Friday, December 24, 2010

Joan Miniature Display

I have a list of pictures my DD took of my Miniature Display. Just click on the pictures and you will see over 20 pictures of my Display.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

First Anya Card

I've finally colored an Anya image and I feel pretty good about it. I was definitely scared about coloring her skin tone and hair, but I went online and watched a video, I don't know how many times. So, I hope everyone like my first result. I did this card for the Mystery Swap, the DP is from my stash with no name, but perfect for the Mystery Swap. Plus, teal is one of my favorite colors, so, I used my favorite color and I also used the last sheet of my paper and ribbon.
Image: The Greeting Farm Angie in the Spotlight
Paper: DP???, CS Basic Grey
Embelishements: Bling: Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) Ribbon: Making Memories

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DDD's December Challenge

December DDD's challenge is here, our fantastic hostgess, provided us with an Inky Antics images. Isn't he cute. The DP is Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, and oh my accessories galore, plus a box that I left at work.

Of course, I had to sprinkle the Santa with Sticles Glitters everywhere, because he kept smiling at me. I really love this one. Thank you my fantastic hostess Laura Jean.

I'm suppose to list something that I truly appreciate and love. I love it when I wake up each morning, I appreciate the small things, such as a beautiful blanket of snow, a robin, the first blade of grass trying to come thru, a beautiful sunset, a cup of tea and a good book, listening to jazz, when I feel frazzled and frustrated. I didn't want to say the normal things, of what I love, just what I see every day, by myself thru my eyes only. I try to start each new day with something that nature has provided me to see.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

A sneak peek.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I've finally completed my first Christmas Tag Swap and I totally fell in love with it.

The First set is "The Twelve Days of Christmas" , once I send it in, I will have the complete verse of tags. I had 8 maids a milking. I used my crccut Country Life for the maid milking a cow and I had to make 15 tags. I discovered something about myself, I had to change each tag just a little, so it will have its own identity. So, everyone will have something unique about their tag.

The second tag, I made 15, (Twas the night before Christmas, when all thru the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. The stocking were hung by the chimmey with care, In hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The following card is for a Blue Christmas Swap. The background paper is Bo Buuny and the stamp is Lockhart. I used Flower Soft Vintage Christmas for the greenery.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's that time again, our Fantastic Hostess for the month (Barb) provided us a kit you would not believe, ( I think she forgot that we are making one card) Barb's kit was so much fun to open ( we had DP, brads, three types of ribbons, felt leaves, bling. buttons, and a beautiful stamp with a sentiment. We had to express who mean so much to us, I started my list and I decided that with the year that I've had and so many people that you and I know. I'm thankful for all my friends, SCS, acquaintances, and my immediate Family.

So let the games begin:
Please follow the following in our group/ and then head to Ranger's blog to check out the other group.
Our hostess (BARB)

Joan: (Me)





and now continue with Rangers's to see the Dazzlers:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

This is the second set of pictures

The miniatures houses below are no larger than 3 1/2 in tall and 3 1/2 wide. They open up and you can decorate them.

The ones you cannot open are Hallmark Seasonal Christmas ornament houses

The one below, I really love is a Modern White Leather Couch and Chair
with a cocktail table that is popular and has been in the Art Institute Modern Pieces.
The Lamp is Ceramic, painted white /gray and you can light it up, has a miniature bulb,

I did not make any of these, no way would I attempt this at this quality and level of detail.


Friday, November 12, 2010

I hope you like the first set of pictures:
All of the furniture is 1:12 scale.

The larger fireplace is 1:12 scale/the smaller is 1/2 :12

The miniature doll is stumping grapes/wine is in the bottle.

I made the white cabinet and chair in the backgroune

I made the Tuscany house in a two week class by Bill Lankford.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Missing In Action

The past two months has been extremely hectic for me. My lastest adventure is the preparation for displaying my miniatures at Orland Park Library.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Posting to my blog

I must confess to everyone, posting to my blog is like taking one step forward and ten steps back. It took me over two 1/2 hours to post the blog for our DDD, longer than it took me to create my card. One day, I will get blogging correctly, learn how to add links simply, without typing each one in. Maybe, if I set down and just work with it, it would get better. Anyway, it was fun.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Good morning, welcome to the second round of Dueling Darling Divas. We are a gorup of fantastic paper crafters and decided to put a new twist on crafting challenge the "DUEL". We the Darling Dueling Divas have one image/card kit to work with and our other "DUELERS", the Dueling Darling Dazzlers have another image kit to work. What makes this so much fun, we have selected the same theme, but different stamps which leads to loads of creativity.

The theme this month is "CUTE AND CUDDLY". This month, I selected one of my favorite stamps "Fly Away" by Penny Black. Who can resist such a cutle little boy, with baggy pants, big hat, holding his airplane, with his puppy rubbing his legs, waiting for you to hug him and his puppy.

Each one in our group was sent CS by Kiwi Embrodiery Paper, ribbon by Offray, white paper clip, jump rings, brads and buttons by Paper Trey.

Let the Games begin.

I decided to do an easel card, and it was so much fun. I hope you like it

Please visit and enjoy the rest of the Dueling Darling Divas and then start with Ranger to see the great cards by the Dueling Darling Dazzlers.
Please start at Jeanette's blog

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Hobby Swap

This is the first card for Barb's Hobby Swap. Everyone who knows me, I'm a Tea-aholic Collector. The card was time consuming, but I loved working on this card. Thank you for hosting this swap.
My recipe:
Black CS/Gold/beige wasabi paper
Kimono: Black Wasabi CS Paper/Gold foil Kimono background/gred foil flower leaf
Circles: Red Foil Paper/ Gold foil Paper
Teapots: Gold Foil/Red Foil
Red ribbon trimmed in gold
Inside Card : stamped "A cup of kindness and a pot of tea.
Share these simple joys with me.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Recipe Swap Card

I made this for a Recipe swap, mind you I do not LIKE to cook, but I really liked doing this swap and finding a recipe, which I actually tried and loved it.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Good morning, friends! Welcome to the first round of Dueling Darlings! Many of you have seen our badges, but we are finally launching into full battle!
What is the Dueling Darlings? We are a group of fantastic friends that have been crafting together and have taken on a new twist on crafting to "DUEL"! We, the Deuling Darling Divas,have one image/card kit to work with and the other half, the Dueling Darling Dazzlers,have another image/card kit with the same theme! The object is to see what we came up with using this theme, wha stamp was pcked and how the divas/dazzlers created with it! NOW...LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The theme this month: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!" It's still summer, and one of the best summer treats is ice cream?

I, Joan created this card with ice cream on the brain.

Now make sure to stop by to see the Divas and then your final stop will be the Dazzlers! This is just a friendly joust, no winners, certainly no losers! Just a craftin, loveable group of friends taking on a monthly joust at card making.

Laurajean: http://

Please start at Jeanette's blog:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Get Well And Encouragement Swap

These two cards are for a Get Well/Encouragement swap due 08/23/

W/S & Penny Black Sway

I love Penny's Black Hedgehog stamp. So, I love this hedgehog driving to a LSS scrapbook store.

Okay you must realize, I will get the shooting of this camera correct one day. I'm okay for everything else accept the cards. Anyway this is for Barb Lynn W/S and Penny Black Swap. However, I love Penny Black stamps. You know why I selected this one, the TEAPOT.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Forest "Paradise Swap"

I totally fell in love with this stamp from Taylor Expressions at CHA. The stamp set is called The Beach Bum. I hope you like it.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sugar Plum

Monochromatic swap

The cards are for a monochromatic swap, I'm practicing on how to
use my camera.

Men' Birthday Swap Cards

This is for a Men's Birthday Card Swap.
The first one I made using Tim Holtz die stamped on real wood paper.
The second one I used Graphic 45 paper
Used Cuttlebut embossing folder.

Christmas Swap Card

This card was made for Christmas Swap in July. I embossed gold foil paper.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know, I haven't forgotten my blog. We're ready for the LSS Craft/Rubber Stamp Sale this coming weekend. I will post pictures next week.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'm too excited.

I can't even add another picture, I'm so excited and I've received two comments. I must give shout outs to Barb, Ranger, Darlene, Carol, Michelle, and the list go on, to convince me, (I COULD DO THIS.


My first upload to my blog.

This is a major milestone for me, due to Ranger, Darlene, Barb, Terry, and others insisting that I upload a picture. I DID IT.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Good evening

I'm just practicing to get into the habit of posting.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Its a shame, I haven't written anything on my site. I will start on it again.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

January 01,2009

Today is a wonderful day, I've just received a notice from Todd & Holland (A tea shop owner in Forest Park, Illinois) I've been purchasing tea and teapots from this shop for over ten years. They plan to write something about my exhibit in their future newsletter.


Friday, January 1, 2010


I'm trying to learn how to work blogging. I'm comfortable with the posting of the blog. I',m now trying to create a new page design. I knowthis is one step at a time.