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Sketch Blog

There's another challenge in the works.  It's STUCK ON U challenge blog.  The DT from Frosted Designs is playing along.  Hope you do too!

Here's my entry:

Sketch Challenge Good

a couple of close-ups:

Sketch close-up 1

Sketch Challenge_edited-1

I cheated!

Printed this photo I just took on

Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas.

Yep, right on the canvas with my old and trusty

HP InkJet printer.

It turned out perfect

yet, not too much Fall color.

The picture itself was not that colorful to start with

and my ink cartridge needs to be replaced.

I hate wasting this glorious canvas


took out my Copics

and started adding color

exactly where I wanted it.

You can click on the photo to enlarge and see the color I added.

Love those Copics!

Haunted Photo

Go on over and play:



I purchase my supplies


For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

A blast from the past . . .

My brother Greg and I got together today and he brought me this . . .

Ship 1

. . . an oil I did for his office waaaaayyyyyy back in 1976.  Back in the day, I tole painted - LOTS - in oils only.  Loved oils.  They were/are very forgiving with tons of dry time so you could take your time fixing things like clouds and waves and shadows and highlights.  This particular one was in the style of Charles Wysocki.  See the little flag (lower right corner) flying *backwards*?  That was one of his signatures. 

First thing was to prep the wood.  If you were a tole painter, you know this was one of the most important steps.  Almost everything was painted on wood or tin.  Sanding the wood and getting it perfectly smooth could take hours.  Then base coat followed by pattern transfer followed by, yes, the fun part of seeing that image come alive. 

Bill and I were barely married - only 4 years then - and bless his heart, always set up a craft room for me.  We lived in a two-bedroom flat in South St. Louis city.  One was our bedroom, the second my craft room - full of paint - always stinky from the oils and cleaning fluid.  I spent hours in there. Maybe that accounts for . . . (never mind).

Anyway, if you notice, for some unknown reason, this oil is flaking.  Not FLAKY - flaking.  See the light blue areas?  And Greg asked me to fix it for him.

I no longer paint with oils.  Probably have to fix with acrylics.  Mix the colors to match.  And then try to get the glass-like finish back on top of just those little spots. 

Keeping my fingers crossed and my paintbrushes ready!

Shirley Williams (my tole painting teacher in the late 60's), if you're reading this . . . HELP!

It's a hoot . . .

for me to create an owl for my DT challenge on Frosted Designs.  Here's my layout:

Parrot Envy


My Mind's Eye paper

Miscellaneous chipboard letters

Tim Holtz Idea-ology tin *31*

inked with Ranger's Alcohol Inks.


For the owl:

Began with a die-cut from For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

Covered the owl with MME paper

Created the owl's wings with Jenni Bowlin bottlecap buttons.

Another tiny piece of MME paper for his left eye

covered with some Prima jewels.

 The left eye is open to the paper behind it

and circled with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology gear.


Owl 1

Enter the contest




I purchase all my supplies


For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.


Roadtrip . . .

Yesterday, Nancy, Timi and I decided to take a road trip to St. Genevieve.  We love Stella and Me, Ivy and Twigs, Inkleined to Stamp, Oberle Meat Market & O'Dear What A Memory - must stops if visiting the area.  And what's not to like about this year's gorgeous Fall colors.  My favorite season!

Here's some photos from our day trip.

HAD to stop at this Norman Bates-like house.  Could it be haunted?  Isn't it a great Halloween house?

Haunted 1

Haunted 2

Haunted 3

On the way home, I set the Canon on that little running-man icon (I admit to being technologically challenged) and handed Timi my camera.  She rolled down the window and started snapping.  Here's a few of the photos we ended up with.  Mind you, these were taken while we were going 65 miles an hour on the highway.  Love my Canon (and the little Rosti-man icon)! 

Roadside 1

Roadside 2

Roadside 3

Roadside 4

Roadside 5

Roadside 6

Roadside 7

Roadside 8

Roadside 9

Roadside 10

(I'm not sayin' these belong in any magainzes, but I don't think we did too bad for 3 people who know nothing except point and shoot.)


and home again, home again jiggity jig:

Backyard 1

 BAckyard 2

Backyard 3

Backyard 4


BAckyard 5

So while shopping in St. Genevieve,

we picked up a little flyer that had the 3/50 logo on it.

The 3/50 logo means


once each month you

shop 3 independently owned stores

spend $50 at each store

you will keep independently owned stores in business.

Love that!  And I did my best.



Is time running out on you?

It is for me.  Can't believe Christmas is around the corner. 

But never fear . . .

Nancy's 10-10-10 is back this year!

Maybe you joined our group last year . . . perhaps you just heard about it . . . or in a bind for time?

Then this is the class for you:

Sunday, November 15

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm



Here's how it works:

  • BYO basic supplies.
  • I design the cards for you with the paper and embellishments included in the cost of the class.
You will copy my designs and create 10 card fronts - 10 minutes per card front to complete.
  • 5 designs - 2 cards per design.
  • The cost to you is $10.
  • This class was just developed so I am still working on the designs.  Will show you as soon as they are complete.  Sign up today by calling For Keeps Sake Scrapbook (314) 487-8131.  Limited seating for this very popular class.


  • Saturday's Tim Holtz Tag Class

    I can hardly believe this is our last Tim Holtz 12 days of Christmas tag class!  We've been following Tim's tags all year! 

    Our last 4 2008 Christmas tags will be completed this Saturday.

    Class begins at 10:30 am and ends around 3 pm. 

    BYO lunch: we'll take a 30 minute lunch break.

    Reservations and basic supplies are required for this class.

    TH tag 2

    As usual, I'll have the following items available for use in the classroom.  I know how you like your own, so here's a list of what we'll be using:

    Distress Inks:

    • Pine Needles
    • Walnut Stain
    • Broken China
    • Faded Jeans
    • Aged Mahogany
    • Brushed Corduroy
    • Black Soot
    • Vintage Photo
    • Peeled Paint
    • Fired Brick
    • Antique Linen

    Distress Re-Inker:

    • Vintage Photo

    Ranger Archival Ink:

    • Jet Black

    Ranger Distress Embossing Ink

    Embossing Powders:

    • Ranger Black
    • Ranger Clear (not fine or super-fine though)
    • Red Distress Embossing Powder or Antiquities Chinese Red

    Perfect Pearls:

    • Heirloom Gold
    • Green Patina
    • IF you have your own perfect pearls, please bring a popsicle stick.
    • Small paintbrush to use with the Perfect Pearls.  We'll be painting grungeboard. Sorry, forgot this on the first published list!


    • Ink Blending Tools with extra sponges
    • Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
    • Tim Holtz Tonic Edge Distresser
    • Tim Holtz Scratcher Tool
    • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hammer Tool & Mat
    • Paper Piercer
    • Brayer  (Please BYO if you have one.  It will help the class get through this step easier.)
    • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sanding Grip
    • 3 Mini-Misters:  1 filled with (plain) water; 1 filled 1/2 way with water; 1 filled 1/2 way with Alcohol Blending Solution (no water in the third mini-mister!)
    • Heat tool
    • Crop-a-dile

    Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber:

    • Snow Cap

    Adirondack Alcohol Inks:

    • Blending Solution
    • Silver Mixative

    Glaze Pens:

    • Black
    • One other color like gold, silver or copper

    Distress  Stickles:

    • Peeled Paint
    • Fired Brick

    Stamp Sets or stamps from a set:

    • CMS 048:  The Christmas Carol stamp only
    • CMS 067:  The holly branch only (or can use holly or bough branch on CMS 032)
    • CMS 052: The deer stamp + scroll stamp + snowflake stamp
    • CMS 032:  Santa stamp + holly or bough (if you don't have CMS 067)
    • CMS 053:  We'll use all of this stamp set

    TH TAg

    Once again, Tim has created some amazing techniques for us to learn.

    Hope you can be there!


    PS:  When this class ends, I'll be selling all the supplies we used in class at a reduced rate to class takers only.  And you have to be there to get the special discount.  No phone orders on these!

    PSSST: Yes, it's a secret - even to me:  I'm working on another tag project for 2009!  Stay tuned for details and the sample.



    All my tag classes taught with permission from

    Tim Holtz, LLC

    Thanks Tim!


    I purchase all my supplies


    For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

    Stampers Anonymous Tag Swap

    About a month ago, a few of us from the Stampers Anonymous Yahoo Group decided to join a tag swap.  Here's the results:


    SA 1


    Karen Brown's:

    SA 2


    Kate B (aka Queen Kat)

    SA 3


    Gloria Alexander's:

    SA 4



    SA 5

    another one of Gloria's:

    SA 6


    and mine:

    SA 7

    After all the years of doing swaps at various local stores, this is the first swap I've done on-line.  It was great fun!  Thanks to all who participated.  Love your work!