Saturday, April 30, 2011

More Mother's Day Offerings....

I love the soft colors of this card and the many layers and angles....These are colors my Mom loved... It is blank inside so you can just add your own sentiment or a poem you have found, whatever makes you happy...something that reflects your Mom...

This one would work great for Mother's day another one to add your own sentiment to.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mother's Day is coming....

Mother's Day is on the way....can you believe weekend, Sunday to be exact...time to start working on Cards.... This is the front of a card I did a while back and is meant for Grandma.....

Open it up and the fold reveals the right?! I may have to use this technique again for another type of card!


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Clever Illusions....

A friend sent me some pictures to amuse....I love them they are so very clever....Props and a great Moon lend themselves to a few very interesting shots. The props just a person standing with the moon balancing on the tip of his finger.
This second picture has someone laying down and balancing the Moon on his feet....

An old Picture frame lends itself perfectly as a prop to capture the Moon within....

Your own personal reading light....clever!

Someday I hope to be so clever! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Follow the Leader

Yesterday was the 226th Anniversary of John James Audubon's Birthday~how's that for trivia?
Still breaking in my new DSLR camera, or should I say breaking in myself to the usage of the camera, I took a few pictures of these Geese and Ducks.

I found them very amusing....swimming in a follow the leader style and turning their backs on me and walking away from me respectively.

Birds are very interesting and amusing at the same time!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Envelope Card

I like intricate cards! This one is an envelope card. It has an insert shown below.

The insert has two stamped images. One peeks through on the punched out space on the envelope shown below. A really fun card!

This card can be used for any occassion and made in so many different colors!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter "Eggs"

My Contribution to my friend's dinner yesterday was a dessert. I purchased this cake pan in 1971 and have used it a few times over the years. These were a tribute to a childhood memory of a Bakery called 'Ebingers'. My parents used to buy us lovely treats called 'Othellos'. They were a wonderful sponge cake filled with cream and covered with glace chocolate icing and drizzled with coordinating colors. They were so good and such a treat when we were little and growing up.

Mine were Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream filling with Chocolate Ganache Icing drizzled with Pink and Green Chocolate.

My friends enjoyed them!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Dinner with Friends!

I was invited to my friend's the Wilsons for Dinner for Easter Sunday. Mr. Wilson Loves to cook. Here he is getting ready to carve his Standing Crown Pork Rib Roast.
It was as good as it looked!

Shot of the beautiful table before we all sat down to enjoy the meal and each others company. A lovely meal with great friends! Perfect way to spend the day!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Turquoise for Summer

When Spring finally arrives....shortly behind

that we will find ourselves into the summer

with beachy water activities where we soak up

the Sun.

I always equate turquoise with getting a tan!

So get yourself ready now with a sporty or

dressy watch to accent the tan you know you will

be getting!

Want a private lesson....e-mail me:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Progressive Collabrative Swap

Ocassionally we do a progressive swap...
ie: three players, first player makes the
foundation...the card....second player
makes the focal point of the card...the
third player makes the embellishments
to the card and sends one to each of her

Here is the outcome of the recent swap
we beautiful...the picture doesn't
do it justice!

Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Bunny Came to Town!

The Easter Bunny Came to Goshen today! Catholic Charities Nursery School had their Easter Parade today!

Pictured: Dylan & Rory Brady with the Easter Bunny!

The Easter Bunny with the Children Marching in the Parade!


I Hugged the Bunny, I got the Candy....I'm

outta here Daddy!

Another lovely creative activity that was put on by Dylan's nursery School. The Children made their own Easter Bonnets and had fun "Parading" for their Parents, Grandparents and Friends!

Glad I got to see the "cutest little boy in Goshen" in action!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I think it's Spring!

There was a beautiful tree is bloom that I saw today! Could it be.....maybe it is.....



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Triple Chocolate Birthday Cake

Made this cake for a friend in the office who had a birthday

yesterday. Yellow and Chocolate

checkerboard cake with Chocolate custard filling and chocolate icing and a chocolate shell top.

Special Cake for a special lady!

Want a lesson...I'm Wilton

Certified...e-mail me:

We'll have fun in a private

lesson just for you!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Swans Afloat.....

I love Swans....I think of all

the water fowl, they are the

most graceful and regal in their

manner when left undisturbed...

They can be very aggressive...

however they looked so peaceful and regal when I captured them in this picture...floating along

without a care in the world.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another RAK

More Happy Mail this weekend!

A lovely RAK from Nina from my

on line ATC Trading Group!

Love what she did with the Clay


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Quote for the Day.,,,

The greatest perception is continual awareness.

Friday, April 15, 2011

RAK from Diana

I found this fabulous RAK (random act of kindness) from Diana in my mailbox this week!

I just love special mail! This pretty card has so many of my favorite stamps and stamped in such artistic way!

It brightens my Craftroom!

Thanks Diana!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Armada of Geese

I love when I find a tranquil body of water where you can just be at peace with your thoughts & life.

This pond is in the Village of Cornwall where I was recently...

these geese just plunked down in unison with a singular splash...

they reminded me of one of the scenes in the movie "Troy" when the Trojans discover the Greek

Warships in their harbor.

Hence my title 'Armada of Geese'


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cards....Secret Valentine

I did a sweet swap where we were assigned a secret valentine and were instructed to create a valentine and send to our secret valentine along with some goodies... I found a great vintage card on line and added some wonderful embellishments... ribbons, pearls, and Flower soft...a glitter pen added some final touches.....

The inside of the card I created with an EK Sucess Punch for the trailing valentines...glitter pen... a wonderful valentine saying printed on vellum

As a final touch on the back of the card a frilly

band and my information....

My secret valentine enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

RAK - Random Act of Kindness

I love getting fun mail! The best is when you don't expect it! This Lovely piece of Art came to me in the form of

an ATC from Nina the moderator of our group!

Cool Huh?!!! Provides a bit of sunshine on this rainy day!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Boys & Girls Club of Wallkill

April 8th was a fun night...Dinner with the Stars

to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Wallkill.

Each table had a celebrity server.

Ours was manned by Rory Brady who chose a Theme of Wild Thing portrayed orginally by Charlie Sheen in the movie. The baseball player Vaughn was an incredible

talent in the Movie....our Rory Brady is an incredible talent in his own right!

He hosted our table with good cheer and raised alot of money through the tips that we gave him.

Great Job Rory!

Other tables had other Orange County Celebrities who chose ingenious themes of their own.

I would say a good time was had by all! Hopefully the money raised with benefit many many kids in


Well done!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Summer Challenge ATC 2011

My ATC Group does Challenges several times a year as I posted a few days ago showing the results.

This time I took a picture of the "goodies" that were sent to create with.

I love the Victorian feel of everything!

"Vintage Blue & White". The group leader

sent us lovely pages (6) of empheria to work with! Love it all!!! Can't wait to see what I finally decide to use. Most of the Card should have the the empheria used on it and we can

add our own special touches and embellishments!

The color is what is most impressive to me!

I love BLUE....I don't always play favorites with my is pretty special though!

Keep you posted on what I finally decide on a come up with as a finished product.....I may just keep it simple and do an assembly line, that requires me making multiple copies of what I determine to use...hmmmmm...decisions, decisions.....

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Well the daffodils are up....So were my crocus' for a day til the frost we got the next day killed them! I didn't even have a moment to get a picture of them! These guys are hardier and withstood the additional snow and cold weather. Sure sign of Spring to me!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Days End.....

There was sun yesterday! Did you see it???

I took this picture a few days back when we had some sun and a beautiful sunset.

As I was driving home after work I spotted this setting sunset through the trees while turning into my street. I was hopeful that it would come out well....the

layers of color were just amazing!

It made me happy! Enjoy!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

ATC Challenge February 2011

My on line ATC (Artist Trading Cards) Group does a Challenge several times a year. In February our group leader Nina, sent us a package of goodies to use, every participant gets the exact same amount and type of goodies to use. The "mission" is to create ATC's using and incorporating the goodies and adding your own additional things if you choose to. We send them back in and they are "unveiled" as soon as our leader receives all the particpants offerings. We Send in 4 and get 4 different ones back The Group of four are the ones that I received in return. I always have to make one or two of what I submit for myself, so the lone one is my creation and submission. Isn't it cool to see the spin everyone puts on the same materials?!! This is one of my favorite swaps when we do them!

The Group is always looking for new members.

Interested in joining? Check them out on Yahoo and follow the directions for joining.

You will find the link to the left here in my

blog! It's a great group of artists and they are

all so talented and fun to trade with!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Interesting Necklace,...

I love creating interesting jewelry...however, I have an allergy to anything that isn't real gold when it touches my skin, That being said....I saw something like this in a store and decided to give it a has a beautiful ribbon, great for me, no rashes etc breaking out on my neck and each of the pieces are made separately and then strung. I thought that my outcome was pretty cool and certainly more cost effective that what I found in the store....and once of a kind! Work in a pair of earrings and a bracelet and you have a great ensemble for a special occassion. Interested in a lesson?

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Man in the Moon

March 19th the Moon was the closest to the earth that is has been in a very long time...also

the brightest. If I remember correctly we won't see it this

way again for another 84 +/- years.....don't think I'll be around.

In any case it was very beautiful and I tried with my limited lens'

to take a picture....wasn't too

unhappy with my results given

my limitations.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae/Sunday

Don't you just hate being a day late for something??? I sure do! Yesterday was the 119th anniversary of the Ice Cream Sundae....which happened to coincide with Sunday! Oh well, I may just have to get some ice cream today! Check out the Official Website

Spring & Maybe Love in the Air....

One of the local ponds I drive by

constantly has been completely absent of any of the local inhabitants...the other day though I caught these guys in the act of what looked to be an

endearment...Shot it out the window of my car so as not to

disturb them and to be assured of

getting the shot!

What a difference a day makes....

Here is a shot of the snow we got on Friday Morning....Took this out the front door of my office in Goshen....

Today it's bright and shiny out!

So glad we didn't get the predicted 8 to 10 inches!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tranquil Waterfalls....

March 20th was an amazing Sunday....warm and sunny and a brilliant day to be out and about.

I have posted this waterfalls before as a winter scene frosty and is the spring thaw....the cascading water was

like sparkling diamonds...the

sound of the water is very tranquil to me.

I didn't retouch this photo at all....I don't like "foamy" water I like to see it as it's running

and I think that it came out pretty good....I'm happy with it anyway.