Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Faith, Hope, Love

Tag for Tink!  This tag was created in honor of my good friend Tink.  She is fighting the cancer fight with such grace and dignity.  Her faith is steadfast and strong.  She is an example for all when it comes to keeping your spirits high despite adversity.
I love using old hymnal pages for my tag backgrounds.  Layering with paper, texture paste, diecut and flowers creates a wonderful presentation on this tag.  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Getting My Bloggin Back

Here I am again trying to learn to blog and post! I would love to spend a day with Marilyn Nimmo to learn all about this task and activity that according to Cat Beaty I need to do way more often!
For now I will attempt this feat all on my own...
I am posting a wonderful Christmas tag I created last year for my tag class I teach at Cat's Creations Scrapbook Store in Mineral Wells, Texas!
Tags are something I have feel in love creating...the possibilities are endless and I enjoy sharing my creations with my artsy tag class ladies. For this particular tag I used my love of shadow boxes and incorporate it into a tag.  I had to use the large tag to accommodate all my pieces.  I felt everyone enjoyed making the tag and went away satisfied!
I love the reindeer flight diecut and use it often in my Christmas tag creations. 
I used the postage stamp die and created a little shadowbox with chipboard.  Tim's Christmas stamps and mini bottle brush trees were the perfect match for a Santa shadowbox.

I also love the Noel die.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Drive By Shootings...with a Canon!

Everytime I drive to Mineral Wells, I keep an eye out for the wonderful herd of Hereford cattle that are in a pasture at the base of 7 Mile Hill.  I have observed this herd for many years and have always thought I would stop on the side of the road and take a photo of the bull.  But, alas, I just keep on trucking.  That is until this past Saturday.  I was toodling along when I noticed that the hereford cows were not really visible from the road.  As I continued along, another sight caught my eye.  I had to laugh when I saw the following view.  I turned around, drove back to the spot, pulled over, and rolled my window down for the pic.
It was indeed a hot afternoon.  These girls knew how to keep cool!
As I turned onto my road, I pulled over again to take this pic of the resting longhorn!
Fun pics of Bovine Beauties!

Summer 2015

Looking forward to some time spent with family in a very relaxing place...OBX and Ocracoke Island.  The above flowers were found on the beach last summer.  They were an elegant addition to our beach combing collection!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Outer Banks Ghost Tour Manteo, North Carolina

I was invited by Rodney and Sarah Bentson, good friends of my cousin, to go on a ghost tour of beautiful, historic dowtown Manteo. It was fun hearing the guide discuss the difference between poltergeists, ghosts, and apparitions!  She encouraged everyone to take photos to see if we could see the orbs that so many people had been able to capture.  I was the only one on our tour that seemed to get an orb or two in my photos!  It was fun and exciting to see what would be on the camera.  Here are a few pictures from last night....
 The above photo is Roanoke Island Inn.  That bright white circle was the first orb I photographed last night.  It looks like the moon but believe me...NOTHING...was in the sky over the Inn!  Guess it must have been Roscoe..orginal owner of the Inn and Manteo postmaster back in the day.
Here is a photograph of Sarah outside Roanoke Island Inn.  The orbs are above her and outfront of the Inn!  She had quite a story on an encounter with 'Roscoe'.  She thinks Roscoe knew it was her and came out for his photo! 

 Here is Sarah in front of The Davis House....as you can see there are orbs all around the house.  Fun!!!
This photo is the back of Sarah's house but her house is next door to the Davis House.

We had fun visiting and listening to all the stories.  But if you know me, I will be distracted by other things....
 These logos were painted all over the streets of downtown.....
This is the 26 mile marker for the Outer Banks Marathon that is held in November and ends in downtown Manteo...I am thinking a fall trip to the OBX may be in my near future!  Not for the full marathon mind you but possibly the half!!!

Happy Trails... until I post again!!!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Another summer day dawns full of possibilities!  I thought today I would share another tag I made earlier this year for our Easter tag class at Cat's Creations Scrapbook Store, and then for the NSD Retreat Make and Take.  This technique turned out to be a big hit and the ladies created such beautiful tags using different color combinations!  I call it my Gypsy Feel tag!

As you can see the possibilities were endless!  I embossed and de-embossed using an Anna Griffith embossing folder!  I colored a tag background using a inking tool with various colors of T!m Holtz Distress Inks, then embossed the tag.  Next, I just took the ink pad and applied it directly to the embossed tag.  I love the intensity of the colors!  I had die cut alpha letters which I used for initials and applied it to the tag!  I forgot to take a pic of the finished product using the initials.  Sorry about that! I do love the colors and the base tag made was perfect for creating an Easter tag as you can see below.
Well...Happy Trails Y'all...until I post again!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!!!

I cannot believe July 4th is already here!  Time flies when you are having fun!...what a true statement!  Just wanted to say thank you again to Teresa Montalvo, Marilyn Nimmo, Cat Beaty and Valerie Light for helping me get started on this blog.  I would not, could not have done this without them encouring me and showing me the ropes...such tech savvy ladies!  Thank y'all! (Mink Coat...look closely at what I put on my pic!  I am getting there friend!)

In honor of Independence Day, I am posting an album that I created a few years ago as a guest designer of Creative Imaginations.  I have given this album to my grandfather as a tribute to him and his brother for their service to our country during World War II.  Since the time I made this album, I have created a few other patriotic albums for my mother who is a fantastic member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Her work in the organization and for the Arkansas Freedom Fund is amazing!  I will try to post one of her albums if I can find where in the heck I have placed the pics!
Have a great day everyone!