Thursday, December 29, 2011


Thinking and Thanks

A couple quick cards, one a thank you the other a thinking of you card.
The "Hello" card is made with A Sunday International stamp--Psyco Friends--color and cut out.  Green card stock is stamped with a little green all over print, and then mounted on Ivory card stock.  The design and "Hello" are then pop-up mounted.

The Thanks a Bunch words, carrot and border are stamped on manila card stock, framed with solid orange stock,  and then mounted on green card stock that has been stamped with the carrot stems.

Both of these are cards are quick to make, so I mass produce a dozen or so and have them on hand whenever I need to remember one of my friends.

GREAT NEWS:  Grandson is home from the hospital.


  1. They are so neat to see. How are you feeling? I hope you had a very nice Christmas.
    Take care, I am praying for you.
  2. Love the cards. so glad your grand is home is better. Hope your Christmas was great and that you have the happiest of New Years!

  3. Cute cards~ Would you believe I have never made cards? Is that sad, or what? I am so glad about your grandson. That is the greatest Christmas blessing of all, isn't it? xo Diana
  4. Wonderful news about your grandson! And the cards are really nice!
  5. Hey I make cards too - I love those. sandie
  6. Hi Marti,
    Oh wow, I am so glad that Sheridan is home!!! That is wonderful news!!! Your cards are adorable. I am hoping that your package will arrive by tomorrow or Saturday!!!

    God bless you and your family.
  7. Very pretty cards! Great idea to have them on hand. It looks like a fun thing to do, too.
    Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Born of Kings

My Prescott daughter has always expressed and interest in her heritage.  So this year, I made this memory book.  Using BoBunny Timepiece album, I created a book that traces her ancestory on my dad's side of the family back 70 generations.
Daddy was of Scottish/Irish descent.  The Scottish clans kept very detailed records of their generations, so this made the search for ancestors easier to follow.

His mother was a direct descendant of the Stewart of Scotland, from which the Kings of England are also descended.  My daughter's 22nd generation great grandfather was Robert II, King of Scotland Stewart--the first Stewart king.

I found this copy of the registry of the marriage of Daddy's mom and dad, the starting place on my quest through the years.

These are photos of me, my dad, his mother and a  distant relative--Leutwinus Bishop Of Treves (660 - 772)


  1. What a great keepsake. I'll bet your daughter was thrilled. We have my father's side traced back to the early 1600's. Hugs- Diana
  2. I am almost speechless! What a great gift - I bet your daughter loved it!
  3. Maybe we're related! My aunt, who was at my house for Christmas, is into genealogy and was just telling us at the dinner table how she had traced our family back to Robert the Bruce, the King of Scotland!
    I think the memory book you made for your daughter was a wonderful gift!
  4. this is a most beautiful creation! also i came here because i saw a post at cindy a's whimsical musings about your grandson. i am keeping him and all your family in my prayers. love to you all. xoxo

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Cowgirl up!

When you think of cowgirl, does boots and saddles, calico and denim, horse shoes and churns come to mind? If you are a cowgirl at heart, it does. I love decorating with a western touch, attending cowboy poets concert, and trail riding.  So it was with thought in mind that I made this birthday card.

Cowgirl stamp by All Night Media
Barbed Wire    by Our Lady of Rubber
Snap from Oriental Trading Co.
I wrote in the sentiment.  This is simple, but appropriate.


  1. Nice card! And even nicer that you made it for your friend's birthday! Enjoy your day! Thanks for the comment!
  2. Cute card. I have a little cowboy here (11 years old) and he is teaching me to love all things "horse". :)
  3. CUTE!!! I'm your newest follower. :-)
  4. Happy birthday to your friend! sandie
  5. Cute card. Thanks for visiting my blog. My significant other ropes at Dynamite Arena every Sunday since last Sunday and until March. I'm following. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
  6. I have "followed" you three times now and for some reason you keep disappearing! Must be a blogger thing!
  7. Oh--I lOVE this! and I dance country dancing--so, you know I think this is awesome!!!
  8. You are very creative.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog. I do believe we have a lot in common...especially the fact we both love a good mystery.

Monday, October 17, 2011


Autumn Leaves

One of the beauties of Autumn is the riot of color as the leaves change.  Bored with summer, knowing that winter is just around the corner, the trees bring out all their vibrant finery and throw one last party. 
Part of the creative process of art is to be able to translate what you see into another medium and still being able to keep the spirit of the scene.

For a birthday card for one of my friends, I iris folded a leaf on the bottom corner of a double sided paper, when tri-folded the paper up to form the card.  For the little leaves, on a sheet of 24# paper, I computer generated a fall poem a couple of inches from the top, then on the reverse side, using distress inks, I made a background, then folding down a flap randomly cut leaves with the top hinged.  With a marker, I added veins, and gold stickles to both the large leaf and the small ones.  Because the small leaves are on lightweight paper, they have movement.  A twisted cord makes the leaf stem.

So this is my salute to fall leaves for a card--a little bit of a twist on the traditional.


  1. That is beautiful! And I enjoyed reading about your mother, very nice tribute to her! Enjoy your day!
  2. How beautiful --- a lovely leaf card!

    LaTeaDah from Gracious Hospitality

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Guys are a Different Sort

Cards for the guys are always a challenge for me.  I am shabby chic, Victorian, country sort of person, don't know so much about the guy thing! So what do guys like--cars, hunting, football, grunge, and sex (but I didn't go there).  This first card is for my brother who loves to go big game hunting.  The deer is stamped on cork with sepia ink.  Some fibers and pine needles give it that outdoors feel.

I also needed a get well card for a guy, a lumberjack type of fellow, so this buzzard (from Taylored Artwork) was stamped and a tree stump was hand drawn.  The words are computer generated.  A feather and some twine complete the card.

Another birthday card for a guy. So using Ranger Distress black and barn red I distressed a tag, and then stamped random numbers with black versamark, and clear embossing. The watch face, sticker and clip are from Tim Holtz Idea-ology.  Computer generated words and random watch parts from e-bay complete the outside.  Inside are computer generated words and an idea-ology cog to finish the card. Now the most difficult card for me to do was one about football.  Why?  I hate football!  I don't understand the game, I just don't see the point of a bunch of adult guys hitting each other, running around in the rain or snow, chasing a football.

Anyway, I know its to each their own.  My son is a rabid football fan.  He has loved the Vikings ever since we lived in Minnesota.  So for his upcoming birthday I made this slider card.  It really is quite simple when you get the folds and cuts figured out.  The words are

computer generated, as are the images.  So for now, I have this guy thing figured out.