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Life happens . . .

  • We moved Beau & Lindsey into their new house. So excited for them! 
  • Bill has recently been diagnosed with CLL/lymphoma. The doctors say it's a result of agent orange in Vietnam.
  • Mom fell out of bed and broke her arm at her shoulder.
  • And we just became Grand-puppy-parents to this adorable rescue:

Beau and Leroy


Obviously, he already has stolen Beau's heart.

I'll be back posting as soon as everything settles down a bit.

Thanks for your patience.


A Work In Progress . . .

Lazying around the house today, playing with paper and paint.  I have this idea for a book cover and have this picture in my head of what it should look like. It's not happening yet so I'm still dabbling in Splash of Color paints, inchies, betwinchies and stamps . . . 

Playing with Paints

I think I could sit and play all day. It reminds me of my painting days with tole painting and oils. Mix and match and create your own color palette. So much fun with the array of Splash of Color from Creative Imaginations!

But alas, this all has to be put aside for now. It's nap time ; )


This artful gathering . . .

was a blast last night @ For Keeps Sake. Dena and Sue guided us through the process of layering betwinchies onto a canvas using drywall compound. 

Inspiration from Dena and Sue:


Love how they both added little ephemera to some of the squares.


The process begins by covering 1.5" x 1.5" squares (betwinchies)


and laying out the pieces in a pattern that is pleasing to your eye.


Next month, we're going to explore the process of using

napkins, gauze and other materials

to create these Eve-inspired beauties:


This process can be accomplished on betwinchies (as shown above)


on card fronts


anything your heart desires.


Isn't it sweet that Sue added a photo of her and her husband into this composition!


Beachy and bright:

Cyi 5

Trish brought her hand painted canvas


layed out the betwinchies in a unique pattern.

Each square was stamped and then painted with

Twinkling H2O's.



Needless to say, I didn't get very far with mine.

Worked out my color scheme

(and these colors shouldn't surprise anyone!)

and used leftover pattern paper that I love.

Edged each square with 

Viva's Inka Gold Metallic Rub.


So that's what we did last night @ CYI.

Hope you can join us for our next FREE meet-up:



Alter. Revamp. Transform.

which will take place


For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

4th Friday of every month

March 22 is our next/first date for the A.R.T. group!

6 pm - 10 pm

BYO items to work on as it's a free form play date.

I'll be adding to my book that we started with Cheryl Mezzetti.


If attending, please call For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131.

Thank you and hope to see you there.

Most of my workshops . . .

sell out with a waiting list attached. When that happens, we try to call the waitlist as soon as possible. Every now and then, a workshop will not sell out and I get only 1 or 2 people signed up for the class.

Beginning immediately, I am requiring 4 students per workshop.

Cancelling a class is not something I enjoy doing and am usually as disappointed as you that I have to do so. I'm hoping you understand this new *rule* of mine. If/when I do have to cancel a class, it will be done 2 days prior to the class. 

Thank you for enrolling in any of my classes. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Memory Box meets Butterflies April 11 . . .

Memory Box dies are once again stocked at For Keeps Sake. I've chosen an intricately cut border die for the next *To Die For* workshop.

Thursday, April 11

6 pm


Join the fun of creating 3 cards using this gorgeous die



Memory Box April 11

Since Spring is in the air


I've combined butterflies with Memory Box dies.

We'll be die-cutting and stamping

with Graphic 45 and Just Rite.

Don't forget to BYO basics,

your die cut machine (Big Shot or similar),

and wax paper.

Reservations required.

Sign up by calling

For Keeps Sake Paper Arts & Rubber Stamps

(314) 487-8131

4530 Lemay Ferry Road - St. Louis MO 63129

(Note a minimum of 4 students required for this workshop.)


CKC St. Louis . . .

Being a St. Louisan, I get a little confused when CKC St. Louis comes to *town* and it's actually held in Illinois not Missouri. Never-the-less, traveling over-the-river and through-the-woods is exactly what we do to get to CKC.

This year, CKC takes place at the Convention Center in Collinsville IL on April 5 & 6.  I'll be teaching an adorable mini-book using Maggie Holmes designed papers for Crate Paper.  It's all because of For Keeps Sake and American Crafts and I'm thrilled and excited to be able to teach at CKC.


Sign-ups for this class have already begun.

You can sign up here:

CKC St. Louis Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes mini-book class on April 5 @ 7 pm


CKC St. Louis Crate Paper/Maggie Holms mini-book class on April 6 @ 5:30 pm