Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Far Side

When I first visited Lisa at You Made Me Ink, I almost flipped out laughing.  She had drawn the funniest images and I love them.  Thanks Lisa!   Here is my card inspired by one of Lisa's drawings.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas full of love and fun -

Thanks for visiting my blog and you know your comments are so appreciated.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Joe's 8th Birthday

Today is my youngest grandson's 8th birthday.  Happy Birthday Joe!!!   Last Christmas Joe and his sisters spent a week with us and it snowed Christmas Day.  They had so much fun sledding down the mountain.  We live on top of a mountain out in the middle of no where.  There are tons of critters around which I just love.  Joe will be with us again this Christmas and we are really hoping for another great snowfall!!

Under the red and white paper clip there are 8 one dollar bills.  Of course there are 8 pennies, 8 quarters and 8 dimes.  Inside the paper bag is a secret message from Santa!!

And this is the very back - 8 nickels of course.  On the back of the secret Santa message is a special message from Nanny and Grampa Art.

I hope you got a kick out of my creation for my grandson and you know I would love to hearing from you!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Melanie's Birthday

Today is my baby sister's birthday.  So I knew exactly the card I would make for her.  It tells the story of our lives perfectly!  Melanie is nine years younger than I and YES this is exactly what she looked like.  At least I thought so!!  LOL

 Fifty-five years later we have changed somewhat and so have our attitudes.  Of course a good bottle of wine helps anything!

So today we celebrated by having lunch in a really neat Japanese restaurant.

This is the back of the card.  My sister loved it and so did I!

Thanks for visiting and  I would love to hear what you think of my sister's birthday card!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Nicole!

We are celebrating Nicole's 12th birthday.  Nicole went with us on her own special adventure to the Southwest this summer and I made her a keepsake album for her birthday.  I plead guilty, I made it out of paper lunch bags.

I would like to tell you a little about the front of this card.  Princess Tilda is wearing a real turquoise necklace - stones I purchased in New Mexico.  The horizontal stones were purchased at the same time.  The feathers in Tilda's headdress are real bird feathers from around my bird feeder.  The feathers in the right hand corner are wild  turkey feathers from our property.  The buttons on the upper left hand side came from Nicole's great grandmother and are metal.  The Indian head pennies on the left bottom came from my grandmother.  I have had them for a long time.  So they belonged to Nicole's great, great grandmother. The album consists of several pages of pictures Nicole or Grampa Art took .  I have tied the album together with the twine you see on the right - yep it was tied in a bow.

I am only going to show the first two pages.  The bottom picture of Nicole on the left hand side was taken at Mesa Verde.  The picture on the right was taken at Monument Valley.  The cat stamp and paw prints are there because Nicole was hoping to see some wild cats.

This is the very back of the album using a picture Nicole took at Taos Pueblo.  I think she has a good eye!  She loves cats. The chair and kittens were outside one of the old adobe buildings.

I do appreciate you visiting my blog and as you know I appreciate all your kinds words. 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Cathy Lynn

October 21st is a very special birthday for our friend Cathy.    A very happy birthday to you Cathy and many, many more!

Cathy can you hear us singing?

Thanks for visiting my blog  and you can see all of Cathy's pretty artwork here.

I appreciate all your comments - a little love goes a long way!  Sandy

Friday, September 30, 2011

Polka Dot Wanda

Welcome to Inventory Challenge #51. The challenge is to use polka dots.

Wacky Wanda the Wonder Witch has decided to leave a lucrative career as a chef to become fashion designer.

This is a paper bag card and you open it by untying the black satin bow.  The flowers are all Magnolia die. I have used the Peony petal, the Wild Strawberry and my very favorite, the doily flower die.

The inside reads "It's your birthday, relax and have a martini on me!

Please join my friends

Thanks for visiting and leaving a little love along the way!  Sandy

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trick or Treat

Now I ask you, if you give a kid a book mark for Halloween, is it a trick or a treat?

Answer:  It's a treat if you give it with a chocolate bar and $5 bucks!

For Joe, Jr.

For Sarah

For Caroline

For Nicole

Credits:  Magnolia spider web stamp - Magnolia spider stamp - Doohickey Doily Flowers - Doohickey Wild Strawberry Flowers - Grampa Art's Wallet

Please visit my very talented team mates as they play Inventory # 50 BOOKMARKS

Cathy Lynn

Thanks for visiting my blog today and I appreciate your comments!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Stacy's Birthday

This is my daughter Stacy and her four wee ones.  I think the picture says it all!  Inventory challenge #49 this week is a birthday card.  Here is the birthday card I made my daughter.

Please visit my friends as I am sure they are celebrating somebody's birthday somewhere!
Cathy Lynn

Thanks for taking a peek and you know I do appreciate your comments.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Caroline's Tenth Birthday

Happy Birthday Caroline!!!  We took the kids to Williamsburg, Virginia this summer and had a ball.  Looks like Caroline had a good time too!  Our challenge this week is "Distress it All" and here is my entry.  A birthday card for our sweet granddaughter Caroline.

"C" stands for Caroline!

Now the inside........

On the left hand side, you can pull out the birthday greeting.

The reverse side......

On the right hand side there is some money tucked under the paper bag flap and a neat little picture album entitled "Fun with Nanny and Grampa Art".

The little album......

The very back of the card.....

The End!!!

Please visit my good friends....
Cathy Lynn

As they play Inventory Challenge #48 - The game is on!

Thank you for your visit and I so appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment....Sandy

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Dark Side

Inventory Challenge # 47 - Favorite Things

One of my most favorite times of year is Autumn and the fun of Halloween.  Mama really loved Halloween.  One year she dressed up as a witch and stood at the front door with a rubber glove filled with ice attached to a broom stick.  Every kid that came trick or treating had to shake hands with her cold, slimy rubber hand.  Then she would cackle -  BWA-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

Unfortunately you cannot see the magenta ribbon trim framing the outside edges of the card.  Nor can you see the big fuzzy cat's tail.  Boo Hoo .......

The Night After

One Candy Corn Martini please

Tucked inside the paper bag is a  toast from one witch to another!

And the very back of my Dark Side paper bag card ...

Please visit my talented team mates as they share with you one of their favorite things.

Cathy Lynn

This card will be entered into the following challenge - 
The Corrosive Challenge #131  -  Come t the Dark Side

Thanks so much for your visit!   Sandy

Friday, August 26, 2011


We are so excited and very, very thankful.   Our friend Jacque is cancer free!!!!!!!!   Congratulations Jacque, we are tickled pink!!!!!!!

Christina and Danielle have decided our challenge would be about trees.  I live back in the mountains surrounded by the most beautiful trees you have ever seen.  In other words,  I live in the woods!  Some friends of mine are having a picnic celebrating Jacque's good news. .

 If you to out in the woods today you're in for a big surprise.  If you go out in the woods today you better go in disguise .....  Today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic.

A little tag tucked inside ....

And the secret message tucked into the paper bag  ....

Turn this over and you have a place to write a note ....

 The very back of the paper bag looks like this ....

I  love paper bag cards!!!!  My friend Cathy inspired me to make this card.  You can see her card here.

Please visit my friends as they celebrate with me.

Cathy Lynn

Whatever you do - check out my side bar and take a peek at Jacque's Candy !  You really should visit her blog and enter your name to win this wonderful gift .
Thank you so much for visiting my picnic.  Your comments are always welcome!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

I Believe

Do you believe in fairies?   I do !   The other day as I was walking down my driveway,  I spotted a fairy taking his morning break from fairying.     This is for real!!   My husband took this picture.  

You can tell by the look on his face that he sure was happy to see me.  Now it just so happens that Christina and Danielle have challenged us to make a fairy card this week.  I could not help but laugh seeing that I have so many fairies as friends.  

And may all your fairy wishes come true!!!

Please visit the blogs of my talented friends as they give you FAIRYTOPIA challenge # 45.



This card will be entered into the following challenges: 

Bearly Mine Challenge 17 - Bring on the Bling
Shopping our Stash SOS Challenge 13 - What you just can't resist buying.  (I love fairy stamps and images)
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - use 3 or more of favorite embellishments
Paper Play Time Challenge # 53 - anything goes
Craft Us Crazy - anything goes
Stamp Insanity - anything goes

Thanks for visiting me and I really do appreciate your comments!  Sandy

Friday, August 12, 2011

Snow Flower

I have been challenged by Christina and Danielle to make a frame card.   I also joined the book club at Color Me Creative Classroom and right now we are reading SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN by Lisa See.  So I made a frame card featuring what I believe a snow flower might look like.

Hopefully you can see that this delicate wax paper flower has dimension.

As often happens, the card really looks much better than the picture.  All I can tell you is, my Mom said it looks very elegant and she should know.  After all she is my Mom and don't mothers know everything!

Please visit my talented friends as they participate in the Inventory Challenge # 44.

Cathy Lynn

This card has been entered in the
BookEndz at Color Me Creative Classroom  - SNOW FLOWER and the SECRET FAN
Paper Take Weekly challenge - Grow Your Own

Thanks so much for visiting me this week.  As you  know,  I do appreciate your comments.
XO  -  Sandy