To make it easier to read about our trip to Ireland, I have made a page that is just for that. There is a tab above for Ireland Trip 2014 or click on the Home tab to read my other posts.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Somebunny Loves You


Hello crafty people!
Today I'm sharing a cute little card with you.
I love this "Daydreaming Bunny" image from 
I stamped him with Versa Fine ink and colored 
him with colored pencils, blending the colors with 
odorless mineral spirits.
The sentiment
"Some Bunny" is also from QKR Stampede.
I fussy cut the bunny and used foam tape to adhere him 
to the card base.
I don't know what I'll use this card for,
but I think it's adorable.

Thanks for stopping by, come again 
soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Card for Emmett

Hello friends!
It's a happy time in my family!
Last week my nephew and niece got a phone call
very early in the morning.
A baby was born and they could adopt it.
This couple has gone through so much and wanted a baby so badly,
and now they have one.
I received a call from my brother that he is a grandfather
to a baby boy.
The little sweetheart is named
Emmett Timothy 
and he is a real beauty!
Our entire family is excited and I can't wait 
to meet my newest "great"
I now have 10 great nieces and nephews!
This is the card I made to welcome Emmett to
the family.
I stamped it with Versa Fine Black Onyx ink
and colored it with colored pencils.
I used odorless mineral spirits to blend
the colored pencil.
Gamsol is one brand name for 
the odorless mineral spirits,
what I use is a "generic" brand that a friend
shared with me.
I left the inside of the card blank so I can
write a message to our new 
little blessing.

Image is "Baby Animals" 
from Eureka Stamps,
I used an unmounted rubber stamp,
but this also comes in digital format.

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope to see you again soon!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Enamel Dots on a Layout

I just wanted to pop in and show y'all a layout I did
where I used some of my home made enamel dots.

These are pictures from the photo booth at my nephew and nieces
wedding.  We all had so much fun with this photo booth.
And I'm having fun scrapbooking the pictures.

Thanks for stopping by, come again soon!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Diagonal Stripes With Foil

One of my favorite blogs is 
where I recently saw this post and 
was inspired to make the card below.
It's very hard to see, but I used silver tape 
for some of the stripes.
I had a very difficult time getting a good photograph
of this card, that tape just reflected and looked black in the
pictures.
So you'll have to use your imagination and imagine that those
dark stripes are the shiny silver that they are.
This picture isn't the best either, but it shows that
they are silver.
Jennifer used a product that is actually made for
crafting, where as I used some silver foil tape that I got
at a hardware store. 
Apparently it is used on ductwork, what do I know?
It works great for crafting.
I love using products that are not necessarily 
made for crafting, but work for it just the same.
Do some wandering around your local hardware
store, you never know what you'll find.

Thanks for stopping by,
I hope you'll come again soon.
Until then, Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ireland #26 Bunratty Medieval Banquet

We have come to our last evening in Ireland
Dave and I have been to this beautiful country 3 times
now and every time we have attended the 
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle.
As far as we are concerned it is a must
for every visitor to Ireland.
I'm posting a lot of pictures and a few videos
from this fabulous evening that was a 
great end to our trip.
Dave really has to learn to do better with selfies!
It's hard to get a good picture of him, but a good
selfie is nearly impossible.
This is outside the Bunratty Castle.
Ed and Roxie outside the castle.
Michael and Jane with the castle in the background.
The evening starts off with a bagpiper in the courtyard.

video
After hearing the bagpiper we were taken inside to the big hall 
where we were given a bit of mead, which is a honey wine.
There was music there also. The violinist and harpist were wonderful.
video
We then went up to the dining hall, where we were treated to more
music from these talented young people.
This young lady is a local high school student and so talented!

This gentleman standing center, was the emcee for the evening.
I'm sure there was a different name for him, but I'm 
not sure what that would be.
We started off with soup, which was very tasty.
But there were no spoons to eat it with, so we had to 
pick up the bowl and enjoy eating it that way.
Not a problem for Dave at all.

A toast to Ireland!
We had fruit juice and water as our drinks with dinner.
The food was "introduced" by course and had to be proclaimed 
fit for the "king"
Everything was served family style on platters.
The ribs were tender and tasty, if a bit on the salty side.
We were given a dagger, but no other utensils.
This gentleman was in trouble and was sent to the 
dungeon. He was accused of being a philanderer.
He had to sing for his supper to get out of the dungeon.
As always, Dave had no problem with finishing up 
what was left on the plate.
The next course also had to be approved.
Jane was ready to have a bit of the next course,
boiled potatoes......
And chicken and root vegetables.
It was all cooked very nicely and tasted great!
They did give us small spoons to use to eat our dessert,
which was a custard with raspberries.
Kind of like a tart and very tasty.
They encouraged couples to feed each other this
tasty treat.
Here all the Celtic Adventurers at our dining table.
We were entertained by the staff, who were all 
fabulous singers and musicians. 



  
To end the night the ladies sang an old favorite
that you can find here.
Unfortunately, this video was too long to post on my
blog, but the link will take you to it on You Tube.

The next morning we were up at an un-Godly hour and off to
the airport to fly home.
We arrived back in the States at the airport in Newark in the early 
afternoon, drove Jane and Michael home and were off for another
5 hour drive to Buffalo and home.
I think our first trip as "tour guides" went very well.
We all had a fabulous time.
We are hoping to do a trip to England next.

Well ladies and gents, this is my final post for our 
Ireland trip 2014.
Thank you for reading about our "adventures"
I hope it has given you some insight about the country,
it's people and some places to visit if you travel there.
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me,
my e-mail address is in the right side bar of the blog.
If you do take a trip to Ireland, I'd love to hear about it.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!







Friday, March 13, 2015

Little Purse Birthday Card

My Godchild turned 3 recently so 
I wanted to make her a card.
She is a very girlie girl, so a little purse card
was perfect for her.
Inside I stamped Happy Birthday
and made a little flower with my home made 
enamel dots.
Here's a close up of the enamel dot flower.
She loved her card and immediately wanted to put something 
inside it to carry around.
Unfortunately, it was just a card and nothing would stay inside.
So we distracted her with the gift,
fairy wings!

Thanks for stopping by today,
I hope you've been inspired in some way.
Come again soon!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday with Enamel Dots

Last week I posted a tutorial on
on how to make your own enamel dots.
Here is another card that I used some of those 
dots on.
It's a simple card and I think the dots give it a 
nice pop.
They are easy to make and fun to use,
so be sure to check out the tutorial.
And come again soon for more ideas for 
using these enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope you've been inspired in some way.
Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dinner alone

What do you make for dinner when you are home alone?
Seems there are more nights recently, that I am home
alone for dinner.  I hate making frozen dinners and the sort,
so what's a gal to eat?
Here's one meal that I really enjoy.
Jacket Potatoes!
We first learned about these while traveling in
Great Britain years ago.
They are simple and easy.
Bake a potato, or 2 if they are small.
Break it open and fill it with something tasty.
Tonight I made one filled with tuna mixed with some 
mayo and onion.
I topped it with a bit of corn.
Grind some pepper and it's ready to eat!
It's quick, it's easy and it's tasty.
The possibilities are endless.
How about some chicken salad, or chicken and gravy
maybe some shrimp cooked in garlic butter,
or chipped beef in a cream sauce.
Even some veggies with a bit of butter would be good.
Next time you're looking for a quick and easy meal
give jacket potatoes a try.

Thanks for stopping by today,
hope to see you again soon!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bubble Gum Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends!
Today is my day to post at 
If you pop over there you'll be able to see my
tutorial on how to make the cute little 
"enamel dots" that I used on this card.
There are lots of ways to use them and I will
be posting more examples in future posts.
For the card today, I decided that I wanted to make a
shaker card.  Shaker cards are all the rage now and I 
had to try one out too.
I came up with the idea of the gum ball machine.
Unfortunately, I didn't think to take pictures along the way
to make a tutorial for this card.
Maybe I'll do that in the future for another post.
I used the enamel dots as gum balls for this card.
And, yes, that is a quarter in the slot on the machine.
I'm dating myself, but I remember when these machines 
took a penny to get a gum ball.
I also decided to put some "gum balls" inside the 
card too.

Thanks for stopping by today, 
Now hop over to 
to see how you can make some of these
enamel dots for your own use.
And be sure to come back again for 
more ideas for using them.
Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!