Monday, May 29, 2023

T Stands for Time

 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

 Hello everyone!  It is time for us to all gather over at Elizabeth's for tea, or whatever beverage you are having.  I have missed several tea parties because I just want to do so much!  I could have missed today, too because I am preparing my lesson for the Bible study I lead on Tuesday mornings.  And I got a late start on everything today.  I usually start the day with an early morning walk, but today it was sprinkling, and kind of dark and I thought it might really rain!  As it turned out, it fizzled out and the sun came out.  By then, it was 10:30, so I walked late, and it was warmer of course.  Then I was tired, and it was lunch time! LOL   On one of my walks last week, I met this fellow.

And these guys: Sammy and Ranger, labs.

and these ducks before I even got on the trail

When I left our house, I took a photo of our flag which we put out Saturday, Sunday and Monday to remember our fallen, because in the U.S. we are celebrating Memorial Day.

And our new plants:

This trail is uphill!

And a peek thorough into the woods:

Today I saw this guy crossing the trail, about a foot in diameter.  I am afraid to get too close to get a better photo, because I have been told these are snapping turtles.

I have been scrapping and was looking for photos that I hadn't scrapped and found my ticket to the party for today. Here is one from the last cruise we took in February of 2019. Join us for TSFT over at Bleubeard & Elizabeths at Altered Book Lover.

I can't leave without posting something crafty.  Here is a card I made that is mix media.  I used Tim Holtz distress glazes, distress oxides, and Distress crayons, and Tim Holtz Checkerboard embossing folder.  The inchie images are from stamps I bought locally years and years ago at Mrs. O'Leary's Artful Ilussions.  She makes her own stamps, and you could purchase just the red rubber very cheap.  I don't think she makes stamps anymore, but I could be wrong.  Anyway, I played with my accumulated stuff.  I heard a quote lately.   " I don't buy too much craft stuff; I just shop faster than I craft. LOL Something like that.  Here is my card.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to stop by and see you, soon.  Happy T Day to the T Gang.  See you next time.  (Notice, I quit saying next week! LOL Sometimes, I just don't make it every week.)

Monday, May 8, 2023

T Stands for Quick Post


 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Hello readers!  I have been busy over the weekend creating for NSD (National Scrapbook Day May 5th).  I did several layouts plus some cards, all part of the challenges on SplitcoastStampers and A Cherry On Top craft sites.  

I made this card using a technique shared with us on SplitcoastStampers.  It is called Embossing with Watercolor.  

I used oxide inks and put the ink on my glass mat, sprayed with water, then with brush put dabs of it on my watercolor paper.  I let it dry.  Then I sprayed with pearl ex gold.  Let it dry again.  Then inked up my TH Paris embossing folder with London Fog gray ink.  I put my watercolor paper in the embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot.  Then I cut it down for my card.  I took photos of the process, but can't find them! LOL  I will share them when I find them.

Here is my ticket to Bleubeard & Elizabeths TSFT over at Altered Book Lover.  We went out to eat last week to Longhorns.  We love the luncheon special Grilled Chicken & Strawberry Salad with side.  Hubby got the seafood soup and I got the loaded sweet potato!   Delicious!  I brought home salad; of course I filled up on the bread and butter.  Great bread!

I have been walking early in the morning as it has been in the high 90s the last few days.  So, home by nine!  Still, I don't have enough hours in the day!  Thank you for stopping by.  I love hearing from you.

See you next time.

Monday, April 24, 2023

T Stands for Time to Organize Craft Room

  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

I watched videos this week-end put on by the Papercrafters Get Organized Summit.  It inspired me to re-organize my craft room and purge a little.  There were lots of ideas on how to organize, but mostly it just inspired me to do it! I did that instead of crafting or doing a blog post.  I even did a little house cleaning!  It will take a while to really get it completely re-organized.   So, no photos until I get it done.

Even though I do not have photos of my craft room, but I do have photos of my walk on Friday, the 21st.  I didn't go on Trail Day, as I was concerned that the trail would have too much traffic of walkers and bikers.   Friday I got off the trail and walked a little further to see come different scenery.

Wichita's most iconic symbol is The Keeper of the Plains.  There are many 10-foot replicas of it all over Wichita.  I found one on my walk!  I don't know if they are all like this one or not, but this one has artwork all over it.  I tried to get a few close ups of the artwork on the art. :)

Below the keeper has a keeper on it.

Below is a depiction to symbolize the aircraft industry in Wichita.

And we went out today for fast food, but so good!  We don't do this too often; in fact this was first time this year!  We had a coupon for 2 meals for $9.99.  Roast beef sandwiches, curly fries and root beer with refill to go. :)  We love all the sauces: Arby Sauce, Horsy Sauce, Pepper sauce & Honey Mustard sauce for our sandwiches and fries.  The curly fries are wonderful when they are hot.  And today, they did them fresh for us so they were hot!  We didn't need anything the rest of the day!  Very filling!

Here is a card using one of the Klompen Stampers fun folds that I learned. This fold works well for displaying the card.  I made this for a man at our church who has a birthday this week but also is very ill.  Also, I made it for our Alpha Challenge on SplitcoastsStamers for the Alpha Toy Round for T for Train.

Thank you for stopping by.  Nice to see and hear from the T Gang.  I am linking up with Bleubeard & Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for the TSFT.  We all post something drink related in our post and all get together once a week; Monday night/Tuesday.  Happy T Day to the T Gang.  Hello to all my readers and again thank you for visiting.

  See you next time.

Monday, April 17, 2023

T Stands for Turkey & Technique

 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

I learned another new technique today for making a background for a card.  You cut shapes and put them inside each other.   I used Su! Stitched shapes dies to cut the circles.  But, I used two at the same time so I got the frame of a circle instead of the normal solid circle.

Here is the link to the Technique Challenge on SplitcoastStampers and video for the technique:  Try a New Technique

Here is my card:

I popped up the circles on dimensionals as well as the greeting.  I put all on a color bursts background that I had.  I only used a 1/4th of a sheet of the paper, so I have three more backgrounds like this to use yet.

This technique can be done with any shapes. I hope you try this new technique.

Here are some photos from the trail and off trail from today, in reverse order!  Blogger reverses the order!  This is when I cut across to get off the trail; wild turkey right up in our yards!

As you can see, I am infatuated with these Redbud trees. The pear trees are white and they came out first, now the Redbuds are blooming.  I guess this is where the Redbud Trail got its name. :)

It was beautiful today, but I got more than just exercise from walking. It was so windy; I spent a lot of time chasing my hat that Elizabeth gave me.  I love that hat and wear it every time I go walking, but no matter how far I have it jammed on my head, this Kansas wind blows it right off my head.  Mostly I hang on to it or keep my head kind of bowed, which is good so I will see anything I might trip on! LOL

I guess I need a ticket to the party over at TSFT on Altered Book Lover.

So here is a photo from my archives:  a card I made in 2010, and it is long gone.  I wonder who I sent it to? :)

Thank you for your comments and for stopping by.  I am honored that you stopped in for TSFT.

See you next time.

Monday, April 10, 2023

T Stands for Another New Technique


 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen,
and I will sing praises unto thy name. 2 Samuel 22:50

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  We had a wonderful day beginning with our Easter servies at church with specials even from our church children celebrating our Risen Saviour.  After that celebration, I walked because it was gorgeous outside.  Then we had our Easter dinner which included baked ham, almond green beans, sweet potato casserole and deviled eggs.  I didn't take any photos, but it was all delicious.  I did remember to take a photo of the deviled eggs when I prepared them on Saturday, and luckily, my cup is in the photo for TSFT.

Easter Eggs

What have I been doing today?  After a trip to Walmart early this morning, I walked and this time I walked the direction with the sidewalks on my trail and found these signs of upcoming events:

And I have also been crafting:

The card is made with the Embossed Ribbon Technique.  This is a great technique for using some of that stash of ribbon we all have.  I love this technique! If you are interested, here is the challenge on Splitcoaststampers with the video by Nastasia, and all the details.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week.  See you next time.

Monday, April 3, 2023

T is for Trail change

 "And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. Matthew 28:5-7"

I wish you all a wonderful Easter.

Good afternoon, peeps.  It is a beautiful Spring day here.  I walked this morning and enjoyed it so much!  Trees blooming, birds singing, and not too windy!  The lack of wind was the best!  I walked a different direction than I do usually.  One reason is there are more trees; another is less traveled.

Here are a couple of photos plus a selfie with me in the hat Elizabeth gave me.  I must say, though I had to hang on to it when a breeze would come up and also it got warm.  I am not used to wearing a hat but loved wearing it because of the big sun visor on it.  Then I didn't have to wear sunglasses.

I think Elizabeth would like this trail, because it isn't concrete going this direction.
I only passed a couple of people this morning.  I really enjoyed the cardinal but couldn't get a good photo of him. 

I was busy all weekend with making cards and hostessing VSN on Splitcoast.
Here are a few of my cards I made:

This was to use leftovers.  I had this leftover background made by using this technique:  Easy Glue Printing Tutorials at Splitcoaststampers.

Do you recognize this, Elizabeth?  This card was made with the background I made with oxides at Elizabeth's  I used one of her stamps on it; such a cool postage collage.  I just stamped the sentiment.  I think this was for mostly blue challenge.  I thought I would use it for a birthday card and on the inside say something like "Look whose 60?"  or something like Oooh-la-la-Look whose birthday it is.  

This was for two challenges, one for sweets and one to use patterned paper.

This was to use something cirtessy, and this is also for my ticket to TSFT!

That's it for another week!  Be sure and stop over at  Bleubeard & Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover for our TSFT blog hop.
Thank you for stopping by.  See you next time.

Monday, March 27, 2023

T Stands for Tea at Panera

"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. Matthew 28:5-7"

Today has been a wonderful day so far!  I met friends Panera for tea first thing this morning. We had several hours of great fellowship!  Then, when I arrived home I decided to take a walk.  I wore a coat, muffler, earmuffs and gloves and was very comfortable.  But about halfway I saw this and it shows 60 something out!  

So, as I warmed up, I removed my muffler, gloves & earmuffs, but kept my coat on but open.  After 4 miles, I had warmed up!  I tell you this to tell you that when I got home and looked at the temperature, I was surprised it was only 49!  I guess the thermometer I looked at must have been in the sun! LOL Oh, well!  I have photos for you of some decorations that were on the trail, today.  Someone sure keeps busy decorating our trail for each season!

I quit taking photos after a while as I wasn't getting any walking done stopping to take all the photos!  Now if I was Elizabeth, I wouldn't have quit; she says her camera is her right hand. :)

You all know that I love meeting dogs on the trail and today I met a dog named Dash.  He is a Shih-poo.  Isn't he adorable? He loved being petted.  I also made a new friend, his owner who might visit my blog.

I have been doing a lot of crafting, but unfortunately can't show any of my card projects because they are samples for our upcoming VSN (Virtual Stamp Night)  event at SplitcoastStampers this weekend.  I am one of the hostesses for the challenges. 

Here is a photo of today's tea for TSFT over at Altered Book Lover where Bleubeard & Elizabeth host this blog hop party for us every Tuesday.  To join, we just have to have a beverage reference in our blog post.

 By the way I got to go over to Elizabeth's last week, and she taught me a new technique.  She prepares her cardstock for her journals by using Stazon re-inkers & alcohol.  She has tried to explain this process to me over the phone several times, but I guess I am pretty dense! LOL So we had a fun session making these pages.  We mixed re-inkers and alcohol and then pounced with little sponges on the paper.  Something I noticed is how soft the paper feels after this process.  I love them, as they turned out I think very lovely!  These are 12x12 papers.  My color is not showing very well.  They were mostly teals and this look too blue.  Anyway, they are pretty, and I can't wait to use them either to scrap on or for card backgrounds.  Or maybe they will end up in a journal! I showed her how I use oxide inks to make a background. We did a lot of die cutting and embossing, in fact we had quite the "play date."

Thank you, Elizabeth, for the tea, cookies, hat and birthday gift!  Loved the lesson on this new technique, and just the fun time in general.  

That is about it for this week.  Thank you for stopping by!  Happy T Day to the T gang!  See you next time.