Friday, March 15, 2013


Hi everyone,

Well, I finally finished the two projects I am donating to the Summer Circle Theatre at Michigan State University for a silent auction.  The first is a 6x6 Photo Album with the completed pages I did at one of the Ronda Wade's Weekend Retreats.  I made up a few journal mats and included them inside the album and some extra page protectors.  I then added some wooden letters (that I have been hoarding forever!) which I colored with SU craft ink and put on 4 layers of Crystal Effects and used double sided tape to secure to the front of the album.  I also looked around in my stash and found this bird that SU sold a while back and the tree branch.  I also covered them with craft ink and finished them off with some more Crystal Effects, added the moving eye, and the buttons with twine for flowers. 

The next project entailed making 8-10 cards.  So I completed 12 cards (which I had previously done the front of card at different Ronda Wade functions) by finishing the inside with mat and sentiment.  I also put my Made By SU stamp on the back.  I ended up doing 6 birthdays (with 2 masculine), 2 sympathy, 2 get well, and 2 friend cards.  In between doing these, I also was working on rearranging my craft area.  I have to thank Maggie Peterson for how nice my area is getting.  Each week she has posted on her website great ideas for cleaning up the clutter.  I figure I have about 1-2 weeks and it will be done.  LOL, is it ever REALLY DONE!! 
 Below is the card holder I made to put the cards in.  My sister, Sandi, had a card holder on her blog that I was going to use but I found this pattern on someone else's blog ( will insert the name when I find it again) and it worked well for 12 cards and easier to carry.  Click on the picture and see what I did.
Okay, now that I have posted this I can go play solitaire or finish my book.  LOL  Thanks for looking and hope you leave a comment.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

NEW Look at PaperCrafts by Lois

Well I finally decided to make the move and purchase new holders for ink pads, reinkers, markers, and new style punches.  It has taken me over a week and still have some stuff that I can't find a place for!  I guess you can say it is a work in progress. lol   Here are some pictures I took a few days ago:

for those of you that have not seen my craft area, I previously had book shelves/drawer where the printer and scanner are.  Now I have a bare wall-not for long.  Dick put up a painting we have (in storage)  that I really like (Montana Elk in the wild).
So for those who want to know the first picture shows my new display for all my essentials that before were scattered all over.  I want to eventually clear everything off my white table so I can have more room to design.  I did gain a lot of room in front of display case and both sides of computer.
Okay now I want to share a few more pictures I have of the projects I did for the Online Creative Convention last month.  My sister wants to see it sooo bad!!
8x8 scrapbook pages
mini photo album

good masculine card

loved doing these big butterflies

My favorite of all (be sure to check the
embossing folder)

This stamp set is so versitile.
Once again thanks to Ronda Wade and Maggie Patterson for the superb job in putting together this online convention.  Also like to thank each of the speakers for all the imput that was provided us.  Looking forward to next one in April.  Ronda also has a BIG BIRTHDAY BASH coming up.  Check out her out on facebook..
Okay that all, FOLKS!  Thanks for stopping by and be back soon.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Creative Retreat weekend (cont.)

Another day of being lazy.  Did read a whole book, which I haven't done in over 8 months.  The wind wasn't as bad today so was able to sit outside this afternoon and visit with some of the campers.  Didn't get chance to ride golf cart but it will be on my to do list for tomorrow.

Okay, now for some more memorable pictures from our retreat. Tonight I will be sharing pictures of  one of the classes that where offered.  Our first class was Friday evening, we made 12 cards (3 each of 4 designs) and a card holder box for them. (REMEMBER click on each photo to see more details)

It is hard to see in this picture but I wanted to show the sentiment on the inside. I love this fold and believe or not this is first time I have used this type of card fold. This would make a great workshop or make-n-take class showing all the different parts of the card. I will be making more of these.

This is a very beautiful sympathy card. Love this stamp set-can be used for several kinds of cards. The color combination is so serene and calming.

Now this card is growing on me.  I never think to use gray but with this daffodil ribbon and circle the color seems to pop out at you.  The flower stamp is one of my favorites.

The dotted embossing folder is what makes this card and don't you just love the flower.  Every one of these cards is real simple to make but so elegant to look at.  Thanks to Ronda and Tamie for coming up with these samples for us to duplicate.

Now you have to have a beautiful card box to hold all the great cards.  If you click on this photo you will be able to see how we used one of the border punches for the top cover.  I have had so many compliments on these cards and the holder that I could have sold several sets (I did sell 4 cards in one day).  Since I knew I wasn't going to be home to make any for awhile, I decided to sell them but kept at least one so I could duplicate.

Well gotta get outta here so come back tomorrow and I will show you the 12x12 scrapbook pages we did in a class.  Hope to see you soon.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Semi-Annual Creative Retreat

As most of you know by now, I went to Ronda Wade's Creative Weekend and had a blast.  Wanda & Tamie pampered all 62 of us for the long weekend. I wish I could come up with at least half of the creative projects they make for us. There was a huge banner in the lobby of the hotel welcoming all of us. The food was catered and very good. We had a special dessert Saturday night-waffle bowl filled with ice cream and cool toppings to choose. On Friday night we had these super delicious triangle creme filled doughnuts with Carmel on top. Glad I had my elastic jeans on. LOL. Ronda also sets up a table with candy and snacks and all the coffee or tea we want.

This is Tamie in her cool Coke Cola P.J.'s

I didn't get a picture of Ronda this time!  I can't believe that, sorry Ronda. I will now share with you some of the gifts we received from both of them.

Tag made for our Creative Retreat Bag. So Beautiful.

This flower, Tamie made, was in a small glass flower pot  filled with green M&M's.  Yummy.  Tamie also made really cool flowers to fill several vases around the room.  Wish I would have taken a picture of one of them. (Hint Tamie: can you send me one?)

SU has a new die for this tiny purse. Isn't it adorable? Inside was two samples spools of seam binding ribbons.

This matchbox (another die cut) had assorted buttons in it. Both this and the purse above were gifts we had on our chair each morning. Tamie and Ronda did a spectacular job making all these beautiful gifts for all 62 of us attending.

Tomorrow I will try (?) and show you the classes that were offered to us. I ended up going to all of them.  We have to prepay for these classes so Ronda & Tamie can get paper cut, ribbon, and embellishments. Everything is then individually packaged for each girl attending a particular class.

  Thanks for stopping by and see you tomorrow. Good night, Tamie

Friday, February 10, 2012


Hi everyone,

Wow, what a change in the weather.  It is blowing snow outside and suppose to be real tricky driving in the morning.  I am suppose to go to a Salebration Kickoff from 10-3 tomorrow and if the roads are going to be bad, I may not venture out.  Any other weekend I would be sitting on my duff watching movies and just because I am getting my mojo back, I may have to cancel.  CRAP!!

Okay, this what I have been doing this past week.  On Tuesday, I joined my sister-in-law and her daughter for an afternoon of cardmaking.  We used the Simple Sent Everyday Elegance kit and completed about 5 of the 8 cards.  Below are pictures of how we added our own embellishments to the basic card.  It was a lot of fun and looking forward to another day of cardmaking.

My very favorite card is the one at the bottom left, with the one above it running a close second.  I can't wait to work on the Cherry Cobbler cards.

On Wednesday afternoon, I started working on the valentines for my 6 yr. old granddaughter's class. I used the SU glassine bags to put in a stick of strawberry licorice; made a topper and then attached a pencil to the outside.  Here is what the completed ones looked like.

This was very easy to do and wished Jenna could have helped as she loves making things with grandma.  Next year we will start making the valentines two weeks before Valentine's Day.

One Thursday afternoon, I made Kirsten's (age 10) valentines.  She didn't sound too happy that I was using twizzlers so I went to store and picked up several boxes of candy hearts, sorted them out, and then put into the SU bags.  I made a different topper for her's and also attached a pencil.  I was shy 4 bags so I used some very small SU bags (look like ziplock bags) and put some swizzlers (cut in half) and some of the candy hearts in the bag.  I may have time on Sunday to make each teacher a nice Valentine card for the girls to give them.  Here are the ones I made for Kirsten.

Well that is all for tonight.  I still have more cards to post but will have to share at later day.  Have a good evening and enjoy the beautiful weather wherever you are.