's wearing my boots?? Kinda cute! He's standing in front of the woodstove, but he didn't step aside so you could see the pretty flames. Instead, you can see the ash on the floor!

DS1's raglan sweater

My first attempt to make a raglan sweater and it turned out beautifully!!!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Release is on!!

Tree and Bunny
Cute, Cute, Cute! What a fun image! I picked splitcoast stampers sketch SC301 for my layout. Then I used the 3 Bugs in a Rug patterned paper I got from Peggy's store. I have a snowflake punch that I used first with the same paper as mentioned before and then a glittery paper from my stash.
Ink: Memento Black
Copics: G85, BG95, E11, E13, R27, R20, Y17, B21
Accessories: Stickles, snowflake punch

Oh, I fell in love with these angels! The whole collection this month is awesome and I wouldn't be surprised if you want to buy the whole collection! I picked the sketch SC257 from splitcoast stampers for my layout and used the snowflakes cuttlebug folder for the large panel then layered white and red for the rest of the card. The triangles had me stumped but I finally decided on the sparkly blue paper. I used C1 or C5 to outline the white choir robes and clouds and then B21 around the image to give it some depth. Finally, I added the stickles to the wings.

Stamp: Angels
Paper: Real Red and White
Ink: Memento Black
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E13, E 37, E41, E 49, Y 38, Y 17, Y 15, R20, C1, C5, B21
Accessories: snowflake cuttlebug folder, Stickles

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Here's my sneak peek for this month's release which is happening in only 2 short days! I can't wait to see what the other design team members created with these very adorable stamps!
Well, I probably am letting you see more than I should so I am now going to send you on your way to Silvia's blog to see what awesome sneak peek she has in store for you!
Hopefully, I can meet you at the chat release on Friday. Last month my computer wouldn't let me go there.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sweater in progress and DS3 on bike

I am almost done with this sweater. All he can say is, "it's itchy!"

DS3's first day on his bike with training wheels.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

October Release set for the 15th

It’s that time again, and this time it’s all about Christmas!!! We have an awesome lineup of RAM stamps that we’re sure you’ll love!! So starting today, we’re posting up some teasers on our personal blogs, so make sure to check it out

but here’s our blinkie:

If you can post this blinkie on your blog too, that would be cool!

Release is on the 15th, and we’re doing a chat so come back and check it out!

the peek list is as follows:

October 9th: Peggy at:
Jenny at:

October 10th: Cabio at:
StephJ at:

October 11th: Bella at:
Danielle at:

October 12th: Kelly at:
StephS at:

October 13th: Karen at:
Silvia at:

October 14th: Sunghee at:
Lisa at:

SC300, Toucan

This is the card I made using Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge #300. It was an easy layout and a great way to show off the designer paper from Doodlebug Designs. I did have to throw in the ribbon, which was not part of the sketch, as the card looked to sparse for me.

Stamp: Tiki the Toucan

ink: memento tuxedo black

Paper: Doodlebug Designs

Copics: Y17, Y38, YR 07, YR 09, G85

Accessories: gold ribbon

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nosy Neighbor

This is my second submission for Art Impression's monthly contest. My original line of thinking was something along the lines that Hollis' buddies were telling him to "look out!" because Eunice was behind him. That just didn't seem perfect enough. Someone at work suggested that they were the nosy neighbors and asked what would nosy neighbors say?
Eunice. I struggled with Eunice only for the fact that I can't find her! I searched my closet high and low and she has gone MIA. I managed to find a colored image I did of her when I first got my first set of copics (hence, she is mostly hidden behind the fence!). Unfortunately, I wasn't paying attention when I adhered the trees to the paper. DH pointed out that my DP is upside down! Oh well! I hope you enjoy these two lovely characters. Oh, and by the way, do you know where I put my Eunice??

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A day at the beach

My last card to show you using the September card kit. If you haven't tried one of these it is well worth the money. It is nice to have all of the coordinating paper and embellishments all together. It's hard to see here but there are stickles all over the image and it looks really neat in person!
Paper: September papercard kit from Paperworks Co.
Copics: B 21, 23, 24; C00, 5, 8; 100; E 000, 00, 11, 13; V12; YRo4,07; R24, 27

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Second Vest is done!

Here is the vest I made for my oldest son. Again, this isn't the turtleneck I will have them wear with the vests. I just put something on him for the picture. I noticed this one turned out just a bit nicer than the first. I guess practice makes perfect! The only other change I would like to make would be to make the shoulders a bit narrower. Other than that this is a great pattern. I will take some time off from this pattern and switch to something else for a bit before starting the last (and smallest) vest.

Happy Owl-o-ween, MMSC#73

How could I resist? I had to play along with Midnight Madness this week as it is featuring PWCO stamps!! Isn't this the cutest stamp? I was thinking it would be a great stamp to use long after fall is over. Just cut out the tree and the owl without the moon and bats and viola! you have a multi-purpose stamp!

I know that Peggy just LOVES orange so she just must love halloween themed cards! HA! Peggy, I couldn't resist. I do love this card and love how it came together.

stamps: Happy Owl-o-ween from Paperworks Co.

Paper: Reminisce

copics: y38, Y17, E43, E44,, C8, E11, E13

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hollis, MMSC #73

My brother is a Physician Assistant at Children's Hospital of Milwaukee. My SIL is having a party for him this coming weekend as he won the Physician Assistant of the Year Award!! This is my card for him (although, he's not a hunter) which also is entered into Art Impression's monthly contest (the theme is "the great outdoors") and Midnight Madness's Sketch Challenge #73. The inside of the card reads, "Children's Health Systems found the BEST Physician Assistant!"
Congrats Mike! You have earned your title!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Claptois Shawl

Here Hubby and I are showing off the Claptois shawl I made. I bought 100% silk yarn and paired it with a shimmery yarn, Lincate gold rush. I had a garage sale 2 years ago and the proceeds from that sale went towards this shawl. I had almost finished the project with a small corner left to do when, gasp, I needed to buy another skein. I contemplated about that because the yarn is super expensive. I bite the bullet and did buy the second skein. I am glad I did! Ah, the shawl is gorgeous!
We are on our way to a wedding. By the way, I bought the dress and the shoes at a second hand store!

What a model!

Thanks for taking a peek!