Saturday, November 28, 2020

After Thanksgiving and Black Friday


My Inspiration is Child's Christmas Figures,

I stamped in memento tuxedo black and colored the images with Prismacolor Colored pencils. I masked the tree and boy and sponged clouds in the sky. I put versamark on the bottom of the card and used heat and stick powder to attach the white flock to the ground. I removed the masks and added liquid applique and red rhinestones.

I came across this sweet picture yesterday. It is my grandfather (97) with Ben (20 months) on his lap. Gramps loved little ones. It was wonderful to have time with him and his great grandchildren. He met Sarah, who was born 10 months after this picture was taken.
A dear friend and I stamped this week and chose to use Gerda Steiner stamps. This is Meowy Christmas. I used a technique called, alcohol inks marbling. Then I embossed the string of lights. I colored the lights with colored pencils.
This image is another Gerda Steiner set called, Snowman Friends. The background was an embossed stencil which was sponged with distress oxide inks. I tore paper to make the snow banks, then I dry embossed the snowflakes on them.  The hats have liquid applique on them that was heated.
This background is alcohol ink marbling with blue and a touch of green. The snow bank is covered with white flock.
This background was a stencil dry embossed, then colored with ink. The snow is flock.
I had pieces of backgrounds made with the alcohol ink marbling technique so I cut one in two and made two tags. The tags were run through the Snowfall embossing folder then colored a bit with my SU chalk marker. I used the delightful tag topper punch then added ribbon and twine. The images were colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. The images were added with dimensionals. Yellow wink of stella was used on the star.

Thanksgiving was nice, but too  quiet. I'm used to having the kids  here, This picture made me laugh. It brightened my spirits a bit so I had to share it.

Tim got the rug for his office. Chloe went crazy running and jumping around on it.

Verse of the Day: Romans 12:16

Blessings of the Day: I got errands done today. I stamped with a dear friend for a few hours on FaceTime. I got to spend time with Tim. He's not so tired now that the huge house projects are done!

Thanks for stopping by.



Friday, November 27, 2020

Thanksgiving Day 2020


Thanksgiving Day 2020 is so much different than any other before it.  Due to the COVID19 virus, we will not have kids or friends at our house.

I found this fun video by Christian Music artist, Matthew West. Give it a listen. I bet it makes you smile.

I sure needed this today, how about you?

Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Eve 2020

 The Day Before Thanksgiving 2020

Christmas lights are twinkling and shining bright,

outside in the darkness before Thanksgiving night.

Such a miserable year 2020 has been

Yet, in spite of all of it we've learned,

to be thankful for the little things,

 like dinner together, time to talk and laugh, and play games to pass the 


We've become closer as family without really trying.

We all benefit from this time we spend

together making memories and more.

Thank you Jesus for all the gifts,

you've given this year. 

With COVID running rampant,

 we stay safe doing what we need to. 

We grow closer to those we love,

oh thank you to you Jesus Christ.

It's exactly what we all needed!


Alcohol Ink Marble Technique was the technique challenge on SCS, Monday.
What a fun techinque. Here's the video for the technique.
I did the alcohol ink marble technique. When it was dry I dry embossed it with snow. I tore paper to make a hill at the bottom and dry embossed that also. I added wink of stella to the snow, snowman and ornaments. I used colored pencils to color the images. I added dimensionals to the snowman, the heart and the ornaments. I used liquid applique on the chick's hats then heated it.

These cards were made using the Stampin' Up set, Arrange A Wreath. Two are using Christmas colors and 2 use fall colors. These were fun to make as well as quick and easy.

Tim's room is almost done in this picture. You can see how he's covering the wall with wooden planks. It's interesting how this is done. The special wood that is shown in the middle and bottom is nailed to the studs. then the wood planks are nailed to the under boards. That way, if someone wanted to remove the wood wall, they would just have to remove the wood from the studs and not tear the wall up. Genius, I say.  I like how I get to learn things when Tim learns them.

Verse of the Day:Isaiah 12:4

Jeremy Camp, Keep Me In The Moment, is the song for today. Give it a listen.

Blessing of the Day: I got to stamp with Jan. She lives alone and loves to make cards. Today we learned a new technique called, Alcohol Ink Marbling.  We also learned how to run a stencil through our embossing machine. It's a great way to get more from your stencils!

I got to spend time with Tim. He moved many things into his new office.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

For Today November 20, 2020


 For Today November 20, 2020 

This is where it all began


Looking out my window, it is dark outside. With changing the clocks back an hour, it's dark at 5 p.m.  By 7 p.m. it feels like 10 p.m. I hate this changing of the clocks.

I am thinking, that I need to get my Thanksgiving cards addressed and sent out this weekend.  I've had them made for weeks, but haven't gotten them written yet.

I am thankful that Tim has finished the master bathroom.

One of my favorite things is getting gifts for the kids.  They love making S'mores so now that they are living together, this is a gift all of them can use.

I am creating crocheted scarves for Laura's Home. I'm praying we'll be able to drop them off. COVID19 has gotten worse in our area and we have a stay at home advisory.

I am wearing a t-shirt, jeans and shoes! I hate wearing shoes. Now that it's cooler, it's a must, especially if I'm running errands.

I am listening
 to Yiruma. Give it a listen at this link. To me it's so soothing and relaxing music.


I am hoping to get more ideas for Christmas gifts. The kids asked if we could keep it simple. So, I'm looking for a few gifts and some stocking stuffers.


I am learning there isn't much I can do on the days where my depression is strong, except pray.


In my kitchen we've tried some new recipes for pork chops and pork sirloin.

In the school room I am continuing to learn new card making techniques. I'm also making card samples I've seen that will be used in my classes.  I am having so much fun making cards with a couple of friends on FaceTime. 

It's the only way we can get together right now. One friend and I plan what we want to do. Next time we stamp, we're going to do stencil embossing! 

In my garden we have roses still blooming, lavender in bloom and strawberries ripening!

 A moment from my day 

I used the stamp set, Arrange a Wreath, to stamp fall and Christmas wreaths. I added fun images for the Christmas Wreaths.

I am reading, If I Were You, by Lynn Austin. It is a good book which was recommended by a friend. It is a Christian book as well as a good read. It takes place during WWII.

Blessing of the Day: I got to stamp with a dear friend. Our challenge today was to use Gerda Steiner stamps. She makes some of the cutest stamp sets ever!  Here is the stamp set I worked with today. This isn't my card, but the cute cat was fun to use.


Thanks for stopping by.



Saturday, November 7, 2020

I belong to a group on Splitcoaststampers called, Crafters of Faith. Each month we have a challenge which is linked to a Bible verse. Here's the challenge for this month. 

November 2020 Hostess/Vickie

Scripture:Nehemiah 9:6 (NKJV) You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

Challenge: Anything Goes! Use the scripture to inspire your card.

I stamped many things of this earth. God made them all.

I stamped white cardstock with flowers from Beautiful Friend. Then I used a rectangle die to cut out a frame. I stamped the center and added a daisy in the corner. I added wink of stella to the daisy.

This cactus has been in a south-facing window and looks gorgeous right now filled with buds. It blooms a few times a year and looks fantastic when it does. This will have white flowers.
It looks like from the images below, that I have a Thanksgiving Cactus. I have two other plants, I'll have to check them out to see what kind they are.

The color challenge today is mossy meadow, mango melody, pumpkin pie and terracotta tile. The bonus was to make a Thanksgiving card.
I cut out the wreaths first and layered them with the mango on the bottom, then terracotta tile, then mossy meadow. I stamped, and cut the flower and leaves. I added a small dimensional to the back of each leaf and flower. I added the flower then the leaves. The last thing added was the bow with linen thread doubled.

Here is my inspiration for my card: 
I used the circles of the balloons and the light colors as my inspiration.
I stamped in black ink and colored the kitty with Prismacolor Colored pencils. I added diamond glaze to his glasses. I stamped the bokeh dots behind him and added books for him to sit on. I dry embossed the dots and sponged them with so saffron and blushing bride.
I added the image with dimensionals.

The challenge today was to use mixed media in a card and tell a story. I used ink and colored pencils.
Llama tell you a story...
It happened years ago when my twin and I were little.
We were invited to a very special party. We had to dress up in our best clothes.
When we arrived at the party we saw all of our friends playing games, laughing and having fun. When it was time to sit down to eat we noticed these funny looking sandwiches. They weren't cut like we were used to. Instead of being cut like a cross, like our mama did, they were cut with an X. Our friend's mom said they were cut in party pieces! Fancy parties cut their sandwiches this way to make it easier to pick up and eat. What a fun thing we learned that day. Now when our mom makes a sandwich for us we ask her to cut it in party pieces. She knows it makes us feel very special to have our sandwiches cut like that. She said, Some day when you have your own family, maybe you'll cut their sandwiches in an X to show them how special they are. And you know what? That's exactly what I did!
The End

Our challenge was to watercolor die cut paper. I cut the umbrella out with a die. I punched out flowers. I watercolored the umbrella then the flowers. I framed the umbrella and added flowers to it. I stamped the sentiment and added it with dimensionals. The frame was added with foam adhesive strips. I folded the petals up on some of the flowers. I used a neutral plaid so the flowers and umbrella would stand out.

Our challenge was to make a card which showed light. This is one of my favorite Gerda sets and the SU string of lights is an oldie from 2002 I think.
I stamped the string of lights and added yellow around the bulbs to make it look like they shine. The cat was stamped then colored with copic markers. Clear wink of stella was added to the lights.

Memories and More

Thinking of Mom, Dottie Porto right now. She used to cut our sandwiches into party pieces. What a wonderful memory. Thanks mama.

Thinking of Gramps; John Porto Sr. tonight. I made Angel hair aglio Olio.  Sometimes when I'd visit on Wednesday evening for dinner, he'd make the most delicious meal for us.  
First he'd brown garlic; lots of garlic. Then he'd add olive oil. Lastly, he'd add the cooked pasta to cast iron skillet which was well seasoned, and stir it in the pan until it was hot.
Then we'd sit down at the table and use the cheese grater to add parmesan cheese.  Sweet, sweet, memories.
This is one of my favorite photos of Gramps.


Well, finding lots to do here since we've been staying close to home. Never a boring moment.
Praying you will all stay safe.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

For Today October 22, 2020


 For Today October 22, 2020 

This is where it all began


Looking out my window, and the sun has just come out. We've had a rainy few days. Last night we had thunderstorms throughout the night. I think we hit a record for rainfall in a day.

I am thinking, that the trees which line our street are filled with such gorgeous colors of red, orange, yellow and brown. They are so beautiful they make you smile.

I am thankful that Tim is almost finished remodeling the master bathroom! He started remodeling our whole house room by room, two years ago. It's amazing the transformation that has taken place!

One of my favorite things is listening to music from my past and read a good book. Right Now I'm reading, If I Were You by Lynn Austin.

I am creating a new scarf which is white and pastel pink and green. I had just run out of yarn and was at the point where I needed to buy some. God provided yarn. I got a text from a friend asking if I could use yarn.  I received it today so I started a scarf.

I am wearing long sleeves, jeans and shoes if you can believe it. I hate to wear shoes but it's too cold not to.

I am listening to songs by Luther Vandross. I just loved his songs. This is how I remember him. I listened to him in his early years. 

I am hoping to get my errands done early today. I have lots to do around here as well. I need to design a third card for my class next month. I also need to design a 3-D item.

Here are some of my recent cards.


I am learning that the longer COVID19 goes on, the more distant we become with each other. Tim and I talked about the holidays and what we were going to do. He said he'd prefer we don't have people over, even the kids. They work in high traffic areas, one works in the library, one in a pharmacy and one at a hospital.

Both Tim and I have conditions that would make the virus worse.


In my kitchen a pot of chili is cooking. I love making extra so I can freeze it and have left overs the next week.

In the school room I continue to try new things. I saw a card called, a Triple Step Card. The videos I found were made by ladies in England and were 5" x 7". I wanted to make one that was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" when finished. 

So I've been working on making my own pattern. I sure used my Math skills tonight. I had to find out what 5 1/2" divided by 3 was!

In my garden roses and butterfly bushes continue to bloom. We picked all of our green tomatoes. We're letting some ripen and some will be fried. We love fried green tomatoes!


A Moment From My Day: Here's Chloe at the top of the stairs looking like she's going to jump through the bars. She was just showing off.

I found this online and it really spoke to me. We are so judgmental even when we don't recognize it in ourselves. We're so quick to point out short-comings in others without thinking. It's not our job to judge others. God says, we're to love one another like God loved the church.

Verse of the Day: Psalm 45:10

Check out this beautiful song by Big Daddy Weave here.

Blessings of the Day: Tim is putting the backsplash up in the master bathroom. He will grout it tomorrow and begin to put the faucets in.

I got to stamp for a few hours with a friend on Facetime. Sometimes my friend and I follow directions to make new things. Today however, we worked on finishing cards we'd started.

I received yarn and paper from my friend.

Thanks for stopping by.




After Thanksgiving and Black Friday

  My Inspiration is Child's Christmas Figures, I stamped in memento tuxedo black ...