Monday, August 12, 2013

Happy Birthday to my Double Digit Dude!!!

It has been a few weeks since my son celebrated his 10th birthday and I wanted to post the banner that he awoke to that morning.
The greeting was adhered to the wall using the blue painter's tape. He was overjoyed when he spied it. I have to admit that he did awake while I was in his bedroom putting it up on the wall but I was able to soothe him back to sleep. He did not recall a thing. After a delicious breakfast, he grabbed his new bat and posed for a picture beside his banner.

He posed for some other goofy ones, but I will save those for the scrapbook. In addition to his banner I also put together this card for him using some very old product that I purchased during the QVC days. I absolutely love those alphabet soup letters.
Zachary loved the entire day; we devoted it solely to him. He wanted a game for his Wii so off to Game Stop we went. In addition to his bat, he received a baseball glove, baseballs and a new basketball.
I did inform him that the single (digit) life was behind him and there was no looking back. He proclaimed that he will enjoy being 10. Gotta admire that kid's outlook on life.

Until then.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Backyard Scenic View

Happy July everyone!!! Although this photo does not qualify for the crafty zone, it is the colors and solemn peacefulness that caught my eye.

I had to clear off my deck to have it powerwashed and stained. This little rocker was destined for the trash. It was not in my future to strip, and stain or paint as I have done in the past. I took several shots trying to capture the essence of what I was seeing.

Quite often the camera's eye can't see what the natural eye does. The plants reminded me of three friends enjoying a lovely afternoon.

I did try several angles and enhancements. The way the sunlight dappled across that section of the yard was awesome. 

Sometimes to find beauty, you only have to go as far as your backyard.

Until then,

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Zutter Bind it All Cover-All Giveaway WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!


The Zutter Bind it All will now take up residence in the home of ....
...........................Shirley Stevens.

Congrats Shirley.
Please PM me at bouchee2003 @
Thanks to everyone who entered.

Hello everyone. Can you believe that these have been floating about on the market and I never heard of them? Not sure how much promoting Zutter did for these, but I think it was not enough. Sometimes you don't want the spine to show and this is a very clever idea. LOL.

Here is an opportunity for you to win a set of these awesome Cover-Alls. The winner will receive two 8"x8" flat spine in brown and white, the 7.5" x 5" in white with the coordinating papers in black. Also, the 6" x 6" Cover-Alls in brown and white flat spine. Additionally, two covers in white, one 6x6 and the other 4.1" x 6.2" which is perfect for binding tags.

Please leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible to win. 

Contest closes Wednesday, June 26 at midnight EDT. Good luck to everyone and thanks again for watching my Vee-dios.

You can view the Cover-All Vee-dio on my YouTube channel.

Until then.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Cropper Hopper Stamp Storage and GiveAway--WINNER ANNOUNCED

GOSH, is it Saturday already? It can't be, I still have stuff to do.
Well on to the winners. Thanks to everyone who played along and left a comment.

The winners are:

Stamp Set 1: Mullamy

Stamp Set 2: Gadbois Sue

Stamp Set 3: Margaret

Please PM me at bouchee2003 @

Hello my crafty friends. It has been a busy couple of days for me. In between cleaning the house (uggghhh) and enjoying summer, I have been trying to organize my stamps using my new system. I have included a couple of pics of the adhesive I put on the back. I could have placed three or four LARGE blobs, but went with the smaller ones instead. Either small or large would work because it dries clear.

  Since I found my spare bottle I don't have to be so thrifty. I plan to put some of the smaller dollar stamps on the blank sides of the full sheets. Gotta maximize my real estate. This might get them out of the binders and out to be used. LOL. 

Here are a couple of pics of them adhered to the sheet and the entire piece is easily removed and returned. Neat, huh? This way I can keep them in the plastic and will not have to jeopardize the integrity of the stamps.

While I tidy up I find that I have stamp sets to give away. One tip for getting a good impression with most stamps is to lightly sand the surface or use an eraser over the image and stamp a few images before going to your final project.

On to the giveaway. If you would like for one of the following three sets to take up residence in your home, please leave a message on this post and three winners will be randomly selected. Contest closes midnight, Thursday, June 27 EDT.

Giveaway #1

Giveaway #2

Giveaway #3

Thanks for stopping by and good luck.
Until then.

TPC Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set Giveaway WINNER ANNOUNCED

rip van Zachary finally arose from his over active induced sleep and has deigned to pull a name for me.
and it is.....

congrats. Please send a PM to bouchee2003 @ to receive your prize.
thanks to everyone who participated.

Please leave a comment below to enter your name for a chance to win a set of The Paper Company stamps and who knows what other goodies I just might throw in. 

Contest closes June 22 midnight EDT.

Good luck and thanks for watching my Vee-dios and leaving comments.

Until Then...

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Late Projects

Hello Bloggers. I know these are late, but...better late...and I shall leave the remainder unsaid.

These are from my Crafters Workshop Template Shorts Vee-dios. That is real sand on the area around the palm tree.

The background was brayered using Adirondack dye-based ink. This tree was done using watermark ink, which was clear embossed and then colored in with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink Markers. I think the sand bucket and the flip-flops really lends a nostalgic feel to this card. The sand is a mixture of butterscotch and ginger ink with a brown alcohol marker.

Have been meaning to share them, but my camera did not want to cooperate.

This one was done with regular chalks.

Here I was going for an embossed resist technique on top of an inked background that was embossed with gold powder.
 Once I shoot too many photos without off loading them, the software will not read the camera or the photos. Go figure.

The one on the left are the micro those. The one on the right is the shimmer chalks on top of a Tattered Angels spritzed background.

Until Then.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Oh my, Happy New Year!!!

This year has been quite dizzying for me and passing by with warp speed. Still trying to wrap my head around everything and keep myself together. Sometimes, I want to crawl into a hole and pull the hole in after me.
Wanted to post the pics I took of the bird cages that I got from Bridget. After taking the pics I realized my blue bird was missing a wing. He is no longer flightless.

This one was done with some metal flowers from Hot off the Press. Love those.

Thanks for stopping by and keep inking everything in site.
Until then.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Inauguration Day 2013 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Wow, a lot to celebrate and honor on this momentous day. Celebrating the life and contributions of Dr. King and welcoming with open arms the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama II.


So many changes in one lifetime. I am so excited that my parents and my grandmother lived to see the first black president of the United States of America. These are the same folks who walked with and fought for equal rights with Dr. King. Can you imagine their joy and jubilation? They were trying to eek out their existence during those days of riots and hosing on the streets of Alabama.

I had to interview my grandmother four years ago when President Obama won. She was so giddy that she reminded me of a school girl. She did not think that it would happen during her lifetime, but was delighted that it did. See, my grandmother's parents were share croppers. With my great-grandparents entering this world just after the Emancipation Proclamation. My grandmother being the eldest of the 14 children they bore, felt her brunt of discrimination and had to endure segregation and separate but equal. My grandmother, Osia, is the first in line. Only four of the seven sisters are still alive. The last brother passed a couple of years ago.

The times are still a-changing. We have come a long way but still have a long way to go.  Deep seated hatred still exists in this world, not just in the USA. If we continue to lift each other up and respect and love and care for one another, we have no other choice but to continue to move forward.

I am so proud of our President. I am praying for his health and safety as he navigates us through another four years. I admire and respect his loyalty and integrity and the dignity with which he carries out his duties.

Well done, Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief, Barack Hussein Obama II.
Until then.