Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WOYWW 6-27-18

Another week, another WOYWW! First, I have to apologize for my lack of visiting a few weeks ago. I was having a lot of technical trouble posting and viewing others' blogs, and had to give up. Hopefully today will be much better!

Life has been busy. On Sunday we had our commissioning service for our new pastor. He's a very nice and mature young man. Here is the card I made for him.

Would you believe that there are ordination cards on Pinterest? Such a great resource for ideas! The lighting still isn't very good. I need to start dragging out my photography set-up when I take pictures.

The day before our service we went to two parties, one of which was a graduation party for a friend's daughter.  I decided at the last minute to throw together a card for her.

I got the you shine brightly stamp for free a couple of years ago at a scrapbook expo, and thought I'd never use it. But I have, many times! It works well for a variety of occasions.

Here is a picture of my workdesk.

The blue basket behind the lamp holds items for current projects. On the cutting mat are labels with my email and website to put on the back of my cards. The rest is clutter I need to put away!

That's all for now. Have a great crafting week and be sure to stop by to check out the desks of some really talented people!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WOYWW 6-6-18

Another WOYWW and another chilly day in Chicago! I keep packing away my winter clothes and getting them out again! Though I'm not complaining. I prefer cool weather to hot any day.

This Sunday marks our kick-off for our children's ministry, and we're heading to my daughter's house on Saturday for a birthday barbecue for my two grandsons. So this week is extremely busy! I don't think I'll have time to make cards for my grandsons (and they won't really miss them), but in two weeks we will have a farewell/welcome party for our outgoing and incoming pastors. Here is the first card I made yesterday:

I have a lot of travel stickers to scrapbook our trips from last year, and they seemed appropriate for this card. The pastor is from Miami, and he and his family are moving there this summer. I apologize for the poor photo quality. I try to use my phone because the photos are easier to upload,  but I may have to switch to the camera.

The next card will be a congratulations card which will be a completely different style.

Yesterday hubby and I went to the Chicago Botanic Garden,  where I spent a bit of time relaxing by the pond.

That's it for this week! Have a great crafting week and don't forget to check out the wonderful talent at Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WOYWW 5-30-18

Hello there! It's been a while since I posted. My youngest daughter had knee surgery, then we got sick with a stomach bug, then I caught a cold! So I haven't had much time for crafting. But now daughter is healing nicely (as am I) and able to drive, so things are settling down.

The other day I was going through and closing some browser pages, and came upon a Wikihow article about making ATC cards. Uh-oh! I had committed to send one, but completely forgot. So yesterday, after doing some much needed cleaning, I spent the afternoon making 3 cards. Here is a picture of my workdesk and the cards.

I can't show you a close-up of the cards, because I have to mail them to somebody in our group, and I don't want to spoil the surprise!

That's it for this week. Our church moved and we are revamping our children's ministry while also changing pastors. Between ordering new supplies, trying to get volunteers, and revising procedures, it's been interesting! The new pastor is out of town until June 7th, and we will have our first children's church on June 10th. Whew!!

Have a good week and keep on crafting. Be sure to check out the talented people at for some cool inspiration.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WOYWW 4-18-18

Another week, another WOYWW! Nothing much has changed here. It's still cold and snowy. I watched my granddaughter a lot last week, so I didn't get much crafting done. This week, I decided I needed to make some progress on my scrapbook, so here is the next page.

It's a page that highlights photos of paintings my brother made. He was quite talented! Unfortunately, that drawing/painting gene didn't make it to me. But my oldest daughter, and her niece, my granddaughter, both have it.

And here is a shot of my desk. I got a little bit more clutter put away, but it still needs work. I hope to get more done this week.

That's it for now! I'm kind of tired today, so I have to keep this short and sweet. Check out to see some other workdesks. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

WOYWW 4-4-18

Here we are at the beginning of April, and it's cold and snowy in Chicago! This is a picture of our backyard this morning.

It was in the 20's and roads were icy! But I can't complain, other parts of the country and world have had it much worse. But the cottonwood trees (also known as poplars) are sending out their pollen, as my nose has been telling me. According to the Farmer's Almanac, we are in for a cool spring. I'm itching to go buy some plants for our back porch, but I'm afraid they'll freeze, so I have to wait.

There's not a lot to report this week crafting wise. Though I did cover a metal canister with some Contact paper and washi tape to make a cute container for my Prismacolor pencils.

The one on the left is what it looked like originally. I found that the lid didn't fit after all of my alterations, but I don't need it for the pencils. Next time I'll leave some space at the top.

Here are some stickers and dies for my scrapbooking that I picked up on sale at Michael's, all for $14 and some change. Have I mentioned I love Michael's? I'm especially happy about the dies for flourishes. I see them used frequently in scrapbooks. I don't have a Scan N Cut, just a Cuttlebug, so those dies will be used a lot! The artist stickers are for my next scrapbook page. Right now I'm scrapping photos of my brother. He enjoyed painting, and my next page will feature photos of some of his paintings.

Here is a picture that I picked up at an apartment where they were giving away free stuff after an estate sale. My daughter was able to get quite a few things for her kitchen. I brought home various items, and took this picture to hang in my office because I believe what it says!

And finally here is a shot of my desk. I wasn't able to get to the clutter, so it doesn't look much different from last week.

That's all for now. Be sure to check out some other desks at Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WOYWW 3-28-18

Hello to all! This week is a busy one as we prepare for Easter. The next 3 days we will be out of the house at least part of the time, so I'm writing this post on Tuesday afternoon!

I finally got around to making another scrapbook page this week. I'm trying to experiment with different formats and textures. For this page I used some previously embossed cardstock to layer underneath the matted photos.

And I FINALLY finished those death announcements. Not exactly a fun job, but all they need are stamps, and I can mail them - woohoo!

This is how my workdesk looks this week. The announcements are sealed in their envelopes on the right. The rest is mainly clutter that I need to clean up.

That's it for this week. Stop on by at to check out the desks of some really talented people! Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WOYWW 3-14-18

Greetings! I haven't posted for a while because there hasn't been much to report, and life has been quite busy! My youngest daughter has flown the coop again. Hopefully this time it will all work out. I'm enjoying my newfound freedom, but I still get to spend time with this cutie when her mom works evenings or weekends.

Here's my workdesk.

On the right is a new pink cutting mat I bought. I accidentally burned my old one while using a heat gun. This mat had rave reviews on Michael's website. It has specific guides for certain sizes of cards, which should be useful. On top of the mat are the bases for some more death announcements I need to make, and the sentiments. I just need to fold and stamp the bases, and attach the sentiments, and they will be set to go - finally!

There are also some cardstock sheets with letters printed on them that I use for our Sunday School class. I'm in charge of our children's ministry at church, which keeps me pretty busy!

The Buffalo Sticks can is empty. I need to decide what I want to keep in there, but it was too nice to throw out.

That's it for this week! Have a great crafting week and don't forget to check out the multitalented group at