Monday, December 22, 2014

Saved by the Fire Department!

A few weeks ago, during the early morning hours one of the smoke alarms in my home malfunctioned.  Since the ceilings in the house are quite high (cathedral style) there was no way I would ever be able to reach this cranky, noisy alarm.  I lived with it for two days, trying unsuccessfully to find someone who could take care of it for me.  My daughter of Canopy Crafts, thought she remembered from somewhere the local Fire Department would come out to change batteries in smoke alarms.  She called them for me and low and behold they were at my house before I could even get back there!  Who knew they provided this service.

They not only changed and quieted the noisy alarm, but provided the battery and went on throughout the house to check all the other alarms.  They also said to contact them twice a year, when daylight savings occurs, to change the batteries.  Who knew!  Of course this would be scheduled when they were not busy.

So for their help I thought I'd take some cookies over to the fire station for them to enjoy.
Here's a picture of my favorite cookies, once again the Cran-Pistachio and now the Salted Caramel Sugar cookies.

It's hard to read, but the little sign says "Thank You, for all you do".
I hope they enjoy.
Thanks for looking at my blog.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Masculine Birthday card

I can't believe how long it's been since I posted to my blog, time flies by...
anyhow here is a card made for my brother.
I used Stampin' Up's new DSP Adventure Bound, there are some lovely patterns and nature scenes in this group, I'm really liking them.

The card didn't take much work, since the paper is so pretty I didn't want to detract from it so added a little birthday sentiment and a non-fussy little bow and called it done.

Oops, little red ink smudge on the bottom of the inside of the card, well now he'll know it's hand-made!

I'd love to hear what you think of this card, please leave me a brief comment at the end of the post.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Do you ever make a card and think okay that's done and then forget to mail it?  Tell me I'm not the only one who does this.
Here is the card I'm sending waaaaaay late for a special person's past birthday.

Plus I forgot to take a picture of the inside...all you Stampin' Up people must know the inside  said
"And then I forgot
Happy (belated) Birthday"

Once again I used the in color CS and DSP, die cut a small oval for the sentient as well as die cut a few leaves, wrapped some cording around the spine of the card and done!

Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear from you!
Here's a challenge at Paper Players for a Fall  inspired card.

  I see most everyone thought of beautifully colored leaves, traditional things one would think of.  However, I think of Halloween so here is my take on the challenge.

I love the funny shaped witch from SU's  Freaky Friends stamp set  so I thought she'd be perfect to welcome Fall. You may be able to tell from the photo I glitter gold embossed the wreath from Wondrous Wreath and used that as my focal point but wanted to combine Halloween too, so I fussy cut (no small task especially her shoes) the witch, added glitter gold to her broom since she's sweeping the golden leaves. Did you get that glitter embossing?  The background paper is from the  DSP Motley Monsters such adorable images I really hated to cut it up.

Here's a photo of the inside as well...
The inside sentiment is also SU's Mingle All the Way set, very versatile with a sentiment for many holidays.
What do you think, I'd love to hear from you...thanks for lookin'

Sunday, September 7, 2014

'Nuther birthday card!

The Paper Players are hosting a "Fall" theme card this week and I think this will fit in nicely, doesn't often happen for me!

Here's a card for a very dear friend and another "almost" relative, I feel like she really is.  She knows who she is.

Since the calendar is indicating Fall is almost here I thought using the new in-colors and DSP were a perfect choice and how could you not love the "martini" birthday glass from one of the new holiday stamp sets, "Making Spirits Bright", right up our alleys!

The inspiration for the layout came from a card my daughter, Nance Leedy of Canopy  Crafts used for one of her card classes . While I was visiting I too was able to CASE her card, isn't it lovely,
here it is...

I'd love you to leave a comment, it's always nice to hear from other bloggers,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Brother birthday!

Hi all, just a quick post to show a card I made for my older brother who lives in AL.
This stamp set was one we were given at Convention, isn't it cute?

As I said previously I am without most of my supplies, very limited.  So I opted to stamp the cute rocking chair onto a cork oval, framed with DSP and then again on whisper white.  Adhered all to a strip of DSP (which I attempted to line up with the backdrop piece).  I thought it looked like the chair was kinda sitting on a rug, what do ya think?

Of course I didn't have a sentiment stamp that said brother, at least with me, so I created one on the computer, flagged the end, tied it with some twine and added to the face of the card.

That's it for now, hope to see you again thanks for looking

Sunday, August 31, 2014


Hi there,
Just thought I'd post a few cards I recently made using my good scrappin' pal Diane Oliver of Rubber 'n Rafters who was kind enough to let me borrow some of her supplies while I'm spending some time back in MI.  In case you're wondering most of my scrappin' stuff was relocated to Fl.

Here's one birthday card made for an ( almost) relative birthday.  This young man is a baseball, basketball, you name it athlete loves anything to do with sports, plus he's very good at it.

I found the inspiration for this card from a friend of my daughter's (Nance Lempinen Leedy of Canopy Crafts).  She is the talented Ginger Toivonen of  I really was stuck trying to think of something when I happened upon Ginger's card and it all fell into place.  Loved her idea of creating the baseball from a circle punch and adding the "stitching", the bat I just happened to have among some old stickers and thought it worked well together.  Thanks Ginger for your inspiration

I hope you take a moment to leave me a comment, thanks for looking.

Circle Birthday

Here's another card that was CASED from http://1stampingnightowl.blogspot.  This is one of the gals that was on the Display card project at Convention 2014.  Thanks for a great idea!

I liked the simplicity of the card and the cheerful colors, which of course you can change up to whatever you prefer.

Here is my version of her card...

I think it's so simple and not frilly at all so it would be a great masculine card, don't ya think?

Thanks for stopping by and peeking at my blog.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm back!

I know, it seems like ages since I've posted something on my blog, well it has been.  However during my absence I was fortunate enough to become a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and attend the Stampin' Up Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah with my daughter, Nance Lempinen Leedy of Canopy Crafts.

What a great time we had and there's nothing better than bonding with each other, plus meeting people I've only known through their blogs, yep they're real people.
Here's a picture of some of us at Convention.
LeAnne Puglise, Nance Lempinen Leedy, Shelli & Sterling Gardner and me!

Ann Schach, LeAnne Puglise and my daughter, Nance Lempinen Leedy

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easter crochet flower barrettes

Gosh it's been months since I've posted...but here's a recent project I made for my granddaughter and one of her friends for their Easter Sunday morning.  They were away camping, but still enjoyed a visit from the Easter Bunny!

Each barrette has 3 flowers die cut from felt in graduated sizes, either hot glued together or hand stitched whichever you prefer (this time I hand stitched).  The center of each has a hand crocheted flower by the lovely Christina MacLaren (Sea Glass Papercraft) and then I stitched a fancy button to the crocheted flower to finish it off. 

Once the flowers were assembled I used a very clever stamp & die set called Boutique Accessories from PTI which allows you to have a felt cover for the barrette to slide into I stitched them together with some  embroidery floss (only took a minute or two since the die cuts holes showing where to stitch, then a dab and I mean a dab of hot glue to adhere the flowers to the felt barrette. I had admired these adorable little crochet cuties early last year and Christina was gracious enough to make several and send them to me, thank you again Christina, hopefully I'm on a roll and ready to make some more.

I forgot to take a close up picture of the finished product, so here is an earlier version I made a while ago made pretty much the same way.

Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you visit again.