Friday, January 31

CCC January

As many of you know I belong to an awesome monthly card swap group... we call ourselves the Crazy Card Club.. cuz that's what we are... absolutely CRAZY.... about stamping.... about sharing.... and about each other!

We have a monthly theme we try to follow.... but really it's more of a guideline or suggestion as it's all about having fun and creating what we love! So for this year I thought I'd end each month sharing with everyone the fabulous collection of cards...
Introducing January's collection of the 
Crazy Card Club ... 
our theme was Vintage/Hearts/Romantic

Everyone did such a fantastic job!
Missing a few still yet to come in...
when they do I'll be sure to share them as well.

Thursday, January 30

Ten Year Tribute

Today marks the 10th year anniversary of my dad's passing... somehow ya just never forget those dates... and I'll absolutely never forget him... forever in my heart.

So today I'll be reminiscing all day about the incredible father he was... thought I'd post the Program from his Memorial Service...

A Tribute to

Darrell Vernon Kamery

Today we pay tribute to a great man worthy of double honor. Darrell was a devoted husband, deeply loving father, proud grandfather, and an incredible friend to many.

Darrell was born July 25, 1921, in Taft California. His childhood years were spent in Lawndale, California and Silverton, Oregon. In 1939, at the age of 17, he joined the US Navy and so the adventure began! He was stationed on the USS Canberra and also the USS Maryland as Apprentice Seaman and accelerated through the ranks to  Chief  Fire Control Technician. He had various assignments, most renowned being at the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

 After the war, while on leave, he was visiting family in Olean, New York, and was introduced to Jacqueline Marie McGovern, a beautiful young woman enrolled in Nursing School. They were married two days after Christmas in 1947. As their family grew, their travels did as well. After 20 years of service, he retired from the Navy in San Diego in 1959. Shortly after, they moved to Cardiff-by-the-Sea where he began work as a Computer Programmer for Control Data. In 1968 Control Data moved them to Torrance but during that time Jackie’s health began to fail and they desperately wanted to be back “home” surrounded by their friends and family. Therefore, they moved back down to Leucadia. After 23 years of marriage, Jackie passed away in 1970. Not only did Darrell lose his wife, but shortly after, Control Data closed down their San Diego offices and relocated ~ this time to Minneapolis, however Darrell chose to continue to raise his young family in Leucadia where their “roots” were. After a series of handy-man jobs, he was offered a position as Office Manager/Accountant for Dramm & Echter Flower Growers in Encinitas where he worked until he retired in 1986.

Darrell was a very active father…. involved in Little League as coach and  “official scorekeeper”… earned the title of "Father of the Year" by the North County Tribune... over the years he acted as both Treasurer and Secretary of the Encinitas Chapter of the Knights of Columbus…...  he took the kids on several road trips to Oregon and New York,….  fell in love with desert camping and even became “Mr. Chicken Bones” for the Chicken Bones Enduro Motorcycle Club (established by Martin Kamery!)…. If you’ve ever been to Captain Keno’s in Encinitas, you’d probably find him there having breakfast…. He loved walking the town… and talking to neighbors. He loved building wood projects…. LARGE wood projects likes homes and garages!!! He loved playing Skip-Bo with anyone who’d walk in the door and he probably read every single book in the Encinitas library.  He was very active in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and was their Treasurer for several years. He attended most of their conventions and reunions for the USS Maryland.

He was an outstanding man who believed strongly in excellence and lived with a calm sense of contentment and simplicity. Darrell raised an extraordinary family. He is survived by his six children, and their respective families who will continue to carry on his legacy. To know Darrell was to know his affectionate love and special fondness for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!

          Proverbs 17:6
        Children’s children are a crown to the aged
        And parents are the pride of their children.

There are no words to express our gratitude for the outpouring of love and acts of kindness we have been shown in so many ways. We are deeply thankful for those who have brought food, sent flowers and cards, and traveled long distances to be here with us during this time. We are so blessed to have such tremendous support from all of you, our friends and family.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
There is a time for everything and a
season for every activity under heaven:

                        A time to be born and a time to die
                        A time to plant and a time to uproot
                        A time to kill and a time to heal
                        A time to tear down and a time to build
                        A time to weep and a time to laugh
                        A time to mourn and a time to dance

 He will live in our hearts forever.

Wednesday, January 29


OK so my title is makin' fun of the gazillion abbreviations everyone uses these days... guess with Twitter and Texting I need to get with it.... or can you figure out T.T.T.T.T. means???

It's Two Terrific Treats from Terry & Tina!   




Ok so I stretched it a big... but you get the idea!
Adorable cards.. that are definitely a Treat!

Tuesday, January 28

Cheer Up Buttercup!

It's cold and flu season.... that's for sure. But who would be totally cured if not at least cheered up if they received this precious card.... created by Dawn Tidd.

Geometry might not have been your strong suit in school.... but using the new Geometrical Stamp Set you'll pass with flying colors!  Using the diagonal print from the Kaleidoscope DSP, Geometrical Stamp Set and the coordinating Triangle Punch to make the banner...  A+ in my books!


Is there a Geometry term for layering triangles?

Monday, January 27

Hearts a Flutter!

Hearts are a flutter with Valentine's sneaking up on us... but even more so because Sale-a-Bration starts this week! Here's an adorable card I found on Simple Stampin' site that uses some of the new FREE products you'll be able to receive during this special promotion!


  • The base of the card is a Pool Party Cut & Ready Base....these make it soooo easy to get the card going quick! I simply cut 1 1/2" off the top of the card.....
  • TIP ALERT: This is why the Grid Paper is sooooo key - you can line up the card and "juggle around the hearts" to make sure that the hearts do not go beyond the 5 1/4" mark so your card will fit into a regular A-2 envelope! 

  • The hearts were all cut out of the Fresh Prints DSP Stack and the hearts were made using the Hearts a Flutter Framelit (with the medium heart), the Full Heart Punch and the Small Heart Punch.
  • How do you line up the hearts????....simple - put the card base on the grid paper or if you do not have this...mark a pencil mark on a piece of paper at 5 1/2" so you will not go over that mark to make sure it fits in your envelope and randomly place your hearts.
  • Now to the simple and wow factor that I adore.....the "love" framelit from Expressions Framelits.... they were in the Holiday Catalog and are no longer available so what do you do if you do not have them???    SIMPLE - add a sentiment there or a cluster of hearts! BAMMM - Done! 
  • Add a few clusters of white dots using the Uni-Ball White Gel Pen adds a dimension!  
Voila ... you've just created a 
charming card, 
sure to delight your special Valentine!

Friday, January 24

Lessons from a Dog

We've definitely been missing our dear Sydney.... and couldn't help but think of her when I saw this adorable posting about learning lessons from a dog...

~ When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

~ When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

~ Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

~ Take naps and stretch before rising.

~ Run, romp and play daily.

~ Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

~ Be loyal.

~ Never pretend to be something you're not.

~ If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

~ When someone is having a bad day, be silent,
             sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

~ Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

~ Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

~ On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

~ When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

~ No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the
           guilt thing and pout. Run right back and make friends.

~ Bond with your pack.

~ Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

and lastly my favorite:


~ Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Thursday, January 23

Ink Swipe (aka Water Coloring!)

I'm so jazzed that water coloring has once again made it's round back into the most popular current trend... I absolutely love the look! Here''s ideas I found on My Sandbox which calls this the ink swipe technique....
It's like patchwork paper.... love it!
And such a simple way to create four different cards
from one easy technique....hummm...
sounds like this could be a great stamp class to host!

To create your patchwork heart, just cut 1/2" strips of  card stock
 and adhered it to a piece of Whisper White on the diagonal
and cut and die cut pieces from that to create a patchwork effect.
You could also easily make patterns using DSP
or dig into your stash of "leftovers" that are waiting to be devoured!

Here's the group shot...

l think these would make such a lovely gift set
 with some stamped envelopes and
 maybe a cute gift box to gift them in.

Wednesday, January 22

PPP continued

Pam's Perfect Picks.... continued:

Lastly she made an adorable Valentine card
and Make n'Take....

What a blast!
Thanks Pam for such a great day!

Tuesday, January 21

Pam's Perfect Picks

Pam picked some perfect cards for her Stamp-a-Stack last weekend... and I was so lucky to be able to attend! Here's the first batch.....

Come back tomorrow to see the rest of them!!

Monday, January 20

Happy Birthday MO

OK, so you caught up to me once again... heeheehee happens every year!
I just wanted you to know how special you areto me and how grateful I am to God for putting you in my life!  Here's a little tribute that reminded me of you....
May your year be filled with gifts from God!
love ya!

Friday, January 17

How do you look??

I thought this was pretty profound for a Friday.... something to dwell on over the weekend...
A Framable Quote
Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, January 16

Heart Hangy Things

This is absolutely a fun idea and simple Valentine project.... yes I said it.. Valentine!!!  Remember... from one holiday to the next!

Found this on Dawn Tidd's blog... and she found it on Paper Craft where apparently there is tutorial on how to make it.... but come on... I like to just examine it and do my own thing... who needs directions???? (Do I sound like a guy or what??)


You could go nuts and make a gob of these and hang them everywhere... thus the title Heart Hangy Things. She did mention that the beads are made with Simply Pressed Clay... how cool is that!!  Just shape into  little ball and put either a toothpick or skewer through the center. Then after they dry color them as desired with your Stamp and Write Markers and coat them with Crystal Effects to make them nice and shiny.

Just too sweet!

Wednesday, January 15

One Can Never Have Too Many Purses....

This is so very true... I love purses.. but not sure why I have problem changing them... I seem to use one til it's wore out.... but I digress.... this could change my mind... it's paper purses! How adorable...

Here are some Dooney & Bourke inspired handbags designed by Becky Roberts....

These amazing little cuties measure about 6 inches tall 
and 5 1/2 inches wide, 2 inches deep.

She also made little gift card enclosures 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 to go inside each purse.

On the purses below, she used little buckles by Tim Holtz, I know many of you are big fans of his too. She also added magnetic closures from Basic Grey behind each buckle so that the flap closes nicely.

Sorry I don't know the names of the printed papers used on her samples 
as they are not from Stampin Up... but you get the idea.