Friday, June 29, 2012

Celebrate America

Happy 4th of July!  I thought I should get these on my blog before the 4th is history.  The first one is simply stickers.  The paper is from Papertrey Ink and the punch is a Martha Stewart punch.  The second one is a stamp from Rosie's Roadshow framed with PTI paper and colored with Copics.  I added stickles to the sparkler.  The background is made with a PTI set of stamps and then of course a sticker at the bottom.  In real life it matches much better.

Has it been hot where you live?  Sure has been hot here and I had outdoor work to do on the two hottest days.  It is done now so I can stay inside and watch the temperature climb from the comfort of air conditioning! 

My husband is now officially retired.  Last night was his last night at work.  I think he is in a state of shock!  After a few days I think he will be going nuts so we will see how long this lasts.  I have an appointment with the hospital on Monday to see about volunteering. 

Have a wonderful 4th of July - stay cool and enjoy all of the freedoms we have in the United States of America!

Until next time, happy trails to you


Sunday, June 24, 2012


Our grandson, Justin is going to camp today and will be gone for a whole week for the first time.  He is apprehensive but excited as well.  It sounds like they have all kinds of really fun activities planned for them.  Tonight they will camp out under the stars.  The weather is to be very very hot this next week and I know they will be doing some or maybe a lot of swimming.  Mail time each day is a very big deal for them so I made him a couple of cards out of stickers.  My friend Georgia is the sticker queen and gave me a few pointers.  I love stickers and have a lot of them but am never sure how to use them.  I think he will like these.  I also made the matching envelopes you see next to the cards.

Aaron, Justin's little brother, is also going to camp this week but his is just in the afternoons.  It is at the Humane Society and called Camp Kindness.  They learn to take care of animals and about different animals and I think they will be responsible for an animal for their week there.  We live very close to the Humane Society but Aaron lives a bit of a ride so he will stay here every other day.  That way his mom will only have to drive it once a day.  Aaron and I have some fun things planned for the evenings.  It will be a busy week for all of us.  

I finished the book The Invisible Thread the other day and I have to say it was one of the best books I have read in a very long time.  Check it out!  I got my copy at the library.

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dance Dance Dance

I can't believe it is almost the end of June already.  I made this card for a co-worker who also retired at the same time I did.  Hi Donna.  Donna is moving out of state to their lake house.  She was a teacher at the same school I worked at.  I colored with my Copics and then glittered up her dress.  The scroll is a Magnolia die cut and the paper is from my stash.  Of course it was cut with my Nestabilities.  I believe it is Labels 1.

Tomorrow is my husbands birthday.  I just finished a big pan of brownies for him.  He will love them!  And tomorrow after he goes to work, I am going to stamp with some friends.  Hi Janet and Nancy.  I will miss my friend Georgia who can't be there.

I am reading a good book right now.  It is called An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski.  It is a "true story of an 11 year old panhandler and a busy sales executive and an unlikely meeting with destiny."  It has turned into a rainy cool evening so I think that is what I may do, curl up in my big chair and a half and read my book.  Of course Miss Lucy will be on my lap.  She is not fond of the thunder.

Until next time, happy trails to you...


Thursday, June 14, 2012


WOW!  Where has this month gone?  It has just flown by.  I wait all year for June so I can get together with my girlfriends and stamp.  There are several of us - some from California, some from Minnesota, some from Iowa and some from Nebraska.  We spend 3 days together in Iowa, getting there in time for lunch and shopping on Sunday, stamping all day on Monday and half a day on Tuesday.  Then we go to our farewell luncheon and go our separate ways until the next year.  We just got home on Tuesday evening and I am already looking forward to next year.  We spend hours laughing and eating and talking and stamping.  Top priority is laughing.  If it is in fact, good medicine, we have our annual supply stored up. 

My stamp today is an Amariah Rauscher stamp called Ramona and her Wagon.  I colored it with my Copic markers and then added a rub on butterfly.  The paper is from my stash and was double sided. 

A funny story - you know, how you get inspiration from strange places?  Well, this second grader was walking down the hall at school with a very pretty headband on.  I asked her to stop by my desk and wrote down all of the colors in the headband and came home that night and made this card. 

Enjoy your summer, it goes by so quickly!

Until next time, Happy trails to you...


Saturday, June 2, 2012


I had to make a sympathy card for a friend who lost her mother very suddenly. She was only 78 years old and in very good health. She had a tear to her aorta and was taken to surgery immediately but unfortunately it did not turn out well. I used the Papertrey Ink Botanical anniversary set to make this one along with Memento inks. It practically put itself together. I then used Stickles all around the edge and also on the flower centers. The butterflies are all rub ons and were already glittered. I hope it is not too sparkly for a sympathy card. Her mom loved flowers, birds and butterflies so I made this with her in mind.

Well, it is official! I am retired. Last Tuesday was my last day at work. It is not real to me yet and won't be until fall when it is time to return. So far I have spent one day shopping with my daughter and getting a pedicure, reading a book, working in the yard and my biggie is beginning to organize my stamps. My friend Lynette gave me an idea to use and I am expanding on it to make it something that will work for me - I hope. Until next time Happy trails to you.... Sheri