Monday, April 16, 2018

What I've been up to lately....

I can't believe how busy my life is sometimes!  I thought I was busy when I was working...but retirement...WHEW!  I really stay busy now!  I think I might also have a bit of an attention problem too.  I have so MANY hobbies that I love, that I tend to flit from one thing to another!  Am I the only one that does this??  I love quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, card making, reading, tatting...the list could go on and on!  Lately I've also been doing a good bit of volunteering at my church.  Vacation Bible School is coming up and there's lots to be done.  

Here's some of the boards I made last week for VBS.  I cut all the images on my Silhouette Cameo...bearing in mind that the Cameo only cuts a 12 inch wide image....that meant I had to cut all of these in pieces and then piece them together!  I've never worked on anything this large, and was scared to death that I'd ruin the boards the church had made for me to make the signs!

To give you a little perspective on how large these boards are...I stood beside them to have my photo made.  Seeing a photo of me makes me realize just how "old and fat" I am! LOL!

I've also done a good bit of scrapbooking recently.  I scrapbook on 12 x 12 papers.  I'm trying to get some of my older photos done so that my children will know more about who their ancestors are.  If you want more information on how I made these layouts, I've given descriptions in my gallery at (here's a link...sgoetter)  Here's a bit of what I've done in the last few months....

I've also made a few cards in the last couple of months, but nothing specific for any of the challenges.  I miss playing in the challenges, but I just can't seem to get everything done that I want to do!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you've left me a comment, please know that I sincerely appreciate each and every one!  I know this is a photo heavy blog post, but if you've managed to make it through to the end....bless you!  Hope to see you again soon!


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Three Challenges!

I know it's been a while, but I just can't seem to always get things posted in a timely manner! LOL!  I always have good know what they say about good intentions! I did manage to get three cards made and I'm actually getting them posted!

I did get a couple of cards made for the Twofer Challenge...and one of them fits the sketch for the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  The flower card also fits in with The Flower Challenge.  

 Here's my cards for the Twofer Challenge which is "hearts".

As you can see by the strip of "hearts" in front of the cards...this is the stamp I've used for two different cards. 

The stamp is from PTI (and I've had it forever!) and is a single heart that I've stamped several times.  The card on the right was made by stamping the hearts down a strip of paper.  I layered the white stamped strip on a piece of red card stock and adhered to the card base.  The sentiment is also from PTI and was heat embossed in white on a piece of the red card stock and then punched with a heart punch.  I added tiny dots of white with a gel pen. 

This card was made by stamping the hearts and cutting them out.  I paper pieced the hearts to a circle cut from red card stock.  I hand cut the flower stem and leaves from green card stock. Sentiment is from PTI.  I added a large pearl to the center of the flower and heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder.

This card doesn't really fit a challenge that I know's just one that I made for my son's birthday which will be on the 24th of this month.  My baby....he'll be 39!!! WOW! Where does the time go!!!  I used a really old SU set for the leaf and the background.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from PTI.  I cut the bottom point using a large hexagon die, then added the strips of brown on top of it.  I also scored lines across the top and down the sided of the white.

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

CASology - Hugs

Still working on replenishing my card supply.  Finished another card to share with you today...this one is for the CASology challenge

Here's my card for the challenge....

This card was made entirely with the Cameo.  I printed the "sending you big" and "for your birthday" on the card then cut out the word "hugs" that I designed in the Silhouette Studio program.  I also added a line of stitching around the edges of the card front with the Cameo. The hearts were cut from red card stock.  I colored the word "hugs" with Copic markers, then added a layer of clear wink of stella.  I also added the wink of stella to the red hearts.  Then I coated them all with some glossy accents.  The word "hugs" was also cut 4 times and layered to give some dimension.

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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CASE this Sketch #254

It's been a long time since I've played along with a challenge, and I needed something to kick start my mojo!  I found this sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch #254.

Thinking about all the birthdays and anniversaries coming up in the next few months, I realized that my card supply is really bare, so I need to get busy and make some cards!

Here's my card for the challenge...

I decided to do a white on white with just a tiny pop of color. The only stamping on the card is the heat embossed Happy Birthday.  Everything else is cut with a die. I added some dots of NUVO crystal for just a pop of shine.

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas to All!

I've been busy, busy, busy....baking, candy making, and gift wrapping.  At this point, aside from a little more baking...I'm all done and just waiting for Christmas! I can hardly wait for my children to unwrap their quilts!

This Christmas is definitely a "hand-made" Christmas.  With the exceptions of a couple of books and one gift card, everything under the tree is handmade....I've been REALLY busy sewing and crafting for the last 7 months!  Sure hope everyone likes their gifts!

The photo above is just a sample of some of the goodies I made to share with friends and family.  I need for Christmas to hurry up, cause I can't seem to keep my sticky little fingers out of all this goodness! LOL!

Wishing each and every one of you that visits my blog....a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  Hopefully, next year I'll be a little better about getting things posted in a timely manner!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!


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Monday, November 6, 2017


I know.....I've been gone for 4 months!!! SO much has happened, I don't even know where to begin!  In a previous post, I mentioned that I'd purchased a new sewing machine....well, I decided that I wanted to make each of my children a quilt for Christmas.  I also have two (twins) great grandsons due in December (although they'll probably make their appearance within the next 3 weeks!).  I thought a quilt would be a great baby present too!  I'm crazy...right?! LOL!

I'll be back making cards now that I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the quilting! LOL!

So let me tell you a little about each quilt....

This first quilt is 48 x 60 inches and I absolutely LOVE these fabrics!  Super simple to piece...4.5 x 21" strips.  My machine quilting is probably not the "best" but it was made with love! This quilt is for Baby boy A

This second quilt is for Baby boy B.....same premise...just different fabrics.

This lavender/pink/grey quilt is for my middle daughter (She chose the colors she wanted)...half square triangles...LOTS of them.  This is a king size quilt and it was a labor of love quilting this on the machine! (we're talking regular machine...not a long arm machine!)

This patchwork quilt is for my oldest daughter.  I cut 5 inch squares and pieced them in strips.  The backing is a white on white print and the binding is the same fabric as the backing.  She requested a "patchwork" quilt.

This blue and white quilt is for my youngest son.  He and his wife requested shades of blue.  This one was very time consuming to piece...but SO worth the effort.  It is also (Super) king size.   This is my king size bed it is on....and you can see that it almost touches the's the same on the other side!

This quilt is for my mother in law...more the size of a twin quilt, but will be nice to cuddle up with. I LOVE this pattern and the red, black, and grey...and the way they pop with the white striping!  Hope she'll like it too!

This quilt is for my oldest son and his wife.  It's not as big as I had wanted to make it, but I ran out of fabric and didn't get back to the store to get more.  I'm loving the colors in this one...hope they like it too!

It seems that most of my family has birthdays close to November and December are busy months around here. My granddaughter Helen Grace has a birthday on November 28 (which is also my daughter's birthday!) She wanted a handbag, so I used scraps from the quilt I made for her parents and made her a small quilted handbag...then I monogrammed her initial on the front of it.

My granddaughter Maggie has a birthday on November 16...and she loves this is the bag I made for her.  I found this great batting called soft and stable...and it makes the bag stand up nicely.

I'm also working on some pillows that I plan to give to each of my grandchildren.  Many of you know that my husband (their grandpa) passed away several years ago, so I thought I would take some of his old t-shirts and make each of them a pillow.  I've got 3 made so far and still have 4 to go. (Although, I have 17 grandchildren, we decided years ago that once they turned 18, we would no longer give them Christmas or birthday presents...I do still send them a card on their birthdays)

I guess that sounds bad, but the truth is, when you have 5 children, 17 grandchildren, and a several great grandchildren, it get a bit expensive to buy gifts for everyone.  And let's face kids get older (18 and up) there is very little they want that I can afford! So....I'm hoping my handmade gifts will please everyone this year.

My stitching is not always "straight" and I haven't mastered free motion quilting, so I'll just let the recipients of the quilts know....the crooked stitching just adds character to the quilt!

None of the recipients of these quilts have seen their quilts...and I'm positive they never read my blog, so I think it's probably safe to reveal what's been keeping me busy!

I know I need to get back to my card making, but I've really been tied up with all this quilting!

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

LIM and AAA Card Challenges #336 and #337

Hello All!

It's been quite a while since I've posted...shame on me...but, in my defense, I had a massive computer crash, found out that it was not repairable, then had to order a new computer, and wait, and wait, and wait for it to finally arrive.

My son works in the IT field, and he was going to try to recover all my data...and most importantly, my photos, and move them to my new computer.  Well...that didn't work.  My old computer was really fried!  Fortunately, I have always had a backup drive attached to my computer, and was able to recapture almost all of my files. The drive only had files backed up as of 6/2017...but I definitely breathed a sigh of relief!

So, while my computer was down, I did a little sewing (made a full-sized quilt) and made just a few cards.  Much to my dismay, when I took photos of this card so that I could finally post it, I found out that the card reader on my new computer doesn't accept "compact flash" cards, which is the type of card in my big had to retake the photos with my small Canon and THEN upload! Whew!

So...after all's my card for the LIM and AAA Card Challenges #336 & #337.

I used the gigantic butterfly stamp for SU, and stamped on a paper that has a tiny green checked background...does that count as a colored background?  I heat embossed it in black and cut around the edge of the right hand wing.  As you can see from the photo below, I allowed the butterfly to wrap around to the back of the card also. I added color over the green background with Copics.

I thought I'd share a peek at the quilt I finished while I had the two weeks with no computer!  This is the first quilt that I machine quilted.  I've always hand quilted my quilts before...but hey, since I have the new sewing machine, I thought...why not give machine quilting a try.  I loved machine quilting and have already bought fabric for my next quilt!

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Merry Monday and a Little Scrapbooking

Thought I'd play along with Merry Monday Christmas Challenge this week which is to create a card using mistletoe.  

Here's my take on the challenge...

I cut out the mistletoe on my Cameo...including the big bow.  I printed the sentiment through the Silhouette program, then cut the stitched border with a die from SSS.  I cut the berries separately and popped some of them with foam tape. I colored the mistletoe, berries and the bow with Copic markers.  I also added a touch of wink of stella to the berries. Added it all to a red card base...and done! 

I've gotten back to my scrapbooking a little more.  I hadn't scrapped in so long that it's like learning how all over again.  I've managed to complete about 6 layouts in the last I must be getting my mojo back! LOL!

Photos of my youngest daughter when she was about 12 years old. I used October Afternoon papers along with some red card stock and a stripe from my scraps. I created the title work in the Silhouette Program. The little girl carrying the cake is a stamp that I colored with Copics and fussy cut. I added some Nuvo drops for the bumps on the cake and a little Wink of Stella on the stars and her headband. The "messy hair, Don't care" tags were created in the Silhouette program and printed. The red tags were stamped and heat embossed in white. The dog and the two red tags were MFT's four legged stamp set. The presents across the strip are a die from Simon Says Stamps. After die cutting it, I colored all the little present pieces and put them back in the die. Journaling was computer generated. 

Photos of my mother holding my second daughter, Kimberly when she was just 6 days old. Word paper is from Echo Park "Our Family" collection. Red paper is some really old paper from my stash. Hearts were die cut and punched. All were coated with Wink of Stella, and some of the hearts are covered with glossy accents. The leaf branches are a MS punch just joined together end to end. I added some faux stitching and some lines around the base pieces. The arrows were cut from paper in the EP collection. Journaling is tucked behind the word mat and there is a heart pull tab at the top. Title work was generated in the Silhouette Program and cut out 4 times and layered for dimension. The "family" tag is from the EP collection. 

I just finished this layout today, and thought I'd get it posted too.  Photos of my two youngest children with their elementary school PE coach.  He was a part of their lives from kindergarten through 5th grade.  We also attended church with him and his family.  I used the plaid papers from Lawn Fawn.  The title work was cut with the Silhouette (three times and layered for dimension).  The whistle and school bus are from the Silhouette store.  I colored the orange strip and the title letters with Copic markers. The wood grain paper is from Echo Park "It's a Boy" collection.  I added some black lines and faux stitching. The yellow circle behind the title work was cut with a die then embossed with a stitched die. School bus and whistle were adhered with foam tape. Journaling is tucked behind the solid yellow mat.

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

LIM #329 - Geometrics

I hope none of you faint!  Here I am back again for the 3rd day in a row!!  I've had a productive day today.  Finished a dress for one of my granddaughters, bought groceries to prepare dinner tonight for two of my children and their families and made two cards for the Less is More Challenge!

And....I'm getting my cards posted on the same day I made them! WooHoo!!!

For this first card, I used a wood mounted stamp (that I coveted) from the wonderful Darnell of djkardkreations and leader of the NBUS challenges.  So...thank you, Darnell!  I stamped the image in versamark and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  I colored in parts of the image with two yellow Copic markers.  The butterfly is from Hero Arts, and was also stamped and heat embossed with gold.  I fussy cut the image and added some yellow to the butterfly.  The sentiment is from SSS. I colored the side of the card and the sentiment strip with one of the Copic markers, then heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  Added a few drops of Nuvo to match, and popped the white panel with some craft foam.

Not too sure about this card.  It might not be CAS enough for the challenge.  I got this new 6 x 6 image from Concord and 9th.  I think I might need just a "little" more practice with the stamp! After my attempt at stamping, I added some Wink of Stella to the blue triangles and the orange stripe down the right side.  I wiped the blue ink on a scrap of white to make the sentiment tag.  Sentiment is from SSS and is heat embossed with white.  Added just a few Nuvo drops and popped the panel with craft foam.

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

CAS Watercolour and CAS Mix Up Card Challenges

Can you believe it!  Two days in a row!  

I finished a card yesterday that works perfectly for the CAS Watercolour Challenge and the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.  I'm really starting to enjoy doing more water coloring!

This is probably one of my best to-date water color cards!  I used a NBUS stamp set from Altenew called Garden Treasure.  I stamped the flowers and leaves in versamark and heat embossed with white.  Then I used some Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils to add bits of color to the blooms.  After coloring with the pencils, I used a Silver brush to move the color around a bit.  To get the splashed background, I simply wet my brush and flicked it over the point of the pencil.  Too cool! I trimmed the finished piece down to 4 x 5.5 inches and mounted with craft foam over a pink card base.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Black and is from SSS Uplifting Thoughts.  A few sequins sprinkled around and it was complete!

Also from my NBUS stack, was this marbling layer stamp from Waffle Flower.  I struggled a bit getting the pieces lined up, but I still think it turned out okay. I mounted the marbled piece over gray card stock, then added a strip across the top with foam tape.  I used foil paper to add a stripe over the dark gray strip and then die cut the oval from the shiny foil paper to add a sentiment.  I heat embossed the sentiment on the shiny foil oval...and I can tell you...It is NOT easy.  Even using an embossing buddy, that embossing powder stuck to everything!  I finally got one that looked "okay"....

That's all for me today....As always, thanks so much for stopping in.  I appreciate your visit...and I appreciate each and every comment!

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