Saturday, June 11, 2016


I am trying to win a MISTI which is a real nifty tool designed to help you place your stamps exactly where you want them on your project. Here is the link if you are interested in trying to win one: Splitcoast - Memory MISTI.

I wanted to use some of the tea stamps my pen pal Lana in Montana sent me. I dug way back into my pictures and found this one of me, my granddaughter Rachael, my friend Kare and her daughter Amelia at our favorite tea room.

All of the stamped images are from Lana, the scroll bling is from Zva Creative, small flowers are from Queen & Co. and I used my Cuttlebug alphabet die to cut the title.

My Splitcoast Stampers Gallery

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Silhouette Challenges - Showcase #38

Hi, and welcome to my last project for Silhouette Challenges. Just where does the time go?

My, son will be turning 32 this month so I made him this card. He lives in Tokyo and mailing anything at all to him is very expensive so I tend to keep his cards fairly simple.

This file is from the Silhouette Store, one of my free downloads when I received my Cameo.

After I made the cut, I added a piece of cream paper to the background then sprinkled in some red jewels.
All of the challenges are always, "Anything Goes" if you made it, it counts so please enter it.

Starts June 1, 2016
Ends June 30, 2016
Click HERE to link up!

More Photo Scavenger Hunt Pics

We got out to do some shopping today and found a few more items for the Photo Scavenger Hunt.

#2 A footprint or pawprint

#3 A skeleton, bone or x-ray

#3 Again

#10 A bicycle
I still have another 10 items to find.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tea For Two - 2 Creative Chicks

WOW!!! Where has the time gone? I can't believe that this is my last post for 2 Creative Chicks. It has been a lot of fun and the time has just flown by.

We are having a tea party today using a tea set that my son and his wife gave me when they came to the US to be married, 2 months later they were also married in Miki's hometown in Japan.

I started with a tray I picked up from Create and Craft TV, it was only a couple of dollars. I put a couple of coats of paint on the tray, used Mod Podge to adhere the paper with a couple more coats on top of the paper to protect it then I added the pearls.

 The paper is also from the kids, Japanese papers are beautiful.

Please come and join us at 2 Creative Chicks where the challenges are always, "Anything Goes."

Starts June 1, 2016
Ends June 30, 2016
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Halloween in June

My gal pal Renee from Plum Purdy found this cute little Vintage Postcard Kit in her crafty stash and sent it to me. It comes with 6 postcards and 8 Halloween stamps, 12 embellishments and 18 chipboard pieces.

There are several things you can make with these, I decided to make a Halloween banner.

I used all of the stamps and all of the included embellishments as well as some bling from my stash but I didn't use any of the chipboard pieces, I added them to my stash to use another time.


DCWV June Stack - a - holic Challenge

I stumbled across the DCWV Stack - a - holic June Challenge the other day and decided to make something and enter it. I searched all through all of my DCWV stacks but couldn't find one that I had pictures to go with until I saw a post over at Golden Goddess Designs that Alicia had used her Far East Stack and it reminded me that mixed in with my other Japanese papers that I had some Far East Stack cardstock.

I took a still picture off of my son's Japanese wedding video and made this layout following DCWV's sketch:

The kids are leaving the chapel after the ceremony, preparing to bow to their guests as is the custom in Japan.

As you can see my son dressed in traditional Japanese wedding attire. They both actually wore 3 different outfits for the day and the day went on for a very long time.

They used some of the decorations I had made for their US ceremony to decorate the venue where everyone ate and ate and ate.

You can view all of the projects here.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Photo Scavenger Hunt #3 - A Family Gathering

My family is scattered all over the place, from Michigan to Japan with me in the middle in Arizona and I don't know when I'll see any of them. However I do need a picture of a family gathering for the Photo Scavenger Hunt going on over on facebook so I spent the morning going over old family pictures and found my pictures from my Dad's last birthday party.

Dad had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he was given 6 months to live so we packed as much living into his remaining time as we could. He was actually with us for another 18 months after his diagnosis thanks to some experimental drugs. Sadly he was too ill the following year for another party so this was his last one.

That's Dad in the yellow hat (I brought the hats and my siblings thought that I was goofy but everyone wore one) and Dad's wife Jane in the top picture.

In the middle we have my sister-in-law Mary Beth from the back, my brother Scott, sister Sandy, Dad, Jane my cousin and her husband...long story about my Dad's siblings having all been put up for adoption and I this was the one and only time I ever met this cousin, the bald guy is her husband.

In the bottom we have my son David, Jane, Dad, Mary Beth and Sandy.

I still miss him every day.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Detroit Red Wings/Phoenix Coyotes 1-14-16 Game

We are diehard Detroit Red Wings fans, every year we purchase the NHL Hockey Package so that we can see all of their games way out west. Last Christmas my guy's daughter surprised us with tickets for a game between our Wings and the Phoenix Coyotes. She also gave us a gift card for a hotel room (175 miles away on the oddest 2 lane highway we have ever been on) and a parking pass putting us right by the stadium doors.

When we arrived at the stadium there were more people wearing Wings jerseys than Coyotes jerseys. Our seats put us with a lot of other Wing's fans. Our chants of, "Let's go Red Wings, let's go" were a whole lot louder than the chants for the Coyotes.

It was a really exciting game, when the 3rd period started the Wings were down 0 - 2 and ended up tying up the game which then went into overtime and the Wings won. HORRAY!!!!

This page is based on this sketch by Sketch - N - Scrap for their current challenge - #106.

I used a picture of the pregame warm up and the scoreboard with the final score.

I am going to enter this layout in this challenge:
Sketch - N - Scrap

Photo Scavenger Hunt #3 - Camper - Scrapbook Page - Team Logo

Here is my 3rd post for the Photo Scavenger Hunt.



I got 2 campers, they are both down the street from us. I spotted them yesterday when we went out for a few groceries.
Double scrapbook page of a Detroit Red Wings/Phoenix Coyotes hockey game we went to in January (thanks to my guy's daughter, the tickets, room and parking were our Christmas gift). It was our first venture down to the Phoenix area. I just completed this page for the scavenger hunt and a challenge over at Sketch - N - Scrap, based on this sketch.

AND!!! Our Detroit Red Wings team logo on a program from the Red Wings/Sharks game we attended in Detroit back in 2012. Once again, thanks go my guy's daughter, the tickets were another Christmas gift. And a Wing's logo I had picked up back in Michigan before we moved to the high desert of Arizona.
I have about 3,000 pictures to get printed up and made into pages since before our move in July 2012, I just love these challenges that make me get at least a couple of those pics scrapped at a time.
I need to find a bicycle for the scavenger hunt. I think there are more horses in town than bicycles due to the very steep hills and heat, not very many people ride a bike around here.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Photo Scavenger Hunt - Porch - Fresh Produce - Window - Seasonal Beverage

Hot time, summer in the city....HOT, HOT, HOT as the blazes here in Arizona today and we live in northern AZ where it is a little cooler than down in the Phoenix area. It was 91 degrees at 9:00 a.m. today.

Ok, back to the Summer Scavenger Hunt. Today I have fresh produce - lemons which led to the summer beverage - lemonade (which I make with the lemons several times a week), porch and window.

#11 on hunt list

#19 on hunt list
#5 on hunt list

#12 on hunt list
As hot as it is going to be for the next few days I'll be going through lots of lemons and lemonade.