December 24, 2009

Cards made w/ my new Hero Arts 2010 stamps...

Items used: Hero Arts silhouette grass and holiday dove stamps, jute twine, button.
Items used:Hero Arts dandelion frame stamp, gems.

Items used: Hero Arts cuckoo and all occasion stamps, jute twine, gems.

December 20, 2009

New Hero Arts stamp - Silhouette Bells

I love the new 2010 Hero Arts stamps, there are so many wonderful designs and so little time (...and money :). This is the first card I have made w/ my new Silhouette Bells stamp, hope you like it :)

Items used: Hero Arts Silhouette Bells and Nicest thoughts stamps, ribbon, M Stewart lace punch, pearls.

December 19, 2009

New Stamps, Yeah!!

Yeah!! I drove to Archiver's today and purchased these new, fabulous stamps from the Hero Arts 2010 catalog. I had to stop myself, because believe me I could have bought a lot more. I was surprised by the cuckoo clock stamp set, don't remember seeing it used anywhere on the HA blog hop or on the HA blog. Clocks are one of my favorite things and I can't wait to create some cards using this new set, OR any of my other new sets :)

December 18, 2009

Yeah!! The Hero Arts Blog Hop starts today......

Wow!! You must stop on over at the Hero Arts blog HERE. HA is having a blog hop for their 2010 catalog release and there are prizes galore. There are so many fabulous new stamps, Blog hoppin' I go..............

December 15, 2009

25% sale at Purple Onion Designs

Michelle at Purple Onion Designs is having a 25% off sale on stamps, check it out HERE

December 5, 2009

Holiday Tags .....

I have been in Christmas tag overdrive this week-end. I cannot believe it, but I have all of my Christmas presents purchased and ready to be wrapped. This is the first time ever that I am done shopping this early; generally I am one of those people who is still shopping on Christmas eve. Yeah, all done!! I will be entering these tags in the Hero Arts challenge this week.

Items used: HA holiday dove, young deer, grand snowflake and pine bough stamps, Stampendous snow tag art set stamps, gems and ribbons.

December 2, 2009

Blog candy over at Jenn's Blog - Created by JB

Wow!! Check out the blog candy over at Jenn's blog Created by JB. Hero Arts, Purple Onion, etc. OH MY!! Hurry and visit Jenn; while you're there check out Jenn's fabulous paper crafts (I just love her cards). Have fun :)

Card Patterns Sketch 43

I have made this card for this week's Card Patterns challenge, sketch 43. The DP is Cosmo Cricket Earth Love and the stamp is from Inkadinkado. Added a ribbon and some gems and viola :)

November 30, 2009

Birthday wishes - Card Positioning Systems (CPS) 144

I am entering this card into the Card Positioning Systems sketch 144 challenge this week (see the sketch above. You can find the Card Positioning Systems blog Here

Items used: Penny Black Critter Party stamps, ribbon, Nestabilities die, Karen Foster DP.

November 22, 2009

New Challenge Site - Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge

A new challenge web site is in the making, it's called Fussy & Fancy Friday Challenge, check it out HERE. The first challenge will take place New Years Day 2010 and I'm looking forward to participating. While your looking, check out the fabulous blog Candy up for grabs, ohhhh how exciting!
Happy Stamping - Lucille :)

November 21, 2009

There's snow place like home........

The challenge this week on Lucy's blog HERE is colors (kraft, pink & turquoise). I purchased this cute little Stampendous clear set "Snow Place" a little while back and this challenge inspired me to put the stamps to paper.

I love snowmen (and snowwomen, or is it snowpeople, whatever:). I have a collection of all types of snowmen, last count was about 35 and I get a new one each year. So, needless to say snowmen stamps are my favs for the holidays.

November 16, 2009

It's still the most wonderful time of the year....

Most people who know me know Snowmen are my thing. I just love snowpeople. I love this set, Hero Arts - Let it snow, and am so happy HA sent it to me. I am entering this card in this week's challenge over at Hero Arts, the challenge is called "trimming" and if I understand the challenge correctly it's to use pieces left over from other cards / projects.Almost all items used on this card are pieces left over from other cards, ribbon, snowballs, snowmen hats and light blue snow (2 pieces). Inside sentiment: It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Items used: HA CL322 Let it snow stamps, Northwoods sentiment stamp (inside the card), puffy ribbon (snowballs), ribbon, plastic snowflake, silver gems, Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder.

November 15, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Recently I received an honorable mention from Hero Arts for one of my Christmas tree cards (see previous post). Hero Arts sent me the wonderful "let it snow" clear stamp set as my prize. The snowmen in this card are so cute and they have many different winter hats to wear. I chose this black top hat for Mr. Snow man to wear today. The sentiment inside the card is: It's the most wonderful time of the year :)

Item's used: Hero Arts clear design Let it snow and pine bough stamps, Cuttlebug swirl folder, gems, glitter, snowflake brad.

November 10, 2009


I have not posted a card to my blog in a while, busy making cards for a craft fair on December 4. So, I will post 2 pictures taken Saturday at the Air Force / Army football game at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the pictures is Mike and I the other is of me and my 2 co-workers. Mike and I go to the inter-service game every year, they always have the best fly-overs at the game and we LOVE football. Mike was a medic in the Army, drafted right out of high school back in 1972, so of course we were rooting for Army, hate to admit this, but Air Force won. The games are fun, every time a score is put on the board the kids get out on the field and do push-ups totalling the score. Fun time for all :)

October 28, 2009

Merry Merry Christmas - Won Honorable Mention

My simple little card won an Honorable mention in the Simple Holiday card challenge over at Hero Arts. I'm so honored, thank you Hero Arts.
Again I am using the winter Cuttlebug folder. Here I have combined the background folder w/ a simple Hero Arts Christmas tree and some gingham ribbon.

Items used: Hero Arts CL113 merriest wishes, Cuttlebug folder, ribbon and gold star.

Pine and pearls

My friend, Nancy, loaned this wonderful Cuttlebug folder to me and I can't seem to get enough of it. I like using a brillaint blue for Christmas.

Items used: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Hero Arts K5242 big pine bough, Stampendous snow tag art set, ribbon and pearls.

October 24, 2009

Cosmo Cricket Birds

I absolutely fell in love w/this bird paper by Cosmo Cricket the moment I saw it. It's just so darn cute. As much as I love this paper, it took me a while to come up w/ a card I liked using it. Well, I finally did and here it is.

The Hero Arts challenge this week is to use torn paper; I chose 3 different papers to tear for this card, the bird paper, another DP and chocolate brown paper.

Items used: Hero Arts clear design woodland creatures, Cosmo Cricket DP, Ribbon

October 18, 2009

Swirling snowflake

I recently found this Hero Arts grand snowflake stamp at Michael's. I have always admired the elegance of this stamp and am so happy to finally have it in my stamp collection. I like to use the Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder for snow, it's just perfect.

Items used: Hero Arts grand snowflake stamp, Cuttlebug swirl embossing folder, Stampendous retro script Merry Christmas stamp, ribbon, dazzling diamonds and studio 8 gem.

Deer & Pine Bough

The new Hero Arts big pine bough stamps is one of my favorites from the HA 2009 catalog. This cute little HA deer is also one of my favorites. Christmas cards are coming, here's another one.

Items used: Hero Arts big pine bough and young deer stamps, ribbon and Studio 8 metal gems.

October 15, 2009

Penny Black Buttons & Bows Challenge

This week the Penny Black challenge is Buttons & Bows. I love this PB snowman stamp, definitely one of my favorites, he's so cute and happy. Here's what I've come up with, hope you can see the glitter on Mr. Snow :) Items used: PB Snowman, ribbon, diamond glaze, buttons, BG paper.

October 10, 2009


Here's another card for the Hero Arts paper piecing challenge this week. I just love polka dot paper and this Heidi Grace double-sided dot paper is one of my favs. I have used this paper quite a bit and have many scraps, all used on this card. The cling stamp is from Hero Arts, Jennifer McGuire and Shari Carroll presented some cling stamps to the Flickr members when we met for dinner at ScrapFest 2009 in Minnesota and this was the fun cling stamp I received. Items used: Hero Arts hello cling stamp, Heidi Grace DP, jute twine, pearls. Colored w/ watercolor pencils.

Pine bough

This card is for the Hero Arts paper piecing challenge this week,I used some plaid paper scraps to make the pine boughs. Add a little ribbon and sparkly gems and done.

I am getting such a late start on making my Christmas cards this year. But, this little card has inspired me, so I will start w/ the Christmas cards this week-end.

Items used: Hero Arts big pine bough stamp, Stampendous sentiment stamp, ribbon and gems.

October 7, 2009

40th Birthday Invitation

A co-worker of mine has asked me to make invitations for her husband's 40th birthday. Here's a first draft. Still deciding what info we will put on the slide out card, most likely: date, time, location and for. Her husband is an avid bike rider so I used the little bike stamp I had on hand. This stamp is actually a women's bike w/ a basket full of flowers. I improvised and put the 40 over the basket and added a cross bar to the bike and Viola, a guy's bike :)

October 4, 2009

ATCs (Artist Trading Cards)

The Hero Arts challenge this week is to make ATC's. At first I was surprised by the small size of these little cards (2.5" x 3.5"). But, once I made one, I was hooked. We are also having an actual trade of "friendship" ATC's through the Hero Arts Flickr group which will start real soon. The idea is to make 10 ATC's w/ a friendship theme and send them in. The ATC's will be sorted and you will receive 10 back. I cannot wait to see the little pieces of art everyone comes up with. All Hero Arts stamps used for the above ATC's :)

September 29, 2009

Pumpkin Pups

Here'a another Penny Black stamp I just had to have. PB makes the cutest animal stamps and I have yet to see one I didn't want to add to my collection. This cute, little Pup balancing the pumpkin on his nose is one of my favorite Halloween stamps. I have used diamond glaze on the pumpkin and the pup's tongue, it's hard to see the effect of this w/ this picture, but it does give the card a special touch. Items used: Penny Black 2535J Pup-o-lantern stamp, Hero Arts CL238 boo owl-oween stamp, designer paper, twine, diamond glaze.

Pretty medallion

K Werner had a beautiful card on her blog a few weeks ago using the Stampin' Up Medallion stamp used here. I was so taken w/ K's card I decided to make one of my own and here it is. Items used: Hero Arts CG115 thank you and F5233 Scallop circle stamps, SU medallion stamp, ribbon and pearls.

Time for Thanks yous..........

I recently celebrated my birthday and my wonderful friends were so generous w/ the presents they gave to me. I have made a number of thank you cards, here are 2 of them.
The card on the left is quite basic used designer paper, raffia, a tag and a Stampendous thank you stamp.
I took the inspiration for the card on the right from one of the Hero Arts make-and-takes at ScrapFest 2009. Items used for this card: Hero Arts CG102 antique brocade and CL105 Fantastic flourishes stamps, Stampendous thank you stamp, flowers and gold gems.

September 27, 2009

Photo Card challenge - me & my friend, Ann

Made this card for my friend, Ann as a thank you card for the wonderful birthday presents she gave me. Items used: Hero Arts A4200 hearts & swirls stamp and digital Friends, ribbon, flowers, buttons.

September 23, 2009

ScrapFest 2009 in Minnesota :)

I attended Archiver's ScrapFest 2009 at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN last week. What a blast, so many vendors with wonderful make and takes. I was able to meet a number of my Hero Arts Flickr group friends - Sally, Linda, Jenn, Anita and Liz. On Saturday night we had dinner w/ Jennifer McGuire, Shari Caroll, Kelly Rasmussen, Tami Hartley, Carol and Rachel from Hero Arts. The folks from Hero Arts were so friendly and fun to have dinner with, we all had a wonderful time.

The Mall of America is "Mall on Steroids" and although I didn't get to fully check out the Mall, I was able to buy some shoes, shirts and trinkets for home.

I can't say enough about everyone I met and ScrapFest itself. I may go again next year, have plenty of time to decide :)

L to R - Jenn (Scrapperjjb), Sally (dogwoodmnr), Linda (ScrappinBari) & Me (LucilleK)

L to R - Liz (lizhaworth), Me (LucilleK), Jenn (Scrapperjjb), Sally (dogwoodmnr)

Group photo from Dinner at Tony Romas (fun, fun, fun)

September 13, 2009

Which Witch Shoes

I'm on a Halloween card frenzy, my co-workers have asked for Halloween cards, so here they come. This Witch shoes stamp by Stampendous is one of my all time favorites. The Halloween stamp is one of the $1 G stamps from Michael's. Enjoy!!

September 10, 2009

Oriental Autumn

I am on a roll making Autumn cards. For this card I used watercolor pencils, as always, to color the butterflies. Items used: Hero Arts decorative bamboo and komono silk stamps, raffia, crimped paper, gems and gelly roll glitter pen.

September 3, 2009

Autumn Squirrel

I'm starting a little late w/ my autumn cards, have'nt even made one Halloween card yet. And Christmas, well I better start soon or I'll be so far behind I'll never catch up. Anyway, I made this Autumn card the other day and hope you like it. Items used: Hero Arts cl1182 trees, birds, messages and cl272 all occasion messages stamps, Penny Black 3880k tree stamp, raffia and a prima flower cut to make leaves.

August 28, 2009

Lace happy birthday

I recently purchased some lace. Have thought about putting lace on my cards for a long time and have finally done it. The lace gives such a sweet, delicate feel to a card and I'm happy with this one. Many to come. Items used: Hero Arts stamp, lace, dotted ribbon and pearls.

August 23, 2009

Sweet little Bamboo girl

I have been so lucky lately - found this Hero Arts bamboo stamp for $4. I have always wanted this stamp, however never seemed to run into it at the craft stores I frequent. And, viola!! I found it and at an unbelievable price. I better go get a PowerBall ticket, this could be my lucky day :) Items used: Hero Arts 3 Japanese dolls and decorative bamboo stamps, ribbon, gems and DP.

A day sprinkled w/ fun

One of my co-workers has asked me to make her 6 birthday cards. Here's the first one! Items used: Hero Arts scallop circle, dots & flowres and cupcakes stamps, ribbon, gems and glitter.

I'd pick you

I made this card for the Hero Arts challenge this week "mailit". I am going to send this to my cousin, MaryAnn. MaryAnn is one of my favorite people. She has always been an inspiration to me because she has such a positive outlook on life and never has a bad word for anyone. We have always been friends and although we now live far away from each other, we always stay in touch :)
Items used: Hero Arts Thoughtful messages and scallop circle stamps, Stampendous hand of Friendship stamps, ribbon, gems and DP.

August 21, 2009

Alaric follow-up

We picked up Alaric's ashes yesterday. We are going to spread his ashes on our property. Mike would spend hours training him w/ barn pigeons on our property and Alaric spent a very happy, long life here. Our dog, Pearl knows he's missing. They spent all of their time together, running in the fields, chasing rabbits and barking at the wind. Every morning when I would put them out, Pearl would run out first, but always stop and look back for her buddy, Alaric. Time will pass and we will all move on, however we will miss our sweet boy :(

August 15, 2009

Our Alaric

We are going to send our lovely boy Alaric to heaven today at 3:00 pm. Alaric is 14 years old and it's time. Alaric is a Large Munsterlander, a versatile hunting dog. From the time he was just a few weeks old it was easy to see hunting was in his genes. We would put a bird feather on the end of a fishing line and his little puppiness would point. My husband hunted pheasant, chuckers, quail, you name it w/ Alaric for many years and he always did his job in the field. He's a lovely dog and we will miss him terribly. Alaric xoxo

August 12, 2009

Hero Arts Sneak Peek Week and Sketches!!

Shari Carroll is this week's artist on the Hero Arts Blog. Shari has put together sketches for this week's challenge using NEW Hero Arts stamps (clings, digi and Holiday stamps). I garnered such inspiration from Shari's sketches and from all of the wonderful, talented woman who showcase their lovely cards on the Hero Arts Flickr group page. Thank you for visiting today :)