Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Where does the time GO!!


I have been SO busy lately....well, actually for the last couple of months!  I've done quite a bit of scrapping and made a few cards too, so I thought I'd share with you today. I've also been super busy preparing for Vacation Bible School which is actually this week!

I've been scrapbooking quite a bit lately.  I've missed scrapbooking the last few years, but I think I'm getting back in the swing of it now. If you're interested in how I made these pages, here's a link to my gallery at  I explain how each layout was created on that site.  Most of my layouts also include journaling, which is also in my gallery at

I've also got a few cards to share with you...

This is the card I made for my great granddaughter, Ellie for her 2nd birthday.  It's a really cool card that folds up to make a little book. It used 4 - 8.5 inch squares of card stock and the rest is just folding and scoring...and of course, decorating the card.

Used an edge die to cut the edge of the pink.  Backed it with some glittery paper I made with some score tape and glitter. Cut the sentiment from the same glitter paper that I made.  Popped the pink panel over the glitter paper...and done.

This flower card was stamped on the card base with a PB stamp, then I stamped it on water color paper that I had smooshed some color on and then cut the blooms out and popped them over the stamped image.

The second card....I created the diagonal striped background in my Silhouette program and then layered a sentiment over it that was die cut with a stitched edge die. 

This last card was created using a strip of the paper from previous card and cutting it to match the curved teal paper.  The teal paper was dry embossed with an old embossing folder.  The sentiment was generated with the Silhouette program and printed on the card base. 

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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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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